Abraham 1

Abraham 1: Abraham Seeks Blessings of the Patriarchal Order

“…at the residence of my fathers, I, Abraham, saw that it was needful to obtain another place of residence;” (Abraham 1:1) Abraham sought for a higher knowledge and the blessings that come from the Patriarchal Order, however Abraham lived in a home that discouraged his advancement in the Gospel or forbid him to practice the Gospel, so Abraham explained; “… I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right where unto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.” (Abraham 1:2-3)

Because Abraham was a follower of righteousness he desired to have the blessings of the priesthood and be able to bless with the priesthood. Abraham explains that this priesthood was; “…conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me.” (Abraham 1:3) Abraham’s Authority was given to him from a long line of Authority through his fathers. Abraham explains that he had followed the commandments of God, whereas the rest of the people decided to follow after other gods; “For their hearts were set to do evil, and were wholly turned to the god of Elkenah, and the god of Libnah, and the god of Mahmackrah, and the god of Korash, and the god of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; Therefore they turned their hearts to the sacrifice of the heathen in offering up their children unto these dumb idols, and hearkened not unto my voice, but endeavored to take away my lifeby the hand of the priest of Elkenah. The priest of Elkenah was also the priest of Pharaoh.” (Abraham 1:6-7) These people were wicked and had turned their hearts from the Lord to sacrifice children to idols that could not speak.

 

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                “Now, at this time it was the custom of the priest of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to offer up upon the altar which was built in the land of Chaldea, for the offering unto these strange gods, men, women, and children. And it came to pass that the priest made an offering unto the god of Pharaoh, and also unto the god of Shagreel, even after the manner of the Egyptians. Now the god of Shagreel was the sun.” (Abraham 1:8-9)

Several hundred years after the flood, the inhabitants of the earth multiplied throughout. However, their knowledge of God had nearly disappeared. President Joseph Fielding Smith commented on the Egyptian Human Sacrifice;  “Abraham was of the [tenth] generation from Noah. Several hundred years had passed since the flood, and people had multiplied and spread over the face of the earth. The civilizations of Egypt, Chaldea, Assyria and the petty nations of Canaan, had been established. In the midst of this scattering the true worship of the Father was nearly lost. Sacrifice instituted in the days of Adam and continued in the practice and teaching of Noah, in the similitude of the great sacrifice of the Son of Man, had become perverted. Instead of offering clean animals, such as the lamb and bullock, the apostate nations had dwindled in unbelief to the extent that human sacrifice was offered to their idol gods” (The Way to Perfection, 85).

Abraham was not alone in his desire to worship the one and only God, there were three virgins [direct decedents of Ham, who was the son of Noah] who were going to be sacrificed because of their virtue, for they; “…would not bow down to worships gods of wood or of stone, therefore they were killed upon the altar…” (Abraham 1:11) Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints compared these three virgins to the story of ‘Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego – see Daniel 3:12-30’. He described these three women as; “marvelous models on enduring uncertainty and on trusting God… Matching those three young men are three young women whose names we do not have. They are mentioned in the book of Abraham, remarkable young women about whom I am anxious to know more. They were actually sacrificed upon the altar because ‘they would not bow down to worship [an idol] of wood or stone’. Some day the faithful will get to meet them” (“Not My Will, But Thine” [1988], 119–20).

Abraham explains that they came and laid violence upon him; “…that they might slay me also, as they did those virgins upon this altar…” (Abraham 1:12) As they were about to take his life, Abraham cried out to the Lord; “…and the Lord hearkened and heard, and he filled me with the vision of the Almighty, and the angel of his presence stood by me, and immediately unloosed my bands; And his voice was unto me: Abraham, Abraham, behold, my name is Jehovah, and I have heard thee, and have come down to deliver thee…” (Abraham 1:15-16) God promised to deliver Abraham from these people and carry him away into a land in which he knew not. God then destroyed all of Potiphar’s Hill in the land of Ur.

Abraham went down to the land of Egypt, where he found a government which was patterned after the patriarchal governments of old, but was devoid of all revelation and priesthood. This ultimately lead the Egyptians into idolatry.  The land of Egypt was founded by the daughter of Ham; ‘Egyptus’ who had a son named ‘Pharaoh’.

The first government of Egypt; “…was after the manner of the government of Ham, which was patriarchal” (Abraham 1:25)

Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wrote:

“Egypt was not the only nation, in these early times, which attempted to imitate the patriarchal order of government. We have seen in Abraham’s record that this was the order of government in the reign of Adam, and down to the time of Noah.

