In part 5 of this series I told you that we were going to have a little Bible Study Session that would prove that the plan of salvation contained in section 76 had already been taught in the New Testament, including the four categories of souls and varying levels of salvation.
In part four we briefly discussed the how the elect among Israel are saved in the highest kingdom through the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ while the remainder of Israel are saved through the preparatory gospel, even the gospel of Abraham.
If that concept is still gelling… hopefully this little bible study will help.
Please turn to Revelation 22:11
“He that is unjust 91 , let him be unjust 91 still: and he which is filthy 4510 , let him be filthy 4510 still: and he that is righteous 1342, let him be righteous 1344 still: and he that is holy 40, let him be holy 37 still.”
Notice that four categories of souls are being spoken of by the apostle John here. The descriptive used are as follows-
Holy….. Righteous…. Unjust….. Filthy….
I challenge you to check your Strongs concordance and your Websters dictionary on each of these four words and then read chapters 20, 21 and 22 of the book of revelation for context.
I think you will find that although a holy man is also a righteous man, a righteous man is not necessarily a holy man… hence, these two terms represent two classes of people that John is speaking about.
Secondly, an unjustified man is not defined as righteous.
And lastly, although a filthy man is also classified among the unjust, an unjust man is not necessarily defined as filthy in biblical terminology.
John was not referring to just two groups of people, the saved and the damned.
He was specifically identifying the four categories of souls that come to this earth and eventually inherit one of four different rewards and/or punishments in the hereafter.
Let me say that again, John the Revelator was identifying four separate and distinct groups of beings, not just two… and he was making reference to multiple levels of salvation and/or damnation.
He was not repeating himself using synonymous terms; he was making a clear distinction about the four classes of beings.
When I first noticed that verse I struggled with it a little bit because I had never made the distinction between holy and righteous.
As we continue this study, we shall see that these four categories of souls make up three separate and distinct redemptions as well as those that are doomed to live eternally in outer darkness.
As you accept my challenge to search these things and then compare what you find with the additional light contained in section 76 I believe you will find a surprising consistency between section 76 and the holy word of God in the Bible.
I think you will find that a being that fails to become holy by grace through faith, through the atonement of Christ, by receiving the testimony of Jesus during probation, can still become righteous by conforming to the law.
By eventually becoming righteous and being baptized and conforming themselves to the gospel, they are blessed to dwell in the presence of Christ, yet damned from ever receiving the fullness of the father (being assimilated into the likeness of the Father with his name in their forehead.)
I think you will find that an unjust being who fails to become clean from their filthiness, can never receive a kingdom of glory, while the unjust who do become clean after suffering for a thousand years, can dwell in a kingdom of glory even though they are damned from ever dwelling in the presence of Christ, or receiving the fullness of the Father.
So why do the scriptures often appear to separate God’s people into just two categories?
It all depends on the context of any given passage.
Here are a few things to consider-
In one sense, section 76 is informing us that three of the four categories of beings are those who are SAVED from eternal darkness, hence, one general group is “saved” from eternal damnation while the other isn’t.
On the other hand, it is informing us that three out of the four categories will be DAMNED from receiving the fullness of the Father and entering into his presence in the Celestial Kingdom. Hence, one general group of souls are “damned” from receiving the fullness of the Father in the highest kingdom.
There is yet another way to look at this.
When Christ descends with his elect, who had been caught up to meet him in the cloud… and have already been saved, they are not among those on the earth who are being judged .
The elect of God that descend with Christ are not even included in the judgment because when he descends to earth because they were justified in the morning of the first resurrection, which is why it is referred to as the resurrection of the Just!
Joseph Smith once revealed that while the celestial elect are in the cloud with Christ, after being caught up, those of the wicked left behind on earth will experience the wrath of God on earth-
Sunday 29th “Meeting at own house After others had spoken, Spoke and explained concerning uselessness of preaching to the world about great judgments but rather to preach the simple gospel–Explained concerning the coming of the son of Man &c that all will be raised to meet him but the righteous will remain with him in the cloud whilst all the proud and all that do wickedly will have to return to the earth, and suffer his vengeance which he will take upon them.”
Section 88 informs us that the terrestrial souls must be JUDGED according to men in the flesh before they are eventually allowed to conform to the preparatory gospel and be baptized and cleansed.
When the scriptures refer to those on his right hand and those on his left hand at the time of judgment, it may not even be referring to those who were caught up in the cloud.
Those on his right hand may very well be limited to the terrestrial souls who have become righteous by conforming to gospel law, while the other two groups who are unjustified and filthy are on his left hand. (the elect have become equal with him according to scripture)
Either way you look at it, depending on which terms you are emphasizing, there is a division of two general groups, but context is critical in discerning which two groups the four groups have been divided into.
