“..the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple,
even the messenger of the [false] covenant, whom ye delight in.”
Verse one of the third chapter of Malachi must be read in context in order to understand the cryptic message embedded within. One must first read chapters one and two of Malachi and realize that a foundation is being laid for the proper context of chapter three.
Chapters one and two make it clear that Israel is in an apostate condition just before the return of three returning leaders mentioned in that chapter. These three shepherds represent the forces of good and evil preparing for the final battle on the earth.
It is essential to realize that Israel was in an apostate condition anciently and also in the end times when they are delighting in a false covenant.
Indeed Israel is delighting in a false covenant just prior to the return of the true messenger who will sit as a refiners fire. Also returning is the false messenger.
At the center of attention may well be a false covenant the latter day Israel had previously been initiated into . The pure and simple baptismal covenant (The New and Everlasting Covenant) with the spiritual endowment referred as the baptism of fire and the gift of the Holy Ghost had previously been exchanged for an outer ceremonial covenant/endowment involving robes, secret signs and secret tokens.
In chapter one of Malachi the Lord chastises the priests of Israel, telling them that they offer polluted bread upon the alter and that the Lord does not accept the offering at their hand;
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible…. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.”
Chapter two is more of the same. God chastises the leaders of Israel because they do not give glory unto him. He therefore curses them;
“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.”
Latter day revelation confirms the fact that the latter day church will be in a scattered condition among the Gentiles with the curses of God upon their necks;
“…the bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the scattered remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles” (section 113)
Malachi continues, God is angry because Israel has profaned the covenant;
“why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers”
It is helpful in understanding the 1st verse of Malachi 3, that every time the King James version of the bible uses the term LORD in caps, it is referring to JEHOVAH, the God of the Old Testament, who is Jesus Christ, yet when it uses the term Lord (not in caps) it does not necessarily refer to JEHOVAH. It may sometimes refer righteous or wicked mortal rulers and perhaps even dark angels and those who try to make themselves worshiped by others.
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:
the Lord, [ruler] whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the [false] covenant, whom ye delight in:
behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts [Jehovah].”
As you dissect Malachi you will notice two righteous messengers that return. chapter 3 verse 1-3 speaks of the messenger that sits as a refiner of the Sons of Levi. Chapter 4 refers to the return of Elijah the Prophet who shall turn of the heart of the children to their fathers before the great and dreadful day of the Lord begins and the Lord smites the earth with a curse.
It is helpful to have a clear understanding of the return of the latter day Seer and Spokesman as well as their respective missions in order to comprehend the cryptic messages contained in Malachi.
But lets get back to the 3rd Chapter of Malachi later on in this article…
Back in 1973 while on my mission I was told by a companion that in 1960 at the BYU Graduation Ceremony, Hugh Nibley had said, while offering the invocation, something to the effect of “here we stand in the robes of an apostate priesthood.”
I came to find out, at a later time, that Nibley had given clarification to the statement he made back in 1960. Nibley had apparently elaborated a little more about black and white robes and caps and how they and the pomp and ceremony that often accompany their use announced that the wearer had accepted certain rules of living and been tested in special kinds of knowledge.
He alluded to the fact that flowing robes were somewhat theatrical and too easily inclined the wearers to become beguiled by their splendor, and the accompanying masquerade and affectation.
The above observation by Nibley is profound.
We mortals have a tendency to get a little full of ourselves under virtually any circumstances. Add black or white flowing robes, ceremonies, titles, certificates and a little bit of learning and we can really get carried away with our self importance.
Many years ago in the 90’s after the Church had made some significant changes to the Temple Endowment, I found myself wanting to ask Hugh Nibley a few questions and to get his views on the situation since he is considered by many to be one of the most knowledgeable scholar on ancient temple rights.
Being the presumptuous and politically incorrect person that I tend to be, I looked up his phone number and called him out of the clear blue to ask him some questions, even though I had never met him before. He did not know me from Adam.
When he answered the phone I said;
“Is this Hugh Nibley?”.
There was a long pause on the other end of the phone and with a stern and irritated tone the response was
“This is DOCTOR Nibley!“
How is that for Irony?
Without skipping a beat I continued interrogating Hugh to see what he thought about the changes that had been made in the temple endowment. Although I recall that his responses to my questions were interesting though somewhat evasive, My memory fails me on the details and it really doesn’t matter since they cannot be documented and therefore are inconsequential for this paper.
Anyway, getting back to the statement that my missionary companion had made about Nibleys remarks at the graduation exercises, I had no way of reading his exact words or evaluating the exact context of the comments at the time, but I felt the comment was very interesting and revealing, if true.
