According to the highly educated men of this world, many of whom have spent their entire life researching the question: What causes ice ages? A glaciation period (or more commonly called: ice age) is an interval of time lasting thousands of years that is marked by colder temperatures and glacial advancement.
According to current scientific belief, the last glaciation period reached it′s peak about 21000 years ago (YA) during the
epoch, and ended about 11500 YA as the Holocene epoch was just beginning.
Further, they say that the period of time between glaciation periods, marked by warmer temperatures and glacial retreat, is called an interglacial period. The current interglacial, which is named the Holocene has persisted since the end of the Pleistocene glaciation.
During a glaciation, much of the water on earth is locked up in the glaciers that cover it, which in turn, lowers the level of the oceans by hundreds of feet. During the last glaciation, the oceans were at least four hundred feet lower than today.
The Ice Ages?
According to those who study the ice ages, these glaciation and interglacial periods are cyclic and have been occurring throughout the four and a half billion years that the earth has been in existence, representing thousands of ice ages amounting to a total of hundred of thousands of years of glaciation. Many of these so called experts believe that we are overdue for the next glaciation period to begin, a period of time lasting so very long, that it could decimate most all of mankind.
Is the earth, according tho the scientist, going to enter another Ice Age despite what the Bible informs us, that the righteous people will enter into a paradise? In fact, the Bible clearly tells us that we are at the conclusion of this system of things (end of the world) and those righteous ones are poised to enter into that paradise very soon despite what the worldly wise one believe. (Matthew 24:3; 13:40; 28:20; Luke 18:30)
Is what they state and claim as logical and empirical evidence, really true.
When did the Ice Age Really Begin?
Unknown of most scientist, the very first ice age that occurred on earth began about 4000 years ago just after the flood in Noah′s day, but more on that later. The reason scientist do not know about it, or if they do know about it, they will not acknowledge this understanding about the beginning of glaciation, is simply because they do not except the Bible and having any credibility, especially not when comparing it to all of their research and so called scientific evidence that has been discovered.
Firstly, scientist believe that man has been on this earth in his many forms for more than a million years, that he evolved from a lower form by means of a progression of advancements caused primarily from mutations, an amelioration that raised him from a unintelligent rudimentary life form to the intelligent, talking, reasoning creature that he is today. For any of these educated men to except that man was created would require that they change their university trained belief from one that is primary atheistic to become believers that there is in fact a God who is the cause of not only man but all of the creation.
Further, these wise worldly men would in fact, have need to accept that the Bible is the only source of the both logical and empirical evidence of truth.
What Does the Bible Say?
God′s creation of the earth is found in the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis where it states in chapter one that after the heavens and earth were created, then light was brought forth to be separated from darkness. God called light Day and darkness Night and in doing so used Day to represent daylight hours in contrast to nighttime.
Then, in Geneses 1:6-7, 6 God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 and God made the firmament and parted the waters below the firmament from the waters above the firmament, and it was so;
The word firmament in this verse is a transliteration of a term used in the Latin Vulgate, firmamentum and does not accurately translate the original Hebrew word raqiya, pronounced raw-kee′-ah, which is more accurately translated, expanse. Furthermpre, this Hebrew word could be translated into atmosphere or sky, something that is the place where the birds fly and clouds gather.
Therefore, this raqiya was between the waters beneath, (which are the oceans) and the waters above (which was a water canopy above the earth.)
Too, it was this very same water canopy above the earth, that God used at the Flood in 2370 BCE (Genesis 7:11-12) states: the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.
Prior to the flood, which occurred nearly 4400 years ago, that canopy of water above the atmosphere of the earth provided a greenhouse like effect to prevail over the entire surface of the earth. At this time it did not rain, but the earth was watered by mist or dew that descended during the night. The Bible at Genesis 2:5-6 states, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6 But a mist would go up from the earth, and it watered the entire surface of the ground.
With this greenhouse put into place at the very beginning of the creation, that is, on the second day, there was no possibility that the earth could have a glaciation period forming on the northern pole, nor anywhere for that matter because the canopy of water that God put above the earth kept the climate of the entire earth suitable for life. Further, this initial climate was to be the paradise that that all the remaining creation soon to come would enjoy.
Next, on the third creative day, God said: "Let the earth cause grass to sprout, seed-bearing plants and fruit trees according to their kinds, yielding fruit along with seed on the earth." On the fourth, God said: "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." On the fifth creative day, God created every living creature that moveth in the waters. (Genesis 1:1-23)
The sixth creative day was similar in that God created every living creature according to their kind to live on the ground. Then God said to his firstborn son: "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness" and "God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man came to be a living soul." (Genesis 1:25-31; 2:7) Thus, man was in the year 4026 BCE, nearly 6050 years ago.
No Ice Age Before the Flood
When God caused the water of the canopy to rain down upon the earth in the fall of 2370 BCE, the earth was flooded by those waters previously held in the firmament above the earth. Too this massive amount of water is what most likely caused the continental plates to completely shift from their original configuration. The weaker plates sunk under the massive weight of the water and became the ocean floors and some at great depths. Other plates rose to their current location above the surface of the water and afterwards, forces inside the earth cause great mountains to rise skyward.
So, it was about 4400 years ago, with the loss of the greenhouse effect, and with only the solar radiation from the sun to warm the earth, the areas closes to the sun were kept warm. However, at the areas furthest from the warming rays of the sun, particularly, the northern and southern polar regions, there was an immediate flash freezing in these regions and any precipitation that subsequently fell, caused ice to begin forming and building up there.
Countless discoveries have shown this to be what happened, discoveries of large animals that were living in places in the very north of the earth that were flash frozen, some that even had grass still between their teeth. These discoveries can only be explained by the catastrophic change that would have occurred when a water canopy fell to earth, a canopy such as what God created. Had it been anything like what the wise men of this earth believe, the freezing would have been very gradual, and the animals would not have been flash frozen, but could have had time to move further south, such as the snowbirds do now.
No, there were no ice ages before the flood, the Bible is clear on this matter. The next section discusses what happened here on the earth not long after the flood.