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Series: “Jehovah’s Treasure”
The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant and Temple Treasures
Five years in the making, Jehovah’s Treasure uniquely documents the unearthing of two extraordinary tunnels in the Judean Desert. Is history finally about to unleash its most profound desert secrets?
Episode: Jehovah’s Treasure, Part 3
John Zeligman from the Israel Antiquities Authority discusses the significance of the master stone of the Western Wall while archaeologists use thermal imaging to see under the Dome of the Rock. Dr. Jeffrey Seif and journalist David Dolan speculate on the possible location of the “lost Ark.”

Caption transcript for Jehovah’s Treasure: Part 3 (3/3)

  • 00:03 IN A REMOTE TUNNEL DEEP WITHIN THE JUDEAN DESERT
  • 00:07 AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY
  • 00:09 OF A PRICELESS TREASURE.
  • 00:15 IT STARTED WITH ABRAHAM
  • 00:17 WAS ASSEMBLED BY MOSES
  • 00:20 ENSHRINED BY KING SOLOMON
  • 00:23 ITS FAME WOULD SUMMON KINGS AND BECKON PHARAOHS
  • 00:27 ITS GLORY RAVAGE FOREIGN GODS
  • 00:34 WHAT WAS THE SOURCE OF THIS MIGHT?
  • 00:38 IS HISTORY ABOUT TO UNLEASH ITS DESERT SECRETS?
  • 00:48 THE QUEST FOR THE TEMPLE TREASURES
  • 00:51 AND THE ARK OF THE COVENANT...
  • 00:53 JEHOVAH'S TREASURE
  • 00:59 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU
  • 01:01 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 01:03 PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO ANOTHER EDITION OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:07 AND IN THIS SERIES WE'RE PRESENTING THE THIRD OF A THREE PART TREATMENT
  • 01:11 OF A MINI SERIES THAT WE HAVE ENTITLED "JEHOVAH'S TREASURE".
  • 01:17 THERE'S LOTS OF TREASURES IN GOD'S WORD.
  • 01:20 WE IN THIS SERIES DIG UNDER THE EARTH FOLLOWING ON THE HEELS OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND JOURNALISTS
  • 01:25 AS WE SEARCH FOR GOLD AND SILVER AND TEMPLE ARTIFACTS.
  • 01:30 IN THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM WE BEGIN NOW LOOKING AT SOME FACTS IN BIBLICAL ART WORK...
  • 01:35 GOD'S LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:38 OFF WE GO NOW TO LOOK AT JEHOVAH'S TREASURE, HIS PEOPLE
  • 01:41 AND HOW HE SPEAKS TO THEM AND WORKS WITH THEM IN THE BYGONE ERA.
  • 01:48 (Narrator) IN THE JOURNEY FROM THE SINAI TO JERUSALEM
  • 01:51 THE ARK OF THE COVENANT HAS BEEN THE SOURCE OF LIFE AND DEATH NOW FOR NEARLY 450 YEARS.
  • 01:59 THROUGH DESERTS AND RIVERS...
  • 02:02 OVER MOUNTAINS AND CANYONS...
  • 02:06 INTO THE VERY TEMPLE OF A FOREIGN GOD.
  • 02:12 (David Dolan) KING DAVID HAS A VISION.
  • 02:14 HE WANTS TO BUILD A PERMANENT HOUSE FOR THE LORD JUST NORTH OF HIS PALACE ON MOUNT MORIAH.
  • 02:18 AFTER ALL IT'S HERE THAT ABRAHAM OFFERED UP HIS SON ISAAC
  • 02:22 AND WHERE JEHOVAH RENEWED HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM TO BLESS HIS SEED FOREVER.
  • 02:27 WHAT MORE FITTING PLACE COULD THERE BE
  • 02:29 TO BUILD A HOUSE OF REST FOR THE ARK OF THE COVENANT?
  • 02:32 DAVID WOULD PROCEED WITH HIS PLANS,
  • 02:34 BUT THE ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE WOULD BE LEFT TO HIS SON AND ISRAEL'S NEXT KING...
  • 02:39 SOLOMON
  • 02:42 (Narrator) KING SOLOMON PROCEEDS WITH HIS MISSION TO CONSTRUCT A TEMPLE WORTHY OF HIS FATHER'S VISION.
  • 02:48 HE WILL USE 3,300 FOREMAN AND 80,000 STONE CUTTERS.
  • 02:55 HEWN OF LOCAL LIMESTONE,
  • 02:57 THE MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE WILL BE FASHIONED AFTER THE PATTERN OF MOSES' TABERNACLE.
