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Ark of the Covenant found?  
where? how?
With Christ's Most Precious Blood
atop the Mercy Seat?
Some think the Ark of the Covenant was the doorway to Heaven
 
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Jewish Tradition - whereabouts of the Ark

After all, we are living in the Last Days. The coming of the Messiah is not far off. And many Jews and Christians alike believe that before the Savior comes, the Temple must be rebuilt (Zechariah 1:16; 2Thess 2:4; Revelations 11:1). If this happens, the Temple’s sacred vessels — hidden since the destruction of the First and Second Temples — could also be restored. But where are these vessels? And where is the most sacred prize of all — the Ark of the Covenant?

There were, in fact, two sets of sacred vessels used in the Biblical worship of God. The first were used in the Tabernacle, after God showed Moses how to make the Ark of the Covenant and other holy vessels. In about 1446 B.C. Moses instructed Bezalel (Bezaleel ben Uri) to build everything exactly as God commanded. Bezalel's  name appropriately means, "In the Shadow of El (God), the Son of my Light". The original vessels disappeared when King Solomon made new, more ornate ones for the First Temple.

These vessels were carried off to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar after he destroyed the First Temple in 586 BC, but were later restored to the Second Temple. But in 70 AD, the vessels were stolen by the Romans when Titus destroyed the Second Temple. This was documented on the Arch of Titus in Rome, which showed Roman soldiers carrying away the seven-branched candelabra and other Temple vessels. Some scholars believe that the Temple objects taken by the Romans lie in the catacombs of the Vatican.  The Vatican denies they are holding any of these.

As for the Ark of the Covenant, it disappeared before the destruction of the First Temple. It was hidden by priests who foresaw the coming desolation, and its mysterious whereabouts have been the source of myth and legend ever since.   We know from 2 Chronicles 35:3 that King Josiah had the Ark put into Solomon's Temple in about 623 B.C. Previous to this the Ark was hidden because of turbulent times Israel had gone through; probably from around 950-623 B.C.
 

3 And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel,

 

Is the Ark in Ethiopia, beneath Mt Moriah, in Ireland, melted by Ramses III, or in a Cave at/near Mt Nebo/Pisgah (Jordan)?


mount nebo

Picture of Mt Nebo (aka: Mt Pisgah) in Jordan

 

2nd Picture from Mt Nebo (aka: Mt Pisgah) in Jordan

Wouldn't it be amazing if the tomb of Moses is where the Ark really is; and both get found? Jeremiah just may have known where Moses was buried!

For the Biblical answer to the whereabouts of the Ark we look at II Maccabees 2:4-8. Here we find that Jeremiah "being warned of God, commanded the tabernacle and the ark to go with him." He did not take it to Egypt. On the contrary, "went forth into the mountain, where Moses climbed up, and saw the heritage of God" (Mount Pisgah/Nebo). When Jeremiah reached the mountain, "he found an hollow cave, wherein he laid the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door" (II Maccabees 2:4-6). Here is solid documentary evidence of where the Ark was placed, possibly in about 605 B.C. Several of Jeremiah's followers returned to mark the site but could not find it, but 'when Jeremiah learned of this he reprimanded them. "it shall be unknown until the time that God gather his people again together, and receive them unto mercy.  Then shall the Lord shew them these things, and the glory of the Lord shall appear, and the cloud also, as it was shewed under Moses".

Mount Nebo is a prominent peak of the Abarim Range that parallels the eastern shore of the Dead Sea (Deut 32:49; 34:1). This line of mountains is also referred to as Pisgah (Deut 3:17, 27; 4:49; Josh 12:3; 13:20).

Mount Nebo rises 2700 feet above sea level. The drop down to the Dead Sea at 1300 feet below sea level measures some 4,000 feet.

Pisgah also refers to a particular peak associated with Mount Nebo (Deut 34:1).

