For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

For general listing of all posts on both sites with brief description click here

This is the sister site of www.threewatches.blogspot.com

It contains deep doctrine pertaining to the LDS Restoration Movement and the Restored Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One must first learn to swim before one enters into deep waters.

The content provided herein is for those who have been weaned from the breast and yearn for the meat. Those not prepared for the meat can choke on it.

It is for those who have contracted the spirit of watching and have made it through the “Third Watch Boot Camp” which consists of reading every numbered post in chronological order on the above mentioned three watches blog, beginning with the very first post which lays the foundation for the journey you are about to embark on.

If you make it that far and still want more information to read, this blog would be next.

If you cheat and read the information in this site first, you risk getting a big, ugly wart on the end of your nose and you will only be cheating yourself. The content in this blog will make much more sense and be much more meaningful if you lay the proper foundation first.

The deeper doctrines of the kingdom have the ability to either enhance your “testimony” of the restored gospel or expose how frail it is, based on the doctrinal and spiritual foundation you have acquired before you read this information.

Prepare for the journey of your life…. we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto

Watcher

misc articles

The Bridegroom Tarried…

Seven Shepherds and an Angel

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement

Why have ye transfigured the Holy Word of God?

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine

We have found the Messias!

The Fulness of the Father

When the Floods come and the Winds Blow and the Rains Descend
Watching for the signs in the heavens

A Second Look at the Ten Virgins
Analysing the literal meaning and time frame of the Parable of the Ten Virgins

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests-

Part 1- Lyman Wight Sees the Father and the Son

Part 2 The Man of Sin is Revealed

Part 3- Melchizedek Priesthood required to Establish Zion

Part 4- The Highest Priesthood makes you a Possessor of All Things

Part 5- Patriarchal Priesthood Administers New and Everlasting Covenant

Part 6- The Transfiguration of Lyman Wight

Part 7- True Oath & Covenant found in True Manner of Baptism

Part 8- The Gospel of Abraham and Patriarchal Polygamy

Part 9- Three Orders of Priesthood

Part 10- Three Distinct Churches Representing Three Distinct Gospel Laws

Baneemy- The Wild Ram of the Mountains
A look at one of the most amazing personalities of the LDS Restoration Movement

The Law of Adoption and the Sealing Principles
How did the Law of Adoption and Sealing Principles evolved into “Families are Forever”?

Black and White Robes- Part One
Ancient prophesies warn that latter day Israel would be seduced into a false covenant

Black and White Robes Part Two
Ancient prophesies warn that a breach will take place between God and his people

Black and White Robes Final

“I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God”
Was it only the righteous in the pre-existent war in heaven that came to earth to go through moral probation?

BECOME ye therefore perfect? OR BE ye therefore perfect?
Did Christ really mean what he said when he commanded us to BE perfect instead of to BECOME perfect?

“I WILL TELL YOU IN YOUR MIND AND IN YOUR HEART”
How do we avoid being decieved? Intellectual knowledge? Warm fuzzy feelings? Or searching the word of God so the Holy Spirit can teach us through mind and our heart?

The Fulness of the Father
The doctrine of oneness and the Celestial Cloning of the Gods

“Bring AGAIN Zion”
Why is it that the Nephite Zion was not translated and caught up into heaven like the city of Enoch? Is it that they still have a mission to fulfill here on earth?

Peace and Safety
Right before the sudden destruction people will be saying “Pease and Safety”

The Return of Sidney Rigdon, God’s Spokesman- Part Four
Fourth and final part

The Unrestrained Ponderings and Pontifications of a Heretic
The mystical Union of the Sexes-Composite Beings- The Abrahamic Priesthood-

The Spiritual Wife Doctrine
The Celestial Law of Consecration requires the Holy Principle of Marital Monogamy


New Church Historical Essays on Polygamy Reviewed on CNN

November 19, 2014

A friend recently sent me this story from CNN. It appears that the new church essays on polygamy are also of interest to people outside of Mormonism. The article and video in the link provide an interesting view of the conversation is taking place in the mainstream media among outsiders of the religion. Mormonism truly provides a fascinating circus of events to entertain people with.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/11/living/mormon-founder-polygamy/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

The article states that the church covered up polygamy and other issues until the Internet made it impossible to keep it covered up. This falls under the topic of the “Google Apostasy” that I have blogged about, that resulted in the LDS church using paid employees to shill my blog.

Regarding these new essays on polygamy, did you see the reaction that Hitler had when he found about about Joseph’s involvement in polygamy?

Priceless..

 


Miscellaneous Musings #12 Are the Nauvoo Discourses True?

November 12, 2014

are you in the wrong place

[WARNING: This blog documents the truthfulness of the restored gospel and the validity of the LDS restoration movement and the ministry of the prophet Joseph Smith. HOWEVER, it also contains very controversial material about LDS Church doctrine and history and it is often critical of Modern Mormonism and the actions and decisions of the leaders thereof.

This particular series of “Miscellaneous Musings” addresses current events and the random thoughts and observations of the author.

At times the author uses a tone of irreverence, cynicism and sarcasm as therapy to help himself and some of his readers cope with the absurd, alternate reality that we live in.

Although many of the Latter day Jews (Mormons)  are convinced that we have the fulness of the Gospel on the earth, I am of the belief that we actually live in the prophesied time of “hidden darkness” when God’s apostate people think they are righteous but they are not..

You should be at least 18 to view this site or have parental permission and a note from your Bishop.

Comments, complaints, accusations and threats can be directed to OneWhoIsWatching [at] gmail dot com. ]

Aaron Weiss Speaks Very Articulately

Deputy Slaps Citizen for Not Allowing Car Search

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XExqABO4kc

Update

“Saratoga County Deputy Shawn Glans had no idea he was being recorded as he tried to intimidate a man into allowing him to search his car, which is why he slapped him on the back of his head while yanking the keys out of his hand, tossing them to another deputy who searched the man’s car and found nothing illegal.

But he does know now after Adam Roberts uploaded the video to Facebook where it began going viral Friday.

Deputy Shawn Glans has been fired!

Update on the deputy that slapped the citizen.

http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/11/saratoga-deputy-arrested-slapping-citizen-video/

Ebola Infographic

Does Jacob 2 Teach that God Sometimes Commands Polygamy?

There is a fellow that has tried to convince me that Jacob 2:30 was really not saying what most people think it is saying. I have stated repeatedly that section 132 is a revelation from hell and that I do not believe in the spiritual wife doctrine. I have written numerous articles to that effect:

I told this fellow that nobody would be happier than me if he was correct about Jacob 2:30 being misinterpreted, however, the wresting of the scriptures that he offered me to prove his point was not compelling to me. I felt that I needed to accept the interpretation at face value until someone could show me a compelling reason to assume a different interpretation.

I noticed the other day that someone came to his website and provided a fascinating explanation of how the meaning of the passage may have been corrupted by the misapplication of punctuation.

http://gregstocks.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/polygamy-vs-the-book-of-mormon/comment-page-1/#comment-1

I do find that explanation with the differing punctuation to be more persuasive, particularly in light of the condemning text that precedes and follows the declaration. :)

Notice the reverse meaning when the punctuation is used differently:

“For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people otherwise; they shall hearken unto these things.” (referring to the things mentioned before and after the verse, condemning the practice of polygamy)

I am still not totally convinced. It seems to me that the passage is probably referring to the Levirate Law.

Just something to ponder..

Obama and the Democrats got a Thrashing..
..to no avail

It was interesting to watch the interview with Obama after the huge thrashing that his policies and the democrats got. He spun the message that he got from voters to mean that people simply want him and congress to “get something done”.

That, of course, was not the message being sent from voters. The messages was, “quit doing what you are doing! You are destroying this nation!”

Obama then proceeded to tell reporters that he was not going to compromise on anything. Either Congress would pass bills that he likes and that promoted his agenda, or he would continue to use Executive Orders to promote his agenda.

I used to get serious heartburn watching him dismantle this nation, however, I keep reminding myself that God has put this latter day Pharaoh in power as a chastisement to this Godless nation. Obama is just one of many judgments that God has sent against the “hypocritical nation”.

Congressman Calls on Americans to
“Surround the White House”
to Stop Obama

Quo Warranto

From time to time patriot groups attempt to reverse the damage being done by the secret combination that is destroying the freedom of all nations.

The Line in the Sand – Breaking News November 10, 2014 Unified Common Law Grand Jury in every State files writ of quo warranto in every Federal District Court, United States Supreme Court and served upon every Federal Judge and all 9 US Supreme Court Justices. Information in the nature of a quo warranto.

Of course we know from prophecy that it will take an intervention from God and His servants to break the bonds that have us in bondage. Nevertheless, for those of you who are just waking up to a sense of our awful situation, this video provides a significant summary of many of the issues at hand.

 The PDF is found here

The   Secret History of the Mormon Church

Over the years, I have been uncovering what I refer to as the secret history of Mormonism. The true history of the LDS Restoration has been hidden and sanitized by well meaning people.  I have shared my findings regarding the history of the restored church, in light of prophecy.

I have taught that after the Gentile church rejected the fulness of the gospel (3rd Nephi 16:10, D&C 124:28) which was on the earth from June of 1831 to November of 1834, by taking lightly the Book of Mormon and the commandments given through Joseph Smith, including the law of consecration, an intercessory offering needed to be made.

The Lords anointed servants of the restoration needed to make this intercessory offering to prevent the Latter day Saints from being swept off of the face of the earth.

Following this 3 1/2 year period and the rejection of the fulness, Joseph and Oliver entered into a “covenant of tithing” for the “continuance of blessings“. This enabled the Saints to complete the Kirtland Temple so that the secret vision and transferring of dispensational keys could take pace behind the veil in the holy of holies.

At that point, the fulness of the Gospel of GRACE, was taken from the Gentiles and replaced with the preparatory gospel of MERCY. The Gentiles then took this preparatory Gospel, which contained the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the Gospel to the House of Israel.

Many Mormons are JEWS

In Christ’s prophecy about this event, he said that after the Gentiles sinned against the fulness of the gospel, (in 1834) the gospel would be taken to “His People” the “House of Israel” (This began in about 1839 when Joseph Smith had the Twelve Apostles establish foreign missions ) :

10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth..

..I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.

12 And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.

Throughout the scriptures when referring to “his people” “Israel”, the Lord is usually referring to the “Jews”. Sometimes the word Jews is used synonymously with the term “house of Israel”, while, at other times, it is referring primarily to the “Tribe of Judah” or the “kingdom of Judah”.

It is therefore not surprising that embedded in modern revelation, we are told that the foreign missions that Joseph set up following the secret ushering in of the “dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham”, would be gathering in the Jews:

“That through your administration they may receive the word, and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.” (Section 90)

“Therefore, renounce war and proclaim peace, and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children;

And again, the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me.” (Section 98)

The Twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.” (section 107)

All three of the above passages, in conjunction with the prophecy of Christ in 3rd Nephi, inform us that directly after the gospel goes to the Gentiles, it went to the House of Israel, otherwise referred to as the Jews. Clearly, the Twelve Apostles were commissioned to take the gospel to the Jews. Other sections of scripture that show forth the commission to the Twelve Apostles in taking the gospel to both the nations of the earth, to the Gentiles and then the Jews, are Sections 112 and 118.

Those converts that began flowing into the church from Great Britain during the Nauvoo era, were of the House of Israel or Jews, in contradistinction to the Gentiles members of the church from the Kirtland era.

Although some may assume that the preaching of the Gospel to the Jews has not yet begun and is a future, 3rd watch event, the following passage of scripture given during the dedication of the Kirtland Temple proves that from the very hour in which the Temple was dedicated, the ancient city of “Jerusalem”  was redeemed, the “yoke of bondage” began to be broken off of the ancient “house of David” and the literal “children of Judah” began to return to the land of America which is the land of the Abrahamic Covenant!

We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed; And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David; And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.” (Section 109:62-64)

A contextual reading of modern revelation and study of LDS church history, in conjunction with the prophecies contained in the Old Testament, verify that the early Gentile Saints from the Kirtland era, from pilgrim heritage, descended from the ancient “Kingdom of Israel”  that had mingled among the nations of the Gentiles during Old Testament times.

Conversely, the converts flowing in from Great Britain during the Nauvoo era, included the “Children of Judah” who were descendents of the ancient “Kingdom of Judah”, many of which had gathered back to the Old World Jerusalem prior to the Savior’s earthly birth. After rejecting Christ, the kingdom of the Jews was destroyed and dispersed among the nations until they were to be gathered again in the last days and called Latter day “Saints”.

The terms “House of Israel” and “Jews” are often used interchangeably in the scriptures because there is a broad definition of the word Jew. However, within this general group of Jewish LDS converts, was a remnant from the literal “house of Judah“. IMO, the Fielding family was a text book example of descendents of the tribe and kingdom of Judah. When Hyrum Smith’s posterity intermingled with remnants of the house of Judah and were given positions of presidency among the Saints, it enabled the latter day Saints to re-establish the Kingdom of Judah in the latter days!

Despite how corrupt and apostate the modern Latter day Saint Church is, it is still composed of the “Jews” who are the Lord’s people. Traditionally, the Jews have been a rebellious people so it is not surprising that the modern Mormon church is totally apostate and completely out of the way. Nevertheless, they have the standard works which contain the knowledge of the fulness of the Gospel which is being taken to the nations of the earth.

We know that in the 3ed watch, when the last RESTORATION takes place,  the two witnesses that will come with a voice of warning will come to the Latter day Saints that represent the “Jewish nation”  and “Kingdom of the Jews”:

They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered..” (D&C 77:15)

Will the latter day Jews listen to the message of the two witnesses and repent when the last restoration begins?

Despite the fact that Brigham Young and the twelve wrested the leadership of the church away from the rightful person who had come in at the gate (See D&C 43:7) and been anointed as a prophet seer and revelator, they still had the authority, according to the law of common consent, to lead the apostate church that did not want to be led by a true prophet, seer or revelator.. it appears, from sections107, 112, and 118, that although Brigham and his fellows were not prophets and seers, they held the keys of taking the scriptures containing the fulness of the gospel, to the Jews, which they did!

President Monson, truly sits in the latter day seat of Moses over the kingdom of the Jews. There is reason to believe that the latter day Saint JEWS are as corrupt and blinded as their ancestors were at the time that Christ came into the world and was rejected by His people the Jews.

From about April 4th, 1836, the period of time that the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in, things went downhill as the church fell into yet another time of apostasy. Instead of the law of consecration, the saints tried to create a Babylonian banking entity that ended in disaster. As they fled from Kirtland to Far West, the Saints began warring against the enemies of the church and a secret society called the Danites was established by members of the church who felt that they were now justified in plundering the unbelieving Gentiles and taking the spoils of war.

The next episode brings us to Nauvoo where the Saints continue practicing abominations that led to the martyrdom.

Nevertheless, during this time of apostasy, the message of the gospel was taken by the apostate apostles to the nations of the earth.

The Book of Mormon informs us that because of the abominations of the believing Gentiles, and because they would rejected the words of the prophets, the eyes of the seers would be covered. It informs us that AFTER the eyes of the prophets and seers are covered because of the iniquity of latter day Israel, the sealed book containing the revelation from God from the beginning to the end would come forth in the 3rd watch:

4 For behold, all ye that doeth iniquity, stay yourselves and wonder, for ye shall cry out, and cry; yea, ye shall be drunken but not with wine, ye shall stagger but not with strong drink.

5 For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.

6 And it shall come to pass [after the covering of the eyes of the prophets and seers] that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered.

7 And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.

History verifies that the eyes of the Lord’s prophets and seers, Joseph, Oliver, Hyrum, and Sidney were covered and they erred in doctrine.

Joseph Smith’s eyes were covered by the Lord as a result of his intercessory atonement offering, in which he was used by the Lord to deliver His people over to Satan for a little season. (See section 105)

Because the eyes of the prophets and seers were covered, it is obvious that they taught some false doctrines. This brings up an interesting question regarding the Nauvoo discourses that Joseph Smith gave.

Years ago when I did my series on Sidney Rigdon, I realized that it was his responsibility to prove the revelations brought forth through Joseph Smith, according to the Bible. That is why most of the significant doctrinal discourses during the early days of the church were given by Rigdon. He was one of the greatest doctrinal scholars and preachers of the day.

It seemed odd to me that Joseph began doing the discoursing during the Nauvoo era instead of Rigdon and it got me wondering about the credibility of the doctrinal content of those discourses, in light of the Lord covering Joseph’s eyes.

Are the Nauvoo Discourses True?

I recently got the following email from someone:

“Watcher,

In your opinion, how useful and/or valid are Joseph’s sermons and teachings in the Nauvoo years as compiled in Andrew Ehat’s “Words of Joseph Smith” considering the state that he was in by that time?

I know that you/we accept section 124 as valid and being a true revelation, indeed. However, haven’t you concluded that much of the doctrine brought forth in the period from 1839 until his death is “questionable”?

Just wondering how you view the talks compiled in Ehat’s compilation?

thanks,

XXXX”

This was my response to the above email:

“I have really labored over this question. Early in my quest for truth I obtained a document that contained all of the Nauvoo discourses, very similar to the content contained in Ehats book. At that time I assumed everything Joseph had taught during the Nauvoo era was the gospel truth.

One of the things that modern Mormonism indoctrinates us into thinking is the black and white belief that a person is either a prophet or they are not. If they are a prophet, everything they say is true. If they are not a prophet, nothing they say can be relied upon.

I think this belief creates a stumbling block at two different levels.

The first level of confusion is in the belief that a prophet of the church is infallible in what they teach and that they dont’ have personal opinions that can be wrong (nor is it possible that their eyes have temporarily been covered by the Lord, etc.)

