For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EPILOGUE 
RESPONDING TO THE SKEPTICS OF JOSEPH SMITH AND THE RESTORATION

 

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

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

Watcher

 


Updated Listing For Those That Prefer to Listen

March 27, 2017

 

For those that prefer to listen than to read, here is a current listing of youtube recordings that we have made.

If the links don’t show up in the email sent to subscribers of this blog, please click here to see a listing of presentations online.

If you have not subscribed to this blog, shame on you!

In the four part series on the Secret History of Mormonism, I speak very slowly like a rather senile old man… Oh, that’s right, I am a senile old man!

Anyway, some people may prefer the slow pace, but if you don’t, a little trick for those that are not familiar with it is to go into settings and speed up the recording. It makes me sound like Alvin of the Chipmunks, but you can get through the information much quicker whilst laughing at me.

 

 

 


The First and Second Anointings: Part One

March 23, 2017

[Editorial Note: The suppositions contained in this post are according to my evolving understanding of the scriptures.

Each person should evaluate the scriptural evidence and be responsible for prayerfully receiving inspired interpretations for themselves.

In this post I am intentionally going to be repetitious because of the strong indoctrination and delusion that needs to be overcome]

“..the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing

There is a very important prophecy in Isaiah Chapter 10 that speaks about an end times event. It informs us that the “Assyrian” will be oppressing God’s people and laying a heavy burden upon them at the time that God’s servants return.

The good news in the narrative is that the Lord God of Israel intervenes and stirs up a scourge against the Assyrian.

The scourge will be typological to the slaughter that took place anciently at the rock of Oreb.

That assurance is followed by the observation below that the yoke and  burden shall be taken away from off of God’s elect because of the anointing:

27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing. Isaiah 10

Have you ever wondered what the mystical anointing is that Isaiah speaks about that miraculously takes away the yoke and burden off of God’s people?

The answer can be found in modern revelation by doing a keyword search of yoke AND burden AND anointing.

This search takes us to the dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple in Section 109

During the dedicatory prayer, Joseph Smith and his brethern who were the ordained leaders of the church petitioned the Lord in the Kirtland Temple to take away the grievous burdens and  yoke of affliction and bondage off of their necks by anointing them with power from on high.

It was to be the same anointing that took place anciently on the day of Pentecost:

29 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;

30 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.

31 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.

32 Therefore we plead before thee for a full and complete deliverance from under this yoke;

33 Break it off, O Lord; break it off from the necks of thy servants, by thy power, that we may rise up in the midst of this generation and do thy work.

34 O Jehovah, have mercy upon this people, and as all men sin, forgive the transgressions of thy people, and let them be blotted out forever.

35 Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.

36 Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof.

37 And let thy house be filled, as with a rushing mighty wind, with thy glory.

As you can see, the anointing that was being petitioned for in the Kirtland Temple was the same anointing that took place in the New Testament at Christ’s baptism and among the new converts to Christianity on the day of Pentecost.

The testimony of John the Baptist was that following Christ’s baptism, he was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power;

37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judæa, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
According to Section 109, and it makes possible the rising up of God’s servants to do His work- Acts 10

The petition in Section 109 reveals that the anointing places the testimony of the covenant upon the Lord’s servants, enabling them to seal up the law and prepare the saints for the judgments that will go forth in the approaching day of Calamity.

How Will the Gathering Take Place?

A brief synopsis of how the gathering will take place in the last days is also given in this prophetic dedicatory prayer in the Kirtland Temple-

38 Put upon thy servants the testimony of the covenant, that when they go out and proclaim thy word they may seal up the law, and prepare the hearts of thy saints for all those judgments thou art about to send, in thy wrath, upon the inhabitants of the earth, because of their transgressions, that thy people may not faint in the day of trouble.

39 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive their testimony, let thy peace and thy salvation be upon that city; that they may gather out of that city the righteous, that they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting joy;

40 And until this be accomplished, let not thy judgments fall upon that city.

41 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive not the testimony of thy servants, and thy servants warn them to save themselves from this untoward generation, let it be upon that city according to that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of thy prophets.

42 But deliver thou, O Jehovah, we beseech thee, thy servants from their hands, and cleanse them from their blood.

43 O Lord, we delight not in the destruction of our fellow men; their souls are precious before thee;

44 But thy word must be fulfilled. Help thy servants to say, with thy grace assisting them: Thy will be done, O Lord, and not ours.

45 We know that thou hast spoken by the mouth of thy prophets terrible things concerning the wicked, in the last days—that thou wilt pour out thy judgments, without measure;

46 Therefore, O Lord, deliver thy people from the calamity of the wicked; enable thy servants to seal up the law, and bind up the testimony, that they may be prepared against the day of burning.

47 We ask thee, Holy Father, to remember those who have been driven by the inhabitants of Jackson county, Missouri, from the lands of their inheritance, and break off, O Lord, this yoke of affliction that has been put upon them.

48 Thou knowest, O Lord, that they have been greatly oppressed and afflicted by wicked men; and our hearts flow out with sorrow because of their grievous burdens.

49 O Lord, how long wilt thou suffer this people to bear this affliction, and the cries of their innocent ones to ascend up in thine ears, and their blood come up in testimony before thee, and not make a display of thy testimony in their behalf?

Notice how the above passages include those that were driven out of Jackson County Missouri as having heavy burdens that were put upon them by the wicked.

The petition continues to pray for mercy upon all of the nations of the world and for the rulers of our land who will be ruling at the time that the anointed servants rise up to raise the voice of warning for the last time.

