Discovery of the Ark of the Covenant, and the blood of Jesus on the Mercy Seat
Please see this post to find out more about the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant, and the blood of Jesus on the Mercy Seat.
The ark of the covenant
(Taken from https://www.gotquestions.org/mercy-seat.html)
The ark of the covenant was the most sacred furnishing in the Old Testament tabernacle. It was a rectangular chest (3.75 ft. long, 2.25 ft. wide and 2.25 ft. high) made of acacia wood and overlaid with pure gold inside and out. The ark represented God’s presence among the people.
Three items were originally inside the ark of the covenant:
(1) a jar of manna, the food God miraculously provided in the desert, as a reminder of God’s supernatural provision
(2) Aaron’s staff, or walking stick, as a reminder of God’s mighty acts and his choice of Aaron and his descendants as Israel’s priests
(3) the two stone tablets on which were written the Ten Commandments, as a reminder of the law’s importance as God’s standard for his people.
The Mercy Seat
The lid of the ark was a golden plate called the atonement cover. It had two solid gold angelic figures on either side of what was called the mercy seat, on which sacrificial blood would be sprinkled, showing God’s saving mercy through shed blood.
The Day of Atonement
(Taken from Fire Bible Study Notes)
On the annual Day of Atonement, the high priest went into the Holy of Holies and sprinkled bull’s and goat’s blood on the mercy seat as an offering to God for the sins of the entire nation.
Because God’s perfect holiness and justice will not allow him to ignore sin, a penalty had to be paid. Sin is so opposed to God’s perfect nature that it requires the most extreme penalty and punishment: death. It is only through the offering of blood that the condemnation of the Law could be taken away and violations of God’s laws covered.
The purpose of the Day of Atonement was to provide one supreme sacrifice that would cover any and all sins that may not have been covered in the sacrifices offered during the preceding year. In this way, the people would be spiritually cleansed and forgiven for their sins.
On this day, the high priest, dressed in specially made sacred garments, prepared himself first by washing himself with water. Then, before making atonement for the people’s sins, he had to sacrifice a bull for his own sins. Next, he took two goats and cast lots (an ancient but accepted method of decision-making) to determine which one became the sacrifice and which one became the scapegoat.
He killed the first goat and carried its blood behind the curtain into the Most Holy Place. There, he sprinkled the blood on the atonement cover (the lid) of the ark. God accepted this method as the priest’s way of placing the blood between God and the tablets of the Law that were inside the ark. The blood now covered the laws that the people had broken. This ritual made atonement for the sins of the entire nation.
Finally, the high priest took the live goat, put his hands on its head and confessed over it all the Israelites’ unforgiven sins. He then released the animal into the desert. The animal’s escape symbolized that the people’s sins were being carried out of the camp to disappear into the wilderness.
Leviticus 16 describes the Day of Atonement, the most important holy day of the year for the Jewish people.
And he shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.
Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering, but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.
Aaron shall present the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. He shall kill the bull as a sin offering for himself. Lev 16:5-11
And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.
Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Lev 16:14-15
And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness. Lev 16: 20-22
Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice necessary for the cleansing and forgiveness of sin. In the old testament, sins were only covered, not taken away, but when Jesus died, his blood was shed so that we could be cleansed from and forgiven of our sin.
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Hebrews 11-12
Miraculously, Jesus’ blood was literally poured on to the Mercy Seat!
On Jan 6th 1982, the archeologist, Ron Wyatt, found the ark of the covenant, buried beneath the site of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Cracks in the rock face went from where the cross had stood into the cave, where the ark had been hidden during the Babylonian invasion.
A substance was found, going from the foot of where the cross would have stood, down the crack, and on to the mercy seat on the ark.
This substance was tested by Israeli geneticists, who discovered it was blood.
But the blood, instead of having 46 chromosomes, only had 23, identified as coming from Jesus’ mother!
Proof of the Divinity of Jesus!
Human cells normally have 46 chromosomes. These are actually 23 pairs of homologous chromosomes. In each pair of chromosomes, one of the pair is from the mother and the other member is from the father. Therefore, 23 chromosomes come from the mother and 23 from the father.
In each set of 23, 22 chromosomes are autosomal and one is sex-determining. The sex-determining ones are the X chromosome and the Y chromosome. Females are XX, so they can only contribute an X chromosome to their offspring, whereas males are XY, which allows them to contribute either an X or a Y. If they contribute an X, the child is female, whereas if they contribute a Y, the child is male.
The fascinating finding in this blood was that instead of 46 chromosomes, there were only 24. There were 22 autosomal chromosomes, one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. This evidences that the person to whom this blood belonged to had a mother but no human father, because the normal contribution of paternal chromosomes is missing.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 1John 5:8-9
How Jesus “Anointed the Most Holy”
What does Daniel 9:24 mean, when it says, “To anoint the Most Holy”? The rest of the verse refers to events that occurred at the cross. Did this also, then occur at Jesus’ crucifixion?
Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Daniel 9:24
The Hebrew word for Most Holy is, “qodesh haq-qodeshim”. It is used several times in the Old Testament and always refers to the Most Holy place, or furniture in the Most Holy place ie. the Ark of the Covenant.
This then must be a prophecy that Christ, on the cross, will anoint the Ark of the Covenant, with His blood.
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Romans 5:7-10
God has shown us the truth in so many ways!
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20