http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/victory-the-arch-from-the-temple-of-baal-planned-for-new-york-city-has-been-canceledApril 12, 2016
We are scarcely a few days past the real end of the much celebrated Shemitah year and into the beginning of the real Jubilee year (April 6) and some incredible things are taking place.
One of them is the biggest leak in journalistic history, posting 11.5 million documents online and providing “rare insights into a world that can only exist in the shadows.” It reveals secret financial transactions of hundreds politicians and celebrities in tax havens Panama. One politician has already resigned as a result of these disclosures.
Interestingly, none of the corrupt western politicians were exposed for hiding their immense wealth in secret offshore accounts. Some are claiming that the Clinton Foundation might be behind this leak.
With the outrage this may bring among the masses, this conveniently provides one more reason for the PTB to generate societal buy-in to usher in an entirely new financial system that will be promoted as being “more equitable and transparent”.
Although this latest leak dwarfs the information being leaked by Edward Snowden, the Snowden leak continues to reveal fascinating things, such as the fact that there are creatures living inside the earth. We seem to be entering into the era where hidden things are being brought to light..
Increase in Possession, Exorcism and Occult Activity
There have also been numerous youtubes and articles talking about the increase in occult activity and demon possession and the rise in exorcisms. Is it a coincidence that all of these things are now emerging at this time?
The Temple of Baal
It has been announced that a digital version of the Temple of Baal will be erected at Times Square in New York and Trafalgar Square London this month in April of 2016. This is apparently being accomplished using the worlds largest 3D printer. I am not sure if this will be done in conjunction with a hologram or not. Some suspect that supernatural forces will be at play instead of just our worldly technology.
It is difficult to believe this is not joke done in poor taste but apparently it is not.
It is no coincidence that the two places that these replicas are first being erected are New York and London, the two financial centers of the world. The completion of the Devil’s kingdom on earth and the placing of the capstone on the pyramid will usher in a new currency. Our modern day fiat currencies are an integral part of Satan’s occult system that rules the world, however the Book of Revelation informs us that eventually a mark will be given to all those that worship the beast and that only those with the mark will be able to buy or sell. Those who have not been gathered out before the system is completely implemented can look forward to participating in a shit storm of Biblical proportions.
They plan on eventually placing about 1,000 of these temples of Baal all over the globe. It appears that the group doing this is under the United Nations and they are doing it under the guise of cultural and historical appreciation for World Heritage Week or some such nonsense.
The pagan god Baal which is just another Old Testament name for Lucifer is mentioned several times in the Old Testament including the time when Elijah challenged the false prophets of Baal. Since the timing of this event coincides with the return of Elijah the Prophet, it appears that another contest between the forces of good and evil is about to take place? We have come full circle.
The Feast of Molech and the Blood Sacrifice of the Beast
In a day in age where it is illegal and politically incorrect to place the ten commandments or a statue of Christ on public property, the PTB unabashedly will be putting these pagan temples everywhere.
There are conflicting reports about the start date of this event but it appears that it begins this month on April 19th which is associated with the “Feast of Molech“. This event ends on May 1st which is the occult holy day of Beltane. The 19th of April to the 1st day of May represents the 13 day period known as the “Blood Sacrifice of the Beast“.
All of this corresponds to an annual event held by many of the perverse economic and political leaders of this nation at the Bohemian Grove wherein they set up a pagan statue and offer up sacrifices to it..
Some believe that the temple of Baal will open a portal, perhaps even the very gates of hell, through which entities from beneath the earth will emerge. Some claim this temple and associated ceremonies will initiate the resurrection of Baal to take his rightful place as the god of this physical world in physical form. It is rumored that the relatively new Jesuit Pope has announced his plans to retire in 2016 which begs the question of whether his upcoming resignation is to give his seat to the Beast that will be arriving.
Some prophecy enthusiasts have pointed out that the later part of April, from the 16th to the 19th is an ominous time period in history when several terrorist events have taken place.
Those desiring to research what is being said by those who are watching the prophetic events take place before our very eyes regarding the temples of Baal that are emerging, can simply google the topic and do some keyword searches on youtube. I am providing two random youtubes on the topic below:
Probably as a result of the global public outcry from Christians around the world, it has been announced that the Temple of Baal project has been canceled… however, on the same date and place in London, they will be doing the same thing with the “Arch of Trumph”
The Arch of Triumph was erected during the rule and under the direction of Septimius Severus who is known for his persecution of Christians who did not worship the emperor and his gods. It may be that the ultimate result will be the same and yet, the fact that this abomination will only be taking place in London and not the US may be very significant.
Climate Change Agreement
Another interesting event that will be taking place this April is that a record number of more than 130 countries will sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change at a ceremony at UN headquarters on 22 April, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Official representatives of the have UN have stated that the signing ceremony is the first step in ensuring that the agreement enters into force as soon as possible. It will take effect 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the secretary general.
Are Major Prophecies About to Be Fulfilled?
When I first heard about the Temple of Baal replicas, and now, the Arch of Triumph, there were several prophetic passages of scripture that came to mind. One of them was-
“But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judæa flee to the mountains..” Mark 13:14
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast and take the mark should be killed. Revelation 13:15
Is it possible that the emergence of this ancient Roman landmark could actually initiate or in some way be associated with the final emergence of the Anti-Christ spoken of in scripture?
Clearly we live in interesting times.
I have no idea if this upcoming event is just a preliminary warm up for the great events mentioned in the scriptures or if this is the actual start of one of the big events mentioned in prophecy.
I do think we are much further into the events of the end times than most believers realize.
My gut tells me this event that begins this month is only a type or a preliminary event to many of the end times prophecies because we still need to see the completion of the President Elect prophecy as contained in section 124 which will possibly be played out in this coming election. Nevertheless, it appears that things are going to begin moving pretty swiftly from this point on.
Prophetic Landmarks From the May 12th Discourse
The reason that the final ushering in of Satan’s kingdom is so significant from a prophetic timeline point of view is that the Prophet Joseph Smith gave a sermon on May 12th, 1844 in which he declared that God and Satan would usher in their final kingdoms on earth at about the same time!
In the sermon, Joseph translated Matthew 24 from a German Bible to make some very important clarifications about the events of the end times.
“I shall read the 24th. ch of Matthew and give it a litteral rendering and reading, and when it is rightly understood it will be edifying (he then read & translated it from the German) I thought the very oddity of its rendering would be edifying any how–“
One of the interesting interpretive inflections that Joseph revealed is as follows:
“The Kingdom must preached be to a witness over all Nation People.” “preached to a man who should be a witness to all people, is the meaning of the text.”
As you can see, the translation Joseph was providing differed from how the King James translation reads. First the gospel was to be preached to a person and then, eventually, that person would stand as a witness to all people! Joseph was that person who first received the fulness of the Gospel during the 1831 to 1834 time period.
Although the entire church eventually fell under condemnation necessitating him to offer up an intercessary atonement, the foundation for a future and final restoration to take place in which Joseph would return as God’s final witness when the gospel goes forth into all the world for the last time.
He then stands as a witness over the world. This is very consistent with the unusual emphasis that modern revelation puts on the role of Joseph Smith in Sections 21 and 109 which we have recently reviewed in a previous post. Without an understanding of the intecession that Joseph was ordained to provide, those sections of scripture make Mormonism look like a cult in the eyes of Biblical Christians.
Another snippet of Joseph’s discourse from one of the dairies has Joseph declaring that-
“The Savior said, when those tribulations should take place, it should be committed to a man, who should be a witness over the whole world, the keys of knowledge, power, and revelations, should be revealed to a witness who should hold the testimony to the world..”
Joseph then followed up that observation by identifying himself as the last prophet that would stand as a witness over the nations. He notes that the keys of the mysteries had been given to him as evidenced by his history of digging up hidden mysteries to reveal to his hearers. He was giving this sermon at a time when many of his followers were saying he no longer had right to the keys of the kingdom:
“..it has always been my province to dig up hidden mysteries, new things, for my hearers– just at the time when some men think that I have no right to the keys of the Priesthood just at that time, I have the greatest right–“
In this sermon Joseph was revealing some amazing mysteries about how the final restoration would take place at a future time under his direction. It appears as if Joseph was referring to the mysteries he was unfolding in the sermon as proof that he still held the keys of the kingdom.
