“And at midnight there was a cry made”: Studying Modern Revelation by Reception Date and Noticing Reoccurring Prophetic Date Markers Part Three

June 15, 2017

We have noted that Joseph Smith felt that the end of the sixth seal and beginning of the seventh seal was close, at least according to God’s reckoning of time.

For that reason, and in conjunction with the fact that we have been commanded multiple times to be watching and waiting for the events of the Lord’s coming, we need to be anticipatory and to pay attention to the information that God has given to us that might identify the appointed time that the Marvelous Work might begin.

Four generations ago Joseph Smith  said-

“The world has had a fair trial for six thousand years; the Lord will try the seventh thousand Himself;” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842-43 p.252)

The New Testament informs us that Satan is the God of this world and that the worldly state that we live in is governed by him and his minions.

Joseph’s statement above implies that a great transition is about to take place as we cross over from the  end of the six thousand year period of the temporal earths existence to the beginning of the seventh thousand years.

Orson Pratt once stated that every single mysterious and difficult to understand thing that God and his servants have stated or made reference to in scripture can and should be understood by God’s people. It is expected by God that his elect are searching out the deeper things.

I agree.

I make no apologies for pondering and speculating about the mysterious things of God and his economy and the foreordained timeline of this earth with its associated appointed times.

There is nothing mentioned in the scriptures that will not eventually come to light and we need to be striving to understand what God and his servants have said in holy writ.

Institutional prophets and seers who have warned people to not speculate and try to understand the mysterious sayings and events of the end times in the scriptures are speaking contrary to what the Lord wants us to be doing. The modern corporate church has continually admonished it members to not speculate and to rely on the “authorities” of the church to reveal any prophetic information that is needed to be understood. Truly this is the blind leading the blind.

According to Pratt, even the difficult to understand aspects of prophetic writings such as those found in the book of Revelation and the book of Daniel can and should be pondered by the true disciples of Christ. They will eventually be understood even though many of those interpretations have been sealed from the understanding of man until the appointed time when they are to be understood.

In section 77 Joseph Smith provides some very helpful interpretations and clarifications of the prophecies found in the Book of  Revelation as well as information regarding this upcoming transition from the sixth seal to the seventh seal. He did not provide this information about the prophecies in the Book of Revelation because we are not supposed to be trying to understand it.

12 Q. What are we to understand by the sounding of the trumpets, mentioned in the 8th chapter of Revelation?

A. We are to understand that as God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work, and sanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the earth, even so, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years will the Lord God sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and judge all things, and shall redeem all things, except that which he hath not put into his power, when he shall have sealed all things, unto the end of all things; and the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels are the preparing and finishing of his work, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years—the preparing of the way before the time of his coming.

The Lord will complete the salvation of man in the beginning of the seventh thousand year period, AFTER the first six thousand years have been completed!

In addition to the literal sound of a trumpet, that apparently takes place when the CRY is made, there is a great sign that is scheduled to appear at or near, and in conjunction with the transitional cry that will go forth.

Section 77 also reveals that the temporal continuance of the earth is seven thousand years long and that the 144,000 high priests will be sealed up to be kings and priests BEFORE the seventh seal begins.

Perhaps one of the most cryptic and misunderstood clarifications about the Book of Revelation contained in section 77 is verse 15

15 Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?

A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.

The Restoration being spoken of is NOT referring to the restoration of the church and gospel at the time of Joseph Smith’s first commission back in the 1830’s and 40’s.

It is referring to the third and final watch when God’s two witnesses and the rest of his servants return to the earth.

It is referring to the RESTORATION of all things and the times of restitution and refreshing that takes place in the third watch which could begin any time.

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19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

The above passage in section 77 informs us that before the final time of restoration, the Jewish nation will be gathered.

Since the third watch and time of restoration is about to begin, that means the Jewish nation has already been gathered.

Who is the Jewish nation?

Where are they gathered?

The “Jewish nation” being referred to above is NOT referring to the Ashkenazi Jews in the Old World Jerusalem that began gathering in the 1940’s through the design and financing of the Rockefellers and new world order combination.

That is a smokescreen to derail and confuse those that are not the elect of God and who do not understand the scriptures.

The “Jewish Nation” spoken above began to be restored and gathered to the lands of the Abrahamic covenant during the week of the dedication of the Kirtland Temple beginning with the following petition in the dedicatory prayer

62 We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;

63 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;

64 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

From that very hour, the children of Judah began to return to the land of America which is the land of the Abrahamic land covenant.

In response to that petition, Moses appeared one week later behind the veil of the most holy place in the Kirtland Temple and gave Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery the keys of the gathering of Israel.

11 After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.

Shortly after Joseph Smith was given the keys of the gathering in April of 1836 as documented in section 110, the Quorum of the Twelve were commissioned by the Lord through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith to take the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the gospel over the great waters to the remnants of Israel.

Verily, thus saith the Lord: Let a conference be held immediately; let the Twelve be organized; and let men be appointed to supply the place of those who are fallen… And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name.

This taking of the gospel to the House of Israel, including the children of Judah, was in fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi 16 wherein he foretold that after the Gentiles of the restored church rejected the fulness of the gospel, the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel would be taken to the House of Israel.

At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel….and  shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.

And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.

And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.

The prophecy continues on to reveal that if the Gentiles repent of their rejection of the fulness in the 3rd watch, after the House of Israel receives the Knowledge of what the fulness of the Gospel is, they shall be numbered among God’s people:

But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.

The Book of Mormon informs us that the Gentiles repent at the time that the plates with the record of the vision of the Brother of Jared come forth:

4 Behold, I have written upon these plates the very things which the brother of Jared saw; and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared.

5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.

6 For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.

As shown in previous posts, the latter day gentile church that was restored through the instrumentality of the prophet Joseph Smith attempted to live consecration and establish Zion but failed and sinned against the fulness.

Following that,  the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in and the Lord commissioned the Twelve to take the knowledge of the fulness across the great waters to the House of Israel.

While on his foreign mission, Orson Hyde wrote to Joseph Smith asking for clarification on whether the Jews were to gather to the Old World Jerusalem or gather to the church in America.

Joseph made it clear that the the”dispersed of Judah” along with the outcasts of Israel were among the tribal demographic that were being gathered to America.

The prophet Joseph Smith clarified that the Elders being sent to foreign lands were engaged in seeking the Outcasts of Israel and the Dispersed of Judah,

“If there is anything calculated to interest the mind of the Saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities, and arouse them to enterprise and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 195. )

In previous posts we have discussed how the tribal demographics began to change once the saints of the restored church rejected the fulness of the Gospel and the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in. Joseph Smith re-established the House of David and the kingdom of Israel.

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Many of the early Kirtland saints who were remnants of the tribe of Joseph who had mingled among the gentiles began to fall away from the church after the attempt at consecration and Zion failed.

Nevertheless, the new converts to the church from across the great waters of the dispersed of Judah and the outcasts of Israel began flooding into Nauvoo as a result of the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham and the secret bestowal of the keys of the gathering from Moses.

The Jewish nation spoken of in section 77 that has now been gathered to America, calls themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

In 2nd Nephi 6 the Book of Mormon identifies these latter day Jews as those that “come to a knowledge of their redeemer” and are gathered in the latter days:

11 Wherefore, after they are driven to and fro, for thus saith the angel, many shall be afflicted in the flesh, and shall not be suffered to perish, because of the prayers of the faithful; they shall be scattered, and smitten, and hated; nevertheless, the Lord will be merciful unto them, that when they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer, they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance. (Missionary efforts starting in June 1837) 

In 2nd Nephi 30, the Book of Mormon also identifies these latter day Jews as those that BEGIN to believe in Christ and gather to America but they only begin to believe. They cannot believe fully and live the fulness of the gospel. 

And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people.

The Latter day Saints are a delightsome people who have gathered to America and yet they constitute a mixture of the tribes of Israel with the leadership being composed primarily of remnants of Judah. Many of them don’t realize what their true tribal heritage is. Judah envies the birthright of Ephraim.

The latter day Jews as a collective tribe have only begun to believe in Christ, however this is a great miracle because they rejected Christ in the meridian of time. Although it appears as if many of them will not ever accept and live the fulness of the gospel, the Apostle Paul uses the allegory of the olive tree to inform us of a great mystery, that time will come when the blindness on Israel will be taken away  and a degree of salvation will be given to them.

23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Lights in the Heavens

We learn from Gen 1:14 that God placed the lights in the heavens and let them be for signs and appointed times…

There was a great sign in the heavens when Christ was born.

According to the Book of Jasher the birth of Abram (later changed to Abraham), was  accompanied by a sign in the heavens… “and it came to be in the night Abram was born…one very large star… swallowed up the four stars”

God’s people should take the signs in the heavens very seriously because they identify the coming of God’s servants and the appointed times.

As previously mentioned, prophecy scholars are touting the upcoming alignment on September 23 2017 as a significant sign in the heavens.

While  I find the prophetic interpretations being presented on the Internet to be interesting, I don’t put a lot of stock in much of their content because those who have rejected the LDS restoration are missing a wealth of prophetic information that believers in the LDS restoration that have searched the scriptures have been gifted with.

If one does not understand the distinction between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd watches and the fact that Christ comes in secret during each watch, one cannot possibly understand the scriptures relative to the events of the end times.

Religious history verifies that the religious masses are usually wrong when it comes to understanding prophecy.

For many hundreds of years people have read the ancient accounts of God’s dealings with mankind with somewhat of a disconnect because many of the events in ancient history are so metaphysical and otherworldly that it is hard for us to relate.

The miraculous showdown between Moses and Aaron and the magicians in Pharaohs court, parting of the red sea, the many interventions of God in behalf of his people, the miracles performed by God’s servants, etc. , all seem like fiction.

However we are about to enter a new era where this type of metaphysical phenomena is going to return. Through the use of keywords, the Lord has let us know that these types of events are going to return to the earth.

For instance, the phrase “See the salvation of the Lord” was used anciently by God;s prophets to inform God’s people that God was going to miraculously intervene in their behalf.

17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17

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13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. Exodus 14:13

The narrative behind those events shows the astronomic and awesome power of God when he chooses to reveal himself.

 

We need to realize and brace ourselves for is the return of these kinds of events.

While those experiences may seem astronomically hard to imagine in modern times, Book of Mormon prophets very familiar with that term used it to inform us that an amazing event that is even more miraculous is going to take place on the global stage in the end times.

