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Noah and the Worldwide Flood - Mike Riddle
The Bible says that around 4,400 years ago God sent a world-wide flood upon the
earth and had a man named Noah build a large boat (Ark) to save his family and
the animals. God gave Noah the exact dimensions of the Ark for two reasons: 1)
Obviously Noah couldn't know how large it must be to hold all of the animals (no
doubt small, young specimens), and importantly for us the second reason 2) So
that future generations who found the Ark could verify the measurements so as to
know it is one and the same boat.
Many people believe that Noah's Ark should be up on Mt. Ararat in Eastern
Turkey, and many have looked there over the years because they think the Bible
says its on that mountain. But does it really? Let's take a look at
the Bible verse in question:
...the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat."
Ararat is the newer Armenian name of Urartu from the Hebrew Torah written by
Moses (c. 1406-1446 BC) which only included the consonants "rrt". However, the
translators of the Bible replaced the "rrt" with the later name, "Ararat" or
"Armenia." The Assyrians wrote about battles against the Urartian tribes from
the thirteenth century BC until the sixth century BC when Urartu was destroyed
by the Medes. The name Urartu then vanished from history (until archaeologists
re-discovered it in the 1800s) and was replaced by Ararat and Armenia in the
vicinity as well as in English Bible translations, maps, etc. As history went on
in the first and second millennia AD, the mountain became known as Ararat and
the region as Armenia. Many people believe that Mount Ararat is the place where
Noah's Ark landed but the Bible does not state this. It simply says that the
boat landed in the Urartian mountains, of which there are hundreds, although
Ararat is the highest and is the only one with a permanent ice cap, which is
around 17 square miles in size. Since Mount Ararat is the highest location in
Urartu, some people in recent history have jumped to the conclusion
that it was the landing place and promoted that concept as a regional tradition.
It is quite possible that at the time of the Ark's landing, Mt. Ararat was still
a baby volcano. So there is no special reason to think its on that
The Ark in History
In Flavius Josephus' time
(1st-century A.D.) the Ark of Noah was well-known, because he mentions in
Antiquities of the Jews. The famous Jewish historian stated,
remains are shown there by the inhabitants to this day."
He quotes Berosus
the Chaldean, c. 290 BC, who indicated tourists would take home pieces of the
ark for making good-luck charms, "It is said there is still some part of this
ship in Armenia, at the mountain of the Cordyaeans; and that some people carry
off pieces of the bitumen, which they take away, and use chiefly as amulets for
the averting of mischiefs." These comments tend to indicate its location
would not be in an inaccessible area. At some point, the ark was covered by a
mud and lava flow which caused future generations to lose its location.
Noah's Ark was discovered in mid May of 1948 by a local Kurdish shepherd boy
named Reshit Sarihan, who lives to this day (Sep. 2000), in the village of
üzengili (previously called "Nasar" but changed to üzengili after the ark was
discovered. - One should take note that "Nisir" was the Babylonian name for
Noah's city). Heavy rains in May of 1948, combined with three noteworthy
earthquakes exposed the ark impression from the collapsing, expansive and loose
mud that had entrapped it for nearly 2 thousand years revealing the ark
impression standing up, out of the terrain.
Objects containing inked drawings and etchings
pertaining to the Flood account have been found near the Durupinar
formation (Shea, October 1998) and large inscriptions have been
discovered on the structure itself (Patt, May 2001).
Aerial view is among the first ones taken eleven
years after discovery, in 1959, and shows very little erosion, with
hull shape intact.
Noah's Ark Today
Noah's Ark Today
What would you expect a 5000 year old boat hulk to look like
which was buried in mud for centuries? I would expect it to look
pretty much like the photo above.
Note that the Ark has slid down from higher above, as its in a mud flow.
God has preserved the Ark under the mud and uncovered it
only recently so it could be seen and researched.
The photo at left shows the ark deeply embedded in
the surrounding terrain, which is actually a mud flow. Mt. Cudi is shown high in the
background, the initial landing place of the Ark. David Deal
discovered a settlement above the site and another seeming-boat
imprint there, which could be "The place of first descent" ('kHD' or
Kurd) with the Durupinar site being the last one.
