WND Peddles More Pseudo-Archaeology

The Worldnutdaily has another adverticle to sell a DVD that claims the Ark of the Covenant is buried beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. And it’s got plenty of golly gee whiz technological nonsense in it, evidently. Like did you know they had hydraulic elevators 3000 years ago?

Now there is compelling new evidence that’s just what happened – and that the Ark still rests beneath the chamber known as the Holy of Holies, moved there through an elaborate machine constructed under the direction of Solomon long before the invasion of the Babylonians and the sacking of the Temple.

Most of the evidence for this theory of the Ark’s location comes right out of the Bible – in passages discussed in a two-part video documentary by Michael Rood called “The Great Secret of Solomon’s Temple and the Hiding of the Ark of the Covenant.” This three-hour presentation will keep you spellbound with its references to little-studied Bible verses that provide hints of about how the Ark was preserved from the invaders.

Note that they call this “compelling evidence.” That speaks volumes. So does this:

Without question, the Bible seems to detail the lengths to which Solomon went to protect the Ark, with a sand-hydraulic elevator in the Holy of Holies. An emergency escape route and the stone sarcophagus in which the Ark was hidden during the siege by King Nebuchadnezzar have already been discovered in the tunnel system that honeycombs Mount Moriah.

Yeah, it’s “without question” that they had this stuff. It reminds me of those loons who think the Ark itself was a “fusion communicator/weapon.” No, I’m not making that up. All of this might seem a bit less silly if the Worldnutdaily hadn’t already pushed the equally ridiculous claims of Ron Wyatt, who said he found the Ark under the spot where Jesus was crucified. He couldn’t bring it back, of course, coincidentally for the same reason why he could never provide evidence for any of his con jobs.

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  • StevoR

    Whatever happens if they find it and open it :

    Don’t look!!

  • Randomfactor

    with a sand-hydraulic elevator in the Holy of Holies.

    I’m glad SOMEONE paid attention during “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

    It could’ve been activated by those stone-age photoelectric eyes from the first movie.

  • StevoR

    .. sell a DVD that claims the Ark of the Covenant is buried beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

    Oh come on now, everyone knows the Ark of the Covenant is now located deep a some huge government warehouse packed in a box identical to at least a 1,001 other boxes after being saved from the Nazi’s by Indiana Jones.

  • Trebuchet

    The point of this, I’m guessing, is that we need to immediately destroy the Dome of the Rock and get to looking for the ark.

  • Moggie

    Are there really any bible verses which remain “little-studied”, after all this time? And I thought I was a slacker!

  • Poggio

    History is just one large miasma of funny sounding words to these people, isn’t it?

  • Michael Heath


    Without question, the Bible seems to detail . . .

    Wow, just . . . wow.

  • cry4turtles

    Randomfactor–too funny!!!

  • Pshaw, everybody knows if you add the lengths of words in the Bible and subtract all the numbers, then multiply by the parables and divide by the square of the Commandments then convert them to GPS coordinates you find the true position of the Ark.

  • lofgren

    To be fair, even serious archaeologists considered sand hydraulics to be a possible method used to build the pyramids. The possibility of sand hydraulics being used in ancient times is intriguing because, like the ubiquitous icicle stabbing, much of the evidence for it would be destroyed as part of the process of using it.

    As I understand, this hypothesis has fallen significantly out of favor since the discovery of the worker camps near the sites of pyramids, which indicate the Egyptians had enough manual labor that hydraulics would have been unnecessary.

  • Abby Normal

    I smell a made by SyFy movie script in here, Indiana Quatermain and the Great Sand Elevator perhaps.

  • Erm… doesn’t the Bible say that the Ark is now in Heaven somewhere? Revelation perhaps?

  • I’m sure I saw it in Warehouse 13, or was it in the Library

  • Sand hydraulics. Now I’ve got something my desert sorcerer/artificer can experiment with.

    It’d be cool if we found good evidence that an ancient culture used the method, but I don’t substitute flights of fancy for belief. I’d file this in the same place I put “steampunk.”

