Signature in the Sand
Proof of Jesus Series: Article 9
(Part 1 of 3)
The Firpo Files Newsmagazine
(November 15, 2012)
ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah have been discovered southeast of the Dead Sea," declares one scholarly source. "The
modern names are Bab edh-Dhra, thought to be Sodom, and Numeira, thought to be Gomorrah. Both places were destroyed at the
same time by an enormous conflagration.
"The destruction debris was about
three feet thick. What brought about this awful calamity? Startling discoveries in the cemetery at Bab
edh-Dhra revealed the cause. Archaeologists found that buildings used to bury the dead were burned by
a fire that started on the roof."
people lived in the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Bible says God rained fire and brimstone (sulphur) from
heaven and burned these and other cities to ash.
"And Jehovah rained on
Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire," destroying those cities and their inhabitants.
(Genesis 19:24, 25, Darby Bible Translation) But for centuries, the ruins were thought by some
to be covered by the Dead Sea--concentrated with salt and sulphur--located in modern-day Israel and
When I first dipped in the Dead Sea in 1987
it was quite a robust body of water. But when I visited again 17 years later (2004), it was a shell of its former self.
With the naked eye you could see the shoreline had receded, which is further
evidenced by satellite photography.
But, in receding, the
sulfuric surf apparently gurgled up the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah, uncloaking an awe-inspiring mystery some believe
constitutes God's very signature in the sand.
Comments: Skeptics say a powerful flood, an ancient volcano, a massive earthquake, or even "a fiery ancient
asteroid over a half-mile in diameter that destroyed everything in its path" caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
So far, fire-breathing dragons haven't been implicated; neither have dinosaurs
with laser beams shooting from their eyes. The evidence shows this was God--not Godzilla--who destroyed
Great Balls of Fire!: Just as it rains individual
drops of water, there is conclusive evidence that individual drops of fireballs rained down on Sodom
and Gomorrah. Scripture depicts an angry God causing "thunder," "hail," and "burning
coals of fire"! (Psalm 18:9-13, New World Translation)
have unearthed "brimstone with a burned, hardened shell that has the unburned sulfur inside," as well as "brimstone
without a burned shell."
Among the myriad photos currently in researchers'
possession is one that shows tiny crystals that formed on a surface of a capsuled sulfur ball that "was
burning and was in a liquid state, then it burned out."
of the cities of the plain contain[s] evidence of brimstone which God rained down upon the cities to
"The brimstone is composed of 96-98 percent sulfur,
with trace amounts of magnesium which create an extremely high temperature burn. This is the only place on earth where
you can find 96 percent pure monoclinic sulfur in a round ball.
brimstone is NOT from any type of geo-thermal activity as there is no evidence of such in the area,
and geo-thermal sulfur nodules are only 40 percent pure sulfur and are of the rhombic type."
Analysis of the Ash: The apostle Peter said that as
God reduced "the cities Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them." (2 Peter
"The ash there today is composed of Calcium Sulfate and Calcium Carbonate
which are by-products of the limestone and sulfur burning," say researchers.
"The extremely high burning temperatures created a multi-shaded layering of ash that was formed
by thermal ionization, caused by electrons repelling and attracting, creating a swirling effect in the
"The top layer is a solid slab of sulfur
crystals created by a complete layer of brimstone underneath that was burning, then turned to a liquid, then
cooled down leaving this layer of crystals."
Furthermore, satellite photos
show distinctive, grayish ash deposits where Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim used to be.--Deuteronomy
The Christ Connection: A very real Jesus of Nazareth
said God "rained fire and sulphur from heaven" on the very real cities of Sodom and
Gomorrah. (Luke 17:29) There's great interest in these cities.
Over the past
few decades scholarly articles in Biblical Archaeology Review (a magazine which has documented
my work as well) discuss details of the saga of Sodom and Gomorrah.
legendary scholar William F. Albright who, like me, worked with famed scholar John C. Trevor, also
weighed in on the issue. It's an incendiary subject! Stay tuned for Part 2.