His Hands Shall Also Finish It Part 8

Wednesday January 6th was a remarkably historic day.

Usually when a group of consp*irators get together to commit trea*son it is secretly, in a smoke-filled room; a secret chamber so to speak. However, after weeks of compelling testimony proving ele*ction fra*ud in various states these folks took the opportunity on a public stage in front of the entire world to cer*tify the election.

Interestingly, the latest find by technopatriots is that Italy was also involved. Yep, according to some reports, the Va*tican was involved. It is probably just a coincidence that the Book of Mormon identifies the Vatican as the foundation of Satan’s earthly establishment.

For his part in this historic occasion, VP Pence was awarded his silver “token” through the special masonic han*dshake. Naturally, some people still hope for a miracle.

Since I do not accept Trump as the Cyrus type from the  Isaiah prophecy and I acknowledge that he has been complicit in promoting the  fake pandemic, false PSR reports, deadly vaccination, proliferation of 5*-G and the recent pardon of four convicted murderers (Black Water mercenaries), I don’t necessarily have a huge horse in the race.

We live in incredible times.

Joseph’s Curious Statement in his draft of the Proclamation

There is a very talented artist that is mentioned in LDS church history that was born on April 6th.

He also died on April 6th.

His paintings and architecture are famous around the world.

His association with the restoration movement takes place during the Nauvoo era.

Do you know who I am talking about?

Actually, he did not live during the Nauvoo era, he is only mentioned one time very briefly by Joseph Smith during that time.

This was brought to my attention by a reader of this blog.

In one of the comments to this series a reader shared something that I had missed in the draft of the proclamation by Joseph Smith that we have previously reviewed. It had to do with a famous artist that I have never heard of.

The comment was made when I asked the reader who was from another country how he envisioned being gathered to Nauvoo when the set time of the final gathering begins.

This was his reply:

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 as well. 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.

How did I miss that little gem when I was reading the draft of the proclamation that Joseph wrote?

For one thing, I had never heard of the the Painter Raphael, or the  pencil of Raphael.

That’s how well-read and cultured I am.

I suspect that another reason I missed it is because I assumed the proclamation was making mention of the angel Raphael mentioned in Section 128

21 And again, the voice of God in the chamber of old Father Whitmer, in Fayette, Seneca county, and at sundry times, and in divers places through all the travels and tribulations of this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! And the voice of Michael, the archangel; the voice of Gabriel, and of Raphael, and of divers angels, from Michael or Adam down to the present time, all declaring their dispensation, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their priesthood; giving line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little; giving us consolation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope!

Upon further investigation, it appears as if my reader is correct. Joseph Smith was actually referring to the famous, Catholic painter and architect, Raphael Sanzio.

Here is the text in question from the unfinished draft of the proclamation-

Hasten then to Zion! and contribute to the erection of temples, sanctuaries, and palaces, such as this world never saw – [illegible] with their walls finished with th[e] pencil of Raphahel
[sic; Raphael] decorated with gold, and pearls, and precious stones, beautified by the finger of God.


Joseph Smith is making reference to the famous Catholic painter Raphael who lived from 1483 to 1520 ?!?!

“A leading figure of Italian High Renaissance classicism, Raphael is best known for his “Madonnas,” including the Sistine Madonna, and for his large figure compositions in the Palace of the Vatican in Rome.”

How likely is it that Raphael was born on April 6th 1483 and died April 6th 1520 .

Is that just a coincidence or is God winking at us and giving us a sign that this guy is a player?

How curious that of all the famous painters, sculptors and architects that have done notable work for the Vatican and other cities with buildings of antiquity, he is the one that Joseph Smith chose to include in his draft.

How did Joseph Smith even know about Raphael?

Were the works of this type all that well known among the saints in Nauvoo?

Which books were available to Joseph Smith to read about this historic figure and why was Joseph Smith taking the time to read about such things with everything else that was taking place in his life?

Interestingly part of the sentence about Raphael seems to have an illegible word or words in it which puts us at a contextual disadvantage, although it is likely a word or words like “tabernacle”, “temples “palace” or “sanctuary” that Raphael’s paintings will be in.

I guess the point being made is that this amazing boarding house that the Lord will live in, will be perhaps the most splendid structure (or group of structures) the world has ever known, both inside and outside.

Was Joseph speaking metaphorically or literally about the future presence and/or work of this historic figure?

Was he speaking prophetically about him?

Of all the notable figures in history that might have been used as an example in the draft, at the set time in Nauvoo, including famous reformers like Luther, Calvin and Knox, why a famous Vatican painter?

Will Raphael Sanzio show up in Nauvoo when the strange work restores people from the dead?

