The Original Passage Used to Carry the Ark to the Chamber
Before permanently sealing the passageway, Ron had gone into the chamber with the Ark and opened the original entrance (through which it was carried) to see if he could follow it to it's point of origin. When he opened it, he discovered on the other side a very large tunnel which extended in both directions. He observed that the tunnel appeared to be a natural tunnel that had been enlarged since he saw chisel marks. But the bad news was that it was completely blocked with large stones in both directions. The problem now to be solved was determining the path taken by those who put the items in the chamber.
To resolve this question, Ron began by using simple reason. The items had been in the temple- that was their point of origin. They were now in this chamber, many feet below ground level. A great number of tunnels have been found under the temple mount and the city, but none that he knew of were heading in this direction. Was the entrance into the tunnel within the city or was it somewhere across the street in front of the northern wall? Ron had an idea as to where to begin his search.
In the winter of 1854, Dr. Barclay, a physician and missionary, went for a walk in Jerusalem. He was walking to the site of the traditional "Jeremiah's Grotto" which is along the same Calvary escarpment. As he walked past the Damascus Gate, suddenly his dog, running ahead of him, vanished. As he searched for his dog who didn't respond as he usually did to his owner's whistles, he heard a muffled barking coming from the direction of the city wall. When he approached the wall, he noticed a deep hole and when he peered inside, he heard his dog's familiar bark. And this is how "Zedekiah's Cave" was discovered (or rediscovered.)
This vast cavern is located underneath the Muslim section of the city, extending 750 feet into "Mt. Moriah", beginning at the trench or dry moat separating the northern and southern portion. It is 325 feet wide at the maximum point and the average height is almost 50 feet. It was clearly a stone quarry, but at what point it was in use, we really do not know. There are those who believe it's stone was used in the first temple, and that may be true. But it's existence was not a well known fact and most likely it was always kept completely sealed for fear of any enemies trying to tunnel into the city. So little is known for sure about the giant quarry, but one point everyone agreed on was the fact that there was no entrance into the city from the quarry.
Click for map showing the location with Zedekiah's cave shaded
Viewing the diagram of it's layout, the dark areas are pillars of solid rock left in place to support the ceiling, like the pillars left in a coal mine. As the miners work their way back out of the mine after depleting it of all it's coal, they remove these pillars of coal and the mine usually caves in. These were obviously left in place to prevent the cavern from collapsing since part of the northern city is above it. As Ron examined the quarry carefully, he noticed one thing that bothered him.
When Ron begins a project, the first thing he does is determine the easiest way to accomplish the task that requires the least work, and as he walked the giant quarry, something didn't make sense. He tried to put himself in the "shoes" of the ancient stonecutters as he surveyed this massive quarry.
Seeing how deep into the side of the mountain the quarry extended, he thought about how much work it would have been to bring all that stone out of the quarry, carry it through one of the northern gates and into the city. It would have been easier to quarry it out of the quarry across the street than to haul it out of that cavern.
To Ron, the solution was obvious- to cut a hole through the ceiling of the quarry and simply haul the rocks up into the city. The more he thought it about, the more obvious it became to him- yet, no one had ever found an entrance into the quarry from the city.
So Ron began to examine the rock pillars. And sure enough, he found one that wasn't a stone pillar at all. It was a giant mound of earth and debris, piled up, he believed, to the ceiling and through the hole in the ceiling. On the surface it would look like normal ground. But unable to examine the section above ground, he didn't know if the rock had been cut in a manner that would allow the cut-out section to fit back over the hole like a "man-hole cover" or if it was only the piled up earth that filled the hole. But he was convinced that the hole is there.
A Tunnel in the Quarry
With this new information, Ron wondered it there were any tunnels leading from the quarry. If so, perhaps the Ark and other items had been lowered through the hole from the area north of the temple mount into the cavern, and then through a tunnel to it's present location. So he began to look for tunnels. And sure enough, he found one.
