“a hinge is a point in a lesson when you need to check if students are ready to move on, and if yes, in which direction; a hinge–point question is a diagnostic question that you ask your students when you reach the hinge, responses to which give you evidence about what you and your students need to do next.”
Things are really starting to heat up with regard to President Nelson’s claims that the April conference and 200th anniversary of the first vision represents a prophetic “hinge point” event.
I recently received a text from a well meaning relative suggesting that I am running out of time to repent and accept President Nelson as the true prophet of God on the earth.
I really appreciate his concern for my soul. Very few people have tried to save it. I suppose most don’t think it is worth saving. 😉
A New Earthquake in Idaho
Yesterday there was a sizable earthquake in Challis Idaho that really shook my house. It was quite exciting.
One of my readers that lives by Boise sent me an email asking if I felt it. He seems to believe that the anticipated Gail Smith earthquake is going to take place tomorrow on the 2nd of April.
Frankly, I am not holding my breath.
New Prophets Have Arisen in Our Midst
I have some interesting things to share in this post about some prophetic claims that people are making, so put your seat belt and crash helmet on.
It seems like we have had a dry spell for several years in this regard but now things are starting to heat up.
First, there is a fascinating gentleman who has been accurately predicting the events of the stock market using his interpretation of the prophecies in the Book of Daniel!
He apparently pulled his money out of the market just before the recent huge down turn took place.
His name is Bo Polny
Perhaps the most remarkable claim that he is making is that April 21st of this year marks a major shift in world events. (the time of Passover)
To the best of my memory he said the following thing in the interview that I listened to:
“We are going to see God’s hand intervene on our world… it will be a new era in time.. God is bringing his kingdom to this earth”
Could this guy possibly be right?
Is it time for the Kingdom of God that Daniel spoke about to finally come forth in power?
Joseph Smith’s Inspired Prayer
We know from Joseph Smith’s inspired prayer in section 65 that the kingdom is going to return when one who is mighty and powerful comes down from on high and goes forth in the earth to prepare the way of the Lord.
This coming event can only happen because the Lord had previously committed the keys of the kingdom of God to man on the earth during Joseph Smith’s ministry.
The Lord clearly states that it is from those who had the keys previously committed to them that the gospel will roll forth.
The committing of those keys all happened during Joseph’s first ministry. It is clearly documented. Here is the inspired prayer that speaks about when the kingdom that Joseph Smith was instrumental in restoring will return to the earth-
1 Hearken, and lo, a voice as of one sent down from on high, who is mighty and powerful, whose going forth is unto the ends of the earth, yea, whose voice is unto men—Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
2 The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.
3 Yea, a voice crying—Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom.
4 Pray unto the Lord, call upon his holy name, make known his wonderful works among the people.
5 Call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth, that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of Man shall come down in heaven, clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God which is set up on the earth.
6 Wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come, that thou, O God, mayest be glorified in heaven so on earth, that thine enemies may be subdued; for thine is the honor, power and glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Could it really be time for the kingdom of God to begin rolling forth for the last time as prophetically foretold in the Book of Danial?
Bo Polny Said the Market is going to Fall Again
But I digress. Getting back to Bo Polny-
He predicted the recent fall in the market and he claims that a greater one is about to take place
He also thinks that gold and silver will shoot upwards when the market falls. You can view his slide presentation here
You can watch a recent interview of his below
Will the Kingdom be Restored in April?
Frankly, it would make sense to me if the kingdom was restored to the earth this April.
Because of the timeline theory that I presented decades ago.
I still believe it is close to being accurate.
If so, this April marks the beginning of a sequence of two seven years periods before the projected end of the sixth seal takes place in about 2033.
Does it seem likely that the Marvelous Work would need 14 years to be fulfilled before the end of the sixth seal?
There is still much that needs to take place before the second coming in glory.
Obviously, this is all pure speculation.
I am not predicting anything with regard to when things will happen.
I am just saying that it would be exciting, and it would make sense if the dream that Joseph Smith had about the kingdom being restored to the earth is about to take place.
False Prophets always Precede True Prophets
In a sermon given late in Joseph Smith’s ministry he gave a veiled warning about his future return to the earth. He claimed that he would return as the angel flying in the midst of heaven with the everlasting gospel.( Spoken of in the Book of Revelation and Section 133)
He warned that before this event would take place, there would be false prophets that would rise up and deceive the very elect if possible.
He also acknowledged the contemporary accusations that had been made about him being fallen prophet.
Although he did not deny being a fallen prophet, he assured his listeners that he would rather be a fallen prophet than a false prophet!
“..I get testimony to bear me out in the revelations that I have preached for the last 14 years–the old German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew translations all say it is true, they cannot be impeached, and therefore I am in good company–
all the testimony is, that the Lord in the last days would commit the keys of the Priesthood to a witness over all people–has the Gospel of the Kingdom commenced in the last days? and will God take it from the man, until he takes him, himself?
I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ–John the Revelator saw an angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c. (Rev. 14:6) the Scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress, judgments, &c are ready to be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth—
John saw the angel having the holy Priesthood who should preach the everlasting gospel to all nations,–God had an angel, a special messenger, ordained, & prepared for that purpose in the last days—
Woe! Woe! be to that man, or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his Witness in these last days.–for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones—
my apostate enemies say that I have been a true prophet–& I had rather be a fallen true prophet, than a false prophet; when a man goes about prophesying and commands men to obey his teachings, he must be either a true or false prophet; (Ref)
There are no doubt lots of Christians and Mormons that are starting to arise with prophetic warnings and claims and timeline predictions. 2020 seems to be a perceived prophetic tipping point for non-Mormons as well as Mormons that are attempting to discern the signs of the times.
