What about the Ark?

You should know the lengthy story of the Ark of the Covenant until it finally arrived in Solomon’s temple on Mt. Zion. The Ark contained the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod with buds, and a pot of manna.  It’s not a fable, as the history is well documented.

The Babylonians destroyed the Temple in 587 B.C., and that’s when the Ark disappeared.  Have you ever wondered about it today?  Does it still exist?  If so, where is it located?  If discovered, what would happen?  Would it still possess tremendous power?  The questions are mind-boggling.  

Believe it or not, there are many theories about the Ark still existing and its location.  The least likely places are Zimbabwe, France, Rome, USA, England, and Ireland, but there are folks who believe in all these locations.  The big three choices are underneath the Temple Mount, a church in Ethiopia, and heaven.  

I find the possibility of it being underneath the Temple Mount really intriguing.  The Temple Mount is controlled by Muslims while the Israelis have the Western Wall, which dates to the Second Temple.  A passionate group of Israelis have attempted tunneling underneath the Temple Mount to find the Ark, but when discovered, the Muslims shut it down.  Years ago two Rabbis claimed to have been close enough to see it before they were stopped.  Can you imagine what would happen if the Jews succeeded in finding the Ark?  I think it’d be accurate to state that the Al-Aqsa Mosque would be destroyed for construction of the Third Temple.  Of course, this action would cause a widespread war in the Middle East.        

Another theory is that the Ark made its way to Ethiopia where it resides in the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum, which belongs to the denomination known as the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.  Every church in this denomination contains an Ark replica, and it’s sincere in its belief.  However, they won’t allow anyone to see it.  Is this protection against a fraud being revealed or does the Ark still possess unusual powers that prohibit viewing by others?  

A third possible location is heaven.  By human standards this idea is impossible, but not by God’s standards!  The question that comes to my mind is what purpose does it serve?  God and Jesus are present in heaven.  Why would the Ark also be there?  Before you discount such a thought, know that Revelation 11:19 states,  “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant.”    

My guess is that it’s in heaven.  I don’t know why, but since this location is cited in the Bible, I certainly have no basis for claiming anywhere else.  

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