17 Yea, and all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet; every nation, kindred, tongue and people shall be blessed. 1 Nephi 19:17

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1 And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched forth his hand and said: The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall confess before God that his judgments are just. Mosiah 16:1

Section 133 also assures of that the miraculous intervention of God will take place

 3 For he shall make bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of their God. Doctrine and Covenants 133:3

The JST Contains Secrets Regarding the Events of the Last Days

Those desiring to understand the secrets that unlock the mysteries of the end times events would do well to study the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible because it contains several of the secrets that are essential to understand.

While translating the inspired version of the Bible, Joseph came across Matthew 24 and made some very significant changes to it. It is very beneficial to compare the KJV with the  Inspired Version.

While translating Matthew 24, Joseph Smith was given a revelation known as section 45 which provides additional information relative to the events of the generation of Christ’s return detailed in Matthew 24.

Section 45 is one of the more cryptic sections dealing with prophecy. The spirit of prophecy is required to understand some of the mysterious passages in it.

The section begins by warning the saints that if they don’t hearken to the voice of the Lord, death will overtake them and the harvest will have ended and their souls will not have  been saved.

“hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved.”

It is crucial that we hearken to the voice of God in the scriptures and take the sayings of God literally and seriously if we want to be included in the first harvest. We also need to be able to distinguish between what God termed as “TODAY” as opposed to what he termed as AFTER TODAY

Fortunately, section 76 speaks of the mercy of God which results in a second and third harvest, each resulting in kingdom of glory.

In Section 45 the Lord admonished the saints to listen to what he had to say while it was called TODAY.

Other passages inform us that the next dispensational DAY (second WATCH) would begin in the near future and that the day of living the law of consecration would not be possible in that next day.

Note the following passage that provides distinctions between the first day (watch) and the following day (watch)

I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some.

22 And after that day, I, the Lord, will not hold any guilty that shall go with an open heart up to the land of Zion; for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of men.

23 Behold, now it is called TODAY until the coming of the Son of Man, (The Son of Man did come i secret a few years later in 1836) and verily it is a DAY of sacrifice, and a DAY for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed (consecrated) shall not be burned at his coming.

24 For after TODAY cometh the burning—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, TOMORROW all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon.

25 Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called TODAY.

As you can see, in September of 1831 when section 64 was given, it was TODAY when the saints were commanded to labor and keep the commandments to consecrate and establish Zion.

After the Gentiles failed in the time of their labor, the Lord secretly came to his temple and the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham replaced the previous dispensation that incorporated the fulness of the gospel.

During the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham, the saints were no longer allowed to consecrate and live the laws of Zion. They were informed that they must wait for a “little season” of chastisement and learning before they could once again have the privilege of living the laws of Zion.

The following passage in section 45 provides a type and shadow of what was taking place during Joseph Smith’s first commission.

8 I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not; but unto as many as received me gave I power to do many miracles, and to become the sons of God; and even unto them that believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal life.

During the meridian of time Christ came to “his own” and was not received by them. Yet those that were not his own, did receive him and they obtained eternal life.

Mine own” as used in the above passage is code for the Jews who rejected Christ. A deep search on the topic shows that there is a terrestrial salvation awaiting them and they will be able to abide in the presence of the Savior but not in the presence of the Father in the kingdom of glory they inherit.

On the other hand, an inner group of God’s elect, including the apostles and others did receive Christ and they were given power to obtain eternal life.

I believe the reason Christ is sharing this truth is because it is typological to what was happening during Joseph’s first commission. Many of the Latter day Saints took the scriptures lightly and were not faithful in living consecration and establishing Zion. Yet there was an inner group of God’s elect that were faithful. The wheat and tares were mingled together. The elect entered into the strait gate and received power to obtain eternal life.

Moving forward in the section, Christ provides additional details not provided in Matthew 24. The section is written very cryptically and can only be decoded by those that have learned how to read in the spirit. The following is how I read the passages. Each should discern for themselves what is being said.

And the [latter day] remnant [of the Jews] shall be gathered unto this place [at or near Kirtland Ohio where the revelation was given]…

And then shall the Lord set his foot upon this mount [where the revelation is being received], and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro, and the heavens also shall shake…

51 And then shall the [latter day] Jews look upon me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?

52 Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God.

53 And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king

Sadly, the latter day Jews have only begun to believe in Christ. They have created a religious culture that indoctrinates them to put their trust in the arm of flesh instead of avoiding deception by studying the word of God and receiving personal revelation.

Section 45 speaks of two separate and distinct groups; His people who will gather and lament because they have been decieve by the craftiness of men and never comprehended the fulness and never knew Christ.

The other group spoken of are referred as His Disciples who stand in holy places.

Section 133 informs us that after all of the tribes gather to America and the call is made for the virgins to enter into the marriage chamber, there will be a physical separation, with the elect of God among the Gentiles fleeing to Zion while those of Judah flee to the land of Jerusalem located in America, where their gathering was initiated.

10 Yea, let the cry go forth among all people: Awake and arise and go forth to meet the Bridegroom; behold and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord.

11 Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour.

12 Let them, therefore, who are among the Gentiles flee unto Zion.

13 And let them who be of Judah flee unto Jerusalem, unto the mountains of the Lord’s house.

Section 45 provides one of the most important keys to understanding the parable of the Ten Virgins.

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56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.

57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day

There are many other things in section 45 that are very important keys to understanding the events of the end times. It should be studied and studied and studied.

The above passage is greatly misunderstood.

It has reference to receiving the spiritual anointing (endowment) referred to in scripture as the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost which initiates the continual abiding of the Holy Spirit and enters one into the strait gate.. It will be made available when God’s servants return to the vineyard.

One of the very mysterious passages contained in section 45 in verses 16 and 17 refers to his disciples, who he was addressing in Jerusalem, who have returned to the earth in the flesh after experiencing a “long absence of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage

This provides an implication that I will not elaborate on at this time.

He then associates the return of the body and spirit as the “day of redemption” and the “restoration of scattered Israel

Make of that, however you see fit.

The Lord informs the saints in this section that additional critical information is forthcoming regarding the end times events mentioned in Matthew 24 however it will not be made available until AFTER the New Testament is translated:

60 And now, behold, I say unto you, it shall not be given unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, (Matthew 24) until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known;

61 Wherefore I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come.

62 For verily I say unto you, that great things await you;

My interpretation of the above passage is that the Inspired Version of Matthew 24 specifically and of the the New Testament generally contains secret information about en times events necessary to prepare us for the things to come.

The Inspired Version of the New Testament provides critical information to help us make sense of the events of the last days. A few examples are as follows:

  • It clarifies the doctrine of the three watches.
  • It informs us that Elijah the preparer is a separate and distinct person from Elijah the restorer.
  • It reveals that the true identify of John the Baptist in the New Testament is Elijah the Tishbite from the Old Testament.

The list goes on and on.

Does the JST Reveal the Secret Identity of Joseph Smith?

One of the things I am intrigued with is the possible correlation between the upcoming sign in the heavens with the dream Joseph of Egypt had.

I think the coming sign could be applicable to the time when all the nations of Israel will bow down to JOSEPH

Here is the passage that speaks of the dream Joseph had that was so offensive to Joseph’s father and brethren.

Genesis 37 KJV

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed?

Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Joseph of Egypt was saying that the time would come when all of the tribes of Israel would bow down to him in receiving their blessings.

Clearly this was fulfilled in part anciently, however, I believe there may be a second part of this fulfillment.

Could the bowing down to Joseph possibly be referring to the falling down to be crowned with glory, by the hands of the servants of the Lord as mentioned in the following passage?

26 And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.

27 And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.

28 Their enemies shall become a prey unto them,

29 And in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land.

30 And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.

31 And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble at their presence.

32 And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.

33 And they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy.

34 Behold, this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows.

35 And they also of the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified in holiness before the Lord, to dwell in his presence day and night, forever and ever.

I would suggest that when Joseph was sold into Egypt and his brothers and Father had to come to a different land and receive temporal salvation from Joseph, was only a partial fulfillment of the prophecy.

The full literal fulfillment of the prophecy was to take place in the end times.

This brings up the question of whether Joseph Smith fulfills the prophecy in behalf of Joseph of Egypt as his descendant, OR whether Joseph Smith IS Joseph of Egypt.

One could build a compelling case for the fact that Joseph Smith is the literal transmigration of Joseph of Egypt based on the following clarification provided in the Joseph Smith translation which identifies Joseph of Egypt not only as the one that his brethren bowed down to anciently during a time of famine, but also as the one who will be a light to God’s people and deliver Israel out of captivity and bondage in the end times!

Follow the narrative of the inspired clarifications very closely.

  7 And Jacob said unto Joseph when the God of my father appeared unto me in Luz, in the land of Canaan; he sware unto me, that he would give unto me, and unto my seed, the land for an everlasting possession.
  8 Therefore, O my son, he hath blessed me in raising thee up to be a servant unto me, in saving my house from death;
  9 In delivering my people, thy brethren, from famine which was sore in the land; wherefore the God of thy fathers shall bless thee, and the fruit of thy loins, that they shall be blessed above thy brethren, and above thy father’s house;
  10 For thou hast prevailed, and thy father’s house hath bowed down unto thee, even as it was shown unto thee, before thou wast sold into Egypt by the hands of thy brethren; wherefore thy brethren shall bow down unto thee, from generation to generation, unto the fruit of thy loins for ever;
  11 For thou shalt [in the future] be a light unto my people, to deliver them in the days of their captivity, from bondage; and to bring salvation unto them, when they are altogether bowed down under sin.

Notice how the narrative is taking place AFTER Joseph had temporally saved his brethren from famine anciently and yet in verse 11, the narrative begins speaking of a future time, when Joseph of Egypt will be a light unto the people when they are in captivity and bondage.

That never happened anciently between Joseph of Egypt and Israel to my knowledge..

Verse 11 is clearly speaking of a future event.

In the latter days, Joseph of Egypt will bring salvation to his brethren who are identified among the gentiles after they have sinned and rejected the fulness of the Gospel.

The following declaration from God to Joseph Smith in section 3:9 is nonsensical unless viewed through a broader above context

“Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord..”

Why would the Lord need to remind Joseph Smith what his first name is?

Something much more significant is going on.

