For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

For general listing of all posts on both sites with brief description click here

This is the sister site of www.threewatches.blogspot.com

It contains deep doctrine pertaining to the LDS Restoration Movement and the Restored Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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

The content provided herein is for those who have been weaned from the breast and yearn for the meat. Those not prepared for the meat can choke on it.

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

If you make it that far and still want more information to read, this blog would be next.

If you cheat and read the information in this site first, you risk getting a big, ugly wart on the end of your nose and you will only be cheating yourself. The content in this blog will make much more sense and be much more meaningful if you lay the proper foundation first.

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

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

Watcher

misc articles

The Bridegroom Tarried…

Seven Shepherds and an Angel

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement

Why have ye transfigured the Holy Word of God?

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine

We have found the Messias!

The Fulness of the Father

When the Floods come and the Winds Blow and the Rains Descend
Watching for the signs in the heavens

A Second Look at the Ten Virgins
Analysing the literal meaning and time frame of the Parable of the Ten Virgins

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests-

Part 1- Lyman Wight Sees the Father and the Son

Part 2 The Man of Sin is Revealed

Part 3- Melchizedek Priesthood required to Establish Zion

Part 4- The Highest Priesthood makes you a Possessor of All Things

Part 5- Patriarchal Priesthood Administers New and Everlasting Covenant

Part 6- The Transfiguration of Lyman Wight

Part 7- True Oath & Covenant found in True Manner of Baptism

Part 8- The Gospel of Abraham and Patriarchal Polygamy

Part 9- Three Orders of Priesthood

Part 10- Three Distinct Churches Representing Three Distinct Gospel Laws

Baneemy- The Wild Ram of the Mountains
A look at one of the most amazing personalities of the LDS Restoration Movement

The Law of Adoption and the Sealing Principles
How did the Law of Adoption and Sealing Principles evolved into “Families are Forever”?

Black and White Robes- Part One
Ancient prophesies warn that latter day Israel would be seduced into a false covenant

Black and White Robes Part Two
Ancient prophesies warn that a breach will take place between God and his people

Black and White Robes Final

“I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God”
Was it only the righteous in the pre-existent war in heaven that came to earth to go through moral probation?

BECOME ye therefore perfect? OR BE ye therefore perfect?
Did Christ really mean what he said when he commanded us to BE perfect instead of to BECOME perfect?

“I WILL TELL YOU IN YOUR MIND AND IN YOUR HEART”
How do we avoid being decieved? Intellectual knowledge? Warm fuzzy feelings? Or searching the word of God so the Holy Spirit can teach us through mind and our heart?

The Fulness of the Father
The doctrine of oneness and the Celestial Cloning of the Gods

“Bring AGAIN Zion”
Why is it that the Nephite Zion was not translated and caught up into heaven like the city of Enoch? Is it that they still have a mission to fulfill here on earth?

Peace and Safety
Right before the sudden destruction people will be saying “Pease and Safety”

The Return of Sidney Rigdon, God’s Spokesman- Part Four
Fourth and final part

The Unrestrained Ponderings and Pontifications of a Heretic
The mystical Union of the Sexes-Composite Beings- The Abrahamic Priesthood-

The Spiritual Wife Doctrine
The Celestial Law of Consecration requires the Holy Principle of Marital Monogamy


Part 3 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period Two

August 25, 2015

 

The second period of Joseph Smith’s public ministry covers the 3 1/2 years that the fulness of the gospel was on the earth from June 5 1831 to December 5 1834.

During this time, Joseph Smith and others became sanctified and Joseph had his calling and election made sure, enabling him to offer an intercessory atonement offering for latter day Israel.

Ultimately, the Saints of the latter day restoration rejected the fulness of the gospel as per the prophecy of Jesus Christ in 3 Nephi 16, however, the intercessory atonement offering delayed the judgments of God until the 3rd watch and enables the final restoration of the fulness to take place after a “little season” of chastisement and learning.

Here is part three of the youtube series, The Secret History of Mormonism

This part of the series will make much more sense to you if you have watched the first two parts of the series.
Part One
Part Two

In this presentation I lament that I have not done more posts about how to use keyword searches to better understand doctrine during my nearly seven years of blogging. In the latest post by onewhoissearching he does a magnificent job of using scripture searching software to get to the bottom-line of what the holy word of God actually tells us about the doctrine of sealing.


Miscellaneous Musings #17 “For it was the woman that sinned not the man”

August 22, 2015

Book of Mormon Geography

I noticed the folks over at Firm Foundation are having another conference. I have never been to one. I may attend this one. It has been nearly 30 years since I wrote A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement” and a few years since I did the blurb about Zarahemla.

The intellectuals over at MormonInterpreter are so insecure about their position regarding Book of Mormon geography that they are up to their shameful tactics again

http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-treason-of-the-geographers-mythical-mesoamerican-conspiracy-and-the-book-of-mormon/#comment-16663

Mormon Scholarship and Apologetics winning the Battle
Against Evangelical Scholarship and Apologetics?

Carl Mosser and Paul Owen are two evangelical scholars who are warning their fellow evangelical scholars that they are losing the battle against LDS scholarship. The article is really quite interesting and frightening. The thought that our highly educated scholars could actually use their worldly learning and sophistry to promote and justify occult temple worship and other heresies of modern day Mormonism is disconcerting.

Kerry: Rejection of Iran Deal Will Lead to U.S. Dollar Not Being the World’s Reserve Currency

Chinese markets down over 11% this week. World markets tumbling, and getting worse by the day. France (CAC 40) dropped more than 5% today!!!

Dow dropped over 350 points yesterday.
Dow futures heading south this morning.

CHINA – Shanghai Composite-4.27%

JAPAN – Nikkei-2.98%

FRANCE – CAC 40-3.23%

GERMANY – DAX-1.20%

HONG KONG – Hang Seng-1.54%

KINETIC RETALIATION

As America is sleeping, (according to prophecy we are sleepy, blind, and drunk) war with China has already started. A currency war has been going on and the latest devaluing of China’s currency was followed by a mysterious explosion in China that many are claiming was a military response from the global Banksters in America

On August 11, China’s central bank devalued its tightly controlled currency, causing its biggest one-day loss in two decades. Gerald Celente of Trends magazine appeared on Ground Zero to announce that China has been rigging the game all along and that any kind of devaluing of currency or stocks or an economic sputter in China could plunge the United States economy as well.

The Chinese devalued their currency stating that the change would help drive the currency toward more market-driven movements. The move also signaled the government’s growing worry about slow growth.

In the past, we have seen the rigging of the system by the world’s flawed and fraudulent banking system at the expense of entire populations. Bank manipulations and money devaluing have sent economies into the bowels of hell, and poverty has been known to spark wars, fully funded by the banking systems that launder the money for criminal regimes.

A day later a terrible disaster struck China...”  Read entire article here and another one here

Urgent Message from Jonathan Cahn

IT’S 460 AD IN ROME: THIS WON’T BE FIXED

Another American election cycle is upon us, and large numbers of people are lining up to pour their time and money into the sewer of politics, to be lost forever.

This system will not be fixed. Period. This is Rome in 460 AD. The rulers, as in Rome, are liars, mad, or drunk (these days, drugged)… or all three.

The “fall of Rome,” of course, was far more… Read the whole article

 

What Progressive Mormons Want with Julienna Viegas-Haws

progressive

 

John Dehlin’s latest interviewee calls herself a progressive. In an article in the SL Tribune, she provides the following ten things that she thinks progressives want in an ever changing church

1. Increase gender equality

2. Apologize for the racist past and mistreatment of LGBT members

3. Accept married gay couples at all levels

4. Permit members to openly question the authority, teachings and decisions of LDS Church leadership

5. Provide financial transparency in the use of tithes

6. Address the mistakes of polygamy and de-canonize Doctrine & Covenants 132

7. Teach the truth and troubling facts of church history (specifically surrounding Joseph Smith)

8. Speak openly of Heavenly Mother

9. Use tithes and offerings more to help the poor and needy and less on capital projects (temples, churches, commercial buildings, etc.)

10. Stop excommunicating people for openly questioning or expressing doubts

Number six is what caught my eye. Some time ago I stated in a comment on the MormonInterpreter that the Church needs to repent and de-canonize section 132. (because it contradicts the law of the gospel in section 42 and because it is a revelation from hell) I didn’t think anyone would take my comment seriously, however, I am beginning to see this theme being picked up in social media repeatedly. I LOVE IT! (of course the progressives want it removed for different reasons than I, but that is ok as long as it is removed)

Three Passages about Eve’s Transgression that are all Congruent?

In the New Testament as Paul was teaching the saints about the order that was to be adhered to in the church, he noted that it was Eve that sinned, not Adam:

“9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
” 1 Timothy 2:9-15

The Book of Moses 

The Book of Moses narrative characterizes the transgression as being a joint transgression and puts a positive spin on Eve’s transgression. Fittingly it is Eve that has the ah ha about the reason transgression needed to take place and the part she and Adam jointly played in the transgression in the garden:

10 And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.
11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.
12 And Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters.

