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Mountains of Ararat and the Mount Ararat anomaly


The mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:4) is where the Noah's Ark is said to have landed according to the Bible. Mount Ararat is actually two mountains Little Ararat and Greater Ararat with its summit at 16,945 feet.

Many sightings of the Ark have been reported. How true these sightings are up for debate. Marco Polo spoke about the Ark and reported it to be on a very high mountain in central Armenia (Marco Polo, "The Travels of Marco Polo" , New York, The Orion Press, 1958, p.21). In 1916 (World War I), a Russian pilot flying over Mount Ararat said how he saw the Ark. There was two large expeditions to the site. One expedition was able to reach were the Ark rested and they were able to board it. But unfortunately all records and reports disappeared before they could report to the Czar because of the Russian Revolution of 1917. In 1949, US Air Force on a routine mission photographed a strange boxlike image on the northwest corner of the Western Plateau. To this day, no one can say for sure what it is. It is called the "Mount Ararat Anomaly". It was later photographed by a U-2 spy plane in 1956. Satellites photographed it in 1973, 1976, 1990, and 1992 (Timothy W. Maier, "Anomaly or Noah's Ark?" Insight, 20 November 2000, pp. 10-14, 25-27). Gregor Schwinghammer claims he saw the Ark from an F-100 aircraft in the late 1950s while assigned to the 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron based in Adana, Turkey. Schwinghammer said it looked like an enormous boxcar lying in a gully high up on Mount Ararat. He also said U-2 pilots had photographed it. As of today, the Turkish military has tight control and has prevented access on Mount Ararat. Could it be that they know where it is and are not letting anybody to have access to see it.

I believe what God said that the Ark is on the "mountains of Ararat" by faith and do not need to see it to believe it. Plus I think God does not want us to find it because He knows man will want to make a shrine of it and worship it or exploit it for monetary gain.

Like the Ark of safety that Noah built, we have Jesus as the Ark of safety now, when we call on Him and receive Him as Lord and Saviour by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).