For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

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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

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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


The Secret Bloodline

March 26, 2015

Chapter 9
The Secret Re-establishment of the Davidic Dynasty
Reuniting of the Kingdom of Israel and The Kingdom of Judah
The Secret Reason for Polygamy
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During the nearly seven years that I have been blogging I have had several people ask me to explain who the Jews and Gentiles are in the scriptures and why it is relevant to the Latter day Saint restoration movement.  They want to know why tribal lineage was important anciently and if it continues to be important in modern times. In this chapter I will briefly discuss this.

Many Protestants that claim to be Biblical Christians see absolutely no significance in tracing lineal descent because they are oblivious to, or simply don’t believe the doctrine of British Israelism[1]. They consider themselves to be Gentiles that do not originate from the House of Israel. Even many Mormons are oblivious to the fact that modern revelation is pregnant with the doctrine. My contention is that it is essential to understand this amazing doctrine in order to understand who we are and where we come from. Furthermore, it is essential to understand this in order to understand the events of end times prophecy. For this reason, we need to briefly address this topic.

It is really important to understand how and why the twelve tribes of Israel were split up as a kingdom after the death of Solomon and the prophecies that related to this historical event. Ancient prophets foretold the great mystery about how the divided kingdom would eventually be reunited by a descendant of King David, prior to the return of the Lord and the final establishment of Zion. I believe Joseph Smith is the Davidic Servant spoken of in prophecy and that he began the process of restoring the two houses of Israel and their fragmented branches during  the second watch. This grafting together of the House of Israel into the Gentile church was prophesied of by Christ in 3 Nephi 16. Although Joseph began this grafting process in the 2nd watch, he will complete the process in the third watch. Interestingly, the following passage from the allegory in Jacob seems to have reference to the mystical reuniting of the fragmented kingdom.

“And the branches of the natural tree will I graft in again into the natural tree; And the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the natural branches of the tree; and thus will I bring them together again, that they shall bring forth the natural fruit, and they shall be one.”[2]

Book of Mormon Terminology

The Book of Mormon people such as the Nephites and Lamanites are sometimes called “Jews”, and “House of Israel”. The term “Jew” in the scriptures is sometimes used in a broad sense, to generally refer to the “House of Israel” and other times it is used in a more limited sense, referring to the tribe of Judah or remnants of the ancient Kingdom of Judah.

Conversely, the Book of Mormon refers to the American pilgrims from England that settled in America and their descendents, including many of the American settlers that accepted the gospel at the time of Joseph Smith’s early ministry, as “Gentiles”.

What many Mormons don’t realize is that Christ makes reference to the LDS converts that would migrate to Nauvoo from the British Isles after the early Kirtland years, as the “House of Israel”, tribally differentiating them from the believing and unbelieving “gentiles” already located in America.

Few people catch that because they assume that the rejection of the Gospel by the Gentiles as prophesied by Christ in 3 Nephi 16, is referring to a period of time that is yet future. Some fundamentalists might contend that the rejection of the fulness of the gospel took place at the turn of the century when the church began rejecting the practice of polygamy and other heretical doctrines taught by Brigham Young.

Other fringe groups contend that we have seen this event take place more recently or that it is still a future event. Nevertheless, it is clearly documented in several chapters of this book, that the fulness was offered and rejected to the newly restored gentile church between 1831-1834.

Prior to the dedication of the Kirtland Temple in 1836 the restored church was primarily composed of “Gentiles”. After the second great apostasy in Kirtland, many of the gentiles of the restored church defected from the church. Shortly after that, Joseph Smith announced that “something new must be done for the salvation of the church” and he began grafting other branches of the House of Israel into the church. He did this by commissioning the Twelve apostles to establish foreign missions.

It is no coincidence that it took about five years for the witnesses of the Book of Mormon to finally get around to obeying God’s commission to identify and call a quorum of Twelve Apostles. It is no coincidence that they were not called and ordained until AFTER the fulness had been rejected. It was no coincidence that their ministry took place while they as a quorum were in a full blown apostasy. Their initial calling was not to be endowed with power from on high and go forth for the last time, as described in section one of the D&C. Unlike the high priests that were referred to as the first laborers of the last kingdom that would go forth in power, they had a preliminary assignment from the Lord.

God was actually using them for a special interim purpose. On the surface, we are informed that they were taking the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel, as contained in the Book of Mormon, to the world so that those with believing blood could be nourished with God’s holy word during the four generation “little season” of chastisement and learning that we are currently in. This period of nourishment from reading the word of God that was delivered through Joseph Smith is what helps to keep the roots of the tree alive according to the allegory in Jacob. However if we drill down deep enough, a parallel narrative emerges. The Lord was using Joseph Smith and these good brethren of the Twelve to restore an ancient Kingdom to the earth.

Because of the apostate condition of the Twelve Apostles, Thomas March was concerned about his brethren of the Twleve and he petitioned the Lord, through Joseph Smith to provide greater understanding about what the calling of the Twelve entailed and how they would be brought out of their darkened state. In answer to this petition, a revelation to Thomas Marsh and the Twelve was received. It is documented in  section 112. In it, the Lord informs them that they are recipients of a priesthood that came down from the patriarchal fathers:

For unto you, the Twelve, and those, the First Presidency, who are appointed with you to be your counselors and your leaders, is the power of this priesthood given, for the last days and for the last time, in the which is the dispensation of the fulness of times.
31 Which power you hold, in connection with all those who have received a dispensation at any time from the beginning of the creation;
32 For verily I say unto you, the keys of the dispensation, which ye have received, have come down from the fathers, and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.

Of course they were currently living during the dispensation of the “last days” that began with the new testament apostles taking the gospel to the gentiles. The dispensation of the “last days” lasts for a long time and it incorporates other dispensations within it. It will eventually incorporate the dispensation of the “fulness of times”. Several years later, in 1842, Joseph would note that the dispensation of the fulness of times was just beginning to be ushered in. (See D&C 128:18) Additional comments from Joseph Smith and passages from Section 124 revealed that the fulness would not be ushered in until the Saints repented and completed the Nauvoo Temple.

But getting back to section 112, given to the Twelve Apostles in 1837, notice which dispensational “keys”  had already been ushered in, and given to the First Presidency and the Twelve, it was a dispensation that had “come down from the fathers“!

It is remarkable that even though Joseph and Oliver had been commanded to not reveal the details of the secret visitation of Christ and the patriarchal fathers, as documented in section 110, the Lord himself was making explicit reference to it in this revelation. Anyone paying attention to the details of this revelation must have been scratching their heads wondering when these dispensational keys from the Old Testament “fathers” had been delivered. It is remarkable that because the documentation of this sacred event was preserved, those of us living in a future generation realize that the patriarchal fathers spoken of in section 112 are represented by Abraham, Moses and Elijah. Some of the early unpublished revelations referred to this ancient priesthood as the “evangelical priesthood”, referring to the fact that Abraham was an evangelists that converted people to the gospel. Other revelations and teachings of Joseph Smith referred to this priesthood as “patriarchal priesthood” and the “priesthood of Abraham”, etc.

Although the High Priests that had been ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood would have to wait until the third watch before they would receive their endowment of power from on high and go forth among the nations for the last time, an amazing interim event was taking place to keep the roots alive. The quorum of the twelve had been ordained with the keys of the priesthood of Abraham, and were now engaged on a mission endeavor that would begin reuniting the ancient Kingdom of Judah with the ancient kingdom of Israel.

Because of the success of this new missionary endeavor, converts from the House of Israel began migrating from the British Isles to Nauvoo. This period of time saw the tribal ancestry of the church membership begin to transition as various branches of the dispersed tribes of Israel began to be grafted back in to the “natural tree” that had branches that had become wild.

Little did these apostles realize that God was using them to re-establish the Davidic Kingdom that had been prophesied of anciently.

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The Book of Mormon does not speak highly about the gentile church that Joseph Smith restored.

Most of the prophecies in the book of Mormon about the problems with the restored gentile church are referring to the restored Gentile church at the time of Joseph Smith’s ministry. They are not referring to those of us living four generations later, although much of the criticism is certainly applicable to us, since we have inherited much of the false tradition of our fathers.

For instance in Mormon 8, when the Gentiles are reprimanded for transfiguring the holy word of God and of polluting the Holy Church of God, it is the Kirtland Saints living during Joseph Smith’s ministry that is being specifically referred to, not us. Mormon 8 is primarily referencing the rejection of the gospel by the Gentiles as prophesied of by Christ in 3 Nephi 16. The holy Church of God and the fulness of priesthood that always accompanies it, has not been on the earth since that time. It has not been on the earth for four generations.  The term “Holy Church of God” when used in Mormon 8, and in modern revelation, refers to the “true and living Church” that briefly emerged for a period of 3 1/2 years, that was attempting to embraces the fulness of the gospel and priesthood.

The Holy Church of God Fled back into the Wilderness

The timeline chart shown below that was introduced in an early chapter illustrates that the holy Church and kingdom of God came forth out of the wilderness for 3  1/2 years, just as John the Revelator and the Book of Daniel prophesied that it would. Following that, the Saints would be overcome until the ancient of days returns.

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The 3 1/2 year period that the fulness would be offered and ultimately rejected by the Saints, began in June of 1831 when the fulness of priesthood was restored at the Morley Farm and 23 high priests were called by the voice of God out of heaven. It then fled back into the wilderness as soon as the saints cumulatively broke the everlasting covenant as foretold in Isaiah 24.

Exactly 3 1/2 years after the Melchizedek priesthood was restored at the Morley Farm, the Lord gave a revelation declaring that the saints and their leaders were under condemnation and needed to have a reformation in ALL THINGS. Shortly after that, the Lord announced that the covenant of consecration had been broken and that the Saints must wait for a little season to live the law of Zion and the heavens began to close.

LDS scholars and apologists tell us that the heretical teachings that infiltrated the church during the Nauvoo period, that contradicted the early teachings during the revelatory period during the early Kirtland years, were the result of progressive revelation. They contend that Joseph was  more illuminated and revelatory in Nauvoo, than he had been in Kirtland. But I assure that such is not the case. The eyes of the seers were being covered after the fulness was rejected, just as Isaiah had prophesied. Progressive revelation always builds upon and complements previous revelation, it never contradicts it. The above chart shows that the first five and a half years of Joseph’s public ministry represented the revelatory sweet spot of the LDS restoration movement. Over 100 canonized revelations came forth during that time. Only about 20 came during the remaining ten years! The heavens were closing as the saint rejected the fulness and progressed further into apostasy.

Brigham Young’s use of the terms Jews and Gentiles

Further complicating things for Mormon’s trying to make sense out of all of this Jew and Gentile lingo, is the fact that Brigham Young referred to non-members of the church categorically as “Gentiles” and members of the church categorically as Israel. Brigham’s uses of these terms is not congruent with how the terms are used in the Book of Mormon.

As noted earlier, one of the great secrets of Mormonism is that the gathering of converts to Nauvoo from the British Isles represented the gathering of remnants of the ancient kingdom of Judah as well as other remnants of the ancient kingdom of Israel.

Interestingly, Brigham Young also used the term Jew differently than the Book of Mormon does, insisting that the Jews would not believe in Christ before they are gathered. He felt they would not accept Christ until after everyone else had the opportunity for salvation.[3] Conversely, the Book of Mormon teaches that the Jews would begin to believe and then gather in the last days as a result of their belief in Christ[4]. One of the great irony’s is that many of the Saints that followed Brigham Young to Utah were remnants of the ancient kingdom of Judah. Indeed, it is completely conceivable if not probable, that Brigham Young himself was a descendant of the ancient House of David and kingdom of Judah.

Kingdom of Judah = Jews
Kingdom of Israel = Gentiles

To provide a little broader context for the use of these terms and for better understanding the prophecy in 3rd Nephi, I am going to need to get into a little bit of history[5].

I believe the Lord intended this topic to be confusing so that prophecy can take place. There is a reason why most latter days saints don’t really understand who they are, because in order for things to prophetically play out the way they are going to, these people need to be oblivious to the fact that most of the major last days prophecies about “Jerusalem” and “Babylon” and the “Jews” are going to take place in America, not the Old World. Because of this, they will not understand the prophetic events that are taking place around them until it is too late.

In modern revelation the word Babylon is used about nine times. Sometimes it is referring to spiritual Babylon which is a perverse and pervasive worldwide spiritual sickness that worldly people have, other times it is referring to a geographical area referred to in other scriptures as Babylon the Great, which the elect are commanded to flee from at the appointed time. Obviously it is not talking about the Babylon of the Old World. Clearly, America is the center place that is referred to in end times prophecy as Babylon the Great.

America represents the right arm of destruction of the great latter day kingdom that pollutes and oppresses all other kingdoms. America is the most evil war mongering empire in the entire world ( which is secretly governed by sinister forces that can be traced through the Crown to the Vatican). Those that are still looking to the Old World as the Babylon of the end times simply don’t understand prophecy, and rightly so. The masses are always taken by surprise by the fulfillment of prophecy. God has covered the eyes of the people.

Historical Background of the two Houses of Israel

Anciently the twelve tribes of Israel had lived as a federation under leaders referred to as “Judges” until the people chose to have a King rule them. At that time, their system of government transitioned into a monarchy and they became the United Kingdom of Israel, ruled by a king. It was first led by King Saul, then King David, and then David’s son, King Solomon. David and Solomon began a dynasty that would ultimately be divided during the reign of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, but according to prophecy, the Davidic dynasty would re-emerge in the last days. According to ancient prophecy, once it emerges, a king from the Davidic bloodline will continue to sit on the throne until Christ and his servants return to the vineyard.

Eventually, after the death of Solomon, the kingdom was led by Solomon’s son Rehoboam who taxed the people heavily. Because of this, part of the kingdom rebelled, splitting the United Kingdom of Israel, into two kingdoms, a northern kingdom and a southern kingdom. The southern kingdom was called the “kingdom of Judah” which was composed mainly of the tribe of Judah and Benjamin, and a portion of the Levites. This kingdom continued to be led by Rehoboam who reigned for about 17 years.

The northern “Kingdom of Israel” was composed of the remaining tribes. The tribe of Levi represented the priests responsible for overseeing the sacrifices and statutes and temple rites. They were not granted land inheritances because of their priestly calling. It is not insignificant that this priestly tribe was divided in the midst of both kingdoms.  The kingdom of Israel was initially led by Jeroboam, an Ephraimite. It is believed that he reigned for about 22 years.

Long story short, both kingdoms sinned before God[6]. Because of this, both kingdoms lost the land they had been given and were moved out of their place of geographical land inheritances[7]. The kingdom of Judah was dispersed from their lands while the kingdom of Israel was cast out of the Lords sight. Eventually these two groups would be referred to as the “dispersed of Judah” and the “outcasts of Israel”.

Despite being dispersed, the Kingdom of Judah retained their tribal identity while the outcasts of Israel mingled among the gentile nations, remained scattered, and lost their tribal identity along with the integrity and purity of their lineal tribal bloodline.

The Jews from the kingdom of Judah later gathered back to the Old World Jerusalem and reconstituted their tribal kingdom prior to New Testament times, within the Roman Empire. These are the Jews Christ dealt with during His ministry in the meridian of time.

The Kingdom of Israel, was losing their identity by assimilating into the gentile nations. They did not reconstitute their kingdom like the Jews did. Rather, they remained somewhat scattered during New Testament times. Nevertheless, reference is made to them by the Disciples of Christ in the New Testament.[8]

After the Jews rejected Christ during the meridian of time, they were once again “destroyed” as a kingdom and “dispersed” and “scattered among the nations” even though the scriptures continue to refer to them as “Jews” and “House of Israel”. It is because of this that the law of adoption becomes necessary in the latter days when God gathers his people and needs to cleanse them with a spiritual rebirth.

When Joseph Smith declared that something new must be done for the salvation of the church and began establishing foreign missions, he noted that the missionaries were being sent to gather the “the outcasts of Israel” (remnants of the ancient kingdom of Israel) and “the dispersed of Judah” (remnants of the ancient Kingdom of Judah).

In modern times the remnants of the ancient kingdom of Israel (outcasts of Israel) are generally referred to “gentiles” because they have been scattered among the gentile nations and have mingled their seed and bloodlines with the gentile nations. Many of these gentiles ended up in America prior to the LDS restoration. There are generally two classifications of Gentiles living in America according to the book of Mormon,

1) the believing Gentiles and

2) the unbelieving Gentiles.

The book of Mormon reminds us that as many of the Geniles as believe, are the covenant people of the Lord:[9]

The kingdom of Judah (Jews) in the New Testament were scattered after they rejected Christ. At this time, they also finally lost their tribal identity, just as the kingdom of Israel did. Nevertheless, the scriptures continue to refer to them as the Jews and the House of Israel. This may be simply for reasons of differentiating them from the other kingdom, or it may be that they have largely been able to reproduce within their tribal heritage.

An understanding of this history is important for many reasons. One is that it provides valuable context for the prophecy that Christ gives in the 3rd Nephi 16. The influx of people that converted to the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel and migrated to America as a result of the foreign missions established by the quorum of the Twelve, are referred to as the House of Israel by Christ, in contradistinction to the gentile saints from the Kirtland era. These converts  were had the same general appearance as the gentile saints they were being grafted into. They were largely clueless about their tribal heritage descending from the ancient kingdom of Judah.

