QUOTES and COMMENTS on
the DISCOVERY of
the RED SEA CROSSING SITE
and the REAL MT SINAI
by Ron Wyatt
after my first trip to Turkey in 1977, when it became apparent that I
couldn't do much regarding the Ark, I was impressed to begin work on
the Red Sea crossing site. After the discoveries there, I knew
positively that Mt. Sinai was in Saudi Arabia. Being unable to get a
visa after almost four years, the only way to get there was to chance
entry without one. And while it cost my sons and I almost three months
in prison, we found Mt. Sinai. I took my information to others I knew
had the connections and ability to obtain legal entry. While we
originally agreed to visit the site together, they ended up making the
trip alone. However, it appears that with the map and details I
furnished them, they were able to photograph the site and bring the
photos back with them.
Now, in order that the glory and credit
go to the Lord, I feel it my duty to make it known that it was God who
led me there. Not my wisdom or the wisdom of others. If different men
made each discovery, Noah's Ark, the Red Sea crossing site with the
chariot parts, the real Mt. Sinai, and the Ark of the Covenant, people
could say they were just lucky or really did their research. But one
person could not find all these things without divine leading. It is
for this reason that I present the following quotes.
1) From TREASURES OF THE LOST RACES, by Rene Noorbergen, copyrighted in 1982, pp. 163 - 166.
theory on which Ron Wyatt was basing his exploratory trip into the
Middle East was founded on two very obvious points made by Flavius
Josephus and recorded in the Bible. Both mention that the Hebrew
children went south from Egypt, through the desert, ending at the shore
of the Red Sea in an area where 'the mountains were closed with the
sea.' That the Red Sea at that time extended, in name at least, as far
as Eilat at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba can be seen in I Kings 9:26,
where it states that 'King Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber,
which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of
Wyatt reasoned therefore that the Israelites had crossed
the Sinai from west to east and had finally reached an area on the
eastern coast (Gulf of Aqaba) where a mountain range met the sea.
According to the record, the Egyptians had taken over the mountain
peaks near the area to prevent the Hebrews from escaping. It also
mentions that after they had crossed the Red Sea, Moses took them to
'Mt. Sinai in order to offer sacrifices to God.'
examination of the eastern shore of the Sinai peninsula allows for only
one place where two million people and their flocks can be gathered. It
is the wide expanse of beach near Nuweba, the south end of which is
closed off by steep mountains! Nearby is a wide and wild mountain gorge
known as the Wadi Watir, an ancient dried-out riverbed that forms a
natural roadway into the Sinai desert. What's more, the traditional Mt.
Sinai is deep within the Sinai desert, while both the Bible and
Josephus indicate that Moses took the Hebrews to Mt. Sinai after they
crossed the Red Sea into what is now known as Arabia. Interestingly,
not far from the opposite shore is a mountain known as Jabel El Lawz, a
steep, forbidding peak. Is it perhaps possible that this is the Mt.
Sinai that Moses speaks of? There are many different theories regarding
the possible location of the real Mt. Sinai, and Ron Wyatt's location
wasn't all that farfetched. He held that the Israelites, after leaving
Egypt, went down the western side of the Sinai along the Gulf of Suez
and crossed the Sinai from west to east through its most rugged
mountainous section by travelling over the dried-out riverbeds that run
into each other. Their route, according to him, could well have gone
via the Wadi Feiran, connecting with the Wadi El Akhdar, which in turn
runs into the Wadi Salaqa, becomes the Wadi Zaranek, and eventually
meets the Gulf of Aqaba via the well-known Wadi Watir. The Wadi Watir
is the only wadi that ends at a wide beach-like expanse whose
southernmost end is cut off by steep mountains. An escaping horde of
people arriving at the Red Sea via the Wadi Watir had only two choices:
to be annihilated on the beach by the pursuing armies that could
enclose it from the north, while it was hemmed in by mountains on the
west and south; or to go forward into the water. There simply could
have been no other."
2) From THE CBS MORNING NEWS with Bill Kurtis and Diane Sawyer, Tuesday, April 17, 1984.
KURTIS: 'Three weary Americans came home Monday night; Ronald Wyatt and
his sons, Daniel and Ronald, Jr., at the end of an amateur archaeology
expedition that landed them in a Saudi Arabian jail. They entered Saudi
Arabia illegally, searching for the site of the Biblical Mt. Sinai.
Repeated requests for a legal visa were turned down, so the Wyatts
slipped across the Jordanian border, only to be arrested by Saudi
police as they were heading back. Now what followed was a hair-raising
75 days in custody.
Ronald Wyatt and his sons are with us in the studios of our Nashville affiliate, WTVF, to tell you all about it.
Gentlemen, good morning!
RONALD WYATT AND SONS: Good morning!
KURTIS: Uh, Mr. Wyatt, you there in the middle, your sons on either
side, why did you,... uh, I didn't know that Mt. Sinai was in Saudi
Arabian territory! Why did you think it was?
