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Originally posted by SharkBait
O.k so who do you want to believe ? The Ethiopians or the Bible?
This event happens after the “Man of lawlessness, Anti Christ/Beast ” has set himself up on Earth and called himself God. This happens after the Two witnesses have been killed by the beast (Satan) and at the sounding of the 7th Trumpet.
Originally posted by SharkBait
I hear what you trying to say, but there's always only been one Ark of the Covenant. (I'm talking about the original-The one they were instructed to build)
I don't believe they have the "real McCoy".
[edit on 18-6-2009 by SharkBait]
I agree with that.
Originally posted by octotom
reply to post by SharkBait
Remember that the Temple and all of it's implements are only a likeness of what is in heaven. So, the Temple that was/will be on Earth is only a human copy of what's in heaven. Therefore, the Ark of the Covenant only a likeness of the true thing as well.
(1) A New Dwelling for God
The Kabod and the Ark Throne
"The kabod [Hebrew: 'body, substance, mass'] was the way that God appeared to the people in theophanies. Moreover, it was associated with crowns, which in the case of the Egyptians, themselves became deified. In Mesopotamia, the 'terrible countenance'...seems actually to have taken on a life of its own."
"I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north - an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man, but each of them had four faces and four wings."
- Ezekiel 1:4-8
The vision in Ezekiel 1:4-8 "is a depiction of Yahweh's kabod entering into battle, establishing a base camp, and going out into the field to fight chaos in all its forms. The Baal Cycle in the Ugaritic literature is especially helpful in this regard. Specifically, Baal proceeds to battle with Yamm and Nahar, while El remains enthroned. After his victory, he returns to El requesting a palace."
"For Ezekiel, Yahweh Sabaoth, though cut off temporarily from the earth, was still enthroned and would one day again be accessible through his temple on Zion."
- Dr. John T. Strong, "God's 'Kabod': The Presence of Yahweh in the Book of Ezekiel"
"So the people sent to Shiloh, and brought from there the ark of the covenant of Yahweh Sabaoth, who is enthroned above the cherubim."
- 1 Samuel 4:4
Metonymy: "the substitution of some attribute or suggestive word for what is actually meant"
As with Psalm 24 "It is this ark-throne and its seated god who goes into battle....The Divine Warrior is 'Yahweh mighty and valiant, Yahweh the Warrior, Yahweh tseba'ot.' The procession of the Ark marks the going forth of the Divine Warrior to battle and his return to his royal seat.' This is the language of mythic war and holy war. Psalm 24 is not unique, but it reflects the pattern scholars have identified from Near Eastern royal and religious literature, particularly that from Ugarit. And outside Psalm 24, biblical texts attest such language. Judges 5:4-5 and Deuteronomy 33:2-3 describe Yahweh, the Divine Warrior, marching from Seir, from Edom, with the earth trembling beneath his feet. Habakkuk 3:3 depicts Yahweh on the march, his hôd (a synonym for kabôd) covering the heavens."
"Ezekiel's use of kabôd yahweh/'elohîm may be related to "various Mesopotamian concepts describing divine and royal presence...Chiefly, I am referring to Akkadian terms such as melammu, puluhtu, rashubattu, and namurratu. For instance, in Mesopotamia, melammu is used in royal and mythic literature to describe the 'radiance, supernatural awe-inspiring sheen (inherent in things divine and royal).' The term can imply both a terrible splendor and a supernatural garment, cloak, or headgear. Namurratu also is a 'numinous splendor emanating from gods, kings, and things divine and royal.' Such terms could be used in metonymy for the god or king from which they radiated, including divine statues. For example, one text says, 'The melammu of my lord Ashur overwhelmed them.'"
- John F. Kutsko, "Kabôd: The Hypostasis of Things Hoped For, the Evidence of Things Not Seen"
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.