Part 3 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period Two

August 25, 2015


The second period of Joseph Smith’s public ministry covers the 3 1/2 years that the fulness of the gospel was on the earth from June 5 1831 to December 5 1834.

During this time, Joseph Smith and others became sanctified and Joseph had his calling and election made sure, enabling him to offer an intercessory atonement offering for latter day Israel.

Ultimately, the Saints of the latter day restoration rejected the fulness of the gospel as per the prophecy of Jesus Christ in 3 Nephi 16, however, the intercessory atonement offering delayed the judgments of God until the 3rd watch and enables the final restoration of the fulness to take place after a “little season” of chastisement and learning.

Here is part three of the youtube series, The Secret History of Mormonism

This part of the series will make much more sense to you if you have watched the first two parts of the series.
Part One
Part Two

In this presentation I lament that I have not done more posts about how to use keyword searches to better understand doctrine during my nearly seven years of blogging. In the latest post by onewhoissearching he does a magnificent job of using scripture searching software to get to the bottom-line of what the holy word of God actually tells us about the doctrine of sealing.

How Zion will be Redeemed- Part 3

September 5, 2014

The Marred Servant

It is interesting to note that Christ references the Micah prophecy in 3rd Nephi in response to, and as part of a commentary on Isaiah 52.

3rd Nephi chapter 20 contains a literal word for word rendering of Isaiah 52 as it appears in the King James Version of the Bible.

Clearly, Christ feels that the prophetic narrative in Isaiah 52 is critical for his people to understand, as well as for Gentiles who will one day read the Book of Mormon. That chapter of Isaiah speaks of the “Marred Servant” that will gather many nations in the last days.

Again, the purpose of the reiteration in 3rd Nephi Chapter 21 is to give further clarification to the amazing prophecy in Isaiah 52 which speaks of the “Marred Servant” gathering many nations.

Isaiah 52 speaks of how Zion will “awake” and put on her “strength”. (Keep the term “strength” fresh in your mind throughout this series, it is a key term that shows up several times, linking passages from modern prophecy to passages in ancient prophecy, including the phrase “strength of my house“.)

Christ merges the ancient prophecy in Isaiah 52, with the ancient prophecy found in Micah 5 which details how the army of Israel, which contains a “remnant of Jacob”, “shall be among the Gentiles as a young lion among the flocks’ of sheep

The narrative infers supernatural power, or fulness of the priesthood being employed by the army of Israel with no personal casualties and total power over the Gentiles they are treading down. In modern terms, one might refer to this amazing military strike as a “strongman” event of power.

Obviously, there have been countless interpretations over the years as to who the Marred Servant is that leads the army of Israel. The term is sometimes associated with “Davidic servant“, “One like Moses” the “Branch Servant” and “one Mighty and Strong“, etc. The fact that the identity of this final servant that gathers Israel remains a puzzlement to Latter day Saints is a puzzlement to me, given the fact that the Lord has identified this person as Joseph Smith countless times.

It is interesting to note that the Hebrew paragraph break between the King James Version of Isaiah 52 and 53, is duly noted in the King James Version of the Bible as beginning at verse 13 of chapter 52, which proves that the “marred servant” in Isaiah 52 is also the “suffering servant” in Isaiah 53.

We know that all of the prophecies of Isaiah had a dual fulfillment. The first major fulfillment of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 took place in the meridian of time through the ministry of Christ.

He was Not born of Blood

In other words, the narrative given in Isaiah 53, which we generally attribute to being a description of Christ, was indeed descriptive of Christ’s suffering for us, but it is also a description of the end times servant who is marred by the sins of Israel.

In previous blogs we have documented the amazing declaration in Alma 34 that Christ was not human and did not offer a human sacrifice:

“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.”

The inspired version of the Bible informs us in the Gospel of John that “He [Christ] was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Indeed, Christ was not born of mortal blood.

Christ was not imbued with human blood as are all of the other sons of Adam. Christ came to earth as God, disguised as a man. He apparently had flesh through Mary’s earthly lineage, but did not inherit the capacity to manufacture mortal blood from her or a mortal father. His blood was of divine origin with the capacity to provide an infinite and eternal atonement offering.

Joseph’s Blood Absorbed the Sins of Israel with a Vengeance

It is difficult for us to fully comprehend the excruciating suffering that Christ went through as his perfect blood, refused to assimilate the sins of the people that were place upon him and thus was purged out of his body through every possible means, including the pores of his sweat glands.

Conversely, the narrative in Isaiah 53 also applies to the mortal marred servant that returns to gather Israel.

His marring is also the result of his taking on the sins of apostate Israel, not to provide an eternal atonement, but to provide a temporary, temporal atonement that prolongs the days of apostate Israel upon the face of the earth when they normally would have been wiped of the face of the earth by the justice of God.

In his situation, his mortal blood DID assimilate the sins he took upon himself as an intercessor for latter day Israel, causing him to act out the sins of latter day Israel.

For this reason, my belief in Joseph Smith as the marred servant and the work he initiated, is only strengthened every time I hear some angry cynic decry all of the terrible sins that Joseph Smith is accused of.

Prideful boasting?


False searing?

False prophesying?

Unrighteous dominion?



Yep…. bring it on!

What of it?

Get the complete context and then get a grip.

Get the complete context of why he became a degraded, pathetic sinner wallowing in iniquity, before passing a harsh judgment. The sins you are judging just might be your own.

While I don’t categorically believe every accusation made against Joseph Smith by those who hate and despise him, I don’t doubt that he did in fact commit many grievous sins.

Why am I open to the fact that Joseph Smith committed many serious transgressions?

Not just because historical accounts are many and compelling, but more importantly to me, because prophecy testifies that his calling was to “commit iniquity” and then be “chastened.. with the rod of man“.

Is it possible for us to comprehend what effect this had upon his soul?

One can actually create a case from scripture to support the theory that Joseph Smith has been suffering in hell for four generations, for the sins of our ancestors as well as for ours sins.

Indeed, a careful reading of the second chapter of Psalms reveals that the Davidic lamantations in Psalms pertain to King David only as a shadow fulfillment, but to the Davidic Servant of the end times as the literal fulfillment. (Joseph is the anointed servant that is set upon Mount Zion in the last days when the heathen rage)

Keeping in mind that the returning Davidic Servant that first become sanctified and obtained his calling and election, and then offered an intercessory offering for latter day Israel and had their sins placed upon him, is returned to earth.

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” Psalms 16:10

The Branch Prophet

We are informed that when he first returns after four generations, he is still marred by the filthiness that was artificially placed upon him.

The Branch prophet, who is the marred servant, will be made clean when he returns. After that, he will walk in the ways of the Lord and keep his charge.

When that happens, he will once again deliver the true law of the Gospel just as he had done during the early Kirtland years, before the sins of Israel corrupted him.

Indeed, according to the prophetic narrative, the latter day servant took upon himself the sins of Israel just as Moses had anciently made an atonement for the sins of Israel.

Our ancestors would have been swept off the face of the earth if not for the intercessory offering made by Joseph Smith.

The the sins of latter day Israel had been artificially placed upon Joseph Smith, would this not result in this mortal being marred more than any other mortal man that walked the earth?

Will this marring effect how Joseph looks physically when he returns or was it simply a spiritual marring and a marring of his reputation and persona?

I don’t know.

It is interesting that Joseph Smith’s Father identified Joseph Smith as the one who would be marred in the patriarchal blessing that he gave him.

He also prophesied that Joseph would stand upon the earth when the final judgments go forth to destroy the wicked. He even reiterates the passage in section 133, that it is Joseph Smith’s brethren, the “Sons of Ephraim” that will administer blessings upon the “tribes of Jacob“:

“…and though the wicked mar him for a little season, he shall be like one rising up in the heat of wine, he shall roar in his strength, and the Lord shall put to flight his persecutors…

Thou shalt stand upon the earth when it shall reel to and fro as a drunken man, and be removed out of its place: thou shalt stand when the mighty judgments go forth to the destruction of the wicked:

thou shalt stand on Mount Zion when the tribes of Jacob come shouting from the north, and with thy brethren, the sons of Ephraim, crown them in the name of Jesus Christ..”

It is interesting how the blessing states that Joseph was to be marred for a little season, which mirrors the word of the Lord in section 105 that Zion would not be redeemed for a little season!

If you are not intimately familiar with how Joseph’s calling incorporated a temporal atonement similar to the one that Moses provided for ancient Israel, I would strongly recommend the following article.

