Ark of the Covenant…

When I was younger and was reading my Bible I had a tendency to skip the part where it was talking about the building of the sanctuary. I didn’t know the importance of it until I was bit older and then I fell in love with what it meant. It wasn’t until I read the Cross and It’s Shadow by Stephen Haskell that I was hit with the importance of the sanctuary message. I was able to learn and understand and was excited to read that book every day.

I would highly encourage you all to find a copy and read it for yourselves. Now I obviously can’t go into all the message of the sanctuary in one blog but I am going to focus on one article of furniture that was in the sanctuary. If you guys are interested I could start a series on the sanctuary message. We shall see 🙂

God instructed Moses to build one particular article of furniture for the building of the sanctuary. That article was the Ark of the Covenant, this furniture was in the shape of a box and was hand crafted you can read about the details in Exodus, the covering was called the Mercy Seat. The Mercy Seat had two angels on the top, one of the wings covering their faces and the other stretched straight up. This article of furniture is where Moses placed the rod of Aaron after it budded, a pot of manna, and the Ten Commandments.

This box was then placed in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary. Here is where God lived, or His presence abided, above the Mercy Seat, the only people who could go before the presence of God was Moses and the High Priest, but the High Priest could only go once a year, on the day of Atonement.

Now everything in the sanctuary was a replica of what was in heaven. In heaven the Mercy Seat is where God sits and rules and hears the prayers of the saints. On either side of Him there are two angels, one of the angels that used to stand by His side was Lucifer before his fall. One of the angels we know of now is Gabriel, Gabriel took Lucifer’s place after the war in heaven.

The sanctuary was given to the Israelites to help them understand what was going to happen in the future as well. The Lord had Moses write it down for us for a reason, He wanted us to understand the sanctuary message. God wanted us to know, and for a time that knowledge was sealed like Daniel told us. It wasn’t until after 1844 and the Great Disappointment that the Lord opened the sealed books and we were able to understand the sanctuary message.

The Mercy Seat is for all of us. Jesus intercedes on our behave to His Father and when we accept and ask for forgiveness of our sins it is Jesus who blots out the sins as if they never happened and instead of seeing our sinful lives all that can be seen is the spotless life of Christ.

As I said before only the High Priest could go in and look at it once a year on the day of atonement. On that day a sacrifice was made and the blood of the lamb was poured onto the Mercy Seat, while another lamb was set free in the wilderness.
This symbolized the sacrifice the Lord was going to make, and the scapegoat (the lamb that was let go in the wilderness) represented Satan. Before they let the scapegoat go in the wilderness the High Priest would place his hands on it. It was a sign that all the sins that the Israelites had made and had confessed were transferred over to the scapegoat.
Just like in the end times when Satan will finally pay for all the evil and wickedness that he has caused, he will have to pay for the sins that the righteous have confessed and been forgiven for.

 

There are a few stories in the Bible about the Ark of the Covenant, there was that time when the Israelites took it out with them in battle to fight against the Philistines and the battle was lost. The Israelites didn’t need the Ark with them  to win the battle they needed to have gone to God and put their confidence in Him praying for help and deliverance. The Philistines got the Ark because of that battle but they didn’t have for too long.
The Lord a lot of interesting things happen to the Philistines before they eventually sent it back to the Israelites. You can read the full story in 1 Samuel. That is just one story, see which others you can find.
Before King Nebuchadnezzar came and took over Jerusalem, Jeremiah the prophet was able to hide the Ark of the Covenant in the mountains in a cave somewhere. After the temple was rebuilt the Jews just pretended that it was there.
The Jews back then knew what the sanctuary symbolized but they also had their own agenda’s in mind as well, they were expecting someone who would lead them in battle against the Romans’ but when Jesus finally came to earth  and He didn’t live up to their expectations they refused to accept Him as their Messiah. As soon as Jesus died on the cross there was a rip in the veil, the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place, and the lamb that they were going to use for the burnt offering for the Passover ran away.
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This all happened for a reason, because Jesus was the lamb that was slain in order to fulfill the Passover and to fulfill every other prophecy. Which meant that there was no more need for the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificing of the animals was a symbol that Christ would someday come and be the sacrifice to forgive us of all our sins. That is why the High Priest sprinkled the blood on the Mercy Seat, it symbolized Jesus’ blood on the cross.
Isaiah 53:12 – Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
All this had to happen so that Jesus could intercede on our behalf for us. Unfortunately most of the Jews didn’t accept that and they still to this day keep rituals that are no longer needed or necessary. If we were to do those rituals today it would mean that we don’t accept what Christ has done for us on the cross.
Romans 8:34 – Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Christ is still interceding on our behalf, but not for long because when He stops it means that everyone has come before the Judgment seat. It means that Christ has left the Most Holy Place in heaven and is on His way to earth to take His faithful and obedient children home to heaven, where there will be no death, sadness, or sin of any kind ever again. That is why it is important to live every single day as if it is our last. Angels and unfallen worlds are watching us with bated breath to see what choices and decisions we will make. We must choose the narrow way before it is too late.
Hebrews 7:25 – Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
1 John 2:1 – 3 – My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
You should also read Hebrews chapter 9, the whole chapter, it is powerful!
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Here are a couple of quotes from the Spirit of Prophecy:

