I got this email from a member of the peer review:
“Can you give me some thoughts on D&C 115:4-6 and section 112 that I can mull over while re-reading again tonight?
Why does the Lord in vs. 4 say “thus shall my church be called in the last days, even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” When just prior in section 109:73 the Lord states ” That thy church my come forth out of the wilderness of darkness”, and then in section 112:23 “all flesh has become corrupt before my face.” So if the highest priesthood has been lost and all flesh is corrupt, then why does the Lord refer to the LDS church in the last days as “my church”?
Also, why does the Lord then go on in vs 5-6 of section 115, to talk about the land of Zion being a refuge? Is he talking about the 3rd watch? I cant’ see it being the second watch?
And one more, in section 112:25 he talks about vengeance coming first “upon my house” and in vs. 26 “first among those who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house.” is this the 3rd or 2nd watch? Because if it’s the 3rd watch is he speaking of the LDS people or Christians in general?
Thanks for you thoughts!”
You are beginning to see it!
It IS 3rd watch related!
Because of your general knowledge of the prophetic narrative behind church history, you know that something doesn’t make sense in the narrative that you are reading here right?
You know that the Lord had told the saints that if they did not keep his commandments they would not have his spirit and that he would not call them by his name.
You know that during the years after the saints rejected the fulness that Lord still acknowledged the saints as his people but had officially taken his name out of the name of the church.
Following that, the saints took it upon themselves to reinsert the name of Christ into the name of the Church.
Interestingly, they started this practice long before section 115 was given. Section 11 is simply used by the modern corporate church to claim that the Lord had put his blessing upon this new tradition of calling themselves by his name.
Nevertheless, there is no official revelation wherein the Lord reinserts his name into the name of the church.
Indeed, one of the petitions during the Kirtland Temple dedication was for the Lord to once again put the name of Christ upon the church:
“O hear, O hear, O hear us, O Lord! And answer these petitions, and accept the dedication of this house unto thee, the work of our hands, which we have built unto thy name;79 And also this church, to put upon it thy name..” D&C 109:78
Following that petition, the Lord started acknowledging that it was the saints that called themselves by his name, not him-
“Let not that which I have appointed be polluted by mine enemies, by the consent of those who call themselves after my name..” D&C 101:97
“And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.” D&C 103:4
Several years after section 118 is given, the Lord once again acknowledge that it was the saints that were calling themselves by his name, in fact, the Lord acknowledged that the saints, (and I use that term lightly) were not currently doing the will of God and keeping his commandments. According to section 125, it is only after the saints repent and start keeping the commandments, that the Lord would allow them to begin gathering to appointed places and build up cities for a time to come:
“Verily, thus saith the Lord, I say unto you, if those who call themselves by my name and are essaying to be my saints, if they will do my will and keep my commandments concerning them, let them gather themselves together unto the places which I shall appoint unto them by my servant Joseph, and build up cities unto my name, that they may be prepared for that which is in store for a time to come.” D&C 125:2
As you can see, the so-called saints were only essaying to be saints, which, according to the 1828 Websters, means trying or attempting.
ESSA’YING, ppr. Trying; making an effort; attempting.
How do we resolve that apparent contradiction where the Lord appears to be reinstating his name in the name of the church in section 118 of the Doctrine and Covenant, even though he had previously acknowledged multiple times that he was no longer calling them by his name and he would continue to acknowledge that even after the perplexing narrative in Section 115 he was still not calling them by his name?
Note in section 115 verse 3 “for thus it shall be called“.
I am going to suggest that the Lord is projecting forward into the 3rd watch. Section 118 is largely a prophecy about the future. It has to do with the last, final restoration when the light of the fulness of the gospel shines forth again.
He is informing the saints that when the 3rd watch begins and the servants go forth for the last time converting the elect, there will be two divisions of his church-
- a) those in the land of Zion who are living gospel law, they will be referred to as the “church in Zion” and
- b) those that are faithful, but in a scattered condition and not yet able to consecrate and receive an inheritance in the land of Zion, will be referred to as the “church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints until they can finally gather and consecrate and join with the “church in zion”. It is at that time, in the 3rd watch, that the scattered, but faithful saints will finally be worthy of being called by the Lords name.
Now we shall prove the above interpretation using keyword crunching software.