Here God's word says that the whereabouts of the Ark would be hidden until the Last Days. Through the word of God, through Jeremiah, we know that the Ark was not taken by him to Egypt...but was buried in a cave on the top of Mount Pisgah. This was the point from which the Lord showed Moses the Promised Land, saying to him, 'I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not cross over into it' (Deuteronomy 34:4 NEB).

Was the Ark moved from Mt Nebo back to the Temple Mount?  Is it underneath the Temple Mount?

According to ancient writings dating back to the First Temple period, King Solomon built a secret subterranean tunnel under a small wooden room in the Temple where the wood for the sacrificial fire was stored. The priests were instructed to hide the Ark of the Covenant there should Jerusalem come under siege. That may be why the Ark of the Covenant was not in the Temple when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem.

According to a theory circulating among scholars and archaeologists, the Ark of the Covenant and the sacred vessels of the Tabernacle may be hidden in a secret tunnel between the Temple Mount and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Military aircraft with state-of-the-art sensors flew over this 12 square mile area and examined it with radiographic equipment. The examination revealed an anomaly — something is there that is not indigenous to the topography. Could it be the Ark and sacred vessels?

 


God's special Shekinah glory dwelt on the Mercy Seat atop the Ark of the Covenant. According to the prophet Jeremiah (3:15-17) the Ark of the Covenant will play an important future role.  The ark is said to have been built shortly after the Exodus occurred, therefore the craftsmen who were commissioned to build the Ark would have learned their craft in Egypt; with this in mind it is highly likely the conventions and imagery used to build the Ark would have been totally consistent with conventions used in Egyptian art on or before 1220 B.C.

The Ark of the Covenant was made of acacia wood and covered outside and inside in pure gold. It was 45 inches 27 inches by 27 inches. Three sacred things were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant. Inside were Aaron's sacred rod, which was used to perform miracles in front of Pharoah; manna, which God gave the Israelites to eat in the wilderness; and, the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone.

A golden box with the power to strike men dead; to the ancient Hebrews, the Ark was both a divine manifestation and a talisman so powerful that they carried it with them into battle — a weapon of God.

It came to occupy the most revered spot in Jerusalem, the Holy of Holies at the Temple of Solomon.

The true whereabouts of the ark of the Covenant remains a mystery!  

Six centuries before the birth of Christ — it mysteriously disappeared.

Some  suggest the Ark is hidden somewhere near the Dead Sea, on the Jordan's west bank. According to one tradition, Jeremiah was the last to see the Ark and hid it in Mount Nebo on the Jordan River's east bank (now Jordan). According to another tradition it was taken to Egypt for safekeeping during the reign of Josiah.   But a great many Jewish scholars think it is in a secret vault below the Temple Mount.

There are about 18 miles of tunnels leading from under the Temple Mount into the Judean hills.  Those just may be where the ark actually was deposited for safe keeping.  Or, alternatively - in Jordan - on Mount Pisgah/Nebo???...

The Israeli Temple Institute, an Ultra-Orthodox organization dedicated to rebuilding the Jewish Temple, is reported to have said; "the Ark is under the temple mount and will be revealed at the proper time - when the temple is rebuilt".

According to Scripture, the Messiah (Jesus) cannot come (2nd time) until the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem. The Temple would be unfinished without both the real Ark of the Covenant and ashes of the Red Heifer.  And, the Lord will not come until Israel has a "spiritual awakening".

Or, have the pagan Mason's captured the Ark of the Covenant?
The earliest written copies of Masonic ritual state unequivocally that the ancient masons found the Ark of the Covenant hidden in a cave under the site of King Solomon's temple.  The Knights Templar's quartered in the Al Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount. There are many stories told that the Templar's spent the first 10 years or so of their existence digging under Temple Mount.

Reports it is in a Cave in northern Ethiopia

 

The Ethiopian monarch is the oldest continuous monarchy in history. It began with the Queen of Sheba. She and King Solomon of Israel had a son who was Menelik the First of Ethiopia.