Nevertheless, there are four distinct divisions of beings and four different and distinct eternal inheritances as John the Revelator observed..
Modern revelation appears to be giving us a break down of the three laws by which the four classes of beings are reconciled.
And they who are not sanctified through the law which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit another kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a
22 For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.
23 And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial kingdom
cannot abide a terrestrial glory.
24 And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.
Section 88 possibly provides a further clarification of the three laws
“That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still.”
D&C 88: 35, 40
The HOLY CELESTIAL are sanctified by the LAW OF MERCY according to God’s grace.
The RIGHTEOUS TERRESTRIAL are sanctified by the LAW OF JUSTICE according to God’s grace after they have suffered during the hour of judgment and have conformed to terrestrial law.
The UNJUST TELESTIAL are ultimately cleansed by the LAW OF JUDGMENT through their 1,000 years of suffering according to God’s grace after they are judged according to their works.
The FILTHY SONS OF PERDITION who are also judged according to their works, are ultimately never sanctified or cleansed by any law because they will not submit to any of the above three laws that exist within the grace of God.
Now then lets get back to Johns statement in the Book of Revelation because I don’t want you to take my word for the interpretation of the four descriptive in the passage I introduced.
Does John give us an example in his narrative of who the holy people are that he is speaking about?
Yes, he tells us “blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection” 20:6 he then identifies them as the “holy city… coming down from God out of heaven” in 21:2
He previously identified these people as those who have the name of God in their foreheads
“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
(Rev. 3: 12 )
Other scriptures in the New Testament explain vividly how these holy people are caught up to meet Christ in the cloud and then they descend with him to meet his people on earth.
I don’t believe the scriptures ever refer to these holy beings again as men or people after they are caught up in the cloud and then return with Christ to earth because they have been quickened and caught up into heaven and they return with Christ and his angels in a quickened and holy state, having the name of God written in their foreheads.
Does John give us an example in his narrative of who the righteous people are that have conformed themselves to his gospel law”?
Yes, he informs us that after the tabernacle of God containing the holy city touches down on the earth that “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with MEN” (21:3)
He then refers to those MEN on earth that greet Christ and the holy city and tells us that “He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God“
The righteous terrestrial are allowed to enter into the tabernacle to commune with Christ and the elect of God.
Those passages in the Book of Revelation clearly show the distinct nature between the inhabitants of the holy city which descend with Christ vs those MEN who are on earth to greet Christ and the holy city when they descend.
(as we have discussed in a previous post, these two cities are mentioned in Ether 13 where it is clearly apparent that the Holy City that descends with Christ had accepted the New and Everlasting Covenant of the fullness of the Gospel while the city of the righteous men that greets Christ at his coming are saved via the Covenant of Abraham)
What about the second two groups of people?
Does John mention the unjust and the filthy?
Yes, he lumps them together since they are not separated out until after the millennium.
He informs us that the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (21:8)
These people are not allowed to enter into the tabernacle of the holy city even though those that have become righteous are allowed to enter in.
If you are a protestant or ex-Mormon skeptic that has rejected the TESTIMONY contained in section 76, can you dispute the fact that we have just identified more than two categories of people and more than one salvation in the holy Bible?
If you want to choose to reject the testimony of the prophet and the spokesman, it cannot be because it contradicts the Bible because it doesn’t. It is totally congruent with the holy and infallible word of God.
You will notice in sections 76 and 88 verses 96—101 that these four groups, the holy, righteous, unjust and filthy, are clearly identified and their eternal rewards are clearly explained .
There you have it!
It is very clear that Christ meets his holy people in the cloud. Those people are very separate and distinct from his righteous people that he meets on earth when he descends out of heaven with those who are holy.
Both of these groups are saved from the torment of hell during the millennium and yet they clearly do not receive the same eternal reward.
Lastly, you have the unjust and the filthy who are not quickened, to dwell with Christ.
There goes your simple doctrine of heaven or hell in the Bible.
Hopefully it is becoming apparent to you that Joseph and Sidney were having a vision that provided additional clarification to what john the revelator and his brethren had already seen and written about.
There are clearly different classifications of souls who receive varying degrees of salvation according to varying degrees or classifications of gospel LAW.
Are there places in the scriptures that actually speak of and give greater clarification regarding the three levels of law and associated glories mentioned in section 88?
First of all, lets remember that the terrestrial and telestial souls that come forth in the afternoon of the first resurrection are those who do not avoid some level of pain which is associated with the cleansing they must experience.
Section 82 provides the two descriptives pertaining to the terrestrial and telestial redemptions
4 Ye call upon my name for revelations, and I give them unto you; and inasmuch as ye keep not my sayings, which I give unto you, ye become transgressors; and justice and judgment are the penalty which is affixed unto my law.
It appears that those that transgress celestial law must full under either the law of justice or the law of judgment.
