1994 Wyatt Archaeological Research
In 1978 Ron Wyatt was walking along the Calvary Escarpment when something happened to him that has, so far, only occurred once in his life. His left arm raised up and pointed to the escarpment and his voice said, "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. He was walking with a man who was the head of the Israeli Antiquities Department, and this man said, "That's wonderful! We'll not only furnish the 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 6th, 1982.
On this 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 thick wall, too narrow for him to fit in, 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?" and he was scared to death. The young boy refused ever again to enter that cave system. He now lives outside Israel, and because of governmental visitor regulations he cannot re-enter the country. (This boy's family was of great assistance in helping Ron to find the very probable Cave of Machpelah - see Newsletter # 4.) During Ron's excavations 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 place. 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 1/2 inches deep, and there was a stone 'plug' in the top of it that was squarish and approximately 8 inches thick. But most importantly, there was a very sizable split in the rocks on the left side of the cross hole. 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 2.00pm in the afternoon of January 6th, 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 furs 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; then Ron realized what had taken place there nearly 2,000 years ago! Overwhelmed with emotion and double pneumonia, Ron passed out for 45 minutes in that chamber.
Hopefully within a year or so it will be time to reveal the Ark of the Covenant to the entire world. When the Lord says, 'Its time,' Ron 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 puddle 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 a nurse anesthetist in several hospitals, and he's seen lots of blood. Christ's blood only has 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 the 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 had 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 doubt that Jesus was no mere 'good teacher' or 'just a good man' -Jesus Christ was the divine Son of God!
From the very moment that the first sin was committed, all mankind fell under a death sentence:
(Rom 6:23) For the wages of sin is death. What is sin? (1 John 3:4)
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law. What 'law' is spoken of here?
it is God's great Law, which has been in effect for eternity and was written by His Own Finger in stone at Mt. Sinai
- the 10 Commandments. All born on this earth have committed sin, except for one MAN. And because of this 'death sentence'
God sent His Son, Who was born in human flesh but committed NO sin, to physically suffer the sentence of death,
that His payment for sins that He DIDN'T commit could be transferred to all those who came to Him to be reprieved from that sentence.
The sacrificial system, (which God gave to Adam and later in a more elaborate form, to the children of Israel) was a panoramic view of the method by which the Messiah would one day take away the sins of those who came to the (in the Messiah's Name and Blood) in faith and obedience (Psalms 77:13) Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary; who is so great a God as our God? All 'types' depicted in this system, the Israelites knew, would one day find their fulfillment. (However, they applied to prophecies to the wrong times and events - are we making the same mistakes today?)
The Messiah was foretold by Isaiah;
(Isa 61:1) "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. "
Until the Messiah gave His life that we may have eternal life through Him, every man had sinned and was a lawful captive of Satan. (Isa 49:24) Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? Isa 49: 25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. . After Moses died Michael came to take his body to heaven - (remember Moses was on the Mount of Transfiguration with Christ) and Satan disputed with Michael claiming Moses belonged to him; (Jude 9) - Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. Until the death of Christ, all men were captives of Satan condemned to death.But Isaiah also told about the death of the Messiah and how it would free men from Satan's claim; (Isa 28:19) Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise, Awake and sing ye that dwell in the dust for thy dew is as the dew of herb's and the earth shall cast out the dead.
When Christ died, and His Blood fell upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark, hidden in a chamber beneath the very site upon which Christ was crucified, it was finished - death was defeated (Matt 27:50) Jesus when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. Verse 51 And Behold the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; Verse 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, Verse 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. The firstfruits of the resurrection arose from their graves when Christ, Himself arose (Eph 4:7) But every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Verse 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive (a multitude of captives - marginal reading) and gave gifts unto men.
