There is a remarkable prophetic narrative that shows up in bits and pieces in multiple ancient passages of scripture.
The primary passages foundational to the narrative use keywords such as a “stone of stumbling“, “stumblingstone“, “chief corner stone“, “cornerstone” “corner stone”, “stumble in judgement” and “rock of offense“.
Those main keywords are found in Psalm 118 and Isaiah 8:14 (2 Nephi 18:14) and Isaiah 28.
The snippets in Psalms 118 and Isaiah 8, have keywords and/or narrative that point to the greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted narrative which is in Isaiah 28.
Isaiah 28 provides the most exhaustive detail and cohesive story-line pertaining to this general prophetic narrative.
Additionally, there is a wealth of supporting information in countless other prophecy threads throughout the scriptures that relate to and help provide additional context and chronological order to the general story-line. I have provided these additional supporting passages in previous blogs, the secret history youtube presentations, and my book
I suspect few, if any faithful LDS scholars and historians would understand the narrative or agree with me on the historical time, place, and setting that the narrative in Isaiah 28 takes place because they have a huge conflict of interest. They are invested in a history that justifies their own religious beliefs and the traditions of their pioneer forefathers.
I would submit that the literal fulfillment of the narrative in Isaiah 28 takes place during Joseph Smith’s 15 year ministry and the LDS restoration movment that took place in New York, Kirtland, Jackson County, Far West and Nauvoo.
The primary interpretation of Isaiah 28 is speaking about a servant of Christ that transgresses and becomes a stumblingstone to the first generations of the restoration saints and their descendants. Nevertheless, a shadow fulfillment of the Isaiah 28 narrative also takes place and the “chief corner stone” part of the narrative that is rejected by the builders is clearly referring to Christ in that fulfillment.
Summarizing the Story-line of Isaiah 28
The literal fulfillment of Isaiah 28 begins with a rebuke to the “drunkards of Ephraim” who are characterized as the “Crown of Pride” and as the “hasty fruit“ that is harvested prematurely before it is fully ripe. (Baptism of water is of little avail if the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost does not occur and endure.)
God notifies us in the narrative that he has a mighty and strong servant who will show forth great power during the appointed time of the final restoration. He and his fellows will “sit in judgment” and be a “strength to them that turn the battle to the gate” when the Lord does “his work, his strange work and bring[s] to pass his strange act“. At this time the Lord shall “rise up” and “be wroth” like he did anciently in mount Perazim.
The narrative informs us that prior to the time of the final restoration and strange act, the servant lays the “foundation”. Following that, a “spirit of deep sleep” is poured out upon the saints and they reject the fulness of the teachings, priesthood, and covenant established by the prophets and seers.
This transgression by the latter day gentile church covers the eyes of the seer causing him to err in judgment which in turn results in doctrines and practices, including a false covenant with death and hell, that causes a portion of the saints and their posterity to further stumble.
Nevertheless, the narrative informs us that before he stumbles, he establishes the truth and he “lays the foundation” (See Isaiah 28:16 and compare with D&C 1:30, 18:4-5, 21:2, 48:6, 58:7, 78:11-13, ) , he “binds up the testimony” (Isaiah 8:16 compare Section 76:22, also D&C 88:84, 133:72) and he “seals the law” (Isaiah 8:18 compare Section 42, also D&C 88:84, 133:72). It appears from modern revelation he did this during his first ministry to those saints and will do it again to those living in this generation when he returns during the time of the third and fourth generation (or the third watch) to “repair the breach” (Isaiah 58:12).
According to this ancient prophetic narrative, the preliminary work of the mighty and strong servant results in God’s people being taught “line upon line“, “precept upon precept” and yet the word of the Lord is ultimately given “that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken“.
The false satanic covenant will be disannulled and the agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then the deceived shall be trodden down by it
Isaiah 8:17 informs us that after the saints stumble, fall, become broken, snared and taken, the Lord hides his face from the House of Jacob.
Those that understand this and patiently “wait” upon the Lord without making “haste” (a hasty decision to follow someone who has not been ordained to be a prophet and revelator to the church, per Section 43) , will be blessed.
Peter and Paul both Summarize and Amalgamate the Text
Both Peter and Paul were quite familiar with this prophetic thread about the stone of stumbling – stumbling stone and both made mention of it in their writings to the New Testament saints.
