Knowledge, as the world defines it, isn’t what it seems. The ancient pattern began in the days of Adam. Hope progresses into belief, which offers the potential to progress into faith, and ends in Degrees of Knowledge.
The first university was the temple. That’s right! It wasn’t Harvard or Princeton, it was the temple. It was in the temple that those within it studied the “universe,” and that’s why it was called a “university.” The original use of the word university meant: “the whole.” After all, “the whole” is precisely what is considered in the temple, isn’t it? Within the temple was an observatory so that from the temple the sun, moon, and stars could be charted and studied extensively. It’s no wonder why the Magi came in response to a new star, …because they were charting the stars from a temple. You see, …God placed lights in the firmament for signs, seasons, times, and ordinances, so that man could know things happening in the heavens, …and then do on earth as it is done in heaven. Within the temple was an extensive library, from which the source of all language flowed, being the origins of all knowledge, even the mysteries of God in full! The source of all life flowed out of the temple. The garden of Eden was a temple from which flowed all living things. As mankind departed from the temple, being cast out of the garden, universities became secular, meaning: no connection to treasures in the heavens any longer. Universities still represent secular knowledge in our day, for the purpose of accumulating gold and silver, disconnected from “the whole,” limited by business and commerce. Changing temples into secular universities, where secular minds are groomed, robes are worn in graduation ceremonies, and tassels are changed at commencement, is a symbolic selling of valuable tokens for money. Knowledge, as the world defines it, isn’t what it seems.
The ancient pattern began in the days of Adam. Every apostasy was a departure from the temple, a symbolic casting out of the garden of Eden. Apostasy began as early as in the days of Adam and Eve. The further a people got from the temple, knowledge of the sun, moon and stars disappeared, …and business and commerce became the name of the game. Distance from the temple was also indicated in the corruption of language. Being disconnected from heaven, men were left to their own devices, sacrificing the things of God, in exchange for Mammon (riches). Adam and Eve, after being cast out of the temple (the garden of Eden), had to make their return back into the presence of Christ, through the process of sacrifice, through the temple. In all ancient cultures is found evidence of temple rituals, indicating a return to the temple for preservation. Every year, at specific times (called holy-days), a ritual called the “new year rite” was performed, seeking to restore a people to knowledge of the heavens, the true university, the temple, …where what is done on earth matches what is done in heaven. The new year rite had to be performed every year because the people had not returned, pointing them to the way back. The reconnect was intended to be done in varying degrees, but was presented in the temple as “one whole.”
The return progressed from hope to belief, to faith, into Degrees of Knowledge. The result of the pattern is enlightenment. It is repeated as light cleaves to more light (D&C 88:40), until the perfect day, when you are filled with light, and come to know all the mysteries of God, until you know them in full (Alma 12:10). We are promised that if our eye be single, our whole body shall be filled with light (3 Nephi 13:22). Alma 32 tells how it begins to swell, sprout and grow from a desire (which is hope), into a belief, where you are convinced of that truth. Being convinced that something is true, necessarily leads to taking action, or exercising faith. When faith is exercised in a belief that is true, there is always a confirmation, and that confirmation is a Degree of Knowledge. Knowledge is the sweet fruit, it is a degree of light and truth, and must grow into a fulness as more light is added, until you are filled with light. Knowledge is the objective of the temple. The ultimate knowledge was defined by Christ as life eternal, and that was to know God and Christ, whom God has sent.
Conclusion: The decay of the ancient temple follows the same decay of every temple. Ascension is reduced to a ritual ascension, and then further reduced to something that happens only after death, not in the flesh, despite what ancient testimony writes. We dismiss scriptures for traditions of unbelief. Rather than asking, seeking, and knocking to part and pass through the literal veil, …we have made enormous effort to justify our existence as acceptable “within” the veil, …fearing the Lord’s presence, just as the people of Moses did, and were cursed to wander in the wilderness for forty years, without the presence of the Lord in the flesh abiding with them.
We shouldn’t be afraid of man, and discount God’s words. We should fear God, to know His words, and be accountable to abiding by it’s precepts, to be governed by Him. God promises to add unto us, when we seek first His Kingdom, where moth, rust, and thieves cannot corrupt, break through or take away (3 Nephi 13:20, 33). Repent, and seek the words of Christ, to write them upon your hearts.
Currently, a functioning temple does not exist. We have strayed far from doing on earth as it is done in heaven, such that we know nothing of the heavens, and have changed the ordinances to match our understanding. The temple is not an observatory of the universe. There is no library in temples, and people aren’t allowed to speak in the temple without being shushed. Our language has been eroded and corrupted by thieves who claim divine authority, teaching to not pay much attention to the guy behind the veil, to dismiss the man behind the veil symbolically representing Christ Himself. Temples have become “endowment houses,” offering symbolic rituals that have been altered to sooth those who are still wanting to be lulled into sleep. We sell our tokens for money.
Christ offers hope, belief, faith, and knowledge. We must receive it in that way, and no other way. We cannot skip steps from hope to knowledge, by bearing testimony at a pulpit of something you really don’t know, but really, really, strongly believe. A testimony of what you hope to be true is not a testimony; it is only a wish; it is only pretending, …and will not produce a thing. You must desire the truth, hoping for all things of God. You cannot substitute belief with unbelief, or wrong belief, and actually exercise and develop saving faith based on unbelief. Unbelief not only resists faith, it kills faith. You cannot just understand something and not put it into action by living as you claim you believe. God will not confirm faith without works. You must act, …and then God’s grace will spontaneously produce an abundance of light and truth, until your confidence can wax strong in the presence of Christ.
The path back to God is as old as Adam and Eve. It requires more light and truth, until you obtain a fulness. The Lord’s words to Joseph Smith identifies our current condition:
“28. For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.”
You can choose to believe it or not, that’s on you. The truth must be told in order for repentance to be possible. God has strengthened the arm of the enemy against His unrepentant people. He has used the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, and the Romans to jolt His people to a degree of remembrance. The Lamanites were a scourge to the Nephites, even unto destruction, if the Nephites failed to remember God (2 Nephi 5:25), and they were destroyed. The Jaredites were once God’s people too, but they failed to remember, and receive the truth. The early saints were moved from their place by the Missourians and those near Nauvoo, into the wilderness because the saints not only did not repent, but they sought to dismiss the light given by Joseph Smith, hiding their secret acts of whoredoms, murder, and theft, still speaking both good and evil of him. You must choose, and be accountable for how you choose. I would recommend a different path than you have been on, putting off your unbelief, by a serious study of the words of Christ.