The World That Then Was…

these two pivotal events are only part of a long and constantly changing configuration in our solar system. it became the “lone and dreary” world we know today. …Whereby the world that then was. the dividing line between two great epochs in Earth’s history. bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly. WERE AND ARE TO COME The World That Then Was… Copyright © 2003 Anthony E. 3:6. saying that God … spared not the old world. after the Flood. (2 Peter 2:5. a preacher of righteousness. by the same word are kept in store. but saved Noah the eighth person. was Noah’s Flood. being overflowed with water. the most notable catastrophe in Earth’s early history that also brought the Patriarchal Age to an end. the world was an astonishingly different place.) . perished: But the heavens and the earth which are now. Peter’s understanding of the change that brought an end to the most remarkable epoch in Earth’s history — the age of the Patriarchs or the Golden Age — coincides with a radical change in the Earth and its heavens. He wrote that the “old world” disappeared. We learn this from the scriptures. Larson The accounts of the creation and the flood of Noah told in the Old Testament are matched in ancient cultures around the world. 7. O ther than the actual creation itself.THINGS AS THEY ARE. This was the benchmark. Before the Flood. However.

In the very beginning As elucidated elsewhere. knowing how it came about and what happened to create it are vital to our understanding of the scriptures. This event. far more common than the single star system we inhabit today. an overall picture begins to emerge that supports scriptural history and helps Latter-day Saints better understand the gospel.” (Genesis 10:25. a startling and amazing view of Earth’s early history begins to emerge — one that explains the most enigmatic and baffling parts of scripture.” implying that “the heavens and the earth which are now” are entirely different from those that existed prior to the Flood. this remarkably dramatic and profound change.3 Thus. for in his days was the earth divided. the change in the Earth. Thus. history and the gospel. most of the planets we know today as part of our present solar system were probably part of that original binary . one must see them in the proper context. That parental binary also had several smaller bodies in tow. As catastrophists and mythologists labor to understand the true history of our planet. leaving considerable room for further revision and adjustment. Binaries are the most common arrangement known to astronomers. Indeed. was so dramatic that he deemed it proper to say that “the old world” had “perished. it is most likely that Jupiter and Saturn were part of a binary sun system. The division Also critical to our view of this epoch is the enigmatic secondary change that took place soon after the Deluge: the division of the Earth in the days of Noah’s grandson. wrought by the Deluge. in the Apostle Peter’s view. “And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg. is central to an understanding of Earth’s early history.) But to fully understand those changes. Only with the understanding that the Saturn myths and the Polar Configuration give us can we begin to grasp the true impact of the Old Testament narrative. While there are still many gaps in the narrative. Earth being one of them.

the dominant first god/planet. emerging from the “waters” of “creation” as the photosphere fog of the binary faded. Celestial car crash The real story of our world begins when our present sun. Such an exchange would explain why early traditions make no mention of the sun that is so prominent in our heavens. Indeed. It was most certainly not a head-on collision. none of the orbs involved would have survived intact. represent this earliest epoch. one sun overtook the other. could not have survived the world as we know it today. and our parent. It was in this state that most of Earth’s pre-history took place. since if the angle of incidence were that radical. much as the space shuttle docks with other satellites or the space station today. But the contact was not without profound consequences. Sol. Hence. Rather. buried in the Earth. It also would have appeared as what astronomers today call a “brown dwarf ” star with a relatively dim corona or photosphere. Saturn. It seems reasonable to assume that conditions on our planet were vastly different than those we know today. . thus lacking any of the catastrophic manifestations associated with later events. at the same time. The interaction between the two primaries may have created an exchange of charge or electrical potential that gradually snuffed out the brown dwarf binary while it boosted the output of Sol. the capture of the Jupiter/Saturn binary by Sol was a rather lengthy process rather than a sudden event.4 system. Jupiter/Saturn binary had a close encounter with another star. It is likely that the record in stones and bones. What is likely is that the flora and fauna we see around us today represent radical adaptations of those early forms. The flora and fauna of Earth’s prehistoric period are truly bizarre and foreign to our world and. allowing earthlings to actually see Saturn for the first time. this take on the events of the creation found in Genesis fully and understandingly explains those circumstances as no other theory can. likely. before Adam came to inhabit the planet. creating a truly unique set of conditions unlike anything we see or can even properly imagine. given the forms of plant and animal life that proliferated in those prehistoric days. while they recall. Earth and its companion planets would have orbited beneath that corona.

