The Bible gives us the true history of the world, which is that after the global Flood with eight saved on the Ark, and following the dispersion of the population at Babel a few generations after the Flood, people migrated into various parts of the world. In other words, our forefathers had the knowledge of the One True God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and like most other peoples of the world, progressively abandoned and corrupted this knowledge.
"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:20-21 (NKJV)
As in ancient times the Ark was symbolized as the means for salvation. As it is established on the Christian principles, Christ is also symbolized as the door of salvation through faith. Jesus reveals to us about the last days prior to His second coming:
Matthew 24:36-39 & John 10:9
- “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only”
- “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be”
- “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be”
- “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”
Armenian Bible (Matthew 24:36-44)
We believe the geographical area of Ararat (about 300 Km. circumference) including Great Ararat (5165 m high - MASIS) and Little Ararat (3925 m high - SIS), was properly molded by "God's finger" so that after ~4370 years when the great Deluge happened, as Genesis states in chap. 8, verses 1- 13, it is possible to locate Noah's Ark with astonishing precision. In other words we believe that with respect to Noah’s Ark, the Bible is the true historical document, which describes both the shape and physical dimensions of the ship and identifies the true location of its landing place on great Ararat.
And referring to other historical evidence: The first Century A.D. Josephus was a man of Jewish birth who was loyal to the Roman Empire. He was a man of great intellect and a contemporary of the Apostle Paul.
Josephus as the official historian of the Jews for the Roman Empire had access to all the archives and libraries of the day. He mentions the remains of Noah's Ark three times. All are found in the ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS. The first is found in Vol. IV on p. 43 of the Loeb edition.18. Here he says:
Then the ark settled on a mountain-top in Armenia: . . .
Noah, thus learning that the earth was delivered from the
flood, waited yet seven days, and then let the animals out
of the ark, went forth himself with his family, sacrificed
to God and feasted with his household. The Armenians call
that spot the Landing-place, for it was there that the ark
came safe to land, and they show the relics of it to this
2 Peter 2:5 speaks of God as one who “did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others.” The flood further serves as a type of the final judgment in 2 Peter 3:3-7:
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and with water. By water also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
As in the Olivet discourse, the emphasis falls on the sudden unexpectedness of both the flood and the final judgment. Both passages speak of people blithely assuming that their daily routine will continue mechanically without any possibility of an intrusion of divine judgment. They ignore the fact that the flood broke suddenly on an unprepared wicked world living without God, and so they are not prepared for the fact that Christ will come suddenly in judgment at the end of the age. Both 2 Peter texts regard the flood as a historical event in which God’s retribution was displayed.
There is also a reference to the flood episode in 1 Peter 3:18-21:
He [Christ] was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but pledge of a good conscience toward God.
"As It was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of coming of the Son of Man"
The Descent of Evil Angles (sons of God = The Fallen Angles) was the distinguishing event of days of Noah.
But this time, instead of a flood, there will be Global Catastrophe.