It has for long been understood that the
was intractable on Earth because The New Testament tells
in Revelation 11:19 as follows:
19 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.and The Old Testament in Jeremiah 3:16 as follows:
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.The Jewish tradition, however, gives an entirely different view on the Ark as it is mentioned by the Pseudepigraphal book called "The Paralipomena of Jeremiah" and by the Book of Baruch the son of Neriah:
6—8. Invasion of the Chaldeans and their Entrance into the City after the Sacred Vessels were hidden and the City's Walls overthrown by Angels 6 1 And it came to pass on the morrow that, lo! the army of the Chaldees surrounded the city, and at the time of the evening, I, Baruch, left the people, and I went forth and stood by the oak. 2 And I was grieving over Zion, and lamenting over the captivity which had come upon the people. 3 And lo! suddenly a strong spirit raised me, and bore me aloft over the wall of Jerusalem. 4 And I beheld, and lo! four angels standing at the four corners of the city, each of them holding a torch of fire in his hands. 5 And another angel began to descend from heaven. and said unto them: 'Hold your lamps, and do not light them till I tell you. 6 For I am first sent to speak a word to the earth, and to place in it what the Lord the Most High has commanded me.' 7 And I saw him descend into the Holy of Holies, and take from there the veil, and holy ark, and the mercy-seat, and the two tables, and the holy raiment of the priests, and the altar of incense, and the forty-eight precious stones, wherewith the priest was adorned and all the holy vessels of the tabernacle. 8 And he spoke to the earth with a loud voice: 'Earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the mighty God, And receive what I commit to you, And guard them until the last times, So that, when you are ordered, you may restore them, So that strangers may not get possession of them. 9 For the time comes when Jerusalem also will be delivered for a time, Until it is said, that it is again restored for ever.' 10 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up.
These two (Christian and Jewish) perspectives are not as conflictingly different as they may first look. The Ark will probably serve as the most concrete piece of evidence of the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ for the nation of Israel during the last times. However, there would be no need for this kind of an earthly vessel after the Day of Judgement. One should study carefully what Ron Wyatt reported on the discovery of the Ark before his death in 1999. The alleged discovery site is in the Garden Tomb area near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem:Books and videos on his biblical discoveries are available by clicking the Ark image below:
* Last revised December 18, 2004