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Originally posted by slacker2788
Now, isn't it appalling that there haven't been attempts to break into there? Probably the most important discovery ever in my opinion could just be sitting behind a curtain and there's just a gate and an unarmed priest. I know ethically it's wrong to do something like that and you are possibly messing with God himself, but a lot of people don't care about that and would do anything to see if it exists. .
Currently now there is a small fortress surrounding the building which houses the Ark. And there are lots of gun toting guards keeping a constant watch. If you could scale the fence, you would be shot dead before hitting the ground. The camera crew was not allowed within the gates.
Originally posted by Gazrok
My personal theory though, is that the ark houses highly radioactive meteorites (given the descriptions in the bible of it's effects) and that some of these effects were exaggerated over time. My guess is that it has lost most of it's potency, but that it can still affect others.
Think about it, pieces of stone that glowed in the dark, radiation burns, etc. Who at the time WOULD'NT think that it was the fragments of the stone tablets given to Moses by God??? Truly they would have been deemed magical.
1 After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon's temple and set it beside Dagon. 3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD ! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the LORD ! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. 5 That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon's temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.
... 10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron.
As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, "They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people." 11 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, "Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it [c] will kill us and our people." For death had filled the city with panic; God's hand was very heavy upon it. 12 Those who did not die were afflicted with tumors, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven.
Interesting theory, but how would that explain the deaths it inflicted on someone by touching it (not opening it) while leaving others nearby unharmed?
Originally posted by defcon5
I recall reading somewhere that the Massad (sp) ran a mission to Ethiopia to reclaim the Ark years back. They had Levite priests with them that held the Ark off the floor in the aircraft during the return flight to Israel. They do not officially admit to having it because if they did it would cause further tension by adding to the movement to rebuild the temple on the temple mount where the Dome of the Rock exists.
Since then the Church of Ethiopia will not allow anyone to see the Ark except the one care taker that is elected to do so. This would make sense because admitting their loss of the Ark would be a great blow to their church.
"I received reports from three sources, Canadian, Ethiopian and Israeli, that claimed the Ark was secretly returned to Israel during the violent closing days of the Ethiopian Civil War some thirty months ago. As the Israeli Mossad agents prepared to fly thousands of Ethiopian Jews home to Israel they were forced to bribe the Ethiopian officials to allow them to free their Jewish brothers. As the victorious northern army closed in on the capital, the evil communist officials of the defeated government demanded millions in bribes from Israel before they fled to wealthy exile Switzerland. As the last twenty thousand black Jews of Ethiopia began to fly to Jerusalem, the Israeli cargo planes landed every few minutes in Addis Ababa to pick up another load of Ethiopian Jewish refugees.
"Three credible sources independently told me the same fascinating story. For years, since the rebirth of Israel, the Mossad and Jewish religious authorities tried to negotiate the return of some priceless Jewish relics from the underground temple in Aksum, Ethiopia, including the Ark of the Covenant. Apparently, the corrupt Ethiopian officials demanded a secret bribe of an additional $42 million from Israel to permit them to take the Ark of the Covenant home. The reports claim that a special team of trained Levites carried the Ark with the staves in the prescribed manner into an unmarked cargo plane. They said the Levites carried the Ark on their shoulders while supported with leg braces during the long flight because they would not set the Ark down. My sources claim the $42 million paid to the crooked officials turned out to be counterfeit money. Israel took $42 million in real currency and gave it to the incoming democratic government of Ethiopia. Since the outgoing dictatorship left the treasury without a penny, this $42 million was the only money the new government had to begin its operations. My sources told me the Ark is now held in a secret location in Israel waiting for the rebuilding of the Temple. Is this credible? I can only tell you that my sources are credible, one of them a Christian former Canadian diplomat. However, their reports are based on information given to them by others. Only time and the final appearance of the Ark of the Covenant in the Third Temple will reveal the truth.
Originally posted by slacker2788
I told my dad that I read they won't even let the Ethiopian president see the Ark and he said that they must not understand that the president can go anywhere he wants. May I pose my question about whether they would let the Pope in or not a third time? Heh, it is just bugging me. I mean, I know that he's Catholic like me and the guardians are Eastern Orthodox, but they should still respect the hierarchy within the unified Christian Church. Surely the guard would think that the Pope is worthy to see the Ark.