by Bill Nugent
Traditional archaeologists are hard pressed to explain the existence of hundreds of locations of submerged city ruins in oceans and seas all over the world. I recently became acquainted with the Genesis Veracity Foundation and its website www.genesisveracityfoundation.com. The article “Submerged Ruins Atlantis” is posted on their website and gives an interesting discussion of the many submerged archaeological sites around the world and shows photos of divers at work among the ruins.
There are prominent nautical archaeologists at work in this field including Nic Flemming, Graham Hancock and David H. Childress. Nic Flemming co-edited a book titled “Prehistoric Archaeology on the Continental Shelf” that documents the discoveries of city ruins on the ocean floor. Many ruins are miles from shore and under more than a hundred feet of water.
The coastal waters of the Mediterranean sea and eastern Atlantic ocean have a large concentration of sunken cities. The “Submerged Ruins Atlantis” article mentions that Nic Flemming has reported on bronze age ruins in the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. This includes massive undersea temple ruins. Flemming also reports ruins off the coasts of Sicily and Naples. The Greek government reports submerged ruins off Astakos, Psouthora and Samothrace. There are also sunken ruins in the Black Sea.
There are sunken ruins off Israel at Atlit Yam and Akko. There are megalithic sunken ruins northeast of Alexandria, Egypt. Some of the Egyptian sunken ruins are built of beautiful Aswan granite. There are sunken ruins 50 miles off the coast of India in the Gulf of Chambray.
Iranian divers have reported on finding ruins that may be the submerged ancient city of Kish. There are also submerged ruins off the Ryuku islands of southern Japan. Plato famously wrote about the inundation of Atlantis in his dialogues of Critias and Timaeus. Plato never said that Atlantis was a continent but that it was an island city. Archaeologists have found ruins of a city fitting Plato’s description of Atlantis, submerged about thirty miles south of Cadiz, Spain.
What could possibly explain the existence of these sunken cities? Who built them? Why are we just beginning to learn about them now?
God has two books. One is the Bible and the other “book” is nature. The Bible begins with a history book called Genesis. The book of Genesis, records a massive worldwide flood that we call the flood of Noah. However, it is the massive climate change that occurred after Noah’s flood that concerns us in this article.
The global flood is also recorded in nature. We see geological evidence of Noah’s flood all over the world. Genesis 7:11 records that during the flood, the “fountains of the great deep” were broken up. This refers to undersea volcanoes and the splitting of the mid-ocean rifts and the tectonic plate convulsions that sent huge tsunamis across continents sweeping away forests and every living thing. The forests were buried under massive layers of sediment and were eventually turned into coal and petroleum. The undersea volcanoes also had the effect of radically raising the ocean’s temperature.
According to scientists at the creationist organization, Answers In Genesis and their website, www.answersingenesis.org, the warm ocean waters resulted in rapid evaporation of ocean water in the centuries after the flood. This caused the formation of thick clouds that blocked out the heat of the sun and plunged the earth into the Ice Age. In the northern and southern latitudes massive precipitation came down as snow forming glaciers that were miles thick covering much of North America, northern Europe, north Asia, Siberia and the Andes Mountains of South America. Ocean levels receded by hundreds of feet, making habitable land of what is now ocean continental shelf.
The British Isles were not islands during the height of the Ice Age. The British Isles were connected to Europe. Japan was connected to Asia. The Persian Gulf was dry land parted by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Sicily was connected to Malta as the lowered Mediterranean sea revealed vast fertile plains. As the earth repopulated after the Noahic deluge, the choicest locations for settlements were on the plains closest to the receding seas. Then, as now, oceanfront real estate was most desired.
Simple settlements grew to include megalithic structures and temples. “megalithic” means “big rocks.” Ancient builders loved to work with stone as it’s durability and beauty gave an aura of age lasting glory. The big rocks that were cut into blocks used in building Ice Age cities have endured over the millennia. Over time as the ocean waters cooled off, the clouds receded, the sun’s rays came through, snowfall on the glaciers declined, the glaciers melted and the ocean levels rose and flooded the cities.
Given the fact that the submerged ruins appear to be Bronze Age, we can infer that the Ice Age ended in the second millennium BC, roughly around 1500 BC. The rise of ocean levels probably began centuries before 1500 BC. The inundation of coastal cities is recorded in historical records of ancient historians including the famous Greek historian, Solon (c. 630-c. 560 BC). Solon was obviously not an eyewitness of the rise of sea levels. Solon relied on early historical records of the inundation of cities, an event which occurred a thousand years before Solon’s time.
The reason that there is not much media coverage of the sunken cities is perhaps because the submerged ruins are Bronze Age ruins. The Bronze Age evidence for the time of the end of the Ice Age and the inundation of the continental shelf and its cities infers a late date for the end of the Ice Age which would be in the second millennium BC. This sharply conflicts with the traditional secular dating of the end of the Ice Age which is around 10,000 BC.
The secular 10,000 BC date fits in with the much larger timeframe of Darwinian old earth chronology. Some secular researchers appear to be reluctant to let go of the 10,000 BC date and embrace the 1500 BC date to which the sunken cities evidence so clearly points. Some of the nautical archaeologists continue to date the undersea Bronze Age ruins at 10,000 BC. However, this early dating of Bronze Age archaeological ruins is inconsistent with what the fields of archaeology and paleontology have discovered about ancient technological development and the inferred timeframe of the Bronze Age. Any dating of these ruins substantially before the second millennium BC would certainly put the ruins in the Stone Age. All sides seem to agree that they’re Bronze Age ruins.
The Bronze Age, i. e. second millennium BC age, of the sunken ruins fits neatly into the Genesis timeline. The historical accuracy of the book of Genesis is again vindicated by archaeology. The Bible can be trusted as a reliable record of history and this is certainly to be expected of a divinely inspired book. The Bible can also be trusted in what it teaches regarding spiritual redemption.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ came in fulfillment of over three hundred prophecies that were written in the Old Testament hundreds of years before His birth. Jesus fulfilled the Messianic prophecies and this serves to prove that Jesus is the promised Messiah of Israel. The prophecies foretold that Christ would suffer and die, taking the penalty of our sins upon Himself, thus making atonement. Christ rose from the dead to offer forgiveness of sins to all who repent of their sins and call upon Him to ask for forgiveness. Turn to Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins!
Steps to salvation:
Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).
Prayer to receive salvation:
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer:
“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!