In this chapter we come to the actual flood itself. God’s Word describes when the flood came, and what it did to the entire earth. I also want to look at how the flood is referred to in the New Testament. The Scripture declares, “Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.’ And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark--they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in. Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days” (Gen. 7:1-24).
God’s command to Noah!
I find that many times people read right past this initial command of God to, “Come into the ark.” Note that God didn’t say, “Go into the ark.” No! He said, “Come into the ark.” Why is this important? I believe this is an important distinction because God was telling Noah, “You are not going through this horrific experience by yourself. No! I’m going to be with you through it all.” Because God is omnipresent, which means that He is everywhere all at the same time, He is implying that He was already there inside the ark, and would be with Noah until this catastrophe was over. I believe that it would have been a very comforting thought for Noah to know that the Lord was with him.
God has made this promise so many times to His people throughout history. The phrase, “I will be with you,” is one of the Father’s favorite promises to His people. It is used scores of times in the Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments. One of the most well-known examples of this promise is found in Hebrews 13:5, where God assures His people, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Many don’t realize from where in Scripture this promise is quoted. It actually comes from God’s promise that He gave to Joshua when He said, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them” (Joshua 1:5-6). Notice the triple assurances given to Joshua. God promised, “I will be with you, I will not leave, nor forsake you.” When Paul was fearful because of all of the opposition in Corinth Jesus said to him, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10). Jesus even promised the thief who confessed his faith while hanging next to Him on the cross, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Even at the last moment of a person’s life, the Lord is promising him that he won’t be alone. What a comforting thought to know that when God calls you to Himself that He will be with you all the way to the end of your life. If you would like to see other places where God makes this same promise, see these verses: Genesis 31:3; Ex. 3:12; Ps. 23:4.
However, do you want to know something that is even more comforting than knowing that God is with you? As Christians, we have it even better than all the Old Testament saints put together. Why? Because as followers of Christ, He is not only with us, but He also lives inside us. What could be better than that? Jesus said in John 14:16-18, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” Do you sense the Lord with you? But, more importantly, do you sense the Lord inside of you, and empowering you to walk with Him? I believe this realization is critical for every believer. This sense that God is in you comes from your personal fellowship with Him. You must sense this infilling of the Spirit of God within you if you are to walk in boldness each day. This sensation of His presence within is what gives you the joy of the Lord, which is your strength (Neh. 8:10). This experience of the power of the Spirit within you is what motivates you to be His witness. There are some churches that emphasize knowledge of the Bible above the experience of the Holy Spirit, and other churches that emphasize experiencing God to the neglect of the study of the Bible. Both are extremes to be avoided in church life. Always remember, both the study of the Scriptures, and experiencing the power of God personally in your life are absolutely essential for a balanced walk with the Lord. You must know about Him, and you must know Him in a real and personal way. Real fellowship with Him enables you to hear His voice speaking to you, and also gives you the ability to judge what you hear by the Word of God. These are key principles to a healthy and mature walk with the Lord.
I have seen that you are righteous before me.
Note the reason God called Noah into the ark, and why he was to be saved when everyone else would be destroyed. God declared to him in verse 1, “Because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” What does it mean that God declared Noah a righteous man? Did it mean that he was a perfect man? Absolutely not! Noah was a sinful man just like everyone else who has ever been born into this world. Paul declared, “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one” (Rom 3:10-12). How then could God declare that Noah was righteous? The Scripture tells us how Noah became righteous before God. He became righteous when he put his faith in God. Hebrew 11:7 declares, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” Note that this verse declared twice that Noah did what he was commanded to do “by faith,” and thus he, “became the heir of righteousness which is according to faith.”
