The True Meaning of the Ark of the Covenant

Written by on November 7, 2012 in Conscious Evolution with 15 Comments

The Ark of the Covenant  I am going to address the symbolic meaning of the Ark of the Covenant. Doing so will give you more knowledge on how valuable it is to raise your consciousness.

First of all it is important to realize that Moses never constructed a golden box known as the ark, and he didn’t converse with a separate omnipotent being above the Mercy seat. Rather these components of the Exodus narrative describe something that happens in your head on the way to your own Promised Land.

The true Ark of the Covenant rests atop your shoulders. More specifically, the Ark represents your brain. Even as Jesus was crucified at Golgotha (the place of the skull), representing part of the ascension process that takes place in your head, so too does the Ark. And in order to truly commune with God, that communion must take place within the confines of your mind. As we’ll soon see, communing with God has nothing to do with talking with a separate being. It has much more to do with becoming ONE with something much bigger than you!

As Jesus said stated:

“that all of them may be one , Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us…” (John 17:21).

How could mainstream religion see the above verse any way but metaphysical?

Now let’s break down the image of the Ark. Two Cherubim’s faced each other on top of the lid. But what’s significant here is that the wings of the Cherubim are spread over the ark, covering and protecting what lies beneath. There is one on the left and one on the right. Now consider that your brain is made up of a left and right hemisphere. The covering of your brain is the cerebrum. So just as the Cherubim covered something significant inside the ark (the brain) so too does the left and right cerebrum cover some very important glands that serve as a link between our physical and spiritual natures. One such component is the pineal gland, also known as the third eye.

This is what Jesus referenced when he stated:

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matt. 6:22).

As if the above information wasn’t enough, I am now going to give you plain scriptural information that will confirm that the ark is symbolic of the human brain. Consider that the stone tablets making up the Ten Commandments were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant. Now remember that the ark symbolizes the mind and brain.

The Ten Commandments are universal in nature. When one becomes enlightened, the Ten Commandments are realized and lived out from within. This is especially true after the awakening of the third eye, or pineal gland. Now consider the scripture below from Jeremiah:

“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write in on their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:31)

The prophet Jeremiah is declaring that the law is meant to be in the mind and heart permanently, not something which should be obeyed from an external law book or outward code. This is about something that happens “within” you. Let’s also read the very next verse:

“No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me…” (Jeremiah 31:34).

Someone who has experienced enlightenment no longer serves the ego. The law was written for the ego, but the spiritual man who is not under the operation of the ego lives by grace (enlightenment / Christ consciousness.)

This is the entire reason the Ten Commandments were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant; it was to serve as a symbolic image of what was to truly be experienced by a true Israelite (spiritually enlightened person).

Let me take you back to the image of the Cherubim for a moment. Have you ever wondered why God placed Cherubim to the entrance of the Garden of Eden to protect it? If you have read my article on how Adam and Eve represent different aspects of consciousness, then you understand that the Garden of Eden wasn’t a literal place either. It’s a state of the mind. Since the cerebrum serves as a covering for the spiritual glands located underneath their covering, then it makes sense that God would place Cherubim to guard the entrance to Eden. In order for us to get back to Eden, we have to be awakened! We should also note that the Cherubim held a flaming sword. This fiery sword represents the logos, or cosmic energy that is responsible for awakening the third eye!

Do we find any imagery similar to this when talking about the Ark of the Covenant? Yes, we do! Consider the description given in the Bible when Moses talks to God above the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant:

“And there shall I meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim (cerebrum of the brain) which are upon the ark of the testimony…” (Exodus 25:22).

Now remember that the scripture says God is light. When God communes with us and the pineal gland is opened, it is said that a bright white light is often seen by the participant. Didn’t Paul see the exact same thing, Christ as a bright white light, as he was knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3)?

