Indiana: That's it.
[they all look at an illustration of the Hebrews devastating their enemy with the Ark]
Major Eaton: Good God!
Brody: Yes, that's just what the Hebrews thought.
Colonel Musgrove: [pointing to a beam of light] Uh, now what's that supposed to be coming out of there?
Indiana: Lightning. Fire. Power of God or something.
Major Eaton: I'm beginning to understand Hitler's interest in this.
Brody: Oh, yes. The Bible speaks of the Ark leveling mountains and laying waste to entire regions. An army which carries the Ark before it... is invincible. - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
While the Ark of the Covenant remains a lost artifact of biblical times, it gained fame and became a pop icon through the blockbuster movie ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark. While there is actually no record in the bible of it actually ‘leveling mountains’ there is some very interesting records of it written in the Holy Bible.
The first is when the nation of Israel was crossing the Jordan river to enter into their ‘Promised Land’. As soon as the priests who were carrying the ark touched the flooded waters edge with their feet, the water stopped flowing from upstream allowing the people of Israel (including 40,000 armed soldiers to cross over on dry land) As soon as the people had crossed and priests who had remained with the ark in the middle of the dry river bed made it to the other side, the river water flooded back in.
Once they had crossed into the land of Canaan, they came to the city of Jericho.
The leader Joshua received his God given instructions which was to take the city by marching around with the ark of the covenant every day for six days, and on the seventh day march around seven times with priests blowing trumpets.
This is exactly what they did, with the result of the city walls falling down on the final blast of the trumpets and as the Israelites raise a war cry. The city of Jericho was stormed by the Israelites who then destroyed every living thing in the city (men, women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys) except for the prostitute Rahab, and her household who had helped protect two Israelite spies, and therefore their lives were spared.