There was one door on the side of the ark through which Noah, his family, and all of the animals could enter to be saved from the Flood. In John 10:9, Jesus tells us, “I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he will be saved.” Just like Noah and the others who entered the door of the ark, those who enter the “door to salvation” through faith in Jesus and repentance of their sins will be saved. There is another interesting symbolism regarding the pitch that was used to cover the ark.
God commanded Noah to take two of each kind of animal on the ark. All land-animals were made on the sixth day of the Creation week, so logically dinosaurs were also made on that day (the flying and marine dinosaurs were made on the fifth day) and they were included on the ark. But were they too big to fit? Noah’s Ark was incredibly large, but the animals he had on board were most likely juveniles. The reason God wanted animals on the ark was because after the flood, God wanted them to reproduce and spread across the earth. Dinosaurs are reptiles, and as it is with other reptiles, they get bigger as they age. The giant dinosaurs we see in museums are actually old dinosaurs. For God’s purpose of refilling the Earth after the flood, he would have needed small, fertile, juvenile dinosaurs on the ark, not the older (and bigger) ones that were past their reproductive age.
Noah’s Ark landed on the mountains of Ararat (Gen. 8:4). According to the book, The ark on Ararat, by Tim Lahaye and John Morris, many people in centuries past have climbed Mt. Ararat and saw the ark. In 1840, there was an earthquake on the mountain, and it is believed that the ark is now covered up by ice and snow. There have been many expeditions to the mountain, but now with political problems in the area, it is difficult to get permission to climb and explore. If the ark were found, it would confirm the Biblical account of the flood, but would it be of any benefit to the skeptics? Would the proof compel them to reconsider the Bible?
In short, Noah did not fit all of the animals on the ark. There is no boat in the world big enough to hold all of the animals. God commanded Noah to take two of each kind of land-dwelling animal on the ark. It is estimated that there are about 8,000 kinds, but this is a liberal figure, and the number may be much lower. Noah took two of each kind of animal (male and female), so he would have a maximum of no more than 16,000 animals on board. This is a conservative amount. In the study of baraminology (created kinds), scientists are findings that it is possible that even fewer animals were needed on the ark. Were dinosaurs on the ark?
Although there are some big animals in existence, like elephants and hippopotamuses, the average size of an animal, when you take all animals into consideration, is the size of a sheep. This includes dinosaurs, which, like all other animals, start out small. Noah’s Ark could have held 125,280 sheep-sized animals, but Noah did not need that many animals.
“This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.” Gen 6:15.
A cubit was a unit of measurement based on the length between the elbow and fingertips. The cubits varied in length by a few inches according to different civilizations. For example, the Hebrew short cubit was 17.5 inches, while the Egyptian long cubit was 20.6 inches. To learn more about the cubit or see how big Noah’s Ark was, see the following article “What did Noah’s Ark look like?“
God commanded Noah to build an ark 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits tall (Gen. 6:15). Based on the Hebrew Short Cubit (17.5 inches), the ark would be 437 feet long, 73 feet wide, and 44 feet tall. At this size, the ark would have the volume capacity of 1, 396,000 cubic feet and could hold 522 railroad stock cars. Based on the Hebrew Long Cubit, the ark would be 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet tall.
The inside of the ark was to have three decks (Gen. 6:16). Above the second and third deck, a sub layer could have been added thus allowing more room for storage or other animals. Each deck consisted of several rooms (Gen. 6:14). There was a roof on the top (Gen. 6:16) where Noah and his family may have lived. This could have been a room with open windows to allow for ventilation. There was one door on the side of the ark.
Do you want to see a life-sized, 3-level replica of the ark? Answers in Genesis built one in Kentucky in 2016. It features world-class exhibits of some of the representative kinds, examples of Noah and his family’s living quarters, possible methods for how the animals were cared for, exhibits showing the science behind the flood, ark, and ice age, a comparison to other flood legends and “arks,” a great feature on the Bible and missionaries, interactive media, two movie theaters, and many more things. It is worth the trip! Find out more here: Ark Encounter.