Ongoing story of Sarai and Abraham and Isaac. More on the three holy men who came to destroy Sodom &Gomorrah because of abominations. Same as ours? Abraham feared for Lot and his family. What if there are 50 righteous in the city, or only ten? Lord said, “I will not destroy them.” Judgments will come on USA for driving out the Saints and prophets. Angels went to Lot to warn them – Lot’s house surrounded by homosexuals demanding his daughters and these angels. They were struck blind and fire and brimstone came down from heaven and cities burned up. Three angels saved Lot & some of his family. Lot fathers children by his daughters. (Another version of Sarah & Abraham and pharaoh or king, or another similar occurrence.) Trouble between Isaac and Ishmael – Sarah and Hagar). Story of Ishmael and his wife and Abraham.
Sarai and Abram in Egypt. Her incredible beauty. Bible definitely inspired, but some missing books. Pharaoh lusted after Sarai but the Lord intervened. We learn of Abram and Sarai, Lot, and Hagar ( an Egyptian princess given to Abraham to be a slave to Sarai) now left Egypt for Bethel, north of Jerusalem. Lot and Abram went separate ways. Lot to the plains - close to Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abram to the mountains. Lot & family fell into hands of enemy and Abram rescued them. Meets Melchizedek. Info on the translation of the city of Melchizedek. Sarai gave Hagar to Abraham. Hagar became disrespectful after becoming pregnant and Sarai punished her. Angel appeared to Hagar with message. Ishmael born. Baptism by sprinkling. Atonement perverted. New names Abraham and Sarah. ISAAC now the covenant son. Translated and/or resurrected beings can serve as ministering angels without revealing their glory. Three visitors came from God to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah.
wonderful promises. Bruce McConkie – “Count the cost of discipleship” – Can’t serve God and Mammon – double minded man. He that is not with me is against me. Neutrality will not save us. Lord taught Abraham & Abraham taught – Egyptians (for 11 years) and Egyptians taught the Greeks and Greeks taught Romans, mathematics, astronomy, etc... Lord also showed Abraham the works of his hands, planets, etc. Hugh Nibley quotes various Apocrypha --The Apocalypse of Abraham; Stromata (2 showing how God brought order out of chaos and created all things); The Codex Brucianus (again creation). He speaks of the Spark-(An activating force – God produces the light not evolution. God showed Abraham how STARS are made. Terrifying.
1 Enoch talks about firmament/foundation); Pistis Sophia talks of Hierarchy, and various orders of the heavens, the degrees of the angels, thrones and powers, etc.; Ignatius- last Church Father. Abraham had Urim and Thummin. Kolob – star nearest God. 1,000 years on earth is one day on Kolob. Info on other Stars. Olea is the moon. Every kingdom has a law given. Shinehah is the sun. God says: “I am more intelligent than they all”, The Sophia Christi manuscript says the spirits are equal in age but different in power, intelligence, and appearance. Origen was intrigued by this diversity and inequality among God’s creatures. “These I will make my rulers.” Jehovah second to the Father. Planning stages or blueprint made before earth actually created. Note the plurality of Gods…”they, the Gods said”. Also note they waited to see if they were obeyed…by the various intelligences as commanded. Obedience is important. Now the actual physical Creation, earth, sky, firmament, etc. The Apocalypse of Abraham says: “Before the world was I was a strong God who once created the light of the world. Man’s pre-mortal existence an illustrious one.” Space travel.