Its believed the Ark actually landed higher up the mountain and has since
slid down, probably more than once. Here we see an artist's rendition,
based on the evidence, and the shape of the mountain, precisely how the ark
would have landed on Mt. Cudi pronounced "Judi" (the "mountain of the Kurds" "kHuD"
meaning, in Hebrew, "the first." The slightly crescent shape of the island
(mountain) keeps the ark from being washed around by fast currents.
Notice the anchor stones hanging off the stern.
These are known as "drogue stones" - 12 of which were actually
discovered uphill from the location of the Ark (see actual photos
The photo at right shows the landing position of
the Ark, and the path it took in its slide down the hill to its
The Ark sits in a mud flow today. It originally came to rest higher on the
mountain after the Flood. At some point in the first two thousand
years of resting in the mountains of Ararat, the ark moved further down the mountain and
became impaled on a rock outcropping where it rests today.
The ark rests on
Cesnakidag Mountain, which is interpreted as "Doomsday" Mountain.
The Flood would be considered a real "doomsday" since it destroyed
the world. The mountain is made of sedimentary cretaceous water
laid rock, which means it was formed by the Flood waters and is not
a post Flood formation.
In 1977, Mr. Ron Wyatt made his first of 24 trips to the
ark, and he was impressed that this really was the remains of Noah's Ark.
In the research he performed over the next 15 years, Mr. Wyatt successfully
performed metal detection tests and subsurface radar scans of the site, and he
proved this site really IS the mud-and-lava covered remains of Noah's Ark!
The Turkish government has double-verified Mr. Wyatt's tests, and they
have given him credit for the discovery. The announcement appeared in Turkey's
largest newspaper on June 21, 1987. The area was first designated a National
Park, and then it was upgraded to the status of a National Treasure.
The government has built a visitors' center overlooking the site and
issued official tourist brochures so people of all races can come and see the
ark! As the discoverer, Mr. Wyatt was invited to the official ceremony by
the Turkish government.
Read the story of
Ron Wyatt's Journey to find Noah's Ark
The Visitor's Centre
overlooking the Ark
In 1978, when Mr. Wyatt was returning to Nashville, he prayed that God would
send an earthquake to "excavate" the site. When arriving in Nashville the
headlines read, "Earthquake in Eastern Turkey." The earth dropped from around
the sides of the ark, defining the formation more clearly and making it more
accessible for research.
Rib Timbers Clearly Visible
The western, starboard side of the ark
boasts the most defined rib timbers, four of which are clearly
What would you expect
a 4,500 year old boat hulk to look like? A boat that has been
buried in a volcanic mud flow for the last 2,000 years? I
don't know about you, but this is pretty much what I would expect.
The port or eastern side of the ark,
near the front, was scraped off by Ron in an effort to view the
timbers without loose, crumbling material in the way. This process
revealed the lighter color rib timbers in a systematic, vertical
pattern. You can see a darker, curved pattern across the top, which
represents the remnants of a large keelson.
Petrified wood deck timber - note that there are no tree rings found in any
of the timber samples.
This is as we would expect from the pre-flood world, where there were no
seasons due to the
protective water canopy surrounding the earth.
Deck Support Timbers
Many people want to pass this off as a "natural formation".
But this structure is anything but natural. When reading other
(negative) webpages about this find, bear in mind none of the detractors
have actually been to the site. And they don't show any pictures
of the Ark, as we do here. Why? Maybe because they don't want you to
see it up close where you can see for yourself that its definitely not
natural, but man-made? They also attack Ron Wyatt's integrity (of
course!). When you want to discredit a discovery but you can't because
it really is authentic, the next best thing is to discredit the discoverer!
Ron Wyatt is a man of God and integrity. When you watch the videos,
you will be able to discern this.
