Noah's Ark - Is It Real?|
Q. Do you really believe in Noah's Ark? It's a cute kid's story. But, most people grow-up and don't believe it anymore. (J.M. Mt. Vernon, WA)
I like to direct skeptics to the 1998 movie Deep Impact. This story features a comet which is scheduled to hit earth. In order to preserve life on the planet scientists create an underground facility to support and keep alive representative life-forms on earth.
The underground facility is called "Project Noah's Ark." It includes all kinds of seeds, young plants to grow in a lab, and various animals from each species. Among humans government officials choose smart scientists, good teachers, medical personnel, the children of smart people, DNA from special groups and other productive humans to live underground until the danger is over.
Of course Noah's Ark is a true story!
It makes complete sense if you think about it. Should there be a direct threat to all life on earth we would do the same thing. In a sense, this is why Congress and the highest levels of government already have fallout shelters (Forget the rest of us). It is why the U.S. has a "shadow" government already in place underground. We learned about it after 9/11. They have created their own potential Noah's Ark.
Dimensions of the Ark
Consider this: The ark was about the size of a large cruise ship or battle ship. Think the Titanic or the Bismarck. It contained three decks (Genesis 6:16), and had the cargo space of approximately 600 railroad cars. It was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet tall (4.5 stories) (Campbell 2005, 85). It had a 6:1 ratio of length to width which gave it stability. Remember, Noah didn't have to steer it. It just needed to float.
Numbers of Animals
Dr. Norman Geisler feels that the ark needed to house about 72,000 different kinds of animals. (Some think there are about 8,000 kinds of animals in existence today). A few of the animals would have been babies, and some might have entered a period of hibernation.
In fact, it is common for many animals to flee to safety and then "shut down" during a major catastrophe. Current day scientists are still trying to figure-out how almost all of the animals left the area before the devastating Tsunami on December 26,2004.
Animals with Nostrils
Remember that Noah was commanded to take all of the land animals in whose nostrils was the breath of life (Gen. 6:17, 7:14-15, 22). This means all animals who breathe air. "Kinds" refers to species.
In other words, Noah did not need to take wolves, coyotes, and dogs into the ark. He needed only one representative from the canine species. He didn't need to house lions, tigers, bob cats, Cheetahs, and domestic cats. He needed only a representative from the feline group.
As in the days of Noah...
Why should this matter to you and me?
Just as the ark provided safety to a select group of humans, Yeshua is our "ark" today for a select group of humans. Matthew 24:37-39 warns:
"As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man" (ESV).
A Day of Tribulation Coming
A day of tribulation is coming upon our earth in the not-too-distant future. It will include terrible earthquakes, famines, pandemics, what seem to be descriptions of nuclear war, terrible heat, what appear to be asteroid hits, and other disasters second to none. (Read Revelation chapters 6-18 and Isaiah chapter 24).
Our only hope of survival and evacuation off the planet before this tribulation period (1 Thess. 4:17), is the return of Jesus Christ and faith in His person and redemptive work. If you want to preserve yourself, your family, your DNA, and those whom you love, then:
..."confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
Brown, Walt. 2001 Seventh Ed. In the beginning: Compelling evidence for creation and the flood. Phoenix, AZ: Center for Scientific Creation.
Campbell, Charlie H. 2005. One-minute answers to skeptics top forty questions. USA: Aquintas Publishing. www.AlwaysBeReady.com.
Deep Impact. 1998. DreamWorks Pictures www.paramount.com/homeentertainment.
Geisler, Norman. 1999. "The ark was large enough." From chapter: Noah's flood. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.
Postscript: Jeffrey L. Mays, the author of this question about Noah's ark, passed away on 2/7/10. In all he contributed at least 40 terrific questions to Remnant Report. We miss him! The lesson is clear: Never put off finding your own personal "ark of safety." It could be too late.