America and the World have entered into uncharted waters.
We are experiencing something that has possibly never been experienced in the history of the world.
Hidden things of darkness are being brought to light almost on a daily basis.
God is inspiring whistle blowers to divulge dark secrets and he is inspiring people to publish the truth to the world despite potential consequences.
Whistle blowers are pulling back the curtain and the grand wizard is being exposed.
Names like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange have become household names. What they have done has created a polarization.
Some political leaders believe these men should be tried on criminal charges while many Americans consider these people to be modern day heroes for exposing the truth at great risk to themselves.
The Wizard is pulling out all stops in an effort to confuse and derail the awakening public.
The mainstream media is not reporting on many of the amazing secrets that are being revealed and in some cases they are blatantly trying to cover them up with false narratives.
A relatively new phenomena referred to as citizen journalism has morphed into pockets of concerned citizens around the world who are synergistically working together as online investigative reporters on various issues that have been revealed through WikiLeaks and other sources.
Regular people from all over the world have become inspired to work tirelessly on coded and non-coded messages contained in hundreds of thousands of emails and documents that have been leaked.
These revelations are scaring the hell out of the powers that be.
Literally hundreds if not thousands of people have been data-mining the emails through the use of keyword search technology. The ongoing data dumps from Wikileaks are bringing topics that have otherwise remained taboo into the light.
Keyword searches of code words used by a nefarious global satanic cult is revealing a real time horror story that has been happening for a very long time.
If you are unfamiliar with what I am referring to you have been living in a freezer and you need to come out and smell the coffee.
Turn off CNN, ABC, Fox News and the rest of the mainstream news networks and find out what is taking place.
Check out the alternative media.
Search the following terms on google and youtube
Clinton Foundation Crime Syndicate
Pay to Play
Global Pedophilia Ring
Podesta hot tub parties
It is becoming increasingly obvious to many people who previously were skeptical, that there really is a murderous combination that is built up to get power and gain. They are associated with a global Satanic cult that is involved in unspeakable things.
Witchcrafts and Abominations
It is also becoming obvious why the Lord has said that the great latter day nation would be full of witchcrafts and abominations and that he would ultimately need to cut off witchcrafts:
11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard. Micah 5:11-15
4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.
7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee? Nahum 3:4-7
It feels to me as if we have entered into the time when the Lord is commanding the inhabitants of this nation to awake to a sense of our awful situation because of a secret combination:
22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
The intensity of what has been happening relative to the controversial election that just took place is building rapidly as additional revelations come out and as people opposed to the transition of power plot to overturn the election results.
Donald Trump is probably given more credit than he deserves for his victory. Many people voted for what they considered to be the lesser of two evils, not because they had unwavering faith in the person they voted for.
It is looking increasingly questionable as to whether the inauguration planned for January 20th is actually going to take place.
The terrorist group ISIS has declared January 20th to be bloody Friday as they plan on disrupting or preventing the event.
Articles have been written predicting civil war regardless of the candidate that won.
Liberals like Michael Moore have openly encouraged revolt.
In a recent Twitter, Moore made the following chide-
Hey @realDonaldTrump — are you worried? I mean, you’re not president yet. Not until 12 noon, January 20, 2017. That’s FIVE long weeks. This must be driving you crazy! In “The Art of the Deal” you wrote about the importance of closing the deal quick. Give it too much time, people find a way to pull out, making you the loser. January 20th is a long way away! And there are millions of people right now who are saying prayers, asking Santa, making wishes, and putting their heads together to find a way to stop this madness. I think you should be worried. I think you are! Why? ‘Cause you’re not president yet! I mean, what on earth could possibly be the problem, Comrade Trump?
President Obama has now given the CIA the mandate to research and report back to him before the end of his presidency on the possible hacking of the voting terminals by Russia to influence the election. He may be setting the foundation for declaring martial law and retaining the presidency or for requiring a new election.
Republican politicians like John Mc Cain are adding credibility and fuel to Obama’s blatant positioning by supporting the measure.
Electors have now requested to have a briefing from the intelligence community on the likeliness of Russian interference of the election before the electoral college vote.
The “President Elect” Prophecy Conundrum
For years I have wondered why the prophetic narrative in Section 124 commands Joseph Smith to send the proclamation to the “President Elect” when it seems the appropriate person to send it to up until the official inauguration would be the standing president.
Is it because the proclamation will go forth before the inauguration at a time when there will not be a standing president?
Is it because the official term of the standing president will come to an end and the inauguration will be prevented?
Countless other questions and possibilities about the unusual context of the prophecy could be explored.
Only time will tell whether this is the appointed time for the prophecy to be fulfilled and why the curious wording is used.
If this is the appointed time, there are actually several prophetic reasons to question whether Donald Trump will actually become inaugurated as the 45th President on January 20th.
In Part one of this series I suggested that the the election was largely decided by people voting against someone instead of for someone.
It is shocking that our nation has become so depraved and controlled by sinister forces, that the two choices given to the American people would be a conspiratorial criminal who appears to be guilty of multiple counts of treason and an unscrupulous Businessman that has apparently groped women and boasted about the fact that he is a serial adulterer. Can this really represent the best that America has to offer?
We also observed that we are now in a window of time leading up to the anticipated inauguration on January 20th in which the “President Elect” prophecy could possibly take place.
In part three of this series we are going to spotlight some of the bizarre events currently taking place which appear to be leading up to the return of God’s Servants that will usher in the Dispensation of the Fulness of times and the Marvelous Work and a Wonder
If feel like we are quickly reaching a prophetic tipping-point.
Before I present evidence to suggest that we are arriving at the appointed time of the Marvelous Work, I want to lay the foundation by having a doctrinal reality check about who the true servants are that have been anointed and commissioned to send for forth the last warning, prepare the saints and establish Zion.
Modern Revelation holds the key to identifying who God’s Servants are that will usher in the final events preparatory to the final coming of the Lord in glory. In studying this important topic, it is important to understand the historical development of the Doctrine and Covenants and the unconditional promises and prophecies contained therein.
The Canonization of Modern Revelation
In 1833 the Book of Commandments was published. It contained revelations and commandments brought forth through Joseph Smith Jr. pertaining to the establishment of Zion and the law of consecration.
Two years after the Book of Commandments was published, (after the gentiles rejected the law of consecration and the fulness of the Gospel), a second canon of scripture was published called the Doctrine and Covenants.
The original Doctrine and Covenants was divided into two general parts as indicated below:
The first part of the book will be found to contain a series of lectures as delivered before a theological class in this place, and in consequence of their embracing the important doctrine of salvation…
The second part contains items or principles for the regulation of the church, as taken from the revelations which have been given since its organization, as well as from former ones. (Preface to the Lectures on Faith)
The first part of the Doctrine and Covenants was accepted as the official “doctrine” of the church which was a series of lectures written and taught primarily by Sidney Rigdon.
The Lectures were given to the “School of the Elders” that was held after the fullness was rejected. It is sometimes erroneously assumed that the Lectures were given at the “School of the Prophets” which was held while the fullness was on the earth.
The Lectures were given for the purpose of being a school master in helping the fallen church to repent of their transgressions and regain the fulness at the appointed time. If you are not intimately familiar with the content, you should become familiar with it. It contains doctrinal keys of knowledge requisite in accepting the fulness when the light shines forth again.
The Doctrine and Covenants was published in 1835 by a committee of four people who had been appointed by a general assembly of the church. Three of the four men involved in the publishing of the Doctrine and Covenants had been among the original stewards over God’s scriptures in the Book of Commandments.
