The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
I have felt the need for a few months now to study the sacred symbols of Christianity, and especially those associated with the Temple. As I have read, studies, and learned my excitement for the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been rekindled, and I feel the burning flame of desire to learn all I can, for what I have learned has helped me want go and become more Christlike. It Has been wonderful!So my beginning with me documenting my learning begins here and now, with this recently revealed symbol of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The symbol has at is foundation a square. I think of a square as a foundation. It also reminds me of the Earth and its 4 corners. Here I begin my Journey, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, right on the earth striving for heaven.
Then we have Jesus Christ. the Messiah and Hope of the world. He stands, open with the emblems of eternal sacrifice and redemption, ready to receive one and all. He stands, resurrected in front of an empty tomb, beckoning to me--and all--to "come unto him", because he is the way, the truth and the life, and no one can be saved in the kingdom of God except by and through Him.
Above we have the heavenly arch, signifying heaven and the oneness with God that Christ promises as we hearken to Him and commit our lives to Him while we Endure this world.
The number eight frequently represents beginnings, resurrection, salvation , and super-abundance. This has to do, in part, with the fact that the number seven is a number of completion. The eighth day, for example, is the first day of a new seven-day week, and a Jewish child enters into God's Covenant on the eighth day of life via circumcision.
The Hebrew word covenant as we read in the Old Testament is: briyth (ber-eeth). It means: to cut, ‘from ‘barah’ (1262) (in the sense of cutting (like ‘bara” (1254); a compact (made by passing between pieces of flesh) (Strong’s Condordance). Thus by dividing something new is created, separateness becomes apparent, opposites, choice, and consequences come into existence. Creation through division happens in the creation account in Genesis:
“divided the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:4)
“divide the waters from the waters” (vs.6)
Division of living from non-living with the introduction of plant life which would include cell replication through division (vs.11)
“divide the day from the night” (vs.14)
Animal life was divided from the seas and the earth (vs.20-21)
Woman is divided from the man, but they are considered one flesh (Genesis 2:21-24)
We have other examples of covenant creation through division:
God makes a covenant with Abram by passing in-between the divided carcasses of several animals. (Genesis 15:7-18)
Moses divides the Red Sea and Israel passes between the halves. (Exodus 14:21,22)
The Jordan river parts and Israel passes between the halves. (Joshua 3:16,17)
Elijah and Elisha pass through divided water on dry ground. (2 Kings 2:8-13)
Joel speaks of “rending your hearts.” (Joel 2:13)
“And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof,” (Jeremiah 34:18)
Veil of the Temple divided at Jesus’ crucifixion. (Matthew 27:50,51)
Captain Moroni and several Nephites rend their garments in token of a covenant. (Alma 46:12-21)
Mount of Olives to divide allowing an escape for Israelites in the last days. (Zechariah 14:4)
In the modern LDS sacrament ordinance, bread is divided in token of a covenant.
For more information see: Cut a Covenant
“With two, number begins.”
Robert Lawlor, “Sacred Geometry Philosophy and Practice,” 20
“One and two are considered the parents of numbers, not really numbers themselves. And they give birth to the digits three through nine, in other words, trinity to the trinity of trinities. And with that and zero you can create – everything.”
Michael Schneider, Oral Interview, via YouTube
“There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.”
1 Kings 8:9
MAN + WOMAN
“The [vesica piscis] emphasized difference. It foreshadows the world’s apparent boundaries, conflict and echoes our own sense of separation. Opposites appear when separateness begins.”
Michael Schneider, A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, 36
PORTAL (EYE, MOUTH, SOUND, ETC.)
“[The vesica piscis] is thus associated with the number 2 and the principle of complimentary opposition (creation), polar opposition, and the law of witnesses. This shape resembles the openings in the human body, including the eye, a doorway for light…In an LDS temple context, the ordinances of the temple may bridge the 2 worlds symbolized by the vesica pisces, that of the living and the dead.”
Val Brinkerhoff, “The Day Star: Reading Sacred Architecture” (Book 2), 67
Two pillars may symbolize witnesses such as Boaz and Jachin, two pillars which stood in the porch of Solomon’s Temple.
Mary Consoles Eve
I really like this picture. It was a doodle by a Roman Catholic Nun, and I am wowed with what she captured in this painting.
Eve and pregnant Mary, are standing in a arch way of fig trees, reminding me of the empty tomb of Jesus Christ. An arch can be an entrance to a special pathway.