The Eternal Law of Certification and Record Keeping Part 3

June 10, 2018

Five Epiphanies From Sections 124 and 128

After dissecting section 128 and other related scriptures over the years, I have had five ginormous epiphanies that I wanted share to wrap this series up.

Two of them were shared in the last post.

The third, fourth and fifth will be presented in this post.

Let me warn you, these epiphanies if true, are brutal, yet remarkably illuminating. I suggest that you brace yourself and put your seat belt and crash helmet on, lest the reading of this post leaves you laying in the fetal position crying like a little baby.

Nevertheless, God provides a solution for the current dilemma.

Praise God.

Here is a summary of the five epiphanies

My first epiphany had to do with the definition of “works” in the following passage contained in the book of Revelation.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works

According to Joseph Smith, the word “works” as used in the above passage refers to the properly authorized “Baptisms for the Dead” and the faithful record of these sacred ordinances which were requisite for salvation from the foundation of the world.  It goes without saying that authorized and recorded baptisms for the living are included in this definition of “works”.

This is significant because the above passages is one of the most powerful evidences used when the works vs. grace through faith debate emerges.

Apparently, the “books” that are to be opened so that we can be judged according to what is in them has to do with the saving ordinances of the gospel and related covenantal observances, not our feeble natural man efforts to do good and keep every commandment according to the letter of the law.

In other words, first we believe and have faith in Christ and his atoning sacrifice.

As a result of that faith, we enter into covenant with Christ through baptism while making a public confession of our faith. This covenant and public confession is then faithfully certified and recorded on earth so that it can be recorded in heaven.

I find this completely consistent with Biblical Christianity upon which the LDS restoration movement was built upon.

It is consistent with the seven declarations in the scriptures (provided in the last post) that state that he who believes and is baptized will be saved.

The second epiphany I had was that the names of the recipients of the saving ordinances as documented in these books (or records) kept in heaven are categorically dictated by the names of the recipients of the saving ordinances found in the books (or records) that have been faithfully kept by human priesthood authority on earth.

Hence the tremendous importance of human priesthood authority not only in administering the ordinances of salvation, but in keeping a faithful certification and record of the ordinances performed, as per the protocol set up by God from before the foundation of the world.

The third epiphany has to do with the necessity of a “welding link” that binds or seals the fathers with the children and the children with the fathers into the new covenant.

Elijah the prophet appeared to Joseph and Oliver in the Kirtland Temple in April of 1836 to declare that the prophecy in Malachi about his return to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children had been completely fulfilled.

Few people realize that what Elijah was referring to, was his return seven years previous in his New Testament identity as John the Baptizer to restore the priesthood keys by which the fathers and children could be saved and united in the gospel covenant.

Paul informs us in the book of Hebrews that the Old Testament fathers are dependent on their posterity in order to be made perfect, and their posterity is dependent upon the Old Testament fathers before they can be made perfect in the gospel covenant.

Apparently the eternal laws and agreements entered into in the preexistence required an all or nothing, collective group covenant of oneness, which sheds light on the law of consecration being one of the required fruits of the true church.

Related to this is what Joseph Smith refers to as a binding or sealing “welding link” that binds the living with the dead through proxy ordinance work and the faithful records of these works.

My fourth epiphany has to do with the fact that since both the new testament saints and the restoration saints attempted to embrace the fulness but ultimately stumbled and went into apostasy, they failed to establish the welding link.

The Old Testament fathers as well as we, their posterity who later received the fulness of the gospel and covenant, have not been sealed/bound together in the covenant as mandated by eternal law. Hence, precious few if any have had their names entered into the authorized earthly records and the corresponding heavenly records.

Everyone on the other side of the veil who has not been resurrected is in bondage as a disembodied spirit. Further, it appears as if those that have been quickened and caught up with and to the city of Enoch are still at the mercy of the agents of God on the earth before the Zion of Enoch from above can be reunited with the Zion from below”

The Lord hath gathered all things in one. The Lord hath brought down Zion from above. The Lord hath brought up Zion from beneath. (D&C 84:100)

Those in Enoch’s Zion are in a terrestrial, paradisiacal suspension and have not yet become perfect or saved nor can they be until they have been united with their dead through the welding link. (interestingly, Joseph used the terms perfect and saved synonymously in 128)

According to sections 124 & 128 and the un-sanitized history of the church, the saints were rejected with their dead. This means that our unresurrected ancestors on the other side of the veil are in prison and will remain in prison until the authorized servants of the Lord complete the welding link.

The fifth epiphany has to do with the fact that the Lord’s end times Servant from the lineage of Judah is the one that sets the prisoners free by overseeing the completion of the saving ordinances and the faithful certification and recording of them. Thus completing the welding link between the fathers and the children.

Are the Untaught the Only Spirits in Prison?

Allow me to attempt to development some of these concepts further.

We know that one of the things that Christ did after providing the infinite and eternal atonement that involved his suffering and crucifixion and resurrection, was to go into the world of spirits and to set the prisoners free.

Interestingly, the exact same prophetic narrative shows up in end times prophecy and in section 128.

Prophecy informs us that another freeing of the prisoners must take place as part of the end times scenario.

Joseph’s intervention and intercessory offering is typological to what the Savior did. Is it unreasonable to suggest that Joseph had to be thrust into spirit prison in order to lead the prisoners out at the appointed time?

Two of the most prolific Davidic Prophecies in Isaiah are contained in Isaiah 42 and 49. Both of them contain the prophetic theme of God’s servant setting the prisoners free.

In Isaiah 42 we find that God’s servant was given as a covenant of the people, for the light of the Gentiles. It is the calling of the latter day servant to bring the prisoners out of prison:

6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

The same mind blowing narrative shows up in Isaiah 49 but with more detail.

The Davidic lamentation has the servant lamenting that his first attempt at gathering Israel was in vain, but then he declares that-

 “though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord and my God shall be my strength

The Lord declares that he has given his stumbling servant to be a

“covenant of the people, to establish the earth. That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth”

As you can see, the Davidic servant of the end times will set the prisoners free!

That is exactly what Joseph Smith was referring to in section 128 when he made the following declaration:

22 Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free.

23 Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!

Joseph clearly saw himself and his brethren as the ones who had the Davidic mandate, calling, right and priesthood power to fulfill the prophecies in Isaiah 42 and 49 in setting the prisoners free.

Goodness knows that the curse mentioned in Malachi, will eventually go forth to devour the earth. I have shown in previous posts that it did begin going forth during Joseph’s ministry but it was delayed by an intercessory intervention.

According to Section one, the earth still needs to be “established”!

Those that are in prison need to be set free by God’s Davidic covenant servant because earthly records of the ordinances are requisite before heavenly records can be opened in the judgment.

But who exactly are the prisoners that are in prison?

I think I better understand this question as a result of studying sections 124, 128, Isaiah 42 & 49 and related end times prophecies and events of the LDS restoration.

The answer might surprise you because you have been indoctrinated to think that the only ones in spiritual bondage are those that never had the gospel preached to them in mortality and never had the opportunity to be baptized.

I am going to challenge that notion.

A careful reading of 1 Cor 29 wherein Paul is speaking of baptisms for the dead shows that the topic of the chapter and Pauls discourse is about the general reality of a physical resurrection, not missionary work for the dead who never heard the gospel!!!!

That should be a huge clue.

The New Testament saints were aware of and practicing the ordinance of baptism for the dead. Indeed, Paul brought the concept up not only to prove that there is to be a physical resurrection, but also to show that without the ordinance, the saints were in jeopardy of being made perfect:

29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

Again, a careful contextual reading of that chapter shows that the underlying topic being addressed was the resurrection of all of the dead, not just those that lived when the gospel was not on the earth. He was not specifically addressing missionary work for those who had not had the gospel preached to them although they obviously represent a subcategory.

We know from the additional scriptures brought forth through Joseph Smith that our ancient Old Testament fathers had a knowledge of the gospel. Abraham was promised that his seed would proclaim the message of the gospel in a strange land in the latter days. (Abr 2:6)

In section 128, Joseph Smith quotes Paul, to demonstrate why the New testament saints were performing baptisms for the dead.

15 And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers—that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.

Incredible.

Joseph is quoting Paul and showing that Abraham and all of our Old Testament fathers have not and cannot be made perfect unless we, the believing portion of their posterity are also saved according to and in total conformance to the faith and “works” (adherance to baptism and the certified recording of it) that were mandated to be performed on earth in the flesh from before the foundation of the world..

In Hebrews chapter 11 Paul informs us that “faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen“.

He then details the righteous trials and triumphs of many of our Old Testament fathers such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses.

Paul includes the harlot Rahab, as well as Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David Samuel, and the prophets as those that are at the mercy of the living to act as agents for them in having their ordinance work and recorded certifications done.

He notes that they all embraced and died in the faith, despite the fact that they had not received all of the promises (gospel covenants) while in the flesh. He ties these promises to a promised land that they were all seeking, even a heavenly city:

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

In the concluding verse of the chapter, Paul makes the mind-blowing declaration that all of these patriarchal fathers have not and cannot be saved and perfected without their posterity nor can their posterity be saved without them.

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Holy Shamoly.

The patriarchal fathers obtained a good report through faith but RECEIVED NOT THE PROMISE!

Joseph Smith picks up on this theme and reiterates this concept in his letter from Liberty Jail in 1839 (Section 121).

He touches on the greatly misunderstood topic of “works“, assuring us that “there  is a time appointed for every man” to perform his works. Regardless of when he has lived on this earth.

He reveals that our patriarchal forefathers from Old Testament times, despite having not received the “promiseor fulness of the covenant, as noted by Paul, had been visited by angels.

These angels directed their minds in “anxious expectation” to the “knowledge” that has not been revealed since the world was until now

This knowledge has been “held in reserve for the fulness of their glory”

Joseph would be revealing this knowledge, pertaining to the welding link and baptisms for the dead, in sections 124 and 128.

25 For there is a time appointed for every man, according as his works shall be.

26 God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now;

27 Which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory;

Section 124 reiterates the fact that this secret knowledge of how our fathers are going to mystically enter into the gospel covenant will be revealed in the dispensation of the fulness of times:

40 And verily I say unto you, let this house be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein unto my people;

41 For I deign to reveal unto my church things which have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world, things that pertain to the dispensation of the fulness of times.

According to Paul, those of us coming to earth after Christ’s earthly ministry and atonement were recipients of a “BETTER THING” (even the fulness of the gospel and the covenant of Baptism)

Those living on the earth with the fulness will be authorized to act as agents for those that believed when they lived on the earth in the flesh as well as those that would have believed had they had the gospel preached to them when they were in the flesh.

When visiting the Nephites Christ matter of factly makes mention of the fact that the “fulfilling” of the “covenant” of the Old Testament Fathers was yet a future event.

6 O ye house of Israel whom I have spared, how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if ye will repent and return unto me with full purpose of heart.

7 But if not, O house of Israel, the places of your dwellings shall become desolate until the time of the fulfilling of the covenant to your fathers.

After quoting Paul and noting that we cannot be saved without our dead patriarchal ancestors nor can our dead be saved without their living ancestors, Joseph Smith then makes a remarkable Segway into the passage found in 1 Cor 15:29 proving not only that baptism for the dead is a valid doctrine, but that the new testament saints were actually practicing it!

16 And now, in relation to the baptism for the dead, I will give you another quotation of Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:29: Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?

The new testament saints were attempting to usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times and had had the knowledge of baptisms for the dead revealed to them. Ultimately they would go into apostasy and break the covenant. The latter day saint restoration saints would eventually repeat the same pattern.

Next, Joseph Smith correlates the practice of baptism for the dead with the “restoration of priesthood” that an ancient prophet “had his eyes fixed on“.

17 And again, in connection with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the restoration of the priesthood, the glories to be revealed in the last days, and in an especial manner this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel, namely, the baptism for the dead;

Joseph then explains that Malachi’s prophecy about the coming of Elijah the Prophet to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to the fathers is expressly interrelated to the ordinance of baptism for the dead (and the living):

for Malachi says, last chapter, verses 5th and 6th: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

But wait, Malachi warns us that if the hearts of the fathers and children are not turned towards each other, creating a welding link, through the saving ordinances and the faithful recording of them, the earth will be smitten with a curse.

18 I might have rendered a plainer translation to this, but it is sufficiently plain to suit my purpose as it stands. It is sufficient to know, in this case, that the earth will be smitten with a curse unless there is a welding link of some kind or other between the fathers and the children, upon some subject or other—and behold what is that subject? It is the baptism for the dead.

For we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect. Neither can they nor we be made perfect without those who have died in the gospel also; for it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times, which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time.

And not only this, but those things which never have been revealed from the foundation of the world, but have been kept hid from the wise and prudent, shall be revealed unto babes and sucklings in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times.

The Welding Link was Established
The Curse was Delayed

Perhaps there are some dots that can be connected together by evaluating the context in section 124 and 128

On the one hand, section 124 speaks about an ordinance that has been hid from the world from the foundation of the earth. It is called the ordinance of baptisms for the dead.

On the other hand, God makes a chilling warning to the saints of the restoration. He informs them that if they don’t repent of the abominations that they were currently practicing, and complete the boarding house of the Lord, they would be “rejected as a church with their dead” which IMO is just another way of saying that the fulness of the authority to administer the saving ordinances that had been given would be taken away.

The consequences of this action is that Satan would be in control.

The following warning and prophecy in the Book of Commandments given a decade earlier foretold the final state of the saints of the restoration:.

Here is what D&C 5:19 said before it was changed in 1835.

And thus, if the people of this generation harden not their hearts, I will work a reformation among them, and I will put down all lyings, and deceivings, and priestcrafts, and envyings, and strifes, and idolatries, and sorceries, and all manner of iniquities, and I will establish my church, like unto the church which was taught by my disciples in the days of old.

And now if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I WILL DELIVER THEM UP UNTO SATAN, for he reigneth and hath power at this time, for he hath got great hold upon the hearts of the people of this generation: and not far from the iniquities of Sodom and Gomorrah, do they come at this time: and behold the sword of justice hangeth over their heads, and if they persist in the hardness of their hearts, the time cometh that it must fall upon them.

