Which church will you have belonged to?

Which church will you have belonged to?

Due to my recent musings on the possibility that individuals other than Elijah have returned back to the flesh, I have been cornered into defending the position emphatically.

For years now, the idea of multiple probations was a doctrine I chose to steer clear from, not wanting it to overshadow the things I find of greater importance in my personal search for truth. Nevertheless I have recently found numerous pieces of scriptural evidence to support such a view.

A blogger has begun contesting my Elijah paper. https://ldswatchman.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/can-translated-and-deceased-individuals-be-born-again-onto-this-earth-to-serve-a-second-or-even-a-third-mortal-mission/

He is now beginning a series of posts in direct response to me. I will respond to the author with a post containing a deeper analysis of scriptural implications when his series is complete. I mention it now because this post will delve briefly into it without providing a lengthy argument for its defense.

I will contain myself to the first three chapters of The Book of Revelation.

The first time I ever considered that spirits return back to the earth for a subsequent mortal probation was after I adopted an approach of “Biblical literalism” and then re-encountered the passage: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him.” (1:7)

This implies that those who were personally responsible for the death of Christ would be standing on the earth during the second coming of Christ. My current understanding of the resurrection timeline does not allow for the Jews to be resurrected previous to or during the initial first resurrection.

The only other explanation I can think of is to suggest that the descendants of those who crucified Christ are guilty of the sins of their fathers, and that generational curses do in fact pass down if the children do not seek God with all their heart and soul and become obedient. (Deut 4:29-30)

Either interpretation advances a mystical realm of thinking which can enable us to glimpse into the complex nature of the spiritual world and its effect on us.

I don’t mean to give credence unto worldly learning…but I do find it of great interest that the scientific community in their research into epigenetics has determined the high likelihood that the experiences of our ancestors are carried down and our genes respond accordingly.

Many seem to deal with specific mental challenges and yet their lives provide no logical explanation for why they experience those personal ordeals. I find it compelling to conclude that the burdens—or judgments of God—given unto previous generations are imprinted in the way our DNA will choose to express itself.

Many remark that our history in the pre-earth life can explain our abnormal behavior that does not conform to our first-hand mortal experiences, but this is not congruent to the scriptural truth (Moses 7:32) that we did not have agency and the ability to be in a state of action to gain experience until we entered mortality here on earth.

I will not try and convince anyone to accept a doctrine that is not clearly expounded upon by prophets in direct detail. It is simply hoped of me that others may too begin to recognize that unknowable variables are seemingly at play and these influence us greatly as we see the world through a glass darkly.

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When the work of the Father commences, the Book of Ether informs us that all of John’s revelations will be, “unfolded in the eyes of all the people.” (Ether 4:16)

The term “unfold” is used in the Book of Mormon multiple times to describe the revealment of a mystery of God by a prophet. (Jacob 4:18; Mosiah 2:9; Mosiah 8:19; Alma 40:3)

The Book of Revelation will be unfolded by a true prophet. But if so—what good is having the prophecy if we have to wait until the marvelous work is fulfilled and the work of the Father commences?

I believe a small group of elect will in fact have it unfolded to their understanding previous to the marvelous work and a wonder.

Another verse in the Book of Mormon uses the same phrase to expound on a different possibility: “For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (1 Nephi 10:19)

Those that diligently seek will have the mysteries explained by the power of the Holy Ghost.

It is stated by John: “Blessed are they who read, and they who hear and understand the word of this prophecy.” (JST Rev 1:3)

This verse indicates that it is possible to understand John’s revelation by reading the words of the prophecy as it stands; achievable, of course, only through the accompaniment of the power of the Holy Ghost. Whether we have the full extent of that power is debatable, but my lack of surety in this matter does not deter me from diligently seeking to understand the mysteries nonetheless.

Jesus Christ proclaimed, “Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (Rev 22:7) So regardless to whether or not we are capable of fully comprehending the Book of Revelation during the time being, we are to still be intimately familiar with its passages and prophetic sayings, for we will be blessed for so doing. An awareness of it will ensure our capacity to recognize the fulfillment of it coming to pass before us.

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I have endeavoured to identify the latter-day fulfillment of the seven churches John wrote to in the second and third chapter of his prophecy. In doing so, I feel confident that it has been not been an exercise in futility. I have always suspected that the message to each of the seven churches in Asia were shadows and representations of seven future groups of believers in the last days, beginning with the arrival of the Book of Mormon onward to the millennium.

The seven groups have arisen chronologically according to the order they appear in John’s prophecy.

Ephesus- The 1830-Church of Christ/Ephraim

Smyrna- The 1836-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Judah

Pergamos- The rejected 1841-church/The House of Israel

Thyatira- The [future] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Wheat of the House of Israel

Sardis- Watchers/Friends of the Bridegroom

Philadelphia- The Church of the Firstborn/The Bride of the New Jerusalem

Laodiceans- The Remnant/The Jews of the Old Jerusalem

I will now provide the list of traits given by God for each church and expound why I feel these characteristics have accurately described the tribal group I’ve classified the church as representing.

[Editorial Note: To keep the flow of this paper I will not use references or quotations to Revelation 2-3 but hope the reader will read those chapters alongside this study. An extremely extensive amount of material will be covered as quickly as possible with little or no explanation in this post.]

 

Ephesus – The 1830-Church of Christ/Ephraim

-Cannot bear those that are evil, has labored for the name of Christ, but does not have faith

The early saints of the LDS church were indeed a righteous people. They could not bear to be surrounded by the evil wickedness of Babylon, which led them to separate themselves and gather out to Zion to labor for the name of Christ upon hearing of the Book of Mormon. However, these Gentiles would fail to truly believe in the words of the Book of Mormon, preventing them from receiving the greater things promised unto true believers in God’s revealed word. (3 Nephi 26:9-10) The Ephramite Gentiles are not listed as possessing faith because they did not have the faith to fully repent and become clean before the Lord. [The few early Saints who did become sanctified are not being addressed to in John’s message.]

-Has the candlestick so long as they repent and return back to the first works by remembering where they first became fallen

The Gentiles became fallen a few short years after the establishment of the church by rejecting the law of the gospel and failing to live consecration as required by the fulness of the gospel.

The candlestick is referred to in Rev 1:20 as the churches themselves but in the message to Ephesus it is related to a man being moved out of his place. This is not Joseph Smith because he is one of the seven lamps connected to the candlestick. (Zech 4:2) The “seven lamps [which] are the seven servants of God” (JST Rev 4:5) are also referred to as the seven shepherds (Micah 5:5) and these seven are the elders to whom Section 29 and 84 have addressed and commissioned. Regardless of the Gentiles failure or success in reforming after rejecting the fulness of the gospel, Joseph would fall from his position to perform the atonement necessary in behalf of them for having rejected the fulness in the first place. If the Gentiles had hearkened to William Law’s warnings in the Nauvoo Expositor for the church to return back to its former works, the candlestick of Sidney Rigdon (the Elias-restorer of the third watch) would still have had his place and standing among the Gentiles in the second watch, for he is the light and standard to whom the Gentiles should seek after. (D&C 45:9) Although Sidney would be cast out by Israel’s fit man as the scapegoat of Leviticus 16, he could have organized the Gentiles into a legitimate Church of Christ—but due to the iniquity of the Gentiles, the eyes of Sidney Rigdon were covered and all his subsequent efforts made for the gospel were misdirected, all of which went by virtually unnoticed by the many Gentile-Mormon factions that inevitably popped up in response to their rejection of the leadership of the fit man, Brigham Young.

Although a potential Church of Christ could have been organized with humble followers of Christ, it would not have graduated to living the fulness of the gospel until the third watch. The Church of Christ would still have been a great blessing, for Rigdon would have been able to confound the many false doctrines that have arisen throughout all restoration movements. He would not have brought forth revelation, but he would have prevented false revelation. Before being cast out by the “saints”, Rigdon proposed himself as a guardian to the church. This is an accurate description for the role Sidney could have played to the Gentiles.