This is why it is so important to be praying for President Trump and his administration.

It petitions the Lord to soften the hearts of the people when the servants go forth from the Kirtland Temple-

54 Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever.

55 Remember the kings, the princes, the nobles, and the great ones of the earth, and all people, and the churches, all the poor, the needy, and afflicted ones of the earth;

56 That their hearts may be softened when thy servants shall go out from thy house, O Jehovah, to bear testimony of thy name; that their prejudices may give way before the truth, and thy people may obtain favor in the sight of all;

57 That all the ends of the earth may know that we, thy servants, have heard thy voice, and that thou hast sent us;

58 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.

59 We ask thee to appoint unto Zion other stakes besides this one which thou hast appointed, that the gathering of thy people may roll on in great power and majesty, that thy work may be cut short in righteousness.

60 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.

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

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

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

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

65 And cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten because of their transgression, be converted from their wild and savage condition to the fulness of the everlasting gospel;

66 That they may lay down their weapons of bloodshed, and cease their rebellions.

67 And may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.

68 O Lord, remember thy servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., and all his afflictions and persecutions—how he has covenanted with Jehovah, and vowed to thee, O Mighty God of Jacob—and the commandments which thou hast given unto him, and that he hath sincerely striven to do thy will.

Clearly, the “yoke” and “burden” and “anointing” mentioned in the above prophetic narrative in Section 109 are the exact same “yoke” and “burden” and “anointing” that is mentioned in the prophecy in Isaiah 10.

It is remarkable how the New Testament and the Doctrine and Covenants unseals the meaning of the ancient prophecies in Isaiah and provides clarity and context for those who accept the unconditional promises of the Lord.

But the primary purpose of this post is not to discuss prophecy.

It is to determine the definition of the word “anointing” and why this anointing is so important.

Having laid the foundation for just how important the anointing is in the prophetic end times narrative, let us now consider just exactly what the anointing has reference to with regard to in reference to the plan of salvation.

The word anointing shows up again in the new Testament in 1st John:

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

As you can see, the term anointing as used in the above passage, refers to a spiritual endowment which places something within the recipient that teaches them all things and it ABIDES (or continues) in them.

As demonstrated by the testimony of John the Baptist the anointing spoken of above is the endowment known as the Gift of the Holy Ghost, otherwise called the Comforter.

The correct scriptural term for “endowment” as it relates to the true Church of Christ, is a spiritual blessing that is poured out from heaven (D&C 105: 12, 18, 33). This is important to understand because if you are a Mormon, you have been indoctrinated to associate the word endowment with an outward ceremonial ritual involving secret words, oaths and handshakes, instead of a Pentecostal outpouring of the spirit.

In part one of this post, I am addressing the literal, scriptural meaning of the terms anointing and endowment as they relate to the fulness of the gospel and the true Church of Christ, not the altered meanings that the modern corporate church has superimposed upon these terms.

In this first part of the series I will provide a very simple explanation of the three phase plan of salvation as it relates to the the first principles and ordinances of the gospel followed by the first and second anointings.

In part two I will provide all of the documentation necessary to substantiate the veracity of the three phases that will be presented in part one.

In part three, I will show how the first and second anointings of the first and second comforters emerged during Joseph Smith’s ministry and how they were taken from the earth when the restored  church fell under condemnation and was eventually rejected as a church with their dead.

Finally, in part four, I will demonstrate why it is so important to have a clear understanding of the first and second anointings, which represent the spiritual bestowals of the first and second Comforters . I will show that it is necessary to avoid being deceived by false prophets who claim to have received these anointings.

Altered Definitions Create Stumbling Blocks

One of the stumbling blocks modern Mormonism has in understanding these things is in the fact that scriptural terms such as anointing and endowment have been altered to mean something different than what they mean in the scriptures, relative to the fulness of the Gospel and the Church of Christ.

It is my contention that the term anointing has reference to the spiritual outpouring of the  GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST, otherwise referred to as the Comforter which abides continually in the recipient until and unless it is offended or denied by the recipient.

In this series I will be calling upon the words of Joseph Smith and several related passages in the scriptures to develop and substantiate the three phases of the plan of salvation that i am presenting.

Some of the facinating and very revealing passages that we shall review are found in 1st and 2nd John in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.

Again, after providing numerous scriptures and some commentary in part two, I will then share a listing of several scriptural based observations about the first and second anointing derived from the passages relating to this topic .

“Second Comforter” is not a Scriptural Term

Let me clarify that the terms “first Comforter” and  “second Comforter” are not scriptural terms. The scriptures reveal the existence of two comforters by referring to  “another Comforter” which proves that two different Comforters exist.

3 Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.  Doctrine and Covenants 88:3

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; John 14:16

In the following quote, Joseph Smith used the terms “other Comforter” AND “last Comforter“as descriptives to teach that there are two different Comforters and that there is a specific, categorical order to the reception of the two Comforters which is never deviated from.

It is very difficult to fully understand what the second Comforter is and how it fits into the plan of salvation without understanding what the first Comforter is.

Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even He will manifest the Father unto him,

and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God;

and this is the state and place the ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious visions-Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. Paul in the three heavens, and all the Saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn. (TPJS 150–51)

Clearly, the last or second comforter is to have Jesus Christ personally appear and teach the mysteries of the kingdom of God. This second comforter NEVER precedes the first comforter which is the constant abiding of the first comforter.

Joseph  Smith again makes it clear in the next quote that the last Comforter always follows AFTER a recipient has enjoyed the constant guidance of the first Comforter and has proven themselves to God by being “thoroughly proved” and “living by every word of God”. It is only after a person receives their calling and election that they are blessed with the continual appearances of the Savior to teach the mysterious of the Kingdom of God.

