Notable Emails Part 12 “the scriptures will become corrupted and deceive the elect and give Satan power”

March 11, 2015

A few years ago I acquired a friend through this blog that we will call “R”. He has recently been serving in a Bishopric but he moved recently so I don’t think he is in the position currently. He is one of the people that is always bringing up facinating observations and questions. I love the cross-pollination that take place when gospel discussion takes place.

Late last night I got the following email from him:

Watcher,
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In all your research and studying have you ever come across a prophecy or scripture implying that the scriptures will become corrupted and deceive the elect and give Satan power?
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Something like a cross between what the Lord revealed about the lost 110 pages in section 10 and 1 Ne. 13?
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Just curious and a thought I had after reading your last post on the Holy Ghost. “

 

“Interesting question.
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Yes and no.

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I do think there is evidence to support the corruption of scripture, however, I don’t know if that is the primary cause of the elect being deceived, or the result of the elect being deceived. 
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the Book of Mormon speaks of important things taken out of the Bible and because of that, it becomes a stumbling block to the gentiles.
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 Obviously, there is the warning from the Lord in the BofC wherein the Lord will deliver the saints over to Satan. The sixty four dollar question is, how does the Lord deliver the saints over to Satan. I have pondered that one.
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One thing that He noted was that he was withdrawing his spirit from the inhabitants of the earth. That would prevent people from understanding scripture through personal revelation. Another possibility is that by covering the eyes of the seers, they could prophesy falsely and teach false doctrine and conceivably deliver false revelations. I am amazed at how many people are starting to reject the Bible and D&C as credible scripture.

Then there is JST Matthew 23:10

“0 But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
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How exactly do the scribes and pharisees prevent people from entering into the kingdom of heaven? Is it by teaching false doctrine? offering ordinances of salvation that are void of authority? Alter scripture?”
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It appears that JST Luke 11:53 is a variation of the passage using the term “Key of Knowledge”
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“Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge, the fullness of the scriptures; ye enter not in yourselves into the kingdom; and those who were entering in, ye hindered.”
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He seems to be expressly stating that the scribes and pharisees had taken away the fulness of the scriptures, which is the key of knowledge by which people can be saved. That is a really interesting passage given the declaration in the D&C and by JS that the salvation of the church depended upon the JST being completed.”
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Next reply from “R” which I got early this AM
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“Yes, I agree. I can see the LDS church members walking around with their triple combinations loaded with false doctrines like D&C 132 believing that they have the fullness and true and correct doctrines at their finger tips. 
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Like you, there are so many teachings that I have taken as gospel truths that really aren’t. Like prophet infallibility and the couplet: “As man is God once was and as God is man may become.”
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I can’t help but see why Alma needed to   “try the virtue of the word of God” with the Zoramites in Alma 31:5. They too had become corrupt themselves believing that they were superior to others with their perversions of the scriptures. 
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What a glorious day it will be when the fulness of the scriptures will be revealed to put down all false doctrines and confound the wise. 
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May that day come soon.”
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Follow up reply from “R”
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“One more thing… You asked how we are turned over to Satan. I’m sure there are many ways this happens. 
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However, after I sent my last email I read Alma 25:6 were the Lamanites begin to “disbelieve the traditions of their fathers, and to believe in the Lord.” 
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I remembered D&C 93:39 “that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers.”
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You’ll notice that section 93 is singular while Alma is a plural traditions. 
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Hmm. 
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I’m going to have to research that. 
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What could that one singular tradition be that causes us to lose light and truth?
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And if handed down from our fathers three and four generations causes cursings and not blessings?
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Just some early morning thoughts. Thanks again for the response.” 
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My reply to “R”
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OMGosh!

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Your characterization of the saints walking around with their triple combinations with that abominable spiritual wife doctrine in it thinking they have the fulness is profound!

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I just went back to bed and shared what you said with Mrs Watcher and she blurted out two scriptures that came to her mind.
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The first was a few passages in Ezekiel 20 which could have typological or literal application to modern Israel:
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1 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.
22  Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.
23  I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
24  Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.
25  Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;
26  And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.
27  ¶ Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.
28  For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
29  Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go?  And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
30  Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers?  and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?
31  For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel?  As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.
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The second passage she uttered is the one that should have come to my mind first when you posed the question.
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Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.
33  O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain?  Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls?  Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.”
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“R” sent the following response
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“Wow! Gotta love a woman who can quote scripture when woken up from a dead sleep. You have yourself a remarkable woman. Tell Mrs. Watcher thank you for the scripture”
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Interestingly, I had just recently received an email from the “naughty missionary” I have previously posted about, that follows my blog while on his mission. Here is a snippet from that email:
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“All of these amazing things aside, the reason I wanted to give you an update is actually to detail you in on something else very important that occurred this week.

 

A set of elders were studying section 132, and they became concerned by a few things in it. The thing that confused them most of all interesting enough was the verses that detail Abraham being a god, already having entered into his exaltation.

 

They asked me about it… And it was such an obscure contradiction I couldn’t help but be impressed. I told them that I didn’t believe in 132 at all. …

 

This, you can imagine, has opened up a can of worms with other missionaries when they heard about it. So far the dust seems to have settled. In any case, I thought you might find it inspiring to know that even average missionaries with average church history knowledge are seeing discrepancies in 132.

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 Can you Imagine that? A missionary telling his fellow companions that he does not believe section 132?
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Praise God
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I hope they don’t send this amazing Elder home early!

“The Holy Ghost is now in a State of Probation..”

March 9, 2015

Many many years ago when I was just getting addicted to my obsession of searching the scriptures and the history of the church, I came upon one of the most extraordinary and exhilarating quotes from Joseph Smith that really turned me upside down and inside out.

It went something like this

“..the Holy Ghost is now in a state of Probation which if he should perform in righteousness he may pass through the same or a similar course of things that the Son has”

It blew my mind.

I thought that was one of the most astounding and illuminating concepts I had ever heard!

Of course it was also quite disruptive, not only to all of my preconceived ideas  about the Holy Ghost, but it also appeared to contradict scripture.

At that time I was really into prophet worship in general, and Joseph Smith worship specifically, and I just knew that it was impossible for the prophet Joseph Smith to ever say anything false.

Did I remember to tell you that I was also pretty damn gullible?

Anyway, I mindlessly accepted this new doctrine as a fact and went my merry little way thinking I had discovered one of the mysteries of Godliness, although I had a little higher degree of cognitive dissonance whenever I would read about the Holy Ghost in the scriptures.

As the years went by, I finally began to have my awakening about the true history of the church, the latter day apostasy, the fact that most of what I had been taught in the church was erroneous. I learned that Joseph was not infallible and in fact, that he had his eyes covered about many things shortly after the fulness of the gospel was rejected. Hence, he did and taught things during the Nauvoo era that were not correct.

At that time, I began to re-evaluate all of the doctrine that I had ever taken for granted.

first, I composed a pecking order of credible resources, based on perceived credibility, that I could use to determine true vs false doctrines.

Obviously, the Holy Ghost is a very important key in determining truth, and avoid being deceived, but it is easy to over ride the subtle promptings of the spirit, or not even get promptings, if we are using bad resources that we categorically deem to be credible.

One of the quotes from a modern president of the church that had a profound impact on my thinking and on my quest for truth is as follows:

“It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teachings of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let us have this matter clear. We have accepted the four standard works as the measuring yardsticks, or balances, by which we measure every man’s doctrine.

“You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works.

“Every man who writes is responsible, not the Church, for what he writes. If Joseph Fielding Smith writes something which is out of harmony with the revelations, then every member of the Church is duty bound to reject it. If he writes that which is in perfect harmony with the revealed word of the Lord, then it should be accepted.” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 3:203–4; also cited in Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. [1966], p. 609.)

That quote changed my life and it changed the way I began to discern doctrinal truth.

Before that time, my number one resource for studying the gospel was the words of the modern general authorities.

After pondering the above statement by President Smith, everything changed for me.

After that, my number one priority was studying the scriptures.

  • The Inspired Version of the Bible
  • The D&C as presented by Joseph Smith and accepted by common consent which included the Lectures on Faith, as the “doctrine” portion of the “Doctrine and Covenants”. (I discarded all of the revelations that BY added to the D&C including section 132, unless they were congruent with the rest of the standard works)
  • The Book of Mormon (original text)
  • The Pearl of Great Price

I knew that the word of God had said that treasuring up God’s word in the scriptures is a method by which we can avoid being deceived so the scriptures became my number one priority. They became my number one criteria of credibility as far as written source material is concerned.

Joseph Smith’s teachings were next on the list, with a very high credibility quotient, but each quote, from “Teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith”, “Words of Joseph Smith”, and any other sources quoting Joseph Smith, needed to be scrutinized and verified for historical accuracy. If when Joseph would make doctrinal declaration that did not square with the scriptures I would simply discard it. I began to realize that 95%+ of the teachings of Joseph Smith in the early Kirtland era were congruent with the scriptures, with regard to the Nauvoo era, not so much.

context is very important.

All quotes from early general authorities like Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon needed a second witness from the scriptures to maintain a high status and “credibility quotient” on my new list of credible doctrinal sources.

Eventually the sermons of Brigham Young and modern church presidents no longer had the highest “credibility quotient” in fact I discovered so much BS in the Journal of Discourses that I simply quite wasting my time reading them, except for historical reasons and for documenting the trajectory of the latter day apostasy. .

I had been raised to believe that living prophets were more inspired than dead prophets and that a conflicting doctrine taught by a “living prophet” trumped the doctrine in the scriptures taught by a dead prophet. But the quote from President Smith rang true to me loud and clear.

The cold hard fact of the matter is that when modern presidents of the church said something true, it was already in the scriptures and when they didn’t, it needed to be discarded.

I simply needed to be drenching myself in the word of God from the most holy written source. I didn’t need some modern authority to reinterpret the scriptures for me. The above quote by Joseph Fielding Smith for instance, as profound as it was, should have already been understood by me and it would have been understood by me if I had made the scriptures my number one priority.

Once I created my listing of worthwhile resources based on my new method of assigning “credibility quotients” I was able to reevaluate many of my previous doctrines I had been taught in the church and I was flabbergasted at how many false doctrines are taught in the church. It was a real eye opener how many false teachings there are in the church. In fact, it is much easier to count the number of true doctrines that are being taught in the church because you only need one hand to do it.

I began discarding numerous false doctrines that I had inherited from the false traditions of my fathers.

Needless to say, the quote from Joseph Smith about the Holy Ghost being a man living on an earth during Joseph’s ministry, having a probationary experience, went by the way side pretty quickly when weighed in the balance against the scriptures, Lectures on Faith, other credible, verifiable, scripturally backed statements by Joseph Smith, etc.

However, one night while pondering that statement about the Holy Ghost, that I once found so illuminating, and assuming, the thought occurred to me that perhaps Joseph Smith actually never even taught it.

