We have noted that Joseph Smith felt that the end of the sixth seal and beginning of the seventh seal was close, at least according to God’s reckoning of time.
For that reason, and in conjunction with the fact that we have been commanded multiple times to be watching and waiting for the events of the Lord’s coming, we need to be anticipatory and to pay attention to the information that God has given to us that might identify the appointed time that the Marvelous Work might begin.
Four generations ago Joseph Smith said-
“The world has had a fair trial for six thousand years; the Lord will try the seventh thousand Himself;” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842-43 p.252)
The New Testament informs us that Satan is the God of this world and that the worldly state that we live in is governed by him and his minions.
Joseph’s statement above implies that a great transition is about to take place as we cross over from the end of the six thousand year period of the temporal earths existence to the beginning of the seventh thousand years.
Orson Pratt once stated that every single mysterious and difficult to understand thing that God and his servants have stated or made reference to in scripture can and should be understood by God’s people. It is expected by God that his elect are searching out the deeper things.
I make no apologies for pondering and speculating about the mysterious things of God and his economy and the foreordained timeline of this earth with its associated appointed times.
There is nothing mentioned in the scriptures that will not eventually come to light and we need to be striving to understand what God and his servants have said in holy writ.
Institutional prophets and seers who have warned people to not speculate and try to understand the mysterious sayings and events of the end times in the scriptures are speaking contrary to what the Lord wants us to be doing. The modern corporate church has continually admonished it members to not speculate and to rely on the “authorities” of the church to reveal any prophetic information that is needed to be understood. Truly this is the blind leading the blind.
According to Pratt, even the difficult to understand aspects of prophetic writings such as those found in the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel can and should be pondered by the true disciples of Christ. They will eventually be understood even though many of those interpretations have been sealed from the understanding of man until the appointed time when they are to be understood.
In section 77 Joseph Smith provides some very helpful interpretations and clarifications of the prophecies found in the Book of Revelation as well as information regarding this upcoming transition from the sixth seal to the seventh seal. He did not provide this information about the prophecies in the Book of Revelation because we are not supposed to be trying to understand it.
12 Q. What are we to understand by the sounding of the trumpets, mentioned in the 8th chapter of Revelation?
A. We are to understand that as God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work, and sanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the earth, even so, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years will the Lord God sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and judge all things, and shall redeem all things, except that which he hath not put into his power, when he shall have sealed all things, unto the end of all things; and the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels are the preparing and finishing of his work, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years—the preparing of the way before the time of his coming.
The Lord will complete the salvation of man in the beginning of the seventh thousand year period, AFTER the first six thousand years have been completed!
In addition to the literal sound of a trumpet, that apparently takes place when the CRY is made, there is a great sign that is scheduled to appear at or near, and in conjunction with the transitional cry that will go forth.
Section 77 also reveals that the temporal continuance of the earth is seven thousand years long and that the 144,000 high priests will be sealed up to be kings and priests BEFORE the seventh seal begins.
Perhaps one of the most cryptic and misunderstood clarifications about the Book of Revelation contained in section 77 is verse 15
15 Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?
A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.
The Restoration being spoken of is NOT referring to the restoration of the church and gospel at the time of Joseph Smith’s first commission back in the 1830’s and 40’s.
It is referring to the third and final watch when God’s two witnesses and the rest of his servants return to the earth.
It is referring to the RESTORATION of all things and the times of restitution and refreshing that takes place in the third watch which could begin any time.
The above passage in section 77 informs us that before the final time of restoration, the Jewish nation will be gathered.
Since the third watch and time of restoration is about to begin, that means the Jewish nation has already been gathered.
Who is the Jewish nation?
Where are they gathered?
The “Jewish nation” being referred to above is NOT referring to the Ashkenazi Jews in the Old World Jerusalem that began gathering in the 1940’s through the design and financing of the Rockefellers and new world order combination.
That is a smokescreen to derail and confuse those that are not the elect of God and who do not understand the scriptures.
The “Jewish Nation” spoken above began to be restored and gathered to the lands of the Abrahamic covenant during the week of the dedication of the Kirtland Temple beginning with the following petition in the dedicatory prayer
62 We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;
63 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;
64 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.
From that very hour, the children of Judah began to return to the land of America which is the land of the Abrahamic land covenant.
