LEFT, Ron Wyatt --
RIGHT, Dr. Robert Holt, MD. In the middle, a movie-actor
IT DIDN'T REALLY
I got acquainted with Ron Wyatt back in 1988 and 1989 because of his
search for the "Ark of the Covenant" which he was continuing his
on-going search for in the tunnels that exist below the streets and
houses and lots and cemeteries of Old Jerusalem. His
theory was that the prophet Jeremiah had managed to hide this
Holy Golden Ark
in one of these tunnels and walled up the tunnel and buried it so
thoroughly just before the Babylonians had invaded that no one (but
Ron) has ever been able to catch a glimpse of it since.
Wyatt believed, along with
General Gordon, who found
this tomb in 1883, and thousands, perhaps millions of others, who have
seen it since as religious tourists, that this ancient tomb near the
Damascus Gate outside the walled city of Jerusalem, Israel, was where
Jesus Christ was crucified, and buried, and rose from the dead after 3
However, Ron also had the unusual belief that as Jesus was hanging on
a cross near here, and as he was dying, his blood dripped down through a
crack connected with the hole in the rock his cross was anchored in,
on a hidden object far below.
October 12, 1989
While three of us, Ron Wyatt, and Randy Osborne, and myself, Dr. Bob
Holt, md, were engaged in trying to reach this ark with an electric
jack-hammer drill and bring it to the surface, we were met by a "Man
who we later decided was Jesus himself dropping
by to "Wish us success on our mission."
An actor playing Jesus looked
like this in one of the Jesus movies put out by Hollywood, but perhaps
did not when Ron talked to him, or some other entity playing his role
and making speeches for him that noon by Ron Wyatt's excavation near
Gordon's Calvary. He quite likely had a more modern appearance,
as an artist has pictured him here. I don't know because I
was hidden a few feet away but heard both sides of the conversation
The same week that we met the "Man in
before this encounter, Randy and I, but not Ron Wyatt, met two other
"Angels" that looked and talked like humans at a place identified as Har Zin in the Negev Desert.
encounter became more important to me than it was to Ron Wyatt,
because it became the first of my own encounters with such "beings".
Encounters that continued for many years, some of which I did relate
later on other pages.
The mountain called "Har Zin" as
seen in the distance across the desert.
Mary Nell Wyatt's Account of the
Incident -- I am the suspicious "Prophet"
that neither she nor Ron Wyatt trusted ----
HERE I'LL ADD TO AND
"CORRECT" MARY NELL'S STORY WHERE I CAN DO THAT!
Dr. Robert Holt, MD --"The Prophet"
Mary Nell Wyatt examines her husband's
Garden Tomb excavation
"Ron’s last plan was
to attempt to dig a shaft through the solid rock into the chamber that
held the Ark and other objects. But this was a very precarious
approach – the shaft could cave in and damage some of the objects, or
they could expend all that effort and discover they had missed the
chamber. It would be a tremendous undertaking, requiring an awful lot
of work. But one trip, after his main excavation team had left for
home, Ron and a couple of faithful assistants began the shaft. They
now had jackhammer-drills and much better equipment than he and the
boys had used during the early years.
This may be partially true,
but I know of no group of assistants that left for home while Ron
stayed on. Larry was there when I arrived by airport Taxi from
Tel Aviv. Ron arrived later that evening.
next day, or perhaps several days later, we went together and rented a
taxi for our planned stay. I paid 1/2 the taxi rent. Then
we went to a tool rental shop and rented one electric jack-hammer
1/2 the rental cost of the drill, 1/2 the gasoline, 1/2 the food
costs, and of course all of my own hotel bill, and I believe I paid
1/2 of Larry's hotel bill, he being supposedly working for his
There was no reason to rent more than I drill, or a bigger drill,
because this one drill was all the electric current (wattage) that the
Garden Tomb could supply Ron, beside their own routine needs. The East
Jerusalem Power company was small and under great strain to supply
their regular customers even modest amounts of electricity.
"They began drilling the
shaft and got through about 10 feet of solid limestone over several
trips but the end didn’t seem anywhere in sight. And Ron experienced
something that is common to the human species – he became frustrated
at the tremendous effort and expense that appeared to be yielding
absolutely no results."
"Of all the projects Ron has worked on, his
sense of unworthiness to work on this one was and is ever-present in
his thoughts. The Biblical examples of those who did a work for God
but at some time or another failed in some manner (such as the time
Moses struck the rock when he was told to SPEAK to it, which cost him
the privilege of being allowed to enter the promised land) are vivid
reminders to Ron of how serious the consequences could be if he should
allow any of his actions or motivations to go against God’s will.
