Proof of God – Archeology – Ark of the Covenant Found !

Ark of the Covenant Found !

American Archeologist Ron Wyatt, now a dear friend and colleague was walking one afternoon outside the Damascus gate of Jerusalem, and he was accompanied by a local authority on Roman antiquities, and they were about two hundred meters north of the city wall in front of the escarpment known as skull hill.

You can see the skull face here; there are the eyes and the nose, and so on.  This always has been, and still is, the only place in Jerusalem, known as skull hill.

And these two men, Ron Wyatt, and the antiquities expert, were talking about roman pottery as they walked past this area, and suddenly, Ron’s left arm shot out and he said, “There’s Jeremiahs Grotto!  The Ark of the Covenants in there!”

Immediately, he thought, “Why did I say that?  I wasn’t even thinking about it!  I don’t even know where the Ark of the Covenant could be.”

While he stood in stunned silence, the other man, quite out of character also reacted strangely, “That’s wonderful”, he said, “we want you to excavate.”

The next day, when Ron went for a drive with the head of the department of antiquities in Tel Aviv, he told him of his experience, and showed him the permit from the Land owner.

Immediately, the Israeli official granted him an exploratory permit. Actually, an official excavation permit can only be granted to a full time archeologist, who must be connected with an acceptable sponsoring institution, such as a university.  Well, in this regard, Ron did not qualify, but he was given a permit.

He mumbled something about having to go back to America the next day because their Apex ticket was expiring the next day, and they had no time, they would have to return the next season, and furthermore, Ron would have to research to see why the Ark of the Covenant should even be there.

I myself, in my investigations would go down the same road; I set out friends with a briefcase full of objections against Ron Wyatt and his work.  I could have sat in an Ivory tower, ad-libbing objections of other people, or I could put my money where my mouth was and go out myself, it would cost me everything I had, and prove the man wrong.  I would leave my expeditions, and in five years, I would lead or accompany 19 expeditions in the middle-east, and I would go down the same road of investigations that Ron Wyatt went down quite independently.

Now, you will notice friends, that there are two mountains under old Jerusalem, Mount Zion, and Mount Moriah, and on the east of the old city wall is the Mount of Olives.

Mount Moriah is that place mentioned in the book of Genesis, with reference to the story of the patriarch Abraham, from who are descended the Jews and the Arabs.

And Abraham was instructed to go to Mount Moriah and sacrifice his son, which was something he knew was not right to do, and yet, because he believed he should always obey his Lord, he went to the mountain.

And Isaac said to his father, “Father, here’s the wood, here’s the fire, but where’s the animal to sacrifice?”

Well, Abraham made a statement to Isaac, which would turn out to be very prophetic, he said:

“The Lord will provide himself a Lamb”

“In the Mount of the Lord it shall be seen”

(Gen. 22:8,14)

Was this a cryptic prophecy, that one day on this very Mountain, the Lord would provide himself as a sacrifice?

When Abraham was about to lift that knife, the Lord stopped him, and said, “Abraham, you have shown now that you would be faithful even to giving up your only son, now, don’t kill the lad, here is a ram caught in the bushes.”

And that animal became a symbol of the coming Messiah who would die.

Could it be that the Messiah would die on that very same mountain?

In this picture, were looking from outside the city, back toward the city.

Now, friends, if the Ark of the covenant, and the other temple vessels were going to be hidden, and if Jeremiah knew that the city was about to be destroyed by the soldiers of Babylon, it might not be very wise to hide the ark of the covenant inside the city.

Outside the city was another wall, a temporary siege wall, built by the soldiers of Babylon, constructed at a safe distance from the city, to avoid any missiles that might be shot at them from within, and in-between there was a no-mans land.

Now it might not be easy to smuggle the Ark out through the Babylonian siege wall, but it could perhaps make sense for it to be hidden somewhere inside the no-mans land.

Now the experience Ron Wyatt had that day was well within the area of that former no-mans land.

So, the following year, Ron came back with two others to begin excavation, truck loads of rubble would first have to be taken away.

Now in ancient times when a city was destroyed, they would simply knock down what was left, and build on top of the rubble.  This could occur on the same site many times, and successive levels would rise progressively high, over the centuries.

You will notice in front of mount Moriah the land is elevated.  Centuries of rubble had been piling up in front of the cliff face, as we see in this old photograph, so to get down to the Babylonian level, it would be necessary to dig down in front of the cliff through this rubble.

The hope was to find a cave that might be down at the original ground level.  And so the excavation began, immediately in front of the cliff face, progressively deeper and deeper.

Well, it was not long before they uncovered several niches, resembling recessed bookcases, and as the digging went deeper and deeper, there were found to be three of these.

This triggered ideas of a possible event which required signs to be placed in these niches for the public to see.

You see, a public road used to run along the front of this cliff face.

Here is one of the niches in the cliff, which is very close to the place of the Skull.

The report of Jesus’ crucifixion, states quite clearly, that the place of crucifixion occurred at the place of a Skull.

The roman historian Quintilian said this “whenever we crucify criminals, very crowed highways are chosen, so that many shall see it and be moved by fear of it.  Because all punishment does not pertain so much to revenge as to example”

You see, friends, the purpose of crucifixion was to frighten the population into not doing what this crucified victim had done.  They made an example of them, and they placed crucifixion sites beside public highways.

Now it is commonly assumed, is it not, that Jesus Christ was crucified on top of a hill.  However, in my research, I went through the gospels, but I did not find one statement in the scriptures, that Jesus Christ was crucified on top of a hill.

Where then, did we get this idea, could it be that we have grown accustomed to the concept that Jesus Christ was crucified on top of a hill, because our artists has imagined it to be.

But the scripture says something different, it says “they that passed by railed on him wagging their heads”

Now friends, the road did not go up the cliff face and over the top, the road went around the front cliff face, and that would be much easier for people to pass by, of-course.  The people were passing by the crucifixion site.

The crucifixion site was beside a public thoroughfare, that is according to the scripture.

Ron and the team decided to make these signs and place them up in the niches to see how well they could be read by people passing by.

At the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the accusation was placed in three languages, it was written in Greek, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”, in Latin, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”, in Hebrew, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”

Now, that is a lot writing, especially if you have to display it in three languages.

Just try to put all that writing on a little piece of paper over somebody’s head on top of a pole, how much of it could be read by passers-by ?

You could experiment, and do what we have done, next time you go to town, why not stand across the street and read the shop signs; we found that even when shop signs are eight inches high, they are not always easy to read from across the street.  That may explain why the Romans placed large signs in niches above and behind the crucifixion site for easy reading by passers-by.

Now, in the gospel record, we find some very interesting statements, regarding the signs that were placed up over the Cross.

The writer John says that the governor, Pilot, wrote a title and put it EPI (ON) the Cross, Luke says a superscription also was written EPI (OVER) him.

Now, EPI, is also translated above, it’s a Greek word, EPI is sometimes translated as ON, sometimes EPI is translated OVER or ABOVE.

Now it is possible that the titles were put on the Cross, it is also possible that the titles were put over or above the Cross.  Both options are correct translations of the word EPI.

However, notice what Luke says, ‘A superscription was written EPI him’.  Just try to make that word EPI to read ON, notice ‘A superscription was written ON Jesus’, now surely there was no superscription written physically on Him that’s why the translators used the other meaning of EPI which is OVER.

Now, if EPI could be rendered OVER in Luke, it could just as correctly be translated OVER in John.

Now, what I’m saying friends, is that the superscription could have been on the Cross, but it would have to be very small, and it would be difficult to read, but it could also be over the Cross in big letters and easy to read.  I’m not saying that the superscription was not put on the Cross, but I am saying that we should not rule out the possibility that it was also over.

And that would account for such niches as those in those in the cliff face.  But of course were not yet sure that this is a crucifixion site.

We are certainly, however, at a place called skull hill.

However, if we are to position the crucifixion site, it would not be on top of the hill, but in front of the hill beside a public thoroughfare, where people were passing by, and if we were to redraw the scene with this new information, perhaps the artist would portray it in a manner such as this.

As the digging continued down, there was exposed, about 14 feet below the niches, a bedrock, this was a ledge extended about eight feet, and 2 ½ meters from the cliff face.  And as the overlay of earth was cleared away, there appeared set into the rock a square shape, it appeared to be a plug, a stone plug.

On close examination, there were found to be two finger niches with which to pull it up, and under that plug there was found to be a post hole, going down over a half a meter, actually 23 ½ inches deep into the rock, a square hole with a plug sealing it over.

We have this plug in our possession, it measures 13 inches by 14 inches, it’s about 4 inches thick.

Now, running out from this hole in the rock, this post-hole, there was a crack.

After closer examination, it was concluded that this was not manmade, but rather an earthquake crack, and there was another crack going up the cliff face itself behind this.

Further clearing away of debris revealed that the bedrock in front of this rocky ledge, dropped 4 feet to a lower bedrock, and in that bedrock were an additional three post holes.

Now, behind the first posthole, the elevated one, a stone wall was uncovered, running against the cliff face, further digging showed this to be the wall of a building.

It went out from the cliff face as well.

Poking out from the back wall, near the cliff, just behind and above the elevated posthole was this stone, very smooth, one is reminded of an alter stone perhaps.

Now, to recapulate what we have found here:

The thickness of the round object is about 2 feet, I’d like you to remember that measurement because we shall return to it later. The diameter of the stone was about 13 feet, 2 inches, and if you’d like to remember that, we shall refer to that later as well, 13 feet 2 inches.

How old was this building, well friends, coins were found during the excavation of the building, the oldest of them dated from the reign of the roman emperor Tiberius, who was the emperor in office at the time of that famous crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The most recent coin was dated to around 135 AD, which is rather significant, because that was the time when the Romans expelled all Jews from Jerusalem, forbidding them to return on pain of death.

This dates the building as having been in use during the first century, the time of the early Christian church.

And this would indicate that we have a crucifixion site enclosed here in the 1st century, with for some reason this round stone, and the question arises, what is this round stone?

Why is it here, if the building around it was constructed to enclose both the Cross hole, and now this great round stone, what could be its significance?

Section 3

Now, in the place where he was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden, a new sepulcher, a new burial place.

The sepulcher was near at hand, the point is the tomb was near the crucifixion site, and surrounded by a garden.

We stand on Mount Moriah, from the top of skull hill, we look into the general area of our story.

In 1867, a gentleman bought some land further along the skull face hill, from where Ron’s excavation would later take place.  He wanted to fashion a cistern, and cultivate a garden in this area.

As he excavated down, he reached the same bedrock level as that which our team would later be working, but several hundred feet further away, and here he unearthed an old tomb.

This is the tomb today.  This tomb is, friends, very close to the Skull crucifixion site.

Kathleen Kenyon, the famous British Archaeologist, said in about 1970 ‘it is a typical tomb of about the 1st century AD’

In front of this tomb is a trough in front of the tomb entrance.

At the right hand side of the trough, was this block which would prevent the stone rolling any further to the right.

I’m pointing to a cut in the cliff face, shaped for a stone, that would be rolled to the right.

A member of the team, Dr Nathan Myer, is pointing to a hole pierced into the rock, for the insertion of a metal peg, which would hold the stone on this right side.

This is the trough.  On Oct 20th 1995, our team measured the width of this trough, which once held a rolling stone, and do you know what the measurement was?  It was two feet wide.

The scriptures say there was a tomb nearby owned by a wealthy man called Joseph of the town of Arimathea.

Joseph was a secret follower of Jesus Christ, he was a member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Council.  And Joseph was horrified, when he learned that the council had, in his absence, condemned this man to death.  He now determined to make one bold move to show his loyalty to his Lord.  He would donate the tomb that he was preparing for himself, for Jesus to be buried in.

So, Joseph went to the Roman authorities and asked for the body of Jesus, which was granted, they took him down from the Cross, they wrapped him fine linen, then carried him the short distance from the crucifixion site to the tomb.

The Gospels say he was a rich man, also that the tomb was new, and that no one had ever been laid in this tomb.

We now enter the tomb we have been examining.  Inside, the tomb is large.  A tomb which only a rich man could afford to own.

We pause and survey a corner of the tomb.  On this right side are places for two bodies, one at the rear, and another a few feet away.

On the left hand side was a room for mourners to weep, now something here is most interesting.

This tomb was measured for a man who expected, of course, one day to lie in it.  But this tomb was not used by the person, or persons for whom it had been cut out.

And you ask, how do we know this?  This burial section, carved out of the rock to fit one man, has clearly been enlarged for somebody else, someone who was taller than the man for whom the tomb had been measured.  This does suggest that not the owner, but some other person was laid in this rich man’s tomb.  There are also indications that this tomb was not even finished.

Someone else was interested in the rich mans tomb. The Jewish counsel hated Jesus so much, that they went to the governors, and said, “Sir, that deceiver said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days, I will rise again’.  Now, command that a guard be placed in front of the tomb, lest his disciples come by night and steal the body, and say that he is risen from the dead, and that last lie will be worse than the first.”

So, a guard detachment was stationed at the tomb, and a Roman seal placed in front of it.

This is what it would look like.  You notice that on the left side would be metal peg, on the right side, another metal peg, and across the front, the Roman seal.

On October 20th 1995, our team measured the distance from the peg hole on the left hand side of the tomb, to the catch flange for the edge of the stone on the right hand side, and the distance between the two, that is the extreme right, and the extreme left, was found to be precisely 13 feet, two inches, the same size as the round stone discovered at the crucifixion site.  It has been calculated that such a stone would weigh close to 14 tons, to move it what would you first have to do?

You would have to take out the metal peg, you see it would be impossible for anybody, even a group of people, to get that stone moving from a dead stop, and break off that peg.