    So, has Japan gotten onto working on a methane punk anime version of the Great Flood story, yet?

  • Artor

    Sand hydraulics is a pretty simple art, dating back pretty far. You fill a pit with sand, position a big rock on top, then wash out the sand with water. The rock settles into the hole gently, and there you go. It’s used more often for megaliths & foundation stones than arks though, so good luck proving anything with that evidence. Assuming a WND exclusive bestseller like this has any evidence at all…

  • thalwen

    My bets are on it being in that castle with the Frenchmen, who have the Holy Grail and toss cows at people.

  • Ben P

    Lofgren and Artor already said what I was going to say.

    Saying a “sand hydraulic elevator” makes it sound like some technical miracle and creates an impression that doesn’t exist.

    On the other hand, using sand in the same capacity one might use hydraulic fluid isn’t necessarily a new concept. The only problem is that sand goes one way, down. You can take a heavy object and lower it by removing sand underneath it. That is a form of a really crude hydraulic lift I’d guess, but isn’t anything like what you’d get as a “sand hydraulic elevator.”

  • Die Anyway

    >”…references to little-studied Bible verses…”

    I’m with Moggie on this one. Really? after 2,000 years and billions of Christians there are any “little-studied” parts of the Bible? But in truth, the average church-goer doesn’t really know how much scholarly work has gone into examining the bible. Or what the results are. They go to services once a week, the preacher talks about 3 or 4 verses, and even after a lifetime of attendance they really haven’t seen that much of the bible. If their church is anything like the one I attended as a youth, the preacher is not going to hit appologetics, not going to talk about any of the more controversial sections, is basically going to cherry-pick some nicey-nice parts and make up the rest of his sermon. So, the bible is a big book which they haven’t read and which they figure the preacher probably hasn’t even read all of. Believing that there are some “secret” parts is easy. You know… Da Vinci Code and all that.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Does Mitt Romney use sand hydraulics for his car elevators?

    If not – why does he hate the Bible?

  • I wasn’t aware that Rood has deviated from the Wyattists on the matter of the location of the Ark of the Covenant. I have, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive non-pro Wyatt post on Wyatt’s Ark of the Covenant anywhere on the Internet. Also-I’m going into the WND comments section. It’s amazing how detached from reality these people are. One comment even claimed that Obama would blow up the Temple Mount if Rood’s idea was confirmed, and that comment received 5 likes!

  • Pierce R. Butler “Does Mitt Romney use sand hydraulics for his car elevators?”

    No. In Romney’s car elevator the car doesn’t move, the Earth does.

  • John Hinkle

    This three-hour presentation will keep you spellbound…

    And by “spellbound” he means “amused.”

    But really, three hours? The presentation must be redundant and repetitive. And I bet it repeats itself too.

  • leonardschneider

    Now I wish I could read Aramaic, ‘cos I’ll bet the transcription on the lid says, “No matter how thin you slice it, it’s still baloney.”

  • thisisaturingtest

    @#7, Michael Heath:

    Yeah, that sentence kinda jumped out at me, too. But you can bet the typical wide-eyed, sweaty-palmed WND reader will never see the obvious contradiction (within two words, too- that almost has to be on purpose, it’s so stupid).

  • hrun0815

    You need to stop reading WND. 🙂

  • davem

    Are there really any bible verses which remain “little-studied”, after all this time?

    Most of the Bible is little-studied; it’s so damned tedious. Christians only read the popular bits.

  • jnorris

    A sand hydraulic device was demonstrated in the 1955 movie Land of the Pharaohs. Vashtar the architect designs a thief proof pyramid tomb in exchange for giving the slaves who will build the tomb their freedom. Sorry Indie.

  • Ron Wyatt said that he found the Ark directly under the site of Jesus’ crucifixion. He said he saw on the Ark dried blood and dried water that dripped from Jesus’ body. Unfortunately for Wyatt, he didn’t grasp the huge amount of money he could have made selling dried water.

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