The Record of John the Baptist: Deconstructing the Denver Snuffer Revelation on St. John- Part Two

March 8, 2017

In part one of this series we documented the fact that the Snufferites have completely misinterpreted the prophecy in Section 93 about the “Record of John”.

They have mistakenly assumed that the passage was referring to the “record of John the Evangelist” when in fact it is clearly referring to the “record of John the Baptist”.

The high-jacking of the testimony of John the Baptist is made possible in Denver’s tortured text by changing the narrative to show that it was actually John the Evangelist who received this spiritual knowledge as a spectator at the Baptism of Jesus

“And I, John, bear record, and lo the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon Him in the form of a dove and remained upon Him. There came a voice out of heaven saying: You are my Beloved Son, this day I have begotten you; for I was there with John the Baptist when he baptized Jesus.” (p. 32)

We can only assume that Denver was  trying to reconcile what some students of the gospe have seen as a conundrum in the narrative in Section 93 which seems to blend content that is generated from both John the Baptist and John the Revelator.

Part of the confusion comes from the fact that the Gospel of John the Evangelist contains the record given by John the Baptist.

Denver’s fabricated text was supposed to resolve the perceived dilemma and prove once and for all that he is a true prophet by revealing the truth behind the perceived controversy.

Needless to say, Denver had misinterpreted the associated scriptures and the scheme backfired.

The above change in narrative is a blatant contradiction to a very important change that Joseph Smith had previously made in the Inspired Version of the Bible wherein he explains that John the Baptist IS THE ONLY ONE AT THE BAPTISM THAT SAW AND HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD THE SPIRIT OF GOD DESCEND AS A DOVE. Clearly, John the Evangelist could not have born record of that event.

Notice the clarifying change in the JST below  that “John saw” the heavens open and the spirit of God descending like a dove. The King James implies that the whole crowd saw it. It was John’s exclusive calling to bear record of the spirit descending like a dove!

Notice also the clarifying change in the JST below that “he [John] heard” a voice from heaven saying “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him”. Again, the KJV implies that the entire crown heard the voice but this clarification assures us that it was John the Baptist who bears record of these things.  It was John’s exclusive privilage and calling to bear record that he heard the Father’s pronouncement.

“Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Matthew 3:45-46

Matthew 3:16-17

 

 

Matt 3:45 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and John saw, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him; and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus.

Matt 3:46 And lo, he heard a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

As you can see, it was exclusively John the Baptist’s  right and calling to see and hear and bear record of this event that took place when he baptized Christ.

That is why we are informed that in order to fully believe in Christ, one  must believe the record of John the Baptist. Among other things, his record informs us that Christ was not born of [mortal] blood and that at his baptism, he received of the fulness of the Father that he had enjoyed when he created the worlds.

We know from the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible that nobody else in the crowd saw and heard what John the Baptist saw, heard, and bore record about, including John the Evangelist.

The dark source from where Snuffer’s revelation came from is totally exposed in this one fact. However this is only one of many bloopers that will be cataloged in part three of this series.

As documented in part one of this series, the evidence is beyond overwhelming that the record of John that is referenced in Section 93 is clearly referring to the “Record of John the Baptist”.

Differentiating the Record of John the Baptist from the Apostolic Testimony

It has been erroneously suggested by some bible scholars that Malachi was the last Old Testament Prophets. While his writings and prophecies are the last to be recorded in the Old Testament, it is actually John the Baptist that was the last Old Testament Prophet.

Let us consider the remarkable differentiation between the record that John the Baptist bore PRIOR to the suffering, crucifixion, resurrection and atonement that Christ offered, and the testimony that John the Evangelist and his fellow apostles bore AFTER the suffering, crucifixion, resurrection and atonement of Christ.

The Record of John the Baptist was Pointing Forward

John represented the Old Covenant Law of Moses that was given to point to Christ and prepare the world for the coming Messiah.

It makes perfect sense that John the Baptist, the last Old Testament Prophet representing the law and the prophets should be the one to identify, baptize, and bear record of the anticipated MESSIAH.

It is no coincidence that John the Baptist referred to Christ as MESSIAH when he appeared to Joseph and Oliver.

1 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness. Doctrine and Covenants 13:1

Naturally the preliminary record of an Old Testament prophet would acknowledge Christ as the Messiah.

The record of John the Baptist contained but was not limited to the following components

  • Christ was the Messiah
  • Christ was not born of mortal blood (virgin birth)
  • Christ received of his fathers fulness that he had before the world was
  • Christ SHALL take away the sins of the world
  • Christ SHALL baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost

Those are all components of the record born by the Baptist BEFORE Christ suffered and offered an atonement.

John the  Baptist introduced the doctrine of “fulness of the Father” which is touched on in Section 93 and further elaborated on in Lectures on Faith..

Notice that the record of John the Baptist does not specifically witness of the suffering, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ since it took place BEFORE those events took place. The Baptist would be killed before the crucifixion of Christ. The record of the Baptist was to be the preliminary, preparatory, foundational record upon which all other testimonies of Christ would rest.

We might well characterize the record of John the Baptist as the pre-atonement record of Christ while the record  born by John the Evangelist and his brethren was the  post-atonement record.

The Record of John the Evangelist and the other Apostles was Pointing Backwards

The apostolic record of Christ that is born by John the Evangelist and his fellow apostles focuses on the atonement which is the foundational sacrifice of the gospel of Christ, (the good news that he suffered for the sins of the world )

The apostles were called to be eye witnesses and to bear witness of the crucifixion of Christ and the fact that he rose from the dead and paid for the sins of the world. All of this had taken place as a historical fact when their ministry began.

Notice the testimony of Peter:

34 ¶Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
 36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judæa, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Peter’s Epistle, when writing to encourage the new converts regarding the basis of their faith Peter reminded his readers that he witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus  on the mountain top:

16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts (Matthew 17:1-9)

John the Evangelist gave the following witness:

Brethren, this is the testimony which we give of that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested unto us.)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

John also testified of the appearance of the resurrected Christ to doubting thomas and the other apostles:

 26 ¶And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
 30 ¶And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

One of the foundational aspects of the apostolic witness is that people saw the resurrected Christ after his crucifixion. Paul gives the following account:

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Paul also gave the following testimony and definition of the gospel:

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
 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.

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Numerous other testimonies from the apostles are contained in the New Testament.

The New Testament differentiates the record of the apostles from the record of John the Baptist documenting that their testimony had to do with preaching the gospel and testifying of the suffering, death and  resurrection of Christ resulting in the good news of the atonement and the plan of redemption Christ provided.

Joseph and Sidney’s Vision Validated Both Records

In his role in restoring New Testament Christianity to the earth, Joseph Smith restored the essential components of the apostolic testimony:

“23 He was crucified, died, and rose again the third day;
 24 And ascended into heaven, to sit down on the right hand of the Father, to reign with almighty power according to the will of the Father;
 25 That as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved—” (See all of Section 20 for a more complete account of the apostolic testimony)

One of the remarkable things that we have previously noted is that the LDS restoration and the content in the D&C is a mixture of both Old Testament and New Testament theology.

This is because of Joseph Smith’s role in introducing and restoring elements of both Old Testament and New Testament theology.

Joseph was instrumental in restoring the New Covenant, however, once the fulness of the gospel and New Covenant was rejected by the restored gentile church, Joseph was instrumental in secretly ushering in the dispensation of the ancient Gospel of Abraham, which included mortal atonement offerings such as the one Moses offered in behalf of Israel.

One of the mindblowing things that is revealed in the vision that Joseph and Sidney had as documented in Section 76, is that Joseph and Sidney bore a composite record, including the components contained in both the Baptists and the Evangelists records.

Joseph and Sidney bore record of both the Godhood of Christ and the “Fulness of the Father” that John the baptist bore record of, and also the testimony of the gospel of Christ that the apostles had bore record of. Snippets of this remarkable testimony are as follows.

11 We, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, being in the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two—
 12 By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God—
 13 Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning;
 14 Of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision.

20 And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness;

22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
 23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
 24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

40 And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—
 41 That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;
 42 That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him;
 43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

50 And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—
 51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—
 52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;
 53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

There you have the record “last of all”, by Joseph and Sidney, that incorporates the pre-atonement record of the Baptist verifying that Christ received the fulness of the Father and that he fulfilled all righteousness and also incorporates the apostolic testimony of the Evangelist that testifies of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ and his Gospel. 

Incredible.

When Does the Fulness of the Record of John the Baptist Come Forth?
What Does it Reveal?

Gospel students have speculated for decades about when the fulness of the record of John would come forth and what would be in it.

I will now show how a simple keyword search and a basic understanding of church history reveals what the cryptic prophecy in Section 93 was talking about. The demystification will take place once again by using keyword crunching technology while obeying the Lords admonition to search the scriptures. This is the way to find answers to gospel questions.

We will start with the term “fulness” taken from the passage in question that speaks of the “fulness of the record of John”

The term fulness shows up about 62 times in the Doctrine and Covenants.

keyword fulness

If one were to sift through and evaluate the keywords in all of the above passages for contextual relevance one would find terms such as “fulness of the gospel”, “fulness of the priesthood”, “fulness of times”, “fulness of the earth”, and so on.

However, eventually one would  come to the following term:

The Fulness of my Scriptures

BINGO!

With that term we hit pay dirt.

Praise God for keyword crunching software that enables us to parse through scriptures in seconds that would otherwise take an inordinate amount of time.

The phrase “fulness of my scriptures” is found in Section 42

12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
 13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
 14 And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.
 15 And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.

With some basic knowledge of church history and a keyword search, the mystery has been solved.

The Lord had commanded Joseph Smith to translate the Bible to restore missing content and clarify existing content.

He referred to the translation Joseph was working on as the “fulness of my scriptures“.

He had kept encouraging Joseph to finish the project and he had emphasized that it was a critical project because there would be many very important corrections and clarifications that would be revealed.

He had told Joseph not to teach out of this amazing translation until it had been finished and published to the world.

The Lord had warned that the saints would fail if Joseph did not complete that task.

Sadly Joseph was murdered before he could publish the translation and teach from it.

The good news is that the Bible with corrections in it and the manuscript were preserved and the Joseph Smith Translation has been published for us to study.

We know that the record of John the Baptist is contained in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. Clearly, section 93 is informing us that the record is not complete in the King James Translation of the Bible. It is obvious that the “fulness of the record of John” is contained in the “fulness of the scriptures!

When the Gospel of John the Baptist was mentioned in Section 93 it was to be revealed HEREAFTER referring to when the Joseph Smith Inspired Version of the Bible would be available.

As it turns out, we have had access to the fulness of the record of John for several generations.

We latter day saints have been guilty of taking this remarkable canon of scripture lightly.

Revelatory Changes that Restore the Record to its Fulness

Having demystified the cryptic prophecy in Section 93, I am going to provide a bullet point listing of the additional information that is revealed in the fulness of the Record of John the Baptist . This additional information is brought to light by the revelatory insertions and clarifications in the Joseph Smith Translation.

My bullet point listing has been taken from a side by side comparison of the Record of John in the KJV and the JST that can be viewed at the following link.

Fulness of the Record of John

It includes a third column for comparing Section 93 and a fourth column for a few related scriptural sources and notes. I have highlighted what I consider to be the additional insertions and clarifications in yellow. It is a work in progress. Additional observations from readers are welcome.

The profundity of the following listing of items from the record of John the Baptist that had not been clearly stated in the King James Version of the record of John the Baptist may seem unremarkable to scholars who have already assimilated these truths over the years without realizing that they were in fulfillment of the prophecy in Section 93. They will also seem unremarkable to those that don’t have the doctrinal and spiritual foundation to comprehend what is being said.

Summary of Notable Additions and Clarifications
of the Fulness of Johns Record

  • John saw that Christ was again given the fulness of the father at his baptism. Christ had previously enjoyed the fulness of the father BEFORE his earthly ministry.  (D&C 93:7 & John 17:5)
  • The Son is “of God” (JST John 1:1)
  • Men were made by him and of him and through him. He is the light of the world (D&C 93:10)
  • The world cannot perceive his light (JST John 1:5)
  • John the Baptist came to bear witness of the light and bear record of the gospel through the Son that all men might believe (JST John 1:7)
  • He gives POWER to those that BELIEVE on his name and  RECEIVE him,to become the Sons of God  (JST John 1:12)
  • He  was not born of [mortal] blood (virgin birth) (JST John 1:13)
  • As many as believe on his name shall receive of his fulness (JST John 1:16)
  • The Father always bears record of the Son when he reveals himself (JST John 1:17)
  • John the Baptist confessed and denied not that he was Elijah the Prophet (JST John 1:21)
  • He said I am Elijah the Prophet the prepares the say, not the latter day prophet that restores all things, that will be Joseph Smith (JST john 1:22)
  • Christ shall baptize not only with water, but with fire and the Holy Ghost (JST John 1:28)

It should be remembered that the passages that remained unmodified can be just as profound as the inspired changes that were made. One should read the entire first chapter of the Testimony of John in the Inspired Version of the Bible to get the full impact of the fulness of Johns record.

In my opinion, one of the most profound elements of John the Baptist’s record is the declaration that John the Baptist was Elijah the Prophet of Old Testament fame. I have already covered that in detail.

Another incredible revelation to come out of the fulness of John’s record is the doctrine of the Fulness of the Father. I have also written about this amazing doctrine. I will be re-posting it in my essential oldies series.

John bore record that Christ enjoyed the fulness prior to coming to this earth, then provided a condescension, then received the fulness again at his baptism. Because of his condescension, those that believe, can also receive the fulness of the Father.

Here is a section about this mind-blowing doctrine from Lectures on Faith:

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Lectures on Faith 5:1

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1 In our former lectures we treated of the being, character, perfections and attributes of God. What we mean by perfections, is, the perfections which belong to all the attributes of his nature. We shall, in this lecture speak of the Godhead: we mean the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

2 There are two personages who constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things—by whom all things were created and made, that are created and made, whether visible or invisible: whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth, or throughout the immensity of space—

They are the Father and the Son: The Father being a personage of spirit, glory and power: possessing all perfection and fulness: The Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, a personage of tabernacle, made, or fashioned like unto man, or being in the form and likeness of man, or, rather, man was formed after his likeness, and in his image;

—he is also the express image and likeness of the personage of the Father: possessing all the fulness of the Father, or, the same fulness with the Father; being begotten of him, and was ordained from before the foundation of the world to be a propitiation for the sins of all those who should believe on his name, and is called the Son because of the flesh—

and descended in suffering below that which man can suffer, or, in other words, suffered greater sufferings, and was exposed to more powerful contradictions than any man can be. But notwithstanding all this, he kept the law of God, and remained without sin: Showing thereby that it is in the power of man to keep the law and remain also without sin.

And also, that by him a righteous judgment might come upon all flesh, and that all who walk not in the law of God, may justly be condemned by the law, and have no excuse for their sins. And he being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fulness of the glory of the Father—

possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things: by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one:

The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fulness: Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fulness of the Mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the Spirit, glory and power of the Father—

possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom: sitting at the right hand of power, in the express image and likeness of the Father—a Mediator for man—being filled with the fulness of the Mind of the Father, or, in other words, the Spirit of the Father: which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments:

and all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all: being filled with the fulness of his glory, and become one in him, even as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.

3 From the foregoing account of the Godhead, which is given in his revelations, the Saints have a sure foundation laid for the exercise of faith unto life and salvation, through the atonement and mediation of Jesus Christ, by whose blood they have a forgiveness of sins, and also, a sure reward laid up for them in heaven, even that of partaking of the fulness of the Father and the Son, through the Spirit.

As the Son partakes of the fulness of the Father through the Spirit, so the saints are, by the same Spirit, to be partakers of the same fulness, to enjoy the same glory; for as the Father and the Son are one, so in like manner the saints are to be one in them, through the love of the Father, the mediation of Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; they are to be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

 

Whenever I read the above section I am filled with light.

When I read fabricated revelations that corrupt the truths revealed by the Joseph Smith Translation I feel darkness.

We Latter day Saints have sinned a grievous sin in not valuing and taking seriously, and studying the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. By doing so we can gain a much deeper understanding of the gospel and also detect the false prophets in our midst.

A review of the changes made in the record of John the Baptist in the JST should inspire a humble reverence for the magnificent revelatory light that has been shown forth through the instrumentality of the prophet Joseph Smith.

It will become another testimony of the validity of Joseph Smith’s calling as a tranlator and revelator.

It should instill a desire in gospel students to search the JST and take it seriously, for it is a pearl of very great price.

It is absolutely heartbreaking to realize that Denver Snuffer has treated Joseph Smith’s inspired revisions of Johns record with contempt by deleting and reinterpreting so many of them.

We will review what he did in our next post.

 

 

 

 

 


Essential Oldies but Goodies Part One: The Succession Crisis

March 7, 2017

Every once in a while I will check my analytics and be surprised to see a huge number of page openings on a post that is so old that I forgot that I wrote it years ago.

This happens when a  new reader has been digging deep into my blogging past and found something they liked so they shared it with a bunch of friends.

That has happened quite a bit lately.

It is a reminder to me that many of my newer readers are really not familiar with some of the basics that are quite helpful in understanding my more current posts.

For that reason I have decided to start an oldies but goodies series for the newbies.

I plan on identifying about 10-20% of the 300+ posts I have written that are the very most popular and the most critical in understanding the secret history of Mormonism and the foundational doctrines of the restoration.

I am going to start out in part one with an old series that has gotten a lot of hits lately.

It is my series on the Succession Crisis

If you have read it you can just move on.

