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Ancient Jewish Tradition Reveals Jeremiah hid the Ark of the Covenant

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Ancient Jewish Tradition Reveals Jeremiah hid the Ark of the Covenant

2 Maccabees 2:1-8

“One finds in the records that Jeremiah the prophet ordered those who were being deported to take some of the fire, as has been told, and that the prophet after giving them the law instructed those who were being deported not to forget the commandments of the Lord, nor to be led astray in their thoughts upon seeing the gold and silver statues and their adornment. And with other similar words he exhorted them that the law should not depart from their hearts.

“It was also in the writing that the prophet, having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. And Jeremiah came and found a cave, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense, and he sealed up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up to mark the way, but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: ‘The place shall be unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy. And then the Lord will disclose these things, and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear, as they were shown in the case of Moses, and as Solomon asked that the place should be specially consecrated.’”

Note: The Book of 2 Maccabees can be found in all of the Bibles of Orthodoxy except for Ethiopian Orthodoxy where another book by the same name has been substituted.

The Apocalypse of Baruch 6:1-10

And it came to pass on the morrow that, lo! the army of the Chaldees surrounded the city, and at the time of the evening, I, Baruch, left the people, and I went forth and stood by the oak. And I was grieving over Zion, and lamenting over the captivity which had come upon the people. And lo! suddenly a strong spirit raised me, and bore me aloft over the wall of Jerusalem. And I beheld, and lo! four angels standing at the four corners of the city, each of them holding a torch of fire in his hands.

And another angel began to descend from heaven, and said unto them: “Hold your lamps, and do not light them till I tell you. For I am first sent to speak a word to the earth, and to place in it what the Lord the Most High has commanded me.”

And I saw him descend into the Holy of Holies, and take from thence the veil, and the holy ark, and the mercy-seat, and the two tables, and the holy raiment of the priests, and the altar of incense, and the forty-eight precious stones, wherewith the priest was adorned and all the holy vessels of the tabernacle. And he spake to the earth with a loud voice:

“Earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the mighty God,
And receive what I commit to thee,
And guard them until the last times,
So that, when thou art ordered, thou mayst restore them,
So that strangers may not get possession of them.
For the time comes when Jerusalem also will be delivered for a time,
Until it is said, that it is again restored for ever.”
And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up.

Note: The Apocalypse of Baruch was preserved by Syrian Orthodoxy.

Things Ommitted from the Book of Jeremiah 3:6-10

Then Jeremiah spoke, saying: “I beg you, Lord, bid me to speak in your presence.”

And the Lord said: “Speak, my chosen one, Jeremiah.”

And Jeremiah said: “Behold, Lord, now we know that you are delivering the city into the hands of its enemies, and they will take the people away to Babylon. What do you want me to do with the holy vessels of the temple service?”

And the Lord said to him, “Take them and consign them to the earth, saying:

‘Hear, Earth, the voice of your creator
Who formed you in the abundance of waters,
Who sealed you with seven seals for seven epochs,
And after this you will receive your ornaments--

‘Guard the vessels of the temple service
Until the gathering of the beloved!’”

Note: The Things Ommitted from the Book of Jeremiah was preserved by Ethiopian Orthodoxy.

Lives of the Prophets: Jeremiah :9-15

This prophet, before the destruction of the temple, took possession of the ark of the law and the things within it, and caused them to be swallowed up in a rocky cliff, and he said to those who were present, “The Lord departed from Sinai into heaven, and he will again come with might. And this shall be for you the sign of his appearance, when all the Gentiles worship a piece of wood.”

He said also, “No one shall bring forth this ark but Aaron, and the tables within it no one of the priests or prophets shall unfold but Moses the elect of God. And in the resurrection the ark will rise first, and come forth from the rock, and will be placed on Mount Sinai; and all the saints will be assembled to it there, awaiting the Lord and fleeing from the enemy wishing to destroy them.”

He sealed in the rock with his finger the name of God, and the writing was as though carved with iron. A cloud then covered the name; and no one knows the place, nor can the writing be read, to the present day and even to the end. The rock is in the wilderness where the ark was at first, between the two mountains on which Moses and Aaron are buried, and by night there is a cloud as it were of fire, according to the primal ordinance that the glory of God should never cease from his law. And God gave to Jeremiah the favor of completing this wonder, so that he might be the associate of Moses, and they are together to this day.

Note: The Lives of the Prophets was included in Armenian Orthodox Bibles historically.

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