Regarding members of the LDS Church, one of the many people who is proffering his view of the prophetic timeline is a guy that publishes stuff on facebook. You can view his site here
A New Timeline Video Has gone Viral
However the really big news is an LDS fellow that posted a video on his version of the end times timeline just three weeks ago and he already has nearly 200,000 views and nearly 800 comments!
One of the truly remarkable things about his youtube comments is that precious few LDS viewers are exhibiting any critical thinking skills or serious knowledge of the scriptures.
All most all of the comments are positive ones. They all seem to be buying what he is selling.
He arrives at some outrageous assumptions and presents them as facts.
He claims that President Nelson’s declaration that we are approaching the “hinge point” actually means that we are nearing the end of the “half hour of silence” spoken of in scripture-
I think his timeline presentation and the massive following that he has accumulated in such a short time is a sign of the times, but not in the sense that his presentation is accurate.
You can listen to the nonsense and decide for yourself where he is getting his inspiration from.
Some good friends of mine sent me the youtube and told me how impressed they were with his wonderful research.
They asked me to provide feedback as to how accurate I thought his timeline is.
I am providing my email response below (with a few clarifications added)
My First Response
I haven’t really listened to it all the way through but I think I have the gist… I think his timeline is a joke. No real scriptural backing to it…
How interesting that you haven’t finished it and yet feel there is not scriptural backing…? He is continually citing scripture… I finally was just able to finish it. I think you should too.
I definitely found it interesting and thought the astrology part in particular would interest you as you’ve been into the heavenly signs since I can remember.
If nothing else, as an avid participant in timelines on this very subject, I would think you’d appreciate the research and scripture put into this… and I’m shocked you’d come to a conclusion before even fully hearing it out to see if there are any nuggets of wisdom that resonate.
My Second Response
I think I heard enough to get the gist..
I blogged about the astrology part of it years ago.. in fact I think he may have gotten parts of that from my blog…
He is just taking old stuff that has been analyzed by lots of prophecy scholars and he is retrofitting and reinterpreting it and putting a different spin on it to try and justify his timeline theory which is based on pure speculation and the manipulation of scripture and church historical events.
Here is one of the the graphics I used when speaking about the astrology part of his presentation on my blog.
IMO absolutely nothing that he says to arrive at his timeline of events has any credibility; there are many scriptural contradictions in what he is saying..
Claiming that we entered the seventh seal 20 years ago is ludicrous… read what section 77 and the Book of Revelation says will happen in the beginning of the seventh seal! None of that has taken place.
If that were true, the saints would have begun gathering to Zion about 20 years ago or earlier.
There is absolutely no way that we are 20 years into the seventh seal. If that were true our probation will be over within about one week…
Further, If it is true, the quickening and catching up spoken of in Section 88 will begin happening within a week. Do you really think that is about to happen without all of the other events that need to take place long before that event ?
95 And there shall be silence in heaven for the space of half an hour; and immediately after shall the curtain of heaven be unfolded, as a scroll is unfolded after it is rolled up, and the face of the Lord shall be unveiled;
96 And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him.
97 And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven—
98 They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.
He is claiming that the half our of silence is about to end and that it began with the hosana shout at the dedication of the Palmyra Temple… seriously!?!?… are you expecting to be caught up into the cloud beginning in one week?
According to President Benson, the church is still under condemnation!!!
According to the book of Mormon, more records still need to come forth before any of that can happen and the gentiles still need to repent before the final records come forth. It hardly appears that the saints are ready to be caught up.
According to the Book of Mormon and D&C the Marvelous Work and a Wonder has not even started yet. Hence, we are not wait for the end, we are waiting for the beginning of the end.
It certainly won’t take long to see how accurate his claim is on that one!
Also, he makes the classic mistake of assuming the timeline lasts for a total of 7,000 years instead of total of 8,000 years, composed of 7,000 temporal years plus a space of 1,000 thousand years which is the paradisiacal millennium, like Joseph Fielding Smith said.
He assumes that the seventh seal of temporal time is synonymous with the “space of a thousand years” which does not take place in temporal time. It is the paradisiacal millennium when the earth leaves temporal time between the beginning of the seventh seal the “little season”
He apparently does not understand that “meridian of time” means “middle of time”, and therefore it does not make sense to have the middle of time sandwiched between a four thousand year period and a three thousand year period
Here is what JFS Smith says about this topic in Doctrines of Salvation-
“[O]ur Savior came in the meridian of time. That dispensation is called the dispensation of the meridian of time. This means that it was about halfway from the beginning of “time” to the end of “time.”. Anyone who desires can figure it for himself that our Lord came about 4,000 years from the time of the fall
The millennium is to come some time following the 2,000 years after his coming. Then there is to be the millennium for 1,000 years, and following that a “little season,” the length of which is not revealed, but which may bring “time” to its end about 8,000 years from the beginning.”(Doctrines of Salvation 1:81, emphasis in original) .
(Page79-81 Volume One Doctrines of Salvation See also the thesis of Arch Bishop Ussher who spent his life studying the time line of the earth from a literal interpretation of the Bible)
The following simplistic graphic is a representation of the meridian of time centered in an eight thousand year timeline which is consistent with what President Smith taught;
The link below is to an article I originally wrote a few decades ago. I believe it sheds light on the real truth behind some of the sensational interpretations the guy is giving.
I believe this guy has floated out into deep end of the swimming pool when he should have stayed in the shallow end of the pool.
Here is the article to my timeline research..
Reality Check: “Epidemiologist [at the Imperial College of London] behind Highly-Cited Coronavirus Model Admits He Was Wrong, Drastically Revises Model”
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