When Did Yahweh Seal the Ark’s Door?

Genesis 7:1-21 Entering the Ark

1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you [alone] are righteous before Me in this generation. 2 You are to take with you seven pairs, a male and its female, of all the clean animals, and two of the animals that are not clean, a male and its female, 3 and seven pairs, male and female, of the birds of the sky—in order to keep offspring alive on the face of the whole earth. 4 Seven days from now I will make it rain on the earth 40 days and 40 nights, and I will wipe off the face of the earth every living thing I have made.” 5 And Noah did everything that the LORD commanded him. 6 Noah was 600 years old when the deluge came [and] water covered the earth. 7 So Noah, his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives entered the ark because of the waters of the deluge. 8 From the clean animals, unclean animals, birds, and every creature that crawls on the ground, 9 two of each, male and female, entered the ark with Noah, just as God had commanded him. 10 Seven days later the waters of the deluge came on the earth.

The Deluge

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the sources of the watery depths burst open, the floodgates of the sky were opened, 12 and the rain fell on the earth 40 days and 40 nights. 13 On that same day Noah along with his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah’s wife, and his three sons’ wives entered the ark with him. 14 They [entered] with all the wildlife according to their kinds, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that crawls on the earth according to its kind, all birds, every fowl, and everything with wings according to their kinds. 15 Two of all flesh that has the breath of life in it entered the ark with Noah. 16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered just as God had commanded him. Then the LORD shut him in. 17 The deluge continued 40 days on the earth; the waters increased and lifted up the ark so that it rose above the earth. 18 The waters surged and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 Then the waters surged even higher on the earth, and all the high mountains under the whole sky were covered. 20 The mountains were covered as the waters surged [above] more than 20 feet. 21 All flesh perished—creatures that crawl on the earth, birds, livestock, wildlife, and all creatures that swarm on the earth, as well as all mankind. 22 Everything with the breath of the spirit of life in its nostrils —everything on dry land died. 23 He wiped out every living thing that was on the surface of the ground, from mankind to livestock, to creatures that crawl, to the birds of the sky, and they were wiped off the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters surged on the earth 150 days.

Some people debate when Noah, his family and the prescribed animals entered the Ark. Some believe it was prior to the 7 days before the Great Deluge came, with Yahweh sealing shut the door to Salvation; in effect, sealing off Salvation to the rest of Mankind. Others believe that Noah, his family, and the animals did not enter the Ark until that of the 7th day. It is important to understand which way it really was, because it reflects the door of salvation in our day and time. If Yahweh sealed it 7 days prior to the Flood, then the door of Salvation closes early; but if He sealed it on the 7th day, then that would mean the door remained open to those up to the last few hours of their lives.

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