The above declaration had to do with the fact that people were claiming Joseph Smith no longer held the keys of the kingdom. These accusations had to do in part, with the fact that the heavens had closed shortly after the saints arrived in Nauvoo. Section 124 given in 1841 was the last major revelation of record. Following that, Joseph was no longer bringing forth revelation for the church. Just one year before this sermon Joseph had declared that he would no longer prophesy for the church and that his brother Hyrum who had been called in 1841 to be a co-president of the church, was now the sole prophet of the church.
In this sermon Joseph also responded to the accusations by some that were calling him a fallen prophet.
apostate enemies say that I have been a true prophet–& I had rather be a fallen true prophet, than a false prophet..”
What a curious response!
Instead of denying that he was a fallen prophet, he pointed out that it was better to be a “true fallen prophet” than a “false prophet”.
That declaration must have shocked some of his listeners because Joseph was not necessarily denying the accusation.
He seemed to be acknowledging that he may be a fallen true prophet. But he was pointing out that there is a profound distinction between a true prophet that temporarily falls, as opposed to a false prophet that has never truly prophesied and brought forth the word of God.
One has to wonder if Joseph is alluding to his role as an intercessor who temporarily falls because the sins of apostate latter day Israel are placed upon him.
In this sermon Joseph pointed out that the kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the Devil would emerge at the same time when the last great work comes forth:
“..in relation to the Kingdom of God–the devil always sets up his Kingdom at the very same time in opposition to God”
That is why I find the attempt to erect a Temples of Baal in Times Square this month very fascinating. If that attempt really involved the intent having to do with the resurrection of Baal to physically rule over his earthly kingdom, then it is a sign that God’s Kingdom is also getting ready to come forth. According to Joseph, God and his servant return to the vineyard at about the same time that Satan’s places the final capstone on his earthly kingdom. For those that don’t think that Lucifer manifest himself in physical form on this earth during the end times, the eventual physical resurrection of Lucifer is clearly documented in Isaiah 14.
Following the above declaration Joseph spoke of the grand council in heaven and how he had been ordained to his office in that council:
“..every man who has a calling to minister to the Inhabitants of the world, was ordained to that very purpose in the grand Council of Heaven before this world was–I suppose that I was ordained to this very office in that grand Council–“
In the sermon Joseph again identifies himself as having a future role in setting up the kingdom that Daniel prophesied about. Keep in mind that the kingdom had been restored a decade earlier through Joseph Smith and yet Joseph was speaking in 1842 about his role in a future event that would bring for the kingdom of God on earth:
“I calculate to be one of the Instruments of setting up the Kingdom of Daniel, by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world--“
Clearly Joseph is alluding to the fact that the kingdom of God that he had previously in instrumental in bringing forth, had fled back into the wilderness and would need to come forth at a later time.
In the sermon, Joseph lists many of the signs of the times mentioned in Matthew 24, that are taking place right now, including the “distress of nations” that is currently taking place. Some of this distress is being caused by weather. Some by technology. Some events are causing a huge displacement of refugees seeking another place to live. In turn, the influx of these people into other cultures is further distressing the nations and resulting in a partial fulfillment of another prophecy in Micah that speaks of the Lord’s servant who shall “be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land.” No doubt the distress of nations also has to do with terrorists.
In this May 12th 1844 sermon Joseph infers that he is going to be the angel that John the Revelator had seen flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach to the world :
I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ–John the Revelator saw an angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c. the Scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress, judgments, &c are ready to be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth–John saw the angel having the holy Priesthood who should preach the everlasting gospel to all nations,–God had an angel, a special messenger, ordained, & prepared for that purpose in the last days–
After identifying himself as the angelic messenger who would return with the “holy priesthood” to preach the “everlasting gospel” and help roll out the kingdom of God that Daniel prophesied about, Joseph prophesied that there would be believers in the LDS restoration movement that would oppose him and God when they return to the vineyard.
Woe! Woe! be to that man, or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his Witness in these last days.–for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones–
There are already many false teachers and prophets among us that ignore the countless scriptural evidences that Joseph is coming back. Some of these are institutional prophets while others are leaders of offshoots. Some are teaching that Joseph cannot finish the calling that he was ordained to do and that someone other than Joseph must finish the work he left unfinished. According to Isaiah 49, Joseph’s initial attempt at gathering Zion fails but he is eventually successful in gathering Israel.
According to the above sermon, if these false prophets and teachers do not repent, they will be among the false prophets and teachers mentioned in the New Testament that will play an integral role in deceiving almost the very elect. Joseph is revealing exactly why these false prophets are so dangerous to other souls. In the words of Joseph Smith, “Woe Woe” unto these false prophets.
In part two of this series we shall review the amazing prophecy of Isaiah in which he was shown how the kingdom of God would be birthed when it comes forth for the final time. He sees an anomaly in the birthing process that clearly differentiates itself from the previous birth of the kingdom during Joseph Smith’s ministry. It causes him to exclaim “Who Hath Heard Such a Thing?”
Finally, in part three of this series, we shall review some amazing prophecies that seem to indicate that God and His servant may have already returned to the vineyard and that the servant is about to make himself known. At that time another record will come forth and a great test will once again take place.
Those who have treasured up the word of God and have taken the Holy Spirit as their Guide will not be deceived.
Are you watching?
[Editorial Note: During the last session of LDS General Conference Elder Bednar gave a talk titled “Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins”. It was a remarkable and refreshing departure from the traditional conference talk. In it he refrained from using emotionalism and from telling shallow stories mingled with quotes from secular poets and philosophers.
He spoke about King Benjamin and quoted many scriptures and spoke of the importance of becoming a new creature in Christ. Much of the content of his talk about the importance of saving ordinances and retaining a remission of sins interrelates to the topic of this series. He actually spoke of the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.
Some people consider him to be the modern version of Bruce McConkie and that he is going to become the new doctrinal scholar among the brethren as the church self corrects and becomes more scripturally oriented.
I had mixed emotions as I listened to the talk. On the one hand, I was rejoicing that he was speaking on such an important topic and that he was quoting scripture.
On the other hand, I found it disconcerting that he was using scripture and some true gospel principles while making false truth claims about the authority of the modern church. As usual, he spoke of the mythical “constant companionship of the Holy Ghost” that Mormons claim to get after baptism and then they explain how to get it back when it leaves….. what is constant about the Holy Ghost if he keeps leaving and you need to keep repenting to get it back? LOL ] ( he phase, “constant companionship of the Holly Ghost” which is always used in the church, never shows up in all of scripture. A variation of the phrase shows up once in section 121 on the topic of priesthood but does not have reference to what the church claims it has reference to )
The Book of Mormon Clearly Answers Questions the Bible Does Not
Previously in this series we discussed how significant the Book of Mormon is, not only because it is a second witness of Christ with the Bible as to the birth, ministry, crucifixion and atonement of Christ, but also because it explains the Doctrine of Christ and contains the fullness of the Gospel. It provides a clear explanation of the saving principles and ordinances of the gospel and how one can be saved in the kingdom of God.
In the previous parts of this series we have presented contextual and circumstantial evidence that the Bible does not clearly document what the fulness of the gospel is. However I want to provide a few passages from 1 Nephi 13 in the Book of Mormon that pretty clearly spells it out.
“And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.” (verse 24)
As you can see, it was when the Bible first proceeded forth from the mouth of the Jew that it contained the fulness of the Gospel. It initially went forth in PURITY. (verse 25)
However, AFTER it went forth from the Jews to the Gentiles the great and abominable church “have taken away parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away. And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.” (verse 27)
“..there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book..” (verse 28)
“..because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, ye, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them.” (verse 29)
The above passages show that the Bible is deficient in clearly showing what the fulness of the gospel is.
Nevertheless, once a person becomes familiar with the plain and simple doctrine of Christ as clearly and succinctly presented in the Book of Mormon, it is possible to extract the general points of the doctrine of Christ and what the Fulness of the Gospel is from the New Testament. Those who do not have the blueprint to begin with are left to struggle with vague and conflicting New Testament passages and a less than clear declaration of what the Doctrine of Christ is.