I have spent many years documenting the fact that the saints of the restoration did in fact harden their hearts against the word of God and that God did indeed deliver the saints up unto Satan and over to their delusions.

I have stressed in past posts that being rejected as a church means that the saving ordinances for the living and the dead are no longer valid because of the apostasy that brought about condemnation. This apostasy and condemnation left the saints with the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the gospel found in the written oracles that God had brought forth through Joseph Smith.

However virtually all of my comments in the past have been limited to the consequences of the apostasy and condemnation on this side of the veil, for the living.

But what are the consequences for our dead that have been rejected as a church?

Let me ask you a question-

If the saints of the restoration rejected the fullness of the gospel and then were rejected as a church with their dead, being cut off from the fulness of the ordinances of salvation on this side of the veil, where are the saints of the restoration who have passed on to the other side and there dead ancestors are now?

IN PRISON!!!!!

That’s right, the delivering of the saints up unto Satan had to do with both sides of the veil. This is what the proclamation of Paul and Joseph Smith leads to.

Let me bring this a little closer to home for you with a personal example.

I come from an LDS family that is very proud of there heritage.

We descend from ancient kings.

My mother is a Romney.

My father is a descendent of Brigham Young.

My dear sister just completed a book about our family heritage and pioneer ancestors.

Here is what she just said in an email

Dear Siblings_

The XXXXXX Book has been completed and I will be ordering it tomorrow at noon.

It is a beautiful almost 400 page.. soft cover, spiral bound, black and white hard copy on archival paper…

“We have a grandmother who designed and sewed the first national flag ever to fly in the Salt Lake valley, another grandmother who was the first lady to own and operate a Singer Sewing machine in Utah and gave instructions to other ladies. 

One of our grandfathers crossed the plains over fifty times carrying U. S. mail, freight and passengers. 

WE have a beautiful pioneer grandmother whose red hair was so captivating that an Indian Chief bartered his blankets, saddle, pony and finally his own wife in exchange for Vilate Young Decker.  AS a child, she sat on the lap of the prophet Joseph Smith while he talked about the Angel Moroni. 

WE have grandfathers who attended school with or were friends with Patrick Henry and George Washington of Revolutionary War fame.

WE have inventors of paint and washing machines, and a grandmother who took lake saleratus (baking soda) off the ground and made elegant, light bread for the second party of saints to come into the valley.  However, when she arrived she declared, ‘Weak and weary as I am, I would rather go a thousand miles farther than remain in such a place as this.’  She was one of the first three women to enter the Salt Lake valley and even Brigham Young bowed to her determination. 

We descend from the first wife of Brigham Young on Genevieve’s side and from a disappointed colliery worker in Scottish mines on Alec’s side. Add Robert the Bruce into the mix and the Robertson family clan name that dates back to Moses… we have pretty much covered the bases.”

I dearly love all of these progenitors of mine. Some of them were great thinkers, leaders and doers. Some of them were believers in the restored gospel while some were apparently drunks and scoundrels. ( I suspect they did not get much mention in the book LOL) However, I am convinced that they all have one thing in common-

THEY ARE ALL IN PRISON RIGHT NOW! 

That is correct. Even the one’s who had a fervent knowledge and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why?

Because the New Testament Saints and the Restoration Saints both ultimately failed to establish what Joseph Smith referred to as the “welding link“.

Furthermore, if you or I were to die tomorrow, we would also be in prison with our ancestors.

Yes I realize that there are passages of scripture that state that there are two divisions in the spirit world, referring to the spirit prison and paradise. Be that as it may, that is not the point. The point is that regardless of where you are on the other side of the veil, you are in a state of bondage until your spirit is reunited with it’s tabernacle of element and that cannot happen until the saving ordinances are valid and duly certified and recorded.

The consequences of being rejected as a church applies to BOTH SIDES OF THE VEIL.

To be rejected as a church means that their baptisms for both the living and for the dead have temporarily been rejected by the Lord. This reality should not be lightly passed over:

15 And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers—that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.

This means that their names have not yet been recorded and entered into the books on earth so that they can be entered into the books in heaven. The welding link that binds the fathers to the children has not been established.

Holy S#*t storm.

As of the dates of those revelations given in January of 1841 and September of 1842, the names of the dead had not yet been faithfully recorded into the books on earth and therefore could not be entered into the books in heaven!

There is incontrovertible evidence from the scriptures and the true history of the church that those records were never faithfully certified and completed for the living or the dead.

Imagine how it would feel to be locked up in spirit prison awaiting the day of judgment when God will fulfill his promises made to our ancient fathers and to us.

16 And I will show it plainly as I showed it unto my disciples as I stood before them in the flesh, and spake unto them, saying: As ye have asked of me concerning the signs of my coming, in the day when I shall come in my glory in the clouds of heaven, to fulfil the promises that I have made unto your fathers,

17 For as ye have looked upon the long absence of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage, I will show unto you how the day of redemption shall come, and also the restoration of the scattered Israel.

It appears from the above passage that Christ was informing his servants that he had not yet fulfilled the promises made to the Old Testament saints.

Further, he informs them that the separation of their bodies from their spirits would be a form of bondage and that they would not be redeemed from that bondage until the time of his coming, when the prisoners would be set free and redeemed from their bondage.

Imagine what it must be like waiting in spiritual bondage as a spirit no longer clothed in a physical body, realizing that if you come forth to be judged, the books will be opened without the necessary ordinance work having been faithfully observed and recorded.

If you are not laying on the ground in the fetal position crying like a little baby right now, it is only because you don’t understand the documentation that is before you.

It was quite a few decades ago when it occurred to me that the saints of the LDS restoration were rejected with their dead. After studying section 124 and also studying the true history of the church and looking at the nasty putrefied fruits that accompany every single faction of the restoration, it became apparent to me that God had made good on his promise to temporarily reject the saints with their dead.

It was sometime after I had arrived at this conclusion that I eventually came across this statement from Lyman Wight, the first person ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood during Joseph Smiths’ ministry, who had arrived at the same conclusion .

Here is what Joseph Smith declared to the saints according to the testimony of Lyman Wight:

“There shall be no more baptisms for the dead, until the ordinance can be attended to in the font of the Lord’s House; and the church shall not hold another general conference, until they can meet in said house. For thus saith the Lord!”

The fact that the saints were not allowed to have a general conference as a church until they repent and complete the house of the Lord speaks volumes about the severity of the situation. That is just one more way of saying that the saints were in the process of being rejected as a church.

They were on probation.

Here is Lyman Wight’s synopsis of the conclusion of the Nauvoo era that the LDS church has done such a good job of erasing from the history of the church:

“… We were to have a sufficient time to build that house, during which time our baptisms for our dead should be acceptable in the river. If we did not build within this time we were to be rejected as a church, we and our dead together.

Both the temple and baptizing went very leisurely, till the temple was somewhere in building the second story, when Bro. Joseph from the stand announced the alarming declaration that baptism for our dead was no longer acceptable in the river. As much to say the time for building the temple had passed by, and both we and our dead were rejected together..

The church now stands rejected together with their dead. The church being rejected now stands alienated from her God in every sense of the word.”

Lyman Wight was the first person of that dispensation to be ordained a high priest.

Joseph Smith had seen Lyman in vision in the celestial kingdom.

He was one of the most valiant missionaries of the restoration.

He is one of the few brethren that the Lord spoke highly of in section 124, right before the heavens became sealed. He was commended for having his heart focused on the cause of Zion.

He was intimately involved in Nauvoo at the time that the house of the Lord was being built. Indeed he and two others were expressly commanded by the Lord to oversee the building of the true House of the Lord in Nauvoo.

22 Let my servant George, and my servant Lyman, and my servant John Snider, and others, build a house unto my name, such a one as my servant Joseph shall show unto them, upon the place which he shall show unto them also.

Ok, I have now shared my five epiphanies that I got from reading and believing section 128 in conjunction with section 124 and a myriad of other related passages.

I believe that some of the information contained in section 128 can provide clarity, and context to many other passages of scripture. This information can even unlock the meaning of obscure prophecies.

The Book with Seven Seals

 Ok, we have established the fact from Isaiah 42 and 49 that the Davidic Servant will be the one to oversee the process of restoring the fulness for the last time and setting the prisoners free.

We know from section 128 that in order to do so, a welding link needs to be established that turns the hearts of the fathers to the children in the everlasting covenant.

This requires the conducting of valid ordinances and faithfully certifying and recording them into the earthly book so that the heavenly book can reflect them.

But is there a prophetic narrative in scripture that addresses these topics and provides the storyline of how this will all take place?

I will now end this series by providing my interpretation of the mystical prophecy found in Revelation chapter five based on the epiphanies spoken about in this series.

1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

I believe that the personage who sits on the throne is the Father.

I now believe that the book that is sealed with seven seals is the sealed portion of the gold plates from which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.

Joseph Smith and other witnesses simply stated that a portion of the plates were sealed but did not mention that they had seven seals.

If my speculation is true, why didn’t Joseph or any of the witnesses testify that there were seven seals?

If the plates had a portion of pages that were sealed, then annexed in with and covered over by the next portion that was sealed, then annexed with the next portion and covered over again and so on seven times, the six sub-seals under the top seal would not necessarily be noticeably visible.

Another possibility is that Joseph and the witnesses did understand that there were seven seals but were commanded to not speak about the seven seals.

To me it is not rocket science to conclude that these two sealed books are the same. We are told in the book of Mormon that the sealed portion contains

“all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof” (2 Nephi 27:10–11; see also Ether 3:25

Conversely, we are informed in modern revelation that the book that is sealed with seven seals also contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God as well as the hidden things of his economy from the beginning of the first seal to the end of the seventh:

(D& C 77:6 – 7) 6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals? A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence. 7 Q. What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed? A. We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh.

Bingo.

Both sealed books contain the things pertaining to the temporal existence of this earth and God’s purposes therein.

When it occurred to me that the Book with seven seals in Revelation 5 might be the same as the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon, I did some key word searches in Google to see if any LDS scholars had arrived at the same conclusion.

I was gratified to see that my friend Steven D. Fisher who also believes in the concept of the three watches has already arrived at that conclusion

Few if any others appear to have arrived at this conclusion, which does not surprise me. I believe it was meant to be a mystery that was not understood until the very end times.

Continuing on with the mystical narrative in chapter five of the Book of Revelation.

2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

I suspect the “strong angel” is probably Michael the archangel, who is the chief angel in the heavens under Christ.

We will read later in the narrative that Christ, who is referred to in this prophetic narrative as the “Lamb” who had been “slain” will ultimately open the book. But for some reason, a mortal “man” needed to first “loose” the seals before the Lamb would eventually “remove” the seals.

3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

The “man” who was to open the book and loose the seals is referred to as the “lion from the tribe of Judah“.

Prophecy scholars virtually always claim that Christ is both the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” and the “Lamb as it had been slain” in this narrative.

I challenge that interpretation.

The narrative makes clear that the Lion of the tribe of Judah is a “man“, not a God.

Back when tribal patriarchal blessings were given, the tribe of Judah was told that from that lineage would come the lawgiver who would hold the scepter until Shiloh come. This Davidic servant would gather the people. He was characterized as the “lion’s whelp“.

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

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.

The key of David

We are informed in scripture that the “man” who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” is the Davidic Servant that has been given the “key” to open and shut. This man with the key of David first shows up in Isaiah 22:

22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. Isaiah 22:22

He is mentioned again in the Book of Revelation:

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; Revelation 3:7

No other mortal man can open what he has shut or shut what he has opened.

The Lord told Joseph Smith that when he returns to the earth in the end times, his voice would be like a “fierce Lion“:

 thy voice shall be more terrible in the midst of thine enemies than the fierce lion, because of thy righteousness; and thy God shall stand by thee forever and ever. (D&C 122:4)

Modern revelation informs us that Isaiah 11 speaks of two latter day Davidic servants that are both of mixed lineage:

3 What is the rod spoken of in the first verse of the 11th chapter of Isaiah, that should come of the Stem of Jesse?

4 Behold, thus saith the Lord: It is a servant in the hands of Christ, who is partly a descendant of Jesse as well as of Ephraim, or of the house of Joseph, on whom there is laid much power.

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 previously provided much documentation in this post pertaining to this topic.

Back to the narrative in Revelation 5.

Why so much indigestion over the fact that a “man” could not be found in the following places that could open the book?

I believe that section 128 reveals why human priesthood authority is so important. The books from which we will be judged in heaven are categorically created from the records kept on earth.

Why did a “man” need to first open the book? Why not God?

Later in the narrative we shall see that the Lamb does take the book from the hand of the father and open it, but not until after the “man” mysteriously appears and opens it.

For most bible scholars, it may seems illogical that a “man” is so important in first opening the book in which the inhabitants of the world will be judged.

I believe that section 128 provides the key to unlock this mystery.

God’s mortal servants are tasked with the mandate to perform the saving ordinances for those that believe. They are to certify and record these ordinances.

It is not until these ordinances are certified and recorded on earth, that the names of the children of God can be entered into the book in heaven that is sealed with seven seals.

We are informed in scripture that Ephraim is the tribe that will administer the fulness of the gospel and utter blessings upon the other tribes. We are also informed that Joseph Smith is the one that holds the keys of the things that are sealed:

17 And I have sent forth the fulness of my gospel by the hand of my servant Joseph; and in weakness have I blessed him;

18 And I have given unto him the keys of the mystery of those things which have been sealed, even things which were from the foundation of the world, and the things which shall come from this time until the time of my coming..”

Joseph Smith holds the keys of the sealed book that contains things that were from the foundation of the world and also things which SHALL come from that time until the time of Christ’s coming in glory.

In other words, if there are things that need to be faithfully certified and recorded and added to that sealed book, Joseph is the one that needs to add it according to the mandate of God.

Joseph was clearly leading us to these conclusions in section 128. Notice how the angel from heaven was declaring the prophets and the book to be revealed-

20 And again, what do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, declaring the fulfilment of the prophets—the book to be revealed

Previously in this series I expressed how blown away I was that the records in heaven are contingent upon the records kept by mortal man on earth.