Our Lady Mary of Zion



The ancient Church of St. Mary of Zion is located in northern Ethiopia in Aksum. Aksum is the same city the Queen of Sheba is from. Deep below this church is a maze of underground passages. These tunnels have been protected by priestly guards of the ancient Ethiopian Jewish monarchy. Only the highest priests and the Emperor can enter deep within these tunnels. The secret Holy of Holies Room is located within the innermost rings. Ethiopians claim that the Ark of the Covenant has lain within this tunnel for thousands of years. Only one person--the Guardian of the Ark can enter into the actual Holy of Holies Room. Chosen at the age of seven, this Guardian guards over the Ark for the rest of his life--never seeing the light of day.  Ethiopian history says that before it was moved to the tunnels beneath St. Mary's of Zion that it was housed in a tent for 800 years (4th century BC to 4th century AD) on the island of Tana Kirkos on Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia. 

This above Ethiopian whereabouts story was partly spread by Black Ethiopian Jews.  Remember, these black Africans who practice an ancient form of Judaism, were airlifted by an Israeli military action team to freedom from political persecution in 1976.

In the September, 1935 issue of the National Geographic magazine, an article appeared regarding interviews with different priests in various parts of Ethiopia. These priests consistently stated that when the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon in Jerusalem, she had a child by him called Menelik I.

According to the priests author L. Roberts interviewed, Solomon educated the young boy in Jerusalem until he was nineteen years of age. The young man then returned to Ethiopia with a large group of Jews, taking with him the TRUE ARK OF THE COVENANT. As the story goes, King Solomon wanted to give Menelik a REPLICA of the Ark to take with him since the distance between Jerusalem and Ethiopia was such that Menelik would be prevented from ever again worshipping at the Temple.

"However, Prince Menelik was concerned with the growing APOSTASY of Israel and the fact that his father, Solomon, was now allowing idols to be placed in the Temple to please his pagan wives. King Solomon gave the prince a going-away banquet and after the priests were filled with wine, Menelik and his loyal associates SWITCHED ARKS AND LEFT THE REPLICA in its place in the Holy of Holies."

Some who have gained access to this Ethiopian vault report that the Ethiopians are guarding only an "altar stone".

Then reports that the Israeli's had taken the Ark from Ethiopia to Israel began surfacing.  Recently,  reports from Jerusalem that Muslims are doing "digs" in the Temple Mount (for what?)(see Temple Mount Furor).  When will the Israeli's stop them from digging up Mt Moriah? 

Stop....... 

Was the Ark carried to heaven? 

A Jewish tradition is that the Ark was miraculously transported to heaven when Nebuchadnezzar captured the temple.  And that the ark will be restored when the Messiah comes.  If you think this is odd, what does one make of Revelation 11:19?  In 11:19 John is declaring  the ark is in heaven.  "And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."  Is this the ark that Moses had built? Or, is this another heavenly Ark?

When Jesus returns will the Ark have any significance at all?
The Ark of the covenant which had been the special manifestation of Jehovah will be forgotten, because Yeshua (Jesus) (Jehovah) the Messiah will fill the whole city of Jerusalem with His presence...

Jeremiah 3:16-17 -
16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.

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 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