At this point in the process. Venus and Mars) slowly appearing or emerging from what seemed to be a heavenly haze or fog. likely. which had already descended several generations from Adam. Saturn and/or Jupiter became a dying star. binary star system to a satellite system of Sol in a linear. only one of many such recollections. recorded in cultural traditions the world over. as proposed by Talbott. but the recollection of an event that all mankind witnessed and remembered as the “creation. the most meaningful explanation yet offered of the creation events. The late emergence of the biblical creation account is even more likely when we consider that Moses is traditionally regarded as the . This is so because the earliest recollections of mankind. shortly before or after the capture began. including the Old Testament. sometimes referred to as “waters. remember an emerging heaven and earth that correspond to the Polar Configuration. The fire went out and the star’s photosphere or corona slowly dissipated. is provided by the emergence of the Earth/Mars/Venus/Saturn/Jupiter system from its original status as an independent brown dwarf. What early mankind then saw was the nested group of planets (Saturn.5 The original binary system remained largely intact while it began to orbit Sol.” The real creation It is worthy of note that what is recorded in Genesis as the creation may not have been the real creation at all.” This may be so because virtually all ancient cultures remembered and recorded this creation. Ancient cultures the world over. indicating that there were many eyewitnesses to this event — an impossibility if man were placed on the Earth only after this supposed creation. allowing Earth’s newest inhabitants to gradually see Earth’s companion planets. the orbs that seemed to hover above their world. polar configuration. in the heavens. Adam was placed on the Earth. As explained elsewhere. as described in the Bible. It is that same configuration illustrated by Joseph Smith for Philo Dibble. watched and recorded those unfolding heavenly events and then recorded them as the creation. Somewhere in this period of relative calm. The Genesis account is.

At this juncture. The motions of Earth. . These seven appeared much smaller than Venus or Mars. Perhaps more importantly for scriptorians. A solar system within the solar system Assuming a new orbit about Sol. The same forces that brought Sol and the old binary system together now began to dismantle the Polar Configuration. from Adam to Noah. planetary powers that stood imposingly above the Earth. like its original capture. but certainly visible. the Jupiter/Saturn mini-solar system with its unusual configuration of satellites became increasingly unstable. and many more. so Jupiter did not yet step onto the celestial stage or into their iconographic belief system. It was just a matter of time before the same forces that caused its capture also dismantled it. The original heavenly order of things Saturn occluded Jupiter from the earthlings’ point of view. giving rise to the elements described above. Venus and Mars were clearly visible. as remembered by the Greeks. Much less imposing. mankind watched it unfold over many generations. That dismantling. appearing in a nested arrangement within Saturn’s limb. etc. Mars and Venus became more and more erratic. seven cities. a multitude of celestial phantasmagorias played out in Earth’s heavens.6 author of Genesis. it is worthy of note that from these seven small satellites come all the traditions. While he certainly could have received the story via revelation. its new primary. But. As they did so. And because it was a process. seven gates. what is more likely is that his account was derived from even earlier accounts (much as Joseph Smith received the Book of Mormon) that reported the same things all other ancient accounts reported about this creation event. was a process rather than an event. practices and icons that employ the sacred number seven — seven days of the week. All these planets and moons were the original Titans. these are the archetypes for the seven angels of John’s Revelation. were seven small satellites or moons that orbited Saturn. The gradual dismemberment of the old binary covered a rather lengthy period of time.

