I am pleased to announce the Third Watch Project
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The purpose of the third watch project is to provide faith promoting resources for believers in Christ who have been imbued with the faith (or desire to be imbued with the faith) to take the scriptures literally. Taking the unconditional promises of the Lord seriously requires one to believe in miraculous events including, God raising people from the dead from previous generations and returning them to the vineyard to fulfill the unconditional promises and promises that God has made to them and about them.
It is hoped that the project will facilitate those who are preparing their hearts and minds to receive the fulness of the gospel when the light shines forth again. This event will take place when the first laborers of the last kingdom return to the Lord’s vineyard as per the allegory of the olive tree in Jacob 5 and the parable of the redemption of Zion in D&C 101.
I am of the belief that this prophetic event will take place in the near future and that we need to be preparing ourselves for this prophetic event by nourishing ourselves with the word of God which has largely been taken lightly by those that call themselves the Latter day Saints.
Solving the Prophet Puzzle
As part of the 3rd watch project I will be releasing a book called “Solving the Prophet Puzzle”
The Book has been created in part, by modifying selected blog posts from the threewatches and onewhoiswatching blogs.
It documents the fact that Joseph Smith’s public ministry represented the fulfillment of multiple ancient prophecies, one ancient prophecy after another, after another, after another and so on.
By providing the prophetic narrative and proper context behind all of the otherwise bizarre events that took place during the Latter day saint restoration movement, the hidden story line behind the public story line of church history emerges and everything begins to fall in place and make sense.
This book may be helpful to those who desire to believe in the latter day restoration movement, but are experiencing a crisis of faith due to the controversial events in church history.
The Book demonstrates that during the ministry of Joseph Smith, the New Testament church that had fled into the wilderness, briefly came out of the wilderness long enough for some very significant events to take place. After that, it fled back into the wilderness again.The book clearly documents the latter day apostasy of the restored church which fulfills the prophecy of Christ in 3 Nephi 16 which foretold how the Gentiles would reject the fulness of the gospel after having received it.
As mentioned in the last post, the saints of the restoration living during the ministry of the prophet Joseph Smith fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah 24:5.
They transgressed the law of the gospel given in Section 42 which includes the law of consecration and the law of monogamy.
They changed the ordinances given in Section 20
By transgressing the law and changing the ordinances, they broke the everlasting covenant,
The book documents how the fulness was restored to the earth for exactly 3 1/2 years as prophesied in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.
It also documents that Joseph Smith provided an intercession for the condemned church and how his intervention relates to the literal fulfillment of the Atonement Statute prophecy found in Leviticus 16. It shows that following the rejection of the fulness of the gospel by the condemned gentile church, God’s servant intervened at a critical time when the Lord was getting ready to hew down and cast the rebellious Gentile church and all other trees of the vineyard in to the fire as prophesied in the Allegory of the Olive Tree:
“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? But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer. And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer..” (Jacob 5:49-50)
Joseph fulfilled the above prophecy by providing an intercessory atonement offering in behalf of the believing Gentiles after they cumulatively rejected the fulness of the Gospel.
The book documents the Biblical profile of the prophet Joseph Smith, showing that he is the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy that Nathan the prophet gave to King David, contained in 2 Samuel 7. This prophecy foretold that the Davidic dynasty would be re-established in the latter days by a descendant of David, and that a succession of Davidic rulers would sit on the throne of David’s latter day kingdom from that point on, until the final king rules.
The events that took place during the LDS restoration movement are directly linked to the prophetic events that had taken place during Old Testament and New Testament times. Additionally, they are linked to the prophetic events that are taking place around us now. Understanding history is important in understanding prophecy and visa versa. It appears as if it was 160 years (four Biblical generations of time) between the rejection of the church with it’s dead, and the falling of the twin towers on September 11th 2001. If so, this is not a coincidence.
The Secret History of Mormonism
The third watch project also incorporates a series of youtube presentations that address the secret history of Mormonism. This series attempts to provide the true context behind the otherwise seemingly bizarre historical events that took place during Joseph Smith’s 15 1/2 year public ministry. It does this by providing the prophetic narrative in which these events took place.
