His Hands Shall Also Finish It Part 6

Current Events, Signs of the Times and Nauvoo

We live in a time when there are signs in the heavens that seem to line up with major current events as well as some prophetic events.

On February 14th 2020 the electoral college met to officially determine who won the presidency.

This is what Forbes magazine had previously observed about that event.

Donald Trump’s Presidency Will End On The Day Of A Comet, A Meteor Shower And A Total Eclipse Of The Sun. It will be no ordinary Monday. In the early hours of December 14, 2020 the year’s biggest and most impressive meteor shower will strike—the Geminids. A few hours later a darkness will come to the day as a rare total eclipse of the Sun occurs.

Observers in the path of totality in South America are hoping for a glimpse of the Sun’s corona, but they’ll also be looking for green flashes of Geminids meteors in the twilight, and possibly also a comet close to the spectacle.

It’s also a day we will see Joe Biden officially confirmed as President of the United States,” said Jay Pasachoff, Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, Massachusetts, who’s witnessed 35 total solar eclipses and 72 solar eclipses of all types. “Maybe it takes a total eclipse of the Sun to make that official.”

To the chagrin of Forbes magazine and countless other liberals, it was no ordinary Monday indeed! It was not Electoral College Event. The day did not go exactly as they anticipated since several unexpected electoral votes from republican electorates who are disputing the integrity and validity of the election cast their votes for President Trump. PA, GA, MI, WI, AZ, NV, and NM all had GOP electors cast votes for TRUMP

Three swing states sent 2 sets of Electorates which suggests a contested election in which Biden is under the 270 mark.

By doing this, they hope to keep President Trumps hopes of winning the election alive.

This comes at a time when President Trump has hinted at the possibility of getting military tribunals involved in restoring the integrity of the election by actuating an executive order that he had made in 2018.

Here is a quote from recent video on youtube-

“The U.S. military is the final arbiter and THE deciding, ultimate factor in what happens to this country, its freedom and its future, and the rest of the world. And that means a full-scale, wholesale destruction, termination, extermination, elimination of the global criminal empire from the planet. Period.”

The acting Secretary of Defense has ordered the Pentagon to stop the Biden transition. https://twitter.com/Breaking911/status/1339946748115075072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1339946748115075072%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.godlikeproductions.com%2Fforum1%2Fmessage4632024%2Fpg1
B https://www.intellihub.com/acting-secretary-of-defense-orders-pentagon-to-stop-biden-transition/

Regardless of who, if anyone, ultimately wins the 2020 election, the signs in the heavens that are taking place are noteworthy and pointing us to the grand event that will be taking place in Nauvoo .

Dozens of Wormholes?

Unsurprisingly, we are getting reports of unusual things happening in the heavens. Radio astronomers have discovered dozens of “throats” of wormholes in space (for transport?)

But the intrigue regarding signs in the heavens and notable events does not end there.

“None of us had ever seen anything like it before, and we had no idea what it was. A few days later, our colleague Emil Lenc found a second one, even more spooky than Anna’s.

Anna and Emil had been examining the new images from our pilot observations for the Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU) project, made with CSIRO’s revolutionary new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope.

EMU plans to boldly probe parts of the Universe where no telescope has gone before. It can do so because ASKAP can survey large swathes of the sky very quickly, probing to a depth previously only reached in tiny areas of sky, and being especially sensitive to faint, diffuse objects like these.

I predicted a couple of years ago this exploration of the unknown would probably make unexpected discoveries, which I called WTFs. But none of us expected to discover something so unexpected, so quickly. (Science Alert)”

The Bethlehem Star December 21 2020

It has been reported that on or about December 21st, during the upcoming winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will line up to create what is known as the “Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem.” Although it will only be seen by the naked eye in certain parts of the world See Video


“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky.”


One of my readers made these comments about it

This [Bethlehem Star] happens one week after the midpoint between the two total eclipses over Zion (the 2017 and 2024 ones). The midpoint on December 14th is also interestingly the day the electoral college votes.” The winter solstice is a highly symbolic date when darkness stops increasing and the light begins to overcome it again. Time for a rebirth perhaps?


