His Hands Shall Also Finish It Part 7

Viewing the end times role of Nauvoo through the Book of Psalms.

It is interesting to ponder the 400 year prophecy of Abraham ( Gen 15:12-15 ) in light of current events. So many amazing things are currently taking place that seem to suggest that the process of freeing the prisoners has possibly begun or is about to begin. It really does feel like this constitutional crisis and threat of civil war is an integral aspect of the calamity that is spoken of in section 1 of the D&C.

Having said that, one has to wonder if the transition from servitude and political slavery, to Freedom and gathering to Zion will initially be a subtle evolutionary process that begins quietly and grows over time, or if this prophetic milestone begins with a bang that shocks and rocks the inhabitants of the earth, ie, shaking of the earth, sound of trump or great noise, appearance of an inbound comet, planet, etc., etc.

One of the $64 questions has to do with whether the prophetic narrative of the words of a book coming forth by one who is not learned in 2nd Nephi 27 is referring exclusively to the event during Joseph’s last ministry, or whether there is still a literal fulfillment to take place. The Chapter has several interesting time related indicators but can still be confusing. Perhaps a detailed look at that chapter in a future blog.

A Prophetic View of Nauvoo through the Book of Psalms

It is generally believed that King David wrote the Book of Psalms. Many Bible scholars believe that there were multiple authors. Jewish tradition claims that “the Book of Psalms was composed by ten elders, along with David who was one of its principal contributors

An LDS scholar by the name of John Hilton 3rd did an interesting essay titled “Old Testament Psalms in the Book of Mormon“. In it he actually did some extensive keyword analysis showing how much the Book of Mormon draws upon the same concepts and in many cases, keywords and keyphrases, such as “tender mercies“.

In it he says:

“The Psalms provide powerful messages of praise and worship. Their words reverberate not only throughout the Old Testament but also in the New. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has written that “the book of Psalms may be the one biblical text admired nearly equally by both Christians and Jews, to say nothing of those of other faiths—or no faith at all—who find comfort in its verses and encouragement in the hope they convey.”

Over one hundred years ago Franz Delitzsch noted, “Next to the book of Isaiah, no book is so frequently quoted in the New Testament as the Psalter.”  Henry Shires similarly states that “the N[ew] T[estament] has been influenced by Psalms more than by any other book of the O[ld] T[estament].

In 70 cases N.T. quotations of Psalms are introduced by formulas. There are 60 more quotations that have no introductory formula, and in an additional 220 instances we can discover identifiable citations and references.”  These frequent New Testament allusions to the Psalms should not be surprising, for as Robert Alter writes, “Through the ages, Psalms has been the most urgently, personally present of all the books of the Bible in the lives of many readers.”

Given that the Psalms are frequently quoted in the New Testament, one wonders if a similar phenomenon occurs in the Book of Mormon. Although Psalms are not specifically mentioned as being on the brass plates (see 1 Nephi 5:10–16),  certainly some of what we today have as the book of Psalms could have been included on the plates.

Even if the Psalmic material did not appear in written form on the brass plates, early Book of Mormon authors such as Nephi could have been familiar with some Psalms based on their experience with temple worship in Jerusalem. Moreover, while there are no explicit references to Psalms in the Book of Mormon, David Larsen has found several textual connections between the biblical Psalter and the Dead Sea Scrolls, none of which were explicitly identified, leaving open the possibility of similar connections in the Book of Mormon as well. ”

The article is an interesting read if you want to see the parallel themes and in some cases, parallel keywords between the Book of Mormon and Psalms.

In this episode I want to show how often Psalms addresses and/or interrelates with the end times role of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo House, Section 124, the proclamation and the return of Christ and his servants.

Sadly, Joseph Smith did not elaborate in detail about the authorship of the Book of Psalms. However, he and Sidney Rigdon spent a significant amount of time making inspired changes, additions, and clarifications to it, showing that they considered it to be authentic and valuable scripture.

In his letter to Newspaper Editor Noah Saxton, Joseph Smith made the following declaration:

“The city of Zion spoken of by David, in the one hundred and second Psalm,10 will be built upon the land of America..”

Clearly, Joseph believed that David authored the 102nd Psalm and that it was speaking about the land of Zion that would be built in America. I strongly suspect that Joseph believed that David authored all of the content found in Psalms.

