The Ark of the Covenant was rediscovered through the leading of God. Ron Wyatt,
the archaeologist whom God had permitted to re-discover a number of significant
archaeological finds including Noah's ark, the Red Sea crossing site with its
encrusted chariot wheels, the real Mt. Sinai with its blackened top and altars.
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|"Ron Wyatt was in Jerusalem in
1978, after having been diving at the Red Sea inspecting a possible
site of the crossing by Moses at the Gulf of Aqaba, and was
preparing to return to the States, when he was approached by a
member of the Israeli Antiquities Authority who invited him to take
a walk in the Garden Tomb grounds. While walking through this area,
his arm pointed to a pile of trash next to an escarpment and these
words came out of his mouth, "There is Jeremiah's Grotto and the Ark
of the Covenant is in there." He hadn't even thought of those
words, but they came out through God's direction. The official with
Mr. Wyatt said that was wonderful to hear, and he would give Ron a
place to stay, and food to eat while working on the site. This was
puzzling to Ron because he had not even thought about the Ark, and
yet God spoke through him with those words. First, Ron had to
return to the states and begin research on the idea of the Ark even
being in that location."
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Ron returned home to the US, and began to research as to whether or not the
Ark could be in that area. He discovered that 2 Chronicles 35:3 is the last
reference to the Ark of the Covenant, verse 19 tells us that this was in the
year 621 BC, just 35 years before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by
Nebuchadnezzar. It says that the Ark was in the temple at that time. When the
Babylonian army besieged Jerusalem, they built a siege wall around the city, not
allowing anyone or anything in or out of the city.
Therefore, the Ark of the Covenant most probably remained within the Babylonian
siege wall. As it was not captured by Nebuchadnezzar and taken to Babylon, we
must assume that it was hidden underground. This matched perfectly with the area
that Ron had pointed to, it would have been within the Babylonian siege wall in
an underground chamber. Ron and his two sons dug several times at that site,
uncovering a wealth of information. They began by digging straight down, at the
base of a cliff face, a cliff face known to many as Golgotha. In the 1800's
General Gordon recognized that the site matched the biblical description of
Calvary, the site of the crucifixion of Christ. The Bible describes a tomb hewn
out of rock, in a garden nearby. It was the tomb of a rich man who donated it to
Jesus (Matt. 27:57-60). In the vicinity is just that, and the tomb has been
hurriedly extended, suggesting that the person that lay in it, was not the
person it was designed for.
Matt. 27:59, 60 "And when Joseph had taken the body, he
wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which
he had hewn out of the rock. and he rolled a large stone against the
door of the tomb, and departed." Notice in the photo above, the
arched radius to the left of the entrance. This follows the contour
of the 13 foot tall rolling stone ("...it was very large."
Mark 16:4) that sealed the tomb. It was probably cut out of the
face of the tomb. When the stone was in place to seal the tomb, it
covered a small window to the right of the entrance. When the stone
is rolled back, this opened the window allowing light to enter the
tomb. A large block was used to stop the stone from rolling further
to the right, in the downhill direction. Luke 23:53 also says the
tomb was hewn from stone, like this one.
"Make it as secure as you know how. So they went and made the tomb secure,
sealing the stone and setting the guard." Matt. 27:65,66 Close-up photo at
left is of an iron shaft driven into the rock. This would have prevented the stone from
being rolled backward.
200 yards east of the Garden Tomb is Skull Hill, or Golgotha - Place of the
Skull, or the Latin equivalent - Calvary. "And He, bearing His cross, went out
to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,
where they crucified Him." John 19:17,18. It was below this area that victims
were stoned to death, including perhaps Stephen, and approximately 100 yards to
our left is the area where the crucifixion took place. Today there is an Arab
bus station in front of Golgotha.
View from left side of skull shows a
definite nose profile and eye sockets
The first find that they uncovered were recesses cut into the cliff face, three
'bookshelf-like' cut outs. Ron's thought was that these could be the recesses
that held the signs that the Romans put above the cross of Christ. In Matthew
27:37, Mark 15:26 and Luke 23:38 the Bible says that the superscription was
written "over" Jesus, which fits with what Ron found. In the book of John, the
Bible says that, "a title," was "put on the cross". The Greek word for "on" is "EPI".
EPI can also be translated as "over" or "above". The translators in Matthew,
Mark and Luke decided to translate EPI as "over", because it would have not made
sense to say that a sign was put (EPI) on his head, but in John they translated
EPI to mean "on" because it would make sense to put a sign on the cross.
However, they could have translated EPI to say, "a title" was "put above/over
Further excavation revealed an altar stone protruding from the cliff face like a
shelf. Ron felt that perhaps this was the remains of a Christian altar,
suggesting that the early Christians knew that this was a place of significance.
