For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

This blog is an outgrowth of its sister site  www.threewatches.blogspot.com which provides over 50 scriptural and prophetic evidences that the “Marvelous Work and a Wonder” spoken of in Isaiah and the Book of Mormon did not begin during Joseph Smith’s ministry and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in the 1800’s.

The LDS restoration movement represented the laying of the FOUNDATION for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder that was to come forth four generations later. It is time for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder to happen NOW. It is our generation that will see it unfold.

After the saints failed to live the law of consecration and failed to redeem Zion during Joseph Smith’s 15 year ministry, the Lord told them they must wait for a “little season” of “chastisement” and “learning” before they could live the laws pertaining to Zion.

The Marvelous Work and a Wonder takes place when the Gentiles repent and accept the fulness of the gospel and it includes the coming forth of additional ancient records as detailed in the 4th chapter of Ether.

Behold, I have written upon these plates the very thingswhich the brother of Jared saw; and there never weregreater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared.

Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.

For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.

And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.

I believe the Marvelous Work and a Wonder is about to begin.

This blog deals with deep doctrinal, historical and prophecy related issues pertaining to the LDS Restoration Movement, the Restored Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It views history through the lens of prophecy and prophecy through the lens of LDS church history.

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

This blog is for those who have been weaned from the breast and yearn for the meat. Those not prepared for the meat can choke on it.

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

If you make it that far and still want more information to read, the following resources can be considered:

  • This blog– For an incomplete listing of some of the earliest posts on both blog sites with brief descriptions click here
  • The Chief Inspector Blog  Part One and Part Two
  • My Youtube Series on “The Secret History of Mormonism Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  • The book, “Solving the Prophet Puzzle, transforming a crisis of faith into a spiritual awakening“. This book provide the true Biblical profile of who Joseph Smith really was and what his full calling is. It documents how Joseph Smith, the latter day Moses offered up an atonement offering in behalf of latter day Israel after they rejected the fulness, much the same way the Moses offered himself as an atonement offering for ancient Israel after they rejected the fulness. The book provides answers to most of the criticisms made by skeptics of the restoration. The book can be ordered through Amazon.

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The book, “Solving the Prophet Puzzle” reveals the secret history of the LDS restoration movement.

Three chapters of my book address the topic of the intercessory atonement offering. I feel that the documentation I have provided is beyond compelling in showing that Joseph Smith is the COVENANT SERVANT of the Lord in the last days who began the work of the Lord and will finish it under the direction of, and in conjunction with, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The book is currently being updated and should be finished by the end of 2016. The original version that was used by members of my peer review has temporarily been reduced in price from $49 to $19.

The book is over 600 pages long with over 1200 historical and scriptural references. Listed below are the chapters contained in the book.

SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS  

CHAPTER 1: 
THE APOSTASY AND REDEMPTION OF LATTER DAY ISRAEL
The Whore, the Harlots and the Unfaithful Bride

CHAPTER 2 
THE GROWING GOOGLE APOSTASY
“We’ve never had a period of apostasy like we’re having right now”

CHAPTER 3 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 1-3
A Stone of Stumbling
Biblical Profile of the Davidic Servant
One Like Moses

CHAPTER 4 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 4-6
The True Purpose of Prophets
The Atonement Statute
“I have labored in vain… yet shall I … restore… Israel”

CHAPTER 5 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 7-9
Why did Old things need to become New?
Modern Revelation is Consistent with Ancient Prophecy

CHAPTER 6 
TWELVE CONTEXTUAL DECLARATIONS
Search these commandments… the prophecies and promises… shall all be fulfilled.

CHAPTER 7 
HE COMES THREE TIMES AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
“For, behold, he cometh in the first watch . . . and . . . in the second watch,
and again he shall come in the third watch.”

CHAPTER 8 
THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED
“I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years.”

CHAPTER 9 
THE CHURCH OF GOD BRINGS FORTH THE KINGDOM OF GOD
“And she brought forth a man child”

CHAPTER 10 
A MYSTICAL LOOK AT THE LDS RESTORATION MOVEMENT
“That Jerusalem from this hour may begin to be redeemed.”

CHAPTER 11 
THE SECRET REESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THE JEWS
“A Light will shine forth among those that sit in darkness.”

CHAPTER 12 
REUNITING THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL WITH THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH
“And the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the natural branches of the [wild] tree”

CHAPTER 13 
READING ABRAHAM WHILE GOD WINKS
“Thy seed . . . shall bear this ministry and priesthood unto all nations.”

CHAPTER 14 
THE SECRET RETURN OF ELIJAH THE PROPHET
“Behold the time has fully come which was spoken by the mouth of Malachi.”

CHAPTER 15 
OLIVER’S SECRET
If an angel… let him be accursed…

CHAPTER 16 
CRUSHING DAVID WHITMER’S STUMBLING BLOCK
“I will prove that God called Brother Joseph to translate the Book of Mormon only”

CHAPTER 17 
THE JEWS REJECTED THE COVENANT, THE GENTILES BROKE IT
“They have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.”

CHAPTER 18 
THE SECRET DOCUMENT
Searching for 23 High Priests and the Holy Order of Melchizedek

CHAPTER 19 
THREE GRAND ORDERS OF PRIESTHOOD
“Paul is here treating of three different priesthoods, namely the priesthood of Aron, Abraham, and Melchizedek”

CHAPTER 20 
SOMETHING NEW MUST BE DONE FOR THE SALVATION OF THE CHURCH
But behold the Servant said unto the Lord of the Vineyard, “Spare it a little longer.”

CHAPTER 21 
ANALYSIS OF SECTION 132
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.”

CHAPTER 22 
I AM THAT I AM
The Importance of Understanding the True Nature of God

CHAPTER 23 
SEVEN SERVANTS AND AN ANGEL
“And the voice of warning shall be unto all people by the mouths of my disciples whom I have chosen in these last days.”

CHAPTER 24 
THE FIVE-PART MINISTRY OF JOSEPH SMITH
The Secret History of Mormonism

CHAPTER 25 
UNSEAL THE VISION
The Time of the End is Near

CHAPTER 26 
HOW ZION WILL BE REDEEMED…
“break down the walls of mine enemies, throw down their tower, and scatter their watchman”

EPILOGUE 
RESPONDING TO THE SKEPTICS OF JOSEPH SMITH AND THE RESTORATION

 

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

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

Watcher

 


Notable Emails #30 “I have to disagree to the credit you give to the LDS Church and saving ordinances. I do not see any saving ordinances, temple rites, secret signs or tokens as of any value.”

July 7, 2016

[Editorial Note: I get many emails from readers of my blog sharing their thoughts and asking my opinion about historical and doctrinal matters and about prophecy. This series provides selected email exchanges that may be of interest to the general readership.

I sometimes alter my past responses slightly when posted in this series in an effort to provide clarity. As always, the reader should never assume that I know what I am talking about. The information is being provided to stimulate thought and deeper study into the scriptures and history of the church.

I do not share email conversations if you request that I don’t.

I seldom correct typos in emails from readers since I am unqualified to correct my own typos.

I apologize for the length of this edition and for the many notable email conversations that I just could not include in this session. I value all correspondence but I just cannot include all of it.

I seem to losing interest and energy for the blog and plan on posting much less frequently unless something major happens in the world that infuses me with additional passion. This particular series will probably be dropped.

Observations, questions, and death threats can be sent to onewhoiswatching [at] gmail dot com]

 

Email Exchange #1

“I have to disagree to the credit you give to the LDS Church and saving ordinances. I do not see any saving ordinances, temple rites, secret signs or tokens as of any value.”

 

“I have to disagree to the credit you give to the LDS Church and saving ordinances [on pages 159-160 of your book, Solving the Prophet Puzzle]. I do not see any saving ordinances, temple rites, secret signs or tokens as of any value.
JS stated that you might as well baptize a bag of sand, as a man, for the first baptism, without the second baptism,  it is of no value. If the water Baptism is of no value in and of itself, how can the rest be of any value?
I believe the signs and tokens and saving ordinances are some of the sharpest arrows in Satan’s quiver. People for the most part, believing that they are saved without receiving the true BoFHG, do not feel the need to pursue further righteness.
Those who do not receive remission of sin through the BoFHG will pay for their own sin through the 1000 year millennium with the LDS receiving the most strips, and will be resurrected with the SOP, and appear at the Judgement bar, and sentenced to the Telestial Kingdom.
Christ said my Kingdom is not of this earth. When He baptises you into His Kingdom, you are brought up as a calf in a stall, Isa ch 1.  2 Nephi Ch 32 is in effect. You are clean and the HG is your constant companion. God promised the children of Israel that He would take all sickness, lameness, infirmities from them and drive out the inhabitants of the promised land out in front of them as needed, with hoards of Hornets, if they would just believe, a belief they never achieved.
Instead they ended up dieing, fighting, sinning and being cursed with the Law. The crowning act of the Law of Moses was the crucifixion of Christ. The crowning act of the LDS church, will be the spiritual death of its members. They will stay the natural man, walking through eternity experiencing eternity as a physical experience, instead of a spiritual experience. They will be some of.
   Even Peter and the whole Twelve had problems accepting Christs gospel even after Peter saw the gentiles receive the BoFHG. God had to command him to eat of both clean and unclean Animals to get him to finally come around to the Gospel Paul received.
Charity; Charity is just a word and to truly understand the word we must break down the word to the mechanics of the word. The mechanics of the word Charity is always seeking the other person’s best good. Charity covereth a multitude of sins.
Believe is also just a word, an very, very important word, undefined in scripture. However the word believe and faith are very similar words to me. Faith is somewhat defined in scripture and can show us the extent of the action of belief that is necessary to truly believe. If you are in possession of faith (believe) the size and amount of a mustard seed you could move mountains.

My Reply

“I have to disagree to the credit you give to the LDS Church and saving ordinances. I do not see any saving ordinances, temple rites, secret signs or tokens as of any value.”

We don’t disagree on this, you simply misunderstood what I was saying. ( I am glad you have pointed this out so that I can clarify what I am saying better in the book)
On pages 159 and 160, when I was referring to and defining the “church of Christ” I was referring to the true restored church of Christ as it existed prior to the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood in June of 1831. I  was not referring to the condemned church that followed the rejection of the fulness, or the modern apostate church which was rejected in Nauvoo.
I believe the restored church from 1830 until June of 1831 actually had power in their ordinances for those who exercised faith and that is why the greater priesthood was able to be manifested in the lives of people like Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight and Sidney Rigdon, etc., who exercized faith unto repentance through those ordinances to the extent that the Father called them to be High Priests.
 
After the fulness was collectively rejected by the saints, the Lord pronounced the leaders and the members of the church to be “condemned“.
 

condemn

CONDEMN, v.t. [L., to condemn, to disapprove, to doom, to devote.]

1. To pronounce to be utterly wrong; to utter a sentence of disapprobation against; to censure; to blame. But the word often expresses more than censure or blame, and seems to include the idea of utter rejection; as, to condemn heretical opinions; to condemn ones conduct.We condemn mistakes with asperity, where we pass over sins with gentleness.

2. To determine or judge to be wrong, or guilty; to disallow; to disapprove.Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, we have confidence towards God. I John 3.
3. To witness against; to show or prove to be wrong, or guilty, by a contrary practice.The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it. Matthew 12.
4. To pronounce to be guilty; to sentence to punishment; to utter sentence against judicially; to doom; opposed to acquit or absolve; with to before the penalty.The son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests, and to the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death. Matthew 20.He that believeth on him is not condemned. John 3.
5. To doom or sentence to pay a fine; to fine.And the king of Egypt–condemned the land in a hundred talents of silver. 2 Chronicles 36.
6. To judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service; as, the ship was condemned as not sea-worthy. To judge or pronounce to be forfeited; as, the ship and her cargo were condemned.
 
 
Shortly after being condemned in 1834, the church was not the same as it had been previously. That is why they had to take the name of the Christ out of the name of the church.
After condemning the church, the Lord ultimately REJECTED the church in Nauvoo which means that the saving ordinances of a rejected church cannot provide the spiritual rebirth that leads to salvation.
Having said all of that, I think that I have provided ample evidence in the remainder of the book (which you have not apparently read yet)  to demonstrate that even though the saints were condemned and rejected as a church and prevented from living celestial law for a “little season”, they were still a remnant of God’s people who he loves and he continued working with them at some level, as a tribal kingdom.
I remain open to the possibility that the modern church offers a “preparatory” baptism for those that are pure in heart, that will lead the sincere individual away from the false teachings of the apostate church and towards a deeper relationship with Christ and towards the TRUTH…
Obviously that preparatory baptism cannot save anyone just as the law of Moses could not save anyone, however, just as the law of Moses pointed to Christ, the preparatory baptism could potentially do the same thing. I believe that if the person is pure in heart and seeking the truth, they are justified before God and will be led to greater enlightenment and ultimately into the strait gate when the fulness returns.
Nobody has been more critical of the modern church than me, however, as I have continued to study and search in an effort to better understand what the purpose of Joseph Smith’s ministry was and why we must have a “grafting in” and a timeout from the fulness for four generations, I have concluded that the modern church is part of God’s overall plan and that there is some purpose in it regardless of how much it annoys those of us who are seeking the full truth and to understand and prepare our hearts and minds to receive the fulness when it returns not only in word but in deed.
I feel grateful I was born into Mormonism instead of Protestantism or atheism. Even though I have now discarded the precepts of men promoted by the apostate church, I remain fully committed to the word of God in the Book of Mormon and the revelations Joseph brought forth. I feel those scriptures have brought me closer to God and his truth.
If the above statement is true, then the commission given to the condemned quorum of the Twelve in section 118 is still in force and the apostate church still has the commission to take the BofM to all the world so that the chips can fall where they may as people have the opportunity to accept or reject Gods word.
Some people discard the word of God altogether when confronted with the Book of Mormon.
Some accept it but then join the church and discard the word of God by allowing the precepts of men to override God’s word.
Others accept God’s word over the precepts of men once they join the the church. How they navigate their relationship with the church and the false prophets after they become enlightened is between them and God and it does not concern me.
I believe that the Mormons who have begun to understand and believe in Christ and who are trying really hard to be saved through the temporal gospel of works, represent a terrestrial group of spirits that have been deceived by the “craftiness of men, however, mingled among them, are the elect of God who quietly search the scriptures and ponder God and his gospel in their hearts”.
I no longer despise people who I feel have rejected or cannot comprehend the higher truth, I am grateful for God’s merciful plan in their lives and I wish them the best and I rejoice knowing that after their “pain” they will be in a kingdom of glory. If I obtain a terrestrial glory with them for taking a different path I will be satisfied even though my hope is for a greater reward.
Email Exchange #2
“There are a couple of things that hit me about the old farm dream that you might not have caught that I would like to share if you will”
Watcher; I am so enjoying your book and thank you for presenting gospel truths in such a complete manner.
There are a couple of things that hit me about the old farm dream that you might not have caught that I would like to share if you will.
First is the depiction that the first group, and the rabble commenced to fighting with knives. Joseph could have entered the fray armed with a Sword, but choose not to. Heb 4:12 with JS translation 12
” For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of body and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The rabble and the led group fighting with just knives would be contending with the words of God mingled with the philosophies of man, or mangled by the philosophies of man, as I put it.
That brings me to wonder, if the rabble might be represented by those excited by the teachings of a new teacher on the block. Yet there is the scripture that says their sins will be shouted from the house tops, (internet receivers). Interesting times for sure

My Response

Very interesting observation thank you for sharing..

I have some friends in Mo that just met a woman who is a direct descendant of Joseph Smith. She has converted from the RLDS church to the LDS church.
She goes around speaking at firesides…
Anyway, she has confided in them that she has had a prophetic dream of Joseph coming back and preaching to two different bodies of people… in the middle of his preaching he says, “is anybody listening to me?” and “walks away”, as if to imply that the first two groups of people that the gospel is taken to by the servants will reject the truth…
Anyway, your comments reminded  me of that…

Email Exchange #3

Watcher,

I love reading your insights about events of the restoration.  Would you mind clarifying a few things from me from the last post?

You said,

        28 And when the times of the Gentiles is come in [again] , a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, [the blinded shepherds and sheep of the kingdom of the Jews] and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

 29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

 30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (D&C 45:18-30)

My understanding of what you are saying is that the latter-day church is the gathered Jews/House of Israel, but when the light breaks forth again, it will be the end of the times of the Gentiles.

You have said those who rejected the fulness in the days of Joseph Smith were Gentiles (or maybe Ephraimites?) but this time who will be rejecting the fulness – Gentiles, or Jews? or The house of Israel mingled among the Gentiles who have embraced Babylon and then it will return to other remnants like the native Americans? I’m just having a hard time keeping track of all the groups that don’t even know who they are and who to watch for messengers to come among.

You also mentioned that the elect would need to be gathered out of the Jerusalem where the prophets will appear and cry repentance.  How do you see this happening? The closest I can see so far might be the excommunication of so many people who are not in line with “follow the living prophet”, but many of these are from the group that are following Denver Snuffer, whom you believe to be something other than a true messenger.  Do you see something else going on that I am missing?

Thanks for writing. I hope you get a chance to address these questions.

My Response

My understanding of what you are saying is that the latter-day church is the gathered Jews/House of Israel, but when the light breaks forth again, it will be the end of the times of the Gentiles.

No that is not what I am saying.

I am saying just the opposite.

When the light shines forth, it will end the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham and will be the times of the gentiles coming in again.

Sorry I have not communicated better.

This topic is very confusing for several reasons, one of them has to do with semantics and the fact that the gentiles nations have and do rule and control the world and in that sense, one could say that we live during the times of the gentiles from a political point of view.

HOWEVER, with regard to the context of “GOSPEL DISPENSATION“, it is a different topic. We need to differentiate between the times of the political rule of the gentile nations and the time when the gospel is being sent to the nation of the believing gentiles.

I would liken it to the time when the Jews had their own religious kingdom set up at the time of Christ. At that time, even though they had their religious kingdom set up and Christ was extending the gospel to them, the kingdom of the Jews were under the rule of Rome politically.

When speaking of the times of the gentiles and the fulness of the gentiles it is important to differentiate world domination from a political perspective as opposed to a gospel dispensation.

The modern corporate church represents the reestablishment of the Kingdom of Israel governed by Judah, and yet, they are politically governed by the gentile nations that are in control.