The four men given the ominous stewardship of publishing the Doctrine and Covenants are as follows:
Joseph Smith, Junior,
F. G. Williams.
Those appointed by God and the Saints of the restored church to be the stewards over the revelations received by Joseph Smith and to publish them to the world are as follows-
Joseph Smith Jr.
William W. Phelps
Below is the revelation given concerning those who were to serve on the publication committee of the Book of Commandments:
1 Behold, and hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and all ye people of my church who are afar off, and hear the word of the Lord which I give unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and also unto my servant Martin Harris, and also unto my servant Oliver Cowdery, and also unto my servant John Whitmer, and also unto my servant Sidney Rigdon, and also unto my servant William W. Phelps, by the way of commandment unto them.
2 For I give unto them a commandment; wherefore hearken and hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them—
3 I, the Lord, have appointed them, and ordained them to be stewards over the revelations and commandments which I have given unto them, and which I shall hereafter give unto them;
4 And an account of this stewardship will I require of them in the day of judgment.
5 Wherefore, I have appointed unto them, and this is their business in the church of God, to manage them and the concerns thereof, yea, the benefits thereof. (D&C 70:1-5)
F. G. Williams would be added to the above list of men who were commissioned to publish the revelations a few years later when the Doctrine and Covenants would be published.
After Joseph Smith was martyred, leaders of the church who did not receive direct revelation from God began tampering with the Doctrine and Covenants that Joseph Smith and his associates had brought forth. They began removing true revelations and inserting false revelations.
The latter day saints that followed Brigham Young to Utah began accepting his heretical doctrinal teachings as revelations and commandments from the Lord even though he had not entered in at the gate and been appointed by God through Joseph Smith to be a prophet seer and revelator. By so doing, they were taking lightly the warning and commandments of God contained in Section 43, as a result, they were deceived-
1 O hearken, ye elders of my church, and give ear to the words which I shall speak unto you.
2 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations from my hand.
3 And this ye shall know assuredly—that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me.
4 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift except it be through him; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead.
5 And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments;
6 And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me.
A cursing was placed upon those that put their trust in the arm of flesh. They put their trust in a man who had not been duly appointed to have stewardship over the scriptures or appointed to receive revelation to the whole church in behalf of God. Brigham Young had not come in through the gate. He had not been called and ordained to be a prophet seer and revelator through Joseph Smith. That fact is clearly established in the history of the church and was publicly stated by President Marks in front of Brigham Young during the trail of Sidney Rigdon.
The Doctrine portion of the Doctrine and Covenants (Lectures on Faith) was eventually removed from the canon of scripture by uninspired leaders of the church although the name of the canon was not modified to reflect the change. The current Doctrine and Covenants is missing the doctrine for which it was named.
Eventually a very important section stating that polygamy was not to be practiced in the church was removed and replaced by section 132 which commands the principle of polygamy to be lived by certain priesthood holders. Section 132 is a false revelation.
Under the direction of Brigham Young, several false doctrines were incorporated into the Doctrine and Covenants.
According to the revelations Joseph brought forth, the seven men listed above, who were given stewardship over publishing the revelations to the world, are significant both from a historical perspective and from a prophetic perspective.
They will play a very significant role when the great calamity takes place and the servants of God go forth sealing up the wicked.
How do we know this?
Because modern revelation reveals this.
The purpose of this post is to document the prophetic evidence contained in modern revelation that identifies Joseph Smith Jr. and his contemporary associates as the servants that will be returned to the earth to prepare the saints for the return of Jesus Christ.
Long term readers of this post and my other blog posts, will be familiar with much of the documentation contained herein. New readers may be surprised by the wealth of documentation provided to support the prophetic premise being proffered. All readers will be left without excuse if they reject the true servants of the Lord.
I apologize in advance for the length of this post. It will be long because there is so much evidence, but I feel like it all needs to be contained in one post. Those who sincerely want to know for themselves who the true prophet is that will prepare the world for the final return of Christ will do well to invest an hour to read and ponder the prophetic evidences provided in this post.
Prophetic Evidence #1 Contained in Section One
The Lord gave an unconditional prophecy stating that the above mentioned men would be the ones that go forth with the voice of warning when the time of calamity comes in the 3rd watch:
1 Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together.
2 For verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated.
3 And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.
4 And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.
5 And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.
6 Behold, this is mine authority, and the authority of my servants, and my preface unto the book of my commandments, which I have given them to publish unto you, O inhabitants of the earth.
7 Wherefore, fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have decreed in them shall be fulfilled.
8 And verily I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, to them is power given to seal both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious;
9 Yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure—17 Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments…
18 And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets—
19 The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—
20 But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;
21 That faith also might increase in the earth;
22 That mine everlasting covenant might be established;
23 That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.(D&C 1:1-9, 17-19)
I believe that the calamity mentioned above is currently emerging upon an unsuspecting world right now. This is why we need to be searching and treasuring up God’s prophetic words about the time we live in.
On November 1st, 1831, the Lord made the above pronouncement in a revelation that was about the 66th or 67th revelation to be canonized. However the Lord commanded Joseph and others to place the revelation as Section One in the beginning of the Book of commandments as the PREFACE.
It would later also be placed as the preface to the Doctrine and Covenants with Section 133 (which was received two days after Section One) to be placed at the end of the D&C as the APPENDIX. Those two sections of prophecy act as prophetic bookends to the Marvelous Work and a Wonder narrative revealed in modern revelation.
According to the above passages from Section One, the time will come when God’s servants will go forth in so much power that no other earthly or Demonic power will be able to stay them and prevent them from going forth with the voice of warning.
At the approximate time when the servants of God go forth, the secret acts of the rebellious will be revealed and their iniquities will be spoken of on the house tops.
In a sense that already seems to be happening, however, I believe that when the Servants return, they will reveal even deeper secrets about what the secret combination has been doing.
During and/or after the final warning, the Lord’s servants will seal up the unbelieving and rebellious.
According to the above prophecy, the servants who will go forth in power for the last time, had already been called and ordained to fulfill this end times calling by the time this revelation was given in 1831.
Identifying God’s Servants
Indeed, in verse 6 of Section 1, the Lord identifies his end times servants that will go forth for the last time with the warning voice as those who published the revelations to the world that are in the Book of Commandments and Doctrine and Covanants!
This is why it is so important to understand how we got the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants and who the men are, that God gave the mandate and commission to publish them to the world.
From the unconditional prophecy in section one of the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants we know that the following seven men will be among the “first laborers of the last kingdom” that will return with power and give the last warning:
Joseph Smith Jr.
William W. Phelps
F. G. Williams
If we accept the scriptural facts that God has all time, past, present and future continually before his eyes, and that he knows all things and cannot lie, then we must accept the fact that those servants that had been appointed by God in 1831 and 1832 to send forth the final warning at the time of calamity just before the coming of the Lord in glory, must return from the dead to fulfill their commission.
Unfortunately most latter day saints and their professed prophets, both inside and outside of the corporate church, do not take the above promise and prophecy by the Lord to be literally true.
They take it lightly.
They reject the unconditional promises and prophecies of the Lord.
They scoff at the idea of God returning his servants from the dead to finish the work they started.
They apparently take this revelation lightly either because they don’t have the faith to believe the miracles promised in God’s holy word or because they don’t feel there is an adequate “precedence” for such a strange act to take place.
Taking God’s word lightly is a very serious mistake because later in this section the Lord makes that following declaration:
37 Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
39 For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen
In my opinion, the Lord knew that people would scoff at the idea that He would return his servants from the dead and that is why he mandated that the revelation known as Section one be placed at the beginning of the canon as the preface and included in it the above assurance and warning that the promises and prophecies contained therein would all be fulfilled.
