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The Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

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Where is the Ark of the Covenant?[1] Will it ever be found? Does it even exist at all? According to the Biblical record, it is never mentioned after Nebuchadnezzar had both Jerusalem and the Temple destroyed in the sixth century BC. What happened to it after this is disputed in extra-biblical literature. Some rabbis claim it was carried off to Babylon, while others claim it was hidden by Jeremiah in a cave on Mt. Nebo[2] located in modern Jordan (2Maccabees 2:4-7), where Moses stood to look at the Promised Land before he died (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). Still others claim it was hidden somewhere on the Temple mount, itself. More modern claims that the Ark had been found have been mentioned, but for various (convenient) reasons, nothing has ever been produced in the form of objective evidence that the Ark still exists. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The Temple Was Rebuilt by whose Decree?

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The date of the returning captive Jews has nothing to do with the reign of Artaxerxes as is presently assumed by so many. The return of the Jews to their homeland has to do with the first year Cyrus conquered Babylon, not the first year he reigned over Persia, but the first year he conquered Babylon where the Jews were held captive. According to history this was cir. 536 BC. However, this date is fixed by historians who receive Claudius Ptolemy’s seven eclipses between the dates of 747 BC and 330 BC to date historical events during this period. Ptolemy’s work has been nearly universally accepted by modern historians for the last 400 years. Nevertheless, astronomers have been finding fault with his works for almost 1000 years, not to mention that some prominent contemporary historians, such as Plutarch, were never impressed with dating historical events through astronomical observations and calculations. Therefore, although I cannot prove that Cyrus conquered Babylon in 457 BC, 79 years after the normally accepted date set by Ptolemy (536 BC), but neither can modern historians prove otherwise without using Claudius Ptolemy’s alleged infallible conclusions. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Old Testament History, Prophecy, Religion

 

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