Ark of the Covenant
Updated -- 29 August 2011
Laurence Gardner  has said that, “Prior to the time of Moses there was no Israelite priesthood and there were no Israelite temples. The early patriarchs, up to the days of Abraham, would have experienced priests and fine temples in Mesopotamia, but once in Canaan the rituals of Abraham, Jacob and others became very primitive... But with Moses came the concept of a newly defined Israelite priesthood based upon the Egyptian model and their first temple was the portable Tabernacle of the Congregation constructed at Sinai. Another Egyptian concept introduced at that time was the Ark of the Covenant -- a processional coffer to house the writings of the law.”
Hudson notes that because of the Superconductivity of the ORME, the Ark of the Covenant had to be treated with kid gloves, and in fact anyone approaching it without being in “resonance with it” (i.e. having ingested some of the ORME itself, and thus acting as superconductors to some degree themselves), they were very likely to be destroyed by a magnetic Meissner Field flux collapse. This notable danger with respect to the Ark was communicated very strongly.
More than one Israelite was wiped out by the Ark of the Covenant, from those on the trek from Egypt who wanted to join Moses and Aaron in worshipping before the Ark, to a poor sole who attempted to stop the Ark from tipping before entering the city of David. In the interim, there were instances of the Ark being used to blast enemies of the Israelites, but also the Israelites being caught in a backlash and dying themselves. By the time of the building of the Temple of Solomon, it was clear the Ark needed to be housed in a secure location, and kept far from the common people -- those without a resonant quality.
In the time of King Solomon, however, another individual entered the picture. She was The Queen of Sheba (which roughly translated means “the Queen of the South”). Egypt is south of Israel, and according to the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky, the Queen of Sheba was Queen Hatshepsut. Her temple at Luxor in fact describes her visit to the “land of Punt”, and all the things she brought back from there. “Punt” can be taken to mean, Israel -- which Hatshepsut reached by sailing down the Nile to the Mediterranean and then to a port convenient to Jerusalem.
But the best thing Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt brought back was the “seed of Solomon”. It seems that Solomon got her pregnant. When she returned to Egypt, she gave birth to a son, whose name was Menelik. Solomon carried on blissfully unaware until Menelik returned to Jerusalem when he was twenty one to be acknowledged by Solomon as being his son. Solomon did the “right thing” and acknowledged Menelik as his son.
However, the Levites, the high priests, went bonkers. Menelik, in their eyes, was a half breed. [Duh!] The high priests had this racial purity thing, and here was a half breed and the eldest son of Solomon, next in line to be the king of Jerusalem. The Levites made their concerns known to Solomon by arguing that he must send his son away. Solomon, in his infinite wisdom, said, “Fine, but if I must send my son away, all of you Levites must send your eldest sons away also". Accordingly, all of the eldest sons of the Levites left with Menelik. However, when they left they took the Ark of the Covenant!
To Egypt! The intriguing part is that, other than Menelik, the men who took the Ark to Egypt were the same men who by blood right were the proper ones to care for the Ark. They were the eldest sons of the Levites and for Menelik, that of the king. According to David Hudson, “The Hebrew people haven’t really wanted to talk about this that much, because it really was their doings that they lost it. The Aaronic priesthood or rabbinical priesthood does not want to talk about the high priesthood leaving Jerusalem.”
Hudson goes on to say that the Ark of the Covenant “was kept in Egypt out on the island of Elephantine, where they built an exact duplicate of the Temple of Solomon.” Graham Hancock in his book, The Sign and the Seal, notes that excavators have found, “on the island of Elephantine, the exact dimensions of the Temple of Solomon, where the foundation was and where the Ark of the Covenant was kept.”
Hudson notes also that “In the temple of Luxor they recorded all of the loot and all of the plunder that was taken from the Temple of Solomon by Thutmose II, who then returned when he became pharaoh and looted the temple. But there’s no Ark of the Covenant listed because they already had it. In the plunder they list all of the items that they got, and they’re all identified as being golden, and then silver and then copper. But under the golden items, under the shewbread, there is an elongated pyramidal shape that is ‘The Bread of the presence of God’. It's the very same symbol that is always shown as depicted in the sacred ceremony, with the king offering the ‘bread’, the ‘white bread’, to the symbol of the Ark of the Covenant, with the black Anubis sitting on top of it. The Anubis represented the digestive system, and here’s the king offering, and it says ‘keeper of the secret’, but it’s the white powder of gold being offered to the digestive system.”
Graham Hancock claims in his book, The Sign and the Seal, that the Ark of the Covenant eventually went to Ethiopia, and ended up located in the city of Axum, Ethiopia. David Hudson, however believes that if you look at the chain of events, that it’s been moved. He believes that the Hebrew people that are in Israel right now, made an agreement to bring the Falasha Jews out of Ethiopia. They brought these black Jews out, with all their AIDS and all the problems they had, and they airlifted them into Israel. Hudson insists that the reason they did it was because they were offered the Ark of the Covenant in exchange.
The Sign and the Seal also adds another dimension to why the Knights Templar were arrested. According to Hudson, “They were caretakers for the Ark of the Covenant. They met the leader in Jerusalem and went back to Ethiopia with him and put him back on the throne, and they were the ones that cared for the Ark of the Covenant. When the Pope found out about it, he had them killed.”
A basic question, of course, is exactly where is the Ark of the Convenant now? Probably not in some military warehouse, lost in the shuffle of boxes, as in Raiders of the Lost Ark might suggest. It is possible that it is in Israel (having arrived there relatively recently via Ethiopia), or somewhere else. But the Knights Templar story seems the more plausible.
The key, of course, is that the Pope and the King of France failed in their attempt to erradicate the Knights Templar on that fateful day and its aftermath. Instead, many of the Knights sailed away in their navy, ostensibly with by far the bulk of their gold and wealth. Did the Ark go to sea as well?
That might have been a bit too risky.
Laurence Gardner  has suggested an alternative scenario. The Ark is likely to have been taken to the Chartres Cathederal in northern France, where it remains today. It is located at the center of the Labyrinth there, but in an extradimensional space-time state. For the details, read the book! Suffice it to say, that the evidence is very impressive, and likely eliminates the Ethiopian claim to have the Ark safely tucked away in a church with a single priest to ensure its safety. Hmmmm... Come to think of it, that’s not a real point in favor of the Ark being there. And considering the typical careful and thoughtful planning of the Knights Templar, it’s unlikely they would have relocated the Ark anywhere but in an extradimensional space-time. We really don’t want this baby available to just anyone!
The Great Work of Alchemy
 Laurence Gardner, Genesis of the Grail Kings, Bantam Press, New York, 1999.
 Laurence Gardner, Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark; Amazing Revelations of the Incredible Power of Gold, HarperCollins, London, 2003.
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