Has the Biblical Ark of Noah been found?“And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of ARARAT”Genesis 8:4 A Personal Quest for the Search of Noah’s Ark (Noyan Tapan) Varoujan Davoud Amirkhanian October, 2010
The implications of finding the remains of Noah’s Ark are staggering Former editor of National Geographic Magazine, Gilbert H. Grosvenor once said: “If the ark of Noah is ever found, it will be the greatest archaeological discovery in history and the greatest event since the Resurrection of Christ; and it will alter all the currents of scientific thought.”
Mr. Gerrit Aalten, renowned Dutch Ark researcher
New Evidence Emerges in the Search for Noah’s ArkAncient Wood Structure Discovered on Mount Ararat Chinese and Turkish explorers who found wooden structure on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey believe is none other than Noah’s Ark Press-Conference @ Hong Kong & Beijing April 25 & 28, 2010
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? On April 25th, the team from Noah’s Ark Ministries International (NAMI) that explored Mount Ararat announced at a press conference in Hong Kong that the wood specimens they had retrieved last year from the “large wooden structure” they discovered more than 4,000 meters above sea level were found to be 4,800 years in age – a figure that would correspond with the time of Noah, based upon a literal reading of the Bible.
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Backed by Turkish government officials and his group’s own set of experts, NAMI representative Man-fai Yuen said, “We believe that the wooden structure we entered is the same structure recorded in historical accounts and the same ancient boat indicated by the locals.” Dr Oktay Belli, an archaeologist at Istanbul University: “The search team has made the greatest discovery in history.
This finding is very important and the greatest up to now.” According to Belli, there has never been human settlement above 3,500 meters on Mount Ararat, which has long been considered the location of where Noah’s Ark settled following the receding of the flood recorded in the Bible. In Genesis 8, it is recorded that “the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat”. “Mount Ararat is a holy place and has rich historical accounts about Noah’s Ark on the mountain,” said Belli on Sunday April 25, 2010. “Many people have searched the mountain for the holy Ark. Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat?
Noah’s Ark Ministries International & the Team Mehmet Ceven Ark Researcher: Clara Wei Mountain Guides & NAMI Team
Hong Kong Press-Conference Governor of Agri With HK Headline News
Hong Kong Press-Conference Mr. Gerrit Aalten, renowned Dutch Ark researcher said, “The significance of this find is that for the first time in history the discovery of Noah’s Ark is well documented and revealed to the worldwide community.” Just a few of the many details that are matching this find: “The Ark found above the 4000 meters level” “The Ark is slightly tilted” “The Ark has reddish/brown wood appearance” “The Ark is decayed and broken and has a hole” through which one can enter” “The Ark is partly embedded in the ice and rock debris” “The Ark is very solid and of high quality” “The Ark is very dark, long and rectangular” In conclusion, Mr. Aalten said , “there’s a tremendous amount of solid evidence that the structure found on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey, is the legendary Ark of Noah.”
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Tenon construction was found in the structure witnessed by Panda Lee
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Panda Lee said, “In October 2008, I climbed the mountain with the Turkish team. At an elevation of more than 4,000 meters, I saw a structure built with plank-like timber. Each plank was about 8 inches wide. I could see tenons, proof of ancient construction predating the use of metal nails. We walked about 100 meters to another site. I could see broken wood fragments embedded in a glacier, and some 20 meters long.
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? The team has not entered this space. They viewed and took shots from a small opening above. The height and width are estimated to be 5 meters and 12 meters respectively
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? This room is box-shaped, having a dimension of height, width and length of more than two meters. There is a wooden beam with wooden nails on one side of the wall. It is believed that a rope was hooked on these nails to keep animals in place. On another side of the wall, there are racks
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? A few wooden staircases were found inside the structure, which seemingly craved by tree logs. Our team climbed one and found a door in the ceiling and concluded the wood structure has more than one floor. We tried to open it but failed. Since we did not want to destroy the structure, we will try again with appropriate equipment in the future
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Seven spaces revealed
Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Specimens from the Ark for Scientific Analysis Wood specimens were dated as 4,800 years old
Ararat717 Organization “Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of ARARAT”
The Great Flood and Noah’s Arkas described in the Bible Genesis 6, 7 & 8
