Archive for February, 2011

The Found Ark Of The Convenant

February 15, 2011


This is the story of the Lost Ark of the Convenant….. supposedly hidden away in an African church in Axum, Ethiopia.

I recall an early scene from the movie “The Ten Commandments” where young Moses (Charlton Heston) returns from battle and calls out “I bring you… Ethiopia!” as he showers gifts of triumph unto the Pharaoh who then praises him for befriending the enemy of their southern gate.

How ironic that, for centuries, this has been the alleged storage spot for the Lost Ark of The Covenant.

Some believe and others are non-believers.  Could it be the real thing or just a very old replica as skeptic scholars theorize?  Interesting conjecture.

Word from Graham Hancock, author of “The Sign and The Seal”, the keeper of the coveted lost container is a blind old man.  His lifetime job is  a responsibility that the blind man carries with his heart, and defends with his life. And he is very happy, at one with the Lord. Before he dies, he must carefully choose a guardian successor.

This blind unarmed individual is the only privileged one who has the possibility of contacting with one of the most treasured myths of the history of mankind except during the ceremony known as the Timkat, in the month of January, when the Ark comes out in the streets, in a sacred procession, duly covered to prevent its destructive effects over the ones who look at it… That’s why the old man is blind, writes Hancock.

According to Abuna Pauolos, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia, the actual Ark has been kept in one church but, to defend the valued treasure, a duplicate was placed in every single church throughout Ethiopia.  I guess that helps to confuse real-life raiders.  Indiana Jones-wannabes.

Considered perhaps the world’s most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact… blah blah blah

WorldNetDaily states the Ark of the Covenant is the sacred container of the Ten Commandments as well as Aaron’s rod and a sample of manna, the mysterious food that kept the Israelites alive while wandering in the wilderness during their journey to the promised land.

The Bible  says the Ark was built to the specifications of God as He spoke to Moses. It was carried in advance of the people and their army by priests. It was also carried in a seven-day procession around the walled city of Jericho.

The idea that the Ark is presently in Ethiopia is a well-documented, albeit disputed, tradition dating back to at least 642 B.C. The tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St. Mary’s of Zion Church in Axum.

It is rumored that a museum is being built in Ethiopia so that the Ark can be prominently displayed.  Sounds like wishful thinking to me.  Ethiopians allegedly believe it is destined to be delivered to the Messiah when He reigns on Mount Zion – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

So why go to the trouble to house it in a fancy fishbowl? They seem content on locking it away from the public thus far – why change now?  I remain both skeptical and cynical.