Sometimes, it was easy for him to discern his course of action, but
other times it wasn’t. Plus, he reasoned that if the time came that he
had failed and God could no longer use him, how would he know? And by
this time, he was beginning to wonder if he was being “taken off the
job”. He has always known that God didn’t NEED him to get His work
done – he could always find someone else. His efforts didn’t seem to
be paying off – it had now been almost 10 years since he first found
Words of Encouragement from a “Visitor”
“God Bless You in What
You Are Doing Here”
"Several years ago, Ron and one assistant had
gone to Jerusalem to work on the shaft. A month or 2 earlier Ron had
spoken at a church and one man present took a particular interest in
the Ark of the Covenant."
I was that one person who
took an interest in the Ark of the Covenant, and the church referred
to here by Mary Nell was the Hendersonville, North Carolina
Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ron was given an opportunity to
speak in Sabbath School, Church, and show videos in the afternoon or
evening, or both.
His talks featured, among other things, his angel experiences. There
was one such experience that I remember distinctly this long
afterwards, and that was of his being stuck in a snow-bank somewhere
in Tennessee. Two young fellows came along "out of nowhere" said
Ron -- and picked up the stuck part of his car and in a few seconds he
was on the road again, with good traction. He turned to thank
the "young men" but they were gone. Without, it appears, any car
or visible means of transportation.
In view of my own later experiences quite like this, I'm inclined to
believe this "Angel Story" of Ron's. And others like it.
My "interest" in the Ark of the Covenant was heightened by my being
involved at that time with a lot of people at the other end of North
Carolina in the "Rapture 88" movement -- based, of course on Bible
Numerology. To them, actually finding the Ark of the Covenant
was very prophetic and predictive of the "Rapture" or "Second Coming".
"I well remember when he called here and began
to question me about when Ron was going over, etc. He sounded like a
nice enough person and I told him I didn’t know for sure (which I
didn’t) but that it would be in a few months."
It's true that when I showed
my interest in going to help Ron Wyatt to him at the Hendersonville
Seventh-day Adventist church I told him that I would share 1/2 the
expenses (which I did) he was not definite that he was going.
But he did show interest in my proposal and mentioned the date he had
available to go if he did go. It seemed obvious to me that he
was playing some sort of "mind games", perhaps to see if I was really
interested, --so I played along. But called Mary Nell to at
least let him know I'd likely be there if and when he went.
"He then asked me where
they stayed because, he explained, he was going to Israel and wanted a
relatively cheap hotel. So, I told him where we usually stayed – it
seemed like an innocent enough question. But I was soon to learn a
terrible lesson – that we cannot tell anyone when he is going overseas
to work, whether it be Israel or Egypt, or wherever."
"When Ron and
our friend (who was helping him) arrived at the hotel, there was
this man who had
called me. He somehow had found out Ron’s arrival date (I hadn’t told
I had found out Ron's arrival
date in our little "mind game" Ron and I had played in Hendersonville,
but it had not been definate. It seems obvious to me that Ron
didn't tell his wife everything.
The "prophet" business is a summary of the argument I used to convince
him that then was the time to go based on "Rapture 88" Numerology.
I'd argued for going at dates so as to be there for Yom Kippur ("Day
of Atonement") of 1989, which to me at the time was the "End of the
6th Trumpet" of Revelation chapter 9.
Rev. 9:15 "And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for
an HOUR, and a DAY, and a MONTH, and a YEAR, for to slay the third
part of men."
I had discovered by researching the dates of the Holy Jewish Feast
dates for 1988 and 1989 that there was exactly this amount of time
involved, except for "ONE HOUR". While in Jerusalem we went to
the Jerusalem SDA Church held in YMCA and a Jewish student at Hebrew
University there told me the Jews always allow an extra hour to go by
so as to "guard the edges" of God's Holy Feast days.
"It turned out
that this man was under the impression (or delusion) that he was a
“prophet” and intended to impose himself into the project. So here was
Ron and his digger, ready to go to work – but there was no way Ron was
going to let this man know anything important, so they went into the
main cave system but couldn’t do the work they intended to do – not
with him present."
Where DECEIT becomes clearly
a part of the PICTURE here, is right here, in which Ron made the
innuendo here that I was a FALSE PROPHET (if I was any type of
"prophet" at all. Notice that she, Mary Nell, puts parenthesis
around the word prophet when its applied to me. And then adds
that "there was no way Ron was going to let THIS MAN (that would be
me, the "false prophet") know anything important" ------- "they
couldn't do the work they intended to do." Here what
seems obvious is Paranoia, an assumption that I, (the "false prophet")
must be working for the Devil, not Jesus. And not only that, was
scheming to take his 10 year old project away from him, the imminent
discovery of the Ark of the Covenant.