One could argue that Eve sinned first, forcing Adam to sin in an attempt to stay with Eve and obey other commandments that required them to be together, however, there is another way to interpret what is being said. Adam my have been referring to the sin of Eve as HIS own personal sin.

There is a passage of scripture in modern revelation that I think is very revealing and perhaps even more blatant with regard to how God views ADAM. It is found in section 29

34 Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created.
35 Behold, I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal commandment gave I unto him, for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.
36 And it came to pass that Adam, being tempted of the devil—for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency;
37 And they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels;
38 And, behold, there is a place prepared for them from the beginning, which place is hell.
39 And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves; for if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweet—
40 Wherefore, it came to pass that the devil tempted Adam, and he partook of the forbidden fruit and transgressed the commandment, wherein he became subject to the will of the devil, because he yielded unto temptation.
41 Wherefore, I, the Lord God, caused that he should be cast out from the Garden of Eden, from my presence, because of his transgression, wherein he became spiritually dead, which is the first death, even that same death which is the last death, which is spiritual, which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall say: Depart, ye cursed.
42 But, behold, I say unto you that I, the Lord God, gave unto Adam and unto his seed, that they should not die as to the temporal death, until I, the Lord God, should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption, through faith on the name of mine Only Begotten Son.

Did you notice what the Lord said about Eve in the above narrative?

NOTHING!

Was Eve’s participation so insignificant that no mention of her was necessary?

According to the above narrative by God himself, it was Adam that was tempted by the devil, and partook of the fruit and sinned and got kicked out of the garden. Eve is not even mentioned..

..or is she?

Is it possible that God views Adam and Eve jointly as ADAM?

 

 “In the image of his own body, male and female, created he them, and blessed them, and called THEIR name ADAM, in the day when they were created and became living souls in the land upon the footstool of God.”


” There is no authentic statement in the history of the Church which states that the use of such a stone was made in that translation. “

August 13, 2015

seer stone

 

The Internet has been abuzz about the fact that the LDS church recently produced a press release in conjunction with the Community of Christ in which they released pictures of the printers manuscript of the Book of Mormon and the Seer Stone that was used to translate the Book of Mormon. The LDS church has had the Seer Stone in its possession for many generations. The Community of Christ obtained the printers manuscript from the Whitmer Family. The following is taken from the LDS Church website:

The most extensive early text of the Book of Mormon—the printer’s manuscript from which the earliest edition was set in type—is now accessible to the public through the latest volume in the Joseph Smith Papers project.

Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon was announced August 4 at a news conference at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. Representatives of the Church History Department and of the Community of Christ were on hand for the launch of this, the 11th published volume of the project.

Elder Steven E. Snow of the Seventy, Church Historian and Recorder, explained that the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon—the one scribes wrote as the Prophet Joseph Smith dictated it—was mostly destroyed from water damage after it was placed inside the cornerstone of the Nauvoo House in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1841.

When it was removed 41 years later, much of it was unrecoverable, and only about 30 percent exists today. That remnant is in the custody of the Church History Department.

“So the printer’s manuscript, which is included in this volume, is the most complete early text of the Book of Mormon,” Elder Snow said, adding that the manuscript was copied primarily by the Prophet’s scribe, Oliver Cowdery, for use by E. B. Grandin, the printer in Palmyra, New York, who was contracted to produce the first Book of Mormon edition.

The Seer Stone Stole the Show and Overshadowed the Manuscript

In a world where Mormons were educated about the history of their religion, the press release would have unleashed a high degree of interest in the printers manuscript and significantly less interest in the seer stone. This is because the printers manuscript is the most foundational document to be studied when determining the true intent of any passages of scriptures that might otherwise be confusing.

Punctuation can completely change the meaning of what is being said and apparently, the original printing of the Book of Mormon may have contained punctuation from a printer who was not a believer in the Book of Mormon, and who did not claim prophetic inspiration in reading the word of God. Since that time, additional punctuation and the division of scriptural passages (which can also change the inflection of an intended meaning) has been added by various individuals with varying degrees of spiritual discernment.

Most Mormons are Historically Illiterate

However, we don’t live in a world where Mormons are typically familiar with their own history and for that reason, the public interest has been directed at the seer stone instead of the printers manuscript.

Why?

Because it is only recently that the LDS Church has publicly begun acknowledging that the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated were not even being used in the translation process and that Joseph Smith did not translate the Book of Mormon through traditional, scholarly means of translating words from one language into another.

Perhaps the most shocking thing to historically illiterate Mormons who are now beginning to ask questions and learn more about their religious history, is that the method of translating the Book of Mormon was a rather unconventional one.

It appears from historical accounts that Joseph Smith used a seer stone to do most of the translation. He would place the stone in a hat and then bury his head in the hat to keep the light out. According to some accounts, he may have initially used the stones from the Urim and Thummim by disconnecting them from the breast plate, but primarily used the seer stone that he had found years earlier.

By looking at the stone in a dark place, he could see a light shining forth with the translation in English which he would read to his scribe as the scribe wrote it down.

translation 2

Ancient Scripture Explains How a Seer Stone Works

I personally find the method of translation using the gift of prophecy and seership to be a beautiful one that is implied and also blatantly referenced in scripture. In my opinion, the following snippet from the words of Peter provide amazing discriptives that relate to the gift of prophecy being able to reveal hidden knowledge from darkness into the light:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 2 Peter 1:19

A light that shineth in a dark place indeed!

Another related passage of scripture using similar keywords is found in the Book of Mormon that provides a less obscure reference to the gift of seership. It is about a future seer named Gazelem.

23 And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations. (Alma 37:23)

Alma uses remarkably similar descriptives  to the ones Peter used but integrates them with how a seer stone is to be used. The stone will shine forth in darkness unto light!

That is an incredibly beautiful way to depict and characterize how seer stones would be used to reveal secret things. It provides a testimony from ancient scripture regarding the translation process that Joseph used.

Gazelem will Reveal the Secret Acts of the Secret Combination

In that particular passage and related prophetic narrative, the stone would reveal secret acts that had previously been hidden in darkness. The Lord’s  servant whose name is “Gazelem” would become a prophetic whistle blower who would reveal the secret oaths, covenants and agreements of the secret abominations being entered into by a secret society which the Book of Mormon sometimes refers to as a “secret combination“.

And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations. (Alma 37:23)

Although the narrative seems to apply to the current conditions at the time, it becomes apparent that the plates will play a role at a future time in exposing the works of a secret combination

Every nation that possesses the land of America that is infested with the secret combination will be exposed by the content in this record! We are informed that the record was “reserve[d] for a wise purpose in him, that he may show forth his power unto future generations.” (Alma 37:14)

That would be us.

Interestingly, Joseph Smith chose to use the name Gazelem as his own code name in a revelation referencing him, when his identity in the revelation needed to be kept secret.

Coincidence?

The Urim and Thummim will be Sealed for a Future Use

The narrative in Ether 4 which is closely related to the narrative in Alma 37 informs us that the plates had written upon them “the very things which the brother of Jared saw; and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest..” it informs us that the account of the vision of the brother of Jared contained things that “were forbidden to come to the children of men” until sometime after the meridian of time.

Interestingly, not only were the plates sealed up in the earth, but the interpretation of what was in the vision of the brother of Jared was sealed up to come forth at a later time, and the interpreters themselves were sealed up!

And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord. (Ether 4:5)

Did you catch that?

Even the interpreters were sealed up.

One could interpret that to mean they were buried in the ground with the plates, however, I would submit that they were also sealed up from being used to interpret the sealed portion of the plates until the appointed time, just as the plates were sealed up from being interpreted until the appointed tim. Clearly, Joseph was involved in a preliminary work of translation that precedes the final work of translation that is yet to take place, which is the appointed time when the Urim and Thummim will finally be unsealed for the purpose of translating the sealed plates.

The Book of Mosiah explains that possession of the Urim and Thummim by a person is proof that he is a seer. That may well be one of the reasons the Lord saw fit to provide them to Joseph Smith before they would be unsealed for use in the final translation process. Also, it is reiterated that the Urim and Thummim is prepared for a very specific translation purpose and that “no man can look in them except he be commanded, lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish” (Mosiah 8:13)

One of the things that is confusing to believers of the LDS restoration movement is the fact that Joseph was given the Urim and Thummim containing two stones (the interpreters ) when he received the plates, and yet it appears that he did not use them very much if at all to translate what we know as the Book of Mormon. Furthermore, when the two stones were used, they were disconnected from the breast plate, which may be an indicator that he was using them for a  lesser function than what their ultimate purpose will be in the third watch.

While translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph appears to have briefly used the stones from the Urim and Thummim and then primarily used a separate seer stone that he had acquired separately.

Why was the Urim and Thummim not used as the instrument of translation if it was prepared for that purpose?

I believe the answer to the question is in the above narrative in Ether. The interpreters, attached to the breastplate, composed the Urim and Thummim and it had been specifically prepared to be used to translate the vision of the Brother of Jared at the time of the last restoration during the 3rd watch, when the greater things would be revealed to those that pass the test of faith.