In response to that petition, Moses appeared one week later behind the veil of the most holy place in the Kirtland Temple and gave Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery the keys of the gathering of Israel.
11 After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.
Shortly after Joseph Smith was given the keys of the gathering in April of 1836 as documented in section 110, the Quorum of the Twelve were commissioned by the Lord through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith to take the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the gospel over the great waters to the remnants of Israel.
Verily, thus saith the Lord: Let a conference be held immediately; let the Twelve be organized; and let men be appointed to supply the place of those who are fallen… And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name.
This taking of the gospel to the House of Israel, including the children of Judah, was in fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi 16 wherein he foretold that after the Gentiles of the restored church rejected the fulness of the gospel, the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel would be taken to the House of Israel.
At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel….and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.
And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.
The prophecy continues on to reveal that if the Gentiles repent of their rejection of the fulness in the 3rd watch, after the House of Israel receives the Knowledge of what the fulness of the Gospel is, they shall be numbered among God’s people:
But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
The Book of Mormon informs us that the Gentiles repent at the time that the plates with the record of the vision of the Brother of Jared come forth:
4 Behold, I have written upon these plates the very things which the brother of Jared saw; and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared.
5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.
6 For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.
As shown in previous posts, the latter day gentile church that was restored through the instrumentality of the prophet Joseph Smith attempted to live consecration and establish Zion but failed and sinned against the fulness.
Following that, the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in and the Lord commissioned the Twelve to take the knowledge of the fulness across the great waters to the House of Israel.
While on his foreign mission, Orson Hyde wrote to Joseph Smith asking for clarification on whether the Jews were to gather to the Old World Jerusalem or gather to the church in America.
Joseph made it clear that the the”dispersed of Judah” along with the outcasts of Israel were among the tribal demographic that were being gathered to America.
The prophet Joseph Smith clarified that the Elders being sent to foreign lands were engaged in seeking the Outcasts of Israel and the Dispersed of Judah,
“If there is anything calculated to interest the mind of the Saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities, and arouse them to enterprise and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 195. )
In previous posts we have discussed how the tribal demographics began to change once the saints of the restored church rejected the fulness of the Gospel and the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in. Joseph Smith re-established the House of David and the kingdom of Israel.
Many of the early Kirtland saints who were remnants of the tribe of Joseph who had mingled among the gentiles began to fall away from the church after the attempt at consecration and Zion failed.
Nevertheless, the new converts to the church from across the great waters of the dispersed of Judah and the outcasts of Israel began flooding into Nauvoo as a result of the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham and the secret bestowal of the keys of the gathering from Moses.
The Jewish nation spoken of in section 77 that has now been gathered to America, calls themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
In 2nd Nephi 6 the Book of Mormon identifies these latter day Jews as those that “come to a knowledge of their redeemer” and are gathered in the latter days:
11 Wherefore, after they are driven to and fro, for thus saith the angel, many shall be afflicted in the flesh, and shall not be suffered to perish, because of the prayers of the faithful; they shall be scattered, and smitten, and hated; nevertheless, the Lord will be merciful unto them, that when they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer, they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance. (Missionary efforts starting in June 1837)
In 2nd Nephi 30, the Book of Mormon also identifies these latter day Jews as those that BEGIN to believe in Christ and gather to America but they only begin to believe. They cannot believe fully and live the fulness of the gospel.
7 And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people.
The Latter day Saints are a delightsome people who have gathered to America and yet they constitute a mixture of the tribes of Israel with the leadership being composed primarily of remnants of Judah. Many of them don’t realize what their true tribal heritage is. Judah envies the birthright of Ephraim.
The latter day Jews as a collective tribe have only begun to believe in Christ, however this is a great miracle because they rejected Christ in the meridian of time. Although it appears as if many of them will not ever accept and live the fulness of the gospel, the Apostle Paul uses the allegory of the olive tree to inform us of a great mystery, that time will come when the blindness on Israel will be taken away and a degree of salvation will be given to them.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Lights in the Heavens
We learn from Gen 1:14 that God placed the lights in the heavens and let them be for signs and appointed times…
There was a great sign in the heavens when Christ was born.
