The Temple



The Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans. However, in the future, at the mid-point of the Tribulation there will be a rebuilt Temple. It is there that the Beast will stop the Jewish sacrifices and erect an image of himself which people will be required to worship (Daniel 9:27). The Temple can be rebuilt without its famous centerpiece, the Ark of the Covenant, but if it could be identified and returned to Jerusalem it would certainly enhance interest in the rebuilding process.

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Prophetic Significance of the Ark of the Covenant

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Ark of the Covenant coverup?

Apr. 23, 2015 - Israeli archaeologists complain about an unauthorized project by Muslim authorities on the Temple Mount. Construction there revealed previously undocumented designs in the floor of the Dome of the Rock that could point to the location of the lost Ark of the Covenant. Israeli scholars were not allowed to view the designs before they were covered with new carpeting.

“Something is there. I don’t know what. But something is hidden there,” Israeli archaeologist Zachi Dvira, who studies the site, told the London Daily Mail.

Source: WND

Prophetic Significance of the Ark of the Covenant

Will this be the first time the world sees the Ark of Covenant? Leaking roof in Ethiopian chapel 'will lead to relic being revealed'

Dec. 6, 2011 - One of the most prevalent theories about the location of the ancient Ark of the Covenant is that the Ethiopians obtained it in the time of Solomon's decline and has protected it in the St. Mary's Church of Zion in Aksum. It has been kept from view since it was moved to a special chapel there in the 1960's. A leaky roof needs to be fixed, so the Ark will be moved sometime soon to a temporary spot nearby.
There has also been a long-running claim from the Orthodox Christians of Ethiopia that they have had the Ark for centuries, and since the 1960s it has apparently been kept in the chapel.
Source: Mail Online

Hark! Where's the Bible Ark?
Ethiopia's Orthodox patriarch cops out on revealing plan for public viewing

June 26, 2009 - Today's much-anticipated news conference by Ethiopian Patriarch Abuna Pauolos never took place!
The agency had reported an announcement would be made at the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome, and a hotel spokeswoman told WND Pauolos had been in residence there, but no news conference or event was scheduled.
Earlier, Paulos reported, "The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia for many centuries. As a patriarch I have seen it with my own eyes and only few highly qualified persons could do the same, until now."
Source: WorldNetDaily
Keepers of the Lost Ark? - Smithsonian
The Third Temple - Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter

Bible's 'Ark of the Covenant' about to be unveiled?
Ethiopian patriarch tells pope he will show artifact to world

June 24, 2009 - Abuna Pauolos, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia, is in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week. He said he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, in a museum in Axum, Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a tradition, dating back to at least 642 B.C., that the Ark was moved from Jerusalem to Ethiopia.
The tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St. Mary's of Zion Church in Axum.
Ethiopians believe it is destined to be delivered to the Messiah when He reigns on Mount Zion – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Holy Ark Announcement Due on Friday - Israel National News
More about Prince Menelik, son of Solomon and The Queen of Sheba
'Ark' revelation: Can they dig it? - WorldNetDaily

'Ark of the Covenant altar' found in Sheba's palace

May 10, 2008 - Ruins of The queen of Sheba's palace have been found in Axum, Ethiopia. The queen of Sheba was the friend and ally of King Solomon. The Bible does not say they were related but an Ethiopian story claims they had a son.
Ethiopian tradition claims the Ark, which contained Moses' stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written, was smuggled to Ethiopia by their son Menelek and is still in that country.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Myth of the Lost Ark fuels pride of a nation on brink of war

Dec. 29, 2005 - Story about possibility that the Ark of the Covenant is in a church in Ethiopia.
Source: News Telegraph - UK

Pin camera ready to roll on Ark of Covenant discovery

June 29, 2005 - Dr. Vendyl Jones, who is thought to be the inspiration for the "Indiana Jones" movies, hopes to discover the Ark of the Covenant on or near the Jewish "Tish B'Av" [August 14 this year]. This is a day of fasting and mourning for Jewish people. He has done extensive excavations near Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and believes he knows where the hiding place of the Ark is.
By Aug. 14, Jones and Company are going to drill a borehole into the chamber which they believe contains the ark, drop a pin-camera in and, hopefully reveal the find to a watching world.
Source:Canada Free Press

Keepers of the Lost Ark?
Jan. 19, 2002 - Christians in Axum, Ethiopia believe the lost Ark of the Covenant is safely stored beneath their church.
Source: Smithsonian

Ark Of The Covenant Buried In West Bank?
Sept.. 9, 1998 - News Report From Jerusalem says that "Michael Sanders, a British-born publisher of classical university texts,believes the sacred golden Ark was buried after a raid on Solomon's Temple in the 10th century BC by one of the Egyptian kings. "
Sanders claims to have studied new satellite images and various documents, including those in the British Museum, to identify an Egyptian Temple buried in the Judean Hills in an area now used as a Hamas training camp. He hopes to lead an expedition to the site.
Source: Harpazo (Story no longer online)
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Where Is The Ark Of The Covenant?


