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Early estimates of the thickness of dust on the moon’s surface, based on known rates of accumulation and popular beliefs of the universe’s age, were the reason the Apollo space craft was given wide “feet” and a shortened ladder. NASA was afraid Apollo would sink in several feet worth of dust. Instead, the dust was only inches deep, giving evidence for a young universe.  
Carbon dating uses the decomposition of carbon-14 to measure the age of organic organisms. At known rates of decomposition, carbon-14 cannot be detected in any organism that lived more than 50,000 years ago. For this reason it cannot be used to date organisms as millions of years old. Its mere presence assures us the organism cannot be millions of years old.  
The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947, are about 1000 years older than the oldest Old Testament manuscripts known up to that time. They were instrumental in demonstrating that only minor textual variants occured between the various texts over that time period, proving the reliability of the Old Testament texts we have today.  
Contrary to conventional teaching, dragons were not mythological creatures. You might know them better by their modern title, dinosaurs. There is even evidence some could breathe out a gaseous combination that grew so hot that flammable materials would catch fire.  
There are literally thousands of pieces of evidence that dinosaurs and man lived together. Fossils have been found in rock formations exposed by erosion along river banks clearly revealing dino and human footprints together. Many caves, as well as thousands of stones, have been found with paintings of men with spears chasing dinosaurs.  
One cell in your body has more information than all the books in the books in the UCLA library. Where did that information come from?  
Evidence for Israel's Red Sea crossing, at the leadership of Moses, has been found. Stone columns, one with ancient Hebrew accounts of the crossing, have been found on each side of the crossing. Divers have also located and photographed chariot wheels and axles along the sea route. Goto www.wyattmuseum.com for more details.  
The probable remains of Sodom and Gomorrah, with burned and unburned brimstone in the ashes, have been known about for years. Read about the ash remains of the four coastal cities of the Dead Sea @ www.wyattmuseum.come for photos and more details.  
The Bible mentions two types of creatures which, from the descriptions, were probably dinosaurs. Job 40 talks about Behemoth, a strong and huge land animal with a tail like a cedar tree. Job 3,41 Psalms 74,104 & Isaiah 27 all refer to leviathan, a creature of the ocean. How would Job describe such animals unless they were alive in his time?  
For about 100 years reports have surfaced from the Congo Basin in central Africa of a monster known to the natives as ‘Mokele Mbembe.' It is reportedly 17 to 35 feet long. Its head and neck are long and compared to a snake, but it is much larger than any known snake. Mokele Mbembe is described as having short legs, with three claws on the hind foot. The footprints are rounded and about one foot in diameter. The locals compare its body to that of an elephant or hippopotamus. It is said to feed on malombo, a tropical climbing plant with a milky sap and apple-like fruit. Professor Mackal, who has led expeditions into the Congo in search of the elusive creature, believes the ‘Mokele Mbembe' is a small dinosaur. His research suggests it may specifically be a surviving Atlantosaurus.  
There are more than 24,600 ancient documents of the New Testament coming down from the period of the early Church that exist today. Some of these are called "Codex" and are complete manuscripts containing all 27 books of the New Testament. Others are complete books of the New Testament or portions of those books. We have a great wealth of historical documents that makes the text of the New Testament very trustworthy. In addition, we have 80,000 ancient writings of the early church fathers who quoted the New Testament repeatedly in their writings. In fact, if we didn't have the New Testament ancient documents, we could reconstruct the entire New Testament with the exception of less than a dozen verses from these writings alone.  
One of the great evidences for the divine origin of the Bible is the existence of the Jewish people as a distinct group and the reemergence of Israel among the nations of the world. In Genesis 12:2, 3 God promises to make Abram's descendants into a great nation. In Genesis 13:14 He promises to give Abram's descendants the land of Israel as an inheritance forever. In Deuteronomy 28-33 God warns Israel through Moses that if they disobeyed they would be temporarily taken from their land by force, but that He would later bring them back from all the nations they were scattered to.  
Many claim that Noah's ark could not have held two of every kind of animal on the earth. When the facts are examined closely the story is not nearly as implausible. With approximately 95,700 sq. ft. the ark could have easily had the room. Remember, every species was not brought on the ark, but only every "kind". Two dogs, for instance, could have carried all the genetic code we now find in every species of dog. There is estimated to be only about 17,600 kinds of animals that would have needed shelter on the ark. Accounting for two of every unclean animal and seven of every clean animal the total estimate of creatures on the ark would have been around 44,000. Consider also that Noah did not need to bring full grown specimens onto the ark. It would have been more suitable to bring the young.  
For years, skeptics pointed to a lack of evidence of a wall Nehemiah claimed to have supervised the construction of. In 2005, a team of archeologists discovered the wall in Jerusalem's ancient City of David during a rescue attempt on a tower that was in danger of collapse. Artifacts including pottery shards and arrowheads found under the tower suggested that both the tower and the nearby wall are from the 5th century B.C., the time of Nehemiah.  
Though some charge Christianity with being full of myths like Greek mythology, there is a very distinct difference between the two. The miraculous stories of the Bible happened to real flesh and blood historical figures.  
In 1890 a Russian agnostic by the name of Ivan Panin stumbled on a remarkable structure in scripture. Both in Hebrew and Greek, there are no distinct symbols for numbers. Instead, the symbols for letters are used as numbers by placing a mark next to them. Dr. Ivan found that by replacing letters in the Biblical manuscripts with their corresponding numbers, a mathematical pattern appears. After years of study he could accurately predict which word should appear next in a given Biblical text. If two manuscripts disagreed on a particular word, the answer could be found through these mathematical patterns. That single, amazing discovery brought his conversion and was the catalyst for his devotion to the study of gematria the rest of his life.  
Approximately 750 years before Christ's birth, the prophet Micah predicted the location of His birth. "But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days." Micah 5:2   
In spite of the fact that ancient manuscripts were written on perishable materials that could only survive in exceptional conditions (Papyrus was a type of paper made from the stems of the papyrus plant and very quick decomposes in moist conditions.), thousands of Biblical manuscripts have survived for thousands of years. Papyrus was the most popular writing material from about 2400 B.C. until about 300 A.D. No other book of the ancient world has so many copies. The sheer volume of Biblical manuscripts and the dry local conditions are the only thing that can account for this.  
Although some question the exclusion of various books from the canon of New Testament scripture as arbitrary, there is ample evidence that the 27 books of the New Testament we have today was the accepted standard at a very early date. Irenaeus (A.D. 180), a disciple of Polycarp (disciple of John), wrote of these being the standard in his work "Against Heresies."  
The Prophet Zechariah prophesied of Jesus (Joshua) by name (520-518 B.C.), speaking of Him standing in filthy garments with Satan standing before God accusing Him. The filthy garments were replaced with clean clothes and the prophet is told that God would, "remove the iniquity of this land in a single day." Zechariah 3.