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THE PROPHECY TRILOGY VOLUME II
ANTHONY E. LARSON
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the ancient god. 5 Enoch. Contents Chapter Page Preface 1 They Taught of Catastrophe 1 5 The Prophets spoke—Earth’s restoration—summary. 3 The Search Begins 25 Myths and legends—confusion—the gods were planets—the key— Saturn. 2 Where the Past and the Future Meet 15 A new heaven and Earth—the restoration of all things—before the Flood—the age of peace and plenty—the quest. 4 The Ancient Saturn 37 The pole star—can it be?—barbell planets—the Central Fire— Saturn-Sun—failed star—the light of Creation—God’s light— sun of day or night?—the rings—the crescent—the cross—the Axis Mundi—the World Mountain—the Heavenly Tree—the Celestial Serpent—modern evidence—the total picture—Ezekiel’s vision—Ezekiel’s wheels—and on the Earth—the dark side—after the Flood. 73 . Zion and Heaven The lost city—lost in space—city in the sky—Zion and the myths—taken up—translated city—the Lost Tribes—almost all—the debate—a common belief.
— summary.. 7 The Prophet. Nimrod. Bibliography 123 . 8 The Millennium A restoration—scriptural testimony—the Prophet’s words— the return—the New Jerusalem—the pillar of light—the strength of the Earth—a fountain of youth—levitation—unlimited possibilities—new people—imagery of the Second Coming—prophetic model.6 Noah. Peleg and Abraham 87 Colliding giants—man reaches for the star—the days of Peleg— the lost island—Peter knew—John’s description—Job—Abraham—changed worship—Abraham and the myths—idolatry.. the Brethren and the Saturn Myths 111 Other testimony—the North Star—a picture is worth .
The caveat expressed in the preface of the second volume applies equally well here. it brings together the elements of the first two volumes. as this would surely cause the thesis of these books to be rejected without due consideration of the facts. As such.Preface T his third volume of the Prophecy Trilogy is the capstone of the series. adds to them.S. this volume may seem completely fanciful and unsupportable. and then focuses where the course of future events will finally lead—the Millennium. It is vital that a proper foundation be laid to support the thesis. General Authorities regarding the Millennium. while giving new meaning and added importance to scriptural accounts and statements by L. 1 . The conclusions reached in this book regarding the future condition of the Earth and the appearance of the heavens during that great coming epoch will be truly startling to many.D. For those who have not read the preceding volumes of The Prophecy Trilogy. May I therefore recommend that the reader not attempt to read the books out of order.
supportive of these theories. The volumes from which the evidence has been taken are large and numerous. yet it will serve to answer some of the most enigmatic references to the future found in scripture and statements by the Brethren. Publishing a work that deals with information from the cutting edge of any discipline is risky business (scholastically speaking) because time and new discoveries may reveal the folly of rushing to premature conclusions. if not abort the project altogether for fear of ridicule or ostracism from the ranks of his fellows! However. astronomy and mythology. in part. simply a lay investigator. the third volume may seem the most speculative. any properly trained scholar would certainly hesitate (at the very least) before proceeding. Of the three books. Ample. to the nature of the subject. From that perspective. can be found with a modest effort. It is also due to the fact that it draws upon obscure data from very recent discoveries and newly advanced theories in archaeology. this book (indeed. at best. scholarly information. The speculative nature of this volume is due. may I also note that a volume this small cannot go into any lengthy analy sis of history or prophecy. the entire trilogy) can be but a cursory survey of the subjects considered. At most. making no claim to scholastic credentials (which might be endangered by publishing speculative material). The series is designed to be only an introduction to the subject—a brief overview—although the evidence presented in these pages should be persuasive enough to establish the credibility of the thesis and generate a desire to discover more. as this author is. the thesis of this volume is presented for consideration—flaws and all—with the hope that it will be enlightening to those who 2 . It may appear almost foolhardy to use such information to substantiate an unorthodox and speculative point of view.In conjunction with the above advice.
things which are... in doctrine.. things which must shortly come to pass . may prove to be erroneous)—and be proven valid by future events. And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. and as They Are to Come. in the law of the gospel. In fact. these books are an attempt to fulfill the mandate given in the first scripture by suggesting new interpretations of past events.. the Lord gave specific instructions to the Latter-day Saints. in principle. In an 1832 revelation (called “The Olive Leaf”) given to Joseph Smith. that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory. and under the earth. Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you. the title of this trilogy could easily have been taken from the preceding scripture: Things as They Are. emphasis added) Another revelation further stated: And truth is knowledge of things as they are. and as They Were.. Of things both in heaven and in the earth. (Doctrine & Covenants 88:77-79. In addition.read it and encourage further inquiry into the subject by those of more able intellect. in time.. my confidence in these concepts is sufficiently strong that I believe the primary thesis of this volume will stand the test of time (though some specifics. focusing attention on what appears to be present 3 . and as they were. that are expedient for you to understand. (Doctrine & Covenants 93:24) Because of its scope. in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God. things which have been. and as they are to come .
