Moses was a “COVENANT” servant of the Lord.
By that, I mean that he had entered into covenant with the Lord and made his calling and election made sure and therefore was able to stand as an intercessor between God and His people.
I have previously documented how Moses provided himself as an atonement offering in behalf of ancient Israel when God was about to wipe them off of the face of the earth for their rebellion and idolatry.
It is because of Moses that God withheld his wrath from His apostate people.
Moses could act as an intercession between God and His people because Moses had secured his own salvation through a covenant relationship with God.
When the High Priest and Prophet Aaron and the Prophetess Miriam took issue with their brother Moses for committing what they considered to be a grievous sin, the Lord called them on the carpet and rebuked them, explaining to them that they were not in a position to judge Moses.
This is interesting given the fact that Aaron was the high priest that judged people according to the law…. It would appear that whatever Moses was doing, would not have been acceptable for the children of Israel to do. Nevertheless, it appears as if God had commanded Moses to do what he was doing.
God explained that Moses had a higher, covenant relationship with God than they did.
“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4 And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5 And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.
The rebuke that Aaron and Miriam got from the Lord is one that accusers of Joseph Smith would do well to remember since Joseph Smith has also entered into a covenant relationship with God through an oath and covenant.
After Moses provided an atonement offering for Idolatrous Israel, Moses himself sinned before the Lord.
Because of his sin, the Lord informed him that he could not cross the river into the promised land with the children of Israel and that he must die. Nevertheless, the Lord continued to speak of Moses through the prophets as a great and holy man and he would later use him as a ministering angel to send the keys of the gathering of Israel to Joseph and Oliver.
Moses had committed an idolatrous act before the Lord because of the sins of apostate Israel that had been placed upon him as a result of his atonement intercession.
This was a type of how Christ would provide an eternal atonement offering and take upon himself the sins of the world.
Indeed it is from this eternal principle that we have all been commanded to bear each others burdens.
One Like Moses
In previous posts I have documented the fact that in the latter days there was to be another prophet that would rise up who would be like Moses. According to the Book of Mormon and JST Genesis, this latter day Moses is Joseph Smith.
This servant would fail in his first attempt at gathering Israel and redeeming Zion but would ultimately return and be successful in gathering Israel and gathering Zion (Isa 49, D&C 101 & 103 )
This latter day Moses is described in Isaiah 42 as the COVENANT which God gives to his people for a light:
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles…I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; (Isaiah 42:1,6)
In addition to all of the Old Testament prophecies about a latter day servant who would act as an intercessor between God and his apostate latter day saints, I have provided many passages of scripture in modern revelation that make reference to Joseph Smith’s role as the latter day intercessor.
I have pointed to the passage in section 21:8 wherein God publicly recognizes that he has seen Joseph Smith weeping for Zion.
I have pointed out that Joseph and his intercessory associates confirmed the COVENANT with God in Section 84:48 and that the confirming of that covenant was for the sake of the whole world, not just for Joseph and his associates.
I have pointed out that in the beginning of Section 124, the Lord acknowledges that Joseph had offered up an OFFERING that had been accepted by God.
I have pointed out that these passages and others in modern revelation point to the fact that Joseph and his associates, with Joseph being the lead covenant servant, were the Sons of Levi that were to offer up an acceptable offering unto the Lord in righteousness as documented in Section 84: 104.
I have documented all of this and much more in three chapters of my book that address the topic of the intercessory atonement offering, and I feel that the documentation is beyond compelling in showing that Joseph Smith is the COVENANT SERVANT of the Lord in the last days who began the work of the Lord and will finish it under the direction of, and in conjunction with, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Covenant and Vow (oath)
However, as compelling as all of those passages are that the Lord has previously shown me, I have come across a passage in modern revelation that is arguably more compelling than all of the others.
The passage is found in the dedicatory prayer as contained in section 109. This passage documents the fact that Joseph Smith had “COVENANTED WITH JEHOVAH” and VOWED TO THE MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB.
