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The beginning of the ESV was May 1997 with a meeting headed by James Dobson. Dobson was deeply troubled with the gender-inclusive issues within the NIV and TNIV. The results of the meeting was the “proposed” creation of a new version without the new-age, homosexual, gender-incusive agenda. Surprisingly, the “troubled” group united around the liberal and apostate Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible. Thus the dubious birth of the ESV was conceived. In September 1998, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School professor Wayne Grudem and Crossway President Lane Dennis received the blessing of the ecumenical National Council of Churches to build the ESV upon their 1971 revision of the Revised Standard Version. And thus the ESV came to life. . .


World Magazine documents the secretive conception of the ESV:


“The version [ESV] had its roots in discussions that took place before the May 1997 meeting called by James Dobson at Focus on the Family headquarters to resolve the inclusive NIV issue. . . The group discussed the merits of the Revised Standard Version, first published in 1952 by the National Council of Churches and recently replaced by the New Revised Standard Version, a regendered update. Some months later, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School professor Wayne Grudem and Crossway President Lane Dennis entered into negotiations with the National Council of Churches to use the 1971 revision of the Revised Standard Version as the basis for a new translation.”

(David Bayly, “Decline of the NIV?”, World Magazine, 5 June 1999)


Wikipedia states concerning the motive for the ESV:


“Work on this translation began with discontent (largely amongst Evangelical Christians) over the perceived looseness of style and content of recently published English Bible translations, as well as the apparent trend toward gender-neutral language in translations such as the Today’s New International Version and the New Revised Standard Version, among others.”



The primary premise for the ESV was to combat the gender-neutral changes infiltrating many other popular versions. The term “gender-neutral” refers to removing the masculine references such as “he, him, man, father, brother, brethren” and replace them with gender-neutral words such as “they, people, person, human” etc. These changes occur to support the homosexual-equal-rights-unisexual-new-age agenda and totally ignore the masculine gender within the Greek text (of any manuscript).  (See our detailed review of the TNIV at


And how did the ESV perform in combating the gender-neutral language?


Dr. Mark L. Strauss, author of Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation & Gender Accuracy, writes concerning the “gender-neutral language” of the ESV:


“The recently published English Standard Version (ESV; Crossway Bibles, 2001) is a revision of the Revised Standard Version (RSV, 1952).  One of the major areas of revision in the ESV is the introduction of gender-inclusive language (sometimes called gender-neutral language).  In hundreds of cases the ESV introduces terms like ‘one’ or ‘person’ or ‘others’ for the RSV’s masculine generic terms ‘man’ and ‘men.’ . . .

In this way, the ESV is very much like the recently published Today’s New International Version (TNIV), which revises the New International Version (NIV) in a similar manner. . .”

(Strauss, Mark L. Strauss. The Gender-Neutral Language of the English Standard Version (ESV))


Remember, the primary reason Dobson and crew devised the ESV was to counter the introduction of gender-neutral language in the new versions. And yet, the ESV did the same thing!


Dr. Strauss relates the “odd and ironic” infiltration of gender-neutral changes in the ESV because the ESV publishers and promoters were “some of the strongest attacks against the gender language of the TNIV”. Remember, that was the supposed “purpose” of the ESV – to counter the gender-neutral agenda. . .


“What is odd and ironic is that the some of the strongest attacks against the gender language of the TNIV are coming from those who produced similar gender changes in the ESV.  One has to wonder therefore whether these attacks are motivated as much from ideological and marketing concerns related to the ESV as from a concern for fidelity in translation.”

(Strauss, Mark L. Strauss. The Gender-Neutral Language of the English Standard Version (ESV))


Can you spell “H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E”?


And this is no small change. For instance, the word “man, men” is “neutered” in the ESV 968 times. The masculine pronoun, “he, him, his” is neutered 1832 times! And the new-age, evolutionist, neuter buzz-word “human” is employed 63 times.


How can key Christian leaders assemble, conceive and design a counter-attack against the “gender-neutral” Bible version invasion and yet when the plan is actually implemented the exact opposite occurs? Did they deceive themselves? What happened to their original convictions? It’s almost as if someone else took over and changed their course of action? Who could have done such a subtle and sinister deed? [Hint” He tempted Eve (and damned mankind) with the simple, subtle question “Yea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1)] While some may scoff at that allegation, there is no doubt in this author’s mind that the subtle serpent of Genesis 3 was at work. What other explanation can rationalize such a total change of course?


The following are a few examples (from the thousands) of gender-neutral changes flooding the ESV. Notice, replacing “man” with the generic term “person, human, peoples, one” etc. significantly deflects the direct application of the verse.


Mathew 5:13


Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.



“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.


Mathew 19:23-24


Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.



And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”


Romans 3:4


God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.



By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”


Romans 3:28


Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.



For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.


Romans 5:7


For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.



For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–


Romans 10:10


For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.



For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.


1 Corinthians 2:11


For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.



For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.


Notice in the following verses that “man” is replaced with “human, human being”. Now honestly, is there anybody that really believes “human” is easier to read or clearer than “man”? Does any “human” on the planet really believe that “man” is archaic or outdated and that a new Bible version is required to replace “man” with “human”? Apparently, Dobson, Crossway, and the ESV “boys” do. . .


1 Corinthians 2:13-14


Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.



And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.


1 Corinthians 4:3


But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.



But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.


Act 17:25 (notice “worship” is dulled to “served”)


Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;



nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.


Romans 2:9


Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;



There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,


Romans 3:5


But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)



But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)


Romans 6:19


I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.



I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.


1 Corinthians 2:13


Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.



And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.


1 Corinthians 3:3


For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?



for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?


1 Corinthians 9:8


Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?



Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same?


Galatians 3:15


Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.



To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified.


Ephesians 4:14


That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of menand cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;



so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.


Philippians 2:8


And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.



And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.


Colossians 2:8


Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.



See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.


James 3:8


But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.



but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.


1 Peter 2:13


Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;



Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,


1 Peter 4:2


That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.



so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.


And this is a very, very small sampling of the lunacy and hypocrisy of the homosexual, new-age “gender-neutral” agenda saturating the ESV.




The Lord has some strong warnings against adding and subtracting from the Word of God.


Deuteronomy 4:2 reads: “YE SHALL NOT ADD unto the word which I command you, NEITHER SHALL YE DIMINISH ought from it . . .”


Proverbs 30:6, reads, “ADD THOU NOT unto his words . . .”


And just in case you missed it, GOD’S LAST WARNING is Revelation 22:18,19, “. . . If any man SHALL ADD unto these things. . . And if any man shall TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORDS of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life. . .”

And Jesus Christ, in Luke 8:12, gives a clear aim of Satan, “. . . then cometh the devil, and TAKETH AWAY the word . . .”




As we go through this material, get your ESV Bible and please check me out. Don’t believe a word I’m writing. (see Romans 3:4) Please check me out. See the evidence for yourself. Note: Most of these examples of perversions are found in the vast majority of all the new versions. The reason they all carry these corruptions is that they are all built upon the corrupt Westcott and Hort Greek text. And the W&H text carries these thousands of distortions and deletions. Remember they’re not simply updating the King James “English” text, but they are build upon a drastically different corrupt Greek text, produced by two “admitted” heretics.


The ESV completely removes the following 17 verses:


Matthew 12:47

Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.


Matthew 17:21

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.


Matthew 18:11

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.


Matthew 23:14

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.


Mark 7:16

If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.


Mark 9:44

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.


Mark 9:46

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.


Mark 11:26

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.


Mark 15:28

28  And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.


Luke 17:36

Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.


Luke 22:44

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.


Luke 23:17

(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)


John 5:4

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.


Acts 8:37

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.


Acts 15:34

Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.


Acts 24:7 (note half of Acts 24:6 and 24:8 is also removed)

7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,


Acts 28:29

And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.


Romans 16:24

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.


After Mark 16:8 the ESV states, “Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9-20.” Zap-There goes another 12 verses. And by the way, that is absolutely untrue! The book, The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel of Mark, by Dean Burgon contains over 400 pages of documented evidence for Mark 16:9-20, that has never been refuted, nor ever will!


After John 7:52, the NIV, reads, “The earliest manuscripts do not include John 7:53-8:11” Zap-There goes another 12 verses!




A word comparison with the New Testament of the KJB and the ESV reveals the ESV removes over a staggering 33,000 words! And that is nothing to sneeze at. That equals removing the complete books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Jude – combined!


That’s a huge part of your Bible that someone decided you didn’t need!


And that’s just the words ripped from the New Testament!


So much for the Lord’s stern warning against adding and taking away from His Words.


In case you think the ESV simply removes insignificant archaic words. The ESV removes “key” words and phases from hundreds of verses. The following are some examples of the words “taketh away” in the ESV. The words marked in red are removed in the ESV.


Mathew 19:9


And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.



And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”


Mark 9:49


For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.



For everyone will be salted with fire.


Luke 9:55-56


But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.

For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.



But he turned and rebuked them.

And they went on to another village.


Luke 22:64


And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?



They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?”


John 3:13


And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.



No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.


John 8:59


Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.



So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.


Acts 9:5


And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.



And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”


Acts 18:21


But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.



But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.


Romans 8:1


There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.



There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.


Romans 13:9


For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.



For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”


1 Corinthians 10:28


But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:



But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience–


Galatians 3:1


O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?



O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.


Ephesians 3:14


For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,



For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,


Titus 1:4


To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.



To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.


Hebrews 2:7


Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:



You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,


1 John 5:7


For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.



For there are three that testify:

the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.




