ASI Letter to WAR Board of Directors about Ark of the Covenant Excavation Plan
To the members of the Wyatt Archaeological Research Board:
About a month ago, I first became aware of your plan to find and excavate into the tunnel that leads from Zedekiah’s Cave into the chamber where the Ark of the Covenant and associated objects are located. However the details were sketchy and as I was heavily involved in a couple of projects, I was not able to give it much attention.
About 2 weeks ago, while in Turkey I began to receive e-mails from a number of concerned supporters about what was on your web site. About that same time our tour in Turkey was starting and 5 of the 7 people on the tour expressed their concern that what WAR was planning was questionable. Each of these people raised their concerns to me without any prompting on my part.
It was then that I finally went to the home page of the Wyatt Museum web site and saw what was being planned. To say that I was appalled by what I read would be to understate my feelings. To attempt what is being proposed, unless you have a specific and verifiable message from God that this is to be your course, is in my opinion a very dangerous and unnecessary move. To ask others to assist in this plan and then associate it with a group holyland tour is to create a carnival atmosphere around a site that should be treated carefully, with reverence and respect. I do not understand why WAR is doing this.
The leadership of WAR is aware of some very specific facts in relation to this discovery and they appear to be ignoring them. For this reason, I believe WAR is treading on ground where it does not belong and that they are placing the reputation of WAR and its board in serious jeopardy for no good reason. If this plan fails it will also reflect on the memory and work of Ron Wyatt and will give his critics more ammunition to use to deride his work.
As you know, I was close to the work of WAR up until the time of Ron Wyatt’s death. Over the years Ron shared some things with me about the situation with the Ark of the Covenant. Other things he made public shortly before his death. These are the basis of my concerns. Ron specifically told me, as well as at least one other person that I know of, how the entrance into the tunnel system was to be accessed. He was very clear that there was no need for any digging to enter into the tunnel. In fact he told me that if a person, including himself, went to the place where the entrance was located and it appeared to be closed, this was an indication that God did not want the person to enter.
It has also been shared publicly the timing under which the revealing of the contents of the Ark chamber was to take place. This was made public many years ago by Ron himself. I have seen no indication that WAR’s leadership is taking any of these things into account. This causes me to believe that this move is improper.
I am sure that the board knows the story of the six Israeli men that attempted to enter the tunnel that led to the Ark of the Covenant and what God did. God allowed them to enter but they were destroyed apparently because their plan was not according to God’s will.
All things considered, my questions to the WAR board are these:
1. What is WAR’s motive for attempting this plan now, as opposed to 12 months ago or 12 months from now?
2. Has God specifically indicated that WAR take this course?
3. Over the last 4 years Mr. Rives has made it clear on the web site that everything is done with the unanimous approval of the WAR board. On this matter was the vote unanimous?
4. Was the WAR board aware of the facts I have alluded to, whose source is Ron Wyatt?
5. Are you certain that WAR’s plan is God’s plan?
To my knowledge each of you were close to Ron Wyatt. Therefore you should be aware of the facts relating to this discovery. On the basis of what I know, I strongly urge you to reverse your decision. If the answers to these questions are not as they should be, then as members of the WAR board, you have an obligation to speak up. If you will not speak up then by your silence you are indicating consent.
I hope that this letter of appeal will be received in the spirit in which it is offered. If what WAR has planned is God’s will then I am a supporter of it. But there are a number of indications that this is not the case, not the least of those being the fruit of WAR’s activities over the last four years which includes, threatening of lawsuits against some of those who worked with Ron Wyatt and preventing Ron from receiving the credit he deserved on a recent internationally released video based on his work.
Please do not assume that the motive for this letter is one of jealousy or based on past animosity between WAR and Anchor Stone. My only concern is that God things be handled properly. In my opinion this should be everyone’s highest concern.
Bill Fry, President
Anchor Stone International