Saturday, April 10, 2010
Joseph's Tomb DANGER KEEP OUT!
In Amos there is an interesting prophecy about the day when God will raise up the tabernacle of David which has fallen… as well as his ruins-
"In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this." Amos 9:11
In Acts 15 Paul paraphrases the above prophecy.
After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Is God referring to ancient King David and the tabernacle that his son Solomon built that is fallen or is he referring to the latter day Davidic King and to his tabernacle that has since fallen and been replaced by someone else?
Recently, whilst lurking around the ancient city of David
Joseph, I heard a rumor that Joseph had created a tomb that he had expressly requested his friends and family to bury him in when he died. It was to be used to bury his family in as well.
Although this sepulcher is briefly mentioned in several historical documents, the knowledge of it has become obscured by time.
A few years prior to his tragic death, "the Prophet built a limestone burial vault on the south side of the temple block and called it the "tomb of Joseph.
The first reference to the tomb in the Personal Writings of Joseph Smith appears on 23 August 1842, in reference to Joseph Smith Sr.
The Prophet said of his deceased father, "Sacred to me is his dust and the spot where he is laid. Sacred to me is the tomb I have made to encircle o'er his head. Let the memory of my father eternally live."
I plan on doing a more in-depth post on this at a later time pertaining to the importance of burial tombs used by Abraham Moses, Jacob, Joseph, David and others of our ancient patriarchal fathers and kings, but for now, just in case anyone is interested, I thought I would show you what I found.
When the current Nauvoo temple foundation was being built, a large underground rock vault was discovered and some speculated that it may have been the sepulcher created by and spoken of by Joseph Smith Jr., however, another theory which has been quietly championed by a professor at BYU is a tomb that was made out of the basement of an old house that was used for a time as a winery.
When I heard that this second place had been discovered but was being kept secret from the masses, I just had to see it for myself.
Again, I plan on doing a more detailed post on the specifics of Josephs mock burial, the various places he is supposed to have been buried, Brighams attempt to get Emma to remove his body to the sepulcher that Joseph had prepared for his own burial, where he wanted to be buried with his kindred dead and how all of this relates to the burial of King David, and the return of the Joseph Smith, etc.
But for now, I am providing a few pics and directions on how to visit this mystical location which is hidden in the middle of Nauvoo.
First of all, go to the street just west of the Nauvoo Temple which is called Wells street.
Then go south a few blocks until you come to a white United Methodist church at the corner of Wells and Ripley.
Looking north from the the corner of Wells and Ripley you will see the temple
As you look south, you will see the Methodist church.
To get to the sacred grove where the tomb of Joseph is located walk south past the church into the backyard of the church then look to your right down into the valley containing the historic section of Nauvoo. You will be gazing over a large lawn that sits to the southwest of the backyard of the church.
As you walk west down into the big lawn area and look to the Northeast you will see a big white house that sits west of the church.
Between the house and the church you can see the angel Moroni
As you look to your south, you will see a grove of trees next to the lawn that has been kept in its natural state.
Within the little forest or grove, you will see a fenced off area.
As you walk around to the south side of the fenced in area you can see the opening of the tomb behind the locked fence gate.
The prophet Malachi is standing in front of the sepulcher to the left while the Watcher and his better half are standing to the right.
The hand in front of Mrs Watchers face is apparently symbolic of how they plan of becoming composite beings in the next life. (as also depicted in the temple ceremony when the female initiate puts the veil over her face)
Mrs Malachi was taking the pic.
The pic below is a closer look at the opening.. it was taken through the chain link fence, no trespassing took place…
This area around this tomb has an extremely high vibratory frequency (strong spirit)
More to come.