Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 01/10/2011

Ark of the Covenant?


You may have seen the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark and been intrigued by the fact that, although the story is fictitious, it is based on the truth that there existed and still exists (somewhere) the holy Ark of the Covenant, which contained God’s real presence in the Holy of Holies of the original tabernacle and first Jewish temple. Many have attempted to guess where it is hidden, since the day when it disappeared.

Please set aside 10 minutes to watch this fascinating video, The Soul of Mount Moriah.  It shows just the first stage in a project that will soon result in a full length feature documentary about the most controversial piece of real estate in the world and its significance to the Jewish people, especially in these times. This remarkable film takes us along for one man’s mission to locate the true location of the Ark of the Covenant. Follow Israeli researcher Hirschel Moskoff’s journey to prove the truth about what is under the Temple Mount and the Al Aksa Mosque.

The Ark of the Covenant is a vessel described in the Bible as containing the Tablets of Stone on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed (1 Kings 8:9-9). According to Exodus 16:33-34 and Numbers 17:25-26 (or Numbers 17:10-11 in some translations), the Ark also contained Aaron’s rod and a jar of manna. The ark is a symbol of God‘s permanent covenant(s) with the Jewish people and others who believe in accord with the Judaic scriptures.

According to the Pentateuch (Torah), the Ark was built at the command of God, in accord with Moses‘ prophetic vision on Mount Sinai (Exodus 25:10-16). God was said to have communicated with Moses “from between the two cherubim” on the Ark’s cover (Exodus 25:22). The Ark and its sanctuary were considered “the beauty of Israel” (Lamentations 2:1). Rashi and some Midrashim suggest that there were two arks – a temporary one made by Moses himself, and a later one constructed by Bezalel.

After its creation by Moses, the Ark was carried by the Israelites during their 40 years of wandering in the desert. When the Israelites, led by Joshua toward the Promised Land, arrived at the banks of the River Jordan, the Ark was carried in the lead preceding the people, and was the signal for their advance (Joshua 3:3, 6). During the crossing, the river grew dry as soon as the feet of the priests carrying the Ark touched its waters; and remained so until the priests—with the Ark—left the river, after the people had passed over (Josh. 3:15-17; 4:10, 11, 18). In the Battle of Jericho, the Ark was carried round the city once a day for seven days, preceded by the armed men and seven priests sounding seven trumpets of rams’ horns (Josh. 6:4-15). On the seventh day the seven priests sounding the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Ark compassed the city seven times and with a great shout, Jericho’s wall fell down flat and the people took the city (Josh. 6:16-20).

At one point the Ark was stolen by the Philistines, but they eventually sent it back to the Jews because of the many disastrous events that occurred to them while they had it. It has supernatural powers; in fact only the High Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies where it rested, in order to sprinkle the blood of the sin sacrifices on the Mercy Seat. Anyone else who entered would be stricken dead, according to God’s own command. Eventually, after a long series of being moved from place to place, it was placed in Solomon’s first Temple. However, in 586 BC, the Babylonians besieged Jerusalem and, once captured, plundered and destroyed Solomon’s Temple. Some historians suggest that the Ark was probably taken away by Nebuchadnezzar or perhaps destroyed in battle. Consequently, the rebuilt Second Temple did not house the Ark in its Holy of Holies room.

According to the Book of Revelation, the Ark is in the Temple of God in Heaven in vision: “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the Ark of his Covenant” (Rev. 11:19 NIV).

For all of us who dream about the day that the City of Jerusalem is returned to her full glory, watch this new film about the Temple Mount and the secrets that lie beneath it.

Background information taken from Wikipedia



  1. As pointed out by my son-in-law, there are some who believe the Ark is in Ethiopia. I have read about that theory and it could be true. I’ve also read that there are two rabbis who definitely know where the Ark is and will reveal it only at the appointed time or pass the knowledge down. Interesting!!

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  3. The Ark of the Covenant will be found by the person who is supposed to find it. He who holds the Key of David. It requires the right question to find it. The Key of David is a set of scriptures written specifically for this individual. Once found it will lead to the area the Ark resides. He will find it. This is what opens the door to the future. No archaeologist will ever find it.

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