That any of these innuendoes and not-so-hidden accusations are still
in this report in 2011 of something that happened in the Day of
Atonement season of October 1989 shows a lack of judgment and clear
thinking on the part of Mary Nell Wyatt also, based on what happened
next -- the episode involving the "MAN
Was the "MAN IN WHITE"
the Devil? Come to congratulate his "False Prophet"?
There's a glaring lack of consistency here that is obvious to even the
most mentally challenged religious reader. But NOT it seems, to
either Ron Wyatt or his wife!
"As Ron explained it to me, this episode was
the straw that sort of “broke the camels back”. He had prayed, as he
always does, about going over and had been convinced it was what he
was supposed to do. Ron was paying all the expenses out of his own
pocket and this one was costly. Adding it all up, it was approximately
$7,000.00 to $8,000.00 down the tube, which is a LOT of money to us."
I'm reading this now as
someone who had, as Ron and I decided even in Hendersonville before we
met (contrary to Mary Nell's foreknowledge) at the Jerusalem Hotel
near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem -- paid 1/2 of all the expenses
for those things we did jointly -- that RON paid all these expenses,
that suddenly became more expensive than planned. An
outright LIE. Obvious to me, if to no one else! And
certainly the one most out in the dark is Mary Nell Wyatt.
Perhaps this account will be the first she will ever see that explains
to her (an she's a nice lady) where things went wrong here.
Because her husband, now dead, never told her.
"So, Ron began to question if he was really doing what God wanted him
to do, or if he was just fooling himself. At this time, it had been
almost 10 years since he had first found the Ark – had he done
something wrong that God could no longer use him? Whatever was the
case, Ron decided on that trip that he was through – finished. He
would close up the cave system and never return."
Yes, he did close up the cave
system after this particular trip in October 1989, and only returned
once in 1990 to accomplish this and get his tools. But NOT for
the reason he gave his wife. The director of the Garden Tomb
decided, or the Denomination Church Board in charge decided, that Ron
Wyatt was taking too long and putting the place at risk due to his
questionable activities and strange beliefs and tendency to keep
everything he was doing a deep dark secret. I know this because I got
a personal phone call from the Director, a Mister White, several
months later. He called me because I left several hundred
dollars with them specifically to pay for putting in an extra electric
circuit breaker so Ron's activities would not be so much of an
inconvenience to the Garden Tomb usual activities.
"And let me tell you, this is NOT like Ron at
all. He was very excited when he left here, and the experience with
the “prophet” showing up must have been a terrible blow. What little
he has told me about the incident indicates that it was a far worse
experience than it sounds. But whatever happened, it completely
deflated Ron, who interpreted the failed trip to mean that he had been
“taken off the job”.
Here's where I'll tell you
what Ron really did, and this was after, not before, the "MAN
IN WHITE" incident, so
he had that on his conscience also (if he indeed had a conscience)--
the Subsurface Interface Radar with him, which he was using when the "MAN
IN WHITE" visited us.
Well, he showed someone else he met on this trip the instrument, and
how well it worked. This other person, whose name I was
never told, was from behind the Iron Curtain, possibly Czechloslovakia
or Rumania. A treasure seeker trying to find possibly illegal
treasure in his own country. This person (or persons, or
organization) admired Ron's instrument and his ability to use it.
And made Ron an offer that Ron decided, in spite of the considerable
risks involved, --Political, ethical, and those of misusing and
risking equipment not really Ron's to risk -- to take this offer.
Supposedly with all expenses paid, all shady viza problems taken care
of, and one imagines, a very substantial "finder's fee" if the
treasure these people were after was indeed located -- I can't
remember what kind of a treasure it was -- crown jewels perhaps of
some sort or another.
Randy and I were not consulted. Just told by Ron that he would
be "out of the country" and "unavailable" over the weekend. So
Randy and I went to church by ourselves, then drove up to the Sea of
Galilee, where I found an ancient anchor stone with a hole in it like
I later saw near mount Ararat. Then we came home to the
Jerusalem Hotel. At church Randy and I told the congregation the
story of the "MAN IN WHITE", which cements it in my mind that Yes,
this occured BEFORE Ron went off looking for bid illegal bucks.
