The Ascension – Mosiah 16:1-15

1 And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched forth his hand and said:[The stretching forth of the hand is as much commanded by revelation as the words spoken. It is the sign of a servant.] The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye [have the same privilege of the Gospel] and shall confess before God that his judgments are just. [at the Second Coming]

2 And then shall the wicked be cast out, and they shall have cause to howl, and weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth; and this because they would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord; therefore the Lord redeemeth them not.

3 For they are carnal [of the flesh] and devilish [evil of the spirit], and the devil has power over them [they follow him willingly]; yea, even that old serpent [being of light] that did beguile our first parents, which was the cause of their fall [condescension]; which was the cause [and purpose] of all mankind becoming carnal, sensual, devilish, knowing evil from good, subjecting themselves to the devil. [Only by subjecting ourselves to the struggle of the physical body and Satan’s temptations can we learn to know the good from the evil and exercise faith. The refinement of the spirit’s ability to comprehend God and Satan can only happen in this realm. As our heart’s become pure we are ready to ascend.]

4 Thus all mankind [children of Adam, and children of men] were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were it not that God redeemed his people [House of Israel] from their lost and fallen state.

The House of Israel is the name for God’s people. Israel means, “to come to God,” and is the purpose of these people who were the first estate who made the Everlasting Covenant before birth. It is because of them that this world was created. All other children of men, who are also sons and daughter of God, are here by invitation. They are much older in spirit having been second estate for a long time. God provides for them too to obtain the Covenant if they desire.

5 But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him. Therefore he is as though there was no redemption made, being an enemy to God; and also is the devil an enemy to God. [Most people in this world are carnal, but not all are in a rebellious state. If you don’t know the law and simply are existing here, or innocent as a child, you are covered under the Atonement. Moroni 8:22. If one knows the truth regarding Christ and is in open rebellion, you are in Satan’s power.]

6 And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption. [The effects of the Atonement are as if it had already occurred. Its effect is something that takes place outside of time and space. In this is a mystery.]

7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection. [If Christ had not exercised the power of the resurrection, to show that He had overcome the world, mankind could not have received the power of the ascension and the resurrection of the spirit body to dwell in immortal burnings. Christ had to show the way in all things. There is the act of showing in a visual way that has eternal consequences, as it shows the pattern for all as an eternal blueprint for each of us to follow. Jesus had studied the process of ascension many times from His Father before Him.]

8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ. [Christ causes the reality of the end of the physical body to have no sting, for the resurrection of the soul creates an infinite power to feel, think, and exercise faith.]

9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death. [The light or glory of God is the power by which all things are governed. Death is the process of light exiting the temporal and spiritual body, but when we are filled with light it goes no more out unless we choose to make it so.]

10 Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil— [This is the first resurrection of the just, where we are proclaimed clean in the Blood of the Lamb. When the spirit body is resurrected it is immortal and incorruptible in that form. Our physical bodies are of the dust and shall not be eternal. Like a temporary tabernacle to help us to develop faith like no other way. Only here in the temporal earth can we become perfected in spirit and faith.]

11 If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life and happiness; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of endless damnation, being delivered up to the devil, who hath subjected them, which is damnation— [Damnation is to permanently restrain them from entering the presence of God.]

It is important to understand that those who go to Outer Darkness with Satan go on their own free will. It is their choice and not some kind of trickery in the sense that it is accidentally achieved. These spirits go because their desires are self-gratification and they love Satan more than anything. Their worm never dies, and there is gnashing of teeth, and weeping, because they can never escape their carnal desires. It is a horrible state, yet it is a dominion that exists outside of the firmament of God. This is Outer Darkness.

12 Having gone according to their own carnal wills and desires; having never called upon the Lord while the arms of mercy were extended towards them; for the arms of mercy were extended towards them, and they would not; they being warned of their iniquities and yet they would not depart from them; and they were commanded to repent and yet they would not repent.

13 And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?

14 Therefore, if ye teach the law of Moses, also teach that it is a shadow of those things which are to come— [Teach the people that the observances, performances, and offerings are all in the similitude of Christ and the redemption of the soul.]

15 Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father. Amen.

A resurrection is a day of judgment for all when they ascend from one estate to another. There is also a resurrection of the damned, which is their day of judgment when they are separated from God (John 5:29). This chapter could have been titled “The Great Resurrection, Part Two” in connection to Abinadi’s words from the last chapter. 

For more information about the topic of resurrection go to this link: https://purerevelations.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/the-resurrection-and-condescension/

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17 Responses to The Ascension – Mosiah 16:1-15

  1. Mrs. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely beautiful and answers so many questions on many levels. There is one question I would like to ask, one which I have been pondering on for some time, and that is why our Savior seemingly took upon himself a physical body again when He appeared to his disciples: Luke 24:35-38 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me have. [His Apostles were thinking of a spirit which is of a lower glory. You cannot touch and feel such a being with a physical body. What Jesus had was a glorified resurrected body which was the kind that could walk among mortals without consuming them with His glory. His resurrected body in which He presented Himself to the Father was not the same. It is the kind that would melt the earth at His presence. In the Celestial realm there is a body of light that has a tangible quality of flesh and bone, but is spirit. When He ascends to His Father, that same body that the Apostles felt is no longer and His glory radiates in a physical manner more glorious than the sun. When all things are revealed it will be understood that condescension and resurrection are the most common events in the Heavenly Realm. There are many kinds of resurrections. All of which allow us to move freely between the heavenly realms and require a certain estate to acquire. PR]
    What is your understanding as to why the Lord appeared to his disciples with a body of flesh and bones. This seems to be the reason so many have the idea that we are to be resurrected with the physical body restored. Did it have something to do with His disciples developing “faith like no other way?”
    [This is the first resurrection of the just, where we are proclaimed clean in the Blood of the Lamb. When the spirit body is resurrected it is immortal and incorruptible in that form. Our physical bodies are of the dust and shall not be eternal. Like a temporary tabernacle to help us to develop faith like no other way. Only here in the temporal earth can we become perfected in spirit and faith.]