More on Nimrod. John Taylor wrote about why God destroyed a whole world at one time to save a few – also people worshipped false Gods, turned to soothsayers. Language confounded. Mahonri-Moriancumr & Brother of Jared story. Departure of Jaradites to America. Legends and myths replaced truth. We must study History so we don’t repeat their mistakes. Same dramatic contrast & division is happening right now in our nation. We know God’s rules and his laws – are we defiant or obedient? What enticed God’s children to rebel? Sexual gratification, pornography, fornication, decadence grew – satanic devices contrived to satisfy morbid appetites; sacrifices to Idols. Abortions rampant. Righteous colonies now set up. Teaching technique – take concept which people already believed and then rationalizing or twisting them to make more appealing. City of Salem’s territory now surrounds Jerusalem. Info on Melchizedek, The Prince of Peace, and his translated city. Life of Abraham – And his covenant with God. We are his seed. George Q. Cannon, Joseph Smith and John A. Widsoe’s Words on the royal line and covenants & what that really means. What are the covenants & obligations we have made with God? More words from the prophets on this and its importance!!!!! Are men willing to give up all eternity for a “piece of dirt”. Abraham had to be strong – everyone, including family turned on him. He was almost sacrificed by high priest. What is the price of a virtuous woman? Famine in the land – Abraham fled. (Phone Number is wrong as given in lesson. Should be 801-376-6300)
More on Enoch. Conference called by Adam at Adam-ondi-ahman. Doctrine of translation. Info on Noah/Gabriel. Japeth, Shem, Ham. Apostasy at its highest. Homosexuality rampant. Unequally yoked together. Sons of man/sons of God. Comparison here of sins committed today and then. Noah and sons build ship and board it with animals, etc. Stones given by God to light the Arc. Flood came covered whole earth, men lost their souls. Terror. The Earth itself was divided. Noah sent raven and then a dove. Rainbow was given as a token and covenant. Priesthood limited…temporary restriction. Priesthood garment symbolic of covenants in Temple. Egyptus and Ham. Nimrod was rebellious. Tower of Babel. Nimrod first gained political control, then preached a new religion similar to false religions of our day.
We study many sacred writings. The world must be left without excuse. The Letter from heaven. Hundreds of documents have been found, and they match each other – very old – but preserved in purity and are not copies of copies – these are the originals. More on Enoch. God cried for the lost people. Saw Noah and the arc. Mother Earth speaks vs. 48: “Wo, wo is me, the mother of men. When shall I rest, and be cleansed from the filthiness which is gone forth out of me. When will my Creator sanctify me, that I may rest, and righteousness for a season abide upon my face.” Enoch cried when he heard that. Given a vision of Christ’s death and of earth’s darkened condition until end of world. Saw gathering, great tribulations among wicked. Adam heard of vision, came to Enoch to ordain him to priesthood. Battle against revelation favoring evolution.
Enoch bravely taught revealed word of God. People won’t read religious material. Departmental pride.. secular scholars. Apocrypha – some truth, not all. Wickedness so great that tremendous political and social events about to take place. People used God’s name falsely to deceive. Also, used rhetoric – art of making true things appear false, and vice versa. Enoch preached to 7 different lands. Gathering the righteous. Wicked army attached, Enoch used Priesthood to change landscape. Giants feared Enoch. Bloodshed and war – a fore-shadowing to us. City of Enoch existed 365 years. Our world in need of a house cleaning – we need speedy repentance. Secret combinations in our midst – Ezra Taft Benson. Gadianton robbers appear, life becomes expendable, chaos reigns. If Jesus appeared we would tell him to leave as we don’t know Him any more. We are expelling God. Men of our time the most wicked in earth’s history. Vast corruption – absolute evil and power seeking secret combinations and the wars between nations will be the most terrible ever. Patterns and cycles reoccur. Prophets now raise the warning voice. Angels of destruction are being sent forth to accomplish missions. Wilford Woodruff: “The American nation will be broken in pieces like a potter’s vessel….there are changes awaiting us.” Elder Charles Penrose vision. Bruce R. McConkie’s warning. L. Tom Perry’s warning. President Gordon B. Hinckley’s words. John Taylor’s vision. Joseph Smith’s words. All reviewed here. In spite of this WE must quietly and righteously pursue our daily lives. Neil A. Maxwell – Don’t get carried away on tangents or extremes – stay the course. More on The Savior and the great millennium.
Cain & Abel; Enoch
More Cain and Abel – summary. Why are you angry Cain? Cain would rule over Satan. Genesis 4:15; Josephus, Jewish historian said he increased in wickedness. Seth (D&C 107:43) He was a perfect man. Enos, lived to be 905 years old. (Moses 6:18) Lamech – the new Master Mahan settled in Cainan. Man cannot avoid the consequences of sin. Enoch. Africa not the beginnings of man’s civilization rather the endings of civilization. Enoch called of God to prophesy: Moses 6;26-29. Had speech impediment. But gained special power or witness to his words to testify of Christ and their need for faith in him. (First we abhor sin, then tolerate, then accept , then embrace.) Secular Humanism, evolution replacing correct understanding of intelligent design. People of Canaan to be destroyed. Us too if we don’t repent.
