Mormon Dilemma 92

03 November

Book of Mormon Timeline

Today’s dilemma is filled with many subject matters for the Mormon and non-Mormon alike to explore in the Book of Mormon.

While perusing the latest edition of the monthly LDS magazine, Ensign, I came upon a section called “Book of Mormon Timeline”.  Since this kind of fits in with the false prophecy we talked about yesterday we thought it’d be a good thing to look at!  Here is the link for the Ensign article;

http://lds.org/ensign/2011/10/book-of-mormon-time-line?lang=eng

The first thing I’d like to emphasize here is our duty as Christians to pray for the Mormon people.  Paul tells us to pray for the unsaved and especially those who have a zeal for the Lord but don’t know Him.  Romans 10:1-4;

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.    

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Let’s keep that passage in mind as we take a look at a couple of items in this article from the Ensign and really explore whether or not it can be from God and line up with the Bible.

The first group of people they listed is the Jaredites.  Here’s what it says about them;

This group left the Tower of Babel and arrived in the Americas about 2200 B.C. They flourished until about 600 B.C., when wars destroyed everyone but Coriantumr. (See Ether 1–15.)

Now they’re saying the Jaredites who were supposedly Israelites lived in 2200 BC.  My question: how can this be?  Abraham wasn’t even born yet!  There was no such thing as an Israelite until Abraham’s grandson Jacob was born in 1831 BC.

Our second item of interest is the subject of Mulek.  Here’s what they had to say about him.

Mulek, a son of King Zedekiah, led a group from Jerusalem in about 587 B.C. and came to the Americas. They found Coriantumr. (See Omni 1:14–21.)

The Bible tells us the sons of Zedekiah were killed just before the eyes of their father were plucked out by the evil Nebuchadnezzar. (2 Kings 25:7)

So who is this Mulek fellow?  The Book of Mormon says this in Helaman 8:21;

And now will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed? Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain, all except it were Mulek? Yea, and do ye not behold that the seed of Zedekiah are with us, and they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem? But behold, this is not all—

Again, how can this be?  When it comes to the Book of Mormon we’re met with contradictions galore!  Their story completely disagrees with biblical and historical evidences.  Zedekiah’s sons were all killed and besides all that how could someone named Mulek be an Israelite?

Mulek was always a sign of evil for the Israelites.  The name Mulek, Molech, Milcom, etc are all derivatives of the same name.  Here is one of the descriptions of Molech found in the Holman Bible Dictionary;

MOLECH (Mole; king) Transliteration of Hebrew word related to word for “king” but describing a foreign god or a practice related to foreign worship. The meaning of “Molech” is debated. Two views generally are proposed. One suggestion is that “Molech” denotes a particular type of offering—a votive sacrifice made to confirm or fulfill a vow. This viewpoint is supported by the fact that some Carthaginian-Phoenician (Punic) inscriptions from the period 400-150 B.C. imply that the word mlk is a general form for “sacrifice” or “offering.” Such a meaning is possible in some passages (Lev. 18:21; 20:3-5; 2 Kings 23:10; Jer. 32:35)…

In times of apostasy some Israelites, apparently in desperation, made their children “go through the fire to Molech” (Lev. 18:21; 20:2-5; 2 Kings 23:10; compare 2 Kings 17:31; Jer. 7:31; 19:5; 32:35). It generally is assumed that references like these are to the sacrifices of children in the Valley of Hinnom at a site known as Topheth (“Topheth” probably means “firepit” in Syriac). See Hinnom; Tepheth. Precisely how this was done is unknown. Some contend that the children were thrown into a raging fire. Certain rabbinic writers describe a hollow bronze statute in the form of a human but with the head of an ox. According to the rabbis, children were placed in the structure which was then heated from below. Drums were pounded to drown out the cries of the children.

You can read a series of articles I wrote on the names in the Book of Mormon and see if they agree with what God says in His word.

http://lifeafterministry.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/demonic-and-ungodly-names-in-the-book-of-mormon-1

Please, don’t forget to pray for the Mormons to open their hearts to receive this information and to allow God into their lives.

With Love in Christ, Michelle

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