Among the more troubling changes in the new versions is the strategic attack on the Lord Jesus Christ. Some times the attack is small and subtle, such as removing “Lord” or “Christ,” or swipes at the virgin birth or the blood atonement. Other times, the attack is a nuclear assault, such as stripping “God” from 1 Timothy 3:16But make no mistake – the attack is real. And most people reading just the ESV (or the other versions) never realize this sinister attack on the Lord Jesus Christ.


There’s something very special about the name of “Jesus”.


The Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Philippians 2:10 says about the name of Jesus, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” (Philippians 2:10)


And the ESV removes the precious name of “Jesus” 18 times! And believe it or not – it removes “Jesus Christ” 51 times!


And that’s not all. . . The ESV removes the word “Christ” 39 times. The “Lord” 66 times. And “God” 38 times.


In Matthew 5:22, the ESV removes “without a cause” hence making Jesus Christ (who got angry in Mark 3:5 and other places) danger of the judgment.


Matthew 5:22


But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.



But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.


That wonderful, familiar song says, “What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Not according to the ESV. . .


The only place in the Bible that references “washing” my sins in the blood of Jesus Christ is Revelation 1:5. And the ESV replaces “wash” with “freed”. Why doesn’t the ESV and the new versions change the song to “What can free my sins”? Because they wouldn’t dare change the words of the song for respect of the author of the song – and yet they’ll change the words of God without blinking an eye!


Revelation 1:5


And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,



and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood


Colossians 1:14 takes another surgical swipe at the precious blood of Jesus Christ by removing the words – “through his blood.” The ESV deliberately rips out the words “through his blood.”  Salvation is ONLY “through his blood.” Hebrews 9:22, reads, “. . . without shedding of BLOOD is no remission.” That old song says, “What can wash away my sins, NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!” But not according to the English SUBStandard Version. . .


Colossians  1:14


In whom we have redemption through his bloodeven the forgiveness of sins:



in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


1 Peter 4:1 removes the simple two words “for us” thus surgically amputating what Jesus Christ did “for us.”



Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;



Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,


Hebrews 1:3 takes another subtle swipe at the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ by removing the key words “by himself,” hence negating His personal sacrificial death. At the same time, the ESV muddles the incarnation of the Lord Jesus by changing “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person” to the vague “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.”



Who being the brightness of his gloryand the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;



He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


In Luke 13:32, the ESV robs Jesus Christ of His “perfection” and instead only allows Him to “finish my course.”


Luke 13:32


And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.



And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.


The ESV in Philippians 2:6-7 drops an atomic bomb on the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the clearest verses in the Bible proclaiming that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and the ESV totally changes the verse to deliberately deny the deity of Jesus Christ. The ESV changes the clear, definitive statement “thought it not robbery to be equal with God” to the exact opposite “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped”!



Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:



who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.


If Philippians 2 was an atomic assault on the deity and incarnation of Jesus Christ, the ESV attacks 1 Timothy 3:16 with a devastating nuclear attack. 1 Timothy 3:16 is easily the clearest declaration in the scriptures that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and the ESV creates a grammatical gobbled-gook to deny the deity of Jesus Christ!


1 Timothy 3:16


And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.



Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.


The ESV reads, “HE was manifested in the flesh”. So What? Everyone was “manifested in the flesh”! “He” is a pronoun that refers to a noun or antecedent. There is no antecedent in the context! The statement does not make grammatical sense. The ESV distorts I Timothy 3:16 into utter nonsense while denying the deity of Jesus Christ!


1 John 4:3 provides us a tell-tale sign to identify the spirit of the antichrist. Of course, the antichrist surely wishes this verse could be diluted to dull the reader’s discernment. And of course, the ESV grants his demonic wish by removing the key words “is come in the flesh”.


1 John 4:3


And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.



and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.


Like all good Bible PerVersions the ESV perverts John 3:16 by removing the critical “begotten” and thus changing John 3:16 into a lie. Adam is called the “son of God” in Luke 3:38, there are “sons of God” in Job 1:6 and Christians are called “sons of God” in Philippians 2:15, I John 3:2– but Jesus Christ was the “only BEGOTTEN Son” By removing the critical word “begotten” — the ESV perverts John 3:16 into a lie. The ESV also removes “begotten” in John 1:14, 1:18, 3:18 and 1 John 4:9,


John 3:16


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.



“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.




Isaiah 14:14 reveals Satan’s grandest desire, “I will be like the most High.” And with a little subtle perversion – the ESV in Isaiah 14:12 grants Satan’s wish.


In Isaiah 14:12, the King James Bible clearly identifies “Lucifer”. But the ESV refers to “Lucifer” as one of the titles of the Lord Jesus Christ – “Day Star” in 1 Peter 1:19 and the Morning star of Revelation 22:16.


Isaiah 14:12


How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!



“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!


1 Peter 1:19


We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:


Revelation 22:16


I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.


The ESV makes Lucifer the “Day Star” in Isaiah 14, and the Hebrew word for star (kokab) is not in Isaiah 14:12. Why did they do it? Hint. Read Genesis 3:1




The Bible says in Matt 25:41 that hell “prepared for the devil and his angels.” Now surely the Devil’s going to tone down the flames of hell. And he does, the ESV removes hell 40 times.


Get this “devil and devils” is removed a whopping 83 times in the ESV!




As we previously witnessed the ESV surgically blurs the roles of the Lord Jesus and Satan. Another classic (and sad) case is the popular “Lord’s Prayer”. Notice the ESV removes the critical words that identify God the Father. Note: The words in read are removed from the ESV.


KJB (Luke 11:2-4)

2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


ESV (Luke 11:2-4)

2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.

3 Give us each day our daily bread,

4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”


The “Father” of the ESV is not “in heaven” and does not “deliver us from evil.” The ESV changes The Lord’s Prayer in Luke 2 into the Devil’s Prayer.




One of the loudest protests against the 1952 RSV was the attack on the virgin birth in Isaiah 7:14 by changing “virgin” to “young woman”.


Isaiah 7:14 KJB

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


Isaiah 7:14 RSV

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


By the way, how does “a young woman shall conceive” be a “sign”? Duh… Young woman conceive all the time. But for a “virgin” to conceive – now that’s a “sign” from the Lord.


Following the RSV’s attack on the virgin birth of Isaiah 7;14, an onslaught of Christian leaders came rushing out of the woodshed vehemently attacking the apostate RSV in 1952, even publicly burning copies of the RSV. And yet the ESV (and nearly every other new version) attack the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 2:33 by changing “Joseph” to “his father”.


Luke 2:33


And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.



And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.


Note: Some new version defenders have sought to justify the “his father” of Luke 2:33 in the ESV with the KJB in Luke 2:48, “And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father  and I have sought thee sorrowing.” But here’s the important difference. In Luke 2:48 the Bible is quoting Mary recognizing the parental role of Joseph, but in Luke 2:33, the Holy Spirit is narrating the facts concerning the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.




Obviously, with the ESV “corrupting” the words of God like a madman possessed from hell (literally), you’d certainly expect the ESV to cover their tracks by changing “corrupt the word of God” in 2 Corinthians 2:17. (And you’re right – they did . . .)  Not to be disappointed, hell’s hit man from the ESV conveniently takes care of 2 Corinthians 2:17 by quietly changing “corrupt the word of God” to “peddlers of God’s word.”


2 Corinthians 2:17


For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.



For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.


2 Timothy 2:15 contains the only command in the scriptures to “study” the word of God. Of course, the ESV crew has got to get rid of that “study”. After all, if you actually “study” your Bible you might just find out what the ESV and the Dobson-Crossway crowd is doing to the Word of God. And they just can’t allow that. Got to get rid of that “study.”  So presto-magic – “study” no mo. . . Just “do you best.” Oh by the way, you no longer rightly “divide” the word of truth, you just “rightly handle”. The ESV surgically removes the only command to “study” your Bible, and rips out the only instructions on how to study it – “rightly dividing”.


2 Timothy 2:15


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.



Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.


In Luke 4, the devil tempts the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Lord battles the devil with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17) but wait – hold the phone – it’s not in the ESV! Believe it or not (please check it out) while the Lord is battling the temptations of the devil, the ESV disarms the Lord by removing His sword! The ESV removes “but by every word of God.” Wow! Any doubt whose the mastermind pulling the strings on these new versions. . .


Luke 4:4


And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.



And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.'”


To make matters even worse (and to display the total Bible stupidity of the ESV crew) the Lord Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 8:3. The ESV obviously doesn’t even know what Deuteronomy 8:3 says.

Deuteronomy 8:3

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.


And Christian leaders are promoting and praising this anti-Christ mess? You read the accolades (and there’s a lot more on the ESV web site)? I suspect most of those so-called Christian leaders are not daily “reading” and “searching” their Bible (any version), they just carry it around and “use it” only when absolutely necessary. How else can you explain them praising such a wicked and open attack on the Word of God?




Paul warns the Christian in 2 Corinthians 11:3 of Satan’s attempt to corrupt your minds “from the simplicity that is in Christ.”


2 Corinthians 11:3

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.


And the ESV successfully carries out the serpent’s beguiling desire by corrupting “the simplicity that is in Christ.” The ESV’s corruption and confusion of the simplicity of Christ injects the deadly venom from the subtle serpent of Genesis 3:1, “Yea, hath God said. . .?”


Remember Hort despises the blood atonement of Jesus Christ labeling it “an almost universal heresy.”  He also adds the “doctrine of substitution, (how that Jesus took our place (substitution) on the cross) is “an immoral and material counterfeit”:


Oct. 15th – Hort: “I entirely agree – correcting one word – with what you there say on the Atonement, having for many years believed that “the absolute union of the Christian (or rather, of man) with Christ Himself” is the spiritual truth of which the popular doctrine of substitution is an immoral and material counterfeit…Certainly nothing can be more unscriptural than the modern limiting of Christ’s bearing our sins and sufferings to His death; but indeed that is only one aspect of an almost universal heresy.” (Life, Vol.I, p.430).