Without this understanding, you may be deceived by a false prophet who is taking upon himself the awesome task of showing people how to redeem Zion. Such an imposter would obviously reject the possibility the Joseph could return to complete his assignment.

Furthermore, you may reject the disruptive claims of the servant that has been marred and then healed when he returns to “declare” the truth. Indeed, there will be people who will not believe what he has to tell them.

9 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them.

10 But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.

11 Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.

A marred servant that has been healed is about to be among us. If you do not believe the words of Christ that he shall declare, you will be cut off from among the people.

In our next segment we will review the secret revelation received at Zion’s Camp, which proves that it is Joseph and his brethren that will return and gather up the strength of God’s house to form the army of Israel that will redeem Zion..

Great and terrible things are about to happen

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The Secret Return of Elijah the Tishbite

December 18, 2013

Dear reader, if you are having a crisis of faith regarding the historicity of section 110, this is my Christmas present to you.


The Secret Return of Elijah the Tishbite

Click below for all 16 rebuttal points to date.

A Controversy in Zion- Part One and Two and Three and Four Final 10

If the Temple and Nauvoo House are not Finished you must Run Away

November 8, 2013

The Nauvoo House of God vs . the Nauvoo Temple of God

I have written some harsh things about how I feel about LDS Apologetics in general. Nevertheless, some of the apologists come up with some good stuff every once in a while. One of my favorite apologists is Gregory L Smith.

I generally like the way he reasons and lays out an argument that he is defending. I feel that he writes with great clarity and is generally quite thorough in his research.

Another thing I like about him is that he is willing to accept the more difficult assignments that bring the greater criticism from LDS readers.

By that, I mean to say that he is willing to…


The Nauvoo House of God vs. The Nauvoo Temple

(Updated version)

Reading Abraham While God Winks

August 15, 2013

I have a had a few commenters ask me about how I feel about the Book of Abraham over the years and I have told them I believe it is an inspired book of scripture that represents exactly what Joseph Smith claimed it represented. Nevertheless I have never taken the time to detail my reasons for my belief…

To read the article, click on the link to see the pdf

Reading Abraham While God Winks

(A few minor but pertinent changes have been made as of 8-16-2012 please refresh this page and re-click on the link. Refreshing the pdf will not update the changes.

Oliver’s Secret

March 19, 2013

[Editorial Note: I am currently doing a series on another Forum titled “Exploring the Secret History of the Church”..I plan on documenting about 20 or 30 interesting historical events that most members of the Church are unfamiliar with… hence they are, in a sense, “secret historical events”.

I have chosen that forum because it is frequented primarily by two opposing groups of people:

A) those who have rejected the restored gospel


B) those that do believe it, but don’t believe that Joseph Smith ever did anything seriously wrong that caused the saints to stumble at the LAW.

Historical event #1 has to do with the fact that Joseph and Oliver kept the event documented in section 110 a secret from the saints during their lives although they left a written account for future generations to have.

In this follow up to that topic I am pointing out that the primary reasons that Joseph and Oliver were commanded to keep the visitations secret have to do with:

A) A cursing that was pronounced on the saints,

B) The secret ushering in of the ancient, preparatory gospel of Abraham, even the Old Testament covenant God made with people prior to the dispensation ushered in during the meridian of time, and it also has to do with

C)  The sin of treachery that Joseph committed against the wife of his youth..

Since the explanation and associated documentation is rather long, I am posting it here instead of in my listing if secret historical events.

To follow along and see other events that will be listed on that forum, click here ]


For years I have made statements on my blog implying that section 110 contains a mysterious and ominous message of doom involving a curse, even though the Lord informs Joseph and Oliver that:

Your sins are forgiven you; you are clean before me lift up your heads and rejoice. Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to my name. For behold, I have accepted this house and my name shall be here and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house…”

While it is certainly good news that their sins are forgiven, it is also curious news.


Because three years earlier in section 88 the Lord had already announced that their sins had been forgiven. In that revelation the Lord told Joseph, Oliver and others that their names had been recorded in the book of the sanctified and that they were receiving another comforter which is the promise of eternal life:

” Behold, this is pleasing unto your Lord, and the angels rejoice over you; the alms of your prayers have come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified, even them of the celestial world.

Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.

This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom” (Section 88)

Clearly, Joseph and Oliver had been forgiven of their sins back at the time of section 88.

The forgiveness of Joseph and Oliver’s sins was yesterdays news.

Why was it being announced again behind the veil in 1836 as something they should now rejoice in, as if the remission of their sins was something that had just taken place?

I think the obvious answer is that they had sinned sometime after their names had been enrolled in the book of the sanctified.

My contention that Joseph had sinned after being made clean is backed up by several revelations.

One is section 93 given May 6th 1833:

And now, verily I say unto Joseph Smith, Jun.—You have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord

Another is contained in a revelation Joseph received on December 5th 1834:

Verily, condemnation resteth upon you who are appointed to lead my Church and to be saviors of men and also upon  the Church; And there needs to be a repentance and a reformation among you, in all things…” (See UnPub Rev Pg 73)

Clearly, Joseph, Oliver and the whole church fell into a condemned state following the entry of their names into the Book of the Sanctified.

The fact that the Lord is now declaring that Joseph and Olivers sins are forgiven is promising but it begs the question, what was the problem? What were the primary sins that had caused them to stumble and why were they being forgiven at that time behind the veil?

Regarding sins that Joseph and Oliver had become entangled in prior to their veil experience, in the case of Joseph Smith, there is strong evidence to suggest that there was some type of serious sin that Joseph Smith had been involved in. He may have been involved in an affair with a gal named Fanny Alger, although he felt he was justified according to the laws of God…

More on this later.

Another observation is that the saints had been promised that all of the pure in heart would “see the face of God” and they were anticipating the endowment of “power from on high“. All of this was to take place in the solemn assembly, one week prior to Joseph and Oliver’s veil experience but it had failed to happen, leaving the leaders of the church devastated and disappointed.

Furthermore, the saints were anticipating the “dispensation of the fulness of times” to be ushered in during this time and yet, the dispensation that is secretly ushered in behind the veil was quite a different dispensation.

It was referred to in section 110 as the “dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham“. A phrase that never shows up in any other place in the scriptures.

“…Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed.”

Joseph and Oliver Commanded to Keep Section 110 Secret

 As previously pointed out, it seems strange that God would usher in a dispensation of an ancient, preparatory gospel, and command Joseph and Oliver to not reveal it publicly.

They were to only document it in a journal for the saints to discover after the martyrdom.

Brigham Young and his brethren must have been shocked and confused to find this secret revelation containing a brief summary of what took place behind the veil when they obtained the journal and took it with them to Utah.

They must have been baffled at the fact that an ancient dispensation had been restored to the earth and yet, the Lord apparently didn’t want the church membership to know about it during the Kirtland and Nauvoo eras!

It is really difficult to find any official, authoritative and detailed statements from the modern church leaders explaining and clarifying just exactly what the “gospel of Abraham” even is, let alone, a documented reason why it needed to be restored to the earth in 1836.. in secret.

Many LDS manuals and publications insinuate that as part of the dispensation of the fulness of times, all previous dispensations need to be restored and gathered into it.

On a BYU website, author Joel A. Flake states:

On April 3, 1836, the keys of the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham” were committed to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple as part of the restoration of all things in the dispensation of the fulness of times (D&C 110:12).

See also

The problem with this teaching is that the dispensation of the fulness of times had not yet been restored in 1836!

Several years after the vision behind the veil in 1836, while incarcerated in jail in 1842, Joseph Smith would acknowledge that the dispensation of the fulness of times was, at that time, just beginning to usher in:

“…for it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times, which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time…”

In the above passage, Joseph was acknowledging that the dispensation of the fulness of times had not been ushered in yet. It was just beginning to be ushered in six years after section 110!!

He was speaking about things that needed to be revealed in the future, not about things that had been revealed and ushered in, in the past.

Clearly the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was not being  ushered in as part of the “restoration of all things in the dispensation of the fulness of times“, because the fulness of times had not begun.

In previous posts I have provided historical and scriptural documentation to show that the dispensation of the fulness of times that Joseph was still attempting to usher in, in 1842, was never ushered in.

There are only two possible reasons why the general authorities of the church generally remain quiet regarding the true meaning of the term “gospel of Abraham” in section 110

One would be because they don’t know what the Gospel of Abraham is, why it was ushered in, and what section 110 is speaking about.

