In May 2003 Aaron Sen travelled with Professor Lennart Moller and Mahoney Media to Jebel el Lawz and camped there for two nights. The group was invited past the guard tower which from the sign, you can see is highly unusual, and climbed up to the blackened peak of Mount Sinai.
One can see the distinct difference in colour, from the pink rock that the mountain consists of, to the black rock that the peak consists of. Is it possible that this blackened peak is the result of the presence of God which we are told appeared in a fire? Exodus 19:18, "And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the YHVH descended upon it in fire
: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace...". Dr. Glen Fritz travelled with the group and reported that the rock found on the mountain is granite rock. When you reach the blackened peak you find quartz, granite and marble (there are two marble quarries at the top), and the black rock is basalt. Some black rock can be found with a pink rock running through it. Spectroscopy, satellite imagery, ground truthing, ariel photography and the geologic map all confirm that the black rock on top of al Maccla (the blackened peak of Jebel el Lawz) is basalt.
Subsequently Glen Fritz emailed me with another description of the geology of that area:
"Jabal al Lawz itself is all salmon-colored granite. Jabal al Maqla, located about 4.5 miles to the SSE, hosts a potential area for the Hebrews to encamp on its eastern base.
Jabal al Maqla has granite on its lower elevations and dark rock on its upper and western elevations. This dark formation was identified by the USGS survey as "flows of basalt, diabase, and andesite, with some green schist and amphibolites."
These rock types are volcanic and metamorphosed volcanic. Metamorphic rock is produced by heat and pressure. I took rock samples from this area and found them to agree with the prior USGS geological maps for this area.
There are also some small outcroppings of white marble sandwiched between the basalt and the granite. We visited an ancient quarry at one of these outcroppings, about 1000’ above the eastern base of Maqla.
Marble is metamorphosed limestone or dolomite... Below is a photo of the three representative rock types from J. Maqla."
Another remarkable find was discovered in the area. A massive split boulder, sixty foot high, forty foot wide,
forty foot wide and twenty foot deep, sitting on top of a rocky hill. Is there
an account in the Bible that talks of such a rock? "Behold
I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou
shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that
the people may drink."
Exodus 17:6.. Moses had led the people accross the desert to
Mount Sinai,and they were now complaining because they had no water.
It was for this reason that God commanded Moses to strike this rock,
that God could manifest His power to perform miracles, and cause
water to flow from this rock.
Upon closer investigation we can see clear evidence of massive amounts of water erosion coming from the rock, quite an impossibility considering this was located in the middle of the dry desert!
Also in the area Ron found the twelve wells
at Elim mentioned in Exodus 15:27,
the stone altar mentioned in Exodus
20:24, the altar that Moses built and dedicated to, "Jehovah-nissi"
in Exodus 17:15. He found a
broken section of a grinding stone or millstone. The Bible says
the Israelites gathered and ground manna in mills, Numbers
11:8. The altar mentioned
in Exodus 24:4 was also located and several items of pottery (Leviticus
6:28, 11:33, 15:12).
As well as the altar Moses built, Exodus 24:4 also mentions 12 pillars that Moses erected at the bottom of Mount Sinai, and indeed Ron Wyatt did discover the remains of marble pillars there.
Exodus 32:5 tells the account of Aaron building an altar to the
golden calf, and Ron found an altar with twelve Egyptian style petraglyphs
of calves. An archaeologist from Riyadh University became very excited
when he saw these calves, he pointed out that they were of Egyptian
style, and were not to be found anywhere else in Saudi Arabia. The
account tells of Moses' anger on seeing the idolatry of the Israelites,
and how he melted down the golden calf that they were worshipping.
Ron Wyatt found the gold dust inside the altar.
Other Egyptian style calves were found in the rock art at the bottom of Mount Sinai, and even this Hebrew menorah!
12:18-21, 26, "And
so terrible was the sight that Moses said, I exceedingly fear
and quake...Who's voice then shook the earth: But now He hath
promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but
also heaven." When God's consuming presence on Mount
Sinai shook the earth, Moses said it was fearful. But God has
promised that He will sometime very soon not only shake the earth,
but the heavens also - at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Mount Sinai is intrinsically linked to the Tables of Stone and the Ten Commandments. Why is God drawing our attention to all these things at this time in Earth's history?