a clipping taken from the LA Times, March 15, 1982
Ark of the Covenant FOUND??
Tom Crotser, leader of a recent expedition to uncover the Ark of the
Covenant, says his find has been supported by a Jordanian
Samir Ghisan said he knows of the corridor on Mount Pisgah that
Crotser claims leads to the chamber containing the fabled Ark.
Ghisan, now at Loma Linda University in California, formerly was
regional director for the Museum at Madaba, Jordan.
Crotser, of Winfield, Kansas, claims to have discovered the golden
box (the Ark) that is said to contain the original Ten Commandments
and the Rod of Aaron.
But he says he won’t release his photographs until he can show them
to European financier David Rothschild, who, Crotser says, will
rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem.
Vangard notes >>>
Quotes are taken from “The Holy Bible in Modern English” translated
direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee and Greek languages by
In the case of the Rod of Aaron, there are many references which all
seem to be related to the original STAFF OF MOSES as found in Exodus
and Numbers. We must also realize that Moses and Aaron were
Now there is specific mention of the STAFF OF MOSES. It is in
Exodus where Moses first countenances God in the form of a Burning
Bush. At that time, Moses is instructed to “take that STAFF, for
you shall perform wonders with it.” The staff is called the ROD OF
GOD in its first occurrence.
Moses complains that he is not the best choice to be the spokesman
for the EVER-LIVING. At this time, God instructs Moses to solicit
the aid of his brother Aaron, the Levite. In another verse Moses
says he is slow of tongue, to which Pharoah will not listen. The
“See, I will make you like a GOD to Pharoah, and Aaron your
brother shall be your RECITER. “
The EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, – “Since
Pharaoh has said to you “Give us an Evidence (that your God has
power and is thus real)”,
Instruct Aaron, “Take YOUR ROD (GOD’S ROD now transferred to
the control of Aaron in the function of high priest)and throw
it down before Pharoah and it shall become a serpent.”
Then follows the ACTUAL meeting of Moses and Aaron with Pharoah.
Moses and Pharoah therefore went to Pharoah, and did as the
EVER-LIVING commanded, and he threw down HIS ROD before
Pharoah, and before his ministers, and it became a serpent.
But Pharoah summoned the scientists and chemists, and they also
did it, assisted by the engineers of the Mitzeraim, by their
For each of them threw down THEIR RODS! and they became
serpents, but the ROD OF AARON (now GOD’S ROD is fully
identified as AARON’S ROD) swallowed their rods.
The EVER-LIVING then said to Moses, “The heart of Pharoah is
decided not to let the people depart. Confront Pharoah in the
morning, when he goes to the bath, and stand to meet him at the
band of the river, and take the ROD which turned to a serpent
in your hand.
Then say to him, “The EVER-LVING GOD of the Hebrews has sent me
to you to say, ‘Let My People go and serve Me in the desert.
But if you will not listen to that, thus says the EVER-LIVING,
by this you shall learn that I am the MASTER: –
When I STRIKE WITH THE ROD which is in my hand upon the waters
which are in the river, they shall turn to blood! And the fish
which are in the river shall die; and the river shall stink;
and the Mitzerites shall loathe to drink of the water of the
The EVER-LIVING also said to Moses; “Say to Aaron; Take your
ROD (note again God instructing Moses to instruct Aaron about
the use of HIS (AARON’S) ROD) and extend your hand over the
waters of Mitzer; – over the streams, over the brooks, the
pools, and over all the reservoirs of water; and they shall
become blood; and they shall be blood in all the land of the
Mitzerites, both in wood and in stone.”
Again Pharoah refuses to allow the Hebrew people to go into the
desert to make sacrifice to the EVER-LIVING.
Then the EVER-LIVING said to Moses, “Command your brother
Aaron; ‘Extend your hand WITH YOUR ROD over the rivers, and
streams, and lakes, so that the frogs may come up over the land
Still Pharoah refuses,
Consequently the EVER-LIVING said to Moses; “Say to Aaron,
‘Extend YOUR ROD, and beat the dust of the Earth, and it shall
become lice in all the land of the Mitzeraim.'” And he did so.
Now comes an interesting turn of events, Moses now takes command of
the situation at God’s instruction. This occurs after the
affliction of boils.
The EVER-LIVING afterwards said to Moses, “Extend your hand to
the skies, and there will come hail in all the land of the
Mitzeraim, upon man, and upon beast; and upon all that is in
the field, in the land of the Mitzeraim.”
So Moses extended HIS ROD to the skies, and the EVER-LIVING
uttered His voice; and fire ran along the ground, and the EVER-
LIVING poured hail upon the land of the Mitzeraim.
And there was hail, and continuous FIRE mixed with the hail,
very cruel, such as had never been like it in all the land of
the Mitzeraim from when it had become a nation.
