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Monday, October 16 2017

Why Are The Golden Rings Of The Ark Now Empty?

"And the priests brought in the Ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place ... And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day"

The LORD's (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) instructions for the construction of the Ark of the Covenant (see The Ark, The Table and The Lampstand) included how it was to be carried (see Don't Touch The Ark). In each of the four corners of the of the Ark was a ring of gold through which long gold-covered "staves" (the plural of staff) were inserted, one on each side.

While specific Levites (see When Were The Levites Set Apart? and Why Were The Levites The Last To Receive Their Inheritance?; also Levites In History And Prophecy) were authorized to carry the Ark when the LORD commanded a move to be made, they nevertheless did not touch the Ark itself - just the carrying poles.

"25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 25:11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.

25:12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.

25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 25:14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. 25:15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it." (Exodus 25:10-15 KJV)

Levites Carrying The Ark

The poles remained in the golden rings of the Ark for all of the years in the Sinai (see Biblical Eras: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?), then the eras of Joshua (see Biblical Eras: The Founding Of Israel As A Country) and the Judges (see Biblical Eras: Governments Of The Judges), then through the civil war (see Biblical Eras: The First Kings and The Civil War) and the reign of King David (see Biblical Eras: The City Of David - When Jerusalem Became An Israelite City). We know that because the poles were still inserted in the golden rings when King Solomon completed the Temple in Jerusalem (see Biblical Eras: The Golden Age Of King Solomon).

It was only then that the poles were removed from the Ark, which was housed in the Most Holy Place of the Temple (just as it had been in the portable Tabernacle from the time of Moses; see The Building Of The Tabernacle and David's House Of Cedars and The LORD's Tabernacle), where they remained, but their ends could be seen in the Holy Place that served as the entrance room to the Most Holy Place, but not outside of it. The poles were no longer (no pun intended) needed because the Ark was, at last, home in Jerusalem.

"8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.

8:2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

8:3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 8:4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up. 8:5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

8:6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims. 8:7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

8:8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.

8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD" (1 Kings 8:1-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why was a specific area of the Tabernacle, then the Temple, called "The Holy Place"?
See The Holy Place In History And Prophecy

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This Day In History, October 16

456: Magister militum Ricimer defeated Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and became the leader of the Western Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Roman Empire

1555: During the reign of (Roman Catholic) Queen Mary I (known to history as "Bloody Mary" because of the religious persecution that she inflicted upon those who rejected papal rule of Britain), English Protestant reformers Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake at Oxford after being convicted of anti-Rome "heresy" e.g. promoting the printing of English-language Bibles so that people could read the Word of God for themselves (see A Christian Holy Bible Reading Plan With Detailed Study Notes and What Does Word of God Mean To You?).

Mary I of England

1594: William Allen died at age 62. The English cardinal supervised the preparation of the Roman Catholic Reims-Douai translation of the Bible (see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). During his lifetime he was much involved in subversive activities against the Protestant government of Queen Elizabeth I. In a blatant act of high treason, he called upon the Catholic King Philip II of Spain to conquer England and assume the English throne. After Philip's invasion force, the Spanish Armada (see Send In The Marines), was defeated by the British navy (and some very "miraculous" weather), Allen fled to Rome where he was made a cardinal.

Elizabeth I of England

1710: Port Royal, Acadia (now Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia) was captured from the French by the British. The Treaty of Utrecht, signed 3 years later, gave the mainland part of present-day Nova Scotia to Britain, but left Cape Breton Island and present-day New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island with France (until 1763 at the conclusion of the French and Indian War, when they too came under British rule). In 1755 many Acadians were deported for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to Britain. Many of them went to the French colony known today as Louisiana (named after French king Louis) where "acadian" became pronounced in the slang-English accent there as "cajun"

New France

1793: Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, wife of King Louis XVI, was beheaded during the French Revolution.

1813: Thee 3 day Battle of Leipzig began (also called the Battle of The Nations). It was a decisive victory of the allies over Napoleon. During the battle, most of Napoleon's German auxiliary forces went over to the allies. A large monument commemorates the battle which cost about 120,000 casualties.

1841: Queen's University was founded in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

1846: The first major operation using ether as an anesthetic took place when a tumor was removed from a patient in Boston.

1859: John Brown led his famous raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, and seized the armory to provide for his anti-slavery militia. He was later captured and hanged.

1934: The "Long March" of Chinese communists began under Mao Zedong.

1946: After being convicted of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials, the major Nazi war criminals were executed the same day: Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl. Hermann Goering escaped the gallows by committing suicide in his jail cell the day before (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).


1964: China exploded its first atomic bomb, at the Lop Nor test site in Sinkiang.

China Atomic Bomb

1970: The Liberal government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (the father of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) briefly proclaimed the War Measures Act in response to terrorist French-separatist "FLQ" activities in Quebec. It was only the third time that the martial-law legislation had been enacted in Canadian history - the other two were the First World war (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945).

1973: U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissenger and North Vietnamese peace negotiator Le Duc Tho were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.



1978: Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected Pope, choosing the name John Paul II. He was the first non-Italian pope in 486 years.

1984: A baboon heart was transplanted into a human infant in California. After the transplant, "Baby Fae" lived 30 days.

1987: The Great Storm of 1987 in Britain. 20 people were killed when a devastating gale with gusts up to 115 mph struck southern Britain, the worst since records began. The storm flattened 15,000,000 trees and caused 1,000,000,000 pounds damage.

1998: Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London on a warrant from Spain that requested his extradition on murder charges.

2002: Bibliotheca Alexandrina was opened in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It commemorates the great Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity.


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