I believe that the lost Ark of the Covenant will soon reappear, creating
a bond in Israel again to their ancient roots and the temple will be rebuilt.
My reasoning comes from the fact that the Ark of the Covenant isn’t
mentioned at all in 2 Kings 25, where detailed descriptions of what was
taken from the temple by the Babylonians are listed. After this point in
scripture, the Ark is not present.
I believe the reason for this is that the priests hid the Ark and some
of the temple instruments in the complex cave system under Mount Moriah.
This was around 600BC. The reason this is important has to do with who I
believe DID find the Ark of the Covenant already, Ron Wyatt. You can read
his account at
Ron is dead now, but according to him, in a dig he and an Arab he hired
were going through the tunnels. He said that the Arab went into a small
room and after a second scrambled out of there like he’d seen a ghost.
Ron never saw him again. When Ron went in the room, he said he was pressed
to the floor. He claims that he was told it was not time yet for the Ark
to be uncovered. However, he said he saw the Ark in a stone case with the
What’s fascinating about the story of his discovery comes before
he discovered the Ark. He believes he found the crucifixion site of Christ.
He found square cuts in the stone just under a back wall. (Over time this
whole area has been filled in with debris, which is why they were digging.)
There were notches cut out of the back for posting crimes of those being
crucified. This was on the road to Jerusalem and right by Golgotha and just
around the corner from the garden tomb. This fits perfectly the description
of the crucifixion site from scripture.
John 19:41 Now in the place where
He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in
which no one had yet been laid.
19:20 Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for
the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written
in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek.
13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people
through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
John 19:17 They took Jesus, therefore,
and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place
of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.
Matthew 27:33 And when they came
to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull,
Mark 15:22 Then they brought Him
to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.
Golgotha and the garden tomb are right next to each other on the road
going into Jerusalem. (Damascus gate) Crucifixion was a deterrent punishment.
By crucifying on the roads coming into towns with crimes posted for each
criminal, it made clear that those crimes weren’t tolerated. That’s
why I don’t believe Christ was crucified on a hilltop.
So back to Ron Wyatt, he found the cutouts and the slots on the rock
behind the crucifixion site. There was also a large crack in the rock behind
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the
veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and
the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
What Ron found was that the Ark of the Covenant hidden in 600 BC, over
half a millennium earlier happened to be hidden directly under the future
crucifixion site. When the rocks were rent, the blood of Christ flowed down
the crack and landed on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Hear
Ron Wyatt’s testimony on the testing of the blood he claims to have
Wikipedia: “The High Priest was allowed in the Holy of Holies once a
year at Yom Kippur. On that day, he placed the blood of a bullock and
of a goat upon the mercy seat as an atonement or sin-offering for the
sins of the people of Israel. This ceremony renewed the closeness of
the Jewish people with their God and served to remind them of his holiness.”
His Son’s blood on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant as the
There are other theories as to its location, one being in a storeroom
in the Harare Museum of Human Science in Zimbabwe. This theory is put forth
by professor Tudor Parfitt.
Like another famous swashbuckling treasure hunter, he has a fear
of snakes. And he’s not averse to associating with mystics, charlatans
and crooks in his quest for prized artifacts. But unlike his fictional
alter-ego, the “British Indiana Jones” claims he’s
discovered the genuine Ark of the Covenant — or at least a direct descendant
of the vessel constructed to hold the original tablets inscribed with
the Ten Commandments. In a newly released book, University of London
professor Tudor Parfitt claims to have located the treasured artifact
on a dusty shelf of an out-of-the-way museum in Harare, Zimbabwe.
“It was just by chance that I finally managed to track
it down to a storeroom in Harare, was able to analyze it and discover
that, quite apart from anything else, it’s quite probably
the oldest wooden object in sub-Sahara Africa,” said Parfitt,
an expert in Oriental and African studies. “It’s massively
important in terms of history, even apart from its status as the
last surviving link to the original Ark of Moses.”
In his book The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year
Old Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark, Parfitt describes traipsing
around the globe, decoding ancient texts and deciphering numerous clues
to locate the enigmatic object. Along the way, the man dubbed the “British
Indiana Jones” by friends, colleagues and the Wall Street Journal
uncovered genetic evidence confirming claims by the Lemba tribe that
its members are descendants of ancient Israelite priests, the lost Ark’s
caretakers. Among a host of similarities with the Israelites, the Lemba
priests have been the guardians of the ngoma lungundu, a sacred but
unassuming wooden drum they say came from the great temple in Jerusalem.
