Ever wonder about your ancient ancestors? Let’s learn how the earth got its population.
After the flood, Noah became a husbandman.
Genesis 9:20-21 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Now Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem, and Ham, and they each had a wife. All of whom were in the ark with Noah and his wife.
Genesis 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
From these three sons the earth was repopulated after the flood. Up to this point we know we all are related to the first 10 generations of Jesus’ lineage since all others died in the flood.
Genesis 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two bretheren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father, and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
Alright, now there are some who believe that Ham molested his father. NO!! Remember what Adam and Eve did after they ate of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil?? They covered their nakedness. Being seen naked by anyone other than your spouse is a sin. In this manner, Ham caused the righteous Noah to sin. It brought shame upon the family.
Genesis 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant.
Obviously, Canaan was already born at this time. As we will see, Canaan was the youngest son of Ham. Maybe that is why Noah chose to curse him since Ham was also the youngest. Another interesting bit about Canaan, his mother. Back in Genesis 6:4 we learned that there were giants in the earth before the flood. God said, “and also after that”. These giants were from angels mating with human women. One theory is that these beings may have had a pituitary mutation, the AIP gene, that caused them to grow larger than normal. Studies show that this gene is hereditary and carriers may not show signs of the mutation. We see several giants in the bible after the flood. The bible shows that these are descendents of Ham. Noah’s family didn’t have this gene. His generations were perfect. So, it was Ham’s wife that was a carrier.
Genesis 9:28-29 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
Genesis 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.
The sons of Japheth are Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tirus.
The grandchildren of Japheth are Ashkenaz, Riphath, Togarmah, Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands. This is where the Caucasian people came from. English, German, Irish etc. When Japheth’s family moved away from home they headed to the northern land.
The sons of Ham are Cush, Mizraim, Phut, Canaan.
The grandchildren of Ham are Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah (Great-Grandchildren Sheba. Dedan), Sabtechah, Nimrod (the mighty hunter), Ludim, Anamim, Lehabium, Nephtuhim, Pathrisum, Casluhim (Great-Grandchildren were the Philistim), Caphtorim.
Canaan’s children were Sidon, Heth, the Jebusites, Amorites, Girgasites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadite, Zemarites, and the Hamathites.
** Bold nations have known giants
Genesis 10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
It was almost like he tried to create a huge family to prove his grandfather’s curse wrong. Even taking over the area that is the Promise Land. Alas, most of Ham’s children eventually moved to the southern land, Africa.
The sons of Shem are Elam, Asshur, Arphaxed, Lud, Aram,
The grandchild of Shem are Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash, Salah
Arphaxed beget Salah who beget Eber.
Eber had two sons, Peleg and Joktan
In the days of Peleg the earth was divided.
Joktan beget Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab.
Genesis 10:30 And their (the sons of Joktan) dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
Genesis 10:10 And the beginning of his (Nimrod’s) kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Genesis 10:11 Out of the land went forth Asshur (Shem’s son), and builded Ninevah, and the city of Rehoboth, and Calah, And Resen between Ninevah and Calah: the same is a great city.
Genesis 11:1-4 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Everyone shared the same language after the flood. Which would make sense because they were all from the same family. Some found a place to settle in the land of Shinar, today’s Iraq, so, they built a city. They wanted to build a tower reaching to heaven with hopes that God would see them as special and not separate them. It is also believed that they wanted to build a tower up to heaven to make themselves gods. Some believe that Canaan’s grandson, Nimrod, was the leader of these people. Micah 5:6 tells us that the land of Nimrod was the land of Assyria which could have been Accad or Akkad.
Genesis 11:5-7 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Well God came down and seen what the people had done and realized that with one language they will conspire together. That could spell trouble so He better nip it in the bud. All their hard work to try to stay together ended up doing just the opposite. God gave them different languages and now they can’t finish building because they don’t understand what each other is saying.
