From Arthur & Rosalind Eedie
                           THE PROPHETIC TELEGRAPH

 In November of last year when writing P.T.73.  I closed with a mention
 of the possible discovery of the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem.
 Since then I have had the opportunity of following this up, and have
 found what seems to be conclusive evidence.  My earlier account
 contained some errors, for example, I had assumed that it was Jonathan
 Gray who made the discovery whereas in fact it was Ron Wyatt.  from
 Nashville, Tennessee.  I would like to apologise for this error, due to
 the scanty information available to me just two months ago.  And now, in
 this number of the Telegraph, I should like to share the facts as
 revealed in an address given by Jonathan Gray in a London church on
 Saturday 7th October 1995.  a Video of which we have now seen, and also
 an address given by Ron Wyatt in Nashville.

 What had totally escaped my notice was the date.  The Ark was found on
 6th January 1982.  exactly 14 years ago, but was kept secret by request
 of the Israeli Government.  Although I cannot claim to have all the
 "inside information", I have gathered that permission has recently been
 granted to advertise the find, though not the exact location, and that
 this year is likely to be the time for the Ark.  and its precious
 content (the two tablets of the law) to be made known to the world.

 Before beginning the amazIng story of this discovery, I must say that
 the whole episode has been compassed about by miracle.  God has set His
 seal upon this most holy artifact of the past, and shown that it has
 some great significance for the days just ahead, whether in fact or in
 type.  And the impact that it will have on world Jewry can hardly be

 The story begins in 1978, when Ron Wyatt was swimming in the sea At
 Ashkelon, one of the ancient cities of the Philistines.  He stubbed his
 toe on something, and found that it was the rim of a large pot.  Further
 investigation revealed that it was a Canaanite burial pot, the like of
 which archaeologist had long been searching for but had hitherto not
 found.  When this news was brought to the Director of Antiquities in
 Jerusalem, he was delighted, and the event, seemingly by "accident",
 proved to be the means of cementing a relationship which was to serve a
 greater purpose later.

 A short while afterwards, Ron was standing talking to the Director of
 Antiquities, facing the cliff known as Golgotha,or Calvary.  (These
 words.  both meaning place of skull are respectively Hebrew and Latin.)
 Suddenly Ron found his arm shooting out, and he pointed, saying "There's
 Jeremiah's Grotto - that rubbish heap - the Ark of the Covenant must be
 in there!"  The Director answered spontaneously, "Then you must find
 It."  But Ron was surprised at himself.  He had no thought in his mind
 about the Ark, and couldn't understand why he had made the remark.  This
 was miracle number one.  and the Director's enthusiastic response and
 request for him to find the Ark was miracle number two - a most unlikely
 offer, seeing it was given to a foreigner, and that it Concerned THE
 most holy, sought-after artifact in the Jewish world.

 However, Ron needed to get back to the States, and so a whole year went
 by before he returned with two others, to begin the dig.  Meeting again
 with the Director.  he learned that the site was jointly owned by an Arab and a European.  Both needed to give permission to excavate the
 site.  Most surprisingly, BOTH gave that permission without even asking
 what they were looking for!  This was miracle number three.

 And so in that year, 1979, the arduous slow job of removing tons of
 accumulated rubbish began.  Their dig was more or less in front of the
 "Skull", and quite near to Gordon's tomb.  Beginning at the top of the
 pile, they painstakingly removed load after load of rubbish, and
 eventually came upon a ledge in which they found three post-holes hacked
 out of the rock.  Each of these holes was about 13 inches square in
 shape, and some three feet deep.  Furthermore.  each hole had a "plug"
 in the top, which contained finger holes for easy removal.  It was quite
 obvious what they had found.  It was the site of the crucifixions, the
 wooden stakes being lowered into these post holes, which would later be
 plugged until needed again.

 Behind the post holes was the cliff face, and at a height of about 12
 feet, there were ledges cut into the rock, on which could be set the
 details of the crimes committed by those who were crucified.  The middle
 one was clearly the most significant, and was reserved for the worst
 criminal.  We read that Pilate ordered them to write "This is Jesus of
 Nazareth, the King of the Jews" a statement which greatly angered
 Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin, but they had no authority to change it.

