The Ark of the Covenant was an Ark that was used in the desert and in Israel proper for a number of spiritual and pragmatic purposes. Practically, God used the Ark as an indicator of when he wanted the nation to travel, and when to stop. When the Israelites went to war in the desert and during the conquering of Canaan, the Ark accompanied them; whether its presence was symbolic, to provide motivation for the Jews, or whether it actually aided them in fighting, is debated by commentators. When the Jews crossed into the land of Canaan, the waters of Jordan River split and the Ark led them to their destination (Josh 3). The Ark of the Covenant holds a special place in the beliefs of Christians as it contains the 10 commandments.
The Ark of the Covenant remained in the Temple until its destruction at the hand of the Babylonian empire, led by Nebuchadnezzar. What happened afterward is unknown, and has been debated and pondered for centuries. Many belief Solomon foresaw the eventual destruction of the temple, and set aside a cave near the Dead Sea, in which Josiah eventually hid the Ark.
One fascinating fact that is believed by many Christians is, the Ark is being held in Axum, Ethiopia. According to Axum Christian community, during the reign of Solomon, when his son Menelik, whose mother was the queen of Sheba, stole the Ark after a visit of Jerusalem. The claim has been impossible to verify, for no one but the monk is allowed into the tent.
Do you believe the Ark is in Ethiopia? If not why?
“Ethiopia: The First Christian Nation?”. International Business Times. N.p., 2017. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.
Hoffman, Richard. “Ark Of The Covenant — National Geographic”. National Geographic. N.p., 2017. Web. 17 Mar. 2017.