One of the most legendary objects in religious history, has to be the “Ark of the Covenant.” Housed within a wooden box and overlaid with pure gold, containing the “Ten Commandments,” inscribed upon stone tablets.
- It is believed the Ark, is responsible for bringing victory during battles.
- Bestowing blessings upon worthy recipients.
- Sending plagues down upon enemies.
The Ark of the Covenant, stand’s for God’s communion with Moses, when he led out the Israelites, to their own land.
King David conquered Jerusalem in 993 BC, and his son Solomon, built a temple to his God, between 958-951BC. Solomon’s temple housed the Ark of the Covenant: A wooden casket covered in gold, holding the Ten Commandments, which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Jerusalem and the history of the Jewish people, play a significant part in their religion. For it is written in their writings that Abraham would prove himself to God, by sacrificing his own son; Isaac. God stepped in, and sent a Ram, for Isaac to use, for sacrificial purposes.
Solomon’s Temple was built by Phoenician craftsmen. The inner walls lined in gold, with marble blocks and fine emeralds adorning the temple.
Rehoboam became King of Israel as successor to his father; King Solomon. Shishak, the Egyptian king ransacked Solomon’s Temple in the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign.
In 586 BC, the Babylonians completely destroyed Solomon’s Temple.
A second temple was built upon the site, between 535-515 BC.
Over the next 470 years, Persian rule gave way to the Greeks, then the Romans, with Herod the Great as its ruler. In 20 BC Herod introduced courts and walls to Solomon’s second temple.
In 70 AD, Jews revolted against the Romans, and General Titus (Caesar) besieged the city and burnt the temple to the ground.
In the year 691, a shrine was built upon the site; “Dome of the Rock.” By 715, the Al-Aqsa mosque was built alongside and destroyed by earthquakes over the next 300 years. By 1035 a new mosque was constructed, and in 1118 became the headquarters of the Knights Templar (Holy Warriors) in the Holy Land.
The Knights Templar, dug deep tunnels underneath the Temple, as they sought out religious treasures and the fabled prize of all, “Ark of the Covenant,” one of the most important religious artefacts of all time.
A bas-relief depicting the “Ark” can be found at Chartres Cathedral in France. One has to ask, does the Ark of the Covenant, still remain within the Cathedral?
Claims were made by Louis Charpentier (20th century French author) that the original nine members of the Knights Templar, possibly discovered the “Ark” early on in the order’s history, whilst digging under Temple Mount.
A pillar, part of Chartres Cathedral, known as the Portal of the Initiates, features a carving of the Ark upon a wheeled cart.
What could this mean, and many historians have put forward their own interpretations:
The Templars discovered the Ark in Jerusalem, and moved it to France, coinciding with the construction of Chartres Cathedral. When news of the Templar’s impending arrest in the 14th century leaked out, the Ark was moved from France to Scotland.
Louis Charpentier published: Les Mysteres de la Cathedrale de Chartres (The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral) in France of 1966.