“..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.
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)
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.
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.
“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
- all manner of hypocrisy
- 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
- 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.
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”.
- secret plan
- “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..
- 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. ..”
- 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.
- 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.
- The Great Secret of Master Mahan: It contains the secret knowledge that one can get gain through the act of murder
- 5. A Blood Oath: It requires the person to take a blood oath not to divulge the secrets of the dastardly covenantal combination
- The Penalty of Death: It contains the penalty of death for divulging the secrets
- 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.
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.
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?