They would first have to take it out, and before they could move that stone.  It has been calculated, by an engineer, that such a metal peg could withstand 60-80 tons pressure before it actually snapped off.  Just imagine all the materials of two brick houses, squeezed together, then dropped onto the peg, before it would break.

Of course, even before that would happen, there would probably be some bending of the metal.  It would be totally impossible for anyone to move that stone, without first taking out the peg.

There is no stone there now, the stone has been moved away.  Let me show you the left hand hole where the peg used to be, here it is, but wait a moment, what do we have here?

Can you see that metal there, what we have, friends, is what’s left of a peg, a metal peg, that was never taken out of the hole, instead it was struck by some colossal force from the right, slightly bent, and sheared off level with the wall, and the stone went away.  The peg is evidence.  Who was it that did what humanly speaking was impossible, rolled away that stone without taking out the peg?

In front of this tomb, there appears to have been cut out of the bedrock, a font for baptism by immersion, a first century Christian practice.

There is also a squares footbath, foot washing was another early Christian ceremony.  Such evidence suggests that the early Christians revered this particular tomb site as special.

Let’s see the link:

Golgotha, Skull Hill, very close to it, we have a crucifixion site, surrounded by a first century building, further away we have a rich man’s garden tomb, with the seal stone missing, and over at the crucifixion site, we have a stone that matches it in size precisely, enclosed in  crucifixion site.

Who was it, that in the first century, of our era, considered this site so important, as to link the crucifition site with the burial site nearby, in the first century, the time of the early Christian, the time of the Apostles. Who was it that wanted to commemorate something here, that was linked to something there.

When these discoveries were going on friends, who had a say as to whether the excavation could continue.  He passed down the message ‘you must cease work’.

Now, friends, that cave had not been found, if there was one.  Ron was a Christian, a man of prayer, as were virtually all members of the team.

And so, prayers went up, they went something like this:

‘Dear God, if you really do have in mind, that we find something here to glorify your name, and if this work is to continue, and if that man is going to fight you and hold up this work, will you in some way that is suitable to you, remove him, so that we can continue the work.’

By the end of that week, the Bishop dropped, dead, by the end of the month his successor gave permission for the work to continue, I tell you, it’s a very serious thing to stand against the will of God.

Some very wonderful things had been found over this time, but still the object of the search had not been achieved.

And still there was no cave found.  Over dinner, one night, Danny spoke up, “Where do we go now?”

“Well, suggested Ron, why don’t we break into the cliff face, it would be hard work, it would involve hammer and chisel, real hard work.”

But, it was decided, there was no other option, they could only try, and see if there was something hollow inside.

To their relief it wasn’t long before they broke through the rock into the open space.  Gradually they enlarged the hole, and behind it there appeared a cave.  But if they expected something worthwhile for their pains, it was not to be.  It turned out that this cavern was just a small part of an extensive system of natural caves and tunnels inside the mountain.  They would pass 12 months on and off, of arduous, heart breaking toil with seemingly no results.

One tunnel was so tight, you had to exhale just to wriggle through.  Then when you tried to take another breath, the passage was so narrow you could only half inhale again.  And there were places with deep drops, 25-40 feet, tunnels not all connected.

Many hours were spent chiseling through cave walls searching for connecting tunnels, each time these proved empty.  One by one team members began to lose hope.

The owners of the land had granted permission on condition that Ron restore the land to its original state when the work was done.  On one occasion there were just three members of the party working.  One was inside hacking away at the rock, another was outside in a trench, under a bush for the shade, eating his dinner.  And Ron was fiddling with the paper for the Radar.  Suddenly there was heard a voice from above up on the earth pile, “God bless you Ron Wyatt for what you are doing”

Ron looked up, and there was a tall man dressed like an Arab in clothes very much like those of Biblical days.

Ron knew that nobody was aware of what they were doing, only the team members and the antiquities team.  So Ron began to ply the man with questions: “Do you live around here”

“No”

“Are you a tourist then?”

“No”

“Well who are you, where do you come from?”

And after a long pause, the stranger replied:

“I’ve just been to South Africa, and am on my way to the New Jerusalem, God bless you Ron Wyatt for what you are doing”

He turned, and he walked away.

Ron left his equipment, and as he was clambering up the earth pile, the team member eating lunch shouted, “I heard every word of that, I didn’t see the man, do you think we’ve been talking to an angel?”

Ron ran after the man, there were workmen nearby, he asked them “Did you see such and such a man who just came down here?”

They replied

“Mr Wyatt, no one came past here”

He ran out to the street and asked the Arab workers, “Did you see that man?”

They replied:

“No, Mr Wyatt, such a person did not come past here”

May I say that with such an experience, the team was suddenly inspired to intensify their work, it was the very impetus they needed to keep going.

And so the work continued inside the tunnel system.  Of course the physical strain was tremendous.  Two members of the team actually flew home with double pneumonia, the dust, the tightness inside was becoming unbearable.

With one young man, who always accompanied him inside, Ron continued on, on this particular afternoon.

We’ll call this young Arab, Rafat, he was young, and slim.  And Rafat was a great help to the team, because being so slim, so small, he could squeeze into crevasses, that might otherwise take hours to widen for the rest of the team to follow, and he could just go in with the torch, and look around and see if that area held promise, or he might simply come back and suggest that they go the other way.

So, this particular afternoon, they wear searching the caves, and came to a certain spot, and saw a dark cavity ahead, in front of it was a stalactite hanging down.

The Stalactite is in our possession as a team.  They knocked off the stalactite, and Ron said to Rafat, “Crawl in and take a look”, in an instant Rafat tumbled out, “What’s in there, what’s in there?”, he cried!

He was trembling and shaking, in his eyes was shear completed and utter terror, yet Rafat said he had seen nothing.  What had Rafat sensed?  Whatever his experience, it was stark and real, since he left that chamber and the entire cave system never to return, what was it that Rafat had sensed?

Ron would never have given that chamber another look, had it not been for Rafats terror.  Now Ron was cautiously excited, he decided to enlarge the hole, and crawl through.

He looked t his watched, and it was 2pm.

Only 18 inches clearance, that’s all he had, he lay on his stomach, inching forward, with nothing but the flashlight in his hand, into a space that would prove to be a cavern, the beam of light, shone forward over the huge pile of rocks, something shiny caught his eye.

He began moving the rocks one at a time, it was slow work, there were several objects in the chamber.  These were covered over with black, dry rotted animal skins.  Over these were dry rotted wooden timbers, and on top of the timbers were stones, and Ron came along over the stones between them and the ceiling, there was a moment when he caught a glimpse of something under the stones, it shone like gold in the torchlight, he spent some time removing the covering, to see what was there.

He saw gold molding, comprising an alternating pattern of a bell and a pomegranate – he knew what he was seeing – this was an object from the first temple, Solomon’s temple, the table of showbread described in the book of Leviticus

Slowly and painfully he crawled over the rocks to the other side of the chamber.  Ahead in the torchlight, he glimpsed a black stone case.

It had a flat stone top, which was cracked completely in two.

The smaller section of the cover was moved aside creating an opening.  Ron now knew what was in that stone case.

It was now with that instant realization, that Ron passed out, it was 2:45pm when he came to, a mere 45 minutes after entering the chamber.

Later, inserting a long pole from the opening of the top of the stone case, attempts would be made to photograph the Ark.

A Polaroid camera was brought in, the photos turned out foggy, a 35mm camera was brought in, the photos turned out foggy, a video camera was brought in, the photos turned out foggy.

And Ron concluded that perhaps it was not time for the world to see this yet.  In fact in ancient times, the average person was not permitted to look on it.

Here, is a reproduction of what is actually seen with the eye.

I hear someone saying “those figures don’t look like angels”

“How do you know they don’t, have you ever seen an Angel”?

Friends, what you are seeing here is what those craftsmen actually made.

Several more trips were made to the chamber.  Eventually Ron reported to the authorities what he had found.  The immediate reaction was “don’t tell anybody, give us time to think what we should do”

“But I’ve already told a few people”, confessed Ron

“Well, what have you told them”, asked the Antiquities officer

Ron replied, “I’ve revealed such and such”

Realizing what is done is done, they ordered Ron not to reveal any more details than he had already revealed

The man who was in charge of the Jerusalem sector for the antiquities department at that time when the find was reported, Dan Bahart, a man who was taught at the Hebrew university and is the author of several books, wanted to see this for himself, so he put on his old cloths, gear that wouldn’t matter if it got torn or dirty, and he came and advanced toward the tunnel system

He had scarcely gone three paces towards the entrance, when suddenly this strong fit man collapsed groaning on the ground, he lay in bed for two weeks unable to move.

After that the man admitted, my back has never given me trouble before, but I do know this, I’m not going in to try to look at the ark of the covenant again

The Israeli authorities do not know how to handle this discovery, the find has made them nervous.

I believe there are two reasons, the first is political, some time ago, a permit was granted to some Israelis to undertake an excavation under the temple mount, but it was soon reported that workmen had been lugging crates into the excavation tunnel.  The authorities investigated, and found that the tunnel had already penetrated to a spot under the dome of the rock, and explosives were been set in place, presumably to blow up the place. The Al-aksa mosque, and the Dome of the Rock, together named the Haran Al-sharif, comprise the third most important place for the muslim people.

Sabotage of the site may well provoke an Islamic jihad or holy war, you see there are militant extremists among the Jews who want to get back the temple mount and build a third temple, and if they could lay their hands on the ark of covenant, which would be considered by them as the most precious object for such a temple, they would feel quite safe in provoking a war to accomplish that aim if they knew that they had the ark on their side, and so the Israeli government is very nervous about anyone laying their hands upon they ark, or gaining access to it at this time.

Government officials now regard this as a critical issue in which the safety of the people must come first.  In view of the prospect of a negotionable peace in the middle east, the present actions of the Government are deliberately against any disclosure of what it knows.

They have already restricted Israel religious access to the ?

The Israelis government desires to maintain good relations with the arabs, it does not want to disturb the peace with the Arabs. The situation is explosive at any time, you can walk down the street and get blown up by a suicide bomber, you never know what’s going to happen.  And so, this whole issue has become a political hot potato, archeology is currently being used as a weapon. It was just one week after one of our visits to the site in Israel, that Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated, and the government was blaming one of those disaffected extremists.

On a visit into the chamber, the torch was run along the ceiling, and there was found to be crack in the ceiling.

The crack was immediately above the crack in the lid of the stone case.

The crack came down through the rock, leapt as it were, through the air, then started again.

Very, very odd.

It was decided to investigate the crack in the ceiling.

Let’s get a metal tape measure, suggested Ron, and see if this comes out somewhere.

And so, while one team member sat up by the ledge outside, Ron entered the chamber and began to push the rigid metal tape up through the earthquake crack in the ceiling, up through the Rock it went.

It came out at the left hand side of the elevated Cross-hole.

The crack extended through twenty feet, 6 meters of solid rock.

When Jesus died on the Cross, he did not die of crucifixion.

On the evening before Jesus went to the Cross, he entered the Gethsemane Garden on the east side of town.  The disciples looked at His face, and they had never seen Him so distressed, He said “I am going aside to pray for a while, you stay here, and you do the same”

And they watched him at a distance. He dropped down among those olives trees, and began to pray.

For some years, Jesus had been predicting His own death as a sacrifice for mankind, now the moment had arrived, Jesus knew he was about to take upon Himself the worlds sins to be punished for them.

He, himself had done no sin, sin was totally repulsive to him, He shuddered at the thought of the world’s guilt descending upon him. His whole life had been leading to this hour, but now, his human nature staggered under its horror. Was there no other way to save mankind, “Nevertheless, Father, not as I want, but as you will.”

The horror of it shook Him, and in the intense anguish, He again collapsed on the ground.  He broke out in a sweat.  The agony grew unbearable, as he felt the crushing weight, the horror of the sins of the world descending upon him, and with the sweat, drops of blood oozed from his pores.

The death process for our sins had already begun.

Men in their wickedness chose to crucify him, but he gave himself willingly.

Jesus died of his own choice.

“Which of the two, do you want me to release to you?”

“Barabbas!”

“You, who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the Cross, if you are the Son of God!”

Jesus was placed on the Cross at nine in the morning. The Roman Cross was an emblem of their sun worship. By nailing him to the cross, they said in effect, “we offer you to the mercy of the Sun god’

What an insult to the creator.

The Sun continued to rise, and by midday it was right overhead, and then it was, friends that God blocked out the Sun! One historian says that the Sun was blacked out as far as Rome, the center of Sun worship. The darkness continued for three hours. In that darkness, Jesus was alone, he was enduring the wrath of God against Sin. Together, they had shared eternity before the earth was.

And on earth, Jesus would rise early before daybreak, conversing for hours with His Father in Heaven, to gain strength for his work with mankind during the day, they were closer than Siamese twins.

But now, as the darkness descend, it seemed that even His Heavenly Father had deserted him

The dreadful thought impressed itself, even your Father in Heaven won’t want you now.

All the sin you have taken upon yourself has doomed you, you are finished.

It was these sins, my sins and your sins, friends, that put Jesus through that agonizing terror of that final death that the lost will feel on the judgment day.

“My God, My God”, Jesus cry pierced the darkness, “Why have You forsaken Me”

How the Divine Father must have suffered with his Son.

I can imagine the Father close in the darkness longing to intervene, but he must hold back and let the penalty be paid.

It was Passover day, the 14th day of the month of Nisa, on the Jewish calendar, around 3pm, according to Jewish custom, the priests were to kill the Passover lamb. Back inside Jerusalem, in the temple, the priest was raising his knife. Suddenly there was a loud whooping noise from inside the building.