. The Prophecy Trilogy series offers a new direction—a few tentative steps down an untrodden path. ignorance of ancient events. customs and conventions. If these books can illuminate new vistas of knowledge.. and by analyzing future events and conditions in light of this proposed perspective. . then the time and effort spent to prepare them will have been well spent. . And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . It is the author’s hope that those who scan these pages will gather up these simple clues and then proceed to discover the answers to questions yet unasked as well as those still unanswered. . 4 .
They spoke and wrote of catastrophic changes in the heavens—changes both past and future.unto ye do well that ye take heed. and the day star arise in your hearts. seem to have little basis for understanding their statements. mean5 .“We have also a more sure word of prophecy. It is clearly evident that some early Church members believed that the world had changed dramatically in the past. Almost totally disregarded until now. we may be incapable of comprehending their intended meaning. Without some instruction in the principles of catastrophism and the ancient order of the heavens.” 2 Peter 1:19 1 They Taught Of Catastrophe There are many statements by early Latter-day Saints and General Authorities that have been largely misunderstood by later generations. until the day dawn. We who are educated to disbelieve such “wild” and “speculative” postulates. but irrelevant. their opinions have only seemed to be the amusing. as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. where.
. the accounts recorded by the early Saints that once seemed so strange and speculative now become meaningful assessments of past and future events.” Even when the source of their statements can be traced directly to Joseph Smith. great comets. as a group.. For example. . Apparently. Elder Orson Pratt. 2. many of today’s Church members appear loath to accept them as true because they speak of things that seem too fantastic to be believed. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . . etc! However. derings of “fertile imaginations. dismembering of the Earth. . Their comments indicate that the principle of catastrophe was well understood and accepted by many of the Brethren during the early days of the Church. explicitly stated his preference for catastrophe over uniformity: Many geological speculations have been put forth to account for the great changes that have happened in the surface strata of the earth. since the recent renaissance of catastrophism and its reconstruction of Earth’s past. But it is not our intention to examine the probability or improbability of those conjectures. the early members of the Church perceived the history of our Earth and the solar system very differently than many of us do today. but merely to give some few facts from divine revelation to show that the present geological conditions of 6 . an early Apostle and associate of the Prophet Joseph Smith. There simply seems to be no rational basis for believing statements which allude to such mammoth catastrophes: colliding planets. Chapter 6) The principle of catastrophism seems to have been advocated by the early Saints. The Prophets spoke Considerable space has already been dedicated in these volumes to delineate the differences between the principles of catastrophe and uniformity. (See Vol.
writing in an official church publication. and they are not unique. revolution may succeed revolution. Notice how he cites the effects of planetary catas trophes as an accepted fact in order to make his point. he felt so comfortable with the concept that he used it as a vehicle to demonstrate the permanence of gospel truths. affirmed his conviction as to the permanence of gospel truths. And he seems to have taken it for granted that his readers held the same point of view. and mountains may be hurled out of their places. but the effects of sudden convulsions and catastrophes under the control and superin tendence of the All-powerful Being who formed all things. in their general characteris tics. and those principles which God has revealed to His saints be unscathed amidst the warring ele 7 . Such statements are unequivocal. are not. but amidst the crash of worlds and the crack of matter. the result of slow and gradual changes [i. and the mighty ocean be moved from its bed. Vol II. and empires be dissolved.e. 1854. John Taylor. eternal truth. No. (The Seer. uniformity]. April. thrones may be cast down. Times and seasons may change. There seems to be no doubt about what Elder Pratt believed regarding how the major changes in the Earth have been affected. italics added) Brother Pratt informed his readers that “divine re velation” teaches the principles of catastrophe. That is. must remain unchanged. truth. Another example of how well this principle seems to have been understood by the Prophets can be found in the writings of the third president of the Church.They Taught Of Catastrophe our globe.. 4. Such usage implies a conviction on his part of the principle of catastrophe. President Taylor. earthquakes may rend the earth from center to circumference.
the other having learned it by revelation from the Almighty. . A Jewish scholar and a Prophet of God were both writing about the same phenomenon—the first having obtained his knowledge from an open-minded study of ancient literature. signs in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. But what will the world do? They will say it is a planet. December 15. 1844. italics added) Of particular interest in this quotation is President Taylor’s use of the phrase “crash of worlds. &c. then will appear one grand sign of the Son of Man in heaven. a comet. 5:337. That these two phrases are identical in meaning is beyond dispute. Joseph Smith lists the effects or “signs” which are seen to accompany a catastrophic event and associates them with extraterrestrial bod- 8 . it is also evident that both were using the concept of colliding worlds in an identical context.” Recall that Velikovsky chose to use the phrase “worlds in collision” as the title of his first book. With such explicit statements as Elder Pratt’s and President Taylor’s. and remain as firm as the throne of Jeho vah. the difference is only rhetorical. the sun turned into darkness and the moon to blood. Also of significance was President Taylor’s phrase “warring elements”—an apt description of the chaos seen to accompany a global catastrophe. (History of the Church. Furthermore. ments. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . 5:744. can there be any doubt as to their opinions? Crucial to the thesis of this work are the words of Joseph Smith which allude to the agent of Earth’s future catastrophes and its extraterrestrial nature: There will be wars and rumors of wars. . . . italics added) Just as in John Taylor’s statement. (Times and Seasons.. the seas heaving beyond their bounds. earthquakes in divers places.
