Today, we’re going on an adventure! We’re going to search for an ancient Biblical artifact. Do you know what artifact that is? Here’s a clue: God secured Noah in it when He sent the Great Flood to wipe away the wicked world. Did you guess Ark? Then you’re right! Grab your great detecting tools and let’s go!
And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
Over the years, the location of Noah’s Ark has been a subject of controversy. In the Genesis account, we read that the ark came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat. However, we should note that Genesis does not specifically refer to Mt. Ararat and the text says “mountains” indicating a range of mountains. Today, Ararat is a snow-capped and compound volcano located in the east of Turkey and it consists of two stratovolcanos, Lesser Ararat and Greater Ararat (the highest peak in Turkey and Armenian plateau).
But the ark was found! So let’s go to the location!
According to discovery, these are actual proof that the ark was found:
Eh, looks like the discovery of Clark Kent’s ship in the middle of Smallville.
Let’s us take geography into consideration: The ark came to rest on some mountains (again, plural) in Ararat. These were in the region of ancient Urartu (elevation exceeded 17,000 feet).
And if we pay attention to scripture, it gives us a compass for the landing location of the ark. Get out your Bibles and turn to Genesis 11:1-2:
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Journeying from the east means that they would’ve come from the land in the direction of present-day central Iran. And if you’ll just turn to Jeremiah 51:27-28 for a little bit, you’ll see Ararat being mentioned along with two other kingdoms (Minni and Ashkenaz) who formed an alliance against Babylon. What does this indicate? Yes, these regions were located in Medes. Somewhere in there is a fascinating story featuring King Darius the Great, but we’re not going to talk about him today.
Despite countless expeditions over many centuries to find Noah’s ark, it still has not been found despite a number of people proclaiming to have seen it. Science and geography can’t seem to understand why.
Many have lost their lives searching for the ark in Mt. Ararat, but that could’ve been avoided in the first place if they had realized two things: Genesis said “mountains” and not Mt. Arabat and God wants us to believe His Word for He cannot lie and the account of the ark is true even though we can’t see it.
* The Holy Bible
***GIFs and photos via Google Search