Jesus Christ warned His disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy (Luke 12:1b). A few verses later he expanded that counsel:
“everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God (Luke 12:8-9).
Judaism today, both nationally (as the nation Israel), and religiously remains lost and rebellious against God. God “has given her a writ of divorce” (Jeremiah 3:8). That writ remains in effect in our time. Why, because the Jews rejected Jesus their Messiah at His first advent and reject Jesus still.
Because they rejected Jesus as their Saviour and their King, it necessarily follows that they reject His Word (the New Testament). They only accept the Torah, the scriptures from the Old Testament. Even then they cherry-pick what texts they will accept and which they will obey. They also negate most prophesy and the New Testament en bloc.
The Temples and the Ark
For many decades there are groups in Israel prepping; collecting the elements, to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount (Mount Moriah). One such group is the The Temple Institute and another is the Temple Mount Faithful. Both are Orthodox Jewish organizations.
The first temple was built by David’s son, King Solomon. Portions of 1 Kings (chapters 5-8) and 2 Chronicles (chapters 1-7) give us great detail about the construction of the Temple. The first temple was destroyed in 586 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 25:9).
As glorious as the Temple was, its most important room, the Holy of Holies (Kodesh Kodashim), contained only one thing—the Ark of Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22; 37:1-9) which originally housed the golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the Ten Commandments tablets (Heb. 9:4). However by the time of Solomon’s Temple only the Ten Commandments remained in the ark (1Kings 8:9).
The Ark disappeared after the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple and has never been recovered. There has been much debate and there are a lot of theories about what happened to it.
It is doubtful the Babylonians took it because a detailed list of what they took did not list it.
The Second Temple was completed in 515 BC and as Jesus prophesied and history tells us it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. This should not be a surprise if one thinks about it.
Messiah had come and His earthly mission was accomplished.
Jesus had died for the sins of all men on the cross (1 Peter 3:18). He had defeated death in the Resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4; 54-55) and had returned to His glory and God the Father in Ascension (Luke 24:50-52). Indeed, there was no longer any need for a temple to use for animal sacrifice.
The Ultimate and Final Sacrifice had been finished.
Preparing for the End Times
Just spitballing here, but perhaps the ark cannot be found because at some point God Himself took it away or allowed it to be destroyed.
While the topic of the lost ark made for an exciting, if not biblically accurate movie in the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the fact is the ark is gone forever. Why do I say that? Actually I didn’t, God said it through the prophet Jeremiah.
In Jeremiah 3:6-10 God summons Israel to repent in light of the coming final judgment. Nevertheless she continues to rebel.
Then in verse 11 God declares:
‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord;
‘I will not look upon you in anger.
For I am gracious,’ declares the Lord;
‘I will not be angry forever. Jer. 3:11
If Israel would return (shuv), turn back to God, then the Lord makes an astonishing promise to Israel:
It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the Lord, “they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again (Jer. 3:16).
So the ark is gone forever and what is even more remarkable is God says “it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again.” It is done!
In the Holy of Holies the Ark held the mercy seat where Hight priest met God “in person” as it were, once a year; on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) (Lev. 16:2).
In the coming Messianic kingdom there will be no Holy of Holies. Jesus the King will rule from the Throne of the Lord (Ezek. 43:7; Zech. 14:16-19) and all will have access to Him.
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing
And her people for gladness.
Copyright © 2019 by D. D. Edwards