pp. Among the more contemporary Brethren. “When the sun darkens and the moon ceases to give of its light and the stars fall from heaven. they may not know anything about what is [actually] going on in the world. then there should be no religious significance attached to 9 . and scientists will have their explanation to make of it. They will seek. Elder Richards also attributed the major signs of the last days to planetary disarray. April. that have caused consternation. everybody will know that he is coming. misplacement of planets. This. 1951. they can read the signs of the times. italics added) Clearly. apparently. and unless they have faith in the living God.” And I wrote back and said. is the precise cause and effect relationship that ancient accounts describe. one of our missionaries wrote in from Florida and said. to minimize the significance of such signs by merely stating the obvious (a popular device used by the anti-religion faction of the scientific community). 40-41. I have been reading about the signs of the coming of the Lord. not signs from God. The newspapers might announce some great phenomenon in the heavens. implying that if such phenomena can be understood and defined in secular terms.” He said. Both the Prophet and Elder Richards state that the worldly will see the coming irregularities in the heavens as natural events. “President Richards. Elder LeGrand Richards had this to say in a 1951 General Confer ence address to the Saints: While I was president of the Southern States Mission. unless as Jesus said.They Taught Of Catastrophe ies. as has been repeatedly pointed out. “Probably they will know.” (Conference Report.
thanks to the restored gospel.” This will restore the ten tribes of Israel. These all must be restored again at the “times of restitution of all things. only he spoke of the catastrophic scenario in the future. them. Some in the days of Enoch. are fragments. even Enoch’s city. When these 10 . sectarian Christians are insulted and angered by such declarations because they believe that the “miracles” or “signs” of God need to have no natural explanation whatever. and also bring again Zion.. . . It is easy for us to see why the Prophet and Elder Richards would characterize the reaction of the worldly as they did. some perhaps in the days of Peleg. on the other hand. The Saints are much better prepared to grasp the import of future changes in the heavens. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . are properly taught that to understand the laws that govern a miraculous event does not detract from its spiritual significance or God’s involvement in it. . .” The stars which will fall to earth. and some at the crucifixion of the Messiah. It will bring back the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Mainstream. some with the ten tribes. and the concepts of catastrophism add significantly to our ability to interpret their potential impact upon us. and adds several new elements to the picture: We are nowhere given to understand that all the stars will fall or even many of them: but only “as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken with a mighty wind. which have been broken off from the earth from time to time in the mighty convulsions of nature. that you and I may partake of it. Latter-day Saints. Earth’s restoration Elder Parley Pratt seems to have shared his brother Orson’s understanding of planetary catastrophes.
the valley rise. 1:258. . As this book will show. The earth will be many times larger than it is now. Orson Pratt’s opinion echoes that of Parley: The Prophet Joseph once in my hearing advanced his opinion that the Ten Tribes were separated from the Earth. italics added) Elder Pratt’s statement points out a common theme connected with statements of catastrophe by early Brethren: the return of parts or fragments of Earth which were torn away in past calamities. as quoted in The Lost Tribes. (some of which are vastly larger than the present earth) are brought back and joined to this earth. and that in the latter days it would be restored to the Earth or be let down in the Polar regions. the Prophet Joseph Smith. or a portion of the Earth was by a miracle broken off. 50) The Elders Pratt seem to have been in accord in these matters. I am not able to say.They Taught Of Catastrophe fragments. This theme is universally connected with another: the return of the lost tribes and the city of Enoch (Zion). the sea retire to its own place. . (Letter Box of Orson Pratt. the mountains will flow down. apparently. they reveal a concept held in common by many of the early Brethren—including. and that the Ten Tribes were taken away with it. And though such statements seem very strange and extravagant to the uninitiated. the Prophet’s opinion appears to coincide with the opinions of catastrophists who have examined Earth’s his11 . p. it will cause a convulsion of all nature . the islands and continents will be removed [that is. and earth be rolled together as a scroll. the continents will be rejoined as one landmass]. (The Millennial Star. Whether the Prophet founded his opinion upon revelation or whether it was a matter of mere speculation with him.
Even though the topic of planetary catastrophes is not a commonly treated topic among the Brethren. Velikovsky and other catastrophists. and giving a remarkably detailed picture of the world to come. There are yet more statements.. proffered by early Saints (citing Joseph Smith as their source). lds state- 12 . then Latter-day Saints perhaps would not need to be concerned with such pursuits of knowledge. tory as it is related in the myths and legends of mankind. but that it will be the method whereby prophetic utterances regarding the last days will be fulfilled. . Indeed. . after exploring a new hypothesis of Earth’s history. Summary Fundamental to the thesis of this trilogy is what the Prophet Joseph Smith believed and taught. Such coincidence is not likely (as has been demonstrated time and again by the conflict between revealed truth and the precepts of men) unless both are founded in correct principle. it can be seen that they have not only taught that catastrophe was an historical fact. If he knew nothing of these concepts and never taught them to others. . clarifying perhaps as never before the world of our ancestors. then one might be well advised to carefully consider the thesis of these books. that illuminate the events of both past and future. . And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . The foregoing evidence argues eloquently for the reality of planetary catastrophes. explaining the motivation behind many present traditions. if statements by Joseph Smith and his closest associates reflect a catastrophic view of past and future events. Those statements will be examined later in this volume. On the other hand. Then it will be seen how they complement one another. Statements of General Authorities and other Latter-day Saints seem to agree with the thesis of Dr.