As I have skimmed through the Book of Psalms looking for this topic, I have been amazed at how much context and content relates directly to the prophetic Nauvoo theme and its role in the end times.

I have also been surprised at how many Davidic lamentations are contained in Psalms which, in my opinion, apply to Joseph Smith equally if not more than to King David himself. I will not elaborate further on that other than to encourage readers of this blog to consider the possibilities and do their own research. Regardless, Psalms continuously provides interesting parallels between the life of King David and the life of Joseph Smith.

Getting back to Psalms 102 which was referenced by Joseph Smith, the following passages contain some of the exact same keywords and context as the section 124 which was given nearly a decade AFTER Joseph Smith referenced it in the Saxton Letter

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 created 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;

Comparing the keywords in Psalms 102 with Section 124

Compare Psalm 102 verse 13 above with 124:6

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.

That is no coincidence. The Psalmist was categorically speaking of the same event.

Other keywords follow that would not be overwhelmingly conclusive if not for the above giveaway.

Compare verse 15 above with verses 11 and 107

Awake, O kings of the earth! Come ye, O, come ye, with your gold and your silver, to the help of my people, to the house of the daughters of Zion. (compare also “awake” and “daughters of Zion” with Isaiah 51 & 52 also, Isaiah 62 uses both “proclaimed” and “daughter of Zion”)

Let him assist my servant Joseph, and also let my servant William Law assist my servant Joseph, in making a solemn proclamation unto the kings of the earth, even as I have before said unto you.

Compare verse 16 above with

Therefore, for this cause have I accepted the offerings of those whom I commanded to build up a city and a house unto my name, in Jackson county, Missouri, and were hindered by their enemies, saith the Lord your God.

Clearly, Psalms 102 is directly linked to section 124, the proclamation, and the prophetic role of Nauvoo, etc. I suspect that other keyswords may be found in those nine passages. I am simply noting the obvious ones that stood out to me from memory.

Having established the interrelatedness of Psalms 102 with section 124 and the prophetic Nauvoo narrative, much greater context is given to other parts of 102.

For instance, the chapter begins with a lamentation prayer:

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.

8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, ( God saw Joseph weeping for Zion)

10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

Both David and Joseph Smith the latter day Davidic servant were lifted up in greatness and eventually cast down. I would suggest that being approached all day long is more applicable to the life of Joseph than of David, although there is a clear type,

I don’t doubt that King David and other kings may cry out at the appointed time of trouble, be answered speedily, and be gathered to Nauvoo, however, I would suggest that the literal interpretation of the Davidic lamentation above may well be referring to Joseph Smith the Davidic servant of the last days.

Perhaps it is a shadow fulfillment of one and a literal fulfillment of the other.

Why do the Heathen Rage?

Having used Joseph Smith’s declaration about Psalms 102 to set the foundation. Let’s go to the beginning and work our way forward as we identify some of the more prolific passages that address our topic.

In Psalms 2 we have another direct intersect with section 124.

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Why do the heathen rage??

Why do the kings of the earth set themselves and counsel together against his anointed?

Because they will not subject themselves to the kingdom of God when they are invited to bring their treasures and come to Zion.

This brings us to an otherwise obscure part of the invitation that will be extended to the kings of the earth in the future according to section 124.

One might be tempted to focus primarily on the happy part of the invitation to kings to “give heed to the light and glory of Zion” narrative. We are informed that “God will “visit and soften the hearts of many of them..”

However, 124 cautions that the remainder of the kings that receive the declaration of “peace“, will be appointed their portion of the oppressor among hypocrites where there is gnashing of teeth.

Why?

The sad fact of the matter is after the elect have established the cornerstone of Zion, they will invite the whole world to come to the light of her glory. This global invitation is referred to in Section 58 as the “supper of the house of the Lord“. (see also the related parable in Luke 14)

Once this global invitation is extended, there will be two chronologically distinct gatherings to Zion.

The first will involve the “the rich, and learned, the wise and the noble.” This first group which includes many kings and rulers is not coming to submit themselves to the kingdom of God. They will be coming to make war against Zion. You can read how the remains of this army will be left for the fowls to devour in Isaiah 18:6 and other prophesies.

This is what verse 2 in Psalms 2 is referencing

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed..

