Ark of the Covenant
for 2,600 years
586 BC the Babylonian army destroyed the magnificent temple built
by King Solomon several hundred years earlier. The Bible lists (in
2 Kings 24:13; 25:13-18; Jeremiah 52:17-23) the items which the
Babylonian army carried away from Jerusalem. Missing from these
lists are the important central objects of temple furniture,
including the Ark of the Covenant.
that these items never came into the possession of the Babylonian
army. Jewish traditional writings, e.g. The Paralipomena of
Jeremiah, indicate that these important items were hidden just
prior to the Babylonian invasion.
Warned of the
impending destruction, the prophet Jeremiah is said to have
secreted the items in a cave. When the Temple was rebuilt in later
years, the instructions for the rebuilding of the Temple fails to
make any mention of the Ark being re-instated. Jeremiah had
written that the Ark would be no more restored to the people for
Israel (Jeremiah 3:16), and so it is evident that the Ark has
remained hidden, its whereabouts unknown - that is until modern
Since the Hollywood film Raiders of the Lost
Ark there has been a proliferation of unsuccessful attempts to
find the Ark. But now, through someone who never planned to look
for it, it's exact whereabouts has been established finally.
1. Ron Wyatt at the entrance to the underground excavation.
2&3. Difficult and dangerous work during the excavation.
Wyatt never intended to search for the Ark of the Covenant.
But while in Jerusalem in 1978, he had an extraordinary experience
which led him to begin searching for it just north of the old city
of Jerusalem. While walking near the "Skull face" of old
Golgotha (left), he involuntarily pointed to a spot and spoke the
words "That's Jeremiah's grotto, and the Ark of the Covenant
is in there."
At the time, Ron was
conversing with an influential person from the Department of
Antiquities, who subsequently offered to provide the necessary
permits for Ron to begin excavating at the site. Ron knew the
experience was supernatural. But before accepting the offer, he
decided to return to the United States to research the subject
more thoroughly. After studying the subject carefully, he felt
that the location pointed to was quite within the realms of
In 1979 he returned to begin excavating.
Over the centuries, Jerusalem has been destroyed and rebuilt
several times, and each time the new city has been simply
reconstructed on top of the old. Therefore Ron's crew had to
remove many tons of rock and debris in the course of their
excavation. All of it was sifted through for artifacts, a
requirement of the Department of Antiquities, which they would
always comply with.
Ron and his team dug along the
base of the escarpment where he had pointed, in the vicinity of
the "skull-face", a known Roman crucifixion site.
During the next two years, in between his obligations
as an anaesthetist, Ron and his team made some wonderful
discoveries, and provided details to the authorities of their
finds, along with any artifacts they retrieved. As they excavated
along the cliff face, they came to a base of bedrock with some
squarish holes. Ron surmised that they were cross holes. They were
approximately 12 inches square and the central one was covered
with a stone plug, apparently to keep debris from falling into the
hole when it was not being used. Ron also noticed that there was a
large crack that extended down the cliff face and into this
central cross hole. It would be over a year later before he would
learn that this crack extended 20 feet into the bedrock.
Considering they were excavating close to the "Skull
face" on the Golgotha escarpment, Ron knew they had found the
probable place of Christ's execution. The fact that the location
was in the area of the Calvary escarpment and fit a number of
aspects of the Biblical description made it a likely spot.
However, Ron was not searching for the crucifixion site but the
Ark of the Covenant. So he continued to search the cliff face for
an opening of some kind. If the Ark was in that location, it
certainly would be hidden in a cave, Ron knew.
the decision was made to break through the rock of the cliff-face.
The rock is extremely hard, and it was difficult work, yet it
wasn't long before they broke through into an open space.
Enlarging the hole, they found the mountain was honeycombed with
natural cavities and tunnels. Crawling through, they were inside
the actual mountain called Moriah. Ron and the team spent many
hours chiselling through cave walls, searching for adjacent
tunnels. This was difficult, arduous work, and took a toll on both
health and spirits. But the work would ultimately pay dividends.