Now. For that reason. this volume promises to be the most extensive and revealing of the three. some lds scholars have chosen to disregard such statements. it appears we have the key to unlock the mystery behind not only the scriptural accounts but modern statements of the Brethren on this subject. This may serve to explain why such statements by the Brethren have been largely ignored by lds scholars.They Taught Of Catastrophe ments on this subject might seem rather extravagant and far-fetched to those living today were it not for the logic and the insight that Velikovsky has brought to the subject. Lacking a proper frame of reference because of their immersion in uniformitarian principles and their ignorance of catastrophism. This volume of The Prophecy Trilogy will focus on the expansive theme of the restoration of all things in the Millennium. however. 13 .
. 14 . And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . . . ..
and all things shall become new. 15 .“For all old things shall pass away. the coming millennial age will resemble the events described in 3 Nephi of the Book of Mormon wherein the Lord appeared to the Nephites after their great cataclysm. and taught the survivors His plan for peace and joy. In that respect. the survivors of the coming calamity will build a new order. . . in the last days—although rather than build upon the old order of things.” Doctrine & Covenants 29:24 2 Where The Past And The Future Meet T he changes which have occurred in the past as a direct result of planetary catastrophes were dramatic and profound. Each cataclysm resulted in a new “age” or “world” wherein the survivors set about picking up the shattered remains of empires and cultures. and all the fulness therof . As one might guess. Most never rose to power or prominence again. . prescribed by the Son of God. the same will hold true the next time around. even the heaven and the earth.
must remain unchanged . .” only “truth. signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken. (Hebrews 12:26. then. Yet once more I shake not the earth only.. but now are at hand. that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” The heavens and the Earth that are comfortably familiar to us now will be so completely changed by the events to come that Peter counseled the Saints anciently—and prophetically the modern Saints—to “. ..” Nothing physical will remain untouched by tragedy. “amidst the crash of worlds. of all the catastrophes prophesied for the last days will be greatly altered conditions on the Earth and in our solar system generally. Definitive answers to these questions lie in prophecies of the future. “all things will be in commotion. . . And this word.. much of their message it is cryptic and laconic. As John Taylor noted. much of prophecy remains indecipherable to most investigators. look for new heavens and a new earth . Yet once more. .” Everything will be “shaken. Even with the interpretation supplied by Velikovsky’s theories of catastrophe. But though there are numerous prophecies concerning latter-day events and the conditions to exist afterward in the Millennium. . . 27) Certainly. In order to 16 . . amidst the warring elements. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . . but also heaven. eternal truth. as of things that are made. A new heaven and Earth A primary result. . saying.” (2 Peter 3:13) Faced with accounts of great changes to come—so great in fact that the heavens and the Earth could be considered “new”—what can be learned from prophecy about the changes that are to take place? What can we expect to see that will be so very different from what is seen today? The answers have been elusive. . . now he [God] hath promised.
entitled “Formation of the Earth: its division into islands and continents—its restoration to its antediluvian condition. italics added) Apparently Elder Pratt believed that the principle of restoration applied. The restoration of all things In the words of Joseph Smith. No. to all things—including the Earth. 1854.” (The Articles of Faith) Words such as “renew” and “restore” suggest a return to some previous condition or status. April. or in other words. The plainest statement to this effect comes from Orson Pratt in an article written in 1854.” If we had an antediluvian map. they imply that future conditions on the Earth and in the heavens will resemble those that existed previously in this planet’s existence—a restoration of the physical order of things as well as the spiritual order. Vol. For the earth is to be restored to its former condition. 4. an antediluvian map would answer very well the purpose of a millennial map. He makes it plain that the millennial era will see the restoration of conditions that existed in the earliest epoch of Earth’s history: before the Flood (the antediluvian world). (The Seer. then one may logically assume that a future restoration to the desirable conditions of the earliest epoch 17 .Where The Past And The Future Meet better understand those prophecies. quite literally. we should be able to point out the future geographical positions of the land and water as it will exist during the Millennium. the end result of the latterday cataclysms will be ultimately to renew the Earth and restore it to its “paradisiacal glory. an additional key must be obtained.enactment (renewal or restoration) of the catastrophes of the past (as a close comparison of the books of Exodus and Revelation reveals). II. If the catastrophes of the last days are to be a re.
it must be remembered that any one ancient record or myth cannot present a complete picture of past conditions. a more complete account emerges. we may now refer to accounts of the conditions that existed in the heavens and on the Earth in the earliest historical epoch. The age of peace and plenty The earliest age of the Earth is known in ancient records as the Golden Age (in Latin. .g. but likely. The ancient scriptures alone (presenting an historic account of only one ancient culture or family—the Hebrews) may offer only scant data concerning the antediluvian world. According to accounts from ancient cultures the world over. In this quest to unravel the mysteries of the past. but when the scriptures are considered in concert with other records and traditions from various ancient cultures (e. thus combining to create a larger. but when the contents of many such records are considered in concert—given the cosmic nature and universality of past events and conditions—they each contribute a few details.). these accounts can be compared to the conditions prophesied to exist in the Millennium in order to decipher their meaning.. the Egyptians. if you will) of the future. etc. aetas aurea). an age of the restoration of all things. Food was 18 . . There is yet to come. it was a time when mankind lived more peacefully than today. more complete picture. of Earth’s history is not only possible. the past becomes a type (a blueprint. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . . the Greeks. . then. A close analysis of ancient records (including the scriptures) which describe past conditions should provide an excellent store of information which can illuminate our understanding of the world to come. Then. As suggested in Elder Pratt’s example of a millennial map or model. Before the Flood With a physical restoration in mind.