The other possibility is that…. they do.

Sadly, the dispensation of the fulness of times was never ushered in during Joseph’s life time. Instead, the saints got downgraded to an ancient dispensation pertaining to the preparatory gospel.

Isaiah speaks prophetically about the restoration of the gospel of Abraham in Isaiah 48 and declares that the apostate saints of the latter days are “suddenly” given the declaration of “former things” because they are “obstinate“.

He then reveals that the Lord will defer his anger in the latter days just as he did anciently when Israel rejected the law:

Nevertheless, for my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain from thee, that I cut thee not off.”

The deferring of God’s anger through an intercessory act is another rabbit hole and another secret historical topic that is intricately interrelated with this topic which will hopefully be discussed again in more detail at another time.

The dispensation of the fulness of times had been predicated on the restoration of the fulness of the priesthood which had been lost and the completion of the Nauvoo Temple by the appointed time. (section 124)

For a detailed analysis of Isaish 48 see the following post:

The Significance of a “Suddenly” Intervention

Isaiah declares the word of the Lord thusly:

“Behold, I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them. I did show them suddenly.”

Websters dictionary: SUD’DENLY, adv. In an unexpected manner; unexpectedly; hastily; without preparation.

The prophetic use of the term “suddenly” when referring to a communication from the Lord virtually always has to do with actions he takes when his people are in apostasy and they need some kind of intervention or chastisement.

If you will do a key word search on the word suddenly in the four standard works, you will see an amazing pattern to support this supposition-

Such as when the Lord spoke “suddenly” to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, to chastise Aaron and Miriam.

Another example is the Lord appeared “suddenly” to Paul on the way to Damascus, to chastise him for persecuting the Saints.

A third example is given in Deuteronomy when the Lord warns those that intermarry with the heathen that he will destroy them “suddenly”.

Jeremiah tells us that at the time of the Lords vengeance, Babylon will fall “suddenly”.

A Curse Takes Place at the Temple
When the Lord comes “Suddenly”

 In Modern revelation it was prophesied that the Lord would come “suddenly” to his temple with a curse to judgment upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you (speaking to the Saints).

HEARKEN, O ye people of my church, saith the Lord your God, and hear the word of the Lord concerning you—

The Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple; the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you.” (D&C 133:1-2)

I believe the above prophecy in section 133 is referring to the Kirtland Temple and that it applies to what took place as documented in section 110. Keep in mind, however, that virtually all prophecies have a dual fulfillment.  (See also Isa 34:5)

All of the above passages support a reoccurring theme. The Lord acts SUDDENLY when an intervention, a chastisement, or something NEW needs to take place, usually as a result of the apostasy of an obstinate person or people.

The Ark of the Covenant in the Kirtland Temple

 Another key to interpreting the message of warning and doom carefully implied in the sudden appearance of Christ and three ministering angels to Joseph and Oliver has to do with the following observation:

We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.”

A Keyword search using “paved work” reveals that the Lord was apparently standing on or above the ark of the covenant and fulfilling the enactment of ancient sayings and statutes pertaining to the ark of the covenant (see Exodus 25:22)

This and other related passages lead to the atonement statute in Lev 16 which supports the previously mentioned intercessory actions of God’s servants who delay the wrath of God by taking the sins of latter day Israel upon themselves.

The FUTURE FAME of the Kirtland Temple

The following passages in section 110 are speaking about the future fame of the Kirtland Temple

Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.

 And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people.  Even so.  Amen.”

Although there are a few members of the church scattered throughout the world that have a cursory understanding about the past and future significance of the Kirtland Temple, society in general and people in foreign lands have no idea that the Kirtland Temple exists or that it is significant.

The above declaration in section 110 is speaking about “fame” which spreads to foreign lands.

The 1828 Websters dictionary informs us that fame has to do with a “public report or rumor”, not just an event that is inside knowledge to a certain religious group.

It has to do with a “favorable report”

It has to do with a “report of good or great actions”, A “report that exalts the character, celebrity; renown”.

The Websters uses the “fame of Solomon” as an example as well as the “fame of Jesus” (Matt 4). Fame is to “make famous”,fame

The Kirtland Temple is not currently famous in foreign lands to a great number of people.

But it will be in the near future.

Those who understand the doctrine of the three watches and the promises pertaining to the future events that will take place in the Kirtland Temple, understand that the Kirtland Temple is going to become famous in foreign lands in the near future when the Marvelous Work begins and the dispensation of the fulness of times is ushered in.

I began speaking about this secret event by stating that Joseph and Oliver share a grand secret with each other. That secret was the experience they both had behind the veil in the Kirtland Temple when they experienced what is documented in section 110.

God apparently commanded them to not publicly reveal it to the saints.

Oliver’s Secret

I believe that Oliver had a secret all of his own that was revealed to him as a result of two things.

One was a vision he had prior to the event that is documented in section 110.

The other has to do with something that was revealed to him as a direct result of the event that is documented in section 110.

Oliver could see something about Joseph that Joseph could not see about himself.

Joseph’s Eyes Were Covered

 The Book of Mormon profoundly modifies a passage in Isaiah to reveal that the latter day seers (Joseph and Sidney) would have their eyes covered because of the sins of the latter day saints.

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

Joseph the seer had his eyes covered because of the sins of the latter day saints. It was because they took the scriptures lightly and failed to live the law of the gospel which includes that law of consecration..

This is why Oliver could see something about Joseph that Joseph could not see about himself.

Shortly after the visitation in the Kirtland Temple, Oliver became very critical of something Joseph had done.

On the surface, it seems totally bizarre that Oliver would become a militant accuser of Joseph Smith in light of everything that had happened and all they had experienced and been through together.

Oliver accused Joseph of committing a grievous moral sin.

Joseph denied that he had sinned.

Oliver described it as “a dirty, nasty, filthy affair

Interestingly, Joseph did not deny having had a relationship with Fanny Alger, he denied that he had committed adultery with her, implying that he had married her and therefore the act was not adultery.

According to Bushman, “Joseph never denied a relationship with Alger, but insisted it was not adulterous. He wanted it on record that he had never confessed to such a sin. Presumably, he felt innocent because he had married Alger.” (pg 325 Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling)

Oliver has a Vision of Joseph’s Future

Joseph believed that what he was doing was commanded of God through an angel and that by marrying polygamous wives, he was not committing adultery.

Shortly before the vision behind the veil, Oliver Cowdery wanted to understand more about the mission of Joseph Smith so he gave Joseph a patriarchal blessing that came in the form of a prophetic vision.

Interestingly, this patriarchal blessing/vision was received on September 22, 1835. (Moroni had previously appeared to Joseph Smith on this exact date for about six years in a row!)

In the patriarchal blessing it was revealed to Oliver that Joseph would return from the dead to lead Israel into the land of Zion in the literal fulfillment of the parable of the redemption of Zion and that Oliver would be by Joseph’s side, fulfilling his own prophetic calling  ….

For like Joseph of old shall he be; he shall save the just from desolation by the wise counsel of the Almighty;

12. For by his direction shall they gather into store houses and barns till they overflow with the richness of the fruit of the harvest;

13. And by this means shall the just be saved from famine, while the nations of the wicked are distressed and faint.

14. In due time shall he go forth toward the north, and by the power of his word shall the deep begin to give way; and the ice melt before the Sun.

15. By the keys of the kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of Zion, while the house of Jacob shouts in the dance and in the song-

16. Joy O my soul in that day, for thou shalt be with him and bear thy part in the keys which are confirmed upon thee for an everlasting priesthood forever and ever-“

 This vision is consistent with Isaiah 49 wherein the lamenting servant of the last days appears to have failed in his first attempt to gather Israel but then the Lord reveals to him that he will yet, at the “acceptable time” establish the earth and cause Israel to inhabit the desolate heritages.

The vision Oliver had, revealed that Joseph’s fame would eventually spread to foreign lands:

His fame shall be sounded in foreign lands, even to the ends of the earth, as well as nigh at home: for in this the times shall change, a prophet shall have honor in his own country.”

He shall sit in the great assembly and general council of patriarchs, and execute the will and commandment under the Ancient of Days, for he shall have his place and act in his station.”

 Joseph Wrestles with an Angel

 Despite the visions glowing report of Joseph’s future conquest and successful completion of his responsibilities in restoring and gathering Israel, this amazing prophetic vision curiously begins by revealing that Joseph  would need to “overcome” and “prevail” over something in the future.

