It appears to me that Christ taught that there were various categories of false prophets.
Two of the categories of false prophets that he spoke of, can perhaps be differentiated from each other as institutional false prophets vs. non -institutional false prophets.
Non-institutional false prophets would be those that would rise up during the last generation spoken of in Matthew 24. These false prophets rise up outside of the hierarchy of the institution, to criticize and attempt to correct the institutional church and to lead people to the false Christ that they worship.
Institutional False Prophets
The first category of false prophet is addressed in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 7 and 3 Nephi 14:15. In this sermon Christ speaks of the institutional false prophet who rises up through the ranks of leadership among Christ’s covenant people.
This type of false prophet may actually be called to serve by God and they enjoy the cloak of credibility (sheeps clothing) that comes from having been called by the Lord through revelation.
“Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”
With this mantle of authority and perceived credibility they are able to deceive from within the flock, in positions of leadership authority. This is done through the use of unrighteous dominion and assumed authority. The thought that Christ allows, if not calls and authorized some that He knows in His infinite foreknowledge, will rebel, to serve in positions of influence and authority, is an ominous concept. Yet the pattern shows up even in the heavens as we are informed that:
“an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God..rebelled against the Only Begotten Son“
Certainly the Father knew that the angel of God was going to rebel. Why did the Father allow this angel to be in a position of authority? I have no profound answer other than that this appears to be the process that brings on the refiners fire in eternity and on earth.
During the time of Christ’s ministry to the Jews, he referred to those Jewish Scribes and Pharisees that sat in “Moses Seat“. Although the KJV of the New Testament has Christ telling his disciples to “observe and do“, “all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe“, the Inspired Version however alters the wording and provides a little extra clarity:
“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.
For they bind heavy burdens and lay on men’s shoulders, and they are grievous to be borne….
And all their works they do to be seen of men. They make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets..”
The next observation and commandment that Christ makes about these leaders is that they love to be “called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi, (which is master.)”
Christ then admonishes his disciples who will be taking the gospel to the nations to not make the mistake of allowing themselves to ever be called “Rabbi” because all are equal brethren among Christ’s people and only Christ himself is the master:
“But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your master, which is Christ; and all ye are brethren.”
The above passage is arguably warning against pyramidal leadership structures that give undo adulation and submission to mortal church leaders because of their supposed authority.
For instance, having the congregation stand when the presiding authority enters the room is a dead giveaway that something is amiss and all of Christ’s disciple are not considered equal. Are you aware of any cults that participate in such “prophet worship”?
After Christ’s New Testament church became organized to take the gospel to the Gentiles, the same pattern would emerge among His disciples called by revelation and given “authority” and a mandate within the New Testament Church.
Peter’s denial of Christ and Judas’ betrayal of Christ both demonstrate that those that are called by God into the ministry are not infallible. The focus must always be on Christ, not his representative(s). It must be on the message, not the messenger.
The thing that makes this whole false prophet thing incredibly confusing is the fact that God does in fact use true prophets and give them the ability to speak in behalf of God.
“What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
“For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen”.
The key is to be able to discern when the servant of God is speaking for God or whether he is speaking for himself but making it sound as if he is speaking in behalf of God. Secondly, the focus and adulation should always be directed at the Creator, never at one of his creations.
Called of God and Appointed
Modern revelation speaks of a man who will emerge in the end times to set the church in order and establish the law of consecration prior to the return of the Lord. This true messenger of God is described as being “mighty and strong“. Yet in the same passage, we are informed that Christ’s restored church would experience the rising up and eventually the falling by the shaft of death of a man that tries to “steady the ark of God” without specifically being called and ordained to do so.
The sobering thing about the false prophet that tries to steady the ark of God is that he had previously been “called of God and appointed“.
“And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God; While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.”
It is truly remarkable that there could be false prophets in the end times that have indeed been called of God and appointed!
It is difficult to not think of the LDS succession crisis in the context of the above prophecy.
Brigham Young’s calling and appointment by God to bear witness of the name of Christ and to publish the gospel to the nations was eventually followed by his own claim to the presidency of the church. And yet his calling and appointment never appears to incorporate the role of presiding over a church.