Almost completely hidden from view by boulders and overhanging rock, there was an opening into the cave wall that was sealed with several large cut rocks and it was heading in the right direction. But it was a long ways from the site Ron had worked in all those years. If this was indeed the tunnel which led to the chamber, Ron would have quite a project ahead of him in clearing such a long tunnel.
Click to see Mary Nell Wyatt in front of the tunnel in Zedekiah's cave that Ron had opened.
"The Guardian Cherub"
In the late 1800s the cavern was systematically researched and plotted by Frenchman Charles Clermont-Ganneau who surveyed every nook and cranny in the mammoth quarry, making sketches, drawing maps and diagrams. During this survey, he spotted a flat etching in the rock, which he carefully sketched. It appeared to be a creature with wings, a lion's tail and body, and a man's head with a long, flowing beard wearing a strange-looking hat. The etching was removed by chiseling a slab of rock around it and it was taken to the Palestine Exploration Offices in London. The drawing made by the Frenchman is reproduced below.
Click to see sketch of the Cherub from Zedekiah's cave drawn by Clermont-Ganneau
The similarity in basic features between this creature and a cherub from the Israelite palace in Samaria can be seen.
The style of the etching (according to authorities that specialize in that area of expertise) indicated that it was to be dated to the approx. 7th century BC when Israel was under the cultural influence of Assyria. This would place it before the Babylonian captivity, which WAS the correct time-frame during which Ron believed the items were hidden.
And if we return to the passage in 2 Maccabees, which again we stress is not to be considered reliable, there IS a remark about some of Jeremiah's companions during the time he supposedly had the objects hidden in the cave:
"Some of his companions came to mark out the way, but were unable to find it. When Jeremiah learnt of this he reprimanded them."
Was this etching done by these "companions? It's an interesting theory, but- who really knows?
Ron still believed it was significant. IF the tunnel Ron had found WAS the passage through which the Ark and other articles from the temple were transported to the chamber, just possibly someone did etch this cherub as symbolicy "guarding" the tunnel entrance. Remember Eden?
GEN 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden CHERUBIMS, and a flaming sword every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
The etching WAS located near the blocked entrance... but, of course, again this is just a theory.
Radar- A Tunnel under the Road?
Ron used the sub-surface interface radar in later years to check for the existence of a tunnel running from the underground quarry to the area of the escarpment. He did find a tunnel-like void crossing under the street in the correct direction that was, as best he could determine, about 20 feet under the road. But because it is quite a distance to the site he had excavated, and because of the buildings, etc. now built in the area, he couldn't follow the line of the "void" to it's final "destination".
He used the radar on the blocked up entrance in the underground quarry and found that there was a void behind the blocks.
All that was now left was to open up the entrance, which he did. And there was a tunnel. But several feet inside, the passageway was again blocked with big rocks and dirt- to Ron, it looked as if whoever had blocked it had tried to camouflage the fact that it was a plugged tunnel and make it look like natural earth and rocks. The next decision he had to make was whether to attempt to clear out the extremely long tunnel or keep working within the original site and try to find the main tunnel from that end.
Continuing Work After the Ark was Found
The time came when Ron provided something to the authorities from the excavation which DID convince them that he HAD at the least discovered SOME items from the first temple. Then a plan was devised by authorities to "test" the water so to speak- they wanted to carefully determine the public reaction should the announcement be made that the Ark of the Covenant HAD been discovered.
The officials that Ron dealt with were serious government servants, concerned with the welfare of the people, and they realized that such an announcement would most likely set off a bloody clash between those who would want to immediately destroy the mosque on the temple mount to rebuild the temple, and the Arabs. While they did not necessarily have the religious belief that any temple would ever be rebuilt, they were well acquainted with the passion and fanaticism of those who did.
Their efforts to test public reaction to the rebuilding of a new temple resulted in much bloodshed, and many deaths. Until this day, it is an extremely critical issue and the Israelis will, with great care, handle the situation the way they handle everything else- by a no-nonsense approach with the best interests of the people's safety foremost. What that approach will be, we don't know and perhaps even they won't know until the time arrives.