After the mission I pretty much just forgot about what I assumed may have been an apocryphal story until I found an interesting link on youtube wherein Hugh verified and clarified the remarks he made back in 1960. We will review that video later in this article.
For now, lets visit part of the 1828 Webster’s definition of robe;
1. A kind of gown or long loose garment worn over other dress, particularly by persons in elevated stations. The robe is properly a dress of state or dignity, as of princes, judges, priests, &c. See Ex. 29:55. 1Sam. 24:4. Matt. 27:28….. In scripture, the vesture of purity or righteousness, and of happiness. Job 29. Luke 15.
Since robes represented purity, righteousness and happiness in the scriptures, that certainly must be what it represents when worn by those in “elevated stations”… right?
After about 25 years of intense study of the gospel and the history of the church, along with other experiences, I have come to realize that the life we live in this mortal probation is very much an allusion in many ways. Much of what we have been indoctrinated to believe is really not true. Things are not always as they appear. As one drills down deeper and deeper into the scriptures one realizes that many of the cryptic passages mean quite the opposite that they appear to mean. Just like the passage in Malachi 3 this article begins with. As one begins to have their eyes open, it som times feels as if one has entered into the twilight zone.
One day, while speaking to a friend who had been a long time member of the LDS Church I casually mentioned that Satan was the God of this world. The concept was shocking to this person. They rebuked me emphatically and stated that Jesus Christ was the God of this world. I then showed him the following passage in the scriptures;
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2nd Cor 4)
Life is very much an allusion based on the traditions of our fathers. Our quest is to find the truth;
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8)
What do black and white robes symbolize to Americans in general?
What do they symbolize to you?
Are the robes worn by the people pictured below representing honorable and noble dispensers of truth and justice? Just how much faith do you put in them?
Do you associate the black robe that judges wear with honesty, integrity and justice?
Do they imply that people in certain positions have excelled?
Are these people more important that others because of the learning, the ceremonies, the degrees, certificates the titles of nobility, the robes and titles?
Do they promote equality or class distinction? Are they equitable in the justice they dish out?
Do white robes symbolize justice?
Do white robes symbolize holiness?
Do robes symbolize those who have been initiated into a greater state of higher knowledge, power and authority?
What about scarlet robes? Let us not forget that scarlet is an important biblical color as well;
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON, THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Rev 17
“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth…For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” Rev 17 & 18
The book of Mormon Identifies who the Great and Abominable Church of the Devil is;
“And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld many nations and kingdoms. And the angel said unto me: What beholdest thou? And I said: I behold many nations and kingdoms.
And he said unto me: These are the nations and kingdoms of the Gentiles. And it came to pass that I saw among the nations of the Gentiles the formation of a great church.
And the angel said unto me: Behold the formation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches, which slayeth the saints of God, yea, and tortureth them and bindeth them down, and yoketh them with a yoke of iron, and bringeth them down into captivity.
And it came to pass that I beheld this great and abominable church; and I saw the devil that he was the founder of it. And I also saw gold, and silver, and silks, and scarlets, and fine-twined linen, and all manner of precious clothing; and I saw many harlots.
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable church. And also for the praise of the world do they destroy the saints of God, and bring them down into captivity.” 1 Nephi 13
It is not difficult to figure out which Church the angel is speaking about. But it is difficult to understand how that church can still be wreaking the havoc it wreaked anciently, in modern times unless you search deeply.
Deep within the bowels of that particular church there a secretive society of priests that manipulates all other secret organizations. It controls the Free Masons. It controls the Federal Reserve. It controls the central banks of all countries. It controls the CIA and FBI and the governments of all countries.
It is the same organization that was behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and President Kennedy. It is the organization that can trace its secret oaths and covenants all the way back to the covenant that Satan made with Cain. It is responsible for the blood of all the Saints.
Getting back to the statement of Hugh Nibley… Some time ago, I noticed the following clip on youtube wherein Hugh Nibley, at another commencement address he gave on August 19, 1983 verified and gave a little clarification to the remarks he had made back in 1960;
“23 years ago today if you will cast you minds back on this same occasion I gave the opening prayer in which I said, quote; we have met here today clothed in the black robes of a false priesthood“.
You can read the full text of Nibley’s 1983 address here.
Naturally, 23 years is a long time between his initial remarks and the commentary he gave at a later time. During that time Doctor Nibley could have mellowed out a little. He may also have had a little pressure from unseen forces to do a little damage control and to soften his meaning. Nevertheless, his remarks in 1983 still have some very interesting information in them.