That appears to be what all of the indigestion is about in the narrative.

The Father is holding a sealed book which contains the acts of men on the earth. A book from which mankind will be judged.

Christ will ultimately take the book and open it for the judgement, but not until a “man” comes forth to loose the seals so that critical documentation can be entered therein.

Unbe-frekin-lievable

The narrative first informs us that no man can be found in the following three places that can loose the seals.

  • heaven
  • in earth
  • under the earth

Finally a man does mysteriously comes forth.

But where does he come from in not from heaven, in the earth, or under the earth, where did he come from?

In verse 13 it is revealed that there are actually four places that inhabitants from this world are found

“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea..”

 Ah ha!

The Lion from the tribe of Judah obviously came forth out of the sea!

That is the last place anyone expected help to come from because the sea is the domain of the Beast! The Beast emerges out of the sea (Rev 13:1)

Remember the prophecy in Section 122:

The prophecy heavily implies that Joseph would be-

 “cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep [sea] ; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to HEDGE UP THE WAY; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good“.

As the Davidic intercessor Joseph had been cast into the sea and the very jaws of hell gaped open to receive him. I appears as if he has spent some time in prison until the appointed time for him to emerge and manifest the fulness of priesthood that had been dormant in him, even the very priesthood he had received during the special conference at the Morley Farm during the revelatory sweet spot of his ministry.

Praise God almighty.

He has a very strange act that he is going to perform.

It has to do with proxy, intercessory ordinance work to get the names of true believers into the book.

It also appears to involve God’s covenant servant breaking down the prison doors to set the prisoners free. I appears as if this will be done from the inside of the prison house. And as luck would have it, that is where the covenant servant is. This is typological to narratives in scripture wherein God’s servants are freed from prison with great power.

When the appointed time arrives, God’s covenant servant is going to be imbued with power from God and then he will kick the s#*t out of those prison doors, loose the seals, oversee the proxy work for the prisoners and free them.

Only human priesthood authority is allowed to do this according to eternal law and God’s pre-existent mandate.

Herein lies the key to the interpretation of the bizarre prophecy found in the fifth chapter of the Book of Revelation IMO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh” Part 2

May 17, 2018

In part 1 of this series I noted that in 2nd Nephi 32, the prophet is teaching the people about the doctrine of Christ and the importance of repentance and entering into the strait gate through water baptism.

He then he declares that there will be no more doctrine given until Christ manifests himself in the flesh.

“there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh”

I noted that some of the fringe groups have been deluded into thinking that they have had the true baptism and have become “righteous”.

Because of this delusion, they feel that they should now be seeking the “second comforter” and their “calling and election”

Some erroneously claim to have had the second comforter.

Because of the strong delusion that has come upon these folks, they have misinterpreted the above passage, thinking that it is referring to the random personal visitations of Christ to individuals as the second comforter rather than referring to a prophesied group visitation.

I believe the proper interpretation of the above passage is that Christ would be visiting the more righteous portion of Nephites and Lamanites in the future, in the meridian of time, after his atonement.

It would be after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ that he would visit the more righteous portion of the inhabitants to provide additional doctrine.

That is exactly what happened.

Christ did visit the more righteous Nephites and Lamanites of that generation and he did declare more doctrine.

We shall be dissecting just exactly what the additional doctrine is that is given in 3rd Nephi, but first, we need to parse what takes place step by step.

We shall begin looking at each major chronological event that took place during this mind-blowing visitation that is documented in 3rd Nephi.

Let the parsing begin.

Repentance and Baptism

What is the very first thing Christ says to the more righteous portion of the Nephites before he descends out of heaven?

He invites them to repent and become converted and healed-

12 And many great destructions have I caused to come upon this land, and upon this people, because of their wickedness and their abominations.

13 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?

Wait just a dad-gum minute.

Hold the phone!

Why is Christ inviting the more righteous portion that were spared, to return to him and repent of their sins and be converted and healed?

Earlier in 3nd Nephi 7 we are informed that they had already repented, returned to Christ and been baptized.

And yet, as the narrative continues to unfold in 3rd Nephi, when Christ finally descends, he will give power to Nephi and others to baptize and all of the people will be commanded to repent and be baptized.. again.

Study closely the following snippet from 3nd Nephi showing that Nephi previously had priesthood authority given to him from angels and was baptizing and converting the more righteous people to Christ_

15 And it came to pass that Nephi—having been visited by angels and also the voice of the Lord, therefore having seen angels, and being eye-witness, and having had power given unto him that he might know concerning the ministry of Christ, and also being eye-witness to their quick return from righteousness unto their wickedness and abominations;

16 Therefore, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds—went forth among them in that same year, and began to testify, boldly, repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.

17 And he did minister many things unto them; and all of them cannot be written, and a part of them would not suffice, therefore they are not written in this book. And Nephi did minister with power and with great authority.

18 And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater power than they, for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily.

19 And in the name of Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even his brother did he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and suffered death by the people.

20 And the people saw it, and did witness of it, and were angry with him because of his power; and he did also do many more miracles, in the sight of the people, in the name of Jesus.

21 And it came to pass that the thirty and first year did pass away, and there were but few who were converted unto the Lord; but as many as were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed.

22 And as many as had devils cast out from them, and were healed of their sicknesses and their infirmities, did truly manifest unto the people that they had been wrought upon by the Spirit of God, and had been healed; and they did show forth signs also and did do some miracles among the people.

23 Thus passed away the thirty and second year also. And Nephi did cry unto the people in the commencement of the thirty and third year; and he did preach unto them repentance and remission of sins.

24 Now I would have you to remember also, that there were none who were brought unto repentance who were not baptized with water.

25 Therefore, there were ordained of Nephi, men unto this ministry, that all such as should come unto them should be baptized with water, and this as a witness and a testimony before God, and unto the people, that they had repented and received a remission of their sins.

26 And there were many in the commencement of this year that were baptized unto repentance; and thus the more part of the year did pass away.

As you can see, Nephi had previously been given power to baptize from angels!

The more righteous that Christ is visiting had already been baptized by Nephi through the power and authority bestowed by angels and yet we shall see as we continue parsing the events in 3rd Nephi that they will all need to be baptized again by Nephi and others through the power and authority given by Christ!

As Christ is descending, he acknowledges that those that were spared were the “more righteous” portion of the people. Yet they need to repent and become converted!

3 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?

14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.

Notice in the following passages that even though they had been told about Christ and repented and baptized, they had also been previously offering blood sacrifices under the law of Moses. Christ was telling them that he would no longer accept their blood sacrifices.

He declared that they must now offer up a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.

16 I came unto my own, and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning my coming are fulfilled.

17 And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.

18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings.

20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not

It is apparent in reading 3rd Nephi 7 that Nephi had great priesthood power that he had received by angels and that tremendous gifts of the spirit were present among those that had repented and been baptized before the coming of Christ.

What is the deal with multiple baptisms?

 

Notice the following snippet from JST Hebrews 6 wherein Paul refers to the “doctrine of baptisms“:

1 Therefore not leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

3 And we will go on unto perfection if God permit.

Is it not saying that after obeying the principles of the Doctrine of Christ, ie., the doctrine of “baptisms”, the laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, “let us go on to perfection”?

Is it not implying that there are multiple baptisms and additional principles and doctrine above and beyond those found in the doctrine of Christ?

We have all been indoctrinated to believe there is only one faith and one baptism but perhaps we have taken the passage out of context.

There are preparatory baptisms of the lesser priesthood, baptisms of the higher priesthood, baptism for healing, baptisms for the dead, etc.

Interestingly, Christ will declare in 3rd Nephi 11, that anything more or less than the doctrine of Christ that has been established, cometh of evil, yet on the other hand, we are informed that more doctrine was coming when Christ visits the more righteous in the flesh.

These apparent discrepancies are opportunities to search deeper and gain greater insights.

Several passages of scripture speak about how the water baptism which is commanded by Christ, is followed by the spiritual baptism.

Is it possible that we are seeing a transition point between the DOCTRINE OF CHRIST THE SON wherein we enter into the gate, and the WORK OF THE FATHER that prepares us for Zion? (see 3rd Nephi 21)

When we continue with the parsing of this remarkable narrative, we need to pay close attention to what the Father commands the Son to do and say.

BTW Those that think they have received even the preliminary priesthood and baptism that is mentioned in 3nd Nephi 7, (let alone the higher priesthood and baptism mentioned in 3rd Nephi after Christ visits the more righteous Nephites and Lamanites) and are seeking the second Comforter,  should do some real soul searching.

Is the power and spiritual gifts mentioned in either part of 3rd Nephi evident in your daily walk with Christ?

If not, perhaps you need to have a reality check and repent of your delusions.

Have you been healed of your physical and mental afflictions?

Do you successfully cast out devils?

If the gifts of the spirit don’t accompany your baptism and conversion, guess what? You have not truly been baptized and converted.

Quit following false prophets who teach false doctrines and prepare yourself for the true servants of God and the Savior who will be returning back to the vineyard.

In December of 1830, AFTER the saints of the restoration had been given the priesthood from an angel and were being baptized, this is the admonishment they got from heaven:

12 And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.

The preparatory priesthood and baptism that they had received was just the beginning.

It was a preparation for something greater.

It was to prepare them for the fullness that would soon to be restored a few months later in June of 1831.

Sadly, the saints would struggle and stumble and fall backwards and be broken and the fulness would depart within 3 1/2 years.

15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Isaiah 8

The above passages applies to us.

The restoration saints have stumbled and fallen and been snared and taken.

Those of us that think we have the true baptism have been given a strong delusion.

Only those of us that are humble and teachable and searching the word of God and preparing our hearts and our minds for the fulness that will be returning, are pleasing unto God.

3rd Nephi provides a chronological pattern that can prepare us for what is coming.

We have just begun with the parsing and already we have been given much food for thought.

Praise God.

To be continued..

 

 


“there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh”

May 12, 2018

There are numerous people in the Snufferite movement, the corporate church, and other factions that are obsessed with getting what they refer to as the “second comforter”.

I have pointed out in previous blogs that one categorically cannot get the second comforter until AFTER one gets their calling and election.

One cannot get their calling and election made sure until after they have received the fulness of the gospel (which is currently not on the earth as evidenced by the fact that the spiritual gifts that always accompany the fulness are not longer present.)

In these last days, God has provided clarification for the information in the New Testament and shed light on the practice of having all things in common. He has revealed that one must enter into the true law of consecration and received their inheritance once that law has been given.

Obviously, one must receive the true, full, baptism of fire and the holy ghost BEFORE one can successfully enter into the fullness of God’s law.

I believe that was the downfall of the restoration saints.

While many of us have experienced the manifestations of the spirit that accompany belief in God’s word and gospel, none of us have had the full baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost that is only available when the fulness is on the earth.

One of the sections of scripture that these people who are obsessed with getting the second comforter often quote to substantiate their claims that we should be seeking a personal visitation from Christ, in the flesh, is contained in 2 Nephi 32

4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.

7 And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.

8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.

9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.

I believe these people who are obsessed with getting the “second comforter” are misinterpreting the following snippet from the above passages

“..there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh..”

I don’t think the prophet was stating that no more doctrine will be given to the individual until after they individually have a “second comforter” visitation from Christ in the flesh.

I think he is referring to Christ’s future appearing in the flesh to the Nephites after his death and resurrection.

That account is contained in 3rd Nephi.

A careful reading of 3rd Nephi clearly documents that additional doctrine besides the necessity of entering into the gate through baptism was indeed given at that time as to what a person needs to do AFTER being baptized, following the resurrection of Christ.

It has to do with another offering that incorporates the ingesting the blood and flesh of Christ.

This additional doctrine could not be revealed and appreciated, in its fullness, until AFTER Christ had suffered and been crucified and resurrected.

You will note that the sacrament was offered TWICE in those chapters when Christ was visiting the more righteous portion of the Nephites.

The first time it was offered in chapter 18 it appears to have been a preparatory, symbolic, ordinance, similar to what Christ and his apostles did just BEFORE his death and resurrection.

The first time it was offered, Christ had his disciples get the bread and wine for the offering

1 And it came to pass that Jesus commanded his disciples that they should bring forth some bread and wine unto him.

In this first offering, the bread was obtained through earthly means by the disciples and it was symbolic of his body to remind them of his body and the wine was symbolic of his blood to remind them of his blood that was shed:

“And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body..”

“..in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you”

The second time the sacrament was offered, in Chapter 20 it was a mystical event. The bread and wine was not just symbolic of his body and blood, it was literal.

This time the disciples did not need to get the bread and wine for the sacrament. Christ mystically provided it.

6 Now, there had been no bread, neither wine, brought by the disciples, neither by the multitude;

7 But he truly gave unto them bread to eat, and also wine to drink.

This second time the sacrament was given, Christ promised the partakers that they would never hunger nor thirst. They were then “filled with the spirit” and “gave glory to Jesus” with “one voice”.

8 And he said unto them: He that eateth this bread eateth of my body to his soul; and he that drinketh of this wine drinketh of my blood to his soul; and his soul shall never hunger nor thirst, but shall be filled.

9 Now, when the multitude had all eaten and drunk, behold, they were filled with the Spirit; and they did cry out with one voice, and gave glory to Jesus, whom they both saw and heard.

Why was the sacrament given two times in a row?

Why was the first offering symbolic while the second offering was literal?

Why did the second offering appear to fill the body of believers with the spirit and unite them in one accord while the first one did not?

It is worthy to note that during the interim between the two offerings, Christ ascended to the Father. Before ascending he had declared:

“Behold, my time is at hand..  I go unto the Father”

Was his ascension to the father integral to the power in the second offering?

With this context in mind, one might get a deeper appreciation for the additional doctrine that was provided after Christ appeared to the Nephites in the flesh, as documented in 3rd Nephi.

All of this was prophesied about many years earlier in 2nd Nephi 32

“there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh”

When Christ appeared to the Nephites in the flesh, he did indeed give additional doctrine.

I suspect that the specifics of what Christ said to the Nephites in 3rd Nephi as well as the chronology in which these things occurred might have greater significance than we realize.

