Ron Wyatt’s search for the Ark of the Covenant
If you’ve never heard of Ron Wyatt, you probably know of some of his discoveries of key places and artifacts that took place in the Bible. Although some critics called him a liar, to his credit, the biblical “Indiana Jones” located the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah’s Ark, Egyptian chariots submerged in the Red Sea – evidence of God dividing the sea through Moses and the Israelites , and more recently the Ark of the Covenant.
Ron Wyatt visited Jerusalem in 1979. He and a member of the Israel Department of Antiquities were passing the infamous stone outcrop known as “Skull Hill” where, according to many Protestant Christians, Jesus Christ was crucified. Wyatt’s left arm reached up and pointed to a place at the left base of the stone hill that had been littered with rubbish and said, “That’s Jeremiah’s Grotto and the Ark of the Covenant is there.”
His friend looked puzzled, then turned to Wyatt, who also looked puzzled. Wyatt remembered that he didn’t understand why he had said that. He later recounted that God had spoken through him. When the antiques officer heard what God had said through Wyatt, he invited him to dig in that very spot.
Wyatt flew back to the United States and told his family about this strange event. He studied the possibility that the Ark of the Covenant might be hidden under Skull Hill. The Ark of the Covenant was a structure made entirely of gold that God asked Moses to build. It was considered the seat that was the throne of God on earth. Sometimes he was hiding in the makeshift temple when Moses led the Israelites through the desert for 40 years. Once a year, the blood of a “clean” animal was shed on the right side of the “Mercy Seat.” This blood was to temporarily forgive the sins of the Israelite community. The Ark was considered so sacred that if someone touched it, they would kill it. So the Ark had to be carried by a rod on each side so that it could be carried by holy men who carry it without touching it.
After studying a bit, Wyatt and his two sons were curious to go back to Jerusalem and get a permit to dig where that old pile of rubbish still was. While they were taking out a lot of trash, digging down, with no luck finding an opening, they moved to a spot approximately twenty feet to their right. While digging, they discovered large square niches dug into the scarp. Wyatt determined that they were used by the Romans to put up posters behind crucified individuals, declaring their crimes against the Roman Empire. This could have been the place of the crucifixion of Jesus.
They returned to the original site and dug down and found a crevice that later became a wide hole that turned into a cliff, descending about 40 feet. Wyatt and his sons went down to the bottom. While shining their lanterns, they noticed a tunnel to the right that led to a cistern where they also discovered ancient Roman pottery and coins dating back to 135 AD The family’s team also discovered human bones around a large hole. Wyatt believed that executions were carried out, specifically stoning. After examining the area, he also found a stone block that covered a 20-inch hole in the ground. As he examined it, he noticed several other holes to the right and left a few feet behind the deck. Wyatt couldn’t help but think that these holes indicated where wooden posts were supported to crucify the worst criminals, because those niches they found to his right were over this area.
For the next two years, Wyatt and his sons traveled to and from Jerusalem, each time, saving enough money to continue excavating the site. Unfortunately, they were unable to find any opening that led to other rooms or caves where they had found the Roman artifacts. Wyatt and his sons chiseled through rock walls and eventually found some tunnels that led them down. Wyatt believed that the more they dug, the more they entered an earlier period in Jerusalem’s history. Still, Wyatt and his sons were unable to find the Ark of the Covenant.
By the summer of 1982, Wyatt and his family were getting discouraged. They had almost run out of money and without physical strength. Wyatt and his children fell ill. Wyatt told them to go home while he continued digging, digging holes in the stone. He tunnelled through a particular area where many stones had moved, blocking a chamber. Although Wyatt had pneumonia, he crawled through a narrow space on top of the stones. Wyatt focused his flashlight at the ceiling and saw an opening in the rock that was covered with a black liquid that had dripped onto a glowing area that looked gold. Before he passed out from exhaustion, he realized exactly what he was seeing: Christ’s blood had flowed from the exact place where he was crucified and poured out on the mercy seat of the ark. The only way the blood could have been spilled on the Ark was the fact that when an earthquake had ripped the rocks, God created a crack in the stone that allowed the blood to flow from the cross down twenty feet just above the left side of Mercy. Seat.
Wyatt returned to this place and removed the stones that prevented him from entering the chamber where he saw the Ark. When he crawled inside and pointed his flashlight at the rocks. He also saw other gold furnishings from the first temple that had been hidden from the Babylonians who sacked Jerusalem in 586 BC. These objects had been covered by an ancient cloth that disintegrated to the touch. They included: the table of showbread, the 7-branched candelabrum, the gold incense altar, a gold sensor, and a very large sword, which had belonged to Goliath, the giant who fought against David.
Wyatt had been allowed to take a blood sample from the mercy seat to a trusted laboratory in Israel. He met with the scientists and asked them to analyze the white blood cells for a chromosome count. Although he was told by lab assistants that it was impossible to get a “dead blood” count, Wyatt asked them to do it anyway and that he be present when they obtained information. As a result, the test results indicated that the person from whom the blood came had only 23 chromosomes, which was “impossible” since each living person carried 46 chromosomes: 23 from the mother and 23 from the father. Although the test concluded that all 23 chromosomes came from the mother, the father “was not human.”
This situation was impossible. The lab technicians caused a great commotion and asked Wyatt, “Whose blood is this?” Wyatt choked and said, “It’s the blood of your Messiah … Jesus Christ.” Hearing this, the technicians were completely shocked, in disbelief, shouting in rapid Hebrew.
Wyatt claimed that when he returned to the room, he encountered four angels guarding the Altar of the Covenant. They raised the mercy seat and told Ron to take out the two stone tablets that were the original Ten Commandments given to Moses by God. The angels commanded him to record the two tablets so that, one day, they could be shown to the world in the future, but not in that present moment. In fact, he told his antique friend what he had found, but was shocked when the officer told him to keep everything he discovered a secret. Wyatt was not silent for long, he went to churches to tell pastors and entire congregations about his discovery, as well as to spread the Gospel.
In 1999, on his deathbed, he confessed that everything he had discovered in Jerusalem was a true story.