posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 11:39 AM
Many would say the Templar Knights found it in their excavations. I don't think so. They may have found the San Graal, or more likely, the Sang Raal,
but I don't think the Ark was there. If it was, it had been hidden since before the days of Hezikiah, King of Judah.
Others would say it was carried away in the Babylonian captivity by Nebuchadnezzar. Maybe that's what the US Army was looking for in all those
archeological sites in Iraq. I don't think the Ark was there when the Babylonians came.
Hezikiah's son Mannessah filled the Temple with other gods and altars. There's no mention of the Ark. When the Philistines captured the Ark during
the time of the Judges, they placed it in their temple next to Dagon. The Ark destroyed Dagon. I don't think it was there while Manessah was doing
his dirty work.
The real proof for me it wasn't there comes when Hilkiah says, "I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD." 2 Kings 22:8b There is
no mention of the Ark. Either it isn't there or it has already been hidden. King Josiah then goes on to consult a prophetess, Huldrah keeper of the
wardrobe. (2 Kings 22:14) If the Ark was there, the high priest Hilkiah would would have gone into the Holy of Holies to inquire directly of the
The Ark isn't there. This is some 80-100 years before the Babylonian captivity. Now, the question is, where did it go?
Israel and Judah have run into significant problems with invading armies by this point in Biblical history. They have been forced to pay enormous
tribute to Egypt and Assyria in order to maintain territorial integrity. Could the Ark have been given as part of this tribute? I don't think so. The
Ark was of such value to the Israelites that it would never have been willingly surrendered. After what happened to the Philistines when they took it,
other nations may have been reluctant even to consider putting their hands on it.
I think Israel took it from Judah. King Amaziah of Judah challenged King Jehoash of Israel to do battle. Jehoash told him to back off, but Amaziah
2 Kings 14
"13 Then Jehoash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash, the son of Ahaziah, at Beth Shemesh; and he went to Jerusalem,
and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate—four hundred cubits. 14 And he took all the gold and silver, all
the articles that were found in the house of the LORD and in the treasuries of the king’s house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria."
Jehoash took all the gold and silver, all the articles that were found in the house of the LORD....
I believe the Ark was captured from Judah by Israel and taken to Samaria. It is likely then, that it was captured with the Israelis who were taken by
Shalmaneser king of Assyria to Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. (2 Kings 17:5,6)
Was the Ark returned to Jerusalem with Ezra and Nehemiah? There's no mention of it.
Any esteemed members here care to comment?
[edit on 9-7-2010 by Icarus Rising]