Monday, October 28, 2019

THE POWER OF REMEMBRANCE-UNVEILING FAITH IN THE WARFARE ON DOUBT


"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole. And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren..." (Alma 46:12-13)

God's prescription for doubt is found in the Hebrew word zachor (remember).  It is in remembrance that we find our connection to the faith and experiences of the ancients.  In remembering Captain Moroni and his Title of Liberty we remember that the foundation of our liberty is found in memory of our God, our religion, our freedom, our peace, our wives and our children. It is when these things come to danger that our faith is revealed. In these times, there stirs in the heart of every man and woman-father and mother- son and daughter- an intrinsic force that awakens deep within the confines of our soul.  This force of love and life is the light of faith that awakens the defender within each of us to protect those things we hold most precious.

It is in remembrance of the captivity of our Fathers in Egypt that we find deliverance and that road out of our trials and tribulations.  It is in remembrance of The Passover that we embrace our identity and salvation as the Children of Israel:

"And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten." (Exodus 13:3)

It is remembrance of Shavuot that we receive the blessings of God's covenant.  It is remembrance of Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) that we receive and embrace the presence and name of God (YHVH).  It is in remembering Sukkot that we remember the Joy of Israel at Sinai and the promise of the restoration of all Israel and the presence of God through all generations of time.

The gift and power of remembrance is designed to unveil the faith that is already available in its fullness in our very soul.  It is in the principle of remembrance that we awaken to our true identity amidst the clouds or darkness that rise up to steer us down forbidden paths.

"Remembrance" is an ancient key to unleash the power of God in our lives in everything we do. We unleash its power on a weekly basis as we remember the sabbath day:

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." (Exodus 20:8)

We unleash the power of remembrance as we partake of bread and wine:

"O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen." (Moroni 4:3)

and

" O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen." ( Moroni 5:2)

Whether it be the Appointed times of Israel, the Weekly Sabbath, or the partaking of Sacramental bread and wine these days and tokens of remembrance are designed to unveil our faith and to release the light that the world so desperately seeks to extinguish.  Is it any wonder right now that there are forces that seek to destroy the remembrance of God's holy days and tokens of remembrance?  Is it any wonder right now in the United States of America that there are forces seeking to destroy the historical memorials to the faith and freedom upon which this nation was founded? 

Our Adversary is here stirring up the hearts of many in our nation to anger and forgetfulness regarding those things which are sacred.  We see it in the removal of the 10 Commandments from our State Buildings and Courtrooms.  We see it in the revisionist history of the founding of America and the labeling of the Founding Fathers as evil.  We see it in the removal of God and his word from our homes and schools.  And when there is nothing left to remember, the veil of darkness is upon us and we will find ourselves in the strong chains of the Evil One:

"And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.

For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness.

He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw call men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.

Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.

Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.

Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.

Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden... for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them ball to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." (2 Nephi 26)

Let us never forget this Legacy of Faith!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Death of Doubt- God's Pattern of Warfare in The Book Of Mormon



"And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust." (Mormon 9:19-20)

In the Book of Mormon, the warning regarding unbelief and dwindling (or diminishing) because of unbelief is found in every sacred book that comprises this Israelite record.  We as the spiritual children of God cannot progress in the manner in which our Father in Heaven desires in the presence of unbelief.  In fact, in a teaching passed down among the House of Israel, it was taught that had the Children of Israel destroyed their unbelief, ascended the Mountain of Lord at Sinai, and received the greater things which God had desired to give them then the earth would have been restored to the condition of the Garden of Eden at that time.

Now whether this tradition is true or not, it should demonstrate to us the importance of the victory against doubt or unbelief.  It should teach us that it is only because of our doubt or unbelief that we are kept from the great and marvelous things God desires to restore to us and through us. But the question is often asked, "How do we wage war with Unbelief?" and "How do we utterly destroy Doubt?"

The answer to this mystery is contained in the accounts of the warfare between the House of Israel and the Amalekites as recorded in the TaNaKh (Old Testament).  In symbol form, great teachings from God regarding the "HOW" to destroy doubt or unbelief was couched in these ancient accounts.  The same is also true in relation to the warfare accounts with the Amalickiahites in the Book of Mormon-- one key marker being that Amalikiah bearing the same root as Amalek.

In the last article, we explored the concept of doubt as it relates to God's commandment to ancient Israel to utterly destroy the Amalekites. The key to this mystery is hidden in the numeric value of the Hebrew letters that make up the name of Amalek (עמלק) or 240.  240 is also the same value of the Hebrew word for “doubt” (ספק). This same code is also couched in the Book of Mormon regarding the Amalickiahites in Hebrew poetic parallel structure:

"And it came to pass
that when Amalickiah saw
that the people of Moroni were more numerous
than the Amalickiahites
and he also saw that his people were Doubtful
concerning the justice of the cause
in which they had undertaken
therefore fearing that he should not gain the point
he took those of his people who would
and departed into the land of Nephi" (Alma 46:29)

Amalek = Doubt
Amalickiahites = Doubt

Drawing from the same root of the Torah, the prophet writes record an event with their Amalickiahites meant to contain an ancient plain and precious truth or teaching regarding how we are to wage warfare on our Doubt or Unbelief.