 Amongst the rubbish they found several Coins, none of which was later
 than A.D.  130, and this showed that the site was afterwards covered up
 and disused.  This date fits in well with history, because the final
 destruction of Jerusalem came after the Bar-Cochba revolt in

 Further excavation at this level revealed the remains of a building
 measuring 40 feet out from the cliff-face, and 22 feet wide, that had at
 one time been constructed over the central post hole.  This was thought
 to be a chapel used by early Christians, who venerated the site of the
 master's great sacrifice.  This idea was given further impetus by the
 discovery of a huge circular stone on the floor of this building, Quite
 near to the post hole.  The stone measured 13 feet 2 inches in diameter,
 and about nine inches thick.  It was known that stones of this sort were
 used to roll in front of sepuchral caves.  But this one was huge!

 Investigation was made at the entrance to the cave known as "Gordon's
 tomb".  which was discovered in 1882 by General Gordon on his way home
 from his historic Chinese campaign.  He was not satisfied with the
 traditional site of the crucifixion, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
 founded by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, because it was
 WITHIN the city walls, and could not therefore Qualify as being the site
 according to Scripture.  But the "place of the skull" was just outside
 the Damascus Gate.  and by the highway that led to Samaria, and
 therefore mat all the conditions.  Searching led himto the discovery of
 the actual site of Jesus' burial.

 As I said.  investigation was made at the entrance to this tomb, and in
 the wall ware found two holes, exactly 13 feet 2 inches apart, in which
 metal rods were originally inserted to act as a "seal" to the tomb.  The
 metal rod on the right.  as you face the tomb, was missing, but the one
 on the left was still in place, showing all the signs of having been
 sheared off by some mighty force.

 Here was clear evidence that the huge stone found above in the chapel,
 was indeed the stone used to cover the entrance to Jesus' tomb.  It was
 a mighty stone, as the Scriptures declare, and one that would have taken
 many men to roll back, up the slope.  to the left of the tomb.  But
 whoever moved the stone.  did so WITHOUT removing the two-inch-thick
 metal rod.  In other words, it was the work of the Angel, who, we are
 told, "rolled back the stone".  Incidentally, the stone could not have
 been rolled to the right because a stone block had been built into the gully, presumably to arrest the movement of the stone as it was rolled
 into position.  (Incidentally, quite recently the tomb of Herod the
 Great has been found in Jerusalem, and the stone measured.just four and
 a half feet in diameter.  Exactly one third the diameter of the huge
 stone that Joseph of Arimathea had made for his sepulchre.)

 Thus far in the dig, conclusive evidence had been obtained that this was
 the true site of the crucifixion, and that the early church had built a
 chapel of remembrance over the post hold and the great stone.  It had
 already been known that Skull Hill was the traditional site for burials,
 Moslem, Jewish, and Christian.  And that in antiquity it was the place
 where criminals were stoned to death.  (In the Mishna it is called "Beth
 ha-Sekelah", literally "House of Stoning") It was here that Stephen was
 stoned.  Also it was the recognised place of public execution for Jewish
 criminals.  As late as the beginning of the 20th century Jews would spit
 at the hill, throw stones, and curse the "destroyer of their nation."
 All this is clear evidence that it was the true scene of Christ's
 crucifixion and burial.

 But further investigation showed another important fact.  Inside the
 middle post-hole, the one which was used to hold the Cross of Jesus,
 they found a crack on the left side.  leading down into the rock.  Here
 was the evidence of the earthquake that occurred the moment that Jesus
 died.  This finding was of supreme importance.  but was not appreciated
 until much later.

 The excavators had not as yet found the entrance to any cave that might
 house the Ark.  The work was exhausting and slow, as lorry-load after
 lorry-load of rubbish was carted away.  Two years went by, and the three
 men ware getting weary and somewhat discouraged.  By this time they were
 digging a narrow trench against the rock face, and there was only room
 for one man to work there at a time.  And so they would take it in
 turns, whilst the other two would take a rest on the ground above.

 Suddenly one day, when Ron Wyatt was digging at the bottom of the
 trench, he looked up and standing there above him was a very tall man
 dressed in typical flowing Arabic garments.

 "God bless you, Ron Wyatt, for what you are doing."

 "Who are you? How did you know what we are doing?"