More on the book, Solving the Prophet Puzzle, and the youtube series on the secret history of Mormonism later in this post-
Another Primer on How Zion will be Redeemed
The Lord has promised that prior to his final coming in glory, He would send his angels to gather His elect
“And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” JST Matt 1:37
A remnant of the elect must be gathered and consecrated before the Lord returns in secret. Eventually they will be caught up into the cloud to meet the Lord at his final coming in glory and return with him while the wrath of God falls upon the wicked and unbelieving and cleanses the earth.
Those who take the unconditional promises and prophecies in the Doctrine and Covenants lightly will not know who the angelic servants are when they return and they will reject the warning voice when it is presented to them.
Those that take the unconditional promises and prophecies in modern revelation literally, will understand who the angels are that return to the earth to gather the elect. They will understand that every single unconditional prophecy in the D&C will come to pass, necessitating the return of God’s servants from the dead.
Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
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. (D&C 1:37-39)
They understand that God’s holy and infallible word never returns to Him void.
For as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my words cannot return void, for as they go forth out of my mouth they must be fulfilled. (Moses 4:30)
Praise God Almighty that we worship a God that has all time, past present and future, continually before His eyes, and He has all knowledge and power. He never makes unconditional promises that fail to come to pass unless he has revoked them!
Men and Angels are to be co-workers
We have been informed that the great last work will be the work of the Father and yet, he will employ those living at this time along with His angels that will be returning to gather the elect:
“Men and angels are to be co-workers in bringing to pass this great work: and a Zion is to be prepared; even a New Jerusalem, for the elect that are to be gathered from the four quarters of the earth, and to be established an holy city: for the tabernacle of the Lord shall be with them.” (http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/letter-to-the-elders-of-the-church-16-november-1835)
The Third Watch Project is my imperfect attempt to encourage people to dig deeper into the scriptures and take the promises and prophecies contained therein seriously and literally. By doing so, people can better prepare themselves for the great things that are about to take place. Those who are contracting the spirit of watching and that desire to make a contribution to this effort are invited to do so.
Woe unto those that take the word of God lightly
The Lord has warned the saints not to take His word lightly. He has warned that taking his word lightly brings a person under condemnation:
54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. (D&C 84:54-56)
The Lord foretold that Joseph Smith would be taken out of the midst of the people and that he would take the keys of the kingdom with him, however, the Lord declared that the oracles the Joseph was instrumental in bringing forth would remain with the church. He warned however that those that take the oracles as a “light thing” would be brought under condemnation”
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 90:3-5)
Sadly, the modern corporate church has conditioned people to give lip service to the oracles as they carry them back and forth from church, without taking them seriously and literally. They allow the precepts of men contained in the correlated teachings of the modern day “prophets” to take precedence over God’s holy and infallible word in the scriptures.
Nevertheless, there is a spiritual awakening taking place right now in preparation for the great work. There is a small remnant in and out of the church that believes on the words of Christ and are therefore being visited by the manifestation of his spirit:
“..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— (D&C 5:16)
As the light of the fulness of the Gospel returns to the earth, a great literal physical division and theological polarization will begin to take place as foretold in the book of Mormon.
“And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the house of Israel; and thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish.
Therefore, wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts against the Lamb of God.
For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other—either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken. (1 Nephi 14:5-7)
I believe we are entering into a time of great deception which is calculated to confuse and derail those that believe in Christ and prevent them from properly nourishing themselves with the word of God. It is devised by the cunning one to prevent them from watching for the restoration of the fulness and the return of the true servants of God back into the Lord’s vineyard. Again, those that treasure up the word of God shall not be deceived and shall be gathered by his angels.
And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. JST Matt 1:37
It is my hope that the third watch project will encourage and facilitate people of faith in searching and treasuring up the word of God and in preparing them for the return of God’s servants.
Those believers in Christ who take the scriptures lightly and dismiss the unconditional promises and prophecies in the Doctrine and Covenants are left to follow the false prophets that Christ has warned us about. These false servants of the Lord reject the literal promises the Lord has given us regarding the redemption of Zion in power. They disregard the literalness of the prophetic promises of how the kingdom will be brought forth in power. These false prophets always present a false, alternative view of how Zion will be redeemed which is contrary to scripture.
Some reveal their own innovative doctrines regarding the false spiritual wife- celestial polygamy practice.
