Massive New Monument Discovered In The Ancient Biblical City Of Selah Petra

The enormous platform has no known parallels to any other structure in Selah, Petra. Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, used high-resolution satellite imagery followed by aerial drone photography and ground surveys to locate and document the structure.

An enormous monument has been hiding in plain sight at the World Heritage site of Selah, Petra, according to a study recently published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

“Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest,so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.” Isaiah 16:1-5 (KJV)

Regular readers of NTEB have a leg up on the rest of the Bible believing world because they know something about the Biblical city of Petra that isn’t taught in any seminary in America. And that’s the fact that the full name of Petra is Selah, Petra, and that the word ‘selah’ in the Bible is a direct reference to what life will be like for Jews in the time of Jacob’s trouble that flee there for refuge as Jesus prophesied they would in Matthew 24. That type of ‘advanced revelation’ can only be found in the King James Bible.

The NIV Bible removes the word ‘selah’ completely –  In the King James 1611 Authorized Version Holy Bible, the word Selah appears exactly 75 times, and as we are showing you here it is a phenomenal prophecy clue as to the nature and character of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. But the NIV REMOVES all 75 places in the Old Testament where the word appears, replacing it with NOTHING. Just simply erased it! Now, since the word Selah reveals so much about the Second Coming of Jesus, who do YOU think would want the word removed and hide all that information from you?

This story today from the National Geographic sheds exciting, new light on the place where God will hide His people the Jews during the time of Jacob’s trouble.

Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, used high-resolution satellite imagery followed by aerial drone photography and ground surveys to locate and document the structure.



They report that the monument is roughly as long as an Olympic-size swimming pool and twice as wide. It sits only about half a mile (800 meters) south of the center of the ancient city.

The enormous platform has no known parallels to any other structure in Petra.

The caravan city of Petra, in what is today southern Jordan, served as the capital of the Arab tribe known as the Nabataeans from its likely founding in the mid-second century B.C. The site was essentially abandoned at the end of the Byzantine period in the seventh century A.D.



Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit its iconic buildings, hewn from the local red sandstone, each year. The entire Petra Archaeological Park covers about 102 square miles (264 square kilometers), but the city’s center encompasses an area of only 2.3 square miles (6 square kilometers).

As evidenced by the latest discovery, while the hinterlands north and south of Petra’s ancient city center have been well surveyed since explorer Johann Burckhardt arrived in 1812, new discoveries continue to be made around its urban core.

A First for Petra

The newly revealed structure consists of a 184-by-161-foot (about 56-by-49-meter) platform that encloses a slightly smaller platform originally paved with flagstones. The east side of the interior platform had been lined with a row of columns that once crowned a monumental staircase.

A small 28-by-28-foot (8.5-by-8.5-meter) building was centered north-south atop the interior platform and opened to the east, facing the staircase.



This enormous open platform, topped with a relatively small building and approached by a monumental facade, has no known parallels to any other structure in Petra. It most likely had a public, ceremonial function, which may make it the second largest elevated, dedicated display area yet known in Petra after the Monastery. While the monument has not been excavated, the presence of surface pottery dating from the mid-second century B.C. suggests that construction of the structure began during the Nabataeans’ initial public building program.


In the ancient world, the rock walled city of Petra was commonly referred to by it’s full name of Selah, Petra. This steel engraving of the Ruinen von Selah Petra (the Ruins of Selah Petra) 1850, by Laborde proves that.

Most of the monuments that can be seen in Petra today, such as its iconic Treasury and the Monastery, were built during its second heyday, from the end of the first century B.C. to the second century A.D. The city had already been around for a century or more by that time, notes Tuttle, which may make the new discovery a unique public monument from the city’s early years.

In describing the find, Tuttle hails the use of satellite and drone imagery for providing archaeologists with the broad aerial perspectives that enable them to identify the faint footprints of ancient buildings, and then understand how historical monuments and sites relate to each other across the landscape.

“I’m sure that over the course of two centuries of research [in Petra], someone had to know [this site] was there, but it’s never been systematically studied or written up,” says Tuttle. “I’ve worked in Petra for 20 years, and I knew that something was there, but it’s certainly legitimate to call this a discovery.” source

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  • Danny

    I know there is more to everything for if people knew the truth, that the church is hiding (we all know they run things around here), they would loose the power they have overy the world. I think the church is the devil because even the Christ rejected them telling them they knew not of the Father and for that reason alone He was murdered, shut Him up and the rest will follow is what they thought, they were wrong!!!

    • Warmest greetings, Danny! I don’t know who you are calling “the church” here, because the Christian Church didn’t exist at the time of Christ! It was born 50 days after His ascension, on the Day of Pentecost. Therefore, Christ could not reject them, as you say. If you’re referring to the Roman Catholic “Church” as being of the devil, then you are absolutely correct!

    • Danny – I hope you are speaking of the catholic “church,” which like most american churches is not really a church at all….


    Mark 15:10 tells you the motivation behind the crucifixion. It’s interesting as this sin traces all the way back to Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. It’s good reading about the “light bearer” (Lucifer in Latin is Lux-Fero or LIGHT BEARER- see 2 Corinth. 11:13-15), the devil! He’s an angel of LIGHT! Hmm……..

  • Hazel Peterson

    Praise the Lord, He is getting closer every day to coming after his bride. Look up your redemption draweth nier. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME

  • Forgive me if this posts twice! Again, when I went to post, I got a 405 error message. Danny, if you’re referring to the Roman Catholic “Church” as being of the devil, you are absolutely correct. Christ could NOT reject any church because it did NOT exist in His day. The true born again Church was born on the Day of Pentecost, 50 days after Christ’s ascension to Heaven.

  • DeniseC

    This was a really good article, as was the one from 2015. I learned a lot. I, too, thought Selah meant to pause and reflect/meditate. Plus, I really like the music group, Selah. 🙂
    So many archaeological findings the last few years I believe are the Hand of God, proving to the world that the bible is true. What we take on faith, the world needs proof, unfortunately, but anyone with a brain ought to figure out that He is revealing more and more to us as the End of the Age draws near. People scoff at prophecy for today, forgetting that much of it wasn’t meant to be revealed or understood until now. I soak it up like a sponge.
    Keep up the good work.

  • From the band of the same name:

  • Good article and always thought selah meant to meditate or think on it or rock, had no idea it related to jacobs trouble.

  • Jimmy John

    Petra his where the Jews will flee to in the middle of the last 7 years when the NWO takes over for 3 1/2 years and Satan rules for 3 1/2 years during the 7 year tribulation. Jesus will protect the Jews in Petra this area of the earth will be off limits to Satan and his followers and the fallen angels during the last 3 1/2.

  • Jack Houts

    I have not seen a email from you since June 9th?


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