Of all of the prophecies from the Old Testament in general, and from Isaiah specifically, this prophetic narrative was among the predominant ones in their minds.
Interestingly, they each quote from this narrative beginning with a snippet from Isaiah 28:16 yet they both interject very significant keywords not found in the entire Isaiah 28 narrative.
They are interjecting keywords from the other related passages creating an amalgamated prophetic text.
It is interesting that the two renditions of the quote by these two apostles differ significantly from each other!
We will review these quotes from Peter and Paul later in this post.
Dual Fulfillment of Prophecy
One of the great ah-ha’s that I had many years ago about prophecy is in realizing that virtually all prophecies have at least two fulfillments. Usually one is a literal fulfillment and the other is a shadow fulfillment.
Christ informs us in the Book of Mormon that Isaiah prophesied of things that would happen to the House of Israel and ALSO to the Gentiles.
He then informs us that all of the things that happened to Israel are typological of what would eventually happen to the Gentiles in the latter days.
1 And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.
2 For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles.
3 And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake. 3rd Nephi 23:1-3
Hence, the fact that a servant of God that causes people to stumble is placed two separate times by God in religious history, once to Israel during Christ’s ministry, and again to the Gentiles during Joseph Smith’s ministry, should not be surprising to us.
With this understanding, let us compare the quotes from ancient prophecy that these two New Testament apostles made.
1st Peter 2:6
|5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
|30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I [Jesus Christ] lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
I would suggest that Peter’s rendition of the ancient narrative is identifying the servant who is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense as Jesus Christ, while Paul’s rendition is identifying a stumblingstone servant in the narrative as the end times servant of Christ, even Joseph Smith.
Compare the two snippets from Peter and Paul’s quotes that begin with the following phrase taken from Isaiah 28;16; “BEHOLD I LAY IN ZION”
No other passage in ancient scripture contains the phrase, “BEHOLD I LAY IN ZION”
Clearly both New Testament apostles are referencing the narrative in Isaiah 28.
However, there are some radical changes in text that are made by both Peter and Paul.
Remarkably, Peter inserts the term “chief corner stone” which is not in the Isaiah 28 text. Peter seems to be taking a derivative of a keyword taken from the narrative in Psalms 118:22.
The term “head corner stone” from Psalms 118:22 is synonymous with “chief corner stone“.
Paul’s quote also inserts keywords that do not show up in Isaiah 28. He is merging the narrative in Isaiah 8:14 (and also documented in 2nd Nephi 18:24) with the narrative in Isaiah 28.
Peter’s interpretation has God the Father speaking and declaring that he has placed his son Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone that is a sure foundation.
Yet Peter’s commentary notes that Christ’s words of truth will be a stumblingstone for many.
Peter’s quote and narrative is consistent with the point he is making that Christ became the chief cornerstone when the New Covenant was established in the meridian of time, yet the Jews rejected him.
Contextually, Peter seems to be interpreting the passage to be saying
Behold, I [God the Father] lay in Sion a Chief Cornerstone [Jesus Christ] … and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 1 Peter 2:6
Conversely, the interpretive inflection of Paul’s prophetic quotation has Jesus Christ as the voice in the narrative declaring that he, Christ, is the one who lays the stumblingstone servant in Zion.
Instead of the stone being a chief corner stone that is a “sure foundation”, Paul refers to his servant as the stumblingstone!
Jesus Christ is the Chief Corner Stone
We are informed in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible that Christ had identified himself to the Jewish leaders as the head (chief) corner stone
Verily, I say unto you, I am the stone, and those wicked ones reject me.
I am the head of the corner. These Jews shall fall upon me, and shall be broken. JST Matthew 21: 51-52
Christ was making reference to and paraphrasing the following passage in Psalms 118:22
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
We learn from the Joseph Smith Translation that Christ had warned the wicked Jewish leaders in a parable that He was the head corner stone and they were rejecting him. Because of this, the kingdom would be taken from among them.
40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Paul also made clear to the Ephesians that Christ is the “chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20)
Nevertheless, in Romans 9, Paul seems to be offering a more literal interpretation of the original narrative in Isaiah 28 which informs us that the one who is mighty and strong and his companions “stumble in judgment” causing God’s people who had been taught “line upon line and precept upon precept”to “fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken”.
