I just got home from filming a segment for the documentary “Is Genesis History?”
We were with Dr. Larry Vardiman in northwest Washington State.
Mt. Baker holds the world’s record for annual snowfall: 1140 inches…nearly 100 feet of snow. That is why we were there. There is a gorgeous glacier on a sister peak, Mt. Shukstan, (my picture above) that was breath-taking.
Our purpose was to talk about the Ice Age and the issue of Ice Core dating.
There is too much to relate here, but the key thing that we talked about was that you don’t get an Ice Age by merely turning down the temperature. That is a misconception. A cold earth, by itself, would not get you an “Ice” Age. It might get you a “Cold” Age, but it couldn’t produce the amount of snow and glacier ice that is associated with an “Ice Age” as we commonly think of it. Cold air holds less moisture and the colder it gets, the less it holds. The old saying “It’s too cold to snow" is technically true.
So how do you get an Ice Age?
There are two key prerequisites that have to be present: a very warm ocean and, at the same time, cold continents. This seems to be incompatible. But that is the point. An Ice Age isn’t easy to come by. Normal conditions don’t get you there. An Ice Age isn’t something that just happens every once in a while with the normal, small fluctuations in the earth’s climate. That is why scientists who follow the conventional paradigm confess that the Ice Age is a puzzling phenomenon. This mystery has resulted in many different theories (68 at one count) and multiple Ice Ages (as many as 30 or more). But the reason for the lack of clarity is primarily due to the extremely unique and contradictory factors that must be in place in order to have an Ice Age.
A uniformitarian view of earth history isn’t going to get it.
You need something strange to happen…very strange and very abnormal.
Like a catastrophe.
So what could have created very warm oceans and cold continents simultaneously?
Dr. Vardiman is a “paleoclimatologist”. That means his specialty is in studying the earth’s climates in the past. He is convinced that we have only had one Ice Age and it occurred immediately after the catastrophic events of the Flood. That catastrophe, recorded for us in the ancient records, provides exactly the kind of unique conditions necessary to bring about an Ice Age…for which, by the way, we have a great deal of evidence all around the world.
At the start of the Flood, there were massive eruptions in the oceans, “the great deep”. Some of those released water bound up below and others released hot magma. If you study a map of the ocean floors, you will find the remnant of this in what looks like a huge “baseball seam” that extends around the world. The hot magma, and possibly the high friction caused by the movement of the tectonic plates, heated the oceans to almost 100 degrees. There is sufficient evidence in seabed cores that substantiate ocean temperatures this high. At the same time, the volcanic ash, among other particulates, reflected the sun’s heat and lowered the temperatures on the continents. This created both elements necessary for an Ice Age. The warm oceans, even in the Arctics, then produced huge amounts of evaporations and the colder continents and the atmosphere turned this water vapor into massive amounts of snow. The earth’s climate during this 500-year period was radically different that today. The air currents over the oceans and continents produced a continual series of huge snowstorms that laid down thousands of feet of snow. As the snow depth grew, the weight compacted the snow below, pressed out the air, and created layers and layers of ice. Some of that ice became glaciers (which move) and some became ice sheets (more stagnant)…even as far south as St. Louis, Missouri in North America.
This single Ice Age was a transitional epoch that extended from the end of the Flood for hundreds of years until the oceans cooled sufficiently to end the high rate of evaporation.
Dr. Kurt Weis, whom we filmed earlier, spoke of this unique period as the “Arpachshad Epoch”, named after Arpachshad, one of Noah’s grandsons. It was a period in which the earth continued to “tremble” for hundreds of years after the deep catastrophe of the Flood. It was marked with massive secondary floods from trapped water, but more importantly, significant and numerous volcanic eruptions. These eruptions would have kept injecting high amounts of aerosols into the atmosphere, blocking the sun and keeping the continents cold while the ocean remained warm enough to continue evaporating large volumes of water into the atmosphere.
Climate models, when seeded with the assumptions of the catastrophic Flood, predict a massive amount of ice and snow, sufficient to explain all of the Ice Age evidence that we find around the world. Those models also predict that some portions of the earth would have been devoid of glaciation and some areas would have been actually dry enough toward the end of the Ice Age to create huge dust storms. Dr. Varidam and others believe these dust storms are partially responsible for some of the post-Flood extinctions and also provide an answer for the disappearance of the wooly mammoths and how some have been found strangely preserved, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia and Alaska.
I was also fascinated by our discussion of the evidence in the ice cores. The conventional paradigm tells us that the ice cores in Greenland and the Antarctica prove not only multiple ice ages, but also long time periods…in the hundreds of thousands of years. But Dr. Vardiman was adamant that the evidence doesn’t support those conclusions. In fact, he excitedly told me that the ice in Greenland has preserved everything from the beginning of the Ice Age following the Flood and that an examination of the ice cores show the high volume of volcanic ash at the bottom, just as would be predicted from a Genesis paradigm.
I am increasingly amazed at the intelligence and dedication these scientists have. They have faced a tough road in our current scientific world. The conventional paradigm has tons of money that can fund its research. Creation scientists get none of that. Many are hounded or thwarted during their university studies, exceedingly so, as has been documented by various studies, including Bergman’s “Slaughter of the Dissidents”. But these men have remained faithful and are increasingly convinced that the evidence, if looked at without bias, points to the historical narrative that we have been given in Genesis.
[For those of you who have asked, we hope the film will release this Fall.]