It is possible that God is simply reminding Joseph Smith of the Joseph the Seer prophecy, contained in the JST and the Book of Mormon, however, it is also very possible that God is revealing that Joseph Smith is Joseph of Egypt.

“Behold, thou art Joseph [of Egypt], and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord..”

The above promise to Joseph of Egypt in JST Genesis 48 is literally transposing the calling and ministry of Joseph of Egypt over the many promises given to Joseph Smith in modern revelation!

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The inspired version of the Bible informs us that in the last days, Joseph of Egypt will be a “light” unto God’s people to deliver them from captivity and bondage:

11 For thou shalt be a light unto my people, to deliver them in the days of their captivity, from bondage; and to bring salvation unto them, when they are altogether bowed down under sin.

Isaiah picks up on this theme as he prophesies two different times about a latter day covenant servant that would be a light unto the Gentiles and bring salvation to them.

6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a alight to the bGentiles, that thou mayest be my csalvation unto the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6

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6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a acovenant of the people, for a blight of the cGentiles

 

Those passages are clearly referring to the promise the Lord gave to Joseph of Egypt to be a light to the people.

Now notice the similarity in the following passages in modern revelation regarding being a light unto the gentiles

In section 45 the Lord made the following pronouncement:

9 And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.

10 Wherefore, come ye unto it, and with him that cometh I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning.

The narrative is clearly very similar.

An everlasting covenant is sent to be a light to the Gentiles.

Ancient prophecy characterizes the light as the covenant servant while modern revelation characterizes the light as the everlasting covenant that the covenant servant brings forth.

These same keywords and narrative shows up again in section 86.

In December of 1832 the Lord gave Joseph and his brethren a revelation regarding how the Lord would allow the wheat and the tares to grow together until the final time of harvest. It began thusly-

“Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants..”

It ended with

8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers—

9 For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God—

10 Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.

11 Therefore, blessed are ye if ye continue in my goodness, a light unto the Gentiles, and through this priesthood, a savior unto my people Israel. The Lord hath said it. Amen.

The true hidden identity of Joseph Smith takes on greater significance in this passage if he is Joseph of Egypt. Truly his life and priesthood has remained and the restoration of all things would incorporate ancient prophets and patriarchs returning to the earth in the end times beginning with Joseph Smith.

Could this be what Joseph was hinting at with his exclamation shortly before the martyrdom of “no man knows my history (genealogy).

“You don’t know me; you never knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it: I shall never undertake it. I don’t blame any one for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I would not have believed it myself…”

Joseph Smith knew something about himself and about his earthly history that he could not publicly divulge. He was bursting at the seams to say it but he knew that few if any would believe it, just as few that are reading this post will believe this possibility. It possibly had to do with his role as the covenant servant that provides intercession and his real identity from the ancient past.

The JST clearly established the fact that Elijah the prophet from Old Testament times returned to the earth in the person of John the Baptist in New Testament times and again as a ministering angel during Joseph Smith’s ministry. Is it impossible that the Lord would return Joseph of Egypt to the earth in the person of Joseph Smith?

Leviticus 16 informs us that this covenant servant, like Moses, offers himself as an atonement offering.

The covenant servant brings salvation to Israel and is literally a covenant himself in addition to bringing forth the covenants of the Lord and yet, in modern revelation, the Lord declares that the covenant servant that is to be the light and standard by which the tribes of Israel shall be gathered, had already come forth.

9 And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.

In my opinion, the above passage is referring to the everlasting covenant of Baptism brought forth through the instrumentality of God’s covenant servant, Joseph Smith.

The above passage is clearly paraphrasing the passages in Isaiah 42 and 49.

Nevertheless, Isaiah characterizes the light as a covenant person while the above passage has more of an inflection pointing to the everlasting covenant of salvation that the covenant servant brings forth.

  • It was Joseph Smith through which the priesthood and saving ordinances were restored.
  • It was Joseph Smith through which the Book of Mormon came for documenting the doctrine of Christ and the fulness of the Gospel.
  • It was Joseph Smith through which the revelations of God came forth concerning how the restored church was to be governed and Zion is to be established.
  • It was Joseph Smith through which the corrupted Bible was revised with inspired clarifications to come forth in its fulness at a later time.
  • It was Joseph Smith who was given the keys of the gathering and who indeed began the great work of gathering the dispersed of Judah and the outcasts of Israel

Interestingly, just as JST Gen 48 clarifies that Joseph of Egypt will deliver latter day Israel from their sins, Joseph Smith’s patriarchal blessings reveals that Joseph Smith will save latter day Israel from famine in conjunction with the gathering.

“..like Joseph of old shall he be: he shall save the just from desolation, by the wise counsel of the Almighty; for by his direction shall they gather into store-houses and barns, till they overflow with the richness of the fruit of harvest: and by this means shall the just be saved from famine, while the nations of the wicked are distressed and faint.

In due time shall he go forth toward the north, and by the power of his word shall the deep begin to give way and the ice melt before the sun.
By the keys of the Kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of Zion while the house of Jacob shouts in the danse and in the song

There is strong evidence to suggest that just as John the Baptist in the New Testament was the literal transmigration of Elijah the Prophet from the Old Testament, Joseph Smith the last great prophet of the last dispensation may well be the literal transmigration of Joseph of Egypt.

I am simply presenting some possibilities.

I am simply presenting a literal interpretation of what the scripture says.

It ultimately does not matter to our salvation whether God is fulfilling his promise to Joseph of Egypt literally through transmigration or through his posterity namesake Joseph Smith as pointed out in 3rd Nephi and JST Gen 50.

Those Joseph the Seer prophecies almost seem to distinguish Joseph of Egypt and Joseph Smith as two clearly separate souls if the above evidence has not been considered, HOWEVER, when viewing the prophetic narrative in JST Genesis 50 through the lens provided by the prophetic narrative in JST Gen 48, the following passage might just read thusly:

27 Thus saith the Lord God of my fathers unto me, [Joseph of Egypt]

A choice seer [Sidney Rigdon the Spokesman-Seer] will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins [in the Third Watch], and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins; and unto him will I [Joseph of Egypt- Joseph Smith] give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren.

28 And he [The spokesman-Seer Sidney Rigdon] shall bring them to the knowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers; and he shall do whatsoever work I shall command him.

In other words, the Lord will command the Seer Spokesman Sidney Rigdon through the Seer Joseph of Egypt/Joseph Smith to do a work in bringing people to a knowledge of the covenants of the Lord.

I realize that this interpretation may seem like a bit of a stretch, however, if you have read my previous posts documenting the fact that Sidney Ridgon has his own distinct calling, ministry and mission that is separate from Joseph Smith’s, and that the Lord speaks to Sidney through Joseph, the above interpretation is congruent.

The JST and Book of Mormon designate both Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon as Seers.

For, behold, all ye that do iniquity, stay yourselves, and wonder; for ye shall cry out, and  cry; yea, ye shall be drunken, but not with wine; ye shall stagger, but not with strong drink. For, behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. F or, behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets, and your rulers; and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquities.

Sidney, Oliver and possibly others of Joseph Smith’s fellows were sustained as seers in the 2nd watch and will act in the calling of Seers in the third watch.

Look at the following passages in section 90 wherein Sidney and Frederick clearly have separate and distinct ministries and administrations from Joseph and they get the WORD through the administration of Joseph Smith and the WORD goes forth unto the ends of the earth through the administration and ministry of Sidney the Spokesman and his fellow-

8 That thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as will believe;

9 That through your administration [Joseph Smith’s administration] they [Sidney and Frederick] may receive the word,  and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.

Joseph’s ministry and administration is different from Sidney’s and Fredericks ministry and administration.

Again, I am not stating categorically that these interpretations are correct nor does it matter to our salvation at this point in time if God’s last great administrator is Joseph Smith as the literal transmigration of Joseph of Egypt or simply as a descendant of Joseph of Egypt.

However we need to consider the literal interpretations as given in scripture and ponder the possibilities as we petition the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds because there are going to be some huge surprises coming up when the marvelous work begins and the dispensation of the fulness of times is ushered in.

God’s servants are about to return to the vineyard and they will be giving the last warning possibly while making some outrageous claims. Interestingly, the servant mentioned in the allegory in Jacob that returns to the vineyard multiple times, had been with the Lord in the vineyard prior to the 2nd watch!

Will we have sufficient faith and knowledge to believe the claims and recognize the true servants?

When this takes place, it will be difficult to accept them if we have been indoctrinated and spiritually dumbed down by institutional blind shepherds.

Regarding the upcoming sign in September of 2017, it has been observed that Jupiter plays a huge role.

According to some authors, “Jupiter was known by the Jews as the planet of the Messiah“. According to one author-

Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo on August 27, 2016, which coincides with a close conjunction of Venus. The next such close conjunction with these two brightest planets is 49 years later. Jupiter itself enters Virgo about every 12 years.  The August 27, 2016 conjunction comes exactly 400 days before Yom Kippur 2017. Yom Kippur always ends Teshuvah, which is a 40 day season of repentance.

Interestingly 49 years is the same time period as a biblical Jubilee cycle.

This brings us to the Jupiter talisman that Joseph sometimes had in his possession. Jupiter seemed to play an important role in a future significant sign in the heavens to Joseph Smith.

The Jupiter talisman had a depiction of the orbit, or trajectory of Jupitor which has a break in it, possibly referring to the martyrdom and indicating the two part commission of God’s covenant servant.

It is shown in conjunction with another depiction of what might be the sign of the cross, or sign of the coming of the Son of Man.

 

jupiter 2

jupiter 1

 

The Sign of the Cross = the Sign of the Coming of the Son of Man

sign of the son of man

Prophecy scholars have pointed out that if we count backwards from September 23 2017 3.50 years, it takes us to the date of the first blood moon tetrad that took place in April 2014. If we count 3.50 years forwards from September 23rd 2017 we find another interesting sign in the sky, it is called the sign of the cross.

Again, we are reminded of the two annual time periods of prophetic events that related to the ancient feast days of Israel as well as when significant revelations relating to these feast days and the prophetic events of the end times have been given.

March-April

September-October

Will we be found watching the times of the feast dates and the associated signs in the heavens as we are faithfully waiting and watching for the return of Christ and his servants?

 

Keep watching..

 

Update
This is an email I got from someone following this post

Watcher,

In reference to:

    “Regarding the upcoming sign in September of 2017, it has been observed that Jupiter plays a huge role.