Behold I [Jesus Christ] lay in Sion a stumblingstone [Joseph Smith] and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 9:33
Peter and Paul are Paraphrasing the Same Ancient Texts
The differences in the passages quoted by Peter and Paul are quite fascinating and revealing.
In my opinion, Peter and Paul are quoting from the same ancient scriptural narratives in Isaiah 28 and other related passages yet providing different interpretations based on different fulfillments of the prophecy.
Peter is putting the focus on Christ as the chief cornerstone that is the sure foundation.
Paul is putting the focus on the end times servant who becomes a stumblingstone after testifying of Christ as the chief cornerstone.
1st Peter 2:6
|Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.||33 Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.|
Peter is speaking of Christ, the “corner stone” who can be categorically trusted. Those that trust in him will not be confounded. He is amalgamating keywords from Isaiah 28:16 as well as Psalms 118.
|Psalms 118||Isaiah 28:16|
|22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.||Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.|
Obviously, Christ’s earthly visit in the meridian of time was to Jerusalem not Zion.
That presents a problem for those taking Peter’s narrative to be the literal fulfillment of the original Old Testament text from Isaiah 28.
Nevertheless, I would suggest that we have the third watch coming up in which the Son of God will be making a mysterious visit to his vineyard. Because of that, the contextual inflection of the passage given by Peter could still be literally fulfilled when Christ visits the inhabitants of Zion at some time in the future.
Modern revelation informs us that there will be a gathering to Zion of both wheat and tares and that the false apostles will be exposed:
38 For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion.
39 And liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.
Paul is amalgamating passages as well. He takes the “I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone” and “corner stone” theme from Isaiah 28:16 and merges it with the stumblingstone and rock of offense keywords in Isaiah 8:14 (2 Nephi 18:14).
|Isaiah 28:16||Isaiah 8:|
|16 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.||13 Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
Peter and Paul are using the same general prophetic narrative but speaking about two separate and distinct fulfillments as well as two different and distinct servants.
Peter is very possibly speaking to Jewish converts while putting the prophetic inflection on Christ who came to the Jews and then later sent the gospel to the gentiles through his apostles..
Paul referred to himself as the apostle to the Gentiles and appears to be directing his remarks to gentile converts. Paul puts the prophetic inflection on the end times servant that first takes the gospel to the Gentiles and then sends the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to the Jews through the latter day quorum of the twelve apostles.
Does the variation and inconsistency between the quote of Peter and the quote from Paul from the same narrative result in a serious problem that challenges the accuracy and consistency of the teachings of the New Testament apostles?
Not at all.
As previously mentioned, prophecies have a dual fulfillment, with one being a literal rendering of the event and the other being a shadow rendering of the event. The details of the shadow fulfillment can differ significantly from the literal as long as the general narrative is maintained.
Hence Peter’s rendition with a radical twist in narrative is completely consistent with many other dual fulfillments of prophecy. This is why it is important for students of the scriptures to do an inspired review of the content and context leading up to and following after the primary verses in question.This is so critical when it comes to understanding a prophetic text.
Peter and Paul were both speaking to converts who had accepted Christ as the chief cornerstone of their faith while noting the “disobedient” who had stumbled at the words of life uttered by Christ. The stumblingstone servant brings forth the words of Christ before stumbling.
The disobedient stumble because they are so indoctrinated in the letter of the law that they can not see the fulfillment of prophecy when Christ emerged and proclaimed himself to be the chief corner stone. (Section 90 states that there are 2 ways that we sin, either through disobedience or through the false traditions of our fathers.)
Literal Fulfillment verses Shadow Fulfillment
Paul chose to stick with the more literal text from Isaiah 28.
He was addressing the same general theme directed at the New Testament saints living at that time and yet he chose to use the literal end times narrative and associated interpretation found in Isaiah 28 to drive his point home.
Both Peter and Paul were pointing out that the disobedient stumble because they attempted to satisfy the law of righteousness through WORKS instead of by FAITH.
Again, both Peter and Paul were speaking to the elect of God living at that time who had chosen to accomplish righteousness through faith in Christ instead of works in the letter of the law.
Paul was using the literal contextual rendering of Isaiah 28 to prove his point.
Take a closer look at Pauls statement with my clarification insertions. It provides an astounding summation of the detailed narrative in Isaiah 28
33 As it is written, Behold, I [Jesus Christ] lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Why would Christ state that those that believe in a transgressing stumblingstone servant shall not be ashamed?