These declarations of Scripture give all who read them great hope that they too can also become righteous before God. Faith causes each of us to come to God, turn from our sinful lifestyles, and obey God’s commands. Hebrews tells us again that, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). Faith is a choice made by your heart, and it is the surrendering of yourself to Him (Rom. 10-9-10). This act of faith truly pleases God, and is what causes you to receive Him (John 1:12). This means anyone who comes to God by faith can obtain the same righteousness that Noah was given. It is not given for any good works that you have done, but by simply trusting and placing your faith in Him. This is how you can be declared righteous today. Paul taught this truth in Romans 3:21-22, “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference.” This righteous standing that Noah received, anyone can receive, and is witnessed by the Law and the Prophets. In other words, this truth is taught all through the Old Testament in both the Law of Moses and all the prophets. This means that there is no difference between you and any Old Testament saint who has trusted in God. We will all stand before God one day in the same righteousness that God gave to Noah. God’s righteousness is our only means of access to Heaven.
Be obedient to His voice.
In verse 5 God declares, “And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him.” This statement is important, because it reveals what a righteous man will do if he believes in the Lord. Obedience is the proof whether a man or woman is truly a believer or not. Obedience does not save you, but it proves that you are saved. Obedience to God is then the natural fruit of every righteous man or woman. All true believers will pursue obedience to God, first by just listening to His voice, and then by being obedient to His voice. Hearing His voice is where obedience begins. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Jesus told the church of Laodicea the same thing in Revelation 3:20 when He warned them, “Behold, I stand the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Note that if men will be obedient to hear His voice and open the door of their hearts to Him, that He will “come in to” that person’s life. The Lord wants to be more than just with you; He wants to be inside of you. Here is where you experience the power to follow Him. Following Him is the ultimate aim of God. This is why Jesus told each of his disciples over and over again to “Follow Me” (Matt. 4:19; Matt. 9:9; Matt. 10:38; Matt. 16:24; Matt. 19:21; John 12:26; John 21:22).
Many Christians hear His voice, open the door, receive Christ, but then they don’t continue to follow Jesus. They allow their own lustful desires and self-will to suck them back into this world, believing in themselves instead of the Lord. True faith will always continue to follow the Lord, and bear the fruit of salvation, which is a changed life. One of the best biblical proofs of this truth is found in Hebrews chapter six. There the apostle relates how many of the Jews who had believed and experienced God’s heavenly gift, and the power of the Holy Spirit fell away because of the persecution they had experienced (Heb. 6:4-6; Heb. 10:32-39). But then the apostle explained in the next few verses that other Jewish believers had a totally different response. He said, “But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. 6:9-12). These Christians persevered in their faith, and experienced the full assurance of hope, and through faith and patience inherited God’s promises. Therefore, the important question is, are you pursuing obedience to the voice of the Lord, or are you becoming sluggish and lazy in your walk with Christ? One will bring the good fruit that God wants to produce in you, and the other will not.
The rain was delayed for seven days. Vs. 4
Verse 4 tells us, “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” (Gen. 7:4). God explicitly warned Noah that in seven days the rain was coming. God got him into the ark; He shut the door, and told him to get ready. What were the seven days for? These days were probably to make sure that any last details were taken care of, and they were all ready for what was about to take place. God has also warned each of us through the prophetic Scriptures that His coming is near, even at the door. God has given us many signs, and has warned us that when we see these signs, we are to look up, because our redemption draws near. So, are you ready today? God wanted Noah ready, and He wants you ready too for what is about to occur here on the earth. Jesus said, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:44).
God repeats a fundamental point.
Notice that as God said in Genesis 6:20, that “Two of every kind will come to you.” Then God declared again in Genesis 7:9 that the animals, “Two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.” The animals therefore, came to Noah; he did not have to go out and compel them to come with him. Whenever the Lord repeats a truth in Scripture it is for a very important reason. God is making a point that He doesn’t want you to miss, especially because skeptics of Noah’s ark and the flood always bring this point up. How could eight people find all of those animals and creeping things on the earth? They laugh and say this is impossible. But, if God brought them to Noah, this would be a whole different scenario. Could God actually do this? Yes, of course! If He created these animals, He could surely cause them to come to Noah at any time He chose. I encourage people to think about and to marvel at the instinct of butterflies that migrate from Canada to Mexico to winter there every year. Or, consider the Leatherback turtles that migrate across the entire Pacific Ocean from Asia in search of jellyfish that they feed on every year. Or, think of the whales, or caribou, or elephants that migrate every year all over the earth. If God can put within these animals the impluse to migrate, it should not be thought incredible or difficult for God to put within these animals the sense that they should come to Noah, and go into the ark. We should not be amazed that God could call these animals to come to Noah at all. It is no big deal for a God, as great and powerful as our God, to cause these animals to come to Noah! When people make light of this teaching here in Genesis, and they laugh and call this all a myth or a fairytale, just give them these examples. Tell these skeptics that if animals all over the world do this every year, this is an easy thing for God to do for Noah.
