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La Belle Hougue Cave

“….. But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect…..” Matthew 24: 36-44
On Jersey’s North coast, just east of Bonne Nuit Bay is Giffard Bay. Just east of that is a set of three caves known as La Belle Hougue. One of these contains a fossil beach. It’s situated about 25 feet above the present mean sea level. (Either sea levels have dropped or land levels have been raised catastrophically over past millennia.)

Fossils, of course, exist world-wide. They have provided an enormous data base of species of animals, insects and fish many of which are species no longer existing on earth.

For some scientists the existence of fossilised creatures all over the earth is evidence of a global and catastrophic flood. After all, how could living creatures become preserved and entombed in stone other than through catastrophe? And why are fossils found everywhere – including in Jersey?

‘No creature but man willingly kills itself.’ (Thomas Watson, preacher and writer, 1620-1686)
The 1949 Bulletin of the Societe Jersiaise contains a full record of the deer antlers fossilised in this beach. Together with those mammalian remnants were a good number and variety of marine mollusc – indicating again a possible catastrophe embracing both land and water based animals. Deer antlers were entombed with marine life and preserved in stone.

Many scientists reject the concept of Noah’s flood as recorded in the Book of Genesis in the Bible. They reject it not because it doesn’t fit with the evidence but because they wish to interpret facts – and draw conclusions - without reference to the God of the Bible – the God of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

What, to many, is highly persuasive, however, is the fact that Jesus Christ referred to Noah as a real person and to the global flood as a real historic event. See bold above.

It’s noteworthy that Jesus did not predict another flood. Almighty God promised Noah (as recorded in the book of Genesis) that that would never be. “I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth….. I have set my [rain] bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.  When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

Instead Jesus drew attention to the fact that his return to earth (after his death on the cross and resurrection and ascension to his Father above) would be as unexpected to people on earth as were the flood waters of Noah’s day….

He urged his hearers to be ready - to be ready because the hour of his return would be totally unexpected - totally unexpected because of eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, working, preparing, planning, and sleeping.

What do you think Jesus wanted these folk – those who heard him – to actually do in order to avoid being caught unawares? What did he want to happen? He asked only that they stay awake – which means to give attention to, to take heed of, to actively watch…what?


‘The real horror of being outside of Christ is that there is no shelter from the wrath of God.’ (Eric Alexander)
I think he wanted them to do what Noah did – to anticipate his return by entering the Ark and to stay in that Ark – the true Ark - until he returned. This Ark would protect and carry them through all the storms of life and into eternal life.
Richard Syvret

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