Isaiah was written at about 800 BC, during the time of King Solomon’s temple. King Solomon was 900 BC, and Elijah was between the two, at about 850 BC. Within two hundred years from Isaiah (600 BC), King Solomon’s temple had been gutted: the tree of life removed, the ark of the covenant lost, the sun-dial demolished, and the Horses and Chariot destroyed. Although these were only some of the deformations of the temple, the one I want to focus on is the symbol of the Horses and Chariot.
The scriptures are so subtle, that if your mind wanders, you will miss key elements, that seem small, but are highly significant. Lets start in the Old Testament, where all of us are so unfamiliar, in the story of Elijah’s ascension.
2 Kings 2:7-14
“7. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
8. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. [Moses wasn’t the only one to part waters of chaos]
9. ¶And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
10. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
11. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
12. ¶And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
13. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
14. And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”
Side Note: We use the label of “the mantle” loosely in our church. It comes from this story. Elisha rolls up the mantle, smites the water, and the water parts. When Elijah ascends, he tosses the mantle to Elisha, and Elisha smites the water with the veil, and parts it like Elijah. Elisha tested the mantle and it worked. Today we don’t test it. Testing is falsely considered lacking faith, when the ancients didn’t think so.
Consider the Horses and Chariot of fire, that took Elijah up by a whirlwind into heaven. That refers to Elijah’s ascension into heaven without death. When reading about Horses and Chariots in the words of Isaiah, and in the Book of Mormon, your mind ought to say “the fiery ascension into heaven.” Another way it is presented in the Book of Mormon is to say a “pillar of fire.”
Covenants to the Fathers: The scriptures were restored by Joseph Smith so that the children could turn to the promises (or covenants) made to the fathers (JSH 1:39). When their hearts are turned to the promises, only then can their hearts turn to the fathers who obtained those covenants. The Horse and Chariot points to the “ascension” into the heavens, which is necessary for anyone to qualify as “a father.” Again, this is subtle.
Everyone remembers the story of Ammon “dis-arming” the lamanites. Ammon, after cutting off the arms of the lamanites to protect the flocks of King Lamoni, returned to his duties. Pay close attention to what he was doing:
“8 And it came to pass that king Lamoni inquired of his servants, saying: Where is this man that has such great power?9. And they said unto him: Behold, he is feeding thy horses. Now the king had commanded his servants, previous to the time of the watering of their flocks, that they should prepare his horses and chariots, and conduct him forth to the land of Nephi; for there had been a great feast appointed at the land of Nephi, by the father of Lamoni, who was king over all the land.
10. Now when king Lamoni heard that Ammon was preparing his horses and his chariots he was more astonished, because of the faithfulness of Ammon, saying: Surely there has not been any servant among all my servants that has been so faithful as this man; for even he doth remember all my commandments to execute them.”
In this story, if your eyes are opened, their is a far deeper symbolic story being told. Symbolically, the flocks are not animals, but “people.” They are being given “waters of life” by the King’s servants. A true servant, Ammon, preserves the flock, by cutting off the covenant arm of those who seek to unrighteously injure the flocks of the King, …wresting their priesthood. The true servant then prepares the Horses and Chariot of the King, for the King’s ascent. The feast Ammon prepares the Horses and Chariot for is the feast of the King of Heaven! Not the earthly king. Lamoni passes-out and ascends, along with his wife, and his servants. Upon their awakening, they have been given a covenant, qualifying him as a father.
Consider the Curse of the Gentile: Nephi uses the words of Isaiah to testify of the last days (our day). At this point in the timeline the Gentiles are cursed for rejecting the fullness (ascension). And the fullness is taken from the Gentiles and returned to a remnant of the House of Israel (US). If you understand the Horse and Chariot to represent the ascension into the heavens, being brought back into the presence of Christ, to receive a covenant, becoming one with the fathers, than consider the meaning of Isaiah’s words:
3 Nephi 21:11-14
“11. Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him [Joseph Smith] to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him [Joseph Smith] power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant. [the fathers]
12. And my people who are a remnant of Jacob [Jacob is Israel] shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep [lamb and lion lying together without any ire?], who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
13. Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.
14. Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;“
The Gentiles will not ascend.
Conclusion: In the star constellation of Pisces, the stars tell a story of a throw-net being cast. It captures two kinds of fish: big fish, and little fish. It was the same net that caught both types of fish. The big-fish constellation goes around, and around the earth, but never rises up to the North, which is the hidden place where God presides over His creation. However, the little fish slowly rises to the North. It is the little fish who ascends to the hidden place where God presides. God always works with the little fish. But the big fish, the Gentiles, will never rise up.
Joseph Smith identified the church as the Gentiles. His efforts were to bring the gospel to the Lamanite people, to whom the Book of Mormon was written to. He was killed before accomplishing this task. He fulfilled his calling by returning the promises made to the fathers, by printing the scriptures, so that the hearts of the children can turn to the fathers. You cannot turn your hearts to the fathers without first turning your heart to the promises made to the fathers (scriptures). Search the scriptures, and then turn your hearts to the fathers, so that they can turn their hearts to you.
Although the Gentiles will never rise up, as their Horses and Chariots have been cut off and destroyed, you must not take these scriptures lightly and get caught up with the big-fish. Those who do not seek the face of Christ are the big-fish in the church, and the big-fish will never rise to the North in an ascension. Be the little fish, and rise up to the North. Then, you will find prepared for you Horses and a Chariot, for your ascension into the hidden place of God.