Unless one has a deep understanding of the true history of the Mormonism, the atonement statute prophecy in Leviticus 16, the true biblical profile of Joseph Smith who was to provide an intercessory offering like the one Moses offered for ancient Israel, and the restored gospel, the above summation is a real conundrum that one cannot easily make sense of.
After studying this issue for about 30 years, here are my three takeaways from the above quote from Paul that synthesizes what Isaiah 28 is speaking about
- Christ places his servant in Zion
- His Servant commits a transgression that becomes a stumblingblock and a rock of offence to the people of God and their posterity.
- Those of God’s people who continue to believe in the original testimony of Christ from the servant, as well as the original revelations and teachings that laid the foundation of his ministry, (instead of embracing the transgression or losing faith altogether as a result of the transgression) will not be ashamed when the final restoration and judgement comes.
How many people became offended and ashamed of their involvement in the LDS restoration when Joseph deviated from his original teachings?
How many Mormons are falling away from belief in Christ an the Book of Mormon today because they are ashamed of controversial information on the Internet about Joseph Smith?
Yet Paul informs us that those that cling on to the foundational truths brought forth through Joseph Smith despite the stumblestone that he set up, will not be ashamed.
How I missed that summational interpretive descriptive of the narrative in Isaiah 28 when I wrote the paper on the atonement statute intercession of Joseph Smith is beyond me.
It is possibly the most powerful and concise explanation of what took place between the saints of the restoration and Joseph Smith that I have found.
Nevertheless, the stone of stumbling narrative was not completely lost on me even though I had not yet realized just how literally Paul’s summation of Isaiah 28 applied to Joseph Smith and the saints.
Here is a snippet from my book:
Perhaps one of the most disturbing observations I made as I studied LDS church history was the fact that Joseph Smith’s teachings and actions, following the Kirtland apostacy completely contradicted his teachings and actions during the early, revelatory years in Kirtland.
As much as I love and revere the prophet Joseph Smith, I became troubled at the cognitive dissonance I suffered from when trying to reconcile the two very different Joseph’s that I was seeing portrayed in LDS Church history.
I became quite burdened with the inconsistencies I saw in the later years of Joseph Smith’s life. The deeper I got into the history of the church during my journey, the more of a stumbling block he became to me. From what I could ascertain, I was not alone. He became one of the biggest stumbling blocks for many other Latter-day saints as well.
Just as Christ became a stone of stumbling to the Jews during his earthly ministry, Joseph Smith also became a stone of stumbling to those who studied his life. The Jews stumbled because of Christ’s incomprehensible claim of Godhood.
Joseph Smith became a stone of stumbling to many because of the inconsistencies they saw in his teachings and life. Believers wrested history and forced everything he did to be acceptable because they believed that a true prophet could not lead God’s people astray.
Nevertheless, four generations after the martyrdom, Mormonism is taking it on the chin because the Internet is empowering people to access a mountain of disruptive information not previously available to some Latterday Saints.
Latter day missionary work is now stymied because of the contradictory doctrines Joseph taught and the transgressions that he unabashedly acted out . In the words of one of the revelations warning him about his future, temporary fall from grace, The Lord foretold that he would fall and loose his awareness:
“Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.” D&C 3:9
Why Did Joseph Temporarily Transgress and Fall?
As you can see from the above snippet from my book, I understood Joseph’s role as a stumbling block. But had not noticed Paul’s amazing summation of the Isaiah 28 narrative pointing to what would eventually take place in the LDS restoration movement.
Thanks to the Joseph Smith Translation and Book of Mormon versions of Isaiah 29:9-10, we are told why Joseph fell.
It was part of his calling as an intercessor.
2nd Nephi 27:4-5
|For behold, all ye that doeth iniquity, stay yourselves and wonder, for ye shall cry out, and cry; yea, ye shall be drunken but not with wine, ye shall stagger but not with strong drink.
For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.
JST Isaiah 29:9-10
|For behold, all ye that do iniquity, stay yourselves and wonder; for ye shall cry out and cry; yea, ye shall be drunken, but not with wine; ye shall stagger, but not with strong drink.
For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets and your rulers; and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquities.