I believe the passage in Section 45 and other related passages are saying that from the going forth of the Gospel by Peter James and John to the gentiles during New Testament Times, continuing on until the fulness of the gospel was restored and rejected within that same dispensation (during Joseph’s ministry), it represented the time when the gospel was directed primarily to the believing Gentile. It is important to understand that the restoration of the church of Christ in 1830 and the restoration of the fulness in 1831 were are taking place during the dispensation to the Gentiles that began with Peter James and John.

Once the believing gentile church collectively rejected the fulness and broke the everlasting covenant during Joseph’s ministry, “something new” had to be done to delay the curse from going forth in the earth as noted in Malachi.

At that point, the gospel message was then directed primarily to the House of Israel and foreign missions were established so that the grafting in of the natural branches could take place. At that time the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in and we have been in that dispensation up until now.

Once the Gentile servants of the 2nd watch return with the fulness, the times of the gentiles will once again come in.

Of course we are speaking in generalities.

It is really not black and white, because some from Judah were already in America and came into the church during the Kirtland era and conversely, there were undoubtedly some believing gentiles that came across the great waters during Nauvoo and Utah.

But generally speaking, the gospel had been to the gentiles at the beginning of Joseph’s ministry and then, as Parley Pratt noted, the servants of the Lord turned their efforts and were sent to the House of Israel after the Gentile nation had come to its fulness in rejecting the fulness.

According to Section 109 the beginning of the redemption of Jerusalem and the gathering of Judah began from that very hour in 1836.

According to Section 110, the ushering in of the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was taking place at that time. So there seems to have been a transitionary time between 1834 and 1836 when the gospel was being rejected by and taken from the gentiles, and taken to the House of Israel.

From that time until today, we have been in the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham for about four generations.

We are waiting for the return of the believing Gentile servants who will usher in the Dispensation of the fulness of times. When they arrive and present the fulness of the Gospel, “not only in word, but in deed“, to those who sit in darkness, the times of the gentiles will “come in” again.

The graphic below would be a better illustration if the change in color showed up better between the left side of the 1836 line and the right side of the line.


One of the reasons this topic is so confusing is because virtually everyone has been conditioned to believe that the true and living church that joseph restored has remained on the earth since the time of Joseph Smith and therefore everyone thinks we are currently living during the times of the gentile dispensation and that the times of the gentiles is about to come to an end. I believe this misunderstanding is necessary in order for prophecy to take place.


“You have said those who rejected the fulness in the days of Joseph Smith were Gentiles (or maybe Ephraimites?) but this time who will be rejecting the fulness – Gentiles, or Jews?”

Once the fulness is ushered in, “those who sit in darkness”, who I believe has reference to those religious leaders that rule over the religious dispensation of the gospel of abraham, as well as the membership of the modern church collectively, that don’t repent, will reject the fulness when it is again offered.

Only a very few people will be included in the first harvest.

I believe the first harvest is composed of Ephraimites who are of mixed lineage because the scriptures seem to indicate this. However, Ephraimites have been mingled among virtually all tribes so it is not wise to categorize from outward appearances. Rather, the elect can only be identified by the fact that they are willing to repent, reform, humble themselves, offer up a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and enter into the full law of the gospel including consecration when God’s anointed servants return to begin the Marvelous Work and ushering the fulness of times.

It appears to me from scripture that a remnant of believing repentant gentiles will unite with a remnant of the repentant and believing seed of Lehi to build the New Jerusalem… but again, it is important to note that everyone that accepts the fulness in the first harvest is of the repentant remnant of Ephraim.

You also mentioned that the elect would need to be gathered out of the Jerusalem where the prophets will appear and cry repentance.  How do you see this happening? 

By the time the two prophets are crying repentance to the latter day saint “Jews” in “Jerusalem”, the elect have already been harvested.

I do not have a strong opinion on whether the ministry of the two witnesses will take place in the City of Salt or Kirtland…. I can see it playing out either way. There could be a migration of the modern church stalwarts to Kirtland within the next few years or they may stay in Utah. Either say, wherever the main body of the kingdom of Judah is, is technically called Jerusalem.

“The closest I can see so far might be the excommunication of so many people who are not in line with “follow the living prophet”, but many of these are from the group that are following Denver Snuffer, whom you believe to be something other than a true messenger.  Do you see something else going on that I am missing?”

The fact that people become critical and are excommunicated from the church does not necessarily mean they are the elect. People leave the church for a myriad of reasons and motivations.

There have been countless groups that have split off from the modern corporate church during the last four generations but they may have no more  light and knowledge than the modern church, even if they have their eyes opened to the apostate condition of the church. It is easy to become critical with the modern church when comparing it to the standard of New Testament Christianity and the restored church of the restoration. Many of these splinter groups are trying to “steady the arch” without the authority to do so.
 
Christ’s warning of false prophets is an ancillary prophetic narrative that takes place at this general time frame.
Once a person gets a firm witness of the truthfulness and magnitude of the event described in Section 110 and the prophetic narrative described in this latest series,  it becomes undeniable that Snuffer has to be a false prophet because of his stance on Section 110 that he has been unwilling to repent of.
He continues to claim ongoing revelation from God having supposedly been taught something profound as recently as a few weeks ago and yet he continues to shed darkness and doubt about the veracity of section 110.
If he was really a major player in the end times scenario anointed by God, to shed the truth on what is currently happening, he certainly would be clearly testifying of 110 and what it means instead of providing an intellectual historical analysis that shed darkness and doubt about the veracity of the event.
A true prophet would take a firm stance and speak with authority on the issue saying “thus saith the Lord” section 110 is true or untrue, etc..
Snuffer refuses to take a hard stance on the topic but rather casts doubt on the event by listing all of the historical issues surrounding it that don’t intellectually seem logical to him.
I suspect that if he has been reading my research on the topic and this series, that he realizes now that he has made a colossal mistake of ginormous proportions in taking the stance that he has taken. The bottom-line is that he has rejected revelation and is causing others to reject God’s word which is quite a serious matter, but he realizes that if he acknowledges his mistake, it puts his revelatory claims in question. He is now caught between a rock and a really really hard place.

Email Exchange #4

“Jospeh talks about sitting down with both Elijah and JtB in the last days at the last great sacrament meeting.

Watcher,
I was studying this this morning and found a few verses that doesn’t seem to fit the theme of Elijah being JtB.
I have problems with this section anyway. Because the original revelation stops in the middle of verse 5. I’ve never been able to uncover where the rest of the revelation comes from. I’ve looked in the KRB for it.
I’m not sure if you addressed this before or not.
Jospeh talks about sitting down with both Elijah and JtB in the last days at the last great sacrament meeting.
D&C 27
6 And also with Elias, to whom I have committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days;
7 And also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias;
8 Which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto the first priesthood which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron;
9 And also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse;

My Response

yes that section seems problematic but it is important to remember that it merges to separate revelations together and that other grammatical changes have been made.

I have addressed this in my book as follows-

Section 27 Testifies of Section 110It Provides Clarity to Malachi,

110 and The Doctrine of Elijah

 

When I first discovered the secret Elijah doctrine in the Inspired Version, years ago, I looked for way to debunk it. The thought that God would transmigrate an Old Testament prophet into the person of a New Testament figure seemed remarkable and difficult to believe. When I noticed a passage in Section 27 that made it appear as if Elijah and John the Baptist were separate people, I decided to not write in my blog about how the Inspired Version teaches regarding the two individuals being the same, although I did make a few comments in the comment section of various posts.

The evidence was overwhelmingly in favor of the two of them being the same, but I chose to not write any blogs or papers on the topic until I could understand the reason behind the apparent discrepancy. Nevertheless, the two passages in the Inspired Version along with the mountain of supporting evidence rang true to me, so I began to investigate a little deeper into the origin and original text of Section 27.

A Composite of Two Revelations

 According to Robert Woodford, “Section 27 is either a composite of two revelations, or one revelation written in two parts. The uncertainty concerning its origin can be traced to two contemporary accounts . . . it appears these two revelations were combined for publication in the 1835 edition of the D&C.”

Restoring the Original Integrity to the Text of Section 27

As I began to dig a little deeper into Section 27, and was able to look at earlier texts, the problem became obvious. The text had become distorted. Once the modern use of verses is removed and the earlier punctuation restored, the meaning is greatly transformed. Notice the versing and grammar alterations as well as text deletion that has taken place in the modern version of Section 27: Inline image 1

In the 1833 Book of Commandments, the first part of what we now as Section 27 was published. It represents what the angel told Joseph as he was on his way to procure wine for the sacrament. In the 1835 D&C, both parts are published together and, in the 1851 publication of the Pearl of Great Price, only the second part is published. In both of those texts, Verses 8 and 9 are actually part of the same sentence. A colon instead of a semicolon is used. It is not broken up into modern verses. The capital “A” on “And” is a lower case “a”.When restored to an earlier way the text was presented, the meaning completely changes. This is how the two verses emerged as one verse, in the 1851 edition of the Pearl of Great Price.

Inline image 2

As you can see, the two verses were, originally, one sentence. Elijah was not being presented as one of the characters who will be at the occasion of sharing the wine; rather, the point being made in the narrative, is that both the higher and lesser priesthood needed to be ordained by the laying on of hands, in the same manner that Aaron was ordained to the Aaronic priesthood and that Elijah was ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood.

This is a much needed clarification, because when the Old Testament reveals that the Melchizdek priesthood is received by the calling of God’s voice out of heaven, it does not include the fact that a physical ordination must accompany the heavenly call. Aaron and Elijah were being given as examples of how the reception of both the higher and lower priesthood involved the laying on of hands.

One would think that Melchizedek would have been chosen as the example for proper Melchizedek priesthood protocol since that priesthood was named after him. In hindsight, now that I understand that John the Baptist was Elijah the Prophet, who also held the Melchizedek priesthood, it feels to me as if a cryptic witness is being offered of the fact that John was Elijah. Therefore, he was uniquely qualified to restore the Aaronic priesthood, and also to teach Joseph and Oliver about the forthcoming Melchizedek priesthood.

 

A Few other Observations about Section 27

 

The Final Elijah. The phrase, “restorer of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets,” is very significant. It distinguishes the mission of Elijah the “preparer” from the mission of Elijah the “restorer.” It is not known why it was taken out in later publications.

“The Keys of Turning the Hearts of the Fathers.” It appears, from Verses 8 and 9, that Joseph and Oliver obtained the keys of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children. The return of Elijah was all about transferring priesthood KEYS so that the Abrahamic promise could be fulfilled.

In Section 13, Elijah transferred the priesthood KEYs of the “ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.”

In Section 110, Elijah declared to Joseph and Oliver that “the KEYS of this dispensation are committed into your hands.”

Which dispensational keys? The priesthood keys to the ancient dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that had just been committed into the hands of Joseph and Oliver back in Verse 12 of Section 110! The priesthood, given by Elijah to Joseph and Oliver in 1829, belonged to the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that was secretly committed to Joseph and Oliver behind the veil in 1836.

Email Exchange #4

Watcher,
Why did Alma, who was a high priest after the order of Melchezidek baptize people into repentance?
Alma 8:10
Nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit, wrestling with God in mighty prayer, that he would pour out his Spirit upon the people who were in the city; that he would also grant that he might baptize them unto repentance.


Is this because they were under the old covenant and Christ hadn’t come yet? But then how did Alma get to become a high priest?😉

My Response

Your question presupposes that “into” and “unto” are synonymous.
I don’t think they are.
To me, the passage is simply inferring that repentance is a requirement and prerequisite of baptism and that the miraculous softening and humbling of the heart necessary for repentance could take place to prepare the people for baptism.
Alma was petitioning the Lord that he would bestow his spirit upon the people that they might become humbled and repentant, preparing them for baptism.
His Response
Wow!
I didn’t agree with what you had written and went to the New Testament to see what John the Baptist had said about it.
Matt 3:11
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (emphasis mine)
But then I looked at the JST and look what I found …
JST Matt 3:38
I indeed baptize you with water, upon your repentance; and when he of whom I bear record cometh, who is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear, (or whose place I am not able to fill,) as I said, I indeed baptize you before he cometh, that when he cometh he may baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire. (emphasis mine)

I stand corrected🙂

Email Exchange #5

Hey guys,

You should read this when you get a chance…

Regards,

(attached was a speculative timeline showing why Denver is an inspired prophet and speaking about the temple that Denver and is disciples are going to build.)

Response from one of the other recipients of the email

At a loss for words with that snufferite document “Patriarchs and Temples”….

I don’t know how anyone can take anything that comes from DS seriously.
DS now has enough diehards to get his little kingdom going for real. It’s going to start getting serious.
My Response to the above Response
Amen to that.

Yes this movement could get pretty serious. He is creating a kingdom. It will be interesting to see if there is enough time for him to get his temple project off the ground.

The odd thing to me is how the implication of the document is that the LDS temple does not become defiled until homosexual marriages are first performed in them. That assumption presupposes that the current LDS Masonic Temple ordinance has been valid up to this very day. That is consistent with the fact that Denver loves the Masonic endowment and would indicate that Denver’s endowment in his new temple will be more of the same signs tokens and handshakes that we have had for the last four generations.

Go figure

Mark 13:22

22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Email Exchange #6

 

“I think I’m beginning to see that his fall was necessary..”

Hello,

First I’d like to thank you for your blog and the amount of time you have spent researching and compiling all the data that you have.

I like you, years ago realized that the church had stopped following the fullness of the gospel and I gave up church activity.

However, I also believed Joseph had become a fallen prophet due to sin, but thanks to you I think I’m beginning to see that his fall was necessary, and for that knowledge I thank you.

I’d also like to take you up on your offer for a copy of your timeline to use in my own studies. Thanks very much and God bless you! Not everyone uses the spiritual gifts they have been given, but your gift of teaching is and will be of great service to sincere followers of Christ.

Sincerely,

My Response
Thank you for the kind words and praise God for the grace He is showing us as He begins to take the blindness off of our eyes. I am sending the timeline
Email Exchange #7
“I do not see any hint of how long a generation is..”
Dear Watcher,
I have been searching through your blog posts for a discussion of how many years comprises a generation. Specifically, in reference to the 3d watch beginning in about 4 generations after the rejection of the Gentile church.
I found this statement from one of your blog posts:

We learn from latter-day revelation that in the second watch, the Lord destroys the Gentiles church.

This will be discussed in future posts. (Various scriptures referring the four generations that follow the LDS Restoration Movement are as follows

D&C 103:26, [RLDS 100]

105:30, [102]

124:50, 52 [107]

another reference that speaks in more general terms about Gods dealings with the wicked beginning at the 3rd and 4th generations is 98:46 [95]

The throwing down of the gentile Church and the destruction of the gentile nations of the earth takes place at about the time that the gospel light shines forth in the third and final watch… when the marvelous work comes forth.

I have examined all of these references and agree that a generational gap of 3 to 4 generations is applied by the Lord in reference to forebearance against enemies of the Lord’s work. But, I do not see any hint of how long a generation is.
I do know that the Moses led wandering in the wilderness was for the time for the death of the generation which rejected the celestial law. And that was for forty years.
Are we to understand that when the Lord refers to a generation he means 40 years?
If so, then 4 generations would be 160 years and according to my calculations that time would have ended somewhere in the early 2000’s!
My Response
 great observation
It is interesting that you are bringing this up now as I got a similar email from another subscriber recently on the same topic.
He claims a Biblical generation is 70 years.
I admit that it is debatable as to how long a Biblical generation is.
In addition to the logic you already have pointed out, the savior prophesied that the not one stone would be left standing in that generation and it was almost exactly 40 years later that the siege and destruction of Jerusalem took place, which is another reason for the 40 year definition speculation.
Getting to your point regarding the early 2000’s, the 64 dollar question is, when did the generation begin that the scriptures are referring to? From what point in time do we begin calculating the 160 years forward?
There are so many possibilities beginning with Joseph’s birth in 1805, the first vision, to the return of Elijah the Tishbite in 1829, to the legal organization of the church in LDS Section 20 in 1820 (which very clearly gives us the statement about how many years it had been sin the birth of our Lord)
Then there is the condemnation of the church in December of 1834, beginning of the redeeming of Jerusalem “from the very hour” in 1836 in LDS section 109, and the rejection of the saints as a church in 1841 or the death of Joseph Smith in 1844 or the actually crown of King Brigham as the king of Israel (president of the church by common consent in 1848 and many other possibilities beyond 1844 as a potential starting point…. we just don’t know for sure when the first generation begins and ends..
I have made many speculations about this but I am afraid I am more of a “yankee guesser” like my great great grandfather Brigham than a prophet like brother Joseph LOL
I will say this.. I do believe the end of the four generations has possibly already taken place for reasons I do not have time to elaborate on at this time.
I think there are some amazing things that have taken place already that very few people realize the significance of… but I have decided to keep relatively quiet about them for now..
My guess is that 2001-2 and 2007-8 and 2014-5 represent a sequence of seven year periods that represent an amazing prophetic pattern and in which some amazing things have already taken place.
It would not surprise me if the servants have already been on the earth for several years preparing for the calamity that is about to take place.
We know that more translation must take place so they can come forth with additional scripture with which to test the world with and according to Joseph’s Patriarchal blessing, he takes seven years to gather wheat for times of famine for the coming times of hardship topological to how Joseph of Egypt did in planning for his brethren, etc.
If the proclamation to the kings of the earth and the president elect as mention in LDS section 124 is to be fulfilled with this coming election, then the servants must come forth VERY SOON
His Reply
…BTW listening to the FBI Director Comey (sp?) yesterday, revealed that the FBI is under the control of far more powerful influences than are visible to most. His attempt to declare what a “reasonable prosecutor” would do did not fool anyone trained in the law. He was out of his area of expertise and simply taking one for the team. He is being called on this over and over.
Now what will be interesting to watch is how the Lord uses all this commotion and chaos, in this super jublilee year, to work his plan. The works and designs of man fail, as is happening presently, the works, designs and purposes of God cannot be frustrated.
May we have our spiritual senses attuned to what is happening now. I think it may be as when Nephi prayed all night because on the next day, the believers were to be executed if the sign were not given. Just in the “nick of time,” it came. Type and shadow for Watchers. We will be tested because it looks like the powerful criminal cabals have won (are winning), but the Gospel of Abraham requires us to have faith.
I love preaching to the choir. VBG (very big grin)
Can’t resist one further comment on the FBI. This from another LDS blogger whose posts I check daily. http://woodyoubelieveit.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-profile-of-gad-hugh-nibley.html

 

Email Exchange #8

(below are selected conversations with a person who is part of a splinter group from the RLDS (Community of Christ) church)

He said-

“it is apparent that because certain sections (the oracles) were not included in the RLDS DC, that a blindness was imposed on those who thought that be reading the three standard works they were getting the “full story”. Au contraire!. How can we have gotten the full story without considering such sections as LDS DC sections 109, 110, 125 and others. By eliminating these from the official book, the membership was (and is) deceived by “out of sight, out of mind” blindness.”
 