More Work in the Cave System
Ron decided to also continue to search for the original entrance into the chamber from within the cave system. With better hi-tech equipment, such as the radar, he was able to detect voids behind solid rock walls which was extremely useful. From one particular location within the cave system, he KNEW he was within a certain number of feet of the chamber- but getting from point A to point B through many, many feet of solid limestone just wasn't that easy.
He followed many false leads, such as a rock wall they found within the cave system which followed along the contour of the cliff-face, just as the wall of the chamber had done. But this lead didn't pan out.
I couldn't understand the problem when Ron tried to explain everything to me- that is until I went into the cave system myself. As I entered the small hole, I expected to find myself in a large cave, like the ones I had been in as a child. Instead, I discovered the small hole went through a jagged shaft about 25 feet STRAIGHT DOWN- I had to hold onto a rope and sort of "repel" off the rocks. Exiting the shaft, I found myself standing on some wooden planks which was the only "floor" and it was quite small- the open cavern continued on another 40 or more feet beneath me.
Click to see the "plank" floor as you enter the cave system from 25 feet above.
It was nothing like I had expected. By the time I had twisted and turned, trying to conform my body to the narrow shaft which led into this area, I discovered that I had absolutely NO idea of what direction I was facing. Without a compass, I was completely disoriented. Then, when I went through a couple of the small openings from the main chamber, I was absolutely amazed at how tight the areas were. Tending a bit towards claustrophobia, I had a brand new respect for Ron, Danny and Ronny- I couldn't imagine how they did it, and I still can't.
I had earlier thought, "If you know how many feet it is to a certain point, why don't you just measure it and go there?" But now, I understood why. In the tight confines, with cave walls and rocks everywhere, it seemed impossible to measure anything. Or even knowing the correct direction seemed impossible to me. Of course, Ron had worked in these caves and tunnels for so many years, he pretty much knew it like the back of his hand but this was not going to be easy.
In addition to searching within the cave system, Ron took his team to the blocked-up tunnel entrance in the quarry to open it. Removing the blocks, there WAS the void Ron had detected with the radar as we explained earlier, and then the tunnel was plugged. So, Ron crawled inside and began to remove the rocks and debris, passing the buckets down to the next person, who passed it to the next, etc., until the last person who dumped or disposed of the contents. (This is the same method they used inside the cave system- the "bucket brigade" we call it, sometimes consisting of 10 or more people.)
Once, while clearing the tunnel with a group of good friends from Florida, he suddenly was struck with a feeling of impending "doom" or "disaster". He told everyone about this "impression", and explained that he didn't know what was going to happen but that they all needed to quickly pack up the equipment and "get outta there". All the guys did as he said, and just as they started walking out, everyone heard a loud booming thud coming from the area of the tunnel. A huge boulder in the ceiling of the tunnel had fallen right where Ron had been sitting.
They returned the next day and Ron broke up the huge boulder and removed it- the feeling of "doom" was gone and they continued working. But the debris plugging the hole appeared to have no end. They replaced the blocks exactly as they had found them and gave up, at least for the time being. For now, we have no idea if the tunnel is completely blocked the entire way, or even if it is the correct tunnel.
However, the last time Ron went back into the tunnel, Ronny was able to take time off work and return with him- and Ronny found a Roman coin with "Tiberius" on it, which indicates that the tunnel was opened in Roman times but then resealed. We could not find this particular coin in our list of Imperial Roman coins and therefore assume that the coin was a "city coin".
Digging Straight Down
Ron's last plan was to attempt to dig a shaft through the solid rock into the chamber that held the Ark and other objects. But this was a very precarious approach- the shaft could cave in and damage some of the objects, or they could expend all that effort and discover they had missed the chamber. It would be a tremendous undertaking, requiring an awful lot of work. But one trip, after his main excavation team had left for home, Ron and a couple of faithful assistants began the shaft. They now had jackhammer-drills and much better equipment than he and the boys had used during the early years.