The second level of confusion comes with the belief that we must rely on the prophet of the church to receive revelation for us and interpret the scriptures for us. Yes, at first we may need guidance, but the whole goal of the saving ordinances and the spiritual rebirth is to become revelatory vessels ourselves.

The purpose of receiving the spiritual rebirth and taking the Holy Ghost as our personal guide is to become prophets and revelators for ourselves.

The great key that was revealed to Peter and later expounded by Joseph Smith is that the “rock of personal revelation” is the foundation upon which the true church is built and upon which the gates of hell cannot prevail:

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (PERSONAL REVELATION)  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock (THE ROCK OF PERSONAL REVELATION)  I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Notice how the modern paraphrasing of the concept also establishes personal revelation as the rock:

“Yea, repent and be baptized, every one of you, for a remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost. (PERSONAL REVELATION)

 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and remember that they shall have faith in me or they can in nowise be saved;

And upon this rock I will build my church; yea, upon this rock ye are built, and if ye continue, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.”

Joseph reiterated the truth that the rock spoken of is the rock of revelation:

“The plea of many in this day is, that we have no right to receive revelations; but if we do not get revelations, we do not have the oracles [prophets] of God; and if they have not the oracles of God, they are not the people of God. . . . Jesus in His teachings says, ‘Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ What rock? Revelation.”

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith (1976), 272, 274.

Joseph also taught that “salvation cannot come without revelation; it is in vain for anyone to minister without it. No man is a minister of Jesus Christ without being a Prophet”.

One of the most liberating and revelatory things I have come to realize is that EVERY SERMON ever given by ANYONE must be measured against the four standard works and PERSONAL REVELATION.

There is no mortal man that is always right and probably no mortal man that is always wrong. This puts the burden on each Saint to discern truth for themselves.

Paul was one of the most revelatory apostles in the New Testament and yet we find the Lord correcting some of his statements in modern revelation.

I make no bones about my disdain for some of the things Brigham Young did and taught, and yet, I sometimes come across things he ways that are profoundly true and revelatory. In fact one of my favorite Brigham Young teachings states that faithfully following the prophet will not save a person if they never learn to become a prophet themselves.

Likewise, I love and admire Joseph Smith, and yet, I can find teachings of his, such as the spiritual wife doctrine and the teachings found in the King Follett sermon that clearly contradict the word of God in the revelations that Joseph Smith himself brought forth, not to mention the Old and New Testaments.

When I finally discovered and began to understand the prophecies contained in 2 Sam 7, Lev 16, and other related passages detailing the true mission of Joseph Smith and the fact that he would eventually have his eyes covered, I began to take everything out of my wheelbarrow of beliefs and begin re-evaluating everything before putting them back into the wheelbarrow.

I began to place the scriptures and the Holy Ghost as the lens through which I studied and verified the gospel instead of categorically accepting everything that Joseph Smith supposedly taught and using his teachings as the lens through which I judged everything else, including the scriptures.

Realizing that Joseph had to have his eyes covered because of the transgressions of Latter day Israel, provided the perfect explanation as to why many of Joseph’s Nauvoo teachings and actions were not congruent with the early Kirtland teachings and revelations that he brought forth.

After revisiting the Nauvoo discourses and dissecting them, I have come to the conclusion for myself that the majority of what he publicly taught during that time was true, although certain things like the King Follett discourse has falsehood in them.

I absolutely love what the Lord says about the apocrypha because I believe it contains the answer to your question about how we should approach the Nauvoo sermons and ALL of the sermons given by ANYONE:

 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly;

 There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.

 Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.

 Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;

 And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;

 And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.

Again, we are directed by the Lord to call upon personal revelation and learning by the spirit, in discerning which parts of the apocrypha are true and which are the interpolations of men.

I believe the same is true when reading the Nauvoo discourses and all other discourses. We must learn to identify and discern truth by the spirit.”

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Miscellaneous Musings #8 Sunstone Symposium 2014

Miscellaneous Musings # 7 The Kinderhook Plates were Authentic

Miscellaneous Musings # 6 Jeremy Runnells

Miscellaneous Musings # 5 Phineas Young

Miscellaneous Musings #4

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How Zion will be Redeemed- Part 8

November 4, 2014

“..the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them”

 

In part 7 of this series, we noted that on February 24th 1834, (Section 103) the Lord decreed that from that hour, either the kingdoms of the world would prevail against the saints or the saints would prevail against the kingdoms of the world.

 

But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree which my people shall realize, inasmuch as they hearken from this very hour unto the counsel which I, the Lord their God, shall give unto them. Behold they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies from this very hour.

And by hearkening to observe all the words which I, the Lord their God, shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet, and the earth is given unto the saints, to possess it forever and ever.

But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them.”(D&C 103:5-8)

 

In the above passages the Lord was clearly referencing the prophecies in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation about the kingdom of God coming forth upon the earth. It is from that passage and many others in modern revelation, that the Latter day Saints assume that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints represents the kingdom of God on the earth.

 

From a practical point of view, all we need to do 180 years later is look around us at the state of the church and the state of the world to know who prevailed against who.

 

The scriptures also provide the answer as well. The Book of Daniel notes that The “horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them”. Clearly, the Devil’s kingdom has prevailed against the Saints, although, not against God’s kingdom in the ultimate sense.

 “.. it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdom..”

We are further informed by the prophecies in the Book of Daniel that when the kingdom of God begins rolling forth, it will do so in POWER and it will smite the kingdoms of the world and “brake them to Pieces” (Dan 2:34-35, 44-45) Most objective observers would have to admit that the kingdoms of the world have not been brought into submission to the Kingdom of God.

 “..That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness..”

As further evidence that the Saints were not rolling the kingdom of God forth in power beginning on February 24th 1834, as one of two prophetic options decreed in section 103, we need simply to fast forward two years to Section 109, given on March 27 1836 wherein we are informed that although the kingdom had been previously “set up without hands”, it would not become a great mountain until a future time when the Lord’s true church would once again “come forth out of the wilderness of darkness”

 

72 Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connections, with all their sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth; that the kingdom, which thou hast set up without hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth;

73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;

74 And be adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys to be exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth;

 

As you can see from the dedicatory prayer, Joseph and his brethren, that crafted the prayer under the spirit of revelation knew that the kingdom of God, and the Church of God, would need to come forth at a later time.

 

Consistent with that prophecy, about the kingdom coming forth in power at a future time, is the prophetic dream documented is section 65 that informs us that the kingdom will roll forth in power at a future time when “a voice” of someone who will be “sent down from on high” as a forerunner, typological to John the Baptist, will warn e inhabitance of the earth, sayingth “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.. Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom… Call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth, that the inhabitants thereof may receive it..

 

Joseph Smith clearly did not believe that the Kingdom of God began prevailing against the kingdoms of the world, beginning on February 24th 1834. He saw the rolling forth of the kingdom of God as a future event. Just months before he died in 1844, he made the following declaration showing that the kingdom Daniel prophesied of was to be a future event, that he planned to be an instrument in setting up:

 

“I calculate to be one of the instruments of setting up the kingdom of Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world.” (History of the Church, 6:364–65; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on May 12, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported by Thomas Bullock.)

 

What few people realize, is that prophecy tells us that the kingdom of God was to come forth twice as a result of the foundation that was laid during the LDS restoration. First, it would be established on earth for a brief period of time, while some very important things were secretly accomplished, and then the Gentile Church would stumble and sin against the fulness. Shortly after being established, the Saints are persecuted by the Dragon and the kingdom is caught up to God. In other words, the Church of God that comes forth out of the wilderness, flees back into the wilderness because of apostasy.

 

The second event is when the kingdom that was previously established, returns to the earth in power and breaks in pieces the kingdoms of the world as prophetically documented in Daniel .

 

The decree from the Lord in section 103 documented the fact that as of February of 1834, the kingdom of God had already been established upon the earth through the instrumentality of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

 

Those who are intimately familiar with the events of the LDS restoration movement, and understand how to interpret them in the context of prophecy, have no problem identifying the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood at the special Conference at the Morley Farm, as the beginning point of the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth with the fulness of the Gospel/Priesthood restored upon the earth. Clearly, that represented the initial establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. It was birthed in June of 1831.

 

“..and her child [Kingdom of God ] was caught up unto God”

 

The apostle John noted that the Kingdom of God would be caught up to God shortly after being birthed because of the persecution of the Dragon:

 

“the dragon stood before the woman [Church of God] which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child [Kingdom of God] as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child [Kingdom of God], who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child [Kingdom of God ] was caught up unto God, and to his throne“. JST Revelation 12:4-5)

As you can see from the words of John, the kingdom of God was caught up to God shortly after coming forth upon the earth. He notes that those of the Church of God that had helped to bring forth the kingdom of God would be persecuted by the Dragon. One can study the lives of the founding fathers of Mormonism and other prominent leaders and members of the church to realize that each and every single one of them was severely persecuted and overcome by the Dragon.

 

“.. the dragon..persecuted the woman [church]

 

According to some estimates, nearly 1/3 of the membership of the restored church and half of the leadership fell away during the Kirtland era. The three witnesses and many others left the church during the Far West era. The succession crisis after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum in Nauvoo culminated in the church splintering into at least seven prominent, identifiable  factions. Brigham Young and the Twelve led a faction to Utah and were bound over to Satan by a secret masonic oath. People like William Marks began visiting the different LDS offshoots to try and find where the Kingdom of God had fled to. Some people like William Law eventually lost faith altogether in the restoration. The persecution of the Dragon we ruthless.

 

The apostle John notes that many generations after the kingdom of God is caught up to God and the remaining saints were persecuted, a remnant of the seed of the church of God would once again “keep the commandments” and “have the testimony of Jesus“. Those descriptives clearly identify the eventual return of the Kingdom of God to the earth. At that time, the dragon would make war with this last generation of Saints who are bringing forth the Kingdom of God for the last time:

 

“And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child… And the dragon was wroth with the woman [Church of God] and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:13-17)

 

We know from the Book of Daniel and other passages, that when the kingdom returns for the last time, it will break in pieces the kingdoms of the world.

 

The “horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them”

 

The Book of Daniel provides a second witness to John’s prophecy, that the horn would wear out the New Testament saints and that apostasy would follow until the LDS restoration. The “horn” would “wear out the saints of the most High.. and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

 

From this we learn that the New Testament Saints are worn out and given into the hand of the “horn” until a designated 3 1/2 year period of time during which the kingdom is established on the earth through the instrumentality of the prophet Joseph Smith.

 

We also learn that after the designated 3 1/2 year period, the saints sin against the fulness and revert back to their previous sins, into a state of apostasy.

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As depicted above in the illustration, the Book of Mormon and Book of Commandments inform us that the believing Gentiles would be involved in a long list of transgressions prior to receiving the fulness of the Gospel. Shortly after rejecting the fulness, they would return to their previous transgressions. We Latter day Saints have inherited these transgressions from the traditions of our fathers.

 

One of the most important and compelling events of the LDS restoration movement was the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. In previous posts we have documented that the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood and the kingdom of God was established upon the earth during Joseph’s ministry for a period of 3 1/2 years, from about June 4 1831 when 23 High Priests were called by the voice of God out of heaven, to November 30th 1834, when the saints cumulatively failed in their attempt at consecration and broke the everlasting covenant they had entered into.

 

This caused Joseph and Oliver to jointly enter into the “covenant of tithing” to secure the “continuation of blessings“. This would enabled the saints to complete the Kirtland temple so that an intercessory offering could take place and an ancient dispensation would be secretly ushered in.

 

At about the time of the intercessory offering, The Book of Daniel foretells that the “..horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

 

Anyone person or group of people who think they are going to usher in Zion before the Ancient of Days returns into the vineyard has not studied the prophecies.

 

We know that the kingdoms of the world have prevailed over the latter day saints. From the prophetic testimony of Daniel and John, we know that the latter day saints stumbled and fell back into transgression and darkness after the kingdom was brought forth by the Saints. From the above passage we know that the “true and living church” fled back into the wilderness of darkness, and it will not come out of that darkness and repent, until the servants return to the vineyard in the 3rd watch under the direction of the Ancient of Days.

 

The Stumbling Blocks will be removed in the 3rd Watch

 

The Book of Mormon differentiates the time when the kingdom of God was briefly established in the earth through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith as the time when the gospel is delivered primarily in “word“. Conversely, the time when the kingdom returns in power is referred to as the time when the gospel is delivered in “word, power and very deed“. it is at that time that our many stumbling blocks will be removed:

 

AND it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks—

2 And harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father; yea, they shall be numbered among the house of Israel; and they shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever; they shall be no more brought down into captivity; and the house of Israel shall no more be confounded.” (Nephi 14:1-2)

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As the above illustration depicts, the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in once the Gentiles rejected the fulness and stumble back into their previous sins.

It is also significant to note that an intercessory offering was made by Joseph and others in behalf of apostate latter day Israel. The 9th chapter of Daniel refers to this offering as a “reconciliation for iniquity” that took place at the time that the “anointing” took place in the Lords “sanctuary“. The prophecy notes that God’s latter day servants would be commanded to “Seal up the vision and prophecy” for a time and not publicly reveal that an intervention had taken place. We now have this secret vision and associated prophecy documented in Section 110 of the D&C. It is sad that there are some, leading others astray, who are strongly inferring that the events documented in Section 110 never took place. Doing such is to deny revelation.

 

It is not a good thing for the disciples of Christ to reject such a foundational event of the LDS restoration.

 

Following this amazing act of intercessory intervention, the fulness of the gospel was replaced with the preparatory gospel and the Book of Daniel notes that the “overspreading of abominations” would take place among the latter day saints until the appointed time of “consumption” takes place upon the wicked in the 3rd watch.

 

Prophecy Testifies of the Divine Mission of Joseph Smith

 

After studying the history of the church and the prophecies contained in the Book of Daniel, for nearly three decades, I believe that many of the prophecies and related prophetic time sequences given in the book of Daniel can be identified within the context of the ministry of the prophet Joseph Smith and the history of the church during those years. Although the kingdom of God only touched down for a very brief time, a foundation was laid for the future return of the kingdom and the marvelous work that it would usher in.

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In a previous post titled “A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement“, it was noted that the commandment to build the temple was given exactly 70 weeks plus 69 weeks prior to the acceptance of the Temple.

 

This is just one of many fulfillments of the prophecies in the Book of Daniel that took place during the LDS restoration. When the servants of the Lord’s vineyard return, they will no doubt expound upon these fulfillment in vivid detail as they minister among the great and noble cities reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds and setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days. (D&C 84 117)

 

The Savior gives a seven part prophecy in 3rd Nephi showing that after the Gentiles reject the fulness, the knowledge of the gospel is taken to the House of Israel. Finally, many generations later, the Gentiles repent and are numbered among the righteous remnants of the House of Israel when the fulness is ushered in.

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“And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them”

 

The above prophecy by Christ is not just referring to the unbelieving Gentiles. It is also referring to the believing Gentiles of the LDS restoration Movement.

 

Notice the listing of sins that are credited to the believing Gentiles that sin against the fulness after receiving it, not to the unbelieving Gentiles that never receive it:

 

  • pride of their hearts
  • all manner of lyings
  • deceits
  • mischiefs
  • all manner of hypocrisy
  • murders
  • priestcrafts
  • whoredoms
  • secret abominations;

 

“..behold I will deliver them up unto Satan”

 

In chapter 4 of the Book of Commandments the Lord reiterates again the listing of sins found among both, the unbelieving and the believing Gentiles:

 

“..And thus, if the people of this generation harden not their hearts, I will work a reformation among them, and I will put down all lyings, and deceivings, and priestcrafts, and envyings, and strifes, and idolatries, and sorceries, and all manner of iniquities, and I will establish my church, like unto the church which was taught by my disciples in the days of old.

 

And now if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan, for he reigneth and hath power at this time, for he hath got great hold upon the hearts of the people of this generation: and not far from the iniquities of Sodom and Gomorrah, do they come at this time: and behold the sword of justice hangeth over their heads, and if they persist in the hardness of their hearts, the time cometh that it must fall upon them.

 

 Behold I tell you these things even as I also told the people of the destruction of Jerusalem, and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified..”

 

The listing of sins leveled against the believing Gentiles in modern revelation is the same as the listing given by Christ in 3rd Nephi:

 

  • all lyings
  • deceivings
  • priestcrafts
  • envyings
  • strifes
  • idolatries
  • sorceries
  • all manner of iniquities (murder, whoredom, secret abominations, etc)

 

Sorceries, Witchcraft and Abominations

 

The Book of Mormon informs us that the Gentiles were involved in a huge list of sins that needed to be repented of before the LDS restoration. Although we may have a tendency to assume that this refers to all of the wicked unbelieving Gentiles that did not accept the restored gospel, that is not the case. The truth is that even the Christian Gentiles, that would accept the Book of Mormon and the restored Gospel were involved in all manner of abominations prior to accepting the restored gospel.

 

The Joseph Smith Sr Family is a textbook example of the believing Gentiles who were believers in Christ, yet it appears as if they were also involved in sorceries and secret abominations. When Mike Quinn published “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View” he documented the fact that the Smiths and many of the other prominent families of the restoration were involved in the occult and what is referred to Biblically as “sorcery”, “witchcraft” and “all manner of iniquities”.

 

We learn from Quinn that the Joseph Smith Sr Family owned “implements of ritual magic” and “possessed magic parchments“. (pg 98) Quinn quotes Joseph’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith as commenting on “drawing magic circles or sooth saying” as a Smith family past time along with “Bible-reading“. (pgs 66-67)

 

He claims that “the Smith family members themselves provided evidence of their involvement in more ‘esoteric manifestations’ of ‘Christian occultism’”. He points out that “certain statements by family members and early associates either implied or affirmed that during the 1820′s the Smith family believed in and used ritual magic, astrology, talismans, and parchments inscribed with magic words and occult symbols.”