RONALD WYATT: We
found some chariot parts that looked like the chariots found in King
Tut's tomb in the Gulf of Aqaba, west of this Jabel El Lawz. Now, we
found these at depths from 60 feet out to 200 feet and over a stretch
of about a mile and a half. And we believe that was the crossing site,
so in the Biblical narrative, they arrived at Mt. Sinai after crossing
the Red Sea. The language in the Bible indicated that they stayed 'in'
a mountain; enclosed in a mountain. So, an aerial map showed that this
Jabel El Lawz had a large valley enclosed in the rim of an ancient
volcano. There's about 5,000 acres in there. We felt this was the
place. And, in Exodus 24:4 and Leviticus 6:28, 11:33 and 15:12, it
tells of some artifacts that were to be found. There would be twelve
pillars of stone and an altar and some pottery, and so this is why we
looked at that particular mountain.
3) Direct quote from DAVID FASOLD regarding his accompaniment with Ron on the April, 1985 visit to Saudi Arabia, July 16, 1989.
April 2, 3 and 4 of 1985, an archaeological survey was conducted by Mr.
Ronald Wyatt of Madison, Tennessee, at Jabel El Lawz, Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia. The molecular survey, leading to points of interest, was
carried out by Mr. David Fasold of Port Salerno, Florida, who
accompanied Mr. Wyatt and Samran AI-Moteiri, a prominent citizen of
Tabuk, who had gained permission to conduct the survey. The purpose of
the investigation was that Mr. Wyatt's premise that the mountain, Jabel
El Lawz, represented the true Mt. Sinai in the land of Midian, which
is, of course, in northern Arabia, and not in the Sinai Peninsula.
site is located some 144 kilometers by road from Tabuk towards Hagl.
When soon after crossing a bridge, a dry wadi is followed west for a
distance of 48.7 kilometers.
Upon questioning a bedouin in the
area if this was indeed Jabel El Lawz, Ibrahim Salem Frich responded
with "nahm, Jabel Musa henna!", which means "yes, the mountain of Moses
is here! "
The bedouin showed us the remains of a temple that,
during the reign of Sulyimin, the Turkish "Sulyimin, the great", had
been stripped of cut stone for building material for a mosque in Hagl.
I would have liked to have seen this mosque to ascertain how many
blocks were removed from the site, but time did not permit.
rectangular blocks, 16 1/2" by 8 1/4", varying in length from 26 1/4"
to 39", were scattered at the site below a raised platform, and 10
pillar sections are visible, varying in height from 10" to 26" with a
22 3/4" diameter. The temple platform represents 1/4 of a circle
leading from a set of three pools joined to a large rock best described
as the size of an "up-ended" car, which carries slightly incised,
esoteric symbols. This site nestles between two mountains.
to the wadi, the molecular survey uncovered a line of 12 circles of
stone with an outside diameter of 18 feet, consisting of three rows of
stones in thickness. It would appear to this writer that the
construction was not a "shaft grave" or walls for wells, but the
remains of standing towers. The 12 were spaced five feet apart from one
another in a straight line bearing 193 degrees magnetic. The elevation
at this site is 4,050 feet, some 20 feet above the wadi, 70 feet below
the temple remains and less than 1/8 of a mile distance from the
temple; from tower number four, Jabel El Lawz bearing 216 degrees and
the other mountain at 270 degrees.
Directly across the wadi, a
survey line was followed to a low grouping of stones that were covered
with petroglyphs in the following manner: an area of the stone was
washed with a substance that was absorbed by the rock about 1/8 of an
inch; a pointed tool was then employed that, when struck against the
blackened rock to a depth of 1/4 of an inch, left a white mark. The
artist thus portrayed images of Hathor and Apis, the Egyptian sacred
cows, in dotted outline with their markings, in several cases, six
When shown to an archaeologist sent from Riyad
University to verify the site, Wyatt was congratulated on the discovery
and the area promptly closed. All photographs were confiscated.
visits to the site in the spring of 1988 by Larry Williams, an explorer
from Rancho Santa Fe, California, verified by photograph that the
petroglyph site was now enclosed by a 12 foot, chain link fence and
barbed wire, with a large blue and white 4 foot by 8 foot sign in the
Arabic and English that it was a protected site of historical
importance. Two other sites, the temple and the towers, are protected
by the same type fence, encircling two entire mountains.
This writer feels that the cost involved in the fencing alone shows that the Saudis are taking this site very seriously.
writer feels there are numerous problems with identifying the site as
the "Mountain of Moses", as well as the traditional site on the
peninsula. But until further examination, it remains a mystery.
the 12 towers in connection with what is undoubtedly petroglyphs of
Egyptian origin in the land of Midian should raise interest. I can
assure you that this was Wyatt's first trip to the site, but not his
first attempt. I can personally verify that the discoveries were made
in accordance with the theory formulated by Wyatt that the Exodus route
from the Egyptians crossed the eastern arm of the Red Sea, into Midian
and returning to Mt. Horeb - Jabel El Lawz.