That thought caused me to jump out of bed and run to my computer and get on the trusty Internet.

I quickly pulled up the boap website that shows the five known diary entries of that particular Nauvoo discourse that Joseph gave.

http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/1843/27Aug43.html#N_4_

They were conveniently listed side by side and they were matched up by topic horizontally which left gaps in the column anytime any of the dairies did not make note of the same narrative in the discourse. This made it really easy to compare what each of these five people heard and how they articulated it as they heard it.

The five people and corresponding diaries are listed below:

  • Joseph Smith Dairy (written by Willard Richards but reviewed by Joseph Smith)
  • Franklin D. Richards “Scriptural Items,”
  • William Clayton diary,
  • James Burgess notebook
  • Levi Richards diary

According to the dairy entries that were placed side by side, according to similar content, only one person out of five heard Joseph Smith make that statement.

What?

That didn’t make any sense.

I thought to myself, perhaps only one of the five felt that the statement was noteworthy enough to note.

No!

That definitely did not make any sense either.

There was something very very wrong with the picture I was seeing.

After analyzing things for awhile I had a series of other questions come into my head.

How is it that Joseph Smith’s own diary did not record this new doctrine?

How is it that the Holy Ghost as a general topic does not even show up in the other four diary notes?

Why is there no record of anyone else in the congregation noting this in their personal diaries?

There must have been hundreds if not thousands of people in the congregation that day who would have also heard the statement and been blown away by it, and yet, I have never, in all of my searching in the history of the church seen another witness that the statement was made. If any of you have, please send it to me. :)

Why is it that the current newspapers and church periodicals said nothing about it?

Hmmmmm…

Below is a screen shot of the five diary entries.

As you can see by the yellowed areas, all five of the diaries noted that Joseph Smith was speaking about the Melchizedek priesthood and fulness of priesthood just prior to when F D Richards claims Joseph made the statement.

Holy Ghost is a man

Conversely, not one of the other entries mentioned the statement F D Richards noted. In fact, not one of the entries notes any narrative relating to the Holy Ghost at all!

It became obvious to me that Frankly D. Richards did not hear Joseph make that statement on that day, in that sermon.

It occurred to me that there could have been countless reasons why Richards might have inserted the crazy blurb that he did into his personal diary.

There is one other interesting thing that I noticed. You will see it highlighted in puke-green

The phrase “state of Probation” is used in the F D Richards diary in regard to the Holy Ghost, and the phrase “probationary state” is used in the Burgess Notebook with regard to the topic of the purpose of “man’s” probationary state.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Either that is quite a coincidence, OR, F D Richards got confused as he was taking notes and really meant to convey something about man’s probationary state and the importance of the Holy Ghost in our progression. Frankly, I think that is where the discrepancy comes from.

Anyway, after going through that little exercise I am now convinced that brother Joseph never even taught the doctrine, he simply got blamed for teaching it.

Nauvoo would have been buzzing about this new disruptive doctrine the next day if Joseph Smith actually would have stated it.

The more I think about it, the more appalled I am with myself that I ever believed it.

I wonder how many other things we blame Joseph for, that he did not say or do?! ?!


DEAD SEA SCROLLS 28. A FIRM FOUNDATION (AARON A-4Q541) “he will make atonement for all the children of his generation”

March 5, 2015

Over the years I have harped on the literal physical return of Joseph Smith and the fact that he provided an intercessory atonement offering for his generation and their descendants.

In doing this I have provided scriptures from the four standard works and demonstrated how all of the ancient statutes in the Old Testament are prophetic because they represent “enactments of future events”.

Additionally I have provided unpublished revelations, statements from Joseph Smith, patriarchal blessings, snippets from early hymns, and sermons of early general authorities, etc., to scripturally substantiate and prophetically document the fact that this doctrine of an intercessory servant, returning from the dead is a legitimate, recurring theme that has been showing up in prophetic narratives for thousands of years over the place for those that have awakened and are watching for it.

Despite all of this documentation I am still considered delusional by many.

All I can say is that it is really really fun being delusional.

Particularly because it is impossible to make sense out of modern revelation and the history of the church and of prophecy without understanding this prophetic event that seems to be the center hub for interconnecting and making sense out of everything else.

The fun thing about being delusional and passionate regarding this particular topic is that you can conjure up supporting evidence just about anywhere you look, including the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In this post I am going to give a brief interpretation of a translation that has been given of an ancient text from the dead sea scrolls.

One of my favorite books is one called “The dead sea scrolls uncovered” by Eisenman and Wise.

dead sea uncovered

Early in the book the the two authors cannot agree with each other on the sequence of a somewhat confusing prophetic snippet about a latter day servant that appears to be killed. The narrative seems to be saying that the servant returns from the dead to continue his mission. One author interpreted it that way, the other found that interpretation too preposterous and therefore assumed that one part of the story must have happened previous to when it appears to have happened.

Those are the kinds of prophecies that actually begin to take on significantly more clarity when all of the other research that I have made reference to is used for context.

I may do a commentary on that portion of their book in an upcoming post just to demonstrate how an otherwise very confusing and seemingly disjointed storyline actually makes perfect sense when it is supported by independent prophetic narratives..

There are numerous gems in this book that need to be discussed, but today I am going to focus on a different part of the book. The portion of text I will be addressing is found on pages 144-145.


atone for generation 3

You will notice in the translation below, focusing on the underlined portion, that the narrative speaks about a servant of the Lord that has great wisdom and-

 “he will make atonement for all the children of his generation“.

 

atone for generation 9

Notice that his atonement offering is limited to his generation.

In my opinion, it is unlikely that this narrative is speaking of Jesus Christ as he offered an atonement for everyone the ever lived on this earth from all generations and his atonement even extended to those living on other earths. The servant being spoken of here is offering an atonement for a limited class of people, just as Moses did. Namely, those that live in the generation that he lived in.

The text provides additional clues that differentiate this mortal high priest and his human atonement offering for his generation, from Christ’s, atonement which was not a human atonement, but rather an infinite and eternal one. (See Alma 34: 10)

After making the atonement, the text seamlessly notes that “He will be sent to all the sons of his generation“.

This provides an interesting reversal from the prophetic narrative about Christ.

Christ was sent to the world and then atoned for them. This scenario has the servant doing the atonement and then he was sent to those he had atoned for.

He is SENT after the offering. To the SONS of his generation as opposed to the “children” of his generation as indicated in the previous verse, noting a distinction.

Ok, what I am getting out of this, based on my bias from 30 years of studying countless Davidic Servant prophecies, is, he atones, dies, and then returns from the dead. Then he is sent to the posterity of those that lived in his generation.

Continuing on-

His word shall be as the word of heaven and his teaching shall be according to the will of God.”

It appears to me that this is not referring exclusively to some translation of a book he brings forth, it is referring to the continuous flow of revelation that comes out of his mouth:

His word, shall be as the word of heaven

His revelatory utterances create a canon of scripture. This theme is remarkably similar to some of the O. T. prophecies covered in my article about the atonement statute prophecy.

Solving the Prophet Puzzle- Understanding the Atonement statute final 6.

According to this prophecy in the scrolls, when the amazing intercessory servant returns it will be during a time of darkness but the fire that he kindles will light up the “four corners of the earth“.

Do those keywords ring any bells?

And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11:12

When his second ministry begins, there will be many lies about him.

His enemies will “invent stories about him“.

they will say shameful things about him“.

No worries.

he will overthrow his evil generation“.

Notice the use of the word “arises” which often refers to some kind of resurrection or physical return from death according to the translators;

“When he arises there will be lying and violence and the people will wander astray in his days and be CONFOUNDED.”

Notice also in the above snippet, that people will wander astray AFTER he returns, not just before!

How sad.

It appears that people that sin against the light now, will continue to sin against it when the Lords servant returns and the light grows even brighter.

Ultimately they will be “confounded” by the servant.

Does that word confound in the above translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls ring a bell in any of the Book of Mormon or modern revelation narratives relevant to Joseph Smith?

Here is a snippet from the “Joseph the Seer” narrative in the BofM:

And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;” (2 Nephi 3:14)

Here is a commandment/prophecy that had a dual fulfillment. Yes, Joseph and Sidney did go forth for a season debating and confounding their enemies back at that time, but ultimately the following commandment has a dual application. This will also take place when they return:

“Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private; and inasmuch as ye are faithful their shame shall be made manifest.
Wherefore, let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord.
Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you—there is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper;
And if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time.
Wherefore, keep my commandments; they are true and faithful. Even so. Amen.” (D&C 71:7-10)

The following petition given in the dedicatory prayer asks for the Lords help in confounding all of those that had spread lying reports about Joseph, as of March 1836, prior to the secret appearance of Christ in the Kirtland Temple.

“We ask thee, Holy Father, to confound, and astonish, and to bring to shame and confusion, all those who have spread lying reports abroad, over the world, against thy servant or servants, if they will not repent, when the everlasting gospel shall be proclaimed in their ears;
And that all their works may be brought to naught, and be swept away by the hail, and by the judgments which thou wilt send upon them in thine anger, that there may be an end to lyings and slanders against thy people.
For thou knowest, O Lord, that thy servants have been innocent before thee in bearing record of thy name, for which they have suffered these things.”  (D&C 109:29-31)

Incredible.

I suspect my articles on church history would look more credible and would gain more traction than they do if I would leave out all of the mystical, metaphysical stuff about Joseph offering up an atonement offering and returning from the dead to finish the work he has been commanded to do, but I am not hear to tickle anybodies ears or to seek anyone’s approval. I am simply rehearsing what the Lord God is saying in the scriptures to the degree of light that I have been given.

Besides, I am not courting scholars and intellectuals. I am looking for people of faith.

Being delusional is great fun.

It beats the heck out of cognitive dissonance.

 

Praise God for the countless prophetic testimonies that sustain my delusions.

 


“Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 December 1834″

March 3, 2015

On December 5 & 6th 0f 1834, four members of the Presidency of the Church of the Latter day Saints met to Ordain Oliver Cowdery as one of three assistants to President Joseph Smith Jr..

During this event, some pretty amazing stuff was revealed that I am going to commentary about in this post.

Over the years, as I have searched the scriptures and the history of the church, I have found it to be absolutely astounding how much incredible information has been made available to historians during the last for four generations, and yet the significance and meaning of much of this information has remained sealed up by the Lord.

Although historians, researchers and authors have acknowledged and referenced much of this raw historical data in books and papers, they have largely been oblivious to what it all means because the Lord has previously sealed up the meaning of this information from us. It is only in recent times that the Lord God appears to be taking the partial blindness off of Israel and opening up the meaning behind much of the historical details that has always been available to researchers.