 

Quinn is not alone in these observations about the Smith family. “Historian Richard L Bushman observed that thereby Lucy ‘revealed a knowledge of magic formulas and rituals“. (Pg 70)

 

Quinn documents the possession and use of amulets and talismans by the prophet Joseph Smith in his book, as do many other historians.

 

In his highly controversial presentation to the Mormon History Association, titled: “Is There No Help For the Widows Son?”, Dr. Reed Durham, Jr. made the following statement:

 

“Now, I should like to initiate all of you into what is perhaps the strangest, the most mysterious, occult-like, esoteric, and yet Masonically oriented practice ever adopted by Joseph Smith. This may also be another fine example of our earlier explained principle of “grabbing on.”

All available evidence suggests that Joseph Smith the Prophet possessed a magical Masonic medallion, or talisman, which he worked during his lifetime and which was evidently on his person when he was martyred. His talisman is in the shape of a silver dollar and is probably made of silver or tin. It is exactly one and nine-sixteenths inches in diameter, and weighs slightly less than one-half ounce.

After months of research, the talisman, presently existing in Utah, (in the Wilford Wood Collection, D. C. M.) was originally purchased from the Emma Smith Bidamon family, fully notarized by that family to be authentic and to have belonged to Joseph Smith, can now be identified as a Jupiter talisman.

It carries the sign and image of Jupiter and should more appropriately be referred to as the Table of Jupiter. And in some very real and quite mysterious sense, this particular Table of Jupiter was the most appropriate talisman for Joseph Smith to possess.

Indeed, it seemed meant for him, because on all levels of interpretation: planetary, mythological, numerological, astrological, mystical cabalism, and talismatic magic, the Prophet was, in every case appropriately described. (See my addition: Appendix B. M. B. H.).

The characters on the talisman are primarily in Hebrew, but there is one inscription in Latin. Every letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical equivalent and those numerical equivalents make up a magic square.

By adding the numbers in this Jupiter Table in any direction (each row, column, or diagonal. M. B. H.), the total will be the same. In this case, on the Jupiter Table, 34. (Appendix B. M. B. H.) The total of the numbers will he 136 which number you will see on the talisman. The symbol for Jupiter (closely resembling the usual script, or hand-written, numeral 4. M. B. H.) is also found on both sides of the talisman, which by the way, is the same symbol for metal tin.

It is not my purpose to suggest that all of the esoteric, occult and masonic rituals that the Smith family was involved in was evil or wrong. However, it would not be inconsistent with the Book of Mormon narrative, if the Smith and other families of the restoration were involved in dark practices before the restoration, some of which they may well have returned to after stumbling, after the Kirtland apostasy.

 

We Latter day Saints, ourselves, are in a state of apostasy and live during the time of “hidden darkness” when we don’t even recognize many of our own transgressions. We obviously have a distorted view of things and we need to remember that “my ways are not your ways, neither are your ways my ways sayeth the Lord“.

 

My point is simply that the Joseph Smith Sr. Family and the other families of the restoration were undoubtedly involved in some of the iniquities of the Gentiles that the Book of Mormon speaks of. Although we prefer to envision Joseph Smith being taught in all the ways of the Lord prior to the first vision, the truth is that Joseph and his family were largely creatures of the culture they lived in and the traditions of their fathers. In the words of Isaiah, “he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.”

 

Joseph was pretty rough around the edges having grown up as a root in dry ground, when the Lord miraculously favored him with a visit from heaven because of his child-like faith.

 

Witchcraft

 

In Micah 5 when the ” the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles” to tread down and tear in pieces the Lords enemies, the Lord informs us that:

 

I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.”

Clearly, the believing Gentiles of the restoration were involved in sorceries and witchcrafts before the kingdom of God was restored and we have since returned to such practices. The use of modern day pharmaceuticals is just one form of modern witchcraft that few Mormons recognize as being a source of evil.

 “..Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female”

In the above passage, the Ten Commandments and many other similar ones, God’s people are clearly instructed to not make graven images and standing idols. It appears from prophecy that the Lord is no more impressed with “graven images” and “standing images” in the last days, than he was anciently.

 

Is there any reason to believe that the commandment to not make any graven images is no longer in effect?

 

How many of us have pictures of Christ in our homes, or pictures of any human forms.

 

What about standing images?

Have you been to temple square or Nauvoo lately?

 

This form of Idolatry is rampant in the apostate church.

 

The point is that we are not even aware of the many ways that we offend God and disregard his commandments. There are so many things embedded in our culture that appear to be insignificant and innocuous to us because we have become desensitized, yet they blatantly break the commandments of God.

 

I am not going to even attempt to catalogue all of the abominations that we Latter day Saints are involved in, nor do I pretend to even know what they all are. instead, I am going to focus on the false covenant that has become the center of our belief system… the temple endowment.

 

Here is another observation made by Dr. Reed Durham who has studied the life of Joseph Smith extensively:

 

 “There is absolutely no question in my mind that the Mormon ceremony which came to be known as the Endowment, introduced by Joseph Smith to Mormon Masons initially, just a little over one month after he became a Mason, had an immediate inspiration from Masonry. This is not to suggest that no other source of inspiration could have been involved, but the similarities between the two ceremonies are so apparent and overwhelming that some dependent relationship cannot be denied. They are so similar, in fact, that one writer was led to refer to the Endowment as Celestial Masonry.”

 

It is refreshing to here such honesty from a Mormon historian after all of the apologetic books that have been written which attempt to disassociate the origin of the temple ceremony from Nauvoo Masonry. Thank you Dr Durham for stating the obvious! Another interesting theory that is promoted is the notion that the origins of Masonry come from the true endowment that was had anciently and then became corrupted over the years. While that theory enables us to feel better about the obvious association between the Masonic Brigham Young Temple Endowment and the Masonic ritual, there is nothing in the word of God to substantiate such a claim.

 

“..God shall send them strong delusion..”

 

People who think that we currently live during the dispensation of the fulness of times and can enjoy the second comforter and get their calling and election made sure right now, have been seriously deceived. Everyone of the self righteous among us that are claiming to be visiting with the Lord are currently up to their eyeballs in the sins of the Gentiles. The Second Comforter cannot possibly take place until AFTER the servants return and the Gentiles REPENT. We currently live during a time of hidden darkness when people think they have repented and are righteous but they are not.

 

Gazelem will shine a light on the false endowment of the Gentiles

In the 27th chapter of Alma, the prophet Alma is entrusting the plates of brass, which were handed down among the expired Jaredite nation, to his son Helaman. These plates contain the Holy Scriptures and the genealogy of their forefathers, even from the beginning. He explains that the content thereof, and the mysteries contained therein, will someday go forth to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. These plates will some day confound the wise and help to bring about the salvation of many souls.

Alma informs Helaman that the plates “are preserved for a wise purpose” to “show forth his power unto future generations” which cannot be fully explained at that time. He teaches some principles that have direct application to the history of the restoration movement. One is that ” If ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land—but if ye keep not his commandments ye shall be cut off from his presence.” Then Alma gives a strong warning according to the spirit of prophecy to Helaman that “if ye transgress the commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, and ye shall be delivered up unto Satan

 

Thus we are given yet another historical and doctrinal precedence for the warning of the Lord to the Latter day Saints just as the restoration was taking place, as documented in chapter 4 of the Book of Commandments:

 

And now if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan

 

Alma continues on to inform Helaman that the 24 plates contain the “secret works” even the “works of darkness” of the Jaredites for which they were destroyed from off the face of the earth:

 

And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep them, that the mysteries and the works of darkness, and their secret works, or the secret works of those people who have been destroyed, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, all their murders, and robbings, and their plunderings, and all their wickedness and abominations, may be made manifest unto this people; yea, and that ye preserve these interpreters.

 

For behold, the Lord saw that his people began to work in darkness, yea, work secret murders and abominations; therefore the Lord said, if they did not repent they should be destroyed from off the face of the earth.”

 

Gazelem shall expose the Endowment of the Corporate Church

And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations.

And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled, which he spake, saying:

I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations; and except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the earth; and I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations, unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land.” (Alma 37:23-25)

 

Alma goes on to explain that the records in the brass plates contain all of the oaths, covenants, agreements, signs, wonders, and murders pertaining to the “secret abominations” and “secret combinations” that the apostate Jaredites practiced, which eventually caused them to be wiped off of the face of the land. It also notes a “secret plan” for global dominance. Although it could be referring to many localized plans these combinations have been from generation to generation. I would submit that it is referring to the master plan Satan has of global domination to take place in the last generation of time when all people will be forced to choose between laboring for money or for Zion.

The knowledge of these ancient secret abominations and secret combinations is important for the upcoming redemption of Zion. This is because these insidious things have been passed down through the ages and they have infiltrated virtually all of the governments of the world.

Additionally, but generally overlooked, these insidious combinations and abominations have infiltrated the restored church with Satan’s oaths and signs and wonders having been embedded within an occult temple ceremony which is passed off as an essential ordinance of salvation.

The believing Gentiles of the restored church unwittingly embraced these nefarious abominations and combinations when Joseph Smith, acting as God’s right arm of chastisement, delivered the Saints over to Satan by giving them a false doctrine of spiritual wifery intertwined with a modified Masonic Temple endowment.

This abominable practice of fornication and adultery under the guise of spiritual wifery and the secret combination-endowment which originally contained an “oath of vengeance“, requiring the oath of each practitioner to murder the assassins of the prophet Joseph Smith if ever given the chance. It is believed by some, including myself, that the oath of vengeance is what inspired and motivated the Mountain Meadows Massacre and many other ritualistic murders that have taken place among fringe LDS groups that were doing the secret signs and tokens and “true order of prayer” found in the LDS endowment.

The Masonic inspired endowment contained numerous secret gestures called “signs and tokens” that people were under the threat of death to never divulge. Prior to 1927, participants made an oath that if they ever revealed the secret gestures of the ceremony, they would be subject to the following:

my throat … be cut from ear to ear, and my tongue torn out by its rootsour breasts … be torn open, our hearts and vitals torn out and given to the birds of the air and the beasts of the fieldyour body … be cut asunder and all your bowels gush out.[changed to] different ways in which life may be taken

The wording of the endowment has been modified multiple times over the years and has been passed down to us through the false traditions of our fathers. We Gentiles cannot fully repent until we understand what this secret abomination and secret combination is, that we have mindlessly embraced because it puts us under the express power and dominion of Satan!

Please make note of the keyword terms used by Alma when describing these things done by “workers of darkness”.

  • oaths
  • covenants
  • agreements
  • signs
  • wonders
  • secret plan
  • murders
  • “secret abominations”
  • “secret combinations”

From Alma 37, it is revealed that there was to be a latter day prophet by the code name of Gazelem who will finally bring to light these works of darkness among all nations that inhabit this land of America. The coming forth of the prophet Gazelem and the exposing of Satan’s secret order and their plan, is one of the great events that must take place before the Gentiles can repent and before Zion can be established.

Joseph Smith is Gazelem

Who is this prophet Gazelem?

I would submit that it is the prophet Joseph Smith for several reasons.

One reason is that shortly after the formal establishment of the church, the Lord used Joseph Smith to reveal the great “mystery” that the enemy was “combined”:

“the powers of darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts of heaven- Which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained, and the angels are waiting the great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares that they may be burned; and, behold, the enemy is combined”. (D&C 38:11-12)

 

Murder was the intent of the secret combination:

 

“..And again, I say unto you that the enemy in the secret chambers seeketh your lives.” (D&C 38:28 )


The solution provided for protection against the secret combination was to become a gathered people who were sanctified. This necessitated a migration to Ohio, where the Law of Zion would be given and the saints would receive the endowment of power from on high:

 

“And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless— Wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment that ye should go to the Ohio; and there I will give unto you my law; and there you shall be endowed with power from on high” (D&C 38:31-32)

 

From Ohio, those endowed with power from on high would go forth into all nations and the great last marvelous work would begin:

 

“And from thence, whosoever I will shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do; for I have a great work laid up in store, for Israel shall be saved, and I will lead them whithersoever I will, and no power shall stay my hand.” (D&C 38:33)

 

As previously noted, the enemy overcame the Saints and the endowment of Power had to be delayed until the 3rd watch when the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times will take place.

 

Clearly, Joseph Smith revealed that a secret order had been conspiring in “secret chambers” to “bring to pass the destruction” of the restored church. He also laid out what needed to be done to escape the power of the enemy. Sadly, the saints failed to consecrate, gather and redeem Zion in the 2nd watch.

Another way that Joseph is identified as Gazelem is that Gazelem was a code name used for Joseph Smith in three of the revelations that he received. These revelations spanned a period of two years, from 1832 to 1834). Joseph Smith was called “Gazelam” by the Lord in D&C 78:9; 82:11; 104:26, 43, 45, 46; (pre-1981 editions).

Joseph Smith also brought to light additional information about Satan’s secret societies by translating the Book of Mormon

23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

 

Joseph’s Patriarchal Blessing

 

Another reason to believe that Joseph is the great prophet Gazelem, is that according to Joseph’s patriarchal blessing, it is his calling to once again use the Urim and Thummim to bring forth all of the ancient records:

“He shall partake of the blessing of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the chief things of the ancient mountains, the precious things that couch beneath, and the treasure hid in the sand.
The records of past ages and generations, and the histories of ancient days shall he bring forth, even the record of the Nephites shall he again obtain, with all those hid up by Mormon, and others who were righteous; and many others till he is overwhelmed with knowledge.

 

No precious thing shall slumber from his possession, for he shall be covered with the most choice things of all ages, till his soul shall be satisfied and his heart shall say, Enough! Enough!

 

In his hands shall the Urim and Thummim remain and the holy ministry, and the keys of the evangelical priesthood also for an everlasting priesthood forever, even the patriarchal; for, behold, he is the first patriarch in the last days.”

 

Another reason for Joseph being Gazelem is that the description of “a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light” matches the unusual way that Joseph gazed at a stone in the darkness created by putting it in a hat, during the work of translation.

BTW it is interesting that members of the church become angry and loose faith when they find out how Joseph Smith translated the plates by placing a seer stone in a hat and then buried his face in it while the stone shined forth and provided the translation of the ancient language in English. That is the protocol being described in the book of Mormon of how Gazelem will translate. He will have a stone that will shine forth in darkness unto light!

 

When Joseph Smith returns, he will expose the temple endowment for what it really is, and clearly bring to light the abominations and combinations of the latter day Gentiles, when he returns, he already has partially completed the work of exposing the origins of the secret societies that infest our globe, as well as the Mormon Temple endowment by bringing forth the Book of Mormon and the Book of Moses. Both records provide descriptions of secret works of darkness that are plainly linked to the dark practices of Masonry and the international global that currently is working the “plan” mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Amazingly, the Lord used Joseph Smith as an instrument in delivering the Saints over to Satan and giving them Satan’s covenant. Conversely, he will use Joseph as an instrument to bring to light the abominations they had been delivered over to and the “break all bonds” that currently have us in temporal and spiritual bondage to this secret combination.

Indeed, the prophetic acknowledgement in the Book of Mormon that “all things shall be made known” and that “there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light, is clearly referring to Joseph’s ministry as the Lord’s servant Gazelem. (2 Nephi 30:16-17)

In a revelation given to Sidney Rigdon the Lord prophesied that when the “Great Work” finally takes place, the folly and abominations of the Gentile Church and the Gentile nations will be manifest:

“And it shall come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land, even among the Gentiles, for their folly and their abominations shall be made manifest in the eyes of all people.”

The Book of Moses Exposes the Satanic LDS Temple Endowment

Isaiah foresaw that the latter day Jews would stumble and “fall backward, and be broken and snared and taken” shortly after the restoration. He notes that they would be enticed into a “covenant with death and with hell“:

“But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

 

Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

 

Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

 

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

 

Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

 

And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

 

From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” Isaiah 28:13-19

 

Earlier in Isaiah 28, we are informed that the prophet Joseph and the Priest Sidney, would err in judgment, leaving the Saints with a multituce of false doctrines to pass down through the false traditions of the Fathers:

“But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean. (Isaiah 28 7-8)

 

The Covenant Between Satan and Cain

After translating the Book of Mormon, which contains many prophecies about the secret abominations and combinations that would infiltrate the restored church, Joseph Smith then translated the Bible. It is from the inspired version of the Bible that we get the Book of Moses which brings to light exactly how the practice of this secret abomination/combination came into this world through a covenant between Satan and Cain. It also highlighted some of the key aspects of this sinister work of darkness.

Here is the passage that you need to be intimately familiar with if you are an endowed latter day saint because you have entered into the modern day version of it:

“And it came to pass that Cain took one of his brothers’ daughters to wife, and they loved Satan more than God.

29 And Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die; and this that thy father may not know it; and this day I will deliver thy brother Abel into thine hands.

30 And Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands. And all these things were done in secret.

31 And Cain said: Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his wickedness.

32 And Cain went into the field, and Cain talked with Abel, his brother. And it came to pass that while they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and slew him.

Please notice some of the vital elements of the Satanic Covenant that Cain entered into with Satan, which became the template for the secret works of darkness by all of the secret societies that would follow in the tradition from that time to the present..

  1. The Formation of a Combination: it is a covenant between two or more people, making it a “combination”

COMBINATION, n. 1. Intimate union, or association of two or more persons or things, by set purpose or agreement, for effecting some object, by joint operation; in a good sense, when the object is laudable; in an ill sense, when it is illegal or iniquitous. It is sometimes equivalent to league, or to conspiracy. ..”