Although the Internet is a buzz regarding this amazing sign in the sky, few people have connected the date of the upcoming Bethlehem star on December 21st, with a very significant date in history which also may link up with the 400 year prophecy given to Abraham.

The Mayflower Compact


Christian Puritans known today as the “Pilgrims from England” sailed to the “new world” of America in 1620.

These Puritans signed a “compact” as a promise to bring “glory to God AND “advancement of the Christian Faith” as their primary purpose to plant a colony in the foreign land of what would be called America.

COMPACT, noun An agreement; a contract between parties; a word that may be applied, in a general sense, to any covenant or contract between individuals; but it is more generally applied to agreements between nations and states, as treaties and confederacies. So the constitution of the United States is a political contract between the States; a national compact Or the word is applied to the agreement of the individuals of a community. (1828 Websters Dictionary)

According to some accounts, it would be on December 21 1620 that these Puritans would actually drop anchor at the tip of Cape Cod and rest their feet on dry ground.

The intended destination was an area near the Hudson River, in “North Virginia”. However the ship was forced far off-course by inclement weather and drifted well north of the intended Virginia settlement.

As a result of the delay, the settlers did not arrive in Cape Cod until after the onset of a harsh New England winter. The settlers ultimately failed to reach Virginia where they had already obtained permission from the London Company to settle, due to difficulties navigating the treacherous waters off the southeast corner of Cape Cod.

To establish legal order and to quell increasing strife within the ranks, the settlers wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact after the ship dropped anchor at the tip of Cape Cod on November 11/21, in what is now Provincetown Harbor.

Source: Wikipedia

They entered Cape Cod in the early morning of November 11/21, and anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor, waiting for sunrise. After the sun was up and the tide was high, they sent shore a small group of men to collect juniper wood–the living quarters on the Mayflower had no doubt become very rancid and smelly, and one of the Pilgrims highest priorities was to collect some juniper wood to burn onboard the ship, to make everything smell just a little bit better.

Source: Caleb Johnson

On December 21, 1620, the first landing party arrived at the site of what would become the settlement of Plymouth. World History Project

(there are conflicting historical accounts pertaining to the exact time the puritans wrote and signed the compact and also pertaining to when they went to shore}


The Compact

“In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style, November 21], in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.” Ref

The Abrahamic Land Covenant

Some people feel that this historic event having to do with the Puritans promise to inhabit the land of promise (America) “for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith” had to do with the Abrahamic Land Covenant.

In previous blog posts we have demonstrated from the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and covenants that America is the land of the end times land Covenant that God made with Abraham and his descendants. It is the land of the latter day Jerusalem and the land of Zion.

Interestingly, it appears as if December 21 2020 could possibly mark exactly 400 years since that event.

Why is this important from a prophetic point of view?

Because of the prophetic promise that the Lord gave to Abraham in Genesis 15 that his seed would be an afflicted stranger, in a land not theirs, for a period of 400 years.

Following that 400 period, God’s judgment will fall upon that nation in behalf of Abraham’s true seed.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

We have previously pointed out how protestant scholars that don’t have all of the scriptures brought forth through Joseph Smith are compelled to make erroneous assumptions about the fulfillment of prophecy. That has been true with the prophecy in 2nd Samuel 7 and other Davidic Servant prophesies.

The above prophecy is no exception. Again, most protestant prophecy scholars miss the boat on understanding the above passage.

They claim that the above prophecy refers to the length of time that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness-

40 ¶ Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

Although the 430 years sojourning of the children of Israel was possibly a vague type and shadow of the prophecy given in Genesis 15, it was obviously not the literal fulfillment. We know that for multiple reasons.

For one thing, God is exact in his promises and his prophetic timelines. 400 years is different than 430 years.

Secondly, the prophecy states that Abraham’s seed would be in servitude to a wicked nation that would afflict
them. That is not an accurate characterization of the sojourn of the children of Israel In the wilderness.

It is my opinion that the prophecy refers to the latter days and the New World of America.

Some may object to this interpretation claiming that we have had four hundred years of freedom in America.

Few Americans realize that there has never been true freedom and liberty in America. There have always been restrictions and fees to live here from the time of the arrival of the Gentiles, although the oppression has gotten significantly worse in recent years.