The priest turned with horror to see that great three inch thick temple curtain being ripped as with unseen hands from top to bottom.

And the knife dropped from his hand, and the lamb escaped.  At that same moment, outside the city, Jesus cried out, “it is finished, Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

And He died.

Animal sacrifices would now have no more validity. The earth shook violently. At the moment of Jesus death, the rock was torn open, those who had been standing around the cross mocking were now afraid. Some of them feared the judgment day had come, and the roman centurion in charge of the soldiers, detached to the cross looked up and gasped, “truly this man must be the Son of God.”

In their continuing hatred, however, the Jewish council of 70 men approached the Roman Governor, and said “Sir, its Friday afternoon, the Sabbath will be coming on very soon, it will be a disgrace to have these criminals hanging publicly during the holy Sabbath, while their still alive.  The crucifixion victims linger on day after day as you know, they’re not going to die in a hurry, so give us permission to break their legs so they can die fast, and we can take them down from the cross before sunset.”

Yes, friends, cru fiction was a painful process, the body would go into cramps, it was difficult to breath after a while, the only way a crucified victim could breath, was to press down on his feet upon the nails and try to lift his body so that he get air into his lungs to continue breathing, but if his legs were broken, he would not be able to push himself up, and soon he would die.

There were two thieves, one on each side of Jesus being crucified, they came to the 1st thief and broke his legs, then they bypassed Jesus, who was in the middle, then they went to the thief on the other side and broke his legs.

You might say, well why did they do that, why didn’t they simple go in the right order, the 1st man, then the 2nd man then the 3rd man, why did they go 1, 3, then lastly come back to the man in the middle, why didn’t they go in the right order – 1, 2, 3? Well, friends, from our Archeological dig, I suggest a possible answer to this.

Could it be that originally, it had been planned for Jesus to be one of the three in those three lower cross holes, but in their hatred for Jesus, who they’d been trying to get killed for years, they intervened time and time again in the crucifixion, because they just hated him so much, and now they tried to intervene again in the placement of the crosses.

They said, “look this man is the worst criminal we have ever had, lets dig another hole in the rock, higher than the other three, and put him up higher where everyone can view him, put him up as the star attraction of the crucifixion scene.

And so the Romans dug another hole, higher than the others, and in the middle, and that would account for the fact that the soldiers when they came to break the legs, did the two men lower down first, victim no. 1, victim no.3, and then they had to climb up 4 feet, just over a meter to the man in the middle who was higher up. It’s a possible explanation.

And so they came to Jesus, and they found he was dead already, and they did not break his legs.

They were amazed, it was unheard of for one to die of crucifixion in just six hours, the ordeal of crucifixion could last for days.

Something else had caused the death of Jesus, it was not the spear thrust, it was not the pain of the cross that caused Jesus death, but a broken heart.

The priests wished to make sure of the death of Jesus, and at their suggestion, I believe, a soldier thrust a spear into his side, and from the wound thus made, their flowed two copious and distinct streams, that blood and water that flowed from his side was medical evidence that he died of a broken heart.

It was broken by intense mental anguish, because of this perceived separation from His father for eternity, and he died of a physically ruptured heart, due to his anguish in carrying the sins of the world upon himself.

And friends, that soldier, thrust the spear up into Jesus side, and out came two copious streams, one of blood, and one of water.

And the blood came down out of his side, down past his legs, down over his feet, it poured into the cross hole, and down through the crack in the rock that had been opened to receive it, then straight onto the lid of the stone case, and it sprinkled onto the mercy seat inside that stone case, the mercy seat of the actual ark of the covenant, and how do we know that.

Because the crack has been closely examined, and it showed that copious amounts of blood have been flowed down into it.  It’s still there and its human blood, samples have been taken from the ceiling, and from the stone case lid.

600 years earlier, when Jeremiah placed the items in this cave, he had no idea, that later, the Messiah was going to be sacrificed over this very spot where that cavern was.

When the Roman soldiers came along 6 centuries later to select that particular spot to crucify Jesus Christ, they had no idea that the mercy seat was awaiting in the cavern below for that event.

There are two mountains in the Bible called the Mount of God, the 1st is called Mt Sinai, where the 10 commandments were written on tablets of stone, the second is Mt Moriah, where the blood was spilt.  One Mt Sinai, God wrote those imperishable 10 commandments, and then the Son of God came with His own blood, and sprinkled it on the mercy seat above those identical tablets of the 10 commandments, that’s where mercy met truth.

There are other objects in this cave.  On the floor, near the stone case, seven oil lamps were found, lamps such as this one.

Now, and interesting thing about these lamps, is that there is soot on one side of them.  I t would have been impossible for Jeremiah and his men to come through the tunnel system that Ron entered, after all they did not have much time with the Babylonian soldiers at hand, and of course there would not be sufficient space through such a tight tunnel complex to carry the items.  There just had to be another way in.  And then these lamps were discovered on the ground,  very close to the stone case, they all had the soot in the same direction, and the soot extended onto the stones beside the lamps, and that showed that there had been a breeze coming from the opposite direction, and that breeze must have been through the original entrance to the cave, and several probes were made of the cave wall, and there was found to be a false wall of stones, and behind that there was a tunnel.

Turning to the left, the tunnel was blocked, after a short distance with stones to the ceiling, again in the opposite direction, it was blocked after just a few feet.

Those men who hid the treasures, had been careful to ensure that the chamber would not easily be found, and so friends after some time, sub surface interface radar was brought into play, and there was found a cavity extending outside the city wall of Jerusalem from the vicinity of Solomon’s quarry, sometimes called Zedekiahs quarry, as far as could be determined, it ran along about 20 feet about 6 meters, under the ground in the direct of skull hill, and when entrance is eventually made again into the chamber, this will be the way it is done, and if anything ever comes out of this cavern, that should be the way it will come out.

Now, what I wanted to pint out to you here, is in front of me you see some large stones, that are blocking an entrance into a chamber.

Now in order to conceal the chamber, they couldn’t just block the chamber entrance itself, otherwise this would call attention to it, so they put up a veneer that went around the escarpment some distance, and this would at least confuse anybody that was looking for an entrance, and perhaps make them believe that the stone veneer was there for some other reason

Now then this wall here, was put up very hastily, they have had mortar back to Babylon and pre-Babylonian times, and this wall, as you will see, instead of mortar, they used some red clay, now this tells us that they did all of this in quite a hurry, so given all of this information, and the fact that I was in a chamber in this general location, however it is a little confusing, once you crawl around through these tunnels to try to keep oriented if you don’t have a compass on you.

Alright, now as were down here with a lot of debris over us, there’s quite enough to bury us, and too much vibration here would trigger earth slides, which we have had several of, and so were going to close this operation down at this point in time, and go back and get some metal framing material, or shoring material and shore this up so we can come back here and do this reasonably safely.

The second reason why the Israeli Government does not know what to do with this discovery is a religious one.

Judaism does not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  What if it were to be officially announced that the man who died on Calvary, that Passover day, executed by Jewish leaders as an imposter, crucified for blasphemy, was actually the Messiah whose blood had gone onto the mercy seat which was waiting to receive it.

Judaism worldwide would be shaken to its roots, millions of Jewish people will be forced to face the decision, whether to acknowledge this man Yeshua as the Messiah, the consequential upheaval could trigger politically instability as well, it might even bring down the government of the day.

The government is sitting on a volcano.

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Proof of God – Archeology – Exodus and the Red Sea Crossing

Transcript from Exodus and the Red Sea Crossing

From the beach of Egypt on the gulf of Aquaba, we have gazed across the water with anguish for many years, knowing that Moses lead the great multitude across the red sea at this exact spot, Ron Wyatt knew in 1978 that Mount Sinai lay beyond that distant shore. Mount Sinai, where the law was written by Gods own finger. Finally, we can see this majestic mountain, where Gods own presence once rested. Jabel el lawz, north west Saudi Arabia.

In Galatians 4:25, the Apostle Paul tells us, “for this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia.”

Exodus 19:18

Could this blackened peak be the result of the consuming fire of Gods own presence resting upon it.

In 1 Kings 19:8,9 we read how Elijah came to Horeb, and went into a cave. Here, we see a very large cave, just below the solitary tree, which is between two massive granite boulders.

As we view the holy precinct, here at the foot of the mountain, we can see a large fence, and a guard house, which was built immediately after Ron Wyatt showed this site to a Saudi Archeologist in 1985.

This fence follows along the line of 18 foot diameter boundary markers which Moses was directed to build by God. This sign, by the guard house states that this is an Archeological site, passed by Royal decree, and that it is unlawful to trespass subject to penalty.

And as we pan to the left, here we can see where the fence ends on the other side. And now, as we pan away from the Holy precinct, we look out into the area of the camp of the Israelites.

There are several Archaeological remains still here, but this one is of particular interest for us.

In Exodus chapter 32, we read of the golden calf, and how Aaron fashions it, and in verse 5, “And when Aaron saw it, he built an alter before it, and Aaron made proclamation and said, “tomorrow is a feast to the Lord”, there is little doubt that these are the remains of the very alter that Aaron built to golden calf, when the Saudi Archeologists from Riad university who went there with Ron in 1985, he was very excited. The twelve icons of cows and bulls captured his interest, because they are found nowhere else in Saudi Arabia.

The style of their horns and bodies is distinctly Egyptian, the same style found in the temples and tombs of Ancient Egypt.

Zooming in closer to the Holy precinct, we can see the remains of an ancient foundation. Could this be the remains of the first tabernacle, which Moses removed to the outside of the camp after the gold calf incident?

Ex 33:7, And Moses took the Tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of the congregation, and directly adjacent to this foundation are the remains of an alter built of stone.

Ex 20:25, And thou wilt make me an alter of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone.

Panning further, we stop to look at the tracks made by the Bedouins trucks before the fence was built, this gives you a better idea of the size perspective of the enormity of this area. And here we see the guard building and archeological sign, which we saw earlier from the front.

Returning back to the foundation we saw earlier, the camera begins to pan outward where we will be able to see the location of the alter to the golden calf. Exodus 32:19

And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing, and Moses anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

Still visible today also, is the stream bed which descended from the mountain.

Climbing the mountain here, we soon find ourselves on top of a large sheltered plateau. Here, we have a better view of the blackened peak.

Panning the area, we find it to easily to be large enough to accommodate the 70 elders who accompanied Moses up into the Mountain at one point in time.

The peak to the left is where the solitary tree is, but it cannot be seen because of our angle.

And just ahead, over that ledge lies the holy precinct. Looking down, we see the fence which follows along the bounds set by Moses, and just beyond that fence is part of the camp of the Israelites.

After the battle, when Israel had defeated the Amalekites, the Bible tells us that Moses did something, as we go to Exodus 17:15, and Moses built and alter, and called the name of it Jehovah Nisi, here are the remains of a very ancient alter, part of it fallen, perhaps from an earthquake or Bedouins looking for treasure inside, but enough is still intact, to show it was indeed an alter, as it is not hollow inside, but solid all the way through.

We continue toward the Red Sea, and just up ahead we can barely see the gulf of Aquaba. As we continue our approach, the wadi or canyon, seems so narrow from afar, but now it can be seen to be large enough for the vast multitude to have travelled through.

And across the sea, we can see the large beach area in the Egyptian side.

Just as the beach on the Egyptian side is certainly large enough to accommodate several million people, here we can see that this beach also contains a tremendous plain.

In Exodus 14:30, we read ‘Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the sea Shore”

In 1984, when Ron and his sons were imprisoned here in Saudi, Ron directed his captors this beach in a helicopter, where he showed them a Phoenician style column on this beach, with inscriptions in archaic Hebrew that said that king Solomon had erected this column in honor of Yahweh to commemorate the crossing of the red sea on dry land

Today all that remains there is this marker noting the locating of that column. And while we do not know where they have taken it, we feel sure it is protected, and will be located soon.

As we look out into the sea, we can see the end of the end of the tongue of the underwater land bridge, and that it leads across to this very beach, just beyond where the column once rested.

Panning the beach, we also can see the restored remains of the ancient fortress we believe was Baal Siphon of the biblical account.

In 1978, temporarily unable to continue work on Noah’s Ark, Ron Wyatt took his two sons to a site in Egypt he believed might by where the red sea crossing took place.

When they arrived at the site of the gulf of Aquila, they found a Phoenician style column lying on the beach, the water had eroded away, but in 1984, Ron found a matching column on the opposite shore in Saudi Arabia, still standing with the inscription still intact.

He was later able to translate the words:

Pharaoh, Mizraim, Death, Edom, Yahweh, Solomon from this second column and from this, he believes these columns were erected by King Solomon, and dedicated to Yahweh for the great miracle of the crossing of the sea on dry land.

Israel was occupying the Sinai Peninsula at this time, in 1978, and moved this first column from the beach and set it in concrete across the road as you can see here.

Diving at this site, they found numerous corral encrusted chariot parts, such as these two chariot wheels, still attached to an axel, one wheel flat on the ground, and the other in the air.

This is a 6 spoked wheel.

They found a vast amount of artifacts, which loudly attest to the miracle which occurred here.

Horse and human skeletal remains are still preserved by the corral, as are chariot cabs without wheels, wheels without cabs, some wheels on axels, and some not.

He retrieved a chariot wheel hub which he presented to Nasaf Hasan who is the director of antiquities in Cairo Egypt.

But the most astounding find was this golden eared, 4 spoked chariot wheel, which he was able to video in March of 1988, but he was unable to retrieve it, as the wood had disintegrated leaving only a thin gold shell.