The Book of Mormon speaks of the multitude of the earth coming to make war against the apostles of the Lamb. Although some of the descriptives appear to be figurative, the gathering together against the Lord’s apostles is more than likely speaking of the war against Zion in the latter days.

34 And after he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord.

35 And the multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I beheld that they were in a large and spacious building, like unto the building which my father saw. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Behold the world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold the house of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (1 Nephi 11)

Much more literal prophecies about the multitudes gathering to make war against Zion are found throughout the scriptures. One common theme is that those that fight against Zion will be “cut off”. (See 1 Nephi 22:19, 2 Nephi 6:13, 27:2)

According to Section 58, following that confrontation with the rich, learned, wise and noble, is the “day of my power” in which “the poor, the lame, and the blind and the deaf” come in unto the marriage of the Lamb.

It is really exciting to think that God will set His King upon His holy hill of Zion and that it is probably referring to Nauvoo and the Nauvoo House Sanctuary.

Also, compare Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee in verse 7, with the following passage in 2nd Samuel 7

He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

Moving on to Psalms 104- It has a remarkable Davidic lamentation

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? [falsehood] Selah.

3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

This is a lamentation by a major player. Again we see the theme of “hear me when I call“. Is the servant lamenting that his integrity has been turned into shame by the masses or is he referring to the Lord’s glory being despised by the masses?

The lamentation continues in chapter 6 and sprinkled without is the admonition to trust in God and not man.

In chapter 7 the Davidic Servant puts his trust in God and calls upon God to save him from those that persecute him. He poses the question, “if there be iniquity in my hands” (compare this with 2nd Samuel 7. “If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:”)

1 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

Ask yourself if the above lamentation better fits King David or Joseph Smith. Certainly both have elements of the narrative in their lives, but I think it is speaking of the end time servant.

Psalms 14 notes that all have gone aside and that not one doeth good. Compare that to MORONI 10:25, D&C 33:4, 35:12

It acknowledges that God must bring his people out of captivity when salvation comes out of Zion

3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalms 16 contains the famous lamentation: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Is that speaking about King David or Joseph Smith?

Are you sure?

Moving on to Psalms 19 which speaks of the day when the heavens will “declare the glory of God” The words of God’s servants will go “out through all the world” and there will be “no speech nor language where there voice is not heard” [and understood]. This event will be “as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber

At this time it will be acknowledged that “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure..”

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”.

All of this is addressing what will be coming forth and largely interrelated with the Nauvoo role of end times events. But the chapter ends with the following passages that can only be understood by one who understands the Biblical profile of Joseph Smith and his intercessory role:

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Hmm..

The servant is warned by God to keep the commandments. His errors are hard to understand on many levels. For one thing, it is difficult to provide definitive proof that he has even committed any “errors”. Secondly, those things that he did can be justified through scriptural sophistry, such as those that twist the scriptures to justify polygamy as an eternal celestial law.

This theme will re-occur with even more clarity as we continue Psalms but two things jump out at me after reading the above lamentation.

One is the following statement by Joseph Smith wherein he proclaims the calling and election promise that he had previously obtained. Yet he seems to imply that the sins he committed outwardly were placed on him externally even though he continually contemplated the things of God-

 “I [Joseph Smith] prophesy and bear record this morning that all the combined powers of earth and hell shall not and cannot ever overthrow or overcome this boy, for I have a promise from the eternal God. If I have sinned, I have sinned outwardly; but surely I have contemplated the things of God.” August 27, 1843. HC 5:554

The other thing that jumped out at me is the use of the term “presumptuous” sins. Compare that to the prophecy about Joseph Smith contained in Deuteronomy 18

18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?

22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Moving to Psalms 19. It makes direct referenced to the Sanctuary in Zion and how help will be sent from it.

1 The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

It is possible that this particular passage is referring to the Kirtland Temple where the servants will be sent forth from initially, however, there is reason to believe that it is the Nauvoo Sanctuary from which help will be sent from to the nations.

We have previously observed that the entire land of Zion is referred to as a “hill” and a “mountain“. Whether or not there will be earth changes which raise the land up, or the dispersing of the waters of the ocean, to make this literal or not we do not know. On the other hand, if the water becomes depleted from the oceans, the entire continent will essentially be a mountain.

Psalms 24 speaks of Zion and probably Nauvoo and the Nauvoo House as “the hill of the LORD“.