Was he not called of God and appointed?
Yes he was.
Was he ever called and ordained to be a prophet, seer, and revelator and to preside over the high priesthood and the church?
Interestingly, Brigham and his best friend and Masonic brother, Heber, were probably the only two members of the original Twelve that were never ordained High Priests!
At the time of the succession crisis he initially claimed that the Twelve would be a temporary placeholder to preside over the church until Joseph Smith’s sons would repent and prepare themselves to preside over the church. Within 3 1/2 years after that he had himself voted in by the law of common consent as the presiding officer of the First Presidency of the church, still claiming to be a temporary Shepherd to oversee the flock and to keep the dogs and wolves out until the rightful son of Joseph should be ready to fill the position.
In 1860 he made the following declaration, stating that he did not claim to be the legal successor to Joseph Smith:
What of Joseph Smith’s family? What of his boys? I have prayed from the beginning for sister Emma and for the whole family. There is not a man in this Church that has entertained better feelings towards them.
Joseph said to me, “God will take care of my children when I am taken.” They are in the hands of God, and when they make their appearance before this people, full of his power, there are none but what will say—’Amen! we are ready to receive you.’
“The brethren testify that brother Brigham is brother Joseph’s legal successor. You never heard me say so. I say that I am a good hand to keep the dogs and wolves out of the flock. I do not care a groat who rises up. I do not think anything about being Joseph’s successor.
Clearly, Brigham acknowledged that he was not Joseph’s legal successor.
As the years passed, Joseph’s sons became a non-issue with regard to ever presiding over the Utah Saints. During this time, the collective memory of the Utah saints regarding the succession crisis began to dim as Brigham became bolder in claiming the revelatory powers of a prophet. He eventually claimed that all of his sermons qualified as “scripture”:
“I say now, when they [his discourses] are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this Bible . . . ” 
“I know just as well what to teach this people and just what to say to them and what to do in order to bring them into the celestial kingdom . . . I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture. Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good Scripture as they deserve. The people have the oracles of God continually
“Wicked Miserable Men hold the Legal Lease”
The JST version of the scriptures inform us that in the end times, during the times of the Gentiles, God gives the “legal lease” of His vineyard over to men who have indeed been called of God and appointed. Nevertheless, these temporary stewards are characterized as “miserable wicked men” who will be destroyed when the Lord and His servants return to the vineyard for the last time and the legal lease will be given again to the profitable servants that will bring forth fruit:
“And when the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, he will destroy those miserable, wicked men, and will LET [LEASE] again his vineyard unto other husbandmen, even in the last days, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons.”
From Brigham Young to Thomas Monson we have a long line of apostles who have been called and appointed by God. They held the legal lease of the vineyard. These apostolic servants have assumed that their calling incorporates the right to organize and preside over the Lord’s Church and to officiate in the saving ordinances of the gospel.
But is that true?
Can that be documented in the scriptures and the history of the church?
Under the same apostolic authority that Brigham Young and his fellow apostles held, there has been a continuous succession of apostolic leaders that have presided over the church for the last four generations since the martyrdom of the prophet Joseph Smith.
The First Presidency of the Church and the quorum of the twelve constitute the 15 men apostles that preside over the modern corporate Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
All of these men appear to have been ordained by the same apostolic authority and mandate that God gave to the quorum of the twelve during Joseph Smith’s ministry.
But what exactly was the authority and commission that Brigham and the other apostles received?
Before we investigate the answer to that question, we need to visit a prophetic event that provides historical context.
Times, Time and the Dividing of Time
One of the most prophetically significant yet least understood events of the LDS restoration movement had to do with the literal fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi 16 wherein he foretold the taking of the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to the House of Israel after the restored gentile church rejects the fulness. In order to comprehend how this amazing prophetic event took place during Joseph’s ministry, we need to understand the fulfillment of another amazing prophecy.
It is not a coincidence that it was exactly 3 1/2 years to the day from the time the Melchizedek priesthood was restored at the Morley Farm, until the Lord declared that the leaders and members of the restored church were condemned resulting in the fulness of the gospel/priesthood being rejected. That prophetic 3 1/2 year time sequence is referred to in both the Book of Revelation and the Book of Daniel.