Some change the ordinances and authority to perform ordinances even more than the modern corporate church has.
Some claim to speak to God and obtain their calling and election during the little season during which the heavens have been sealed for such higher manifestations and spiritual blessings.
Some claim to bring forth the anticipated sealed portion of the scriptures.
Some claim that the appointed places of gathering are no longer valid and that other places of gathering can be acceptable
Some attempt to “steady the ark” by creating their own movements to redeem Zion without a commission from God.
The First Laborers of the Last Kingdom
Modern revelation refers to those that will return as God’s angels to gather the elect, as the first laborers in the last kingdom.
In September of 1830 the Lord identified seven men who would be instrumental in bringing about the gathering of His people when the great work begins:
“7 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
8 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.
9 For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe; and all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth; (D&C 29:7-9)
All seven of the men referenced in the above promise from the Lord have long since died before gathering the elect and preparing their hearts against the day of tribulation and desolation.
The above declaration does not represent a failed prophecy.
It will come to pass as surely as there is a God in Heaven.
Those seven shepherds are mentioned numerous times in ancient prophecies. They will fulfill their callings as prophesied by the ancient prophets and by the holy and infallible word of God.
In December of 1832, during the 3 1/2 year period that the fulness was on the earth, the Lord commanded these first laborers of the last kingdom to tarry in Kirtland while those that they had warned were to ponder the warning for a little season:
“Tarry ye, tarry ye in this place, and call a solemn assembly, even of those who are the first laborers in this last kingdom. And let those whom they have warned in their traveling call on the Lord, and ponder the warning in their hearts which they have received, for a little season.” D&C 88:70-71
“When I will”
It was during a solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple that the first laborers were to assemble, organize and sanctify themselves to go forth for the last time in POWER. The phrase “when I will” cryptically makes specific reference to the appointed time of the redemption of Zion as documented in the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101:
“And I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean;
That I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation; that I may fulfil this promise, this great and last promise, which I have made unto you, WHEN I WILL.” (D&C 88:74-75)
Those who seriously desire to be gathered when the appointed time arrives need to take the parable of the redemption of Zion seriously for it is an unconditional prophecy that provides the general narrative of how Zion will be redeemed. God repeatedly made reference to its future fulfillment even after the failed attempt of Zion’s camp took place.
It speaks of the return of God’s servant, the gathering of the strength of God’s house, and a military strike that will result in the redemption of the land of Zion:
“Behold, I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men, and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen;” (D&C 101:16)
In section 88 the word of the Lord is telling us that the final going forth of the servants of God in power will not take place until the appointed time of the Lord.
Notice the wording at the end of the parable of the redemption of Zion when God’s servant, Joseph Smith, asks the Lord of the vineyard when the parable of the redemption of Zion will be fulfilled:
“And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.
Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.
And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.
And the servant said unto his lord: When shall these things be?
And he said unto his servant: WHE I WILL..” D&C 101:56-60
As you can see, section 88:75 quotes section 101:60…”WHEN I WILL”
This amazing event will take place according to God’s appointed time.
The Solemn Assembly
When the time for the solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple arrived, Joseph Smith told the various quorums in the church that the appointed time had come for them to go forth into all the world for the last time preaching the gospel in power.
“While waiting, I made the following remarks: that the time that we were required to tarry in Kirtland to be endowed, would be fulfilled in a few days, and then the Elders would go forth… and preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.. This I delivered by way of commandment..”
Joseph Smith then assured his brethren that the redemption of Zion was to be part of this last missionary endeavor:
“The Seventies are at liberty to go to Zion if they please, or go wheresoever they will, and preach the Gospel; and let the redemption of Zion be our object..”
“The Strength of the Lords House”
He then made reference to the sending forth of the “strength of the Lord’s House” to become avenged of their enemies and sealed the covenant with a hosanna and amen:
“..and strive to effect it by sending up all the strength of the Lord’s House, wherever we find them; and I want to enter into the following covenant, that if any more of our brethren are slain or driven from their lands in Missouri, by the mob, we will give ourselves no rest, until we are avenged of our enemies to the uttermost. This covenant was sealed unanimously, with a hosanna and an amen…”
“avenge me of mine enemies”
The above declarations made specific reference to the parable of the redemption of Zion given in section 101 of the Doctrine and Covenants wherein the Lord had explained in an unconditional prophecy how Zion would be redeemed. The parable promises that Joseph Smith and his faithful brethren will return and gather up the strength of God’s house and avenge the Lord of His enemies:
“And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.”
