Ancient Discoveries on Trial

Part 2: Did Ron Wyatt find the Ark of the Covenant?

Jim Allen

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In August of 1978, Ron Wyatt was walking along Gordon's Calvary Escarpment in the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, talking with a local authority about Roman antiquities. Without warning, Ron's left hand pointed...and his mouth said, "That's Jeremiah's Grotto and the Ark of the Covenant is in there." Even though these words had come from his own mouth and his own hand had pointed, he had not consciously done these things. The man with him, quite out of character, also reacted strangely. He said, "That's wonderful! We want you to excavate, and we'll grant you your permits, put you up in a place to stay and even furnish your meals!" Ron Wyatt knew that this was a supernatural event but he also knew that not all supernatural events originate from God (Revelation 16:14). [2.1]
Did Wyatt experience a supernatural event? Is this how God speaks today? The apostle Paul was knocked from his horse in Acts 9 and later commissioned by Jesus to go to the gentiles as His chosen vessel (Acts 9:15). Was Wyatt a chosen vessel of God? Did God commission him to find the ark, and if so for what purpose? The problem with such revelations is unscrupulous believers will fake the experience. I am not suggesting Wyatt faked the experience, but the account is nevertheless supernatural and Wyatt admitted not all revelations are from God.
Jesus was the last prophet and in the latter days God spoke through Him, (Hebrews 1:1-2). Prophets of old were to reveal truth from God. That is what the OT prophets did. Jesus revealed truth to us in His personal ministry on earth; and then He, God and the Holy Spirit revealed all truth to us through the bible. There are no new revelations. The end of the Book of Revelation states, "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book" (Revelation 22:18).[2.2]
Wyatt claimed the location of the ark is directly below the spot where Jesus spoke his last words, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46)." He claims the blood of Jesus seeped through a crack in the bedrock (caused by the earthquake during the crucifixion (Matthew 27:51) onto the Ark of the Covenant as the official fulfillment of Hebrews 9:22, "Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin."

Wyatt claimed there are square holes hued from stone (for holding the crosses) and a crack running near one of them. Of this claim, there are no professional photos showing this particular discovery except for a one slightly blurred photograph. From the cave-like cavern located directly below the spot where Jesus died, Wyatt took a sample of dried blood to have it analyzed. But, before he did God told him not to reveal the results until the proper time. Earlier, Wyatt said God had chosen him for this time to reveal these things; and, that only those under satanic influence would reject his words.

Covenant Keepers said about Wyatt's excavation of the ark site:
Continuing to shift aside more rocks and wood, he then found a stone casing. The lid had cracked and had been moved aside. Ron Wyatt shone his flashlight down through the crack and saw a chest of beaten gold. He knew he was looking at the Ark of the Covenant. Overwhelmed with emotion and suffering from pneumonia Ron Wyatt passed out for 45 minutes in that chamber. It was January 6th 1982, when Ron Wyatt made this amazing discovery — exactly 3 and a half years after Ron's left hand pointed to the site and his mouth said, "That's Jeremiah's Grotto and the Ark of the Covenant is in there." Ron Wyatt tried to photograph the ark with a Polaroid, but the photos turned out foggy. He returned with a colonascope, but again the pictures turned out foggy. 2.3
If Wyatt's discovery was true, then why would he let a few foggy photographs stop him from getting a real photographer involved? Surely, photographic evidence of the claim would convince others to investigate further. But, there is no verifiable photographic evidence!

Wyatt went on to claim he also found, "The Table of Shewbread; the Golden Altar of Incense that was in front of the veil; the Golden Censer; the seven-branched Candlestick holder...a very large sword; an Ephod [priestly garment]; a Mitre [head garment] with an ivory pomegranate on the tip; a brass shekel weight; numerous oil lamps; and a brass ring which appeared to be for hanging a curtain or something similar." [2.4] Also discovered was an assortment of other artifacts of great value and wealth.

If all the discoveries by Wyatt are true, then the discovery the ark would parallel if not exceed the discovery and excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. In addition to the discovery Covenant Keepers went on to report, "The dried black substance in the ceiling crack was tested and proved to be blood, apparently the blood of Jesus Christ." [2.5]

If this astonishing discovery is true then where are the photographs of the artifacts and laboratory report of the blood analysis to uphold his claim?

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2.2 The End Time Blog...Extra-biblical Revelation

Image credit: James Jacques Joseph Tissot, "Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle," c. 1896-1902; Wikipedia Commons; public domain

Ancient Discoveries on Trial: The Series

Part 1: Are the ancient discoveries by Ron Wyatt true or religious fraud?
Part 2: Did Ron Wyatt find the Ark of the Covenant?
Part 3: Did Ron Wyatt find Noah's Ark?
Part 4: Did Ron Wyatt find the Red Sea crossing? — Coming Soon

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Published 1-28-14