Lit by a chandelier of seven lights, which refers to the seven Elohim or principles makers, manifest in the seven planets, as well as seven fires or vital centers of the man and the seven virtues. the Ark of the Covenant, on which two Cherubim of gold kneel in silent worship, facing each other, with their wings outspread and together over the heads
Within the Ark are the two tables of the law, a glass of gold full of Manna, and Aaron’s rod. The tables of the law are of white marble, i.e. pure and refined stone and recorded in Hebrew letters have the ten commandments received by Moses on Mount Sinai: the four duties of man to God
The law cannot record or in metal or wood: only white stone or purified raw materials of our being, in organic terms, despite their fragility, he is considered as suitable material to receive it and keep it. This white stone is the same originating raw stone on which are exerted efforts apprentice, aimed at the domain itself, that fellow has to transform into white stone, which is served to the Master Mason as iron to draw, striving to transform it in philosopher’s stone. This stone that refers the writer of revelation when speaking of a white stone that will be delivered to who overcomes the tests that are in the path of perfection, on which is engraved a new name for all unknown, less by who receives.
According to the book of exodus (37, 1-9), the Ark of the Covenant was a box of acacia wood had a average 1.25 meters. long and 75 cms. of wide and at its base it had four gold rings – two on each side – which allowed the passage of two bars with which the box stood without touching it.
Its origin is a genuine mystery, since in the Bible it appears suddenly, just after the Israelites cross the Jordan (Jos. 3). However, later texts as Deuteronomy, claim that it was built by Moses, following orders of Yahweh.
The various books of the old testament differ concerning its content.
In exodus (40, 20) says that the Ark contained the tables of the law
Exodus 40:20 He took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it.
In Hebrews (9, 4) ensures that it also kept a cup of mana, and also contained the rod of Aaron, brother of Moses.
Hebrews 9:4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
The route of the Ark
Just after the Jordan waters opened so that “the chosen people” crossed them, there is where it begins to mention the Ark. Until his arrival in Jerusalem and final installation in the inner sanctum of the Temple of Solomon, the track seems extremely clear. First it was taken near Jericho, where it gave Israel its first military victory in Canaan. Then the tables of law settled it in Gilgal, near the dead sea, to move it later to Shechem, where renewed Covenant with Yahweh that symbolized the Ark and its contents.
After a brief hiatus at Bethel, the Ark stayed during a good season at Shiloh, where it was cared for by the family of the priest Eli and from there it was taken to the battle of Aphek, in which the Philistines seized it and then exhibited it as a war trophy.
However, the happiness of the Philistines, lasts not much, because a series of strange diseases fell over them forcing them to return the Ark to its original owners, seven months later. By then, the Ark stayed in Beth Semes, causing the death of 70 Hebrews who tried to look inside, perhaps to check if it was missing some of its precious content. The truth is that the fear of the Ark made it into exile to Quiriat Jearim, where was guarded for 20 years by a certain Abinadab, until King David set out to take it to Jerusalem.
In the transfer of the Ark a man died, Uzzah touch the chest, and it was decided that the Ark “rested” in house of Obededom Gat.
An explanation for the deaths suffered by people who touch the Ark may be due to the way that was done: gold plates inside and outside of the Ark, separated by wood of acacia; which is very similar to a capacitor formed by a pair of conductive surfaces separated by a dielectric material. In a dry environment, this can accumulate much static electricity. This would explain the deaths of the Philistines.
2 Samuel 6 :When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
Curiously, the Ark was transported with staves of wood (isolates) by priests wearing an Ephod (was an artifact and an object to be revered in ancient Israelite culture, and was closely connected with oracular practices and priestly ritual.) The priests had a gold chain which has been interpreted as a way to dissipate the energy to Earth.
After the incident, they prepared a tent in Jerusalem where to put the Ark until Solomon finished his temple. and there it was curiously, the safest place of all where it was the Ark.
On the eve of the World War II, the Germans undertook the search for the Ark. So they did several archaeological expeditions in the Middle East. The idea of Hitler, was to use it as a magical artifact, an amulet for Paranormal powers.
The truth is that the Ark was not a talisman, its mere presence did not guarantee the intended results.
There is much mysticism with respect to the various and possible locations of the Ark. As varied hypotheses or theories are handled as that it is possibly located near Rome after the sack of Jerusalem by the Romans, and hence retain or had taken to France. And even that it had been subsequently got from Jordan by the Templars in their excavations, after have been hidden from the Romans, and again the Templars placed the Ark in different place.
The Ark of the Covenant or Alliance, was an icon where the presence of God resided. The ancient Hebrews had such reverence to the Ark that his dwelling was the most holy place of the Tabernacle of God, where no one could enter but the high priest only once a year, carrying incense, blood of lamb over him and above all being free of sin to be able to be in the presence of God.
Sheltering the word of Yahweh, synagogues have a chest called the heichal, which is where the Torah scrolls are preserved and which symbolises the Ark of the Covenant.
The Ark was part of the religious past of a people. While the empirical and pragmatic historian undertakes his search underground, the believer makes it more above it, in heaven. his destination is clear, does not belong to this world.
Symbol of the Hebrew God who médiatisé its presence, will continue giving hope of redemption to them that today contemplate with faith the Ark of the Covenant.
In 1989 the British journalist Graham Hancock backed this theory stating that the legendary relic was not lost, but safe in a church in Ethiopia, where had been transferred secretly for over a thousand years (around 1650 BC). The Orthodox Patriarch of Ethiopia, Abuna Paulos, in fact, confessed a few years ago he had “seen” the Ark of the Covenant and that his condition was “good”.
Indeed, the more orthodox assert that the whereabouts of this mythical and fabulous sacred chest, visible sign of the presence and protection of God, as said the Prophet Jeremiah, will continue to “unknown, until God again to gather his people and is conducive to you”
This article was written by Psalm Triginta