The Seeds of Unbelief:


"And now it came to pass that after Helaman and his brethren had appointed priests and teachers over the churches that there arose a dissension among them, and they would not give heed to the words of Helaman and his brethren; But they grew proud, being lifted up in their hearts, because of their exceedingly great riches; therefore they grew rich in their own eyes, and would not give heed to their words, to walk uprightly before God." (Alma 45:23-24)

This hidden teaching of the Book of Mormon regarding God's pattern of warfare against doubt or unbelief commences in Alma 45 where great disagreements developed in the assemblies of believers in the land.  It is here that we find the seeds of doubt being enumerated:

1. They were lifted up in their hearts because of their riches
2. They grew rich in their own eyes- meaning they esteemed themselves higher than others
3.They stopped walking uprightly before God- (Hebraic expression-They saw themselves as above keeping God's commandments)

As a result of this a "large and strong man" named Amalickiah (Doubts/Unbelief) grew up among those who disagreed with Helaman and his brothers:

"Now the leader of those who were wroth against their brethren was a large and a strong man; and his name was Amalickiah. And Amalickiah was desirous to be a king; and those people who were wroth were also desirous that he should be their king; and they were the greater part of them the lower judges of the land, and they were seeking for power. And they had been led by the flatteries of Amalickiah, that if they would support him and establish him to be their king that he would make them rulers over the people." (Alma 46:3-5)

Here Amalickiah as doubt/unbelief is being to a large and strong man that rose up to rule over the people.  Doubt/Unbelief sees for power over us and over our faculties of judgment by flattering us in one of two ways: Pride in thinking we are above others and God's commandments; and Pride in thinking we must berate and demean ourselves into thinking that we are also far below others and below fulfilling God's commandments.  Either way, the end goal is that Doubt/Unbelief becomes our ruler.

While these stories are based in literal occurrences, the stories are communicated in such a manner to preserve and perpetuate great and marvelous truths.  They were not meant to be taken hyper-literal, but were great truths communicated in story form revolving around historical events. The story of Amalek is a great teaching regarding the utter destruction of doubt or unbelief. Rather than God issuing a command to destroy every element of the kingdom of Amalek, in Israelite thought God is commanding the destruction of every element of doubt or unbelief.

"Thus we see how quick the children of men do forget the Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one. Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men." (Alma 46:8-9)

In entertaining the pride and flatteries of doubt/unbelief men forget God.  Whether in thinking they are above it or below it, they become quick to do iniquity (lawlessness- i.e. not fulfill God's commandments").  It is because of this,that we see the great wickedness one very wicked (twisted) doubt can cause to take place among the children of men.

"Yea, we see that Amalickiah (doubt/unbelief), because he was a man of cunning device and a man of many flattering words, that he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly; yea, and to seek to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them, or which blessing God had sent upon the face of the land for the righteous’ sake." (Alma 46:10)

MORONI ESTABLISHES THE FOUNDATION OF BELIEF- THE K'RIAH:


In response to the emergence and presence of Amalickiah (strong doubt/unbelief), Captain Moroni engages in an ancient practice known as K'riah.  The practice of tearing a garment as a demonstration of mourning was a common custom of Israel. This act of mourning is found in several places in the Torah where people tear their clothes as an outward act of sorrow. This rending of the garments is called the Kriah and is an physical act that demonstrates the sorrow and anguish one would feel at the death of a friend or loved one.


"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole. And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren..." (Alma 46:12-13)


In Israelite thought the body is like a coat or garment for the spirit.  The tearing of the garment represents the tearing of the body or natural man to reveal the heart.  This is why the tear is made over the left side of the garment.  In exposing the heart or center of thoughts and desires we see an expression of a broken heart.  In other words, the symbol of the broken heart being a revelation of the spiritual child of God that resides within each of us.  This very ancient metaphor is meant to demonstrate that doubt and unbelief are tied to the carnal or natural man or ego while the inner spiritual child of God is connected with faith and being connected with God without the barrier of the flesh or ego. The tearing of the coat being representative of a time of severe judgment that comes upon all those who walk in and embrace the ways of doubt/unbelief- or living without God and his commandments.

Among many Jews to this day there is a custom of tearing their clothing upon seeing the Temple mount as an outward sign of mourning and memorial at the condition of Israel in general and the condition of the Temple Mound in specific. In true Israelite fashion, Captain Moroni upon seeing the condition of his people and their potential demise rends his garment after the manner of Kriah.



The word Kriah carries the meaning "to call out" someone as when someone calls out to God with energy, emotion, and power of the heart.  The act of Kriah is designed to stir within the performer and the witness their grief and to create an opening (a rending of a cloth, coat, or veil) to release the full energy of the heart.  It is an act performed by the participants of a funeral prior to the burial. It is also an outward sign of love of those who mourn for the deceased.

Several teachings from ancient Israel document several reasons for the practice of Kriah. According to some of these teachings it serves to cause an person to come face to face with the sacred importance of the life granted by God.  It serves as a graphic symbol of loss.  It demonstrates the deep sense of sorrow and pain. It rids the heart of malice, anger, and pride causing a return to God- repentance. The tearing of the garment itself is described as a revelation of the Heart.






Captain Moroni's declaration in writing upon the remnant of his coat "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" is meant to open the Hearts of the Reader and to call out the energy of their heart unto repentance.  His act of mourning was designed to stir the hearts of those who would grieve like unto those grieving at the funeral of a loved one reminding us the sacred gift of life and liberty granted by God.

In Israelite thought to walk in memory of someone is to walk in remembrance of them which is an expression meaning that you represent them or in this case you walk in your daily life as if you are representing or being an example of God and his commandment.  In doing so we represent him in our religion, our freedom, our establishment of covenant peace, and in our relationships with our wives and children. 

PRACTICING THE PRESENCE


This idea of walking in the memory of a great Rabbi or remembering God is related to the ancient practice passed down from Ancient Israel known as "practicing the presence".  This discipline is summed up by two key scriptures Psalm 16:8 and Isaiah 6:3.

"I have set the YHVH always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." (Psalm 16:8)

This scripture contained the teaching that cleared the heart of all the unbelief/doubt we experience and partake of in this world. It was a practice to place the holy name of God everywhere and to acknowledge his presence both in the light and the darkness, in prosperity and suffering, in the evil we experience and the good.  Knowing the conflict, the chaos, and the contradiction that this earth experience produces causes us to feel the need to hide from the existence of God who sees all things, we often hide in shame. As one placed the name, prayed in the name, and took upon the name of God, they acknowledged his voice among all the trees of the Garden until they experienced the reality of Isaiah 6:3:

"And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."