“when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you”
The history of the church clearly documents the fact that the anticipated final missionary endeavor did not take place as expected following the solemn assembly.
Why is this?
The Lord informs us that he can command and revoke his commands.
“Behold, I, the Lord, command; and he that will not obey shall be cut off in mine own due time, after I have commanded and the commandment is broken.
4 Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord.”
Clearly the Lord had commanded the first elders to go forth in power for the last time after the solemn assembly through the prophet Joseph Smith, and then he revoked his commandment. Either that, or Joseph simply misinterpreted the time of the event.
The Lord had foreseen everything that took place in Kirtland and He foresaw that the Gentile church would stumble. Because of this, the Lord had previously foretold that His servants would once again return and complete their prophetic assignments at a later time.
The Lord’s commission to the first laborers of the last kingdom in section 88 commands them to prepare themselves and teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. It reveals that they would be “sent again“( in the 3rd and final watch) to fulfill their stewardships after the little season of chastisement and learning:
” Also, I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth. And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand; Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—
That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you. D&C 88:76-80
“To go forth among the Gentiles for the last time”
The scriptures reveal the marvelous work is ushered in by the gentiles of the restored church many generations after the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, after they repent. It is because of this that the first laborers of the last kingdom who were identified among the Gentiles must return to the earth according to the parable of the redemption of Zion and go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, gathering in as many Gentiles as will repent who are among the “strength of the Lord’s house“:
” Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry to go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lord shall name, to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come;
That their souls may escape the wrath of God, the desolation of abomination which awaits the wicked, both in this world and in the world to come. Verily, I say unto you, let those who are not the first elders continue in the vineyard until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, for their time is not yet come; their garments are not clean from the blood of this generation.” D&C 84-85
As you can see, even though there was an appointed time for receiving the anticipated endowment in the solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple, and Joseph Smith and the saints expected to go forth in power following that endowment to gather the elect and redeem Zion, it did not take place as expected.
NOTHING HAPPENED FOLLOWING THE SOLEMN ASSEMBLY.
The first elders of the last kingdom did not go forth in power for the last time as anticipated.
Indeed the church went into a holding pattern directly after the solemn assembly and no major missionary work took place as anticipated. The Lord’s servants did not go forth in power and gather up the strength of God’s house as expected.
Something New Must be Done
After about a year and a half after the solemn assembly, Joseph would announce that the Lord had revealed to him that “something new must be done for the salvation of the church“.
Following that declaration, foreign missions were established by the quorum of the twelve apostles who had been placed under condemnation by the Lord. That would begin an interim missionary work that did not involve the strength of God’s house going forth in power for the last time.
The new interim missionary work would fulfill the prophecy given by Christ in 3rd Nephi 16. In that prophecy He prophesied saying that after the Gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel, the KNOWLEDGE of the gospel would be taken to the House of Israel. The converts to the church flowing into Nauvoo from across the “great waters,” as a result of this interim missionary endeavor, represented the “house of Israel” spoken of by Christ that were receiving the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the gospel.
The Failed Attempt of Zions Camp
Prior to the interim missionary work and the solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple, the saints had attempted to fulfill the parable of the redemption of Zion. This military expedition was called Zions Camp. During this attempt, the Lord gave two very important revelations. The first is contained in Section 105. The second revelation was not canonized and it has largely been kept secret because it testifies that the parable of the redemption of Zion will still literally be fulfilled in the future and the strength of God’s house will be gathered and will redeem Zion and avenge the Lord of his enemies.
In section 105 the Lord explained to the elders of the Zion’s camp expedition that “Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself. And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience”
A Little Season of Learning
The Lord was informing the elders in the Zion’s Camp expedition that their current military endeavor was being called off and that it was not time for the parable of the redemption of Zion to take place. The saints at that time and their posterity must first wait a “little season” during which time they must all be taught more perfectly:
“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.” D&C 105:9-13
The Destroyer I have sent forth
In this revelation the Lord informs the saints that He had sent forth the destroyer to lay waste His enemies:
“..the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.”