 "I know it all. "

 "D'you live round here?"

 "No I don't."

 "How d'you know my name? where d'you come from?"

 "I've Just come from South Africa, and I'm on my way to the New
 Jerusalem.  God bless you."

 Ron jumped up as the man walked away.  Reaching the top of the trench he
 asked the other two which way the man went.  They said that they hadn't
 seen anyone.  It was then that Ron realised an Angel had been sent to
 give them encouragement, to spur them on.  This was miracle number four.

 With renewed enthusiasm, they hacked away until they reached a point
 where there were signs of a cave entrance.  It was January 1982, and
 four years from when Ron exclaimed to the Director about Jeremiah's
 rubbish heap.  Hastily they broke through into a cave, but the hole was
 too small for any of them to crawl through.  Giving a torch to a small
 boy, the son of the Arab who was joint-owner of the land, he climbed
 through.  but shot out again very rapidly, looking as white as a ghost.

 "What's in there?  What's in there?"  he exclaimed, and since then has
 refused to tell anyone what ha saw.

 The hole was enlarged until it was of sufficient size to allow Ron to
 crawl through.  It was 2 p.m.  on January 6th.  Ron found himself in a
 large chamber measuring 22 feet from the entrance to the back wall, 14
 feet.  wide.  and about.  8 feet from floor to roof.  There before him
 were sacred items of furniture from Solomon's Temple, the Altar of Burnt
 offering, the Table of Showbread, and the Altar of Incense.  They were
 covered over with skins, over which were placed lengths of timber, and
 on top of these were lumps of rock and stone.

 But Ron became aware that at the back of the cave there was something
 else, and it had been enclosed within a wall, so that only the top of it
 could be seen.  As his eyes became accustomed to the dim light.  so he
 realised that he was looking at two Cherubim with wings outstretched
 over the Mercy Seat.  It was the Ark of the Covenant!  Ron collapsed and
 fainted, and was unconscious for 45 minutes.  Coming to, he crawled out
 and announced his discovery.  The Director of Antiquities was informed,
 and he hurried to the site, and began to enter the cave, but on doing so
 his back collapsed and he had to be taken to hospital where he remained
 paralysed for nearly two weeks.  He was later heard to say that he would
 never again try to enter the Cave and see the Ark.  This was miracle
 number five.

 Ron took a Polaroid camera into the cave and photographed the Ark.  On
 immediate development, the film was found to be fogged, not entirely but
 just over the portion where the Ark was.  He then tried using his 35 mm
 camera, and when these shots came out they likewise showed fogging.
 Then a Video camera was used and the same effect was apparent.  Some
 strange thing was happening to prevent the world from seeing the Ark.
 This was miracle number six.  I have now seen the footage of this video,
 and all is clear except where the Ark rests, and in front of it there is
 a golden mist.  Ron has pencilled in the outline of what he saw and the
 Cherubim are of human form with wings outspread over the Ark.

 At this stage, a Jewish official suddenly decided to halt all further
 work on the site.  It was a severe blow, and Ron and his friends prayed
 that God might over-rule.  The prayer was answered almost immediately,
 because the man had a heart attack and died.  This was miracle number

 Another man showed great curiosity and interest in what was going on,
 and tried to prise out of Ron what he was doing and where he was
 working, but Ron refused to divulge any information.  However, this man
 was determined, and followed the party about surrepticiously until he
 finally saw what they were doing.  Calling a press conference for 9 am
 the next morning, he prepared himself to blast their secret into the
 open.  But the following morning at 8 am he was found dead in an alley
 way, in a pool of blood, having been shot by the PLO on some unrelated
 matter.  This was miracle number eight.

 When the Jewish Authorities were told about this find, they were put in
 a very difficult position.  They had living within the land religious
 extremists who would stop at nothing if they could but see the Ark, and
 know that it was genuine.  already there had been attempts to blow up
 the Dome of the Rock, the Arabic sacred site which rests over the place
 where Abraham was to sacrifice his son Isaac.  This mosque rests on the
 Temple platform, and many Jews would do anything to get it removed, so
 that they could build a new Temple on the site.  The discovery of the
 Ark would be the greatest single event to spur them on at all costs, but
 would engulf the Middle East in a "holy war" of unimaginable horror and

 The result was that the Israeli Parliament has asked Ron to build a door
 to the cave, cover it with earth, and plant shrubs to disguise the site.
 And there it has remained for the last fourteen years.  I have no idea
 what the Israelis have in mind for this Year, but if they decide to make
 the Ark Public, then I am led to wonder what will happen.  Will the Lord
 allow it?  The strange happenings thus far indicate that God is still
 very interested in the preservation of His holy furniture.