 Was all the above about the Ark in Ethiopian a ruse?  Did Israeli Jews plant a copy of the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia--and place a guard over it all these centuries?  Or, was a copy planted under Golgotha?  Was this all carried out to confuse & protect the real ARK by Solomon?  Why couldn't the Crusaders find the "Holy Grail" right under their eyes and in a most prominent place?  Has the real Ark been buried beneath Golgotha all these centuries?  MORE AMAZING --did the Mercy Seat capture the blood of Christ as it spilled from the cross and seeped down through the rocks? The Jewish sage Maimonides, in an account called The Laws of God's Chosen House, gives this remarkable story: "When Solomon built the Temple, he was aware that it would ultimately be destroyed. He constructed a chamber in which the Ark could be entombed below the Temple in deep, maze-like vaults. King Josiah commanded that the Ark be entombed in the chamber built by Solomon, as it is said (2 Chronicles 35:3), 'And he said to the Levites who were enlightened above all of Israel, Place the Holy Ark in the chamber built by Solomon, the son of David, King of Israel. You will no longer carry it on your shoulders. Now, serve the Lord, your God.' When it was entombed, Aaron's staff, the vital manna, and the oil used for anointing were entombed with it. All these sacred articles DID NOT return to the Second Temple." (Hilchos Bais HaBechinah).

 

 Also Note: Ancient Irish tradition says that the prophet Jeremiah arrived in Ireland (583-585 B.C.) with the Hebrew Princess Tea-Tephi (daughter of Zedekiah) and some remarkable things, including a harp, AN ARK, and a wonderful stone called  "Lia-Fail," or the "Stone of Destiny."

STOP-WHOOOO!

Was Ramses III "Shishak"??

Bible Scholar Mike Sanders thinks so......

Bible Probe thinks Mike's answer is the most plausible!

1 Kings 14     Read This Chapter
14:25
In the fifth year of King Rehoboam's reign, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem.
14:26
He ransacked the Temple of the LORD and the royal palace and stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.
2 Chronicles 12     Read This Chapter
12:2
Because they were unfaithful to the LORD, King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam's reign.
12:3
He came with twelve hundred chariots, sixty thousand horsemen, and a countless army of foot soldiers, including Libyans, Sukkites, and Ethiopians.
12:4
Shishak conquered Judah's fortified cities and then advanced to attack Jerusalem.
12:5
The prophet Shemaiah then met with Rehoboam and Judah's leaders, who had all fled to Jerusalem because of Shishak. Shemaiah told them, "This is what the LORD says: You have abandoned me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak."
12:6
The king and the leaders of Israel humbled themselves and said, "The LORD is right in doing this to us!"
12:7
When the LORD saw their change of heart, he gave this message to Shemaiah: "Since the people have humbled themselves, I will not completely destroy them and will soon give them some relief. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem.
12:8
But they will become his subjects, so that they can learn how much better it is to serve me than to serve earthly rulers."
12:9
So King Shishak of Egypt came to Jerusalem and took away all the treasures of the Temple of the LORD and of the royal palace, including all of Solomon's gold shields.

Mike Sanders, who runs "BibleMysteries.com" is a biblical scholar, researcher, and investigator of the first order.  Mike looks to the Bible for the tough questions and he jusy may be onto something here.  Just perhaps the Ancient Jews knew Ramses III, the Pharoah of Egypt as "Shishak" who was mentioned above as the king who attacked Judah and went off with all its treasures.  

Mike has traced "Shishak" down all over the middle east and has created an exciting VHS video where you can watch him stand in front of a stone relief depicting Ramses III carrying off treasures from Judah (showing a golden "box" on two golden poles).  Mike went even further and found an ancient building which Shikshak (Ramses III) could have built as a Temple to honor his god(s) for his defeat of the Jews.  This building is in the West Bank town of Djahiriya.  Now, just what if something is buried under the cornerstone there.  See how far Mike was allowed to go.  His other video where he travels to the bottom of the Dead Sea looking for Sodom and Gomorrah is also an eye opener.  Both reasonably priced VHS videos are of the very best quality, and a must if you are interested in Bible Archeology.   

You can buy Mike's above documentary videos here

 

   

"STORY" SHIFTS TO GOLGOTHA in JERUSALEM

Enter gifted Middle East Explorer Ron Wyatt,

and his sons exploring caves in Mount Moria

(under Golgotha - Gordon's Calvary) in 1982....

