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EExodus 14:6 "And he
made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 7
"And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt,
and captains over every one of them. 8 "---and he pursued after the
children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with an high
Wyatt crossed the Gulf of Aquaba at his "Crossing Place" he kept
LEFT, Ron Wyatt --
RIGHT, Dr. Robert Holt, MD. Middle: Scuba Divers.
Ron Wyatt didn't believe that the miracle that allowed the Israelites
to escape once Pharaoh and his 600 chariots and their captains caught
up with them with their backs to the sea and no place to escape was on
the Egyptian side of the Gulf of Suez, but at Nuwieba on the Sinai
side of the Gulf of Aquaba. And he knew they did not stop when
they got to the other side, and went on to somewhere else, not back
into the Sinai Desert. The pursuit of that vision of
"somewhere else" landed Ron, and those with him, in a Saudi prison
TWICE! In 1984 and 1985.
When I helped Ron Wyatt and Randy Osborne dig for the
Ark of the Covenant in October of 1989,
Ron wouldn't tell me where to go to dive and look for the
Golden Chariot Wheels of Pharaoh's
chariot, but I did know enough from watching his former videos that once I
found a marble column standing by the Gulf of Aquaba I was at the right
place. So I learned to scuba dive and looked for and found Nuweiba in
located half way down the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aquaba is also the
only break in a mountainous ridge that prevents easy access to the desert
interior of the Sinai Desert between the Gulf of Aquaba and Egypt.
If, indeed, the Israelites fled directly across the desert straight
westward with the Egyptian charioteers in pursuit, the situation described
in Exodus 14:3 would have been literally
Exodus 14:3 "For Pharaoh will say of the
children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath
shut them in."
a marble pillar lying in the sand of the desert not far from the shore
of the Gulf of Aquaba on one of his earliest visits to Nuweiba, Ron
Wyatt said that he talked the local authorities (Israeli at that time)
to erect it as a marker. Then he began saying that King Solomon
had originally made this marble pillar to mark where Israel had
crossed the Red Sea in the Exodus crossing. It was, said Wyatt,
the "Migdol" of Exodus 14:2.
Exodus 14:3 "Speak unto the children of
Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-ha-hi-roth, between
Migdol and the sea, over against Baal-zephon:
before it shall ye encamp by the sea."
Having arranged to
have this marble pillar set up by the authorities to where he assumed it
was located in the time of Solomon (or perhaps even long before) Ron Wyatt
decided he needed to find a way to get to the farther shore on the Saudi
side of the Gulf of Aquaba. If he had been Muslim, or had
connections with the Saudi royal family, that would have been easy enough.
A ferry boat crosses back and forth here daily. But Ron considered
his research to be secret, and indeed, only a relatively few considered at
that time that there was even the slightest possibility that Israel
crossed here or spent any of their wilderness wanderings in Arabia.
But Ron discovered from diving here, and from examining topographical maps
of the under- water configuration that there was a "land bridge"
underwater here quite similar (but much deeper underwater) here than
Napoleon had tried to cross while a strong wind was blowing at the proper
area of the northern Gulf of Suez.
To be able to prove
that here is where Israel actually escaped Pharaoh's army with 600
chariots, Ron thought that he must find at least the remains of one or
several chariot wheels or chariots underwater here at Nuweiba, but
it would go far in his mind to establish this as the crossing point if he
could find another marble pillar on the other side in Saudia Arabia.
As he tells the story, he went part way in a row boat and the rest of the
way underwater in his scuba suit, and saw
the place where the other pillar had once been located, but was now
removed. His two sons were with him, he was arrested by the Saudis and only got back
to Egypt with great difficulty.
According to the
Bible Exodus version of the "crossing", God moved his pillar of smoke and
fire between the Egyptians and fleeing Israelites until they were safely
passed over and out of the easy reach of Pharaoh and his army. This
would have been true at Nuwieba even if they crossed in boats (perhaps
more likely given the extreme depth here even where the "land bridge" is
located). Alternately, erosion and large-scale land sinking here might have
made it much deeper now than it was then.
14:19 "And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed
and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their
face, and stood behind them:--"
20 "And it came
between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a
cloud and darkness unto them, but it gave light by night to these: so that
the one came not near the other all the night."
One can see the same type of redaction
here, the melding of two different stories to appear as one, that critical
scholars have found in the Noah's Flood stories -- the STORM described in
verse 21 NEED NOT have been occurring at Nuweiba while Israel was crossing
here, perhaps in a number of boats, rowed back and forth repeatedly while
the Egyptians were blinded by a dust-storm, tornado, or fog so thick they
could not operate militarily.
21 "And Moses stretched out his hand over
the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all
that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided."
Now I, when I reached Nuweiba in 1990 or 1991 couldn't get a visa to
visit Saudia Arabia, so had to be content with exploring the Nuweiba
end of the Sinia route I had explored the other end of with the
Bedouin 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The trip I have described on another page in which I was cooked
unleavened bread on a campfire.
Here's a satellite view of the entryway to the Sinai Desert I went
through at Nuweiba, and below another satellite view of where Israel
crossed according to Ron Wyatt.