Because of this, it is now possible to create an understandable timeline of what really happened during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

The title of the “notes” taken in the handwriting of Oliver Cowdery is:

Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 December 1834

I will be quoting some, but not all of the above mentioned text. Those that would like to read the entire document for greater context, or simply check the accuracy of the quotations I provide, to a copy of the original source, are encouraged to view  the online transcript that is available at the Joseph Smith Papers website.

In this commentary we will document that exactly 3 1/2 years to the day, after the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood at the Morley Farm Conference, the Lord placed both the leaders of the church and the members of the church under CONDEMNATION and told them that they needed to have a REFORMATION IN ALL THINGS. This revelation was clearly documented at the time, and eventually entered into the official history of the church, but never canonized in the D&C.

Below is a snippet from the revelation:

“Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things..”

The pronouncement of condemnation upon the leaders of the church was not a new thing. In September of 1832, (D&C 84:54-58) the Lord had declared that the leaders of the church had brought the whole church under condemnation because of their vanity and unbelief. The main difference between the two revelatory rebukes, was that the revelation in 1834 was a second rebuke, requiring a reformation of all things. In my opinion, the declaration that there must be a reformation in all things can only mean one of two things (or both);

1- All things within the church had become totally corrupt through transgression and therefore the church need to repent, reform, and return to the original gospel that had initially been revealed.

or

2- Because of extenuating circumstances having to do with the transgression of the church and the breaking of the New and Everlasting Covenant, an intercession was taking place the necessitated the introduction of ancient laws and statutes. This would bring about a priesthood reformation. This might account for the declaration that Joseph would be making about how the Lord had revealed to him that “Something new must be done for the salvation of the church”.

It is my contention that the three and a half year period, from the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood until this revelation was given, is very significant and that it fulfills prophecies in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.

It marks the time period during which the “Church of God” came out of the wilderness of darkness and struggled to establish the kingdom of God on the earth, (see the conditional prophecy in D&C 103:5-8) but ultimately fled back into the wilderness of darkness. It marks the period of time that the Gentiles received and then rejected the fulness of the gospel/priesthood.

The Book of Daniel informs us that following this brief emergence of the Kingdom of God on earth, the “horn” would “make war with the saints and prevail against them until the Ancient of days” returns to the earth. At that time, the true saints will possess the kingdom. (Daniel 7:21-22)

In this historical document that we are going to dissect, we shall observe what I consider to be definitive revelatory proof (for those who are being taught by the spirit as they read the scriptures and history provided herein) that the appearance of Christ and three ministering angels to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, as detailed in section 110, was a true historical event and that it had been foretold in the blessing of Oliver Cowdery as well as in a revelation to… well, more on that later in this post..

This definitive proof  is provided in the inspired ordination of Oliver Cowdery, given by Joseph Smith a little over a year before the event documented in section 110 took place.

In this revelatory ordination it was declared by the spirit of prophecy that Oliver Cowdery would eventually

1. hear the voice of the Lord
2. receive ministering angels
3. have the blessings of Abraham bestowed upon him

Those three prophetic petitions represent a summary of what happened a little over a year later, on April 3 1836

At that particular time in the history of the church, the focus had been on Christ’s atonement and the fulness of the Gospel. Nothing was being said about receiving the blessings of Abraham. Indeed, the emergence of “patriarchal blessings” and the emphasis on tracing lineal priesthood right, did not take place until after the Gentiles rejected the fulness.

The very first patriarchal blessing that Joseph Smith Sr. gave would not take place until a few days after this ordination of Oliver Cowdery which takes place at the culmination of the 3 1/2 year period, hence, the concept of receiving blessings and priesthood ordinations relative to or stemming from one’s Abrahamic lineage was a relatively foreign concept at the time. I will demonstrate in the post that the blessings of Abraham were now becoming significant at this point in time because the church was experiencing a secret change of priesthood administration. Although the facts were all made public, few people understood the significance of the changes taking place. The prophetic events related thereto completely changed the trajectory of the church. More on that later.

The following article speaks to the fact that God’s promise to Abraham that his posterity would bless the nations of the world in the latter days is not fully explained in the Bible, yet it is revealed in the Book of Abraham. The article documents how the Book of Abraham provides the missing explanation of the prophecy that would provide the interpretive keys to understanding what the “dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham” really was referring to,  in section 110. Bottom-line: Contextual proof that the Book of Abraham is authentic and true

Reading Abraham While God Winks

Hence, it is really quite unlikely and quite remarkable that, at the time of the final rejection of the fulness of the gospel, and the official condemnation of the leaders and members of the church, the Lord is foretelling that the blessings of Abraham will be bestowed upon Oliver, so that another preparatory ministry and gathering could take place during the “little season” prior to the redemption of Zion.

Obviously all three of the above listed events from the blessing mentioned in Oliver Cowdery’s ordination took place a about a year later during the vision that took place behind the veil in the Kirtland Temple.

In this post, exact quotes from the above mentioned historical document will be provided in bold maroon to help the reader distinguish between my commentary and the historical document. When I provide supporting historical documentation or scripture, it will usually be in bold black text .

 “Friday Evening, December 5, 1834.  According to the direction of the Holy Spirit, Pr[e]s ident Smith,assistant Presidents, [Sidney] Rigdon and [Frederick G.] Williams, assembled for the  purpose of ordaining<first> High Counsellor [Oliver] Cowdery to the office of assistant  President of the High and Holy Priesthood in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints.

It is necessary, for the special benefit of the reader, that he be instructed <into, or> con cerning the power and authority of the above named Priesthood.

First. The office of the President is to preside over the whole Chu[r]ch; to be  considered as at the head; to receive revelations for the Church; to be a Seer, and Revelator <and Prophet—> having all the gifts of God:— having taking <Moses> for an ensample. Which is the office and station of the above President Smith, according to the calling of God, and the ordination which he has received.

Second. The office of Assistant President is to assist in presiding  over the whole chu[r]ch, and to officiate in the abscence of the President, accor ding to their<his> rank and appointment, viz: President Cowdery, first; Pres ident Rigdon Second, and President Williams Third, as they <were> are sev erally called. The office of this Priesthood is also to act as Spokesman—taking  Aaron for an ensample.

The virtue of this the <above> Priesthood is to hold the keys of the kingdom of heaven,  or the Church militant.”

The notes continue on to explain that the delay in ordaining president Cowdery to this office and call was due to his attendance in Zion while helping William W. Phelps conduct the church printing business. This is why presidents Rigdon and Williams were apparently ordained prior to Oliver Cowdery even though Oliver was the first assistant to the President called. Nevertheless, it appears that presidents Rigdona and Williams were given similar blessings to Oliver’s following Oliver’s ordination.

For those wondering how Oliver could be called to the above office in the above mentioned priesthood, now that the fulness had been cumulatively rejected by the Saints, let me point out two significant details.

First- less than a week prior to this meeting, Joseph and Oliver Cowdery had privately united together and entered into the “covenant of tithing [consecration]” for the “continuance of [priesthood] blessings“. Hence, even though the church had cumulatively broken the covenant of consecration contained in the law of the gospel (D&C 42), Joseph and Oliver -entered into the covenant jointly in what appears to be some kind of intercession that would enable gospel blessings from the priesthood to continue on until the temple was completed and the “acceptable offering” of the “sons of Levi” could be fully consummated.

Secondly- It needs to be pointed out that the particular priesthood office being addressed in this particular ordination was to the “office of assistant  President of the High and Holy Priesthood in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints.” That is not necessarily the same high and holy priesthood of the church of God.

Notice the use of the new name of the church. Notice that the terms “Church of Christ” and “Church of God” that had previously been used in revelation by the Lord, had been discarded. This is because the Lord had taken His name out of the name of the restored church because of the breaking of the consecration covenant. This event took place in a special conference that had previously taken place on May 3 1834.

One of the amazing things we learn from the plat of the city of Zion that Joseph produced in 1833, is that there is a multiplicity of priesthood callings and offices that are not commonly understood or talked about.

It is apparent in reading the Old Testament that the Levitical priesthood had the office of “high priest” that was not the same office of “high priest” that function after the order of Melchizedek.

This fact is further verified in Joseph Smith’s Zion plat. In it, there were 24 separate temples and numerous pulpits with priesthood  designations on them. One of them was:

House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and Holy Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek

and another was:

“House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and Holy Priesthood, after the Order of Aaron”

As you can see, the Melchizedek and Aaronic orders both had the office of “high priest

One needs to be aware of these things and pay close attention to the wording being used as one studies the history of the church in order to get the story behind the story.

I have preciously pointed out in other posts that the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham in 1836, at the time when the saints were expecting the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times, represented a huge change in trajectory.

It was at that time that the saints were anticipating the high priests to be endowed with power from on high so that the gospel could be taken to the world in power for the last time, culminating in the redemption of Zion. But that clearly did not take place. No missionaries went forth in power directly after the eight days during which dedications, petitions behind the veil, the solemn assembly, and finally the secret visitation took place.

Instead, the church was shell shocked and seemed to go into somewhat of a tail spin. Months went by without the gospel going forth for the last time in power, as described in section one of the Doctrine and Covenants. Shortly after that, Joseph Smith announced that “Something new must be done for the salvation of the church“. At that point, Joseph Smith began making preparations for establishing foreign missions, under the direction of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles, for the purpose of taking the “knowledge” of the fulness of the gospel to the “house of Israel” (This was fulfilling the prophecy of Christ in 3 Nephi 16.)

Strangely enough, a third revelation of condemnation, specifically censuring the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had  been received on November 3 1835. This caused the following declaration from Joseph Smith to the Twelve Apostles as they were getting ready for the temple solemn assembly

“the endowment you are so anxious about you cannot comprehend now, nor could Gabriel explain it to the understanding of your dark minds”

Clearly, the Quorum of the Twelve was in a state of apostasy going into the eight day temple ritual and the fact that they continued to be in apostasy from then throughout the establishment of foreign missions is evidenced by a multitude of historical evidences. But few were more powerful than the fact that Thomas B. Marsh, the president of the quorum, asked Joseph to petition the Lord in behalf of his wayward brethren. In the revelatory response that was given July 23, 1827, the Lord commanded Marsh to “pray for thy brethren of the Twelve. Admonish them sharply for my names sake, and let them be admonished in their sins, and be ye faithful before me unto my name. And after their temptations and much tribulation, behold I the Lord will feel after them..”

Shortly after that revelation in response to President Marsh’s petition, March apostatized and lost his place in the Quorum.

Continuing on in the commentary at hand, the explanatory narrative within the notes written by Oliver Cowdery regarding the events relating to his ordination in 1834 informs us that an angel had previously promised that Oliver would be ordained to that calling:

“.. but that this promise [or Ordaining Oliver to the Presidency of the High Priesthood] was  made by the angel while in company with President Smith, at the time they recievd  the office of the lesser priesthood.”