As we continue with how God speaks to Moses from between the mercy seat in Numbers, we read:

“And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him (the LORD), he heard a voice of one speaking to him from off the mercy seat…And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying…when thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick (Numbers 7:89-8:2).

It should be obvious that the seven lamps represent the seven chakras that cosmic energy must flow through in order to experience enlightenment.

How does this knowledge help us?

As you read more the scripture, continue to look at how each character and symbol represents us. The Ark of the Covenant has always supposed to symbolic of the human brain. The brain is not just a physical feature. Not only does it act as a receiver and transceiver of God’s consciousness, but the brain houses some very special glands that serve as gateways between the physical and spiritual worlds. If Buddha was right when he said that “All is mind,” then it is truly through the mind that we gain higher awareness and operate on a higher plane of consciousness.

Think about what the literal Ten Commandments were truly needed for. They are needed for the man who is controlled by the ego. The ego needs to be kept in check, and thus the commandments served that function until Christ (Christ consciousness) comes!

Not many people know that the Ten Commandments came from chapter 125 in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. That was written centuries before the Torah. The Ark of the Covenant also came from Egypt. Found within the king’s chamber of the Great Pyramid was one furniture piece—a box with the same dimensions as the Ark of the Covenant as it is described in the Bible! Israel, or Isis, Ra, and Elohim also come from the name of Egyptian Gods. My point is that believing the scriptures are meant to be literal is not what’s important. It’s the hidden spiritual meanings within them that matter! Never stop digging and questioning.

Mainstream religion has misrepresented all of this imagery for centuries. One cannot worship God in spirit and in truth by worshipping something “out there.” All truth is contained within you. Mainstream religion has taught us that by “believing” the literal Gospel this entire spiritual process is assured to us by Christ. But what we have to realize is that Christ is to be formed in you! It is not about believing a literal story. This brings no rising of consciousness.
Joshua Tilghman runs the blog, the Spirit of the Scripture, a site dedicated to revealing the hidden meanings beyond the literal text of the Bible. His site also serves as a personal spiritual development tool for the raising of consciousness through these most sacred scriptures that have been misunderstood and interpreted by mainstream religion for so long.
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  1. Interesting article. I’m not so sure about the theory as there is a strong description of a physical ark as well as evidence that it had existed. Still, it may not hurt to think of this as being one with the mind…

    •' Josh Tilghman says:


      I understand your possible conviction to hold onto a physical ark. I once did too, and I definitely respect your opinions. Keep searching and questioning, and I think you’ll find enough information to question the evidence that the ark originated with the Hebrews and the Torah. At any rate, thanks for commenting and many blessings.

  2.' marlon says:

    brilliant article

    is it is all internal, religion has externalized spirituality. you are correct, the ark of the covenant is in your head.

    good work

  3.' Holly says:

    Bunk….the Bible is real…the happenings are real, and the objects are real.

  4.' juan says:

    Nice narrative but a bit out of context.
    When you mention that Moses didnt build a physical ark but it was done in his mind. Is a little premature from a biblical time chart point of view.
    This covenant is made with literal Israel and Judah, not with the spiritual Israel, that is, believers, except secondarily, and as grafted on the stock of Israel ( Romans 11:16-27 ).
    God does stablish his covenant in us(brain/heart)but it happens at later time thru means of new covenant which is Jesus Christ.

  5.' Bonni says:

    You are very right about the Ark/mind/golden bowl, but I’m not sure why you want to say the ark was never constructed, because it was as a teaching tool.

    The one thing people never seem to get is the fact that the pineal eye is the EVIL eye that traps us in this world! When Adam and Eve ate of the poisoned fruit, their “EYES” were opened and they immediately became SELF conscious. THAT is the curse…The blood was sprinkled over this eye to COVER it! This is the “seal” (cover) of God. The “mark” of the beast, if you look at the Greek, indicates “scratching”…This is OPENING IT! That gland activates at puberty. That is when we fall from childhood grace and begin to REBEL….