Where The Past And The Future Meet more abundant and more easily obtained. no prohibitions read in bronze. who lived in the time when Kronos was king in Heaven. No fears. Ovid recorded the Latin tradition regarding the Golden Age: The first millennium was the age of gold. Then living creatures trusted one another. lines 108-130) Later in history. The climate was far more temperate. Known to the Greeks as the “age of Kronos”. and there is no mention of great oceans to act as barriers between continents. Neither were they subject to age. No brass-lipped trumpets called. (Works and Days. . the Golden Age was described by Hesiod: First. They lived like gods. and their souls knew neither sorrow nor toil. It was an idyllic age. nor clanging swords Nor helmets marched the streets. The Golden Age is chronicled in texts from many cultures. . They lived in peace and quiet in their lands with many good things. they spent their time in leisure apart from evil. People did well without the thought of ill: Nothing forbidden in the book of laws. . Illness was practically unknown. the immortal dwellers on Olympus fashioned a golden race of men. Traditional narratives speak of a world devoid of inaccessibly high mountains or deep canyons. country and town 19 . but ever the same in hand and foot. Or in the sculpted face of judge and master . and the physical body did not degenerate and age as rapidly as it now does. . in plenty and without stint. rich in flocks and dear to the blessed gods. only a few will be cited as examples of the rest. The bounteous earth bare fruit for them of her own will. .
. 33-34) From the Mahabharata. the chief virtue was the abandonment of worldly desires. pp. Had never heard of war: and seasons travelled Through the years of peace. 400 B. without knowing that to be so was righteousness. Therefore their 20 . no sorrow. they were honest and leal-hearted without knowing that it was loyalty. . cherry. (Indian Myth and Legend. in their simple movements they employed the services of one another. They were upright and correct. (The Metamorphoses. And in the shade of Jove’s miraculous tree The falling acorn. they attached no value to wisdom. strawberry Ripened in silver shadows of the mountain. The innocent earth Learned neither spade nor plough. there was no need to labor. the traditional. no fear. without thinking that they were conferring or receiving any gift. . The Krita Yuga was without disease. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . pp. come these notes: Men neither bought nor sold.. or evil thought whatsoever. sacred literature of Hinduism. because all that men required was obtained by the power of will. Springtime the single Season of the year. . . there were no poor and no rich. . they fulfilled their engagements.C. . grapes Dropping from the vine. or vanity. there was no lessening with the years. Historian Kwang Tze (ca.) wrote: In the age of perfect virtue. without knowing that to do so was benevolence. they loved one another. 107-108) The early mythology of China speaks of an idyllic age. without knowing that to do so was good faith. there was no hatred. she gave her Riches as fruit hangs from the tree.
and there was no record of their affairs. And when he dies he shall not sleep.Where The Past And The Future Meet actions left no trace. and inhabit them. shall cease from before my face. and every 21 . and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people. (Doctrine & Covenants 101:26. and his rest shall be glorious. In that day an infant shall not die until he is old.21-24) Every valley shall be exalted. and another inhabit. but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye...the Millennium in nearly identical terms: And in that day the enmity of man. behold. and his life shall be as the age of a tree. . and shall be caught up. 29-31) For. (Isaiah 65:17. and eat the fruit of them. And there shall be no sorrow because there is no death. nor bring forth for trouble . 276) All students of mythology know of the Golden Age— an age of peace and plenty that marked the beginning of man’s sojourn upon this planet. yea the enmity of all flesh. I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered. They shall not labour in vain. and they shall plant vineyards. And any student of prophecy can point out scriptures that describe . . that is to say in the earth. They shall not build.. nor come into mind. . (Myths of China and Japan. they shall not plant. p. And they shall build houses.. and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. . and the enmity of beasts..
. . (Revelation 21:1. The Millennium will see this world restored to its former con dition. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . neither light of the sun. It is also obvious that the principle of “restoration of all things” extends to the physical aspects of Earth’s existence as well as the spiritual aspects. and they need no candle. mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight. and the rough places plain. (Isaiah 40:4) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away. . it will be a much more pleasant place to live than it is now. Most are aware that the Millennium will see a restoration of the pleasant conditions that existed during the earliest epoch of Earth’s history. it becomes apparent that the millennial Earth will be much like the antediluvian Earth. for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. neither sorrow. By comparing the previous references. a key to understanding prophetic utterances about future conditions of Earth is a proper understanding of past conditions. and there was no more sea.. nor crying. neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. . Thus. The foregoing is cited to establish a pattern—as Elder Orson Pratt pointed 22 . There is little new information for Latter-day Saints in the foregoing example. and there shall be no more death. once the cataclysms subside. 4) And there shall be no night there. (Revelation 22:5) Obviously the coming catastrophes will alter the Earth such that.