    According to some authors, “Jupiter was known by the Jews as the planet of the Messiah“. According to one author-

Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo on August 27, 2016, which coincides with a close conjunction of Venus. The next such close conjunction with these two brightest planets is 49 years later. Jupiter itself enters Virgo about every 12 years.  The August 27, 2016 conjunction comes exactly 400 days before Yom Kippur 2017. Yom Kippur always ends Teshuvah, which is a 40 day season of repentance.”

Did you notice that 40 days before Yom Kippur 2017 (Sept 30) is the solar eclipse that crosses the USA (August 21)?


Something to consider from Judge Anna and her critics

June 10, 2017

[Editorial Note: Reprinted without permission]
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From Judge Anna Von Reitz
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This is a reply to the article published by the “Reign of Heaven” group…

first my response to their queries and suppositions, then “The Rest of the Story” from the immortal Paul Harvey…, and then the article from the Reign of Heavens Society, so you can see what Paul and I are replying to and why this is a sad state of affairs:
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My Reply:
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The unincorporated entity known as The United States of America and the incorporated entity also calling itself “The United States of America” are NOT THE SAME entities just because they appear to have the same name.  They are fundamentally different in nature, jurisdiction, and law.  Trying to obfuscate this in any way just slows down any solution to the problem this country faces.
It will also be seen that the quasi-military offices such as “Postmaster General” were NEVER  part of the lawful government of the actual United States and have instead existed in the Territorial United States and Municipal United States — that is, in international jurisdiction of the sea prior to the Civil War and afterward usurped upon the land as part of the Territorial United States’ administration.
But if you don’t know that there are three versions of “United States”— our version, the Territorial United States and the Municipal United States (both of which routinely just refer to themselves as “the United States” also) — it’s nigh on unto impossible for people to wrap their heads around which entity and which offices of which entity you are talking about.
This is just another example of “similar names deceits” being used by lawyers to create deliberate confusions and wrong assumptions and keep us all at each other’s throats and unable to square off and deal with the actual problem.
It leaves people like the Reign of Heavens spinning their wheels in actual fact, contributing all their effort to a hopeless cause and ranting and accusing those of us who DO see the whole deceit of “telling lies”.  But then, they are confused and not rightly understanding or replying to what I actually said, and maybe they have a right to be confused, because after all, they have been misled by professionals. Read on for another apt and timely history lesson:
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The Rest of the Story from Paul Harvey:
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If there is a stain on the record of our forefathers, one dark hour in the earliest history of the American colonies, it would be the hanging of the so-called “witches” at Salem.

 But that was a pinpoint in place and time, a brief lapse into hysteria.
 

For the most part, our seventeenth century colonists were scrupulously fair, even in fear.

 There was one group of people they feared with reason – a society,  you might say, whose often insidious craft had claimed a multitude of victims, ever since the Middle Ages in Europe.
 

One group of people, hated and feared from Massachusetts Bay to Virginia.

 The magistrates would not burn them at the stake, although surely a great many of the colonists might have recommended such a solution.
 

Our forefathers were baffled by them.

 In the first place, where did they come from?
 

Of all who sailed from England to Plymouth in 1620, not one of those two-legged vermin was aboard.

 “Vermin.”
 

That’s what the colonists called them.

 Parasites who fed on human misery, spreading sorrow and confusion wherever they went.
 

“Destructive,” they were called.

 And still they were permitted co-existence with the colonists.
 

For a while anyway.

 Of course, there were colonial laws prohibiting the practice of their infamous craft. Somehow a way was always found around those laws.
 
In 1641, Massachusetts Bay colony took a novel approach to the problem. The governors attempted to starve those “devils” out of existence through economic exclusion. They were denied wages, and
thereby it was hoped that they would perish.

Four years later Virginia followed the example of Massachusetts Bay, and for a while it seemed that the dilemma had been resolved.

 It had not.
 

Somehow the parasites managed to survive, and the mere nearness of them made the colonists’ skin crawl.

 In 1658 in Virginia the final solution:
 

Banishment. Exile.

 The “treacherous ones” were cast out of the colony.
 

At last, after decades of enduring the psychological gloom, the sun came out and birds sang and all was right with the world. And the elation continued for a generation.

 I’m not sure why the Virginians eventually allowed the outcasts to return, but they did.
 

In 1680, after twenty-two years, the despised ones were readmitted to the colony on the condition that they be subjected to the strictest surveillance.

 How soon we forget.
 

For indeed, over the next half-century or so, the imposed restrictions were slowly, quietly swept away. And those whose treachery had been feared since the Middle Ages ultimately took their place in society.

 You see, the “vermin” that once infested colonial America, the parasites who preyed on the misfortune of their neighbors until finally they were officially banished from Virginia, those dreaded, despised and inevitably outcast masters of confusion were – LAWYERS!
 

And now you know THE REST OF THE STORY.

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Below is the Reign of Heavens article. You can see for yourselves how they are confused and why:
International Public Notice

Claim in red, rebuttal in blue

This particular document was posted on the Anna Von Reitz website called ” Let’s Settle This Hash……”: LINK  on 04-26-2017

Wherein it states the following:

“The de jure government of this country is called The United States of America (Unincorporated). It has to be unincorporated to serve as a sovereign government, because if it held a corporate charter granted by some other government, it would be subservient to that government. Okay? Everyone got that?”

We can agree upon that statement because The United States of America and the Government of The United States of America is not incorporated. Embassy: LINK
“During the so-called American Civil War the rats in Congress created a doppelganger entity incorporated in Britain called “The United States of America, Inc.”.

This is called “The United States of America” but it is not your de jure government. It is just a corporation granted a charter like any other British corporation.”

Where is the evidence of this claim? There are no links or documents, nothing….. This is the first time that the Government of The United States of America has ever heard of such a claim or the subject matter.

“Now we have Keith Livingway running around claiming that he basically went to a bankruptcy trustee sale and “bought” the office of “Postmaster General” out of a claim on abandonment. He is telling everyone that this abandoned office is the land jurisdiction trustee office once held by Benjamin Franklin and that it is the land jurisdiction de jure government that he is representing.”

Keith Livingway never claimed that he attended a bankruptcy trustee sale, nor did he ever claim to have bought the office of Postmaster General. Where is the evidence? Where is a publication of the claim? There isn’t any because it is a complete lie. The whole scenario was completely made up by Anna Von Reitz and Paul Stramer.

“But here’s the kicker—- Franklin held the office of Post Master (land) not Postmaster (sea) —- and on top of that, none of these quasi-military offices like “Lieutenant Governor” and “Attorney General” and “Postmaster General” even existed prior to the Civil War.”

Here is an image of the original ledger of Doctor Benjamin Franklin, and a LINK to the whole ledger now in PDF. (page nine)

Everyone can see that “Postmaster General” did in fact exist before the civil war, and here is the link to the successor of Ebeneezer Hazard:LINK The Postmaster General credentials are towards the bottom of the page.

The National assembly did create a department of the General Post Office to operate as a Government agency, however that was done to protect the original General Post Office of 1775 from foreign powers when doing business with them. The National assembly has that right and power to create such agencies when doing business with foreign powers. Further, everyone can see that Benjamin Franklin did in fact hold the office of Postmaster General and not this made up difference in spelling and land/sea jurisdiction garbage. All surveys require both, metes and bounds and seaward boundaries in order to be legitimate.  No one can land lock a country.

“Therefore— is Keith Livingway filling Franklin’s vacated office? No. He is claiming to own an office in a defunct British corporation that was bankrupted in 1907—- The United States of America, Inc. He is not occupying Franklin’s [land] office which was as a “Post Master” –two words, notice? And not a “Postmaster” and not a “General” anything. The de jure government of this country has never been incorporated and never can be incorporated. Period.”

True, the dejure Government of The United States of America cannot be incorporated in another country and it isn’t incorporated anywhere. As a matter of fact, corporations are required to be registered with the Government of The United States of America when doing business within its metes and bounds and seaward boundaries. Benjamin Franklin never vacated his office, it was succeeded as written in the Declaration of Chain of Title:

“Declaration of Chain of Title

IT IS DECLARED THAT; the office of the Postmaster General of the Confederacy of The United States of America of 1775, first held by Doctor Benjamin Franklin on 26th of July 1775, was succeeded by Richard Bache on November 7th, 1776, succeeded by Ebenezer Hazard on the 28th day of January, 1782, and died in the year of 1817 without naming a successor.
The office of the Postmaster General of the Confederacy of The United States of America of 1775 was vacant from the year 1817 until the year 2010.” as published April 2nd, 2012 at the link above.

Keith Livingway is not and has never claimed to personally own any office, however he was appointed successor of Ebeneezer Hazard as stated in the Declaration of Chain of Title here: LINK  by the National assembly to the office of the Postmaster General and or Post Master General of the General Post Office of the original Confederacy of 1781 back to 1775 and now the Government of The United States of America. The appointment is for life or until succeeded to keep chain of title to the country known as The United States of America.

These facts as stated in blue may be a source of distress, jealousy, embarrassment or otherwise to Anna Von Reitz and Paul Stramer.  Those emotions do not give them the right to print lies, deceive people, or slander people. Neither of them have the right to attack people personally with lies and deceit. Neither of them called to verify the facts of their documents, ever…That is called libel and others that are parroting these lies and twisting the facts are also libel. All of this back and forth really needs to end because it is beginning to have the look and feel of high school all over again.
The office of the Postmaster General of the Government of The United States of America will never be vacated or released into the hands of proprietors seeking to use Patriot tricks to gain control of the country on behalf of foreign powers. Upon the death of the current aforesaid office holder, the chain of title reverts back to the National assembly to appoint a new successor and further there exists other protections of said office that is privileged information. Further, it is a vary serous crime to attack the General Post Office of the country.
THE T-ROH SHOW will broadcast and cover the real story and facts about how all of this came about when it pertains to the General Post Office and the original Government when more important issues are already covered.

“There is none other name given under heaven”

June 7, 2017

I have a dear friend that I met a few decades ago.

He takes great pride in being a “Messianic Jew“.

He came out of a very ruff environment as a youth but eventually softened and met a wonderful LDS girl and converted to the LDS Church.

Years later he became a fundamentalist Mormon and he acquired two additional wives.

After years of study he arrived at the conclusion that he had been deceived and he left Mormon fundamentalism but retained his wives.

His life has not been an easy one.

