The Search for Noah's Ark

The true Bible story of Noah's Ark

The Bible is God's key that unlocks world history.

Introduction

1.      The sacred inspired text tells us Noah lived 350 years after the flood and did not die until 42 years after the birth of Abraham. Shem lived 502 years after the flood and died when Jacob was 50 years old!

2.      The flood is a historical event known to all ancient men because the four couples who were on the ark populated the entire earth.

3.      This is why the oldest archeology on earth records several different flood stories that have spectacular parallels with the true Genesis account. These include the Sumerian Eridu Genesis: (2150 BC) the Akkadian Epic of Atra-Hasis (1635 BC) and the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh (1150 BC) These and the 500 other "flood stories/myths" that are found in every corner of the earth, are what you would expect given the fact of Noah's Ark and the global flood. The best candidate from the one who was on the ark in these flood stories would be Ham, the grandfather of Nimrod who build the tower of Babel.

4.      There is evidence from both archeology in China and word pictures embedded in the Chinese language, that Noah moved to China and may have been the first emperor. Noah died when Abraham was 58.

5.      Jewish tradition has long viewed Shem as Melchizedek, who died when Jacob was 50. Shem was one of the oldest men on earth and was one of four couples who repopulated the earth. If Noah had gone to China as we suspect, then he would appear to be "without father and mother" until Moses came along in 1446 BC and God revealed the creation story in the book Genesis.

A.    The Bible is a direct revelation from God through man: "Inspired"

1.      When 2 Tim 3:16 says, "All scripture is inspired by God" the word inspired means literally in the Greek: "God Breathed". The 66 books of the Bible were written by God, revealed by the Holy Spirit through the hands of men.

2.      The Bible is the only book on earth that is inspired by God. There are two classes of books on earth: 1. Books that contain the word of man and 2. Books that contain the word of God. The 66 books of the Bible therefore are in a distinct and unique category from any other book on earth.

"For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. " (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

3.      To understand the process of inspiration, think of man as being a pen in the hand of God in a kind of dictation process like a court recorder. A court recorder writes down exactly what is said by another and no changes can be made. A pen has no say over what will be written on paper, but God holding the man in His hand as a pen. The personal writing style, vocabulary and sentence structure of each of the 40 authors of the Bible are unique in same way a person can pick up different types of pens with their own unique scripts. It is important to understand that God chose each and every word that the authors wrote in a style that was natural to themselves. However the final result was exactly what God wanted written, with no direct input from the man doing the writing. Therefore, man was not like a news reporter who witnesses a divine event, then sits down and from his own personal creativity, writes a report. Instead, man often had no personal knowledge of the divine event and the Holy Spirit revealed it through them.

"So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of the prophet's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. " (2 Peter 1:19-21)

4.      When you read the Bible, it is God speaking to you through the pages that were written by men:
"Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. " (Jeremiah 1:9)

5.       All the Bible Stories are true and real history like: six literal 24 hour day creation, Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel as the origin of languages, the exodus from Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, Jonah spending three days in the belly of a whale, Daniel surviving a furnace of fire, the resurrection of Jesus and the miracles of the apostles.

6.       Here you reading this right now and you must make a decision: Will I believe the Bible and find the secret to eternal life or will you reject the Bible to your eternal doom? We won't make your decision for you, we merely provide information so you can make the decision yourself.

B.    Chronology and timeline of creation, the flood and the Tower of Babel:

1.      Noah lived long enough that he could be personally acquainted with everyone after Seth down to Abraham.

2.      In 2457 BC, it took Noah less than 100 years to build the ark, with the assistance of his three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth.

3.      About 2275 BC, Ham's grandson Nimrod, built the founded Babylon and built the Tower of Babel.

4.      Angered that God stopped them from building the pyramid shaped Tower of Babel, men to Egypt and South America and built more pyramids in defiance to God in 2200 BC.

5.      We find 500 flood stories all over the world and the earliest archeologically verified tablet is the Sumerian flood story, dated to 2150 BC, shortly after God created Cuneiform as a language at the Tower of Babel.

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C.     Chiastic structure of the Genesis flood story:

1.      Chiastic structure is a kind of literary feature where the text is structured like a mirror. It is similar to a Palindrome which reads the same way frontwards are backwards in words like, "civic" or "level" or phrases like "'Madam I'm Adam" or "Cain a maniac ".

2.      There are countless examples of Chiasm in the Bible and it is one of the evidences of inspiration of scripture by the Holy Spirit, because some are stunning and remarkable themes that fun for chapters and are not immediately evident.

3.      The simple Chiastic structure of Jn 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. "

a.      In the beginning was the Word

                                                              i.      and the Word was with God

                                                            ii.      and the Word was God

b.      He was in the beginning with God

4.       The stunning Chiastic structure of the flood story that is an evidence of inspiration that runs for two whole chapters: Genesis 7 -8

a.      7 Days of waiting for flood (7:4)

                                                              i.      7 Days of waiting for flood (7:10)

1.      40 Days of flood rain (7:17a)

a.      150 Days of water triumphing (7:24)

b.      150 Days of water receding (8:3)

2.      40 Days of waiting (8:6)

                                                            ii.      7 Days of waiting (8:10)

b.      7 Days of waiting (8:12)

 

D.      Parallels between Noah and Abraham: Genesis 8:15-20 and Genesis 12:1-7

Then God said to Noah (8:15)

The Lord said to Abram (12:1)

Come out from the ark (8:16)

Leave your country (12:1)

So Noah came out (8:18)

So Abram left (12:4)

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord (8:20)

So Abram built an altar there to the Lord (12:7)

Then God blessed Noah (9:1)

And I [God] will bless you (12:2)

Be fruitful and increase (9:1)

I will make you into a great nation (12:2)

I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants (9:9)

To your offspring, I will give this land (12:7)

E.    The Chiastic reverse parallel: Genesis 1-11 and Jonah

Notice that the general order of events in Jonah reflects a reverse order of Genesis 1-11.

