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  1. 1. “ And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of ARARAT” Genesis 8:4 Varoujan Davoud Amirkhanian Aug. 10, 2010 A Personal Quest for the Search of Noah’s Ark (Noyan Tapan)
  2. 2. Mount Ararat Armenian : Մասիս , Արարատ Turkish : Ağrı Dağı Kurdish : Çiyayê Agirî 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)
  3. 3. 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 Nakhchivan exclave of Azerbaijan is also in close proximity to the mountain. The Ararat plain runs along its northwest to western side
  4. 4. Geology Ararat is a stratovolcano , formed of lava flows and pyroclastic ejecta, 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
  5. 5. Mount Ararat View of Ararat from Iğdır, Turkey View of Ararat from Khor Virap, Armenia
  6. 6. Mount Ararat View of Ararat from Khor Virap, Armenia
  7. 7. Armenian History & The Ark Saint Mesrop Mashtots ( Մեսրոբ Մաշտոց; 361 - 440) was an Armenian monk , theologian and linguist . He is best known for having invented the Armenian alphabet ,
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Coat-of-arms-of-Armenia
  10. 10. Noah and his family descending Mt. Ararat Nakhichevan
  11. 11. 1,700 years of Christianity in Armenia
  12. 12. Ararat & Noah’s Ark
  13. 13. Armenia Trip of NAMI July, 2010
  14. 14. Armenia trip - Echmiadzin Cathedral Deacon Aghvan Gasparyan explaining about the Noah’s Ark relic
  15. 15. Armenia trip - Echmiadzin Cathedral
  16. 16. Armenia trip - Echmiadzin Cathedral Noah’s Fire Worship & Animal Sacrifice Alter under the foundation of the Echmiadzin
  17. 17. Prof. Ashot Melkonyan Director of Institute of History National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
  18. 18. Prof. Ashot Melkonyan Director of Institute of History National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
  19. 19. Dr. Pavel Avetisyan 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 today presented a 5,500-year-old shoe recently found in Armenia during an excavation jointly conducted by Armenian, Irish and American archeologists
  20. 20. Professor Dr. Hayk Avetisyan Head of Department of Archeology, Yerevan State University
  21. 21. Dr. Pavel Avetisyan, Bishop Anoushavan & Professor Hayk Avetisyan meeting with the NAMI team at the Armenian Church
  22. 22. Dr. Arcady Karakhanian; Institute of Geological Sciences, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
  23. 23. 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 NGO Research on Armenian Architecture .
  24. 24. Armenia Trip of NAMI July, 2010 (Khor Virap, Garni, Geghart & Hayk Nahapet)
  25. 25. Vernisaj in Yerevan
  26. 26. Armenian History & Noah Hayk, Haig ( Armenian : Հայկ , also transliterated as Haik ) is the legendary patriarch and founder of the Armenian nation . Moses of Khoren or Movses Khorenatsi ( Armenian : Մովսես Խորենացի ): Hayk was a handsome, friendly man, with curly hair, sparkling eyes, and strong arms. He was a man of giant stature, a mighty archer and fearless warrior. 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.
  27. 27. Armenian Origins <ul><li>Hayk, Haig ( Armenian : Հայկ ) </li></ul><ul><li>the legendary patriarch of the Armenians </li></ul><ul><li>And a great-great-grandson of Noah </li></ul><ul><li>Bible / Genesis 10 </li></ul><ul><li>  1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth : and unto them were sons born after the flood. </li></ul><ul><li>  2 The sons of Japheth ; Gomer , and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras </li></ul><ul><li>  3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah (Torgom) </li></ul><ul><li>Genealogy: </li></ul><ul><li>Hayk , Haig (grandson of Tiras ), Armenak (or Aram), Aramais, Amassia, Gegham, Harma, Aram </li></ul><ul><li>Moses of Khoren gives Hayk's genealogy as: Japhet , Gomer , Tiras , Torgom , and his descendants as Armaneak , Aramais , Amasya , Kegham , Harma , Aram , Ara Geghetsik . [6] Hayk was also the founder of the Haykazuni dynasty </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Date of Noah’s Flood <ul><li>First published: Creation 4 (1):10–13, March 1981, by Dr J. Osgood </li></ul><ul><li>Christ was born approximately 2010 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon laid the foundation of the Temple ( 1 Kings 6:1 ): 967 BC </li></ul><ul><li>The first verse of Kings chapter 6 is also useful in that it 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 </li></ul><ul><li>The Exodus occurred therefore roughly 2010 + 967 + 480 = 3,457 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>According to Acts 7:4 and Genesis 12:1-4 , Abraham was 75 years old when God gave him the promise and in the same year his father Terah was 205 years old and Abraham was born when Terah was 130 years of age ( Gen.11:26-33 ) </li></ul><ul><li>The statements of genealogy in Genesis 11:10-26 , are father-son statements and link Abraham to Noah’s son, Shem </li></ul><ul><li>If we add up the figures mentioned 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) </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 11:10 tells us that Shem was 100 years old, 2 years after the Flood had finished. When was Noah’s Flood? 2010 years to AD 0 plus 967 years to the founding of Solomon’s Temple plus 480 years to the end of the Exodus plus 430 years to the promise to Abraham plus 75 years to Abraham’s birth plus 350 years to Shem’s 100th birthday plus 2 years to the Flood. </li></ul><ul><li>The Biblical data places the Flood at: ~ 4,314 (2,304 BC) </li></ul>
  29. 29. Ararat Climb 2008
  30. 30. Ararat Climb 2008
  31. 31. Ararat Climb 2008
  32. 32. Ararat Climb 2008
  33. 33. Ararat Climb 2008
  34. 34. Ararat Climb 2008
  35. 36. Noah’s Ark Search 2009 Davut Cimrin Mt. Ararat Expert Climber
  36. 37. Noah’s Ark Search 2009 Gerrit Aalten the well known Ark Researcher & Historian (1996) Davut Cimrin Expert Climber
  37. 38. New Evidence Emerges in the Search for Noah’s Ark Ancient Wood Structure Discovered on Mount Ararat Press-Conference @ Hong Kong & Beijing April 25 & 28, 2010 Chinese and Turkish explorers who found wooden structure on Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey believe is none other than Noah’s Ark
  38. 39. 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.