Now you may be wondering why a proper excavation hasn't begun on
the site to prove to the world conclusively that this is or isn't Noah's
Ark. We would all like to see this done. We can only speculate
as to the reasons why, but the main reason is doubtless financial. The Ark rests in a mountain mud flow. To be able to
excavate, a giant retaining wall must be built around the entire Ark
This would no doubt cost in the millions of dollars. There may be
political and religious reasons as well. Keep in mind that the Ark
site is only a couple of miles from the Iranian border, which isn't exactly
on friendly relations with the West, of which Turkey is actively trying to
become a part of (joining the EU). We must understand that this part
of the world is controlled by Satan for the very reason of denying access to
these sites. And we see that it's certainly working!
Size of the Ark exactly as the
God told Noah the exact size to make the Ark, obviously for
two reasons: 1) Noah couldn't know how large it must be to hold all of
the animals (no doubt younger, smaller specimens), and importantly for us the second
reason 2) So that future generations who found the Ark could verify the
measurements so as to know it is one and the same boat.
"Make a ship of
gopher wood. You shall make rooms in the ship, and shall seal it
inside and outside with pitch. This is how you shall make it. The
length of the ship will be three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty
cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a roof in
the ship, and you shall finish it to a cubit upward. You shall set
the door of the ship in its side. You shall make it with lower,
second, and third levels." --Gen 6:14-16
The length of the ark hulk is 515 ft., which is exactly 300 Egyptian
cubits (20.6 inches). The sides have splayed outwards, as we would expect
on a 4,500 year old boat hulk. Moses was schooled in Egypt and was not familiar
with the Hebrew cubit which was not even in existence when Moses wrote Genesis.
So the length is exactly matches the Bible! Of course, this is just
what we should expect. The Bible is all true!
Sub-surface Radar scans show a regular pattern of timbers inside the ark
revealing keels, keelsons, gunnels, bulkheads, animal chambers, ramp
system, door in right front,
two large barrels in the front 14' x 24', and an open center area for air
flow to all three levels.
Looking down from the top end of the Ark at Mt. Ararat and Little Ararat
12 Giant Stone Anchors Found Uphill
12 Drogue Stones like this one were
discovered uphill by Ron Wyatt in 1977. Some have 8 crosses
and other depictions of the 8 people who were on the Ark.
This shows how Drogue Stones were used on ancient ships.
Drogue stones were a
feature of ancient ships, and were the ancient equivalent of a storm
anchor. They have been found in the Nile and elsewhere in the
Mediterranean area, and like the stones found by Wyatt, they are
heavy and flat with a hole for connecting a line at one end. Their
purpose was to create drag in the water or along shallow sandy
bottoms: the stone was attached to one end of a boat, and the drag
produced would cause the bow or stern to face into the wind and the
oncoming wind-blown waves. These anchor stones are found near the
Ark site (a few kilometres), no doubt cut loose by Noah as he
Best example of many metalic rivets found. Contains
high-tech metal alloy, as proven by separate lab analyses paid for
by Ron Wyatt, then performed later by Kevin Fisher. Aluminum metal
and titanium metal was found in the fittings which are MAN-MADE
Read Galbraith Lab Report on Metal Rivets
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Petrified coral found at 6500 feet in elevation at the formation
with a smooth flat backside that shows that it was attached to an
object that was not natural.
Ancient tablet testifying to Noah's Flood
Noah's Ark on Google Earth Today
A half-sized replica of the biblical Noah's Ark has been built by a
complete with model animals. Dutch creationist Johan Huibers
Ark as testament to his literal belief in the Bible. Also to be used
promotional campaign for Evan Almighty.
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Top Points to Consider
It is in the shape of a boat, with a pointed
bow and rounded stern.
Exact length as noted in biblical
description, 515 feet or 300 Egyptian cubits. (Egyptian not
Hebrew cubit would have been known to Moses who studied in Egypt
then wrote Genesis.)
It rests on a mountain in Eastern Turkey,
matching the biblical account, "The ark rested . . . upon the
mountains of Ararat" Genesis 8:4. (Ararat being the name of the
ancient country Urartu which covered this region.)
