Ark of the Covenant

It is Found!

(Photograph taken by Tom Crotser, used by permission)

 

Ark of the Covenant

It is Found!

The Ark of the Covenant has been a hidden mystery stored away for over 2,500 years. Jeremiah was instructed by God to hide the ark until an appointed time of Gods choosing. This is the time for the ark to be revealed.

The book of Maccabees in the Catholic Bible gives a detailed report of the ark's resting-place. Maccabees Chapter 2, verses 4-8 states: 4) The same document also tells how the prophet following a divine revelation, ordered that the tent and the ark should accompany him and how he went off to the mountain which Moses climbed to see Godís inheritance. 5) When Jeremiah arrived there, he found a room in a cave in which he put the tent, the ark, and the altar of incense. Then he blocked up the entrance. 6) Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the path, but they could not find it. 7) When Jeremiah heard of this, he reproved them: "The place is to remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows them mercy. 8) Then the Lord will disclose these things, and the glory of the Lord will be seen in the cloud, just as it appeared in the time of Moses and when Solomon prayed that the place might be gloriously sanctified."

The mountain that Moses climbed in which the ark has been placed is found in Deuteronomy 34:1. It states, "Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan." (N.K.J.V.)

A well know Christian author, Ellen G. White wrote-"And He [Christ] gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communicating with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of stone, written by the finger of God." {Bible Commentary Volume I 1109.2} Nothing written on those tables could be blotted out. The precious record of the law was placed in the ark of the testament and is still there, safely hidden from the human family. But in Godís appointed time He will bring forth these tables of stone to be a testimony to the world against the disregard of His commandments.

It has been over 2500 years since the ark has been hidden, and a true story reported by Tom Crotser and three other men is now told for the actual finding of Gods original Ark of the Covenant.

The cave entrance, which held the ark, was found in a group of trees below the Franciscan Monastery on Pisgah. In 1980 Mr. Crotser and his wife, Margie, went to Jordan to take preliminary photos of the area. They spoke to the monks at the monastery, explaining to him Jeremiah hid the Ark of the Covenant in this mountain. These Jordanians must have believed the report, for the following year, they had put in a aluminum plaque that related how the Ark was brought to this area. The military did say that there were rumors of some wealthy family burying gold in this mountain, but they didnít realize that such valuable biblical treasures were in the area.

The next year, three other men returned with Mr. Crotser to explore the cave opening further. With permission of the Franciscan headquarters in Ammon, the Institute team drove on to Pisgah, about 35 miles southwest of Ammon. After crawling down the small hole opening, we came to the man-made hole. After removing some stones at the base, we entered that long passage, lined with burial tombs on each side. The following is a continuation of the personal testimony given by Mr. Crotser.

"Blackness I could feel surrounded me as I began that seemingly endless walk down that corridor. The length may have been only 300 feet, but the time it took me to make sure that there was not something I was missing made it seem much longer. The width was about 5 feet while the height of the ceiling varied. Most of the time I could walk upright, but other times I had to stoop down or I would have hit my head.

Finally we came to a larger broken-out area which resembled a Ďroomí. The area maybe about 10 foot by 12 foot.

Over toward the far corner I saw something that looked like it was covered with some ancient cloth or skins - I couldnít tell which it was so dirty. What staggered me was just a glimmer of what was underneath. After carefully removing the covering I gasped. There it was. For the first time since Jeremiah placed it in this cave, a human eye was gazing upon the sacred Ark. A strong presence seemed to engulf me. Words cannot express the sense of awe, even the sense of God there in that cave.

The thought that this vessel didnít look like I expected it to look did not stop me from believing what I found. It looked just like a box. It seemed to have moveable doors in the front and a three-inch apron around the top. It had a criss-cross type design on it, and is made out of some type of metal that looks like gold.

I expected to see the cherubim sitting on top, but they were not there. Then I remembered that the mercy seat was not permanently attached to the Ark. Neither were the cherubim. If that solid slab of gold were on top, the weight would have been so immense that eight men could not have lifted it without breaking the poles.

Where were the staves or poles that were used to carry it? A look around revealed a wrapped bundle toward another wall. Only after restudying the Scriptures in Exodus 25:15 did I realize that the poles were not permanently attached to the Ark. They were permanently connected into the rings, which were attached to the chains, which were attached to the removable feet. Most drawings that I had seen of the Ark were made by people who only imagined what it looked like. So I had to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God that was staring me right in the face.

I measured the box. The length was 62 Ĺ inches while the base and height were both 37 Ĺ inches. The proportions matched the scriptural dimensions of 2 Ĺ by 1 Ĺ by 1 Ĺ cubits. This would make the cubit 25 inches. I didnít touch the Ark out of reverence and respect for God. I knew of Uzzah who had been struck dead after just placing his hand to steady it, but I personally was not being motivated by fear for self in what I did in the cave.

I wasnít there to open the box, so I didnít. I was only sent to Pisgah to find it. Now, if this next year God sends me open it, I will open it. Iím not going to do anything unless I am sent.

I did take some flash pictures of the ARK. Not all of them turned out since the flash unit was not working properly. Those that did turn out do give good detail of what the box looks like.

None of us thought about carrying it out of the cave. What would we do with it even if we could get it through the sealed wall. Some have asked me later if I am afraid someone else will come and get the Ark. This is not my concern. God is able to contend for himself. It has been safe for 2500 years, even with the hiding place clearly specified in Maccabees, so I trust that God is able to keep it safe until He wants it fully restored. Like the Scripture says, Ďthere is a time for every purpose under heavení."

The picture below shows the actual Ark of the Covenant. Tom Crotser was said to have shown the first pictures of it to David Rothschild, a very popular Jewish scholar, and now it is being passed on to all who will see in hopes for the whole world to know about.  Jesus is returning very, very soon!  Praise God!

 

Exodus 37:1-5 gives a description of the ark that matches the picture seen above. It states, 1) Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits was its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height. 2) He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold all around it. 3) And he cast for it four rings of gold to be set in its four corners: two rings on one side, and tow rings on the other side of it. 4) He made poles of acacia wood, and overlaid them with gold. 5) And he put the poles into the rings at the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.

The Biblical description above certainly gives evidence of this finding and story. The Ark of the Covenant appears to have been found, and itís been over 20 years since its discovery. Since this story was reported, the mountaintop of Mt. Pisgah, which sits a Catholic Monastery, is now closed off to the public. Tourists and archaeologists are no longer permitted in the area. Tom Crotser did not go back to research his findings further. The question is, why? And do Catholic officials, priests, and the Pope have control over its release? I believe its time to have it revealed! Please share this true story to all your friends and family. The ark will indeed be brought out for the whole world to see itís just a matter of time. Thank you all for taking the time to read this story and God bless!