The crucifixion site of Christ is located between the Garden
Tomb and Golgotha.
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. Over the next three and a half years
he worked at the site, and on January 6, 1982, Ron entered the chamber that
contained the Ark of the Covenant.
Above: 50 minute video on Ark of the Covenant from our 4
hour DVD, Revealing God's Treasure
The Garden Tomb Grounds
Turn left up this alley to the Garden Tomb grounds. In the distance you can see the old
of Jerusalem at the Damascus Gate.
Before we begin studying about the discovery of the Ark, let's take a look at
the beautiful area which is the backdrop of the discovery. The Garden Tomb area is along an escarpment north of the city wall of
Jerusalem, and is a tourist spot frequented by thousands of people each year. It
is owned and maintained by the Garden Tomb Association in London and was
acquired by them in 1894. It
had been speculated, and then confirmed in Ron Wyatt's excavations, that this is the authentic
burial site of Christ. Along this rock escarpment is the formation Golgotha "the
place of the skull" as mentioned in the New Testament. In a location near both of these sites is the actual
crucifixion site of Christ, and the Ark of the Covenant is in a cave below that
The location of the Garden Tomb is north of the old city of Jerusalem. The
sacrifice was to take place north of the tabernacle as required in Levitical
law. Also, in the New Testament it states, "The place where Jesus
was crucified was near the city." John 19:20. Golgotha or
Calvary is in close proximity to the Damascus gate on the north side of
Jerusalem near the Garden Tomb.
John 19:41,42 "Now in the place where He was crucified
there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been
laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews' Preparation Day, for
the tomb was nearby." There are several elements in
this area which give credibility to this site matching the verse above. First, the tomb itself, second, an ancient underground water
cistern that facilitated a garden area, third, a large winepress, and fourth, the place of the skull.
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. To the right of the door is a large block that was used to stop the stone
from rolling further to the right, and is in a downhill direction. Luke 23:53 also says the tomb was hewn
from stone, just like this one.
Diagram of the Tomb
2. Low threshold to the graves chamber
3. Low walls separating the chambers
4. Burial place of Christ
5. Headrest cut in rock
6. Weeping chamber
7. Rough ledge
8. Unfinished shelf where bones would have been kept, but never
9. Small window
(Above) Looking from weeping chamber into tomb area, we see the
probable burial place of Christ on our far left.
(Above) This is the burial place of Christ and you will notice
the foot area at right that
was enlarged to accommodate Christ's feet, as he must have been taller than
Joseph of Arimathea who had the tomb constructed for himself and was apparently
5' 8" tall. The cutting of the stone was hastily
completed in order to accomplish the task of burial before the Sabbath hours,
Friday at sunset.
Mark 16:5 says Mary saw a young man or angel sitting on right side of tomb the
first day of the week. He
may have been in the right hand portion of this photo.
Ancient red cross on wall inside tomb with Greek alpha and
White cross outside the tomb. Crossbar near top.
Above: large cross carved in rock face to the right of
the tomb. Apparently defaced at some point.
"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 to seal the
stone from being rolled back and opening the tomb. It is about 5.5 feet to
the left of the door opening. This would
have prevented the stone from being rolled backward. The distance from the
iron shaft to the stopping point at right is 13 ft. 2inches, per our
"And they made His grave with the wicked-- but with the
rich at His death" Isaiah 53:9. This text describes the other tombs to
the left of this one where wealthy and wicked men were buried.
Near the tomb itself is an underground, 250,000 gallon, ancient
rain water cistern hewn out of rock. It is the third largest in Jerusalem,
measuring 29' wide x 65' long x 30' tall. A cistern this size would
be designed to supply water for a large garden, matching the biblical record of
a garden area.
The evidence shows this cistern was built prior to the time of
Christ, but it does contain two crusader style crosses that were added at a
later date when repairs were made. There probably was a large olive tree
grove and a vineyard in the garden which benefited from this cistern.
Near the tomb is an ancient wine press (above) which was excavated in 1924, is one of the
largest in Israel. It is thought to be of pre-Christian origin. A
very large vineyard must have been in the area for a press this size to have been
Golgotha - The Place of the Skull
Two eye sockets and nose are seen in the center of the photo
View from left side of skull shows a definite nose profile and eye sockets
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.
Ron Wyatt Begins His Work
Ron Wyatt completed extensive excavations in the Garden Tomb
area over a period of approximately 10 years, beginning January 1979. Ron began
digging near the location where he mysteriously spoke the words, "There is
Jeremiah's Grotto, and the Ark of the Covenant is in there" while
walking through the area with the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority for
the Jerusalem area. God placed those words in his mouth. The
gentleman with him then said they would furnish his room and board to work on
the project. This area was
along an escarpment in the Garden Tomb grounds. While digging 30 feet down
through the soil along the escarpment, Ron uncovered four crucifixion holes in
solid rock, and one on a higher level and about ten feet out from the escarpment
measuring 12x13x23 inches deep, and three more on a lower level four feet below
and further out. The single, higher cross hole was designed to be used on the
special featured victim.
