Hope Part II

The problem with filters is that some things seem devoid of light and others cannot be discerned at all.

The Abrahamic Covenant

 But as for you, behold, I will make my covenant with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. And this covenant I make that your children may be known among all nations. Neither shall your name anymore be called Abram, but your name shall be called Abraham, for a father of many nations have I made you. And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come up of you and of your seed. And I will give unto you and your seed after you the land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. And I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Therefore, you shall keep my covenant, you and your seed after you in their generations. 

Genesis 7:29

If we use the metaphor of the rainbow to understand how the tribes of Israel have been scattered throughout the world it gives us insight that gathering them back requires a similar approach as one would use in gathering light. 

Also, as a confirmation that we are on the right track with this color metaphor, the breast plate worn by the high priest, which was part of the urim and thummim, had twelve stones of different colors set in gold.

The first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle. This shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row: a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row: a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold in their settings. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet. Every one with its name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

Exodus 15:3

 

The Problem with Filters

When colors are observed through a filter some things seem devoid of light while others cannot be discerned at all.  

The filters that we use are prejudices, pride, unbelief, an unwillingness to consider that one does not already have a fullness of truth.  

And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the Devil which blindeth the eyes and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost.

1 Nephi 3:17

Before reading on, please take a moment to check the filters that might be blinding the eyes of your understanding.  The following should be viewed from the perspective of being willing to receive the light that other nations have to offer, because of a certainty, there is light there.

Have You Considered?

Japanese omikoshi are carried on the shoulders with the use of two poles, much like the Ark of the Covenant.   

The Hand of Fatima from Islam has marks in the palm similar to crucifixion marks.

China’s pictorial language preserves the story of Adam and Eve, Noah, and Christ inside of other words.

The life of Buddha closely matches the life of Jesus Christ, including being born of a virgin, fasting 40 days in the wilderness, and overcoming death while staying three nights in a cave. 

The Native Americans have a legend of Dekanahwideh, the child who would will reveal to men-beings (Oñg’wĕonwĕ’), the Good Tidings of Peace and Power from Heaven.

The final avatar of Hinduism’s Vishnu returns on a white horse and a flaming sword, agreeing with the Bible’s book of Revelation.

This is only a very small sampling of some of the correlations that have been gathered on this website.  Consider this an invitation to explore and learn more.

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon you and his glory shall be seen upon you. And the gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from far and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and flow together, and your heart shall fear and be enlarged, because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto you, the forces of the gentiles shall come unto you.

Isaiah 22:1

The Lens

For God will that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of the Lord; and blessed be him that shall bring this thing to light, for it shall be brought out of darkness unto light according to the word of God. Yea, it shall be brought out of the earth, and it shall shine forth out of darkness and come unto the knowledge of the people, and it shall be done by the power of God.

Mormon 4:3

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Gathered by Covenant

The Lord affirms that the everlasting covenant is the means by which His people are gathered. “The fullness of my gospel which I have sent forth in these last days, [is] the covenant which I have sent forth to recover my people which are of the House of Israel”

“And even so, I have sent my everlasting covenant unto the world, to be a light to the world and to be a standard for my people, and for the gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me”

T&C 31:3

The Book of Mormon is the everlasting covenant and is the key to opening understanding of truth from all of the nations of the world.  

This all ties back to the covenants God made with Abraham, Noah, and Enoch.  Abraham’s seed would be bless all the nations of the world, but also be gathered back together.  The literal gathering of Israel requires an eye single to the glory of God (i.e. a lens).  And when Israel is gathered and looks up, Zion will look down and return to possess the earth.  Think of Zion as a second prism (almost like a chiasm) to the first scattering of light.

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And the bow shall be in the cloud. And I will look upon it that I may remember the everlasting covenant which I made unto your father Enoch: that when men should keep all my commandments, Zion should again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself. And this is my everlasting covenant that I establish with you: that when your posterity shall embrace the truth and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness and the earth shall tremble with joy. And the general assembly of the church of the Firstborn shall come down out of Heaven and possess the earth, and shall have place until the end come.

The first view of overlapping prisms is from the side.  One coming down and one looking up.  This looks like the Star of David.  However if you look at the two prisms from a top-down perspective, the two look like the symbol of Melchizedek.  

After I had shared this in my presentation on of the participants asked if I was familiar with the drawings of the Urim and Thummim.  I wasn’t, but after the meeting went to look it up.  I was blown away to see that what the Lord had been showing me in the space between dreams and awake leading up to my presentation was something that had previously been revealed.  It was a confirmation that what I had assumed to be just a fun rainbow metaphor really was so much more.

The one correction I would make to the larger illustration is that base of the left prism needs to span the handle in order to align into the Star of David when the compass hinge closes the gap between the two lenses. Another problem with the upper triangles is that the shapes are both a right triangle.  However the lower shape is an equilateral triangle. 
To correct this, the compass is the hinge of the two lenses.  And the square is the base of the pyramidal prism that is not visible in a 2D perspective.

Continued in Part III

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