There are many factors that lead Ron to this site, but three were most compelling. First, in order for the Israelites to have left Egypt proper, they would have had to have begun their journey on the eastern side of the Gulf of Suez, this left only the gulf of Aquaba.

2nd, there is only one place along the shore line of the gulf of Aquaba, which could hold the perhaps 3 million people, this area is so large, it can be seen from this satellite photo.

And finally, when Ron studied the maritime maps, he saw an underwater pathway lead across the gulf at this point, on either side of this line across the gulf of Aquaba, the waters were 5000 feet deep, dropping off like a deep gorge, but here, at this precise spot, was an area leading across, which gently sloped at a 6 degree angle to a depth of only 900-1000 feet in the center.

With the overwhelming evidence of the chariot parts scattered across the gulf, Ron knew that Mount Sinai was in Saudi Arabia.

Studying maps, he saw that Jabel el Lawz fit the description of this Holy Mountain.

Unable to get a visa to enter Saudi Arabia, Ron and his two sons decided to enter without one, he had learned that the normal procedure if someone was caught without a visa there was to escort the person to the border and see that they did not reenter, they found Mt Sinai with the Alter and much more still intact in this uninhabited area, but as they were leaving they were abruptly arrested and imprisoned for 78 days, accused of being Israeli spies.

When they were finally released they were told that a man had contacted the Saudi embassy, and reported the Wyatts to be Israeli spies pretending to be archeologists.

This man had been a trusted friend who had worked with Ron on Noah’s Ark.

Exodus 14:30, “Thus the Lord saved Israel that day, out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the sea shore”

The waters of the sea had closed in on Pharaoh and his army, and now many of their bodies lay lifeless on the vast Arabian shore, their charioteers and horsemen, their swords and their weapons were gathered up by the unarmed Israelites. The mountain of God lay to their south east, an easy journey through the large wadi just beyond the marker where Ron found the column in 1984, but had they proceeded directly to the mountain from the sea, they would have entered the large open plain and been an easy prey to the fierce warring Amalek.

Instead, the Biblical account tells of a different route through the wilderness of Edom, also called the wilderness of sur. The mountainous region which surrounded the shores of the gulf.

For three days they followed the cloud through the barren wilderness, as their water supply became scarce, they became fearful then they came to Mara, where there was a spring, but the water was bitter and undrinkable, the people murmured against Moses, blaming him, even though they were being led by the pillar of cloud and of fire. When Moses prayed for wisdom as to what to do, he was shown a tree by the Lord, which he was told to cast into the waters, which made them sweet and drinkable, but we cannot identify Mara with certainty.

There next stop was Elim, where there were twelve wells of water, and 70 palm trees. Palm trees are extremely rare on this side of the gulf, but here, spanning across a wide wadi is an oasis with hundreds of palm trees, and twelve wells of water still used today.

The 70 palm trees have proliferated into hundreds, but the fact that there are twelve wells which are today walled in concrete and still used in this extremely arid region, is very strong evidence that his was Elim.

The next stage in this journey is given in both Exodus and Numbers, which seem to contradict each other, Exodus says:

Exodus: 15:27-16:1

While in numbers we read:

Numbers 33:10

This seeming contradiction is easily explained, now that the site has been located: For three days they had wandered through the mountainsous regions south of the crossing site. These mountains extend to the sea, making travel along the coast impossible. Then they came to Elim, located at the south end of these mountains.

After drawing their water, the Israelites set up camp, because of the great number of people and animals, they filled the wadi from Elim, westward, to the nearby Red Sea shore.

Ex 17:1

Arriving on the opposite side of this mountain, we find an area, which fits a biblical description of Rephidim, the last encampment of the Israelites before they reach Mount Sinai.

The most incredible evidence for this site is the giant split boulder, upon a hill with evidence that large streams of water flowed from it.

The rock still displayed the erosion pattern of tremendous amounts of water descending from this rock. And as we travel through the split in the boulder, we soon can see the channels cut in the rock from the water flow on the other side.

Proof of God – Archeology – Noah’s Ark Discovered Near Mount Ararat !

Noah’s Ark Discovered Near Mount Ararat !

On June 20 1987, after 10 yrs of intense research, the Turkish government announced to the world the discovery of Noah’s ark and the dedication of it and the surrounding area has a national park.

In 1977 Ron Wyatt made his first trip to this area, it was during this first trip that Ron found numerous huge anchor stones.  These were all in a direct alignment with the boat shaped object, evidencing their being cut loose or dropped as the ark entered the area of its final rest.

These bear ancient iconic graphic inscriptions of the 8 survivors of the flood.

In Dec. of 1978 an earthquake in this highly remote area dropped the soil from around the formation  allowing Ron to see for the first time the ribbed timbers and deck support timbers visibly exposed on the sides.

A large crack was also formed along the entire length of the object  and he was able to measure the depth and take samples for analysis.

The analysis showed a very high organic carbon content, consistent with ancient wood.  Later metal detection surveys and subsurface interface radar showed an incredible man made structure encapsulated within the formation.

Keels and keelsons,   bulkheads, decks and even partitions between the cages became visible  through  these  scientific devices.

From 20/20:

“Ron Wyatt and Dave Fasold believe they have found the ark on a slope of what the local people call doomsday mountain, some 15 miles south of Mt. Ararat.  Wyatt and Fasold had made what they consider exciting and important discoveries.  Apparently old Armenian tomb stones that commemorate the survival of Noah and his family.”

Fasold: “When the early Christians found these things, they carved crosses on them for the eight survivors and this whole valley was known as the region of eight.”

Wyatt: ‘’this is an iconic graphic representation here of a man, the head of a household, his wife, his three sons and his three daughters in law and as you can see here the eight crosses, the ones to his left are the ladies in the family,  the ones to his right are the men  in the family. “

To Wyatt and Fasold these stones appear to be in direct alignment to the boat shaped site on doomsday mountain.  The boat shaped site was first found and photographed by a Turkish army captain back in 1959.

It was quickly explored and dismissed, but Wyatt an amateur archeologist rekindled interest in it a few years ago.  He brought in Dave Fasold a marine salvage expert to asses it. The doomsday mountain team brought in some high technology to explore the oldest legend of man.  They began scanning their site with a molecular frequency generator.

It’s a device used by surgeons to pinpoint cancer tumors and has been used by Fasold to locate underwater treasure.  This time the molecular frequency generator began to pick up a unique pattern of iron lines beneath the earth. They began placing ribbons along those lines. The finished shape outlined by the ribbons was that of a huge ship, the approximate length and width of Noah’s ark as described in the Bible.

The fascinating field of ribbons soon attracted higher academic interest.

Dr. Gardner: “That looks like iron”, Dr. John Bout Gardner a physicist with Los Alamos laboratories, sent samples back to the lab for analysis and confirmed that the metal they were tracing with the ribbons was indeed  iron.

With the width and the length known the only remaining question was depth. By locating the depth of the hull they could determine if the boat shaped object had the cargo capacity described in the biblical ark.

To resolve this final issue, Wyatt and Fasold brought geologist T. Fenner to Τurkey with his companies, heavy duty sub service radar equipment.  Gear like this located the black box cockpit recorder on the floor of the frozen Ptomic river after the Air Florida crash.

A radar device developed by geographical survey systems in Hudson was used on a mountain. The device called SUR is used by energy exploration companies to analyze what’s below the earth’s surface.

According to SUR something man made is under the mountain.  “ This data does not represent natural  geology. It’s a man made structure. These reflections are occurring very periodic, too periodic to be random natural type interfaces.”

The Governor of the area had Ron demonstrate the radar. When he found what looked like a broken timber near the surface, the Governor had it dug up and gave it to Ron to be verified.

The lab test revealed organic carbon, it was petrified wood.

But the final proof was when it was sectioned, the evidence was obvious.  Not only could the internal wood structure be seen, it was also clearly laminated wood.

Three separate layers could be seen, the adhesive material or glue had seeped out and hardened on one end and was perfectly aligned with the internal layer.

Wyatt: “On our last trip out there past June, we found this very impressive rivet, and if you’ll notice the plate itself is just a little more than a quarter of an inch in thickness, its approximately 3 ½ inches in diameter, the plate itself, and then the shaft of the rivet is roughly an inch to an inch and a quarter inch in diameter, and if you’ll notice here, it was struck while it was hot, and flared out the end of the shaft so that it would not slide back through the hole in this washer, and this shows that their abilities to use metal was quite advanced, quite sophisticated, and folks there are thousands of these rivets on this boat, in fact at every joint where the wooden structures are held together, they’re held together by large metal plates which are mainly iron, and then these rivets.”

20/20: “Good morning, I was just wondering how the size of this structure compares with dimensions in the bible? ”

Wyatt: “Ok, Moses was educated in Egypt, we are told that in the New Testament and also in the Old Testament, and the royal Egyptian cubit which he was familiar with, and we believe used in the giving of  dimensions of the  Ark is 20.6 inches, and 300 of those is exactly  515 ft, and that is the length dimension of the boat.  The boat has splayed some and this is to be expected in an aging boat.  So the width is a little greater than that specified in the Bible, but you could figure the degree of splaying and you come up with very close measurements, very similar to those in the Bible.”

The Turkish Government has recently completed a beautiful visitors centre just above the ark so that visitors  from all nations can visit and see the ark for themselves.

For those who seek the meaning of Life

Unlocking the Mysteries to life

In order to unlock the mysteries to life, a person needs to be teachable / correctable. Without constructive criticism or being teachable and open to receive knowledge, a person can never understand truth as they ought.  For light brings truth, and if a person refuses to be taught light, neither can they receive the truth.

A person needs to see and understand for themselves the error they are in, this then makes them more receptive to everything.

These errors are subject to the following things:

A person has to understand that they haven’t been exposed to the fullness of knowledge that exists in all creation. They have to realize that the knowledge that they have, (often given through the world system, mainstream media etc., which is subject to limitations / control) is only a tiny fraction compared to the fullness of knowledge that exists.

Simply said, a person must acknowledge that their knowledge is not everything that is out there, and that their decisions and choices are therefore subject to this limited knowledge.

Knowledge unlocks the mysteries to life, however to attain knowledge, one must first understand the following points:

• The unexplained isn’t unexplainable • False interpretations don’t mean false revelation • Understanding context • Understanding language • Understanding people’s motives • Interpreting difficult information in the light of clear information • Don’t build a whole doctrine on obscure information • Understanding the nature of “seeming contradictions” • Truth is found in what is revealed and not in everything recorded • Understanding the law of progressive revelation

1. The unexplained isn’t unexplainable – It is a mistake to assume that what has not yet been explained never will be or can be explained. It is a grave mistake to give up further exploration on anything you seek answers to. The unexplained should actually be your motivation to find an explanation.

For example, many unexplainable natural phenomena that scholars or scientists once had no answer for, have now been answered through the unyielding patience of various disciplines.

This knowledge should then cause a person to realize that what they may consider false or wrong now, may actually be proved true at some future point.

Often times when a person assumes what they themselves can’t explain is therefore unexplainable, can be rooted in pride or in an unwillingness to receive an explanation, especially if the explanation threatens their mindset.

2. False interpretations don’t mean false revelation – People can often interpret something wrong because of the following reasons:

• Self-interests involved • Wrong or selfish ambition • Lack of understanding • Insufficient knowledge at a given time

• Blindness • Pride etc…

Therefore, people’s mistakes in interpreting any given information wrongly (subject to the above), does not nullify initial truth.

3. Understanding context – Any person seeking truth seeks to understand truth in its proper context. Context refers to the parts directly before and after a word or sentence that influence its meaning. Right understanding is right context. Having the right context is subject to:

• Not presuming that your mindset or thought processes are like the person’s conveying the information. This means not applying the mindset you are subject to now as to the way things have always been or should always be.

• Asking yourself – Do I truly have an understanding of the history, way of life or how things were done in a given time period that the information is subject to, before I draw conclusions?

• Understanding the language style of the information – languages changed substantially through the centuries – modern English can never truly be compared to the English of the 1600s or to the language of writers such as Mark Twain etc….

• Information must not always be interpreted literally but in the light of the result that was intended – the intent of the instruction – so that the message is correctly understood. Failure to note the meaning in light of its context is the main error of those who find fault with truth.

4. Understanding language – It is important to understand the language of the message being conveyed. Understanding language is subject to:

• A non-literary style • Understanding various expressions of speech (e.g. exaggeration, non-technical language, idioms etc…) and literary devices.

• This means that various expressions of speech shouldn’t always be taken literally, then pitted against other information. The context dictates whether a term should be taken literally or figuratively.

• For e.g.  If a person says “I have a billion things to do today” we understand what is meant and don’t take it literally. This means that people should then apply this same reasoning when seeking truth.

• Rounding off numbers • Using Common sense of other surrounding factors to work out the message

• General statements don’t mean Universal promises.  Do not seize upon information that offers general truths and then point with glee to obvious exceptions. One must learn to differentiate between general guidance and universal assurance. There are rules for life, but rules that admit of exceptions. One must also understand the law of unmentioned concessions.

• Different people with different personalities emphasize different points

5. Understanding people’s motives – People do many different things for many different reasons – it is important to understand the reason or the why people do things.

• It needs to be understood if the reason why a person is doing something is reasonable. • Is the person blinded or deluded.

6. Interpreting difficult information in the light of clear information – Some information is hard to understand often due to its obscurity.

One piece of information may appear to contradict another.  When one has understood the meaning of clear information, then one can understand obscure information in the light of clear information, and that whatever the obscure means, it cannot mean something that flatly contradicts the clear information.

