I think I will take a break from the current Zion series to share a few musings.
In one of my posts in the current series I made the following statement
“From my personal study, adding context, from other related prophetic passages, it appears to me that during this time of upheaval, a secret combination of traitors within the US government coordinates a military invasion of America from an external army that is assembled from many foreign nations.
While the invading army is approaching, God’s people are gathering or have gathered to the designated place where the city Zion is to be built. During this time of “consumption” upon the hypocritical nation, the gathering of the elect “overflows with righteousness“.
To borrow a phrase from Masonry, “Out of chaos comes order.”
Shortly after I made that observation I got an email with the following comment in it:
“have you read the reports of ISIS fighters (who are made up of many nations including the USA) gathering in mexico where they intend to come through the porous border to carry out attacks inside the country? apparently the feds know but choose to do nothing about it.”
The next day I saw the following post on a conspiracy board
I have since seen several other interesting articles related to this topic. This is the latest one
Could ISIS result in the fulfillment of the invasion prophecy in Micah?
I don’t know.
“Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say:Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.”
A friend of mine from “down under” sent me this link to a fascinating blog post that is detailing how the LDS Church is actually charging new converts to join the church in certain parts of the world. http://www.nearingkolob.com/new-mormons-converts-must-pay-baptized/
Although I can appreciate that one of the challenges of the modern church in some parts of the world has to do with people that become inactive from the day they are baptized, as well as freeloaders that join because membership has its privileges, it is still shocking to see prophecy being fulfilled.
You just can’t make this stuff up!
“For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.”
The Succession Issue- Doing Secretive Priesthood Ordinations and Authorizations in the Dark
The scriptures warn us time and again to beware of those that do secret things in the dark. When the Lord’s Church is on the earth, He always chooses and ordains his servants openly, never in darkness.This is how the Lord operates so that conspiratorial combinations cannot take infiltrate and hijack the church if the Saints are paying attention.
“ I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness.” (2nd Nephi 26 :23)
Emma made the astute observation that Joseph and Hyrum were killed because of the secret things they had been involved in.
One of the things that God stresses regarding priesthood offices and how to govern the church, is that everything needs to be done publicly, in the open. Nothing should be done in secrecy.
“no person is to be ordained to any office in the church where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of the that church.. Every president of the high priesthood (or presiding elder) bishop, high councilor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of the high council or general council or general conference” (D&C 20 65-67) See also all of the passages regarding the law of common consent.
The Law of Common Consent make transparency requisite.
Over the years I have read countless papers on the LDS succession issue. Back when I was a naive member of the church who had done virtually no research into church history and very little serious scripture study, I used to read the various diatribes on the succession issue by LDS scholars as if they were the gospel truth.
Nearly four decades of research later, I am torn between the urge to laugh and the urge to cry when I go back and read the justifications and shameless spin that the apologetic wordmeisters come up with in these essays.
A friend of mine recently sent me the following essay by Esplin:
On page 20 Esplin makes the following observations:
“That because of the proven competence and loyalty of the Twelve, Joseph Smith privately prepared them and fully authorized them by priesthood keys and the knowledge of temple ordinances and doctrine to carry on his mission. No other quorum or group of men was similarly authorized, prepared, and charged”
Privately prepared, authorized and charged to carry on Joseph’s mission?
Since when is a different first presidency supposed to be “privately authorized, prepared and charged ” to replace the existing president, without the knowledge of the saints?
How was the general church membership supposed to know that the Lord had changed the order of things, instituted secret ordinances, and made the quorum of the Twelve (who had previously been told they were not allowed to preside in an organized stake) the new First Presidency of the church. Since when does the Lord secretly replace existing authorities because others are deemed more “competent” and “loyal” than someone, who had been established in the first presidency for over a decade, by revelation and common consent?
According to the mind dazzling observations of Esplin, these secret meetings with secret instructions and secret keys and ordinances, secretly replaced Sidney Rigdon as the rightful successor to Joseph Smith, with the quorum of the 12, yet these secret proceedings did not finally became public until the disciplinary church court of of Sidney Rigdon which was essentially conducted under the authority of the Twelve, with the Twelve acting as Sidney’s accusers?!?:
“Sidney Rigdon’s trial, 8 September 1844, provided the most extensive public airing of the [secret] temple-related issues at the heart of succession and served as an important forum for making the Saints more aware of the private instructions, keys, and anticipated ordinances.”
