The film Noah has spiked a massive reading of Genesis 6 worldwide. I didn’t expect it to follow the Bible, after all, it is Hollywood. I watched the film so I could write about it afterwards. After answering my 22 year old’s questions about Noah, I’ve decided to do a quick Q & A about the facts of Genesis 6.
Q. How did Noah build the ark in time to survive the flood?
A. Noah had a long life, compared to our paltry 70-80 years. So he would have had years to build the ark. The Bible doesn’t say how long it took. All it does say was “After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.” He was 600 years old when he went into the ark. Before the angels mixed themselves with the daughters of men, people lived for centuries. God shortened the life span of human beings in Noah’s life time. After the flood, the life span decreased to about 120 years.
Genesis 6:1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Q. Who were the “sons of God”?
A. They were fallen angels, the Watchers. Their offspring were called “the Nephilim”. It’s a strange story but I trust it because it’s recorded in the Bible. The ancients had more to do with angels than we do, and I think God’s told them not to interfere with us.
Genesis 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Q. Who was Noah?
A. God was forced to destroy His creation, but Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Why did God pick Noah? I have heard a theory that Noah and his family were the last ones left with pure human DNA. The Bible records that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Q. Is there any record of this lineage?
A. Yes, their lineage is recorded in Genesis 10, The Table of Nations. I’m going to focus on Japheth, whom I (and all of Europe) are descended from. This lineage is confirmed in royal genealogies, ancient books, manuscripts, place names, and oral traditions. I recommend a book called “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper. It is a fascinating book on European history and the lineage of ancient Kings, through the line of Japheth. The Miaotsu (Hmong) people of China, are also descended from him.
Q. How could all of the animals have fit in the ark?
A. The key was two of every ‘kind‘. God created using ‘kinds’ with plenty of room for adaptation within species. The definition of kind is “a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality“; e.g. canine, feline, equine, bovine, avian, etc. There were thousands of animals, not millions. The larger species may have been juveniles. Some of them would have hibernated.
19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
The three storied ark was about the height of a 3 storied building, and the length of 1 and ½ football fields. Here are the specs God gave Noah for the ark:
14 So make yourself an ark of cypresswood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
Length: 300 cubits (450 feet, or 135 meters)
Width: 50 cubits (75 feet, or 22.5 meters);
Height: 30 cubits (45 feet, or 13.5 meters).
Road sign to Noah’s Ark in the ‘Vally of Eight’
Q. Is there any archeological proof that the ark existed?
A. Yes, but its hidden – just as the genealogies from Noah have been hidden. The ark and location of Naxuan, the town of Noah, is in the foothills of Ararat in the Armenian region of Turkey. The ark grounded on the mountains (plural) of Ararat – not Mount Ararat itself. The original Armenian place names of that area preserve old meanings like ‘Noah’s Village’, ‘First Vineyard’, ‘House of Shem’ (Noah’s son), ‘First Market Town’ , ‘Place of First Descent’ & ‘Valley of the EIGHT, but the original place names were changed after the Armenians were massacared.
The world’s first winepress was discovered in the area in 2011. I’m not saying this was the vineyard that Noah planted, but it agrees with the place name ‘First Vineyard’.
Genesis 9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. I don’t think anyone would blame him for getting drunk after what they went through.
The chinese character for ‘Boat’
Q. Do other cultures have flood legends?
A. Yes, and many have preserved the name of Noah.
The evidence of the flood is all around us, if we have the eyes to see it. There are fossils everywhere, from the rapid burial of creatures. Also 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by water. Where did it come from?
Our DNA is 99.98% the same, and science has proved we all come from the same stock. That should end racism once and for all.
By the way, when God told Joshua to wipe out the seven nations of Canaan – these were giants, descendants of the Nephilim. He wasn’t being an evil, vengeful God. He needed to clear the giants out of the promised land. From Israel, the race that He created to settle the land of Canaan, came the Messiah. Its something to think about this Easter.