From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, "Larry Williams Hit Contest Home Run But
His Clients Could Still Strike Out" by John R. Dorfman, May 1989.
the case of Larry R. Williams, a swing-for-the-fences commodity trader.
In a 1987 contest, he parlayed a $10,000 stake into more that $1
"He had twice won the Republican nomination for a U.S.
Senate seat from Montana, though he lost the general elections and
later moved to California. He recently made an expedition to Saudi
Arabia, where, he claims, he and his colleagues found the true site of
the Biblical Mount Sinai."
COMMENT: I called Larry when I heard
they had made the trip, and he informed me that the photos had been
turned over to Harvard University for study. That is all he told me.
5) From HIGH FLIGHT FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER, Headed by Jim Irwin "Report by Bob Cornuke on Noah's Ark and Mt. Sinai", July 1988
news! We strongly feel that the real Mt. Sinai has been discovered.
Since February, we have been searching in Egypt and Saudi Arabia in an
attempt to find the real Mt. Sinai, currently believed to be in Egypt.
The Bible, however, is quite clear that Mt. Sinai is in Arabia
(Galatians 4:25). We have found an underwater land bridge in the Red
Sea in the area of the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. This land bridge was
photographed and found to be a perfect underwater bridge to Arabia.
Williams and I have taken two trips to Saudi Arabia and traveled to
Jabel Al Lawz. This mountain is believed by some Biblical scholars to
possibly be the real Mt. Sinai. Jabel Al Lawz is an 8,000 ft. mountain
with a huge valley at its base. In this valley we found an ancient
altar with petroglyphs of the Egyptian bull god, Hathor, inscribed in
the rocks. We feel this is the altar where Aaron made the Golden Calf.
There were also very strong readings of the mineral gold registered at
THE LIVING WORD
arrived at the conclusion that the Bible was exactly what It claimed to
be, the Word of the Living God, I put the God of that Word to the test.
This is what He invites you and I to do. A careful reading of the book
of Acts quickly convinced me of the undeniable fact that the early
believers had a working relationship with their God and were used of
Him in a startling manner to win lost souls to Him. The tragic truth is
that I have lived among professed Christians most of my life and have
seen none of the evidences of the love and power of God demonstrated in
and through them. What I have seen on television, in the pulpit and in
the dealings of professed Christians, is towering human pride,
selfishness, a publicly professed hatred of sinners and a private love
and participation in the very sins they so vehemently denounce
publicly. Rare indeed is an encounter with anyone whose actions reveal
anything more than a pretended religion. Converts are sought for no
other purpose than to bring praise to the evangelist and add money to
the coffers of the churches.
Little or none of these monies are
used to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide shelter for the
homeless and care for the sick and dying. Instead these monies are used
to build magnificent buildings and to support a lifestyle among the
"merchandisers of the Grace of God" that is totally different from that
of our "example who had not where to lay His head." Reader, these
people are not God's representatives in a sin-sick world that is
teetering on the very brink of destruction! You must look to where
there are those who have humility and fear (respect) of God and a deep
abiding love for those for whom Christ died; I speak not of the
"multi-national organizations" who ask for money over the television
and skim 98% of the donations to feed, clothe and care for the sick and
needy, for "administrative costs."
In the day of judgment God
will say, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one
of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." Matthew
25:40. To the pretenders through whom Satan performed his "signs and
lying wonders" God says, ''Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it
not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." Matthew 25:45.
"I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew
7:23. God further says, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the
Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27. Friend, if
this is not your lifestyle, your eternal life and those for whom you
should be laboring are in deadly peril.
If these are strong
words to your ears, if you feel discomfort as you read them, this is a
good sign. We are created by a magnificent God who gave us the ability
not only to choose, but the ability to know the truth when we hear it.
The world has lost sight of many of the great truths, but to those who
thirst for them, He will not disappoint you.
And many times we
may not recognize the truth for it is not what we were looking for. We
have preconceived notions as to what we need to know and want to hear.
Consider the disciples; they were able to go forth into a world set on
their destruction and preach the gospel with profound effect and
determination. They had unfaltering faith because of their living,
breathing experience with the Lord. They came and followed Him; they
listened as he preached; they recognized the truth, and they believed.
Then, when all appeared lost, when their precious master hung on a
cross as a common criminal instead of reigning from His earthly throne
over His earthly kingdom, they felt their very hearts torn from them.
Yet, when it seemed as though darkness would prevail, Christ arose from
the dead and came to them, a living testimony to our promise of
salvation and victory over death. God alone, in His wisdom, knew
exactly how to bring about the kind of conviction within the disciples
needed to carry the gospel to the world.