SEE BELOW & MORE AT: WYATT ARCEOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER

In a telephone "death bed" interview just before Ron Wyatt died,
 
Ron Wyatt said he was able to physically locate the Ark of the Covenant, the container for the original tablets of the Ten Commandments, with the Mercy Seat intact on the top. It was found in a chamber just outside the walls of ancient Jerusalem about 20 feet below what Wyatt also claimed was the actual site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Wyatt said he found an earthquake crack directly below where the cross would have been. It extends down through the rock to the resting place of the Mercy Seat atop the Ark of the Covenant, he told WorldNetDaily. The blood of Christ would have flowed through that crack after his death and after his side was pierced by a soldier's spear.

The site of the crucifixion appears to have evidence that it was once enclosed in a first century building, apparently a church. The site includes a large round stone which perfectly fits the Garden Tomb -- accepted by many as the place from which the body of Christ rose from the dead.

The Bible teaches the concept of sacrifice of animals, symbolic of the actual blood sacrifice Christ would make. The act of Christ, regarded by some as the great High Priest, permitting himself to be sacrificed and placing his own blood upon the Mercy Seat was the great and final act in the process of blood sacrifice, according to the writings of Wyatt.  Reference: WND

As 1981 came to an end, Ron Wyatt and the boys returned to Jerusalem.  Even though it is cold there in the winter, the cave system was always a very comfortable and constant temperature, both in summer as well as winter.   The work, however, was beginning to take a toll on all three of them. They all began to develop a fever and slight chills and pneumonia-like symptoms.

On December 24th Ron had to send his son Ronny back to the US because he was so ill.  Danny had to follow on December 31.

Ron was sick too; but continued to work, for as he prayed, in his mind came the promise that he would find the Ark of the Covenant at that time.

January 1, 1982

Alone, without the boys, Ron needed some help.  Ron had met one young local man named "James".  whom he had discovered was very honest and trustworthy.  He began to use him in the actual excavation when Ronny and Danny weren't available.

Ron and the boys had explored most of the tunnels over the last year, but Ron's plan this trip was to leave no possibility unexplored.  He and "James" crawled through the vast system of tunnels, now much larger and extensive because of the passages they had opened up and the walls they had chiseled through.

Ron would decide where to go next and he and "James" would follow that tunnel. If and when they found a small opening, Ron would enlarge it enough for "James" to crawl through, and he would carefully check it out and report to Ron everything that he saw.

They followed one particularly difficult passageway which took them through a "chimney" which extended straight up and a tight tunnel which was so small that Ron had to exhale in order to squeeze through.  He had to stop to take a breath and when he inhaled, the tunnel was so tight he couldn't fill his lungs completely.


"A Tight Tunnel"

When they got through, Ron saw a very small opening in the wall of the tunnel they were now in. Directly in front of it was a stalactite about 16 inches long which almost appeared to be "guarding" the tiny hole.  He broke the stalactite off.

Enlarging the tiny hole enough to see in, Ron could see, with the aid of his flashlight, a cave chamber completely full of rocks, (all larger than "fist" size), with about 18 inches of clearance between the rocks and the ceiling.

The chamber did not look promising at first but leaving nothing unexplored,  Ron enlarged it enough for "James" to crawl through.

Almost as soon as "James" crawled through the tiny opening, he frantically came tumbling back out, shaking and shouting "What's in there? What's in there? I'm not going back in there!!"  Ron saw in his eyes sheer, complete and utter terror; yet James said he had seen nothing!

Whatever he experienced was real, for he left not only that chamber, but the entire cave system, never to return.

"James'" reaction sparked a hesitant excitement in Ron - he would have never given that chamber another look if not for "James'" terror.

Now alone in this vast cave system, he took his hammer and chisel and enlarged the hole, crawling through.  With only about 18 inches clearance, he had to lie on his stomach with nothing but his flashlight in his hand for light.