In March of 1829 the Lord explained that belief in the word of the Lord that was coming forth through Joseph Smith was the active ingredient in initiating the manifestation of the Lord’s Spirit and in receiving the spiritual rebirth:
16 And behold, whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit—
May I suggest that if you have not yet experienced the manifestation of God’s spirit as promised above, it may have something to do with the fact that you have taken His word lightly and do not accept the unconditional promises and prophesies contained therein. As long as a person rejects the literal interpretation of scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants, it will largely remain a sealed book to them and the manifestation of the spirit will be withheld.
In September of 1832, shortly after the Melchizedek Priesthood endowment had been given, the Lord chastised the high priests for not being acquainted with his voice.
He exclaimed that those that received not his voice were not acquainted with it.
He pointed out that those who took the Book of Mormon and the Revelations received through Joseph Smith “lightly”, had brought the whole church under condemnation:
52 And whoso receiveth not my voice [as contained in the written word that is coming forth through Joseph] is not acquainted with my voice, and is not of me.
53 And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now.
54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—
Most Latter day Saints refuse to take the revelations brought forth by Joseph Smith literally and therefore do not recieve his voice and are therefore not acquainted with his voice.
The above passage informs us that taking God’s word lightly in the Book of Mormon and the revelations Joseph brought forth caused the saints of the restoration to come under condemnation.
Over the years I have been contacted by main stream members of the church who have rejected the above prophecy in Section One because they think that the president of the corporate church holds all of the keys and will be the one to finish the work that Joseph started. For this reason they marginalize and take lightly what the revelations actually say.
Similarly there are usurpers outside of the corporate church that claim they have the commission to finish the work that Joseph and his associates began.
There is nothing in the scriptures to suggest that the presidents of the modern corporate church or the prophets of any modern day splinter groups will finish the work that Joseph began.
I have had followers of scholars like Avraham Gileadi as well as the followers of false prophets including Denver Snuffer, who have been assured by these human authorities (idols) they worship, that God’s prophecies about Joseph Smith returning from the dead to complete his mission should not be taken literally.
By rejecting the unconditional promises and prophecies in modern revelation, impostors and pretenders both in and out of the modern corporate apostate church are able to try and usurp the power and authority that has clearly been given to Joseph Smith and his associates back in the 1830’s.
Prophetic Evidence #2 Contained in Section 88
Within about a year after the prophecy in Section One was given, in December of 1832, the Lord reiterated the fact that those seven servants and others whom he referred to as the first laborers of the last kingdom would be called AGAIN when the Lord hastens his work.
Behold, I will hasten my work in its time.
74 And I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean;
75 That I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation; that I may fulfil this promise, this great and last promise, which I have made unto you, when I will.
76 Also, I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth.
77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
78 Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;
79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—
80 That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you.
81 Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.
82 Therefore, they are left without excuse, and their sins are upon their own heads.
83 He that seeketh me early shall find me, and shall not be forsaken.
84 Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry to go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lord shall name, to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come;
85 That their souls may escape the wrath of God, the desolation of abomination which awaits the wicked, both in this world and in the world to come. Verily, I say unto you, let those who are not the first elders continue in the vineyard until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, for their time is not yet come; their garments are not clean from the blood of this generation. (D&C 88:73-85)
That is astounding. God told Joseph and his associates that they were going to be called AGAIN to the ministry
“That ye may be prepared in all things when I SHALL SEND YOU AGAIN to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you”
As you can see, Section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants provides a second witness to section One. God’s servants that had been called and appointed and commissioned back in 1831 and 1832 are the ones that will go forth for the “last time” to bind up the law, seal up the testimony, and prepare the saints for the hour of judgment that is mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
“When I Will”
A third witness in modern revelation that identifies the servants of the Lord that go forth for the last time to re-establish the covenant, gather the elect and redeem Zion is alluded to in verse 75 of the above prophecy:
75 That I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation; that I may fulfil this promise, this great and last promise, which I have made unto you, when I will.
That last great promise that had already been made to these servants in Sections 1 and 88 is contained in yet another prophetic Section of the Doctrine and Covenants. It can be found by doing a keyword search on the term “when I will” as contained in the passage above.
The keyword search leads us to another unconditional prophetic witness in scripture that informs us that Joseph Smith Jr and his associates will return from the dead to redeem Zion.
Prophetic Evidence #3 Contained in Sections 101 & 103
You can read it in Section 101 and 103. It is the parable of the redemption of Zion. The Lord explains in parable form how Joseph Smith will gather up the strength of the Lords house and return to the Lord’s vineyard to redeem Zion in the end times.
The parable states that the Lords servants will return and tear down the TOWERS of the enemy. I will not provide the narrative here. Please go to Section 101 and read it for yourselves.
When asked when the Lord’s Servants will return to tear down the towers of the enemy and redeem Zion, the Lord says “When I will“, using that same term that was in Section 88.
59 And the servant said unto his lord: When shall these things be?
60 And he said unto his servant: When I will; go ye straightway, and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you;
Please read the entire parable for significant keys about how Zion will be redeemed in the near future.
Shortly after giving the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101, the Lord made it clear that it was Joseph Smith and his associates that are the servants that will fulfill the parable in what is now listed as Section 103:
15 Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power;
16 Therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel.
17 For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm.
18 And as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be.
19 Therefore, let not your hearts faint, for I say not unto you as I said unto your fathers: Mine angel shall go up before you, but not my presence.
20 But I say unto you: Mine angels shall go up before you, and also my presence, and in time ye shall possess the goodly land.
21 Verily, verily I say unto you, that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., is the man to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vineyard spake in the parable which I have given unto you.
22 Therefore let my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., say unto the strength of my house, my young men and the middle aged—Gather yourselves together unto the land of Zion, upon the land which I have bought with money that has been consecrated unto me
Prophetic Evidence #4 Contained in Section 90
Section 90 is remarkable in that it begins by proclaiming that Joseph Smith Jr., Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams “henceforth” jointly hold the “keys” of the “kingdom” that is coming forth for the “last time“!
It then makes the amazing declaration
Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;
4 Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church.
From the above we find that even though the church would eventually go through a period when they are only guided by the oracles (scriptures) received through Joseph Smith, the keys would remain with these three on the other side of the veil.
The Lord warns us that those that take the oracles lightly, that would remain with the church, would be brought under condemnation and would stumble when the great turbulence of the end times takes place-
5 And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house.
The revelation continues on to give detailed information about the future ministry of Joseph Smith and the ministry of Sidney and Frederick in the 3rd watch.
It informs us that Joseph will be responsible for establishing the school of the prophets which will apparently have to do with anointing the 144,000 high priests. Joseph’s ministry has to do with receiving the word of God.
Sidney and Fredrick are to receive the word of God through Joseph and take it to the ends of the earth. Following their ministry, “the arm of the Lord will be revealed in POWER”
In other words, when these three men return, it will not be obvious and apparent to the world that they are the servants of God. The same faith will be required in the 3rd watch that was required in the second watch.
After the great test, it will then be revealed in power who God’s servant is.
7 As also through your administration the keys of the school of the prophets, which I have commanded to be organized;
8 That thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as will believe;
9 That through your administration they may receive the word, and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.
10 And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.
I have just provided four different and distinct prophetic narratives from the Doctrine and Covenants that clearly Identify Joseph Smith Jr., and his associates as the servants of the end times that will usher in the final work and prepare the world for the final coming of Christ.
The scriptures inform us that “from the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established”
In my gospel study I have concluded that I needed at least two or three scriptures that clearly explain a doctrine before I can feel good about unconditionally accepting the doctrine.
