They found the Ark of the Covenant where Moses placed the 10 Commandments, in a cave under Golgotha.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. Who would have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Tim 2:3-6
Rom 3:28-30 Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes of the Gentiles also; Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcised through faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for their is no difference.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past over, through the forbearance of God. Rom 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have ever-lasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:14to17
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
He that believes on him is not condemned; but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. John 3:18to20
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:7to10
After being lost for over 2,600 years they found the Ark of the Covenant in a cave directly under where Jesus’ cross had stood on Golgotha, the Place of a skull where Jesus was crucified. God did this purposely so that everyone might understand the link between the Jewish Old Testament and the Christian New Testament. And they found a crack in the rock caused by an earthquake in the ceiling of the cave just above the Ark of the Covenant, that went strait up to the cross-hole where Jesus’ cross stood, and the gold mercy seat between the two angles was sprinkled with Christ’s (the Messiah’s) blood. Jesus the Son of God, The innocent Lamb that God the Father knew would have to be slain to pay for the sins of many, before He even laid the foundations of the earth.
There was an earthquake when Jesus’ died, which fractured the rock and opened a fissure that ran down the cliff face of Skull mountain next to the cross and down through 20 foot of solid rock and cracked the stone lid pushing it aside, on top of the black stone volt where the Ark of the Covenant lie hidden inside. And the blood of Christ ran down through that crevice and onto the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant that was hidden by God and the prophet Jeremiah, 620 years earlier when Solomon s temple was destroyed by the Babylonians. There are dark bloodstains on the ceiling of the cave on the sides of the crack, and on both sides of cracked stone volt cover and on the gold mercy seat of the ark. The crack above the ark went directly up to the crack in the cross-hole, which was determined by passing up a metal tape measure through the crack.
The Bible states that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Just as the blood of innocent animals was symbolic of the actual blood sacrifice that Jesus Christ would make for us on the cross, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. Jesus the Messiah fulfilled the covenant requirement for atonement.
Just as the lambs blood sprinkled on the doors saved the Jews from God’s wrath when the Angle of Death Passed Over Egypt. The lambs blood sprinkled on the mercy seat saves those who follow in the footsteps Jesus Christ the Messiah. 1 Peter 1:18to25 Knowing that not by corruptible things as by silver or by gold, ye were redeemed from you vain manner of life handed down from your fathers. But by the precious blood as of a lamb, without blemish and without spot the blood of Christ. Having been foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested at the last times for your sake. Who by him do believe in God, who raised him up out of the dead, and gave glory to him, so that your faith and hope would be in God. That your souls having purified by obedience to the truth by the Spirit into brotherly love unfeigned, out of a pure heart love ye one another fervently. Having been begotten again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of the living God and abiding forever. Because all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower thereof falls away; but the word of the Lord remains forever. But this is the word, which was announced to you.
In 586 BC King Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon had ransacked Jerusalem and destroyed Solomon’s Temple, and carried off the severing Jews to Babylon as his slaves (II Kings 25). In 2 Kings 24:13, 2Kings 25:13-18, and Jeremiah 52:17-23, a very detailed account was given of the items taken to Babylon from the “king’s house” and the “house of the Lord”- it even mentioned small items like “spoons”, etc.
But the Ark isn’t mentioned. Neither is it mentioned in the lists of things brought back from Babylon in Ezra 1:7-1:11. Since we are told in Jeremiah 28:3 that everything taken to Babylon from the “house of the Lord” would be returned, and since the Ark wasn’t among the returned items, this proves that it was never taken there.
In II Maccabees 2:4-8 (apocrypha) it says “Jeremiah found a cave dwelling; and he carried the tent, the ark, and the incense altar into it, then he blocked up the entrance. ‘The place shall remain unknown,’ he said, “until God finally gathers His people together and shows mercy to them. Then the Lord, will bring these things to light again.”
One day, in 1978, an Amateur Archaeologist named Ron Wyatt was walking not far from the Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, along an ancient stone quarry, known to many as Golgatha, the Place of a skull “the Calvary Escarpment.” Ron was talking with a man from the local Israeli Antiquities Authority. They were talking about Roman antiquities when without warning his left hand pointed to pile of dirt, stone, and trash at the bottom of the cliff face. The people living in Jerusalem were using this sacred holy place as a rubbish dump, and Ron said, “That’s Jeremiah’s Grotto and the Ark of the Covenant is in there.”
Even though these words had come out of Ron’s mouth and his hand had pointed to the site, he had no idea why he suddenly said or did 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, wash your cloths, and furnish your meals!”
Ron and his two sons began by digging straight down, at the base of a cliff face, a cliff face known to many as Golgotha. The first thing they uncovered were recesses cut into the cliff face, three ‘bookshelf-like’ cut outs. Ron’s thought was that these could be the recesses that held the signs that the Romans put above the cross of Christ. In Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26 and Luke 23:38 the Bible says that the superscription was written “over” Jesus, which fits with what Ron found.
John 19:17-18 “And He bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha: Where they crucified Him an two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the mist.”
