Oliver Cowdery Holds the Keys
to Preach the Gospel to the Lamanites
In previous parts of this series, we have discussed the fact that the repentant remnants of Lehi’s posterity will be united with the repentant gentiles that also come into the covenant when the marred servant re-establishes the covenant and gathers the elect.
We have also shown that under the direction of God’s Marred servant, Joseph Smith, the Sons of Jacob, who are identified among the gentiles, are the ones that assemble the “strength of God’s House” in preparation for the latter day army of Israel to go forth treading down the unrepentant that encumber this land of the new Jerusalem. The secret revelation at Zions camp that was reviewed in part four of this series, identifies nine high priests by name, that were called and chosen, and appointed to receive their endowment with power from on high to “assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and preach the gospel“. I have previously blogged about the “seven shepherds” and the High Priests from Kirtland that offered an atonement offering and had their names enrolled in the book of the sanctified. All of these things that happened during the 2nd watch were essential in laying a foundation upon which the 3rd watch could bring the final restoration of the fulness.
Returning People from the Dead
The narrative in this scriptures having to do with how Zion will be redeemed in power cannot be comprehended unless the reader has the faith to believe that God can and will return people from the dead to fulfill his unconditional promises. The righteous Nephites that Jesus visited will return from the dead. Many of the saints of the LDS restoration will return from the dead. God has promised it.
There are a lot of people that offer contrary, non-scriptural scenarios about how Zion will be redeemed because they cannot fathom that God can and will actually return people from the dead, and yet, that is the only possible way that God’s infallible word will not return void and unfulfilled. Isaiah is speaking about people literally being raised up from the dust of the earth when he says:
” AWAKE, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion..
Shake thyself from the dust..”
Shaking the dust off is not figurative, it is literal.
God has promised that his unconditional promises will be fulfilled and that his appointed servants will return. If you don’t believe that, you are worshiping an impotent God the makes empty promises. God has informed us that all time, past present and future is continually before his eyes. This means that when he tells us about a future event, he has already seen it come to pass.
The Marvelous Work that is about to come forth is about the miraculous power of God.
Zion will be redeemed exactly the way that God has prophesied that it would be redeemed.
Read Micah. Read Isaiah. Read the allegory in Jacob. Read Sections 101, 103, 109, 112, 113 and 124.
God’s designated servants will return.
The proclamation will go forth.
You can take that to the bank.
The wicked will be swept off the face of this land when the appointed time comes and the people are ripe in iniquity. The term “ripe in iniquity” has reference to the time when the people reject the call to repentance from God’s true servants. People that try to take things into their own hands and force the establishment of Zion do so because they don’t have the faith to believe that God can still complete his unconditional promises and prophecies.
If members of the church actually believed the unconditional promises and prophecies of God and believed that the Marvelous Work is built upon the concept of a miraculous series of quickenings or resurrections from the dead, they would not seduced by the Jim Harmston’s and other more recent false prophet’s that arise among the LDS gullible.
At this time we are going to drill down a little deeper and document the fact that Oliver Cowdery was specifically given the mandate and commission to initiate the preaching of the gospel to the Lamanites.
In 1830 Oliver Cowery was called to be the first missionary to the “Lamanites”. Among other things, the Lord told Oliver:
“And now, behold, I say unto you that you shall go unto the Lamanites and preach my gospel unto them; and inasmuch as they receive thy teachings thou shalt cause my church to be established among them… And now, behold, I say unto you that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth where the city Zion shall be built, but it shall be given hereafter. Behold, I say unto you that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.” (D&C 28: 8-9.)
It is no surprise that immediately after the church was formally organized that God commanded the saints to take the gospel to the Lamanites and that the commandment incorporated the topic of where the city Zion was to be built. After all, the prophecies in 3rd Nephi 20-21 inform us that the Lamanites who are a remnant of Jacob, would be involved in building the city of Zion.
After that revelation, the Lord informed Peter Whitmer, that Oliver Cowdery had been given power to build up the church among the Lamanites:
” I have given unto him power to build up my church among the Lamanites;” (D&C 30: 5-6).
It is a historical fact that the first mission to the Lamanites, led by Oliver Cowdery, was not successful and the building of the city Zion by the remnant of Jacob never materialized from the time of Joseph’s ministry to this present time. It was a dry run!