  • 03:02 ITS INNER WALLS COVERED WITH PURE GOLD.
  • 03:05 THE GOLDEN MENORAH, TABLE OF SHEWBREAD AND ALTAR OF INCENSE
  • 03:09 WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE FOCAL POINT IN THE AREA CALLED, "THE HOLY PLACE",
  • 03:14 AS WILL THE SMALLER GOLD AND SILVER VESSELS USED IN THE SERVICE OF THESE ARTIFACTS.
  • 03:19 EVEN MORE GOLD AND SILVER WILL BE STORED IN THE ADJACENT TEMPLE TREASURY.
  • 03:24 AND JUST AS IN THE TABERNACLE,
  • 03:27 THE ARK OF THE COVENANT WILL BE PLACED IN A SEPARATE GOLDEN ROOM
  • 03:31 AT THE BACK OF THE TEMPLE CALLED, "THE HOLY OF HOLIES."
  • 03:35 NEARLY 500 YEARS OLD THE ARK IS FINALLY HOME.
  • 03:45 UNDER KING SOLOMON ISRAEL BECOMES ONE OF THE RICHEST NATIONS IN THE WORLD.
  • 03:49 THE EMPIRE GROWS AND FLOURISHES AS IT NEVER HAS BEFORE,
  • 03:53 BUT THIS GOLDEN AGE WILL BE SHORT LIVED.
  • 03:56 THE DEATH OF KING SOLOMON IN 926 B.C. BRINGS ABOUT TROUBLED TIMES.
  • 04:03 THE KINGDOM IS DIVIDED,
  • 04:05 WARS ARE FOUGHT AS RUTHLESS KINGS COME AND GO.
  • 04:08 FOREIGN KINGDOMS MARCH TOWARD JERUSALEM, BURNING AND PILLAGING
  • 04:12 AS THEY ULTIMATELY ENTER THE GATES OF THE HOLY CITY.
  • 04:19 IT'S AT SOME POINT DURING THIS TURBULENT PERIOD
  • 04:22 THAT THE ARK OF THE COVENANT DISAPPEARS FROM THE PAGES OF THE BIBLE.
  • 04:37 IN 586 B.C. JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE ARE COMPLETELY DESTROYED
  • 04:42 BY THE ARMIES OF KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR.
  • 04:45 THE GREATEST LANDMARK OF ABRAHAM AS SEED BECOMES SMOLDERING CINDERS.
  • 04:50 NOW BABYLON'S WALLS 300 FEET IN HEIGHT ENCIRCLE THE EXILED CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
  • 04:56 THE SMALLER TEMPLE TREASURES CONSISTING OF OVER 5,000 GOLD AND SILVER VESSELS
  • 05:02 HAD BECOME THE SPOILS OF WAR.
  • 05:08 48 YEARS PASS AND THEN ANOTHER SURPRISING TWIST OF FATE...
  • 05:12 THE BABYLONIANS THEMSELVES BECOME CAPTIVE TO CYRUS THE 2ND, KING OF THE PERSIAN EMPIRE.
  • 05:18 IN THIS DECREE INSCRIBED IN CUNEIFORM
  • 05:22 CYRUS GRANTS PERMISSION FOR ALL EXILES IN BABYLON TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMELAND.
  • 05:27 THE ISRAELITES ARE FREE TO LEAVE,
  • 05:29 THEY'RE GIVEN THEIR TEMPLE TREASURES
  • 05:31 AND ARE ACTUALLY ENCOURAGED TO REBUILD THEIR HOUSE OF GOD IN JERUSALEM.
  • 05:38 (David Dolan) THEIR RETURN WILL COME IN STAGES.
  • 05:40 THE 1ST AND LARGEST GROUP IS LED BY ZERUBBABEL, WHO BECOMES THE GOVERNOR OF THE PROVINCE.
  • 05:46 HE LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR A RATHER MODEST TEMPLE WHICH PALES IN COMPARISON TO SOLOMON'S.
  • 05:51 BUT IT WILL EVENTUALLY SERVE AS A HOME
  • 05:54 FOR THE VERY SAME LOADED GOLD AND SILVER VESSELS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO BABYLON.
  • 06:00 WHILE THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF THE TEMPLE TREASURES
  • 06:03 BEING RESTORED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT,
  • 06:06 IT SAYS NOTHING ABOUT THE ARK.
  • 06:07 AS FOR THE COVENANT, IT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT
  • 06:11 AS REFLECTED IN THE PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND REDEDICATION.
