The Discovery of Chariot Wheels and Pharoah's Army in the Red Sea

Could these be the remains of ancient chariot wheels that were discovered on the floor of the Red Sea? Confirming the Biblical account of Pharaoh’s army being drowned while pursuing the Moses and the Hebrews. The Biblical account says that God parted the waters to allow an escape for the Hebrews then the waters came back together when the Egyptian army tried to follow. Supposedly some of these chariot parts, and human and horse bones associated with this exodus have been found in an area in the Gulf of Aqaba, a large gulf at the northern tip of the Red Sea, east of the Sinai Peninsula and west of the Arabian mainland. The Gulf of the Aqaba's coastline shares borders with the four countries of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. But despite being one of the most popular diving destinations in the world with around 250,000 dives performed annually in Aqaba's 11 km coastline, no divers have claimed any findings of ancient chariots or the pharaoh's army. 

Only Ron Wyatt, a colorful and controversial amateur archeologist who claimed to have found Noah’s ark, the Ark of the Covenant, the location of Sodom And Gomorrah and a bunch of other Biblical discoveries and not surprisingly also claims to have found evidence of the pharaoh's army and their chariots at the bottom of the red sea. Wyatt was a good ol' fashioned Southern boy, passionate, sincere, and a good Christian according to his supporters, but was relatively ignored by scientists and archeologists who regarded him a fraud. Most of the his naysayers are just religious fanatics that don't consider him a good chirstain for some reason or another or don't like the particular sect of Christianity that Wyatt chose to explore. But before his untimely death from cancer in 1999, Wyatt made a deathbed confession about his Biblical discoveries of which he maintained his beliefs that everything he discovered was real and that it wasn't a hoax or a fraud. 

Wyatt sincerely believed in what he discovered, including the coral-encrusted chariots at the bottom of the red sea. And for those claiming he was a charlatan in it for the money, let's get real here, Wyatt didn't make any money from these "discoveries" and unlike the the pastors of today with their megachurches and untold riches -Wyatt actually spent his own money and went to the Holy Lands looking for Biblical artifacts...

When has Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn or any other of the richest pastors in the world ever attempted to do what Ron Wyatt did?

Wyatt’s interest in the crossing of the Red Sea by the Hebrews became focused on the site of Nuweiba in Egypt because it seemed to fit some of the descriptions of Biblical and historical accounts of the geography. It was while diving along the beach during his first visit to Nuweiba in 1978 that he found what he said were chariot parts heavily covered with coral. Wyatt claimed to have retrieved one of the wheels and said an Egyptian authority declared that it was from the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egypt, but nobody seems to know where that chariot wheel is is now located. Wyatt also found a large column lying on the beach that looked like an ancient artifact. Later he found that it had been set up by Egyptian authorities in concrete for display. He believed it to be a marker set up by King Solomon to note the crossing of the Red Sea. 

Wyatt’s focus on Nuweiba and his claims of finding chariot remains on the floor of the sea have brought other adventurers to the site but even Wyatt’s supporters urge caution about their enthusiastic findings. Richard Rives, the president of Wyatt Archeological Research in Tennessee says, “All kinds of people are finding coral and calling it chariot parts.” Wyatt’s wife, Mary Nell, said when she went diving with Wyatt at the Red Sea site at first she thought everything was a chariot wheel. Are all the chariot parts on the bottom of the red sea nothing more than weird coral formations? No documented artifacts have been retrieved or preserved from the site and the Egyptian government prohibits bringing any findings to the surface, so the questions may remain for a long time. However, rogue archaeologist Jonathan Gray followed in Wyatt's footsteps, even diving in the Gulf of Aqaba where he believes he has proof that the red sea crossing was real...

Over the years, many divers have searched the Gulf of Suez in vain for artifacts to verify the Biblical account. The hope for future expeditions is to explore the deeper waters with remote cameras or mini-subs. A bone found at the crossing site was tested by the Department of Osteology at Stockholm University and found to be a human femur, from the right leg of a man only 5 and half feet tall. The bone was fossilized by coral and unfortunately cannot be dated by radiocarbon methods, although this specimen was obviously from antiquity. 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 still intact! In Phoenician 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 were removed, it would be an easy descent for people and animals. This is the line between Nuweiba and the opposite shore in Saudi Arabia. Depth-sounding 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 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 18 km (11 miles). Along this line, the deepest point is about 800m (2,600 feet). The 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.

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