Genesis

Jonah

Dispersion

Fleeing to Tarshish

Coming out of Mesopotamia according to God's will Babel/Shinar:11:1-32

Not going to Mesopotamia despite God's will: 1:1-3

Abram, the Hebrew: 14:13

Nineveh: 1:2   Hebrew: 1:9

Flood mabbl: 6-9

Flood, nāhār:1:4-15

Ship of salvation: Dove: :10-12

Ship of tribulation:1:5

Wind passed over earth: 8:1

Waves passed over Jonah: 2:4

Tĕhm bursts forth: 7:11

Tĕhm surrounds: 2:6

Tops of the mountains: 8:5

Bottoms of the mountains: 2:7

God remembered Noah: 8:1

Jonah remembered the Lord: 2:8

End of 40 days ... 8:6

In 40 days ... 3:4

Cain's anger and Tb in causative stem: 4:7, 94

Jonah's anger and Tb in causative stem:4:4

Driven out of God's face: 4:1

Driven out before God: 2:5

Abel = hebel: 4:2

Hebel = Abel: 2:9

Cain wants to live: 4:13-14

Jonah wants to die: 4:4

Cain yb east of Eden: 4:16

Jonah yb east of city: 4:5

Tree and Snake: 2:5-3:24

Gourd and Worm: 4:6-7

Cause for evil: 3:22

Protection from evil: 4:6

Tree is delightful: 3:6

Glad because of gourd: 4:6

Snake entices to eat of tree: 3:4-5

Worm causes gourd to wither: 4:7

Tree given = test: 2:17

Gourd taken away = test: 4:7

Eat of tree and surely die: 2:17

Jonah wants to die because of gourd: 4:9

God the Creator of Beasts and men: 1:1-2:3

God who care for both Men and beasts: 4:11

seven days of creation

Seven narrative days. Cf. "God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land": 1:9

Jonah and Genesis 11-1, Eric W. Hesse & Isaac M. Kikawada, Annual of the Japanese Biblical Institute (AJBI), Volume X (1984)

F.    The Flood story from the Holy Bible: Genesis 6-9

Genesis Chapter 6: The Corruption of Mankind

1.      Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

2.      that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.

3.      Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

4.      The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

5.      Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6.      The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

7.      The Lord said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them."

8.      But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

9.      These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.

10.  Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

11.  Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.

12.  God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

13.  Then God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.

14.  "Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.

15.  "This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.

16.  "You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.

17.  "Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.

18.  "But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the arkyou and your sons and your wife, and your sons' wives with you.

19.  "And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.

20.  "Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.

21.  "As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them."

22.  Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.

Genesis Chapter 7: The Flood

1.      Then the Lord said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.

2.      "You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female;

3.      also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth.

4.      "For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made."

5.      Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him.

6.      Now Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of water came upon the earth.

7.      Then Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him entered the ark because of the water of the flood.

8.      Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that creeps on the ground,

9.      there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.

10.  It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth.

11.  In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.

12.  The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.

13.  On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark,

14.  they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds.

15.  So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life.

16.  Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind him.

17.  Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.

18.  The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.

19.  The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.

20.  The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

21.  All flesh that moved on the earth perished, birds and cattle and beasts and every swarming thing that swarms upon the earth, and all mankind;

22.  of all that was on the dry land, all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, died.

23.  Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark.

24.  The water prevailed upon the earth one hundred and fifty days.

Genesis Chapter 8: The Flood Subsides

1.      But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.

2.      Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained;

3.      and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased.

4.      In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.

5.      The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.

6.      Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made;

7.      and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.

8.      Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land;

9.      but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself.

10.  So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark.

11.  The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth.

12.  Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again.

13.  Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up.

14.  In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

15.  Then God spoke to Noah, saying,

16.  "Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons' wives with you.

17.  "Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth."

18.  So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him.

19.  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark.

20.  Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

21.  The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

22.  "While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease
."

Genesis Chapter 9: Covenant of the Rainbow

1.      And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

2.      "The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.

3.      "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.

4.      "Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

5.      "Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man.

6.      "Whoever sheds man's blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For in the image of God
He made man
.

7.      "As for you, be fruitful and multiply;

8.      Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it."

9.      Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,

10.  "Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you;

11.  and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.

12.  "I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth."

13.  God said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;

14.  I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.

15.  "It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,

16.  and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.

17.  "When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."

18.  And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."

19.  Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.

20.  These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.

21.  Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.

22.  He drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent.

23.  Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.

24.  But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father's nakedness.

25.  When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him.

26.  So he said, "Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants; He shall be to his brothers."

27.  He also said, "Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

28.  "May God enlarge Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant."

29.  Noah lived three hundred and fifty years after the flood.

30.  So all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.

 

By Steve Rudd

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