Other Evidences that Section 110 is True
The Inspired Version of the Bible reveals the grand secret that the Old Testament prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, was transmigrated to the meridian of time as the historical character known as John the Baptist. John was quite literally “filled with the spirit of Elijah” that had inhabited the Old Testament prophet Elijah. This means that when John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to reveal the priesthood by hand in 1829, Elijah the Prophet was fulfilling the prophecy contained in the last few verses of Malachi. Remarkably, this proves that the declaration by Elijah in Section 110 of the Doctrine and Covenants is also true. The visitation of ministering angels in section 110 is no doubt one of the greatest prophetic fulfillments in the history of the world, and it all took place secretly.
Section 110 is Interconnected to many Passages of Scripture
Although the event was to be kept hidden from the church and world for a time, the Lord obviously instructed Joseph and Oliver to have the account recorded in a church diary enabling the truth to eventually come out. Once a student of the Gospel realizes the grand secret that John the Baptist is the transmigration of Elijah the prophet, and that the declarations uttered in section 110 are true, other passages of scripture will begin to emerge to provide additional witnesses of the veracity of Section 110.
Section 27 Testifies of Section 110
It Provides Clarity to Malachi, 110 & The Doctrine of Elijah
When I first discovered the secret Elijah doctrine in the Inspired Version years ago, I looked for way to debunk it. The thought that God would transmigrate an Old Testament prophet into the person of a New Testament figure seemed remarkable and difficult to believe. When I noticed a passage in section 27 that made it appear as if Elijah and John the Baptist were separate people, I decided to not do a post about how the Inspired Version teaches about the two individuals being the same, although I did make a few comments in the comment section of various posts.
The evidence was overwhelming in favor of the two of them being the same, but I chose to not do any blogs or papers on the topic until I could understand the reason behind the apparent discrepancy. Nevertheless, the two passages in the Inspired Version along with the mountain of supporting evidence rang true to me, so I began to investigate a little deeper into the origin and original text of section 27.
A Composite of Two Revelations
According to Robert Woodford, “Section 27 is either a composite of two revelations, or one revelation written in two parts. The uncertainty concerning its origin can be traced to two contemporary accounts… it appears these two revelations were combined for publication in the 1835 edition of the D&C. ”
Restoring the Original Integrity to the Text of Section 27
As I began to dig a little deeper into section 27 and was able to look at earlier texts, the problem became obvious. The text had become distorted. Once the modern use of verses are removed and the earlier punctuation restored, the meaning is greatly transformed.
Notice the versing and grammar alterations as well as text deletion that has taken place in the modern version of section 27-
In the 1833 Book of Commandments, the first part of what we now now as section 27 was published. It represents what the angel told Joseph as he was on his way to procure wine for the sacrament. In the 1835 D&C both parts are published together and the 1851 publication of the Pearl of Great Price only the second part if published. In both of those texts, verses 8 and 9 are actually part of the same sentence. A colon instead of a semicolon is used. It is not broken up into modern verses. The capital “A” on “And” is a lower case “a”. When restored to an earlier way the text was presented, the meaning completely changes.
This is how the two verses emerged as one verse, in the 1851 edition of the Pearl of Great Price.
As you can see, the two verses were, originally one sentence. Elijah was not being presented as one of the characters that will be at the occasion of sharing the wine, rather, the point being made in the narrative is that both the higher and lesser priesthood needed to be ordained by the laying on of hands, in the same manner that Aaron was ordained to the Aaronic priesthood and that Elijah was ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood.
This is a much needed clarification because when the Old Testament reveals that the Melchizdek priesthood is received by the calling of God’s voice out of heaven, it does not include the fact that a physical ordination must accompany the heavenly call. Aaron and Elijah were being given as examples of how the reception of both the higher and lower priesthood involved the laying on of hands.
One would think that Melchizedek would have been chosen as the example for proper Melchizedek priesthood protocol since that priesthood was named after him. In hindsight, now that I understand that John the Baptist was Elijah the prophet, who also held the Melchizedek priesthood, it feels to me as if a cryptic witness is being offered of the fact that John was Elijah. Therefore, he was uniquely qualified to restore the Aaronic priesthood, and also to teach Joseph and Oliver about the forthcoming Melchizedek priesthood.
A Few other Observations about Section 27
The Final Elijah: The phrase “restorer of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets..” is very significant. It distinguishes the mission of Elijah the “preparer” from the mission of Elijah the “restorer”. It is not known why it was taken out in later publications
“The Keys of Turning the Hearts of the Fathers: It appears from verses 8 & 9 that Joseph and Oliver obtained the keys of turning the Heart of the Fathers to the Children. The return of Elijah was all about transferring priesthood KEYS so that the Abrahamic promise could be fulfilled.
In Section 13, Elijah transferred the priesthood KEYs of the “ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins”
In Section 110 Elijah declared to Joseph and Oliver that “the KEYS of this dispensation are committed into your hands”
Which dispensational keys? The priesthood keys to the ancient dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that had just been committed into the hands of Joseph and Oliver back in verse 12 of section 110! The priesthood given to Joseph and Oliver in 1829 by Elijah belonged to the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that was secretly committed to Joseph and Oliver behind the veil in 1836.
The Book of Abraham Testifies of Section 110
This ancient dispensation of the gospel of Abraham is linked to the ancient promise of God to Abraham, that Abrahams posterity would be a blessing to all nations. This is done by taking the gospel to all nations. Priesthood keys needed to be transferred before the gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel and the times of the Gentiles came to an end with a curse that would destroy the earth.
Notice how the Book of Abraham and section 110 have a reciprocal relationship of witnessing of the veracity of each other while they provide the only two passages of scripture that reveal the mystery contained in Abraham 2:9-10
“And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
God confirmed to Isaac that the promise would be fulfilled in Chapter 26
“and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;”
The Old Testament informs us that the seed of Abraham would blessed all the nations of the earth, but it does not explain how. This dark secret is brought to light in Abraham 2:9-10 and it is literally being fulfilled in Section 110.
The conferral of priesthood keys by Elijah in 1929 and Elijah’s declaration of the transfer of the dispensational keys of the Gospel of Abraham in 1836 all pertained to the fulfillment of the promise of God to Abraham that his posterity would be a blessing to all of the nations of the earth. We know from the ancient Book of Abraham and modern revelation that this blessing is fulfilled by Abraham’s seed, as they take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the world.
The restoration of priesthood and priesthood keys made possible the preaching of the Gospel and joining the ancient saints with their posterity under the covenant. It was declared by Paul that “they [the Fathers] without us should not be made perfect.” Joseph would build upon this topic many times.
“For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers – that they without us cannot be made perfect – neither can we without our dead be made perfect.
This is the true meaning behind the term of turning the hearts of the Fathers to the Children and the Children to the Fathers.
As you can see, Section 27 and the Book of Abraham both testify of the veracity of Section 110.
In future posts we will briefly touch on numerous other sections of the D&C that testify of the divine origin of section 110. The evidence that section 110 is true is beyond overwhelming.
Hebrews 11:40 (oddly the verse is changed in the Inspired version, yet Joseph continued to quote the original passage in his teachings, indicating that the original was still accurate.
Doctrine and Covenants 128:18