After researching the route that the Israelites took in their exodus from Egypt, Ron Wyatt found that the biblical description fitted perfectly with a deep gorge called Wadi Watir. The book of Exodus explains how God led the children of Israel, "not through the way of the land of the Philistines although that was near... but God led the people about through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea." (Exodus 13:17, 18).
Here we find a vast, open desert area. Then in Exodus 14:1, 2
God tells them to turn off the highway, which Ron found led to a canyon now called Wadi Watir. The Bible records the reaction of Pharaoh when he was informed of their deviation from the highway, (Exodus 14:3
), "They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
" Wadi Watir is a long deep canyon which fits this description perfectly.
Traditionally it is believed that the Red Sea crossing took place on the Gulf of Suez. However, there are no mountains to be found there. The area is completely flat, unlike the biblical description. The Gulf of Suez was also a popular site because it is traditionally believed that Mt. Sinai is on the Sinai Peninsula, but the Bible tells us differently, (Galations 4:25), "Mt. Sinai in ARABIA". After several miles Wadi Watir opens out to a large beach area, on the western coast of the Gulf of Aquaba.
beach area along the Gulf of Aquaba, that would have been large enough to accommodate the estimated two million people and their flocks.
The Israelites were prevented from traveling north by the presence of an Egyptian military fortress. Indeed to the north of the mouth of Wadi Watir we find an ancient fortress, could this have been the place referred to in the Bible as, Migdol, (Exodus 14:2
). To the south the mountains extend all the way down to the sea, thus preventing any further passage. Of course they could not turn around and retrace their steps as the Egyptian army was pursuing them. God had brought them to a point where only He could deliver them, "And Moses said unto the people, fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will show you today, for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them no more again forever...and the LORD caused the sea to go back by strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
" (Exodus 14:13, 21, 22
Ron found a column lying face down on the shore. On the Saudi side he found another exactly the same with an inscription in Archaic Hebrew that read, "MIZRAIM (Egypt), SOLOMON, EDOM, DEATH, PHARAOH, MOSES, YAHWEH." He believed that they were erected by Solomon to commemorate the crossing of the Red Sea here. The inscriptions on the column found lying on the shore were eroded away and the Egyptian authorities have since set it in concrete.
On diving down to the sea bed, in 1978, Ron Wyatt and his two sons found and photographed numerous coral encrusted chariot parts. Several dives since then have revealed more and more evidence. One of his finds included an eight spoke chariot wheel, which Ron took to the director of Egyptian Antiquities, Dr. Nassif Mohammed Hassan. Chariot boxes, human skeletal remains, four, six and eight spoke chariot wheels all lie as a silent testimony to the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea. Dozens of other independent groups and individuals have dived there to confirm the findings, including Dr. Lennart Moller who subsequently authored "The Exodus Case", Discovery Media Productions who produced "The Exodus Revealed", and Mahoney Media who are releasing "The Exodus Conspiracy", among others.
Ron Wyatt and his sons found this gold plated gold wheel below. They tried to retrieve it but as they gently lifted it, it begand to crumble. Apparantly the wood inside had rotted away and only the thin gold veneer was left.
Below you can see a rib cage, and a horse's hoof that was recovered from the sea bed. The hoof now resides in the Wyatt Museum in Tennessee. The last picture shows a coralised femur that was retrieved from the sea bed. It shows a real femur for comparison on the left of the picture. The coralised femur was taken to the Department of Osteology in Stockholm University by Professor Lennart Moller, and proved to be a right side femur of a man approximately 162cm in height. While the bone could not be dated precisely it proved to be from antiquity. Aaron Sen and Dr. Nerida Titchiner discovered the femur and said it was discovered within a very large pile of similarly shaped corals.
Below are four pictures of a chariot hub discovered in 1998 at about 10m depth. It is a four spoked hub, with one spoke missing.
When compared to a six spoked hub from Tutankhamun's tomb in the Cairo Museum, you can see that if the wood had rotted away, it would leave the gold hub which is exactly the shape we see in the coral encrusted hub.
These three pictures below were taken for Discovery Media Productions. Aaron Sen discovered this wheel at 28m in 2000. It rested at a 45 degree angle so the back was visible, but so much coral had grown on it, it was too heavy to even move. The wheel was metal which would add to the weight. Metal detector showed metal readings where the hub and spokes would be, but no where else on the coral. This could not have been an ordinary coral as an ordinary coral would not produce strong metal readings in the centre (the hub) and at six, equidistant protrusions from the hub (the spokes).
The next few pictures were taken by Viveka Ponten who lived in Saudi Arabia until the 1990s. She dived on the Saudi side directly oppositte Nuweiba and photographed these wheels below.
Below are two pictures of the same wheel. This wheel was found on the Saudi side too. The picture on the right has a line drawing representing the wheel, showing the hub, spokes and rim.
These two pictures below are of the same wheel, one being a close up. Again, it was discovered on the Saudi side.
Below are two pictures of the same wheels discovered by Ron Wyatt. They are still attached to their axle, and standing up on one end. The left picture shows the top wheel close up. The right picture shows the whole axle with the two wheels. Anyone who has spent a lot of time diving will recognise that this is not an ordinary coral. The stem (axle) is too perfectly straight for example.
Below one can see a picture of a wheel discovered by Ron Wyatt. It is a still taken from an underwater video shot in the late 70s or early 80s (hence the quality). On the right is the same picture with a line drawing representing the hub, rim and spokes.
Perhaps most amazing of all, is the presence of an under water pathway. Along the length of the the Gulf of Aquaba, depths reach to an average of one mile and the Egyptian shoreline drops steeply under water at a slope of about 45 degrees. If the Israelites had tried to have crossed anywhere else along the Gulf of Aquaba they would have been faced with an extremely steep drop to about one mile. With all of their animals and wagons, the task would have been practically impossible. Only here, on the shores of Nuweiba, does the 'pathway' drop off at a gradual slope of one in fourteen, to a depth of just over 850 meters. On the Saudi side the slope climbs again at a slope of one in ten. The Bible describes it as, "A way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters
" (Isaiah 43:16, 17
) The distance from Nuweiba to Saudi Arabia is about 9.6 miles. And the width of the under water bridge is estimated to be 900 meters.