Saturday, July 18, 2015

Death, Resurrection and the Afterlife as Found in the Book of Mormon and Other Writings of Joseph Smith, Jr. by Michael Robert Serovey

As seen on amazon.com

by Michael Robert Serovey

 http://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Afterlife-Mormon-Writings-Joseph-ebook/dp/B00Y6CXLFO/

For anyone interested in learning more about Mormon views on the afterlife, Death, Resurrection and the Afterlife as Found in the Book of Mormon and Other Writings of Joseph Smith, Jr. provides the perfect introduction. Written by an ordained elder of the church, this concise summary brings together the various teachings in the Four Standard Works, the foundational texts of Mormonism, to explain how Mormons answer that most basic of questions, what happens after we die?

You’ll learn:

● That there are three heavens, not one
● What each heavenly dimension requires
● The different roles of men and women
● The importance of forgiveness after death

And more!

Grab Death, Resurrection and the Afterlife as Found in the Book of Mormon and Other Writings of Joseph Smith, Jr. today, and probe the mysteries of Mormon faith!

This book is intended to be a brief overview of what the LDS Church (Mormons) believes about this topic. It is NOT intended to be a doctoral dissertation nor is it a handbook for lifelong members of this church!

Comments from earlier editions of this book include:

"If you are a spiritual person and looking for a book on Christianity and its teachings then this is the perfect selection for you. Yes, it's rightly stated that we all want to know the science behind death, reincarnation and life after death. Though this book has not discussed in depth all these topics, it has covered the explanations of these words from various books. The author has tried his level best to explain these things taking references from the books like Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith Jr., The Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie, Pearl of Great Price, Book of Abraham and many more. This book will enhance your knowledge about spiritualism, death, reincarnation and life after death. A must read book on the topic." - Sayyad Rizvi

"Whether you are working on a paper for school or just curious about the religion; if you are looking for information on Mormon beliefs on death and the afterlife then this book is a great place to start. It is well researched, sites all its sources, and is very detailed and informative. The book is a pretty quick read, you could get through it one sitting if you wanted too.

All in all I found this book to be quite an interesting read and it corrected some misconceptions I had about the religion. If you are interested in this sort of thing I definitely recommend checking this book out." - J. Hollister

This book is also available in Spanish under the title, La muerte, resurrección y el más allá como se encuentra en el Libro de Mormón y otros escritos de Joseph Smith, Jr. (Spanish Edition)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Philosopher's stone

The philosophers' stone or stone of the philosophers (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold (chrysopoeia, from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, "gold," and ποιεῖν poiēin, "to make") or silver. It was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosophers' stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosophers' stone were known as the Magnum Opus ("Great Work").

Mention of the philosophers' stone in writing can be found as far back as Cheirokmeta by Zosimos of Panopolis (c. 300 AD). Alchemical writers assign a longer history. Elias Ashmole and the anonymous author of Gloria Mundi (1620) claim that its history goes back to Adam who acquired the knowledge of the stone directly from God. This knowledge was said to be passed down through biblical patriarchs, giving them their longevity. The legend of the stone was also compared to the biblical history of the Temple of Solomon and the rejected cornerstone described in Psalm 118.

The theoretical roots outlining the stone’s creation can be traced to Greek philosophy. Alchemists later used the classical elements, the concept of anima mundi, and Creation stories presented in texts like Plato's Timaeus as analogies for their process. According to Plato, the four elements are derived from a common source or prima materia (first matter), associated with chaos. Prima materia is also the name alchemist assign to the starting ingredient for the creation of the philosophers' stone. The importance of this philosophical first matter persisted through the history of alchemy. In the seventeenth century, Thomas Vaughan writes, "the first matter of the stone is the very same with the first matter of all things".


                                                         
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosopher%27s_stone


The following is my own interpretation of the above symbol:



The circle inside of the square represents heaven.

The square represents earth.

The circle within a square therefore represents heaven on earth, which is the temple.



