For those who are following the current series titled “Frankly..” I apologize for the delay in getting the next episode out. I have been highly distracted and experimenting with various ways to introduce the next concepts I want to address. I hope to post the next episode in the near future.
In the meantime, my friend from Canada just emailed with an interesting question. Since the topic has been on my mind lately, I tought I would respond and share the communication with the readers of this blog.
Here is the email he sent this AM
Good Morning to you, Watcher.
Sorry to bother you again. I suspect that sometimes you get more emails than you can respond to.
I am looking forward to getting your book “Solving the Prophet Puzzle”. It’s been shipped, but who knows when it will arrive.
I agree with you that three orders of priesthood were restored through Joseph Smith Jr — i.e. the Levitical/Aaronic, the Patriarchal/Abrahamic, the Melchizedek/the Son of God — and that each order has the office of high priest. I also agree with you that the lowest priesthood mostly (exclusively?) has to do with the curse of carnal commandments (cursed because no one can keep the letter of the law without the Spirit of the Lord / the Holy Ghost teaching the spirit of the law), while the highest priesthood exclusively has to do with spiritual blessings.
You have written about one’s blessings becoming cursed and this has to do with the “gospel of Abraham”. I’m curious if the term “gospel of Abraham” is mentioned anywhere in the scriptures other than D&C section 110. My question, though, has to do with the gospel of Abraham being an order of priesthood which has (equally?) to do with being cursed and blessed at the same time. Do you go into answering this question in your book?
Thanks for your patience with me as I’m on a bit of a steep learning curve. Also, please don’t be anxious about your memory not being as sharp as when you first started writing about what you were learning (following your period of overcoming naïveté and your period of overcoming your belief in the sanitized version of church history), which writing led to you creating the “three watches” blogspot website, which then morphed into the “Because I am Watching” WordPress website and your YouTube channel. Like you have written, you have been writing prolifically about church history for over three decades. The brain ages. Cognitive skills — such as a memory for details — decline.
I’m not into prophet-worship or teacher-worship, but I think that it’s okay to esteem you as one who is providing your readers sound doctrine.
Anyway, I hope that your book explains more about the gospel of Abraham being a priesthood order which can either curse or bless or do both (sometimes simultaneously).
Again, I have been pondering the topics he brings up so I thought I would share my latest ponderings with him and the readers of this blog..
This was my response-
I love your questions because they show how deep you have gotten into the various doctrinal, historical, & prophecy related issues and because they are so timely and relative to what I have been pondering..
I have recently been thinking about the topic you just brought up.
“You have written about one’s blessings becoming cursed and this has to do with the “gospel of Abraham”. I’m curious if the term “gospel of Abraham” is mentioned anywhere in the scriptures other than D&C section 110. My question, though, has to do with the gospel of Abraham being an order of priesthood which has (equally?) to do with being cursed and blessed at the same time. Do you go into answering this question in your book”
The term “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham” and “gospel of Abraham” only show up one time in all of the scriptures which is absolutely mystifying to me. Why would the Lord even reveal that dispensation if he is not going to elaborate on what it is and what it requires of us?
Furthermore, he reveals it in a secret journal that was sealed up at the time it was revealed only to come forth at a later time after the D&C had already been published and sustained by the church.. go figure.
Hence we are left to wander in the dark trying to figure out what our status is relative to this mysterious dispensation..
It is odd that section 110, as profound as it is, was never sustained and therefore never official binding upon the church as a revelation… of course it is mainly prophetic in nature outside of the obvious implications relative to the keys spoken about..
I have spent so much time chasing my tail trying to fully comprehend the significance of it and what it means in our lives.
It is logical to assume that it represented some type of “down-grade” from the fulness of the Gospel to a previous ancient gospel dispensation and that in fact it may indicate that we are living something akin to the law of Moses.. or letter of the law with carnal commandments and associated cursings.
Whenever Mrs Watcher and I are lamenting the fact that we are not and cannot live the fulness of the gospel at this time since it is not on the earth, I semi-kiddingly tell her that “we sin cheaply because the fulness is not on the earth and we have very little knowledge of what is expected of us at this time” LOL
In the past I have assumed that the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham which appears to have ushered in the 2nd watch, is the dispensation that continues on until the final dispensation of the fulness of times is ushered in when the servants return in the 3rd watch.
I think that is a real possibility.
HOWEVER, I am currently toying with the possibility that the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham touched down very briefly for the sole purpose of transferring important keys and facilitating the intercession that Joseph and his brethren had to perform in behalf of apostate latter day Israel.. It is possible that the dispensation disappeared as quickly as it arrived, leaving us to wander in a state of darkness during the “days of the gentiles” which does not necessarily represent a gospel dispensation.