We are informed in section 124 and related passages that the elect of God will become sanctified in Nauvoo and that nobody will be allowed to enter into the Lord’s sanctuary unless they are clean. It is in the sanctuary that one can seek the face of the Lord and receive the blessing of the Lord.

This chapter poses the question “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in the holy place?”

4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. [LDS Masonic temple endowment??]

5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

As you can see, the Psalms are pregnant with prophetic insight into the end times role of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo House Sanctuary, Section 124, and the proclamation. Central to this prophetic narrative is the return of the Lord and His servants back into the vineyard to seal up the elect.

We will continue highlighting some of the prophetic highlights contained in Psalms in the next episode.

Before closing this episode I thought I would share some interesting trivia pertaining to Nauvoo and the city of Zarahema.

Searching for the Zarahemla Temple

Many years ago Rod Meldrum was starting to organize his Firm Foundation and bookofmormonevidence.org with his conferences promoting the Heartland Model of where the Book of Mormon peoples were geographically located. At that time, I decided to email him a copy of a paper I had written many years previous.

It was titled A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement.

I thought he might find it interesting because it details from scripture, the role of America as the latter day geographical place of the gathering of ALL of God’s people. One of the things I addressed in the paper is the fact that according to the Book of Mormon and D&C, the latter day gathering of the Jews was to America, not the Old World Jerusalem. I also showed that the Jews would actually begin to believe BEFORE they were gathered to America, contrary to the orthodox view of the gathering of the Jews in the last days.

I showed what I consider to be compelling scriptural evidence to show that the Jerusalem of end times prophecy spoken about by Isaiah, was America or at least located in America.

However, one interesting tidbit that I thought might catch his imagination was the following speculation in the paper:

“As I continued to investigate and compare historical facts with the scriptures, I became convinced that the ancient inhabitants of America once occupied the places where the Saints were being directed to gather such as Kirtland Ohio, Jackson County Missouri and Nauvoo Illinois.
Remember, one of the major cities in the area that Christ visited in America was called Jerusalem! The thought that Christ might have visited the Nephites in or around Kirtland or other church historical sites in the surrounding areas seemed intriguing, even mystical.
This provided a possible explanation for why God designated the area across the river from Nauvoo as the City of Zarahemla. (perhaps he was simply identifying what it had already been named by an earlier Book of Mormon people)
If the City of Jerusalem that is mentioned in the Book of Mormon at the time Christ visited the Nephites was located near where Kirtland is today, then indeed the Lord was having the Saints of the restoration movement rebuild the city of Jerusalem and the Temple that had previously been there!”

The passage of scripture I was making reference to regarding Zarahemla was section 125

1 What is the will of the Lord concerning the saints in the Territory of Iowa?

2 Verily, thus saith the Lord, I say unto you, if those who call themselves by my name and are essaying to be my saints, if they will do my will and keep my commandments concerning them, let them gather themselves together unto the places which I shall appoint unto them by my servant Joseph, and build up cities unto my name, that they may be prepared for that which is in store for a time to come.

3 Let them build up a city unto my name upon the land opposite the city of Nauvoo, and let the name of Zarahemla be named upon it.

4 And let all those who come from the east, and the west, and the north, and the south, that have desires to dwell therein, take up their inheritance in the same, as well as in the city of Nashville, or in the city of Nauvoo, and in all the stakes which I have appointed, saith the Lord.

After sending the email, I received a thoughtful response from Rod who also shared the article with Hartman Rector Jr. who was an emeritus general authority of the LDS Church that was serving on his board of directors as I recall. From what I could tell from reading between the lines, they seemed very intrigued with the general concepts however I think they deemed much of the content to be too hot to handle and a distraction to their desired area of focus.

The demographic they were promoting their Book of Mormon geography model to, were mainstream members of the church and they wanted to avoid being black balled by the LDS Church for teaching things that would be considered heretical.

Their Heartland Model was already considered to be quite controversial because LDS scholars and apologists had a long history of promoting the Central and South America theories about where the book of Mormon people lived.

Nevertheless, shortly after I sent that article, Rod’s very good friend Wayne May began promoting the belief that the Zarahemla settlement that the Lord made reference to in section 125 was the site of the ancient city of Zarahemla.

