Friday, September 13, 2019


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

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

MANIFESTING THE POWER OF GOD- (Barges, Boats, and Arks- Part 2)

“You ask the learned doctors why they say the world was made out of nothing, and they will answer, “Doesn’t the Bible say he created the world?” And they infer, from the word create, that it must have been made out of nothing. Now, the word create came from the word baurau, which does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to organize; the same as a man would organize materials and build a ship. Hence we infer that God had materials to organize the world out of chaos—chaotic matter, which is element, and in which dwells all the glory. Element had an existence from the time He had. The pure principles of element are principles which can never be destroyed; they may be organized and re-organized, but not destroyed. They had no beginning and can have no end.” 
(Joseph Smith. King Follet Sermon)

The Torah (Five Books of Moses) is the key to unlocking Nephi’s narrative to reveal the mysteries of the Fathers. The Prophet Nephi was instructed by God to construct his ship after the manner shown unto him by God.  Just as he did work the timbers of his ship after “curious” workmanship, Nephi also interlaces his narrative with the hidden knowledge passed down by the Fathers.

If we are to construct our ship to reach the promises land we must discover and study the builder’s designs.  Just as the tools and the wherewithal to construct them was revealed by God to the Fathers, the manner of constructing the ship is also revealed by God so that we also may reach the Land of Promise or the Divine Throne of God.

The plates of Laban obtained by Nephi contained a complete copy of the Torah of Moses from Genesis through Deuteronomy.  They also contained many records of prophets such as Zenos, Zenock, and others that were not preserved in the records of the Jews.   For all Israel, The Torah is not only the Covenant, but also the dictionary, thesaurus, and basis for all language and culture not to mention science, mathematics, and many other things.  It is a layered record written in childlike simplicity and at the same time multi-dimensional in its application.  The records of both the Torah and the Book of Mormon open when we have the key to unlock their secrets- sacred records meant to reveal and conceal.

Enter Stage left—The Carnal or Natural Man

Lest we forget that while Nephi is a type of the Spiritual man.  Laman and Lemuel represent the presence of the carnal or natural man:

“And when my brethren saw that I was about to build a ship, they began to murmur against me, saying: Our brother is a fool, for he thinketh that he can build a ship; yea, and he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters. And thus my brethren did complain against me, and were desirous that they might not labor, for they did not believe that I could build a ship; neither would they believe that I was instructed of the Lord.”(1 Nephi17:17-18)

In every journey of ascension the presence of the carnal or natural man is present until the point of separation in the Land of Promise.  As the spiritual child of God walks a path of submission to the instructions and doings of God, the carnal or natural man walks the path of suffering or resistance.  We often hear the murmuring voice of the natural man, “You cannot do so great a task!  It’s impossible!  You are not worthy! You cannot repent or ascend!” 

“And now it came to pass that I, Nephi, was exceedingly sorrowful because of the hardness of their hearts; and now when they saw that I began to be sorrowful they were glad in their hearts, insomuch that they did rejoice over me, saying: We knew that ye could not construct a ship, for we knew that ye were lacking in judgment; wherefore, thou canst not accomplish so great a work. And thou art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart; yea, he hath led us out of the land of Jerusalem, and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things, save it were death; and it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these afflictions. Behold, these many years we have suffered in the wilderness, which time we might have enjoyed our possessions and the land of our inheritance; yea, and we might have been happy. And we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem were a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people; and our father hath judged them, and hath led us away because we would hearken unto his words; yea, and our brother is like unto him. And after this manner of language did my brethren murmur and complain against us” (1 Nephi 17:19-22)

The voice of the natural man causes us to withhold our desires to receive to bestow (i.e. to love God and love our neighbor) and replace it with a desire to receive to covet and withhold for ourselves.  We displayed in the carnal mind the fear of loss or progression. Their attachment to their possessions in the land of Jerusalem is the first sign that demonstrates the desire to receive to covet.  In their complaint against Lehi and Nephi, Laman and Lemuel resort to justifying their position and desires by stating that the people of Jerusalem were righteous because they kept God’s commandments according to the law of Moses.  There is an important distinction made in their complaint which is found in the phrase, “the people who were in the land of Jerusalem were a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of Moses”.  The commandments of God are called the mitzvot and refer specifically to the ten commandments.  The phrase according to the law of Moses refers to what is often termed “oral torah” or the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses.  To an Israelite the Performances (ma-asim- performances or deeds of rabbis, prophets, teachers, elders, etc) and Ordinances (takanot- legislative enactments) would be similar to our modern case law including city and state ordinances on how to carry out certain laws.

