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Our Native Americans Welcomed Columbus To
This Promised Land
“We were already here in America when Columbus Came!”
-Some of the first Americans came from the North called the Jaradites, a group of people survived the days of the Tower of Babel when the languages were confounded. (Destroyed because of Secret Combinations)
-Another group was the Families of Lehi and Ishmael called the Nephites and Lamanites that left Jerusalem when the Lord told them that the city was going to be destroyed. The Lord instructed them in how to build a ship. (They were later Destroyed because of Secret Combinations)
“And when my brethren saw that I was about to build a ship, they began to murmur against me, saying: Our brother is a fool, for he thinketh that he can build a ship; yea, and he also thinketh that he can cross these great waters.
And thus my brethren did complain against me, and were desirous that they might not labor, for they did not believe that I could build a ship; neither would they believe that I was instructed of the Lord.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto them that they should murmur no more against their father; neither should they withhold their labor from me, for God had commanded me that I should build a ship. 1 Ne. 17: 17-18, 49, 51
Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men. 1 Nephi 18: 2
And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?
-The Lord led them to the promised land.
-They kept a written record.
“But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.
Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.
And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations; for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would be no place for an inheritance.
Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.” 2 Nephi 1: 5-9
-Jesus was Crucified in the Old World. He was resurrected and visited the people in America, the land of Joseph, and to “other sheep” in various places of the world.
-Today, this ‘Promised Land’ of America is made up of many nationalities of people who migrated here looking for peace and freedom. Many came by the inspiration and hand of God.
-Satan has great power over the people.
-The people again forget their God. (Yet to be Destroyed by Secret Combinations – unless we learn from history!)
-The Lamanites (Native Americans) shall blossom as a rose.
-The earth was baptized with water in the days of Noah. It will then be baptized with fire, or The Holy Ghost.
-The Righteous will be spared and live the United order.
-The people are cleansed and build The New Jerusalem.
-Jesus Christ shall return to America once again wearing red apparel and live with us in peace for a thousand years in the New Jerusalem.
These are some important moments of history and prophesies for the future and is why one should read The Book of Mormon, an ancient record recorded on gold plates by our Native Americans. They were translated by Joseph Smith and published in 1830 as The Book of Mormon for the Lords Church which was to be called, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Moments of a great and dreadful day,
By Alan on Nov 06 in Blog tagged bilief in the one true God, Characters reveal Genesis account, Chinese characters have Biblical meaning, Chinese cultural connection with the divine, chinese culture, Chinese new the Gospel message, creation, finding God, God confused the languages, heavenly palace, Heavenly ruler, Maker, Shang Li, ShangDi, Temple of Heaven, the creator of the world, there is a God, Tower of Babel, traced to the most ancient of Chinese emperors, worship ceremony of antiquity | Comments Off
The Lamb of God hidden in the ancient Chinese characters.
The Chinese invented the ancient Chinese characters nearly 4500 years ago. They invented the characters independent of the ancient Sumerian and Egyptian writings. The earliest forms of the characters, ‘wen’ , were pictures of objects and symbols. The ancient Chinese combined the ‘wen’ to make up compound characters in order to express complex ideas. Analysis of these two forms of the ancient Chinese characters that are associated with the sheep suggests that the Chinese recognised the spiritual representation of the sheep as the source of truthfulness, kindness, beauty, righteousness and eternity. These attributes are the same as those of God’s sacrificial Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The ancient Chinese worshiped a montheistic God whom they called ShangDi, the same God the Hebrews of the Bible worshiped as Yahweh.
According to Thong, after the division of nations at the Tower of Babel one of the groups journeyed across the Asian continent and settled in what is today the region of China.
It was this group of people who established the first Chinese culture known as the Long Shan. And from this culture the first ruling dynasty, the Xia Dynasty, would emerge. Thong claims that the writings, beliefs, actions, and language conventions that were employed by the Xia Dynasty all point to a belief in the one true God;
the same God who confused the languages at Babel and is today the God of the Christian faith. “Finding God in Ancient China is a remarkable achievement, a profound examination of China’s cultural origins and history as a reflection of a continuous Chinese cultural sense of a connection with the divine.
Mystery concerns the 450-year-old Temple of Heaven complex in Beijing, China.
Why did the emperors sacrifice a bull on the great white marble Altar of Heaven at an annual ceremony, the year’s most important and colourful celebration, the so-called ‘Border Sacrifice’? This rite ended in 1911 when the last emperor was deposed. However, the sacrifice did not begin a mere 450 years ago. The ceremony goes back 4,000 years. One of the earliest accounts of the Border Sacrifice is found in the Shu Jing (Book of History), compiled by Confucius, where it is recorded of Emperor Shun (who ruled from about 2256 BC to 2205 BC when the first recorded dynasty began) that ‘he sacrificed to ShangDi.’
Who is ShangDi? This name literally means ‘the Heavenly Ruler.’ By reviewing recitations used at the Border Sacrifice, recorded in the Statutes of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368), one may begin to understand the ancient Chinese reverence for ShangDi. Participating in this rite, the emperor first meditated at the Temple of Heaven (the Imperial Vault), while costumed singers, accompanied by musicians, intoned:
‘To Thee, O mysteriously-working Maker, I look up in thought. … With the great ceremonies I reverently honor Thee. Thy servant, I am but a reed or willow; my heart is but that of an ant; yet have I received Thy favouring decree, appointing me to the government of the empire. I deeply cherish a sense of my ignorance and blindness, and am afraid, lest I prove unworthy of Thy great favours. Therefore will I observe all the rules and statutes, striving, insignificant as I am, to discharge my loyal duty. Far distant here, I look up to Thy heavenly palace. Come in Thy precious chariot to the altar. Thy servant, I bow my head to the earth reverently, expecting Thine abundant grace. … O that Thou wouldest vouchsafe to accept our offerings, and regard us, while thus we worship Thee, whose goodness is inexhaustible!’