According to the Book of Jasher the birth of Abram (later changed to Abraham), was accompanied by a sign in the heavens… “and it came to be in the night Abram was born…one very large star… swallowed up the four stars”
God’s people should take the signs in the heavens very seriously because they identify the coming of God’s servants and the appointed times.
As previously mentioned, prophecy scholars are touting the upcoming alignment on September 23 2017 as a significant sign in the heavens.
While I find the prophetic interpretations being presented on the Internet to be interesting, I don’t put a lot of stock in much of their content because those who have rejected the LDS restoration are missing a wealth of prophetic information that believers in the LDS restoration that have searched the scriptures have been gifted with.
If one does not understand the distinction between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd watches and the fact that Christ comes in secret during each watch, one cannot possibly understand the scriptures relative to the events of the end times.
Religious history verifies that the religious masses are usually wrong when it comes to understanding prophecy.
For many hundreds of years people have read the ancient accounts of God’s dealings with mankind with somewhat of a disconnect because many of the events in ancient history are so metaphysical and otherworldly that it is hard for us to relate.
The miraculous showdown between Moses and Aaron and the magicians in Pharaohs court, parting of the red sea, the many interventions of God in behalf of his people, the miracles performed by God’s servants, etc. , all seem like fiction.
However we are about to enter a new era where this type of metaphysical phenomena is going to return. Through the use of keywords, the Lord has let us know that these types of events are going to return to the earth.
For instance, the phrase “See the salvation of the Lord” was used anciently by God;s prophets to inform God’s people that God was going to miraculously intervene in their behalf.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17
13 ¶ And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. Exodus 14:13
The narrative behind those events shows the astronomic and awesome power of God when he chooses to reveal himself.
We need to realize and brace ourselves for is the return of these kinds of events.
While those experiences may seem astronomically hard to imagine in modern times, Book of Mormon prophets very familiar with that term used it to inform us that an amazing event that is even more miraculous is going to take place on the global stage in the end times.
1 And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched forth his hand and said: The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall confess before God that his judgments are just. Mosiah 16:1
Section 133 also assures of that the miraculous intervention of God will take place
3 For he shall make bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of their God. Doctrine and Covenants 133:3
The JST Contains Secrets Regarding the Events of the Last Days
Those desiring to understand the secrets that unlock the mysteries of the end times events would do well to study the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible because it contains several of the secrets that are essential to understand.
While translating the inspired version of the Bible, Joseph came across Matthew 24 and made some very significant changes to it. It is very beneficial to compare the KJV with the Inspired Version.
While translating Matthew 24, Joseph Smith was given a revelation known as section 45 which provides additional information relative to the events of the generation of Christ’s return detailed in Matthew 24.
Section 45 is one of the more cryptic sections dealing with prophecy. The spirit of prophecy is required to understand some of the mysterious passages in it.
The section begins by warning the saints that if they don’t hearken to the voice of the Lord, death will overtake them and the harvest will have ended and their souls will not have been saved.
“hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved.”
It is crucial that we hearken to the voice of God in the scriptures and take the sayings of God literally and seriously if we want to be included in the first harvest. We also need to be able to distinguish between what God termed as “TODAY” as opposed to what he termed as AFTER TODAY
Fortunately, section 76 speaks of the mercy of God which results in a second and third harvest, each resulting in kingdom of glory.
In Section 45 the Lord admonished the saints to listen to what he had to say while it was called TODAY.
Other passages inform us that the next dispensational DAY (second WATCH) would begin in the near future and that the day of living the law of consecration would not be possible in that next day.
Note the following passage that provides distinctions between the first day (watch) and the following day (watch)
I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some.
22 And after that day, I, the Lord, will not hold any guilty that shall go with an open heart up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of men.
23 Behold, now it is called TODAY until the coming of the Son of Man, (The Son of Man did come i secret a few years later in 1836) and verily it is a DAY of sacrifice, and a DAY for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed (consecrated) shall not be burned at his coming.
24 For after TODAY cometh the burning—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, TOMORROW all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon.
25 Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called TODAY.
As you can see, in September of 1831 when section 64 was given, it was TODAY when the saints were commanded to labor and keep the commandments to consecrate and establish Zion.
After the Gentiles failed in the time of their labor, the Lord secretly came to his temple and the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham replaced the previous dispensation that incorporated the fulness of the gospel.
