The Savior in Kirtland (Part Three)

February 13, 2013

The Savior in Kirtland
By Karl Anderson

Book Review and Critique by OWIW
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Part Three

In part two of this series I discussed, among other things, the fact that the “man of sin” prophecy from 2nd Thes. was literally fulfilled at the special conference at the Morley Farm when the Melchizedek Priesthood was restored for the first time.

Also mentioned was Karl’s research showing that at least 22 leaders of the LDS restoration movement saw or heard the voice of Christ.

In that post I also passionately disagree with Karl about the fact that there is a very important distinction between a real-time personal visitation and communication with Christ vs. an instructive vision showing Christ in a past or future event.

I also suggest that when the church is fully organized, only high priests have the heavens opened and see the Father and the Son. Such an event requires that the person is transfigured to prevent them from being destroyed by the glory of God.

Interestingly, other people can be in the presence of a transfigured person and not see the heavens open. Conversely, it appears that some people present in the Kirtland Temple saw angels while others did not.

Now we shall continue with the observations:

8- No Eye Witnesses of Christ During the Dedication

Perhaps one of the most shocking admissions given by Karl Anderson in the book is this one:

“It is generally assumed that the Savior appeared during the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, but no eyewitness accounts can be verified. One possible reference to an appearance of the Savior comes from a family tradition that cannot be documented with certainty. Two other references to the Savior’s appearance exist, but they are also problematic”

To fully comprehend and appreciate why this is such an incredible acknowledgement for Karl to make, lets review what the saints were expecting to happen in the solemn assembly.

First of all, Joseph Smith had promised the saints that all of the pure in heart would see Christ!

Joseph promised the newly called quorum of 12 apostles that “ALL who are prepared and are sufficiently pure to abide the presence of the Saviour will see him in the solemn assembly. (Pg. 225)

“all who are pure will see Christ… in solemn assembly”  (Pg. 242)

Similar statements to other saints are documented in the book (pages 129, 139, and 141.)

Hence, the saints went to the temple that day fully expecting hundreds of people to see Christ!

Secondly, the saints were fully expecting the temple to be personally accepted by either the Father or the Son during that dedicatory solemn assembly. Within the dedicatory prayer itself this hope was articulated:

..And now we ask thee, Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of thy bosom, in whose name alone salvation can be administered to the children of men, we ask thee, O Lord, to accept of this house

Next, it was anticipated that a pentecostal experience similar to the one in the New Testament would result in Gods anointed servants being sealed with the endowment of power from on high so that they could go forth in POWER. Just as Peter and John went forth after their endowment of power after the day of Pentecost and started preaching with power and performing miracles, this very same things had been promised to the saints.

This is what they were expecting!

Joel had prophesied about the last great solemn assembly and acknowledged that the last great solemn assembly would “sanctify the congregation“. An obvious allusion to the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

Joel further identifies the last great solemn assembly as the time when the bridegroom goes forth out of his chamber and the bride comes forth out of her closet.

Section 38 had promised that the time would come “when men are endowed with power from on high and sent forth, all these things shall be gathered unto the bosom of the church.

This endowment was to begin the last great gathering in power.

Section 95 had promised the same thing:

Yea, verily I say unto you, I gave unto you a commandment that you should build a house, in the which house I design to endow those whom I have chosen with power from on high; For this is the promise of the Father unto you; therefore I command you to tarry, even as mine apostles at Jerusalem.”

Few people realize that prior to the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the High Priests that had been “called and chosen” by the Lord, had met in the Temple to receive their anointing. They were then instructed that their anointing would be sealed with power from on high when they were endowed with power, in the temple.

Again, let us look at verbiage directly from the dedicatory prayer to confirm this:

“Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.

Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof.

And let thy house be filled, as with a rushing mighty wind, with thy glory.

 Put upon thy servants the testimony of the covenant, that when they go out and proclaim thy word they may seal up the law, and prepare the hearts of thy saints for all those judgments thou art about to send, in thy wrath, upon the inhabitants of the earth, because of their transgressions, that thy people may not faint in the day of trouble.

Clearly, the promise was that those who had previously been ordained, called, chosen and anointed, were to have their anointing sealed with power from on high so that the last great gathering could commence in power.

This gathering, according to modern revelation would give God’s servants so much power, that no hand could prevent the work from going forth. (see section 1:5)

This endowment with power was to usher in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times and begin the Marvelous Work.