The Lord once again makes reference to the parable of the redemption of Zion and verifies for the second time in scripture that Joseph Smith is the servant of the Lord mentioned in the parable. He promises an endowment to those that remain faithful:
Behold, I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men, and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen;
But the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words.
But inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful. (D&C 105: 16-18)
The Lord declares that he has heard the prayers of the leading brethren and that he will “accept” their “offering“. It is because of this intercessory acceptable offering that the destroyer that had been sent forth would be stopped for a little season.
I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith. (D&C 105: 19)
The Destroyer is rebuked
Malachi speaks prophetically of the Kirtland dilemma and of how the Lord intercedes and prevents the destroyer/devourer from going forth after it has been sent forth. This happens at that time because of the intercession brought about by the acceptable offering. He notes that instead of the pending doom and destruction, America would continue on and become envied by the nations who will call her “blessed” because she is a “delightsome land”.
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. “Mal 3:11-12
Indeed, within a very short time the message of doom coming from Joseph Smith dissipates and life in America goes on for four generations of time, unmolested by the destroyer. During this little season, America becomes one of the great nations of the earth. All of the other nations acknowledge the delightsome land of America and how blessed she is.
I will soften the hearts of the people
The Lord promises the saints that during the little season He will soften the hearts of the people so that a remnant of believers will be able to nourish themselves on the word of God and thusly prepare themselves so that Joseph Smith and the leading elders (first laborers of the last kingdom) will have a group of believing and willing recipients to visit when the Marvelous Work begins and they can have time to gather up the “strength of mine house”
27 And I will soften the hearts of the people, as I did the heart of Pharaoh, from time to time, until my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and mine elders, whom I have appointed, shall have time to gather up the strength of my house,
The Lord once again refers to the eventual literal fulfillment of the parable of the redemption of Zion:
I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possession of their own lands, which they have previously purchased with their moneys, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies that may be upon them, and scattering their watchmen, and avenging me of mine enemies unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
The Lord informs the saints that before His army goes forth to throw down the towers of the enemies, it must become very great and must become sanctified:
But first let my army become very great, and let it be sanctified before me, that it may become fair as the sun, and clear as the moon, and that her banners may be terrible unto all nations;
That the kingdoms of this world may be constrained to acknowledge that the kingdom of Zion is in very deed the kingdom of our God and his Christ; therefore, let us become subject unto her laws.
The Lord once again reiterates that the first elders of the last kingdom still needed to receive their endowment in the Kirtland Temple before they could go forth in the supernatural power that had been proclaimed by the holy and infallible word of God
Verily I say unto you, it is expedient in me that the first elders of my church should receive their endowment from on high in my house, which I have commanded to be built unto my name in the land of Kirtland.
The Lord then reveals a great secret. The commandments concerning Zion and her law would be executed and fulfilled AFTER her redemption:
“And let those commandments which I have given concerning Zion and her law be executed and fulfilled, after her redemption.”
The Lord then acknowledges that there has been a day of calling, referring to the high priests that had been called beginning at the special conference at the Morley Farm. However many of those that had been called, had not been “Chosen” and therefore had not been faithful. Now it was time for the day of “choosing”. The Lord commands Joseph Smith to identify those that were “worthy” to be “chosen”.
35 There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy.
36 And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosen; and they shall be sanctified;
37 And inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion.
A Secret Revelation during Zions Camp
As previously alluded to, on the following day, after receiving the revelation known as section 105, Joseph Smith fulfilled the above commandment to reveal, by the voice of the spirit, those that were chosen. At that time he identified 15 of the high priests that had been expelled from Jackson County as those who were being called AND Chosen. The following nine were among the original 23 high priests called in June of 1831
- Simeon Carter
- John Corrill
- Solomon Hancock
- Thomas B. Marsh
- Issac Morley
- Edward Partrige
- Parley P Pratt
- John Whitmer
- Lyman Wight
The following 6 had not been among the original High Priests called at the Morley Farm
- WW. Phelps
- David Whitmer
- Sidney Gilbert
- Peter Whitmer
- Newell Knight
- Christian Whitmer
In the revelation, most of those 15 high priests were promised that at the appointed time, they would be instrumental in gathering up the strength of the Lords house. That term is taken directly from the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101, reminding the saints once again that, despite the current failure of the Zion’s Camp expedition to fulfill the parable, the parable would eventually be literally fulfilled because God’s unconditional promises do not return to Him void.
