(The two important things that we will learn from this chapter is that God will never destroy this earth by water ever again, and that we will always have our days and nights, and our seasons with us.)
Genesis 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
(The waters that covered the earth subsided gradually [asswaged]. God remembered Noah and all of his family and the living that were on the ark, they were all under God's protection.
2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
(150 days = 5 months. That flood of the end times will also continue for a five month period, and this is recorded in Revelation 9:5; "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."
Genesis 8:3 separates the flood of Noah's day from the flood that caused the end of the first earth age. For in Noah's flood the waters declined gradually, and as we will see later, took a full year to totally resend. In our study of Genesis chapter one, the flood that ended the first earth age went away instantly, at the word spoken by the Holy Spirit, the "ruach" in the Hebrew text.)
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
("Ararat" in the Hebrew tongue means "high ground". The day that the ark came to rest on that high ground was five months after God sealed Noah and all the lives on board with him, in that ark. And then the "fountains of the great deep were broken up", as recorded in Genesis 7:11. It is five months to the day later.)
December 24-25th 5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
February 1-2nd, 2347 B.C.
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
(40 in biblical numerics is probation.)
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
(The raven is an unclean bird. This dirty bird, the raven probably found himself an old dead carcass rotting on the high ground, and stayed to fill himself. His own natural instincts set his priorities. Typical of many today, they put themselves first instead of others and God's ways.)
8 Also he sent forth a dove
(A clean bird, and in symbolism represents the Holy Spirit of God.)
from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
(The dove is unlike the raven, and refuses to touch her feet on the filth that covered the earth following the flood. She does not live of garbage and the dead. The dove came back home to the ark. She gave Noah the correct indication for the signs of the times; that the earth was not ready to accept the clean living of any kind.
The Holy Spirit is also in control and ready to give us the proper indications for the signs of our times. And at the end of the five month period of time which marks the end of our flesh age, He will give us all the necessary indications to know what we are to do. We can receive those instructions now, for God recorded them in His Scriptures, through the prophets, and we are to seal those instructions away in our minds. The dove cared for the living, and came back to the ark, and the Holy Spirit also cares for the living, spiritually.)
February 8-9th 10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
(All of these things that are happening are taking place on the Sabbath.)
11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
(Keep in mind that the "olive leaf" was "plucked off" a living tree, that was living to give Noah the sign that life and vegetation existed outside the ark. This is important. In the Hebrew text the wording for "olive leaf" reads; "newly sprouted olive leaf". It was freshly grown.)
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month,
(6 such important dates in the Bible, here, Ex. 40:2, 2 Chron. 29:17, Ezra 7:9; 10:17, Ezek. 45:18)
the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
(completing one solar year plus 10 days. See 7:11)
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 "Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
(God gave the command to come out of that ark, and He set the time for this new age to begin. We must learn to have patience and wait for the proper time, so we will not be partakers in the wrong wedding of the latter days. We must know the difference between the coming of the Antichrist first, and and have patience to wait for the coming of Jesus Christ, which will also mark the end of this flesh age. Many Christians will rush to be part of the wrong wedding party.
The building of your ark takes time, and study in His word, and the only way that you will survive this latter day flood is to take time to do it. That is why we are taking God's Word in a verse by verse study, for it is all important and requires a lot of detailed study.)
17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh,
(2nd witness to 6:10. Flesh gets a brand new start. Watch how quick someone will mess up)
both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth."
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds,
(God always expects kind after kind. He does not like hybrids. It causes pollution. It is not necessarily a sin against God, it is a sin against flesh)
went forth out of the ark.
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD;
(1st time that an alter is mentioned in the Bible.)
and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
(Even though God gave the order to repopulate the earth; "every thing after his kind"; God still desires His offerings. When we do it God's way, He will provide and supply all our needs.
The "burnt offerings", or "olah" in the Hebrew language, means "to cause to ascend". This is referring to the smoke and flames that rise in the consuming of the offering totally. It conveys the message of totally consuming or giving over to God, and asking for God's acceptance of it.
Noah is giving over to God one seventh of what he has, it is a blessing that we can give back to God.)
8:21,22. God's covenant with the earth.
21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, "I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth;
(The flesh will always argue with the inner man.)
neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
(God makes it clear that it is He that has caused the total destruction before; and that He will never do it again. See 9:11-17. Isa. 54:9,10. He was happy to rid the world of the wicked Nephilim hybrids, but never again will He allow the destruction of the earth by water. The curse of the ground is now lifted.)
22 While the earth remaineth,
(The Lord's covenant with Noah was unconditional in connection with the earth)
seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
(Eternal. No nuclear winter or hot house [global warming]. He will intercede!)