which stood majestically above the Earth in that epoch. As a result. a thing of beauty and wonder in the heavens. His work has shown how very many images from antiquity — iconographic and metaphoric — have their origins in the heavenly epic seen by ancient peoples the world over as the planets began their sky dance and metamorphoses. the timekeeper because all else turned around him while he remained motionless in the heavens. The roles they played Each of the planets. the great center. If the goddess is female — whatever the culture — she was probably invented to depict some aspect or act of Venus. as yet. looked and behaved differently due to their position in that configuration. She was the prototypical star from which all modern star symbols are derived. so he remained in the background — ever present. the architect of all creation. each was assigned a different role. Each of the planets became an actor in this. poorly understood drama that played itself out across earthly heavens — poorly understood because of the distortion and elaboration of traditions (myths and legends) over the millennia. She was god’s (Saturn’s) daughter and/or wife. This has been the area where this author has concentrated his explanatory efforts concerning the connection between those ancient planetary powers and the gospel and the scriptures are concerned. attributes and character by ancient observers. the king of heaven. she has the most incarnations in myth and legend. because modern science can accept only what it can see and test (empiricism) and because recent generations have no familiar point of reference since nothing even remotely like those events has transpired in our time. At some point in the celestial drama. Nearly everything his author has written has dealt with the archetypes that originated in this period of the Polar Configuration. his invigorating power and his glory. Venus became the archetype for female goddesses in all cultures. And because Venus was the most active element in the planetary saga. ruling the skies.7 Myth making in the heavens It is in the elucidation of this part of the planetary saga that Talbott has made the greatest strides. Saturn was not as active. . He was Cronus (Kronos).

This. For that . He was also the son of Saturn. there is much.8 she moved away from her previous location. icons. a giant. Whole books could and will be written as ongoing research reveals more and more about each of the gods. churning up Earth’s polar landscape and all beneath it. Mars had his own career. It was a pillar. a villain. Elements other than planets During these events. he grew from a child to a youth and then to an adult. Mars was seen to descend toward the Earth. Of course. in effect. she (Athena) was said to have been born from the head of Zeus. Earth and Mars. appearances and elements that went to make up the history of the Polar Configuration. Mars soon became the most terrifying when periodic instabilities in the Polar Configuration brought Earth and Mars close together. a ladder. The great change What happened next in the history of this configuration of planets is presently the least understood part of the entire epic. a mountain. it became an interplanetary vortex. it was an awe-inspiring pillar of light. god’s habitation. along the common planetary axis. As he did so. Being the most proximate of the planets to Earth. Hence. He became the archetype for all ancient hero gods. At other times. It was the archetype of all sacred mountains (Olympus) atop which sat the temple of heaven (Saturn). because he was seen to leave or be born from within Venus. reversed the previous process in that he once again became a child and returned to his former place in the center of Venus. He then receded. etc. a dwarf. a stream of water or wind. standing majestically between heaven and earth with Mars sitting atop its pyramidal shape. the mother of all twisters that oscillated in Earth’s heavens. leaving behind it the polar ice cap and the permafrost layer known today as tundra. god’s wife/sister/daughter. centered on Saturn. He was a warrior. that changed its appearance from time to time. On one occasion. a flux tube of electrified plasma and elements from the atmospheres of both planets erupted into an apparent connection between the two. a fool. goddesses. and the great celestial tree after which our Christmas trees are modeled. the “womb” of heaven. moving away from the Earth. much more to the story.

