Ships and Boats, Arks and Barques...

Have you ever noticed that there are several stories in Holy Scripture regarding ships and boats being tossed about in a tempest,
and that all of those who remained aboard were saved?

Noah built an ark:
Noah's Ark saved only eight people, Noah and his wife, their three sons, Sem, Ham, and Japeth, and their wives.
When the great flood came, whoever was not in the Ark perished and was not saved.
Genesis 7:13-23
This Noah's Ark Old Testament story is a type of the 'Ark' of the New Testament, the Catholic Church. 

Hebrews 11:7, "By faith Noah, having been warned concerning things not seen as yet, prepared with pious fear an ark in which to save his household. Having thus condemned the world, he was made heir of the justice which is through faith."

1Peter 3:20, "Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water."

2Peter 2:5, "And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly."
Who does "the preacher of justice" remind you of?

This is a full size replica of Noah's Ark, built in the Netherlands
by Creationist Johan Huibers. Construction began in May 2005.
Please go here for much more about this replica:

Isaiah 54:8-17, "In a moment of indignation have I hid my face a little while from thee, but with everlasting kindness have I had mercy on thee, said the Lord thy Redeemer. (9) This thing is to me as in the days of Noe, to whom I swore, that I would no more bring in the waters of Noe upon the earth: so have I sworn not to be angry with thee, and not to rebuke thee. (10) For the mountains shall be moved, and the hills shall tremble; but my mercy shall not depart from thee, and the covenant of my peace shall not be moved: said the Lord that hath mercy on thee. 
(11) O poor little one, tossed with the tempest,

without all comfort, behold I will lay thy stones in order, and will lay thy foundations with sapphires, (12) And I will make thy bulwarks of jasper: and thy gates of graven stones, and all thy borders of desirable stones. (13) All thy children shall be taught of the Lord: and great shall be the peace of thy children. (14) And thou shalt be founded in justice: depart far from oppression, for thou shalt not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near thee. (15) Behold, an inhabitant shall come, who was not with me, he that was a stranger to thee before, shall be joined to thee. (16) Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and bringeth forth an instrument for his work, and I have created the killer to destroy. (17) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper: and every tongue that resisteth thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the inheritance of the servants of the Lord, and their justice with me, saith the Lord

Simon Peter had a barque:
Luke 5:1-7, "And it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Genesareth, (2) And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets. (3) And going into one of the ships that was Simon's, he desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting, he taught the multitudes out of the ship. (4) Now when he had ceased to speak, he said to Simon: Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught. (5) And Simon answering said to him: Master, we have laboured all the night and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net. (6) And when they had done this, they enclosed a very great multitude of fishes: and their net broke. (7) And they beckoned to their partners that were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came and filled both the ships, so that they were almost sinking."
Jesus taught from a ship, but was it just any ship?
Or was He very specific about whose ship it was from which He taught?