It is because of the rejection of the fulness that the elders of the restored church did not go forth for the last time preaching the gospel in power following the solemn assembly and anticipated endowment in the Kirtland Temple. Nevertheless, a little over a year after the bewildering disappointment that followed the solemn assembly, Joseph Smith made a startling declaration to the saints while they were in the midst of apostasy and turmoil.
In 1837 Joseph Smith announced that something new must be done for the salvation of the church:
“In this state of things, and but a few weeks before the Twelve were expecting to meet in full quorum, (some of them having been absent for some time), God revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of His Church. And on or about the first of June, 1837, Heber C. Kimball, one of the Twelve, was set apart by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, prayer and laying on of hands, of the First Presidency, to preside over a mission to England, to be the first foreign mission of the Church of Christ in the last days.” 
The “something new” that had to be done for the salvation of the church was different from the previous commission of going into the world with power and authority baptizing every creature. This new commission would be different.
The establishment of a foreign mission in England was the literal beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus Christ in 3rd Nephi 16.
“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… 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….I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.”
It is truly remarkable that after the Gentile church rejected the fulness of the Gospel in Kirtland in 1834, by rejecting the fulness of the priesthood and failing in their covenant of consecration, the Lord brought the fulness from among them and he began making preparations to have the “knowledge of the fulness of the gospel” taken to the House of Israel!
The nature of the authority of the quorum of the Twelve apostles who were to take the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to the House of Israel was clearly stated by the Lord in section 112:
“For verily I say unto you, the keys of the dispensation, which ye have received, have come down from the fathers, and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.”
What dispensation from the fathers?
The Lord was clearly making reference to the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that had previously taken place in the Kirtland Temple on April 3 1836. The “fathers” spoken of in the above passage clearly refer to Abraham and Moses who secretly visited Joseph and Oliver and gave them the priesthood keys from the Old Testament Fathers pertaining to latter day Israel.
This is the patriarchal priesthood authority by which the quorum of the twelve apostles were commissioned to take the knowledge of the fulness to the House of Israel.
This event represented the promise God made to Abraham, that he and his posterity would be a blessing to the nations of the world. How? By taking the knowledge of the fulness of the Gospel to them in preparation for the return of the Lord and his servants back into the vineyard.
In July of 1838 the Lord commanded the original members of the quorum of the twelve apostles who had “fallen” to be replaced with the following four Elders (who, along with the other members of the quorum that would eventually heed the call, were very possibly from the “House of Israel” rather than being classified among the believing “Gentiles”:
- John Taylor
- John E Page
- Wilford Woodruff
- Willard Richards
In this mind-blowing revelation the Lord gives a very singular and limited commission to the twelve apostles which surprisingly consists of two solitary things:
1- Promulgate (Publish) the fulness of the gospel
2- Bear record of the name of Christ
Please read the following revelation very carefully noting what priesthood gifts, power, authorities and mandates they were and were not given beginning in the spring of that year when they crossed the great waters:
“VERILY, thus saith the Lord: Let a conference be held immediately; let the Twelve be organized; and let men be appointed to supply the place of those who are fallen.
Let my servant Thomas remain for a season in the land of Zion, to publish my word.
Let the residue continue to preach from that hour, and if they will do this in all lowliness of heart, in meekness and humility, and long-suffering, I, the Lord, give unto them a promise that I will provide for their families; and an effectual door shall be opened for them, from henceforth.
And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name.
Let them take leave of my saints in the city of Far West, on the twenty-sixth day of April next, on the building-spot of my house, saith the Lord.
Let my servant John Taylor, and also my servant John E. Page, and also my servant Wilford Woodruff, and also my servant Willard Richards, be appointed to fill the places of those who have fallen, and be officially notified of their appointment.”
Again, here is the long list of priesthood gifts, power, authorities and mandates that this mission over the great waters would consist of:
1- Promulgate (Publish) the fulness of the gospel
2- Bear record of the name of Christ
Please notice that the word “promulgate” essentially means to “publish” and perhaps to a smaller degree, promote.
