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Biblical: Mysteries & Hypotheses

Published on Aug 15, 2013

A fascinating verse in Bible prophecy implies that the Ark of the Covenant is going to be found in this end time.

Finding the Ark of the Covenant


Tara Hill was one of the most venerated religious spots in early Ireland and the seat of the High Kings of Ireland from the 3rd century until 1022. Despite its importance, the expectant visitor may be disappointed in what he sees as, at Tara there are no signs of regal past, nor impressive remains, only the remains of  earthworks. But this cluster of megaliths represents a part a larger system capable of recognising specific parts of the lunar and solar cycles. In the case of Tara, it the chamber of the Mound of hostages' is aligned to mark the November, February quarter days, along with Dowth and Cairns L and U at Loughcrew. Tara is only 10 miles distant from The Boyne Valley, which is clearly visible from there.

The Ark of the Covenant

By Richard A. Lovett and Scot Hoffman

For centuries, people have tried in vain to locate and recover the Bible's most sacred objects. Among the most sought-after of these religious antiquities is the famed Ark of the Covenant.

This legendary artifact is the ornate, gilded case built some 3,000 years ago by the Israelites to house the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. Biblical accounts describe the Ark as large, about the size of a 19th-century seaman's chest, made of gold-plated wood, and topped with two large, golden angels. It was carried using poles inserted through rings on its sides.

The Ark has been linked to several of the Old Testament's miracles. It was carried before the Israelites during the Exodus and is said to have cleared impediments and poisonous animals from their path. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land, the Bible says that the river stopped flowing the moment the Ark-bearers set foot in it.

And when the Israelites besieged Jericho, they carried the Ark around the city for a week, blowing trumpets until, on the seventh day, the walls fell down, allowing easy conquest.

But in 597 and 586 B.C., the Babylonian Empire conquered the Israelites, and the Ark, at the time supposedly stored in the Temple in Jerusalem, vanished from history. Destroyed? Captured? Hidden? Nobody knows.





The Ark of the Covenant




    Where Was the Garden of Eden?

    Source: Babylon Past, Present and Future. 1990

    The location of the Garden of Eden has been a topic of discussion and debate for centuries. During the Middle Ages, many people believed it still existed and could be rediscovered. Some Spanish explorers searched for the garden paradise in the New World, but without success.

    Where was the garden? The Bible does not definitively fix the site. We're told simply that "the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed" (Genesis 2:8). One additional clue is provided: "Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four Overheads" (verse 10).

    Since two of those four river names are those of the Tigris (ancient Hiddekel) and the Euphrates (see verse 14), many have felt the garden was in Babylonia or southern Mesopotamia (in modern Iraq), where ancient Sumerian legends place a similar garden.

    Deposits of silt have radically altered the entire configuration of lower Babylonia over the millennia. Moreover, the Tigris and Euphrates have shifted their river beds several times through history. Archeological studies have indicated that about 4000 B.C., a river of southern Iraq "braided" or divided into a number of separate streams (the four riverheads of Genesis 2?) before entering what is now called the Persian or Arabian Gulf.

    Other suggested locations for the garden have included Armenia, near the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates; Dilmun (modern Bahrain in the Persian Gulf); or sites in southwest Persia. Southern Babylonia, however, remains the generally accepted locale. If so, the book of Genesis thus places the beginning of human life in the very region that modern archeology has shown to be the "cradle of civilization," the original home of the races of men.

    Where is Eden today? It's gone! Adam was ordered to dress and to keep the garden. He sinned and was driven out. The garden became overgrown and went to ruin, as would any garden without human care.


    What does the Bible say about dinosaurs?

    Many have wondered about the origin of the dinosaurs and where they fit in the biblical story. The short answer is that much of the physical evidence on the earth points to these creatures having lived on earth before God created mankind.

    The record of creation in Genesis 1 and 2, when the Bible introduces man and woman, is the re-creation of a previous world mysteriously destroyed "When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth" Psalm 104:30. Because Scripture deals with the story of man and God's purpose for mankind, the Bible does not reveal many details about the earth before the creation of Adam and Eve—including dinosaurs. These chapters relate the origins of the world as we now know it, giving only a brief glimpse into the world that existed before Adam and Eve.

    The original Hebrew wording of Genesis 1:1-2 indicates that a considerable time interval could have occurred between the events described in verse 1 and verse 2.

    There is no conflict between biblical revelation and genuine science. We recognize that there is much scientific evidence that points to the earth probably being up to several billion years old. In other words, the physical evidence of the earth indicates it was quite old by the time God planted the Garden of Eden and created mankind in it. Therefore there is strong evidence that sometime between that initial creation and the creation of man approximately 6,000 years ago, the dinosaurs roamed the earth.