Salvation through faith and obedience is a free gift from Christ, the fulfillment of every 'type portrayed in the early sacrificial system. But until His death, every (type) would meet its 'antitype on earth, not in Heaven. For we know that Christ told Mary on the day of His resurrection that He had not yet ascended to His Father (John 20:17) His Blood was shed on earth - not in Heaven. And God preserved His earthly throne, the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant, and kept it undefiled by either man or Satan. Only upon the Mercy Seat could Christ's Blood be offered to His Father. When the Blood and Water fell upon it, the offering was accepted. The once and eternal offering was made, His Blood fell upon the earthly Throne of His Father, the central object of the Most Holy Place - and Daniel wrote when this would occur; (Dan 9:24) Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins (translated) 'sin offerings' 116 times, and 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. The Hebrew, here trans- lated to read'Most Holy'is the very same phrase as 'Most Holy Place' and is also used many times to designate objects in the Most Holy Place. And since 'anointing' was symbolic of the cleansing covering by Christ's Blood, the 'antitype' of the anointing of the 'Most Holy' can only be the 'anointing; of the central object of the Most Holy Place by the only substance in the universe which can ever clean- se and purify the Blood of Christ. And beneath the Mercy Seat that His blood fell upon, are the 2 tables of stone with the 10 Commandment written by His Own finger. Until Christ died, all mankind remained doomed by the death sentence. Those who lived BEFORE His death however, were commanded to observe the 'law contained in ordinances' also called the 'book of the law' the 'law of Moses' etc This 'system' of 'types and shadows' revealed how the Mess -iah would one day die, the 'once and eternal Sacrifice' for all mankind. Those who observed this 'law' out of obedience, in faith and repen- tance for their sins, were accounted worthy to receive Christ's future gift because of their faith that one day He WOULD come and offer His life for their sins. From the beginning, this system was designed to end when it was fulfilled in Him. (Eph 2:15) Having abolished in his flesh the enmity; even the law of commandments contained in ordinances,... (Col 2:14)
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.There was no cleansing from sin in these sacrifices (Heb 11:4) - only in the faith of the people of the future Messiah. Who would be in the true Lamb of God, fulfilling the events their sacrifices portrayed. In Isaiah's time, their observance of the sacri -ficial system was not done out of this faith, but in a spirit of legalism, and it was not acceptable by God. (Isa 66:3) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as it he offered swine's blood, he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
The law of sacrifices (types and shadows) was invalidated by Christ's death and came to an end. But God's great law, the 10 Commandments, remained in force. If He had been able to change His Law, WHY would He have allowed His Son to die the horrible death He died? The ONLY time God spoke to His people audibly, was when He spoke His 10 Commandments at Mt. Sinai. And He states; (Psa 89:34) My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.> Christ's death was the only event in the universe that could ratify that covenant and offer mankind salvation. And it Is a free gift - but this 'gift' doesn't free us from the, 'law' (10 commandments) in the sense that we no longer have to obey it. The gift of salvation is available to all who come to Him in faith and REPEN- TANCE, as Christ, Himself stated. (Luke 5:32) I came not to call the righ- teous, but sinners to repentance. To those who come to Him in sorrow that they haved sinned, He offers to cleanse them of their past sins and give them the ability to avoid future sin. (Heb 10:26) For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. The 'sacrifice' Paul is referring to is Christ, whom David wrote about 1,000 years before He came (Psa 40:6) Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire, mine ears hast thou opened, burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Verse 7 Then said I, Lo, I come; in the volume of the book it is written of me, Verse 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God, yea, thy law is within my heart.
WILL IT BE FOUND?
Q: WILL THE 2 TABLES OF STONE GIVEN TO MOSES AND PLACED IN THE ARK OF THE COVENANT BE FOUND?
Ans: We shall review some statements from the Spirit of Prophecy. Firstly, there is one which says that Tables of Stone will appear in the sky: Just before Christ descends from heaven at His Second Coming, the clouds sweep back, and the starry heavens are seen unspeakably glorious in contrast with the black and angry firmament on either side. The glory of the celestial city streams from the gates ajar. Then there appears against the sky a hand holding two tables of stone folded together. Says the prophet: 'The
heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself;' Psalm 50:6 That holy law, God's righteousness, that amid thunder and flame was proclaimed from Sinai as the guide of life, is now revealed to men as the rule of judgment. The hand opens the tables, and there are seen the precepts of the Decalogue, traced as with a pen of fire. The words are so plain that all can read them. Memory is aroused, the darkness of superstition and heresy is swept from every mind, and God's ten words, brief, comprehensive, and authoritative, are presented to the view of all the inhabitants of the earth.
"It is impossible to describe the horror and despair of those who have trampled upon God's holy requirements." Great Controversy, p639.
STONES IN SKY: WHERE FROM?
Q: WHENCE DO THESE TABLES OF STONE COME?
Ans: These are now in heaven: "When God's temple in heaven is opened, what a triumphant time that will be for all who have been faithful and true! In the temple will be seen the ark of the testament in which were placed the two tables of stone, on which are written God's law. These tables of stone will be brought forth from their hiding place, and on them will be seen the Ten Commandments engraved by the finger of God...These tables of stone now lying in the ark of the testament will be a convincing testimony to the truth and binding claims of God's law." Letter 47 1902 (Quoted in the SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7. 972.)
STONES TAKEN TO HEAVEN?
Q: THE TABLES OF STONE THAT APPEAR AFTER THE SAINTS ARE DELIVERED BY THE VOICE OF GOD ARE BROUGHT FORTH FROM THE ARK OF THE TESTAMENT OF THE HEAVENLY TEMPLE. DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE ARK OF THE EARTHLY SANCTUARY WITH THE TABLES OF STONE GIVEN TO MOSES ON MOUNT SINAI, HAS BEEN TRANSPORTED TO HEAVEN?
Ans: They were not taken to heaven: "Among the righteous still in Jerusalem (at the time of Nebuchadnezzar's siege in 587 BC), to whom had been made plain the divine purpose, were some who determined to place beyond the reach of ruthless hands the sacred ark containing the tables of stone on which had been traced the precepts of the Decalogue. This they did. With mourning and sadness they secreted the ark in a cave, where it was to be hidden from the people of Israel and Judah because of their sins, and was to be no more restored to them. That sacred ark is yet hidden. It has never been disturbed since it was secreted." Prophets and Kings, p. 453. Still safely hidden: This statement is plain and unequivocal. Unless the Ark, hidden in 586 BC, has been disturbed by being taken to heaven, the Ark containing the tables of stone that were given to Moses (see 1 Kings 8:9) is still safely hidden in a cave here on earth.