They began drilling the shaft and got through about 10 feet of solid limestone over several trips but the end didn't seem anywhere in sight. And Ron experienced something that is common to the human species- he became frustrated at the tremendous effort and expense that appeared to be yielding absolutely no results.
Click to see the shaft extending aover 10 feet into the solid floor of the cave
Of all the projects Ron has worked on, his sense of unworthiness to work on this one was and is ever-present in his thoughts. The Biblical examples of those who did a work for God but at some time or another failed in some manner (such as the time Moses struck the rock when he was told to SPEAK to it, which cost him the privilege of being allowed to enter the promised land) are vivid reminders to Ron of how serious the consequences could be if he should allow any of his actions or motivations to go against God's will.
Sometimes, it was easy for him to discern his course of action, but other times it wasn't. Plus, he reasoned that if the time came that he had failed and God could no longer use him, how would he know? And by this time, he was beginning to wonder if he was being "taken off the job". He has always known that God didn't NEED him to get His work done- he could always find someone else. His efforts didn't seem to be paying off- it had now been almost 10 years since he first found the Ark.
Words of Encouragement from a "Visitor"
"God Bless You in What You are Doing Here"
Several years ago, Ron and one assistant had gone to Jerusalem to work on the shaft. A month or 2 earlier Ron had spoken at a church and one man present took a particular interest in the Ark of the Covenant. I well remember when he called here and began to question me about when Ron was going over, etc. He sounded like a nice enough person and I told him I didn't know for sure (which I didn't) but that it would be in a few months. He then asked me where they stayed because, he explained, he was going to Israel and wanted a relatively cheap hotel. So, I told him where we usually stayed- it seemed like an innocent enough question. But I was soon to learn a terrible lesson- that we cannot tell anyone when he is going overseas to work, whether it be Israel or Egypt, or wherever.
When Ron and our friend (who was helping him) arrived at the hotel, there was this man who had called me. He somehow had found out Ron's arrival date (I hadn't told him)! It turned out that this man was under the impression (or delusion) that he was a "prophet" and intended to impose himself into the project. So here was Ron and his digger, ready to go to work- but there was no way Ron was going to let this man know anything important, so they went into the main cave system but couldn't do the work they intended to do- not with him present.
As Ron explained it to me, this episode was the straw that sort of "broke the camels back". He had prayed, as he always does, about going over and had been convinced it was what he was supposed to do. Ron was paying all the expenses out of his own pocket and this one was costly. Adding it all up, it was approximately $7,000.00 to $8,000.00 down the tube, which is a LOT of money to us. So, Ron began to question if he was really doing what God wanted him to do, or if he was just fooling himself. At this time, it had been almost 10 years since he had first found the Ark- had he done something wrong that God could no longer use him? Whatever was the case, Ron decided on that trip that he was through- finished. He would close up the cave system and never return.
And let me tell you, this is NOT like Ron at all. He was very excited when he left here, and the experience with the "prophet" showing up must have been a terrible blow. What little he has told me about the incident indicates that it was a far worse experience than it sounds. But whatever happened, it completely deflated Ron, who interpreted the failed trip to mean that he had been "taken off the job".
But then Ron had an experience that changed his life. One day on that trip, he and the "prophet" were sitting on the ground just outside the entrance into the cave system- Ron's helper was inside. Ron was working on the radar scanner- changing the paper or something- and the "prophet" was in the shade of a large bush eating his lunch. Where they were sitting was, at that time, many feet lower than the ground level just behind them because this was where Ron had excavated down years earlier. It's necessary to understand this in light of the next event.
Ron heard a voice behind him say "God bless you in what you are doing here", and he looked up. Standing on the much higher ground many feet above him was a tall, slender man with dark hair wearing a long white robe and head covering similar to that worn in Biblical times-except that it was all pure white. Startled, mainly because he didn't TELL anyone what he was "doing here", he wondered who this man was.