My Response

The interesting thing is that we Mormons have been in blindness also, despite the fact that we did have those sections of scripture. We simply did not understand what they meant!!! 

In our pride an arrogance, we have superimposed a “dispensation of the fulness of times” narrative over the “dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham” narrative that is actually being presented… go figure. LOL

Email Exchanges #10

“What now?… what does the Lord expect us to do?”

I am still making my way through all your blog posts. It is a daunting task for sure. One question keeps popping in my mind over and over again. What now? After we have learned about the third watch and everything that comes with it, what do we do with that knowledge? What does the Lord expect us to do? Do we act any different? Do we worship differently? If I decide to stay in the church and continue to go and hold callings and go to the temple does it hurt me?

And one last question. Do you ever meet with people? I have a bunch of questions that only really work if they are asked face to face.

My Reply

What now?
That is between you and the Lord. I try not to give advise to people per D&C 1:19. I would be a poor excuse for the Holy Ghost
I appreciate the lunch offer.. I will consider it. I have had several but have not taken anyone up on it. I am not sure if it is a good idea. meeting a space cadet like me might discredit what people might have learned through the key words searches they have learned to do from this blog.🙂
Email Exchange #11
Dear Watcher,
I just finished reading Pt. 5. It is great. But most of all, it is comforting.
As I read it, I became aware of how like a brief to establish the proper construction of a Constitutional or statutory provision your exposition represents.
First, the constitutional or statutory framework must be laid down. That’s what I call the basic beat, referring to a musical analogy. The lawgiver lays out where things are and where they are going.
Second, there is the historical development where individual cases are adjudicated in order to flesh out the underlying beat. Each individual fact pattern must be dealt with according to the Judges understanding of that initial cadence already laid down. The individual cases may deal with any part of that initial legislative enactment so that, taken one by one, they may appear to be out of order.
But, when the cases are looked at as representing the best thinking of the Judges as they relate to the original legislation, it makes no difference when they are decided. They become a part of the grand mosaic which forms the melody of the statute.
This is what your work is demonstrating, at least to me. You have treated the scriptures and the related historical documents and information as a single data source for the exegesis of God’s plan.
Understanding that plan (melody) allows us to place our own individual cadenza on the flow of the melody.
But this also directs our understanding of how to search the scriptures, as you have pointed out. We must understand the basic beat, and lay out a timeline or process line. Then when we study a particular scriptural story or prophetic pronouncement, it must be identified as to where in the process it fits.
The more pieces of the puzzle we find and fit in, the clearer the overall mosaic becomes and allows us to all find our cadenza time to be anxiously engaged in adding to the music.
I love your showing us the way to solve the puzzle…
I know you said that you are going to be very busy for several weeks, but I found something this evening as I was studying PPB chapter 12.
First, a confession. I have never studied the Book of Abraham. I don’t believe that the RLDS gives it any credence.
Second, I found your review of the Gospel of Abraham to be absolutely stunning. As I was reading along, it suddenly occurred to be that this must be one of the precious truths removed from the Bible. And then there on the next page was your comment to that effect including the more specific removal of a covenant. Just simply amazing.
Email Exchange #12
“..This only makes us more scripurally illiterate as a people. We might “know” the church’s doctrine, but not why or where it’s located in the scriptures. If it’s even there at all.” 
Watcher,
I’m not sure if you’ve seen this or not.
It’s an article that explains that the Church is doing away with scripture mastery. They are changing into doctrinal mastery. But before you think they’re throwing the baby out with the bath water you’ll be happy to know …
“That means Doctrinal Mastery becomes topical, not sequential,” said Elder Clark. “We figured out a way to get the scriptures in there so you still have 25 scriptures that are part of Doctrinal Mastery, but the focus is really on topics — doctrinal topics.”
Phew, at least they were able to squeeze 25 scriptures in there.🙂
Why are they going this route?
 
“Students have instant access to virtually everything about the Church from every possible point of view,” Elder Ballard said. “Today what they see on their mobile devices is likely to be faith-challenging as much as faith-promoting.”
 
In an effort to help students be informed, educated and spiritually taught about the doctrine and history of the Church, the new Doctrinal Mastery has been added to the seminary curriculum.
This only makes us more scriputally illiterate as a people. We might “know” the church’s doctrine, but not why or where it’s located in the scriptures. If it’s even there at all.
I was reading in D&C 20:58
But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;
Where do we get that deacons are to pass or administer the sacrament and teachers are to assist when needed?
A classic idea of what the church teaches and what isn’t supported in scriptures.
But I digress back to Elder Ballard’s reasoning for this new curriculum change. I think back to an address J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Gave in 1938 to religious educators.
You do not have to sneak up behind this spiritually experienced youth and whisper religion in his ears; you can come right out, face to face, and talk with him. You do not need to disguise religious truths with a cloak of worldly things; you can bring these truths to him openly, in their natural guise. Youth may prove to be not more fearful of them than you are. There is no need for gradual approaches, for “bedtime” stories, for coddling, for patronizing, or for any of the other childish devices used in efforts to reach those spiritually inexperienced and all but spiritually dead.
You can read it here:
I’m not sure this is the best long term strategy. Not a bad one for the short term to engage return missionaries to help the youth.
My Response
very interesting.. thanks for sharing
This should reduce the number of people that leave the church because they start searching the scriptures during the scriptural mastery sessions

 

Email Exchange #13

Hi Watcher,

As I was reading section 42 I saw a couple of things in a couple different verses which raised some questions regarding the historical narrative you have laid out.
Verse 31- mentions high priests.  I know there is a difference in high priests in the lesser priesthood verses High Priest in the Highest Priesthood. However, at this point in church history (Feb 1831) I wasn’t aware that the office of high priest was established yet?  I thought that the Morley Farm conference was the first time that anyone was ordained to the office of High Priest?
Another one is in verse 39.  You have said that prior to 1837 all missionary work was going to the Gentiles in America and that when foreign missions to England and Europe and other Islands opened up that was when the gospel was taken to the House of Israel.
However, verse 39 clearly states that the riches of those who embrace my gospel among the Gentiles in 1831 would go unto the poor of my people who are of the house of Israel.  At that time, the Church was only in America, so who were the poor of the people of the house of Israel if not the poor LDS members at that time?
Also, I’ve always wondered how it is that the early converts were the Gentiles that 3 Nephi 16 warned about, yet most all of them came from the same nations – England and parts of Europe – as those who you call of the dispersed of Judah and outcasts of Israel who would come in after 1836?
thoughts?

My Response

1- the words “high priests” did not show up in the 1833 Book of Commandments, it was added to the 1835 D&C retroactively which substantiates what I have said  See http://www.2think.org/hundredsheep/boc/boc44.shtml

2- I have said that the official mandate to take the knowledge of the fulness of the Gospel to the house of Israel and begin the gathering of the House of Israel is rooted in section 110  and the commission given in section 118 and the establishment of foreign missions that took place thereafter however, I have also pointed out that some of the elders and apostles that were called to take the gospel to the House of Israel were probably from the House of Israel, such as Brigham Young, John Taylor, Willard Richards, etc.
3- Verse 39 is a prophecy of a future event. “for it shall come to pass“. One could argue that the resources of the gentile church did in fact benefit the converts coming to America during the Nauvoo period and continuing through the Utah period. One could also argue that the prophecy is yet to be fulfilled… again, it was to be a future fulfillment, not happening at that time.
4- This question was posed by the “Just and True” guy when he began participating on the peer review. I have covered this in earlier posts and I think in the Book. I don’t have my notes with me as I am out of town, however as I recall, the first two groups of christian pilgrims that came to America appear to be from Joseph-Ephraim-Gentile stock and they all came from a very isolated geographical demographic inside England while the second wave of missionary work during the Nauvoo-Utah periods was covering a much broader geographical area from many parts of Great Britain and other countries.
Also, the demographics had also possibly changed somewhat during the long interim period of time. (also, Joseph said that the missionaries during the Nauvoo period were gathering the “dispersed of Judah” (Jews) and the “outcasts of Israel” (other tribes of Israel) hence the second great wave of missionary work is not necessarily limited to the Jews. Just as there was apparently a small remnant of Judah in America and the restored church during the Kirtland years there were very possibly remnants of other tribes who had mingled among the gentile nations coming into the church during the Nauvoo-Utah periods..
Email Exchange #14
Watcher,
This most current series has to be the most insightful and powerful witness of the 3 watches and different latter day dispensations that you’ve done.
Praise God almighty for his mercy and grace in opening this up to you and ultimately us.
Thank you!!
My reply

Oh my gosh… I was so hyper-focused on the issues that I discussed in the posts that it did not even occur to me what a great witness Moroni’s declaration was of the three watches.

Thank you for pointing that out to me.. that observation needs to be incorporated into part three.
Praise God almighty for his mercy and grace in opening up our eyes indeed!
Email Exchange #15
“I just came to a part where you wrote about “impart” and “portion of meat”. 
Watcher,
I’ve been reading in your book again. There’s some really great insights and meat in it. I’ve started at the beginning and am now finishing chapter 8.
I just came to a part where you wrote about “impart” and “portion of meat”.
I never noticed that impart as used in JST Lk 12:51 also corresponded to Mosiah chapters 4 and 18. I only thought it corresponded to D&C 42.
But in Mosiah 2-3 the people of king Benjamin are taught the gospel covenant, repent of their sins and receive the baptism of fire. He then tells them that if they don’t impart of their substance their remission of sins is only temporary.
Same with Alma in Mosiah 18 who’s teaching them the words of Abinadi. After they covenant through baptism he instructs them impart of their substance.
As a side note, wouldn’t it be interesting if the the same angel who visited Benjamin was Abinadi. Just speculation.
We see the same pattern emerge with JS and consecration.
So the pattern as you’ve identified in the scriptures is the gospel of baptism by fire must be offered, then an invitation to consecrate or impart of our substance comes next.
I never caught that before.
Thank you for pointing out the obvious.🙂

 

Listing of Past Notable Emails

Notable Emails #29 “I enjoyed your post on Joseph Smith as the ‘Covenant Servant’ in Isaiah 42.. however..”

Notable Emails #28- “Why do we need prophets and apostles when they refer us to scholars for doctrine and church history understanding”Notable Emails #27 “what makes you so sure JS was not just a charlatan from the beginning?”

Noteable Emails #26 This and that, this and that, tell us how it is Hugh, we won’t look back!

Noteable Emails #25 “Can I ask you for some help with chapter 27 in 2 Nephi?”

Notable Emails #24 “I recently awoke or at least have begun to awaken. Since August I’m no longer blindly following the brethren and traditions of the church.”

Notable Emails #22 “My prediction is that those who accept the gospel of Bill Reel (non-literal historicity of the Book of Mormon) will ultimately either loose all of their faith…”

Notable Emails #21 ” I don’t believe the current LDS Church has ANY “authority” – especially BECAUSE they preach that the culmination of the Gospel is the Masonic Rituals..”

Notable Emails #19- “Sometime ago I had an extraordinary experience where I was forgiven of some of my sins”

 Notable Emails #18- “I wake up every morning with this intense feeling that we are getting closer”

 Notable Emails #17 “Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.”

 Notable Emails #16 “the Lord wouldn’t give a young church such responsibility so early”

Notable Emails #15: “It would be so hard to do if we didn’t have the word crunching software available to us to use. Now I can see why so many are deceived. “

 Notable Emails #14 (b) “who was the legal heir and successor of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.?”

 Notable Emails #14 (a) “Baptism for the dead is illogical and pretty much impossible to ever accomplish”

 Notable Emails Part 13 “Gileadi compares the Servant to Hezekiah, in that he answered for the temporal sins of the people and acted as a proxy savior”

 Notable Emails Part 12 “the scriptures will become corrupted and deceive the elect and give Satan power”

 Notable Emails Part 9 “My number one desire right now is to protect my wife and honor her tender feelings about the gospel as she understands it.”

 Notable Emails Part 8 “Who are the Jews and Gentiles?

Notable Emails Part 7 “My eyes have been opened”

Notable Emails Part 6: “Can anyone tell me anything about this blog?… This guy seems to have some new ideas I’ve never heard before using the scriptures to back his views.

Notable Emails Part 5: “the truths that both you and I hold so dear …are things that cannot be taught they can only be revealed.”

Notable Emails- Part 4 “I have now caught the spirit of watching along with you and others.”

Notable Emails- Part 3 “Have you ever read ‘Letter to a CES Director?’” Yes… and it has strengthened my testimony!

Notable Emails- Part 2: “Readers deserve to know if you truly are a heretic or just a faithful divergent thinker”

Notable Emails Part 1- Mormon Missionary: “I too am watching”


“..the covenant which God made with ancient Israel was at hand to be fulfilled..” Part 6

June 28, 2016

Beginning of the Fulfilling of the Covenant
Additional Sources of Validation

I could have and perhaps should have named this series ” The Secret Tribal Identity of the Latter day Saints

After all, sensationalism sells… right?

But this series is not about selling an idea. It is about providing documentation for those that have the capacity to understand and believe a cryptically embedded prophetic narrative within scripture.

I have covered this theme many times before from different angles.

None of the apologists over at the Interpreter has debunked my interpretations on this issue or any of the other ones I have presented.

They simply remain silent.

Some time ago I sent this documentation about the true identity of John the Baptist to them providing proof from the Inspired Version of the Bible that Elijah the Prophet had returned to reveal the priesthood by hand, seven years prior to his visitation during the secret vision in the Kirtland Temple in 1836.

I challenged them to have it reviewed by all of their highly educated contributors.

I challenged them to try and debunk it.

They remained silent.

Why?

The purpose of this series is to provide concrete evidence from the words of Joseph Smith from the two letters to Saxton and Wentworth, (along with corroborating scriptures and events in LDS church history) that the knowledge of the Gospel was taken to the Jews following the rejection of the fulness by the restored Gentile Church, during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

The first part of Joseph Smith’s ministry brought the times of the Gentiles to an end when the fulness was rejected. The second part of his ministry ushered in the ancient dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.

I suspect, from reading section 76 and other sections of scripture that the “New Covenant” spoken of anciently is referring to the all encompassing covenant of Christ that contains varying degrees of salvation. The term “fulness of the gospel” is used when referring to the level of covenant understanding and commitment of the elect who will recieve a celestial inheritance. The term “everlasting gospel” is used by John the Revelator to refer to the level of covenant understanding and commitment of those of the second harvest, who will receive a terrestrial inheritance.

 

I have previously contended that the missionary work across the great waters began with the secret ushering in of the gospel of Abraham in 1836, followed by Joseph acknowledging that something new must be done for the salvation of the church, followed by the commission that God gave to the Twelve in 1838, represented the taking of the knowledge of the gospel to the Jews after the Gentile Church had broken the everlasting covenant.

That grafting in represented the turning of the hearts of the Jews to their patriarchal fathers as Elijah declared.

Prior to this series, all of my posts regarding this topic were largely built upon the foundation of my interpretation of Section 110 and related  passages and events.

In a sense this series presents game-changing information, in the sense that it provides evidence from the words of Joseph Smith that my previous interpretation of Section 110 was correct, yet it really doesn’t matter with regard to changing the outlook of the collective tribe because the indoctrination is to strong among those that sit in darkness.

I have come to the conclusion that we all come with the spiritual genetics to either understand various parts of God’s plan, or not.

Add to that the fact that God keeps things hidden from various branches of his people for his own purposes, and, well, there is not much concern on my part that I am letting the cat out of the bag.

I used to be concerned about potentially interfering with the prophetic outcomes presented in scripture by disclosing this type of documentation but not any more. The false traditions and the strong delusion set by God is just too strong to make a discernible impact on the collective tribe.

If the Latter day Saint Jews collectively had the spiritual potentiality to understand and believe what is being presented, they would not be led into the great deception and associated pain that they are currently headed for.

good ship zion

 

When did the Setting of God’s Hand the Second Time Begin?

We have demonstrated from the two letters that Joseph Smith wrote to Saxton and Wentworth, that the beginning of the fulfilling of the ancient covenant with God’s ancient covenant people took place at the time the fulness was received and then rejected by the Gentiles during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

It becomes apparent that the beginning of the fulfilling of the ancient covenant is speaking not only about Israel in general, but about the latter day gathering of the Jews, ie, remnant of the tribe of Judah.

As one studies this topic, the “day” of the fulfilling of this ancient covenant is a very long time.

In my opinion, it lasts about four generations and is about to come to an end in a micro-second, although I have been waiting with baited breath for this micro-second for 30 years!.

For a large portion of that day, the Latter day Saint Jews only “begin” to believe and they are only presented with a “knowledge” of the fulness as opposed to actually entering into covenant and living the fulness.

It is not until the end of that “day” that there is a final restoration of the fulness, which creates a polarization and a division within God’s various tribes of people throughout the world.

At that time a portion of the ancient covenant people will choose to enter into covenant, choose to labor for Zion instead of money, and actually gather and begin living the fulness.

Others will choose to labor for money and will reject the fulness because they are taught by the precepts of men and do not have the oil of personal revelation in their lamps. They must experience the “pain” caused by their blindness.

Nevertheless, according to a multiplicity of scriptural passages, those of God’s true ancient covenant people who are deceived when the light shines forth, are still ultimately judged according to men in the flesh after their pain and then redeemed in the second harvest.

Hence the scriptural declarations that “all Israel will be saved“.

We are informed that there are also those not of Israel that will receive a telestial inheritance and also those who are children of darkness that will become Sons of Perdition.

Thanks to Section 76, we can understand that there are different levels of salvation and that all of Israel, even those who are honorable men that are deceived by the craftiness of men will be saved in the second harvest.

