A Brief Listing of Prophets - What's Recorded
~ Candidates to Have Seen 'The Vision' ~
Enoch - Given to see many things - Moses 6:42; Moses7:23-49; etc.
Moses - Visions and understandings of Creation and much else. Moses-Genesis
Mahonri Moriancumr - Vision of All. Ether 3 & 4 Etc.
Ether - Jaredite Prohet compiler of Jaredite scriptures.
Isaiah - Prophecies and Visions as written touching all things in Isaiah.
Zenos - Particularly the Olive Tree (Jacob 5) etc. as recited in B of M.
Daniel - Visions and Prophecies as written in the text of Daniel.
Ezekiel - Number of teleportation/visionary experiences of his own day - Ezekiel.
Lehi/Nephi - Visions and Prophecies as written in the Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 8-15, etc.
Mosiah II - He translates the 'Vision of All' written by Brother of Jared.
Zechariah - His visions including Zechariah 3 of preexistence 'hearing' (Zech 1-4) Etc.
Moroni - Translates 'Vision of All' and he also 'sees much' the future of his people, etc.
Jesus Christ - Jesus was born a baby and did grow and develop - visionary experiences* for sure.
John the Revelator - Revelation and lives much of ministry of Jesus Christ - John.
Joseph Smith - Participant in Restoration manifestations - D&C 76 relates Plan of Salvation.
D&C 76:13-14 From the beginning - to the various Kingdoms of Glory etc. Section 76.
[Note: My 2nd Great Grandfather was present for parts of the vision that Joseph Smith and
Sydney Rigdon did behold and he relates some on the manner in which it was received.]
~ Mahonri Moriancumr, Nephi, Isaiah, John the Revelator Sees Vision ~
It would seem what I will call the 'vistas' of the vision of all may be openned to various extents.
Some may see much through time, parts of time particular to them and their needs, and even very
singular and selective snippets from the full context of the vision as selected to be shown,
tour guided and so forth and so on. A vision segment of seeing say the birth of Christ or the
glories of the 'rapture' of the translations of the passage 'twinkling' from life into the
millennium wihtout tasting of death, are but moments from the vision of all. Zechariah's chapter
3 reports one snippet from the preexistence of the 'determination' of God proceedings concerning
the matter betwix Jehovah-Jehoshua and Lucifer-Satan just prior to when Lucifer was cast out of
heaven. And even though Zechariah speaks in separate 'visions' in his first chapters, he also
testifies of seeing the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jeruselam as a prophecy Zech. 9:9 to when
the Restored Church is the flock of his people of Zech. 9:16.
* The most rapid transference of information and understanding likely is the visionary transference.
Consider that Jesus by age 12 was teaching in the temple and the scholars there were being amazed by
the degree of his knowledge and understanding. And even through his further final preparations during
the 40 days in the wilderness being ministered to by the angels. Certainly the Holy Spirit did rest
upon him and abode with him, giving him a ready source of instant understanding when needful as well.
Over his short life he amassed much in terms of his eternal understanding and knowledge as the God
of Creation and of the Old Testament as well. The visionary experience seems to have a direct access
to the intelligence and mind of man. It even seems that a 'vision' may remain mentally imbued and
infused upon the brain and one can reflect upon it and further gain information and insight from
that visionary experience at later times after the actual time of the vision itself.
Nephi Speaks of What He Saw - All Things Etc.
18 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
19 And I looked and beheld a man, and he was dressed in a white robe.
20 And the angel said unto me: Behold one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
21 Behold, he shall see and write the remainder of these things; yea, and also many things
which have been.
22 And he shall also write concerning the end of the world.
23 Wherefore, the things which he shall write are just and true; and behold they are written
in the book which thou beheld proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew; and at the time
they proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the time the book proceeded out of the
mouth of the Jew, the things which were written were plain and pure, and most precious and
easy to the understanding of all men.
24 And behold, the things which this apostle of the
Lamb shall write are many things which thou hast seen; and behold, the remainder
shalt thou see.
25 But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord God
hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them.
26 And also others who have been, to them hath
he shown all things, and they have written them; and they are sealed up to
come forth in their purity, according to the truth which is in the Lamb, in the own due
time of the Lord, unto the house of Israel.
27 And I, Nephi, heard and bear record, that the name of the apostle of the Lamb was John,
according to the word of the angel.