It is interesting that the Lord saw fit to provide these four revelations in the D&C that identify Joseph and his associates by name as the final servants.
The above four prophetic messages from the mouth of God himself about the return of Joseph Smith and his associates provide a powerful witness. One that leaves us without excuse in knowing who the final servants are and many things about their final ministry.
In my opinion, four testimonies from God himself is sufficient and I don’t need to provide additional prophetic witnesses to validate the doctrine.
But I am going to anyway.
I am now going to provide 4 more additional prophetic witnesses from the Doctrine and Covenants. Two of these prophecies also clearly identify who the servants are. Two of these prophecies would not be totally clear regarding who the servants are, without the foundational prophecies that we have already covered.
Following a review of these additional four sections, I am going to provide numerous other prophetic witnesses from Joseph Smith himself and his associates.
Prophetic Evidence #5 Contained in Section 29 & 84
Section 29 is a revelation that was given to Joseph Smith and six of his associates during the early part of the LDS restoration movement:
“Revelation through Joseph Smith Jr. in the presence of six elders”
In the revelation these seven men are given the unconditional promise that they would be among the ones that would gather the elect-
1 Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I Am, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins;
2 Who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer.
3 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that at this time your sins are forgiven you, therefore ye receive these things; but remember to sin no more, lest perils shall come upon you.
4 Verily, I say unto you that ye are chosen out of the world to declare my gospel with the sound of rejoicing, as with the voice of a trump…
7 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
8 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.
These same seven leaders of the church would be given a revelation two years later. The revelation is contained in Section 84.
“A revelation of Jesus Christ unto his servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and six elders, as they united their hearts and lifted their voices on high” (D&C 84:1)
Section 84 provides some significant keys to understanding what the servants will be warning about when they return. It is advisable for those who are waiting and watching for the return of God’s servants to read these two sections very carefully.
Although the history of the church does not indicate with complete clarity who the other six people besides Joseph Smith are in Sections 29 and 84, it is not difficult to ascertain that they are composed of many of the seven individuals that are referred to in section one of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Prophetic Evidence #6 Contained in Section 65
Section 65 is an inspired prayer that validates that fact that the final warning will go forth from those who to whom the keys of the kingdom had already been given-
The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.
How much clearer can one get?
The gospel stone that Daniel prophesied about that will fill the whole earth, will go forth from “men on the earth“.
Those who the keys of the kingdom had been given back at the time that the prayer was uttered!
They are the ones that will proclaim “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
Prophetic Evidence #7 Contained in Section 85
Perhaps Section 85 is one of the most well known passages containing a prophecy about the Lords final servant. It is also one of the most abused and tortured prophecies. Countless wingnuts have been inspired by this passage to declare their services to the world.
But in light of the other prophecies that are covered in this post, it is obvious who this prophecy is speaking about.
6 Yea, thus saith the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things, and often times it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:
7 And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;
8 While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.
Isaiah spoke prophetically about the one mighty and strong, noting that he would make his appearance at the time of a destroying storm (Isaiah 28:1-2)
The narrative informs us that he and his associates would sit in judgment and err in judgment during their first ministry (Isaiah 28:6-9 see also D&C 1:25)
The result would be that the latter day saints would stumble and fall backwards (Isaiah 28:10-13)
Prophetic Evidence #8 Contained in Section 124
Section 124 provides a commandment for Joseph Smith to send forth a solemn proclamation to the leaders of the nations of the world, including the president elect. It provides an unconditional prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled.
It is my belief that we could be on the verge of seeing this prophecy fulfilled.
I have blogged about this prophecy before and will be making additional references to it in this series.
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.
2 Your prayers are acceptable before me; and in answer to them I say unto you, that you are now called immediately to make a solemn proclamation of my gospel, and of this stake which I have planted to be a cornerstone of Zion, which shall be polished with the refinement which is after the similitude of a palace.
3 This proclamation shall be made to all the kings of the world, to the four corners thereof, to the honorable president-elect, and the high-minded governors of the nation in which you live, and to all the nations of the earth scattered abroad.
4 Let it be written in the spirit of meekness and by the power of the Holy Ghost, which shall be in you at the time of the writing of the same;
5 For it shall be given you by the Holy Ghost to know my will concerning those kings and authorities, even what shall befall them in a time to come.
6 For, behold, I am about to call upon them to give heed to the light and glory of Zion, for the set time has come to favor her.
7 Call ye, therefore, upon them with loud proclamation, and with your testimony, fearing them not, for they are as grass, and all their glory as the flower thereof which soon falleth, that they may be left also without excuse—
8 And that I may visit them in the day of visitation, when I shall unveil the face of my covering, to appoint the portion of the oppressor among hypocrites, where there is gnashing of teeth, if they reject my servants and my testimony which I have revealed unto them.
9 And again, I will visit and soften their hearts, many of them for your good, that ye may find grace in their eyes, that they may come to the light of truth, and the Gentiles to the exaltation or lifting up of Zion.
10 For the day of my visitation cometh speedily, in an hour when ye think not of; and where shall be the safety of my people, and refuge for those who shall be left of them?
11 Awake, O kings of the earth! Come ye, O, come ye, with your gold and your silver, to the help of my people, to the house of the daughters of Zion.
The above prophecy could also have been included with the first four since it identifies Joseph Smith by name as playing a role in the final events.
Additional prophetic evidences
We have now examined eight prophetic narratives in the Doctrine and Covenants that identify the end times servants as Joseph and his associates. They provide critical information relating to the final restoration and the final ministry of Joseph Smith.
Forgive me for spending so much time documenting the fact that Joseph Smith continues to be the dispensational servant of the end times, however it is crucial to understand this in order to avoid being deceived by false prophets.
I am now going to highlight a few other prophetic evidences of the literal return of Joseph Smith from patriarchal blessings, visions, prophecies, revelations and conference talks from Joseph Smith and his associates.
Many of the testimonies that come from fallible human beings such as Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Parley Pratt, and Heber C. Kimball are included in this post not because I consider these people to have been infallible in their revelatory declarations, rather, I find the utterances below to be credible simply because they mirror the prophetic promises made by God in modern revelation.
Prophetic Evidence #9 Contained in Joseph’s Patriarchal Blessing from His Father
On December 9th 1834, Joseph Smith received a patriarchal blessing from his father, Joseph Smith Sr.
In the blessing Joseph was promised that although his first ministry he would be “marred” by what would take place, he would eventually “rise up” in the end times and “roar in strength”
Blessing from Joseph Smith Sr., 9 December 1834, Page 4
In the blessing it is verified that Joseph would hold the keys of the presidency of the Lord’s church during the end times. Indeed, the blessing prophesies that Joseph would cause the entire earth to tremble, change the course of rivers, and cause the lame to walk, the deaf to hear and the blind to see.
-thou shalt hold the keys of this ministry, even the presidency of this church, both in time and in eternity. Thy heart shall be enlarged, and thou shalt be able to fill up the measure of thy days according to the will of the Lord. Thou shalt speak the word of the Lord and the earth shall tremble; the mountains shall move and the rivers shall turn out of their course. Thou shalt escape the edge of the sword, and put to flight the armies of the wicked. At thy word the lame shall walk, the deaf shall hear and the blind shall see. Thou shalt be gathered to Zion and in the goodly land thou shalt enjoy thine inheritance
The blessing certifies that Joseph will be standing on the earth when it reels to and fro as a drunken man and is removed out of its place:
Prophetic Evidence #10 Contained in Joseph’s Patriarchal Blessing from Oliver
About a year after getting a patriarchal blessing from his father, Oliver Cowdery received a revelation concerning the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith which he referred to as a “Patriarchal Blessing”. In the revelation it is revealed that Joseph would gather the “strength of my house” and “build up the waste places”
..like Moses of old, shall he hear the voice, saying, I am the God of thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I have seen, I have seen, the affliction of my people and am come down to deliver them: go, thou, and say to the strength of my house, To your tents, O Israel: build up the wastes and raise up the foundation of desolation that this generation has made…
After likening Joseph to Moses, the revelation goes on to liken him to Joseph of Egypt in that he will “gather into store-houses and barns until they overflow.. that by this means shall the just be saved from famine..”