This is really quite a remarkable declaration. It is just one more proof that there is a distinction between the two lineal priesthood endowments involving angels in 1829, and the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood in 1831. Furthermore, the priesthood ordination that Oliver was being given in 1834 may have been something other than what one might suppose.

There are two possible ways to interpret the above snippet and the historical narrative regarding the restoration of priesthood from John the Baptist and from Peter, James and John.

Some historians have speculated that there was no visit from Peter James and John, and that Joseph and Oliver’s ordination to the office of Elder in the church back in those early years represented the office of Elder in the Aaronic priesthood, not Melchizedek priesthood.

This is clearly a possibility.

However, in previous posts I have challenged this interpretation and offered another one.

My contention is that while John the Baptist bestowed priesthood “keys” pertaining to the Aaronic priesthood, Peter James and John were simply ordaining Joseph and Oliver to the office of elder in the “Abrahamic”, otherwise referred to as “patriarchal”  priesthood that they already held by virtue of their lineage. (See Joseph’s discourse detailing the fact that there are three categories of priesthood, not two)

Since the patriarchal priesthood of Abraham is inherited according to lineage, it did not need to be restored or bestowed, only a church office within that priesthood would need to be “bestowed” through “ordination”.

There are accounts regarding the ordination of elder wherein only one angel (singular) was doing the ordaining, instead of three. That is consistent with the above snippet.

Additionally, in previous posts, I have provided another obscure historical tidbit that also supports my above contention. I offer it again below. When Joseph Smith dictated his first attempt at a personal history in 1832 he made these remarks:

“A History of the life of Joseph Smith Jr an account of his marvilous experience and of all the mighty acts which he doeth in the name of Jesus Christ the son of the living God of whom he beareth record and also an account of the rise of the church of Christ in the eve of time according as the Lord brought forth and established by his hand firstly he receiving the testimony from on high

[The first vision]

secondly the ministering of Angels

[Moroni -Book of Mormon plates]

thirdly the reception of the holy Priesthood by the ministring of Angels to adminster the letter of the Gospel – the Law and commandments as they were given unto him – and the ordinencs

[Clearly referencing priesthood reception from more than just John the Baptist (Peter, James and John) ],

forthly a confirmation and reception of the high Priesthood after the holy order of the son of the living God power and ordinence from on high to preach the Gospel in the administration and demonstration of the spirit the Kees of the Kingdom of God confered upon him

[clearly referencing the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood according to the voice of God from heaven at the Morley Farm]

and the continuation of the blessings of God to him &c”

The above account, demonstrates that more than one ministering angel was involved in the bestowing of priesthood keys and’or offices in or about 1829. Interestingly, the first priesthood administers the “letter of the law” (law and commandments), while the next lineal priesthood has the authority to administer the saving ordinances.

These first two priesthoods are separate and distinct from each other and also separate and distinct from the final priesthood and which is described as the “holy order of the son of the living God” and the “power and ordinence from on high to preach the Gospel in the administration and demonstration of the spirit the Kees of the Kingdom of God” 

Interestingly, some critics of the restoration have claimed that Joseph Smith never mentioned the reception of the priesthood from John the Baptist and Peter, James and John until 1836 or after, yet we have just seen one account written in 1832 and one in 1834.

Continuing on with the examination of this document and associated event. Joseph gives an account of the revelatory rebuke that the Lord gave them just before Oliver is ordained. Notice the preliminary characterization that is offered to guide the mind of the reader:

“After this short explanation, we now proceed to give an account of the  acts, promises, and blessings of this memorable Evening:

First. After assembling, we received a rebuke for our former low,  uncultivated, and disrespectful manner of communication, and salutation, with, and unto each other, by the voice of the Spirit, saying unto us:

‘Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things, in your ensamples  before the Chuch, and before the world, in all your manners, habits and customs,  and salutations one toward another—rendering unto every man the respect  due the office,and calling, and priesthood, whereunto I the Lord have appointed and ordained you. Amen.'”

Ok, I am now going to take issue with how Joseph Smith (or Oliver, who ever is responsible for constructing these notes) re-frames the contextual content of the revelation before he even reveals what the revelation says.

The official narrative ( which I am assuming was dictated or at least approved by Joseph Smith ) appears to reduce the short revelation of censure to a rebuke for the fact that the leaders and members of the church were not treating the Lord’s appointed leaders of the church with the proper respect due them in their office, callings and priesthood..

I strongly disagree with Joseph’s simplified assessment of the Lord’s chastisement and I will provide my reasons later in this post.

Directly following the recital of the revelation, the narrative declares, Joseph and his associates rejoiced at the fact that they were reproofed because they repented and reformed in every particular, according to the instruction given:

“It is only necessary to say, relative to the foregoing reproof and  instruction, that, though it was given in sharpness, it occasioned gladness and joy, and we were willing to repent and reform, in every particular, according to the instruction given. It is also proper to remark,  that after the reproof was given, we all confessed, voluntarily, that such  had been the manifestations of the Spirit a long times  since; in consequence of which the rebuke came with greater sharpness.

Not thinking to evade the truth, or excuse, in order to escape censure,  but to give proper information, a few remarks relative to the situation  of the chu[r]ch previous to this date, is necessary. Many, on hearing the fulness  of the gospel, embraced it with eagerness; <yet,> at the same time were unwilling  to forego their former opinions and notions relative to church government, and  the rules and habits proper for the good order, harmony, peace, and beauty of  a people destined, with the protecting care of the Lord, to be an ensample and  light of the world.

Frankly, I think the above narrative, does in fact represent the evading of the truth and an attempt to escape the full censure that was being proffered. More on that later, continuing on:

They did not dispise government; but there was a disposition to organize that government according to their own notions, or feelings. For example: Every man must be subjected <to> wear a particular fashioned coat, hat, or other garment, or else an accusation was brought  that we were fashioning after the world. Every one must be called by  their given name, without respecting the office or ordinance to  which they had been called: Thus, President Smith was called Joseph, or broth er Joseph; President Rigdon, brother Sidney, or Sidney, &c.

This manner of  address gave occasion to the enemies of the truth, and was a means  of bringing reproach upon the Cause of God. But in consequence of former prejudices, the church, many of them, would not submit to proper and wholesome order. This proceeded from a spirit of enthusiasm, and  vain ambition—a desire to compel others to come to certain rules, not  dictated by the will of the Lord; or a jealous fear, that, were men called by thier respective titles, and the ordinance of heaven honored in  a proper manner, some were in a way to be exalted above others, and their form  of government disregarded.”

If I understand Joseph’s commentary above, a major part of the problem is that some of the Saints did not want to show special reverence and honor to those called to priesthood positions by addressing them as “president Rigdon” or “president Smith”  instead of just “Sidney” or “Joseph”. Frankly, I sympathize with those that felt it was wrong to show priesthood “class distinction” because there had been several warnings from the Lord about how people were not to excel one above another.

Notice how the Lord, after addressing the fact that each man is to teach others according to the “office” they have been appointed, is to esteem his brother as himself!

“But, verily I say unto you, teach one another according to the office wherewith I have appointed you;
And let every man esteem his brother as himself, and practise virtue and holiness before me.
And again I say unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself.”

No matter what your calling is, or isn’t, everyone is to be esteemed by each other equally!

Notice the following rebuke to William W. Phelps who seemed to want to excel, possibly because of his priesthood appointment:

“And also let my servant William W. Phelps stand in the office to which I have appointed him, and receive his inheritance in the land; And also he hath need to repent, for I, the Lord, am not well pleased with him, for he seeketh to excel, and he is not sufficiently meek before me.”

In section 78 The Lord gives a specific commandment regarding the “organization” of his people by the High Priests regulating the affairs of the storehouse. In it he stresses that his people must be equal in all earthly and heavenly things:

“THE Lord spake unto Joseph Smith, Jun., saying: Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, who are ordained unto the high priesthood of my church, who have assembled yourselves together;
2 And listen to the counsel of him who has ordained you from on high, who shall speak in your ears the words of wisdom, that salvation may be unto you in that thing which you have presented before me, saith the Lord God.
3 For verily I say unto you, the time has come, and is now at hand; and behold, and lo, it must needs be that there be an organization of my people, in regulating and establishing the affairs of the storehouse for the poor of my people, both in this place and in the land of Zion—
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”

The importance of showing equality among all of the saints is consistent with section 76 wherein we are informed that all members of the church of the firstborn are “equal in power, and in might, and in dominion.”

In section 101 we are informed that one of the problems experienced by the original high priests is that “ there were jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances.

I find it hard to believe that class distinction in priesthood callings did not play into the contentions and envyings and jealousies that took place.

Previous to that revelation the Lord had identified jealousies and fears as the primary reasons that the high priests were not seeing the face of God as expected.

“And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.”

Certainly the jealousies experienced were at least partly related to the spiritual class distinction that takes place when some priests begin claiming Pentecostal experiences and others cannot make the same claims. Ordinations to specific callings in addition to their ordination as a High priest, also no doubt caused jealousies.

I am not disagreeing with what the Lord is saying, I am dissagreeing with the interpretation being offered by Joseph Smith. Yes we should treat the appointed leaders with the proper respect. But should we not treat he or her that is least in the kingdom with the exact same respect?

Clearly it is important to treat leaders with support and respect. One of the problems that the church had just experienced, had to do with the high priests in Zion, and the high priests in Kirtland being publicly critical of each other and speaking disrespectfully of each other and making accusations. We have covered that in a previous post. That clearly did prejudice the non-Mormons against the latter day work.

My concern is that Joseph’s summation of the revelation minimized, if not overlooked, the obvious fact that the Saints had just failed to live the everlasting covenant of consecration that they had entered into. Yes, disrespecting appointed leaders was one of many problems, but hardly the only one. And calling leaders by their titles was hardly the main problem in my opinion.

Opening the Door to Prophet Worship

It appears to me as if Joseph and his brethren may have misinterpreted what the Lord was saying and that by emphasizing the exaltation of leadership positions, it created a problem with regard to the terrible plight of “prophet worship” that the church has been plagued with from that time onward to the present time. I have noticed that contemporary general authorities of the apostate church love to take snippets of the above revelation and Joseph’s interpretation to really emphasize how important it is to call authorities by their proper titles, etc.

The act of the entire congregation standing in humble reverence when the president of the apostate church walks into a ward meeting is an abomination in the site of God. I doubt that Joseph Smith would have allowed such a pompous vanity to exist even in his darkest hours.

Frankly, Joseph’s interpretation of the revelation kind of reminds me of when the Lord commanded Moses to provide water for the thirsting Israelites by striking the rock. Following that, Moses was supposed to “sanctify the Lord” (give all credit and glory to the Lord). Since Moses did not do exactly as instructed and since he took credit for the act himself, encouraging the children of Israel to put their faith in the arm of flesh, he was prevented from crossing the river and had to die.