  39. 40. 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.
  40. 41. Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? 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.
  41. 42. Hong Kong Press-Conference
  42. 43. 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 .”
  43. 44. Noah’s Ark Ministries International & the Team Ahmet Ertugrul (Parasut), the search team leader, was the first to get information on the location and then started the search Ark Researcher: Clara Wei Mountain Guide: Mehmet Ceven (left) NAMI Team (right)
  44. 45. Hong Kong Press-Conference Governor of Agri With HK Headline News
  45. 46. Beijing Press-Conference April 28, 2010
  46. 47. Beijing (NAMI Team) trip
  47. 48. NAMI Team Ararat Expedition?
  48. 49. Noah`s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Tenon construction was found in the structure witnessed by Panda Lee
  49. 50. 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.
  50. 51. 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
  51. 52. 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
  52. 53. 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
  53. 54. Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Seven spaces revealed
  54. 55. Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat? Specimens from the Ark for Scientific Analysis Wood specimens were dated as 4,800 years old
  55. 56. MA WAN Park in Hong Kong Noah’s Ark 1:1 Scale
  56. 57. MA WAN Park in Hong Kong Noah’s Ark 1:1 Scale
  57. 58. The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark as described in Bible Genesis 6, 7 & 8
  58. 59. Wickedness of Man (Gen. 6:5-8) <ul><li>The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth </li></ul><ul><li>And that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually </li></ul><ul><li>But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord </li></ul>
  59. 60. The Ark <ul><li>Make yourself an ark of gopherwood </li></ul><ul><li>Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Make the ark 300 L X 50 W X 30 H Cubits </li></ul><ul><li>Cubits = 20’’ (0.5 m elbow to fingertip) </li></ul><ul><li>The Ark ~ 150 X 25 X15 meters </li></ul>
  60. 61. Biblical specs of the Ark
  61. 62. God’s patience (Gen 6:3 & 1 Pet. 3:20) <ul><li>My Spirit shall not strive with man forever </li></ul><ul><li>For he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be 120 years </li></ul><ul><li>It took Noah about 120 years to build the ark </li></ul><ul><li>… God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built </li></ul>
  62. 63. Election (Gen. 6:17-18) <ul><li>I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes </li></ul><ul><li>Everything on earth will die </li></ul><ul><li>But I will confirm my covenant with you </li></ul><ul><li>So enter the ark—you and your wife and your sons and their wives (total 8 people) </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  63. 64. Separation (Gen. 7:16 & John 10:9) <ul><li>A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah </li></ul><ul><li>Then the Lord closed the door behind them </li></ul>
  64. 65. Judgment / The Flood (Gen. 7:10-13) <ul><li>After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>  … 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 </li></ul><ul><li>The rain continued to fall for forty days and forty nights </li></ul><ul><li>That very day Noah had gone into the ark </li></ul>
  65. 66. Purification (Gen. 7:17-24) <ul><li>For forty days the floodwaters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the ark high above the earth </li></ul><ul><li>… The water covered even the highest mountains on the earth </li></ul><ul><li>… All the living things on earth died—God wiped out every living thing on the earth </li></ul><ul><li>The only people who survived were Noah and those with him in the ark </li></ul><ul><li>And the floodwaters covered the earth for 150 days </li></ul>
  66. 67. Salvation (Gen. 8 & 4) <ul><li>… At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased </li></ul><ul><li>Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of ARARAT </li></ul>
  67. 68. Salvation through Christ (Matthew 24:36-39 & John 10:9) <ul><li>But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only </li></ul><ul><li>But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be </li></ul><ul><li>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 be </li></ul><ul><li>I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture </li></ul>
  68. 69. Formation of a New Organization <ul><li>Next Steps: Dr. Edward Kudaverdian and Varoujan Amirkhanian have formed a new Company / Foundation with certain Goals and Objectives:   </li></ul><ul><li>Raising awareness and knowledge about Noah’s ARK and the History through educational seminars and workshops. Design and build a bigger center that allows Ararat717 (Ark Family center, Inc.) to have seminars and workshops, to be able to hold different big events, including Noah’s ARK Museum in the structure. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan future Expedition climbs in Ararat, Turkey for further research activity of the Noah’s Ark discovery, in cooperation with NAMI (Noah’s Ark Ministries International) </li></ul><ul><li>Creating rapid awareness through news media in US for the recent discovery of Noah’s Ark by the Chinese-Turkish exploration team (sponsored by NAMI). And hold press-conferences Jointly with NAMI. </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the good news of the recent Noah’s Ark discovery by creating awareness within the Armenian community, American community and Scientific affiliated organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct seminars workshops across all the ages within the local community of Glendale to attract more volunteers to grow Ararat717 division short and long term objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a detailed business plan and (1-2) government grant-proposals with matching funds. </li></ul><ul><li>Raise additional seed-funds investment of ($$$) for the following (12-15) months needed to complete the first development phase. </li></ul>
  69. 70. <ul><li>“ Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of ARARAT ” </li></ul>Ararat717 Organization