Unusual Verse Regarding Missing Scriptures: Acts 1:3
Professor, Hugh Nibley, of Brigham Young University, states that Acts 1:3 is one of the most unusual verses in all of our scriptures: “[Christ] showed himself alive after his sufferings by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (JS Acts 1:3).
Nibley gave a two-hour lecture about what Jesus taught the Church during those forty days. Most of which is not in the Bible. Nibley pulls his information from apocryphal literature that has come forth since the restoration through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Foundation Going Forward
Nibley says that the forty days of teachings by the Savior to the ancient church after His resurrection gave them their foundation going forward – including the importance of the five major ordinances. The cap-stone ordinance is eternal marriage. The literature he has researched shares that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
As Jesus was baptized as He said, “…thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matt. 3:18) To fulfill all righteousness, Jesus also needed to be married. In the greatly misunderstood scripture, “…in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage…,” the Christian world has been led to believe their is no marriage in heaven. As taught by the Savior during those forty days, marriages need to be performed on earth for the living and the dead, as the crowning ordinance in the Lord’s temples.
His forty day teachings also included the importance of the temple ceremony designed to bring us into the presence of God. As Nibley succinctly says that things have an end; progeny doesn’t. Family is the Order in Heaven; hence, we the Savior asks to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…” (Matt. 6:9) During those forty days, the five ordinances of the gospel were clearly taught to the ancient Church by our Savior: baptism of water and the Spirit, priesthood, endowment, and marriage.
Joseph Smith’s Contributions to the Scriptures is Enormous
In his 38 1/2 years, Joseph Smith brought forth more scriptures since the Bible than any other Prophet we known in all of the history of the earth. Those scriptures tell us of God’s dealings with His children all the way from Adam down to his day, as well as preparing us for the glorious “Second Coming” of our Lord.
We are 171 years from the date of his and his brother Hyrum’s martyrdom on Thursday, June 27th of 1844, Joseph Smith. Indeed, Joseph is the great prophet to lead this last Dispensation of the fullness of time — spoken of my the Apostle Paul: (Eph. 10:1).
Important Missing Scriptures Coming
In addition, we learn from these scriptures that there are other very important “missing scriptures” – including the “plain and precious things which have been taken away from them (the Bible).
These missing scriptures “shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.” (1 Nephi 13:40)
The Links for the Forty Day Ministry of Jesus
In 1964, Professor, Hugh Nibley gave two addresses at Brigham Young University that cover Christ’s “Forty Day” ministry.
Forty Day Ministry Part 1 https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/hugh-nibley/forty-day-ministry-part-1/
Forty Day Ministry Part 2 https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/hugh-nibley/forty-day-ministry-part-2/
I found the “Martyrdom Conspiracy” by Keith Terry Henry Holmes, to be a fascinating read.
We are fast approaching the “End Times” when many more scriptures will come forth. IT IS AN EXCITING TIME TO BE ALIVE!
David W. Allan