The Book of Mormon does prophesy that America will be a land of liberty to the righteous Gentiles, however, it does not become a land of liberty until a great work of gathering takes place and Zion is established–

9 Yea, the kings of the Gentiles shall be nursing fathers unto [the Jews], and their queens shall become nursing mothers; wherefore, the promises of the Lord are great unto the Gentiles, for he hath spoken it, and who can dispute?

10 But behold, this land, said God, shall be a land of thine inheritance, and the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land.

11 And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles.

12 And I will fortify this land against all other nations.

13 And he that fighteth against Zion shall perish, saith God.

As you can see, the time of liberty is when Zion has been established.

Second Nephi 1 also reminds us that America only becomes a land of liberty AFTER God’s people obey his laws-

7 Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever. (2nd Nephi 7)

Despite the rhetoric and historical indoctrination, America has never been a land of liberty to the Gentiles, however, it will be once the marvelous work takes place and the righteous remnant of the people repent and built Zion.

Believers Represent the seed of Abraham

So who is the seed of Abraham?

We are informed in the New Testament that everyone that believes in Jesus Christ is of the seed of Abraham. Regardless of whether this is speaking literally or through the spiritual adoption, it is still a fact.

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.  So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (Galations 3 6-9)

Once someone realizes this, there are other dots to be connected that demonstrate that in the latter days, the Abrahamic land covenant carried over to the land of America. We have covered these passages in previous posts.

Admittedly, it is total speculation to assume that December 21st could be a significant prophetic milestone or tipping point that God begins to remove his people from bondage.

But it is fun to speculate and anticipate.

If nothing else, it helps us to prepare our minds and hearts for other events that are soon to take place.

What do any of these signs in the heavens or prophetic events have to do with Nauvoo, the Nauvoo House, and section 124?

Everything.

The Set Time

The proclamation referred to in section 124 declares that it will be the “set time” when the proclamation goes forth. One of the reasons that God gives us signs in the heavens is to alert us to the coming “set time“.

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.

2 Your prayers are acceptable before me; and in answer to them I say unto you, that you are now called immediately to make a solemn proclamation of my gospel, and of this stake which I have planted to be a cornerstone of Zion, which shall be polished with the refinement which is after the similitude of a palace.

3 This proclamation shall be made to all the kings of the world, to the four corners thereof, to the honorable president-elect, and the high-minded governors of the nation in which you live, and to all the nations of the earth scattered abroad.

4 Let it be written in the spirit of meekness and by the power of the Holy Ghost, which shall be in you at the time of the writing of the same;

5 For it shall be given you by the Holy Ghost to know my will concerning those kings and authorities, even what shall befall them in a time to come.

6 For, behold, I am about to call upon them to give heed to the light and glory of Zion, for the set time has come to favor her.

7 Call ye, therefore, upon them with loud proclamation, and with your testimony, fearing them not, for they are as grass, and all their glory as the flower thereof which soon falleth, that they may be left also without excuse

8 And that I may visit them in the day of visitation, when I shall unveil the face of my covering, to appoint the portion of the oppressor among hypocrites, where there is gnashing of teeth, if they reject my servants and my testimony which I have revealed unto them.

As you can see, section 124 merges the topic of the “set time” with the “day of visitation” when the wicked will be left “without excuse

The term “set time” first shows up in scripture when God promises Abraham he will establish his covenant through a son to be named Isaac which will be born through Sarah at the set time the following year. (Gen 17:21)

How fitting that the term relates to the promises of God to Abraham. It is the seed of Abraham who are referred to as strangers, that will be gathered to Nauvoo!

But the keyword tapestry does not end there.

In Exodus 9 when God is in the process of freeing the children of Israel from bondage through Moses, the Lord warns Pharaoh that he refuses to let the children of Israel go, he will

“sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. And the Lord Appointed a set time, saying, to morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.”

Other references to the term set time, appear in the Old Testament until we arrive at the book of Job.

Job makes an interesting lamentation that suggests that his body will be in the grave until after the Lord’s wrath be past, but at the set time the Lord will remember him.

13 Oh, that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time and remember me!

14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

Will Job be in Nauvoo when the set time to favor Zion takes place?

The next notable stop for this keyword is in Psalms 102.

It provides another lamentation which begins thusly-

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.