Carrying forth Hort’s malicious attack on Christ’s “substitutionary atonement,” the ESV surgically dismantles our “complete salvation” right before your eyes. Salvation in the ESV is not a one-time finished, salvation but a process. It’s not “saved” but a continual process of “being saved.” In the ESV’s and Hort’s twisted salvation, at what point does someone actually become “saved” and no longer “being saved”?


Act 2:47


Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.



praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.


1 Corinthians 1:18


For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.



For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


1 Corinthians 15:2


By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.



and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain.


2 Corinthians 2:15


For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:



For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,


Following right along this pernicious path of “being saved” the ESV no longer allows the saved sinner to be “complete” in Jesus Christ, but merely “filled”.


Colossians 2:10


And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:



and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.


The ESV perverts “narrow is the way” of salvation into “the way is hard”. There’s nothing “hard” about God’s wonderful way to salvation. It’s as simple as “opening a door” (John 10:9) or drinking a glass of water (John 4:14). But it is “narrow”. It’s very “narrow”. There’s only one, single, “narrow” way. Jesus Christ says in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Again the ESV totally changes and perverts the simple way of salvation.


Matthew 7:14


Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.



For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.




The English Standard Version should have been correctly named The English SUBStandard Version. In every conceivably way: easy of reading; accuracy; doctrine; honoring the Lord Jesus; truthfulness – it is SubStandard. Would any sincere Christian trade their trustworthy King James Bible for such a pitiful phony?


I think not. . . .


We’ll end our examination of the ESV with the words of the “Great Orator” himself, President Ronald Reagan. During one of Reagan’s famous radio talks, he compared the Good News Bible (also called the Good News for Modern Man and Today’s English Version) to the King James Bible. Regean’s keen analysis of the Good News Bible would just as easily apply to the ESV:

“The sponsors of the Good News version boast that their Bible is as readable as the daily paper – and so it is. But do readers of the daily news find themselves moved to wonder, “at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth”? Mr. Hanser suggests that sadly the “tinkering & general horsing around with the sacred texts will no doubt continue” as pious drudges try to get it right. “It will not dawn on them that it has already been gotten right.”

This is Ronald Reagan. Thanks for listening.

— aired September 6, 1977


The first section, “The Foundation of the ESV”, reveals the distorted and deceitful manuscript foundation of the ESV. This section may appear too technical for many readers, but even a limited comprehension will reveal the corrupt foundation of the new versions. This section answers “why” the new versions attack the Lord Jesus Christ, hell, salvation and scores of other key Bible doctrines.

The second section, “The Fruit of the ESV”, examines the distorted text and verses within the ESV. We compare hundreds of troubling verses in the ESV with the King James Bible. You’ll witness blatant attacks on the Lord Jesus Christ, salvation, hell, the word of God and deliberate new-age-neutral-gender distortions.

Breaking the ice

Breaking the Ice

For many Christians the hardest part of sharing their faith with others is breaking the ice and initiating a conversation. They feel intimidated & awkward going up to a stranger saying “do you know Jesus”. Well, there are many ways to overcome this intimidation & awkwardness of breaking the ice with strangers, in order to share the gospel with them. First of all, you don’t have to start with a statement about God, Jesus, the Bible, Heaven, Hell or sin. Actually a simple greeting, such as saying “hello” works just fine. Or “hello how are you doing today”, “Hi my name is…” or “Howdy”(if your in the south). I have made it a habit to greet strangers everywhere I go. I often make eye contact with strangers, giving a wave and a smile. And I’ve found that it is great way to break the ice and often lead to a conversation.

Greeting others is something that Christ expects us to do. In the context of Christ teaching His disciples to love even their enemies he made this statement “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” (Matthew 5:46-47 ESV).

When you take time to greet strangers, making eye contact with them, giving them a smile, a nod or a hand shake it can be an expression of love. It can communicate to them that you care and that may be what leads to an open door for you to share the gospel with them. I have heard it said that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. There is some truth in that statement.

Another way that I break the ice with strangers is passing out gospel tracts. I always carry gospel tracts with me in my car or in my pocket. When I walk up to a stranger and hand them a gospel tract I usually say something like “excuse me sir did you get one of these?”. I don’t say “excuse me would you like one these” but rather “did you get one of these”. That is so they will feel as if they are missing out on something that others have and receive the gospel tract. The truth is if they don’t know Christ they truly are missing out on something that others have, namely eternal life (John 17:3). Gospel tracts are great because they can do the work of communicating the gospel for you and they can help start the conversation with a stranger. When you are in the check out line at the grocery store you usually don’t have time to present the gospel because there are people behind you and if you are holding up the line the cashier will not be able to focus for very long on what you are talking about. But with gospel tracts you can just pass them out and people can read them later on. And who knows how many people may end up reading them and coming to Christ.

If you want to start sharing your faith but you don’t know how to start then get you some gospel tracts and start passing them out. When people ask you “what is this” and you tell the “it’s a gospel tract” their response to hearing that its about God can often let you know if they are open to talking to you about the gospel. If they give you a sour face like they just drank some pickle juice then that may be an indicator that they are not open or interested in what you have to say. But if they say “you’re the 2nd person who has talked to me about God today…” then you may have discovered an open door to share the gospel. God uses gospel tracts and I believe we should also. The great preacher Charles Spurgeon stated, “When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready. . . Get good striking tracts, or none at all. But a touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. Therefore, do not go out without your tracts.”


Why we need to be in the Word

This illustration comes to mind. Imagine this:

A soldier is deployed to war and writes every day to his dear wife. He describes his experiences and love for his wife as some of the letters are stained with his tears. Upon arriving back from war, he affectionately greets his wife and asks if she received the love letters. The wife nonchalantly responds that she never read the letters but just put them aside with the junk mail. The soldier is heartbroken…

Friends, how can we say that we love God if we never take time to read His “love letter” to us, the Holy Bible? The Bible contains God’s heart and His view on sin and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

We can’t separate God from His Holy Word, even if it contains hard truths that offend. If we do, we’re adhering to “another gospel” and serving “another jesus.” #RepentAndBelieve #JesusSaves🌎✝️


NOAH’S ARK- The Early Years

In Sept. 1960, 27 year old Ron Wyatt, along with thousands of other people, read an article in “Life” Magazine about a strange boat-shaped formation in the mountains of Ararat:


Boatlike form is seen near Ararat.

While routinely examining aerial photos of his country, a Turkish army captain suddenly gaped at the picture shown above. There, on a mountain 20 miles south of Mt. Ararat, the biblical landfall of Noah’s Ark, was a boat-shaped form about 500 feet long. The captain passed on the word. Soon an expedition including American scientists set out for the site.

At 7,000 feet, in the midst of crevasses and landslide debris, the explorers found a clear, grassy area shaped like a ship and rimmed with steep, packed-earth sides. Its dimensions are close to those given in Genesis: `The length of the ark shall be 300 cubits, the breadth of it 50 cubits, and the height of it 30 cubits,’ that is, 450x75x45 feet. A quick two-day survey revealed no sign that the object was man made. Yet a scientist in the group says nothing in nature could create such a symmetrical shape. A thorough excavation may be made another year to solve the mystery.”

Ron’s Decision is Made

At that time, Ron determined that one day, he would visit the site and see for himself. But that was a dream he could scarcely realize any time soon. He had a 1 year 4 month old daughter, a 3 month old son, and within a year and a month, he would have another son. Working as a lab technician in the quality control lab at Hercules Powder Plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was also attending Western Michigan University, studying pre-med. But soon, family matters forced him to give up his hopes of becoming a doctor and he moved to Kentucky in 1964 where he entered nursing school. He graduated in 1967, entered Anesthesia School and graduated as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1970.

It was also in 1970 that he found himself raising his 3 young children alone. It didn’t look like there would ever be any opportunity for him to visit the strange boat-shaped site, so he had to limit his archaeological research to libraries and book stores. But he never lost interest- in fact, he studied everything concerning ancient history and archaeology, not just subjects concerning Noah’s Ark. He had found that there was very little information available on the subject of Noah’s Ark, which convinced Ron more than ever that no serious research had ever been undertaken on the subject. Everything he had read was based on folk-lore and unsubstantiated claims, and all claimed sightings were in different locations.

Move to Hawaii

From 1973 to 1975, he and the children lived in Hawaii, where he was able to study volcanoes first hand. This convinced him that if the ark had landed on the volcanic peak called Mt. Ararat, that it would have long ago been destroyed. Despite the fact that there are those who have written elaborate explanations of how the ark could have survived on the volcanic peak, within a few years, the eruption of Mount St. Helens would soon show that NOTHING could survive on a volcanic mountain such as Ararat. If the ark had ever been there, he concluded it would have long ago been destroyed.

“Building Mountains” in a Stream

Moving back to the mainland in 1975, he decided that there was one form of research that he could do- he built a small boat model the same ratio as the ark as stated in the Bible, and then he built various “mountain” configurations in a stream. By floating the model down the stream, he observed the boat’s reaction as it approached the various shaped “mountains”. What he learned was that when the boat approached a simple peak extending out of the water, it simply floated around it, not approaching it or certainly not landing on it. This was the “lateral displacement” of obstructed gas or liquid flow.