What is missing in the mandate is the commission to baptize, ordain, organize churches, expound the scriptures, preside, rule, judge, collect tithing money, or do anything else.
Absolutely nothing is mentioned about doing any of those things or administering the saving ordinances of the gospel.
The commission given in section 118 differs drastically from the commission that had been given to some of the members of that quorum of the twelve back in 1831, when the fulness of the gospel was on the earth, long before they had been called to the quorum of the Twelve.
At that time the fulness of the gospel had not yet been rejected and therefore, authority to officiate in the saving ordinances, speak scripture by the power of the Holy Ghost and witness of Christ rather than just of His name, was part of their commission and mandate:
” MY servant, Orson Hyde, was called by his ordination to proclaim the everlasting gospel, by the Spirit of the living God, from people to people, and from land to land, in the congregations of the wicked, in their synagogues, reasoning with and expounding all scriptures unto them.
And, behold, and lo, this is an ensample unto all those who were ordained unto this priesthood, whose mission is appointed unto them to go forth—
And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.
And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.
Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants.
Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.
This is the word of the Lord unto you, my servant Orson Hyde, and also unto my servant Luke Johnson, and unto my servant Lyman Johnson, and unto my servant William E. McLellin, and unto all the faithful elders of my church—
Go ye into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, acting in the authority which I have given you, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.
The difference between the commission and content in section 118 compared to section 68 is staggering.
Back in 1831 before the fulness had been rejected, the elders of the church had been commissioned to not just promulgate (publish) the fulness of the gospel, so that people could read about what the fulness is, but to actually preach it while moved upon by the Holy Ghost, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!
Back then, before the fulness had been rejected, the elders of the church were authorized to actually bear record of Jesus Christ, not just bear witness of the PUBLISHED NAME of Jesus Christ.
“..and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.”
Why were they allowed to witness of Jesus Christ instead of just his name?
Because the heavens were still open and there were those that were attempting to consecrate with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and therefore becoming sanctified and having the heavens opened. They were becoming literal witnesses of the resurrection of Christ!
If only they would have been faithful to the fulness and taken it the world in power while the Lord was near and the fulness was on the earth, Joseph would not have had to announce plan “B”, something “new”.
“Something new” had to be done now that the fulness had been rejected. It was going to need to provide nourishment (the word of God) to keep the roots of the tree alive for four generations until the fulness would return for the last time.
Seek Me While I Am NEAR
Once the fulness was rejected during the early Kirtland years and the heavens began to close, the apostate quorum of the Twelve could only be commissioned to witness of the name of Christ. This is why the Lord had encouraged the elders in 1832 to seek him while he was near:
“And again, verily I say unto you, my friends, I leave these sayings with you to ponder in your hearts, with this commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall call upon me while I am near—
Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
Why were the elders being admonished to call upon the Lord while he was near?
Because he was not always going to be near!
The limited commission given to the twelve apostles in section 118 of the D&C in July of 1838 is completely consistent with the prophecy of Christ in 3rd Nephi 16.
Only the “KNOWLEDGE” of the fulness of the gospel was to be taken to the House of Israel!
The “Little Season” of Chastisement and Learning
This is because God, with His infinite foreknowledge, knew that the church would be rejected with it’s dead shortly after section 124 would be given in Nauvoo, in 1841.
This is why God, following the rejection of the fulness by the saints, declared that the fulness of the gospel and the laws of Zion could not be lived for a “little season”. (in hindsight it is now apparent that the little season was to last for approximately four generations and that the little season is about to come to an end).
Since the church would be rejected as a church with its dead during the Nauvoo period, the saving ordinances of the gospel would no longer be administered.
It is important to realize that the saints were NOT being rejected by God, they were simply being rejected AS A CHURCH.
One of the main purposes of the Church is to ADMINISTER THE SAVING ORDINANCES OF THE GOSPEL.
The saints had lost the right to administer the saving ordinances of the gospel.
Nevertheless, God wanted the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to be taken to the House of Israel during this little season so that this knowledge could be studied during the little season and people could prepare their hearts and minds for the time when the gentiles and the house of Israel repent and the fulness is once again restored to the earth.