There are two Comforters spoken of, one is the Holy Ghost the same as given  on the day of Pentecost, and that all Saints receive after Faith Repentance and  Baptism. This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence..

After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands), which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son thou shalt be exalted.

When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure, THEN it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter, which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded in the testimony of St. John in the 14th chapter, . . . (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 150)

Again, it is only after the Lord has thoroughly proved a person and finds them determined to serve Him at all hazards, that calling and election is made sure and the other Comforter is realized.

The above quote informs us that the first Comforter was given to the New Testament saints on the day of Pentecost. This is consistent with the narrative in section 109.

The Gift of the Holy Ghost Abides

The phrase “Constant Companionship of the Holy Ghost” that is commonly used in the modern church is not found in the scriptures although the concept is valid. The above phrase is consistent with the fact that the first Comforter, or Gift of the Holy Ghost, ABIDES in the believer.

The term “abide” means to continue permanently.

The teachings of Joseph Smith and the scriptures inform us that the Holy Ghost may fall on anyone at anytime intermittently, but having the Holy Ghost continuously ABIDE in us requires specific ordinances of salvation.

23 A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him. Doctrine and Covenants 130:23

Just as there is a clear distinction between the intermittent promptings and teachings of the Holy Ghost vs. the first Comforter (which is the continuous abiding of the Holy Ghost), there is also a very clear distinction between the first comforter and the second Comforter.

One must ALWAYS receive the abiding Gift of the Holy Ghost (first Comforter) which progressively teaches “all things” and grow in light and knowledge and prove themselves worthy to God until the “perfect day”,  BEFORE Calling and Election is bestowed followed by the continual appearances of the Savior to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom (second Comforter) will take place.

The First Comforter Always Precedes the Second Comforter

The constant abiding of the Holy Ghost (first Comforter) ALWAYS follows AFTER and it is initiated by the anointing, otherwise referred to as the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

Some passages of scripture imply that the baptism of fire and the Holy is synonymous with, or is the beginning manifestation of the Gift of the Holy Ghost or Comforter.

Interestingly, there appears to be rare occasions in scriptures when the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost precede the baptism of water. .

The continual ongoing visitations of the Savior to teach the mysteries of the kingdom (second Comforter) ALWAYS FOLLOWS AFTER , and are initiated by, the reception of one’s calling and election, much the same say as the Gift of the Holy Ghost (first Comforter) is initiated by the Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost.

A person must be sealed up unto eternal life which is the guarantee that they will be saved in the highest kingdom of the Father, BEFORE they will receive the second Comforter.

No exceptions to this rule. 

I am going to suggest that there are three general phases of the plan of salvation that one goes through when the fulness of the gospel and the true Church of Christ is on the earth.

  • The Preparatory Gospel which is initiated by faith, followed by repentance, water baptism and confirmation into the church (which includes the laying on of hands and prayer supplicating the reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost).
  • The receiving of the Holy Spirit as your Guide by receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost which is the first Comforter. Again, the anointing which endows a person with the second Comforter is called the Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost 
  • The ongoing visitation and teaching of the mysteries by the Savior (second Comforter) which is initiated by Calling and Election followed by the continual visitations of Christ to teach the mysteries.

three phases of plan of salvation

As you can see, one does not enter into the strait gate until they receive the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost which initiates the constant abiding of the Holy Ghost to teach all things.

I believe it is obedience to the constant teachings and guiding influence of the Holy Ghost along with continued study of the written word of God in the scriptures, during the second phase that is referred to as the “iron rod” and “word of God” in the allegory in Lehi’s dream in the book of Mormon.

No one is safe without hangin on to the iron rod for dear life, those that let go of it will fall away into forbidden paths and be lost,” as the allegory states.

The full application of the allegory has to do with the second phase depicted in the graphic.

Nevertheless, during the first phase of the gospel, during our walk of faith, before we have entered into the strait gate,  it is paramount that we hang on to the iron rod as represented in the written word of God under the influence of the light of Christ and the intermittent visitations of the Holy Ghost. This is why I continually emphasize the importance of the scriptures.

In the above graphic, the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost is depicted as part of the first principles and ordinances of the gospel:

4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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Nevertheless, the actual reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost as a result of the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost is the a spiritual anointing or endowment that begins the second phase. That anointing may or may not take place directly after the water baptism. That anointing is only available when the fulness of the gospel is on the earth. It is not part of the preparatory gospel. 

The ultimate reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost is not received as part of the first ordinances, rather, the laying on of hands for the gift is part of the first ordinances.

The Strait Gate

The scriptures characterize the first anointing, or, baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost which culminates in the first Comforter as entering into the strait gate.

this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen…  For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, [one enters in by the “strait gate”] and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do”

This means that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel in phase one of the above pic does not qualify as entering into the strait gate.

The above passage informs us that we must “ENTER IN” by the “WAY“.

Since there are numerous other passages that inform us that be must enter in through the “STRAIT GATE“, the two terms are obviously synonymous. We are also informed by other passages that “JESUS CHRIST” is the “WAY“.

One does not enter into the strait gate until they receive the ANOINTING of the Gift of the Holy Ghost (first Comforter). It is through the anointing that a person takes the Holy Spirit as their guide. They must first be filled with and sanctified by the Holy Ghost and become a new creature. (2 Cor 5:17, Gal 6:15)

A convert does not enter into the “strait gate” until they receive the first ordinances of the gospel followed by the first anointing otherwise known as the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost..