Now the circle within a square is inside of a triangle. The triangle represents the Lord's pattern for communication (http://furtheringthework.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-lords-pattern-for-communication.html). The three lines found within the Lord's pattern of communication include: the line between husband and wife; the line between the husband and God, our Father in heaven; and the line between the wife and God. The triangle can also represent the Godhead which consists of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.



The larger circle (that all of the other symbols are inside of) represents all time and eternity.














Sphinx of Memphis

The Sphinx of Memphis is a stone sphinx located near the remains of Memphis, Egypt. The carving was believed to take place between 1700 and 1400 BC, which was during the 18th dynasty. It is unknown which pharaoh is being honored and there are no inscriptions to supply information. The facial features imply that the Sphinx is honoring Hatshepsut or Amenhotep II or Amenhotep III.

With a length of 8 m (26 ft) and a height of 4 m (13 ft), the Sphinx of Memphis considerably smaller than the more recognized Great Sphinx of Giza. With those dimensions, it is estimated to weigh around 90 tons. Its supported by a foundation which gives the impression that it is raised out of the sand. What is unusual about the Sphinx of Memphis are the striations on the left side which wasn't common for Egyptian monuments.

As years passed from the sphinx's creation, people ravaged Memphite temples and the Sphinx of Memphis is one of the few masterpieces that survived this pillaging. During its time this statue was also displayed near a Temple in honor of Ptah. Ptah was the creater of the world to the Egyptians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx_of_Memphis

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Sphinx:

Check it out on Wikipedia

It is a mythical creature with, as a minimum, the body of a lion and a human head.

The sphinx is said to date to the time of Khafra. This is supported by the proximity of the sphinx to Khafra's pyramid temple complex, and a certain resemblance (despite damage) to the facial structure seen in his statues. The Great Sphinx of Giza may have been erected as a guardian of Khafra's pyramid, and as a symbol of royal power. It became deified during the time of the New Kingdom.[7]

Sphinx is indeed reported to have had many Riddles, but this offered to Oedipus was the chief, "What is that which in the morning goeth upon four feet; upon two feet in the afternoon; and in the Evening upon three?" What was answered by Oedipus is not known. But they who interpret concerning the Ages of Man are deceived. For a Quadrangle of Four Elements are of all things first to be considered, from thence we come to the Hemisphere having two lines, a Right and a Curve, that is, to the White Luna; from thence to the Triangle which consists of Body, Soul and Spirit, or Sol, Luna and Mercury. Hence Rhasis in his Epistles, "The Stone," says he, "is a Triangle in its essence, a Quadrangle in its quality."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

THE WHITE HORSE PROPHECY: BY Edwin Rushion


This prophecy is not consider to be true by the Mormon (or LDS Church). The leaders in the church have rejected this as being from The Prophet Joseph Smith due to the fact that it was not given to anyone else or stated to anyone else in the church or to other leaders of the church during Joseph's lifetime. However, at the time that this prophecy was given the issues of the world were not as they are today. With what is going on in today's world, some question whether or not this prophecy is now starting to come true or that it will be true in the near future. Some people in the LDS (or Mormon) Church have heard of this prophecy and think that it is from Joseph Smith and both think and know it to be true.

Another reason that this prophecy is not accepted by the LDS Church, is that at the end of the prophecy it talks about Jesus Christ being on the Earth before his Second Coming. Most know that Jesus Christ will come back, coming from heaven. The prophecy states the He will be on the Earth before His return and that only those who are looking for him or know who he really is, will be able to see him.

Most people in the LDS (or Mormon) church know that Jesus Christ will meet with elect people before His second coming. However, they do not think that we will be reborn as a man; or in other words, they do not believe that he will be reincarnated. If you read the prophecy just right it sounds as though the prophecy suggests reincarnation.

The LDS (or Mormon) Church does not believe in reincarnation. However, other religions do believe in it and even some of Christ's disciples told Jesus, while he was on the Earth, that some people in the area where they were, thought that Jesus was the reincarnated Elijah. In the Jewish faith, they do believe in reincarnation and some think that Jesus Christ was Elijah reborn. I am not sure if that is what Joesph Smith was referring to or not, but one could, in this context, see that this is what he was saying.