 But although we have come this far, the story does not end here.  I
 mentioned earlier that there was a crack in the rock on the left side of
 the middle post-hole, a crack that had been caused by an earthquake.  It
 was only when Ron Wyatt investigated the ark of the Covenant in more
 detail that he realised what he was looking at.  Right above the left
 hand side of the Mercy Seat the roof of the chamber shows a large
 fissure, and within this fissure there are copious quantities of dried
 human blood.  Furthermore, on the Mercy Seat itself there is a large
 amount of dried blood.  When measurements were taken, they found that
 the crack in the post-hole led down to the fissure below, and so it was
 possible for blood to trickle through.

 It will be remembered that AFTER Jesus had died, and the earthquake rent
 the rocks, a Roman soldier pierced the Lord's side with a spear.
 Presumably the spear entered the Lord's heart or spleen, because "blood
 and water" flowed out.  The Lord had died of a broken heart, crushed by
 the agony of carrying the load of this world's sin.  His death had not
 been the normal death of one who had been crucified.  The two thieves
 had their legs broken to accelerate death, necessary to comply with
 Jewish legislation, that no man should remain there on the Sabbath,
 which was due to begin at about 6 pm that day.

 And so it was that God the Father had rent the rocks to make a way for
 His Son's blood to flow down from the spear-wound, through the newly
 formed fissure onto the very Mercy Seat itself.  Now just think about
 this for a moment.  Jeremiah had deposited the Ark in the cave some six
 centuries B.C., with absolutely no knowledge of the events which were to
 occur on Good Friday.  The Romans who hacked out the post-holes had
 absolutely no knowledge of what lay beneath their feet, nor that they
 were positioning the CENTRAL hole in exactly the right place.  And until
 the Lord had died, there was no way for blood to trickle down because
 there was no crack.  But these Amazing coincidences actually happened.
 Yes, they ARE coincidences, because everything had to COINCIDE exactly
 for it to happen, but there was never any human design - it was entirely
 the work of God in Heaven, who knew the end from the beginning, and
 arranged for it to happen in that way.  This is miracle number nine, and
 it is a "miracle of miracles."  In Hebrews we read.  "It is not possible
 for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin, - - but Thou hast
 prepared a body for me - - and lo, I come to do Thy will O God."  "By
 His own blood He entered in once and for all into the Holy Place having
 obtained eternal redemption for us."  (10:4-7 and 9:12) .

 None of the O.T.  sacrifices were able to take away sin.  Only the blood
 of the Son of God could do that.  But the children of Israel were
 accepted as a result of their sacrifices by virtue of faith in the
 spoken word of God, and the sacrificial laws.  Because Jesus was the
 Lamb slain from the foundation of the world in God's foreknowledge.  He
 was able to accept the sacrifices of His people BEFORE Christ came into
 the world.  Calvary was the Hub of History.  They looked forward.  We
 look back.  Each acts in faith, the one in prospect.  the other in

 Before Ron closed the cave, he took some of the dried blood that had
 been kept undisturbed for nearly 2000 years and presented it to a
 laboratory for testing.  Using an electron microscope it was possible to
 find the chromosomal content of the blood.  Ron described it in his
 address at Nashville, saying that normal human blood contains 46
 chromosomes, 23 from each parent.  X chromosomes are female, and Y
 chromosomes are male.  All 23 ware present from the mother, but ONLY ONE
 chromosome was present, the Y chromosome.  showing that the blood
 belonged to a male, but that HE HAD NO HUMAN FATHER.  This is miracle
 number ten.  The Lord had preserved the blood until man had the
 technological means of determining the chromosomal content of the blood,
 thereby to prove that the Virgin birth was no myth, but VERY FACT.

