[Originally published as World History After Noah – Part II]
Conditions for travel by both people and animals were affected by the Ice Age, which occurred after the Flood as the result of two unrepeatable conditions.
- The oceans contained warm water because of widespread exposure to magma, volcanic eruptions, and recently released hot subterranean water. The warm waters easily evaporated and formed clouds, producing massive amounts of snow during the winter months and frequent rains during the summer months.
- The summer months were often cooler than usual because large amounts of volcanic ash in the air from widespread volcanic eruptions blocked the sun’s rays. The cooler temperatures of summer only allowed a partial melting of each year’s winter snows, so ice packs began to build up on the land. The persistence of warm oceans and cool summer temperatures resulted in more and more ice accumulations outside the temperate regions.
The accumulation of ice eventually became so massive that sea levels became lower. This exposed more and more of the continental shelf as dry land. Numerous islands, peninsulas, and land bridges became visible above the ocean levels. The Siberian land bridge allowed many animals and people to walk across dry land from northern Asia to North America. There were likely many other land bridges to places such as Australia and the British Islands.
It’s easy to see from the pyramid belt and other remains of cities that the first civilizations were in the temperate regions of the earth. At this time, there would have been many well-watered places with rich soils in which to establish their communities. Hunters and explorers are bound to have explored the frozen regions of the earth, but these inhospitable areas were not suitable places for building large cities.
The lower sea levels also allowed ships to travel across oceans with greater ease.
Sailors could have navigated their ships from the mainlands to various islands and followed known ocean currents across larger expanses of water. Not all people possessed the navigational skills to do this, but great wealth was an incentive for many who tried it.
It is likely that some of the first native American Indians crossed large bodies of water in ships during the Ice Age. They could have traveled from their original homes with navigators from Europe, Africa, and Asia as they searched for gold, silver, and other resources in the Americas. A predictable ocean current from West Africa to Central America connects the two land masses, and another reliable current flows from North America to Europe. These same currents were used by Christopher Columbus in the 1400s.
It is a reasonable explanation that the similarities in pyramids, stelae monuments with hieroglyphic writings, and carved stone statues would indicate close contact between the Olmec and Mayan civilizations of Central America with West Africa and Egypt.
During the Ice Age, people began to build cities, temples, and other structures near the seashores. Then eventually, the conditions causing the Ice Age began to reverse. Ocean temperatures cooled, ice sheets melted, and ocean levels rose. The manmade structures that existed near the sea were gradually covered with water, and many islands disappeared beneath the ocean.
Architectural remains of stairs, level rock foundations, sculptures, columns, and other manmade structures are found around the earth on the continental shelves and in shallow seas. Archeologists often attribute their underwater positions to earthquakes or tectonic plate movements. However, an even more logical explanation is that when the Ice Age was ending, the ocean levels began to gradually rise.
A great city known as Atlantis was reported to have disappeared beneath ocean waters. This event is referred to in several ancient writings as a reference to something written by Plato. He heard the story from his grandfather, who heard it from some Egyptian priests. Whether or not this story is true, there are a number of other legends and accounts from around the world that told of cities and buildings that were covered by rising sea levels.
Most of the known written world history records began after the end of the Ice Age when ocean levels and world climates had stabilized. Secular history presents an account of the first humans as primitive and ignorant, only gradually progressing to become modern man. Archeologists tend to fit the artifacts they find from ancient civilizations into the evolutionary theory, except for the ooparts that are just placed on a shelf as “anomalies.”
Nevertheless, pyramids, written languages, underwater remains of manmade structures, and other archeological artifacts still hold convincing clues to the past. They strongly support the idea that the earliest humans were highly intelligent and were designed by an intelligent Creator, in agreement with Genesis chapter one.
History books depict man’s earliest ancestors as ape-like animals, followed by cavemen who progressed over millions of years to become modern man. However, these accounts are far from factual. They tend to be accepted as facts because they have been repeated so many times and not many experts have challenged this assumption.
The real fact is that many aspects of history can be more logically explained by highly intelligent early humans, a worldwide Flood, the restoration of some pre-Flood technologies, the dispersal of Flood survivors from Babel, and a non-repeatable Ice Age.