“And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.

And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.

And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation” (3 Nephi 26:9-10)

The Interpreters were not be be used in the preliminary translation process that produced the lesser things (what we now call the Book of Mormon). Hence, the use of the Urim and Thummim was sealed up and could not be used until the appointed time arrives.

The Record will go forth when the Gentiles Repent

The next passage in the Book of Ether explains when the later translation of the sealed portion of the plates will take place:

For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.
And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are. (Ether 4:6-7)

It is my opinion that the Urim and Thummim was prepared for the translation process that Joseph would be involved in during the “third watch” when the “greater things” would be translated at the time that the Gentiles finally repent. 

The Lord provided the plates and the Urim and Thummim but prevented Joseph from translating the greater things. He only allowed Joseph to translate a portion of the plates that contained the lesser things. Apparently a seer stone was sufficient to do the preparatory work of translation while the Urim and Thummim had been specifically prepared for the final work of translation in the final watch or dispensation.

Mormons have been Deceived about the Translation Process

The reason that many Mormons are quite taken back by the press release, the public display of the seer stone, and a few recently published historical essays about the translation process of the Book of Mormon, is that for many decades the church has misrepresented and obscured the true process of how the Book of Mormon was actually translated.

The following picture is indicative of how LDS study manuals depicted Joseph Smith in the translation process, showing the plates by his side in open view and neglecting to mention the seer stone that was used.

translation

The misleading pictures were not the only thing responsible for creating a false impression resulting in historical revisionism. Authoritative statements from church historians were also responsible for leading Mormons astray. The following is a quote from Joseph Fielding Smith, one of the most celebrated Mormon Church Historians, wherein he claims that he did not believe that Joseph Smith used a seer stone to translate the Book of Mormon:

“.. there is no authentic statement in the history of the Church which states that the use of such a stone was made in that translation. The information is all hearsay, and personally, I do not believe that this stone was used for this purpose.  ( Joseph Fielding Smith Doctrines of Salvation 3:225-226)

I am not questioning the sincerity of the above declaration. If you go to the original quote and read it in its entirety, he provides an interesting and believable explanation as to why he discounts the possibility of a seer stone being used. It has to do with the fact that ancient scripture indicates that the Urim and Thummim was prepared for the purpose of translating the plates. Based on that, President Smith rejects the notion that a seer stone was used instead of the Urim and Thummin. (We have already addressed that issue.) Nevertheless, it is hard to believe that writers of his generation that were making claims that the seer stone was used in the translation process were more informed than him with regard to the available historical documentation on the topic.

In a recent historical essay in which the church is now attempting to be more transparent about its history, the following information was disclosed:

Joseph related that when he finally obtained the plates from Moroni in 1827, he also received two stones to be used in translating them. He and close acquaintances left accounts of these stones, describing them as white or clear in appearance, set in silver bows or rims like modern eyeglasses or spectacles, and connected to a large breastplate.12 As described, this seeric device would have been bulky. Joseph Smith’s mother said that he detached the stones from the breastplate for convenience while using them.13

The text of the Book of Mormon calls these stones “interpreters” and explains that they “were prepared from the beginning, and were handed down from generation to generation, for the purpose of interpreting languages,” being “kept and preserved by the hand of the Lord” (Mosiah 28:14‒15, 20).

The book also recounts how the Lord gave “two stones” to the brother of Jared, with a promise that they would aid future generations to recover his words. “Write these things and seal them up,” the Lord directs him, “and I will show them in mine own due time unto the children of men.” These stones, the Lord explains, “shall magnify to the eyes of men these things which ye shall write” (Ether 3:24, 27).

Opening Pandora’s Box

While many people are applauding the LDS churches new agenda of being more transparent, one has to wonder if in fact the new historical essays and the transparency is back firing on the church and causing many people to experience a crisis of faith.

A close friend of mine recently sent me a copy of his friends resignation paper that he sent to his Bishop and Stake President. Here is a snippet from it that I am altering to maintain the anonymity of the person. I think it articulates the profound effect that the new historical essays are having on thousands of Mormons who are reading them. I suspect that many other similar letters have been sent by members of the church.

” I want you to know that my anger towards the church and feelings of betrayal concerning the lies and cover up they have been involved in regarding the true history of the church, has not been initiated by anti-Mormon literature.

I have become very angry and resentful as a result of reading the historical essays that have been published on the official LDS Church Website. I was lead to those essays as a result of reading an article in the Salt Lake Tribune.

For many years I would hear about many of the disturbing things that are now coming to light from what I considered to be questionable sources with questionable motives. I brushed aside those disturbing things as not being credible because of what I had been taught in the Church. However, after reading the historical essays, I now realize that I was being told the truth by critics and lied to by the Church.”

I believe the above scenario is happening with lots of members of the Mormon Church. The casualties are much greater than the church is willing to admit and they will continue to escalate as more and more people begin to wake up. I believe the new transparency came about because of increasing public pressure for the church to be more open about its history. Ultimately, it is God that put it into the hearts of the leaders of the Church to begin being more transparent. I believe that the current controversy is an inspired preliminary event to prepare people for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder and last final restoration that is about to take place.

Sadly, during the mass crisis of faith that is taking place, many people are being cast off into the darkness of unbelief while the elect of God are awakening to a greater spiritual belief.

One of the reasons I have prepared a book about the history of the church, through the eyes of prophecy (passcode 3watches777) and am doing a youtube series about the secret history of Mormonism, (part one, part two) is to answer many of the questions being asked by those who are experiencing a crisis of faith. However I have made an observation that I want to share with the readers of this blog.

I hope it will not be offensive anyone.

There seems to be two general categories of Mormons who experience a crisis of faith after hearing about all of the controversial issues related to the doctrine and history of Mormonism.

One category retains their belief in Christ after leaving the Church. Some of them join protestant churches while others simply maintain a personal faith in Christ without uniting with an organized religion.

The other category rejects or highly questions the existence of God and rejects any form of religion altogether.

I believe those that continue on with faith in Christ after leaving the church are those that already understood the difference between placing their faith in Christ and his gospel vs. the church and its leaders. They had read and believed the word of God and were visited by the manifestations of the spirit while being members of the church.  Despite being deceived about the current state of the modern corporate church, they had feasted on the word of God and were holding onto the iron rod.

I believe those that reject the existence of God after having a crisis of faith and leaving the church actually never had a spiritual testimony to lose. They had not read and believed the word of God and had not been visited by the manifestations of the spirit. They were basically cultural Mormons going through the motions, who had put their trust in the arm of flesh. When they found they could not trust in mortal man, their sandy foundation failed them, leaving them without a brightness of hope in the plan of God and in everlasting life.

Now is the time for a person to read and believe in the Holy Word of God and exercise faith that the reception of the manifestation of His spirit will take place. This will help to prepare one to recognize the voice of the Lord through His servants when they return to offer the last warning and seal up the righteous and the wicked.

 


And they that understand among the people shall instruct many….. Shut up the words and seal the book even to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased..none of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand

August 9, 2015

I believe we are living at the time of the end.

The signs are all around us.

Although the main body of the apostate church seems to be oblivious to the awful situation they are in with regard to the apostate condition  they are in and the secret combination that has overcome the corporate church and the governments of the world, there is a very small remnant that is waking up.

God is slowly taking the partial  blindness off of Israel.

He has promised that the virgins that are wise will be awake when the Lord returns in secret for the last time.

The Lord promised Sidney Rigdon that the elect would NOT be asleep and would be purified at the day of His coming:

“And a commandment I give unto thee—that thou shalt write for him; and the scriptures shall be given, even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect; For they will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of my coming; for they shall be purified, even as I am pure.” D&C 35:20-21.

One of the signs that the time of the end is near, is that the cryptic prophetic passages in the Book of Daniel, the meaning of which has been sealed for thousands of years, will begin to be made known through the mercy of God. I think this has begun to happen. God’s people are beginning to understand things that have not been clearly understood in the past.

I am happy to announce that the book is now available to order for those that want to participate in my “peer review”.

I have also completed part two of the youtube series on the Secret History of Mormonism

 

book 2

I have had 15 people express a willingness to participate in the peer review for which I am deeply grateful.

That represents exactly 10% of the 150 subscribers to this blog. I am elated with having that many participants. I think that is more than enough to accomplish the goal of having the content scrutinized and checked for clarity. Nevertheless, I would love to have all of my subscribers involved. I am also extending the invitation to any of the folks involved in LDS apologetics and to any of the skeptics that have rejected the message of the restoration. I am happy to have this work scrutinized and challenged by anyone.

I am concerned that there may be some of my subscribers who would like to participate but they want to maintain their anonymity, including their email address.

You are welcome to participate anonymously.

I am providing a way for you to do that.

Others may feel intimidated by the term “peer review” which implies, in scholarly circles, to those that have various credentials and a professional relationship with the author. However, I do not consider myself to be a scholar, so that is not what I meant in using that term. Perhaps “crowd sourcing” would have been a more appropriate term to use.

If that is the reason you are not participating, please understand that no credentials are necessary, other than a desire to participate, even if it is as a bystander who simply wants to view the issues that are discussed.