Seven of all the clean animals.
One interesting thing stated in verse 2 is that Noah was told to take seven each of every clean animal, but only two of the unclean animals. God told Noah, “You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female.” Now, this command is given hundreds and hundreds of years before the Law was ever given concerning clean and unclean animals. Why does God command this? Most likely the clean animals were for food for Noah and his family. Also, to encourage the propagation of clean animals, because obviously, God in His foreknowledge knows that this was what He is going to command the Jewish people to eat in the future.
What happened to the earth during the flood? Vs. 11-24
In verses 11-24 we have the answer to this question. God declared, “In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark--they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in. Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days” (Gen. 7:11-24).
What actually happened on the earth during the flood is essential to understand and will help as we look at the evidence. When Jesus spoke of the flood in the New Testament, He explained that it was a catastrophe. He said, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:37-44). It is interesting that Jesus used a very specific word for Noah’s flood which is “kataklusmos” which means a cataclysm, disaster, or catastrophe. Jesus did not use either of the other words for flood, “plemmura” or “potamos,” when speaking of the flood of Noah. Why? Jesus and the other authors in the New Testament did use these other words for a local flood of a river overflowing its banks. For examples of these other words being used see John 7:38 or Matthew 7:25. Jesus always chose His words carefully to bring the correct point He was seeking to teach. Christ wanted everyone to know that Noah’s flood was not a local flood, but a cataclysm and a catastrophe that had never before occurred on the earth.
The flood of Noah was a cataclysm of the highest degree. It was a flood like no one had ever seen, or would ever see again. Most archaeologists and paleontologists in the world will all agree that the earth has been transformed by the movement of water via floods, rivers, and glaciers, but they only believe that these were local floods, forgetting that over 75 % of the surface layer of the earth is sedimentary rock. See https://sage-advices.com/how-much-of-earth-is-made-up-of-sedimentary-rock/. One leading scientific journal defines sedimentary rock in this manner, “Sedimentary rock was originally formed, in almost all cases under water, usually by deposition after transportation by water, with various sources. These sources would be rivers or floods of any kind. Sedimentary rocks are made up of pieces of rock, or other material, which have existed somewhere else, and have been eroded, or dissolved, and redeposited in another location.” To read more on this topic see: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/sedimentary.htm Therefore, if 75% of the earth’s crust is sedimentary rock, then 75% of the earth’s crust has been made under water, then moved by water, and redeposited from another place. This is exactly what you would find if there was a global flood as described here in the Bible.
Was this flood global or local?
A simple reading of Genesis chapters 6-8 will reveal over thirty times that God makes it absolutely clear with His terminology, that this was a global flood, and not a local one. Consider the reference in Genesis 7:17 that, “the flood was upon the earth 40 days,” and “it rose high above the earth,” not just a portion of the Middle East, but the entire earth. In Genesis 7:23 it declares again, “He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth.” God destroyed all living things on the earth, not just in one area or city. That means this was not a local flood. In addition, Genesis 7:19 declared, “And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.” This meant that the highest hills were covered on the entire earth. When has a local flood ever done that? These statements cannot be read by any normal open-minded person, and that individual not come to the conclusion that this was a global flood.
Where did all the water come from to flood the entire earth?
The first thing a person must remember is that today, according to the United States Geological Survey, over 71 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Again, according to the USGS, “The oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all the Earth’s water. Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in the icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers.” The world also has huge aquifers under every land mass on earth. Below is a map of these aquifers.