It then provides a chronology of people who would be affected by Joseph’s oath and covenant with God. It does so in the order of how the entire church and the poor and meek of the whole earth will ultimately be saved as a result of the COVENANT and VOW that God’s latter day Moses has made:
68 O Lord, remember thy servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., and all his afflictions and persecutions—how he has covenanted with Jehovah, and vowed to thee, O Mighty God of Jacob—and the commandments which thou hast given unto him, and that he hath sincerely striven to do thy will.
69 Have mercy, O Lord, upon his wife and children, that they may be exalted in thy presence, and preserved by thy fostering hand.
70 Have mercy upon all their immediate connections, that their prejudices may be broken up and swept away as with a flood; that they may be converted and redeemed with Israel, and know that thou art God.
71 Remember, O Lord, the presidents, even all the presidents of thy church, that thy right hand may exalt them, with all their families, and their immediate connections, that their names may be perpetuated and had in everlasting remembrance from generation to generation.
72 Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connections, with all their sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth; that the kingdom, which thou hast set up without hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth;
73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;
74 And be adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys to be exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth;
75 That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet thee, that we may ever be with the Lord;
The above passages in Section 109 are revealing and documenting who the COVENANT SERVANT of the Lord is, that is mentioned in Isaiah 42. They provide a general chronology of who will be redeemed through the saving ordinances of the gospel as a result of the COVENANT and VOW that Joseph made.
The above acknowledgement that Joseph Smith had made a COVENANT and VOW that would ultimately result in the redemption of all of Zion’s inhabitants through the saving ordinances, as outlined in a specific chronology, is incredible. This redemption is made by preserving God’s apostate and idolatrous people on the earth when they should have been wiped off of the earth AND by making the ordinances of salvation available to those listed in the above chronology.
Those passages simply blow my mind.
How did I miss those passages when I was providing documentation for the intercessory atonement offering?
When I noticed these passages a few weeks ago I was in wonderment how I could have overlooked one of the most compelling evidences of Joseph’s intercession when I constructed the three chapters of my book on this topic.
All I can say is that blindness is on Israel until the fulness is come in.
That certainly includes me.
Although I can feel the blindness slowly coming off as more scriptures are opening up to me, the blindness will not fully come off until the Deliverer comes out of Zion to turn ungodliness away from Jacob at the time when the covenant servant returns:
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Rom 11: 25-27)
If one does not understand the doctrine of intercession and the role of Joseph Smith as a latter day type of Moses that offered himself as an atonement offering in behalf of latter day Israel once they had rejected the fulness of the gospel, one would have to write the LDS restoration movement off as anti-Christian because the emphasis placed on Joseph Smith is not congruent with New Testament Christianity. The Lord never spoke of Peter or Paul as being a covenant servant in the sense that modern revelation speaks of Joseph Smith. Notice the following declarations in Section 21 which put so much emphasis on the role of Joseph Smith in receiving revelation for the church and the need for church members to believe on his inspired words. Notice how Joseph Smith has been inspired by the Lord to move the cause of Zion and the salvation of the church:
4 Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all HIS words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;
5 For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
6 For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.
7 For thus saith the Lord God: Him have I inspired to move the cause of Zion in mighty power for good, and his diligence I know, and his prayers I have heard.
8 Yea, his weeping for Zion I have seen, and I will cause that he shall mourn for her no longer; for his days of rejoicing are come unto the remission of his sins, and the manifestations of my blessings upon his works.
9 For, behold, I will bless all those who labor in my vineyard with a mighty blessing, and they shall believe on his words, which are given him through me by the Comforter, which manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful men for the sins of the world, yea, for the remission of sins unto the contrite heart. (D&C 21:1-9)
One of the grand secrets of the LDS restoration movement is that Joseph Smith was participating in the dispensation of the gospel that Christ had begun with Peter James and John. That dispensation was coming to an end and ultimately, the gentiles had rejected the gospel. Joseph Smith had been sent to provide an intercessory atonement offering just like Moses had done anciently.
