By Bonnie Brown, Special to ASSIST News Service
SAUDI ARABIA (ANS – March 4, 2017) – Just ten years ago, to the day, I was standing on the coastal strip of the Red Sea at Sharm El Sheikh. I was gazing across the water at Saudi Arabia and picturing a little girl growing up as a slave in Egypt. I was thinking about how a mother tells her daughter that they are about to walk through the sea on dry ground to escape Pharaoh’s terrifying pursuit.
There must have been a dreadful fear racing through the mind of a child as she watched the wind blow back the water all night and create a path for this massive group of Israelis to cross to safety. And now, today, I find myself on the Saudi side looking back across that same body of water. I would never have imagined that I could have such an amazing adventure.
Last year, I was introduced by a mutual friend to a history professor. He wanted to talk to me because he knew I worked with Bob Cornuke* and he had been given the opportunity to go see Mt. Sinai during a business trip to Saudi Arabia. In 1988 Bob and Larry Williams had followed a crumpled map they had received to locate and investigate Mt Sinai. As we developed the conversation, I was so excited for him and told him I’d like to go someday if I had the chance.
Later that evening he called to let me know that my chance was here. After a month of preparation, all the documents in order, I flew from the US to Saudi Arabia by myself to meet a small group of people I had only talked to on the phone. Though I have done extensive traveling around the world, very little of it has been alone and none of it was wearing a burka. I had a few very trusted prayer warriors at home keeping me covered and I was nervous but could feel God’s presence with me throughout the trip. His strength enabled me to walk out of my comfort zone and enter uncharted territory.
I had read and heard a lot of things about Saudi Arabia. As a Christian, I felt like I would be walking into a hostile and unfriendly area. But I was pleasantly surprised. The people were as friendly and courteous to me as in most any other culture, though there are strict rules separating men and women. Surprisingly, many of the men talked to me and some even shook my hand. Our ideology couldn’t be further apart, but the Saudis I met were kind and inviting.
During this business trip, several of us had the opportunity to drive around in the desert and see some of the amazing landscape, which included Jabal al Lawz. This is the place where Bob Cornuke believes Moses received the Ten Commandments. It is an incredible sight. A large mountain rising about eight thousand feet in elevation and charred black on the top. Picture a snow-capped mountain, but instead of white it’s burnt on top.
When you crack open a rock, it is light colored inside with a sort of black rind on the outside. In Exodus 19:18 we are told that Mt. Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. On one side of the mountain you can see the cave of Elijah, spoken of in 1 Kings 19:8,9. Horeb, the mountain of God, is believed to be the same place as Mt. Sinai. Down below you can see a part of Moses’ altar and the twelve pillars (Exodus 24:4). In the distance was a chain link fence blocking off a protected archaeological site. Providentially, we ended up with two flat tires right at that area and while they were being repaired we got to go look at the unusual site. There in front of me was what I will describe as the golden calf altar mentioned in Exodus 32:4,5. Petroglyphs of calf and bull gods from Egypt were engraved all over the rocks. This was obviously erected by man and stood out conspicuously from the desert floor.
I looked up in the distance and saw the black topped mountain and then looked right in front of me and was staring at engraved Egyptian cow deities on huge rocks that formed a mound about thirty feet long. Behind me was a vast open desert that could easily accommodate a couple million camping Israelis. I closed my eyes and pictured the ancient scene. I was in too much awe of the place to be worried about the authority’s questions. Then all of the sudden this man came running toward us waving us away and we all jumped in the vehicles and left.
Through the week, we saw Jethro’s caves and Moses’ well in Midian, the oasis of Elim, where we saw palm trees and wells spoken about in Exodus 15:27. As I walked along the shore of the Red Sea from the Saudi side, I pictured the wind blowing so hard that the water stood as a wall on either side of a now dry pathway. God made a way of escape through the sea in front of me 3,500 years ago. It is one thing to read about events in the Bible and quite another to stand with your feet on the rocks where the story unfolded. I am so fortunate that God gave me these opportunities and am so happy to tell others that I saw the truth and walked on the evidence.
* Bob Cornuke — a former police investigator and SWAT team member — is a biblical investigator, international explorer and author of nine books. He has participated in over fifty expeditions around the world searching for lost locations described in the Bible. These journeys include searching for Mount Sinai in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, looking for the remains of Noah’s Ark in Turkey with astronaut Jim Irwin (the eighth man to walk on the moon) and researching ancient Assyrian and Babylonian flood accounts in Iran.
He has followed ancient accounts of the Ark of the Covenant from Israel to Egypt and across Ethiopian highlands. His research team found the probable location of Paul’s shipwreck off the coast of Malta. This find has resulted in the accounting of what many are saying are all four anchors, as described in Acts: 27. One of his most recent adventure is sparking international controversy. Chronicled in his new book “Temple”, Bob makes the assertion that the Temples of Solomon and Herod are located in the City of David and not on the traditional temple mount platform. Following that theory, in his latest book, “Golgotha”, Bob challenges the long held traditional sites of the crucifixion and presents his case for a site east of the Temple. His website is: http://www.baseinstitute.org/.
Photo captions: 1) Golden calf altar with Mt. Sinai in the background. 2) Broken rock sample on Mt. Sinai. 3) Remnants of Moses’ 12 pillars and altar. 4) Close up of Mt. Sinai. 5) Bob Cornuke, known as the real “Indiana Jones”. 6) Bonnie Brown.
About the writer: Bonnie Brown is the author of “Giigle”, a humorous account of massaging Google into a fortune. She runs a private foundation dedicated to loving those that Jesus died for. She travels on adventures with the real “Indiana Jones”, Bob Cornuke, helping him uncover Biblical artifacts. She has lived a long, meaningful 44 years of serving God. She has started a Christian School, spoken on the occult, children’s toys, and the school voucher system. She worked at a winery, ran a messenger service and was a masseuse. She is a businesswoman, mom and grandmother and is currently waiting on God to give her the next adventure.
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