Joseph would yet “prevail” after “wrestling” with an angel.

It was revealed to Oliver that God would need to “sustain” Joseph during a future time.

Notice the use of these descriptives in the opening passages of the blessing:

“Blessed of the Lord is my brother, for the integrity of his heart and the steadfastness of his soul.

2. Upheld by the aim of the Almighty, he shall never fall, but shall be strengthened by his right hand till he overcomes.

3. Like Jacob of old he shall wrestle with the angel, and as a prince shall he have power with God, and shall prevail.

4. Ever faithful to his friends and true to his word, the goodness of the Most High shall sustain him, and thousands shall stand up to defend him from the hand of his enemies and put forth the hand, and ward off the blow were it needful:

5. But ere his foes are aware he shall be hid under the pavillion of the Lord Jehovah..”  (the concept of being hid under the pavilion of the Lord is consistent of the Old Testament prophesy in 2nd Sam 7 that explains that the mercy of God would not depart from Joseph despite his transgression and the associated chastisement he would receive.)

This amazing vision was acknowledging that despite the fact that Joseph had had his name enrolled in the book of the sanctified several years earlier, he was in transgression. He still needed to “prevail” and “overcome” in a struggle with an ANGEL.

The fact that Joseph would not ultimately fall and lose his salvation, but would nevertheless need to eventually overcome and prevail over some kind of a stumbling block associated with an angel appears to be one of the grand secrets that Oliver knew about in conjunction with his experience behind the veil.

Oliver had seen in vision that Joseph would wrestle with an angel and eventually prevail, overcome, and repent. He saw this  in September of 1835, shortly before the veil experience documented in section 110. He also very possibly knew of the first visit of this angel in Joseph’s life and possibly even the affair with Fanny, before the two of them knelt down behind the veil in the Kirtland Temple.

Even if the affair with Fanny took place after the veil experience, all of the circumstances relating to this amazing string of events makes sense.

 Joseph Claimed that an Angel Threatened his Life

 Joseph Smith told many people about an angel that commanded him to take plural wives. An account of many of these testimonials can be read at the following link provided by Brian C. Hales, one of the modern day advocates of the false polygamy/spiritual wife doctrine-

According to one account, the angel visited Joseph on four occasions.

The testimony of Mary Elizabeth Rollins states that the angel visited Joseph three separate times between 1834 and 1842 commanding him to take multiple wives. Other documentation suggests that Joseph delayed obeying the angel for a considerable number of years.

“An angel came to him [Joseph Smith] and the last time he came with a drawn sword in his hand and told Joseph if he did not go into that principle, he would slay him.

 Joseph said he talked to him soberly about it, and told him it was an abomination and quoted scripture to him.

  He said in the Book of Mormon it was an abomination in the eyes of the Lord, and they were to adhere to these things except the Lord speak… [The Prophet reported that] the angel came to me three times between the years of 1834 and 1842 and said I was to obey that principle or he would slay me.”

Clearly, Joseph was not naive about the law of the Gospel he had been instrumental in bringing forth.

The purpose of bringing forth the LAW of the GOSPEL was to enable them to escape the power of the enemy and to prepare them to be endowed with power from on high:

And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless—

32  Wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment that ye should go to the Ohio; and there I will give unto you my LAW; and there you shall be endowed with power from on high” (D&C 38)

He knew full well that monogamy is part of the celestial marital protocol according to the law contained in section 42.

Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else” (D&C 42:22)

A second witness to the truthfulness of this marital monogamy doctrine is found in section 49 and a 3rd witness was canonized when Oliver’s “Article on Marriage” in included in the D&C.

As mentioned in the testimony of Lightner above, Joseph also had the unmistakable declarations of the Book of Mormon emblazoned upon his mind as well.

Jacob 1:15

And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son.

Jacob 2:24

Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.

Jacob 2:27

Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none. For I the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts. Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts or cursed be the land for their sakes.  (note that the Book of Mormon defines a chaste woman as someone who is married to a man that only has one wife. Further, it warns that the land is CURSED when these commandments having to do with monogamy are violated. Hold this thought until we get to the curse upon the earth mentioned by Malichi and the curse mentioned by Isaiah)

Jacob 3:5-7

Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you; for they have not forgotten the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our father—that they should have save it were one wife, and concubines they should have none, and there should not be whoredomes committed among them.
6 And now, this commandment they observe to keep; wherefore, because of this observance, in keeping this commandment, the Lord God will not destroy them, but will be merciful unto them; and one day they shall become a blessed people.
7 Behold, their husbands love their wives and their wives love their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their children; and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?

Mosiah 11:1-4

And now it came to pass that Zeniff conferred the kingdom upon Noah, one of his sons; therefore Noah began to reign in his stead; and he did not walk in the ways of his father.
2 For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.
3 And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.
4 And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.

Ether 10:5

Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and concubines.

A Contrary Commandment

This is why Joseph wrestled with the angel over the commandment to take plural wives. It was blatantly contrary to the LAW he had brought forth.

It violated the commandments of God in the Book of Mormon and the law of the Gospel as revealed in section 42 &49.

It is amazing how many LDS men and women will pray and fast to know if the law of multiple wives in section 132 is true without first praying to get a testimony that the Law of celestial monogamy in section 42 & 49  is true!

These conflicting doctrines on celestial marriage cannot both be true.

Once a person receives a testimony that monogamy is integral to God’s law of Marriage as documented in section 42, there is no need to even pray about the contradictory celestial law of marriage contained in section 132, even if an angel presents the revelation. Such is dual mindedness and denial of a previous revelation.

 Another Gospel

 One of the basic tenants of Biblical Christianity is that a believer in Christ will be accursed if they depart from the faith and accept a different gospel than the one revealed in holy scripture, even if an angel from heaven should command it:

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8–9)

  Joseph Taught How to Discern a False Angel

 Curiously, Joseph once warned that ministering angels of Satan  appearing as angels of light had appeared to members of the church and his caution was that a false angel could be detected by the fact that they would contradict a former revelation:

There have also been ministering angels in the church which were of Satan appearing as an angel of light:— A sister in the State of New York had a vision who said it was told her that if she would go to a certain place in the woods an angel would appear to her,— she went at the appointed time and saw a glorious personage descending arrayed in white … he commenced and told her to fear God and said that her husband was called to do great things, but that he must not go more than one hundred miles from home or he would not return; whereas God had called him to go to the ends of the earth; and he has since been more than one thousand miles from home, and is yet alive. Many true things were spoken by this personage and many things that were false.—How it may be asked was this known to be a bad angel? … by his contradicting a former revelation“.  (Times and Seasons 3 [April 1, 1842]: 747)

The Old Testament confirms the above declaration that the word of the Lord takes precedence over conflicting commandments from angels.

It tells a story of two prophets in 1 Kings chapter 13. The first prophet had received instructions from the word of the Lord on how to proceed on his journey. A second prophet intervenes during the journey and informs the first prophet that he was visited by an angel.

He informs the first prophet that the angel had given a new, different commandment to be given to the first prophet. Because the first prophet was willing to accept the testimony of another prophet and the contrary commandment supposedly from an angel, over the word of God, he was destroyed by a lion. (see 1 Kings 13)

The fact that the angel with the drawn sword was giving Joseph a contradictory commandment is a poignant and sobering fact given Joseph’s above warning to the saints.

Many credible researchers, including Bushman, believe that Joseph’s intimate involvement with Fanny Alger took place sometime between mid 1835 and mid 1836.

This makes perfect sense according to the information being presented in this post and based on the fact that both the Kirtland Saints and the Jackson Saints had failed to live consecration and had rejected the fulness of the gospel by the end of 1834..

 The Curse is Caused by Breaking the Everlasting Covenant
And by Breaking the Monogamous Marital Vow

 Isaiah reveals that the curse that the prophet Malachi speaks about is caused by transgressing the laws, changing ordinances and breaking the everlasting covenant:

BEHOLD, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

2  And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

3  The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

4  The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Consequences of Breaking the Monogamous Covenant

Let us take a close look at one of the greatest mysteries of the gospel which has been hidden in plain sight for about six thousand years in ancient scripture and is reiterated in verses 15-17 of section 49-

Whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God“ (42:15)

Obviously this verse is not only reiterating what the creation story teaches, it is also reiterating what the LAW of the GOSEPEL contained in section 42 states about marriage;

Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else” (42:22)

After declaring that marriage is ORDAINED of God, the Lord informs us that

“Wherefore it is LAWFUL that he should have ONE wife…” (42:16)

The 1828 Websters dictionary states this about the term LAWFUL.