2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

The Psalmist seems to know that in the day of trouble, God will no longer hide his face when his elect call upon him.

Later in the lamentation in Psalms 102, we are brought to the prophetic narrative when the Lord will favor Zion as is documented in the Nauvoo proclamation. Compare this narrative with the narrative in section 124.

12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18 This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people which shall be gathered shall praise the LORD,

19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21 To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

It is remarkable how often the upcoming events of Nauvoo are prophesied of in ancient scripture.

A House for Strangers

There is a very mysterious passage in section 124 that has been greatly misunderstood by those not familiar with the Old Testament.

It uses the term Strangers.

Section 124:23-24 informs us that strangers will lodge in the Nauvoo House where the Lord personally dwells:

23 And it shall be for a house for boarding, a house that strangers may come from afar to lodge therein; therefore let it be a good house, worthy of all acceptation, that the weary traveler may find health and safety while he shall contemplate the word of the Lord; and the cornerstone I have appointed for Zion.

24 This house shall be a healthful habitation if it be built unto my name, and if the governor which shall be appointed unto it shall not suffer any pollution to come upon it. It shall be holy, or the Lord your God will not dwell therein.

This passage seems very contradictory on the surface.

Why would the Lord allow strangers from “afar” presumably from other states and all over the world to lodge in a hotel where God himself dwells?

The first clue to the meaning of strangers is found in the 400 year prophecy.

“..thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs..”

That passage seems to be one of the originating reasons why the seed of Abraham became identified as people who were “strangers”.

In previous articles I have chronicled numerous other Old Testament passages wherein Abrahamic seed had been called strangers.

Strangers to whom?

To a land not yet given to them…. Perhaps to God. During a time of apostasy.

It is not until God has the gospel preached to them and gathers them in the last days to the cornerstone of Zion and gives it to them as an inheritance that they will dwell in their own land.

Until that time, they are identified as “strangers”. Regardless of whether they are living in foreign countries or America, they are strangers until they receive the gospel.

Context is everything.

Sidney Rigdon gave a talk in Nauvoo in which he revealed that the term “strangers” can refer to a group of people who have yet to come to the full knowledge of the gospel and have not yet gotten to know God through the reception of the Holy Ghost-

The doctrine Peter taught was different from sectarians. His doctrine was repent and be Baptized and you shall received the Holy Ghost. Take a view of this subject. Look at the spirit of promise. View the congregation on that day . They were strangers not having a knowledge of Salvation.

They were strangers to the power of God and did not know that Jesus Christ was crucified and all they knew about it was what Peter told them on the day of Pentecost, 14 verse of 2 ch. of Acts.

The only knowledge they had about the Holy Spirit was what Peter taught them by quoting the prophet Joel 37 verse. Now mark this, Peter had defined the spirit of God of the fruits of it be prophecy, dreams, visions, revelations, and etc.

Yes this is the spirit of God the spirit of Prophecy, dreams, visions, heal the sick, and all the great things, and I will in the last days pour out my spirit upon all flesh.  This is the definition of the Spirit. All were called to be baptized without any exceptions, villains, Harlots, scoundrels and all.”

Rigdon then gives a very clear explanation of the fruits of the Spirit when the fulness of the Gospel is on the earth;

I will now sum up the testimony. What is a man to preach when they go out? Tell the people to repent, quit their iniquity, be Baptized and you shall receive the Holy Ghost, dream dreams, see visions, and prophecy and if they don’t tell them this, they preach another gospel

Rigdon was declaring that the true gospel is only on the earth when the saints have received the true baptism and are showing the fruits of the spirit including dreams, visions, prophecy, healing, etc.

Rigdon warned that any church that does not have the gifts of the spirit, dreams, visions, prophesying, healing, miracles, does not have the power to save.

Section 124 is informing us that Abraham’s children who have been classified in scripture as “sojourning” “strangers” will receive the gospel and gather to Nauvoo.

In Ephesians 2 11-22, speaking to the seed of Abraham, Peter speaks of the “wall of separation” that makes us “strangers and foreigners” and how the gospel makes us of the commonwealth of Israel and of the household of God-

Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  or through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners,
but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,  in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

When the set time arrives for God to favor Zion, those of us that truly repent and gather to Zion will no longer be strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints.