All of the Great Controversies Answered
In addition to providing a bullet point listing of the Doctrine of Christ, the Book of Mormon answers many of the other questions that the Bible does not answer. Alexander Campbell, one of the great protestant Bible scholars and early critics of the Book of Mormon mockingly but accurately declared that:
This prophet Smith, through his stone spectacles, wrote on the plates of Nephi, in his book of Mormon, every error and almost every truth discussed in N. York for the last ten years. He decides all the great controversies – infant baptism, ordination, the trinity, regeneration, repentance, justification, the fall of man, the atonement, transubstantiation, fasting, penance, church government, religious experience, the call to the ministry, the general resurrection, eternal punishment, who may baptize, and even the question of freemasonry, republican government, and the rights of man. All these topics are repeatedly alluded to… He prophesied of all these topics, and of the apostacy [of the New Testament Church]..”
Campbell was right. The Book of Mormon does decide many of the great controversies that have plagued Protestantism. Are we foolish and naïve to think that a merciful God might provide an ancient record that clears these things up and provides a second witness of the ministry of Christ?
The Bible is essential in documenting and testifying of the life, ministry, and atonement of Christ. It provides a witness that Salvation begins with faith in Christ. Sadly, one cannot easily identify the fact that saving ordinances by servants of God having authority is also required because of the ambiguity in the current content of the Bible. It is not easy to see the complete doctrine of Christ and understand the plan of salvation from the Bible alone. The Book of Mormon provides documentation of what the Doctrine of Christ is and what the salvation protocol is.
Interestingly, one cannot obtain salvation simply from reading the Bible or the Book of Mormon and exercising faith and attempting to mimic the scriptural protocol of salvation. Salvation requires more than reading the written word. Priesthood authority is essential.
Both the New Testament and Book of Mormon verify that priesthood authority from God is required to administer the ordinances of salvation that result in the spiritual rebirth.
Book of Commandments
The Book of Commandments which was the canon of scripture for the restored Gentile “Church of Christ” documented the restoration of priesthood authority to the earth at the time of the LDS restoration movement during Joseph Smith’s ministry. It explained how priesthood authority was to be used in administering the protocol of salvation and it identified living people who had been commissioned by God to hold the priesthood keys and authority. Living priesthood holders were required to officiate in the ordinances of salvation that enable the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.
Doctrine and Covenants
Finally, the Doctrine and Covenants which was the canon of scripture for the “Church of the Latter day Saints” which was composed of both Gentiles and the House of Israel, documented the condemnation and ultimately the Rejection of the saints as a church. It Documents the fact that the highest priesthood power necessary in actuating the fullness of the Gospel was taken from the earth.
In my book and in previous posts I have endeavored to differentiate between the “Book of Commandments” and the “Doctrine and Covenants” because an understanding of this is essential in understanding the scriptures Joseph brought forth and the true history of the church. Some of those articles can be views at the following links
The Book of Commandments is composed of about 65 revelations. The earliest was received in July of 1828 and the last one was given in December of 1831 (although not all of the revelations were printed chronologically according to date.) The last revelation printed in the canon was given in September of 1831.
The last published revelation in the Book of Commandments, which is chapter 65, is published in our current D&C as Section 64. There are some significant differences between the two texts and seven additional passages are in the D&C version of it. It is claimed that part of the last revelation and possibly other revelations were not printed because of the mob that cast the Mormons out of Jackson County. I am of the belief that all things that happen are according to the divine providence and foreknowledge of God. Everything that needed to be in the Book of Commandments was in it.
Interestingly, even though the last revelation included was given in September of 1831 and the first formal conference on publishing the Book of Commandments was held in November of 1831, publishing did not begin until June of 1832!
Why is this significant?
Because numerous additional revelations were received between the time that the last revelation in the Book of Commandments was received and the date that it was published.
Some of these revelations that were intentionally excluded from the Book of Commandments but later included in the D&C are highly significant. One example would be Section 65 which reveals that the kingdom of God that had already been set up on the earth, would have to come forth at a future time.
Another would be Section 76 which contains the vision about the pre-existence and the three degrees of glory and which prophesies that Satan would make war against the saints at a future time.
The primary source for creating the Book of Commandments was the “Book of Commandments and Revelations” that had been kept. According to historical sources-
“ a committee of three individuals—William W. Phelps, Oliver Cowdery, and John Whitmer—“to review the Book of Commandmants [that is, the “Book of Commandments & Revelations,” or Revelation Book 1] & select for printing such as shall be deemed by them proper, as dictated by the Spirit & make all necessary verbal corrections.”12 The committee acted upon that instruction by both selecting and revising manuscripts, using Revelation Book 1 as their primary source text.The committee did not include all items found in Revelation Book 1; some items therein were explicitly marked for exclusion from the Book of Commandments, and some others bear no such mark but were nonetheless excluded.”
Although most of the revelations received after section 64 were not included in the Book of Commandments, the revelation now known as section 1 in the D&C was specifically included as the “preface”. It was received in November of 1831 and would have been the last revelation in the Book of Commandments chronologically by date.
When the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants was eventually published a few years later, the Lord again required Section it to be the “preface” and section 133 (which was received just 2 days after section 1), to be the “appendix” of the D&C even though it had been entirely excluded from the Book of Commandments.
I am providing this information to show how exacting and intentional the Lord was in what he was doing. Clearly, the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants were very distinct canons of scripture with differing agendas.
Differentiating the Book of Commandments from the Doctrine and Covenants
The content in the “Book of Commandments” was focused on the saving ordinances and the “Law of the Gospel” which included the law of marital monogamy and the law of consecration. It was focused on the establishment of Zion. It was addressing God’s people who had the FULNESS of Gospel/Priesthood. It provided the necessary COMMANDMENTS for them to establish Zion.
Conversely the revelations in the “Doctrine and Covenants” were modified and expanded. In conjunction with undeniable historical events, they document the apostasy and condemnation of the saints and to show that after the restored church was condemned, resulting in the name of Christ being taken out of the church, the KNOWLEDGE of the gospel going forth across the great waters to remnants of the House of Israel.
That was the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi 16 wherein he foretold that after the Gentiles reject the fullness of the Gospel, the KNOWLEDGE of the fullness would go forth from the gentiles to the House of Israel.
The Doctrine and Covenants in conjunction with the history of the church, documents the rejection of the saints as a church with their dead. Revelations from the Lord in that canon of scripture document the fact that the fulness of the gospel and the redemption of Zion would need to be postponed for a “little season” of “chastisement” until they “learn obedience”:
And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion. Zion shall be redeemed, although she is chastened for a little season.
And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.
But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them… And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer.
Hence, the primary focus of the content was to provide a knowledge of DOCTRINE and the COVENANTS that would pertain to the future restoration and rolling forth of the Kingdom of God on earth. As covered in previous posts, the “doctrine” portion of the Doctrine and Covenants was the Lectures on Faith that originally made up the first half of the Doctrine and Covenants. The revelations that followed provided essential information about the gospel COVENENTS.
Seeking the Manifestation of the Spirit Vs Trusting in the Arm of Flesh
When people experience a crisis of faith, they often end up going down one of two paths which are spoken of in scripture. The path they opt to take is determined by whether or not they desire to believe or not. Those that desire to believe, opt to search out the truthfulness of the restored gospel by searching the scriptures. God has promised that those who sincerely search the scriptures and believe them will be blessed with a manifestation of his spirit.
Those who do not desire to believe rely on the learning of other men. Modern science and the learning of mortal man becomes their god. The promise from our creator is that those that trust in the arm of flesh will be cursed.
Taking Away Their Stumbling Blocks
What skeptics of the Book of Mormon and the restoration don’t realize is that the scientific evidence against God and the restoration which appears to be so overwhelmingly compelling to the natural man, has been ordained by God.
He has allowed those stumbling blocks to be put there to test our faith. The Book of Mormon informs us that when the marvelous work begins, those that hearken to the Lamb of God will have the stumbling blocks removed:
1 And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks—
2 And harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father; yea, they shall be numbered among the house of Israel; and they shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever; they shall be no more brought down into captivity; and the house of Israel shall no more be confounded.
3 And that great pit, which hath been digged for them by that great and abominable church, which was founded by the devil and his children, that he might lead away the souls of men down to hell—yea, that great pit which hath been digged for the destruction of men shall be filled by those who digged it, unto their utter destruction, saith the Lamb of God; not the destruction of the soul, save it be the casting of it into that hell which hath no end.