To summarize, here is what the saints came to the Solemn Assembly expecting to happen:

  • Hundreds of People to See Christ
  • The Father or the Son to Appear and Accept the Temple
  • The Anointed High Priests to get ENDOWMENT of POWER
  • The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times Ushered in
  • The Marvelous Work to Begin with Ancient Records Coming Forth
  • God’s spirit to be poured out-Many to receive the baptism of Fire

With this contextual understanding, Karl’s confession that no credible documentation existed of anyone even seeing Christ is absolutely paramount.

I have so much respect for Karl Anderson for making the declaration that he did.

Granted, he didn’t explain why his statement was so profoundly significant, but nevertheless, he published the statement for the world to see.

Anyone who cares enough to do their homework about the purpose and importance of the solemn assembly and associated anticipation having to do with the completion of the temple and the dedicatory service, can find out for themselves why Karl’s observation is so earth shattering.

Or can they?

On page 249  Karl Anderson makes the following observation:

The Kirtland Temple endowment was central to the Lord’s purpose for bringing His Saints to Kirtland.

Understanding varies, however, regarding what the Lord meant when He promised such a blessing.”

It appears to me that Karl is suggesting that LDS general authorities and scholars cannot agree on what the promised blessing was that people were anticipating when they entered into the Solemn Assembly.

Karl then states:

The one thing historians seem to agree on is that the Kirtland endowment included a great spiritual outpouring- Pentecost.” (Pg 249)

I find the following statement astounding and revealing.

“Understanding varies..”

After decades of studying the history of the Kirtland era and the Kirtland Temple, Anderson does not appear to have a strong opinion of what the Kirtland Temple endowment was. Furthermore, he alludes to the fact that LDS general authorities and historians can’t seem to agree on what it was.

Curiously, Anderson doesn’t reference what the official stance of the church is on this most important topic, because the church does not have one.

Apparently, according to Karl, there are no general authorities or presidents of the church that have definitively and authoritatively declared what it was.

Much of the foundational understanding of the Utah Saints comes from the doctrinal instructions they received from Brigham Young and his associates. Young, who was a participant in many of the Kirtland meetings and in fact who had actually spoken in tongues in the Kirtland Temple was as confused on the issue as anyone.

Since Brigham admittedly had never been chosen and ordained as a High Priest and had never received the preparatory anointing on the 21st of January, let alone, the  endowment of power on March 27th, he could not speak with clarity or authority on what it was.

Interestingly, a footnote on page 142 alludes to the possibility that the preliminary holy anointing, is to see the Father and the Son.

The prophetic significance of the Holy “Anointing” is alluded to in the dedicatory prayer (and by Daniel and Isaiah)

“O Jehovah, have mercy upon this people, and as all men sin forgive the transgressions of thy people, and let them be blotted out forever.

35  Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.

36  Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof.

37  And let thy house be filled, as with a rushing mighty wind, with thy glory.

38  Put upon thy servants the testimony of the covenant, that when they go out and proclaim thy word they may seal up the law, and prepare the hearts of thy saints for all those judgments thou art about to send, in thy wrath, upon the inhabitants of the earth, because of their transgressions, that thy people may not faint in the day of trouble.

39  And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive their testimony, let thy peace and thy salvation be upon that city; that they may gather out of that city the righteous, that they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting joy;

40  And until this be accomplished, let not thy judgments fall upon that city.

41  And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive not the testimony of thy servants, and thy servants warn them to save themselves from this untoward generation, let it be upon that city according to that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of thy prophets.” (section 109 see also Dan 9:24 & Isa 10:27  )

Members of the church that don’t understand the doctrine of the 3rd watch probably assume that the prophecy above simply wasn’t fulfilled.

Sadly they don’t understand that it is still going to be fulfilled!!!

Those servants that got their anointing in the Kirtland Temple (that remained faithful) will still return, receive their endowment of power in the final solemn assembly and gather out the elect.