The Real Jews Begin to Believe Before Being Gathered

The Book of Mormon informs us that the Jews will begin to believe before they are gathered in the last days. Again, this is referring to the converts coming to America from the British Isles. The So-called Jews that began gathering to the Old World Jerusalem in the 1940’s do not believe in Christ. This is one of many reasons we know that they are not the Jews spoken of in prophecy.

When the LDS restoration movement began, most of the American settlers that responded to the call of the restored Gospel during the Kirtland era, were “Gentiles” who had originated from the kingdom of Israel. Hence the Lord revealed in February of 1834 (D&C 103) that these gentiles saints of the restoration were the latter day Children of Israel:

“For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham”

In section 109, the Lord referred to Joseph Smith and the first elders of the church as the “sons of Jacob”

“That from among all these, thy servants, the sons of Jacob, may gather out the righteous to build a holy city to thy name, as thou hast commanded them.”

But in the same section, he also acknowledged that they are “Identified with the Gentiles” or called, gentiles, because their tribal ancestors had been mingled among the nations:

“Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles.”

The Secret Re-establishment of the House of David and Judah

One of the great secrets of the LDS restoration movement is that shortly after the rejection of the fulness of the Gospel, a secret intervention took place that greatly changed the trajectory of the church and the following events began to take place:

1-  The Lord had mercy on the children of Jacob
2- The Lord began to redeem Jerusalem (in America)
3- The yoke of bondage began to be broken off of the House of David.
4- The Children of Judah began to return to the lands in America that the Lord promised to Abraham their father[10]

The dedicatory prayer offered up in the Kirtland Temple provided an intercessory prayer by Joseph and others petitioning that “Jerusalem” (referring to the scattered remnants of the kingdom of Judah would begin to be redeemed from their scattered condition and that the yoke of bondage would “begin” to be broken off of the  “house of David”, and that the “children of Judah” would begin to return to the lands of the Abrahamic land covenant (America)

“We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed; And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David; And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.”

The above passages have nothing to do with the land of Jerusalem in the Old World or with the Ashkenazi Jews that are claiming the Old World Jerusalem as the lands of their inheritance. The smokescreen gathering that took place in the Old World in about 1948 that was financed by the Rockefellers, did not begin in 1836. It began over 100 years later. Nothing happened “from that very hour” in the Old World.

What was happening from that very hour was the restoration of the keys of gathering followed by the establishment of foreign missions to take the message of the gospel to the remnants of the House of David and the Children of Judah and to gather them to the land of America that God had promised as the Abrahamic land covenant land to ALL of the tribes of Israel. The ancient prophecies pertaining to the house of David and the kingdom of David were beginning to take place even though the eyes of the saints were blinded to what was going on.

The Secret Prophecy and Vision

In fulfillment of the secret petition documented in section 109, the Lord secretly appeared to Joseph and Oliver on the eighth day after the dedicatory prayer and accepted the temple. This appearance was followed by angelic messengers who secretly ushered in the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, which opened up the way for the petition in the dedicatory prayer to be fulfilled. Additionally, Joseph and Oliver were given the keys of the gathering of Israel by Moses so that the scattered remnants of the ancient kingdom of Judah could “begin” to believe, and to gather.  (one of the trademarks of modern Mormonism is that they only “begin” to believe. They have not been able to accept the fulness of the gospel, they can only accept a preparatory gospel)

During that visitation Elijah the prophet declared that the keys of the ancient dispensation that would enable the hearts of the fathers to the children, and children to the fathers, had been fully restored. He was referencing not only the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that had just taken place, but also  the fact that he, Elijah the Tishbite, who was also known as John the Baptist, during New Testament times, had restored these keys of an ancient priesthood to Joseph and Oliver seven years earlier. (See section 13.)

It was the ancient priesthood keys that were delivered by the appearance of our ancient fathers, Abraham, Elijah and Moses that the Twelve apostles had been commissioned with in section 112!

The history of the church provides documentation that Joseph did organize the Quorum of the Twelve apostles and sent missionaries to Canada, and Great Britain, etc., to begin this amazing gathering of the House of David, the Children of Judah, and other remnants of ancient Israel, in fulfillment to the petition offered in section 109, as well as the prophecies in the OT. This event also fulfills the prophecy of Christ in 3 Nephi 16.

Following the events that took place during the eight day string of rituals in the Kirtland Temple, wherein the petition was offered and granted, the message of the gospel was taken to those of the House of David and the Children of Judah, as well as remnants of the ancient kingdom of Israel. Many of the converts that began flowing into Nauvoo from across the ocean are remnants of the ancient kingdom of Judah as well as some of the scattered remnants from the ancient kingdom of Israel. These remnants are sometimes referred to as the “Jews” and as the “house of Israel”. (The Book of Mormon sometimes uses those two terms interchangeably)

3rd Nephi 16

Below I am going to break down the prophecy of Christ into three distinct historical events. The first two have taken place. The last one is about to take place.

The prophecy of Christ in 3rd Nephi details this exact sequence:

Part 1- The Gentiles Reject the fulness that is offered for 3 1/2 years between June 1831 and December of 1834

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

Part 2- The “knowledge” of the fulness of the gospel is taken from the Gentiles to the House House of Israel: Joseph Smith declares that the Lord has revealed to him that “Something new must be done for the salvation of the Church”. He then established foreign missions to take the “knowledge of the gospel” to the “Outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah”. Thousands of converts began flowing into Nauvoo and eventually to Utah. Following the succession crisis, the Jewish members of the Church overtook the leadership positions of the church and the Gentiles no longer had priesthood power over the remnants of Judah. The kingdom of Judah was secretly re-established in the last days and is now disguised as the church that was restored through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith

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

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

Part 3- In the third watch, the original servants of God will return and repent at the conclusion of the acceptable atonement offering. The fulness of the gospel will then be restored and the dispensation of the fulness of times and the Marvelous work will be ushered in and the righteous and repentant among both houses of Israel during the last four generations will be reunited in fulfillment of prophecy.

“But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.”

four generations

One of the great secrets is that we are currently living during the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham, not the dispensation of the fulness of the Gospel. As you can see from the above illustration, the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham lasts for about four generations. Following that, Christ and his servants return to the vineyard, a remnant of the gentiles will repent and the fulness will once again be ushered in.

To recap our brief history lesson; the united kingdom of Israel was divided and both houses were eventually dispersed. The remnants of the Kingdom of Judah retained their identity and returned to Jerusalem where they cumulatively rejected Christ’s ministry. Conversely, the remnants of the Kingdom of Israel were cast out of the Lords sight, and they mingled among the gentile nations and lost their tribal identity. As prophesied by Christ, the remnants of the Kingdom of Judah that had rejected Christ during the meridian of time had their kingdom destroyed and the survivors were dispersed once again. This time they lost their tribal identity as well even though the scriptures continue to refer to them as the House of Israel and the Jews.

The Reuniting of Two Kingdoms in the Latter days

Having just reviewed a brief summary of the division of the united kingdom of Israel anciently and the fact that Joseph Smith and the Twelve Apostles were instrumental in grafting some of the branches together during the LDS restoration movement, let us now review some of the ancient prophecies that foretold the re-establishment of the United Kingdom of Israel and the re-emergence of the Davidic Dynasty. It is important to realize that according to ancient prophecy, one of the things that the Davidic descendant of David does, is to reunite the two kingdoms together again. This is largely what Joseph Smith was doing when he established foreign missions!

Listed below are some of the Old Testament prophecies relating to the reuniting of the two general branches of Israel. Keep in mind that the reuniting of the two kingdoms is a process that takes place over a substantial period of time. It began during Joseph Smith’s ministry in the 2nd watch, but is not finalized until the return of God’s servant and the beginning of the Marvelous work in the 3rd watch:

Zachariah

“And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them”.[11]

Jeremiah

“In those days and in that time,’ says the LORD, ‘the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; with continual weeping they shall come, and seek the LORD their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with their faces toward it, saying, “Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that will not be forgotten”

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

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

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

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more”. [12]

Ezekiel

The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

¶ And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

¶ And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all[13]

Isaiah

AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

¶ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

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

The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.[14]

Another great secret is that Joseph Smith is the descendant of King David that was two restore the two ancient houses of Israel back into one kingdom and establish the throne of David which was to continue until the secret return of the Lord of the vineyard and his servant.

Now lets go back into the Old Testament passages and drill down a little bit regarding God’s promises to King David. An important part of the King David narratie is that David desired to build a house for the Lord to dwell in but did not build it because the Lord would not allow David to build it.

“Thus sayeth the Lord, thou shalt not build me a house to live in”[15]

Bible scholars do not all agree as to why the Lord did not allow David to build the house although some believe that it is because of wars and the shedding of blood that David had been involved it[16]. It becomes clear from the text and the hindsight of thousands of years, that it was not the appointed time for the particular house that was being spoken of.

It is documented in both 1 Chronicles 17 and 2nd Samuel 7 that through Nathan the prophet the Lord told David about a descendant of his that would build a house for the Lord and that the Lords people would not be moved out of their place anymore:

1 Chronicles 17

Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning..”

 It is apparent from history, as documented in the Bible, that the Lord was referring to a time in the latter days when he would plant his people in their appointed place and they would be moved no more. It nevertheless appeared, at the time it was given, as if the Lord is referring to the reign of David’s son Solomon.

A few passages later the Lord informs David that a descendant of his will be raised up and the Lord would establish his kingdom. ,

 

“And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.

He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.

I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:

But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.”

 Again, the above prophecy is speaking about the emergence of a descendant of David in the last days whose throne will be established for evermore. The same narrative is contained in 2 Samuel 7 but with greater detail.

 2nd Samuel 7

 “Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies.  Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

I will be his father, and he shall be my son.  If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.[17]

 We have previously established the fact that the above prophecy is not speaking of Jesus as the literal fulfillment, he can only be considered a vague, shadow fulfillment because he never committed sin.  We also know that it cannot be speaking of Solomon because he was not chastened by the rod of man and he was not successful in establishing the throne of David with the posterity of King David sitting in the throne perpetually until the Lord of the vineyard returns. The kingdom was divided during the reign of his son.

It is true that many Bible scholars erroneously assume that the descendant spoken of is referring to Solomon. Indeed it becomes evident that David thought the prophecy was referring to his son Solomon[18] indeed, the Lord does inform David that his son Solomon would build a house with the conditional promise that if he remained faithful, his kingdom would endure and he would be the one to fulfill the prophecy in its fullness.

David’s son Solomon also assumed the prophecy was about himself and during the dedication of Solomon’s temple he pronounced himself to be the fulfillment of the prophecy and then petitioned the Lord to verify it.

The dedicatory prayer is very much worth reading. It is remarkable how the dedicatory prayer in the Kirtland Temple mirrors it in several ways. Here are some pertinent questions to be asked. 

Does the Lord verify that Solomon is the descendant of King David that is to build the temple of the Lord?

Does the remainder of Solomon’s life fit the prophetic profile of the prophecy?

The answer is no on both accounts.

With regard to the verification that Solomon requested from the Lord, the Lord spake to Solomon for the second time as follows:

“AND it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do,

2  That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

3  And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

4  And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:

5  Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:

7  Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:

8  And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?

9  And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil.

As you can see, the Lord’s promise to Solomon that the kingdom would be established forever, with a king on the throne over the united kingdom of Israel, was a conditional one with a stern warning that if Solomon should turn from the Lord and serve other gods, and worship them, then the Lord would cut Israel off out of the Land, defile the temple and the United Kingdom of Israel would be cast out of the Lord’s site and would become a proverb and a byword.

Needless to say, that is exactly what eventually happened. Solomon did sin and his kingdom was divided as a result

Provided below are five places where the promise from God to David is mentioned, regarding a descendant of David that would establish the throne of David.

The following table shows side by side comparisons of the initial Davidic promise, the two accounts of David asking for verification from the Lord that he was the one to fulfill the prophecy, and the two accounts of the conditional verification that God gave him. Bible scholars often get mesmerized by these accounts and neglect to focus on the hard reality that Solomon failed to meet the terms of God’s conditional promise. :

The Davidic Promise
There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel

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After Solomon became very wise, wealthy and famous, he married pagan wives and forsook the Lord, and began worshiping other gods.

The Lord Revokes the Promise as it Relates to Solomon

Following Solomon’s transgressions, the Lord spoke to Solomon a third time informing him that he had not been faithful and that his kingdom would be rend from him during the reign of his son:

And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

10  And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.

11  Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

12  Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

13  Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.[19]

Clearly, the dynasty was broken during the reign of Rehoboam. Jeroboam, an Ephraimite who was not from the direct line of David, took part of the kingdom. It became known as the kingdom of Israel.

Although King Solomon might be considered a partial, shadow fulfillment of the Davidic prophecy in 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17, he was not the literal fulfillment. There would be a descendant of King David in the last days that would re-establish the dynastic kingdom of David. Furthermore, we learn from the above passages that the Lord had promised David that after the establishment of his latter day descendant, ” There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.”

We shall now demonstrate that Joseph Smith is the literal fulfillment of the prophecy and that the promise that “There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel” has huge implications regarding those that succeeded the Prophet Joseph Smith in presiding over the latter day saints[20].

The Lord’s House vs. David’s House

The literal fulfillment of the Davidic prophecies contained in the Old Testament are among the most misunderstood and tortured prophecies in the Bible. Those prophecies have specific reference to a latter day descendant of David, not to King Solomon and clearly not to Christ. Christ never committed sin. Solomon did not establish the throne for evermore. Because of his transgressions, his kingdom became divided during the reign of his son. Modern revelation is pregnant with references to the reestablishment of the Davidic Dynasty through Joseph Smith Sr.

Joseph’s House

Notice in the passages above that the Davidic servant builds the Lord a house[21] for the Lords kingdom on earth and conversely, the Lord makes the Davidic Servant an “house”, referring primarily to promises regarding his posterity, as well as a physical structure. This cryptic wordplay takes on more clarity when it shows up in modern revelation. Notice what the Lord says about Joseph Smith’s “house” or posterity, having the same blessing of having the right to have a place in the physical “boarding house” of the Lord.

“And now I say unto you, as pertaining to my boarding house which I have commanded you to build for the boarding of strangers, let it be built unto my name, and let my name be named upon it, and let my servant Joseph and his house have place therein, from generation to generation.

For this anointing have I put upon his head, that his blessing shall also be put upon the head of his posterity after him.

And as I said unto Abraham concerning the kindreds of the earth, even so I say unto my servant Joseph: In thee and in thy seed shall the kindred of the earth be blessed.

Therefore, let my servant Joseph and his seed after him have place in that house, from generation to generation, forever and ever, saith the Lord”.[22]

The Lawgiver over the House of Israel

Just as the term “house” is used to refer to Joseph Smith’s posterity after him, as similarly used in the passages referring to king David and his house, Hyrum Smith is also given a promise pertaining to lineal priesthood that came to him by “right” and “blessing”. It is from this lineal priesthood of Hyrum’s, that William Law is granted priesthood office in the “room” of Hyrum.

“And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant William be appointed, ordained, and anointed, as counselor unto my servant Joseph, in the room of my servant Hyrum, that my servant Hyrum may take the office of Priesthood and Patriarch, which was appointed unto him by his father, by blessing and also by right;

92  That from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people,”

The Secret Doctrine of the Davidic Bloodline

One of the best kept secrets of the LDS restoration is the fact that Joseph Smith was a direct descendant of King David, Jesse, and Judah. This seems odd and unlikely because virtually every indication of Joseph’s tribal heritage that has been made public, informs us that he comes from Joseph and Ephraim. Nevertheless, if one drills down deep enough, it is not difficult to gather the missing pieces of the puzzle relative to the fact that he was of mixed lineage. Perhaps the  obvious clue as to his secret identity is found in his patriarchal blessing given by Oliver Cowdery:

Notice the following declaration and then compare it to the snippet from Judah’s patriarchal blessing from his father Jacob:

“By the keys of the Kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of Zion while the house of Jacob  shouts in the danse and in the song..

He shall be a lawgiver to Israel and shall teach the house of  Jacob the statutes of the Most High…

In his hands shall the Urim and Thummim remain and the holy ministry, and the  keys of the evangelical priesthood, also, for an everlasting priesthood forever, even the patriarchal; for, behold,  he is the first patriarch in the last days. He shall sit in the great assembly and general council of patriarchs,  and execute the will and commandment of God under the direction of the Ancient of Days”[23]

As you can see, Joseph will return to lead Israel into the land of Zion with the keys of the Kingdom that he holds, just as is prophesied in sections 101 and 103 of the D&C. But notice also that he shall be the LAWGIVER to Israel! That Biblical term is very definitive and revealing. Now look at the promise to Judah:

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”[24]

As you can see, the right to the scepter of leadership over Israel and the calling of LAWGIVER over the twelve tribes, belongs to Judah! Joseph Smith’s patriarchal blessing is clearly identifying him as the last great lawgiver over all of Israel who sits directly under father Adam in authority. That would make him the last great Davidic Servant leading up to Christ. Clearly, he has to be from the loins of Judah as well as Joseph.

