Ark of the Covenant Found! Is what the headline screams. Could it be? Was the single most important Treasures among Treasures recently found?
King David was deemed not worthy to build the First Temple, the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant; due to the fact he was a “man of blood”. Simply put, King David had shed too much blood in his lifetime to be the one to build the First Temple, it would be left up to his son, Solomon. BTW, it is proper to use both Ark or Arc when describing the Ark.
561 B.C.E. Jerusalem
Baurch ben Nariah followed Jeremiah’s instructions to the letter and not only read the lamentations in scroll within the Holy Temple, but he delivered them to the King.
The King, enraged threw the scrolls into the fireplace.
Little did King Jehoaikim know then that blood would literally bubble out of the ground, that 940,000 leaders, holy men, young men, maidens and school children would be slaughtered in mere moment of time. Several million more were killed inside and outside the city while as many were enslaved. Only the poorest of the poor would remain in a once great, now decimated Jerusalem.
It was all foretold.
The Babylonians are coming!
(NOTE: The section above and immediately below, are a sneak peek into the opening content of my new book titled: Solomon’s Secret. So, before getting to this blog story- lets give you some history for reference)
Mount Moriah – 272 years earlier 833 B.C.E.
“My father had wanted to build it”, King Solomon, reflecting on his father King David; thought to himself. “But it was left to me, the son to do it”. You know that my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars, which were fought against him on every side until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet. (1 Kings 5:3).
The hand selected by King David was atop Mount Moriah, the holy site where Abraham had once proven his obedience to God through his willingness to offer up his dearly beloved son Isaac. We all have heard or read the story of this holy place and its relationship to Abraham:
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.
5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,
7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
It was on this site that King Solomon would build the First Temple. Then King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel – and the labor force was thirty thousand men . . . Solomon selected seventy thousand men to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry stone in the mountains, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them. (1 Kings 5:13; 2 Chronicles 2:2).
Cut Cedar from Lebanon, stones hewn in near by quarries but King Solomon needed to employ specialist for the task of building such a magnificent temple. Who were these specialists?
It is important to note that before his death, King David had provided materials in great abundance for the building of the temple on the summit of Mount Moriah (1 Chronicles 22:14; 29:4; 2 Chronicles 3:1), where he had purchased a threshing floor from Araunah the Jebusite (2 Sam. 24:21 et seq.), on which he offered sacrifice
The Bible states that in the beginning of his reign, King Solomon of the United Kingdom of Israel set about giving effect to the ideas of his father, and prepared additional materials for the building. From subterranean quarries at Jerusalem he obtained huge blocks of stone for the foundations and walls of the temple. These stones were prepared for their places in the building under the eye of Tyrian master-builders.According to this account, Solomon also entered into a compact with Hiram I, king of Tyre, for the supply of whatever else was needed for the work, particularly timber from the forests of Lebanon, which was brought in great rafts by the sea to Joppa, whence it was dragged to Jerusalem (1 Kings 5).
At length, in the autumn of the eleventh year of his reign, seven and a half years after it had been begun, the temple was completed. For thirteen years there it stood, on the summit of Moriah, silent and unused. The reasons for this strange delay in its consecration are unknown. At the close of these thirteen years preparations for the dedication of the temple were made. The Temple remained empty for only eleven months, until the month of Tishri in the year following its completion. Thus the Temple was dedicated at the autumnal new-year festival.
According to biblical tradition, the Ark of the Covenant was solemnly brought from the tent in which David had deposited it to the place prepared for it in the temple. Then Solomon ascended a platform, which had been erected for him, in the sight of all the people, and lifting up his hands to heaven poured out his heart to God in prayer (1 Kings 8; 2 Chr. 6, 7). The feast of dedication, which lasted seven days, followed by the feast of tabernacles, marked a new era in the history of Israel. On the eighth day of the feast of tabernacles, Solomon dismissed the vast assemblage of the people.
THE ARC OF THE COVENANT FOUND?
Have you ever thought of the ramifications of rediscovering the Lost Ark of the Covenant? Not only would there be a media frenzy, there would be political and religious chaos. The anchor religions are interconnected and tied to the Arch of The Covenant and Abraham. These two things transcend the differences among Christians, Jews, and Muslims, yet they are rarely talked about.