  • 06:17 YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD IT SAID BEFORE THAT GOD WANTS TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.
  • 06:23 THERE'S A BIBLICAL TERM, A THEOLOGICAL TERM FOR THAT RELATIONSHIP.
  • 06:27 IT'S CALLED "COVENANT".
  • 06:29 NEW TESTAMENT READERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NEW COVENANT
  • 06:32 AND ARE AWARE THAT THERE IS AN OLD COVENANT.
  • 06:36 THE OLD COVENANT, OR THE TERM, KIND OF SORT OF SOUNDS LIKE IT IS OUTDATED;
  • 06:40 THAT'S THE OLD AND WE HAVE THE NEW.
  • 06:43 THE COVENANTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AS WITH THE NEW,
  • 06:48 ARE GOD'S ETERNAL PLEDGE TO HIS PEOPLE.
  • 06:51 WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY WITH ARCHAEOLOGISTS, HISTORIANS, JOURNALISTS,
  • 06:56 AS WE'RE LOOKING THROUGH THE OLD TESTAMENT TEXTS AND EXPLORING THAT WORLD.
  • 07:01 WE'VE LOOKED AT THE BIBLICAL WORLD AND WE'VE LOOKED AT THE LITERATURE.
  • 07:04 AND OFF WE GO TO LOOK SOME MORE.
  • 07:14 (Ian Stern) 500 YEARS HAVE ELAPSED FROM THE TIME OF ZERUBBABEL TO THE TIME OF KING HEROD.
  • 07:18 KING HEROD RULED FROM 37 TO 4 B.C.E.
  • 07:24 AND HE BUILT IN HIS PERIOD OF TIME ONE OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD.
  • 07:28 HE ACTUALLY REBUILDS THE 2ND TEMPLE.
  • 07:32 RIGHT NEXT TO ME OVER HERE, ARE THE WALLS,
  • 07:34 THE RETAINING WALLS OF THAT TEMPLE
  • 07:35 AND THEY BEAR THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HERODIAN MONUMENTAL BUILDINGS.
  • 07:39 THAT IS TO SAY, THEY HAVE MARGINS, THERE'S DRY MASONRY,
  • 07:43 AND THEY'RE ALL RECESSED ONE STONE FROM THE OTHER.
  • 07:48 (Narrator) THE IMMENSE SIZE OF THESE STONES IS BETTER APPRECIATED UNDERGROUND,
  • 07:51 ALONG THE BASE OF THE WESTERN WALL.
  • 07:54 CHIEF ARCHAEOLOGIST OF JERUSALEM, JOHN ZELIGMAN.
  • 07:59 (John Zeligman) THIS HUGE STONE BESIDE ME IS WHAT'S CALLED THE MASTERCOURSE OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 08:02 IT'S THE STONE THAT PROVIDES THE STABILITY, THE STRUCTURAL STABILITY TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 08:06 EACH HUGE STONE IS ABOUT 35 FEET BY ABOUT 9 FEET IN HEIGHT.
  • 08:10 AS TO THE INSIDE DEPTH WE DON'T QUITE KNOW,
  • 08:12 BUT THIS IS THE LARGEST STONE WE HAVE IN THE TEMPLE MOUNT
  • 08:14 AND POSSIBLY ONE OF THE LARGEST STONES THAT EXIST IN ANY ANCIENT SITE IN THE WORLD.
  • 08:17 AND OF COURSE HOW IT'S MOVED,
  • 08:19 THE SIGHT IS A REAL CONUNDRUM FOR ARCHAEOLOGISTS.
  • 08:26 IT WAS SAID OF KING HEROD'S TEMPLE,
  • 08:28 "HE WHO HAS NOT SEEN THE TEMPLE OF HEROD HAS NOT SEEN A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING."
  • 08:33 "HE WHO HAS NOT SEEN JERUSALEM AND ITS GLORY HAS NOT SEEN A BEAUTIFUL CITY."
  • 08:41 THIS IS THE TEMPLE OF JESUS' TIME.
  • 08:43 AS IN SOLOMON'S TEMPLE THE GOLDEN ARTIFACTS AND VESSELS
  • 08:46 WILL SERVE THEIR PLACE BEFORE THE LEVITICAL PRIESTS.
  • 08:49 BUT THE HOLY OF HOLIES WILL BE EMPTY.
  • 08:52 THE ARK HAS DISAPPEARED.