I also have experienced
God and cannot tread lightly in presenting the message that must be
heard. In my studies I've noted more and more that scholars are
promoting the belief that there wasn't a true exodus. One writer stated
that he believed it had to be a slow migration over a period of many
years for there wasn't any evidence of millions of people journeying
through the stated path. Egyptologists flatly state that there is no
evidence of Moses in Egyptian history, and therefore he was just a
Hebrew folk-hero. Imagine their faces when they discover the positive
evidences of not only who Moses was in Egyptian history but who his
adoptive mother was, who the pharaoh was that died in the Red Sea and
who was the first-born son of pharaoh that died in the plagues! Note
Jeremiah 16:14: "Therefore, behold the days come, saith the Lord, that
it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children
of Israel out of the land of Egypt." As far as I can ascertain, our
present age is the first time this disbelief has existed. Even the
Moslems devoutly believe in Moses.
But there is no doubt that it
all happened exactly as the Lord preserved it in the Holy Scriptures. I
can assure you, for in 1978 I saw with my own eyes the chariot wheels
on the sea floor, some overlaid with gold, some iron, some still
attached to the axles, and in 1984 I saw Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia,
with the altar, 12 pillars. and everything written of in Exodus 24:4
and more. My sons and I spent 75 days in prison there after we were
reported to the Saudi Arabian Embassy as being Israeli spies by someone
I had trusted and confided in. Our release and return home was
televised on the CBS Morning News, and we told the country of our
discovery. No one said they didn't believe us, but if they had, would
they have just smiled and gone on to the next news story? It would have
been very easy to be discouraged at that point in my life. Prison is
never pleasant, especially when your two sons are with you and you
realize that you may be there a very long time. But when we were
released and our captors told us the name of the person who had
reported us to be spies, it was a disillusionment in my fellow man that
brought perhaps my deepest personal awareness of how vile Satan really
is. It also was another living experience of the power of God. When
things looked their bleakest and we had almost given up hope, we were
set free. And it was also perhaps my greatest test, for as Christ had
loved and died for every sinner, even those who condemned and crucified
Him, I was commanded to love even this man. Only through God's love and
might are we able to love those who persecute us.
behold, I will this once cause them to know Mine Hand and My might and
they shall know that My name is the Lord." Jeremiah 16:21.
is about to open everyone's eyes. "The Lord is not slack concerning His
promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance." 2 Peter 3:9. When it is His time, and not a minute sooner,
things will be revealed to you that will cause you to know that the
events of the Bible happened exactly as God spoke it through His
divinely inspired writers.
We need only to look around us to
know that Satan is intensely aroused against the Word of God. He knows
the scriptures well and therefore knows what lies ahead for him and his
fallen angels. He is going to wage great warfare on any light we
receive and we must each be aware. Many may preach things that "sound
right" or "make a lot of sense", but check it out for yourself in the
Word of God! "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25. Cling to His promise -
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him." James 1:5.
following experiences are highlights of my personal relationship with
our wonderful and caring Lord. Before God, who cannot lie and to whom
lying lips are an abomination, I present these experiences to you as
real and the substance of my deep love and humble gratitude to Him, who
with His son "freely gives us all things." Romans 8:32, and who "is
able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,..."
As I became aware of the reality of God, I
prayed that if it was not asking too much, He would allow me to have a
dream in which I could see the earth restored or perhaps even heaven.
Several years later, after I had prayed for this three or four times
and had become convinced it wasn't His will, I had a vivid,
"technicolor" dream; I was floating noiselessly through the air above a
body of crystal clear water. The water appeared to be "alive" with
multicolored and variously shaped fish and other creatures. Then, I
looked up and all around and saw mounds of grass and flower-covered
earth protruding from the water. On each of the mounds grew a massive
tree whose amazingly long, low branches spread out in all directions
and touched the tips of identical branches extending from similar trees
on the numerous other mounds. The leaves and branches seemed alive with
breathtakingly colored birds and butterflies. After awhile, I became
aware of the silence, the absence of any "motor" noise, and suddenly
wondered what was propelling me up and over the water. Looking up, down
and all around, I saw that I was simply floating through the air. I
then looked ahead and saw that the water ended in a profusion of
breathtaking flowering vegetation that included lilies, cattails and
many others unfamiliar to me. Beyond these, a luxurious, multicolored
valley with predominantly green and yellow vegetation swept away from
me and upward to dark green hued mountains. I awoke immediately thanked
our Heavenly Father for His kindness in answering a sinner's prayer.
time after this first dream and well into the hectic events involving
Noah's Ark, the Red Sea crossing, how Joseph built the Step Pyramid for
the pharaoh of the seven year famine, the site of the real Mt. Sinai,
and several seasons of excavation that led to the discovery of the Ark
of the Covenant and several other startling evidences of the
crucifixion site, I was struck with a deep depression. Being aware of
how God had miraculously helped me locate the remains of evidences and
artifacts from every major event of the Bible, I was struck with the
impossibility of my being able to handle the complicated business of
getting the facts out to the people along with the significance of each
discovery in the end times of earth's history. In a state of abject
discouragement, I fell asleep and again, dreamed.