He eventually acquired numerous investors and appears to have accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, to purchase some land and conduct an archeological dig, looking for the ancient Temple of Zarahemla mentioned in the Book of Mormon.

Although I suspect the idea of the Ancient Zarahemla being across from Nauvoo was planted in Waynes mind directly or indirectly as a result of my article, I do not know for sure.

It may have just been a remarkable coincidence that Rod’s friend Wayne began promoting it shortly after I sent the article to Rod.

It does not matter one way or the other, I am simply explaining why I have taken an interest in Wayne May’s searching for the Zarahemla Temple  and visited the general site of the dig over the years.

The Archeological Dig Across from Nauvoo

Wayne May is a fascinating character. He is a convert to the church and he has served as a Bishop or Branch President and many other callings in the church. He has been publishing the Ancient American Magazine for over 25 years. He has published videos and written several books and articles on these topics.

I have been to several of his presentations and find him to be a very likable person and a very interesting speaker who is passionate about the topics he addresses.

I think he has done much good work to promote his version of the North America geography concept and I agree with some of his conclusions, including his belief that the Kinderhook plates were authentic. I think his research and thinking on that topic is pure genius

However, I get the impression that he is somewhat of a promoter and entrepreneurial opportunist as I have watched him over the years grow his love of Book of Mormon geography into a very profitable empire.

I hope he is properly motivated in what he is doing with regard to the Zarahemla dig which keeps being prolonged without any significant success.

To quell the concerns of investors and supporters who are getting anxious and suspicious about the venture which has been going on for an extended period of time without any definitive success, Wayne enlisted a friend by the name of Dr. Kevin Price to provide a professional opinion about the continuing viability of the project.

Wayne also conducts tours of historical sites.

In the past, Wayne May has worked very closely with his friend Rod Meldrum who also seems to be somewhat of a promoter and opportunist. (Perhaps my use of the word opportunist may be too strong and inappropriate. I am using it for lack of a better term. I am not necessarily using the word in a negative way, although the definition does seem to lean that way. I am just pointing out that an opportunity to promote a religious/historical belief is being financially exploited regardless of the motivation behind it. In the spirit of capitalism it is a noble and desirable thing to identify a viable market gap and exploit it for gain.

I have a friend who has gotten to know Rod Meldrum and he claims that Meldrum is somewhat of a ruthless businessman who is very controlling as he capitalizes on this type of research for profit.

I personally have no idea what the truth is regarding Meldrum’s real agenda. However Meldrum uses his platform to promote Tim Ballard and his underground railroad project which is disconcerting to me. I have been suspicious of the claims that Tim Ballard makes and the real motivation behind his organization. I have watched the Mormon Stories podcast interview with investigative reporter Lynn Packer about Tim and his Underground Railroad. I feel that Packer’s research validates the concerns I have had about the motivation and legitimacy of Tim Ballard’s claims. Tim has accumulated tens of millions of dollars from investors who respond to his emotional appeals to help bring an end to child slavery.

It is very unfortunate how large amounts of donated money by well meaning financial donors seldom seems to find its way to where it is truly needed. Just follow the money trail and find out where it goes and how it is used.

But I digress, the topic at hand has to do with where the ancient temple of Zarahemla is located. Below is a picture of Wayne May busy at work doing his archeological dig on the other side of the Mississippi river, directly across from the Nauvoo Temple.

Below is a Google Earth view of where the archeological dig is taking place in conjunction to the city of Nauvoo.

As you can see from the picture below, Wayne assumed that the ancient site of the Zarahemla Temple would be due west of where the Nauvoo settlement and temple is located on the other side of the Mississippi river.

I have been to the dig site of Wayne May’s a few times during my pilgrimages to Nauvoo.

Years ago I would probably have made a similar guess about the location he has chosen. However, now that I have dug a little deeper into the lack of revelatory direction on the Nauvoo Temple, and how all of the prophecies only address the Nauvoo House, I have reconsidered where the likely location of the Zarahemla Temple really is.

It is now my humble opinion that if the city of Nauvoo, and more specifically a temple on the east side of the river in Nauvoo is a valid indicator or where the Zarahemla Temple was, the landmark would be the Nauvoo House, not the temple on the hill.

That being the case, the correct location would likely be well south of where Wayne’s dig is currently taking place.