  • 08:57 (Ian Stern) WE'RE STANDING ON THE STREET HERE THAT JESUS WOULD'VE WALKED
  • 09:00 AND WE'RE APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS AWAY FROM WHERE THE TEMPLE ONCE STOOD.
  • 09:04 THE SHOPS OVER HERE TO MY LEFT WERE THE SHOPS THAT THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS WOULD HAVE VISITED
  • 09:09 ON THE 3 TIMES A YEAR THAT THEY MADE PILGRIMAGE INTO JERUSALEM,
  • 09:12 ON PASSOVER, ON SHAVUOT, AND ON SUKKOT.
  • 09:15 THESE STONES ONCE STOOD AS HIGH AS THE TOP OF THOSE TREES OVER THERE.
  • 09:18 AND IN THE YEAR 70 THE ROMAN LEGIONS CAME, DESTROYED THE TEMPLE
  • 09:22 AND THREW THESE STONES DOWN ONTO THE PAVEMENT IN FRONT OF US.
  • 09:25 HERE THEY STAND AS TESTIMONY TO THAT ROMAN DESTRUCTION IN THE YEAR 70.
  • 09:30 (Narrator) TODAY NEARLY 2000 YEARS AFTER THE ROMANS PLUNDERED THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM,
  • 09:35 A REMNANT OF KING HEROD'S SPLENDID TEMPLE STILL REMAINS.
  • 09:39 THIS PART OF THE WESTERN WALL IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE "WAILING WALL".
  • 09:43 TEARS ARE SHED HERE.
  • 09:45 BUT THERE ARE SHOUTS OF JOY AS WELL.
  • 09:47 AT THE AGE OF 13 EVERY JEWISH BOY NO MATTER WHERE HE LIVES IN THE WORLD IS BAR MITZVAHED.
  • 09:53 AND IF THE FAMILY CAN OBSERVE THIS FESTIVE OCCASION HERE AT THE WALL...ALL THE BETTER.
  • 09:58 ON THIS DAY A BOY BECOMES A SON OF THE COVENANT.
  • 10:05 (David Dolan) OUR STORY OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT BECOMES EVEN MORE INTRIGUING
  • 10:08 WHEN WE NEXT CONSIDER ITS MYSTERIOUS WHEREABOUTS.
  • 10:11 IF YOU'LL SEARCH THE INTERNET
  • 10:13 YOU'LL FIND THERE ARE OVER 2 1/2 MILLION ITEMS TO BE FOUND RELATED TO THE ARK,
  • 10:18 NEARLY ALL OF THEM HAVING TO DO WITH ITS DISAPPEARANCE.
  • 10:21 TO REVIEW, WE KNOW THAT IT WAS FIRST PLACED INTO SOLOMON'S TEMPLE IN 950 B.C.
  • 10:27 IT REMAINS THERE FOR SOME 365 YEARS BEFORE THAT TEMPLE IS DESTROYED AND PLUNDERED BY THE BABYLONIANS IN 586 B.C.
  • 10:35 THERE'S LITTLE REFERENCE MADE TO THE ARK DURING THIS PERIOD.
  • 10:39 IT'S DURING THE REIGN OF KING JOSIAH IN 622 B.C. THAT WE READ ABOUT IT FOR THE LAST TIME.
  • 10:45 SO WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS MOST VALUABLE TREASURE IN HISTORY?
  • 10:49 LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THE THEORIES.
  • 10:54 (Narrator) SHORTLY AFTER KING SOLOMON'S DEATH, JERUSALEM IS BESIEGED BY THE EGYPTIAN PHAROH, SHISHAK.
  • 11:00 AND HE TOOK AWAY THE TREASURES OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD AND THE TREASURES OF THE KING'S HOUSE.
  • 11:06 NO ONE IS SURE WHAT THESE TEMPLE TREASURES CONSISTED OF
  • 11:11 ALTHOUGH HOLLYWOOD MOGULS HAVE GONE IN FORTUNES OF THEIR OWN
  • 11:14 BASED ON THE NOTION THAT THE TREASURE'S INCLUDED THE ARK OF THE COVENANT.
  • 11:22 IN THE YEAR 1099 THE CRUSADERS MARCHED INTO JERUSALEM
  • 11:27 CONVERTING THE ISLAMIC DOME OF THE ROCK INTO A CATHEDRAL
  • 11:31 THAT WOULD SERVE AS THEIR HEADQUARTERS WITHIN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 11:36 SOME BELIEVE THAT KNIGHTS TEMPLAR EXCAVATED UNDERGROUND CHAMBERS WITHIN THE TEMPLE MOUNT
  • 11:41 IN SEARCH OF THE ARK AND THE TEMPLE TREASURES.