Within the second vail was placed the ark of the testimony, and the beautiful and rich curtain was drawn before the sacred ark. This curtain did not reach to the top of the building. The glory of God, which was above the mercy-seat, could be seen from both apartments, but in a much less degree from the first apartment. Directly before the ark, but separated by the curtain, was the golden altar of incense. The fire upon this altar was kindled by the Lord himself, and was sacredly cherished by feeding it with holy incense, which filled the sanctuary with its fragrant cloud, day and night. Its fragrance extended for miles around the tabernacle. When the priest offered the incense before the Lord, he looked to the mercy-seat. Although he could not see it, he knew it was there; and as the incense arose like a cloud, the glory of the Lord descended upon the mercy-seat, and filled the most holy place, and was visible in the holy place; and the glory often so filled both apartments that the priest was unable to officiate, and was obliged to stand at the door of the tabernacle. The priest in the holy place, directing his prayer by faith to the mercy-seat, which he could not see, represents the people of God directing their prayers to Christ before the mercy-seat in the heavenly sanctuary. They cannot behold their Mediator with the natural eye, but with the eye of faith they see Christ before the mercy-seat, and direct their prayers to him, and with assurance claim the benefits of his mediation. {1SP 273.3}

Are you filled with sorrow today? Fasten your eyes on the Sun of Righteousness. Do not try to adjust all the difficulties, but turn your face to the light, to the throne of God. What will you see there?–The rainbow of the covenant, the living promise of God. Beneath it is the mercy seat, and whosoever avails himself of the provisions of mercy that have been made, and appropriates the merits of the life and death of Christ, has in the rainbow of the covenant a blessed assurance of acceptance with the Father as long as the throne of God endures. Faith is what you need. Do not let faith waver. Fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life. It will be a severe fight, but fight it at any cost; for the promises of God are yea and amen in Christ Jesus. Put your hand in the hand of Christ. There are difficulties to be overcome, but angels that excel in strength will cooperate with the people of God. Face Zion, press your way to the city of solemnities. A glorious crown, a robe woven in the loom of heaven, awaits the overcomer. Though Satan would cast his hellish shadow athwart your pathway, and seek to hide the mystic ladder from your view that stretches from earth to the throne of God, on which ascend and descend the angels who are ministering spirits to those who shall be heirs of salvation, yet press your way upward, plant your feet on one round after another, and advance to the throne of the Infinite. {ST, May 2, 1895 par. 7}

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What with all that is happening in the world around us, we do not have long. Now is the time to come to Jesus and now is the time to spread the urgent message of Jesus’s soon coming. The sanctuary message is an important message to tell to others so they can understand fully all the things that Christ has done for them so that we all can be saved. We are the only faith that has been given the light of the sanctuary message, it is our duty to not only understand but to share that message with everyone we know.
This is taken from – The Cross and It’s Shadow by Stephen Haskell:

The ark was the central figure of the entire sanctuary. The broken law contained in the ark was the only reason for all the sacrificial services, both typical and antitypical. When the Lord gave directions for making the sanctuary, His first instruction was “They shall make an ark of shittim (acacia) 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.” It was overlaid within and without with pure gold, with a crown of gold around the top. {1914 SNH, CIS 45.1}
The cover of the ark was called the mercy-seat, and was of pure gold. On either end of the mercy-seat were cherubim of beaten gold, with their wings stretched forth covering the ark, and their faces looking reverently toward the law of God contained therein. {1914 SNH, CIS 45.2}