TWO SETS OF STONE?
Q: Does this mean that there are two sets of tables of stone on which are inscribed God's law?
Ans: Apparently it does:
"The law is just as Jehovah wrote it, in the temple in heaven. Men may trample upon its
copy here on earth, but the original is kept in the ark of God in heaven." Signs of the Times, Dec. 22, 1887.
In Letter 15, 1895 (quoted in Sons and Daughters of God, p.56), Ellen White confirms this conclusion:
"There is not a moral precept enjoined in any part of the Bible which is not engraved with the finger
of God in His holy law on the two tables of stone. A copy was given to Moses on Mount Sinai."
How similar are these two sets of God's law? "The law of God in the sanctuary in heaven is the great original, of which the precepts inscribed upon the tables of stone and recorded by Moses in the Pentateuch were an unerring transcript."
The Great Controversy, p.435.What is meant by "an unerring transcript"?
"The law deposited in the ark on earth was an exact transcript of the law in the ark in heaven." ibid. p.435.
So there are 2 sets: * the original - in heaven * the copy - in a cave, undisturbed . The tables that will appear in the sky just before Jesus comes are NOT those given to Moses and hidden in a cave in 586 BC.
WHY DOES SHE LINK THEM?
Q: Why, then, does Ellen White seem to identify the tables that appear in the sky just before Jesus comes with "That Holy Law...That amid thunder and flame was proclaimed from Sinai"
Ans: The answer is that by the word law she is referring not to the physical tables given to Moses, on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed, but to the legal statement of the Ten Commandments, which, as we have seen, is "an exact transcript of the law in the ark in heaven."
Q: ARE WE TOLD WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE EARTHLY?
Ans: An intriguing statement concerning the earthly follows: "Christ gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communicating with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written by the finger of God." Nothing written on those tables could be blotted out. The precious record of the law was placed in the ark of the testament and is still there, safely hidden from the human family. But in God's appointed time He will bring forth these tables of stone to be a testimony to all the world against the disregard of His commandments and against the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath." Manuscript 122, 1901. (Quoted in The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 1, p.1109)
Q: WHAT IS GOD'S APPOINTED TIME"?
Ans: There is no mention of the Mosaic tablets being brought forth in connection with the appearance of the original tables in the sky. Therefore, the conclusion seems inescapable that that is not the "appointed time" for them to be brought forth.
When we take into account that the wicked are dead during the 1,000 years, when the bringing forth of the
Mosaic tables could not be a "testimony (to them)... against the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath", it is evident that that is not the "appointed time" either.
And because the vast majority of those who come up in the second resurrection at the end of the 1,000 years know nothing about "the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath," it seems evident that that also in not the "appointed time".
BUT: This leaves the period between the present and the time when the original tables appear in the sky as the only time when the "appointed time" logically can be located.
In light of the fact that the Mosaic tables are brought forth "as a testimony to all the world against the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath," the "appointed time" evidently coincides with the time when God's commandments are being disregarded and the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath has become a worldwide issue.
Q: WHEN DOES THE QUESTION OF WORSHIP ON SUNDAY BECOME A WORLDWIDE ISSUE?
Ans: Ellen White declares: "False religion will be exalted. The first day of the week, a common working day, possessing no sanctity whatever, will be set up as was the image at Babylon. All nations and tongues and people will be commanded to worship this spurious Sabbath." Signs of the Times, May 6, 1897.
"The Lord has shown me clearly that the image of the beast will be formed before probation closes; for it is to be the great test for the people of God, by which their eternal destiny will be decided..."This is the test that the people of God must have before they are sealed. All who prove their loyalty to God by observing His law, and refusing to accept a spurious Sabbath, will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah, and will receive the seal of the living God. Those who yield the truth of heavenly origin and accept the Sunday Sabbath, will receive the mark of the beast." - Letter 11, 1890 (Quoted in the SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p.976).
Ark of the Covenant Discovered in a cave beneath the crucifixion site, in Jerusalem, with the Ten Commandments still inside! Will God allow the Two Tables of Stone to be shown to the world?
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"And then the great deceiver will persuade men that those who serve God are causing these evils. The class that have provoked the displeasure of Heaven will charge all their troubles upon those whose obedience to God's commandments is a perpetual reproof to transgressors. It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday Sabbath: that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favour and temporal prosperity. Thus the accusation urged upon of old against the servant of God will be repeated and upon grounds equally well established: "And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him Art thou he that that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim." 1 Kings18:17-18.
As the wrath of the people shall be excited by false charges, they will pursue a course toward God's ambassadors very similar to that which apostate Israel pursued toward Elijah.
The miracle-working power manifested through spiritualism will exert its influence against those who choose to obey God rather than men. Communications from the spirits will declare that God has sent them to convince the rejecters of Sunday of their error, affirming that the laws of the land should be obeyed as the law of God. They will lament the great wickedness in the world and second the testimony of religious teachers that the degraded state of morals is caused by the desecration of Sunday. Great will be the indignation excited against all who refuse to accept their testimony." Great Controversy p590