The Ark of the Covenant

Video from Revelation TV

Watch this short clip produced by Jeremy Park at Revelation TV showing the Ark of Covenant according to the descriptions found in the book of Exodus.

The Ark of the Covenant, where is it, does it still survive?

Perhaps no biblical object has so intrigued modern people than the Lost Ark of the Covenant.

The Ark of the Covenant was a sacred chest built by the Israelites, under exact specifications given to them by God, the Great I AM. The Ark came with a pledge by God that he would dwell among his people and give them guidance from the mercy seat on the top of the Ark.

The Ark was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ as the only way of atonement for sins. In the Old Testament, the Ark was the only place believers could go (through the high priest) to have their sins forgiven. In the New Testament, Christ replaced the Ark becoming the only way to salvation and the kingdom of heaven.

The ark, which contained the Ten Commandments, was placed in the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle of Moses and later in the Tabernacle of David. Its its last know location was the temple built by King Solomon (1 Kings 6:19). After placement, the temple was so filled with God’s Glory, the priests were forced to leave for they could not look upon him or they would die (1 Kings 8:10-11). This was referred to as a glory cloud or the Shekinah Glory. The Shekinah Glory is a visible manifestation of God on earth. The word shekinah is a Hebrew name meaning “dwelling” or “one who dwells.” Shekinah Glory means “He caused to dwell,” referring to the divine presence of God.

The Tabernacle

The last mention of the ark was in Josiah’s day (620 BC) who placed the ark in the temple (2 Chronicles 35:3). This implies that an earlier king had removed the ark from the temple, the guilty person was probably King Manasseh who set up idols in the temple.

When Israel fell to the Babylonians (36 years later) in 586 BC, they plundered the city including the palace and the temple and forced most of the Israelis into captivity.

There are listings in four passages of items the Babylonians carted off from the temple (2 Kings 24:13, 2 Kings 25: 13-18 ; 2 Chronicles 36:18-19, and Jeremiah 52:17-23).

The Jeremiah listing is very detailed down to the pots, spoons and pans.

But missing from these records is any mention of the Ark of Covenant.

The non-canonical book 2 Maccabees (in The Apocrypha) states that the prophet Jeremiah took the Ark to Mount Nebo, where he hid it in a cave and sealed the entrance.

In the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, fictional archaeologist Indiana Jones tracked the Ark to Egypt. Today, theories place the Ark at Saint Mary of Zion Church in Axum, Ethiopia, and in a tunnel under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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