I will try their Faith
The reason that scientific stumbling blocks exist is to test our faith. They force the candidate to choose between spiritual validation from the word of God and the manifestation of the spirit vs what the five senses and modern science are confirming, as the skeptic analyzes the natural world around us. It is important to remember that Satan is the God of this world and that things of this world are not always as they appear as we wrestle with the powers of darkness in the unseen world.
God often offers greater knowledge if greater faith is shown, but knowledge is withheld when a lack of faith is demonstrated. God intentionally limits the amount of information that we have access to, to try our faith.
10 And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.
11 Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people.
Cleansed from the “Blood and Sins of this Generation”
Section 88 informs Joseph Smith and others that their names had been entered into the book of the names of the sanctified and they are given “another comforter”.
“Behold, this is pleasing unto your Lord, and the angels rejoice over you; the alms of your prayers have come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified, even them of the celestial world.
Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.” (88:2-3)
This section also notifies those who are not the first elders of the church that they have not yet become sanctified and that they are to tarry in the vineyard preaching the gospel until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, to declare they have become sanctified-
“Verily, I say unto you, let those who are not the first elders continue in the vineyard until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, for their time is not yet come; their garments are not clean from the blood of this generation.” (88:85)
The Lord commands the first Elders to establish a school of the “prophets” referring to those of the High Priests that had become sanctified before the Lord and were clean from the blood of that generation.
Clear instructions were given that those of the elders who had not yet become sanctified and cleansed from the blood of that generation were not to be allowed into the school of the prophets. A school of the “elders” would eventually be established for them-
“And ye shall not receive any among you into this school [of the prophets] save he is clean from the blood of this generation” (88:138)
As you can see, the Lord had made it a matter of public record that some of the sanctified high priests such as Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon stood on different ground than elders like Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball stood on. The unsanctified elders like Brigham and Heber who had not yet become clean from the blood and sins of that generation were commanded to continue laboring in the vineyard until further notice from the Lord.
Joseph, Sidney and others would not go forth into the vineyard in power, for the last time, until after the little season of learning and chastisement.
A few years after section 88 was given, in conjunction with the intercessory atonement offering that would take place, the church and its leaders would be pronounced condemned by the Lord and in need of a “reformation in all things”.
After that condemnation, the witnesses to the Book of Mormon would finally fulfill their commission to call twelve apostles who would preach the gospel to both the Gentile and the Jew.
Despite being condemned by the Lord, this quorum would fulfill the prophecy given by Christ in 3rd Nephi 16. After the fullness of the gospel had been rejected by the Gentile church, the knowledge of the fullness of the gospel was to be taken by them across the “great waters” to the Jews (House of Israel).
Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball and others of their fellow apostles of that quorum were had never been allowed into the school of the prophets because they had not been cleansed from the blood of that generation. They were to continue laboring in the vineyard until the voice of the Lord should call them.
Other Points of the Doctrine of Christ
In part one we discussed how it was shown in 2 Nephi 31 that there would be more “doctrine” taught to the Nephites once Christ visited them in the flesh. One could interpret that statement to mean more “doctrine of Christ” or they could interpret it to simply mean more “doctrine” in addition to the “doctrine of Christ”, perhaps referring to the doctrine pertaining to the kingdom of God on earth, covering a broader range of topics than the principles and ordinances of the gospel necessary to get into the narrow path.
I don’t have a strong opinion on that although it appears to me that the Doctrine of Christ seems to be limited to the process of salvation while the doctrine of the kingdom addresses a broader range of topics. Regardless, it is crucial to obey all of the words of Christ and all of the doctrine that he teaches since we take an oath to do so when we are baptized.
The next amazing event in the Saviors visit to the Nephites in 3 Nephi is the introduction of the partaking of the Savior’s flesh and blood through the sacrament ordinance of blessing bread and wine. This was done as a testimony that they would always remember him and always have his spirit to be with them. The ordinance of the Lord’s supper which, as I previously pointed out, is an ordinance that enables the disciple of Christ to endure to the end and “more fully keep themselves unspotted from the world”.
the ordinance of the Lord’s supper further enables a person to endure to the end and retain a remission of their sins by always having the spirit to be with us.
In part four of this series we shall discuss why the Lord seems to treat the Gentiles slightly differently than the House of Israel in their cannon of scripture. Please be pondering the fact that the Gentiles have a different role than the House of Israel and the spiritual gifts that have been given to them differ slightly yet very significantly
 Doctrine and Covenants 100:13
 Doctrine and Covenants 103:4
 Doctrine and Covenants 105:3, 105:6
 Alma 32:27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
 Doctrine and Covenants 5:16
16 And behold, whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit—
 Ephesians 6:12
 Interestingly, this section later informs the first elders that they still need to “sanctify themselves” by organizing a “solemn assembly” indicating that modern revelation, like ancient scripture sometimes uses the same word to refer to differing things.
Moses was a “COVENANT” servant of the Lord.
By that, I mean that he had entered into covenant with the Lord and made his calling and election made sure and therefore was able to stand as an intercessor between God and His people.
I have previously documented how Moses provided himself as an atonement offering in behalf of ancient Israel when God was about to wipe them off of the face of the earth for their rebellion and idolatry.
It is because of Moses that God withheld his wrath from His apostate people.
Moses could act as an intercession between God and His people because Moses had secured his own salvation through a covenant relationship with God.
When the High Priest and Prophet Aaron and the Prophetess Miriam took issue with their brother Moses for committing what they considered to be a grievous sin, the Lord called them on the carpet and rebuked them, explaining to them that they were not in a position to judge Moses.
This is interesting given the fact that Aaron was the high priest that judged people according to the law…. It would appear that whatever Moses was doing, would not have been acceptable for the children of Israel to do. Nevertheless, it appears as if God had commanded Moses to do what he was doing.
God explained that Moses had a higher, covenant relationship with God than they did.
“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4 And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5 And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.
The rebuke that Aaron and Miriam got from the Lord is one that accusers of Joseph Smith would do well to remember since Joseph Smith has also entered into a covenant relationship with God through an oath and covenant.
After Moses provided an atonement offering for Idolatrous Israel, Moses himself sinned before the Lord.
Because of his sin, the Lord informed him that he could not cross the river into the promised land with the children of Israel and that he must die. Nevertheless, the Lord continued to speak of Moses through the prophets as a great and holy man and he would later use him as a ministering angel to send the keys of the gathering of Israel to Joseph and Oliver.
Moses had committed an idolatrous act before the Lord because of the sins of apostate Israel that had been placed upon him as a result of his atonement intercession.
This was a type of how Christ would provide an eternal atonement offering and take upon himself the sins of the world.
Indeed it is from this eternal principle that we have all been commanded to bear each others burdens.
One Like Moses
In previous posts I have documented the fact that in the latter days there was to be another prophet that would rise up who would be like Moses. According to the Book of Mormon and JST Genesis, this latter day Moses is Joseph Smith.
This servant would fail in his first attempt at gathering Israel and redeeming Zion but would ultimately return and be successful in gathering Israel and gathering Zion (Isa 49, D&C 101 & 103 )
This latter day Moses is described in Isaiah 42 as the COVENANT which God gives to his people for a light:
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles…I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; (Isaiah 42:1,6)
In addition to all of the Old Testament prophecies about a latter day servant who would act as an intercessor between God and his apostate latter day saints, I have provided many passages of scripture in modern revelation that make reference to Joseph Smith’s role as the latter day intercessor.
I have pointed to the passage in section 21:8 wherein God publicly recognizes that he has seen Joseph Smith weeping for Zion.
I have pointed out that Joseph and his intercessory associates confirmed the COVENANT with God in Section 84:48 and that the confirming of that covenant was for the sake of the whole world, not just for Joseph and his associates.
I have pointed out that in the beginning of Section 124, the Lord acknowledges that Joseph had offered up an OFFERING that had been accepted by God.
I have pointed out that these passages and others in modern revelation point to the fact that Joseph and his associates, with Joseph being the lead covenant servant, were the Sons of Levi that were to offer up an acceptable offering unto the Lord in righteousness as documented in Section 84: 104.