God is going to do his work just as he has promised in the scriptures.
I realize that it takes faith to accept God’s word on how this is going to play out.
God’s ways are not our ways.
It saddens me that leaders of the Mormon Church refuse to recognize that they don’t have all of the priesthood keys and authority that Joseph Smith had and that they feel threatened when people speak of the need for the fulness of the gospel to be restored to the earth.
It also saddens me that few if any of the high profile Mormon authors, bloggers and scholars have been willing to take the promises in modern revelation literally and see what has been revealed on this issue. People like Avraham Gileadi and Denver Snuffer and virtually all of the popular LDS bloggers have been in a position to have taught this truth to countless people.
Instead they have ignored or belittled the idea that Joseph Smith could return to complete the work that he started.
Many of them give brief lip servant to the wonderful role that Joseph Smith played but ultimately, they dismiss him as someone who failed to redeem Zion and they look for someone else to rise up to finish the work that the Lord started through Joseph.
They claim that there is no precedence for a dead prophet to return and finish his work.
Where in the scriptures does the Lord say that there must always be a precedence for a strange act to take place?
Such a doctrine would invalidate all of the “firsts” that have taken place during the last 6,000 years.
By rejecting the possibility that Joseph Smith could return to finish his work, they reject many of the unconditional promises and prophecies contained in the revelations that came through Joseph.
It is my prayer that these people will have an epiphany and accept the full calling of Joseph Smith and begin helping to lay the groundwork for the return of God’s COVENANT servant. If they don’t, there surely will be many people who refuse to repent and gather when the true servant returns.
I am so grateful for those that have begun helping to teach people about the true and unfinished role of Joseph Smith.
The onewhoissearching blog is doing a wonderful job of documenting the role of Joseph Smith and the third watch that is about to take place.
He is getting ready to publish a book about the intercessory offering Prophecy. In a recent blog post he said:
“For those who are wondering, I have been somewhat absence from blogging recently because I have been engaged in writing a book about the intercessory offering and atonement of Joseph Smith.”
I am quite excited to read his book when it comes out.
Steven D. Fisher is another person who has done extensive research into the role of Joseph Smith and the doctrine of the three watches. He has just published a book about the 3rd watch and Marvelous Work that is about to take place.
His website and blog provides his views on many of the deeper doctrines about priesthood and other important issues. None of us that believe in the 3rd watch believe exactly the same way on every single issue and will not be in a unity of the faith until the covenant servant returns, however we are in agreement about the general concept that the Marvelous Work is about to take place and that Joseph Smith will be returning.
Steven admits he is not a prophet but he loves to do prophetic timeline projections.
In his book (which sells for only $15) he speculates on the timeline that is about to take place when God’s Covenant Servant returns. He admits that his timeline is all speculation but feels that by doing his projections he is able to more fully study the prophecies pertaining to the final restoration. He thinks the servant returns in the Spring of 2016 and I hope he is right!
My feeling is that what he is doing with his timeline projections is motivated by the spirit of watching regardless of whether any of his dates end up being accurate. I find his timeline projections and views on the doctrine of the three watches quite fascinating.
I am still working on updating my book and I don’t know when it will be finished.
For those of you who don’t want to wait before you begin using the topics and scriptural references in this book in your gospel study and scripture searches, I am having Amazon temporarily discount the price to just $19 ! (this discounted price should go into effect within the next few days)
I want to thank those of you who paid a much larger sum of money for the book to help me finance the cost of publishing it.
The Work of the Father
A relatively new blog I just learned about is The Work of the Father I am really excited to read his past posts and future posts…. 🙂
I know there are other bloggers out there that are teaching people about the doctrine of the three watches and the return of God’s covenant servant, Joseph Smith, but I cannot remember which blogs.
If you are a blogger that believes in and teaches about the three watches and the return of Joseph Smith, please email me so that I can add you to a list of third watch watchers that I will be putting together. 🙂