The Ark of the Covenant – Decoding Exodus

The Ark of the covenant is two things. An ancient piece of ancient technology (which I actually recreated as documented in this article), and a metaphor for who and what we have the potential to become. Let us re-examine Exodus for one moment.

……..Have them make a chest of acacia wood – two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the chest to carry it. The poles are to remain in the rings of the ark; they are not to be removed.

Make an atonement cover of pure gold – two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. Make one cherub on one and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.

There above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.

Exiting Exodus

The Ark of the Covenant is a metaphor for the enlightened being, called the Lamb in the book of Revelation. The Spirit is teaching Moses what is expected of them, and how to achieve enlightenment.

The angels, left and right, are the angels on your shoulders, represented in many modern depictions of an angel on each shoulder, each one saying something different. God says, he will speak from and meet with you right there between them. This is within your mind, left and right hemispheres, logic and creativity.

To cover this “chest” with Gold, without and within, means cleanliness is next to Godliness. It is saying to eat right, and take care and clean the outside of the body.

The lid of this ark of the covenant is called the mercy seat, where the angels sit upon, and is to be made of solid gold. The mercy seat is a metaphor for your heart,. For those few who follow the yellow brick road, and the Golden rule, and show mercy, it’s made of solid Gold. The rest of the dimensions mentioned, are just that, we are multi-dimensional beings. Scholars have argued that this amount of gold would make moving the ark nearly impossible. If the translation was literal, 4 people certainly wouldn’t be carrying it into battle as ancient paintings depicting the ark suggest.

The bible describes how the Ark of the Covenant was to be transported, covered in a veil, and no one was to look upon it. This describes the subconsciousness, which is veiled and only to be looked upon by the most holy of its keepers.

The four rings of gold are also referred to as crowns in the book of Revelation. Let’s call them your inner compass, your balance, your highest virtues, North, East, West and South. Make of yourself a Map, and a Compass, that ye shall never lose the way or the faith. It is also said about the contents of this chest, that it was to contain the tablets with the 10 commandments, otherwise known as the covenant within them.

The 10 commandments are also a metaphor, even their shape and color, for the left and the right hemispheres of your brain. Lord of the Rings was all about this great battle, within and without to achieve this state, the metaphor, and the matador, the microcosmic inner battle, and the macrocosmic reflection of your deeds. If you make of yourself the holy map and compass, and keep within you the covenant, you will never be unprotected, or alone again. The divine person has made of them selves, the Ark of the Covenant, and God resides within them.

Aaron’s Touch

In Exodus, the Breastplate of Aaron, also known as the Breastplate of Judgment was to be worn by anyone who wished to lift the curtain, and approach the Ark of the Covenant. These stones were, at times, used to determine God’s will in a particular situation (see Exodus 28:30). However, using these stones did not always determine God’s will (Samuel 28:6). If any other way was not given by God, the high priest would find God’s guidance. Exodus gives us clues as to just what this was, the breastplate was attached to the ephod by gold chains/cords tied to the gold rings on the ephod’s shoulder straps, and by blue ribbon tied to the gold rings (sound familiar?) at the lower parts of the ephod. The biblical description states that the breastplate was also to be made from the same material as the Ephod – embroidered linen – and was to be a square, a cubit in width, two layers thick, and with four rows of three engraved gems each embedded upon it, each jewel being framed in gold. Exodus states that the square breastplate was to be formed from two equal rectangular pieces of cloth with a pouch inside to contain the Urim and Thummim. Urim and Thummim has traditionally been translated as lights and perfections, or, by taking the phrase allegorically, as meaning revelation and truth, or doctrine and truth. It is in fact, the opened and cleansed chakras of such a person who has found his or her way.

More evidence to support this metaphor is found in the texts describing Aaron’s Rod, or Staff, which was what Moses used to part the red sea, (read see). This is known in Eastern Philosophy as the Kundalini, and through out the rest of the world as the Caduceus. This Rod was to be kept within the Ark of the Covenant.

The Bark of the Covenant

This ark was to be made of acacia wood. Mimosa Hostilis is an acacia tree, known in ancient Egypt as the tree of life. The root bark happens to contain 1% per volume pure DMT. The ancient Egyptians were the fathers of modern day chemistry, and this DMT is water tree of lifesoluble, but can also be extracted by immersing the bark in lemon juice, cooking it, and then straining it and extracting the pure DMT with alcohol. In the image on the rights, there is the acacia tree, mimosa hostilis with the pharaoh standing over it. The pharaohs’ name is being inscribed into the book of life by Thoth as Isis and Ra give their blessing.

In the Egyptian story, the Phoenix was the bird involved with this tradition of regeneration and immortality. Also, of interesting note, the cherubim mentioned in the bible were not regular humanistic angels, they were sphinxes. The bible also calls them beasts. If you review ancient Christian paintings, you can see the sphinx image as portraying cherubim. In the Egyptian legends, the tree of life was protected by a great cat called Mau.

It is also of interest that there were similar actual chests discovered in ancient Egypt just as described in Exodus. There are also chambers made of granite that are the exact volume of the ark of the covenant just as described in Exodus.

If you are interested in learning more about the bark of the covenant, and potentially having a direct encounter the the burning bush Moses spoke of for yourself, have a look over the entheogens sections, and the DMT page and I will guide you through that process. To learn which passages mention the Acacia tree, as well as other entheogenic biblical passages, check out the Psychoactive Bible page.

The entire legend of the ark of the covenant is the forerunner of alchemy, and the quest for the philosophers stone. Alchemy is much more directly and obviously allegorical however, reflecting the awareness of the middle ages at the time that legend was created.

If you still want to insist it was instead just a machine, or if you just want to satisfy your inner Indiana Jones, have a look at this page dedicated to this machine. In 2006, I actually built for myself a full scale working replica of the Ark of the Covenant right here.