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Posted on 02/22/2008 2:35:00 PM PST by blam
A Lead on the Ark of the Covenant
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008
By DAVID VAN BIEMA
The Ark of the Covenant is carried into the Temple
When last we saw the lost Ark of the Covenant in action, it had been dug up by Indiana Jones in Egypt and ark-napped by Nazis, whom the Ark proceeded to incinerate amidst a tempest of terrifying apparitions. But according to Tudor Parfitt, a real life scholar-adventurer, Raiders of the Lost Ark had it wrong, and the Ark is actually nowhere near Egypt. In fact, Parfitt claims he has traced it (or a replacement container for the original Ark), to a dusty bottom shelf in a museum in Harare, Zimbabwe.
As Indiana Jones's creators understood, the Ark is one of the Bible's holiest objects, and also one of its most maddening McGuffins. A wooden box, roughly 4 ft. x 2 ft. x 2.5 ft., perhaps gold-plated and carried on poles inserted into rings, it appears in the Good Book variously as the container for the Ten Commandments (Exodus 25:16: "and thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee"); the very locus of God's earthly presence; and as a divine flamethrower that burns obstacles and also crisps some careless Israelites. It is too holy to be placed on the ground or touched by any but the elect. It circles Jericho behind the trumpets to bring the walls tumbling down. The Bible last places the Ark in Solomon's temple, which Babylonians destroyed in 586 BC. Scholars debate its current locale (if any): under the Sphinx? Beneath Jerusalem's Temple Mount (or, to Muslims, the Noble Sanctuary)? In France? Near London's Temple tube station?
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
“Top men, I say.”
They'll never find that thing.
There is word (an archaeologist I heard on Coast to Coast with George Noory so take it for what it’s worth) that Israeli officials know where the Ark is, I believe he said buried beneath the Temple Mount, they are reluctant to move on it because of the muslim presence in the area.
behind the ‘silver toilet seat’ ??
Interesting logic, but it seems more likely it would have simply been destroyed. That's what happened to the Temple, after all.
I can’t see that. God isn’t going to give it and then take it away because of idol worship.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe that the bible describes the Ark very accurately. How can it be round like a drum?
That painting is NOTHING at all like the biblical description of the ark of the covenant. Somebody didn’t bother reading the bible before they started painting.
He considered it of no spiritual value.
Probably painted at a time when few were literate and the church taught in Latin only. Details were often lost to the general public.
I thought it was still in Ethiopia.
I heard Hillary has hired agents in the CIA to find the spear of invincibility.
IF Israel is so intimidated by Islam that they are afraid to recover the Ark (which I really doubt) then they are truly lost.
— “That painting is NOTHING at all like the biblical description of the ark of the covenant.” —
Don’t you trust Time as a reference?
The Ark is here! An incredible read!
The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Ethiopia claims they have it. Of course now that we have technology to test authenticity, they are keeping it secreted away from all but one monk.
John saw the Ark in heaven in Revelations, Chapter 12, I think. It appears right before the woman clothed with the sun and with the crown of stars.
There’s something about the Ark’s recovery that ties into the end of days prophecy from what I remember. I think they’re avoiding enticing Iran’s whacko President for the time being.
The ark may be the single most fascinating object described in ancient/pre-classical times. Many of the powers attributed to it read like a bronze age people attempting to describe advanced technology/power.
The relics in the temple were expressly referenced in Daniel (?) -— the “writing on the wall episode” where the Babylonian King is using the gold/silver implements for a dinner party.
I would assume he got the while lot, including the Ark itself.
The Ark, IMHO, has been stripped of its gold, and now resides in people’s gold filings and jewelry around the world -— like most things gold -— they keep getting melted, combined and reused.
The real treasure — the tablets -— were cast aside and trod underfoot. I would not be suprised to find them used as bricks in some stone wall somewhere.
Seen lots of cherubim, have you?
As a theologian, the importance of the Ark is that if it is found it would be cause to rebuild the Temple on the Mount for its housing. That would precipitate events that would start the clock ticking toward the Apocalypse and Armageddon.
That is one interpretation. There are others. You decide.
by a M.Div grad
It could destroy the space time continuum unraveling the very fabric of the universe. But that would be a worst case scenario.
He did something similar with the bronze snake mentioned in Numbers 21:8-9
It had to be destroyed because the Israelites started worshipping it.
This is a more than adequate explanation.
When pondering theology, ask a theologian. My mother's cousin teaches at the Catholic University in Washington after studying for 4(?) years at the Vatican. Unfortunately I have no way of contacting him.
2 Kings 18:3-4
I’m not sure how much gold we’re talking about. The Ark was made out of wood which was covered with gold.