  • 11:45 THIS THEORY HAS THE KNIGHTS FINDING THE ARK AND THE TREASURES,
  • 11:48 THEN WHISKING THEM AWAY TO SOUTHERN FRANCE.
  • 11:51 ONE OF THE MORE POPULAR THEORIES SUGGEST THAT KING SOLOMON HAD A SON BY THE VISITING ETHIOPIAN QUEEN SHEBA.
  • 11:58 AT THE AGE OF 19 THIS SON, MENELIK, BECOMES THE KING OF SHEBA
  • 12:02 AND HAS THE ARK REMOVED FROM SOLOMON'S TEMPLE TAKING IT TO ETHIOPIA.
  • 12:07 ACCORDING TO THE RESIDENTS OF AKSUM, ETHIOPIA
  • 12:10 THE ARK PRESENTLY RESIDES IN A LOCAL CHURCH
  • 12:14 AND IS OVERSEEN BY A CARETAKER PRIEST WHO GUARDS IT 24 HOURS A DAY.
  • 12:23 IN AN AMAZING UNDERSTATEMENT PRINTED IN HIS OWN PUBLICATION
  • 12:27 THE LATE AMERICAN RON WYATT CLAIMED TO HAVE FOUND THE ARK IN 1982.
  • 12:33 HE SAYS HE SAW IT HERE IN WHAT HE CALLS 'JEREMIAH'S GROTTO',
  • 12:38 WHICH HAPPENS TO BE BELOW THE SITE THAT SOME REVERE AS 'GOLGOTHA' ON MOUNT CALVARY.
  • 12:44 WYATT'S EXCAVATION ALSO HAPPENS TO REST WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF JERUSALEM'S GARDEN TOMB.
  • 12:50 CURATOR OF THE GARDEN TOMB,
  • 12:51 VICTOR JACK.
  • 12:53 (Victor Jack) WELL RIGHT WHERE I'M SITTING
  • 12:55 IS WHERE RON DUG HIS HOLE TO GO DOWN AND EXCAVATE UNDER THIS ROCK.
  • 13:00 AND THIS WALL WASN'T HERE, THAT'S ALL BEEN SORT OF LANDSCAPED SINCE,
  • 13:05 BUT HE DUG HERE ON 2 OR 3 OCCASIONS AND WENT DOWN UNDER THE ROCK.
  • 13:09 AND I WAS HERE WORKING AS A CHAPLAIN WHEN HE WAS DIGGING.
  • 13:15 (Narrator) WYATT CLAIMS TO HAVE FOUND OTHER TEMPLE TREASURES AS WELL
  • 13:18 SUCH AS THE ALTAR OF INCENSE AND THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD,
  • 13:21 BUT THE REPORTS FAN A GROWING FIRE,
  • 13:25 FEARS OF ENGULFING THE MIDDLE EAST IN A POTENTIAL HOLY WAR,
  • 13:28 THE WORK IS CEASED,
  • 13:30 THE EXCAVATION COVERED WITH DIRT.
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  • 15:57 "JEHOVAH'S TREASURE",
  • 16:00 A THREE PART SERIES.
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  • 16:06 THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT INTO THE THREE 30 MINUTE PROGRAMS.
  • 16:09 OFF WE GO NOW TO SEARCH OUT "JEHOVAH'S TREASURE".
  • 16:15 (Narrator) THIS RECENT AERIAL IMAGE OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT
  • 16:17 WAS CAPTURED USING STATE OF THE ART THERMAL IMAGING.
  • 16:20 IT IS THE ONLY KNOWN DOCUMENTATION OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE A SUBSURFACE PASSAGEWAY.
  • 16:26 SOME ARCHAEOLOGISTS BELIEVE IT FUNCTIONED AS A DRAIN
  • 16:29 AND WAS USED BY THE PRIESTS IN THE SERVICE OF THE TEMPLE.
  • 16:34 (David Dolan) TUNNELS, DRAINS, GATEWAYS, EVEN MEETING HALLS,
  • 16:37 THEY ALL EXIST UNDER THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 16:40 AND ALL VERY CONVENIENT PLACES IT WOULD SEEM TO HIDE TEMPLE TREASURE.
  • 16:44 WE KNOW THAT DURING THE PERIOD OF SOLOMON'S TEMPLE
  • 16:47 THERE WERE A NUMBER OF RUTHLESS KINGS WHO DESECRATED THE HOLY SITE.