I suppose one could argue that the text is stating that the saints from Rome may bring with them remnants of the works of Raphael when they bring other antiquities.

26 And send ye swift messengers, yea, chosen messengers, and say unto them: Come ye, with all your gold, and your silver, and your precious stones, and with all your antiquities; and with all who have knowledge of antiquities, that will come, may come, and bring the box tree, and the fir tree, and the pine tree, together with all the precious trees of the earth;

27 And with iron, with copper, and with brass, and with zinc, and with all your precious things of the earth; and build a house to my name, for the Most High to dwell therein.

ANTIQ’UITYnoun [Latin antiquitas.]
5. The remains of ancient times. In this sense it is usually or always plural. Antiquities comprehend all the remains of ancient times; all the monuments, coins, inscriptions, edifices, history and fragments of literature, offices, habiliments, weapons, manners, ceremonies; in short, whatever respects any of the ancient nations of the earth.

Is it possible that Joseph was shown in vision some of the antiquities that will be brought to Nauvoo?

On the other hand, perhaps Joseph had seen in vision some of the historic players that would return.

After all, if he could entertain his family for hours telling them about people and events that lived anciently during Book of Mormon and New Testament times because of his prophetic and visionary experiences, why couldn’t he look into the future and see some of the notable historical individuals that will be in Nauvoo when ancient civilizations are restored in the flesh?

Heck, for all I know, Raphael Sanzio is also the angel Raphael.(1452–1519)

Another possibility is that Joseph’s eyes were covered at that time that he wrote the Proclamation draft and he was delusional.

You decide-

Continuing with Psalms-

When I first began this series on Nauvoo and then realized how profoundly and repeatedly the narratives in Psalms address the coming gathering to the cornerstone of Zion, I simply began skimming and looking at the previously highlighted passages that might apply.

At first, I saw much repetition and wanted to move even faster through the book, however, after a while, I actually began to slow down and read even the non-highlighted verses because I was realizing that the passages were putting me in a very meditative if not hypnotic state. They were helping me to achieve a state of mild bliss in refocusing my attention on God and how in charge he is.

I encourage readers of this blog to not just read my observations but to take the time to read every verse for yourselves while seeking greater confidence in the Lord as we pass further into the current global conflict which is leading us to the final restoration and gathering.

In an earlier post I posed the question, will the day of the Lord begin with something very dramatic and identifiable such as a loud sound or shaking of the earth or sign in the heavens?

Clearly there are passages that indicate that those signs are associated with the Day of the Lord.

On the other hand, we are also told that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night”

Although we have been conditioned to think that such passages are always referring to the last coming of the Lord in the clouds of heaven, in glory, I would suggest that some of them may be referring to when He comes in secret during the third watch.

Psalms 27

In a grand scale, prophesy informs us that God’s people will be encompassed about by the armies that reject the proclamation.

Psalms 27 takes this to a more personal level with a Psalm about this eventuality in the singular. How many of us have not felt very much alone like the enemy had encamped around us individually?

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

While clearly transitioning the prophetic theme into a singular context, the narrative stays the same, even including the theme of how the attacking enemy will stumble and fall into the pit they had digged.

The next passages cover much of what we have already covered from other passages.

Without the knowledge that God’s elect will LITTERALLY dwell in a boarding house, the following passage would seem metaphorical.

4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

Yet we now know from section 124 and related passages that dwelling in the House of the Lord will be a literal event.

The latter day seed of Abraham otherwise referred to as “strangers” in a strange land that repent, will enter into the Nauvoo Boarding House which, according to section 124 will be “polished with the refinement which is after the similitude of a palace“, wherein the Lord resides.

We will request admittance to “seek his face” and “inquire” and be taught by Him.

Sadly, some requesting admittance will not be permitted to enter by the governor of the House who will see into their souls, weigh them in the balance and find them wanting.

This reminds me of the discernment that Peter demonstrated when Ananias and his wife Sapphira lied about laying all of their gold and silver at the feet of the apostles.

I am also reminded of the following passages:

37 Behold, I, the Lord, have made my church in these last days like unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to judge the nations.

38 For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion.

39 And liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.

All sorts of people will come to Zion including liars, hypocrites and adulterers. Many of these people lift themselves up and seek to teach others about the gospel while living secret lives that are quite contrary to the gospel.

That is the problem with the times we currently live in. There is not a good way to identify and protect ourselves from liars and hypocrites and sexual predators that work their way into our midst via the Internet.

This whole concept of a boarding house that has been polished with the refinement of a palace wherein the Lord will personally reside is astounding.

And again, we get confirmation that Hyrum was correct when he merged the concept of the boarding house with the concept of God hiding his saints in the house during the time of trouble!