  6.' Bonni says:

    I know it would seem to be the way back, but I’m realizing its like the ‘ring of power’ that we can not try to use or it destroys us. The pineal gland must be sealed shut to get back. We then become as “little children” who are not self conscious. When the flaming sword is covered it clears the way. This is the pearl gate and the unicorn horn. A pearl is a coating seal over a grain of sand (the eye)…

    It may help others to understand if you would point them to consider what these images truly mean rather than saying it was never actually done as the Bible says.
    “First of all it is important to realize that Moses never constructed a golden box known as the ark”

    No magician (Egyptian, Sumerian, Mayan, etc.. )ever made it all the way over).The lust for knowledge and power will destroy us. The magicians (magi-wise men) will always be fooled with the allure of “wisdom” that always leads them in circles. There is only ONE way out, and it is not by the “EYE” of this world.

    Magic is spiritual with limited truth. That does not make it GODS kingdom (realm-dimension). Its only deeper into the abyss of MANS terrible kingdom. ADOM/red BLOOD

    DOM in Hebrew=BLOOD=SEED=DNA=serpent double helix (flaming sword) KING-DOM. We must cast the crown far from us. “If your right hand offend you, if your right EYE…cast it far from you”. I was astounded to see that these “signs of the beast” are of the eye and will(right hand) of self consciousness! The image you behold is your God. The IMAGE of the BEAST (the creat-ED) is the MIRROR! Whoa!We are self conscious. anti Christ.

  7.' Shaw says:

    Josh, throughout the Torah God did things so that His people, the Israelites, would remember Him. For example, the 12 stones after crossing the Jordan (Joshua 4:1-7). 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. “Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
    These stones were very much literally picked up and placed somewhere else. In a very similar way, the Ark of the Covenant was symbolic of God’s presence and promise. This is why God had them carry the Ark before all of Israel into the Jordan because it showed all of Israel that it was God Himself, no man, that was leading them into the Holy Land. If there was no physical Ark of the Covenant then they would have had nothing to carry. Many narratives in the Old Testament tell of times when the Ark was literally moved to this place and that.

    Out of love, Jesus encourages you (and me, too) to approach The Kingdom of God as a child (Mark 10:15). I believe this to include scripture as well. I am not saying do not use your mind, I encourage thinking through and questioning many things. However, if you begin to make scripture say something it does not, you may find that you have created your own Gospel and Bible. Bad interpretation can lead to heresy.

  8.' Shaw says:

    I stated above that the book of Joshua was in the Torah; it is not. Torah should be replaced with ‘The Old Testament.’

  9.' Audrey says:

    Hi there, I read only a part of your article, but couldnt stomach it so stopped reading…Obviously you dont know your scriptures well enough, hence your crazy explanations. Please dont show any more disrespect to the Word with anymore of your comments.

  10. I have seen the Ark and can just say
    it is not in the Hands of those who
    believe to have it or fight wars.

  11.' Paul says:

    From the author to the commenters, all is opinion and conjecture. Personally I would never make a claim that someone is Right or Wrong based on incomplete information. No matter how we slice it…. we weren’t there. I’ve read theories that include everything from the Ark being in the brain to the Arc being a weapon which fried the atmosphere of Mars from the Giza Complex… I’m okay with not knowing the specifics of these things. My concern lays with folks who make determinations and conclusions based on historically incomplete data and call them Fact. THAT… is Ego. As far as the article itself, very well done! There are nuggets to be found everywhere if you look 😉

  12.' VSQH says:

    Satan twisting scripture again, nice try but I call BS

  13.' Bj says:

    Great article ? I can see the symbolism you are talking about. I grew up in the church and the literal translation of everything, plus the programming that I’m
    separate from God, drove me from the church. I also appreciate you challenging the status quo, you may come up against strong beliefs and opinions because you’re speaking up, but isn’t that the catalyst for all change ? ?

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