28 And behold, I, Nephi, am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things which I
saw and heard; wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me; and I have
written but a small part of the things which I saw.
29 And I bear record that I saw the things which my father saw, and the angel of the
Lord did make them known unto me.
30 And now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried
away in the spirit; and if all the things which I saw are not written, the things which I
have written are true. And thus it is. Amen.
(Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 14:18 - 30)
Nephi points out that 'others' who had been before him, had also been shown all
things. Nephi knew not about Mahonri Moriancumr except he had seen him in vision. So one who
Nephi would have spoken about would have been such as Isaiah the prophet who has written much in
prophecy himself. And all thouogh Nephi states that he has written but a small part of the
things that he saw. Have you ever wondered why Nephi has quoted so many chapters from the plates
of brass of the words of Isaiah? Nephi has an affinity for Isaiah. The reason being the he
understands Isaiah's writings. And why shouldn't Nephi understand Isaiah's writing? If Nephi and
Isaiah are speaking from the same vision of all things which each has had, then certainly Nephi
can related and understand Isaiah. Isaiah has had that vision of all and is speaking from it, just
as John the Revelator would eventually do and write his commanded part of it. Yes, our Lord and
God is just that organized that there is one great visionary format of the vision of 'Life', that
is the 'vision of all' and a number of the prophets have seen it and have been 'angel tour quided'
through it. And these prophets have spoken and written variously from it as directed by God. What
an understanding there is here to gain from the Book of Mormon? To come to that realization that
God has spoken to his prophets in such unity of vision and that we can absolutely look to the
whole of the written scriptures as 'one eternal round' or one 'eternal now' of information and
from these scriptures begin to form just what is all a part of the Vision of All and gain some
idea of what God doth see sitting upon his through viewing the sea of glass, all things present
at once as though one vast vision, the past, the present and the future together as one. God sees
all things. And if one does not cast out the simple idea that there is common elements of it, such
as 'The Tree of Life', and can build upon that fact; man can come to know and progress to know all
all things and the mysteries of God as well. But if one spews the dream/vision of the 'Tree of
Life' out of their mouth, and but scoffs and scorns and mocks the truth of it, then where are they
but lost on that wider broad path of denial upon which they are daily denying the things of God
and daily are coming to know and understand less and less. And for some they have let such an
opportunity go from their mocking the Joseph Smith Sr. had seen a portion of it in his dream of
the Tree of Life. Yes, exercise the test of faith as explained by Alma. Plant the seed of the
dream vision of the 'Tree of Life' in your heart and desire to know that it is true and it can
literally grow and swell within your breast and become to you a 'Tree of Life' unto eternal life
in coming to know God. Who ever considered this to we the capability of a poorly schooled young
plow boy for hire to have made up? They just have not read, understood and given the Book of
Mormon a chance to grow within their heart. It is absolutely from God. It is absolutely true. And
all the critisisms and faults man can find in it according to the the small prideful minds of men,
will all be proven wrong and a bucket of lies and fabrications in the minds of those men. And they
will have lost the great understanding that they might have had of the things and ways of God and
become lost wandering in the darkness of the ways and paths of the sinful world.
Speaking of the Brother of Jared - Mahonri Moriancumr
And of Jesus Christ Seen in Visitation
5 Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this. We know that thou art able to show forth great power,
which looks small unto the understanding of men.
6 And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord
stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil
was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and
it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell
down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.
7 And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord said unto
him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?
8 And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he should smite
me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.
9 And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me
flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast;
for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more than this?
10 And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.
11 And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?
12 And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of
truth, and canst not lie.
13 And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said:
Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought
back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.
14 Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people.
Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all mankind have life,
and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons
and my daughters.
15 And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in
me as thou hast. Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men
were created in the beginning after mine own image.
16 Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created
after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I
appear unto my people in the flesh.
17 And now, as I, Moroni, said I could not make a full account of these things which are
written, therefore it sufficeth me to say that Jesus showed himself unto this man in the
spirit, even after the manner and in the likeness of the same body even as he showed
himself unto the Nephites.
18 And he ministered unto him even as he ministered
unto the Nephites; and all this, that
this man might know that he was God, because of the many great works which the Lord had
showed unto him.
