The Book of Revelation gets bad press because of all the symbolism that constantly gets mistaken, and translated into modern images, rather than understood through ancient symbols. In the Apostasy, the first records to be removed are ascension texts, leaving us void of being able to recognize ascension texts at all. Reconnecting to ascension text patterns, makes the Book of Revelation the easiest book to understand.
Reading Into It: The most common scriptural mistake people make is to read their own understanding into the record, rather seeking to understand what the author intended when he initially wrote the material. When we read ourselves into the record, we translate false meanings, using our relativism, rather than going back to the original language. This is how scriptures become perverted (thoroughly changed).
A perfect example of “reading into it” can be seen in the phrase: “In my father’s house are many mansions.” (John 14:2). When considered all alone, and out of context, we read the word “mansion” in our day as, a large, palace, residence, of luxury. So we think that when we die, everyone gets their keys to their large, palace, residency of luxury. However, when the scripture was originally written, it didn’t mean the same. A mansion was simply a place to temporarily stop over for the night. It had a corral to keep the sheep protected and a place to set up your tent, …and it eventually became a small inn of sorts. But it was never a palatial residence of luxury (a modern mansion).
When we incorrectly read into the record our own false traditions, we generate images of luxury living as the promise offered by the Father, promising earthly wealth (that was Satan’s method, remember). Thus, pictures of luxury living is used as a tool to convince men to obey the laws of men, using the joy of the wealth of this earth as a motivator to keep those laws. We have generated images of white picket fences, swing sets, lawn chairs, and large homes to convey the message of such joy. And, many saints have forgone waiting for the next life to obtain that dream-mansion, and went ahead and financed their own mansions, as proof of righteous living.
However, if we were to understand what the scripture was trying to portray, we would see the word mansion as only “a temporary stopping over place,” before moving on in your eternal progression. The eternal progression through the heavens, into the presence of the Father, was the emphasis to the Lord, …not the mansion. In essence, the Lord is teaching about progression in the house of His Father. And within His Father’s house, there are many temporary stopping over places, for men to gain further light and knowledge, and experience. The objective is to accumulate light and truth, and live so many successful experiences in these mansions, in preparation to coming into the presence of the Father, to sit as equal heirs of the Kingdom with Christ. Christ always goes ahead to prepare it for us, so that we can eventually be like Christ, and thus like the Father.
“2. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.“
The objective of Christ was never to find comfort in this world. This time was temporary, a stopping over place, a place to gain more light and knowledge. Joseph Smith stated that a man cannot be saved in ignorance. He also said that if a man is able to get more knowledge than the next, it will be to his benefit in the life to come. Progression through the aeons was the objective, not an accumulation of earthly wealth. Those found tied to this earth by seeking the treasures of the earth will find themselves anchored and chained to hell. However, those able to connect to ascension, they’ll see things as they truly are, temporary, …and then they will seek for treasures in the heavens, where moth and rust doth not corrupt.
Removal of Ascent Texts: The first move toward apostasy is to transition men’s faith from connecting to the heavens, into a faith based on obedience to institutional laws. In the ancient Jewish apostasy of 600 BC, just as the Christian apostasy at Nicea, both controlling groups removed Ascension Texts! They made the concept of ascension a foreign concept. With ascension removed, all that was needed was to substitute and multiply the laws of men. Since they were responsible for the removal of text, they were also able to add more laws, making the mosaic law more and more multiplied. They used guilt, and popularity as their tools to control the minds of ignorant men, until men sought an institutional salvation, rather than connecting to heaven personally. The Book of Revelation was taken out, put back in, taken out again, and then put back in again. Lucky for us, ignorant men in control of the text couldn’t see ascension in John’s record, otherwise the Book of Revelation would not be available for us.
Reconnect to Ascension: Reconnecting to patterns of Ascension makes the Book of Revelation one of the simplest books to understand. The first five chapters of that record is John the Beloved’s ascension experience. The veil is removed immediately, he describes the seven heavens, called “my Father’s house…” and Christ appears to come out of that seven heavens to condescend to earth. John describes Christ in detail, and includes a description of the throne of God. John is then seated upon God’s throne.
Although each ascension text is described differently, this is the pattern of all ascension texts. There’s a throne theophany (a vision of God’s throne). There is a view into the seven heavens. They see the condescension and ascension of Christ. Interestingly enough, Nephi’s vision in 1 Nephi 11 follows the same pattern. So does Lehi’s dream. The Brother of Jared’s experience follows suit as well.
When we reconnect to ascension texts and patterns, suddenly the scriptures become an instructional manual for an individual to ascend themselves. Suddenly the texts that seemed so cryptic, becomes plain as word can be (2 Nephi 32:7). And finally, there can be a people who’s sacrifice can once again be acceptable, and the heavens can be made available for men to ascend again.
Conclusion: Consider apostasy as trusting in the arm of flesh. What would be the most important type of text to remove from scripture, to solidify trusting in men? (ascension texts). Ascension texts are still being removed in our day. In 1913 Joseph F Smith discontinued the requirement for men called as apostles to have a personal witness of Christ, because they were unsuccessful at doing so. Removing the Lectures on Faith in 1921 had the same effect in our modern scriptures. Our manuals instruct us not to spend time discussing “calling and election made sure.” In November 2013 the changing of the definition of the second comforter to become the Hoy Ghost does the same, taking away the need for Christ (John 14:16a). The talk given at Boise, ID (Aug 2015) about apostasy, where, literally seeking the face of Christ, is considered apostate, is another example of solidifying men’s trust in the arm of flesh. Singing hymns of following the prophet, quoting one another, and repeating lessons of leaders of the past, to justify our institution as having no power in connecting men to heaven is clear. Ascension texts, on the other hand, can and still do.
Feast upon the words of Christ. No where else can you find instructions of ascent. Hear the voice of the Lord. Only His sheep hear His voice, and become one flock and one fold. We cannot be united with tares, unless we too are going to be burned along-side them. We must be wheat, we must be sweet fruit, and we must get our moisture from the roots. At the root is the promises made to the Fathers. That is where our heart must turn.