This is why Paul notes that whosoever believes in the testimony of the stumblingstone servant, despite his transgression, “shall not be ashamed”
Dissecting Isaiah 28
A close reading of Isaiah 28 confirms that Paul’s concise summary of Isaiah 28 is consistent with the narrative. As we read Isaiah 28, we get a synopsis of the biblical profile of Joseph Smith and his prophetic calling. It provides yet another witness that the restored church fled back into the wilderness as quickly as they had come out of it.
The prophetic narrative in Isaiah 28 does a better job of depicting what happened to the saints of the restoration than all of the books by LDS historians put together.
Isaiah 28 begins by rebuking the “drunkards of Ephraim“, referring to the believing gentile converts to the church in Kirtland. They are characterized as the “Crown of Pride” and as the “hasty fruit“ that is harvested prematurely before becoming fully ripe.
He then speaks of the ultimate majesty and triumph of the Lord’s servant in the glory that he will have when the marvelous work goes forth in the earth:
“Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand….“
It is noteworthy that the Lord begins this amazing narrative by depicting the Lord’s servant in his ultimate victorious calling which is mentioned in modern revelation using the exact same keywords “mighty and strong”
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 blot 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; Doctrine and Covenants 85:7
Nevertheless, the narrative in Isaiah quickly informs us that this amazing servant who will ultimately be successful in commanding the elements, subduing God’s enemies, gathering the saints and setting the house of God in order, first errs in judgment-
this mighty and strong one and his brethren-
“also have erred” and “are out of the way”
“they err in vision, they stumble in judgment”
“for all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean”
It is remarkable that modern revelation notes that Joseph and his fellows erred and that their errs would be made known.
Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding.
And inasmuch as they erred it might be made known;
And inasmuch as they sought wisdom they might be instructed;
And inasmuch as they sinned they might be chastened, that they might repent; D&C 1:24-27
The Internet and many books on LDS church history are abuzz about the errs of Joseph Smith. The embracing of Masonry, secret practice of polygamy and the King Follett Sermon continue to haunt the memory of Joseph Smith’s ministry and cause people to doubt the validity of the LDS restoration movement. However the narrative in Isaiah 28 provides the context. Further, ancient prophecy speaks about the chastisement of Joseph Smith that results in his death while the mercy of God remains upon the intercessory servant.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 2 Samuel 7:14
Line Upon Line, Precept Upon Precept
In this excruciatingly painful and nearly unbelieveable narrative in Isaiah 28 the Lord exclaims
“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
That describes exactly what happened during the early Kirtland years. The Lord used Joseph Smith to bring forth the Book of Mormon and the revelations that teach the saints about the true doctrine of Christ and the fulness of the gospel line upon line .
In Section 98:12 the Lord warns the saints that he will try and prove them through this process of teaching them “line upon line” and “precept upon precept”
11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.
12 For he will give unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept; and I will try you and prove you herewith.
13 And whoso layeth down his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall find it again, even life eternal.
14 Therefore, be not afraid of your enemies, for I have decreed in my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you in all things, whether you will abide in my covenant, even unto death, that you may be found worthy.
15 For if ye will not abide in my covenant ye are not worthy of me.
16 Therefore, renounce war and proclaim peace, and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children;
17 And again, the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me. D&C 98
As you can see, teaching line upon line and precept upon precept is the refiners fire upon which God proves his people to see if they will live by every word that he gives them. That is how they abide in the New Covenant.
“The new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments”
As you can see from the above passage in section 98, the saints of the restoration had clearly entered into covenant with the Lord. But they eventually broke it.
Joseph will return to repair the breach-
12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isaiah 58:12
I have provided extensive documentation on this topic in previous posts.
There is currently a false prophet in the land who claims that the restoration saints failed to enter into the covenant. They supposedly did this by taking the Book of Mormon and revelations that came through Joseph Smith lightly.
He arrives at this false conclusion by misunderstanding a passage in Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants. The New Covenant is not the Book of Mormon and revelations recieved through Joseph Smith. The New Covenant is the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost as contained in the Book of Mormon and the revelations Joseph Smith brought forth.
His solution is to get his followers to enter into covenant by accepting a bastardized version of the scriptures that removes many of the words of Christ while inserting many of his own uninspired and arrogant words.
We see from the above passages from section 98 that the saints had indeed entered into covenant. A serious study of the scriptures reveals that the saints entered into covenant through water baptism followed by consecration.