19 And because of the knowledge of this man he could
not be kept from beholding within the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when
he saw, he fell with fear; for he knew
that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew, nothing
20 Wherefore, having this perfect knowledge of God, he could not be kept from within the
veil; therefore he saw Jesus; and he did minister unto him.
21 And it came to pass that the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou shalt not
suffer these things which ye have seen and heard to go forth unto the world, until the
time cometh that I shall glorify my name in the flesh; wherefore, ye shall treasure up the
things which ye have seen and heard, and show it to no man.
22 And behold, when ye shall come unto me, ye shall
write them and shall seal them up, that no one can interpret them; for ye shall write
them in a language that they cannot be read.
23 And behold, these two stones will I give unto thee, and ye shall seal them up also with
the things which ye shall write.
24 For behold, the language which ye shall write I have confounded; wherefore I will cause in
my own due time that these stones shall magnify to
the eyes of men these things which ye shall write.
25 And when the Lord had said these words, he showed
unto the brother of Jared all the inhabitants of the earth which had been, and also all
that would be; and he withheld them not from his sight, even unto the ends of the earth.
26 For he had said unto him in times before, that if he would believe in him that he could
show unto him all things—it should be shown unto him; therefore the Lord could not
withhold anything from him, for he knew that the Lord could show him all things.
27 And the Lord said unto him: Write these things and seal them up; and I will show them in
mine own due time unto the children of men.
28 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that he should seal up the two stones
which he had received, and show them not, until the Lord should show them unto the
children of men.
(Book of Mormon | Ether 3:5 - 28)
Moroni Speaks to That Which Mohonri Saw
1 AND the Lord commanded the brother of Jared to go down out of the mount from the presence
of the Lord, and write the things which he had seen;
and they were forbidden to come unto the children of men until after that he should be
lifted up upon the cross; and for this
cause did king Mosiah keep them, that they should not come unto the world until after
Christ should show himself unto his people.
2 And after Christ truly had showed himself unto his people he commanded that they should be
3 And now, after that, they have all dwindled in unbelief; and there is none save it be the
Lamanites, and they have rejected the gospel of
Christ; therefore I am commanded that I should hide them up again in the earth.
4 Behold, I [Moroni] have written upon these plates
the very things which the brother of Jared saw;
and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto
the brother of Jared.
5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he
commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up
the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the
commandment of the Lord.
6 For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that
they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.
7 And in that day that they shall exercise faith
in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified
in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to
the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father
of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.
8 And he that will contend against the word of the Lord, let him be accursed; and he that
shall deny these things, let him be accursed; for unto them will I show no greater things,
saith Jesus Christ; for I am he who speaketh.
9 And at my command the heavens are opened and are shut; and at my word the earth shall
shake; and at my command the inhabitants thereof shall pass away, even so as by fire.
10 And he that believeth not my words believeth not my disciples; and if it so be that I do
not speak, judge ye; for ye shall know that it is I that speaketh, at the last day.
11 But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with the
manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit
he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.
12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it
be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; he that will not believe my words
will not believe me—that I am; and he that will not believe me will not believe the
Father who sent me. For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and the life, and the
truth of the world.
13 Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge
which is hid up because of unbelief.
14 Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great
things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not
come unto you, because of unbelief.
15 Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your
awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the
great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from
you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a
contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he
made unto your fathers, O house of Israel.
16 And then shall my revelations which I have
caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people.
Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall
know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.
17 Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has
commenced upon all the face of the land.
18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel,
and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name.
19 And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be
lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And
behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen.
(Book of Mormon | Ether 4:1 - 19)
Jesus Speaks as to Isaiah's Visionary Text
"AND now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give
unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.
"For surely he spake as touching all things
concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must
speak also to the Gentiles.
"And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he
Jesus Christ ~ 3 Nephi 23:1-3
Nephi Speaks of His Affinity for the Words of Isaiah
" And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul
delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people,
and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he
verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him." ~ 2 Nephi 11:2
Concerning the Sea of Glass
~ Make of This What You Will ~
6 The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth;
7 But they reside in the presence of God, on a globe
like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past,
present, and future, and are continually before the Lord.
8 The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim.
9 This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be
made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and
Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an
inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who
dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ's.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 130:6 - 9)
What Is the Sea of Glass?