In this dream,
I was in some unknown location high upon a ledge or something where it
was possible to look out and see the entire world with its cities, seas
and people. The people were scurrying about like millions of ants on an
anthill. For some reason, I looked about for a means to get to the
highest point from which I might shout and hopefully get some of their
attention. To my left and high up on the side of a nearly sheer cliff
face was a narrow ledge. Without hesitation, I decided to attempt to
climb it. The loose stones and rocks under my feet began to slip and
slide as I climbed. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally
reached the ledge, pulled myself up carefully and turned around. I
shouted "JESUS IS COMING!" The loudness and intonation sounded exactly
right to me. Suddenly, everyone stopped scurrying about and stood
looking right at me! Then, gradually the frenzied activity began again,
and the greater part of the people passed from my view. All that was
left were a few small groups and individuals who continued to stand and
watch. The dream ended, and upon awaking I realized that God adds
whatever is necessary to our own feeble efforts to accomplish His
purpose. I also was deeply impressed with the reality that while God's
last message would be heard and understood by all, only a relative few
would "love" the truth; "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved." II Thessalonians 2:10. The majority would
"love and believe lies" and therefore be lost.
''And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." Luke 17:26.
was my custom, in the early hours of December 22, 1980, I asked God for
the privilege of witnessing to someone whom He knew to be ready to be
witnessed to. I prayed that He would have me to say exactly what they
needed to hear. I further prayed for the privilege of helping someone
that was in real need. I have discovered that I am mostly unable to
distinguish between those who are truly needy and those who are
"professional beggars." After this prayer, I was strongly impressed to
drive to Columbia, Kentucky, a town that was a good two and one half
hours drive in good weather. However, the night before, a blizzard had
hit Nashville, Tennessee, where I lived, and every road in and out of
town was closed. I was on duty at Donelson Hospital for "in- house"
O.B. anesthesia administration and wasn't too sure if my relief would
be able to make it in. I silently prayed that when I called the state
police office to check on the roads, if they said all the roads were
closed, I wouldn't go. I called. Their reply was "unless it is a life
or death situation, stay off the roads." I knew without hesitation that
I was to go. Not knowing what I was to do or who it would be for, I
brought along three copies of a book I found to be a marvelous
presentation of the plan of salvation, and my small, marked Bible and
I only saw four cars along the approximately 120 miles.
Two of these were stopped in the middle of the road; one was a motorist
with a wheel broken from his car and the other was a highway patrolman
helping this motorist. My 1976 Dodge Maxi Van had chronic fan belt
problems with a great deal of overheating problems. After several long
hours of miserable driving, I arrived in Columbia. The slippery road
conditions convinced me of my need for a set of studded snow tires on
the back of of the van, so I pulled into the Columbia Tire Shop, bought
a set and had them mounted. Still not having any idea who I was to
witness to, I struck up a conversation with the owner of the shop. We
discussed world events and some religious subjects, but the encounter
didn't seem to warrant such a difficult trip through ice and snow. So,
just in case this was why I had been sent here, I gave him one of the
copies of the books, "The Story of Redemption", I had brought. He
thanked me for the book, I paid for the tires and left. What now? Where
was I to go? I decided that a cup of hot coffee would feel mighty good
right then, so I pulled into a restaurant. I chatted with the waitress.
Again the topics were world events and a little on religious subjects,
but I doubted this was the encounter God had lined up; I gave her a
copy of the book just in case. It began to get dark, and the return
trip to Nashville began to weigh heavily on my mind. I believed the
purpose of my trip hadn't been accomplished, but with the long, cold
trip ahead and the absence of a single clue as to my mission, I decided
to finish my coffee and be on my way.
I paid my tab and got in
my van. The parking lot tilted toward the street, and I figured it
would be easy to get out of the snow there. It started o.k., but as I
attempted to back out, the tires spun and slipped to the side. It
wouldn't budge. I got out to see what the problem was. After living in
Michigan for many years, I usually had no problem getting myself or
others around in the snow and getting "stuck" vehicles out of ditches.
As I carefully examined the van, I knew there was no earthly reason for
the van to be stuck. After spending about 30 minutes trying to get out,
I gave up and went in for some soup and coffee to warm me up.
Embarrassed, I sat down and ordered. People came over and offered to
help me, but in my humiliation I said "thanks" and just sat a while and
ate. Secretly, deep down inside, down where we all live, I began to
resent the whole day's business, especially the humiliation of not
being able to get in the van and drive out like the few others who came
and went while I sat. For forty-five minutes I sat there, my resentment
secretly smoldering, when I received a very strong impression to get in
the van and go home. I felt a twinge of guilt over my attitude, but not
knowing what else to do, I went to the van, started the engine and
backed out into the street as if nothing had ever happened! I headed in
the direction of the interstate that would take me home.
drove carefully along the west-bound lane of the toll road, my
conscience began to trouble me more. There wasn't anything I could do
except go back and try again, however it would have been illegal to
drive back to the exit on the wrong side of the highway, and the next
exit was 22 miles west. I began to pray that God would forgive me for
my willfulness and please not let someone go without what He had wanted
me to do just because I was a jerk. Suddenly, from the median of the
toll road staggered a dark form, falling and struggling to get to the
side I was travelling on. Slowing down to see if it was a hurt animal,
I realized it was a person! With a feeble wave of one arm, he signalled
me to stop.