1. Agreeable to law; conformable to law; allowed by law; legal; legitimate. That is deemed lawful which no law forbids, but many things are lawful which are not expedient.

2. Constituted by law; rightful; as the lawful owner of lands.

I would submit, based on the fact that marriage is ORDAINED of GOD and that it is CONFORMABLE to and CONSTITUTED by gospel law, that gospel law does not just allow, permit and tolerate marriage but rather that gospel law actually requires marriage.

( admittedly, there are provisions made for those that are not able to comply in the first part of probation)

This is further backed up by the fact that one of the very first commandments that God gives us in Genesis is for the man and woman to leave their parents and to multiply and replenish the earth by uniting with someone of the opposite gender.

After noting that gospel law requires being married to ONE wife, the passage in section 49 continues-

“…and they twain shall be ONE FLESH…”

Again, this, of course, is reiterating what God said in Genesis.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  Gen. 2: 24

I have mentioned in other blogs that I believe this statement is literal when it commands the man and wife to become one flesh. – ( See also Matt. 19: 5-6 Mark 10: 8)

After God separated the female part of Adam out of his body to create his female helpmate, he commanded them to eventually become “one flesh” again. I believe this will happen with Adam and Eve if it has not already happened to them.

There is a deeper reason why monogamy is such a huge issue that is interrelated to the curse that Malachi and Isaiah prophesy about.

The grand secret is contained in the next verse of section 49:


Did you catch that?

Eventually the earth will be filled with the MEASURE of man!

What is the measure of man?

Let us consult Webster-

MEASURE, n. mezh’ur.

1. The whole extent or dimensions of a thing, including length, breadth and thickness.

The point being made in the passage of scripture is that eventually the earth will be filled with the WHOLE EXTENT of man in his completeness!

The natural man living on this earth is currently incomplete!

The mortal man and woman are each incomplete beings.

Eventually the earth will be filled with men in their complete form… in their “whole extent or dimension”!

Just to make sure that we understand what the Lord is saying, he continues with a clarification-


There you have it.

The earth is not going to be filled with incomplete men like those of us that are living after the FALL OF ADAM.

It will be filled with men who are organized in the same way they were ORIGINALLY created during the spiritual creation documented in the Book of Moses and the JST BEFORE THE WORLD WAS PHYSICALLY MADE!!!!!!!! (which was the same way Adam and Eve were created physically as a composite man from the dust and introduced into the garden

He is not speaking about fallen man.

The earth will not be filled with the natural man who is incomplete and is an enemy to God.

It won’t even be filled with repentant mortal males and females who have been filled with the holy spirit. Why? Because they have not reached their full measure yet!

It will be filled with the measure of men who have been completed and perfected by uniting with their female counterpart.

It will be filled with perfected men who are not singularly male or female but rather they are composite and complete.

This is why we are informed that “neither is the man without the woman [singular] neither the woman without the man [singular] in the Lord

Additionally, we are informed that those that receive the spiritual rebirth through baptism and “put on Christ” loose their singular gender:

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

(Click here for more into on this topic)

In the spiritual creation, before this world was made, God created man as a whole, complete composite being containing both male and female spirit. A meshing of male and female spirit is necessary for completion.

Completion is necessary for perfection.

It is only during this temporal probation that the elect male and female spirits are separated with the commandment for men to marry one wife and become one flesh so that they can return to the whole extent in which they were originally created.

It is the transgressing of God’s laws, the changing of the ordinances and the breaking of the everlasting covenant which includes the marital monogamy covenant that causes the earth to be defiled!

The transgressing the laws, changing ordinances and breaking the everlasting covenant involves many things. Among them is sexual immorality and the defiling of the monogamous marital covenant.

The Curse Upon the Earth is Already Going Forth

There is strong reason to believe that since the four generations have expired since the saints rejected the fulness and the intercessory offering took place, this cursing upon the earth spoken of by Malachi and Isaiah, is already going forth.

Before long, everyone shall see it!

Here is a fascinating testimony of someone who has been paying attention and can see the curse that is upon the earth. TPTB are trying to use bioengineering to delay the curse and they are ultimately making things worse-

(Both links contain the same interview. Two are provided in case one is deleted)

Interestingly, one of the first things the servants will do when they get back is to go forth to the notable cities and villages, reproving the world for their ungodly deeds. At this time they will set “forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days.”

They will explain why the curse mentioned in Isaiah and Malachi and other prophecies is going forth and they will condemn all of the different transgressions. This will include failure to live consecration and sexual immorality that violates the law of monogamous marriage and destroys the purpose for which the earth was created!!

But I digress…

We need to discuss the second thing that happened to Oliver Cowdery to reveal to him the grand secret he understood about Joseph Smith and his transgression.

I have suspected for a long time that the visitations and visions that Joseph and Oliver experienced behind the veil had to do not only with a blessing, but also with a cursing.

In other words, I have felt like the 16 short verses contained in section 110 were not only missing some extremely important aspects of what took place behind the veil, they actually send the surface reader in the wrong direction, on a wild goose chase of sorts.

I have suspected that section 110 is intimately connected with the blessing and the curse the Moses prophesied would fall upon latter day Israel in Deuteronomy 30:30

AND it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee..”

The above passage is not only acknowledging that latter day Israel will receive both a blessing and a curse, Moses is prophesying that in the day when the apostate latter day saints “call them to mind“, (finally understand what took place and acknowledge their transgressions)  it would be a sign that the time has come for latter day Israel to repent and come out of spiritual and temporal captivity:

2  “And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

4  If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

5  And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

The Book of Mormon also speaks of the time when the gentile church will repent of their iniquity and become clean.

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

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

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

7  And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.

If the scenario I am presenting in this paper is true, the curse that was delayed as a result of an intercessory offering is now going forth and the marvelous work is about to begin and the dispensation of the fulness of times will be ushered in as a portion of believing Gentiles finally repent!

I have suspected that section 110 represents a message of doom and it involves a curse that is unleashed upon the earth. Nevertheless, because of an intercessory act, the curse is delayed.

I have speculated in the past that the short narrative contained in that section is incomplete and that there is some very important narrative missing from the document.

 The Missing Portion of Section 110

 I believe I have finally found the missing portion of this amazing revelation.

In essence, section 110 is not limited to the 16 verses contained in the Doctrine and Covenants.

I have discovered the other 55 verses that are part of that section.

In all, there are 71 verses that provide much more context and a much more detailed explanation of what was taking place and being revealed when Joseph and Oliver had their spiritual epiphany behind the veil.

As with so many of the hidden treasures of knowledge that we stumble upon, these missing passages have been in front of our eyes the whole time. We have been directed to them every time we read section 110, but we simply haven’t noticed or comprehended the directive because of the blindness that God has put over the eyes of Israel.

Paul spoke of this great mystery pertaining to the blindness that we are in.

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Romans 11:25)

God has been withholding this information from us until an appointed time, until the fulness of the Gentiles comes in again.

I am going to suggest that if what I am about to detail from the additional 55 verses is true, then, it explains and answers all of the questions I posed at the beginning of this commentary on the 1st secret historical event that I am addressing.

It explains why God commanded Joseph and Oliver to not tell about their experience behind the veil publicly.

I am also suggesting that the fact that God is now finally opening our eyes and revealing it to us, is a sign that the fulness of the Gentiles is about to come in and the servants of God are about to return in time to fulfill the parable of the redemption of Zion (section 101) and to set forth clearly and understandingly what the desolation of abomination is and who we can escape the curse that is going forth. (section 84:117)

The key to finding the additional information pertaining to what was revealed behind the veil is embedded in section 110.

Here is the key to finding the remaining 55 verses of section 110:

Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—

15  To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—

16  Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.”


We are being told that the appearance of Christ and three ministering angels and every corresponding event that took place behind the veil on April 3rd 1836 marks the appointed time when the words spoken by Malachi have been fulfilled.

In the past I have made the mistake of assuming that section 110 was only directing me to the last three verses in Malachi, having to do with Elijah being sent before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

By assuming that, I completely missed out on the context of what was being said.

I have now come to realize that all four chapters of Malachi represent a cohesive storyline and that all of the context is applicable to understanding what took place behind the veil on April 3rd 1836.

Any one verse in the four chapters is ambiguous if not unintelligible by itself.

It is critical to have a contextual understanding. One must read all four chapters to fully comprehend what is being communicated.

