Wednesday, July 1, 2009
When did the Ark of the Covenant disappear? This article proposes that, based on scripture, the Ark is not present in the Final Temple after Messiah comes.
Possible locations of the Ark.
The Ark of the Covenant last seen in scripture:
The last mention of the Ark in the Hebrew Bible is in the Book of Kings, written around 600 - 575 BC, although there were doubtless earlier source documents that are no longer known. It specifies that there was nothing in the Ark except the tablets. The Ark itself vanished during the Babylonian Conquest, around 587 BC. So the writers of the Book of Kings overlapped with the time when the Ark was in the (First) Temple. There is no mention of an Ark in the Second Temple, and it is generally agreed that there wasn't one.
- posted by Valeria, Special Correspondent to STORMBRINGER on Bible Prophecy and Temple issues.