  1. The Secretive Nature of the Combination: It must be kept a secret from those outside of the combination, hence, it is called a secret combination.
  2. Financial Gain and Excelling Above One’s Fellow Man: It is for the purpose of getting gain. This would include financial gain or even attempting to excel in other ways over ones fellow man.
  3. The Great Secret of Master Mahan: It contains the secret knowledge that one can get gain through the act of murder
  4. 5. A Blood Oath: It requires the person to take a blood oath not to divulge the secrets of the dastardly covenantal combination
  5. The Penalty of Death: It contains the penalty of death for divulging the secrets
  6. Swearing by the Head: It requires the candidates to Swear by their throat and heads

Do those elements of the secret combination between Satan and Cain ring a bell?

If you are an older endowed Mormon they certainly do because you have participated in a covenant that integrates virtually all of those elements.

Many younger endowed Latter day Saints are not even aware that candidates needed to swear an oath of vengeance and also swear an oath of secrecy by their neck and head, as part of the insane temple ritual, but it is true. This and many other aspects of the original Nauvoo endowment have been changed or eliminated altogether.

swear

 

This is what the Savior had to say about swearing by the head, as documented in both the Bible and Book of Mormon:

“Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair black or white; But let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever cometh of more than these is evil.” 3rd Nephi 12:36-7

 

Given the fact that a personal decision to take life and swearing by one’s head are strictly forbidden by God, it is almost incomprehensible that the Latter day Saints embraced the masonic endowment administered to them by Brigham Young.

Nevertheless, as previously pointed out, God has the power to place a veil of darkness over our minds and take away the knowledge we have previously been given once we fail to keep the commandments. This is what the scriptures mean by “strong delusion”

If you are of the younger generation that has been endowed with the sanitized version of the temple ceremony, taking comfort in knowing that you have not been required to swear by your neck or entered into an oath to commit murder, there is something you need to know. Keep in mind that every time a change has been made to the temple endowment, the leaders of the church have been quick to remind the Saints that nothing has changed as far as the original intent of the endowment, the wording and certain acts have only been modified or deleted for the sake of shortening the endowment, or to cater to the sensitivities of the day, or other practical reasons.

Nothing in the original intent has been changed! From a legal, contractual point of view, this means that all endowed Saints have essentially entered into the same insidious combination that the early Saints entered into.

Embedded within this nefarious ceremony called the endowment is an implied agreement wherein an administrative temple worker depicting Satan, he presents himself before the congregation and placed a curse upon them :

“I have a word to say concerning these people. If they do not walk up to every covenant they make at these altars in this temple this day, they will be in my power!”

Have you kept every covenant that you made in the Temple?

Keep in mind that one of the covenants you entered into as part of the temple endowment is to keep the law of the Gospel as contained in the Book of Mormon and the Bible:

“PETER: A couple will now come to the altar.

Brethren and sisters, this couple at the altar represent all of you as if at the altar, and you will be under the same obligations as they will be.

We are required to give unto you the law of the gospel as contained in the Book of Mormon and the Bible; to give unto you, also, a charge to avoid all lightmindedness, loud laughter, evil speaking of the Lord’s anointed, the taking of the name of God in vain, and every other unholy and impure practice; and to cause you to receive these by covenant.

All arise.

Each of you bring your right arm to the square.

You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will observe and keep the law of the gospel and this charge, as it has been explained to you.

Each of you bow your head and say, “Yes.”

That will do.”

 

The Commandment to Live wthe Laws of Zion
Was rescinded until the Redemption of Zion

 

When the Saints failed to live the law of the consecration and thereby failed to live the law of the Gospel in Kirtland, the Lord, in his infinite grace and mercy allowed an intercessory atonement to be made and he allowed the Saints to postpone living the laws of Zion for a little season:

 

VERILY I say unto you who have assembled yourselves together that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of mine afflicted people—

 

Behold, I say unto you, were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the church and not individuals, they might have been redeemed even now.

 

But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them;

And are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom;

And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.

 

And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer…

 

.. Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion… And let those commandments which I have given concerning Zion and her law be executed and fulfilled, after her redemption”. (Section 105: 1-6, 13, 34)

 

Despite Gods grace and mercy in allowing the Saints to postpone living the law of the gospel, as contained the Bible and Book of Mormon while they are chastened for a little season, the LDS endowment has Peter replace the Saints under the commandment to live the law of the gospel as contained in the Bible and Book of Mormon.

With that understanding, Satan is placing the Saints under his power if they don’t keep the law of the Gospel. It is, of course, impossible for the Saints live the law of the Gospel until the Servants of the Lord return with the power to administer the saving ordinances of the Gospel and the law of consecration.

In hindsight, it becomes apparent that part of the chastening that the Saints must endure during the little season leading up to the 3rd watch, is to be delivered over to the power and spiritual bondage of Satan. Please remember the warning that the Lord gave the Saints back in 1829:

“And now if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan, for he reigneth and hath power at this time, for he hath got great hold upon the hearts of the people of this generation..”

As you can see, the administering of the covenant with death and hell upon the Latter day Saints by Brigham Young, was a literal fulfillment of prophecy. If Brigham Young’s testimony is true that Joseph commissioned him to oversee the administration of this covenant, then Joseph was simply acting as the Lord’s hand of chastisement.

I am sorry this part has taken so long.

We will now take a break for therapy.

When we will return, we will continue to dissect just how despicable this covenant with hell really is, some of the historicity regarding how it penetrated the restored church, and how it hijacks a person’s ability to receive true revelation from the Lord.

Keep in mind that all of the heretical offshoots of the church, including folks like the Lebarons and the vicious murders that they committed upon dissenters,, cutting their throats from ear to ear in the method enacted in the temple ceremony, as well as those executives downtown that are guiding the “good ship Zion” today, use the covenant with death and hell and the false “true order of prayer” as the foundational protocol for receiving revelation.

Almost all of the delusional people who are currently claiming to have received the second comforter have spoken in terms of hushed reverence about how the temple and endowment and true order of prayer, have been such a wonderful key in unlocking the heavens. “You know who”, for example, makes mention of the temple and/or endowment no less than 50 times in his “how to” book on how to get the Second Comforter.

Some leaders of the church are now teaching that a newly baptized member of the church does not get the gift of the Holy Ghost until they enter the temple and get endowed. These kinds of false doctrines and blasphemies are taking place because of a HUGE push to get people endowed because it puts people under the power of Satan and encourages blind obedience to the “Lords anointed”.

No wonder the ancient prophet Jeremiah looked into the future and exclaimed:

“Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.”

Hosea also made a profound observation about the state of his Jewish brethren which was an exact type of the latter days Jews as well:

“For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.”

Ezekiel foresaw that judgment would begin at the sanctuary after those that have repented of the abominations have been sealed up to God:

“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

5 ¶ And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” (Ezek 9:4-6 See also D&C 112)

 

Please don’t think this storyline, having to do with the apostate latter day saints is unusual or un-Biblical. this is how God operates. This is exactly what happened to the children of Israel. Once they rebelled and and refused to walk in God’s statutes and keep his judgments, He gave them statutes that were not good and polluted them in their gifts

18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:

19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;

20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

21 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.

22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.

23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;

24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.

25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD. (Ezekiel 20:18-26)

 

The next time you go to the temple for an endowment session, or you wonder why the true gifts of the spirit are not present in the church, just remember that we have been given statutes that are not good and we have been polluted in our gifts.

But there is a remedy for our situation and it is coming soon.

 

Are you watching for it?


Miscellaneous Musings #11 Six Year Anniversary of OneWhoIsWatching

October 24, 2014

are you in the wrong place

[WARNING: This blog documents the truthfulness of the restored gospel and the validity of the LDS restoration movement and the ministry of the prophet Joseph Smith. HOWEVER, it also contains very controversial material about LDS Church doctrine and history and it is often critical of Modern Mormonism and the actions and decisions of the leaders thereof.

This particular series of “Miscellaneous Musings” addresses current events and the random thoughts and observations of the author.

At times the author uses a tone of irreverence, cynicism and sarcasm as therapy to help himself and some of his readers cope with the absurd, alternate reality that we live in.

Although many of the Latter day Jews (Mormons)  are convinced that we have the fulness of the Gospel on the earth, I am of the belief that we actually live in the prophesied time of “hidden darkness” when God’s apostate people think they are righteous but they are not..

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**China to Purchase the Federal Reserve?**

http://philosophyofmetrics.com/2014/01/16/china-to-purchase-the-federal-reserve/

**Citizen Pulls Cop Over… Gives Warning**

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaQyiIizgU8#t=177

**Ebola (The Desolating Scourge?) Update**

Years ago I met a brilliant scientist as a result of this blog. I have enjoyed a correspondence with him over the years.

Several days ago, on the 15th of this month, I got the following email from him:

“this ebola mess is getting really, really bad. my prediction, this will flare to something quite large in the US in a matter of two months.” I hugely respect the opinion of this man. I responded to his email with this response: “I am concerned that this may be the “desolating sickness” mentioned in the scriptures. We live in a time when it is difficult to know what to believe. there are still people claiming it is just a false flag with no real threat… but there are also lots of terrifying stories. Who can we believe? The main reason I take it seriously is that such a plague is prophesied to emerge at about this time..(according to my precise calculations LOL) I recently read a story claiming that the disease was intentionally started by the American Red Cross who started it and spread it with their vaccines in that country. The government has since kicked the ARC out of the country because it was realized what they have done. It appears the mainstream media is covering it up. I realize that sounds unbelievable, but what if it is true? What if the PTB are implementing their global population control agenda through this disease? Now there are people calling for the vaccination of the global community to prevent this thing…RIGHT! Yep, sign me up for that one… NOT! It is also interesting how the demise of the dollar and the financial system is also being projected by some people to begin during that same two month period… Interesting times..” This was his response: “There is no vaccine for Ebola, so I wouldn’t put any stock in the ARC story, unless we are to assume that the ARC intentionally infected one or more individuals with an active virus and then purposefully reused needles from infected individuals to vaccinate (e.g., for measles, hepatitis, etc) uninfected people. That would require the collaboration of lots of field docs and nurses who would have to have ignored standard safety protocol, which is a scenario that is even too far-fetched for me. In fact, there is no real treatment for ebola whatsoever. There are experimental treatments that hold some promise; however, there are no resources to manufacture them on a scale that matters, since they only recently were put to the test. In my opinion, this is simply a case of ignorance, unpreparedness, negligence, or perhaps more maliciously, intentional negligence on the part of governments world-wide. The real issue here is that, contrary to what the CDC says, ebola appears to be air-borne, or at least is somewhat aerosolizable. In other words, either the CDC is just plain stupid, or they are lying about how contagious it is to blanket us with a false sense of security. On top of that, fatality is approaching 70%. This is super bad. Most people who die from the flu and other viruses are people who are immuno-compromised in some way due to pre-existing conditions. Ebola doesn’t discriminate, it simply kills you no matter how healthy you are (at least 70% of the time). This is the scariest part.” I then asked him the following question: “Do you put any stock in the claims that a blood transfusion from someone that recovers from the virus can cure the disease in someone else?” His response was: “That I do believe….given that that is the basis for what I do for a living. :) In one of our company’s product lines, antibodies are purified from people who have been previously immunized (or perhaps infected) with a virus like rabies, hepatitis c, tetanus, or another virus. The antibodies are concentrated and formulated to have a very low risk of contaminating pathogens, and then used by patients for acute infections of the aforementioned viruses. They help the body to fight the infection. The main difference between using whole blood from a person who has successfully recovered from ebola infection and using a purified stock of antibodies is that antibodies in the whole blood are less concentrated and there a much greater risk of opportunistic infection from a different virus or pathogen in the whole blood. (However, if you have ebola, I’m guessing you don’t really care if you contract another virus from whole blood treatment, even if it is HIV-1). Nevertheless, in the long run, it is much more preferable to have a purified therapeutic. Some of the experimental drugs that have been used successfully for ebola are similar in concept to purified human antibodies, except that they are mass produced in cell culture (basically, in large incubators or flasks) rather than harvested from human plasma (like we do at the company I work for). However, it seems to be much more effective to have a polyclonal treatment (many different kinds of antibodies like you get from human plasma) rather than monoclonal antibodies (like you get from cell culture). So these companies that make monoclonals tend to make a couple of them and combine them in a cocktail so that they are more effective. In a nutshell, yes, I think taking whole blood from a recovered individual works, but it is a last resort.” As I have pondered the ominous concerns that this fellow raised about the possibility of the Ebola mess getting really really bad in a matter of two months, I was reminded of the incubation period. What if many of the the hundreds of Americans who have possibly been exposed to this virus are in the incubation period and eventually break out! Can you imagine the panic and paranoia that would ensue? Particularly now that it is know that many people suffering from the virus don’t even get a fever. On a related note, here is a video of a concerned MD that I found quite interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npqnYniJQnU#t=91 After reviewing 900 papers on Ebola… “The more I learn [about Ebola], the less I knowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkMKUa0sxBQ#t=55 Also consider this: • 95% of Ebola incubations occur from 1 – 21 days • 3% of Ebola incubations occur from 21 – 42 days • 2% of Ebola incubations are not explained (why?) If this interpretation of the WHO’s statistics are correct, it would mean that: • 1 in 20 Ebola infections may result in incubations lasting significantly longer than 21 days • The 21-day quarantine currently being enforced by the CDC is entirely insufficient to halt an outbreak • People who are released from observation or self-quarantine after 21 days may still become full-blown Ebola patients in the subsequent three weeks, even if they have shown no symptoms of infection during the first 21 days. (Yes, read that again…) Any declaration that an outbreak is over requires 42 days with no new infections http://www.naturalnews.com/047267_ebola_outbreak_incubation_period_viral_transmission.html BTW I have a first cousin that is a member of the Presidency of the Africa West Area of the Church. He noted at a family gathering that the Ebola crisis is leaving missionaries with no place to go after the mission ends because the countries that they are from will not allow them to return… gruesome!

**Temple Garment Damage Control**

 “To those outside a particular faith, the rituals and clothing may seem unfamiliar. But for the participants they can stir the deepest feelings of the soul, motivate them to do good, even shape the course of a whole life of service. The nun’s habit. The priest’s cassock. The Jewish prayer shawl. The Muslim’s skullcap. The saffron robes of the Buddhist monk. All are part of a rich tapestry of human devotion to God.” I never thought the church would use the apostate robes and paraphernalia of an apostate priesthood and of other pagan religions to justify the un-scriptural used of the robes and apron in the LDS temple ceremony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsLrVpeodog Here is one of my favorite snippets from brother Hugh.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSjE2Ks38uE

**Two New Disciplinary Protocols ?** Two Excommunications for the Price of One

I am hearing stories increasingly about people who are called in by their Stake President for counseling and possible disciplinary action who, when they are not willing to be strong-armed into submission, they are invited to resign or face excommunication.

In the past, people were seldom invited to resign prior to a court, rather, they were simply brought into a church court.

If this is a new trend, I applaud the church on this change.

I think it is very wise on their part.

I think the church leaders have learned that when you excommunicate  for someone for apostasy, you are inadvertently destroying their reputation among certain judgmental friends and church members.  When you do that to sincere religious people who simply disagree with practices and doctrine, bad karma takes place and it comes back to haunt the church for generations.

In the past, destroying a person’s reputation was leverage that the church took advantage of.

Things appear to be changing.

Nowadays, because of the Internet and the court of public opinion,  it is the reputation of the church and how they treat people that seems to be on trial.

The Internet is making everything public.

Another trend, according to some accounts, is that the church is now categorically excommunicating the spouse of the person being disciplined if she appears to be supportive of her husband in anyway.

This is quite interesting.

I am not sure it is a true trend. I suspect there are a few isolated situations that we don’t have all of the information about that are being highlighted.

I am aware of leaders of the church in the past that have counseled people to divorce their spouse over doctrinal and faith based issues. I have a very close personal friend who had a crisis of faith in the early part of his marriage and his Bishop counseled his wife to leave him.

I feel there is a special place in hell for Bishops and Stake Presidents that would take it upon themselves to interfere in a marital relationship in that way.

The apostle Paul took quite a different view of the situation:

And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband..”

On the other hand, if the leaders of a local church really are beginning to put a spouse through excommunication even though they have paid a faithful tithe and never been vocal themselves, in a sense, the church may still be encouraging divorce. Such a humiliation upon a neutral spouse or even a spouse that leans towards the philosophical side of their mate may not weather the storm of public humiliation, and the strain may result in divorce.

Supposedly both of these trends are identified in this current event.

**Absolute Zero**

A book about a man with Ebola who flew to Dallas and began the Ebola pandemic in America

Published in 1999, written in 1997.

Has it all been planned out and revealed.

Very bizarre.

** I am a Racist**

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2kKnzW4d8w#t=43

**Magnetic Field weakening 10 times faster**

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2686070/Earths-magnetic-field-weakening-10-times-faster-thought-Western-Hemisphere.html

**Update on “Meet the Fokkers Mormons”**

In my last musings I commented about the up and coming Meet the Mormons Movie. Since then, the movie has hit the theaters and is doing better than expected by the leaders of the church. My personal assessment is that “Meet the Mormons” is an extension of the “I am a Mormon” Internet campaign, which subliminally promotes the “I want to be like you” narrative on varying levels. One the one hand, the “I am a Mormon” campaign wants non-Mormons to know that we Mormons are just like them. Just regular guys! Forget about our history of blood atonement, polygamy and racism. We are just like you now, world! The deeper message of the campaign is that “you pagan monkeys out there should want to be like us!” We are happy, successful and amazingly awesome! So come an join us and you can be totally awesome too! For this reason, I think the popular Disney song should be the theme song for the “I am a Mormon” internet campaign https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JDzlhW3XTM “I want to talk like you, walk like you, wee-bee-dee-boo..  La La La” Anyway, getting back to the new Meet the Mormons flick which is basically an extension of the “I am a Mormon” campaign except that it focuses on highly unusual people who have apparently internalized some Christ-like principles in their lives, a friend of mine went to see it and I asked him what his assessment of it was. His comment was that the marketing department of the church did a remarkable job of finding six needles in a haystack of about 15 million pieces of straw. LOL These hand picked people were chosen to be the poster children of Mormonism. What I found poignant was the Deseret News article on how the Church invited the whose who of famous celebrity Mormons to preview the screening. What a striking difference when you compare the lives of some of these high profile Mormons to the poster children in the movie. It was shocking to see celebrities who have exercised their faith in silicone and plastic surgery to maintain fame and fortune, and others who need to mainline Prozac in order to deal with their miserable lives because of really bad decisions they have made, in the context of being cheerleaders for the poster children of their shared faith. One has to wonder if some of the celebrities were privately mumbling something about how surprised they were, to find out from the movie, what Mormons are supposed to be like. It was also interesting to note that the church PR department had identified and recruited numerous high profile LDS bloggers and Vlogers to try and generate a viral marketing campaign to promote the movie. Heck, if Jeremy Runnells can use the Internet to do a negative viral campaign about Mormonism, why can’t the church use it to improve the image of the Church by promoting  a positive, if not, skewed view, of what an average Mormon is like? As I looked at how some of these online Internet celebrities became popular and what their themes are centered around, I had to blush a little bit. Several decades ago some of these folks would have been censored by the church, now they are embraced because they have a huge center of influence.