The Old Normal Will Never Return

Americans are experiencing a level of oppression that we have never felt before. It is tempting to reminisce about the “old normal” and to desire to return to it as we blame the deep state and globalists for the restrictive and oppressive “new normal” that we are suffering under. However, the deeper truth of the matter is that God is behind the scourge brought about by the false report.

He does not want us to return to the old normal. Our awful situation is the consequence of four generations of stiff-neckedness and apostasy. We are quickly approaching the appointed time to repent and God is humbling us. God is preparing us to come out of Babylon and live his law.

According one of Joseph Smith’s brethren, things will get so bad that-

“.. the Saints will be put to a test that will try the very best of them.
The pressure will become so great that the righteous among us will cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes.”

It appears we will shortly be called upon to flee Babylon which includes most of the pleasures and delicacies that we have all enjoyed and taken for granted for a long time.

That is a tough pill to swallow for most of us, but it is true. The appointed time for the redemption of Zion is quickly approaching and God wants a humbled and sober people. Instead of marshalling and directing our energy and anger at the globalists in the secret combination, we might be wise to realize that what we are experiencing is God’s chastening hand upon us, preparing us for a radical change. We need to prepare our hearts and minds for consecration.

Section 124 contains a reminder that there is going to be a formal and official calling out from Babylon by proclamation.

If in fact that calling out is close at hand, the real reason for the bizarre global lockdown becomes apparent. Satan and his minions are very much aware of God’s timeline and they are trying to prevent the global gathering that must take place.

This gives us greater context for many of the prophetic pronouncements pertaining to the gathering.

For instance, section 1 assures us that God’s servants will forth in power and none will prevent them from going forth..

Section 110 describes the process by which the teaching and warning of the servants will be conducted before the gathering takes place..

Section 84 speaks of the sense of urgency that will characterize the servants warning about the desolation of abomination..

Many other keys and clues have been given for those that search the scriptures.

The Next Version of Covid

Reports of a modified and much more potent strain of the Covid as well as other sicknesses are already circulating. These will certainly be used to justify the next level of oppression and lockdown. Yet the remedy is clearly laid out in prophecy. The saints that repent and gather will be given power over sickness. Healings and other miracles will accompany the saints of the final restoration.

The Day of the Lord

I recently came across a video and short research paper on the “day of the Lord’.

You can view the paper online here

I found it interesting that the fellow whom I assume is protestant made the following observation:

“What will it be like when Messiah comes to the Earth? HIS Faithful followers will be “gathered” and then He gives judgment on His ‘own people’ who have strayed away?”

I have also seen that narrative in scripture. The elect of God are gathered first, then His people who have strayed will be judged.

One thing I think he got wrong is that he believes the “gathering” is synonymous with the “rapture“. He does not realize there will be a physical gathering to Zion years before the rapture takes place.

We can all rejoice as we see these things unfold for the day of our deliverance is nigh at hand.

14 Responses to His Hands Shall Also Finish It Part 6

  1. sauloftooele says:

    Sorry for the long comment, but a few verses I felt compelled to add. Great catch about the 400 years by the way, I was always caught up on the 430 for some reason.

    Isaiah 49/1 Nephi 21 (read the whole chapter for context) speaking to the marred servant verses 8-13 say: 8 Thus saith the Lord: In an ACCEPTABLE TIME have I heard thee, O isles of the sea, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee my servant for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

    9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners: Go forth; to them that sit in darkness: Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

    10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

    11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

    12 And then, O house of Israel, behold, these shall come from far; and lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

    13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; for the feet of those who are in the east shall be established; and break forth into singing, O mountains; for they shall be smitten no more; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

    Isaiah 52 is probably the most quoted scripture along with Malachi 3-4 it show up everywhere. Section 113 explains that: 7 Questions by Elias Higbee: What is meant by the command in Isaiah, 52d chapter, 1st verse, which saith: Put on thy strength, O Zion—and what people had Isaiah reference to?

    8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost.

    9 What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse?

    10 We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen; which if they do, the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them, or give them revelation. See the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses. The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles.