He continued this experiment with several shapes with the same result each time. That is, until he built a “crescent-shaped” formation with the crescent facing down-flow. When the boat accelerated around this “crescent-shape” mountain, he saw that it was pulled into the area within the crescent by the “eddy” effect, where it then gently floated within that area. With this bit of information, Ron felt like the ark would have had to have landed on such a location. The laws of hydrodynamics and water action and reaction were the same then and now. If the ark had approached a mountain peak extending out of the water, the water displacement around the mountain would have carried the ark with it.


The study of water as a fluid, with its unique properties, and the study of hydrodynamics (fluid mechanics) and wave causation and motion is a most involved and complicated science. The actions and reactions of water and an object floating on that water cannot possibly be studied in depth here- but some simple rules must be understood. If your ship on the open sea approaches a mountain extending out of the ocean, only one of 2 things can happen. One, the ship will be carried around the mountain with the lateral water displacement. Or, two, the waves can be of such force and direction that they carry the ship right into the side of the mountain, with such force that the ship would break into pieces. But it would NOT come to rest on that steep mountain side. It just wouldn’t happen. And if that mountain peak were directly under the ship and the waters slowly descended, the ship STILL wouldn’t land on the mountain side (such as on Mt. Ararat). The water displacement and movement around the underwater mountain would still cause the ship to be removed from the mass (of the mountain) with the water.

The necessary criterea for a ship to land on a mountainside as sea waters descend would involve a process by which the water displacement would trap the ship within an area, such as an eddy could do. At least, that’s what Ron believed and stil believes.

The Size of the Ark

One of Ron’s favorite subjects of study was the ancient Egyptians as related to the Biblical account. While in Hawaii, he had read everything he could get his hands on in the library. And as he mulled all the information over in his mind, there was one thing that seemed to be obvious to him: He knew that Moses had been the author of the Genesis account and therefore the flood story- and as such, Ron believed that the cubit Moses would have known would have been the Royal Egyptian Cubit, the most universal standard of measurement in the ancient world at that time. There was no “Hebrew cubit” in existence during Moses’ time, and to Ron, the 500 foot measurement given in the “Life” article was even more compelling evidence that the site needed thorough exploration. After all, 300 Royal Egyptian Cubits equals 515 feet, not the 450 feet commonly accepted (and based on the future Hebrew cubit).

1975- “The Ark File”

It had now been 15 years since he had read that article, but his interest never waned- it only grew. And then he read the book, “The Ark File” by Rene Noorbergen who just happened to be a member of that 1960 expedition to the boat-shaped formation. Until this time, Ron had no more information on the boat-shaped object other than what he had read in “Life” Magazine, but now he knew the names of the very men who visited it. So, he contacted all but one of the American members of the expedition and asked them everything they could tell him. When he told them he wanted to visit the site, they all basicly told him he was crazy to do so. They were all adamant that nothing was there- that is, all except one man, Dr. Arthur Brandenburger, who still believed it was a ship.

He asked them how to get to the site- after all, “20 miles south of Mt. Ararat” is a pretty vague location in a region that is all mountains. But, no one could tell him exactly how to get there because they had ridden on horseback for hours to the site, being led by the Turkish military.

1977- to Turkey!

In 1977, for the first time, Ron felt like his children were old enough for him to either leave them alone at home or take them with him to Turkey. For the first time, he had 2 weeks of vacation. And for the first time, he had enough money to go to Turkey. It was now 17 years since he first read about the site. So, he told the children what he was about to do and to his dismay, the boys, Danny who had just turned 17, and Ronny who would be 16 in 2 months, insisted on going, too.

Torn about whether to take them or not, he did the only thing he knew to do- he said a little prayer that if the boys were supposed to go, that they would receive their passports in time, AND, that there would be seats available on the chartered flight to Istanbul from New York. He had been told that he had booked the last seat on the flight and when he called to check on availability, he was again told that none were available. It was now within a week of his departure date. But 2 days later, he received a call from the airline- it seemed that 2 seats had come open at the last minute and did he want them? There was still the matter of the boys getting their passports, a procedure which usually took several weeks. But in 3 days, Danny’s was back. And the next day, Ronny’s arrived. “Yes”, he wanted the seats.

But Where Is It?

On Aug. 9, 1977, they arrived in Istanbul. Things were a lot different then than they are today- they had to take a bus to Ankara, and then a train to Erzurum. This consumed 3 valuable days and they were still not in Dogubeyazit, the little town near the site. In Erzurum, they took a taxi to Dogubeyazit, directing their driver to take them to a hotel there. But Eastern Turkey is no thriving tourist area. It is remote and dangerous. Very few people speak English. How would they ever find the boat-shaped object when they got there? Many people may find Ron’s method of getting information strange, but again he did the only thing he knew to do- he prayed about it. He told the boys to say a prayer that the taxi would stall at the place where they were to begin looking. After all, their taxi driver spoke no English, they didn’t know if anyone in the town would speak English- and even if they did, would anyone know where this boat-shaped object was? It had been 17 years since the expedition had come there- perhaps the townspeople had forgotten all about it.

The Stalled Taxi

So, they all prayed- not some great elaborate prayer, but just short, silent prayers for help. To Ron’s way of thinking, if Noah’s Ark was real, then the rest of the Bible was surely just as reliable, including everything said about prayer. And as they approached the town, the taxi stalled.

Full of excitement at seeing their prayers answered, they all three climbed out of the taxi and piled a great number of rocks on the side of the road while the bewildered driver peered under his hood. When they all got back in the taxi, it started up and they continued on down the road. Soon, it stalled again. With a little bit less enthusiasm, they again piled up rocks on the roadside. Again, the taxi started up when they all got back in. Finally, it stalled again, and thinking that perhaps they had just gotten a defective taxi, they each placed one rock in a pile on the side of the road. This done, they headed to the hotel.

It was late when they arrived and as soon as they checked into the Erzurum Hotel in Dogubeyazit, they all fell asleep, completely exhausted from their long journey. The next morning, they got another taxi and headed back to the third and closest pile of rocks, where they began walking in a perpendicular line from the road.

DAY 1- The Anchor Stones

They soon came to a small village where several very intimidating men approached them, one with a shotgun. Communicating in “sign language”, Ron convinced the men that they were just tourists, and the villagers appointed themselves their tour guides. Walking over miles and miles of rugged terrain, one of the men motioned for Ron to take his photo by a very large standing rock. Only when he looked through the viewfinder did Ron realize that this “rock” was identical to the anchor stones found in the Mediterranean Sea that he had seen in archaeological books. That is except for one thing- this “rock” was many, many times larger! When he examined it more closely, he saw that it had 8 crosses carved on it. When the villagers saw Ron’s interest in this, they showed him several more in the area- all exactly like other ancient anchor stones except many, many, times larger- and all with crosses carved on them (all but one had 8 crosses.)

They were all terribly excited by what they had seen, but the boat-shaped object was no where in sight. As they continued to walk, they showed Ron and the boys a very ancient grave-yard which had strange “monuments” in it which looked like simple representations of a 3 story boat. Were these things connected to Noah’s Ark? Ron believed they were. So, he photographed and filmed everything with his 8mm movie camera (no video cameras back then!) and they decided to head back to the hotel for the night.

DAY 2- The House and Fences

The next morning, they returned to the 2nd pile of rocks and began to walk perpendicular to the road again. This pile wasn’t too far from the first and they soon found themselves looking at the walls of a very, very old stone house whose floor seemed to be set about 4 feet into the ground. The roof was gone and it was apparent that no one had lived here for a great number of years. Radiating out from the house was a very large pattern of stone fences which seemed to go on for miles. These, too, seemed to be covered by several feet of dirt with only their top few feet extending above the earth.

The “Tombstones”

The most interesting feature of this site was what was in the front yard- there were 2 large stones, one setting upright and one lying flat on the ground. Carved on these stones were a most exciting picture: across the top of each was an arc-shape; below this was a curly-cue which looked like an ocean wave, and atop it was a very simple boat-shape; walking away from this boat and wave were 8 people- the first and the largest was a man; next and second largest was a woman; the next 3 were all the same size and all smaller than the largest woman, and they were men; and the last 3 and the smallest, were 3 women. It seemed quite obvious to Ron that these were iconographic representations of the 8 survivors of the flood, all walking away from the ship with a rainbow overhead. But what did it all mean? When he studied these 2 large monuments more closely, he noted that on the one lying on the ground, the largest woman (the one representing Noah’s wife) had her eyes closed and her head tilted downward. On the larger one which was still standing, he saw that BOTH the 1st woman AND the 1st man (Noah) had their eyes closed and heads tilted downward. Since these were in front of the house, he believed they were the actual tombstones of Noah and his wife. The iconography showed that FIRST his wife died, and on her stone, only HER eyes were closed. When Noah died, BOTH of them were represented as dead.

The things Ron and the boys had found these first 2 days were extremely important, Ron felt. While they didn’t prove anything about the boat-shaped object, they were clear indications that a family of 8 people had lived in this precise area at some very remote time in antiquity. The 8-cross design on the anchor stones showed that someone during the Christian era had identified these huge rocks with the ark and its 8 passengers.