-Hates the deeds of the Nicolaitans and has tried those who say they are apostles, finds them liars

D&C 117:11 explains that the Nicolaitans are connected to a tradition of secret abominations. The Gentiles of the Ephesus church are those that do not embrace the secret rituals and practices that came among them before becoming fully embedded as they came to be in the churches of Smyrna and Pergamos. These saints were those who did not accept the leadership of the Twelve traveling council who claimed to be apostles while being steeped in dark practices which are hated of them. Although these Gentiles failed to return to their first works, they understood and recognized that the restored church was no longer led by the Spirit of God and that those professing to have authority within it were liars.

-If they overcome they will eat of the tree of life

D&C 101:3 refers to the early Gentile saints as God’s jewels. This connects us to the prophecy of Malachi which came to fruition in its entirety by 1836. (D&C 110:14) Malachi speaks of a book of remembrance containing those servants who are the jewels. D&C 86 tells us that those who did live the law of consecration and are found written in the book will find an inheritance among the Saints once Zion is successfully established. In other words, those of this church who did overcome and fulfill their obligations to the Lord will be among the celestial souls who will belong to the New Jerusalem.

 

Smyrna- The 1836-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Judah

-Are the true Jews, rich in the eyes of the world while in spiritual poverty

Through the Lord’s mentioning unto them of the blasphemy of those that say they are Jews but are not, I conclude the church of Smyrna to be the legitimate Jews who—unbeknownst to them—are descendants of those of the Kingdom of Judah who were in Israel at the time of Christ’s ministry. The 1835-Twelve traveling council was prophesied to declare the gospel to the Jews (D&C 18; D&C 112) which assuredly occurred when the Twelve were sent on missions across the great waters. These Jews were gathered to the lands of their inheritance (the promised land of America) and restored into the fold of God (2 Nephi 9:2) after beginning to believe in Christ (2 Nephi 30:7) by having come to a mere knowledge of the fulness of the gospel. (3 Nephi 16:12) The majority of Nauvoo saints were these Jews who would not reject the fulness of the gospel because the fulness was never actually given to them in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, the fulness was offered unto them—as well unto the remaining Gentiles who still associated themselves with the restored church—but this missed opportunity resulted in the rejection of the church.

As these Jews had only begun to believe in Christ through intellectual persuasion rather than through the revelation of the Holy Ghost, they are in spiritual poverty without the capacity to become sanctified and build Zion. Regardless, the Jews who soon composed the rejected church are God’s people and are blessed with intelligence and success as seen in the admirable yet worldly society they built in Utah.

-Goes through tribulation, but should not fear this; some are cast into prison by the devil

Because this group of believers in God do not build a true safe haven from the world, they experience the tribulation that comes by way of the wickedness of the world which infiltrates their soon-to-be rejected of God-church. However, they are told not to fear this tribulation in which they all experience. It appears the only thing they are to fear is the possibility that the devil will entice some of them deep enough into sin that they will be cast into spiritual prison and then experience the second death.

-They will have tribulation ten days, told to be faithful unto death

This is the other piece of evidence that indicates this group are Jews. The ten-day tribulation refers to the Jewish tradition of going through ten days of repentance until Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, in which they are to afflict their souls as part of an offering unto the Lord. (Lev 23:27) Because the Jews do not fully accept the the suffering of Christ in their behalf—not comprehending it—they must experience suffering themselves as did the ancient Jews under the law of Moses. Although their approach to God is not in harmony with the new testament, the Lord accepts their offering so long as they remain faithful to what light they have. Not living by grace, they are justified by the sufferings they bring upon themselves.

-If they overcome will not experience second death

The church of Smyrna is not promised the richer blessing given unto those who are made perfect through the mediator of the new covenant. But Christ loves them as they are “his own” (3 Nephi 9:16) and they will receive a terrestrial salvation to eventually become sanctified after their pain wherein they will dwell in the presence of Christ forever and ever. (D&C 133:35) Although their works in mortality were not grounded in celestial law, such as their practice of plural marriage, it is not held against them for they did not live by faith but according to the lesser law of commandments in which God approbated anciently and must continue to do so under conditions such as this, dealing once again with a group of believers who cannot fathom the true message of the gospel. The terrestrial souls do not receive a testimony of Jesus in the flesh (D&C 76:74) as seen in this group of believers, who are blinded from seeing the true source of salvation. If they remain honorable in their works—as misdirected as they may be—they will receive salvation after their tribulations and not experience the second death with the devil and his angels.

 

Pergamos – The post-1841 LDS Church/The unconverted House of Israel

-Holds fast to the name of Christ, does not deny the faith of Christ but does not have faith themselves

This church is composed of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples—who, like unto Epheus and Smyrna, do not posses the gift of faith but hold fast to the name of Christ and will not deny the portion of faith they have during the time of hidden darkness that preludes the marvelous work and a wonder. The church of Smyrna (Judah) is a sub-group of believers within this church, who go along for the ride after their church is rejected, wrongfully believing that the church of Pergamos represents the same church they joined previous to 1841. Although Ephesus (Ephraim) would not associate itself with Pergamos—most of them having already distanced themselves from Smyrna/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—the Jews of Smyrna remain in Pergamos as it casts an open net into the world and brings together a wide variety of believers from all the tribes of Israel as well as the remaining tares of the earth. However, the tares combined with Israel do not constitute the church of Pergamos within the rejected church, because Pergamos does not deny the faith of Christ. The church of Pergamos claims to be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the name is not applicable because God did not consider the members to be Saints by March of 1841. (D&C 125)

-Dwells where Satan’s seat is and guilty of being connected with those who hold the doctrine of Nicolaitans

The LDS temple endowment ceremony is the doctrine spoken of, as it is a ritual done in terms of secrecy in the manner of darkness. Although the ceremony no longer requires participants to covenant in agreement to having their throats cut open if they choose to reveal the secrets of the ceremony, it is still the obvious fulfillment to the secret abominations held to and embraced by members of this church. For the time being, it appears as though even the humble followers of Christ are currently deceived and err in this instance (2 Nephi 28:14) although they themselves are not guilty of committing abominations. What is held against them is their allowance for these secret combinations to prevail among them instead of waking up to their awful situation. (Ether 8:24) They believe the temple to be harmless when Moroni has informed us that Saints have been murdered in connection to it. They are yet to realize they have been duped into making a covenant with death (Isa 28:18) and will need to repent of it before the overflowing scourge begins or they will be trodden down as the wrath of God begins—first of all, upon the House of Israel. (D&C 112:25) The temple in which they find “refuge” is a refuge of lies and the covenants made there have been made with hell itself (Isa 28:15) thus being the very the place Satan dwells. Paul prophesied that the son of perdition will be found sitting in one of the temples of God (2 Thes 2:3-4) which will surely occur in one of the LDS temples if it hasn’t already.

-Guilty of allowing individuals to bring forth stumbling-blocks which tempt the children of Israel into engaging with false idols and committing fornication

The list of false doctrines and erroneous beliefs about the nature of God over the entire history of the rejected church is endless. Each and every president of the church has agreed and disagreed with one or another, leaving the membership in a state of confusion where none see eye-to-eye. Although the church has stamped out many of its early-day heresies, the doctrine of the Father having once been a mortal man with a god above himself is still regarded as a foundational belief and paints a worldview of working towards salvation through eternal progression to become a god themselves. Thus, they walk in their own way in the image of their own god (D&C 1:16) putting their trust into a false idol.

Another stumbling-block is the spiritual-wife doctrine which originated in Nauvoo and ended before the turn of the twentieth century. Pergamos has not stamped it out completely, allowing for Section 132 to remain in their scriptures and continuing to believe in the “eternal sealing” ritual—the source of which was originally associated with the secret practice of marrying multiple women to receive a higher exaltation. The spirit of whoredom follows the church and is evident in the widespread consummation of pornography and the increasingly common occurrence of divorce/remarriage. Believing plural marriage to be connected to a fulness of glory has attributed to the development of deviant men who do not find refuge and strength in the bonds of monogamy.