and then to the days of Noah and beyond the Flood to the days of Peleg. 23 . This is our quest: to understand the conditions that existed in the heavens and on the Earth from the time of Adam to the days of Enoch. the final test of the thesis lies in its ability to decipher the prophecies of the last days and the Millennium. the appearance of heaven and Earth in the last epoch will be a replica of their appearance in the first epoch. Of course. That would be the most convincing. it would be well to remember the pattern established in this chapter of past and future parallels—even though the evidence may seem unbelievable. We will learn that the world of the Patriarchs was very different from the world that we know today. The quest The previous comparisons are only a small foretaste of the remarkable parallels yet to be uncovered in this volume.Where The Past And The Future Meet out. The world of the Patriarchs was so different from the world we know today that it almost takes on the ambience of a science fiction novel! As we proceed to examine the remaining evidence presented in this volume.
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seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom. this presentation has the promise of giving new meaning to our understanding of the past and the future. fresh point of view. they seem to speak of things totally disassociated from reality. uncharted territory—myths and legends. Myths and legends The key to understanding Earth’s remote past lies in the corpus of all ancient records. However. According to modern 25 .“And as all have not faith. seek learning. This may seem rather spe culative because it is a new. our search now moves ahead to unfamiliar. modern scholars do not recognize the validity of most ancient records because they contain accounts that seem too incredible to be true. seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom. yea.” Doctrine & Covenants 88:118 3 The Search Begins H aving determined the need to better understand the past and given the prophetic pattern involved. including myths and legends. even by study and also by faith. but as it correlates with and corroborates the Scriptures (both ancient and modern).
And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . in records of astronomical observations. but also in legend and religious myth. There were physical upheavals on a global scale in historical times: the grandiosity of the events inspired awe. In hymns. the record of events that took place in circumstances that left a strong imprint on the witnesses. cultural fantasies. we cannot disregard any information that our ancestors struggled to preserve for our benefit. uncivilized man noticed that the heavenly bodies moved around him. .. pp. most Greek scholars (principally Ptolemy) considered 26 . having no telescopes. in historical texts. Today’s historians and astronomers deem the de velopment of knowledge by mankind to have been an evolutionary process. ourselves included. . Modern scientists are of the opinion that the ancients were ignorant of the true order of the heavens. They believe our ancestors were both incompetent (because they did not comprehend the order of the solar system) and incapable of observing the heavens properly (because. if we are to fully understand the history of the planet on which we reside. They believe it began when illiterate. myths and legends are amusing. in prayers. . 5-6) Scholars have examined the writings of early astro nomers and concluded that their views on the order of the planets in the heavens were far from the correct model that we know today. (Velikovsky and Establishment Science. They point out that even as late as Classical times. they had to depend on the visual acuity of the naked eye). in philosophical discourses. but irrelevant. the ancients desperately tried to convey to their descendants. including accounts in the form of myth or legend. Therefore. . Yet. scholars. the observations of ancient scholars and philosophers are disregarded by most modern scholars as having nothing to do with the reality of things past.
Lucretius. who asserted that the Earth and the other planets orbited the Sun (a heliocentric system). before the time of Christ. it appears that the answer to the correct order of the cosmos was known millennia ago. 11-15. Philo of Alexandria. As far as most modern scholars are concerned. properly understood Earth’s role with regard to the Sun. Confusion In reality. Therefore. Many ancient scholars and philosophers (Epicurus.The Search Begins the Earth to be the center of the universe (a geocentric system). (See Helaman 12:15. The geocentric system was transmitted from the Greeks and the Romans to the West where it endured in Medieval Europe until the time of Copernicus and Galileo. there have occasionally been scholars who have accurately analyzed the motions of planets in our solar system.) The Nephites. the neat uniformitarian explanation of mankind evolving from ignorance to understanding as his knowledge of the universe expanded will not hold. But as in other areas. and much later so did Copernicus—whose conclusions were totally disregarded until the direct observations of Galileo convinced a dubious scholastic community.) Throughout recorded profane history. the difficulty in discerning the order of the heavens was likely the result of considerable confusion among ancient scholars due to major changes in the heavens 27 . Modern scriptures reveal that Abraham was shown the order of the heavens in vision and subsequently taught the Egyptians much of what he knew. Aristarchus (a Greek philosopher) described a heliocentric system. Plutarch. over time. (See Abraham 3:1-4. The modern scientific view would have us believe that man’s understanding of the cosmos “evolved” gradually. that amply demonstrates how woefully ignorant the ancients were. Origen. and in great detail. and Plato) believed that their ancestors were more enlightened and knowledgeable than themselves.