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Heb. 13:12
Matt 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
John 19:19to21 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it upon (over) the cross. And the writing was, “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.” This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city; and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priest of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
Then Ron uncovered even more evidence that convinced him this was the site of the crucifixion. Four cross-holes cut 22” down into the rock, one higher up than the rest on a platform and set back. The other three were in a line lower down and in front. The upper cross-hole would have most likely held the ‘worst or the most notorious’ criminal, and we know from the Biblical account that the two cross-holes on either side held the two thieves that were crucified with Christ. The crucifixion site was next to a road that went past the base of the cliff. Each of the of cross-holes had a 4″ thick square stone cover to prevent someone from falling in the holes, with a notch in the side, so you could reach your hand in it and pull the stone out. In one of the cross-holes Ron’s son found a Roman coin with Emperor Tiberius face on it, he was Emperor from 14 to 37 AD.
As they continued to clear the area they discovered the foundation walls of an early Christian church 22×40 that had been built around the crucifixion sight. As they were digging to uncover the front foundation wall of the church they discovered a large thick rounded table-top. Using ground-penetrating radar Ron found a large round stone to be thirteen feet 2” in diameter and two foot thick, in front of the crucifixion site. He tried to completely uncover it, but it was buried underneath about twenty feet of earth and he was afraid that the dirt above him might cave in on top of him. He considered that it may possibility be the large stone from the Garden Tomb, which is about a 100 yards away. Ron went to the tomb to see if the stone would fit. He measured the width of the channel that held the round tombstone, and what the diameter would have been. Amazingly, the channel was designed to hold a stone with a width of two feet! And the outline of the diameter of the size of the stone that had been rolled in front of the tomb sealing it, was also the same size of stone that they found at the crucifixion site- thirteen feet, 2”inces. The Bible says that, ” a great stone” was rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb.
In 1867 a man bought some land along the scull-faced hill. He wanted to dig a large cistern storm drain to collect rainwater, so he could cultivate a garden in this area. As he excavated down along the cliff face, he reach the floor of the old quarry bedrock, a level that dated back to the time of Jesus. And here he unearthed an old tomb very close to the skull hill crucifixion site.
“Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulcher in which no one had yet been laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulcher was nigh at hand.” John 19:41-42
“And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.” Mark 15:46
In front of this tomb is a trough for a large stone to roll in front of the tomb entrance. At the right hand side of the trough is a block of stone, which would stop the stone and prevent if from rolling any feather to the right. And there was a cut in the side of the cliff face to match the shape and diameter of the stone. The Bible describes a tomb hewn out of rock, in a garden nearby, and that it was the tomb made for a rich man named Joseph of Arimathaea, who besought Pilate that he might take Jesus’ body down from the cross and place him in the tomb. (Matt. 27:57-60).
Ron worked with a small Arab man who would crawl in through the many gaps and passage ways that were too small for Ron to easily fit through first to see if they would lead to any large rooms or they were just a dead end. The conditions were damp, with plenty of dust and little oxygen. Sometimes Ron would have to exhale to squeeze himself through the smallest of holes. One day he asked the man to crawl in through a tiny entrance to a cave, as usual. When he had done so, he rushed out with terror in his eyes, screaming, “What’s in there! What’s in there!” The man hurriedly exited the cave system and refused ever to return.
Excitedly, Ron made the entrance to this chamber bigger so he could craw in. He found himself crawling across rocks that were piled up almost to the ceiling of the cave. Ron shined his flashlight down between the stones and he could see gold shinning back up at him. Ron began to move the rocks aside, in order to reveal what was underneath. He uncovered some dry rotted wooden boards which when he moved aside revealed animal skins. Something shiny was under the animal skins. Moving them aside, he uncovered the Table of Shew-bread, from the first temple. Continuing to shift aside more rocks and wood, he noticed a large stone volt in the corner of the room. The lid was cracked and had been moved aside. Ron 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 passed out for 45 minutes in that chamber. It was January 6th 1982, when Ron made this amazing discovery. He tried to photograph the Ark of the Covenant with a Polaroid camera, but the photos turned out foggy, they tried a 35 mm and a video camera and the photos turned out foggy. He returned with a colonascope, but again the photos turned out foggy.
In the cave Ron uncovered a stone volt containing the Ark of the Covenant, the Table of Shewbread, the golden Altar of Incense. The Golden Censer, the 7-branched Lampstand (with golden oil lamps bowls built into the tips of the branches). An ephod, a miter with an ivory pomegranate on the tip, a brass shekel weight, numerous oil lamps, and brass ring most likely used for hanging a curtain or something similar. And a very large sword, 5′ 2″ long, which was most likely the sword that King Solomon’s Father David, had used to cut off the head of Goliath.
Ron found the original entrance door to the chamber and when he broke through to the other sided he discovered a very large tunnel which extended in both directions. But he discovered that it was completely blocked with large stones in both directions. The problem now was to find the original tunnel they used to bring the items into the chamber, because the large stones were too big to get out through the narrow passage way Ron used to get into the chamber.
