These opening chapters of Genesis provide many examples of the teaching tools scripture employs from Genesis to Revelation; they are posted here.
Several of the most pivotal events of history take place in parashah noach. First, of course, is the Flood. This real historic event, the first judgment of sin by water, prophesies that sin does not go unpunished, it carries the wage of death, and God does judge sin. He does not turn a blind eye forever. Today, every person who visits a natural history museum and sees the many fossils on display which were all laid down by water and buried in massive sedimentary layers to prevent their decay, found on every continent, even on mountaintops, is witnessing a silent testimony that speaks louder than words. The fossils cry out that the wages of sin is death, God judges sin, and will not turn a blind eye forever; therefore repent now!
The fact that humans and animals still exist on the planet, however, also testifies of the historic fact of Noah and the animals on the ark. The history that prophecies is that with the judgment, God also provides an ark of salvation by grace (who is Messiah Yeshua), to those who will believe Him and trust Him to enter that ark.
The second real historic event is the Tower of Babel rebellion against God. This event is so significant to the rest of Biblical history and prophecy that without a proper understanding of what happened, the rest of Genesis, biblical history, and biblical prophecy cannot be fully comprehended.
I just finished compiling all my posts I had previously written on the significance of Babel. Start with gen 11, the tower of babel rebellion, followed by the babylon connection. There are sixteen parts to the babylon connection series restoring the history of the tower of babel rebellion to its proper place in ancient history; the next post is linked at the bottom of each. The other fascinating studies are linked at the Babel / Babylon index.