  • 16:51 IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT THE ARK AND THE TEMPLE ARTIFACTS
  • 16:54 WOULD HAVE BEEN HIDDEN AWAY BY THE TEMPLE PRIESTS AT SUCH TIMES TO PROTECT THEM.
  • 16:58 (Narrator) ARCHAEOLOGIST AVNER GOREN IS ALSO FAMILIAR WITH THE GATES AND TUNNELS UNDER THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 17:04 (Avner Goren) THERE WERE A FEW GATES THAT ALLOWED PEOPLE GET INTO THE TEMPLE MOUNT COURTYARD.
  • 17:10 AND ONE OF THE GATES IS JUST HERE.
  • 17:13 AND MATTER FACT
  • 17:15 ONE OF THE CLOSEST PLACES THAT ONE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET TO THE HOLY OF HOLIES WAS HERE.
  • 17:21 (Narrator) THIS GATE NOW CLOSED WITH CONCRETE, LEAD DIRECTLY TO THE TEMPLE.
  • 17:26 IN 1981 RABBI YEHUDA GETZ, CHIEF RABBI OF THE WESTERN WALL
  • 17:31 HAPPENED UPON THIS SITE AND IN A SECRET MISSION OF HIS OWN
  • 17:35 SET ABOUT TO FIND THE LOST ARK OF THE COVENANT.
  • 17:41 (Yehuda Getz) HE BELIEVED THAT IF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT IS BURIED HERE, HIDDEN HERE,
  • 17:47 IT SHOULD BE AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE HOLIEST PLACE,
  • 17:50 JUST BELOW THE PLACE WHERE THE ARK WAS DURING THE TIME OF THE TEMPLE.
  • 17:54 SO...IF SO, HE GOT VERY CLOSE TO THE PLACE HE BELIEVED THE ARK SHOULD BE.
  • 18:03 (Narrator) AS RABBI GETZ INCHED EVER CLOSER TO THE HOLY OF HOLIES,
  • 18:06 HE COULD CONTAIN HIS EXCITEMENT NO LONGER.
  • 18:09 HE WOULD CALL HIS GOOD FRIEND AND CONFIDENT, GERSHON SALOMON.
  • 18:15 (Gershon Salomon) IT WAS ONE OF THE NIGHTS THAT HE CALLED ME
  • 18:18 AFTER MIDNIGHT AND TOLD ME,
  • 18:20 "GERSHON YOUR DREAM IS GOING TO COME TO PASS."
  • 18:25 "COME IMMEDIATELY,"
  • 18:27 "WE'VE DISCOVERED THE TUNNEL WHICH WILL LEAD US TO THE LOCATION OF THE ARK OF COVENANT"
  • 18:34 AND I CAME AFTER MIDNIGHT,
  • 18:37 YOU KNOW, I HAD NO TIME EVEN TO PUT MY SHOES ON MYSELF.
  • 18:41 I CAME TO THE PLACE AND WHAT I SAW IN MY EYES WAS VERY EXCITING.
  • 18:47 IT WAS DARK AND IT WAS LIGHTED BY ELECTRIC
  • 18:52 AND IT MADE THE STONE LOOK LIKE THEY ARE PAINTED WITH GOLD, YOU KNOW WHEN THE LIGHT FELL ON IT.
  • 19:00 AND DESPITE OF THE GARBAGE AND THE DIRT AND THE WATER, THE UNCLEAN WATER WHICH WAS THERE,
  • 19:09 WE COULD FEEL THE HOLINESS OF THE PLACE.
  • 19:16 I STOOD THERE WITH TEARS IN MY EYES.
  • 19:21 I HAD TEARS OF JOY OF EXCITEMENT.
  • 19:27 (Narrator) THE TEARS WOULD SOON BE BITTERSWEET.
  • 19:29 YEARS OF SECRET DIGGING SUDDENLY CEASE AS THE NEWS OF THE FIND IS LEAKED TO THE PRESS.
  • 19:34 JERUSALEM NOW STANDS IN THE BRINK OF AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIRESTORM.
  • 19:38 REPORTS SAY RABBI GETZ WAS DIGGING IN GROUND HELD SACRED BY MUSLIMS
  • 19:43 AND HIS ACTIONS COULD CONCEIVABLY SPARK FURTHER WAR IN THE SURROUNDING REGION.
  • 19:47 FURTHER, MUSLIMS REINFORCE THEIR CONTENTION THAT THE ENTIRE MOUNT IS THEIRS.
  • 19:56 THEY WILL PERMIT NO ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE AREA.