The foundation to a first century building was also uncovered, which was
believed to be a church, again adding more significance to the site.
At last Ron uncovered the clinching evidence that convinced him this was the
site of the crucifixion. Four cross holes cut out of the rock, one higher up
than the rest on a platform and set back. The other three were in a line lower
down and in front. The upper cross hole would have held the 'featured' criminal,
and we know from the Biblical account that the two cross holes either side held
the two thieves when Christ was crucified. In this case, only three of the four
cross holes were used.
Standing next to the cut-outs where signs reading
"Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" were placed
at the time of Jesus' crucifixion. Bedrock is 30 feet
down where you would find the cross hole used
in Jesus' crucifixion.
Using ground penetrating radar Ron detected a large round
stone, thirteen feet in diameter and two feet wide. He tried to uncover it, but
it was buried underneath about twenty feet of earth. He considered the strong
possibility of it being a very large tombstone. Could it be the tombstone that
fitted the nearby tomb? Ron went back to the tomb in the garden to see if the
stone would fit. He measured the width of the channel that held the tombstone,
and what the diameter would have been. Amazingly, the channel was designed to
hold a stone with a width of two feet! And the diameter would have also fitted
the stone that he found - thirteen feet! The Bible does say that, " a great
stone" was rolled in front of Jesus' tomb.
Ron's attention was drawn to the cross hole that was higher than the others. If
this was the site of the crucifixion of Jesus, then this would undoubtedly be
His cross hole. A square-cut stone had been placed in the cross hole, acting as
a plug. It had finger grips on each side, and when Ron removed it he noticed a
large crack in the bedrock, extending from the cross hole. It looked to Ron like
an earthquake crack, and the Bible does say, in Matthew 27:51, "and the earth
did quake, and the rocks rent".
Ron kept digging, it became too dangerous to
continue digging down the cliff face. So Ron had to dig down at various angles.
He soon found himself within a cave system. He worked with a small Arab man who
would crawl in through the gaps that were too tiny for Ron to easily enter. The
conditions were damp, with plenty of dust and little oxygen. Sometimes Ron had
to squeeze himself through the smallest of holes. One day he asked the man to
crawl in through a tiny entrance to a cave, as usual. When he had done so, he
rushed out with terror in his eyes, screaming, "What's in there! What's in
there!" The man hurriedly exited the cave system and refused ever to return.
On January 6, 1982, Ron
entered the chamber that contained the Ark of the Covenant.
Excitedly, Ron extended the entrance to this chamber and crawled in. He found
himself crawling across rocks that were piled up almost to the roof. Growing
more and more tired, Ron began to move the rocks aside, in order to reveal what
was underneath. He uncovered some dry rotted wooden boards which when he moved
aside revealed animal skins. Something shiny was under the animal skins. Moving
them aside, Ron uncovered the Table of Shewbread - from the first temple!
Continuing to shift aside more rocks and wood, he then found a stone casing. The
lid had cracked and had been moved aside. Ron shone his flashlight down through
the crack and saw a chest of beaten gold. He knew he was looking at the Ark of
the Covenant. Overwhelmed with emotion and suffering from pneumonia Ron passed
out for 45 minutes in that chamber. It was January 6th 1982, when Ron made this
amazing discovery. He tried to photograph it with a Polaroid, but the photos
turned out foggy. He returned with a colonascope, but again the photos turned
Ron Wyatt in the Garden Tomb
grounds standing in the entrance
to the tunnel leading to the
Ark of the Covenant.
Inside tunnel system
this cave he also found the Table of Shewbread, the 7-branch candlestick, the
Golden Altar of Incense, and the Golden Censer which all still remain there
today. He brought out a very large sword, numerous oil lamps, a brass shekel
weight, a brass ring, an ephod, and an ivory pomegranate. Ron has returned to the cave on occasion,
and after his first visit the cave has been completely tidied up. Ron has been
told by an Angel that
the time is not yet for the world to see this discovery with their own eyes.
Any item Ron would find in the excavation he would turn over to the Israel
Antiquities Authority, which he did. Today in the Israel Museum Jerusalem, you
can see the ivory pomegranate Ron turned over to the IAA after bringing it out
of the tunnel system that led to the cave that houses the Ark of the Covenant.
It is said to be the only item ever found from Solomon's temple, in the first
temple period. It is a thumb-sized pomegranate believed to be used by the Temple
priests during one of their ceremonies. Around the shoulder of the pomegranate
is a carefully incised inscription in early Hebrew characters, part of which is
broken off, and reads: "qodes kohanim I-beyt [yahwe]h" or "Sacred donation for
the priests of (in) the House of [Yahwe]h." "House of Yahweh" most probably
refers to the Temple in Jerusalem.
