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The ArkThe Greatest Wooden Ship Ever MadeUnderstand that Noah wasn't going to build just any ship, but a ship that would be able to handle the massive unforeseen "Great Flood of Judgment" that God was about to unleash against all of mankind. So it was imperative that Noah followed God's plan in its entirety.
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 6:14-16)
God Delivers The Blueprints
In the last article we had taken a closer look at who the "giants in the earth" really were. I'd pointed out that these "giants" were simply powerful men, who had held very authoritative and influential worldly positions throughout the lands they had operated in.
I'd also pointed out that it was the daughters of these men, that "the sons of God" were found to be attracted to.
And because of this attraction, "the sons of God" would eventually intermingle and marry these women that were born unto these "giants in the earth".
Also note, that I'd pointed out, that it would be the wickedness and corrupted influences of these "giants" and their daughters, that would eventually lead "the sons of God" down a path, that ended up taken them from the ways of the Lord.
And when "the sons of God" had allowed themselves to be led astray, the Sacred Record reveals that God had became very disappointed in mankind. And it would be at this time, that we find that the Sacred Record also revealed that God had regretted making man: "And the Lord said, 'I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth - men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air - for I am grieved that I have made them.'" -- Genesis 6:7
Notice, that not only did this passage reveal that God was disappointed, but it would also become an announcement to mankind overall - for the Lord also revealed, that mankind would soon be judged for what they had allowed themselves to become.
Bible Study OnlineThe Ark - Taking A Closer Look?
Now before we journey forth to the recorded account of Noah. Let's take a look at something first? Let's start by taking a closer look at the great ship that was known as the "Ark". Now keep in mind, that although we'll be introduced to the record of the "Ark" in due time, there's some things that I would like to point out first when it comes to this great ship.
Let's begin by taking note of this particular passage: "So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks." -- Genesis 6:14-16
Bible Study Online - Noah's ArkNot Just Any Ship?
Understand that this particular passage deals with the instructions, or blueprints, that God had given to Noah - in regards to the "Ark". Know that God didn't want Noah to build just any ship, but the Lord wanted a ship built that would be able to handle the massive unforeseen "Great Flood of Judgment" that He was about to unleash against all of mankind.
So it was imperative, and essential, that Noah followed God's plan in its entirety. Now like I'd stated earlier, this page won't go into the Sacred Account of Noah at this time, but instead, it will point out some interesting things, and I guess what you could call "fun facts" when it comes to the ship, and its overall makeup.
Bible Study Online - Noah's ArkHow Big Was the Ark?
Now to begin with, when Noah and his family was done building the Ark, this ship did in fact, ended up being 450 feet long and 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Okay, so we know this much just from reading what the Sacred Record had laid out for us. But let's go deeper...?
For starters, the Ark had a deck size of about 98,000 feet. This in today's time would be about the size of twenty NBA basketball courts if they were placed side-by-side and connected together. As for the animals that would inhabit the Ark for forty days and nights, know that their population number would not exceed more than 35,000.
Consider the fact, that with the average size animal being around what a "sheep" would be, it would have taken up to 150 railroad freight cars in today's time, that would have been needed to carried a load of this magnitude. And make no mistake, this wasn't a problem for the Ark, being that it had a carrying capacity of over 520 railroad freight cars, which was far more than the 150 that it would have needed for the this particular task.
Bible Study Online - Noah's ArkThe Largest Ship of its Time?
The Ark was about 1/3 the length of today's Oasis of the Seas (1,187 ft) which at the time of this posting, is currently the world's largest passenger cruise ship, which can hold up to 5,400 passengers. But in regards to the Ark - at one point in time, it would be known as the largest built ship in world. In fact, it would hold this record until the ship that was called the SS Great Eastern would come along in the year 1858. Know that the SS Great Eastern was an iron steamship that was 690 feet long and could hold up to 4,000 passengers.
Bible Study Online - Noah's ArkHas Anybody Ever Seen the Ark?
But let's look at something else...
Now there have been plenty of reports, that have statements from credible people, that have claimed to have seen the Ark. And although no evidence has been found that would prove these reports to be factual. Or so they say...? Still know, that these reports had indicated that the Ark had been sighted at the top of Mt. Ararat. Understand that this mountain is the tallest peak that's located from within the country of Turkey.
There have also been reports that have been made from American and Russian pilots during the time period of World War II. There were also a claim that was made by a French explorer who goes by the name of Bernard Navarra. He was able to cut a piece of wood from the Ark and had it submitted for C-14 testing at two universities.
Know that the University of Bordeaux was able to conclude that the piece of wood that Bernard Navarra had submitted, was of great antiquity. The other university that tested this wood sample was the Forest Institute in Madrid. It also concluded that the piece of wood would be about 5000 years old. Now Navarra did write a book about his discovery of the Ark. The name of his book is called -- 'Noah's Ark, I Touched It.'
Bible Study Online - Noah's ArkCurrent 2010 Discovery?
Also know, that at the time of this writing... Turkish and Chinese Christian Explorers that belonged to the organization "Noah's Ark Ministries International" (NAMI): are now making the claim, that they too, have discovered the Ark on the top of Mt. Ararat, and they were able to take video footage of the remains that dealt with this great ship. Their website can be currently found at:
Bible Study Online - Noah's ArkHiding Evidence?
Now there are some reports, that the powers of the world would try their very best to keep this evidence under wraps. For example, there was a report back in 1953 that came from George Jefferson Greene, which indicated that while doing research for a company that he had worked for at the time, sighted what he believed to be the Ark from the research helicopter he was riding in.
He makes the claim that he was very close to the site, about 90 feet above Mt. Ararat. Greene was able to take numerous pictures of what was described as a very large and strange looking wooden object. Know that the researcher had these pictures developed, and many people had the privilege to be able to see them. But unfortunately, Greene was later found murdered and those pictures that he had of the Ark - were stolen, and have remained missing ever since.
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Now that we've gone over some fun facts, conspiracy theories, and mysterious - when it comes to the Ark. We'll begin to journey forth in our next article, by taking a closer look at the man that God used to build this magnificent ship - Noah.
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