Shadowland: Redemption: Week 18
Where is Mount Sinai?
In the first part of the 4th century, Helena mother of Constantine
declared a mountain peak near the southern tip of the Sinai
peninsula to be Mount Horeb/Sinai, and pointed out the very spot where
Moses saw the burning bush. In the first part of the 6th century,
Justinian I ordered construction of St Catherine, the oldest Christian
monastery still serving its original function (St Anthony across the Red Sea
in Cairo also makes the claim), at the foot of that mountain to protect the
Chapel of the Burning Bush from escalating violence in the region.
Incidentally, the fortified wall also controlled the trade route through the
However, Scripture does not agree with Helena. In fact, Helena's intuition
is the only evidence for the site! In Exodus 3 we saw that
Mount Horeb was near Midian (in Arabia). In Exodus 18, we saw the same.
The Apostle Paul tells us in
Galatians 4:25 that
"Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia". Throughout the Old Testament, "Arabia"
is clearly identified with kings and tribes east of the Aqaba gulf.
A more likely site in concert with Scripture is
Jabel al Lawz in
JABEL AL LAWZ is an 8,000 ft. mountain with a HUGE VALLEY at its base. In this
VALLEY we found an ANCIENT ALTAR with petroglyphs of the Egyptian bullgod,
Hathor, inscribed in the rocks. We feel this is the altar where Aaron made the
Golden Calf. There were also very strong readings of the mineral gold
registered at this site.
High Flight Foundation Newsletter, July 1988
Meeting their Maker
Last time, we asked whether Moses was right in implementing Jethro's advice.
This time, the controversy is whether the people were right to agree to
the law. Most Evangelical commentators, including Dr. McGee, say that
they were choosing law over grace - a big mistake, not unlike Jacob's
unnecessary vow in
Genesis 28:22. Fortunately, this is an even numbered problem,
and the answer is in the back of the book.
The nation of Israel was born at Passover, when they were betrothed
to Jehovah, Jeremiah 31:32.
Now at Sinai, they make their vows.
- 19:1 "First day of the third month" - 40 days after crossing the Red Sea.
- 19:8 Unlike Jacob, Israel makes their vow in response to an actual
two party convenant proposed by God.
- 19:10 Sin cannot stand before God.
- 19:16 "From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and rolls of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God."