In some ways he has gone into a religious free fall and has traveled down several rabbit holes in search for greater truth.

Fortunately he has not lost his faith in God.

Although he still claims to believe the Book of Mormon, he seldom reads it any more and he does not hold the D&C in as high of esteem as he does the Book of Mormon.

He loves to study the Bible in Hebrew and he is always reading the latest book on Judaism.

Over the years we have had lots of long talks and study sessions together.

Since we are both religious fanatics and tend to be very passionate and eccentric, we have both been known to call each other between the hours of 2 and 4 AM after an all night study, to share our latest ah-ha with each other.

Mrs Watcher is not impressed with those early morning phone calls from him and his wives take my name in vain frequently as well.

Yesterday he called to chat.

He informed me that some fundamentalist friends of his that are in the Allred Group have lost their faith in the leadership of the group (thanks to him).

Since they still have a firm belief in the necessity of paying tithing, they have begun sending their tithing to the LDS Church.

When the local LDS Bishop got their tithing he was somewhat befuddled because the fundamentalists are not in good standing in the church although their children are allowed full fellowship if they renounce the beliefs and lifestyle of the parents.

The implications of the LDS church accepting the tithing from these apostates create some interesting theological questions.

Does acceptance of the money imply good standing?

Are spiritual blessings attached to the official acceptance of the tithe?

Is the Church accepting any implied obligations by accepting the money?

Do the Fundamentalists have an implied obligation to the church by sending tithing to them?

The local Bishop called the Stake President for guidance on whether to accept the money.

The Stake President called a general authority for guidance on whether to accept the money.

My friend informed me that the church has decided to accept the money.

My comment was, of course they are going to accept the money and of course the fundamentalists are still blocked from fellowship in the church. Who is going to refuse their money? They are welcome to send it to me!

During the course of the conversation the topic changed and my friend began ranting once again about the importance of the true name of God and how all of secular Christianity are rejected by God for using the corrupted name of Jesus Christ.

He went into a convoluted pontification regarding history and the Hebrew and Greek translations, and how the Catholic Church and the translators of the New Testament have corrupted the true name of God and bla bla bla.

Most messianic Jews like my friend and Johnathan Cahn and Mark Biltz prefer to use terms like Messiah, and Yahweh and Yeshua, etc., instead of the name of Jesus Christ.

Many messianic Jews like my friend really look down their nose at latter day Christians and consider their use of the name of Christ to be a perversion of the name of God or his Son.

I had heard this rant many times before but for some reason something snapped in me this time  and I went postal on my poor friend. I gave him a tongue lashing that he is not likely to forget for a long time.

I told him how unfortunate it is that he has strayed so far from the word of God in his effort to become more enlightened by the philosophies of men.

In the midst of my own rant I warned him that if he is ever saved, it would only be through the name of Jesus Christ and that the holy name of Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven by which a man can be saved.

He seemed taken back by that pronouncement and asked which scripture in the D&C I was quoting.

I quickly did a keyword search to find the scripture I was thinking of.

Luckily it was from the Book of  Mormon which holds much more credibility with him.

Here is the scripture I yelled at him

2 Nephi 25:19-20

19 For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken plainly that ye cannot err. And as the Lord God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations after they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them, and also gave him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come forth; yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.

As I read the above passages I was taken back myself by the fact that the narrative takes place 600 years before Christ and incorporates Old Testament history and theology and seems to be specifically directed to Messianic Jews as it recounts the events of Moses and ancient Israel and how they had been looking forward to the Messiah, etc., before clearly declaring the name of Jesus Christ to be the name of the Messiah and the only name under heaven by which a man can be saved.

After yelling that scripture at him in a fit if rage and in a rather unChristlike way, I followed up by stating that I agreed with him that all of latter day Christianity is in apostasy but I reminded him that according to the Old Testament, all of us apostate gentile Christians do use the proper name!

I quoted the following passage from the first chapter of Malachi showing that God has no pleasure in latter day Christianity nor does he accept our offerings because we profane his holy name, NEVERTHELESS, we do know his true name and we have made it great in the eyes of the nations. It is because we do know his true name and yet we have profaned it and have taken his word lightly and corrupted his pure gospel that we have brought ourselves under condemnation.

..I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

 

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye have profaned it..

I was screaming so loud into the phone that Mrs Watcher came running into the room to referee the fiery discussion between me and my friend.

I felt badly about yelling at my friend so I sent the following apology by email..

 

 


OneWhoIsWatching Recordings

June 4, 2017

Several months ago Mrs Watcher opined that some people prefer to listen rather than to read.

She informed me that she would like to record some of the more notable blog posts that I have written for those that are audible learners.

We all learn and process information in different ways. Some of us are visual learners while others are audible learners.

Additionally, some of us like to listen while we drive drive to work or work in the yard, etc.

When she records a post on youtube, she actually shows the post on the screen as she reads it, enabling those that would like to read along with her to do so. It also enables people to see references and graphics when desired.

For those that enjoy listening, I am providing a current listing of what has been recorded to date on the OneWhoIsWatching youtube channel.

I hope to provide updates to this channel from time to time but those that enjoy listening would do well to subscribe to the channel to get notified when the latest recording has been posted.

For those that have enjoyed listening to chapters from my book, we hope to continue posting more chapters as we make the necessary updates to the book.

I just noticed that I got my first review to the book on Amazon.

 

I still have not finished updating the book at Amazon and will notify you when I have done so. We simply keep getting more information that needs to be added to the book. The preliminary copy that is currently being sold is a huge book of over 600 pages yet is currently being sold at a discounted price since it is not the finished edition.

The updating of the final edition does not appear to be forthcoming anytime soon.

Enjoy the Vlogs

History
Part 1- Summary of The Secret History of Mormonism
Part 2 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period One
Part 3 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period Two
Part 4 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period Three
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“This is the scariest building I’ve ever seen,” Tom Hanks

June 3, 2017

Yesterday Tom Hanks freaked out MILLIONS of his Twitter followers by showing a photo of a windowless skyscraper in New York and saying:

“This is the scariest building I have ever seen, WTF goes on inside?”

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The following documentary may have some answers

Wiki:

33 Thomas was described as the likely location of an NSA mass surveillance hub codenamed TITANPOINTE in an investigation by The Intercept, and in a documentary short film by Henrik Moltke and Laura Poitras titled Project X, both drawing on the surveillance disclosures of Edward Snowden. The investigation ties the facility to a nearby FBI building, and its rooftop equipment to NSA’s “SKIDROWE” satellite intelligence system.[18][7]

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“And at midnight there was a cry made”: Studying Modern Revelation by Reception Date and Noticing Reoccurring Prophetic Date Markers Part Two

June 3, 2017

Who Holds the Keys of the Gathering?

From the very beginning of recorded religious history the scriptures speak of God’s servant who would conduct the final gathering of God’s people in the end times.

9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Because of God’s infinite foreknowledge, he knew from the beginning that his people would disobey him, the tribes of Israel would split apart from each other and mingle among the heathen, and need to be gathered out from among them in the end times.

The LDS restoration movement is no different, the topic of the gathering was of major importance.

From the visit of Moroni in the very beginning, to the revelations that followed, the gathering remained one of the most prominent themes up until the fulness was rejected by the gentiles by the end of 1834.

When the angel Moroni visited Joseph Smith he quoted the 11th chapter of Isaiah which speaks of this same descendant of Judah who shall stand as an ensign of the people. This servant of the Lord would assemble the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah:

10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

 

According to Joseph’ own words, the gathering of the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah actually began during the second major wave of missionary work, in the late 1830’s.

“If there is anything calculated to interest the mind of the Saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities, and arouse them to enterprise and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 195.)

This happened in conjunction with the petition for the children of Judah to return to the lands of the Abrahamic covenant in section 109, the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham in section 110, and the commission of the the twelve apostles to cross the great waters to promulgate the gospel as directed in section 118.

The latter day servant who is to gather Israel was to be a descendant of Judah.

Although the revelations concerning Joseph Smith clearly identified him as a descendant of Joseph, he would later comment on the 11th chapter of Isaiah and reveal that the servant who gathers God’s people would be of mixed lineage, being of both Joseph and Jesse (and Judah) :

5 What is the root of Jesse spoken of in the 10th verse of the 11th chapter?

6 Behold, thus saith the Lord, it is a descendant of Jesse, as well as of Joseph, unto whom rightly belongs the priesthood, and the keys of the kingdom, for an ensign, and for the gathering of my people in the last days.

I have demonstrated in previous blogs that Joseph Smith is of mixed lineage.

The Inspired Version Sheds Light on the Gathering

When Joseph Smith translated the Old Testament, several passages were modified or added to bring clarity to the topic of the gathering. One of these changes is found in the seventh chapter of Genesis where God promises Enoch that in the last days, God will come to gather and preserve the elect before the heavens shall be darkened:

67 And the Lord said unto Enoch, As I live, even so will I come in the last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfill the oath which I made unto you concerning the children of Noah.
68 And the day shall come that the earth shall rest. But before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth.
69 And great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve; and righteousness will I send down out of heaven, and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men.
70 And righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine own elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare; an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion; a New Jerusalem.

Another clarification in the JST of the Old Testament was to change the word “sprinkle” to “gather” in Isaiah 52

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

14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

15 So shall he sprinkle [gather] 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.

 

When the New Testament was translated, additional clarity was provided in the 13th chapter of Mark showing that the angels that return to gather the elect do so with when the great sound of a trump takes place.

gathering trump

Another one of the very significant clarifications regarding the gathering in the JST New Testament was to show that the word Elijah is a Biblical code word for any servant of God that is sent to prepare the way before Christ.

In those same passages in JST Matthew 17, Christ declared that there would be two great prophets that would act in the calling of Elijah by preparing the way before the Lord. One had already come to prepare the way before Christ in the person of John the Baptist. In addition to John the Baptist, there would be a latter day servant who would act as Elijah the Restorer.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things, as the prophets have written.

And again I say unto you that Elias has come already, concerning whom it is written, Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and they knew him not, and have done unto him, whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of them.

But I say unto you, Who is Elias? Behold, this is Elias, whom I send to prepare the way before me. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist, and also of another who should come and restore all things, as it is written by the prophets. JST Matt. 17: 10-14

Many scriptures and prophecies point to Joseph Smith as being Elijah the Restorer.