During the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham, the saints were no longer allowed to consecrate and live the laws of Zion. They were informed that they must wait for a “little season” of chastisement and learning before they could once again have the privilege of living the laws of Zion.
The following passage in section 45 provides a type and shadow of what was taking place during Joseph Smith’s first commission.
8 I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not; but unto as many as received me gave I power to do many miracles, and to become the sons of God; and even unto them that believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal life.
During the meridian of time Christ came to “his own” and was not received by them. Yet those that were not his own, did receive him and they obtained eternal life.
“Mine own” as used in the above passage is code for the Jews who rejected Christ. A deep search on the topic shows that there is a terrestrial salvation awaiting them and they will be able to abide in the presence of the Savior but not in the presence of the Father in the kingdom of glory they inherit.
On the other hand, an inner group of God’s elect, including the apostles and others did receive Christ and they were given power to obtain eternal life.
I believe the reason Christ is sharing this truth is because it is typological to what was happening during Joseph’s first commission. Many of the Latter day Saints took the scriptures lightly and were not faithful in living consecration and establishing Zion. Yet there was an inner group of God’s elect that were faithful. The wheat and tares were mingled together. The elect entered into the strait gate and received power to obtain eternal life.
Moving forward in the section, Christ provides additional details not provided in Matthew 24. The section is written very cryptically and can only be decoded by those that have learned how to read in the spirit. The following is how I read the passages. Each should discern for themselves what is being said.
And the [latter day] remnant [of the Jews] shall be gathered unto this place [at or near Kirtland Ohio where the revelation was given]…
And then shall the Lord set his foot upon this mount [where the revelation is being received], and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro, and the heavens also shall shake…
51 And then shall the [latter day] Jews look upon me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?
52 Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God.
53 And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king
Sadly, the latter day Jews have only begun to believe in Christ. They have created a religious culture that indoctrinates them to put their trust in the arm of flesh instead of avoiding deception by studying the word of God and receiving personal revelation.
Section 45 speaks of two separate and distinct groups; His people who will gather and lament because they have been decieve by the craftiness of men and never comprehended the fulness and never knew Christ.
The other group spoken of are referred as His Disciples who stand in holy places.
Section 133 informs us that after all of the tribes gather to America and the call is made for the virgins to enter into the marriage chamber, there will be a physical separation, with the elect of God among the Gentiles fleeing to Zion while those of Judah flee to the land of Jerusalem located in America, where their gathering was initiated.
10 Yea, let the cry go forth among all people: Awake and arise and go forth to meet the Bridegroom; behold and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord.
11 Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour.
12 Let them, therefore, who are among the Gentiles flee unto Zion.
13 And let them who be of Judah flee unto Jerusalem, unto the mountains of the Lord’s house.
Section 45 provides one of the most important keys to understanding the parable of the Ten Virgins.
There are many other things in section 45 that are very important keys to understanding the events of the end times. It should be studied and studied and studied.
The above passage is greatly misunderstood.
It has reference to receiving the spiritual anointing (endowment) referred to in scripture as the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost which initiates the continual abiding of the Holy Spirit and enters one into the strait gate.. It will be made available when God’s servants return to the vineyard.
One of the very mysterious passages contained in section 45 in verses 16 and 17 refers to his disciples, who he was addressing in Jerusalem, who have returned to the earth in the flesh after experiencing a “long absence of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage”
This provides an implication that I will not elaborate on at this time.
He then associates the return of the body and spirit as the “day of redemption” and the “restoration of scattered Israel”
Make of that, however you see fit.
The Lord informs the saints in this section that additional critical information is forthcoming regarding the end times events mentioned in Matthew 24 however it will not be made available until AFTER the New Testament is translated:
60 And now, behold, I say unto you, it shall not be given unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, (Matthew 24) until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known;
61 Wherefore I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come.
62 For verily I say unto you, that great things await you;
My interpretation of the above passage is that the Inspired Version of Matthew 24 specifically and of the the New Testament generally contains secret information about en times events necessary to prepare us for the things to come.
The Inspired Version of the New Testament provides critical information to help us make sense of the events of the last days. A few examples are as follows:
- It clarifies the doctrine of the three watches.
- It informs us that Elijah the preparer is a separate and distinct person from Elijah the restorer.