The beliefs of spiritual-wifery espoused by the tares are separate and different from the practice of plural marriage that Judah would engage in. Smyrna/Judah would have been those that chose to live polygamy not out of lust but because they associated it with their effort to perform works to gain salvation. They wrongfully believed that plural marriage was a test by God to see if they would follow his commandments and thought their submission to it would prove their dedication. The Book of Hosea had a vision of the latter-day practice of polygamy; and prophesied that after Israel falls in their iniquity, Judah would also. (Hosea 5:5) What should be noted was that while those of Judah fall, their fall is not related to iniquity as it was to the rest of Israel. Their fall was due to their vulnerability in being blinded by the craftiness of the men, which is the inevitable destiny of all terrestrial souls. (D&C 76:75) The final word on Judah according to Hosea’s vision: “The house of Israel [is] with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.” (11:12)

-If they overcome they will eat the hidden manna (Christ) and receive the new name

If the House of Israel becomes converted for the marvelous work they will no longer have the name of their tribe of Israel (or their LDS temple-endowment name) but receive the name of the Father written on their foreheads as is seen of them who become the 144,000 on Mount Zion. (Rev 14:1) When the 144,000 are sealed as high priests out of the tribes of Israel they will be discovered to have originally been members of the rejected latter-day church. According to the Book of Revelation, the tribes of Israel who then must compose Pergamos are:

Judah

Reuben

Gad

Aser

Nepthalim

Manasseh

Simeon

Levi

Issachar

Zabulon

Joseph

Benjamin

Notice that Dan is not listed. I believe this tribe is the tares combined with the rejected church who gain control and power over it. Latter-day Israel was told by Christ in 3 Nephi 16 that the Gentiles would not have power over them when they came to a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel. Because Judah is chosen of God to have authority over Israel, it is quickly assumed that this tribe has once again reigned over Israel in the latter-days. However it is inferred by Jacob that Dan seemingly takes it upon himself to be a judge without any apparent divine endorsement to do so. In fact, nothing good is said about this tribe at all. So although the Gentiles will not have power over Israel, Dan will, “judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel.” (Gen 49:16) The best explanation for this verse is to conclude that the wicked leaders of the LDS church who judge the members and bind them with heavy burdens are of the tribe which has been excluded from being among the potential 144,000 of the House of Israel and is not being spoken to, addressed, or commended by John in his letter to Pergamos.

The tribe of Dan is prophesied by Jacob to be serpents (Gen 49:17) which is the same thing Christ called the Pharisees and scribes (Matt 23:33) who I imagine must have also been of this tribe and not Judah—for the tribe of Judah was approved by God to reliably fight against the enemies of Israel, not be an enemy themselves. (Gen 49:8) This correlates with Jeremiah 8:16 which informs us that the enemy will be heard from Dan—also said to, “publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.” (Jer 4:15) The “Jews” that lorded over the Jewish people were of the devil (John 8:44) and there’s no reason to doubt that the enemy has once again found a way to lord over God’s people.

Lastly, I’ll mention why Ephraim is missing from the list. This is because Ephraim is classified among the Gentiles; and all tribes of Israel will have a mixed lineage with Gentile/Ephraim after having been scattered among the nations. In other words, the House of Israel (minus Judah) can be considered as Gentiles.

Some believe the tribe of Joseph in Revelation 7 is meant to represent Ephraim—but if so, why wouldn’t it simply have been written as Ephraim? The Lord was hinting towards something. I believe the 12,000 high priests ordained from the tribe of Joseph will have come out of a new lineage of Joseph of Egypt through the mortal probation of Joseph Smith; who, in Section 124, received a special anointing upon himself and on the head of the posterity after him. (D&C 124:57) Joseph Smith’s posterity is referred to as a “house” (124:56) which is a term that can be associated with an individual tribe of Israel. (2 Sam 2:11) Thousands of descendants of Joseph Smith, whether they be in the church of Pergamos or in remnants of Ephesus, will be redeemed as members of the New Jerusalem and participate in the final administration of the everlasting gospel.

If the tribe of Joseph does in fact relate to Joseph Smith, this may demonstrate why Joseph married women wherein there was no sexual motivation to do so. The descendants of his plural wives, not of his literal seed, may still be members of his house. And because we know that Joseph has an extremely small group of literal descendants, this explains why there can yet be 12,000 of his tribe on the earth today.

Thyatira – The [future] Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/The converted House of Israel

-Has works, charity, service, faith, patience; then lists “works” a second time

This is the first church said to have faith. It is also listed as having charity, the pure love of Christ which endures forever. (Moroni 7:47) This church will not go into apostasy—although some of its members will—for charity never faileth. (1 Cor 13:8) The first works of this church which prelude the charity and faith may have originally been “dead works” but Christ attributes works to them a second time, saying their last works will be of more worth than their first. The term “dead works” can refer to an invalid baptism (Moroni 8:23) that does not enable the believer to enter the strait gate (D&C 22:2) which makes sense in accepting this church to have originally belonged to the church of Pergamos whose baptisms were never accepted by God. Those in Pergamos who pray unto the Father to be filled with the pure love of Christ will receive a rightful baptism in their scattered state before gathering together upon the land of Zion. The defining characteristic of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the condition of it being, “scattered abroad in all the world.” (D&C 115:4) The members of the LDS church today are scattered abroad but are not members of Thyatira until they are baptized by priesthood messengers wherein they will finally become Saints and “arise and shine forth” as said of them in Section 115 and Isaiah 60. The mormon-House of Israel will be first to receive the invitation to Zion when the times of the Gentiles comes in and the light shines among them; but as a whole, Pergamos will not receive it. (D&C 45:28) Thyatira consists of the converted Gentiles mixed into the twelve tribes of Revelation 7 who are the wheat of the Pergamos church who exit the apostate church once true prophets arrive on scene before the calamities strike and the desolating scourge goes forth.

-Those who do not fornicate or associate with idols

The wheat of God’s harvest will believe in the celestial law of monogamy (D&C 42:22/49:16-17) and be pure of all sexual sin. They endure sound doctrine (2 Tim 4:3) and dismiss the fables taught to them by false teachers. They will not be deceived in going after other gods but have faith in the true nature of God that has been declared by prophets in simplicity throughout all of scripture. Thyatira will be those that treasured up God’s word (JST-Matt 1:37) in stark contrast to their fellow brethren in Pergamos who reject the fulness due to the precepts of men (D&C 45:29) which are upheld over scripture.

-Allows a prophetess to seduce servants of Christ into fornication, and eat things sacrificed unto idols; told to hold fast to what they already have

So far I’m unaware of the details surrounding this narrative…in the meanwhile I am confident that it has not yet come to pass, because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not on the earth. When it is, the elect should be on high alert: it is prophesied that a woman will come among them and seduce the servants of Christ to commit fornication and eat/consume/enjoy a false god. This prophetess will obviously be one who shows great signs and wonders (Matt 24:24) as said of Christ in regards to the false prophets and false Christs who come in the last days, which we have not yet seen. Although it is not possible for the elect to be deceived—the elect who are predestinated to be the 144,000—there will be true followers of Christ in Thyatira who will fall for the signs and wonders that Satan conjures. Jesus says unto his disciples, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matt 24:4) His disciples can be deceived, and the elect will have this held against them because they have been entrusted as elders with oversight among the flock of God. (1 Peter 5:2) Sadly, the elect of the elders of Israel will fail in this. Those that are seduced by the prophetess are those who fall from grace and depart from the living God (D&C 20:32-34) after the power of the Lamb of God descends upon the Saints when they are still scattered upon all the face of the earth. (1 Nephi 14:14) The elect will hold fast to what they have—the fulness of the gospel—and the disciples who are deceived will be cast into hell with the false prophetess, although the Lord does indicate they have an opportunity to repent.