    India’s Biblical Identity
    May 2002

    God identifies the members of an end-time Asian alliance in Ezekiel 38 and 39. In Ezekiel 38:2-3, God identifies the key players as Russia and China. Verse 5 mentions these nations: “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet.” Ethiopia and Libya come from the Hebrew words Cush and Phut. These are descendants of Noah’s son Ham (Gen. 10:6). Secular and Bible history show that some of these people migrated west, into eastern Africa, and some migrated east, into south Asia—inhabiting parts of India and Pakistan.

    Phut, also spelled Put in the Bible, means warrior. The warrior-rulers of India have often been referred to as the “rajahs” or “rajputs.” Rajput means king or chief of Put.

    Cush, or Kush, also settled both in eastern Africa and in India—once inhabiting the area known as Hindu Cush.

    The Parsees, among the wealthiest class in India, are known to be descendants of the ancient Persians (named in verse 5). This explains why some of the Indians are lighter skinned, like the Persians, while many are darker skinned, like the Cushites of Ethiopia.

    Shem, father of the more fair-skinned races, had a great-great-grandson, Ophir, whose descendants founded the great Indus Valley civilization in India. India was where Ophir first settled. Solomon’s ships traveled into this land, where they brought back “gold, and silver, ivory [margin: elephants’ teeth], and apes, and peacocks” (i Kings 10:22). India is the only land where peacocks are native. (Incidentally, Ophir eventually ascended the mountains past the land of Kashmir to Afghanistan and Tajikistan.)

    The peoples of the Indian subcontinent, most likely much of Pakistan included, will comprise a major part of this end-time Asian alliance.

    India, Its Biblical Past and Future: Any Witness?

    India has long been one of the world's largest countries. In the past several decades, its economic impact has began to grow, hence increasing its influence around the world.

    Furthermore, when other ethnically Indian countries (like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) are included, those with Indian ancestory make up around 1/4 of the world's population.

    Does the Bible give any mention of those who are Indian or what might affect many of the Indians in the future? Does Indian history in any way support the early Biblical narratives?

    The Bible teaches that all peoples descended from Adam and Eve:

    And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20, NKJV throughout unless otherwise noted).

    This would include those now considered to be Indian, as well as all other groups and races of humans.

    Furthermore, all humans are descendants of Noah as he and his family were the only humans to survive the great flood:

    7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood...
    13 On the very same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark...
    23... Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive...
    9:18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan.
    19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated (Genesis 7:7,13,23;9:18-19).

    Some of the early genealogy of the various peoples is mentioned in the Bible:

    6 The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. 7 The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabtechah; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. 8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth (Genesis 10:6-8).

    The Hebrew word for Ethiopia is Cush, the eastern branch of which is identified with India. The Hebrew word for Libya is Put (Put was the third son of Ham, according to Genesis 10:6), whose eastern branch, like Cush, is also identified with India (Ames R. The Middle East in Prophecy. LCG Booklet).

    The Bible specifically teaches that all peoples, including those now considered to be Indian, were together and of the same language until after the tower of Babel:

    Now the whole earth had one language and one speech...

    And the LORD said, "Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

    Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1,6-9).

    Thus, until God confused human language and scattered people abroad, all humans were together and spoke the same language. They then dispersed around the world and settled in various places.

    By the name "India" (from the Hebrew word transliterated as Hoduw, apparently related to the term "Hindu"), India is mentioned twice in the Bible in the Book of Esther:

    Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia) (Esther 1:1).

    So the king's scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all, to every province in its own script, to every people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and language (Esther 8:9).

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    What Is the Behemoth?

    By Robert Morley, September 2011 Trumpet

    This creature described in Job 40:15-24: “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him...Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.”

    That’s a pretty spectacular creature: “the chief of the ways of God,” “he drinketh up a river.” Is it possible that such a beast used to roam the Earth with people? Or did the author just make up the story to illustrate a point?

    What Was the Behemoth?

    There are two prevailing views on what this creature really is. Young Earth creationists, those who believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old, say this passage proves that dinosaurs lived recently. They point out that the behemoth “moveth his tail like a cedar.” This, they say, indicates that the behemoth is most likely a sauropod dinosaur such as diplodocus or brachiosaurus—dinosaurs with long necks and gigantic tails.

    Yet this argument falls far short. Can you imagine Adam and Eve living in a world dominated by ferocious giant carnivores sporting jaws full of razor-sharp, banana-size teeth? Eden wouldn’t have been a very well-manicured garden if Adam were constantly hiding in caves to escape from being eaten. For that matter, imagine Job trying to farm or keep his crops and animals from being flattened by herds of stampeding stegosaurus or horned triceratops.

