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World Population Prior To The Flood of Noah?

01-26-2018:
I'm adding some information you may find interesting. It's spreadsheet data about the earth's population that can be viewed online or downloaded to your computer. You can modify the the numbers online to experiment but, it can't be saved. You can download the file to your computer and modify it any way you wish. The world population prior to the flood of Noah is a very interesting subject. It is the most visited Bible Study on my web-site. People from all over the world. The second one down, which adjust for epidemics and wars, has lots of information. Read it all very carefully.

When you select a link, Quattro Pro or Excel, there will be a pop-up question asking if you want to open or save the file to your computer. If for some reason the Pop-up question doesn't appear, it has came up behind this page.  There are two things you can do. 1. click on the minus sign at the top right corner of this page. This will hide this page and you can see the pop-up question. After choosing to open or save the file, you must click on the internet search engine in the task bar at the bottom of the screen. Click on the page that doesn't look like this one. 2. Click on one of the two links at the end of these sentences. That will take you to the directory where the spreadsheets are. While in that directory, Just left click on the file you want to view. If you want to download it to your computer, right click on the file and select Save target as.   Quattro Pro directory   Excel directory.

All eight of the spreadsheets hold good information. You can see just how the calculations were done. You can experiment by changing the numbers of population to start with, change the percent of yield, and even my explanations and comments. In other words, you can download these spreadsheets to your computer, modify to suit yourself, and have your very own work.

Spreadsheets

Spreadsheet timeline for earth's population at the time of Noah's flood using the standard Adam & Eve story.  Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF   Adam formed 3312 BC.

Spreadsheet timeline for earth's population at the time of Noah's flood Adam formed 2348 BC.  Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF   This is the date used by young earth creationist.

Spreadsheet timeline for earth's population at the time of Noah's flood using the standard Adam & Eve story adjusted for epidemics and wars.  Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF

Spreadsheet timeline for earth's population at the time of Noah's flood if 2000 BC.  Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF

Spreadsheet timeline for earth's population with two billion at the time of Noah's flood.   Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF

Spreadsheet timeline for Noah's family.   Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF

Spreadsheet timeline for 70 Israelites going into Egypt and 600,000 coming out after 430 Years.   Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF

Spreadsheet timeline for 70 Israelites going into Egypt and 1,200,000 coming out after 430 Years.   Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF

Spreadsheet timeline for earth's population at the time of Noah's flood calculating each of the races.   Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF    This is close but doesn't have adjustments for known populations given at times stated in the Bible.

Spreadsheet timeline for earth's population at the time of Noah's flood calculating each of the races.   Quattro Pro   Excel   PDF    This is the one I believe to be correct. It has adjustments for known populations given at times stated in the Bible and has some very interesting data.

God created each race with itís own gene set. Click here for pdf of the information.

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I've always been a numbers kinda guy. Numbers don't lie. You have to make up your own mind which set of numbers to believe or not to believe but, the lying comes in when a person starts stating things like: It's this way, it's that way, or something like that. You can tell by all the different methods in the spreadsheets that I'm just like most people. I find the subject very interesting and am trying to come up with a way to get to a more realistic answer. The world population prior to the flood of Noah. Does anybody know? None of us were there, so there's no eye witnesses. Sometimes I think I've heard or read it all. I've heard and read articles which state the population prior to Noah's flood was over nine billion. 9,000,000,000. That a 9 with 9 zeros. If you think that's a large number, just wait till you see some of the numbers in the spreadsheets.

What prompted me to make this information available to everyone? Last Sunday, I was in church and the pastor stated that the population at the time just before Noah's flood was two billion. He directed this statement to a certain person. This certain person I know believes this theory and I suppose the pastor does also. He didn't say that the population could have been two billion, or maybe, or something like that. He stated that it was two billion. Where did he get this number? I think he was just repeating what he had heard from that certain person.

Where did this two billion figure come from? If you examine recent data concerning the earth's population timeline, you'll find that in 1927 AD, the earth's population was two billion. I agree that is probably right but, in the very first spreadsheet listed above, the standard Adam and Eve story, you'll see the earth's population was two billion in the year 1737 AD. How many years from Adam to the flood? 1656. Not much difference between 1656 and 1737. I think maybe someone other than myself has done a very similar spreadsheet analysis, and to make it fit this new Young Earth Creationist view of creation, applied that two billion number to the 1656 years before the flood. This Young Earth Creationist view of the Bible really begin to take off in the early 1900s AD. I'm not saying they're right or wrong. I'm just saying I don't believe the creation the way they do. No one really knows.