As our culture increasingly rejects God and moves toward Public Atheism, it is progressively removing all symbols that point to Him. A week ago, the “MIA/POW” table in the Ohio VA clinic in Akron included a Bible, which has been a military tradition for generations. However, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, headed by Mikey Weinstein, complained that it violated the U.S. Constitution and the Bible is now gone. Weinstein has been on a personal vendetta to remove any hint of a Christian presence from the military. He has virtually stripped it from the Air Force Academy and not much is left in the others. In its place, Weinstein has entrenched his agnostic/atheistic worldview. Rather than fight, the Ohio clinic administrator, Brian Reinhart, simply caved and removed the Bible on his own. This is the increasingly acquiescent pattern as our country bows to its Covenant of Tolerance and becomes ever more intolerant to transcendent Truth.
As public atheism rises, the Remnant will be increasingly forced underground. It is a new role for us, but we will need to learn more and more how to impact our culture through personal relationships. I think that is where we should have been working all along.
Fifty years ago next month, just prior to Easter, Time magazine ran its infamous “Is God Dead” cover story, stating how science and a secular worldview were unseating America’s religious foundation. A few months later, John Lennon, on the eve of the Beatles assault on America, declared that “Christianity will go…it will vanish and shrink…we’re more popular than Jesus…”
It is easy for us today to think that Time and Lennon’s prophecy are coming true. But several things have to be kept in perspective. Lennon is gone and Time magazine is in its death throes.
In 1776, Voltaire boasted that he would destroy Christianity and in the 1800’s, Robert Ingersoll declared he would have the Bible in the morgue within 15 years. Instead, both Voltaire and Ingersoll lie in the morgue. From the Greek writer Porphyry to the Emperor Diocletian to the terrorists who are killing thousands of Christians each year, the attack on Christianity is not new. The war began in the garden and came to a crescendo at the cross.
But it didn’t end there.
And it isn’t ending here.
Yes, we in America are seeing signs of a culture that is embracing Public Atheism and the numbers show that we are declining. But don’t misunderstand what is happening.
There remains a huge Remnant in this land and we remain for a reason. By now, we should look like France or the Netherlands.
But we do not.
There is a winnowing that is going on.
Don’t be overly distraught by the stripping of God from our public square. Don’t despair over the rise of a “Neo-Christianity” that is increasingly more about the individual and one’s own religious pleasure and comfort. Don’t be confused by the number of supposed “evangelicals” that are supporting a vulgar and immoral man.
We are in a battle that has been fought by our forefathers for thousands of years. And, it also appears to me that this is part of a great sifting within the Body of Christ.
We have been preserved for this time.
If we need to go underground, then we will do so. If we have to return to slowly impact our culture through personal, one-on-one relationships, then I think we will have been forced back into His original desire anyway. If we are forced to encourage one another in smaller groups, then that might well be for the best.
Do not be dismayed, dear Remnant. The giants in the land are nothing in His sight. We are here by His providential hand and we will stand...by His might and by His strength.
Be of great cheer!
Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
P.S. If you can, pause to pray for Repentance, Tuesdays, Noon Eastern
For those of you who happen to read this, I would request that we join together this Tuesday, noon, eastern to pray…set it up on your calendar to stop for a minute and entreat God to grant this nation repentance.
Don’t pray for revival…we aren’t yet ready for that.
Don’t pray for relief. Don’t pray for rescue.
Pray for repentance.
Pray that a deep sense of guilt and shame would fall upon our nation.
Pray for a crushing weight of remorse.
Pray that a lament would rise within out souls and cry out in anguish.
We have rejected Truth and therefore know nothing of guilt.
We have rejected God and therefore have no sense of shame.
We have deified ourselves and gorge on pleasure and entertainment.
Our comedy is filthy, our music is debased, our movies are polluted.
Our homes are broken, our morals decayed, our economy hangs by a thread.
Hatred and discontent boils beneath the surface.
Greed, selfishness and sin rot our bones.
We are morphing into Sodom and partying on the way.
We know nothing of sin, nothing of guilt, nothing of shame.
Paul wrote that God is the one who grants repentance and that is why we must entreat Him to do so.
We are long past having a national conscience. We are long past having a sense of moral guilt.
We must ask God to crush us with shame.
A leading candidate, supported by evangelicals, mocks and makes fun of the disabled, belittles peoples appearance, threatens and bullies when opposed, expresses lust for his daughter, builds strip clubs, promotes gambling, declares he has never asked for forgiveness, uses foul language, speaks unkindly and arrogantly, and feigns to be a Christian. On the other side are candidates that support abortion, homosexuality, increasing tyranny, loss of freedoms and making dependents of more and more of the citizenry, destroying the fruitfulness of the nation. We are running pel mel into a horrible choice at the general election.
It is time to be on our knees.
If you are voting Tuesday, don’t vote for someone who will rescue. Don’t vote for someone to give you revenge. Don’t vote for selfish reasons. Don’t vote for someone to give you someone else’s property. Vote for someone who stands for righteousness. Vote for someone who will stand for what is morally right.
But…don’t ever think that the future of this nation rests upon one man or one woman.
It never has and it never will.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34
We have been deeply blessed. But those blessings have not come from us, they have been poured out upon us as a nation by the gracious hand of God. And just as He gave Israel the choice to choose life or death by choosing His ways or their ways, so I increasingly sense that we edge closer and closer to a final choice.
Carved in the Jefferson memorial:
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
If you sense, Remnant, as I do, that it is time to tremble for our country, then let’s do so. I’ll be praying Tuesday, noon, eastern for repentance.