allowing all the bodies in that defunct group to assume their own. the survivors and their descendents saw a changed sky. Over time. According to Hebrew tradition. However. Each account also tells of survivors. with the event known to students of the Bible as Noah’s Flood or the Great Deluge. Noah and his contemporaries saw seven days of light followed by copious amounts of rain that rapidly inundated the world. then copious amounts of water in the form of ice. this segment of the planetary history supplied its own share of unique images. Nevertheless. it may be that the Old Testament perspective that Noah and his family were the exclusive survivors may be misleading. In any case. eventually dismembered the old binary system. The Genesis account of Noah’s miraculous escape from the Deluge is not the only such story. It began with a nova-like explosion of the old binary. Thus. it is worth risking a few missteps to connect the entire story to ancient traditions — especially scriptural accounts — and the modern epic so that we may better understand our catastrophic. individual orbits around Sol. from a worldwide perspective. Moreover. From the Hebrew perspective. A new heaven and a new earth In any case. they thought. Saturn. This view is supported by evidence that people from many cultures the world over saw the subsequent celestial events. any analysis will necessarily be flawed and therefore subject to revision.9 reason. Jupiter/Saturn. they were the sole survivors. . linear configuration. planetary heritage. This process is recorded in Genesis as the Great Flood and the dividing of the earth in the days of Peleg. Mars and Venus in the relatively shortlived. they were only some of many. still more grist for the myth mill. when the heavens cleared. Perhaps it was the final stage of the old stars’ death throws. likely. was dying because. the flare-up first threw out light. the same forces that brought Jupiter/Saturn into an orbit around Sol and that held Earth. Accounts from ancient cultures the world over tell of the Great Flood. The end and the beginning That final process of dismemberment began.

For example. Celestial battles As Jupiter emerged from behind Saturn. giving religious significance to the funerary practice of wrapping the corpse in the mummification process and a wide variety of other mythic themes. Thus. god’s house. a battle appeared to commence between them. the center. Venus and Mars left their former positions along the central axis of the polar configuration — as did the Earth as well. What is more. the highest god. shining white orb that once dominated the heavens. it had become a dark body with clearly delineated features. This new movement in the sky was actually mostly due to Earth’s own erratic motions as it left its location at the common axis of planets to eventually assume a new orbit around Jupiter. Jupiter seemed to come out of nowhere to evict Saturn from his throne. the dying god (Osiris) now appeared to wander away from his exalted station at the center of heaven — something he had never done before. Saturn. much as it does today. That arrangement ended as Saturn left the congregation of planets to assume its own . of burning children as sacrifices to the planetary gods. The seven small satellites that played a very minor role in the early part of the epoch now played a pivotal role that gave rise to numerous sacrificial traditions and rituals as they appeared to fall into Saturn (Cronus/Kronos). It now had clearly visible variegated stripes girding it. the celestial city itself began to move — almost imperceptibly at first. This movement now revealed Jupiter (Zeus). with Jupiter (Zeus) throwing interplanetary lightning bolts. the center place of heaven. from this event comes the pagan tradition. a particularly repugnant practice denounced by Israelite prophets. from the ancients’ perspective. recorded in the Old Testament. who was seen by the ancients to consume his “children” in flames.10 rather than the featureless. practiced by those who worshipped Moloch (Cronus/Saturn). which up to this point had been occluded by Saturn (Cronus) — hence the traditions that Zeus was Cronus’ offspring. At this juncture. then in ever increasing circles. This was not the simple meandering about the center axis as Mars and Venus had done previously.