-If they overcome they have power over the nations, and receive the morning star

The term “power over the nations” that is used to describe those in Thyatira who successfully overcome their challenges and temptations, is used in only one other place in scripture—D&C 77:11, which informs us that once the 144,000 are sealed as high priests they will have power over the nations. Section 77 proves that the faithful of Thyatira will in fact be the future 144,000 once they have been gathered to the cornerstone of Zion with the other Saints who are not part of the 144,000. Once they have been sealed unto this power, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will cease to exist because none of the Saints will remain scattered. The gathering from the four quarters of the earth will be accomplished when the elect arrive “unto the one place upon the face of this [American] land” where they will be “prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation is sent forth.” (D&C 29:8) The gathering of elect from the four winds which occurs next does not refer to those living on earth but to those “from one end of heaven to the other.” (JST-Mathew 24/JST Mark 13) The four-wind gathering is the elect who have died, such as those who overcame in Ephesus as well as the righteous in all other dispensations. Eventually another gathering from the four quarters of the earth will transpire, but the last to be gathered will not be classified as celestial-Saints.

The morning star is Joseph Smith, the angel that revealed the prophecy unto John (Rev 22:16) who is the “root” of David. (Isa 53:2) Sidney Rigdon is the “root of Jesse” (D&C 113:6); the morning star who comes at a later time to a wider group of elect. The 144 of Thyatira receive Joseph Smith who has the seal over them as the Elias-angel to “gather” the twelve tribes and “restore” the fulness of priesthood after “ascending” from hell. (D&C 77:9) With the fulness of priesthood they will redeem Zion as promised of Joseph when he gathers the strength of God’s “house [of Israel].” (D&C 103:21)

 

Sardis – The Watchers/Friends of the Bridegroom

-Has a name that they live, but are dead; works not perfect, although a few of them are already worthy

As mentioned at the start of this post, I believe in multiple probations and conclude this to be a reference to them. Here I will not delve into the deep theology pertaining to it and the many scriptures that provide commentary and justification for it, but as soon as I write my thesis on it I will update this section with a URL to it.

Although the Watchers of Sardis have died in a previous probation and many need to live again to have their sins blotted out during the times of refreshing (Acts 3:19) some return having already been sanctified, thus worthy—having already perfected their works

-Told to be watchful; if they fail to watch, Christ will come as a thief and not know the hour

It is accepted that none will know “the hour or day” (JST-Matt 1:39) of the Second Coming of Christ, and this is true. However the Lord comes secretly to the earth three times as a thief (JST-Luke 12:42-45) previous to the coming in glory in which every eye shall see. (Rev 1:7) The church of Sardis exists before the third watch, and this verse indicates that the watchers can know the time of the final preliminary coming. If they succeed in watching they will expect him down to the very hour he arrives and he will not be a thief unto them.

-If they overcome they will have white garments

White garments are given unto those of the New Jerusalem. (Ether 13:10) Although most members of New Jerusalem—the ones that will live in the last days and not previous dispensations—are those who do not experience the tribulation of the last days, the church of Sardis are the ones who die in martyrdom as recorded in Revelation 6 during the time between the opening of the fifth and sixth seal. In the Joseph Smith-translation, Sardis is told, “be watchful therefore, and strengthen those who remain who are ready to die,” which refers to Revelation 6: “And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (verse 11)

The Church of the Firstborn is referred to as the Bride of Christ, but John the Baptist differentiated himself from the bride and proclaimed himself to instead be a friend to the bridegroom. (John 3:29) Not all celestial souls are members of the Bride, for Section 76 does not outline the celestial as being required members of it, only that they come into company with it (as well as coming into company with the church of Enoch.)

Being a friend to the Bridegroom is not a lesser classification, for friends of God are those whose faith is made perfect through works (James 2:22-23) which is the very thing asked of the church in Sardis. Becoming a Friend of God according to James is through sacrifice. The friends to the Bridegroom must sacrifice their lives as did John the Baptist.

Those in Sardis said to be worthy were the ones who already sacrificed their lives in previous dispensations, who prepare the brethren to do the same: “strengthen those who remain who are ready to die.” (JST) Their fellowservants are “ready to die” as was Paul (Acts 21:13) and know it is their duty to do so. If they are not watchful, they will no longer be members of Sardis and become members of the future Laodicean church where they will overcome the same way Christ overcame (Rev 3:21) for having crucified Christ—so either they will die as martyrs or suffer the future wrath of God.

Those in Sardis that face martyrdom will have succeeded in taking up their cross and losing their lives for the sake of Christ and not their own sake. (Matt 16:24-25) It does appear, however, that those who are deceived by false prophets will be killed for the sake of Christ (JST-Mathew 1:5-7) which does infer that the Watchers are a group of believers that, in the past, made serious errors in their search for Christ. Yet regardless of their mistakes, the Watchers are described as holy ones who desire all to know the Most High (Daniel 4:17) and will speak out against the wickedness of the Danite tares. (Jer 4:15-16)

The members of Sardis who are Watchers (and know the hour of Christ’s third-watch) are the holy ones that are not deceived by the tares in sheep’s clothing but perhaps by others who claim to be anointed. These false christ’s will deliver them up (Luke 21:12) and the holy ones of them will be put to death, having already settled in their minds what answer they will give. They overcome by staying true to their testimony. (Luke 21:13/Rev 6:11) Before their deaths, they will see Christ and the Father as holy ones that did receive the testimony of Jesus while still in the flesh (D&C 76:51) even though they experienced deception previously, either in previous probations or during the time leading up to the opening of the sixth seal, before—and perhaps even during—the third watch.

Of course it is probable that not all martyrdom will be a result of past deception, that some will accept it because to them there would no greater honor than being martyred.

 

Philadelphia- The Church of the Firstborn/The Bride of the New Jerusalem

-Has an open door and the love of Jesus; has little strength, yet has not denied his name; kept the word

-Is told to hold their fast, they do not engage in idols

-Will be kept from the hour of temptation; the fake Jews will worship at their feet

-If they overcome will be a pillar in the temple of God with the name of God and the name of the New Jerusalem

The church of Philadelphia are the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem that are not members of the 144,000 that came out of the church of Pergamos and were the Smyrna-Saints. The Saints who are scattered abroad are separate from the other “covenant people of the Lord” (1 Nephi 14:14) who will leave Babylon in due time of the Lord to join the Saints when each group gathers to the land of Zion.

The covenant people of the Lord are members of the elect (JST-Mathew 1:22)—not of the prophesied House of Israel that are the wheat who gather out of the wheat/tare-infused rejected church, nor are they the martyrs of Sardis. The Philadelphia church are the repentant-Gentiles of the last days who will be numbered among the House of Israel (3 Nephi 16:13) to assist the remnant of Jacob (the first labourers of the last kingdom-D&C 52:2) in building the city of the New Jerusalem before it is raptured.

The Church of the Firstborn refers not only to Christ who is the firstborn of all (Coll 1:15) but to Ephraim’s status of being the firstborn before God. (Jer 31:9) This is why when the Ephraim-Gentiles were offered the fulness of the gospel in 1830, the church was organized on April 6th, the day which fell upon the Fast of the Firstborn.

Although the Gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel, the times of the Gentiles comes in one last time (D&C 45:28-30) when the arm of the Lord is revealed to convince the heathen nations of the gospel of salvation. (D&C 90:10) The marvelous work of the third watch is directed unto the Gentiles (1 Nephi 22:8) who are considered heathens.

What I am unsure of, however, is their history before receiving their status and characteristics in Philadelphia. These Gentiles could be the true Christians who have rejected the creeds of apostate-Christianity—or could even be the current-day atheists. It seems more likely to me that atheists will be more reciprocal to the marvelous work when God’s word hisses forth as the Lord sets his hand again the second time. It will become apparent to them that the reason they did not find God during the time of apostasy was because satan was indeed the god of the world (2 Cor 4:4) and the religions of the earth belonged to him. They will have seen through the lies and not been brainwashed into believing they already possess the truth.

