The Ark Of The Covenant
The Ark of the Covenant
The Greatest and Longest Miracle in the Bible
The Great Miracle to Come at the End of Times
The Ark of the Covenant (1Chro.13 to 16): The Ark of the Covenant is the most sacred object of the Jewish people, kept in the Tabernacle, in the Holy of Holies… the reason to build the Temple, the object of the greatest and longest miracle in the Bible and of the great miracle to come at the End of Times.
It was ordered by God in person to Moses giving him the specific details of how to build it and how to treat and keep it as a the greatest sacred object of the People of God. Exodus 25 to 40 David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, he prepared a holy place for the Ark of God, and he put up a Tent for it, as related in 1Chr.13 to16 and 2 Samuel 6
The first time David failed, the second time he succeeded… but here there are more details, as the Ark is mentioned 46 times in 1Chronicles. David wanted to build a Temple to hold the sacred Ark… but he will not build it, but his son Solomon, as told by prophet Nathan in 1Chro.17… and the reason for it is, but God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ (1Chr.28:3).
But David prepared many rituals to handle the Ark and to honor it, in 1Chr.22 to 29: The work of the Levites (23), the classification of the priest (24), the cantors (25), the keepers of the gate (26), David instructions for the Temple to Solomon and to the people (28-29).
The Ark as Symbol for the present age
The Ark is is symbolic for the present age, as Hebrews says: This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 9 This is an illustration for the present time (symbolic for the present age) (Heb.9:4,9). The Ark is just a symbol of God, of the real Tabernacle to come in the Christian Temple where Jesus is really present, not in a symbolic form, but in reality, God Himself present!
The three objects in the Ark are a symbol of the Church of Christ: 1- The gold jar containing the “manna”, symbol of the real “Eucharist”. 2- The “rod of Aaron” which blossomed, symbol of the “Hierarchy”. 3- The “tables” of the 10 Commandments of Moses, symbol of the “Bible”. The Ark in the Tent… in the Holy of Holies (Ex.25:10-22): The Ark of the Covenant is the most sacred object of Judaism, as it the Christian Tabernacle for the Christians… to be place in the Holy of Holies, as the Christian Tabernacle should be located in the place of most honor in the temple. Have them make a chest of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold moulding around it… And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. (Ex.25:10-22).
The Greatest and Longest Miracle
1- In the Old Testament: The Columns of Fire and Cloud (Ex.40:34-38, Num.9:15-23): This is the longest and most spectacular miracle in the OT, for 40 years!… day and night!… the Columns of fire and cloud over the Tabernacle… of two kilometer high, seen by the 3 million of Israelites. And it is very important for the end of time, because at the end of time the Tabernacle and the Tent will be found at Mount Nebo, where they were left by Jeremiah, in a huge cave, and the columns of fire and cloud will appear again at the end of time, and they will be seen throughout all Israel and Jordan, and by everybody on television. (2Maccabees 2).
This is how they are described in Exodus, the Glory of the Lord : Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out-until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel during all their travels. (Ex.40:34-38).
2- In the New Testament, it is the Eucharist, the greatest and longest miracle in the Bible : The Eucharist is not a repetition of Calvary, but Calvary itself!, the greatest miracle of God, the miracle of time and space… every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is not a repetition of the one at Calvary, but exactly the same Sacrifice of Calvary, just as if you were present next to the Cross on the first Good Friday, with Virgin Mary and John!… the greatest miracle of time and space! (Heb.7:27, 9:12,26-27).
The Eucharist it is not only Calvary in the Consecration… but also the Resurrection of Jesus in the Communion!…like in Psalm 22, that the first 22 verses are 13 prophecies fulfilled to the letter in Jesus at Calvary, but since verse 23, the crucified suddenly appears resurrected giving witness in the assembly with acts of praise, alleluia!.. so in the Communion, Jesus comes into us not in death but alive, to give us life!.
The Sacrifice of the Mass is not a re-sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for such a thing is an impossible blasphemy (Heb.9:12,27, 10:14), but rather, through the separate consecration of bread into His Flesh and wine into His Blood, Jesus Christ presents Himself in His glorified Body to God, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world. The Eucharistic Celebration is thus one single sacrifice with the sacrifice of Christ because it makes present the sacrifice of the Cross, because it is its memorial, and because it applies the fruit of the Cross.
The Eucharist is not spectacular, but certainly the largest and longest miracle ever: Already for 2,000 years, currently over 500,000 times every day all over the world, praise the Lord !
The Great Miracle to come, at the end of times:
When the Temple was destroyed, the Ark was lost… but the Bible says that Jeremiah put it in a huge cave at Mount Nebo, in Jordan, with the Tent. And he made two prophecies:
1- It will stay there until God gathers his people together again… this prophecy is being fulfilled, nobody is even looking for the Ark at Mount Nebo, across the Jordan River, just opposite to the mountains where the Death See Scrolls were found. I was there and the Franciscans have a great Archeological Center, and they are not even interested in looking for that Huge Cave… may be it will found by a humble man, a Bedouin, like the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.
2- At that time, the columns of fire and cloud will be seen again as in the times of Moses… a huge column of fire of 2 miles high that will be seen from all over Israel and Jordan… and by Television from all over the world! Many people are searching now for the Ark of the Covenant, the most sacred property of Israel, but they are looking for it in the wrong places!… it is at Mount Nebo!, the Scriptures say.
This is how 2 Maccabees put it in 2:4-8: Prophet Jeremiah, having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. And Jeremiah came and found a huge cave, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense, and he sealed up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up to mark the way, but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: “The place shall be unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy. And then the Lord will disclose these things, and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear, as they were shown in the case of Moses, and as Solomon asked that the place (the Temple) should be specially consecrated.”
Finally we have the Vision of the Altar in Rev.8 Ark of the Covenant
Dr Jerome Dominguez edited by Dr Simon Harding