In the winter of 1854 near the Damascus Gate, Dr. Barclay rediscovered “Zedekiah’s Cave,” a vast cavern under the city, extending 750 feet into “Mt. Moriah. Beginning at the trench or dry moat separating the northern and southern portion of Mt. Moriah, it is 325 feet wide at the maximum point and average height is almost 50 feet high. It had been an underground stone quarry at one time. There are those who believe that King David and King Solomon used the stone to build the city and the first temple. At first it was believed that there was no entrance from the underground quarry up into the city, but Ron discovered that one of the pillars of solid rock left in place to support the ceiling, to prevent the cavern from collapsing, wasn’t a stone pillar at all. It was a giant mound of earth and debris, piled up, he believed, to the ceiling and through the hole in the ceiling to ground level. On the surface it would look like normal ground, but it was actually a hidden entrance way in the city down into the quarry below.
Ron began to wonder if there were any tunnels leading from the underground quarry to Golgotha? If so, perhaps the Ark of the Covenant and other items had been lowered through a hole in the floor of the temple mount into the cavern, and then through a tunnel to its present location under the crucifixion sight. So he began to look for tunnels that lead in that direction. And sure enough, he found one. Almost completely hidden from view by boulders and overhanging rock, there was an opening into the cave wall that was sealed with several large cut rocks and it was heading in the right direction. But it was a long ways from the site where Ron had found the Ark. If this was the main tunnel that Jeremiah used to carry the Ark of the Covenant to the chamber under Golgotha, Ron would have a big job ahead of him clearing out such a long tunnel. Across the street from the entrance to “Zedekiah’s Cave,” is a bus station and behind the bus station is Skull mountain.
There is secret that very few people know about. Under the Muslim Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem there is a hole in the floor, which leads down into a secret chamber called the Well of Souls, with underground caves leading off in all directions. One of these caves beneath the bedrock leads to one of the most important archeological finds in world History, which is extremely significant to three of the world’s major religions, the Jews, Arabs and Christians. The answer to one of the world’s most baffling mysteries lies hidden under the site where the Babylonian Army destroyed Solomon’s Temple in 586 B.C. The fabled and elusive Ark of the Covenant, which contained the original Ten Commandments, tablets of stone written by the finger of God and given to Moses at Mount Sinai as the ancient Israelite s wandered in the desert.
Very few people know about this hole in the floor that leads down into the Well of Souls, but if you go to the Muslim Dome of the Rock shrine and knock on the floor, you can hear the resounding hollow echoes coming from the chamber below. The Well of Souls is purportedly located below a natural cave under the rock upon which Jewish tradition says Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. Islamic tradition indicates Muhammad ascended to heaven from this same rock. Today no one is allowed to access these subterranean chambers under the Temple Mount, for fear that someone might fill them with explosives and destroy the Muslim Temple. The Temple Mount and the natural cave below the Dome of the Rock are periodically open to tourists, depending upon the local security and political situation.
The Ark of the Covenant has been found – now revealed to the world the blood of Christ on the mercy seat and what it means – the most important information in the world revealed.
Isaiah 53:1to12, “Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 52:14-15 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more that the sons of man: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
Psalms 22:6-8 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. Matt 27:39-44 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.” He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that said, “This man calls for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation (for the Passover), that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other, which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true; and he knows what he said is true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture says, “They shall look on him whom they pierced.”
Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Ronn Wyatt removed a sample of Christ’s blood from the Mercy Seat of the Ark in the cave and paid a lab in Israel to do an analysis of the blood. They put the dark dried-out substance in saline solution for 72 hours, then added a growth medium to the blood for 48 hours. Mr. Wyatt asked them to do a chromosome test, but they informed him that he was wasting his money since you can’t do a chromosome test on dead white blood cells. They proceeded with the analysis and said, “It’s your money.” As they began viewing the cells under the microscope, they saw cells dividing before their eyes! They could tell it was human blood, but “This blood is alive!” They couldn’t believe what they were seeing! They continued with their tests and found the blood to be unique from any other human blood! Each cell contained only 24 chromosomes compared to the normal count of 46 that you and I have. Christ received 23 chromosomes from Mary, and one “y” chromosome from His heavenly Father to designate a male child. Others in the lab were asked to come see for themselves. With tears in their eyes they asked, “Whose blood is this?” Mr. Wyatt replied, “It is the blood of your Messiah.” Then they asked who the Messiah was, and they began wailing and shouting. No other male human being has ever had this same chromosome count! Christ’s blood is alive and unique to prove His divinity to the world before He returns to this earth. When these tests are repeated for all the world to see, everyone will learn that Jesus was more than a preacher, He was and is the Son of God!
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it you upon
the altar to make an ATONEMENT for your souls: for it its the blood
that makes an ATONEMENT FOR THE SOULS” Lev. 17: 11.
For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matt:26:28
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins… And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat dawn on the right hand of God. From henceforth
expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” Heb. 10:4+11-13 (KJV).
Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindred’s of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
I AM the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come the ALMIGHTY. Rev. 1:7+8