Golgotha and the Garden Tomb are located near the Damascus Gate, in Northern, Jerusalem, and are both on the Northern extremities of Mount Moriah, where Abraham took his son Isaac to be sacrificed.
Golgotha In 1883 General Gordon recognised this outcrop of rock, with a skull face etched into it, as Golgotha, the Biblical Place of the Skull.
One day, in 1978, Ron Wyatt was walking in the vicinity of Golgotha and The Garden Tomb. As Ron Wyatt walked past the Calvary Escarpment he was talking to a Jerusalem antiquities authority about Roman antiquities which Ron had just discovered.
Suddenly Ron Wyatt pointed to a site being used as a rubbish dump and said, “That is Jeremiah’s Grotto, and the Ark of the Covenant is in there.”
The Garden Tomb site Without realising it, Ron Wyatt was prophesying, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The official with Ron immediately said, “That is wonderful! We want you to excavate. We will grant you your permits, put you up in a local hotel, and even provide your meals!”
Ron knew that this was a supernatural event, but he also knew that not all such events originate from God, and was naturally cautious. So Ron returned home to the USA, and began to research the history of the Ark of the Covenant, to see if the Ark could be hidden in this area in the North of Jerusalem.
Ron discovered that the last reference of the Ark of the Covenant in the Bible is in the following verse: “Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built,” (2 Chronicles 35:3.)
In the same chapter, Ron read the following verse: “In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept,” (2 Chronicles 35:3). From this verse Ron was able to calculate that this referred to the year 621 BC, just 35 years before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.
At that time, the Ark of the Covenant was kept in the Holy of Holies in King Solomon’s Temple. When the Babylonian army besieged Jerusalem, the Babylonians built a siege wall around Jerusalem. Nobody was allowed to enter or leave Jerusalem, and the occupants were starved. There was a “no-man’s” land between the walls of Jerusalem, and the fortifications of the Babylonian armies, similar to the “no-man’s land” between opposing armies in the First World War.
Ron Wyatt reasoned that the Ark of the Covenant may well have been hidden by the Jews in the myriad of caves and communicating passages underground, in the “no-man’s land” near the Damascus gate. This would have been outside the city walls, and would be the perfect place to hide this precious artefact, where the Babylonians were least likely to look.
Ron Wyatt reasoned that since the Ark of the Covenant was not captured by King Nebuchadnezzar and taken to Babylon, it was probably still hidden underground where it had been hidden at the time of the Babylonian siege.