If you have not, enjoy.

 

The Law of Succession- Part One (Seven parts of the Succession Doctrine)

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The Law of Succession- Part Two (Hyrum replaces Joseph as Prophet of the Church)

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The Law of Succession- Part Three (Hyrum was Commissioned to Reform the Church)

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Law of Succession- Part Four (The Real Succession Issue was about the Spiritual Wife Doctrine)

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The Law of Succession’ Part Five (William Marks Challenges the Protocol of the Church Court & Defends the Character of Sidney Rigdon)

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The Law of Succession- Part Six William Marks Warns the Twelve of the Consequences of Cutting off the Last Surviving Member of the First Presidency

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The Record of John the Baptist: Deconstructing the Denver Snuffer Revelation on St. John

March 4, 2017

I owe a debt of gratitude to Denver Snuffer.

My understanding and clarity of many tenets of the gospel have been made greater because of him and his ministry.

Before he emerged as a popular author with his “how to ” book on receiving the “second comforter” I had been negligent in deeply searching the meaning of the term and associated doctrines.

Because of Denver, I felt compelled to do extensive research into the topic to see if his claims and the doctrine he teaches is true.

After researching this doctrine as a result of his  claims, I feel that I now have a much deeper and richer understanding and appreciation for the true doctrine that is taught in the scriptures and clarified by Joseph Smith.

I feel that I now have a much better understanding of what the two comforters do in manifesting the truth of all things and how they related to each other and fit into the plan of salvation presented in the scriptures.

Before Denver began publicly questioning the historicity of the amazing visitation of Christ, Moses, Elias and Elijah that is documented in Section 110, I knew it was true. But I had not searched out just how integral the visitations were to the restoration narrative.

I had not realized how many questions it answers and how many other passages of scripture in both modern and ancient scripture it interrelates to the event.

Before Denver proclaimed in his book that priesthood authority was not necessary in administering a valid baptism, I already understood that priesthood WAS necessary.

However, as I scoured 3rd Nephi and Sections 13, 20, 22, 42, and 107 to see what he was seeing that I wasn’t, I gained a much deeper and renewed appreciation for priesthood authority and how God always administers his church and kingdom through human priesthood guides.

I now have a deeper regard for the necessity of the various orders and divisions of priesthood and priesthood offices in the church. I now appreciate to a much fuller degree why priesthood restoration is one of the trademarks of the LDS restoration movement.

When Denver declared that Abraham’s patriarchal priesthood was greater than the Melchizedek Priesthood, I already knew Denver was wrong about that. However, by being forced to document and articulate why I disagreed with his conclusion, I personally gained a much deeper clarity in my mind on the issue.

Numerous other false doctrines that he has taught have caused me to reevaluate and dig deeper in the scriptures to verify and validate the truth.

Several Snufferites have contacted me and acknowledged that they agreed with me that Denver had taught many false doctrines.

Curiously, most of them have concluded that they should accept him as a valid priesthood guide anyway solely based on his claim to be speaking with and being taught by God.

These conclusions seemed somewhat illogical to me but once again motivated me to ponder and do additional research on the relationship between the teaching of true doctrine and the role of prophets.  I had to scripturally validate the supposition that true prophets must teach true doctrine unless and until they fall from their calling.

I have been asked by one of the Snufferites to dedicate an entire blog to cataloging all of the major false doctrines taught by Denver Snuffer and providing a detailed analysis of and comparison of what the corresponding true doctrine is and how he has corrupted it. I may do that some time this year if I can find the time.

This four part series will simply detail the most recent false revelation that Snuffer has presented.

With the advent of the new revelation Snuffer claims to have received called the inspired version of the testimony of St John, Denver Snuffer has once again blessed my life by directing my attention to , and motivating me to revew a topic that I have previously given very little thought about, namely, the record of John that is spoken of about in Section 93.

Part One of this series will demonstrate that the record of John in Section 93 is speaking about the record of John the Baptist, not the record of John the Evangelist as the Snufferite community has been claiming.

Part Two will explain what the fulness of the record of John really is. It might surprise you how obvious it was all the time.

Part Three will detail the major changes to the gospel of John the Joseph Smith revealed in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. It will show that Denver Snuffer has rejected and deleted and/or completely changed the wording and meaning of many of the clarification that the JST had provided in the Gospel of St John.

Part Four will detail many of the other false teachings in the Snuffer revelation, including  the insertion of the King Follett theology of God the Father having once been a mortal  man and the false doctrine that their are many saviors who have created many worlds and provided atonement’s for the worlds they have created.

The Record of John

Section 93 makes reference to the fulness of the record of John that is to come forth at a later time in verses 6 & 18:

6 And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed.

18 And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John.

Denver Snuffer has unobtrusively posted his new revelation on the Gospel of St. John on his blog without saying very much about it publicly.

Nevertheless, the Snufferite community is buzzing about it and someone has even created a webpage that is dedicated to the study of this new revelation.

Again, I have Denver Snuffer to thank in motivating me to research this topic. I confess that I had never done a deep search and the whole topic was rather ambiguous in my mind.

This topic was brought to my attention one day when I got the following email from a subscriber

Today on one of the Facebook groups Bob Sontag (I don’t know him) posted this about the origin of this Testimony of St John:

This is Denver’s full response to my email this morning asking him for any information he could share about how and why it came to be. Shared with his permission:
There is a new edition of the scriptures being prepared which will use the JST of the Bible. That will result in both the Book of Moses and JS-Matthew being removed from the Pearl of Great Price. When I was asked to take a look at the project I had the impression that a new translation of John’s Gospel was needed and ought to replace the missing texts. I asked a qualified Greek Scholar to undertake that project and he declined. But the impression remained that it needed to be done.
I made it the subject of prayer and was told to do the work. I spent a few days working with an English-Greek New Testament, the JS Translation of John, and a Greek Lexicon before becoming hopelessly discouraged by the many options and choices. I prayed about it before retiring for the night and essentially quit. I explained that it would take years for me to accomplish this, and that I was not going to be able to solve the riddles of the text. I went to bed assuming I was done with it.
In the middle of that night I was awakened and given the solution to every dilemma I had been facing in the work on the text. So the next day I continued on from where I had abandoned the work and, to my surprise, everything was opened to my mind so clearly and continuously that the entire project was completed in less than three weeks. The light of heaven opened the material in a way I had never thought of nor had previously attained to in considering the Gospel of John. At times it progressed so rapidly that I was unable to finish one part before the next came rolling out. Many new and different things were added, and at least one thing was dropped entirely because it was not part of John’s original composition. Because of the rapid way it rolled out, once I finished the text I went back to clean up a lot of what had been left as incomplete sentences, run-on sentences, missing words (particularly conjunctions) and cryptic or inadequate explanations. The intent of the writer, John, was revealed, including why some things were included in the text and the manner he wrote.
When it began it was an attempt at a “translation” but by the time it was completed it was clearly a “revelation” and not merely a translation of a text. Therefore the result does not have my name on it, because I cannot claim any credit for the content. I failed in what I was attempting. What resulted came from heaven

As you can see, Snuffer claims that while trying to translate a more revelatory and accurate version of the text in the Gospel of St John, he was given a revelation from God that explained what he considered to be the “cryptic or inadequate explanations” in it.

Sadly, several of the “inadequate explanations” that he refers to were are directed at clarifications provided by Joseph Smith in the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible. Hence, Denver simply deleted them or replaced them with a completely contradictory explanation.

When I quizzed one of the Snufferites about this latest development he gave the following response:

“evidently this is supposed to be a fulfillment of the D&C 93:6 prophecy which reads, ” And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed.”

As similar belief was expressed by Adrian Larsen on his blog.

One such record has recently come forth. The Testimony of St. John has been revealed and published to begin the fulfillment of the prophecy we’ve discussed above. I believe this record is also a partial fulfillment of the promise contained in section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants:

And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed…And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John. (D&C 93:6, 18)

I have since noticed other Snufferites declaring that this new revelation is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Section 93 about the future coming forth of the fulness of the record of John.

Although it is unknown to me if Snuffer has come out and claimed that his revelation on the testimony of St. John is in fulfillment of the prophecy in Section 93, he seems to be implying it in the following statement:

When I was asked to take a look at the project I had the impression that a new translation of John’s Gospel was needed and ought to replace the missing texts.

Why else would Snuffer single out the Gospel of John has having missing texts instead of all other books in the New Testament unless he was interpreting Section 93 the same way his disciples are?

In his inspired revelation Snuffer changes the text to substantiate his belief that the “record of John”spoken of in Section 93 is referring to the record of John the Evangelist:

“And I, John, bear record, and lo the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon Him in the form of a dove and remained upon Him. There came a voice out of heaven saying: You are my Beloved Son, this day I have begotten you; for I was there with John the Baptist when he baptized Jesus.”

The above passage completely contradicts the inspired Version which clarifies that  it was only John the Baptist that heard the voice and saw the Holy Ghost descending like a dove. None of the spectators saw or heard what John the Baptist heard and saw.

This new revelation from Snuffer takes his ministry to the next level in that he had not previously produced a written revelation from the Lord that will be canonized. Apparently this new revelation will be canonized in a new edition of LDS scriptures that will be coming forth from the Snufferite movement.

Obviously, if his revelation was a valid one, it would establish him as a revelator.

If Denver’s revelation can be shown to have significant errors in it, it would be a clear sign that he is not a true prophet, or at the very least, he would be a fallen prophet.

Section 43 warns us about accepting the teachings of anyone claiming to be a revelator who had not been duly appointed by the Lord.

Producing a written revelation from the Lord is a tricky business because it enables scholars and students of the gospel to really scrutinize and dissect the content in the revelation instead of some ambiguous second hand statement regarding something the Lord had said.

There was an interesting event in the early history of the church that included the challenge of fabricating a revelation that could meet the scrutiny of critics that are weighing the content against the existing body of scripture in the  accepted canons of scripture.

Some of the leading authorities of the church were called upon to bear solemn testimony that the revelations that had been compiled for publication were true.

[In the afternoon session of the Hiram Conference on 1 November, following the reception of the Lord’s preface to the Book of Commandments (D&C 1)] Br. Joseph Smith jr. said that inasmuch as the Lord had bestowed a great blessing upon us in giving commandments and revelations, asked the conference what testimony they were willing to attach to these commandments which should shortly be sent to the world. A number of the brethren arose and said that they were willing to testify to the world that they knew that they were of the Lord.

Ultimately, a few of the leading brethren including William E. M’Lellin, took issue with some of the revelations because of the language used in some of the Sections.

This prompted a challenge from the Lord for that person who considered himself the “most wise” among the group, to see if he could manufacture scripture that could pass the scrutiny of the others.

1 Behold and hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard, and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up before me.

 2 Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you, and the heavens and the earth are in mine hands, and the riches of eternity are mine to give.

 3 Ye endeavored to believe that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verily I say unto you there were fears in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.

 4 And now I, the Lord, give unto you a testimony of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you.

 5 Your eyes have been upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and his language you have known, and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge that you might express beyond his language; this you also know.

 6 Now, seek ye out of the Book of Commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most wise among you;

 7 Or, if there be any among you that shall make one like unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true;

 8 But if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear record that they are true.

 9 For ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them, and that which is righteous cometh down from above, from the Father of lights.

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

The challenge from the Lord proved to be a humbling experience for Elder MLellin:

After the foregoing was received, William E. M’Lellin, as the wisest man, in his own estimation, having more learning than sense, endeavored to write a commandment like unto one of the least of the Lord’s, but failed; it was an awful responsibility to write in the name of the Lord.

The Elders and all present that witnessed this vain attempt of a man to imitate the language of Jesus Christ, renewed their faith in the fulness of the Gospel, and in the truth of the commandments and revelations which the Lord had given to the Church through my instrumentality; and the Elders signified a willingness to bear testimony of their truth to all the world.

In this post I am going to detail why the fabrication of scripture will ultimately be much more humiliating to Denver Snuffer than it was for William E. M’Lellin.

Imitating the “language of Jesus Christ” entails more than just trying to sound like Jesus Christ, or one of his servants . The content must be consistent with other scriptural content. It must square with history and doctrine and prophecy that has already been revealed in scripture. Obviously, fabricating a few passages of scripture is much easier than fabricating several chapters.

The only way a person can actually know if a book of scripture is true is though the spirit. On must study the content and pray about it.

By producing this revelation, Denver has invited the world to parse and vet the content for consistency and accuracy. The difference between the attempt of William E. M’Lellin and the attempt of Denver Snuffer is that M’lellin was simply attempting to fabricate scripture at the invitation of the Lord to see how difficult that task is and to validate the revelatory nature of the scripture Joseph had brought forth.

Snuffer, on the other hand, is seriously trying to convince people of his revelatory gift to prove he is a prophet of God. He is using the new revelation to gain credibility and to generate additional followers.

Although I had done some surface reading about the topic in years past, I decided to begin my investigation anew.

I began by simply googling to see if the Church had taken an official stand on whether Section 93 was refering to the “record of John the Baptist” or the “record of John the Evangelist” (also referred to as John the Beloved and John the Revelatory)

I had somewhat of a bias going into this project because the revelation clearly states up front that the testimony of John had to do, at least in part, with seeing Christ receive the fulness of his glory. It is well documented that John the Baptist is the one who bore record of this at Christ’s baptism.

Nevertheless, I wanted to be open to all of the information available.

I began by searching out what the official position of the church is and what LDS general authorities and gospel scholars have concluded.

I had assumed that it was commonly believed that it is not clear which John was being spoken about in Section 93.

To my surprise, I found the following declaration by apostle Neal A. Maxwell:

The record of John referred to in Doctrine and Covenants 93 is a record kept by John the Baptist. The full record of John the Baptist is yet to be revealed, but it will come forth in the future. This record is not to be confused with the writings of John the Revelator, the Apostle, found in the New Testament. ( Neal A. Maxwell,“Not My Will, But Thine”[1988], p. 44.)

The online Gospel Doctrine Manual agrees with the declaration made by Neal A. Maxwell:

DC 93:6  John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory

The Lord doesn’t identify which John this is.  The doctrine of section 93 is similar to the first chapter of John’s gospel.  The assumption that the John spoken of is John the Beloved is natural.  However, the student must read the text of D&C 93 and John 1 very carefully to correctly identify this John.  John the Beloved hints that the first chapter of his gospel actually comes from the lost record of John the Baptist.  He declared, “this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?… He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness” (John 1:19-23).

Apparently, in the lost record of John the Baptist is a testimony of what the Baptist saw upon baptizing the Son of God!  What did he see? Read verses 7 – 17 of section 93; he saw that Christ was the Word in the beginning; he saw that the worlds were made by Him; he saw that He received grace for grace; he saw the Holy Ghost descend upon Him in the form of a dove; he heard the voice and witness of the Father; he saw that Jesus received all power both in heaven and on earth.  Fortunately, we have the promise that someday we will enjoy more than 11 verses of the record of John the Baptist, for “the fullness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed.”

Again, tThis kind of surprised me because I had been under the impression that it was not clear which John was being referred to in Section 93.

I found yet another authoritative declaration from Bruce R. McConkie that agreed with Neal A. Maxwell and the online manual above:

From latter-day revelation we learn that the material in the forepart of the gospel of John (the Apostle, Revelator, and Beloved Disciple) was written originally by John the Baptist. By revelation the Lord restored to Joseph Smith part of what John the Baptist had written and promised to reveal the balance when men became sufficiently faithful to warrant receiving it…Even without revelation, however, it should be evident that John the Baptist had something to do with the recording of events in the forepart of John’s gospel, for some of the occurrences include his conversations with the Jews and a record of what he saw when our Lord was baptized-all of which matters would have been unknown to John the Apostle whose ministry began somewhat later than that of the Baptist’s. There is little doubt but that the Beloved Disciple had before him the Baptist’s account when he wrote his gospel. The latter John either copied or paraphrased what the earlier prophet of the same name had written. (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 1: 71.)

Additional Googling did in fact show that not all LDS manuals are in agreement on this issues.

Notice the following statement in an LDS student manual:

ADDITIONAL RECORD OF JOHN. In another revelation to Joseph Smith on May 6, 1833, an excerpt of eleven verses appears from what is called the “fulness of the record of John” (D&C 93:7-18). Important similarities exist between these verses and the opening verses of John’s gospel (John 1:1-34), but links to the experiences of John the Baptist are also apparent (cf. D&C 93:15John 1:32-34). Since Doctrine and Covenants 93 mentions only the name John, without annotation, it is unclear whether John the Beloved or John the Baptist is meant (cf. McConkie, 1979, Vol. 1, pp. 426-27).

Clearly, there is reason for some to believe that it is not known for sure which John is being spoken about.

Oddly enough, the above quote is also from McConkie, although I am not sure which one.

As you can see, the manual suggests that it is unclear which John is being spoken about. It is apparently because of the above statement and others like it that some have assumed that perhaps Section 93 is speaking about the “record of John the Evangelist”

It is unclear why the Denver Snuffer movement has assumed that Section 93 was referring to the record of John the Evangelist instead of the record of John the Baptist. However, in a recent post by Adrian Larsen on his blog, a commenter put a chill in the conversation by making the following comment:

John is one of my favorite books of scripture. I studied the Greek New Testament in college and later on studied John 1 extensively and came to the conclusion that most of John 1 was taken from the record of John the Baptist, that John the Beloved was originally a disciple of John the Baptist, that John the Beloved included a portion of the record of John the Baptist as the preface to his testimony, that the record of John referred to in D&C 93 refers to the record of John the Baptist, not John the Beloved and that the fullness of the record of John would be scripture written by John the Baptist and an expansion of John 1. For this reason I don’t see TSJ as the fullness of the record of John.

