? אילה - the location of the Red Sea Crossing - discovered
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the location of the Red Sea Crossing - discovered
10/01/2007 - 07:00
many researchers tried for years to discover the real place where the Red Sea Crossing miracle happened
and none of them could tell where the enormous army of Pharaoh - disappeared?...
in this article, we bring you amazing facts and evidence about this issue

the path of the exodus (from Egypt)

when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, they lived in the delta area of the Nile that was called Raamses.

" And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children."
.......Exodus 12:37

When word came to the people that they were allowed to leave, just after the "angel of death" visited Egypt,
they all left their homes in Rameses, or Goshen, and proceeded to leave Egypt "proper"
How was this possible? - that they were able to be out of Egypt so quickly?

The answer is that Egypt is extremely long, but its east/west boundaries are very narrow.
They left Rameses and assembled in Succoth, which was very near, but at the same time, outside of the boundary of Egypt quot;proper".

Where was Succoth?

Succoth had to be a place large enough for this tremendous amount of people and flocks to assemble.
A place called variably "Tharu", T'aru" and "Takut," fits the description of Succoth perfectly.

Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian born in AD 37,
Josephus writes about this in his "Antiquities of the Jews," Book II, Chapter X.
As a military man, once again, Moses knew "Tharu", and it was here that he organized his largest "army" ever for travel.
And from here, they traveled to Etham
.


Where was Etham?

" And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness."
.......Exodus 13:20


satellite image of the path the Israelites passed from Egypt to Etham
(click to enlarge)

Etham was in the "edge of the wilderness." What wilderness was this? The answer is in the Exodus account:

" But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea..."
.......
Exodus 13:18

Etham is not believed to be a singular location.
It was a designation of the land that lay around the mid-northern edge of the Gulf of Aqaba.
We know this because once they cross the sea, they are still in an area called Etham:

" And they departed from before Pihahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness,
and went three days' journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah."

.......
Numbers 33:8

from the desert to the sea

It was while they were at Etham on the western side of the sea that God told Moses:

" Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea,
over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in."

.......Exodus 14:2-3

In order for them to be "entangled in the land," they would have to be traveling through an area of wadis (canyons)
with high mountains all around, which would seem to hem them in.
This takes place prior to crossing the sea.
Knowing this, we have to look for an area which would terminate on a beach or shore of the sea,
and which was large enough to hold at least 2 or 3 million people, as well as their flocks.

there is a beach of tremendous size on the Gulf of Aqaba at Nuweiba,
The beach is 4.25 miles long by 2 miles wide.
It appears clearly on satellite pictures, and is the only site that matches all points of the Bible account

The only entrance to the beach at Nuweiba is through an 18 mile long wadi system called - Wadi Watir.

Josephus gives an additional bit of information in his "Antiquities of the Jews" Book II, Chapter XV:
Speaking of pharaoh's army pursuing the multitude, he states:

" Now when the Egyptians had overtaken the Hebrews, they prepared to fight them,
and by their multitude they drove them into a narrow place;
for the number that pursued after them was six hundred chariots,
with fifty thousand horsemen, and two hundred thousand footmen, all armed.
They also seized on the passages by which they imagined the Hebrews might fly,
shutting them up between inaccessible precipices and the sea;
for there was on each side mountains that terminated at the sea,
which were impassable by reason of their roughness, and obstructed their flight;
wherefore they there pressed upon the Hebrews with their army,
where the ridges of the mountains were closed with the sea;
which army they placed at the gaps of the mountains,
that so they might deprive them of any passage into the plain ..."

pictures of Wadi Watir (click to enlarge)


a view from Wadi Watir to the Nuweiba beach
(pay attention to how close is the beach of Arabia opposite to Nuweiba)

and more pictures of Wadi Watir arranged
more or less by the path arriving to Nuweiba beach (click to enlarge)



satellite image of Wadi Watir

(click to enlarge)

Nuweiba beach - the Red Sea Crossing site

There is only ONE PLACE along the west coast of the Gulf of Aqaba that is big enough to hold 2-3 million people,
and that is the beach at Nuweiba which is large enough to clearly be seen from outer space.

satellite image of the Nuweiba beach
(pay attention to the size of the beach and to the huge wadi that leads from the desert to beach)

