AT THIS TIME, WYATT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH CAN PROVIDE NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE REGARDING THE DISCOVERY OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT.
Excerpts from and adaptations of the writings of
Mrs. Ron (Mary Nell) Wyatt
Ron Wyatt claimed that he found the Ark of the Covenant.
He was never allowed to provide conclusive evidence.
“More and more we are hearing of new books and tales about the location of the Ark of the Covenant, some based on theories and some based on actual claims of sightings.
Ron Wyatt also claimed to have found the Ark in 1982 – but how do you know who to believe? Until you can see solid evidence for yourself, you cannot know for sure who is telling the true story.” ……Mrs. Ron (Mary Nell) Wyatt
Ron and his sons, Danny and Ronny, traveled to Israel. From there they drove to the western shore of the Gulf of Aqaba for scuba diving in search of chariot parts in the Red Sea.
Ron became sun-burned and was forced to discontinue his diving in the Red Sea.
While waiting for his return flight to the United States, Ron was walking along an ancient stone quarry, known to some as “the Calvary Escarpment.” As he was walking, he began conversing with a local authority about Roman antiquities. At one point, they stopped walking, and Ron’s left hand pointed to a site being used as a trash dump and he stated, “That’s Jeremiah’s Grotto and the Ark of the Covenant is in there.”
Even though these words had come from his own mouth and his own hand had pointed, he had not consciously done or said these things. In fact, it was the first time he had ever thought about excavating for the Ark.
The man with him, quite out of character, also reacted strangely. He said, “That’s wonderful! We want you to excavate, and we’ll furnish your permits, put you up in a place to stay and even furnish your meals!”
At that time Ron declined the man’s offer until he could see if there was any reason to believe the Ark could be in that location.
Ron returned home and began some serious research and study.
Why Would the Ark Be in That Location?
In searching the Bible, Ron found the last mention in the Bible of the Ark’s location in Jerusalem about the year 621 BC, just 35 years before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by Nebuchadnezzar.
This indicated that the Ark disappeared from the Divine record sometime between 621 BC and 586 BC. Since the temple was completely destroyed, there is no doubt that it was NOT there after that time.
Ron found in 2 Kings 24:13, 2Kings 25:13-18, and Jeremiah 52:17-23, a very detailed account of the items taken to Babylon from the “king’s house” and from the “house of the Lord”- it even mentioned small items like “spoons”, etc. But the Ark isn’t mentioned. Neither is it mentioned in the lists of things brought back from Babylon in the book of Ezra.
We are told in Jeremiah 28:3 that everything taken to Babylon from the “house of the Lord” would be returned, and since the Ark wasn’t among the returned items, this indicates that it was never taken there.
Shishak and Sennacherib also took items from the “house of the Lord” but they did not include the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark of the Covenant was hidden just prior to the destruction of the temple when the city was surrounded by the Babylonian siege wall.
The Ark of the Covenant was hidden somewhere within the confines of the city wall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian siege wall.
The entire city of Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians, so the Ark could have only escaped destruction or captivity by not being anywhere in the city.
The site Ron had pointed to was, he believed, outside of the ancient city wall and within the siege wall.
Two non-Biblical sources, 2 Maccabees and Parilipomena of Jeremiah, stated that the sacred objects from the temple were hidden by Jeremiah before the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.
It was supposition based on study, but still only supposition. Yet, it was enough to base a decision on. He decided to go ahead with the excavation.