of the actual Exodus route has come from divers finding
coral-encrusted bones and chariot remains in the Gulf
of the most dramatic records of Divine intervention in
history is the account of the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt
subsequent drowning of the entire Egyptian army in the
Red Sea was not an insignificant event, and confirmation
of this event is compelling evidence that the Biblical
narrative is truly authentic. Over the years, many divers
have searched the Gulf of Suez in vain for artifacts
to verify the Biblical account. But carefully following
the Biblical and historical records of the Exodus brings
you to Nuweiba, a large beach in the Gulf of Aqaba ,
as Ron Wyatt discovered in 1978.
dives in depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet deep (18m
to 60m), over a stretch of almost 2.5 km, has shown that
the chariot parts are scattered across the sea bed. Artifacts
found include wheels, chariot bodies as well as human
and horse bones.
have located wreckage on the Saudi coastline opposite
Nuweiba as well.
Since 1987, Ron
Wyatt found three 4-spoke gilded chariot wheels. Coral does
not grow on gold, hence the shape has remained very distinct,
although the wood inside the gold veneer has disintegrated
making them too fragile to move.
The hope for future
expeditions is to explore the deeper waters with remote
cameras or mini-subs. (ABOVE: GILDED CHARIOT WHEEL - Mute
witness to the miracle of the crossing of the Red Sea by
the Hebrews 3,500 years ago.) Found with metal detector.
chariot wheel, filmed off the Saudi coastline, matches
chariot wheels found in Tutankhamen's tomb.
and axle covered with coral and up-ended.
Bone - One of many found at the crossing site (above
center). This one Tested by the Dept. of Osteology at
Stockholm University , was found to be a human femur,
from the right leg of a 165-170 cm-tall man. It is essentially
'fossilized' ( i.e. replaced by minerals and coral),
hence cannot be dated by radiocarbon methods, although
this specimen was obviously from antiquity.
Pic at right
- Solomon's memorial pillar at right photo marks exodus
path at the sea's edge.
When Ron Wyatt
first visited Nuweiba in 1978, he found a Phoenician
style column lying in the water. Unfortunately the inscriptions
had been eroded away, hence the column's importance was
not understood until 1984, when a second granite column
was found on the Saudi coastline opposite -- identical
to the first, except on this one the inscription was
letters (Archaic Hebrew), it contained the words: Mizraim
(Egypt); Solomon; Edom; death; Pharaoh; Moses; and Yahweh,
indicating that King Solomon had set up these columns
as a memorial to the miracle of the crossing of the sea.
Saudi Arabia does not admit tourists, and perhaps fearing
unauthorized visitors, the Saudi Authorities have since
removed this column, and replaced it with a flag marker
where it once stood.
How deep is
the water? The Gulf of Aqaba is very deep, in places
over a mile (1,600m) deep. Even with the sea dried up,
walking across would be difficult due to the steep grade
down the sides. But there is one spot where, if the water
was removed, it would be an easy descent for people and
animals. This is the line between Nuweiba and the opposite
shore in Saudi Arabia.
expeditions have revealed a smooth, gentle slope descending
from Nuweiba out into the Gulf. This shows up almost
like a pathway on depth-recording equipment, confirming
it's Biblical description: ... a way in the sea, and
a path in the mighty waters.' (Isaiah 43:16).
The Bible writers
frequently refer to the miracle of the Red Sea crossing,
for it was an event which finds no equal in history.
The Hebrew prophets describe the sea at the crossing
site as '... the waters of the great deep ... the depths
of the sea .' (Isaiah 51:10). Knowing the exact spot
to which the Bible writers were referring, what is the
depth there? The distance between Nuweiba and where artifacts
have been found on Saudi coast is about 18km (11 miles).
( Right Illustration: Model of depths at crossing site.)
Along this line the deepest point is about 800m (2,600
feet). No wonder that inspired writers of the Bible to
describe it as the mighty waters. And no wonder that
not a single Egyptian survived when the water collapsed
in upon them.
right NUWEIBA BEACH - The spot where the crossing began.)