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J.R. Church presents…What Really Happened To the Ark of the Covenant – DVD

The disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant remains as mysterious today as it was in the days of Jeremiah. In 623 B.C., King Josiah led the Israelites in a celebration of Passover for the first time in over half a century and asked the Levites to return the Ark to the Temple. When they could not produce the sacred chest, the people began to question its whereabouts. Jeremiah calmed their fears by telling them that God would take care of it and that in the Messianic Kingdom, they wouldn’t need it anymore.

The apocryphal book of Second Maccabees offers the story that Jeremiah took the Ark along with the hangings of the Mosaic Tabernacle out to Mount Nebo and hid them in a cave. But the opening paragraph of that book gives a greeting to all the Jews living throughout Egypt. Is it possible that Jeremiah concocted the Mount Nebo story as a diversion to keep people from learning that the Ark had been hidden away in Egypt? The Jews who moved to Elephantine Island in the midst of the Nile River (around 667 B.C.) had built a full-sized replica of Solomon’s Temple. No Temple was built in Babylon during the captivity. But for some strange reason, a Jewish Temple was built in Southern Egypt. Perhaps the Ark was hidden there.

When the Egyptians destroyed the Jewish Temple in 410 B.C., the Jews moved southward into Ethiopia and settled on the island of Kirkos on Lake Tana, right in the heart of Ethiopia. There is a group of Jewish priests who live there to this day with stories of how their ancestors had kept the Ark in a sacred tent until the 3rd century when it was removed to Aksum, Ethiopia and deposited in an underground chamber beneath the Church of Saint Mary of Zion. Well, that’s the stuff that legends are made of!

Search for The Ark of the Covenant – DVD by Bob Cornuke

The fate of the lost Ark of the Covenant is perhaps the greatest historical mystery of all time. In Search of the Ark of the Covenant: The Mystery of theArk of the Covenant, Cornuke, a biblical investigator and real life Indiana Jones, search around the globe in hopes of discovering this important relic from the  Bible. With footage from Israel, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Italy, this DVD reveals starting new information as to the exact location of the ark and includes photographic evidence never before seen by the world.

Is the Bible entirely silent on the subject of the Ark of the Covenant’s current resting place, or of its existence between the present day and the eternal kingdom? Some argue that Scripture is, indeed, silent and that the Ark is a moot point now that the Messiah has come, suffered and died for the whole world. Others, however, suggest that there may yet be a role for the Ark to play during a period of time following a real and triumphant victory by Messiah over the armed forces of the world system before He institutes His eternal kingdom on a new earth.

In Isaiah 18, the prophet records a message from God concerning Ethiopia. It deals not only with Ethiopia’s past but also with the future of God’s Messiah. Verses 3-4 read, “All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth when he [Messiah] lifts up a banner on the mountains, you see it; and when he blows a trumpet [of victory], you hear it. For so the Lord said to me, ‘I will take My rest, and I will look from My dwelling place.”

If this and the verses that follow describe Messiah’s triumph over the armies of the world, what happens next is very interesting. Verse 7 reads: “In that time a present will be brought to the Lord of hosts from a people tall and smooth of skin [Ethiopians, according to verse 1] . . . to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, to Mount Zion.” What might the present be that is brought from Ethiopia to the “place of the name of the Lord” – to the Holy of Holies? Only the future will tell….

The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, Updated Edition – Book by Alfred Edersheim

This updated edition has been newly typeset in an easy-to-read, modern typeface. Now it is easier and more enjoyable than ever before to read, study, and consult this classic work.

Citations from Scripture, rabbinic sources, and the works of Philo and Josephus enhance the reader’s understanding of the temple, kits sacrifices, ministry, personnel, and services. These materials complement Edersheim’s discussion, clarify difficult passages, and illumine the reader as to the true, spiritual meaning of the temple and its services. This edition brings a wealth of information together in the margins, providing a unique entry into the primary sources of the ancient world.

Jerusalem, the temple, priests, and worshippers all come alive through Edersheim’s prose as well as through the more than 75 illustrations, charts, photos, and drawings. Enhanced both aesthetically and practically, this edition of The Temple has no rival.

Edersheim’s deep devotion to the authority of the Scriptures, his ability to make the Scriptures come alive in their ancient context, and his encyclopedic familiarity with ancient Jewish sources all enrich this classic and timeless work.

Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) was a Vienna-born biblical scholar who converted from Judaism to Christianity. A veteran minister and missionary to the Jews of Romania, Edersheim left an enduring and priceless legacy to followers of Christ. Among his most widely read works are The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, and Bible History Old Testament.