“Naturally that form of government would be perpetuated in large degree by all tribes as they began to spread over the face of the earth. As men multiplied they organized first in the family group, then into tribes and eventually into nations. The greater powers would naturally occupy the most favored spots. Stronger tribes would overcome the weaker and force them to join the national government, or else they would be subdued and treated as slaves, or placed under tribute. As the patriarchal order was handed down from father to son so also would the political authority be perpetuated with the same claims to authority…” (The Progress of Man, 3rd ed. [1944], 100–101.)

Abraham explains that the rights of the priesthood were only handed down from proper Authorities and that The Pharaohs; “…would fain claim it from Noah…” (Abraham 1:27) Fain means “content or willing to accept an alternative when the more desirable thing cannot be attained” (Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, 2nd ed., 657). Therefore this “Fain Claim” was not proper authority.

Abraham ends this chapter by explaining that he had preserved records; “…concerning the right of Priesthood, the Lord my God preserved in mine own hands; therefore a knowledge of the beginning of the creation, and also of the planets, and of the stars, as they were made known unto the fathers, have I kept even unto this day, and I shall endeavor to write some of these things upon this record, for the benefit of my posterity that shall come after me.” (Abraham 1:31) Abraham kept records of the creation, the planets and the stars in order to preserve this record for the posterity that shall come after him.

Moses 8

Moses 8: Noah and His Sons Preach the Gospel

Enoch passes away at the age of 430, his son; Methuselah was not taken up with his father so that he might fulfill the covenants of the Lord.

“…Methuselah prophesied that from his loins should spring all the kingdoms of the earth (through Noah), and he took glory unto himself. And there came forth a great famine into the land, and the Lord cursed the earth with a sore curse, and many of the inhabitants thereof died.” (Moses 8:3-4) From this, Methuselah lived to 187 years, before he bore Lamech. Methusaleh died 782 years later at the age of 969.

Lamech bore a son named Noah, at the age of 182. He blessed his son Noah saying; “…This son shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.” (Moses 8:9) Lamech died at the age of 777. Noah had children named Japheth, Shem and Ham. His children were called the “…sons of God.” (Moses 8:13)

As the men began to multiply on the face of the earth, the daughters born unto them were taken as wives. This angers the Lord, for; “…The daughters of thy sons have sold themselves; for behold mine anger is kindled against the sons of men, for they will not hearken to my voice.” (Moses 8:15)

Because of this Noah began to prophesy among the people and he taught the things of God, even from the beginning of man. The Lord tells Noah; “…My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for he shall know that all flesh shall die; … and if men do not repent, I will send in the floods upon them.” (Moses 8:17) Here we learn that God will not always have patience with His children!

Because Noah spoke these things the giants who lived on the earth [giants did live on the earth during the time of Noah], those giants; “…sought Noah to take away his life; but the Lord was with Noah, and the power of the Lord was upon him. And the Lord ordained Noah after his own order, and commanded him that he should go forth and declare his Gospel unto the children of men, even as it was given unto Enoch.” (Moses 8:18-19) God calls Noah as a prophet like He did in times past to preach unto His children and encourage them to repent! Noah called upon the people to repent; “…but they hearkened not unto his words; …And God saw that the wickedness of men had become great in the earth; and every man was lifted up in the imagination of the thoughts of his heart, being only evil continually.” (Moses 8:20;22)

God saw the wickedness of men, even while Noah pleaded with them and even warned them that God was going to flood the earth because of their wickedness. The Lord speaks to Noah and says;

“…I will destroy man whom I have created, from the face of the earth, both man and beast, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Noah that I have created them, and that I have made them; and he hath called upon me; for they have sought his life… thus Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord; for Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation; and he walked with God, as did also his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth… And God said unto Noah: The end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence, and behold I will destroy all flesh from off the earth.” (Moses 8:26-27;30)

Noah tried to warn the people and pleaded with them to repent. However, the people did not repent and instead sought to destroy Noah. God saw this and comforted Noah, but told Noah that He would destroy all of the earth; man and beast. This is the Great Flood.

Luke 17

Luke 17: Faith

                Jesus explains to His Apostles that anyone who offends the children, by doing anything against them; “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:2) Essentially, children are precious and should never be abused or have anything bad done to them. Those who go against this will face harsh punishment.

Jesus explains that we should always be forgiving, for if our brother does something to us seven times in one day and he repents seven times, we need to forgive. What if someone does this eight times in one day? The same applies, Jesus used the number seven to get the point across… forgive always.

