The following are 14 cold, hard facts about Noah’s Ark that you probably do not know…
#1 The Ark was about 500 feet long. That would make it approximately the size of a World War II aircraft carrier.
#2 It has been estimated that the Ark had an internal volume of more than 1.5 million cubic feet.
#3 According to brand new research conducted by scientists the University of Leicester, Noah’s Ark could have carried at least 70,000 animals without sinking…
Noah’s Ark would have floated even with two of every animal in the world packed inside, scientists have calculated.
Although researchers are unsure if all the creatures could have squeezed into the huge boat, they are confident it would have handled the weight of 70,000 creatures without sinking.
#4 Of course the Ark would not have needed to hold 70,000 animals. One conservative estimate puts the number of animals on the Ark at about 16,000. This would have allowed for more than enough room for food, supplies and lots of empty space.
#5 We have discovered at least 250 different ancient cultures that have a story of a massive, cataclysmic flood. Most of those stories have striking similarities to the Genesis account.
#6 If there really was a global flood, we would expect to find billions of dead things laid down in rock layers all over the globe. And that is precisely what we find.
#7 We know where Noah’s Ark is today. Yes, you read that correctly. As you can see from the YouTube video posted below, the remains of Noah’s Ark have been discovered on “the mountains of Ararat” in Turkey.
#8 The remains of the Ark are just as long and just as wide as the Bible says they should be.
#9 Wood from the Ark has been tested, and the tests show that it does contain organic carbon. That means that the fossilized wood that was discovered was once living matter.
#10 Along with wood, metal was also used in the construction of the Ark. Iron fittings and aluminum have both been discovered at the remains of the Ark.
#11 Petrified animal dung, a petrified antler and an ancient piece of cat hair have also been retrieved from the remains of the Ark.
12 Historical records confirm that people have believed that this is the correct resting place of the Ark for a very, very long time…
The Gilgamesh Epic (650 BC) gives Mt. Nisir as the landing place of the Ark. The local name for the town where the Ark was found is Nasar.
The annals of Ashurnasurpal II of Assyria (833-859 BC) places it south of the Zab river (correct).
Theophilus of Antioch (115-185 AD) said the Ark could be seen in his day in the Arabian mountains. Later Church Fathers also mention the Ark as late as the mid 7th century.
In the 13th century, Willam, a traveler, stated for the first time that Mt. Masis was the Ark location (present-day Mt. Ararat).
Ptolemy’s Geographia (1548) mentions the mountains of Armenia as the place of landing. So does the traveler Nicolas de Nicolay (1558).#13 A village near the remains of the Ark is known as “the Village of Eight”, and a nearby valley is known as “the Valley of the Eight”. There were eight survivors on the Ark.
#14 The site is now known as “the National Park of Noah’s Ark” and it has previously been officially recognized by the Turkish government.
Pastor Steve Lummer
Noah did everything just as God commanded him – Genesis 6:22
Why is the story of Noah and the ark significant?
* Because of its effect on the human race and upon history.
* Because of science and theology. (science doesn’t ELIMINATE God …..It ILLUSTRATES Him.)
* Because of the need to understand Divine Judgement and Divine Mercy.
* Because Hollywood just made a movie with Russell Crowe.
1. GOD’S ILLUSTRATED SERMON ON SURVIVAL.
2. HAVING A DIVINE URGE.
3. NOAH, A ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST?
4. THE ARK IS A PLACE OF SAFETY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM.
5. THE ARK WAS NAVIGATED BY THE BREATH OF GOD
6. THE ARK DID NOT LEAK
7. THE ONE AND ONLY DOOR WAS SHUT BY GOD
8. EVERYONE WAS SAVED BECAUSE OF ONE RIGHTEOUS MAN
Matthew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Gen. 6;5 –every imagination of thoughts ….there was continual evil.
HOW TO HAVE FAVOR IN THE FLOOD
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Gen. 6:8