Obviously if you are well read in the scriptures and/or the history of the church, it is a nice background to bring to the table, but it is not necessary. If you have experienced or are currently experiencing a crisis of faith, that is a wonderful perspective to bring to the table since one of the purposes of the book is to provide answers for people who have experienced a crisis of faith.

So if you are wondering if you qualify to participate on the peer review, here is how you can verify that you qualify.

Check your pulse.

If your heart is still beating and you are reasonably certain that you are alive, you qualify! Everyone has a voice that is valued and spectators are welcome to listen in on the discussion.

Be warned that the book is massive. It is over 600 pages in a relatively small font with lots of graphs and illustrations. Don’t let that intimidate you. Everyone can move at their own speed and only focus on the topics they have a particular interest in.

I will be facilitating those that want to maintain their anonymity by using some surveys that allow people to respond and give feedback without using email and any personal information.

At some point, if I am getting a lot of feedback, I may be using google docs to catalog the comments and feedback that I am getting from participants. Everyone that participates in the discussion, as well as those that just want to listen in, who request it, will be given permission to view the online doc and comments, if and when that feature is implemented. (I think you need to have a gmail address in order for me to grant you access)

I think google docs allows up to 50 permissions to be given out, so it looks like all of the participants that would like to use that feature will be able to, although I am looking into the possibility of utilizing some other avenues of getting peer review participants. Access will only be given to those that have purchased a book.

I apologize for the somewhat archaic method being used for reviewing the manuscript and giving feedback, which requires participants to purchase a hard copy of the book, but there are a few reasons for this. One is that I think it is helpful for people to give formatting suggestions and suggestions relative to the overall size of the font and size of the book, when they can actually see how the book looks physically. Another is that I have spent several thousand dollars in hard costs bringing this book to print, having to do with the cost of editing, graphics, and resource material (even though there is no traditional initial print run involved since I am using a “print on demand” publisher).

Although I do not necessarily anticipate getting my total investment back, I would love some help in defraying the costs a little. I think participants will be blessed for providing feedback as well as financial support in the form of purchasing a book.

When the book is finally released to the general public, hopefully within a few months, it will probably retail for about $59 or $69. The cost to participants of the peer review for the this preliminary book, is $49. Again, if you cannot afford the book, much of the information is covered in my blog posts and in the youtube series that I am doing regarding the Secret History of Mormonism. Additionally, I hope to eventually create a fund for providing loaner copies of the book for those that cannot afford to order one.

The link for ordering the book is as follows: https://www.createspace.com/5311188

The pass code necessary for ordering the book is  3watches777

I hope you will watch every installment of the youtube series while you are waiting for the book and while you are reviewing the book. I think it will help you greatly as you read the book.

Participants should not feel any pressure in this endeavor. No feedback is necessary or expected unless you honestly and passionately desire to provide feedback. The process for providing feedback is very simple. Simply send it to my email at

onewhoiswatching [at] gmail dot com.

I may also send out some group emails to the known participants, asking some general questions. Again, no response is required unless you desire to respond.

Additionally I hope to provide some online surveys that will enable the anonymous participants to participate as well.

BTW I have had such an overwhelming response to the following post that I recently did, that I have integrated it into the book

Discovering the Doctored Covenants and then the Interpretive Revisions and then the changing of the Ordinance

I want to thank everyone that put it on their facebook or sent the link to friends. It went viral and I got an enormous amount of first time visitors. Thank you!

Here is part two of the youtube series. If you have not listened to part one, you should listen to it first.

Enjoy


Miscellaneous Musings #16 The Link between Prophet Worship and Breaking the LAW of the Gospel

July 30, 2015

Insightful Profundities

There have been some really good articles written lately. One is about the Alma 39 and the sin second only to Murder. You can read it on Tim Malones site http://latterdaycommentary.com/2015/07/28/most-abominable-above-all-sins/

It has some commonality with the article that Michael Ash wrote for Sunstone years ago but also has some significant variations https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/143-34-43.pdf

Another article that is a very well thought out and documented by an attorney who is apparently a member of the church, develops the historicity of how the determination of “official doctrine” has been altered. It is found on rational faiths http://rationalfaiths.com/is-the-lds-church-in-apostasy/

Related to that topic, although my friends over the Mormon Interpretor often block my comments, every once in a while they surprise me and let some through. This one relates to the topic addressed in the above rational faiths article.

http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/sustaining-the-brethren/#comment-15804

(I have noticed however that when they allow a comment, they usually go back after a few months and delete it.. they have done that several times… LOL)

Lastly, for those who suffer from addition or have friends that suffer from addition, this is a must read

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6506936?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Chemical imbalances

Do you have a chemical Imbalance? Only if you are taking pharmicudical drugs

I was really impressed with this guy

The Voice of Warning and Warning Voices

The the final authoritative voice of warning will go forth when God’s servants return to His vineyard.

That warning voice would be going forth right now if the true church of God was on the earth.

Even the apostate church would be sounding the voice of warning right now if their “prophets” had any inspiration and would grow some goners. It baffles me that we need to rely on scientists, rock stars, and protestant prophecy scholars for what little warning we are getting right now.

Marital Gender Role Issues

If you are having gender role issues in your marriage you might enjoy listening to this interview with one of my favorite philosophers- Russell Means (and his soul-mate)

I am really sad that Russell has passed away. Below is a great video he did where he informs us that Americans are the new Indian.

Timeline Graphic

The time line graphic that I am using for the youtube series has been corrected and I have sent it to those who requested it. If you requested it and did not get it or would like to request it, please email at onewhoiswatching@gmail.com

The 3rd Watch Marvelous Work

I have recently come upon an amazing website by a guy that also believes in the doctrine of the three watches. He has done an incredible amount of research and he postulates when the various events of the third watch will take place. To me that is an important aspect of the spirit of watching.

He does not profess to be a prophet and he acknowledges that his projections are conjecture and speculation. In my opinion, pondering these things is an important part of the spirit of watching.

enjoy

http://the3rdwatchmarvelouswork.com/

 

The Prophet Worship link to Breaking the Law

Many of the great Old Testament Prophets looked forward to the amazing events that took place in Kirtland Ohio and Nauvoo Illinois and the LDS restoration movement.

They were aghast at what they saw.

Some of the Old Testament events and prophecies relating to the casting away of the law of God are typological to the LDS restoration movement while others are prophetically referring directly to it.

A reoccurring prophetic theme that they all spoke about was that God’s people would break the LAW of GOD.

In my opinion, Isaiah 5 is a literal prophetic exposé on the events that would take place in Kirtland Ohio. When shone these events, Isaiah exclaims ” they have cast away the LAW of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” He observes that “… the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them..” but provides that message of hope: “For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”

Praise God that he still labors with us after we have rejected his law!

In chapter 24 Isaiah explains why the curse will devour the earth

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the LAWS, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.”

We know that the curse was delayed because of the return of Elijah with the priesthood in 1829 and the keys of an ancient dispensation delivered by Father Abraham in 1836 which made possible an intercessory offering by a latter day High Priest. One of the responsibilities of the Old Testament high  priests was to annually enter into the holy of holies and offer up an offering in behalf of the sins of Israel. This annual offering was typological of the great last offering of Christ, but it was also typological of the intercessory offering of a Davidic Servant living in the last days that would offer an intercession like Moses did anciently.

The intercessory offering that Joseph Smith and his associates made delayed the curse that is now beginning to go forth again in the earth four generations later.

In Chapter 30 of Isaiah, it is commanded that  prophetic notes be written in a book about and for the benefit of future generations.

Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:

That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the LAW of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”

Isaiah 42 prophesies about the return of the Lords servant of the final dispensation, Joseph Smith.

I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.”

Realizing that Joseph’s ministry would be a two part ministry and that the first part would appear as a failure with regard to firmly establishing the law and gathering Israel the Lord proclaims that Joseph’s work will not be finished until he has completed his assignment and set judgment in the earth:

” He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his LAW.”

The reason Joseph needs to return with the LAW is because we have rejected it.

The Lord reminds us that the Davidic servant who made an intercessory covenant with the Lord in behalf of apostate Israel was called in righteousness and was given as a covenant and that in the darkest time of the storm he will triumphantly come forth and open the eyes of the blind and bring out the prisoners from the prison: 

“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

verse 19 in the King James says ” Who is blind, but my servant?  or deaf, as my messenger that I sent?  who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant?”

It is corrected in the JST

” For I will send my servant unto you who are blind; yea, a messenger to open the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf”

Who are the blind and deaf?

That would be us.

It is the latter day saints who have rejected the LAW

It is the latter day Saints who became famous for living celestial polygamy after the Lord had the saints flee to the Ohio so that they could escape from the enemy who was combined, by recieving the LAW of God.

What was the LAW that was given that would protect the saints from the enemy?

Was it the celestrial law of polygamy?

apparently not.

Of course the law that was given to the Latter day Saints is clearly documented and canonized in Section 42 for all the world to see.  The law of God that was given  contains the law of consecration and the law of marital marital monogamy.