January 6, 1982 - 2 PM

Shining his flashlight down through the massive pile of large rocks, his eye caught a glimpse of something shiny.  He began slowly removing the rocks one at a time and discovered some dry-rotted wooden timbers just beneath the rocks, and then some also dry-rotted remains of animals skins that turned to powder when he moved them. The animals skins were covering a gold veneered table with a raised molding around the side which consisted of an alternating pattern of a bell and a pomegranate. It only took him a moment to realize that at the least this was an object from the first temple! But he was in such a confined space, he couldn't uncover the entire table. He later concluded, after closer examination, that this was the Table of Shewbread.

With great anticipation, he looked around to see what else he could see, which wasn't much. He shined his flashlight around the open area and then up to the ceiling. There, he saw something that caught his eye - it was a crack in the ceiling with a black substance within the crack.

Crawling slowly and painfully over the rocks to the rear of the chamber, he saw a stone case extending through the rocks. It had a flat stone top which was cracked completely in two and the smaller section was moved aside, creating an opening into the stone case. But the top was too near the ceiling for him to look inside. Yet he knew what was inside.

The crack in the ceiling was directly above the cracked part of the lid, where it was open, and the black substance had fallen from the crack into the case because some of it had splashed onto the lid.

It was at this time, as Ron recalls, as the instant realization of what had happened here dawned on him, that he passed out. When he realized that the crack in the ceiling was the end of the crack he had found in the elevated cross-hole many feet above him, and the black substance was blood which had fallen through the crack and into the stone case.

Ron then knew that the Ark of the Covenant was in the stone case:  But the most overwhelming realization was that Christ's Blood had actually fallen onto the Mercy Seat.

Ron Wyatt became the first witness to the literal fulfillment of the "type" represented by all the sacrifices made by God's people since Adam and Eve, and later specifically directed by God, Himself, in the laws of the sacrificial system.

When Ron came to it was 2:45 PM.

The condition of the chamber, completely full within 18 inches of the ceiling, made it impossible for Ron to do anything else. He could not foresee any possible way of bringing anything out unless the entrance to the chamber through which the objects were originally taken in was found.

He climbed out the small hole, back through the tortuous series of tunnels and sealed the passageway with a stone. To anyone looking through the tunnel, it would appear that it came to an abrupt end. However, the rock could and would be easily removed by Ron when he returned.

Ron did not report his experience to anyone at that time.  He had expected to find the Ark and bring it out, but that now seemed impossible.

He made several more trips into the chamber, and eventually reported to the authorities what he had found.

Inside the Ark of the Covenant

LATER...
Ron returned to the chamber.   Using a star tipped drill he made a 5/8 inch hole in the stone case.  Ron had brought with him a colonoscope (a medical device with a powerful light source used to look into the human body).  Inserting the colonoscope into the hole he could see the crown-molding around the top of the Mercy Seat and the flat golden side.

As the colonoscope doesn't allow viewing of a large area, and since he had little means to guide it other than a small latitude of rotation, he couldn't see a great deal. But he saw enough to know for sure that it was the Ark of the Covenant.

LATER...
During his several visits to the chamber, Ron tried to thoroughly explore the contents. He measured the chamber and found it to be 22 feet long by 12 feet on 2 sides, while the other 2 sides followed the line of the cliff-face, forming a chamber that narrowed down in one corner.

The objects he saw in that chamber that he feels confident in identifying are: the Ark of the Covenant in the Stone case; the Table of Shewbread; the Golden Altar of Incense that was in front of the veil; the Golden Censer; the seven-branched Candlestick holder, (which didn't have candles but had tiny, bowl-like golden oil lamps which are built into the tips of the candlestick); a very large sword; an Ephod; a Miter with an ivory pomegranate on the tip; a brass shekel weight; numerous oil lamps; and a brass ring which appeared to be for hanging a curtain or something similar.

