I just discovered this wonderful resource. My question refers to Kolob. I have heard other people mention this name and you mentioned it in response to a question about the Pearl of Great Price symbol. I would like to know what this is! Thanks
We are told in the scriptures that Kolob is one of the three grand governing stars that are nearest to the celestial throne of God. Concerning Kolob the Lord said,
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 as 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 manner of reckoning, it being one thousand years according to the time appointed unto that whereon thou standest. This is the reckoning of the Lord’s time, according to the reckoning of Kolob. (Abraham 3:3)
There are some further explanations of Kolob in the Facsimile No. 2 in the Pearl of Great Price. This is the description given there about Fig.1 in that facsimile.
Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time. The measurement according to celestial time, which celestial time signifies one day to a cubit. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians Jah-oh-eh) Facsimile No. 2 from the Book of Abraham, Fig. 1.).
There is a very interesting reference to Kolob in Abraham 5:13–
But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the time that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. Now I, Abraham, saw that it was after the Lord’s time, which was after the time of Kolob; for as yet the Gods had not appointed unto Adam his reckoning.
Here we learn that the phrase for in the time that thou eatest thereof, which is rendered as in the day that thou eatest thereof in Genesis 2:17 and Moses 3:17, that that “time” or “day” was reckoned after the manner of Kolob, on which one day has the same duration as a thousand years of earth time. So we may conclude from that phrase that Adam and Eve were changed from their pristine terrestrial state to their mortal state, becoming subject to death, sometime within a thousand years after they had partaken of the forbidden fruit.