As the sun set this evening in Australia, NAMI premiered a three hour documentary about their discovery to a sold-out audience in the large concert hall of the Sydney Opera House. We are looking forward to learning how actual pictures from inside what seems likely to have been Noah's Ark and the miraculous account of this discovery impacted those in attendance.
Some of you may have linked through my last newsletter to the trailer (click on trailer in right hand column) for the documentary. It depicts the response of three professors and seminary officials who witnessed some of this video footage when it was shown last April to a private audience in Charlotte, NC. (Their identities in the right hand column).
Those looking forward to the scientific analysis of this discovery may be disappointed that it is being preceded by this dramatic cinematic showing. However disappointing to the scientific community, we are fortunate to have the discovery of this artifact so well documented. It may in fact be the best documented of all major scientific discoveries for the simple reason that it occurred as the result of a filming project on this mountain. Regardless of what some have declared, Media Evangelism, the organization that created this documentary did not go to Mount Ararat in search of Noah's Ark. Aside from a few scientific and travel organizations, they are one of the few outside groups ever to visit this mountain who were not searching for the Ark!
What may seem incredible to many are the providential preservation, concealing, and timely revelation of this vessel. How did a wooden vessel of such great size manage to survive the ravages of time? How has the precise location of this giant artifact been concealed from so many Ark explorers who have searched this very mountain? Why its discovery by a filming company with a mission of end-time evangelism? I have even more to ask: why did this happen in the very year I publish my 20-year investigation of Noah's Flood and how did I become so quickly connected to its discoverers?
These providential events transcend and confound naturalistic thinking, but that is just what this discovery challenges in far more dramatic fashion. As I point out in Part II of The Archaeological Evidence of Noah's Flood (see links below), the acts of the God of the Bible transcend the ordinary order of the world. He is not the remote, transcendent God of the philosophers but the personal and living God who creates history- and offers us a future!
This documentary will soon be brought to audiences in the United Sates. We are making plans for a Charlotte showing to be followed in other American cities. We note that even most Christians prefer these showings in public and secular arenas. That will certainly occur as more of the public here in the United States become aware of this discovery. In the meantime, we are looking for churches that may want to host these showings.
If you want to be one of the first to see this historic showing, please let us know simply by replying to this email. Also, let us know how many others (from your family, church, or group) may want to join you. Would your ministry, church, or you as an individual be interested in assisting or participating in the hosting these events?
Regards to you all,