Here’s the logic from Brigham and the Twelve that the more ignorant of the saints bought into:
” We need to excommunicate Sid because he has not been as competent and loyal as us! (the Twelve) (and because he will discipline us for our secret wife abominations and bring our works of darkness into the light, if we don’t!) Oh, by the way, don’t worry about us getting rid of Ridgon, which will leave the church without a member of the First Presidency that was called of God through Joseph, and without someone that has been ordained and sustained as a prophet seer and revelator. We are happy to be able to report to you that the Lord secretly authorized, prepared and charged us with replacing him and carrying on Joseph’s mission several months ago while you were sleeping…. TRUST US!”
It appears to me that these observations and declarations by Esplin were calculated to prey on the ignorance of those that don’t understand how church administration, priesthood authority and succession is supposed to work according to God’s word in the scriptures. Had Esplin been raised in the RLDS or Strangite traditions, I suspect his logic would have been just as dizzying in supporting their claims.
For those interested in the succession issue, here is another fascinating read by Ehat which I have referred to before:
It is quite an exhaustive expose on what was taking place in Nauvoo during the time leading up to and including the death of Joseph Smith.
Although it is also couched in apologetic spin just as dizzying as the above essay, it is quite revealing.
(One of the things that it proves beyond doubt, is that Joseph Smith was definitely secretly practicing polygamy while publicly preaching against it. Another incredible read is the “Nauvoo City anbd High Council Minutes” by Dinger which documents the fact that Hyrum Smith, under the direction of Joseph Smith, publicly read the revelation on polygamy to both the Nauvoo High Council and the Nauvoo City Council, declaring that Joseph had received the revelation and that those that did not live it would be damned.)
I past that little gem by Ehat on to an acquaintance years ago who has publicly staked his reputation on the belief that Joseph Smith never practiced polygamy, hoping he would have the integrity to seriously review the overwhelming mountain of documentation available and amend his position but alas, it is human nature to believe what one wants to believe, and not be bothered by the facts.
DS Distances himself from DS
Despite the love-fest that Daymon Smith and Denver Snuffer have had with each other in the past, it appears as if Smith is distancing himself from Snuffer after the outrageous claims that Snuffer made during his last speech:
Smith is the revelatory anthropologist who has authoritatively declared that the Bible is an uninspired and corrupt canon of scripture and that the original intent of the Book of Mormon had nothing to do with Biblical Christianity or the need for a restoration to Biblical Christianity. He opines that the dastardly duo of Rigdon and Parley Pratt high-jacked the true intent of the Book of Mormon by placing their evil restorationist views upon it.
All of this was divined by Smith despite the copious quotations from the King James Version of the Old and New Testament all throughout the Book of Mormon and the declaration in modern revelation that the Book of Mormon proves that the Bible is true!!!!
“And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;
9 Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;
10 Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them—
11 Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;
12 Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.”
(Also problematic for Smith is the fact that when the LAW of the GOSPEL was introduced (Section 42) The Saints were told that the existing King James Version of the Bible was to be considered the law of the Church along with the other revealed scriptures until the Inspired Version was completed. Apparently the KJ Bible was pretty acceptable to God even if Daymon Smith finds them to be evil)
I felt honored that Daymon recently made reference to me in one of his papers even if his statement of the facts is perhaps, distorted just a little bit:
“there is a blogger who insists Sidney Rigdon was some sort of quasi-divine figure, who shall return as the whirlwind we have reaped.”
Actually my characterization of Rigdon is that he was one of the great orators and scriptural scholars of the time whose prophetic role as a scapegoat figure, eventually caused him to have the sins of latter day Israel place upon him and therefore, he did lots of crazy things. He perhaps even became a little crazy during the later part of his ministry and remainder of his life.
It is true, however, that I hold Rigdon in high regard. There are no less that 13 sections of the D&C where the Lord gives great assignments, responsibilities and even great honor, to Rigdon. Rigdon’s responsibilities extend into the 3rd watch… hence, I do believe that he, Joseph, and others, will return in POWER at the appointed time to fulfill their missions (perhaps that is where the “quasi-divine” misunderstanding comes into play. LOL
It is interesting that out of the 13 sections that address Rigdon, most characterizing him in a very positive way, Smith could only find one of significant importance to quote in his thesis.. the one where the Lord chastises Rigdon. LOL It is a natural tendency to only see the evidence that supports our personal conclusions. ( know, I know, I probably suffer from this tendency as much as the next guy.) What is strange about Daymon Smith is that he quotes profusely from the D&C during his lectures even though he clearly does not believe most of the sections he quotes from based on the foundational claims he makes about his cultural based revisionism and reinterpretation of what the Book of Mormon is really supposed to be conveying.
