While everyone focuses on the world chaos we want to delve into the word for a moment. Some questions have been brought to our minds about Christ, His life, and most specifically His purpose and death and resurrection. We hope to point out the importance of Christ’s birth, life and sacrifice. His purpose as a spotless lamb offered for all mankind’s sin is often underplayed.
How does this tie into the Ark of the Covenant, and even Solomon’s Temple. The Levites were the chosen people to become God’s Priests. How did they protect the Ark of the Covenant when Solomon’s Temple was destroyed? Was it protected underground until the ultimate sacrifice of God’s son to fulfill Bible prophecy? We want to answer these questions the best we can. In working with fact & scripture we can determine 3 things. The meaning of sin Sacrifice, the meaning of the sacrifice of God’s son, the New Covenant-is it relevant for the Ark of the Covenant, and the question “where is the Ark of The Covenant.” The latter is actually an easy one, Jesus reveals to John in Revelation that the Ark of the Covenant will be in Heaven at the time of the end.
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within His temple was seen the ark of His covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.
There are many theories and speculations of what has happened to the ARK OF THE COVENANT, and although it has not been literally seen to this day Michael Rood it seems along with scripture makes sense of where it may be, or as the evidence suggests, where it was at the time of Christ’s death. The following is an excerpt of his findings and we are putting a link for his website to further your studies. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWCEmKGQF_U&list=PLD600CBC5F8A02DF0)
The Ark of The Covenant was the throne of God upon the earth. Each year the high priest on the day of Atonement would go before the mercy seat and sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice animal on what is called Yom Kippur, and a day of fasting would then be in order. As he also points out there are certain things that took place while sacrificing. The High Priest as he was finishing would cry out in a very loud voice “I Thirst” and then he would be given a drink. Then just as he finished applying the blood of the sacrifice to the right side of the Ark he would again cry in a very loud voice “It is finished.” These are the same words spoken by Jesus as His sacrifice was coming to an end.
The egyptians were masters at building with sand levers, and when we think of this day and time which was unlike our own they had no technology to move huge items of any kind yet we see the pyramids were built and as you are about to read how sand levers have the ability to raise and lower pillars of great weight this theory makes alot of sense.
Hiram of Tyre was a master mason at the time when Solomon set up pillars made of hollow brass, and they were five cubits in height (7.5 feet) with chapiters (caps) on top. (1 Kings 7:13-16). Solomon named each pillar the one being Jachin= (Base Fulcrum) and the other being named Boaz= (Force) and we see Solomon was naming the two sides of the lever system! (1 Kings 7:21).
Today in Israel by the Dome of The Rock sits the Dome of The Spirits and below this dome it is believed to be there are 8 pillars and when they are taken away there is the square foundation stone with four keys and this square is believed to be where the center of the Holy of Holies where Solomons Temple once stood.
Solomon built the temple 60×20 which was four times larger than the tabernacle in the wilderness, for to make it possible to house the lever system which would then hide the Ark of The Covenant. We see later at the siege of Jerusalem when Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Babylon that Neb-u-zar-ad’-an that the captain of the guard went in and burned the house of the Lord and at this time reveals the lever system in place as afterwards when they found the two pillars whose height had been five cubits was now only three cubits? (2 Kings 25:8,9,17).
When we fast forward five hundred years in the day of Jeremiah we see scripture read as it did in the book of kings only there is a very important thing we read as the pillars found again are not three cubits, but are now back up to five cubits! How can this be other than the lever system which was in place to make such a change. (Jeremiah 52:14,15,21,22).
We find in Jeremiah that Israel had backslid and needs to turn back to the Lord and a call for repentance is in order. The Lord said the time would come when the Ark of the Covenant would not come to mind, for Christ will fulfill this at the cross and at that time God would send pastors according to His heart and the people would be fed knowledge.(Jeremiah 3:12-19). We find in the new testament in Hebrews Jesus fulfilled the New Covenant which would be written on men’s hearts and minds. Jesus last words on the cross IT IS FINISHED tells us He truly finished His Fathers mission on earth and as previously written in this post the Ark of the Covenant now resides in heaven! By the shedding of Christ’s blood we can now boldly enter into the Holy Of Holies. (Hebrews 10:15-21).
When Jesus was crucified on Mount Moriah the earth quaked and the graves were opened, He was showing the power over the grave and the hope of eternal life was given us. The discovery of Jeremiah’s grotto gives us a picture that you have to admit fits. As the Roman soldiers chose not to break Jesus’ legs, instead stabbing him in the ribs with a sword causing blood mixed with water to flow freely hitting the ground, and traveling down to the Bema Seat of God (Ark of Covenant) thus completing the old covenant and requirement for a blood sacrifice to cover sin.
Remember the curtain in the Holy of Holies was also rent and torn down the middle. Announcing that this was no longer needed, as Christ took it’s place as the High Priest offering His life as the perfect, spotless lamb for forgiveness of our sins.
Are you getting the picture? Why won’t church pastors speak of this? Maybe because there is so much unknown. There are so many theories about the Ark of the Covenant. A man in Turkey say’s that Turkey will bring forth the Ark along with the Mahdi (Islamic Savior), and Issa (Islamic Jesus). And the Jews will accept it and convert. It is also said that the Ark resides in Africa taken there by King Solomon’s son by Queen Sheba. Even today many are still searching. Sad really, all one has to do is look up to see the presence of God. It has been suggested that the Ark is still beneath the ground at Jeremiah’s Grotto, that remains to be seen. We as Bereans will rely on scripture only. That is the only thing we trust completely, and we do know that John had a clear vision of the Ark in Heaven. This is worth considering though, if for no other reason to give us insight into the significance of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. It does fit into prophecy so it’s significance is great. Pray and be a Berean, study the word and ask for guidance. Time is running out and we need to keep the truth of God’s word close to our hearts.
One thing worth pointing out is that it was forbidden for anyone to touch the Ark. (Numbers 4:15) And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry these, but they must not touch the holy things, lest they die. These are the things of the tent of meeting that the sons of Kohath are to carry. God did strike one of them dead for touching the Ark, as it was about to fall: (1Chronicles 13:9-12) And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God. 11 And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. 12 And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?”
Christ’s sacrifice brought us into the throne room of God. The Holy Spirit leads us into an intimate relationship with Jesus, and he touches our lives in ways unimaginable. He resides in us and us in Him. (John 4:12-14) No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.…
This is the good news commanded us by Jesus to spread to the world. Will the world accept it? Will He find faith when He returns? What are your thoughts on the prophetic symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant?
Commentary by Julia and C.J.