This blog is meant to briefly explain why I keep coming back to Greek and Egyptian.
First the Greek. We all know that the articles of faith say that we believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. However, that is the extent to which we understand it. We typically go no further. In 3 Nephi the Lord told His people that the apostles in Jerusalem didn’t know about them. The apostles assumed that the “other sheep” meant the gentiles. The Lord withheld information from the apostles simply because they didn’t seek. Likewise, we must get the hint that if translated correctly the Bible is the word of God.
The history of the King James version of the Bible comes through a multiplicity of translations that have diluted some plain and precious truths. Moses came from Egypt and was a Hebrew, with Greek as a common language. The records that he bore may have been written in each language. The King James version (the one most quoted) was translated from Greek into Hebrew, to Latin Vulgate, into Hebrew, then back into Latin again, then into English, hidden, and then translated into English again. The translators of the King James version consisted of priests who claimed authority through the great apostasy, who don’t believe in modern revelation. Many plain and precious truths were filtered out in the multiple translations.
If we go back to the oldest record of the Bible, before the multiple translations, some of these truths can be corrected. The original Greek text of the Bible was translated once from Greek into English by William Tyndale in the early 1500’s. The apocrypha’s are the made up of the books that were simply taken out of the Bible (approx. 96 books, including the book of Enoch.) It was William Tyndale, when translating the Bible from Greek, who invented the word at-one-ment. That word did not exist before then and was intended to be written with hyphens. The concept of going back to the Greek text is to get back to the original intention of the scripture, in it’s purest form. When we get back to the original intent, we uncover the true mind and will of God. That is the ONLY REASON why we study the word- to know the mind and will of God!
The emphasis I put on Egyptian is no different than Greek. Abraham 1:26-27 sums up that Pharaoh didn’t have the patriarchal priesthood, but he sought “…earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign…” The Egyptians had some writings on Papyrus. However, the information that interests me in Egypt is the carvings on the walls that date back to 4,000 BC.
The carvings on the walls could not be altered. If they were, the alterations would be obvious and not deceptive like the incorrect translations into Latin Vulgate of the Bible. Since Pharaoh earnestly imitated the patriarchal reign, what we find in the pictures of Egypt are what existed during the time of Enoch, for Noah was Enoch’s grandson. Noah preserved these rites in his sons Ham, Shem, and Jappath. Ham preserved them in his family. Ham’s daughter is the mother of the first Pharaoh.
You might ask, why go all the way back to Egypt when we have had everything restored to us today? Because not everything was restored to us as a church. In D&C 124:40-48 The Lord tells Joseph Smith to build the Nauvoo temple in “sufficient time.” If they did, the Lord promises to enter there and restore a greater endowment, the saints would not be moved and would receive power. However if the saints did not, essentially, they would be cursed.
We must look back at what happened to the saints in Nauvoo and ask the question, “Did they finish the temple in sufficient time?” The only way to answer this question is to look at the promises the Lord gave them and asses if they were blessed with the greater endowment and not moved, or if they were cursed.
The temple was burned, then a massive tornado destroyed it even further, and finally the citizens who took over Nauvoo completely demolished it so that there was not one stone left upon another. The way I read the promises in D&C 124:40-48 the saints did not finish the temple in sufficient time and they suffered the curse. This leads my mind to ask the question, “Then did we get the greater endowment that was promised to Joseph if the temple was built in sufficient time?”
The temple was not completed before Joseph was killed, so the answer is, “No, we did not get the greater endowment offered to us.” That leads to the question, “Then what do we have in the temple?” What we have is a preliminary endowment that points to the greater endowment, a second endowment. The endowment we have was what Joseph gave us in the red brick store before he was killed. The greater endowment was not given to us as a church yet. This brings us back to Egypt where the endowments given to Enoch are preserved in the Egyptian carvings.
Enoch had the greater endowment that was given to Adam in it’s fullness. That is why Enoch’s city could ascend. Enoch’s grandson, Noah, preserved that endowment through the flood and passed that down to his sons. What Pharaoh earnestly imitated was the very same greater endowments. Joseph Smith, before being martyred, left us with three hints called Abraham’s facsimiles (Egyptian Hieroglyphs). The first represents the endowment that Joseph gave the saints in the red brick store, before he was killed. The second and third facsimiles point to the greater endowment, the second endowment, the Lord intended to give the saints in Nauvoo if they built the temple in “sufficient time.” (D&C 124:40-48). The carvings on the Egyptian walls point us to the endowments that the Lord intended to give the Nauvoo saints.
The Greek emphasis is meant to clarify some false ideas in the Bible, so that the scripture more reflects the intended message. So that we can more clearly understand the mind and will of God. The Egyptian emphasis is meant to point our minds to the greater ordinances that we should be seeking to connect to heaven, obtain power over the serpent, and overcome all things by faith to make our great ascent into the presence of the Lord- while in the flesh! Our traditional mentality fools us to believe that we have all the Lord has to offer. We are baptized, we are endowed and we are sealed, so all we have to do is endure faithfully. This is not true. Like the apostles, we assume too much. There are greater promises offered us if we will seek, if we will read the scriptures and ponder what the Lord has been trying to tell us.
I do not recommend that we now have to add to our daily scripture study and become students of Greek and Egyptology! I only point for all to read the words of Christ. Every blog has been intended to point to the words of Christ found in the scriptures. Every emphasis is for the convincing of those who read what I have written to find passion in the study and pondering of the scriptures. There is no need to study anything more than the scriptures. The mind and will of God is in the scriptures and they will tell you all things what ye should do (2 Nephi 32:3).
However, the reason I refer to the Greek and Egyptian is to point back to the scriptures- the mind and will of God. It is in the scriptures that we know the mind and will of God. That is the focus, the mind and will of God. Everything points to the mind and will of God.