 These are the ten miracles connected with the discovery of the Ark of
 the Covenant.  There may be others that I have missed, I don't know.
 But surely enough has been given to provide us all with such an amazing
 extra proof of our Lord's sacrifice and what it means, that all
 evangelism must change into top gear.  I praythat this little paper may
 become a useful tool to use in this respect.  Please feel free to copy
 it if you wish.  There is never any copyright on any of our papers.  We
 only ask that COMPLETE copies be made, so that ambiguities do not arise.

 I should now like to share another item of news in connection with the
 above scenario.  I have a valued friend and brother in Christ who is a
 retired Doctor of Medicine.  In an excited telephone conversation with
 me a short while ago he said that Ron Wyatt's testimony about the
 chromosomes had caused him to question whether it would be possible for
 anyone to have blood so depleted in chromosomal content.  Being a man of
 faith and action, he committed this to the Lord, asking for a clear sign
 that all was well.

 Not many days passed before he picked up the New Scientist for 7th
 October 1995, and there on page 16 he found the following heading -


 He could hardly believe his eyes!  The author, Philip Cohen, quoting an
 article by David Bonthron and his colleagues at Edinburgh university in
 Nature Genetic (Volume 11, page 164) explained that a certain three
 year-old boy had bean found whose white blood cells contain only two X
 Chromosomes, the signal for a female.  To cut a long story short, they
 went on to explain that the probable cause was a self-activating
 unfertilised ovum which had subsequently (after a short time) become
 fertilised in the normal way.  The sperm would then have entered only a
 PART of the divided ovum, thereby creating this most unusual affect.
 Bonthron believed that the boy's remarkable genetics depended on a
 number of highly unusual circumstances combining together, and occurring
 within a very short time window.  "I don't expect we'll ever see another
 one.  " he said.

 Here was yet another miracle!  Our Doctor friend had been given
 information about an incredibly rare condition, yes, but the TIMING of
 the article in New Scientist was a true gift from God.  The little boy's
 chromosomes do not match those of our Lord, but present what Cohen
 called "partial parthenogenesis", (parthenogenesis is the biologist's
 name for Virgin Birth.)  however, the similarity was such that it proved
 the possibility of a human being existing with a considerable depletion
 in his chromosomal count .

 And finally.  what about those other reported cases of the finding of
 the Ark of the Covenant?  I have left this until last so as not to spoil
 the TRUE story by preluding it with the spurious.

 I find it interesting, Almost intriguing, to realise that Steven
 Spielberg's film "Raiders of the Lost Ark" should have come out for
 general release in 1981.  I remember watching it at the time, and
 wondered what he was trying to say, being of Jewish origin.  The
 supernatural affects he attributed to the holiness of the Ark certainly
 had their parallel in the finding of the real Ark.

 But late in that very year, an announcement was made by another team,
 saying that they had located the Ark in a cave in Mount Nebo, the
 mountain where Moses viewed the Promised Land before his death.  This
 team included Tom Crotser, Jim Bollinger, and the astronaut Jim Irwin.
 Irwin had earlier been interviewed on BBC Television by Richard Baker.
 who asked him, "What are you doing now?"  And amongst other things he
 said.  "I'm helping to find the Ark of the Covenant in Jordan."  But it
 was in the Christmas 1981 issue of Far Eastern Berean that a panelled
 quotation appeared, taken from the Straits Times of Singapor,.  entitled
 "We found the lost Ark claim!"

 And so, on BBC 1 in January 1982 (at the very time when Ron Wyatt was
 breaking through into the cave) Tom Crotser was interviewed, and he
 showed photographs of the Ark.  Furthermore there was a guarded note to
 this effect in the Jerusalem Post.  Now we may very well ask why Crotser
 was able to obtain clear photographs, whereas Wyatt was not.  And I
 shall leave it to my readers to ponder that question.  Incidentally, I
 have not personally heard anything more about this find in Mount Nebo,
 except that it is sited in a position belonging to both the Vatican and
 the Jordanian government, the latter being adamant in refusing anyone to
 remove the artifact.

 An American archaeologist by the name of David Lutz made the following

 "One rabbi told me this discovery would not only promote the building of
 the Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, but would also signal the end
 of the Diaspora, the dispersion of the Jewish people.  It would be as
 influential as a spoken command from the Almighty to all Jewish parsons
 to coma home to the Promised Land.  To Christians it would be a clear
 signal that we are nearing the end or this age and the beginning of the
 Messianic Kingdom."