Of course we know the story behind the story. Moses was simply acting out his role as an intercessory offering and that is why he committed the sin. The sins of the people had been put upon him.

Is it possible that this event marks the same intercessory spot in Joseph’s intercessory role?

I disagree with the supposition that the condemnation of the church had to do primarily with the fact that the saints were not calling leaders by their priesthood titles. I doubt Jesus referred to Nephi as Elder Nephi or President Nephi after giving him authority and I doubt Nephi addressed his brethren of the Twelve that way either.

I think the condemnation had more to do with how the saints refused to obeyed the word of the Lord coming through the appointed leaders. That, in my opinion, is the root of the problem and what the Lord was angry about.

Let’s analyse the prophetic rebuke.

I believe there are basically three separate, though related, major points being made and that the third point does not represent the full explanation of the first two points, but rather it is simply a related sub-topics of the first topic:

1. Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church:

2. And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things,

3.  in your ensamples  before the Chuch, and before the world, in all your manners, habits and customs,  and salutations one toward another—rendering unto every man the respect  due the office,and calling, and priesthood, whereunto I the Lord have appointed and ordained you. Amen.'”

The major point of the rebuke is that the entire church had been condemned.

The second point is that the church now needed to reform in all things.

Finally, as a sub-category of points #1 & 2, the Lord noted that the Saints had not been showing the proper respect for their appointed leaders by virtue of the fact that the saints were not obeying the commandments of God coming through the leaders.

Let me point out a chronological keyword sequence that provides context to the declaration that the saints need to have a reformation.

prophetic Sequence #1

In March of 1829 (BoC Chapter 4) The Lord gave a revelation in which he prophesied that after the church was restored, they would need to have a reformation and that if they failed at the reformation, he would deliver them over to Satan:  “if the people harden not their hearts ..I will work a [future] reformation…

Prophetic Sequence #2

Then, as demonstrated in this historical document that we are reviewing, on December 5th 1834,, exactly 3 1/2 years after the fulness was restored to the earth, the Lord declares that the entire church is condemned and must have a reformation in all things: Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things,

Prophetic Sequence #3

Interestingly, in July 16th 1843, (WofJS pg 232-3) two years after Hyrum had been ordained to act in concert with Joseph as the presiding High Priest of the church,  Joseph publicly announced that he would no longer prophesy for the church, leaving Hyrum as the sole president of the church. He then publicly declared that “Hyrum held the office of prophet & he was going to have a reformation”. This is really quite amazing because it shows that Joseph was still very much aware of the rebuke and warning that the Lord had given to the entire church back in 1834. The first thing Hyrum did at that point is to go around with two other presiding officers of the church and try to stamp out polygamy. Sadly, Hyrum was converted to polygamy through the efforts of Brigham Young, but the attempt to have a reformation did not end with Hyrum’s attempt.

Prophetic Sequence #4

Finally, on June 7 1844, William Law published the Nauvoo Expositor in which he exposed Joseph’s involvement in polygamy and he invited the church to have a REFORMATION. The prospectus of the paper stated:

“It Is intended to be the organ of the Reformed Mormon Chnrch

The following snippet is taken from the text of the paper:

“Many of us have^sought a reformation in the church, without a public exposition of the- enormities of crimes practiced by its leaders, thinking that if they would hearken to counsel, and sew fruit meet for repentance  it would be as acceptable with God, as though they were exposed to public gaze..”

The Need for Reformation was systemic

As we can see from the four part chronological keyword sequence of the reformation of the church, the scolding of the Lord given in 1834 had been prophesied way back in 1829. The rebuke in the 1834 revelation was much more severe than simply chastising the saints for not acknowledging the priesthood titles of those that had been ordained to lead the church.

Since readers of this analysis are probably mortified that I seem to be criticizing Joseph’s characterization of the rebuke from the Lord, let me remind you of the book of Mormon’s expanded translation of Isaiah 29:10

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

As you can see, the latter day prophets and seers (like Joseph, Oliver and Sidney) stumble because the Saints reject their warnings, declarations and commandments that the Lord utters through them.

The five part sequence of Joseph Smith’s ministry that I have been documenting since 2008 clearly demonstrates that it is at this time in the history of the church (at the end of the 3 1/2 year period) that the eyes of the seers are being covered.

Why?

Because the saints had rejected the prophets!

That is the real point the Lord was making when he said that the saints would not submit to proper order! The saints did not show due respect to Joseph, Sidney and Oliver by virtue of the fact that they did not obey the commandments given through them!

They broke the everlasting covenant! (See Isaiah 24)

“But in consequence of former prejudices, the church, many of them, would not submit to proper and wholesome order”

For even greater context from which to interpret the Lords rebuke, here is a brief chronology of events that took place within a year leading up to the revelation, showing how the Church had struggled:

April 23rd 1834 (Section 104) “the covenants [had been] broken through transgression”

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” Note how this document being reviewed refers to the church as the “Church of the Latter day Saints”

June 22 1834 section 105 The Lord informs the Saints that they must wait for little season of chastisement and learning before the redemption of Zion can take place

June 23 1834 Secret revelation to Zion High Priests who will gather strength of God’s house in the 3rd watch.

November 29 1834 Covenant of tithing for the continuance of blessings

Those events culminated in the final revelation of condemnation:

December 5 1834 The Saints and Leaders of the Church are condemned and need a reformation in all things

As you can see, a contextual reading of the 1834 condemnation, in view of the above summary of events leading up to the condemnation, makes it pretty obvious that the condemnation and call for reformation in all things is caused by much more that showing respect for the “titles” of authorities and the other misc things mentioned in the text being analyzed.

Ok.. I will suspend my rant for now while we continue reviewing the amazing piece of church history:

“After addressing the throne of mercy, President Smith laid hands up on High Counsellor Cowdery, and ordained him to the Presidency of the High priesthood in the Church, saying:

Brother, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was crucified for  the sins of the world, that we through the virtue of his blood might come to the Father, I lay my hands upon thy head, and ordain thee a President of the high and  holy priesthood, to assist in presiding over the Chu[r]ch, and bearing the keys of this kingdom—which priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek—which is after the order of the Son of God—

And now, O Father, wilt thou bless this thy servant  with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding— give him, by the Holy Spirit,  a correct understanding of thy doctrine, laws, and will— commune with  him from on high—

let him hear thy voice, and recieve the ministries ministring  of the holy angels

deliver him from temptation, and the power of  darkness— deliver him from evil, and from those who may seek his destruction, — be his shield, his buckler, and his great reward— endow him with power from on  high, that he may write, preach, and proclaim the gospel to his fellowmen in demonstration of the Spirit and of power— may his feet never slide— may his  heart never feint— may his faith never fail.

Bestow upon him the blessings of his fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and of Joseph

Prolong his  life to a good old age, and bring him in peace to his end, and to rejoice with  thy saints, even the sanctified, in the celestial kingdom; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Oh my gosh… I feel it coming on…

Unbe-freakin-lievable !

There is the preliminary petition foretelling what was going to happen on April 3 1834

1. hear the voice of the Lord
2. receive ministering angels
3. have the blessings of Abraham bestowed upon him

But it gets even better.

Since the Lord is revealing through Joseph Smith’s ordination of Oliver Cowdery that the event in Section 110 is going to be taking place, lets search the revelations being given at about this time to see if there are any other prophecies that foretell the upcoming event documented in Section 110, wherein the Lord secretly comes to his temple as a thief in the night.

Notice section 106 given on November 25 1834, just days before this ordination takes place

“And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night— Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light, and that day shall not overtake you as a thief.”

Oh my gosh… I feel it coming on again…

Unbe-freakin-lievable !

There it is. The Lord is warning the saints that the coming of the Lord is nigh and that it would result in ushering in a new “day” that the world would be virtually unaware of.

But what about the Saints of the restoration?

Would the saints be aware of it?

Only if they took heed and gird up their loins.

The Lord had previously declared that the drop dead date for the redemption of Zion would be on or before September 11th of 1836. ( see D&C 64:21) He had informed the Saints that at that time in history, it was called “today”, but once the Son of man comes, it would be a new day:

Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing [consecration] of my people; for he that is tithed [consecrated] shall not be burned at his coming.” (D&C 64:23)

He also declared that “if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called today.

This explains why the anticipated missionary work by the High Priests that were to be endowed with power from on high and take the gospel to the nations for the last time, never took place after the Kirtland Temple Solemn Assembly, as anticipated. The final endowment did not come at the appointed time and a new day was secretly ushered during the eight days of the Kirtland Temple dedictation and acceptation period.  The window of time for that work had ended.

Shortly thereafter Joseph would declare that “something new must be done for the salvation of the church“.

Up until the secret coming of the Lord to the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith had been encouraging the Saints that had been scattered from Jackson County to relocate to places close by Jackson for the sole purpose of redeeming Zion at the up coming appointed time in September 1836. Understandably, Joseph quit talking about that strategy once the secret coming of the Lord took place as a thief in the night. He knew that the bridegroom had tarried with regard to the appoint meeting with the virgins and that they would not enter the chamber at that time. It would need to take place in the 3rd watch. Nevertheless, the Lord came suddenly to his temple as promised.

In 1830, shortly after the formal establishment of the church, the Lord had declared:

“I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God; wherefore, gird up your loins and I will suddenly come to my temple. Even so. Amen.”

The Lord had warned the saints about 13 times that “I come Quickly“. Most of those pronouncements appear to have been referring to the secret coming during the second watch. One of them clearly had reference to his coming as a thief in the night during the third watch.

in section 51 he said-

“Verily, I say unto you, I am Jesus Christ, who cometh quickly, in an hour you think not. Even so. Amen.”

He repeated this warning again in section 133:

“HEARKEN, O ye people of my church, saith the Lord your God, and hear the word of the Lord concerning you—
The Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple; the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you.”

Those declarations were paraphrasing Malachi 3:1.

The prophecy has a dual fulfillment. Once in the 2nd watch and once in the 3rd watch.

The Lord knew the Saints of that generation would cumulatively not be aware of his secret appearance.

Clearly he did come, after the expected time of his coming during the Solemn Assembly, and before the anticipated September 11th deadline. It happened “suddenly”, and “quickly”. in an hour that he was not expected.

Most Mormons erroneously associate the declaration in Section 106, that the Lord’s coming was “nigh” with the Lord’s coming in glory , which has yet to take place four generations later. Therefore they suffer from cognitive dissonance and take modern revelation lightly since it appears to them as if the prophecy about Christ’s eminent return was unfulfilled.

But clearly this revelation documented in section 106 was not speaking about Christ’s coming in glory wherein the whole world sees it and tries to run for cover from the wrath of God, this is referring to the second of three separate and distinct secretative comings as a thief in the night. Those passages are clearly foretelling the secret appearance of Christ to Joseph and Oliver behind the veil at the Kirtland Temple.

But wait..

It gets even better.