    Isaiah 52:7 says: 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

    The word translated as beautiful in Nauvoo in Hebrew. This is where Joseph got the name of the city from. It’s not the normal word it’s quite rare. I recommend reading the whole chapter for more context. Notice it also mentions publishing peace.

    And finally as God said to Joseph: 7 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.

    8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

    9 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.

    • ” In an ACCEPTABLE TIME have I heard thee”

      Fantastic observation!

      The “set time to favor her..” has numerous variations in scripture. It would be fun to look them all up.. but difficult since different keywords are employed.

      But the “acceptable time” listed in Isaiah is one of the most profound along with the narrative which fits nicely with all of the others

      • sauloftooele says:

        Paul actually paraphrases the verse along with some others in 2 Cor. 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

        And Psalm 69 especially 13-14 as well: But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

        14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

  2. sauloftooele says:

    I actually just noticed something in 3 Nephi 20:36 Christ is quoting Isaiah 52 but adds the word again. I think this is the best summary of what is about to happen: 36 And then shall be brought to pass that which is written: Awake, awake again, and put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city, for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

    37 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

    38 For thus saith the Lord: Ye have sold yourselves for naught, and ye shall be redeemed without money.

    39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that my people shall know my name; yea, in that day they shall know that I am he that doth speak.

    40 And then shall they say: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!

    41 And then shall a cry go forth: Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch not that which is unclean; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.

    42 For ye shall not go out with haste nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel shall be your rearward.

    43 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.

    44 As many were astonished at thee—his visage was so marred, more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men—

    45 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him, for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

    46 Verily, verily, I say unto you, all these things shall surely come, even as the Father hath commanded me. Then shall this covenant which the Father hath covenanted with his people be fulfilled; and then shall Jerusalem be inhabited again with my people, and it shall be the land of their inheritance.

  3. Ric says:

    What is the nature of the “pressure” Heber C. Kimball predicted for the righteous saints to endure? Answer: The pressures imposed by the powers that be for not complying to take the mandatory COVID-19-20-21-22 vaccine! They will turn off our water and electricity and make it impossible for the saints to buy food and to sell products and services in their businesses. Members will lose their jobs for non-compliance and will not be able to pay their mortgages, they will deplete their savings accounts, they will not be able to pay their taxes and will be forced from their property. Also the PTB will eliminate personal exemptions and religious exemptions as reasons for not getting vaccinated. They likewise will require proof of vaccination in order to enter a national park, board an airplane and renew a drivers license—all are compulsory pressures that violate a their Constitutional rights. The “pressure” will be so great that the saints will pray day and night for deliverance—“then is the time that Joseph Smith and others will make their appearance.”

    • It is certainly looking that way..

      BTW.. I am getting reports that the Eurotunnel has closed the Folkestone terminal… Saudi Arabia is closing all of its borders.. Turkey is now banning flights into country..

      I think the reason being given for closing border is a new virulent strain of the virus

  4. Ric says:

    I was watching an interview of Bill Gates and he said, I paraphrase: “You think the first wave of COVID-19 got people’s attention just you wait until the second wave shows up, it will get everybody’s attention.” The cameraman then got a close up of Malinda Gate’s face after he said that and she gave us the Cheshire cat smile. I guess the second wave is now at our door steps.

  5. FC says:

    This new strain has been reported in England, so naturally all of Europe has cut England off. I can’t go there from Scotland, not that I need to. The thing to note here is that the powers that be have their hands tied. They need to stop Joseph and his fellow servants but not alert the public to their presence. That’s not an easy task, ( it’s entirely impossible) but this lot are having a go at it anyway. I agree with Watcher if this is what he’s trying to say: if we’re all locked up at home then the only people left out in the streets will be the servants. The lockdown flushes them out and then they can be quietly removed from the scene (as I say, utterly impossible). That’s how I’ve been viewing this for months. Surely already there are people all over, praying night and day, I am.

    • FC

      I did not realize you lived in Scotland.

      Do you envision being gathered to America as documented in scripture??

      If so, how do you envision your pilgrimage to America??

      Do you feel like it will be a metaphysical experience or simply a faith-based natural endeavor?

      I suspect you have pondered this..