The next verse helps to confirm this interpretation. Google the keywords in the next verse
“Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations;”
We know that “light” and “standard” has been spoken of in section 45
“And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.”
but section 45 is paraphrasing Old Testament prophecies of events to take place in the end times when the light shines forth again. That is how we know that the Lord is speaking futuristically about the 3rd watch.
Jeremiah 51 speaks of a major event coming up where the “standard” is “set up” when the trumpet is blown-
“Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdom”
Isaiah 49 which provides the Davidic lamentation of how the servant first laments that he has “labored in vain” failing to gather Israel but then the Lord assures him that “though Israel be not gathered he will “yet”.. ” be glorious in the eyes of the Lord” (4-6)
Now look at the keywords that follow later in the prophetic narrative-
Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
24 ¶ Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
Clearly, the narrative and events in the above passages in Isaiah had not yet come to pass and still have not (but they are about to!) Hence, the Lord was speaking prophetically about the future, he was not telling the saints that he was now reinserting his name into the name of the church.
Isaiah visits the topic again in chapter 59 noting that the standard is set up at the time that the enemy comes into the latter day land of Israel like a flood. This is the time when latter day Israel finally is turned from transgression-
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
20 ¶ And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Lastly, look at what the keywords “arise AND shine” brings up!
They will take you to Isaiah 60 which is also speaking about the 3rd watch narrative
1 ARISE, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
The term “arise” is a prophetic term that Isaiah used to refer to when the saints would finally arise from the dust and repent
2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. Isaiah 52: 2
Joseph would later provide commentary on the above passage explaining that the “band of thy neck” referred to the curses of God that resulted when latter day Israel became scattered after they rejected the fulness and failed to gather and consecrete:
Questions by Elias Higbee: What is meant by the command in Isaiah, 52d chapter, 1st verse, which saith: Put on thy strength, O Zion—and what people had Isaiah reference to?
8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost.
9 What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse?
10 We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen; which if they do, the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them, or give them revelation. See the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses. The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles.
That if the state of the saints of God that failed and became condemned during Joseph Smith’s ministry. During the little season of chastisement in which they are being chastened, they have curses placed upon them by God because they rejected the law that he gave them.
In the third watch when the light shines forth, a portion of the Gentiles from the House of Israel will repent and arise and shine forth during a time when darkness has covered the earth. The curses of God will be taken off of them. They will return to the authority of the priesthood that they have right to by lineage. They will return to the power they have lost. The Lord will unseal the heavens and begin to speak to them again. They will once again receive revelation.
Do the descriptives in verse 2 of Isaiah 60 that speak of darkness covering the earth remind you of anything?
Compare them to D&C 112 which also has 3rd watch events embedded in it, yet it notifies the saints that darkness covers the earth (because the fulness had been rejected)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face.
24 Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.
25 And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;
26 First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.
Another interesting observation about the amazing narrative in chapter 60, of Isaiah which continues providing an end of days narrative all the way to chapter 65, is that Isaiah notes that the Lord is not calling the condemned church by his name
Note the following passage in Isaiah 65:
I AM sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face;
Are the saints of the restoration clear down to those of us living today not the rebellious people being spoken of in the above passage?
Are the condemned people of the Lord in the latter days mentioned in Isaiah, not the same latter day Israel that is described in modern revelation? Are we not the ones that had the name of Christ taken out of the name of the church?
Is it not clearly documented in the D&C that after we became a condemned church we were NOT called by the name of the Lord by the Lord?
There you have it!
The narrative about the saints not being worthy to be called by the name of Christ, by the Lord, even shows up in Isaiah 65 as another witness of what we have discovered.
As you can see, having
1) the context provided by the prophetic narrative in church history that the church had been placed under condemnation,
2) coupled with the knowledge of the doctrine of the three watches, and
3) armed with the power of word crunching software, that enables fast and thorough searches of the holy word of God which unlocks the hidden meanings of the scripture,
the Lord has provided a way for those that are seeking and searching greater knowledge, to unlock the the magnificent secrets of hidden knowledge that are embedded in modern revelation. Without these blessings, the D&C is essentially a sealed book.
The outer, uninspired interpretation gives the condemned church the license they are looking for to justify their actions and assume that Christ has once again placed his name in the name of the church and teach that they are purveyors of the fulness of the gospel, despite the fact that the saints had not repented and were still not living gospel law and were not worthy to be called by his name. However, by having the broader context, we see, by the grace of God, what is really being said by the Lord.