Also TSJ mentions Mary cutting Jesus’ hair which had not been cut because of the vow. I assume this refers to the Nazarite vow. This vow has three main restrictions, not to cut your hair, not to drink wine and not to have contact with unclean things including corpses. Jesus was a Nazarene (from Nazareth) but it is doubtful he was a Nazarite. I find this section of TSJ problematic.

Interestingly, we have someone who appears to be a Snufferite who had previous done a significant amount of research on the topic and he is agreeing with Apostles Maxwell and McConkie that the text in 93 is referring to John the Baptist. It is unfortunate that Craig did not share his personal research.

Although a surface reading of Section 93 and the testimony and logic provided by modern church authorities and other scholars seems rather compelling to me that it is the record of John the Baptist, I have learned to not take anything for granted. Modern LDS authorities do not have a lot of credibility with me anymore. So I decided  to do a contextual and intertextual keyword search on the word “record” in the related scriptures to see if it would back up the accepted teachings of the church on this topic.

My keyword search first led me to the third chapter in the Gospel of Matthew verses 1-8. Notice the comparison between the JST with the KJV

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Matthew 3:27-35

Matthew 3:1-8

Matt 3:27 And in those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
Matt 3:28 And saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matt 3:29 For I am he who was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord and make his paths straight.
Matt 3:30 And the same John had his raiment of camels’ hair and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Matt 3:31 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,
Matt 3:32 And many were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Matt 3:33 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O, generation of vipers! Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Matt 3:34 Why is it that ye receive not the preaching of him whom God hath sent? If ye receive not this in your hearts, ye receive not me; and if ye receive not me, ye receive not him of whom I am sent to bear record; and for your sins ye have no cloak.
Matt 3:35 Repent, therefore, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance;

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 ¶But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Notice the clarification in the JST that it is John the Baptist that was sent by God to “bear record” of Christ. The KJV omits the critical declaration that it is John the Baptist that has that commission from God.

I was next led to Matthew 3:11-17

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Matthew 3:38-46

Matthew 3:11-17

Matt 3:38 I indeed baptize you with water, upon your repentance; and when he of whom I bear record cometh, who is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear (or whose place I am not able to fill), as I said, I indeed baptize you before he cometh, that when he cometh, he may baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire.
Matt 3:39 And it is he of whom I shall bear record, whose fan shall be in his hand; and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner, but in the fullness of his own time will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.Matt 3:40 Thus came John, preaching and baptizing in the river of Jordan, bearing record that he who was coming after him had power to baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire.

Matt 3:41 And then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him;

Matt 3:42 But John refused him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee. And why comest thou to me?

Matt 3:43 And Jesus, answering, said unto him, Suffer me to be baptized of thee, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

Matt 3:44 And John went down into the water and baptized him.

Matt 3:45 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and John saw, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him; and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus.

Matt 3:46 And lo, he heard a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him.

11 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:

 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

13 ¶Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

In the above passages, the JST inserts the declaration that John the Baptist is the one that “bears record” of Jesus. It makes this insertion three times.

Those same passages in the King James Version do not mention that John bears record. The JST is making sure this very important distinction is made and that it is clear that it is the calling of John the Baptist to BEAR RECORD OF THESE EVENTS

Also note the clarification that “John saw” the heavens open and the spirit of God descending like a dove. The King James implies that the whole crowd saw it. It was John’s calling to bear record of the spirit descending like a dove!

Continuing on about the specific calling of John to bear record, “he heard” a voice from heaven saying “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him”. Again, the KJV implies that the entire crown heard the voice but this clarification assures us that it was John the Baptist who bears record of these things. 

Those above changes are very important. Later in this presentation I will demonstrate from scripture that the entire world must accept the record of John the Baptist in order to believe in Christ.

John bears record that Jesus has the authority to baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost

As you can see, the JST provides numerous clarifications in the Gospel (Testimony) of Matthew that John bears RECORD of Christ.

Now lets make note of the fact that the testimony of Mark does the same thing . The King James version of the testimony of Mark never mentions that John the Baptist bears record of Jesus, however the JST makes this clarification in the two following passages:

Mark 1:9 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And John bare record of it.

Mark 9:11 Again I say unto you that Elias is indeed come; but they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, and even as it is written of him. And he bore record of me, and they received him not. Verily, this was Elias

Are we seeing a pattern here?

The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is going to great lengths to restore the numerous testimonies that John the Baptist is the one who bears record of Jesus and the fulness that he obtained.

The reason Section 93 does not clarify which John is bearing record of Jesus at his baptism is because the scriptures are very clear about who it was.

Now lets take a look at the JST of the gospel of John

It is important to note that the inspired version renames the “Gospel of John” as “John” followed by “His Testimony of Christ”.

This is true of all four gospels. Joseph Smith essentially changed the “Gospel of” to the “Testimony of”.

This is because all four writers of these four gospels, two of which were apostles, were called to bear testimony of Christ and his ministry.

That is very significant.

Even though the definitions of “bear testimony” and “bear witness” and “bear record”  overlap, there is a subtle distinction between the calling of John the Beloved to bear testimony, and the calling of John the Baptist to bear record.

In the KJV of the Gospel of John, it is noted in three different places that John the Baptist bore record of Jesus. However the JST of the Testimony of John, it inserts this fact three additional times for a total of six!

Interestingly, in John 1:7, the KJV says that John the Baptist bears testimony, however the JST changes the word testimony to RECORD!!!!!

As you can see, a simple keyword search in the Inspired Version provides overwhelming evidence that it was the mission of John the Baptist to bear record of Christ while it was the mission of the Twelve Apostles and the writers of the Gospels that were tasked with bearing witness of Christ.

What about the Book of Mormon?

Is it congruent with the JST in declaring that it is John the Baptist that bears record of Christ?

Yes

7 And he spake also concerning a prophet who should come before the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord—

8 Yea, even he should go forth and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for there standeth one among you whom ye know not; and he is mightier than I, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. And much spake my father concerning this thing.

9 And my father said he should baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan; and he also said he should baptize with water; even that he should baptize the Messiah with water.

10 And after he had baptized the Messiah with water, he should behold and bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away the sins of the world.  (1 Nephi 10 & 11, )

Conversely, the Book of Mormon does not speak of John the Evangelist as being the one that bears witness of Christ at the time of his baptism as mentioned in Section 93, rather, it identifies his role in writing about the events of the end times and in his role in being translated and bringing souls unto Christ during the end times along with others. (See 1 Nephi 14, 3 Nephi 28 & Ether 4)

Even though the scriptures speak of many prophets and apostles that “bear witness” and “bear testimony” and “bear record” of Christ , the evidence is overwhelming that the person named John in Section 93, that bears record of Christ and his fulness, of whose record was to come forth in its fulness, was clearly John the Baptist.

It Is Through the Record of John the Baptist that All Men Might Believe

One of the most remarkable things about the Record of John the Baptist that I discovered during my keyword search, that differentiates him from John the Evangelist and all of the other prophets and apostles, is that his record is given that all men might believe . This is revealed in JST John 1:6-8

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came into the world for a witness, to bear witness of the light, to bear record of the gospel through the Son, unto all, that through him [John the Baptist] men might believe. He was not that light but came to bear witness of that light

As previously mentioned, the second use of the word “witness” in the above passage was changed to “record” in the JST.

In addition to showing that there is a subtle but profound distinction between the definition of bear witness and bear record, the above passages reveals that it is the record of John that goes to ALL people and that it is through his record that all men might believe on Christ.

That is a profoundly notable distinction.

It is not necessary that a person hear and believe the testimony or record that any other prophet or apostle has given, in order to believe in Christ, but the record of John the Baptist is essential.

It is from the testimony of John the Baptist that we know that Christ was the Son of God, that he was sinless, that he was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and that he received the fulness of his Father.

The implication of the above passage seems to be that it is impossible to gain a testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the redeemer of the world, without hearing and believing the record of John the Baptist.

This no doubt is at least in part why Christ identified him as the greatest prophet that ever lived. John the Baptist was sent into the world to bear record of the LIGHT.

This remarkable prophet had the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb and had been baptized before he came forth out of the womb. Although many of the Jews ultimately rejected Christ, they all knew that John the Baptist held the priesthood power.

He was the Evangelical High Priest of the Law by birthright and by ordination by an angel.

The Jews did not questioned his authority although they rejected the record he bore of Christ. Even though they did not accept Christ’s authority, they did accept the authority of John who was bearing witness of Christ.

Having established the fact that Section 93 is clearly speaking about the fulness of the record of John the Baptist that was to come forth at a later time, it is obvious that those claiming that Denver has prophetically brought forth the record of John the Evangelist that they assumed was prophesied of in the Gospel of John, have egg on their face because they completely misinterpreted the prophecy in Section 93.

Again, it is not clear to me whether Denver ever specifically made the claim that Section 93 is referring to the record of John the Evangelist, but his following statement certainly seems to imply that he was making that connection:

When I was asked to take a look at the project I had the impression that a new translation of John’s Gospel was needed and ought to replace the missing texts.

Why replace the missing texts in the Gospel of John and not the other Gospels unless Denver was interpreting the prophecy in Section 93 erroneously? Furthermore, if Denver knew the truth about what the prophecy in Section 93 was referring to, wouldn’t he have corrected all of his disciples when they began making the false interpretation and attributing the fulfillment of it to Denver?

It is also noteworthy to point out that some of Denver’s disciples who have misinterpreted the prophecy in Section 93 claim to have received the “Second Comforter” of Christ appearing to them. Joseph explained that the Second Comforter is to have Christ continually appear to you from time to time and teach you the mysteries.
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“Now what is this other Comforter. It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even he will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God..”
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This begs the question, if Denver and many of his followers are continuously being visited and taught by Christ, and having the heavens opened and taught the mysteries of the kingdom, why are they all incapable of understanding the basic things? Why are they incapable of teaching sound doctrine?

Why are they collectively misinterpreting the prophecy in Section 93 as an entire group?

If Denver really was the Lord’s servant called to usher in the events of the last days and lead the saints in building a temple and establishing Zion, why does he get so many things wrong? Why does he and the other false prophets spawned by his movement teach so many false doctrines?

Having shown that the Snufferite claims about Denver’s revelation being the fulfillment of the prophecy in Section 93 to be false, in part two of this series I will share my understanding of what the fulness of the record of John really is.


Miscellaneous Musings #20 “..Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right”

March 1, 2017

The War in Heaven Is Taking Place Right Now on Earth?

In a recent blog post G.azelem made the following statement

Two nights ago I began praying very fervently for Donald J. Trump, which was almost a surprise to me. I’ve never prayed for anyone in government before, ever.

I have also begun praying for Donald Trump.

The polarization that is taking place right now in America specifically, and the world generally, is astounding.

Despite the many many divisions of people that have always been in existences pertaining to personal philosophy, political beliefs and religious beliefs, the current political environment is creating a great divide resulting in two general groups, with regard to the current political environment in America. Certainly during my lifetime I don’t think there has been such a distinct and global polarization, the tension of which that just seems to keep growing.

There is a concerted and concentrated effort by the liberal media and many other liberal organizations in America to fight Donald Trump on everything he does, every step of the way.

Every single thing the Trump administration does is reported with a negative, accusatory spin on it in the liberal media. It is having an incredibly depressing and divisive effect on people. One has to wonder if this is the beginning of the “division” spoken of in prophecy that results in the dividing up of families with father being divided against son and son against father, and mother against daughter, etc.

Although there has always been a spiritual dimension to all secular things, the spiritual warfare that is currently taking place is becoming less subtle.

Recently there was a global unified effort by witches, occultists and satanists to cast a spell on Donald Trump and his supporters to block their efforts and remove Trump from office.

Contrast that with the fact that the First Lady recently publicly led a cheering crowd of Trump supporters in the Lord’s Prayer.

A friend of mine says the Lord is using Trump as a “wrecking ball”. His perception kind of coincides with the post I did about “The Deadly Wound

I recently saw a comment made by someone speculating that Trump is more representative of a latter day Sampson, than Cyrus.

Interesting possibility, on multiple levels..

Encompassed Round About

In Section  76 Joseph and Sidney were shown in vision that Satan had been in a position of authority in heaven and was cast down. It then speaks of the saints being encompassed round about by Satan and his minions.

A surface reading of those passages might lead one to assume that the war against the saints wherein they were encompassed about by Satan and his minions had taken place in the past in the pre-existence or at least prior to the vision that Joseph and Sidney had.. however in a clarifying poem later written by Joseph Smith, it is made clear that the event was to be a future one.

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And the heavens all wept, and the tears dropp’d like dew,
That Lucifer, son of the morning, had fell!
Yea, is fallen! is fallen and become, oh, alas!
The son of perdition, the devil of hell!

[23]
And while I was yet in the spirit of truth,
The commandment was–“Write ye the vision all out,
For Satan, old serpent, the devil’s for war,
And yet will encompass the Saints round about.

It really feels to me like the war in heaven is being acted out or at least reenacted right here on earth and that those who want to stop the flow of terrorists coming into our land and desire nationalism and a nation of Christian values are being besieged by those desiring globalism and every form of liberalism, atheism and Satanism.

It is possible that the reign of Trump could abruptly end and the United Nations come in to try and restore order.. the new world order?

At this present time, the polarization has created two general groups of people in America and this fight and philosophical division extends beyond America’s borders.

Once the light breaks forth and the servants return, a third group will emerge and be gathered out.

At that point, the souls of men on earth, (and possibly in heaven) will be generally divided into three parts.

This third group will separate itself from the two existing polarized groups that are waring against each other and Zion will be established.

Is this not a type of the three divisions mentioned in prophecy?

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agencyand did cast them to the earth  D&C 29:36

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth  JST Revelation 12:4

The Lord warns in the Book of Micah that at the appointed time, he will cut off the strong holds of Satan that have been established in America and will at that time cut off the witchcrafts that have insidiously overcome this nation:

 11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
 12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
 13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
 14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
 15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

A Shocking Experience at Seagull Book

BTW speaking of the graven images that the Lord will one day destroy, I walked into Seagull book the other day and thought I had walked into a Catholic monastery gift shop or book store.

There were only a few shelves with books on them and the entire remaining inventory of goods for sale was composed of pictures of Christ, replicas of Mormon Masonic Temples and religious trinkets of every sort.

Seagull Book was once the cutting edge supplier of LDS related books. Books were the main emphasis. They had rows and rows and rows of books for sale.

They were a thorn in the side of the LDS church and the Church owned Deseret Book because they discounted prices and were willing to carry some of the controversial, thought provoking books that Deseret Book refused to carry.

Once the LDS Church purchased that book chain, they neutered it and de-emphasized the role of books in their inventory.

They got rid of the more thought provoking books and have made a glorified religious trinket and gift store out of it.

Their website says this

Seagull Book is a discount bookstore that caters quality religious and family value centered products to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the general Christian community.

I fully expect Seagull Book to sell rosary beads within the next ten years. After all, they cater to the general Christian community and the modern corporate LDS is just a rebellious subsidiary of the Catholic Church.

Nevertheless, we should probably follow the example of Dan Peterson and speak reverently about our mother Church. In a recent article he made the following comments:

On a beautiful sunny day many years ago, I found myself standing in the Piazza of St. Peter in Vatican City with Elder V. Dallas Merrill and two or three others. We had just emerged from a relatively lengthy meeting with Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy, the genial Australian who was then serving as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and whom some regarded as, after the Vatican Secretary of State and Pope John Paul II himself, the third most powerful person in the Roman Catholic Church.

Among other things, Cardinal Cassidy had invited us to meet with the newly named cardinal Walter Kasper, until recently archbishop of Stuttgart, who had been appointed to succeed him after his impending retirement as president of the Pontifical Council. He had also arranged for us to attend a gathering at the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (the Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura). Pope John Paul II joined with representatives of the eastern churches in an effort to bridge the longstanding gap between the bishopric of Rome and the other ancient episcopal sees of the first centuries of Mediterranean Christianity.1

[Page viii]Elder V. Dallas Merrill, an emeritus member of the Seventy, had been a pioneer in building a relationship between leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and high-ranking Catholic leaders, and specifically with Cardinal Cassidy. He had brought us to visit with the cardinal.

As we stood there talking, Elder Merrill turned to me and, referring to the high-ranking prelates with whom we had been meeting, asked, “Well, what are we as Latter-day Saints to make of these men?”

The answer came clearly and immediately into my mind, and I responded that I felt that we should honor and respect them as true successors, in a very real sense, to the leaders of the earliest Christian community in Rome. While, from the Latter-day Saint perspective, genuine priesthood authority had long since been lost, and many doctrines had become garbled, they had kept the flame of basic Christianity alive, often through great tribulation and at great cost. They had preserved and disseminated the scriptures. They had sent missionaries throughout the world. They had served and sought to imitate the Savior.

The State vs. Religion

I recently listened to a video done by a very popular libertarian thought leader named Stefan Molyneux. I found his logic and reasoning in that particular presentation to be presented in a very compelling way. He is not even Christian. He might even be an atheist even though you would not know it to watch the video.

He spoke about how the evils of organized religion pale in comparison to the evils of the state.

About half way through his presentation it occurred to me that Stefan was mirroring many of the concepts presented by H. Verlan Andersen in his book, The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil.