..For, like Joseph of old shall he be: he shall save the just from desolation, by the wise counsel of the Almighty; for by his direction shall they gather into store-houses and barns, till they overflow with the richness of the fruit of harvest: and by this means shall the just be saved from famine, while the nations of the wicked are distressed and faint.
In due time shall he go forth toward the north, and by the power of his word shall the deep begin to give way and the ice melt before the sun. By the keys of the Kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of Zion while the house of Jacob shouts in the danse and in the song— Joy, O my soul, in that day, for thou shalt be with him and bear thy part in the keys which are confirmed <upon> thee for an everlasting priesthood, forever and ever..
His fame shall be sounded in foreign lands, even to the ends of the earth, as well as nigh at home: for in this the times shall change— a prophet shall have honor in his own country. His learning and wisdom shall astonish the great, for they shall acknowledge that by his intelligence he has far surpassed their learng <learning> and their science. In palaces of governors, rulers and kings shall he be honored, even in his person, for God shall give him power to prevail. He shall be a lawgiver to Israel and shall teach the house of Jacob the statutes of the Most High. His testimony shall shine like the sun, and the weight of his influence shall be like the great river that rises on the east of the lasting hills, and flows into the great deep— so shall his righteousness ever abound… he shall be welcomed into the presence of kings and the great ones of the earth; for he shall claim his place among the nobles of the earth and shall be reverenced by them.
Notice how this prophecy given in 1835 states that Joseph’s return to the earth will result in a fame that spreads to foreign nations.
Compare it to a similar statement that Christ would make a short time later about the fame of the Kirtland Temple spreading to foreign nations when the servants who get their endowment in it go forth for the last time.
8 Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house.
9 Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.
10 And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.
Prophetic Evidence #11 Contained in Mother Smith’s Prophetic Dream
It is no secret that Joseph Smith’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith, was not a big fan of Brigham Young. She refused to accept him as the rightful successor to Joseph and Hyrum.
What many people don’t realize about Mother Smith is that she was a woman of great faith who also had the gift of prophecy.
During the commotion that took place after the martyrdom she had a series of three prophetic dreams in which her son Joseph appeared to her.
In one of those dreams Joseph made the following declaration:
“That day is coming when I shall wave the scepter of power over my enemies. Be patient my brothers and sisters, the day is coming when you shall have eternal life and be rewarded for all your troubles.
Joseph’s use of the term scepter is significant.
It should be remembered that Genesis 49:10 refers to the scepter that does not depart from the lawgiver until Shilo comes. Section 85 also speaks of the scepter in the hands of the one mighty and strong.
Prophetic Evidence #13 Contained in Heber C. Kimball’s Prophecy
It has been taught in Mormon fundamentalism that Joseph Smith will literally return in the flesh to gather the faithful and build the New Jerusalem.
Although most Mormon fundamentalists focus their study on the Journal of Discourses and are not very familiar with modern revelation and they take the scriptures lightly, their belief in this prophetic narrative comes primarily from the following prophecy by Heber C. Kimball and a declaration from Brigham Young that will follow it.
The following prophecy was made by Heber C. Kimball
“The western boundaries of the state of Missouri will be swept so clean of its’ inhabitants that as President Young tells us, ‘that there will not be so much as a yellow dog to wag his tail’.
Before that day comes , however, the Saints will be put to a test that will try the integrity of the best of them. The pressure will become so great that the more righteous among them will cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes.
Then the Prophet Joseph and others will make their appearance and those who have remained faithful will be selected to return to Jackson County, Missouri and take part in the upbuilding of that beautiful city, the New Jerusalem.”
Prophetic Evidence #14 Contained in Brigham Young’s Declaration
Brother Brigham is not one of my favorite historical figures in Mormonism.
Although he was a masterful colonizer, I do not consider him to be the sharpest tool in the shed as a doctrinal scholar. Indeed, he introduced many heresies into the church.
By his own admission he was not a prophet.
I believe the following statement by him had been taught to him by Joseph and others. Nevertheless, I believe it is true and it is one of the primary reasons that Mormon Fundamentalists have believed in the literal return of Joseph Smith:
“I will now tell you something that ought to comfort every man and woman on the face of the earth.
Joseph Smith, junior, will again be on this earth dictating plans and calling forth his brethren to be baptized for the very characters who wish this was not so, in order to bring them into a kingdom to enjoy, perhaps, the presence of angels or the spirits of good men, if they cannot endure the presence of the Father and the Son;
and he will never cease his operations, under the directions of the Son of God, until the last ones of the children of men are saved that can be, from Adam till now…” (Teachings of Brigham Young)
Prophetic Evidence #12 Contained in Parley P. Pratt’s Prophecy
The following prophecy is contained in the dairy of Parley P. Pratt.
He was returning home from a mission after hearing about the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum when he had this revelation.
I personally consider it to be one of the most powerful non-canonized revelations about the literal return of Joseph Smith:
“How shall I meet an entire community bowed down with grief and sorrow unutterable? What shall I say? . . .
I walked onward, weighed down as it were unto death. When I could endure it no longer, I cried out aloud, saying: O Lord! in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Thee, show me what these things mean, and what I shall say to Thy people?
On a sudden the Spirit of God came upon me, and filled my heart with joy and gladness indescribable. . . . The Spirit said unto me:
“Lift up your head and rejoice; for behold! it is well with my servants Joseph and Hyrum. My servant Joseph still holds the keys of my kingdom in this dispensation, and he shall stand in due time on the earth, in the flesh, and fulfil that to which he is appointed.”
Having reviewed Joseph’s patriarchal blessings, the dream of Mother Smith, and some of the prophetic utterances of Joseph’s brethren, let us now review a few statements attributed to Joseph Smith about his knowledge of his future return:
Prophetic Evidence #13 Contained in Joseph’s “1st Commission” Prophecy
In prophetic evidence #2 we considered the Lord’s promise in Section 88 that the first laborers of the last kingdom would be sent out AGAIN at a future time with the final warning to the inheritance of the world.
Obviously the first missionary commission of the first Elders of the Church took place in New York and Kirtland during the early years of the church. Following that, Joseph declared that something new must be done for the salvation of the church and the Lord commissioned the quorum of the Twelve to take the knowledge of the gospel across the great waters.
But when did Joseph and the other first elders ever complete the second missionary commission that was to take place in the future as promised in Sectioin 88?
Obviously that final commission has not yet taken place.
One of the amazing pronouncements of Joseph Smith which showed his understanding of the fact that he and the other first elders still needed t0 fulfill another commission as stated in Section 88 is as follows. On January 16th 1836 he taught the doctrine of “second commission”:
“It is not necessary that God should give us all things in His first commission to us, but in His second. John saw the angel deliver the Gospel in the last days. The small lights that God has given are sufficient to lead us out of Babylon; when we get out, we shall have the greater light.” (TPJS 104)
Joseph clearly understood that he and his associates would have a second commission to preach the gospel and that during the time of the second commission, they would enjoy a greater light and power.
