The Facsimiles of Abraham has been scrutinized by archeologists for years, and the church education system seems to be swaying their way, denouncing Joseph Smith’s prophetic understanding. With correct knowledge, you are able to see through the deceptions, but in ignorance you will blow away with the wind. Only through diligently seeking can one acquire the necessary knowledge to obtain salvation and exaltation. Correct knowledge is OLD SCHOOL!
Mom’s last comment identified my understanding of “work in progress” as twisted. I respond by expressing a strait and narrow path is not necessarily straight (AKA: without twists and turns). It is the wisdom and knowledge, working together, that produces the kind of confidence that waxes strong in the sight of God. It was true since Adam, and it is true today. The problems that mankind faced anciently are no different than the problems we face today, when you look at the core of the problem. Adam faced what you must face. It is the same mess, and requires the same faith of the ancient of days. Therefore the wisdom and knowledge of the ancients is OLD SCHOOL!
The Facsimiles of Abraham has been scrutinized by archeologists for years, and the church education system seems to be swaying their way, denouncing Joseph Smith’s prophetic understanding of the facsimiles. I disagree with archeologists and CES on the validity of Joseph Smith, how he used the facsimiles, and the validity of the book of Abraham. Consider the reasoning: There are three ages of Egypt:
- Old Egypt,
- Middle Egypt,
- and Late Egypt.
Artifacts exist of Old Egypt, but they are rare. They are found in the pyramid texts. The common theme of Old Egypt is a “literal ascent,” …and a very real battle against Set, or Satan. Middle Egypt is much younger, and has a very different theme being taught in archeological findings of coffin texts, the book of the dead, and the book of breathings. Middle Egypt differs from the emphasis of Old Egypt (literal ascent), by emphasizing a “ritual ascent.” A ritual ascent is an ascension only symbolized in a ritual ceremony, rather than expectation of a literal ascent. Late Egypt dilutes the matter further, reducing the matter to a judgement after death, or “last rites” placed under the head of the dead, to chart their path in the afterlife. The facsimiles in the book of Abraham are Late Egypt drawings, but how they were applied by Joseph Smith deserves much greater observation by archeologists and CES directors alike.
Archeologists have been using the facsimiles in the book of Abraham to discredit Joseph Smith’s interpretations and translations for years. However, the book of Abraham wasn’t translated from the facsimiles, like archeologists have assumed. The Church Educational System is beginning to agree with the point of archeologists, recognizing that the facsimiles in Abraham don’t fit the time frame of the life of Abraham at all. Late Egypt happened during the time of Moses, which is calculated to be over 800 years after Abraham. CES is now questioning the validity of the book of Abraham, placing Joseph Smith’s imperfection as accountable for the mistake.
With correct knowledge, you are able to see through the deceptions, …while ignorance will blow you away in the wind. Many artifacts have been uncovered significantly after the death of Joseph Smith, justifying that the facsimiles were Late Egyptian. But Joseph never claimed them to be Old Egyptian (Pyramid texts). Alls that Joseph did was use the facsimiles of Late Egypt, to tell a story of Old Egypt. He used Middle Egypt ritual ascension to express Old Egyptian literal ascension. It all pointed to ascension through the heavens. That is Joseph Smith’s message. That is the message of the Book of Mormon too.
At the restoration, Joseph constantly preached ascension, calling and election made sure, exaltation and eternal life, coming into the presence of Christ and God while in the flesh. He taught it because he had done it, and could recognize the patterns in the Book of Mormon texts, even in Late Egyptian facsimiles. However, Mormonism has followed the same pattern, regarding their opinions on ascension. We have gone from teaching a literal ascension (Old Mormonism), to a ritual ascension (Middle Mormonism), and now a judgement day when we die (Late Mormonism). Hawaii, I believe, has followed the same pattern. Consider the Hula as Middle Hawaii, and our Haole Hula as Late Hawaiian. You gotta ask yourself, …what was Old Hawaii? What was Old Maori? What was Old Native American? What was old Scandinavian? What was old Chinese? Our ignorance has led us astray, and blowing in the wind of foolish traditions. It’s time to go OLD SCHOOL!
With correct knowledge of ascension, you are able to see through the deceptions of the world in the middle and late traditions. Ascension can only be acquired through diligently seeking the words of Christ, without being boxed in with false traditions of men, thinking in terms of the only true church, while excluding significant truths, only to maintain the status quo. All truth is circumscribed into one great whole, and that is Christ. Those who are of Christ’s church must receive ALL TRUTH! Not one iota of truth can be excluded. That’s OLD SCHOOL!
Conclusion: I am not a follower of men, and will never be. We were raised to follow good men, and I am grateful for that. It has allowed me to identify truth, when I hear it, …to collect and stand on that truth in faith. I no longer trust in the arm of flesh, but in God alone. Because of my stance on truth, many in this movement have considered me the devil and dark, because I will not conform to their rules, but would rather freely govern myself by true principles. I find comfort in the truth, despite the feeling of possibly not being part of this movement, and not being part of the LDS “true church” culture, leaving me to twiddle my thumbs all alone. It is my understanding that “the truth” gathers. I believe that the gathering of Israel is upon us.
This weekend the Lord offers a covenant to a people, through the Book of Mormon. Since the publishing of the Book of Mormon, there has never been a people, not even the LDS church, who have covenanted to be accountable to live by it’s teachings, and to be judged by it’s contents. Historically, the LDS have done so with the D&C, and then they have changed it’s contents, to justify their ignorance much later, falling into apostasy. I will be partaking of the Book of Mormon covenant this Sunday 3 Sept 2017, in Boise, Idaho. You can take that covenant too, right where you are, by accepting to live by and be judged by that document too. The common theme throughout the Book of Mormon is that if a people live according to it, they will prosper in the land. I wish that for you.
The spirit of gathering is not only stirring here, it is stirring everywhere. Zion is it’s centroid. Check out this youtube video of how Chinese characters teach the plan of salvation, and you will see an example of what’s happening all over the world right now. The Lord is working a mighty work and wonder about us right now. It’s amazing.
The name of the video is: God in Ancient China.
The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA-AkJzpKmg