They eventually broke the covenant they had entered into by not being obedient to the commandments they were given as they were taught line upon line. (We have documented in other posts the fact that the saints of the restoration collectively broke the everlasting covenant see Isaiah 24 and D&C Section 1)
The correct protocol for Baptism as contained in the Book of Mormon and the revelations that had been received is the NEW COVENANT being referred to in Section 84. We have been informed that the NEW COVENANT that makes us NEW CREATURES is the same NEW COVENANT that was had in the beginning by Adam.
The New and Everlasting Covenant was
|1 Behold, I say unto you that all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this thing; and this is a new and an everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning.
2 Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times it availeth him nothing, for you cannot enter in at the strait gate by the law of Moses, neither by your dead works.
3 For it is because of your dead works that I have caused this last covenant and this church to be built up unto me, even as in days of old.
4 Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen.
(The above passage proves that the New and Everlasting Covenant is baptism, not the Book of Mormon and the modern revelations.)
|50 But God hath made known unto our fathers that all men must repent.
51 And he called upon our father Adam by his own voice, saying: I am God; I made the world, and men before they were in the flesh.
52 And he also said unto him: If thou wilt turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, and believe, and repent of all thy transgressions, and be baptized, even in water, in the name of mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth, which is Jesus Christ, the only name which shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men, ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, asking all things in his name, and whatsoever ye shall ask, it shall be given you. 64 And it came to pass, when the Lord had spoken with Adam, our father, that Adam cried unto the Lord, and he was caught away by the Spirit of the Lord, and was carried down into the water, and was laid under the water, and was brought forth out of the water.
65 And thus he was baptized, and the Spirit of God descended upon him, and thus he was born of the Spirit, and became quickened in the inner man.
66 And he heard a voice out of heaven, saying: Thou art baptized with fire, and with the Holy Ghost. This is the record of the Father, and the Son, from henceforth and forever;
(The above passage proves that the New Covenant, which was had from the beginning, is the baptism water, fire and the Holy Ghost.)
The saving ordinance of water baptism must be ratified by the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost in order to get into the strait gate and enjoy the abiding counsel of the Holy Spirit. This is always accompanied with or followed by the fruits of the Spirit including speaking in the tongue of angels.
The Isaiah 28 narrative informs us that the refreshing that transforms the carnal nature of man into a new creature of the Holy Ghost and enables a follower of Christ to enter into his rest, was collectively rejected by the saints after entering into covenant.
It is because of their rejection of the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost that the saints fell after being taught line upon line and precept upon precept. Isaiah continues-
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”
The Saints of the Restoration have been “snared and taken”
Clearly, Isaiah 28 informs us that the saints of the restoration fell backwards and were snared and taken. Shortly after they were rejected as a church with their dead, many of them were seduced into a false covenant with Satan.
Satan uses fallen prophets and false prophets to seduce God’s apostate people into entering into a covenant with death and hell.
After becoming condemned and then rejected as a church, the saints were turned over to Satan as had been prophesied through the prophet Joseph Smith during the early years of the restoration. It is largely through the masonic temple endowment that the posterity of many of the saints have become enslaved and had their minds darkened.
According to the Isaiah 28 narrative, these fallen saints and their posterity erroneously think the lies and falsehood that they had replaced the simple gospel of Christ with would protect them from the overflowing scourge .
The ritualistic covenant with death and hell offered by the Satanic masonic endowment would actually feature Satan himself entering into the temple and placing him into a position of authority over the saints.
It would feature him putting the saints under his power if they failed to live every facet of the LAW of the gospel as set forth in the scriptures.
In other words, the saints that entered into this unscriptural covenant willingly put themselves under the law of justice instead of the law of mercy and grace through faith, under the direction of Lucifer.
Interestingly, faith vs the letter of the law was the topic being addressed by Peter and Paul when they quoted from Isaiah 28. Let us continue with the Isaiah 28 narrative-
14 ¶ Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
However, before the covenant with death and hell had been entered into in Nauvoo, the foundation had already been laid which would enable the Marvelous Work and a Wonder to take place four generations later.
16 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
What is the tried corner stone that provides the sure foundation?
What does it mean to “make haste“?
I would suggest that the sure foundation is Christ and his atonement. It is referring to entering into the full covenant with Christ through the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost by the proper priesthood authority and then hanging on to the iron rod (that is the word of God) for dear life.