Pharoah begs that it be stopped wherein Moses replies,
“When I am outside of the city, I will spread out my hands to
the EVER-LIVING, WHEN THE VOICES WILL CEASE, and the hail will
Next comes the plague of Locusts.
So Moses extended HIS ROD over the country of the Mitzeraim,
and the EVER-LIVING drove an east wind over the country all
that day and all the night until the morning came, and the east
wind carried the locusts…
Then comes the EXODUS wherein the Red Sea is parted.
The EVER-LIVING then said to Moses; “Why do you cry to Me?
Command the children of Israel to march. And you, RAISE YOUR
STAFF, and extend your hand over the sea, and it will divide
itself, and the children of Israel can go through it as upon
The people then experience the phenomenon of the Mana, which is
followed by a period of drought. Here we come to the miracle of the
water which comes from the rock…
the EVER-LIVING says to Moses; “Pass along before the face of
the people and take with you the Magistrates of Israel. Take
also in your hand THE ROD with which you shall strike upon the
rock, and water shall come out from it, and quench the people.”
Another mention is made of the water being removed from a rock in
It is brought out after the children of Israel are marched into the
Wilderness of Tzin, where they settled in Kadesh. Water in the area
was deficient for the needs of the nation and the people complained
about the hardship induced upon them by the command of the Lord that
they should move to such a barren wilderness.
Then the EVER-LIVING spoke to Moses, commanding; –
“Take your STAFF, and convoke the Parliament, – you and your
brother Aaron, – and command the rock in their sight, and it
will give them water; and bring out water for them from the
rock, and quench the thirst of the people and their cattle.”
Moses therefore took his STAFF FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE EVER-
LIVING, as he was commanded; and Moses and Aaron addressed the
crowd before the rock, and said to them ;
“Listen now you rebels! out of this very rock water shall come
Then Moses raised his hand, and struck the rock with his staff
twice, and a rush of water came out, and quenched the thirst of
his people and of their cattle.
God later instructs Aaron and Moses to ascend to the Peak of the
Highlands, where Aaron removes his robes, and clothes Aliazar his
son with them, and Aaron died there on the top of the Peak. Then
Moses and Aliazar came down from the Peak. And all the People saw
the death of Aaron, all the house of Israel; so they wept for Aaron
for thirty days.
As to the tablets of the Ten Commandments, the Bible quite
specifically states that the Ten Commandments are in the Ark of the
Covenant. It is interesting that there were TWO sets, the first of
which was destroyed by Moses on finding his people engaged in
This is shown by the following verse from Exodus,
The EVER-LIVING afterwards said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two
tablets of stone, LIKE THE FORMER ONES, and I will write upon
them the Commandments which were upon the FIRST THAT YOU
The proof of that the tablets of the Ten Commandments are in the Ark
are shown by this verse from Deutronomy (the speeches of Moses,
which form the Moab additions to the original Covenant made in the
land of Horeb, this one being Speech XII before Moses dies).
The EVER-LIVING says to Moses, “Now that your days approach
death; summon Joshua, and station him in the Hall of Assembly,
and I will instruct him…”
When Moses had finished engraving the commands of this Law (the Moab
additions) in a record to its end, he commanded the Levites who
carried the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, saying;
“Take this Book of the Law, and place it INSIDE THE ARK OF THE
COVENANT of the EVER-LIVING, your GOD, and it shall be there as
a witness to you, that I knew your rebelliousness and your
And the EVER-LIVING says to Moses,
“Go up the hill by the ford, – to Mount Nebo, and survey the
land of Canaan, which I will give to the children of Israel for
possession; and you SHALL DIE UPON THE MOUNTAIN THAT YOU
ASCEND, and be added to your people, as Aaron your brother DIED
ON THE HILL OF HILLS…”
We called Winfield, Kansas in the hopes of locating Tom Crotser.
The operator says no one by that name is listed in their phone
The next step was to try Loma Linda University in San Diego. A call
was placed on Saturday morning which amazingly enough was answered.
A search of the University directory showed no GHISAN, although
there was an astronomer with a name something like Gazelle.
We definitely plan to try the University again next week. This file
has been uploaded to the ICJR BBS which is the direct organization
which is headed by Mr. Vendyl Jones. Vendyl is the man on whom the
character “Indiana Jones” was modelled.
Vendyl and his group have been actively searching for the Ark of the
Covenant and the Ashes of the Red Heifer for many years now. John
Hill works with Vendyl and is the Sysop of the ICJR BBS, they are at
1-817-346-1038 in Arlington, Texas.
This is yet another interest of ours here at Vangard Sciences. We
have several files relating to these topics which currently include
NOAHLAW, NOAHARK1, HEIFER1, INDY1 and now ARKCOV1 (this file).
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