Prophetic Evidence #14 Contained in Joseph’s “I will Lead you Forth” Prophecy
Here is a prophecy attributed to Joseph Smith which he gave about himself regarding his return to lead forth the church;
“…But I will say, this you will be called the first elders of the church and your mission will be to the nations of the earth, you will gather many people into the fastness of the Rocky Mountains as a center for the gathering of the people and you will be faithful because you have been true and many of those who come in under your ministry, on account of their much learning will seek for high places and they will set up and raise themselves to eminence above you, but you will walk in low places unnoticed and you will know all that transpires in their minds and those that are your friends are my friends…
This I will promise you that when I come again to lead you forth, for I will go to prepare a place for you so that where I am you will be. I now dismiss you with my blessing to go home.” (Joseph’s last speech to the Nauvoo Legion; documented in the Life Story Of Wandles Mace, By Himself; Pages 131-132 also mentioned in the Autobiography of the William Byram PACE )
Prophetic Evidence #15 Contained in Joseph’s Last Dream
Here is the account of the last prophetic dream Joseph had:
“I was back in Kirtland, Ohio, and thought I would take a walk out by myself, and view my old farm [stake of Zion], which I found grown up with weeds and brambles, and altogether bearing evidence of neglect and want of culture.
I went into the barn [Temple], which I found without floor or doors, with the weather-boarding off, and was altogether in keeping with the farm.
While I viewed the desolation around me, and was contemplating how it might be recovered from the curse upon it, there came rushing into the barn a company of furious men, who commenced to pick a quarrel with me.
The leader of the party ordered me to leave the barn and farm, stating it was none of mine, and that I must give up all hope of ever possessing it.
I told him the farm was given me by the Church, and although I had not had any use of it for some time back, still I had not sold it, and according to righteous principles it belonged to me or the Church.
He then grew furious and began to rail upon me, and threaten me, and said it never did belong to me nor to the Church.
I then told him that I did not think it worth contending about, that I had no desire to live upon it in its present state, and if he thought he had a better right I would not quarrel with him about it but leave; but my assurance that I would not trouble him at present did not seem to satisfy him, as he seemed determined to quarrel with me, and threatened me with the destruction of my body.
While he was thus engaged, pouring out his bitter words upon me, a rabble rushed in and nearly filled the barn, drew out their knives, and began to quarrel among themselves for the premises, and for a moment forgot me, at which time I took the opportunity to walk out of the barn about up to my ankles in mud.
When I was a little distance from the barn, I heard them screeching and screaming in a very distressed manner, as it appeared they had engaged in a general fight with their knives. While they were thus engaged, the dream or vision ended” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843-44 p. 393)
The prophetic dream above is a great evidence of Joseph’s return.
I have broken this prophetic dream down in other posts. The Farm is the church, the barn is the Kirtland Temple, etc., etc., etc.
The use of the word curse in the dream is very consistent with the following statements of Joseph Smith when he spoke about the apostasy of the church and how curses would be put upon them for a season for rejecting the fulness.
“What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse?
We are to understand that the scattered remnants [of the apostate gentile church] 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.” (Section 113)
16 Modern Day Revelations That Testify of Joseph’s Return
We have now reviewed 15 modern revelations that testify and give greater clarity and detail to the literal return of Joseph Smith. They testify that Joseph and his associates will give the last warning, reestablish the law, gather the elect and establish Zion. There is one more that I will end this post with.
Some of these prophetic testimonies that we have reviewed have been in the canonized revelations that Joseph brought forth. Some have come through visions, dreams, patriarchal blessings and the inspired utterances of Joseph and his associates.
The prophetic evidence that Joseph Smith still holds the keys of the last dispensation and that he will return with his duly ordained and commissioned associates to prepare the Saints for the return of the Lord, is BEYOND OVERWHELMING.
It is truly amazing that out of 15 million Mormons living on the earth today, virtually none of them have even heard of this prophetic doctrine and even fewer believe it.
Just as amazing is the fact that out of the many factions of Mormonism that believe in the LDS restoration and are looking forth for the events of the end times to take place, virtually none of them, except for some of the polygamist fundamentalists, accept the doctrine!
Some are looking for a Lamanite to finish Joseph’s work.
Some are looking for a Jew to finish Joseph’s work.
Some are looking for John the Revelator to finish Joseph’s work.
Some are looking for a Hebrew scholar to finish Joseph’s work.
Some are looking for a Babylonian attorney to finish Joseph’s work.
The list goes on and on.
Truly there has been a curse placed upon latter day Israel. A veil of darkness has been placed over the minds of the Latter day Saints.
Added to the above fifteen testimonies from the Doctrine and Covenants and other inspired prophecies and utterances is the amazing “Joseph the Seer” prophecy that Joseph Smith brought forth. It is contained in both the Book of Mormon and the Inspired Version of the Bible.
Reading the two accounts side by side is quite interesting and illuminating.
I will not take the time to reiterate what has been shown in previous posts. I will simply point out that although most Mormons assume that most of the prophetic narrative in that prophecy is speaking about Joseph’s ministry in the 1800’s, in the 2nd watch, it is not.
Although Joseph had a preliminary ministry (first commission) in which he was used to laid the foundation of the Marvelous Work, his final ministry (second commission) will actually usher in the Marvelous Work and the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.
The following declarations from that narrative prove that the Joseph the Seer narrative is referring to his final commission in the third watch.
“A seer will I raise up…not to the bringing forth of my word only..but to the convincing them of my word, which shall have already gone forth…” 2nd Nephi 3:11
“Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins shall write; and the fruit of the loins of Judah shall write; and that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah, shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord.” 2nd Nephi 3:12
“And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise..” 2nd Nephi 3:14
Clearly, Joseph Smith brought forth part of God’s word during his first ministry, although he only brought forth a portion of the record of the Nephites and although he failed to canonize and publish the Inspired Version of the Bible with other scriptures as commanded by the Lord.
But I ask you, did Joseph Smith truly CONVINCE people of his word that had already gone forth, during his first commission?
I don’t think so.
Did his work confound all false doctrines, END CONTENTION and ESTABLISH PEACE among the descendants of Joseph?
I don’t think so.
Did Joseph Smith truly CONFOUND those that were seeking to destroy him and the work he was involved in?
I don’t think so.
That all has to do with the final work of Joseph Smith.
The “Joseph the Seer” prophecy is speaking about Joseph’s final commission in the third watch. That is when he CONFOUNDS his enemies and CONVINCES the unbelievers.
It provides one of the most powerful testimonies that Joseph’s work is not finished and that it will be finished by him.
David Whitmer’s Testimony
The Book of Mormon agrees with modern revelation in testifying that Joseph Smith will return and that there still needs to be a final restoration. One of the greatest scholars of the Book of Mormon was David Whitmer.
He read and studied the Book of Mormon over and over again because his reputation depended on the truthfulness of the record and his witness of it was his life’s calling. Whitmer was one of the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon.
From his reading of the Book of Mormon and other scripture, Whitmer was convinced that there would be another restoration. He was convinced that there was a final work would have to be done. He realized that Joseph’s work was a preparatory work.
The following excerpts are taken from an interview with David Whitmer.
It was published in the Deseret News on August 16 1878;
Q- When will the temple be built? (referring to Jackson County Temple)
A- Right after the great tribulation is over.
Q- What do you mean by that?
A- A civil war more bloody and cruel than the rebellion. (first civil
war) It will be a smashing up of this nation, about which time the SECOND GREAT WORK has to be done, a work like Joseph did, and the translation of the sealed plates, and peace all over.”