7. Don’t build a whole doctrine from obscure information

People often times become scholastic over one word in a given text for different reasons, and then build a whole doctrine over it. They go through life trying to come to some agreement or compromise over its origin or precise meaning, yet fail to see the essence of what is being taught. Don’t build a whole doctrine or belief based on any obscure information. When any information isn’t clear, never conclude that it means something that opposes any other plain and straight forward information given elsewhere in many places.

8. Understanding the nature of “seeming contradictions” –  various laws concerning “seeming contradictions” that one needs to understand include:

• Every individual person perceives different things at different times, for different reasons. This means that any given information may contain variations, but the essence of the account isn’t contradictory but one and the same.   For e.g.   Two people see two cats running up a tree and are asked to write an account of what they saw.  The first person writes that there were two cats in the tree because that is what they saw from where they were standing and at the time they were standing there.

The second person states that there were three cats in the tree because from where they were standing they saw the two cats in the tree plus an additional cat that was already sitting in the tree, which the first person couldn’t see from where they were standing. This is not a contradiction to the essence of the information, but a slight variation in their accounts of the story.

This law should be expected from unique individuals giving an account of any event, each through their own perspective. Realistically, no witnesses of any event or series of events would write in exactly the same way, just as no three artists who were each asked to paint the same scene would provide the exact same details in their paintings. The general scene would be the same, but the details would differ.

This then also means that:

• The exclusion of information from a party doesn’t make it contradictory.

• That incomplete information doesn’t make it false information. Given the example of the two cats above, the person who only saw two cats (incomplete information) doesn’t nullify the one who saw three cats (complete information). The two accounts are actually complimentary, supplying more information when both are taken together.

Therefore slight differences in an account oftentimes confirm its realistic truthfulness rather than refute it.

9. Truth is found in what is revealed and not in everything recorded. – It is a mistake to assume that everything contained in a given piece of information is commended by the one giving it. Unless one understands this distinction, one may then incorrectly conclude that error is being taught or affirmed, when in reality it isn’t.

10. Understanding the law of progressive revelation – It is important to understand that in life information isn’t revealed all at once, nor are the same conditions laid down for every period of time.  Different information is given at different times to fit the particular circumstance. This is not contradictory to what was given before.

For e.g. the fact that someone may drink a hot drink on a cold day, does not mean that they cannot drink a cold drink on a hot day, or that they always drink only hot drinks, for different times and situations call for different things.

The problem is that people do understand these things as they know how to apply them to areas where their self-interests are involved, but use them as defense mechanisms when being confronted by truth, thus revealing the hypocritical nature in people. This shows people are flawed and corrupted to start off with.

Therefore one needs to filter out all these things when seeking truth before one can unlock the mysteries to life.

Evangelism – 666 The Mark – New Evangelistic Tract

Whilst evangelizing one day, the Lord spoke to me in prophecy to write a tract about the triple-6 chip.

This is a tract showing world events taking place in the world today on a scientific, technological, economic and social level, and how these events are fulfilling biblical end-times prophecy.

We are now living in the end times where all things are being brought to fulfillment. This message is no longer science fiction (to the world), but is being fulfilled and implemented according to what the bible prophesied 2000 years ago.

This tract has been received by almost everyone we share it with, and can open many doors to share the gospel to those who normally wouldn’t listen – it is a message that is relevant for all peoples of all nations.

Please download this tract freely and share with others so that they are brought to this accountability of the fulfillment of end times biblical prophetic truth – and to help save them from hell and the lake of fire.

God bless you:

Angela

To download – please click here: 666_tract

Teachings – A message for Oneness Pentecostals

A MESSAGE TO ONENESS PENTECOSTAL CHRISTIANS

On the 21st of February 2012 the Lord showed me, through prophecy, a scripture to share with Oneness Pentecostal Christians, to help them understand how their beliefs don’t line up with the Word of God, and to help them understand how they have misunderstood what is meant when the Bible speaks of the Godhead.

Please note:

I understand that Oneness Christians are born-again, and are baptized in the Holy Spirit, however – it should be understood that Trinitarian Believers have the same baptism, the same gifts, and that about 90-99% of all born-again Christians throughout the whole world are Trinitarian believers, who speak in tongues, work miracles etc…

Oneness Christians, God has a message for you, read on:

This is the scripture God showed me through prophecy for Oneness Christians:

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place.  And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John..” (Revelation 1:1)

The Greek literally says: “This book contains the Revelation that God (The Father)gave Jesus Christ (The Son) to show……….”

The important thing that needs to be understood here is that this scripture from Revelation shows that:

Jesus is in heaven when this scripture is being written

Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God

It is God who is giving the Revelation to Someone – that Someone being Jesus Christ (His Son)

Jesus has finished His work of redemption on earth (i.e. His crucifixion and resurrection)

“After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven, and he sat at the right hand of God.”

Therefore, if God is ‘one’, who according to oneness teachings/ doctrines, only revealed himself as the Son on earth to redeem mankind, then the question that needs to be asked here is this:

Who is God giving this revelation to in Heaven ? Is He giving it back to Himself ? And if so, then why would He need to do that? Who is it that is sitting at the right hand of the Father of Creation in Heaven ?

The fact that this scripture shows both the Father and the Son being in Heaven after Jesus had finished His work of redemption whilst on earth, nullifies the oneness view that holds that God assumed a different form for a specific time and specific purpose.

For if that were so, it would mean that His work as redeemer on earth would be finished and therefore would just go back to Heaven and assume His role as Father of creation again, instead of His Son (Jesus Christ) sitting at His right-hand! 

The Holy Spirit gave me the following prophecy:

“Oneness Christians are in heresy and they need to repent.

By failing to understand the Trinitarian nature of God and the relationship between the three persons of God functioning interminably, this also causes a failure in their understanding of how all relationships work.”

A friend of mine also received this prophecy about Oneness Christians – the Lord gave them this reply:

“Far from God”

They are far from the heart of the Father, and have only a limited understanding about the ways of God.

They also forget the scripture: “Be careful that the light within you is not darkness. If the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

The ‘Oneness’ of Water

Hear O Israel – The Lord, the Lord is One…

Just as the image consists of three separate images, yet is one image, so it is with the Trinity, three unique persons, One God etc.

H₂O exists in 3 forms;

Likewise God exists in 3 persons.

  • H₂O in water
  • God the Father
  • H₂O in ice and
  • God the Son
  • H₂O in steam.  Regardless        of the form, it still remains H₂O
  • God the Holy Spirit.
Think of it as Ice, Steam and Water –   From the Ice (The Father), proceeds the Water (Jesus), as well as the Steam   (Holy Spirit)

Questions for Oneness Pentecostals.

When Oneness Pentecostal Christians wish to put some ice in someone’s glass of water, do they go around saying:

“Let me put some water in your water?”

Or if their kitchen is full of steam from water that is boiling on their stove, do they say “My kitchen is full of water” ?

No, they make a distinction.

 Another problem:

Another problem with this view is this:

If a Oneness Pentecostal Christian dies and goes to Heaven, which manifestation of God will be waiting for them in Heaven? (Since according to them God is one). Will it be God as Father in creation, God the Son in redemption, or God the Holy Spirit in regeneration?

Since they believe that God revealed himself in the Son for the purpose of redeeming  mankind, and since they believe  that God revealed himself in the Holy Spirit for the purpose of regeneration, then logically speaking, according to their view, Jesus and the Holy Spirit won’t be needed in Heaven anymore since God’s function as redeemer and regenerator  were functional and necessary on earth and therefore cease in heaven because  those in heaven  don’t need redemption or regeneration anymore .

But the Bible says that “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads”. (Revelation 22:4)

“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Revelation 21:22)

Also:

If God has been revealed through three manifestations and not personages as oneness Pentecostals claim, then the following scriptures would have to read as follows:

But whoever denies Me (Jesus) before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.(Matthew 10:33)

“But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny (to myself) when I return to Heaven.  

All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. (Matthew 11:26-27)

All things have been delivered to Me by Me, and no one knows Me except Me. Nor does anyone know Me  except Me, and the one to whom I will to reveal Myself to.

Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.  (Matthew 18:19)

Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by Me when I return to Heaven (as Father of creation).

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. “( Luke 10:21)

“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in Himself and said, “I thank Myself as Lord of heaven and earth, that I have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Me, for so it seemed good in My sight.

 “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” (John 16:28)

“I came from Myself and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go back to Myself.”

The Father is revealed through Jesus.

The Bible makes clear the three distinct natures (personages) of God.

– When God the Father is being referred, He is addressed as God or Father.

– When Jesus Christ is being referred, He is addressed as Jesus, Jesus Christ, Lord, Son of God, Son of Man.

– When the Holy Spirit is being referred, He is addressed as The Holy Spirit, The Spirit or the Spirit of God.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. – Col 1:15

When you have seen Me, you have seen the Father

The Son proceeds from the Father

Draft Teaching – The rest of this teaching has yet to be written……. we’ll edit when we get some time etc…

Proof of God – Ressurection Series

Proof of the Resurrection

TIME FOR GOD’S TESTIMONY

When asked by God to name whatever blessing he most desired, King Solomon asked only one thing: WISDOM to know how to best govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong. As a result, Israel experienced its greatest years in prosperity and glory .In one of his proverbs, King Solomon says:

“The first man to speak in court always seems right until his opponent begins to question him” (Prov.18:17)

Regarding the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, skeptics propose 3 theories to try and refute it and explain why Jesus’ tomb was empty. Their best efforts have come to be known as:

1 )The theft theory

2) The wrong tomb theory

3) The swoon theory.

However a wise man makes a decision based on wisdom which means examining all sides of the spectrum of evidence and knowledge.

“Wise men store up knowledge”. (Prov. 10:14)

THE THEFT THEORY

According to Matthew 28:11-15, the earliest Jewish claim reported regarding Jesus’ empty tomb was for the Jewish leaders to say that the disciples of stole the body.

“ And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.”

If Jesus’ body had still been in the tomb, there would have been no need for this devised plan, for both Jewish and Roman authorities knew where Jesus’ tomb was, (for He was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea) and all that was needed was for them to produce the body and the Resurrection uproar would of ended. Thus in their confusion all they could come up with was this scheme to bribe the guards at the tomb to say that the body had been stolen by the disciples. Thus this Jewish claim regarding Jesus’ resurrection to say the disciples stole the body was an INDIRECT ADMISSION that the body was unavailable for public display.

Consider also:

  • · The disciples would have been incapable of overpowering the Roman guards posted at the tomb.
  • · When Jesus had been arrested, the disciples forsook Him and fled showing their cowardice. Peter, just hours earlier had proved himself to be a coward in order to save his own skin by denying Jesus to a servant girl. One must ask what could have happened to Peter and the disciples within those few hours to change them from cowards to men willing to rush out to fight Roman soldiers?
  • · The Jewish authorities were the ones in the first place who ordered the Romans to make the tomb as secure as possible out of fear that the disciples would go and steal the body and then claim a Resurrection. ( Matt. 27:65)

Solomon says “What the wicked fear most will overtake him” (Prov. 10:24)

  • · The guards couldn’t have fallen asleep because such an offense was punishable by death. Even if they did fall asleep, would they be able to sleep through the noise made of several men trying to break through a large well sealed tomb and then carrying away the body.
  • · What would motivate the disciples to even consider such a theft knowing that their leader Jesus who had promised them so much had now “failed” them since He had now been publicly executed as a criminal?
  • · Could the Jewish authorities have taken the body? No, since they were the ones who ordered the tomb to be made as secure as possible and the last thing they would have wanted was a proclamation of the Resurrection, especially the Sadducees who didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead.
  • · Could the Romans have taken the body? No because their objective was to keep the peace in Palestine, and stealing Jesus ’body wouldn’t accomplish this objective. False prophets and false Messiahs were not the business of the Romans.
  • · Consider also Saul of Tarsus (persecutor of the Christians) and James (brother of Jesus who prior didn’t believe in Jesus and who thought he was out of His mind). Later, both had their lives radically changed not because of any empty tomb but by Jesus’ appearances to them.
  • · MOST IMPORTANTLY, if the disciples did steal the body as claimed by the Jewish leaders, would the disciples have so willingly endured the tortures, imprisonments and their deaths in the following years for something they knew was a hoax!

WRONG TOMB THEORY:

This claims that in the dark, early that Sunday morning, the women followers of Jesus and then everyone else simply went to the wrong tomb which was an empty one. Jesus’ tomb, with His body inside was elsewhere.

Consider:

  • · This is based on a careless reading of scripture, for the burial site was known by the women and the others. Matthew 27:61 and Mark 15:47 tell us that the women had seen where Jesus’ body had been laid. The evidence suggests that the tomb location was known because Jesus was buried in the tomb of a well known man – Joseph of Arimathea, who was a rich man, allegedly on the Sanhedrin which was the highest ruling body in the time of Jesus, therefore making him a public figure.
  • · Even If the disciples had gone to the wrong tomb, they would have noticed this mistake when morning light came and then simply just went to the right tomb.
  • · Out of all the people who went to the tomb, surely one of them must have noticed it was the wrong one.
  • · Did the Angels also make a mistake and go to the wrong tomb?
  • · Women in 1st Century Palestine were considered of such low social standing and their testimony regarded so worthless, that they weren’t allowed to serve as legal witnesses in a Jewish court of Law. So four male writers (one of them a doctor) testifying that the empty tomb was discovered by women supports the stories authenticity.
  • · If the tomb wasn’t empty, then it would have been impossible for a movement founded on belief in the Resurrection to have come into existence in the very same city (Jerusalem) where its Leader had been publicly executed and buried , especially when the tomb site was known.
  • · MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Jewish leaders and Roman authorities would have ended the whole Resurrection uproar by just going to the right tomb and publicly producing the body. This would have been in their best interest for it would have ended the new movement instantly which was a threat to their beliefs.