Jesus enters into a village where He is met by ten lepers, they speak out to Jesus; “…have mercy on us.” (Luke 17:13) Jesus heals all ten of the lepers, but only one returns to give Him thanks, and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asks the man; “…Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger…. Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Luke 17:17-19)

The Pharisees that were gathered asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come, and Jesus responds; “…The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation.” (Luke 17:20) Essentially Jesus says that you can’t try and figure out when it will come, it will come when God decides it is the right time. Jesus however, warns of the end times. The signs of the times will come in the form of Moral corruption, similar to the days of Noah or in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. We should learn to not be attached to things of the world, like the wife of Lot (see Genesis 19)

                Jesus explains that those who “…shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his lift shall preserve it.” (Luke 17:33) In the last days, when the time comes; “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (Luke 17:36) This is what many Christians refer to as the “Rapture”. Whatever is believed about this day, it is important to understand the message Jesus has left, and that is… Don’t wait until the last day to repent! Line your life on the path of Jesus now, and then when the last day comes you will be raised up into good Judgment.

Genesis 10-12

Genesis 10-12

Chapter 10: The Generation of Noah

These are the families of the sons of Noah, divided into nations after the flood.

  • Japeth begat: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meschech and Tiras.
    • Gomer begat: Ashkenaz, Riphath, Togarmah,.
    • Javan begat: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, Dodanim.
    • Ham begat: Cush, Mizraim, Phut, Canaan.
      • Canaan begat: Sidon, Heth, Jebusite, Amorite, Girgasite, Hivite, Arkite, Sinite, Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite.
        • The border of the Canaanites was from Sidon to Gerar unto Gaza, Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Lasha.
  • Mizraim begat: Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim, Caphtorim.
    • Casluhim begat: Philistim
  • Cush begat: Nimrod, Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabtecha
    • Raamah begat: Sheba and Dedan
    • Shem begat: Eber,Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram.
      • Aram begat: Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash
      • Arphaxad begat: Salah
        • Salah begat: Eber
          • Eber begat: Peleg and Joktan (and in his days the earth was divided, pangea?)
            • Joktan begat: Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obaj, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, Jobab.
            • The dwelling of the family of Joktan was from Mesh to Sephar a mountain in the east.

Chapter 11: One Language/The Tower of Babel

We learn that all men on the earth spoke the same language. The people go to the land of Shinar and decide to build a city and a tower out of bricks to reach heaven. God goes down and confounds their language and causes them to not understand each other’s speech. The city and the tower is named “Babel”. God scatters the people all over the world. Remember the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon? They came from the time of the scattering of the Tower of Babel! This was after the world was “separated” as well, meaning that the Jaredites came over across the sea, and landed somewhere in the South/Central America that we know today. Some scholars say that the Jaredites left the Tower of Babel and landed somewhere in current day Peru.

  • Eber begat Peleg:
    • Peleg begat: Reu
      • Reu begat: Serug
        • Serug begat: Nahor
          • Nahor begat: Terah
            • Terah begat: Abram, Nahor, Haran
              • Haran begat: Lot, Milcah and Iscah
              • Abram and Nahor got married; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah the daughter of Haran.Abram’s wife, Sarai was barren and unable to have children. Terah, took Abram, Lot, Sarai and went forth to Ur to the land of Canaan, unto Haran to dwell there. Terah dies at the age of 205.

Chapter 12: Abram the Great Nation

God tells Abram that he and his decedents will be greatly blessed. God commands Abram to leave from his family and go to a land that he will show him. Abram does as the Lord commands and takes his wife Sarai and his nephew, the son of Lot. They travel through the land of Canaan, through a place called Sichem and the plain of Moreh. Then passing through a mountain east of Beth-el and Hai on the east. Abram and Sarai go down to Egypt and tells her to tell anyone who asks that he is her brother, so that he will not be killed. Because the men in Egypt would take a liking to Sarai, because she was fair. When they arrive in Egypt, Pharaoh sees Sarai and desires to marry her, but Abram causes plagues Pharaoh and his house because of this. Pharaoh finds out that Abram is the husband of Sarai and commands them both to leave.

Genesis 7-9

Genesis 7-9

Chapter 7: The Flood

Noah is commanded by God to bring with him in the Ark seven of each clean animal, male and female and 2 of every other animal that is unclean; male and female. We can find a list of clean and unclean animals in Leviticus 11.

God tells Noah that he will cause it to rain upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. Noah was 600 years old when the earth was flooded.

With the Ark built, and the animals loaded… and 125 years of preparation…  they were ready for the floods to come from the“…fountains of the great deep…” and from the “…windows of heaven…” (Genesis 7:11)

The waters covered the entire earth, even the highest mountains in the world were covered by at least 22.5 feet of water (or 15 cubits). It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, and the waters prevailed on the earth for 150 days.