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

The cornerSTONE of Zion is literally the ROCK that the pavilion/tabernacle will be built on when the time of trouble takes place.

Chapter 31 speaks of the Lord hiding his people secretly in his presence, in a pavilion.

Notice also how pre-Nauvoo revelations spoke of the “pavilion” and the “hiding place

6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

I will Sing

The word sing shows up about 55 times in Psalms. The word Song shows up about 14 times and the phrase “new song” shows up about 6 times.

Did you remember that the term “new song” in Revelation 5:9 and 14:3 is preceded by the 6 passages in Psalms that speak of the new song?

If the new song in Psalms is the same new song in Revelation, then the majesty of the Lord’s pavilion in Zion is even greater than previously expressed as it will contain the Lord’s throne.

It in remarkable to realize that the new song will probably be sung in the cornerstone boarding house sanctuary in Nauvoo.

Below are some passages in section 84, that contain the term new song in relation to the eventual catching up of Zion from below to meet the Zion from above in the cloud.

96 For I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, to scourge them for their wickedness.

97 And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness—

98 Until all shall know me, who remain, even from the least unto the greatest, and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, and shall see eye to eye, and shall lift up their voice, and with the voice together sing this new song, saying:

99 The Lord hath brought again Zion;

The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel,

According to the election of grace,

Which was brought to pass by the faith

And covenant of their fathers.

100 The Lord hath redeemed his people;

And Satan is bound and time is no longer.

The Lord hath gathered all things in one.

The Lord hath brought down Zion from above.

The Lord hath brought up Zion from beneath.

101 The earth hath travailed and brought forth her strength;

And truth is established in her bowels;

And the heavens have smiled upon her;

And she is clothed with the glory of her God;

For he stands in the midst of his people.

102 Glory, and honor, and power, and might,

Be ascribed to our God; for he is full of mercy,

Justice, grace and truth, and peace,
Forever and ever, Amen.

Hide Not thy Face

The Lord has hid His face from his people now for many generations however when the time of trouble begins, God will once again command his people to seek His face just as Moses attempted to get the Children of Israel to seek God’s face.

At this time, when God’s elect are gathered to Nauvoo, His people will seek His face and he will no longer hide his face.

It is interesting how many of the passages can apply to God’s anointed servant and yet, they apply to all of the saints as well.

“Put not they servant away in anger” is implying that the servant has sinned but will not be permanently put away. That applies to the anointed servant Joseph Smith but also to all of us, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Interestingly the JST makes a very significant change in verse 13.

We are informed that one must believe they will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, or they must be delivered over to hell

Psalms 27 JST Psalms 27
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 13 Unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, thou wouldst deliver my soul into hell.

That change is very significant.

It is speaking about how the invitation in the proclamation shall divide those who shall take up residency in the land of the living vs those that will be delivered into hell.

Although the Nauvoo narrative that we are dissecting is virtually unknown to the world at this time, it will emerge and be taught when the servants return and the proclamation goes forth.

Where is the land of the living?

It appears to begin at the cornerstone of Zion and spreads throughout the land of Zion. All other places outside of Zion will be the land of the dead and dying.

Only those that submit to Zion and her laws and her glory will abide the day. All others will see judgment and justice.

The term Land of the living shows up about 17 times in scripture. Four times in Psalms.

It is instructive to read all of the passages contextually.

Psalms 52:5 speaks of plucking the wicked out of their dwelling place and rooting them out of the “land of the living“. A similar theme is found in section 124. It is noteworthy to state that Salt Lake City Utah is geographically outside of the land of the living. It will not be included in Zion when the gathering takes place.

Isaiah 53 and Mosiah 14:6 which serve as both a typological and literal narrative of the Savior and His latter day servant informs us that God’s servant was taken from prison and judgment and cut off out of the land of the living.

In section 81 Frederick G. Williams is promised upon faithfulness to serve as a high priest and counselor to Joseph Smith as he preaches the gospel in the land of the living.

As you can see, I am moving much more slowly through Psalms. I am drinking it in.

I invite you to do the same.

I end this episode with a reminder from Zephaniah 2 that we need to “seek the Lord” that we may “be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger“:

1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger come upon you.

3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger.