That critical bit of information in the passages above provides greater context to the book of Malachi which had also been quoted to Joseph Smith by Moroni with some very important clarifications:

36 After telling me these things, he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament. He first quoted part of the third chapter of Malachi; and he quoted also the fourth or last chapter of the same prophecy, though with a little variation from the way it reads in our Bibles. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus:

37 For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

38 And again, he quoted the fifth verse thus: Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

39 He also quoted the next verse differently: And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.

One of the most profound revelations coming out of the visitation documented in D&C 110 is the fact that the keys of the final gathering of Israel were given to Joseph and Oliver by Moses.

11 After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.

During the last four generations, there have been a myriad of false prophets that have arisen within the church and then apostatized from the church or been cast out of it who have claimed or implied that they would be the one to conduct the gathering. Some of them simply discounted the literalness of the above passage while others have marginalized the event by challenging the historicity of it.

Another witness that Joseph Smith holds the keys of the gathering was provided in  September of 1835 in Joseph Smith’s patriarchal blessing given by Oliver Cowdery which declares-

“By the keys of the Kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of  Zion” 

Two years previous, Joseph Smith’s father had given Joseph a blessing that declared that Joseph Smith would bring the scattered posterity of Abraham back into the “true fold” and that he –

“shall prepare the way for the remnants of his people to come in among the Gentiles, with their fullness, as the tribes of Israel are restored.”

 

Clearly, Joseph was the one mentioned by Christ as Elijah the restorer who would restore all things. Part of that restoration of all things would be the gathering and restoration of God’s people to the lands of their inheritance, which is why Moses gave Joseph the keys of the gathering of Israel.

The visitation documented in Section 110 in which the keys of the gathering were bestowed took place in response to the petitions given in the Dedicatory Prayer of the Kirtland Temple that had been offered up just days previous

33 Break it off, O Lord; break it off from the necks of thy servants, by thy power, that we may rise up in the midst of this generation and do thy workthat they may gather out of that city the righteous, that they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting joy;

Clearly section 109 provides yet another witness that Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery and their associates will be the ones to rise up and initiate the work of gathering God’s people to Zion.

All of this pointed to the fact that Joseph Smith is Elijah the restorer, even the angel that ascends from the east with the everlasting gospel:

9 Q. What are we to understand by the angel ascending from the east, Revelation 7th chapter and 2nd verse?

A. We are to understand that the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, he crieth unto the four angels having the everlasting gospel, saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And, if you will receive it, this is Elias which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and restore all things. D&C 77:9

It is unfortunate that some LDS authors have claimed that the above passage is referring to  John the Revelator and that he is the one who holds the keys to the gathering in the last days.

This false doctrine comes from a misinterpretation of the following  passage from the same section:

14 Q. What are we to understand by the little book which was eaten by John, as mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelation?

A. We are to understand that it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to gather the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.

If one only focuses on that one verse, without any context and without considering the wealth of information on the topic, it is understandable how someone could assume that it is identifying John the Revelator as the one with the mission to gather the tribes of Israel and restore all things.

However, since  that interpretation is in conflict with countless other passages of scripture, one should view the passage through a broader and more accurate context. One might begin by realizing that verse 14 in section 77 is a continuation of the narrative spoken in verse six about the book that John saw which was sealed with seven seals. The emphasis is on the mysterious book and its content, not on identifying John the Revelator as the topic of the narrative in the book.

After carefully studying the flow of the questions in section 77 relative to the mysterious sealed book, one should then study the chapters being referenced in the Book of Revelation.

Doing so indicates that John the Revelator is simply being commanded to ingest the sealed book ( or ponder the mysterious narrative contained within) having to do with the angel that ascends while emerging to gather Israel.

Verse 14 is not identifying John the revelator as the angel that will emerge in the last days ascending from the east, it is revealing to John that the angel that ascends is described in the mysterious book that John is commanded to ingest. John is informed that this end times servant will have a mission from God that is also identified as an ORDINANCE!

I would suggest that the ordinance describing the mission of this amazing servant can be found in the atonement statute found in Leviticus 16. We have discussed the atonement statute ordinance in previous posts.

It is very possible that the following declaration about how the mysterious narrative within the book would make John feel is providing a clue as to who the latter day servant is.

“..it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey..”

The above declaration is very possibly another way of stating what Moroni stated about Joseph Smith’s ministry being bitter and sweet.

He said that Joseph’s name-

“..should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people” (JS—H 1:33).

It is a very curious thing that the mysterious ministry of this amazing servant of God is both bitter and sweet, causing people to speak both good and evil of him.

Another mysterious  thing in the narrative is that the angel emerges by ascending upwards from the depths rather than descending from the heavens.

How often do the scriptures speak of angels of God ascending to make their appearance rather than descending from God to make their appearance like the angel Moroni did?

Only those who understand the intercessory offering of this servant and the atonement offering price that would be paid would understand why he must emerge by ascending upward from the depths rather than by descending from heaven.

There is no scriptural evidence to suggest that John the Revelator is the Davidic Servant that initiates the gathering of the elect in the last days. That theory makes no sense and it completely contradicts all of the unconditional promises and prophecies in the D&C.

To suggest that John the Revelator is the Davidic Servant that brings about restoration and the gathering of Israel is to suggest that there was no need for Joseph’s ministry and to negate all  of the unconditional prophecies pertaining to it.

A contextual review of what is being said based on the primary text in the Book of Revelation informs us that the sealed book being spoken of reveals who Elijah the restorer is. John the Revelator was simply commanded to ingest the book, making the point that the mission of Elijah the restorer would be both delicious and bitter.

Interestingly, Joseph Smith referred to himself as the angel flying in the midst of heaven in a discourse covered in the first part of this series

In the discourse, Joseph alludes to the fact that it is he, Joseph Smith, that is the one that is the holder of keys of the priesthood that is to be a witness over all the people. He also alludes to the fact that he, Joseph is the angel with the everlasting gospel spoken of in the book of Revelation:

“..all the testimony is, that the Lord in the last days would commit the keys of the Priesthood to a witness over all people–has the Gospel of the Kingdom commenced in the last days..

I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ–John the Revelator saw an angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c.”

References to an angel or angels flying in the midst of heaven in modern revelation show up twice in section 88 and twice again in section 133

Sections 1 and 133 were given just two days apart and 1 was designated by the Lord and his servant as the “PREFACE” to the revelations given by the Lord through Joseph Smith while section 133 was designated as the “APPENDIX“.

Both sections are pregnant with prophetic snippets about the 3rd watch events of the end times and can be very edifying when read together back to back.

A knowledge that section 133 was to be the “appendix” to the D&C and that it is a prophecy about the third watch is critical when studying prophecy. This coupled with a very careful reading for context reveals that the literal fulfillment of the angel flying in the midst of heaven as documented in Revelation 14:6 is clearly a future, third watch event. Any events in the past were only shadow fulfillments.

One of the cryptic realities about reading the modern revelations is that the practice of dividing God’s word into verses often encourages the reader to accept the limited implications of a singular passage while missing the broader context of what is being presented.

For instance, lets take a look at D&C 133:17

17 For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh—

The singular passage makes it sound like the prophetic event being spoken of had already taken place prior to November of 1831 when the revelation was given right?

HOWEVER, if we read the narrative from the very beginning of the revelation, paying attention to detail, it becomes apparent that that declaration in that verse is being made by the servants of the Lord AFTER they emerge in the third watch.

How many times have you read that passage assuming that the angel being spoken of has already been sent forth some time in the past? Have you seen commentaries suggesting that it is a past event?

However, if you will back up to verse one and carefully follow the narrative all the way through to verse 17 you will find that verse 17 is quoting what the servants will be saying once they return in the 3rd watch!

Verses 1 tells us to hearken to the word of the Lord.

Verse 2 informs us that Lord is about to suddenly come to his temple with a “curse to judgement” upon the world.

That visitation to the temple and related cursing took place within a few years and is clearly documented in Section 110 and the book of Malachi that it refers us to.

Verse 3 informs us that the Lord is going to make his arm bare in the eyes of all nations and that all people will see the salvation of their God

The narrative is pointing to the future.

Verse 7 states that the voice of warning is going to go forth AGAIN ,to come out of Babylon and to gather together from the four winds.

Yes the Lord called the saints to come out of Babylon during Joseph’s ministry and he invited his people to the marriage as stated in the parable of the ten virgins. But they failed to establish Zion during Joseph’s ministry and they fell asleep during their journey to meet the Lord!

Praise God that an intercession took place and that God’s people were not wiped off the face of the earth for their collective transgression.

The roots have been kept alive per the allegory in Jacob!

Verse 8 speaks of sending forth the elders of the church AGAIN in the third watch to prepare the way. This passage is reiterating what the Lord said in section 88:80-.84. The Lord promise Joseph and first laborers of the last kingdom that he would send them forth AGAIN to complete the commission they had been given and to eventually go forth among the gentiles for the last time to “bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come”

Verse 9 begins informing us what their “cry” will be.

From that verse until verse 17 we are being told what the first laborers of the last kingdom will be saying once they return in the 3rd watch.

Hence, the first laborers of the last kingdom will return in the third watch when the Marvelous Work is beginning, they will be proclaiming that the Lord has just barely sent forth the angel flying in the midst of heaven warning the people to “prepare the way of the Lord“!

In other words, they will be identifying the return of Joseph Smith as the literal fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 14:7

Now fast forward to verse 36 and the Lord reiterates that his third watch servant has appeared unto some and committed the everlasting gospel, and that he shall eventually appear unto many. 

36 And now, verily saith the Lord, that these things might be known among you, O inhabitants of the earth, I have sent forth mine angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel, who hath appeared unto some and hath committed it unto man, who shall appear unto many that dwell on the earth.

Connecting the Dots Relative to the Gathering in the October Revelatios
Sections 33, 65, 66 & 100

In part one of this series I mentioned that all  four of the canonized revelations in the D&C given in the month of October contained prophetic content relating to the final gathering in the end times.

We will now briefly review this content.

In future parts of this series we will connect additional dots with some related threads from September revelations as well as related content from other scriptures to see how all of this interrelates to the prophetic implications found in some of the ancient feast days that provide prophetic enactments of events that will take place during the September-October time of the year.

Section 33

Section 33 was a revelation given to two relatively obscure historical figures in LDS church history. Their names were Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet. These two Elders were given an astounding prophetic promise that was unconditional.

