Thread: Where is the Arc of the Cov...
04-26-2005, 10:12 AM #1
Where is the Arc of the Cov...
WHERE IS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT TODAY?
By Kenneth Lewis
"And they shall make an ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits shall be its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height. "And you shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and shall make on it a molding of gold all around. "You shall cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in its four corners; two rings shall be on one side, and two rings on the other side. "And you shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. "You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, that the ark may be carried by them. "The poles shall be in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. "And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you. "You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half cubits shall be its length and a cubit and a half its width. "And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. "Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat. "And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat. "You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. "And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.
Exodus 25:10-22 (NKJ)
THE ARK OF THE COVENANT
The Ten Commandments were written on two tablets of stone. There were actually two sets of the Ten Commandment made (Exodus 34:1) - the first set was smashed by Moses (Exodus 32:19) when he found that Aaron had allowed the Israelites to worship a calf idol while he was away on Mount Sinai with The Lord (Exodus 32:1-35).
The second set of tablets were eventually placed in what we have come to know as the Sacred Ark, a wooden chest made specifically to make the housing and moving of them dignified and convenient. The Ark may have also served indirectly to better protect the tablets from Moses' temper!
The Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Holy of Holies, the innermost room of the Tabernacle. Access into the Holy of Holies was only permitted once a year, on the Day of Atonement which is called (Yom Kippur). Access was restricted to the high priest. He had to come into the Holy of Holies with the blood of a goat, on behalf of his own and the people of Israel's sins.
The Ark was made of acacia or ****tim wood. It measured about 43 inches (1.1 meters) long, and about 27 inches (0.7 meter) both wide and high. It had 2 gold rings fastened on each side through which poles were inserted to carry it. The poles were to remain in the rings at all times. The lid on the top was called the atonement cover, or "mercy seat." On top of it were two carved cherubim, with their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover (Exodus 25:10-22).
WHERE IS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT TODAY?
The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most fascinating Temple treasures located some where in the world today. There are many theories about what happened to the Ark of the Covenant, and where the Ark of the Covenant is located today.
There are some who think the Ark of the Covenant was taken to Rome and is located some where in the Vatican along with many other Temple vessels, such as those depicted on the Roman monument, the Arch of Titus. According to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem there are many authentic ancient historical chronicles and popular legends, that attest to many sacred vessels having been taken to Rome. However, according to the Temple Institute this does not apply to the most holy treasure of the First Temple, the Ark of the Covenant.
Archaeologist Graham Hancock who is the author of The Orion Mystery believes that the Ark resides in a chapel in Axum, a city in Ethiopia and is guarded by a dedicated monk sworn to protect the Ark. According to the story related to Hancock by the guardian monk, the Ark was stolen from the Temple by Menelik (the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba) and Azarius (son of Zadok, the High Priest of Israel) and taken to Ethiopia, where it has been ever since. Hancock asked the monk the following question, "Are you telling me that this legend is literally true?" According to Hancock the monk replied, "It is not a legend," "It is history." There are others who claim to have evidence that the ark is in Ethiopia.
Ron Wyatt claims to have found the Ark in 1982.. According to his story, in 1978 Wyatt was walking along the Calvary Escarpment in Israel, when he suddenly raised his left arm and pointed to a site being used as a trash dump and said, "That's Jeremiah's Grotto, and the Ark of the Covenant is buried in there." Believe it or not, he was given permission to dig in the area and after many digs, on January 6, 1982, Wyatt found and entered the cave that he believed contain the Ark of the Covenant. In fact, he claims to have actually seen the Ten Commandments stones, which "look as if someone wrote in what appeared to be soft butter with their fingers, and then turned the Commandments to stone." In a year or two, Wyatt says he will return to the cave with a camera crew and scientists to reveal the Ark to the entire world -- "When the Lord says it's time." However, Mr. Wyatt died in 1999 before the Ark could be revealed to the entire world.
Tradition records that King Solomon built the First Temple, and already knew through Divine inspiration, that eventually it would be destroyed. Thus Solomon, the wisest of all men, oversaw the construction of a vast system of labyrinths, mazes, chambers and corridors underneath the Temple Mount complex. He commanded that a special chamber be built some where under the Temple Mount, where the sacred vessels of the Temple could be hidden in case of an immediate attack.
Midrashic tradition teaches that King Josiah of Israel, who lived about forty years before the destruction of the First Temple, commanded the Levites to hide the Ark, together with the original menorah and several other items in this secret hiding place, which Solomon had prepared. 2 Chronicles 35:3 Many believe the Ark is located in that secret chamber today!
When the Second Temple was built the Holy of Holies was an empty chamber, without the Ark of the Covenant. We know that because the Roman General Pompey who conquered Jerusalem around 63BC., demanded the privilege to enter the Holy of Holies. When the General entered the Holy of Holies he came out saying that he could not understand what all the interest was about the sanctuary, when it was only an empty room!
What happened to the Ark of the Covenant? How do we really know the Ark of the Covenant and all the other Temple treasures were not used during the Second Temple?
The Priest could have taken the Ark of the Covenant down to the secret chambers before the Roman General Pompey entered the Holy of Holies. This was a common practice for the Priest to do when the Temple was under attack..
With so many theories, can we really know where the Ark of the Covenant is today?
Rabbi Meir Yehuda Getz, the chief Rabbi of the Western Wall and all the other holy places in Israel, was in the process of constructing a new synagogue behind the Western wall in 1981... When his workers were in the process of knocking out a piece of stone to attach a Torah cabinet, they accidentally found what they believe was the Warren's Gate.
Rabbi Getz believes this large opening 25 meters long, 30 meters high, and 8 meters wide is the (Warren's Gate) from the First Temple. After several excavations in the area, the excavators decided to proceed toward the direction of what they believed was the location of the Holy of Holies. Some where underneath the Holy of Holies, they believe was a secret chamber containing the Ark of the Covenant. After a year and a half, Rabbi Getz found a chamber half filled with water which he had to drain.
After draining the chambers, the excavators began digging again and after another year and a half, they believe they came within 30 or 40 yards away from the location of the Holy of Holies. However once at the site of the Holy of Holies, they would have to dig down 100 meters to where the secret chamber was located to find the Ark, according to Rabbi Getz.
04-26-2005, 10:15 AM #2
Since its been fairly quiet, thought Id post an article I read for when you get bored. Also to take this opportunity to say my time will be pretty limited over the next few months. Im not leaving though. Im in the process of moving to China. Next week for 2 weeks, Im going out of town for 2 weeks to attend a class. The following week Ill be moving and taking care of loose ends. Then I will be visiting friends and family for a month. I fly to Beijing June 20th. I dont know how long after I get there before I will have internet access, but the internet is high priority for me, so shouldnt be too long. Ill stop in when I can up until then, and Ill let you all know when Im settled and have internet fully again.
04-26-2005, 12:20 PM #3Member
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wow , china huh . Your moving for your job? Your family also?
04-26-2005, 12:51 PM #4
My wife and I will be working for the embassy. So family and job. Im pretty excited. Ill post pics on my website (which is currently down and being revamped). its not a site like this, just a personal webpage with info nutrition and fitness info on it...but if im not allowed to post this here, please let me know. ill have a pics page for you to check out china. www.professorflex.com should be back up within a month.
05-16-2005, 07:20 PM #5
There's a great show on this on the History Channel. Seems impartial, and lots of info. They travel to the various supposed destinations the ark traveled.
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