Genesis 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
The people were like, welp, we don’t understand each other so we’ll just move on. Can you imagine what that day was like? One minute you are all working together and then, poof, the guy next to you starts speaking gibberish. He probably asked you, “Have you gone mad?”. I’m sure arguments ensued and maybe some fights. Eventually, most people just left and those that remained continued with the city.
Cain’s city of Enoch, or Eridu in southern Iraq, was started approx 4300BC during the Ubaid period. It was abandoned about 2663BC, the time of the flood. All the people died. City rebuilding began again approx 2500BC, during the Dynastic II period, by one of Noah’s great grandsons but, the city fell to decline around 2050BC because the people no longer understood each others language. This is not only biblical but, historical and scientific fact. Just put the pieces together. Read my Cain and Abel Study for more about this city.
The ruins of the Tower of Babel are said to be the Etemenanki Zigguart. It is not known when this monument was first built because over the years so many have tried to rebuild it. Nebuchadnezzar II is associated with the Tower of Babel Stele. A stone that depicts the reconstruction. His rebuild was destroyed. Alexander the Great ordered it to be rebuilt but, upon returning to check on progress found no one working on it so, he ordered it to be demolish and ready for rebuild. His death prevented the reconstruction. At some point you have to notice that God doesn’t want it rebuilt.
Peleg was the great-great-grandson of Shem. The bible says Peleg got his name because in his days the earth was divided. I believe he was born at the time God confounded the languages and spread the peoples abroad. I also believe that after the people scattered, God moved the lands (continental drift) to further separate them. Peleg was born approx 100 years after the flood and approx 1700 years after creation.
Now if the land was of one mass, the creatures by now would have wondered all over the land and settled in their habitats. They would have multiplied greatly. When God moved the lands, these creatures and people went along for the ride. By separating the land it has now caused different climates. The plate tectonics have pushed mountains up higher and even made new ones. I doubt God did this in one day but, it didn’t take millions of years. It’s a slower process now but, still separating. Maybe it’s just the residual momentum of God moving them faster that keeps the lands moving. Anyway, These creatures now have to adapt to their new surrounding thus creating what seems like a new species. In New Mexico, at the White Sands park, I seen mice. These mice are as white as the sand they live in. Their forefathers, as you’d say, were just ordinary mice but, their bodies adapted and changed to survive in their new environment. I even seen solid white lizards there. It’s a scientific fact that animals change to survive. Animals and other creatures adapt to their surroundings and over time it actually changes their DNA patterns. Over the years nature and humans have crossbred these adapted animals and thus that creates new ones within that species. It’s not hard to see how all these different animals came to be.
Now what about the people? The earth not only rotates around the sun but, it also spins on an axis. In 2020, it had 28 record breaking days of spinning faster since 1960. I didn’t feel a thing. Did you? The land masses were huge and the people on them probably didn’t feel it since they were moving with them. I’d say at most they may have felt a massive earthquake. Just like the animals, people would have adapted to their new climates as well. Although, could you picture thinking you’d go visit a relative miles away, probably many days journey, only to discover their land is now under water. Or at least you’d think that happened. It was probably very disorienting and frightening to find the landscape changed.
Where did the people go after God scattered them? God plainly told us that Japheth became the Gentile, caucasian, people. They went north during Pangaea becoming the countries we know today as England, Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Ireland, the Norwegian countries etc.
Shem covered the Middle East. Some of Ham’s descendents stayed in this area, too.
Ham covered most of Africa and during Pangaea they would have crossed into South America.
When God moved the lands, all those on that plate moved with it. Ham’s descendents not only became African but also, Indian tribes like the Aztecs. Some of these Indian tribes became Mexican. Some of them made it to North America. It’s possible that some of Japheth’s descendents made it over to North America. Maybe, Ham was of darker skin or maybe the people adapted to their new environment by changing skin pigment. Warmer in the south, cooler in the north. I think that’s why so many cultures have similar beliefs. There are petroglyphs of great floods and deities scattered among different civilizations that depict these similar beliefs. Their ancestors witnessed and passed down through the family these stories. Keep in mind that paganism was already in our world way before the land moved. As time goes by, the stories may change a little. New gods get invented or stories changed due to misunderstanding. Thank God we have our KJV. We may still have a misunderstanding but, while there is a monarch on the throne in England, the stories can’t be change.