He tried to make polite conversation and asked him if he was from around the area. The man replied simply "No" then remained silent. Ron then asked him if he was a tourist, and he again replied simply, "No". More silence, then the figure in white said, "I'm on my way from South Africa to the New Jerusalem". Ron was so startled that he couldn't say anything, but just stared at him. Then, the man again said, "God bless you in what you are doing here", and then turned and walked away.
After a moment, the "prophet", who couldn't see the man because he was beneath the shade of the bush, said, "Ron, do you think we've been talking to an angel?" Ron replied, "At least..."
I remember his call like it was yesterday. If you don't know Ron personally, let me explain that Ron is very low-keyed. He never acts excited or angry- his voice rarely gives away his true feelings. But I knew something had happened even though his voice was calm. He told me what had happened, and explained how just hours earlier, he had silently given up- frustrated, tired and simply worn down, he had lost his belief that what he was doing was God's will. Then, this stranger appeared and he repeated word for word their conversation. He was glad that the "prophet" had at least heard the conversation- at least he knew for sure that it really happened.
And when he questioned the locals who worked along the only path anyone could take to enter the area, he discovered that NO one had seen anyone of that description either come into the area or leave. Although the escarpment is extremely long, today it is surrounded by buildings, fences and stone walls which prevent anyone coming into the area except through one particular street. And the vendors along that street have been there day after day as long as Ron had worked there and he knew them well. There was no doubt about it- the stranger in white had been seen by no one else. And then Ron told me that he believed it was more than just an angel- he was deeply impressed that it was Christ, Himself.
Whether Christ or an angel, the experience was enough to encourage Ron and convince him that his efforts had NOT been in vain, and that he WAS still in God's will.
And since then, I have seen the results of that experience over and over, in both of us. From that moment forward, nothing could or will ever dampened Ron's zeal or belief in that or any other project. When he and his group were kidnapped about a year later (August 1991) in eastern Turkey, I know the knowledge of that experience gave me complete peace- I never once (after the initial shock) believed Ron was in serious danger because I knew he still had work to do. My calm was so noticable that when Ron returned, his friends at the hospital ribbed him, saying "Your wife sure must not care too much for you because she was AWFULLY calm on TV when talking about her kidnapped husband."
Ron doesn't talk about this experience with "the man in white" a great deal, but I believe it literally changed his life, giving him enough encouragement to endure whatever it takes to get the work finished. And since that time, Ron, like everyone else, has been "waiting", for the most part.
The Blood Tests
No one was any more surprised when Ron first publicly told about the results of the blood tests on the specimens he had taken from the Mercy Seat than I was. (All that he has stated about this can be seen in his talk on our "Presentation" video and will not be repeated here.)
He had taken other specimens from along the crack where it extends through the bedrock adjacent to the cross-hole and I myself had been able to take a small sample, rehydrate it over a 3 day period, and view the red blood cells through the microscope. But even then, he never mentioned to me any actual lab analyses being done. Nor have I ever seen the other specimen. Therefore, all I can report here is what he has already said, as he has told me that when the time is right, he plans to have 2 unbiased geneticists go into the chamber, take their own samples, and each do his own independent analysis which will be filmed in progress.
Again, this is Ron's plan- what HE hopes will occur- but as with everything else, we do not know for sure exactly how, when or where everything will ultimately occur. But for now, he has nothing more to say on the subject. He learned from his experiences with Noah's Ark that even when he had the lab analyses filmed as they were done, there were those who came up with incredible reasons for discounting the results, such as saying that Ron "made" the specimen, etc.
All one had to do is watch a bit of the O. J. Simpson trial to see how important blood tests can be, and how people can find a way to try to discredit them. My personal opinion is this: IF the Lord intends that His Son's Blood be shown publicly to have such unique characteristics that His humanity and divinity cannot be denied, He will arrange for this evidence to be presented in a manner that "clever" men cannot "explain it away" from honest people. Since the time Ron found the Blood, genetic (DNA) research has come a long way, perhaps indicating that God is preparing mankind for the proof that will not remain silent, but will shake the world. So, for now, just consider what little Ron has told, and again, watch and wait.