- It reveals that the true identify of John the Baptist in the New Testament is Elijah the Tishbite from the Old Testament.
The list goes on and on.
Does the JST Reveal the Secret Identity of Joseph Smith?
One of the things I am intrigued with is the possible correlation between the upcoming sign in the heavens with the dream Joseph of Egypt had.
I think the coming sign could be applicable to the time when all the nations of Israel will bow down to JOSEPH
Here is the passage that speaks of the dream Joseph had that was so offensive to Joseph’s father and brethren.
Genesis 37 KJV
Joseph of Egypt was saying that the time would come when all of the tribes of Israel would bow down to him in receiving their blessings.
Clearly this was fulfilled in part anciently, however, I believe there may be a second part of this fulfillment.
Could the bowing down to Joseph possibly be referring to the falling down to be crowned with glory, by the hands of the servants of the Lord as mentioned in the following passage?
26 And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.
27 And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.
28 Their enemies shall become a prey unto them,
29 And in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land.
30 And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.
31 And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble at their presence.
32 And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.
33 And they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy.
34 Behold, this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows.
35 And they also of the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified in holiness before the Lord, to dwell in his presence day and night, forever and ever.
I would suggest that when Joseph was sold into Egypt and his brothers and Father had to come to a different land and receive temporal salvation from Joseph, was only a partial fulfillment of the prophecy.
The full literal fulfillment of the prophecy was to take place in the end times.
This brings up the question of whether Joseph Smith fulfills the prophecy in behalf of Joseph of Egypt as his descendant, OR whether Joseph Smith IS Joseph of Egypt.
One could build a compelling case for the fact that Joseph Smith is the literal transmigration of Joseph of Egypt based on the following clarification provided in the Joseph Smith translation which identifies Joseph of Egypt not only as the one that his brethren bowed down to anciently during a time of famine, but also as the one who will be a light to God’s people and deliver Israel out of captivity and bondage in the end times!
Follow the narrative of the inspired clarifications very closely.
Notice how the narrative is taking place AFTER Joseph had temporally saved his brethren from famine anciently and yet in verse 11, the narrative begins speaking of a future time, when Joseph of Egypt will be a light unto the people when they are in captivity and bondage.
That never happened anciently between Joseph of Egypt and Israel to my knowledge..
Verse 11 is clearly speaking of a future event.
In the latter days, Joseph of Egypt will bring salvation to his brethren who are identified among the gentiles after they have sinned and rejected the fulness of the Gospel.
The following declaration from God to Joseph Smith in section 3:9 is nonsensical unless viewed through a broader above context
“Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord..”
Why would the Lord need to remind Joseph Smith what his first name is?
Something much more significant is going on.
It is possible that God is simply reminding Joseph Smith of the Joseph the Seer prophecy, contained in the JST and the Book of Mormon, however, it is also very possible that God is revealing that Joseph Smith is Joseph of Egypt.
“Behold, thou art Joseph [of Egypt], and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord..”
The above promise to Joseph of Egypt in JST Genesis 48 is literally transposing the calling and ministry of Joseph of Egypt over the many promises given to Joseph Smith in modern revelation!
Validating through Keyword Searches
The inspired version of the Bible informs us that in the last days, Joseph of Egypt will be a “light” unto God’s people to deliver them from captivity and bondage:
11 For thou shalt be a light unto my people, to deliver them in the days of their captivity, from bondage; and to bring salvation unto them, when they are altogether bowed down under sin.
Isaiah picks up on this theme as he prophesies two different times about a latter day covenant servant that would be a light unto the Gentiles and bring salvation to them.
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a alight to the bGentiles, that thou mayest be my csalvation unto the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6
Those passages are clearly referring to the promise the Lord gave to Joseph of Egypt to be a light to the people.
Now notice the similarity in the following passages in modern revelation regarding being a light unto the gentiles
In section 45 the Lord made the following pronouncement:
9 And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.
10 Wherefore, come ye unto it, and with him that cometh I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning.
The narrative is clearly very similar.
An everlasting covenant is sent to be a light to the Gentiles.
Ancient prophecy characterizes the light as the covenant servant while modern revelation characterizes the light as the everlasting covenant that the covenant servant brings forth.
These same keywords and narrative shows up again in section 86.