Genesis 5, Jude 1, Hebrews 11 (Old & New Testament) Enoch was descendant of Adam, he became the father of Methuselah. Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years. One day Enoch disappeared, because God took him. 5It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Methuselah became the father of Lamech. Lamech became the father of Noah, for he said, “May he bring us relieffrom our work and the painful labor of farming this ground that the Lord has cursed.” Noah was the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 7It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 Enoch, who lived in the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied. He said, “Listen! The Lord is coming with countless thousands of his holy ones 15 to execute judgment on the people of the world. He will convict every person of all the ungodly things they have done and for all the insults that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Wickedness of Man(Gen. 6:5-8) The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth And that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord Faithful (God opened the heart through his faith) Just (upright) Perfect man (Does not mean Sinless) Righteous Devoted (with patience for 120 years he worked to build the Ark) Obedient (without seeing rain he worked for God sacrificially) Blessed (he worked for God and witnessed to others)
The Ark Make yourself an ark of gopherwood (which would preserve the Ark to be found one day) Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch Make the ark 300 L X 50 W X 30 H Cubits Cubits = 18” (0.457 m elbow to fingertip) The Ark ~ 137 X 22.8 X 13.7 meters Noah worked for God and never gave up
Biblical specs of the Ark Assuming an 18-inch cubit [45.72 centimeters], Noah's Ark would have had a cubic volume equal to 569 modern railroad stock cars. 3 floors. 40,000 animals in 167 RR cars
God’s patience(Gen 6:3 & 1 Pet. 3:20) My Spirit shall not strive with man forever For he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be 120 years It took Noah about 120 years to build the ark …God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built
Election(Gen. 6:17-18) I am about to cover the earth with a flood Everything on earth will die But I will confirm my covenant with you So enter the ark—you and your wife and your sons and their wives (total 8 people) Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the ark with you to keep them alive during the flood
Separation(Gen. 7:16 & John 10:9) A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah Then the Lord closed the door behind them
Judgment / The Flood(Gen. 7:10-13) After seven days, the waters covered the earth. …on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights
Purification(Gen. 7:17-24) For forty days the floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the Ark high above the earth …The water covered even the highest mountains on the earth …All the living things on earth died The only people who survived were Noah and those with him in the ark (total = 8) And the floodwaters covered the earth for 150 days
Salvation(Gen. 8 & 4) …At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of ARARAT
Salvation (Matthew 24:36-39 & John 10:9) But as the days of Noahwere, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) be I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved…
New Testament References to the Flood, Noah & the Ark Matthew 24:37-39 Luke 3:36 “the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech” Luke 17:26 & 27 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith” 1 Peter 3:20 “…in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water” 2 Peter 2:5 “…did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly” 2 Peter 3:5 & 6 “For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water”
First published: Creation4(1):10–13, March 1981, by Dr J. Osgood
Christ was born approximately 2010 years ago
Solomon laid the foundation of the Temple (1 Kings 6:1): 967 BC
Kings 6:1 tells us there was a time span of 480 years from the time Israel left Egypt (the Exodus) until Solomon began to build the Temple
Exodus occurred roughly 2010 + 967 + 480 = 3,457 years ago
Genesis 11:10-26, are father-son statements and link Abraham to Noah’s son, Shem
Between Shem’s 100th year (Gen. 11:10) and Abraham (Gen. 11:26) we get 350 years. Since 9 names are mentioned it is 350 years +/- 9 (9 margins of error of up to 1 year each)
Genesis 11:10 tells us that Shem was 100 years old, 2 years after the Flood had finished.
The Biblical data places the Flood at: ~ 2,370 BC add 2010 brings it to total = 4,380
When was Noah’s Flood
Mount Ararat Armenian: Մասիս, Արարատ Turkish: AğrıDağı Kurdish: ÇiyayêAgirî Persian: کوه آرارات (Kuh-e Ararat) Greater Ararat (the tallest peak in Turkey, and the entire Armenian plateau with an elevation of 5,137 m/16,854 ft) Lesser Ararat (with an elevation of 3,896 m/12,782 ft)
Ararat Location Mount Ararat is located in the Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey between Doğubayazıt and Iğdır, near the border with Iran and Armenia, between the Aras and Murat Rivers.Its summit is located some 16 km (10 mi) west of the Iranian and 32 km (20 mi) south of the Armenian border. The Nakhchivanexclave of Azerbaijan is also in close proximity to the mountain. The Ararat plain runs along its northwest to western side
Geology Ararat is a stratovolcano, formed of lava flows and pyroclasticejecta, with no volcanic crater. Above the height of 4,200 m (13,780 ft), the mountain mostly consists of igneous rocks covered by an ice cap
Mount Ararat View of Ararat from Khor Virap, Armenia View of Ararat from Iğdır, Turkey
Armenia / The Ark Mother See of Echmiadzin “Descent of the Only-Begotton Son” The Holy Etchmiadzin, located not far from the biblical Mount Ararat: the flood, Noah’s descent from the ark, his planting of the first vineyard on the slopes of Mount Ararat, his offering of the first sacrifice where later would be built a temple of Artemis; then an Urartian temple; then a Zoroastrian holy site; then St. Gregory the Illuminator with his vision of the Only Begotten Son descending from the heavens. The Etchmiadzin Chronicles
Etchmiadzin / Mt. Ararat St. Gregory the Illuminator ordaining King Trdat to Christian Faith 301 A.D.