I have one last comment on this subject- people who claim to be "believers" make statements like, "That can't be true- it would be impossible to be a human and have the peculiar traits displayed in this blood". We need to remember that HE made us; we have NO right to limit His power by our severely limited knowledge of His creation.
Some people refuse to believe He could have parted the Red Sea in deep water, at a spot that is 8 miles across. Then, these same people try to explain in terms that WE can understand, that He really parted it in 30 feet of water when the wind was just right, etc., etc. What they are forgetting is that HE created not only this planet, but EVERYTHING that is throughout the known and unknown universe. It is no great thing for Him to part a little water.
So, hold your judgment on matters that are not yet proven. This doesn't mean to blindly accept the word of anyone. It only means to wait and see.
What Happens Now?
Everything is still where Ron found it, completely hidden and very well guarded. Will EVERYTHING be shown publicly? We don't know- I know that Ron's greatest desire is to excavate the entire area, exposing the site of the crucifixion down to the chamber, but whether that will ever happen, we just don't know.
I have learned that no matter how I believe events will occur, they ALWAYS happen differently. "But surely the Ark will be brought out, won't it?" We don't know if it ever will- it is deep in the earth and getting it and the other objects out at this time seems almost impossible without some Divine assistance. But we don't know.
Ron is of the belief that the things you have read about here will be made public soon, due to other events which we have cause to believe are about to occur (which we won't mention now), but remember, he's been waiting since 1982. If it doesn't happen that soon, he certainly won't give up- nor is he SAYING that it WILL be that soon- only that he believes there is a strong likelihood.
We DO ask that you pray for this site because at this moment there are certain people, led by Satan, who are attempting to "bury it" even deeper in the earth than it already is. After all, what could Satan fear more than the evidence which lies buried there?! However things happen will be in God's perfect time and no one will be able to change the events which He intends to occur. But perhaps we can hasten His coming by being faithful and diligent servants, finishing the work He has given us to do.
We DO believe the world will get to SEE the Ark and other objects, and that the Tables of Stone WILL be brought out. And we DO believe the time is getting near. To understand why we believe this, keep reading.
A COPY OF THE ARK?
Every now and then someone asks us about the story of the Ark being carried off to Ethiopia by the Queen of Sheba's son after he had a copy made to replace the original.
There are several things to consider here- first, in order for a copy to be made, someone had to view it. But no one except the high priest could access it and even then, he only stood before it once a year. If anyone else so much as looked at it, or touched the covering over it, they were struck dead. Who could have seen it to copy it?
But more than that, dare we presume that God could be fooled? His Presence dwelled constantly above that mercy seat- did He just "move over" complacently to the fake Ark? His requirements for the protection of the Most Holy place from being defiled were so precise,- He even gave very, very strict requirements as to the high priest's garments when he came into His Presence. God would not allow man to defile His earthly Throne.
We must be very careful lest we forget His Holiness. Our God is all powerful, almighty and Holy. No man could fool God with a "copy" of His earthly Throne. Nor would He allow unsacred hands to carry His Throne away. It just didn't happen. Amazingly, this is the same type of story that has been concocted about Noah's Ark- the story that the true remains are a copy made by Constantine or someone like that. When Satan is confronted with God's evidence and he cannot destroy this evidence, he has to resort to lies to try to lessen its impact.
The Ark and a Third Temple?
THE ARK AND THE JEWS- SACRIFICES, AGAIN?