One other thing that I found interesting, is the mention of the temple in Jackson County, which is now only a temple lot. If you read my post on the 3 kinds of temples you will see what I am talking about. http://onegodmanyreligions.blogspot.com/2014/10/there-are-three-kinds-of-temples.html

As to the people in the prophecy the people described in the prophecy are the White, Red, Black, and Pale Horse. The White Horse is the Mormon people; The Red Horse is the Native American people; The Black Horse is the African American people and/or African people in Africa; and The Pale Horse is anyone living in the United States that is not a part of the Mormon people.


The following is an account of what the prophet, Joseph Smith, said to Theodore Turley and Edwin Rushion while still living, in Nauvoo. This is by Edwin Rushion, and is known as THE WHITE HORSE PROPHECY.

"On or about the sixth day of May, 1843, a grand review of the Nauvoo Legion was held in Nauvoo. The Prophet Joseph complimented them for their good discipline and evolutions performed. The weather being hot, he called for a glass of water. With the glass of water in his hand he said, "I drink to you a toast to the overthrow of the mobocrats."

The next morning a man who had heard the Prophet give the toast returned to visit the mansion of the Prophet, and so abused him with bad language, that the man was ordered out by the Prophet. It was while the two were out that my attention was attracted to them and hearing the man speaking in a loud tone of voice, I went toward them; the man finally leaving. There were present the Prophet Joseph Smith, Theodore Turley and myself. The Prophet began talking to us of the mobbings and the drivings and persecution we as a people had endured, but said he, "We will have worse things to see; our persecutors will have all the mobbings they want. Don't wish them any harm, for when you see their sufferings you will shed bitter tears for them."

While this conversation was going on we stood by his south wicket gate in a triangle. Turing to me he said: "I want to tell you something. I will speak in a parable like unto John the Revelator. You will go to the Rocky Mountains, and you will be a great and mighty people established there, which I will call the White Horse of Peace and Safety." When the Prophet said you will see it, I asked him, "Where will you be at that time?" He said, "I shall never go there. Your enemies will continue to follow you with persecutions and will make obnoxious laws against you in Congress to destroy the White Horse, but you will have a friend or two to defend you to throw out the worst part of the laws, so they will not hurt much. You must continue to petition Congress all the time, but they will treat you like strangers and aliens and they will not give you your rights but will govern you with strangers and commissioners; you will see the constitution of the United States almost destroyed; it will hang by a thread, as it were, as fine as the finest silk fiber."

At this point the Prophet's countenance became sad; he said, "I love the constitution. It was made by the inspiration of God, and it will be preserved and saved by the efforts of the White Horse and the Red Horse, who will combine in its defense. The White Horse will raise an ensign on the tops of the mountains of peace and safety. The White Horse will find the mountains full of minerals and they will become very rich. You will see silver piled up in the streets.

"You will see gold shoveled up like sand. Gold will be of little value even in a mercantile capacity, for the people of the world will have something else to do in seeking for salvation.

"The time will come when the banks in every nation will fail and only two places will be safe where people can deposit their gold and treasures. These places will be the White Horse and England's vaults.

"A terrible revolution will take place in the land of America, such as has never been seen before; for the land will be literally left without a supreme government, and every species of wickedness will run rampant. Father will be against son, and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother. The most terrible scenes of murder and bloodshed and rapine that have ever been looked upon will take place. Peace will be taken from the earth and there will be no peace only in the Rocky Mountains. This will cause many hundreds and thousands of the honest in heart to gather there; not because they would be saints but for safety and because they would not take up the sword against their neighbor.

"You will be so numerous that you will be in danger of famine, but not for the want of seed time and harvest, but because of so many to be fed. Many will come with bundles under their arms to escape the calamities, and there will be no escape except by fleeing to Zion.

"Those that come to you will try to keep the laws and be one with you, for they will see your unity and the greatness of your organization. The Turkish Empire or the Crescent will be one of the first powers that will be disrupted, for freedom must be given for the Gospel to be preached in the Holy Land.