I have documented all of this and much more in three chapters of my book that address the topic of the intercessory atonement offering, and I feel that the documentation is beyond compelling in showing that Joseph Smith is the COVENANT SERVANT of the Lord in the last days who began the work of the Lord and will finish it under the direction of, and in conjunction with, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Covenant and Vow (oath)
However, as compelling as all of those passages are that the Lord has previously shown me, I have come across a passage in modern revelation that is arguably more compelling than all of the others.
The passage is found in the dedicatory prayer as contained in section 109. This passage documents the fact that Joseph Smith had “COVENANTED WITH JEHOVAH” and VOWED TO THE MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB.
It then provides a chronology of people who would be affected by Joseph’s oath and covenant with God. It does so in the order of how the entire church and the poor and meek of the whole earth will ultimately be saved as a result of the COVENANT and VOW that God’s latter day Moses has made:
68 O Lord, remember thy servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., and all his afflictions and persecutions—how he has covenanted with Jehovah, and vowed to thee, O Mighty God of Jacob—and the commandments which thou hast given unto him, and that he hath sincerely striven to do thy will.
69 Have mercy, O Lord, upon his wife and children, that they may be exalted in thy presence, and preserved by thy fostering hand.
70 Have mercy upon all their immediate connections, that their prejudices may be broken up and swept away as with a flood; that they may be converted and redeemed with Israel, and know that thou art God.
71 Remember, O Lord, the presidents, even all the presidents of thy church, that thy right hand may exalt them, with all their families, and their immediate connections, that their names may be perpetuated and had in everlasting remembrance from generation to generation.
72 Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connections, with all their sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth; that the kingdom, which thou hast set up without hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth;
73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;
74 And be adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys to be exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth;
75 That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet thee, that we may ever be with the Lord;
The above passages in Section 109 are revealing and documenting who the COVENANT SERVANT of the Lord is, that is mentioned in Isaiah 42. They provide a general chronology of who will be redeemed through the saving ordinances of the gospel as a result of the COVENANT and VOW that Joseph made.
The above acknowledgement that Joseph Smith had made a COVENANT and VOW that would ultimately result in the redemption of all of Zion’s inhabitants through the saving ordinances, as outlined in a specific chronology, is incredible. This redemption is made by preserving God’s apostate and idolatrous people on the earth when they should have been wiped off of the earth AND by making the ordinances of salvation available to those listed in the above chronology.
Those passages simply blow my mind.
How did I miss those passages when I was providing documentation for the intercessory atonement offering?
When I noticed these passages a few weeks ago I was in wonderment how I could have overlooked one of the most compelling evidences of Joseph’s intercession when I constructed the three chapters of my book on this topic.
All I can say is that blindness is on Israel until the fulness is come in.
That certainly includes me.
Although I can feel the blindness slowly coming off as more scriptures are opening up to me, the blindness will not fully come off until the Deliverer comes out of Zion to turn ungodliness away from Jacob at the time when the covenant servant returns:
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Rom 11: 25-27)
If one does not understand the doctrine of intercession and the role of Joseph Smith as a latter day type of Moses that offered himself as an atonement offering in behalf of latter day Israel once they had rejected the fulness of the gospel, one would have to write the LDS restoration movement off as anti-Christian because the emphasis placed on Joseph Smith is not congruent with New Testament Christianity. The Lord never spoke of Peter or Paul as being a covenant servant in the sense that modern revelation speaks of Joseph Smith. Notice the following declarations in Section 21 which put so much emphasis on the role of Joseph Smith in receiving revelation for the church and the need for church members to believe on his inspired words. Notice how Joseph Smith has been inspired by the Lord to move the cause of Zion and the salvation of the church:
4 Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all HIS words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;
5 For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
6 For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.
7 For thus saith the Lord God: Him have I inspired to move the cause of Zion in mighty power for good, and his diligence I know, and his prayers I have heard.
8 Yea, his weeping for Zion I have seen, and I will cause that he shall mourn for her no longer; for his days of rejoicing are come unto the remission of his sins, and the manifestations of my blessings upon his works.
9 For, behold, I will bless all those who labor in my vineyard with a mighty blessing, and they shall believe on his words, which are given him through me by the Comforter, which manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful men for the sins of the world, yea, for the remission of sins unto the contrite heart. (D&C 21:1-9)
One of the grand secrets of the LDS restoration movement is that Joseph Smith was participating in the dispensation of the gospel that Christ had begun with Peter James and John. That dispensation was coming to an end and ultimately, the gentiles had rejected the gospel. Joseph Smith had been sent to provide an intercessory atonement offering just like Moses had done anciently.
God is going to do his work just as he has promised in the scriptures.
I realize that it takes faith to accept God’s word on how this is going to play out.
God’s ways are not our ways.
It saddens me that leaders of the Mormon Church refuse to recognize that they don’t have all of the priesthood keys and authority that Joseph Smith had and that they feel threatened when people speak of the need for the fulness of the gospel to be restored to the earth.
It also saddens me that few if any of the high profile Mormon authors, bloggers and scholars have been willing to take the promises in modern revelation literally and see what has been revealed on this issue. People like Avraham Gileadi and Denver Snuffer and virtually all of the popular LDS bloggers have been in a position to have taught this truth to countless people.
Instead they have ignored or belittled the idea that Joseph Smith could return to complete the work that he started.
Many of them give brief lip servant to the wonderful role that Joseph Smith played but ultimately, they dismiss him as someone who failed to redeem Zion and they look for someone else to rise up to finish the work that the Lord started through Joseph.
They claim that there is no precedence for a dead prophet to return and finish his work.
Where in the scriptures does the Lord say that there must always be a precedence for a strange act to take place?
Such a doctrine would invalidate all of the “firsts” that have taken place during the last 6,000 years.
By rejecting the possibility that Joseph Smith could return to finish his work, they reject many of the unconditional promises and prophecies contained in the revelations that came through Joseph.
It is my prayer that these people will have an epiphany and accept the full calling of Joseph Smith and begin helping to lay the groundwork for the return of God’s COVENANT servant. If they don’t, there surely will be many people who refuse to repent and gather when the true servant returns.
I am so grateful for those that have begun helping to teach people about the true and unfinished role of Joseph Smith.
The onewhoissearching blog is doing a wonderful job of documenting the role of Joseph Smith and the third watch that is about to take place.
He is getting ready to publish a book about the intercessory offering Prophecy. In a recent blog post he said:
“For those who are wondering, I have been somewhat absence from blogging recently because I have been engaged in writing a book about the intercessory offering and atonement of Joseph Smith.”
I am quite excited to read his book when it comes out.
Steven D. Fisher is another person who has done extensive research into the role of Joseph Smith and the doctrine of the three watches. He has just published a book about the 3rd watch and Marvelous Work that is about to take place.
His website and blog provides his views on many of the deeper doctrines about priesthood and other important issues. None of us that believe in the 3rd watch believe exactly the same way on every single issue and will not be in a unity of the faith until the covenant servant returns, however we are in agreement about the general concept that the Marvelous Work is about to take place and that Joseph Smith will be returning.
Steven admits he is not a prophet but he loves to do prophetic timeline projections.
In his book (which sells for only $15) he speculates on the timeline that is about to take place when God’s Covenant Servant returns. He admits that his timeline is all speculation but feels that by doing his projections he is able to more fully study the prophecies pertaining to the final restoration. He thinks the servant returns in the Spring of 2016 and I hope he is right!
My feeling is that what he is doing with his timeline projections is motivated by the spirit of watching regardless of whether any of his dates end up being accurate. I find his timeline projections and views on the doctrine of the three watches quite fascinating.
I am still working on updating my book and I don’t know when it will be finished.
For those of you who don’t want to wait before you begin using the topics and scriptural references in this book in your gospel study and scripture searches, I am having Amazon temporarily discount the price to just $19 ! (this discounted price should go into effect within the next few days)
I want to thank those of you who paid a much larger sum of money for the book to help me finance the cost of publishing it.
The Work of the Father
A relatively new blog I just learned about is The Work of the Father I am really excited to read his past posts and future posts….
I know there are other bloggers out there that are teaching people about the doctrine of the three watches and the return of God’s covenant servant, Joseph Smith, but I cannot remember which blogs.
If you are a blogger that believes in and teaches about the three watches and the return of Joseph Smith, please email me so that I can add you to a list of third watch watchers that I will be putting together.