A new god replaces the old Jupiter now dominated Earth’s skies. gases and electromagnetic phenomena that now stretched between planets as they moved in highly erratic ways. found in all the ancient religions of mankind. vengeful god of the Old Testament. incredible dragons and fantastic beasts. Lightning bolts leaping across millions of miles of space became the weapons the gods launched at one another. he is the archetype for the angry. Images of many-headed serpents and menacing goddesses. He is darker. of the Egyptians. The fall Earth. as Saturn had been. it vanished into the starry heavens (for today’s familiar stars were now visible to mankind for the first time) in the vicinity of the constellation of Orion to become the dead god. Yet he battles to keep at bay the powers of darkness that seemingly threaten all creation. evil icons from ancient lore emerge in Earth’s skies in this brief period of chaos. It fell into an orbit around Sol similar to that which it follows today. succumbed to the forces that wrenched the polar configuration apart. appearing to stand where vanished Saturn once stood. wolves.11 orbit around Sol. it ruled over a chaotic heaven where Mars and Venus appeared to metamorphose wildly as these orbs did battle with one another. evil fiends that threatened to destroy all creation as the earth trembled. Instead of peace. Osiris. beauty and an inspiring display in the heavens as before. heaven thundered and the skies repeatedly darkened. These were the chaos hoards. Indeed. from the perspective of earthbound observers. debris. For a time. there was now chaos and mayhem as the gods began to do battle with one another. too. have there origins in greatly distorted plasma streams. Jupiter was not the benign monarch. sent Earth’s former neighboring planets and the seat . more ruthless and war-like. The most menacing. Judging by ancient religious traditions. witches. This period gave rise to the universal story told about the struggle between a god of light and the demons of darkness or hell led by a dragon or monster. This dramatic change. Swarms of debris became demons of destruction and darkness.

as we read in the scriptures.12 of god or heaven itself off into the “wilderness” of distant space to become mere pinpoints of light — planeta. inundating many land bridges that once connected continents. when those orbs departed the sky it made good sense to say that the Earth had been divided — another way of saying it had fallen. one of Noah’s grandsons. the “division” of the Earth that is said in the scriptures (Genesis 10:25. Additionally. or “wanderers” in the heavens. the beginning and the end The above events are remembered in the Old Testament as Noah’s Flood and the division of the Earth in the days of Peleg.) to have occurred in the days of Peleg. Ancient prophets sought to impress this fact upon future generations. Include in that the tremendous volume of additional water the Flood event added to Earth’s store. D&C 133:24. providing two equally credible explanations for that scriptural statement: one is the separation of the Earth from its “celestial” counterparts. . the other is the dividing of Earth’s continents by the oceans. was this very event. water rushed to the equator due to centrifugal force. which held Earth’s oceans in tremendous tides at the poles. followed by the “division” two generations later. The Earth was divided There are two elements to the “division” of the Earth. Hence. Alpha and Omega. The ancients considered the ground they stood upon to be an intimately connected part of the collection of orbs they saw in the sky above them. in their view. effectively changing the topography of the entire earth and creating another. with the demise of the Polar Configuration. thereby establishing a sequence of events: the Flood first. new “division” of the landmasses. Indeed. Thus oceanic water levels rose dramatically worldwide in the wake of the Flood. Earth was then said to have “fallen” from its formerly exalted status and position near heaven or the throne of god. The profound effects of the Earth’s “fall” cannot be overemphasized. raising the water levels around the globe’s girth to unprecedented levels. making this motif a part of the description of Adam’s transgression. while other ancient cultures characterized it as the end of one world and the beginning of another.

within eight generations it was down to a little over a hundred in Abraham’s case. Life– spans had been drastically truncated. Abbreviated life spans Nowhere is this altered environment that came with Earth’s fall more evident than in the life span or longevity of human beings. Some accepted it on faith. the Lord swears to maintain the new order as long as the Earth exists by listing the burdensome new conditions that had not existed before.) All these new conditions were imposed on mankind due to the Earth’s “fall” to its new position in the solar system. as had the environment on the Earth. and day and night …” (Genesis 8:22. . “seedtime and harvest. Even accepting the likely fact that “years” before the flood were not the same time length as those we know today (since planetary close encounters have clearly altered the length of the solar year since those ancient times). the dramatic decrease of longevity immediately after the Flood and the declining life expectancy rates thereafter serve as indicators that some dramatic change was afoot in Earth’s environment to cause those declines. and summer and winter. We learn from the genealogy of Adam (Genesis. Some dismissed it as a distortion of the truth.13 The appearance of the firmament above the Earth had changed radically. and cold and heat. As if to inform us as well as Noah. The life span of those born after the Flood was dramatically foreshortened to almost half of pre-Flood lengths. a fraction of pre-Flood life expectancy. Furthermore. chapter 11). Scholars and scriptorians have always been puzzled by the seemingly inordinate life expectancy of the Patriarchs and its sudden foreshortening after the Flood. No wonder the human race associated the “fall” with death. but still could not explain it. But compare that to the normal life span immediately after the Flood and in the following generations as recorded in the genealogy of Abraham (Genesis. chapter 5) that the normal life span before the Flood reached many hundreds of years — almost a thousand in Methuselah’s case. Only the catastrophist view of Earth history gives any meaning to the longevity rates recorded in Genesis and the records and traditions of other ancient cultures.