If they are Christians they will have been those who drifted from church to church, always suspicious of the complete lack of signs that should attend the true believers, the fruits of which are obsolete in all denominations. (Mark 16) These Christians will never be satisfied while they continue to sin and accept they have not been sanctified or truly born-again.

The past identity of Philadelphia will be irrelevant in terms of their future status as pillars in the temple of God. Once they receive God’s word they will keep it. The patience they have is that they refused to worship the beast (Rev 13:8-10)—or in other words, they refused to worship a false god. If they hold fast to what they have—keeping the commandments and having faith in Jesus—they will be kept from the hour of temptation where they would be killed for not receiving the mark of the beast. They will not be martyred for refusing to do so as the faithful of Sardis will—for the faithful of Philadelphia will be in Zion when the lamb-like beast of the dragon (the antichrist) arrives to force the inhabitants of the earth to worship the first beast (with seven heads and ten crowns) that he will give life to by the power of Satan.

The fake Jews will worship before the feet of this church. They will fall down before Ephraim and be crowned by their hands. (D&C 133:32)

 

Laodiceans- The Remnant/The Jews of the Old Jerusalem

-Neither cold nor hot; they are lukewarm, spewed from God’s mouth

-Rich in the world—but poor, wretched, miserable, blind, and naked

-Counselled to buy of Christ to be rich, to receive white raiment to not be naked, to be anointed to see

-Is loved of Christ

-If they overcome the same way Christ overcomes they will sit on the throne

This is the final church who can receive better than a telestial salvation. They have the opportunity to be redeemed after the second trump, before the third trump sounds.

This group is rich in the eyes of the world, a reference to them being the remnant of Smyrna, the other church to be rich. These are the Jews that began to believe in Christ in 1836 when God brought them to a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel. When they “begin” to believe they “begin to gather in upon the face of the land” (2nd Nephi 30:7) but this does not constitute their prophetic gathering to Jerusalem, the land of their inheritance.

The Jerusalem promised to them is not the New Jerusalem nor is it the Jerusalem located in Palestine; it is Kirtland (D&C 109:62)—a place designated for refuge that is not the land of Zion but a stake of it. (D&C 124:36)

While the Gentiles flee to Zion, Judah will flee to Jerusalem to the mountain of the Lord’s house. (D&C 133:12-13) However, Judah does not gather to Jerusalem until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (D&C 45:25)

The remnant gathers after the sun is darkened and the moon turns to blood, which occurs when the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (JST Luke 21:25) and the elect have already been gathered from the four quarters of the earth.

After the New Jerusalem comes with those numbered among the seed of Joseph, then comes the Jerusalem of old. (Ether 13) Those of the old Jerusalem do not have white garments, but will be washed in the blood of the Lamb, for Judah will be sanctified after their pain. (D&C 133:35) The Jews are loved of Christ which is why even though the Laodicean church is spoken of so poorly they still retain his love.

After the marvelous work concludes and the first trump is blown (D&C 88:94) the wrath of God is poured out upon the great church (the tares) and then commences the work of the Father. (1 Nephi 14:17) According to Christ, the New Jerusalem is already built and he is in the midst of it before the work of the Father begins to prepare a way for “his people” to be “gathered home to the land of their inheritance.” (3 Nephi 21:26-28)

After the second trump, those who belong to Christ at his coming will be redeemed/sanctified. (D&C 88:99) This is the remnant who will not be the firstfruits of Christ who ascend with him at the Second Coming, but will be in Kirtland and see him coming in the clouds. (D&C 45:43-44)

The remnant will also include those in Sardis who were cut off for not watching (D&C 45:44) and did not have their sins remitted during the time of refreshing because they missed out on the third watch. Their redemption comes later, after their pain, when they look upon Christ. They will “weep because of their iniquities” and “lament because they persecuted their king.” (D&C 45:53) This brings to pass Revelation 1:7—those that pierced Christ will be on the earth to see him coming in the clouds.

One last thing I’ll mention is that there are four and twenty elders that receive a celestial inheritance and yet belonged to all seven churches (D&C 77:5) which indicates that even members of the Laodecian church can receive the white robes of the New Jerusalem. (Rev 4:4) It is likely that the final gathering of the old Jerusalem will receive white robes once they are sanctifed.

The curious thing asked of the Laodecian church is for them to overcome as Christ overcame inferring that their redemption is by treading the wrath of God. This is the pain of Judah which comes before sanctification.

-G.azelem

Our Spiritual DNA

The doctrines contained in the Book of Abraham have been endlessly contested. I’ve doubtless spent far too long trying to understand it. Yet an endeavour to do so is well worth the effort. We are in the midst of a spiritual warfare, and understanding the nature and cause of this war can only strengthen our resolve to do all things the Lord our God commands.

I have always been of the belief that the war in heaven as recorded in Revelation 12 occurred after New Testament times. I am still convinced of this, but have paid particular attention to the reasons others have considered otherwise; and in doing so, I believe to have stumbled upon a way to look at both interpretations and make sense of the two.

And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.” (Abr 3:27-28)

This occurred before the creation of the earth. Although Satan was angry to have not been chosen, it does not appear as though the rebellion or war began at that point, only that there were many who followed after him.

Even this verse suggests the same if the exact manner of language used is emphasized: “By the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down.” (Moses 4:3)

I apply a futuristic reading to the phraseology because this interpretation is the only way for the Book of Revelation to not contradict its scriptural counterparts. John the Revelator was shown and wrote, “things which must shortly come to pass,” (1:2) which indicates that his revelation did not pertain to things which have already transpired.

The reason individuals conclude the war in heaven has already taken place is because the Doctrine and Covenants does in fact say so. And why? Because that book of scripture arrived on scene after John the Revelator, after the war in heaven!

Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon proclaimed: “He is fallen! Is fallen, even a son of the morning.” (76:27)

Jesus said that he “beheld” Satan fall, but surely this had reference to his power to see the future. Joseph and Sidney were definitively making clear that Satan was no longer found in heaven by the time of their vision recorded in 1832.

In 1830 we read that the war in heaven had taken place. (Section 29)

In 1831 we are told that Satan himself is abroad in the land. (Section 52)

With the arrival of Satan on earth, the war in heaven had completed. Revelation 12:8 is thus fulfilled with the devil and his angels no longer found in heaven. The war rages on, but from 1831 onward the setting is here on earth.

I used to believe that the devil and his angels came to the earth to receive bodies, but I have departed from this. I am not softening my position to conform to the generally accepted narrative, but have come to an even more radical position.

The devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency. And they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels.” (D&C 29:36-37)

Originally, I accepted those who followed Satan in the pre-existence to come to earth and participate in mortal probation after the war in heaven. This is logical and makes the most sense. However, there’s a verse from the Book of Moses that I cannot get out of my head: “I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency.” (7:32)

The third part of heaven could only follow Satan due to their agency, but the Book of Moses implies that agency only existed from the point of mortal probation. Taking this verse seriously, I readjusted my stance and concluded that those who followed Satan chose to follow him during mortal probation and not in the pre-existence. So those who became the devil and his angels only became such during the temporal existence of this earth, once they received agency. But this is problematic. Satan was clearly acting as an agent unto himself before he got a chance to live mortality. He was tempting Adam and Eve and Cain before an opportunity to come to earth could have arisen.

And if the angels of Satan chose that path during this life how did they end up back in heaven to get cast out?

Before the creation of the earth, Satan was angry for not being chosen, “and at that day many followed after him.” (Abr 3:28)

Even if the war in heaven happened after John the Revelator wrote about it, the hosts of heaven had clearly began following Satan long before the rebellion. How could they have done so when God has declared that this happened due to the agency given unto them? The devil and his angels had already participated in a mortal probation and were resurrected beings before the creation of the particular earth we reside on.