Here is an example of one of the promises given to one of the 15 men which mirrors the promises given to most of them. The recipient was Isaac Morley. According to the Kirtland Record book:
Isaac Morley is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment with power from on high & assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and preach the Gospel.
That promise to Isaac Morley and others of the 15 high priests that were now “called and chosen“, provides yet another reassurance from God that the parable of the redemption of Zion and the gathering up of the strength of the Lords house was still going to take place in the future at the appointed time!
This amazing revelation identifying the 15 high priests from Zion is very seldom if ever spoken of by LDS scholars and is rarely mentioned in church publications because many latter day saints and their leaders do not take the unconditional promises and prophecies of the Lord in modern revelation literally and do not believe in the literal fulfillment of the parable of the redemption of Zion. Astounding revelations such as that one have been largely expunged from the sanitized history of the church.
The purpose of the 3rd watch project is to facilitate those who trust in the holy and infallible word of God, to prepare for the restoration of the fulness of the gospel, the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times and the return of the Lord and His servants.
The Lord’s people must be gathered and consecrated BEFORE the Lord of the vineyard returns in secret for the third and final time.
When the 3d watch spoken of in JST Luke 12, begins and the servants return, they will redeem Zion as detailed in Section 101 and 103.
When they return, a light will shine forth among those that sit in darkness (See D&C 45: 28-29) but those that sit in darkness will not receive the light because of the precepts of men.
The servants will gather out the elect and seal up the wicked as detailed in sections 1, 109, and 133 and other revelations.
The Voice of Warning
The Voice of warning will be sent forth by the servants of God as detailed in perfect clarity in section one of the Doctrine and Covenants:
1 HEARKEN, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together.
2 For verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated.
3 And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.
4 And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.
5 And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.
6 Behold, this is mine authority, and the authority of my servants, and my preface unto the book of my commandments, which I have given them to publish unto you, O inhabitants of the earth.
7 Wherefore, fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have decreed in them shall be fulfilled.
8 And verily I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, to them is power given to seal both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious;
9 Yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure—
10 Unto the day when the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.
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.
The above passages should be read and studied over and over and over. They are about to be fulfilled.
They inform us that the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of God’s disciples, who He has chosen in these last days. When God’s servants go forth for the last time, no power will stay them. The servants of the Lord that go forth for the last time are the same servants that published the commandments in the Book of Commandments and Doctrine and Covenants D&C 1:4-6) as well as their associates who have been given unconditional commissions and commandments.
Section 109 informs us that the servants that go forth for the last time have had the “testimony of the covenant” placed upon them before they go forth in power.
It informs us that they will “seal up the law” and “prepare the hearts of the saints” for the “judgments” that will be sent.
It informs us that God’s servants will enter each city and gather out the righteous. God will not allow the judgments to fall upon the city until a sufficient time is provided for the elect to gather out.
Put upon thy servants the testimony of the covenant, that when they go out and proclaim thy word they may seal up the law, and prepare the hearts of thy saints for all those judgments thou art about to send, in thy wrath, upon the inhabitants of the earth, because of their transgressions, that thy people may not faint in the day of trouble.
39 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive their testimony, let thy peace and thy salvation be upon that city; that they may gather out of that city the righteous, that they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting joy;
40 And until this be accomplished, let not thy judgments fall upon that city.
41 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive not the testimony of thy servants, and thy servants warn them to save themselves from this untoward generation, let it be upon that city according to that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of thy prophets.
Will you be prayerfully awaiting the arrival of these servants that are identified in God’s unconditional prophecies? Will you know who they are and obey their counsel based on having treasured up the word of God and by taking the Holy Spirit as your guide?
Will you be following a false prophet into the wilderness to meet Christ or to build a temple, or believe them when they tell you that Christ is in the secret chambers?
Section 84 informs us that the servants will reprove the world for their unrighteous deeds when they return. Perhaps the scolding given will not be politically correct and may offend the sensitivities of the worldly.