An Emergence of Additional Scriptural Witnesses

Once a prophetic narrative is revealed to a person who is searching God’s word, it is remarkable how scriptures that were previously obscure to them, begin to emerge and make sense and to provide additional validation.

Take for instance 3 Nephi 28:1 which informs us that the latter day restoration of the Children of Israel to the lands of their inheritance begins when the Book of Mormon comes forth.

1 And now behold, I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit, in his wisdom, that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles according to his word, then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning their restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning to be fulfilled. 3 Nephi 29:1

That is an incredible validation that the restoration of God’s ancient covenant people, the Jews, was to begin during the day of Joseph’s ministry when he brought forth the words that are contained in 3rd Nephi.

Obviously, religious history outside of Mormonism has no record of the ancient covenant people of the Lord  beginning to gather at the time that the Book of Mormon was coming forth. And yet, hidden in plain site we have the following passages from the dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple:

61 But thou knowest that thou hast a great love for the children of Jacob, who have been scattered upon the mountains for a long time, in a cloudy and dark day.

62 We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;

63 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;

64 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

It is no coincident that those passages came AFTER the fulness was rejected by the Gentiles.

Those amazing passages in the dedicatory prayer documented that Joseph Smith knew that the beginning of the gathering of God’s ancient covenant people was about to begin being fulfilled at that time in history despite the condemnation of the leaders and members of the church in December of 1834.

The dedicatory prayer was given in 1836.

Shortly after that, Joseph declared that something new must be done for the salvation of the church.

Following that, the commission given in Section 118.

That prayer preceded and ignited the mandate to the Quorum of the Twelve given in Section 118 that resulted in the establishment of foreign missions across the great waters.

It resulted in the grafting in of the natural branches as tens of thousands of converts began to come to the knowledge of the fulness of the Gospel that is contained in the Book of Mormon.

Some of the converts crossed the great waters over to the land that God had given to the seed of Abraham and began coming to Nauvoo and then to Utah. Others began gathering into “Stakes” all over the world, remaining in a scatter condition while gathering into the tribal knowledge of the fulness.

Those passages in Section 109 show that Jerusalem is in America in the latter days.

Prior to that, Section 38 had documented the fact that the land of milk and honey is in America.

America is the promised Abrahamic land covenant for the entire house of Israel.

While countless protestants are under the false allusion that the restoration of the Jews to the lands of their inheritance began to take place in the Old World Jerusalem in the 1940’s, the truth is that the true gathering began to take place a century earlier in this country.

The restoration of God’s people theme, that shows up in the Book of Mormon informs us that the terms “house of Israel” and “Jews” are often used interchangeably.

We are also informed that once the restoration is finally complete, God’s people shall no longer be confounded:

18 Wherefore, our father hath not spoken of our seed alone, but also of all the house of Israel, pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days; which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

19 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake much unto them concerning these things; yea, I spake unto them concerning the restoration of the Jews in the latter days.

20 And I did rehearse unto them the words of Isaiah, who spake concerning the restoration of the Jews, or of the house of Israel; and after they were restored they should no more be confounded, neither should they be scattered again. And it came to pass that I did speak many words unto my brethren, that they were pacified and did humble themselves before the Lord.

Another passage that becomes intelligible after this general concept has been revealed, is found in Section 45.  In the passages below, I am adding some descriptives for added clarity.

24 And this I have told you concerning Jerusalem [the city of God’s covenant people]; and when that day shall come, shall a remnant [of the Jews (House of Israel) ] be scattered among all nations;

 25 But they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain [in their scattered condition] until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 26 And in that day [that the Lord has set his hand a second time to restore his people, ] shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them, and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.

 27 And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.

 28 And when the times of the Gentiles is come in [again] , a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, [the blinded shepherds and sheep of the kingdom of the Jews] and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

 29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

 30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (D&C 45:18-30)

Translation: At the time of Joseph Smith’s ministry and the coming forth of the book of Mormon, a remnant of God’s covenant people, the Jews, were in a scattered condition among all nations.

They were to remain in that scattered condition until the times of the gentiles were fulfilled during Joseph’s ministry. The times of the Gentiles was fulfilled by a series of events.

They were condemned by the Lord in 1832 for taking the Book of Mormon and Book of Commandments lightly.

The leaders and members of the church were condemned again in December of 1834 for failing to live the gospel law that had been given in section 42, including consecration.

They were rejected as a church sometime between 1841 and the death of Joseph Smith. (They were condemned and rejected as a church by the Lord because they had rejected the fulness of the Gospel and broke the everlasting covenant and had failed to repent and reform within the time allotted)

After the times of the Gentiles was fulfilled during Joseph’s ministry, God once again set his hand to gather other remnants Israel including remnants of the Jews who had rejected his invitation the first time around, during Christ’s earthly ministry in the meridian of time.

The Signs are Currently Being Manifested

During the  day of God’s mercy to the House of Israel, that has been going on now for four generations, the signs of the times are being manifest- there “shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them”

I believe those signs of the times are now being appearing all around us.

It is during this generation that these signs are being manifest, that the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham comes to and end and “the times of the Gentiles is come in [again]

During this time when the signs are manifest, “a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness,  and it shall be the fulness of the gospel”

Sadly, the latter day Saint Jews as a collective tribe, when presented with the opportunity to transition from the “knowledgeof the fulness which is clearly documented in the four standard works that they profess to believe in, to actually entering into covenant and living the fulness,  will receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.”

The Fulfillment of the Ancient Covenant

If the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s ancient covenant to restore the Jews took place during Joseph’s ministry, when does the finale take place?

The above passage informs us that it takes place when the times of the Gentiles finally comes in again when a light shines forth and the fulness is offered to those that sit in darkness.

Who are those that sit in darkness?

I believe it is those among the kingdom of God’s ancient covenant people who are guided by the precepts of men instead of by revelation.

I realize that these scriptural concepts are not obvious ones and that they must seem very obscure and difficult to believe. This prophetic narrative that took place with our grandfathers seems shrouded in secrecy.

Why the secrecy?

Why does God have and keep secrets?

Why does he share his secrets with his prophets?

Why do his prophets sometimes keep the secrets from his people?

Joseph Smith said, “I can keep a secret until doomsday!

Over the last 30 years of parsing through the secret history of Mormonism I have come to believe that Joseph Smith clearly knew things that he was not sharing with the Saints of the restored church.

The following remembrance of Daniel Tyler indicates that Joseph was aware of what would happen within just 12 years when he made the following prediction in 1830:

“Boys, you think I am a Prophet, and want to hear all I have to say. ‘Now, said he’, “if I should tell you all I know that will come to pass within twelve years, perhaps there would not one of you believe it, and would apostatize from the Church. But I shall let you learn things as they happen, then most likely you will all stand in the Church.” (Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith, as related by Elder Daniel Tyler http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/REC-JS.html)

The Secret Vision in 1836
Pertaining to the Keys of Gathering Latter day Jews

For years I wondered why Joseph and Oliver never publicly spoke about the secret vision behind the veil which is recorded in Section 110

Why did the keys of the gathering of Israel and the ushering in of an ancient dispensation of the gospel of Abraham need to be kept a secret at the time it happened?

Seal Up the Vision

Daniel referred to this amazing secretive event when he prophesied of an event that would follow the transgression of the saints (rejection of the fulness) and bring the declaration of forgiveness of sins that Christ made when he appeared to Joseph and Oliver.

In my opinion, Joseph and Oliver were commanded by God to seal up the account of the vision they had when Christ and three ministering angles appeared to them and ushered in an ancient dispensation and bestowed the keys of the Gathering of Israel that would make possible the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s ancient covenant with his ancient covenant people:

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy [place]. Daniel 9:24

Following the deaths of Joseph and Oliver, when the record of that event was finally found sealed up in a contemporary Church Historical Journal with no other entries following it, Brigham and his brethren of the Twelve Apostles had to construct an interpretive narrative that was consistent with their claims of being the true church that had been restored.

Hence a false interpretive narrative was superimposed over the actual narrative that is given in the record.

This is understandable since the Utah Church was still under the allusion and delusion that they had the fulness of keys and priesthood.

They considered themselves to be the true and living church that Joseph had restored, hence, they assumed that the “dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham” must have been part of the restitution of all things that was to be part of the final refreshing that will take place during the third watch:

¶Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

However, as documented in previous posts and articles, the above referenced “times of restitution” did not take place during Joseph’s ministry. It has not taken place yet. It is a future event.

Joseph did not usher in the “times of restitution“.

He did not usher in the  dispensation of the fulness of times.

The scriptures and history of the church are very clear about that.

Depending on which publication or article you read, the apostate church claims the dispensation of the fulness of times was ushered in at the time of the first vision in 1820, or when the church was legally organized in 1830, or during the account contained in Section 110, in 1836.

The truth is that Joseph acknowledged in Section 128, given in 1842, that the dispensation of the fulness of times was just beginning to be ushered in at that time.

Clearly it still needed to be ushered in in 1842 and clearly it was not successfully ushered in between that time and the martyrdom.

We know from scripture and historically documented declarations of Joseph, that the completion of the ushering in of that dispensation that was beginning to be ushered in in 1842 was contingent on the the saints repenting an reforming which they did not do.

It was contingent on the restoration of the fulness of the priesthood which had been lost. But it clearly was not restored again prior to Joseph’s death.

It was contingent on the completion of the Nauvoo Temple. But regardless of the claims of historical revisionists and sophists, it was never completed and accepted of the Lord during that generation.

The fulness had been rejected, the true and living church had fled back into the wilderness, and the keys of the kingdom had remained with Joseph, even though the oracles he had brought forth remained with the saints.

It is easy to see why the apostate church interpreted Section 110 the way they did when it was first published in the Deseret News in the 1850’s, but why did the Lord have Joseph and Oliver conceal one of the most important events in the history of mankind from the Saints when it happened in 1836?

Why was this amazing event kept hidden?

I have had my suspicions which I have alluded to from time to time in past blog posts and articles. As a result of the documentation provided in this series, my suspicions have now been confirmed by the compelling content of the two letters to newspaper editors.

The Secretive Disclosure in 1833
The Grafting in of the Latter day Jews
 

A great secret that has been kept from the church is the fact that the second great missionary effort across the great waters that resulted in thousands of converts flowing into Nauvoo, represented the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies about the Lord setting his hand a second time to gather his ancient covenant people the Jews.

That most important historical act appears to have been documented in Joseph’s letters to Saxton in 1833 and to Wentworth in 1838. Nevertheless, they were documented in such a way that it is not easy for the casual reader who has not searched deeply into the word of God, to understand.

Just as curious is the fact that this information appears to have been intentionally omitted from the official account of Moroni’s visit.

Why were the saints kept in the dark on this revolutionary turn of events that grafted in the natural branches and kept the roots of the tree alive?

There is some poetic irony in the fact that Brigham Young was parroting the protestant teaching that the Jews were not willing to believe in Christ until Christ returns, at the very time that he and his fellow apostles had been converting and gathering the latter day Jews who were beginning to believe in Christ. Indeed, it appears as if Brigham himself and his brethren of the Twelve were Jews!

“..Can you make a Christian of a Jew? I tell you, nay…   No.. it is impossible to convert the Jews, until the Lord God Almighty does it ” Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2 (1854), p. 142.

Contrary to what Brigham was teaching about the Jews, the Book of Mormon had prophesied that in the latter days, prior to the Lord’s return, the Jews would first begin to believe before they gather to the lands of their inheritance in America in the last days.

Nevertheless, Brigham had been indoctrinated by the protestant belief that the Jews would gather and not believe in Christ until everyone else had been saved.

The Secretive Commentary on Revelation 9 in 1832
The “Jewish Nation” Gathers to the “Land of their Fathers”

In 1832, Joseph Smith made a cryptic prophetic declaration in response to a question asked about the two witnesses in chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation

Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?

A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.

Interestingly, the phrase “land of their fathers” never shows up in the Old or New Testaments. It shows up three times in the Book of Mormon, always have context to America.

The “time of restoration” is obviously referring to the final restoration that is about to take place in the 3rd watch when the Marvelous Work and a Wonder begins and ushers in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.

I believe Joseph knew damn well when he made that declaration, that the “Jewish nation” was about to be gathered to the “lands of their fathers”, (in America), through the instrumentality of the Twelve who had previously been called by revelation to take the knowledge of the gospel to both the Gentile and the Jew, as documented previously in this series.

The time of the RESTORATION that God was about to orchestrate would be through him and the Twelve.

The significance of what Joseph was doing in grafting in the natural branches during the Nauvoo period, would not be understood by the saints of that day. The would be oblivious to what was taking place.

Fast forward four generations and we are now getting read to see the fulfillment of Joseph’s narrative about the two prophets visiting the Jewish Nation. However the elect need to be gathered out first, and that could take a few years.

The brief Book of Revelation account of when the two witnesses harass the Jews of the latter day church and call them to repentance,  for a period of forty and two months, takes place in the “great city” which is SPIRITUALLY called Sodom and Egypt, differentiating it from the ancient city called by those names.

The latter day city is where “our Lord ALSO WAS CRUCIFIED“, possibly indicating that the latter day Jews will once again crucify the Lord just as their forefathers did, be it figuratively by rejecting him when he and his servants return with the fulness, or otherwise. (Rev 11:8)

The narrative goes on to inform us that after the martyred prophets lay dead in the streets, they are brought back to life and raptured up to God. That is followed by an earthquake and the slain of 7,000 men. Following that terrible chastisement, a remnant of the stiff-necked Jews finally repent and “gave glory to the God of Heaven“.

Modern revelation notes the amazing mercy of God in declaring that ” the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified in holiness…to dwell in his presence“.

Praise God almighty!

We know from the Book of Mormon and modern revelation that America is that land of the Abrahamic land covenant. It was the promised land to the seed of Abraham and all of the tribes of Israel.

We know that virtually every time the words restore and restoration are used in the Book of Mormon regarding end times prophecy it is referring to the restoration of God’s people to the knowledge of the true messiah and to the lands of their inheritance.

The restoring of God’s covenant people to the knowledge of the gospel and the lands of their inheritance (and to stakes throughout the world) is what the grafting in of the natural branches was all about that Paul and the Book of Jacob was speaking about.

This is why it is so important to realize that even though the saints were rejected AS A CHURCH in Nauvoo, they were still a tribal kingdom of God’s ancient covenant people. They were fulfilling prophecy and they were re-establishing the ancient kingdom of Israel in the latter days.

To better wrap one’s mind around this secret narrative regarding God’s ancient covenant people that have been hidden from the understanding of the world, and by God’s people, I highly recommend the following primer to new readers of this blog

A Mystical Look at the Latter day Saint Restoration Movement

 

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

 

 


“..the covenant which God made with ancient Israel was at hand to be fulfilled..” Part 5

June 14, 2016

 

The Secret Identity of the Latter day Saint Jews

In the previous parts of this series we have briefly addressed three historical accounts of Moroni’s visit to Joseph Smith. Two of them are contained in letters to newspaper editors. A third account is found in the Pearl of Great Price and according to some sources, it was created from the content in the Wentworth Letter.

The official version of this account as contained in the Pearl of Great Price was apparently edited and revised with differences in wording by Elder Franklin D. Richards.

As noted previously, the JS History version of the account omits the most important fact that the ancient covenant that God had made with our ancient patriarchal fathers, Abraham and Jacob, was being ushered in as a result of the pending rejection of the fulness of the Gospel by the Gentile Church.

I am not sure if Joseph Smith, Franklin D. Richards, or someone else is responsible for the omission. It appears to me as if it was intentional.

Was the omission inspired by God?

Was the omission an intentional one to keep the true identity of the latter day saints Jews hidden from them so that end times prophecies relative to the Jews could play out?

I will leave those questions up to the reader to determine for themselves.

Three Accounts of the Visit of Moroni

  • “The Book of Mormon is a record  of the forefathers of our western Tribes of Indians, having been found through the ministration of an holy Angel”  (Saxton)
  • “He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do..” (JS History Pearl of Great Price)
  • “in a moment a personage  stood before me surrounded with a glory  yet greater than that with which I was  already surrounded. This messenger  proclaimed himself to be an angel of God..” (Wentworth)

I find it curious that in the two letters to editors, Moroni is not identified by name. He is only referred to as “and angel of God” or as a “holy angel“. There has been some confusion about whether it was Moroni, Nephi, or some other Book of Mormon figure that appeared to Joseph. The following is taken from Wikipedia

There have been two conflicting accounts as to the name of the angel. Initially, Smith merely referred to “an angel” without identifying its name. Thus, in an 1831 letter from Lucy Mack Smith to her brother, she discusses Moroni as the person who buried the plates, but does not identify him as the unnamed “holy angel” that gave Smith the means to translate the golden plates

In Smith’s 1832 history, he said he was visited by “an angel of the Lord”, who mentioned the Book of Mormon prophet “Moroni” as the last engraver of the golden plates; however, Smith’s account did not say whether or not the angel was referring to himself as Moroni.

In 1835, Smith identified the angel as Moroni: in 1835, while preparing the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, he made additions to an earlier revelation regarding sacramental wine, and indicated a number of angels that would come to the earth after the Second Coming and drink wine with Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

 Among those angels, the revelation listed “Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel; to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim”.

Around this time, Cowdery was writing a history of Smith in which he identified the angel as the prophet Moroni from the Book of Mormon.

 In July 1838, Smith wrote an article for the church periodical Elders’ Journal, in the form of questions and answers, that stated the following:

Question 4th. How, and where did you obtain the book of Mormon?
Answer. Moroni, the person who deposited the plates, from whence the book of Mormon was translated, in a hill in Manchester, Ontario County, New York, as a resurrected being, appeared unto me, and told me where they were; and gave me directions how to obtain them.

However, on May 2, 1838, a few months before Smith’s statement in Elders’ Journal, Smith began dictating a church history that included a detailed account of his visits from the angel.

 In this text, Smith identified the angel as “Nephi“, which is the name of the Book of Mormon’s first narrator. Smith’s 1838 identification as “Nephi” was left unchanged when the 1838 history was published in 1842 in Times and Seasons, which Smith edited himself, and in Millennial Star.

In the latter, an editorial referred to the 1823 vision and praised “the glorious ministry and message of the angel Nephi”.

After Smith’s death, the identification as “Nephi” was repeated when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) published its first edition of the Pearl of Great Price. It was also repeated in 1853 when Smith’s mother Lucy Mack Smith published a history of her son.

