On June 24th, the Italian news agency Adnkronos announced that Abuna Pauolos, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia, said that the long sought Ark of the Covenant would be revealed to the world. Pauolos, while in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, told the news agency, “Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries.” The Ark was to be revealed on Friday, June 26th.
Ethiopia is thought to be one of the possible resting places for the Ark Of The Covenant, which has been ‘missing’ since Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian army destroyed Jerusalem in 586 or 587 BC and is possibly the most searched for item in human history, as it is thought to be the source of great power. It has been theorized that the Ark may contain alien technology and left on earth by ancient astronauts. Erich von Daniken may have been one of the first to explored this in his 1968 book Chariots of the Gods.
This morning, the Ethiopian Review reported that the Ark will not be made public. “No, the ark is not going to be revealed. Nobody could touch it. If you do so, God will smite you.” Aba Gebremedhin said. The blame for the confusion was placed on the on the Adnkronos journal.
“The Bible speaks of the Ark leveling mountains and laying waste to entire regions. An army which carries the Ark before it… is invincible.” – Brody – Raiders of the Lost Ark
I doubt the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia is in possession of the actual Ark, as it is too powerful to held in such an unsecured location. It is more likely in the hands of much more powerful people. The Ark may also still be lost (the bottom of a riverbed, bottom of an ocean or sea, or other remote location) or was possibly destroyed as some historians claim.
Graham Hancock’s Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, is an excellent book of one man’s real quest for the Ark.