Perhaps the most blatant and obvious passage in the four chapters that is actually describing the visitation of Christ to Joseph and Oliver behind the veil is chapter 3 verse one:

BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Again, it is important to remember that ancient prophecies usually have dual if not multiple fulfillments. The Above passage also applies to a future event to take place in Kirtland as well.

 The Messenger

 Who is the messenger described in this passage?

To understand this, we need to read the previous two chapters to get come clues.

Please notice that the term “my messenger” shows up in the previous chapter.

Chapter 2 of Malachi reveals some amazing and disruptive information about God’s messenger that is spoken about in chapter 3.

But wait, we may as well go all the way back to the beginning of chapter one for context and then we will work our way forward to get the juicy details about God’s messengers.

I don’t have time to do a commentary on all passages in the entire four chapters so I will highlight some of the juicy parts

 A Message of Doom

 Chapter one begins speaking of the “burden” of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. Some commentators replace the word burden with “doom”.

God Curses Our Blessings

 Remember the blessing and cursing prophecy that Moses gave about the latter day Israel in Deuteronomy 30?

Look at this!

If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.”

God is cursing the blessings of Israel. This is one of the major things that section 110 is pointing us to.

Could this possibly explain why the major gifts of the spirit associated with the fulness of the gospel have not been present in the church since the early days of Kirtland?

Yes a blessing was pronounced behind the veil, but then it was cursed.

God has Corrupted the Seed of the Latter day Israel

 God is going to allow “one” to lead the seed of latter day Israel away and corrupt them with false doctrine and priestcraft.

Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.”

 The Covenant of Levi

 Joseph and Oliver were designated as the first and second elders of the restored church. They were also referred to as the “sons of Levi” that were to offer an offering unto the Lord.

In this narrative, Joseph God’s latter day servant is referred to as the recipient of the covenant of Levi that received the covenant of life and peace.

The Law of Truth was in his Mouth

He is the latter day servant that initially turned many away from iniquity.

And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity“.

This great Levitic Priest is the messenger of the Lord that is to seek the law. Joseph The latter day servant is the one who was commanded to lead the saints to Kirtland where they would receive the law of the Lord containing the law of consecration and the law of monogamy. He was then to lead them to Zion where they would live the law.

“For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.”

 Ye Are Departed Out of the Way

 One of the primary burdens that Malachi needed to reveal is the fact that Joseph God’s latter day servant would depart out of the way shortly after bringing forth the law. He would ultimately cause many to stumble:

” But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Can anyone dispute the fact that Joseph God’s latter day servant did in fact initially introduce “the LAW” in Kirtland which contained the law of monogamy and then, over a decade later he secretly began to introduce a contradictory law, which caused many saints to depart out of the way from the true law?

[Those who don’t believe that Joseph ever taught or practiced polygamy may want to read this]

 God Made Joseph God’s Servant
Contemptible in the Eyes of the World

 ” Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.”

This prophecy is unbe-freakin-lievable.

Does the world not consider Joseph Smith to have been contemptible and base when they learn of his secret spiritual wifery in Nauvoo?

How many  ex-Mormons and anti-Mormons have accused Joseph God’s latter day servant of being a vile, immoral, base, and corrupt?

Truly Joseph Smith God’s servant of the latter days is considered, base and contemptible by many many people.

This is exactly why Moroni had prophesied well over a decade earlier that the name of God’s servant would be had for good and evil.

According to Malachi, God’s latter day servant began his ministry doing good. He then began doing evil and leading people into error.

Joseph  God’s Servant Committed an Abomination
Joseph God’s Servant Committed Treachery
Against Emma the Wife of his Youth

10  Have we not all one father?  hath not one God created us?  why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

11  ¶ Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

14  ¶ Yet ye say, Wherefore?  Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

15  And did not he make one?  Yet had he the residue of the spirit.  And wherefore one?  That he might seek a godly seed.  Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

This is what I believe Oliver’s secret was. The Lord revealed to Oliver that Joseph’s relationship with Fanny Alger, whether it was a polygamous marriage or not, was in violation of God’s law on Marriage as contained in section 42. Oliver realized that Joseph’s struggle with the angel resulted in him committing treachery against the wife of his youth.

Malachi testifies that Joseph God’s messenger will be cut off for committing treachery against the wife of his covenant.

 Joseph God’s Messenger will be “Cut Off”
Because of His Treachery Against Emma his  Wife

12  The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.

13  And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

Was he not cut off from among the living?

Was it not his secret “measures” and the abomination of marriage and taking young girls and other mens wives that played a significant role in the controversy in Nauvoo?

Ok.. this brings us up to chapter 3:1

BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”

 Elijah the Preparer and Elijah the Restorer

 Who is the servant that prepares the way in the above passage?

The storyline indicates that the servant in Malachi 3:1 is the same servant in Malachi chapter 2. It is Joseph the latter day Davidic servant that begins his ministry by turning many away from iniquity but then he departs out of the way and caused many to stumble.

Nevertheless, we know that prophecies usually have multiple fulfillments including both a literal and shadow fulfillment and in some cases, additional types.

Regarding God’s servant that comes to prepare the way, there is another secret that we will discuss more fully later in this series but for now let me just summarize by saying that Joseph Smith revealed that Elijah the preparer is the Elijah of the Old Testament who was transmigrated into the New Testament as John the Baptist to prepare the way before Christ.

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

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

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

After preparing the way before Christ in the meridian of time, John the Baptist made an appearance on the Mount of Transfiguration and also during the restoration movement to bestow the priesthood keys of Levi upon Joseph and Oliver.

He did this physically, by hand. (section 13 and JS history).

It appears that Joseph got the keys from Elijah the preparer and became Elijah the Restorer as a result of what happened in section 13 and 110.

This is why the angel Moroni modified the following verse when he quoted it to Joseph Smith and yet Joseph did not change it when be translated the Inspired Version of the Bible:

These passages from Moroni were referring to John the Baptist who is  Elijah the Preparer who bestowed the priesthood by hand upon the sons of Levi:

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

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

The words of Malachi in the King James Bible and also in the inspired version do not match the above changes made by Moroni because they refer to Joseph, the latter day messenger who is Elijah the Restorer.

The grand secret regarding the fulfillment of Malachi 3:1 on April 3 1836 is that the covenant that Christ secretly restored, that the saints delighted in,  was the old testament gospel covenant of Abraham.

The latter day saints delighted in that covenant because they had failed to accept the higher law and see the face of God, and they had rejected the fulness of the gospel and they wanted a lesser gospel of carnal works.

The Lord provide an incredible descriptive of what the gospel of Abraham contains from section 84:

“For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.

23  Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;

24  But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.

25  Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also;

26  And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel;

27  Which gospel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism, and the remission of sins, and the law of carnal commandments, which the Lord in his wrath caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until John, whom God raised up, being filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb.”
I realize that some people are going to challenge the possibility that God would allow a true prophet to reveal the law and do great things and then stumble and break the law himself and lead people astray.

The storyline gets even more unbelievable when the fallen servant returns from the dead to fulfill his prophetic assignments.

When a second fulfillment of the passage takes place, the repentant latter day saints will delight in the fulness of the Gospel Covenant.

I would submit however, that as bizarre as this storyline may appear, it is a recurring theme in the Old Testament. There are multiple accounts of it and that Joseph Smith is the only person that fits the profile.

Click here for additional documentation to support this prophetic scenario of the last great servant that stumbles and then recovers.


It is therefore, dear reader, my conclusion that Joseph and Oliver were commanded by God to not publicly reveal what happened behind the veil on April 3rd 1836 because it represented not only a blessing, but an associated cursing. It involved the ushering in of the preparatory gospel of Abraham to an obstinate people, instead of the expected ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times.


I believe it was revealed to Oliver Cowdery from a vision he had as well as the content contained in the four chapters of Malachi, that Joseph Smith was wrestling with an angel that was giving a false commandment. A commandment the contradicted the previous commandment of God. One that would result in Joseph Smith committing the act of treachery against the wife of his youth, even the wife of his covenant.

Obedience to the commandment of an angel that was contrary to the law of God would cause Joseph and many of the saints to “depart out of the way” and “stumble at the law” and “corrupt the covenant of Levi“.

Clearly, Joseph and Oliver would have gladly revealed what had taken place behind the veil had the event not resulted in a message of doom and cursing.

Goodness knows that the saints desperately needed validation about their status before the Lord.

The saints were in shock and confusion because of the non-event that had take place a week earlier.

