Old Testament Prophets: Noah

2014 Ensign February

Anotated by Don R. Hender


    “[NOAH] stands next in authority to Adam in the Priesthood; he was called of God to this office, and was the father of all living in his day.”1—The Prophet Joseph Smith

    [No one knows what Noah looked like. It took 120 years to build the ark, he was age 600 at the time of the flood, and that was still some 350 years before Noah's eventual death at age 950.]

In the greater scheme of things, while Adam was and is the Father of All Living, Noah assumes that position and role of the of mankind from his day and age on as Adam moved to a higher and slightly removed position of authority, perhaps such as the Commander and Chief of all the Host of Mankind both living and resurrected (dead) in the War Against Satan. Noah's direct resposibilities to govern the seed of man from the flood on become aparant in his administrations as the Arch-Angel Gabriel and also as his position as an Elias (see further details below).

[This Section Is Given As if Noah Is Narrating His Story]

My father gave me the name Noah, which means “rest,” because he believed I would bring comfort to my family. I lived during a dark time plagued with violence, hate, and other sins.2 God, warning me that a flood would destroy the wicked, instructed me to build a ship and gather food and animals. With the help of my three sons and through the inspiration of God, I worked on the ship for the next 120 years. There wasn’t even evidence of rain.3 I also preached repentance, hoping that some would listen and escape the Flood. From the translation of Enoch until the Flood, many faithful people were taken into heaven without tasting death, but others refused to repent.4

When my family finally boarded the ark, we sealed the door and did not open it again until the rains ceased and the ground dried, close to a year later.5 When we disembarked, God covenanted never to flood the earth again. A rainbow arced across the sky as a symbol of His promise. He commanded us to expand our families and to continue living the gospel, and I became the second father of the human race.6

Centuries later, as an angel named Gabriel,7 I announced to the priest Zacharias that he would be the father of John the Baptist, and I appeared to Mary and told her that she would give birth to the Savior.8

My life demonstrates that, even during difficult times, you will never stand alone if you follow God. The floods of life will eventually settle, and you will see the beauty of the gospel in your life, just like the rainbow that crosses the sky.

Understanding Some Things About Noah:

It always seems not to be understandable why God does and allows things to occur. Such is the millions of deaths at the time of Noah's flood. The true is that the people had rippened in their wickedness and they were no longer doing any good in their intended purpose on earth under God's Plan of Eternal Happiness. In short they were better off dead and their spirits moved on into the spirit world where they could no longer sin against God, themselves and others.

The 'token' of the Everlasting Covenant which was made before the foundation of the earth is given by God to be the visible 'rainbow'. If one reads more carefully, one can determine that God's covenant to not flood the whole earth again is but an added covenant and NOT the Everlasting Covenant in and of itself but akin to it.

Noah is Gabriel the Arch-Angel second in command to Michael who is Adam. In Noah's or Gabriel's position he has many duties and responsibilities to the human race as their 'Father' since the time of the flood. Some of those responsibilites and duties of performance are listed in this short article. There are many more.

  [Fact Box: Noah]

  • Names: Noah, Gabriel, [Elias]
  • Birth date: about 1,056 years after Adam9
  • Age at time of death: 950 years10
  • Genealogy: son of Lamech, grandson of Methuselah, ninth generation after Adam
  • Mortal roles: preacher of righteousness before the Flood; savior of family and animals from the Flood; second father of the human race
  • Postmortal role: as Gabriel, he appeared to Daniel to teach him about the Second Coming;11 to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist; and to Mary, the mother of Jesus, [also likely to Joseph the carpenter in a dream, the 'adoptive' father of Jesus]
  • [Possibly the 'Elias' who visited Kirtland Temple as 'Elias' along with Elijah and Moses]
Now concerning Noah's 'Fact Box' or 'Fact Summary Sheet' I have added a note I consider to be of interest. In this age of 'hyper-criticisms' it is tough to put your pants on 'the right way' without confronting a mountain of critical 'hoop-la'. So the Church understandible is very conservative concerning 'statements it makes'. Only the Prophet, the President of the Church, can Officially make a statement of such doctrine. And even many of his personal statements are just that, his personal mind. So to read more concerning Noah as Elias follow the linked article, but remember, I am not the prophet of the church.
Reference Notes:
1.  Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), 104.

2.  See Genesis 6:11; Moses 8:9; Bible Dictionary, “Noah.”

3.  See Genesis 6:14–22; Moses 8:17; Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), 140–41.

4.  See Moses 7:21, 27; 8:15–24.

5.  See Genesis 7:11; 8:13–14.

6.  See Genesis 9:1–17.

7.  The Guide to the Scriptures, “Gabriel,” scriptures.lds.org.

8.  See Luke 1:11–20, 26–33.

9.  See Genesis 5:3–28.

10.  See Genesis 9:29.

11.  See Daniel 8:15–19; 9:21–23.