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


Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

September 21, 2014

I think I will take a break from from the current 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. 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 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?

moon

I am.

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


How Zion will be Redeemed- Part Six

September 18, 2014

The Proclamation
The Infinite Foreknowledge of God
The Designated Protocol for Discerning Truth
Becoming Spiritually Reborn as a Group, BEFORE Redeeming Zion

One of the great prophecies in modern revelation about the establishment of Zion is found in section 124. In this section we are informed that shortly after the servants return and redeem the cornerstone of Zion, a solemn proclamation will be sent forth to the kings of the world, the President Elect of our nation, the high minded governors of our nation, and to all of the nations of the world:

1 VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.

2 Your prayers are acceptable before me; and in answer to them I say unto you, that you are now called immediately to make a solemn proclamation of my gospel, and of this stake which I have planted to be a cornerstone of Zion, which shall be polished with the refinement which is after the similitude of a palace.

3 This proclamation shall be made to all the kings of the world, to the four corners thereof, to the honorable president-elect, and the high-minded governors of the nation in which you live, and to all the nations of the earth scattered abroad.

4 Let it be written in the spirit of meekness and by the power of the Holy Ghost, which shall be in you at the time of the writing of the same;

5 For it shall be given you by the Holy Ghost to know my will concerning those kings and authorities, even what shall befall them in a time to come.

6 For, behold, I am about to call upon them to give heed to the light and glory of Zion, for the set time has come to favor her.

7 Call ye, therefore, upon them with loud proclamation, and with your testimony, fearing them not, for they are as grass, and all their glory as the flower thereof which soon falleth, that they may be left also without excuse—

8 And that I may visit them in the day of visitation, when I shall unveil the face of my covering, to appoint the portion of the oppressor among hypocrites, where there is gnashing of teeth, if they reject my servants and my testimony which I have revealed unto them.

9 And again, I will visit and soften their hearts, many of them for your good, that ye may find grace in their eyes, that they may come to the light of truth, and the Gentiles to the exaltation or lifting up of Zion.

10 For the day of my visitation cometh speedily, in an hour when ye think not of; and where shall be the safety of my people, and refuge for those who shall be left of them?”

Historians are generally at a loss as to why Joseph Smith and those appointed to help him draft the solemn proclamation never appeared to even work on the document during the remaining three years that Joseph lived. Joseph showed no signs of urgency with regard to the Lord’s commandment noted in the passages above.

I believe it is because Joseph understood that it was to be immediately drafted and sent forth in the 3rd watch, at the appointed time. This is a textbook example of a third watch prophecy given in modern revelation during the 2nd watch.

Keep your eye on the next presidential election. My money says the president elect prophecy takes place in the next presidential election. The president elect has spoken of in that revelation was not referring to the president elect Henry Harrison!

I am going to return to this prophecy and many others contained in the D&C in the next post. But first, I want to discuss a few things that will better prepare some of our new readers for comprehending those prophecies.

All Time, Past and Future, is Continually Before the Eyes of God

The Biblical God that Joseph Smith attempted to introduce the world to, lives in “eternity” while we mortals live in “temporal time”. Our comprehension of events takes place in a chronological progression over the process of “time”.

We have been informed by God’s holy word in the scriptures, that the “Lord knoweth all things” and that “all things.. are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord” (D&C 130:7)

It is not fully possible for the finite mortal brain to comprehend eternal things. We cannot fully comprehend how God can know all things. We cannot comprehend how the past, present, and future, can simultaneously and continuously be before the Lord’s eyes as He dwells in eternity, but we can believe the declaration to be true through the mystical principle of faith.

You don’t need to have a perfect understanding of how something can be true, or why, something must be true, in order to take God’s word, on faith, that it is true.

Indeed, belief in the declaration that God knows all things and has all time past, present and future, continually before him, must be taken on faith, in order to believe and understand the revelations Joseph Smith received from the Lord.

Intermingled throughout the “thus sayeth the Lord” revelations that Joseph received, are declarations pertaining to 3rd watch events, even though the revelations were being received during the 2nd watch. Imagine God freely disclosing detailed prophetic events that were to take place four generations later, intermingled with narratives relating to the 2nd watch! If this dynamic is not understood, the revelations become mishmash to the mind of the reader.

Once a person comprehends these prophetic utterances, a whole new window of understanding takes place and a huge reservoir of knowledge about how and when Zion will be redeemed becomes available.

Many specific unconditional promises were made to numerous individuals during Joseph’s ministry according to the infallible word of God, yet these individuals have all passed away before the promises were fulfilled. Does this mean that God’s word cannot be fulfilled? Of course not.

One must enter into a spiritual dimension of understanding, a sort of alternate reality when reading the D&C if it is to be believed and understood. Since most Latter day Saints cannot do this, they subconsciously lose faith in and have a disconnect with modern revelation, preferring to focus on, and emphasize the simple teachings in the Book of Mormon.

It appears to the natural man, and particularly to the skeptic, that the Doctrine and Covenants is a book of failed promises and prophecies, when in fact it is simply a mystical work filled with commentary on futuristic events that will take place in the 3rd watch, after certain people rise from the dead and brush the dust off.

The D&C can only be comprehended by simple-minded mystics who walk by faith. Intellectuals and scholars who place their trust in their own intellect and the wisdom of the worldly, cannot accept the futuristic narratives contained in the D&C for a serious and extended period of time.

Science based Apologetics

One of the problems with orthodox LDS Apologetics is that well-meaning LDS scholars attempt to defend the challenges to the faith backed up by “bad” science, with “good” science. You simply cannot do that because it violates the laws of discerning truth that God has set up. God never tolerates good, bad, or any kind of “science “as a valid platform for obtaining eternal truth. Any time a person bases their faith on any kind of science, a curse is placed upon them.

“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jer 17:5)

“O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.

35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh.”   (2nd Nephi 4:34)

This is why the early leaders of the restoration spoke so disparagingly about higher education from the institutions of the world. Generally speaking, the more educated a person is, the dumber they are with regard to spiritual things.

“O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.”

There are exceptions. I know a few highly educated people that show remarkable humility and teachability. Indeed, they are living examples that “to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God

Content is King

The Lord informs us that reading his word and believing it is the key to entering into the spiritual dimension and becoming spiritually born again:

“And behold, whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit—”

One must be spiritually minded and infused with the spirit of God to comprehend the things of God:

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

It is in vain for the natural man to understand the things of God.

When Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon had their vision, currently published in the D&C as section 76, they were “in the spirit” and therefore could have their “understandings enlightened“.

We, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, being in the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two—

12 By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God—”

The True Baptismal Covenant

I have documented in my posts, countless times, the fact that the fulness of the gospel and the true Baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost, is not currently on the earth because the fulness was lost in 1834.

This is why the wording in the baptismal covenant was changed when the D&C was published in 1835.

There is a lot of chatter going on among an apostate movement that is starting their own church right now about how the Book of Mormon people had the true wording of the baptismal covenant as contained in 3rd Nephi 11, but the restored church was using the wrong wording for the ordinance. The modern church uses the wording “having been commissioned of Jesus Christ” instead of the wording “having authority given me of Jesus Christ“.

The truth is that the restored church was originally given the same wording as is contained in 3 Nephi chapter 11. It is contained in the Book of Commandments, published in 1833, which was the canon of scripture provided for the restored “Church of Christ“.

It was not until 1835, when the wording was altered and put in the Doctrine and Covenants, which was canonized for the “Church of the Latter day Saints“.

One needs to understand when and why the fulness of the gospel was rejected to understand the proper context of why the wording for the baptismal ordinance was changed. For those new to this blog, the following series will cover this topic in greater detail:

COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part One

COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part Two

It is because the fulness was lost that the ordinances have been changed and we have been reduced to a “preparatory gospel” and we do not have the miracles, visitation of angels, and full gifts of the spirit that accompany the fulness of the Gospel. This is why the counterfeit church teaches the fear based doctrine of blindly “following the prophet” instead of the spirit-filled doctrine that we can each receive personal revelation.

Although the fulness is not here at this time and we are awaiting the return of God’s servants, and the last restoration of the fulness, referred to as the Marvelous work, to begin, we are not left without hope.

The Pre-Baptismal Remission of Sins

It it interesting to note that the gospel of Christ offers a sort of pre-baptismal remission of sins that precedes the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost. This amazing cleansing and the heightened spiritual discernment that accompanies it, is given solely based on the desire to believe God’s word and exercising the faith in Christ and his atonement.

“I Command You in the Name of God!”

When Oliver Cowdery was reviewing the joint revelation he and Joseph had received, known at the time as the “Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ“, (currently published in the D&C as section 20) he noticed a significant alteration in the text that Joseph Smith had made without informing him. The alteration so enraged Oliver Cowdery that he wrote a letter to Joseph Smith, commanding him to remove the erroneous passage that had been inserted. In the letter, Oliver exclaimed:

“I command you in the name of God to erase those words, that no priestcraft be amongst us”

Here is Joseph’s recollection of the matter, according to the generally accepted History of the Church:

“Whilst thus (and otherwise at intervals) employed in the work appointed me, by my Heavenly Father; I received a letter from Oliver Cowdery—the contents of which, gave me both sorrow and uneasiness…. He wrote to inform me, that he had discovered an error in one of the commandments”

The revelation in question was no less than the Church’s Articles and Covenants and the allegedly erroneous passage described the requirements for baptism. What Cowdery found objectionable were the words “and truly manifest by their works that they have received the Spirit unto the remission of their sins.” (Cited in Dean C. Jessee, ed., The Papers of Joseph Smith, 2 vols. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989–1992), 1:319-20.)

Joseph was quite offended by the rebuke and the implication of priestcraft. His response to Cowdery was as follows:

“by what authority he took upon him to command me to alter, or erase, to add or diminish to or from a revelation or commandment from Almighty God.”[27]

The following historical narrative by Grant Underwood suggests that Oliver felt the passage was incorrect and that a remission of sins is not received until after baptism, not prior to baptism. Underwood points out that Moroni 6:1-3 does not specifically include the doctrine of a pre-baptismal remission of sins solely upon the principle of faith:

“What Cowdery found objectionable were the words “and truly manifest by their works that they have received the Spirit unto the remission of their sins.” As Joseph remembered the letter, Oliver wrote “I command you in the name of God to erase those words, that no priestcraft be amongst us.”