Of course the latter day saints eventually rejected the law of Monogomy but Isaiah informs us that when Joseph returns ” he will magnify the LAW, and make it honourable.” once again.

You see, the current corporate church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is a polygamous church RIGHT NOW. They have never repented of their polygamist past. They continue to have section 132 sustained in their canon of scripture and they continue to seal multiple wives to men for eternity. The Church has not and will not admit that they are still a polygamist cult and that they have departed from the LAW of God.

Jeremiah asks the question, were God’s people ashamed of themselves when they committed the abomination of polygamy?

“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?  nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, We will not walk therein.

Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.  But they said, We will not hearken.

Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.

Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my LAW, but rejected it.

The amazing thing about what has happened to the latter day saints as they rejected the law of God that was given to them is that they were only doing what ancient Israel had done in the past. Reading about ancient Israel’s rejection of the law is like reading about the events that took place in Nauvoo.

Notice the following passage in Ezekiel:

“And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour’s wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.”

Those are literal narratives that actually took place in Nauvoo!

Willard Richards nailed down the windows, and fired off his revolver in the street after dark, and commenced living with Mrs. Nancy Marinda Hyde, in the rooms we had vacated in the printing office building, where they lived through the winter. The Return 2 (October 1890): 346–47

A few passages later we are informed that it was the violation of the law by the priests that was associated with the fall of God’s people:

“Her priests have violated my LAW, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them…” 

“The priests are involved in the shedding of blood and of dishonest gain:” 

Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.”

Ezekiel associates all of this with the use untempered morter:

And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”

It is probably just a coincidence that the foundation and walls of the Salt Lake Temple had to be rebuild after being laid because of the use of untempered mortar.

Hosea looked upon the great controversy that would take place during the Latter day restoration movement beginning in Kirtland and ending during the dark days of Nauvoo. He notes the “swearing” that took place in secret danite and masonic oaths and the secret lying and murders and committing of adultery that ensued:

“HEAR the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood”.

He attibutes the destruction of the saints to the fact that they rejected knowledge by rejecting the law that had been given

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the LAW of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.”

 The keyword “reject” in the above prophecy is significant. Hosea informs us that God’s people rejected knowledge therefore God rejected them. The narrative in Kirtland is that the saints REJECTED the fulness of the Gospel and because they did not reform and repent after being given the chance, the Lord REJECTED the latter day saints as a Church with their dead.

Moving forward to chapter 8 the prophetic historian Hosea who was telling about things in the past that were typological of the future, notes that the latter day saints have transgressed the covenant and the law and because they cast off the thing that was good the enemy will chase them away from Nauvoo just as he chased them out of Kirtland, Jackson and Far West.

SET the trumpet to thy mouth.  He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.

 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.”

A few passages later we are told why all of this happened to the children of Ephraim:

“I have written to him the great things of my LAW, but they were counted as a strange thing.”

If you read the writings of Brigham Young and the Pratts and others of the Utah apostles defending the practice of polygamy and mocking the silliness and folly of monogamy, during the administration of Brigham Young you will have an increased appreciation for the above declaration. The Utah saints really did consider the law of monogamy to be a strange thing.

Amos documents the same problem among God’s people. They despised the law:

“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the LAW of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked”

Zephaniah has a few choice things to say about the treacherous priests that have done violence to the law

“WOE to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.

Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.” 

Malachi notes that Joseph Smith was given the covenant of life and peace in the first part of his ministry as he administered the true law of God and brought forth section 42 

“My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

The LAW of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.”

Sadly the happy narrative takes a dark turn and provides a  message of doom as the the true latter day servant departs out of the way and causes the Lords people to stumble

“But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.”

How many people were caused to stumble at the law when a new secret celestial marital law was introduced?

To be partical in the law is to pick and choose which parts of the law you want to live.

After being given the law in section 42, the saints were unable to continue living consecration. It was just too hard. The Lord warned that he would withdraw his spirit from the saints if they departed from his law. Once the spirit begins to be withdrawn from a people, a veil of darkness descends and they are turned over to Satan and to seducing spirits. They are no longer able to discern “sound doctrine”.

Paul saw  the latter day saints and prophesied that they would not be able to endure “sound doctrine”

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Because the latter day saints rejected the law, their religion is now built upon fables.

It only makes sense that after the saints broke the law of consecration, they eventually began practicing the depraved and damning law of polygamy.

The latter day narrative shows us that there is a direct link between prophet worship and breaking the law of the gospel.

When God decides to deliver his people over to Satan he sometimes uses His prophet to do it.

God’s idolatrous apostate people usually turn to prophet worship once they loose the light. This is what enables people to rationalize breaking the true law that God has established.

It is doubtful that many of the saints in Nauvoo would have begun departing from the celestial marital law of monogamy on their own. They needed the sanction of their prophet to make the rationalization.

They did not think to weigh the words of the prophet against the law of God because to them, whatever the current prophet says is the law of God.

But what is the process by which God has his prophet turn the people over the God?

I would suggest that Ezekiel 14 provides the narrative by which the Saints are turned over to God through the Lords prophet.

In that chapter we are informed that the process begins by the elders of Israel coming before the Lord’s prophet with idolatrous hearts. They ask a question that they should not be asking. They ask a question based on their impure hearts.

In this situation the Lord commands his prophet to give an answer based on the impure question.

This is how the Lord delivers His idolatrous people over to Satan.

Section 132 is really quite remarkable because it begins by asking an improper and idolatrous question.

It asks a question that had already been answered in the Book of Mormon

The revelation begins:

VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines—Behold, and lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter.

It is highly unlikely that Joseph Smith was asking that question on his own behalf because the Lord had already revealed through him that David and Solomon were NOT Justified in their practice of polygamy as the above question claims.

“But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes.  For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.

Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.”

It is therefore not unreasonable to assume that the petition upon which the revelation in section 132 was given was being asked by one of the elders of Israel other than Joseph Smith. Joseph was simply asking the question in behalf of that elder.

Joseph may have been winking at the Lord while doing so, realizing the question was inappropriate, or he may have been prepared by the angel with the sword to depart from the LAW of God.

The question is, what would cause one of the elders of Israel to ask Joseph to petition the Lord based on a question that had already been answer in the Book of Mormon.

It would appear as if the petitioning elder either had not read the Book of Mormon or they were taking it lightly.

Brigham Young, in my opinion, is a possible example of someone that did not read the Book of Mormon and who seemed to take the Book of Mormon very lighly. After reading virtually every sermon by him that is available, I was struck by the fact that he rarely made reference to it and virtually never gave sermons using it.

Of course I am not saying that Brigham Young is the person that asked Joseph Smith to petition the Lord with the question upon which section 132 was based.

But what would motivate someone to approach Joseph Smith with the question in the first place?

It is interesting to note that Brigham Young claimed to have had a personal revelation on polygamy before Joseph did:

“While we were in England, (in 1839 and 40), I think the Lord manifested to me by vision and his Spirit things [concerning polygamy] that I did not then understand. I never opened my mouth to any one concerning them, until I returned to Nauvoo; Joseph had never mentioned this; there had never been a thought of it in the Church that I ever knew anything about at that time, but I had this for myself, and I kept it to myself. And when I returned home, and Joseph revealed those things to me, then I understood the reflections that were upon my mind while in England. But this (communication with Joseph on the subject) was not until after I had told him what I understood—this was in 1841. The revelation [Section 132 in the Utah Doctrine and Covenants] was given in 1843, but the doctrine was revealed before this.; (The Messenger of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1 [June 1875]: 29; Deseret News, July 1, 1874)

Notice that Brigham Young says that Joseph did not reveal the revelation on polygamy to Brigham Young and the church until AFTER Brigham Young told Joseph that the doctrine of polygamy had already been revealed to himself (Brigham Young).

Again, I am not claiming that Brigham Young is the culprit that asked Joseph to ask the idolatrous question upon which section 132 was predicated. It could have been anyone of the apostles or anyone else in the church.

I am simply speculating on how this process took place in which the revelation from hell was produced. In doing so, I am showing that there were leaders of the church that appear to have taken the Book of Mormon lightly and that had claimed personal revelation regarding polygamy BEFORE Joseph produced a revelation on it.

Nevertheless, it is the principle of prophet worship that empowers the larger body of saints to depart from the law of God

We need to beware of those that put Joseph Smith on the pedestal of infallibility and claim that he was not capable of ever teaching or doing anything seriously contrary to the law of God.

There is a popular author and blogger that keeps reminding people that Joseph Smith was God’s anointed servant and the he was always being falsely blamed for doing things he should not have done. He always seems to be harping on the “false claims against Joseph Smith”.

It is because of this mentality and the principle of prophet worship that people get sucked into the spiritual wife- celestial wife doctrine.

Virtually every fundamentalist fringe group that breaks away from the church practices polygamy because they worship Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as being infallible and therefore they accept section 132 as a true revelation that trumps the LAW of God given in Section 42. . This is how they justify departing from the LAW that God has given us in Section 42 in favor of a revelation from hell.