The Sceptre of Power

The term sceptre is also a term used to describe the rights of Judah, that is also verified in the blessing from father Jacob to his son Judah. It is no coincidence that the Lord refers to Joseph’s sceptre[25] in section 121 when teaching him about the righteous use of priesthood authority. These passages provide additional clues to the identify of the “One Mighty and Strong”. The term scepter is also used in describing Joseph’s return as the one mighty and strong, in section 85 as follows.

“And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God..”[26]

One of the apparent discrepancies, explained by modern revelation and the restoration movement, having to do with the blessings that Israel gave to his sons, has to do with the fact that Judah clearly held the right to reign over Israel, yet Joseph’s blessing revealed that from his loins, would come “the shepherd”, also referred to as the “stone of Israel”, and that the blessings of his progenitors would be on the “crown” on his head, implying that he would reign over Israel.

This narrative, of course is reiterated when Joseph has a few prophetic dreams that he shares with his brethren indicating that they would all bow down to him. After hearing his first dream about the sheaves of his brothers all bowing down to Joseph’s sheaf, his brothers angrily replied:

“Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.”

This was very offensive to his older brothers and especially to Judah the oldest since he held the right to rule. Displaying a lack of diplomacy after the first response, Joseph shares a second dream with his father and brothers :

” Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 11And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.”[27]

Although these dreams were typologically fulfilled when Joseph was sold into Egypt and became a leader who would eventually rule over them, in a sense, as he helped his brothers and parents during a time of famine, the literal fulfillment is obviously future and literal.

Judah’s blessing not only informs us that Judah has the right to the sceptre and to be the lawgiver over Israel, it also informs us that he has the exclusive right to gather Israel.

“..unto him shall the gathering of the people be”

It is no coincidence that Joseph Smith was given the keys to the gathering of Israel!

“After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.”[28]

It appears that Josephs lineage through Judah and King David was supposed to be kept a secret until just before the events of the Marvelous Work take place. In hindsight, as we review all of the amazing information that is now so easily made available through search technology, we can see that Joseph Smith meets all three of the criteria listed in Judah’s blessing:

  • He is the lawgiver
  • He holds the sceptre of power
  • He gathers the people

In addition to the above three criteria, Joseph Smith is the one who reunites the divided kingdom which is also one of the roles played by the Davidic Servant.

Clearly, Joseph Smith is of mixed lineage. He is not only of Joseph through Ephraim, but also of Judah and King David! The fact that the latter day servant is of mixed lineage, is what Isaiah 11 is speaking about and that is why Joseph Smith expounded on those passages to clarify that the Davidic servant is from both Jesse and Ephraim.

“What is the root of Jesse spoken of in the 10th verse of the 11th chapter?
Behold, thus saith the Lord, it is a descendant of Jesse, as well as of Joseph, unto whom rightly belongs the priesthood, and the keys of the kingdom, for an ensign, and for the gathering of my people in the last days“.[29]

Re-establishing The Davidic Dynasty

Although apologists come up with many creative motivations for Joseph Smith’s involvement in polygamy, one of the most profound, yet best kept secrets, is that Joseph was aggressively taking on wives in an effort to re-establish the Davidic Dynasty as prophesied anciently. Joseph’s most widely known revelation on polygamy is contained in section 132 because it was canonized by Brigham Young, however people erroneously assume that was the only revelation on polygamy. Because of this, they assume it is the only authoritative template from which to determine the original doctrinal explanation upon which Polygamy was revealed. Hence they use section 132 as the exclusive template from which to understand Joseph’s motivations with regard to the practice.

Another revelation on polygamy, whose origins are much less questionable than section 132,  is one that Joseph presented to Newel K. Whitney, explaining how Bishop Whitney was to perform the ceremony of giving his daughter to Joseph in a polygamous marriage. The doctrinal narrative presented in that revelation provides a total disconnect when compared to the narrative contained in section 132[30].  Indeed the Whitney revelation had a completely different motivational narrative of entering into polygamy than section 132 provides.

Joseph apparently was led to believe that part of his process of establishing David’s ancient throne in the last days, in fulfillment of ancient prophecy, necessitated the grafting together of various ancient bloodlines through the marriage covenant. Notice the following snippet from the revelation that Joseph delivered to Newel K. Whitney, containing the verbiage to be used as he married Joseph Smith to his daughter Sarah:

“All these things I do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that through this order he may be glorified and [that] through the power of anointing David may reign King over Israel, which shall hereafter be revealed”

The revelation is obviously revealing that Joseph needed to wed Ms Whitney in order that  “David may reign King over Israel“!

It is hard to believe that so few articles have been written about this amazing revelation by LDS scholars in connecting the emergence of polygamy with the re-establishment of the Davidic Kingdom in the last days.

It would appear from the above snippet, that the sole motivation for polygamy in this particular situation had to do with the re-establishment of the Davidic Dynasty. The revelation spoke of this great honor coming to the Whitney family because of “the lineage of my Priesthood” and the “holy progenitors by the right of birth” and “powers to concentrate in you and through to your posterity forever

Clearly, this revelation was promoting polygamy in the context of merging bloodlines and creating a dynastic power base based on Davidic bloodlines and the merging together of the two houses of Israel that had been split anciently.

It is clear from statements made by Joseph Smith’s successors that Joseph had told them that not only he, but many of them, had the blood of Davidic royalty running through their veins. During a Solemn Assembly held on the 2nd of July 1899, President George Q Cannon made the following declaration which was afterwards confirmed by President Lorenzo Snow:

“There are those in this audience who are descendants of the old Twelve Apostles-and shall I say it, yes, descendants of the Savior Himself. His seed is represented in this body of men..”

Other general authorities have made similar statements. Heber C. Kimball believed that he was personally a literal descendant of Jesus Christ. Although this doctrine has largely been kept secret, it has not always been quite so hidden. Victor L. Ludlow is one of the more recent LDS scholars to let the cat out of the bag. He has mentioned in his writings that “..a number of the brethren, including Joseph Smith, claimed that they shared lineage with Jesus in the tribe of Judah[31]

[Editorial Note: I provide this information for purposes of context, historical documentation and full disclosure of what was taught and believed by some of the early brethren. My personal opinion after searching the scriptures is that Jesus did not have physical offspring during his earthly ministry because he was not conceived through carnal intercourse, nor did he have human blood flowing through his veins. The virgin birth as described in the Bible and Book of Mormon is an accurate portrayal of Christs miraculous conception.

The Inspired Version informs us that he was conceived differently than mortals. “He was not born of [mortal] blood..”[32]. The Book of Mormon confirms the fact that His “great and last sacrifice” would not be “a sacrifice of man.. for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.”.

All of the standard works testify that Christ was not a carnal mortal man and that he was literally God in the flesh. It seems unlikely to me that God would have carnal sex with women and have mortal children with human blood when in fact He did not have human blood flowing in his veins.

It seems to me that the claims of men to be the literal offspring of God may well fall under the topic “strong delusion”. I do, however, believe that Joseph Smith, members of the quorum of the Twelve, and other converts to the restoration had the blood of King David flowing through their veins.

Furthermore, I reject the revelation to marry Sarah Ann Whitney. I believe it is a false revelation. I provide it to show that building the dynasty was a motivating force in Joseph’s mind, but I think Joseph’s eyes were covered at this point in time and he was deceived. There are some disturbing things in the revelation that don’t square with the scriptures or with the context of history. Here is a snippet from the revelation:

“..you both mutu[al]ly agree calling them by name to be each others companion so long as you both shall live presser[v]ing yourselv[es] for each other and from all others and also through [o]ut all eternity..”

How can they preserve themselves for each other? Joseph was married to Emma.Was Emma cast aside? I don’t think so.

Why did Joseph keep marrying women  if he was supposed to preserve himself for Sarah Ann?

Why did Sarah marry someone else if she was to preserve herself for Joseph? Sarah ended up getting married and having a bunch of kids with someone else.

What about the polygamous marriage for eternity BS which is contrary to scripture? Clearly, celestial polygamy does not hold up against the word of God.

What about the fact that their union did not produce offspring when in fact that was the sole purpose of the union?

The revelation is problematic on many levels to say the least. It is just one more piece of cognitive dissonance that testifies against the validity of the whole spiritual wife delusion that resulted in the apostasy of latter day Israel.]

It is interesting to note that on March 17 1963, a fellow by the name of J. Ricks Smith from Burbank California wrote a letter to Joseph Fielding Smith asking him what Isaiah 53:10 was speaking about:

“..he shall see his seed..”

He was obviously looking for verification that Jesus had physical offspring. He was probably surprised when he got the following reply:

“*Mosiah 15:10-11 Please read your Book of Mormon”

“And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation?  Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed.  And now what say ye?  And who shall be his seed?

“Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.”

The fact that Joseph Smith saw himself as the Davidic Servant establishing a kingdom is identified not only by his polygamous attempts at merging together family bloodlines to re-establish a dynasty, but also in his attempt to establish the political and military kingdom of God spoken of by Daniel the Prophet[33]. On March 11, 1844 he had himself anointed as King of Israel and he establish the council of Fifty which was meant to be a political kingdom. Various quotes from historians and authors are provided below to provide additional information:

“Joseph Smith established a secret organization called the Council of Fifty, in Nauvoo, Illinois, which was designed to carry out his plans for political empire. This theocratic-political kingdom or body of men met a number of times in Nauvoo before Smith’s death on June 27, 1844. The goal of this theocracy was world government.  They further believed they would govern and rule the earth during the millennial reign of Christ.”

On April 11, 1844, the Council of Fifty installed Joseph Smith as king on earth..This theocratic-political body believed they were receiving God’s “law” for the whole earth. On January 1, 1845, William Clayton summarized the goals and accomplishments of this council during 1844[34]:

“The organization of the kingdom of God on the 11th March last is one important event. This organization was called the council of fifty or kingdom of God and was titled by revelation as follows, ‘Verily thus saith the Lord, this is the name by which you shall be called, the kingdom of god and his law, with the keys and power thereof and judgments in the hands of his servants Ahman Christ.’ In this council was the plan arranged for supporting president Joseph Smith as a candidate for the presidency of the U.S. Prest. Joseph was the standing chairman of the council and myself the clerk. In this council was also devised the plan of establishing an immigration to Texas and plans laid for the exaltation of a standard and ensign of truths for the nations of the earth. In this council was the plan devised to restore the Ancients to the knowledge of the truth and the restoration of union and peace amongst ourselves. In this council was prest. Joseph chosen as our prophet Priest, & King by Hosannas. In this council was the principles of eternal truths rolled forth to the hearers without reserve and the hearts of the servants of God made to rejoice exceedingly.[35]

It is no secret that Brigham Young and others that succeeded Joseph Smith had themselves anointed king of Israel[36]. It is probable that this secret right has continued to this very day and that the leading brethren of the church secretly continue to believe that they are vessels of the holy bloodline from King David through Jesus and the Twelve Apostles.

It is also no secret that entrance into the highest quorums in the church have largely taken into consideration what lineage a person comes from. This is why virtually all of the members of the first presidency and quorum of the twelve can trace their ancestors back to Nauvoo where the grafting in of the two houses of Israel began in the latter days.

A recent LDS author has taken issue with the good old boys club that requires people to be of a certain lineage, in order to become one of God’s anointed that presides over the kingdom. Nevertheless he and others experiencing this jealously may not be fully aware of the deeper reason as to why this is important to the brethren. If in fact the two houses of Israel were being reunited and the ancient throne of David was secretly being established after the fulness of the gospel was rejected, in order to keep the roots of the tree alive until the Marvelous Work could begin, then certainly, bloodlines are important and the re-establishment of the ancient Kingdom of Israel does have its purpose. We learn from the Old Testament narratives that Kings were not necessarily smart, wise, inspired or even decent people. They were, nevertheless, Kings whose right to reign over the Houses of Israel was given by the providence of an all knowing God.

It may be considered snobbery and even a form of racism, but the highest councils of the church probably have a long secret tradition of viewing themselves as the elect and elite of God through the bloodline of King David, Jesse, and Judah. There are lots of people, including myself, who question the status of the modern corporate church as a “church” and we question the veracity of church leaders having themselves sustained as prophets, seers and revelators, nevertheless, those that are privy to these secret things having to do with ancient bloodlines realize that these leaders that sit in the seat of Moses currently hold the “legal lease” pertaining to the Kingdom of Israel, until the Lord of the vineyard and his anointed servants come back. Those who think they can thwart the foreordained purposes of God are pissing directly into the wind. God is the one that will set things right.

“And when the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, he will destroy those miserable, wicked men, and will let [lease] again his vineyard unto other husbandmen, even in the last days, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons”.[37]

There have been a long line of people claiming to be prophets who attempt to set the church in order and establish a Zion community. There are also those who consider themselves learned in Hebrew and in the ways of the Jews, that look down their noses at what they consider to be the lowly and uninspired “Gentile” and  “Ephraimite” saints as being unable to receive personal revelation. Some of these folks authoritatively declare that Joseph Smith and his successors cannot be of the Davidic bloodline because they descend from Joseph. These people categorically reject Joseph as the Davidic Servant based on their false perception of what his lineage is. Many of them have yet to figure out who the real Jews are and where the real Jerusalem of end times prophecy really is, despite setting themselves up as Hebrew prophecy scholars. These folks have a surprise awaiting them.

We are informed that when the light shines forth for the last time it will first go to and be rejected by those that sit in darkness.

And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;
But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.
And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (D&C 45:28-30)

Just as the wicked Kingdom of the Jews had previously been established to greet Christ in the Meridian of Time, I am going to suggest that the kingdom of the Jews has once again been re-established to meet greet Him and His Servants when the last RESTORATION takes place in the 3rd watch. Prophecy has been happening all around us. Very few people see it. Joseph Smith gave us the following view of what is about to take place. Will you be blindly looking at the smokescreen events in the Old World when this take place”

“What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?
A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.” (Section 77:15)

 

To be continued in very deed?

[1] British Israelism, also known as Anglo-Israelism, as used in this chapter, is the belief that many or all of the “lost ten tribes” of Israel migrated to Europe and then to England and became the primary ancestors of the British people, including the pilgrims that came to
the United States from England. British Israelism was made popular by the Worldwide Church of God and Herbert Armstrong, but long before Armstrong came on the scene, the doctrine was substantiated in many of the revelations received by the prophet Joseph Smith. Other Christian groups have embraced the doctrine as well. The doctrine often includes the tenet that the literal descendants of king David continue the dynasty to the present day and  that the British Royal Family is directly descended from the line of King David. In Mormonism there are numerous reasons to suppose that the Joseph Smith Sr. family represented the re-emergence of the Davidic dynasty. Some of these evidences will be presented in this chapter.

[2] Jacob 5:67-68

[3]” We might say much on this point, showing you why things are as they are concerning the inhabitants of the earth receiving or rejecting the Gospel. Do you suppose they believe in Jesus Christ at Jerusalem? Can you make a Christian of a Jew? I tell you, nay. If a Jew comes in to this Church, and honestly professes to be a Saint, a follower of Christ, and if the blood of Judah is in his veins, he will apostatize. He may have been born and bred a Jew, have the face of a Jew, speak the language of the Jews, and have attended to all the ceremonies of the Jewish religion, and have openly professed to be a Jew all his days; but I will tell you a secret–there is not a particle of the blood of Judaism in him, if he has become a true Christian, a Saint of God; for if there is, he will most assuredly leave the Church of Christ, or that blood will be purged out of his veins. We have men among us who were Jews, and became converted from Judaism. For instance, here is brother Neibaur; do I believe there is one particle of the blood of Judah in his veins? No.. it is impossible to convert the Jews, until the Lord God Almighty does it ” Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2 (1854), p. 142.

[4] It appears that Brigham Young had very little affinity for the Book of Mormon and that is why Brigham Young seldom read or preached from the Book of Mormon. My contention is that he simply did not believe many of the doctrines in it.

[5] This summary of the two houses of Israel throughout Biblical History will be extremely short. There are numerous articles on the Internet that do a good job of detailing who the two kingdoms are, how they were divided, and the various prophecies foretelling that they would once again be reunited in the last days. This is one well written article although the author did not have the advantage of the additional standard works http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=2houses-of-Israel

[6] 2 Kings 17:18-23 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

19  Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

20  And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

21  For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.

22  For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;

23  Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets.  So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

[7] This has great typological significance to the latter day saints since they were removed from their land inheritances in Kirtland, Jackson, Far West and Nauvoo because of their own transgressions.

[8] James 1:1 “JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting….”

[9] 2 Nephi 30:2

[10] D&C 109:61-4

[11] zach 10:6

[12] Jeremiah 50:4-5, 31:31-34

[13] Ezekiel 37:15-32

[14] Isaiah 11:1-13

[15] 1 Chronicles 17:1-15

[16] 1 Chronicles 22:8-10

[17] 2 Samuel 7:12-16

[18] 2 Chronicles 22:5-11

[19] 1 Kings 9-13

[20] If joseph’s claim as the Dividic Servant of the last days is authentic, then even though the church was rejected with its dead in Nauvoo, there is a tribal remnant of the House of David/United House of Israel, that has had davidic heirs presiding over it ever since. Herein lies the strongest claim of authority of modern Mormonism, although they do not openly make this claim.