Another good thing to compare is the standard Adam and Eve spreadsheet to the one adjusted for epidemics and wars. While looking at the population in column C at the year1656, look straight across to the right in column F and compare the numbers. The difference between C and F is starting with two people in column C and eight people in column F. So, naturally column F will be higher. But. comparing that same place in column F  of the standard Adam and Eve spreadsheet to the one adjusted for epidemics and wars, you'll notice a huge difference in the population after the flood. 1,746,888 - 20,242 = 1,726,646. To me this is significant. Which one is right? I don't know but, I think it's the one adjusted for epidemics and wars. What made the difference is the percent of yield in the calculation. I use the same percent of yield in column C & F.   Click here to view a photo of those two.   If that certain person, or other young earth creationist, see the spreadsheet adjusted for epidemics and wars, they would want to change the 2 billion before the flood to 4.84 billion.   Look at this photo.   Note column E is the year. At 1737 AD in the traditional the population is 2 billion. In the adjusted for epidemics and wars at 1737 AD it's 4.84 billion.

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Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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Some reports I've read on this subject really surprised me. Some had numbers that went into the billions. One as high as nine billion. I noticed they used a lot of modern math and technical data, but very little Bible.  After reviewing some of the reports I decided to do this little study. It's based on Bible facts and percents of yield, (like if you had money in the bank drawing interest). I hope you enjoy it.

We only know the population of the world as it is now and since itís been recorded, so to figure out the population prior to the flood of Noah, in all probability, canít be done. The only definite numbers in the Bible concerning populations over a given period of time is.... Seventy Israelites go into Egypt and 400 years later, come out 1.2 million. All deaths included. There are others that tend to think 2 million or more. Me, Iíll be conservative. Other than Adam and Noah, I believe this is the only incident in the Bible that actually gives numbers of populations that can actually be used in figuring population. It only deals with a particular race of people. The race of Adam. We can use the eight from the ark to 6.7 billion in this year 2007. Would we use that figure for the entire population of the earth or just those of Adamís race, (or family)?

We must consider the different thoughts of just how many people God created and when he created them. The standard is the Adam and Eve story being the only two and from that time has been 6,008 years with a global flood 1,656 years after the creation of Adam. Although this may not be true, it seems to be the most commonly taught. Another belief is that God created three and maybe all of the four races on the 6th day, rested on the 7th, then formed Adam on the 8th day with the flood not being global. Another thought is, that on the 5th day, God created, from the water, a people. Again with the flood of Noahís day not being global. Those who think this, believe it to be the Oriental, (or Asian), peoples of today. I have found two studies on this matter. One states the Asian population is 66 percent, or 2/3rds. The other states 56 percent. I chose to use the 2/3rds. for this study.

I think to better understand the population prior to the flood, we should examine these possibilities with the population facts as we know today, along with population facts, (not assumptions), of the Bible. Letís begin with our current population and time. 6,700,000,000, or 6.7 billion, this year, 2007. Letís examine this 6.7 billion using the three scenarios in the above paragraph.

From Adam to the flood of Noah was 1,656 years. From the flood to the year 2007 is 4,352 years. A total of 6,008 years. If we use the three races on the 6th day scenario, we must add 2,000 years to 1,656 and 6,008, making those numbers read 3,656 and 8,008. If we use the 5th day creation scenario, we must add 3,000 years. Making those number read 4,656 and 9,008.

After the Flood

The standard Adam and Eve Story:
Eight from the ark:
Number of people to start: 8
Percent yield: 0.0047322. Must be this to get to current population.
Number of years: 4352. From the flood til 2007.
Number of people after 4352 years = 6,763,744,382 Current population 2007 is 6.7 billion.

Currently, 2007, only 17 percent, or 1.139 billion, of world population is Caucasian, (or white).

Eight of Adamís race after the flood. Just one of the four races, which make up the 6.7 billion.
Number of people to start: 8
Percent yield: 0.0043232
Number of years: 4352
Number of people after 4352 years = 1,153,880,773.