"The Lord took of the best blood of the nations and planted them on the small islands now called England and Great Britain, and gave them great power in the nations for a thousand years and their power will continue with them, that they may keep the balance of power and keep Russia from usurping her power over all the world. England and France are now bitter enemies, but they will be allied together and be united to keep Russia from conquering the world.

"The two Popes, Greek and Catholic, will come together and be united. The Protestant religions do not know how much they are indebted to Henry the VIII for throwing off the Pope's Bull and establishing the Protestant faith. He was the only monarch who could do so at the time, and he did it because this nation, England, was at his back to sustain him. One of the peculiar features in England is the established red coat, a uniform making so remarkable a mark to shoot at, and yet they have conquered wherever they have gone. The reason for this will be known by them some day. The Lion and the Unicorn of Israel is their ensign, the wisdom and statesmanship of England comes from having so much of the blood of Israel in the nation.

"While the terrible revolution of which I have spoken has been going on, England will be neutral until it becomes so inhuman that she will interfere to stop the shedding of blood. England and France will unite together to subdue the nations; they will find the nations so broken up and so many claiming government, till there will be no responsible government. Then it will appear to the other nations or powers as though England had taken possession of the country. The Black Horse will flee to the invaders and will join with them for they will have fear of the coming slaves again, knowing England did not believe in slavery, fleeing to them they believe would make them safe; armed with British bayonets the doings of the Black Horse will be terrible." (Here the Prophet said he could not bear to look longer upon the scene as shown him in vision and asked the Lord to close the scene.)

Continuing, he said, "During this time the great White Horse will have gathered strength sending out Elders to gather the honest in heart among the Pale Horse, or people of the United States, to stand by the Constitution of the United States, as it was given by inspiration of God.

"In these days God will set up a kingdom, never to be thrown down, for other kingdoms to come unto. And these kingdoms that will not let the Gospel be preached will be humbled until they will.

"England, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, and Belgium have a considerable amount of blood of Israel among their people which must be gathered. These nations will submit to the kingdom of God. England will be the last of these kingdoms to surrender, but when she does she will do so as a whole in comparison as she threw off the Catholic power. The nobility know that the Gospel is true but it has not enough pomp and grandeur and influence for them to embrace it. They are proud and will not acknowledge the kingdom of God, or come unto it, until they see the power which it will have. Peace and safety in the Rocky Mountains will be protected by a cordon band of the White Horse and the Red Horse.

"The coming of the Messiah among this people will be so natural, that only those who see Him will know that He has come, but He will come and give his laws unto Zion, and minister unto His people. This will not be His coming in the clouds of heaven to take vengeance on the wicked of the world. The Temple in Jackson County will be built in this generation. The saints will think there will not be time to build it, but with all the help you will receive you can put up a great temple quickly. They will have all the gold, silver, and precious stones; for these things only will be used for the beautifying of the temple; all the skilled mechanics you want, and the Ten Tribes of Israel will help you build it. When you see this land bound with iron you may look toward Jackson County."

At this point he made a pause, and looking up as though the vision was still in view, he said, "There is a land beyond the Rocky Mountains that will be invaded by the heathen Chinese unless great care and protection are given." Speaking of the heathen nations he said, "Where there is no law there is no condemnation, and this will apply to them. Power will be given the White Horse to rebuke nations afar off, and they will be one with the White Horse, but when the law goes forth they will obey; for the law will go forth from Zion. The last great struggle Zion will have to contend with will be when the whole of the Americas will be make the Zion of our God. Those opposing will be called Gog and Magog (some of the world led by the Russian Czar) and their power will be great, but all opposition will be overcome and then this land will be the Zion of our God.""

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The strange "magical" amulet found at the city of Nea Paphos in southwestern Cyprus.



Today, I will be discussing what I think the pictures and writing on this amulet mean. To find out more about where this amulet came from check out the Huffing Post article: Here. In another post, I will discuss more about the "magic" of the amulet and why one would need it.