Those of us that realize that the restored church was condemned by the end of 1834 and that it was rejected with their dead back in Nauvoo prior to the martyrdom of Joseph Smith should be very sobered to realize that we have not yet received the first or second anointing and thus none of us have received the first or second Comforter.

None of us have literally taken the Holy Spirit as our guide nor have we entered into the strait gate!

The following passage about taking the Holy Spirit as our guide does not literally become applicable until the last restoration takes place and the light of the fulness of the gospel once again shines upon this dark apostate world:

56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.
57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day. D&C 45

We are at the mercy of the final restoration and the return of God’s true anointed servants before we can receive the anointing of fire and the Holy Ghost and the first Comforter.

It is currently impossible for a person to transcend or bypass the first ordinances of the gospel and the first Comforter and calling and election to get the second comforter.

[***EDITORIAL NOTE: IF THE ABOVE GRAPHIC AND EXPLANATION REPRESENTS A TRUE AND FAITHFUL DEPICTION OF THE TRUE ORDER OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION AND HOW WE ARE TO PROGRESS STEP BY STEP BEGINNING WITH FAITH AND ENDING WITH CALLING AND ELECTION FOLLOWED BY THE SECOND COMFORTER, IT PROVES BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT DENVER SNUFFER IS A FALSE PROPHET.

HE HAS BEEN DECEIVED AND HAS TAUGHT A FALSE DOCTRINE ABOUT THE PROCESS OF RECEIVING THE SECOND COMFORTER.

IT PROVES THAT HE WAS NOT VISITED BY THE TRUE CHRIST.

THIS KNOWLEDGE SHOULD STRIKE FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF EVERY SNUFFERITE WHO HAS BEEN DECEIVED.

THIS SERIES WILL PROVIDE OVERWHELMING SCRIPTURAL PROOF TO DEMONSTRATE THE TRUE PROGRESSION OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION-

FROM FAITH TO REPENTANCE..

FROM REPENTANCE TO BAPTISM BY WATER

FROM BAPTISM BY WATER TO THE BAPTISM OF FIRE AND THE HOLY GHOST

THE  BAPTISM OF FIRE AND THE HOLY GHOST, INITIATES THE FIRST COMFORTER WHICH ABIDES CONTINUALLY

AFTER FOLLOWING THE GUIDANCE OF THE FIRST COMFORTER AND PROVING ONESELF TO GOD, CALLING AND ELECTION TAKES PLACE-

CALLING AND ELECTION, INITIATES THE CONTINUING VISITATIONS OF THE SECOND COMFORTER WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST

IT IS MY BELIEF THAT SOMETIME BETWEEN THE PUBLISHING OF HIS BOOK, “THE SECOND COMFORTER” IN 2006 AND HIS MOST CONTROVERSIAL BOOK ” PASSING THE HEAVENLY GIFT” IN 2011, DENVER SNUFFER REALIZED (PERHAPS SUBCONSCIOUSLY) THAT THE LDS CHURCH WAS IN APOSTASY AND THAT HE HAD MADE A HUGE MISTAKE CONCERNING THE DOCTRINE OF THE SECOND COMFORTER.

THAT IS WHY HE BACK-PEDALED AND MADE A RADICAL SHIFT IN MANTRA, FROM ENCOURAGING HIS FOLLOWERS TO SEEK THE SECOND COMFORTER, TO MANDATING THAT THEY ALL NEEDED TO BE RE BAPTIZED BY WATER.

RE-BAPTISM IS FOR THOSE THAT HAVE SINNED AND NEED TO GET BACK IN THE STRAIT GATE. THOSE WITH THE FIRST COMFORTER NEVER NEED TO GET RE-BAPTIZED.

ANYONE THAT TRULY HAS THE SECOND COMFORTER HAS ALREADY HAD THEIR CALLING AND ELECTION MADE SURE AND CANNOT FALL FROM GRACE… THEY ALSO WOULD NEVER NEED TO BE RE-BAPTIZED.

MORE ON THIS IN THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SERIES]


Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Four: “Seven Seals and a Paradisaical Millennium”

March 16, 2017

Here is another blast from the past for the newbies that subscribe to this blog.

Do you feel that you know where you stand in time?

Years ago a published a paper about the prophetic timeline of the earth, largely taking the viewpoint of President Joseph Fielding Smith, but filling in some details. It was relative to the statements by Joseph Smith from Section 77 about the seven seals mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

I think it is critical to try and understand where we stand in time so that we can be watching the events of prophecy that are taking place all around us.

Everything in the article is pure speculation and is provided to stimulate thought and encourage the spirit of waiting and watching for the return of the Lord and the angels that are to precede his coming.

Interestingly, even though the original version of this article was written decades ago and the Internet version was written years ago, it possibly identifies 2017 as a major possible prophetic milestone. Back when I wrote the article, 2017 was the last thing on my mind, it seemed like light years away. But here we are.

Many prophecy scholars are now saying that Jonathan Cahn was one year off when he identified 2016 as the grand year of jubilee. They are now saying that 2017 is the year of Jubilee with a grand sign in the heavens that will take place in September of this year.

Go to youtube and keyword the following terms altogether:

**prophecy September 2017 signs in the heavens**

You will see countless presentations on an upcoming event in September that seems to be an important sign.

We know from modern revelation that the true beginning and ending of the prophetic year takes place in April. Therefore, we are still in 2016 from a prophetic point of view.