To make haste is to make a hasty decision that is contrary to the sure foundation of Christ and His holy word.
The word of God comes in three forms.
- The written word of God in scripture
- The spoken word of God through God’s living oracles (when they are on the earth)
- The still small voice from the Gift of the Holy Ghost that abides continuously (when it is available through the fulness of the gospel)
When the fulness is not on the earth, and we are unable to fully enter into the strait gate and enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost, each of us must study and search the written word of God and give diligent heed to the light of Christ and the intermittent promptings of the Holy Ghost.
The written word of God contains the pure and simple doctrine of Christ and the fulness of the Gospel as contained in the Book of Mormon and the revelations brought forth through Joseph Smith.
Only those revelations that were publicly accepted and sustained through the law of common consent before the death of Joseph Smith can be considered official scripture that contains the doctrine of Christ and the fulness of the gospel.
The revelations pertaining to Christ and his doctrine and his gospel represent the cornerstone spoken of in scripture. It is the foundation of biblical Christianity and the LDS restoration movement.
Anything more or less that that cornerstone cometh of evil.
The Lord is going to sweep away the refuge of lies that all institutionalized religions have become immersed in as well as the fellowship groups that are led by false prophets.
Those that have made hasty decisions and not held on to the iron rod of Gods written word have been and will be deceived when the true servants return to the vineyard.
Those that are true to the written word of God will be given the opportunity to take the Holy Spirit as their guide as they enter into the strait gate when the light shines forth and the fulness returns to the earth through the properly ordained servants that have been designated in scripture.
Those that are deceived and reject the true servants will be will be trodden down-
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 ¶ And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
God is about to rise up and do his strange work. Will you be found among those that are patiently waiting for the return of the true servants? Will you have ears to hear or will you make a hasty decision and be deceived by false prophets?
As with all prophecies, these passages in Isaiah have a dual application.
The first fulfillment of a hasty decision that went contrary to the word of God and ended with making a covenant with death and hell took place at the time of the succession controversy in Nauvoo.
This is how many of us inherited the LDS Temple endowment and placed ourselves under covenant with Satan.
Following the martyrdom of Hyrum and Joseph, many of the saints of the restoration violated the commandment and warning in Section 43 and followed after prophets that had not been ordained by God
Another hasty decision that will result in a covenant with death and hell is currently being entered into at this time just prior to the return of the true servants and the final restoration.
It has to do with entering into covenant to accept a bastardize version of the four standard works which rejects the inspired scriptures brought forth by Joseph Smith.
It rejects the official “articles and covenants” of the restored church that were received by revelation jointly through Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, the first and second elder of the restored church. This amazing revelation was sustained and ratified by the saints as containing the saving ordinances of the restored church.
The articles and covenants laid the foundation for how the restored gentile church was to be governed and they were to have preeminence over any ordinance or church governance protocols in the Book of Mormon.
Section 20 was one of the two revelations that were hand copied and sent with the early missionaries of the restoration. It is absolutely foundational to the LDS restoration movement.
The false scriptures of the false covenant also incorporate the false revelation about the testimony of John which omits or contradicts numerous inspired changes by Joseph Smith.
It also rejects the words of Christ in Section 110 which explains the change in trajectory of the condemned church.
Regarding the time of the succession crisis, the Lord had made it clear that anything more or less than what was contained in the Book of Mormon and the revelations that had been sustained by the common consent of the church, with regard to the doctrine of Christ, cometh of evil.
119 And again, verily I say unto you, let no man pay stock to the quorum of the Nauvoo House unless he shall be a believer in the Book of Mormon, and the revelations I have given unto you, saith the Lord your God;
120 For that which is more or less than this cometh of evil, and shall be attended with cursings and not blessings, saith the Lord your God. Even so. Amen. D&C 124:119-120
We still have the scriptures as they existed at the time the above warning was given. Those that add to or take away from the simple gospel of Christ and the fulness of the Gospel that had been revealed through Joseph Smith will be cursed.
In the above passages from Section 124 the Lord was reiterating what had been said anciently in the Book of Mormon
38 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.
39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.
Any decision that went contrary to that counsel would be a hasty decision.
If one will study the succession crisis closely, they will find that the more noble and faithful among the saints would refuse to submit to the ancient temporal kingdom that was being set up by Brigham Young which would ultimately require participants in good standing to put their trust in the “arm of flesh ” by raising the “arm of flesh”.
