Quotes on Noah

See also: Moses 7; Genesis 6-9

. . . Noah, who is Gabriel; he stands next in authority to Adam in the Priesthood; he was called of God to this office, and was the father of all living in his day, and to him was given the dominion.  These men held keys first on earth, and then in heaven. . . .  — Joseph Smith, Teachings, pp. 157-58

I would like to know by what known law the immersion of the globe could be accomplished.  It is explained here in a few words: “The windows of heaven were opened,” that is, the waters that exist throughout the space surrounding the earth from whence come these clouds from which the rain descends.  That was one cause.  Another cause was “the fountains of the great deep were broken up” – that is something beyond the oceans, something outside of the seas, some reservoirs of which we have no knowledge, were made to contribute to this event, and the waters were let loose by the hand and by the power of God; for God said He would bring a flood upon the earth and He brought it, but He had to let loose the fountains of the great deep, and pour out the waters from there, and when the flood commenced to subside, we are told “that the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained, and the waters returned from off the earth.”  Where did they go to?  From whence they came. Now, I will show you something else on the back of that. Some people talk very philosophically about tidal waves coming along.  But the question is – How could you get a tidal wave out of the Pacific ocean, say, to cover the Sierra Nevadas?  But the Bible does not tell us it was a tidal wave.  It simply tells that “all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. Fifteen cubits upwards did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.”  That is, the earth was immersed.  It was a period of baptism. — President John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, 26:74-75

The first ordinance instituted for the cleansing of the earth, was that of immersion in water; it was buried in the liquid element, and all things sinful upon the face of the earth were washed away.  As it came forth from the ocean floor, like the new-born child, it was innocent; it rose to newness of life.  It was its second birth from the womb of mighty waters – a new world issuing from the ruins of the old, clothed with all the innocence of this first creation. — Elder Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, 1:333 as cited in President Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 4:20

Genesis 7:19-20 states, “All the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered . . ; and the mountains were covered.”  These verses explicitly state that all of earth’s high mountains (“hills” should read “mountains” here; Hebrew harim) were covered by the waters.  Lest one believe that the statement “under the whole heaven” is figurative and can be read or interpreted in different ways, a scriptural search through the entire Old Testament reveals that the phrase is used elsewhere only in a universal sense, as it is here; the phrase does not refer to a geographically restricted area (see Deut. 2:25; Deut. 4:19; Job 28:24; Job 37:3; Dan. 9:12).  For instance, Job 28:24 also uses the phrase when referring to God’s omniscience, which is certainly not restricted to a specific geographical region on the earth. — Donald W. Parry, “The Flood and the Tower of Babel,” Ensign, January 1998, p. 37

Genesis 7:21 states, “All flesh died that moved upon the earth, . . . every creeping thing . . . every man.”  The phrase “all flesh” refers to all land animals, creeping things, and fowls and all of humanity, with the exception of those in the ark (see Gen. 7:23).  The entry every in the Oxford American Dictionary reads: “each single one, without exception.” Moses is clearly trying to let us understand that the Flood was universal. . . . Taken altogether, these statements should convince every believer in the Bible that the great Deluge was a worldwide event, not a localized flood that filled only the Mesopotamian or some other region. — Donald W. Parry, “The Flood and the Tower of Babel,” Ensign, January 1998, p. 37

The Lord hath set the bow [rainbow] in the cloud for a sign that while it shall be seen, seed time and harvest, summer and winter shall not fail; but when it shall disappear, woe to that generation, for behold the end cometh quickly. — Joseph Smith, Teachings, p. 305

I have asked of the Lord concerning His coming; and while asking the Lord, He gave a sign and said, “In the days of Noah I set a bow [rainbow] in the heavens as a sign and token that in any year that the bow should be seen the Lord would not come; but there should be seed time and harvest during that year: but whenever you see the bow withdrawn, it shall be a token that there shall be famine, pestilence, and great distress among the nations, and that the coming of the Messiah is not far distant.” — Joseph Smith, Teachings, pp. 340–41

Violence abounds, often as people purchase drugs in order to “tune out” of the world instead of overcoming it.  Just as foretold, our days actually are fast resembling the days of Noah, especially notable for their pattern of corruption and violence (see Matthew 24:37; Genesis 6:11).  No wonder the adversary steadily promotes all the ancient sins – not because he is uninventive but because his harvest is so constant. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, May 1993, p, 76

The Lord said to Noah, “Make thee an ark” and “with thee will I establish my covenant” (Genesis 6:14, 18).

“And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. . . .