(click to enlarge)

The only entrance to the beach at Nuweiba is by the Wadi Watir.
On the northern end of the beach was an Egyptian fortress whose ruins still stand as evidence of Egyptian strategic interest.
This would have prevented them from going north after they entered the beach.
They were trapped "between Migdol and the sea".
Migdol was perhaps a watchtower above the mountains from which the Egyptians observed shipping movements and other activities,
relaying any intelligence from watch-tower to watch-tower by mirrors in the daytime and fires by night.
Thus Pharaoh would have been constantly posted of Moses' progress.


the ruins of the old Egyptian fortress
(click to enlarge)

as we saw above Josephus writes in his "Antiquities of the Jews" Book II, Chapter XV:

"for there was on each side mountains that terminated at the sea,
which were impassable by reason of their roughness, and obstructed their flight;
wherefore they there pressed upon the Hebrews with their army,
where the ridges of the mountains were closed with the sea;
which army they placed at the gaps of the mountains,
that so they might deprive them of any passage into the plain ..."

Nuweiba beach (click to enlarge)



The Columns

In 1978, when Ron wyatt the archeologist first visited the beach area with his two sons,
they found a Phoenician-style column lying on the southern end of the beach.
Partially in the water, the inscriptions had been eroded away,
or possibly they were purposefully chiseled away.
he pointed it out to the soldiers who were patrolling the beach.
The next time he returned, he found they had moved it across the road and set it up in concrete.

he didn't fully understand the importance of this column until a few years later he did recognize that it was definitely not of Egyptian style.
But in 1984, when he and his 2 sons, were imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, their captors,
in an effort to verify their story that they believed Mt. Sinai was there and that "Musa" (Moses) led the people across the sea to their country,
had them take the saudis to the beach where they arrived after passing through the sea.
they directed them to the spot in a helicopter.

Landing there, they found another column - identical to the one on the opposite shore (Nuweiba)
except this one had the inscriptions intact.
Noting carefully the Phoenician (Archaic Hebrew) letters, they were later able to have it translated.
It contained the words: Mizraim (Egypt); Solomon; Edom; death; pharaoh; Moses; and Yahweh.

From this, Ron knew that King Solomon had erected these columns in honor of god and dedicated them to the miracle of the crossing of the sea.

This year, Ron discovered that the Saudis have removed the column on their beach from its original location.
they have sunk a large marker in concrete where it was located, and Ron tried to locate it in their Antiquities files.
But he have documented the solitary marker, sunk into the ground in concrete, on the beach,
just down from the remains of the ancient fortress he believe was Baalzephon.


The Column that was discovered on Nuweiba beach
(click to enlarge)


The Column that was discovered on the Saudi side of shore
(click to enlarge)

King Solomon had these columns erected 400 years after the miracle of the crossing of the Red Sea on dry land.
Solomon's sea port was at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba at Eilat
"And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom."
(I Kings 9:26)
This reference is definitively speaking of the Gulf of Aqaba,
because we know where Eloth (Eilat) was.
And this is the same Red Sea that Moses led the great multitude across.

and he was very familiar with the Red Sea crossing site, as it was in his neighborhood.
The Bible even mentions this column!

"In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border."
(Isaiah 19:19)

Chariot Wheels Found in the Sea

it seems that the hebrews crossed the sea from Nuweiba beach to the beach of Saudia Arabia
(in all ancient maps the place of saudia was ancient Midian)

"...in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians
through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily..."
.......Exodus 14:24,25

In 1978, Ron on his first dive at the site of Nuweiba , found chariot remains.
These were not in perfect condition and required careful examination to see exactly what they were.
They were covered in coral, which made it difficult to see them clearly,
but it appears that the coral was the agent the Lord used to preserve them.

Chariot Wheels Found in the Sea of Nuweiba
(click to enlarge)


down - gold Wheels which were discovered by Ron wyatt in-1988
preserved almost perfectly since coral usually can not stick to gold

(click to enlarge)



down - for comparison - a drawing of a Chariot from the same period
(was found in Egyption tomb)

(click to enlarge)


Here we see a drawing of Egyptians building a chariot.
These drawings are from "The Ancient Egyptians" by Sir J. Gardiner Wilkinson, and are taken from 18th dynasty tombs and monuments.
They show a depiction of a Retenu (Syrian) chariot and also Egyptians constructing chariots-
both of these wheel designs are consistent with the 4-spoked, gold veneered wheel Ron found.