SWOON THEORY

States that Jesus didn’t die but that He only passed out or appeared to die. When He was placed in the tomb, He was revived by the cool air of the tomb and got up and left.

Consider:

  • · When one understands the process of scourging the Romans used on their victims before their crucifixion (which killed some of its victims before they could be crucified), then being nailed to a cross as a proven method of execution, then having a spear thrust into your side, then one would realize that this is physically impossible.
  • · Asphyxiation (the inability to breathe) was the cause of death by crucifixion.
  • · The spear thrust into Jesus’ side described in John 19:34 where blood and water are described as flowing from His body were due to the rupturing of the sac that surrounds the heart (Pericardium). This would produce the water and if the right side of the heart was pierced, blood would likewise flow. No question remains concerning the state of the victim afterward. That the Gospels record the water and blood in a time where there was no medical knowledge for this condition (physical stress of the heart, producing water and blood) is itself a testimony to the truth of the Gospels.
  • · This was a fulfillment of Jewish prophecy as stated in John 19:34.

“Not one of his bones will be broken” (Exodus 12:46, Numbers 4:12, Psalm 34:20)

“They will look on the one they have pierced” ( Zechariah 12:10)

  • · The Romans had seen hundreds of men executed by crucifixion and to them it was routine to know when a victim was dead.
  • · Peter and John went to the tomb and saw strips of linen lying by themselves. (John 20:5-9)
  • · MOST IMPORTANTLY, even if Jesus had survived the torture, the crucifixion and the spear thrust into His side, do you really think He could then just get out of the tightly wound grave clothes, then remove a massive stone to exit the tomb (which had been ordered to be as secure as possible), then fight off or evade the guards and then walk towards Emmaus (about 7 miles from Jerusalem) on nail pierced feet and then convince and inspire hundreds of people in this mutilated state that He is the Risen Prince of Life who conquered the grave? Would Peter, a witness to the Resurrection, then write about his longing for a Resurrected body?

It is important to understand that faith is also based on the rational understanding of the historical record as well as insight into human nature. One needs to examine ALL THE EVIDENCE as well as truly seeking God. Like Solomon says you need to listen to the questions raised by the opponent that challenge him and not just listen to the first man, irregardless of how much a fine sounding argument he presents.

Section 2

How does one explain the “seeming contradictions” in the Resurrection passages?

When asked by God to name whatever blessing he most desired, King Solomon asked only one thing: WISDOM to know how to best govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong. As a result, Israel experienced its greatest years in prosperity and glory. In one of his proverbs, King Solomon says:

“Sensible people always think before they act, but stupid people advertise their ignorance” (Proverbs 13:16)

Regarding the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, skeptics try to refute it by pointing out that the four Gospel narratives of the Resurrection event contain “contradictions”. In comparing the four accounts of the Resurrection, a number of “apparent differences” can be highlighted on a first and superficial reading of the texts.

Here is a list of these “apparent contradictions” the skeptics propose.

  • · Differences in the number and names of the women arriving at the tomb.
  • · Mark’s account has the women coming to the tomb at the rising of the sun, while John states that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb when it was dark.
  • · Differences in the number of Angels at the tomb and the nature they appeared in.
  • · Differences in the dialogue or instructions the Angels gave to the women.
  • · To whom did Jesus appear first?
  • · Did the disciples believe or disbelieve the reports from the women about proceeding to Galilee?
  • · Which disciples went to the tomb? Peter alone or Peter and John?
  • · In what order did Jesus appear to which disciples?
  • · Where did the Ascension take place?

We shall look at each in turn.

Consider:

  • · Matthew doesn’t say that only Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb.
  • · Mark doesn’t say that only the 3 women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome went to the tomb.
  • · Luke doesn’t say that only the 3 women, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James went to the tomb.
  • · John doesn’t say that only Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.

The exclusion of any names does not mean they didn’t go to the tomb.

The key is found in Luke 24:10. “It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.” This shows that others had gone to the tomb, hence Salome, the other Mary (wife of Cleopas), and possibly others.

All writers include Mary Magdalene in their accounts. She obviously must have been the key figure in visiting the tomb event so for this reason she is emphasized by all writers.

2) Regarding the women’s time of arrival at the tomb in comparing John’s (dark) with Mark’s (day), one needs to understand that the women had to walk some distance in order to reach the tomb, since they stayed in Jerusalem or Bethany (There were no cars then). So it would have been still dark when they left their point of departure, but when they arrived at the tomb, the Sun was beginning to shine. Therefore John is speaking of their departure, while Mark is speaking of their impending arrival. The key word in Mark is that “they were on their way” meaning they hadn’t arrived yet.

3) Matthew and Mark relate one Angel addressing the women at the tomb, while Luke and John say that 2 Angels were at the tomb. Both Matthew and Mark don’t say that there was only one Angel at the tomb. They only say that one Angel spoke to the women. This does not contradict Luke and John. All that Matthew and Mark do in their passages is specify that one Angel spoke to the women, but they do not say that only one Angel was present. So here a sensible person would consider that perhaps one of the Angels served as a spokesman for the two Angels, thus one of the Angels was emphasized.

*The Bible in both Old and New testaments tells us that Angels take on human forms. Therefore it isn’t a contradiction if one writer addresses an Angel as an Angel, and another writer addresses the Angel as a man, especially if the person hadn’t realized at first that the man was really an Angel.

4) In all Gospels regarding the account of the Angels speaking to the women, all agree that the Angels said “He is not here, He is Risen”. We can reason that the conversation was probably extended only that Matthew and Mark emphasize the instruction about going to Galilee, whereas Luke emphasizes prophecy fulfilled. John doesn’t mention the Angel accounts, however he mentions other accounts that the other writers don’t mention, such as the appearance by the Lake of Tiberias. Again the exclusion by one writer doesn’t mean that the event didn’t happen.

5) Since Mark tells us that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9) and since Matthew and John also emphasize Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene after the visit to the empty tomb (irregardless of which other women were there), then we can conclude that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene. The exclusion of this appearance in Luke doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, especially since no other name is substituted in Luke’s Gospel for this particular appearance at that particular time to suggest otherwise.

6) Mark and Luke report the disciple’s disbelief because this disbelief takes place immediately after the women return from the tomb and tell the disciples that Jesus is alive. Therefore such disbelief is expected in such a short time span. The key is in Luke’s Gospel that states Peter gets up immediately to go investigate the tomb himself. Matthew however leaves out the details regarding the immediate return of the women from the tomb, (which is why the guards report has been put there) therefore not giving us the initial reaction of the disciples (which was disbelief) as soon as they are told about the empty tomb. He then leaves out other details that happened in the meantime meaning that they had believed by this time when going to Galilee since this occurred sometime afterward.

7) Luke doesn’t say that only Peter went to the tomb, but chooses to write only about Peter. This is in no contradiction to John’s Gospel which says the same things regarding Peter at the tomb, only that he includes John as well.

8) In order for anyone to understand the order of Jesus’ appearances after the Resurrection and then during the 40 day period before the Ascension, one needs to do a careful reading of all the Gospels and giving particular attention to the Time clauses. Then reading the different pieces from the different writers can one then put the puzzle together in order to see the whole picture rather than jumping to conclusions only on a first and superficial reading of the texts. On a careful reading, one should get a picture looking something like this.

On Resurrection Sunday, Jesus appears:

  • · First to Mary Magdalene . Mt 28:8, Mk 16:9, Jn 20:14
  • · To women returning from the tomb. Mt 28:9,10
  • · To Peter later the same day. Lk 24:34, 1 Co. 15:5
  • · To the Emmaus disciples. Lk 24:13, Mk 16:12 “Now that same day”
  • · To the Apostles without Thomas Lk 24:36-43, Jn 20:19-24 “On the evening of that first day of the week.”

The following Sunday Jesus appears to:

  • · The Apostles with Thomas present. Jn 20:26-29 “A week later”

Sometime later (during the 40 days) Jesus appears:

  • · To the 7 by the Lake of Tiberias. Jn 21:1-23 “Afterward”
  • · To a multitude of 500+ believers on a Galilean mountain. 1Co. 15:6
  • · To James 1 Co. 15:7
  • · To the 11. Mt 28:16-20, Mk 16:14-20, Lk. 24:33-52, Acts 1:3-12
  • · At the Ascension. Acts 1:3-12

9) Regarding the Ascension, Luke is the only writer that gives us specific names for the place where the Ascension occurred. In Luke he says it took place in the vicinity of Bethany, and Acts tells us (which he also wrote), on the Mt. of Olives. Since Bethany is a small village on the Mt. of Olives and since the Ascension occurred on the eastern slope of the Mt. of Olives, then there is no contradiction.

It is clear that all four gospel writers relate the Resurrection event differently. This should be expected from four unique individuals giving an account of an event, each through their own perspective. Realistically no four witnesses of any event or series of events would write up in exactly the same way, just as no four artists who were each asked to paint the same scene would provide the exact same details in their paintings. The general scene would be the same, but the details would differ, FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL PERSON PERCEIVES DIFFERENT THINGS AT DIFFERENT TIMES, FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.

Ultimately the differences in the Resurrection event confirm its realistic truthfulness rather than refute it for reasons we will look at.

Consider:

When people say that there are contradictions, what they may really mean is that there are passages that they can’t figure out because in many cases they haven’t set aside valuable time to read the passages carefully, correspond them to similar passages, ask God for Wisdom, and then try to put the whole picture or puzzle together.

Many people assume what they themselves can’t explain is therefore unexplainable. This is rooted in pride or in an unwillingness to receive an explanation, especially if the explanation threatens their mindset.

Problems in understanding the language, intent and style of the writer.

One must understand that different people with different personalities will emphasize different points. So it would be fitting for someone like Luke a historian to emphasize historical points of a story.

John tells us that Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. Therefore from this statement one should understand that the Gospel writers would agree on the core events of Jesus life while at the same time include or exclude many of these other things.

The exclusion of an event by one or more of the writers does not mean the event didn’t take place.

The problem with some people is they try to apply their 21st century mindsets (especially in the West) to the way things should have been done in 1st century Palestine.

If the differences in the Gospels concerned the main and vital points of the Resurrection, then one could be justified for doubt. However the core of the story is the same in all four gospels.

Jesus was dead. Joseph of Arimathea takes Jesus’ body and puts it in his tomb, the tomb is visited by a small group of women followers of Jesus early on the Sunday morning following His Crucifixion, and they find the tomb empty. They see two Angels saying that Jesus is Risen. The Risen Christ appears to the disciples over a period of 40 days after the Resurrection. The Resurrection is proclaimed in Jerusalem. Jesus ascended into the heavens. This suggests a historical core to the story that is reliable and can be depended on, irregardless of the variations in the secondary details.

All these agreed facts put forth by the Gospel writers make up a powerful argument for the validity of the Resurrection story. When there is agreement on these obvious and vital points by all writers, then the insignificant differences only add to rather than subtract from the validity. It is these details which when correlated together supply the larger picture of the Resurrection.

One must also take into account the fact that the Gospels were written about 20-40 yrs after the Resurrection event had happened. Two of the Gospels were written by two immediate disciples of Jesus, while the other two were written by two that hadn’t been with Him. So we have four different writers, all writing at different dates (between 30-40 yrs later), and from different places, and having different priorities coming to mind. It is only reasonable and realistic to expect variances from the writers or to allow the Holy Spirit to work as He willed in each of their work.

A Word from the Lord God Almighty

“The Gospels and the Historical events concerning the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ have all been devised by God in such an infinite and wise way that no allowance is left for refute by the inferior ‘wisdom’ of mankind”

Section 3

ILLUSION, DELUSION, HALLUCINATION!

When asked by God to name whatever blessing he most desired, King Solomon asked only one thing: WISDOM to know how to best govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong. As a result, Israel experienced its greatest years in prosperity and glory. In one of his proverbs, King Solomon says:

“What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?” (Prov. 25:8)

Some skeptics propose that Jesus’ followers suffered hallucinations, or that the appearances of the Risen Lord after the Resurrection were a type of vision. This view states that the witnesses just saw what they wanted to believe.

To understand these phenomena, look at the two pictures below. Which centre dot is larger?

The centre dot in b) appears to be.

However this is an illusion, because a distorted perception is caused by the size of the surrounding dots. But if you measure both centre dots, you will find that they are exactly the same size.

Therefore an Illusion is – A deceptive appearance of something that is already there.

Suppose now that you have measured the centre dots, you have 20 other people also measure them, and everyone comes to the same conclusion that the centre dots in a) and b) are the same size. If in spite of the indisputable evidence you still hold to your belief that the centre dot in b) is larger, then you are experiencing a delusion.

Therefore a Delusion is – a false belief that is held with the conviction that it is true, in spite of evidence that invalidates its truth.

Say now that you haven’t slept for a few days and you are suffering sleep deprivation, and you now see a new set of dots. You would be experiencing a hallucination.

Therefore a Hallucination is – a false perception of something that is not there in the first place.

Points to consider about Hallucinations:

  • · Ancient people also used, like many in modern society, wine and drugs etc to sooth emotional pain. Too much of either one might cause people to see things that are not there.

However, hallucinations like dreams are private occurrences that occur in the mind of an individual, not to a whole group. No two people can have the same hallucination as the another, nor is it possible to induce a hallucination on somebody else. This means that a group of people who are hallucinating, would experience a hallucination on an individual basis, and it would be different to everybody else. In the Resurrection event, the appearances came to groups of people, with each person seeing the same thing. This is not how hallucinations work.

  • · There are too many personal variations, for Jesus appeared several times to many people in different groups and situations over a period of 40 days.

