A Dutch carpenter who built a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark has announced plans to sail the 2500-ton vessel to Israel.
Creation scientist Ken Hamm built a replica of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky, and that is an amazing sight to behold. But the Ark Encounter theme park is stationary. Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers has also built a replica of Noah’s Ark, but his vessel is mobile. Now he is looking to sail his ship all the way back to the motherland, Israel!
“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” Genesis 6:13,14 (KJV)
Of course, when I see stories like this, I can’t help but wonder from a prophetical perspective why now we are suddenly now seeing full-size replicas of Noah’s Ark. After all, Jesus Himself said that when the last days fully begin, with the Pretribulation Rapture of Church leading into the time of Jacob’s trouble, it would be like it was ‘in the days of Noah’.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”Matthew 24:37-39 (KJV)
Could it be that we are so close to this time that God is preparing us for what is right around the corner?
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Johan Huibers’ Biblical boat complete with wooden animals, was constructed six years ago at the cost of nearly $1.6 million dollars, and is currently a popular attraction in Dordrecht, south of Amsterdam.
But Huibers told JTA earlier this month that he wants to take his creation to ‘God’s land’, and is seeking donations from good Samaritans to get him there.
‘My preferred destination for the ark is Israel,’ Huibers, 60, told JTA. ‘It may sound scary, but I believe everything written in this book, cover to cover,’ he said while pointing at a copy of a translation into Dutch of the Hebrew Bible.
‘This is a copy of God’s ship. It only makes sense to take it to God’s land.’ Huibers planned to take the ship to Israel soon after its completion, but wildfires in Israel torpedoed the journey.
Now he no longer has the approximately $1.3 million necessary for getting there (the ark has no motor, so Huibers needs to rent tugboats to sail it).
‘I love the land, I love the country, I love the people,’ he said of Israel. ‘They don’t obey, they do what they want, they drive like mad, shove while waiting in line and don’t listen to anyone. Just like me.’
Huibers had plans to sail the ark to Brazil, but those fell through, too as the estimated cost of sailing the vessel 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in time for the sporting event was around $1.97million (£1.36million), according to a California non-profit organisation set up to help the determined Huibers realise the dream.
The religious ark was created to adhere to the Biblical story, in which God instructed a man called Noah to create a boat big enough to save animals and humanity during a flood that would fill the world.
Larger than a football pitch and containing five floors, Huibers’ Ark can transport more than 5,000 people at a time.
Since it opened in 2012, hundreds of thousands of tourists have flocked to explore its 410 ft. long, 95ft. wide and 75 ft. tall chambers, similar to measurements given in Genesis 6:15. source