The Fences- Evidence of Noah’s “Husbandry”

The ancient house- was it Noah’s? They only had one morning to examine everything pertaining to the house, but the thick walls and the vast pattern of stone fences was pretty compelling evidence. The Bible gives reference to Noah being a “husbandman”: GEN 9:20 And NOAH BEGAN TO BE AN HUSBANDMAN, and he planted a vineyard: 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

This passage tells that Noah was in a tent, not a house such as Ron had found. But Ron learned that the inhabitants of this region, as in other pastoral societies, still live in tents in the summer and in thick stoned houses in the winter. This seems perfectly consistent with the mention of a vineyard, which would have yielded its fruits in the warmer season

Noah was a “Husbandman”

“Husbandry” is defined as “farming, as of livestock” (Random House Dictionary). After the flood, it makes perfect sense that Noah bred the animals and cared for them until the point in time that their numbers were sufficient enough to eliminate the likelihood of their becoming extinct. With only 2 of each unclean animal, if even one should not survive, that animal would become extinct. And the extremely large pattern of stone fences radiating out from the house, and extending on for a good distance seemed consistent with this type of activity. The depth below the present ground level of the house and fences shows their great antiquity. Over the years, windblown dust and dirt raised the ground level, thus burying or partially burying ancient surface structures.

What Noah Wore

In the previous Scripture, we also included the entire passage which tells about Noah’s getting drunk and having his “nakedness” seen by Ham- we included this because of one tiny point: The pictographs on the “tomb-stones” in front of the house show the men wearing a type of tunic. This is entirely consistent with Noah’s nakedness being seen when he got drunk- if he had had on pants or slacks like men wear today, he would have remained covered, no matter how he “sprawled out” in his drunkenness. But with a tunic (like a dress), this would not be the case.

The Giant Altar and Its Complex

The house is located in an incredibly beautiful plain which runs east/west. To the north and south are mountains. Unlike our country, everything is rock in this region. And especially in this isolated area, except for the village where the anchor stones were located, all that could be seen were rocks, rocks and more rocks.

But when Ron and the boys looked behind the house to the north, they saw a very beautiful mountain ridge- directly behind the house, this ridge had 2 small hills which met and formed a valley in between them on the side of this ridge. And right in the middle of this mountainside valley, Ron saw a VERY large squarish rock which looked as if it had been purposely set in its location. Behind this large rock, the valley formed a natural amphitheater. On the side of this very large rock was a complex of small fenced in areas. If this was really Noah’s house, this certainly looked like a very large altar with room for a large number of people to sit behind it as the sacrifices were made.

GEN 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

The altar itself measures 12′ x 12′ x 12′ and it has one step- when we stood upon it, it was obvious that whoever stood upon this altar was quite a bit taller than we are, for the step is about 3 feet high.

The complex of pens adjacent to the altar also indicates that whoever arranged the rocks in this pattern was very, very strong, because today many of the large rocks could not possibly be moved by humans without mechanical assistance. At one point, a very large boulder is balanced upon several upright stones, forming a covered area that a 6 foot tall man can walk under without stooping.

Also in this complex are 2 very large stones which display features which indicate that they were used for the slaughter and bleeding of animals. (Gen. 9:4) One is consistent with the size of smaller animals like sheep and goats; the other, much larger, is consistent with the size of larger animals, such as bullocks. They both have a series of chiselled-out indentions leading from the ground to the flattened, slightly angled top. These “indentions” are the size that is consistent with animal hooves- perhaps the animals were led up the side of these rocks to the tops, which also contain chiselled out basins with drains, which are consistent with areas for bleeding the animals prior to offering them on the large altar stone. According to the Biblical account, specific parts of the animal were offered as sacrifice, then other parts were cooked and eaten “before the Lord”. (See Leviticus, chapters 1-9.)

DAY 3- the “Boat-Shaped Object”
Ron filmed and photographed everything. There is actually much more than we have listed here, but these are the most important items. At the end of day 2, they had seen more than enough to make the trip worthwhile. The next day would be their last.

Arising the next morning, the boys were tired and stayed in the room. They had traversed across a great number of miles in the previous 2 days and Ron knew they needed a break. So he got a taxi and returned to the 1st pile of rocks. They had worked their way backwards from the 3rd pile to the first. And this one was quite a distance from the others. This time, Ron had the taxi drive as far as he could go in the direction that was perpendicular to this rock-pile. They travelled up into the mountain range to the south, as far as there was a dirt road. When it ended, Ron began to walk.

With mountains everywhere, he wondered if he would ever be able to spot the boat-shaped object if he looked right at it- but soon, he saw it. And what he saw convinced him more than ever that this object was the remains of a ship. But, what he saw also convinced him that there was only one way to explore its true nature, and that was by an excavation to remove the soil which covered it.

A Terrifying Experience

He returned to the room and they packed. He checked out that night so they could leave early in the morning- but that proved to be a big mistake. In 1977, there weren’t any tourists to speak of in this region. It is desolate and very foreboding. The Kurdish villagers had been watching Ron and the boys, waiting to make their move. As long as they were staying in the hotel, they were spending money- paying taxis and guides. But these bandits wanted it all, and as soon as they realized they were about to leave, they attacked.

It’s a long story, but to summarize it, Ron and the boys heard them coming up the steps banging pipes and making a lot of noise. Shoving the furniture in front of the door, they tied the bed sheets together and climbed out their 3rd story window onto a roof below. There, they climbed back into the 2nd floor window which led into the kitchen, and they ran through the hotel and out the door. In the commotion, they lost almost all of their film. Ron did manage to hang on to some of the movie film. Once they were safely out of town, they realized how truly dangerous the region was. The boys would never go there again- and after all they went through, they would never see the “boat shaped object” in person.

Back at Home

Ron had gone to Turkey for one reason- his own personal curiosity. What he saw there fueled his resolve to investigate the site more thoroughly, but as a private individual, he had no idea where to start. He knew the site needed to be excavated, but how could someone like himself get permission to do so? And how could he interest important scholars and archaeologists in the site when most people believed that if the ark existed at all, it had to be on Mt. Ararat?

Dr. William Shea

In 1978, Ron learned of another man who was interested in the boat shaped object- a man who is an MD and an archaeologist- Dr. Bill Shea of the Biblical Research Institute in Silver Spring, MD. In Nov. of 1978, Ron made contact with Dr. Shea, who had written an article about the site in Sept.1976. He, too, believed that the site should be thoroughly investigated, and when comparing the boat-shaped object to the current thought that the ark HAD to have landed on Mt. Ararat, wrote:

“To conclude, one might put these two sites in perspective by reflecting upon what would have happened had this formation been found on Agri Dagh [Mt. Ararat]. I may be wrong, but I suspect that news of it [the boat shaped formation] probably would have been heralded far and wide as the discovery of the site where the Ark had rested. What a difference a mountain makes.” (CREATION RESEARCH SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 13, Sept. 1976, “The Ark-Shaped Formation in the Tendurek Mountains of Eastern Turkey”, by Dr. William H. Shea.)

Dr. Shea also believed that the Royal Egyptian Cubit was used in giving the measurements of the ark, as he stated in the same article:

“Assuming a Mosaic authorship for these measurements probably would indicate that they were given in terms of the Egyptian cubit of 20.6 inches rather than the shorter Mesopotamian cubit.”

After Ron and Dr. Shea communicated and Ron shared his information from the Aug. 1977 trip with him, Dr. Shea began to apply to the Turkish government for permission to excavate. The reply was negative. As far as Ron was concerned, there was nothing else he could do. So he waited. For what, he didn’t know.

Astounding News!

In 1978, Ron decided not to return to Turkey- instead, he and the boys went to Egypt to research the Red Sea crossing site. Perhaps Dr. Shea could one day get the permission they so desperately wanted. But then, in late Dec., 1978, Ron heard a news report of an earthquake in eastern Turkey. As he watched the news, his heart pounded- HE couldn’t excavate, but perhaps “nature’s” God had done what he couldn’t!

1979- Return to Turkey

He had to patiently bide his time until his next 2 week vacation came in August. And on Aug. 11, 1979, he arrived the second time in Istanbul and headed for the site. This time, the boys didn’t go. Ron wasn’t going to take any more chances with his young sons safety, but he did take an Armenian preacher from California who spoke Turkish.

When they arrived at the site, Ron just wasn’t prepared for the spectacular sight his eyes beheld- the earthquake (which injured no one) had dropped the earth around the object and there on the mountainside Ron saw what looked like a giant shipwreck! Evenly spaced indentations could be seen all the way around the object, which looked like decaying rib timbers. The earthquake had also cracked the object from “stem to stern” and Ron was able to take samples from deep within. He also took samples of material outside of the object for comparison.

He measured the object and got a 512 foot length- but, he saw what looked like a section about 1 yard long that was broken off from the lower end. This was positive evidence in Ron’s eyes: 300 Royal Egyptian cubits were 515 feet- this object was 512 feet with a 3 foot section broken off of the lower end- a total of 515 FEET!

He again visited the anchor stones and the graveyard which had the strange monuments which Ron believed were representative of the Ark and its 8 passengers. It was a short trip, but Ron had gotten accomplished more than he had hoped for. The next step was to have the samples analyzed.

The First Laboratory Analyses

He had to get back home and return to work immediately, so it was October before he managed to get the samples to Galbraith Labs in Knoxville, Tennessee. This sort of testing was and still is expensive, so he only had each sample tested for a basic mineral analysis. But that was enough for a start- the sample outside the formation showed a 1.88% carbon content; but the one from inside the crack yielded a 4.95% carbon content, an amount that was consistent with the presence of prior living matter, such as decayed or petrified wood. It also showed a surprisingly high iron content. It was another positive evidence- but again, Ron found himself at a standstill. What next? Applications to excavate were still made, but each time with negative results. Ron was in for an even longer wait this time. But in the meantime, Ron decided to make all the information available to anyone who was interested.

“Noah’s Ark Found”

Looking back, the evidence might not have seemed as convincing to others as Ron thought it surely would have been. After all, he had been there twice, he had seen the wonderful evidences which spoke of 8 survivors of the ark from that very region. But when he wrote it all up in a booklet called “Noah’s Ark Found”, not everyone accepted the evidences as overwhelming.