The 3rd Watch Project

July 26, 2015

 I am pleased to announce the Third Watch Project

[Editorial Note: Subscribers to this blog will need to visit the actual blog site in order to see my youtube presentation on the Secret History of the Church]

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”

 

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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 onewhoiswatching@gmail.com

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.

 

Keep watching.

Summary of the Secret History of Mormonism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Discovering the Doctored Covenants and then the Interpretive Revisions and then the changing of the Ordinance

July 11, 2015

Nearly three decades ago before I had lost my innocence regarding the state of the modern corporate church, I found myself in a small used book store in Sugar House Utah. I was in the religious section looking at books about LDS history and doctrine when I happened upon an old, tattered little booklet with plastic comb binding.

The title of the book was “The Doctored Covenants”

doctored

The play on words in the title really broad-sided me. The book was based on the supposition that the contents in the revelations in the original 1833 Book of Commandments had been altered by Joseph Smith when the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants was published. It showed verse after verse of the original revelations that had been altered.

Of course I knew that could not possibly be true because I had never heard anything said about this in church and none of the faith promoting books on doctrine and history that I had read had said anything about this. I was so shocked and offended that the library would contain such inflammatory trash that I stomped out of the library with the booklet in hand, without checking it out, and without ever returning it.

I confiscated it because I felt it should not have been on public display.

I was determined to extract it from public view so that other unsuspecting Mormons would not have to suffer the shock and horror that I had suffered. It was obvious to me that it had been printed by a local printer and authored by a disaffected apostate who had lost the spirit and was now making stuff up to embarrass the church. It was extremely unprofessional looking… a dead giveaway that it could not be the truth.

Well… to be truthful, I suppose there may have been another reason I confiscated the book as well.

I had to devour it and then research and debunk the suppositions being made.

That little booklet continues to sit on my bookshelf to this very day as a reminder to me that things are not always as they appear.

This was one of many significant events in my life that got me to voraciously begin studying the history of the church. I eventually found out about “The Historical Development of the Doctrine and Covenants” By Woodford, a faithful member of the church, who did his Masters Thesis on the topic at BYU. He provides historical context for all of the revelations in the D&C and shows all of the changes that have taken place. I highly recommend this amazing six volume work for those who are interested in early LDS Church history and the revelations that Joseph Smith received.

After many years of drilling down into the early history of the church I have arrived at the epiphany that the original revelations in the Book of Commandments were true and did not need to be “corrected”. Indeed, Joseph Smith never claimed that the original revelations had any errors in them or that they needed to be corrected.

The second epiphany I had that came many years later is that the changes that Joseph Smith made in some of the revelations that were later published in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, which completely contradicted the original revelations were also True! He was inspired and commanded by the Lord to make those changes.

You see, once I began to understand the secret story line behind the public story line of early church history, I realized that the changes Joseph made were inspired and that they needed to be made because the historical CONTEXT had changed so dramatically between 1833 and 1835.

In that short period of time, between the publishing of the Book of Commandments in 1833 and the publishing of the Doctrine and Covenants in 1835, the fulness of the gospel had been cumulatively rejected by the Gentile church and therefore the trajectory of the church had changed and the content in some of the revelations needed to be modified to reflect the new historical context and trajectory of the church.

In 1833 the Lord was commanding the saints to consecrate and establish Zion. By 1835, the saints had failed in their attempt at Zion and the Lord had told them that they must wait a “little season” before they could live the laws of Zion and establish Zion.

Context is everything, and the context had now changed. The new canon of scripture needed to reflect and address the new context.

I have blogged briefly about that amazing aspect of church history.

COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part One

COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part Two

During my quest to better understand the revelations Joseph received in the context of what was really taking place in church history, I discovered a little Gem called The Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, by Hyrum M Smith and Janne M Sjodahl which I picked up at Deseret Book.

d&c commentary

 

I was greatly impressed with this work as it also provided some good historical context in helping the reader to better understand what the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants were really conveying.

However, years later, after devouring that commentary, one day while I was in the Church Historical Library reading a multi-volume work claiming to contain all of the discourses of Brigham Young, I noticed a book on the book shelf called the Doctrine and Covenants commentary by Hyrum Smith that did not appear to be co-authored by Sjodahl and did not look very much like the one co-authored  by  Hyrum M Smith and Janne M Sjodahl that I had purchased from Deseret Book. It only credited Hyrum M. Smith with authoring the commentary.

I randomly opened it to page 202

great

As I began reading some of the content on the page my eyes became fixed on the following quote.

“That great and abominable church A Church which has discarded the principles of church government established by our Lord and adopted those of Lucifer.”

 

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Interesting, I thought to myself, ‘Apostle Smith seems to think that the great and abominable church spoken of in Section 29 (which is referring to the term as it appears in the Book of Mormon), is not just some counterfeit church established by Satan to compete with the Lord’s true church, he seems to be suggesting that the Lord’s true church eventually becomes Satans church by discarding the true principles of church government!

‘How did I miss that little gem” I asked myself, and I went home to see if the commentary I had purchased from Deseret Book said the same thing.

Sadly, it did not. In fact, numerous things had been changed or deleted.

It simply said that the Great and abominable church spoken of in section 29 was the same one spoken of in 1 Nephi.
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Hmmm I wondered why the modern church would feel so uncomfortable with that declaration, that they would feel they need to remove it.

Naturally, I was curious to know what the difference was between the commentary authored by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith, vs. the commentary I had purchased at Deseret Book that was co-authored by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith and  Janne Sjodahl.

It turns out that the original Doctrine and Covenants Commentary by Hyrum M. Smith was published solely under his name in 1919 even though it was actually Janne Sjodahl that wrote most if not all of it. Hyrum M. Smith lived from March 21, 1872 – January 23, 1918 and was the eldest son of church apostle and future church president Joseph F. Smith and Edna Lambson. The REVISED book that I purchased was published in 1978.

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Janne Sjodahl on the other hand lived from 29 November 1853 – 23 June 1939, making him older than apostle Smith.

It is somewhat fitting that I cannot find a picture of the ghost writer Janne Sjodahl.. LOL

The truth is that Janne Sjodahl had actually written virtually all of the content in the original D&C Commentary even though all of the credit was initially given to Apostle Hyrum M. Smith.

It appears as if Apostle Smith was somewhat of a doctrinal lightweight and also knew very little about church history so Brother Sjodahl was employed as a ghost writer to provide the doctrinal and associated historical commentary.

Sjodahl was a prolific writer that authored many publications and had served as the editor of the LDS Church’s Millennial Star in Liverpool. He was a Swedish convert to the church who was baptized into the LDS church On 7 October 1886. It appears as if he had previously been excommunicated from the Baptist church the same year he converted to Mormonism, on June 8 1886, possibly on charges of adultery.

So why did the church eventually come clean and acknowledge brother Sjodahl’s involvement in the authorship of the D&C Commentary?

I don’t know.

I suspect that someone let the cat out of the bag about Sjodahl’s involvement and the church felt that they needed to do damage control by showing a little more transparency. Does that sound familiar with regard to the recent historical essays?

Of course showing Smith and Sjodahl as “co-authors” with Apostle Smith getting “top billing” is less than accurate and honest, nevertheless, we need to give the church credit for getting a little closer to the truth.

But we still need to know who was responsible for sanitizing the commentary and taking all of the embarrassing stuff out of it.

As far as knowing who the actual “doctrinal scholars” and “historians” were that sanitized and  REVISED it, we just don’t know for sure who was employed to do the dirty work. However, according to the preface, it was done under the direction of the “publication committee”

  • Joseph Fielding Smith
  • Harold B. Lee
  • Marion G Romney

It would not surprise me if Joseph Fielding Smith, historian revisionist extraordinaire, did much of the revision, just as he condensed and sanitized the discourses of Joseph Smith by surgically extracting only the approved, faith promoting snippets from Joseph’s statements and discourses and publishing them in “Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith”. The book gives readers the feeling that they are reading all of the important things that Joseph said without having to read the full discourses of Joseph Smith which contain some very controversial and revealing information.

As a point of interest, I am relatively closely related to two of the three folks listed above. I suppose guilt by association is a possibility so don’t take anything I say as the gospel truth, be your own investigative reporter.

Moving a little closer to the point of this post, let me attempt to bring all of this together with a simple little six point summation.

1- God’s true church becomes Satan’s Church once it discards the principles of church government established by Christ and adopts those of Lucifer.

Now I know this all seems very applicable to the current situation that we find ourselves in, with so many seekers of the truth getting cast out of the modern church and how the modern church has discarded the true principles of church government in how they conduct disciplinary councils yada, yada, yada, bla, bla, bla, etc. etc., ad nauseam

HOWEVER, if that is where your mind is taking you, you are missing the real significance of what is being conveyed here and you are making the same mistake most people make when they begin to realize that all is not well in Zion.

You need to go back further in time.

WAY FURTHER BACK IN TIME.

Why are people in denial about the early history of the latter day church?

Because God has not fully taken blindness off of Israel yet….. rant over.. let us proceed with point #2

2- In 1829 the Lord warned: “If this generation harden their hearts.. I will deliver them up unto Satan..”