Pharaoh's Chariot Wheels? Maybe!
Ron Wyatt had the practice
early in his career of using whatever he had been able to find and
photograph in lectures and in video presentations as the real thing
which later under more critical exam by other adventurers following
his lead were unable to verify or duplicate. This "golden
chariot wheel" photographed by Ron underwater at Nuwieba may be
nothing more than an old RR wheel! Some think so.
I was convinced from the
earliest videos of Ron Wyatt's adventures that he had indeed, among
all the other things he had found, found one or more chariot wheels
from Pharaoh's own chariot when Pharaoh led 600 chariots in pursuit of
the fleeing children of Israel. That this would be like
winning the powerball LOTTO I now realize, but didn't then. All
that was needed was the ability to scuba-dive, and time, and money.
And of course, God's blessing on the project. Ron had
proved that last requirement, so in 1990 I got certified for
Like so many others who have
tried to find what Ron Wyatt was preaching he had found on that beach
beneath the waves, I found lots of underwater junk of all sorts,
covered with sea-weed and coral, but no genuinely old items of any
real historic value.
RON WYATT TOLD EVERYONE LISTENING TO CBS NEWS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE
AND HIS SONS REACHED THE MOUNTAIN HE IDENTIFIED AS THE
"Jebel el Lawz"
Ron was on CBS News
on April 17, 1984, telling about his trip to see the mountain and
what he found there. He had entered the country without a visa
and was thought to be a spy.
He and is sons spent 76 days in
prison and could have been executed, but God delivered them. Ron
made these comments on air: "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
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
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
I heard part
of Ron Wyatt's adventures from himself, during my joint efforts with
him at his Jerusalem excavation, and part from David Fasold, "Arkologist".
And other parts from Larry Williams, who, along with Bob Cornuke was responsible for two hard-cover widely popular books on
what can be found at Jebel al Lawz -- "The Mountain
of the Laws" and
"The Gold of Exodus"
Ron Wyatt, alone
except for his two sons and with some help from local Bedouins, first saw what was
called by the Saudis "Jebel el Lawz", and identified it as
the real Mountain of the Laws.
Arrested by the Saudi
authorities for being in the country without papers showing he had
proper permission to be there, he spent 76 days in prison, and had all
his notes and pictures impounded when he finally was released with
some help from prominent Americans such as the Astronaut, Col. Erwin,
who knew him because of their joint efforts to locate Noah's ark at
Ron had researched the probable location of the real Mount Horeb or
Mount Sinai for a long time before actually seeing it, but actually
spent a little time at the location in 1984 before being thrown in
prison with his sons.
In 1985, Ron Wyatt talked his former partner David Fasold, who had helped him
identify the "boat shaped formation" at Dogubayzit, Turkey, near Mount
Ararat, as Noah's Ark in accompanying him on a ride from Tabuk into the Saudi Arabia interior to see where the trail led
that began at the other marble pillar across from the one at Nuweiba.
again by the Saudi authorities, and kept in jail for eight days, he
and David Fasold returned from their April-May 1985 "adventure" again
with no photos and no notes, -- but David Fasold, who had an almost
photographic memory as soon as he was freed and had some paper
available, wrote a typographical map with approximate distances and
drawings of what they had seen which I have shown above.
saw these drawings and heard his story of his trip with Ron from David Fasold when I visited him at his house in California in 1990.
I also visited Larry Williams on the same trip to California, and saw
Larry Williams photos of what was to be seen at Jebel al Lawz.
Larry was writing his book then, and few others beside me got to see
these pictures. I, of course bought Larry Williams book
"Mountain of the Laws" , published by Wynwood Press, as soon as I
saw a copy I could buy in a bookstore. Perhaps in 1991 or 1992.
“…by six we were on the road, following David
Fasold’s instructions and my topographical map…. According to David’s
instructions, we should find a turnoff four kilometers past the gas
station… (p. 151)
“We attempted to follow David’s meticulous
instructions to the letter….(p. 152)“
…we asked these people how to find Ibraham
Frich, the local Beduoin who tends most of the sheep in this great
…. We wanted to see Frich for 2 reasons. First we wanted to tell
him hello from David and to give him some
things we had bought for him in town that we thought perhaps he would
"Second, David had told us that Frich’s camp was right at the base of Jabal al Lawz, so we would not have
to ask where the mountain was… (p. 153)"
"The section of his book telling about how
they arrived at the site is dotted with numerous references to the
directions given them by Mr. Fasold."
Summer 1985- Ron asks Col. Jim Irwin’s
assistance on the project.
Account by Mary Nell Wyatt
"A few months after his return home, Ron flew
to Dallas and met with Col. James Irwin, whom he had become acquainted
with several years earlier. Ron liked Col. Irwin and found him to be
not only a man of integrity, but someone who was willing to help
others. Ron told him about the evidences at Jebel el Lawz and asked if
he would be interested in “joining forces” on the project. Col. Irwin
had connections in the Jordanian government and Ron thought perhaps he
could gain entry. He told Ron he would see what he could do to help
May and Oct. 1986- Col. Irwin wrote the
Jordanians and the Saudis in an attempt to arrange permission to
explore and excavate.