Contains petrified wood, as proven by lab
Contains high-tech metal alloy fittings, as
proven by separate lab analyses paid for by Ron Wyatt, then
performed later by Kevin Fisher. Aluminum
metal and titanium metal was found in the fittings which are
Vertical rib timbers on its sides, comprising
the skeletal superstructure of a boat. Regular patterns of
horizontal and vertical deck support beams are also seen on the
deck of the ark.
Occupied ancient village at the ark site at
6,500 ft. elevation matching Flavius Josephus' statement "Its
remains are shown there by the inhabitants to this day."
Dr. Bill Shea, archaeologist found an ancient
pottery sherd within 20 yards of the ark which has a carving on
it that depicts a bird, a fish, and a man with a hammer wearing
a headdress that has the name "Noah" on it. In ancient times
these items were created by the locals in the village to sell to
visitors of the ark. The ark was a tourist attraction in
ancient times and today.
Recognized by Turkish Government as Noah's
Ark National Park and a National Treasure. Official notice of
its discovery appeared in the largest Turkish newspaper in 1987.
Visitors' center built by the government to
accommodate tourists further confirms the importance of the
Huge anchor stones were found near the ark
and in the village Kazan, 15 miles away, which hung off the rear
of the ark to steady its ride.
The ark rests upon Cesnakidag (or Cudi Dagi)
Mountain, which is translated as "Doomsday" Mountain.
Dr. Salih Bayraktutan of Ataturk University
stated, "It is a man made structure, and for sure it's Noah's
Ark" Common Sense. This same article also states "The
site is immediately below the mountain of Al Judi, named in the
Qur'an as the resting place of the Ark." Houd Sura 11:44
Radar scans show a regular pattern of timbers
inside the ark formation, revealing keels, keelsons, gunnels,
bulkheads, animal chambers, ramp system, door in right front,
two large barrels in the front 14' x 24', and an open center
area for air flow to all three levels.
The following are two chapters from
"Old Earth, why not?"
by James I. Nienhuis (genesisveracity.com). You can read the entire
document by clicking here.
Is Noah’s Flood just a Fairytale?
Hundreds of tribal groups are spread all over the globe. Their oral
traditions and legends have been passed down from their ancestors through the
generations. One legend is very common
among the tribes, like this one from New Guinea:
“Once a great flood came which covered the
whole earth and wiped out everyone on earth
except for the ancestors of the Biami people.
Those ancestors climbed up into the Gobia
Tree, the bark of which they make into string
for their string bags. They took up into the
tree their planting materials for crops, all their
animals, their dogs and their pigs and every30
thing else necessary for life. As the floodwaters
rose up on the face of the earth the people
climbed further up the tree. They were safe in
the branches of this tree because the tree grew
up above the waters as the waters rose up. When
the waters went down from the surface of the
whole earth, the people were able to climb
down the tree. The ground was very muddy,
but eventually they planted their crops and their
animals began to reproduce. They moved away
from the tree and began to repopulate the earth.
Those who had climbed down out of the tree
were the ancestors of the Samos, the Kubos,
the Gobasis, and the Etoro.”
One ancient classic Chinese writing, called the Hikking, tells the story of
Fuhi, whom the Chinese consider to be the father of their civilization. This
history records that Fuhi, his wife, three sons and three daughters, escaped a
great flood. He and his family were the only people left alive on earth. After
the great flood they repopulated the world. An ancient temple in China has a
wall painting that shows Fuhi’s vessel in the raging flood waters. Dolphins are
swimming around the boat and a dove with an olive branch in its beak is flying
Over 270 tribes have been documented to be proponents
of the notion that the whole world was once
inundated by water. Here is one from the Greenlander
tribe of Canada:
“The world once overturned. Some people were turned into fiery spirits,
all the rest drowned but one. Afterwards, the survivor smote the ground with
his stick, a woman sprung out, and the two of them repopulated the world.
Proof of the flood is found in the form of sea fossils on high mountains.”
(Fossils of ocean creatures in the mountains will be
explained in Chapter 9.)