Ok, but is there a passage that actually addresses the fact that sons of perditions cannot be redeemed under gospel law and also lists all three descriptives pertaining to the three levels of redemption?
35 That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor
judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still.
40 For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things. D&C 88: 35, 40
I find that passage to be truly incredible because it condenses the plan of salvation into such simplicity.
Sons of Perditions cannot be reclaimed into a kingdom of law because they will not conform to any of the three levels of law.
The telestials cannot be redeemed into the presence of Christ but they can be reclaimed from outer darkness because after they are judged according to their works, they are finally cleansed through the judgments they experience for a thousand years.
The Terrestrials fall under the law of justification because even though they did not repent and accept the fulness of the gospel during probation, they are eventually baptized and they conform to the law after Satan is bound and after they are brought forth, to be judged according to men in the flesh.
They finally come forth to receive their blessings after their pain.
By conforming to law, they become justified.
The Celestial souls essentially avoid the type of judgment and justice the others experience because they came forth in the resurrection of the Just and therefore do not fall under the law of carnal commandments
As Paul said when speaking to the elect, “ye are not under the law [of carnal commandments], but under grace” Rom. 6: 14-15 and “if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law [of carnal commandments]”. Gal. 5: 18
Once these concepts are understood, other passages in the Bible make so much more sense and provide further witness.
Paul was caught up into the third heaven… the Savior speaks about many mansions, etc.
As these concepts begin to gel, I think you will also begin to see that the long standing debate among Christians about faith vs works does not need to be reconciled, with the one doctrine proving the other doctrine false.
Both doctrines are true, depending on which kind of soul is redeemed.
There are varying laws of the gospel.
Celestial law is by grace ye are saved through faith… and it makes you holy.
Terrestrial law is by grace ye are saved through works… it eventually makes you righteous
The doctrine of salvation through grace and faith is true for celestaial souls who become holy.
The doctrine of salvation through grace and works is true for those who become righteous and dwell on earth with Christ during the millennium.
Those of the Holy City of New Jerusalem are those that were saved by grace through faith via the NEW COVENANT even the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their mantra during probation was to take the Holy spirit as their guide and become prophets
Those in white robes of the Old Jerusalem are those saved by grace through works via the preparatory gospel of carnal commandments, even the ABRAHAMIC COVENANT
Their mantra during probation was to keep the commandments and follow the prophet.
Terrestrial souls become Righteous through works while Celestial souls become Holy through faith and grace.
Terrestrial souls believe on the testimony of others while the Celestial souls are valiant in obtaining the testimony of Jesus for themselves.
|Terrestrial Law creates righteous souls||
Celestial Law creates holy souls
|“He who is righteous shall be righteous still”||“He who is holy is holy still”|
|Justification||Justification & Sanctification|
|Faith- belief-baptism of water- endure to end||Faith belief-baptism of water-fire-holy ghost|
|Not valiant in testimony during probation||Valiant in testimony- sees the face of God|
|Submission to law- children of Christ||Transformed into image of God- fullness of Father|
|Covenant of Abraham- preparatory gospel||New and Everlasting covenant-fulness of Gospel|
|Name of Christ in forehead||Name of Father in forehead|
When the servants bring forth additional records including the Bible in its uncorrupted form, those terrestrial souls functioning under the gospel of Abraham will be unable to discern if new scriptures are true because they don’t receive that level of personal revelation. They will blindly follow those they have accepted as their prophets and many will say, ” a bible, a bible we have a bible and we need no other bible”.
Those celestial souls who have accepted the fullness of the gospel will be eagerly looking for additional ancient records and the uncorrupted version of the Bible to devour and discern and rejoice in. They will gladly prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.
I admonish you to read and study and ponder section 76 very closely while doing key word searches with the Bible, Book of Mormon and the other revelations in the D&C because in the near future you are going to be called upon to accept or reject the LAW AND THE TESTIMONY that are contained in sections 42 and 76 when the Seer and the Spokesman return.
Gods servants are going to return and seal up the law and bind up the testimony.
In part seven of this series we shall review what the modern corporate church is doing to testify of Christ in missionary work and in their PR campaigns.
In part eight, we shall revisit Lyman Wights declaration that the Book of Commandments represents Celestial Law while the Doctrine and Covenants represents Telestial Law. In that post we shall see that after the church collectively rejected the fulness of the gospel, God commanded the 12 apostles to bear a TELESTIAL TESTIMONY to the world. We will also discuss how we can detect the false prophets and false testimonies that are currently in our midst.
Finally, we will identify what the evil gift is that Moroni warns us to not touch and how the return of the servants to bind up the law and seal the testimony will have the power to break all of the evil BONDS that we have entered into.
Have you touched the EVIL GIFT?
Are you sure?