After researching the route that the Israelites might have taken 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. Again 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. The only 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. The inscriptions on the column found lying on the shore were eroded away. The 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. After examining it he immediately announced it to be of the eighteenth dynasty, dating the exodus to 1446 BC. When asked how he knew this Dr. Hassan explained that the eight spoke wheel was only used during this period, the time of Ramases II and Tutmoses (Moses). Chariot boxes, horse and 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.
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 ofone 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, "Away in the sea and a " path in the mighty waters" (Isaiah 43:16, 17) The distance from Nuweiba to Saudi Arabia is about eight miles. And the width of the under water bridge is estimated to be 900 meters.
Aaron Sen has dived on several occasions at this site, and can testify to the validity of the discovery. In March 1998, he photographed the remains of a four spoke chariot wheel, and has taken up human bones of which there are 'dozens' scattered on the sea bed. One specimen was taken to the Department of Osteology at Stockholm University, and tested, proving to be a human, male, right side femur. Although it cannot be dated, it was evidently from ancient times. The man's height was estimated at 165-170cm, and the bones had been replaced by minerals. Tiny amounts of coral were growing off the mineral replacement. Aaron has seen the drop off of the southern end of the underwater land bridge. He has also seen a pathway that the Israelites would have cleared in order to cross the Red Sea, leading from the shore, descending into the sea. The Israelites would have had to push the stones and rocks aside in order to allow access for their wagons.
The Exodus Revealed: A fantastic new video documenting the archaeological evidence of the Exodus and the Red Sea Crossing. Featuring the underwater pathway across the Gulf of Aquaba, and some of the chariot parts also discovered there, the video is an excellent witness of Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia, and the Red Sea Crossing. Showing evidence of a 3,800 year old Hebrew presence in the Nile Delta in Egypt and documenting Egyptian records of the Hebrew enslavement, professional archaeology, scholars and scientists make an entertaining and professional video. In my opinion, it's one of the best videos on the Discoveries yet. Available online from http://goccc.com/exrevvid.html