Q. I wish to ask a question about the lost ark.Where could it be possibly hidden? Could it be that the Jews have not found the ark, and that’s why they are delaying building the third temple? I look forward to your enlightened insight!
A. I have no idea where the Ark is hidden and, from what I read, neither does anyone else. The main thing delaying the rebuilding of the Temple is that the Jewish people haven’t returned to their covenant relationship with God, so no temple is necessary. The Ark’s absence is not preventing them from beginning. It was never present in the 2nd Temple, having disappeared shortly before the 1st Temple was destroyed, and in Ezekiel’s description of the 3rd (Millennial) Temple no ark is mentioned.