Thus we find the emperor worshipping ShangDi. Can we possible trace the original intention of this magnificent ceremony of antiquity? As the emperor took part in this annual service dedicated to ShangDi, the following words were recited, clearly showing that he considered ShangDi the Creator of the world.
‘Of old in the beginning, there was the great chaos, without form and dark. The five elements [planets] had not begun to revolve, nor the sun and moon to shine. You, O Spiritual Sovereign, first divided the grosser parts from the purer. You made heaven. You made earth. You made man. All things with their reproducing power got their being’.
For the Christian, the above recitation sounds somewhat familiar. How closely it reads to the opening chapter of the biblical Genesis! Note the similarity with excerpts from the more detailed story as recorded in the Hebrew writings:
‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. …
‘And God said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas. …
‘And God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also. …
ShangDi, the Creator-God of the Chinese, surely appears to be one and the same as the Creator-God of the Hebrews. In fact, one of the Hebrew names for God is El Shaddai, which is phonetically similar to ShangDi. Even more similar is the Early Zhou pronunciation of ShangDi which is ‘djanh-tigh’ [Zhan-dai].4 Another name for their God which the ancient Chinese used inter-changeable with ShangDi was Heaven (Tian). Zheng Xuan, a scholar of the early Han dynasty said, “ShangDi is another name for Heaven (Tian)”.5 The great philosopher Motze (408-382 BC) also thought of Heaven (Tian) as the Creator-God:
‘I know Heaven loves men dearly not without reason. Heaven ordered the sun, the moon, and the stars to enlighten and guide them.Heaven ordained the four seasons, Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Summer, to regulate them. Heaven sent down snow, frost, rain, and dew to grow the five grains and flax and silk so that the people could use and enjoy them. Heavenestablished the hills and river, ravines and valleys, and arranged many things to minister to man’s good or bring him evil.’
Here are seven Chinese Characters that show that the ancient Chinese knew the Gospel message found in the book of Genesis. In the book God’s Promise to the Chinese by Ethel R. Nelson and Richard E. Broadberry, hundreds more are revealed.
Do the mysterious, ancient Chinese characters have a biblical meaning little understood before?
What was the meaning of the 4,000-year-old Border Sacrifice that the Chinese emperors observed annually?
- Who was Shang Ti, worshiped in the Border Sacrifice?
Shangdi, ( Chinese: “Lord-on-High”) Wade-Giles romanization Shang-ti, also called Di , ancient Chinese deity, the greatest ancestor and deity who controlled victory in battle, harvest, the fate of the capital, and the weather. He had no cultic following, however, and was probably considered too distant and inscrutable to be influenced by mortals. Shangdi was considered to be the supreme deity during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 century bce), but during the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 bce) he was gradually supplanted by heaven (tian).
Shangdi (上帝, pinyin: Shàngdì, Wade-Giles Shang Ti, lit. “High Sovereign”) refers to a god or a power regarded as the spiritual ultimate by the Chinese people during the Shang Dynasty. According to Yanxia Zhao, evidence shows that Shangdi was probably more transcendental than immanent, only working through lesser gods. During the Zhou Dynasty, Shangdi was associated with Heaven (天 Tiān). By the time of the Han dynasty, the influential Confucian scholar Zheng Xuan declared that “Shangdi is another name for Tian.” Shangdi remains chiefly synonymous with Heaven in modern Chinese thought.
Painstaking analysis of the most ancient forms of Chinese writing reveals the original thoughts and beliefs of their inventor.
Using many examples, the authors show that the inventor of the original Chinese characters knew and believed the account of creation as well as the promise of the Savior to come. Shang Ti, worshiped at the Border Sacrifice, was the Triune God.
To Create (World, Light, Water, Land, Plants, Life)
Garden (The Garden of Eden – Breath of Life)
- There are also many more examples found in Genesis and the Mystery Confucius Couldn’t Solve.
The Border Sacrifice
The Vastness and unique quality of this architectural wonder suggest the great importance the emperors placed on the act of worship performed there. Confucius, who highly esteemed these rites in the worship of Shang Di, said,
“The ceremonies of the celestial and terrestrial sacrifices are those by which men serve Shang Di.
This most important of ceremonies was performed by the emperor and was called the Border Sacrifice, because it usually took place on the southern outskirts (border) of the imperial city. It was also called the Ji Tian, that is, the Ceremony of Sacrifice to Heaven. The history of the Han Dynasty, one of the 26 volumes of the official dynastic histories dating back to approximately 1100 B.B., uncerscores the profound importance of this ceremony:
“To an emperor, the most important thing is to follow the principles of Tian [Heaven]. In following Tian, nothing is important than the sacrifice at the border.”
This all important ceremony can be traced to the most ancient of Chinese emperors. Grand Historian Sima Qian confirmed in the Historical Records that sacrifices were performed at Mount Tai in coastal Shandong provice by many ancient rulers. He also explained why it was called the Border Sacrifice: ”In ancient times, the Son of Heaven [i.e. the emperor] of the Xia Dynasty personally reverentially sacrificed to Shang Di at the border, that’s why it is called the Border [Sacrifice].”
China’s own historical records show that active worship of the supreme God, Shang Di, goes back to some of the earliest Chinese emperors and continued through several thousand years until collapse of the last dynasty in 1911.