Above is a Polaroid photo Ron took of a square cross hole near
the escarpment. The handle of a crow-bar is seen in the hole, as the
bar is standing vertically. This bedrock is now covered by 25 feet
of soil. Other images have been shown previously of the
cross hole, but this is the correct one. photo courtesy anchorstone.com
Above: Diagram of what was discovered underground,
along the rock escarpment
Crucifixion site at Garden Tomb today....
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 25 feet down. Jesus' crucifixion took place
near this spot.
Above are other examples of cut-outs in northern Israel at the
Roman Temple of Pan
at Cesaerea Phillippi that we found, similar to what we see at Jesus'
"The rocks were rent...."Matt. 27:51
Above the cut-outs near the Garden Tomb is a large crack in escarpment extends up the face, behind the point where Christ was
Lower portion of crack has been filled-in to prevent erosion.
Above: At the top of the escarpment we can see how large
the crack really is, but most of the crack has been filled in down near ground
by Kevin Fisher
Ron Wyatt crawling through the tunnel system which leads to the cave where the
Ark of the Covenant is located today. c. 1981
At left, Ron Wyatt in the Garden Tomb grounds standing in the
entrance to the tunnel leading to the Ark of the Covenant.
(photo courtesy anchorstone.com)
Above: Group assembled for work at the Ark of the Covenant
excavation. Tunnel to the left. Perhaps over a hundred people over
the years helped Ron at the site.
Left, inside tunnel system.
There were three large cut-outs in the escarpment wall behind
the place where the featured victim, in this case Jesus, was crucified. On January 6,
1982, after years of hard labor and excavation permits issued by the Israeli Department
of Antiquities, Ron Wyatt crawled into the cave where the Ark was located. In
this cave he also found the Table of Shewbread, the 7-branch lampstand, 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, and an ephod.
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. It has a hollow cavity in the
base for mounting on a rod or shaft. The shaft is now resting in the cave
with the ark, placed there by Ron. The pomegranate was a favorite motif
in the Temple of Solomon. After Ron gave this to the IAA in 1979 or 1980, the department
was subsequently plundered and many items stolen, including this wonderful find. In
1981 it appeared in a French magazine. Then in
1988, an antiquities dealer in France sold it to the IAA for $550,000.00,
according to the Biblical Archaeology Review.
This ivory pomegranate has been featured in many articles, first in 1984, in the
Biblical Archaeology Review while in the hands of the French, but no one has
ever said where it was found. That is a mystery to most, but we know it
was found in the tunnel system during the Ark of the Covenant dig. There is not an
official, public dig associated with this find. Ron Wyatt left two parts
of the pomegranate in the cave with the Ark of the Covenant. The shaft or
rod of the pomegranate was left in the
cave as evidence of where it came from, and also one of the leaves, to show folks later that
the temple furnishing are associated with the
Above: Israel Museum October 2005, displaying the ivory
(No photos allowed in the museum.)
Above: Ron Wyatt with Dan Bahat
When Ron first entered the cave, he noticed a dark substance
that had dripped out of a crack in the ceiling directly above the Ark, onto the
top of a stone sarcophagus, and down inside of it. The
Ark was in a large stone sarcophagus and the top or lid of the stone case had
been broken and moved aside, allowing the dark substance inside. The dark substance that was on the ceiling
had dripped onto the top of the stone case and down inside onto the golden
lid or Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
It was at this moment that Ron realized the cross hole above
communicated down to this cave below via a fissure in the bedrock, and had
allowed a dark substance to fall on the Ark. Ron passed out, as he
realized that dark substance was the actual blood of Jesus! Ron was
unconscious for 45 minutes, exhausted from double pneumonia and hard work.
Inside the cave were the other furnishings of the Mosaic tabernacle, including
the golden candlestick, the table of showbread, the altar of incense, plus a
large sword that may have belonged to Goliath, and other items. Stacked on
top of everything were animal skins then boards, then stones.
The cut-outs in the escarpment behind the cross were apparently designed to hold signs relating to the person being
executed. In this case they would have said, "Jesus of Nazareth, King
of the Jews," in Greek, Hebrew and Latin, and would have been on the
cross also, but smaller in size. Surrounding the
crucifixion site is the foundation of a first century church, and within this is
the 13 ft. diameter rolling stone used to seal the Garden Tomb. The cross
hole that was used to crucify Christ has a large crack in the bedrock next to it which extends all the way down under the cross hole to a cave below.
