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A Lead On The Ark Of The Covenant
Time Magazine ^ | 2-21-2008 | DAVID VAN BIEMA

Posted on 02/22/2008 2:35:00 PM PST by blam

A Lead on the Ark of the Covenant

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008

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?

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KEYWORDS: ark; arkoftheconvenant; covenant; godsgravesglyphs; israel; kingsolomon; solomon; temple; zimbabwe
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To: AFreeBird

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.

41 posted on 02/22/2008 4:13:49 PM PST by Chucktallica101 (Cheer up! All the people you hate will eventually die.)
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To: khnyny
This is Time Magazine. Of course the artist (or editor) didn't read the Bible first.

Hey, we should consider it good that they didn't think the Ark of the Covenant was a boat. ;)

42 posted on 02/22/2008 4:16:44 PM PST by Zack Attack
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To: blam
Yes the Nazis actually did capture and smuggle back to Germany the Ark of the covenant.It really WAS a UFO engine and with the technology they learnt ,they built a Haunebu.
All the biblical references refer to people being burnt to a crisp from merely touching it.But the nazis found a way to use it.There was only one and that is why the nazis built only one Haunebu.They lacked the time and technology to build more engines because they deemed it too dangerous to study fully.After hearing of Hitlers suicide ,they realised the end was near and destroyed everything connected with the project.
Perhaps the engine is buried somewhere in Germany.

43 posted on 02/22/2008 4:21:40 PM PST by cavador (I am NOT the boy who cried WOLF!)
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To: AFreeBird
For a minute there I thought you were going to cite Chariot of the Gods? by Erich von Daniken as your unimpeachable source.
44 posted on 02/22/2008 4:23:02 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
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To: All

Actually, the Ark may be in my mother-in-law’s purse. Everything else that gets lost seems to end up there.

45 posted on 02/22/2008 4:27:36 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: what's up; blam

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.

46 posted on 02/22/2008 4:28:42 PM PST by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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To: blam
What would such a wonder look like in our postmodern world? What might it do?

If it fell into the wrong hands, such as the wondrous hands of Barak Obama, it would become the "Holy Harbinger of Change"......

47 posted on 02/22/2008 4:30:32 PM PST by Hot Tabasco ( Donít go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.)
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To: crazyhorse691
No, I actually read it in a magazine some time back. Late 80's early nineties I think (does not imply that was or was not when it was built, just an article on the endeavor). It was supposedly tested at some university and discovered, or measured, the electrical properties generated.

The quote provided was what I could find that came close to what I'd read. IIRC

48 posted on 02/22/2008 4:41:40 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: exit82
I like to think that the Ark is below the Temple somewhere, or hidden in a cave below Jerusalem somewhere

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.

49 posted on 02/22/2008 4:46:47 PM PST by what's up
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To: AFreeBird
Image hosted by so... to those who knew how, they could ground/short out the Box to open it and then when they closed it it would recharge itself???
50 posted on 02/22/2008 4:47:02 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©ģ)
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To: AFreeBird
Late 80’s early nineties I think

Thats also about the time that Readers Digest ran an article proving that the Tunguska Meteor was really a crashed spaceship and anybody could see that if they maintained an open mind. Someplace in my library I have a paperback that has a reference to the “experiment” you are probably talking about, but, since they fail to identify the participants beyond friends I wouldn’t put a whole lot of trust in stories like that.
51 posted on 02/22/2008 5:19:20 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
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To: pankot; infidel29; usurper


That clock started on 14 May 1948 (5 Iyar, 5708).

You know this to be true, and you know that all these events are ordained and scheduled.

It is better if we speak the truth here.


52 posted on 02/22/2008 5:44:23 PM PST by Mother Abigail
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To: blam
Must we have an ark to believe in Christ as savior and to follow His teaching to have faith in God? Must we have articles and relics of the old covenant to embrace the new covenant that Christ brought?

The ark. The shroud of Turin. The various relics of antiquity.

Interesting, but who needs them? Those whose faith is so weak that the cares of the world will consume it and them.

53 posted on 02/22/2008 5:44:58 PM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

“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.”

Wasn’t the melted down gold used for the Holy Hand Grenades?

54 posted on 02/22/2008 6:15:43 PM PST by art_rocks
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55 posted on 02/23/2008 8:36:59 AM PST by SunkenCiv ( updated Tuesday, February 19, 2008)
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To: blam

One of the deuterocanonical books, I think it might have been Maccabees 1, said that Jeremiah hid the ark on Mt. Nebo. That may be a late tradition, but I wonder if anybody has looked around the trans-Jordan hill country.

56 posted on 02/23/2008 9:44:51 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: William Terrell

We don’t need the shroud or the ark for our faith, but these alleged relics are still fascinating to investigate, particularly the shroud, as it to think that it might indeed be an actual record of Jesus’ crucifixion.

57 posted on 02/23/2008 9:48:40 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: scottdeus12
I heard a pastor say once that the Ark is nowhere on Earth, it could quite possibly be in Heaven.

Mine agrees.

Last I saw of it, it was in the Heavenly Temple.

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: Rev 11:19 KJV

58 posted on 02/23/2008 1:08:54 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: blam
The Ark of the Covenant, God's radio, lies in the sanctuary ofthe church of St. Mary of Axum in Ethiopia.

It is guarded day and night by a priest whose only duty is its care. Each new priest is chosen by his predecessor; and henever leaves the chapel precinct.

One of the priests when queried, described as does the Bible. "He cites it as a thing of power"

59 posted on 02/23/2008 1:40:17 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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60 posted on 02/23/2008 2:06:03 PM PST by expatguy ("An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - New & Improved - Now with Search)
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