Many interesting stories can be seen on Cable outlets such as the "History Channel" or the "National Geographic Channel" attempting to determine what happened to the Ark of the Covenant and the speculation as to its final resting place or hidden location.

Suggestions abound that it is located in an Ethiopian Orthodox Church, The Chapel of the Tablet at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum, a city in Northern Ethiopia or located in South Africa by the Lemba Tribe in Zimbabwe or even in a hidden room at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in France after it was found by the Knight Templars.

Fanciful as all these tales and other theories are, Scripture plainly tells us where it was taken in 2nd Maccabees, Chapter 2, Verses 1-8 which reports that just prior to the Babylonian invasion by King Nebuchadnezzar........

1 'It is on record that the prophet Jeremiah ordered the deportees to take the fire, as we have described,

2 and how, having given them the Law, the prophet warned the deportees never to forget the Lord's precepts, nor to let their thoughts be tempted by the sight of gold and silver statues or the finery adorning them.

3 Among other similar admonitions, he urged them not to let the Law depart from their hearts.

4 'The same document also describes how the prophet, warned by an oracle, gave orders for the tent and the ark to go with him, when he set out for the mountain which Moses had climbed to survey God's heritage.

5 On his arrival, Jeremiah found a cave-dwelling, into which he put the tent, the ark and the altar of incense, afterwards blocking up the entrance.

6 Some of his companions went back later to mark out the path but were unable to find it.

7 When Jeremiah learned this, he reproached them, "The place is to remain unknown", he said, "until God gathers his people together again and shows them his mercy.

8 Then the Lord will bring these things once more to light, and the glory of the Lord will be seen, and so will the cloud, as it was revealed in the time of Moses and when Solomon prayed that the holy place might be gloriously hallowed."