As a further complication, Mary Whitmer, mother to one of the Three Witnesses and four of the Eight Witnesses, said she had a vision of the golden plates, shown to her by an angel whom she always called “Brother Nephi”, who may or may not have been the same angel to which Smith referred.

Nevertheless, based on Smith’s other statements that the angel was “Moroni,” and based on both prior and later publications, most Latter Day Saints view Smith’s 1838 identification of the angel as Nephi as a mistake, perhaps on the part of the transcriber or a later editor.

 In the version of Smith’s 1838 history published by the LDS Church, as well as the portion canonized by that denomination as the Pearl of Great Price, the name “Nephi” has been changed by editors to read “Moroni”.

The Community of Christ publishes the original story, including the identification of “Nephi”, but indicates “Moroni” in a footnote.

Frankly, I don’t lose any sleep over which Book of Mormon personality appeared to Joseph Smith and others as an angel from God. I can understand why critical thinkers who are skeptics get indigestion from the controversy and consider it just one more evidence that Joseph was a false prophet.

To those of us that have deeply studied and believed the scriptures that Joseph brought forth, and have received the promised manifestation of the spirit, the controversy is insignificant.

Later in this post we will address another controversy which deals with a huge contradiction between the narrative in the Saxton Letter and the Wentworth Letter. However in this case, the answer to the dilemma will be provided showing how a  historical conundrum that skeptics might consider to be a scandalous slip up, is really an amazing literal fulfillment of prophecy.

Parsing The Saxton Letter

The Saxton letter noted that the beginning of the fulfillment of this ancient covenant was to be accompanied by an event described as the fulness of the Gentiles.

The narrative is associating the “first time” that God had extended his hand to gather Israel, to the meridian of time when the gospel was extended to the Jews but they refused to enter into covenant.

Joseph Smith pointed out, in the Saxton Letter that there is a distinction between the Jews refusal to enter into the gospel covenant, and the Gentiles who did in fact enter into covenant and then broke it.

This  covenant has never been established with the house of Israel nor with th[e] house of Judah for it requires two parties to make a covenant and those  two parties must be agreed or no covenant can be made. Christ in the  days of his flesh proposed to make a covenant with them but they rejected  him and his proposals and in consequence thereof they were broken off  and no covenant was made with them at that time but their unbelief  has not rendered the promise of God of none effect..

Thus after this chosen family had rejected Christ  and his proposals the heralds of salvation said to them. “lo  I we turn <un>to the gentiles,” and the gentiles received the covenant and  were grafted in from whence the chosen family were broken off

Following the rejection of Christ and the gospel covenant by the Jews, the gospel covenant was successfully established with the Gentiles during New Testament times.

Again, it is critical to understand that in order to make sure that his readers did not confuse the ancient covenant that was in the process of being fulfilled, with the COVENANT  that had been established with the Gentiles, Joseph Smith gave the following scriptural references for his hearers in the Saxton letter; Romans 11:25-27 and also Jeremiah 31:31-33.

 

31 ¶Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:31-33

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Romans 11:25-27

According to Paul, blindness would happen to Israel “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in“.

That is exactly what was happening during the transitionary time between the Kirtland and Nauvoo eras of Joseph’s ministry. Like most prophecies, it has a shadow fulfillment and a literal fulfillment.

Following the time of blindness, there there was to be a deliverer that would come out of Zion who shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Again, a shadow fulfillment and literal fulfillment is at play here having to do with the transition between the first and second watch, and the second and third watch.

Take Away Sins vs. Repent of Them

According to this ancient covenant, God takes away the sins of Israel. It is proclaimed that “all Israel shall be saved“.

Differentiating the Ancient Covenant with the New Covenant

Notice that categorically ALL OF ISRAEL will be saved pertaining to the fulfillment of the ancient covenant between God and Israel. That is one of many things that differentiates the ancient covenant between God and Israel, and the fulness of the COVENANT established by Christ in the New Testament with the gentiles.

Conversely, Christ informed his followers that few would enter into the gate of the fulness of the Gospel COVENANT.

Another distinction between the ancient covenant with Israel and the covenant with the Gentiles is that those entering into the fulness of the Covenant need to repent and offer up the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Whereas those that would enter into the ancient covenant would simply be given a new heart and a new spirit by the Lord.

Although most protestants and Mormons reject the Old Testament and New Testament passages that speak of a category salvation for the Jews, modern revelation reiterates that Israel will categorically be saved-

25 And Israel shall be saved in mine own due time; and by the keys which I have given shall they be led, and no more be confounded at all. Doctrine and Covenants 35:25

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

12 And in that day all who are found upon the watch-tower, or in other words, all mine Israel, shall be saved. Doctrine and Covenants 101:12

Although Paul’s prophecy in Romans makes it sound like Israel is immediately saved and delivered after the fulness of the Gentiles, the Book of Mormon provides addition clarity, implying that the transition period between the fulness of the Gentiles and the grafting in of Israel into the apostate church would bring them to a knowledge of the true Messiah.

14 And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer. 1 Nephi 10:14

In the Saxton Letter Joseph declared that the Gentile Dispensation that had begun during New Testament times was soon coming to an end and that the Gentiles had-

“transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” Isa 24:5 

This represented the fulness of iniquity of the Gentiles that was the event marker for the emergence of the ancient covenant that would be initiated during Joseph’s ministry.

Withholding of the Holy Ghost During Joseph’s Ministry

After declaring that the Gentile world had broken the covenant previous to the restoration of the Gospel that had just taken place at the end of the times of the Gentiles, Joseph Smith notes that even the restored church, during his ministry, was having the Holy Ghost withdrawn during their watch:

The Lord has declared to his servants some Eighteen months since that he was then withdrawing his spirit from the earth, and we can see that such is the fact for not only the churches are dwindling away, but there are no convers[i]ons, or but very few, and this is not all, the governments of the earth are thrown into confusion & division, and distruction to the eye of the spiritual beholder seemes to be writen by the finger of an invisable hand in Large capitals upon almost evry thing we behold——”

The revelation Joseph had been given 18 months earlier is Section 63 of the Doctrine and Covenants given in August of 1831, which contains the following ominous declaration:

“I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth. I have sworn in my wrath, and decreed wars upon the face of the earth, and the wicked shall slay the wicked, and fear shall come upon every man; And the saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, and will come down in heaven from the presence of my Father and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire. And behold, this is not yet, but by and by.

Clearly, the saints of the restored church was also failing and would repeat the breaking of the covenant that had been previously broken during that gentile dispensation.

“Vail of Stupidity”

In the Saxton Letter, Joseph noted that the withdrawal of God’s spirit had caused a stupor of thought among the people, even a-

“vail of stupidity over the hearts of the people and that the judgments of God were currently falling upon the world.”

The ominous declaration in Section 63 had been followed a few months later by what is now known as Section 1. On November 1st 1831, it was prophesied that the everlasting covenant that Joseph had restored to the earth would be collectively broken by the latter day saints.

Although most Mormons read the following passages assuming that they are referring to the breaking of the covenant that had happened previous to the restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith, please notice the descriptives showing the final breaking of the covenant to be a future event done by the saints of the restored church.

11 Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear: 12 Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh; 13 And the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth. 14 And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people; 15 For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant; 16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall. 15

Clearly the above passages are referring to the restored Gentile Church that is breaking the covenant, not the saints of the New Testament Church or even those of the falling away that followed shortly after New Testament times.

The beginning of the withholding of God’s spirit Section in 63:32-35 and the above passages in Section 1, revealed that the ultimate and final fulfillment of the breaking of the covenant in Isaiah 24:5 was to be done by the latter day saints.

Fortunately, Section 1 also reveals that the broken covenant by the latter day saints would eventually be re-established in the 3rd watch at the time when the “weak things of the earth” would “rise up and break down the mighty and strong ones”:

Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments; And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets— The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—  But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world; That faith also might increase in the earth; That mine everlasting covenant might be established [again]; That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.

The “Ancient Covenant” vs. the “Fulness of the Gospel”

The ancient covenant mentioned in the Saxton Letter was separate and distinct from the fulness of the Gospel associated with the “doctrine of Christ“, as detailed in the New Testament and Book of Mormon. 

When mentioned or alluded to in scripture, the term “fulness of the Gentles” seems to have a two part meaning. It refers to the time when the fulness of the Gospel is given to the believing Gentiles. It also seems to refer to the time that the Gentiles reach the fulness of their iniquity, and ultimately reject the fulness of the Gospel.

Many critics of the modern LDS church are holding it up to the standard of the restored Gospel as detailed in the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.

In that context, they are justified in their claims that the church is not living or teaching the fulness of the Gospel as they claim to be doing. However, the narrative given in both of these letters to newspaper editors as well as the events of LDS church history which are congruent with the narrative, are not claiming that the modern church is supposed to be representative of the fulness of the Gospel.

The modern apostate church is actually functioning under the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham despite their false claims. Under that ancient dispensation, they are only responsible for offering a preparatory gospel. Within their legitimate steweardship, they are taking the KNOWLEDGE OF THE FULNESS OF THE GOSPEL to the nations of the world by virtue of taking the Book of Mormon to the world.

In reality, the modern apostate church actually represents the beginning of the fulfilling of an ancient covenant with Israel.

As evidenced by these two letters, Moroni was foretelling that Joseph’s ministry would include the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient covenant as soon as the fulness was rejected by the Gentiles.

This is why the priesthood keys that were restored by John the Baptist (Elijah) as documented in section 13, the keys of the gathering and the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham that would ultimately be delivered to Joseph and Oliver during seven years later through the visitation of Moses Abraham and Elijah were necessary.

It is the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that Joseph Smith was instrumental in ushering in, not the dispensation of the fulness of times.

A Discrepancy Between the Saxton and Wentworth Narratives

The information contained in the last four parts of this series has largely been based on the declarations made in two separate and distinct letters that Joseph Smith sent to two newspaper editors.

Although both letters along with other supporting documentation from the scriptures and the history of the church are very consistent in declaring that the ancient covenant was being ushered in as the fulness of the Gospel was being rejected by the Gentile church, there is one apparent discrepancy between the narratives in the two letters.

Impending Judgments of God

The Saxton Letter written in 1833 had an apocalyptic sense of urgency to it, proclaiming that the Gentile dispensation was about to come to an end followed by judgments of Biblical proportions.

It was urging people to quickly repent, enter into the New Covenant, and gather to Zion to seek refuge from the impending storm of God’s judgment upon the world.

In that letter, Joseph observed that the Gentiles had not remained faithful in the covenant and therefore had broken, or were in the midst of breaking the covenant:

“..after this chosen family had rejected Christ and his proposals the heralds of salvation said to them. “lo  I we turn <un>to the gentiles,” and the gentiles received the covenant and  were grafted in from whence the chosen family were broken off-

but  the Gentiles have not continued in the goodness of God but have  departed from the faith that was once delivered to the saints and have  broken the everlasting covenant in which their fathers were established  see Isaiah 24th 5th...

Has not the pride highmindedness and unbelief of the Gentiles provoked the holy one of Israel to withdraw his holy spirit from  them and send forth his Judgments to scourge them for their wickedness;

this is certianly the case..  in the language of Isaiah, [“]the earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof because they have transgressed the Laws; changed the ordinances  and broken the everlasting covenant

In previous posts we have shown how those passages in Isaiah are paraphrased in Section One of the Doctrine and Covenants to show that the fulness of pride, the final transgressing of the law, the final changing of the ordinances and the final breaking of the covenant by the Gentiles took place during Joseph Smith ministry.

It was the restored church of the Gentile saints during the Kirtland era that rejected the fulness, necessitating the grafting in of the natural branches into the tree and causing the knowledge of the gospel to be taken to the House of Israel.

Perhaps the most  prophetic and sobering declaration made in the Saxton letter, with regard to the impending judgments of God, is as follows:

“And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the [history]  of our nation [pestilence] hail famine and earthquake will  sweep the wicked off this generation from off the face of  this Land to open and prepare the way for the  return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north  country—”

Needless to say, the above prophecy did not see its fulfillment during Joseph’s ministry.

A rather Serene and Philosophical Mood

Conversely the Wentworth Letter that was written nearly a decade later, did not build upon the ominous theme of impending doom and judgment that provided the backdrop of the Saxton Letter narrative.

Indeed, no mention of the Gentiles breaking the everlasting covenant was made, nor did it convey any sense of urgency to gather to Zion and seek refuge from the pending storm of God’s judgments. The contrast in tone between the two letters is striking.

After detailing major points having to do with the early history of the church, the Wentworth letter details the persecutions of the Saints and then goes on to document that  the gospel had been taken to every state in the nation followed by the establishment of foreign missions and the subsequent conversion of thousands of foreigners.

Notice the tone of the letter implies that the taking of the gospel to the nations of the world will continue for the unforeseeable future while no further judgments-doom or sense of urgency is pontificated:

“Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to  the flame, it has spread with increasing  rapidity, proud of the cause which  they have espoused and conscious of their innocence and of the truth of their  system amidst calumny and reproach  have the elders of this church gone forth,  and planted the gospel in almost every  state in the Union;
It has penetrated our  cities, it has spread over our villages, and has caused thousands of our intelligent,  noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its  divine mandates, and be governed by its  sacred truths. It has also spread into  England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales: 
 
In the year of 1839 where a few of our missionaries were sent over five thousand joined the standard of truth, there  are numbers now joining in every land.
 
Our missionaries are going forth to  different nations, and in Germany, Pales tine, New Holland, the East Indies, and  other places, the standard of truth has  been erected: 
 
No unhallowed hand can  stop the work from progressing, persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth  boldly, nobly, and independent till it has  penetrated every continent, visited every  clime, swept every country, and sounded  in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”

Again, the contrast in tone and narrative between the two letters in this regard is rather astounding.

The Saxton letter was forecasting that within that very generation a scene of bloodshed would take place in America that would be greater than anything known in history.

It was prophesying that the wicked would be swept off the earth by pestilence, famine and earthquake and that the lost tribes of Israel would come forth from the North Country.

Did that happen?

No.

To those who have not searched the prophecies and the history of the church, Joseph Smith must surely appear to be a false prophet because the doom he foretold never took place.

Here we are four generations later. The judgments spoken of never took place.

However those who have searched the deeper things and are familiar with the secret history of Mormonism see the stark contrast in the two letters as a historical witness that the events that took place between those two letters represented the fulfillment of ancient prophecies.

The Saxton Letter written in 1833 documented that the gentile church was rejecting the fulness.

The Wentworth Letter written in 1842, when taking of the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel was in full swing, documented that the gospel was being taken to the nations of the earth, resulting in thousands of converts flowing to Nauvoo from across the great waters.

“Lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse”

According to ancient prophecy, the reason Joseph Smith went from proclaiming impending judgments upon the earth in 1833, to a rather serene, philosophical  and contemplative acknowledgement that the gospel was being taken to the nations of the earth, is because an amazing intervention took place that delayed the impending judgments from going forth at that time.

According to the words of Elijah the Prophet (John the Baptist), who was paraphrasing a prophecy from the Book of Malachi, the curse that the earth was scheduled to be smitten with, had been delayed.

This intervention was being accomplished by the beginning of the fulfillment of an ancient covenant between the Lord and remnants of his ancient people. This included taking of the knowledge of the gospel to the House of Israel.

This second wave of missionary work to the House of Israel would result in turning the hearts of the Fathers to the Children (Jews) and the hearts of the Children (Jews) to the Fathers.

14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—

15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—

16 Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.

This tremendous change in trajectory taking place during Joseph’s ministry had remarkably been foretold thousands of years previously.

trajectory

Another prophetic narrative detailing this amazing change in trajectory is found in the allegory in the 5th chapter of Jacob when the Lord informs his servant that he is going to burn the vineyard:

And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard? Jacob 5:49

The narrative in those passages verify that in the latter days, God was about to wipe the wicked off the face of the earth just as he was about to wipe the wicked children of Israel from off the face of the earth anciently before Moses intervened in their behalf.

The allegory in Jacob informs us that the servant petitions the Lord in behalf of the Gentile church to spare it a little longer.

But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer. Jacob 5:50

Hence the Lord agrees to delay the burning of the vineyard. This is accomplished by grafting in the natural branches.

And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard.

Wherefore, let us take of the branches of these which I have planted in the nethermost parts of my vineyard, and let us graft them into the tree from whence they came; and let us pluck from the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter, and graft in the natural branches of the tree in the stead thereof. Jacob 5:51-52

It is remarkable that shortly after declaring that the judgments of God were about to be unleashed, Joseph Smith announced that the Lord had revealed to him that “something new” must be done for the SALVATION of the church. The establishment of foreign missions was the solution provided and the grafting in of the natural branches began.

Please note that it was during the 3 1/2 year period that the fulness was on the earth, that the Saxton letter was crafted. It was during the time that the Saints were miserably attempting and failing to live the fulness of the Gospel.

By the end of 1834 the fulness was taken from the Gentile Church and they were pronounced “condemned“.

It would be just a few years after the Saxton letter that our ancient Patriarchal Fathers, Moses, Abraham and Elijah would secretly return and provide the priesthood keys by which the fulfillment of the ancient covenant would begin to be realized.

Those who understand the secret secret history of the LDS restoration movement can see why the discrepancy between the two letters exists and that it is completely consistent with the fulfillment of prophecy.

ancient covenant

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Only a knowledge of the intercession that was made by Joseph Smith and others, and the restoration of ancient Priesthood keys including the keys of the gathering of Israel and the secret ushering in of the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham can explain why Joseph went from a state of urgency and impending doom in 1833 to a rather serene and philosophical mood with a long term outlook, in 1842.

Additional scriptural documentation to the prophetic narrative that has been presented is provided in the four standard works. As few pertinent passages are provided below-

2 Nephi 30:1-2. These passages provide verification that the Gentiles who sinned and rejected the gospel will not “utterly be destroyed.” A remnant of the Gentiles will finally repent. Those who do are also considered to be the “covenant people” of the Lord.

3 Nephi 21:1-14. These passages explain that, after the Gentiles finally repent in the third watch after initially rejecting the fulness of the gospel and waiting for a little season before proceeding toward the establishment of Zion, the House of Israel will finally be physically gathered in from their long dispersion. Finally, the Gentiles will repent and come unto the true points of Christ’s doctrine that they had initially sinned against. This repentance of the Gentiles and the gathering in of Lehi’s seed that will have dwindled in unbelief is referred to as the Marvelous Work. It is directed by the return of God’s marred servant who is a type of Gideon, sent to deliver the Saints from out of the hands of their enemy.