. . . a Ph. Velikovsky proposed that in a world which had just experienced a renewed set of planetary cataclysms (7th and 8th century B. As a result.). therefore. For example. trained in ancient history and philosophy. analyzed the Philolaos system from a catastrophist viewpoint. By “composing variations on a theme of Philolaos. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth .C. The results.” Rose concluded that 28 . In an effort to organize their new cosmology. of their deliberations and observations were many hybrid theories—a conglomeration of old and new astronomies—borrowing some elements of past cosmologies and mixing them with new observations. the Greek (and later. For example. the Roman) scholars consulted two sources: observations of the motions of the heavenly bodies and writings dealing with cosmology from cultures that predated their own. The heavens had changed! Due to recent catastrophes. while the written records testified of the old heavenly order..C. the system theorized by Philolaos (a Pythagorean philosopher who lived toward the end of the 5th century B. the heavens now demonstrated a new order of things. which described a Central Fire (separate from the Sun) around which Earth orbited and a mysterious Counter-Earth. a struggle ensued wherein the scholars of the surviving. Lynn E. This re-evaluation was important not only so they could adjust the calendar to correctly designate seed time and harvest (a function critical to survival). . may have been just such a hybrid system. some badly garbled theories for the order of the solar system were proffered.). but for proper veneration of the heavenly gods. and the Earth wrought by past catastrophes. Rose. emerging cultures (the Greeks and Romans) attempted to determine the new order of the heavens. and reached some startling conclusions. But this presented a particularly thorny problem: what they saw in the heavens did not conform to what they read in the records.D.
42) So it would seem that much of what appears inaccurate or fanciful in ancient astronomical texts may be attributed to the fact that they described a cosmos rather different from the one we know today. the only mythology known in Europe and America was that of the Romans and the Greeks. The gods were planets Another key to understanding myths is the knowledge that the ancient gods were the planets. For centuries. exposure to mythology was limited to those two cultures. The old reports that described earlier cosmoi or transitional events between cosmoi had ceased to accord with the newer arrangements of the heavens.. led to some great misconceptions. 1. No. it will emerge that Philolaos or someone else was composing variations on an older theme. Western mythologists refused to acknowledge that myths and legends had anything to do with Cosmol29 . These old reports were regularly retold in such a way as to make them apply to the new arrangements.. restricted to Greek and Roman accounts. and that what we know as the system of Philolaos is a garbled and misapplied version of or variation on what was once fact. if there is [any] truth in these variations..) This narrow view of world mythology. (Kronos. V. pp. Little or nothing was known of the mythologies of other cultures. Hence. (Witness the fascination of the Western world in the early 1800’s with anything Egyptian because it was a previously “unknown” ancient culture being truly “discovered” for the first time less than two centuries ago. For years.. The garbling is the inevit able result of efforts to apply the original system to the present cosmos .. Vol. 29.The Search Begins .
They concluded that contemporary science has been led by its modern evolutionary and psychological bent to forget about the main source of myth. Aristotle was proud to state it as known that the gods were originally stars [planets]. Sumerian.. which had their own peculiar versions of history). even if popular fantasy had later 30 ... all unaware that planetary periods. The most thorough treatment of the subject to date is Hamlet’s Mill. . more and more mythologists are admitting that mythology and cosmology are closely related. which was astronomy—the Royal Science . Further.. ogy—much less that the gods of the Greeks.. Today expert philologists tell us that Saturn and Jupiter are names of vague deities. etc. were known and rehearsed in numerous ways by celebrations already traditional in archaic times . subterra nean or atmospheric. wherein the authors argue persuasively that the myths of mankind originated in the movements of heavenly bodies through the zodiac.. Ancient historians would have been aghast had they been told that obvious things were to become unnoticeable. Romans and Egyptians were originally the planets themselves! It was heresy to even suggest such a thing. . superimposed on the planets at a ‘late’ period. began to force a reevaluation of the connection between mythology and cosmology. Chinese.. Then came a time when new discoveries of the mythologies of other ancient cultures (Babylonian. . they neatly sort out folk origins and ‘late’ derivations. Today. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth .. sidereal and synodic. . Mayan. the weight of new evidence from documents found in recent archaeological discoveries—whole libraries have been found is some cases—and research into ancient cultures has become overwhelming.
the modern names of the planets were retained from antiquity. couched in a narrative style. Greenberg and Warner B. Indeed. I. There is hardly an ancient tale which fails to speak of world-destroying upheavals and shift ing cosmic order. (Kronos. . (The Saturn Myth. 2) 31 . pp. and the mythic geography is not that of the Earth but rather the heavens. the great myths of the world do have a common origin. we are likely to take them as amusing and absurdly exaggerated accounts of local floods. p. 1. 34) Surely the myths of mankind tell of the exploits of the celestial gods—the planets of our solar system.3-4. a matter of selecting colorful names of mythological gods to match the planets “discovered” by Renaissance astronomers. we are so accustomed to the catastrophic character of the stories that we hardly give it a second thought. and eclipses—or write them off altogether as expressions of uncon strained fancy. The names given the planets by medieval scholars were the very names they were known by to the Greeks and the Romans. Lewis M. Sizemore. p.The Search Begins obscured this truth. Vol. or of planetary gods whose wars threatened to destroy mankind. Two catastrophists. No. One may therefore conclude that the myths and legends of antiquity chronicle the movements and positions of the planets. When the myths tell of suns which have come and gone. Hence. coincide with those of mythology—nor was it happenstance. . (Hamlet’s Mill. concluded that . earthquakes. as some advocates would have us believe. and retained in modern times. that mythic actions are those of celestial bodies. italics added) It is not ironic that the names chosen for the planets by Renaissance scholars and philosophers. It was not.