In December of 1832 the Lord gave Joseph and his brethren a revelation regarding how the Lord would allow the wheat and the tares to grow together until the final time of harvest. It began thusly-
“Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants..”
It ended with
8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers—
9 For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God—
10 Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.
11 Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savior unto my people Israel. The Lord hath said it. Amen.
The true hidden identity of Joseph Smith takes on greater significance in this passage if he is Joseph of Egypt. Truly his life and priesthood has remained and the restoration of all things would incorporate ancient prophets and patriarchs returning to the earth in the end times beginning with Joseph Smith.
Could this be what Joseph was hinting at with his exclamation shortly before the martyrdom of “no man knows my history (genealogy).
“You don’t know me; you never knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it: I shall never undertake it. I don’t blame any one for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I would not have believed it myself…”
Joseph Smith knew something about himself and about his earthly history that he could not publicly divulge. He was bursting at the seams to say it but he knew that few if any would believe it, just as few that are reading this post will believe this possibility. It possibly had to do with his role as the covenant servant that provides intercession and his real identity from the ancient past.
The JST clearly established the fact that Elijah the prophet from Old Testament times returned to the earth in the person of John the Baptist in New Testament times and again as a ministering angel during Joseph Smith’s ministry. Is it impossible that the Lord would return Joseph of Egypt to the earth in the person of Joseph Smith?
Leviticus 16 informs us that this covenant servant, like Moses, offers himself as an atonement offering.
The covenant servant brings salvation to Israel and is literally a covenant himself in addition to bringing forth the covenants of the Lord and yet, in modern revelation, the Lord declares that the covenant servant that is to be the light and standard by which the tribes of Israel shall be gathered, had already come forth.
9 And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.
In my opinion, the above passage is referring to the everlasting covenant of Baptism brought forth through the instrumentality of God’s covenant servant, Joseph Smith.
The above passage is clearly paraphrasing the passages in Isaiah 42 and 49.
Nevertheless, Isaiah characterizes the light as a covenant person while the above passage has more of an inflection pointing to the everlasting covenant of salvation that the covenant servant brings forth.
- It was Joseph Smith through which the priesthood and saving ordinances were restored.
- It was Joseph Smith through which the Book of Mormon came for documenting the doctrine of Christ and the fulness of the Gospel.
- It was Joseph Smith through which the revelations of God came forth concerning how the restored church was to be governed and Zion is to be established.
- It was Joseph Smith through which the corrupted Bible was revised with inspired clarifications to come forth in its fulness at a later time.
- It was Joseph Smith who was given the keys of the gathering and who indeed began the great work of gathering the dispersed of Judah and the outcasts of Israel
Interestingly, just as JST Gen 48 clarifies that Joseph of Egypt will deliver latter day Israel from their sins, Joseph Smith’s patriarchal blessings reveals that Joseph Smith will save latter day Israel from famine in conjunction with the gathering.
“..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
There is strong evidence to suggest that just as John the Baptist in the New Testament was the literal transmigration of Elijah the Prophet from the Old Testament, Joseph Smith the last great prophet of the last dispensation may well be the literal transmigration of Joseph of Egypt.
I am simply presenting some possibilities.
I am simply presenting a literal interpretation of what the scripture says.
It ultimately does not matter to our salvation whether God is fulfilling his promise to Joseph of Egypt literally through transmigration or through his posterity namesake Joseph Smith as pointed out in 3rd Nephi and JST Gen 50.
Those Joseph the Seer prophecies almost seem to distinguish Joseph of Egypt and Joseph Smith as two clearly separate souls if the above evidence has not been considered, HOWEVER, when viewing the prophetic narrative in JST Genesis 50 through the lens provided by the prophetic narrative in JST Gen 48, the following passage might just read thusly:
27 Thus saith the Lord God of my fathers unto me, [Joseph of Egypt]
A choice seer [Sidney Rigdon the Spokesman-Seer] will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins [in the Third Watch], and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins; and unto him will I [Joseph of Egypt- Joseph Smith] give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren.
28 And he [The spokesman-Seer Sidney Rigdon] shall bring them to the knowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers; and he shall do whatsoever work I shall command him.
In other words, the Lord will command the Seer Spokesman Sidney Rigdon through the Seer Joseph of Egypt/Joseph Smith to do a work in bringing people to a knowledge of the covenants of the Lord.
