The Bible is real specific about how long the flood lasted. The animals entered the Ark of Noah on May 10, 2348 B.C. It began to rain a week later on May 17th. The waters kept rising until June 26th. The waters then began to recede and it was not until October 13th that the ark rested at 17,000 feet above sea level.
Genesis 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
It was not until January 1st that the mountaintops were finally seen. The doors were opened on April 1st, and it was finally dry enough to leave the Ark on May 27th. The flood lasted for over a year and Noah was in the Ark for a year and 10 days.
On this date in history, Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Ararat, in what is known today as Armenia. The Ark was symbolic of God’s Almighty Hand of protection for Noah and his family from the filth of the world.
Just as the Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat, the true believer in the person of Jesus Christ can rest securely on His atoning work at the Cross of Calvary. As God “finished” His work of creation and as the Ark “finished” its mission, so Christ “finished” His work of Salvation (John 19:30).
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Just as the Ark rested on “The seventeenth day of the seventh month” the Lord Jesus Christ rose on “the seventeenth of the seventh month.” Rest within the Ark is compared to the Lord God resting on the seventh day after His work of creation. The discovery of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat is the most important archeological discovery of all time.
Just as God provided Noah a way to be saved from the punishment of sin and death, so God has also provided for mankind a way to be saved from the punishment of sin and eternal death. The way is Jesus.
Alfred Edersheim, Bible History: Old Testament, Seven Volumes Between Bound Two Covers. (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), p. 72.
John Kitto, Palestine (Redding, CA: Pleasant Places Press and Galaxie Software, 2004; 2004), p. 127.
Lindsay, D. G. The Genesis Flood: Continents in Collision. Dallas, TX: Christ for the Nations, 1999, 1992.
Richards, L. The Bible Reader's Companion. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1991. Ge 8:1.