In 1833, (D&C 100) the Lord had declared that Zion would eventually be redeemed but that first, the children of Zion must be chastised for a little season.
“And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion. Zion shall be redeemed, although she is chastened for a little season.”
This same declaration was reiterated in section 103, in 1834
“VERILY I say unto you, my friends, behold, I will give unto you a revelation and commandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion;
Being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies, on whom I will pour out my wrath without measure in mine own time.
For I have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full;
And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.”
Notice in the above passage how the Lord was no longer calling it the Church of Christ, but rather acknowledging that it was the saints that were calling themselves by the name of Christ. (the name of Christ had been officially taken out of the name of the church in 1834 because of transgression)
During this “Little Season” we are to be “taught more perfectly”
Once again in 1834, (section 105) the Lord reiterates that because of transgression, the saints must wait for a “little season” before the redemption of Zion can take place however He reveals that during this little season, the saints are to be taught more perfectly and thereby prepare themselves for the great endowment that will yet take place:
“Therefore, in consequence of the transgressions of my people, it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion—
That they themselves may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more perfectly, and have experience, and know more perfectly concerning their duty, and the things which I require at their hands.
And this cannot be brought to pass until mine elders are endowed with power from on high.
For behold, I have prepared a great endowment and blessing to be poured out upon them, inasmuch as they are faithful and continue in humility before me.
Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion.”
Have you taken the word of God that has been published for you as seriously as you need to?
Have you prepared yourself by reading and believing God’s holy word?
Have you been taught more perfectly by God’s holy word or have you accepted the polluted doctrines and interpretations of the modern apostles that have not been commissioned to override, alter and discount the holy and infallible word of God?
There is Saving Power in the Word of God
When I tell people that the fulness of the gospel had completely been rejected by the end of 1834 and that the church was rejected with their dead by God in 1841 and that the heavens have been sealed for four generations since the martyrdom, they often ask me what the purpose of the four generations that we are living in, is. “Are we not just treading water with no real reason to be here?” is often the question people ask.
We are not just treading water until something important happens? Or at least we don’t need to be and shouldn’t be. We have the remarkable opportunity to read, study, search and ponder the word of God with the promise of receiving the manifestation of God’s spirit if we believe.
The reason God had Joseph and Sidney canonize the Lectures on Faith as the doctrine of the church after the fulness was rejected is so that we can study the doctrine of faith and the true nature of the Godhead while studying the Book of Mormon and modern revelation during the little season of chastisement and prepare ourselves for when the light shines forth for the last time.
I can tell you that I have experienced this power that comes through the written word. It is real. It is powerful. It makes it easy to detect high profile people that are deceived and those that are intentionally deceiving others. I can detect them by the false doctrine they teach.
It is because of the power within the written word of God, regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ, that the apostate quorum of the twelve apostles were given the limited commission of publishing the fulness of the gospel to the world!
The written word of God explaining the fulness of the gospel is POWERFUL and REVELATORY.
God promised back in 1829, before the church was even formally organized that:
“..whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit—” (Section 5 March 1829)
That unconditional promise from the almighty God was given about 3 months BEFORE the appearance of an angel to restore Aaronic priesthood authority and over two years before the fulness of the gospel was even restored!
That promise was available BEFORE the power and authority to provide all of the saving ordinances of the gospel were restored.
That promise has always been available to God’s children!
Have you been visited with the manifestation of the Spirit by reading and believing the words of Christ and the inspired words of His servants about the fulness of the gospel, as contained in the written word of God that has been promulgated for your spiritual benefit?
Many people have sacrificed so that God’s holy word could be published to the world so that you can prepare your heart and mind for the return of our Lord.
There is power in the word of God that opens the heavens with regard to being visited with the manifestation of God’s spirit. It leads to the true baptism of water and the spirit! If you believe on the words of Christ as contained in the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures, you will be visited with the manifestation of the Lord’s Spirit!!!