I am convinced that Donald Trump is a major player in end times events and that he is creating major indigestion for the secret order that has been running the government. Indeed, one of his major challenges he is experiencing is in the fact that he is now surrounded with people in high and low places in government that still have allegiance to the secret combination that is vying to keep control.

The latest wikileaks (Vault 7) refers to 2017 as “year zero

What do they mean by that?

Is this the year when the “appointed time” is to take place with the return of the servants?

Is this the year of the grand financial “reset”?

Will something major happen by the end of April?

By the end of September?

Or are we still years away from the beginning  of the strange act and marvelous work and the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times?

Again, this article is simply to stimulate thought

Enjoy

Seven Seals and a Paradisaical Millennium

 

 

 

 

 


Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Three: A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement

March 13, 2017

Ok, part one of this series took a look at the succession issue. I was surprised at the number of unique views this series got, validating my suspicions that there are numerous readers who are new and had not read the series.

Perhaps there are other subscribers who took an interest because they are finally at a point in their learning curve where the topic is of more pressing importance to them.

The series on succession resulted in a really thought provoking email from a reader who was interested in reviewing the irregularities in the trial-

I’m glad you brought up Rigdon’s trial in your recent post. I went back
and did read the whole proceedings in Times and Seasons. Im trying to
assess the scope of irregularities which took place during that High
Council trial.

He and I have been discussing this back and forth and it has occurred to me that I really should have addressed this topic in that series. He has brought up some really interesting issues that I have not thought about.

If he writes an article and posts it I’ll direct my readers to it.

I may even do a blog post on it myself.

At the very least, I will share the conversation we have been having in the next Notable Emails Series.

I would love to get feedback from any  other readers who feel they would like to share their views on why the church court for Rigdon was or was not in conformity with the scriptures.

Part Two of this series garnered even more unique views than part one. Some people even pitched it on Facebook.

The thought that there are different gospel laws, taking the apparent discrepancy out of the gospel of works vs. the gospel of grace, and separating them into two differing gospel laws, resulting in differing eternal rewards, is a radical concept that is worth looking into.

The higher law is just to good to be true for many latter day saints and hence, they try to live the letter of the law which results in cursings as they live in guilt and shame and frustration trying to satisfy “the law of the demands of justice”.

In Part Three of this series I am reaching way back in time to a post about prophecy and about tracking and identifying some of the tribes of Israel in the latter days.

The post challenges everything you have ever believed about where the events of end times prophecy is going to take place..

Although I originally wrote this article over 20 years ago, I first posted it on the Internet on the LDSanarchy website.

The first commenter made the following statement after reading the article-

Hm, talk about a paradigm shift. You make an interesting argument, if it is true, it is back to the drawing board for most of my preconceived notions on end time events.

That pretty much sums up how many people react to the article.

The article provides overwhelming scriptural documentation to show that Isaiah and other ancient prophets were referring to the Abrahamic Land Covenant of AMERICA when speaking about the Jer-USA-lem of end times events.

The content of this post is child’s play for most long term readers of this blog, but if you are a newbie that is not familiar with it, it is a must read that will prepare you for another shocker that is coming down the pike.

Enjoy

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement


Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Two: Be Ye Therefore Perfect.. right now

March 10, 2017

There are two tax systems in the US.

One taxes you BEFORE you pay your bills. The other taxes you AFTER you have paid your bills.

What in the world do taxes have to do with the topic of grace vs. works?

Do you think God really meant for us to BE perfect now, or to eventually BECOME perfect in the process of time and eternity?

Here is another post from the past that might get you re-evaluating which gospel law you are living.

BECOME ye therefore perfect? OR BE ye therefore perfect?


The Record of John the Baptist: Deconstructing the Denver Snuffer Revelation on St. John- Part Two

March 8, 2017

In part one of this series we documented the fact that the Snufferites have completely misinterpreted the prophecy in Section 93 about the “Record of John”.

They have mistakenly assumed that the passage was referring to the “record of John the Evangelist” when in fact it is clearly referring to the “record of John the Baptist”.

The high-jacking of the testimony of John the Baptist is made possible in Denver’s tortured text by changing the narrative to show that it was actually John the Evangelist who received this spiritual knowledge as a spectator at the Baptism of Jesus

“And I, John, bear record, and lo the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon Him in the form of a dove and remained upon Him. There came a voice out of heaven saying: You are my Beloved Son, this day I have begotten you; for I was there with John the Baptist when he baptized Jesus.” (p. 32)

We can only assume that Denver was  trying to reconcile what some students of the gospe have seen as a conundrum in the narrative in Section 93 which seems to blend content that is generated from both John the Baptist and John the Revelator.

Part of the confusion comes from the fact that the Gospel of John the Evangelist contains the record given by John the Baptist.

Denver’s fabricated text was supposed to resolve the perceived dilemma and prove once and for all that he is a true prophet by revealing the truth behind the perceived controversy.

Needless to say, Denver had misinterpreted the associated scriptures and the scheme backfired.

The above change in narrative is a blatant contradiction to a very important change that Joseph Smith had previously made in the Inspired Version of the Bible wherein he explains that John the Baptist IS THE ONLY ONE AT THE BAPTISM THAT SAW AND HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD THE SPIRIT OF GOD DESCEND AS A DOVE. Clearly, John the Evangelist could not have born record of that event.

Notice the clarifying change in the JST below  that “John saw” the heavens open and the spirit of God descending like a dove. The King James implies that the whole crowd saw it. It was John’s exclusive calling to bear record of the spirit descending like a dove!