Courtesy of: connectedwaters.unsw.edu.au
These aquifers contain trillions upon trillions of acre feet of water. Why is this important? Because God’s Word tells us that when the flood came, “The fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Gen. 7:11). This means that all the subterranean water under the earth, and all the water vapor in the atmosphere above the earth, were released at once. That would be a whole lot of water! The term, the windows of heaven were opened, is a Hebrew word that literally means the floodgates of heaven. This is referring to the water canopy that surrounded the earth mentioned in Genesis 1. If you would like to reread this information, click on this link. https://covenantkeepers.org/bible-studies/old-testament-studies?view=article&id=653:genesis-1-3-13&catid=55:bible-studies Consider the fact that many major rivers today have giant aquifers that contribute to the volume of water that flows in these rivers every day. One source of the Jordan River comes from the foot of Mount Herman in Israel, where millions of gallons of water flow into that river daily. Another is the Henry’s Fork of Snake River in Island Park, Idaho. These are just two rivers where the source is an aquifer, but there are many more around the world that are fed continuously by underground aquifers. So, when people mock the flood as a myth, they simply do not know the facts of how much water is actually on the earth, under the earth, and in the atmosphere. If God made all this water, it would be no big deal if He decided to unleash it all at once! It all depends on how big the God you believe in is!
Polar axis shift?
One of the greatest possible reasons that the fountains of the deep were broken up is thought by some scientists to be the result of a polar axis shift. If the axis of earth shifted it would have caused this great catastrophe just as the Bible declared here in Genesis chapters 6-8. Below you will find what I wrote earlier in this study in Genesis 2:5-17. I hope this will be helpful to you. https://covenantkeepers.org/bible-studies/old-testament-studies?view=article&id=660:genesis-2-5-17&catid=55:bible-studies
Has the Earth’s axis ever shifted from its present 23 ½ degree tilt?
Many scientists believe that the Earth has its polar ice because the Earth’s axis is tilted at 23 ½ degrees. These same scientists believe that the Earth’s axis was different in the past, and this is why tropical vegetation used to grow at our poles. This would make sense if the Earth was once a huge terrarium. But, is a reversal or change of the magnetic core of the Earth really possible? Listen to NASA scientist Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado Boulder. He warned, “There is evidence the Earth’s magnetic field is weakening and that we could soon see a complete reversal of magnetic poles. Scientific researchers say there is evidence that the Earth’s magnetic field has weakened significantly in the past 160 years and that neutralization of the magnetic field and flipping of magnetic poles could occur in less than 1,000 years – or as early as the next 100 years. Weakening of the Earth’s magnetic field, caused by gradual reverse re-alignment of iron atoms in the Earth’s liquid outer core, will lead to a reversal or flipping of Earth’s magnetic poles so that compasses point to the south instead of the north.” If you are interested in further reading on this topic, see: https://newspunch.com/nasa-warn-that-earth-is-soon-going-to-experience-a-full-pole-shift/
In addition, scientists also know that the Earth oscillates or wobbles on its axis. This issue was first studied by scientists in 1899 and has continued to this day. This wobbling of the earth is now being studied from satellites in space which gives us greater accuracy in calculations and knowledge of this phenomena. Earth’s axial tilt actually oscillates between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees. Scientists believe this shift results from the movement of water on the surface of the Earth.
What could possibly have changed the Earth’s axis in the past?
Creation scientists have considered this question and believe this change resulted from Noah’s flood. Why do they believe this? If scientists believe that the earth wobbles on its axis today because of the movement of water on the planet, what would have happened when, as the Bible states, “All the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Gen. 7:11). This meant that all the waters stored under the surface of the Earth moved to the surface, and the water canopy that surrounded the Earth came down upon the Earth. These cataclysmic changes would have changed the surface of the Earth and our atmosphere dramatically, and could easily have changed the axis of our planet. Before these kinds of changes that took place during Noah’s flood, our planet would have been a very different place than it is today.