 No wonder there is great excitement Amongst many people, whether they be
 Jews or Christians.  One wonders why the timing of the event on God's
 calendar is just now.  Are we entering the "crossroads of history"?  And
 if so, then we shall need to know which route to take.  I am in no
 position to Say whether the Israeli government will make a move just
 now.  but the facts are already out And being advertised quite widely,
 and this in itself is creating quite a stir.  It is doing to us what the
 Angel did to Ron wyatt - spur us on with greater vigour than ever before
 to be ready for the Lord's return.

 Many people have drawn up plans from prophecy.  some say that much still
 needs to be done before the second coming, but in doing so they destroy
 the urgency of our Lord's words, "Watch and pray for you know.  not the
 day or the hour - and again I say, watch."  The interpretation of
 prophecy, particularly in the Christian dispensation, has never been an
 easy task, and we may very well be depriving ourselves of the very thing
 we need to "trim our lamps" and make ourselves ready.  Who knows?  We
 are living in days of electrifying excitement spiritually, and it
 behoves us to "love His appearing" , and "purify ourselves, even as He
 is pure".

 So what is the artifact in Mount Nebo?  I do not accuse Crotser lying.
 He certainly found something.  But what is it?  My guess is that it is a
 REPLICA of the true Ark, made in Jeremiah's day, and deposited in the
 cave according to the words that are found in 2 Maccabees 2:4-8.  Why
 should Jeremiah do this?  Because he was a man of great integrity and
 honour towards the Lord, and he lived Amongst people, even his OWN
 people, who were dishonest to the Core.  They would be watching his
 every move, and wanting to know what he was doing.  This would mean that
 SOMEONE would find the Ark and raid it.  and he didn't want that to
 happen.  So he made a replica, and took it to Mount Nebo.  In the event,
 even this replica has not been found until recent days.

 There is yet another story about the Ark which needs a mention before I
 conclude this paper.  In 1992 Graham Hancock wrote a book, published by
 William Heinemann, entitled "The Sign and the Seal".  It is the account
 of his travels in Ethiopia in search of the Ark, which by tradition is
 held in great secrecy by a people who have a strange mixture of Judaism
 and ChristianIty.  Hancock was never able to gain access to the building
 where this Ark is kept, and which is closely guarded by a monk by the
 name of Abba Fameray.

 The story goes that King Solomon sired a son by the Queen of Sheba,
 whose name was menelech and when Menelech was in his late teens he
 travelled to Jerusalem, and was treated very well by Solomon, who asked
 what gift he would like to take back with him.  "The Ark of the
 Covenant", he said, which prompted an immediate negative response of
 course.  Menelech was not well pleased with this refusal, and later
 brought several companions with him, and stole the Ark in the dead of
 night, and transported it to Ethiopia, where it has rested until this
 very day.  This story may be found in the Encyclopedia Britannica and it
 adds that the Ark now rests in a town called Axum.  This is a highly
 unlikely tale, and would have been a major embarrassment to the children
 of Israel if they found that it had been stolen.  No doubt a "holy war"
 would Have been raised by Solomon to regain this priceless treasure.
 But no.  There is no mention of it anywhere else, save in Ethiopia.

 So what do THEY have in that land, which they guard so carefully?  I
 believe it could be yet another replica, not taken in Solomon's day, but
 probably in Jeremiah's day or thereabouts.

 Finally, a few addresses for those who would like to write:

 (a) to Jonathan Gray
 P.O.Box 3370,
 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia. 5000

 (b) to Ron Wyatt
 Wyatt Archaeological Research,
 713, Lambert Drive,
 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. 37220

 (c) to the British H.Q. of Advent Truth
 P.O.Box 41,
 Derby, DE1 9ZR, England
 from whom the Various Videos. tapes, and books may be obtained.

 First published in:
 No.78 January 1996
 From Arthur & Rosalind Eedie.
 Oxleigh, Langham Rd, Mumby, Alford, Lincs,
 LN13 9SQ, England.
 (Phone/Fax: 01754 872539