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Gospel Study - Hie to Kolob

Today was thinking about symbolism and I read something Gospel Symbolism by Joseph Fielding McConkie that was a bit of a revelation for me.

In the book Brother McConkie stated that Abraham (Abraham 3) through the use of the Urim and Thummim had the heavens opened to him and that he learned about the glory and revolutions of the sun, moon, and stars, in particular Kolob and other great heavenly bodies that are closest to God's throne.  In that same chapter we also learn about the nature of spirits and concludes with a brief account of the council in heaven and Satan's rebellion.

Now what I've missed all this time is the phrase, "as, also" in verse 18.

Holy Cow!

This phrase ties the revelation on stars to the revelation of spirits!

Knowledge of astronomy is not essential to salvation.  Knowledge of the government of heaven is!

Abraham learning about Kolob is really Abraham learning about Christ.  Kolob is in similitude of Christ.  How have I missed that?  The stars are in the likeness of spirits.

We are told that Kobob was the first to be created.  Kolob is nearest to the throne of God.  Kolob is the greatest of all the stars.  Kolob is described as being "after the manner" or in the likeness of God - first in government and governs all those of the same order.  Even though there are many great one near it, all receive their light from Kolob.  Kolob holds the key of power.

This description and language is the same language used to describe the Savior!

This is BIG!

... well at least to me...

  1. 1. If you could hie to Kolob
    (If I could get to Christ)
    In the twinkling of an eye,
    (Just like that)
    And then continue onward
    With that same speed to fly,
    Do you think that you could ever,
    Through all eternity,
    Find out the generation
    Where Gods began to be?
    (I would get to see eternity as He sees it.  I would see Him and when this great Plan was conceived.)
  2. 2. Or see the grand beginning,
    Where space did not extend?
    Or view the last creation,
    Where Gods and matter end?
    (I would get to be a part of new creations!)
    Methinks the Spirit whispers,
    "No man has found 'pure space,'
    Nor seen the outside curtains,
    Where nothing has a place."
    (It really is mind boggling!)
  3. 3. The works of God continue,
    And worlds and lives abound;
    (I want to see that!)
    Improvement and progression
    Have one eternal round.
    (I need that)
    There is no end to matter;
    There is no end to space;
    There is no end to spirit;
    There is no end to race.
  4. 4. There is no end to virtue;
    There is no end to might;
    There is no end to wisdom;
    There is no end to light.
    There is no end to union;
    There is no end to youth;
    There is no end to priesthood;
    There is no end to truth.
  5. 5. There is no end to glory;
    There is no end to love;
    There is no end to being;
    There is no death above.
    There is no end to glory;
    There is no end to love;
    There is no end to being;
    There is no death above.
    (There is no end to the boundless blessing from Christ through His Atoning sacrifice and because He is the God of this world.)
  6. Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872

    I'm telling you!  This overwhelmed my little bean-sized brain.


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