On May 18, 1986, Col. Irwin wrote the
Jordanian Dept. of Antiquities and on Oct. 15, 1986, he wrote to the
Saudi Department of Antiquities and Museums, both on Ron’s behalf. He
sent the replies to Ron, both of which mention “Mr. Wyatt” in their
responses and prove that Col. Irwin had true intentions to help Ron,
not “take over” the project. But his efforts were in vain- he was
unable to gain entry into Saudi.
June 1988- Larry Williams and Bob Cornuke go
to Saudi and come back with the claim that they found the real Mount
The following quote is from an update in Col.
Irwin’s “High Flight” newsletter, written by then vice-president of
High Flight, Bob Cornuke. It made the following statement about a trip
they made in June 1988:
“Great news! We strongly feel that the real
Mt. Sinai has been discovered…. Larry Williams and I have taken two
trips to Saudi Arabia and traveled to Jebel Al Lawz. This mountain is
believed by some Bible scholars to possibly be the real Mt. Sinai….”
1990- Larry Williams writes a book about
their “discovery” of Mount Sinai
Larry Williams wrote “The Mountain of Moses”,
published by Wynwood Press, New York, which detailed his and Cornuke’s
“adventures” searching for Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia. He gives
details as to WHY they went to that particular location and HOW they
got there. For those who wish to check out his account, his book’s
ISBN number is 0-922066-45-0.
The 1985 Story as related by
Mary Nell Wyatt
"Ron hadn’t been home too long when he received a phone call from a
man who said he was a friend of some of Ron’s captors.
Samran Al-Mutairy was a close
relation of the king – he was considered “royalty”, and he had heard
of Ron’s claim that Mt. Sinai was in his region. There had been
several of Ron’s captors who had believed Ron’s claim, and they had
convinced Samran, who lived in
Tabuk, just a couple of hours from the
mountain. Samran told Ron over the phone that ever since he had heard
about this mountain, he couldn’t eat, sleep or concentrate on anything
– he had to see it for himself. Samran even came
to Nashville and spent several days with Ron to discuss the matter and
convince Ron to return to Saudi.
had the connections – Ron had the knowledge of this most holy site.
Together, they could “discover” this site, maybe even make a movie and
be famous. These were Samran’s desires.
Ron’s desire was to document the evidence. And Samran’s proposal
seemed the ideal way to get the evidence. The hard part would be to
get Ron back into the country, but Samran said he could do it. And it
was just eleven months after his and the boys’ release from prison in
Saudi that he would return to Jebel el Lawz – legally.
March 31, 1985
A contract was drawn up between Samran el-Mutairy, Ron Wyatt and Dave
Fasold, who was to travel with Ron into Saudi Arabia. The reason there
had to be a contract such as this is because in order for any
foreigners to work in the Kingdom, they must have a valid business
arrangement with a Saudi resident. It was signed by all three.
Ron Wyatt, David Fasold and Samran el-Mutairy flew to Jedda, and then
to Tabuk, Saudi Arabia where Samran lives. The next morning they
traveled to the site of Jebel el Lawz, with a driver and a laborer
With Ron giving them directions to the area, they made some wrongs
turns. A Bedouin appeared and they asked him where Jebel el Lawz
was. He answered, as Dave Fasold remembers, with “Jebel Musa henna” –
which means, “Moses’ mountain is here”! Amazingly, the local tradition
recognized this as the right place!
The next morning an Interrogation Team,
headed by Abu Collet was to meet Ron and David at the mountain.
Arriving at the site, Ron, Dave and Samran showed the men all the
evidences – the altar with the Egyptian-style petroglyphs of cows and
bulls; the altar at the base of the mountain; the tops of the 18 foot
diameter columns erected 5 feet apart; the marble columns, etc.
After a few days, an archaeologist was flown in from Rhiydh University
to Samran’s. The evidence was so compelling now that this was
determined a necessity. Ron and Dave told him about all the evidence
out at the mountain, and they played Dave’s video of the golden calf
altar and the petroglyphs on the TV. Although they have the PAL
system, Dave’s NTSC tape played the video in black and white without
audio. As they showed him the archaeological evidences, he was very
excited about the pictures of Egyptian-style cows and bulls on the
golden calf altar and told them that this style petroglyph was not
found anywhere else in Saudi Arabia.
He Samran had been working
somewhere south of this area and was completely surprised to find out
this sort of archaeological evidence was in the area. “This is a major
discovery!, he said. Several times he shook Ron’s hand and
congratulated him on the discovery.
To CONTINUE to learn more about this 1985
repeat trip to Jebel al Lawz in which Ron Wyatt was arrested again as
a trick played on him by the Saudi prince Samran Al-Mutairi, and with
him his friend David Fasold, and had to leave Saudi Arabia once more
with no photographs or video --
For a series about the remains of the ancient cities of
and the other "Cities
of the Plain" destroyed by
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