 **The Latest Financial Doom**

BIS warns on ‘violent’ reversal of global markets http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11162217/BIS-warns-on-violent-reversal-of-global-markets.html Why would a CIA insider predict that a 25 year great depression is going to begin in April of 2015? http://moneymorning.com/ext/articles/rickards/25-year-great-depression.php?from=oo

**Is Karma Catching up with Lois Learner**

**ISIS Update**

ISIS : A CIA Creation to Justify War Abroad and Repression at Home

**Section 132 and the Doctrine of Exaltation**

Years ago I wrote some blog posts regarding the doctrinal inconsistencies and absurdities of Section 132. It completely contradicted three other revelations in the D&C when Brigham Young took it upon himself to canonize it.  I also questioned the doctrine of “exaltation” as depicted in section 132. It always tickles me when someone else seems to agree on many of the issues I bring up. Particularly when they do a better job of articulating the issues: http://gregstocks.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/dc-section-132-is-an-other-gospel/

** Sixth Year Anniversary of OneWhoIsWatching**

A few days ago I was notified by WordPress that it was the 6th anniversary of OneWhoIsWatching. I should have ordered custom caps for readers of this blog that say “Because I am Watching” on them. LOL Perhaps I will do that one the 7th anniversary, which is hopefully about the time that the servants will return to the vineyard. I had started my ThreeWatches blogspot a few months prior to starting this blog which focused on how the Marvelous Work and a Wonder is a future event. It did not start back at the restoration of the Church. While posting over 50 scriptural and historical indicators showing that Joseph Smith’s ministry was a preparatory work for the great work that is yet to come forth, in the 3rd and final “watch” (dispensation) I decided to create this blog which would have to do with deep doctrine and church history. I chose to use wordpress for this theme because the Anarchist had invited me to do some guest posts on his blog and I fell in love with how wordpress works. My how time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe I have been offending people for six years now. LOL. I have tried to be as nondiscriminatory as possible in who I offend, whether it be protestants, anti-Mormons, LDS apologists, Mainstream Mormons, my fellow bloggers in the LDS fringe vertical and even the Snufferites.

The Goal of OneWhoIsWatching   

My primary goal over the years has been to drive people into a much deeper study of the scriptures and the true history of the church. I have never had a large readership and I am pretty sure I never will because very few people can handle the cold hard truth. Most people visit this blog for a short period of time and then run for cover and therapy. Nevertheless, I have met a few kindred spirits who are also watching. I have had some wonderful feedback from time to time from people who have taken the challenge to search the scriptures and delve deep into a literal, non-correlated, spirit-led reading of God’s holy and infallible word. Here is the most recent feedback that I have received. His first comment came in my “about” section because I cannot turn the comments off in that part of the blog: “Watcher My eyes have been opened. I have read through almost everything you have written here and have delved headlong into the scriptures as a result. The insight provided by the Atonement Statute and JS’s intercessory offering explain so much. The Spirit has testified to my soul of the truthfulness…I am now watching.”   In a follow up conversation by personal email this same person calling themselves “T”, had this to say:

  “I don’t know that I have had quite as spiritual an experience with the scriptures as when studying the intercessory offering of JS et al. It has been amazing..The problem with losing your naivete regarding the modern church is that one has to reconstruct faith based upon the revelations and scriptures and systematically identify and discard all the distracting dross. The precepts of men are so prevalent in what we preach, and yet few notice. It is without irony that we hear “follow the prophet” repeatedly in general conference, and are assured that he will never lead us astray. I never noticed the idolatry until recently. The wonderful thing is that I am now focused on Christ, and it feels so good.As I have been reconstructing my faith from the scriptures, it has become clear that everything that Joseph did or said after the pivot point of the intercessory offering (April 3, 1836) should be subject to a double dose of serious scrutiny. This particularly relates to what goes on in the temple. As you have rightly pointed out the “endowment ceremony” that is currently practiced bears no resemblance to the true endowment of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood, being called up by the voice of the father. I can find no scriptural justification for this at all….Awaiting the return of the servants…”
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I praise God almighty for testimonies from people like “T” who are experiencing a spiritual awakening in God’s holy word.During the last six years I have been the recipient of numerous emails and blog comments like that one and I get giddy every time I get one. . One of these days I am going to do an entire post containing some of the amazing testimonies that people have shared about their personal awakening in reading the scriptures.
. I don’t take credit for any of those testimonies. . PRAISE BE TO GOD! . I am a pathetic, dross, mortal just like everybody else. I want to make that perfectly clear. . Whenever I start getting full of myself the good Lord humbles me real quickly and he reminds me that I am the back end of a horse. Whenever truth emerges on this blog it is because of the glory and condescension of a merciful God. When something foolish and untrue finds its place on this blog, it comes from my mortal, prideful heart and mind. . Your job as a reader of this blog is to discern which is which. . There are signs of the times all around us. It is showtime my friends. . The great work is about to begin and there is not one of us that will not be surprised at how the event is going to unfold.
 Dr. Hales ad Dr. Smith Respond to Grant Palmer

To celebrate my anniversary I thought I would antagonize some LDS apologists, so I went over to MormonInterpreter to see if I could shake things up a little bit. Dr Brian Hales and Dr Gregory Smith had recently posted an article called “A Response to Grant Palmer’s ‘Sexual Allegations against Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Polygamy in Nauvoo” Grant Palmer is an ex-missionary and ex-seminary instructor who became an ex-Mormon. He lost his faith when he became aware of some controversial historical issues. He was not able to withstand the storm of the adversary because he had built his faith on a sandy foundation. Had he searched as deeply in the word of God, looking for reasons to believe and expecting the promised manifestation of the spirit, as he did the history of the church looking for reasons to reject the restoration, he may have withstood the storm of the adversary. Of course the game is not over. Pray for him.

How does Revisionary Interpretation of Scripture Take Place?

It was actually a pretty good article that Brian Hales and Gregory Smith wrote. I learned some interesting things in reading it. Dr. Brian Hales has apparently made some serious scratch, passing gas during surgery  and he has used some of his fortune to pay a full time researcher to gather up everything he can find about the topic of polygamy in LDS church history. In my opinion, many of his views about polygamy appear to have been formulated whilst he was standing too close to the gas dispenser. With the research he has paid a researcher to accumulate, he has written several books to promote his views on polygamy. Because if his research, he and his friend Gregory Smith were able to write a critical review of Grant Palmer’s article about Joseph Smith’s involvement in polygamy. Although I enjoyed the article by Hales and Smith, I found a very disturbing attempt by them to participate in a blatantly false, revisionist interpretation of section 132, so I thought I would call them on it. Here is my first response to the article Here is Brian’s reply Here is my response to his reply I must say that I am impressed that the folks over at the MormonInterpreter (Formerly FARMS) are allowing my comments now. They used to ban many of my comments. Perhaps it is a sign of the times. In my comments I mentioned Brian’s debate at Sunstone with an LDS feminist and how impressed I was with how Brian conducted himself during the debate. In my next life I am going to be as classy as he is in responding to my detractors.

The Kingdom is Currently Prevailing over the Kingdoms of the World?!?!

During our exchange Brian accused people like me, that are critical of the church, of not helping the kingdom to roll forth and he grossly misinterprets the prophetic dream Joseph had about the kingdom rolling forth, that is recorded in section 65 to justify his declaration. Naturally he assumes that the LDS church is the kingdom that the prophet Daniel saw. He is apparently unfamiliar with the old testament prophecies regarding the kingdom that would roll forth in power,  breaking in pieces all of the kingdoms of the world. He is unaware of this because he is apparently not very well read in the scriptures and he has been brainwashed by the correlated teachings of the corporate church. This is the problem I have noticed with many of the so-called scholars that attempt to defend the church. A person who is not intimately familiar with the history of the LDS restoration has a very difficult time contextually understanding prophecy and even doctrine in the scriptures, particularly in the D&C. Conversely someone who is not intimately familiar with the four standard works cannot understand the context behind the bizarre things that took place during the history of the church. A person who has a busy medical practice has little time to delve deeply into the word of God. He doesn’t even have the time to do his own research of church history for the books he writes.

LDS Apologetics Has Changed

I have been thinking about how much things have changed in the world of LDS apologetics during the last few decades. In the early days, Mormon apologists  only had to deal with a handful of prominent anti-Mormon critics, most of who were evangelical Christians. Those were the good old days when the apologists would circle the wagons and defend the faith against protestants that had a differing view of Biblical Christianity. As they constructed their replies to critics, they were largely catering to both critics and members of the church who were largely ignorant of the true history of the church and unqualified to discern the veracity of the articles that were defending the faith. LDS apol 1 Things have changed! Now critics of the church are much more knowledgeable about the history of the church and many mainstream members are also becoming much more knowledgeable. I have noticed that every day Christians are now taking a greater interesting in parsing out problems Mormonism, not just protestant scholars. People such as this guy and this guy are actually doing critical book reviews of the Book of Mormon on the Internet. The Mormon Moment fueled by Mitt Romney and proposition 8 has created a very negative hyper-focus on Mormonism. Additionally, in today’s world, LDS apologists have much more to deal with than just outsiders that view Biblical Christianity differently than Mormonism and claim that Mormons are not Christian. They are now getting bombarded from all directions. Much of what LDS apologetics must deal with now, is coming from Mormons who are having a crisis of faith. Some of them leave the church while others stay and become vocal from within. John Dehlin is a good example of someone who has chosen to retain his membership so that he can be critical of the church from within the ranks of the membership. Then there are those of us blogger that passionately believe in the restored gospel, but are challenging the truth claims and other teachings of the apostate corporate church. This means that traditional LDS apologetics are being attacked from without and from WITHIN the faith! The Internet has greatly changed things. The Google apostasy has completely changed the dynamic as thousands of Latter days Saints are being bombarded with controversial doctrinal and historical information on a daily basis. In the early days of my blogging career, it seemed like there was just a handful of blogs that were defending the true principles of the restoration while challenging the teachings of the modern corporate church. LDS apol 2 In the last few years however, there has been a proliferation in new blogs that are all challenging the false teachings of Modern Mormonism, while still affirming the authenticity and truthfulness of the LDS restoration movement that took place 180 years ago. There is clearly an awakening taking place among members of the church. Sadly, many of the new blogs are authored by Snufferites. Tim Malone has done a good job of cataloging many of these new blogs in his blogroll on the side panel of  of his blog. His blog is an interesting case study because for years, he was an ardent supporter of the corporate church, but has recently changed his views drastically as a result of the Snufferite Movement. In the past, traditional LDS apologists at FAIR and FARMS ignored those of us that were challenging the revisionary history and doctrines of the modern corporate church. It will be interesting to see if they eventually feel the need to start specifically addressing our articles the way that they have written responses to the papers written by critics like Wesley P. Walters, Ed Decker and Michael Marquardt and ex-Mormon critics like Grant Palmer. [I just noticed that  LDS apologist Dr. Brian Hales has started commenting on the PureMormonism blog trying to engage some Snufferites and other disenfranchised Saints, which I think is wonderful! I think he is going to find a different situation speaking to them than he has found speaking to the Grant Palmers of the world ] Interestingly, many long term, professional critics of Mormonism like Wesley P. Walters and Michael Marquardt, who have never believed in the LDS restoration, are actually softening in their criticisms of Joseph Smith and Mormonism while ex-Mormon critics are becoming much more vocal and vicious. I was somewhat shocked at the following admission of Waters and Marquardt in their publication of “Inventing Mormonism” (A title which is very misleading): “Having been involved in our own quest for the past thirty years searching archives for clues to this and other mysteries, we have long since abandoned the simple prophet-fraud dichotomy that others still find so compelling. Our intent is to understand, not to debunk. The question of volition is open-ended. Smith believed that he spoke with supernatural beings, and he produced impressive transcripts of interviews with them. Whether he actually did is ultimately a matter of faith.”

False Prophets can be a Blessing

Even false prophets that arise amongst us do a wonderful work in getting people to begin searching the scriptures. The problem of course is that many of their followers begin to rely on the false prophets to interpret what the passages are saying. At the end of the day, those who are predestined for life and salvation eventually see the deception and move on, those that have been ordained for darkness continue on in the deception created by the false prophet. It is unfortunate that those of us in this blog niche have not come to a unity of the faith on many issues. Sadly, many of my contemporaries in this niche are shamelessly promoting the Snufferite Movement. I doubt that a unity of faith will happen until the light shines forth and God’s anointed servants return to the vineyard. Nevertheless, I think that cumulatively, we have all been inspired to bring to light many issues that are causing people to think, ponder and pray about the current state of the corporate church and prepare themselves for the great work that is coming. Most importantly, these blogs are getting people to search the scriptures and re-evaluate their beliefs that they have gained from the correlated lessons given in Church. While I disagree with some of the things my fellow fringe bloggers teach, I am very aware that they are doing a great work in waking people up. There are now countless blogs out there that are taking the church to task and challenging the idolatry in the false doctrine of “follow the brethren, they will never lead you astray“.

The Rockster is a Rock Star

Recently a very good friend of mine experienced a severe crisis of faith which almost destroyed his faith in everything, including Christ. It began when he read “Mormon Crucifixion” and then he read the article by Jeremy Runnells, who, like Grant Palmer, had built his faith on a sandy foundation. Jeremy’s article is basically a summary of all of the most compelling criticisms that have ever been leveled about the church. He claims his paper is about why he lost the testimony of the Gospel. I would suggest that you cannot lose something you never had. Like Grant Palmer, Jeremy apparently used his energy looking for problems instead of searching the scriptures and looking for the manifestation of God’s spirit, therefore, when he came across some disturbing controversial issues pertaining to church history and doctrine, his religious worldview imploded. Sadly, this friend of mine that had a crisis of faith, had little interest in reading anything I have written to help him during his crisis because he had known me personally for many years and he realizes what a pathetic clown I am. (familiarity breeds contempt) Anyway, on with the story, one day this close friend of mine that was having a crisis of faith called me to chat about things and I heard the sound of hope in his voice. He informed me that he had found a renewed hope and had made a commitment to get back to the basics and reconsider the life of Christ and his ministry. I asked him why he was feeling better about things and he said he had just listened to the Rock Waterman interview on Mormon Stories. It was just what he needed to hear to guide him into a more positive paradigm change. It played a pivotal role in helping him to transition from faith crisis, to hope and renewal. He is now delving deeper into the scriptures. You rock, Rock, but Praise be to God. God is working through lots of people and it is important that we all give credit to God and realize what clowns we all are.

Miscellaneous Musings #10 Ferguson is Close to the “Center Place”

Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

Miscellaneous Musings #8 Sunstone Symposium 2014

Miscellaneous Musings # 7 The Kinderhook Plates were Authentic

Miscellaneous Musings # 6 Jeremy Runnells

Miscellaneous Musings # 5 Phineas Young

Miscellaneous Musings #4

Miscellaneous Musings #3 Kingdom of the Jews (3/7/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #2 (2/28/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #1 (2/11/2014)


How Zion will be Redeemed- Part 7

October 20, 2014

are you in the wrong place[Warning: This post contains controversial and disruptive information about Mormonism.]

In the very early stages of the restored church, the prophet Joseph received three separate revelations directed Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, and David Whitmer, respectively. Each of these revelations began the same way:

“A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.”

Notice from these revelations that the Marvelous Work that Isaiah prophesied about, and that Nephi elaborated on, had not yet begun. Neither the First Vision or the coming forth of the Book of Mormon represented the beginning of the Marvelous work and a wonder. Even after the formal establishment of the restored church, the Lord reiterated that the great work was yet future. (D&C 35:7)

Those three revelations are a great place to start this post since we are going to be taking a look at some of the 3rd watch prophesies contained in the revelations received by Joseph Smith, however, I have decided to put a little less emphasis on that topic and a little more emphasis on another one in this part of the series.

The reason for my change of emphasis has to do with some observations and questions someone recently asked me which I will discuss shortly.

Sections 6, 11, and 14 have another narrative in common. In those sections God commands these first elders of the church to “say nothing but repentance unto this generation” and “declare nothing but repentance to this generation“.

Similarly, section 19 commands Martin Harris to declare glad tidings to the world but to only speak of repentance, faith and remission of sins through the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost. Apparently, the spiritual rebirth falls under the topic of repentance. HOWEVER, He was not to discuss “tenets” of the gospel:

And of tenets thou shall not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior, and remission of sins by baptism, and by fire, yea , even the Holy Ghost” ( Doctrine and Covenants 19:31 )

According to the 1828 Websters Dictionary, a tenet is “Any opinion, principle, dogma or doctrine which a person believes or maintains as true..”

REPENTANCE

With all of the amazing things that God was revealing through Joseph Smith, why should the gospel message to that generation of people, begin and stop with the invitation to repent through faith and the spiritual rebirth?