The premise in the book by Andersen is that the Great and Abominable Church of the Devil that is mentioned in the Book of Mormon, is referring to GOVERNMENT, and that Satan, the god of this world, controls it through the state by getting the world to blindly support government. He characterizes government as a religion, as does Stefan.

Being the simple-minded literalist that I tend to be, I was offended when I first entertained the proposition because I felt that the church described in the Book of Mormon clearly identified the Catholic Church and all of her subsidiaries.

It would be some time later that I would realize that the Mother Church and her Jesuits do in fact control the banking system and virtually all governments in the world and hence, there was not conflict is what Andersen was saying and what I believed.

The Record of John the Baptist?

For decades LDS students of the gospel have debated back and forth over the “record of John” that is spoken of in Section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Is it speaking of the “record of John the Baptist” or the “Record of John the Beloved (Revelator)”.

Both Johns seem to have been given a responsibility to testify of Christ, but only one was tasked with the responsibility to bear RECORD that Christ recieved the fulness of the father at his baptism.

I found the following comment on a Snufferite Blog quite interesting

John is one of my favorite books of scripture. I studied the Greek New Testament in college and later on studied John 1 extensively and came to the conclusion that most of John 1 was taken from the record of John the Baptist, that John the Beloved was originally a disciple of John the Baptist, that John the Beloved included a portion of the record of John the Baptist as the preface to his testimony, that the record of John referred to in D&C 93 refers to the record of John the Baptist, not John the Beloved and that the fullness of the record of John would be scripture written by John the Baptist and an expansion of John 1. For this reason I don’t see TSJ as the fullness of the record of John.

Also TSJ mentions Mary cutting Jesus’ hair which had not been cut because of the vow. I assume this refers to the Nazarite vow. This vow has three main restrictions, not to cut your hair, not to drink wine and not to have contact with unclean things including corpses. Jesus was a Nazarene (from Nazareth) but it is doubtful he was a Nazarite. I find this section of TSJ problematic.

Needless to say, if the above commentor is correct, it throws a huge wrench in the belief that Denver has brought forth the long awaited record of John the Beloved.

I’ll be blogging on this topic in the near future.

Three Degrees of Gospel Understanding

Dan Peterson posted an interesting article at the MormonInterpreter titled “Three Degrees of Gospel Understanding“. It would have been a better, more convincing post if he had provided some compelling examples of what the third degree of gospel understanding was.

He began his post by reminiscing a talk he heard LDS Historian Stanley Kimball give back in the 1980’s.

More than three decades ago — I was still in graduate school, so it must have been in the first half of the 1980s — my wife and I attended a gathering in southern California where the late Stanley Kimball, a professor of history at Southern Illinois University and a former president of the Mormon History Association, was the speaker. His remarks have stayed in my mind ever since…

Professor Kimball explained what he called the “three levels” of Mormon history, which he termed Levels A, B, and C. (Given my own background in philosophy, I might have chosen G. W. F. Hegel’s terminology, instead: thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.)

Level A is the Sunday school version of the Church and of its history. It’s the kind of simple story that we tell in missionary lessons and in the Church’s visitors’ centers. Virtually everything connected with the Church on Level A is obviously good, beautiful, true, and harmonious. Ordinary members may occasionally make mistakes, but leaders seldom, if ever, do.

It’s difficult for somebody with a Level A understanding to imagine why everyone else doesn’t immediately recognize the obvious truth of the gospel, and opposition to the Church seems flatly Satanic.

Level B — what I call the antithesis to Level A’s thesis — is perhaps most clearly seen in anti-Mormon versions of Church history. In its purest and most extreme form, everything (or virtually everything) that Level A declares to be good, beautiful, true, and harmonious turns out actually to be evil, ugly, false, and chaotic. Latter-day Saint leaders at the general and sometimes even the local levels are viewed as deceitful and evil. They consider the Church’s account of its own story a complete fabrication, and some exceptionally antagonistic anti-Mormons even claim the general membership often misbehaves very badly.

It’s difficult for somebody solidly embedded in Level B to understand how anybody can fail to see the manifest evil and transparent falsehood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of the claims of the Restoration. Disagreement with them is the result either of some combination of ignorance and stupidity or, if that explanation can’t be made to work, of flat-out dishonesty.

In my view, the inadequacy of both Level A and Level B for any reasonable and realistic adult ought to be immediately obvious. Nothing involving humans is purely good and without flaw, just as, so far as I can tell, nothing involving humans is entirely evil and without some trace of good…

But one needn’t read anti-Mormon propaganda to be exposed to elements of Level B that seem to be true and that can’t quite be squared with an idealized, Level A portrait of the Restoration. In other words, it rapidly becomes obvious to people who read Mormon history or who experience it directly in the congregations of the Saints that Level A isn’t entirely accurate and that Level B isn’t entirely false. Some claims on Level B are true, at least to some extent, although many are wholly or largely false or are so taken out of context that they are effectively false. 

Whether newly converted or born in the covenant, maturing members of the Church will inevitably discover, sooner or later, that other Saints, including Church leaders, are fallible and sometimes even disappointing mortals. There are areas of ambiguity, even unresolved problems, in Church history; there have been disagreements about certain doctrines; the archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon doesn’t yield decisive proof of its authenticity; and some questions don’t have immediately satisfying answers….

Of course the obvious problem with the above  characterizations of Level A and B is that it simplifies A as being taught by the church, depicting church leaders in a positive light, suggesting that they make few errors and B has anti-Mormons characterizing church leaders as being evil and generally being the root cause of historical problems.

Brother Peterson then goes on to characterize Level C as the official and deeper version that provides broader context. He refers to it as the “’warts and all’ version of Restoration history” that reveals the reality of human fallibility of the saints, including their leaders without demonizing the saints and leaders.

Peterson recalls Kimballs explanation as to why the church taught church members the A version of church history-

“Professor Kimball’s remarks in southern California, decades ago: He observed that the Church isn’t eager to expose its members to the problems and ambiguities of its history. Why? Because souls can be lost and are lost on Level B.”

Peterson  recalls Professor Kimball justifying the church in not teaching the deeper version of church history that shows the “warts and all version of Restoration history” because:

“Its mission isn’t primarily to teach history; it’s to preach the gospel. That humans are fallible and flawed goes without saying..”

 On the other hand, Peterson recalls Kimball being somewhat torn about the decision to teach the sanitized version of church history instead of providing a balanced version of history with its warts, because doing so fails to “inoculate” the members who come in contact with the raw history of the church from having their faith destroyed.

Thus, in failing to “inoculate” its membership against the follies and questions and problems of its history, the Church can sometimes leave them vulnerable to faith-destroying disease.

Personally, I love the analogy of the three levels of understanding church history that Professor Kimball spoke about. However, I see a few problems with how he characterizes them as primarily having to do with human fallibility.

I believe Level C should be faith promoting and edifying but it should  also answer the tough questions. In short, it should tell the truth while providing the prophetic narrative behind the historic narrative. Simply acknowledging human fallibility hardly inoculates anyone with serious historical questions.

Secondly, implying that all or most of the difficult historical issues can be classified as human fallibility is an egregiously false characterization.

The truth is that MOST of the problematic issues having to do with church history have to do with what appear to be legitimate discrepancies in doctrine, protocol, events and the general narrative which are not necessarily related to human fallibility.

In some instances where human mistakes appear to be the problem, there is a deeper doctrinal and prophetic reason as to why God’s servants did some of the bizarre things they did. It is an industrial strength oversimplification to classify the third category as generally relating to human fallibility.

I think the reason that apologists like to make that simplification when attempting to alleviate the concerns of the members of the church who are just beginning to be confronted with the problems of church history and experiencing a crisis of faith, is because it lets them off the hook in providing serious answers to the truly difficult questions.

I believe the true Level C of church history that actually answers many of the difficult questions and strengthens faith, is the secret prophetic narrative behind the 15 year ministry of Joseph Smith that to my knowledge, has never been publicly taught in the past. Certainly not by the church. I provide this narrative in my youtube series titled The Secret History of Mormonism.

Frankly, as I have read books by faithful LDS historians and listened to the arguments of LDS apologists I have not found their Level C version of history to be very edifying or faith promoting, nor do they provide real answers to serious questions. That is probably why Peterson’s article did not provide any compelling examples of how Level C is really significantly better than Level B or how it increases faith in the restoration.

Allow me to provide one brief example of a difficult historical topic and how it might be characterized in levels A, B, and C.

Example: History of the Changes Made in Modern Revelation

Level A- Members are taught or allowed to assume that the revelations in our current Doctrine and Covenants are presented exactly how Joseph Smith originally received them from God.

This simplified but inaccurate historical narrative provides comfort and stability in believing that the revelatory doctrinal development of the church was consistent, orderly, inspired and reliable.

Level B- Members find out, (sometimes from anti-Mormons) that many of the original revelations were canonized into the Book of Commandments in 1833. Then, in 1835 most of those revelations were re-canonized into the Doctrine and Covenants with some very significant passages being deleted or altered to say something different than they originally said. In some cases, altered to say just the opposite. This creates confusion and anxiety in members to find out that the original revelations were changed.

This information leaves them wondering if the original revelations were uninspired or if changes made were uninspired. In either case, it causes doubt in the divine calling of Joseph Smith.

Level C- Members are introduced to the true prophetic narrative behind the history of the church and find out that the original revelations were true and that they pertained to the “Church of Christ” as it existed in 1833. They also learn what the fulness of the Gospel is and that is was rejected by the saints of the restored church within a very short period of time.

They learn that after the fulness of the gospel was rejected by the early Kirtland Saints in 1834, the restored church fell under condemnation. They learn that the name of Christ was taken out of the name of the church, and the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in, causing a second wave of missionary work wherein this preparatory gospel was taken to converts across the great waters, changing the demographics of the church .

In short, they learn that the D&C and the modified revelations in it were also inspired and accurate and that the are corrected to contextually pertain to the “Church of the Latter day Saints” in 1835.

They learn that the prophetic trajectory of the church had changed by 1835 and the previous scriptures needed to be modified under the direction of the Holy Spirit to be consistent with the new historical context that the members of the church found themselves in.

Once people understand this, their faith crisis on this issue is replaced by a much greater and more accurate understanding of church history and the gospel resulting in stronger faith in the LDS restoration.

I could probably provide another 30 or 40 examples just like that of the A, B, and C, level of understanding pertaining to other controversial historical  and doctrinal issues such as the historicity of Section 110, three orders of priesthood, spiritual wife doctrine, etc., etc., etc.

The article went on to say:

There are no easy, black and white solutions to this problem. Interestingly, although he was a professional academic historian, Dr. Kimball remarked that, were he in a high leadership position, he would himself probably make the same decision. He would not, that is, seek to expose Church members to a “disease” that would make them stronger if they survived it but that, in fact, more than a few would find fatal.

Once members of the Church have been exposed to Level B, though, Professor Kimball argued, their best hope is to press on to what he believed (and I believe) to be the richer but more complicated version of history (or to the more realistic view of humanity) that is to be found on Level C. Here’s a crucial point, however: He contended (and, again, I agree) that Level C — what I call the “synthesis” level — turns out to be essentially, and profoundly, like Level A. Level B is substantially and essentially wrong. Level A is correct but only as far as it goes.

This is vital to understand. For one thing, it undercuts the claim that by giving little or no attention to a “warts and all” version of Restoration history in its Sunday school classrooms, the Church is lying to the Saints. From the standpoint of a believer such as I am (and such as Professor Kimball evidently was), Level A is a simpler version of the truth and not in any significant sense a lie.

Do you buy what he is selling?

Everything is Rigged

Prior to the Presidential election I skimmed through an article titled “Everything is Rigged : Medicine, science, elections, the media, money, education, search engines, social media… you are living in a fabricated fairy tail

How is that for a depressing declaration?

Here is the intro to the article

After witnessing how Reuters just blatantly cooked the presidential election polls this week to favor Clinton and how the mainstream media is so terrifyingly biased in favor of Clinton that the very foundation of democracy is now in crisis, it’s time to tell you something that perhaps a lot more people are finally ready to hear:

Everything is rigged. 

Every institution in America is sold out, corrupted and politically rigged to favor Big Government and Big Business. “America is a lost country,” explains Paul Craig Roberts. “The total corruption of every public and the private institution is complete. Nothing remains but tyranny. And lies. Endless lies.”

The most depressing thing about the article is that it is, in my humble opinion, true.

Everything is rigged.

However there are those who do not think that tyranny and rigged elections is sustainable nor can it withstand the strain of social blow-back and protest. Another article that may reflect the crossroads that America finds itself  in is titled “Chaos will erupt across America in less than 100 days… no matter who wins the election

There are over 40 saints of the restoration who have testified that Joseph Smith prophesied that the America we know it would end in a Civil War. There are numerous prophecy scholars including Jonathan Kahn who believe that 2016-17 is the time of the last big Jubilee and that our currency will either collapse or experience a huge hair cut in this time period.

Whether we experience such a major change in the near future or not, I think it is safe to say that we are in unchartered waters and on the brink of major prophetic events taking place.

How did America and the world arrive at this dire situation where there is so much deception and everything is rigged against the common man?

The above article on how everything is rigged reminded me of a chastisement that I got from my older sister about 30 years ago.

She had been quizzing my wife and I about why we were considering doing home school for our children and we shared with her our distrust in the “system”.

In our conversation we shared our distrust in government run education and also in modern science in General. We shared our distrust in traditional medicine and the AMA and why we thought that using alternative health methodologies was a better way to go.

We shared our concern about some of the things being taught in the corporate LDS church and we even mentioned our distrust of the legal system and how it was ultimately governed by the “Crown” and the “Vatican”.

After getting an earful of why the whole system was corrupted and rigged, my sister exclaimed in disdain, “you guys seem to see a conspiracy under every rock you look under!

She was right. We did see a conspiracy under every rock that we overturned. I made no apologies for it then and I make no apologies for it now.

Her reaction is understandable because she, like most Mormons, did not believe that Satan is the god of this world and that this world represents his kingdom. (2nd Cor 4:4)

The Four Crafts

Brigham Young made the following statement.

When God spoke from heaven to Joseph Smith, the people were bound down by priestcraft, doctorcraft, kingcraft, and lawyercraft, the four grand crafts that uphold Satan’s kingdom.” Brigham Young (Des. News, July 12, 1863)

CRAFT, noun
2. Cunning, art or skill, in a bad sense, or applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; skill or dexterity employed to effect purposes by deceit.  1828 Websters

In my opinion, the above four crafts are responsible for the destruction of America, the deception that is taking place and the dilemma our world is in. Satan has worked his magic primarily through those four crafts. They have permeated and completely taken over government and religion. Both the President of the United States and the President of the LDS Church along with their inner circles are practicing kingcraft with virtually no accountability to the people they rule over.

Those that administer the directives of our kingly government and kingly Church leaders, are largely composed of career doctors, lawyers and priests. I believe that Teachercraft can be added to the above list because the educational system is the primary purveyor of all this nonsense to our children.

It is amazing that Brigham Young warned the Saints against being educated by the worldly schools of Babylon and as an alternative he created a church sponsored university that has grown into BYU!

Yet BYU has become exactly what it was created to be a Godly alternative to. There is virtually no difference between the education that one gets from BYU and any other worldly institution. Indeed BYU aspires to be more like the Jesuit controlled Ivy League schools.

The Law of Common Consent and Leadership Accountability

I have blogged numerous times about the fact that the Lord initially gave the Saints of the restoration the Law of Common Consent as a checks and balances instrument to prevent priestcraft from entering into the church and prevent leaders from making uninspired decisions. The Law of Consecration is an essential law that makes everyone temporally equal in their temporal opportunities and prevents church leaders from practicing priestcraft.

That law of common consent has been perverted by church leaders into a tool for identifying those that are loyal to the faith and those that are not loyal to the faith. When someone votes to the contrary, they are called in to determine their worthiness and whether or not they should face a tribunal, the issue they are voting against is never objectively and sincerely questioned by the authorities.

In a recent podcast about the law of common consent I heard a scripture that I had never noticed before in the Book of Mormon. It blew my mind-

“..choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.

Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.

And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you  (Mosiah 29:25-27)

Wow.

Allow me to paraphrase what the above passage is saying to me.

The voice of the God’s people as a collective, commonly (generally) desires that which is right, which is why everyone needs to have an equal voice in the voting of all major decisions in the Church.

Smaller special interest groups, including special quorums that take it upon themselves to make decisions in behalf of the collective body of Christ, commonly (generally) desire that which is not right for the people. 

Holly-freakin-molly.

Smaller groups within the collective group commonly want that which is not right!!!!!

No wonder the Lord commanded the saints thusly in governing the church-

“And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith, for all things you shall receive by faith. Amen.” D&C 26:2

Imagine what would have happened if Joseph Smith would have publicly put the law of Celestial Polygamy up for a vote of the total membership of the church which contradicts the previous revelation on the higher marital law of monogamy in Section 42.

I believe it would have been voted down emphatically and decisively. He would have probably been excommunicated from the church.

That is the express reason he had to practice it in secrecy and why God commands that things of this nation not be done in secret. He knew the united voice of the saints would have voted against it based on previous revelations and commandments as well as innate conscience. A vote would have prevented the practice of celestial polygamy from entering into the church.

Imagine what would have happened if Brigham Young would have put it up to a vote (without retribution) when he decided to start withholding the priesthood from the blacks after they had enjoyed the privilege of holding the priesthood from the beginning of the restoration under the direction of Joseph Smith.

Imagine what would have happened if President Monson would have openly presented the desires of the governing quorum of the church to spend Billions of dollars on a real estate project that featured a large shopping mall instead of focusing on investing additional resources of the church on the poor and needy.

