Hallelujah! Mark II Ark almost complete
DOTTY Dutch building contractor Johan Huibers is close to completing his second Noah’s Ark and, by May 2011, the first visitors are expected to come onboard.
The ark will remain in Dordrecht until the middle of 2012, when Huibers then plans to take his ship around the world, beginning with London in time for the Olympic Games.
According to this report, the crazy creationist and evangelist began building his first ark – half the size of the Noah project described in the Bible – in 1992, when he dreamt of a flood. At the time he said:
I saw the Netherlands disappearing under an enormous mass of water, comparable with the tsunami in Southeast Asia. The next day, I found a book about Noah’s Ark in the local bookshop, and since then, my dream has been to build the ark.
One of his first problems was figuring out what wood to use. According to biblical mythology, God tells Noah, “Make thee an ark of gopher wood â€¦ ” Modern scholars are not sure what “gopher wood” was. It may have been a mis-translation or it may be extinct. So Huibers used American cedar and Norwegian pine.
Huibers’ first ark was narrow enough to travel the inland waterways of the Netherlands. He finished the ship in 2007 and installed exhibits on board aimed at proving the biblical creation narrative to be true and evolution theory false. The interior was populated with life-size models of animals, including giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras and bison.
In a 50-seat theatre, visitors could watch a segment of the Disney film Fantasia that retells the story of Noah’s Ark. Huibers began work on his second ark in 2008. With a volume ten times that of the first, the ship is to house two theatres, a cinema, a restaurant and a deck with live animals. On another deck, a small train will take visitors literally through the Bible story.
Huibers then sold his first ark last December to Aad Peters, a fellow Christian.
Peters, a puppeteer and theatre-maker, wants to use the ship to reacquaint the Dutch public with stories in the Bible from which he believes they have largely become estranged. He said:
For Red Riding Hood you can go to a theme park, but where can you go to see Adam and Eve?
The new owner wants to change the ship’s purpose from evangelism to “biblical entertainment.” He said:
The stories have to speak for themselves. The rest is up to the Holy Spirit.
Peters said he believes that for many years, speaking about the Bible in the Netherlands was a no-no. But in other parts of the world it is completely normal to talk about religion.
The advantage of the rise of Islam in the Netherlands is that we are allowed to talk about Christianity again.
Huibers, meanwhile, is standing by for Jesus’ next appearance.
I only look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Maybe it will take another 50 or 100 years, nobody knows that, but we are very close. That all is not well with our society seems obvious to me. But I am not one for whipping up fears. My message is: ‘Choose Jesus now, while it’s still possible.’