Unable to stop quickly on the snow and ice, I had to
slowly back up to where he was. I swung open the passenger door and
told him to get in. He was badly frozen; his hands and arms were blue
up to where they disappeared into the sleeves of his lightweight coat.
The point of his chin, his eyebrows, the tips of his ears and nose were
white, indicating near frostbite. As I helped him climb into the van, I
asked him what he was doing out there without a car. His speech
slurred; I at first thought him to be drunk, but I remembered that
extreme cold thickens the tongue and slurs the speech. He slowly raised
his arm and pointed to the median; he had a car was what he was trying
to say. Jumping out of the van, I crossed to where he had pointed and
sure enough, buried deep in the snow, sat a red compact car. I returned
to the van and told him I'd take him to the next exit and he could get
a wrecker to tow it out. I could tell this distressed him.
mister, help me get it out; it's three days until Christmas, and
twenty-three dollars is every penny I have in this world! I need it for
my wife and children's Christmas."
"There's no way we can get it out of there," I told him. "And I don't have a chain or shovel."
"Would you please just try?" he pleaded.
had a chain in the trunk of his car and thought maybe I could pull him
out with it. Totally forgotten was the reason for my trip and the guilt
at my apparent failure. Still uncomfortably cold from the day's
activities, I waded through the snow to where his car was all but
buried. Clearing the snow from the top and sides, I opened the trunk
and retrieved the chain. Digging the snow from beneath the back of the
car, I securely fastened the chain around the back axle and stretched
the free end to the edge of the road. It just barely reached to where I
could secure it to the trailer hitch on the van after maneuvering it to
that edge of the road. This accomplished, I silently prayed, "Father,
if you want this car out of the snow, You are going to have to do it. I
At that exact moment, down the east lane of the
road, which had been entirely free of traffic during my trip, appeared
the headlights of two cars.
"Where did they come from?", the man
echoed my surprise. Maybe we had been too busy to notice, but we both
thought it strange, for the headlights of two cars are not easy to miss
in the dark of a snow-covered landscape such as this.
cars slowed to a stop; there was no need for them to pull over to the
side as there was no traffic. Four husky young men got out of each car.
"Can we help you?" one of them asked in a friendly tone.
"Yes; please!" we both resounded.
were no women, no children or older men in either car; just the eight
young men. Strange, I thought, but we couldn't ask for better help. The
men waded to the car, placed their hands upon it and signalled for me
to pull with the van. Within seconds, the car was up on the road.
"A piece of cake," someone said.
"Thank you, thank you.." we both said.
are welcome," we heard as the young men headed back to their cars,
brushed the snow from their clothing and got in. They drove off to the
east and, puzzled about missing their approach, I watched them leave.
As they approached a dip in the highway, the cars slowly disappeared
from sight. However, they never arose from that dip! There was no exit
for at least two miles, and they hadn't turned around; they had simply
vanished into-thin air! I remembered Psalms 34:7 as I silently thanked
our Father, "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear
Him, and delivereth them."
I cleared the snow from his engine,
especially from around the spark plugs and ignition wires. I got in,
and it started easily. After a short test drive, I left the motor
running, got out and climbed into the van where the man was sitting. I
told him it was ready and I would follow him to the next exit.
"My hands won't work. Do you mind if I warm up a little while longer?"
course," I replied. To save his gas, I got out and turned off his car,
returned to the van and commented on what good fortune we had had.
"Do you believe in God, mister?" he asked me with almost pleading eyes.
an hour later, we had reviewed all the Bible texts on all his
questions. I read to him with my fingers moving along the text so he
could read along also. Finally, he briskly wiggled his fingers and said
he was ready to go.
"Would you mind if I say a little prayer for you before you go?" I asked.
"Please,... please do." he said.
prayed for him and his family and thanked God for helping us get his
car out. When I opened my eyes, he was crying. With tears rolling down
his face, he told me this was the best Christmas of his entire life. He
explained how he drove the toll road every weekend to and from his work
and how today as he returned home he had been driving along wondering
if there was anything to God, religion and the Bible. Then, without
warning, his car had just swerved into the snowbank down inside the
median. After two hours of waiting, no one had come along, and he had
finally decided he was going to die right there in the snow. He told me
how he prayed that if God was real, that He please take care of his
family. Now, he knew for certain; God was real!
He asked me how
he could explain all of this to his family, and I gave him my last copy
of "The Story of Redemption." Suddenly, I realized what this trip had
been all about.