In the biblical narrative. Earth’s new orbit opened the door to a new. and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they (the Jews in Jerusalem) arose early in the morning. this new period of instability and danger also included later biblical events such as the Exodus. Jonah’s ministry to Nineveh and the day fire from heaven consumed Elijah’s sacrifice on Mt. Jupiter and Saturn apparently settled quickly into somewhat stable orbits very nearly like their present paths around the Sun. elliptical orbits much different from those they follow today. dark and light. Carmel. behold. from a catastrophist point of view. which crossed Earth’s orbit. where everything necessary to promote life is present in abundance. Earth and its inhabitants were not yet out of the woods — not by a long shot. determined that Venus and Mars would periodically pass in close proximity to one another and the Earth. prolonged epoch of instability. but still destructive epoch What is more. when the Assyrian army of Sennacherib besieged Jerusalem. “And it came to pass that night. one-sun system we inherited. A more stable. where life became a struggle for survival. to survival in an inhospitable world that oscillated between cold and heat.14 Radical environmental change What changed to bring about foreshortened life spans? There can be little doubt. While the Earth.C. Joshua’s Long Day. It is like comparing life in an incubator. hostile. Venus and Mars entered into elongated. generating new catastrophes in the process. that the angel of the Lord went out. Those eccentric orbits. This was the historical epoch with which Velikovsky concerned himself.” (2 Kings 19:35. When the salubrious electromagnetic environment of early Earth collapsed. they (the Assyrians soldiers) were all dead corpses. life expectancy naturally dropped dramatically. the last catastrophic episode that saw Earth menaced by another planet was in approximately 701 B.) . that the electromagnetic environment in the Jupiter/Saturn binary system was far more hospitable to life than the sterile. Beginning after the Flood with the Tower of Babel incident and continuing on down to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

gods and conditions in antiquity. there can be little doubt that Homer’s epic story of the battle of Troy recorded a catastrophic event that was also reported by Old Testament prophets. each mythical account has elements of truth. The task is to recreate the actual event from the various perspectives. she was not Athena as well. In addition. is to correlate the two because each saw those events from vastly different perspectives. each story or cultural tradition may or may not indicate a new event or a new god or goddess. Hathor. She was also Hera. So. For example. told by a variety of cultures. each one tells the story differently. events and conditions are swapped around to create even more elaborate story lines. In this case. What historians see as transmissions or “borrowings” of knowledge and cultural traditions — one culture to another — are largely parallel accounts from different cultures of the same events. using different names. Pandora. So. Medussa. It is a time-tested tradition. or that the Exodus even was chronicled by those outside Egypt who experienced those phenomena. Assyrian. The trick. even in temple or festival rituals where dramatic rehearsals of the acts of the gods were rehearsed. Greek. it may not be prudent to assume that since Venus was said to be Aphrodite.15 Beyond the Bible Every emerging culture from that prolonged epoch. deeds and settings. as Velikovsky discovered. we are trying to sort out the accounts of a multitude of planetary encounters. whether Hebrew. Egyptian. Each culture — even city-states within cultures — gave different names to the same planets/gods. To further complicate things. She was both. yet modern scholars fail to see the commonalities. Astarte and a multitude of other goddesses — all in different guises and settings to tell some aspect of the ancient planet’s story anthropomorphically. where the actors and the settings change more frequently than ever imagined. Roman. as in modern works of fiction or modern holidays. Isis. characters. Chinese or Inca. Like witnesses to an auto accident. but none is a . It may simply be a re-telling of the same story from a new perspective. Thus. the same story or a similar story is told in separate cultures. Babylonian. left records of those events from their own perspective.