There are more objects, but these are all Ron could positively identify. All of these objects were covered by the dry-rotted dark-colored animal skins, then dry-rotten wooden timbers on top of the skins, and finally the large rocks piled over everything.

On the back of the Ark is a small open cubicle which still contains the "Book of the Law" and is presumably the one Moses, himself, wrote.  Ron found the Scrolls, written on animal skins, to be in perfect condition.

 

The Original Passage Used
to Carry the Ark into the Cave

Before permanently sealing the passageway, Ron had gone into the chamber with the Ark and opened the original entrance to see if he could follow it to its point of origin.  When he opened it, he discovered on the other side a very large tunnel which extended in both directions. 

He observed that the tunnel appeared to be a natural tunnel that had been enlarged as he saw chisel marks.  It was completely blocked with large stones in both directions.

The problem now to be solved was determining the path taken by those who put the items in the chamber.

To resolve this question, Ron began by using simple reason. The items had been in the temple - that was their point of origin.  They were now in this chamber, many feet below ground level.  A great number of tunnels have been found under the temple mount and the city, but none that he knew of were heading in this direction.  Was the entrance into the tunnel within the city or was it somewhere across the street in front of the northern wall?   Ron had an idea as to where to begin his search.

"Zedekiah's Cave"

In the winter of 1854, Dr. Barclay, a physician and missionary, went for a walk in Jerusalem.  He was walking to the site of the traditional "Jeremiah's Grotto" which is along the same Calvary escarpment.  As he walked past the Damascus Gate, suddenly his dog, running ahead of him, vanished.  As he searched for his dog who didn't respond as he usually did to his owner's whistles, he heard a muffled barking coming from the direction of the city wall.  When he approached the wall, he noticed a deep hole and when he peered inside, he heard his dog's familiar bark.  And this is how "Zedekiah's Cave" was discovered (or rediscovered).

This vast cavern is located underneath the Muslim section of the city, extending 750 feet into "Mt. Moriah", beginning at the trench or dry moat separating the northern and southern portion.

It is 325 feet wide at the maximum point and the average height is almost 50 feet. It was clearly a stone quarry, but at what point it was in use, we really do not know.  There are those who believe its stone was used in the first temple, and that may be true.  But its existence was not a well known fact and most likely it was always kept completely sealed for fear of any enemies trying to tunnel into the city.  Little is known for sure about the giant quarry, but one point everyone agreed on was the fact that there was no entrance into the city from the quarry.

Viewing the diagram of its layout, the dark areas are pillars of solid rock left in place to support the ceiling, like the pillars left in a coal mine.  As the miners work their way back out of the mine after depleting it of all its coal, they remove these pillars of coal and the mine usually caves in.

These were obviously left in place to prevent the cavern from collapsing since part of the northern city is above it. 

As Ron examined the quarry carefully, he noticed one thing that did not make sense.  He tried to put himself in the "shoes" of the ancient stonecutters as he surveyed this massive quarry.

Seeing how deep into the side of the mountain the quarry extended, he thought about how much work it would have been to bring all that stone out of the quarry, carry it through one of the northern gates and into the city. It would have been easier to quarry it out of the quarry across the street than to haul it out of that cavern.  To Ron, the solution was obvious - to cut a hole through the ceiling of the quarry and simply haul the rocks up into the city.  The more he thought about it, the more obvious it became to him - yet, no one had ever found an entrance into the quarry from the city. 

Ron began to examine the rock pillars; and sure enough, he found one that wasn't a stone pillar at all.  It was a giant mound of earth and debris, piled up, he believed, to the ceiling and through the hole in the ceiling.  On the surface it would look like normal ground.  But unable to examine the section above ground, he didn't know if the rock had been cut in a manner that would allow the cut-out section to fit back over the hole like a "man-hole cover" or if it was only the piled up earth that filled the hole.  But he was convinced that the hole is there.