1.139 billion, (Caucasian) + 5.5615 billion, (other races), = 6.7 billion. Current world population 2007.

Sixth Day Scenario:
Now letís use the sixth day creation with God making three of the four races.

Number of people to start: 6
Percent yield: 0.25817
Number of years: 8008
Number of people after 8008 years = 5,463,322,405. Population 2007, other than white.

Fifth Day Scenario:
Two thirds of worldís population are Asian. 4.46 billion.

Number of people to start: 2
Percent yield: 0.23925
Number of years: 9008
Number of people after 9008 years = 4,388,790,795. 4.46 billion. Asian population from 5th. Day creation.

Could this account for the reason the Asian population is so great?

Before The Flood

Before the flood there are three scenarios to deal with:

1. The standard Adam and Eve story being created on the sixth day.

2. Four races being created on the sixth day.

3. Three races created on the sixth day and one race created on the fifth day with a day as one thousand years with God.

In the spreadsheets you will notice the percent yield appears different than below. Below, for explaining purposes, you see 0.7456. In the spreadsheet it will be 0.007456. This is for calculations purposes.

Scenario One:
The standard Adam and Eve Story:
Number of people to start: 2
Percent yield: 0.7456. Same percentage of growth as above Using percent of yield from earth's population timeline adjust for deaths.
Number of years: 1656
Number of people after 1656 years = 436,722. Total population for Adam and Eve only created on the sixth day. One race.

Scenario Two:
The sixth day with four races:

Number of people to start: 8
Percent yield: 0.7456. Same percentage of growth as above Using percent of yield from earth's population timeline adjust for deaths.
Number of years: 1656
Number of people after 1656 years = 1,746,888. Total population for all four races being created on the sixth day.

Scenario Three:
The sixth day with three races:

Number of people to start: 6
Percent yield: 0.7456. Same percentage of growth as above Using percent of yield from earth's population timeline adjust for deaths.
Number of years: 1656
Number of people after 1656 years = 1,310,166. Total population for three races being created on the sixth day.

Scenario Four:
The fifth day creation. Using the Asian population only:

Number of people to start: 2
Percent yield: 0.7456. Same percentage of growth as above. Using percent of yield from earth's population timeline adjust for deaths.
Number of years: 2656
Number of people after 2656 years = 735,009,273. The multiplier may be more, I donít know.

735,009,273 + 436,722 = 735,445,995. Total population before the flood using scenario one and four.

735,009,273 + 1,310,166 = 736,319,439. Total population before the flood using scenario three and four.

Now letís look at the seventy Israelites going into Egypt and 400 years later, come out 1.2 million. All deaths included. There are others that tend to think 2 million or more. Me, Iíll be conservative.

Number of people to start: 70
Percent yield: 0.0396. This is the calculation I used in the spreadsheet.
Number of years: 430
Number of people after 430 years = 1,204,282,085.

3.96 yield. The birth rate still hasn't surpassed this percentage of yield. (2007). A very special people indeed.

My Mom and Dad had twelve children in twenty three years. Three died. A growth from two to eleven.

Mom and Dad:
Number of people to start: 2
Percent yield: 7.7
Number of years: 23
Number of people after 23 years = 11

Very high yield, (or rate of population growth). Over three times that of the 70 going into Egypt and 1.2 mm coming out 400 years later. Can you imagine the population with a yield like that? Jacob, (or Israel), had 6 percent yield. The start of Israel.

Letís look at the actual numbers in the Bible.

Gen 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

Gen 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

Exo 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.

Gen 46:26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six;

Gen 46:27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten. ......... or 70 people.

Exo 1:6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

Exo 1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly[1], and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

[1] 8317. sharats, shaw-rats'; a prim. root; to wriggle, i.e. (by impl.) swarm or abound:--breed (bring forth, increase) abundantly (in abundance), creep, move.

Exo 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men[1], beside children.

[1] 1397. geber, gheh'-ber; from H1396; prop. a valiant man or warrior; gen. a person simply:--every one, man, X mighty.

Num 1:45 So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;

Num 1:46 Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.

603,550 able bodied men, fit for war.

Num 1:47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.