A question we are asked frequently is if we believe the Jews are to re-institute the sacrificial system when the Ark is revealed. If we believe the Word of God, the answer can only be "no". As we discussed earlier, Jeremiah, who prophesied during the time of the Ark's disappearance, wrote:
JER 3:16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
The Lord was telling the Jews that if they returned to Him, He would do marvelous things for them. But this prophecy, being conditional, never came to pass. However, the verse we have just read was to tell them that the day would come when the Messiah would die for them, all sacrifices would cease, and they would be His lightbearers to the world. The fact that they, as a people, rejected God's pleas and finally apostatized, did not change the fact that the day would come when sacrifices to Him would be an abomination:
ISA 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
The verse in Jeremiah indicates that God will never return the Ark to the Jews for this purpose. But aside from this, when the Jews went into captivity in Babylon and the temple was destroyed, God spoke through His prophet Ezekiel in giving them new instructions regarding the sacrificial system- instructions which no longer included the Ark of the Covenant. See Ezekiel 44 through 46.
And when they returned from captivity, they continued the sacrificial system as God has instructed, but without the Ark. During the time of Christ, they were still performing the sacrificial system, again- without the Ark. There is no reason why they need the Ark to perform the sacrificial system. All they would have to do is build a "table of the Lord" as instructed in Ezekiel 41:22.
Let us never forget that Satan was once a "covering cherub"- he lived in the very Presence of God. And he knows the truth- he knows what's going on, and his aim is to obliterate God's Truth. He inspires men to come up with ideas and theories which do away with sacred truths, that we may be deceived. And for even the true believers, our only safeguard is in His Holy Word.
We are of the belief that many people have applied prophecies which refer to "Israel" to the literal Jewish race, when they in fact refer to the "people of God" (which, of course, consists of people of all races, including Jews):
GAL 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
As a result, many prophecies which refer to events which occur after the Second Advent of Christ, are misunderstood to be events which occur after His First Advent (and thusly before He returns.)
Christ's Blood on the Mercy Seat
On January 6, 1982, Ron Wyatt entered a chamber underneath the Calvary escarpment ,north of the city wall of Jerusalem. In this chamber he saw the Ark of the Covenant and numerous other things which he believes are the rest of the furnishings constructed at Sinai by God's explicit directions for the earthly sanctuary.
Upon the Mercy Seat, he found what looked to him to be dried blood. Today, we know that this is blood and that it is human. We believe It is the very Blood Christ shed for our sins. This concept was entirely new to Ron, and we have never found any reference in any ancient records which speak of such a concept. But as we have studied, we realized- to our understanding- this was the only way it could have happened and fulfill the type perfectly.
God, in His dealings with His creation of man, teaches us His great truths in the only manner in which we can understand them- through types, similes, examples and parables. Christ, when He preached to the people, spake only in parables:
MAT 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
In our previous articles, we have briefly studied the sacrificial system, sometimes called the sanctuary service, and we understand that it is the "type" for the true work of the True Sacrificial Lamb and High Priest.
The design of the plan of salvation features Christ as the Perfect Sacrifice on earth. His ministrations in the Heavenly Holy and Most Holy Places, which are His official offices of Mediator and High Priest, He assumed after His death and ascension into Heaven.
But in between His death as the Sacrifice for sin, and His assumption of His Priestly role in Heaven, lies the antitype on which it all hinged- the presenting of His Blood to His Father.
The Precision with which the "Antitypes" Fulfilled the "Types"
Many people believe that His Blood, to perfectly fulfill the type, had to be presented to His Father in Heaven. But that wasn't possible- Christ died on earth, not in Heaven. He was in the grave when His Sacrifice was accepted. It had to be accepted before He would be resurrected.
Others believe that His Blood had only to fall upon the ground to be considered "offered" to the Father. But, we have to look carefully for the "type" to this "antitype.
God gave extremely explicit directions as to the offering of the blood by the priests and high priest. The least little deviation from His instructions- if the sacrifice was not perfect, for example- and the priest was struck dead. Remember what happened to Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu when they offered "strange" fire before the Lord at Sinai-
NUM 3:4 And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD,...
God required His Holy Things to be kept undefiled. He would not accept an offering that was not perfect and did not meet all the requirements in its presentation. We cannot believe the Father would allow His Son's Blood to be offered simply upon the ground- for the earth is defiled. But more than that, it belongs, for the time being, to the prince of this planet, Satan.
