Where Is The Ark Of The Covenant?
Name: Adele Coulas
Question: Why did God send the ark of the covenant to earth? My husband asked that, and is it still on earth, I answered him that God took it back to heaven, which I believe it is written but I can’t find it.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Adele. It sounds like you both are trying to dig in, good work.
“The Ark of the Covenant” or “The Ark of the Testimony” as it is called in Exodus 25 was actually built here on earth. In Exodus 25:10-22, God explained to Moses exactly how “The Ark of the Covenant” was to be constructed. It was to be a place where God could commune with Moses and to keep the “testimony” God would give them, (Exodus 25:21-22).
The Eight Names For The Ark Of The Covenant
So no one is confused when they study Scripture, The Ark of the Covenant has eight names;
- The Ark of the Testimony – Exodus 25:22
- The Ark of the Covenant of the LORD (Jehovah) – Numbers 10:33
- The Ark of Lord (Adonai) GOD (Jehovah) – 1 Kings 2:26
- The Ark of the LORD (Jehovah) – Joshua 3:13
- The Ark of God (Elohim) – 1 Samuel 3:3
- The Holy Ark – 2 Chronicles 35:3
- The Ark of Thy Strength – Psalms 132:8
- The Ark of His Testament – Revelation 11:19
The Ark Of The Covenant Is In Heaven
Adele, you are spot on, The Ark of the Covenant is in Heaven.
Turn your Bible with me to,
19 “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.”
Notice, it is “His” Ark, “His” Testament as we learned by reading the eight names of The Ark.
I want you to make note of the word “Testament,” it is Strong’s word G1242 and it means,
a contract, covenant, testament
“The Ark of His Testament” is “The Ark of the Covenant“, it is the same Ark.
To provide some context to the verse, we are reading about the events of the Seventh Trumpet. However, as we can read, we are simply told “The Ark of His Testament” was already there, it was simply, “seen in His Temple“. That is why we will never find “The Ark of the Covenant” on earth, it is already with our Heavenly Father.
What Was The Purpose Of The Ark Of The Covenant?
Within the eight names of The Ark, it was more often than not called, “The Ark of Jehovah“. It was our Father’s Ark, His place to meet with Moses.
God told Moses,
16 “And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.”
It was to be a “testament,” a “testimony,” and a reminder of our Father’s Works, a witness to what He did for the Israelites. This was to prevent them from forgetting, as they had forgotten the Works He performed for them on their way out of Egypt.
What did God tell Moses to place inside The Ark?
Turn your Bible with me to,
4 “Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;”
These were tangible items that were placed into The Ark to become a reminder to the people, and for the people to know, that God was with them.