Recently, on a popular blog about the LDS temple, the above youtube clip was shown and the following comments were made by an LDS prophecy scholar;
“Nibley’s observations were neither casual nor mistaken. The cap and gown traditionally worn at commencement exercises is no less than a variation of the temple garment, appropriated by the secular, educational wing of the ’science church’ in order to secure more gravitas. This is the same church that Nephi saw in vision.
That we Saints fail to see this amazed and dismayed the good doctor, who clearly understood this truth. This led him to reveal this astounding irony by pleading for God’s forgiveness.
That earnest plea was not said with tongue in cheek, but with the utmost sincerity born of a profound knowledge and understanding of the past and the present. It was far more than a mere denunciation of simple worldliness; it was a condemnation of our profound ignorance.” Anthony Larson
I find that passionate commentary of Brother Larson very thought provoking.
The significance of Nibley’s comments may well be referring to the fact that the net effect of the great and abominable church and its false priesthood on society goes much deeper than just the secular and educational aspects of our revered system of justice and our esteemed educational system.
Indeed, the implication is that the false Priesthood Nibley refers to has to some degree affected, if not contaminated the deeper aspects of the way latter day Israel worships.
Although it may appear to some that societal ceremonies have copied the pure and holy ritualistic robes of the LDS endowment ceremony, the bone chilling possibility from a historical and scriptural point of view suggests just the opposite.
Is it not possible that a false or apostate priesthood has adversely affected the true covenant between God and Israel and its associated endowment?
False priesthood begets a false covenant which begets a false endowment. It is critically important to know what the true, New and Everlasting Covenant is. I it critically important to understand what the true spiritual endowment is that is associated with it. If these plain and simple concepts are not understood, one can be duped into thinking there is a higher law, a higher covenant and a higher endowment the the true law, covenant and endowment that had already been delivered.
In the prophetic context, this brings us to the subject of the so-called anti-Christ and his companions in crime… or, as the Book of Revelation characterizes them, the false prophet, the beast and the dragon.
“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” John 5
This would indicate that the time would come when someone would make an appearance among latter day Israel, possibly, according to some passages of scripture, someone who is returning from the past, and he would be accepted by many.
When taken in context of Malachi’s remarks, it becomes apparent that this greatly revered person would be loved by latter day Israel because of the false covenant that he had initiated Israel into, the false covenant that replaced the true covenant and the associated endowment that replaced the true endowment.
One of the underlying themes of the Prophet Daniel was that the great deceiver would beguile Israel in the Latter Days and get them to enter into a false covenant that will lead them in the subtle overspreading of abomination right up to the consummation. (Dan 9)
Daniel describes the great deceiver as the one that takes away the true form of worship, even the daily sacrifice. He casts the truth to the ground. (Dan 8)
Daniel saw that the great deceiver would;
“have indignation against the holy covenant..” and that he would “Return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.”
He notes that “arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate”
It is difficult to comprehend that latter day Israel could actually be duped into a false covenant and raise their hands to sustain someone who is replacing the true covenant with a false one.
Daniel notes that a subtle form of flattery would be the means of seducing others into the false covenant;
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits...”
The following observation that Daniel shares is that the king that has deceived Israel, will return and exalt himself and magnify himself above every God;
“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all”. Dan 1136-37
This person being described by Daniel seems to be the exact same man of sin that Paul prophesied about;
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, aor be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” 2nd Thes 2
Isaiah reveals that the true Covenant would be broken by latter day Israel;
“The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” Isa 24
Isaiah also prophesied about the refuge of lies that would need to be swept away and the false covenant that would need to be disannulled as the Lord begins his work, his strange work, even his strange Act;
“Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act” Isaiah 28
Although it is hard to believe that God’s people could be deceived into discarding the true covenant with God for a false Satanic covenant, we should not take lightly the prophetic warnings in God’s holy word.
One of the ways to help us to avoid entering into covenant with Satan is to study the characteristics of his covenant relationships.
As recipients of the greater light provided by additional scripture, we have information that the world does not have. For instance, we know that Satan and Cain entered into covenant by way of a secret oath taken under penalty of death and vengeance that involves swearing by the throat;
“And Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die; and this that thy father may not know it; and this day I will deliver thy brother Abel into thine hands. And Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands. And all these things were done in secret.” Moses 5
From this we find a few of Satans covenantal trademarks which include secrecy, oaths of vengeance and swearing by ones neck.
Conversely, the Lord God of Israel has commanded us to never swear by our heads;
“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.” See Mat. 5 & 3rd Nephi 12
Those familiar with Masonry realize that in their Satanic endowment ritual the newly initiated participant is led by a cord or rope around the neck. The tie-in between Masonry and the following scripture cannot possibly be coincidental;
“And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.” 2nd Nephi 26
To be continued…