Nevertheless, the Lord’s declaration that he had given power to Oliver Cowdery to oversee a specific event, along with many other unconditional promises in the Doctrine and Covenants, assures us that it will still take place.
If you search deep into the correspondence between Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer that took place after they left the church, you will see that they both firmly believed that their callings to testify about the Book of Mormon had not been completed. They both believed that they would testify to the world at a later time.
Because they were looking at the role that they would play as the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon, through the prophetic lens provided in the Book of Mormon.
1 AND now I, Moroni, have written the words which were commanded me, according to my memory; and I have told you the things which I have sealed up; therefore touch them not in order that ye may translate; for that thing is forbidden you, except by and by it shall be wisdom in God.
2 And behold, ye may be privileged that ye may show the plates unto those who shall assist to bring forth this work;
3 And unto three shall they be shown by the power of God; wherefore they shall know of a surety that these things are true.
4 And in the mouth of three witnesses shall these things be established; and the testimony of three, and this work, in the which shall be shown forth the power of God and also his word, of which the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost bear record—and all this shall stand as a testimony against the world at the last day.
It is easy to miss the full context of the above passages because of how the modern Book of Mormon is separated into chapters.
If one will combine chapters four and five so that the narratives merge and flow a little more gracefully, it becomes apparent that the three witnesses testify not only during the LDS foundation, but also at the time that the full record comes forth, when both the Gentiles and the House of Israel finally repent and ” rend that veil of unbelief“. This is the time when the “work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land”, when the gentiles and the House of Israel merge together in partnership and enter into the same covenant.
“Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.
14 Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief.
15 Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel.
16 And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.
17 Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land.
18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name.
19 And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen.
Was Oliver’s mandate and “power” to establish the church among the Lamanites a failure or will he and his fellow witnesses return from the dead at the last day to fufill the assignment?
I would suggest that Oliver was given power to establish the church among the Lamanites and that the mandate and “power” given him by the Lord was not given in vain. It laid dormant during the 2nd watch, but Oliver will come forth in power in the 3rd watch.
One of the great secrets that Christ revealed concerning the prophecy of Micah is that the Remnant of Jacob will first obtain their power from God, through the repentant gentiles before they go forth in power. This most significant detail is easily missed when reading these two chapters unless a person knows what they are looking for as they read the narrative.
Oliver’s Prophetic Authority
During their mission to the Lamanites, Oliver Cowdery and Parley Pratt were interviewed by newspapers. The Telegraph published in Painesville, Ohio, on 16 and 30 November 1830, made the following observations about Oliver’s interview:
“He proclaims destruction upon the world.. he contemplates founding a ‘City of Refuge’ for his followers, and converting the Indians, under his prophetic authority.”
Oliver Cowdery clearly believed that one of his specific callings was to convert the descendants of Lehi and build up the church among them preparatory to the establishment of Zion and the destruction that would be brought upon the wicked.
A popular LDS blogger has recently declared:
“..we, the Latter-day Saints, are identified as “gentiles” in the Book of Mormon. We are not ever identified as the “remnant.” As a result, the prophecies about the “remnant” are not prophecies about us. “
His declaration is false.
The Savior gave three references to the Micah prophecy and revealed that the repentant Gentiles would unite with the other remnants. the “Sons of Jacob” will gather the “remnant of Jacob”!
There is no need for people to create enmity between the “Sons of Jacob” identified among the gentiles and the “remnant of Jacob” who are descendents of Lehi!
“Fellow heirs with the seed of Abraham”
The repentant gentiles who are the sons of Jacob, and the remnant of Jacob, will be gathered together by the same covenant. Oliver Cowdery understood this and proclaimed it.
“But it is necessary that you should understand, that what is to be fulfilled in the last days not only for the benefit of Israel, but the Gentiles, if they will repent and embrace the gospel, for they are to be remembered also in the same covenant, and are to be fellow heirs with the seed of Abraham, inasmuch as they are so by faith—for God is no respecter of persons. This was shown to Moses, when he wrote—Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people!” (Deut. 32:43).
The repentant among BOTH the Gentiles and Israel are to be remembered in the same covenant!
In part six of this series we will discuss the “proclamation” theology that accompanies a restoration of the fulness.