It was not sufficient that we simply believe in God.  We must learn to see him and his presence in all things on this earth- both the good and the bad.  In doing so we begin to come out from our hiding places.  In doing so we begin to know God.  This is why both in ancient Israel and even in the history of the restoration, men would mark their homes, their tools, their door frames, etc with the outward phrase, "Holiness To The Lord (YHVH)" or other instruments containing scriptures (i.e. mezuzah) because whether in life or death, sin or obedience, the acknowledgment of the presence of God in all things brought the person out from under the power and shame produced by our adversary and back into the presence of God and the path of true healing and redemption.  By putting up signposts (whether physical or spiritual) we open ourselves to the divine presence- we begin both outwardly and inwardly acknowledge his living presence or eye.  It was not the question of "Why bad things happen to good people" or the declaration that  "Prosperity follows the Righteous", but that the presence of God fills the whole earth in the here and now.  In fact we walk in it daily and with every breath we breathe.

In other words, we wake up to the presence of God each morning even as we lie down in his arms each night.  We go to work or school each day as if the presence of God is with us.  We administer to our loved ones and to the stranger on the street as if before the presence of God.  We change diapers, we clean toilets, we nurse our babies, we take out the garbage, etc etc all as if we are continually before the presence of God in all our thoughts, words, and deeds. In doing so the spiritual heart of man is revealed even as the carnal man begins to fall away before his all searching eye.

This discipline of practicing or acknowledging that we live continually in the presence of God is also demonstrated by the teaching of the "eye" of God.  The Prophet Jacob declares:

"O, my beloved brethren, remember my words. Behold, I take off my garments, and I shake them before you; I pray the God of my salvation that he view me with his all-searching eye; wherefore, ye shall know at the last day, when all men shall be judged of their works, that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my soul, and that I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your blood." (2 Nephi 9:44)

and

"But, notwithstanding the greatness of the task, I must do according to the strict commands of God, and tell you concerning your wickedness and abominations, in the presence of the pure in heart, and the broken heart, and under the glance of the piercing eye of the Almighty God." (Jacob 2:10)

The Prophets of Israel walked in the discipline of living/practicing the presence of God.  This discipline was taught to their students as in doing so they began to come out from their spiritual hiding places, experience their nakedness before God, and walk in the path of his presence in this world.  Their acknowledgment of God's presence in their heart (thoughts) and in the world around them was a key discipline by which they lived and governed their lives and in doing so unleashed a fundamental power of transformation and the utter destruction of doubt/unbelief.

(to be continued)

Copyright Robert Kay October 19, 2019


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Decoding The Book of Mormon- The Death Of Unbelief



"Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.

Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief.

Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel." (Ether 4:13-15)

The battle between man and his unbelief is as old as time itself. Since the fall, man has been placed in a position to act and be acted upon.  This condition allowed an opening for an angel of light to appear among the Children of Adam and deceive them to, "believe it not":

"And Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters. And Satan came among them, saying: I am also a son of God; and he commanded them, saying: Believe it not; and they believed it not, and they loved Satan more than God. And men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish." (Moses 5:12-13)

The seed of doubt planted by our Adversary resulted in the birth of the ego or natural man.  This is why in Hebraic thought, haSatan (i.e. Satan) is not only equated with an angelic being but also the ego within each of us. It is the ego of man which serves as a veil or blackout curtains to obscure the light of God which is ever present.  Instead of journeying to find the Light of God out there in religious systems of the world, all we need to is to pull back the curtains of our ego or natural men and women to reveal the light in its fullness.



THE ANCIENT TEACHINGS REGARDING UNBELIEF

The Book of Mormon as an Israelite document contains great truths that are both revealed and concealed at the same time.  To unlock these great and marvelous truths, we require the keys of knowledge preserved by the various branches of the House of Israel and an understanding of their methods of teaching. One such teaching written in a coded manner is the destruction of the Amalekites.

After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they stopped for a brief period of rest at a place called Rephidim. It was here that God provided a miraculous gift of water to satisfy the thirst of the children of Israel in the wilderness. While they were resting, the nation of Amalek engaged in a surprise attack on the Israelites. Although the Israelites had made no incursion upon the Amalekites, the next day they were engaged in a bitter battle that resulted Israel defeating the Amalekites. As a result of this battle, God swore that the Amalekites would be utterly destroyed. What is strange is that after their 40 year wandering in the wilderness, Moses reminded the Israelites of God's commandment to destroy Amalek.

It was this commandment that later led God to reiterate this commandment to King Saul through the prophet Samuel:

"Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." (1 Samuel 15:1-3)

In Israelite thought, while these stories are based in literal occurrences, the stories are communicated in such a manner to preserve and perpetuate great and marvelous truths.  They were not meant to be taken hyper-literal, but were great truths communicated in story form revolving around historical events. The destruction of Amalek is one such story.

In Israelite thought, the story of Amalek is a great teaching regarding the utter destruction of doubt or unbelief. Rather than God issuing a command to destroy every element of the kingdom of Amalek, in Israelite thought God is commanding the destruction of every element of doubt or unbelief. The key to this mystery is hidden in the numeric value of the Hebrew letters that make up the name of Amalek (עמלק) or 240.  240 is also the same value of the Hebrew word for “doubt” (ספק).

The Book of Mormon as an Israelite record was meant to preserve many of these plain and precious truths.  In doing so, it also draws upon the hidden coding of the Torah (Old Testament) to communicate these great and marvelous truths to future generations. In true Israelite fashion, the Book of Mormon also uses the same methods of prophetic coding to both conceal and reveal.

THE BOOK OF MORMON AND THE DEATH OF UNBELIEF


As God commanded and Israel to destroy every element of doubt which was symbolized by the utter destruction of Amalek, we too are commanded to utterly destroy every element of doubt that keeps us from progressing in our journey to the Promised Land or The Presence of God.  Following the pattern of the Torah and ancient paths, the Book of Mormon also reveals in like manner ancient instructions regarding our war against the elements of doubt.  In doing so, it also draws upon the ancient Israelite manner of coded instruction to communicate the same principles in their purity.