This fact of our shifting poles is a scientific fact. In the last hundred years scientists have determined that the North Pole has moved 685 miles from Arctic Canada toward Siberia at a rate of about 25 miles a year. This was reported in an International Business Times article in 2011 quoting an earlier article from National Geographic in 2005. See this link: https://www.ibtimes.com/what-magnetic-polar-shift-does-it-warrant-doomsday-talk-253089 This same article reported that the North Pole shifts constantly in a loop of up to 50 miles wide each day. Therefore, the magnetic poles are not a fixed point, but are wobbling back and forth on its axis. If a polar axis shift did occur during the flood, then this could account for the movement of the continents, the breaking up and release of the subterranean waters stored underground, the total change of the tropical climate that once flourished at the poles, and why woolly mammoths have been found quick frozen with tropical vegetation still in their digestive systems. A polar axis shift is a very plausible hypothesis that could explain the facts as we find them today.
The waters prevailed upon the earth.
Four times in Genesis 7:17-24 it declares that the flood waters “prevailed” upon the earth. This Hebrew word means to become superior to and to increase over all other things. These waters prevailed over all the earth, not just the local area where Noah was. Scripture declares that these “waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered” (Gen. 7:20). This means that there was no place for any humans or animals to remain alive. These waters prevailed for 150 days. See the flood chronology below from John Walvoord’s, The Bible Knowledge Commentary on Genesis.
The longest anyone has survived adrift in the ocean, “without any provisions,” is from 50 to 75 days. Those who possessed provisions have survived longer. But anyone caught in the deluge of Noah’s flood would not have had time to secure any provision, any more than someone caught in a flash flood can do anything other than cling to a tree.
Why are there fossilized sea creatures that should have been sustained during the flood?
This is an interesting question, but if you realize what a great catastrophe Noah’s flood was, then this fact should not be thought unusual. There are clearly hundreds of millions of fossilized fish, sea snails, clams, oysters, crocodiles, whales, sharks, and many other sea creatures found around the world. This reveals that the flood of Noah was not a calm and tranquil trip on the sea for Noah and his family. These 150 days that the ark rode upon the ocean would have been beyond anything that we can conceive of today. Think of how the Scripture described it. The underground aquifers broke open, poured trillions of gallons of water upon the land all at once, while at the same time torrential rains fell from the sky for 40 days straight. Scripture also tells us that the mountains became valleys and the valleys became mountains. In Psalm 104:5-9 (NAS) as God speaks about the flood He declared, “He established the earth upon its foundations, so that it will not totter forever and ever. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters were standing above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled, at the sound of Your thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which You established for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass over, so that they will not return to cover the earth.” If this is describing a polar axis shift, the flood would have totally transformed the entire face of the earth, and possibly is what brought about the dividing of the continents. These words describe a catastrophe under the water that would have been beyond comprehension. Remember, catastrophe is the word Jesus used when referring to the flood (Matt. 24:37-39). This is the reason why we see so many sea creatures also destroyed and fossilized in the most grotesque positions in many fossil graveyards. The flood was a catastrophe above and below the water!
In addition, some scientists have calculated what the earth would have been like if our spheroid were totally smooth and had no mountains at all. Their conclusion was that the waters would have covered all the land mass of the earth by 2.6 km, or 1.6 miles, or 7,880 feet deep. See the link below. https://earthscience.stackexchange.com/questions/7446/if-the-earth-were-a-smooth-spheroid-how-deep-would-the-ocean-be How could this be? You must remember that the depths of the oceans are enormous. For example, the Marianas trench in the Pacific Ocean is more than 36,000 feet deep. If you took Mount Everest, at a height of 29,000 feet, and turned it upside down and put it into the Marianas trench, you could cover Mount Everest easily, with 7,000 feet of ocean left above it. This also is a plausible way to understand how all of the mountains could have been completely covered. If God flattened the mountains, and raised the valleys, and separated the continents, He can do anything. Don’t listen to the skeptics, cynics, and naysayers! Trust God’s Word, because He is the Almighty God who created all things!