The author of five books for the LDS audience, Anthony E. Larson is also a journalist, photographer, composer and video producer. An insatiable curiosity has led him to a scholar’s interest in any discipline that relates to the restored gospel, including geology, anthropology, archeology, astronomy, archeoastronomy, etymology, planetary science, paleontology, comparative mythology and comparative religion. More than anything else, Anthony desires to share what he’s learned about events in ancient history that have shaped sacred traditions. His wish is that every Latter-day Saint could have the insight this study has provided for him, personally. It’s a profound exercise in enlightenment that includes the symbolism of the scriptures, the temples and the words of the prophets. “Not only does it increase one’s gospel comprehension many fold, it amplifies and strengthens one’s testimony. In my opinion, every Latter-day Saint should study these things.”
What's the story behind these three "trilogy" books?
The presentation begins with the event we know as the Exodus. But it approaches it from the perspective of Catastrophism, a geological theory normally avoided by most scholars. Yet, doing so reveals a bevy of realities not seen in the standard approach used by biblical scholars. For example, we learn that the events of the last days, as revealed in ancient and modern scripture, are a rerun of Exodus events. That is, Exodus and Revelation are bookends - one from the past, the other yet in the future - revealing similar phenomena in events widely separated in time. We also learn that such events are cosmic or astronomical in nature, another reality avoided by the orthodox approach to modern and ancient scripture.
Is this "new approach" difficult or hard to grasp?
This approach is unique, and therefore unfamiliar. That means the reader will be presented with new ideas and concepts that will stretch his or her intellectual grasp. This sometimes proves a bit daunting to the reader. But the ideas themselves are amazingly simple to understand. After all, the ancients, who had little access to the education most of us have today, could easily and comfortably grasp and understand them. Therefore, once the reader gets past the "unorthodox" feeling of these ideas, they present an eminently simple and understandable number of keys that unlock the most arcane language in scripture and the often bizarre imagery employed by the prophets, both ancient and modern.
Our solar system today seems so very stable, peaceful and far away. But ancient images, traditions and even our own scriptures paint a very different picture of planets looming extremely close to the earth that inspired awe and worship on a good day. When the relationship between earth and its ancient neighbors became electrically unstable, however, we suffered cataclysmic catastrophes like Noah’s flood, the plagues of Egypt and the prophesied world-wide disasters of the Last Days.
Now for the first time in digital format, Anthony E. Larson brings this ancient hidden story into focus for the LDS reader in a remarkable marriage of the scriptures, some little-known teachings of Joseph Smith and cutting edge electrical and plasma science. The Prophecy Trilogy will open up your understanding of some of the most obscure passages of scripture that have a direct connection to the times we live in such as the Revelations of John and prophecies about the coming Millennium.
This book, the final volume of the Prophecy Trilogy, offers startling insights into the nature of those coming changes spoken of in holy writ. Drawing on theories of modern catastrophists and the statements of latter-day prophets, the author proposes a startling picture of the heavens and the earth as they existed anciently — and will again exist in the Millennium.
In this book, the second of the Prophecy Trilogy, you will discover the language of catastrophe as written by Old Testament prophets. You will see through their eyes the effect of great cosmic upheavals and learn the implications of such past events for those who await the Second Coming.
The first book in the Prophecy Trilogy explores traditions in the Old Testament, and prophecies about the last days with regard to the history and future of Earth and cosmological changes that will take place.