It appears from research I have done that the holy anointing that took in the Kirtland Temple on January 21st, (and possibly alluding to the event that took place behind the veil on April 3rd) had been the fulfillment of one of Daniels prophecies:

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

One of the great mysteries revealed by the Prophet Joel is that there was to be a preliminary solemn assembies that would  prepare and anoint God’s servants and portend that “the great day of the Lord is at hand” (Compare Joel 1:14-15 with Section 110:16 “The great and dreadful day of the Lord is near“)

Interestingly, religious historian and apologist for the Community of Christ, (previously RLDS Church), Richard Price, has made a similar admission about the solemn assembly held in the Kirtland Temple:

Christ told the Saints in the early Church, that He would appear to them in Kirtland Temple if they would qualify. Joseph Smith wrote,

‘You will see that the Lord commanded us, in Kirtland, to build an house of God, and establish a school for the prophets. This is the word of the Lord to us, and we must, yea, the Lord helping us, we will obey: as on conditions of our obedience he has promised us great things; yea, even a visit from the heavens to honor us with His own presence. We greatly fear before the Lord lest we should fail of this great honor, which our Master proposes to confer on us; we are seeking for humility and great faith lest we be ashamed in His presence (Church History 1:271).’

They were ashamed, for they never qualified, and Christ could not come in person to Kirtland Temple to appear to them. They did not develop the spirituality which would enable the Lord to bestow the endowment upon them, so the Lord could not bring Zion to the Church and the world at that time. For over a hundred years now we have had to wait for the time when the Saints would become righteous enough again so the Lord could bring them into His presence.

When the Lord comes to give the endowment and start moving the Church into Zion, I believe that Christ shall first appear in Kirtland Temple. That is why Kirtland Temple was built and preserved. It is a sacred, holy place; and one to which we should look for the beginning of Zion.” (Ref)

As you can see from the above statement, Richard Price also appears to believe that the prophesied endowment in the Kirtland Temple will yet take place at a future time, in the Kirtland Temple.

It is really quite exciting that remnants of people from different factions of the restoration movement are finally beginning to agree on the fact that the early Kirtland years did not result in the fulness going forth, rather, these events were laying a foundation for a future work.

I am not suggesting that there were not any spiritual manifestations in the Kirtland Temple.

I believe there were.

Clearly, the angel Peter appeared and accepted the temple.

Other lesser spiritual phenomena was reported by seemingly credible witnesses.

However, it appears that the Utah church history greatly embellishes what really took place and the major manifestations that were promised and expected did not happen.

Christ did not appear in that solemn assembly.

The baptism of fire did not take place,

the endowment of power was not bestowed upon the High Priests that were called, chosen and anointed.

Indeed, many of the saints left the dedication greatly disappointed.

Here is the testimony of Book of Mormon witness David Whitmer who was in attendance that day:

The great heavenly ‘visitation,’ which was alleged to have taken place in the temple at Kirtland, was a grand fizzle. The elders were assembled on the appointed day, which was promised would be a veritable day of Pentecost, but there was no visitation. No Peter, James and John; no Moses and Elias, put in an appearance. ‘I was in my seat on that occasion,’ says Mr. Whitmer, ‘and I know that the story sensationally circulated, and which is now on the records of the Utah Mormons as an actual happening, was nothing but a trumped up yarn…

Apostle William McLellin who was in attendance that day was about as impressed as David Whitmer was;

As to the endowment in Kirtland, I state positively, it was no endowment from God. Not only myself was not endowed but no other man of the five hundred who was present—except it was with wine!

9- Peter Accepts the Temple?

Clearly it was expected that Christ would personally accept the temple at the solemn assembly of the dedicatory pray and clearly that did not happen.

Most people that have dabbled in LDS church history are familiar with the fact that an angel was seen by some that entered into the temple during the solemn assembly. This angle sat between Frederick G. Williams and Joseph Smith Sr.

That story is commonly told however, we are normally left to wonder who the angel was and what he was doing in the Temple.

One of the juicy tidbits that Karl provides for us in his book is who the angel was and what he was doing.

On page 239 we are given the following information “a heavenly messenger who Joseph Smith said was Peter and who had ‘come to accept the dedicationwas seen entering the temple and sat between Frederick G Williams and Joseph Smith Sr.”

This amazing truth makes perfect sense to me because in previous blog posts I have suggested that the Melchizedek Priesthood that had been restored at the Morley Farm had been lost by the time the temple was finished and the solemn assembly and dedicatory prayer took place.

As we shall see as we continue in this series, the Lord did a dispensational bait and switch on the condemned church. Although they were expecting the dispensation of the Fulness of Times to be ushered in at the dedication solemn assembly, the Lord came in secret, seven days later, and ushered in the ancient dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham.