The first appearance of the word Amalekite in the Book of Mormon is found in Alma 21.  Here the Son's of King Mosiah (a type and shadow of the Messiah) are found teaching the word in a city of Jerusalem to the Amalekites:

"Now when Ammon and his brethren separated themselves in the borders of the land of the Lamanites, behold Aaron took his journey towards the land which was called by the Lamanites, Jerusalem, calling it after the land of their fathers’ nativity; and it was away joining the borders of Mormon. Now the Lamanites and the Amalekites and the people of Amulon had built a great city, which was called Jerusalem.

Now the Lamanites of themselves were sufficiently hardened, but the Amalekites and the Amulonites were still harder; therefore they did cause the Lamanites that they should harden their hearts, that they should wax strong in wickedness and their abominations. And it came to pass that Aaron came to the city of Jerusalem, and first began to preach to the Amalekites. And he began to preach to them in their synagogues, for they had built synagogues after the border of the Nehors; for many of the Amalekites and the Amulonites were after the order of the Nehors.

Therefore, as Aaron entered into one of their synagogues to preach unto the people, and as he was speaking unto them, behold there arose an Amalekite and began to contend with him, saying: What is that thou hast testified? Hast thou seen an angel? Why do not angels appear unto us? Behold are not this people as good as thy people?" (Alma 21:1-5)

In Israelite thought the word Jerusalem serves as a metaphor for the human heart which is the center and source of thought in the Israelite mind. It was taught that everything we have in this world descends from Heaven above.  As such there is a Heavenly Jerusalem Above and and earthly Jerusalem Below.  That this teaching in relation to the Amalekites (doubts) in the Book of Mormon takes place in an earthly city called Jerusalem is quite remarkable in that it portrays the human heart (Jerusalem) as the stage where the battle takes place.

Aaron Unveils The Doubts:


As Aaron enters one of their synagogues to preach to the people, he is faced with an Amalekite who contends with him and a discussion ensues demonstrating the doubts of the Amalekite:

"Therefore, as Aaron entered into one of their synagogues to preach unto the people, and as he was speaking unto them, behold there arose an Amalekite and began to contend with him, saying: What is that thou hast testified? Hast thou seen an angel? Why do not angels appear unto us? Behold care not this people as good as thy people?

Thou also sayest, except we repent we shall perish. How knowest thou the thought and intent of our hearts? How knowest thou that we have cause to repent? How knowest thou that we are not a righteous people? Behold, we have built sanctuaries, and we do assemble ourselves together to worship God. We do believe that God will save all men." (Alma 21:5-6)

Obviously, the Amalekites of the Book of Mormon were a religious people. They had built sanctuaries and assembled often to worship God.  Their envy and proclamation of their own religious observance is the basis of their understanding of the salvation of God.

THE SEED OF FAITH VERSUS THE SEED OF DOUBT


In response to this Amalkite (doubt), Aaron attempts to plant the seed of faith that is centered in the Messiah of Israel.  It is in planting this seed of faith in the Messiah, that doubt can be extinguished:

"Now Aaron said unto him: Believest thou that the Son of God shall come to redeem mankind from their sins?

And the man said unto him: We do not believe that thou knowest any such thing. We do not believe in these foolish traditions. We do not believe that thou knowest of things to come, neither do we believe that thy fathers and also that our fathers did know concerning the things which they spake, of that which is to come.

Now Aaron began to open the scriptures unto them concerning the coming of Christ, and also concerning the resurrection of the dead, and that there could be no redemption for mankind save it were through the death and sufferings of Christ, and the atonement of his blood.

And it came to pass as he began to expound these things unto them they were angry with him, and began to mock him; and they would not hear the words which he spake." (Alma 21:7-10)

Here we see that in the doubts of the Amalekites they have no room in their hearts for the seed of Faith which is in Messiah (Jesus Christ).  Yet in demonstrating this account of Aaron's dealing with his Amalekites, we find the first and most essential teaching in our war against doubt, "Believest thou that the Son of God shall come to redeem mankind from their sins?"

The seed of faith commences with a belief or at least a desire to believe in Jesus Christ (Yehoshuah Messiah) as our Savior and Redeemer.  Just as faith and doubt cannot exist in the heart of man at the same time, when Aaron saw that they would not even hear his words he departed out of their synagogue and left their Jerusalem (hearts).

Later we see this teaching reiterated by the Prophet Alma as he taught among the Zoramites:

"O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye might be healed, would ye not behold quickly, or would ye rather harden your hearts in unbelief, and be slothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might perish?

If so, wo shall come upon you; but if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins; and that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all men shall stand before him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works.

And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen." (Alma 33:21-23)

While there are many who doubt the veracity of the Book of Mormon, it is truly a marvelous Israelite work to behold. It is not by accident that we see these same principles regarding the death of doubt and unbelief connected with the usage of the word 'Amalekite' in the Book of Mormon. Hidden in plain sight we see the prophet writers of the Book of Mormon drawing upon an ancient teaching regarding God's command to utterly destroy the Amalekites (doubts) in the Torah to communicate a very plain and precious truth that belief or even the desire to believe in Jesus Christ and his redemption is the seed we plant that will grow into a Tree of Life. And not only is it the seed but the indispensable foundation upon which we must learn to wage our warfare against doubt and unbelief.

(to be continued)

The Death of Doubt- God's Pattern of Warfare





Thursday, October 10, 2019

MORMONISM AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HONEY BEE


"Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye bends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price." (2 Nephi 26:25)

When Mormons adopted the symbol of the beehive as one that represented the heart of what it means to be a true Latter-Day Saint, little did they know of the deeply rooted Israelite meaning behind this ancient symbol.  It is a symbol which aptly fits the true purpose of what Mormonism was meant to be and one that should remind us of the great and marvelous gifts of God revealed in the Restoration. While it has been traditionally taught as having the meaning of "industriousness" the Israelite meaning of this symbol is far more ancient than many suppose.

