Section 112 Testifies of Section 110

Section 112:32 is  our next example of a scriptural dot that connects to section 110..

Notice the following passage in section 112 which was given on July 23 of 1837

For unto you, the Twelve, and those, the First Presidency, who are appointed with you to be your counselors and your leaders, is the power of this priesthood given, for the last days and for the last time, in the which is the dispensation of the fulness of times.

31  Which power you hold, in connection with all those who have received a dispensation at any time from the beginning of the creation;

32  For verily I say unto you, the keys of the dispensation, which ye have received, have come down from the fathers, and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.”

Verse 32 clearly is not referring to the keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times held by Peter, James and John, which was never even ushered in during Joseph’s ministry.[1]  It is clearly not referring to the keys of the dispensation of the last times, which had begun with the meridian apostles 2,000 years previous. According to Joseph Smith and the scriptures, that dispensation was in the process of coming to an end at the time the fulness of the gospel was restored and being rejected.[2]

The above keys of a dispensation that had been received by the First Presidency and the Twelve apostles, and had been passed down from the fathers, remains mysterious and difficult to explain if one rejects the validity of Section 110. That verse is making specific reference to the dispensational keys to the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that were given to Joseph and Oliver in secret, by Elias:

“After this, Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed.”

Only section 110 provides the explanation regarding the dispensation passed down from the Fathers that section 112 makes reference to, making it another witness of the truthfulness of 110.

[1] Section 128 proves that the dispensation of the fulness of times had not yet been ushered in. ” for it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times, which dispensation is now beginning to usher in” (128 :18) Joseph would later clarify that it could not be fully ushered in until the Nauvoo Temple was completed.

[2] This concept will be further developed when we examine Joseph’s Letter to N.C. Saxton, 4 january 1833


6 Responses to Section 112 Testifies of Section 110

  1. Ryan says:

    Can’t wait for that explanation. I’m not famiar with that letter and am going to have to go find it and read it.

    Thanks and happy new year!

  2. Ryan says:

    I just read the letter from Church History.

    It states two interesting pieces of information.

    1) That baptism both of water and fire (being sealed by the Holy Spirit) is all that is required for salvation in the celestial kingdom and
    2) That the tribe of Judah will return to old Jerusalem and obtain deliverance there.

    I remember you stating in an older post from 2011 when I first found this blog that all references in the scriptures to Jerusalem had reference to Kirtland.

    Does this letter change anything?


    • It does not change anything for me.. although I know most people disagree with me.

      Interesting that you bring that up. Just a week ago I mentioned the post I did a long time ago on this general topic to my brother:

      He suggested that surely the Old World Jerusalem still has an important place in prophecy in the future and he suggested I do a post on it.

      Here is my reply to him-

      “I am currently studying Joseph’s mind blowing letter to saxton ( which I suspect has been an embarrassment to many church members because his prophecies make him look like a flaky false prophet, but I contend that every word he said in the letter is true, the everlasting covenant was being rejected at that time and the curse was going forth at that time, per Isaiah 24 ) and one of the fascinating tidbits in it is the statement about the Old Jerusalem and Zion in prophecy. I am providing the snippet for your review. LDS scholars actually use this to prove that the Old World Jerusalem will still be the “Jerusalem” of end times prophecy, yet, I don’t read it that way, even though I concede that it is worded very poorly and very confusing.

      The context for reading the text below needs to take into consideration isa 30 which states that Zion will be AT Jerusalem during the end times along with section 133 that commands ALL People to go to the “land of Zion” first and then be divided between those that are to go to Zion and those that go to Jerusalem . It just doesn’t make sense to me that all people go to America first, for the gathering , and then the portion of Judah will then need to go to the Old World.”

      “The Book of Mormon is a reccord of the forefathers of our western Tribes of Indians, having been found through the ministration of an holy Angel translated into our own Language by the gift and power of God, after having been hid up in the earth for the last fourteen hundred years containing the word of God, which was delivered unto them, By it we learn that our western tribes of Indians are desendants from that Joseph that was sold into Egypt, and that the Land of America is a promised land unto them, and unto it all the tribes of Israel will come. with as many of the gentiles as shall comply with the requesitions of the new co[v]en ant. But the tribe of Judah will return to old Jerusalem, The City, of Zion, spoken of by David in the 102 Psalm will be built upon the Land of America and the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to it with songs and ever lasting joy upon their heads, and then they will be delivered from the overflowing scourge that shall pass through the Land But Judah shall obtain deliverence at Jerusalem see Joel 2. 32. Isaiah 26, 20 & 21, Jer. 31, 12, Psalm 50. 5, Ezekiel 34, 11, 12 & 13, These are testamonies that the good Shepherd will put forth his own sheep and Lead them out from all nations where they have been scattered in a cloudy and dark day, to Zion and to Jerusalem beside many more testamonies which might be brought——”

      [I believe the above statement can be interpreted two different ways. If I and up being wrong, I’ll eat some crow, but I remain convinced that I am not]

  3. Fusion says:

    The letter looks interesting. ..gonna go read now, but sec 133 wow…what an amazing piece of scripture. So much in there!

  4. Questioning says:

    Can you remind me what sections after 124 in D&C were given permission to be printed as scripture by the Lord?

    • According to Wiki, which, like me, is never wrong, the sections added in 1844 after Joseph’s death are as follows

      “In 1844, the church added eight sections not included in the 1835 edition. In the current edition, these added sections are numbered 103, 105, 112, 119, 124, 127, 128, and 135.”

      As I recall, those sections had been on Joseph’s list of revelations to add to the next edition of the D&C. Although one could argue that Joseph’s eyes were covered during those last few years in Nauvoo, I don’t see anything inconsistent in those revelations with the previous revelations given.

      103, 112 and 124 are highly significant revelations in my opinion.

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