One cool thing that you can find throughout the scriptures (Shakespear, Bible, Book of Mormon) is Chiasmus:

“The figure of speech in which two or more clauses are related to each other through a reversal of structures in order to make a larger point; that is, the clauses display inverted parallelism. Chiasmus was particularly popular both in Greek and in Latin literature, where it was used to articulate balance or order within a text. As a popular example, many long and complex chiasmi have been found in Shakespeare and the Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible. It is also used various times in the Book of Mormon.”

An example of this, can be found in Genesis 7:21-23

his is from my scriptures, notice that the words underlined in blue, red and green speak of the same thing.

his is from my scriptures, notice that the words underlined in blue, red and green speak of the same thing.

Chapter 8: The Flood is over

The waters from the great deep and the rain from the heavens completely stops and the water starts to “drain”. The Ark is stopped by the top of the mountains of Ararat.

Noah decides to send out a raven and a dove to check for dry ground. Noah and his family wait patiently in the Ark until the dove brings back an Olive Leaf, which lets him know that the waters were completely removed from the face of the earth and dry ground did exist.

God commands Noah and his family to exit the Ark and multiply and replenish the earth. Noah, to offer thanks takes some of the clean animals (how many? we don’t know) and makes sacrifices of them before the Lord. Remember how 7 of each clean animal was saved for the Ark? Now we know why.

God responded to Noah’s sacrifice by saying: “…I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; … neither will I smite any more every thing living, as I have done” (Genesis 8:21)    

Chapter 9: Multiply and Replenish the Earth

God commands Noah and his children to be fruitful and multiply the earth. God tells them that they should not shed the blood of man.  God promises to never flood the earth again, this promise is given to us almost every time it rains… the RAINBOW. (Genesis 9:11-13)

Noah dies at the age of 450 years.

Genesis 4-6

Genesis 4-6

Chapter 4: Cain and Abel

Adam and Eve “knew each other”, or in other words they were no longer innocent as children, and because of that… they were able to conceive a child, and they conceived Cain. They also had Abel who was Cain’s brother.

Cain gets upset with his brother Abel and kills him in the field. The Lord asks Cain where his brother is, and Cain essentially denies that he did anything.

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The Lord curses Cain and sets a mark upon him, so that people will know that it is him. Cain is banished to the land of Nod, which is east of Eden. There, Cain conceives many children with his wife. Their first child was Enoch and after him did they name the city they started in the land of Nod.

Adam and Eve have another child named Seth to replace the loss of their son Abel. Seth has a son and calls his name Enos, and from that day forward men look unto God.

Chapter 5: The Generation of Adam

  • Adam lived until the ripe old age of 930, and then he died.
  • Seth was 105, when he conceived Enos.
  • Seth died at the age of 912.
  • Enos, conceived Cainan when he was 90.
  • Enos died at the age of 905.
  • Cainan conceived Mahalaleel when he was 70.
  • Cainan died at the age of 910.
  • Mahalaleel conceived Jared at 65.
  • Mahalaleel died at the age of 895.
  • Jared conceived Enoch at the age of 162.
  • Jared died at the age of 962.
  • Enoch conceived Methuselah at the age of 65.
  • Enoch walked with God for 300 years after Methuselah was Born. (Enoch was a righteous man).
  • Enoch died at the age of 365.
  • Methuselah conceived Lamech at the age of 887.
  • Methuselah died at the age of 969.
  • Lamech conceived Noah at the age of 182.
  • Lamech died at the age of 777.
  • Noah was 500 years old when he conceived his sons: Shem, Ham and Japeth.

Chapter 6: Noah and the Ark

“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, the daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw that the daughters of men that they were fair…” (Genesis 5:1-2)

I get out of this scripture that it is NATURAL for a MAN to like a WOMAN and VICE-VERSA. No where do I see that it says “the sons of God saw the sons of men that they were fair”, God did not make men or women to be gay. That is not love, it is simply lust.

But, just like in today’s time we see wickedness… God was upset to the point where he said he wished he hadn’t made man on the earth. God was saddened by the wickedness of men! Therefore he decided to destroy mankind and their wickedness by using the earth to flood the earth.

“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with  violence through them, and, behold I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window thou shalt make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lover, second and third stories shalt thou make it.” (Genesis 6:13-17)

The Ark:

Width: 50 Cubits= 22.5 M OR 73.8 Ft.

Height: 30 Cubits=13.5 M OR 44.2 Ft.

Length: 300 Cubits-135 M OR 442.9 Ft.

Three Floors: 4.5 M in each floor 14.7 FT (the floor to ceiling had almost 15 ft tall rooms)

The Ark had 1 Single Window.

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                God tells Noah that he is going to flood the earth and that it will be his responsibility to save mankind and all life on earth through him building an ark, stocking it with animals and food and surviving through the flood.

God commands Noah to have 2 of every sort “male and female”, because without male and female there is NO LIFE.