THE MOUNTAIN MELTED BY FIRE
The Bedouins call this mountain in ancient Midian, “Jebel el Lawz.” It stands there in stark contrast to the other mountains of the area, scorched black on the top. The Scriptures describe the time when Moses ascended to the top of the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments –
“And Mount Sinai was altogether in a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.” Exodus 19:18
Explorer Ron Wyatt knew that locating the Red Sea crossing site was the first step in finding the real Mount Sinai. In 1984, after he had found evidence of underwater chariot wheels off Neweiba Beach, forty miles south of Eilat, Israel, Wyatt and his two sons entered Saudi Arabia. They discovered that the upper 200 feet of Jebel el Lawz is burned black, as pictured above.
Wyatt and his sons were apprehended by Saudi government officials and were accused of being spies. They were held prisoner for two months awaiting execution. After Ron helped to heal many sick prisoners, the authorities listened to his story and accompanied him to the column at the Saudi beach, then to Mt. Sinai. It was then that they believed his story and released him. But they confiscated his photographs before letting him and his sons go. U.S. Government satellite photos and a few private photos smuggled out of the country reveal the secret mountain by its unique blackened peak.
When Wyatt visited the site again a year later, a Saudi archeologist accompanied him and discovered that the Saudi government erected a fence and a guard house preventing access to the mountain on the eastern side. The sign stated, "Archaeological area...unlawful to trespass, subject to penalty."
Unlike the traditional site in the Sinai Peninsula, there are thousands of acres in which to encamp at the base of this mountain. Evidence abounds that this once was the encampment for many people. It should be noted here that there is absolutely no evidence of such an encampment or other artifacts at the traditional Mount Sinai located in the heart of the Sinai desert. Sometimes we assume things because someone makes a wild guess or writes a name on a map. The fact is, the real Mount Sinai is not in the Sinai Peninsula but in Saudi Arabia.
The New Testament bears testimony of the real location of the mount as we read in Galatians 4:25 – “ . . . Mount Sinai is in Arabia . . . “
At the base of the mountain, Wyatt and the Saudi archeologist found a dozen giant boulders stacked in the encampment area. Twelve ancient Egyptian petroglyphs of bulls were clearly visible. It is believed the golden calf was placed upon these rocks. Large altars were also found on the east and west sides of the mountain.
On the western or back side of the mountain is Rephidim where Moses and the Children of Israel first encamped before reaching Mt. Sinai. It was here that Moses struck the rock, above, which gushed forth large quantities of water. The giant 60 foot rock is on a 300 foot tall hill, and has obvious signs of water erosion, yet it is located in this extreme desert region. The split in the rock is so large that an adult can easily walk through it.
A square 20 foot altar is also at this site, which was built after the Children of Israel defeated the Amalakites. The Amalakite territory covered "south of Judah and probably extended into northern Arabia" Britannica.
A book has been written by Swedish scientist, Dr. Lennart Moller. He has extensively researched both the Red Sea crossing site and Jebel el Lawz first hand. The book has over 550 color illustrations including topics of the real Mount Sinai, the Red Sea Crossing site at Neweiba Beach, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Joseph's grain storage complex in Egypt.
The top of Mt. Sinai is black and melted by the fire.
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