Times and Seasons, 15 March 1842

“Truth will prevail.”
Vol. III. No. 10.]- CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. March, 15, 1842. -[Whole No. 46
The Book of Abraham.
14. And the Lord appeared unto me  in answer to my prayers, and said unto  me, unto thy seed I will give this land.  And I, Abraham, arose from the place of  the Altar which I had built unto the Lord,  and removed from thence unto a moun tain on the east of Bethel, and pitched my  tent there; Bethel on the West, and Hai  on the East; and there I built another al tar unto the Lord, and called again upon  the name of the Lord.
15. And I, Abraham, journeyed, going  on still towards the South; and there was  a continuation of a famine in the Land,  and I Abraham concluded to go down in to Egypt, to sojourn there, for the fam ine became very grievious. And it came  to pass when I was come near to enter  into Egypt, the Lord said unto me, be hold, Sarai, thy wife, is a very fair wo man to look upon, therefore it shall come  to pass when the Egyptians shall see her,  they will say she is his wife; and they  will kill you, but they will save her alive;  therefore see that ye do on this wise,  let her say unto the Egyptians, she is thy  sister, and thy soul shall live. And it  came to pass that I, Abraham, told Sarai,  my wife, all that the Lord had said unto  me; therefore say unto them, I pray thee,  thou art my sister, that it may be well  with me for thy sake, and my soul shall  live because of thee.
16. And I, Abraham, had the Urim  and Thummim, which the Lord my God  had given unto me, in Ur of the Chaldees;  and I saw the stars also that they were  very great, and that one of them was  nearest unto the throne of God; and there  were many great ones, which were near  unto it; and the Lord said unto me, these  are the governing ones; and the name of  the great one is Kolob, because it is near  unto me: for I am the Lord thy God, I  have set this one to govern all those which  belong to the same order of that upon  which thou standest. And the Lord said  unto me, by the Urim and Thummim, that  Kolob was after the manner of the Lord,  according to its times and seasons in the  Revolutions thereof, that one revolution  was a day unto the Lord, after his man ner of reckoning, it being one thousand  years according to the time appointed unto  that whereon thou standest; this is the reck oning of the Lord’s time, according to the  reckoning of Kolob.
17. And the Lord said unto me, the  planet, which is the lesser light, lesser  than that which is to rule the day, even  the night, is above, or greater than that  upon which thou standest, in point of reck oning, for it moveth in order more slow:  this is in order, because it standeth above  the earth upon which thou standest, there fore, the reckoning of its time is not so  many as to its number of days, and of  months, and of years. And the Lord said  unto me, now, Abraham, these two facts  exist, behold thine eyes seeth it; it is giv en unto thee to know the times of reckon ing, and the set times, yea the set time  of the earth upon which thou standest,  and the set time of the greater light, which  is set to rule the day, and the set time of the  lesser light, which is set to rule the night.
18. Now the set time of the lesser light,  is a longer time as to its reckoning, than  the reckoning of the time of the earth up on which thou standest; and where these  two facts exist, there shall be another  fact above them, that is, there shall be  another planet whose reckoning of time  shall be longer still; and thus there shall  be the reckoning of the time of one planet  above another, until thou come nigh un to Kolob, which Kolob, is after the reck oning of the Lord’s time; which, Kolob,  is set nigh unto the throne of God, to gov ern all those planets which belong to the  same order of that upon which thou stand est. And it is given unto thee, to know  the set time of all the stars, that are set to  give light, until thou come near unto the  throne of God.
19. Thus I, Abraham, talked with the  Lord, face to face, as one man talketh  with another; and he told me of the works  which his hands had made; and he said  unto me, my son, my son, and his hand  was stretched out, behold I will shew you  all these. And he put his hand upon  mine eyes, and I saw those things, which  his hands had made, which were many;  and they multiplied before mine eyes, and  I could not see the end thereof: and he  said unto me this is Shinehah, (which is  the sun.) And he said unto me, Kokob,  which is star. And he said unto me, [p. [719]]
Times and Seasons (Nauvoo, IL), 15 Mar. 1842, vol. 3, no. 10, pp. 719–734.