    It is not very logical that God would place puny man in a world overrun with packs of hungry velociraptors and predatory pterodactyls with 20-foot wingspans.

    What many creationists don’t understand is that the seven-day creation week spoken of in Genesis is really describing the re-creation of Earth after it had been destroyed. In Genesis 1:2 the word was should actually be translated became. In other words, Earth became without form and void (Hebrew tohu and bohu)—implying it was not always in this state of total disrepair.

    Pre-Adamic World

    The Bible reveals two creations. Earth’s initial creation may have occurred billions of years before the creation of Adam. The Bible does not reveal how long ago this initial creation took place. During this time, dinosaurs and other animals were created and may have lived and died for tens or hundreds of millions of years prior to Earth becoming so destroyed it could no longer support life.

    Geologists refer to this massive worldwide destruction as the Cretaceous extinction.

    But following this mass extinction event, geologists note something amazing about the fossil record. In newer rocks found immediately adjacent to these “Cretaceous” rocks, they find a completely new and different cast of characters. In these more recent rocks, they only find the fossils of modern-type animals like mammals and birds, as well as modern plants.

    Vertebrate paleontologist Dr. George G. Simpson described this amazing chronology in the fossil record as “the most dramatic and in many respects the most puzzling event in the history of life on the Earth.”

    The sudden change in the fossil record from the Age of Reptiles to the Age of Mammals is well known and undisputed. “It is as if the curtain were rung down suddenly on the stage where all the leading roles were taken by reptiles, especially dinosaurs in great numbers and bewildering variety, and rose again immediately to reveal the same setting but an entirely new cast, a cast in which the dinosaurs do not appear at all, other reptiles are mere supernumaries and the leading parts are all played by mammals,” Simpson wrote.

    It is only in “post-Cretaceous” rocks that the remains of modern-type animals and man are found.

    Behemoth Created With Man

    Why is all this important? Notice Job 40:15: “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee ….” The behemoth was an animal created at the same time as man. It did not exist in the pre-Adamic world that was dominated by the giant, reptile-like dinosaurs and other strange creatures. It was a unique creature created with man—for a specific purpose.

    Additionally, the description of the behemoth in the book of Job doesn’t really fit that of any of the dinosaurs that Young Earth creationists put forth. For example, sauropod dinosaurs are characterized by their almost comically tiny-looking heads perched atop extremely long necks. Scientists say their heads were so small that they were probably among the least intelligent of dinosaurs. Yet in Job, it describes the behemoth as having such a large head that, as the New American Standard Bible translates it, “If a river rages, he is not alarmed; He is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth.” Sauropods, with their tiny mouths and long necks, would drink water in a way more like sucking water through a straw.

    Long-necked sauropods are also known for eating leaves of trees, not “grass as an ox,” as it says in Job. Geologists note that grass did not even exist on Earth before the beginning of man’s world (Genesis 1:11-12). Evidence of grasses, flowering and fruiting plants and trees don’t exist in Cretaceous and earlier rocks. As ScienceWeek reported in 2005, “the earliest unequivocal grass fossils date to … well after the demise of non-avian dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.”

    Grasses and fruiting trees do not show up in the fossil record until the age of man because God created these plants specifically for man’s use. You can read about it in Genesis 1:11-12: “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

    God specifically records the creation of grasses and fruiting trees during this “re-creation” of the Earth. Prior to this time, they did not exist. The geological record confirms it.

    There is one other problem with the “behemoth is a dinosaur” claim. There is not a single fossilized example of human bones being found with dinosaur bones. And as far as the purported petroglyph art in Utah depicting dinosaurs, that has been thoroughly disproven too.

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    What Is the Behemoth?

    What the Others Think

    Many modern scholars and theistic evolutionists realize that the Earth is far older than 6,000 years. They know that dinosaurs did not live at the same time as man. These Old Earth believers also have an interpretation of the beast described in Job.

    Most of these Bible apologists say the behemoth—which, in Hebrew, literally means four-legged beast—is referring to an elephant, hippopotamus or crocodile. Those who favor hippopotamus do so because of Job 40:23, which talks about the behemoth’s huge mouth drinking up the gushing Jordan River. The gaping mouth of the hippo provides a pretty compelling picture.

    However, there are two problems with this theory, and they apply to elephants too. First, Job describes the behemoth as having a big tail that “moves like a cedar.” Hippopotami have short tails; elephants have small, weak, pig-like tails. Second, Job describes the behemoth as being so massive that man cannot control it. “No one can catch it off guard or put a ring in its nose and lead it away” (Job 40:24; New Living Translation). Verse 19 implies that it was too big for people living during Job’s day to kill. These descriptions could obviously not apply to crocodiles or any other animals alive today. People have been hunting and killing animals as far back as recorded history. There are ancient pictographs of Egyptians hunting hippos and crocodiles. And people have been domesticating elephants for work and warfare for thousands of years.