It only makes sense, therefore, that it was the patriarchal/evangelical priesthood that had been restored through Peter James and John that was presiding over the Kirtland Temple dedication and that Peter would be the one to accept the Kirtland Temple.

Had the Melchizedek Priesthood been presiding and the endowment of power from on high administered to God’s High Priest/Apostles, the assembly would probably have taken place in the upper chamber of the temple, rather than the lower chamber:

And let the lower part of the inner court be dedicated unto me for your sacrament offering, and for your preaching, and your fasting, and your praying, and the offering up of your most holy desires unto me, saith your Lord.

 And let the higher part of the inner court be dedicated unto me for the school of mine apostles, saith Son Ahman; or, in other words, Alphus; or, in other words, Omegus; even Jesus Christ your Lord.  Amen.” (Section 95:16-17)

It is no coincidence that the condemned church held few if any meetings in the upper court of the temple.

10- The restoration of an ancient Dispensation

Karl does a great job of showing that the Old Testament ordinance of anointing with oil was restored in the Kirtland Temple. I would add to that the historical evidence that Joseph Smith also restored the Old Testament ordinance of animal sacrifice.

This is a touchy subject that few LDS authors want to address.

Anderson is no exception.

Those two rituals of anointing and animal sacrifice were apparently done under the authority and direction of the Evangelical or Patriarchal priesthood that had been restored by Peter James and John!

Isaiah saw the events of the Kirtland temple which I have previously blogged about.

Here is the testimony of Wandle Mace regarding the restoring and actuating of temple sacrifices in the Kirtland Temple.

Wandle Mace suggested in his journal that animal sacrifices were actually performed in the Kirtland Temple:

The Quorum of the Twelve had been filled, but of the number selected one–Willard Richards–was in England and Joseph was instructing those present of that Quorum how they must proceed to prepare themselves, that they might ordain Willard Richards to the Apostleship when they should reach that country. Joseph told them to go to Kirtland and cleanse and purify a certain room in the temple, that they must kill a lamb and offer a sacrifice unto the Lord which should prepare them to ordain Willard Richard a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Sidney made some remarks, when Joseph spoke with great power and spirit, said he, ‘I know the law’. To a remark made by Heber C. Kimball he said, ‘It will be the sweetest smelling savor you ever smelled.’ [Journal of Wandle Mace, typescript, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, pg. 32.]

I would suggest that needing to do an animal sacrifice in order to ordain an apostle, is certainly not consistent with the fulness of priesthood authority.

Clearly, the condemned church had slide back to a lesser priesthood protocol, even an ancient one.

Not only does the above quote verify that the Kirtland temple had to do with the ancient Evangelical-Patriarchal priesthood and the dispensation of Abraham, it also supports another hidden truth.

Some of the members of he quorum of the Twelve were not High Priests and they were not endowed with the holy anointing. They were not even in the running for what the High Priests were hoping for at that time.

The ministry they were sent on to foreign lands shortly after the defiling of the Kirtland Temple was not the final one spoken of about the 3rd watch during the Marvelous Work. They did not go forth in POWER with FULNESS of POWER.

Notice that members of the quorum of the 12 would be ordaining their fellow apostle, not Joseph or Sidney and notice that the priesthood that they would be ordaining him with was associated with animal sacrifice!

They were functioning under the Abrahamic evangelical/patriarchal priesthood that had been handed down by the fathers, not by the Melchizedek priesthood that the High Priests had been given via the voice of God from the heavens.

Notice this subtle reference that would be made regarding the quorum of the 12 after the Kirtland Temple period, in section 112:

“For unto you, the Twelve, and those, the First Presidency, who are appointed with you to be your counselors and your leaders, is the power of this priesthood given, for the last days and for the last time, in the which is the dispensation of the fulness of times.

31  Which power you hold, in connection with all those who have received a dispensation at any time from the beginning of the creation;

32  For verily I say unto you, the keys of the dispensation, which ye have received, have come down from the fathers, and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.

33  Verily I say unto you, behold how great is your calling.  Cleanse your hearts and your garments, lest the blood of this generation be required at your hands.

34  Be faithful until I come, for I come quickly; and my reward is with me to recompense every man according as his work shall be.  I am Alpha and Omega.  Amen.”