1 Q. What is the asea of glass spoken of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the
A. It is the earth, in its sanctified, immortal, and eternal state.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 77:1)
More on the Sea of Glass
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory
over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name,
stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great
and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of
(New Testament | Revelation 15:2 - 3)
Sea of Glass of God
~ As Seen by John in Vision ~
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat
on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was rainbow
round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and
twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were
seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like
unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four
beasts full of eyes before and behind.
(New Testament | Revelation 4:2-6)
Alma's Grand Experiment
So what is Alma's grand experiemnt? Here it is from the Book of Mormon:
17 Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall
know of a surety; then we shall believe.
18 Now I ask, is this faith? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for if a man knoweth a thing he
hath no cause to believe, for he knoweth it.
19 And now, how much more cursed is he that knoweth the will of God and doeth it not, than he
that only believeth, or only hath cause to believe, and falleth into transgression?
20 Now of this thing ye must judge. Behold, I say unto you, that it is on the one hand even
as it is on the other; and it shall be unto every man according to his work.
21 And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of
things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.
22 And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that God is merciful
unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that ye should
believe, yea, even on his word.
23 And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto
men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have
words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned.
24 And now, my beloved brethren, as ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do because ye
are afflicted and cast out—now I do not desire that ye should suppose that I mean to judge
you only according to that which is true—
25 For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I
verily believe that there are some among you who would humble themselves, let them be in
whatsoever circumstances they might.
26 Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it
is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith
is a perfect knowledge.
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties,
even to an experiment upon
my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe,
let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a
portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be
planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by
your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within
your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within
yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or 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.
29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it
hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must
needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow.
And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye
will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every
seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.
32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good,
therefore it is cast away.
33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it
swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.
34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect?
Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that [one] thing, and your faith is dormant; and
this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it
hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin
35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever is
light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now
behold, after ye have tasted this light is your
knowledge perfect [in all things]?
36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only
exercised your faith to plant the seed [in this one thing] that ye might try the experiment to
know if the seed was good.
37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care,
that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye
nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
38 But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not
get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it
withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof
would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree,
therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking
forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree
41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your
faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take
root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in
nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof,
which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that
is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye
are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and
patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
(Book of Mormon | Alma 32:17 - 43)
Now I have put forth the challenge to use the very dream/vision of the 'Tree of Life' to be but
the seed which you may plant to ascertain much in respect to it. And I have detail much of what
there is to be gained in understanding and knowledge in respect to so planting and nourishing
that seed. But that is but respective unto that 'thing'. Many such 'seeds' of truth may be so
planted into this experiment of Alma's. Amulek speaks after after teaches of the experiment and
because those to whom he speaks question the very existance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer,
Amulek puts forth the challege to plant Jesus as the seed into your heart.
Of Interest in Parallel
Now of some interest in parallel, one ought to review and consider the parable of the sower who
doth cast the seeds to grow. Some have suggested that Joseph Smith was so smart to have interwoven
that parable into Alma's seed experiment. Not at all. It is just an out growth of the similiarity
and nature of the thing. And the parable as taught by Jesus may just as well been an adaptation of
the seed experiment He drew upon to for His parable from.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up,
because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some
sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the
kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever
hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
(New Testament | Matthew 13:3 - 12)
Now the parable of the sower does point to four separate scenarios relative to ones own heart and
the circumstance surrounding.
There is that where the seeds fall on the way side and those dirty birds come and snatch them
away before they can ever reach the heart to become so implanted there. These dirty birds are
they that stand in waiting to devour any such thing that may enter into the hearts of man least
they should forgo a meal of there own at the expense of others.
Then there is the case of the heart or soil which is not prepared to receive the seed. Their
hearts are as of stone and their adaptability to receive things of faith and of the spirit but
fall on baren ground and the seed is dried up and whithered away by the sun or events of life
before even such is taken into the heart of man.
Then there is the case of where the seed does find space in the heart, but because of the
tars, the peers of unbelief who enter in, the seedling is crowded out by shame and being overgrown
by the others round about totally entent but upon their own purposes at others expense.
Only in the last scenario is the seed sucessfully taken into the heart of man and nourhished
and care for until it springs forth into a 'tree of life'. But even then from day to day there are
dangers of the seedling or even the plant being up rooted and torn out of its place and cast aside
by various desasterous causes and failed faith and disbeleif.
~ INDEX ~ ~ PART II ~