Do you think that would have been accepted by the voice of the people? How would members of the church who are practically starving and making huge sacrifices to pay tithing feel about that decision?

If it had been  accepted by the majority of the people, according to the above scripture, it would have been a sure sign for the judgments of God to fall upon the people.

What would have happened last year if the leaders of the Church would have explained to the saints the legal reasons why they had been instructed by the law firm of the Church to withhold the saving ordinances of the Gospel from innocent children because of the family circumstances they were in?

Do you think the majority of the saints, (if they did not feel the threat of church discipline for voting their conscience) would have sustained such an abomination if asked to vote on it?

I think not.

 

Miscellaneous Musings #19- Was Eliza R. Snow gang-raped by Eight Missouri ruffians?
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Miscellaneous Musings #18 Catholic Theologian Accepts Joseph Smith as a Prophet
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Miscellaneous Musings #17 “For it was the woman that sinned not the man”

Miscellaneous Musings #16 The Link between Prophet Worship and Breaking the LAW of the Gospel

Miscellaneous Musings #15 “Dedicating yourself to truth and dedicating yourself to God are the exact same thing”

Miscellaneous Musings #14 The Collateral Damage of the LDS Historical Essays on Polygamy Transcend the Mormon Church

Miscellaneous Musings #13 Peter was a High Priest

Miscellaneous Musings #12 Are the Nauvoo Discourses True?

Miscellaneous Musings #11 Six Year Anniversary of OneWhoIsWatching

Miscellaneous Musings #10 Ferguson is Close to the “Center Place”

Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

Miscellaneous Musings #8 Sunstone Symposium 2014

Miscellaneous Musings # 7 The Kinderhook Plates were Authentic

Miscellaneous Musings # 6 Jeremy Runnells

Miscellaneous Musings # 5 Phineas Young

Miscellaneous Musings #4

Miscellaneous Musings #3 Kingdom of the Jews (3/7/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #2 (2/28/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #1 (2/11/2014)


The Inspired Revision of the Bible Part Four: The Mystical and Eternal Nature of God and His Atonement

February 23, 2017

In this installment on the revelatory clarifications in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible we are going to review inspired passages that address the nature and character of God and the mystical relationship of ONENESS between the Father and the Son.

We will demonstrate through the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible and related scriptures that ALL worlds past and present were created by the Father through his Son Jesus Christ.

We will demonstrate that the infinite and eternal atonement of Jesus Christ was done for the inhabitants of all worlds past and present.

We will document the eternal distinction between how Jesus Christ was created by the Father as the “ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER” while all other saved beings  are “BEGOTTEN SONS AND DAUGHTERS UNTO GOD” through the Atonement of Christ and the Plan of Salvation.

We will note that the fruits of true prophets are to teach true doctrines and that we can detect false prophets and fallen prophets by detecting the false doctrines they teach through the false revelations they receive.

 

Samples of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #5
the Father is the Son and the Son is the Father
This Can Only be Understood if the Son Reveals It

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Luke 10:23

Luke 10:22

All things are delivered to me of my Father; and no man knoweth that the Son is the Father, and the Father is the Son, but him to whom the Son will reveal it.

All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

I believe that the above change is one of the most revelatory profundities in the JST with regard to revealing the nature and character of God and the true relationship between the Father and the Son.

The Son is the Father and the Father is the Son.

As with any single passage of scripture, no matter how inspired and revelatory, it needs to be viewed holistically through the promptings of the spirit in conjunction with all other relevant scriptures.

And after all we can do under those circumstances, we will still not fully comprehend how the Son is the Father and the Father is the Son UNTIL Christ opens the heavens and infuses us with the Holy Ghost and shows us the mystery of what is being taught.

Nevertheless, God obviously wants us to ponder what is being said or he would not have revealed what he said in scripture. Interestingly, God forbid Joseph from expounding on the revelatory clarifications in the JST until it was published to the world.

Sadly the JST was never published to the world under Joseph’s direction during his life. He will yet return and restore the truth in power.

Nevertheless, by the grace and providence of God, the Bible which he used to make many inspired changes and the associated manuscript, eventually fell into the hands of the RLDS church and was published so that those who seek for deeper understanding could benefit from it  and prepare their hearts for the return of the fulness.

The above nugget from the JST is completely consistent with many other passages of scriptures that give us a glimpse into the nature of God.

Notice what was revealed in Section 93 regarding the mystical oneness of the Father and the Son

 1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;
2 And that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world;
3 And that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one—

We are informed that the Father and the Son are ONE because they dwell in each other.

4 The Father because he gave me of his fulness, and the Son because I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of men.
5 I was in the world and received of my Father, and the works of him were plainly manifest.
6 And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed.

After informing us that Christ is the Father and the Father is the Son because they literally dwell in each other, we are informed that they are differentiated by the fact that the Father enjoyed the “fulness” before Christ was begotten of the Father.

The Father has always been God. Christ is a created, begotten being. The Father created the Son and has created all other things through the Son.

John  saw that Christ received of the Father.

When?

Is this referring to Christ’s earthly ministry or to the pre-existence?

Context is possibly provided for this question in John 17:5

“And Now oh  Father, glorify me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”

Christ received his fulness from  the Father when he was created before his earthly ministry and again during this earthly ministry.

Christ temporarily put off his fulness during his earthly sojourn UNTIL God once again infused him with the fulness.

John was a witness of these things.

The Book of Mormon seems to refer to Christ’s temporary putting off of the Father’s fulness and his earthly ministry wherein he regained the fulness and meekly ministered to the inhabitants of the world and allowed himself to be judged of the world and slain for the sins of the world as a CONDESCENSION. ( 1 Nephi 11:16-36)

The Son had the ability and willingness to separate out of the Father, put off the fulness, and enter into his earthly body even though he would remain sinless and not take upon himself the corrupted mortal blood that all other humans of the family of Adam inherited from the fall.

Once in the earthly tabernacle, Christ again received of the fulness from the Father in order to provide an atonement. The new Testament makes the following record of the baptism of Jesus, not for the remissions of sins, but rather, to fulfill all righteousness

43 And Jesus, answering, said unto him, Suffer me to be baptized of thee, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
 44 And John went down into the water and baptized him.
 45 And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and John saw, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus.
 46 And lo, he heard a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him. (JST Matthew 3:43-46)

Continuing with the narrative in Section 93, the following is a record of John’s epiphany about Jesus’ pre-existent glory

7 And he bore record, saying: I saw his glory, that he was in the beginning, before the world was;
 8 Therefore, in the beginning the Word was, for he was the Word, even the messenger of salvation—
 9 The light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth, who came into the world, because the world was made by him, and in him was the life of men and the light of men.
 10 The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.

 John saw that Christ had the glory of the Father prior to coming to earth and that he created ALL of the worlds that had been created.

11 And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.
 12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;
 13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;
 14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.

A contextual reading of the above passages in Section 93 in conjunction with John 17:5 and other passages, reveals that it was during his earth life that Christ “received not the fulness at first but received grace for grace”.

15 And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son.
16 And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father;
17 And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him.

It appears from the narrative in Section 93 that it was during the baptism of Christ and the reception of the Holy Ghost that Christ regained at least part of his previous glory and pre-existent status and that John bore witness of this event.

 18 And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John.
 19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness.
 20 For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.
 21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn;

There are parts of John’s record that have been withheld until the appointed time. The existing record of John and the additional part of his record that is to be revealed in the future are given that we may understand how to worship and what we worship.

JST Luke 10:23 may well be part of the record of John that was to come forth at a future time.

The inspired clarification provides a much deeper meaning to the simple declaration made by Joseph Smith that we pray to the Father in the name of Christ, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Praying to the Father in the name of Christ is one of the essential aspects of prayer:

“Ye must always pray unto the Father in my name” (3 Nephi 18:19)

Again, the nature and character of God is a mystery which is only revealed to those that receive the fulness of the saving ordinances by those that possess the greater priesthood.

For This reason, we know that we are at the mercy of God in fufilling his unconditional promises and returning the first elders with the greater priesthood and the saving ordinances before we can fully have the mystery of God revealed to us. It is essential to have the greater priesthood to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom and the key of the knowledge of God-

19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.
 20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.
 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;
 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live. (Section 84)

Nevertheless, the amount of information that we have been given about God and his kingdom, enables us to prepare  our hearts and our minds for the return of the fulness and discern the false doctrines taught by the false prophets that arise among us who claim to converse with and be taught of God.

The above passages revealing the oneness of the Father and the Son are really just a reiteration of the intercessory prayer that Christ offers in John 17. In that prayer, we are informed that just as the Father and the Son are one, those of us that become the Sons of God through the atonement of Christ will likewise become one in them:

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Here is what I said regarding the oneness of the Father and the Son and the mystery of Godliness in my book

Scholars of the Bible have argued for centuries over whether God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ represent two separate and distinct beings [a plural God] or if they represent one being [a singular God]. The argument is fanned by the fact that the scriptures depict both a singular God, with the Father and the Son being declared to be one God, yet also depicting Christ and the Father as being separate and distinct intellegences that actually carry on conversations with each other, showing them to be a plural God.

A similar debate has taken place within Mormonism and has been exacerbated by conflicting accounts of the first vision, some declaring God, singular, visiting Joseph, while others declare that the Father and the Son visited Joseph in vision.

I am going to suggest that the scriptures do not present two conflicting doctrines regarding the Father and the Son. Rather, they reveal two separate ways that the only true God manifests himself.

I believe we need to accept EVERYTHING that God has collectively taught about Himself in the Holy Scriptures; even the passages that appear to be contradictory and require the student of the Gospel to step outside the paradigm of their five senses and accept what is said, regardless of how illogical and contradictory it seems to the natural man and his  finite mind and limited comprehension of eternal things.

Hence, I have no other choice than to conclude that the Father and Son represent ONE GOD, whose mind is the Holy Ghost, who has the ability to manifest Himself as TWO SEPARATE AND DISTINCT INTELLIGENCES.

How is this possible?

According to scripture, the Father is a personage of spirit and the Son is a personage of tabernacle.

I believe Christ’s physical personage dwells within the spiritual personage of the Father and the Father’s spiritual personage dwells within the physical personage of the Son. Add to that the fact that the Holy Ghost is their mind, giving them unity of thought, and this makes them ONE GOD.

In other words, the Father cloaks himself in the tabernacle of the Son. Conversely, the tabernacle is infused with the spirit of the Father enabling Christ to inherit and manifest the fulness of the nature and character of the Father, enjoying the same mind and will when they are combined.

Nevertheless, we know from scripture that Christ has the ability to separate out of God to bring about the purposes of God. Hence, the Son was able to condescend and come to earth to do the will of his Father.

Not only does scripture document the Son condescending into his earthly ministry and having a conversation with the Father, he even displays a will that is not necessarily the same as the Fathers.

“Not my will but thine…”

Clearly, Jesus has the capacity to literally be one with the Father, nay, be the Father, and yet, he also has the capacity to separate out as an independent intelligence.

John 1:18 informs us that Christ is:

. . . in the bosom of the Father . . .

D&C Section 76:13 also makes reference to :

. . . his Only Begotten Son . . . in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning.

D&C Section 93 informs us that the Father and Son literally reside in each other:

. . . I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one— 

Isn’t that just another way of saying the Son is the Father and the Father is the Son?

In JST Luke 10:23 Christ declares-

“and no man knoweth that the Son is the Father, and the Father is the Son, but him to whom the Son will reveal it.

Perhaps one of the most amazing things to realize is that the Father apparently jointly participated in the atonement with the Son

“..I God have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent…” D&C 19:16

Mosiah 15:1-4 states that God himself redeems his people-

1 …I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.
2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—
3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—
4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.

Lectures on Faith informs us that the mind of God and Christ is the Holy Spirit:

…And he being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fulness of the glory of the Father—possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things:

by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one: The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fulness:

Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fulness of the Mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the Spirit, glory and power of the Father—possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom: sitting at the right hand of power, in the express image and likeness of the Father—a Mediator for man—being filled with the fulness of the Mind of the Father, or, in other words, the Spirit of the Father:

which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments: and all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all: being filled with the fulness of his glory, and become one in him, even as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.

Of course the truths given above only provide an intellectual understanding that hopefully gets us closer to the full truth. The passage in the JST informs us that we can only truly understand this when the Son reveals this mystery to us. 

 

Samples of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #6
The Key of Knowledge is the Fulness of the Scriptures

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Luke 10:53

Luke 110:52

Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge, the fullness of the scriptures; ye enter not in yourselves into the kingdom; and those who were entering in, ye hindered. 

Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

The term “fulness of the scriptures” added to the above passage in the JST is significant. Another very close variation of the keyword, “fulness of my scriptures” shows up two times in modern revelation. The first time has to do with the LAW of the GOSPEL in Section 42:

12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
 13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
 14 And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.
 15 And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.
 16 And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good;
 17 For, behold, the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the Father and of the Son.

The obvious interpretation of the term being used would indicate that the Joseph Smith Inspired Version of the Bible is being referred to as the fulness of the scriptures.

I would suggest however that perhaps a broader meaning is intended which would include all of the scriptures that Joseph will ultimately bring forth.

The next time that the keyword shows up in modern revelation seems to suggest this.

In Section 104 the Lord declares that some of the saints in the land of Zion had broken the covenant of consecration that they had entered into. Because of this, the Lord dissolved the covenant between the saints in Zion and the saints in Kirtland. They were no longer bound together as a united order.

In the revelation the Lord informs the leaders of his church that he had commanded them to “organize themselves”.

He then explains that organizing themselves includes printing the fulness of the scriptures:

57 But, verily I say unto you, I have appointed unto you to be stewards over mine house, even stewards indeed.
 58 And for this purpose I have commanded you to organize yourselves, even to print my words, the fulness of my scriptures, the revelations which I have given unto you, and which I shall, hereafter, from time to time give unto you—

Interestingly, this revelation was given AFTER the JST of the Bible had been completed!

Yet the Lord is telling them that the fulness of the scriptures will contain not only that which had already been revealed, but things that were yet to be revealed!

Clearly, the fulness of the scriptures is a term that refers to the publishing of multiple books of scripture, possibly into one canon of scripture, as had been foretold in ancient scripture.

The revelation then goes on to inform us that the fulness of the scriptures are essential in building up the church and kingdom on earth and to prepare the saints for the time when Christ will return to dwell with them.

59 For the purpose of building up my church and kingdom on the earth, and to prepare my people for the time when I shall dwell with them, which is nigh at hand.

The Lord then instructs the saints to prepare a place for a treasury to be consecrated for keeping the sacred things that needed to be printed and canonized.

60 And ye shall prepare for yourselves a place for a treasury, and consecrate it unto my name.
 61 And ye shall appoint one among you to keep the treasury, and he shall be ordained unto this blessing.
 62 And there shall be a seal upon the treasury, and all the sacred things shall be delivered into the treasury; and no man among you shall call it his own, or any part of it, for it shall belong to you all with one accord.
 63 And I give it unto you from this very hour; and now see to it, that ye go to and make use of the stewardship which I have appointed unto you, exclusive of the sacred things, for the purpose of printing these sacred things as I have said.
 64 And the avails of the sacred things shall be had in the treasury, and a seal shall be upon it; and it shall not be used or taken out of the treasury by any one, neither shall the seal be loosed which shall be placed upon it, only by the voice of the order, or by commandment.
 65 And thus shall ye preserve the avails of the sacred things in the treasury, for sacred and holy purposes.
 66 And this shall be called the sacred treasury of the Lord; and a seal shall be kept upon it that it may be holy and consecrated unto the Lord.

The bottom-line is that the fulness of the scriptures that Joseph Smith is to bring forth are essential for the building up of the kingdom and for preparing us to dwell with the Lord when he returns.

The above passage from the JST informs us that the fulness of the scriptures represent the key of knowledge by which we enter into the kingdom.

The importance of the scriptures in revealing the nature and character of God and the mystical relationship between the Father and the Son is hard to overstate.

Back in the time of Christ, the Lawyers had taken away or suppressed the fulness of the scriptures. By so doing, they were preventing themselves from entering into the kingdom and they were hindering the humble followers of Christ from entering in.

This exact scenario has taken place in the latter days. Shortly after the restoration of the fulness of the gospel, the Gentiles rejected the fulness. From that time on, the saints were delivered over to Satan and the true teachings of the restoration, and the true interpretation of the scriptures began to be corrupted and suppressed.

Samples of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #7
Human Priesthood Leaders are to Guide People by Showing the Light
If They Transgress and Teach Falsehood they Need to be Discarded

 

Joseph Smith Translation

King James Translation
JST Mark 9:39-50

Mark 9:42-50

39 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.


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Therefore, if thy hand offend thee, cut it off; or if thy brother offend thee, and confess not, and forsake not, he shall be cut off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than, having two hands, to go into hell.

41 For it is better for thee to enter into life without thy brother, than for thee and thy brother to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.

42 And again, if thy foot offend thee, cut it off; for he that is thy standard, by whom thou walkest, if he become a transgressor, he shall be cut off.

43 It is better for thee to enter halt into life, than, having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.

44 Therefore, let every man stand or fall by himself and not for another, or not trusting another.

45 Seek unto my Father, and it shall be done in that very moment what ye shall ask, if ye ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive.

46 And if thine eye which seeth for thee, him that is appointed to watch over thee to show thee light, become a transgressor and offend thee, pluck him out.