Based on radiocarbon testing dating it to A.D. 1350, Parfitt believes
a replacement was constructed from a piece of the original ngoma, which
legend says destroyed itself or was destroyed in a pyrotechnic explosion.
But some Bible scholars, archaeologists and Ark experts are skeptical
of Parfitt’s claims and even of the Ark’s existence. Others
say the ngoma could be one of multiple replicas constructed in ancient
times. Still others say the description of the drum is a far cry from
the gold-covered Ark of the Covenant described in Exodus, complete with
its golden cherubim.
J. Edward Wright, a professor of Hebrew Bible and early Judaism at
the University of Arizona, conceded it’s possible the Babylonians
stripped the gold from the Ark after invading Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
The Ark is believed to have disappeared from the temple in Jerusalem
around that time. In the ensuing 2,500 years, many treasure seekers
have risked their lives and fortunes trying to locate it. And many claims
have been made about the location of arguably the most important religious
artifact in history.
“The most dominant theory has to do with the St. Mary of Zion
Church in Aksum, Ethiopia,” said Beatrice Lawrence, an instructor
at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. “The
theories abound, but there is no evidence to support any theory over
the other.” Grant R. Jeffrey, author of The New Temple and
the Second Coming and 24 other books, said Jewish writings and
the Ethiopian Royal Chronicles indicate a replica of the Ark was made
before the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem. The original, they say,
was hidden in Ethiopia until 1991, when it was transported to Israel.
The Temple Institute, a group of orthodox rabbis in Jerusalem
dedicated to rebuilding the temple, claim the Ark is safely stored in
a hidden chamber under the Temple Mount complex, according to the institute’s
Web site. Meanwhile, the Sanhedrin Court, the only religious
body authorized to determine the temple’s correct location, reconvened
in 2005. And renowned biblical archaeologist Vendyl Jones, who claims
to be the inspiration for the fictional Indiana Jones, is trying to
raise $88,000 to return to Qumran to remove 40 stones blocking entrance
to an inner cave where he believes the Ark and other temple treasures
If the Ark is found and authenticated, biblical scholars say, it
would be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history. “I
suppose if they found it, it would be on par with something like the
discovery of the treasures of King Tut,” said William M. Schniedewind,
a professor of biblical studies and northwest Semitic languages at the
University of California, Los Angeles.
Parfitt, whose work tracking down the lost tribes of Israel has been
featured on “60 Minutes” and the BBC, began to suspect the
Lemba tribe possessed the Ark after attending a tribal ceremony in 1987.
At the time, tribal leaders told him about the ngoma, which they said
was guarded by the white lions of God and a two-headed snake inside
a nearby mountain cave. Over the next two decades, Parfitt traveled
from Israel to Egypt, Ethiopia and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe in search
of the ngoma and its secrets. He encountered a cannibalistic tribe in
Papua New Guinea, was ambushed and shot at in Africa and narrowly escaped
being kidnapped by Islamic outlaws in Yemen. He experienced a major
breakthrough in 1999 when he took DNA samples from 136 male members
of the Lemba tribe. In a finding that drew worldwide publicity, a genetic
analysis confirmed they were descendents of Aaron, the brother of Moses.
In 2001, Parfitt returned to the Dumghe Mountain cave, but he didn’t
find the ngoma. He was later told the ngoma had been moved, and he kept
searching. Finally, based on a tip about the transport of artifacts
in war-ravaged areas and using a photo of the ngoma taken in the 1940s
by a missionary scholar, Parfitt located the sacred object in a storeroom
in the Harare Museum of Human Science in Zimbabwe. The wooden drum had
a blackened hole in the bottom and the shattered remnants of wooden
rings on each corner. Parfitt also noticed a carved, interlaced pattern
described in the biblical Book of Exodus. While the ngoma still is stored
at the museum in Harare, Parfitt is concerned the highly valuable artifact
once again may disappear in a nation plagued by violence and corruption.
Parfitt, who was inspired to search for the Ark by a friend, hopes
the discovery will bring peace. “My friend Reuven is a very peaceful
man and something of a mystic and visionary,” Parfitt said.
“His whole excitement about the Ark was based on the idea
that the Quran talks about it as being in some way a symbol of legitimacy
for Israel. He was always convinced before his death if it was ever
found that somehow the Ark might pave the way for peace in the Middle
This last quote from the article caught my attention because I do believe
the Ark of the Covenant will one day re-emerge and it could end up bringing
about a temporary peace in the Middle East. Time will tell.
And with the recent examinations of the Copper Scroll, found in the area
of the Dead Sea Scrolls, there is the possibility that its hiding place,
which Ron Wyatt claimed to have found, will be revealed in the future. Watch
of the Copper Scroll
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