While the revelation documented in section 86, that the Lord’s coming was nigh, was to eventually be made public and canonized in 1835, for the benefit and warning of the whole church, it was, nevertheless being directed specifically to one certain High Priest who was being informed about this secret coming of the Lord.

This High Priest is one of the very few personalities in modern revelation that received praise from the Lord rather than just admonition or even chastisement.

He was informed that he had been the cause of “joy in heaven” because he “bowed” to the “scepter” and separated himself from the “crafts” of men.

He was told that he was “blessed” and that the Lord would have “mercy” on him.

He was promised that he would receive “Grace” and “have assurance wherewith he may stand“.

He was promised that if he would continue to be a “faithful witness” to the “church“, a “crown” had been prepared for him.

Who was this faithful witness that section 106 we addressed to?

In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall ever word be established

The scriptures inform us that in the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word shall be established. In the case of of the Lord’s coming in secret, as a thief in the night, Joseph and Oliver were the primary witnesses. They were obviously commanded to keep the vision and related prophecy as secret. Yet the Lord wanted future generations to know about the astounding event and thus he had Joseph and Oliver document this event in a church historical journal. It appears the Lord wanted a third independent witness hear the testimony of Joseph and Oliver and write it down above his own name, documenting that he knew of this incredible secret event.

The Lord had Joseph and Oliver dictate this experience to a scribe as he wrote the experience down, prividing three witnesses that the event took place. Following that, there is no historical evident to suggest that any of these three faithful witnesses ever publicly revealed what had taken place.

That person that wrote down the narrative that has become section 110, was Warren Cowdery, Oliver’s brother.

with that in mind, look who section 106 is being addressed to.

1 IT is my will that my servant Warren A. Cowdery should be appointed and ordained a presiding high priest over my church, in the land of Freedom and the regions round about;
2 And should preach my everlasting gospel, and lift up his voice and warn the people, not only in his own place, but in the adjoining counties;
3 And devote his whole time to this high and holy calling, which I now give unto him, seeking diligently the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, and all things necessary shall be added thereunto; for the laborer is worthy of his hire.

“And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night— Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light, and that day shall not overtake you as a thief.”

And again, verily I say unto you, there was joy in heaven when my servant Warren bowed to my scepter, and separated himself from the crafts of men; [referring to Warrens repentance of his participation of Masonry]
7 Therefore, blessed is my servant Warren, for I will have mercy on him; and, notwithstanding the vanity of his heart, I will lift him up inasmuch as he will humble himself before me.
8 And I will give him grace and assurance wherewith he may stand; and if he continue to be a faithful witness and a light unto the church I have prepared a crown for him in the mansions of my Father. Even so. Amen.”

The High Priest was none other than Warren Cowdery.

He was the faithful witness.

Oh my gosh… I feel it coming on again…

Unbe-freakin-lievable !

Is it a coincidence that the Lord told Warren Cowdery that the coming of the Lord was nigh at hand and that it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night.. then admonished Warren to watch for it and continue being a faithful witness.. and then, when the historical document of the secret visit of the Lord is found years later, it is none other than Warren Cowery that had written the account down!

Woe unto those that question and mock the veracity of section 110 and question the motives and integrity of Warren Cowdery as the scribe thereof.  Ye, wo unto those that deny the revelations of God.

Ok…. I need to self medicate and go to bed. The excitement of doing this commentary has exhausted me. It has been so exhilarating and edifying.

I  hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

I will now wrap things up.

The narrative ends with the following statement

Much light was communicated to our minds, and we were instructed into  the order of the church of the saints, and how they ought to conduct in re specting and reverencing each other. The praise of men, or the honor of this world,  is of no benefit; but if a man is respected in his calling, and considered to be  a man of righteousness, the truth may have an influence, many times, by which  means they may teach the gospel with success, and lead men into the kingdom  of heaven. [p. 19]

This concludes my commentary of the  “Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 December 1834

The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

The historical details and cryptic revelations that have befuddled historians and authors for generations are beginning to make sense because of God’s mercy and because he is now beginning to take away our partial blindness.

The secret history of Mormonism is coming into the light.

The last great restoration and marvelous work is beginning to be ushered in.

The children of light are soon to be gathered.

Zion will soon be redeemed.

Praise God for the mercy he is showing us.

 

 

 


Notable Emails Part 9 “My number one desire right now is to protect my wife and honor her tender feelings about the gospel as she understands it.”

February 25, 2015

Posts 4 & 5 in this series that contained JL’s emails really hit a nerve with some people.  I got this response from an Aussie friend we will call “RA”

“Hey brother

Loved the latest post with JL’s email. 

It could have EASILY been my own…right down to the jots and tittles!”

Another response came from a scientist living back east that I met through this blog back in 2008:

“I like this guy….he is a kindred spirit.

When I read his e-mails, it takes me back a few years….I can superimpose his thoughts/feelings right on top of what mine were back then.

And that’s how the truth should be — constant, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Yet the truth can set you free as well as destroy you. It’s not what you’re given in life that matters, but what you do with what you are given. 

I remember not sleeping for 72 hours straight just to get through all your posts, then sending you bold questions because I wanted bold answers.

Thanks, again. 

“NEPT”

I hope to be sharing some past correspondence that I have had with  NEPT through the years, if I can find the emails. Sadly, I have had two computer melt downs during the last several years and lost much of my correspondence.

“I Would Like to Connect with JL”

I thought it was interesting that three different people specifically contacted me to get contact information for JL. With two of them, it seemed to be motivated by JL’s amazingly compassionate response to his dear wife who believes differently than him. Apparently they are experiencing a similar challenge with their spouse or children. They would love to connect with someone having that same experience.

Heres are a few snippets from these three guys:

“RT” put in these comments in the about section of my blog:

“I like this JL fella that you have written about recently.

If he is in Utah I would like to reach out to him, as he sounds like a like-minded truth seeker.

Maybe we could do lunch. With his permission, can you put me in touch with him?

Thank you

RT”

I also heard from a reader for the first time who told me about his journey of awakening. Here are a few snippets from a rather long email that he sent-

“My name is “SN and I’m a recovering “mormonoholic”. I’ve been sober going on three years and it feels good. Although sometimes I have felt all alone, especially in the beginning of my awakening. However, about a year ago I shared a few things with my younger brother who is also a fellow “drunkard” from the tribe of Ephraim trying to get dry. Haha, that’s funny Isaiah, we don’t even drink :) and he has been a nice support.

I stumbled upon your blog back in late 2011 and have been a “religious” reader ever since. ..

..Your post Sunday February 15 which I read during gospel doctrine :) did more than just reveal an email. I related so well with JL and thought, “wouldn’t that be cool if I could connect with other recovering “mormonoholics” and provide support for one another…

..Enough rambling. My wife has always been my best friend of 20 years. But the last three years have been hard on our marriage. There have been other factors including taking care of sick parents but I believe at the heart of it is our views on the gospel and the LDS Church have differed.

It’s difficult to confide in your closest confidant only to be met with skepticism and worry that you’ve lost it. (JL, I empathize with you and your wife). You want so bad for them to see it, but they refuse to look. I know I have become too cynical toward LDS corporate, but it’s hard not to once you realize you’ve been deceived all those years.

I believe my own cynicism caused my wife to put up walls. I know the Lord has a timetable for the “awakening” of each of his children and I’m learning patience. The good news is, after 3 years my wife is “softening” to some if these “heretic” views :))).

“Watcher”, your blog has been a tremendous help to me in my awakening. Thank you…

..Please pass my information on to JL and let him know I would love to connect with him should he choose to. I know I could use somebody to lean on once in a while and maybe he feels the same?

Take care

“SR”

Lastly, here is an email I got from a guy we will call “ME”. He first contacted me last summer while I was camping in Nauvoo with my son. He has done some extensive research on the law of consecration that I have previously shared on this blog. Here is what he had to say:

“Watcher,I have not corresponded with you in some time, although I have continued to receive updates on your blog through email, and I always look forward to reading them.
I feel prompted to reach out to you in email once again. And here’s why:
In a couple of your last posts, you shared your email correspondence with “JL” and I was very intrigued.I could relate to much that he said about his journey towards truth.
I think all truth seekers could.
But what really resonated with me was his heartbreaking story about how his exciting new discoveries were received by those closest to him.
Over the last couple years, I have also tried to share the wonderful news of the “true gospel” with some of those that are dear to me, including my wife and my parents (who are all mainstream Mormons with full blinders on), and it has pretty much backfired, just as JL described.
In fact, I was just starting to wonder what was wrong with me, the messenger, and then you shared these posts recently. And I read those words in JL’s email,Only God can truly prepare a person to understand these truths.”And as hard as it is to admit the truth in those words, they did put my mind at ease.I realized that maybe I truly am not a horrible messenger, but rather the message itself is just too pure to be received by anyone except those who are truly prepared by the Lord.The reason I say that those words, albeit comforting, are hard to swallow, is because I am not a patient person. I know this and God knows this. I am so excited about these truths, and I want those around me to also be excited about them. Right now! Not tomorrow, but now! Why can’t they just see? It’s so clear to me now. It’s right there in the scriptures. COME ON PEOPLE! Wake up, already! Open your eyes! Etc, etc, etc. Do you sense my lack of patience yet?

Anyway, I’ll get to the main point here. I am trying to develop more patience, especially when it comes to my wife.

I have to let the Lord work with her when she is ready.

But where this difficult task has been compounded that much more, is in regards to our children. And JL made brief reference to this in his email, but he didn’t expound on it.

I am contacting you because I was wondering if you would be willing to contact JL through email and ask him if I could correspond with him personally, either through email, or even on the phone. If he is willing to do so, I give you permission to give him my email.

Watcher, I do have concern for my wife, and I want dearly for her eyes to be opened. But like JL mentioned about his wife, I know that my wife is one of the kindest and most wonderful Christ-like people out there. So I have all faith that some day she will truly see. BUT, it is my kids that I am currently most concerned about. I know how hard it can be for someone to realize these sacred truths once they have been sucked into the vortex of “Follow the Prophet” and “I Love to See the Temple”. For the majority of my life, I also lived with blinders on, so I know.

Like you mentioned in your last post, it is almost easier to talk to someone who has lost their faith completely, or nearly completely, then to reason with a mainstream true believing mormon. In fact, of those few that are close to me that I have shared these truths with, they have been the most warmly received by one who used to be a TBM that now claims to be an atheist. Go figure.

Anyway, I would love to talk with JL and ask him further questions about how he, and his wife, are dealing with raising their children when their ideas regarding these most important things vary greatly.

Needless to say, it has become a great concern for my wife and myself.

I’m sure you realize how lucky you are that Mrs. Watcher’s eyes were opened at the same time yours were. You truly are blessed in this way! I don’t know exactly why the Lord works with individuals at different times, to help them see. I’m sure there are many different reasons. But I think that for a couple to “wake up” at the same time, partially irrespective of each other, must be something of a miracle…

Anyway, sorry for the length of this email.

