The Search for Noah's Ark
Around Mount Ararat are a great number of archaeological findings of ancient significance. There is a head carved at the top of one of the peaks. With an Egyptian type headdress on the head, the face is serene, looking into the area of the Ahora Gorge. Could this be reminiscent of Noah, that survivor of the Great Flood, built in his honor? Perhaps.
In the same area buildings can be found on top of Mount Curada. Climbing a little closer, one finds large circular structures, some of them three stories tall, without any doors or windows. As one looks at the buildings, he wonders about their significance. Were they tombs? If not, what were they used for? How were they carved?
Explorers also found a grinding wheel which may have been used to carve these structures. It would take a 16-inch log through the center to be used for carving.
Even more interesting is the discovery of eight crosses carved on a large rock. What is the significance of these crosses, the largest one in the middle? Could they be reminiscent of Noah and his family, those eight souls who were saved from that great destruction of the past?
And what is the significance of finding a cave, with a ram over the left hand corner with two outstretched arms behind it. In the extreme right there is a priest -- one can see his feet, skirt, headdress, and beard. A priest with two outstretched arms offering a ram and a priest with a knife in his hand offering cakes. Could this particular carving around this sacrificial cave be significant of the sacrifices of Cain and Abel? The Archaeologists who examined this find, tell us that it was carved by the original people of the land and is at least 4000 years old.
Further study into these areas will surely unlock the mystery of the inscriptions and perhaps provide a key to the tombs, the sacrificial cave and the crosses. Perhaps the key to the carvings, to the head, and maybe even the mystery of Ararat itself will be found as we are able to unlock the mystery of the many ancient writings found in Sumerian cuneiform. As we decipher the language, perhaps we will learn more of the mountain of Ararat and the people who dwelt there after the Great Flood.
For somewhere in this mountain are the remains of an object which is of the greatest significance to mankind -- an object which declares God's judgment and mercy. For as God justly condemned sinful men through the Flood, He likewise prepared an ark of safety for eight who believed His Word. From population statistics we estimate that nearly three billion people lived on the Earth at the time of the Flood.
All of them were destroyed because they would not believe, because they would not step inside the ark of safety, the ark of Noah. Only eight were saved. Once again there is a warning of judgment to come. This time there is no ark like a ship, but there is an ark in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are in the ark of safety, Jesus Christ -- those who have accepted Him as their personal Saviour -- will be saved from the wrath to come.
Somewhere in one of the canyons of Agrida or "Painful Mountain," buried in the ice of mount Ararat, there is an object of great significance to mankind, an object which declares the truth of God's Word.
Looking at the mountain of Ararat across one of the chasms, the visibility is blurred, not because of clouds but because of the ice and snow which falls into the chasms, causing a cloud-like reaction, making it impossible to look across the chasm itself. But once every four or five minutes one is given a few seconds of visibility. Looking across one of these chasms near the area of Al Judi, during a moment of clear visibility, a photograph was taken.
That photograph revealed an object which is buried in ice, an object found in the same area where others have claimed to see the ark. That little football-shaped object is estimated to be 75 feet wide.
The cliff in the photo is similar to Drake's drawings and the rendering of the ark as seen by Georgie. This object is in the same area where nine of the ten expeditions have spotted the ark. Can it be the ark of Noah? Perhaps. Other expeditions in this area will undoubtedly unlock the mystery. But certainly the evidence is overwhelming that the ark of Noah has been sighted by nearly 200 different people in the last 135 years.
As we leave the mountain of Ararat, we comprehend a distinct message for mankind. For God, in the book of Isaiah, chapter 46, verses 9 and 10, states that He is a God who declares the end from the beginning. What better way to declare the end time than a return to the beginning, to the Ark of Noah where mankind began again after the Flood.
As we study the book of Genesis, the power of the Creator becomes apparent -- the power to create the world and the power to destroy it as He did in the great Flood. Because God created, He has the right to judge.
For the Lord Jesus Christ states in Matthew 24:37-39: "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
Will the ark be found? I believe very definitely that it will. God has preserved it for a purpose. Somewhere in the mountain of Ararat this object is resting, waiting to be found in God's time, waiting to declare its message to the world. That message tells the world of a judgment that is to come, a judgment that will leave man without excuse as God prepares to judge the world in these last days.