This find is the most significant archaeological find in history. A
number of dictators, including Adolph Hitler and Mussolini, felt that possessing
the Ark would give them power over their enemies and aggressively sought for it.
Yet it should be emphasized that the Ark itself has no power except as God's
presence is dwelling there. The Israeli government after examining
artifacts brought from the chamber, has confirmed to its satisfaction that the
Ark has indeed been found. However, to its credit, the government has been very
careful with the release of information to prevent riots and the potential
destruction of the Dome of the Rock by Jewish extremists. Some examples of what
happened when people misused the ark discovery information.
1. A brash young intrusive tourist who called a press conference to
announce the find was found by the press corps dead from a gunshot to the
back of the head.
2. A doctor of archeology from the Israeli university, as he attempted to
enter the chamber became totally paralyzed in his back and legs. He spent
two weeks in the hospital and swore he'd never try to enter the chamber
3. When the Israeli government released some information about the find, a
riot ensued at the Dome of the Rock resulting in over 20 deaths.
The Israeli government, satisfied that the Ark has been found, has ordered
the chamber to be sealed. The entryway was covered with a steel plate and then
covered with 2 feet of rock and dirt. It awaits a better time for God to reveal
The time is coming when the inhabitants of the world will have a universal
law enforced on them (being unable to buy or sell, Rev. 13:17). Some
time after this law has been passed, God will allow the tables of stone (The 10
Commandments) and a good clear video of the Ark of the Covenant to be put on
public display. "It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy
law." Psalm 119:126.
Whilst in the chamber, Ron noticed a dried, black substance in an earthquake
crack in the roof, above the Ark of the Covenant. He noticed that this black
substance was also on the lid of the cracked stone casing. Obviously, this
substance had dripped from the crack in the roof, and provision had been made
for it to land on the Ark of the Covenant, as the stone lid had been cracked and
moved aside. Ron wondered what substance could be so sacred, that God made
provision for it to land on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. He
remembered the earthquake crack at the foot of the cross hole, and suddenly an
awesome realization as to what had happened came over him. Ron traced the
earthquake crack, and indeed it was the same crack as the one at the cross hole.
The dried black substance in the crack was tested and proved to be blood,
apparently the blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that when Jesus died there
was an earthquake and the rocks were rent (Matt. 27:51). A Roman soldier speared
Christ in His side in order to make sure He was dead, and blood and water poured
out (John 19:34). Ron discovered that this same blood and water poured down
through the earthquake crack and fell upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the
Covenant - thus ratifying both the Old and New Covenants by the blood of Jesus!
Ron scraped off some of this blood and had it laboratory analysed. Now human cells normally have 46 chromosomes. These are actually 23 pairs of
homologous chromosomes. In each pair of chromosomes, one of the pair is from the
mother and the other member is from the father. Therefore, 23 chromosomes come
from the mother and 23 from the father. In each set of 23, 22 chromosomes are autosomal and one is sex-determining. The sex-determining ones are the X
chromosome and the Y chromosome. Females are XX, so they can only contribute an
X chromosome to their offspring, whereas males are XY, which allows them to
contribute either an X or a Y. If they contribute an X, the child is female,
whereas if they contribute a Y, the child is male. The fascinating finding in
this blood was that instead of 46 chromosomes, there were only 24. There were 22
autosomal chromosomes, one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. This evidences
that the person to whom this blood belonged to had a mother but no human father,
because the normal contribution of paternal chromosomes is missing. 1John.5.8,
9: "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water,
and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men,
the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath
testified of his Son." What does Daniel 9:24 mean, when it says, "To anoint the
Most Holy."? The rest of the verse refers to events that occurred at the cross.
Did this also, then occur at Jesus' crucifixion? The Hebrew word for Most Holy
is, "qodesh haq-qodeshim". It is used several times in the Old Testament and
always refers to the Most Holy place, or furniture in the Most Holy place ie.
the Ark of the Covenant. This then must be a prophecy that Christ, on the cross,
will anoint the Ark of the Covenant, with His blood.
I personally don't believe Ron or anyone else could have thought up this whole
story. It is simply too fantastic. Have you ever read of anyone
theorizing this before Ron's discovery? I haven't. The reason is
that no one had thought of it. I urge you to watch this video and all of
the others, as they are the most important things you will ever see.
This is the most important information ever presented. Quite simply, the information presented in the video will blow your mind when you
understand what God has done. Please prayerfully consider the incredible
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