I plan on doing a bullet point chronology of what took place between Christ and the Nephites in 3rd Nephi.

You might want to do the same thing in one of your scripture study sessions.

You can then compare notes with me and let me know what I missed that you think is significant.

 

Keep Watching


The Eternal Law of Certification and Record Keeping Part 2

April 28, 2018

Before continuing with part 2 of this series about the eternal law of certification and record keeping there are some house cleaning issues to take care of.

Mike Kennedy

Last year I did a post about Mike Kennedy. Mike is apparently the first descendant of Joseph Smith Jr. to receive what the church erroneously claims to be the Melchizedek Priesthood.

According to Mike, the church has given him a special lifetime calling to seek out and gather, or unify, the remnants of the posterity of Joseph Smith Jr. and to be somewhat of a special emissary of the church in that capacity.

My wordpress analytics is showing that a large number of people have been viewing that article, largely due to someone placing a link to it on their facebook page. I can only assume that someone from the RLDS tradition has shared the article with their friends and that they find it interesting since their theology puts a big emphasis on the importance of Joseph Smith’s posterity in playing an important role in the end times scenario.

Prophecy informs us that an end times Davidic Servant will be instrumental in gathering Israel and redeeming Zion. Some students of the restoration believe that Joseph Smith was a lawful heir of the Davidic lineage even though part of his true heritage had been hid from the world in Christ (D&C 86:9 & 113:1-6)

Because of this, some people within both the LDS and RLDS traditions believe the Davidic Servant spoken of in prophecy will be a descendent of Joseph Smith.

As we progress further into this series we will find that some of the mysteries revealed in section 128 just might unlock the meaning of the Davidic prophecy about the opening of the sealed book found in Revelation Chapter 5.

Since there are several new subscribers from the RLDS tradition who are now reading this blog, it occurs to me that there may be others who would find the article about Mike Kennedy interesting.

Here is the link to that post.

Another related post that has recently became popular for the same reason is this one I did about the Secret Davidic Bloodline.

Mauricio Berger

Secondly, for those of my readers who are drinking the cool-aid coming out of Brazil about the angel Moroni and the gold plates, I have created a pdf with additional information that I have not previously provided.

I don’t want to dedicate an entire post to this topic because most of my readers are not following the movement anymore and I don’t want to give this scam more publicity than it deserves.

Nevertheless, I know of a couple of my readers who are not grounded in scripture and they seem to be tossed to and fro with every wind of hearsay and heresy, and they are stumbling over the claims of this movement.

It is my hope that this pdf might provide a voice of reason to them and provide a historic template for why the claims of Mauricio Berger seem to miraculously match the past proclamations and speculations of Bob Moore before the claims of Mauricio became public.

The Savior gave a stern warning to beware of false prophets because following them and their teachings can be spiritually detrimental.

The pdf can be viewed here. Final mauricio blog 10

No More Rain by OneWhoIsSearching

In the past I have blurbed a few times about one of the few blogs that I follow. It is called OneWhoIsSearching. This person has been given a few gifts that are blessing the lives of people in understanding church history and doctrine. He covers some of the same topics I do but with greater clarity and brevity.

His tremendous ability to articulate concepts in written form is only exceeded by his ability to dig deep into LDS church history and search the scriptures in documenting the truths that he is bringing to light.

In his last post he continues to tease us about his forthcoming book by sharing a chapter from it.

It is just magnificent. Read and weep.

It is titled No More Rain

Cumorahland Summer TOUR Last Call!

As you all know, I am a firm believer that the events in the Book of Mormon took place primarily in North America. Because of this, I am generally supportive of the efforts of Wayne May regardless of how accurate his specific geographical speculations may be.

I have also enjoyed the work of documentary film maker Ryan Fisher and his Nephite Explorer series. I just noticed that they are sponsoring a Summer tour.

“Last call for our Cumorahland Summer Tour. Come join Wayne May and Ryan Fisher on a detailed tour of the last land of the Nephites. Explorer archaeological sites, natural wonders and meet Native tribes whose history is from the Book or Mormon. We start in Kirtland Ohio and work our way to the Hill Cumorah pageant. Registration will be closing soon so if interested email us at: Ryan@nephiteexplorer.org”

More info:

http://www.NephiteExplorer.com

Watch the tour video here:

Watch Cumorahland Summer Tour Video

Dissecting and Parsing Modern Revelation

Mrs Watcher and I began doing a podcast series on modern revelation nearly two months ago. In the introduction to that series, we began dissecting and parsing section one of the Doctrine and Covenants which the Lord designated as the “preface” to that canon of scripture. In that podcast we identified the following four prophetic themes in that section:

1- (Verses 1-10) When the final work of restoration begins, the voice of warning will go forth in power by God’s disciples who were called and ordained to that work during Joseph Smith’s ministry and the LDS restoration movement. Those who have the faith to believe the unconditional promises of God as provided in the Doctrine and Covenants can know exactly who those authorized servants are that will go forth for the last time. This enables one to easily detect the imposters that claim to have authority to do that work.

2- (Verses 11-16) It was prophesied in that revelation that the saints of the restoration would stray from the ordinances and break the everlasting covenant. In short, they would rejected the fullness of the gospel just as Christ prophesied that they would in 3rd Nephi. During my last nine years of blogging I have provided countless posts which document the fact that this took place within just a few years after that revelation was given. Here is just one of many posts that provides a brief chronology of historical events that took place during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

3- (Verses 17-28) The everlasting covenant that was established and broken during Joseph Smith’s ministry will be REESTABLISHED when the final restoration begins.

4- (Verses 29-39) The first laborers of the last kingdom were given power to lay the FOUNDATION of the TRUE AND LIVING CHURCH during Joseph Smith’s ministry. Those same disciples will also bring it forth AGAIN out of darkness and obscurity when the final work begins.

In part two of the podcast series that we were recording, after getting through a few verses of section one, we got a phone call and had to put our recording on pause. We then had some visitors knock on our door. Following that we got distracted and had a series of events take place in our lives. Some of them were happy events that included a cruise to Mexico. Some were devastating, resulting in some significant financial losses. Nevertheless, we are working on regaining our equilibrium and hope to finish that recording very soon.

Those who have subscribed to our youtube channel will be getting a notification about that next podcast soon. We are sorry about the delay.

Comments Reactivated

A few years ago I was able to document the fact that the LDS Church uses paid  shills as online influencers.  The corporate church has them monitor blogs such as mine that reveal doctrinal and historical truths that do not reflect kindly on the official sanitized history of the church and the false doctrines and traditions handed down by well meaning (and sometimes not so well meaning) church fathers.

They make comments to try and challenge or soften the hard reality of just how serious our current dilemma really is.

Because of the shills, I began to question if I wanted comments activated on my blog.

Additionally, it became very time consuming to monitor and reply to comments, delete spam, and prevent commenters from hijacking the comment thread.

Because of these issues, I decided to deactivate the comments section of this blog and simply invite people to email their comments and observation to me at onewhoiswatching [at] gmail.com. I would then share some of the conversations in my notable emails series which has worked well.

Nevertheless, I have recently received suggestions from readers to reactivate the comment section. They claim that some of the most informative information in this blog can be found in the comments section of my older posts. They feel that the observations, questions, answers and overall interaction that takes place there is very helpful in drilling down on the topics I cover.

For this reason, I have decided to reactivate the comments again for a while to test the waters. Comments will be monitored and only allowed if they are sincere, edifying, and on topic. Obviously, those that disagree with my interpretations are encouraged to challenge anything I say as long as they provide thoughtful scriptural and historical documentation to back up their challenges.

On with the Show

Ok, on with part 2 of this series on section 128 and the eternal law of certification and recording of the saving ordinances of the gospel.

Revelatory Letters

As previously observed, the revelatory content in section 128 is taken from a letter that Joseph Smith wrote while running and hiding from his enemies.

The revelatory process is multidimensional. It takes place in many different ways.

Although many revelations came as a result of a direct question or historic event that required a revelation, some of the revelations that came to Joseph Smith came as a result of his pondering and meditating upon a subject that he desired greater clarity on.

This would be the impetus for the heavens to open and send a revelatory download, as demonstrated in section 76 which took place while Joseph and Sidney were working on the inspired version of the Bible:

19 And while we meditated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened, and the glory of the Lord shone round about. Doctrine and Covenants 76:19

Letter writing seems to have been another springboard for receiving the revelatory download. In a sense, letter writing is just a written form of sharing one’s ponderings with others.

Joseph would sometimes begin writing a letter to a fellow laborer in the ministry or to the saints in general, regarding his doctrinal and prophetic ponderings and in the midst of writing the letter, the spirit would fall upon him and he would begin to prophesy or to reveal new doctrine.

Section 128 is not the only revelatory download that emerged in the middle of letter writing. Other profound revelations uttered by Joseph Smith are extracted from letters that he wrote.

Writing from Prison

A few of these revelatory letters came while he was in prison.

I find some poetic justice in that.

As the intercessory servant who took upon himself and acted out the sins of modern day Israel, just has Moses had done anciently, he apparently sinned as part of his ineffable intercession and therefore, found himself in prison. Some of his visits to jail were unjustified. Others were arguably justified according to the laws they were laboring under.

As aptly foretold in ancient scripture, Joseph Smith, as the end times Davidic Servant spoke presumptuously.

He sinned against the wife of his youth.

His transgressions resulted in his being chastened by the rod of man

But the poetic profundity of the situation does not end with his revelatory stints in prison. As we shall see later in section 128, the prophetic topic of setting the prisoners free was heavily on his mind as it well should have been.

“Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free”

As we continue connecting doctrinal and prophetic dots found in Sections 124 and 128 and other passages with ancient prophecy, we shall see that the setting free of the prisoners by God’s Mighty and Strong Davidic Deliverer is a major theme of end times events.

Was joseph Smith being arrogant to think that he and his brethren were the ones who would set free the prisoners on the other side of the veil during the marvelous work?

Or will he and his brethren be among those prisoners?

I would suggest BOTH.

As a prisoner in the Liberty Jail, Joseph penned some letters that have remarkable revelatory content in them.

Section 122, in my humble, heretical opinion, contains a prophecy stating that Joseph would be cast into the jaws of hell AFTER being killed.

The prophecy heavily implies that he would be “dragged to prison and thine enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb.”:

cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep [sea] ; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to HEDGE UP THE WAY; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good“.

I would suggest that the above snippet was not allegorical. It was chronologically literal.

A conspiracy of masonic murderers ( including some fellow Mormons) did in fact pass the death sentence upon him and murder him while he was in prison. Clearly, that part of the prophecy took place.

In the next chronological prophetic snippet, he is informed that following his death, the very jaws of hell would gape open to receive him into the deep [sea]. (this will take on more significance when we review the prophecy in Revelation chapter 5.)

Prophecy informs us that God’s servant(s) will return from the dead to have their filthy garments removed. (Zech 3:3-4) His/their return in filthy garments would imply that their time spent on the other side of the veil was not necessarily spent leisurely sipping Champaign in paradise while in the heavenly realms.

In the prophecy, Joseph is reminded that the Savior had descended below all who had gone before him, and had suffered beyond anything humanly possible.

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

Indeed Christ did descend below them all. After suffering and being scourged and being crucified for the sins of the world, he descended downward to visit the spirits in prison. Christ actually had prophesied of his up and coming fulfillment of the prophecy when he read the following words of Isaiah to his home congregation:

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, [to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. (Luke 4:18-20 and Isaiah 61:1 rendering)]

Upon hearing the words read to them and realizing Christ was referring to himself, the members of his ward tried to kill him. One has to wonder if his local bishop, high priest leader and home teacher were among the mob seeking his life. Christ mystically eluded them because the time of his crucifixion had not fully come.

After his crucifixion, Christ preached deliverance to the captives, and set at liberty them that are bruised and opened the prison to them that are bound. , (Luke 4 & Isaiah 61:1)

The remarkable thing about the words of Isaiah that Christ applied to himself is that they were to have a dual fulfillment, as do most prophecies.  The prophecy would take place during the meridian of time and again in the end times when Zion is established.

Isaiah 24

I suppose that there are those that would challenge my interpretations above. They would submit that all  passages about freeing the prisoners in prison had reference to Christs work in the meridian of time.

There is a huge problem with that assumption.

Chapters 42 and 49 in Isaiah are clearly speaking about the servant of the Lord, not the Lord himself. Furthermore, they are speaking about an end times event, not a meridian of time event.

Isaiah 42 and 49 are not the only prophetic chapters in Isaiah that speak of the freeing of the prisoners during the end times..

Pay close attention to the passages in Isaiah 24. They are clearly speaking about the very end times when the earth shall reel to and fro. At this time, many shall be shut up in prison and will eventually be visited

19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously

More on the prophetic narrative of setting the prisoners free later in this series, right now I want to touch on another revelatory letter written during the Kirtland era. It was written on November 27, 1832. The prophet appears to have had a revelation in the midst of writing the letter. This is how we got section 85.

The letter begins thusly, ( this and much of the letter was not canonized):

Brother Wm <​W​> Phelps

 I say brother because I feel so from the heart and altho it is not long since I wrote a letter unto you yet I feel as tho<​ugh​> you would excuse me for writing this as I have many things which I wish to communicate some things which I will mention in this letter which are laying <​great​> with weight upon my mind

Whilst writing the letter, Joseph began to prophesy. This and some other parts of the letter were canonized:

6 Yea, thus saith the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things, and often times it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:

7 And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;

8 While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.

The use of the term “one mighty and strong” in Joseph’s inspired utterance in this letter is taken from Isaiah 28 and is speaking of the same prophetic narrative. Clearly, this has reference to the Davidic Servant who will at some point in time show forth the fullness of priesthood power.

Interestingly, section 85, like section 128, addresses the importance of RECORD KEEPING.

1 It is the duty of the Lord’s clerk, whom he has appointed, to keep a history, and a general church record of all things that transpire in Zion, and of all those who consecrate properties, and receive inheritances legally from the bishop;

2 And also their manner of life, their faith, and works; and also of the apostates who apostatize after receiving their inheritances.