The Ark of the Covenant had been secreted into this cave in 586
BC when the Babylonians had Jerusalem under siege (II Kings 25). Jeremiah and his
assistants wished to hide the furnishings of the tabernacle from the
pagan invaders. But in reality this was part of God's plan. If the Jews had
accepted Christ as the Messiah, the Jews would have had possession of the Ark at
the time of Christ and would
have offered Jesus' blood as the final sacrifice and would have placed His blood
on the vacant western side of the Mercy Seat of the Ark. But God knew they would
not accept His Son, so He had His own plan arranged to place the blood of His
Son on the Most Holy, the Ark of the Covenant. When Christ died, "the
rocks were rent," creating the crack in the bedrock leading down into the
cave below. A Roman soldier speared Christ's left side, causing blood and water
to flow through the crack into the cave below. The lid of the stone
case containing the Ark of the Covenant, was broken and moved aside allowing
Christ's blood to flow directly onto the Mercy Seat of the Ark. At this
moment type met antitype. Both the old and new covenants were ratified by
the blood of Jesus. The ceremonial system which looked forward to
Christ's sacrifice, came to an end. At that moment the large, thick veil
in the temple was torn by God from top to bottom and the sacrificial Passover lamb escaped,
Jesus was the final sacrifice.
Daniel 9:24 mentions this anointing of the Ark
are determined upon thy people (Jews), and upon thy holy city, to...make
reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness,
and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy."
"Most Holy" is Strong's word 6944 qodesh "a sacred place or thing" and
is here twice, "qodesh qodesh" But before it we have the word
"the" which is the definite article. It is speaking of a place or
thing, not a person.
These words are used in the Bible in association with the Most Holy Place. Jesus was both
the High Priest and sacrifice at
his death. His blood anointed the Ark of the Covenant, or Mercy
Seat, normally found in the Most Holy Place.
The Jews were given 490 days (70 weeks x 7) and
using the day for a year principle (Numbers 14:34, Ezek. 4:6) we know this
was actually 490 prophetic years. Starting with Artexerxes decree to
rebuild Jerusalem in 457 BC (verse 25), we find that this 490 years ended
3 1/2 years after Jesus' death at the stoning of Stephen marking the end
of the Jewish dispensation. The Bible prophesied that Jesus
(Messiah the Prince v.25) ministry would begin at 69 weeks at His
baptism, then in the middle of the 70th week, after 3.5 years, He would "cause the sacrifice
and the oblation to cease" v. 27 or offer his own sacrifice at the
crucifixion. The forces of darkness have placed this 70th week
in the future where the antichrist would show up, but all that theory does
is to ignore the beautiful sacrifice that Jesus did for us on Calvary.
In Mr. Wyatt's last visit to the cave in the mid 1990's, he
dropped down into the cave and immediately felt that he was not alone. As
he turned around he could see four men in the cave. They identified
themselves as the four angels that had been guarding the ark since Moses put the
ten commandments inside. He was stunned to see all
the rock, boards, and other unnecessary items removed from the cave by these
heavenly messengers. The furnishings
were placed in their proper configuration in the cave. The wall in back of the Ark is pure crystal and reflects all the
colors of the rainbow. (The heavenly Ark has a rainbow over it.) In
the past, Ron had wondered how he would ever open the ark, as this would be a difficult task since the
five ft. tall angels and the Mercy Seat were solid gold and would weigh
approximately 500 pounds. Now the angels in the cave asked Ron to position his video camera to
film what was to happen next. The four angels lifted up the top of the Ark
and said, "Reach in, take the Ten Commandments out. When a world-wide
law is enforced forcing men to violate the Law of God, then they will be shown to
mankind." Mr. Wyatt handed the 10 C's to one of the angels who then
placed them on a shelf in the cave along with the video showing their removal.
The Ten Commandments are on two tablets of stone and have writing on both sides.
They are written in Proto-Aramaic. One of the angels told Ron to take a
sample of Christ's blood and have it analyzed, and Ron did as he was told.
Mr. Wyatt removed a sample of Christ's blood from the Mercy Seat
of the Ark in the cave and paid a lab in Israel to do an analysis of the
blood. They put the dark dried-out substance in saline solution for 72
hours, then added a growth medium to the blood for 48 hours. Mr. Wyatt asked them to do a chromosome test, but they informed him
that he was wasting his money since you can't do a chromosome test on dead white
blood cells. They proceeded with the analysis and said, "It's your
money." As they began viewing the cells under the
microscope, they saw cells dividing before their eyes! They could tell it
was human blood, but "This blood is alive!"
They couldn't believe what they were seeing!
