Rigdon was a Type of Christ
In previous posts we have discussed modern scriptures that foretold how a testimony would result after the Lords Seer identified the existing ministry of Rigdon and how it would eventually need to come forth out of Zion.
There is an incredible type of this account of Oliver and Joseph identifying the ministry of Sidney Rigdon.
Let me call your attention to the Gospel of John. (which the JST calls the Testimony of John)
Now look closely at the story line of how John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for and then identify one who was greater than him.
The major distinction I would call your attention to is that even though John baptized with water, Jesus baptized with water and the holy Ghost-
24 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as saith the prophet Esaias.
25 And they who were sent were of the Pharisees.
26 And they asked him, and said unto him; Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not the Christ, nor Elias who was to restore all things, neither that prophet?
27 John answered them, saying; I baptize with water, but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
28 He it is of whom I bear record. He is that prophet, even Elias, who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose, or whose place I am not able to fill; for he shall baptize, not only with water, but with fire, and with the Holy Ghost.
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and said; Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world!
30 And John bare record of him unto the people, saying, This is he of whom I said; After me cometh a man who is preferred before me; for he was before me, and I knew him, and that he should be made manifest to Israel; therefore am I come baptizing with water.
31 And John bare record, saying; When he was baptized of me, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
32 And I knew him; for he who sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me; Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he who baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
33 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Now then, as you know, Joseph and Oliver were involved in their own ministry when the Lord told them to identify a minister of another existing ministry. Just as John Identified Christ, Joseph through revelation, revealed who Sidney was.
Joseph and Oliver were typological of John the Baptist-
Eventually, Joseph would reveal that Sidney is the latter day servant who is to declare the acceptable day of the Lord, just as the Savior did.
And, as we have already discussed, in the very first revelation given to Sidney, the Lord told him that he had been inspired to do what he had already been doing.
He was then told that he had been prepared to do a greater work and that his work would carry over into the third watch when the folly of the Gentiles would be manifest.
But here is where it gets really interesting again, as far as the parallel of the account of how John the Baptist was the forerunner who was to identify Christ and how John baptized with water But Christ would baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost….
Now look at what the Lord says in the next revelation given to Edward Partridge
“..I will lay my hand upon you by the hand of my servcant Sidney Rigdon, and you shall receive my Spirit , the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which shall teach you the peaceable things of the kingdom, and you shall declare it with a loud voice, saying, Hosanna, blessed be the name of the most high God..”
Just as John the Baptist was sent to identify and bear witness of Jesus Christ, the one who would baptize with greater authority and with the holy Ghost, Joseph and Oliver were commissioned to Identify Sidney Rigdon’s ministry. On the same day that Rigdon was identified, the Lord commissions Rigdon, not Smith, to be the one to baptize Partridge with the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands!
What an incredible type!
The implications of this are huge regarding Rigdon and his role in the future, but this is not the focus of this series.
Let me suggest however, that when the Lord promises Partridge that the Holy Ghost, even the comforter will teach him the peaceable things of the kingdom, that is a direct reference to having the heavens opened and becoming an eye witness that Jesus is the Son of God.
In a later revelation, we are informed that the “peaceable things of the kingdom” are shown by the Holy Ghost AFTER the candidate has received the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost- More to come.
And this is my gospel—repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom.
In other words, the true baptism of the spirit fills a person with the Holy Ghost enabling them to having the heavens opened and gaining the testimony of Jesus.
Rigdon was foreordained to be one of the two last witnesses who would send the TESTIMONY to the world.
“In the mouth of two witnesses shall every word be established”.
Virtually every time the word TESTIMONY is used in modern revelation pertaining to knowing that Jesus is the Son of God, it has to do with having the heavens opened and being transformed so that one can literally see the Father and the Son and hear and know for themselves that Jesus is the Son of the Father.
In part three of this series we shall discuss the difference between a faith orb elief that Jesus is the Son of God vs a knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God.