Consider:

1. To Mary Magdalene

2. To the women returning from the tomb

3. To Peter later in the day

4. To the Emmaus disciples

5. To the Apostles without Thomas

6. To the Apostles with Thomas present

7. To the Seven by the Lake of Tiberias

8. To a multitude of 500 plus believers on a Galilean mountain

9. To James

10. To the 11

11. At the Ascension

After the 40 days:

12. To Paul

13. To Stephen

14. To Paul in the Temple

15. To John on Patmos

So is it possible that all these people, many who were in groups had all been hallucinating the same thing at different times and over different time spans? This would be like getting over 500 people to see the same dream over a 40 day period at least!

  • · Hallucinations either recur more frequently until a point of crisis is reached, or they recur less frequently until they fade away. If the appearances of the Risen Saviour were hallucinations, why did they stop so suddenly – 6 weeks after the death. Why didn’t these hallucinations become chronic after the Ascension especially after over 500 people had been a witness to this?
  • · The creed of 1 Corinthians 15:5 (which was written earlier than the Gospels and by Paul who before this didn’t want to believe in Jesus) states that Jesus appeared to more than 500 people. Surely they could not have all been hallucinating the same thing!
  • · Ancient Jews believed that the righteous dead went to Heaven to await a general resurrection at the end of time. Their so called hallucinations would not have imagined Jesus returning to them in a resurrected form, because that belief was not their theology.
  • · Hallucinations are rare events that occur to people who expect them .People who hallucinate need a fertile mind of expectancy or anticipation. The disciples accepted Christ’s departure and were not expecting Jesus to appear which is why they had lost all hope and simply returned to their fishing business. But these appearances came to them as surprises not expectations.
  • · Since hallucinations occur to people who expect them, women going to a tomb with spices to anoint a dead body are obviously not expecting to find that body risen from the dead.
  • · Hallucinations don’t explain Paul’s conversion for he was in no frame of mind to hallucinate. Before his conversion he was against both Jesus and His followers and he believed it was God’s will to kill them.
  • · Paul saw a bright light and heard Jesus speak. There were bystanders there who also fell to the ground in fear, saw the light and heard the voice but didn’t understand the words. Since others were included in this event, Paul’s experience wasn’t subjective as a hallucination.
  • · Hallucinations don’t explain James’ conversion. Mark 3:21 tells us that James thought Jesus was deluded. As a pious Jewish unbeliever, he would have viewed his crucified brother as a false Messiah who would have been cursed by God. This makes it highly unlikely that he would be in any frame of mind to hallucinate something so powerful that motivated him to change his religious beliefs in an area he believed would cost him his eternal soul if he was mistaken.
  • · Hallucinations don’t explain the empty tomb. Even if the disciples, did experience hallucinations, Jesus’ body would still be in the tomb.

Points to consider about delusions:

  • · People who are candidates for delusions believe something that overrides their logic. The disciples may have wanted Jesus to be with them thus being in the frame of mind for this, however Paul and James weren’t. Paul was having Christians killed, and James was committed to the Jewish law. Therefore this doesn’t explain both their conversions.
  • · Delusions don’t explain the empty tomb. If the disciples were deluded, the body would still have been in the tomb.

Points to consider about Visions:

  • · Usually skeptics who suggest these eyewitness accounts the Resurrection as visions cannot give you a solid definition or specify to you what they mean by a ‘vision’.
  • · There are two types of visions. Objective and Subjective.

Objective visions are real (not imaginary), are seen without the use of natural senses, there is reality and cause of the phenomenon outside the mind.

Therefore such a vision would confirm that Jesus rose from the dead.

Subjective visions are products of our minds. They have no reality or cause outside the mind, so they are like a hallucination or a dream. If the appearances were subjective visions, this would mean they were the result of some sort of hallucination. Yet hallucinations are not acceptable. See hallucinations.

  • · A phantom can just fade away, but an objective entity must go somewhere. Something must happen to it, and in Jesus’ case we see Him eating with the disciples and going from place to place.
  • · When God creates something, everyone can see it. Its objective not subjective.
  • · Any vision still doesn’t explain the empty tomb.
  • · The nature of Jesus’ Resurrected body testifies against a vision, because His Risen body is described as occupying space and time.

Section 4

IS A PHYSICAL RESURRECTED BODY FATHOMABLE?

When asked by God to name whatever blessing he most desired, King Solomon asked only one thing: WISDOM to know how to best govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong. As a result, Israel experienced its greatest years in prosperity and glory .In one of his proverbs, King Solomon says

“ …..fools die for lack of judgment.” (Proverb 10:21).

The prophet Hosea also said “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)

Regarding the nature of the Resurrected body that Jesus had, skeptics try to refute it by saying that the body that Jesus appeared in after the Resurrection was not a physical one. Critics claim that the body that rose from the grave wasn’t the same body that was crucified and buried, but was only a spiritual body. Others say that since Paul was an eyewitness to the Resurrected Lord but had seen Him as a blinding light, and since his writings were written earlier than the Gospels, then the story of His bodily Resurrection as found in the Gospels was the result of embellishments added thus reflecting a tradition that developed over time.

However for anyone to understand or believe in a physical resurrected body, it is essential to understand Dimensions.

Dimensions can be described as: the extent in which something is permitted in a given space in order to allow for its functioning and bring about its intended purpose.

Everything in creation works because of Dimension. Two examples will be given to explain this. One from maths and one from music.

In Maths :

a) One dimension (line) deals only with length.

b) Two dimensions (square) deals with length and width.

c) Three dimensions (cube) deals with length, width and depth.

In Music:

a) A C major chord consists of the notes: C E G one dimension

b) A C7 chord consists of the notes: C E G and Bb two dimension

c) A C9 chord consists of the notes: C E G Bb and D three dimension

d) A C11 chord consists of the notes: C E G Bb D and F a new dimension, etc.

All dimensions in creation function on these laws:

  • · When moving up to a higher dimension there is always increase or the addition of a new thing.

E.g Both C major and C7 chords have the notes C E G. But C7 is a new dimension therefore there is the addition of the note Bb.

  • · The things that exist in any given dimension will still exist in the next dimension up, meaning that every dimension controls and encircles its preceding dimension. So:

The 1St dimension is contained in the 2nd dimension and controlled by the 2nd dimension.

The 2nd dimension is contained in the 3rd dimension and controlled by the 3rd dimension, etc…

E.g. A line (1st dim.) is found in a square (2nd dim.).

A square (2nd dim.) is found in a cube (3rd dim.).

Therefore we can reason that a cube must be found in something new.

In dealing with the issue of matter occupying space and time, these laws are also to be expected. So when one looks at the nature of Jesus ’ Resurrected body, one should expect to find a natural body that is like ours in what it looks like and in what it can do, but there should also be an addition of new things that our bodies don’t have because His body now belongs to a new dimension.

The scriptures are in agreement with the laws discussed. We see that Jesus after the Resurrection like us:

  • · Had a physical body: (Luke 24:39-40, John 20:27)
  • · Ate: (Luke 24: 42-43)
  • · Spoke: Matthew 28:9-10, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:17, John 20:15-16, 21:5-6)
  • · Heard: Luke 24:22-27
  • · Saw: John 21;5-6
  • · Felt: John 20:17
  • · Walked: Luke:24:15

However, to the above a new dimension was added for now Jesus could:

  • · Transcend the present laws of physics and /or travel in some way we are now not capable of. John 20:19 and 26 tells us that He transcended locked doors.

Luke 24:31 tells us that He disappeared from the sight of the two disciples at Emmaus.

  • · Defy gravity as he left the earth and ascended into the air. (Acts 1:9, Luke 24:51)

Another thing needs to be mentioned. We see in scriptures such as Luke 24:13-24 and John 21:4-5 that even though Jesus appeared so earthly and normal, there must also have been something about Him that caused the disciples not to recognize Him instantly. This is to be expected because when a person has been exposed to a particular dimension, then the appearance of the new dimension added to the known dimension can prevent one from recognizing the glory of it, even though the known dimension is contained within that new dimension.

As an example, listen to the sound of a C major chord, and then listen to the sound of a C9 chord. Even though both chords contain the notes C E G, the added 2 notes of Bb and D, in the C9 chord will transform the C chord and cause one who isn’t familiar with this new chord not to recognize that it is just an extended and transfigured version of a C major chord!

“…..the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” (Philippians 3:21)

“ For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

If mortal mankind who was created in the image of God can design and build machines that can transcend laws of Nature (e.g rockets going into space) , how much more can Immortal God Almighty prepare a Resurrected body for us.

Regarding Paul seeing the Resurrected Lord in a different form:

Consider:

  • · The disciple’s experiences occurred before Jesus’ ascension to the throne of God. Paul’s experience occurred after the Ascension. A Post Ascension glorified Jesus appearing to Paul explains why Paul’s experience was different than those of the disciples.
  • · The creed of 1 Corinthians 15 written by Paul was written before the Gospels, therefore the Gospels cannot reflect later tradition on this matter.
  • · Reading Paul’s writings such as 1 Cor. 15, Philippians 3:21, Romans 8:11, Colossians 2:9,and Acts 13: 34-37, we see that Paul doesn’t view Jesus’ Resurrected body any different to the disciples. Many go through these scriptures trying to work out what Paul means or doesn’t mean. One doesn’t have to do a theological study on Paul in order to understand the simplicity and reasonability of a physical resurrected body in terms of understanding dimensions.
  • · Irregardless of the form Jesus appeared to Paul in, this doesn’t explain why the tomb was empty. If the Resurrected body were only spiritual, then what happened to the physical body that was in the tomb?
  • · Jews of the time believed in the oneness of a person, the unity of body and spirit. The idea of resurrecting one part of the person (the spirit) and not the other part (the body) didn’t occur to them and wasn’t their theology.

Section 5

IS THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST THE RESULT OF LEGEND?

When asked by God to name whatever blessing he most desired, King Solomon asked only one thing: WISDOM to know how to best govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong. As a result, Israel experienced its greatest years in prosperity and glory. In one of his proverbs, King Solomon says

“In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.” (Proverbs 22:5)

Regarding the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, some critics claim that it originated as a legend. There are at least three legend theories they use in order to try and refute it.

These are 1) Embellishments, 2) A non historical literary style, and 3) Myths in other religions.

However a wise man makes a decision based on wisdom which means examining all sides of the spectrum of evidence and knowledge.

“Wise men store up knowledge”. (Prov. 10:14)

EMBELLISHMENTS- This theory states that Jesus’ disciples never claimed He rose from the dead. Rather as the story of Jesus and his teachings spread over time, they were embellished with supernatural details, changing the original message. The question is “Did the legend creep into Christian tradition before they were put into writing?

Consider:

  • · The Resurrection event has to do with the real experiences of the original apostles. If embellished details were added so that the ending of the story became the Resurrection of Jesus, then the original story told by the disciples would not have included Jesus’ Resurrection.
  • · Paul and James both historical figures came to Christ through personal experiences. Both their conversion experiences date very early. Both had been pious Jewish unbelievers. One was zealous to persecute Christians, and the other thought that Jesus was out of His mind and didn’t believe in Him. Mere legend wouldn’t explain their conversions. So here one must provide valid reasons for their conversions from unbelief which occurred after the Resurrection.
  • · What is the historical evidence that such embellishments were added?
  • · This theory doesn’t explain the empty tomb. If the Resurrection were only a legend, the tomb would be filled.

A NON-HISTORICAL LITERARY STYLE- This theory states that the disciples did not literally mean that Jesus rose from the dead but rather through the use of literary style invented a fable about His rising and assigned Him divine attributes in order to honor Him and communicate a deeper message.

Consider:

  • · Any literary style does not explain why Jesus’ tomb was empty. In order to explain Jesus empty tomb, an additional theory must be used.
  • · A fable would not have convinced Paul that Jesus rose from the dead. His hostility towards Jesus and Christians together with his own Jewish studies, he would have probably considered the Gospel to be a poor attempt to imitate the Jewish fables that later came to be known as Midrash. Paul as an educated man would surely have been familiar with non-historical genre. With all these credentials, a fable would not have convinced him to follow someone he himself considered to be a false Messiah who was cursed by God. He definitely would have feared such apostasy from true faith, for it would jeopardize his soul.
  • · If educated people in the 1st century knew about non-historical genre of literature, then they were also familiar with historical genre. The existence of non-historical literature at the time of the Gospels is not evidence that these authors were using that genre.
  • · The language used by the Apostle’s in the New Testament regarding the Resurrection event and the historical events that surrounded it, indicate that the accounts are meant to be understood as historical and not mythical. The use of names such as Pilate, King Herod, Caesar Augustus, Felix etc… support the historical authenticity of the New Testament as confirmed by other historical writers such as Josephus in their works.

THE RESURRECTION EVENT IS A VARIATION OF MYTHS IN OTHER RELIGIONS- This theory states that since miracles abound in other religions including stories of risen saviors such as Osiris, Adonis, Tammuz, Attis and Marduk, Then the questions raised are 1) What makes Jesus’ Resurrection more credible than these, 2) Did Christians copy or get inspiration from these pagan accounts, 3) Why believe the Christian account of the Resurrection while rejecting similar accounts in other religions?

