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No reason is given in the Bible as to why the Ark of the Covenant was so richly contrived. It is portrayed as having awesome and deadly powers, but these are not satisfactorily explained. There is, however, no mystery to the Ark. Laurence Gardner explains that its story is wholly related to the dynastic House of Gold - the Messianic bloodline of ancient Grail Kings from the Old Kingdom pharaohs to King Solomon and the descendant Royal House of Judah.
What was the Ark of the Covenant? Where is the Ark?
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
Or possibly, the first crusade was a search and destroy mission against the sang raal, not a treasure hunt for the san graal.
Perhaps information obtained in the first crusade was the impetus for the crusades to the Holy Land in search of the treasure, maybe even a quest for the Ark itself, buried beneath the Temple Mount.
Have you read "Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark", by Laurence Gardner? I'm not talking about the monoatomic gold stuff he goes into, though I found it interesting, but the connection of the Ark to the Messianic line.
In practical terms, Church kingship has prevailed from the 8th century and has continued, through the ages, to the present day. But the fact is that, under strict terms of sovereign practice, all such monarchies and their affiliated governments have been invalid.
By way of this strategy, the whole nature of monarchy changed from being an office of community guardianship to one of absolute rule and, by virtue of this monumental change, the long-standing code of princely service was forsaken as European kings became servants of the Church instead of being servants of the people."
"...Something had been smuggled out of Montsegur just after the truce expired. According to tradition the four men who escaped from the doomed citadel carried with them the Cathar treasure, but the monetary treasure had been smuggled out three months earlier. Could the Cathar 'treasure', like the 'treasure' Sauniere discovered, have consisted primarily of a secret? Could that secret have been related in some unimaginable way to something that became known as the Holy Grail?"