Leviticus 26:1; “Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the LORD your God.”
Today we’re looking at the blueprints of the tabernacle and temple we read about in the Old Testament. As a Christian it’s comforting to see how He watches over me, and knowing how He was so concerned with the Israelites whom He loved.
As I read about all the new Mormon temples going up at an alarming rate, I’ve often wondered what God must think of them. I noticed a striking difference in Mormon temples and the temple from biblical days.
The tabernacle was God’s idea, made on His initiative, and culminated in His own, exclusive design. No outside resources were given heed, nor were pagan examples replicated in God’s design.
The Lord didn’t leave much to the imagination when it came to what He expected, or the way His wanted His children to worship Him. In nearly 10% of the verses in Exodus chapters 20-40, we find God used the phrase ‘and thou shalt make’ in no less than 71 of them.
This passage is where we can find the bulk of God’s blueprints for both the tabernacle, and the subsequent building of the temple. These blueprints were very precise with their specific measurements and colors for each item, where they were to be placed, and the purpose of why they were used.
Also noteworthy in this passage is how God used the phrase ‘thou shalt make’, more often than He said ‘thou shalt not’. His preferences gives us an inside look at His personality which endears us to Him even more.
And all of the preceding info beloved, begs the question we have today –
Why do some of the Mormon temples depict stone carvings of the earth when God specifically told the Israelites to do no such thing?
Wrapped around the base of the Portland, Oregon Temple (and several others designed with the same motif), you’ll find a band of occult symbols known as ‘points within a circle’. To the untrained eye they seem to be an innocuous set of dots carved into the granite at the base of their temple.
To the Lord Almighty who is Holy in all things, the carvings are anything but.
These carvings represent another facet of Masonic lore, hijacked from one of the many symbols seen in Egyptian architecture. For a clear definition of this evil design, we turn to the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry –
Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 572; “This is a symbol of great interest and importance, and brings us into close connection with the early symbolism of the solar orb and the universe, which was predominant in the ancient sun-worship. But…this was not always its symbolic signification, we may collect from the true history of its connection with the phallus of the Ancient Mysteries. The phallus was among the Egyptians the symbol of fecundity, expressed by the male generative principle. It was communicated from the Rites of Osiris to the religious festivals of Greece. Among the Asiatics the same emblem, under the name of lingam, was, in connection with the female principle, worshiped as the symbols of the Great Father and Mother, or producing causes of the human race, after their destruction by the deluge.” … “Now let us apply this knowledge to the Masonic symbol. We have seen that the phallus and the point within a circle come from the same source, and must have been identical in signification. But the phallus was the symbol of fecundity, or the male generative principle, which by the ancients was supposed to be the sun, they looking to the creature and not to the Creator. The point within a circle was then originally the symbol of the sun; and … the lingam of India stood in the center of the lunette.”
In other words…here we are once again with Mormonism and the constant fixation they have with sex. You’d think one could find just a single item in Mormonism that has nothing to do with this subject matter…good grief.
If Mormons are so heavily dependent upon temples, they should take heed to what God told us in His word!
Deuteronomy 5:8; “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth.”