What about additional doctrines?

Why were the first elders commanded to not pontificate on the deeper doctrines to that generation?

What about the mysteries?

Why only milk?

I would submit to you that the answer is found time and again in both the Book of Mormon and the D&C.

God knew that the Gentiles of that generation would not repent, therefore, there was no need for them to try and move beyond the commandment to repent. What good are higher commandments and mysteries if the church is under condemnation, and won’t repent?

The Book of Mormon testifies numerous times that the Gentiles of the restored church would not get past the commandment to repent.

When God’s people refuse to hearken to his voice after being commanded to repent, God withdraws his spirit

“I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth.” (D&C 63:32)

When God’s people refuse to receive more, that which they have already been given is taken away:

30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.”

It is no wonder that virtually every major teaching of the gospel of repentance that was initially taught, has been changed by the modern corporate church has been taken away and replaced with the teachings and wisdom of man.

We are informed that trusting in the precepts of man is a major stumbling block for the Gentiles, who, continue to deny God, from day to day:

31 Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.
32 Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me”

A little over a decade after sections 6, 11 and 14 had been given, (and after the saints had rejected the fulness and after God had rejected the church with their dead), Hyrum Smith, as the sole President of the Church, read a revelation about polygamy to the Nauvoo High Council and also to the Nauvoo City Council.

He informed members of the High Council that his brother Joseph had received the revelation containing the secret doctrine, and that now that those men had heard it read, they must live it or be damned. His declaration that multiple wives was necessary for salvation is odd, given the fact that the fulness was declared to be on the earth over a decade earlier yet polygamy had been condemned back at that time.

“Now, you that believe this revelation and go forth and obey the same shall be saved, and you that reject it shall be damned..” (See the introduction of “The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes Introduction XXViii by by Dinger and also “‘Illicit Intercourse’ Plural Marriage and the Nauvoo Stake High Council, 1840-44 by Gary James Bergera, John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 23 (2003) 64-67 )

By revealing this doctrinal “mystery” about celestial polygamy and commanding these people to live it or be damned, Hyrum was violating the commandment he had been given by the Lord back in 1829, to “say nothing but repentance to this generation

God had not commanded Hyrum to reveal higher doctrines or expound on the mysteries. He was to say nothing but repentance unto that unrepentant generation.

Even if the revelation on polygamy had been a true revelation about a higher law, (which it wasn’t) it would have been in violation of the commandment he had been given to be talking about it and commanding people to live it.

The Spiritual Rebirth is Necessary for the Redemption of Zion. It is the manifestation of the spirit that one receives after the water baptism that is one of the fruits of the fulness. Having a smile on ones face as one comes out of the water is not adequate. One must be born of the spirit.

Clearly, the true baptism of water, fire, and the Holy Ghost had been taken from the earth, the Lord had begun withdrawing his spirit, and the saints had been left in darkness by the time the events leading up to the martyrdom took place in Nauvoo. The scriptures tells us how Zion is going to be redeemed by those that were anointed to do so during Joseph’s ministry. Until those servants return to the Lord’s vinyard, people cannot fully REPENT, and enjoy the second comforter. It is currently impossible for someone that has not repented of the sins of the Gentiles to be worthy of it.

The reason the topic of repentance is so vital to the topic of how Zion will be redeemed, is because failure to repent prevents those who haven’t been spiritually reborn from being visited with the manifestation of God’s spirit.

Many of those that had been spiritually reborn during the time of Joseph’s ministry were unable to RETAIN a remission of their sins when they reverted back to their old sins. In #8 of this series we will note how the early Kirtland era saints temporarily repented of certain abominations they had been involved in, but then returned to them after the fulness of the gospel was rejected in 1834. This is the reason the Gentile Church of the restoration failed to redeem Zion. We need to learn from the mistakes of our past and not be presumptuous enough to assume we can take matters into our own hands before those who hold the keys return to the vineyard.

Furthermore, failure to repent when the first laborers of the last kingdom return, will be the reason that most of the endowed Latter day Saints will be trodden under the foot of man. As we progress further into the topic of how Zion is going to be redeemed, we need to understand some of the key components of the delusion that Latter day Saints are currently under.

The Salt that Lost its Savor

In earlier parts of this series, we focused on the prophecy in Micah that speaks of the remnants of Jacob treading down the wicked Gentiles in the 3rd watch. The scriptures also use the phrase to describe those that had to flee the lands of their inheritance because of disobedience.

Zion will be Redeemed by the Shedding of Blood

The prophecies we are going to review, about this upcoming blood shedding event may offend the sensitivities of some Mormons, but it needs to be remembered that the opportunity was extended for the land of Zion to be redeemed in a peaceable way, through purchasing the lands of inheritance with money.

The initial warning was that Zion would need to be redeemed either by money or blood.

If the saints failed to redeem the land of Zion peaceably, by repenting and purchasing the lands of inheritance, in the second watch, Zion would need to be redeemed by the shedding of blood by the army of Israel, in the 3rd watch. Those are the only two ways that a Zion inheritance could be obtained:

29 Wherefore, the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase or by blood, otherwise there is none inheritance for you”. D&C 63:29

We are informed in the parable of the redemption of Zion that the saints would be successful in making the purchase before they are finally compelled to reclaim it by the shedding of blood.

Why did the purchase not suffice?

Because they did not repent.

55 And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry;
56 And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.
57 Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.
58 And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.

Isaiah notes that the saints in the 3rd watch had previously gone to Zion to sojourn but had been unjustly oppressed.

Clearly, the revelations received by Joseph Smith reveal that unwise things were done and said by the saints in Jackson County, that threatened the unbelieving Gentiles. But that did not justify the unbelieving Gentiles to do what they did in casting out the Saints.

The previous purchase of, and the subsequent casting out of God’s people from the lands of their inheritance, makes possible the final justified acquisition by force:

1 AWAKE, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
4 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.”

The previous passage offers the provocative observation that the apostate church blasphemes the name of God on a daily basis. Because of this, the unrepentant Saints of the restoration will be trodden down when the army of Israel goes forth.

The Lord has made a sobering declaration that when those of his church enter into the everlasting covenant of baptism and then break it, refusing to repent when the opportunity is extended, they will be trodden under the foot of men:

“When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men;
40 They are called to be the savor of men; therefore, if that salt of the earth lose its savor, behold, it is thenceforth good for nothing only to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men”. (D&C 101)

In a follow up revelation, the Lord reiterates the warning:

“VERILY I say unto you, my friends, behold, I will give unto you a revelation and commandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion;
2 Being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies, on whom I will pour out my wrath without measure in mine own time.
3 For I have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full;
4 And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.
5 But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree which my people shall realize, inasmuch as they hearken from this very hour unto the counsel which I, the Lord their God, shall give unto them.
6 Behold they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies from this very hour.
7 And by hearkening to observe all the words which I, the Lord their God, shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet, and the earth is given unto the saints, to possess it forever and ever.
8 But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them.
9 For they were set to be a light unto the world, and to be the saviors of men;
10 And inasmuch as they are not the saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor, and is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
11 But verily I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren which have been scattered shall return to the lands of their inheritances, and shall build up the waste places of Zion.
12 For after much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing.
13 Behold, this is the blessing which I have promised after your tribulations, and the tribulations of your brethren—your redemption, and the redemption of your brethren, even their restoration to the land of Zion, to be established, no more to be thrown down.
14 Nevertheless, if they pollute their inheritances they shall be thrown down; for I will not spare them if they pollute their inheritances.”

In those passages, the Lord promises that from that hour, in February of 1834, either the Lord’s people of the restoration, would begin to prevail over the kingdoms of the world, or the kingdoms of the world would begin to prevail against God’s people.

Which way did it go?

Which promise has been fulfilled.

The declaration was drawing upon the theme in Daniel’s prophecy about the stone that goes forth smashing the kingdoms of the world, ushering in the Millennium.

So what happened?

Did the kingdom of God begin prevailing over the kingdoms of the world or did Babylon overcome the restored church and their attempt to establish Zion?

The quick and dirty answer is found in the Book of Daniel:

” I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (Dan 7:21-22)

History confirms that  Babylon prevails against the Saints.

Here is a brief sampling of four major historical indicators that took place shortly after God’s unconditional promise in February of 1834, that either Babylon would emerge and prevail over God’s people or God’s kingdom would emerge and prevail over the kingdoms of the world:

April of 1834 the Lord announces that the “Covenants [had been] broken through transgression”, bringing the two year attempt at consecration to an end. (D&C 104)

May 3 1834 A Special Conference was called to take the name of Christ out of the name of the church. The name was changed from the “Church of Christ” to the “Church of the Latter day Saints”. (HC 2:62-63)

June 22, 1834 The Lord declares that the redemption of Zion and the faithful observance of her laws must “wait for a little season”. (D&C 105)

December 5th 1834 A revelation is received declaring that both leaders and members of the church are condemned and that a reformation of all things must take place. (UnPub Rev Pg 73)

The historical evidence is pretty clear.

Of course, another way to evaluate it is to simply look around at the current state of the world and the current state of the apostate church. Clearly, Daniels prophesy of the stone rolling forth, breaking up the kingdoms of the world has not taken place nor is it currently under way. (However there is good reason to think it is going to begin within a few years)

Four generations after the prophecy in section 103 was given, we can plainly see that Satan rules this world and those claiming to be his church as much or more now, than he ever has in the past.

Clearly, a global secret combination has control over the nations of the world. Conversely, those of the apostate church who claim to be prophets, seers and revelators have long since lost sight of Zion and embraced members of the secret cabal with secret handshakes. The focus of the leadership of the church has turned towards accumulating obscene riches from the widows mite. They are frantically acquiring real estate and building malls as if the world is coming to an end… oh, that’s right, it is!

While the signs of the times are all around us, the brethren are gallantly leading the charge with the Babylonian cry of, “Lets go shopping!!

“He Invites us to Come Closer to Christ”

As previously mentioned, the primary topic of this part of the series was prompted by someone who contacted me the other day and asked the following questions:

“I am currently reading the “second comforter” by you-know-who.

I do not appreciate everything he says and don’t believe he’s right on many points (about history for instance) but I appreciate one thing : he invites us to come closer to Christ.

Do you believe we can have such a personal relation with our Lord ?

and if so, should we seek that communion ?”

I have had lots of similar comments and questions since the current “second comforter- quest for Zion”, spectacle began.

I have addressed the question of why God is not currently giving people the second comforter in previous blogs, however, I have decided to approach the subject a little differently in this series. In the previous blogs I provided numerous passages showing that God has not been speaking to men on this earth since the saints were rejected with their dead in Nauvoo because the Gentiles failed to repent.

In this series I am going to zero in on the fact that the Gentiles are unqualified to receive the second comforter because they have not repented. Indeed, the believing Gentiles even in the fringe movements DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO REPENT OF. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE DONE WRONG.

Whenever someone tells me that they have been inspired by “you-know-who’s” invitation to come closer to Christ, I am always curious to know why Christ’s own invitation to come unto Christ was not sufficient?

Why doesn’t Christ’s invitation have as powerful of an impact as someone like “you-know-who”?

Seriously, why is it that the countless scriptural invitations from Christ and his apostles don’t seem to change the lives of these people and give them the hope and determination they are looking for, yet the invitation of a false prophet seems to have a huge impact on them.

It reminds me of a passage in the New Testament, wherein Christ was speaking to the unbelieving Jews:

“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”

That is a pretty sobering statement that Christ made.

Why is it that people often revere the words of someone that comes in his own name more than the words that Christ gives us?

Why do some people receive the words of You-know-who, yet previously, the words of Christ were unremarkable to them?

Christ condescended and came into this world to suffer for our sins. He has left his testimony in the holy scriptures for all to read. Additionally, he has provided in the holy canon, other testimonies from other eyewitnesses of the resurrection of Christ and his gospel. We even have a relatively recent, “last testimony” from Joseph and Sidney in the D&C.

Having given us those written testimonies, the Lord has promised that those that read the testimonies embedded in scripture, and believe, will be blessed with the manifestation of his spirit.

Is that not sufficient?

So why is it that people don’t seem to perk up and gain a serious hope that they can get closer to Christ, obtain the second comforter and get their calling and election, until a guy that characterizes himself as a divorced, cussing, Harley driving, concert attending, foolish person, tells them that he has done it and that anyone can:

“We all should have this HOPE…I mean of all people who has had an audience with the Lord like a divorced lawyer who rides a Harley, participates along with the seedy crowd on in the Sturgis motorcyle rally,… who uses curse words, who would attend a Rush concert, and who openly admits he is vain, foolish and full of faults and sarcastic. (No offense intended)

This same lawyer has been given the assignment to give each of us the needed hope to literally repent and come unto Christ, that an audience with the Lord is possible (and essential)…”

The most telling part of the storyline above  is that the foolish person has been able to enjoy the second comforter without repenting of the sins that have been leveled against the Gentiles in the Book of Mormon! Not only does he neglect to inform his followers that they need to repent of the covenant that they have made with Hell, he, himself has not repented of the covenant he made with Hell! Indeed that covenant with Hell that he entered into is the foundation from which he derives his revelation from, just like all of the other Jim Harston types that have gone before him.

When you get done reading this series you will know exactly what some of the major sins of the Gentiles are, that have not been repented of.

You will know exactly why you, me, President Monson, and “you know who”, have not seen the true Christ and cannot possibly behold his presence at this time, let alone, receive our calling and election.

This is going to be another one of those heart-wrenching topics calculated to leave readers curled up in the fetal position, having convulsions, bleeding from the eyes, and whimpering like a little girl.

My public reply to the myriad of people that have asked similar questions to the one I quoted above, is as follows:

“The short answer to your question is that nobody can obtain the second comforter and/or get their calling and election until after they REPENT.

Sadly, you have not repented, President Monson has not repented, “you-know-who” has not repented and I have not repented.

Nobody in this current generation has fully repented yet according to the Book of Mormon and the commandments that Joseph revealed.”

We are informed that the day of repentance takes place in the 3rd watch, when the first laborers of the last kingdom are sent AGAIN, for the last time, to finally MAGNIFY their original callings. At this time they will-

bind up the law, seal up the testimony and prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come“.

Notice the following prophecy in section 88 wherein the Lord tells the first elders of the church to prepare themselves for the time when he will send them again to testify and warn the people for the last time:

“That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you.
81 Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.
82 Therefore, they are left without excuse, and their sins are upon their own heads.
83 He that seeketh me early shall find me, and shall not be forsaken.
84 Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry to go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lord shall name, to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come”

As you can see from the unconditional declarations above, the Lord is going to send his servants among the Gentiles again, for the last time. In previous posts we have documented the passages of scripture that inform us that Joseph and his brethren are the ones who have been given the keys of the kingdom and have been anointed to return to complete their assignments at the appointed time.

The good news for those that repent when the first laborers of the last kingdom return is that the heavens will open again and those that repent will see the Lord and be comforted, if they seek him early, before the wrath of God hits the earth.

Section 65 is an inspired “prayer” about the future return of God’s servant “from above” in the 3rd watch, whose voice goes to the ends of the earth declaring the same message of repentance that John the Baptist declared:

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”.

That is the exact same declaration John the Baptist made after commanding that generation of Jews to repent.

“Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

If the apostate church has repented and is in good standing with the Lord, why the need for a servant from above to prepare the way and make his paths straight in the 3rd watch by commanding everyone to repent?

In the prophetic prayer, the servant from above commits the keys of the kingdom to man on the earth for the final time.

“the keys of the kingdom are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence, shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth”

If the apostate church has the keys of the kingdom that Joseph had in this world and in the world to come, (D&C 90:3) why the need for this servant from above to return and commit the keys to mortal man again ?

The inspired prophetic prayer in section 65 does not bode well for the truth claims of the apostate church or any Jim Harmston types that are attempting to take matters into their own hands and set the church in order by re-baptising and setting up communities.

You Can’t Bypass Repentance

Once the Lord commands a people to repent, He then finds it very offensive when they refuse to repent, yet seek Christ’s comfort and aspire to their calling and election, thinking they can bypass repentance and enter into the presence of the Lord.

One of the major narratives of the last days in the Book of Mormon is that:

1- the Gentiles are commanded to repent

2- while attempting to repent, they cumulatively fail to do so as a group, and stumble.

3- Many generations later, after the knowledge of the gospel is taken from the stumbling gentiles to other remnants of Israel, an extremely small portion of the believing gentiles do repent and are gathered to Zion.

The Unrepentant will Seek the Second Comforter in Vain

It is in vain for a gentile to seek the second comforter and their calling and election when they have not repented.

A Gentile simply cannot repent until they understand what they need to repent of.

In part eight of this series about how Zion will be redeemed, I am actually going to attempt to explain, doctrinally and historically, what some of the major sins of the Gentiles are. These sins have been hidden in plain sight from Mormons for four generations, but I believe a preparatory awakening is now taking place.

If you are an endowed Mormon, you are going to be shocked to realize that you are guilty of practicing and/or supporting the very abominations and combinations that the Gentiles were commanded to forsake. Indeed, these Satanic abominations and combinations have been integrated into the endowment ceremonies and commandments of the apostate church and have become foundational to modern Mormonism. We have received these false traditions from our fathers.

If you are able to keep reading this series until it is finished, and if you are able to believe what you are about to read, there will be no question in your mind about the foolishness and delusional state, not only of the apostate church, but also of those claiming they have had an audience with the true Christ.

Virtually all of the Jim Harmston types who have tried to set the church in order, began getting their extra curricular visions and visitations while putting their faith in the Satanic Jesuit-Masonic Endowment and so-called “true order of prayer” that Brigham Young introduced into the church.

The truth is that the vast majority of temple endowed Latter day Saints will be trodden under foot as salt that has lost its savor instead of gathered to Zion because they have made a covenant with hell and have not repented of it.