47 It is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hellfire.

48 For it is better that thyself should be saved, than to be cast into hell with thy brother, where their worm dieth not and where the fire is not quenched.

49 For everyone shall be salted with fire; and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt; but the salt must be good.

50 For if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it (the sacrifice)? Therefore, it must needs be that ye have salt in yourselves and have peace one with another.

 

42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
 

 

 

 

 
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

 

 

 

 

48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 

49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

The above passages and clarifications inform us that God does in fact appoint human priesthood holders to act as a standard and as inspired guides for his people. Ancient prophets like Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were sent to be guides.

In the New Testament God sent prophets and apostles like Peter, James, John and Paul to act as standards and guides and teach the truth.

However the above clarifications in the JST also inform us that human guides are fallible and can begin teaching falsehood.

It is not the human priesthood leader that God has ordained to be our guide, that we are to put our trust in. It is the light coming from God through the prophet that we are to trust in. It is our responsibility to discern the doctrine being presented. As soon as we detect false doctrine coming from the human guide that has been ordained of God, we are to thrust them aside.

The truth is that there are precious few examples of true prophets that teach false doctrine pertaining to the basics of the gospel of Christ and the saving ordinances. Peter struggled to understand the truth about preaching the gospel to the Gentiles,  but God corrected him on that issue.

Paul “wrote unto the church, giving unto them a commandment, not of the Lord, but of himself..” but his witness of the Christ and him crucified was sound.

Neither of those rare instances actually had to do with teaching false doctrines regarding the nature of God, the essentials of the plan of salvation or the saving ordinances of salvation.

I have noted in previous posts that Joseph Smith had a very unique calling with regard to eventually having his eyes covered.

Joseph Smith initially revealed the truth with uncanny accuracy up until the fulness of the gospel was rejected by the Gentiles.

After that, the saints were delivered over to Satan and the eyes of the seers were covered and some false doctrine was taught.

Some people have greatly misunderstood the uniqueness of Joseph’s calling and have used it to assume that true prophets can teach false doctrine while still acting as a valid prophetic guide.

That is false. If Joseph taught any false doctrines, it was after he became a fallen prophet pursuant to his calling and having his eyes covered.

I have had several Snufferites contact me and tell me that they agree with me that Denver Snuffer has taught lots of false doctrines but they ultimately choose to accept Snuffer as a valid mortal priesthood guide and a true prophet solely based on his claim that he has seen God and has been called of God.

Sadly they use my research on the atonement statute and the intercessory atonement offering of Joseph Smith, and the covering of Joseph Smith’s eyes, as an excuse as to why true prophets can teach false doctrine and yet still be true prophets.

With this misunderstanding, they give Snuffer a free pass to teach all of the false doctrines he wants while maintaining his status as a true prophet and credible guide.

That is a gross misunderstanding of Joseph Smith’s unique calling and a misunderstanding of the necessity of true prophets to teach true doctrine.

In sample #8 we shall expose yet another very grievous false doctrine and false revelation that Denver Snuffer has presented.

 

 Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #8
There is Only One Savior who Created All of the Past and Future Worlds
His Infinite Atonement Covers All of Creation 

Joseph Smith Revision
Book of Moses

King James Version

Moses 1:6, 33, 5:7,9, 7:35-40, 62:4

6 And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son; and thou art in the similitude of mine Only Begotten; and mine Only Begotten is and shall be the Savior, for he is full of grace and truth; but there is no God beside me, and all things are present with me, for I know them all.

33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten

7 And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.

9 And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.

62 And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.
63 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;
64 And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest.

It is easy to forget that the Book of Moses represents the very first part of the JST that was revealed through Joseph Smith. It is essentially, Genesis Chapter One+.

The snippets above represent passages of scripture from the Book of Moses that establish the following truths:

  •  There is no God beside the Father
  • The Father created the Son as His ONLY BEGOTTEN
  • The Father created all things through the Son
  • There is no Savior besides Christ
  • The inhabitants of Zion come forth from all creations that God has made.
  • As the creator of all worlds, Christ’s infinite and eternal atonement provides the atonement and redemption for all saved people from all worlds pasts and present

As previously established, God the Father has always been God. He had no beginning. He created (organized) his Son from pure, celestial, unorganized Intelligence that had resided in the Bosom of the Father.

Since Christ was given the fulness of the Father when he was begotten of the Father, Christ received everything the Father had and Christ became ONE with the Father. The Father and the Son are ONE GOD.

Christ has always been in the bosom of the Father and was begotten as the the Son of God who has always been without sin. Christ has never needed an atonement performed for him. The only atonement ever provided throughout eternity is the atonement provided by Christ through the will of the Father.

In a very real sense, it appears the Father participated in the suffering and atonement of the Son. Indeed, it was after the suffering in gethsemane and the cross that Christ was able to lay down his life on the Cross as a result of becoming separated from the Father

“And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:39

In other words, the Father was indwelling in Christ at least intermittently, during the suffering right up until Christ laid down his life.

In modern revelation we are given a remarkable sequence of declarations that can only be appreciated when the mystical oneness of the Father and the Son is understood..

First we are informed that Christ is the Redeemer of the world

Second we are informed that Christ belongs to the Father and does his will

Third we are informed that “God” suffered for the sins of the world

Fourth we are informed that the God who suffered is the “greatest of all”

Fifth we are informed that it was Christ that “would that I might not drink the bitter cup” and then gives glory to the Father after submitting to the will of the Father.

1 I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.
 2 I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—
 3 Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done.
 4 And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless.15 Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.
 16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
 19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men. D&C 19

To the carnal natural mind, that sequence of declarations is illogical and irrational.

How can Christ belong to and submit himself to, and do the will of the Father, if Christ is the greatest of all?

Isn’t the Father the greatest of all?

It appears that the Father was indwelling in Christ and they were ONE GOD during the suffering.

Even though the passages above clearly identifies Christ as the host tabernacle who trembled because of pain and offered himself as the atonement, it appears the Father was dwelling within him and participating in the suffering.

No Gods Before Him

In Isaiah 43 God informs us that there have been no Gods before Him

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
 11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isa 43)

The Vision known as Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants reveals that it is Christ, without the involvement of other Saviors that saves all of the creations that Christ created except for the Sons of Perdition. This proves conclusively that Christ’s atonement was an infinite and eternal atonement that redeems all creations.

76:43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

According to the testimony of Joseph and Sidney in Section 76, Jesus Christ is the Creator AND Redeemer of all the worlds that are created.

22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.
38 Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath.
39 For all the rest shall be brought forth by the resurrection of the dead, through the triumph and the glory of the Lamb, who was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father before the worlds were made.
40 And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—
41 That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;
42 That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him;
43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

Further Clarification that Christ’s Atonement is for All Creation

WW Phelps once asked Joseph to provide further clarification regarding the amazing vision that Joseph and Sidney had had. The following segment from the poem Joseph wrote in response, provides unquestionable clarity as to whether each world has its own Savior and atonement, or whether Jesus Christ provided one infinite and eternal atonement for all worlds.

Section 76 Joseph Smith Poem Clarifying Section 76
21. And saw the holy angels, and them who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever.

22. And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

23. For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

22. And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

23. For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

17. I beheld round the throne, holy angels and hosts, And sanctified beings from worlds that have been, In holiness worshipping God and the Lamb,Forever and ever, amen and amen!

18. And now after all of the proofs made of him, By witnesses truly, by whom he was known, This is mine, last of all, that he lives; yea he lives! And sits at the right hand of God, on his throne.

19. And I heard a great voice, bearing record from heav’n, He’s the Saviour (Savior), and only begotten of God- By him, of him, and through him, the worlds were all made, Even all that career in the heavens so broad.

20. Whose inhabitants, too, from the first to the last, Are sav’d by the very same Saviour (Savior) of ours; And, of course, are begotten God’s daughters and sons,

By the very same truths, and the very same pow’rs.

[This poetical rendering of Doctrine and Covenants 76, published in Nauvoo in 1843, is the only poem extant supposed to have been written by the Prophet Joseph Smith. For a long period Phelps served as a personal scribe for Joseph. The poem is a response to Phelps’ request]

As you can see, the snippets in the above poem about Section 76 provide a second witness to what is clearly declared in Section 76 and the Book of Moses in confirming that Christ has atoned for the sins of the inhabitants of all past and future worlds.

Christ’s Atonement Was Infinite

One the remarkable things about the Book of Mormon is that it reminds us repeatedly that the atonement of Christ was INFINITE:

Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement–save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. Wherefore, the first judgment which came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration. And if so, this flesh must have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no more (2 Ne 9:7).

And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind–and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things (2 Ne 25:16).

(2 Ne 25:16).And after they [the Jews] have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind–and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things. (2 Ne 25:16)

For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice. Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another. Now, if a man murdereth, behold will our law, which is just, take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay. But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world (Alma 34:10-12).

Why is it important to understand that God the Father has never changed and that there were no Gods before him, and that the atonement of Christ was infinite and eternal ?

I believe it is important for many reasons.

One reason is so that we will more fully comprehend the magnificent power of the God we worship and better know who and what we worship.

Another reason is so that we can avoid becoming arrogant like Satan did and wanting to become like unto God in the sense of replacing the works of God with our own works of creations and atonement.

Another reason is so that we can detect false teachings and false prophets in our midst.

One of the things we learned from the scriptures is that false prophets teach false doctrine.

 

The Fruits of True Prophets is True Doctrine

One of the primary fruits of a true prophet is to teach truth instead of falsehood. The defining fruit of a false prophet is false doctrine.

15 ¶Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Damnable Heresies that Deny that Christ Bought Us

Peter warned of false prophets that would teach damnable heresies. They would deny the Lord. Denying the Lord could refer to rejecting Jesus as the Christ. Another way to interpret the passage is that they would deny the fulness of the work and atonement of God, claiming that there are many Gods providing many atonements for different worlds.

2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

For years I have spoken about the fact that virtually every true doctrine of the restoration has been perverted. The more I study and search the scriptures and compare the teachings of Christ in the scriptures and the original teachings of the LDS restoration movement, to what is taught in the church today, the more I am convinced of this.

I am now going to address one of the most evil damnable heresies that has ever been introduced into the church.

I have personally been guilty of teaching it and have since repented.

Here is an excerpt from a booklet I wrote back in 1992 when I was just beginning to separate out the truth from fiction in LDS doctrine.

“‘follow thou me’ is the command given. But if we must follow the example of a “mortal messiah” that never committed any sin during his mortal earth life, we are without hope, “for we have all sinned” and therefore cannot follow his example of mortal perfection. On the other hand, if we are commanded to follow the example of an immortal messiah, , “who was once a [mortal] man like us”. who became a god by going through the same plan of salvation that we are experiencing we have great reason to hope and glory in the grace of God”

Sounds logical does it?

At the time I wrote the above snippet, I had just become aware of the book “The Mortal Messiah” by Bruce McConkie and knew deep within my soul that Christ was not a mortal messiah. So I began trying to make sense of the truth, doing the best that I could with what I had been taught and what i was learning.

In my last installment on the JST I addressed how Christ was not born of Mortal Blood according to the inspired gospel of John and how the book of Mormon teaches that Christ did not offer a human sacrifice.

I still believe the first part of the above quote. Christ was not a perfect mortal. He was not born of mortal blood. He was truly pure and innocent. He had sinless blood flowing through his veins.

There is no such thing as a perfect mortal. The term is an oxymoron.

Christ was God in the flesh.

That is why he did not commit sin during his earthly life and ministry.

HOWEVER, during my studies, I would eventually discover that the second part of the above quote that speculates that Christ had previously gone through a mortal probation like the one we are experiencing, before becoming the Savior of this world, simply does not square with the scriptures provided in the Book of Moses, Section 76, the JST, and other passages of scripture.

What I said in that quote represented a very logical deduction in my opinion. But I can’t give my self any brownie points for being logical. I can only confess that I taught a false doctrine.

I believe that virtually all of us who are trying to understand the doctrine of the kingdom and sharing our beliefs and interpretation of scripture have been guilty of teaching false doctrine . That pamphlet I wrote three decades ago had several false doctrines in it.

Over the last nine years I suspect that I have taught some false doctrines on my blog. That is why I put the disclaimers on my blogs and tell people they should not believe anything I write just because I believe it. Every man is responsible for their own beliefs.

I am on a learning curve like everyone else who has inherited the latter day apostasy and the false traditions of my fathers.

I cut myself and others who openly confess that they are just trying to understand the truth, and don’t claim any authority, lots of slack.

The only people I am really critical of for teaching false doctrine, are those that claim to be a special messenger or witness of Christ and claim to speak directly to Christ and claim to be directly taught by Christ.

Those people who claim a special relationship and status with Christ and then teach false doctrine are VERY DANGEROUS PEOPLE. They are the ones that Christ has warned us about.

Reverse Engineering the False Doctrine that I Taught

Ok, now, I am going to reverse engineer how I arrived at the false conclusion that Christ had previously gone through a mortal probation before he became the creator and Savior of this world.

To begin with, I had been raised to believe the following scripture and its associated implications:

22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit.  Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (D&C 130:22)

Obviously, if the Father has a tangible body like Christ, it paves the way for the possibility that the Father gained his body the same way that Christ did, and that Christ was simply following in his fathers footsteps.

However we have shown in a previous post that the above passage was taken out of context by the Brigham Young administration when they canonized it. Joseph Smith was responding to the false doctrine that Orson Hyde had taught, incorrectly teaching that the Father had a body of flesh and bones.

The Lectures on Faith and the scriptures teach that the Father is a flaming fire. He is a personage of spirit, unlike the Son who is a personage of tabernacle. The Father only has a tabernacle of element in the sense that he dwells in the Son.

Another thing that threw me off track is the fact that I had been raised to believe the following couplet by Lorenzo Snow:

“As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.”

I had accepted the above couplet as scripture without scrutinizing it with the scriptures.

Another problem is that I had been told that Christ was our “Elder Brother” which implied that he was subject to the same plan of salvation as us. But that does not  square with scripture. Christ is our creator and redeemer, not our elder brother.

Another reason that I speculated that Christ had previously gone through a mortal probation before he came to this world to redeem us is that I had been studying the teachings of Mormon Fundamentalism that grew out of the teachings of Brigham Young back at the time that I wrote that.

One of their teachings is that each of us that are valiant will advance to become an Adam of a future world and then, if valiant, we will become like the Son and then like the Father.

That is supposedly one of the cryptic teachings of the Brigham Young temple endowment.

With the shaky foundation I had from all of those false assumptions, I was one day visiting a friend that worked for Sunstone Magazine and I struck a deal with him. I told him I would do some volunteer work for Sunstone if I could have access to their files containing lots of interesting and controversial teachings and events having to do with LDS church history.

One of the many things I came across is the following statement from Brigham Young, as documented in the diary of Wilford Woodruff.

May 12, 1867: At Fillmore public meetings President Young said “there never was
any world created and peopled nor never would be but what would be redeemed
by the shedding of the blood of the Savior of that world. If we are ever
exalted and crowned in the presence of God, we shall become saviors of a world
which we shall create and people”

Since I had already accepted some false teachings that fit in perfectly with what Brigham Young had said. I believed it.

I’ll be honest with you about my initial reaction when I read the above statement from Woodruffs journal.

I got light headed and nauseated.

You see, I have a very low pain threshold.

If I get a minor cut or burn, I fall to the floor and cry like a little baby in the fetal position. My wife who has a really high pain threshold just rolls her eyes at me in disgust.

So I am sitting there at Sunstone trying to envision myself creating a world and then hanging on a cross and suffering and going through everything Christ went through in the New Testament and I just couldn’t fathom going through it… nor did I think I could ever feel worthy enough to ever provide an atonement for the inhabitants of a world that I would create and people.

Nevertheless, while questioning whether or not I would ever be worthy of becoming a Christ, I took the above statement by Brigham Young as the gospel truth because back at that time, I had been conditioned to believe it based on other things that the church taught. Besides, I considered Brigham Young to be a prophet of God and to be a credible gospel scholar.

Of course I would later discover similar declarations from others of the apostate apostles that followed Brigham Young to Utah. The following was a declaration from Orson Hyde;

“Remember that God our Heavenly Father was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we are, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome until he has arrived at the point where He now is” (Mormon Apostle Orson Hyde Gospel Through the Ages p.104)

I realized that Brigham Young’s and Orson Hyde’s declarations were just variations and extensions of what is taught in the King Follett Sermon. The King Follett Sermon was a sermon that  Joseph Smith gave at a funeral of a person named King Follett. The sermon contains the following snippets:

King follett Sermon

God who sits in yonder heavens is a man like yourselves

We suppose that God was God from eternity. I will refute that idea,

The scriptures inform us, mark it [brother Rigdon] that Jesus Christ said As the Father hath power in himself, so hath the son power in himself to do what the father did even to lay down my body & take it up again do you believe it, if not, dont believe the bible. I defy all Hell and earth to refute it.

You have got to learn how to be a god yourself in order to save yourself

What did Jesus do. Why I do the things that I saw the father do when worlds came into existence.

I saw the father work out a kingdom with fear & trembling & I can do the same & when I get my k[ingdom] work I will present to the father & it will exalt his glory and Jesus steps into his tracks to inherit what God did before.

When I first read the King Follett Sermon I had no reason to question it. It sounded really powerful and authoritative to me.

At that time I had not become intimately familiar with the Lectures on Faith and the Book of Moses and related scriptures which completely contradicts many of the things mentioned in the King Follett Sermon.

“..to do what the father did even to lay down [his] body & take it up again..”