These range from the probable to the ridiculous. Some of the more serious stories may be about sites which have replicas of the Ark. One of them may be the actual site. God may be waiting for just the right time to reveal the location.

Under The Temple Mount? Where has the lost Ark of the Covenant been?
Gary Byers of Associates for Biblical Research gives a scholarly summary of the history of the Ark of the Covenant, and states that "the most popular theory of the Lost Ark's present location is a secret chamber carved deep within the rock mountain under Jerusalem's Temple Mount."

In Ethiopia? The Sign And The Seal
This book by Graham Hancock, East Africa correspondent for The Economist, is summarized on the One World Magazine site. The Ethiopians have a story (history, they say, not a myth) that Prince Menelik, son of Solomon and The Queen of Sheba, brought The Ark to Ethiopia for safe-keeping and that it is in St. Mary's Chapel in Axum.
Grant Jeffrey has a section on this also in his book, Armageddon: Appointment With Destiny.
Article about this in Times Newspapers website - (Story no longer online)
Celebration in Axum, Ethiopia, Jan. 19, 2002 - Ethiopian Christians treasure Ark of the Covenant
Ark of Covenant reported to be in Ethiopia -High Beam Encyclopedia
'Ark of the Covenant altar' found in Sheba's palace
June 24,2009 - Bible's 'Ark of the Covenant' about to be unveiled?

In A Museum in Zimbabwe? The Lost Ark of the Covenant: Solving the 2,500 Year Mystery of the Fabled Biblical Ark, is a book by Tudor Parfitt, a professor at the University of London's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies. He believes it was taken from Jerusalem by the Lemba tribe in Africa. A tribal legend says it destroyed itself some 400 years ago but was rebuilt by priests. He claims to have discovered it on a dusty bottom shelf in the Harare Museum of Human Science in Zimbabwe.

On Mt. Nebo? The Prophetic Telegraph - No.78 January 1996
This article, though favoring another view, reports that in 1982, a team which included Tom Crotser, Jim Bollinger, and the astronaut Jim Irwin, claimed to have found and photographed the Ark in a cave in Mount Nebo, the mountain where Moses viewed the Promised Land before his death.

In The Dead Sea Caves? Vendyl Jones and The Ark of The Covenant
Archaeologist Vendyl Jones believed the Ark would be found near the place the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

In The West Bank?
A new theory (Sept. 9, 1998) proposed by Michael Sanders is that the Ark is buried under an Egyptian Temple in the Judean Hills, in an area now used as a Hamas training ground. Sanders plans an expedition to the site which he claims to have located by new satellite images and ancient documents.

In France? The Lost Ark, the Shroud of Turin, and Enough Rope to Hang Myself
Author James BeauSeigneur relates the Ark to the Shroud of Turin and wonders if they weren't hidden in the tunnels under the Temple and later taken to France by the Knights Templars. The Shroud moved on to Turin, Italy, but, as the author points out, "...there is a secret society in France called the Prieure de Sion, which traces its origins to the Knights Templar. The head of the society has been quoted as saying that he knows where the Temple treasures are and that they will be returned to Jerusalem 'when the time is right.'"

On the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm? Did a secret order of knights hide the Holy Grail, Ark of Covenant on a Baltic island?
This theory suggests that the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant may have been hidden by a secretive religious order of crusaders, the Knights Templar.
In a 194-page book "The Templars' Secret Island," Denmark's Erling Haagensen and Henry Lincoln of Britain say medieval round churches were built at sites on Bornholm based on the sacred geometry used by the Knights Templar elsewhere in Europe, most famously at Rennes-le-Chateau in southern France. The book, studded with graphs, plots the churches' geometric layout with mathematical precision and the authors suggest the design may be a map to hidden treasures.
Source: Templar History

In Heaven? The Missing Ark
John F. Elliott of Grace Ministries points out that In The book of The Revelation John saw the Ark in the Heavenly Temple. Is that the same Ark or a Heavenly Version? (Story no longer online.)

In The United States? Buried in a government warehouse?
The fictional movie "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" ends with the Ark being stored in a huge secret warehouse full of boxes that say "Do Not Open."

At Calvary? Another Possibility
Ron Wyatt proposes the theory that the Ark of the Covenant is buried in a cave under the place of the crucifixion of Christ where His blood dripped onto the mercy seat.
Source: Wyatt Museum

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