[21]  “House” in this context refers to the Davidic royal dynasty ( 2 Sam 7:11, 16)

[22] D&C 124:56-59

[23] http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/blessing-from-oliver-cowdery-22-september-1835#!/paperSummary/blessing-from-oliver-cowdery-22-september-1835&p=1

[24] Gen 49:10

[25] Sometimes spelled “scepter”

[26] D&C 85:7

[27] Gen 37:9-11

[28] D&C 110:11

[29] D&C 113:1-6

[30] Section 132 is problematic on many levels. For one thing, the original revelation does not exist. Only and hand written copy exists. Secondly, there is historical evidence to suggest that the original revelation was much shorter than the one we have today without much of the theology that is currently present in it. Another consideration is that it was never accepted by the law of common consent during Joseph’s life and Joseph apparently had no plans to canonize it. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about section 132 is that it is incoherent and inconsistent with the scriptures that have have been accepted by common consent and canonized, see the following article https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/analysis-of-section-132/

[31] (See Life of Heber C. Kimball [1988], p. 185; JD 4:248; Journal of President Rudger Clawson, pp. 374-75; Ivins Journal, p. 21.)

[32] JST John 1:13

[33] “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Dan 2:44

[34] http://mormonthink.com/grant8.htm

[35]   William Clayton Journal, 1 January 1845, D. Michael Quinn Papers

[36] Following Smith’s death, the Council anointed Brigham Young its leader, and as the “king and president” of the Kingdom of God  See minutes of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 12 February 1849, p. 3 [LDS Archives], cited in Quinn 1997, p. 238. John Taylor’s coronation  that took place on February 4, 1885, is also a matter of public record. He was “anointed & set apart as a King Priest and Ruler over Israel on the Earth, over Zion & the Kingdom under Christ, our King of Kings.” There is no reason to suppose that this tradition is not continued to this very day. It is that authors opinion that the presidents of the LDS church from Joseph Smith to the present, represent the literal Kingdom of David, re-established upon the earth, in fulfillment of the ancient promise that it would be re-established and that after being established, the throne would be inhabited until he comes

[37] JST Matt 21:55

*Several quotes by the early leaders of the church about being of the Davidic Bloodline are contained in the Book “Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism’s Sacred Bloodline, by Vern G. Swanson. Another book on the subject is “Joseph Smith and his Royal Lineage, A Blood Descendant of Jesus Christ, by R. Merle Fowler

 

 


An Upcoming Debate between a Lowly Ephraimite Speculator and an Inspired Jewish Scribe?

March 22, 2015

After posting my last blog post highlighting some comments from “M” and discussing some commentary that Avraham Gileadi has provided about Isaiah 52, I got a comment in my “about” section from an ardent Gileadi disciple. He exclaimed:

I just read your latest blog and do not agree.

The two of us had a little exchange in the comment section which I also provided on that last posting as an update.

Anyone interested in the exchange can go there to read it.

After the exchange, the fellow returned and made the following comments and observations:

“About the last thing I want to be is contentious so I will tread lightly.

 I thought you also said, “It causes me to wonder if he has arrived at this conclusion recently.” I disagreed with you because Gileadi is now and has been consistent in looking for a Davidic Servant which is not Joseph Smith.

Occasionally I have the privilege of asking him questions and he always answers me succinctly. One of my questions has been, ‘why are some members of our church so against what you say?’ I then ask, ‘do you play the role of a prophet?’ To which he says he is more of a scribe. Scribes, after all, do not make things up, but elucidate and clarify what is written in scripture for our time.

Gileadi would NEVER reject anything the Lord says, and we can trust him on that.

In other words (and unfortunately for me), he is not a speculator like I want him to be. BTW…I think you are more informed about things generally than I, but a speculator you are (and you have stated as such). His advice has always been to find out what’s in scripture precisely before saying ANYTHING. Ouch. I am always so disappointed when I get advice like that, but he is right.

Since you asked, I looked up in my copy of The Last Days, 1991 (first edition), by Gileadi, pages 177-259, “Priesthood, Patriarchy and Proxy Salvation” for the exhaustive discussion about Hezekiah and Davidic Covenant which, I also remember in his book “Isaiah Decoded.”

Anyway..and In conclusion: I was reading D&C 90:3-4 today and thought of you. Speaking to Joseph the Lord said, “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.”

I don’t know exactly how the mortal Davidic Servant will operate, but I am confident his authority will hinge from the keys of the key holder of this last dispensation. When I think about it, there will be a great deal of temporal and spiritual work to do in ushering the Millennial age to this earth. For starters, Ephraimites need to start acting like Israel again (in other words shed our lost tribe status), and who better to teach us than another mortal? it’s too late for Joseph because he’s already ascended above us.

Treading carefully again in my opinion, you and I need to be more careful about how we speculate in this last space of time before the “winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon..” our house. Our church members are not reading the scriptures like we should and thus we are easily drawn away from what the scriptures are actually saying….etc…

It’s too bad you aren’t in my high priest group on Sundays because you would keep things lively for me.”

This good fellow did not want to be offensive or condescending as he reminded me that Brother Gileadi is an inspired Jewish “Scribe” that strictly sticks with what the Lord says and he never speculates.

I, on the other hand, am just an Ephraimite speculator. (In the profound words of my great great grandpappy Brigham Young, I am not a prophet, or the son of a prophet, I am a “Yankee Guesser“! LOL)

“Scribes, after all, do not make things up, but elucidate and clarify what is written in scripture for our time. Gileadi would NEVER reject anything the Lord says, and we can trust him on that.”

 

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Here is my reply to him-

About the last thing I want to be is contentious so I will tread lightly. I thought you also said, “It causes me to wonder if he has arrived at this conclusion recently.” I disagreed with you because Gileadi is now and has been consistent in looking for a Davidic Servant which is not Joseph Smith.

I wasn’t saying that Gileadi has not been consistent in looking for a Davidic Servant that was not Joseph Smith. [Frankly, that is one of the biggest problems with Brother Gileadi’s message] I simply think you misunderstood what I was saying.

It was never my intent to question whether Gileadi has been consistently teaching about the topic of the “Davidic Servant” or “Davidic King” that provides protection for his people, or the topic of “proxy saviors” or “proxy salvation” or “vassals” and “suzerain king” etc. I understand that he speaks of these general concepts particularly in reference to the latter day servant of the Lord. I very much appreciate that he does speak of these things.

What I had never detected from Gileadi’s writings is that he may have come to the conclusion that I have arrived at, which is that there is a very specific, identifiable prophetic event that takes place in the last days wherein the Davidic servant literally takes upon himself the sins of his people as an intercessory act (atonement offering) that causes him to be marred and that he needs to be healed of; An intercessory act that prevents his people from being destroyed from off the face of the earth.

That is what I was getting excited about. I felt that what Gileadi was saying in the blurb was more congruent with my findings (not referring to Joseph Smith as the servant, but simply the narrative about having the sins of Israel put upon him) than anything else I had heard him say. It is very possible that he wasn’t even saying what I thought he was saying.

I suspect that you have read my thesis about the Intercessory offering by the latter day servant. I would not be surprised if Gileadi has read it as well. In it, I claim that the Davidic servant in 2 Samuel 7 is NOT referring to Christ or Solomon as the literal fulfillment of the prophecy. My contention is that Joseph Smith fulfills every aspect of the prophecy. I then reference many other Old Testament prophecies to support the thesis, including the atonement statute in Leviticus 16, which I believe is also a prophecy about the same event.

(If you have not read the thesis, it is here

https://onewhoiswatching.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/atonement-statute-final-63.pdf)

The thing that struck me about the statement by Gileadi that “M” referred me to is that it sounded to me as if he was describing something quite similar to what I am saying in my thesis, despite the fact that he and I disagree about WHO the servant is.

That was the only point I was trying to make. I was not saying that Gileadi was softening about Joseph Smith being the Davidic servant and I was not saying that he had not spoken in general terms about how davidic servants can act a protectors, etc., I was simply saying that the explanation and verbiage that he used, particularly in reference to Isaiah 52 and the “marred servant” narrative seemed to be more to the point of what my research has led me to conclude about the servant being spoken of.

I appreciate that you don’t want to be contentious. I don’t either. But there is no need for you to tread lightly, I want you to be hard hitting in what you believe and in the points you want to make. I want you to stand up valiantly for what you believe in and to defend the beliefs of your friend Brother Gileadi, because that is how we learn from each other .

There is no need to be thin skinned. We need to be bold in declaring the truth as we see it.

I realize that in my enthusiasm and passion about these topics, I sometimes sound more contentious and combative in a personal sense than I mean to be. To me it is not personal; it is somewhat of a contest of ideas. It is a contest of proving which doctrines are sound and which ones are not.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with being hard hitting with regard to doctrine and in showing someone where they err in doctrine. I believe that debating the meaning of scripture can be beneficial if both parties sincerely just want to get to the truth while trying to be respectful and understand each other.

Joseph and Sidney were commanded to confound their enemies that were spreading false rumors and false doctrine:

2 Verily I say unto you, proclaim unto the world in the regions round about, and in the church also, for the space of a season, even until it shall be made known unto you.
3 Verily this is a mission for a season, which I give unto you.
4 Wherefore, labor ye in my vineyard. Call upon the inhabitants of the earth, and bear record, and prepare the way for the commandments and revelations which are to come.
5 Now, behold this is wisdom; whoso readeth, let him understand and receive also;
6 For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more abundantly, even power.
7 Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private; and inasmuch as ye are faithful their shame shall be made manifest.
8 Wherefore, let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord.
9 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you—there is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper;
10 And if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time.
11 Wherefore, keep my commandments; they are true and faithful. Even so. Amen.

Frankly, I would really like to meet brother Gileadi either in public or in private in a friendly debate because I think that much of the great work he has done is negated by the fact that he is indoctrinating his followers into rejecting who the true servant really is.

That is a serious thing.

Would you be willing to pass on this challenge to your friend and ask him if he would be willing to have a friendly little debate in private or public over this issue?

You have said:

.”Gileadi would NEVER reject anything the Lord says, and we can trust him on that.”

I am sorry, but I have to disagree with you on that. He already has rejected something the Lord has said.

I don’t mean to be mean spirited or demeaning; I am simply calling a spade, a spade.

Brother Gileadi as set himself up as an expert in Hebrew and furthermore, he considers himself an  inspired scribe that is inspired in the art of understanding ancient scripture and prophecy. Therefore it is fair to scrutinize his claims and to see if he is teaching sound doctrine.

Allow me to explain my concerns.

I have presented you with a literal example of how Gileadi has in fact rejected what the Lord says and you have not defended the claim in his behalf. If you have been in contact with him about this discussion, then perhaps your neglect in mounting a defense is a result of his neglect in defending his position.

Now that I know that you are personal acquaintances with brother Gileadi and that you have a line of communication with him wherein he answers questions that you ask him, I am going to ask him a question through you and see if he is able and willing to defend himself.

In your last communication, you said this:

” For as long as I have listened to Gileadi (admittedly only since 2012), he has consistently denied Joseph Smith as the Servant whenever I asked. I remember him distinctly saying to always look for players in our own time, because we don’t need to have men come back from the past to fulfill God’s purposes.”

Lets analyze what is taking place here.

You took a scriptural narrative to brother Gileadi that indicates that Joseph Smith is the Davidic servant. That narrative is clearly provided in modern revelation.

Brother Gileadi simply responded with a personal opinion that has no scriptural backing.

He said:

“we don’t need to have men come back from the past to fulfill God’s purposes.”

Sadly, he did not feel the need to substantiate what he was saying with scripture.

Is he speaking on behalf of the Lord? I don’t think so because he told you he is more of a scribe than a prophet and he did not say “thus sayeth the Lord”

So why did he feel that he did not need to justify the personal opinion he proffered with the word of God?

I am now going to ask the same question I asked you earlier only I am going to break it down and be much more specific just in case you or he, is unfamiliar with what scripture says.

First of all, God has told us that every unconditional promise and prophecy in the D&C will come true. I use the following passages of scripture to justify that claim:

“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.
Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
38 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.
39 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.”

OK now, I need you to ask brother Gileadi if he accepts the Doctrine and Covenants as scripture. [ask him is he accepts latter day revelation to be] just as valid as the book of Isaiah.

If he does, please ask him to agree or disagree with my interpretation of the above passages.

If he thinks I am wresting the meaning of the scriptures, please ask him to explain why I am wrong. Have him break it down for me in simple terms so that I can understand what the above passages really mean.

Now then, if he agrees with my interpretation of the above passages, then lets go on to the next passages that I am presenting as evidence that Joseph Smith is the Davidic Servant.

The following passages are taken from section 103 of the D&C. Please have him read them carefully and not take anything for granted.

“Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power;
16 Therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel.
17 For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm.
18 And as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be.
19 Therefore, let not your hearts faint, for I say not unto you as I said unto your fathers: Mine angel shall go up before you, but not my presence.
20 But I say unto you: Mine angels shall go up before you, and also my presence, and in time ye shall possess the goodly land.
21 Verily, verily I say unto you, that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. is the man to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vineyard spake in the parable which I have given unto you.
22 Therefore let my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. say unto the strength of my house, my young men and the middle aged—Gather yourselves together unto the land of Zion, upon the land which I have bought with money that has been consecrated unto me.
23 And let all the churches send up wise men with their moneys, and purchase lands even as I have commanded them.
24 And inasmuch as mine enemies come against you to drive you from my goodly land, which I have consecrated to be the land of Zion, even from your own lands after these testimonies, which ye have brought before me against them, ye shall curse them;
25 And whomsoever ye curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies.
26 And my presence shall be with you even in avenging me of mine enemies, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”

To fully appreciate what is being said in section 103, brother Gileadi needs to carefully read the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101 [which it makes reference to].

My interpretation of the above passages is that Joseph Smith is the servant mentioned in the parable of the redemption of Zion that is given in section 101 and that he will literally fulfill the parable to the letter.

He will, as unconditionally stated in the above passages, be raise up and will go forth in power.

He will lead the Lords people forth with a stretched forth arm just as Moses did. Just as Moses was successful at leading the children of Israel out of bondage, Joseph Smith will be successful in leading the latter day saints out of bondage.

Verse 26 informs us that when Joseph Smith returns, it will be during the time of the 3rd and 4th generation of those living back [during that generation] in 1834, that hate the Lord.

Ask Brother Gileadi to show why the above interpretation is wrong.

I am not looking for his personal opinion as to why we do or don’t need someone to return from the dead, I am asking him to explain why he disregards the literal declarations of the Lord.

Now, the next passage I want to present is found in Section one of the D&C, the same section that the Lord declares that all of the promises and prophecies will be fulfilled:

“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.”

In my opinion, a literal interpretation of the above passages would indicate that when the appointed time comes, Gods servants will go forth providing a voice of warning. The servants are described as “my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.”

As you can see, the disciples that go forth warning the people in power, [in the last days] had already been chosen by the Lord by the time that revelation was given in November of 1831.

Providing even more clarity as to who the servant are, the Lord declares that the servants being referenced, are the same disciples that had been commissioned to publish the revelations in the BofC and the D&C.

As I am sure you and brother Gileadi are aware, the committee that was commissioned to publish the revelations was composed of Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery and Frederick G. Williams

The way I interpret that unconditional promise and prophecy by the Lord is that those four individuals will be among the ones that go forth in power with the voice of warning to the inhabitants of the world.

Please ask brother Gileadi if he disagrees with my literal interpretation of the above passages and if in fact they are not congruent with the prophecies contained in sections 101 and 103.

There are other passages the support the ones mentioned above which I will bring up in the live debate [that I have invited brother Gileadi to participate in].

Finally, you made the following statement:

“Treading carefully again in my opinion, you and I need to be more careful about how we speculate in this last space of time before the “winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon..” our house. Our church members are not reading the scriptures like we should and thus we are easily drawn away from what the scriptures are actually saying….etc…”

The problem with you directing the above statement to me is that it applies to brother Gileadi more than it does to me.

I am the one backing my conclusions up with scripture. He is the one throwing out personal opinions about people not needing to come back from the dead without providing any scriptural support for what he was saying.

I look forward to hearing brother Gileadi’s responses to my above questions and I am hopeful that he would be willing to have a personal discussion with me in public or in private.

Thank you for your consideration”

 

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Sadly, I have not yet received a reply from Brother Gileadi or his friend.

I hope one is forthcoming.

I hope he accepts my challenge to meet him in a debate of these most important topics.

I look forward to challenging some of his false interpretations and conclusions.

While I respect the fact that he has an impressive secular education and has spent many years trying to understand what Isaiah is saying, my contention  is that you can never fully understand Isaiah until and unless you learn to understand and believe modern revelation.

From everything I can ascertain, Brother Gileadi takes modern revelation lightly and seldom if ever takes the unconditional promises and prophecies in it literally. He seldom employs modern revelation as an interpretive key in understanding Isaiah. For this reason, Brother Gileadi still has not figured out who the Jews are or where Jerusalem is, with regard to Isaiah’s prophecies of the last days.

I have provided a huge amount of scriptural documentation to establish the truth behind these issues and I am offering to let Brother Gileadi show me how I error in these conclusions:

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement

Until Brother Gileadi has an awakening to the hidden truths contained in the Book of Mormon and the D&C, his teachings relative to Isaiah will continue to echo many of the false prophetic assumptions that our protestant friends have been spewing for years.