It is also important to realize that Joseph Smith’s Zarahemla settlement was located close to the town of Montrose which is still identifiable. According to at least one account, the settlement of Zarahemla during Joseph’s ministry was west of Montrose. That is another reason why the real location is likely further south than where the dig is.

I think I will go exploring for the possible site of the ancient city and temple during my next pilgrimage.

Until next episode, keep watching.

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8 Responses to His Hands Shall Also Finish It Part 7

  1. sauloftooele says:

    Psalm 69 who but Joseph could this apply to?

    1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.

    2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

    3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

    4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

    5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

    6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.

    7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.

    8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

    9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

    10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

    11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

    12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

    Compare to section 122

  2. Psalm 21

    1)The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

    2)Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

    3)For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness; thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

    4)He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days forever and ever.

    I believe this is speaking of John the Revelator. I think he’s also coming back out of hiding from wherever, and according to this scripture, he might be the King. It says in D&C 77 that he will return to gather Israel. Of course all those coming with Christ will be Priest/Kings, so not sure if he is the Davidic King. It is interesting that he is rumored to be a son of Mary’s sister Salome, therefore he would have the same Davidic bloodline as Jesus. However, I doubt he has the Ephraim genetics if the King requires both lineages.

    Also, a fun fact that makes Section 125:1-2 even more interesting…

    1 What is the will of the Lord concerning the saints in the Territory of Iowa?

    2 Verily, thus saith the Lord, I say unto you, if those who call themselves by my name and are essaying to be my saints, if they will do my will and keep my commandments concerning them, let them gather themselves together unto the places which I shall appoint unto them by my servant Joseph, and build up cities unto my name, that they may be prepared for that which is in store for a time to come.

    …is that Iowa sounds very like Yahuah, or YHVH. The saints were literally being called by His name!

  3. Ranae says:

    Who else but Joseph? Watcher can remove this comment if he thinks it is too controversial, but the last time I started reading Psalms I was struck by how it reminded me of the opposition faced by President Trump and how these could be the private thoughts of his heart, in the solitude of his own rooms.

    A few examples:
    (Psalm 1) “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in due season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
    (Trump has been surrounded by false counselors, yet he has not walked in their ways and has been able to prosper in the goals he has set, such as protecting the nation by building the border wall, rebuilding the military’s ability to protect the nation, and avoiding war. I don’t know if he ponders the commandments, but I know Constitutional law is foremost in his heart and mind as he fulfills the office he holds.)

    (Psalm 2) “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us…” (I read this in the context of Antifa, BLM, and world leaders conspiring to take down Trump so they can subject the USA to their plans of world control.)

    (Psalm 3) “Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. …”

    I know there are many people, including Watcher who disagree with my views on how God is using his servant Donald John Trump right now. But I think I come by them legitimately. I am searching the scriptures and watching current events. I am not trying to force an interpretation of scripture, just sharing the impressions that I have had when I was led to read certain things in a certain frame of mind. WE live in exciting times, and I look forward to seeing God’s plan unfold to establish Zion in these days.

    • Mike says:

      I don’t think we will find the fulfillment any of the rulers of Babylon. I think Trump fits in to Esdras’ Eagle vision.

      However, you may have a secular, shadow fulfillment of the latter day events in what you are seeing.

      I see these events as showing the ripening iniquity coming close to that of Sodom and Gomorrah. If we understand that iniquity was corruption and mistreatment of the poor, then we can compare that to a certain perspective on Trump and what’s happened.

      Trump is not part of the corrupt club that dominates the two major US political parties. He is not beholden to the donors who typically control all politicians. His goal was to stop the exfiltration of wealth by these corrupt powers. He wanted to bring back jobs for all Americans, especially those at the bottom who were told by past leaders that their jobs were never coming back.

      If Trump is then seen as a champion of the poor, and we see the corrupt combination against him, it starts to parallel that iniquity. We further see a clearly two tiered justice system with anyone associated with Trump subject to a different standard and those who illegally fight him have their crimes ignored and excused. We also can see the blatant combination designed to prevent him from claiming his election victory.

      If this perspective is correct, then the nation that is doing this is indeed ripe for destruction.

  4. Joe says:

    Watcher, please contact me at the email I leave with this comment. I have inside information about Wayne May and Rod Meldrum and the very early background of how the Zarahemla Iowa site came to be. I would like to be in contact with you. Thank you. Joe (not my real name)

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