They continued with their tests
and found the blood to be unique from any other human blood! Each cell
contained only 24 chromosomes compared to the normal count of 46 that you and I
have. Christ received 23 chromosomes from Mary, and one "y"
chromosome from His heavenly Father to designate a male child. Others in
the lab were asked to come see for themselves. With tears in their eyes
they asked, "Whose blood is this?" Mr. Wyatt replied, "It is the blood of your
Messiah." Then they asked who the Messiah was, and they began
wailing and shouting. No other
male human being has ever had this same chromosome count! Christ's blood
is alive and unique to prove His divinity to the world before He
returns to this earth. When these tests are repeated for all the world to see, everyone
will learn that Jesus was more than a preacher, He was and is the
Son of God!
This Witness of Christ Will be Shown Soon
The Bible speaks of the water and blood that came from the side
of Christ at His death, and how it will be a witness to mankind that Jesus is
the Son of God. "For there are three who bear witness in heaven; the
Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there
are three that bear witness on earth; the Spirit, the water,
and the blood; and these three agree as one. If we receive the
witness of men, the witness of God is greater, for this is the witness of
God which He has testified of His Son." I John 5:7-9. In
due time, the blood will testify that Jesus is the Son of God. "For there is
one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave
Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." I Timothy
"...gave Himself a ransom for all, to be
in due time."
This testimony is about to take place when the mark of the beast
law is enforced. The world will learn of Jesus' Divinity and they will see
the Ten Commandments which reflect His character. Everyone will be tested
in their form of worship. Follow God and His Son and obey the Ten
Commandments, or receive the mark of the beast.
Mr. Wyatt has theorized that the cave housing the Ark will be an
eternal resting place for it, and may be part of the temple of the New Jerusalem where the 144,000 will visit
when the earth is made new.
When a law is passed forcing men to violate the law of God,
independent genetic scientists will perform their own analysis of the blood of
Christ and will reveal the test results to the world. Everyone will have an
opportunity to see the Ark on video, and some people will be able to see the Ten Commandments in
person. Everyone on earth will have an opportunity to accept Jesus as
their Savior and ask forgiveness of their sins. Shortly after this the
Lord will return. God is providing a simple yet effective show-and-tell
demonstration to the world. Some will be moved to follow God, but the
continue following self and will not repent. The vast majority of the world have grown up in
false forms of worship and need an opportunity to come into the truth and follow
their Creator. God will use the Ark and Christ's
blood to finish spreading the Gospel to the world, and then He will return.
Many people have asked for proof of Ron's finding the ark.
Ron says we should wait until the Lord wants it revealed. He had taken
hundreds of photos using 35mm, Polaroid, and video but they are were blurred
because God did not want Ron to be showing this evidence at that time. Ron
knew then that he was to wait until the Lord's time. Subsequently he was
able to get clear photos of the ark, but he did not make them public. We
know of someone who has clear photos of the temple furnishings.
In approximately 1995, there were six Jews who were
descendants from the tribe of Levi, the caretakers of the ark in Moses day, who
took it upon themselves, under the oversight of the department of Antiquities,
to venture into the tunnel leading to the ark. Their intent was to remove
the ark and begin animal sacrifices. Since the ark is not in Israeli
controlled territory, but in occupied territory, they felt it necessary to move
the Ark to their land. They had made it about 75 feet into the 375' tunnel when they all
began screaming, then they died. They were in contact with others outside
the tunnel via two-way radio.
Ron Wyatt was in Jerusalem at the time so the IAA asked him to remove their bodies, which he did.
The Ark of the Covenant And Ron Wyatt's Discoveries October 5, 1998 by Bill Fry www.anchorstone.com
In 1978, Ron Wyatt was
walking along the Calvary Escarpment when something happened to him that only occurred once in his life. While walking with a member of the Israeli
Department of Antiquities his left arm raised up and pointed to the escarpment
and these words came out of his mouth, "That's Jeremiah's Grotto and the Ark
of the Covenant is buried in there." Ron had no control of what he said, it
was the Lord giving him those words to speak. This man then said, "That's
wonderful! We will not only furnish you a permit, we'll put you up in a place to
stay, have your laundry done and furnish your meals!"
Ron and his sons came back several times over the next few
years and spent hundreds of hours digging at that location. Ron finally found
and entered the cave that contained the Ark of the Covenant on January 6, 1982.
On that trip his two sons became sick and had to return home
early. Ron continued working in the cave system with only a young Arab boy as
his assistant. He found a narrow vertical crevice in a rock wall too narrow for
him to fit through but with a little work it was "just right" for his
helper. The boy squeezed into the opening. But before Ron could hand him a
flashlight to look around with, the lad came scurrying out of that chamber as
fast as he could saying, "What's in there? What's in there??" He was
scared to death! From that point forward young boy refused to
enter the cave system. He now lives outside Israel and because of
governmental visitor regulations he cannot reenter the country.