It is obvious to me that a temporary, temporal atonement offering similar to the one Moses and Joseph Smith offered up in behalf of ancient and modern Israel, could never take place when the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth, and that is largely why the gospel of Abraham needed to be ushered in, so that Joseph could perform his intercession.
I am speculating the possibility that the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham lasted for only a brief moment in time and did not continue on until our time, for a couple of reasons.
One reason is that the Book of Mormon describes time times we live in as the “days of the gentiles” and the “times of the gentiles” rather that identifying a “dispensation” of the gospel.
Another reason for the speculation is that it would explain why God did not feel a need to elaborate on the rules of engagement relative to the dispensation. (why did he not feel a need to explain what is required of us relative to interim commandments and covenants, etc.. if we are under a different dispensation?)
Another interesting possibility as to why the dispensation may have been very temporary and unnecessary for the saints to understand and collectively know about at the time, is that the closing warning/observation in section 110 from Elijah is that the world was about to be smitten with a curse and the great and dreadful day of the Lord was near… even at the doors..
15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—
16 Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.
It is interesting to note that section 112 came shortly after section 110 took place and 112 seems to be announcing the beginning of a new era as well… verses 1-22 are prophetic and futuristic, referring to things that would take place in the 3rd watch.
The Verse 23 declared that “darkness covereth the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people and all flesh has become corrupt before my face”
That declaration does not bode well for the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham as a gospel dispensation with any redeeming value.
As you know, section 124 would follow 112 with lots of bad news about the state of the church being under condemnation, declaring that the Kirtland Temple had been defiled, and warning that the church would be rejected as a church with their dead if they did not repent, etc., etc., etc.
Verse 23 in section 110 represents an all encompassing declaration. Everyone, including the entire church was now in darkness, which is consistent with Isaiah’s description of our time when he observes that the saints would be “drunken but not with wine” because “the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, behold ye have closed your eyes and ye have rejected the prophets”
The next verse in section 110 reads as follows:
24 Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.
25 And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;
26 First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.
I have always assumed that the above prophecy about the day of wrath, burning, desolation and lamentation beginning at the house of God is exclusively referring to an event that would take place many generations later in the final generation. Everyone I know assumes that because there are prophecies in the New Testament that seem to fit perfectly with that end times scenario.
And I still believe there will be a future prophetic tipping point that begins at the literal house of God which begins the “great and dreadful day of the lord”. I think it is coming up in the near future..
However,.. we know that prophecy virtually always has a dual fulfillment, and it is a remarkable fact that shortly after section 112 was given, a fight broke out among leaders of the church in the Kirtland Temple!
This fight, wherein priesthood leaders who professed to know the name of the Lord, were standing in the holy place threatening to take each others lives, appears to have been a defining moment when the house of God in Kirtland was defiled and the wrath of God began to spread into the world.. possibly a type and shadow of the final “day of the Lord” event at the house of God that will unleash the final destruction upon the world
Anyway, sorry to take so long getting to the question you asked.
” My question, though, has to do with the gospel of Abraham being an order of priesthood which has (equally?) to do with being cursed and blessed at the same time. Do you go into answering this question in your book”
I don’t think I addressed that in the book..
I do think that any priesthood that exists in the church collectively is lineal priesthood, not ordained.
I think the saints have been rejected as a church with their dead and they are under a cursing as described in section 112 and 2nd Nephi 27. Nevertheless, there is an unconditional promise that those that search God’s word and believe it, and stand ready to receive the fulness when it returns, are blessed with the manifestations of God’s spirit.. so a blessing and cursing are in force right now..
With regard to the leaders of the church, any priesthood stewardship they have is related to stewardship over the scriptures and taking the name of Christ into the world through the written word of God.
I think the scriptures provided by the LDS church as they currently stand, contain many valid and true revelations in them but also have been perverted and transfigured by taking away valid revelations and inserting false doctrines such as section 132.
Hence, there are blessings and cursings associated with the word of God that is currently available..
I realize that some of what I have said regarding the duration of the Gospel of Abraham on the earth, may be a little different than what I have writen about in the past… I, like everyone else am on a continual learning curve and always seeking greater light and knowledge and better understanding of our current situation relative to doctrine, history, and prophecy..
As always, I encourage everyone to do their own searching and prayerful study to arrive at their own conclusions under the direction of the spirit… we all see through a glass darkly at this time..
Thank you for a thoughtful question.. I think this exchange is worthy of a post and therefore may share it with others
Have a great day