In Israelite thought the symbol of honey, the honey bee, and the honey comb referred to the secret and concealed teachings of the Torah (The Knowledge of The Fathers) as passed down from the beginning of time, even Adam.


With this understanding, the Book of Mormon reveals something in symbol form meant to both reveal and conceal.  When the Prophet Nephi and his family came to the land of Bountiful in preparation for their ascent to the Land of Promise they found the land to be filled with wild honey and took this honey in abundance for their journey across the many waters:

"And we did come to the land which we called Bountiful, because of its much fruit and also wild honey; and all these things were prepared of the Lord that we might not perish. And we beheld the sea, which we called Irreantum, which, being interpreted, is many waters." (1 Nephi 17:5)

"And it came to pass that on the morrow, after we had prepared all things, much fruits and meat from the wilderness, and honey in abundance, and provisions according to that which the Lord had commanded us, we did go down into the ship, with all our loading and our seeds, and whatsoever thing we had brought with us, every one according to his age; wherefore, we did all go down into the ship, with our wives and our children." (1 Nephi 18:6)

Not only did Nephi take with them physical honey in abundance but also the secret and most ancient teachings of The Fathers.  The mention of these various species of animals, plants, seeds, etc. is an allusion to draw the mind of the reader to the symbolism of the Feast of Sukkot wherein Israel dwells in Tents/booths and adorns their booths with the four species. This knowledge of The Fathers is essential in being able to cross the great deep of the waters which separate us from the spiritual Land of Promise and the Throne Room of God.  Without these ancient and sublime teachings of God's words, we cannot ascend into this eternal Land of Promise.

This same teaching was also expressed by the Prophet Isaiah. The Prophet Nephi draws upon the words of Isaiah to communicate many great and marvelous truths of the Knowledge of The Fathers:

"Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign—Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil and to choose the good." (2 Nephi 17:14-15)

Here the prophet Isaiah is using the concept of "what has been shall be" or draw upon the events of his time to communicate a Messianic prophecy that the Messiah shall be fed upon the ancient teachings of The Fathers that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.

THE JAREDITES AND THE HONEY BEE


"And they did also carry with them deseret, which, by interpretation, is a honey bee; and thus they did carry with them swarms of bees, and all manner of that which was upon the face of the land, seeds of every kind.

Like the Nephites, the Jaredites also took with them the honey bee, swarms of bees, and seeds of every kind.  Here they symbol of the honey bee is employed not just as a literal honey bee but also a symbol that they also had the secret and ancient Knowledge of the Fathers. The mention of these bees and the honey they provide is also mentioned just prior to the Jaredites building of their barges to cross the great deep to reach the Land of Promise.

MORMONS AND THE HONEY BEE


With this understanding of the symbol of honey, the bee, and the hive rather than just being a sign of industriousness the more sublime meaning is that Mormonism was meant to be a hive or place of preservation and perpetuation of the Ancient Knowledge and Science of The Fathers that leads mankind from their wanderings in the Wilderness to ascend to The Land of Promise and Throne of God. If we think for a moment on the importance of honey bees and their important role in the preservation of life as they gather pollen and seed the many different plants that provide both beauty and nourishment, then it is no wonder that God also uses this symbol to demonstrate the beauty and nourishment that the Knowledge of The Fathers brings to us and this world in preserving and perpetuating life.


Copyright Robert Kay October 10, 2019


Friday, September 13, 2019

THE HIDDEN GLORY OF THE BOOK OF MORMON PROMISE




The diagram above is a graphic representation of the Tree of Life.  It is a graphic pathway of ascension leading from this world (Malkuth) to the Throne of God (Kether).  The Book of Mormon as a record records this ancient knowledge as passed down through the House of Joseph preserved to come forth in the Latter-Days.

Moroni Chapter 10 is a prophetic summary of these teachings contained within the Book of Mormon. Written in true Hebraic form this chapter contains a summary of all the great and marvelous teachings of the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Yehoshuah Messiah).  Those great and marvelous teachings are the instructions of ascending back into the presence of God and into a condition of oneness with him. Using the keys of the science of ancient Israel in examining Moroni’s message reveals a greater ending to the Book of Mormon than most gentile critics see.

“And I seal up these records, after I have spoken a few words by way of exhortation unto you. Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.” (Moroni 2-3)

In these verses Moroni states that he is sealing up the records in his possession. When we think of a sealed book, we often see images of ancient scrolls or plates bound by some kind of material or metal band that forbids a person from opening the book.  While this is one type of seal, to the mind of an Israelite a sealed record can also be a record whose true meaning and interpretation is not yet understood or revealed. The Book of Mormon is such a record. It is a sealed record to many because while the literal (peshat) account is the literal story of Lehi and his descendants, we miss the deeper dimensions of light hidden in plain sight.

Moroni reminds the reader that these records and the great and marvelous things contained therein are a gift of mercy from God. To unseal these records to our understanding we must “ponder it in your hearts” which is a Hebraic expression for contemplative meditation.  In other words, the words of the book and specifically the marvelous summary of the message contained will remain sealed to the understanding of the people until they approach the record in contemplative meditation as the ancients did.



For over a century this verse has often been referred to as, “The Book of Mormon Promise”. It has been taught to many a convert that if they pray about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon that they will get a confirming feeling about the record being an authentic message from God. This interpretation is correct, but it pales in comparison to the Israelite understanding of the promise.  In Hebraic thought Moroni is confirming that if the reader approaches the message of the book in Contemplative Meditation with “real intent” (heb. Kavannah-intent or desire) having faith in Christ (or a desire for oneness/unity with him) then the truth would be manifest by the power (gevurah) of the Holy Ghost (the Ruach Elohiym- the breath, essence or mind of God). It is the Ruach Elohiym than comes forth from the throne of God in revealing the truth of all things. This “truth of all things” is the knowledge or experiencing of the Throne of God and the ascent into his presence.

