You’ve probably never heard of 40 Day Literature, …so I’d love to be the first to give you an introduction. After His resurrection, the Bible tells us that Christ spent 40 Days with an inner-group of people, before leaving to tend to His other sheep, which were not of that fold. What was taught during the 40 Days were unknown for ages, …until a discovery in 1945 called the Nag Hammadi Scriptures. Since then, other archeological findings have been discovered, supporting the 40 Day Literature as “temple-texts” of the ancient Christians.
Scholars deny the fact that there were temple-texts from ancient Christianity, and the 40 Day Literature discovery and recent findings negates their claims. The argument by the scholars was founded on the absence of ancient documents. The Bible eludes to it’s existence in it’s deep symbolisms, barely surviving through the dark and middle ages, but symbolism escapes the minds of scholars steeped in the traditions of this world. In their ignorance, they put aside plain and precious truths, simply because they don’t understand it. I’ll give you a brief history, as context to understanding the break through that the 40 Day temple-texts have made.
After Christ’s departure to the other sheep, the apostles, connected and sealed to Christ, taught the people. Few received their truths, and the world hated them, killing them to cover their sins. The last to leave was John the Beloved, who walked away, according to record, at about 110 AD. Although John’s departure marked the completion of the apostasy, it was in full sway long before. But, we’ll take 110 AD as a marker of the apostasy. Scholars call the time between 110 AD and the council of Nicea in 325 AD “THE GAP.” They call it that because records from that time have gone missing. Those at Nicea did some history deleting, so that Christianity would not reflect on the truth that condemned them, keeping only the truths that applauded them. The Bible is a product surviving the Nicean Creed, it’s deep symbolism still somewhat in tact because of the ignorance of the council at Nicea, …but many plain and precious truths have been removed pushing the deep symbolism even deeper. The death blow of Christianity was delivered in Nicea at the end of “THE GAP.” Since then, Christianity went through the dark ages.
The renaissance period began a thousand years later, in 1400 AD. Renaissance is a french word, literally meaning: “reawakening” or “rebirth.” This was the age of the rebellion of the domination of the Orthodox Catholic Church (institution). The word “orthodox” literally means: conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved. The renaissance was a point of conflict between traditions (orthodox) and reawakening (renaissance). This was the time of Bach, Bethoven, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, etc. Only after the renaissance, America is established. Imagine that, a pattern of breaking free from traditions of orthodoxy, leading to a rebirth of truth, progressing into the establishment of the promised land of America, and falling into false traditions of apostasy through traditions of orthodoxy all over again (today). Can someone say, “Pride Cycle?” Can I get an “AMEN?”
So, fast forward through the restoration of Joseph Smith, the revelations of the BOM, D&C, and POGP, along with the inspired translations of the Bible by JS. The restoration broke free of orthodox traditions, offering baptism as a symbol of rebirth. Considering the scales of time, the discovery of the Nag Hammadi scriptures arrives on the scene at about the same time as the greats of the renaissance. The 40 Day Literature appears to be a temple-text, hidden up through “THE GAP” and uncovered in 1947, from the dust of the Earth. Within them we learn that it’s main focus is, …wait for iiiiiiiittt, …ASCENSION! Whaaaaaaat?! Yup, it was a temple-text, pointing to conversing with the Lord through the veil, being guided by the Lord, until you have returned into His presence in the flesh.
The scholars ask, “Where are the buildings like the temple of Solomon.” Scholars cannot see outside of their own personal experiences, telling them that …temples must be this, …and must look like that, …and must be made of such and such. They are trying to fit a temple into a box of their own false traditions of unbelief. While King Solomon’s temple was a temple similar to the thinking of the minds of scholars, it wasn’t the typical temple. Moses’ temple was a portable tabernacle. Joseph of Egypt had an Egyptian looking temple. Abraham and Jacob’s temple were a pile of stones on a mountain, and Adam’s temple was an altar. But scholars have created in their minds the traditional orthodoxy image of a temple, and can’t seem to see anything else outside of their traditions.
What was taught during the 40 Days were unknown for ages, …until a discovery in 1945. Since then, other archeological findings have been discovered, supporting the 40 Day Literature as “temple-texts” of the ancient Christians. They tell of “Essene” temples, in caves no less. At the time of Isaiah, the temple had been corrupted as High Priests used their authority over temple worship, to gut the temple, change the ordinances, and govern entry by the amount of sacrificial offerings made by the people (sounding familiar?). During the corruption of authority, High Priests who desired to maintain the purity of the temple left into the deserts (like Lehi), practicing the ordinances and rituals as best as possible, as it was given in scripture, unchanged, undiluted, and unmolested. They practiced these ordinances and rituals in caves, to remain hidden from the larger controlling High Priests who were in control of King Solomon’s temple. They were called Rechabites (re-ka-bites), and later named Essenes (es-scenes). Their descendants were the Samaritans, the first people Christ went, to preach. The story of the woman at the well, was Christ at Jacob’s well (a temple-site), …and the woman was a Samaritan, a descendant of the Essene-cave-temple-people.
Other discoveries of Stonehenge tells us that the stones were aligned with the stars, solstices, and equinoxes, so that people who knew the heavens could do on earth as it is done in heaven. Other discoveries have identified similar traditions of the Egyptians, dating back to over 4,000 BC. Another site, called Gobekli Tepe, is being referred to by archeologists as the worlds’ first temple, dating back to 10,000 BC. What’s it made of? Stones aligned with the star constellations, positioned according to cardinal North, South, East, West directions, able to identify solstices and equinoxes, with carvings of ASCENSION within it.
Conclusion: Gang, there’s a pattern, a type and shadow, a groove, set up by God for those who have eyes to see and ears that hear. The pride cycle goes from false traditions, to rebirth, to restoration, to promised land. But those who inherit the promised land, if they don’t continue in light and truth, reaching the heavens, using the ordinances and rites of the temple to ASCEND, …they will forfeit their gift and fall back into apostasy. You must put off your false traditions of unbelief, awake, and arise. This is the break through that the 40 Day temple-texts have made.