Acts 20:28-30; “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”
ZOHAR is our topic for today.
Do you know what it is?
At Joseph Smith’s last General Conference, he delivered his infamous ‘King Follett Discourse’. This of course was the funeral sermon for one of their devoted members, King Follett, who passed away unexpectedly.
After giving the perfunctory condolences like at any funeral, Smith wasted no time introducing his true agenda to the growing group of followers. Polytheism. From that point on the entire belief structure of Mormonism was changed – again. This sermon, delivered on April 7, 1844, was a game changer for all things Mormon as it marched the Saints further down the road of total depravity in their self-induced apostasy.
The risk Smith took was huge, but for someone whose actions tells us he was a gambling man, it was worth it. He had already introduced Masonry, and people didn’t bat an eye. His next major deviation from biblical principles was officially declaring polygamy as a mandate for salvation. At this point, however, nothing seemed to faze the new American religion that strode further away from resembling Christianity with each new dogma introduced.
Keep in mind, these are only some of the theological highlights in their short twelve year history.
Expanding the theory of polytheism came courtesy of a relatively new Jewish convert by the name of Alexander Neibaur. Originally from Prussia, he had studied Kabalistic teaching extensively, and became Smith’s tutor in the Hebrew language. It’s quite obvious from Smith’s teachings, and the new theology he introduced, they were using the Kabala as their roadmap in the way they wanted to formulate Mormon doctrines.
The ZOHAR is a book of Jewish commentaries, written in both Hebrew and Aramaic, which introduced outrageous beliefs about God, creation, the eternal nature of man’s soul, et al. The first publication came out around the 13th century, although this is a topic of debate within circles of experts.
The thoughts and dogma therein seemed to be a precursor for Freemasonry in the way they push that there are no absolutes. Truth, to the Cabalist, is relative. It openly with no apologies offered, embraces and encourages all the topics mentioned above.
The Zohar is filled with lore, mysticism, magic, cosmology, and secrets. Its introduction begins with a new interpretation of Genesis 1:1, from which Smith based the King Follett Sermon. Here’s an excerpt of this important speech found in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 371;
“I will show from the Hebrew Bible that I am correct, and the first word shows a plurality of Gods; and I want the apostates and learned men to come here and prove to the contrary, if they can. An unlearned boy must give you a little Hebrew. Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aushamayeen vehau auraits, rendered by King James’ translators, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” I want to analyze the word Berosheit. Rosh, the head; Sheit, a grammatical termination; the Baith was not originally put there when the inspired man wrote it, but it has been since added by an old Jew. Baurau signifies to bring forth; Eloheim is from the word Eloi, God, in the singular number; and by adding the word heim, it renders it Gods. It read first, “In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods,” or, as others have translated it, “The head of the Gods called the Gods together.” I want to show a little learning as well as other fools.”
A great article on this was written by Lance Owen – Joseph Smith: America’s Hermetic Prophet. I can guarantee it’s an eye-opener, and well worth the read! It mainly gives us another piece to the puzzle of this manmade religion, that had nothing at all to do with our Holy God of the Bible! Keep in mind the info is good even though Mr. Owen is LDS.
I’ve realized over the past 25+ years that Mormonism is like an bad onion. You peel one layer away, and another awaits your arrival…
For Smith peeling back the layers of his blasphemy ended three short months after his last major discourse in April 1844. He was 38 years old.