The details of the basic flood theme vary from tribe
to tribe, but obviously, this story was passed down from
ancestors who were knowledgeable of the same cataclysmic
event, a flood of water unparalleled in human
history. The ancient Assyrians knew of this flood:
“The gods, led by Enlil, agreed to cleanse the
earth of an overpopulated humanity, but
Utnapishtim was warned by the god Ea in a
dream. He and some craftsmen built a large
boat (one acre in area, seven decks) in a week.
He then loaded it with his family, the craftsmen,
and ‘the seed of all living creatures’. The
waters of the abyss rose up, and it stormed for
six days. Even the gods were frightened by the
flood’s fury. Upon seeing all the people killed,
the gods repented and wept. The waters covered
everything but the top of the mountain
Nisur, where the boat landed. Seven days later,
Utnapishtim released a dove, but it returned
finding nowhere else to land. He next returned
a sparrow, which also returned, and
then a raven, which did not return. Thus he
knew the waters had receded enough for the
people to emerge. Utnapishtim made a sacrifice
to the gods.”
No other legend pervades the lore of the world’s
tribes as does the Great Flood. In Africa, the Pygmies
(Central Africa), the Kikuyu (Kenya), the Yoruba
(southwest Nigeria), the Mandingo (Ivory Coast) and
the Kwaya (near Lake Victoria), among others, have
ancestral knowledge of the Great Flood.
In North America, the Eskimos and the Innuit
(Alaska), the Yakima (Washington state), the
Chippewa (Great Lakes), and the Choctaw (southeast
U.S.), among others, have generational awareness
of a global flood.
In Asia, the Kamchadale (Siberia), the Bahnar
(Cochin China) and the Miatso (southern China),
the Chingpa (Burma), and the Andaman (Bay of
Bengal), among others, know by oral tradition of a
cataclysmic flood event.
In Europe; the early Greeks, Germans, Celtics,
Vikings, and Welsh, among others, noted the Flood
in their lore.
In Central and South America, the Yaqui (northern
Mexico), the Nahua (central Mexico), the Maya
(Guatemala), the Ipurina (upper Amazon), and the
Coroado (southern Brazil), among others, speak of a
worldwide deluge in their ancient histories.
In the Pacific Islands and Australia, the Kabadi
(New Guinea), the Maori (New Zealand), the
Mangaia (Cook Islands), the Gumaidj (northern
Australia), and the Polynesian Hawaiians, among others,
know the Big Flood.
In the Middle East, the Zoroastrians (Iran), the
Egyptians, the ancient Babylonians (Iraq), the ancient
Hittites (Turkey), and the Hebrews (Israel), among
others, have recollections of an historical catastrophic
The Hebrew report in the Bible (Genesis 6,7,8)
of this world famous Great Flood is the most well known
account: God was displeased with mankind,
so He flooded the earth, killing all that were not on
Noah’s Ark. The waters flooded the earth for 150 days,
then began to recede. The Ark landed in the Mountains
of Ararat (Eastern Turkey), then, Noah sent out
a raven that did not return. He then sent out a dove
that returned with an olive twig. The next week he
sent the dove out again it didn’t return, so Noah figured
it was to time disembark from the Ark.
The Michoacan tribe of Mexico has a similar flood
“When the floodwaters began to rise, a man
named Tezpi entered into a great vessel, taking
with him his wife and children and diverse seeds
and animals. When the waters abated, the man
sent out a vulture, but the bird found plenty of
corpses to eat and didn’t return. Other birds
also flew away and didn’t return. Finally, he
sent out a hummingbird, which returned with
a green bough in its beak.”
To perceive the Biblical Flood story as fantasy is
to call the ancestors of these tribes liars. The politically
correct mainstream scientist has a real dilemma
here. It seems extremely unlikely that disparate people
groups from around the globe, with no interest in
copying each other’s heritages, would have similar
legends of global destruction by water, unless of
course, these tribes are actually recounting an historical
event. Evidently, there is more to this Flood thing
than most people realize.
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