The saints had gathered together in a solemn assembly with the promise that the pure in heart would all see God.

As documented by Karl Anderson in his book “The Savior in Kirtland”, not one soul saw God during the solemn and sobering event.

The Church desperately needed some kind of reassurance that God was looking upon them favorably.

They desperately needed Joseph and Oliver to reassure them that Christ had appeared and that the temple was accepted and that all was well.

Indeed Christ did appear and accept the temple and forgive Joseph and Oliver for their sins and pronounce a blessing. Unfortunately, He cursed their blessings also.

He did this in fulfillment of the prophecies contained in Deuteronomy, Malachi, Isaiah and other places in the bible.

Four generations of apostasy needed to expire before the ultimate promises and purposes of the Kirtland Temple could be realized.

It is now time for blindness to be taken off of latter day Israel.

Watch for the return of the servants and keep you eye on the Kirtland Temple.


Another topic closely related to the secret veil experience of Joseph and Oliver has to do with the taking of the knowledge of the gospel from the Gentiles to the House of Israel as prophesied by Christ.

For more in that topic, see this series

The Doctrine of AWARENESS- Part Three

October 31, 2011

False Prophets VS. Fallen Prophets
[editorial note: Since this post is being published on Halloween day, let me remind you that the original holiday was
reformation day…this is the day that Martin Luther nailed the “95 Thesis” on the door of the large and spacious building!]

The term false prophet originates in the New Testament.

If you do a Google search of the term “false prophet”, you get a little over 3 MILLION hits and 2.1 MILLION if you do a more narrow search using quotation marks.

Interestingly, the term fallen prophet cannot be found in the New Testament yet a cursory examination suggests that the term very possibly originated or at least gained traction during and from the LDS restoration movement of the 1800’s.

A general Google search of the term brings up a little over 15 MILLION hits with 41,000 resulting from a more narrow search using quotation marks!

The very first listing for fallen prophet on Google, regardless of which way you search the term, is a page accusing Joseph Smith of being a fallen prophet… it is listed below with the three lines, exactly as it shows up on Google-

LDS Mormon Joseph Smith American Prophet
This page lists five good reasons Joseph Smith died a fallen prophet.

Following that first listing you get lots of contemporary uses of the term mingled with sites pertaining to Mormonism both pro and con. A Google search brings up everything from music groups and songs, to video games, software platforms and even YouTube videos all incorporating the term fallen prophet, or variations thereof.

Again, the term fallen prophet never shows up in the Old or New Testament and when goggling it, virtually all of the top ranking religious sites mingled in with the contemporary sites using the key words “fallen prophet” seem to be LDS related.

Traditional Christianity virtually never uses the term nor does it show up in the Bible. This is not surprising since traditional Christianity does not put a huge emphasis on the importance of prophets, particularly in a contemporary context.

Of course Joseph Smith was accused in Kirtland of being a fallen prophet and again in Far West and finally in Nauvoo, he was accused of being a fallen prophet.

His accusers were believers in the LDS restoration who believed in his original calling as a prophet and associated revelations but felt he had eventually fallen into transgression and departed from his original calling.

The first major apostasy took place in Kirtland shortly after the special conference at the Morley Farm when some of the leading brethren who were called to be high priests denied the faith and others accused Joseph of being.

During the second main apostasy in Kirtland some people were upset about the name change of the church while others became angry about the affairs of the Kirtland Safety Society.

During the Far West period some of the most prominent leaders of the Church actually signed affidavits accusing Joseph of some very serious things. These charges landed Joseph and others in jail.

Finally in Nauvoo, people were concerned for a multitude of reasons including the fact that he was no longer receiving revelations. Section 124 was the last major revelation of doctrinal significance to be canonized. Some of the saints felt that Joseph Smith began teaching doctrines that conflicted with his earlier teachings. They saw Joseph Smith’s teachings about the progression of the Gods and his involvement in masonry and polygamy as contradicting the teachings of the gospel in the Book of Mormon and the early revelations in the D&C.

On the other hand, many of the saints interpreted the new doctrines and practices as proof of continued revelation and further enlightenment.

According to one online commentary-

“In the stormy spring of 1844, the King Follett discourse rose like a castle in the weeds, a splendid, mysterious heterodoxy standing amid the bitterness in Nauvoo. The sermon thrilled many of the city’s Mormons. Joseph Fielding, one of the Prophet’s listeners, said, “Any one that could not see in him the Spirit of inspiration of God must be dark, they might have known that he was not a fallen Prophet even if they thought he was fallen.

People like Fielding loved accounts of the heavenly order. Not so the Laws, Fosters, and Higbees. William Law said the annual conference brought out “some of the most blasphemous doctrines… ever heard of,” such as “other gods as far above our God as he is above us.”

I have already discussed in previous blogs how some people believe that the Nauvoo era of the church represented further enlightenment while others saw it as a time of great darkness and backsliding.

There was actually a great polarization taking place at this period of time within the church.

So great was the heat on Joseph Smith by his critics that he made mention of their deliberations publicly in a sermon.

In it he said-

my apostate enemies say that I have been a true prophet–& I had rather be a fallen true prophet, than a false prophetMay 12 1844

Joseph was pointing out that there is a very significant distinction between a false prophet and a true prophet that becomes a fallen prophet.

What does it mean to be fallen?

Fallen from what?

The probable answer to that is provided by the Lord in section 20 of the D&C.

“And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true; And we know also, that sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true, to all those who love and serve God with all their mights, minds, and strength. But there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God;

Based on the above passage, I would submit that a fallen prophet is a person who was a true prophet at first, who has since Fallen from Grace.

That being the case, it causes one pause that Joseph would rather be a fallen true prophet than simply a false prophet from the beginning because we are taught in the church that those who fall from the greater light receive the greater condemnation.. Obviously a true prophet who transgresses and falls from grace would have fallen from a state of greater light than someone who was never a true prophet to begin with.

I am going to suggest that Joseph would rather be a fallen prophet simply because it is possible to return to a state of grace after falling from it!

Grace Vs. Mercy

It is often said that “Grace is what God gives us that we don’t deserve. Mercy results in God not giving us what we do deserve“. (God often withholds his wrath even though we deserve it)

It is interesting to observe that according to the ancient prophecy about the future Davidic servant, even though he would transgress and be chastened by the rod of men, the mercy of the Lord would not depart from him.

If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.” 2nd Samuel 7:15:

Is it possible that the latter day servant of God and his associates spoken of in 2nd Samuel and Leviticus 16 temporarily fall from grace while the mercy of God never departs from them?

I would suggest that one can remain within the mercy of God even while temporarily falling from grace.

Perhaps that is why Joseph said he would rather be a true fallen prophet than a false prophet. Perhaps he understood that falling from grace does not necessarily denote an eternal or unchangeable condition of damnation.

When Satan fell from heaven, he was not only falling from grace, but he was eternally falling from the mercy of God.

It is unfortunate that some of us view prophets as infallible and others of us assume that if a prophet does fall from grace they cannot repent and be returned to their former state. Such assumptions prevent us from using their lives and the counsel God gives them as examples of the human condition and the mercy of God.

Again my purpose in addressing this topic is not to Judge (condemn) Joseph Smith but rather to judge (observe and learn from ) the events of his life and from the council and prophetic instruction that the Lord gave him.

It is truly significant that the term fallen prophet is mainly only relevant in Mormonism and that Protestantism and Catholicism seldom if ever use the term.

Although the term fallen prophet does appear to originate from the Kirtland era of the restoration movement, it did not originate from the accusations that were being made by the critics of Joseph Smith.

It actually originates from a revelation from God to Joseph Smith!

First, a little context.

The storyline begins in mid 1828.

The 116 pages of the Book of Mormon had been lost because Joseph had feared man more than God and had allowed himself to be influenced by the persuasions of men.

The Lord was upset with Joseph.

In a revelation directed solely to Joseph Smith, before the church was even organized, the Lord proclaimed this very profound truth-

“Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men”

The Lord then gave Joseph a hypothetical scenario-

For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.”

One has to wonder how modern day Mormonism has embraced the infallibility of prophets doctrine, when the above passage so clearly states that prophets CAN fall!

The above passage in section 3 of the D&C very possibly constitutes the very first introduction of the “fallen prophet” term and the fact that a true prophet can in fact fall from grace.

It is this revelation that haunted Joseph throughout his public ministry because it alerted the membership of the church to the fact that a prophet of God can fall from grace after receiving a long string of revelations and doing many mighty works.