Clearly, the priesthood dispensation that the 12 apostles were functioning under as they took their ministry to foreign lands was the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham that had been handed down through the fathers! It was the evangelical priesthood that was restored by Peter and James and John having to do with the keys of the gospel of Abraham that were given to Joseph and Oliver in the Kirtland Temple!!!!

In our next and final post on this series we will briefly touch on the historical events having to do with how the “called” high priests became “chosen” and “anointed” prior to the solemn assembly, and some other interesting historicity brought to light by brother Anderson.

Keep Watching

 

 

Part Four

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/the-savior-in-kirtland-part-four/


Day of Atonement

September 24, 2009

Interesting food for thought from an article I saw on the internet

[Editorial Note: I saw this on another site stating a differing opinion on when the day of atonement takes place this year “The Feast of Trumpets is the first day of the seventh month. This year it is 21 Sep. The Fast of Atonement is the tenth day of the month; NOT ten days after Trumpets. Trumpets is the First day; Atonement is the tenth Day. Therefore Atonement is on 30 Sep.”]

Dr. Jones’ Entry from 08/19/2009

08/19/2009

Is September 28 our Day of Reckoning?

What I call “the prophetic year” begins and ends with the feast of Tabernacles each year. This is because God has a particular plan for each year which culminates on the final feast day. This year Tabernacles is from October 3-10, 2009.

The final events usually begin around the time of Rosh Hoshana (Trumpets), so all of the autumn feast days need to be watched to see what revelations or events take place on those dates.

I have already mentioned Sept. 19, which is Rosh Hoshana, the beginning of the New Year on the Hebrew calendar.

Next is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Sept. 28. I am particularly intrigued by this date, because it is:

6 x 490th day from 9-11-01 (Twin Towers Demolition)
14 x 210th day from 9-11-01

The 14 x 210 days is of interest to me, because it also coincides with the long-term prophecy of 14 x 210 YEARS.

When Solomon died, a breach was created between Israel and Judah when the Kingdom split into two nations. This occurred in 931 B.C., and 210 years later, Israel’s capital (Samaria) was conquered and destroyed by the Assyrians. Twelve more periods of 210 years brings us to the year 1800 (Washington D.C. built), and the 14th period of 210 years brings us to the year 2010, beginning next month.

Thus, it is 14 x 210 YEARS from the breach in the Kingdom to the year 2010. This may be a long-term parallel to the short-term prophetic breach caused on 9-11-01 by the Twin Towers Demolition. Since the number 14 is the biblical number for “release or deliverance,” and since Yom Kippur is also the day when the trumpet of the Jubilee was to be blown to release all debts, Sept. 28 and 29 need to be watched carefully.

Will we see a divine release or deliverance from Babylon and debt? We can get another major clue by looking at the other time cycle: 6 x 490 days.

Sept. 28, 2009 is also the 6 x 490th day from 9-11-01. The number 490 has to do with a forgiveness cycle, or a grace period. Daniel’s 70 “weeks” (of years) was a 490-year period leading to the cross (458 B.C. to 33 A.D.). Each Day of Atonement, the high priest was supposed to sprinkle the blood of a goat on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant (Lev. 16:15) to obtain mercy for the nation once a year.

So in the time frame of Daniel’s 70 weeks, the nation of Judah obtained mercy 490 times, leading to the coming of Christ as the antitype to fulfill this.

In Matthew 18 we are given a good illustration of the meaning of the number 490. It is found in Jesus’ parable that came in response to Peter’s question in verse 21,

(21) Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” (22) Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Prophetically speaking, then, God’s obligation to forgive the nation ran out after 490 years. That marked the Day of Reckoning, and God foreclosed on Jerusalem. Yet Jesus paid the penalty for sin and obtained for them a “release” from their debt to the law.

The parable thus continues Jesus’ discussion with Peter:

(23) For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a certain king who wished to settle [reckon] accounts with his slaves.

The “king” found a man with a hopelessly large debt, and called in the debt. The man appealed for grace and got more than that–a Jubilee, the cancellation of the entire debt. But then the man went out and refused to cancel the debt of his neighbor who owed him a tiny debt. When the king heard of it, he called in the original debtor and treated him according to his own standard. The man lost his Jubilee because he himself refused to abide by the law of Jubilee.