Notice also the clarifying change in the JST below that “he [John] heard” a voice from heaven saying “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him”. Again, the KJV implies that the entire crown heard the voice but this clarification assures us that it was John the Baptist who bears record of these things.  It was John’s exclusive privilage and calling to bear record that he heard the Father’s pronouncement.

“Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Matthew 3:45-46

Matthew 3:16-17

 

 

Matt 3:45 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and John saw, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him; and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus.

Matt 3:46 And lo, he heard a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

As you can see, it was exclusively John the Baptist’s  right and calling to see and hear and bear record of this event that took place when he baptized Christ.

That is why we are informed that in order to fully believe in Christ, one  must believe the record of John the Baptist. Among other things, his record informs us that Christ was not born of [mortal] blood and that at his baptism, he received of the fulness of the Father that he had enjoyed when he created the worlds.

We know from the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible that nobody else in the crowd saw and heard what John the Baptist saw, heard, and bore record about, including John the Evangelist.

The dark source from where Snuffer’s revelation came from is totally exposed in this one fact. However this is only one of many bloopers that will be cataloged in part three of this series.

As documented in part one of this series, the evidence is beyond overwhelming that the record of John that is referenced in Section 93 is clearly referring to the “Record of John the Baptist”.

Differentiating the Record of John the Baptist from the Apostolic Testimony

It has been erroneously suggested by some bible scholars that Malachi was the last Old Testament Prophets. While his writings and prophecies are the last to be recorded in the Old Testament, it is actually John the Baptist that was the last Old Testament Prophet.

Let us consider the remarkable differentiation between the record that John the Baptist bore PRIOR to the suffering, crucifixion, resurrection and atonement that Christ offered, and the testimony that John the Evangelist and his fellow apostles bore AFTER the suffering, crucifixion, resurrection and atonement of Christ.

The Record of John the Baptist was Pointing Forward

John represented the Old Covenant Law of Moses that was given to point to Christ and prepare the world for the coming Messiah.

It makes perfect sense that John the Baptist, the last Old Testament Prophet representing the law and the prophets should be the one to identify, baptize, and bear record of the anticipated MESSIAH.

It is no coincidence that John the Baptist referred to Christ as MESSIAH when he appeared to Joseph and Oliver.

1 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness. Doctrine and Covenants 13:1

Naturally the preliminary record of an Old Testament prophet would acknowledge Christ as the Messiah.

The record of John the Baptist contained but was not limited to the following components

  • Christ was the Messiah
  • Christ was not born of mortal blood (virgin birth)
  • Christ received of his fathers fulness that he had before the world was
  • Christ SHALL take away the sins of the world
  • Christ SHALL baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost

Those are all components of the record born by the Baptist BEFORE Christ suffered and offered an atonement.

John the  Baptist introduced the doctrine of “fulness of the Father” which is touched on in Section 93 and further elaborated on in Lectures on Faith..

Notice that the record of John the Baptist does not specifically witness of the suffering, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ since it took place BEFORE those events took place. The Baptist would be killed before the crucifixion of Christ. The record of the Baptist was to be the preliminary, preparatory, foundational record upon which all other testimonies of Christ would rest.

We might well characterize the record of John the Baptist as the pre-atonement record of Christ while the record  born by John the Evangelist and his brethren was the  post-atonement record.

The Record of John the Evangelist and the other Apostles was Pointing Backwards

The apostolic record of Christ that is born by John the Evangelist and his fellow apostles focuses on the atonement which is the foundational sacrifice of the gospel of Christ, (the good news that he suffered for the sins of the world )

The apostles were called to be eye witnesses and to bear witness of the crucifixion of Christ and the fact that he rose from the dead and paid for the sins of the world. All of this had taken place as a historical fact when their ministry began.

Notice the testimony of Peter:

34 ¶Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judæa, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Peter’s Epistle, when writing to encourage the new converts regarding the basis of their faith Peter reminded his readers that he witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus  on the mountain top:

16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts (Matthew 17:1-9)

John the Evangelist gave the following witness:

Brethren, this is the testimony which we give of that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested unto us.)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

John also testified of the appearance of the resurrected Christ to doubting thomas and the other apostles:

 26 ¶And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
 30 ¶And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

One of the foundational aspects of the apostolic witness is that people saw the resurrected Christ after his crucifixion. Paul gives the following account:

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Paul also gave the following testimony and definition of the gospel:

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Numerous other testimonies from the apostles are contained in the New Testament.

The New Testament differentiates the record of the apostles from the record of John the Baptist documenting that their testimony had to do with preaching the gospel and testifying of the suffering, death and  resurrection of Christ resulting in the good news of the atonement and the plan of redemption Christ provided.

Joseph and Sidney’s Vision Validated Both Records

In his role in restoring New Testament Christianity to the earth, Joseph Smith restored the essential components of the apostolic testimony:

“23 He was crucified, died, and rose again the third day;
 24 And ascended into heaven, to sit down on the right hand of the Father, to reign with almighty power according to the will of the Father;
 25 That as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved—” (See all of Section 20 for a more complete account of the apostolic testimony)

One of the remarkable things that we have previously noted is that the LDS restoration and the content in the D&C is a mixture of both Old Testament and New Testament theology.

This is because of Joseph Smith’s role in introducing and restoring elements of both Old Testament and New Testament theology.

Joseph was instrumental in restoring the New Covenant, however, once the fulness of the gospel and New Covenant was rejected by the restored gentile church, Joseph was instrumental in secretly ushering in the dispensation of the ancient Gospel of Abraham, which included mortal atonement offerings such as the one Moses offered in behalf of Israel.