Insignificant passages or eternal concepts? Man has become as one of us. Star Trek example – immature untried spirits. Temporal body – in-separately connected with spirit matter to be exalted. Eternal life or eternal lives. Thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee…..(depth of meaning here in Hebrew text …an intimate, loving and righteous relationship is implied but fostered. Not a punishment, only administrative procedure under the patriarchal order of Priesthood. Birth means “distress”. Ground cursed for Adam’s sake. Individual responsibility here. Banishment. Moses 5…sons and daughters divided two by two in the land. Children taught to read and write. Recorded genealogies and histories. Purpose of consequence. Adam and Eve sorrowed and sacrificed. God always wants what’s best for us. Moses 6:51…spilling of blood, tangible, heart rendering reminder that Father in Heaven was going to permit the sacrifice of his only begotten Son. David O. McKay’s words: – We are of differing degrees of intelligence, various grades of achievement, retarded and advanced spiritual attainment. Bruce McConkie: Subject to law we developed aptitudes, talents, capacity and abilities of every sort, kind, and degree. Various talents of Mozart, Melchizedek, Einstein, Michelangelo, Cain, Abraham and Moses as well as Mary and Eve, etc. We were not equal because of agency. Some outstripped others. God says Adam is forgiven. Original sin. Fall intentional. “Man Of Holiness.” As man is, God once was, As God is man may become. The Son can do nothing of himself but what he seeth the Father do.” Joseph Smith. Jesus said in John 10. “Ye are Gods.”(Psalms 81:1,6); Water, spirit, blood – symbolism. Adam & Eve rushed to share information they received on why the fall but were rejected and Satan appeared to their children saying he too was a son of God, and said of Adam and Eve’s instructions to them …”believe it not.” Satan whines… Not fair!!! Story of Cain and Abel.
Creation. Neanderthal man. Complex animals, fossils. etc. Carl Sagan’s words – a little God? We cannot be saved in ignorance. Charles Darwin’s hypothesis. William Jennings Bryan’s thoughts. Joseph Fielding Smith analysis. Nibley – Bruce McConkie ideas on Creation. Galaxies. Every kingdom given a law. Divine order. Science and religion – no real conflict. Truth has to fight through the most severe opposition. Almost any false doctrine, philosophy or hypothesis, will be readily received. Science is “best guess”. Boyd K. Packer – no sense to life without knowledge of pre-mortal life. THE PLAN. – 6 POINTS. Adam and Eve. Reason for forbidden fruit. All had one language. Animal kingdom & our responsibility. Satan appears. Deceives Eve. What is pronouncement on them from God? On men and women – Men first among Equals. Woman not less. He is head only for the sake of order. She is not inferior. The husband should take the lead – his calling & responsibility – be an alert and righteous governor in the home, as one who is wise, kind, loving, and Firm in the faith – ever setting an example.
You will learn to love the OT. Be willing to open your heart. Eldersheim, in the OT Bible History wrote: “Properly understood the Scripture is all full of Christ, and all intended to point to Christ as our only Savior. …and to understand it we need the aid and teachings of the Holy Spirit.” Jehovah was chosen before the world to be our Redeemer. He created the world, He gave the law and ordinances. He came down to teach us how to live His law and treat one another. He died for us and directs us today to prepare for His Second Coming. Many precious parts of the Bible were taken away or stripped away. We will learn what made those teachings so precious. The Lord prepared a way to preserve the essence of it sacred message – the testimony of Jesus.
Though some of its translations have dimmed its meanings we are here today to rediscover them we will learn of the seven important keys to understand the OT in this lesson and discuss Edward Gibbon’s famous book DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE which gives five basic reasons why a great civilization like ours withered and died. We’ll discuss how Chris Conkling described God’s dealings with his people. There is violence, some barbarous times, murder, adultery, child sacrifice, slavery, warfare, graven images, and more. Israel was to be holy, special, peculiar, separate, and different. Her God was completely moral and holy and commanded his people to be the same. He was compassionate, forgiving, kind, loving and fair. Apollo taught with enthusiasm and desire, but he hadn’t been taught true doctrine. Moses wrote Genesis. Much was revealed to him. We’ll learn, What is the Bible? Are some scriptures of more value than others. In the beginning….. Where did we come from? What consisted of God’s councils? Life consists of pre-mortal, mortal, and immortal. What is our Second estate? Where is Kolob? Who created the earth? What does create mean? What about science and evolution.