The natural man/woman views God through his or her own natural eyes. It sees God as a great power who has an end game.  In the mind of the natural man God demands through performances and ordinances that we do what he desires.  To the natural man, if we do what God desires in form only, in our outward performances, and keep the commandments then we will receive the reward.  Notice how Laman and Lemuel complain along this very sentiment, “we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem were a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people”.  The natural man is a force of division and seeks to obtain through performance so that it may receive to covet. Its desires remain rough, unrefined, with no real boundaries except the outward boundaries of legal performance that it seeks to manipulate to obtain the things of this world. The natural man cannot comprehend the things of the spirit, the instructions of God, or the great and marvelous works of God—even the building of ship to cross the great deep to reach the mystery of the throne of God or the Land of Promise.

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake unto them, saying: Do ye believe that our fathers, who were the children of Israel, would have been led away out of the hands of the Egyptians if they had not hearkened unto the words of the Lord?

Yea, do ye suppose that they would have been led out of bondage, if the Lord had not commanded Moses that he should lead them out of bondage?

Now ye know that the children of Israel were in bondage; and ye know that they were laden with tasks, which were grievous to be borne; wherefore, ye know that it must needs be a good thing for them, that they should be brought out of bondage.” (1 Nephi 17: 23-25)

The Prophet Nephi here links the performances and ordinances of the Law of Moses to the “tasks which were grievous to be borne” and equates these performances and ordinances with bondage.  His statement ‘performances and ordinances of the Law of Moses’ can be a little misleading for those not familiar with Israelite Law   The commandments (Mitzvot) of God are one thing, but keeping his commandments according to the performances and ordinances of men can become a system of bondage.  We see Christ making the same parallel in Mathew 23:

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” (Matthew 23-1-4)

The Greek version of Matthew obscures the frame of reference of something that is plain and simple to the mind of an Israelite.  According to a Hebrew text of Matthew preserved by the Baal Shem Tov, “Now all which they say to you keep and do; but according to their ordinances (takanot) and deeds (maasim) do not do because they say and do not.” (Matthew 23:3;  Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, George Howard)

“Now ye know that Moses was commanded of the Lord to do that great work; and ye know that by his word the waters of the Red Sea were divided hither and thither, and they passed through on dry ground. But ye know that the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea, who were the armies of Pharaoh.” (1 Nephi 17:26-27)

Besides the literal account of the Red Sea dividing, this miraculous event also teaches the inner reality of man and his ascension in connecting with God.  Nephi cites the parting of the red sea and the deliverance from the armies of Pharoah not only to draw the minds of his brothers to faith and trust in the God of Israel, but also to teach us that submission and obedience to God is the way of to ascend the center pillar or pathway to God. The dividing of the waters “hither and thither” represent the right and left hand pillars of the tree of life.  The dry ground represents the center pillar, pillar of balance or mildness, or the pathway in a strait and narrow course back into the presence of God.  Moses and the children of Israel represent the spiritual children of God who can ascend up the center pillar into the presence of God.  The Pharaoh and his armies represent those natural, carnal, or egotistical people who attempt to ascend only to drown in the great deep or waters of the Red Sea.  The sea or deep symbolizes the waters of power (Gevurah) that only part for those whose desires are purified-those who are ready to separate themselves from the natural man who is self-interested, self-willed, and lawless.  The miracle of separation only occurs through faith (trusting-loyalty) to God as we are ready to go beyond the reason of our five senses.

“And ye also know that they were fed with manna in the wilderness. Yea, and ye also know that Moses, by his word according to the power of God which was in him, smote the rock, and there came forth water, that the children of Israel might quench their thirst. And notwithstanding they being led, the Lord their God, their Redeemer, going before them, leading them by day and giving light unto them by night, and doing all things for them which were expedient for man to receive, they hardened their hearts and blinded their minds, and reviled against Moses and against the true and living God.” (1 Nephi 17:28-30)

As the children of Israel were corrected in the wilderness they were fed manna (mahn). Manna or the bread of heaven and symbolized our desire for oneness with God in love and receiving to bestow.  Manna represents the connection of Binah (Understanding) with the earthly (Malkhut) wherein our desires become purified to reflect the Love of God and Love for our fellow man-receiving to bestow.  Moses speaking to the rock by his word to bring forth water is a symbol for the means by which the life, desire to bestow, and the mercy of God comes forth. 