One of the mindblowing things that is revealed in the vision that Joseph and Sidney had as documented in Section 76, is that Joseph and Sidney bore a composite record, including the components contained in both the Baptists and the Evangelists records.

Joseph and Sidney bore record of both the Godhood of Christ and the “Fulness of the Father” that John the baptist bore record of, and also the testimony of the gospel of Christ that the apostles had bore record of. Snippets of this remarkable testimony are as follows.

11 We, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, being in the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two—
 12 By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God—
 13 Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning;
 14 Of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision.

20 And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness;

22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
 23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
 24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

40 And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—
 41 That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;
 42 That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him;
 43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

50 And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—
 51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—
 52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;
 53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

There you have the record “last of all”, by Joseph and Sidney, that incorporates the pre-atonement record of the Baptist verifying that Christ received the fulness of the Father and that he fulfilled all righteousness and also incorporates the apostolic testimony of the Evangelist that testifies of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ and his Gospel. 

Incredible.

When Does the Fulness of the Record of John the Baptist Come Forth?
What Does it Reveal?

Gospel students have speculated for decades about when the fulness of the record of John would come forth and what would be in it.

I will now show how a simple keyword search and a basic understanding of church history reveals what the cryptic prophecy in Section 93 was talking about. The demystification will take place once again by using keyword crunching technology while obeying the Lords admonition to search the scriptures. This is the way to find answers to gospel questions.

We will start with the term “fulness” taken from the passage in question that speaks of the “fulness of the record of John”

The term fulness shows up about 62 times in the Doctrine and Covenants.

keyword fulness

If one were to sift through and evaluate the keywords in all of the above passages for contextual relevance one would find terms such as “fulness of the gospel”, “fulness of the priesthood”, “fulness of times”, “fulness of the earth”, and so on.

However, eventually one would  come to the following term:

The Fulness of my Scriptures

BINGO!

With that term we hit pay dirt.

Praise God for keyword crunching software that enables us to parse through scriptures in seconds that would otherwise take an inordinate amount of time.

The phrase “fulness of my scriptures” is found in Section 42

12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
 13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
 14 And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.
 15 And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.

With some basic knowledge of church history and a keyword search, the mystery has been solved.

The Lord had commanded Joseph Smith to translate the Bible to restore missing content and clarify existing content.

He referred to the translation Joseph was working on as the “fulness of my scriptures“.

He had kept encouraging Joseph to finish the project and he had emphasized that it was a critical project because there would be many very important corrections and clarifications that would be revealed.

He had told Joseph not to teach out of this amazing translation until it had been finished and published to the world.

The Lord had warned that the saints would fail if Joseph did not complete that task.

Sadly Joseph was murdered before he could publish the translation and teach from it.

The good news is that the Bible with corrections in it and the manuscript were preserved and the Joseph Smith Translation has been published for us to study.

We know that the record of John the Baptist is contained in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. Clearly, section 93 is informing us that the record is not complete in the King James Translation of the Bible. It is obvious that the “fulness of the record of John” is contained in the “fulness of the scriptures!

When the Gospel of John the Baptist was mentioned in Section 93 it was to be revealed HEREAFTER referring to when the Joseph Smith Inspired Version of the Bible would be available.

As it turns out, we have had access to the fulness of the record of John for several generations.

We latter day saints have been guilty of taking this remarkable canon of scripture lightly.

Revelatory Changes that Restore the Record to its Fulness

Having demystified the cryptic prophecy in Section 93, I am going to provide a bullet point listing of the additional information that is revealed in the fulness of the Record of John the Baptist . This additional information is brought to light by the revelatory insertions and clarifications in the Joseph Smith Translation.

My bullet point listing has been taken from a side by side comparison of the Record of John in the KJV and the JST that can be viewed at the following link.

Fulness of the Record of John

It includes a third column for comparing Section 93 and a fourth column for a few related scriptural sources and notes. I have highlighted what I consider to be the additional insertions and clarifications in yellow. It is a work in progress. Additional observations from readers are welcome.

The profundity of the following listing of items from the record of John the Baptist that had not been clearly stated in the King James Version of the record of John the Baptist may seem unremarkable to scholars who have already assimilated these truths over the years without realizing that they were in fulfillment of the prophecy in Section 93. They will also seem unremarkable to those that don’t have the doctrinal and spiritual foundation to comprehend what is being said.

Summary of Notable Additions and Clarifications
of the Fulness of Johns Record

  • John saw that Christ was again given the fulness of the father at his baptism. Christ had previously enjoyed the fulness of the father BEFORE his earthly ministry.  (D&C 93:7 & John 17:5)
  • The Son is “of God” (JST John 1:1)
  • Men were made by him and of him and through him. He is the light of the world (D&C 93:10)
  • The world cannot perceive his light (JST John 1:5)
  • John the Baptist came to bear witness of the light and bear record of the gospel through the Son that all men might believe (JST John 1:7)
  • He gives POWER to those that BELIEVE on his name and  RECEIVE him,to become the Sons of God  (JST John 1:12)
  • He  was not born of [mortal] blood (virgin birth) (JST John 1:13)
  • As many as believe on his name shall receive of his fulness (JST John 1:16)
  • The Father always bears record of the Son when he reveals himself (JST John 1:17)
  • John the Baptist confessed and denied not that he was Elijah the Prophet (JST John 1:21)
  • He said I am Elijah the Prophet the prepares the say, not the latter day prophet that restores all things, that will be Joseph Smith (JST john 1:22)
  • Christ shall baptize not only with water, but with fire and the Holy Ghost (JST John 1:28)

It should be remembered that the passages that remained unmodified can be just as profound as the inspired changes that were made. One should read the entire first chapter of the Testimony of John in the Inspired Version of the Bible to get the full impact of the fulness of Johns record.

