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Vendyl Jones Claims he will find the Ark of the Covenant by August 14, 2005. Armed with a blessing from a mysterious Kabbalist, Jones is now excited to uncover his life's pursuit. He believes the ark of the covenant will be discovered by Tisha B'Av (Aug. 14), a day of repeated tragedy in Jewish history. Most notably, it is the anniversary of the destruction of both the First and Second Holy Temples. See Kabbalist Blesses Jones: Now´s the Time to Find Holy Lost Ark.
On August 14th we will know for sure if Vendyl Jones is a false prophet, or a true prophet. My guess is that he will make up some excuse of why he did not find the ark, and that he just needs some more time and a lot more money to find it.
--written by Dr. Stephen C. Meyers
I remember being at a conference when someone asked me about the amazing discoveries by Vendyl Jones who claims to have found the ashes of the red heifer near where the Ark of the Covenant is to be found in a cave near the Dead Sea. He claims to be the real Indiana Jones, just take the V off his first name. His web site is at Vendyl Jones Research Institutes. According to Jim Long (e-mail), Vendyl Jones is still looking for the ashes of the red heifer.
First of all Vendyl Jones is not an archaeologist. He claims that his translation and interpretation of the Copper Scroll from Cave 3 where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, will lead to the greatest of all treasuries, the Ark of the Covenant. Yet all of his digging has not produced a single temple artifact. Scholars do not agree with his translation or interpretation of the Copper Scroll (More details in the June 1996 issue of Biblical Archaeologist, Vol. 59 No. 2). See also Is Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia?
Vendyl Jones has found red material that he claims is Temple Incense. Testing was conducted on the material. Kenneth D. McMurtrey states, "My interpretation of the available data is that the red material is soil of mixed calcite/dolomite limestone origin (primarily calcite) with an admixture of silicates, nitrates, phosphates and sufficient iron salts to provide a red color." (June 1996 issue of Biblical Archaeologist, Vol.59 No.2, page 85). It was not Temple incense as Jones claims.