The Ark of the Covenant
Ceremony of the Entrance of the Ark
The Entry of the Ark in Houston, Texas
Moment of Miracles
Just before the ark entered the main hall of the Cathedral, Bishop Bira Fonseca, responsible for evangelistic work in the country with English-speaking and African-American natives, said that “as the walls of Jericho fell, the Jordan River opened and Dagon was shattered before the Ark, whatever your problem, it will fall as well. ” And all that were present agreed one faith. When the Levites, led by the Priest of the Temple of Solomon, entered with the Ark of the Covenant, miracles began to happen.
What is the Ark?
The ark of the covenant was a sacred chest made by the ancient Israelites according to the command and design of God. It housed and protected “the Testimony,” the Ten Commandments written on two stone tablets.—Exodus 25:8-10, 16; 31:18.
Construction Experts estimate that the total weight of the Ark was about 565 lbs! The Ark was built of acacia wood and was overlaid inside and out with gold, with an artistic border. Its cover, made of solid gold, featured two golden cherubs, one at each end. They faced each other with their faces toward the cover and their wings extending upward, overshadowing the cover. The cherubim, symbols of God’s divine presence and power. The whole structure was beaten out of one piece of pure gold. It was His throne, flanked by angels. The Ark had four rings of cast gold above its feet. Acacia-wood poles overlaid with gold were put through the rings and were used for carrying the Ark.
—Exodus 25:10-21; 37:6-9.
Location The Ark was initially kept in the Most Holy compartment of the tabernacle, a transportable tent of worship that was made at the same time as the Ark. The Most Holy was screened off from the view of the priests and the people. (Exodus 40:3, 21) Only the high priest could enter this compartment, one day each year on Atonement Day, and see the Ark. (Leviticus 16:2; Hebrews 9:7) Later, the Ark was moved to the Most Holy in Solomon’s temple.
—1 Kings 6:14, 19.
Transport When the ark was taken down as the Israelites moved from place to place, The Ark was to be carried by the Levites on their shoulders by means of the acacia-wood poles. The poles remained attached to the Ark at all times, so the Levites never had to touch the Ark. “The screening curtain” that separated the Holy and the Most Holy was used to cover the Ark while it was being carried.
—Numbers 4:5, 6.
Only the high priests could see the ark, God spoke to the high priests between the cherubims, to give direction to His people. When Jesus tied the curtain that separated the Holy place from the other places in the temple, for that reason everyone had free access to the presence of God.