In part one of this series we discussed how the Bible does not clearly clarify what the Doctrine of Christ is and therefore does not provide the required protocol for salvation with clarity because it has had many of the plain and precious parts of the gospel and many covenants taken out of it. Perhaps one of the most significant and glaring omissions is the necessity of saving ordinances pertaining to the spiritual rebirth.
Although there is a passage in the New Testament implying the necessity of water baptism, there are other passages that omit the necessity of a physical baptism. Because of this, many Christian sects claim that baptism is not necessary for salvation and that grace through faith and confession with the mouth is all one needs to do to be saved.
Conversely, the Book of Mormon provides the clear protocol which contains the saving ordinances that enable the carnal man to become a “new creature of the Holy Ghost”. Upon this spiritual transformation the convert enters through the “strait gate” that leads into the “narrow path”.
Three of the most prominent chapters in the Book of Mormon that address the Doctrine of Christ, along with numerous other supporting passages provide the following protocol which must be acted upon by faith:
- Witness to the Father that you are willing to take upon you the name of Christ
- Baptism by water by complete emersion
- Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost (Causing one to speak with the tongue of angels)
- Endure to the end… Retain the remission of sins… retain the sanctified state… obey every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God
God’s prophets have informed us that the above protocol is how one enters the strait gate into the narrow way, or, in short, “the way” by which we are saved. There is no other name under heaven besides Jesus Christ by which we can become saved:
“this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen… For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do”
In 2nd Nephi 31-32 Nephi, after declaring repentance, witnessing to the Father of the desire to take upon one’s self the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end to be “the way”, Nephi informs his fellow Nephites that more “doctrine” would be given when Christ visits the Nephites “in the flesh”:
“Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.”
The account of Christ’s visit to the Nephites in the flesh in 3rd Nephi informs us of two very important doctrines of Christ that are both essential to keep people in the narrow path. One is the Lords Supper, (Sacrament) which was discussed in part one of this series. It enables a person to endure to the end by always remembering Christ.
The Law of Consecration
Another doctrine introduced in 3rd Nephi is the law of having all temporal things in common. Although the Book of Mormon does not give details about how it is to be established and lived, it verifies, as does the New Testament, that it was one of the commandments of Christ that is lived by the true church of Christ.
I have repeatedly stated in past blogs that Joseph Smith was restoring New Testament Christianity and that the law of consecration is one of the evidences of the veracity of what Joseph Smith was doing. The fact that this gospel principle is not properly being adhered to according to the law and authority of God by any Christian churches including any of the factions of the LDS restoration, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, is just one more evidence that the entire Christian world is in a state of global apostasy.
The Book of Mormon reveals that the principal of having all things common is not to be attempted and cannot possibly be successful until AFTER the saints receive the spiritual rebirth. They must enter into the strait gate and become sanctified. The law of consecration cannot be lived by a people who have not become sanctified. Religious history verifies this.
The “Apostles Doctrine”
The New Testament concurs with the Book of Mormon that the doctrine of having all things in common is one of the many signatures of New Testament Christianity. In the Book of Acts we are informed that the New Testament Saints were filled with the Holy Ghost. This is no doubt what John the Baptist was referring to when he prophesied that one would come that would baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost.
The “Apostles Doctrine” in the New Testament Church of Christ includes repentance, Baptism in the name of Christ, the remission of sins, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the spiritual rebirth, speaking with new tongues. As you can see, the same doctrine and plan of salvation existed in the New Testament church that is clearly described in the Book of Mormon. This entering into the strait gate was followed by weekly fellowship, breaking bread, and having all things in common:
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…
37 ¶Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
41 ¶Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Interestingly, no Protestant or Catholic theologians have extracted the protocol for salvation out of the New Testament that is found documented in the Book of Mormon. Nevertheless, once the salvation protocol is revealed by the Book of Mormon, one can find all of the components taught or alluded to in the New Testament.
John the Baptist foretold the Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost
Although few Christian Sects emphasize the baptism of “fire and the Holy Ghost” the New Testament clearly documents John the Baptist declaring that one would come that would “baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost” following the baptism of water, those terms are never seen again in the King James Bible.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire..”
Again, those terms in that context are never again used in the Bible. When did Christ Baptize someone with the Holy Ghost and with Fire? Some might argue that it was when Christ breathed on his apostles. Some might argue that he did it from heaven on the day of Pentecost. The New Testament informs us that Christ had his apostles do most of the baptizing.
Although a hand full of references are briefly given about the “Holy Ghost” and the “gift of the Holy Ghost” and the spiritual outpouring of power that took place on the day of Pentecost, Christians are left to argue over the context of these vague historical events and religious terms. Never is it clearly taught in the New Testament how Christ baptizes people with fire and the Holy Ghost nor is it even clearly documented that it is necessary to receive that endowment. This is one of the many reasons the Book of Mormon is essential in understanding the protocol of salvation.
“Law and Commandments of the Father”
3rd Nephi specifically reiterates the specific principles and ordinances of the gospel that Nephi covered in 2 Nephi 31 as being the “Doctrine of Christ” in two different places. Following that, when Christ visited the Nephites in the flesh, he gives additional doctrine to the Nephites as he gives them the Book of Mormon version of the Sermon on the Mount, containing the Beatitudes and the Lord’s prayer. By doing this, the Book of Mormon provides a powerful testimony of the veracity of Christ’s teachings in the New Testament.
After Christ reiterates the Doctrine of Christ and gives the sermon on the mount he then declares that the Law of Moses has been fulfilled in him and then gives them the “Law and Commandments of the Father”:
“And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father, that ye shall believe in me, and that ye shall repent of your sins, and come unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Behold, ye have the commandments before you, and the law is fulfilled.
Therefore come unto me and be ye saved; for verily I say unto you, that except ye shall keep my commandments, which I have commanded you at this time, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” 
Following that, Christ gives comparisons between what the ancient law dictated compared to what he was now commanding under the law and commandments of the Father. Among the many commandments given is something that temple going Mormons should take a sobering look at is:
“Neither shalt thou swear by thy head”
The significance of the above commandment in conjunction with LDS temple worship doesn’t mean anything to the younger generation of LDS temple goers because many of the abominations in the original LDS temple endowment, including the act of swearing by one’s head, have been taken out in years past.
Shortly after they were removed, the brethren were quick to declare that new refinements and deletions to the endowments did not change the original intent and that the endowment still represents everything in the intent of the original endowment ceremony. Hence, everyone going through the ceremony is still swearing by their neck.
There have been many changes to the temple endowment over the years since Brigham Young introduced the first one with the infamous oath of vengeance in it. The most recent changes took place in 1990.
In part three we shall briefly discuss the most recent changes in the temple ceremony. We shall also address the role of modern revelation and how the Doctrine and Covenants reiterates the doctrine of Christ. We shall also note some significant differences between the role of the seed of Lehi vs the role of the gentiles.
 Mosiah 27:26, Gal 6:15, 2 Cor 5:17
 2nd Nephi 31,
 2nd Nephi 31:21,32:5
 See Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16
 3 Nephi 12:19-20
 3 Nephi 12:36 See also Hel 6 and Moses 5:31 about the secret signs and the great secret that one can murder in order to get gain. See also the following videos about the “dead sign” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRTbTDb2kWw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GAUnnu2xEg
Having a “Puzzlement of Faith” Instead of a “Crisis of Faith”
A few nights ago I couldn’t sleep so I randomly picked some youtubes to watch.
Apologetics was on my mind.
The first video that caught my attention was a talk by Rosalynde Welch at a FAIR Conference.
I only listened to a small portion of it because I sometimes have a very short attention span but during the snippet that I listened to, she said something that I found to be amazingly profound.
She said something to the effect that as she was confronted with disruptive and controversial events in LDS church doctrine and history, she did not experience a “crisis of faith”. Rather she has experienced a “puzzlement of faith”.
She then went on to explain that she liked using this term to characterize her reaction to the new information because she felt it presented a much more humble and teachable and non-critical response to things that are not easy to understand.
She essentially was pointing out that the scriptures remind us that the natural man is not a knowledgeable and discerning creature and therefore not well qualified to judge God and to be critical of his servants or his gospel plan. For those of us that accept scripture as a credible source of truth, there are numerous declarations in holy writ that put into question the natural ability of the natural man to discern the truth about spiritual things. Only those that enjoy the mystical support of the light of Christ and the Holy Ghost;
“the human heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” (Mosiah 3:19)
The reason that her comments resonated so well with me is because over the years as I have had countless online and offline conversations with angry Mormons and exMormons who have suffered from a crisis of faith, I have noticed a pattern.