The point of this is to show first that Jerusalem’s “debt” (sin) was passed over for 490 years, but then came the Day of Reckoning in 33 A.D. At that point God called in the debt, demanded payment, but Jesus then gave His life to pay the entire debt. If Jerusalem had followed suit, they could have avoided all the foreclosure in 70 A.D., but they did not, and so they were judged according to their own standard of measure.

The principle, then, can be seen in a 490-year cycle or a 490-day cycle. Either way, the number 490 is utilized and carries the same meaning. On Sept. 28/29 we are arriving at the end of 6 x 490 DAYS from 9-11-01. This could be seen as a time of foreclosure on America, a Day of Reckoning, where our future depends on what we do with God’s provision, release, and deliverance.

The fact that this day coincides with the other cycle of 14 x 210 days, and that both time cycles begin with the very significant date of 9-11-01, makes this another watch date. The numbers reveal the principles, but do not tell us how these principles will emerge in real life. That is what we are called to watch.

From our early vantage point, it appears that we could see some sort of release (14) from the time of Jacob’s trouble (21 or 210) on Sept. 28/29. But if we act like the debtor in Jesus’ parable and refuse to release the debts of others on the divine Day of Reckoning (490), we could be in big trouble just like Jerusalem was in 70 A.D.

It would take some real trauma to get the Church in America to repent. It is NOT the unbelievers who must repent to avert divine judgment. It is always “if My people” (2 Chron. 7:14). The believers have always had the authority to change things by repentance and humbling themselves. The fact that this has gone on so long is a reflection upon the believers, not the unbelievers whom they love to condemn.

I suspect that we may yet get a revelation to call for a Day of Repentance on Sept. 28, 2009. I have no such word yet, but this is probably because today’s revelation is so new. A reader pointed out this date a few weeks back, and I recorded it, but had no revelation about it until this morning.


For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

This blog is an outgrowth of its sister site  www.threewatches.blogspot.com which provides over 50 scriptural and prophetic evidences that the “Marvelous Work and a Wonder” spoken of in Isaiah and the Book of Mormon did not begin during Joseph Smith’s ministry and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in the 1800’s.

The LDS restoration movement represented the laying of the FOUNDATION for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder that was to come forth four generations later. It is time for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder to happen NOW. It is our generation that will see it unfold.

After the saints failed to live the law of consecration and failed to redeem Zion during Joseph Smith’s 15 year ministry, the Lord told them they must wait for a “little season” of “chastisement” and “learning” before they could live the laws pertaining to Zion.

The Marvelous Work and a Wonder takes place when the Gentiles repent and accept the fulness of the gospel and it includes the coming forth of additional ancient records as detailed in the 4th chapter of Ether.

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

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.

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.

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.

I believe the Marvelous Work and a Wonder is about to begin.

This blog deals with deep doctrinal, historical and prophecy related issues pertaining to the LDS Restoration Movement, the Restored Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It views history through the lens of prophecy and prophecy through the lens of LDS church history.

CAUTION: One must first learn to swim before one enters into deep waters.

This blog is for those who have been weaned from the breast and yearn for the meat. Those not prepared for the meat can choke on it.

The content provided in the posts of this blog are for those who have contracted the spirit of watching and have made it through the “Third Watch Boot Camp” which consists of reading every numbered post in chronological order on the above mentioned three watches blog, beginning with the very first post which lays the foundation for the journey you are about to embark on.

If you make it that far and still want more information to read, the following resources can be considered:

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  • The Chief Inspector Blog  Part One and Part Two
  • My Youtube Series on “The Secret History of Mormonism Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  • The book, “Solving the Prophet Puzzle, transforming a crisis of faith into a spiritual awakening“. This book provide the true Biblical profile of who Joseph Smith really was and what his full calling is. It documents how Joseph Smith, the latter day Moses offered up an atonement offering in behalf of latter day Israel after they rejected the fulness, much the same way the Moses offered himself as an atonement offering for ancient Israel after they rejected the fulness. The book provides answers to most of the criticisms made by skeptics of the restoration. The book can be ordered through Amazon.

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The book, “Solving the Prophet Puzzle” reveals the secret history of the LDS restoration movement.

