Body of Christ Ministries
Winter Garden, FL 34778
As Ron looked almost 1,400 feet down from the top of Masada in 1989, he thought he was looking at the ruins of an ancient city. There were large rock edifices, arranged in distinct rectangular order, looking like the shapes of ancient city walls and buildings. Upon my own ascent to the top of Masada, I looked towards the north from the cable car on the northwestern side of Masada and saw formations that appeared to have a great many sawtooth tops. I also was amazed at this unique formation and the expanse of whitish material which was visible. When Ron visited the site in 1989, he too was impressed with the material which broke right off in his hands and disintegrated into particles like talcum powder. To him, it looked and felt like ash. In fact, he took some samples and had them tested at a number of laboratories. They all reported to him that it was ash.(8) As they walked down what they thought were gullies, it became apparent that they were walking down “avenues”, as these “gullies” communicated with each other. If they were only wadis, which is the Israeli term for gullies or dried creek beds, they would have been much more random as indicated by other wadis seen throughout Israel and Middle East. Along these “avenues”, the research team saw large rock edifices that appeared to be walls common to ancient biblical construction. Of particular significance was the outside wall surrounding this area. It was “double-walled”, exactly like the Canaanite city walls that had been found at other excavated sites. Upon re-entering the area, an unusual shaped formation stood out that best conformed to the appearance of a sphinx. Then, not far from the sphinx shaped formation, an ancient ziggurat could be made out, with the remains of what once were wooden rafters still evident. A ziggurat is a tall structure, resembling a large wedding cake, which has each succeeding upper story smaller than the one below. Wooden rafters constituted the ceilings of the room below and floor above, again indicative of common construction technique of the ancient Canaanites. Even a long platform area, perfectly symmetrical, could be made out at one end of the walled city to the other. It is identical to other temple sites of similar ancient cities such as biblical Sushan or Susa located in present day Iran. However, Ron wanted absolute proof that would confirm this site as Gomorrah.
Upon his next visit, Ron and Richard Rives, his associate, found the evidence that fulfilled this need to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this area was once the city of Gemorrah. They found brimstone! As they surveyed the area, they came upon a large chunk of ash that had fallen because of a recent rainstorm. Within this large chunk were numerous yellowish balls. Surrounding the yellowish balls was a reddish-black crystalline capsule of ash. Chemical analysis of the pods revealed a central core of 95.7% sulfur. Upon combustion, elements found in the pod when combined with the sulfur produced a fiery substance with temperatures reaching 4,000° - 5,000° F. Evidence for these extremely high temperatures could be seen in the reddish burn marks that formed the exterior crystalline layer of ash that accompanied each piece of brimstone. Brimstone found at the site varied in size from grains of sand to the size of softballs and were deposited in a random fashion, similar to that of rain. The quantity of brimstone found and its ability to produce extremely high temperatures provided the reason why the elements of this area were vitrified. As such, all substances were thermally ionized as indicated by the layering effect of the resultant ash specifically found in this area. It should be pointed out that no volcanic activity is noted at or near the site, thereby excluding the possibility that the sulfur originated from such a site. Additionally, sulfur in this type of configuration has never been found anywhere else in the world. With the finding of actual brimstone, Ron was convinced they had found Gemorrah.
The Jewish-Roman historian, Josephus Flavius,
records the existence of Sodom and Gemorrah
Tests Confirm Masada Archeological Site
Jerusalem (AP News, 9/23/91) - A radiocarbon dating test has determined that 25 skeletons unearthed at the ancient fortress of Masada are probably Jewish rebels who committed suicide rather than surrender to Rome in the year 73 A.D., a scientist said yesterday. The skeletons were uncovered 25 years ago, said Israel Carmi, head of the radiocarbon dating lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Archeologists earlier suggested the skeletons were Byzantine monks who lived on the mountain in the 7th century.
New Archeological Evidence, Pg 4
Location of Gemorrah, Israel.
Possible building found in Gemorrah
Sulfur balls imbedded in rock wall in Gemorrah. Encsapsulated sulfur ball shown with ash and sulfur separated in lower picture.
Larger picture showing sulfur center encapsulated within crystalline exterior, colored red.
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