What I have noticed is that these angry people have ultimately weighed Joseph Smith, the LDS restoration, and ultimately, God, in the balance of their own limited understanding and found them wanting.
In short, they pass a final Judgment upon God and his work and cast them off as a thing of naught even though they are grossly under-qualified to do so, instead of humbly considering the possibility that perhaps they don’t have all of the facts and that perhaps their religious worldview is being nurtured by a darkened mind and simply not accurate.
What I have noticed almost without exception is that all of these people that Judge God and his work to be false, are what I would classify as “scriptural lightweights”. They have not extensively studied the word of God with a believing heart and thus, they have not received the manifestation of God’s spirit . Another possibility is that they have allowed their minds to become darkened after having had the manifestation of God’s spirit..
Ultimately, after declaring themselves to be experts and having declared the LDS restoration to be a fraud, the truth is that they have spent the lion’s share of their time studying all of the logical, rational and scientific arguments to the contrary, and have spent precious little time searching the scriptures in depth, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
I would be willing to bet that people like John Dehlin and Jeremy Runnells have spent 100 times more energy and time studying anti-Mormon criticisms than the scriptures. I know it is distasteful for me to call out people by name and to make such an accusation, and I hate to do it, but these two characters and many others have set themselves up as “experts” in declaring God and the LDS restoration to be fraudulent, so they are fair game.
I know, that makes me sound just as judgmental about them as they are about God and his work but these types of people are going about trying to destroy souls so I make no apologies for this confrontation.
My point is that as I have conversed with lots of angry anti’s over the years, and tried to explain to them why the hidden treasures of knowledge that I have mined from God’s word trump the scientific arguments that skeptics pose, but I can tell that they don’t comprehend what I am talking about because they are unfamiliar with God’s word and have rendered themselves unable to discern the spiritual things of God because of a darkened mind.
I have noticed that they have just as big of a disconnect with the scriptural evidence in favor of God and his work that I present to them, as I have with their science that they use to discredit the existence of God and his work.
During these conversations, the thought that continually takes place in my mind is that these angry people are not qualified to judge God or Joseph Smith, or the controversial events of the LDS restoration movement because their accumulation of contextual evidence from the scriptures can fit into a thimble.
Years ago I made the following observations in a post:
The more you know about the scriptures and God’s plan, the more you realize just how much you don’t know. Hence, true spiritual knowledge breads humility by revealing just how little one really knows about God and his plan.
Does that make sense?
Imagine a small circle on a very very very large chalk board. Now consider everything inside the small circle as depicting the amount of accurate knowledge that you have acquired about God and his plan and consider everything on the outside of the circle as representing the accurate knowledge you have not yet learned.
Notice how insignificant the inside area looks compared to the outside area… and yet your perception of how much you don’t know is small because the only context you have is the outer edge of the circular line, not the entire amount of space outside the circular line.
Now make the circle significantly bigger.
Notice that even though the knowledge you have gained, represented by the space on the inside of the circle is even greater than before, the outer part of the circle touching the outside area of the circular line, is also bigger. Because of this, you are capable of comprehending to a much greater extent just how vast the area of knowledge is that is yet un-comprehended.
This is why the greater the spiritual knowledge a person has, the greater their awe and humility should be regarding just how much they don’t yet understand.
I have found that the more knowledge I gain, the more humble and insignificant and ignorant I feel before God because the more I know, the more I am able to comprehend how much I don’t know.
I realize I don’t come off sounding that way sometimes in the articles that I post and particularly when I get into a pissing match with people that want to argue with me over the existences of God, the LDS restoration, polygamy, etc. but within my own relationship with God, I truly feel like I have very little knowledge.
The cold hard fact of the matter is that someone with a small circle of knowledge can quickly ascertain when they are having a discussion with someone whose circle of knowledge is even smaller and it is easy to become impatient and frustrated when such people are presenting themselves as being more knowledgeable than they really are.
A truly knowledgeable person regarding the things of God appreciates the following declaration by God
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
A truly humble and knowledgeable person is puzzled and in awe when they are confronted with a scriptural doctrine or historical event that is difficult to understand. Instead of using it to make a rash judgment, they see it as an opportunity for further study. It is an opportunity to mine a pearl of great price by studying the issue more intensely with a believing heart. I have found that many of the difficult historical events I have come across, when studied, have led to a much greater understanding of the magnificent work of God.
Are Atheists Lyers?
The second youtube that I chose to view for about five minutes during my bout with insomnia was a presentation by a Christian Apologist who apparently teaches at an academy for Apologia.
He made mention of the “myth of Neutrality” which I totally agree with. I do not think there is anyone who is completely neutral and unbiased when considering virtually any philosophical or religious topic.
I have come to believe that every spirit born into this probationary experience comes with a bias toward belief in God’s word or against God’s word when they reach the age of accountability.
It was only after I realized this that I became comfortable with the following snippet from the Book of Mormon:
But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words. (Alma 32:27)
Back when I thought that it was a possibility and a virtue to be neutral and unbiased when searching the scriptures and determining the truthfulness of the restored gospel, I was very uncomfortable with the above scripture because it seemed to border on using mine control and indoctrination techniques that are often used by religious cults.
Once I realized that everyone that comes into this world comes with an innate desire to believe or disbelieve, I realized that the above passage was simply revealing the lowest common denominator between those that can believe and those that don’t. Having a desire to believe is the starting point.
For those struggling to have faith, I would simply echo the above sentiment. If you can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you even until ye believe in a manner that he can have place for a portion of God’s words.
At another part of the presentation, the presenter posed the following question which was really unsettling to me:
“In terms of Christian apologetics we need to ask ourselves the question; are we going to believe what the unbeliever actually says about themselves or what God says about them..”
He then quoted the following passage from the first chapter in Romans to prove that EVERYONE one on this earth has categorically had the existence of God revealed to them and therefore, those that claim to be atheists are simply liars and are left without excuse despite how much they know about God, the Gospel and the scriptures, etc..
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; who love not the truth, but remain in unrighteousness
My gut reaction to the above passage and the accusation that everyone claiming they don’t believe in God is a liar, is that his interpretation was problematic. It is not congruent with countless other passages including the following passage in Romans 10
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Rom 10:13-14
My understanding of the above passage is that there are people who do not believe and the reason they don’t believe is because they have not heard about the Biblical God. Hence the need for preachers to be sent forth. Furthermore, I think it is possible for someone to hear a preacher and still not sincerely believe because they have not yet been blessed with the manifestation of the spirit.
But what about the passage of scripture in Romans 1 that the Christian apologist uses to condemn everyone who claims they do not believe in God?
Below I have put the KJV version of the passages next to the JST version of the passage. I have also provided a larger snippet of the chapter to provide a broader context of what was being said.
|JST Romans 1:16-22||KJV Romans 1:16-22|
|16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed through faith on his name; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; who love not the truth, but remain in unrighteousness,
19 After that which may be known of God is manifest to them.
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
|16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed fromfaith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified himnot as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
As you can see, the passage is referring to those that “remain in unrighteousness, after that which may be known of God is manifest to them.”
The above passages are speaking about someone that God has previously manifested himself to and then has allowed their minds to become darkened. It is not referring to someone who has never experienced the manifestation of God.
It is because they once had the spiritual knowledge of God and then turned from it, that they are left without excuse.
As I read the above passages I remembered that the phrase “left without excuse” is used in modern revelation and I did a keyword search to see if God’s word requires more to be “left without excuse”.
81 Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warnhis neighbor.
82 Therefore, they are left without excuse, and their sins are upon their own heads.
6 For, behold, I am about to call upon them to give heed to the light and glory of Zion, for the set time has come to favor her.
7 Call ye, therefore, upon them with loud proclamation, and with your testimony, fearing them not, for they are as grass, and all their glory as the flower thereof which soon falleth, that they may be left also without excuse—
Two other passages also note that people must first be educated and warned before they are left without excuse (see also 101:93 and 123:6)
As you can see, modern revelation once again provides clarity to the Bible. In this case, we are informed what it really means to be left without excuse. The whole reason that our corrupt and unbelieving generation has not been wiped off the face of the earth is because there are lots of people who have not been adequately warned yet and they have not had the opportunity to have the gospel preached to the in the power of the spirit and thusly do not believe in the true God.