    But if the behemoth was not a dinosaur, and it is not an animal alive today, what could it be?

    What the Fossil Record Says

    In 1910, a British scientist was dumbfounded when he found massive bones from what appeared to be an enormous, previously unknown type of rhinoceros. The bones were so huge that they made elephant bones look small. He named the animal baluchitherium, which means “beast of Baluchistan,” after the province in Iran where he found the bones.

    For almost a decade, the creature remained an enigma because no further investigation was carried out. Then, after the end of World War i, additional discoveries began to emerge. A true picture of the beast of Baluchistan began to take shape.

    In 2003, a team of French scientists returned to Baluchistan to conduct further fossil hunts. The results were astounding. They found the complete remains of many male and female baluchitherium simply lying on the ground, which, according to one report, “was a quite rare event in paleontological findings” that suggested that “the massive creatures were swept away by a river [or flood] and had accumulated on the banks” (Dawn, Dec. 20, 2010).

    The creatures were confirmed to be an extinct, gigantic, hornless rhinoceros! And their description neatly fits Job’s description of the behemoth.

    When the book of Job described the behemoth as “the chief of the ways of God,” so powerful that only “he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him,” it was no exaggeration. If the behemoth was the baluchitherium, it was probably the largest land animal that God made for man’s world.

    In an age when a 7-ton African elephant or 2½-ton hippopotamus seem big, the baluchitherium seems almost impossibly huge.

    This animal’s head averaged 5 feet long and had a gaping mouth, yet still does not appear overly large upon its body. Estimates suggest it stood 18 feet tall at the shoulder and 26 feet tall with its neck fully outstretched. From nose to rump it measured a whopping 30 feet. By comparison, the biggest elephant ever recorded stood only 13 feet at the shoulder; the tallest known giraffe measured in at only 20 feet tall. Based on its bone size and length, the baluchitherium may have weighed a gargantuan 20 tons—equivalent to about three African elephants.

    The baluchitherium is the largest land mammal that is known to have ever existed, and “represents about the maximum size to which a land-living mammal can develop” (The Illustrated Library of the Natural Sciences, Volume 2). Its long legs also probably made it faster than any elephant or smaller species of rhinoceros.

    This mammal was so big and strong that after adolescence, it probably had no natural predators. No animal could touch it. If it felt threatened, scientists say its defense would have been to charge at opponents and try to crush them beneath its massive weight.

    There is yet more evidence that the baluchitherium could be the behemoth of Job. “His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron” (verse 18). The fossil evidence shows that the baluchitherium had huge, post-like limbs and bones, bigger than all other land mammals.

    It had a large 8-foot-long thick tail, aptly described as “like a cedar” in Job (verse 17). It is the only known mammal with a tail that approaches the description.

    Also, its possible habitat and diet, as noted by observing living rhinoceros species, matches the description in the Bible. Today you find species of rhinoceros inhabiting both savanna and mountainous ecosystems. They eat a range of foliage including grass, sedges, shrubs, ferns, submerged and floating plants, twigs, fruit and leaves of trees (see verses 15 and 22), just as the Bible indicates. The fact that some rhinoceros species eat aquatic plants indicates that the baluchitherium may have spent considerable time in rivers, which would have also helped keep it cool—and why the book of Job mentions it “drawing up the Jordan into his mouth” (verse 23).

    Then there is the fact that the description in Job does not mention any tusks or horns. Surely if it was an elephant, or regular rhinoceros, God would not have left out those dominant features. If it was a crocodile, wouldn’t He have mentioned its scaly skin, or sharp teeth? And if it were a giant extinct sloth, surely there would be a mention of its huge claws. No, the best candidate for the behemoth—at least so far discovered in the fossil record—is the “beast of Baluchistan,” the giant hornless rhinoceros.

    Take-Home Lesson

    But why would God have created such an impressive animal? And what lesson was He trying to teach Job—and for that matter, all of us—with it?

    God was teaching a lesson in humility. In order to counter Job’s aggrandized opinion of himself, He wanted to show this man just how insignificant he was in the grand scheme of things.

    If you were alone next to an angry African elephant, surely you would feel quite small and helpless. How much punier and more terrified would you feel, though, if a behemoth were charging you? Would you not be inclined to seek God for protection? Would you not hurriedly repent of any wrongs?

    God used this largest and most powerful of all land mammals to help crush Job’s self-righteousness. God created this giant of mammals to humble people, who, like Job, let vanity swell their sense of greatness and importance. God recorded the behemoth in Scripture for a reason. He wants us to realize just how insignificant we are apart from Him. That is the lesson of Job’s behemoth.

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