Ron told the story of his 2 trips to Turkey, what he saw, filmed and photographed, and he printed the lab analyses and told about the tombstones he believed marked the sites of Noah and his wife’s graves. He explained about the Royal Egyptian Cubit, which, considering the length of the boat shaped object, he felt was overwhelming evidence. He gave these to anyone who was interested, hoping to gain interest and support from others who might want to help. But the fact of the matter was that this wasn’t enough. In fact, this little booklet would one day be responsible for the theft and destruction of one of the most incredible evidences- but it was a lesson Ron would have to learn the hard way. Meanwhile, he had no real idea what he could do to further his research.

White’s Electronics Metal Detectors

Since all his investigation would have to be non-destructive, Ron checked into the possibility of getting a metal detector to test for the possibility of evenly spaced metal readings. He called White’s Electronics in Sweet Home, Oregon and shared with them his project. They listened to his proposal and found it to be a worthy and legitamite research project, and shipped him their top 2 model metal detectors, which Ron hoped to be able to use on the site.

Jim Irwin

In 1983, he read an article about Col. James Irwin, the Apollo 15 astronaut, and how he was actively involved in searching for the ark on Mt. Ararat. Ron called him and shared with him the information he had on the boat shaped object. Col. Irwin was extremely gracious, and said he was interested. Ron drove out to Colorado and met with him at his office. Jim was interested in seeing the site and offered Ron any help he could give him. Jim was taking an expedition to climb Mt. Ararat in August of 1984, so he and Ron decided to travel together so that Ron could show him the site. They arrived in Istanbul on August 19, 1984 and proceeded to Ankara.

August 1984

In Ankara, Jim met with Kasim Gulek and his wife- Dr. Gulek is the only man still alive who served as a cabinet member in Ataturk’s government and he is a very influential man. Ron accompanied Jim to their home and this proved to be a very valuable meeting. Here, Ron met several people who would soon become very important to Ron’s work: Orhan Baser and Mine Unler, both who would become governmental liaisons between Ron and the Turkish government. Ron was essentially no one of importance and would have had a difficult time meeting these people on his own. But through Jim’s kind help, Ron’s efforts were about to make an impact.

The First Metal Detector Scans

They spent the night at the Guleks and the next day they went to Dogubeyazit. Ron took Jim and several members of his group to the boat shaped object. At that time, he employed the metal detectors on the site- Orhan Baser had secured permission for him to do so. Jim was present when Ron and other members of the group used the 2 metal detectors along the sides and atop the entire length of the boat shaped object.

The results were a pattern of linear readings which showed an organized grid of metal within the object. Along the sides, they got readings every 9 feet. It was completely outside of the realm of possibility for this pattern to be natural. In a video-taped interview with Ron, Jim stated:

“Yeah, we got some real positive readings, didn’t we, as we went up and down the long direction of the formation….The spacing made it appear like, very much like it was, you know, a man-made object.” (Portions of this interview can be seen in our video documentary, “Discovered- Noah’s Ark”)

Jim wasn’t convinced it was the ark, but he knew it had to be something man-made. He was dedicated to searching on Mt. Ararat, and he and Ron agreed that this was an absolutely necessary part of the whole picture. If the boat shaped object WAS the Ark, there were many who wouldn’t accept it until the possibility of it being on Mt. Ararat had been ruled out. There was no “competition” between Ron and Jim, although there are those who would like you to believe there was. Jim was one person that Ron felt he could trust- a gentleman and a man of his word. And he helped Ron immensely.

Interest in the Site Begins to Grow

After Ron and Jim visited the site and did the first metal detector scans, the word spread among the other “ark-hunters” who had gathered in the hotel lobby, and when they returned, another group expressed the desire to visit it, too. This was a group headed by Marv Steffins and included Bulant Atalay and their helicopter pilot, “Whatcha” McCullum. Ron went with them after lunch and they were thrilled to death when they saw the results of the metal detector scans. It seemed as if Ron had found some allies, but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

An Unfortunate “Almost” Altercation

It was also at this time that another well-known “ark hunter” with very impressive credentials, heard about all the interest in the boat shaped object while in the hotel lobby. Ron told all the other ark hunters about the equipment White’s Electronics had provided him and offered its use to anyone present- perhaps a naive thing to do, but nonetheless, its what he did. At that point, this well-known ark hunter stood up and in a VERY loud voice told Ron, “YOU CAN’T USE METAL DETECTORS IN TURKEY!”, a ploy obviously designed to have the metal detectors confiscated by local authorities. And while this isn’t something I’m happy to write about, it happened- Ron took this man by the collar and told him in no uncertain terms that if he did not keep his mouth shut, he would hit him.The man only replied to Ron, “YOU’RE CRAZY!” to which Ron then replied, “I’M NOT CRAZY ENOUGH TO LET YOU DO WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO.” Ron, as well as the ark hunter, both knew that even with permission from Ankara, the locals could still confiscate the equipment, and by the time Ron was able to get back in touch with Ankara, it would be too late to use it.

It was an unpleasant and unfortunate thing to happen, but it did- and the man never said another word about it. In fact, he later even asked to go to the site, which Ron thought was strange since this man had already stated that he had “investigated” the site thoroughly on 2 occasions.

There was no more trouble from him that trip, but this man let it be known that he would do anything from that time on to discredit the site- and that is exactly what he has tried to do.

More Specimens are Taken

Ron took numerous samples of material from the site as his liaison, Orhan Baser had secured permission for him to do so- Ron wasn’t going to jeopardize anything by not getting the proper permission. Marv Steffins did the same, only without securing permission.

Later that trip, Ron and Orhan decided to scour the region above the boat shaped object for any other evidences that the Ark was known to be in the region.

Evidence that the Ark Landed Further Up the Mountain
Quite a ways up the mountainside, Ron and Orhan came to a site which contained the remains of a very ancient stone building. Since nothing else was around, it appeared to be perhaps a travellers’ station or something of that type.

Close by, Ron found something VERY interesting- it was a section of earth that Ron measured to be 120 feet by 40 feet, which was rimmed by what appeared to be petrified wood, and within its perimeter was a massive amount of strange looking “rock”. This “rock” was quite heavy and tinged green in places, and therefore Ron believed it to be some type of metal. He had an idea as to what the wood perimeter was but perhaps a lab analysis of the “rock” material would help confirm his idea.

Ark Carried Down in Lava Flow

Since the boat shaped object is located in a mud-flow which contains remnants of volcanic rock, Ron believed this mud-flow was actually a deteriorated lava flow. The boat shaped object looked exactly like a ship wreck, but it was impaled on a very large outcropping of limestone directly through from the western side to its mid-section. To Ron, it looked as if the ship had been transported down the mountainside by the lava flow (which covered the ship) and, sliding sideways, it was impaled on this large outcropping of limestone which caused it to be “racked”, exactly like a car that it literally wrapped around a telephone pole.

Ron suspected that the 120 X 40 foot section above the site was actually a portion of the bottom of the ship which had sunk into the mud as the flood waters subsided. When the earth was dried, this section was firmly embedded in the ground, and as the ark was swept down the mountainside, this portion was ripped away. The strange looking “rock” he found within this perimeter was very similar in appearance to “rock” he found just below the lower section of the ship- the broken off section.

He theorized that this was ballast material placed in the hull of the Ark, and when the portion of the bottom was ripped off, a large amount of ballast fell out. Other ballast which remained in the intact portion of the ark was now falling out from the broken off lower section. Ron and Orhan kept this information to themselves.

A Stele Depicting Noah’s Ark

As they proceeded up the mountainside to the top of the ridge near the Iranian border, they found the broken remains of an ancient stele which was being used in a more recent structure. The broken pieces were quite large and most were exposed which allowed Ron to photograph them for later piecing together.

This stele contained numerous inscriptions in what looked like 3 different forms of writing. One segment was particularly legible- this was a scene depicting the unique ridge just above the site, a mountain peak in the background, a ship with 8 faces in it, and 2 ravens (one flying above the ship and one above the mountain.)

The rest of the inscription featured several animals. But the importance of the stele was that the shape of the boat was almost identical to the 1950s aerial photo of the boat-shaped object. The 8 faces within the boat needed little explanation. But most importantly, this stele was just beyond the site where Ron had found the 120 x 40 foot section he believed to be a portion of the bottom of the ship. He would study the inscription more later, but for now, it appeared to him that it was marking the location of the original landfall of the ark.

Ron’s 1980 Booklet

It was this trip when Ron brought numerous copies of the little booklet he had published in 1980, “Noah’s Ark Found”, and handed them out to all those interested in the site. Within a few months, he would regret having done this.

A Surprise in Athens

Finally, it was time to leave. Ron got on his flight in Istanbul and headed to Athens, Greece, where he was to pick up his international flight to the US. But a strange series of events was about to take place. As he was waiting in the airport, he got a New York Times newspaper and read an article that nearly knocked him off his feet. He had been accused of taking artifacts illegally out of Turkey! The story told how Marv Steffins (who had promised to keep a low profile about the site) had gone to Ankara, produced some “wood” specimens, called a news conference and proclaimed that Noah’s Ark had been found! Since he had not obtained permission to take any samples, his were confiscated, and he told the authorities that Ron Wyatt had also taken illegal samples, even though Ron did have permission.