It is because of false teachers assuring Latter day Saints that we don’t need people to come back from the dead, and that we need to look to temporary luminaries to find the prophesied Davidic Servant, that we get so many wing-nuts rising up, claiming to be the servant of the Lord who leads us into a Zion society. It would be interesting to know how many of the followers of you know who, had been prepared to be deceived by him, because of the indoctrination of brother Gileadi.

I don’t know if it was just a coincidence or if it was motivated by this recent exchange, but I just got the following email from another person who is asking me to state my prophetic credentials. Here is what he said in the email:

 

“Hello,

I like to learn and observe and see how others react to new and different information.  As to myself I like reading what you have to offer.  It provides me with a different insight of how people think and also there rational. 

A thought has been going through my head as to this, If we really knew who we are and our parentage would we recognize our state now on this earth and how to use those parental powers.  As I read the scriptures I pray that my eyes may see, my mine will be open, and that my heart will recognize the truth from my Heavenly Father and my Savior. 

This scripture was revealed to me last year as I was pondering the everlasting work and the word of my Lord. 

D&C 1

 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; 

This scripture gives to me the priority of how much credence I listen to someone.  And I take things literally because it does and can happen.

So my question to you is this, base off of the scriptures you research..

I know that you are not the Lord.   

Are you the Lord? 

So are you his servant?                     If so, whom say that you are? 

Are you a Prophet?                           If so, whom say that you are? 

Are you an Apostle?                         If so, whom say that you are? 

Who are you???????  In the order of communication???              

 I know, Now please refer your post.  J

 Regards,

D L”

I have not replied yet to DL so I will do it here

I don’t claim to be the Lord.

I don’t claim to be His Servant

I don’t claim to be a Prophet

I don’t claim to be an Apostle

I guess I am just a lowly Ephraimite Speculator and Yankee Guesser ;)


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

March 19, 2015
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I recently got an email from a remarkable gal who said I could share it. Along with withholding her name, I have omitted a few details in what she said to further ensure anonymity.
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Dear Watcher, 

I was listening to Avraham Gileadi explain Chapter 52 of Isaiah the other day, and was interested to hear him speak about the Lord’s Servant in the last days who sinned by following the ways of his heart and was smitten and later healed by the Lord. Gileadi compares the Servant to Hezekiah, in that he answered for the temporal sins of the people and acted as a proxy savior (ie.for their disloyalties to God). Perhaps you’re already aware of this, but if not, the point of interest can be heard around the 20 minute mark at this 

link:http://www.isaiahexplained.com/52#one_col 

Also, I want to thank you for your example to me. Three years ago, I lived with an ever-increasing weight of cognitive dissonance on my shoulders. Most of the time, I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place (a symptom I now recognize as a result of growing up in the LDS church and only seeing things in black and white). It wasn’t until I stumbled onto your blog, that I saw that between that rock and hard place was a door leading to a place of peace and light and truth that I never imagined existed. My whole paradigm has changed and I thank God for leading me out from the traditions of my fathers and showing me a better way.

I have read pretty much everything you have ever written and thanks to your example, I am devouring the scriptures like never before. There is so much to learn! When I was a newly-wed, about 10 years ago, my father told me that I shouldn’t worry about not making it to the celestial kingdom, that because I’d gone through the temple, I was automatically ‘in’. I remember thinking that if that’s all it took, well… is that it? just like that? I have always felt life is meant to be a time of expansion, of experiencing the depth and range of life experience, doing those things that have meaning, of seeking God out, laying it all at His feet and to have Him change me – a spiritual rebirth. My father’s answer puzzled me at the time and now it breaks my heart. There really is so much more to this journey.

I introduced my husband to the church… [before they got married] … and we both served missions…We’re in a really difficult time of life now and just clinging to the love we have for each other and our children and the basic gospel principles that we share a belief in. I really pray he will have an open heart and see things as they are without losing his faith altogether. What I’ve found, I want to shout in everybody’s ear, but I hold back and wait and hope and try not to think about how lonely this feels. Thank you for your blog! I so enjoy reading and learning from you and the comments.

Warmest regards,

“M”

My reply-

“M”

Thank you for that link, I was aware that Gileadi taught about “proxy saviors” but was unaware that he made specific reference to the end times servant having sinned in behalf of his people and then eventually healed by the Lord.. that is awesome and I look forward to hearing it!

 I am devouring the scriptures like never before. There is so much to learn!”

Praise God almighty!!!! That is so exciting that you are personally establishing a deep relationship with God’s holy word.

 “We’re in a really difficult time of life now and just clinging to the love we have for each other and our children and the basic gospel principles that we share a belief in. I really pray he will have an open heart and see things as they are without losing his faith altogether.

We live in a time when those of us that have been awakened to the miracle of God’s word and the beginning of the magnificent spiritual rebirth, must be patient with everyone around us and simply rely on the love of Christ that you referenced above. 

These are really difficult times for many people and the heat is going to be turned up a notch in the near future… may we all be vigilant as we go through the refiners fire.

Mrs Watcher and I will pray for you and your dear husband. Thank you so much for sharing with us what you are experiencing. God is obviously working a marvelous work in your life with regard to the scriptures. May the Lord continue to bless and enlighten you in your daily walk with the Lord.”

After the email exchange I could not wait to listen to the blurb by Gileadi and I was absolutely blown away by what I heard.

Here is the transcript I made which may not be word perfect, but you will get the general idea… (better yet, click on the link she gave and listen to the recording yourself)

First, Gileadi quotes scripture-

21:26 “the Lord smote him and then healed him…  By his sin of covetousness I was provoked, I struck him and hid my face in anger when he strayed following the ways of his heart yet I have seen his conduct and will heal him and recover him I will guide him and amply console him and those who  mourn for him says the Lord who heals him.

Then, Gileadi gives the following commentary:

“It seems like it’s hardly his own fault, on the other hand the servant is like Hezekiah, he takes upon himself, or he answers for the sins of the people to God and Hezekiah is smitten instead of them after the pattern of Christ in chapter 53 Christ pays the price of our sins for our spiritual salvation, Hezekiah pays the price for the peoples temporal salvation. He answers for their disloyalty to their God and thus be becomes a proxy savior to them.

Astounding!

Obviously, I have some differences of opinion with Brother Gileadi regarding this section of scripture.

For one thing, he seems to think that the marring is a physical marring. I tend to think it has reference to the spiritual, emotional, and reputational marring from the burden of bearing Israel’s sins and possibly from what he has experienced in the spirit world since his death. Of course my interpretation of that passage is influenced by the fact that I believe the prophecy is referring to Joseph Smith. Brother Gileadi has told several people that he does not believe it is Joseph Smith. He is apparently still looking for a future Davidic Servant.

There are a few other insignificant issues that we disagree on as well. Nevertheless I am grateful for another voice out there is that is pointing out that the latter day servant offered up an intercessory offering and answers for the sins of the people.

I must say, I am baffled at what I heard because I remember listening to this segment years ago and did not remember him saying that. Furthermore, I have never heard any of his listeners talk about this concept, until “M” brought it to my attention, and lastly, I attended one of his lectures last year when he addressed the topic of “proxy saviors”, and again, he did not mention anything about the Lord’s latter day servant being a proxy savior that provided an intercessory atonement offering, and took the sins of the people upon himself, that I can recall. It causes me to wonder if he has arrived at this conclusion recently.

I looked up that particular link on the way back machine just out of curiosity to see if he had made any updates or changes to that particular page in recent times because I am curious to know if he has always taught that or if this is a recent epiphany that he has had.

gileadi

It appears as if he has made some changes or updates on the 14th and 24th of February. Of course the changes may have had nothing to do with the part in question.

At any rate, it doesn’t really matter one way or the other. The important thing is that someone with his knowledge of Hebrew is seeing what he is seeing. Regardless of whether he has always made this observation or whether the Lord has recently opened his eyes to it, the important thing is that he sees  it and has documented it.
Praise God.
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*UPDATE*
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I just got the following comments from a fellow:
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“I just read your latest blog and do not agree. For as long as I have listened to Gileadi (admittedly only since 2012), he has consistently denied Joseph Smith as the Servant whenever I asked. I remember him distinctly saying to always look for players in our own time, because we don’t need to have men come back from the past to fulfill God’s purposes. I understand him better now when he says that’s how we frequently get it so wrong, because we assume things that are not verified in the text of scripture. There is a good discussion about Hezekiah and the Davidic Covenant in the Literary Message of Isaiah, 1994 (second edition, 2012), by Gileadi, pages 39-53, and in the section on “Suffering and Salvation,” pages 183-239, but I am certain he wrote about the same things in the 1980s in his two books with Deseret Book.

Jonathan Felt”

My response:
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“Thank you for your observations Jonathan-I am a little confused by your declaration that you don’t agree with my post, followed by your observation that Gileadi has consistently denied Joseph Smith as the Servant. That is exactly what I said:

“Brother Gileadi has told several people that he does not believe it is Joseph Smith. He is apparently still looking for a future Davidic Servant.”

What part of the above comment did you not understand?

With regard to your contention that Gileadi has previously taught that the end times servant of the Lord does an intercession and takes upon himself the sins of the people, I am very excited to hear that, if it is true. I was not categorically claiming that Gileadi has never previously taught that, I was simply saying that I did not remember hearing him teach it, nor have any of his readers prior to “M” brought it to my attention.

Here is what I said:

“I must say, I am baffled at what I heard because I remember listening to this segment years ago and did not remember him saying that. Furthermore, I have never heard any of his listeners talk about this concept, until “M” brought it to my attention, and lastly, I attended one of his lectures last year when he addressed the topic of “proxy saviors”, and again, he did not mention anything about the Lord’s latter day servant being a proxy savior that I can recall. It causes me to wonder if he has arrived at this conclusion recently.”

As you can see, I did not claim categorically that Gileadi has not previously taught that the end times servant provides and intercession and takes the sins of the people upon himself, I am simply stating that I was not aware that he had, and I was speculating, and not sure if he had previously taught that.

I really appreciate hearing that he does teach this concept in two of his previous books, if that is the case.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Unfortunately, I don’t own either of those two books and do not desire to purchase either of them. I do have his “The Last Days, Types and Shadows…” book which I love. And I have his “Isaiah Decoded” book which I did not enjoy at all. It seems strange to me that he does not cover this concept in either of those books, if my dwindling memory serves me correctly. If I am wrong, please direct me to the appropriate pages. Now I am curious and may go back and look in those books. It has been a long time since I have read them…

Regarding the two books that you referenced, would you be willing to provide a direct quote from one or both of them for me to review? I would be happy to update my post with your comments and with the quotes from his book.

With regard to his rejection of Joseph Smith returning, it really baffles and saddens me that he denies the many unconditional promises in the D&C regarding Joseph’s return, not to mention prophetic declarations from Isaiah such as found in Isaiah 49 that are so clearly referencing the return of a servant that failed in his first attempt to gather Israel but is ultimately successful.

How does he justify believing in a God that makes unconditional promises in modern revelation and then fails to fulfill them? Does he reject the fact that God is all knowing and has all time, past present, and future continually before his eyes?

Has Gileadi ever addressed D&C 1:6-7, 38-39 and explained why he rejects those declarations of the Lord?

“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.
Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
38 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.
39 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.”

I would love to hear his explanation on why he seems to believe that God’s word is not true and faithful and will not all be fulfilled. “


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

March 11, 2015

A few years ago I acquired a friend through this blog that we will call “R”. He has recently been serving in a Bishopric but he moved recently so I don’t think he is in the position currently. He is one of the people that is always bringing up facinating observations and questions. I love the cross-pollination that take place when gospel discussion takes place.

Late last night I got the following email from him:

Watcher,
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In all your research and studying have you ever come across a prophecy or scripture implying that the scriptures will become corrupted and deceive the elect and give Satan power?
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Something like a cross between what the Lord revealed about the lost 110 pages in section 10 and 1 Ne. 13?
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Just curious and a thought I had after reading your last post on the Holy Ghost. “

 

“Interesting question.
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Yes and no.

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I do think there is evidence to support the corruption of scripture, however, I don’t know if that is the primary cause of the elect being deceived, or the result of the elect being deceived. 
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the Book of Mormon speaks of important things taken out of the Bible and because of that, it becomes a stumbling block to the gentiles.
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 Obviously, there is the warning from the Lord in the BofC wherein the Lord will deliver the saints over to Satan. The sixty four dollar question is, how does the Lord deliver the saints over to Satan. I have pondered that one.
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One thing that He noted was that he was withdrawing his spirit from the inhabitants of the earth. That would prevent people from understanding scripture through personal revelation. Another possibility is that by covering the eyes of the seers, they could prophesy falsely and teach false doctrine and conceivably deliver false revelations. I am amazed at how many people are starting to reject the Bible and D&C as credible scripture.

Then there is JST Matthew 23:10

“0 But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
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How exactly do the scribes and pharisees prevent people from entering into the kingdom of heaven? Is it by teaching false doctrine? offering ordinances of salvation that are void of authority? Alter scripture?”
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It appears that JST Luke 11:53 is a variation of the passage using the term “Key of Knowledge”
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“Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge, the fullness of the scriptures; ye enter not in yourselves into the kingdom; and those who were entering in, ye hindered.”
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He seems to be expressly stating that the scribes and pharisees had taken away the fulness of the scriptures, which is the key of knowledge by which people can be saved. That is a really interesting passage given the declaration in the D&C and by JS that the salvation of the church depended upon the JST being completed.”
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Next reply from “R” which I got early this AM
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“Yes, I agree. I can see the LDS church members walking around with their triple combinations loaded with false doctrines like D&C 132 believing that they have the fullness and true and correct doctrines at their finger tips. 
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Like you, there are so many teachings that I have taken as gospel truths that really aren’t. Like prophet infallibility and the couplet: “As man is God once was and as God is man may become.”
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I can’t help but see why Alma needed to   “try the virtue of the word of God” with the Zoramites in Alma 31:5. They too had become corrupt themselves believing that they were superior to others with their perversions of the scriptures. 
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What a glorious day it will be when the fulness of the scriptures will be revealed to put down all false doctrines and confound the wise. 
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May that day come soon.”
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Follow up reply from “R”
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“One more thing… You asked how we are turned over to Satan. I’m sure there are many ways this happens. 
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However, after I sent my last email I read Alma 25:6 were the Lamanites begin to “disbelieve the traditions of their fathers, and to believe in the Lord.” 
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I remembered D&C 93:39 “that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers.”
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You’ll notice that section 93 is singular while Alma is a plural traditions. 
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Hmm. 
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I’m going to have to research that. 
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What could that one singular tradition be that causes us to lose light and truth?
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And if handed down from our fathers three and four generations causes cursings and not blessings?
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Just some early morning thoughts. Thanks again for the response.” 
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My reply to “R”
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OMGosh!

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Your characterization of the saints walking around with their triple combinations with that abominable spiritual wife doctrine in it thinking they have the fulness is profound!

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I just went back to bed and shared what you said with Mrs Watcher and she blurted out two scriptures that came to her mind.
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The first was a few passages in Ezekiel 20 which could have typological or literal application to modern Israel:
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1 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.
22  Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.
23  I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
24  Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.
25  Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;
26  And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.
27  ¶ Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.
28  For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
29  Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go?  And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
30  Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers?  and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?
31  For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel?  As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.
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The second passage she uttered is the one that should have come to my mind first when you posed the question.
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Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.
33  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, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls?  Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.”
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“R” sent the following response
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“Wow! Gotta love a woman who can quote scripture when woken up from a dead sleep. You have yourself a remarkable woman. Tell Mrs. Watcher thank you for the scripture”
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Interestingly, I had just recently received an email from the “naughty missionary” I have previously posted about, that follows my blog while on his mission. Here is a snippet from that email:
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“All of these amazing things aside, the reason I wanted to give you an update is actually to detail you in on something else very important that occurred this week.

 

A set of elders were studying section 132, and they became concerned by a few things in it. The thing that confused them most of all interesting enough was the verses that detail Abraham being a god, already having entered into his exaltation.

 

They asked me about it… And it was such an obscure contradiction I couldn’t help but be impressed. I told them that I didn’t believe in 132 at all. …

 

This, you can imagine, has opened up a can of worms with other missionaries when they heard about it. So far the dust seems to have settled. In any case, I thought you might find it inspiring to know that even average missionaries with average church history knowledge are seeing discrepancies in 132.

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 Can you Imagine that? A missionary telling his fellow companions that he does not believe section 132?
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Praise God
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I hope they don’t send this amazing Elder home early!

“The Holy Ghost is now in a State of Probation..”

March 9, 2015

Many many years ago when I was just getting addicted to my obsession of searching the scriptures and the history of the church, I came upon one of the most extraordinary and exhilarating quotes from Joseph Smith that really turned me upside down and inside out.

It went something like this

“..the Holy Ghost is now in a state of Probation which if he should perform in righteousness he may pass through the same or a similar course of things that the Son has”

It blew my mind.

I thought that was one of the most astounding and illuminating concepts I had ever heard!

Of course it was also quite disruptive, not only to all of my preconceived ideas  about the Holy Ghost, but it also appeared to contradict scripture.

At that time I was really into prophet worship in general, and Joseph Smith worship specifically, and I just knew that it was impossible for the prophet Joseph Smith to ever say anything false.