During Ron's excavation in this area, he found the location of
Christ's crucifixion. Christ was crucified up against what is known as the
Calvary Escarpment, very near Golgotha and the Garden Tomb. When Christ died on
the cross, "the rocks were rent." That earthquake split the
escarpment! There is a vertical crack directly behind where the cross was
placed. When Ron excavated down approximately 14 feet below present ground level
at that location, he found the cross hole. It was 13 inches by 14 inches in
width, and 23 ½ inches deep, and there was a stone "plug" in the top
of it that was square-like and approximately 8 inches thick. But most
importantly, there was a very sizable split in the rocks on the left side of the
When Christ died on the cross and the centurion stabbed him in
the side with his spear, Christ's blood and water flowed out. Christ's blood
went into the large crack in the ground at the base of the cross, and it
continued underground through the split in the rocks caused by the earthquake,
and the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God went upon the Mercy Seat of the
Ark of the Covenant that was buried in the cave that is approximately 20 feet
right below the crucifixion site! (The prophecy in Daniel 9:24 foretold
of this very wonderful and special event! The "most holy" place
was anointed with Christ's blood!)
When Ron entered that cave at 2:00 p.m. on the afternoon of
January 6, 1982, this is what he saw: There was very little room to crawl around
because the things placed in the cave left only about a foot and a half of crawl
space between them and the ceiling of the cave. There were rocks on top of
boards, on top of animal skins. When he shined his flashlight down between the
rocks, he saw that much of the wood and fur were rotted away and he saw
"gold" glittering down underneath the rocks. Then at the far side of
the cave he saw a stone box.
The lid of the box was cracked and the smaller portion of the
lid was moved aside a short distance. At this point Ron realized what had taken
place there nearly 2000 years ago! Overwhelmed with the emotion of this
revelation, Ron passed out for 45 minutes in that chamber.
Hopefully soon it will be time to reveal the Ark of the
Covenant to the entire world. When the Lord says, "It is time," some
humble man will return and re-enter that cave and take along with him a camera
crew and one or more genetic scientists. We will see them take a sample of Christ's
blood (there is a dried pool of it on the Mercy Seat!), and we will see the test
results of that extremely unique blood! Ron has already tested his own sample
and he knows what the results will be. Remember, Ron works as an anesthetist in
several hospitals and he has seen lots of blood.
Christ's blood has only 24 chromosomes!!! Normal human blood has a total of 46 chromosomes. When a child
is conceived, 23 chromosomes come from the mother (all of these are "X"
chromosomes), and 23 come from the father. If a child is to be a male child a
"Y" chromosome is provided by the father and that chromosome
designates the child will be a male. Christ's blood has only 24 chromosomes! There are 23 from his
earthly human mother and only one "Y" chromosome from His heavenly
Father! No other human blood like this has ever existed on the earth! The
scientific term for this is "ploidy" or "haploidy." There
have been known examples of females born with only half the normal chromosome
count - 23 - but never a male child, because the father has to provide that
distinctive "Y" chromosome! Praise the Lord! God will scientifically
prove beyond all reasonable doubt that Jesus was no mere "good
teacher" or "just a good man." Jesus Christ was the divine Son of
The key to understanding what the Ark is and its significance
to us today lies in studying the sacrificial system which was established by God
when man fell and was cast out of the Garden of Eden.
All of the objects in the earthly tabernacle, in the
Sanctuary, were "patterns of things in the heavens." Hebrews
9:23. The Ark represented God's throne where His presence was evident among the
people. This throne was a copy of the great throne in heaven. The Ark resided in
the second apartment of the Sanctuary - "The Most Holy Place."
The sacrificial system was designed to show the awful results
of sin and how God Himself would ultimately offer His Son as the Sin bearer to
atone for the sins of mankind. "Without the shedding of blood, there is no
remission of sin." Hebrews 9:22.
A sinner would bring a lamb or a dove to the Sanctuary,
confess his sins, then take the life of that innocent animal. In this act the
sin did not vanish, the sin was transferred to the Sanctuary. This happened all
year long and then once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest would
make a very special sacrifice that would ultimately "cleanse the
sanctuary." Lot were cast over two goats. According to the outcome one was
sacrificed and the other was ushered out into the wilderness after ALL THE SINS
which had accumulated in the Sanctuary were placed upon this
"scapegoat," where it would die in the wilderness. (Leviticus
16) This goat represents the ultimate punishment of Satan.
Christ represented "the perfect lamb of God" and He
died on the cross and shed His blood to atone for the sins of all mankind.
Currently Jesus is our "High Priest" and He is officiating on man's
behalf in the heavenly Sanctuary. On the earthly Day of Atonement the goat's
blood was sprinkled on the top of the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. At
His death on the cross, CHRIST'S BLOOD fell upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark of
the Covenant! This scenario NEVER occurred to Ron before he entered that cave in
1982 and saw what had happened with Christ's blood. No other story about the Ark
of the Covenant makes more sense than this one. This scenario is the ONLY one
that truly accomplishes God's holy purpose in regard to the Sanctuary service!
