APOSTASY AFTER THE DELUGE
resentatives of all the human family . With them God could give a righteous, though not perfect, new start to the human family . So to them he repeated what he had said to Adam and Eve in Eden : "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth ." As it was in those days of Noah, we may expect it to be in the early days after the end of this world. That is, the survivors of its end will receive a similar mandate to marry, multiply and spread their children over all the face of the globe.-Genesis 9 :1, Da . e One important thing that false religion ignores today: Jehovah included in his rainbow covenant with those representatives of the human family the sanctity of human and animal blood . He said: "As for every moving thing that hath life yours shall it be for food,-like the green herb have I given you all things . Yet flesh with the soul thereof, the blood thereof, shall ye not eat ; and surely your blood of your souls will I require, from the hand of every living creature will I require it, -and from the hand of man, from the hand of each one's brother, will I require the soul of man : he that sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made he man." (Genesis 9 :3-6, Ro, margin) This was a change from Cain's case, for God authorized no man's hand to shed Cain's blood because he had murdered his godly brother Abel. 8 . What important thing today generally overlooked did God include in the rainbow covenant?