Did I remember to tell you that I was also pretty damn gullible?

Anyway, I mindlessly accepted this new doctrine as a fact and went my merry little way thinking I had discovered one of the mysteries of Godliness, although I had a little higher degree of cognitive dissonance whenever I would read about the Holy Ghost in the scriptures.

As the years went by, I finally began to have my awakening about the true history of the church, the latter day apostasy, the fact that most of what I had been taught in the church was erroneous. I learned that Joseph was not infallible and in fact, that he had his eyes covered about many things shortly after the fulness of the gospel was rejected. Hence, he did and taught things during the Nauvoo era that were not correct.

At that time, I began to re-evaluate all of the doctrine that I had ever taken for granted.

first, I composed a pecking order of credible resources, based on perceived credibility, that I could use to determine true vs false doctrines.

Obviously, the Holy Ghost is a very important key in determining truth, and avoid being deceived, but it is easy to over ride the subtle promptings of the spirit, or not even get promptings, if we are using bad resources that we categorically deem to be credible.

One of the quotes from a modern president of the church that had a profound impact on my thinking and on my quest for truth is as follows:

“It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teachings of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let us have this matter clear. We have accepted the four standard works as the measuring yardsticks, or balances, by which we measure every man’s doctrine.

“You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works.

“Every man who writes is responsible, not the Church, for what he writes. If Joseph Fielding Smith writes something which is out of harmony with the revelations, then every member of the Church is duty bound to reject it. If he writes that which is in perfect harmony with the revealed word of the Lord, then it should be accepted.” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 3:203–4; also cited in Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. [1966], p. 609.)

That quote changed my life and it changed the way I began to discern doctrinal truth.

Before that time, my number one resource for studying the gospel was the words of the modern general authorities.

After pondering the above statement by President Smith, everything changed for me.

After that, my number one priority was studying the scriptures.

  • The Inspired Version of the Bible
  • The D&C as presented by Joseph Smith and accepted by common consent which included the Lectures on Faith, as the “doctrine” portion of the “Doctrine and Covenants”. (I discarded all of the revelations that BY added to the D&C including section 132, unless they were congruent with the rest of the standard works)
  • The Book of Mormon (original text)
  • The Pearl of Great Price

I knew that the word of God had said that treasuring up God’s word in the scriptures is a method by which we can avoid being deceived so the scriptures became my number one priority. They became my number one criteria of credibility as far as written source material is concerned.

Joseph Smith’s teachings were next on the list, but each quote, from “Teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith”, “Words of Joseph Smith”, and any other sources quoting Joseph Smith, needed to be scrutinized and verified for historical accuracy. It began to be very important to me to realize if the quote were made during the early Kirtland days or the late Nauvoo days, for obvious reasons.

context is very important.

Also, anytime Joseph Smith was quoted as saying something that contradicted the verifiable holy word of God in the scriptues, I rejected it. All quotes from early general authorities like Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon needed a second witness from the scriptures to maintain a high status and “credibility quotient” on my new list of credible doctrinal sources.

Eventually the sermons of Brigham Young and modern church presidents no longer had the highest “credibility quotient”.

I had been raised to believe that living prophets were more inspired than dead prophets and that a conflicting doctrine taught by a “living prophet” trumped the doctrine in the scriptures taught by a dead prophet. But the quote from President Smith rang true to me loud and clear.

The cold hard fact of the matter is that when modern presidents of the church said something true, it was already in the scriptures and when that didn’t, it needed to be discarded.

I simply needed to be drenching myself in the word of God from the most holy written source. I didn’t need some modern authority to reinterpret the scriptures for me. The above quote by Joseph Fielding Smith for instance, as profound as it was, should have already been understood by me and it would have been understood by me if I had made the scriptures my number one priority.

Once I created my listing of worthwhile resources based on my new method of assigning “credibility quotients” I was able to reevaluate many of my previous doctrines I had been taught in the church and I was flabbergasted at how many false doctrines are taught in the church. I was a real eye opener how many false teachings there are in the church.

I began discarding numerous false doctrines that I had inherited from the false traditions of my fathers.

Needless to say, the quote from Joseph Smith about the Holy Ghost being a man living on an earth during Joseph’s ministry, having a probationary experience, went by the way side pretty quickly when weighed in the balance against the scriptures, Lectures on Faith, other credible, verifiable, scripturally backed statements by Joseph Smith, etc.

However, one night while pondering that statement about the Holy Ghost, that I once found so illuminating and assuming, that thought occurred to me that perhaps Joseph Smith actually never even taught it.

That thought caused me to jump out of bed and run to my computer and jump on the Internet.

I wondered if it could be possible that some of the stuff that is attributed to Joseph Smith, just is not true.

I quickly pulled up the boap website that shows the five known diary entries of that particular Nauvoo discourse that Joseph gave.

http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/1843/27Aug43.html#N_4_

They were conveniently listed side by side and they were matched up by topic vertically which left gaps in the column anytime any of the dairies did not make note of the same narrative in the discourse. This made it really easy to compare what each of these five people heard and how they articulated it as they heard it.

The five people and corresponding diaries are listed below:

  • Joseph Smith Dairy (written by Willard Richards but reviewed by Joseph Smith)
  • Franklin D. Richards “Scriptural Items,”
  • William Clayton diary,
  • James Burgess notebook
  • Levi Richards diary

According to the dairy entries that were placed side by side, according to similar content, only one person out of five heard Joseph Smith make that statement.

What?

That didn’t make any sense.

I thought to myself, perhaps only one of the five felt that the statement was noteworthy enough to note.

No!

That definitely did not make any sense either.

There was something very very wrong with the picture I was seeing.

After analyzing things for awhile I had a series of other questions come into my head.

How is it that Joseph Smith’s own diary did not record this new doctrine?

How is it that the Holy Ghost as a general topic does not even show up in the other four diary notes?

Why is there no record of anyone else in the congregation noting this in their personal diaries?

There must have been hundreds if not thousands of people in the congregation that day who would have also heard the statement and been blown away by it, and yet, I have never, in all of my searching in the history of the church seen another witness that the statement was made. If any of you have, please send it to me. :)

Why is it that the currently newspapers and church periodicals said nothing about it?

Hmmmmm…

Below is a screen shot of the five diary entries.

As you can see by the yellowed areas, all five of the diaries noted that Joseph Smith was speaking about the Melchizedek priesthood and fulness of priesthood just prior to when F D Richards claims Joseph made the statement.

Holy Ghost is a man

Conversely, not one of the other entries mentioned the statement F D Richards noted. In fact, not one of the entries notes any narrative relating to the Holy Ghost at all!

It became obvious to me that Frankly D. Richards did not hear Joseph make that statement on that day, in that sermon.

It occurred to me that there could have been countless reasons why Richards might have inserted the crazy blurb that he did into his personal diary.

There is one other interesting thing that I noticed. You will see it highlighted in puke-green

The phrase “state of Probation” is used in the F D Richards diary in regard to the Holy Ghost, and the phrase “probationary state” is used in the Burgess Notebook with regard to the topic of the purpose of “man’s” probationary state.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Either that is quite a coincidence, OR, F D Richards got confused as he was taking notes and really meant to convey something about man’s probationary state and the importance of the Holy Ghost in our progression. Frankly, I think that is where the discrepancy comes from.

Anyway, after going through that little exercise I am now convinced that brother Joseph never even taught the doctrine, he simply got blamed for teaching it.

Nauvoo would have been buzzing about this new disruptive doctrine the next day if Joseph Smith actually would have stated it.

The more I think about it, the more appalled I am with myself that I ever believed it.

I wonder how many other things we blame Joseph for, that he did not say or do?! ?!

 

 


DEAD SEA SCROLLS 28. A FIRM FOUNDATION (AARON A-4Q541) “he will make atonement for all the children of his generation”

March 5, 2015

Over the years I have harped on the literal physical return of Joseph Smith and the fact that he provided an intercessory atonement offering for his generation and their descendants.

In doing this I have provided scriptures from the four standard works and demonstrated how all of the ancient statutes in the Old Testament are prophetic because they represent “enactments of future events”.

Additionally I have provided unpublished revelations, statements from Joseph Smith, patriarchal blessings, snippets from early hymns, and sermons of early general authorities, etc., to scripturally substantiate and prophetically document the fact that this doctrine of an intercessory servant, returning from the dead is a legitimate, recurring theme that has been showing up in prophetic narratives for thousands of years over the place for those that have awakened and are watching for it.

Despite all of this documentation I am still considered delusional by many.

All I can say is that it is really really fun being delusional.

Particularly because it is impossible to make sense out of modern revelation and the history of the church and of prophecy without understanding this prophetic event that seems to be the center hub for interconnecting and making sense out of everything else.

The fun thing about being delusional and passionate regarding this particular topic is that you can conjure up supporting evidence just about anywhere you look, including the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In this post I am going to give a brief interpretation of a translation that has been given of an ancient text from the dead sea scrolls.

One of my favorite books is one called “The dead sea scrolls uncovered” by Eisenman and Wise.

dead sea uncovered

Early in the book the the two authors cannot agree with each other on the sequence of a somewhat confusing prophetic snippet about a latter day servant that appears to be killed. The narrative seems to be saying that the servant returns from the dead to continue his mission. One author interpreted it that way, the other found that interpretation too preposterous and therefore assumed that one part of the story must have happened previous to when it appears to have happened.

Those are the kinds of prophecies that actually begin to take on significantly more clarity when all of the other research that I have made reference to is used for context.

I may do a commentary on that portion of their book in an upcoming post just to demonstrate how an otherwise very confusing and seemingly disjointed storyline actually makes perfect sense when it is supported by independent prophetic narratives..

There are numerous gems in this book that need to be discussed, but today I am going to focus on a different part of the book. The portion of text I will be addressing is found on pages 144-145.


atone for generation 3

You will notice in the translation below, focusing on the underlined portion, that the narrative speaks about a servant of the Lord that has great wisdom and-

 “he will make atonement for all the children of his generation“.

 

atone for generation 9

Notice that his atonement offering is limited to his generation.

In my opinion, it is unlikely that this narrative is speaking of Jesus Christ as he offered an atonement for everyone the ever lived on this earth from all generations and his atonement even extended to those living on other earths. The servant being spoken of here is offering an atonement for a limited class of people, just as Moses did. Namely, those that live in the generation that he lived in.

The text provides additional clues that differentiate this mortal high priest and his human atonement offering for his generation, from Christ’s, atonement which was not a human atonement, but rather an infinite and eternal one. (See Alma 34: 10)

After making the atonement, the text seamlessly notes that “He will be sent to all the sons of his generation“.

This provides an interesting reversal from the prophetic narrative about Christ.

Christ was sent to the world and then atoned for them. This scenario has the servant doing the atonement and then he was sent to those he had atoned for.

He is SENT after the offering. To the SONS of his generation as opposed to the “children” of his generation as indicated in the previous verse, noting a distinction.

Ok, what I am getting out of this, based on my bias from 30 years of studying countless Davidic Servant prophecies, is, he atones, dies, and then returns from the dead. Then he is sent to the posterity of those that lived in his generation.

Continuing on-

His word shall be as the word of heaven and his teaching shall be according to the will of God.”

It appears to me that this is not referring exclusively to some translation of a book he brings forth, it is referring to the continuous flow of revelation that comes out of his mouth:

His word, shall be as the word of heaven

His revelatory utterances create a canon of scripture. This theme is remarkably similar to some of the O. T. prophecies covered in my article about the atonement statute prophecy.

Solving the Prophet Puzzle- Understanding the Atonement statute final 6.

According to this prophecy in the scrolls, when the amazing intercessory servant returns it will be during a time of darkness but the fire that he kindles will light up the “four corners of the earth“.

Do those keywords ring any bells?

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11:12

When his second ministry begins, there will be many lies about him.

His enemies will “invent stories about him“.

they will say shameful things about him“.

No worries.

he will overthrow his evil generation“.

Notice the use of the word “arises” which often refers to some kind of resurrection or physical return from death according to the translators;

“When he arises there will be lying and violence and the people will wander astray in his days and be CONFOUNDED.”

Notice also in the above snippet, that people will wander astray AFTER he returns, not just before!

How sad.

It appears that people that sin against the light now, will continue to sin against it when the Lords servant returns and the light grows even brighter.

Ultimately they will be “confounded” by the servant.

Does that word confound in the above translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls ring a bell in any of the Book of Mormon or modern revelation narratives relevant to Joseph Smith?

Here is a snippet from the “Joseph the Seer” narrative in the BofM:

And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;” (2 Nephi 3:14)

Here is a commandment/prophecy that had a dual fulfillment. Yes, Joseph and Sidney did go forth for a season debating and confounding their enemies back at that time, but ultimately the following commandment has a dual application. This will also take place when they return:

“Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private; and inasmuch as ye are faithful their shame shall be made manifest.
Wherefore, let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord.
Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you—there is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper;
And if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time.
Wherefore, keep my commandments; they are true and faithful. Even so. Amen.” (D&C 71:7-10)

The following petition given in the dedicatory prayer asks for the Lords help in confounding all of those that had spread lying reports about Joseph, as of March 1836, prior to the secret appearance of Christ in the Kirtland Temple.

“We ask thee, Holy Father, to confound, and astonish, and to bring to shame and confusion, all those who have spread lying reports abroad, over the world, against thy servant or servants, if they will not repent, when the everlasting gospel shall be proclaimed in their ears;
And that all their works may be brought to naught, and be swept away by the hail, and by the judgments which thou wilt send upon them in thine anger, that there may be an end to lyings and slanders against thy people.
For thou knowest, O Lord, that thy servants have been innocent before thee in bearing record of thy name, for which they have suffered these things.”  (D&C 109:29-31)

Incredible.

I suspect my articles on church history would look more credible and would gain more traction than they do if I would leave out all of the mystical, metaphysical stuff about Joseph offering up an atonement offering and returning from the dead to finish the work he has been commanded to do, but I am not hear to tickle anybodies ears or to seek anyone’s approval. I am simply rehearsing what the Lord God is saying in the scriptures to the degree of light that I have been given.

Besides, I am not courting scholars and intellectuals. I am looking for people of faith.

Being delusional is great fun.

It beats the heck out of cognitive dissonance.

 

Praise God for the countless prophetic testimonies that sustain my delusions.

 


“Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 December 1834″

March 3, 2015

On December 5 & 6th 0f 1834, four members of the Presidency of the Church of the Latter day Saints met to Ordain Oliver Cowdery as one of three assistants to President Joseph Smith Jr..

During this event, some pretty amazing stuff was revealed that I am going to commentary about in this post.

Over the years, as I have searched the scriptures and the history of the church, I have found it to be absolutely astounding how much incredible information has been made available to historians during the last for four generations, and yet the significance and meaning of much of this information has remained sealed up by the Lord.

Although historians, researchers and authors have acknowledged and referenced much of this raw historical data in books and papers, they have largely been oblivious to what it all means because the Lord has previously sealed up the meaning of this information from us. It is only in recent times that the Lord God appears to be taking the partial blindness off of Israel and opening up the meaning behind much of the historical details that has always been available to researchers.

Because of this, it is now possible to create an understandable timeline of what really happened during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

The title of the “notes” taken in the handwriting of Oliver Cowdery is:

Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 December 1834

I will be quoting some, but not all of the above mentioned text. Those that would like to read the entire document for greater context, or simply check the accuracy of the quotations I provide, to a copy of the original source, are encouraged to view  the online transcript that is available at the Joseph Smith Papers website.

In this commentary we will document that exactly 3 1/2 years to the day, after the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood at the Morley Farm Conference, the Lord placed both the leaders of the church and the members of the church under CONDEMNATION and told them that they needed to have a REFORMATION IN ALL THINGS. This revelation was clearly documented at the time, and eventually entered into the official history of the church, but never canonized in the D&C.

Below is a snippet from the revelation:

“Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things..”

The pronouncement of condemnation upon the leaders of the church was not a new thing. In September of 1832, (D&C 84:54-58) the Lord had declared that the leaders of the church had brought the whole church under condemnation because of their vanity and unbelief. The main difference between the two revelatory rebukes, was that the revelation in 1834 was a second rebuke, requiring a reformation of all things. In my opinion, the declaration that there must be a reformation in all things can only mean one of two things (or both);

1- All things within the church had become totally corrupt through transgression and therefore the church need to repent, reform, and return to the original gospel that had initially been revealed.

or

2- Because of extenuating circumstances having to do with the transgression of the church and the breaking of the New and Everlasting Covenant, an intercession was taking place the necessitated the introduction of ancient laws and statutes. This would bring about a priesthood reformation. This might account for the declaration that Joseph would be making about how the Lord had revealed to him that “Something new must be done for the salvation of the church”.

It is my contention that the three and a half year period, from the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood until this revelation was given, is very significant and that it fulfills prophecies in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.

It marks the time period during which the “Church of God” came out of the wilderness of darkness and struggled to establish the kingdom of God on the earth, (see the conditional prophecy in D&C 103:5-8) but ultimately fled back into the wilderness of darkness. It marks the period of time that the Gentiles received and then rejected the fulness of the gospel/priesthood.