As always, God Bless you for your efforts to help others also “wake up”.”

 
Ok…
JL’s email obviously hit a nerve with those five guys. Some of them are dealing with the heartbreak of not being able to share one of the greatest epiphanies of their spiritual life with their most valued and beloved companion at this time.
I happen to know from previous correspondence with others that there are some gals following this blog that have the same problem with their husbands. Clearly there are a LOT of people who are waking up and anxiously waiting for their soul mate to wake up.
 
This is a difficult time to live in because those who currently believe and are waking up, are scattered, and longing for community, and one’s spouse does not always wake up at the same time, and it is not easy to meet and make contact with fellow believers. Ddd to that the exquisitely painful experience of having to keep this glorious information locked up inside instead of sharing it with this lifes companion is unspeakable.
 
(BTW I have contacted JL and told him I would be willing to provide the contact info for those that want to contact him if he wants it. I have not heard back from him yet. I suspect this is a very tender and sensitive time for him where he needs to exercise prudence, as he is trying to protect the feelings of his dear wife right now and it may not be the best time for him to be meeting with others that believe like him)
Sanctifying the unbelieving Spouse
I love how the apostle Paul stated that the unbelieving husband (or wife) is sanctified by the believing wive (or husband).What am amazing declaration from Paul!
JL’s words keep ringing in my ears:“My number one desire right now is to protect my wife and honor her tender feelings about the gospel as she understands it.”JL has chosen to be a protector of his wife instead of a criticizer or a stumbling block.Incredible.

The is the role of the High Priest in Israel and also the role of the family patriarch and matriarch… providing protection for those you love during their time of probation. In some cases the best protection is to teach the truth if it is their time, in other cases, simply loving them and supporting them is the best way to protect them.

I think we don’t even get what the spiritual dynamics are that are involved in the prayers and patience that a person offers up in behalf of their spouse, child, parent, friend, etc.

Perhaps true Charity is in sometimes not sharing the fulness of the Gospel until the appointed time.

As I have been pondering the ramifications of the intercessory atonement statute and how some of the great prophets like Moses and Samuel and Joseph Smith have interceded on behalf of their people, it has led me to the an interesting study regarding the role of the high priest, and how the high priest was required to go into the holy of holies each year and offer up an atonement offering in behalf of his congregation.

Not only is that typological of the great atonement of Christ, and the temporal intercessory intercessions of people like Moses and Joseph, it is probably typological of what the gospel of Jesus Christ requires of each of us with regard to our fellow man.

What an amazing concept it is for one person to intercede in behalf of another person or persons, as the best form of protection is provided for them.

The concept of intercession is remarkable and it shows up in many different forms.

The following admonition of Joseph Smith which he made during his dark days in Nauvoo when people were beginning to accuse him of being a false prophet is somewhat intriguing because he makes a veiled intercessionary statement about taking those who do not accuse him of sin into heaven as his “backload”:

“I charged the Saints not to follow the example of the adversary in accusing the brethren, and said, “If you do not accuse each other, God will not accuse you. If you have no accuser you will enter heaven, and if you will follow the revelations and instructions which God gives you through me, I will take you into heaven as my back load. If you will not accuse me, I will not accuse you. If you will throw a cloak of charity over my sins, I will over yours—for charity covereth a multitude of sins. (Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols. 4:445)

Lately I have been expanding my atonement statute thesis ( atonement statute final 6 UPDATED ) to include additional supporting documentation from the other standard works regarding the role of Joseph Smith. Originally it only had prophesies from the Old Testament in it because I wanted to prove that the prophetic profile of Joseph Smith can easily be documented in the Bible without the aid of the Book of Mormon or the D&C, however, I have now added a huge amount of additional supporting information, primarily from the D&C.

During this research I was reminded about the intercession protection that the “servant” provides to apostate latter day Israel in the following passage contained in the allegory in Jacob 5

“And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all.  What could I have done more for my vineyard? 

But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer.

And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard.

Wherefore, let us take of the branches of these which I have planted in the nethermost parts of my vineyard, and let us graft them into the tree from whence they came; and let us pluck from the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter, and graft in the natural branches of the tree in the stead thereof. 

And this will I do that the tree may not perish, that, perhaps, I may preserve unto myself the roots thereof for mine own purpose.

And, behold, the roots of the natural branches of the tree which I planted whithersoever I would are yet alive; wherefore, that I may preserve them also for mine own purpose, I will take of the branches of this tree, and I will graft them in unto them.  

Yea, I will graft in unto them the branches of their mother tree, that I may preserve the roots also unto mine own self, that when they shall be sufficiently strong perhaps they may bring forth good fruit unto me, and I may yet have glory in the fruit of my vineyard.”

Jacob 5:49-54

I stand in awe of the doctrine of intercession and protection.
I think JL has set an incredible exsample for us about how we need to patiently protect and intercede for our spouse and other loved ones as they are striving to understand the gospel to the best of their ability.

Notable Emails Part 8 “Who are the Jews and Gentiles?

February 24, 2015

I just recently got the following email:

“Dear One who is watching, I need some help.  Who are the Jews and Gentiles? 

What I have been taught… A) we separate them based on lineage, i.e. Christ was a Jew  or B) I hear a lot in church them separated by members and non-member?????? 

I just want to know when I am reading the book of Mormon who is who? 

I have tried to read your post on this subject a number of times, but I just get so confused. Is there a simple way to understand who the Lord is speaking to (me, them, the LDS church, the non Lds members) or how I can better understand this as I read?? 

My mind is so mucked up from growing up LDS, any help would be awesome!!!! 

Thanks you so much for time and help, 

“A”

 

“A”, It really can be confusing…

The Book of Mormon refers to the native Americans as “Jews”, “House of Israel”, Nephites, Lamanites, etc.., while referring to the American pilgrims from England that settled in America and their decendents, the American settlers that accepted the gospel at the time of Joseph Smith’s early ministry, as “Gentiles”. However, what many Mormons don’t realize is that Christ makes reference to those LDS converts that would migrate to Nauvoo from oversees, after the early Kirtland years, as the “House of Israel”. Few people catch that because they don’t understand the prophecy given by Christ in 3 Nephi 16 .

Most of the prophecies in the book of Mormon about the problems with the restored gentile church are referring to the restored Gentile church at the time of Joseph Smith’s ministry. They are not referring to those of us living four generations later. For instance in Mormon 8, when the Gentiles are reprimanded for transfiguring the holy word of God and of polluting the Holy Church of God, it is the Kirtland Saints living during Joseph Smith’s ministry that is being referred to, not us. The holy Church of God has not been on the earth during our life time. It has not been on the earth for four generations.  The term “Holy Church of God” refers to the “true and living Church” that has the fulness of the gospel and priesthood.

The Holy Church of God Fled back into the Wilderness

The timeline chart shown below illustrates that the holy Church and kingdom of God came forth out of the wilderness for 3  1/2 years, just as John the Revelator and the Book of Daniel prophesied that it would. Following that, the Saints would be overcome until the ancient of days returns.

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The 3 1/2 year period that the fulness would be offered and ultimately rejected by the Saints, began in June of 1831 when the fulness of priesthood was restored at the Morley Farm and 23 high priests were called by the voice of God out of heaven. It then fled back into the wilderness as soon as the saints cumulatively broke the everlasting covenant as foretold in Isaiah 24.

Exactly 3 1/2 years after the Melchizedek priesthood was restored at the Morley Farm, the Lord gave a revelation declaring that the saints and their leaders were under condemnation and needed to have a reformation in ALL THINGS. Shortly after that, the Lord announced that the covenant of consecration had been broken and that the Saints must wait for a little season to live the law of Zion and the heavens began to close.

Contrary to what LDS apologists tell us about the heretical teachings that infiltrated the church during the Nauvoo  period, that contradicted the early teachings during the revelatory period during the early Kirtland years, Joseph was not more illuminated and revelatory in Nauvoo. The eyes of the seers were being covered just as Isaiah had prophesied. Progressive revelation builds upon and complements previous revelation, it does not contradict it.

Brigham Young’s use of the term Gentiles

Further complicating things for Mormon’s trying to make sense out of all of this Jew and Gentile lingo, is the fact that Brigham Young referred to non-members of the church categorically as “Gentiles” and members of the church categorically as Israel, which is not congruent with how the terms are used in the Book of Mormon.

Christ  informs us in 3rd Nephi 16, that many white Caucasian people that migrated to America after 1836, and after the Gentile church rejected the fulness of the Gospel, were actually referred to as the “House of Israel”

They actually represent different tribes from the House of Israel than most of those Caucasian settlers in America prior to that time.

The Kingdoms of Judah and Israel = Jews and Gentiles

To provide a little broader context for the use of these terms and for better understanding the prophecy in 3rd Nephi, I am going to need to get into a little bit of history.

BTW I believe the Lord intended this topic to be confusing so that prophecy can take place.

You see, there is a reason why most latter days saints don’t really understand who they are, because in order for things to play out they way they are going to, these people need to be oblivious to the fact that most of the major last days prophecies about “Jerusalem” and “Babylon” are going to take place in America, not the Old World. Because of this, they will not understand the prophetic events that are taking place around them until it is too late.

In modern revelation the word Babylon is used about nine times. Sometimes it is referring to spiritual Babylon which is a perverse and pervasive worldwide spiritual sickness that worldly people have, other times it is referring to a geographical area referred to in other scriptures as Babylon the Great, which the elect are commanded to flee from at the appointed time. Obviously it is not talking about the Old World. Clearly, America is the center place that is referred to in end times prophecy as Babylon the Great. America is the great latter day kingdom that pollutes and oppressess all other kingdoms and America is the most evil war mongering empire in the entire world ( which is secretly governed by the Vatican). Those that are still looking to the Old World as the Babylon of the end times simply don’t understand prophecy. And rightly so. God has covered the eyes of the people.

Historical Background of the two houses of Israel

I will not elaborate further on that, but with regard to your question, let me try to provide some background leading up to the prophecy in 3 Nephi.

Please remember that this is just my own interpretation, and I reserve the right to change my mind without notice at any time.. LOL

You will need to do your own searching to verify the truth as it is revealed to you.

Anciently there was the kingdom of Israel which included all of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Eventually the kingdom split into two kingdoms after the death of Solomon. They were called the “kingdom of Judah” (2 1/2 tribes) and the “Kingdom of Israel”. (the remaining tribes)

During Old Testament times, the kingdom of Judah sinned and God dispersed them among the nations but they retained their tribal identity.