The most powerful and compelling aspect of the sermon is the inference taken from John Chapter 5 that Christ is saying he has power to do what he has previously seen the Father do, namely, lay down his body and then take it up again.

Of course that statement is quite problematic because the Father has always been God. He is an unchanging God. He does not have a physical body and the Father has never gone through a mortal probation. Obviously, Christ could not have seen his Father lay down his life in a previous mortal probation.

A contextual reading of the passages being referred to in John 5 reveals that Christ was simply addressing the topic of the resurrection and pointing out that he gets all his power from the Father… he can only do the will of the Father by the power of the Father and they basically do it together because of their oneness:

v 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
v 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
v 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

God the Father Never Changes

The Lectures on Faith emphasized the divine attribute that God the Father has not and will not ever change.

He has not evolved into Godhood from humanhood.

He has always been God.

The King Follett Sermon on the other hand celebrates the belief that God was once a mortal man and that we mortals can evolve into Godhood to take the place of a God that went before us.

That is patently false.

Here is a snippet from the Lectures on Faith which was initially sustained by the Law of Common Consent as the official inspired doctrine of the Church:

It is equally as necessary that men should have the idea that he is a God who changes not, in order to have faith in him, as it is to have the idea that he is gracious and long suffering. For without the idea of unchangeableness in the character if the Deity, doubt would take the place of faith. But with the idea that he changes not, faith lays hold upon the excellencies in his character with unshaken confidence, believing he is the same yesterday, to-day and forever, and that his course is one eternal round. (Lecture 3:19-21)

I am embarrassed to say that I was not intimately familiar with the true doctrine of God as contained in the Lectures on Faith and in the scriptures when I wrote the false doctrine about Christ having gone through a mortal probation.

I had not done a serious comparison of the heretical teachings in the King Follett Sermon with the Book of Moses, Section 76 and numerous other conflicting passages in the standard works..

I just did not have a deep enough knowledge of the scriptures and the gospel to realize that the King Follett sermon is not congruent with the scriptures.

One of the interesting things about the King Follett sermon is that it was given at about the same time that Joseph Smith wrote the poem about Section 76 which blatantly contradicts the doctrines taught in the King Follett Sermon.

This brings up the question, did Joseph Smith even teach the heresies contained in the King Follett Sermon?

Interestingly, the sermon was given on April 7 1844 but it was not published in the Times and Seasons until August 15th, two months AFTER the martyrdom!

Joseph never had the opportunity to review the sermon that is attributed to him and defend himself from the attributions being made.

Coincidentally, all of the diaries that contained notes from the discourse were from those who would become staunch supporters of Brigham Young during the succession crises just a few months later. Furthermore, many of the notes in their journals were almost identical which is not characteristic of the variations in note taking that is commonplace with the diaries of other Nauvoo discourses. This begs the question of whether there was a concerted effort in historical revisionism on the part of Brigham Young and his associates.

The accuracy of the teachings in the sermon have been questioned by many general authorities including Senior Apostle Orson Pratt who was a Biblical literalist.

Blake Ostler made the following observation about the doubt that Charles Penrose had in the credibility of the King Follett Sermon

“The First Presidency demonstrated its opposition to the idea of man’s necessary existence again in 1912 when it removed the King Follett discourse from [B.H.] Roberts’ Documentary History of the Church. Charles B. Penrose, in particular, doubted the authenticity and correctness of the reporting of the sermon.

In a letter to Samuel O. Bennion, president of the Central States Mission, George Albert Smith said:

“I have thought that the report of that sermon might not be authentic and I have feared that it contained some things that might be contrary to the truth. . . . Some of the brethren felt as I did and thought that greater publicity should not be given to that particular sermon.”

If people like Orson Pratt, Charles Penrose and President George Albert Smith doubted the authenticity of the sermon, they have another critic that has arrived at a similar conclusion.

Back in 1969, Enid Stubbart DeBarthe presented a paper to the faculty of the graduate school of Northern Illinois in partical fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree, Master of Library Science.

In the paper, she analysed and compared the writing style of Section 132 and the King Follett Sermon with the writing style of Joseph Smith. She concluded that neither represented the speaking or writing style of Joseph Smith and that both seemed to be similar to the writing style of Brigham Young.

I personally don’t have a strong  opinion as to whether the sermon, as we have it today, was actually given by Joseph Smith or not.

Ultimately I don’t think it matters because each of us is responsible for searching the scriptures to know if a doctrine is true. We cannot just accept everything that Joseph Smith says because he is fallible just like every other human guide.

Regardless of whether it was Joseph Smith that introduced the heresies contained in the King Follett Sermon or not, the only thing that really matters is whether we have the ability to discern true doctrine from false doctrine.

At the time that the sermon was given, Joseph was being accused of being a fallen prophet. I have provided extensive scripture and historical documentation in previous posts to show that Joseph did experience a temporary fall because of the unique calling that he had as an intercessor.

Are the doctrines contained in the King Follett sermon true?

If they are, then we need to discard many of the foundational scriptures of the restoration.

Is Christ the creator and redeemer of all past and present worlds like the scriptures tell us or will human beings become creators and redeemers like the King Follett Sermons teaches?

Is Christ the Savior of all past and present worlds who created an infinite and eternal atonement, or will those that are valiant in the gospel become saviors and hang on a cross for the worlds they create?

Are the scriptures true or is the King Follett Sermon true?

I think the answer is pretty obvious.

Which brings me to the topic of Denver Snuffer.

Denver claims to be a true prophet of God.

He has warned the world that they must accept his teachings and warnings or be damned.

In his book “Preserving the Restoration” he warns, through the words of one of his disciples that we must accept his words as a true prophet or be damned:

“.. do not ignore what is written in this book. Please do not take this warning lightly… Receive the words of a true prophet… if you will not consider it, [the teachings of Denver Snuffer in the Book] but instead harden your heart, YOU WILL BE DAMNED”

 

By giving that warning and many others similar to it, Denver Snuffer has placed an ominous obligation on all of us to determine through the doctrines that he teaches and through the Holy Ghost whether or not he is a true prophet of God.

As I previously mentioned, I cut people a lot of slack when they teach a false doctrine as long as they let people know that they are not speaking with authority and it is just their speculation.

Denver has placed himself in that very rare class of people who has put the world on notice that he speaks with Christ and that the doctrine that he teaches is true and that we will be damned if we reject his teachings.

Probably the most prolific way that we common folk have of identifying false prophets is by identifying the false doctrines that they teach. But we cannot do that unless we have searched the scriptures and become approved unto God by our ability to rightly divide the word of truth.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Timothy 2:15

We have just reviewed evidence from the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible and other passages of scripture to prove that there are not multiple Christs offering multiple atonement’s for multiple worlds.

We have seen that Christ was not created as an imperfect being that needed to go through a mortal probation and have his sins remitted by the atonement of another God.

The scriptures are clear about the fact that we mortals may BECOME the sons of God through a plan of salvation and an atonement provided by Christ, but Christ was created as the SON OF GOD. He has never sinned and he has never needed an atonement to remit his sins.

Christ did not need to progress through a plan of salvation. He dwelt in the bosom of the Father from the beginning of his creation as the only begotten of the Father.

Christ had never been through a mortal probation prior to his earthly ministry and during his earthly ministry he was not baptized for the remission of sins because he was sinless and had no sins to remit. He was baptized as the Son of God to fulfill all righteousness.

In the pre-existence he was the Son of God dwelling in the bosom of the Father. As the only begotten of the Father he had the fulness of the Father and was ONE with him and in him.

He condescended to come down to this earth and provide an atonement offering.

Having established all of that through the holy word of God in the scriptures, let us review a snippet from the most recent “revelation” that Denver Snuffer has received which is apparently supposed to be the record of John that was supposed to come forth.

Keep in mind that I have already pointed out a major revelatory problem with Denvers revelation in the last installment of this series, namely that Denver discarded Joseph’s amazing correct showing that Jesus Christ was not born of blood.

This next doctrinal problem with the “revelation” Denver had is astronomical in my opinion.

Here is the snippet in question.

“Just as the Father laid down his life for me, he trusts me with the lives of the sheep. I will sacrifice my life for the sheep.”

Here we have Denver Snuffer regurgitating the damnable doctrine from the King Follet heresy.

He follows up with additional snippets to further expound the doctrine making the following declarations from Jesus;

“…as you [speaking to Peter] approach the end of the path, you will have to let others stretch out your hands and likewise nail you, even if you plead to have the bitter cup removed. This He said to foretell the sacrificial death that is required for endless glory And then He added, You must follow after me..

..Now, therefore, know that Jesus is the Messiah, the Walker in the Path who has proven for evermore that Father Ahman sent Him into the world to prove His Father’s path…

..Followers will also finish the path, as I am now concluding, at the place my Father dwells..””

Snuffer is revealing through his inspired revelation that Christ had been imperfect and sinful and needed to have his sins remitted through an atonement provided by God the Father.

He appears to be teaching that both Christ and God the Father went through the same path of a sinful mortal probation that required both of them to need their sins remitted by a separate atonement than the one provided by Christ.

One of the most disturbing things about Snuffer’s inspired version of the Gospel of St. John is that he removed the following passage-

“And Now oh  Father, glorify me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”

which clearly demonstrates the pre-earth Godhood of Christ.

He replaced it with the following passage

“Let what happens next finish your great work, so I may return to your
Throne to be with you where I was before my descent here.”

Does Snuffer reject the pre-earth Godhood of Christ?

The King James text above, when read with related scripture, explains that Christ received his fulness from  the Father when he was created before his earthly ministry. He then condescended to fulfill the work given him of the Father. He then received the fulness again during this earthly ministry.

To suggest that God the Father and Christ were simply part of an eternal progression of the Gods and that they evolved into God from a sinful sinful state, instead of accepting the scriptural declarations that the Father has always been God, would appear to be blasphemy and it is categorically contrary to scripture.

One can only assume that Denver teaches the above heresy in a revelation either because he was inspired by a false Christ, or because he wanted to prove how inspired and revelatory he is by revealing deep doctrine based on his belief in the King Follett Sermon and some false assumptions he has.

Clearly Snuffer does not understand sound doctrine or have the ability to teach it. In my opinion he is an impostor who is trying to replace the calling of Joseph Smith with himself and he is not intimately familiar with God’s word.

According to Snuffer’s revelation, the King Follett Sermon is true and the Book of Moses, Section 76, and numerous other passages of scripture from the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants are false.

If Snuffers revelation is true, the scriptural and doctrinal foundation of Mormonism comes crumbling down to the ground.

Praise God for the scriptures and the true prophets that have provided a measuring yard stick by which we can measure every mans doctrine and ascertain whether or not they have the light of truth in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Audio Version of Solving the Prophet Puzzle

Some people love to listen to audio presentations while driving in their car or working around the house. Because of this, Mrs. Watcher has decided to read each of the chapters of Solving the Prophet Puzzle and post them on youtube.

 

A few posts ago I included the youtube of Mrs Watcher reading the Preface.

Here is the Youtube of Mrs Watcher reading the Introduction

 


The Inspired Revision of the Bible Part Three

February 9, 2017

In part two of this series we documented how the law of the gospel was given through Joseph Smith and canonized as section 42.

[Editorial Note: There is a great series on the LAW being done by Searcher for those interested]

Among other things, the Law of the Gospel commands the saints to live the marital law of monogamy and to live the law of consecration.

The Lord also commanded the saints to receive and publish the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible to the world and to incorporate it as part of the law with the other canons of scripture that Joseph Smith was instrumental in bringing forth.

In Robert J. Matthew’s doctoral dissertation entitled “A Study of the Text of the JST of the Bible,” (Brigham Young University, May 1968, page 37), he shows that Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon affirmed that “they were appointed by the Lord and that the work was done by the Spirit” 

During the Secret History of Mormonism series a five part timeline was introduced that divided the 15 year ministry of Joseph Smith into five very specific and identifiable periods.

It was suggested that you can plug just about any otherwise difficult to understand historical event pertaining to Joseph Smith’s ministry, into that historical timeline and it will begin to make sense.

This is certainly true with regard to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible as well.

Notice how the official commandment to translate the Bible came in March of 1831, just months before the endowment of the Melchizedek Priesthood .

The translation of the New Testament was completed on February 2nd 1833.

The Old Testament was completed on July  2nd 1833.

translation-of-bible-timeline

As you can see, the translation of the Bible was completed within a relatively short period of time and it was completed during the revelatory sweet spot when the vast majority of the revelations Joseph was given were pouring down upon him.

More specifically, it was completed DURING THE 3 1/2 YEARS that the fulness of the gospel/priesthood was on the earth.

That makes perfect sense.

Then, following the rejection of the fulness and after the expulsion of the saints from Jackson County and Kirtland, nothing of significance is done towards publishing the work UNTIL the saints go to the cornerstone of Zion in Nauvoo.

That makes perfect sense.

At that time, Section 124 was given and the Saints were informed that the Kirtland Temple had been defiled and the fulness of the priesthood had been taken from them.

They are commanded to REPENT and REFORM.

They were given a window of opportunity to repent and BUILD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.

At that time, the first presidency and the Twelve again begin petitioning the saints to finance the publishing of the New Translation while also pleading with them to finance and help build the Temple and the Boarding House  of the Lord.

That makes perfect sense.

Sadly, the saints failed to complete the house of the Lord, upon which the restoration of the fulness of the priesthood was predicated and they failed to publish the Inspired Version of the Bible to the world, upon which the salvation of the Church was predicated.

JST Completion Timeline

June 1830 Joseph Smith receives the Visions of Moses which essentially begins the translation of the Old Testament (Joseph Smith Papers)

December 30, 1830 – Joseph acknowledges that the translation had already begun.

It may be well to observe here, that the Lord greatly encouraged and strengthened the faith of His little flock…by giving some more extended information upon the Scriptures, a translation of which had already commenced. (I:131)

March 7, 1831, (Section 45) Joseph Smith is commanded by revelation to begin the translation of the New Testament:

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

“Wherefore, I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come.” (D&C 45:60–61.)

December 1 1831 the work of translation is resumed

On December 1, 1831, at Hiram, Ohio, he recorded this statement in his journal:

“I resumed the translation of the Scriptures, and continued to labor in this branch of my calling with Elder Sidney Rigdon as my scribe. …” (DHC, vol. 1, p. 238.)

In previous blog posts and in the Secret History of Mormonism youtube series I have provided documentation to show that the saints failed to live the law and eventually replaced the truth with falsehood.

February 2 1833 The Translation of the New Testament is Finished

“I completed the translation and review of the New Testament on the 2nd of February, 1833, and sealed it up, no more to be opened till it arrived in Zion.” (History of the Church, 1:324.)

March 8 1833 The New Testament is Completed

Having completed the New Testament, the Brethren then returned to the book of Genesis and continued with the translation of the Old Testament. On 8 March 1833, the Lord spoke to them about other duties that needed to be taken care of, but not until after they had “finished the translation of the [Old Testament] prophets.”

13 And when you have finished the translation of the prophets, you shall from thenceforth preside over the affairs of the church and the school;

14 And from time to time, as shall be manifested by the Comforter, receive revelations to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom; (D&C 90:13.)

May 6 1833 Joseph is commanded to hasten the work of translation

At Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord counseled the Prophet,

“It is my will that you should hasten to translate my scriptures.” (D&C 93:53.)
On the same day another revelation was received in which the Lord gave instruction concerning a printing house to be built:

“And again, verily I say unto you, the second lot on the south shall be dedicated unto me for the building of a house unto me, for the work of the printing of the translation of my scriptures.” (D&C 94:10.)

These revelations suggest some urgency about completing the work and getting it printed. They also reveal that the JST was to be printed in Kirtland where the word of the Lord was to go forth from…
2 July 1833, The Old Testament was completed

In a letter to the brethren in Zion, the Prophet wrote that-

“we are exceedingly fatigued, owing to the great press of business. We this day finished the translating of the Scriptures, for this we returned gratitude to our Heavenly Father.” (HC 1:368)

The words “Finished on the 2nd day of July 1833” also occur in bold handwriting on the JST manuscript at the conclusion of the book of Malachi.

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Ok. In this segment of the series we have provided an overview of how the JST fits into the early history of Mormonism and a brief timeline of the beginning and completion of the translation.

In previous parts of this series we have demonstrated that the salvation of the Church and the redemption of Zion was predicated upon the completion of the publishing of the JST.

Sadly, the church failed to publish the JST to the world. Fortunately, the manuscript was saved and was eventually published by the RLDS church.

We know from the revelations that joseph Smith brought forth that there is critical information contained therein which sheds light on doctrinal, historical and prophetic information.

Because of this, we should all be studying and searching the changes made in the JST under the influence of the spirit.

I am now going to begin highlighting passages that have been changed and why I (and some of my readers that have contributed to this project) feel they are incredibly inspired, revelatory, and essential to understand.

There is not necessarily going to be any rhyme or reason to the order in which I will be spotlighting passages of the JST during this series.

In this series I am not necessarily attempting to present important changes in the JST chronologically or by topic. However, when possible, I will clump various changes together in a post if they relate to a given gospel topic.

Again, I will be limiting each post to highlighting just three ro four clusters of passages that have significant changes. I am doing this so that readers will not be unindated with information.

Some of the inspired clarifications will entail snippets that are larger than just one verse.

Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #1

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Chapter & Verse ???

Chapter & Verse ???

Passage ???

Passage ???

As you can see, the very first passage that I want to highlight does not exist.

Why?

Because one of the most profound changes that could have been made by Joseph Smith, was never made! 