Consider:

  • · The risen saviors of all other religions and mythologies were a shadow of the true Savior that was to come. Mankind throughout history has understood the need of a Savior. Thus one can say that these other resurrections were a cry out for the real thing that was to take place in human history. All mythologies are derived from the human imagination. The human imagination is derived from the facts of nature (e.g observance of plant and animal life-something such as a seed descends only to re-ascend).The facts of nature are derived from her maker God. This pattern of risen saviors exists in nature because it was there first in God. So through this observance and understanding of natural events, civilizations have applied it to form religions and mythologies. This mechanism of risen saviors is repeated in many cultures only under the guise of different names.
  • · All other religions/mythologies that have risen gods also have many other gods for other things (polytheistic). A god of wine, a god of fertility, etc…etc…etc… Yet the irony is that despite these other numerous gods, they all had the ability to reason that in addition to these many gods, some other god had to be a “ruler” over these other gods. Hence a Zeus or a Jupiter.
  • · The enactment of Jesus as a dying and risen savior took place among the very people (Israel) to whom and to whom alone the idea of a “dying God” was completely foreign.
  • · All other religions/mythologies leave us ignorant about a detailed genealogy or actual time of existence of its risen saviors. Only in Christ Jesus can we trace the lineage historically throughout Israel’s history, going all the way back to the first man, and whose death and year of death are proven historically.
  • · The first account of a dying and rising god that somewhat parallels the story of Jesus’ Resurrection appeared at least 100 years after the reports of Jesus’ resurrection. The earliest versions of the death and resurrection of Adonis appeared after 150 A.D. Accounts of Attis appear early in the 3rd century or later. Therefore one cannot accuse the disciples of molding their stories to fit a stereotyped form of pagan ‘divinization’, since there is no literature contemporary to the disciples indicating that this was a genre of that period.
  • · The accounts of ‘risen saviors’ in other religions/mythologies are conflicting and questionable. There are uncertainties regarding their life, death, resurrection. For e.g, the Egyptian cult of Osiris is the only account of a god who survived death that pre-dates Christianity. However there are several versions to this story.
  • · It is questionable that these ‘risen saviors’ were brought back to life on earth and seen by as many people as Jesus was.
  • · The ‘risen saviors’ in these other religions/mythologies are not even the heroes of the story, but someone else who restores these ‘saviors’ to life. For e.g Persephone restored Adonis to life, and Isis restored Osiris to life.
  • · One needs to understand the difference between mythology which comes from the human imagination and historical proven fact.
  • · Jesus prophesied that false christs and false prophets would come and deceive others, therefore competing resurrection claims in other religions should be expected.
  • · Claims of resurrections in other religions do not explain the evidence that exists for Jesus’ resurrection on a historical, archeological or spiritual level.

Section 6

SCIENCE AND THE RESURRECTION

When asked by God to name whatever blessing he most desired, King Solomon asked only one thing: WISDOM to know how to best govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong. As a result, Israel experienced its greatest years in prosperity and glory .In one of his proverbs, King Solomon says

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

Regarding the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, some skeptics believe that scientific research is the only way of achieving new knowledge and they assert that miracles like the Resurrection of Jesus Christ don’t pass the test of the scientific method.

Here is a list of the main objections that skeptics use in order to try and refute the Resurrection.

  • · Only what science can prove is true.
  • · Science proves that dead people don’t come back to life.
  • · Science can explain everything, so we don’t need God.
  • · If God exists, He cannot intervene in Natural laws.
  • · Science must assume a natural explanation for everything.
  • · Even if the miracle of the Resurrection occurred we would never know it was a miracle.
  • · Miracles occur in other religions so why only rely on Christian miracles?
  • · The probability of an event being an act of God is minimal.

We will look at each in turn.

a)Only what science can prove is true.

Consider:

  • · Science can only workwithin the limits of what can be observed and tested. Therefore science is limited. There are occurrences outside the scientific realm that science simply doesn’t know or cannot prove.

For e.g. Science cannot:

– Tell you how long you will live.

– The exact date you will die.

– What will be the cause of your death.

– Measure love with any equipment.

– Make you re-live a certain era in history such as the dinosaur era.

Therefore we see there are mysteries in life that science cannot solve. This is why they are called mysteries because they are unexplainable. One must therefore ask at whose mercy these mysteries in life are at?

  • · Just because something cannot be seen or observed in the natural, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. How can a scientist who claims that the supernatural doesn’t exist prove it? How does one prove the non-existence of something if it doesn’t exist in the first place?
  • · Scientists also make mistakes.
  • · History shows us that some things that were not so well understood in science in the past are better understood now. The same applies today. There are things not clearly understood today that will be better understood in the future. This clearly shows that science will always have the element of procrastination of absolute truth. How can one put their trust in this procrastination of truth and jeopardize their eternal destiny. For e.g. 100 years ago science hadn’t introduced computers. The absence or presence of those computers 100 years ago didn’t affect the eternal destiny of the people living at that time. Likewise today the absence or presence of advanced science won’t affect were you will spend eternity.
  • · To claim that truth is only found in what science can prove is self-refuting. It is unscientific to claim that science is the only way to know something, and no scientist can prove that only what science proves is true. So science fails its own test and is therefore illegitimate to require that God’s activity be proved in a test tube.
  • · To require a historical event like the Resurrection to be predictable or repeatable is just another way of saying that science is the only way to know something. As seen, this again is self refuting.
  • · Since science cannot always measure God’s activity, there is no reason why one cannot consider the non-supernatural evidence concerning the Resurrection.

One must ask questions like

– Did Jesus die?

– Was He seen alive after His death?

– Who saw Jesus after His death and are their reports credible?

– What other historical evidence exists regarding the Resurrection? Both secular and non-secular, Jewish and non-Jewish sources?

– Archeological evidence.

– Spiritual signs accompanying those who have turned to Jesus Christ.

A true scientist will examine all spheres of information.

b)Science proves that dead people don’t come back to life.

Consider:

  • · Science only shows that people don’t rise from the dead by natural means. This doesn’t apply to Jesus because the claim is that He didn’t come back to life naturally but that it was GOD who raised Him from the dead: Acts 5:30, 10:40, 13:30
  • · What about Resurrections from the dead that are occurring today, if you go online and type ‘people raised from the dead’ you will see some interesting sites where people have been raised from the dead ! Scientists, Psychologists and just normal people who didn’t believe in God died, or were taken to the afterlife, then came back to life !
  • · The Resurrection is not an isolated event. It occurred in a context that was interconnected religiously and historically making it significant and appropriate. The disciples, Paul (persecutor), James (skeptic), were all overwhelmed by the evidence. Therefore one must consider the possibility that God was at work.

This includes

Jesus’ claims to Divinity

His miraculous deeds

His predictions that He would rise from the dead.

The Messianic prophecies throughout Israel’s history.

c)Science can explain everything, so we don’t need God.

Skeptics say that “God” has been used as a way to fill in the gaps in current knowledge or to explain the things that a culture can’t understand. This is known as the God of the Gaps theory. For example before science could understand weather phenomena like lightning and thunder, these events may have been described as the audible and visible indication of God’s anger. But since science can explain more today than in the past, then there is a good chance that in the future science will explain everything, including Jesus’ Resurrection and there will be no more need to appeal to the God of the gaps theory.

Consider:

  • · The reality is that science cannot explain everything. See point a).
  • · This just shows that there is always the element of procrastination in absolute truth in science. Since no-one knows how long they have to live on this earth, wouldn’t it be foolish to wait around until science has come out of her procrastination. You will probably be dead by then anyway.
  • · Apart from the exceptions, most scientists don’t care about people’s eternal destinies. They just do their job. It foolish to put your eternal destiny in jeopardy by having it at the mercy of someone who is just doing their job.
  • · God of the gaps explanations of the past don’t weaken current arguments for God anymore than discarded scientific theories and medical beliefs weaken today’s science and medicine.
  • · The problem is that it attacks the origin of the view instead of the view itself which could still be correct. Just because science can explain more today about weather phenomena, this doesn’t mean that God still isn’t the source behind these phenomena. The role of good science is to understand how God’s creation functions.
  • · The irony is that it is the very things that we do know from medical science, science history, psychology etc… and then putting all this information together regarding the Resurrection, that precisely causes the truth about the Resurrection to be so compelling. It is these very factors from science that disprove any natural explanations of the event.
  • · Skeptics cannot make judgments when they themselves cannot provide adequate evidence upon which to make a decision.
  • · Even though science is very useful, it still procrastinates in revealing absolute truth. It is therefore unwise for anyone to put their complete trust only in science and in the process put their eternal destiny in jeopardy. The fact that science is always advancing, improving and even making mistakes shows that it is imperfect to start off with. How can one completely trust their life and destiny to the imperfect?

d)If God exists, He cannot intervene in Natural laws.

This is usually the position of deists (people who believe that God created the world then set it to run on natural laws, but then from that point on doesn’t interfere), and also the position of people who think that God is unable to overrule His laws. They believe that since God doesn’t intervene in history, then He didn’t perform Jesus’ Resurrection.

Consider:

  • · People who say this make the assumption that Natural laws are apart from God.
  • · One must ask who created Natural laws in the first place, and give proof of this. If God did and then can’t or chose not to intervene or overrule these laws, then he can’t be a powerful God who works miracles and then can’t be revered.
  • · What is the proof that God can’t intervene in natural Laws?
  • · If man can intervene, re-arrange or produce a new edition on something he has created, then how can one assume that God can’t do the same. For e.g. mankind can invent a piece of machinery that works on certain laws in order for it to function. However, simultaneously mankind isn’t subject only to the machine he created to get the job done. The job can still be done manually! So if man who is created in the image of God can find other ways to get something accomplished, why is it so hard to believe that God can’t do the same.
  • · If God who worked miraculously to create the world and the universe in the first place was able to make something out of nothing, then how much more possible, easy and certain would it be for Him to work further in an already existing creation.
  • · History shows us that God is above any law and can still fulfill His purposes without it. “It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath”. Romans 4: 13-14

e)Science must assume a naturalistic explanation for everything.

  • · Problem with this view is that it keeps scientific reasoning in control of the explanation to avoid the idea of Divinity superseding nature.
  • · Natural causes should be considered, but supernatural causes should also be considered when ALL natural theories fail and there is credible evidence in favor of Divine intervention. One has to seriously consider the problem with man’s presumption. Many times mankind is filled with too many textbooks, science and reasoning which result in wrong presumption, blinding them from considering simple and alternative reasons for something.
  • · The laws of nature are no match for an omniscient, omnipotent God who chooses to work by superseding those laws. The problem with the entire naturalistic mindset is that it misses the forest for the trees.
  • · Miracles of the past have left signs for science to prove that they did actually take place. For e.g. Egyptian chariot wheels having been found in the Red Sea, Noah’s Ark in the region of Ararat in Eastern Turkey. Therefore if God exists, we have very good reason to consider that there is a link between some events and a Divine cause.
  • · Many times when a believer in God presents their position about Jesus and the Resurrection, they are often criticized for being arrogant, gullible, having no proof etc….Our modern and technological scientific society won’t tolerate them. However when a person insists that all events must be interpreted naturally, then the irony is in its own intolerance, which isn’t scientific at all. So their hypocrisy is exposed by their own intolerance. The danger is in the rejection of the possibility of truth, because the starting assumption of this view is that no absolute truth exists except only that which can be explained naturalistically.

f)Even if a miracle occurred, we could never know it was a miracle.

  • · A historical event could never be labeled as a miracle without additional criteria. Jesus’ Resurrection gives us these pointers such as :

– The empty tomb

– He was known as a powerful miracle worker by both religious and secular, Jewish and non-Jewish sources.

– He claimed that how people responded to Him would determine where they would spend eternity.

– Messianic prophecies regarding His Resurrection years before it happened.

– His own claims that He would rise from the dead before it happened.

– The lives of people changed such as the disciples, and even those who didn’t want to believe in Him like Paul (persecutor) and James (skeptic).

– The religious and historical context of His claims to Divinity.

  • · How does one explain the unexplainable such as –The empty tomb, conversion of Paul and James.
  • · Never in history has there been such a unique orchestration and combination of events that have been devised by God Almighty in such an infinite and wise way that no allowance is left for refute by the inferior “wisdom” of mankind.

g) Miracles occur in other religions so why rely only on Christian miracles?

  • · God is not limited and can act supernaturally among unbelievers in order to draw them to Him. An example of this is seen in the healing of Naaman’s leprosy. However, scripture also tells us that there are those who have the ability to perform counterfeit wonders or counterfeit illusions designed to confuse people.
  • · Miracles in other religions tend to lack solid proof. Their questionable factuality as historical events cannot rule out the possibility that a real miracle with good evidence could occur.
  • · Miracle stories involving founders of other major world religions such as those of Buddha, appear centuries after the events they are said to record. The accounts of Jesus’ Resurrection are unique.
  • · Miracles of other religions can easily be dismissed when confronted with reasonable opposition. Opposing theories fail to answer the facts regarding Jesus’ Resurrection.

h)The probability of an event being an act of God is minimal.

This objection usually comes from people who don’t believe in the miraculous usually because of evidence against miracles from past experience, or because they themselves just don’t believe in miracles.

Consider:

  • · If God exists as described in the Scriptures, then there is no reason to reject the possibility of miracles as the explanation of events for which no natural explanation exists. Especially if science shows that.
  • · If we have limited experience in this world, then we will have limited knowledge, and our decisions will be made from this limited knowledge. The world has much to offer people, but many times people don’t want to fish in larger waters and see what’s there because this means coming out of comfort zones, or fear of facing the truth for this would demand a radical change in lifestyles they may not wish to surrender.
  • · There is justified proof that shows there is more to reality than the physical world we see everyday. Near death experiences reported by thousands of people worldwide are a major challenge to naturalism. Many of the reports from these experiences are so well documented that even naturalists have been forced to take them seriously, causing them to admit to life beyond the grave.
  • · There are atheist philosophers who have experienced near death experiences that they themselves couldn’t explain in natural terms.