Ether 4:4-7. These passages verify that the plates containing the things the Bother of Jared saw have been withheld from coming forth during the ministry of Joseph Smith because of the iniquity of the believing Gentiles, and that the Gentiles will eventually repent of their iniquity enabling the plates to come forth.

1 Nephi 13. These passages prophesy that the righteous portion of the believing Gentiles who lived at the time when the first portion of the Book of Mormon came forth would “seek” to bring forth Zion but would not be successful. It prophesied that if they endured to the end, they would return to the earth to “publish peace” and eventually be “lifted up” (raptured; caught up in the cloud) at the last day and saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb.

Praise God Almighty, for his ways are mysterious and his secrets are only shared with those that treasure up his word under the influence of the Holy Ghost.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four


“..the covenant which God made with ancient Israel was at hand to be fulfilled..” Part 4

June 6, 2016

I ended part three of this series speaking about two emails I got from one of my subscribers.

I have since received another one from him which is as follows:

Per your last post. I just found this scripture just hidden in plain sight that the Gospel was being restored to the Gentiles first then going to go to the Jew second … After the Abrahamic covenant had been restored. 
26 And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thine own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon, which contains the truth and the word of God—
27 Which is my word to the Gentile, that soon it may go to the Jew, of whom the Lamanites are a remnant, that they may believe the gospel, and look not for a Messiah to come who has already come.
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That was a phenomenal find that clearly shows that early in the restoration movement, the Lord made it clear that first the Book of Mormon which contains the fulness of the Gospel was going to the Gentile and secondly, it would go to the Jew after it went to the Gentile.
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It is interesting that the Lamanites are classed among the general category of  “Jews”. I have previously noted that a remnant of “Jews” from the seed of Lehi would unite with the believing Gentiles during the end times to build up Zion while it appears as if the majority of the other latter day Jews would come forth in the second great harvest which pertains to those that will receive a terrestrial reward.
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I would suggest that the mission to the Lamanites by Oliver Cowdery, Parley Pratt, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Ziba Peterson, in the context of what is being said in the passages above, may have been premature since the Gospel had not been rejected by the Gentiles at the time that the attempt was made.
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I suspect that is why their efforts in taking  the gospel to the Lamanites was not successful at that time. Perhaps they got ahead of themselves.
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Nevertheless, the passages above clearly demonstrate that a general missionary effort to the Jews was to follow the general missionary effort to the Gentiles. Indeed the above passage regarding this is not the only one that has been hiding in plain site.
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There are several passages in modern revelation that mentioned how the gospel was to go to the Gentile first and then to the Jew. These passages have been very cryptic to Latter day Saints because they have a false perception of who the Jews are.
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It is now obvious to me that the second wave of missionary work across the great waters that began bringing converts to Nauvoo and later to Utah is clearly the missionary work to the Jews that was being spoken of.
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I have generally avoided speaking of this topic to Latter day Saints because Mormons who descend from the converts coming from across the great waters to Nauvoo are generally not receptive to the cold hard fact that many of them are likely from Judah and his fellows rather than from Ephraim and his fellows.
Here are a few other passages to include with the passage provided above showing that a missionary effort to the believing Jews was to follow the missionary work to the Gentiles-
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Doctrine and Covenants 20:9
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;
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Doctrine and Covenants 21:12
12 And the first preacher of this church unto the church, and before the world, yea, before the Gentiles; yea, and thus saith the Lord God, lo, lo! to the Jews also. Amen.
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Doctrine and Covenants 107:33
33 The Twelve are a Traveling Presiding High Council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and secondly unto the Jews.
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Doctrine and Covenants 107:35
35 The Twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.

The taking of the Gospel to the Latter day Saint Jews was to take place in that generation, following the taking  of the Gospel to the Gentiles. It was not an event that would begin taking place many generations later.

The above passages provide somewhat of a disconnect  to most latter day saints. This may be why the corporate church tries to promote Orson Hydes failed attempt in taking the gospel message to the Ashkenai Jews in the Old World as something significant and prophetic when in fact it was an unremarkable non-event.

The Lord was not referring to the unbelieving Ashkenazi Jews that Orson Hyde visited in the Old World Jerusalem, he was referring to the converts that would begin coming into the church from the efforts of the Twelve beginning in about 1839.

Another amazing passage that speaks of the Gospel being taken to the Jew following the Gentile is found in D&C 98. It actually modifies that declaration made in Malachi and again reiterated by Elijah the prophet when he appeared to Joseph and Oliver in the Kirtland Temple in 1836;

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

17 And again, [or in other words] the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me.

I find the above passage to be Incredible.

Part of the intervention that would prevent the curse  from going out after the Gentiles rejected the Gospel, was the grafting in of other branches into the tree, as documented in the allegory in Jacob. This is why Joseph Smith had said that the Lord had  revealed to him that “something new must be done for the salvation of the church”!

Another mind-blowing passage is in Section 90

Thus saith the Lord, verily, verily I say unto you my son, thy sins are forgiven thee, according to thy petition, for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have come up into my ears.

Therefore, thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto you; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.

Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;

Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church.

And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house.

And again, verily I say unto thy brethren, Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, their sins are forgiven them also, and they are accounted as equal with thee in holding the keys of this last kingdom;

As also through your administration the keys of theschool of the prophets, which I have commanded to be organized;

That thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as will believe;

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

10 And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.

Notice the Chronology above-
  • The Gospel is taken to the Gentiles and the associated nations of Israel
  • Then the Gospel is taken to the Jews (The Latter day Saint Jews)
  • Then comes the day of POWER (third watch) when the Gentiles repent and accept the fulness
  • Then the other remnants of Joseph mingled among the heathen nations receive the gospel of their salvation
The term “gospel of their salvation” is a dead giveaway to the fact that there are multiple covenants and levels of salvation within the Lord’s plan to the various branches of Israel.
“His Gathered Saints” VS. “His Restored People”
 Now, with the context provided by the above passages,  I want to address another passage of scripture that the above subscriber had previously made mention of from Section 84-
Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets,
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for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem. D&C 84:2
Although not obvious to the casual reader, I would suggest that the above passage is speaking about two separate and distinct tribes of God’s people.
The restoration of “His People” is referring to the Latter day Saints “Jews” who are the ancient covenant people that started converting to the Gospel following the secret ushering in of the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham and the commission given to the Twelve Apostles in Section 118.
The gathering of “His Saintsto stand upon mount Zion includes the believing Gentiles of the Kirtland era who laid the foundation of the LDS restoration movement.
According to the Book of Mormon, these Saints stumbled during Joseph’s ministry, yet they will repent of their iniquity in the third watch, during the day of power (Ether 4:6 )
Remarkably, the above passage in Section 84 mirrors the following passage in the Book of Mormon.

14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb,

AND 

upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory. 1 Nephi 14:14

The passage from modern revelation in Section 84 and the ancient passage out of 1 Nephi 14 in the Book of Mormon are both differentiating  between the “Saints” who compose the Church of the Lamb, and are the elect of God, versus the “ancient covenant people“.
Of course 1 Nephi 14 is speaking about the third watch day of power, after the Jews have experienced their pain and unite with the true church to receive their blessings from Ephraim, although  Ephraim gets the “greater blessing”.
saints vs covenant people
As addressed in a previous part of this series, these two tribal kingdoms are often referred to as “Judah” (Jews) and “Ephraim” (Gentiles). They were created when the kingdom of Israel was split into two separate kingdoms during Old Testament times.
Both tribal kingdoms are covenant people of the Lord and God has made covenants with both tribal kingdoms. That is why the Book of Mormon speaks of “covenants” (plural) that God has made with Israel:
“The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel.. for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.” 1 Nephi 13:23-26
Judah and his fellows represent the ancient covenant that is mentioned in Jeremiah 31. The book of Ether informs us that this tribal group are “partakers of the fulfilling of the covenant which God made with their father, Abraham” (Ether 13:11). Other terms for the ancient gospel covenant with the Jews are the “gospel of Abraham” and the “preparatory gospel
Conversely, Ephraim and his fellows are saved through the fulness of the Gospel that requires the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
“for thus my church shall be called..”
Section 115 also prophesies of the two tribal groups of people that will emerge in the prophetic end times scenario during the third watch day of power.
They are the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter  day Saints” (Judah and his fellows) AND the “Church in Zion” (Ephraim and his fellows) who are referred to in the Book of Mormon as the “Church of the Lamb of God“. Pay close attention to the wording below. The narrative begins with contemporary people and events but subtly evolves into a future prophecy:

Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and also my servant Sidney Rigdon, and also my servant Hyrum Smith, and your counselors who are and shall be appointed hereafter;

 And also unto you, my servant Edward Partridge, and his counselors;

 And also unto my faithful servants who are of the high council of my church in Zion, for thus it shall be called, [future]

AND

unto all the elders and people of my Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, scattered abroad in all the world;

 For thus shall my church be called in the last days, [future] even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations;

Again we see the Lord differentiating between the “faithful servants” in the “Church in Zion” who are gathered in Zion, and the Latter day Saint Jews who currently are and will be in a scattered condition when the Marvelous Work begins.
We know that the Lord was speaking prophetically about a future time in the above passage for two reasons. One is the word “shall”. The other has to do with the emergence of a quote from Isaiah 60 which contains narrative relating to the final events in the third watch because of the paraphrase in verse 5 of Isaiah 60.
Years ago when it occurred to me that the above passages were speaking of a future time, “for thus my church shall be called..” I felt angry that the Saints living during Joseph Smith’s ministry misinterpreted the above passage as a mandate and a justification to reinsert the name of Christ into the name of the Church after it had been taken out of the name of the church in 1834.
The truth is that the Saints had already begun calling themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints even before Section 115 was given. 
 
I knew the church had not repented and reformed and had not become worthy to have the name of Christ reinserted into the name of the Church.
I felt that the condemned church had high-jacked the name of God’s true Saints that would be in a scattered condition prior to being gathered to Zion during the 3rd watch.
I am still convinced that the condemned church was not justified in calling themselves by the name of Christ, however, God, in his infinite foreknowledge is prophesying in Section 115 that in the third watch, after the Latter day Saint Jews of the condemned church repent, they will become a blessed people and Judah will unite with Ephraim.
 
I am of the belief that the misapplication of the passage by the condemned church during the Far West period of the Church was indeed according to the mystical providence of God and that the passage is indeed referring to the Latter day Saints of the modern corporate church.
Even though the saints were not justified in reinserting the name of Christ into the name of the condemned church, this event results in a seamless prophetic congruency because it will indeed be the repentant Latter day Saint Jews who will fulfill the above prophecy.
It is remarkable how the Mormon Church has used the concepts of “stakes” to scattered Gods covenant people in a very organized manner.
It appears as if the narrative provided in 1 Nephi 14 is referring to a time when the modern church repents, after their “pain” and becomes a gathered people who are united with the true Church of the Lamb. The uniting of the Jews with the true church in the day of power is substantiated in scripture:

2 That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from generation to generation, until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise. 2 Nephi 9:2

As I have studied 1 Nephi 14 and related passages my heart has been filled with love and compassion for those of the modern corporate church. I now appreciate to a much deeper degree, that the modern corporate church is filled with Gods ancient covenant people and that God loves them and has a covenant with them that he will fulfill. I personally feel the vexing and envying between Judah and Ephraim dissipating in my own views even though I am not even certain which group I will end up in.
All Israel will be saved according to the various covenants of salvation!

My paradigm has greatly changed and I no longer feel a sense of urgency to warn latter day saints about the pain that awaits them. I am no longer as offended by the attempts at apologetics that are done by well meaning Mormons.

I am at peace knowing that any warning that takes place will be done by the servants of God who have been ordained to raise the warning voice.
The following video represents the latest attempt by God’s ancient covenant people to justify their beliefs and the difficult historical issues that they are unable to reconcile to those that are having a crisis of faith.

The chronology provided in all of the above passages in this final part of the series is consistent with the  Gentiles rejecting the fulness, followed by the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient covenant which represents the preparatory gospel.
The preliminary work that has continued from Joseph’s ministry to this very day has to do with taking the knowledge of the fulness to the Latter day Jews.
Interestingly, the Latter day Saint Jews who are currently in a scattered condition in “stakes” throughout the world, only “begin” to believe in Christ because they will not live the fulness of his gospel.
We are informed in Section 76 that one of the trademarks of the Latter day Saint Jews is that they are those “Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it. These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men. These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.” (verses 74-76)
Following this preliminary period of preparation that has been taking place for four generations, as orchestrated by Judah and his fellows, the fulness of the gospel will be preached in POWER by Ephraim and his fellows. This is documented in Section 133 which has previously been addressed.
Another cryptic passage that speaks to this topic is found in Section 58. It briefly identifies the preliminary work with the preparatory gospel followed by the final day of power.
Notice how the ancient covenant people of the Lord, the latter day saint Jews that have largely remained in a scattered condition are generally described as the-
  • rich
  • learned
  • wise
  • noble
Does that not perfectly describe how we latter day saints perceive ourselves and project ourselves to others?
Our religious culture puts so much importance on the accumulation of wealth, class distinction, the importance of a formal education, the distortion of the pure and simple doctrine of Christ through intellectualism, scholarship and sophistry.
Conversely, those who accept the fulness of the gospel during the “day of power” who will be Ephraim and his fellows, are generally described as the-
  • poor 
  • lame
  • blind
  • deaf

Section 58:9-11

Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.

10 First, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble;

11 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.

As you can see, Judah and his fellows have been gathering to the supper of the House of the Lord.

The invitation takes place in two parts after the rejection of the fulness takes place by the Gentiles.

The first group has begun to believe in Christ while remaining in a scattered condition in “stakes” all over the world.

They have been in their process of gathering converts while remaining in a scattered condition for four generations now.

The second group represents the Ephraimite Gentiles who stumbled during the first part of Joseph’s ministry. They eventually repent and establish Zion with the righteous seed of Lehi during the day of power which is about to be ushered in.

I have previously begun a series about Ephraim and Judah and do not want to beat a dead horse by reiterating how I see the interaction between these two groups within the modern corporate church. (See The Vexing of Ephraim Part One, Part Two, Part Three) but I do want to show a remarkable narrative similarity between selected passages in Jeremiah 31 and Section 133

Jeremiah 31 speaks prophetically of the New Covenant God will make with the three divisions of his people in the latter days. He classifies his people as-

  • Ephraim His firstborn,
  • The House of Israel, (Israel)
  • The House of Judah (Jacob).

D&C 133 summaries the same narrative regarding these three groups of people.

Similarly, Section 133 Identifies Ephraim as “my servants” who make up the 144,000 who have the Father’s name written in their foreheads.

The tribes of Israel will be gathered from the “north countries” and will Notice in the book of Jeremiah how God refers to Ephraim as his firstborn who goes up to Zion and petitions the Lord to save his people Israel.

Following that, the Lord says he will bring his people from the “north country” and gather them from the coasts of the earth. The Lord who scattered Israel will gather him. The Lord will redeem Jacob. The Lord will turn their mourning into joy and their sorrow into rejoicing.

 

Jeremiah 31 D&C 133:17-35
6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.

 

7 For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.

 

8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.

 

9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

 

10 ¶Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.

 

11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

 

12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

 

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.

 

31 ¶Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

 

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

 

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

 

17 For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh—

 

18 When the Lamb shall stand upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 25 And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh.
23 He shall command the great deep, and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land;

 

26 And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.

 

27 And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.

 

28 Their enemies shall become a prey unto them,

 

29 And in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land.

 

30 And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.

 

31 And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble at their presence.

 

32 And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.

 

33 And they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy.

 

34 Behold, this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows.

 

35 And they also of the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified in holiness before the Lord, to dwell in his presence day and night, forever and ever.

Notice in the book of Jeremiah how God refers to Ephraim as his firstborn who goes up to Zion and petitions the Lord to save his people Israel.

Following that, the Lord says he will bring his people from the “north country” and gather them from the coasts of the earth.

The Lord who scattered Israel will gather him. The Lord will redeem Jacob. The Lord will turn their mourning into joy and their sorrow into rejoicing.

Similarly, Section 133 Identifies Ephraim as “my servants” who make up the 144,000 who have the Father’s name written in their foreheads. The tribes of Israel will be gathered from the “north countries”.

Praise God almighty for the covenants he has made with the various divisions of his covenant people.

 

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Isaiah 11:13

13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

 Part One

Part Two

Part Three

 


“..the covenant which God made with ancient Israel was at hand to be fulfilled..” Part 3

May 29, 2016

Part One of this Series

In part one of this series we observed that the letters that Joseph Smith sent to newspaper editors in 1833 and 1842 documented Moroni foretelling that the Lord was about to fulfill the ancient covenant with Israel, his ancient covenant people.

We also noted that the official church history version of the Moroni account in the Pearl of Great Price mysteriously omitted this game changing information.

The emergence of this ancient covenant following the rejection of the fulness by the Gentile church would result in a major change in trajectory of the LDS restoration movement and the condemned church. Few people are aware of this change of trajectory and are left to try and force the events of church history to match a false narrative.

In the JS History account, Joseph simply stated that the angel “offered many explanations which cannot be mentioned here.” instead of speaking about the fulfilling of the ancient covenant.

It almost appears as if the Lord is sharing inside information with the Gentile world, while keeping his people Israel who were migrating to America across the great waters in the dark, regarding their true identity and the fulfillment of this amazing prophetic event.

I must confess that years ago when I read Joseph’s declaration stating that God was setting his hand a second time to gather his people, I assumed he was referring to the restoration of the Gentile church.

I assumed that Peter James, John, Paul and others took the gospel to the gentiles during New Testament times and then Joseph was used by God to take the New Testament gospel to the Gentiles a second time.

It was not until I finally realized that Joseph’s ministry to the Gentiles was part of the same dispensation that Peter James, John, Paul and others of the New Testament apostles had begun.

Joseph Smith was was not starting a new dispensation when the restored Biblical Christianity in 1830, he was giving the Gentiles their final opportunity to repent during the dispensation that Peter, James and John had begun before the gospel would be taken from the Gentiles to the House of Israel.