Another time when I prayed the witnessing prayer
was as I was returning from a weekend of continuing education classes
in Williamsburg, Virginia. Driving along Interstate 81/VA and enjoying
the beautiful scenery, I suddenly noticed my fuel gauge sitting on
empty. I decided to pull into the right hand lane and get off at the
next exit to "gas up". I passed a sign that said "Next Exit - 3 Miles".
After I moved into the right lane, I found there were three cars ahead
of me, all travelling about 45 miles per hour, so I decided I had
plenty of time to pass them and still get back into the right hand lane
to exit. When I pulled out to pass, the middle of the three cars pulled
out in front of me and sped up even with the first car and held that
position. Then, the third car pulled up even with me. I wouldn't have
believed it was possible for a driver, who wanted to exit an interstate
with two miles to maneuver before the exit, to get boxed in where it
was impossible for him to make his exit without risking an accident.
But I know first hand, now it is.
As we crept past the exit, I
breathed a prayer that the Lord would keep me from running out of fuel
before the next exit, which was 11 miles ahead. Anxiously, I watched
the gauge and soon found myself pulling into a gas station on the next
exit. After I filled up with gas, I noticed a Kroger store a few blocks
away and decided to pick up some "Little Debbie" snacks and a soft
drink so I wouldn't have to stop again for lunch. En route to the
store, I noticed a "used book and clothing" store just opposite one of
the entrances. I felt a strong impression to go in. However, the last
thing in the world I needed was more used books or clothing, so I
headed to Kroger and got my snacks. As I left though, I again felt a
very strong impression to go in.
As I walked in and looked
around, I saw a G.E.D. study guide that would be useful the next time
someone asked for help with their G.E.D. test. Then I saw a blue jean
jacket that looked like it would fit one of my kids. The place had been
quite busy when I entered it, but as I went to check out, I noticed it
had emptied. I assumed that the store manager was who I was to witness
to as he and a lady, whom I later learned was his wife, were the sole
occupants in the store.
Not knowing how to start any meaningful
conversation, I looked about for something to start talking about. As I
paid for my items, my eye fell upon a nice collection of arrowheads in
the glass case beneath the cash register.
Three hours later, I
had shown him, his wife and young son, who later arrived from school,
how Joseph had built the first pyramid, answered many questions they
had about religion and was asking if it would be alright if I said a
little prayer with them before I left. I prayed a simple, direct prayer
for their health, happiness and especially for their salvation. Opening
my eyes, I saw tears streaming down all three of their faces. The
husband and father, in a trembling voice, explained how he had been in
church all of his life, was an elder and greeted members at the door of
his church, but until that day he hadn't really known that God and His
salvation was a reality.
The joy of going on God's errands is
addicting. If I have not experienced a "divine encounter" for more than
a week, I go into a state of depression and prayerfully seek out what
has made me useless to God and His work. He, in mercy, always makes me
aware of the problem, helps me straighten it out and puts me back to
work. Friends, don't settle for a pretended relationship with God! You
can and must find the real thing!
One last experience I want to
share. In August of 1978, my two sons and I had the thrill of a
lifetime. After a brief research on the site at which the ancient
Egyptian army drowned while pursuing Moses and the Habiru (slaves), we
decided to go to Egypt and check it out. We found the site, and after a
crash course in scuba diving, right before we left home we were able to
photograph the remains of three chariots on the sea floor. We then
hurried home, gathered some equipment that would enable us to bring
some of these artifacts to the surface and went to Giza. There we met
with and explained to Mr. Nassef Mohamed Hassan, the Director of
Antiquities for the Giza/Saqqara District and who later became the
Director of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities, how the pyramids
were built and gave him a short paper with diagrams for the machines
and methods. We left, Mr. Hassan happily studying our paper, and us,
with our permission to retrieve some artifacts to bring to him for
We headed back to the site and began diving. While I
was swimming underwater at about a 30 foot depth, marking possible
candidates for retrieval from among several skeletal and chariot
remains, I got severely sunburned! I, foolishly, didn't realize this
could happen, and my feet swelled to the point that I couldn't get into
my diving equipment. We were devastated. There was nothing for us to do
except travel to Jerusalem and wait for our A.P.E.X. flight home, nurse
my burns and possibly return to Egypt and finish the project.
in Jerusalem, we settled into a very uncomfortable but very cheap youth
hostel. We did some sight-seeing, read a lot and in general had a
miserable time. One day, I decided to visit the Garden Tomb. That was
to be a place and experience never to be forgotten.
shop, I visited with the people who ran it and shared the discovery of
Noah's Ark, how Joseph built the pyramids and showed them the
photographs of the chariot parts from the Red Sea crossing site. They
in turn asked me to stay during the two and a half hour closing time
from 12:00 noon until 2:30 p.m. and look the Garden Tomb area over for
possible archaeological remains. Returning to the hostel, I told my
boys of my plans, and they decided to stay there and read. So, I
returned to the Garden Tomb.