In true Israelite fashion the Prophet Joseph Smith revealed:

“Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth; And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;” (D&C 93:24)

When we see the word truth in our culture, we often think of something that is “factual”.  In Israelite thought truth is a knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.  All things being an eternal “present” or “now”.  This phrase “things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” in Israelite thought refers to the Throne of God (Kether) and the boundless “worlds without end” in Israelite thought termed Ain Soph (boundless, infinity, worlds without end) as illustrated below:



This is the dimension or condition to which the Prophet Joseph was referring to when he revealed the conditions of those in the telestial glory:

“And they (telestial) shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell (Kether) they cannot come, worlds without end (Ain Soph).” (D&C 76;112)

When Moroni uses the phrase, “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” He is stating that by the power of the Holy Ghost we may know (experience) Kether (the throne of God) and Ain Soph (boundless, infinity, worlds without end) – or the place where God dwells.

If I were to retranslate The Book of Mormon Promise, it might read something like this:

“And when you shall receive these things, I would exhort you that you would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Messiah, if these things are not true; and if you shall contemplatively pray and meditate with a sincere heart, with real intent (kavannah-desire and intent) for trusting oneness with Messiah, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may come into the presence of the Throne of God (Kether) /worlds without end (Ain Soph).” (Moroni10:4-5)

Moroni goes on:

“And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is. And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.” (Moroni 10:6-7)

A person has no capacity to do good by oneself, but needs to receive grace or empowerment from heaven. The knowledge of the Fathers consists of the teachings to receive from God to bestow love upon God and mankind. This knowledge gives the person a connecting link with the Spirit of God and the Powers of Heaven. One can then receive the grace and empowerment from Heaven and elevate himself and the world around him.  In Israelite thought that which is good is that which leads us to fulfill God’s commandments and to be one with him. That which is evil leads us away from keeping and fulfilling God’s commandments. By the power of the Holy Ghost (Ruach Elohiym) we may know or experience the presence or existence of God. This power (gevurah) of God being manifest according to the trusting loyalty and desire for oneness with him from men and women.

The Gifts of God- Ascending the Tree of Life into His Presence:


“And again, I exhort you, my brethren, that ye deny not the gifts of God, for they are many; and they come from the same God. And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh all in all; and they are given by the manifestations of the Spirit of God unto men, to profit them.

For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may teach the word of wisdom; And to another, that he may teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; And to another, exceedingly great faith; and to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; And again, to another, that he may work mighty miracles; And again, to another, that he may prophesy concerning all things; And again, to another, the beholding of angels and ministering spirits; And again, to another, all kinds of tongues; And again, to another, the interpretation of languages and of divers kinds of tongues.” (Moroni 10:8-16)

Mankind in and of itself cannot ascend back into the presence of God.  It requires help or assistance. It also requires a roadmap so that we know the path we are to take in our journey. The Gifts of the Spirit are one of the most debated topics.  The power of the Gifts of the Spirit is the most coveted and the most counterfeited.  Our Adversary goes to great length to counterfeit these gifts in the forms of false prophets, false healers, the fake gibberish of those who think they have the gifts of tongues, among many others.  It makes sense that we have such confusion along these matters.  If the true Gifts of the Spirit empower man to ascend the ladder of Heaven back into the presence of God, then why not confuse the subject by offering counterfeits to keep them from truly connecting with God. How many “faith healers” do you know that would dare to go into the cancer ward of a Children’s Hospital to heal? How many excuses do we receive from pious men who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof?

All the Gifts of the Spirit are manifestations of the Spirit of God which descends from the Throne of God (Kether). As demonstrated by the “lighting strike” in the diagram below:



The Holy Spirit descends from the Throne of God or the place where the Father and Son Dwell.  This same teaching was expressed by the Prophet Joseph Smith:

“There are two personages who constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things—by whom all things were created and made, that are created and made, whether visible or invisible: whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth, or throughout the immensity of space—They are the Father and the Son…And he being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fulness of the glory of the Father—possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things: by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one: The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fulness: Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fulness of the Mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the Spirit, glory and power of the Father—possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom: sitting at the right hand of power, in the express image and likeness of the Father—a Mediator for man—being filled with the fulness of the Mind of the Father, or, in other words, the Spirit of the Father: which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments: and all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all: being filled with the fulness of his glory, and become one in him, even as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.” (Lectures on Faith, Lecture 5)

The Gifts of the Spirit are both informative and transformative. Moroni’s order in the presentation of the Gifts of the Spirit follows the pattern of the Tree of Life and teaches us the manner and pathway of obtaining these gifts, the how, and the why these gifts are given. He enumerates the gifts in the following manner:

1.      The Spirit of God
2.      Wisdom
3.     Word of Knowledge
4.      Great Faith
5.      Healing
6.      Mighty Miracles
7.      Prophecy
8.      Beholding of Angels and Spirits
9.      Tongues
10.  Interpretation of Tongues




From the base of the tree which begins at Malkuth along the center line or pillar to the top of the tree or Kether is what is termed “The Way” (among other titles).  It represents the center pillar or the path of balance between the left-hand pillar of grace and the right-hand pillar of strength. Its center is beauty (Tiphereth) or what is sometimes called the secret of the son, the secret of the Messiah, or the Only Begotten (i.e. secret of the chosen son). The reception of the gifts of the spirit represent a pathway of Ascension that endow the son or daughter of God grow into deeper levels of spiritual intimacy with The Father and The Son. If we begin at the bottom, we notice that the first wrung of the ladder is the interpretation of tongues with the second rung of the ladder equated with the gift of tongues.

The interpretation of tongues and the gift of tongues is not solely confined to the speaking and interpretation of the language of this world such as Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, etc. etc. In fact, the gift of tongues referred to here is connected with a much more ancient understanding of the interpretation of tongues and the gift of tongues. Here the Prophet Nephi gives us a very plain and precious restored truth regarding these gifts:

“And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have entered in by the way. But, behold, why do ye ponder these things in your hearts?

Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the tongue of angels? And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?

Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” (2 Nephi 32:1-3)

The gifts of tongues being referred to has to do with the hearing and the speaking of the tongues or language of the Angels who speak by the power of the Holy Ghost (Ruach Elohiym). In other words, the first gift we should seek after is the gift of interpreting or recognizing the language of angels or the words of Christ and thereafter to be able to speak in the language of angels or the words of Christ. In ancient Israel, it was taught that the gift of the language of angels was manifest both internally and externally.

We see a glimpse of how the language of angels is manifest in Nephi’s chastisement of Lehman and Lemuel:

“Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.
And ye also know that by the power of his almighty word he can cause the earth that it shall pass away; yea, and ye know that by his word he can cause the rough places to be made smooth, and smooth places shall be broken up. O, then, why is it, that ye can be so hard in your hearts?” (1 Nephi 17:45)

Here the prophet Nephi displays the two ways of manifestation of the gift of tongues or voice of angels-internally and externally. It was taught anciently, that as a person called upon the name of God angels were immediately sent to minister. One manner of administration was through an internal voice of an angel. As a person opened his or her heart to this internal voice, they began to resonate at the same level of the voice or angel that administered to them. Being able to hear the voice and understand its meaning was called the interpretation of the tongue or language of angels. This internal manifestation of the gift of tongues or language of Angels was also manifested to the Nephites who gathered at the temple in the land of Bountiful:

“And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn…Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.” (3 Nephi 11:3,7)

The second manner of administration was the external voice of angels. The external voice of angels was often equated with the voice of thunder that would cause the earth to tremble. An example of this is seen in the appearance of the angel to the Prophet Alma:

“And now behold, can ye dispute the power of God? For behold, doth not my voice shake the earth? And can ye not also behold me before you? And I am sent from God.

Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam, and in the land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered them. And now I say unto thee, Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more, that their prayers may be answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off. And now it came to pass that these were the last words which the angel spake unto Alma, and he departed.
And now Alma and those that were with him fell again to the earth, for great was their astonishment; for with their own eyes they had beheld an angel of the Lord; and his voice was as thunder, which shook the earth; and they knew that there was nothing save the power of God that could shake the earth and cause it to tremble as though it would part asunder.” (Mosiah 27:15-18)

“For I went about with the sons of Mosiah, seeking to destroy the church of God; but behold, God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way. And behold, he spake unto us, as it were the voice of thunder, and the whole earth did atremble beneath our feet; and we all fell to the earth, for the fear of the Lord came upon us. But behold, the voice said unto me: Arise. And I arose and stood up, and beheld the angel. And he said unto me: If thou wilt of thyself be destroyed, seek no more to destroy the church of God.

And it came to pass that I fell to the earth; and it was for the space of three days and three nights that I could not open my mouth, neither had I the use of my limbs.” (Alma 36:6-10)

The gifts of tongues or the language of Angels is tied to the Thundering and Fires at Mount Sinai when God gave the 10 Commandments.  It is also tied to the “Cloven Tongues of Fire” that descended on 120 of the followers of the Messiah gathered in an upper room at Shavuot (Pentecost).This same concept was also preserved in the “Tongues of Fire” scroll found among the Hebrew Manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here it was recorded that “tongues of fire” would fall upon the High Priest and he would speak through the Urim and Thummim and the Ephod.

This same gift was also manifest to the Messiah among a body of people as recorded in the Book of John:

“Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.” (John 12:28-29)

The manifestation of these gifts then lead the disciple of Christ to the beholding of the Angels and Spirits which then led the disciple along the path of the way to experience and embody the gifts and attributes of grace back into the presence of God.

“And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men.

Wherefore, there must be faith; and if there must be faith there must also be hope; and if there must be hope there must also be charity. And except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God; neither can ye be saved in the kingdom of God if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope. And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair; and despair cometh because of iniquity.” (Moroni 10:19-22)

The center column that rises from the base (Malkuth) of the Tree of Life to the top or crown (Kether) of the Tree of Life is called “The Way”, the “Path of Balance”, or the “Pillar of Holiness”.  It is the path the disciple takes between the two poles of the other pillars.  The connections between our world here below and the Throne Room of God is made by the attributes of Hope, Charity, and Faith that is often referred to as the Triad of the Soul.  But Hope, Charity, and Faith in the minds of the ancients had a far deeper definition than those of modern Mormonism and Christianity.

The Bow of Hope


In the minds of The Fathers, Hope was not mere wishful thinking, but an expectation based on a promise. To claim the fruits of the promise, certain conditions had to be met. This condition was a condition of the soul wherein the heart of the person resonated with the conditions that existed in the Heavens- As Above, So Below, As within, So Without.  In order to connect with God, the disciple had to be in a true alignment with the center pillar or “The Way”.  It was a condition where the heart, mind, and desire of the disciple were in a state of oneness with God.  The more aligned a person was with God, the greater the connection.  In ancient Israel prayer is equated with a bow and arrow.  When the disciple’s intention or desire was aligned with Heaven their prayer like an arrow shot with a bow would reach the Throne of God.  The diagram below depicts this relationship:


To create the condition of true beauty and balance where Heaven and Earth can connect requires a balancing of the attributes of God.  This state of beauty or balance is created in the condition of Charity or Tzedekah.  This is why Moroni gives the true definition of Charity or Tzedekah not just using the word “love”, but defines it by describing the condition of what true Charity or Tzedekah looks like:

“And charity (tzedekah) suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” (Moroni 7:45)

Charity or Tzedekah corresponds to beauty (Tiphereth) on the Tree of life and is what is sometimes called the secret of the son, the secret of the Messiah, or the Only Begotten (i.e. secret of the chosen son). It is a gift of grace bestowed by God upon all who follow in the footsteps of the Messiah and is the foundation and prerequisite for the gift of Mighty Miracles.  This is why Moroni pleads with his brethren:

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.” (Moroni 7:48)

Creating the condition of Beauty through and endowment of Charity/Tzedekah is also the secret to unlocking the Mystery of the Son described in those who walk after the Holy Order of God:

“Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness; and when a child he feared God, and stopped the mouths of lions, and quenched the violence of fire. And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch, It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God; And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will, unto as many as believed on his name.