The writing and pictures on the amulet are over 1,500 years old and date back to just after 500 years after the death of Jesus Christ.

The left side of the image above shows one side of the amulet and the right side of the image shows the other side of the amulet. So when referring to the amulet, I will say the left side or right side. I am not sure which side is the front or back, and this way I do not want to mistake one for the other.

The left side of the image shows what looks like one or more Gods.

The God lying down in the boat is the Egyptian God, Osiris, and he is usually identified as the God of the afterlife, death, life, and resurrection.

The God that is sitting down is the Greek God of silence, Harpocrates, he is also known as the Egyptian God, Horus, who is the God of the sun, sky and kingship. He is also the son of Osiris. Horus is also know for representing the newborn Sun rising each day at dawn.

The God that is next to the snake is the Egyptian God, Ra. All forms of life were believed to have been created by Ra, who called each of them into existence by speaking their secret names. The snake is a sign of power. It is also the sign for healing and protection.

The bird is what I believe to be either an  Egyptian Bennu or a Greek Phoenix; both of which symbolize new life and being reborn from death.

The alligator may be the God, Sobek. However, the picture is not a man with an alligator head but is of a whole alligator; either way it is another sign of protection; it is a protection from harm or evil influences.

The symbol that looks like a C is what I believe to be the moon and the the symbol that looks like a star is just that, a star or the sun. The moon is to the left of the God, Horus, and the sun is to the right of him. The interesting thing is that Horus is looking at the moon and not the sun or stars.

In the times of the Egyptians, the moon was seen as a God, Khonsu; he was to watch over night travelers and to protect against wild animals, increase male fertility, and aid with healing. The moon is in the shape of a crescent, which when shining is believed to be when women would conceive, cattle became fertile, and the nostrils and throats of all God's creatures were filled with fresh air; symbolizing good health. When a crescent moon appears next to a God, it is believed to be the sign of a king; therefore, Horus is being recognized as also being a king.

The star appears to the right of Horus. The interesting thing about that is the sun comes up in the East, which is to right. The star is also a sign of the Heavens. However, Horus is not looking at the Heavens, rather he is looking at the moon; which in this case, is actually looking over the Earth. Thus, Horus is looking over the Earth rather than the Heavens.

So who is who? Well here it is: Osiris is God, also known as Heavenly Father; Harpocrates, also known as Horus is Jesus, also known as Yahweh (or Jehovah); and Ra or Re is Michael also known as Adam.

God, Heavenly Father, is the God of the Afterlife. Some would say, "Is not Jesus the God of the Afterlife?" Yes and no. God, the Father, is what man can become as man is what God once was. So if God, the Father, was a man then he overcome death before Jesus did and in turn is the God of the all the afterlife. Whereas Jesus is only the God of the afterlife for this Earth. Jesus is the King of Kings and is also the Son of God. Adam is a follower of Jesus, so Adam follows what Jesus does. Adam helped Jesus to make the Earth. In the image on the left, Re (or Ra) is following what Harpocrates (or Horus) is doing my putting his hand up to his mouth. By doing this they are keeping the name of God (or Heavenly Father) a secret. However, his name is not a secret, rather it is to be revered.

The image on the right is the writing :

ιαεωβαφρενεμουνοθιλαρικριφιαευεαιφιρκιραλιθονυομενερφαβωεαι.

The writing is the same forwards as it is backwards. The writing says "Yahweh is the bearer of the secret name, the lion of Re secure in his shrine."Yahweh is another name for Jesus Christ. Yahweh is a sacred name in old Jewish tradition and therefore, Jesus is often simply referred to as "the Lord" in the Bible, whereas here he is being referred to by his sacred name, Yahweh. Re is another name for Ra, or Michael (or Adam).

So what is the meaning of the saying? Well here it is: Jesus (or Jehovah) is the bearer of the secret name of God, the Father. The lion of Michael (or Adam) secure in his shrine. Shine here meaning place of worship. Now Jesus is the Lamb of God but the Lion or King of Man. Jesus is therefore secure in the shrine, meaning that Adam shall have no other Gods and that the way back to the Father is through Jesus.

