Noah's Family in the Dispensation for Restoration

God's Dispensation for Restoration centered on Adam's family was not
realized because Cain murdered Abel.  However, God's Will to fulfill
the Purpose of the Creation is predestined as absolute; so on the
basis of Abel's heart and loyalty to heaven, God "gave" Seth to take
his place (Gen 4:25). Then, from among Seth's descendants God chose
Noah and his family to stand in place of Adam and his family, and God
began the Dispensation for Restoration centered on Noah's family.

Genesis 6:13 says that "...God said to Noah, 'I have determined to
make an end of all flesh; for the earth is filled with violence
through them; behold, I will destroy them with the earth.'" This
clearly shows that God intended to bring about the Last Days at that
time.  Using Noah's family as the foundation, God intended to fulfill
the Purpose of the Creation by sending the Messiah after the Flood
Judgment.  Therefore, the dispensation in Noah's family was the
dispensation to establish the Foundation for the Messiah.

                        I. FOUNDATION OF FAITH

      A. The Central Person for Restoring the Foundation of Faith

In the dispensation centered on Noah's family, Noah was the central
person chosen to restore the Foundation of Faith. God found him ten
generations and sixteen hundred years after Adam.  God blessed Noah as
he had blessed Adam earlier, directing Noah to "' fruitful and
multiply...'" (Gen 9:7). In the eyes of God, Noah was a righteous man
(Gen 6:9), who was therefore qualified to be the central person for
the Foundation of Faith.

     B. The Offering Required in Restoring the Foundation of Faith

The offering which Noah had to make to restore the Foundation of Faith
was the ark.  What was the meaning of this ark in terms of God's
dispensation?  Noah was chosen by God to symbolically restore the
cosmos, which had been handed over to Satan by Adam's fall. 
Consequently, Noah had to make an offering which would symbolize a new
cosmos, and be acceptable to God.  The ark was this offering.  After
God gave his instructions, Noah spent one hundred twenty years
building the ark, enduring all types of ridicule from the evil and
sinful world because of his absolute obedience to God.

The three-deck ark symbolized the cosmos which was created through the
three growing stages.  The eight members of Noah's family who entered
the ark were to restore and indemnify the failures of the eight
members of Adam's family.  Since the ark represented the cosmos, Noah,
as the master of the ark, represented God; the members of his family
represented all mankind; and the animals in the ark represented the
entire Creation.  When the ark had been completed, God judged mankind
and destroyed the evil through a forty-day flood. According to "The
Principles of the Creation," man was created to serve only one master;
so God cannot relate as a second master to a fallen person, who
already has Satan as his master.  If this were to happen, the
dispensation would become a non-Principle one.  Therefore, in order to


establish an object for his dispensation, through whom he alone could
work, God brought about the flood to destroy all who remained under
Satan's dominion.

What was the dispensational meaning of the forty-day period of the
flood? God's Ideal for the Creation is based on the Four Position
Foundation. However, the Four Position Foundation was lost to Satan;
so God worked his dispensation to restore the Four Position
Foundation. Since the number ten is the number of return to unity, it
symbolizes return to God. Thus, by working to restore the Four
Position Foundation in each of the ten generations from Adam to Noah,
God was able to establish the condition for restoring the Four
Position Foundation to his side.  Thus, the period from Adam to Noah
may be seen as the indemnity period for restoring the Four Position
Foundation to God.  Thus, the number forty (4 positions x 10
generations) came to represent the return of the Four Position
Foundation to God.

Because of the lust and faithlessness of the people of Noah's time,
the indemnity period of ten generations, which was for the purpose of
restoring the Four Position Foundation, was invaded by Satan.
Consequently, centered on Noah's ark, God set up the forty-day period
of the flood as the indemnity period to restore the period from Adam
to Noah, which had been invaded.  It is based on this that the number
'forty' became necessary in later efforts to separate from Satan and
restore the Foundation of Faith through indemnity.  In the Bible, we
see many instances of these indemnity periods for separating from
Satan: the four-hundred-year period from Noah to Abraham; the
Israelites' four hundred years of suffering in Egypt; their forty
years of wandering in the wilderness; Moses' two forty-day fasts; the
forty-day period of spying in Canaan; the forty-year reigns of the
kings Saul, David, and Solomon; Elijah's forty-day fast; Jonah's
prophecy that Nineveh would be destroyed after forty days; Jesus'
forty-day fast and prayer; and Jesus' forty-day period after

By building the ark in accordance with God's instructions and
faithfully obeying the Will of God through out the forty-day flood,
Noah met the indemnity condition and restored the Foundation of Faith.