Could you imagine the Jewish people reinstalling the Holy Artifacts of the First and Second Temple on the original site of the First and Second Temple? You might not know this, but such site is now a HOLY ISLAMIC SITE. The Temple Mount, known in Hebrew as Har HaBáyit (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת) or as Har HaMōriyā (Hebrew: הַר הַמוריה) and in Arabic as the Haram al-Sharif (Arabic: الحرم القدسي الشريف, al-ḥaram al-qudsī ash-šarīf), the Noble Sanctuary, is one of the most important religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.
It has been used as a religious site for thousands of years. At least four religious traditions are known to have made use of the Temple Mount: Judaism, Christianity, Roman religion, and Islam. The present site is dominated by three monumental structures from the early Umayyad period: the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Dome of the Chain. Herodian walls with additions dating back to the late Byzantine and early Islamic periods cut through the flanks of the Mount. It can be ascended via four gates, with guard posts of Israeli police in the vicinity of each.
So lets say the Ark of the Covenant is found and somehow it is returned to the Jewish people and Israel (as a Jew I pray for this) and Christians and Jews would be united (as a Messianic Jew in particular, I too, pray for this), but the Covenant would then need to be reinstalled in the new Third Temple and such Temple would assuredly be desired to be built in the footprints of the original Temples, except there is a problem. Where the Holy Temple once stood, now stands one of the most important Islamic symbols of religion. Getting the picture now?
Could you imagine what would happen when tens of thousands of Jews and Christians if not more (hundreds of thousands more), set about marching to the Holy of Holy Site and start work to rebuild the Temple? YES- a HUGE WAR WOULD BREAK OUT.
Bloodshed of thousands upon thousands would occur in an instant over something like this, not to mention participants from both sides would flash flood into the flash point site to support their given side of the issue (maybe you now understand why a Mosque at the site of the 9/11 terrorist attack is such a flash point. One symbol of terrorist attack, one a symbol of a religious conquering of another. As it has been done countless times over the globe throughout history). All of the above will most assuredly come about with the rediscovery of the Arc of the Covenant. https://vimeo.com/112647540
As a human, as someone who lives on this planet, as a Jew and a father- this all worries me greatly. Yes, for me personally, the Ark must be recovered and reinstalled in its Holy place and the Temple – the Third Temple – must be rebuilt; but could you imagine this taking place in today’s environment? Our very own government refuses to acknowledge specific religious based terrorism, and we have all been taught each religion is DIFFERENT and certain religions still teach if you are not of “their particular religion” then your head must be hacked off! Yet, not many realize we are all bound together by Abraham and all THREE major religions stem from the same seed, a great father and one God. Talk about both a revelation and a powder keg combined.
Would anyone one religion want to take precedence over another? Yes, hell yes. Would those three religions fight over who really had the rights to the artifacts? Hell yes. And it is within those very “hell yes” answers that hell here on earth will come about with a vengeance.
However, before the three great religions could fight over it, sue over it and lay claim to it, think about this. The country it will be found in will sue over it. Such country will want the Ark to be theirs “at least for a while” if not under “finders keepers laws” due to the huge – massive – monstrousness tourist attraction it will surely become. Then consider this angle. Each and every country where the Ark of the Covenant traveled through to get to its final resting place will most assuredly stake a claim to it under the guise of “they help protect if from destruction in Israel in ancient times” therefore they have a claim to it and the right to “display it for tourists” on a schedule before it ultimately finds its home back in Israel.
In closing consider this – countries are still fighting over the return of artifacts and treasures taken in different wars from 1000 years back still up until WWII and the War in Iraq. These things are still being fought and sued over and do you think the single most important treasure in the world would be any different? Reflect on these questions and ask yourself some serious soulful questions of your own. Questions like these and the possible path of the Ark of the Covenant took out of the Temple to get to its final, forever hide resting place, is part of what I covered and explored in my new book Solomon’s Secret If you think the secret Solomon held was volatile, then just wait until the coming day you see the news headline ran around the world, “The Ark of the Covenant Found!”
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