Notice the chronology of the events he is referring to:
Tribulation, civil war, the smashing up of the nation, the coming forth and translation of the sealed portion, building of the Jackson County Temple, peace all over…
I would suggest that our generation is about to experience the civil war and the smashing up of this nation spoken about above. People are making preparations for it right now.
As far as I am concerned… good riddance to corrupt politicians, lawyers and religious institutions.
The declaration in the “Joseph the Seer” narrative in 3rd Nephi and JST Genesis that speaks of a time after the final restoration when God’s people will no longer be confounded is also spoken of in 1 Nephi 15
16 Behold, I say unto you, Yea; they shall be remembered again among the house of Israel; they shall be grafted in, being a natural branch of the olive-tree, into the true olive-tree.
17 And this is what our father meaneth; and he meaneth that it will not come to pass until after they are scattered by the Gentiles; and he meaneth that it shall come by way of the Gentiles, that the Lord may show his power unto the Gentiles, for the very cause that he shall be rejected of the Jews, or of the house of Israel.
18 Wherefore, our father hath not spoken of our seed alone, but also of all the house of Israel, pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days; which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
19 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, spake much unto them concerning these things; yea, I spake unto them concerning the restoration of the Jews in the latter days.
20 And I did rehearse unto them the words of Isaiah, who spake concerning the restoration of the Jews, or of the house of Israel; and after they were restored they should no more be confounded, neither should they be scattered again. And it came to pass that I did speak many words unto my brethren, that they were pacified and did humble themselves before the Lord.”
As you can see, once all of the house of Israel, including the seed of Lehi has been restored again to the truth and to the gathering places, then at that time, they will no longer be confounded. That is what the “Joseph the Seer” prophecy is making reference to. That is how we know that it is speaking about the 3rd watch.
Biblical Evidences of Joseph Smith’s Final Return
Once the foundational truth about Joseph Smith’s return has been established by modern revelation and the Book of Mormon, it becomes quite easy to interpret the Biblical prophecies about the latter day servant(s) that return to restore the law, gather Israel and establish Zion.
It is not the purpose of this post to take the time to review all of the Biblical prophecies about Joseph Smith’s return in detail. I have already done that in previous posts. Nevertheless, I want to provide some references for those that would like to search out the Bible prophecies about the return of Joseph and his associates.
Many years ago, after identifying the true Biblical profile of Joseph Smith, I created a summary of about fifty keywords that the Bible uses to refer to the return of Joseph and his associates.
Mrs Watcher has that summary in her Bible to this day.
I am providing a screen print of that summary for those that would like to review these keywords and prophecies.
Obviously the above fifty keywords and scripture references is not exhaustive. There are numerous others.
Isaiah’s Cyrus Prophecy
One of the Davidic keywords listed above is “Cyrus“.
I have had several readers suggest that Donald Trump may be the latter day Cyrus or perhaps he will be a type of Cyrus.
There are also several articles by Protestants that claim Trump will act as a latter day Cyrus.
There is a popular prophecy circulating around the Internet by a fellow named “Mark Taylor” which claims that Trump will be a Cyrus.
“The Spirit of God says, ‘I have chosen this man, Donald Trump, for such a time as this… For I will use this man to bring honor, respect and restoration to America.
America will be respected once again as the most powerful and prosperous nation on Earth, (other than Israel). The dollar will be the strongest it has ever been in the history of the United States, and will once again be the currency by which all others are judged…for this next president will be a man of his word.
When he speaks the world will listen and know that there is something greater in him than all the others before him. This man’s word is his bond and the world will know this and the enemy will fear this, for this man will be fearless…”
The above prophecy is completely incompatible with the prophecies in the Bible. There will be no period of prosperity like the one mentioned above until the wicked have been swept off of the face of the land. We are facing a time of great judgment and calamity.
What most people don’t understand is that the Cyrus prophecy that was given by Isaiah in chapters 44 and 45 was not referring to the Persian King Cyrus that lived a few hundred years later and is spoken of in Chronicles and Ezra.
Although Cyrus was a vague shadow fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, he was not the literal fulfillment.
Historians inform us that King Cyrus was motivated to help the Jews gather and build their temple anciently because of the belief that he was the one spoken of by Isaiah, however, a careful reading of the Isaiah prophecy reveals that Isaiah was speaking about an Israelite shepherd of Israel not a pagan King.
Note that according to the Cyrus narrative in Isaiah, the end times “Cyrus” emerges at the time that God blots out the transgressions of Jacob and Israel and redeems them. That did not take place during the gathering of the Jews and the building of the temple anciently.
Isaiah is referring the the end times Messenger that lays the foundation of the Temple and builds Jerusalem.
21 ¶Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
24 Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;
26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:
28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
According to Isaiah, the Lord will go before his latter day Servant to make strait the way:
1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
Notice the following passage in modern revelation stating that at the time that Jacob shall flourish, the Lord will go before Joseph Smith to lead the way
24 But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.
25 Zion shall flourish upon the hills and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall be assembled together unto the place which I have appointed.
26 Behold, I say unto you, go forth as I have commanded you; repent of all your sins; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you.
27 Behold, I will go before you and be your rearward; and I will be in your midst, and you shall not be confounded.
28 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, and I come quickly. Even so. Amen.
According to Isaiah-
1- The Lord will call this latter day servant BY HIS NAME
2- The servant will obtain treasures and hidden riches from secret places.
3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
One of the unique signatures in modern revelation is how God calls Joseph “by name”.
Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord.. (D&C 3:9)
The above passage probably seems somewhat redundant and strange to those unfamiliar with prophecy, however, it is a cryptic way of confirming who Joseph is to those that search the Old Testament prophecies.
God called Joseph by his name as prophesied.
Joseph Smith is the servant who is anointed and commissioned to bring forth treasures out of the darkness and hidden riches out of secret places. Notice how Joseph ‘s patriarchal blessing identifies him as the one who will uncover precious things and hidden treasures in the sand.
He shall partake of the blessing of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the chief things of the ancient mountains, the precious things that couch beneath, and the treasure hid in the sand.
28. The records of past ages and generations, and the histories of ancient days shall he bring forth, even the record of the Nephites shall he again obtain, with all those hid up by Mormon, and others who were righteous; and many others till he is overwhelmed with knowledge.
29. No precious thing shall slumber from his possession, for he shall be covered with the most choice things of all ages, till his soul shall be satisfied and his heart shall say, Enough! Enough!
30. In his hands shall the Urim and Thummim remain and the holy ministry, and the keys of the evangelical priesthood also for an everlasting priesthood forever, even the patriarchal; for, behold, he is the first patriarch in the last days.
31. He shall sit in the great assembly and general council of patriarchs, and execute the will and commandment under the Ancient of Days, for he shall have his place and act in his station.
Joseph will once again obtain the record of the Nephites and other records hidden up by Mormon and others. He will use the Urim and Thummin to bring forth other ancient histories.
Joseph made the following declaration about himself:
“It has always been my province to dig up hidden mysteries—new things—for my hearers.” Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 364
Interestingly, the book of Mormon uses the code name of “Gazelem” to refer to Joseph Smith, the latter day Seer. The code name of Gazelem, was also used in place of “Joseph Smith Jr.” in one of the revelations.
The Book of Mormon informs us that when the servant Gazelem shows up in the end times he will use a seer stone to “bring to light all of the secret works of their abominations“.
23 And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations.
24 And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled, which he spake, saying:
25 I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations; and except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the earth; and I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations, unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land.
When Joseph returns, he will bring to light the secret works and nefarious deeds of the sinister people that control this nation through corrupt politics and the corrupt monetary system.