Imprisoned in Saudi Earlier that Year

In the years since 1978, Ron and the boys had been working in Egypt and Israel. When they found the chariot parts in the Red Sea, they then knew that Mt. Sinai was across the Gulf of Aqaba in Saudi Arabia. For over 4 years, Ron had tried to get a visa into Saudi, but when it seemed impossible, he and the boys decided to enter illegally. Before he left on that trip in December of 1983, he told 2 people what they planned to do. One of those people was Jim Irwin. The other was an “ark-hunter”. Soon after they arrived at Jebel el Lawz, they were imprisoned for 78 days, accused of being Israeli spies, and didn’t arrive back in the US until April 18, 1984.

Ron was becoming acutely aware that his archaeological work was not without danger. But it was becoing VERY apparent that the danger was from those whom he thought were friends. It was an “ark hunter” who called the Saudis and told them the Wyatts were Israeli spies. It was an “ark hunter” who told the Turkish authorities that Ron had taken illegal artifacts out of the country. But in both cases, the end result would be that each site was taken VERY seriously by its own government.

Vindication of All Charges

It was a long flight home for Ron. He knew that the penalties for taking artifacts were stiff and he knew that all he could do when he arrived in New York was turn himself in. So, when he arrived, his first call was to the Turkish Consulate. He explained the situation- that Orhan Baser had obtained permission for him to take the samples- and he offered to turn them over to the Turkish authorities.

That afternoon, 3 men from the Consulate came to Ron’s hotel room, examined the specimens, and then told him to keep them. They had checked out Ron’s story and found he was telling the truth. But Ted Koeppel didn’t know that and accused Ron on Nightline of being a thief. It was not a pleasant situation. Ron called his own news conference and told his story. The Turkish government issued a statement clearing him of all charges, however, Ted Koeppel neglected to mention this on a later broadcast.

Again, it all turned out for good. A reporter from the United Nations Observer and International Report did an article on Ron and his work on the site, which was published in the January 1985 issue. Until this time, Ron had no allies other than Dr. Shea. He hoped that now, help would be forthcoming. But the Marv Steffins incident proved to be the mold for the future pattern- Mr. Steffins told the press HE had discovered Noah’s Ark. No mention of Ron’s efforts were ever made other than the fact that Ron had taken “illegal artifacts”.

Meanwhile, back in Turkey, all the “bad press” combined with the positive results of Ron’s investigations had led to the Turks taking a serious interest in the site.

Analyses of the New Specimens

This time, Ron had been able to get a good selection of specimens. And again, he went to Galbraith for the analyses. This time, the results were spectacular- one specimen that Ron believed to be the remains of a metal fitting of some type, proved to contain 8.08% iron, 11.55% ferric oxide, 11.45% alumina and 6.06% aluminum.

Samples Sent to Jim Irwin

Ron sent some samples to Jim Irwin who had offered to send them to a laboratory he worked with for analysis. One of those specimens was of the strange “rock” Ron had obtained from the 120 x 40 foot area above the ark’s present site. Jim sent some of the specimens to Los Alamos National Laboratories, the very high-profile government facility in New Mexico.

October 1984- Turkish Scientists

After the “Marv Steffins incident”, an official with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Kafji (not sure of spelling) appointed several Turkish scientists to go to Dogubeyazit and check out the boat-shaped object. When Ron became aware of this, he felt it was imperative that they have the use of a high tech metal detector so that they could check the metal readings for themselves. Ron returned in October of 1984 and contacted one of the liaisons he had met on the last trip, Mine Unler, who arranged for him to obtain proper permission to again use the metal detectors. He also arranged to loan the Turkish scientists one of his White Metal Detectors.

He again took numerous specimens (with permission) and continued metal detector scans. He later learned that the Turkish scientists had indeed gotten the same results with their metal detector surveys and were convinced that this was a fossilized boat. Finally, PROGRESS!

3rd Set of Analyses

Returning home, Ron again had analyses run on his samples. This time he had brought a sample of what he believed was the ballast material. This analysis showed that the material wasn’t just a rock- in fact, it proved to be 84.14% manganese dioxide. But, it didn’t contain the other minerals present in the other samples which was very significant, since it came from the same location. Ron believed that a ship the size and proportions of Noah’s Ark would have HAD to have had ballast in its hull. And this strange “rock” was heavy and in large chunks, perfect for use as ballast. But what exactly was it?

Evidence of Pre-Flood Metal Production

It gave the superficial appearance of being tailings (waste product) of some type of metal production. When a chemist with Reynolds Aluminum examined the specimen, he said without qualification that it WAS metal production tailings, or waste product. The lab analysis confirmed that it could not be something natural.

One “ark hunter” in attempting to explain away the evidences, attacked these specimens by claiming that they are nothing more than what are called “manganese nodules”, which are found on the sea-floor in the Pacific. However, they do NOT meet the criteria of these nodules. According to common scientific knowledge, the manganese nodules found on the ocean floor are known to average about 2 inches in diameter, significantly smaller than these massive “chunks” of ballast material, some of which are 10 inches or more in size. In addition, the nodules found on the ocean floor average containing 35% manganese, with 50% being considered the highest percentage amount of manganese. The ballast material contains over 84%!!! Also, the manganese nodules on the sea floor contain nickel and cobalt, which is not found in the ballast material, which was thoroughly tested for mineral content. No, there is no doubt that these specimens are not naturally occurring.

Many people accused Ron of having too vivid an imagination- they claimed that he just “imagined” that these evidences were actually present. But as time would pass, the reality of the evidences would soon necessitate that these folks come up with much better “excuses”- because the facts would soon attract more “higher academic interest”, as Tom Jarriel would one day state on “2O/2O”.

He had been able to get more specimens from the site that he believed were from metal structures, and again took control samples for comparison. This time 3 of the samples he thought were metal showed high metal content- 19.97%, 12.30% and 11.55% Ferric oxide; 8.08%, 13.97% and 8.60% iron. Yet, the control samples showed .77% ferric oxide and .54% iron. If Noah had built a ship of the size specified in the Bible, it made perfect sense to expect that he used metal in attaching the timbers together. After all, in Genesis, we learn that metal production was a science long before the time of the flood:

GEN 4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

A Big Problem for the “Experts”

With all of the evidence thus far, the “ark hunters” who had dedicated their efforts to finding the ark ON Mt. Ararat were getting very frustrated and peeved with the attention given the site on what is called locally, “Doomsday Mountain”. It was time for “damage control”, to try and discredit the site as much as possible. And, if they couldn’t discredit the site, they would discredit the man. Ron became very unpopular.

The Mountains of Ararat

Dr. Bill Shea had already noted that, in his opinion, if the “ark-shaped object” had been found on Mt. Ararat, he felt sure that it “would have been heralded far and wide as the discovery of the site where the Ark had rested.” Since Mt. Ararat was the highest mountain in the region, the so-called experts had already determined that THAT was the only place the ark was to be found. Yet, the Bible is so clear in the fact that it came to rest in the “mountains” of Ararat- “mountains”, plural…

GEN 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

The next verse goes on to state that even after the ark had come to rest, the tops (plural) of the mountains couldn’t yet be seen until almost 3 months later. Remember Ron’s experiment with the miniature mountain configurations in a stream with a small boat model? The little boat simple zipped past a solitary peak extending out of the water- but when it approached a crescent shaped configuration, the hydraulic action of the water eddy formed within this caused the little boat to be sucked into the space within the crescent shape. If, at the time the ark “rested” in the “mountains of Ararat”, the tops were not even visible, the only explanation he could visualize was that it came to rest within a group of mountains that formed a similar crescent shape- even though they were underwater, the water action still drew the ship into such a protected area. And this is an entirely reasonable concept- we are all probably familiar somewhat with the dangers of rip tides and other water currents caused by underwater terrain which definitely affects the water action on the surface.

The present location of the site fits this description perfectly- it was located at 6,300 feet above sea level in a mountain valley surrounded by higher mountains on 3 sides.

“I Found Noah’s Ark”

A pattern began in 1984 that would continue until the present time- almost everyone that Ron would take to the site and who SAW and UNDERSTOOD the tremendous evidence, would beat a fast track to Ankara to explain to the Turks that THEY were actually the “discoverer” of Noah’s Ark. Steffins was the first- for a while, he attempted to raise money to work on the site, never mentioning the efforts of Ron. The artist was the second one. The Turkish files show that he told their ministry that it was HE who actually showed Ron the site and that HE deserved to be recognized as the true “discoverer”. Even Ron didn’t discover the site, he was just the first person to really dedicate his efforts to proving it WAS the ark.

But his efforts were beginning to pay off- Turkey was now taking an official interest in the site. Meanwhile, the “Ararat ark hunters” got busy working on stories that would place a large lake in the region of the “boat-shaped object”, or digging up “myths” that people in antiquity built either a large ship in the region, or a replica of the ark. It’s strange how these stories never surfaced until this time. In time, a story would be fabricated that this site was actually the remains of an ancient fortress- a fortress built at the foot of a mountain valley with hills surrounding it on 3 sides which would have allowed attackers to simply fire down upon the hapless inhabitants of the fortress like sitting ducks. We still laugh about that one.

Others who had more impressive “credentials” were satisfied to state simply that they had “examined” the site thoroughly and found that it was simply an unusual geologic formation. Some have stated that this was only one of many “boat-shaped” objects in the area, and insisted that it was only a “obstructed flow formation. However, in “obstructed flow” formations the pointed end it always “down-flow”, or at the low end- the complete opposite of this site.

But to Ron, the bottom line was always this- if this site did indeed contain the remains of the ark as he believed, God was certainly capable of making it known. With that thought in mind, Ron was at peace. If the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was the TRUE GOD, and if He had created the universe and destroyed the old earth by a flood, then He was certainly capable of preserving enough evidence to prove whatever it was He wanted to prove. But would He provide enough evidence to convince the entire world? Well, even those who saw Christ perform miracles with their own eyes, crucified Him. Some people will never believe “even if one came back from the dead”.

