If you’re planning to preach soon from the book of Genesis or on the subjct of the Last Days (or if you need a great weekend getaway), you might check out the newly-opened Noah’s Resort Hotel in Hong Kong. The brainchild of three brothers, all billionaires, it’s the first full-size replica of Noah’s Ark that has ever been built. One of the brothers is reportedly an evangelical Christian, and he initially planned to build a biblical theme park. But the idea of a hotel complex won out. The Ark sits on 270,000 square feet of space and was developed in conjunction with five Christian organizations. In addition to the hotel, it houses a restaurant, an exhibition hall, a children’s museum, and 67 pair of fiberglass animals. The story is in the Wall Street Journal.
Another reconstruction of Noah’s Ark was recently finished in the Netherlands, one that actually floats and contains actual barnyard animals. This one is not full-scale. It’s only one-fifth the size of the biblical original; but the builder, a 50-year-old Dutch man, wants to sail it to the London 2012 Olympics, and then on to America. Here’s a picture:
Another new ark has arisen in the Canadian town of Florenceville, New Brunswick:
And there’s even a new one built on the actual Mount Ararat. It’s being constructed by the environmental group Greenpeace to warn of impending climate disaster:
Another ark is half-built in Froastburg, Maryland. Rev. Richard Green began it in the 1970s, but ran out of funds in the 1990s:
Does the growing armada of Noah’s Arks have a message for today? Maybe it’s a reminder that we’re living in the Last Days!
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be (Matthew 24:37).
Long ago by God’s Word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world at 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…. (2 Peter 3:5-6).
PS – For my sermon, Christ, the Ark, click here.