Review and Preview
The first newsletter this year is a time to summarize the past year's reporting on new evidence of Noah's Ark and on a new understanding of the historicity of the Flood. I will also preview things that might be reported this coming year.
1. Foremost among the reports was NAMI's discovery of the giant maritime-looking artifact buried under volcanic rock and ice at about 14,000 feet on Mount Ararat. It is constructed of heavy timbers and appears to have once housed animals. I anticipate another news cycle this year as NAMI releases new information from exploration of this artifact.
2. The understanding presented in my book that the multitude of elaborate burials under mounds in valleys and plains (though exposed in highlands) that archaeologists interpret as inspired by religion can only be explained as due to a worldwide Flood. Next year, I plan to discuss some of these burials in telling detail.
3. My trace of a second dispersion of mankind about 4300 years ago in the Ancient Near East to its origins on Mt. Ararat. That was soon followed by a worldwide dispersion from the Middle Bronze inhabitants of the city of Uruk that lies on the plains of ancient Shinar. Some of this year's newsletters will report fascinating details of these archaeological traces.
4. How the language-derived views of ancient history currently in use together with biblical criticism that supposes Noah's Flood borrowed myth developed from the special needs of German nationalism but lacks historical and documentary support. Though I don't expect to see it this year, I would love for biblical scholars to weigh in on how well they understand the embarrassing history lying at the foundation of their discipline.
5. A reminder that evidence now presented as from the Ice Age is better explained by its former diluvian interpretation and that worldwide mega-fauna extinctions supposed to accompany the end of the Ice Age are better understood in the light of a worldwide Flood.
6. That scientific dating of the remains of ancient man is not independent of archaeological interpretations established prior to the advent of radiocarbon dating. The current archaeological chronology is based on the recent-earth geological history that Charles Lyell specifically designed to prevent evidence from being examined in the light of Noah's Flood. Next year, I plan to discuss these periods in detail showing how they were established and how this masks the manifest evidence of Noah's Flood.
7. That when species due to geographical isolation are seen as a single kind, the Ark is plentifully large to have carried the ancestors and a year's supply of food for all the earth's present animals. That floating islands that had to have been created by the Flood explain ocean migrations as well as the distribution of the kinds of native animals found today.
8. That much evidence points to plentiful water in outer space and beneath the continents, more than enough to have covered the mountains. Archaeological evidence reveals the highest mountains and spreading ocean floors and basins are recent. Evidence from every continent show a great change in climate from about 5000 years ago at which time the earth's desert belt was well watered. Next year, I may discuss how the evidence better supports an aqueous cosmology and geology in line with the teachings of the early chapters of Genesis.
There is in the newsletter archive that can be accessed at the top right of this page plentiful details about these and related evidence and explanation of Noah's Ark and Flood. Not only there but also in The Archaeological Evidence of Noah's Flood, I believe that I have convincingly addressed the familiar arguments against the historicity of the biblical Flood.
Importantly, other than our agreement about a worldwide Flood, young earth Creationists would agree with me concerning the great difference between the understanding of the Flood reported here and their own. Of course, it also differs from the current scientific explanations not only in its interpretation of the evidence but its recognition that our Creator has changed the earth during the period of man's habitation. If these reports are as solid as I claim, it means that the Scriptures most widely regarded as myth are an essential and powerful light for understanding the history of the earth and man.
And that means, in turn, that instead of living in a time of enlightenment, we live instead in a time of great darkness, at least so far as concerns the big issues of our world and its origins. In the coming year, I will explain how returning to the truth about our beginnings becomes a firm foundation for rebuilding community in our increasingly fragmented world.
May we find new hope this coming year,