There are many readers of this blog that have been visited with the manifestation of the spirit and they know exactly what I am talking about. Perhaps there are readers of this post that have been touched by the passages of Gods Holy word in it and are experiencing the manifestation of the spirit as a result. If you have felt God’s spirit while reading passages of his holy word in this post, cling on to that spirit and continue reading God’s holy word. Go directly into the scriptures and become saturated in His holy word. Do not let go of the rod!
If you have been experiencing a crisis of faith it is because you have either not read and believed the scriptures that have been promulgated for your benefit, and therefore have not received the promised manifestation of the spirit, OR you have previously experienced the divine manifestation but have since turned your heart from the word of God and the accompanying manifestations of the spirit, and have allowed yourself to let go of the Iron Rod.
I implore you to please partake and continuously partake of the delicious fruit of the tree of life. Grab hold and keep hold of the Iron Rod. God has had his word published to the world so that YOU can be more perfectly taught prior to the return of His servants into the vineyard. The best thing you could do once you have tasted of the word of God is to spend most if not all of your reading time in the holy scriptures instead of reading opinions and interpretations of bloggers like me.
This is why God mandated the limited commission of the apostate quorum of the twelve apostles in 1838, in publishing the scriptures to the house of Israel. That commission was so profoundly critical to the welfare of the human race, despite the fact that the fulness had been rejected by the saints and the church had been rejected by God [as a CHURCH] !
God still loves his people and is preparing them for the final dispensation when the light shines forth among those of the apostate church that sit in darkness.
There is power in the written word of God!
The great test taking place during this little season of limited gospel light, is that when messengers of God publish and deliver the scriptures to a new convert, the message from the LDS messengers is packaged with falsehoods that contradict the words of Christ within the written word.
Just like Joseph Smith, Mormon missionaries will be known for good and evil. They do good by taking the published word of God to the nations and witnessing of the name of Christ. They do evil any time they say or do anything that contradicts the word of God that they are delivering. They do evil anytime they teach precepts of men and false doctrines that contradicts the written word of God. They do evil any time they direct people to trust in the arm of flesh instead of the holy and infallible word of God.
I still sweat bullets when I think back about my experience as a missionary in the Bible belt showing my investigators the flip chart picture of the presidency of the church and the quorum of the twelve apostles and telling people that those men have the exact same power and authority as Joseph Smith and Peter James and John.
On the one hand the messengers tell the convert that the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants is true. On the other hand, they tell them that Christs church is fully restored, that saving ordinances are available and that living prophets and apostles sit in judgment with the ability to alter, contradict and override what is in the written word of God.
Some converts remain true to the word of God in the published scriptures, while many converts migrate their faith from God’s word to the leaders of the institution that publish the scriptures.
Some people feel the spirit as they read the Book of Mormon and join the church but they quickly discard the message of the gospel and the power of the written word in favor of putting their trust in the “arm of flesh”.
There are actually some people who embrace the Book of Mormon without ever joining the modern, corporate, apostate church. These people seem to have the spiritual discernment to recognize that the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants witness against the wayward shepherds.
The LDS missionaries are doing a great work in sharing the Book of Mormon with people. This is an important work that needs to be done! It has been commissioned by God.
Sadly, some of these missionaries manipulatively use the word of God to direct the new converts faith towards supposed human priesthood authority. This is because they are instructed to do so by their leaders and ultimately, the apostolic brethren that have been called and appointed and sit in the seat of Moses.
Again, we see the insidious pattern of men who have been “called of God and appointed” and that “ make themselves… judges”.
How insidious is it when men who have only been called and ordained to publish God’s word and to witness of the name of Christ, make themselves the judges of those that desire to accept and follow Christ?
How serious of a sin is it when they organize churches and claim that they are the restored Church of Christ when in fact God rejected church back during Joseph’s ministry!
How serious is it for them to claim that they have the Melchizedek priesthood and try to perform the saving ordinances when they have no power in their priesthood and have not been commissioned to do so?
Recently Apostle Dallin H. Oaks and Assistant LDS Church Historian Richard E. Turley visited Boise Idaho to address the concerns that some of the Mormons in that area have.
The responses to those criticisms are quite interesting when viewed in light of the documentation provided in this post.
In a future post we may consider some of their responses in light of what God has said in His published word.