Armenian History & The Ark Saint Mesrop Mashtots (Մեսրոբ Մաշտոց; 361- 440) was an Armenianmonk, theologian and linguist. He is best known for having invented the Armenian alphabet,
Armenian History & The Ark The Battle of Avarayr by Grigor Khanjian. Yeghishe Vardapet (Եղիշե, 410 – 475 AD; was a prominent Armenian historian. History of Vardan and the Armenian War
Armenian History & The Ark Yerevan (Amsterdam produced World Map), Mt. Ararat with the Ark of Noah, 1681 St. Jacob Mtzbenatzi (hand painting), 318 AD brought the Ark relic to Echmiadzin. (Book: Armenian Capital Cities by Sergei Vartanian; year 1780)
George Hagopian George Hagopian claimed to have seen Noah's Ark two times, when he was a little boy, around 1900 and 1905. It took Hagopian and his uncle eight days to reach the high grazing areas and glacier of Mt. Ararat, from the city of Van.
The Ark is buried in
the rocks and ice
The Ark is near by
Ahora Gorge (Akori Kirj)
Armenian History & The Ark Map of Armenia printed 1828
Armenian History & The Ark Yerevan (unknown painter) Paris, 1683 Map of Armenia printed 1751 Venice (Tigranakert)
Armenian History & The Ark Ark of Noah on top of Mt. Ararat (hand carving), Germany 1735 Map of Armenia, Mt. Ararat with Noah’s Ark on top, Venice 1751
Coat-of-arms-of-Armenia Coat-of –Arms-of-Armenia, 1827 A.D.
The oldest myths reflect the wars of ancient Armenians against the neighboring Assyrians.
Haik, considered the patriarch of the Armenian people, led his army to defeat the Assyrian giant Baeleus.
By approximately 2100 BC, a prototype of the first Armenian state was founded.
Even now, Armenians call themselves Hai (pronounced high),
and their country - Haik or Haiastan, in honor of Haik.
The Hittite scripts also mention a Haiasa country.
Meanwhile, the Assyrian cuneiform writings designate Armenia as Urartu (Arartu), which means Ararat.
The Old Testament of Bible also associates Armenia with the Mount Ararat (the Kingdom of Ararat).
Hayk & Noah Moses of Khoren or Movses Khorenatsi (Armenian: ՄովսեսԽորենացի): Hayk and his people, from the time of their forefathers Noah and Japheth, had migrated south toward the warmer lands near Babylon. In that land there ruled a wicked giant, Bel. Bel tried to impose his tyranny upon Hayk’s people. But proud Hayk refused to submit to Bel. As soon as his son Aramaneak was born, Hayk rose up, and led his people back to the land of his forefathers, the land of Ararat. At the foot of the mountains, he built his home, Haykashen. Hayk, Haig (Armenian: Հայկ, also transliterated as Haik) is the legendary patriarch and founder of the Armenian nation.
Hayk, Haig (Armenian: Հայկ) the legendary patriarch of the Armenians And a great-great-grandson of Noah Bible / Genesis 10 1The generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras 3And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah (Torgom) Genealogy:
Moses of Khoren gives Hayk's genealogy as: Japhet, Gomer, Tiras, Torgom, and his descendants as Armaneak, Aramais, Amasya, Kegham, Harma, Aram, Ara Geghetsik. Hayk was also the founder of the Haykazuni dynasty
Armenia trip -Echmiadzin Cathedral Deacon Aghvan Gasparyan explaining about the Noah’s Ark relic
Armenia trip -Echmiadzin Cathedral Chasuble; China end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries
Armenia trip - Echmiadzin Cathedral Noah’s First Fire-Altar under the foundation of the Echmiadzin Cathedral unearthed and conserved during the excavation works of 1958 Josephus: “Noah… went forth himself with his family, sacrificed to God and feasted with his household. The Armenians call that spot the landing place, for it was there that the Ark came safe to land, and they show the relics of it to this day.” The Etchmiadzin Chronicles
Prof. AshotMelkonyan Director of Institute of History National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Book of Ararat www.noah.am
Prof. AshotMelkonyan Director of Institute of History National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Prof. Melkonyan explaining about the location of the Ark
Ahora Gorge - The Ahora Gorge is a two mile deep and mile wide gorge formed by an earthquake in 1840. This area is composed of extremely rugged terrain. It is an important search area for Noah's Ark.
Dr. PavelAvetisyan Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography RA National Academy of Sciences Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences Pavel Avetisyan and Professor of the California University Grigor Arshyan presented a 5,500-year-old shoe recently found in Armenia during an excavation jointly conducted by Armenian, Irish and American archeologists Professor Dr. HaykAvetisyanHead of Department of Archeology,Yerevan State University
Bishop Anoushavan, Dr. PavelAvetisyan & Professor HaykAvetisyan (Archeologists) meeting with the NAMI team at the Armenian Church Viewing the NAMI’s Ararat Expedition Video and discussions with the experts
Dr. Arcady Karakhanian; Institute of Geological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Dr. Arcady Karakhanian; Institute of Geological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Samvel Karapetian; Prominent Armenian Historian Research on Armenian Architecture (RAA) Organization Samvel Karapetian is an Armenian historian, researcher, author and architecture expert specializing in the study of the historical monuments of Karabakh and other regions in Armenia and elsewhere. He has surveyed thousands of Armenian sites during the course of more than two decades. He is currently head of the Yerevan branch of the NGOResearch on Armenian Architecture.