The Book of Daniel informs us that following this brief emergence of the Kingdom of God on earth, the “horn” would “make war with the saints and prevail against them until the Ancient of days” returns to the earth. At that time, the true saints will possess the kingdom. (Daniel 7:21-22)

In this historical document that we are going to dissect, we shall observe what I consider to be definitive revelatory proof (for those who are being taught by the spirit as they read the scriptures and history provided herein) that the appearance of Christ and three ministering angels to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, as detailed in section 110, was a true historical event and that it had been foretold in the blessing of Oliver Cowdery as well as in a revelation to… well, more on that later in this post..

This definitive proof  is provided in the inspired ordination of Oliver Cowdery, given by Joseph Smith a little over a year before the event documented in section 110 took place.

In this revelatory ordination it was declared by the spirit of prophecy that Oliver Cowdery would eventually

1. hear the voice of the Lord
2. receive ministering angels
3. have the blessings of Abraham bestowed upon him

Those three prophetic petitions represent a summary of what happened a little over a year later, on April 3 1836

At that particular time in the history of the church, the focus had been on Christ’s atonement and the fulness of the Gospel. Nothing was being said about receiving the blessings of Abraham. Indeed, the emergence of “patriarchal blessings” and the emphasis on tracing lineal priesthood right, did not take place until after the Gentiles rejected the fulness.

The very first patriarchal blessing that Joseph Smith Sr. gave would not take place until a few days after this ordination of Oliver Cowdery which takes place at the culmination of the 3 1/2 year period, hence, the concept of receiving blessings and priesthood ordinations relative to or stemming from one’s Abrahamic lineage was a relatively foreign concept at the time. I will demonstrate in the post that the blessings of Abraham were now becoming significant at this point in time because the church was experiencing a secret change of priesthood administration. Although the facts were all made public, few people understood the significance of the changes taking place. The prophetic events related thereto completely changed the trajectory of the church. More on that later.

The following article speaks to the fact that God’s promise to Abraham that his posterity would bless the nations of the world in the latter days is not fully explained in the Bible, yet it is revealed in the Book of Abraham. The article documents how the Book of Abraham provides the missing explanation of the prophecy that would provide the interpretive keys to understanding what the “dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham” really was referring to,  in section 110. Bottom-line: Contextual proof that the Book of Abraham is authentic and true

Reading Abraham While God Winks

Hence, it is really quite unlikely and quite remarkable that, at the time of the final rejection of the fulness of the gospel, and the official condemnation of the leaders and members of the church, the Lord is foretelling that the blessings of Abraham will be bestowed upon Oliver, so that another preparatory ministry and gathering could take place during the “little season” prior to the redemption of Zion.

Obviously all three of the above listed events from the blessing mentioned in Oliver Cowdery’s ordination took place a about a year later during the vision that took place behind the veil in the Kirtland Temple.

In this post, exact quotes from the above mentioned historical document will be provided in bold maroon to help the reader distinguish between my commentary and the historical document. When I provide supporting historical documentation or scripture, it will usually be in bold black text .

 “Friday Evening, December 5, 1834.  According to the direction of the Holy Spirit, Pr[e]s ident Smith,assistant Presidents, [Sidney] Rigdon and [Frederick G.] Williams, assembled for the  purpose of ordaining<first> High Counsellor [Oliver] Cowdery to the office of assistant  President of the High and Holy Priesthood in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints.

It is necessary, for the special benefit of the reader, that he be instructed <into, or> con cerning the power and authority of the above named Priesthood.

First. The office of the President is to preside over the whole Chu[r]ch; to be  considered as at the head; to receive revelations for the Church; to be a Seer, and Revelator <and Prophet—> having all the gifts of God:— having taking <Moses> for an ensample. Which is the office and station of the above President Smith, according to the calling of God, and the ordination which he has received.

Second. The office of Assistant President is to assist in presiding  over the whole chu[r]ch, and to officiate in the abscence of the President, accor ding to their<his> rank and appointment, viz: President Cowdery, first; Pres ident Rigdon Second, and President Williams Third, as they <were> are sev erally called. The office of this Priesthood is also to act as Spokesman—taking  Aaron for an ensample.

The virtue of this the <above> Priesthood is to hold the keys of the kingdom of heaven,  or the Church militant.”

The notes continue on to explain that the delay in ordaining president Cowdery to this office and call was due to his attendance in Zion while helping William W. Phelps conduct the church printing business. This is why presidents Rigdon and Williams were apparently ordained prior to Oliver Cowdery even though Oliver was the first assistant to the President called. Nevertheless, it appears that presidents Rigdona and Williams were given similar blessings to Oliver’s following Oliver’s ordination.

For those wondering how Oliver could be called to the above office in the above mentioned priesthood, now that the fulness had been cumulatively rejected by the Saints, let me point out two significant details.

First- less than a week prior to this meeting, Joseph and Oliver Cowdery had privately united together and entered into the “covenant of tithing [consecration]” for the “continuance of [priesthood] blessings“. Hence, even though the church had cumulatively broken the covenant of consecration contained in the law of the gospel (D&C 42), Joseph and Oliver -entered into the covenant jointly in what appears to be some kind of intercession that would enable gospel blessings from the priesthood to continue on until the temple was completed and the “acceptable offering” of the “sons of Levi” could be fully consummated.

Secondly- It needs to be pointed out that the particular priesthood office being addressed in this particular ordination was to the “office of assistant  President of the High and Holy Priesthood in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints.” That is not necessarily the same high and holy priesthood of the church of God.

Notice the use of the new name of the church. Notice that the terms “Church of Christ” and “Church of God” that had previously been used in revelation by the Lord, had been discarded. This is because the Lord had taken His name out of the name of the restored church because of the breaking of the consecration covenant. This event took place in a special conference that had previously taken place on May 3 1834.

One of the amazing things we learn from the plat of the city of Zion that Joseph produced in 1833, is that there is a multiplicity of priesthood callings and offices that are not commonly understood or talked about.

It is apparent in reading the Old Testament that the Levitical priesthood had the office of “high priest” that was not the same office of “high priest” that function after the order of Melchizedek.

This fact is further verified in Joseph Smith’s Zion plat. In it, there were 24 separate temples and numerous pulpits with priesthood  designations on them. One of them was:

House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and Holy Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek

and another was:

“House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and Holy Priesthood, after the Order of Aaron”

As you can see, the Melchizedek and Aaronic orders both had the office of “high priest

One needs to be aware of these things and pay close attention to the wording being used as one studies the history of the church in order to get the story behind the story.

I have preciously pointed out in other posts that the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham in 1836, at the time when the saints were expecting the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times, represented a huge change in trajectory.

It was at that time that the saints were anticipating the high priests to be endowed with power from on high so that the gospel could be taken to the world in power for the last time, culminating in the redemption of Zion. But that clearly did not take place. No missionaries went forth in power directly after the eight days during which dedications, petitions behind the veil, the solemn assembly, and finally the secret visitation took place.

Instead, the church was shell shocked and seemed to go into somewhat of a tail spin. Months went by without the gospel going forth for the last time in power, as described in section one of the Doctrine and Covenants. Shortly after that, Joseph Smith announced that “Something new must be done for the salvation of the church“. At that point, Joseph Smith began making preparations for establishing foreign missions, under the direction of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles, for the purpose of taking the “knowledge” of the fulness of the gospel to the “house of Israel” (This was fulfilling the prophecy of Christ in 3 Nephi 16.)

Strangely enough, a third revelation of condemnation, specifically censuring the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had  been received on November 3 1835. This caused the following declaration from Joseph Smith to the Twelve Apostles as they were getting ready for the temple solemn assembly

“the endowment you are so anxious about you cannot comprehend now, nor could Gabriel explain it to the understanding of your dark minds”

Clearly, the Quorum of the Twelve was in a state of apostasy going into the eight day temple ritual and the fact that they continued to be in apostasy from then throughout the establishment of foreign missions is evidenced by a multitude of historical evidences. But few were more powerful than the fact that Thomas B. Marsh, the president of the quorum, asked Joseph to petition the Lord in behalf of his wayward brethren. In the revelatory response that was given July 23, 1827, the Lord commanded Marsh to “pray for thy brethren of the Twelve. Admonish them sharply for my names sake, and let them be admonished in their sins, and be ye faithful before me unto my name. And after their temptations and much tribulation, behold I the Lord will feel after them..”

Shortly after that revelation in response to President Marsh’s petition, March apostatized and lost his place in the Quorum.

Continuing on in the commentary at hand, the explanatory narrative within the notes written by Oliver Cowdery regarding the events relating to his ordination in 1834 informs us that an angel had previously promised that Oliver would be ordained to that calling:

“.. but that this promise [or Ordaining Oliver to the Presidency of the High Priesthood] was  made by the angel while in company with President Smith, at the time they recievd  the office of the lesser priesthood.”

This is really quite a remarkable declaration. It is just one more proof that there is a distinction between the two lineal priesthood endowments involving angels in 1829, and the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood in 1831. Furthermore, the priesthood ordination that Oliver was being given in 1834 may have been something other than what one might suppose.

There are two possible ways to interpret the above snippet and the historical narrative regarding the restoration of priesthood from John the Baptist and from Peter, James and John.

Some historians have speculated that there was no visit from Peter James and John, and that Joseph and Oliver’s ordination to the office of Elder in the church back in those early years represented the office of Elder in the Aaronic priesthood, not Melchizedek priesthood.

This is clearly a possibility.

However, in previous posts I have challenged this interpretation and offered another one.

My contention is that while John the Baptist bestowed priesthood “keys” pertaining to the Aaronic priesthood, Peter James and John were simply ordaining Joseph and Oliver to the office of elder in the “Abrahamic”, otherwise referred to as “patriarchal”  priesthood that they already held by virtue of their lineage. (See Joseph’s discourse detailing the fact that there are three categories of priesthood, not two)

Since the patriarchal priesthood of Abraham is inherited according to lineage, it did not need to be restored or bestowed, only a church office within that priesthood would need to be “bestowed” through “ordination”.

There are accounts regarding the ordination of elder wherein only one angel (singular) was doing the ordaining, instead of three. That is consistent with the above snippet.

Additionally, in previous posts, I have provided another obscure historical tidbit that also supports my above contention. I offer it again below. When Joseph Smith dictated his first attempt at a personal history in 1832 he made these remarks:

“A History of the life of Joseph Smith Jr an account of his marvilous experience and of all the mighty acts which he doeth in the name of Jesus Christ the son of the living God of whom he beareth record and also an account of the rise of the church of Christ in the eve of time according as the Lord brought forth and established by his hand firstly he receiving the testimony from on high

[The first vision]

secondly the ministering of Angels

[Moroni -Book of Mormon plates]

thirdly the reception of the holy Priesthood by the ministring of Angels to adminster the letter of the Gospel – the Law and commandments as they were given unto him – and the ordinencs

[Clearly referencing priesthood reception from more than just John the Baptist (Peter, James and John) ],

forthly a confirmation and reception of the high Priesthood after the holy order of the son of the living God power and ordinence from on high to preach the Gospel in the administration and demonstration of the spirit the Kees of the Kingdom of God confered upon him

[clearly referencing the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood according to the voice of God from heaven at the Morley Farm]

and the continuation of the blessings of God to him &c”

The above account, demonstrates that more than one ministering angel was involved in the bestowing of priesthood keys and’or offices in or about 1829. Interestingly, the first priesthood administers the “letter of the law” (law and commandments), while the next lineal priesthood has the authority to administer the saving ordinances.

These first two priesthoods are separate and distinct from each other and also separate and distinct from the final priesthood and which is described as the “holy order of the son of the living God” and the “power and ordinence from on high to preach the Gospel in the administration and demonstration of the spirit the Kees of the Kingdom of God” 

Interestingly, some critics of the restoration have claimed that Joseph Smith never mentioned the reception of the priesthood from John the Baptist and Peter, James and John until 1836 or after, yet we have just seen one account written in 1832 and one in 1834.

Continuing on with the examination of this document and associated event. Joseph gives an account of the revelatory rebuke that the Lord gave them just before Oliver is ordained. Notice the preliminary characterization that is offered to guide the mind of the reader:

“After this short explanation, we now proceed to give an account of the  acts, promises, and blessings of this memorable Evening:

First. After assembling, we received a rebuke for our former low,  uncultivated, and disrespectful manner of communication, and salutation, with, and unto each other, by the voice of the Spirit, saying unto us:

‘Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things, in your ensamples  before the Chuch, and before the world, in all your manners, habits and customs,  and salutations one toward another—rendering unto every man the respect  due the office,and calling, and priesthood, whereunto I the Lord have appointed and ordained you. Amen.'”

Ok, I am now going to take issue with how Joseph Smith (or Oliver, who ever is responsible for constructing these notes) re-frames the contextual content of the revelation before he even reveals what the revelation says.

The official narrative ( which I am assuming was dictated or at least approved by Joseph Smith ) appears to reduce the short revelation of censure to a rebuke for the fact that the leaders and members of the church were not treating the Lord’s appointed leaders of the church with the proper respect due them in their office, callings and priesthood..

I strongly disagree with Joseph’s simplified assessment of the Lord’s chastisement and I will provide my reasons later in this post.

Directly following the recital of the revelation, the narrative declares, Joseph and his associates rejoiced at the fact that they were reproofed because they repented and reformed in every particular, according to the instruction given:

“It is only necessary to say, relative to the foregoing reproof and  instruction, that, though it was given in sharpness, it occasioned gladness and joy, and we were willing to repent and reform, in every particular, according to the instruction given. It is also proper to remark,  that after the reproof was given, we all confessed, voluntarily, that such  had been the manifestations of the Spirit a long times  since; in consequence of which the rebuke came with greater sharpness.

Not thinking to evade the truth, or excuse, in order to escape censure,  but to give proper information, a few remarks relative to the situation  of the chu[r]ch previous to this date, is necessary. Many, on hearing the fulness  of the gospel, embraced it with eagerness; <yet,> at the same time were unwilling  to forego their former opinions and notions relative to church government, and  the rules and habits proper for the good order, harmony, peace, and beauty of  a people destined, with the protecting care of the Lord, to be an ensample and  light of the world.

Frankly, I think the above narrative, does in fact represent the evading of the truth and an attempt to escape the full censure that was being proffered. More on that later, continuing on:

They did not dispise government; but there was a disposition to organize that government according to their own notions, or feelings. For example: Every man must be subjected <to> wear a particular fashioned coat, hat, or other garment, or else an accusation was brought  that we were fashioning after the world. Every one must be called by  their given name, without respecting the office or ordinance to  which they had been called: Thus, President Smith was called Joseph, or broth er Joseph; President Rigdon, brother Sidney, or Sidney, &c.

This manner of  address gave occasion to the enemies of the truth, and was a means  of bringing reproach upon the Cause of God. But in consequence of former prejudices, the church, many of them, would not submit to proper and wholesome order. This proceeded from a spirit of enthusiasm, and  vain ambition—a desire to compel others to come to certain rules, not  dictated by the will of the Lord; or a jealous fear, that, were men called by thier respective titles, and the ordinance of heaven honored in  a proper manner, some were in a way to be exalted above others, and their form  of government disregarded.”

If I understand Joseph’s commentary above, a major part of the problem is that some of the Saints did not want to show special reverence and honor to those called to priesthood positions by addressing them as “president Rigdon” or “president Smith”  instead of just “Sidney” or “Joseph”. Frankly, I sympathize with those that felt it was wrong to show priesthood “class distinction” because there had been several warnings from the Lord about how people were not to excel one above another.

Notice how the Lord, after addressing the fact that each man is to teach others according to the “office” they have been appointed, is to esteem his brother as himself!

“But, verily I say unto you, teach one another according to the office wherewith I have appointed you;
And let every man esteem his brother as himself, and practise virtue and holiness before me.
And again I say unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself.”

No matter what your calling is, or isn’t, everyone is to be esteemed by each other equally!

Notice the following rebuke to William W. Phelps who seemed to want to excel, possibly because of his priesthood appointment:

“And also let my servant William W. Phelps stand in the office to which I have appointed him, and receive his inheritance in the land; And also he hath need to repent, for I, the Lord, am not well pleased with him, for he seeketh to excel, and he is not sufficiently meek before me.”

In section 78 The Lord gives a specific commandment regarding the “organization” of his people by the High Priests regulating the affairs of the storehouse. In it he stresses that his people must be equal in all earthly and heavenly things:

“THE Lord spake unto Joseph Smith, Jun., saying: Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, who are ordained unto the high priesthood of my church, who have assembled yourselves together;
2 And listen to the counsel of him who has ordained you from on high, who shall speak in your ears the words of wisdom, that salvation may be unto you in that thing which you have presented before me, saith the Lord God.
3 For verily I say unto you, the time has come, and is now at hand; and behold, and lo, it must needs be that there be an organization of my people, in regulating and establishing the affairs of the storehouse for the poor of my people, both in this place and in the land of Zion—
4 For a permanent and everlasting establishment and order unto my church, to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven;
5 That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things.
6 For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things;
7 For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.
8 And now, verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient that all things be done unto my glory, by you who are joined together in this order”

The importance of showing equality among all of the saints is consistent with section 76 wherein we are informed that all members of the church of the firstborn are “equal in power, and in might, and in dominion.”

In section 101 we are informed that one of the problems experienced by the original high priests is that “ there were jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances.

I find it hard to believe that class distinction in priesthood callings did not play into the contentions and envyings and jealousies that took place.