The Gospel dispensation that Joseph was actauly involved in ushering in did not take place until 1836, AFTER the fulness of the Gospel was rejected by the Gentile Saints of the restored church

The setting of God’s hand the second time to fulfill that ancient covenant with God’s ancient covenant people primarily has to do with the remnants of the Jews from the ancient kingdom of Judah that are referred to as the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah.

Part Two

In part two of this series I spoke about how these two letters to newspaper editors provide compelling historical proof that the account of the visitation of Christ, Moses Elias and Elijah as contained in Section 110 is true.

The ancient gospel of Abraham was indeed secretly ushered in, representing the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient covenant with the ancient covenant people, the Jews.

When a keyword search is done using the term “ancient covenant” the term Joseph used in one of his letters, the Book of Mormon is the only standard work that it shows up in. The two references identify the latter day “Jews” as the ancient covenant people:

5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people. 2 Nephi 29:5

4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles? 2 Nephi 29:4

During the times of the Gentiles that began during New Testament times and finally came to an end with the rejection of the fulness by the end of 1834, the Jews had been hated and despised, not reclaimed. But Isaiah had foretold that God would indeed set his hand a second time to recover them and that is what Joseph was speaking about in the two letters that he wrote.

The restoration of ancient keys and dispensational rights in section 110 and the limited commission of taking the knowledge of the gospel to the House of Israel that is documented in Section 118 had specifically to do with God setting his hand a second time to recover the remnants of his ancient people Israel.

Those events resulted in a second wave of missionary work to remnants of the House of Israel (Jews) across the “great waters” that followed the rejection of the fulness by the Gentiles.

This represented the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that in the last days, the Lord would “set his hand again, a second time to recover the remnants of this people“.

The following statement is from Joseph Smith to Mr. Saxton:

“The time has at last arrived when the  God of Abraham of Isaac and of Jacob has set his hand again  the second time to recover the remnants of his people…  and from the  Islands of the sea and with them to bring in the fulness of the Gentiles and  establish that covenant with them which was promised when their sins should  be taken away. see Romans 11, 25, 26, & 27 and also Jeremiah 31. 31, 32, & 33,11

Joseph was paraphrasing passages from Isaiah 11

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people…

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

The next passage is quite interesting because it provides context:

The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. Isaiah 11:11-13

When the Marvelous Work and a Wonder takes place in the third watch, the envy of Ephraim towards Judah and the vexing of Ephraim by Judah will come to an end.

The Splitting Up of the Kingdom Created Envy and Vexing

The envy of Ephraim towards Judah and the vexing of Ephraim by Judah all began back when the Kingdom of Israel was split into two separate kingdoms because of the heavy tax burden that king Rehoboam placed upon Israel after they had petitioned him to lighten their tax burden.

The Ephraimite Kingdom of Israel lead by the Ephraimite Jeroboam, and the Kingdom of Judah lead by Rehoboam became estranged from each other and that estrangement has carried forward to the present time.

During New Testament times after the Jews (Descendants of the ancient Kingdom of Judah) rejected the gospel, Paul notes that their rejection resulted in the taking of the gospel to the Gentiles (remnants of the ancient Ephraimite kingdom of the Israel)-

44 ¶And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

 46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Conversely, just as the gospel message was taken from the Jews to the Gentiles during New Testament times, at the end of the Gentile dispensation when the Gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel, it opened the way for the knowledge of the fulness to be taken from the Gentiles to the Jews. The following snippet is from the JST of the Bible-

 24 Now these things he spake unto them, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem. And then his disciples asked him, saying, Master, tell us concerning thy coming?

 25 And he answered them, and said, In the generation in which the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled, there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity, like the sea and the waves roaring. The earth also shall be troubled, and the waters of the great deep;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth. For the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  JST, Luke 21:24–26. (Compare Luke 21:25–26)

The above prophecy like virtually all other prophecies was to have a dual fulfillment. A shadow fulfillment would take place during the end of the first watch. The literal fulfillment would take place during the third watch.

The Gentiles failed to live the law of consecration and fell under condemnation in December of 1834.

Parley Pratt received a revelation from the Lord in July of 1836 commanding him to warn the people of America to repent for the gospel was to be taken from the Gentiles to the nations afar off, leaving the Gentiles in America with a famine for the Word of the Lord:

“Go unto this people and cry unto them with a mighty voice that they repent, lest I smite them with a curse and they die; for, notwithstanding the present fruitfulness of the earth, there shall be a famine in the land; and not only a famine for bread, but a famine for the Word of the Lord; for I will call my servants out from their midst and send them to the nations afar off.”

Having heard these words I took courage, and I continued to lift up my voice in the congregations, both in town and country, testifying of the gospel and warning the people of things to come. Many repented and were baptized, while many hardened their hearts and were filled with a contentious and lying spirit. But the Saints were filled with faith, joy, and love; and they met together oft, and had great union and peace, and were happy in the society of each other.

In the autumn of the same year–I think in September–I had preached on Sunday in the chapel, on the subject of the coming of the Son of Man and the signs which would precede his coming. I prophesied that they would see signs in the heavens very soon, such as were spoken of by Jesus Christ in the New Testament; and that when they should begin to see them they might know for themselves that His coming was nigh at hand. After thus preaching I returned in the evening to the house of brother and sisters Fielding, at the hour of 9 p.m.; we sat up for an hour or two conversing on these important things and rejoicing, when, on going out at the door and looking abroad, we beheld a most wonderful scene in the heavens, and, as it continued for some time, we finally went to some of the nearest neighbors and called them out to behold it.

 

A wave of white light extended like a rainbow from east to west over the entire horizon, a little south of the meridian. It was in appearance about twenty feet wide, and seemed agitated in its motions like a wave of the sea; at length it removed like the motions of a great swell of the sea towards the south and disappeared; when lo! another similar light appeared immediately in the place of the former, and, after remaining stationary with agitated motions for some time, it rolled away to the south and disappeared like the former, and was replaced by a third. Thus the same scene was renewed and continued for hours. We finally all retired to rest, while it yet continued to be exhibited.”

The significance of the timing of the revelation Parley received and the signs in the heaven cannot be overstated. The Lord had revealed to Parley that the gospel would be taken from the Gentiles creating a “famine” of the word of God among the Gentiles who had rejected the fulness.

The servants of the Lord would be “taken out of the midst” of the gentile nations to take the knowledge of the gospel to another branch of Israel. The signs in the heavens that Parley documents were taking place at about the time that the “stronghold” in Kirtland was being taken away per the prophecy in Section 64.

It was shortly after this revelation and prophecy of Parley Pratt’s, and the accompanying signs in the heavens that Joseph announced, that something new must be done for the salvation of the church.

In this state of things,” the Prophet wrote, “God revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of His Church.

This “something new” was a revelation to send missionaries to England to preach the gospel.  It is interesting to note that the first grand sign in the heavens during Joseph Smith’s ministry, happened just as the Saints are being expelled from Jackson County, Missouri.

The Second grand sign took place at about the appointed time for the redemption of Zion, when the bridegroom tarried because the saints had failed in their attempt to consecrate and gather.

When the believing Gentile Saints failed to redeem Zion at the appointed time, the gospel was then taken to the House of Israel in nations afar off in fulfillment of the prophetic revelation Pratt had received.

The revelation Parley Pratt received about the servants of God being taken out of the “midst” of America and sent “to the nations afar off” and the revelation God gave to Joseph Smith about establishing foreign missions for the “salvation of the church” had specific reference to the prophecies in the Old Testament, New Testament and Book of Mormon, addressed in part one of this series regarding the gospel going from the Gentiles to the Jews.

This event had also been foretold in the prophecy uttered by Christ in 3 Nephi 16:

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

After declaring that God had revealed to Joseph that something new must be done for the salvation of the church, Joseph used the quorum of the Twelve to he set up foreign missions. This was all in fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy.

Remarkably, God sent the elders from the midst of the Gentile nation of America to take the knowledge of the gospel to “nations afar off.”

The passage being quoted to Parley from the Lord is taken from Amos 8:1:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the . . . (Amos 8:11)

Amos saw that in the latter-days, God would send a famine of hearing the word of the Lord upon this, the hypocritical nation of America for rejecting the fulness of the gospel. This is why leaders of the corporate church can only teach the precepts of men instead of authoritatively teaching from the scriptures.

From other prophecies and statements from Joseph Smith, it is apparent that after the gentile nation of America rejected the fulness of the gospel, the preparatory knowledge of the gospel was then sent to the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah, scattered among the nations afar off.

Parley Pratt and Sidney Rigdon and others were initially filled with the spirit of prophecy during the early, Kirtland era of the church and they were both called by revelation to teach in the school of the prophets.

They had both been prepared to play important roles in helping to lay the foundation of the kingdom, preparatory for the Marvelous Work that would be ushered in four generations later. The Lectures on Faith grew out of Sidney’s teachings and would eventually become canonized and then eventually rejected as scripture.

When the Gentile nation rejected the fulness of the gospel preached by Joseph Smith and other anointed servants of God, including Sidney Rigdon and Parley Pratt, the Lord covered the eyes of his anointed servants, withdrew his spirit and took the fulness of the gospel out of their midst.

It is no coincidence that some Mormon bloggers and authors are now making disparaging remarks about Sidney Rigdon and Parley P. Pratt, claiming they were uninspired and they adversely altered the trajectory of Mormonism by misinterpreting the message of the Book of Mormon. This represents yet another form of rejecting the fulness of the Gospel.

Envy and Vexation

Ephraim envies Judah and Judah vexes Ephraim until the Marvelous Work begins. The Jews were the first to have the message of the gospel offered to them and they will be the last to have the message of the Gospel offered to them-

message one

In response the the first two parts of this series I got the following email from a subscriber:

Watcher,

This most current series has to be the most insightful and powerful witness of the 3 watches and different latter day dispensations that you’ve done. 

Praise God almighty for his mercy and grace in opening this up to you and ultimately us. 

Thank you!!

I must confess I was dumbfounded when I read his email because he is right, Moroni’s proclamation about the fulfillment of the ancient covenant does provide one of the most insightful and powerful witnesses of the doctrine of the three watches and yet, I did not even catch that when I wrote the first two segments of this series!

message two

I sometimes become so hyper-focused on a primary topic that I am trying to articulate, that I fail to connect the other dots that connect to it. This same fellow shared the following observations a few days after the one posted above:

Watcher,
For years I have struggled with the law coming from Zion and the word from Jerusalem.
Especially given that the law in section 42 was given in Kirtland.
I believe this comes from a false belief that the law would originate in Zion. I remember reading Doctrines of Salvation were Joseph Fielding Smith postulates that the old world Jerusalem will be where the word will come from and that the new world Jerusalem will be were the law originates from.
However, a careful reading of Isaiah chapter 2 verse 3 indicates that the law shall go out of Zion but the word shall from Jerusalem. 

for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

However, as you’ve pointed out in Isa 30:19 they shall be on the same continent.

For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem
The law can still go forth out of Zion and be from Jerusalem. In fact, I believe this is what will happen when the Lord has his 144,000 go forth from Mount Zion; or, in other words, New Jerusalem. 
D&C 84:2
Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.
Nowhere in the scriptures does it say the law shall originate from Zion only that it shall go forth out of Zion.
Of course, this is all new to me and old news to you. Just wanted to share my excitement and enthusiasm for finally putting the pieces the other.🙂

As I was reading the above email, a passage from Section 84 that he quoted jumped out at me and hit me between the eyes. It is one I have noticed before but had forgotten about with regard to how it relates to this current series. It not only provides a compelling witness regarding the three watches, it also provides additional clarity about how the ancient covenant differs from the covenant God makes with the Gentiles!

More to come in the part four..

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Part Four Final


“..the covenant which God made with ancient Israel was at hand to be fulfilled..” Part 2

May 17, 2016

 

I suspect that some long time readers of this blog are confused about why I thought the declaration by Moroni about the impending fulfillment of an ancient covenant between God and ancient Israel was so astounding since I have been blogging about the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham it for years.

The reason I thought Moroni’s declaration was so astounding was not because the concept was new to me. It was because Moroni was validating  my claims about the proper interpretation of D&C 110.

You see, all of my previous blog posts on the topic, used MY INTERPRETATION of Section 110 as the foundational proof that the ushering in of an ancient covenant grew out of the Gentile rejection of the fulness. Spring-boarding off of that interpretation, I also referenced countless additional contextual evidences from LDS history and scripture as supporting evidence to my interpretation of Section 110.

Although there has never been  any doubt in my mind about what I have written about, regarding this topic, the modern church provides a radically different interpretation than mine. They superimpose a “dispensation of the fulness of times” narrative on the “the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham” content that is in the event narrative. Naturally, I have wanted to find hard evidence from a credible independent historical source that would confirm my interpretation, even though I think the correct interpretation is obvious.

I believe the declaration from Moroni in the Wentworth Letter and the associated Old Testament passages associated with it from the Saxton Letter is a game changer because it provides hard evidence from two separate historical documents authored by Joseph Smith.

They verify that an ancient covenant, separate and distinct from the New Testament Gospel Covenant to the Gentiles, was ushered in during Joseph’s ministry. It proves the interpretation of Section 110 that I have been providing for the last several years is correct.

I have looked for this type of a clear historical/scriptural validation in the scriptures for years and the best I could come up with was Isaiah 48 which is probably too cryptic and ambiguous to be persuasive and compelling to those who have not studied the topic in the scriptures deeply.

Moroni’s declaration provides a very strong witness that the interpretation of Section 110 that I have offered is correct and that the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that was secretly ushered in shortly after the saints and their leaders were condemned, along with the keys for gathering Israel, did in fact represent the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient covenant that God made with portions of Israel.

These accounts of what was said by Moroni in the two letters, provide a compelling witness that Section 110 is true. It therefore exposes the false prophets and false teachers in the modern church who are providing a false interpretation, as well as the prophet of a contemporary fringe group who is trying to cause doubt in the historicity of the account given in Section 110.

It is becoming apparent to me why the false prophet of the most recent LDS fringe movement is wanting to discredit Section 110. After all, if the fulness was rejected by the saints by 1834, resulting in the beginning of the fulfilling of an ancient covenant in 1836 which has been and is currently preparing the way for the return of the Lord, then the claims of this movement that they are “preserving the restoration” of the true church that Joseph briefly restored are clearly exposed as being fraudulent.

The Most Controversial thing I Speak About

Of the many controversial and distasteful interpretations of scripture that I have suggested on this blog, I suppose I get the most blow-back from the general claim that the fulness of the gospel and the true church of God had returned back into the wilderness by the end of 1834.

I suppose there are several reasons for this.

One is that descendants of the Mormon pioneers as well as the more recent converts to the faith have been indoctrinated to think that they are special and are the elect children of God and that they have been “born under the covenant” in the “dispensation of the fulness of times” because they were so righteous in the pre-existence.

They have been taught that, unlike previous gospel dispensations, the one we live in is invincible and cannot go into apostasy. Hence the restored church was true back in Joseph Smith’s day, and it will always be true. All they need to do is blindly do what the false prophets and apostles tell them to do and they will be exalted.

It is a tough pill to swallow to be informed that you have not been born under the true covenant. Rather, you have inherited lies. You have inherited the apostasy and the false traditions of your fathers. The dispensation of the fulness of times was clearly never ushered in during Joseph’ ministry, and the true church of God that Joseph was instrumental in bringing forth out of the wilderness fled back into the wilderness within a few years after it came forth.

Ouch!

Have the Last Four Generations Been an Exercise in Futility?

Another reason for blow-back when I speak about our current situation is that it logically does not make sense to most people that God would have his true church restored and on the earth for about 3 1/2 years followed by darkness and apostasy for four generations until the Marvelous Work and a Wonder begins, with nothing significant happening during the interim period of time.

I agree.

It does not make sense to me that God would have his church restored and then taken from the earth, leaving a veil of complete darkness and deception for four generations leading up to the events of the coming of Christ in his glory without anything of significance happening to prepare people for the marvelous work and a wonder and Christ’s return.

That is part of the profundity of what was covered in part one of this series. The LDS restoration movement was not ended in complete darkness. A priesthood commission that is documented in Section 118 of the Doctrine and Covenants has continued to this very day. There was a very important purpose in everything that happened during Joseph’s ministry. The fulfilling of the ancient covenant that was ushered in has been preparing many people for the Lord’s return!

The Lord did not leave the saints in a complete veil of darkness after the fulness was rejected. He began fulfilling the ancient covenant he had given to Israel and Jacob and that covenant was given in part, for the purpose of gathering and preparing people for the return of the Lord:

“This messenger  proclaimed himself to be an angel of God  sent to bring the joyful tidings, that the covenant which God made with ancient  Israel was at hand to be fulfilled, that  the preparatory work for the second coming of the Messiah was speedily to commence;”

That ancient covenant represents the preparatory gospel of Jesus Christ that is essential to the “preparatory work” leading up to the return of Christ into the vineyard, that has been taking place for the last four generations.

I have had numerous readers ask me what the purpose of this long interim period of four generations is accomplishing if in fact the fulness was lost and the saints were rejected as a church.

The truth is that even though the saints have been rejected as a church, they have not been rejected as a tribe or as God’s covenant people. The tribal gathering continued after the church became rejected. As the Saints were being rejected as a church with power to administer the fulness of the saving ordinances,  the ancient kingdom of Israel was being reestablished and would continue the commission that had been given in section 118 and would continue providing the scriptures that have the fulness documented in them. 

What Have We Been Told About the Ancient Covenant?

Let us now review passages of scripture that provide bits and pieces of commentary regarding the various aspects of the ancient covenant and preparatory work that has been ushered in.

There is Power in God’s Word

An integral part of the preparatory work that began four generations ago has to do with the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the revelations received by Joseph Smith. Few people realize how powerful and significant the word of God is that Joseph Smith was instrumental in bringing forth. The word of God has the power to illuminate the mind and sanctify the soul.

Note the following declaration and promise of God referring the blessing that is directly attached to believing on the words of God.

“Whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of the water and of the Spirit… and the testimony of three witnesses will I send forth of my word… and their testimony shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation if they harden their hearts against me.” (D&C 5:16)

The Oracles of God

The words of God that came forth through the instrumentality have the power of blessing people with the manifestation of God’s spirit regardless of the current state of the church and the saving ordinances. The scriptures Joseph brought forth with the fulness of the gospel in them, and making them available to the work is perhaps the most important aspect of the preparatory work that has been taking place during the last four generations. The testimony of the three witnesses is just as binding on us now as it was on those of that generation. I believe those witneses will return and participate in the Marvelous Work.