When the servants return and tell the LDS gentiles about their sins, many of the latter day saints that have been endowed, will reject the rebuke and call to repentance in utter astonishment and disbelief. This is because they will not be able to accept that the ritual they believe to be the most holy ordinance of the restored gospel, is a false one, even though it cannot be justified in the scriptures and is actually a covenant with Satan which literally fulfills the prophecy in chapter four of the Book of Commandments:

“…If this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan..”
We live in the time Isaiah referred to, where the deception is so thick that good is called evil and evil is called good.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

The believing Gentiles have stumbled and have been delivered over to Satan for a little season.

In part 8 of this series we shall talk about the stumbling stones of the believing Gentiles and about the significance of false temple worship

to be continued if you have the intestinal fortitude to keep reading this series.


Miscellaneous Musings #10 Ferguson is Close to the “Center Place”

October 5, 2014

Two women raised from the dead
on or near the beginning of Shemitah

Is this bogus?

Or is it a fitting beginning for the Shemitah year which may mark the beginning of the return of the servants and the fulness?

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/ebola-zombies-liberian-newspaper-claims-victims-are-rising-dead-610439

You can’t trust your Feelings

The following passages should strike fear in the hearts of Mormons because the structure of belief and testimony in Modern Mormondom is based on the sandy foundation of feelings and emotions without studying the facts.

Zeal without knowledge as Nibley would say.

” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”  (Hosea 4:6 )

“He that trusteth in his heart is a fool” ( prov 28:26 )

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jer 17;9

One must take the Holy Spirit as their guide, which speaks to both the mind and heart of the recipient:

“OLIVER Cowdery, verily, verily, I say unto you, that assuredly as the Lord liveth, who is your God and your Redeemer, even so surely shall you receive a knowledge of whatsoever things you shall ask in faith, with an honest heart, believing that you shall receive a knowledge concerning the engravings of old records, which are ancient, which contain those parts of my scripture of which has been spoken by the manifestation of my Spirit.
2  Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.”

The Anonymous Blogging Bishop

Someone recently brought a new blog to my attention about a guy that claims to currently be serving as a Bishop who has a few issues with the Church. I found his observations about the new “Meet the Fockers Mormons” Movie to be compelling:

http://anonymousbishop.com/?p=12

I thought his observations and comments about not using the new movie for missionary work and the absurdity of the church donating profits from commercial ventures to the Red Cross dead on.

The Jewish Day of Atonement

Last night began the Jewish Day of Atonement for Jews scattered all over the world. It is considered the holiest day of the year. Its central themes are atonement and repentance and historically the more faithful among the Jews have often spent the day in fasting and prayer.

Here are a few interesting facts according to the wiki (which is never wrong)

“Etymology

Yom means “day” in Hebrew and Kippur comes from a root that means “to atone”. Yom Kippur is usually expressed in English as “day of atonement”.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is “the tenth day of [the] first month”[2] (Tishrei) and is regarded as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. Rosh Hashanah (referred to in the Torah as Yom Teruah) is the first day of that month according to the Hebrew calendar. On this day forgiveness of sins is also asked of God.

Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) that commences with Rosh Hashanah.

As one of the most culturally significant Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur is observed by many secular Jews who may not observe other holidays. Many secular Jews attend synagogue on Yom Kippur—for many secular Jews the High Holy Days are the only times of the year during which they attend synagogue[3]—causing synagogue attendance to soar.”

The Semi-Annual Jewish Conference

Falling on the Day of Atonement is the Global Jewish Conference that is held annually.

In these latter days, the Jews have a tradition of having a Jewish conference two times per year. Those that can physically gather to hear the chief priests speak do. Other participate through the use of modern technology.

The first semi-annual gathering of the Jews is held during the March-April period and the second is held during the September-October period. Each of these periods has great historical and prophetic significance in Judaism which has been carried down to our present day.

Being somewhat curious to know what is taking place among the latter day Jews, I suffered myself to listen in on a few of their opening talks this year.

In the first talk, the leading Rabbi and chief priest of the Jews spent most of his time boasting about how many temples the Jews have built. It is interesting how temple theology seems to have more significance among modern Jews than any other doctrines having to do with their messiah or the saving ordinances.

His comments brought to mind the following warning of Jeremiah:

“Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.”

Hosea also made a profound observation about the state of his Jewish brethren which was an exact type of the latter days Jews as well:

“For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.”

The Urgent Need to Remodel Perfectly Good Temples

One the amazing things the Chief Priest reminded his people about is the fact that huge sums of money are being spent to remodel and rededicate existing temples that are not as opulent as they otherwise might be. For this reason, some of the older temples such as the Ogden Jewish Temple are being updated. Apparently they have spent over 100 MILLION dollars in renovating that temple.

The Poor have been taken Care of!

Although this may seem a little excessive and out of touch with the original mandate of the Jewish Church, particularly since the existing structure was more that adequate for doing their Jewish-Jesuit-Masonic ceremonies in, it is actually very good news because it indicates to me that the tribe of Judah has more than enough money to assist the poor and to alleviate suffering throughout the world and are currently meeting all of the needs of the poor.

Therefore, having successfully fulfilled the mandate to take care of the poor and needy, they are now justified in finding less deserving causes to throw obscene amounts of money at. (rumor has it that the Jews have been so successful in achieving all of their charitable mandates from the Lord, that they are now donating excess funds from business ventures to the American Red Cross. (See the musing on the anonymous Bishop post regarding the Meet the Mormons movie)

During this talk, the Chief Rabbi emphasized that the young Jewish women of the tribe were not under the same priesthood mandate as the young Jewish men to go out and preach the gospel. Some have speculated that, that notation was meant to dissuade young Jewish women from going on missions now that the church has so many missionaries that they don’t know how to use them all. (nearly 90,000!)

I was somewhat surprised that he would make such an insensitive and sexist statement given the fact that there is a current uprising and even some degree of dissent among a vocal feminist group of Jewish women that are demanding that the Sanhedrin begin ordaining Jewish women to the same priesthood offices that have traditionally been restricted to Jewish men.

The Stone Is Rolling Forth?
Really!

The next speech was given by the leading Rabbi of the Jewish quorum of the Twelve Apostates. He boasted that there are now over 15 MILLION Jews worldwide!

I was a little taken back by his declaration that the establishment of 2000 stakes is proof that the stone Daniel spoke of has been going forth for nearly 200 years throughout the world. I guess I need to go back and re-read the Book of Daniel, I had remembered that when the stone goes forth, it will simultaneously destroy the kingdoms of the world. Perhaps I misread that part of the prophecy, or better yet, perhaps the world we live in has in fact been sanctified and Zionized and that the presence of Babylon is simply a figment of my imagination!

Following that sermon we heard from the token Jewish female who quoted profusely from other contemporary Jewish leaders who were sitting on the stand judging her remarks, instead of from the scriptures.

After that, it was fun to listen to a Jew who was born in Hong Kong. He spoke in Cantonese. and needed a translator. I suspect that the Chief Priest that spoke first and presided over the Jewish conference, having been sustained by all faithful Jewish people as a translator, would have done the translating, except that he is getting old and a bit feeble.

Unfortunately I was unable to listen to every part of each talk given by all of the rabbi’s that spoke during the Jewish General Conference, however I did hear a few tidbits I want to share.

One Rabbi who was trying to do damage control over the controversial life of Joseph Smith warned that the Internet is not a good place to obtain knowledge because it does not have a “truth meter” on it. (He neglected to mention that the correlated LDS priesthood and Sunday school manuals with the false truth claims in them also don’t come with a “truth meter” on them.)

He suggested that members of the church record the testimony of Joseph Smith in their own words and listen to it again and again and again and again instead of listening to disruptive information from questionable people like me in the Internet. The impression I got was that by doing so, one could divert their thoughts and drown out the negative historical data that is presented on the Internet

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Ben Carson fears Anarchy within a few years

I was impressed when another Rabbi quoted from a story in the life of Ben Carson.

COULD THIS BE A SIGN THAT THE BRETHREN WILL SUPPORT BEN CARSON FOR THE PRESIDENCY?

Although I have never voted during a presidential campaign, and don’t intend to in the future, I would probably vote for such man if I was going to vote. I love virtually everything I have ever heard him say. Interestingly he recently made an eye opening prediction about the future when asked about his intentions to run for the Presidency.

He fears that the US may be in a state of anarchy preventing elections and keeping Obama in the White-house indefinitely.

ben carson

According to some sources,

“Ben Carson, the 63-year-old neurosurgeon-turned-Tea-Party activist and Fox News commentator, is reportedly ready to throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential race — but Carson hasn’t made up his mind yet, because he fears that the elections will be canceled as society falls apart and slips into a state of anarchy…

..Asked in a Fox News interview on Sunday morning whether he still believed that the United States will disintegrate into “widespread anarchy” in the next two years, Carson held to his prediction.

“Certainly there’s the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation,” Carson told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way and in a logical way there is no telling what could happen in just a couple of years.”

(personally I think there will be an election because section 124 foretells of one)

Sadly I fell asleep during part of the talks but I am sure they were profound.

I did notice that Rabbi Holland publicly acknowledged, amidst his sobbing and tears that he had no idea what it felt like to be poor. I would have appreciated a little more context, such as his personal net worth and how much LDS Inc. pays him annually.

He also gave a heart wrenching plea for members of the church, both rich and poor, to help the poor financially, (despite the irresponsible expenditures of Billions of dollars on real estate investments by him and his fellow leaders of the tribe if Judah.)

 Only Two Options?

I have blogged before about the book, “Book of Mormon, Key to Conversion” which proposes the false supposition that if the Book of Mormon is true, then the Modern Corporate Church is true. This type of black and white mind-numbing over- simplification gets people into trouble.

Along the same lines, I noticed the following comment on another blog:

As we all have said about Joseph he was either a true messenger ,a fraud or a psychopath That is especially true of D Snuffer.

I don’t want to be unduly critical  of the commenter, but, IMO, the above statement is extremely naive and could only come from someone with an extremely limited-correlated understanding of the scriptures and the way that God uses his servants.

The truth is that there are other possibilities for both Joseph Smith and Denver Snuffer.

Joseph, like Moses of old, could have provided an intercessory atonement offering in behalf of Israel that would have resulted in him acting out the sins of Israel and causing some of his actions and teachings during the later part of his ministry to be contradictory to some of the actions and teachings in the early part of his ministry. This would not disqualify him as a true prophet and it certainly would not make him a fraud or a psychopath.

With regard to Denver, he could certainly have been visited by a false Christ and been deceived, while desiring to do good. If that is the case, it disqualifies him as a true prophet but it would not make him a fraud who is intentionally lying to people and being deceptive, nor would it make him a psychopath.

American Banks Hold $240 TRILLION in Derivatives Exposure

Here are fresh numbers through December 31, 2013 for derivatives exposure for the top 25 banks in the U.S.

(That table is about 3/4 of the way down the document)
The top 25 banks in the U.S. now hold $304 TRILLION in notional derivatives value.

The top 5 banks are as follows:

JP Morgan: $70.4 TRILLION
Citigroup: $63.5 TRILLION
Bank of America: $55.7 TRILLION
Goldman Sachs: $53.5 TRILLION
Morgan Stanley: $46.7 TRILLION

Ebola
“..for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.”

U.S. PROFESSOR PROVES EBOLA SOURCE: Manufactured Bioweapon From Our Own CDC

ISIS

Ferguson is Located Close to the “Center Place”
in the “heart of the earth”

In section 57 the Lord identifies Independence, Missouri as the “Center Place” of the geographical area that is consecrated for the gathering of the Saints. The revelation notes that it is the “land of Promise” and the “place for the city of Zion”.

1 HEARKEN, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord your God, who have assembled yourselves together, according to my commandments, in this land, which is the land of Missouri, which is the land which I have appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the saints.

2 Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion.

3 And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom here is wisdom. Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse.

“all nations”

One of the many Mormon Myths that has been perpetuated in the last days by the corporate church is the belief that the “Lords house” spoken of by Isaiah where “all nations” shall gather in the last days, is referring to the Salt Lake Temple in Utah.

That is absurd.

It was well understood in the early days of the church that the mountain of the Lord’s house that Isaiah spoke about was speaking about the holy places designated by revelation, located in the middle of the United States. Several scriptures, like the one quoted in section 57 as just one example, identify the great last house of the Lord as being in the center place. (For scriptural literalists like me, the top of the mountains reference is easily explained by the fact that there are going to be significant earth changes that take place wherein many flat places will be made high and high places will be made low).

The Indignation Upon All Nations

If we continue searching the prophetic use of the key phrase of “all nations” we find passages such as the following one in Isaiah 34 that inform us that there will be an army composed of all nations that come against the mountain of the Lord

1 COME near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. (see also Isaiah 60:..)

The Prophet Joel speaks of an amazing time when God’s people mingled among the Jews and Gentiles (Judah and Jerusalem) will be in captivity in the last days. During this time He will deliver his remnant that repent and call on the name of the Lord. At this time the Lord will gather all nations and plead with them. The great sign associated with all of these events is that the sun will turn to darkness and the moon will turn into blood.

And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

CHAPTER 3

All nations shall be at war—Multitudes stand in the valley of decision as the Second Coming draws near—The Lord will dwell in Zion.

1 FOR, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Section 34 gives us a peak of the same event, noting that the sun must be darkened and the moon turn into blood BEFORE the GREAT DAY of the COMING of the LORD:

To lift up your voice as with the sound of a trump, both long and loud, and cry repentance unto a crooked and perverse generation, preparing the way of the Lord for his second coming.

7 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, the time is soon at hand that I shall come in a cloud with power and great glory.

8 And it shall be a great day at the time of my coming, for all nations shall tremble.

9 But before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood; and the stars shall refuse their shining, and some shall fall, and great destructions await the wicked.

10 Wherefore, lift up your voice and spare not, for the Lord God hath spoken; therefore prophesy, and it shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.

The prophet Haggai also spoke prophetically of this time when all nations shall be shaken and shall come when the House of the Lord is filled with glory:

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

Nephi saw the time when the “multitudes of the earth” were gathered together to fight against the 12 apostles of the Lamb resulting in the destruction of all nations. (1 Nephi 11:35)

In chapter 14 he notes that:

“..it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God

A Plague Smites those that refuse to gather and worship the King

Zachariah notes that when those left of the nations, refuse to come and worship the king, the Lord of Hosts, they will be smitten with the plague:

¶ And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

In Matthew 25 the Lord makes reference to the final separation of the wheat and the tares. In his remarks he refers to himself as the “King” and to the gathering of “all nations” during this time of great separation:

31 ¶ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

One of the things that becomes apparent when searching the topic of the nations of the earth gathering to the center place, is that there are a series gatherings to the center place.

Section 58 does a great job of explaining this. It informs us that all nations will be invited to the supper of the house of the Lord:

“Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited” (58:9)

Embedded within that section is the acknowledgement that the first preliminary administrative gathering took place during Joseph Smith first ministry wherein the first elders of the church were:

“honored in laying the foundation and in bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall stand“. (58:7)

While a preliminary testimony went forth at that time, that same testimony will be reiterated in power after Zion has been established. This if mentioned in countless sections of the D&C. Section 58 also alludes to the fact that Zion would in fact be established at a future time so that:

the testimony might go forth from Zion, yea, from the mouth of the city of the heritage of God..For, verily, the sound must go forth from this place into all the world, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth—the gospel must be preached unto every creature, with signs following them that believe. And behold the Son of Man cometh.  Amen.” (58:13,64-5)

We have previously covered the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101 so that we know how the land of Zion will be redeemed with the shedding of blood.

Section 124 also speaks of how a declaration will go forth to the governors of the nations of the world AFTER Zion has been reclaimed.

continuing on with the theme of multple gatherings-

Section 58 informs us that a preliminary invitation to the supper of the Lord first takes place BEFORE the great day of the Lord:

“First the rich, and the learned, the wise and the noble”

It is my belief that we are currently living during the time of the preliminary gathering of the rich, learned, wise and noble. Sadly, most of us will be included in this group if we don’t repent when the appointed time arrives.

This cryptic time of gathering the rich, learned, wise and noble probably began when the secret dispensation was ushered in on April 3rd, 1836.

That is when a strange “bait and switch” took place in the history of the LDS restoration.

Right at the time when the first laborers of the last kingdom (High Priests) were expecting to be endowed with power from on high, so that they could go forth preaching the fulness of the gospel for the last time, something secretive took place.

When the dispensation of the fulness of times failed to materialize as expected, a secret ushering in a an ancient dispensation and a lesser gospel was secretly ushered in.

Instead of the first elders of the restoration going forth in power with the fulness of the gospel, the second elders, who had been declared to be in a state of apostasy by the Lord, were commissioned by the Prophet Joseph Smith to begin taking the knowledge of the gospel to the nations of the world.

Many people have come to my blog and asked the question, “if the fulness of the gospel was rejected in 1834 and if the saints were rejected with their dead by the Lord in 1841, what has been taking place during the last four generations?

The Grafting in of the Wild Branches Kept the Roots Alive

My positive response has been that the establishment of foreign missions and the grafting in of the House of Israel shortly after the Kirtland era kept the roots of the mother tree alive.

Which is true.

However, there is also another way to characterize what has been taking pace during the last four generations. I have probably never publicly shared this narrative until now.

Here it is:

“For the last four generations, the Lord has been extending his invitation to the marriage feast, to the rich, learned, wise and noble”

Interestingly, the proud members of the church and splinter groups, particularly those in America, who are highly educated by the world and very wealthy, are deluded into thinking that they, themselves, represent the last group of people that are gathered in at the day of the Lord’s power. The last group that is gathered is characterized in section 58 as the poor, lame, blind and deaf:

and after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf,come in unto the marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great day to come” (38:11)

I am guessing that most of the wealthy Mormons who have no desire to live consecration and establish Zion obviously do not represent the poor, lame, blind and deaf that will be gathered into the marriage of the Lamb during the great day of POWER.