In section 128 Joseph reveals that the “books” that the dead will be judged out of, contain the “records” of the saving ordinances and covenants that people faithfully observed and participated in while entering into. Those records of the saving ordinances are the “works” that people are judged by.

The fact that there are multiple books to be opened possibly indicates that there are multiple ordinances and or covenantal observances, (the true definition of WORKS as per John’s words in the Book of Revelation) that need to be entered into, certified and recorded. Along with baptisms for the dead and living, there may well be other observances that will need to be recorded and certified by witnesses, earthly or otherwise.

Multiple Books to be Opened

The presence of multiple books as opposed to a singular book might also represent the documentation of the various levels of God’s laws and appointed glories, ie, celestial, terrestrial and telestial law.

Clearly, Baptisms for the living and for the dead need to be certified and recorded into the authorized book on earth so that they can be entered into the authorized books in heaven.

According to section 85, the law of consecration also needs to be recorded.

According to the revelation, if one does not consecrate and have it faithfully recorded, they will not be in the “book of remembrance“:

all they who are not found write [written] in the book of remmemberance shall find none inheritence in that day but they shall be cut assunder and their portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers where is wailing and gnashing of teeth (spelling not corrected)

That warning was followed up by a sobering reminder that God was speaking through Joseph Smith and that God would fulfill his promises:

“..these things I say not of myself therefore as the Lord speaketh he will also fulfill..”

According to what the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith, the written records on earth make possible the written records in heaven and that is the essence of what the Lord meant when he gave men the power to bind (seal) on earth and in heaven through priesthood keys, associated covenants, by virtue of the recording thereof .

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall abind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18

Indeed, whatsoever you [bind, seal, or] record on earth shall be recorded in heaven:

8 Now, the nature of this ordinance consists in the power of the priesthood, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, wherein it is granted that whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Or, in other words, taking a different view of the translation, whatsoever you record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and whatsoever you do not record on earth shall not be recorded in heaven…

9 It may seem to some to be a very bold doctrine that we talk of—a power which records or binds on earth and binds in heaven. Nevertheless, in all ages of the world, whenever the Lord has given a dispensation of the priesthood to any man by actual revelation, or any set of men, this power has always been given.

Hence, whatsoever those men did in authority, in the name of the Lord, and did it truly and faithfully, and kept a proper and faithful record of the same, it became a law on earth and in heaven, and could not be annulled, according to the decrees of the great Jehovah. This is a faithful saying. Who can hear it?

We learn from section 85, that the consecration of properties and the obtaining of legal inheritances must be conducted by the authorized “bishop” in Zion who is-

the man that God has appointed in a legal way agreeable to the law given to organiz[e] and regulate the church and all the affairs of th[e] same; from the bishop

Further, the consecration and obtaining of legal inheritances must be faithfully recorded by the Lord’s Clerk.

It would appear, from a composite reading of sections 85, 128 and other related sections, that the records on earth of those who are baptized and live the law of consecration are entered into the books in heaven, spoken of by John the Revelator.

This may all seem like the legalistic overkill of the natural man and his version of the gospel of works, but it is simply eternal law that was established before the foundation of the world. Who are we to judge the expediency of what God has required for the plan of salvation to be justified?

Their Names Enrolled with the People of God

In my humble opinion, section 85 gives a blood curdling warning that every orthodox Mormon should take very seriously.

It informs the saints that those who have not entered into the law of consecration are not allowed to have their names enrolled with the people of God or to have their genealogy kept or found in any of the records of the church: 

3 It is contrary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not their inheritance by consecration, agreeable to his law… should have their names enrolled with the people of God.

4 Neither is their genealogy to be kept, or to be had where it may be found on any of the records or history of the church.

5 Their names shall not be found, neither the names of the fathers, nor the names of the children written in the book of the law of God, saith the Lord of Hosts.

Did you catch that?

If you have not faithfully entered into the true law of consecration and received your inheritance from the true Bishop, as outlined in the Doctrine and Covenants, you cannot have your name enrolled with the people of God and your genealogy is not to be kept or found on any of the records of the church!

Holy Sh*t!

Why do Mormons spend so much time doing endless genealogical research and work for the dead when they have no authority to do so and it is to no avail?

The Mormon Church is claiming to have the Melchizedek Priesthood.

They are claiming to have valid Bishops.

They claim to have the authority and mandate to be doing valid baptisms for the dead

These are serious claims with serious consequences.

They are doing genealogy work and work for the dead even though nobody living today has the Melchizedek priesthood nor has anyone today entered into the true law of consecration according to the protocol given by the holy word of God.

Bottom-line: Section 85 informs us that genealogy work by those who have not literally consecreated according to God’s protocol, under the true Melchizedek Priesthood and a valid Bishop, is not accepted by God and is contrary to the word of God.

Who can hear this?

Are some of the “Books” Exclusively Witnessed from Heaven?

I am guessing that eternal law may also require records kept by angels on the other side of the veil who can witness spiritual things that other mortals cannot. In my opinion, it is not just the physical act of water baptism that needs to be recorded in heaven. We know that the spiritual rebirth of fire and the Holy Ghost must take place, which follows the offering of a broken heart and contrite spirit:

20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not. 3 Nephi 9:20

For this reason, it is not unreasonable to suspect that one of the books contains the record of those who have offered up a broken heart and a contrite spirit and thusly been born of fire and the Holy Ghost.

“Not only to say, but to do”

One of the reasons that Mormons are moving forward with baptisms for the dead and genealogy work, is that they have been deceived into thinking they are living the higher law.

Despite having rejected the fullness of the Gospel and having failed to live the law of consecration (and having been rejected as a church with their dead), is the fact that the Brigham Young Masonic Temple Ritual requires the saints to give lip service to the law of consecration. This lulls them into a sense of false security, thinking that they are living the law of consecration even though they are  not.

Here is how the covenant is administered in the Masonic LDS Temple:

We are instructed to give unto you the law of consecration as contained in the book of Doctrine and Covenants, in connection with the law of the gospel and the law of sacrifice, which you have already received. It is that you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.

All arise.

Each of you bring your right arm to the square.

You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar, that you do accept the law of consecration as contained in this, the book of Doctrine and Covenants [he displays the book], in that you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion.
Each of you bow your head and say, “Yes.”

That will do

Notice that even though “endowed” Mormons make the promise to “accept” the “law of consecration as contained” in the “Doctrine and Covenants”, and to “consecrate.. everything… to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints”, it is just an empty promise because they do not really consecration everything. Aside from a corrupted form of tithing, they retain the remainder of their riches to use as they desire while the poor among them continue to suffer financially.

Class distinction is a core reality in modern Mormon as both rich and poor mingle among each other in the church. They do not become temporally equal as commanded by God. Without temporal equality there cannot be spiritual equality.

“I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.” (D&C 38:27)

4 For a permanent and everlasting establishment and order unto my church, to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven;

5 That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things.

6 For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things;

7 For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.

8 And now, verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient that all things be done unto my glory, by you who are joined together in this order; (D&C 78 See also D&C 104)

Nobody actually consecrates everything to the church and nobody actually receives their inheritance from the Bishop.

 ..not only to say, but to do

As previously documented in a post, there is no reason for a valid bishop to exist without a valid bishop’s storehouse.

The Lord in his infinite foreknowledge knew that the condemned church would take LIGHTLY his commandments and go into apostasy.

He warned them that they were to KEEP THE FORMER COMMANDMENTS, (including consecration) NOT ONLY TO SAY, BUT TO DO!

God knew in advance that the modern corporate church would give lip service to living consecration without actually doing it.

Here is the warning and condemnation given in section 84:

54 .. your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received

55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.

56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.

57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—

58 That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.

59 For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay.

There are many LDS fringe groups that love to quote the above passages but emphasize or only focus on remembering the New Covenant and the Book of Mormon.

They misinterpret what “New Covenant” has reference to in this passage and conveniently neglect to stress the importance of the  FORMER COMMANDMENTS given by the Lord through Joseph Smith. Those former commandments are represented by the revelations contained in the Doctrine and Covenants which includes the LAW OF CONSECRATION .

The living of the law of consecration by saints in past generations is documented in the “New Covenant” (New Testament) and the Book of Mormon which is a companion testament to the New Testament. These canons of scripture validate and document the law from a historical point of view.

Both Testaments document that the saints of God that enter into covenant must become ONE and have all things in common temporally. Nevertheless, the “former commandments” given to the restoration saints contain the commandment from God for them to live it!

Inspired Writing

Sections 85 and 128 represent a fascinating form of inspired writing from which revelation emerges and both of them emphasize the importance of Keeping RECORDS that can be certified by the mouth of two or three witnesses.

Section 85 came during the Kirtland era that I refer to as the revelatory sweet spot of Joseph’s 15 year ministry when the fullness of the gospel was on the earth and the vast majority of the revelations were pounding down upon Joseph’s head.

As you can see from the graphic below, 105 canonized revelations rained down upon the head of Joseph Smith during a short 5 1/2 year period in the early Kirtland years while there were only about 14 canonized revelations that were received during the last 7 1/2 years of the Nauvoo era.

general timeline Nauvoo dilemma.png

Section 128 on the other hand, came during the Nauvoo era at the tail end of his ministry when the heavens were closing and darkness was overcoming the saints.

When I first began comparing the teachings and personal life of Joseph Smith during the Kirtland era with the teachings and personal life of Joseph Smith during the Nauvoo era, I was perplexed because I saw two different Joseph Smiths.

I referred to this conundrum as the Nauvoo dilemma.

It has since been revealed to me that Joseph Smith was simply acting out the sins of apostate Israel as the Davidic intercessor.

general timeline intercession 2

Interestingly, Joseph Smith was warning the world of impending judgments that were about to take place during the Kirtland years, yet during the Nauvoo years he completely changed his prophetic rhetoric and spoke of the missionary work that was to take place over the unforeseeable future.

The reason for this is because his intercessory offering delayed the impending judgments for four generations.

As documented in scripture, Joseph Smith was a latter day Moses, who was making a temporal atonement offering for latter day Israel and taking their sins upon his own head.

He did this much the same way that Moses offered himself as an atonement offering for ancient Israel, causing Moses to sin before the Lord. This resulted in Moses not being allowed to cross over into the promised land. (I realize this is repetitive to many of my readers, but I have several new readers that need this foundational information)

Joseph Smith was showing signs of acting out the sins that were being placed upon his head.

The Joseph Smith of Kirtland vs. the Joseph Smith of Nauvoo

Indeed, the historical Joseph Smith of the Kirtland era was quite different from the historical Joseph Smith of the Nauvoo era-

The Kirtland Joseph was very merciful to all those that hated and challenged him and he was confident in the Lord.

The Nauvoo Joseph became extremely angry, fearful, condemning and paranoid.

The Kirtland Joseph and the Book of Mormon he brought forth warned the saints against involvement in secret orders with secret oaths, including Masonry. For this reason the Kirtland Saints refused to participate in Masonry.

The Nauvoo Joseph allowed the Danites to exist and he became a Mason, while encouraging his brethren to enter into the craft. He also utilized secret forbidden oaths and signs in the Council of Fifty.

The true spiritual endowment that had accompanied the restored church when the fullness was on the earth was replaced with a corrupt, outward, temple ritual patterned largely after the ritual in the Satanic Masonic craft.

The Kirtland Joseph and the revelations he brought forth admonished the saints to live the law of consecration and warned about the urgency of living it and the consequences of breaking that covenant.

The Nauvoo Joseph prevented the Saints from trying to re-establish it. When the saints approached Joseph with the desire to once again attempt living the law of consecration Joseph told them the time was not right. He prevented the saints from attempting to reestablish the covenant that had been broken and took personal responsibility for them not attempting it again.

The Kirtland Joseph taught the Biblical doctrine of God. He canonized Lectures on faith which taught the biblical character and nature of God and how there is only one true God who has been God from everlasting to everlasting.

It appears that the Nauvoo Joseph taught (in the King Follett and other sermons)  that God the Father was once a mortal man who worked out his salvation like a countless array of other Gods that went before him. That heresy contradicts the Bible, Lectures on Faith, and the very scriptures Joseph had been instrumental in bringing forth.

The Kirtland Joseph and the revelations he brought forth stressed fidelity and the importance of the celestial marital doctrine of monogamy.

The Joseph of Nauvoo appears to have taught and practiced some sort of spiritual wife doctrine that involved the sealing of multiple wives to one man.

There is an overwhelming amount of evidence and prophecy to suggest that the Nauvoo Joseph transgressed before the Lord because the saints of the restoration rejected the fullness. As an intercessory servant he transgressed and had to die for his intercessory offering.

Prophet Worship

One of the serious sins among believers in the LDS restoration is the idolatry of prophet worship.

The belief that a true prophet can never sin or lead anyone astray is insidious and unscriptural.

Many people feel that every single thing that Joseph taught and did was categorically correct simply because he was a true prophet of God. Although we latter day saints outwardly reject the doctrine of infallibility, we secretly believe it.

The prophet Joseph Smith made the following statement:

“This morning . . . I visited with a brother and sister from Michigan, who thought that ‘a prophet is always a prophet’; but I told them that a prophet is a prophet only when he was acting as such” (Joseph Smith,_History of the Church, 5:265).

According to David Whitmer Joseph Smith asked the Lord why his revelation to sell the copyright to the Book of Mormon failed.

“Joseph reportedly enquired of the Lord through the Urim and Thummim and, according to Whitmer, received a revelation that stated, Some revelations are of God: some revelations are of man: and some revelations are of the devil (Joseph Smith Papers)

Few Mormons realize that the Lord sometimes uses his prophets to test his people by allowing them to teach things that are contrary to the Holy Word of God. Those who have not learned to test every revelation and trust in the Word of the Lord instead of the Arm of Flesh can easily be deceived.

Even when a prophet is functioning as a true prophet, they can have misguided speculations about doctrines that God has not yet revealed to them. Beyond those basic facts about prophets, Joseph Smith had a special calling as an intercessory prophet who took upon himself and acted out the sins of apostate Israel. All of this has already been documented in previous posts and cannot be rehashed here.

The amazing thing about the dark time in Nauvoo is that Joseph continued to bring forth some amazing truths that were ultimately canonized even though few people pay attention to them or understand them.