In about 30 years of pouring over historical documents, doctrinal essays and other types of religious articles written by LDS scholars I don’t recall ever seeing the above passage quoted. It is completely off of the radar of believing Mormons. Where does such denial come from?

I realize that we all have a tendency to assume that God parents his children like we do, giving them warning after warning after warning, with threatened consequence after threatened consequence, while never making good on the threatened consequences of disobedience. But what if God actually does follow through and make good on his threats?

I am going to suggest that prophecy verifies that He does and He did.

Furthermore, the above warning is not an anomaly. It seems outrageous to think that God would actually deliver His own beloved children over to the enemy or to Satan for a season of consequences but there are a numerous situations in scripture where similar consequences are mentioned. Alma 37:15 is one that comes to mind:

“And now behold, I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, and ye shall be delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift you as chaff before the wind.”

Judges 13:1 also comes to mind:

“AND the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years”

3- The prophet Isaiah, looking forward at the Gentiles that would be getting the gospel exclaims that “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant” Isa 24:5

The modern corporate church teaches that the above prophecy is exclusively referring to the naughty Catholics and Protestants that have deviated from the laws and ordinances of the New Testament Church, however, that prophecy has a dual fulfullment as demonstrated by modern revelation.

In D&C 1:15- The Lord prophetically verifies that Isaiah’s prophecy was applicable to and would be fulfilled by the latter day Saints in Kirtland. Read section 1:15 carefully but first notice in the preceding verses how the Lord says “prepare ye prepare ye, for that which is to come..” and “the day cometh…” that those who do not hear the voice of the Lord and His servants will be “cut off”. Notice all of the futuristic descriptives demonstrating that the passage in verse 15 is a future event that takes place after the church was restored.

Why will some of the saints of the restored church be cut off? because “..they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant

That is right, God was prophesying in section one, in November of 1831, that the Saints would, at some time in the very near future, fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah by transgressing the law in section 42, changing the ordinances given in section 20, and breaking the everlasting covenant of the gospel that was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. They would also discard the rules of church government established by the Lord in section 20 and 107 and other sections of the D&C.

The futuristic descriptives used just prior to the warning in section one, clearly demonstrate that the prophetic warning about transgressing the laws and changing the ordinance and breaking the covenant was not just referring to the apostasy of the New Testament church as some would have us believe. It had to do with the restored church during Joseph’s ministry.

What? You think the fulfillment of that prophecy among the restored church could not possibly have happened by December of 1834?

I have spent nearly seven years documenting how history and scripture testify otherwise. The evidence is beyond overwhelming.

4- Exactly 3 1/2 years to the day, after the Melchizedek priesthood was restored on June 5 1831, the Lord made the following declaration on December 5 1834:

” Verily condemnation resteth upon you who appointed to lead my Church, and to be saviors of men and also upon my church and there must needs be a repentance and  a reformation among you in all things..” (pg 73 Unpublished Revelations see also History of the Church)

The 3 1/2 years of nourishment represents the time when revelation was flowing. Following that period of time, the heavens began to close.

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The 3 1/2 year prophecy that the fulness of the gospel would be on the earth shows up multiple times in ancient prophecy.

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We are informed in the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation that the saints would be deceived by Satan from the time the New Testament church want into apostasy until a 3 1/2 year period of time of revelatory nourishment that would take place after the church was restored through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith. Following that 3 1/2 year period of nourishment, the “power of the holy people” would be “scattered” and the saints would be deceived again, until the ancient of days returns to the Lords vineyard.

This 3 1/2 year period when the restored church would receive and strive to live the fulness, and would ultimately cumulatively reject the fulness, was mentioned by Christ in 3 Nephi 16. He foresaw and foretold that the saints of the restored church would ultimately sin against and reject the fulness.

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So what had taken place during 1834, that would cause the Lord to take the fulness from the restored church and declare that both the leaders and members of the restored church were officially under condemnation and would need to have a restoration in all things?

Here is a very brief and incomplete listing of events relating to the entire church and church leadership being brought under condemnation:

February 24 1834 (Section 103) Conditional promise given, if Saints “hearken to obey all the words which I the Lord their God shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued…But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them.” Who began to prevail from that time? Clearly, the kingdoms of the world have overcome the saints.

April 23rd 1834 (Section 104) The Lord announces that “the covenants [had been] broken through transgression. (This brings the two year attempt to live consecration to an end by the breaking of the covenant See section 82 April 26th 1832 and Isaiah 24)

May 3, 1834 (HC 2:62-63) Conference of the Church held ten days after breaking law of consecration and officially removes the name of Christ from the name of the Church and changes name to “Church of the Latter day Saints”. (The Lord had previously told the saints that if they did not obey his law and commandments they were not worthy to be called by His name)

June 22,1834 (Section 105) Revelation given to Zion’s Camp. The expedition to redeem Zion is called off. Because of Transgression-Zion and her laws must wait for a little season of learning and chastisement.

November 29 1834 HC Joseph and Oliver enter into “Covenant of Tithing [consecreation]” “for the continuance of [gospel] blessings“. This covenant was part of an intercession made on behalf of the Latter day saints that prevented the saints from being destroyed from off the face of the earth and enabled the completion of the Kirtland Temple and some very important events. It made possible the continuance of spiritual gospel blessings under the gospel of grace despite the breaking of the covenant of consecration by the collective church. It enabled the fulfillment of the prophecy, that the Lord would come “suddenly” and “secretly” to his temple after which the saints had the keys of the Gospel of Abraham and the law of mercy, ( see Section 110 April 3 1836)

After rejecting the fulness of the Gospel, the saints found themselves in the same situation that ancient Israel found themselves in, when they refused to go up the mount and see the face of God and when they were found transgressing as Moses was bringing the plates with the higher law down the mountain.

At that point in time, God informs Moses that He is going to destroy ancient Israel from off the face of the earth.

However Moses intercedes in behalf of ancient Israel and offers himself as an atonement offering in their behalf. It appears as if He and Aaron would eventually  have Israel’s sins placed upon them and act them out and would face the consequences of transgression that Israel deserved, because of their intercessory offering

Does it not stand to reason that the latter day saints would have likewise been wiped of the face of the earth once they rejected the higher law causing them to likewise require an intervention to prevent their destruction?

I would suggest that if you read the revelation closely in the D&C at that period of time, the Lord had declared that judgments were indeed coming upon the earth and that the destroyer/devourer had been sent forth… oddly, within a short period of time, things stabilized and the ominous doom being announced in the revelations became little more than a footnote in the history of the church.

Is it possible that a latter day intervention took place?

From the allegory in Jacob we find that the latter day Moses also intercedes for latter day Israel just like Moses had done anciently. Notice what takes place when the Lord is contemplating casting them into the fire for their rebelliousness:

“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..”

Understanding that an intercession took place provides critical context for understanding modern revelation and the early history of the church….. Ok, let’s continue..

5- Looking at what was going to take place in Kirtland, the Book of Mormon prophet Mormon makes the following declaration:

 “Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things [the Book of Mormon] shall come forth among you.  Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing…. “O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God?O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God…” (Mormon 8:33)

Again, I realize that most of the alternative LDS bloggers think the above prophecy about polluting the Holy Church of God is referring to events that took place way after the martyrdom, such as when the modern corporate church began to self-correct and reject the heresies taught by Brigham Young, or perhaps referring to this time that we are currently living in, where good people are being cast out of the church, or perhaps even a future time, but that is only because they don’t understand what the “holy Church of God” is.

They don’t understand that the true Melchizedek priesthood must be on the earth and the saints must be living or attempting to live the law of consecration in order for the true Church of Christ to be called the Church of God. They don’t understand that the true Melchizedek priesthood and the Church of God has not been on the earth since December of 1834.

The Lord has sent strong delusion and even many of those that appear to be awake are still under the delusion that the modern church still represents the “Church of God”  or the “Church of Christ”, when in fact it has perverted virtually every doctrine of the restoration, rejected the law of the gospel has revealed in section 42, and “..discarded the principles of church government established by our Lord and adopted those of Lucifer.” 

It does not represent the Church of God, it represents a lesser kingdom, a lesser priesthood, with a lesser commission.

I acknowledge and have thusly documented that the modern apostate church still has a mandate from God and I think those that feel led to participate should do so.

Taking the oracles to the nations of the world and witnessing of the name of Christ is the most important missionary work taking place in the world in may opinion, however, if a person has an awakening that causes them to become openly critical of the church to the extent that the church feels it needs to protect itself from a critical member, the desire of the excommunicated member to petition the First Presidency to reinstate them, so that they can enjoy membership in the apostate church and continue criticizing it, baffles me.

The point is that we are living in the period of time that John the Revelator spoke of, when the whole world has been deceived by Satan.

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” Rev 12:9

Understanding how and when the restored church collectively transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances and broke the everlasting covenant is critical.

Now then, if God was going to make good on His promise to deliver the latter day saints over to Satan, would he not, could he not, use his latter day mouthpiece to do it?

Is that not what is taught in Ezekiel 14?