A typical American Gentile Mormon is wealthy according to the meager living that most inhabitants of this world enjoy. Even those of us that think we are financially challenged, live like kings compared to most people in 3rd world countries, according to the average global pay scale.

We also represent a demographic that is highly educated according to the learning of the world.

The term wise as used in the above passages is not being used in a complementary way. It is referring to those that are wise in their own conceit. Wise unto the precepts of men. People who are to wise to become humble, contrite and born of the spirit.

One of the best textbook definitions of modern day Mormonism is found in D&C 76:75

I used to think that the passage was condemning the “crafty men“, however, I have since come to believe that the primary chastisement must be referring to the “honorable men” that allowed themselves to be deceived by the crafty. How else could the law of justice and mercy prevent these souls from the greatest reward?

This information does not bode well for the deluded latter day saint. Those that think they can live in a mansion in this world and then inherit another one in the world to come may be deceiving themselves.

Bringing this gathering of all nations narrative into relevancy with regard to current events and “soon to come” events, I want to provide a speculative scenario for those who are watching.

The Book of Joseph

I have referred to the mysterious “Book of Joseph” manuscript that surfaced years ago and some of the amazing prophetic content therein. In one portion there is a reference made to an event that takes place in the “heart of the earth“. It informs us that “all nations shall gather together in the heart of the earth to make war with the Lord“.

What is shocking about this prophecy is the fact that it accurately foretold that the powers that be, would invent weapons of war that would “touch the power of the Most High” and these evil power would justify the weapons by stating that they are for the protection of the people.

What I want to emphasize, with regard to this topic, is the fact that according to the prophetic narrative, the evil conspirators who control the governments of the nations of the world are aware of the “appointed time” (and place) when the Lord is to return to his vineyard BEFORE his coming in glory!

With this knowledge, they “lay an awful scheme by the word of their god that they should destroy the Lord when he shall visit men at the appointed time

Prophetic Passages from the Book of Joseph

3:4 Behold, wisdom shall increase in the latter time. And men shall make weapons of war; yea, even terrible weapons which shall touch the power of the Most High.
3:5 And the seed of Joseph shall believe a lie, wherein the terrible weapons shall be for the protection of their lands. And wo unto them, for the people shall be deceived.
3:6 And the Lord showed Jacob a vision, and said: behold, the mighty men of the earth shall lay an awful scheme by the word of their god, that they should destroy the Lord when he shall visit men at the appointed time when he shall reward the sons of men according to their works.
3:7 And all nations shall gather together in the heart of the earth to make war with the Lord, even the almighty king of heaven and earth. Wo, wo, wo unto the chief princes of the earth, even unto the seed of Dan, who hath made gold their god and a lie their refuge:
3:8 Who have said among themselves: the Lord is no god wherein we should fear him, for by our mighty power have we become gods ourselves and have spread abroad ourselves over all the earth. Yet shall they be judged and cut off from among the sons of Jacob.
3:9 Thus sayeth the Lord: The wicked plot in vain. And they shall drink from the cup of vanity which they have grasped: for the Lord himself shall utterly destroy them all by the brightness of his terrible presence.

The realization that the secret society that controls the governments of the world actually knows the approximate time of the “appointed time” of the Lord’s return and is devising a scheme to thwart the purposes of the Lord and destroy Him is quite remarkable.

Which brings me to my speculative ponderings as to why the powers that be have tried to fan the fires for so long in a town located in the center of the earth, and look for reasons to accumulate a foundational army of military law enforcement at that location. Another question is, what else were they doing while the attention of the media was on the rioting?

furguson

Overkill, Police in a Missouri suburb demonstrate how not to quell a riot

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Could it be that they are preparing their scheme for the appointed time?

It may just be a coincidence.

It may be that the recent and current events in Ferguson have nothing to do with prophecy.

I just don’t know.

But I am watching.

Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

Miscellaneous Musings #8 Sunstone Symposium 2014

Miscellaneous Musings # 7 The Kinderhook Plates were Authentic

Miscellaneous Musings # 6 Jeremy Runnells

Miscellaneous Musings # 5 Phineas Young

Miscellaneous Musings #4

Miscellaneous Musings #3 Kingdom of the Jews (3/7/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #2 (2/28/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #1 (2/11/2014)


Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

September 21, 2014

I think I will take a break from the current Zion series to share a few musings.

 ISIS

In one of my posts in the current series I made the following statement

“From my personal study, adding context, from other related prophetic passages, it appears to me that during this time of upheaval, a secret combination of traitors within the US government coordinates a military invasion of America from an external army that is assembled from many foreign nations.

While the invading army is approaching, God’s people are gathering or have gathered to the designated place where the city Zion is to be built. During this time of “consumption” upon the hypocritical nation, the gathering of the elect “overflows with righteousness“.

To borrow a phrase from Masonry, “Out of chaos comes order.”

Shortly after I made that observation I got an email with the following comment in it:

“have you read the reports of ISIS fighters (who are made up of many nations including the USA) gathering in mexico where they intend to come through the porous border to carry out attacks inside the country? apparently the feds know but choose to do nothing about it.”

The next day I saw the following post on a conspiracy board

I have since seen several other interesting articles related to this topic. This is the latest one

Could ISIS result in the fulfillment of the invasion prophecy in Micah?

I don’t know.

“Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say:Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.”

A friend of mine from “down under” sent me this link to a fascinating blog post that is detailing how the LDS Church is actually charging new converts to join the church in certain parts of the world. http://www.nearingkolob.com/new-mormons-converts-must-pay-baptized/

Although I can appreciate that one of the challenges of the modern church in some parts of the world has to do with people that become inactive from the day they are baptized, as well as freeloaders that join because membership has its privileges, it is still shocking to see prophecy being fulfilled.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.”

The Succession Issue- Doing Secretive Priesthood Ordinations and Authorizations in the Dark

The scriptures warn us time and again to beware of those that do secret things in the dark. When the Lord’s Church is on the earth, He always chooses and ordains his servants openly, never in darkness.This is how the Lord operates so that conspiratorial combinations cannot take infiltrate and hijack the church if the Saints are paying attention.

I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness.” (2nd Nephi 26 :23)

Emma made the astute observation that Joseph and Hyrum were killed because of the secret things they had been involved in.

One of the things that God stresses regarding priesthood offices and how to govern the church, is that everything needs to be done publicly, in the open. Nothing should be done in secrecy.

no person is to be ordained to any office in the church where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of the that church.. Every president of the high priesthood (or presiding elder) bishop, high councilor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of the high council or general council or general conference” (D&C 20 65-67) See also all of the passages regarding the law of common consent.

The Law of Common Consent make transparency requisite.

Over the years I have read countless papers on the LDS succession issue. Back when I was a naive member of the church who had done virtually no research into church history and very little serious scripture study, I used to read the various diatribes on the succession issue by LDS scholars as if they were the gospel truth.

Nearly four decades of research later, I am torn between the urge to laugh and the urge to cry when I go back and read the justifications and shameless spin that the apologetic wordmeisters come up with in these essays.

A friend of mine recently sent me the following essay by Esplin:

EsplinR_JosephBrighamTwelveContin

On page 20 Esplin makes the following observations:

That because of the proven competence and loyalty of the Twleve, Joseph Smith privately prepared them and fully authorized them by priesthood keys and the knowledge of temple ordinances and doctrine to carry on his mission. No other quorum or group of men was similarly authorized, prepared, and charged

Privately prepared, authorized and charged to carry on Joseph’s mission?

In secret?

Since when is a different first presidency supposed to be “privately authorized, prepared and charged ” to replace the existing president, without the knowledge of the saints?

How was the general church membership supposed to know that the Lord had changed the order of things, instituted secret ordinances, and made the quorum of the Twelve (who had previously been told they were not allowed to preside in an organized stake) the new First Presidency of the church. Since when does the Lord secretly replace existing authorities because others are deemed more “competent” and “loyal” than someone, who had been established in the first presidency for over a decade, by revelation and common consent?

According to the mind dazzling observations of Esplin, these secret meetings with secret instructions and secret keys and ordinances, secretly replaced Sidney Rigdon with the quorum of the 12 and these secret proceedings finally became public via the trial of Sidney Rigdon!?!?:

Sidney Rigdon’s trial, 8 September 1844, provided the most extensive public airing of the [secret] temple-related issues at the heart of succession and served as an important forum for making the Saints more aware of the private instructions, keys, and anticipated ordinances.

Incredible!

 moglyTrust in me… trust in me… trust in me…

Here’s the logic from Brigham and the Twelve that the more ignorant of the saints bought into:

” We need to excommunicate Sid because he has not been as competent and loyal as the Twelve! (and because he will discipline us  for our secret wife abominations and bring our works of darkness into the light, if we don’t!) Oh, by the way, don’t worry about us getting rid of Ridgon, which will leave the church without a member of the First Presidency that was called of God through Joseph, and without someone that has been ordained and sustained as a prophet seer and revelator. We are happy to be able to report to you that the Lord secretly authorized, prepared and charged us with replacing him and carrying on Joseph’s mission several months ago while you were sleeping…. trust us!”

It appears to me that these observations and declarations by Esplin were calculated to prey on the ignorance of those that don’t understand how church administration, priesthood authority and succession works. Had Esplin been raised in the RLDS or Strangite traditions, I suspect his logic would have been just as dizzying in supporting their claims.

For those interested in the succession issue, here is another fascinating read by Ehat which I have referred to before:

Ehat Succession-continuity

It is quite an exhaustive expose on what was taking place in Nauvoo during the time leading up to and including the death of Joseph Smith.

although it is also couched in apologetic spin just as dazzling as the above essay, it is quite revealing.

(One of the things that it proves beyond doubt, is that Joseph Smith was definitely secretly practicing polygamy while publicly preaching against it. Another incredible read is the “Nauvoo City anbd High Council Minutes” by Dinger which documents the fact that Hyrum Smith, under the direction of Joseph Smith, publicly read the revelation on polygamy to both the Nauvoo High Council and the Nauvoo City Council, declaring that Joseph had recieved the revelation and that those that did not live it would be damned.)

I past that little gem by Ehat on to an acquaintance years ago who has publicly staked his reputation on the belief that Joseph Smith never practiced polygamy, hoping he would have the integrity to seriously review the overwhelming mountain of documentation available and amend his position but alas, it is human nature to believe what one wants to believe, and not be bothered by the facts.

 DS Distances himself from DS

Despite the love-fest that Daymon Smith and Denver Snuffer have had with each other in the past, it appears as if Smith is distancing himself from Snuffer after the outrageous claims that Snuffer made during his last speech:

“I don’t have any words of wisdom concerning or specific to recent moves by you-know-who, but can only draw on what I’ve written already.  Just a few notions I happen to subscribe to, generally..”

Smith is the revelatory anthropologist who has authoritatively declared that the Bible is an uninspired and corrupt canon of scripture and that the original intent of the Book of Mormon had nothing to do with Biblical Christianity or the need for a restoration to Biblical Christianity. He opines that the dastardly duo of Rigdon and Parley Pratt high-jacked the true intent of the Book of Mormon by placing their evil restorationist views upon it.

All of this was divined by Smith despite the copious quotations from the King James Version of the Old and New Testament all throughout the Book of Mormon and the declaration in modern revelation that the Book of Mormon proves that the Bible is true!!!!

And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;
9  Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;
10  Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them—
11  Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;
12  Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever.  Amen.”
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(Also problematic for Smith is the fact that when the LAW of the GOSPEL was introduced (Section 42) The Saints were told that the existing King James Version of the Bible was to be considered the law of the Church along with the other revealed scriptures until the Inspired Version was completed. Apparently the KJ Bible was pretty acceptable to God even if Daymon Smith finds them to be evil)

I felt honored that Daymon recently made reference to me in one of his papers even if his statement of the facts is perhaps, distorted just a little bit:

there is a blogger who insists Sidney Rigdon was some sort of quasi-divine figure, who shall return as the whirlwind we have reaped.

Actually my characterization of Rigdon is that he was one of the great orators and scriptural scholars of the time whose prophetic role as a scapegoat figure, eventually caused him to have the sins of latter day Israel place upon him and therefore, he did lots of crazy things. He perhaps even became a little crazy during the later part of his ministry and remainder of his life.

It is true, however, that I hold Rigdon in high regard. There are no less that 13 sections of the D&C where the Lord gives great assignments, responsibilities and even great honor, to Rigdon. Rigdon’s responsibilities extend into the 3rd watch…  hence, I do believe that he, Joseph, and others, will return in POWER at the appointed time to fulfill their missions (perhaps that is where the “quasi-divine” misunderstanding  comes into play. LOL

It is interesting that out of the 13 sections that address Rigdon, most characterizing him in a very positive way, Smith could only find one of significant importance to quote  in his thesis.. the one where the Lord chastises Rigdon. LOL It is a natural tendency to only see the evidence that supports our personal conclusions. ( know, I know, I probably suffer from this tendency as much as the next guy.) What is strange about Daymon Smith is that he quotes profusely from the D&C during his lectures even though he clearly does not believe most of the sections he quotes from based on the foundational claims he makes about his cultural based revisionism and reinterpretation of what the Book of Mormon is really supposed to be conveying.

Snuffer also appears to make veiled references to my posts. Perhaps some day I will document and respond to them.

It is interesting to me that many of the people that seem to despise me and detest my beliefs and my literal interpretation of scripture, seem to be avid readers of my blog.

Go figure.

September 21-22nd

Today and tomorrow are very special days. It is the time of year (Autumn Equinox) that Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith consecutively, about six or seven years in a row. At the end of that string of events, a major revelation was received, designating the seven shepherds that would gather out the elect, at the appointed place, in the 3rd watch. (A literal interpretation of the literal promises God has made about how Zion will be redeemed leaves very little to do for who would take it upon themselves to redeem Zion.)

  • September 1823 Moroni Visit
  • September 1824 Moroni Visit
  • September 1825 Moroni Visit
  • September 1826 Moroni Visit
  • September 1827 Moroni Visit and Plates Received
  • September 1828 Joseph sins but has Plates returned
  • September 1829?
  • September 1830 Revelation (Section 29) designating the Seven Elders that will return in the 3rd watch to gather the elect.

sevens 2

Interestingly, there is a seven year period between section 29, given in September of 1830, and September of 1837, when Joseph and Sidney fled Kirtland during the peak of the Kirtland apostasy. You will recall that the “drop dead” date for Zion to be redeemed, according to Section 64, was September 11th of 1836.

sevens 3(Adding another seven years to 1837 takes us pretty close to the martyrdom in 1844)

In addition to reoccurring events every seven years, it is remarkable how so many of the major events in the history of the restored church fall on ancient Jewish feast days. (This is no coincidence. As I have pointed out before, Mormons are Jews, they just don’t know it.)

If you have not read the papers by John Pratt and Lenae Hadley and others on this topic, you should take the time to do so.

The Golden Plates and the Feast of Trumpets

Joseph Smith’s Receipt of the Plates and the Israelite

Feast of Trumpets

Major LDS Events That Have Fallen on Hebrew Holy Days

The Rosh Hashanah-Sefer Mormon Connections

Enoch Calendar: Another Witness of the Restoration

The Restoration of the Priesthood Keys on Easter of 1836 Part One

The Restoration of the Priesthood Keys on Easter of 1836 Part Two

There are several dates within the month of September that have prophetic significance. In addition to the 21st and 22nd, the 11th is very significant, regarding section 64 and the redemption of Zion. Countless other significant events took place on the 11th of September, including, the mountain meadows massacre, the collapse of the towers on 9/11 of 2001.

Over the years I have noticed many interesting time sequences between major events that seem to be significant. Many of them match the prophetic time sequences in the Book of Daniel.

There are many events that seem to happen 3 1/2 years apart and others that happen seven years apart. The illustration below shows five major historical events that just happen to all take place in seven year increments.

seven 4Is it a coincidence that there was exactly four biblical generations between the rejection of the church with their dead in September of 1841 and the tumbling of the twin towers of Babylon in September of 2001?

I think that studying prophetic time sequences in the past can be helpful in studying prophetic time sequences in the future.

Those of you who have read about the amazing “Harbinger” prophecy in Isaiah by Jonathan  Cahn are no doubt aware that he just released another bombshell called “The Mystery of the Shemitah“. Shemitah has to do with the ancient seven year cycle that God commanded Israel to keep, but the Shemitah is was also pointing to and typological of, the prophetic events of the end times.

In the book, Kahn points out that many major historical events have taken place during Shemitah years.

He highlights the fact that 2001 when the twin towers came down, was a Shemitah year. He says that seven years later in 2008, when the stock market crashed was a Shemitah year. The fall of the towers and the fall of Wall Street both took place, seven years apart, during Shemitah years. And guess what… according to Kahn, the next Shemitah year begins this month within just days.

He cautions that God doesn’t always do something major during a Shemitah year, but he thinks we should be on the alert.

He also cautions that a major event is just as likely to happen at the end of this Shemitah, in September of 2015, as at the beginning, in September of 2014. In fact, September of 2015 is probably when something huge is going to happen, but since we know that God’s servants must return, possibly before a huge, global event occurs, we would be wise to be alert from here on out.

sabbatical-cycle

When the Harbinger and Shemitah research of Jonathan Cahn is viewed in conjunction with the research of Pastor Mark Biltz, (both of these guys claim to be are Messianic Jews) regarding the sequence of four blood moons that we are currently experiencing, it becomes obvious that we are knocking on the door of the return of God’s servants and the beginning of the Marvelous Work. [speaking of 2014 being a significant year, this is kind of interesting]

blood moons2

Are you watching?

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I am.

[BTW a new development with the Georgia Guidestones pointing to 2014]


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