They later gathered back to the Old World Jerusalem and reconstituted their tribal kingdom prior to New Testament times. These are the Jews Christ dealt with during His ministry in the meridian of time

The Kingdom of Israel also sinned and was cast out of the Lord’s sight during Old Testament times, mingling among the gentile nations. Unlike the remnants of the kingdom of Judah, they did lose their tribal identity and they did not reconstitute their kingdom like the Jews did..

After the Jews rejected Christ during the meridian of time, they were once again “destroyed” as a kingdom and “dispersed” and  “scattered among the nations”.

The scriptures (and Joseph Smith) referred to these two tribal divisions of the original house of Israel as the “the outcasts of Israel” (kingdom of Israel) and “the dispersed of Judah” (Kingdom of Judah)

In modern times the remnants of the ancient kingdom of Israel (outcasts of Israel) are generally referred to “gentiles” because they have been scattered among them and have mingled their seed with them. Many of these gentiles ended up in America prior to the LDS restoration. There are generally two classifications of Gentiles according to the book of Mormon, 1) the believing Gentiles and

2) the unbelieving Gentiles.

Avraham Gileadi has written excellent articles talking about the “gentiles from the house of Israel“. He points out that the believing gentiles actually originated from the house of Israel but then mingled among the gentile nations, losing their tribal identity).

The book of Mormon reminds us that as many of the Geniles as believe, are the covenant people of the Lord:

“For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the covenant people of the Lord.”

The kingdom of Judah (Jews) in the New Testament were scattered after they rejected Christ. At this time, they also finally lost their tribal identity, just as the kingdom of Israel did., Nevertheless, it appears as if they have largely reproduced within their tribal heritage which enables them to continue being referred to as the “Jews” and the “House of Israel”. They are white and delightsome and look like the Gentiles, but they are clueless about their tribal heritage.. The scriptures still refer to them as the “Jews” and as the “house of Israel” or variations thereof even in these modern times..

The Real Jews Begin to Believe Before Being Gathered

The Book of Mormon informs us that the Jews will begin to believe before they are gathered in the last days. This is one of many reasons we know that those unbelieving folks that have gathered to the Old World Jerusalem, claiming to be Jews, are not the Jews spoken of in prophecy.

When the LDS restoration movement began, most of the American settlers that responded to the call of the restored Gospel during the Kirtland era, were “Gentiles” even though they originate from the kingdom of Israel. Hence the Lord revealed in February of 1834 (D&C 103) that these gentiles saints of the restoration were the latter day Children of Israel:

For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham

In section 109, the Lord referred to Joseph Smith and the first elders of the church as the “sons of Jacob

“That from among all these, thy servants, the sons of Jacob, may gather out the righteous to build a holy city to thy name, as thou hast commanded them.”

But in the same section, he also acknowledged that they are “Identified with the Gentiles” or called, gentiles, because their tribal ancestors had been mingled among the nations:

“Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles.”

The Secret Re-establishment of the House of David and Judah

In that same dedicatory prayer, an amazing thing took place that has largely remained a secret to this very day.

An intercessory prayer was offered up by Joseph and others petitioning that “Jerusalem” (referring to the scattered remnants of the kingdom of Judah would begin to be redeemed from their scattered condition and that the yoke of bondage would “begin” to be broken off of the  “house of David”, and that the “children of Judah” would begin to return to the lands of the Abrahamic land covenant (America)

We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed; And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David; And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

The above passages have nothing to do with the land of Jerusalem in the Old World or with the Ashkenazi Jews that are claiming the Old World Jerusalem as the lands of their inheritance. The smokescreen gathering that took place in the Old World in 1948 that was financed by the Rockafellers, did not begin in 1836. Nothing happened “from that very hour” in the Old World..

What was happening from that very hour was the restoration of the keys of gathering followed by the establishment of foreign missions to take the message of the gospel to the remnants of the House of David and the Children of Judah and to gather them to the land of America that God had promised as the Abrahamic land covenant land to ALL of the tribes of Israel.

The Secret Prophecy and Vision

In fulfillment of the secret petition documented in section 109, the Lord secretly appeared to Joseph and Oliver on the eighth day after the dedicatory prayer and accepted the temple, followed by angelic messengers who secretly ushered in the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, which opened up the way for the petition in the dedicatory prayer to be fulfilled. Additionally, Joseph and Oliver were given the keys of the gathering of Israel by Moses so that the scattered remnants of the ancient kingdom of Judah could “begin” to believe, and to gather.  (one of the trademarks of modern Mormonism is that they only “begin” to believe. They have not been able to accept the fulness of the gospel, they can only accept a preparatory gospel)

The history of the church provides documentation that Joseph did organize the Twelve apostles and sent missionaries to Canada, and Great Britain, etc., to begin this amazing gathering of the House of David and the Children of Judah, in fulfillment to the petition offered in section 109, as well as the prophecies in the OT. This event also fulfills the prophecy of Christ in 3 Nephi 16.

Following the 1st and 8th day events that took place in the Kirtland Temple, where in the petition was offered and granted, the message was taken to those of the House of David and the Children of Judah, as well as remnants of the ancient kingdom of Israel. Many of the converts that began flowing into Nauvoo from across the ocean are remnants of the ancient kingdom of Judah as well as some of the scattered remnants from the ancient kingdom of Israel. These remnants are sometimes referred to as the “Jews” and as the “house of Israel”. (The Book of Mormon sometimes uses those two terms interchangeably)

Below I am going to break down the prophecy of Christ into three distinct historical events. The first two have taken place. The last one is about to take place.

The prophecy of Christ in 3rd Nephi details this exact sequence: 

Part 1- The Gentiles Reject the fulness that is offered for 3 1/2 years between June 1831 and December of 1834

“And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles (Latter day restored church of Christ) shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.

Part 2- The “knowledge” of the fulness of the gospel is taken from the Gentiles to the House House of Israel: Joseph Smith declares that the Lord has revealed to him that “Something new must be done for the salvation of the Church”. He then established foreign missions to take the “knowledge of the gospel” to the “Outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah”. Thousands of converts began flowing into Nauvoo and eventually to Utah. Following the succession crisis, the Jewish members of the Church overtook the leadership positions of the church and the Gentiles no longer had priesthood power over the remnants of Judah. The kingdom of Judah was secretly re-established in the last days and is now disguised as the C_u_ch   o_   J_s_s   C_r_s_   o_  l_t_e_ d_y  S_i_ts.

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

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

Part 3- In the third watch, the original servants of God will return and repent at the conclusion of the acceptable atonement offering. The fulness of the gospel will then be restored and the dispensation of the fulness of times and the Marvelous work will be ushered in and the righteous and repentant among both houses of Israel during the last four generations will be reunited in fulfillment of prophecy.

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

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Notable Emails Part 7 “My eyes have been opened”
Notable Emails Part 6: “Can anyone tell me anything about this blog?… This guy seems to have some new ideas I’ve never heard before using the scriptures to back his views.
Notable Emails Part 5: “the truths that both you and I hold so dear …are things that cannot be taught they can only be revealed.”
Notable Emails- Part 4 “I have now caught the spirit of watching along with you and others.”
Notable Emails- Part 3 “Have you ever read ‘Letter to a CES Director?’” Yes… and it has strengthened my testimony!
Notable Emails- Part 2: “Readers deserve to know if you truly are a heretic or just a faithful divergent thinker”
Notable Emails Part 1- Mormon Missionary: “I too am watching”

Notable Emails Part 7 “My eyes have been opened”

February 22, 2015

On October 7th of last year I got the following comment on my blog by a fellow that calls himself “T”:

Watcher

My eyes have been opened.

I have read through almost everything you have written here and have delved headlong into the scriptures as a result.

The insight provided by the Atonement Statute and JS’s intercessory offering explain so much.

The Spirit has testified to my soul of the truthfulness. Thank You…

I am now watching.

Feel free to respond directly by email.”

Following that I did contact him and we chatted for a while by email. Shortly after that, I got the following email from him:

“Hi Watcher: 

The more I study the more compelled I feel to start writing things down.  

I am considering starting a blog. 

I have two sons who have left the church and as I have fed them tidbits of information that I have discovered they have asked me start a blog. 

 I am wondering if you care that I use the title “One Who Is Searching”.   

It is obviously close to your One Who Is Watching.  My purpose is to direct them and others to the scriptures but perhaps in a more succinct manner than you have done in the past. 

 In a way this can be another witness of the many awesome truths that I am becoming aware of.   

Thanks be to God and thanks to you for your diligent searching and sharing. If you would rather that I title it something else, I am totally OK with that too.

Let me know, 

“T”

My response was as follows:

Sounds great to me.

When his blog posts began being published I was totally blown away.

It is certainly no secret that I am not a gifted writer and besides not being able to spell very well or construct an intelligible sentence, I am really long winded. People have been known to fall asleep, pass out,  go on vacation, or go into a comma while reading some of my shorter articles on doctrine. During New Testament times the Saints would have fallen out of windows and died during one of my long  windedf pontifications.

He wasn’t kidding when he said he was going to direct people to the scriptures in a “ succinct manner!” 

 What a breath of fresh air it is to read a well written, compelling post that is short and to the point!

As an added bonus, this guy is not crass and vulgar as I sometimes tend to be. He also doesn’t struggle with the ego like I do. There is no picking doctrinal fights with those that disagree, petty name calling, mudslinging, or whining about what other bloggers are teaching in his posts. He does not throw tantrums or go off onto tangents and forget what his post was supposed to be about. He just states the facts and moves on. And yet, he does call a spade a spade.

He has already written six posts and he has not cussed one time!

While I feel a little humiliated that he writes so much better than I do, I am, nevertheless, so excited to have his voice and his testimony out there that I feel like breaking out in song!

Imagine that, “Onewhoiswatching.. the Musical

I know that some of you have friends that are ready to wake up but you are too embarrassed to refer them to my blog because you don’t want to offend their sensitivities or put at risk the milk of human kindness that flows through their veins. But now you finally have a G rated blog that you can feel good about sending people to.

If you know people that are waking up, that would be blessed by some of the basic truth concepts documented by the word of God, presented in a classy, tasteful, well written manner, brimming with testimony, please do them a favor and refer them to T’s new blog.

Here are the topics he has covered thus far. I know this blog will be a blessing to many people as it has been to me.

 

I can’t wait for his next post.

Praise God

 

 

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Notable Emails Part 6: “Can anyone tell me anything about this blog?… This guy seems to have some new ideas I’ve never heard before using the scriptures to back his views.
Notable Emails Part 5: “the truths that both you and I hold so dear …are things that cannot be taught they can only be revealed.”
Notable Emails- Part 4 “I have now caught the spirit of watching along with you and others.”
Notable Emails- Part 3 “Have you ever read ‘Letter to a CES Director?’” Yes… and it has strengthened my testimony!
Notable Emails- Part 2: “Readers deserve to know if you truly are a heretic or just a faithful divergent thinker”
Notable Emails Part 1- Mormon Missionary: “I too am watching”

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