Paul sailed in ships, and was shipwrecked:
Acts 27:13-43, "And the south wind gently blowing, thinking that they had obtained their purpose, when they had loosed from Asson, they sailed close by Crete. (14) But not long after, there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroaquilo. (15) And when the ship was caught and could not bear up against the wind, giving up the ship to the winds, we were driven. (16) And running under a certain island that is called Cauda, we had much work to come by the boat. (17) Which being taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship: and fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, they let down the sail yard and so were driven. (18) And we, being mightily tossed with the tempest, the next day they lightened the ship. (19) And the third day they cast out with their own hands the tacking of the ship. (20) And when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and no small storms lay on us, all hope of our being saved was now taken away. (21) And after they had fasted a long time, Paul standing forth in the midst of them, said: You should indeed, O ye men, have hearkened unto me and not have loosed from Crete and have gained this harm and loss. (22) And now I exhort you to be of good cheer. For there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but only of the ship. (23) For an angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve, stood by me this night, (24) Saying: Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Caesar; and behold, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. (25) Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall so be, as it hath been told me. (26) And we must come unto a certain island. (27) But after the fourteenth night was come, as we were sailing in Adria, about midnight, the shipmen deemed that they discovered some country. (28) Who also sounding, found twenty fathoms: and going on a little further, they found fifteen fathoms. (29) Then fearing lest we should fall upon rough places, they cast four anchors out of the stern: and wished for the day. (30) But as the shipmen sought to fly out of the ship, having let down the boat into the sea, under colour, as though they would have cast anchors out of the forepart of the ship, (31) Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers: Except these stay in the ship, you cannot be saved. (32) Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat and let her fall off. (33) And when it began to be light, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying: This day is the fourteenth day that you have waited and continued fasting, taking nothing. (34) Wherefore, I pray you to take some meat for your health's sake: for there shall not an hair of the head of any of you perish. (35) And when he had said these things, taking bread, he gave thanks to God in the sight of them all. And when he had broken it, he began to eat. (36) Then were they all of better cheer: and they also took some meat. (37) And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. (38) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, casting the wheat into the sea. (39) And when it was day, they knew not the land. But they discovered a certain creek that had a shore, into which they minded, if they could, to thrust in the ship. (40) And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves to the sea, loosing withal the rudder bands. And hoisting up the mainsail to the wind, they made towards shore. (41) And when we were fallen into a place where two seas met, they run the ship aground. And the forepart indeed, sticking fast, remained unmoveable: but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the sea. (42) And the soldiers' counsel was that they should kill the prisoners, lest any of them, swimming out should escape. (43) But the centurion, willing to save Paul, forbade it to be done. And he commanded that they who could swim should cast themselves first into the sea and save themselves and get to land."

Matthew 8:23-27, "And when he entered into the boat, his disciples followed him: (24) And behold a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but he was asleep. (25) And they came to him, and awaked him, saying: Lord, save us, we perish. (26) And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up, he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm. (27) But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey him?"
All of His disciples that were in the boat were saved.

What Pope Boniface VIII had to say:
"There had been at the time of the deluge only one ark of Noah, prefiguring the one Church, which ark, having been finished to a single cubit, had only one pilot and guide, Noah, and we read that, outside of this ark, all that subsisted on the earth was destroyed...
We declare, say, define and proclaim to every human creature that they by necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff."
Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctum, November 18, 1302

1. In the days of Noah, a carpenter built an ark at the command of GOD. 
   When the great flood came, the only persons who were saved were those who were within the ark.
2. Isaiah prophesied of the Church which the Savior would found, and that it would be tossed about by a tempest.
3. Jesus Christ calmed the tempest in the Sea of Galilee, and all of His disciples aboard were saved.
4. Saint Paul's ship was also caught in a tempest at sea and yet all 276 who were aboard the ship were saved.
5. Noah the carpenter, built an ark of redemption. Jesus Christ the carpenter, built a Church of redemption.
6. Part of the interior of Catholic Churches is called the 'Nave'. It is the place of worship in the Church. 
   The word 'Nave' comes from the Latin word 'Navi' which means 'ship'. From the Latin word 'Naves' we get the plural word 'ships'.
   Mark 4:36, "et dimittentes turbam adsumunt eum ita ut erat in navi et aliae naves erant cum illo."
   Mark 4:36, "And sending away the multitude, they take him even as he was in the ship: and there were other ships with him."
7. As Christ taught from the boat of Saint Peter, so does the Catholic Church teach the Gospel to the whole world
   from the nave of the successor of Saint Peter.

"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
Acts 2:46-47, King James Bible

What do those two verses tell you?
Are those tens of thousands of non-Catholic sects in the world today of one accord?
Do they have singleness of heart?
Are they "having favor with all the people?"
What about the last line?
Are you attached to the one Church that Jesus Christ founded?
That last line does say that in order to be saved, you must be added to His Church, does it not?
So what is preventing you from climbing aboard the Barque of Peter?

<><><> The Barque of Peter with the Pope at the Helm <><><>
"Saving Souls"

A 2000 year old sunken wreck of a barque was found in the Sea of Galilee a short distance
offshore from Capharnuam, the home of Simon Peter. This is an embossment of a replica of
that sunken vessel, and it is
thought to be a fairly accurate representation of Simon Peter's barque.


Written by Bob Stanley, June 24, 2008

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