Ark of the Covenant
The Bible describes the Ark as being constructed of acacia wood, known to the Egyptians as the Tree of Life and an important plant in traditional medicine containing in many cases psychoactive alkaloids. This chest was said to be a cubit and a half broad and high, and two and a half cubits long 4.27 ft x 2.56 ft x 2.56 ft (27.93 ft cu.). The Ark was covered all over with the purest gold. Its upper surface or lid, the mercy seat (Hebrew: Kaporet), was surrounded with a rim of gold.
On each of the two sides were two gold rings, wherein were placed two wooden poles (with a decorative sheathing of gold), to allow the Ark to be carried. Over the Ark, at the two extremities, were two cherubim, with their faces turned toward one another. Their outspread wings over the top of the Ark formed the throne of God, while the Ark itself was his footstool.
The Ark was placed in the 'Holy of Holies,' so that one end of the carrying poles touched the veil separating the two compartments of the tabernacle (1 Kings 8:8). The Book of Deuteronomy describes the Ark as a simple wooden container with no mention of ornaments or gold. Similarly, the Quran makes a reference to the Ark as a wooden box with holy relics inside it.
There are many theories surrounding the creation of the ark and its contents. It has become renowned for its mysterious powers and elusiveness.
Some believe the Ark held the ancient secrets of alchemy. Manna, or white powder of gold is thought to be the transmuted product of gold and other precious metals consumed by the Annunaki, giving these ancient astronauts or any others who ingested this substance eternal life.
Others believe that the Ark was a power source or super conductor with the angels wings acting as condensers, possibly even used as a weapon.
In an article written by Doug Yurchey entitled 'High-Technology In The Bible ' Yurchey states:
I Samuel 14/5: 'And when the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout...' 4/8: '...who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians...'
In II Samuel 6/6-7...a simple man named Uzzah, disregarded warnings, touched the Ark improperly and was electrocuted! '...Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.' The man attempted to place it back on the ox-drawn cart and died. They had no concept of high-voltage. 6/9: 'And David was afraid of the Lord that day.'
The story of Jericho is told in the Book of Joshua. The actual site of Jericho was found. The stone walls were over ten feet thick. What could bring down massive walls? According to the Old Testament, it was the power of the Lord. Marching around the stone fort and blowing trumpets could not possibly shatter such walls. The Ark of the Covenant was there and responsible for 'tumbling down' the walls of Jericho. There are numerous references to, again, a great shout.'
According to ancient Jewish writings, some have suggested the Ark is hidden outside of Israel, on Mount Nebo, located on the Jordan River's east bank.
Others suggest the Ark is hidden somewhere near the Dead Sea, on the Jordan's west bank near the ancient site of Qumran. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it is believed that the Ark and other ancient artifacts are buried in one of the region's caves.
The Ark is also thought to be located beneath Jerusalem, in a stone-carved tunnel. Some say it is beneath the suggested site of the Crucifixion, Gordon's Calvary. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem's Old City, an Ultra-Orthodox organization dedicated to rebuilding the Jewish Temple, says the Ark is under the temple mount and will be revealed at the proper time—when the temple is rebuilt.
Another theory is that the Ark was hidden in a secret chamber housed beneath Jerusalem's Temple Mount. The alleged secret chamber was created by either King Solomon, who built the First Temple, or a subsequent king before the temple was plundered by Nebuchadnezzar.
Another says the Ark is believed to have disappeared with the destruction of the First Temple by King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon in 586 B.C. The exact whereabouts of the Ark have remained a mystery ever since.
According to British journalist Graham Hancock, author of 'The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant', the Ark of the Covenant was taken from ancient Jerusalem in the days of King Solomon. While there are numerous variations of the story, the common thread centers on a son fathered by Israelite King Solomon and born to the Queen of Sheba. The ark was later smuggled into Ethiopia by their son Menelek, where it currently remains housed in a church in Axum.
One version of this theory suggests that in the early 12th century a group of nine Frenchmen known as the original Knights Templars excavated beneath the site of the old Temple of Jerusalem. They retrieved the true Ark of the Covenant and secreted it away.
There are legends associated with Rosslyn Chapel's links with the Knights Templar. Sealed burial vaults below the chapel are thought to contain the Ark of the Covenant.
Laurence Gardner, author of 'Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark; Amazing Revelations of the Incredible Power of Gold,' suggests the Ark is likely to have been taken to the Chartres Cathedral in northern France, where it remains today. It is located at the center of the Labyrinth there, but in an extra dimensional space-time state.