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Q: Why did the flood have to be 40 days and 40 nights?
A: Dear Priscilla,
There are some things that the Bible just doesn’t tell us, and one of them is why the flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights, although we know that it did last that long, because that’s what the Bible tells us (Genesis 7:4).

As far as the 40-day time period goes, it is one we find many places in the Bible. Moses was on the mountain with God 40 days when he received the Ten Commandments (Exodus 24:18); the Israelites spied out the land of Canaan for forty days (Numbers 13:25; 14:34); Goliath mocked the Israelite soldiers for 40 days (1 Samuel 17:16); Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days (Matthew 4:2); and Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples after His resurrection (Acts 1:3). These 40-day periods don’t seem to be a coincidence, but the Bible doesn’t tell us why 40 days. This is one of those kind of questions we can keep studying, but we may have to ask Jesus when we get to heaven “Why 40 days?”

What’s important now is to realize that when Jesus comes again, it will be just like it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37). Just like many people didn’t believe in the flood and made fun of Noah for believing in it until the flood came and destroyed them, there will be many people today who won’t believe that Jesus is coming again, and they may make fun of the people who believe He is, until He comes, and they will be destroyed. It is so important that we choose to live for Jesus today and every day, and keep telling others about Him so they can be ready when He comes!

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard

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*Note: All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.