Nephi’s evokes the image of God leading them by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night demonstrates the manner in which ascension occurs.  Some things being concealed (the cloud) while other things being revealed (the pillar of fire).  The outcome of God’s actions (both things concealed and things revealed) leading those in the wilderness to the Land of Promise or Throne of God that exists beyond the barrier or veil.  In their journey toward the Land of Promise God reveals that in everything he does his desire is for us to receive.  The desire to receive to covet represents the hard heart even as the blindness of minds represents the inability to exercise faith beyond the reason of the five senses. Moses represents the man who is corrected and connect to the livng God.  Their reviling against Moses representing the refusal to correct and their inability to ascend into the presence of God.

“And it came to pass that according to his word he did destroy them; and according to his word he did lead them; and according to his word he did do all things for them; and there was not any thing done save it were by his word.” (1 Nephi 17:31)

The Children of Israel being “led” by the Lord their God, their Redeemer is paralled with being led according to his Word.  The Word is the Son of God and they were literally led by him and all things from traveling through the wilderness to the promised land were accomplished through the word of God or his Son.  On a deeper level of meaning, this being led by the word represents the correction of the individual represented by coming into oneness with the Mystery of the Son, the mystery of the Only Begotton or Chosen Son, or Zier Anpin (little face-of God) as represented by the following:

Zeir Anpin or as sometimes called, the Mystery of the Son or the Messiah. Not only does it represent the Messiah but also represents those after his holy order who have corrected themselves to the degree where they have balanced the attributes of justice and mercy, glory and endurance, etc. This balancing is represented by oneness with God or a merging of the left pillar and right pillar into the center pillar of mildness or balance. The six sephirot represented by the Son of God represent a fusion of the attributes of God into a new creation.  Like a woman who receives the seed of a man to bring forth a new child, a man or woman (as earth symbolized by Malkhut) receives the mystery of Son, the seed of the Word, and creates a new entity.  Using the analogy of a kingdom, the people of the kingdom accept the King as sovereign and in return he provides for all their needs.  This fusion of the sephirot/emanations/attributes is represented by the star of David which is a symbol not only for the seed of God but the oneness of God:

GEVURAH- The Matchless Power of God

From 1 Nephi verse 29 through verse 55, Nephi continues to admonish his brothers by reminding them of the great power that God demonstrated in their deliverance as well as contrasting God’s long suffering or endurance.  Here Nephi giving teaching regarding the sephira or attribute of God’s Power (Gevurah) and the sephira or attribute of Mercy (Chesed).  These two attributes being balanced by the “Word” or the Word of God even the Son:

“And it came to pass that according to his word he did destroy them; and according to his word he did lead them; and according to his word he did do all things for them; and there was not any thing done save it were by his word.” (1 Nehi 17:31)

On the one hand God demonstrates his attribute of Power (Gevurah) and on the other hand he demonstrates the attribute of long suffering (Netzach):

“And after they had crossed the river Jordan he did make them mighty unto the driving out of the children of the land, yea, unto the scattering them to destruction. And now, do ye suppose that the children of this land, who were in the land of promise, who were driven out by our fathers, do ye suppose that they were righteous? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.
Do ye suppose that our fathers would have been more choice than they if they had been righteous? I say unto you, Nay.

Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one; he that is righteous is favored of God. But behold, this people had rejected every word of God, and they were ripe in iniquity; and the fulness of the wrath of God was upon them; and the Lord did curse the land against them, and bless it unto our fathers; yea, he did curse it against them unto their destruction, and he did bless it unto our fathers unto their obtaining power over it.” (1 Nephi 17:32-35)

According to his Power, God drove out the inhabitants of the Land of Israel to destruction because of iniquity or lawlessness.  According to the Mercy of God (Chesed) he demonstrates his blessing upon the Fathers.  This passage is a key to the righteous manifestation of God’s Power – either to blessing or cursing.  It is a key to mystery of the power of Godliness being made manifest unto the children of men in the flesh.  Those who follow the path of the Holy Order of the Son of God accomplish all things according to his will.  In doing so they seek to balance the attributes of Power and Long Suffering just as Christ demonstrated this balance of these attributes.  Doing all things according to his “Word” is a Hebrew play on “words” meaning according to the commandments of God (Torah) and in the manner demonstrated by the Son (Sermon on the Mount) in order to bring oneness.