Lets review the prophesy about how the keys of the Kingdom would remain with Joseph in both this world and the next one while the oracles (scriptures) that he brought forth would remain with the church after his death:

Thus saith the Lord, verily, verily I say unto you my son, thy sins are forgiven thee, according to thy petition, for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have come up into my ears.

Therefore, thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto you; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.

Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;

Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church.

And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house. (D&C 90:1-5)

Clearly the Lord was putting the Saints at that time and future generations, on notice that the keys of the kingdom would remain with Joseph after his death, until he returns with them to begin the final work. We have previously reviewed the prophetic dream in Section 65 which gives a prophetic account of how Joseph will return with the keys at a later time.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that the keys of the kingdom are no among us at this time, the scriptures remain powerful and relevant. The above passage of scripture is putting all of us on notice that we will be held accountable for how we hold the scriptures even AFTER the keys of the Kingdom were temporarily removed from the earth. 

The scriptures are so powerful and revelatory for those that seriously read, study , search,  and believe them under the influence of the spirit.

The Oracles Offer A Blessing or a Cursing

They provide a condemnation for those that reject them because of lack of faith or because of scientific arguments. They also provide a condemnation for those that dismiss them and in favor of the contrary teachings of uninspired church leaders:

These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.

These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.

These are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father.

Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.

These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God. (D&C 76:75-79)

The scriptures of the restoration also provide the means for believers to gain whatever level of knowledge they are capable of comprehending and living and thereby preparing them for the coming of Christ.

For the elect of God, the scriptures make it possible to gain a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel and to establish a preparatory relationship with God that will prevent them from being deceived. Those who treasure up the word of God by the power of the spirit will be able to identify the true messengers when they return and take the Holy Spirit as their guide when the keys return and it is offered.

Sadly, many of the saints took the scriptures lightly during Joseph’s ministry contributing to the loss of the fulness:

And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—

Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.

And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.

And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written— (D&C 84:54-57)

Many Mormons take the scriptures lightly now. Zion and the law of consecration are not even in the paradigm of many Mormons. They LOVE the preparatory gospel and how it allows for materialism and class distinction.

How a person holds the scriptures largely determines whether they will be condemned or justified. The scriptures seem to indicate that the elect of God are always seeking Zion in their hearts and seeking to better understand what the fulness of the Gospel is.

The scriptures teach us what the fulness is so that we can be preparing our hearts and minds for the return of the fulness. Those who study God’s word realize how critical the law of consecration is while those who have become blinded are oblivious to the consequences that took place when the restored church in Kirtland failed to live the covenant that they had entered into;

During Joseph’s day the saints were warned that if they did not organize according to God’s law they would be “cut off“:

For it must needs be that they be organized according to my laws; if otherwise, they will be cut off.  (D&C 51:2)

The fact that the Saints were cut off from the fulness of the Gospel and the full spiritual blessings of the Gospel, does not mean that the Lord has not provided a preparatory gospel.

One of the great tests placed upon Mormons during this time of preparation is if we will actually read and believe the word of God in the scriptures that Joseph Smith brought forth through the gift and power of God, or whether they will blindly follow the false precepts of men and discount the holy word of God.

Another Term for the Ancient Covenant

According to Section 110, another term for the ancient covenant that God had with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is “The Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham“.

In D&C 84, we are given one of the best concise definition of what the ancient covenant is that began to be fulfilled during Joseph Smith’s ministry after the fulness was rejected. It uses an ancient event that parallels what happened during the restoration movement when the priesthood was taken away.

Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;

But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.

Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also;

And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel;

Which gospel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism, and the remission of sins, and the law of carnal commandments, which the Lord in his wrath caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until John, whom God raised up, being filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. (D&C 84:23-27)

The above summary of what happened to the Children of Israel after Moses was taken out of their midst is remarkably similar to what happened to the latter day children of Israel.

Moses earnestly sought to sanctify the Children of Israel that they might behold the face of God.

Joseph had earnestly sought to sanctify the saints that they might behold the face of God. Through his instrumentality the office of High Priest was restored to the earth and the admonition to seek the face of God was given to those called to that holy calling.

During Moses’s ministry it is documented that a small portion of the brethren did see God.

During Joseph’s ministry there were a few individuals that did see the face of God as well.

Collectively, the children of Israel hardened their hearts and could not ENDURE the presence of God.

The same is true of the saints during the restoration movement. They hardened their hearts and could not ENDURE the presence of God.

The Lord did not allow the children of Israel to enter into his rest in the wilderness as they were journeying towards the promised land.

The Lord did not allow the latter day children of Israel to enter into his rest while they were attempting to establish Zion in the promised land.

Moses was taken out of the midst of the people and the Holy Priesthood also .

Joseph Smith was taken out of the midst of the people and the Holy Priesthood also.

The Children of Israel were left with the preparatory gospel

The Latter day Saints were left with the preparatory gospel.

As you can see, an  exact type of what happened to the latter day saints has been provided and if validates Moroni’s claim that the ancient covenant represents the preparatory Gospel which prepares us for the return of the fulness.

The Ancient Covenant Includes a Knowledge of the Fulness

In his prophecy in 3rd Nephi 16, Christ clarifies that once the fulness has been rejected by the Gentiles, the preparatory gospel of the ancient covenant contains a KNOWLEDGE of what the fulness of the gospel is.

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

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

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

But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel. 3rd Nephi 16:10-13

The Lesser Law and Priesthood
Can only Curse Not Bless

It is important to realize that even though the lesser priesthood and the lesser gospel provide the oracles that detail what the fulness of the gospel is, those that do not desire to repent and live the fulness when it returns and are content with the preparatory gospel, will be cursed by being damned in their eternal progression.

Joseph Smith opined that the lesser law was given as a cursing if it is not used to transcend to the higher priesthood and the fulness of the Gospel…

The law was given under Aaron for the purpose of pouring out Judments and destructions.” (Smith Dairy)

“…Levitical [priesthood] which was never able to administer a Blessing but Only to bind heavy burdens which neither they nor their father able to bear” (Franklin D Richards Diary)  The Words of Joseph Smith, p.243-248; Given 27 August 1843

“The priesthood of Levi consisted of cursings and blessing carnal commandments and not of blessings and if the preisthood of this generation has no more power than that of Levi or Aron or of a bishhoprick it administers no blessings but cursings. . .” (http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/1843/27Aug43.html).

Ancient prophecy confirms that the Lord would curse the blessings of the latter day saints if they do not “lay it to heart“.

If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.”

Modern revelation confirms the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy:

by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practise before me, saith the Lord.” (D&C 124:48)

The Book of Mormon speaks of the promise in Malachi about the Lord coming sudden coming of the Lord to his temple after the Lord’s messenger Elijah (John the Baptist) prepares the  way:

And it came to pass that he commanded them that they should write the words which the Father had given unto Malachi, which he should tell unto them. And it came to pass that after they were written he expounded them. And these are the words which he did tell unto them, saying: Thus said the Father unto Malachi—Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. 3 Nephi 24:1

That is exactly what happened during the LDS restoration movement.

The sudden coming of the Lord to the Kirtland Temple had also been foretold in modern revelation.

I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God; wherefore, gird up your loins and I will suddenly come to my temple. Even so. Amen. Doctrine and Covenants 36:8

Remarkably, the Lord revealed in Section 133 that the sudden coming to his temple would be associated with a “curse to judgment“:

 Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the Lord your God, and hear the word of the Lord concerning you—

The Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple; the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment;  (D&C 133:1-2)

As a follow up to those passages in 84 and 90, which inform us that the oracles will continue on in the church even though the fulness of the priesthood will not, we have the JST of Christ’s words demonstrating that the Jewish Church in the meridian of time was in a similar state of apostasy as the modern LDS church. Leaders continue to preside in the church and to exercize unrighteous dominion over the flock. The following passages are very instructive

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying, The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, they will make you observe and do; for they are ministers of the law, and they make themselves your judges. But do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.” JST Matthew 23:1-3

The JST further reveals that while the unrighteous leaders of the apostate church make themselves Judges in Israel and compel the flock to obey their directives in order to qualify for the spiritual blessings the church claims stewardship over, they prevent the flock from entering into the strait gate by withholding the true teachings contained in the scriptures:

 “Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge, the fullness of the scriptures; ye enter not in yourselves into the kingdom; and those who were entering in, ye hindered.” JST Luke 11:53

The JST also informs us that we are to follow Christ as our guide, not those who sit in the seat of Moses:

Seek unto my Father, and it shall be done in that very moment what ye shall ask, if ye ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive.

And if thine eye which seeth for thee, him that is appointed to watch over thee to show thee light, become a transgressor and offend thee, pluck him out.

It is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God, with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

48 For it is better that thyself should be saved, than to be cast into hell with thy brother, where their worm dieth not, and where the fire is not quenched. Mark 9:45-48

From the above three snippets in the  JST of the Bible from Matthew Luke and Mark, we learn the following:

  • Moses’ Seat of Authority is valid but limited
  • Those who sit in it sometimes teach false doctrine and exercise unrighteous dominion
  • They prevent the flock from entering the strait gate by taking away the key of knowledge, which is the “fulness of the scriptures”
  • It is the responsibility of the saints to follow Christ as their guide, not uninspired priesthood leaders

One of the truly shocking events of the restoration is that leaders of the modern church took the “doctrine” part of the “Doctrine and Covenants” out of the Doctrine and Covenants. It is also known as the Lectures on Faith. The Lectures on Faith was originally canonized as scripture under the direction of God’s servant and sustained by the law of common consent.

It was placed in the Doctrine and Covenants in 1835 AFTER the Gentile church failed to live consecration, rejected the fulness and became condemned in 1834.

It appears that the reason the Lord had Joseph canonize these lectures is to instruct the condemned saints and future generations about the true nature of God and about the deeper aspects of faith, to prepare them for the fulness that had been lost from the earth.

By taking the doctrine portion out of the Doctrine and Covenants, the leaders of the church were in a sense taking away the key of knowledge which enables the saints to enter into the kingdom. Modern leaders also withhold the key of knowledge by giving false interpretations of scripture.

By the providence of God, those who are searching deeply for answers can still find the original doctrine and can read and interpret for themselves what the Lord has taught in the scriptures

The Latter day Jews BEGIN to Believe 

Ancient prophecy informs us that the latter day Jews would begin to gather when the truth is restored to the earth

Second Nephi 30 gives a brief prophetic snippet about the latter day “Jews” that began gathering into Nauvoo as the ancient covenant was beginning to be fulfilled.

And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people.

And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people upon the earth.

The scattered descendants of the Jews who rejected Christ in the meridian of time were to be gathered to the promised land of America where they would BEGIN to believe in Christ. That is what the preparatory covenant represents. It is a beginning point  of partial belief without actually living the full law of God. It is for those that only begin to believe until they can transcend the preparatory gospel and prepare their hearts for the fulness of the Gospel.

The preparatory gospel presents people with a knowledge of the fulness as contained in the oracles if they are willing to read and understand what is presented therein.

The ancient covenant has been gathering God’s ancient people together for four generations; both physically to American  and to “stakes” all over the world as well as exposing them to the oracles of God.

The fulfilling of this ancient covenant is preparing people for the return of Christ and for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder.

To be continued…

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Part Four Final


“..the covenant which God made with ancient Israel was at hand to be fulfilled..” Part 1

May 13, 2016

 

On January 4th 1833 Joseph Smith wrote a letter to newpaper editor Noah C. Saxton from Kirtland Ohio, highlighting important details about the history and current state of the Latter day restoration movement.

Nearly one decade later,  on March 1 1842, Joseph Smith wrote another letter to newspaper editor John Wentworth  from Nauvoo, once again highlighting important details about the history and current state of the Latter day restoration movement.

Both letters are consistent in proclaiming that an ancient covenant between God and Israel (that had been prophesied in the Old Testament) was about to be fulfilled.

In the Wentworth Letter Joseph quotes Moroni as declaring that the fulfillment of an ancient covenant with Israel was about to commence.

“This messenger  proclaimed himself to be an angel of God  sent to bring the joyful tidings, that the covenant which God made with ancient  Israel was at hand to be fulfilled, that  the preparatory work for the second coming of the Messiah was speedily to commence;”

Astounding.

The above declaration of Moroni in the Wentworth Letter is revealing information that was intentionally withheld in the account of Moroni’s visit that ultimately became canonized in the Pearl of Great Price.

No mention of the fulfillment of an ancient covenant is found in the JS History contained in the Pearl of Great Price.

Indeed, the JS History version in the Pearl of Great Price informs us that many explanations were given by Moroni that could not be mentioned in that account:

“And he further stated that the fulness of the Gentiles was soon to come in. He quoted many other passages of scripture, and offered many explanations which cannot be mentioned here.

It appears that in the Pearl of Great Price account of Moroni’s visit, it was not intended to reveal that the fulness of the Gentiles (including the ultimate rejection of the fulness by the Gentiles) would birth the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient covenant that would prepare the way for the coming of Messiah.

According to the Wentworth Letter, it was not just the restoration of Biblical Christianity that has been preparing the way for the coming of Messiah during the last four generations, it is the covenant that God made with ancient Israel that has been preparing the way for the coming of Messiah!

In the Saxton Letter Joseph Smith chose to reference the ancient covenant with God’s ancient covenant people in  Jeremiah 31:31-33 instead of referencing the Covenant that Christ established with the Gentiles in the New Testament.

Those passages refer to the an ancient promise of God to the House of Israel and to the House of Judah, that he would provide a New Covenant with his people in the latter days. He also gave Romans 11:25-27  in which Paul simply paraphrased the promise of the ancient covenant in Jeremiah 31.

In the Saxton Letter Joseph emphasized that God was setting forth his hand a second time in establishing this covenant and that the first time that he set his hand to offer it to Israel, they rejected it.

“The time has at last arrived when the  God of Abraham of Isaac and of Jacob has set his hand again  the second time to recover the remnants of his people which have been left from Assyria, and from Egypt and from Pathros &.c. and from the  Islands of the sea and with them to bring in the fulness of the Gentiles and  establish that covenant with them which was promised when their sins should  be taken away. see Romans 11, 25, 26, & 27 and also Jeremiah 31. 31, 32, & 33,11

Below is Paul’s reference to above words of Jeremiah

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Upon further study of these two letters and the passages they reference, it becomes clear that the ancient covenant being spoken of that had previously been extended, included the invitation of salvation to the Jews during Christ’s mortal ministry which they had rejected.

During Joseph’s ministry, the Lord was setting his hand “a second time” to recover the remnants of the posterity of the New Testament Jews and other remnants of Israel under the “New Covenant” mentioned in Jeremiah 31.

The Lord Sets his Hand a Second Time to Recover the Jews

The Book of Mormon provides a second witness that the setting of God’s hand the “second time” to recover the remnants of his people is referring to the posterity of the New Testament Jews that rejected Christ.

Just prior to the allegory in Jacob 5, the prophet Jacob prophesied, (sometime between 544 and 421 BC), that the Jews would eventually gather to the Old World Jerusalem where they would reject Christ. They would “stumble” because they “despised the words of plainness“. Therefore, Christ would take “way his plainness from them“.

According to Jacob, the Jews “will reject the stone upon which they might build and have safe foundation“.

Nevertheless, Jacob informs us that “according to the scriptures, this stone shall become the great, and the last and the only sure foundation upon which the Jew can build

A Great Mystery is Revealed

How is it possible that the Jewish people that rejected Christ in New Testament times could eventually build upon the foundation of Christ?

The narrative in Jacob 4 continues with Jacob presenting a great dilemma and mystery and then providing the answer to it-

“And now, my beloved, how is it possible that these [Jews], after having rejected the sure foundation, can ever build upon it, that it may become the head of their corner?

Behold, my beloved brethren, I will unfold this mystery unto you; if I do not, by any means, get shaken from my firmness in the Spirit, and stumble because of my over anxiety for you.” (Jacob 4:17-18)

The great mystery is then revealed within the rather lengthy allegory that is contained in chapter 5 of the Book of Jacob. The allegory is written somewhat cryptically, however within the general narrative, an intercession takes place that involves the grafting in of the natural branches (the Jews)  into the wild tree (the apostate Gentile Church).

The following passage from 1 Nephi informs us that the fulness of the Gentiles makes possible the grafting in of the ancient covenant people (Jews) into the Gentile church-

And now, the thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural branches through the fulness of the Gentiles, is, that in the latter days, when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, yea, for the space of many years, and many generations after the Messiah shall be manifested in body unto the children of men, then shall the fulness of the gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles, and from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our seed— 1 Nephi 15:13


And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer. 1 Nephi 10:14

After the lengthy allegory, Jacob summarizes things by paraphrasing the setting forth of God’s hand a second time narrative from Jeremiah 31-

“And the day tht he shall set his hand again the second tie to recover his people, is the day,  yea even the last tie that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh” Jacob 6:2

The solving of the great mystery by Jacob in the Book of Mormon parallels the solving of the same mystery by Paul in the New Testament. It is interesting to note that passages just prior to and following the passages that Joseph Smith quoted in the Saxton Letter address the exact same allegory that is provided in Jacob 5.

The Rejection of the Fulness by the Gentiles

In previous posts I have noted that the rejection of the fulness of the Gospel was complete by the end of 1834 when the Saints had failed to live consecration and the law of the gospel as documented in section 42.

After the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in with the priesthood keys of restoring Israel on April 3rd 1836, the Lord commissioned the quorum of the Twelve Apostles to cross the great waters and promulgate the gospel as documented in Section 118 on July 8 1838.

The following statement of Joseph Smith on  May 18 1840, identifies the two houses of Israel mentioned in Jeremiah 31 as the demographic that this new wave of missionary work was targeting.

“If there is anything calculated to interest the mind of the Saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities, and arouse them to enterprise and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 195.)

All of this represents an amazing change in the trajectory of the church. After the Gentiles rejected the fulness in Kirtland, the knowledge of the Gospel was then taken to the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah. As this missionary work progressed, converts to the church from these two houses of Israel began gathering to Nauvoo and eventually to Utah.

dispersed

 

To be continued…

 

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four Final

 

 


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