Snuffer also appears to make veiled references to my posts. Perhaps some day I will document and respond to them.
It is interesting to me that many of the people that seem to despise me and detest my beliefs and my literal interpretation of scripture, seem to be avid readers of my blog.
Today and tomorrow are very special days. It is the time of year (Autumn Equinox) that Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith consecutively, about six or seven years in a row. At the end of that string of events, a major revelation was received, designating the seven shepherds that would gather out the elect, at the appointed place, in the 3rd watch. (A literal interpretation of the literal promises God has made about how Zion will be redeemed leaves very little to do for who would take it upon themselves to redeem Zion.)
- September 1823 Moroni Visit
- September 1824 Moroni Visit
- September 1825 Moroni Visit
- September 1826 Moroni Visit
- September 1827 Moroni Visit and Plates Received
- September 1828 Joseph sins but has Plates returned
- September 1829?
- September 1830 Revelation (Section 29) designating the Seven Elders that will return in the 3rd watch to gather the elect.
Interestingly, there is a seven year period between section 29, given in September of 1830, and September of 1837, when Joseph and Sidney fled Kirtland during the peak of the Kirtland apostasy. You will recall that the “drop dead” date for Zion to be redeemed, according to Section 64, was September 11th of 1836.
In addition to reoccurring events every seven years, it is remarkable how so many of the major events in the history of the restored church fall on ancient Jewish feast days. (This is no coincidence. As I have pointed out before, Mormons are Jews, they just don’t know it.)
If you have not read the papers by John Pratt and Lenae Hadley and others on this topic, you should take the time to do so.
There are several dates within the month of September that have prophetic significance. In addition to the 21st and 22nd, the 11th is very significant, regarding section 64 and the redemption of Zion. Countless other significant events took place on the 11th of September, including, the mountain meadows massacre, the collapse of the towers on 9/11 of 2001.
Over the years I have noticed many interesting time sequences between major events that seem to be significant. Many of them match the prophetic time sequences in the Book of Daniel.
There are many events that seem to happen 3 1/2 years apart and others that happen seven years apart. The illustration below shows five major historical events that just happen to all take place in seven year increments.
Is it a coincidence that there was exactly four biblical generations between the rejection of the church with their dead in September of 1841 and the tumbling of the twin towers of Babylon in September of 2001?
I think that studying prophetic time sequences in the past can be helpful in studying prophetic time sequences in the future.
Those of you who have read about the amazing “Harbinger” prophecy in Isaiah by Jonathan Cahn are no doubt aware that he just released another bombshell called “The Mystery of the Shemitah“. Shemitah has to do with the ancient seven year cycle that God commanded Israel to keep, but the Shemitah is was also pointing to and typological of, the prophetic events of the end times.
In the book, Kahn points out that many major historical events have taken place during Shemitah years.
He highlights the fact that 2001 when the twin towers came down, was a Shemitah year. He says that seven years later in 2008, when the stock market crashed was a Shemitah year. The fall of the towers and the fall of Wall Street both took place, seven years apart, during Shemitah years. And guess what… according to Kahn, the next Shemitah year begins this month within just days.
He cautions that God doesn’t always do something major during a Shemitah year, but he thinks we should be on the alert.
He also cautions that a major event is just as likely to happen at the end of this Shemitah, in September of 2015, as at the beginning, in September of 2014. In fact, September of 2015 is probably when something huge is going to happen, but since we know that God’s servants must return, possibly before a huge, global event occurs, we would be wise to be alert from here on out.
When the Harbinger and Shemitah research of Jonathan Cahn is viewed in conjunction with the research of Pastor Mark Biltz, (both of these guys claim to be are Messianic Jews) regarding the sequence of four blood moons that we are currently experiencing, it becomes obvious that we are knocking on the door of the return of God’s servants and the beginning of the Marvelous Work. [speaking of 2014 being a significant year, this is kind of interesting]
Are you watching?
[BTW a new development with the Georgia Guidestones pointing to 2014]