There were three groups that composed heaven.

The celestial gods.

The spirits who did not have bodies yet.

And the terrestrial angels who followed Satan.

The first portion of heaven could not have followed Satan because they were glorified gods. The second portion did not even have the agency to choose. The third portion who followed Satan in the pre-existence had to have been terrestrial souls who could bear the presence of the Son but were still capable of falling from their positions before God, having not assimilated into a fulness of the Father.

Abraham saw that in the pre-existent realm there were both souls and spirits. Abraham was designated as having been one of the spirits, not one of the souls. D&C 88:15 tells us that a soul consists of both body and spirit, which proves that Abraham saw resurrected beings already having existed. This falls in line with Section 121 which speaks of, “the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was.” (verse 32) These gods had to have gone through mortality already because they would have had to have tabernacles to exist eternally as gods. Clearly the earth we reside on is not the first creation.

The devil and his angels were not gods, because the sons of God will, “dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.” (76:62)

The spirits who have come to this earth are not involved in the war in heaven. They did not have the capacity to follow Satan when he became angry nor did they rebel alongside him when they were cast out. Many spirits on this earth nonetheless will side with Satan once they have agency. “They are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them to never have been born; for they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels.” (76:32-33)

Followers of Satan in this life are differentiated from the devil and his angels, but will have the same fate.

A verse that seems to imply that followers of Satan in this life followed Satan in the pre-existence is what leads us to an extremely uncomfortable doctrine that will not be readily accepted.

Cain is told, “For from this time forth thou shalt be the father of his lies; thou shalt be called Perdition; for thou wast also before the world.” (Moses 5:25)

If Cain was consigned to be a son of perdition before the creation of our world and yet then did not have the agency to choose Satan previously, this means that God organized spirits that would never repent and undoubtedly hearken to Satan.

These spirits were necessary components for the plan of salvation and the opposition in all things which create the fabric of our mortal experience.

Our eternal potential is determined by our spiritual creation, for all things are done in the wisdom of God. The celestial are called according to his purpose and predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son. (Romans 8:28-29)

The gods created this earth to “prove” the spirits. It was not to test them, because they already knew the good spirits—of whom the likes of Abraham were—would follow God. They knew who would keep their first estates and who would graduate in keeping their second.

If the devil and his angels were terrestrial angels, this unlocks a new meaning for the first and second estates. The scriptures do not use the word “estate” to describe a place; but rather, a state of being. Receiving a mortal body as a first estate and then a resurrected body as our second is far more likely, but having accepted Satan to have already received a resurrected body does not make sense of the Book of Abraham, which tells us that when Satan became angry he did not keep his first estate.

The conclusion I’m left with:

The first estate – the unsanctified

The second estate – the sanctified

Those who are unsanctified will be “added upon”—yet if they do not keep this estate and are not added upon will go into outer darkness and not have glory. Those who receive sanctification and keep that second estate will have glory added upon their heads forever and ever.

Although we can receive the second estate/position before God in this life, there is a chance to fall and not keep our sanctification. Until we receive a celestial inheritance, there is a possibility that we can fall from grace and depart from the living God.

Satan and his angels did not have their second estates in the eternities which is why there they could only lose their first.

I am open to the belief that terrestrial souls can become sanctified in the hereafter and join the celestial gods. It makes sense to me that if they do not become celestial they will eventually become future angels to a future devil during the eventual creations of other worlds.

Lastly, I want to address the doctrine of the atonement and how this pertains to concepts on multiple worlds. This realm of thinking is a breeding ground for dangerous ideas, usually resulting in ideas of endless strings of capital-G gods and redeemers other than the Savior spoken of in our scriptures.

And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten” (Moses 1:32–33)

Although there are many worlds—so many they cannot even be numbered unto the comprehension of man—they were all made by Jesus Christ.

The narrative of the Book of Abraham wherein other gods participate in the creation of our earth does not conflict with this in light of Section 76: “He is the Only Begotten of the Father—that by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created.” (23-24)

The gods only act through the direction of Christ.

Section 76 also highlights that worlds will continue to be created in this manner. Nowhere is it said that future worlds will be created outside the dominion of Christ. The only begotten Son, “glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands.” (verse 42)

Jesus Christ is the redeemer of all peoples of all worlds.

Do those on other earths read the scriptures and accounts of Christ’s ministry on our earth? Do they read of his atonement having took place on another planet?

I find it reasonable to expect the infinite and eternal atonement to be taking place continuously. The eternal nature of his atonement suggests it is always happening. The Savior will condescend to all worlds and perform the atonement forever and ever.

In any case, regardless of interpretation, there is no diverging from the truth that Jesus Christ of whom we know came to this earth is the same Christ who saves all worlds.

Any belief other than this is the root of Satanism. The angel in authority became the devil once he considered there to be another way.

-G.azelem

The Sacrament – We Might Have Got the Wrong Idea

Lately I’ve been rethinking an assumption I made years ago when comparing and contrasting The Book of Commandments (1833) and The Doctrine and Covenants (1835).

The original version of Section 20 provided the same baptismal prayer that Jesus instructed the Nephites to use while the Doctrine and Covenants re-worded the revelation and offered something different.

BoC/3rd Nephi: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

D&C: “Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

I determined this was a result of the apostasy that occurred shortly before the publication of The Doctrine and Covenants, and that the new baptismal wording represented a lesser baptism than the one originally instructed.

However, does a commission really denote less value? The D&C still insisted that the person administering baptism still needed to be called of God and have authority from Jesus Christ! So why change the wording? What was God trying to tell us?

Is it possible God was hinting that the exact wording didn’t matter?

The only reason I beg the question now is due to a deeper understanding I came to while studying Section 124 where it reveals the startling fact that baptisms (post-1835) were still acceptable to God and would continue to be acceptable so long as the church wasn’t rejected after the sufficient time given to fulfill the commandment to build the Nauvoo House.

This was a paradigm shift for me because I previously assumed that baptisms had to be performed explicitly as directed in 3rd Nephi or the ordinance would not be valid.

If I’m not careful, sometimes my insistent objective to never diverge from the scriptures can create a blind spot. I never once considered that the sacramental prayers could vary—not even if only by a single word. One thing I respected and thought highly of during LDS meetings was the culture of verifying the sacramental prayer to be exact before passing it. It never occurred to me that perhaps the blessings for bread and wine were not given by way of commandment, but as teaching tools.

The sacramental prayers related to us by Moroni at the end of The Book of Mormon is of course the prayer used in the church. Something that stood out to me very recently while reading the scriptures was that the final book—which contains these prayers—was seemingly written as an after-thought.

Moroni is in fact surprised to still be writing: “I had supposed not to have written more, but I have not as yet perished.” So he decides to write, “a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to the will of God.”

Interestingly enough, The Book of Moroni is targeted directly to the Lamanites, the remnants/descendants of the Nephite people, who as a tribal group will not receive the fulness of the gospel until after Zion is established when the marvellous work reaches its next step and the work of the Father commences. (3rd Nephi 21:26)

It is the will of God that we have The Book of Moroni to glean insights from today, but the full power of it will be realized by the Lamanites.

If we are to repeat the sacramental prayers exactly as recorded by Moroni, why would those prayers only be included in a book written to be of worth specifically unto the Lamanites? Those prayers are not found elsewhere, not even when Jesus himself instituted the sacrament among the Nephites and commanded them to always observe it.

Although I have not come to an emphatic conclusion on this, I currently suspect that repeating the sacramental prayers word-for-word is not necessary. This practice may very well even detract from sanctity of the ordinance.

D&C 20 and Moroni 5-6 tell us the sacrament is done correctly by following the proper manner established. It is that very same word that Jesus uses when he taught how to pray: “After this manner therefore pray ye…” When the Lord’s prayer was given we know he didn’t mean for us to just repeat the same prayer as him.

