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  • An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

    And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

  • Coptic Egyptian textile, with gammadia in the four corners, & eight-pointed star in the center

  • How did Joseph know?

  •  Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805, the eight day of Hanukkah.

     Nine stick menorah: one for each night, plus a shammash (servant) at a different height.

     The celebration continues 8 days

     8 is a symbols of rebirth.

  •  Each day one candle is lit (increasing brightness until the eight day when there is full light).

     The servant candle lights the other lights.

  • Joseph Smith was born on the darkest day of the year (Winter Solstice), symbolizing the dawning of hope and a new day.

  • Is it a coincidence that Joseph Smith, likely the servant in Isaiah, was born on the Hebrew holy day when the light of the servant has brought full light to a once dark work?

  • Zechariah 4

  • Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

  • And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

  •  Seven

     Dispensations

    1. Adam

    2. Enoch

    3. Noah

    4. Abraham

    5. Moses

    6. Twelve Apostles

    7. Joseph Smith

  • And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

    Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

  • "Are the keys here? Yes, the very keys that our Father placed upon His Son Jesus; and He placed that authority upon Peter and his associates; and they have been restored again to this earth through the ministration of the Prophet Joseph.

    It is written that the first shall be last, and the last first. This is the last kingdom, and the Lord will make it first; for it has got to raise up, and establish, and confer power upon every one of those kingdoms that have been. That is what we have got to do. Why do you not realize this? You could, if you lived your religion and called upon God by day and by night."

  • “Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

    And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

    And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

    Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

  • What if the parable of the Ten Virgins foreshadowed

    the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith?

  •  The number 10 symbolizes governmental order

     Minyan – “The smallest congregation which is permitted to hold public worship is one made up of ten men . . .” (Jewish Encyclopedia)

     “a ’congregation of God’ consists of at least 10 men.” (Rabbi Abraham Millgram)

  • “The parable of the ten virgins is intended to represent the second coming of the Son of man, the coming of the Bridegroom to meet the bride, the Church, the Lamb's wife, in the last days; and I expect that the Savior was about right when he said, in reference to the members of the Church, that five of them were wise and five were foolish; for when the Lord of heaven comes in power and great glory to reward every man according to the deeds done in the body, if he finds one-half of those professing to be members of his Church prepared for salvation, it will be as many as can be expected, judging by the course that many are pursuing.” (Wilford Woodruff)

  • “Remember, Latter-day Saints, there were five wise and five foolish, an equal division, and yet they were all virgins. The application is a just one and has a direct bearing on us, as Latter- day Saints. The wise among us will take heed, will hearken to the instructions and counsels of the servants of God, will pattern after Christ, and thirst after the things of God, and our lamps will be trimmed and burning, and we will be prepared to meet the bridegroom when he comes,” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 19, pp. 1-8, April 29th, 1877.)

  •  Father was involved

     Covenant Betrothal Meal

     Contract/Covenant made

     The Bridal Price

     Cup of Acceptance

  • “The groom and His father would come to the bride's house on that special prearranged night and knock on the door of their home. The father of the bride would inquire who was there and then ask the bride if he should let them in. When she said, ‘Yes,’ the open door for the process of covenant had begun. . . .

    Revelation 3:10 reflects this beginning of the Hebrew betrothal process when Jesus says, ’Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.’” (Paul Jablonowski)

  • “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3)

  •  Some Jewish tradition states that the groom choses two attendants.

     One assists the Bride and is a symbol of Moses. “Moses” is responsible for carrying messages to the bride and watching over her.

     The other friend assists the Groom and is a symbol of Elijah

  • John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

    Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

    He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. (John 3:27-29)

  • “He arranged the contract, acted for the bridegroom during the betrothal, and arranged for, and presided at, the festivities of the wedding-day itself. It was a position of honour, in proportion to the position of the bridegroom himself, and was given to his chief friend.” (Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers)

  • And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him; Who art thou?

    And he confessed, and denied not that he was Elias; but confessed, saying; I am not the Christ.

    And they asked him, saying; How then art thou Elias? And he said, I am not that Elias who was to restore all things. And they asked him, saying, Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

  • Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

    He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as saith the prophet Esaias.

    And they who were sent were of the Pharisees.

  • “my father anointed my head, and sealed upon me the blessings of Moses, to lead Israel in the latter days, even as Moses led him in days of old; also the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. All of the Presidency laid their hands upon me, and pronounced upon my head many prophecies and blessings, many of which I shall not notice at this time. But as Paul said, so say I, let us come to visions and revelations.” (Joseph Smith)

  •  Who did Moses commit his keys to?

     Many of the early brethren connected Joseph Smith & the Restoration with Moses and the first Exodus.

     The lives of Moses and Joseph Smith parallel one another.

     Joseph of Egypt made the connection in Genesis 50.

     Doctrine and Covenants 130

  •  Moses type of

     Elijah type of

     Carries the word of the Groom [Christ] to the Bride [Church]

     Assist her in preparation

     “This was commonly the nearest friend, and was a high honor.” (Barnes’ Notes on the Bible)

  •  Permission of the father of the groom required

     Bride was supposed to be ready at all times

     Crier gave warning (shofar)

     Marriage ceremony

  • “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins”

  • “which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”

  • “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

    “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” (Proverbs 6:23)

    Lamp/light = God’s law & commandments

    “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me