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Noahs Ark on Mount Ararat

For many years the Russian people were brainwashed into believing that the Deluge and the story of Noah were simply myths that had nothing to do with science. But recently some secret Soviet intelligence materials have come to light which confirm that back in the 1940s a Russian pilot, flying over Mt. Ararat, saw a huge ship on top of the mountain, frozen into a high mountain lake

What do we know about Noahs ark? From the offspring of Adam and Eve mankind multiplied very rapidly. From Seth came pious and good people the sons of God, while from Cain the wicked and evil ones the sons of men. Mingling among themselves, the descendants of Cain and Seth became depraved and iniquitous. Out of the whole of mankind only Noah and his family remained righteous. At that point God decided to cleanse the earth of iniquitous humanity, but to preserve the righteous Noah and his family for the restoration of mankind.

God appeared to Noah and warned him that He would send a deluge upon the earth in order to destroy the wicked people. He commanded Noah to build an ark an enormous ship into which his family and the animals could be placed. Noah was told the exact measurements of the ship: 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in width, and 30 cubits in height (150 x 25 x 15 meters). This was an enormous structure, which Noah proceeded to build over a period of several decades.

In the age of rationalism doubts began to be expressed concerning the reality of the events described in the Bible, that supposedly the story of Noah was nothing more than a myth, despite the fact that all over the world there are various inexplicable structures attesting to the fact that the technical knowledge of antediluvian mankind was on a much higher level than that of contemporary mankind.

Strangely, the first confirmation of Noahs story was found by scientists precisely in mythology. It turned out that diverse peoples, totally unrelated to one another and living on different continents, have legends very similar in content concerning a deluge and the salvation of chosen individuals.

The second confirmation of the historicity of a universal deluge came from modern geology, which found proof of a global catastrophe in the earths fossil layers.

But the most vivid confirmation of the universal deluge and the story of Noah would have come from the discovery of Noahs ark.

The Bible says that the ark landed on top of the Ararat mountains. The Greater Ararat is a mountain 5,165 meters high, whose top is eternally covered with ice to a depth of almost one kilometer. In the early 1950s mountaineers made two attempts to find Noahs ark, but both were unsuccessful due to snowstorms. The search was also made more difficult by Ararats location at the intersection of the borders of three countries that have concluded an agreement forbidding the ascent of Ararat.

In recent times the ark was discovered by French mountaineer Fernand Navarra. A report of this discovery in 1955 became a sensation. Navarra found the ark frozen into the ice of a mountain lake located at an altitude of 5 kilometers from the top, and was able to cut out a piece of the hull. A radioactive analysis performed in several countries confirmed the age of the structure circa five thousand years. Scientists believe that the ark, which used to sit on the very top of the mountain, gradually slid down under pressure from snow avalanches, until it came to rest and froze into a lake situated in the path of its descent. The expedition was conducted by Navarra without official authorization. He was shot at by border guards and arrested, but was later let go with his photographs and the piece of the hull.

Navarra was not the first discoverer of the ark. In the 3rd century B.C., Babylonian and Greek historians wrote of how an ancient ark lay in the Kurdish mountains of Armenia, and how people tore off pieces of tar from it to use as antidotes or amulets. In his opus Judean Antiquities (1st century A.D.), Joseph Flavius reported that many people brought down pieces of the ark from Ararat. The same was confirmed by Theophanus of Antioch in the year 180.

Several reports appeared in the 19th century about people having seen the ark, while the Turks reported that they even went inside the ship, which was built with partitions that were now filled with ice.

Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat
Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat

One of the most interesting confirmations of the ark was obtained in 1916, when Russian aviator Roskovitsky unexpectedly saw the ark while flying near the top of the mountain. That year the weather was warmer, the snows on the Ararat melted down more than usual, and the ark could be seen more clearly. Roskovitsky reported his find to his superior, who repeated the fly-by with the aviator and then sent off a report to the Russian government. Emperor Nicholas II ordered an official expedition to be sent to Ararat which, despite many difficulties related to bad weather and snow avalanches, was still able to reach its goal and found the ark roughly in the same location and the same condition as it was later found by Fernand Navarra. A detailed report on the results of the expedition was sent to the Russian Imperial government, but by that time a revolution had taken place in Russia, and the report was misplaced (or deliberately kept quiet or even destroyed). Several years later, living abroad as an ?migr?, Roskovitsky revealed this story, but his account was doubted and even ridiculed, because it was no longer in keeping with the spirit of the times.

Only Navarra, some decades later, with his photos and his scientific research was visibly able to confirm the existence of the ark. Several more expeditions ascended the Ararat after him, bringing back new proofs and pieces of the hull. The ascents continued until the mid-70s, when the Turkish government firmly forbad any further climbing of Mt. Ararat.

Reprinted from Orthodox Votkinsk, No. 8, 2001
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