Most Latter day Saints probably consider the promise given to these two individuals to either have been fulfilled in a rather non-literal and unremarkable way, or simply not fulfilled at all. They consider it to simply be one of many unfulfilled (failed) revelations received by Joseph Smith.

I am convinced that the unconditional promise will take place.

The revelation commands these two Elders to “lift up their voices with the sound of a trump”.

I believe the “sound of a trump” happens to be a literal prophetic timeline marker having to do with when their ministry will begin in earnest in the 3rd watch.

There is a literal time when the first sound of a trump will take place.

I believe it is the time that is mentioned in the parable of the Ten Virgins that is described as “midnight” when the “cry” is made. I suspect that this time marks the end of the sixth seal and the beginning of the seventh seal.

Section 33 informs these two elders that they are living in the time of the “eleventh hour

Since the revelation associates their ministry with the time of the Ten Virgins, the implication is that they were living just prior to midnight when the cry goes forth.

The revelation informs these two Elders that the Lord’s true church has been “established and called forth out of the wilderness”. In previous posts we have established the fact that the church went back into the wilderness shortly after coming out of the wilderness. Section 109 informs us that the true and living church will once again come out of the wilderness of darkness one last time during the 3rd watch.

In Section 33 the Lord reiterates what had been declared in section 29, namely that the “elect” of God would be “gathered” from the “four corners of the earth” as a result of their missionary labors.

They were promised that if they would open their mouths, they would be filled, and they would “become even like Nephi of Old”.

That is quite a promise of future priesthood power.

It did not take place during their lives but I am of the belief that it will take place when the cry is made at midnight.

It is interesting how members of the modern church and even the world are so familiar with personalities as Brigham Young, and yet they are oblivious to who these two Elders are, even though their participation in gathering the elect is monumental.

Getting back to Section 33 and the midnight event in the parable of the Ten Virgins, God commands these two Elders to make the following declaration when they go forth:

Repent, repent, and prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand..”

Notice the similar theme in the parable of the Ten Virgins when the cry at midnight goes forth to go forth and meet the Bridegroom

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

When we get to Section 65, we are informed once again that when the one who is mighty and powerful returns, whose voice will be unto all men, he shall say

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths strait.. prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom”

As you can see, Sections 33 and 65 both have the same prophetic theme and both use terminology that inter-relates to the parable of the Ten Virgins.

According to the parable, it is after the cry is made at midnight that all of the virgins “arise” but the foolish virgins do not have oil for their lamps and cannot enter into the marriage.

Putting this event into the context provided by modern revelation, the foolish virgins cannot enter Zion but must participate in the Beast system of Babylon which consists of buying and selling rather than having all things common through consecration.

The Lord has said that all things are spiritual to him. The parable of the Ten Virgins blends the spiritual with the temporal.

Modern revelation informs us that the oil in the vessels that the wise virgins use when the cry goes forth at midnight represents taking the Holy spirit as their guide.

57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day. Doctrine and Covenants 45:57

I interpret that event referred to as taking the Holy Spirit as your guide to represent the anointing of the first comforter which abides continually and teaches all things. It comes at the time that a person or group of persons receive the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

For this reason, it should not be surprising that Ezra and Northrop are commanded to admonish their listeners to-

repent and be baptized, every one of you, for a remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.

12 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and remember that they shall have faith in me or they can in nowise be saved..”

So, at midnight when the call goes forth, the first elders of the last kingdom,  including Ezra and Northrup, will invite their prospects to repent and be baptized with water. The promise is that those that do so, will receive the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost which is synonymous with having oil in their lamp after the cry is made.

The Lord declares that repentance followed by the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost constitute the essence of the gospel and the mystical method for accessing the full benefits of the atonement.

He continues to reiterate that repentance, baptism of water, and the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, is the rock upon which his church will be built.

13 And upon this rock I will build my church; yea, upon this rock ye are built, and if ye continue, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.

14 And ye shall remember the church articles and covenants to keep them.

15 And whoso having faith you shall confirm in my church, by the laying on of the hands, and I will bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost upon them.

16 And the Book of Mormon and the holy scriptures are given of me for your instruction; and the power of my Spirit quickeneth all things.

Notice how the gates of hell will not prevail against those that repent and receive the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost when the servants go forth at midnight. That means that the gates of Hell do prevail against those that don’t take the Holy Spirit as their guide.

We are informed that at that time when the cry goes forth at midnight, the saints are to use the articles and covenants to govern the church, as documented in Section 20.

The Lord informs the saints that the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures that came forth from and/or were revised by the Prophet Joseph Smith, had been given for their instruction for those who are quickened by the Spirit.

The only thing necessary to make those scriptures come to life with total accuracy is the spirit of personal revelation that comes from the Comforter (continuous abiding of the Holy Ghost upon the endowment of the Baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost).

The true history of Mormonism reveals that the fulness of the Gospel was collectively rejected by the gentiles and that the Lord told them that they would not be required to live the laws of Zion until after a little season of chastisement and learning.

From this we learn that the spiritual reason that the saints were unable to live gospel law, establish Zion and be redeemed during that generation is because they never collectively received the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost that they were anticipating.

The promise to Ezra and Northrop that they would be going forth at the time when the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost would take place, was a future event.

The same promise had been given to Sidney Rigdon when he made his first visit to Joseph Smith and received a revelation by his hand. Again, modern revelation informs us that the time when this great power would be manifested would be in a future time when a “great work” takes place. Here is what the Lord says to Rigdon:

5 Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they received not the Holy Ghost;

6 But now I give unto thee a commandment, that thou shalt baptize by water, and they shall receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, even as the apostles of old.

7 And it shall come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land, even among the Gentiles, for their folly and their abominations shall be made manifest in the eyes of all people.

8 For I am God, and mine arm is not shortened; and I will show miracles, signs, and wonders, unto all those who believe on my name.

9 And whoso shall ask it in my name in faith, they shall cast out devils; they shall heal the sick; they shall cause the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk.

10 And the time speedily cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children of men;

Notice how the promise to Sidney Rigdon is that he would lay on hands as the apostles of old and people would receive the Holy Ghost but that promise would take place at the time of the “Great Work” that will take place when the “folly” and “abominations” of the of the “Gentiles” will be shown forth.

At that time, miracles will start to take place such as the casting out of devils, the healing of the sick and blind, etc. I believe that time is about to take place.

In Section 33 the Lord ends the revelation to Ezra and Northrop by letting them know that they will be players in the literal fulfillment of the parable of the Ten Virgins:

17 Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom—

18 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that I come quickly. Even so. Amen.

As you can see, Section 33 which was given in October, had the prophetic theme that directly relates the return of the servants to prepare the way of the Lord.

Section 65

As previously mentioned, Section 65 which was given in October also had the same theme of the gathering and the one who gathers.

It begins by speaking of the mighty  and powerful servant of the Lord whose voice is unto men ” prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight

It informs us that the kingdom that Daniel prophesied of will roll forth to the ends of the earth from the keys of the kingdom that had been given to man on the earth.

The Lord’s servant Joseph Smith will cry out ”

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom.”

The prophecy informs us that God’s kingdom must be set up on earth BEFORE his kingdom in heaven can come down to meet it. Hence, the gathering and consecration and establishment of Zion must take place BEFORE the coming of the Lord in glory.

Section 66

One of the most important, underrated and misunderstood personalities of the restoration is William E. McLellin. In this revelation directed to him, which was given shortly after he joined the church and was given the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Lord congratulates him for receiving the “everlasting covenant, even the fulness of the Gospel”.

That is one of the few passages that enables us to link the fulness of the gospel and the everlasting covenant with the fulness of the priesthood that is mentioned in Section 124.

Isaiah 24 observes that the everlasting covenant would be broken by the saints in the latter days. (that prophecy is reiterated again in section one of the D&C).

The revelation makes it clear that William is still struggling and is not fully clean and has struggled with thoughts of adultery,  however, it makes some unconditional promises about his involvement in the final gathering.

It declares that

“..thou shalt magnify thine office and push many people to Zion

In that statement, he was paraphrasing a prophetic statement from the patriarchal blessing of Joseph of Egypt found in Deuteronomy 33. It was the descendants of Joseph that would conduct the gathering and push the saints together from the ends of the earth:

17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Section 100

The fourth revelation given in the month of October is given to Joseph and Sidney and it provides critical information regarding the saints that had been cast out of the Land of Zion.

As with the other three revelations given during the month of October, it has several prophetic pronouncements that are clearly related to the third watch gathering. In the revelation the Lord acknowledges that the Jackson County Saints-

 “shall be redeemed although she is chastened for a little season… therefore let your hearts be comforted for all things shall work together for the good of them that walk uprightly and to the sanctification of the church for I will raise up unto myself a pure people that shall serve me in righteousness.”

How in the world were the saints that were being cast out of the Land of Zion supposed to take comfort in knowing that they had to wait for a little season and that God was going to raise up a people who would be obedient?

The answer would be forthcoming in the next revelation that would be given in the following month.

Section 101 was essentially an extension or continuation of section 100.

In it, the Lord speaks again about the saints that had been cast out of the land of Zion. They had been afflicted because of their transgression

Nevertheless God declares that-

“Yet I will own them and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my Jewels”

The above passage is revealing that it was the afflicted saints who had transgressed in the land of Zion that would eventually be raised up during the day when the Lord makes up his Jewels!!

The above passage was an unmistakable reference to the following passage in Malachi which identifies the Lord’s Jewels as those found in the Book of Remembrance.

16 ¶ Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Those transgressing saints had either not yet received the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost or they had left the narrow path and had not retained a remission of their sins.

Clearly there was at least a portion of them that were nevertheless pure in heart. They would be raised up and collected in the day that God gathers together his jewels.

Praise God almighty, that this bizarre story-line is totally consistent with the parable of the Ten Virgins.

The saints of the restoration failed to meet the Lord at the first appointed time and place when the Bridegroom tarried.

Then they all slumbered and slept.

But they will be raised up at midnight when the cry is made!

Very little is said in scripture about those of us living today, most of whom are descendants of the dispersed of Judah and the outcasts of Israel that began gathering into the church in the late 1830’s.

How many of us with be wise and take the Holy Spirit as our guide when the servants return?

More to come, keep watching.


“And at midnight there was a cry made”: Studying Modern Revelation by Reception Date and Noticing Reoccurring Prophetic Date Markers

May 23, 2017

I love to speculate about prophetic timelines and prophetic dates.