  6. FC says:

    Another thing to consider, and it comes from section 84. When the servants go out to preach the gospel we need to feed them or clothe them or give them money. We can’t do that if we’ve been in hiding from the authorities for a protracted length of time trying to avoid the vaccine.

    • It sure seems like that is the narrative taking place.. We seem to be in a window of time between now and the swearing in ceremony that God could come out of his hiding place and begin the work..

      If nothing happens between now and then, then we could be in for a prolonged period of affliction from authorities.

  7. Ric says:

    Not to belabor the point but I was thinking that this first COVID-19 wave was purposely a mild strain so that the medical industry, main stream media and politicians would fearmonger and scaremonger the public which would create a backlash of conservative and patriotic pundits to counter the former, saying it’s a hoax—it has a 99% recovery rate. This tactic draws out the latter group to show their hand and jump the gun in making the case that the former group is making much ado about nothing and are unreliable sources of information, so most Americans start to relax and quit wearing masks and relying on conservatives. Then the second virus wave is released amidst this national ambiguity and it is really desolating and it will cause the conservative side to eat crow. The fearmongering side will then put out in the media “we told you so,” the conservatives just spread “fake news” and put out “misinformation” with deadly results. That is why we are banning conservative voices on You-tube, Facebook and Twitter and in the context of COVID-19 these “loons” should be silenced and censored. Could this psychological warfare tactic be used to justify doing away with the first amendment? Is this their strategy? Think so.

  8. FC says:

    Yep from Scotland. You’ll find me in significant emails no 19…I think. That was a few years ago you did that post. I hadn’t emailed you since Trump won the election ( the last one, although it looks like he may have actually one this one too lol). Now that comments are allowed I thought I would pop one in now and again, partly to try and get in the book of remembrance from malachi chapter 3. I really enjoyed your post on that topic from a while back, we really do need to remember each other.

    How do I think the gathering will go for us outside the US? Listen, if renaissance Art master Raphael gets to go to Nauvoo then I’m going aswell. I couldn’t believe it when his name popped up in Joseph’s first draft of the proclamation. He was catholic and painted a series of large frescoes for pope Julius the 2nd. Google The School of Athens for one of his most famous works. He died when he was 37…about Joseph’s age when he died.

    I don’t know what metaphysical means even though it kept coming up at university a lot lol.

    Seriously, I’ve always believed everyone goes to the gathering place. Isaiah talks about the sea drying up and a highway becoming available so I’ve always thought we just get up and walk there. I’ve thought about it a lot. Maybe we can drive there. The lack of refueling stations shouldn’t be a problem. If a little barrel of oil can last a widow indefinitely then a car can get to America.

    The 400 year prophecy got me thinking. It says they would go out with great substance. For about a year now I’ve been expecting I would need to walk away from everything, just leave it all behind, but maybe not. Joseph’s first draft of the proclamation suggests many will come with plenty of substance. I have very little but maybe some of it will need to come with me.

    What I think Americans forget or don’t realise, and it’s just a cultural thing, is that the rest of the world doesn’t really know about Joseph or indeed care. He’s the guy with lots of wives, that’s all they know. Surely they must be given the chance to know. We’re talking over 7 billion people. I’ve thought for a long time that to get their attention Joseph needs to do something pretty spectacular like bring the world to a halt.

    A space needs to be created so people can hear and search the message. The scriptures look a bit quiet on the matter so I don’t know how he will do it. The sound of a trump the world over would get a lot of attention I think. How does Joseph get the proclamation around the world? Does he take the news channels off the corporate media for a time? He could, he has the power.

    All I’m saying is something big needs to happen. He doesn’t have all that power for nothing. That sounds like there wouldn’t be a test but isn’t it really a test of our heart? There’s that incident in the book of Mormon where the people couldn’t disbelieve the words they were being taught but they were angry and wouldn’t repent. I can’t remember where to find it. the doctrine and covenants tells the servants to go into the towns and villages and cities and preach the gospel. Just like that, nothing to stop them.

    How does deception fit in here, I dont know. Maybe it comes after the servants get the message out. There’s plenty of it just now but I’m hoping there is some breathing space provided for all of us to consider the gospel and the doctrine of the gathering.

    Lastly I really do hope it happens this time around. If we have to wait another 4 years might it be too late.

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