In a previous quote. To the Babylonians he was Shamash (Chemosh in the scriptures). unto their understanding” (2 Nephi 31:3). it is well to remember that when we examine myths and legends. we are examining the views of people who worshipped the planetary gods and the idols that represented them. to the Egyptians he 32 . “Kronos. Through a method known as comparative mythology. . There may be much we can learn about Earth’s history by properly interpreting myths and legends.” Of course. . and we must bear that perspective in mind when reading the scriptures and other ancient records. the Greek scholar Hesiod named Kronos as the only deity acknowledged by mankind during the Golden Age. What is more. . using the imagery and metaphors of star worship that they were familiar with.. As a caution.” he noted “was king in Heaven. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . The key Having determined the proper role of myths and legends and established their potential value. it is significant that the Lord and His Prophets used the same imagery used by the idolators because the images were types of eternal things and therefore useful tools for teaching eternal principles. “speaking unto [them] that [they] may naturally understand . . the next step is to see what the myths themselves say. Though the Prophets discouraged such idolatrous practices. the Greek god Kronos was known by other names in other cultures.” (Doctrine & Covenants 29:33) So God and His Prophets spoke to the ancients in terms that they understood. . their myths and legends. . . God “speaketh unto men according to their language. scholars have reached the following conclusions: Kronos went by many names—even in a single culture. reflect their worship of astral deity. Enki-Ea and Tammuz. Thus their records.
who reigned during the Satya yuga. the planets. p.The Search Begins was Horus. commemorating 33 . 1. Temu. and in the Americas. Atum or Osiris. the Mejicas (ancient Mexicans) and the Mayas called him Quetzalcoatl. Tlaloc. in fact. the epoch of Saturn. the Hindus knew him as Brahma and Satyavra. Velikovsky realized through his research that Saturn was the planet that had ruled the skies in antiquity: The cosmological thought of ancient peoples conceived of the history of the Earth as divided into periods of time.V. 4) Comparative mythology has established that almost without exception every ancient culture worshipped the planet Saturn as its earliest deity: That Saturn governed the Golden age is a supreme tenet of the ancient mysteries. To the Hebrews who turned to idol worship. the question arises: Which planet so dominated the skies above Earth during its Golden Age that it came to be known as the “King in Heaven”? Is one of the planets known to modern man the same that was known by the Greeks as Kronos? The answer comes from the Romans. Ptah. Re. This is a crucial connection.ta. the Phoenicians called him Moloch or simply El. he was known as El or Eloah. or Kronos. No. and it was made to precede the period during which Jupiter was the dominant deity. Knowing that the “gods” were. (Kronos. Ce-acatl and Huracan. This is why the most sacred day of the week. the ancient god No modern mythologist will contest the fact that Kronos was the Greek name of the planet Saturn. Vol. was remembered as a time of bliss. each ruled by a different planet. where Kronos was identified by the name Saturn! Saturn. Of these.
And if we are to believe the widespread accounts of Saturn’s age. a few thousand years ago Saturn dominated the earth as a sun. . the apparent pivot of the heavens. Saturn was no remote speck faintly discerned by terrestrial observers.. In the original age to which the myths refer.. presiding over a universal Golden Age. ancient sources place Saturn/Kronos so close to Earth that Velikovsky. of course. as was the seventh day of the Babylonian and Phoenician weeks. In fact. pp. was the day of Saturn. the primordial era.” This was the Anglo. the seventh day of the week. Supportive of this notion is the fact that one Latin name for Saturn was Stella Solis—Sun Star! The Saturn known to modern man is now but a bright light among many in the heavens. Talbott. Why was Saturn anciently regarded as the dominant feature of the heavens? Were the ancients so ignorant that they believed a bright but tiny star to be a rival to the Sun? The truth is. . . became our Saturday. (The Saturn Myth.” which. 31-32) Catastrophists have found that Saturn was the “king of heaven” that dominated the skies of antiquity—that it appeared much larger and brighter than it does today. the planet-god’s home was the unmoving celes tial pole.Saxon “day of Seater [Saturn]. the planet loomed as an awesome and terrifying light. Rose and many other catastrophists have surmised that at one time Earth was actually a satellite of Saturn. . For the Romans the special day was Saturni dies. far removed from the visible path of Saturn today. . was dedicated to Saturn. 34 . ancient myths depict Saturn as being much closer to the Earth and brighter than it is today. “Saturn’s day. And There Shall Be a New Heaven and a New Earth . Cardona.. The Hebrew Sabbath.
pp.The Search Begins . I propose that this explanation of Saturn’s role in Earth’s earliest history is the key to a clear understanding of the Millennium! In the following chapters. and that its departure accounts for the dividing of the Earth in the days of Peleg! 35 . In addition. the tradition of a lost civilization. it is as supportable by evidence from ancient records as is Velikovsky’s thesis of past catastrophes.. in the earliest age recalled by man the planet Saturn was the most spectacular light in the heavens and its impact on the ancient world overwhelming.1) As incredible as this thesis may be. (The Saturn Myth.. I will present evidence that Saturn was the agent responsible for the greatest catas trophe of recorded history—Noah’s flood.. that it was also responsible for the legend of Atlantis. 4. that Saturn’s close presence to Earth was probably the motivating force for the construction of the Tower of Babel.
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