I realize that this interpretation may seem like a bit of a stretch, however, if you have read my previous posts documenting the fact that Sidney Ridgon has his own distinct calling, ministry and mission that is separate from Joseph Smith’s, and that the Lord speaks to Sidney through Joseph, the above interpretation is congruent.
The JST and Book of Mormon designate both Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon as Seers.
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. F or, 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.
Sidney, Oliver and possibly others of Joseph Smith’s fellows were sustained as seers in the 2nd watch and will act in the calling of Seers in the third watch.
Look at the following passages in section 90 wherein Sidney and Frederick clearly have separate and distinct ministries and administrations from Joseph and they get the WORD through the administration of Joseph Smith and the WORD goes forth unto the ends of the earth through the administration and ministry of Sidney the Spokesman and his fellow-
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 [Joseph Smith’s administration] they [Sidney and Frederick] 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.
Joseph’s ministry and administration is different from Sidney’s and Fredericks ministry and administration.
Again, I am not stating categorically that these interpretations are correct nor does it matter to our salvation at this point in time if God’s last great administrator is Joseph Smith as the literal transmigration of Joseph of Egypt or simply as a descendant of Joseph of Egypt.
However we need to consider the literal interpretations as given in scripture and ponder the possibilities as we petition the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds because there are going to be some huge surprises coming up when the marvelous work begins and the dispensation of the fulness of times is ushered in.
God’s servants are about to return to the vineyard and they will be giving the last warning possibly while making some outrageous claims. Interestingly, the servant mentioned in the allegory in Jacob that returns to the vineyard multiple times, had been with the Lord in the vineyard prior to the 2nd watch!
Will we have sufficient faith and knowledge to believe the claims and recognize the true servants?
When this takes place, it will be difficult to accept them if we have been indoctrinated and spiritually dumbed down by institutional blind shepherds.
Regarding the upcoming sign in September of 2017, it has been observed that Jupiter plays a huge role.
According to some authors, “Jupiter was known by the Jews as the planet of the Messiah“. According to one author-
Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo on August 27, 2016, which coincides with a close conjunction of Venus. The next such close conjunction with these two brightest planets is 49 years later. Jupiter itself enters Virgo about every 12 years. The August 27, 2016 conjunction comes exactly 400 days before Yom Kippur 2017. Yom Kippur always ends Teshuvah, which is a 40 day season of repentance.
Interestingly 49 years is the same time period as a biblical Jubilee cycle.
This brings us to the Jupiter talisman that Joseph sometimes had in his possession. Jupiter seemed to play an important role in a future significant sign in the heavens to Joseph Smith.
The Jupiter talisman had a depiction of the orbit, or trajectory of Jupitor which has a break in it, possibly referring to the martyrdom and indicating the two part commission of God’s covenant servant.
It is shown in conjunction with another depiction of what might be the sign of the cross, or sign of the coming of the Son of Man.
The Sign of the Cross = the Sign of the Coming of the Son of Man
Prophecy scholars have pointed out that if we count backwards from September 23 2017 3.50 years, it takes us to the date of the first blood moon tetrad that took place in April 2014. If we count 3.50 years forwards from September 23rd 2017 we find another interesting sign in the sky, it is called the sign of the cross.
Again, we are reminded of the two annual time periods of prophetic events that related to the ancient feast days of Israel as well as when significant revelations relating to these feast days and the prophetic events of the end times have been given.
Will we be found watching the times of the feast dates and the associated signs in the heavens as we are faithfully waiting and watching for the return of Christ and his servants?
This is an email I got from someone following this post
In reference to:
“Regarding the upcoming sign in September of 2017, it has been observed that Jupiter plays a huge role.
According to some authors, “Jupiter was known by the Jews as the planet of the Messiah“. According to one author-
Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo on August 27, 2016, which coincides with a close conjunction of Venus. The next such close conjunction with these two brightest planets is 49 years later. Jupiter itself enters Virgo about every 12 years. The August 27, 2016 conjunction comes exactly 400 days before Yom Kippur 2017. Yom Kippur always ends Teshuvah, which is a 40 day season of repentance.”
Did you notice that 40 days before Yom Kippur 2017 (Sept 30) is the solar eclipse that crosses the USA (August 21)?