The picture is symbolic on three levels:
1. The tree of life, whose fruit is desirable above all other things.
2. The "axis mundi" - the tree at the centre of the world, which links the underworld, our world, and the heavens.
3. Mankind's family tree, with all the branches of history.
This web site is a sort of hobby. I am interested in Bible prophecies, and want to make a record of what I find. I don't mean just "foretelling" prophecies (predictions). I also mean "forthtelling" prophecies.
Think about it. God - an infinitely superior being - speaks to man. What could be more important than finding out more?
I find the prophets' words deeply satisfying. in the words of Alma, I have found that "the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." You know something is right when "your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand." (Alma 32:28,34).
I do not claim to be the prophet. I am sure this site contains errors. I know it will be misunderstood. But I hope I can encourage you to listen to the real prophet - currently Gordon B. Hinckley - and thinking a little more deeply about what he says.
Truth stands up to examination. False ideas do not.
To illustrate this in one small way, it may help to compare the restored gospel to the alternatives. Let us stand back and take a critical look at religion in general. Religion in general is confused and contradictory. Mormonsm, in contrast, applies consistently to all nations and all history. The following is from a rationalist web site.
|A question from an Anglican priest:
"As with the problem of suffering, the difficulty [in there being so many different churches] lies not in the essence of the phenomenon, but in its scale. That there should be diversities of religious understanding is not surprising; that the discrepancies in the accounts of ultimate reality are so great, is very troubling. That perplexity is increased when we consider that it is knowledge of God, with all his power to make himself known, which we are considering. An American Indian said to a missionary, "If this faith is so true why was it not given to our ancestors?'"
The conclusion of the rationalist web page:
Emo Phillips, John Bunyan, and the unnamed American Indian raise questions which are unanswerable from the viewpoint of Christianity or any other revealed religion. If, as Polkinghorne insists, God "has chosen to make himself known, through gracious disclosure," why is there such a contrast between the spread of science and the spread of Christianity or any faith? "Originally the product of Western Europe, it [science] has proved eminently exportable, so that one can expect to receive the same answer to a scientific question, whether it is made in London or Tokyo, New York or Delhi. In contrast, while there is some degree of Christian presence in almost every country, in many it is tiny and the other historic religious traditions have shown great stability in the face of more than two centuries of widespread Christian effort."
Unlike this traditional form of Christianity, the restored gospel is the same throughout the world. It offers personal revelation - with the same message - to all nations. It is also science-friendly. It was preached since the dawn of time - even to the ancestors of the American Indians. It grows successfully wherever it is planted, and continues to grow, just as Daniel foretold. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not like any other religion. It is the real thing.
In a world where religion is divided, weak, narrow, unfulfilling, and intellectually unsustainable, the gospel of Jesus Christ stands out like a beacon on a hill. It has vision. It has roots. It has depth. Real, endless and eternal, founded on bedrock, depth. It encompasses all truth and can solve all problems. The conventional religious face of the gospel is only the surface. Yet even this surface is astounding. Discovering a little more each day makes me realize how little I know, and how much Jesus knows. I just want more, and I become less and less satisfied by the counterfeits. I confess to becoming a truth addict. The gospel is like a priceless pearl that, if you find it, you sell everything you have to buy it. In the words of Alma, it is delicious to me.
- Chris Tolworthy
When discussing the future of the church (from their ancient perspective), the Biblical books of Daniel and Revelation frequently refer to the period "1260 days" (or its equivalent). They also refer to "1290 days", "1335 days", and "2300 days". What could it mean?
I am not predicting the future
One thing I want to make clear right now. This web site does not predict a date for the second Coming, the End of the World, or any other future event. Occasionally I speculate about what might happen, but it is pure speculation. It is not my job to replace the prophet! The subject of this web site is prophecies that have already been fulfilled.
Similarly, this is not a web site about numerology or Bible codes. I am not convinced that the Bible could have hidden meanings buried in the text. The Bible is plain. For example, "days" only mean "years" when they are plainly flagged as meaning years.
Why does this matter to you?
Why does this matter to you? Because the simplest explanation is that these numbers are very clear prophecies of the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This church has the world's largest missionary force, and has probably contacted you some time in the past. If it hasn't reached you yet, it is only a matter of time. Most of the prophecies are already fulfilled. The last ones refer to the very end of the world, when it will be too late to listen.
Of course, the strongest Biblical evidence in support of the LDS church is in the doctrines, not the numbers. In other words, prophecy other than the predictive variety. But this web site is just about the numbers. I don't claim that it proves anything, but I personally find the agreement between prophecy and history to be quite interesting.
the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:
and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever"
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."
2 Thessalonians 2:3
beheld, and the same horn made war against the saints,
and prevailed against them... and they shall be given
into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of
Daniel 7:21, 25
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people"
he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached
unto you; Whom the heaven must receive until the times of
restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the
mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began."
1 Corinthians 2:9
As we study Daniel and Revelation, we will see that their message is simple. They reveal things, hence the term "revelation". They make things simpler. They do not make things more complicated. They do not talk in secret codes, they simply prophecy of the most obvious and widely known events in all sacred history, so that we can all know that God "knows the end from the beginning".
The ones who make Daniel and Revelation complicated are those false teachers who refuse to accept the fact of an apostasy and restoration - and then distort the other prophecies to fit. Those who try to force the prophetic dates onto obscure events in history are (in my opinion) straining out a gnat (obscure historical detail) and swallowing a camel (their un-Biblical theories).
the bottom line
Daniel and Revelation are all about Jesus Christ, his Saints, and his Church in these Latter Days!