In Exodus (25:10-14,18-19) The Ark of the Covenant is Described as:
Frame an Ark of setim wood, the length whereof shall be of two cubits and a half: the breadth, a cubit and a half: the height, likewise, a cubit and a half. And thou shalt overlay it with the purest gold within and without...And four golden rings, which thou shalt put at the four corners of the ark...Thou shalt make bars also of setim wood, and shalt overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put them in through the rings that are in the sides of the ark, that it may be carried on them... Thou shalt make also two cherubim's of beaten gold, on the two sides of the oracle. Let one cherub be on the one side, and the other on the other.
The Angels or Cherubs or Cherubim are described in Exodus 37:9 this way:
Spreading their wings, and covering the propitiatory, and looking one toward the other, and towards it.
"The Ark was to consist of a chest made of acacia wood two-and-one-half cubits long (about 45 inches), one-and-one-half cubits wide (about 27 inches), and one-and-one-half cubits in depth. This was to be overlaid inside and out with pure hammered gold. It was to function as the repository for the two Tablets of the Covenant (the Ten Commandments).
A cover, of the same length and width, was to be made for this chest, also of pure hammered gold, called the kapporet. 2 Joined to it were to be two winged figures of pure hammered gold, called cherubim. 3 Finally, four rings, cast in gold, were to be attached to the four corners of the chest, into which two gold-plated acacia wood poles of indeterminate length were to be inserted so that the entire object could be carried. A coronet of hammered gold was to embellish the tops of the four sides of the chest. The intent was that several men, at least four, would carry the Ark on their shoulders."
Also in the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem—in a hidden cave.
It used to sit in Obed-Edom’s garage. It’s probably in another similar place hiding in plain sight.
An Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Here is what the Book of Macabees says:
2 Maccabees 1,2
4 These same records also tell us that Jeremiah, acting under divine guidance, commanded the Tent of the Lord’s Presence and the Covenant Box to follow him to the mountain where Moses had looked down on the land which God had promised our people. When Jeremiah got to the mountain, he found a huge cave and there he hid the Tent of the Lord’s Presence, the Covenant Box, and the altar of incense. Then he sealed up the entrance.
6 Some of Jeremiah’s friends tried to follow him and mark the way, but they could not find the cave. When Jeremiah learned what they had done, he reprimanded them saying, ‘No one must know about this place until God gathers his people together again and shows them mercy. At that time he will reveal where these things are hidden, and the dazzling light of his presence will be seen in the cloud, as it was in the time of Moses and on the occasion when Solomon prayed that the Temple might be dedicated in holy splendor.’
RICK: "What have you got there?"
CUSTOMER: "The Ark of the Covenant."
RICK: "Where did you get it?"
CUSTOMER: "I picked it up at a garage sale. My wife's been bugging me to get it out of the garage."
RICK: "Yeah, well, before I can make you an offer, I'll need to bring someone in to authenticate it.....Chumley! Get the Pope on the phone!"
It was moved to the Island of St. Croix in the Caribbean by the Knights of Malta.
What if it’s not really hidden anywhere? What if... it’s just a piece of a story and never truly existed in a physical form? Isn’t that within the realm of possibility?
Top men are on this. Top men.
I don’t know where it is - but when they find it, Jimmy Hoffa’s body and Obama’s original birth certificate are right next to it ...
I don’t believe that God would have allowed it to be destroyed.
The Mafia buried it under the Meadowlands.
Pretty bizarre claim given that it disappeared hundreds of years before Christianity and around a thousand years before Islam.
I would like to know how it became associated with “the islamic faith”. There’s simply no end to the garbage from these neanderthals.
The Romans didn't get it.
I was also told by a buddy who researched the Ark some years back, that an elite team of Israeli commandos went to Ethiopia back in the early 2000’s aboard a C130 transport and supposedly left with a very important artifact.
Each one of these commandos were descendants of the tribe of Levi.
I still don't think the Ark has left Israel since the days of Soloman.
more intersting is what was in it and how it was used.
Just so it’s understood, here’s a mainstream traditional Jewish account of the location of the Ark of the Covenant:
...”At the time when the Holy Ark was hidden away, they also hid the Shemen HaMishcha, the jar of manna, etc.” (Horayot 12a).
Radak (R. David Kimchi 1160-1235 CE on II Divrei Hayamim 35:3) quotes a no longer extant Midrash. “Our rabbis of blessed memory said, ‘that (Yoshiyahu, the last righteous king of Judah [639 BCE - 608BCE], realizing that the destruction of Bayit Rishon was imminent), gave instructions to hide the Aron (and the oil, the vessel with the manna, etc.)
There was a stone in the western side of the Kodesh HaKodashim and the Ark rested on it . When Solomon built the First Temple, (Ru’ach HaKodesh revealed to him) that one day it would be destroyed. Therefore, in anticipation, he excavated a place to hide the Aron in winding, hidden tunnels deep below the surface of the earth. The stone upon which the ark rested, covered the opening of that tunnel. Yoshiyahu ordered that the Aron be hidden in the place that Sh’lomo had prepared. ‘(And he said to the Levites that taught all Israel, that were holy unto the Lord) ‘Put the Holy Ark in the (House that Solomon King of Israel did build) ’ And they hid the Aron, the staff of Aaron, the jar containing the manna and the Shemen HaMishcha.”
When the Beit HaMikdash is rebuilt speedily in our time, Eliyahu HaNavi will restore them to us...
The most likely consideration is that it no longer exists anywhere. There is no reason to believe anything to the contrary.
The Dimensions quoted are likely close but not exact.
2.5 cubits / 1.5 = 1.6666 Near but not right on the Golden Mean of 1.618.
I would guess the height and width dimension is 2.5/1.618 = 1.647 cubits or 1 cubit 14 .55 fingers.
Or possibly 1.5/1.618=.927 or 1 cubit 20.55 fingers if the height and width are taken as the correct dimension
Either of those shapes would be the most pleasing and perhaps ordained by God. Since such a shape was widely known nd preceeded the construction of the Ark, the design to the shape of perfection seems very likely