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as quoted by EastCoastKid
Supposedly the place the Ark of the Covenant was hidden is now known - beneath the Dome of the Rock. Could this most thorny issue between the Isrealis and Arabs be the spark that ignites Armageddon? In my opinion, very likely.
Their prophet said to them, "The sign of his kingship is that the Ark of the Covenant will be restored to you, bringing assurances from your Lord, and relics left by the people of Moses and the people of Aaron. It will be carried by the angels. This should be a convincing sign for you, if you are really believers." 002:248
According to some Muslim scholars, the Ark of the Covenant does not have a religious basis in Islam and Islam does not give it any special significance.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
I've often wondered how the re-building of the temple would come about with Arabs in control of the dome of the Rock. At this point it seems virtually impossible. It would take something cataclysmic for the Jews to take control of the site. If they believed the Ark was, indeed, beneath it, they could/might actually engineer some way of removing the Arabs from the spot. That would be disasterous.
[Edited on 19-09-2003 by EastCoastKid]