Understanding the meaning of priestcraft is crucial to comprehending why this letter was so offensive to Joseph. Before exploring its implications, though, a brief digression is appropriate.

There has been some confusion over the years as to exactly what it was that Oliver found objectionable in this list of baptismal requirements. Some have opined that Cowdery viewed it as perpetuating the old Puritan practice of giving a satisfactory recital of one’s conversion prior to being admitted for baptism.

While such an interpretation might be plausible if Oliver had singled out the requirement to “witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins,” but those are not the words he found objectionable.

The words Oliver chose—“and truly manifest by their works that they have received the Spirit unto the remission of their sins”—are the only ones that are not also found in Moroni 6:1–3.

Now this created a problem for Oliver because he apparently felt that the additional words violated instructions he and Joseph had received the previous June to “rely upon that which is written,” meaning the Book of Mormon, when endeavoring to “build up [the] church” (D&C 18:3–5).

By including in Articles and Covenants an additional requirement not specified in the Book of Mormon, especially when Cowdery’s own 1829 “Articles of the Church of Christ” hewed so closely to Book of Mormon wording, Joseph had, as Oliver saw it, overstepped his bounds. To Cowdery, such arrogation on Joseph’s part was nothing short of priestcraft.”

the graphic below provides a comparison of the content in D&C 1:37 and Moroni 6:1-3

A Public Confession is Mandatory

It is very important that the baptismal candidate makes a public confession that they are willing to take upon themselves the name of Christ and are determined to serve him to the end. It would appear that the sacrament prayers represent a reiteration of this public confession.

Sadly, the modern church no longer gives the candidate the opportunity and requirement to make this public declaration. That is one of the many reasons that baptisms in the corporate church have no saving value. However, this was not the issue in verse 37 that Oliver Cowdery was upset about.

It appears that he was upset about the declaration that the candidate had received a remission of their sins BEFORE the baptism! He felt that the doctrine of pre-baptismal remission of sins was not supported in the scriptures. Notice how Moroni 6 notes that the confession demonstrates “fruit” demonstrating “worthiness”, but no mention of having experienced a pre-baptismal remission of sins.

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Joseph had to meet with Oliver and the Whitmer’s and reason with them using the scriptures that the statement was doctrinally accurate:

“I immediately wrote to him in reply, in which I asked him by what authority he took upon him to command me to alter or erase, to add to or diminish from, a revelation or commandment from Almighty God.

A few days afterwards I visited him and Mr. Whitmer’s family, when I found the family in general of his opinion concerning the words above quoted, and it was not without both labor and perseverance that I could prevail with any of them to reason calmly on the subject. However, Christian Whitmer at length became convinced that the sentence was reasonable, and according to Scripture; and finally, with his assistance, I succeeded in bringing, not only the Whitmer family, but also Oliver Cowdery to acknowledge that they had been in error, and that the sentence in dispute was in accordance with the rest of the commandment.

And thus was this error rooted out, which having its rise in presumption and rash judgment, was the more particularly calculated (when once fairly understood) to teach each and all of us the necessity of humility and meekness before the Lord, that He might teach us of His ways, that we might walk in His paths, and live by every word that proceedeth forth from His mouth. (History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1: 104-105.)

Sadly, we are not informed which passages of scripture, Joseph Smith used to prove to Oliver Cowdery and the Whitmers that a faith-based pre-baptismal remission of sins is part of God’s plan of salvation.

In my own reading of the scriptures, I have come across several passages that support the baptismal protocol and doctrine found in Section 1:37.

Here are a few excerpts from the book of Mosiah that support D&C 1:37. The following passage speaks of the remission of sins that the people of King Benjamin recieved by simply believing on the words of King Benjamin as he prophesied about the coming of Christ and the atonement that would be provided:

AND now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had made an end of speaking the words which had been delivered unto him by the angel of the Lord, that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and behold they had fallen to the earth, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them.

2 And they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.

3 And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the words which king Benjamin had spoken unto them.

Nothing in the narrative in the book of Mosiah suggests that King Benjamins people had been baptized prior to receiving their remission of sins. It was their belief on the words of the angel, delivered by king Benjamin, their faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ, and the public covenant to follow Christ, that brought about the forgiveness and remission of sins!

Interestingly, King Mosiah gives the “conditions” whereby man can be saved and he does not mention the need for baptism:

I say unto you, if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the atonement which has been prepared from the foundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body—

7 I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind, which ever were since the fall of Adam, or who are, or who ever shall be, even unto the end of the world.

8 And this is the means whereby salvation cometh. And there is none other salvation save this which hath been spoken of; neither are there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you.

9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.

10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.

11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.

12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.”

I am not suggesting that baptism is not a necessary ordinance of salvation, simply that it is an extension of faith. It comes later as part of the obedience to the “commandments” that are contained in the above condition upon which salvation is obtained.

My point is that one can and should obtain a remission of sins through the power of faith BEFORE baptism. This concept is rarely talked about in the modern church.

One must acknowledge one’s faith, and remission of sins, and commitment to follow Christ to the end, in a public confession before Baptism.

A Pre-baptismal Spiritual Rebirth

Mosiah chapter five informs us that after the people of King Mosiah entered into a covenant with God to do his will, they became spirtually begotten of Christ and became his sons and his daughters.

“And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.” Mosiah 5:7

This is another concept rarely acknowledge in the modern church. One can become born again before they recieve the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost. Undoubtedly there are some people in this generation that have mistaken their pre-baptismal manifestations of the spirit as the final baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

In this post I have tried to make the following points

  • God Knows all things and has infinite foreknowledge
  • God speaks frequently of 3rd watch events in the D&C
  • Although the fulness is not here, God visits those that believe on his words with a manifestation of his spirit
  • There is a pre-baptismal remission of sins and spiritual rebirth available to those that have faith in God’s word

The reason that I have covered these points is because in part seven of this series, I am going to provide numerous 3rd watch passages from the Doctrine and Covenants that inform us how and when Zion will be redeemed. But you will not benefit from the information in the next post if you have not received a remission of your sins and a spiritual awakening based on faith in God’s words.

If you are wallowing in fear and cultivating doubts because of the science presented by the learned skeptics, you will not be visited by the manifestations of God’s spirit when you read the passages of scripture in the next part of this series.

I hope you will take the opportunity to prepare your heart and mind by exercising faith in God and the atonement that Christ has provided. Focus on exercising faith in the truthfulness of the content found within God’s holy word. Forget about the learning and wisdom of highly educated nincompoops.

Only the work of the Father and the pre and post- baptismal spiritual rebirths can bring about Zion, not the work of man. No mortal or group of mortals that are impatient for Zion are going to initiate Zion. There is no mortal man that is going to show people how to “work” real hard and climb great hills to create a functioning society worthy of the presence of God and angels. God and his authorized servants are going to bring about the Marvelous Work in power just as described in the prophecies.

The reason Zion was successfully established in 3rd Nephi is because God intervened with POWER, separated the wicked from the righteous, and brought about the spiritual rebirth of the repentant believers BEFORE consecration and the laws of Zion could be successfully implemented.

The Lord explained in section 86 that the reason Zion failed during Joseph’s ministry is because during the 2nd watch, He was going to allow the wheat and the tares to grow together until the harvest is fully ripe. Once the harvest is fully ripe, God will intervine and separate the wheat from the tares just as he did in 3rd Nephi.

During the separating of the wheat and the tares in the 3rd watch, the fulness will return and God’s elect will receive the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost. It is only after the separation and the spiritual rebirthing that Zion can be established.

In the meantime, those that are taking matters into their own hands, thinking they can simply correct the wording of ordinances and fix the mistakes made during Joseph’s ministry are greatly mistaken. They cannot start baptizing without proper authority, when they have not been duly authorized by the God, while in their delusional and apostate condition, while scattered among the gentiles. Those that do so are pissing directly into the wind.

The redemption of Zion is only a “very difficult project” if it is being attempted by people who have not been commissioned to redeem Zion or who have stumbled in the stewardship they have been given by cumulatively rejecting the fullness.

Keep Watching.

We live in interesting times.

I believe the Marvelous Work is about to begin. Most of the signs are in place.

 

 

 

 


How Zion will be Redeemed- Part 5

September 12, 2014

Oliver Cowdery Holds the Keys
to Preach the Gospel to the Lamanites

In previous parts of this series, we have discussed the fact that the repentant remnants of Lehi’s posterity will be united with the repentant gentiles that also come into the covenant when the marred servant re-establishes the covenant and gathers the elect.

We have also shown that under the direction of God’s Marred servant, Joseph Smith, the Sons of Jacob, who are identified among the gentiles, are the ones that assemble the “strength of God’s House” in preparation for the latter day army of Israel to go forth treading down the unrepentant that encumber this land of the new Jerusalem. The secret revelation at Zions camp that was reviewed in part four of this series, identifies nine high priests by name, that were called and chosen, and appointed to receive their endowment with power from on high to “assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and preach the gospel“. I have previously blogged about the “seven shepherds” and the High Priests from Kirtland that offered an atonement offering and had their names enrolled in the book of the sanctified.  All of these things that happened during the 2nd watch were essential in laying a foundation upon which the 3rd watch could bring the final restoration of the fulness.

Returning People from the Dead

The narrative in this scriptures having to do with how Zion will be redeemed in power cannot be comprehended unless the reader has the faith to believe that God can and will return people from the dead to fulfill his unconditional promises. The righteous Nephites that Jesus visited will return from the dead. Many of the saints of the LDS restoration will return from the dead. God has promised it.

There are a lot of people that offer contrary, non-scriptural scenarios about how Zion will be redeemed because they cannot fathom that God can and will actually return people from the dead, and yet, that is the only possible way that God’s infallible word will not return void and unfulfilled. Isaiah is speaking about people literally being raised up from the dust of the earth when he says:

                     ” AWAKE, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion..
Shake thyself from the dust..”

Shaking the dust off is not figurative, it is literal.