  • 20:00 UNDAUNTED, ARCHAEOLOGISTS PERSEVERE AS BEST THEY CAN.
  • 20:05 ARCHAEOLOGIST GABRIEL BARKAI.
  • 20:08 (Gabriel Barkai) WE HAVE HERE SOIL WHICH COMES FROM FILLS.
  • 20:13 FILLS INCLUDED MATERIAL FROM ALL PERIODS OF HUMAN ACTIVITY UPON THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 20:19 THE MOST STRIKING AND MOST IMPORTANT OF COURSE ARE THOSE FROM THE ANCIENT PERIODS.
  • 20:25 1ST TEMPLE PERIOD, 2ND TEMPLE PERIOD, THE LATE ROMAN PERIOD,
  • 20:30 EARLY CHRISTIAN PERIOD, AND THE EARLY ARABIC PERIOD.
  • 20:37 (Narrator) ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE ALREADY UNCOVERED PRISTINE ARTIFACTS
  • 20:39 REVEALING THE TREASURES OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 20:42 BARKAI'S FINDS BECOME ADDITIONAL PIECES TO THE REMARKABLE PUZZLE.
  • 20:46 (Gabriel Barkai) AS THIS COMES FROM INSIDE THE TEMPLE MOUNT
  • 20:49 WE MAY EVEN ASSUME THAT IT COMES FROM THE TEMPLE ITSELF.
  • 20:54 ...NOW WHAT YOU'RE CLEANING ARE THE RIBS...
  • 20:58 (Narrator) AND FINALLY AFTER 6 YEARS OF DIGGING...
  • 21:01 OREN GUTFELD'S ENIGMA IS BEGINNING TO UNRAVEL.
  • 21:04 HE HAS FOUND SOME MORE BONES IN THE NEW TUNNEL THAT DATE TO THE 2ND TEMPLE PERIOD.
  • 21:09 THESE BONES ARE HUMAN.
  • 21:15 (Narrator) ENCOURAGED BY THE FIND,
  • 21:17 GUTFELD CALLS UPON SOME SPECIALISTS FROM THE UNITED STATES
  • 21:20 TO ELECTRONICALLY PROBE BEYOND THE VISIBLE WALLS OF THE TUNNEL.
  • 21:23 THIS IS GPR, GROUND PENETRATING RADAR.
  • 21:29 (Oren Gutfeld) WE ARE LOOKING FOR HIDDEN CHAMBERS
  • 21:31 THAT MIGHT BE BEHIND THE WALLS.
  • 21:33 IN THE PYRAMIDS THEY FOUND WITH GPR EQUIPMENT ABOVE THE CEILING OF THE TUNNEL, A CHAMBER.
  • 21:41 SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE IF THE GPR TEAM WILL FIND SOMETHING LIKE THAT IN OUR TUNNEL.
  • 21:48 (Narrator) AT FIRST THE RESULTS ARE LESS THAN PROMISING
  • 21:50 AND THEN ON THE TEAM'S LAST DAY...AN ANOMALY APPEARS BELOW THE TUNNEL'S FLOOR.
  • 21:57 (Specialist) WE'RE JUST RUNNING IN TIME,
  • 21:58 INSTEAD OF USING THE WHEEL WE'RE IN TIME,
  • 22:00 SO ITS CONTINUOUSLY COLLECTING AS IT'S SITTING ON THE FLOOR.
  • 22:03 SO WE HAVE THESE STRONG READS.
  • 22:06 WE'RE SENDING A SIGNAL DOWN CONTINUOUSLY AND WE GET A STRONG CHANGE IN DIALECTIC
  • 22:12 SOMEWHERE AROUND 3 FEET, RIGHT IN HERE.
  • 22:18 (Narrator) STRONG CHANGES IN THE SCULP'S READING COULD VERY WELL MEAN HIDDEN CHAMBERS.
  • 22:22 AND HIDDEN CHAMBERS NO MATTER WHERE THEY MAY BE FOUND IN ISRAEL
  • 22:26 COULD MEAN HIDDEN TREASURE.
  • 22:30 (Specialist) IN ARCHAEOLOGY WE ALWAYS SAY THAT IN THE LAST HOUR,
  • 22:37 IN THE LAST MOMENT OF THAT HOUR YOU ALWAYS DISCOVER THE THINGS.
  • 22:41 IT'S ALWAYS WORKED THAT WAY.
  • 22:44 IT'S JUST A RULE.
  • 22:47 (Narrator) HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL IN THIS LAND OF PROMISE.
