When St. Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine sought out the Cross that Christ was crucified on, was she a treasure hunter who was spiritually lost by not being interested in God?
However, you seem to be open to the possibility that the Ark may not be in Ethiopia at all.
St. Helena was a true believer and was as such guided by the Holy Spirit. That is why her finding of the cross is substantial.
She was not a treasure seeker; seeking and hording relics.
She was not acting out of glib curiosity.
If she was any of the above she never would have found It.
Have you actually seen the true cross St Helena found?
I have absolutely no dought that the true Ark of the Covenant of Israel is physically in Ethiopia. I am unwavering on this point.
The point I think you have which has fueled this thread and my responses up to now is "why can't it be seen".
I have been trying to tell you that you can see it. We all can see it. More so! we can consume its fire without us being burned.
You are just not trusting your own faith.
You keep thinking the Ark must be seen the way you think it should which is with human eyes or touched with human hands in order to know its real and be blessed by it no different that any other Holy relic. Such thinking is exactly why it remians a mystery to you and others and fuels the various quests, treasure hunts and the like.
I hope you come to a comfortable and faithful resolve according to the truth and not dwell in the mainstream of treasure seekers who are truely blind and lost having no hope . Of course the people I speak of would say I am lost.
I am lost!
That is why I trust in the love of Christ with ALL things and ALL matters. By Him I know the truth and thus seek after no other sign. God guides! for all things are fulfilled in Him in the name Jesus who is the Messiah or the "Christ". He is my protection. By Him I have hope. And when I am weak His mother the Theotokos helps me. I see her love for me and all mankind all the times.
Many Ethiopians believe like this and as such our eyes are clear.
So regarding the Ark of the Covenant we sing the follwing national song:Wiste'tah Orit
be wiste'tah Tabot, be wiste'tah
Yekedeneh'wah be worqeh; Yekedeneh'wah
General meaning:"We see the Ark covered with Gold; it leads us in its covenant"
Ethiopia beleives this way and as such has been protected from and have been praying for the help of God for the severe abuses and persecutions that many others in our faith around the world has had to endure.
This is not to say we have not felt the sting of suffering, and religious persecution over the last 2000 years. WE have as many already know. WE are all sinners and are humbled by God; for suffering is required for the true believers. Inspite of our suffering God saw fit that Ethiopia regardless of the insurmountable onslaughts form Arab expansionism to European colonialism (and all of its untold horrors), various religious persecutions and natural disasters be and remain an 'orthodox' and 'independant' nation. This was to all of us a victory for Orthodoxy and a miracle of God to be witnessed by the world at large of Gods greatness and love.
Even in a sea of Islam in the heart of Africa Ethiopia is still today the single largest Orthodox Christian community on earth.
You would even be hard pressed to find an Ethiopian that can speak Arabic in Ethiopia even today although this language is the lingua-franca of all the nations which border the country. Arabic speakers who live in Ethiopia learn to speak Ethiopic. This not to say that Arabic is a bad language. It is clearly one of the worlds key language families. I am currently studying the langauge. But I note it to make a point that even with such a large influnence Ethiopia has still remained in her own nature by and large.
Ethiopia is also the one African country that is truely the keeper of ancient African civilisation as well and as such is today the symbol and the embodiment of African unity for indigenous African peoples and our descendents worldwide. This was of vital importants to the "black world" that was emerging out of the grip of western imperialism during the 60's and 70's and needed to have a connection with Africa for heritage and identity. Ethiopia is today the lead country in the African Union and the organizations capital.
Ethiopia is a miracle of God!
Our eyes are clear.
We (and all Orthodox) can see; not just for oursleves but for the whole world.
So if I can 'see' what you (my fellow Orthodox) can't than I'll be the guide on your behalf.
For the Ark of the Covenant of God and its existance on earth Ethiopia is that guide. She is its keeper. She 'sees' the Ark of the covenant for all of us.