The Flood is an event that is described in the Bible in Genesis chapters 6 to 9 and is referred to at times within the rest of the Bible. It is sometimes referred to the Genesis Flood in honor of the first book of the Old Testament that describes the Flood. The Bible says that God brought forth the Flood because of the tremendous evil within man at that time. Only Noah and his wife, his three sons, and their wives were saved on the Ark. That is why the Flood is sometimes called Noahâ€™s Flood.
The Ark was a gigantic boat, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high, if the cubit is 18 inches long. It housed two of every â€œkindâ€ of â€œuncleanâ€ air-breathing, land animal during the 371 days of the Flood. Since the biblical kind is almost always a broader biological classification than species (probably averaging at the level of family), it was not a problem getting all the animals onto the Ark. God brought the animals to the Ark, and it is possible that many of the animals hibernated to make Noah and his familyâ€™s job easier.
There was rain, probably heavy, the first 40 days and nights, and the â€œfountains of the great deep broke up,â€ causing the ocean water to eventually cover the land. At Day 150 the water of the Flood began to recede.
The Flood is described as a global event because it covered all the mountains everywhere. Many other internal features of Genesis 6â€“9, written as historical narrative and not poetry, indicate a global Flood. For instance God promised never again to send a flood like the Genesis Flood, and his sign is the rainbow. If the Flood were local, God has broken His promise tens of thousands of times. Also the animals and man were told to â€œrepopulateâ€ the Earth. Even Jesus taught a global Flood when He said in the New Testament in Matthew 24:37-39:
â€œFor the coming of the Son of Man [Jesusâ€™s second coming] will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.â€
Jesus said the Flood tookâ€ allâ€ people away, and He compared the Flood to his second coming. Since the second coming will be a global event, as stated in Revelation 1:7, â€œâ€¦every eye will see Himâ€¦â€, Jesus would not compare a global coming with a local flood, but a global Flood.