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4,300 years ago
Noah spent many years building the Ark. He may have hired people to help him and used lots of sophisticated machinery to build it. When it was finished, Noah and his family (his wife, three sons, and three daughters-in-law) stocked the Ark with food and water for themselves and the animals, gathered their belongings, and entered the Ark. God brought the animals, and Noah worked to get the thousands of animals settled and ready for the voyage.
A few days later, the ground rumbled as the fountains of the great deep started to break up, pushing hot lava onto the ocean floor and causing the sea level to rise. And it began to rain . . . a lot (Genesis 7:11–12). Soon the ground around the Ark was covered with water, and the Ark began to float in the Flood that God had said He would send.
Sadly, every person who wasn’t on the Ark died in the Flood. Only Noah and his family (and the animals) were safe in the Ark. Only Noah, with God’s help, had trusted God to provide a way (the Ark) for him to be saved from the watery judgment that covered the whole earth.