This is why the servants need to return in POWER and to testify of the truth in POWER. This last warning will leave EVERYONE without excuse.
I reject the notion that atheists are lying when they say they don’t believe in God. I reject the notion that “EVERYONE on this earth has categorically had the existence of God revealed to them and therefore, those that claim to be atheists are simply liars and are left without excuse”.
“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”March 23, 2016
The following title and sub-title to a blog post recently caught my attention:
“Sanhedrin Performs Rare Biblical Commandment Not Seen For 2,000 Years”
“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Exodus 12:2 (The Israel Bible™)
Following those eye-catching titles, the article began by stating the following-
“Last Thursday, a Biblical commandment that hasn’t been seen in 2,000 years was fulfilled. In the Cardo neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem, two witnesses stood before the Sanhedrin and gave testimony that established the beginning of the new month.
Setting the new month by witnesses is considered by Rashi, a prominent commentator on the Bible, to be the first mitzvah (Biblical commandment) the Nation of Israel received after leaving Egypt.”
That makes for juicy prophetic drama, but I beg to differ.
Those Ashkenazi Jews are just a little late coming to the party.
As I read the above snippet I was reminded of the fact that nearly 186 years ago, two of God’s Jewish witnesses did in fact declare, by revelation, what month and day the new year actually begins on:
“The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April—”
In the early days of the restoration the above passage was taken seriously and literally. Joseph Smith himself even reiterated with clarity that it had literally been 1830 years from the coming of Christ until the official formal organization of the church on April 6 1836. Other general authorities have since parroted his sentiments.
Sadly, it has become fashionable among many of the highly educated LDS scholars and theologians to marginalize the above passage as speculative or non-literal (hence, non-revelatory) on the part of Joseph and Oliver, (with the exception of a few loose canons within the faith).
Few members of the church realize that the two semi-annual conferences of the LDS church, generally held in October and April, represent the latter day version of ancient Israels gatherings as commanded by the Lord. But then again, few Mormons even realize that they represent the literal descents of the ancient Israelites.
Realizing that the first day of the year for Israelites, according to the word of God, is April 6th, it is interesting to note that as of today (3/23/2016 according to the gentile calendar), we are still in 2015.
Major Events on Reoccurring Prophetic Dates
I have blogged before about how there are several prophetic days in which multiple prophetic events have taken place throughout history. September 11th is one of the reoccurring prophetic days in which significant things keep happening as is September 21-22.
April 6th is another one.
As we approach the month of April, realizing that it apparently marks the true transition point between the end of the Shemitah year and the beginning of the Jubilee year, there is a very interesting date parallel that is coming up that corresponds with a remarkable historical event in church history.
On Sunday March 27th 1836 the Dedicatory Prayer was offered up in the Kirtland Temple (See Section 109). Exactly eight days later on Sunday April 3rd 1836, the secret vision behind the veil took place and the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in. (See Section 110)
(Click on Graphic Twice to Enlarge)
Interestingly, Joseph and Oliver never publicly revealed what had happened on that prophetic day behind the veil as they had an amazing vision and were visited by Christ, Moses, Elias and Elijah.
During that Vision, Christ uttered an amazing prophecy regarding the future significance of the Kirtland Temple and sacred events that would take place in it:
Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to my name.
For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house.
Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house.
Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.
And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.
The Sound of the Gospel will Go Forth
God is going to yet manifest himself to his people in the Kirtland Temple. The sound of the gospel will go forth from there when the Marvelous Work begins. On Wednesday March 30th, 1836, in the “midst of the week” (see Dan 9:27) between the dedicatory prayer and the secret vision behind the veil, a solemn assembly was held in the Kirtland Temple. on that day, Joseph Smith made the following declaration:
” the sound shall go forth from this place [kirtland] into all the world, and the occurrances of this day shall be handed down upon the pages of sacred history, to all generations; as the day of Pentecost, so shall this day be numbered and celebrated as a year of jubilee, and time of rejoicing to the Saints of the Most High God” Joseph Smith
You can take that to the bank.
The Sound will go forth from Kirtland into all the world. The Kirtland Temple will yet become famous in all the world.
On April 3rd 1836, there was an endowment that took place during the vision having to do with the priesthood keys to gather Israel. That endowment enabled the knowledge of the gospel to go forth in a preliminary gathering prior to the Marvelous Work and a Wonder. It began gathering remnants of Israel from foreign lands to America even though the restored gentile church had failed in their attempt at consecration and had rejected the fulness of the gospel.
Shortly after this event, Joseph announced that something new must be done for the salvation of the church and he commissioned the quorum of the Twelve to take the gospel message across the “great waters” to the “Dispersed of Judah” and the “Outcasts of Israel”.
In section 118 the Lord commanded the Twelve to cross the great waters and promulgate the gospel and bear record of the name of Christ to remnants of Israel.
“And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name..” And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name. And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name.” (See D&C 118)
This missionary effort would result in thousand of converts gathering from across the great waters into Nauvoo.. This began the fulfillment of the prophecy that Christ gave in 3rd Nephi 16
“And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, 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 reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.
And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.
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.”
If you are a member of the LDS church that descends from pioneer heritage going back to the time when converts were flooding into Nauvoo from across that great waters, you are the result of the endowment that was given and you are part of the fulfillment of the amazing prophecies that Christ uttered in section 110 and in 3rd Nephi 16.
Seal Up the Vision!
Directly after the vision took place in the Kirtland Temple, Joseph and Oliver dictated the event to Oliver Cowdery’s brother who was one of Joseph Smith’s scribes at the time. The record was then sealed up in the official church dairy that was being used at the time to record historical events taking place in the church.
Despite the fact that the church would not migrate from Kirtland to Far West for several more years, and despite the fact that there were lots of blank pages left in the diary, it was retired from use and no other historical events were recorded in it. It almost appears as if the prophetic message being established by the retiring of the diary was implying that the vision was to be the last Pentecostal event during Joseph’s ministry. And indeed it was. Furthermore, Joseph and Oliver declined to proclaim this amazing event to the saints during their lifetimes.
Finish the Transgression
The sealing up of the account of this amazing vision and prophecy had been prophesied in the Book of Daniel thousands of years later along with the exact amount of time it took for the restored church to finish their transgression.
Christ would pronounce Joseph and Oliver clean during this vision which would “finish the transgression” and “bring an end of sins“. Hidden in the midst of all of this was an atonement offering by the latter day Moses that would “make reconciliation for antiquity“. in behalf of apostate Modern day Israel. It would prevent modern Israel from being swept off of the earth for their transgression similar to how the atonement offering that Moses had offered up anciently in behalf of Israel prevented them from being wiped off of the face of the earth from the anger of the Lord.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Earlier I mentioned that there was an interesting date parallel that is coming up.
I am referring to the fact that General Conference in 2016 falls on Sunday April 3rd! the same date that the vision and prophecy that had been sealed up took place in the Kirtland Temple.
This is highly unusual for general conference to be held on April 3rd and to be on a Sunday.
I don’t know how many times during the last 180 years that General Conference has fallen on Sunday April 3rd but I would be willing to bet the little toe on my left foot that it is not very often if at all. The fact that we are at a major transition point between the Shemitah and the Jubilee makes it even more remarkable. The graphic previously used to highlight the events relating to the ancient eight day temple atonement protocol that took place during Joseph Smith’s ministry is once again provided below with the corresponding dates that are quickly approaching.
The following invitation to listen to General Conference is provided on the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints..
All members of the Church are invited to participate in the 186th Annual General Conference of the Church.
The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general officers of the Church will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance in six sessions:
The general women’s session for sisters ages eight and older will be Saturday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT).
The general priesthood session for priesthood holders will be Saturday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m. MDT.
The general sessions for individuals and families will be Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. MDT.
Those desiring to compare the content of a semi annual conference that is conducted by a darkened and apostate group of Jews, to the content of the messages given by those that have been enlightened by the fulness of the gospel may want to listen to the above conference and then listen to the what the true servants of God have to say when they return in the near future to give the final warning.
PS at this link there is an interesting article by John Pratt about the uniqueness of a related upcoming date.