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  2. Mike Ross says:

    [This is the first resurrection of the just, where we are proclaimed clean in the Blood of the Lamb. When the spirit body is resurrected it is immortal and incorruptible in that form. Our physical bodies are of the dust and shall not be eternal. Like a temporary tabernacle to help us to develop faith like no other way. Only here in the temporal earth can we become perfected in spirit and faith.]

    Can you please elaborate on the resurrection of the spirit body? I thought the resurrection is when the spirit is reunited with the body. Or is that just supposed to read “…spirit’s body…”?

    Thx!

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  3. kntvd says:

    Several times when talking about the spirits that follow Satan you have used the term “worm”…(Their worm never dies). What is meant by that term? What is “their worm”?

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  4. Mrs. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much for this answer!

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  5. The spirit is reunited with the full faculties of the body, but exists in a sphere which is not controlled by the temporal realm. It is light and glory.

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  6. “Worm” is the word used to describe the affliction, addiction, and never ending desire which can never be satisfied.

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  7. Sandy Skinner says:

    The act of ascension and atonement….it seems to point to a law – and I’m using this word for lack of knowledge of the immensity and significance of what this truly is. It seems to point out something far larger and maybe incomprehensible for the 2nd estate children to understand. PR, are we given the version that is only what we can comprehend, and the truth of this is like Joseph Smith said, that if we could gaze into heaven for five minutes we would know more than the most learned person on earth?

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  8. Think of how little the early members knew at the time of Joseph? Look how much has been revealed since? I have also shared a little. Truly, anyone who sees into the glory of God’s realm for even a few minutes will have a better understanding than any scholar or minister alive today who has not.

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  9. Nate says:

    This is in context of the resurrection

    D&C 88:27
    For notwithstanding they die, they also shall rise again, a spiritual body.

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  10. Star Scream says:

    Hi P.R
    I would like to ask please, when the scriptures speak of “The great and last day of Judgement” when all shall stand before God to be Judged of their works whether they be good or evil, will it be a singular event where everyone is brought to stand literally in Gods presence and then judged and then consigned to their glory or their next phase of progression or reward etc? [At the end of the Millennium there will be a final judgment or separation and dividing of the righteous and the wicked. At this time God’s all-seeing eye will judge all His works in regards to this world and the earth shall ascend to its Celestial glory, the Telestial spirits shall transmigrate to another world, and those who chose darkness shall go to a place prepared for them. PR]

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  11. Karla says:

    How old is a first estate? I know you might not be able to give me years, as time as we know it only exists here, but maybe something like three times the age of the earth, as old as our galaxy, I don’t know it just seems to me that 1st Estates are young ones. Do most or the majority of this group of 1st Estate (House of Israel) will chose God and move up? And a small percentage will chose to continue as telestial beings? [Our spirits are endless and have always existed, but our first estate have a birth when they receive a tabernacle in the image of Father and Mother. I can’t tell you a time. The majority of the new first estate, the House of Israel, will ascend to their third estate. PR]

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  12. Miss Anonymous says:

    I was reading Isaiah 66:22-24 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me; for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
    These are the final words of Isaiah. It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word for worm is Towla, which means worm that brings decay, scarlet color or crimson. This is the same word used in Numbers 19:6 where the priest is to take the cedar wood, hyssop, scarlet (towla) and cast it into the midst of the burning heifer. This all has to do with the sacrifices pointing to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So those who choose not to accept Christ’s Atonement are like carcasses, no life of glory in them. There is so much depth here.

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  13. Nate says:

    “The effects of the Atonement are as if it had already occurred. Its effect is something that takes place outside of time and space. In this is a mystery.”

    When the Savior performed the Atonement in Gethsemane, did He condescend with all His complete spirit self?… I ask because the Patriarchal Priesthood allows Him to copy His spirit body infinitum. Was He simultaneously in heaven as well? [It was all Him. PR]

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  14. Jake Box says:

    PR, did any of the prophets of the scriptures or anytime during the lds prophets understand this understanding of resurrection or is this understanding of resurrection something this coming forth more clearly in these last days? [Yes, many of the prophets in scripture understood this. Only Joseph Smith knew these things recently. My best advice is to pray to know whether anything I share is truthful. PR]

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  15. SoGrtful says:

    Thank you for asking questions! (Mrs. Anonymous), and PR for answering! Re: resurrection, spirit body, (and tying in with estates) – a huge light bulb went off for me – better than solving a math problem. I’d love to speak in tongues right now to adequately express my gratitude for these glorious revelations. May I please continue on this path with all diligence! Knowledge truly increases faith.

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  16. MRR says:

    Mrs. Anonymous wrote: “This all has to do with the sacrifices pointing to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So those who choose not to accept Christ’s Atonement are like carcasses, no life of glory in them. There is so much depth here.”

    That is such fantastic insight… I love Isaiah! and thank you for pointing me to the book of Numbers. I especially appreciate the insights to “Towla” / worm / Crimson.

    The hope of glory is Christ in us, right?? We all have the crimson. Making our crimson stains white as wool is the goal.

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  17. FireWalk.7 says:

    Why is Christ called the “very Eternal Father” here?

    15 Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father. Amen. [Because His role as Father is eternal for those who are spiritually begotten of Him. As I have said, there are many Fathers. This concept is confusing to many, because we look at it through our earthly perspective. PR]

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