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How Does The Ark Get To Heaven?
by Wayne Blank
In the same way, does this Scripture, in describing the future time just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ, mean that the missing-for-centuries Ark of the Covenant is in heaven now?
"And the Temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His Temple the Ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." (Revelation 11:19 KJV)
It doesn't, does it. Future is future.
Who Goes To Heaven Just Before The Ark Is Seen There?
I believe that the Ark of the Covenant is in Jerusalem today, specifically, under the Temple Mount (shown in the photograph). I base that belief solely on the Holy Bible. For the full explanation of that, see Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
So, if I'm right, how and why does The Ark get to heaven? Does anything, or more specifically, anyone go to heaven just before the Ark is then seen there? Yes. God's two witnesses, who will be killed in Jerusalem, and who will be resurrected in Jerusalem, and who will ascend to heaven from Jerusalem.
When, or if you prefer, if, the Ark is found, it is going to be the greatest archaeological find in human history. Such a God-commanded Sacred Object will, by definition, demand a Sacred Place to house it. Whether you are a Jew, a Christian-Jew, or a Christian of any sort, that means another Temple - a Temple that will seem to, for example, the Pope, to be just as "Christian" as it will seem Jewish to Jews. Hence, how and why the prophesied "abomination of desolation" (i.e. "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy Place, whoso readeth, let him understand: Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains" Matthew 24:15 KJV) will occur in Jerusalem, "in Judea" (see Who Should Flee Into The Mountains?), and how and why, and by whom, the two witnesses will be martyred in Jerusalem (see the Fact Finder question below).
Based solely on the Biblical evidence, I believe that the Ark might ascend to heaven with the two witnesses when they are resurrected. Could I be wrong about that? Yes, I could. But I believe that, based solely on all of what the Holy Bible says, the possibility of the Ark ascending to heaven with the two witnesses when they are resurrected is far greater than anything else that has been put forth as an explanation of how and why the Ark is taken to heaven (if it's describing the same Ark). There is no other logical explanation for it going there then, and there is no logical explanation at all for it going there before.
The account of the two witnesses ascending to heaven, and then the appearance of the Ark in heaven, are described together in Scripture, as shown below highlighted in red:
"And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [see also The Last 42 Months of Satan's Kingdom], clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will [see also Smoke On The Water, Fire In The Sky]"
Fact Finder: How can we know that the two witnesses will be martyred and resurrected in Jerusalem?