In the Days of Peleg

by Don R. Hender

     There is no argument or question that the Bible speaks the literal truth when it comes to the events recorded to have happened 'in the days of Peleg'. "And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg: for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan." ~ Genesis 10:25

While geologists and scientists will readily agree that the continental plates were once one land 'pangea' and have so drifted apart according to their theories of continental drift and plate techtonics, they will strongly disagree as to the actual timing of such events and perhaps even exactly how the divisions were made and occurred. And of course, science who is just scratching at the surfaces of scientific knowledge and understandings of the things of the world and the universe, will boastfully state without reservation or question that hundreds of thousands of years have gone by since the earth was once one land and that perhaps it has happened a number of times, as if they were there and living then. Yet they will openly deny the truth of God's scriptures, which did first report such an event, by first stating that the Bible could not mean that the land surfaces of the earth were divided in the days of Peleg, a mere few thousand years ago. And even those who have faith in Christianity will interpret the scripture into their own twisted meanings such as 'it not meaning the land was divided', but either surveyed or that the people were just being dispursed into groups throughout the land, or some such personal take on that matter.

Now I do not know exactly how the earth was arranged before the day of Noah and the days of Peleg when it was divided. And there is not a single scientist who does either despite all of their vain imaginings and deduced speculations, who are but puffed up by their own intellectualism and supposed depths of knowledge. Their pride but keeps them from the truth and their egos do not let them find God who is great and knows more than any man. With all their learning they have failed to obtain humility and the knowledge of God. Certainly, such persons of none belief but laugh at the LDS scripture which reports such events at the Savior's second coming and the introduction of the millennium which states:

"And he shall utter his voice out of Zion, and he shall speak from Jerusalem, and his voice shall be heard among all people; And it shall be a voice as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, which shall break down the mountains, and the valleys shall not be found. He shall command the great deep, and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land; And the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion [which is America] shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided. And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh." ~ Doctrine and Covenants 133:21-25

Now those verses stand in the midst of more information concerning those days to shortly come and it makes for good reading and understanding regarding such things. And as so dymaically stated, it is obvious that the movements of the earth and such great events can happen in very short periods of time when commanded by the voice of God. Today science often considers these matters as measured in today's status quo of such fractions of inches per year that they have slowed down to currently. But certainly the American ancient scripture would further support the dynamics of events happening in much shorter durations of time.

There are two such instances which are recorded in the Book of Mormon which do support the dynamics of the earth's movements. The first is at that time of Mahonri Moriancumr and his brother named Jared. It was round about the time of the great tower of Babel, and not much removed from the days of Peleg. In short, the separating bodies of land were still in motion and commotion when they who would become known as the Jaredites did return to this land of America to once again populate it after the universal flood of Noah. And that flood was a worldwide universal event as well. And the other is when the great land changing events of destruction which occurred shortly before the Lord came to America to visit the people here after his death and resurrection in the land of Jerusalem.

Thus there are these two testimonies in the Book of Mormon that can add to the matters of the earth concerning both the flood of Noah and also the dividing of the land. The first is quite direct and pointed. In Moroni's abridgment of the Jaredite record, he paraphrase and/or quotes from Ether, when Ether was giving a recounting of things as they were to the Jaredites in hopes of bring them back to the faith. Thus Moroni wrote concerning Ether:

"For behold, they rejected all the words of Ether; for he truly told them of all things, from the beginning of man; and that after the waters had receded from off the face of this land it became a choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of the Lord; wherefore the Lord would have that all men should serve him who dwell upon the face thereof; And that it was the place of the New Jerusalem, which should come down out of heaven, and the holy sanctuary of the Lord." ~ Ether 13:2-3

Ether was the last Jaredite prophet on this the American land prior to the Jaredite extinction about 600 B.C. And as stated, Ether spoke of the times of the flood of Noah when he made the statement as to what happened 'after the waters had receded from off the face of this land'. That means on both sides of the globe, in the east and in the west, had Noah's flood covered the land. Thus the Book of Mormon sustains that there was such a flood of Noah which covered the face of the earth, the Western Hemisphere as well as the Eatern Hemisphere.

And then as an added indirect evidence as to the commotion of the ocean in the times still following the lands dividing, the Book of Mormon speaks to the subject as to just how rough and difficult ocean travel was at the time. Generally one must presume that the Lord had the Jaredites build submersible bardges rather than sailing ships for some very good reason, and that it wasn't just to toss the people about in the sea. Regarding the 344 days of travel in the eight bardges the Book of Mormon states:

"And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind. And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind. And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters. And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind. . . . And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the water. And they did land upon the shore of the promised land. . ." ~ Ether 6:5-8 & 10-11 {see also Ether 2:23-25 & Ether 3:2-3}

As the rates of motion were still at a more rapid rate after the initial land division in those days, the seas were much rougher with mountain waves to navigate. No sailing ship was safe on such an ocean in such commotion. Thus the Lord had them build water tight bardges and thence he could cause a continuous wind to push their motion across the ocean the some 344 days that it would take for such a wind blown crossing would take to occur. The indirect evidence here being the roughness of the seas caused by the land divisions still proceeding at an accelerated rate.

Note until the time of the end of the Life of Jesus Christ did the lands finally slow to the mere inch per year rates of today which finally with a land shake bump, the plates from the east colided with that land of the west which cause the vast land reshaping destruction described in the Book of Mormon concerning those events. But the details concerning those events are another story to be told concerning such as the Mapping of the Book of Mormon and what it was like before and after that greatest of land destruction within recorded time. That is at least in recorded time according to the record of the Book of Mormon.

You see the scriptural 'stories' do tie in together; the great flood of Noah, the dividing of the land in the days of Peleg, the crossing of the wild ocean in the days of the Jaredites and the extreme destruction which occured just prior to the Saviour's visit to the Americas. The events actually did occur and their effects were not just once and done, but they had the long range effects which are furhter recorded in scripture. And they again at the coming of the Lord there will be that great land movement which is recorded above by the power of his voice that will unite the land again as one land.

rev 20 October 2014