Have we not been taught that when the elders of Israel come before the Lord’s mouthpiece to inquire, with impure hearts that God has his prophet tell them what they want to hear based on their impure hearts?

“THEN came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. (Ezek 14:1-5)

With the above passage in mind, does it not make perfect sense that Joseph would begin doing and saying bizarre  things that contradict the revelations given during the 3 1/2 year time of nourishment, once the fulness had been rejected by the saints?

Does it not make sense that Joseph would lead some of the brethren on an uninspired treasure hunt only to be told by the Lord that their attempt at find the treasure was “folly”?

Does it not make sense that Joseph would tell the saints that the Kirtland Safety Society was inspired and would be a success?

What about his knowledge of and support of the Danites and his involvement in Masonry?

Does it not make perfect sense that He would begin secretly telling people that the practice of polygamy was a higher marital law than the law of monogamy given as the marital law of the fulness of the gospel in section 42?

Does it not make perfect sense that in the King Follett discourse, Joseph would contradict what God had declared about His own character and nature in the Bible, Book of Mormon and previous revelations, including the Lectures on Faith?

What about Mormon’s prophetic declaration that the scriptures would be transfigured and what about Isaiah’s prophetic declaration that the saints of the restored church would “[transgress] the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant”?

Did the saints not transgress the laws that were originally given? Did Joseph Smith not alter the revelations to change the ordinance of Baptism and the Sacrament? Did not all of this happen directly after the saints rejected the fulness?

6- Changing Ordinances? Compare the Book of Commandments with the Doctrine and Covenants. One of the truly mindblowingly remarkable things about the changes between the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants is the fact that Joseph Smith literally changed the wording in the ordinances.

It is interesting to note that although Isaiah 24:5 speaks of ordinance as “singular”, the D&C version of the prophecy provides additional clarity by making ordinances “plural”. Notice how Joseph literally changed the wording in both the baptismal ordinance AND in the Sacrament ordinance:

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24:52 Whosoever being called of God and having authority given them of Jesus Christ, shall go down into the water with them, and shall say, calling them by name: 24:53 Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 20:73 The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented himself or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The point is not how significant the change is, the point is that the wording was changed. It fulfills the prophecy. The original wording was acceptable and valid in the Book of Mormon and in the restored church during the first four years that converts were being baptized into the church. The saints baptized during the first four years were not required to get re-baptized. No mistake had been made in the original Book of Commandments. Therefore, why the change in wording with no explanation?

Change in the terminology relating to the Sacrament Prayer

24:31 The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons and members of the church of Christ. 24:32 An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize and to ordain other elders, priests, teachers and deacons, and to administer the flesh and blood of Christ according to the scriptures; 20:38 The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members of the church of Christ–An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize; 20:39 And to ordain other elders, priests, teachers, and deacons; 20:40 And to administer bread and wine–the emblems of the flesh and blood of Christ— 20:41 And to confirm those who are baptized into the church, by the laying on of hands for the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures;

The change above is very significant.

Amazingly we learn from Christ’s visit to the Nephites that there were two separate sacraments given. The first appears to have been a preparatory sacrament where bread and water were used as “emblems” of Christ’s flesh and blood. The second mystical Sacrament only refers to the partaking literally of his flesh and blood. Notice the same wording in the passage in the Book of Commandments.

Furthermore, even though a revelation states that water can replace wine when it is not possible for the saints to use wine of their own making for the purpose of the sacrament, the saints have long since replaced the wine with water categorically even though they have the resources and capacity to make their own wine and obey the commandment.  Releasing themselves from obeying the original commandment despite having the capacity to make wine for the sacred purpose is very serious. No revelation was ever given that justifies this.

It is also important to note that divine procedure for the Sacrament offering is for the congregation to kneel. Have you ever seen an LDS congregation kneel?

These wording and procedural changes of ordinances are significant. They are clearly what the prophecies in Isaiah and section one are referring to. It is important to note that additional changes in baptismal procedure also took place.

Notice the wording in the D&C that was very similar to the original wording in the BofC that requires the baptismal candidate to make a public confession before the church BEFORE the baptism is performed

20:37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism–All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.

It appears as if it may have been as far back as perhaps during Joseph Smith’s ministry that the saints began neglecting to follow the above ordinance protocol. The change in protocol has continued to this very day. When was the last time you ever saw a child or an adult come before the church with a broken heart and contrite spirit to make a PUBLIC confession to the church that they have truly repented of all their sins BEFORE they were baptized!

Joseph Smith himself declared that the saints had been chastened for not obeying the commandments and for departing from the ordinances when they got to Nauvoo:

“We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying His commands . . . we have treated lightly His commands, AND DEPARTED FROM HIS ORDINANCES, and the Lord has chastened us sore, and we have felt His arm and kissed the rod”

Clearly, the divine protocols and procedures pertaining to the saving ordinances as well as other principles of church government that that saints of the restoration had been commanded to adhere to had been discarded during Joseph’s ministry, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.

Discovering the Doctored Covenants led me on a long journey to understand why Joseph Smith altered God’s holy word. I am now convinced that he was inspired to make those changes to match the contextual change in trajectory that the church had gone through in just a few years since rejecting the fulness.

On my journey it became apparent to me that historical revisionism has been an integral part of the modern church’s attempt to hide the serious apostasy that has taken place. Finally, it has occurred to me that not only have the revelations been changed, but the original ordinances of the restoration have also been changed and they are reflected in the changes made in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Did Joseph know what he was doing when he was making the changes in the wording of the Doctrine and Covenants?

Did he know God was using him to deliver apostate Israel over to the idolatry in their hearts?

I believe he did.

He informed the saints that he could keep a secret until doomsday.

I believe that he and Sidney Rigdon knew exactly what  they were doing and why they were doing it when they called a special conference in 1834 and motioned that the name of the Church of Christ be changed to the Church of the Latter day Saints without giving any reason for the name change.

They knew exactly what they were doing. They were winking at God while doing it.

Apostate latter day Israel was being delivered over to Satan as promised. God is a faithful and just parent. He keeps his promises. We latter day saints have been naughty and have been sent to our bedroom to think things over for a “Little season”.

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

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

12 years from 1830 is about when the saints were rejected as a church with their dead.

But what about the dark days of Nauvoo?

Did Joseph know that the things he was teaching regarding celestial polygamy and the false doctrines taught in the King Follett discourse?

I suspect that by that time Joseph’s eyes had been covered because of the iniquity of apostate latter day Israel, per the prophecy of Isaiah:

“For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.

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Editorial Note: When I originally published this post I made a very inappropriate and sarcastic comment about people that become awakened and therefore critical of the current corporate church, who attempt to have their disciplinary hearings overturned, and attempt to retain or regain their membership status.

I have since removed that comment.

The comment was not directed at any specific person and it was made out of frustration because I feel I have been very inept over the last seven years in explaining that the latter day apostasy spoken in scripture was fully complete at the time of the martyrdom. It began when the fulness of the gospel was rejected  by the saints and lost from the earth in 1834 and was complete when the condemned church failed to repent and have a restoration in all things which resulted in the condemned church being rejected as a church with their dead in Nauvoo, prior to the martyrdom.

It has been frustrating to me that so many fringe bloggers  always characterize the apostasy of the latter day church as depicted in Mormon 8 and 2nd Nephi 28 as being directed to us and our time, thinking that the modern corporate church is the “holy church of God”, when in fact those passages in the Book of Mormon are primarily referring to the saints of the restored church living during Joseph Smith’s ministry who transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broke the everlasting covenant

Those of us living now have inherited an apostate religion, even though the modern church still has the valid commission given to the apostle in Section 118, of publishing the gospel to the nations and testifying of the name of Christ.

Obviously membership in the corporate church is a very personal issue that everyone needs to determine for themselves. I have always stated that I do not ever try to influence how people make that decision, which is one of many reasons that my comment was inappropriate and has been removed.

Although I have removed that comment, I want to share an email that I got from Rock Waterman, who explains why he feels that it is important to him to fight for his membership.

“I have been given strong instruction from the Lord to exhaust all scriptural remedies.  Perhaps it’s because the Lord wants me working from the inside.  There is only one reason leaders would want me out, and that is because a member, no matter how faithful to the true teachings, loses credibility with believers when he can be pointed to and called an apostate.  That is of course why they expelled other bloggers such as Adrian Larsen, Brent Larsen, Will Carter, and others.

But I suspect the larger reason is that by first witnessing at the hearing as to my beliefs in the Restoration, then appealing their unjust decision to the seat of the First Presidency, these men are given the opportunity to repent.  And if they fail to repent, and instead affirm the decision of the stake high council, the opportunity is given them to bring condemnation on THEIR heads as well as the heads of the local leaders.

I believe the Lord wants these opportunities extended, so at the last day when they stand before Him for judgment, they are left with no excuse.

Of course, I hope for an institutional repentance.  But if that repentance is not forthcoming, then will I publish the contents of my appeal for all the church to witness the dishonesty and hypocrisy currently existing in the Corporate Church, from the lowest levels of leadership to the highest.”

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