 For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by himself; that every one being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course; To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world. And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven.” (JST Genesis 14:26-32)

It is also the key to the Mysterious statements made to Moses when it was revealed to him:

“And behold, the glory of the YHVH was upon Moses, so that Moses stood in the presence of God, and talked with him face to face. And the Lord God said unto Moses: For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me. And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth. And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. (Moses 1:31-33)

Covenant Love seeks to establish a more perfect relationship so that as it is in Heaven even will it so be on Earth. Tzedekah or Charity leads us to establish and experience set apart relationships with God and with one another. As we live in a world where harmony has been broken, it is through the love of God that these potential relationships may be restored. Covenant Relationships and Love are based upon the pillars of the covenant--eternal principles extended again and again as if it were one eternal round from Father Adam, Enoch, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph in Egypt even down to Joseph Smith.  The pillars of the covenant are steadfast, immovable, sure, and do not change. A man may build his house upon this sure foundation and establish true power in the priesthood upon himself and upon his posterity through all generations of time.

“And Christ truly said unto our fathers: If ye have faith ye can do all things which are expedient unto me. And now I speak unto all the ends of the earth—that if the day cometh that the power and gifts of God shall be done away among you, it shall be because of unbelief.

And wo be unto the children of men if this be the case; for there shall be none that doeth good among you, no not one. For if there be one among you that doeth good, he shall work by the power and gifts of God. And wo unto them who shall do these things away and die, for they die in their sins, and they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God; and I speak it according to the words of Christ; and I lie not.” (Moroni 10:23-26)

The exercising of Hope through the acquisition of Charity/Tzedekah leads the disciple into the condition where he embodies true faith (Emunah). In our religious culture Faith is usually perceived as a mental belief.  We hear phrases such as "you have to have faith" or "believe more" which leaves the believer almost dumbfounded as they try to figure out, "How do I believe more?"  The Hebrew word Emunah is an action-oriented word. To an Israelite having faith in God does not mean mentally believing that he exists or just acknowledging Jesus, but rather it is that the one with faith (Emunah) will act with firmness, trust, and loyalty to God like a subject to a King or a Wife to her Husband.  True faith is not hypnotizing yourself to believe something that isn't there, it is a decision to be loyal and trust the Master in all things- that whether good or unpleasant, all experiences bring us to him.

No one can do good (fulfill the commandments of God) except he works by the power and gifts of God.  It takes an endowment from Heaven to empower the disciple in his journey toward the Throne of God.

“And I exhort you to remember these things; for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust?
I declare these things unto the fulfilling of the prophecies. And behold, they shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the everlasting God; and his word shall hiss forth from generation to generation. And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true.
And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing.” (Moroni 10:27-30)

Here Moroni entreats his reader to lay hold upon “every good gift”.  The gifts of the spirit are designed to empower us to fulfill the commandments of God.  In Hebrew that which is “good” is that which leads a person to fulfill God’s commandments.  That which is evil leads a person away from fulfilling God’s commandments.  Of interest here is that Moroni is extending a warning that there are evil gifts of spiritual gifts from another source that lead a person away from fulfilling God’s commandments. In other words, there are gifts extended by the Adversary whether it be tongues, the beholding of Angels, prophecy, miracles, etc. that are counterfeit and are designed to lead one away from the True God of Israel and the fulfilling of his commandments.  This is why Moroni warns:

“But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil (i.e. to not fulfill God’s commandments), and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good (i.e. to fulfill God’s commandments), no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.” (Moroni 7:17)

The case of Korihor in the Book of Mormon is one such example of an evil gift:

“And Korihor put forth his hand and wrote, saying: I know that I am dumb, for I cannot speak; and I know that nothing save it were the power of God could bring this upon me; yea, and I always knew that there was a God. But behold, the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say. And I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true; and for this cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought this great curse upon me.” (Alma 30:52-53)

There are many “prophets” running to and fro claiming they have received a divine gift or manifestation and even claiming they have seen a being whom they claim is the Messiah himself. The litmus test of their testimonies and their respective gifts is, “Are they leading you to fulfill the commandments of God or are they telling you they have been done away in place of a law they themselves have crafted?”

“And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.

Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen.” (Moroni 10:31-34)

This world below labeled on the Tree of Life as Malkuth is also spiritually termed Jerusalem or The Daughter of Zion.  Those believers in this world are called the Nukvah or the bride that needs to unite with the Bridegroom. Here Moroni is pleading with his readers that they as the bride should ascend and purity themselves in preparation to being perfect or one with the Messiah. To veil herself and reflect the glory of her husband as one new creature before God. In doing so they are set apart before the Throne of God.



When Moroni states that he bids his reader farewell as he is going to the paradise of God he is talking of his spiritual ascent to the worlds above this world.  When he states that his spirit and body shall reunite when he is brought forth through the air, he is not speaking of putting on a cape and flying through the air, but of ascending to the greater Eden or Paradise of God that stands before his throne-the world of Beriah symbolized by the element of Air in the diagram below where the person experiences (Daath-knowledge) the presence of God:




Moroni 10 is a summary of the hidden science of the Fathers contained in detailed in the record we call the Book of Mormon. The Grand Promise of the Book of Mormon is not in just knowing that the Book of Mormon is an authentic and factual record, but that we may learn the knowledge of The Fathers; that we may walk the path of the disciple, connect Heaven and Earth, and Know God- as one man speaks to another.

Copyright Robert Kay September 12, 2019