The Old Testament is a tough book to read. The hardest part for me to understand is between the time that Joshua came into Jericho, to the time where Christ returns. I have a familiarity with Moses and his efforts to bring the children of Israel into the presence of Christ by sanctifying them. I get that they were cursed to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, because they did not desire to receive the presence of the Lord. But what happens once Joshua destroys Jericho, and takes over the land of promise? And what happens to the gospel of Christ to make it so foreign to Christ himself when He begins His earthly ministry? I think that we must understand the records of the stick of Judah, in order for them to be one in our hand with the stick of Joseph. So, I’ll tell you what little I know about this time period, and perhaps you might be able to add to it in your response. That way we talk of Christ, and get our sins forgiven us once again.
The details are a bit foggy for me. I’m working on understanding them. But I’ll share what I’ve learned in outline form to keep it simple:
- 1200 BC Moses leaves and Joshua enters Jericho and destroys all
- 900 BC King Solomon’s temple is built in the capital of Samaria with debt, using the finest materials
- 721 BC The Assyrians conquer and scatter Israel. Israel is separated into north and south. And the northern tribe is led by the tribe of Ephraim.
- The ten tribes run north to escape the Assyrians. They are scattered in with Russia, and England, but their final destination is not known to us. These are what we call the ten lost tribes of Israel.
- Assyria eventually allow the return of the Israelites form exile. The few who return, bring with them Persian money, and begin to form an upper class population that sets themselves up to rule the lower class people, who never left. The upper class refer to themselves as purer, and give themselves the title of Jews.
- 600 BC Lehi leaves Jerusalem, with scriptural records, during the time of Jeremiah the prophet.
- 587 BC The Babylonians conquer Israel and take Israel captive. It is during this time in exile that the first rabbinical school is formed. This is the time of Ezra and his friend Nehimiah. Ezra is historically the first Rabbi. He is given a title of Prophet and is responsible for the changes of the written words of Christ. Ezra is a Deuteronomist.
- When Christ arrives, the big temples are defiled, but those who continue the mysteries or ordinances of the old temple, do so in temple caves, hidden from the ruling class of Scholars and Nobles (Pharisees and Sadducees).
- Those familiar with such temple cave ceremonies (mysteries/ordinances) immediately recognize Christ as the Savior of the world, prophesied of in their old temple ceremonies. They are converted and never leave.
- Those who follow the traditional line, set by the Deuteronomists, see Christ’s miracles and envision a savior in their definition of a savior- a military and political leader, come to free them from the Greeks and the Romans. They call Christ Messiah and ask Him to lead them into victory. When Christ corrects their understanding of how he is to be a Messiah, the upper class leave Him, and become Christ’s biggest enemy, …eventually crucifying Him.
- Christ’s teachings are in effort to restore the old religion, from the time of Adam. The same religion that Enoch taught his city. The same religion that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob taught. The same religion that Moses tried to use to sanctify the children of Israel in the wilderness. The same religion that Joseph Smith began to restore.
That’s as much as I know so far. Three lessons I learned in writing down the history is:
- that it doesn’t take long to corrupt a truth. It took only 200 years for King Solomon’s temple to be defiled. It was only around 300 years ago that America declared independence, and America became defiled, beyond recognition.
- that the use of gold and silver to buy up armies, navies and false priests who oppress can only affect those whose testimony is not grounded in the words of Christ. It is they who can crush the head of Satan. Or put in better words, it is only they who can wield the sword (which is the word of God) and cut off the head of Satan.
- Finally, that when our testimony is grounded in the words of Christ, it doesn’t matter what the accepted popular belief of the time is. When Christ comes, you will be able to recognize who he is as did the Samaritans, because you will be like him. The parable of the good Samaritan points to real knowledge, not merely opinions, reader responses, or perceptions.