It isn’t a mystery. For decades, “experts” in the western world have been coming up with incredibly bizarre theories about where the Ark of the Covenant is located. One of those theories was popularized by “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, but that theory is just fiction. In fact, all of the wacky theories that you see out there are just fiction. Over in Israel, the current location of the Ark of the Covenant is an open secret. It is in the same underground chamber where it has been for more than 2,600 years, and it will be there until the time comes for it to be revealed. And once it is finally revealed, the Israeli people will see an immediate need to construct a new temple for it.
The article that I posted about the Ark of the Covenant the other day certainly got a lot of attention.
And it also spawned a lot of questions.
In particular, many people wanted to know how I could be so sure about the location of the Ark of the Covenant.
This surprised me, because the truth is that the location of the Ark of the Covenant has actually been known for decades.
A reader has pointed out to me that the Temple Institute is even publicly admitting that they know exactly where the Ark of the Covenant is on their own website. The following excerpt comes from the page where the Temple Institute answers frequently asked questions…
The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most fascinating of all Temple-related subjects. There are many theories about what happened to the Ark of the Covenant, and speculation abounds as to its actual location. Some people think it was taken to the Vatican, together with other Temple vessels, such as those depicted on the Roman monument, the Arch of Titus. There are many authentic, ancient historical chronicles, and even more popular legends, that attest to many sacred vessels having been taken away to Rome. However, this does not apply to the most holy feature of the First Temple, the Ark.
While some claim to have evidence that the ark is in Ethiopia, and of course, moviegoers were treated to a fanciful version of the story in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” in reality, the expression “lost” ark is not an accurate description for the Jewish people’s point of view – because we have always known exactly where it is. So the Ark is “Hidden,” and hidden quite well, but it is not lost.
Tradition records that even as King Solomon built the First Temple, he already knew, through Divine inspiration, that eventually it would be destroyed. Thus Solomon, the wisest of all men, oversaw the construction of a vast system of labyrinths, mazes, chambers and corridors underneath the Temple Mount complex. He commanded that a special place be built in the bowels of the earth, where the sacred vessels of the Temple could be hidden in case of approaching danger. Midrashic tradition teaches that King Josiah of Israel, who lived about forty years before the destruction of the First Temple, commanded the Levites to hide the Ark, together with the original menorah and several other items*, in this secret hiding place which Solomon had prepared.
This location is recorded in our sources, and today, there are those who know exactly where this chamber is. And we know that the ark is still there, undisturbed, and waiting for the day when it will be revealed. An attempt was made some few years ago to excavate towards the direction of this chamber. This resulted in widespread Moslem unrest and rioting. They stand a great deal to lose if the Ark is revealed – for it will prove to the whole world that there really was a Holy Temple, and thus, that the Jews really do have a claim to the Temple Mount.
Personally, I disagree with the Temple Institute about who hid it.
They believe that it was King Josiah, but I believe that Jeremiah hid it in order to keep it from being captured by the Babylonians.
But we all agree where it is right now.
It is in a cave under the Temple Mount, and it will stay there until the time comes for it to be revealed.
And that could happen a lot sooner than you may think.
Once it is finally revealed, it will just be a matter of time before Jewish leaders start conducting sacrifices.
In fact, the Temple Institute says that such offerings could actually begin “before the building of the Temple itself”…
We are building a stone altar offsite so that when the opportunity arrives we can move it to its proper location on the Mount. The Divine service, including the offerings can begin before the building of the Temple itself, once the altar is built and standing in its proper place.
With that in mind, I would like to expand on what I shared about Daniel chapter 9 the other day.
As I shared in that article, a corrected translation of the original Hebrew of the first clause of Daniel 9:27 should look something like this…
“The Covenant will be confirmed (or strengthened) with many for one week”.
If you don’t understand how I came up with that translation, I would encourage you to go back and read my previous article, because I am not going to repeat that analysis here.
Today, I want to examine the original language of the second clause of Daniel 9:27. This is how it is translated in the King James Version…
“and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease”
Once again, I want to remind all of you that every time that you see the word “he” in Daniel 9:27 you should disregard it because there is no “he” in the original language of Daniel 9:27 at all.
Just like the first clause of Daniel 9:27, the second clause of the verse is also made up of just five Hebrew words.
The first Hebrew word is “ḥēṣî“, and most of the time in your Bible it is translated as “half”, but it can also be translated as “midst” or “middle”.
The second Hebrew word is “šāḇûaʿ”, and as I discussed the other day it can be translated as “a period of seven” but more commonly in our English versions it is translated as “week”.
The third Hebrew word is “šāḇaṯ”, and it is most commonly translated as “cease” or “rest”.
The fourth Hebrew word is “zeḇaḥ”, and it is translated as “sacrifice” 155 times in the King James Version.
The fifth Hebrew word is “minḥâ”, and it is translated as “offering” 164 times in the King James Version, but it can also be translated as “present”, “gift” or “oblation”.
So let’s put all of the pieces together.
A corrected translation of the second clause of Daniel 9:27 should look something like this…
“halfway through (or in the midst of) the week, sacrifices and offerings will cease”.
The original Hebrew appears to indicate that sacrifices and offerings will be resumed after the Covenant is confirmed, but they will come to a sudden halt at some point.
Of course if you have read my new book you already know why they come to a sudden halt.
But for purposes of this article I want to focus on the fact that the Bible says that sacrifices and offerings will definitely resume, and the Temple Institute is openly telling us that this could happen even before a new temple is constructed.
To me, the public revelation of the Ark of the Covenant could be the catalyst.
Once the entire world sees that the Ark of the Covenant still exists, that will change everything.
And among Jewish leaders there will be a firestorm of interest in resuming the ancient practices.
This is really coming.
In our time, the Ark of the Covenant will be revealed for the first time in more than 2,600 years, and it will be the greatest archaeological bombshell in human history.
This is such an exciting time to be alive, and I believe that global events are going to accelerate even more in the weeks and months ahead.