Since every other type was met in antitype so precisely, this presenting of Christ's Blood to His Father would also have been perfectly fulfilled. Also of consideration is- how was Christ to offer His Own Blood when It was shed after His death? Was He to offer it after He arose from the dead, when He went to Heaven? No- for His sacrifice had to be accepted by His Father before He would be resurrected. The evidence that it was accepted by His Father can also be seen in those who were resurrected at the same time as Christ:
MAT 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Between the time Christ died on the cross and the time He arose, His Blood was presented to His Father and it was accepted by Him. Yet no human hands physically presented His Blood. From the beginning, the plan was perfect.
600 years before Christ would die, God arranged to have the representation of His Throne, the earthly Ark with its Mercy Seat, hidden deep within the earth just below where His Son would die on the cross. And upon this Mercy Seat, Christ's Blood would fall. In the earthly service, the high priest offered the blood, but Christ, the True High Priest, was dead. His Father had arranged that even in His death, Christ would sprinkle the required Blood upon the Mercy Seat.
When Christ died, the earth quaked. The rock was split right below His cross and this crevice extended right down into the hidden chamber which contained the undefiled "earthly" Throne of God- the Ark with its Mercy Seat. After He was dead, when the centurion stuck his spear into Christ's side and pierced His spleen, the Blood and water came out, falling down through that crack and was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat.
Christ was taken down from the cross and placed in Joseph's tomb. He was dead. He rested in His grave over the Sabbath.
Then, early the next morning, the same unseen Hand that caused the first earthquake, caused another earthquake at the moment the Sacrifice was accepted by the Father. The Son was commanded to life and came out of His grave, a victor over death for eternity.
And to prove this victory, many saints also came out of their graves at the same time, never to taste death again. Although Christ gave His life, the decision as to whether the Sacrifice was acceptable belonged to His Father.
The Ark- Undefiled by Man or Satan
God made wonderful provisions for this Ark. No man could defile it- only the high priest could come nigh unto it, and even then, if he did not comply with God's requirements, he too would be struck dead. It remained the only place on earth that could receive Christ's Blood as the sin offering, for it was the only object on this planet that had not been defiled by man. God would not allow man to defile His earthly Throne, nor did He allow man to destroy the Tables of the Law beneath that Throne. The payment of every sin was made just above that eternal Law.
PSA 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Perfect "justice" demands the death of the sinner. But perfect "mercy" provided a substitute for the truly repentant sinner.
PSA 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
The mercy of God the Father, which could never have been seen without the existence of sin, is finally manifested for all mankind when He allowed His only begotten Son to die. The "truth" of His Law was covered with the Blood of His Son- and provided salvation for all mankind from the condemnation of that Law through the righteousness of Christ.
Christ's Blood Didn't Shatter the Tables of Stone
What does the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant mean today? What is the connection with what we have just discussed?
The Ark was built to hold the precious Law and above the Law was the Mercy Seat where God's Presence was manifested. The Perfect Law required perfect obedience- anything less demanded the death of the sinner. God's Presence and His Law are inseparable. No man can come nigh unto Him and live- except through Christ, Who shed His Blood on that very Mercy Seat, between God's perfect Law and God Himself. Christ's Blood didn't shatter those Tables of Stone- It shattered the chains which bound us to sin and death:
PSA 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
"Mercy and truth" met together on that mercy seat. "From the earth" shall spring "Truth" when the Ark and the Tables of Stone can be revealed to all the earth. And as we sit here today, our "Righteousness" is looking down from Heaven, as our great High Priest pleads His Blood on our behalf before His Father.
And when the entire world can see that very Ark that God manifested His Own Presence upon, then they will see for themselves that His Law is real. It wasn't nailed to the cross- only the Law contained in ordinances which pertained to the sacrificial system was done away with. His Law will abide forever.