The Ark and the various other items from the first temple were
hidden in this cave below the Calvary Escarpment when Nebuchadnezzar sacked
Jerusalem and destroyed the temple in 586 B.C. There is a list of the things
taken to Babylon (2 Kings 25), but the Ark was not included! Temple
priests were led by God to hide the Ark directly under the place where His Son
would die approximately 600 years later!
Importance of the Tables of Stone
Although the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant is a
fantastic, God- inspired discovery, of greater importance is what was contained
inside of it--the two tables of stone, which are the 10 commandment moral laws
written- out for the children of Israel by God Himself with His finger.
The miracle of how Ron was helped by four angelic beings to
retrieve these is a story in itself which is too long to relate here, but shows
the extreme importance of these two tables of stone, and the fact that they were
brought to light at this very time, indicates God has plans to bring these to
the light at the proper time.
These tables are a reflection of God's character of
love, the first four entail our obeying them because of our love for Him. He
once said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." The last six
contain our responsibility to our fellow man, and entail our love for him.
Unlike what people think, these tables or 10 commandments are
not a method of salvation to gain heaven, but the standard of salvation.
They are not a way to work yourself to heaven like the ancient Jews engaged in,
but rather a standard of righteousness given as a guide to lead us to Christ.
Paul says that the law was our "schoolmaster" or standard to teach us
how to live.
Now God has a very special purpose is bringing these tables of
stone out of hiding after 2600 years. The last great battle (Armageddon)
will be fought over God's moral laws of right. Thousands of years ago the
enemy introduced into the Christian church errors in the doctrines and beliefs
of the church which usurp God's law. It is planned by the enemy to bring about
events that will force, if possible, everyone in this world to choose the
enemy's law over God's. This will be the last great test for humanity.
But people need to know what God's law says in clear unmistakable terms, before
they can decide whose side they will choose to be on. This is where the
tables of stone come in. At the time of the test, they will be brought
forth by a person of God's choosing to be seen by the world.
At that time there will also be brought forth the concrete,
scientific evidence about the Ark through a video tape, and God's eternal law
and the evidence of Jesus' blood spilled upon the mercy seat of the Ark.
This is God's show- and- tell to the world as a witness and irrefutable evidence
of His Son's sacrifice for lost mankind.
[The incredible account of what actually happened in that
chamber on Ron's 4th visit was recently posted on "Anchorstones"
website by Bill Fry, close friend of Ron's who worked closely with Ron and was
entrusted with giving out the following information when it was time. This
is the greatest physical manifestation and revelation of God's intentions to
this present world. It means that God has set the stage and that the
curtain is about to rise on the stage of the last act of this earth's history.
It means that the last scenes described in the book of Revelation are about to
commence, and that Jesus is soon to come and take home with Him all those who
are faithful to Him.]
Ark of the Covenant Update May 16, 2000
by Bill Fry
Approximately 6 weeks after I began to write this update in June 1999, Ron Wyatt
died in a Memphis hospital from colon cancer. I had promised Ron that I would
not post this update until he had a chance to review it for accuracy. To insure
that accuracy, Ron allowed me to record our phone conversation as he told me the
story and as I asked specific questions.
I must say now that I will not be making this tape available
publicly. So please, don't ask. The reason is that this conversation was taped
during the last weeks of Ron Wyatt's life and it is very apparent that he was in
quite a bit of pain during portions of our conversation. Because of that I don't
like listening to the tape, even to this day. Therefore, out of respect for Ron,
I will not be making the tape available to anyone. There are no details on the
tape that are not covered in the update.
Unfortunately, before I was able to finish writing the update
Ron became very sick and was never able to review what I had written. However,
the audio tape testifies to the accuracy of this update; that I wrote only those
things that Ron passed on to me. I have added a few minor details to the story
from information that Ron has passed on publicly at various times and places but
the main points of the story comes directly from our taped conversation.
Since his death, I have not known exactly how to proceed in
sharing this information. I counseled with a number of people about this and
finally decided that I would not share it until I was impressed that the time
was right. It is for that reason that I now share with you the experience that
Ron Wyatt had in the Ark of the Covenant chamber.
Over the last couple of years there have been stories
circulating about an encounter that Ron Wyatt was supposed to have had with an
angel. According to the stories he was given instructions about the Ark of the
Covenant, when it would be revealed, and exactly how he was to proceed with his
work on the discovery. I have personally had several different versions of these
stories sent to me with requests that we confirm or deny them. These people go
onto to insist that if they are true that we post them so that all can have
access to this information. To date none of the stories that have been sent to
me are complete or accurate.
After I explained the situation to Ron in June of 1999, he
made the decision to have me write out the actual event as he had twice related
it to me and then post it on our web site so that the inaccuracies of the other
versions could be corrected. He felt that it was better to tell the story
himself rather than allow different versions to circulate with none of them
being completely accurate.