It is this passage that caused many of the converts to Mormonism to watch Joseph Smith with a very critical and accusative eye anytime he did or said something that seemed out of harmony with the prior revelations..

Clearly the hypothetical given in section 3 was not referring to the historical Joseph Smith of 1828 for indeed the pattern given did not reflect the life of Joseph during that period of time.

Take a look at the six point hypothetical the Lord gave to Joseph in section 3-

  • A prophet can have many revelations
  • A prophet can do many mighty works
  • Following the revelations and mighty works the prophet can begin boasting
  • Following the revelations and mighty works the prophet can set at naught the counsels of God
  • Following the revelations and mighty works the prophet can follow his his own will and carnal desires
  • Following the revelations and mighty works the prophet can FALL (and have no more gift of prophecy)

At the time this revelation was given in 1828 Joseph had not yet received very many revelations. He had mainly been blessed with the ministering of angels. The many revelations now canonized in the D&C were to come in later years.

At that time, Joseph had not done very many mighty works.

He was not a boastful person at that early time in his life.

He did make a bad judgment call with regard to Martin Harris and the 116 pages but he was tormented by his mistake and quickly became contrite and repentant.

He clearly did not fall from grace at that time, or if he did, he did not fall from grace for very long because God assured him-

thou are still chosen, and art AGAIN called to the work” (vs 10)

(admittedly, the “again” in the above passage implies that in fact Joseph may have temporarily lost his calling even though he had not lost his status of being  “chosen”.

The Lord in his mercy forgave him and accepted his repentance.

All in all, the six-part hypothetical really did not fully apply to the historical Joseph Smith of 1828 even though the hypothetical was incorporated within a revelation that was being clearly and specifically directed at him.

Lets review in greater detail what the Lord said to Joseph after giving the hypothetical.

Notice how the dialogue changed from hypothetical to personal once again.

Behold, you have been entrusted with these things, but how strict were your commandments; and remember also the promises which were made to you, if you did not transgress them.

And behold, how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men.

For, behold, you should not have feared man more than God. Although men set at naught the counsels of God, and despise his words—

Yet you should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.

Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.

But remember, God is merciful; therefore, repent of that which thou hast done which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work;

Except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.

The Importance of Being AWARE

What an interesting statement-

“..if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.”

That is the second time in the revelation that the Lord uses the word FALL.

The word “fall” is first used in the six point hypothetical, demonstrating that a true prophet can still fall from grace if he transgresses.

Secondly, it is used referring directly to Joseph, as the Lord gives Joseph the warning that if he is not aware, he will “fall“!

This passage is what I have taken as the theme of this post because the message is so profound and yet so subtle.

Have you ever really considered the importance of being aware?

Have you ever read about the doctrine of AWARENESS?

I have written other posts in which I have attempted to show that Joseph, Sidney and others were acting as intercessory servants who were artificially taking upon themselves the transgressions of the apostate latter day saints.

In those articles I emphasized that Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon and their associates committed transgression in a different way than many others commit transgressions.

It is one thing to take upon you your own sins. It is quite another to act as intercessory servants who have the sins of latter day Israel artificially placed upon them and therefore act them out!

In the above mentioned posts I have always stopped short of calling Joseph Smith a fallen prophet because in my mind, the transgressions he took himself during or shortly after the latter day fulfillment of the atonement statute prophesy in the Kirtland Temple were artificially placed upon him and he simply acted out the sins that were in the hearts of apostate Israel.

During the Far West period the Lord gave a strong rebuke to those who were accusing Joseph and Sidney falsely-

Cursed are all those that shall lift up the heel against mine anointed, saith the Lord, and cry they have sinned when they have not sinned before me, saith the Lord, but have done that which was meet in mine eyes, and which I commanded them. But those who cry transgression do it because they are the servants of sin, and are the children of disobedience themselves.

How interesting that the Lord made it clear to the church in section three and section twenty and other revelations that Joseph had sinned and that he could fall in the future if he was not AWARE, yet during the Far West period he gives such a strong warning to those who falsely accuse Joseph and others of the Lords anointed servants!

Another interesting possibility that surfaces in this study is that the terms “sin” and “transgression” may not mean the same thing. It is possible that the anointed servants of the Lord that artificially took upon themselves the sins of the people were under transgression but not sin. Just a passing thought… I don’t pretend to know.

Nevertheless, after pondering section 3, I believe there is strong reason to believe that the six part hypothetical given in section 3, followed by the direct warning to Joseph that he will fall if he is not aware, is in fact more than a hypothetical. It appears to be a prophecy regarding the future historical Joseph smith of the 1840’s and perhaps even earlier.

There is an uncanny resemblance between the six-part hypothetical in section 3 and the life of Joseph during the Nauvoo era.

First of all, Joseph had published and canonized over 100 revelations by the time he began his involvement in Masonry and polygamy in Nauvoo. He had truly received “many revelations”. Shortly thereafter, revelation dried up.

Secondly, Joseph had done “many wonderful works“, including healings, the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood, the completion of the Kirtland Temple and the associated ushering in of the gospel of Abraham, etc.

Thirdly, the humble and contrite Joseph of the early years became bold and brash and “boastful” very possibly in fulfillment of the prophecy in section 3.

Perhaps one of the most arrogant, obnoxious and blasphemous pronouncements he made is contained in a sermon he gave in front of thousands of people in 1844 when he said-

“I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.” History of the Church, Vol. 6, pp. 408-409 (Sunday, May 26, 1844)

Prior to understanding the atonement statute and the effect it had on Joseph Smith I would read the above quote and other similar ones made during the Nauvoo era and just shake my head in disbelief.

At first I simply rejected the possibility that Joseph ever made such statements even though they appear to come from credible sources. These types of statements are so repugnant that I simply didn’t believe a prophet of God could utter them.

I now see them as a reminder of what happens when a person looses their spiritual equilibrium and state of spiritual awareness. The ego runs unrestrained. I believe such pronouncements from Joseph Smith represent a remarkable fulfillment of Gods warning and prophecy in section 3.

I see them as a sign that Joseph lost his awareness, when the sins of latter day Israel were put upon him, causing him to fall. (Isaiah informs us that God covers the eyes of the seers because of the iniquity of latter day Israel. Would that not constitute losing ones awareness?)

Fourth and fifthly, at the time that Joseph was boasting in his accomplishments he was contradicting the previous revelations about the importance of the celestial law of monogamy. In doing this, he was truly setting at naught the councils of God and following after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires.

According to some accounts, Joseph spoke openly about his enjoyment of the young wives he had taken on… according to William Law-

Joseph was very free in his talk about his women. He told me one day of a certain girl and remarked, that she had given him more pleasure than any girl he had ever enjoyed. I told him it was horrible to talk like this. – Joseph Smith’s close confidant and LDS Church First Councilor, William Law, Interview in Salt Lake Tribune, July 31,

As mentioned on other posts, Joseph later confided in William Marks that he and the saints had been deceived into embracing the spiritual wife doctrine but this was not until it had deeply infected the quorum of the Twelve, other leaders and many members of the church.

Lastly,  point number six of the prophecy is arguably the most profound and remarkable part of the prophecy to come true  if this scenario I am presenting is accurate; he fell from grace, resulting in falling from his position and from his gift of prophecy.

The Lord had warned Joseph that if he boasted, he truly would become as other men, and have his gift of prophecy taken away.-

“Except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men and have no more gift

When Joseph publicly announced to the Church in Nauvoo that he would no longer be prophesying for the church, I don’t believe he was exercising his own prerogative to become an emeritus prophet. I believe he was in essence acknowledging that he didn’t possess the gift of prophecy anymore.

Did he fully understood what had happened?

I don’t know.

Did he realize that the prophecy in section 3 had been fulfilled and that he had lost the gift and become as other men?

I don’t know.

He seemed to indicate that he was moving forward in his own personal progression while his brother Hyrum would remain as the prophet for the church.

I believe the prophetic and historical evidence strongly suggests Joseph had become as other men… and the Lord had taken the gift of prophecy from him.

It is not a coincidence that he did not receive any revelations during the last three years of his life.

In part four of this series we shall view the remarkable prophecy in section 3 in the context of two other supporting prophetic revelations contained in the D&C.

We shall then take a look at the meaning behind the Tree of Life vs the Tree of Knowledge and continue our attempt to gain a better understanding of the doctrine of awareness.

Crushing David Whitmer’s Stumbling Block