An Internet Sleuth Claims This Syrian Structure Is Proof The Great Biblical Flood Actually Happened

The Great Flood, as depicted in the Book of Genesis in The Bible, is one of the most famous and unsettling myths in Judaism and Christianity. It tells how God, displeased with the “wickedness” of His creation, decided to wipe out most of life on Earth and start again. The only humans spared His wrath were righteous Noah and his family, who survived the deluge inside a giant ark.

According to The Bible, the ark was large enough to hold “seven pairs of every clean animal… and one pair of every unclean animal.” But considering that there are thought to be 8.7 million species of animals on the planet, there can be no historical reality to that claim. Indeed, no geological record of the claimed worldwide flood has ever been found. And the tale may have originated in an ancient Mesopotamian poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Nonetheless, many attempts have been made to establish Noah’s Ark as a historical truth. In fact, people have been searching for its physical remains for more than a thousand years. So far no one has succeeded. But now an online “history” channel on YouTube has a radical new theory – one backed by evidence it describes as compelling.

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The so-called Mystery History channel invites viewers on “a quest to unravel the real story of our Earth.” It has had more than 109 million views since it was established in November 2015 and its creators claim to be battling what they call “academic fallacies.” Their output includes videos with titles such as “Were The Pharaohs Ancient Aliens?” and “The Dwarfie Stane – Built By Ancient Dwarfs?”

“We will continue to argue, and we feel, with good reason, that academia, along with many other suspicious individuals, are selling you a fallacy, not only to appear all-knowing, but also to conceal that which they do not understand,” said the narrator of a video called “‘Ruad Wall’ Pre-Flood Ruin Found?”

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Ruad, which is also known as Arwad, is a tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea, just under two miles off the Syrian coast at Tartus. The 50-acre island is bare and uncultivable, and devoid of fresh water sources. Nonetheless, it has been inhabited for thousands of years. In fact, Ruad was known to the ancient civilizations of Greece, Egypt, Assyria and Persia.

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On the edge of the island are the remains of a city wall composed of megaliths. According to historian Lawrence Conrad, an expert on the ancient Middle East, the wall was around 33 feet high, and, barring the harbor, it encircled the entire island. The defences were largely destroyed during an Arab invasion in the 7th century, but surviving sections are daunting enough to leave modern observers wondering how it could have been built.

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“There have been numerous individuals of late attempting to explain away many of these enormous, megalithic walls and buildings,” said the Mystery History channel. “…[But] just like the academics they parrot, they conveniently have no logical idea as to how this was done… Who Built the Wall Of Ruad?”

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Although the channel does not provide an explicit answer to that question, its speculation that Ruad might be a “Pre-Flood Ruin” generated numerous outlandish theories from its viewers. “Built during the days of giants, before Noah,” wrote Michael Sorrell in the comments.

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The Nephilim – whose name is variously translated as either “Fallen Ones” or simply “giants” – are referenced several times in The Bible. The Book of Genesis describes them as the offspring of the “sons of God” and “the daughters of humans.” And according to the Old Testament, their reign preceded God’s decision to flood the Earth.

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Today, the Nephilim feature in bizarre conspiracy theories which claim that some large, ancient, stone-built structures – such as Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza and indeed, the Wall of Ruad – were built by them. Some people even believe that the Smithsonian Institution has been concealing physical evidence of the Nephilim, including a giant skeleton, since 1924.

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But Mystery History provides neither hard evidence nor compelling arguments to support its suggestion that Ruad might be an antediluvian ruin. Instead, it exploits uncertainties in the historical record to cast doubt on all existing archaeological knowledge about the site.

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In fact, the earliest record of the island dates to 1472 BCE when it was conquered by Pharaoh Thutmose of Egypt. The event is described in hieroglyphics on the walls of the Temple of Amun-Ra in Karnak. By the following century, the island flourished as a Canaanite trade hub and port. It was renowned for its mercenaries and warriors.

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Ruad – or Arvad, as it was then known – then flourished as a center of Phoenician civilization in the 12th century BCE. Essentially coast-dwelling Canaanites skilled in trade and sailing, the Phoenicians emerged as a regional force after the collapse of Mycenaean and Hittite power centers. They were dubbed “Phoenicians” by the Greeks for their access to a prized purple dye called “phoinix.”

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Phoenician civilization was composed of numerous self-governing city-states united by confederations. Along with Tyre, Sidon and Byblos, Arvad was one of their main power centers. It was ruled by the people, making it one of the earliest known republics in the Levant. Together with other Phoenician cities, it controlled Mediterranean trade routes as far as Morocco and Spain.

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The Phoenicians were skilled masons. Some of their oldest structures – such as the Walls of Ruad – were built from stone blocks up to 15 feet in length. Meanwhile, at the Phoenician site of Baalbek in Lebanon, a temple to Jupiter stands on three blocks weighing approximately 1,000 tons each. The temple was built approximately 2,000 years ago, but it is unclear exactly how or why.

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But like the Walls of Ruad, Baalbek and its temple have been the subject of numerous outlandish theories. Some say that King Solomon constructed the temple for the Queen of Sheba using the magical power of djinns (spirits) to help him. Others claim that biblical brother-slayer Cain constructed it to take refuge from God’s retribution.

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And yet another theory was posited by David Urquhart, a Scottish traveler who visited the site in 1860. “[The stones were] so enormous, as to shut out every other thought, and yet to fill the mind only with trouble,” he wrote in his journal. Eventually, however, he arrived at an almost identical conclusion to Mystery History. Baalbek, wrote Urquhart, must have been built before the Great Flood using the same techniques that built the ark.

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However, archaeologists say that both Baalbek and the Walls of Ruad were probably constructed using Roman building techniques. According to Margarete van Ess from the German Archaeological Institute, the rocks were likely to have been mined from natural fissures in limestone strata. They were then transported using a capstan (an ancient machine for lifting heavy objects), or perhaps a sledge.

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Ultimately, there is every reason to believe that humans built the Walls of Ruad. Speaking to National Geographic magazine in 2013, Terry Hunt from the University of Oregon pointed out that our ancestors were capable people. “We forget that ancient people are just as smart as we are,” he said. “In fact, they may have been better focused.” Indeed, given the scale and beauty of their constructions, the ancients appear to have been as skilled as they were inspired.

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