Those that do this are cursed.
Many hasty decisions were made at the time of the succession crisis.
Some people made the hasty decision of following Brigham and the majority of the Twelve as their spiritual guides.
Some people made the hasty decision of following James Strang and other self proclaimed prophets.
Lots of hasty decisions were made back then that replaced the simple doctrine of Christ and the fulness of the gospel, with fringe groups that used the restoration narrative and scriptures to gain power over people.
Those of us living today at the time when the last great work of restoration is about to take place should be more concerned with not making our own hasty decisions.
There is a great falling away from belief in Christ taking place today which was prophesied in the scriptures.
There is also a great awakening of our awful situation taking place today that was prophesied in scripture.
Many of these people who have awakened to the awful situation that the modern church and our country is in, have associated with splinter groups led by false prophets. These people are making a hasty decision to follow a false prophet that has not been ordained by God to replace Joseph Smith.
When Christ warned of false prophets in the last days, he was not just referring to the myriad of independent space cadets that have randomly emerged over the last four generations, he was referring more specifically to a confederacy of associated false prophets that would arise at the very time that the last great restoration would take place.
In Matthew 24 the Lord was warning us about a specific religious movement built upon the foundation of a false doctrine that teaches that anyone can see the face of the Lord and get the “Second Comforter” even before the servants return with the fulness of the Gospel. This association of false prophets and teachers would have the power of a united group testimony.
What is currently taking place in the land is an ingenious deception crafted by Satan himself and unwittingly carried out by those who do not know the voice of the shepherd in the scriptures.
Things are not going to end well for those that raise their arms in this false covenant that rejects the words of Christ and replaces them with the words of a false prophet. It is a covenant with death and hell. Temporally speaking it may end in a latter day Masada. More importantly, it will seal you up to Satan as one of his Tares.
If you are involved in such a group you need to repent before it is eternally too late.
You need to study & search, parse & vet, question and challenge the claims of the false prophet and question his perceived authority. You need to follow the example of those that bitch the varnish off of wood in an effort to get to the truth of the matter because your soul depends upon it.
[EDITORIAL NOTE: I have spent nine long grueling years trying to explain to people that the fulness was taken from the earth and that the saints of the LDS restoration were rejected as a church with their dead.
Isaiah teaches that the heavens closed and the Lord hid his face from the saints once the fulness was rejected.
Other ancient and modern scriptures attest to the fact that God does turn his face away from his apostate people for a time and turn them over to Satan when they reject the fulness.
In Deuteronomy 31:17 the Lord prophesied that in the latter times he would forsake the latter day saints and hide his face from them.
Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them
In Nauvoo, he counseled the saints to ponder his sayings while he was near–
“And again, verily I say unto you, my friends, I leave these sayings with you to ponder in your hearts, with this commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall call upon me while I am near—”
God is not always near.
He did hide his face from his people.
Precious few people have believed me.
It is arrogant, prideful human nature to assume that God would never turn his face from our generation or that of our precious pioneer ancestors that suffered so much and were so valiant in the cause. The spiritual gifts that always accompany the true saints have not been the saints since Kirtland.
Even most LDS fringe groups and those who have awakened to the fact that all is not well in Zion typically refuse to accept that the fulness is not somewhere on earth and available to those who sincerely seek it.
The latest false prophet of the latest fringe movement initially bore testimony of the truthfulness of the modern corporate church and its priesthood and ordinances. Eventually he began to realize that there were problems in the church but he refused to believe that the saints had been completely rejected as a church. His contention was that all that needed to be done was to preserve the restoration.
Although he noted the warning that the church would be rejected if they failed to complete the Nauvoo Temple in his controversial book, He refused to commit one way or the other whether the saints had been rejected by God.
Years later he has finally now taken a stand and declared that the saints had been rejected as a church by the Lord back in Nauvoo. This of course creates a big problem for his ever changing paradigm and associated claims since he originally claimed that the priesthood, saving ordinances and temple endowment of the modern corporate church made possible his bogus Second Comforter experience.
I am raising the warning voice against this false prophet and the covenant he is getting people to enter into.
The saints were rejected as a church back in Nauvoo and the Lord hid his face from the saints of the restoration just as Isaiah testifies.
Happily the Lord informs us that he will once again turn his face towards his people.
In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. Isaiah 54:8