Ethiopia: Ark of Covenant Reported Stolen by Church Authorities

The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Church was visibly emotionnal when he announced the theft.

Axum| The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, His Holiness Abune Mathias, announced this morning that the most prized biblical treasure in the world, the Ark of Covenant, was stolen last night from the catacombs of the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.  The guardians of the artefact were allegedly put to sleep through the use of chemical weapons, before the robbers entered the crypt and stole the precious Holy item.

The criminal operation was reportedly executed by a team of 12 to 16 highly-trained professionals who travelled aboard two black military helicopters. They landed less than 500 meters away from their objective after allegedly arriving from the East. The men were dressed in black military-style uniforms and seemed to function as a well coordinated army unit. They were equipped with night-vision equipment and armed with high caliber weapons, giving them an incredible advantage over the local security forces.

The protection of the Ark was left to a group untrained volunteers, as the Ark was expected to protect itself.

The protection of the Ark was left to a group untrained volunteers with AK-47s. The Church did not see any need for more security as the Ark was expected to protect itself from people with impure intentions.

The 11 guards and armed volunteers present on the site to defend the Ark were neutralized by the thieves, using some high technology grenades that released a rare opium-based soporific gas. The  robbers then went into strenuous labor, using jackhammers and explosives to enlarge the corridors in various locations inside the catacombs  leading to the Ark, in order to be able to remove the large chest from its underground vault.

The entire operation was over in less than an hour, an incredibly short time considering the number of obstacles that had to be overcome. This amazing efficiency suggests that the thieves had repeated the operation and had carefully prepared their crime.


Few signs of the crime were visible this morning on the site, but a lot of damage was reported inside the catacombs under the building.

 The Ethiopian Orthodox Church claims to possess the Ark of the Covenant in a chapel in the small town of Axum, in their country’s northern Highlands. It arrived nearly 3,000 years ago, they say, and has been guarded by a succession of virgin monks who, once anointed, are forbidden to set foot outside the chapel grounds until they die. No one except the Guardians are ever allowed to see the Ark, not even the Patriarch of the Church.

The story is told in the Kebra Negast (in Ge’ez language, Glory of the Kings), Ethiopia’s chronicle of its royal line: the Queen of Sheba, one of its first rulers, traveled to Jerusalem to benefit from King Solomon’s wisdom; on her way home, she bore Solomon’s son, Menelik. A few years later, Menelik went to visit his father, and on his return journey was accompanied by the firstborn sons of some Israelite nobles—who, unbeknown to him, stole the ark and carried it with them to Ethiopia.
When Menelik learned of the theft, he reasoned that since the ark’s frightful powers hadn’t destroyed his retinue, it must be God’s will that it remain with him.  It was then presumably kept in the islands of Lake Tana for about four hundred years and finally taken to Axum, where it was kept safe for more than two thousand years.
The disappearance of the Ark is certainly dramatic news for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, as much of its prestige came from the possession of the relic and many of its rituals were centered on it. His Holiness Abune Mathias was visibly emotional when he made the announcement many of the journalists and faithfuls present for the press conference, burst into tears when they heard the news.

12 Comments on "Ethiopia: Ark of Covenant Reported Stolen by Church Authorities"

  1. Should the Ark magically reappear if the second temple is rebuilt then we pretty much know who’s responsible for this outrage Bro Cope.

  2. It will not surface again until the temple is built. When the temple is built, it will be revealed. There is much activity even now toward the rebuilding.

    • it was told by protestants who are confirmed to be opponents of our holly mother the virgin marry…so please be informed that the ark of the covenant in Axum is SAFE.glory to GOD and to his beloved mother the VIRGIN MARRY AMEN.

  3. Is it on Ebay yet?

  4. Carlo Giardina | November 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Reply

    Time to bring in Indiana Jones!

    • My sentiments exactly! The Ethiopian church may not be honest in this case. I find Mr. Wyatt’s claim, along with proof of his other discoveries, including Noah’s Ark and Sodom and Gomorrah, much more plausible and compelling.

    • Johanan Rakkav | November 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm |

      There is nothing either honest or compelling about the late Mr. Wyatt’s claims about the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s Ark or Sodom and Gomorrah. And as for the Ark being stolen from the Ethiopians, they never proved that they had it in the first place.

    • Kathryn Ryder | November 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm |

      Well DUH!!! It obviously is the work of the Israeli Mossad !!!

    • if no one has seen it, since it is never shown, how will anyone know it to recover it?!

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