causing even more variations on ancient mythic themes. legend and religion to the disbelief and skepticism of later generations who saw nothing but peace and stability in the solar system. various cultures reverenced gods and icons that emerged in that catastrophe. traditional imagery with which to adorn their new gods. yet they also drew on older. which was superimposed on the old symbolism of the Polar Configuration. generated a new symbolism and iconography. Symbolic masking and overlays In addition to that. Thus. catastrophic encounters between Earth and its formerly two closest neighbors in the polar configuration. add the confusion of myth. Hence. Anyone who attempts to sort out the cacophony and confusion of ancient mythology can be easily overwhelmed. This is a work in progress that has only just begun. the mythical and ritual symbolism of later events copies or mimics that of earlier catastrophes. any attempt to unravel the interwoven threads of cultural and religious traditions creates bewilderment and perplexity. Skepticism buries history As if that were not enough. There is such a multitude of symbolic stories and traditions — myths. each legend. Hence. Thus. This “masking” of earlier catastrophic events by later ones makes it doubly difficult to discern the symbolism of the older events and the original configuration because of similarities — all catastrophes are natural events. these periodic. in other words — that it frustrates any systematic study of these remnants of history. each tradition must be carefully blended with its counterparts to create a whole that tells the real story. Cultures not destroyed in any given catastrophe tended to focus their traditions on those most recent events. and you have a . icons and motifs. Venus and Mars.16 fully accurate retelling of what happened or who participated. the masking of older events and symbols by more recent ones and the dramatically different perspective of events recorded by divergent cultures all has a multiplying effect on early traditions. Each myth. born of similar physical phenomena.

Hence. Joseph Smith. rites and rituals of all cultures — carefully preserved due to its “sacred” nature — such data carries no real credibility today. a spirit of skepticism and unbelief has taken hold of mankind that tends to dismiss anything the least bit fantastic as invention rather than fact. . Why did he spend his invaluable time doing that rather than some other. Millennia later. While much information regarding the true nature of Earth’s catastrophic past still remains in the religious traditions. architecture. records. sacred and profane.C. These close passes ended in the 6th century B. Where the Saints stand Mormons are no exception to this rule. have been almost completely stripped of their real meaning. myths and legends have been relegated to obscurity by generations of scientists and scholars that obstinately deny that anything extraordinary has happened in our solar system — certainly nothing like the account given above. have been savaged by translators who knew nothing of ancient planetary catastrophes and subsequently mistranslated references to catastrophes. leaving a tradition of planetary catastrophe that upcoming generations had difficulty understanding or even accepting.. those few records that have survived. customs. the scriptures. even in the minds of religious believers who completely fail to examine the evidence with anything but “spiritual” eyes. Most records of those events have long since vanished. more overtly good works? Because this knowledge is vital to one’s understanding of the gospel. like the scriptures.17 formula for complete dismissal of the message our ancient forebears struggled to preserve and communicate in stone. symbolically correct archetypical symbols in modern temples as well as rites and rituals true to ancient forms are moot evidence of this. Moreover. spent copious amounts of his precious time trying to restore and revive information about and belief in those ancient events and conditions. story and ritual. The founder of Mormonism. His notes on Egyptian texts and his use of universal. mankind is almost totally ignorant of Earth’s catastrophic past. whitewashed by ignorance and bias. Oral traditions. Those few records that survived. the temple and one’s religion.

com . newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth: http://www. videos.mormonprophecy. For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy.com/ For online classes.com/ Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail.blogspot.18 Latter-day Saints who ignore that information — the vast majority of the church membership. as it turns out — do so at their own peril.

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