Heeding the warning and having gathered the animals onto the ark seven days beforehand, Noah and his family climbed aboard – and the ark door shut firmly behind them. The ark was not a boat as commonly depicted, but an enormous rectangular structure measuring 133.5m x 22.3m x 13.4m (437 ft.6in x 72 ft 11 in X 43 ft 9 in) – roughly half the length of the QE2 and with height to width to breadth dimensions used by ship designers to this day. Made out of resinous wood (possibly cypress), flat-bottomed and waterproofed inside and out with tar, it had taken Noah between forty and fifty years to build - in between the serious business of warning the entire inhabited earth of the coming destruction.
Not an easy task. Especially as the earth of Noah’s day was an extremely unpleasant place to be, thanks to a horde of rebellious angels who’d created bodies for themselves in order to marry the good-looking women. Their giant hybrid offspring, the Nephilim, also known as Fellers or ‘men of fame’ because of their superhuman strength, tended to throw their (considerable) weight about, and, like their angelic sires, created fear wherever they went until the ‘earth was filled with violence’. Mere humans were little better; with ‘every inclination of the thoughts of (their) heart only bad all the time’, they became increasingly aggressive and were no doubt unimpressed by Noah’s attempts to preach.
Incidentally, as the Nephilim were unable to reproduce, had they and their spirit fathers been permitted to remain, the human race would eventually have been annihilated.
The Biblical account also records God's promise to never again destroy the earth in this way (Genesis 9:15,16), a covenant symbolised by a rainbow.
So where did the water come from?
The Nephilim (also known as Fellers due to their violent tendencies) were the original 'All Souls' that are 'hallowed' each year by the demons.
On a lighter note, after the waters subsided,God promised that he would never again destroy the earth by flood, adding: "This is the sign of the covenant that I am making between me and you and every living creature that is with you for all future generations. I put my rainbow in the cloud and it will serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth." (Genesis 9:12,13)
Rainbow over Peaslow, Derbyshire