Interestingly, these angelic messengers will require food, clothing and money. (D&C 84:89-91) It may be because they are returned in the flesh as mortals or it may just be to test how willing the hearts of those who claim to be believers are to give of their means during a financially troubling time.
The voice of warning will declare that “desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things“.
When the “servants, go.. forth” they will visit the “great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days.”
The Lord will use these servants to “rend” the “kingdoms” of the world in fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel stating that the stone that goes forth will smash all of the worldly kingdoms.
Behold, I send you out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a judgment which is to come.
88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.
89 Whoso receiveth you receiveth me; and the same will feed you, and clothe you, and give you money.
90 And he who feeds you, or clothes you, or gives you money, shall in nowise lose his reward.
91 And he that doeth not these things is not my disciple; by this you may know my disciples.
92 He that receiveth you not, go away from him alone by yourselves, and cleanse your feet even with water, pure water, whether in heat or in cold, and bear testimony of it unto your Father which is in heaven, and return not again unto that man.
93 And in whatsoever village or city ye enter, do likewise.
94 Nevertheless, search diligently and spare not; and wo unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony concerning me.
95 Wo, I say again, unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony of me;
96 For I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, to scourge them for their wickedness.
97 And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness—
Nevertheless, let the bishop go unto the city of New York, also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those cities with the sound of the gospel, with a loud voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.
115 For if they do reject these things the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them desolate.
116 Let him trust in me and he shall not be confounded; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.
117 And verily I say unto you, the rest of my servants, go ye forth as your circumstances shall permit, in your several callings, unto the great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days.
118 For, with you saith the Lord Almighty, I will rend their kingdoms; I will not only shake the earth, but the starry heavens shall tremble.
119 For I, the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the powers of heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a little while and ye shall see it, and know that I am, and that I will come and reign with my people.
120 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.
“when ye shall see these things come among you “
A Book of Mormon prophet, speaking to those of us living on the earth at this time, prophesied that a secret combination would “get above you” and “be among you“. He is speaking to the believing Gentiles. This warning is all encompassing. It means that the combination would infiltrate the leadership of the restored church as well as the leadership of the nation.
22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning. (Ether 8:22-25)
The fact that there is a secret society that has infiltrated virtually every organization in this world has been covered in previous posts. The modern corporate church is doing the tango with Babylon and will unconditionally submit to the government and encourage the membership to do whatever the government tells them to do.
“when the Assyrian shall come into our land”
When Christ paraphrased passages from a prophecy in Micah in 3 Nephi 16, He was directing us to the significance of the entire prophetic book of Micah. That means that we would do well to read the entire Book of Micah to get additional prophetic information not only about the LDS restoration movement but also about the end times that we are living in.
Although Christ references the prophecies of Micah and speaks of the remnant of Jacob that would go forth among the gentiles as a lion among the beasts, there is much more to be gleaned from the prophecies of Micah that we would do well to study. Micah prophesied about the ruler in Israel that emerges at the time of the invasion of America:
1 NOW gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2 But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 ¶ And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
“The Assyrian shall come into our land” That prophecy is speaking about the invasion of America.
At that time the ruler in Israel shall emerge “out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel”
We are informed that at that time, when “she which travaileth hath brought forth..” “.. the remnant of his brethren will return unto the children of Israel”
“This man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land”
Two or three decades ago it would have been preposterous to suggest that a foreign army could successfully invade America. I am going to suggest that it is no longer preposterous, rather it is a forgone conclusion. Indeed the invasion is well under way through the process of infiltration.
The reason a foreign army will be successful against the unbelieving inhabitants of America is because a secret combination has long since infiltrated this nation through covert means and has already allowed countless foreigners to relocate into this country, preparing for a complete take over without force if possible and ultimately a military takeover if necessary.
We have been overcome through infiltration.
The Invasion of America Has Already Begun to Take Place
a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy
“infiltration instead of invasion”
Notice the profound observations and warning given to this nation by President Kennedy when he spoke to the American Newspaper Publishers Association about a global secret society:
“For we are opposed from around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence. On infiltration instead of invasion. On subversion instead of elections. On intimidation instead of free choice. On guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its descent is silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”
Shortly after that amazing speech President Kennedy was assassinated by traitors that were part of the very secret society that he was warning the nation about.