Perhaps in another later post we will then consider the significance of the non-institutional prophets that are rising up at this time, during the last generation spoken of in Matthew 24 who reject the literal word of God regarding the restoration of Zion in these last days.
 Matthew 7:15
 D&C 1:38-39
 D&C 118
 (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 8:69.)
 (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 264; see also p. 95).
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 (History of the Church, 2:489.)
 D&C 68
Have you ever wondered why it took nearly five years for David Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery to obey the commandment in section 18 to “search out the Twelve”?
Think about it.
Their apostolic ministry missed the time of the fulness.
In June of 1829 the Lord commanded them to call the Quorum of the Twelve. Yet they did not get round to doing it until February of 1835.
Do you think that was a coincidence?
Perhaps you may think that some of the those that were called to be part of the original quorum did not join the church until after the fulness was lost in 1834.
All of the original Twelve had joined the church between 1831 and 1833. They all could have been called during the time of the fulness.
Clearly, the Lord was going to use the Twelve to do a preliminary work prior to the Marvelous Work and a Wonder that is about to take place. He was going to use the Twelve to take the knowledge of the gospel to the House of Israel and in the process, this apostolic authority was going to secretly reestablish the House of David and the ancient Kingdom of Israel.
Below is a listing of the original Twelve and when they joined the church. Notice that this apostate quorum is continuously in rebellion leading up to and during those years that the Lord commissioned the taking of the gospel over the waters.
Marsh would leave the church shortly after the revelation the Lord gave him in section 112 and the commission was given in section 118, Luke and lyman Johnson and John F. Boynton had just previously apostatized, prior to section 118, over the failure of the Kirtland Safety Society along with William McLellin who had left the church for other reasons.
Thomas B Marsh 1830 (would leave the church October 1838- was excommunicated in 1839)
David W. Patten 1832 ( would die in battle of Crooked River after commission in Section 118 in October 1838 )
Brigham Young 1832
Heber C. Kimball 1832
Orson Hyde 1831
William McLellin 1831- fallen 1838
Parley P Pratt 1830
Luke Johnson 1831- fallen 1837-8
William Smith 1830
Orson Pratt 1830
John F. Boynton 1832- fallen 1837
Lyman Johnson 1831- fallen 1837-38
Interestingly, out of the four replace apostles, only one had joined the church at a later time.
John Taylor joined in 1836 He was born in England!
John E Page joined 1833
Wilford woodruff joined in 1833
Willard Richards 1836
The Lord never intended the work of the Twelve to take place during the 3 1/2 year period that the fulness was on the earth. He intended them to participate in the “something new” that would need to take place after the fulness was rejected.
Dont’ get me wrong. The original Twelve were given promises about participating in the great work during the 3rd watch. Those that are and will be faithful will have that opportunity. But first, the Lord used part of the original quorum and the four replacements to fulfill at least two ancient prophecies.
One of the truly mind-blowing historical tidbits that helps to demonstrate the difference between the dispensational powers at play between the calling of the apostles during the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham and the upcoming dispensation of the fulness of times, is the fact that an animal sacrifice had to take place in conjunction with the calling of Willard Richards to the apostleship
Here is the reminiscence of Wandle Mace regarding this event that took place in the Kirtland Temple in relation to the apostolic calling of Willard Richards:
“The Quorum of the Twelve had been filled, but of the number selected one–Willard Richards–was in England and Joseph was instructing those present of that Quorum how they must proceed to prepare themselves, that they might ordain Willard Richards to the Apostleship when they should reach that country. Joseph told them to go to Kirtland and cleanse and purify a certain room in the temple, that they must kill a lamb and offer a sacrifice unto the Lord which should prepare them to ordain Willard Richard a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Sidney made some remarks, when Joseph spoke with great power and spirit, said he, ‘I know the law’. To a remark made by Heber C. Kimball he said, ‘It will be the sweetest smelling savor you ever smelled.’ [Journal of Wandle Mace, typescript, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, pg. 32.]
Interestingly, there are some who suggest that Willard Richards may have had some involvement in the assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith as well as the questionable circumstances around the untimely death of Samuel Smith.