In 1982 he finally located the cave chamber which held
the long-lost temple items. Ron was to later realise that had he
discovered the chamber containing the Ark of the Covenant without
first searching the base of the Calvary escarpment, it is very
unlikely he would have discovered the original crucifixion site.
He then knew that providence had led in the circumstances prior to
and during the entire excavation. It was not human wisdom which
led to this discovery.
Wednesday, 6th January, 1982, Ron discovered the cave chamber
where the Ark and other temple items had been hidden over 2600
The chamber was about 22 feet
by 12 feet, although not exactly rectangular as one corner
narrowed in. The chamber was filled almost to the ceiling with
rocks. Beneath the rocks were dry-rotted timbers and dry-rotted
animals skins, apparently undisturbed for quite some time .
Beneath the rocks, timbers and animal skins were missing items
from the first temple, including the Table of Shewbread. At the
far end of the chamber was a stone case, and housed within the
stone case was the Ark of the Covenant (above artists
interpretation) , complete and intact, except that the carrying
staves had been removed. Ron was the first human to set eyes on
these priceless items since they had been secreted from the city
prior to it's destruction in 586BC. But the biggest surprise was
yet to come.
The only photo of the ark available is
this blurred one. We see the Ark from the aspect looking over the
shoulder of the left cherub. You can see the outline of the Mercy
Seat and the wing and head of the right cherub. Notice the cherub
is holding a staff in it's right hand. The clear video will be
shown to the world after the 'mark of the beast' has been put in
all the discoveries made by Ron Wyatt, perhaps none is more
significant than the finding of the Ark of the Covenant.
On it's own,
the Ark would be a tremendously important find. However, an
incredible connection between the crucifixion site and the Ark
below gives this discovery a significance beyond measure. So
significant and far-reaching is this connection that it is
destined to change the lives and faith of millions.
Ron Wyatt discovered the original crucifixion site during the
excavation near Golgotha, he found there was a large crack,
probably an earthquake fault, in the limestone bedrock beside the
central cross hole. Later, when he entered the chamber where the
Ark of the Covenant was hidden, he found a large crack the ceiling
directly above the Ark of the Covenant. Around this crack, and
upon the lid of the Ark itself, was a dark, dried substance. This
dark substance was analysed, and confirmed the suspicions that
this substance was very old human blood.
a metal tape measure, it was determined that the crack ran
continuously from the cross site above to the chamber beneath,
through about 20 feet (7 m) of rock. Ron had discovered that when
Christ had died, and the Roman soldier had pierced his side, the
blood and water which flowed from Christ's side had gone down the
crack in the rocks, and spilled onto the lid of the Ark of the
Covenant, hidden in the chamber beneath Calvary many years before.
Hear Ron talk
about the blood sample
hundreds of years the Hebrews had carried out a system of animal
sacrifice, consisting of Divinely appointed ceremonies which were
an on-going reminder that they had a Covenant with God.
Today we refer to this Covenant as the Old Covenant.
It was instituted and ratified at Mt Sinai. The ceremonies of this
covenant had deep meaning, for they foreshadowed actual events to
take place when the New Covenant would instituted under the
Messiah. The New Covenant was foretold by the prophet Jeremiah
The Ark of the Covenant was the
centrepiece in the old ceremonial system. It's primary purpose was
to house the sacred tables of stone, upon which God himself had
written the 10 commandments with His own finger. When Ron Wyatt
discovered the Ark of the Covenant, he also discovered the
physical evidence of the ratifying of the New Covenant.
the same way the Old Covenant had been ratified at Mount Sinai, so
the New Covenant was ratified at Calvary. In the Old Covenant,
sacrificial blood and water was sprinkled upon the "book of
the Covenant". In the New Covenant, the blood and water from
Christ's pierced side went into the earth, and landed upon the Ark
of the Covenant containing the 10 commandments.