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'Ark of the Covenant' about to be
By WND Staff (1)
Published June 24, 2009 at 9:35pm
The patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce
to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps
the world's most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he
says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia,
according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.
Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week,
told the news agency, "Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of
the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of
the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and
studies for centuries."
The announcement is expected to be made at 2 p.m. Italian time from the
Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome. Pauolos will reportedly be accompanied by
Prince Aklile Berhan Makonnen Haile Sellassie and Duke Amedeo D'Acosta.
"The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia for many centuries," said
Pauolos. "As a patriarch I have seen it with my own eyes and only few
highly qualified persons could do the same, until now."
According to Pauolos, the actual Ark has been kept in one church, but
to defend the treasure, a copy was placed in every single church in
He said a museum is being built in Axum, Ethiopia, where the Ark will
be displayed. A foundation of D'Acosta will fund the project.
The Ark of the Covenant is the sacred container of the Ten Commandments
as well as Aaron's rod and a sample of manna, the mysterious food that
kept the Israelites alive while wandering in the wilderness during
their journey to the promised land.
The Bible says the Ark was built to the specifications of God as He
spoke to Moses. It was carried in advance of the people and their army
by priests. It was also carried in a seven-day procession around the
walled city of Jericho.
The idea that the Ark is presently in Ethiopia is a well-documented,
albeit disputed, tradition dating back to at least 642 B.C. The
tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to
Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St.
Mary's of Zion Church in Axum.
Ethiopians believe it is destined to be delivered to the Messiah when
He reigns on Mount Zion – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 3:16 points to a time when the Ark will vanish not only
physically, but from the minds of the people: "And it shall come to
pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days,
saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the
LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it;
neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more."
The Book of Revelation says the Ark is in the temple of God in heaven
(Rev. 11:19). Muslim scholars say it will be found near the end of
times by the Mahdi – a messianic figure in Islam.
(1) WND Staff
The Lost Ark of the Covenant IS NOT
in Auxum, Ethiopia