To me, one of the ways that we obey the Lord’s command to always be waiting and watching, is to be trying our best to understand the signs of the times and the times of the signs.

I am probably best known for my love of studying the scriptures by topic through keyword searches. However, I have discovered another way to study scriptures that I have seldom spoken out in the past.

I have found that you can actually study the revelations that Joseph Smith received according to the month they were received and there seems to often be related themes in both prophecy and doctrine.

This phenomenon is possibly related to the phenomena of reoccurring prophetic date markers where major related events and revelations keep occurring on specific dates throughout history.

Understanding the significance of reoccurring prophetic date markers is profoundly important, particularly when it comes to studying prophecy.

The Ancient Feast Days Point to Prophetic Annual Dates

We know from reading ancient scripture that God has given Israel some very important feast days that occur annually. These feast days are enactments of major future events that God promises will take place through the prophecies of his holy prophets.

Not only do these feast days provide enactments of the events, they point to the time of year that these events will take place in the future.

One of the fascinating things about the LDS restoration is the fact that certain very significant related events often occur on the exact same day of the year.

One of the more high profile examples of this phenomena is the formal restoration of the Church and related revelations given on April 6th, which became an important reoccurring date in church history upon which many events occurred.

Another reoccurring date of prophetic significance is September 11.

September 11 1836 is the drop dead date the Lord gave for Zion to have been redeemed during the second watch. Interestingly this revelation was given on September 11 1831. Many significant things have happened on that date including the Mountain Meadows Massacre which culminated on September 11 1857 and the famous attack on the Twin Towers on September 11 2001.

Another reoccurring prophetic date that I believe has ominous implications for the future, is the reoccurring visit of Moroni to the prophet Joseph Smith and other related events and revelations which appear to have taken place at least seven years in a row on or very close to September 21-22.

It is common knowledge as documented in Joseph Smith’s public history that the angel Moroni visited Joseph Smith on the same day in September of 1823, 1824, 1825, 1826 to prepare him for his calling and for the reception of the ancient plates that he would be translating.

After several years of this reoccurring annual ritual he finally received the plates from Moroni on the same day in September of 1827.

During that year Joseph Smith transgressed and had the plates taken from him by the angel Moroni.

On the same day in September of 1828, during the sixth sequential year from his initial visit from Moroni, Joseph had the plates returned to him by the angel Moroni.

I have to wonder if the four years of preparation culminating in the reception of the plates, followed by the year a transgression and contrite repentance prior to being forgiven and restored to his calling and gift as a translator, was a type and shadow of another event.

After four years of preparation that followed after the formal restoration of the church in 1830, culminating in the fulness of the priesthood and gospel coming forth out of the wilderness of darkness, the Lord declared that the restored church and its leaders were under condemnation.

Toward the end of  those first four years, the gentiles stumbled and failed to live the gospel law they had been given. Ultimately, they rejected the fulness as prophesied by Christ in 3rd Nephi.

And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel…behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.” 3 Nephi 16:10

The iniquity of latter day Israel in rejecting the fulness resulted in the covering of the eyes of God’s latter day Seers.

For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity. 2 Nephi 27:5

We are informed that Joseph will be returned and restored to his position to exercise the keys of the gathering that he has been given.

Just as he was forgiven of his transgression and had the plates restored to him so that the translation of the Book of Mormon could be finished, he and many of the foundational elders of the restored gentile church will also be forgiven and restored to their commissions.

I have previously documented about 16 prophecies, parables, allegories, revelations and patriarchal blessings that all speak of Joseph Smith returning to the earth to finish his calling and commission.

The reoccurring events that took place every year from September 1823 through September 1828 is truly remarkable.

Although I have not been able to find anything of significance that took place in September of 1829, I do not believe it is a coincidence that Section 29 was given in September of 1830. (very possibly on September 21 or 22) which speaks of the return of God’s servants into the vineyard to prepare and gather the elect of God.

Two years later in September, Section 84 is given in which the Lord continues giving prophetic information about what the servants will be saying and doing when they return to the vineyard to give the last warning.

I find these related events that happened on reoccurring dates to be very significant and I think the Lord is informing us that he works on an exact time schedule and that his marvelous works that have taken place on reoccurring dates are pointing to future events that will also take place in the same prophetic dates.

As mentioned earlier in this article, my interest in reoccurring prophetic date markers has led me to another method of studying prophecy that I have used over the years. I sometimes study the revelations that Joseph Smith received according to the date that he received them.

I have been amazed to find that certain prophetic events and topics often seem to line up with the month in which they are given.

In this series I want to address the prophetic theme that weaves through the months of September and October with particular emphasis on October.

I will demonstrate that the prophetic theme within the revelations given to Joseph Smith during the months of September and October match up perfectly with the prophetic themes in the ancient feasts associated with the same dates.

Furthermore, some of the revelations given on these dates declare the saints of the restoration to be the literal participants in the parable of the Ten Virgins. They possibly provide clues to identifying when “midnight” will take place wherein the cry will go forth to prepare for the return of the Bridegroom as prophetically documented in the parable of the Ten Virgins.

Interestingly, this general timeframe seems to match up with the prophecy in JST Revelation 12 and the upcoming sign in the heavens that is projected to take place later this year.

If you go to the front of the D&C and look at the chronology of dates in which the various revelations were given, you will see four thus sayeth the Lord type of revelations that were given in the month of October.

They are Sections 33 (1830), 65 (1831), 66 (1831), and 100 (1833).

All four of these revelations address the same general theme having to do with the appointed time that the servants return to the Lord’s vineyard to prepare and gather the elect for the return of the Bridegroom.

Interestingly, these revelations all seem to interrelate with the ancient Jewish feast date known as Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles, or Feast of Ingathering. This feast day is traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the month Tishrei which varies from late September to late October.

During the time of the Jerusalem Temple, it was one of three pilgrimage festivals in which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the temple.

The Feast of Tabernacles falls on October 5-6 this year.

Years ago I wrote an article about the Seven Seals and the Paradisaical Millennium which totals 8,000 years. In the article I suggested that section 20 was literally accurate in setting the date of April 6th 1830 as being exactly 2000 years following the coming of the Lord in the meridian of time.

I further speculated that the meridian of time would have either been related to the birth or crucifixion and resurrection of Christ  that took place 33 years later. When I posted the article in a blog, I got the following observation from a reader who suggested that the meridian of time would have been half way between Christ’s birth and resurrection:

the middle point of time would be exactly 16.5 years from his birth, or October 6 of the year 16. Which means that the 5th thousand years ended on October 6, 1016 and that the 6th thousand years will end on October 6, 2016. At which point the 7th seal will open.

I think his line of reasoning might be profound, however, it has since occurred to me, as pointed out by several non-LDS prophecy scholars, that there was no “zero year” between 1 BC and AD 1. With that information, the end of the sixth seal and the beginning of the seventh seal based on the previous assumptions would actually be  on or around October 6, 2017.

This is interesting given the fact that several people are now claiming that the Jubilee year is 2017, not 2016 as had been supposed.

Of course this is all speculation and based on some interpretive assumptions of scripture and calendar issues.

I am sure there are those that don’t think that the end of the sixth seal could take place during their life time, let alone this year. After all, people are still marrying and giving in marriage and to those who cannot discern the signs of the times, many things seem to reflect that the world is still sleepily continuing on, business as usual. But the prophet Joseph Smith implied four generations ago that the end of the sixth thousand year probation was close to its fulfillment:

“The world has had a fair trial for six thousand years; the Lord will try the seventh thousand Himself;” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842-43 p.252)

Joseph Smith gave a discourse on Matthew 24 and revealed himself to be the final witness over all people just before the end shall come:

I shall read the 24th. ch of Matthew and give it a litteral rendering and reading, and when it is rightly understood it will be edifying (he then read & translated it from the German) I thought the very oddity of its rendering would be edifying any how–“And it will preached be; the Gospel of the Kingdom in the whole world, to a witness overall people, and then will the end come.” I will now read it in German–(which he did, and many Germans who were present said he translated it correct)

the Savior said, when those tribulations should take place, it should be committed to a man, who should be a witness over the whole world, the keys of knowledge, power, and revelations, should be revealed to a witness who should hold the testimony to the world;it has always been my province to dig up hidden mysteries, new things, for my hearers–

The prophet prophesied that his return would take place just before the great wars, famines, pestilence and great distress would take place.  He alluded to the fact that he was the final angel that would fly forth in the midst of heaven with the fulness of the priesthood.

I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ–John the Revelator saw an angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c. the Scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress, judgments, &c are ready to be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth–John saw the angel having the holy Priesthood who should preach the everlasting gospel to all nations,–God had an angel, a special messenger, ordained, & prepared for that purpose in the last days–

In paraphrasing passages from Matthew 24 Joseph prophesied that his return would take place at a time when false prophets would rise up and oppose him.

Woe! Woe! be to that man, or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his Witness in these last days.–for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones–my apostate enemies say that I have been a true prophet–& I had rather be a fallen true prophet, than a false prophet; when a man goes about prophesying and commands men to obey his teachings, he must be either a true or false prophet; false prophets always arise to oppose the true prophets, and they will prophesy so very near the truth that they will deceive almost the very chosen ones–

That is taking place right now as this blog is being written. False prophets are rising up to oppose Joseph Smith and challenge his commssion.

There is a man who has prophesied and he claims to be God’s servant of the gathering.

He rejects the unconditional promises and prophecies in the Doctrine and Covenants.

He claims to have been renamed DAVID.

He has brought forth teachings about how to have valid priesthood authority and how to baptize.

His book says that those that don’t listen to and heed his words will be damned.

His teachings have spawned a group of false prophets who uphold him in his usurpation.

These false prophets have openly rejected the the conferral of keys of the gathering that were given to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery from Moses as documented in Section 110.

After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.

These false prophets are denying revelation and are usurping the role of Joseph Smith and believe they will be the ones to gather the elect of God preparatory to Christ’s final coming in glory.

They will be meeting this September to gut the Scriptures of some of the most foundational and profound revelations given by God.

All of this takes place close to a time when a great sign will take place in the heavens.

The stars are lining up.

We must be patient and keep waiting and watching for the true servants of God.

 

[In part 2 we will  observe the related prophetic strand pertaining to the GATHERING that intertwines throughout Sections 33, 65, 66, and 100 and then see where it takes us]