Three chapters of my book address the topic of the intercessory atonement offering. I feel that the documentation I have provided is beyond compelling in showing that Joseph Smith is the COVENANT SERVANT of the Lord in the last days who began the work of the Lord and will finish it under the direction of, and in conjunction with, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The book is currently being updated and should be finished by the end of 2016. The original version that was used by members of my peer review has temporarily been reduced in price from $49 to $19.

The book is over 600 pages long with over 1200 historical and scriptural references. Listed below are the chapters contained in the book.

SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS  

CHAPTER 1: 
THE APOSTASY AND REDEMPTION OF LATTER DAY ISRAEL
The Whore, the Harlots and the Unfaithful Bride

CHAPTER 2 
THE GROWING GOOGLE APOSTASY
“We’ve never had a period of apostasy like we’re having right now”

CHAPTER 3 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 1-3
A Stone of Stumbling
Biblical Profile of the Davidic Servant
One Like Moses

CHAPTER 4 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 4-6
The True Purpose of Prophets
The Atonement Statute
“I have labored in vain… yet shall I … restore… Israel”

CHAPTER 5 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 7-9
Why did Old things need to become New?
Modern Revelation is Consistent with Ancient Prophecy

CHAPTER 6 
TWELVE CONTEXTUAL DECLARATIONS
Search these commandments… the prophecies and promises… shall all be fulfilled.

CHAPTER 7 
HE COMES THREE TIMES AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
“For, behold, he cometh in the first watch . . . and . . . in the second watch,
and again he shall come in the third watch.”

CHAPTER 8 
THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED
“I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years.”

CHAPTER 9 
THE CHURCH OF GOD BRINGS FORTH THE KINGDOM OF GOD
“And she brought forth a man child”

CHAPTER 10 
A MYSTICAL LOOK AT THE LDS RESTORATION MOVEMENT
“That Jerusalem from this hour may begin to be redeemed.”

CHAPTER 11 
THE SECRET REESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THE JEWS
“A Light will shine forth among those that sit in darkness.”

CHAPTER 12 
REUNITING THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL WITH THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH
“And the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the natural branches of the [wild] tree”

CHAPTER 13 
READING ABRAHAM WHILE GOD WINKS
“Thy seed . . . shall bear this ministry and priesthood unto all nations.”

CHAPTER 14 
THE SECRET RETURN OF ELIJAH THE PROPHET
“Behold the time has fully come which was spoken by the mouth of Malachi.”

CHAPTER 15 
OLIVER’S SECRET
If an angel… let him be accursed…

CHAPTER 16 
CRUSHING DAVID WHITMER’S STUMBLING BLOCK
“I will prove that God called Brother Joseph to translate the Book of Mormon only”

CHAPTER 17 
THE JEWS REJECTED THE COVENANT, THE GENTILES BROKE IT
“They have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.”

CHAPTER 18 
THE SECRET DOCUMENT
Searching for 23 High Priests and the Holy Order of Melchizedek

CHAPTER 19 
THREE GRAND ORDERS OF PRIESTHOOD
“Paul is here treating of three different priesthoods, namely the priesthood of Aron, Abraham, and Melchizedek”

CHAPTER 20 
SOMETHING NEW MUST BE DONE FOR THE SALVATION OF THE CHURCH
But behold the Servant said unto the Lord of the Vineyard, “Spare it a little longer.”

CHAPTER 21 
ANALYSIS OF SECTION 132
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.”

CHAPTER 22 
I AM THAT I AM
The Importance of Understanding the True Nature of God

CHAPTER 23 
SEVEN SERVANTS AND AN ANGEL
“And the voice of warning shall be unto all people by the mouths of my disciples whom I have chosen in these last days.”

CHAPTER 24 
THE FIVE-PART MINISTRY OF JOSEPH SMITH
The Secret History of Mormonism

CHAPTER 25 
UNSEAL THE VISION
The Time of the End is Near

CHAPTER 26 
HOW ZION WILL BE REDEEMED…
“break down the walls of mine enemies, throw down their tower, and scatter their watchman”

EPILOGUE 
RESPONDING TO THE SKEPTICS OF JOSEPH SMITH AND THE RESTORATION

 

The deeper doctrines of the kingdom have the ability to either enhance your “testimony” of the restored gospel or expose how frail it is, based on the doctrinal and spiritual foundation you have acquired before you read this information.

Prepare for the journey of your life…. we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto

Watcher