I love taking the scriptures literally during the 95%+ time they are intended to be taken literally.
I also love meshing the ancient prophecies with modern prophecies and then connecting the dots to see what things have happened and are happening around us that may not be obvious to the casual observer.
I guess there is a part of me that gets a little satisfaction out of antagonizing people and watching them squirm when a little too much disruptive information is presented to them. This is one of the many flaws I really need to work on. Unfortunately, there are so many that this particular one is not real high on the list of things I need to repent of.
There has been in the church, a growing tension regarding Book of Mormon geography.
Some believe the geography relative to the descendants of Lehi and the events that took place in the Book of Mormon took place in Central or South America.
The majority of the highly educated seem to believe this.
I believe most main stream members of the church have been successfully indoctrinated by the wise and learned in Mormonism to believe that South and Central America is the place where the events in the Book of Mormon took place.
Such people as Wayne May, the publisher of the Ancient American, a Wisconsin-based magazine and Rod Meldrum (http://www.bookofmormonevidence.org/ ) the guiding force behind the FIRM Foundation, are considered by many to be heretics, espousing the North America theory.
It is an unfortunate dichotomy that many of the most passionate people with an important story to tell end up needing or wanting to make a profitable enterprise out of their passions. Such has the potential of creating a conflict of interest.
Oh… the love of money!
Several years ago I sent this article entiled “A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement” to Rod, just as he was in the early part of establishing what has become known as the FIRM foundation.
His response was one of interest and excitement and he commented on how impressed he was with the many references that were provided with my hypothesis.
I could tell the theological part of it was way over his head.
He said he wanted to study it further and get back to me.
I suspect he ran it past his buddy and fellow board member of his new project, Hartman Rector Jr., to get his stamp of approval on some of the disruptive and controversial content provided therein.
Needless to say, I never heard back from Rod…
What I have learned over the years is that many people with an agenda will not cross the line of perceived credibility and politically correct diplomacy.
There is huge social and religious pressure to not cross over the line into too much controversy and to not offend the sensibilities of mainstream members and/or the brethren. That goal is often higher up on the list of priorities than digging deep, deep down to discover and expose the truth at all costs regardless of the collateral damage done to the dearly beloved false traditions of our fathers.
I know of prophecy scholars for example who never acknowledge the latter day apostasy in their writings because they don’t want to alienate members of the church and they don’t want to get in trouble with the brethren.
The problem, of course, is that a prophecy scholar that cannot introduce and expose the latter day apostasy is about as useful as a neutered stud if breeding is the goal.
You simply cannot begin to provide a credible discourse on end times events without understanding and exposing the latter day apostasy, virtually all of the prophecy scriptures are directly or indirectly related to the topic however disruptive and controversial it may be.
And by the way…
If there is no latter day apostasy, there is no need for a last restoration or “Marvelous Work”.
If there has been a latter day apostasy, another restoration is mandatory, or we have no hope.
Anyway… enough blabbering for now, the picture below is an illustration of the primary cubed geography of where the New Jerusalem will be located based on Jackson County/ Independence being the center place (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/57/3#3 )and Nauvoo being the cornerstone. (D&C 124: 2, 23, 60, 131.)
I have no idea how or if this relates to the description and dimensions of the holy city provided in Rev 21
Just a little food for thought.
I cannot remember if I have provided this before… if I have … please disregard, dementia is a terrible thing.
Book to be published by OWIW
The Secret History of Mormonism
Uncovering historical, doctrinal and prophetic secrets of the Latter day Restoration Movement, Identifying the missing pieces of the Prophet Puzzle and preparing for the final return of Biblical Christianity and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth
©OneWhoIsWatching December 25 2014