I think it would be quite the revelation to find out that the manner and example of prayer given by Christ was akin to the manner of the sacramental prayers.

After all of this time believing ourselves to be so enlightened in our dismissal and disapproval of the Christian practices of repeating the same prayers, how humbling would it be to then discover this whole time we have unknowingly been using “vain repetitions” all the same as those we’ve looked down on?

I have always felt strongly that the sacrament was not attended to correctly. Both D&C 20 and Moroni 5 imply that the entire church is kneeling during the blessings. It’s also very likely to conclude the kneeling didn’t stop there but continues for the entire administration. Does looking at the baptismal and sacramental prayers in the same way as the Lord’s prayer discount this? Amazingly not.

3rd Nephi 18: “And while they were gone for bread and wine, he commanded the multitude that they should sit themselves down upon the earth.” (verse 3)

Take note that this is a commandment! Regardless of circumstance we must all be on the earth, not sitting cozily in a chair. Of course those able to will bow down on their knees.

The only divergence “manner” can provide in this instance is for those not able to kneel. The commandment is not for kneeling specifically, but for all to sit down on the ground. The Lord has commanded this.

This I can be certain of.

It appears from 3rd Nephi 18:5 that someone is to be specifically ordained by priesthood authority to administer the sacrament. To him will Jesus give power to fulfill this commandment. So when the proper channels of priesthood authority flow once again, the sacrament will properly be attended to. When that day happens we will not only be certain of the clear commandment to lower ourselves to the earth…we will hear the sacramental prayers exactly as God intends, because the one doing so will have the power from Jesus Christ to attend to it in righteousness.

The true sacrament will only emerge once we have been correctly baptized into the true church of Jesus Christ. For now we must prepare ourselves by knowing each and every commandment clearly defined by scripture—so that when true servants of God come forth we will recognize them. The apostasy has left us with many unanswered questions, but we have no reason to doubt that God has provided everything we need to know to recognize the light when it shines again.

-G.azelem

Who Were the Twelve, Really

To understand the commission of the Twelve travelling council—which quorum has been incorrectly labelled the Twelve Apostles—we must first understand the priesthood: where it came from; what it was for; who held it; where it went; and what the Saints were left with after the church was rejected by God in Nauvoo.

Moroni told Joseph Smith in 1823 that God would, “reveal […] the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah.” (D&C 2)

This promise was re-contextualized by the Mormon church to capitalize on the false claim that Elijah brought “sealing keys” in Section 110. But Elijah did not bestow priesthood, not even keys, when he stood before Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland temple.

Moroni was referring to John the Baptist, who did reveal by hand the priesthood. Because John the Baptist died before Christ’s resurrection, this passage of scripture surely has reference to him: “The graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose; and came out of the graves after his [Christ’s] resurrection.” (Matt 27:52-53) As a resurrected being, John the Baptist would lay a physical tangible hand on the heads of Joseph and Oliver.

It’s interesting to note that even in Joseph Smith’s 1838 retelling of history he chose to—after providing a detailed account of John the Baptist’s appearance—not include the supposed ordinations to the Melchizedek priesthood by Peter, James, and John; only that John the Baptist acted under the direction of those apostles who held the keys to the Melchizedek priesthood. (JS-H 1:72) Joseph only inferred that that same priesthood was to be conferred on them, not necessarily that Peter, James, and John would be the ones to do so.

Section 27 has given the deluded Saints an excuse to continue the faux narrative that the Melchizedek priesthood was restored previous to the establishment of the 1830-Church of Christ, yet reasonably so. The ancient apostles were said to have ordained and confirmed Joseph and Oliver to the apostleship. (verse 12)

This is only mirroring the same thing that occurred in Section 84: “This priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you.” (verse 42)

Although the seven servants to whom Section 84 was addressing had previously been ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood—as high priests beginning in 1831—they were then being confirmed to it, which should classify as an ordination as well!

John/Elijah had ordained Joseph and Oliver as elders, and the apostles were confirming them to the priesthood they already held.

Although the three of them—Peter, James, and John—jointly hold the keys of the dispensation of the last days and of the fulness of times, only Peter and James were the ones to visit Joseph and Oliver. And this because John was currently at that time living another probation under the name of Sidney Rigdon.

Oliver claimed only to have stood in the presence of Peter (in a letter to Phineas Young). Neither Oliver or Joseph purported that the apostle John visited them. Joseph gave a patriarchal blessing to Oliver Cowdery and, while mentioning this visitation, revealed that it had been more than just Peter who appeared unto the both of them. But only just that. It wasn’t just Peter, but it was not said to have been John. This is why my theory about John/Sidney is not contradictory in concluding that only Peter and James visited the first two elders. Section 7 tells us that Peter and James will minister for John the Beloved!!! (verse 7) Why do they not minister with him? Because John will not always be available.

God differentiated John from Peter and James as someone who was called to do a “greater work” (7:5) which is the same phrase and calling given to Sidney Rigdon. (35:3)

As previously stated, I believe John the Baptist was Elijah once again in the flesh. Having held the priesthood in his previous probation, he came to the earth in the meridian of time retaining his priesthood authority to baptize Jesus Christ in a time wherein no one held the priesthood to offer the ordinances of salvation. The original revelation of Section 84 made clear of this by the striking pronouncement that John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized before even having been born.

Elijah was prophesied in Malachi to turn the hearts of the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. (4:6) The New Testament affirms only half of this: “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:15-17)

Notice that the hearts of the children were not turned to the fathers. However, John/Elijah turns many of the children directly to God/Christ! [Note: John/Elijah also turned the hearts of the children, Peter, James, and John to the fathers when he appeared unto them on the mount of transfiguration but this was not a fulfillment of the chapter-extensive narrative of Malachi.]

When John/Elijah visited Joseph and Oliver in 1829, this was not the ultimate fulfillment of Malachi either. Moroni distinguished Elijah’s priesthood revealment to, “plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the father, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.” (D&C 3)

The Priesthood of Aaron—the fulness of the Levitical Priesthood that the lineal sons of Levi did not automatically hold—made way or planted the way for the children to turn to the fathers. It is only until Section 110 that, “the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malchi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent […] to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers.” (verse 14-15)

Elijah was referring to himself—Elias, John the Baptist—who appeared two verses earlier committing the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.

In Section 110, Moses “appeared” and Elias “appeared”; Elijah, however, does not appear. That’s because he was already there—he was/is Elias! The final vision was Joseph and Oliver’s eyes opening up to the realization that the messenger who had ordained them to the Priesthood of Aaron, and was now committing the gospel of Abraham, was the same person as Elijah.

When John the Baptist/Elias/Elijah committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, Elijah’s role was finally complete. This also fulfilled the prophecy of John/Elijah in Section 84, that he would, “overthrow the kingdom of the Jews.” (verse 28) Does overthrow mean the kingdom of the Jews will no longer exist? No. 1828 Webster dictionary says “overthrow” means, “to turn upside down”!

The Jewish Twelve Apostles had dominion over the Gentiles when they held the keys of the kingdom, but even the apostles knew that in the last days the Gentiles would have these keys over the Jews! (Acts 1:6)

Now that Joseph and Oliver held the final keys, the kingdom was turned upside down. It was reversed. The Ephraim-Gentiles, beginning with Joseph and Oliver—both descendants of Joseph of Egypt (D&C 27:10)—had dominion over the Jews!

However, when the keys of the kingdom were lost from the earth, the House of Israel would not have Ephraimite leaders over them during the time of apostasy in which the Jews were to receive a mere knowledge of the fulness of the gospel, not the fulness itself. This leads us to the role of the Twelve, which quorum was first organized in 1835.

Firstly, let’s differentiate the Priesthood of Aaron from the lesser priesthood.

