What is The Ark of the Covenant
H727-אָרוֹן ʼârôwn, aw-rone'; or אָרֹן ʼârôn; from H717 (in the sense of gathering); a box:—ark, chest, coffin.
This word is also the same as the Phoenician word for sarcophagus.
Phoenician ארן, sarcophagus
The sarcophagus was an important part of an elaborate burial process. Ancient Egyptians believed that they would live on in an afterlife. They prepared a dead person for this afterlife by embalming the body and wrapping it in linens, a process known as mummification.
In addition to protection, the coffin had several religious and symbolic functions that changed over time. and In its earliest history, the coffin was considered the eternal dwelling of the deceased.
The Ark of the Covenant was created so that Abba Yah could meet with Moses and other leaders to give instructions on how to rule, how to fight battles in cities that have demonic strong holds. The ark was how Abba Yah manifested Himself to His people in meeting and in war. For all great commanders lead into battle.
The reason for believing that sarcophagus held this power is just another example of placing Abba Yah in a box and applying yourself as important or more important than Him. When we begin to worship ourselves or others, we are taking our praise, prayers and glory we should be giving to Abba Yah, and putting it on ourselves and others. This is called Idolatry.
And they shall make an ark H727 of shittim 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
What is the purpose for the Ark?
The Ark was used for a meeting place where Abba Yah would appear and speak.
And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
Here we clearly see Abba Yah meeting up with Moses. He appeared before him.
And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.
Here we see that the ark of the Covenant is really Abba Yah and He manifests and destroys the city. Anywhere you see the ark, Abba Yah is there. The ark even falls into the land of the Philistines.
In battle the ark of the Covenant is present and Abba Yah destroys the cities with fire.
For our God is a consuming fire.
Abba Yah consumed them with His Fire. What does consume mean?
Remember: An intransitive verb is not used with a direct object. If something comes after an intransitive verb, that is, in the position usually inhabited by the direct object, it doesn't answer what? or whom?; instead it answers a question like where?, when?, how?, or how long?:
Merriam Webster Defines consume
to waste or burn away : PERISH
Abba Yah was made Manifest, and He fought the Battles for His People. He told us we shall not kill. When we see melted cities we need to understand that it was He who melted them with His Fire. That will be a sermon on its own
Verse 24 is our Key
And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.
Fire: H784-אֵשׁ ʼêsh, aysh; a primitive word; fire (literally or figuratively):—burning, fiery, fire, flaming, hot
Biblical Outline of Usage H784
fire fire, flames supernatural fire (accompanying theophany) fire (for cooking, roasting, parching) altar-fire God's anger (fig.)
Definition of theophany
a visible manifestation to humankind of God or a god.
Fire is one of the elements of nature and a powerful force of destruction and rebirth. For this reason, fire holds important meaning to the supernatural world. Witches often summon and draw strength from fire and the other elements in spells and rituals.
Does Abba Yah manifest as a fire?
2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
Acts 2:1-4 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Knowing this will change your perspectives on the cities of the world and why they were burnt or why they look melted. For example: Petra, Hosap Castle, Tupiza and the Rhodope Mountains.
For our next sermon we will look at the ancient names and learn why cities were destroyed. Jericho was destroyed because it was accursed or cursed. Knowing the real names of these places will help us understand the battles of our ancestors and what really Happened,. Meaning How Abba Yah fought wars.