Ron returned with brochitis from working in a cold, rainy climate
under primitive conditions. His borrowed Subsurface Interface
Radar was broken and would no longer work. And he had not been
able to find the secret treasure his shady "friends" had been looking
Part of the extra money that Mary Nell had complained about was
because we all decided to stay longer than our original airline
tickets were for, so we had to pay a hefty penalty for the change in
dates. And in a bit of what appeared to me to be temporary
insanity or a "temper tantrum" Ron abandoned his plan to dig straight
down in the square hole that you see Randy in above, and instead
started a new hole over to one side where he had not as yet, drilled
at all. This was, of course, totally wasted effort, since he
lost his permission to work here after the "strange" events here,
involving the unauthorzed and dangerous trip to an "Iron Curtain"
country, for which he himself was entirely to blame.
"But then Ron had an experience that changed
his life. One day on that trip, he and the “prophet” were sitting on
the ground just outside the entrance into the cave system – Ron’s
helper was inside. Ron was working on the radar scanner – changing the
paper or something – and the “prophet” was in the shade of a large
bush eating his lunch. Where they were sitting was, at that time, many
feet lower than the ground level just behind them because this was
where Ron had excavated down years earlier. It’s necessary to
understand this in light of the next event.
"Ron heard a voice behind him say “God bless
you in what you are doing here”, and he looked up. Standing on the
much higher ground many feet above him was a tall, slender man with
dark hair wearing a long white robe and head covering similar to that
worn in Biblical times – except that it was all pure white. Startled,
mainly because he didn’t TELL anyone what he was “doing here”, he
wondered who this man was.
"He tried to make polite conversation and
asked him if he was from around the area. The man replied simply “No”
then remained silent. Ron then asked him if he was a tourist, and he
again replied simply, “No”. More silence, then the figure in white
said, “I’m on my way from South Africa to the New Jerusalem”. Ron was
so startled that he couldn’t say anything, but just stared at him.
Then, the man again said, “God bless you in what you are doing here”,
and then turned and walked away.
"After a moment, the “prophet”, who couldn’t
see the man because he was beneath the shade of the bush, said, “Ron,
do you think we’ve been talking to an angel?” Ron replied, “At least…”
As I suggested before,
Why would Ron as me, a supposed "false prophet" or perhaps "the
Devil", who this person who Ron quite soon decided was Jesus Himself,
come to check on him, was?
"I remember his call like it was yesterday. If
you don’t know Ron personally, let me explain that Ron is very
low-keyed. He never acts excited or angry – his voice rarely gives
away his true feelings. But I knew something had happened even though
his voice was calm. He told me what had happened, and explained how
just hours earlier, he had silently given up – frustrated, tired and
simply worn down, he had lost his belief that what he was doing was
God’s will. Then, this stranger appeared and he repeated word for word
their conversation. He was glad that the “prophet” had at least heard
the conversation – at least he knew for sure that it really happened."
So now, in a few paragraphs,
I have morphed into a real "Prophet" or at least a credible witness
that can back up that Ron really did talk to Jesus or an angel.
Before the part that Mary Nell Wyatt never learned, because I kept it
quiet, as did Randy, about Ron's apparent episode of "working for the
Devil" that very week-end. Breaking the Sabbath quite likely to
add to his other sins.
"And when he questioned the locals who worked
along the only path anyone could take to enter the area, he discovered
that NO one had seen anyone of that description either come into the
area or leave. Although the escarpment is extremely long, today it is
surrounded by buildings, fences and stone walls which prevent anyone
coming into the area except through one particular street. And the
vendors along that street have been there day after day as long as Ron
had worked there and he knew them well. There was no doubt about it –
the stranger in white had been seen by no one else. And then Ron told
me that he believed it was more than just an angel – he was deeply
impressed that it may have been Christ, Himself.
"Whether Christ or an angel, the experience
was enough to encourage Ron and convince him that his efforts had NOT
been in vain, and that he WAS still in God’s will.
"And since then, I have seen the results of
that experience over and over, in both of us. From that moment
forward, nothing could or will ever dampen Ron’s zeal or belief in
that or any other project. When he and his group were kidnapped about
a year later (August 1991) in eastern Turkey, I know the knowledge of
that experience gave me complete peace – I never once (after the
initial shock) believed Ron was in serious danger because I knew he
still had work to do. My calm was so noticeable that when Ron
returned, his friends at the hospital ribbed him, saying “Your wife
sure must not care too much for you because she was AWFULLY calm on TV
when talking about her kidnapped husband.”