God has promised that his unconditional promises will be fulfilled and that his appointed servants will return. If you don’t believe that, you are worshiping an impotent God the makes empty promises. God has informed us that all time, past present and future is continually before his eyes. This means that when he tells us about a future event, he has already seen it come to pass.

The Marvelous Work that is about to come forth is about the miraculous power of God.

Zion will be redeemed exactly the way that God has prophesied that it would be redeemed.

Read Micah. Read Isaiah. Read the allegory in Jacob. Read Sections 101, 103, 109, 112, 113 and 124.

God’s designated servants will return.

The proclamation will go forth.

You can take that to the bank.

The wicked will be swept off the face of this land when the appointed time comes and the people are ripe in iniquity. The term “ripe in iniquity” has reference to the time when the people reject the call to repentance from God’s true servants. People that try to take things into their own hands and force the establishment of Zion do so because they don’t have the faith to believe that God can still complete his unconditional promises and prophecies.

If members of the church actually believed the unconditional promises and prophecies of God and believed that the Marvelous Work is built upon the concept of a miraculous series of quickenings or resurrections from the dead, they would not seduced by the Jim Harmston’s and other more recent false prophet’s that arise among the LDS gullible.

At this time we are going to drill down a little deeper and document the fact that Oliver Cowdery was specifically given the mandate and commission to initiate the preaching of the gospel to the Lamanites.

In 1830 Oliver Cowery was called to be the first missionary to the “Lamanites”. Among other things, the Lord told Oliver:

“And now, behold, I say unto you that you shall go unto the Lamanites and preach my gospel unto them; and inasmuch as they receive thy teachings thou shalt cause my church to be established among them… And now, behold, I say unto you that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth where the city Zion shall be built, but it shall be given hereafter. Behold, I say unto you that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.” (D&C 28: 8-9.)

It is no surprise that immediately after the church was formally organized that God commanded the saints to take the gospel to the Lamanites and that the commandment incorporated the topic of where the city Zion was to be built. After all, the prophecies in 3rd Nephi 20-21 inform us that the Lamanites who are a remnant of Jacob, would be involved in building the city of Zion.

After that revelation, the Lord informed Peter Whitmer, that Oliver Cowdery had been given power to build up the church among the Lamanites:

” I have given unto him power to build up my church among the Lamanites;” (D&C 30: 5-6).

It is a historical fact that the first mission to the Lamanites, led by Oliver Cowdery, was not successful and the building of the city Zion by the remnant of Jacob never materialized from the time of Joseph’s ministry to this present time. It was a dry run!

Nevertheless, the Lord’s declaration that he had given power to Oliver Cowdery to oversee a specific event, along with many other unconditional promises in the Doctrine and Covenants, assures us that it will still take place.

If you search deep into the correspondence between Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer that took place after they left the church, you will see that they both firmly believed that their callings to testify about the Book of Mormon had not been completed. They both believed that they would testify to the world at a later time.

Why?

Because they were looking at the role that they would play as the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon, through the prophetic lens provided in the Book of Mormon.

1 AND now I, Moroni, have written the words which were commanded me, according to my memory; and I have told you the things which I have sealed up; therefore touch them not in order that ye may translate; for that thing is forbidden you, except by and by it shall be wisdom in God.

2 And behold, ye may be privileged that ye may show the plates unto those who shall assist to bring forth this work;

3 And unto three shall they be shown by the power of God; wherefore they shall know of a surety that these things are true.

4 And in the mouth of three witnesses shall these things be established; and the testimony of three, and this work, in the which shall be shown forth the power of God and also his word, of which the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost bear record—and all this shall stand as a testimony against the world at the last day.

It is easy to miss the full context of the above passages because of how the modern Book of Mormon is separated into chapters.

If one will combine chapters four and five so that the narratives merge and flow a little more gracefully, it becomes apparent that the three witnesses testify not only during the LDS foundation, but also at the time that the full record comes forth, when both the Gentiles and the House of Israel finally repent and ” rend that veil of unbelief“. This is the time when the “work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land”, when the gentiles and the House of Israel merge together in partnership and enter into the same covenant.

“Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.

14 Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief.

15 Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel.

16 And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.

17 Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land.

18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name.

19 And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen.

Was Oliver’s mandate and “power” to establish the church among the Lamanites a failure or will he and his fellow witnesses return from the dead at the last day to fufill the assignment?

I would suggest that Oliver was given power to establish the church among the Lamanites and that the mandate and “power” given him by the Lord was not given in vain. It laid dormant during the 2nd watch, but Oliver will come forth in power in the 3rd watch.

One of the great secrets that Christ revealed concerning the prophecy of Micah is that the Remnant of Jacob will first obtain their power from God, through the repentant gentiles before they go forth in power. This most significant detail is easily missed when reading these two chapters unless a person knows what they are looking for as they read the narrative.

Oliver’s Prophetic Authority

During their mission to the Lamanites, Oliver Cowdery and Parley Pratt were interviewed by newspapers. The Telegraph published in Painesville, Ohio, on 16 and 30 November 1830, made the following observations about Oliver’s interview:

He proclaims destruction upon the world.. he contemplates founding a ‘City of Refuge’ for his followers, and converting the Indians, under his prophetic authority.”

Oliver Cowdery clearly believed that one of his specific callings was to convert the descendants of Lehi and build up the church among them preparatory to the establishment of Zion and the destruction that would be brought upon the wicked.

A popular LDS blogger has recently declared:

“..we, the Latter-day Saints, are identified as “gentiles” in the Book of Mormon. We are not ever identified as the “remnant.” As a result, the prophecies about the “remnant” are not prophecies about us. “

His declaration is false.

The Savior gave three references to the Micah prophecy and revealed that the repentant Gentiles would unite with the other remnants. the “Sons of Jacob” will gather the “remnant of Jacob”!

There is no need for people to create enmity between the “Sons of Jacob” identified among the gentiles and the “remnant of Jacob” who are descendents of Lehi!

“Fellow heirs with the seed of Abraham”

The repentant gentiles who are the sons of Jacob, and the remnant of Jacob, will be gathered together by the same covenant. Oliver Cowdery understood this and proclaimed it.

“But it is necessary that you should understand, that what is to be fulfilled in the last days not only for the benefit of Israel, but the Gentiles, if they will repent and embrace the gospel, for they are to be remembered also in the same covenant, and are to be fellow heirs with the seed of Abraham, inasmuch as they are so by faith—for God is no respecter of persons. This was shown to Moses, when he wrote—Rejoice,  O ye nations, with his people!” (Deut. 32:43).

The repentant among BOTH the Gentiles and Israel are to be remembered in the same covenant!

In part six of this series we will discuss the “proclamation” theology that accompanies a restoration of the fulness.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


How Zion will be Redeemed- Part 4

September 10, 2014

[Editorial note: As I was preparing to post this next portion of the series, I just got a phone call from someone that just spoke to a friend that was at the last Snuffer talk today. They told me that Snuffer is starting his own “group”. (Snuffer has to be careful to not use the term “church” because he has previously promised he would never start a church). Apparently he claims the church lost their priesthood the day they excommunicated him.

I HAVE HEARD ALL OF THIS SECOND HAND. I HAVE NO IDEA IF IT IS TRUE. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF THIS IS TRUE.

The reason I find this interesting is because I consider the Snuffer movement to be a “sign of the times” and a sign that the return of the true servant [,arred Servamt] holding the true keys, is imminent. ]

[Update! It looks like the information I shared above was correct. If you want to get a more detailed summary of what Denver said today, visit Tim Malones blog http://latterdaycommentary.com/2014/09/09/a-few-notes-from-the-mesa-lecture/#comments

Denver thinks he has "wrested" the priesthood away from the LDS church! LOL

I suspect that there will be countless comments on that post tomorrow with deluded followers of Denver gushing at how happy they are that Zion is coming and bearing their testimonies that Denver is the appointed servant to lead the people to Zion. This was all so predictable. It is Jim Harmston all over again, like I said several months ago. We live in amazing times with lots of gullible people that cannot endure sound doctrine.  We need to pray for all of these people. heart break is coming and marriages will be destroyed over this sad event. I am not talking about marriages that are broken over the true gospel, I am speaking of marriages that are broken by a false prophet. Nevertheless, I also think that there will be a substantial fall out of Denver's followers. Many will not be willing to leave the corporate church.]

Gathering up the Strength of God’s House
(The Secret Revelation)

The secret revelation received on June 23rd 1834 is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to understanding how Zion will be redeemed and the role that the Sons of Jacob (who are identified with the gentiles) will play in gathering the strength of God’s house at the appointed time.

It also explains what Isaiah was speaking about when he says ” AWAKE, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city..”

In order to fully appreciate the significance of the amazing secret revelation that was received during the Zion’s Camp expedition, (one day after the revelation know as Section 105 was received), we need to review a little church history to get the proper context. (This secret revelation was never canonized, it is extremely difficult to find, and it is virtually never referred to by LDS historians and scholars)

The Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood

In June of 1831 the Lord restored the true Melchizedek Priesthood to the earth for the first time during Joseph Smith’s ministry. Most Latter day Saints have been kept in the dark about what the Melchizedek Priesthood really is, when and how it was truly restored, and why it needed to be restored.

The truth is that it needed to be restored, in part, so that Zion could be redeemed.

That’s right, the fulness of the priesthood must be restored, in order to redeem Zion. (Beware of false prophets that tell you that the priesthood is not necessary in order to administer the saving ordinances, and redeem Zion in POWER, etc. It is!

The Fulness of the Priesthood was Lost

Sadly, section 124 informs us that the fulness of the priesthood that was restored during the Kirtand period, had been lost by the time the saints got to Nauvoo and it warned the saints that if they were not obedient, they would be forced out of their place and become a scattered people once again..

“For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.” D&C 124:28

History documents that God gave the saints the opportunity to have this power restored in Nauvoo, predicated on repenting from the abominations they were practicing and the timely completion of the Nauvoo Temple, but the saints stumbled and failed in the effort.

Joseph Smith actually addressed the topic of how this lost priesthood and the scattered gentiles remnants would need to have the priesthood restored to them in the end times.

Joseph revealed the information by providing a commentary on Isaiah 52.

Keep in mind that the term “strength of my house” has direct application to the word “strength” in Isaiah 52:

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.” Isaiah 52:1-2

At a fireside chat with friends in 1838, after the Kirtland apostasy and the loss of the fulness of the priesthood, Joseph explained that the above passages were referring to the elders of the restored church. They are the ones who had been called in the last days to hold the power of the priesthood to bring again Zion.

He acknowledged that the elders of the LDS restoration must repent and return to the power which they had lost!

He acknowledged that the Lord puts curses upon the apostate saints and scattered them among the gentile nations

“Questions by Elias Higbee: What is meant by the command in Isaiah, 52d chapter, 1st verse, which saith: Put on thy strength, O Zion—and what people had Isaiah reference to?

8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost.

9 What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse?

10 We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen; which if they do, the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them, or give them revelation. See the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses. The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles.”

As you can see, the Elders of the LDS restoration movement stumbled and fell, yet Isaiah foretells that they will awake and put on their strength and return to the power they had lost. The evidence points to the fact that the repentant Gentiles of the LDS restoration movement, will return and put on the power of the priesthood that was anticipated during the solemn assembly at the Kirtland Temple. When they return, they and the righteous and repentant of the seed of Lehi will unite together and throw down the “towers” and “strongholds” of the enemy.

But I digress, if you are not familiar with the amazing events that took place during the special conference at the Morley Farm when the Melchizedek priesthood was restored in 1831, you should read the series on that topic. I don’t have time to reiterate all of the specifics in this series. Be aware, however, that if you are unaware of the gathering of the priesthood brethren to the special conference and restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood that was commanded in section 48, virtually every revelation from section 52 on, in the D&C is indecipherable in its full meaning because of a lack of proper context. Therefore, your reading of the D&C is largely in vain without this understanding.

You can learn more about this event and the Melchizedek Priesthood by reading the following articles:

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

(additional parts of the series are available for those desiring to delve deeper)

To summarize, during that conference, 23 men were ordained High Priests according to the calling of God’s own voice out of the heavens.

Remember, we are not speaking about the priesthood ordination related to Peter, James and John in 1829, as is taught in the church. We are speaking of something altogether different that the corporate church has obscured, misinterpreted, and largely covered up.

At this amazing conference, three of these new High Priests had the heavens opened and saw the Son standing on the right hand of the Father. These High Priests now held a higher priesthood power and authority than any priesthood offices previously restored by angels, including that of “elder” and “apostle”. Again, this priesthood of the High Priests, was essential for establishing Zion.

Directly after that conference, Section 52 was given and the Lord paired up most of these newly ordained high priests with other priests and elders, and directed them to go on missions while en route to the land of Zion, where the Lord identified the place of the New Jerusalem temple and would consecrate the land in fulfillment of the ancient Abrahamic land covenant. This land was to be the land of their inheritance, just as it was to be the inheritance of the righteous portion of Lehi’s descendants.

According to Section 52, the two groups of people the land of Zion is to be consecrated for, are:

  • The Remnant of Jacob
  • Those who are heirs according to the covenant

The “Sons of Jacob” will merge with the “Remnant of Jacob”

From modern revelation, it is made apparent that faithful latter day saints who are the “Sons of Jacob” who are “identified with the Gentiles” and “heirs according to the covenant” will be merged with the “remnant of Jacob” who are the faithful descendants of Lehi. These two general branches of Israel, which will include the righteous Nephites that Christ visited, will jointly build the holy city and establish Zion and enjoy the blessings thereof.

Zion and Jerusalem (Kirtland )

Shortly after this expedition to the “land of Zion, the Lord divided up the Latter day Saints who were geographically gathering together into the bonds of the “new covenant“, into two separate and distinct geographical locations. Just as there were two sister cities of Zion and Jerusalem anciently, in the Old World, there would be two sisters cites in the New World.

The area in and around Jackson County, Missouri, was organized into a church led by a high council of High Priests, with David Whitmer serving as the President of the Church in Zion. Additionally, the area in and around Kirtland Ohio, (cryptically referred to as “Jerusalem” in sections 109 and 124) was organized into a “stake of Zion” which was also led by a High Council of High Priests, Joseph Smith acting as President, prophet, seer and revelator.

Seeking the Face of God

One of the main admonitions of the newly ordained high priests was to seek the face of the Lord. Clearly, they had been ordained to the office of high priest, but had not obtained to the fulness of the office.

They were being tried and tested. Only upon faithfulness could they transcend the veil of unbelief and enter into the presence of God.

Those that proved themselves faithful would have the heavens parted and would come into the presence of God and eventually receive the fulness of power. Later revelations would indicate that although many of these 23 original high priests (and others that were called after the special conference) had been “called” to be High Priests, not all of them had been “chosen” to be high priests.

1 VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and I have loved you—

2 Wherefore, ye must needs be chastened and stand rebuked before my face;

3 For ye have sinned against me a very grievous sin, in that ye have not considered the great commandment in all things, that I have given unto you concerning the building of mine house;

4 For the preparation wherewith I design to prepare mine apostles to prune my vineyard for the last time, that I may bring to pass my strange act, that I may pour out my Spirit upon all flesh—

5 But behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many who have been ordained among you, whom I have called but few of them are chosen.

6 They who are not chosen have sinned a very grievous sin, in that they are walking in darkness at noon-day.

Shortly after the special conference, many of the newly called high priests became anxious and discouraged about not seeing the face of God. Jealousies arose between several of the High Priests.

In section 67 given about five month after the calling of the first High Priests, the Lord promised the High Priests that they would see God if they would strip themselves of fear and jealousy:

10 And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.

11 For no man has seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God.

12 Neither can any natural man abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.

13 Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.

It is really important to realize from the above passage that many of these noble high priests who had been called by the voice of God to be high priests, had not yet proven themselves worthy of seeing angels, let alone the face of God. Although most of these souls had probably sacrificed a hundred times more for the kingdom than anyone living on the earth today, they were still stumbling because of fear and jealousy.

Detecting Contemporary False Prophets

It also becomes apparent from the scriptures and from the history of the church, that once the true church of Christ is established on the earth, a priesthood holder generally does not see God until they are called by the voice of God to be High Priests and have complied with the law of consecration.

This is very instructive for those of us that are hearing claims from people in this generation when the true church of Christ has fled back into the wilderness. People who have not yet been recipients of the true baptism by the proper authority, and have not been called by the voice of God to be a High Priest, and have not been called into consecration, can’t just bypass God’s established protocol that has been set up in the last days, and start getting their calling and election made sure. Anyone making this claim is simply showing their ignorance, arrogance and how deluded they are.

Section 50 provides a sobering reminder to us that false spirits are abroad in the earth, deceiving many who feel they are more righteous and have sacrificed more for the kingdom than these amazing high priests that struggled to obey God during the ministry of Joseph Smith. False angels and false Christs can and do appear to deluded souls that do not have a strong foundation in the scriptures.

Contention Between HIgh Priests

When the High Priests that were called to gather to Zion first entered into the land of Zion, they were not as sober and faithful as they needed to be. They were commanded to not tell the world about the sacred cause of Zion or to boast about their plans of establishing Zion. Because of their boasting, persecution was eventually brought upon them. They were not faithful in those commandments. Eventually, when persecution from the “unbelieving gentiles” became severe, those of the high council in “Zion” became somewhat frustrated and disenchanted with Joseph Smith and his brethren in Kirtland because they could not understand why Joseph and the other brethren were not in Zion facing the persecution with them. They also felt that Joseph was becoming an unjust dictator.

During a period of about 18 months there were extreme hard feelings, jealousies and quarrels between the high council of high priests in the land of Zion and the high council of High Priests in the stake of Zion in Kirtland. During that time, several letters were exchanged between the two groups of high priests that contained accusations.

Letter from Joseph Smith to William W. Phelps

One of the letters was the following one from Joseph Smith to William W. Phelps which references letters that Joseph had previously received from some of the High Priests in Zion [spelling has not been corrected, it therefore looks much like the way I write LOL]:

Kirtland January 11— 1833

Brother William [W. Phelps]

I Send you the Olieve leaf which we have plucked from the tree of Paradise, the Lords message of peace to us, for though our Brethren in Zion, indulge in feelings towards us, which is are not according to the requirements of the new covenant yet we have the satisfaction of knowing that the Lord approves of us & has accepted us, & established his name in kirtland [p. 18] [f]or the salvation of the nations, for the Lord will have a place for from whence his word will go forth in these last days in purity,

for if Zion, will not purify herself so as to be approved of in all things in his sight he will seek— another people for his work will go on untill Isreal is gathered & they who will not hear his voice must expect to feel his wrath,

Let me say unto you, seek to purefy yourselves, & also all the inhabitants of Zion lest the Lords anger be kindled to fierceness, repent, repent, is the voice of God, to Zion, & yet strange as it may appear, yet it is true mankind will presist in self Justification until all their eniquity is exposed & their character past being redeemed, & that which is treasured up in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind, I say to you— (& what I say to you, I say to all) hear the <warning.> voice of God lest Zion fall, & the Lord sworeswear in his wrath the inhabiteints of Zion shall not enter into my rest,

The Brethren in Kirtland pray for you unceasingly, for knowing the terrors of the Lord, they greatly fear for you; you will see that the Lord commanded us in Kirtland to build an house of God, & establish a school for the Prophets, this is the word of the Lord to us, & we must— yea the Lord helping us we will obey, as on conditions of our obedience, he has promised <us> great things, yea <even> a visit from the heavens to honor us with his own presence, we greatly fear before the Lord lest we should fail of this great honor which our master proposes to confer on us,

we are seeking for humility & great faith lest we be ashamed in his presence, our hearts are greatly greaved at the spirit which is breathed both in your letter & that of Bro G—s [Sidney Gilbert’s] the wery spirit which is wasting the strength of Zion like a pestalence, and if it is not detected & driven from you it will ripen Zion for the threatened Judgments of God, remember God sees the secret springs of human action, & knows the hearts of all living, Br suffer us to speak plainly for God has respect to the feelings of his saints & he will not let them be tantalized with impunity

tell Br. G—t [Gilbert] that low insinuations God hates, but he rejoices in an honest heart and knows better who is guilty than he does, we send him this worning [warning] voice & let him fear greatly for himself lest a worse thing overtake him, all we can say by way of conclusion is, if the fountain of our tears are not dried up we will <still> weep for zion, this from your brother who trembles greatly for Zion,— and for the wrath of heaven which awaits her if she repent not,——

I am not in the habit of crying peace, when there is no peace, and knowing the th[r]eatened Judgments of God, I say Wo,— unto them who are at ease [p. 19] in zion fearfulnes will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite, I did not expect that you had lost Commandments, but thought from your letters you had neglected to read them, otherwise you would not have writen as you did, it is in vain to try to hide a bad spirit from the eyes of them who are spiritual for it will shewe itself in speaking & in writing as well as all our other conduct, it is also useless to mak[e] great pretentions when the heart is not right before God, for God looks at the heart, and where the heart is not right the Lord will expose it to the view of his faithful saints,

we wish you to render the Star as interesting as possable by setting forth the rise progress and faith of the church, as well as the doctrine for if you do not render it more interesting than at present it will fall, and the church suffer a great Loss thereby——

Joseph Smith Jr [p. 20]

It is difficult to imagine how the High Priests in Zion must have felt when they read the above epistle from Joseph Smith. In it we find a very revealing quotation from the Book of Mormon:

“I am not in the habit of crying peace, when there is no peace, and knowing the th[r]eatened Judgments of God, I say Wo,— unto them who are at ease [p. 19] in zion”

Wow.

We latter day saints often quote from 2nd Nephi 28 and Mormon 8 assuming that those passages of chastisement are directed at us, the modern church. Although much of it is “applicable” to us, most of this content is not literally speaking about us. It is speaking about the early saints of the LDS restoration. They are the ones that polluted the holy church of God back in Kirtland. Those of our generation, long after the restored church fled back into the wilderness, inherited an apostate imitation of the restored church.

2nd Nephi 28 and Mormon 8 are primarily chastising the saints of the restored church as they were stumbling during the 3 1/2 year period between June 1831 and the end of 1834, as they ultimately rejected the fulness that was being offered them. That was the time that they should be been seeking and obtaining the spiritual rebirth that the Nephites obtained during Christ’s visit to them in 3rd Nephi.

The modern church has greatly underplayed this great truth.

“All is well in Zion”

Notice how Joseph Smith is making reference to the following passage from 2nd Nephi 28 as it directly and literally applied to the High Priests in Zion who were attempting to establish Zion:

“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls..

Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!

Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!

Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!”

Those passages cannot possibly have a literal application to us, because we don’t live in Zion and we are not making a valid attempt at establishing Zion. The modern church has long last lost the desire for Zion.

At the beginning, the High Priests in Zion were at ease and thinking that all was well in Zion.

Imagine how the High Priests in the land of Zion that had been rebelling against Joseph Smith and making accusations against him must have felt when they were presented the “olive Leaf” revelation which is now called section 88. In that revelation, God accepts the offering of Joseph Smith and some of his fellow High Priests in Kirtland and tells them that their names have been entered into the book of the sanctified! The Lord even sends them the “other comforter”!

Shortly after Joseph Smith sent the above letter to brother Phelps, and probably before the High Council in Zion could respond to it, Sidney Rigdon called for a conference of the Ohio high priests to address the situation and reinforce the scolding that Joseph had given the High Priests in Zion, by drafting a follow up letter from a council of High Priests in Kirtland.The following summary is taken from the “historical introduction” in the Joseph Smith Papers project:

” Sidney Rigdon called for a January 1833 conference of Ohio high priests as part of an effort to resolve the disruptive quarrels and petty wrangling that had marred the relationship between church leaders in Missouri and Ohio for eighteen months. A revelation dictated in late September 1832 containing a brief, pointed chastisement of the Missouri members, and recent contentious letters from William W. Phelps and Sidney Gilbert in Missouri had brought the matter to a head.

The conference sanctioned JS’s letter of 11 January 1833 to William W. Phelps while commissioning Orson Hyde and Hyrum Smith to draft an epistle—this letter—in answer to the letters received from Phelps and Gilbert. This collective response helped put to rest the Missouri leaders’ charge that JS sought for monarchal power.

Hyde and Hyrum Smith wrote this letter from Kirtland, Ohio, to the Missouri bishop, his council, and the inhabitants of Zion, Jackson County, Missouri. Frederick G. Williams transcribed this letter into Letter Book 1.”

Letter from a Conference of High Priests to the Saints In Zion

Here is the letter of chastisement to the High Priests in Zion from the High Priests in Kirtland that was drafted by a committee composed of Hyrum Smith and Orson Hyde. It provides a pretty good summation of many of the issues at play between the two groups of high priests:

Kirtland Mills Geauga Co, Ohio Jany. 14—1833

From a conference of 12 High Priests   to the Bishop his councel and the inhabitants of Zion, Orson Hyde and Hyram [Hyrum] Smith being appointed by the said conference to write this Epistle in obedience to the commandment given the 22 & 23 of Sept last [Section 84] which says “But verily I say unto you all those to whom the kingdom has been given from you it must be preached unto all them that they shall repent of their former evil works for they are to be upbraided for their evil hearts of unbelief and your brethren in Zion for their rebellion against you at the time I sent you.”

Bro Joseph & certain <others> have writen to you upon this all important subject, but you have <never> been apprised of these things by the united voice of a conference of those high priests that were present at the time this commandment was given, we therefore Orson & Hyram the committe appointed by said conference to write this Epistle having received the prayers of sdconference that we might be enabled to write the mind & will of God upon this subject, now take up our pen to address you in the name of the conference, relying upon the arm of the Great Head of the Church, in the commandment above alluded to the Children of Zion were all, yea even evry one under condemnation, and were to remain in that state until they repented and remembred the new covenant even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which the Lord had given them, not only to say but to do them and bring forth fruit meet for ther Fathers Kingdom otherwise. [p. 20] there remaineth a scourge & a judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion, for shall the children of the Kingdom pollute my holy land I say unto you nay—

The answers received from those letters which have been sent to you upon this subject have failed to bring to us that satisfactory confession and acknowledgment which the spirit of our Master requires— we therefore feeling a deep intrest for Zion & knowing the judgments of God that will come upon her except she repent; resort to these last, and most efficient means in our power to bring her to a sense of her standing before the most High,

At the time Joseph Sidney [Rigdon] & Newel [K. Whitney] left Zion, all matters of hardness and misunderstanding were settled and buried (as they supposed) and you gave them the hand of fellowship but afterwards you brought up all these things again in a sensorious spirit accusing Bro Joseph in rather an indirect way in of seeking after Monarchal power and authority, this came to us in Bro Carrolls [John Corrill’s] letter of June 2d.,

We are sensable that this is not the thing Bro J is seeking after, but to magnify the high office and calling whereunto he has been called and appointed by the command of God and the united voice of this Church, It might not be a miss for you to call to mind the circumstances of the Nephites and the Children of Israel rising up against their prophets and accusing them of seeking after Kingly power &c— and see what befel them and take warning before it is to[o] late

Bro [Sidney] Gilberts letter of Dec 10th. has been received and read attentively, and the low, dark, & blind insinuations which were in it were not received by us as from the fountain of light, though his claims and pretentions to holiness were great, we are not unwilling to be chastened or rebuked for our faults but we want to receive it in Language that we can understand, as Nathan said to David, Thou art the man

We are aware that Bro Gs is doing much, and a multitude of business on hand but let him purge out all the old leaven and do his business in the spirit of the Lord. and then the Lord will bless him <otherwise the frown of the Lord will remain upon him—> There is ma[n]ifestly an uneassness in Bro G, and a fearful ness that God will not provide for his saints in their last days and these fears lead him on to covitousness, This ought not so to be, but let him do just as the Lord has commanded him and then the Lord will open his coffers, and his wants will be liberally supplied, But if this uneasy covetous disposition be cherished by him the Lord will bring him to poverty shame, and disgrace,

Bro [William W.] Phelps letter is also received of Dec [p. 21] 15th and carefully read, and it betrays a lightness of spirit that ill becomes a man plased in the important and responsable station that he is placed in;— If you have fat beef and potatoes eat them in singleness of heart. and boast not yourselves in these things

think not Brethren that we make a man an offender for a word this is not the case, but we want to see a spirit in Zion by which the Lord will build it up, that is the plain solem and pure spirit of Christ;

Bro Phelps requested in his last letter that Bro Joseph should come to Zion, but we say that Br J. will not settle in Zion until she repent and purify herself & abide by the new covenant, and remember the commandments which have been given her, to do them as well as say them

You may think it strange that we manifest no cheerfulness of heart upon the reception of your letters, you may think that our minds are pregudiced so much that we can see no good that comes from you, but rest assured brethren that this is not the case,

We have the best of feelings, and feelings of the greatest anxiety for the welfare of Zion we feel more like weeping over Zion than we do like rejoicing over her, for we know the judgments of God that hang over her and will fall upon her except she repent and purify herself before the Lord and put away from her evry foul spirit— we now say to Zion this once in the name of the Lord, Repent! Repent! Awake! Awake! put on thy beautiful garments before you are made to feel the chastning rod of him whose anger is kind[l]ed against you, let not satan tempt you to think we want to make you bow to us to domaneur over you for God knows this is not the case our eyes are watered with tears and our hearts are poured out to God in prayer for you that he will spare you and turn away his anger from you,

There is are many things in the last letters from Brs G and P. that are good and we esteem them much, The Idea of having certain ones appointed to regulate Zion and travling Elders have nothing to do with this part of the matter is something that we highly approbate, and you will doubtless know before this reaches you why Wm McLelin [William E. McLellin]opposed you [p. 22] in this move—

We fear there was something in Bro Gilberts when he returned to this place from N York last fall in relation to his Bro William that was not right, For Bro G was asked 2 or 3 times about his Bro W, but gave evasive answers, and at the same time he knew that William was in Cleaveland, but the Lord has taken him we merely mention this that all may take warning to work in the light for God will bring evry secret thing to Light,

we now close our Epistle by saying unto you the Lord has commanded us to purify ourselves, to wash our hands and our feet that he might testify to his father and our Father to his God & our God that we are clean from the blood of this Generations and before we could wash our our hands and our feet we were constrained to write this letter,

Therefore with the feelings of inexpressable anxiety for your welfare we say again Repent Rep[en]t or Zion must suffer, for the scourge and judgments must come upon her, Let the Bishop read this to the Elders that they may warn the members of the scourge that is coming exept they repent.

Tell them to read the Book of Commandments [and Book of ] Mormon and obey it, read the commandments that are printed and obey them. yea humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that peradventure he may turn away his anger from you, tell them that they have not come up to Zion to sit down in idleness neglecting the things of God, but they are to be dilligent and faithful in obeying the new covenant,

There is one clause in Br Joseph Letter which you may not understand. that is this if the people of Zion did not repent the Lord would seek another place, and another people, Zion is the place where the Temple will be built, and the people gathered but all people upon that holy Land being under condemnation, the lord will cut off if they repent not and bring another race upon it that will serve him, The Lord will seek another place to bring forth and prepare his word to go forth to the nations, and as we said before so we say again Bro Joseph will not settle in Zion [p. 23] except she repent and serve God and obey the new covenant with this explanation the conference sanctions Bro Joseph letter—

Brethren the conference meets again this evening to hear this Letter read and if it meets their minds we have all agreed to kneel down before the Lord and cry unto him with all our hearts that this epistle & Bro Js. and the revelations also may have there desired effect and accomplish the things whereunto they are sent and that they may stimulate you to cleans Zion that she mourn not,

Therefore when you get this know ye that a conference of 12 High Priests have cried unto the Lord for you and are still crying saying spare thy peopl[e] O! Lord and give not thy heritage to reproach, We now feel that our garments are clean from you, and all men, when we have washed our hand & our feet & hands according to the commandment

We have written plain at this time but we believe not harsh, Plainly Plainness is what the Lord requires and we should not feel ourselves clean unless we had done so, and if the things we have told you be not attended to you will not long have occasion to say or to think rather that we may be rong in what we have stated

Your unworthy brethren are determined to pray unto the Lord for Zion as so long as we can shed a tear the sympathising tear, or feel any spirit of to supplicate a throne of Grace in her behalf, The School of the Prophets will commence if the Lord will in 2 or 3 days, a general time of health with us the cause of God seems to be rapidly advancing in the eastern country countries, the gifts begining to break forth so as to astonish the world, and even believers marvel at the power and goodness of God,

Thanks be rendered to his holy name for what he is doing, We are your unworthy brethren in the Lord & may the Lord help us all to do his will that we may at last be saved in his kingdom——

Orson Hyde

Hyram Smith [p. 24]

tell them that they have not come up to Zion to sit down in idleness neglecting the things of God, but they are to be dilligent and faithful in obeying the new covenant,

The Lord will Seek another Place and Another People

The following excerpt from the above letter has caused some latter day saints to assume that the members and leaders of the restored gentile church lost their inheritance in Zion and that the Indians or some other race, will have to rise up and destroy the gentiles and build the city of Zion:

There is one clause in Br Joseph Letter which you may not understand. that is this if the people of Zion did not repent the Lord would seek another place, and another people, Zion is the place where the Temple will be built, and the people gather ed but all people upon that holy Land being under condemnation, the lord will cut off if they repent not and bring another race upon it that will serve him, The Lord will seek another place to bring forth and prepare his word to go forth to the nations, and as we said be fore so we say again Bro Joseph will not settle in Zion [p. 23] except she repent and serve God and obey the new covenant with this explanation the conference sanctions Bro Joseph letter—”

The above clause was a conditional warning and does not provide an accurate assessment based on promises that the Lord would eventually make to the high priests in the land of Zion. The Lord later corrected Joseph Smith on this subject. Here is an unconditional promise from the Lord that came shortly after the above letter was drafted that needs to be understood:

“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.”

Although that unconditional promise never materialized during their mortal lives, according to God’s own testimony, it will still happen. The repentant high priests that attempted to redeem Zion will be returned to the earth to build up the waste places.

Clearly, the righteous portion of the Zion High Priests and their connections will be restored to the lands of their inheritance.

The Lord continues:

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.

15 Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power;

16 Therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel.

17 For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm.

18 And as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be.

19 Therefore, let not your hearts faint, for I say not unto you as I said unto your fathers: Mine angel shall go up before you, but not my presence.

20 But I say unto you: Mine angels shall go up before you, and also my presence, and in time ye shall possess the goodly land.

21 Verily, verily I say unto you, that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. is the man to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vineyard spake in the parable which I have given unto you.

22 Therefore let my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. say unto the strength of my house, my young men and the middle aged—Gather yourselves together unto the land of Zion, upon the land which I have bought with money that has been consecrated unto me.

As you can see, Joseph Smith was given the commandment to gather the “strength of the Lords house

Ok, as you can see, by the time that the brethren from Kirtland and Zion united together to form Zion’s camp for the purpose of fulfilling the commandment to redeem Zion in 1834, the Kirtland High Priests had enjoyed some prominent blessings and endorsements from God while the High Priests from Zion had been chastised and humiliated.

Indeed, the revelation that Joseph Smith sent the High Priests in Zion declared that Joseph and some of his High Priest associates had had their names recorded in the book of the sanctified and had been given “another comforter”, while the High Priests from the land of Zion stood condemned before God.

Nevertheless, according to the word of God that would later be given in section 103, the repentant High Priests in Zion would be given the promise that they would some day be returned to receive their inheritance.

Now that we have that historical background and setting, you need to carefully read all of section 105 to prepare you for the secret revelation that is contained below. I am only going to provide a short snippet in this post.

In section 105, given during the Zion’s Camp expedition, the Lord made the following declaration:

“There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy.

36 And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosen; and they shall be sanctified;

37 And inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion.”

What very few members of the church know, is that on the following day, the Lord listed, by name, 15 of the priesthood brethren that had now been “chosen” as well as “called”.

Here is the revelation given which can be found at this link:

“A Council of High priests met according to revelation in order to choose some of the first Elders to receive their endowments being appointed by the Voice of the spirit through Br. Joseph Smith, jr. President of the Church of Christ.”

Proceeded First:

Edward Partridge—Is called & chosen and is to go to Kirtland and receive his endowment with power from on high—And also, stand in his office as Bishop to purchase lands in the land of Missouri.

W. Phelps—Is called and chosen, and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment with power from on high & help carry on the printing establishmentin Kirtlandtill Zion is redeemed.

*Isaac Morley is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment with power from on high & assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and preach the Gospel.

*John Corrill The same as Isaac Morley.

John Whitmer Is called and chosen, and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment {with power} in Kirtland with power from on high—And continue in his office.

David Whitmer Is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive an endowment in Kirtland with power from on high—And to stand in the office that is appointed unto him.

*A. S. Gilbert—Is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment from on high in Kirtland—And to assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and to proclaim the everlasting gospel until Zion is redeemed—

*Peter Whitmerjr. is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland with power from on high and to assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and proclaim the Gospel.

*Simeon Carter is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland, with power from on high, and to assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house; and proclaim the everlasting Gospel.

*Newell Knight is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland with power from on high and to assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house, and preach the Gospel.

Thomas B. Marsh (h) is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland with power from on high, and his office made known hereafter.

Lyman Wight is called and chosen, and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland with power from on high—And return to Zion and his office shall be appointed unto him hereafter.

*Parley P. Pratt (h) is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland with power from on high and assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house, and proclaim the gospel.

*Christian Whitmer is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland with power from on high and assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house, andpreach the gospel.

*Solomon Hancock is called and chosen, and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in Kirtland with power from on high and proclaim the everlasting Gospel and assist in gathering up the strength of the Lords house.

Notice that ALL FIFTEEN of the men listed in this revelation were High Priests!

Secondly, notice that ALL FIFTEEN of these men were from the church in Zion!

Finally, God is acknowledging their sacrifice and giving them the promise that they will unite with their fellow High Priests from the church in Kirtland to redeem Zion when the appointed time comes.

Nine of them were specifically “called and chosen” to help gather the strength of God’s house!” when the appointed time comes!

Brother Gilbert Struck Dead

One of the nine that is to gather the strength of God’s house was brother Gilbert. He was the one most prominently singled out in the letters from Joseph and the Twelve High Priests in Zion as having been possessed with an evil and accusative spirit. For that reason, it is curious that he was among those that were called and chosen by the Lord to help gather the strength of the Lord’s House and redeem Zion.

Even more curious is the fact that directly after being among the elite group of High Priests chosen, he replied that he would rather die than preach the gospel to the gentiles that had persecuted  and abused him in the land of Zion. God apparently took this fellow at his word and struck him dead as one of the casualties of the cholera plague that hit Zion’s camp directly after the second revelation was given.

Will he be forgiven  and  return with his brethren in the 3rd watch?

My money says he will.

Time will tell.

We are in no position to judge and none of us have any idea what kind of persecution this fellow endured.

This secret revelation proves that the “Sons of Jacob” who are “Identified with the Gentiles” will not only participate in the redemption of Zion, they will, under the direction of Joseph Smith, play a leadership role in gathering the army of Israel that will warn the wicked to repent and then tread down the unrepentant wicked.

This revelation proves that the parable of the redemption of Zion was still in effect after the Zion’s Camp failure. The prophecy will still take place exactly as it is prophesied of in sections 101 and 103!

Joseph will return with the repentant high priests from Kirtland and Zion who are the Sons of Jacob that are identified among the gentiles. These are the gentiles that will repent, that the Book of Mormon speaks of

Joseph still holds the keys of the gathering!

Zion will be redeemed!

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How Zion will be Redeemed- Part 3

September 5, 2014

The Marred Servant

It is interesting to note that Christ references the Micah prophecy in 3rd Nephi in response to, and as part of a commentary on Isaiah 52.

3rd Nephi chapter 20 contains a literal word for word rendering of Isaiah 52 as it appears in the King James Version of the Bible.

Clearly, Christ feels that the prophetic narrative in Isaiah 52 is critical for his people to understand, as well as for Gentiles who will one day read the Book of Mormon. That chapter of Isaiah speaks of the “Marred Servant” that will gather many nations in the last days.

Again, the purpose of the reiteration in 3rd Nephi Chapter 21 is to give further clarification to the amazing prophecy in Isaiah 52 which speaks of the “Marred Servant” gathering many nations.

Isaiah 52 speaks of how Zion will “awake” and put on her “strength”. (Keep the term “strength” fresh in your mind throughout this series, it is a key term that shows up several times, linking passages from modern prophecy to passages in ancient prophecy, including the phrase “strength of my house“.)

Christ merges the ancient prophecy in Isaiah 52, with the ancient prophecy found in Micah 5 which details how the army of Israel, which contains a “remnant of Jacob”, “shall be among the Gentiles as a young lion among the flocks’ of sheep

The narrative infers supernatural power, or fulness of the priesthood being employed by the army of Israel with no personal casualties and total power over the Gentiles they are treading down. In modern terms, one might refer to this amazing military strike as a “strongman” event of power.

Obviously, there have been countless interpretations over the years as to who the Marred Servant is that leads the army of Israel. The term is sometimes associated with “Davidic servant“, “One like Moses” the “Branch Servant” and “one Mighty and Strong“, etc. The fact that the identity of this final servant that gathers Israel remains a puzzlement to Latter day Saints is a puzzlement to me, given the fact that the Lord has identified this person as Joseph Smith countless times.

It is interesting to note that the Hebrew paragraph break between the King James Version of Isaiah 52 and 53, is duly noted in the King James Version of the Bible as beginning at verse 13 of chapter 52, which proves that the “marred servant” in Isaiah 52 is also the “suffering servant” in Isaiah 53.

We know that all of the prophecies of Isaiah had a dual fulfillment. The first major fulfillment of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 took place in the meridian of time through the ministry of Christ.

He was Not born of Blood

In other words, the narrative given in Isaiah 53, which we generally attribute to being a description of Christ, was indeed descriptive of Christ’s suffering for us, but it is also a description of the end times servant who is marred by the sins of Israel.

In previous blogs we have documented the amazing declaration in Alma 34 that Christ was not human and did not offer a human sacrifice:

“For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice. Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another. Now, if a man murdereth, behold will our law, which is just, take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay.”

The inspired version of the Bible informs us in the Gospel of John that “He [Christ] was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Indeed, Christ was not born of mortal blood.

Christ was not imbued with human blood as are all of the other sons of Adam. Christ came to earth as God, disguised as a man. He apparently had flesh through Mary’s earthly lineage, but did not inherit the capacity to manufacture mortal blood from her or a mortal father. His blood was of divine origin with the capacity to provide an infinite and eternal atonement offering.

Joseph’s Blood Absorbed the Sins of Israel with a Vengeance

It is difficult for us to fully comprehend the excruciating suffering that Christ went through as his perfect blood, refused to assimilate the sins of the people that were place upon him and thus was purged out of his body through every possible means, including the pores of his sweat glands.

Conversely, the narrative in Isaiah 53 also applies to the mortal marred servant that returns to gather Israel.

His marring is also the result of his taking on the sins of apostate Israel, not to provide an eternal atonement, but to provide a temporary, temporal atonement that prolongs the days of apostate Israel upon the face of the earth when they normally would have been wiped of the face of the earth by the justice of God.

In his situation, his mortal blood DID assimilate the sins he took upon himself as an intercessor for latter day Israel, causing him to act out the sins of latter day Israel.

For this reason, my belief in Joseph Smith as the marred servant and the work he initiated, is only strengthened every time I hear some angry cynic decry all of the terrible sins that Joseph Smith is accused of.

Prideful boasting?

Lying?

False searing?

False prophesying?

Unrighteous dominion?

Adultery?

Murder?

Yep…. bring it on!

What of it?

Get the complete context and then get a grip.

Get the complete context of why he became a degraded, pathetic sinner wallowing in iniquity, before passing a harsh judgment. The sins you are judging just might be your own.

While I don’t categorically believe every accusation made against Joseph Smith by those who hate and despise him, I don’t doubt that he did in fact commit many grievous sins.

Why am I open to the fact that Joseph Smith committed many serious transgressions?

Not just because historical accounts are many and compelling, but more importantly to me, because prophecy testifies that his calling was to “commit iniquity” and then be “chastened.. with the rod of man“.

Is it possible for us to comprehend what effect this had upon his soul?

One can actually create a case from scripture to support the theory that Joseph Smith has been suffering in hell for four generations, for the sins of our ancestors as well as for ours sins. In the following prophecy we shall observe that when the Marred Servant (Branch Prophet) returns, he is brought out of the “fire”. Furthermore, he is still wearing the filthy garments that he had on when he was chastened by the rod of man.

Indeed, a careful reading of the second chapter of Psalms reveals that the Davidic lamantations in Psalms pertain to King David only as a shadow fulfillment, but to the Davidic Servant of the end times as the literal fulfillment. (Joseph is the anointed servant that is set upon Mount Zion in the last days when the heathen rage)

Keeping in mind that the returning Davidic Servant that first become sanctified and obtained his calling and election, and then offered an intercessory offering for latter day Israel and had their sins placed upon him, is returned to earth out of the “fire” still wearing “filthy garments”:

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Psalms 16:10

The Branch Prophet

We are informed that when he first returns after four generations, he is still marred by the filthiness that was artificially placed upon him and will need to have his filthy garments removed and replaced with clean garments:

And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

3 Now Joshua [the Branch Servant] was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,

7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.”

The Branch prophet, who is the marred servant, will be made clean when he returns. After that, he will walk in the ways of the Lord and keep his charge.

When that happens, he will once again deliver the true law of the Gospel just as he had done during the early Kirtland years, before the sins of Israel corrupted him.

Indeed, according to the prophetic narrative, the latter day servant took upon himself the sins of Israel just as Moses had anciently made an atonement for the sins of Israel.

Our ancestors would have been swept off the face of the earth if not for the intercessory offering made by Joseph Smith.

The the sins of latter day Israel had been artificially placed upon Joseph Smith, would this not result in this mortal being marred more than any other mortal man that walked the earth?

Will this marring effect how Joseph looks physically when he returns or was it simply a spiritual marring and a marring of his reputation and persona?

I don’t know.

It is interesting that Joseph Smith’s Father identified Joseph Smith as the one who would be marred in the patriarchal blessing that he gave him.

He also prophesied that Joseph would stand upon the earth when the final judgments go forth to destroy the wicked. He even reiterates the passage in section 133, that it is Joseph Smith’s brethren, the “Sons of Ephraim” that will administer blessings upon the “tribes of Jacob“:

“…and though the wicked mar him for a little season, he shall be like one rising up in the heat of wine, he shall roar in his strength, and the Lord shall put to flight his persecutors…

Thou shalt stand upon the earth when it shall reel to and fro as a drunken man, and be removed out of its place: thou shalt stand when the mighty judgments go forth to the destruction of the wicked:

thou shalt stand on Mount Zion when the tribes of Jacob come shouting from the north, and with thy brethren, the sons of Ephraim, crown them in the name of Jesus Christ..”

It is interesting how the blessing states that Joseph was to be marred for a little season, which mirrors the word of the Lord in section 105 that Zion would not be redeemed for a little season!

If you are not intimately familiar with how Joseph’s calling incorporated a temporal atonement similar to the one that Moses provided for ancient Israel, I would strongly recommend the following article.

http://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/four-steps-in-losing-your-innocence-part-6-3/

Without this understanding, you may be deceived by a false prophet who is taking upon himself the awesome task of showing people how to redeem Zion. Such an imposter would obviously reject the possibility the Joseph could return to complete his assignment.

Furthermore, you may reject the disruptive claims of the servant that has been marred and then healed when he returns to “declare” the truth. Indeed, there will be people who will not believe what he has to tell them.

9 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them.

10 But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.

11 Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.

A marred servant that has been healed is about to be among us. If you do not believe the words of Christ that he shall declare, you will be cut off from among the people.

In our next segment we will review the secret revelation received at Zion’s Camp, which proves that it is Joseph and his brethren that will return and gather up the strength of God’s house to form the army of Israel that will redeem Zion..

Great and terrible things are about to happen

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September 2, 2014

“.. break down the walls of mine enemies;
throw down their tower,
and scatter their watchmen”

“Throw down”

Perhaps one of the most compelling evidences that the army of Israel in the parable of the redemption of Zion is the same army mentioned in Micah, that treads down the gentiles, is demonstrated by the keywords “Throw down“.

Notice how it is used in the Micah prophecy:

“Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;

15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds” (3 nephi 21:14-15 see also Micah 5:12)

Compare the same keywords and similar contextual use thereof, in the parable of the redemption of Zion as contained in section 101

“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.” (D&C 101:55-57)

In a follow up to the parable in section 101, the Lord made the following declaration in section 103 which reiterates the use of the keywords:

“Behold, I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men, and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers ( strong holds) of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen;

But the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words. But inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful. I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith.”

As you can see from the above passages, the servant of the vineyard, Joseph Smith was commanded to gather the “strength of God’s house” which is another term for the Army of Israel that has returned to their former POWER, to “throw down” the towers (strongholds) of the enemy.

That is what Christ is speaking of in 3rd Nephi as he incorporates a prophecy from the 5th chapter of Micah.

Interestingly, Christ merges the prophecy in Micah with the prophecy in Isaiah 52, demonstrating that it is when God’s Marred Servant returns to gather Israel, that the army of Israel goes forth to tread down the wicked Gentile Nation.

The Army of Israel is a Family Affair

In part one of this series, we observed that when Christ expounded on the prophecy of Micah, he referenced the prophecy three times, apparently identifying separate and distinct remnants of God’s people that are gathered and incorporated into the “army of Israel” that goes forth destroying the unrepentant gentiles from off of the face of the earth. The three distinct terms he used to reference branches of the family of Israel are as follows:

  • The “house of Israel” (The righteous Saints of the LDS restoration)
  • The “House of Jacab” (The literal return of the righteous Nephites)
  • The “Remnant of Jacab” (Lamanites)

It is apparent that the “House of Jacob” in chapter 20 is referring to the righteous Nephites that Christ is visiting because he is telling them directly that “ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest“. He is informing them that they will be returned to the earth to participate in the fulfilling of the Abrahamic land covenant. Conversely, he speaks of ” my people, O house of Israel..” and “My people who are a remnant of Jacob.. “, respectively, in His first and third declarations about the Micah prophecy found in chapters 16 & 21.

Furthermore, the term “remnant of Jacob“used in chapter 21, is defined as the Lamanites in section 109:65-66:

And cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten because of their transgression, be converted from their wild and savage condition to the fulness of the everlasting gospel; That they may lay down their weapons of bloodshed, and cease their rebellions.

Lastly, the “House of Israel” mentioned by Christ in chapter 16, is clearly referring to the “army of Israel” that is mentioned in section 105. However the term used in 105, could be referring exclusively to the repentant of the LDS restoration movement and their descendents, or it could have a broader meaning which also includes the other two groups designated by Christ in chapters 20 and 21. My guess is that the term “Army of Israel” refers cumulatively to all of the repentant branches of Israel that return and are gathered together to cleanse this land of the unrepentant.

Isaiah 10

Isaiah 10 offers a prophetic narrative that mirrors some of the narrative in the prophecy in Micah. It refers to the “remnant of Israel“, and the “escaped of the House of Jacob” and the “remnant of Jacob“.

Again, one could interpret the terms to be interchangeable or referring to separate and distinct branches of the Lords people. I am inclined to believe that his usage in these verses, just like the differing terms in Christ’s references to the prophecy of Micah, are being specific.

America will be Invaded by a host of foreign Nations

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.”

The Zion of God will emerge during a time of crisis, although a silent, unpretentious preparatory gathering may precede the emergence of Zion in power.

A Latter day Pharaoh and a Latter day Moses

Some of the wording in this most interesting prophecy makes it sound as if there is going to be a latter day showdown that is typological to the one that took place anciently when Mosses was extracting the children of Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh.

The Lord assures and encourages his people: “..be not afraid of the Assyrian “. “.. he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt” things will work out! his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed”

Why?

” because of the anointing.”

The anointing is what makes Israels deliverance possible.

What is the anointing?

More on that later.

Here are a few passages from Isaiah 10 which I believe is referring to the same prophetic time spoken of in 3rd Nephi 20-21 and Micah:

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.

21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.

22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

24 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.

26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.

27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”

Interestingly, section 109, which identifies the believing gentiles of the restored church as the “sons of Jacob“, pleads with the Lord to take the yoke from off their neck. Notice the similar wording between the ancient prophecy in Isaiah and the following text from modern revelation:

Therefore we plead before thee for a full and complete deliverance from under this yoke;

33 Break it off, O Lord; break it off from the necks of thy servants, by thy power, that we may rise up in the midst of this generation and do thy work.”

The plea to take the yoke of bondage off of the necks of Gods latter day servants is followed with the petition for the anointing, that Gods servants had received in the Kirtland temple, just a few months previously, to be “sealed” upon them during the solemn assembly which was scheduled to take place a few days later:

Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.

36 Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof.”

As you can see, the mysterious anointing that makes possible the ignition of the marvelous work in the 3rd watch, took place in the Kirtland temple and it is acknowledged in ancient scripture. These related passages from modern revelation provide incredible interpretive keys to understanding the ancient prophecies in Isaiah.

In previous posts I have suggested that one of the keys to understanding ancient prophecy, is to understand modern prophecy, and the key to understanding modern prophecy is contained in D&C 1:37-38:

Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.

38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

39 For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen.”

I Have accepted the challenge given above.

I have searched the commandments given in the Book of commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants.

I have studied and searched the unconditional prophecies and promises contained in modern revelation.

I have gained for myself, the faith to believe God’s unconditional promises and prophecies to us.

I invite you to take God at his word. Take the unconditional promises given in modern revelation literally and at face value and they will open up the meaning of the ancient prophecies!

According to the promise of God: EVERY SINGLE UNCONDITIONAL PROPHECY CONTAINED IN THE TRUE REVELATIONS BROUGHT FORTH BY JOSEPH SMITH WILL COME TO PASS EXACTLY THE WAY GOD SAYS THEY WILL, EVEN IF IT REQUIRES BRINGING PEOPLE BACK FROM THE DEAD..

Joseph Smith is the Marred Servant in Isaiah 52

As I have searched the scriptures in the Doctrine and Covenants and used keyword word-crunching technology to connect them with ancient scripture, I have come to the conclusion that Joseph Smith is the Marred Servant mentioned in Isaiah 52 who is given the mandate to gather Israel.I have provided countless proofs of this from ancient and modern revelation, prophecies and visions given during the LDS restoration movement, and from patriarchal blessings given to Joseph Smith. It boggles my mind that believing Latter day Saints reject the supposition that Joseph Smith is going to return to finish his ministry.

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More on that later.

I have also come to the conclusion that Joseph’s first ministry during the 2nd watch was a “dry run” and a feeble attempt at what will ultimately come to pass in the 3rd watch. (although secret things took place at that time that secretly laid the foundation for the Marvelous Work to come forth at the appointed time)

Let me reiterate.

Many of the early historical events in the LDS restoration movement represent vague, shadow, non-literal types of ancient prophecies. In many instances, they are unsuccessful attempts at fulfilling prophecies that will ultimately take place in the final generation. It is, nevertheless, beneficial to study church history and to take the events very seriously, because we can learn from them.

The Solemn Assembly in the Kirtland Temple is a great example of an unsuccessful dry run.

We will review that historic event and others in part three.

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August 28, 2014

Christ Expounds on the Prophecy of Micah Three Times

For those anticipating the establishment of Zion, preparatory to the return of the Lord, (in glory) perhaps the prophecies of Christ in 3rd Nephi 16, 20 and 21 provide some of the most detailed and compelling narratives about how this event will take place.

The setting of these chapters is Christ’s visit to the inhabitants of America. Jesus Christ is speaking to the more righteous portion of the Nephites that were not destroyed at his coming. He blesses them and establishes his church among them.

In all three chapters, the Lord appears to be paraphrasing or quoting from an ancient prophecy in Micah that speaks of an army that treads down the unrepentant gentiles in the last days.

However the wording and context of each recital differs subtly and significantly from the other two.

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In the various renditions referring to the prophecy in Micah, the Lord refers to the “House of Israel“, “House of Jacob” and the “remnant of Jacob” respectively. Although many people assume that all three terms are synonymous, I would suggest that they are not.

A contextual examination with the use of keyword comparisons will demonstrate that these three accounts are highlighting different participants from various branches of the House of Israel that will be part of the army that treads down the gentiles.

It will also demonstrate that the prophecies in Micah and Isaiah 52, dovetail with the parable of the redemption of Zion in Sections 101, 103 and 105.

People who disregard or don’t understand modern revelation are at a significant disadvantage in understanding this most important topic.

“House of Israel” – The Army of Israel”

In his first declaration in chapter 16, Christ refers to the army as being composed of the “house of Israel”. This terminology is consistent with section 105 given in Zions Camp, prophesying that the “army of Israel” will eventually become “very great

The prophecy in section 105 continues on:

“And after these lands are purchased, I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possession of their own lands, which they have previously purchased with their moneys, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies that may be upon them, and scattering their watchmen, and avenging me of mine enemies unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

31 But first let my army become very great, and let it be sanctified before me, that it may become fair as the sun, and clear as the moon, and that her banners may be terrible unto all nations”

The above narrative is referencing the parable of the redemption of Zion and related passages given in sections 101, 103 and 105, which the Zion’s Camp expedition was attempting to fulfill. It becomes obvious in this section that even though Zion’s Camp would fail in their attempt to redeem Zion, the Lord was still going to have them fulfill the commandment and prophecy at a later time, after a little season. In fact, later in this series, we shall review a secret revelation that was given the day after section 105 was given which will shed further light on how Zion will be redeemed.

A great key in understanding how this prophetic scenario unfolds is in understanding that the first elders of the restored church who were identified with the Gentiles are also the literal “Sons of Jacob” who are heirs to the covenant according to the flesh. Although they were identified with the Gentiles, they were different and distinct from the Gentiles with regard to lineage.

More on this later.

“..Remnant of the House of Jacob”

When Christ continues expounding on the Micah prophecy in chapter 20, his slight change of verbiage reveals that he is telling the Nephites that he is speaking to, that they, “a remnant of the House of Jacob“, are literally going to be returned to the earth in the flesh, to participate in the army of Israel that goes forth treading down the Gentiles.

This explains why the Zion, set up by Christ in America, stayed on the earth for the duration of 3 1/2 generations and was not raptured up like the Old Testament Zion communities of Enoch and Melchizedek. Their calling is to remain on this earth and fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant that takes place during the Marvelous Work and a Wonder. They will unite with the returning “Sons of Jacob” to help reestablish Zion on earth. Eventually, the reestablished Zion will be caught up to meet the Zion of Enoch in the air when it comes down.

“The Remnant of Jacob”

Finally, when Christ gives a third variation of the Micah prophecy in chapter 21 of 3rd Nephi, He reveals that the army of Israel will also be  include descendents of Lehi that repent and are converted. We learn from section 109 that the term “remnant of Jacob” has specific reference to the Lamanites:

“And cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten because of their transgression, be converted from their wild and savage condition to the fulness of the everlasting gospel”

Reading Assignment

Please read chapters 16,   20, and 21  of 3rd Nephi very carefully taking nothing for granted.

Forget how you have heard it interpreted at church and don’t assume that all three accounts are referring to the “remnant of Jacob“, they are not!

Read them in the context that the wording variations are intentional and significant.

Then read the parable of the redemption of Zion and associated passages as they are contained in sections 101, 103, and 105.

Keep in mind that every unconditional promise and prophecy must come to pass, even if it means returning people from the dead, because God’s word must come to pass.

For as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my words cannot return void, for as they go forth out of my mouth they must be fulfilled.

My word shall not pass way but shall all be fulfilled.

In part two we will continue with what Christ tells us about the Marred Servant, that reveals Christs words, and gathers Israel.


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