The following is derived from a transcript of Dr. Hovind’s video, which you can see above. (His videos and materials are not copyrighted.)
In order to answer many questions about the original Creation and the pre-flood world, we must first study what the Bible says about it. In Genesis 1:6, the Bible states that the firmament divided the waters from the waters. Ok, now hold on a minute. What is a firmament? Well, let’s see. Verse six says that the firmament is in the midst of the waters, and it divides the waters from the waters. Some people may say, “Oh I know what that is, it is the dirt.”
Well, the dirt could not possible be the firmament. Let’s read down to verse 20 and see why:
“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl (birds) that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” Genesis 1:20
So it says in verse 20 that the fowl, which are the birds, fly in the firmament. Therefore, the firmament is obviously the first heaven where the birds fly.
The Three Heavens
More than one heaven? The first heaven is where the birds fly, you are breathing it now. The second heaven is where the sun, moon, and stars are:
We call the area where the sun, moon, and stars are “outer space.” That is the second heaven. The third heaven mentioned in the Bible is in II Corinthians 12:2.
“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.” 2 Corinthians 12:2
The Apostle Paul in this chapter is telling about when he was caught up to the third heaven. So, there are three heavens in the Bible, the first heaven is where the birds fly, the second heaven is where the stars are, and the third heaven is where God lives.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament sheweth His handiwork. Psalms 19:1
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. (Genesis 1:7)
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. (Psalms 148:4)
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: (2 Peter 3:5)
What is this talking about? Was there water above the atmosphere where the birds fly? It is not that way today, what is going on here? Why did II Peter say the earth was standing out of the water, and in the water?
The Canopy Theory
Before the flood, the atmosphere apparently had a seventh layer. The Bible says there used to be water above the firmament. It could have been water or ice. It is not there anymore because it all came down at the time of the Flood. It might have been ice, because ice at low temperatures becomes magnetic and you can actually suspend it in the magnetic field of the earth. This is called the Meissner Effect.
If ice was up there, say 10 miles up, 6 inches of ice just to pick a number, that super cold ice suspended by the magnetic field would increase air pressure on the earth and would filter out the sunlight. Water stops a lot of the damaging effects of the sunlight. It would make the whole earth like a big greenhouse.
Water Under the Crust
There was not only water above the earth; there was also water in the crust of the earth. This is made very clear in Psalms 24. Most of the water, that is now in the oceans, used to be in the crust of the earth.
Psalms 136 says that He stretched out the earth above the waters. That is not the way it is today. The original creation probably had a layer of ice above, but it had water under the crust of the earth. This is the water that came to the surface when the fountains of the great deep broke open.
The earth today still has cracks where it broke open at the time of the Flood. There is no question about it: there are cracks in the earth’s crust. Yes, the earth is broken up into plates and the plates are still moving. But the question is, when did all of this happen? Now the evolutionist will tell you that this happened over millions and millions of years. However, it appears that all of this started at the time of the Flood: when the fountains of the deep broke open. When this happened the water went shooting up to the surface and it is still here today.
There is a new theory out that says maybe a lack of oxygen killed the dinosaurs. A lack of oxygen? Why would they say that? Scientists are confused about dinosaurs, they have two serious problems. In 1993, all the dinosaur experts got together in Chicago and they said they have a problem.
They said that the dinosaur lungs were too small and they would not be able to breathe. Plus their nostrils were too small. The newspaper article above says that an 80-foot Apatosaurus had nostrils the same size as a horse.
How is an 80-foot animal going to get enough air through nostrils the same size as a horse? He would be sucking so hard trying to get a breath; it would set him on fire from all the friction from the wind whistling in there! Couldn’t breathe! Well, apparently, they did breathe, because we find their bones all over the place. So, how could they breathe?
The World Was Different
Well, today an 80-foot Apatosaurus could not breathe. However, before the Flood, the canopy of water or ice over head would have increased the air pressure. Plus, they had richer oxygen.
Sometimes in amber, which is petrified tree sap, they find air bubbles trapped. The air bubbles trapped in amber have 50% more oxygen than we do today. Today we are breathing 21% oxygen, amber bubbles have 32% oxygen. Well, evolution teaches that the earth had no oxygen at the beginning when life was ‘evolving’. This is not true. The air bubbles in the amber prove that the earth had more oxygen in the past than it does today.
If you lived in a world with double the air pressure and 50% more oxygen, just breathing would be exciting! Under those conditions, not only does your hemoglobin take on oxygen, your plasma gets oxygen saturated in your blood stream which means you could run for hundreds of miles without getting tired! You would be full of energy all the time!
This layer of water or ice above would act as a protective barrier that would block out UV light, x-rays, and other harmful things that come from the sun. The sun produces a lot of stuff besides light. It produces x-rays, gamma rays, beta rays, etc. All these rays are particularly hard on your body. A lot of people don’t realize it, but the sun x-rays us everyday.