King Cyrus of the Old Testament was no doubt inspired by God to do a work and he was no doubt a very vague type and shadow of the end times Cyrus spoken of by Isaiah, however, he is not the literal fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy nor is Donald Trump.
Joseph Smith is the latter day Cyrus prophesied about by Isaiah.
It is possible that Donald Trump could end up being a vague type and shadow of the Cyrus figure in the books of Chronicles and Ezra if he does in fact make it through the inauguration and does in fact pay heed to the messengers that return and send forth the proclamation.
This just about concludes our scriptural reality check regarding who the Lord’s servant is in the end times. I have left the 16th evidence for the end because it provides a very sobering warning for those that reject Joseph Smith when he returns again
Prophetic Evidence #16 Contained in Joseph’s May 12th 1844 Discourse
On Friday May 12 1844 Joseph Smith delivered a sermon in Nauvoo that speaks of the events that will be taking place at the time that God’s servants emerge an go forth for the last time.
I shall read the 24th. ch of Matthew and give it a literal rendering and reading, and when it is rightly understood it will be edifying (he then read & translated it from the German)
I thought the very oddity of its rendering would be edifying any how–
And it will preached be; the Gospel of the Kingdom in the whole world, to a witness overall people, and then will the end come.
I will now read it in German–(which he did, and many Germans who were present said he translated it correct)
the Savior said, when those tribulations should take place, it should be committed to a man, who should be a witness over the whole world, the keys of knowledge, power, and revelations, should be revealed to a witness who should hold the testimony to the world;
Joseph Smith’s use of the German translation of the Bible to interpret Christ’s prophecy in Matthew 24 is fascinating.
It reveals that Christ was not just warning about false prophets that will precede his return.
In Matthew 24, Christ was informing his listeners that there would also be a true prophet that rises up to prepare the way before Christ returns.
In the next declaration, Joseph Smith reveals himself as that prophet that would be the one to rise up and prepare the way!
it has always been my province to dig up hidden mysteries, new things, for my hearers– just at the time when some men think that I have no right to the keys of the Priesthood just at that time, I have the greatest right–
Joseph was responding to critics that were claiming he had lost the keys of the priesthood.
Directly after declaring that the last great prophet would be the final witness over the whole world who holds the keys of knowledge, power and revelations, Joseph identifies himself as the one who digs up hidden mysteries!
As we discussed earlier in this post, the ancient prophets identified the last great prophet as the great revealer of secrets and mysteries.
the old German translators are the most correct; most honest of any of the translators, and therefore I get testimony to bear me out in the revelations that I have preached for the last 14 years–
For fifteen years Joseph Smith had brought forth revelations that identified himself as the Lords mouthpiece who holds the keys of the priesthood and the mysteries. They had identified Joseph as the last great Servant of the Lord who would prepare the Saints for the return of Christ.
Joseph then reiterates that in the last days God was to commit the keys of the priesthood to a witness over all people and leads his listeners to two rhetorical questions that lead his listeners to the conclusion that Joseph is the last witness over the world:
the old German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew translations all say it is true, they cannot be impeached, and therefore I am in good company– all the testimony is, that the Lord in the last days would commit the keys of the Priesthood to a witness over all people–has the Gospel of the Kingdom commenced in the last days? and will God take it from the man, until he takes him, himself?
Joseph is making the astounding declaration that he, (Joseph Smith) is the great last witness of the last days that holds the keys of the Priesthood and will rise up at the time that false prophets are preceding the return of the Lord.
Joseph then justifies his interpretation and identifies himself as the angel John sees in the Book of Revelation that will be flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach to the inhabitants of the world.
I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ–John the Revelator saw an angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c.
Joseph then provides further context so that one can identify the events that will be taking place in the future when Joseph returns-
the Scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress, judgments, &c are ready to be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth–John saw the angel having the holy Priesthood who should preach the everlasting gospel to all nations,–God had an angel, a special messenger, ordained, & prepared for that purpose in the last days–
Clearly, Joseph was identifying himself as the last great messenger that will return, flying in the midst of heaven with the everlasting gospel just at the time when the last great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress and judgments go forth.
The reason I left this revelatory evidence of Joseph Smith’s calling as the last great witness until the very end of this post is because it contains a very sober warning for everyone that rejects Joseph Smith when he makes his appearance.
Woe! Woe! be to that man, or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his Witness in these last days.–for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones–
Notice that the warning is to those that lift up their hands against “GOD AND HIS WITNESS”
One of the great mysteries revealed in JST Matthew 12:41 and other passages of scripture as detailed in my threewatches blog is that Christ returns in secret in all three watches prior to his coming in glory.
He actually returns in the 3rd watch with his Servant.
For, behold, he cometh in the first watch of the night, and he shall also come in the second watch, and again he shall come in the third watch.
Few details are given about Christ’s mystical return before his coming in glory.
Those that reject his Servant are rejecting Christ.
Those that reject Christ when he returns are also rejecting his Servant.
The sermon continues-
my apostate enemies say that I have been a true prophet–& I had rather be a fallen true prophet, than a false prophet;
when a man goes about prophesying and commands men to obey his teachings, he must be either a true or false prophet;
False Prophets false prophets always arise to oppose the true prophets, and they will prophesy so very near the truth that they will deceive almost the very chosen ones–
This sermon was being preached at a time when many members of the church were accusing Joseph of being a fallen prophet. Joseph does not deny being a fallen prophet, rather, he emphasizes the difference between being a fallen prophet and a false prophet and points out that it is better to be a fallen prophet than a false prophet.
Fallen prophets can repent
In previous posts I have documented the fact that part of Joseph’s calling was to temporarily fall by acting as an intercessor for apostate Israel.
Joseph was alluding to the fact that he may have made some mistakes and even prophesied falsely about a few things and temporarily fallen from his calling, but that did not negate the fact that he had been a true prophet in the beginning and that God would allow him to complete his mission.
In this sermon, Joseph is revealing the fact that when he returns, there will be false prophets that have arisen to oppose him as the last great prophet!!!
Anyone who denies Joseph Smith as the last great prophet who will return to establish the covenant, gather the elect and redeem Zion, is opposing Gods true Servant.
Joseph is warning us that the false prophets that rise up to oppose him when he returns will be so convincing and deceptive that they will ALMOST deceive the very chosen ones.
So what are we supposed to be doing to prepare ourselves for the return of the Lord’s servants and the secret return of the Lord himself, prior to the final coming in glory?
The scriptures inform us that those who treasure up God’s word and who take the Holy Spirit as their guide will not be deceived.
This post has been treasuring up God’s word regarding Joseph Smith’s calling and commission.
What else should we be doing to prepare ourselves for the return of the Lord and His Servant?
Should we be arrogantly trying to get the second comforter, even though the whole world is in a fallen state and we don’t have the full priesthood keys for the saving ordinances?
I think not.
Shortly after the keys of the patriarchal priesthood were restored by John the Baptist (Elijah the Prophet) and the preparatory gospel was being sent forth, the Lord made the following declaration-
12 And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation. (Doctrine and Covenants 35:12)
I would suggest that that is the admonition that applies to us now.
We need to humble ourselves and acknowledge that we do not have the fulness and that we have inherited a state of darkness and apostasy from previous generations.
The light is about to shine forth for the last time.
We will not see it if we are blinded by the prideful assumption that we already have the fulness or that we do not need the final restoration that has been prophesied in scripture.
Although there are some who make great claims about seeing God and having the second comforter, the truth is that NONE DOETH GOOD EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE READY TO RECEIVE THE FULNESS.