Friday, September 28, 2007

How many of you heard that Sodom and Gomorrah have been rediscovered? I'm a tiny bit embarrassed to admit that somehow, someway I missed this incredible event. (In my defense, I have been a bit preoccupied lately.)

What is so fascinating about this discovery is that once again, the biblical record has been proven accurate. I stumbled across some research on Sodom and Gomorrah several days ago, and I've just begun to scratch the surface on this biblical disaster zone. Still, even that little bit of reading has left me amazed and completely in awe (even more so than I usually am) of Jehovah God. He said He destroyed these cities with fire and brimstone . . . and that's exactly what the ruins show (if you can call the vaporized ghost cities standing along the shore of the Dead Sea ruins).

Scattered everywhere around these powdered walls (that literally crumble in your hand) are thousands of small, crystallized balls of sulfur. For years archaeologists argued that a comet must have hit Sodom and Gomorrah (I'm not kidding) or an earthquake (because the cities sit directly on a fault line). But the truth is now glaringly apparent that a disaster of extraordinary proportions occurred there, since the crystallized balls of sulfur scattered everywhere have never been found anywhere else on planet earth.

There's nothing like the Divine sense of humor.

An early record of these cities is provided by Josephus in his Wars of the Jews, Book IV, Chapter VIII: “Now this country is then so sadly burnt up, that nobody cares to come at it;... It was of old a most happy land, both for the fruits it bore and the riches of its cities, although it be now all burnt up. It is related how for the impiety of its inhabitants, it was burnt by lightning; in consequence of which there are still the remainders of that divine fire; and the traces (or shadows) of the five cities are still to be seen . . . .”

And in 1928, Dr. Melvin Kyle wrote, “...a region on which brimstone was rained will show brimstone. Well, it does; we picked up pure sulfur, in pieces as big as the end of my thumb. It is mixed with the marl of the mountains on the west side of the sea, and now is to be found scattered along the shore of the sea even on the east side, some four or five miles distant from the ledge that contains the stratum. It has somehow scattered far and wide over this plain.” (Melvin Kyle, Explorations at Sodom, 52-53.)

You can see some interesting pictures here:

You can read more about this discovery here:

I just love Biblical Archaeology. . . .


JohnD said...

Truly the rocks cry out.

6:38 AM  
Gene Hamilton said...


I was very excited about the articles that you posted concerning the destruction of the Cities of the Plain upon first reading. I decided to Google Ron Wyatt since I had never heard of him. It turns out that he claimed to discover the Ark of the Covenant, a chariot wheel from the Red Sea crossing, Noah's Ark, and the very blood of Christ, among other things. Either this guy is the most important Christian figure of our time or one of the greatest scam artists. The evidence is pointing strongly to the latter. Even if the geological "evidence" of the brimstone is true, there needs to be independent collaborative substantiation; especially considering the source. This would be great if true, but we need to verify before we get too excited. We are happy about you wrapping "The Kingdom of the Occult" and look forward to its publishing. Love in Jesus,
Gene & Donna Hamilton
Orange Park, Fl.

5:59 PM  
JohnD said...

Interesting how this entry ties in with what I was driving at in comments about the last posting. No less than Dr. D. James Kennedy stated from the pulpit some fifteen years ago "If judgment does not soon fall on America for her wickedness... then God owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology."

A truer statement could hardly be said these days. But there is a detail left out of the good Doctor's statement / interpretation (not to worry, I wrote him a letter which may or may not have gotten past his screeners... but I tried to contact him)... the angels {could not} do anything regarding judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah {until} Lot was safely away.

And as I stated in my earlier comments, America is in that same predicament as the last of the previous to the Baby Boom generation dies off.

Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

7:51 PM  
JohnD said...

Now we have archaeological proof that God is good at his word and that he keeps his word even in judgment.

"It's never too late.." says mankind.

The archaeologist's spade says otherwise.

7:53 PM  
JohnD said...

Judgment Nears...

8:40 PM  
Gene Hamilton said...


My brief research has turned up the following data on Ron Wyatt:
I don't necessarily agree with the theology on these sites but they do seem to shed some light on our friend Mr. Wyatt.

I hope these help. I would hate to see us promote quack science about landmark Biblical events.

In Jesus,

Gene & Donna Hamilton
Orange Park, Fl.

1:36 PM  
Jill Martin Rische said...

Hi Gene,

Yes, I do know about Wyatt's interesting claims, which is why I cited other sources in addition to him. Sodom and Gomorrah has been found, it just hasn't been explored recently, so Wyatt did get that right. And it is a fact that small, crystallized balls of sulfur have been found all around that area--and they are not found anywhere else in the world. I thought that was fascinating.

Wyatt also had some interesting pictures that would be difficult to fake, and they confirm the descriptions of many other explorers.

Thanks for your comments and kind words. :)

God bless,


11:55 PM  
Gman said...

If the find is true on sodom & Gomorrah, it does not surprise me,but i would be very leary on any finds from ron wyatt who is a phoney.i dont have to see to believe.i would be very careful about so called finds,unless it can be established by creditable sources.If you do a search on Ron wyatt you will find that he made alot of claims that can't be verified.lets not have a bandwagon attitude on anything that deals with our witness as believers.


10:34 AM  

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