“. . . And Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark” (Genesis 7:5, 23).

We all need to build a personal ark, to fortify ourselves against this rising tide of evil, to protect ourselves and our families against the flood waters of iniquity around us.  And we shouldn’t wait until it starts raining, but prepare in advance.  This has been the message of all the prophets in this dispensation, including President Hunter, as well as the prophets of old.  Unfortunately we don’t always heed the clear warnings of our prophets.  We coast complacently along until calamity strikes, and then we panic.

When it starts raining, it is too late to begin building the ark.  However, we do need to listen to the Lord’s spokesmen.  We need to calmly continue to move ahead and prepare for what will surely come.  We need not panic or fear, for if we are prepared, spiritually and temporally, we and our families will survive any flood.  Our arks will float on a sea of faith if our works have been steadily and surely preparing for the future.

The key is to accept the invitation of our prophet, whom we sustained this morning, “to live with ever more attention to the life and example of the Lord Jesus Christ, especially the love and hope and compassion He displayed” (quoted in Ensign, July 1994, p. 4). — Elder W. Don Ladd, Ensign, November 1994, p. 29

(JS-Matt 24:44)  “Then shall be fulfilled that which is written, that in the last days, two shall be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other left; . . .”

The servants of God are angels in one sense, sent forth to gather the house of Israel from the four corners of the earth; and the Elders of this Church in their labors have fulfilled, partly, the sayings of the Savior, when they have found two working in the field, one has received the Gospel and been gathered, and the other left; two working in a mill, one has been taken and the other left; two lying in a bed, the one has been taken and the other left.  But no doubt these sayings will have their final and complete fulfilment about the time of the second coming of the Savior. — Elder Heber C. Kimball in Journal of Discourses, 10:103

Elder Bruce R. McConkie, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wrote: “After the immersion of the earth in the waters of Noah came a day of new beginning.  As in Adam’s day, the faithful lived under a theocratic system, and as in the days before the flood, those who chose to live after the manner of the world set up their own governments and their own ways of worship.  The seed of Shem, Ham, and Japheth began to populate the earth, and it so continued for more than four hundred years, when Abraham, who received theocratic power from Melchizedek, went down into Egypt.  There he found a descendant of Ham, reigning as Pharaoh, whose government was patterned after the patriarchal governments of old, but which was devoid of priesthood and revelation, and hence, as far as worship is concerned – a worship prescribed, mandated, and commanded by pharaoh – had turned to idolatry.’ (Abraham 1:20–27)”  (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, 660) Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, p. 32

The Flood and subsequent cataclysms drastically changed the topography and geography of the earth. The descendants of Noah evidently named some rivers, and perhaps other landmarks, after places they had known before the Flood.  This theory would explain why rivers in Mesopotamia now bear the names of rivers originally on the American continent. It is also possible that some present river systems are remnants of the antediluvian river systems on the one great continent that existed then. Old Testament Student Manual, p. 33

Moses 8:3 records that Methuselah was not taken with the city of Enoch so that the line could be continued. . . . Once his work was done he may have been translated too, for during the nearly seven hundred years from the time the city of Enoch was translated until the time of the Flood the righteous Saints were translated and joined Enoch’s people (see Moses 7:27; see also McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 804).

“Methuselah lived till the very year in which the flood came, . . .”  (Clarke, Bible Commentary, 1:68) Old Testament Student Manual, p. 53

“Noah, who built the ark, was one of God’s greatest servants, chosen before he was born as were others of the prophets.  He was no eccentric, as many have supposed. Neither was he a mythical figure created only in legend.  Noah was real. . . .

“Let no one downgrade the life and mission of this great prophet.  Noah was so near perfect in his day that he literally walked and talked with God. . . .

“Few men in any age were as great as Noah.  In many respects he was like Adam, the first man.  Both had served as ministering angels in the presence of God even after their mortal experience.  Adam was Michael, the archangel, but Noah was Gabriel, one of those nearest to God.  Of all the hosts of heaven, he was chosen to open the Christian era by announcing to Mary that she would become the mother of the Savior, Jesus Christ.  He even designated the name by which the Redeemer should be known here on earth, saying He would be the Son of God. . . .

“. . . The Lord decreed that [the earth would be cleansed] by water, a worldwide deluge.  Therefore, from among his premortal spirit children, God chose another great individual – His third in line, Gabriel – to resume the propagation of mankind following the flood.”  (Mark E. Petersen, Noah and the Flood [1982], 1-4) Old Testament Student Manual, p. 54