In my opinion, one of the most profound elements of John the Baptist’s record is the declaration that John the Baptist was Elijah the Prophet of Old Testament fame. I have already covered that in detail.

Another incredible revelation to come out of the fulness of John’s record is the doctrine of the Fulness of the Father. I have also written about this amazing doctrine. I will be re-posting it in my essential oldies series.

John bore record that Christ enjoyed the fulness prior to coming to this earth, then provided a condescension, then received the fulness again at his baptism. Because of his condescension, those that believe, can also receive the fulness of the Father.

Here is a section about this mind-blowing doctrine from Lectures on Faith:

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Lectures on Faith 5:1

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1 In our former lectures we treated of the being, character, perfections and attributes of God. What we mean by perfections, is, the perfections which belong to all the attributes of his nature. We shall, in this lecture speak of the Godhead: we mean the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

2 There are two personages who constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things—by whom all things were created and made, that are created and made, whether visible or invisible: whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth, or throughout the immensity of space—

They are the Father and the Son: The Father being a personage of spirit, glory and power: possessing all perfection and fulness: The Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, a personage of tabernacle, made, or fashioned like unto man, or being in the form and likeness of man, or, rather, man was formed after his likeness, and in his image;

—he is also the express image and likeness of the personage of the Father: possessing all the fulness of the Father, or, the same fulness with the Father; being begotten of him, and was ordained from before the foundation of the world to be a propitiation for the sins of all those who should believe on his name, and is called the Son because of the flesh—

and descended in suffering below that which man can suffer, or, in other words, suffered greater sufferings, and was exposed to more powerful contradictions than any man can be. But notwithstanding all this, he kept the law of God, and remained without sin: Showing thereby that it is in the power of man to keep the law and remain also without sin.

And also, that by him a righteous judgment might come upon all flesh, and that all who walk not in the law of God, may justly be condemned by the law, and have no excuse for their sins. And he being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fulness of the glory of the Father—

possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things: by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one:

The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fulness: Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fulness of the Mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the Spirit, glory and power of the Father—

possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom: sitting at the right hand of power, in the express image and likeness of the Father—a Mediator for man—being filled with the fulness of the Mind of the Father, or, in other words, the Spirit of the Father: which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments:

and all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all: being filled with the fulness of his glory, and become one in him, even as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.

3 From the foregoing account of the Godhead, which is given in his revelations, the Saints have a sure foundation laid for the exercise of faith unto life and salvation, through the atonement and mediation of Jesus Christ, by whose blood they have a forgiveness of sins, and also, a sure reward laid up for them in heaven, even that of partaking of the fulness of the Father and the Son, through the Spirit.

As the Son partakes of the fulness of the Father through the Spirit, so the saints are, by the same Spirit, to be partakers of the same fulness, to enjoy the same glory; for as the Father and the Son are one, so in like manner the saints are to be one in them, through the love of the Father, the mediation of Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; they are to be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

 

Whenever I read the above section I am filled with light.

When I read fabricated revelations that corrupt the truths revealed by the Joseph Smith Translation I feel darkness.

We Latter day Saints have sinned a grievous sin in not valuing and taking seriously, and studying the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. By doing so we can gain a much deeper understanding of the gospel and also detect the false prophets in our midst.

A review of the changes made in the record of John the Baptist in the JST should inspire a humble reverence for the magnificent revelatory light that has been shown forth through the instrumentality of the prophet Joseph Smith.

It will become another testimony of the validity of Joseph Smith’s calling as a tranlator and revelator.

It should instill a desire in gospel students to search the JST and take it seriously, for it is a pearl of very great price.

It is absolutely heartbreaking to realize that Denver Snuffer has treated Joseph Smith’s inspired revisions of Johns record with contempt by deleting and reinterpreting so many of them.

We will review what he did in our next post.

 

 

 

 

 


Essential Oldies but Goodies Part One: The Succession Crisis

March 7, 2017

Every once in a while I will check my analytics and be surprised to see a huge number of page openings on a post that is so old that I forgot that I wrote it years ago.

This happens when a  new reader has been digging deep into my blogging past and found something they liked so they shared it with a bunch of friends.

That has happened quite a bit lately.

It is a reminder to me that many of my newer readers are really not familiar with some of the basics that are quite helpful in understanding my more current posts.

For that reason I have decided to start an oldies but goodies series for the newbies.

I plan on identifying about 10-20% of the 300+ posts I have written that are the very most popular and the most critical in understanding the secret history of Mormonism and the foundational doctrines of the restoration.

I am going to start out in part one with an old series that has gotten a lot of hits lately.

It is my series on the Succession Crisis

If you have read it you can just move on.

If you have not, enjoy.

 

The Law of Succession- Part One (Seven parts of the Succession Doctrine)

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The Law of Succession- Part Two (Hyrum replaces Joseph as Prophet of the Church)

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The Law of Succession- Part Three (Hyrum was Commissioned to Reform the Church)

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Law of Succession- Part Four (The Real Succession Issue was about the Spiritual Wife Doctrine)

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The Law of Succession’ Part Five (William Marks Challenges the Protocol of the Church Court & Defends the Character of Sidney Rigdon)

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The Law of Succession- Part Six William Marks Warns the Twelve of the Consequences of Cutting off the Last Surviving Member of the First Presidency

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