“King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. Then the priests brought the Ark of the Covenant of Yahweh to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the most holy place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles. The poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary. But they could not be seen from outside. They are there to this day. There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses had placed there at Horeb, where Yahweh made a covenant with the Israelites, when they came out of the land of Egypt.”
This is exactly word for word from 1 Kings, chapter 8. The biblical author in 1 Kings spoke as if the ark was still there to “this day.” This biblical author could not have said that since the temple no longer existed. Yet he repeated the same statement. The feasting and sacrificing was so great that no one could count the number of sacrifice offerings. The Ark of the Covenant had only the 2 stone tablets that Moses had received at Horeb, and not Sinai. Nothing else was in there. It was covered by those 2 large golden bronze cherubim with their wings spread out over it and touching each other.