There is great consolation in the fact that the Lord Himself covered the broken law with a mercy-seat; and then He, the merciful God, took His position upon that seat, so that every sinner who comes confessing his sins, may receive mercy, and pardon. That mercy-seat, with the cloud of glory, the visible representation of God’s presence, and its covering cherubim, is a figure, or “shadow,” of the throne of the great God, who proclaims His name as “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” {1914 SNH, CIS 46.1}

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Within the ark was the Lord’s own copy of that holy law given to mankind in the beginning. “Where no law is, there is no transgression.” “Sin is not imputed when there is no law;” therefore the Lord could never have driven our first parents from the garden of Eden on account of their sin, if they had been ignorant of His holy law. How God proclaimed His law to our first parents He never revealed in His Holy Book; but when it was necessary again to make His law known to His people, after their long servitude in Egypt, He had the account of that awe-inspiring event recorded, so that the generations to come might know that God came from heaven and spoke the ten commandments with an audible voice in the hearing of all Israel. {1914 SNH, CIS 46.2}
After God had declared the ten commandments from the top of Mount Sinai, He wrote them upon two tables of stone, and gave them to Moses, with the instruction, “Thou shalt put them in the ark.” The ark was placed in the most holy apartment of the sanctuary, where no mortal eye, except that of the high priest, could gaze upon it, and he on only one day in the year, when he went in to sprinkle the blood of the Lord’s goat before and upon the mercy-seat to atone for the broken law within the ark. {1914 SNH, CIS 46.3}

“The wages of sin is death,” and the broken law demands the death of every sinner. In the typical service the blood was sprinkled above the law to show faith in the blood of Christ, which would free the righteous from the demands, or curse, of the law. {1914 SNH, CIS 47.1}
God communed with His people from the cloud of glory which rested above the mercy-seat, between the cherubim.  These golden cherubim with outstretched wings were a representation of the covering cherubim that surround the throne of God in heaven.  {1914 SNH, CIS 47.2}

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There can be no government without law. The very suggestion of a kingdom is always connected with law. There could be no judgment without a law as a standard of judgment. God declares that “as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.” All God’s commandments are righteousness.  The establishment or foundation, of His throne is righteousness and judgment. {1914 SNH, CIS 48.1}
“There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone,” is the divine record. The pot of manna was laid up before the Lord, and Aaron’s rod that budded was laid up “before the testimony.” Paul enumerating all the contents of the most holy place in the order that he has, leads some to suppose that at some time the pot of manna and Aaron’s rod were placed in the ark; but the ark was made for the one purpose of containing God’s holy law. {1914 SNH, CIS 48.2}
No profane hands were allowed to touch the ark. Uzzah was smitten for reaching forth his hand to steady it when the oxen which were drawing it stumbled; and thousands of “the men of Bethshemesh” were smitten for looking into it. None but the Levites allowed to carry the sacred chest.  {1914 SNH, CIS 48.3}

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On the occasion of a battle with the Philistines, the wicked sons of Eli, the high priest, carried the ark on to the battle-field, and it was captured by the Philistines; but God impressed their hearts to return it to Israel with a golden trespass-offering. When Solomon’s temple was built, the ark was placed in the holy of holies, where it remained until taken by the prophet Jeremiah and hid in a cave in the mountains before the Babylonian captivity, lest it should fall into the hands of the Gentiles. {1914 SNH, CIS 48.4}
The writer of the Apocrypha states that the ark will again be brought forth in the last times. Whether that copy of the law which God gave at Sinai will be brought out again or not, there will be a copy of that same law, traced as with a pen of fire in the heavens, before the wondering gaze of the inhabitants of earth, in connection with the second coming of Christ to the earth. {1914 SNH, CIS 48.5}
That holy law is the standard by which all will be judged. That law will condemn the guilty; for “sin is the transgression of the law.” The same law that condemns the sinner will witness to the righteousness of those who, through faith in Christ, have tried to walk in harmony with its holy precepts, humbly seeking forgiveness for every transgression. {1914 SNH, CIS 49.1}

I am not perfect by no means and I know I have a long way to go, I can only pray day by day that I continue to grow more like Christ. I hope and pray the same for all of you and please do the same for me. Satan doesn’t want any of us in heaven because he doesn’t want to pay for our sins, and also because he is pure evil. I want Jesus to be seen in me, don’t you? Read and study these things out for yourself, there is much more to be said about this and much more to read.
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2 thoughts on “Ark of the Covenant…”

  1. Thank you Kaila – nicely written. Thank you for loving our Lord and sharing your knowledge of Him ❤️.

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