6.2 – ALIENS & THE LOST ARK (12.6.13)

LOCATION LEGENDS [3e]

Mount Tsurugi, Japan. Every year, Shinto worshippers ascend this mountain, 6,000 miles from the Jewish Holy Land. They carry an elaborate, gold-clad chest that, like the Ark of the Covenant, is believed to contain the spirit of God.

“Scholars in Japan look at the Old Testament. They also look at the kind of mythical foundational texts of Japan, like the Kojiki, and see certain similarities. And they like to think that these similarities are not just coincidences, but actually suggest ancient connections. Part of this theory is that these lost tribes of Israel brought the Ark to Japan, and it ended up at a sacred peak, Mount Tsurugi, and it lays hidden in the limestone caves underneath it.”

– Alexander Bay, Ph.D.
(Assoc. Prof. of Japanese History, Chapman Univ.)

Could the Ark of the Covenant really be hidden in Japan? And might this explain why Shinto worshippers perform a ritual that’s eerily reminiscent of the ancient Israelites carrying the Ark through the desert? One Japanese historian named Takane Masanori was so confident that the Ark of the Covenant was hidden in Mount Tsurugi, he actually performed excavations of the mountain in the 1930s.

“Excavations were started in 1936 on the peak, or near the peak of Mount Tsurugi, and this research went on for some decades, and then, it was all shut down, and the area is now a national park, so, further research is banned for environmental reasons, so we won’t know. The Ark of the Covenant has not been found in Japan, but the legend continues.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Is it possible that a lost tribe of Israel made their way thousands of miles across the Asian continent and brought the Ark to Japan? It is just one theory out of many. Some biblical scholars suggest that Israel’s high priests, anticipating the destruction of the city, stashed the Ark deep in a cave under Jerusalem’s Temple Mount for protection. It is also believed that, centuries later, the Ark was discovered in its hiding place, and was taken away to safety by a group known as the Knights Templar.

“The Knights Templar were monks who were trained to fight as soldiers in the Holy Land during the Crusades, from the 1100s up until the 1300s. They discovered a great treasure. They themselves describe it as a great biblical treasure.”

– Graham Phillips (Author/Investigative Journalist),
(Author, Merlin & the Discovery of 
Avalon in the New World),
(Alexander the Great: Murder at Babylon),
(The Templars & the Ark of the Covenant),
(Atlantis & the Ten Plagues of Egypt)

“There are certainly legends throughout Europe, and specifically France, of where the Ark of the Covenant ended up. Some say it was buried beneath Chartres Cathedral in the crypt. Some say it was buried in the Languedoc region near Rennes-le-Chateau. And we know that the Nazis excavated in depth in these mountains, looking for the Ark of the Covenant.”

– Kathleen McGowan Coppens (Author/Researcher),
(Author, The Expected One), (The Source of Miracles),
(The Book of Love)

But some believe the Ark’s journey didn’t end in France, and that, eventually, it was taken even further to the north.

“There’s been a rumor for years that the Templar Treasure was actually taken through France by the Templars. And the story goes that it was then taken to Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland for safekeeping.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

Could the Ark of the Covenant still be hidden somewhere in Rosslyn Chapel? Or might it have been, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest, taken far away to North America, where it was hidden deep underground, and still lies buried? Perhaps. But there are those who believe that the Ark isn’t hidden at all. They claim its whereabouts have been well-known and well-guarded for hundreds of years.

Aksum, Ethiopia. The Church of St. Mary of Zion. A solitary monk, who is not allowed to leave the grounds, is charged with guarding the church’s holiest relic. It is a job he has devoted his life to, and one he will keep until his death.

“There’s a cathedral there called the Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion. And I started talking to the monk who guarded the chapel. And he told me that lying in that chapel was the true, the original, Ark of the Covenant. Now, at first, it seemed to me like an incredibly tall story. But as I began to look into it, I realized that there was something to the Ethiopian claim. For example, why was there an ancient Jewish population in Ethiopia? It was like they were frozen in amber from an earlier time and caught in Ethiopia. And I got to know a succession of three different guardians of the Ark. Once appointed as guardian, they have a very short life span. They die very quickly. And one of them in particular pointed to the issue of his eyes to me in the way that the cataracts were creeping over his eyes. And I said, “What is causing that?” And he said, “It’s the Ark of the Covenant that’s causing that.” He said the Ark is a thing of fire. And there was such truth and power in his words that I began to feel very strongly that the Ethiopians could indeed have this object.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

Could the Ark of the Covenant really reside in a church in Ethiopia, in a location so publicly known and so modestly protected? If so, why has there been no proof? Is it an elaborate hoax? Or is there perhaps another reason? And could that reason be based on one of the other audacious theories concerning the Ark, that there are more than one of them?

“The Torah speaks that there were actually two arks. There was one ark, which was built by Moses when he first came down from Mount Sinai. And only later do we find in the Book of Exodus was the commandment given for a ark to be built by Bezalel. That was the ark that stayed in the Tabernacle.”

Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok (Founder, KosherTorah School)

“The Torah speaks that there were actually two arks. There was one ark, which was built by Moses when he first came down from Mount Sinai. And only later do we find in the Book of Exodus was the commandment given for a ark to be built by Bezalel. That was the ark that stayed in the Tabernacle.”

Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok (Founder, KosherTorah School)

If the Ark really was a technological device, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe, might there really have been more than one of them? And, if so, might the various myths and legends about the Ark and its whereabouts all be plausible? Perhaps. But whether there is one ark or many, two other important questions remain: what was the Ark’s true purpose? And what would happen if it ever returned?

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