As you read this account of Ron's encounter inside the chamber
where the Ark of the Covenant is located, please remember that what is being
related is an event that has a number of supernatural aspects to it. We
understand that this may create an opportunity for some people to mock and
ridicule, but we feel that this is better than allowing bad information to
continue to circulate and confuse people.
When Ron originally began his excavation at the Calvary
escarpment in 1979, he began at the place his hand had pointed to during his
encounter with the Israeli Antiquities representative. It is important to
understand that Ron was searching only for the Ark of the Covenant. Searching
for and finding the crucifixion site was not in his thoughts until it became
apparent from the evidence at hand that this was what they had found.
From that point they did months of digging and tunneling along
the escarpment wall looking for an opening into some type of cave or tunnel.
After praying about the matter Ron was impressed to break through the escarpment
wall at a spot near the crucifixion site and thus enter the tunnel system that
honeycombs that portion of Mt. Moriah. When he did this he found himself in a
series of tunnels that it took many months to explore. During that process he
finally found his way into the chamber where the Ark of the Covenant was hidden.
When Ron first entered the chamber it contained a number of
items including some of the furnishings from the first temple which were covered
with animal skins, wood and then stones stacked on top of them to about 18
inches from the ceiling. For this reason the only way he could move around
within the chamber was to crawl on either his back or his stomach. At the far
end of the chamber was a stone case with a broken lid whose top was only a few
inches from the ceiling. This prevented him from seeing the Ark on his first
visit to the chamber but it helped him notice the crack in the ceiling and the
brown substance (the blood) which was directly above the stone case. He assumed
and later confirmed that this stone case contained the Ark.
On his later visits to the chamber he tried with several
different types of still and video cameras to get a clear picture of the Ark.
But each time the pictures came out either "washed out" or blurred
beyond use. This was a source of great frustration and embarrassment for Ron; to
not be able to produce one clear picture of this wonderful discovery. On his
fourth visit into the chamber he took with him an 8mm video camera and tripod,
determined to finally get a clear shot of the Ark.
As he entered through the same opening he had always used to
access the chamber, he immediately recognized that something was very different.
The rocks that were always there inhibiting his path were no longer in place. In
fact he was able to enter the chamber and drop all the way to the floor. At this
point a light came on in the chamber, the source of which he cannot fully
explain. Ron then saw that the chamber had been completely cleared of all the
rocks and debris, a task Ron had known would need to be done but which would
take a long time to accomplish. But now the job was already completed! The
chamber was completely clean with no sign of the any of the debris and the Ark
of the Covenant was out of the stone case.
As you can imagine Ron was stunned by what he saw. The Ark had
been placed against the eastern wall of the chamber directly underneath the
crack in the ceiling where Christ's blood had flowed onto the Mercy Seat. The
other temple furnishings were set in their proper place relative to the Ark. The
rest of the items were set off to one side.
A number of very important artifacts are there in that cave.
In the back of the Ark is the "book" that Moses wrote - the first five
books of the Bible. They are written on a leather scroll that is as fresh and
supple as the day it was written! Just as the shoe leather of the Israelites did
not wear out in the desert, this leather has also remained in perfect condition
and shows no deterioration. Several other artifacts from the first temple are in
that cave, including the table of shewbread, the seven-branched candlestick and
a 5' 2" sword that most likely was Goliath's sword!
Although he cannot explain how, the wall directly behind the
Ark had the appearance of crystal and was glowing with the color pattern of a
rainbow. It appeared to Ron that the rest of this crystalline wall was the
source of the light which was illuminating the chamber. As he was taking in the
sight he suddenly realized that he was not alone in the chamber. Ron stated that
he could "feel in his body that he was in the presence of angels."
He saw that there were four young men in the chamber with him.
They did not look like angels but appeared as young men dressed in normal
"street clothing." But Ron knew that they were angels. He stood
there frozen for a few moments unable to move or even speak. He wanted to ask
them what they were doing in there but he was not able to do so.."
Then one of the angels stepped forward (this is the only one
of the four that would speak to him) and told Ron that they were the ones whose
job it was to guard the Ark of the Covenant. They had done this since Moses had
first placed the tables of stone in it. He told him that God wanted people to
see all of these things at a particular point in time. He then instructed Ron to
set up his tripod and video camera in a certain place and turn it on.
Once Ron had done this the four angels went over to the Ark,
lifted off the Mercy Seat and placed it beside the Ark. The angel that had
spoken to him beckoned him forward and told him to take out the tables of stone.
Ron leaned over and picked up the ten commandment stones. He then backed away a
few steps and the angels placed the Mercy Seat back on the Ark. After a few
awkward moments the angel reached out and took the tables of stone from Ron,
walked over to a niche in the chamber wall that looked like a shelf and placed
them on it. This "shelf" was close to the original entrance that was
used by those that had hidden the Ark there over 2500 years ago.