Another interesting thing about the Amulet is where it was found. The amulet was found in the city of Nea Paphos or New Paphos in the country of Cyprus. Which is the modern mythical birthplace of the Greek God, Aphrodite, or the Roman God, Venus. Venus is the morning and the evening star. Some say that Jesus is the morning and the evening star; however, it really is Venus, which is also known as the God of love, beauty, fertility, prosperity and desire. Jesus, on the other hand, is the Sun rising each day.

We know that Jesus may have been married to Mary. If that is the case, then Mary, not Jesus, is the Morning and Evening star and Venus (or Aphrodite) appears next to to the sun which is the Son of God. We also know the there is a Heavenly Mother. It goes without saying that Adam married Eve. Why would Jesus not have been married? If Adam follows Jesus and Jesus is the Son of God, the Father, then God has a wife too and Jesus was married just like Adam was to Eve. Just like Jesus needed to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness, Jesus had a wife and God, the Father, has a wife- Heavenly Mother. So here is another question to ask our selves. Whose name is to be a secret Heavenly Father or Heavenly Mother? This is a topic for another blog post.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Stopped Caring Today: By Lt Daniel Furseth

"Yes, I stopped caring today. But tomorrow, I will put my uniform back on and I will care again."  

Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.

I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or “the police will take you away” embedding a fear from year one. Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world.

They would rather we stay unseen, but close by if needed, but readily available to “fix their kid.” I stopped caring today because we work to keep our streets safe from mayhem in the form of reckless, drunk, high, or speeding drivers, only to be hated for it, yet hated even more because we didn’t catch the drunk before he killed someone they may know.

Nevertheless, we are just another tool used by government to generate “revenue.” I stopped caring today because Liberals hate the police as we carry guns, scare kids, and take away their drugs. We always kill innocent people with unjust violence. We are called bullies for using a Taser during a fight, but are condemned further for not first tasing the guy who pulls a gun on us.

And if we do have to shoot, we are asked “why didn’t you just shoot the gun out of their hand?” And when one of us is killed by the countless attacks that do happen (but are rarely reported in the mainstream media) the haters say, “Its just part of the job.” I stopped caring today because Conservatives hate us as we are “the Government.” We try to take away their guns, freedoms, and liberty at every turn.

We represent a “Police State” where “jackbooted badge-wearing thugs” randomly attack innocent people without cause or concern for constitutional rights. We are Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Rodney King all rolled into one lone police officer stopping to help change an old lady’s tire. I stopped caring today as no one wants us around, but instantly demands answers, results, arrests, when a crime takes place.

If a crime isn’t solved within the allocated 60 minutes it takes CSI on television, we are inept, incompetent, or covering something up. If we do get “lucky” it was just that and everyone with a Facebook account can post wonderful comments of how “they” would solve the case and how “we” are not nearly as clever.

I stopped caring today because a video of a cop six states away, from a department that you never heard of, screws up and forgets his oath of honor, thus firing up an internet lynch-mob of cop haters even though 99% of us work twice as hard not to end up in the news and to still be “the good guys.” We are “militarized” because we wear body armor and kevlar helmets when shots are fired or rocks thrown at us and carry scary looking rifles even though everyone knows that they are easier to shoot and are more accurate than a handgun or a shotgun.

I stopped caring today because the culture of today’s instantly connected youth is only there to take and never give back. To never accept responsibility for ones actions, but to blame everyone else instead of themselves. To ask “what is in it for me?” versus “what can I do for you?”

To idolize gangsters, thugs, sexually promiscuous behavior, and criminals over hard work, dedication, and achievement. To argue that getting stoned should be a right, yet getting a job or an education is a hassle. To steal versus earn. To hate versus help.

Yes, I stopped caring today. But tomorrow, I will put my uniform back on and I will care again.

This is how I feel most days as a Security Officer working with Law Enforcement. Although not to the same degree as Law Enforcement. However, we are right there with them because we are looked at as if we are cops or in a position of authority and in some states do have police powers of arrest.