What Three Pictures Say?

Facsimile #1 is a representation of a willing sacrifice, being rescued from the wicked priest of Pharaoh, by an angel. The crocodile down below symbolizes Pharaoh. Pharaoh thought that sacrificing one who has the priesthood would transfer the priesthood to him. However when the wicked priest died, Pharaoh knew he could not obtain it, and he submits to the willing sacrifice. In other words the king (of man) recognized a true king (of God).
fac_1Facsimile #2 is called a Hypocephalus- A funerary piece placed under the head of the dead to guide the dead in ascending through the horizon. This facsimile is a map to instruct the dead, or the owner of the map, to enter the presence of Christ and God the Father.

fac_2Facsimile #3 is called the “coronation” scene. In the coronation the future king is washed, anointed, and crowned a second time- not symbolically.

fac_3 Joseph Smith inserted these three images into the book of Abraham. The first is all about a candidate willing to sacrifice all things in obedience. Just before the candidate is killed on the lion altar, an angel sweeps in and rescues the candidate and kills the wicked priest of Elknah.

The second facsimile moves from the center, to the top right, clock-wise around, back to the top, and then to the center again. This image points to how one receives knowledge of how to escape this world and ascend into the presence of deity. It is here that the heart of the child has turned to their fathers (seeking mysteries of God- 1 Nephi 2:16) and the fathers turn to the child by revealing hidden knowledge (Alma 12:10). Such hidden knowledge results in bringing the initiate/candidate into the presence of Christ and then the Father- while in the flesh.

Finally, facsimile #3 shows that when one ascends, they become one with “The Fathers.” They become kings and queens. It is this point that the hearts of the fathers have turned to the children and assisted them in the ascent and now comes the coronation. Now that the candidate has made the ascent and has been converted, the candidate is instructed to love his neighbor as himself by teaching others how to make the ascent.

The first facsimile is familiar to me and connects to higher ordinances that I am familiar with. However, the second and third are quite foreign to me. Where is the ascent taught? Is that why we are constantly reminded that angels or messengers are important to seek? Is that why not many have made the ascent (many are called, but few are chosen?)


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