Here is a drawing of an Egyptian chariot.


Relief on Chariot Cab - 8&4 spoked wheel
(click to enlarge)




Chariot from King Tut's Tomb
(click to enlarge)




(click to enlarge)
more axles and wheels

there were also found - human and horse bones at the crossing site


a human femur bone that is covered by coral, and was tested at Stockholm University.
It is from the right leg of a man 165-170cm tall.
It is basically mineralized by resting in the Red Sea for such a long time.
(click to enlarge)


rib cage
(click to enlarge)

In December of 1998 Bill Fry along with 8 other people including Ron Wyatt traveled to Nuweiba, Egypt
on the Gulf of Aqaba to spend two days diving at the location where
Moses and the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea on dry land.

About 200 feet out in shallow water they found a chariot axle sticking about 2 feet
out of the sand with an intact wheel hub and spokes still attached.
Of course it was totally covered with coral but was isolated (by about 50 ft.)
from any other coral formation.

From its appearance and the orientation of the spokes, it appeared to be a 6-spoked wheel.
What was definitive about the artifact that made them confident that it was a chariot wheel
and not some strangely shaped coral formation was that Tom had with him his underwater metal detector.
The formation gave positive readings for metal at the axle, the hub and each of the intact spokes.

A number of the other divers saw and photographed various items that
appeared to be wheels and cabs from chariots but their most astounding find was the top half of
a coral encrusted human femur (upper leg) bone. Its shape was clear and distinctive.

the evidence of Bill Fry (click to enlarge)

human femur (upper leg) bone that was found (click to enlarge)

May 2000 Dive Trip

In May 2000 another dive took place in the Red Sea at Nuweiba in order to continue the search for the remains of Pharaoh's army.
This dive was led by Mark Kransburg from Norway, and the divers included Ross Patterson from Australia,
Viveka Ponten from Sweden, Michael Redman and Aaron Sen from Britain and Tor Larsen from Norway.
Dr. Lennart Moller was also in the area with a Los Angeles based producer and underwater cameraman.

They were from "Discovery Media Productions" and had a remote-controlled camera
that they were sending down to survey the coral covered artifacts in this area.
After a few days, Jerry Harned the Post Production Supervisor and Joseph Condeelis the underwater cameraman,
joined them on their boat to take additional underwater footage.

Also on board was Ian Rodley from New Zealand who has much experience in the use of depth sounding equipment.
He brought along his depth sounder, the "Simrad CE32 Chart Plotter" plus Global Positioning System,
to carry out depth soundings along the seabed in order to chart its shape and layout.

they discovered that there is an extremely gradual slope out to sea of about 1 in 14 as it goes out from Nuweiba,
and about 1 in 10 as it rises back up to Saudi Arabia.
Ian commented on how smooth the pathway was as well.
Usually a seabed would be quite undulating, but they could see from the screen how easy it would have been for the Israelites
to cross on such a smooth pathway.

they dove with Minelab's "Excaliber 1000" metal detector.
It uses Minelab's unique Broad Band Spectrum technology, which enables them to transmit automatically at 17 individual frequencies at the same time,
and could penetrate about 2 metres below the seabed.

On one dive at about 28 metres, they located a wheel shaped coral.
It was the right size for a chariot wheel, and they could clearly see what would be the hub and 6 spokes.
they sweeped it with the metal detector and it got a positive reading around the rim, but not the spokes or hub.
There was a good amount of coral growing on it, but the features were clearly visible.

they also found tiny amounts of metals in various corals.
When they turned these corals upside down, they saw a great deal of very distinct rust colour,
and the discoloration on the coral certainly looked like iron.
This makes sense because if these were remains of the Pharaoh's army, and have been lying around since 1446 BC,
then a lot of the metals would have rusted away, leaving only tiny amounts of metal.

Below are some chariot wheel pictures that Viveka took on the Saudi side of the Gulf of Aqaba.
also proving that the Hebrews crossed the sea from Nuweiba to saudia arabia
(click to enlarge)

 









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