In the Bible, a story is told of how Israelites built a gold-plated chest to house the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written and Aaron's rod. It is described as large, made of gold-plated wood and topped with two large, golden angels.
National Geographic says the Ark is linked to several biblical miracles like clearing impediments and poisonous animals from the path of the Israelites and stopping the flow of the Jordan River for the Israelites to cross.
However, the Ark makes a sudden disappearance from history after the Babylonian conquest in around 586 BC. This is where US-based Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration Institute (BASE) comes in. BASE claims it has tracked the Ark to a location in Africa, the town of Axum, Ethiopia to be precise.
According to a post on the BASE website, "Although the subject is controversial and clouded with confusion, one emerging theory indicates that the Ark of the Covenant was transported out of ancient Israel and may be in Ethiopia today. As unusual as this may sound, the BASE team has uncovered compelling evidence that the Ark may well have been spirited up the Nile River to an eventual resting place in the remote highlands of ancient Kush–modern-day Ethiopia." In short, the Ark is in Ethiopia.
The problem is that only one man is "holy enough" to see it, so the rest of the world has to take his word for it. It is said the world's eyes would pollute the Ark. What makes matters even more mysterious is how the man has no other name apart from "The Guardian of the Ark of the Covenant".
The whole affair begins to feel like a climax to an Indiana Jones film. However, a researcher with BASE says, "‘Interestingly, we were shown two silver trumpets that bore a remarkable similarity to the trumpets pictured on the arch of Titus in Rome, commemorating the Roman conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. Trumpets like these were an essential part of the implements used in Temple worship."
The description of the Ark given by the Guardian is also uncannily similar to the Biblical description and BASE concludes, "St. Mary’s of Zion church in Axum, Ethiopia, is the resting place either of an incredible replica of the biblical Ark of the Covenant, or, of the actual Ark of the Covenant itself."
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