Your skin feels the full force of these x-rays and your body has to fix the damage. Your body fixes millions of holes in your skin from these x-rays every single day. After 50 or 60 years, or 80 for sure, your body starts to loose the battle for damage control. Your skin begins to wrinkle up. However, this did not happen before the Flood. The Bible says before the flood came they lived to be over 900 years old.
Not only were they living to be 900 years old or more, but they got bigger as well. Below is a skeleton of a man that was 11 foot 6 inches tall! How would you like to have one of those guys on your basketball team?
Roman Emperor Maximinus was 8 foot 6 inches tall about 2,000 years ago. This is where we get our word maximum from. A 9 foot 8 inch skeleton was found in Indiana.
A skeleton 10 feet tall was found in Humbolt Lake, Nevada. In Guam, they have a legend that giants used to live on the island of Guam and built the big “Latte” stones found there.
In Indiana, 8 giants were found ranging from 8 to 9 feet long wearing heavy copper armor. The museum was not interested in them. Why would a museum not be interested in 9 foot skeletons to put on display? Could it be that there is a theory called evolution, which says we started off small and we are getting bigger? The reason that they don’t want these skeletons is because it goes against their theory. The truth is, people were much bigger before the Flood and now we are getting worse.
Below is a giant block of rock, who on earth is moving these things? That is a camel in front of the rock to give you an idea of how big it is. Who is cutting and moving these things? Also pictured below is a 39 pound axe head. 39 pounds! Now that is a heavy axe!
Here is a picture of a human thumb bone. Underneath it is a giant human thumb bone.
Here is a picture of a thigh bone replica from a giant skeleton found in Egypt. This man would have been about 13 feet tall!
Not only were people living longer before the flood, the animals were too. And they were growing bigger; probably much bigger. Here is a hornless rhinoceros that was 18 feet tall. That’s a big rhino!
Also, a canopy of water or ice would increase air pressure which allows insects to grow larger. This is because insects breathe through their skin. Today’s bugs are limited in size by the amount of oxygen and by the air pressure. A 50 inch wingspan dragonfly fossil was found in Italy.
Giant sloths used to live on the planet. Most museums you go to will tell you that they lived millions and millions of years ago. They did not live millions of years ago, they lived just before the Flood came. Buffalo horns have been found with a 12 foot span.
A fossil of a guinea pig has been found that was over 1,500 pounds! Now that’s a big guinea pig.
Increasing air pressure means more gas gets into the water and the fish can get a lot bigger. Today if a shark has a tooth about an inch long it indicates that the shark is probably about 15 feet long. Fossil sharks teeth have been found that indicate sharks used to get 80 feet long on this planet! Can you imagine an 80 foot shark? The movie Jaws had a 25 foot shark. You would have to use Jaws for bait to catch one of these Megalodons.
Before the Flood, turtles got pretty big as well. Below is a picture of a giant turtle that is in Yale Museum. Giant oysters have been found 2 miles above sea level, in the Andes Mountains, that were 11.5 feet wide and weighed over 600 pounds!
When they climbed Mt. Everest they found petrified clams on the top. The interesting thing about these clams is that they are petrified and they are closed. Now, obviously Mt. Everest is about 450 miles from the beach. Clams obviously do not climb mountains and when they die they open. You never find clams closed if they are dead, they open right away. How do we have petrified closed clams on the top of Mt. Everest? Only a world-wide flood can explain this.
It is a simple fact that reptiles never stop growing. They grow all of their lives. What would happen to a reptile if you put him in the Garden of Eden and let him live to be 900 years old or more? Well, you would have a big lizard; a really big lizard. Dinosaurs were big lizards that lived with Adam and Eve before the Flood came. Below is a picture of a Jackson Chameleon. You can buy these in a pet store. What’s he going to look like if you put him in the pre-flood world and let him live to be about 900 years old? Probably like some kind of Triceratops.
Dinosaur means terrible lizard and dinosaurs have lived with humans all throughout history, they just had a different name for them. They called them Dragon.
(Information is from Dr. Hovind’s ‘Garden of Eden’ DVD. His materials are not copyrighted)
Includes the following:
Part 1 - The Age of the Earth: Uncovers the follies of the Big Bang theory and exposes the religious beliefs of evolution.
Part 2 -The Garden of Eden: Describes the earth as it was before the worldwide flood, and how it was possible for man to live over 900 years, for plants and animals to grow much larger than today, and for dinosaurs to thrive along with man.
Part 3 - Dinosaurs and the Bible: Traces the biblical and historical references to dinosaurs and includes interviews with people who claim to have seen living dinosaurs.
Part 4 - Lies in the Textbooks: Shows how public school textbooks are permeated with fraudulent information in order to convince students that evolution is true.
Part 5 - The Dangers of Evolution: Reveals the terrible effects that evolution beliefs have had on societies throughout history.
Part 6 - The Hovind Theory: Blends scientific observations with Scripture in an explanation of what could have caused Noah's Flood, the Ice Age, the formation of coal, mountain ranges, and the Grand Canyon.
Part 7 - Question and Answers: Covers a wide variety of topics including radiometric dating, starlight, "primitive man," race origins, the mark of the beast, alleged contradictions in the Bible, and many more!