Previous to that revelation the Lord had identified jealousies and fears as the primary reasons that the high priests were not seeing the face of God as expected.

“And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.”

Certainly the jealousies experienced were at least partly related to the spiritual class distinction that takes place when some priests begin claiming Pentecostal experiences and others cannot make the same claims. Ordinations to specific callings in addition to their ordination as a High priest, also no doubt caused jealousies.

I am not disagreeing with what the Lord is saying, I am dissagreeing with the interpretation being offered by Joseph Smith. Yes we should treat the appointed leaders with the proper respect. But should we not treat he or her that is least in the kingdom with the exact same respect?

Clearly it is important to treat leaders with support and respect. One of the problems that the church had just experienced, had to do with the high priests in Zion, and the high priests in Kirtland being publicly critical of each other and speaking disrespectfully of each other and making accusations. We have covered that in a previous post. That clearly did prejudice the non-Mormons against the latter day work.

My concern is that Joseph’s summation of the revelation minimized, if not overlooked, the obvious fact that the Saints had just failed to live the everlasting covenant of consecration that they had entered into. Yes, disrespecting appointed leaders was one of many problems, but hardly the only one. And calling leaders by their titles was hardly the main problem in my opinion.

Opening the Door to Prophet Worship

It appears to me as if Joseph and his brethren may have misinterpreted what the Lord was saying and that by emphasizing the exaltation of leadership positions, it created a problem with regard to the terrible plight of “prophet worship” that the church has been plagued with from that time onward to the present time. I have noticed that contemporary general authorities of the apostate church love to take snippets of the above revelation and Joseph’s interpretation to really emphasize how important it is to call authorities by their proper titles, etc.

The act of the entire congregation standing in humble reverence when the president of the apostate church walks into a ward meeting is an abomination in the site of God. I doubt that Joseph Smith would have allowed such a pompous vanity to exist even in his darkest hours.

Frankly, Joseph’s interpretation of the revelation kind of reminds me of when the Lord commanded Moses to provide water for the thirsting Israelites by striking the rock. Following that, Moses was supposed to “sanctify the Lord” (give all credit and glory to the Lord). Since Moses did not do exactly as instructed and since he took credit for the act himself, encouraging the children of Israel to put their faith in the arm of flesh, he was prevented from crossing the river and had to die.

Of course we know the story behind the story. Moses was simply acting out his role as an intercessory offering and that is why he committed the sin. The sins of the people had been put upon him.

Is it possible that this event marks the same intercessory spot in Joseph’s intercessory role?

I disagree with the supposition that the condemnation of the church had to do primarily with the fact that the saints were not calling leaders by their priesthood titles. I doubt Jesus referred to Nephi as Elder Nephi or President Nephi after giving him authority and I doubt Nephi addressed his brethren of the Twelve that way either.

I think the condemnation had more to do with how the saints refused to obeyed the word of the Lord coming through the appointed leaders. That, in my opinion, is the root of the problem and what the Lord was angry about.

Let’s analyse the prophetic rebuke.

I believe there are basically three separate, though related, major points being made and that the third point does not represent the full explanation of the first two points, but rather it is simply a related sub-topics of the first topic:

1. Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church:

2. And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things,

3.  in your ensamples  before the Chuch, and before the world, in all your manners, habits and customs,  and salutations one toward another—rendering unto every man the respect  due the office,and calling, and priesthood, whereunto I the Lord have appointed and ordained you. Amen.'”

The major point of the rebuke is that the entire church had been condemned.

The second point is that the church now needed to reform in all things.

Finally, as a sub-category of points #1 & 2, the Lord noted that the Saints had not been showing the proper respect for their appointed leaders by virtue of the fact that the saints were not obeying the commandments of God coming through the leaders.

Let me point out a chronological keyword sequence that provides context to the declaration that the saints need to have a reformation.

prophetic Sequence #1

In March of 1829 (BoC Chapter 4) The Lord gave a revelation in which he prophesied that after the church was restored, they would need to have a reformation and that if they failed at the reformation, he would deliver them over to Satan:  “if the people harden not their hearts ..I will work a [future] reformation…

Prophetic Sequence #2

Then, as demonstrated in this historical document that we are reviewing, on December 5th 1834,, exactly 3 1/2 years after the fulness was restored to the earth, the Lord declares that the entire church is condemned and must have a reformation in all things: Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things,

Prophetic Sequence #3

Interestingly, in July 16th 1843, (WofJS pg 232-3) two years after Hyrum had been ordained to act in concert with Joseph as the presiding High Priest of the church,  Joseph publicly announced that he would no longer prophesy for the church, leaving Hyrum as the sole president of the church. He then publicly declared that “Hyrum held the office of prophet & he was going to have a reformation”. This is really quite amazing because it shows that Joseph was still very much aware of the rebuke and warning that the Lord had given to the entire church back in 1834. The first thing Hyrum did at that point is to go around with two other presiding officers of the church and try to stamp out polygamy. Sadly, Hyrum was converted to polygamy through the efforts of Brigham Young, but the attempt to have a reformation did not end with Hyrum’s attempt.

Prophetic Sequence #4

Finally, on June 7 1844, William Law published the Nauvoo Expositor in which he exposed Joseph’s involvement in polygamy and he invited the church to have a REFORMATION. The prospectus of the paper stated:

“It Is intended to be the organ of the Reformed Mormon Chnrch

The following snippet is taken from the text of the paper:

“Many of us have^sought a reformation in the church, without a public exposition of the- enormities of crimes practiced by its leaders, thinking that if they would hearken to counsel, and sew fruit meet for repentance  it would be as acceptable with God, as though they were exposed to public gaze..”

The Need for Reformation was systemic

As we can see from the four part chronological keyword sequence of the reformation of the church, the scolding of the Lord given in 1834 had been prophesied way back in 1829. The rebuke in the 1834 revelation was much more severe than simply chastising the saints for not acknowledging the priesthood titles of those that had been ordained to lead the church.

Since readers of this analysis are probably mortified that I seem to be criticizing Joseph’s characterization of the rebuke from the Lord, let me remind you of the book of Mormon’s expanded translation of Isaiah 29:10

“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.” (2 Nephi 27:5)

As you can see, the latter day prophets and seers (like Joseph, Oliver and Sidney) stumble because the Saints reject their warnings, declarations and commandments that the Lord utters through them.

The five part sequence of Joseph Smith’s ministry that I have been documenting since 2008 clearly demonstrates that it is at this time in the history of the church (at the end of the 3 1/2 year period) that the eyes of the seers are being covered.

Why?

Because the saints had rejected the prophets!

That is the real point the Lord was making when he said that the saints would not submit to proper order! The saints did not show due respect to Joseph, Sidney and Oliver by virtue of the fact that they did not obey the commandments given through them!

They broke the everlasting covenant! (See Isaiah 24)

“But in consequence of former prejudices, the church, many of them, would not submit to proper and wholesome order”

For even greater context from which to interpret the Lords rebuke, here is a brief chronology of events that took place within a year leading up to the revelation, showing how the Church had struggled:

April 23rd 1834 (Section 104) “the covenants [had been] broken through transgression”

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” Note how this document being reviewed refers to the church as the “Church of the Latter day Saints”

June 22 1834 section 105 The Lord informs the Saints that they must wait for little season of chastisement and learning before the redemption of Zion can take place

June 23 1834 Secret revelation to Zion High Priests who will gather strength of God’s house in the 3rd watch.

November 29 1834 Covenant of tithing for the continuance of blessings

Those events culminated in the final revelation of condemnation:

December 5 1834 The Saints and Leaders of the Church are condemned and need a reformation in all things

As you can see, a contextual reading of the 1834 condemnation, in view of the above summary of events leading up to the condemnation, makes it pretty obvious that the condemnation and call for reformation in all things is caused by much more that showing respect for the “titles” of authorities and the other misc things mentioned in the text being analyzed.

Ok.. I will suspend my rant for now while we continue reviewing the amazing piece of church history:

“After addressing the throne of mercy, President Smith laid hands up on High Counsellor Cowdery, and ordained him to the Presidency of the High priesthood in the Church, saying:

Brother, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was crucified for  the sins of the world, that we through the virtue of his blood might come to the Father, I lay my hands upon thy head, and ordain thee a President of the high and  holy priesthood, to assist in presiding over the Chu[r]ch, and bearing the keys of this kingdom—which priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek—which is after the order of the Son of God—

And now, O Father, wilt thou bless this thy servant  with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding— give him, by the Holy Spirit,  a correct understanding of thy doctrine, laws, and will— commune with  him from on high—

let him hear thy voice, and recieve the ministries ministring  of the holy angels

deliver him from temptation, and the power of  darkness— deliver him from evil, and from those who may seek his destruction, — be his shield, his buckler, and his great reward— endow him with power from on  high, that he may write, preach, and proclaim the gospel to his fellowmen in demonstration of the Spirit and of power— may his feet never slide— may his  heart never feint— may his faith never fail.

Bestow upon him the blessings of his fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and of Joseph

Prolong his  life to a good old age, and bring him in peace to his end, and to rejoice with  thy saints, even the sanctified, in the celestial kingdom; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Oh my gosh… I feel it coming on…

Unbe-freakin-lievable !

There is the preliminary petition foretelling what was going to happen on April 3 1834

1. hear the voice of the Lord
2. receive ministering angels
3. have the blessings of Abraham bestowed upon him

But it gets even better.

Since the Lord is revealing through Joseph Smith’s ordination of Oliver Cowdery that the event in Section 110 is going to be taking place, lets search the revelations being given at about this time to see if there are any other prophecies that foretell the upcoming event documented in Section 110, wherein the Lord secretly comes to his temple as a thief in the night.

Notice section 106 given on November 25 1834, just days before this ordination takes place

“And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night— Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light, and that day shall not overtake you as a thief.”

Oh my gosh… I feel it coming on again…

Unbe-freakin-lievable !

There it is. The Lord is warning the saints that the coming of the Lord is nigh and that it would result in ushering in a new “day” that the world would be virtually unaware of.

But what about the Saints of the restoration?

Would the saints be aware of it?

Only if they took heed and gird up their loins.

The Lord had previously declared that the drop dead date for the redemption of Zion would be on or before September 11th of 1836. ( see D&C 64:21) He had informed the Saints that at that time in history, it was called “today”, but once the Son of man comes, it would be a new day:

Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing [consecration] of my people; for he that is tithed [consecrated] shall not be burned at his coming.” (D&C 64:23)

He also declared that “if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called today.

This explains why the anticipated missionary work by the High Priests that were to be endowed with power from on high and take the gospel to the nations for the last time, never took place after the Kirtland Temple Solemn Assembly, as anticipated. The final endowment did not come at the appointed time and a new day was secretly ushered during the eight days of the Kirtland Temple dedictation and acceptation period.  The window of time for that work had ended.

Shortly thereafter Joseph would declare that “something new must be done for the salvation of the church“.

Up until the secret coming of the Lord to the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith had been encouraging the Saints that had been scattered from Jackson County to relocate to places close by Jackson for the sole purpose of redeeming Zion at the up coming appointed time in September 1836. Understandably, Joseph quit talking about that strategy once the secret coming of the Lord took place as a thief in the night. He knew that the bridegroom had tarried with regard to the appoint meeting with the virgins and that they would not enter the chamber at that time. It would need to take place in the 3rd watch. Nevertheless, the Lord came suddenly to his temple as promised.

In 1830, shortly after the formal establishment of the church, the Lord had declared:

“I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God; wherefore, gird up your loins and I will suddenly come to my temple. Even so. Amen.”

The Lord had warned the saints about 13 times that “I come Quickly“. Most of those pronouncements appear to have been referring to the secret coming during the second watch. One of them clearly had reference to his coming as a thief in the night during the third watch.

in section 51 he said-

“Verily, I say unto you, I am Jesus Christ, who cometh quickly, in an hour you think not. Even so. Amen.”

He repeated this warning again in section 133:

“HEARKEN, O ye people of my church, saith the Lord your God, and hear the word of the Lord concerning you—
The Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple; the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you.”

Those declarations were paraphrasing Malachi 3:1.

The prophecy has a dual fulfillment. Once in the 2nd watch and once in the 3rd watch.

The Lord knew the Saints of that generation would cumulatively not be aware of his secret appearance.

Clearly he did come, after the expected time of his coming during the Solemn Assembly, and before the anticipated September 11th deadline. It happened “suddenly”, and “quickly”. in an hour that he was not expected.

Most Mormons erroneously associate the declaration in Section 106, that the Lord’s coming was “nigh” with the Lord’s coming in glory , which has yet to take place four generations later. Therefore they suffer from cognitive dissonance and take modern revelation lightly since it appears to them as if the prophecy about Christ’s eminent return was unfulfilled.

But clearly this revelation documented in section 106 was not speaking about Christ’s coming in glory wherein the whole world sees it and tries to run for cover from the wrath of God, this is referring to the second of three separate and distinct secretative comings as a thief in the night. Those passages are clearly foretelling the secret appearance of Christ to Joseph and Oliver behind the veil at the Kirtland Temple.

But wait..

It gets even better.

While the revelation documented in section 86, that the Lord’s coming was nigh, was to eventually be made public and canonized in 1835, for the benefit and warning of the whole church, it was, nevertheless being directed specifically to one certain High Priest who was being informed about this secret coming of the Lord.

This High Priest is one of the very few personalities in modern revelation that received praise from the Lord rather than just admonition or even chastisement.

He was informed that he had been the cause of “joy in heaven” because he “bowed” to the “scepter” and separated himself from the “crafts” of men.

He was told that he was “blessed” and that the Lord would have “mercy” on him.

He was promised that he would receive “Grace” and “have assurance wherewith he may stand“.

He was promised that if he would continue to be a “faithful witness” to the “church“, a “crown” had been prepared for him.

Who was this faithful witness that section 106 we addressed to?

In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall ever word be established

The scriptures inform us that in the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word shall be established. In the case of of the Lord’s coming in secret, as a thief in the night, Joseph and Oliver were the primary witnesses. They were obviously commanded to keep the vision and related prophecy as secret. Yet the Lord wanted future generations to know about the astounding event and thus he had Joseph and Oliver document this event in a church historical journal. It appears the Lord wanted a third independent witness hear the testimony of Joseph and Oliver and write it down above his own name, documenting that he knew of this incredible secret event.

The Lord had Joseph and Oliver dictate this experience to a scribe as he wrote the experience down, prividing three witnesses that the event took place. Following that, there is no historical evident to suggest that any of these three faithful witnesses ever publicly revealed what had taken place.

That person that wrote down the narrative that has become section 110, was Warren Cowdery, Oliver’s brother.

with that in mind, look who section 106 is being addressed to.

1 IT is my will that my servant Warren A. Cowdery should be appointed and ordained a presiding high priest over my church, in the land of Freedom and the regions round about;
2 And should preach my everlasting gospel, and lift up his voice and warn the people, not only in his own place, but in the adjoining counties;
3 And devote his whole time to this high and holy calling, which I now give unto him, seeking diligently the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, and all things necessary shall be added thereunto; for the laborer is worthy of his hire.

“And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night— Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light, and that day shall not overtake you as a thief.”

And again, verily I say unto you, there was joy in heaven when my servant Warren bowed to my scepter, and separated himself from the crafts of men; [referring to Warrens repentance of his participation of Masonry]
7 Therefore, blessed is my servant Warren, for I will have mercy on him; and, notwithstanding the vanity of his heart, I will lift him up inasmuch as he will humble himself before me.
8 And I will give him grace and assurance wherewith he may stand; and if he continue to be a faithful witness and a light unto the church I have prepared a crown for him in the mansions of my Father. Even so. Amen.”

The High Priest was none other than Warren Cowdery.

He was the faithful witness.

Oh my gosh… I feel it coming on again…

Unbe-freakin-lievable !

Is it a coincidence that the Lord told Warren Cowdery that the coming of the Lord was nigh at hand and that it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night.. then admonished Warren to watch for it and continue being a faithful witness.. and then, when the historical document of the secret visit of the Lord is found years later, it is none other than Warren Cowery that had written the account down!

Woe unto those that question and mock the veracity of section 110 and question the motives and integrity of Warren Cowdery as the scribe thereof.  Ye, wo unto those that deny the revelations of God.

Ok…. I need to self medicate and go to bed. The excitement of doing this commentary has exhausted me. It has been so exhilarating and edifying.

I  hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

I will now wrap things up.

The narrative ends with the following statement

Much light was communicated to our minds, and we were instructed into  the order of the church of the saints, and how they ought to conduct in re specting and reverencing each other. The praise of men, or the honor of this world,  is of no benefit; but if a man is respected in his calling, and considered to be  a man of righteousness, the truth may have an influence, many times, by which  means they may teach the gospel with success, and lead men into the kingdom  of heaven. [p. 19]

This concludes my commentary of the  “Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 December 1834

The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

The historical details and cryptic revelations that have befuddled historians and authors for generations are beginning to make sense because of God’s mercy and because he is now beginning to take away our partial blindness.

The secret history of Mormonism is coming into the light.

The last great restoration and marvelous work is beginning to be ushered in.

The children of light are soon to be gathered.

Zion will soon be redeemed.

Praise God for the mercy he is showing us.

 

 

 


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