How many people died in Noah’s flood? # 169

Yesterday I posted on how many people died during the tribulation who rejected Jesus Christ as the Son of God and their Savior. I read Dr Henry Morris’s devotional today (see below) and began to wonder how many died in Noah’s flood.

“Pre-Flood Human Fossils” Where are all the pre-Flood human fossils? Well, the high murder rates that Genesis 6 suggests, plus other factors like catastrophic flooding, floodwater sorting, and even investigator bias, indicate we might not expect to find many after all.

This Author estimated 10.3 trillion people died in Noah’s flood.

This Author estimated 10 billion died in Noah’s flood

The world population increased from 2 billion in 1927 to 7.36 billion in 2015. This is a compound annual growth rate of 1.5% in a time of great wars and genocide in Germany, Russia and other countries.

The 1st Author with a 10.3 trillion estimate assumed a time frame from creation to the flood of 1656 years, starting with 2 people and a compound annual growth rate of 1.783%. The only variable in question is the growth rate.

The 2nd Author with a 10 billion estimate is based on a 1.36% compound annual growth rate.

A range of “Few people alive at the Flood” to 10 trillion is large but maybe warranted given unknowns. For my estimates for deaths during the tribulation of people who rejected Jesus as the Son of God and their Savior; click below.

Henry Luke August 26, 2015 modified November 11/23/2015

King at the Flood
by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. | Aug. 26, 2015
“The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:10-11)

There are quite a few different Hebrew words which are translated “flood” in the Old Testament. The word in this passage (Hebrew, mabbul), however, is unique in that it is only used elsewhere in the account of the Noahic Flood, thus indicating conclusively that the dramatic scenes described in this psalm occurred at the time of the great Flood.

There was never in all history such a time as that, when “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). God therefore brought about “the end of all flesh” (v. 13)—no doubt millions, perhaps billions, of ungodly men and women—by the great mabbul.

In spite of the fact that nearly every culture all around the globe (made up of descendants of the eight survivors of the Flood) remembers this terrible event in the form of “flood legends,” the very concept of God’s judgment on sin is so offensive to the natural mind that modern scholarship now even denies it as a fact of history.

Nevertheless, the epitaph of the antediluvian world is written in stone, in the sedimentary rocks and fossil beds, everywhere one looks all over the world. The greatest rebellion ever mounted against the world’s Creator by His creatures (both men and fallen angels) was put down by God simply by His voice! “The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters” (Psalm 29:3).

In all the great turmoil of the Flood, Noah and the righteous remnant in the Ark were safe through it all. In every age, even in times of stress and danger, “the LORD will bless his people with peace.” HMM

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3 Responses to How many people died in Noah’s flood? # 169

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  2. Michael Schwartz says:

    So the people of Adam,were 10 billion to 10 trillion. Why such a big difference. Why Such a wide spread. As of today there are about 7 trillion people on Earth. The wickedness of this world is getting worse every day. We don’t have enough food to feed everyone. What is left to come. Were there people ,where the USA is now.?

    • Michael there was a typo in your comment there are about “7 billon” people on earth now. Before the flood people lived long live and had many children per couple. They also lived in a very protective environment. By Noah’s time they were much more wicked than today because only 8 righteous people existed despite Noah’s preaching for 120 years. I lean to the smaller estimate of population at the flood time. Did you see my post on number of people who died in the tribulation? Henry Luke

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