Continuing with section128-

10 And again, for the precedent, Matthew 16:18, 19: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

11 Now the great and grand secret of the whole matter, and the summum bonum of the whole subject that is lying before us, consists in obtaining the powers of the Holy Priesthood. For him to whom these keys are given there is no difficulty in obtaining a knowledge of facts in relation to the salvation of the children of men, both as well for the dead as for the living.

12 Herein is glory and honor, and immortality and eternal life—The ordinance of baptism by water, to be immersed therein in order to answer to the likeness of the dead, that one principle might accord with the other; to be immersed in the water and come forth out of the water is in the likeness of the resurrection of the dead in coming forth out of their graves; hence, this ordinance was instituted to form a relationship with the ordinance of baptism for the dead, being in likeness of the dead.

13 Consequently, the baptismal font was instituted as a similitude of the grave, and was commanded to be in a place underneath where the living are wont to assemble, to show forth the living and the dead, and that all things may have their likeness, and that they may accord one with another—that which is earthly conforming to that which is heavenly, as Paul hath declared, 1 Corinthians 15:46, 47, and 48:

The above passages have some very profound, yet subtle information in them. For instance, the Lord is telling Peter that he will be given the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

I believe that is the only place in the standard works where those keys and that term is expressly used. So please don’t confuse the term “kingdom of Heaven” with “kingdom of God on earth” or the many variations that have reference to the kingdom of God on earth. They are not the same.

Why is this important?

Because there is a HUGE difference between the KEYS of the Kingdom [of God on earth] that Joseph Smith got from John the Baptist, vs. the keys of the kingdom of God in heaven that Christ gave to Peter.

One could argue that those who were ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood at the Morley Farm that magnified their calling had been given the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, but I am not sure if that can be definitively proven or if an additional anointing from the Lord is required.

What we do know is that the ultimate fruits that should accompany the fullness of priesthood and the true church we not present within just a few years after the fullness was restored.

The grand secret, as pointed out by Joseph Smith, is in obtaining the “powers” of the Holy Priesthood so that one can open the heavens and get answers to questions.

The introduction to the concept of Baptism for the Dead has been an extremely controversial one. The first time the concept is mentioned in scripture is in 1 Corinthians 15.

The first time it shows up in modern revelation is in section 124. Yet the first known sermon when Joseph Smith taught the principle was actually BEFORE section 124 was given!

The sermon was delivered at Nauvoo, Ill., on August 15, 1840 (Saturday). It was at the funeral of Seymour Brunson, a prominent member of the Church in Nauvoo. This is according to a reminiscent account of Simon Baker which is in the Journal History, LDS Archives.

On the one hand, it is strange that there appears to be only one known reminiscence of this radical teaching during that sermon. It seems that such a topic would have been the talk of the town and would have created much buzz and chatter.

On the other hand, it makes sense that the principle of Baptism for the dead was revealed to Joseph Smith prior to section 124 because the principal is mentioned so matter of factly in the revelation, as if the saints should have been familiar with the doctrine already.

Also, section 124 begins in such a strange manner as to imply that the first part of the revelation had been withheld by Joseph Smith or that the context in which the revelation was received was withheld:

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

What offering?

What acknowledgements?

What offering and acknowledgements had he just made that represented the express purpose for which Joseph had been raised up?

Don’t you just hate it when you only get the climax of a storyline without the context?

Of course those that have been reading this blog have a pretty good idea what I think the offering was.

So now we need to deal with the ominous and controversial topic of baptism for the dead.

In verse 8 of section128 Joseph had indicated that baptism could be conducted by a person in their own propria persona, or they could have it done by means of their own agents.

A Mystical Gospel based on Proxy

Of course, the foundational principle of the Gospel of Christ is that of proxy. None of us are able to save ourselves from our fallen state and the demands of justice, but our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer has been sent to provide a proxy intercession that we cannot provide for ourselves.

That being the case, is it a stretch to suggest that in order for those that have lived and died without being baptized could have their work done by proxy to get their names written in the books from which all men will be judged? After all, God has stated categorically seven times in the standard works that one must believe and be baptized to be saved.

The vast majority of Protestantism is deeply offended by the notion.

Interestingly, there are people in LDS fringe groups that also have indigestion regarding this doctrine of baptism for the dead. I recently noticed the following criticisms on a blog post.

I’ve been researching “baptism for the dead” the last few days and I can find absolutely nothing in the BOM that supports the concept, but I find quite a bit that disagrees with it:

1 Nephi 15:32-33, 1 Nephi 10:21, 2 Nephi 9:25, Helaman 13:38, Alma 48:23, and most devastatingly, Alma 34:31-34 and Moroni 8:22-24. This, of course, supports the Bible in that this mortal probation is given us to choose God or not. (We consequently have major problems with D&C 138 and 124, but that’s another story. And think of how much time and money is spent on the dead instead of the living.)I consider D&C 137 to be true revelation, and since it was canonized in the 1980s, shouldn’t it apply to the LDS people today?

4 I saw the beautiful streets of that kingdom, which had the appearance of being paved with gold.

5 I saw Father Adam and Abraham; and my father and my mother; my brother Alvin, that has long since slept;

6 And marveled how it was that he had obtained an inheritance in that kingdom, seeing that he had departed this life before the Lord had set his hand to gather Israel the second time, and had not been baptized for the remission of sins.

7 Thus came the voice of the Lord unto me, saying: All who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God;

8 Also all that shall die henceforth without a knowledge of it, who would have received it with all their hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom;

9 For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.

10 And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven.

I sympathize with the concerns that are being raised above.

However, I want to once again emphasize the difference between the mystical grace of God and associated laws that were established from before the foundation of the world, VS. the legalistic works of the natural man and the gospel of works that he preaches.

Reframing the Concept of Works

Joseph Smith suggests in section 128 that being judged according to our works out of the books has nothing to do with the gospel of works legalism found in apostate Christianity and Mormonism. He informs us that the term “works” as used in those passages means something quite different than one might suppose.

In the sixth chapter of John, Christ surprises the Jews with a similar definition.

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Imputation

The word “Imputed” in the following passage is of extreme importance in understanding grace and justification:

20 He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

21 And being fully persuaded that, what he (Christ) had promised, he was able also to perform.

22 And therefore it was imputed (credited) to him (Abraham) for righteousness.
 
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

According to the 1828 Websters, the word imputed means “Charged to the account of”, “attributed”, “ascribed”.

According to the Strongs concordance, it means to “Count”.

Some of the other translations of the New Testament use the word “credit”

They all mean essentially the same thing.

Therefore IT WAS [also] CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.

So then what is the point of all this? The point is this: When Paul says in Romans 4:22 (and verses 3, 5, and 9) that “faith is credited as righteousness,” he does not mean that our faith is our righteousness. He means that our faith unites us to Christ so that God’s righteousness in Christ is credited to us.

In part three, we shall deconstruct an amazing Davidic Servant prophecy found in the Book of Revelation using some of the keys that Joseph Smith provides in section 128.

 

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The Eternal Law of Certification and Record Keeping

April 9, 2018

In my opinion, Section 128 is one of the most overlooked and under rated revelations in the D&C.

This is partly because it does not begin in the first person of the Lord as most of the “thus sayeth the Lord” type revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants do. Rather, the content is taken from a letter in which Joseph Smith was primarily sharing his thoughts about the ordinance and doctrine pertaining to baptisms for the dead which had previously been revealed in section 124.

One would think that I would take section 128 even less seriously than most.

As readers of my blog know, I am of the belief that the Nauvoo era was one of the darkest periods of Joseph Smith’s ministry. The heavens were definitely closing at that time.

The saints had rejected the fullness of the gospel and fallen under condemnation by the end of 1834.

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Shortly after that, the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in right at the time that the saints had been expecting the dispensation of the fullness of times to be ushered in.

By the time that Section 124 was given in January of 1841, the saints of the restoration had being warned by the Lord that they would be rejected as a church with their dead if they did not repent and finish the Board House of the Lord within an acceptable time period.

There is evidence to suggest that the saints had been rejected as a church with their dead by the time section 128 had been received.

However one of the amazing things about Joseph Smith the seer, is that even after the seers eyes began to be covered because of the sins of latter day Israel, ( See JST Isaiah 29:10 & 2nd Nephi 27:5) his revelatory gift was still intermittently manifesting itself.

One of things I have come to appreciate over the years is that one does not categorically accept or reject a revelation based on the official title of someone that is sustained as a prophet. The truthfulness of each revelation must be discerned and judged under the influence of the Holy Ghost, using the existing canon of scriptures as a measuring yard stick.

Joseph worked well under pressure.

Some of his best stuff came while he was running from enemies and being incarcerated in a jail.

Thus it is with section 128 which is a revelation extracted from a letter he wrote during a very stressful time in his life.

The revelation begins thusly:

1 As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I would write to you from time to time and give you information in relation to many subjects, I now resume the subject of the baptism for the dead, as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies.

What a rock star.

Here he is being pursued by his enemies and feeling the burden of the sins of Israel that have been placed upon his head as an intercessor, and he is methodically pondering the doctrine of baptism for the dead.

This very misunderstood doctrine shows up for the very first time in modern revelation in section 124:

28 For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.

29 For a baptismal font there is not upon the earth, that they, my saints, may be baptized for those who are dead—

30 For this ordinance belongeth to my house, and cannot be acceptable to me, only in the days of your poverty, wherein ye are not able to build a house unto me.

31 But I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me; and I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me; and during this time your baptisms shall be acceptable unto me.

As declared in the passages above, the mystical ordinance of baptisms for the dead can only be performed under the authority of the fulness of the priesthood which had been restored in June of 1831 and lost by the time that section 124 was given.

It should be noted that the ordinance of baptisms for the living is part of the fullness of the gospel as documented in 3rd Nephi and it is performed by the priesthood keys that were restored through John the Baptist as documented in D&C 13. However the ordinance of Baptisms for the Dead must be performed by the higher, Melchizedek Priesthood and it must be performed in the House of the Lord, below ground level.

Little did the saints realize that the knowledge Joseph was giving them in this communication was purely academic at that point in time. Nevertheless, the information being revealed about baptisms for the dead, and the certification process of recording those ordinances is incredibly important and revealing.

The Lord informed the saints in previous revelations, after they had  transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and broken the everlasting covenant, that they were not allowed to live the higher laws for a “little season“.

It was to be a little season of chastisement while they are to be taught more perfectly. (See D&C 100:13, 105:9-10 )

It is during this little season, in the fourth generation since the death of Joseph Smith, that we who believe in the restoration, are to be studying the revelations and taught more perfectly to prepare ourselves for when the final work begins.

Furthermore, as declared in section 124, during times when the saints have the necessary collective wealth, this sacred ordinance is only authorized to be done in the Lords House.

As documented in past posts, section 124 never refers to the “Nauvoo Temple” despite the indoctrinational spell and cursing that our generation has been under. It only addresses the Boarding House of the Lord.

We have been living during a time of “hidden darkness” but I am of the belief that the darkness is beginning to disperse and doctrinal understand is coming to light, in preparation for the return of God’s authorized servants.

Contrary to what is currently taught in the modern corporate church, every single reference to the Lord’s house in section 124 is speaking of the Boarding House of the Lord, not the Nauvoo Temple.

The location of the Nauvoo Temple had been picked before section 124 was received. Indeed, the construction of the Nauvoo Temple had begun before section 124 identifies the location of the Boarding House of the Lord.

At the time that section 124 was given, it was common knowledge that it was not speaking about the Nauvoo Temple. Indeed, the Nauvoo Temple committee had published an article in the Times and Seasons identifying section 97 as the revelatory mandate for building the Nauvoo Temple.

It is truly remarkable that so much of the plain and simple truths about history and doctrine have largely been lost or corrupted as a result of the latter day apostasy. Nevertheless there is great reason to hope that we are very close to the return of God’s servants and the final restoration.

Getting back to the topic of section 128, in this revelation Joseph Smith pontificates upon Heavens protocol for certifying and recording the ordinances of the gospel in general and specifically in this revelation, baptisms performed for the dead.

2 I wrote a few words of revelation to you concerning a recorder. I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which I now certify. That is, it was declared in my former letter that there should be a recorder, who should be eye-witness, and also to hear with his ears, that he might make a record of a truth before the Lord.

Joseph points out that the RECORD that is kept must be CERTIFIED by someone who sees with their eyes and hears with their ears. The record must contain the DATE, NAMES and the HISTORY of the whole transition. It must be validated by two or there witnesses:

 let him (the recorder) be very particular and precise in taking the whole proceedings, certifying in his record that he saw with his eyes, and heard with his ears, giving the date, and names, and so forth, and the history of the whole transaction; naming also some three individuals that are present, if there be any present, who can at any time when called upon certify to the same, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

The revelatory comments of the prophet go on to point out that the record is HOLY.

Further, he declares that the order of CERTIFICATION AND RECORD KEEPING OF ORDINANCES WAS PREPARED BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.

5 You may think this order of things to be very particular; but let me tell you that it is only to answer the will of God, by conforming to the ordinance and preparation that the Lord ordained and prepared before the foundation of the world, for the salvation of the dead who should die without a knowledge of the gospel

Perhaps one of the most illuminating concepts that is revealed in this section is the fact that the records kept in heaven are contingent upon the records kept on earth!

After providing the exact protocol and informing us that the certification of a record from the mouth of two or three witnesses was ordained by God before the foundation of the world, Joseph reveals that the “Book of life” mentioned by John the Revelator in the Book of Revelation which the dead will be judged out of, is the heavenly record of the ordinances of salvation that are recorded on earth!

That’s right, the word “works” as used in the Book of Revelation in conjunction with the “books”  that are opened and the “book of life“, is not referring to doing good deeds or to the gospel of works that is commonly taught in Mormonism and other segments of apostate Christianity. The word “works” refers to entering into covenant with Christ as manifested by receiving the ordinance of baptism!

