So, it's officially been a week! Great job everyone... Our daddy is so proud :) Whether you have had complete success so far or not is irrelevant. The crucial thing is that we keep moving forward and upward! It's a moment by moment thing... are we honoring Him in what we are doing, saying, eating, and thinking? If not, we ask for more grace and try again :) As we've already learned, regardless of what we are seeing right now... God is doing something in us, and it's grand! We are His tabernacle where He resides. There is no longer a tent that houses that presence, but us. When He moves, we move.
B90: (Exodus 37- Leviticus 10:11) I've never paid too much attention to these chapters because of the repetitiveness of it all. Oh, and the fact it's kinda gross. I mean, were they wearing gloves when they threw blood against the alter? Nast. Anyway... Seems there is something to the burnt offerings. You may have noticed this before, but it's interesting how He asks for a male animal without blemish and that the blood on the mercy seat atones them for their sins and they are forgiven. Sound familiar?
Well, I recently (as in last year) heard a pretty outrageous story... that if ever turned out to be true, would change the world's view of Christ as we know it... and if false, would change nothing. Whether it's true or false is up for you to judge, but as for myself... I was completely inspired and in awe of God's intelligence, creativity, and divinity. Every time i watch the videos or read the story i begin to cry. I can't hold back the emotions at even the slight representation of His UNBELIEVABLE love for us.
My involvement with the story begins about 10 years ago when my boss at Media Shout in Nashville, Tn, began to tell me the most amazing stories of his friend Ron Wyatt- also from Nashville. Apparently, people were calling this man the modern day Indiana Jones of the bible (or something along those lines). The story goes that he has had legitimate discoveries of Noah's ark, Sodom and Gommorah, Mt. Sinai, and even the Red Sea crossing. As my boss described these stories in detail, I could hardly believe my ears!! It wasn't until years later that I heard from another pretty reliable source who also knew him that Ron had discovered the Ark of the Covenant. Are you kidding me???? This is like the (inter)national treasure of all time!!! Ok, calm down Linds. My friend Joseph went on telling the story as the rest of us in the car gripped our seats.
It was the late 1970's when God basically told Ron where the Ark of the Covenant was. He reports that He was automatically granted permission to dig to his surprise, then started doing research to verify where God had said. He found it to be very possible, so traveled back to Israel and began his mission. First, he found what he thought was the hole where Jesus's cross would have been. Afterwards they began to dig underneath Golgotha. There were a serious of tunnels and tight squeezes before he came to something interesting. He began to uncover and with His flashlight saw something gold... at this moment Ron knew He was looking at the Ark of the Covenant. Overcome with emotion Ron passed out for 45 minutes.
Also in that cave Ron found the seven branch candlestick, a giant sword (with no inscriptions, but possibly Goliath's), an ephod, the wilderness tabernacle, the altar of incense among other things.
While in the chamber, Ron noticed a dried, black substance in an earthquake crack in the roof, above the Ark of the Covenant. He noticed that this black substance was also on the lid of the cracked stone casing. Obviously, this substance had dripped from the crack in the roof, and provision had been made for it to land on the Ark of the Covenant, as the stone lid had been cracked and moved aside. Ron wondered what substance could be so sacred, that God made provision for it to land on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. He remembered the earthquake crack at the foot of the cross hole, and suddenly an awesome realization as to what had happened, came over him. Ron traced the earthquake crack, and indeed it was the same crack as the one at the cross hole. The dried black substance in the crack was tested and proved to be blood, apparently the blood of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that when Jesus died there was an earthquake and the rocks were rent (Matt. 27:51). A Roman soldier speared Christ in His side in order to make sure He was dead, and blood and water poured out (John 19:34). Ron discovered that this same blood and water poured down through the earthquake crack and fell upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. (Atonement for all mankind for the rest of history...)
It gets better...
Human cells normally have 46 chromosomes. The fascinating finding in this blood was that instead of 46 chromosomes, there were only 24. There were 22 autosomal chromosomes, one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. This evidences that the person to whom this blood belonged to had a mother but no human father, because the normal contribution of paternal chromosomes is missing.
So, however you view this story my hope is that you will be even more inspired by God and give him the glory for who He is, the great I AM.
I further investigated this story as I was in Jerusalem this year. In the garden tomb i began to ask the tour guides if they'd ever heard of Ron Wyatt. They immediately started denying everything before i could even ask! It almost sounded as if they were hiding something. They definitely knew who Ron was and admitted to him digging, but said there was nothing to be found. So it remains a mystery today...
If you want more info on all of this go here: http://www.wyattarchaeology.com/