1) WHICH ARK IS FOUND?
A number of modern writers and adventurers have claimed they have
knowledge of the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant. From the more
reputable Graham Hancock who has identified Axum in Ethiopia as the Arks
resting place through the charlatan Ron Wyatt who claims to have found
everything Biblical without offering a shred of evidence other than his
claim to be a messenger of God. Even some orthodox Rabbis claim that the
Ark is secreted beneath the Temple Mount.
All their theories are based upon the selective reading of the Tanakh
completely ignoring the history of Judah from the division of the
The fact is that in one respect the account in the Books of Kings,
Chronicles, the Septuagint, the Talmud and Josephus are all in
agreement. Shishak took ALL the treasures of Solomon's Temple at the
time of Rehoboam. And ALL means ALL.
Nor was that the last time the Temple was desecrated, treasures taken
and then replaced by copies. For those who prefer not to read the
complete history of Judea from the time of Solomon to the time of
Zacharia and the exile to Babylon, here is a very short synopsis. The
Temple was frequently attacked, defiled and restored. Each time there
was a restoration copies were made of the stolen items. That just
happens to be the case and investigators at their peril ignore it.
Time of Rehoboam (927-911)
" SO SHISHAK KING OF EGYPT CAME UP AGAINST JERUSALEM AND TOOK AWAY
THE TREASURES OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD AND THE TREASURES OF THE KINGS
HOUSE, HE TOOK ALL. AWAY" II Chron 12:9
Time of Asa (908-867)
" AND HE RENEWED THE ALTER OF THE LORD THAT WAS BEFORE THE PORCH
OF THE LORD........And he brought into the house of G-D the things that
his father had hallowed, silver gold and vessels." II Chron,
" THEN ASA BROUGHT OUT SILVER AND GOLD OUT OF THE TREASURES OF THE
HOUSE OF THE LORD ...AND SENT TO BEN HADAD." II Chron 16:2
Time of Jehoash (836-798)
" WHEROF WERE MADE VESSELS FOR THE HOUSE OF THE LORD WHEREWITH TO
MINISTER AND BUCKETS AND PANS AND VESSELS OF GOLD AND SILVER." II
Time of Amaziah (798-769)
" AND HE ( King of Samaria, Jehoash ) TOOK ALL THE GOLD AND SILVER
AND ALL THE VESSELS THAT WERE FOUND IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD....AND
RETURNED TO SAMARIA." II Kings 14:14
Time of Ahaz (733-727)
" FOR AHAZ STRIPPED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD...AND GAVE THEREOF UNTO
THE KING OF ASSYRIA.... AND AHAZ GATHERED TOGETHER THE VESSELS OF THE
HOUSE OF GOD AND CUT IN PIECES THE VESSELS OF THE HOUSE OF GOD AND SHUT
UP THE DOORS OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.... AND IN EVERY CITY OF JUDAH HE
MADE HIGH PLACES TO OFFER UNTO OTHER GODS" II Chron 28:21-25
Time of Hezekiah (727-698)
" AND THE PRIESTS WENT IN UNTO THE INNER PART OF THE HOUSE OF THE
LORD, TO CLEANSE IT, AND BROUGHT OUT ALL THE UNCLEANESS THAT THEY FOUND
IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD" II Chron. 29:16
" AND HEZEKIAH GAVE HIM ( the ASSYRIAN king ) ALL THE SILVER THAT
WAS FOUND IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD...AT THAT TIME DID HEZEKIAH CUT OFF
THE GOLD FROM THE DOORS OF THE TEMPLE" II Kings 18:15
Time of Manasseh (698-642)
" AND HE BUILT ALTERS IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD...AND HE SET THE
GRAVEN IMAGE OF THE IDOL IN THE HOUSE OF G-D..." II Chron 33:4-7
Time of Josiah (639-609)
"AND THE KING COMMANDED HILKIAH THE HIGH PRIEST........TO BRING
FORTH OUT OF THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD ALL THE VESSELS THAT WERE MADE FOR
BAAL AND FOR THE ASHERAH AND FOR ALL THE HOST OF HEAVEN...."
II King, 23:4
Jeremiah makes it quite, quite clear that copies of the Ark had been
made not just once but frequently.
" THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD; NEITHER SHALL IT COME TO
MIND; NEITHER SHALL THEY MAKE MENTION OF IT, NEITHER SHALL THEY MISS IT;
NEITHER SHALL IT BE MADE ANY MORE." Jer. 3:16.
2) ARK OR STONES?
There has always been a mystique about the Ark, its power and its
importance to the Children of Israel. In the last few weeks, I have come
to the realization that we may have been misled by the stories, albeit
I have shown there were two Arks and two sets of stones. The second
set of stones which Moses brought up the mountain and which he did not
break, were fashioned by Moses, as was the wooden Ark he took with him
at the time. The Golden Ark was made by the Children of Israel. ONLY the
first, broken set of stones, was made and handed over by GOD. A unique
event in any religion or myth. If there is any power or mystique
associated with the Ark, it does not rest with the box, it rests in the
stones. Did Steven Spielberg in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" stumble on the
truth when he shows that when the Ark was opened, what appeared was not
a set of stones but a great energy and power?
The name is not quite unique to the village in the Judean Hills in
which I believe the broken stones to be buried. It is mentioned in only
one other place anywhere in the Middle East.
Ezekiel had a vision of the times of the end and the Messiah entering
At the time of Ezekiel, the East or Golden Gate was open.
"1) Then he brought me back the way of the outer gate of the
sanctuary, which looketh towards the east; and it was shut.
2) And the Lord said unto me, 'this gate shall be shut it shall not
be opened, neither shall any man enter in by it, for the Lord, the God
of Israel, hath entered in by it; therefore it shall be shut.
3) As for the prince, being a prince, he shall sit therein to eat
bread before the Lord; he shall enter by the way of the porch of the
gate, and shall go out by the way of the same."
The gate is now blocked up and a cemetery was built by the Moslems
precisely because of this prophecy to prevent the Messiah from entering
That gate is called Bab El Djaharya!
The village of Djaharya from space
Enlarged map of Djaharya showing one of the possible sites of the
Egyptian Temple. Note the convergence of old tracks.
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