  • 23:21 (David Dolan) THE ILLUSIVE ARK AND TEMPLE TREASURES,
  • 23:23 CERTAINLY ONE THE GREATEST MYSTERIES OF THE AGES.
  • 23:27 PERHAPS IN TIME SCIENCE WILL BETTER ENABLE ARCHAEOLOGISTS
  • 23:30 TO PENETRATE THEIR VISION OF THESE AGELESS STONES.
  • 23:34 MAYBE ADDITIONAL DEAD SEA SCROLLS WILL BE FOUND
  • 23:36 TO SHED LIGHT ON THE ENIGMA OF THE TEMPLE TREASURES.
  • 23:40 AS FOR THE COVENANT, WELL IT SEEMS TO HAVE SURVIVED THE TEST OF TIME.
  • 23:47 (Narrator) A PLEDGE MADE WITH MOSES WAS ONE OF MANY RECORDED THROUGHOUT THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE.
  • 23:52 FROM NOAH TO ABRAHAM TO DAVID,
  • 23:55 JEREMIAH THE PROPHET SPEAKS OF A NEW COVENANT IN WHICH GOD SAYS,
  • 24:00 "HE WILL PUT MY LAW IN THEIR INWARD PARTS AND WRITE IT IN THEIR HEARTS."
  • 24:06 STILL LATER THE BOOK OF HEBREW SAYS,
  • 24:09 "FOR THIS REASON CHRIST IS THE MEDIATOR OF A NEW COVENANT."
  • 24:22 FROM AGE TO AGE HAS IT BREAKING ALL BARRIERS OF TIME AND SPACE.
  • 24:29 THE BIBLE PRESENTS A CREATOR WHO REACHES OUT TO A WANDERING, OFTEN PERPLEXED CREATION
  • 24:36 AND SOLEMNLY REAFFIRMS HIS PROMISE.
  • 24:43 "AND I WILL GIVE THEE THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND HIDDEN RICHES OF SECRET PLACES"
  • 24:48 "THAT THOU MAYEST KNOW THAT I JEHOVAH AM THE GOD OF ISRAEL."
  • 25:22 LET ME BEGIN MY CLOSE BY SAYING THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU
  • 25:28 TO OUR SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS WHO THROUGH DONATIONS HELPED US TO MAKE JEHOVAH'S TREASURE,
  • 25:36 AN EXPENSIVE SERIES FOR US AND A LONG ONE.
  • 25:39 WE THOUGHT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT
  • 25:41 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 25:43 BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THROUGH THE DRAMAS WE'RE ABLE TO DUST OFF THE BIBLICAL STORY
  • 25:47 AND HELP YOU TO SEE IT AS WELL AS HEAR IT.
  • 25:50 AND THROUGH WORKING WITH ARCHAEOLOGISTS
  • 25:53 AND GOING TO SITES THAT PEOPLE DON'T SEE
  • 25:55 WE CAN TAKE YOU UNDER THE EARTH AND GO ON A FASCINATING TREASURE HUNT.
  • 26:01 SPEAKING OF TREASURE
  • 26:03 LET ME SAY THE GREATEST TREASURE OF ALL FOR MY MONEY ISN'T THE LITERAL ARK OF THE COVENANT
  • 26:10 AS FASCINATING AS THAT IS,
  • 26:13 THE GREATEST TREASURE OF ALL IN SO MANY WAYS IS THE TREASURE THAT WE CARRY.
  • 26:19 AND WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 26:21 IN 2 CORINTHIANS, CHAPTER 4, VERSE 7,
  • 26:23 PAUL SAYS THAT WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS.
  • 26:29 I DON'T KNOW HOW DIRTY YOUR EARTHEN VESSEL IS.
  • 26:33 SIN AND CIRCUMSTANCE HAVE A WAY OF SULLYING PERSON'S INWARD BEINGS.
  • 26:40 BUT THAT SAID,
  • 26:41 BY VIRTUE OF ASKING JESUS INTO OUR HEARTS AND PLEADING FORGIVENESS
  • 26:44 WE CAN BE CLEANED UP AND WE CAN IN FACT HOUSE JEHOVAH'S TREASURE.
  • 26:50 THANK YOU FOR GOING WITH US ON THE JOURNEY.
  • 26:52 AND AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:54 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:56 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
  • 27:08 JOIN US IN THE HOLY LAND FOR A TRIP OF LIFETIME.
  • 27:11 YOU'LL LOVE IT...I PROMISE.
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  1. Jehovah’s Treasure, Part 1
  2. Jehovah’s Treasure, Part 2
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