The Ark of the Covenant is used for what? The Ark is indeed a Chest This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded from an Almond Tree after it was a staff of wood, and the stone tablets. The Ark's primary use was a seat for the Lord God Almighty. The Ark of the Covenant is called the Mercy Seat. Josephus reported the barred, bolted, locked gate outside the Court of the Women opened with God's Hand during the invasion of Nebuchadnezzar and during Titus in 70 A.D. When Josephus goes on to report that both times the Cherubim miraculously were turned away from the seat - both times the Holy of Holy had Cherubim carved into the walls.
17 “You shall make a mercy seat
of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. 21 And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. 22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.
and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat
Hebrews 9 goes on to explain Paul was writing Scripture before 70 A.D. -
25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.
Describing the Cherubim in the Holy of Holies Room:
1 Kings 6
23 For the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim out of olive wood, each ten cubits high. 24 One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing five cubits—ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip. 25 The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape. 26 The height of each cherub was ten cubits. 27 He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. 28 He overlaid the cherubim with gold.
1 Kings 8
6 The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 7 The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and overshadowed the ark and its carrying poles. 8 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today.
This, the left photo, is the most popular Ark of the Covenant - just isn't the wing span and isn't raised up high wing span and is not a Seat.
This would show the idea of the Cherubim, actually on the walls of the Holy of Holies, changing their positions but still - not a Seat for the Almighty.
Possible candidate for the Mercy Seat except this is not a Seat.
1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2 The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!
4 The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
70 A.D. The Destruction of Judea, Jesus' natural death era, by Titus. The gold from the Temple paid for the Roman Coliseum
5 Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
The Temple Tools returned from the Babylonian Exile - some where from Moses. Solomon added to those in the Temple he built for the Lord.
The Cloud described in the Temple explaining God's robe wouldn't fit in the Temple sounded like this Hubble Telescope Photo of God's Universe. We - are - the first generation to understand this about the Cloud filling the First Temple of God explained to David and built by Solomon. The Bible IS Living and Active.
7 In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.
8 O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!
10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Thank You, Jesus!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †