Pin camera ready to roll on Ark of Covenant discovery

by Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press.
June 29, 2005

Toronto-- Mark August 14, 2005 on your calendar as potentially momentous. It’s one day before Ariel Sharon’s planned removal of 8,000 settlers from the Gaza strip, a dramatic event no matter the outcome.

Providing even more drama of a coincidental kind is Dr. Vendyl Jones. With the kind of credentials that make him one of the world’s most renowned experts on Qumran and the Land of Israel, Jones last month announced on Israel National Radio that he hopes to reveal the long-hidden site of the Ark of the Covenant "by August 14."

Stirring human imagination down through the ages, the Ark of the Covenant is allegedly the acacia chest in which Moses placed the Ten Commandments.

Jones calls his project to reveal the site of the ark, "Project Petakh Tiquah", "Door or opening of Hope".

No single story could ever do justice to the amazing accomplishments of Vendyl Jones, who was the true-life inspiration for Indiana Jones of Raiders of the Lost Ark blockbuster movie fame.

The real heroes of life are not up on the silver screen, they’re out in the field conducting tireless missions, under funded, media mocked, but soldiering on. The true-life red-blooded version always dwarfs the movie version.

Dr. Vendyl Jones’ painstaking detective work pinpoints the long lost ark as being "hidden in a secret passage that runs 18 miles south of the Temple Mount into the Judean desert."

No Hollywood hype could provide the same level of anticipation.

Since 1972, Jones has conducted eight major excavations of Qumran, the area where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered in 1947. The Shemen Afar Shimon, the Holy Annointing Oil from the Holy Temple, was found in April 1988 by Jones’ archeological team. With an investment of nearly $2 million, all of it donated by supporters of his Vendyl Jones Research Institute and none of it from government, foundations and grants, Jones’ digs involve over 300 dedicated volunteers.

Should Vendyl Jones find what he is looking for in the Judean desert, Indiana Jones, the flickering ghost of the screen will be replaced by truth-is- stranger-than-fiction immortality.

By Aug. 14, Jones and Company are going to drill a borehole into the chamber which they believe contains the ark, drop a pin-camera in and, hopefully reveal the find to a watching world.

Non-believers may be interested to know that Jones has already discovered some of the holy items associated with the ark.

A credible Torah teacher, who hails from Texas, Jones has represented the Israeli Foreign Minister in a two-year lecture series on college campuses with P.L.O. representatives.

Rabbi Adin Israel Steinsalz, head of the Institute for Talmudic research and thought to be the world’s most renowned Talmudic scholar called Jones’ work, "Scientifically valid research which may result in important findings for the Jewish people and the world."

Wherever you plan to be on or around Aug. 14, you could be front row center to the filmed discovery of one of the world’s greatest artifacts of all time.

Missing for centuries, the ark is believed to have disappeared with the destruction of the First Temple by King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon in 587 B.C. Indeed, the exact whereabouts of the ark have been shrouded in mystery ever since.

Incredibly the Ark of the Covenant has a pretender.

With the blessings of the United Nations, a bizarre ark knock-off, carried through Vermont farm fields and sailed by sloop to UN Manhattan headquarters, has been making the rounds as a show-and-tell exercise at public schools. Called the Ark of Hope, the replica carries, among other things, the Earth Charter, a replacement for the Ten Commandments as advocated by former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and Kofi Annan right hand man, Maurice Strong.

The Earth Charter is "an international peoples’ treaty for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century". (Philologos Bible Prophecy Research).

Even as you read this, the hidden location of the real artifact is underway with results possibly coming your way the summer of 2005.

Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the media. A former Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig Standard columnist, she has also appeared on, the Drudge Report,, and World Net Daily. Judi can be reached at: