How Zion will be Redeemed- Part 7

October 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

What about additional doctrines?

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

What about the mysteries?

Why only milk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Salt that Lost its Savor

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

Zion will be Redeemed by the Shedding of Blood

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

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

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

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

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

Why did the purchase not suffice?

Because they did not repent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which way did it go?

Which promise has been fulfilled.

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

So what happened?

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

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

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

History confirms that  Babylon prevails against the Saints.

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

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

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

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

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

The historical evidence is pretty clear.

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

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

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

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

“He Invites us to Come Closer to Christ”

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

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

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

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

and if so, should we seek that communion ?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is a pretty sobering statement that Christ made.

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

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

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

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

Is that not sufficient?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Can’t Bypass Repentance

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

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

1- the Gentiles are commanded to repent

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

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

The Unrepentant will Seek the Second Comforter in Vain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 5, 2014

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

Is this bogus?

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

You can’t trust your Feelings

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

Zeal without knowledge as Nibley would say.

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

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

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

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

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

The Anonymous Blogging Bishop

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

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

The Jewish Day of Atonement

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

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


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

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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

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

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

The Semi-Annual Jewish Conference

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

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

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

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

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

His comments brought to mind the following warning of Jeremiah:

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

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

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

The Urgent Need to Remodel Perfectly Good Temples

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

The Poor have been taken Care of!

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

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

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

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

The Stone Is Rolling Forth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ben Carson fears Anarchy within a few years

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


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

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

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According to some sources,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Only Two Options?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Banks Hold $240 TRILLION in Derivatives Exposure

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

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

The top 5 banks are as follows:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

“all nations”

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

That is absurd.

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

The Indignation Upon All Nations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In chapter 14 he notes that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

continuing on with the theme of multple gatherings-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grafting in of the Wild Branches Kept the Roots Alive

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

Which is true.

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

Here it is:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Book of Joseph

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

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

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

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

Prophetic Passages from the Book of Joseph

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

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

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


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


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

It may just be a coincidence.

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

I just don’t know.

But I am watching.

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Miscellaneous Musings # 5 Phineas Young

Miscellaneous Musings #4

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

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Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

September 21, 2014

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


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.

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

You just can’t make this stuff up!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Law of Common Consent make transparency requisite.

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

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

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


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.


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

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

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

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

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

Ehat Succession-continuity

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

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

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

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

 DS Distances himself from DS

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

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

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

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

And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;
9  Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;
10  Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them—
11  Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;
12  Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever.  Amen.”

(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.

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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.


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]

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Are you watching?


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:



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.


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.


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.


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

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”


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?


False searing?

False prophesying?

Unrighteous dominion?



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.

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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Part 1

Part 2

Part 4


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