Perhaps the most stunning example of an oopart may be one of history's most powerful and enigmatic symbols. The Ark of the Covenant, designed in accordance with God's (very specific) instructions to transport the Ten Commandments, came with strong warnings. It was to be approached only at certain times, by certain peoples (the Levite priests, and handled in very specific ways. Failure to do so could result in highly fatal eruptions of power that destroyed unwary Israelites as often as it routed enemy armies and aided in sieges. Intrigued by the dry and almost technical nature of the Bible's description of building the ark, a number of individuals (most notably author Richard Andrews, in a 1999 issue of the Daily Mail) have become convinced that the Ark is in actuality a technological artifact -- a capacitor, to be specific, capable of collecting and storing energy. This not only explains the burns and ill effects suffered by those who get to close or handle it inexpertly, but also the nature of many of the materials used in its construction (gold to serve as a conductor, acacia wood to serve as an insulator).
"If the Israelites had set out to construct a primitive accumulator, they could hardly have picked a better design than the Ark," said Andrews in his article. Electrical prodigy Nikola Tesla apparently agreed, allegedly saying in 'Wall of Light', a book co-written with Arthur Matthews, and published in 1940, "Moses was undoubtedly a practical and skillful electrician far in advance of his time. The Bible describes precisely, and minutely, arrangements constituting a machine in which electricity was generated by friction of air against silk curtains, and stored in a box constructed like a condenser."
I had read something about this way back. Makes sense really. A perfect anti-theft device for the tablets.
Yawn...WHO CARES!?!? The Ark of the Covenant is about as relevant as a empty box of Camel Lites. The only thing that matters is that we are headed towards slavery under a New World Order.
Hey, we should consider it good that they didn't think the Ark of the Covenant was a boat. ;)
Actually, the Ark may be in my mother-in-law’s purse. Everything else that gets lost seems to end up there.
The gold and silver items from the Temple treasury were actually preserved by Nebuchadnezzer after 586 BC.
They were given to the folks who were allowed by Darius and Cyrus to go back to Jerusalem starting in 536 BC. In Daniel chapter 5, you see, in the famous chapter of the handwriting on the wall, an expression we use today, that the Temple gold implements were being used by the Babylonian king on the night his empire was taken over by the Medes and the Persians. The phrase for knees knocking together from fear also comes from this chapter.
The first deportation to Babylon of the Jews took place in 606 BC. Daniel was in that group as a teenager. As a man of 86 years old, he reminded God of the prohecy that Israel would be in Babylon for 70 years. Sure enough, God moved the Persian rulers who took over Babylon to let the Jews return to Jerusalem. As a conquered people they were not allowed to go back to their homeland and reestablish themselves as a nation.
From 536 BC the Jews rebuilt a damaged Temple, but not to its former glory as Solomon built it about 1000 BC. Herod the Great expanded the Temple prior to Christ’s birth, and the Romans are the ones who tore the Temple apart in 70 AD in fury over the rebellion of the Jews, which they put down without mercy. Jesus prophesied that this would happen—that not one stone would remain upon another fromt he Temple. Inded today, the Wailing Wall is the only remnat of the retaining wall under the Temple, as none of the original strucure has survived. In its day, the Temple of Herod was an enormous structure, not unlike the scale of the monumental buildings in Washington, DC today.
After 586 BC, we have no information as to what happened to the Ark of the Covenant. It was located in the Holy of Holies, a room that only the Chief Priest could enter, and then, only once a year. He sprinkled the blood from a spotless lamb unto the Ark. The Ark was flanked by two staues of Cherubim, a winged animal. The Chief Priest had a rope tied to his ankle and had a bell. If he died while in the Holy of Holies, then the other priests could retrieve the body by pulling it out.
Between the interior of the Temple and the Holy of Holies was a floor to ceiling cloth veil, with gold lined doors. When the doors opened, floor to ceiling, the Veil was revealed. This is the Veil that was torn from top to bottom by God when Christ died on the Cross to signify that man could come to God through Christ.
I like to think that the Ark is below the Temple somewhere, or hidden in a cave below Jerusalem somewhere. It was so sacred to the Jews that I strongly believe they took steps to hide it knowing about the Babylonian invasion.
One theory is that it is hidden below Golgotha, where the Crucifixion took place, and that Christ’s blood dripped down through the ground and fell on the hidden Ark. Sounds like a cool theory, but we will not know this side of heaven.
The Ark also contained the stone tablets that were given to Moses with the Ten Commandments, as well as other items important to the Jews wandering in the desert after they left Egypt before they got to the Promised Land.
The Ark was so holy that a man could not touch it without dying instantly. God gave very strict instructions about how it was to be carried and who could do the carrying(with poles so that no human touched it.
A fascinating subject, no doubt.
If it fell into the wrong hands, such as the wondrous hands of Barak Obama, it would become the "Holy Harbinger of Change"......
The quote provided was what I could find that came close to what I'd read. IIRC
2 Kings 24:13 "As the Lord had declared, Nebuchadnezzar removed all the treasures from the temple of the Lord..."
2 Chron 36:18 "He (Nebuchadnezzar) carried to Babylon all the articles from the temple of God, both large and small, and the treasures of the Lord's temple..."
Both scriptures seem to indicate that the Ark was most likely taken and not hidden since both writers emphasize that "all" treasures were taken.
Very interesting point you make about he goblets, etc. Seemingly the Ark would have been around at this time as well.