I went to see the "Boat
Shaped" formation with David Fasold, not Ron Wyatt, and so missed out
on an opportunity to get kidnapped and held hostage as did the others
referred to here by Mary Nell Wyatt. And I did get a
chance to talk to others personally who had gone scuba diving with Ron
looking for chariot parts.
discovered by my own examination of nautical charts that the so-called
"land bridge" at Nuweiba is 2500 feet deep in the middle of the Gulf
of Aqaba. And I did my own scuba diving near the granite
column, which was placed there in Roman times according to those who
know more about such things than Ron ever got a chance to know,
because he only tries to "prove" what he knows already!
"Ron doesn’t talk about this experience with
“the man in white” a great deal, but I believe it literally changed
his life, giving him enough encouragement to endure whatever it takes
to get the work finished. And since that time until his death, Ron,
like everyone else, had been “waiting”.
Yes, Ron waited right
up until the moment he died for Jesus to come back and reward him for
all his supposed "discoveries" and all the deceitful things he did to
get people to believe that something was TRUE that was indeed FALSE.
Fortunately that never did happen and most likely will never happen.
So Ron, and others like him will just SLEEP ON FOREVER and never know
Meanwhile, I went back to Israel, and tried to get into the "Banana
Cave" next door to where Ron thought the Ark was located. But in 2006,
everything in that area was excavated, and now anyone who wishes to
get permission to do so can climb down a very long steep ladder into
the completely emptied cistern that was all of any importance that was
did, however, continue meeting Ron Wyatt's angels. They did.
apparently abandon him for me -- Ron's greatest fear.
I, unlike him, show a tendency to learn from my mistakes, and continue
trying to learn. Evidently these "angels" like that!
NO ARK THERE!
| As Jewish
Archaeologist found when they dug out the cistern where
Ron had dug before
NOT ENOUGH BLOOD!
| Would be left in
Jesus' heart to drip 20 feet!
Ark of the Covenant
Excavation Reveals Plastered Enclosure
Excavations just completed in Jerusalem
revealed what appears to be a 12,000 gallon Byzantine cistern. A
circular plastered enclosure measuring approximately sixteen feet in
diameter and approximately ten feet in height was partially
excavated. The cistern having walls as much as six feet in thickness
adjoins an un-plastered circular room which surrounds the crevice
which Ron Wyatt associated with the crucifixion site.
A date has not been established for the un-plastered room and at
this time archaeologists are uncertain as to it’s function. Quoting
one investigator: “I am perplexed. I have never seen anything
exactly like this.”
The photo at the top is a view of the excavation from the surface
some thirty feet above.
At the bottom and right side of the picture steel shoring frames
At right-center the un-plastered circular room surrounding the
“crevice” and “cross hole” area can be seen. Removal of the
overburden, by way of the recent excavations, made it possible to
reveal and define the circular nature of the room. In the past only
portions of the walls could be seen on each side of the “crevice”
and “cross hole.” A steel drilling platform which was employed in
the excavation is seen in the center of the room.
In the lower left an excavation opening is seen which leads into
the cistern. This opening was created as a result of the recent dig
and is in addition to an 2005 opening through a six foot thick
cistern wall that is built on bedrock.
The elevation of the bedrock under the cistern wall gets higher
as it extends to the north toward the cliff face. The man made
portion of the cistern wall is five or six feet high where we cut
through last year. Near the cliff face the bedrock is at a much
higher elevation requiring less construction.
It is interesting to note that we find the remains of a plastered
floor at the elevation of the cistern rim. The wall of the circular
room surrounding the “cross hole” and “crevice” seems to have been
slightly higher than that of the cistern, as it extends above the
plastered floor by about eighteen inches.
It is also interesting to note that the “cross hole” and
“crevice” is located in the center of the unidentified circular
At the top-center sand bags cover a portion
of a stone stairway. The lower portion
of the stairway is missing and seems to have been unintentionally
removed by Ron Wyatt as he originally entered the area. Working
underground and in a confined area it would have been impossible for
Ron to have recognized the nature of the stones that had to be
removed for access. Projecting down the existing stairs, the
indication is that the stairway would lead into the cistern along
it’s Northern walls.
The second image is an overlay of the 2005 excavation along with
the outline of the position of the circular walls as revealed by the
NOW THAT THE
DIRECTORS OF THE "GARDEN TOMB" KNOW THERE'S NO ARK OF THE COVENANT
HERE, NOR HAS THERE EVER BEEN, THE TOUR GUIDE SAYS THIS --
"Whether this was
the actual geographic location then became less relevant than the
spiritual meaning of the story as the guide admonished us that
if we went into the tomb looking for Jesus, like his apostles so many centuries before,
would not find him there. Accordingly, if we brought Jesus into the
tomb with us, we should not leave him there, but bring him along
with us as we went back out to face the world he came to save."