By averaging the other eleven tribes, I figure another 54,863 men from the tribe of Levi. 658,413 healthy men fit for battle.

Exo 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

During this 400 year period there was more yield, (rate of growth), in numbers of Israelites than at any time in history. 2.4673 percent. A larger percentage increase than all other races combined. The highest recorded rate, other than in the Bible, was in 1963 when the peak was 2.19 percent.

Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Gen 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Gen 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:

Three children in 130 years and one was dead. Thatís a yield of 2 children per 130 years. The total number in his family at 4. See below for the rate of growth.

Gen 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

It doesnít say how many, just that he had some. All we can know for sure is that it had to be at least two boys and two girls. That would make a for sure total of seven children born of Eve, in 930 years.

Gen 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

Gen 5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Noah never had any children until he was 500 years old and then only 3.

Gen 9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

950 years, 3 children?

Cain:
Gen 4:17 And Cain[1] knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

The Bible doesnít say that Cain had any more children than this one. Neither does it give his life span. From reading Genesis 4:17 through Genesis 4:24, (see just below), one can determine that the offspring of Cain were very small in number. Cain built a city for just his son, his wife, and himself? Makes one think there must have been others. The offspring of Cain are known as Kenites. Strongís Hebrew word is:

1. "CAIN": 7014. Qayin, kah'-yin; the same as H7013 (with a play upon the affinity to H7069); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Pal., and of an Oriental tribe:--Cain, Kenite (-s).

An Oriental tribe? Wonder if thatís where Cain got his wife?????

Gen 4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. ........... One child.

Gen 4:18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

Gen 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

Gen 4:20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

Gen 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

Gen 4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

Gen 4:23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

Gen 4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

Through five generations only one child born per generation. The 6th generation, Lamech, had two wives and had four children.

We can assume, (or pretend to know), anything we want, but the following is the only actual data we have to work with. All else is assumption. Other families probably had more children, but do we know that? No we donít. Is not knowing these things going to keep one from receiving the gift of eternal life? No. When we all get back with God, we shall have a more complete understanding of such things.

Adam:
Number of people to start: 2
Percent yield: 0.53500
Number of years: 130. The birth of Seth. Eveís third child.
Number of people after 130 years = 4. Adam, Eve, Seth, and Cain.

Noah:
Number of people to start: 2
Percent yield: 0.18400
Number of years: 500. The age of Noah when he started having children.
Number of people after 500 years = 5. Noah, his wife, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. It was probably more like 600 years.

.535 percent yield + .184 percent yield = .719 percent total yield. Divide by 2 families, (Adamís 130 years and Noahís 500), you get an average yield, (or rate of growth), of .3595 percent. Did families back then have very large numbers? Who knows? These are the only two families before the flood that gives any numbers and time frames. .... .3595 percent compared to the previous five, excluding my parents, seems to be more in line than anything else.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Gen 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

2 Pet 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The following five verses convinces me, that God, on two separate occasions, created fowl, (or birds). One before He made man. The second after He made Adam and before He made Eve. Some from the water on the fifth day and some from the ground on the eighth day. Also if one reads carefully Genesis 1:24 through 1:31, youíll see that God created the animals before He created man on the sixth day. But notice Genesis 2:17 through Genesis 2:19, after God has commanded Adam about the tree of knowledge of good and evil, He also formed some more animals.

Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature[1] that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

[1] 5315. nephesh. This word has many meanings, two of which is man and soul.

I think this is where people interpret the fifth day creation of the Orientals. I want to insert a verse here that helps verify this.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The word soul in this verse, is the Hebrew word 5315, nephesh. The same as the word creature, in Genesis 1:21.

Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Gen 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

Letís not restrict God to just one creation of mankind. Heís the one with all the knowledge, and we in the flesh, are just plain stupid. Letís admit it, we really are. The more I get into Godís word, the more I realize that.

Look these numbers over. Compare the percentage of yield for each. Examine them carefully. Do what the people of Berea did, with what Paul taught them. Check it out in Godís word. Not Manís.

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

They were checking Ole Paul out. When someone makes a claim about Godís word, you do the same.

Do I know what the population of the earth was before the flood of Noah? I donít have the vaguest idea, but it makes for interesting conversation.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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