Canaan descendents were cursed to be servants. What people does that sound like? With the “discovery” of new worlds, the people moved to new lands. Japheth’s descendents (England) came to North America. Japheth’s descendents brought some of Ham’s African descendents to North America. Spaniards that “found” South America enslaved the local tribes already living there. And so, just like the animals, new peoples have been created. I’m Cherokee and Irish. My ancestors are from Ham (Cherokee) and Japheth (Irish). Japheth was blessed to be enlarged. His caucasian people are huge in numbers. Shem was blessed to be the lineage of Jesus Christ (Hebrew or Jewish people) and there are many caucasian Christians (Japheth) that live in the Middle East (Shem’s tents). I do find it fascinating that the people that started in the Americas were less civilized than the east. Maybe because they started with less people? I’d think, during Pangaea, not many would roam too far from the cities that were built. Maybe after the land moved, they had nothing causing slower development.
Antarctica was once a tropical forest. There is evidence of the trees and creatures that once lived there. Now it’s way too cold and windy to live there. The only ones “living” there now are scientists.
Here’s another thought, what if the land actually separated during the flood. That would mean that the Americas were pushed away without people or animals. By the end of the flood they knew how to build a large boat to withstand the ocean. So, maybe that is how they populated the land. But, how would the creatures have gotten there? Or maybe, the earth broke up and moved slow enough that people and creatures where able to move before it separated too far. I don’t think it happened during the flood. I just threw that out there to get you thinking.
Petrified wood forms when trees go under water and get buried by layers of mud, ash, and sediment. Over time these minerals crystallize within the wood’s cellular structure forming stone like material. Wood today doesn’t petrify naturally. It just rots away. Basically, science tells us that this only happened during one certain point in history. Scientific studies of Arizona’s Petrified Forest tells us that that area was once near the equator and possibly a tropical area. The petrified trees in the Petrified Forest are now extinct trees. Perhaps they were the only type of trees that could ever go through this process.
The Grand Canyon. Science says it was carved out by the Colorado River. The canyon is a 3000ft drop down to the river. The river is an average of 40ft deep with the deepest at 85ft. Rivers can’t flow below sea level. It needs a relatively flat yet high elevation to form a canyon. Canyons are formed by tectonic activity. Tectonic uplift creates plateaus. Rivers then cut through these elevated areas of land and creates deep canyons. So, basically, when God moved the land it created plateaus from the tectonic activity thus encouraging water flow to form a river that caused these plateaus to erode and create rivers that eroded the ground more and more with the help of winds and possibly volcanic activity. The faster the water flows, the faster it will erode the ground. I’m sure the water was moving a pretty good speed when the land moved.
I’ve been asked, how could the world have populated so fast if it’s only a little over 6000 years old? The world population when I was born was 3.761 billion. In 2020, 7.8 billion. That is an increase of 4.039 billion people in 49 years. The more the population grows, the faster it will grow.
Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
After the flood, the lifespan of humans started decreasing. Maybe the change of climates, the lack of certain plants, or the new meat diet caused a change in our bodies. Maybe, more diseases came about. Maybe, animals fearing man now caused more deaths from animals. I’m thinking God decided the longer we live, the more trouble we cause. The oldest person on record as of 2020 was 122 when she died. God allowed her two extra years.
I’m no scientist but, I find it amazing how a “collection of made up stories”, written long before any of these scientific studies, basically confirms these scientific studies. While I feel scientists can’t seem to get dates right, I’m confident in many studies and findings. Science can figure out the how and why, just not the when. They go by what they understand, what they see, and try to make it sensible. That’s why they change their minds constantly. They can’t understand many biblical things because God’s power is hard to fathom. The proposed picture of Pangaea may not be quite accurate but, I’d say it’s pretty close. A lot can happen in a little over 6000 years. Especially with God in control.