Hell Bill Weise “Why can’t God create another place besides Hell for sinful man?”

He did. It’s called Heaven. And He prepares a place for you there (John14:2). When He completed creation, He said, “It was very good.” At that point, Hell did not exist. Otherwise, He wouldn’t have said, everything was very good (other scholars have expressed this view mentioned in our book, “Hell”). He “prepared” hell shortly after creation, as 1 John 3:8 states that the devil sinneth from the beginning. The devil could have rebelled in a week, or month or so after creation, and that would still be considered the beginning. Hell was not prepared for man but for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41). The word “prepared,” according to Strong’s Concordance, means to make ready or secure. This is not the same as being created. God did all the creating He was going to do at creation. He was finished. (Gen.2:1). He will not violate His Word and make another place now. I know that the Bible says there will be a new heaven and a new earth, so if he will make them new, then why not make another place also for sinful man besides hell? First of all, He is not creating a new place. Heaven and the earth will be the same, but changed. It will be refurbished. Ps.78:69 states, “the earth which he hath established forever.” Ec.1:4 says, “but the earth abideth forever.” Ps.104:5 states, “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever.” So the Bible is clear that the earth will always remain. So has God contradicted Himself? No, of course not. The Bible says that the earth will be destroyed by fire (2Pet.3:10), but will be the same earth.

As for Heaven, the Bible doesn’t specifically say one way or the other. However, there is a clue in 2 Pet.3:12 it says, “the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved…” Two verses prior, vs.10, state that the earth will be burned with fire. In the same way, the verse seems to indicate that heaven also will be dissolved in the same manner, but will be the same Heaven. In addition, any place created that would be apart from God would be absent from all good, since all good comes from Him (Ps.33:5; Jam.1:17). You can’t have the “good” without God. Just as our body can not live in space or the ocean, but only on the surface, our soul can only exist in Heaven or hell. There is no other place for the soul to dwell. If we refuse the provision (Jesus) for our sins, we are rejecting the only way for our soul to be saved and enter Heaven. We send ourselves to hell. God gives us that choice. God is the one who carries out the actual sending to hell, but it is our own words that condemn us (Matt.12:37).

Bill Weiss on “Soul Sleep”

Soul sleep is a false teaching. Those who support this belief often reference the verses, 1 Thess. 4:13-18 and John 11:11.  However the word “sleep,” as used in these verses, is a euphemism. Believer’s Bible Commentary, pg. 1805 says, “The expression fallen asleep refers to the bodies of believers.  Sleep is never used of the souls in the N.T.  The soul of the believer departs to be with Christ at the time of death, while the body is spoken of as sleeping in the grave.”

The MacArthur Commentary, pg. 1606, “…a common euphemism for death. This is not soul sleep, in which the body dies and the soul or spirit supposedly rests in unconsciousness.”

Jameson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary, pg. 1052 states, “Sleep is the death of saints in the language of heave.  The symbol of sleep for death is common to all languages.”

Matthew Henry’s Commentary, pg. 1989, “The soul does not sleep but becomes more active, but the body sleeps without any toss…the grave to the wicked is a prison…but to the godly it is a bed.”

In John 11:11, Jesus states, “our friend Lazarus sleepeth.”  The disciples then said, “If he sleeps, he shall do well.”  The verse goes on and says, “However, Jesus spoke of his death but they thought that he had spoken of taking a rest in sleep.”  Then Jesus said unto them plainly. Lazarus is dead.”  You can see that the term “sleep” is just an expression because a Christian doesn’t die spiritually, but only takes on the form of sleeping. The body goes to sleep until rapture of the church and at that time Christians get a new glorified body.  Currently, our soul and spirit go directly to heaven where we live. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:1-8; Phil 1:21-23), but we wait for that time that our bodies are changed and made alive (1 Cor, 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Matt. 24:31; Luke 17:34-36). The following verses confirm that the soul does not sleep after death:

Luke 16 says the rich man was in torment in flames.  In verse 23 it says “in hell,” and the word for hell is “hades,” which is not the future lake of fire, but the current hell. Lazarus was with Abraham in Abraham’s bosom, which was a comforting place.  And the rich man asked Abraham if he could send Lazarus.  He was tormented in the flame and wanted a drop of water to cool his tongue.  How could he be tormented and have the desire for water if he were sleeping?  How could Abraham answer him if he were sleeping? The soul is eternal and will immediately be in Heaven or hell at death just as Jesus said in Luke 16.

Rev. 5:5 “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.”  This was an elder talking to John in heaven.  He was not sleeping.

Rev. 6:10 The saints who were killed during the tribulation said, “and they cried with a loud voice.”  They were seen by John “under the altar” of heaven.  This was prior to the great white throne judgment.  They spoke.

Matt. 17:3 On the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus and spoke to Him.  The disciples also saw them.

Jonah 2:2 “Out of the belly of sheol I cried.”  Jonah was not sleeping when he cried out.

Isa. 14:9-10  “Hell (sheol) from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming:  it delivereth up the dead for thee:  they shall speak and say unto thee, at thou also become weak as thee.”  They meet thee and they speak.

1 Samuel 28:7-20 The witch of Endor was consulted by Saul to bring up Samuel. Samuel was in Abraham’s bosom.  Samuel spoke to Saul and said, “Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? He was alive and he spoke.

Psalm 26:9 “Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men.”  David did not want to go where sinners go.  Why would he fear sleep?

Isa. 38:17  “But thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption.”  If the soul were just sleeping, there would be no concern.

Pr. 23:14 “And deliver his soul from hell.”

Ez. 32:21-27 “The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell (sheol).”  They were speaking.

Rev. 20:12-15 “Death and hell (hades) delivered up the dead that were in them.”  People were in hell and not sleeping.

In 2 Cor. 5:8, Paul said, “To be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

Phil. 1:23 “Having a desire to depart and be with Christ.” Paul knew that when we die, we are immediately in God’s presence.

Luke 23:43 “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”  Jesus told the thief on the cross he would be with Him in paradise that very day.

Acts 7:59  “Lord Jesus receive my spirit.”  Stephen spoke these words when he was being stoned.  He knew would be directly in heaven with Jesus upon his death.

If you are born again, you will go directly to heaven when you die. If you are not, you will go directly to hades.

My book, “Hell,” goes into much more detail on this topic.

Bill Weiss on Annihilation

Man will not be annihilated, because God made us in His image (Gen.1:26, 35:18; Ps. 26:9; Is. 38:17; Ec.12:7; Pr. 23:14; Ps.116:8; Ps. 34:22; Job 33:28; 1Kings 17:22; 1Sam .25:29). We will exist forever either in heaven or in hell. Also, if there is no eternal suffering, then why did Jesus come down and die for us? What did He save us from?

Jesus said in Matt. 25:46, “These shall go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.” The word for eternal is aionios. Since those in heaven are eternal, so are those in hell. He said similar things in John 5:29 and Mark 16:16, Dan.12:2; Matt.13:30,41,49.

Rev.14:10-11 is so clear. It states, “he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night.” (They are in His presence, so they must exist. Also, you have to exist to have no rest day nor night).

Rev. 20:13-14 state that “death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” How can hell deliver up those which were in them if they do not exist? And why would they be judged if they were simply annihilated? There are many verses on degrees of punishment (Matt.10:15, 16:27, 23:14-15; Luke 12:47; Heb.10:28-29). Why have varying degrees of punishment if all are annihilated? In Matt. 25:46 Jesus said, “eternal punishment.” Even the word “punishment” denotes an existence. How can one be punished if they do not exist?

Matt.13:42, “There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (One must exist to gnash).

Matt.18:8, “…to be cast into everlasting fire.” (Why have everlasting fire?).

Mark 9:43, “…to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.”

John 15:6, “…cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Jude 7, “…suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

Is.33:14, “…who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings.” (How is one burned “everlasting” if they do not exist?).

Dan.12:2 “some to everlasting life, and some to shame & everlasting contempt. (One would have to exist to experience everlasting shame & contempt).

Is.66:24, “for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched. They shall be an abhorring to all flesh.” (One must still exist to see them).

Job15:30, “He shall not depart out of darkness…” (That statement presupposes their existence).

Ps.49:19, “they shall never see light.” (One must still exist to never see light).

Ps.14:9-10, “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming…they shall speak and say unto thee, art thou also become weak as we? (One must still exist to be able to speak).

Ez.32:21, “the strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell.” (One must still exist to speak).

Ps.21:8-9 …”Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger.”

Job 18:15, 21, “Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation…Surely are the dwellings of the wicked.” (One would have to exist to “dwell” in a place).

Also see 2 Thes.1:9, Luke 3:17; Jude 13; 2 Pet. 2:17; Is. 38:17-18; Mal. 4:1; Jer.20:11; Is. 45:16; Pr. 9:18.

Luke 16 makes it clear that one still exists after death. Some say it was only a parable. However, according to most commentaries and scholars, it was not. No parable ever had a specific name in it. This has three names. Also, Jesus said in verse 25, “And Abraham said…” Notice Jesus is quoting Abraham as saying. If this was a parable then it would not have been Abraham saying. Jesus would have been lying because Abraham would not have been speaking. But even if it was a parable, then tell me what it means? The man said he was in torment in the flame. He also said that if one would repent, they would avoid the place. He was concerned for his brothers and didn’t want them to come there also. So what is the lesson if this was a parable? If people do not go to hell, then Jesus certainly conveyed the opposite with this explanation.