Had rain fallen from the sky before the time of Noah and the flood?

asked by Beth

This is a great question, while the Bible does not come out and specifically say that it never rained prior to the flood there are indications we can take from scriptures that it had not. In Genesis 2:5-6 we are told

“5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground”

This tells us that at least up to the time that Adam was created there had been no rain but there is no mention to what rain, if any, was present after Adam. The only other clue we have is after the flood. In Genesis 9:12-13 God tells us of his covenant with man and all living animals to never destroy the earth with water again. To remind us of this promise he gave us the rainbow. Since the rainbow is an effect caused by rain (light refracting through water) and since it was given as a sign of a promise, and must not have been present before that, we can infer that rain had not occurred prior. So, while I would not be dogmatic (argumentative) about it I would say no, it did not rain prior to the flood. So…. If that’s the case, where did the water come from for the flood?