                      II. FOUNDATION OF SUBSTANCE

Noah's family now had to take this vertical attitude of faith which
Noah had established toward God and apply it horizontally in the
relationships with each other, thus meeting the indemnity condition
for establishing the Foundation of Substance.  This Indemnity
Condition for Removing the Fallen Nature had to be fulfilled by Noah's
second son, Ham, and his eldest son, Shem.

In Adam's family, instead of Adam, the second son, Abel, made the
offering which was acceptable to God, thus establish the vertical
relationship with God, which is the Foundation of Faith.  Therefore,
Abel naturally qualified as the central person for the Foundation of

In Noah's family, however, it was Noah who met the indemnity condition
for establishing the Foundation of Faith. Therefore, the position of


his second son, Ham, was not yet equivalent to that of Abel after his
offering.  In other words, Ham had not yet established an absolute and
substantial vertical relationship of faith and devotion with God.  In
order for Ham to be in the central position for establishing the
Foundation of Substance, he first had to inherit the foundation of
Noah's faith and obedience.  For this purpose, it was essential that
Ham forge an unbreakable relationship of heart with Noah, who had
successfully established the Foundation of Faith.  In other words, Ham
should have become one in heart with Noah, obeying him and considering
his will to be as important as life itself.

The Bible records the conditions which God set up to carry out his
dispensation to unite Noah and Ham in heart (Gen 9:20-25). However,
when Ham saw Noah sleeping naked in the tent, he was so ashamed and
displeased that he stirred up the same shame in his brothers, Shem and
Japeth. Recoiling at the thought of their father naked, Shem and
Japeth walked backward and covered him with a garment.  This was such
a crime that Noah cursed Ham, saying, "'...Cursed be Canaan; a slave
of slaves shall he be to his brothers'" (Gen 9:25).

Judging from Noah's normal conduct, his deep piety, and the record of
his absolute faith, it is not likely that he was given to intemperate
drinking or to improper self-exposure, which might bring censure.  It
is natural to think that Noah's lying naked was at least an
impropriety, yet the curse fell not on Noah but on Ham, who thought
that Noah's act was shameful and instigated shem and Japeth's covering
of Noah.  The reason is directly related to God's dispensation.

Why was Ham cursed? This question can be answered by understanding why
Ham's actions were sinful. An act is sinful when it give Satan a
condition, or basis, to invade, creating an object for Satan to work
through.  Satan's power to act depends upon Give and Take Action with
such an object. Satan does not have the power to act unless he finds
an object with which he has a basis for Give and Take Action.

Then what did Ham do that gave Satan a condition to invade?
Immediately after the Fall, Adam and Eve covered the sexual parts of
their bodies, indicating their having entered into a blood
relationship with Satan.  Upon seeing his father's nakedness, Ham was
similarly ashamed and covered him up.  From the dispensational
viewpoint, the fact that Ham felt ashamed of his father's nakedness
and directed his brothers to cover him was an admission that he had a
blood relationship with Satan, just as Adam's family had had. Satan,
who had been separated out by the Flood Judgment, was brought back by
Ham's act, and Ham stood in a position to be one with him. Thus, he
was cursed.

Is it a sin to regard the naked human body with a sense of shame? No.
However, Noah's family was chosen by God to stand in place of Adam's
family, and it therefore had the mission to remove all the conditions
by which Adam's family had allowed Satan to invade mankind--conditions
which only Noah's family was in the position to remove.  It was in
accordance with God's dispensation that the righteous Noah became
drunk and lay naked in his tent.  God had him do this so that Ham, by
showing trust, could become one in heart with Noah, who had already
established the Foundation of Faith.  Everything that Noah did was
exactly in accordance with God's dispensation.


Though externally Ham's mistake was only that he harbored shame and
displeasure over his father's naked body, dispensationally he was
cursed for the mistake of making a base for the influence of Satan,
who had been separated out by the Flood Judgment.  Therefore, Ham
could not possibly stand as the victorious second son and be the
center of the Foundation of Substance. Thus, we find nothing recorded
in the Bible about Ham and Shem working to meet the conditions for
removing the Fallen Nature or establishing a Foundation of Substance.

God could not intervene in the indemnity condition that Ham had to
meet, because it was Ham's responsibility. Therefore God did not
directly instruct Ham to believe in his father and become one with him
no matter what the circumstances. Through Ham's experiences with the
flood and Noah's building of the ark, it should have been quite clear
that his father was a man representing God's Will.  Therefore, after
the flood, it was Ham's responsibility to maintain absolute faith in
Noah and to obey him in all circumstances.