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Where is the Ark of the Covenant?

Has the Ark of the Covenant really been found? If so, where is it?

 

The Ark of the Covenant as a Symbol of Truth

    The Ark of the Covenant was a center-piece of Israelite worship. It was into this golden box, adorned with angels, that Moses placed the Ten Commandments (Exod 40:20; Deut 31:26). By the end of Moses' life this same sacred chest also contained the "book of the law" (Deut 31:26). A plate of manna and Aaron's rod were to be placed before it as a memorial of God's provision (Exod 16:32-34) and the Israelites' rebellion (Num 17:10). And most important of all, it was over the Ark of the Covenant on the mercy seat that the very presence of God existed (Exod 25:22; Lev 16:2). The ark, itself, was kept within the veil of the "holy of holies" in the tabernacle (Exod 26:33, 34; 40:20-21).

 

    During their forty-year sojourn in the wilderness, the Ark was carried by the children of Israel and it was the first thing to be brought into the promised land. As the feet of the Levites, who carried the ark, touched the edge of the Jordan river, the waters stopped flowing (Josh 3:15-17). After the Israelites settled in Canaan, the Ark of the Covenant is only occasionally mentioned. We know it had a home in Bethel (Judg 20:18, 27), Shiloh (1 Sam 1:3, 25; 3:3, 4:3), Kiriath-jearim (1 Sam 7:1-2), and Jerusalem (2 Sam 6:12-17). The Bible also says that the Ark was carried from (and returned to) Jerusalem, when David was fleeing from his son to Transjordan (2 Sam 15:24-25, 29).

 

    The last major biblical event involving the Ark of the Covenant was when the priests carried the ark into Solomon's temple (1 Kng 8:6-11; 2 Chron 5:1-10). It was recorded that at that time only the Ten Commandments were in the ark (1 Kng 8:9; 1 Chron 5:10). Much religious apostasy passed between the time of Solomon, who put the ark of God's covenant in his temple, and that of good king Josiah, who revived the worship of the true God (2 Chron 34:14, 18-21, 29-33). Whether Josiah was quoting the words of David (2 Chron 17:8) or whether he was encouraging the priests himself, is not clear, but it may be that the ark was not permanently in the temple of Solomon after Solomon's time (2 Chron 35:3).

 

Ellen White and the Ark of the Covenant

Many Seventh-day Adventists are especially interested in finding the ark because they see in its recovery the fulfilling of one of Ellen White's prophecies. I have read Ellen White's statements about the finding of the Ark of the Covenant many times and it seems to me those who think they are fulfilling God's plan are really trying to disprove a prediction of Ellen White! Consider her words: That sacred ark is yet hidden. It has never been disturbed since it was secreted. Prophets and Kings, p. 453

 

The precious record of the law was placed in the ark of the testament and is still there, safely hidden from the human family. But in God's appointed time He will bring forth these tables of stone to be a testimony to all the world. . . .The tables of stone are hidden by God, to be produced in the great judgment-day, just as He wrote them I BC 1109 (emphasis supplied)

When God's temple in heaven is opened, what a triumphant time that will be for all who have been faithful and true! In the temple will be seen the ark of the testament. . . .These tables of stone will be brought forth from their hiding place, and on them will be seen the Ten Commandments engraved by the finger of God. These tables of stone now lying in the Ark of the testament will be a convincing testimony to the truth and binding claims of God's law. 7 BC 972 (emphasis supplied)

 

This Question still remains, that mankind wants to be answered. As we are told it will be reviled to us at GODS Appointed Time……….

 

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I have also wondered about this. I personally believe that one day very soon, the Bible will be discarded by the world. Faith in it will be destroyed. A great deception is to take place and Roger Morneau revealed that Satan's plan is to "destroy the Bible without burning it". Once he has accomplished this on a global scale, I believe that is when the tables of stone & the ark will be discovered. 

Read a book by Jonathan Gray entitled 'Ark of the Covenant'. He claims the ark was discovered in underground tunnels beneath Calvary where Christ was crucified. Its believed that the prophet Jeremiah hid it there when the Babylonians attacked and looted Israel and other temple utensils. Though the ark was discovered, for some mysterious reasons, pictures of the ark could not be processed, and Israeli authorities forbid further investigations and access to the site is now restricted for political reasons. Jonathan's inferences on the discovery however, are quite interesting i.e. he claims that the ark was directly beneath the cross on which Christ died, and that the earthquake which occurred when Christ 'gave up the ghost' actually aided in opening the ground so that when the soldier stabbed Him to confirm if He'd died, Christ's blood flowed straight on the ten commandments tablets in the ark beneath His cross, thereby satisfying the demands of the law (fascinating stuff). Find out more on Jonathan Gray's website.... 

God knows only. Many people will have all kind of theories about its whereabouts but really it doesn't matter.

Jesus is the fulfillment of both covenant and the Ark is not needed anymore.

To my knowledge nothing is said about it in the Revelation of John. You are right Satan will have people to abandon the Holy Bible by themselves not wanting to read it or to use it for learning anymore. People will think it to be irrelevant in their lives for happiness and ever lasting life.

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