He then walked back over to Ron and told him two things. The
first was that if Ron remained faithful, he would have a part in bringing out
the tables of stone so that they might be put on display. The second was that
the Ark was not to be revealed to the world or the tables of stone put on
display until shortly after a law was passed that would attempt to enforce the
mark of the beast upon people.
Ron died on August 4, 1999, so the method that will involve
his revealing the Ark of the Covenant to the world involves a video tape he left
in the cave of himself, removing the Ten Commandments from the Ark. The
entire world will see Ron Wyatt removing the Ten Commandments from inside the
"The second part of the angel's comment "that the
Ark was not to be revealed to the world or the tables of stone put on display
until shortly after a law was passed that would attempt to enforce the mark of
the beast upon people." The angel said that the tables of stone would be put "on
display SHORTLY AFTER a law was passed that would attempt to enforce the mark of
the beast upon people."
Shortly there will follow a death decree against all true 10
Commandment keepers and the time described as the time of Jacob's trouble would
commence. This ends in the deliverance of the saints who refuse to receive
the mark of the beast. At that time the Special Resurrection will take
place, where all those since 1844 who died keeping the third angel's message
(Rev. 14) will be raised from their graves with their immortal bodies.
This would of necessity be after the time of Jacob's trouble and at the time of
the deliverance of the saints from the death penalty connected with the mark of
the beast law.
When the time comes we will see the Ten Commandments removed
from the Ark of the Covenant! Hopefully they will go on display and travel
around the world like the King Tut Exhibit and you and I will get to actually
see them in person! Ron says that they look as if someone wrote in soft butter
with their finger and then turned them to stone!
After that encounter Ron gathered up his camera equipment and
left the chamber through the original entrance. By following this tunnel he was
able to find his way out of the cave system and back onto the street. He
immediately rushed to his hotel room where he played back the tape of the event.
He had to see if the Ark, the angels and the tables of stone showed up clearly
on the video. To his amazement everything showed up clearly. He was very
excited. But suddenly his excitement turned to dread. He realized what he had in
his hands, yet the angel had told him that these things were not to be revealed
until the mark of the beast law was passed. What was he to do with this tape? It
was undoubtedly the most important video ever recorded. Where would he put it?
How would he keep it safe!?
Having no clear answer to these concerns, he finally decided
that the best way to proceed was to go back to the chamber and ask the angel
what he should do. He went back into the chamber and the four angels were there.
The angel that spoke to him earlier stepped forward and asked him what he
wanted. Ron told him that he did not have a safe place to keep the tape. Then
the angel reached out and took the tape from Ron's hand. He walked over to the
place where the tables of stone were still sitting on the niche in the chamber
wall and placed the video tape on top of them. To the best of Ron's knowledge
that is where everything remains to this day.
While this was the extent of what the angel told him, Ron said
that he came away from this experience knowing more than he had been told in
words. He was strongly impressed that while the video he recorded in the chamber
would be shared with the world and that the tables of stone on which God Himself
had written His Law would be put on display, the Ark of the Covenant would
remain in the chamber where it is.
It is on the basis of this information, plus his agreement
with the Israeli authorities, that he acted as he did in withholding certain
information about the Ark and its location.
Ron also stated that as far as he knows no one else has been
in the chamber except himself. However, because he is not always there, it is
possible that someone else has or could enter the chamber and see the Ark IF the
angels guarding it would allow it. Otherwise, the way the tunnel system is in
that area, no one would be able to find their way.
On this last point I need to share an experience. I visited
the entrance into the tunnel system recently and found a number of men furiously
digging in an area where they thought the entrance into the tunnel system was. I
went over to them and explained that not only were they digging in the wrong
place, they were digging in an area that had caved in a number of times and that
Ron had back filled to keep people out. Amazingly they told me that they had
just recently prayed that God would send someone to tell them if they were doing
the right thing or not. Because I showed up shortly after their prayer they took
my counsel and stopped digging.
The point of my story is this. There are a number of people
that think they know where the entrance into the tunnel system is. They are
mistaken. The entrance does not require any digging or tunneling to get into
today. Because of the sensitive nature of this information I cannot reveal where
that location is but I can tell you that it is both dangerous and illegal to dig
where these gentlemen were digging. They are fortunate that there was no
accident or that they were not seen by the local authorities.
My appeal to everyone is that we allow God to do things on His
timetable and not feel that we have a mandate to inject ourselves into the
event. This is exactly what those six Jewish men who died in that tunnel were
doing. I would hate to see a repeat of that.
God will deal with His things in His own time and in His own
way. No one will miss this event. The time will come when all will be able to
see the Ark, the blood and the tables of stone.
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith
virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance
PATIENCE......" 2 Peter 1:5,6