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Where Is Aaron's Rod?
by Wayne Blank
"Behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds"
Almonds were known to the people of Israel very early in Bible History. Almonds were included as a gift from Jacob/Israel to the Prime Minister of Egypt, who was, unknown to Jacob, Jacob's own long-lost son Joseph (see Coat Of Many Colors):
"And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds" (Genesis 43:11 KJV)
The lampstand (which is the correct translation - candlesticks were well-known to the King James Version translators in 1611 England, but candles were unknown to the people of ancient Israel) had ornate oil bowls in the shape of almond blossoms:
"And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick."
Aaron's rod was made of an almond branch; when others challenged Aaron's God-given authority, yet another miraculous sign was done with it:
"And The Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod. And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. And thou shalt lay them up in the Tabernacle of the congregation [see also The Tabernacle In The Wilderness] before the testimony, where I will meet with you. And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you."
Fact Finder: (a) Was Aaron's almond rod one of the things that were placed in the Ark of The Covenant with the tables of stone upon which were written the Ten Commandments? What else was in the Ark as well? (b) If the lost Ark of the Covenant is ever found, where is that most likely to happen? (c) What does the Holy Bible say about the Ark of the Covenant being in heaven, and when it will be there?