This makes perfect sense to me now that I have become a Biblical Christian who believes that we are saved by grace through faith. The true scriptural meaning of works in this context is simply referring to the physical act of entering into covenant with God as a manifestation of our belief and faith in his ability to save us

6 And further, I want you to remember that John the Revelator was contemplating this very subject in relation to the dead, when he declared, as you will find recorded in Revelation 20:12—And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

7 You will discover in this quotation that the books were opened; and another book was opened, which was the book of life; but the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works; consequently, the books spoken of must be the books which contained the record of their works, and refer to the records which are kept on the earth. And the book which was the book of life is the record which is kept in heaven; the principle agreeing precisely with the doctrine which is commanded you in the revelation contained in the letter which I wrote to you previous to my leaving my place—that in all your recordings it may be recorded in heaven.

This is really quite a profound observation by Joseph Smith. Modern Mormonism often teaches the gospel of works instead of the gospel of grace because the definition of the scriptural term “works” is often misunderstood.

Sometimes the word “works” refers to ones efforts to do good things and try really hard to keep the commandments and live a good life. In other uses, it simply means to obey the ordinances as an act of confirming belief in Christ and is atonement.

When the scriptures state that he who believeth and is baptized shall be saved, the term baptized is referring to the WORKS that are required to be saved.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

16 Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe. Alma 32:16

33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. 3 Nephi 11:33-34

23 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned; Mormon 9:23

18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name. Ether 4:18

9 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned. Doctrine and Covenants 68:94 Therefore, as I said unto mine apostles I say unto you again, that every soul who believeth on your words, and is baptized by water for the remission of sins, shall receive the Holy Ghost. Doctrine and Covenants 84:64

29 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not, and is not baptized, shall be damned. Doctrine and Covenants 112:29

Following the “works” of entering into the waters of baptism to confirm ones faith, the Holy Spirit is received and other good works follow, but they are the result not the cause of becoming a new creature in Christ.

It is remarkable how different a person interprets passages in the Book of Mormon once one becomes a Biblical Christian who simply believes the Book of Mormon but views it through the lens of Biblical Christianity.

For instance, as a mainstream Mormon, I once interpreted the following passage of scripture to mean that if we work as hard as we possibly can to keep all of the commandments and live the gospel, God’s grace will pick up the slack.

23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

I now realize that what is actually being conveyed in the above passage is the fact that no matter how much we do, it is 100% by the Grace of God that we are saved.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8-9

The Restoration of Priesthood Keys Requires
Certification and Record Keeping to be Valid

Continuing on, the above protocol and necessity of CERTIFICATION AND RECORD KEEPING probably seems obvious and unremarkable to those that grow up in the church and who are familiar with the recording of priesthood ordinances but I want to point something out to you that you may have never really pondered.

Let me begin by asking you this question.

If the administering of priesthood ordinances must be recorded and certified by witnesses, in order to be acceptable to heaven, wouldn’t it make sense that the restoration of the priesthood keys for doing those ordinances must also be certified and recorded by the mouth of two or three witnesses?

Of course it would.

The certification of the restoration of priesthood keys must be CERTIFED my two or three witnesses. The public record must provide a DATE and PLACE where the event took place along with any other pertinent HISTORY OF THE TRANSACTION.

Why am I pointing out the obvious?

Because this obvious fact never occurs to most people when it comes to evaluating the false claims of the modern church with regard to the myth they perpeturate about the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John.

In past posts I have documented the fact that the true restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood did not take place in 1829 by the visitation of Peter James and John as taught in Mormon tradition. Rather, it was restored by the voice of God out of heaven in June of 1831 at the Morley Farm.

Four of the most powerful testimonies of this fact are given by Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight, John Corrill and Parley P. Pratt

Here is the testimony of Joseph Smith-

“…the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood was manifested and conferred for the first time upon several of the Elders. It was clearly evident that the Lord gave us power in proportion to the work to be done, and strength according to the race set before us, and grace and help as our needs required.” History of The Church, 1:175-177

Here is the Testimony of Lyman Wight

On the 4th of June 1831, a conference was held at Kirtland, <Ohio> represented by all the above [named] branches; Joseph Smith our modern Prophet presided; and here I again saw the visible manifestations of the power of God as plain as could have been on the day of [Pentecost] and here for the first time I saw the Melchizedec priesthood introduced into the church of Jesus Christ as anciently;

whereunto I was ordained under the hands of Joseph Smith, and I then [ordained] Joseph and Sidney and sixteen others such as he chose unto the same priesthood. The spirit of God was made manifest to the heeling of the sick, cast<ing> out devils, speaking in unknown tongues, discerning of spirits, and prophesying [6] with mighty power, After the two days the conference broke up receiving the revelation which appointed 28 elders their Mission to Missouri

Here is the Testimony of John Corrill

… there was a revelation received, requiring the prophet to call the elders together, that they might receive an endowment. This was done, and the meeting took place some time in June.

About fifty elders met, which was about all the elders that then belonged to the church. The meeting was conducted by Smith. Some curious things took place. The same visionary and marvellous spirits spoken of before, got hold of some of the elders; it threw one from his seat to the floor; it bound another, so that for some time he could not use his limbs nor speak; and some other curious effects were experienced, but, by a mighty exertion, in the name of the Lord, it was exposed and shown to be from an evil source.

The Melchizedek priesthood was then for the first time introduced, and conferred on several of the elders. In this chiefly consisted the endowment—it being a new order—and bestowed authority. However, some doubting took place among the elders, and considerable conversation was held on the subject. The elders not fairly understanding the nature of the endowments, it took some time to reconcile all their feelings.

Here is the testimony of Parley P. Pratt

“On the sixth of June, 1831, a general conference was convened at Kirtland, consisting of all the Elders, far and near, who could be got together. In this conference much instruction was given by President Smith, who spake in great power, as he was moved by the Holy Ghost; and the spirit of power and of testimony rested down upon the Elders in a marvelous manner. Here also were some strange manifestations of false spirits, which were immediately rebuked

Several were then selected by revelation, through President Smith, and ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of the Son of God; which is after the order of Melchizedek.

This was the first occasion in which this priesthood had been revealed and conferred upon the Elders in this dispensation..”

In the past I have always documented this claim by simply documenting what took place at the special conference at the Morley Farm and providing the testimony of Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight and others. I have provided canonized scriptures and credible historical records to show that a CERTIFIED RECORD was made of the bestowal of the Melchizedek priesthood in June of 1831 at the Morley Farm.

However, in this post I want to demonstrate that the Melchizedek priesthood could not possibly have been restored through Peter James and John by virtue of the fact that there is no CERTIFIED RECORD of it containing a DATE, PLACE and pertinent details containing the HISTORY OF THE TRANSACTION.

Think about it.

We know for a fact that the Aaronic priesthood was restored because all of the elements pertaining to CERTIFICATION AND RECORDING OF THE HISTORICAL EVENTS INCLUDING TIME AND PLACE are contained in Joseph Smith’s personal history and canonized in section 13

Section 13

An extract from Joseph Smith’s history recounting the ordination of the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood near Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 15, 1829. The ordination was done by the hands of an angel who announced himself as John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament.

1 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.

There you have a text book example of a proper certification and recording from the mouth or two or three witnesses, complete with date, place, and pertinent history pertaining to the transaction.

There is no confusion or guess work involved when it comes to the public record of that event as certified by two witnesses.

Have you ever wondered why there is not a similar RECORD and CERTIFICATION of the supposed restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John?

It is because there was no such event!

Over the years Church scholars and apologists have tried to piece together different and conflicting comments that have been attributed to Oliver Cowdery and various people in trying to reconstruct when and where this elusive priesthood restoration took place.

In an article on the church website, the author makes the following remark

By examining scriptures and records of the time, however, we can put some pieces of the historical puzzle together to give us what may be a closer approximation of its elusive time sequence and background.

What?

Four generations after the fact you are still trying to put the “historical puzzle” together about the “elusive time sequence and background” of when Peter James and John restored the Melchizedek Priesthood?

That does not sound to me like a certified record with a date, place and pertinent historical events was recorded and certified of this most important event.

Yes indeed, the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John is quite a historical puzzle with quite an elusive time sequence and historical background indeed.

As duly noted by critics of the church on the Mormonthink website;

Nobody in or out of the church knows the exact date of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, and Oliver Cowdery was inconsistent in describing which heavenly being(s) had come to confer that authority.

The following observations are found on another website that is justifiably critical of the claims being made by the LDS church regarding the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John:

The account of the Melchizedek restoration is entirely missing. B.H. Roberts writes that “there is no definite account of the event in the history of the Prophet Joseph, or, for matter of that, in any of our annals…” (History of the Church, 1:40fn).

Palmer confirms that “no contemporary narrative exists…. the date, location, ordination prayer, and any other circumstances surrounding this experience are unknown” (An Insider’s View, 229).

Even Joseph Smith’s own family did not know about the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood. Quinn writes, “Smith’s own mother made no reference to angelic restoration of authority in an 1831 letter she wrote to her brother about the new church” (Origins of Power, p.19).

Joseph Smith III, the son of the founder of Mormonism, admitted that “there is no historical evidence of such an event. Nor is there any evidence that Peter, James, and John were present…. It is not safe then to write historically that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were ever ordained literally…” (Reorganized History of the Church 1:64-65).

One of the things that is revealed towards the end of section 128 is that if a priesthood ordinance (or bestowal) is not properly RECORDED AND CERTIFIED, it basically does not exist, as far as the corresponding records in heaven are concerned.

Interestingly Joseph Smith provides a bullet point listing of major revelatory events that have taken place in section 128 and in that listing, he notes the appearance of Peter James and John. And yet, his record of that event says nothing about the restoration of Melchizedek Priesthood. Rather, it only has Peter James and John declaring that they hold the keys of the dispensation of the fullness of times!

20 And again, what do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, declaring the fulfilment of the prophets—the book to be revealed. A voice of the Lord in the wilderness of Fayette, Seneca county, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the book! The voice of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he appeared as an angel of light! The voice of Peter, James, and John in the wilderness between Harmony, Susquehanna county, and Colesville, Broome county, on the Susquehanna river, declaring themselves as possessing the keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of times!

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

How odd that Joseph would take that opportunity to declare the historic appearance of Peter James and John, and yet he only recalls them declaring that they hold the keys of the Kingdom and the dispensation of the fullness of times. 

Why?

Because the Melchizedek Priesthood was not restored to the earth by Peter James and John.

One of the fascinating events in church history is the vision that took place in the holy of holies in the Kirtland Temple. In that vision, Christ, Moses, Elias and Elijah restored priesthood keys of the gathering of Israel. Clearly, Joseph and Oliver were commanded by God to not share this event with the saints at the time that it happened. Instead they secretly sealed up the account of the event in a church historical dairy.

The Prophet Daniel foretold about his event

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Even though Joseph and Oliver were commanded to “seal up the vision” and the “prophecy” contained in that visitation, it appears as if the Lord wanted future generations to know about the event so that when it was discovered, a properly CERTIFIED RECORD would be available for future generations to read. It would also be recorded in the heavenly books.

According to section 128, the proper certification and recording of the ordinances of salvation (including bestowal of priesthood keys) is necessary in order to BIND or SEAL the RECORD into the heavenly RECORD by which people are to be judged.

8 Now, the nature of this ordinance consists in the power of the priesthood, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, wherein it is granted that whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Or, in other words, taking a different view of the translation, whatsoever you record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and whatsoever you do not record on earth shall not be recorded in heaven…

9 It may seem to some to be a very bold doctrine that we talk of—a power which records or binds on earth and binds in heaven. Nevertheless, in all ages of the world, whenever the Lord has given a dispensation of the priesthood to any man by actual revelation, or any set of men, this power has always been given. Hence, whatsoever those men did in authority, in the name of the Lord, and did it truly and faithfully, and kept a proper and faithful record of the same, it became a law on earth and in heaven, and could not be annulled, according to the decrees of the great Jehovah. This is a faithful saying. Who can hear it?

Unbe-frekin-lievable

It is astounding how much power there is in the written certification of records when done by God’s authorized servants within the mandated protocol that was ordained before the world was created.

Since this post has already gone to long, we shall continue parsing section 128 in conjunction with section 124 at a later time when I shall undertake to show that the ordinance of baptisms for the dead is possibly not just for those in spirit prison that died without a knowledge of the gospel. I am going to suggest the possibility that it may be the actual ordinance that brings about the  RESURRECTION of each dead person.

Keep Watching


Urgent–From Price Publishing Regarding Evidence that Mauricio Bergers “Golden Plates” Were Fabricated

March 26, 2018

I recently got the following notice about the connection between the Mark Hofmann Anthon forgery and the Gold Plates of Mauricio Berger

 

Urgent–From Price Publishing

 

INDISPUTABLE

Evidence That Mauricio Berger’s “Golden Plates” Were Fabricated Using Convicted Murderer/Counterfeiter Mark Hofmann’s 1980 “Anthon Transcript” Forgery

&

That His “Sword of Laban” Is Fake

Because His Pictures Show Three Completely Different Objects—

None of Which Match Nephi’s Description

Copyright 2018

 

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Here is the Information You Have Been Waiting for! (Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Seven: Documenting God’s Relationship with His People in the Latter days.)

March 23, 2018

Ok, now for the post you have all been waiting for!

Well, maybe not so much.

I realize that there are many readers waiting with baited breath to see the second part of the post I did regarding the connection between Mauricio Berger and Mark Hofmann, however, I have decided to suspend that for the time being.

Why?

Because I did not realize at the time that I got that information that the researchers working on it were getting ready to publish their findings and it did not seem appropriate of me to steal their thunder or to provide only part of the research they had done.

I suspect they will be publishing their complete research very shortly. When it is available I will probably provide a link to it for my readers.

I have decided to wait until they publish their findings before I share any further observations on the topic.

So, instead of sharing that information at this time, I am going to continue my series on some of the most popular posts I have done in the past.

This seems appropriate to me because there are some new subscribers to this blog that are probably overwhelmed by the more that 500 blog posts I have written and they are not quite sure how to prioritize the reading material.

The main page of this blog provides a suggested chronology of what to read, however, for those that want to cheat a little and get to some of the really fascinating stuff, the eight posts being spotlighted today might be of interest.