While looking through the gift shop
for some books, I noticed a red haired man that looked like he had
helped hang his last friend. I spoke to him cheerfully, discovered him
to be an American, chatted briefly, wished him a good day and walked
into the garden area that was to close very shortly. I was examining a
site where some ancient coins had been found when I became aware that
someone was standing behind me. Turning around, I saw the red haired
gentleman. He inquired as to what I was doing. After a brief
explanation, he said, "You are a scientist; do you believe in God and
the Bible?" Two and a half hours later, after answering his questions
and showing him the answers in the Bible, I asked him if I could pray
with him. He said, "yes," and when I opened my eyes, tears were just
streaming down his face.
"God sent you to me," he said. He
explained how he was a pastor and had been deeply and persistently
impressed to come to Jerusalem and convert the Jews. He'd prayed for
signs and gotten positive ones. He went on to explain that he had
gotten the promise of the assistant pastorship at the only Baptist
Church in Jerusalem but lost it when the previous one decided to stay
at the last minute, after he and his family had sold their home and
belongings and already arrived in Jerusalem. He told me how he had
looked for work everywhere but could find none; how he'd borrowed money
to send his family home. Just that morning, he'd gone to Haifa to ship
their few personal belongings home and taken the bus back to Jerusalem.
When he arrived back here, he said he'd felt a strong impression, which
he was now inclined to ignore since his previous impressions had
resulted in his situation, but nonetheless, he decided to walk the 42
blocks and had just arrived when I saw him in the gift shop. He'd asked
the kind folks there if he could be allowed to stay there during the
two and a half hour "closed" period, and they said o.k. Now, as the
tears were still streaming, he said that now, for the first time in all
his years as a minister, he had a saving message to preach.
in my disappointment at not being able to retrieve the chariot parts,
asked him, "Why, since you are from Little Rock and I'm from Nashville,
couldn't we have met maybe in Memphis or at least somewhere closer to
"If you had known me before this experience, you would
not have asked that question. I knew everything and wouldn't have
listened to you or anyone else," was his reply.
Then, I shared
with him my reason for being in the Middle East and my keen
disappointment at not being able to complete what I had set out to do
at the Red Sea. He then, assuming his role as a pastor and new friend,
assured me that God had better plans than we had and would bring them
about in good time. And if we were "teachable", he would use us. The
Spirit moved greatly within the both of us, and at this, we both went
our separate ways of service, rejoicing in our loving God.
we experience the "divine encounters", we can be sure that those we
witness to will ultimately be saved and, in most cases, become
effective witnesses themselves, the thief on the cross being one of the
few exceptions to this. But this is only possible if we allow God to
use us in His work.
The unspeakable joy of knowing with
certainty that you are where God wants you to be, doing exactly what He
wants you to do, can be yours. And then, one day, the unspeakable joy
of seeing your family and others you have helped lead to Christ,
walking the streets of gold, eating of the tree of life and drinking
from the river of life eternally, will also be yours.
THE WITNESSING PRAYER
have shared with you my addiction to "divine appointments". God, in His
mercy, has invited us sinners (in rehabilitation) to bear faithful
witness to Him, His character and salvation. You, with me, can be
certain that you are in His will by taking three simple steps:
1) Ask God, in Christ's name, to forgive and cleanse you of every sin that separates you from His will.
Pray the "witnessing prayer", that you may be honored of Him by being
led by His Spirit to bear effective, saving witness and/or help someone
for whom Christ died.
3) When He provides the "divine
appointment", be totally honest and truthful whoever you witness to or
help. There are a vast number out there who have and are bearing a
false witness, but rationalize that they are doing God and mankind a
service by "embellishing" the truth, making it more spectacular,
"punching it up". The extreme end of allowing Satan to lead you in this
falsification of the facts is to become a destroyer of yourself, your
family and others. God cannot lie. When we do, even if we "do it for a
good reason", we separate ourselves from the only saving source of
power in the universe.
Effective "divine encounters" are
reconfirmations from God that we are in His will. Attacks by Satan and
his hosts, both human and demon, are another reconfirmation of our walk
with God. No attacks means we're doing Satan's will, not God's.
Paul knew the real enemy for he said, "Wherefore we would have come
unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us." I
Thessalonians 2:18. So friends, be aware. The Word of God is not an
idle tale when we are warned, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he
may devour:" I Peter 5:8. Don't believe those who tell you that if you
are a true Christian, you won't have problems and everyone will love
you. For that's a lie. Satan will disguise his evil and use as his
agents those who are not Christians, though they may profess to be.
"Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you." I John 3:13. But
remember His promise, in the words of Christ Himself, "And ye shall be
hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end
shall be saved." Matthew 10:22.
Again, our choices are to either
work for God, share and enjoy His salvation throughout eternity, or to
fall into the grasp of a merciless demon, and share total and eternal
destruction in the hell-fires which will destroy Satan and his evil
angels; the same fire God uses to purify this world of the last
vestiges of sin and sinners before He restores it to its Edenic beauty
and makes it the eternal home of the "nations of them which are
saved..." Revelation 21:24.
The Discoveries of Ron Wyatt