Some of the most fascinating sites in biblical history are believed to be in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including Mount Sinai, where Moses heard of God.
Today, the area northwest of the Saudi desert is more populated by camels than people, but if Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has his way, this area rich in biblical history could soon be lost to a project major development.
The heir to the Saudi throne recently announced that the region will be the site of his new $500 billion megacity, which could one day be home to up to nine million people and rethink everything about how people live, work and live. entertain themselves.
The project is touted as the most modern, forward-thinking and climate-friendly city in the world, but few people are aware of the area’s deep biblical history. Those in the know wonder if the planned megaproject will help or hurt the area’s historic value.
Andrew Jones has been studying biblical archeology for over a decade. CBN News followed him on a week-long adventure to fascinating biblical sites — places almost everyone has read but few have ever seen.
He believes that Mount Sinai is actually located in Saudi Arabia, very close to the proposed site of their new megacity.
“The biggest problem is that Moses, when he was tending Jethro’s flocks, and he fled from Egypt and lived in the land of Midian,” Jones said. “The country of Midian is in the north of Saudi Arabia. There is no archaeological evidence of Midian in the Sinai Peninsula. And it was one of those days when he was with the herds that it is said that ‘he went to the Mountain of God.. And in Exodus it says “he saw a burning bush on Mount Sinai”… Then you will realize that Mount Sinai is close to where lived Jethro.”
After their miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, the Israelites would have wandered in this desert and water would have been their primary concern.
The book of Exodus, chapter 15, says that they came to an oasis called Elim, where there were 12 springs and 70 palm trees. These 12 sources are still there and at least one is still used by the Bedouins of the region.
Jones worries that any construction projects in the area could harm historic sites, like a mountain range he says is described in the Bible.
“And so you’ll find as you drive through the desert, these brand new roads that they’re putting in, and there’s a whole camp set up for the workers. So it’s a multi-year project. We’re just hoping that they don’t… not only ruin the view, but destroy everything that has biblical significance there,” he said.
Jones also offers evidence that a huge mountain with a top that looks like it has been burned is actually Mount Sinai.
“The evidence is all around us that this is the real Mount Sinai. Now I know there are many proposed locations for the mountain of God, but this mountain here in the land of Midian is the only one that fits to all biblical evidence for Mount Sinai, or the Mountain of God, or some other name is Mount Horeb.”
A huge plain at the foot of the mountain would have easily accommodated the Israelites and all their animals.
A large altar is placed in the center and covered with petroglyphs. Many images depict cows, an animal that in ancient times did not exist in the region, but did exist in Egypt.
Jones points to other evidence at hand.
“Ron Wyatt discovered these pieces of marble when he arrived here in the mid-1980s,” he said. “In 1985 he found an inscription in ancient Hebrew, the name of Solomon, the Mountain of God, Moses. And so he believed because of these key words in ancient Hebrew that King Solomon had in fact erected a marble sanctuary dedicated to the Mountain of God at the foot of Mount Sinai.”
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