Specifically, I am referring to the nefarious doctrine of Celestial Polygamy that was most likely introduced into the Church during the Nauvoo period or possibly during the end of the Kirtland era .

I have written about eight articles about what I refer to as the Spiritual Wife Doctrine (celestial polygamy)  containing countless scriptural and historical evidences proving that the doctrine of celestial polygamous marriage is false. Nevertheless, it has occurred to me while putting this series together, that I missed out on identifying one of the most profound evidences that celestial polygamy and Section 132 is false.

What is that evidence?

It is in the fact that Joseph Smith did not make one single change in the Inspired Version to support the Celestial Polygamy heresy.

Think about it.

If Joseph Smith was revealing a higher celestial martial law that is to be lived by the elect of God that will inherit the highest level of salvation, then certainly it would have been clearified and validated among the changes made in the JST!

It has previously been demonstrated that Section 132 begins with the false premise that David and Solomon were justified in the practice of polygamy even though the Book of Mormon clearly states that David and Solomon were NOT justified in that practice.

False Claim that the Polygamy of
David and Solomon was Justified 

Clarification that the Polygamy of
David and Solomon was NOT Justified

D&C 132:1

Jacob 2:24

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines—

23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.
 24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.

We have observed that at the time of the martyrdom, there was not one single passage of scripture in the four standard works that gave credence to the doctrine that righteous men will be sealed to multiple wives in the hereafter.

One could only prove that Biblical Polygamy existed in ancient times, but not the doctrine of multiple wives being sealed to one in the after life.

The above passage from the Book of Mormon indicates that ALL of the polygamous wives of Solomon and David were an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

It has been observed that the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the Gospel, and yet, there is nothing in the Book of Mormon about the need to be sealed to multiple wives in order to gain a greater exaltation. Quite the opposite. The Book of Mormon condemns  the practice of having multiple wives.

Having said all of that, the JST provides one of the strongest evidences against Celestial Polygamy by OMISSION.

If indeed Joseph Smith really was legitimately introducing a higher law of marriage that required being sealed to multiple wives, then he clearly would have revealed this important doctrine in the Inspired Translation of the Bible even if for some strange reason it had not been revealed in the Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon.

Did he reveal the doctrine of celestial polygamy in the JST?

Nope.

There is nothing about the spiritual wife-Celestial Polygamy doctrine or any bizaare reason for a man to be sealed to multiple wives in the Inspired Translation…..

nada…

zip…

zilch .

The fact that Joseph did not insert anything in the JST to sustantiate the heresy is huge.

For this reason alone the church should extract Section 132 from the D&C.

Those who understand the significance of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible in revealing true doctrine and in being part of the LAW of God will recognize this observation as a huge exposition on the heresy of Celestial Spiritual Wifery.

It is no coincidence that the JST was completed during the “revelatory sweet-spot” of Joseph Smith’s ministry that took place from 1831 to 1834. Had the practice of sealing spiritual wives to someone been revealed as part of the fulness of the gospel, it certainly would have to have been revealed during that time period.

Of course there are no credible historians that place the emergence of the spiritual wife heresy during those early Kirtland years because there is no credible evidence to suggest such a thing.

Interestingly, there are a few  historical revisionists includinng Denver Snuffer, who claim that Joseph Smith did introduced the practice of sealing multiple wives in 1831. They make this claim even though there is not one shred of credible evidence to justify the speculation.

If the doctrine was a true doctrine, what Snuffer asserts would have to be true because all  of the most important revelations and ordinances of salvation having to do with the restored church of Christ came forth at that time.

If the doctrine was true, Joseph would have been practicing celestial polygamy while translating the Bible and he clearly would have corrected passages and/or added clarifications in the Bible to justify the doctrine and the practice.

But the JST is silent on the topic of the Celestial Polygamy doctrine because is not true. Furthermore, Joseph was not practicing it during that time.

Game, Set, Match.

This leads me to the 2nd set of inspired revisions to be addressed in this series.

I now want to spotlight a change that provides further clarification about the topic of David and Solomon, dispite the fact that the wording requires a lot of mental energy to sort out…

1 Kings 15 in the KJV of the Bible leads us to believe that the only sin that David committed, had to do with Uriah. However i believe the following changes fronn the Inspired Version reveal that David had committed many sins. The real intent of the revised passages are to differentiate the sins that David had repented of from the singular sin that he had not repented of.

I realize that the changed meaning of the passages below is somewhat subtle and difficult to understand. however sample # three of this series will provide much clarity.

Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #2

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

1 Kings 15:3-15

1 Kings 15:3-15

3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; and his heart was not perfect with the Lord, his God, as the Lord commanded David, his father.

4 Nevertheless, for David’s sake did the Lord, his God, give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem,

5 Because David did right in the eyes of the Lord and turned not aside from all that he commanded him, to sin against the Lord, but repented of the evil all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite, wherein the Lord cursed him.

3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father.

4 Nevertheless for David’s sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

So David committed many sins, however, he repented of all of them except the sin that he could not repent of . In the matter of Uriah, wherein David caused her husband to be killed and took her to wife, the Lord cursed him.

So what about all of the wives that David was given by Nathan the prophet? Wouldn’t they be justified since the Lord’s prophet gave them to him?

According to the Book of Mormon, no.

I have personally never publicly questioned the doctrinal veracity of those wives because Nathan give the wives to David and, like any good Latter day Saint, I never question anything that a bonafide prophet does.

I have just assumed that the wives that Nathan gave to David were legitimate wives based on the desire of God raise up the seed of David.

I have always maintained that there is a very distinct difference between the doctrine of “Biblical Polygamy” which seems to be substantiated in scripture, and the “Spiritual Wife- Celestial Polygamy” heresy that emerged during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

Biblical Polygamy is allowed by the Lord for purposes of raising up seed. Celestial Polygamy on the other hand is presented as a celestial marital law that results in a greater salvation by being sealed to multiple wives throughout eternity.

I still think there is a clear historical and scriptural distinction between the two doctrines.

HOWEVER, thanks to the JST I am no longer making the assumption that all of the plural wives of David besides Uriah were justified in the eyes of God just because they were given through the prophet Nathan.

We have preciously observed that the Lord teaches a very important principle in Ezekiel 14.

That principle is that anytime a person with an idolotrous heart petitions the Lord through his prophet, they will recieve an idolotrous answer through the Lord’s prophet.

Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me and sat before me.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face. Should I be inquired of at all by them?

Therefore, speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God: Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet, I, the Lord, will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols,

That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Therefore, say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God: Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

For everyone of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me, I, the Lord, will answer him by myself.

And I will set my face against that man and will make him a sign and a proverb; and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I, the Lord, have not deceived that prophet; therefore, I will stretch out my hand upon him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him,

That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God. Ezek 14;1-11

According to the Book of Mormon, the petition to the Lord given in the first verse of Section 132 was an erroneous and idolatrous petition based on a false assumption which clearly contradicted what had been taught in the Book of Mormon.

According to the above declarations in Ezekiel 14, the Lord gives idolatrous answers to those asking false and idolatrous questions.

Hense, the fact that the Prophet Nathan might have given multiple wives to David according to the desires of his heart, does not necessarily mean that his desires were righteous or that David was justified in taking plural wives.

With this in mind, I now want to share an astounding body of changes in the JST that a reader of this blog has brought to my attention regarding pertaining to David and Solomon.

The changes she refers to are contained in 1 Kings 3, 11, 14, and 15

She pointed out that many people miss out on seeing these changes because the LDS church does not include them amoung the 600+ JST passages that have been integrated into the LDS scriptures. She make the profound observation:

 “Here is a change that might be missed because it was NOT included in the church-published KJV…The main point is that the JST description of David and Solomon is inconsistent with D&C 132.”

Boy is it ever inconsistent with Section 132!

I am going to go one step further and suggest that hidden within all of these changes in those four Chapters, is the fact that David and Solomon sinned much more than we are led to suppose and that David may not have had a pure heart when he began receiving wives through Nathan the prophet.

Sample of Inspired Changes in the JST #3 1st Kings 3, 11, 14 & 15

David and Solomon were NOT Justified in Polygamy!

In this particular sampling of inspired  I have decided to simply copy some pages from one of my reference books that allows you to compare the JST with the KJV.

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As you can see, according to the changes that Joseph Smith made in those chapters-

  • The Lord was not pleased with Solomon or the wife he took who was the daughter of Pharaoh!
  • The reason the Lord blessed Solomon was for the peoples sake, not because of Solomon’s righteousness!
  • David had walked in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!
  • Solomons heart WAS NOT PERFECT WITH GOD! It was the same of the unrighteous heart of David!
  • The Kingdom was taken away from David because he did not keep the commandments.
  • Both David and Solomon DID EVIL in the sight of the Lord. They went not fully after the Lord!
  • The Lord cursed the seed of David because of the sins that he committedd

Why did the Lord inspire Joseph Smith to clarify that both David and Solomon did evil in the sight of God way beyond what is normally attributed to them?

Clearly the Lord was revealing that David and Solomon desired multiple wives because their hearts were not right before God.

Clearly these changes are consistent with the declaration in the Book of Mormon which states that David and Solomon were not justified in their abominations having to do with polygamy.

It further exposes the absurd supposition that Section 132 is predicated upon!

The person that sent the above changes to me made the following observation;

My personal belief about the JST is that Joseph focused on the points of clarification that were most relevant to the work he was doing in preparing for Zion. The amount of information he added about Enoch, Melchizedek, the promises to Joseph, and the details related to the events prior to the second coming indicate that he knew what needed to be taught. 

I don’t disagree with her observation.

Although there are significant changes sprinkled throughout the Old and New Testaments covering a multitude of topics, it appears that the changes made were not exhaustive and they were somewhat surgical, focused on specific books of the Bible and certain topics.

I think it is evident that the Lord was primarily having Joseph clarify and correct the passages that pertained to the work that Joseph was involved in.

Although the condemnation of polygamy in the Book of Mormon and modern revelation is more than adequate to show forth the ridiculousness of the beginning passages in Section 132, the changes in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible provide the final nail in the coffin of the celestial polygamy debate.

Any celestial polygamy that has been practiced by the saints in Nauvoo or Utah or elsewhere, does not have a leg to stand on!!!!

Even heretics who make false claims about Joseph Smith receiving Section 132 in 1831 are embarrassed by what Joseph did and did not reveal in the JST of the Bible.

This brings us to the final sample of inspired changes to be addressed in this post. It is only related to polygamy indirectly. Rather it focuses on the nature and character of Christ during his earthly ministry.

Sample of Inspired Changes in the JST #4 JST John 1:12-13

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

John 1:12-13

John 1:12-13

 

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name.

He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man , but of God.

But as many as received him , to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

When I first noticed the above change several decades ago, I was blown away with the profundity of what was being revealed.

My First Observation: Verse 13 was referring to Christ, not his followers!

My Second Observation: Christ was clearly differentiated from his mortal followers by virtue of the fact that unlike them, he was not conceived through carnal sex (the will of the flesh)

My Third Observation: Christ did not have human (mortal) blood coursing through his veins like his followers did!

Those changes in the JST tasted good to me.

I had recently become aware of the false teaching embedded in Bruce R. McConkie’s book titled “The Mortal Messiah” which opined that Christ was a human being with human blood.

McConkie had erroneously taught that Christ was mortal like the rest of the human family that descended from Adam.

Of course another heretical teaching that emerged from Brigham Young was that Christ was not conceived through a virgin birth as taught in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Rather, Young claimed that God the Father condescended and had carnal sex with Mary.

As I began to ponder the amazing truth that was being brought to light in JST 1:13, I was filled with light and was led to other passages of scripture that substantiated this truth. One of them was the passage contained in Alma 34:8-11

8 And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
 9 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
 10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
 11 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another..

There you  have it, Christ did not offer himself up as a human sacrifice because he was not human! He was literally God in the flesh!

He was not born of [human] blood!

There is much more documentation related to this amazing topic but I do not want to take the time to address it in this series. Years ago I did a post on the topic on my other blog.

You can read it here.

I previously alluded to the fact that this sample of an inspired change in the JST is indirectly related to the topic of polygamy.

How you ask?

Well, Mormon Fundamentalists erroneously teach the Jesus was married and that he spawned human offspring through carnal sex. That of course means that there are literal  descendants of Christ on the earth today. This is a hopeful thought for those who suffer from delusions of grandeur.

Clearly, this theory that Christ begat human children during his earthly ministry is destroyed by the inspired passages we have just reviewed.

This concludes part three of this series.

keep watching and feel free to keep sending me your favorite JST passages 🙂

[Editorial Note: Breaking News!]

By coincidence, as I was finishing up this segment of this series on the JST, I was contacted by a few Snufferites who informed me that Denver Snuffer has just posted a revelation that he recently received.

The revelation is purported to be the fulfillment of the prophesy in Section 93

And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed. D&C 93:6

 

As per the fulfillment of the above prophecy, Denver Snuffer has completely corrected and added to the content known as the Testimony of John (Gospel of John) in the New Testament.

Apparently there is a group of Snufferites that are getting ready to publish their own set of scriptures to legitimize the church that Snuffer has started.

It is going to include the JST.

As Denver was consulting with these individuals and directing them in their activities, he decided that it would be a great opportunity to update the testimony of John with the prophesied record that is spoken of in Section 93.

Interestingly, this latest revelation from God now officially designates Denver Snuffer as a “REVELATOR” despite his failure as a translator.

Although I have not taken the time to read the new revelation in full, I was curious to see how Denver would treat the above passage in John 1:12-13 that I have just addressed.

Remarkably, he rejected Joseph Smith’s inspired change and he went back to the corrupted KJV inference that it was the followers of Christ that were not born of blood!

He then added his own variation on what the corrupted and nonsensical passage meant.

Here is the Snuffer Version next to the truly inspired Version done by Joseph Smith

 

Joseph Smith Revision

Denver Snuffer Revision

John 1:12-13

John

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name. 

He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man , but of God. 

As many as perceived the Light
in Him, to them He gave knowledge to enable them to follow the path to become like Him, begotten children in the family of the Most High God. This is only possible for
those who believe through His name. Those who believe through His name are no longer born of blood to follow the appetites of flesh, nor the ambitions of man, but are able to become, like Him, the offspring of God.

 
It is not clear if Snuffer simply overlooked the JST of this passage as he was working his magic, or whether he was aware of it but couldn’t understand it so he blatantly discarded Joseph Smith’s change as being uninspired.

He indicates in his communications with his flock that he first tried to hire a Greek Scholar to translate a more accurate version of the Gospel of John but the translator turned him down. That is a very pragmatic way of approaching the project. I can envision a modern President of the Church like President Monson doing something like that. The modern church hires translators all the time.

He then got a commandment from the Lord to translate it himself but after trying to do it, he got frustrated and told the Lord he could not do it.

Then, miraculously, Denver was blessed with a false revelation from a lying spirit.

The following narrative from the JST may shed some light on the process of revelation used in bringing forth this revelation

2Chr 18:19 And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab, king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.

2Chr 18:20 Then there came out a lying spirit, and stood before them, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith?

2Chr 18:21 And he said, I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail; go out, and do even so, for all these have sinned against me.

2Chr 18:22 Now, therefore, behold, the Lord hath found a lying spirit in the mouth of these, thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.

 

 

 


The Deadly Wound

February 6, 2017

I noticed a blurb on a conspiracy website that consists of providing a short commentary on how the Trump administration fits into the prophetic lens in the scriptures.

I just saw it and have not taken the time to process this fully and read the related prophecy in the Book of Revelation in depth, but I must admit, that at first blush, it kind of rings true to me.

I have felt some cognitive dissonance as I have watched the whirlwind activities of the Trump Administration during the first two weeks of Trump’s Presidency.

Deep down I know that Trump’s personal history is the history of a troubled soul. An immoral and Godless egomaniac that has always been driven by the dollar sign.

And yet, I absolutely love much of what he has done since entering office and I love how the liberal media and the corrupt two party system that is run by a secret combination is kicking and screaming and fighting what he is doing every step of the way.

In the past I have characterized what we are seeing as the kingdom of the Devil being divided against itself as noted in scripture….. with Satan’s capitalism and fascism fighting against Satan’s communism and globalism.

The following summation actually kind of fits into the pattern that I am seeing while attaching a specific prophetic sequence from scripture-

Blurb From Website

TRUMP is inflicting the deadly wound to one of the heads of the Beast

1. The BEAST is a Kingdom (Daniel)

1. The 4th Kingdom BEAST is the World Communist Government (NWO)

2. The BEAST(NWO) receives a deadly wound to one of it’s heads
(TRUMP IS INFLICTING THE Wound)

3. The BEAST (NWO) appears DEAD

4. The BEAST (NWO) comes back to life

5. The whole world wonders after it

6. The BEAST (NWO) with many heads and crowns gives it power over to the Antichrist

7. The Antichrist makes the whole world take the Mark of the Beast to buy or sell.

GOD warns us..Should we take the mark we will not see everlasting life..but will receive the 2nd death (of the soul)

People will ask..WHO CAN MAKE WAR WITH THE BEAST?
In a World Communist Government (NWO) there will be no other nations to save us, because we will all be one…At that point there will be only ONE who will save mankind from the BEAST..Christ the Messiah

When TRUMPS reign is over….Revelation will being and the TRUMP/PENCE – TRUMPETS WILL SOUND!

So enjoy the years of prosperity and peace we have with Trump. They will be our last.

The next generation will hand the world to the Beast!

I personally don’t see the Trump administration lasting for years. i think there is a building tension that is about to explode. The Jesuit NWO is not going to allow this to continue very long…