This important teaching is why so many fail to manifest the Power of God.  The natural man resorts to his own authority and office to both bless and curse while the spiritual child of God seeks only to manifest the power of God to bring about a condition of oneness through blessing or destruction through cursing when the fullness of iniquity is reached.  It is never done to exert unrighteous dominion over someone or something only to bring about oneness.  At times bring about oneness with God involves blessing and at other times it involves setting them apart to destruction or cursing. The deciding factor the lawlessness of the people. This teaching on the manifestation of God’s Power and Long Suffering either to blessing or cursing was also discussed by the Fathers:

“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 (gevurah), 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 14:30-32)
In verses 36 through 40 Nephi continues to draw this contrast between the Power of God and the Long Suffering of God.  Like Christ who stated, “If you love me keep my commandments.” Nephi explains that the balancing and demonstration of God’s Power and Long Suffering involve loving God:

“And he loveth those who will have him to be their God. Behold, he loved our fathers, and he covenanted with them, yea, even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and he remembered the covenants which he had made; wherefore, he did bring them out of the land of Egypt.” (1 Nephi 17:40)

God’s attributes of Power and Mercy enable him to bless and curse in order to bring at-one-ment or a state of oneness with him, “And he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod; for they hardened their hearts, even as ye have; and the Lord straitened them because of their iniquity. He sent fiery flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed; and the labor which they had to perform was to look; and because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished. And they did harden their hearts from time to time, and they did revile against Moses, and also against God; nevertheless, ye know that they were led forth by his matchless power into the land of promise” (1 Nephi17:41-42)

The strait path is the path of discipline even as the rod is a symbol for the delivering power or enabling power of God during our correction.  The path of correction is not about the correction of outward acts but of the correction or purification of the desires of our hearts.  The easiness of the way is not through sheer force of will or stubbornness of heart also called hard heartedness, but through humility and submission to recognize the easiness of the way. The serpent follows the path of ascension up the center pillar or strait path back into the presence of God as depicted below:


When Nephi’s brothers had been rebuked the anger and pride of the natural man had been kindled and as a result the natural man who is governed by these forces seeks to destroy not only the message but the messenger as well.  Their response was to throw their brother into the depths of the sea, but Nephi having been filled with the Power of God demonstrates an ancient mystery of the Flaming Sword or Lightning bolt of God. 

“Behold, my soul is rent with anguish because of you, and my heart is pained; I fear lest ye shall be cast off forever. Behold, I am full of the Spirit of God, insomuch that my frame has no strength. And now it came to pass that when I had spoken these words they were angry with me, and were desirous to throw me into the depths of the sea; and as they came forth to lay their hands upon me I spake unto them, saying: In the name of the Almighty God, I command you that ye touch me not, for I am filled with the power of God, even unto the consuming of my flesh; and whoso shall lay his hands upon me shall wither even as a dried reed; and he shall be as naught before the power of God, for God shall smite him.” (1 Nephi 17:47-48)

Throughout the scriptures trees are used as symbols for men and women. Trees can serve as natural lightning rods and the same goes for both men and women.  Lightning or electricity can be both creative or destructive.  By plugging a lamp into an electrical socket the vessel produces light.  A man, woman, or child who sticks their finger in a plug however may get a hair raising and destructive effect.  The same force can be both creative or destructive depending on the conduit.  The flow of the spirit of God or lightning comes from the Throne of Heaven to earth as shown below.  It flows from Kether (The Crown) to Chokmah (Wisdom), to Binah (Understanding), to Chesed (Mercy), to Gevurah (Power), through Tipharet (Beauty) to Netzach (Long Suffering) to Hod (Glory), to Yesod (Foundation), to Malkchut (Earth or Kingdom).  Just as we see lighting descend from Heaven to the Earth during a thunderstorm, the spirit of God flows and is manifest here on the earth.  The spirit of God through Nephi represents a corrected conduit through which the spirit of God can flow to either bless or curse.   Should the lightning of the spirit of God go through Laman and Lemuel (the natural man) who are not prepared it would cause them to wither and be destroyed.

So great was the power of God like a lightning bolt that it caused Nephi’s body to quake.  As he reached forth his hand according to the command of God his brother’s received the shock of their life:

“And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thine hand again unto thy brethren, and they shall not wither before thee, but I will shock them, saith the Lord, and this will I do, that they may know that I am the Lord their God.

And it came to pass that I stretched forth my hand unto my brethren, and they did not wither before me; but the Lord did shake them, even according to the word which he had spoken. And now, they said: We know of a surety that the Lord is with thee, for we know that it is the power of the Lord that has shaken us. And they fell down before me, and were about to worship me, but I would not suffer them, saying: I am thy brother, yea, even thy younger brother; wherefore, worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee.” (1 Nephi 17:53-55)

Article Copyright Sept 3, 2019- Robert Kay