6 Responses to His Hands Shall Also Finish It Part 8

  1. FC says:

    Good find regarding Raphael’s dates being 6th of April. I had totally forgotten that.
    When Joseph says the walls of the Nauvoo house are to be finished by the pencil of Raphael I thought he just meant the painting stage but when art historians talk about the finishing of a work they often mean the execution of it from the intial idea through the preparatory work to the final design. Although he wasn’t an art historian Joseph might be suggesting that Raphael may be the chief architect and painter of the Nauvoo House. It sounds crazy doesn’t it but I still think Joseph meant just what he said.
    When Raphael painted directly on a wall he used a technique called fresco, which requires the artist to paint on wet plaster. This plaster dries much slower than regular plaster enabling the artist to complete their work, but they still have to go at tremendous speed before the plaster sets. This plaster requires a dry climate such as the one in Italy. It doesn’t survive long in wetter climates. What’s the climate in Nauvoo like? Art can also be done on canvas which is then applied directly to the wall.
    If anyone cares to look at Raphael’s life they will see he has some repenting to do before he can get to Nauvoo. Amongst other things he was overly fond of the opposite sex…a bit like Joseph lol. Seriously though if he can repent and help build the Nauvoo house that gives me encouragement.
    The entombment of Christ picture you have included is actually by a later artist called Carravagio. Now he was a real rogue, constantly brawling with people and in one instance he killed a man prompting the pope to pass a death sentence on him. He fled Rome and went into exile. Do you think we will see him in Nauvoo lol.
    Anyway I’ll let everyone else comment on the Psalms..my favourite is Psalm 69.

  2. FC says:

    I’ve just done a very quick internet search on my way to work and it appears the angel Raphael identified himself as one of the seven that stands before the Lord. Sounds like Joseph and the six elders.

  3. FC says:

    I’m a painter. If you’re good enough then other people get to call you an artist lol. I don’t make my living from it but I am trained. My knowledge of art history is probably better at this point than my artistic ability. If I had decided to get an education in art history instead of art practice I may have been able to get decent employment. Oh well nevermind.
    From your reading your blog I’ve noticed from time to time you quote scripture about how we are not to make any graven images. I’ve had to look into this matter and see if art is good or if its all in violation of the commandment. My instinct of course is that it’s not.
    It appears it’s a concern of God that we don’t worship the things we make and attribute godly power to them. The picture from the old testament is that the Israelites made images to worship after the pattern of their ungodly neighbours. It often led to whoredoms and human sacrifice. Bad things were done under every green tree. Not good. It seems to be mixed up in planet worship.
    So where does the Nauvoo house fit in? Why decorate it? We are told it is a place in which to contemplate the word of God. So there is probably little or no ceremony or ritual taking place. That’s the kind of thing that is easily corrupted and given over to idol worship. Instead we will be resting and contemplating. Raphael’s art is famous for its symmetrical designs, its refinement and elegance. Just the thing perhaps to put you in the right mood for contemplating the word of God. Whether he really will be there at Nauvoo or not I don’t know but I hope he will be.

    • thanks for catching that tidbit about about Raphael in the draft, it is a really fun observation to ponder regardless of how literally relevant it may be. 😉

      That is really cool that you have training in that area.. Thank you for educating us and providing context.

    • “From your reading your blog I’ve noticed from time to time you quote scripture about how we are not to make any graven images. I’ve had to look into this matter and see if art is good or if its all in violation of the commandment. My instinct of course is that it’s not.”

      That is an interesting point.

      I can’t remember exactly how I worded those thoughts but I think they meant to be in the context of idle worship which Mormons do a lot of..

      I have just re-read the ten commandments in both Gen and Exodus and can see how the related passages could be interpreted two different ways since the do not make graven images is sandwiched between passages speaking about idle worship.

      One could interpret them to be saying that categorically no graven images should be made OR one could contextually interpret the commandment to be saying that for the purposes of worshiping other gods no graven images should be made.

      Practically speaking, I personally don’t see the harm in graven images as long as they are not worshiped or taking away from the glory of God in any way.

      Conversely I suspect that many would feel that art can enhance worship and glorify God

      How would physical images from wood and metal differ from paintings like Raphael did with regard to enhancing the human experience of rejoicing in God’s creations?

      It is interesting how God wants his sanctuary to be really nice and aesthetically beautiful.

      It is to be a” healthful habitation” built unto His name where the “weary traveler” can “contemplate the word of the Lord”

      What kind of visual setting does the Lord want His people to be in when they contemplate the word of the Lord?

      Apparently he wants those that come to Zion to bring things to beautify the temple such as gold, silver, precious stones, precious trees of the earth and the “precious things of the earth”.

      He even wants them to bring “antiquities”.

      I think Joseph Smith was making a statement about precious antiquities when he mentioned the pen of Raphael.

      Art is very important in creating a good atmosphere to worship… just as song is.

      According to the 1828 Websters, the word antiquities would include monuments, inscriptions, edifices, etc.

      “5. The remains of ancient times. In this sense it is usually or always plural. Antiquities comprehend all the remains of ancient times; all the monuments, coins, inscriptions, edifices, history and fragments of literature, offices, habiliments, weapons, manners, ceremonies; in short, whatever respects any of the ancient nations of the earth.”

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