A Babylonian Cherub had been found carved into the wall of one of the passageways.  Ron believed that this Cherub was placed there to mark the entrance to the passageway that was used by Jeremiah to take the Ark of the Covenant outside the city walls by way of the underground cave system.  


The "Cherub" from the cave wall

Blood on the Mercy Seat

On January 6, 1982 Ron Wyatt claimed to have located the chamber containing the Ark of the Covenant.   He had earlier discovered what he believed to be a crucifixion site directly above that chamber.   Ron determined that during the earthquake, at the time of the crucifixion, "the rocks were rent" and that a crack was formed connecting the site of the crucifixion and the chamber containing the Ark of the Covenant.

Ron has stated that, at the time of the crucifixion, the blood of Christ "went down through that crack: onto the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant that God had arranged to be hidden in that chamber hundreds of years before Christ died."


"Squarish Hole" & "Crack""

Blood samples were taken from the Ark of the Covenant dig and microscopic analysis has been performed.  There has been much talk of non-existent reports relating to the genetic material found in the blood.  There is, however, solid evidence to suggest that the sample taken by Ron Wyatt is indeed blood.  Wyatt Archaeological Research is now prepared to provide that evidence.

In order to understand the evidence which we will present, it is necessary to provide a brief overview of the discovery of living blood particles which are too small to be seen using normal light microscopy.  

These blood particles have been found by scientists to be as they state "indestructible."  Dried blood when re-hydrated is found to contain these living particles.  

See more about blood samples taken at Wyatt Museum

 

Past news: The man who inspired the Indiana Jones Trilogy, an ex-Christian Minister, and American volunteer who served in Israel's 1967 War--says he thinks he knows where the Ark is.  On 12 May 05, Dr. Vendyl Jones received a "red light" from Kabbalists in Israel, indicating the time is right to locate the Ark.  Jones thinks the ark will be discovered by Tisha B'Av (August 14th), a day of repeated tragedy in Jewish history. Most notably, it is the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Holy Temples.  Read this entire story at Israel National News HERE
 

RECOMMENDED READING:

Searching for the Ark of the Covenant: Latest Discoveries and Research

See at Amazon.com: here
 

Chronology by Randall Price
1446 B.C. Ark constructed
1406 B.C. Ark crosses the Jordan ahead of the Israelites
1406 B.C. Ark leads Israelites around Jericho
1400 B.C. Ark is set between Mt Ebal & Gerazim
1399-1385 B.C. Ark stationed with the Tabernacle at Gilgal
1385-1050 B.C. Ark housed with the Tabernacle at Shiloh
1050 B.C. Ark captured by the Philistines
1049 B.C. Philistines cannot contain the Ark.  It is carried into Israeli
territory of Beth-shemesh on a cart
1048-1028 B.C. Ark transferred to Kiriath-jearim
999 B.C. David transfers the Ark to Jerusalem
701 B.C. King Hezekiah lays the letter of the Assyrian Rabshakeh
before the Ark
695-642 B.C. King Manasseh places idols within the Holy Place and the
Holy of Holies. Faithful Levites remove the Ark.
622 B.C. King Josiah commands the Levites to return the Ark to
the restored Temple.
605 B.C. According to tradition, the Ark and Temple treasures are
placed under the Temple Mount.

 

Bible Probe Comment

Haven't you noticed that in all this excitement of finding historic
tidbits here and there - or deciding what is real and what is not,
there is only one "sure thing" we may not have noticed? 
Out of all these discoveries, only one really matters and takes
center stage; that is the absolute "bomb" that  via ELS (Bible
Code) the words "Jesus is my Name" is found clustered within the
small relevant Isaiah 53 passage:

"He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our

iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with

his stripes we are healed"

In light of this, any Noah's Ark finding, real or fake; or
even any letter from Pilate is eternally pale in comparison..
We thank our Lord for this sure authentication.
 
For truth, turn to the Lord Jesus; and rely on God's
Word in Scripture. Nothing else matters.

 

 

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