Americans in the know are now more fearful of being invaded by foreign troops led by the American Government and the UN than of being invaded by a sovereign nation, and with good reason
The hopeful thing about the prophecy in the the Book of Ether chapter 8 is that it reveals that at this time, even though a secret society has infiltrated this nation and has set in order a process of invasion built upon the foundation of infiltration that seems overwhelmingly unstoppable, a great awakening is going to take place among the sleeping virgins and God’s work will go forth in power.
“Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation” (Either 8:24)
The awakening of the sleeping virgins is both literal, with regard to those first laborers of the last kingdom rising up from the sleepy dust to gather the elect, and also typological, referring to those of us living who have been in a deep spiritual slumber.
God will gather His elect in the midst of the pending war and chaos that is at our doors. This is confirmed in Section 29 and other places. While the modern corporate church teaches that the doctrine of the literal gathering is no longer applicable and that everyone is safe in the stakes in which they live, we know that the holy and infallible word of God is true and that a literal gathering will take place.
It is time to wake up from the deep spiritual slumber that we have been in. We need to throw off the spiritual shackles created by accepting the precepts of men that we have been indoctrinated with, and be nourished by the word of God in the oracles that have been left with the church. While a small group of believers will gathered out from among the tares, the vast majority of those living on this land will be destroyed if they do not repent. The book of Mormon informs us that God will not allow the wicked to encumber his covenant Abrahamic land of America once they become ripe in iniquity. The wicked will be destroyed.
The Secret History of Mormonism
The video series I will be doing will provide a prophetic look at the history of the LDS restoration movement. It will provide a very different contextual understanding of all of the controversial events based on the true prophetic narrative that was taking place.
The video below is part one of an ongoing series that I hope to be producing. It is an overview of the public ministry of Joseph Smith and some of the topics that will be covered later in greater detail. Other installments will follow that will provide greater details of various events within the early history of the church and how they related to previous prophetic events and prophecies yet to take place. I apologize for the nasty cough I had during the presentation, Old Scratch is trying to kill me. LOL
The purpose of the timeline graphic and associated listings of events, is to help the student of the gospel get a better chronological understanding of how the events of the LDS restoration all fit together and how they all make sense once the prophetic narratives and proper context is understood. In the video I use a detailed timeline of Joseph Smith’s public ministry that can be zoomed in and out of when viewed in Windows Photo Viewer. Anyone who would like a copy of this detailed pdf can email me to get their own free copy to facilitate them in studying the history of early Mormonism.
[ I just discovered an erroneous date that needs to be corrected when my graphic artist returns from vacation. It will be several days before the graphic is sent to those of you that request it]
Part One of The Secret History of Mormonism
Solving the Prophet Puzzle
The first copies of the book have been printed and are being reviewed by Mrs Watcher and myself. I hope to release it to the general public sometime in late September to late October.
Participate in my Peer Review
Those who would be interested in participating in a peer review of the book prior to that public release, are invited to purchase a preliminary hard copy version of it and to make observations and suggestions. I am interested in getting feedback on anything from spelling and punctuation, to clarity of the concepts discussed, to challenges regarding interpretation of doctrine, historical events and prophecy. All I ask of those on the peer review is that they back up any critiques with scriptural and historical documentation instead of unsubstantiated feelings and opinions. All feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Within the next week or two the book should be ready to order, for those who participate on the peer review. I hope to be providing a link and pass code in this post for ordering the preliminary version of the book. Those that would like to be notified when the preliminary book is available are welcome to email me and I will notify you.
[In the above video I said that the preliminary book was now available. I got a little ahead of myself on that. I apologize for that and hope to have it available within a short period of time.]
The main purpose of the book is to stimulate thought and drive people deeper into searching the scriptures as they prepare for the amazing events that are about to take place.
If you cannot afford to purchase the book, you can basically get most of the information by reading my past posts on the two blogs or listening to the free youtube series on the secret history of Mormonism. If you have a burning desire to read the hard copy of the book but cannot afford it, you can email me with your name and address and I will be providing loaner copies of the book to the extent that I can accumulate funding to do so.
Summary of the Secret History of Mormonism