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.

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