I need to stress that none of the information in this blog should be read until you understand what the doctrine of Christ is and what the fullness of the Gospel is.

Also, you should not be reading this blog until you have first read, re-read, and memorized the four standard works. That would be the Inspired Version of the Bible, Book of Mormon, Book of Commandments and Doctrine and Covenants, (Including the Lectures on Faith).

After you have committed those four cannons of scripture to memory, there are some great speculations on this blog that might enhance your gospel study experience.

If you have not committed those four canons of scripture to memory, what the h#*l are you doing reading the words of a heretic on this blog? Go back to your room and continue studying God holy and infallible word!

Here is the eighth Oldie but Goodie from the past-

Documenting God’s Relationship with His People in the Latter days.

At the end of my last post I provided a very brief, bullet point summation of significant events and revelatory declarations that documented the relationship that God had with his saints in the latter days.

It was not meant to be exhaustive, however it has since occurred to me that there are a few other significant items that should be included which I have now done.

From time to time I may add to this list as I remember old discoveries or find new ones that merit inclusion to the list. (If you have some suggestions please submit them)

By the way, I am still waiting to hear from any LDS scholars and apologists to show me problems with the following documentation or my interpretation thereof.

Please don’t be shy.

Listing of Significant Historical Miles Stones

  • March of 1829 (section 5) The Church is beginning to come forth out of wilderness
  • March of 1829 (section 5- Original Revelation published in Book of Commandments but deleted when  1835 D&C is published) Lord warns that He will deliver this generation over to Satan if they harden their hearts. (Although the following documentation will show that he made good on this conditional prophecy, this should not be seen as something that is hopeless, rather, God did it as a temporary chastisement that will end with a merciful deliverance for those that repent and return unto God. God delivered his people over to the enemy anciently as well but did not ultimately forsake them- Lev 26:25  2Kings 21:14 Nehemiah 9:27)
  • April 6 1830 (Sections 20 & 21)The restored Church is formally organized by revelation as the “Church of Christ”
  • October 1830 (Section 33) Church has been establish and called forth out of wilderness
  • January 2, 1831.   (Section 38) Saints commanded to go to Ohio to get the Law and Endowed with Power (Even though church and gospel was restored, they did not yet have the whole law or full power of the gospel)
  • February of 1831 (Section 42) The Law of the Gospel is Given
  • June 1831 Fulness of the Melchizedek Priesthood and Gospel Restored at Morley Farm (The priesthood restored by Peter James and John had never been referred to as Melchizedek Priesthood during the previous two years. Joseph would later reveal that the two lower priesthoods only had power to administer the law of the gospel but not in spirit. )
  • February 1831 (Section 43) The Law of Succession and Succession Prophecy are given. The church is not to receive the teachings of anyone as revelations and commandments who has not been appointed by God through Joseph. Nobody will be appointed by God through Joseph Smith before Joseph is taken unless Joseph transgresses. (Section 90 will later confirm that another will be called by the Lord through Joseph prior to Joseph being taken “Through you shall the oracles be given to another” and finally, in Section 124 Hyrum is called by the Lord through Joseph, before Joseph is taken. Prior to the martyrdom, Joseph announces he will not prophecy for the church anymore, Hyrum is the sole prophet seer and revelator of the church before the martyrdom)
  • August 1831 (Section 63 “I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth…...and the saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, and will come down in heaven from the presence of my Father and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire.And behold, this is not yet, but by and by. (Definition of Hardly: “Scarcely; barely; almost not.”
  • September 11, 1831 (Section 64) The Lord declares that September 11 1836 is the drop dead date for the redemption of Zion in that generation.
  • October 25 1831– (Section 66) Declaration that the Fulness of the Gospel had been received by William McClellin who had been ordained a High Priest (indicating that the fulness of the Gospel was synonymous with the fulness of the Priesthood. )
  • November 1 1831 (Section One) Christ declares that the Church (which had now received the fulness of Melchizedek Priesthood) is the “True and Living Church” and that it will come forth again out of obscurity and darkness (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints did not exist at the time this pronouncement was made)
  • 1832 ( Joseph Smith Letterbook 1, pp. 1-6. Published in: Dean Jessee, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith) Joseph Smith writes in his history and reveals the first  two priesthoods received by angels, for the administration of the law of the Gospel“. He then defines the third priesthood (received at the Morley Farm as the “High Priesthood after the holy order of the Son of the Living God… to preach the gospel in the administration and demonstration of the spirit“)
  • April 26th 1832 (section 82) “And the anger of God kindleth against the inhabitants of the earth; and none doeth good, for all have gone out of the way“. (D&C 82:6 see also  35:1 & Moroni 10:12) Following that announcement, the leading high Priests are bound by covenant to administer the storehouse and law of consecration   (This is the official start of a two year effort to live consecration that ultimately failed- see section 104 April 23th 1834)
  • September 22-23  1832 (Section 84) the Church is declared to be under condemnation for taking the BofM and revelations lightly.
  • January 4, 1833 Letter to N. C. Saxton The Lord declared to His servants, some eighteen months since, that He was then withdrawing His Spirit from the earth and we can see that such is the fact for not only the churches are dwindling away, but there are no conversions, or but very few” [D&C 63:32 was given 18 months prior to the above statement that was made] “The Gentiles… have broken the covenant in which their fathers were established
  • May 6 1833 (Section 93) “And now, verily I say unto Joseph Smith, Jun.—You have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord
  • November 1833 1200 Saints in Jackson County were expelled by a mob
  • December 1833 (Section 101) “were the churches, who call themselves after my name, willing to hearken to my voice.“ (No longer is the Lord calling them after his name, rather, they call themselves by His name)
  • February 17 1834 (Section 102) “president of the High Council” (of High Priests and President of the Church )  must be appointed by revelation and sustained by the Church. (This requirement is changed in section 107 after the fulness of the gospel is rejected and the name of Christ is taken out of the Church. See March of 1835 below)
  • February 24 1834 (Section 103) Conditional promise given, if Saintshearken to obey all the words which I the Lord their God shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued…But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of  the world shall prevail against them.”
  • April 23rd 1834 (Section 104) The Lord announces that “the covenants [had been] broken through transgression. (This brings the two year attempt to live consecration to an end by the breaking of the covenant See section 82 April 26th 1832 and Isaiah 24)
  • May 3, 1834 (HC 2:62-63) Conference of the Church held ten days after breaking law of consecration and officially removes the name of Christ from the name of the Church and changes name to “Church of the Latter day Saints”
  • June 22,1834 (Section 105) Revelation given to Zion’s Camp. The expidition to redeem Zion is called off. Because of Transgression-Zion and her laws must wait for a little season
  • June 24 (Uncanonized Revelation calling 15 High Priests to gather up the strength of Zion (to be fulfilled at a future time). Algernon Sidney Gilbert rejected his calling and was struck dead from what is believed to have been cholera. 14 others died as well. 
  • August of 1834 Joseph Smith writes letter to Leaders in Zion identifying Sept 11th 1836 as the date by which Zion needed to be established if obedient. (His observation obviously taken from declaration of the Lord in section 64 given on Sept 11 1831)
  • November 29 1834 HC  Joseph and Oliver enter into Covenant of Tithing” “for the continuance of blessings“. This covenant probably made possible the continuance of spiritual gospel blessings under grace despite breaking of the covenant of consecration by collective church, until the Lord came in secret to his temple after which the saints had the keys of the Gospel of Abraham and the law of mercy see Section 110 April 3 1836)
  • December 5th 1834 (UnPub Rev  Pg 73) An un-canonized revelation provided including Condemnation upon leaders and members of the Church. There must be a reformation in ALL THINGS.
  • March of 1835 (section 107) President of the High Priests and of the Church is to be chosen by the body of High Priests. This is a change from section 102 made after the name change of the church instead of by revelation. It appears as if the nature and calling of High Priest has transitioned to a downgraded position as a result of the breaking of the covenant and name change of the church, similar to some of the patriarchal High Priests of the Old Testament (compare with February 17 1834 section 102, prior to name change of the church)
  • November 3 1835 (Pg 79 Unpub Rev) Condemnation of 12 Apostles: Joseph receives revelation stating that the 12 apostles are under condemnation: ” Behold they are under condemnation, because they have not been sufficiently humble in my sight…but verily I say unto you, they must all humble themselves before me, before they will be accounted worthy to receive an endowment, to go forth in my name unto all nations”  Shortly after this Joseph meets with the 12 apostles and tells them their minds are dark and they need to prepare their hearts:” the endowment you are so anxious about you cannot comprehend now, nor could Gabriel explain it to the understanding of your dark minds, but strive to be prepared in your hearts”
  • March 27 1836 Dedication of the Kirtland Temple is an Epic Fail. The saints had been promised that all of the pure in heart would see God. According to Kirtland historian Karl Anderson, there is no credible evidence that anyone saw God. (Section 109)  Dedicatory Prayer: Prophecy-prayer contains a prophecy that the Church will come forth out of wilderness at a future time. Last few verses petition the Lord to reinstate the name of Christ back into the name of the Church. On the Kirtland Temple it say “The church of the Latter day Saints”.
  • April 3 1836 The Lord secretly comes to his temple with a curse to judgment and restores keys to the dispensation of Gospel of Abraham instead of the dispensation of the fulness of times (See Oliver’s Secret)
  • September 11 1836. NOTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE HAPPENED ON THAT DAY, which in fact is significant because Joseph had revealed in a letter written in August of 1834 that September 11th 1836 was the appointed time for the redemption of Zion (“Use every effort to prevail on the churches to gather to those regions and situate themselves to be in readiness to move into Jackson Co. in two years from the Eleventh of September next which is the appointed time for the redemption of Zion.”) In other words, it had been revealed to the the Prophet that if the saints repented and were valiant, September 11, 1836, would be the appointed time. The promise was conditional. He warned that …. (Ifverily I say unto youif the Church with one united effort perform their duties… the work shall be complete.and if we do not exert ourselves to the utmost in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house that this thing may be accomplished, behold there remaineth a scourge for the Church, even that they shall be driven from city to city, and but few shall remain to receive an inheritanceif those things are not kept, there remaineth a scourge also; therefore, be wise this once, O ye children of Zion! and give heed to my counsel, saith the Lord”
  • June 4th 1837 (HC 2:489) “God revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of His Church”   “The Spirit of the Lord has whispered to me, ‘let my servant Heber go to England and proclaim my gospel and open the door of salvation to that nation. (This is consistent with the Prophecy of Christ in the Book of Mormon that the gospel would be taken to the House of Israel after Gentiles reject the fulness. See 3 Nephi 16:10-13)
  • July 23 1837 (Section 112)The Lord declares that  “Darkness covers the whole earth and gross darkness the minds of the people, and ALL FLESH HAS BECOME CORRUPT BEFORE MY FACE
  • November 1837 Defiling of the Kirtland Temple: Failure of the Kirtland Safety Society resulting in a mass apostasy of many members and leaders of the Church. Related to this event, a fight broke out in the temple with leading members of the church threatening to kill each other. If the temple had not been defiled before this event, it surely was defiled at the time the fight broke out. (documented by Eliza Snow and Lucy Smith)
  • March 1838 (Section 113) Joseph explains that Isaiah 11 prophesies that at a future time when he will bring again Zion, those who had been called in the last days would “put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost” “These scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen… if they do… he will speak to them [again] , or give them revelation.”
  • April 26 1838 (Section 115) This is a prophecy of what will happen when the events described in Isaiah 60 take place. At that time God’s scattered people will be called the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints” which differentiates them from the “Church in Zion” which is composed of the righteous saints who have obeyed the law of gathering. See also Matt. 12:30 (the passage does not not necessarily refer to the re-institution of the name of Christ into the name of the church at the time the revelation was given, see the footnote for verse six)
  • July 8 1838 (Section 117) Oliver Granger is to pray for the REDEMPTION OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY ( Definition of Redemption: the ransom or deliverance of sinners from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God’s violated law by the atonement of Christ- probably making reference to the sins upon apostate Israel upon the leaders of the church per the atonement statute.)

Although the above summary is not conclusive, it provides the major details of how the latter day apostasy had taken place prior to, and resulting in, the act of taking the name of Christ out of the Church in 1834.

Following that, revelation from God began to dry up however God continued to labor with the saints.

Eventually God informs the saints that darkness covered the earth and all flesh had become corrupt, even those who had been previously been sanctified. (Atonement Statute)

Finally, after relocating to Nauvoo, Joseph Smith made the following observation:

“We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying His commands… we have treated lightly His commands, AND DEPARTED FROM HIS ORDINANCES, and the Lord has chastened us sore, and we have felt His arm and kissed the rod…“ (History of the Church, 5:65; from “The Government of God,” an editorial published in Times and Seasons, July 15, 1842, p. 857; Joseph Smith was the editor of the periodical.)

The last major revelation detailing the apostate condition of the saints and warning them that they were on probation, subject to their repentance and reform is now known as section 124.

The Lord gives the following five ominous warnings in section 124

1- The Fulness of the Priesthood (Gospel) had been lost and the temple must be built so that it could be restored again (124:28,34,55 section 113 explains that it will be restored to the earth at a later time)

2- If Saints were not obedient they would be moved out of Nauvoo (124:45-46)

3- They were practicing abominations before the Lord that place curses upon their heads (124:48)

4- Anything more or less than what is contained in The Book of Mormon and the 1835 D&C cometh of Evil (124:119-120)

5- If the Temple was not finished in the sufficient time, the Church would be rejected with their dead (124:31-32)

This may all seem rather bleak but let me assure you it isn’t. The good news is that there are countless references in scripture to the fact that in the end times the Father will work a Marvelous Work and gather out the elect of God to Zion and he will redeem his people.

Praise God Almighty!

 

Previous Oldies but Goodies

Essential Oldiers but Goodies Part Six: The Law of Adoption and the Sealing Principles

Discovering the Doctored Covenants and then the Interpretive Revisions and then the changing of the Ordinance    Part Five

See Also COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part One
COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part Two

Seven Seals and a Paradisaical Millennium” Part Four

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement Part Three

Be Ye Therefore Perfect.. right now Part Two

The Succession Crisis Part One