“The Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.” (D&C 13)

“The lesser priesthood […] which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel; which gospel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism, and the remission of sins, and the law of carnal commandments.” (D&C 84:25-26)

It is my understanding that if the keys of the Priesthood of Aaron are not used to receive heavenly confirmation by angels—such as what occurred with Joseph and Oliver when they were visited by Peter and James—this results in the lesser priesthood which includes the the law of carnal commandments. D&C 107:20 restates the role of the Aaronic Priesthood, and makes it perfectly clear that the “power” of it will not comprise of carnal commandments.

If the power of the Aaronic Priesthood is never exercised, the preparatory gospel under the authority of the Aaronic Priesthood will cease to progress into the fulness; and as Joseph Smith mused, will, “administer no blessings but cursings.”

The Priesthood of Aaron, the power of the Aaronic, “abideth forever with the priesthood which is after the holiest order of God.” (D&C 84:18) This is a clear sign that that if used correctly this priesthood is not expendable but relates to the true order of priesthood which brings about sanctification. Take a closer look at Section 84:

“The offices of teacher and deacon are necessary appendages belonging to the lesser priesthood.” (verse 30)

“The offices of elder and bishop are necessary appendages belonging unto the high priesthood.” (verse 29)

Elder and Bishop are not offices of the high priesthood! They belong unto it. Elders and bishops do not have the Melchizedek priesthood; they are ordained unto it through the keys of the Priesthood of Aaron and are confirmed to it by a heavenly ordination as apostles, but neither ordination classifies as the Melchizedek priesthood.

After keeping the commandments and entering into the law of consecration they are then ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood—enabled by the keys of the Priesthood of Aaron which makes it possible to enter into the law of consecration with the necessary office of bishop. This is the authority of the kingdom. Remember this.

The Melchizedek priesthood will need to be confirmed upon them, not by angels but by the voice of God out of the heavens, as recorded in Section 84.

In the past I have wrongly believed Section 18 to be a future calling of Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to ordain The Twelve Apostles during the time of the marvellous work. But after studying the revelation continuously over the years I now realize it truly did pertain to the Twelve of 1835. My ah-ha moment came when I realized the text was not speaking about The Twelve Apostles that accompany the church of God to deliver the fulness of the gospel to the Gentiles first, and the Jews secondly. Section 18 refers to Twelve “disciples” who have limited authority to both Jew and Gentile during the interim period where the fulness is not on the earth. (verse 26)

Nonetheless, these twelve disciples could have graduated to become The Twelve Apostles! This, however, was conditional. “If they desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart they are called to go into all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature.” (verse 28)

What was not conditional was this: “You are they who are ordained of me to ordain priests and teachers; to declare my gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, and according to the callings and gifts of God unto men; and I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it.” (32-33)

The gifts and callings of God are without repentance! (Romans 11:29) Even if the twelve disciples of 1835 do not take upon them Christ’s name they will still have the priesthood authority to ordain the church members as priests of the lesser priesthood.

All of this is reiterated in Section 112: “The Twelve, duly recommended and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any nation whithersoever ye shall send them—Inasmuch as they shall humble themselves before me, and abide in my word, and hearken to the voice of my Spirit.” (21-22)

“Purify your hearts before me; and then go ye into all the world, and preach my gospel unto every creature who has not received it.” (verse 28)

The fulness of the priesthood was lost from the earth late-1834 with the dissolution of the united firm/order of the law of consecration. This happened before the twelve disciples were ordained to be the Twelve travelling council in 1835. Yet even still, these twelve held the keys of the Priesthood of Aaron which could have enabled them to open up the authority of the kingdom by becoming converted and entering into the law of consecration. Only after that could they have had the fulness of the priesthood restored to the earth to fulfill the commission to, “preach my gospel unto every creature,” with the promise of, “he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that is not baptized, shall be damned.” (D&C 112:28-29)

This commission of the Twelve has a notable change in Section 124: “I give unto you my servant Brigham Young to be a president over the Twelve traveling council; which Twelve hold the keys to open up the authority of my kingdom upon the four corners of the earth, and after that to send my word to every creature.” (127-128)

Even after—and if—they open up the authority, they are not to preach the gospel and baptize! Why not? Because they are not under the authority of Thomas B. Marsh. “I say unto you, my servant Thomas, thou art the man whom I have chosen to hold the keys of my kingdom, pertaining to the Twelve, abroad among all nations.” (D&C 112:16)

This was not a conditional calling. The Lord knows the end from the beginning and has thus declared unequivocally that Thomas B. Marsh is the man! “Your brethren, the Twelve, duly recommended and authorized by you, shall have power to open the door of my kingdom unto any nation withersoever ye shall send them.” (verse 21)

So in Nauvoo, without Marsh, even if the Twelve were to succeed in opening up the authority of the kingdom, they still would not have been able to preach the gospel to all nations and baptize. They as a quorum only had the maximal capacity of authority to send the word of the gospel until the Lord returned Thomas B. Marsh to his calling over the Twelve. Notice that there are only eleven men named in Section 124 who are called as members of the Twelve travelling council.

Three and a half months later on April 8th 1841 Joseph would ordain Lyman Wight into the quorum. Why wouldn’t God ordain Lyman Wight then and there in that extensive revelation which painstakingly set in order every single important office in the church?

Because if the church was not rejected as warned, Thomas B. Marsh was supposed to fill it.

Lyman’s ordination into the quorum was for show. It probably pleased the Lord that Joseph ordained someone into it who would refuse the future leadership of Brigham, further testifying that the Twelve travelling council had no authority over the God’s kingdom.

The quorum of the Twelve are never referred to as The Twelve Apostles by the Lord himself. They were were not even lower-case apostles, which true elders are—the ones who have a calling to baptize. (D&C 20:38) Section 124 seems to refer to the twelve disciples as apostles in verse 139 but this was actually referring to a potential travelling high council, which the Twelve travelling council had not yet become.

Their only duties given, which weren’t contingent on their conversion, was for them to bear record of Christ’s name and promulgate the fulness of the gospel. (D&C 118:4)

1828 Webster dictionary defines promulgate as, “To make known by open declaration.”

D&C 18:26 gives the prophesied Twelve the unconditional calling to “declare” the gospel “unto Gentile and unto Jew.” Preaching the gospel—not just declaring or promulgating—came on the condition of conversion. (18:28)

The “Twelve Apostles” provided a testimony to the 1835-Doctrine and Covenants, which was the book of scripture carefully repackaged for all nations after the Gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel contained in the 1833-Book of Commandments. 3rd Nephi 16:10-12 explains that after the rejection of the fulness, a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel was to go to all of the House of Israel.

The crescendo of this occurred in 1838 where the residue of the Twelve are told by God in Section 118 to depart over the great waters and there promulgate the fulness of the gospel. This wave of missionary work resulted in the converts who were to build up Nauvoo. This declaration of the gospel to both Jew and Gentile was performed by the Twelve in their unconverted state. I do not assume them to be unconverted by a negative bias towards them, but accept this to be so by God’s own telling. In Section 112, Thomas B. Marsh is informed that the Twelve were not yet converted. (verse 13)

If they were to have become converted and thus been the legitimate Twelve Apostles, their mission would have been clearly defined to be more than mere promulgation. And if their priesthood had been exercised correctly they would have preached the gospel first to the Gentiles, secondly to the Jews. (107:35) The gospel would have gone to the Gentiles again because the times of the Gentiles needs to come in one last time—for it is Ephraim who establishes Zion before Judah becomes sanctified after the pains they experience outside the protection of the safe haven of Zion.

In Section 124 they were given only one immediate duty: to use their priesthood keys to open up the authority of the kingdom. If successful they could proceed once again in sending the word of the gospel to all nations, both Jew and Gentile.

The Twelve travelling council, “hold the keys to open up the authority of my kingdom upon the four corners of the earth, AND AFTER THAT to send my word to every creature.” (127-128)

But they didn’t open up the authority! This means that they lost the authority to send the word of the gospel forth!!!

Do you know what this means? The scriptures we have received have not been authorized by God. This is why The Doctrine and Covenants has been completely corrupted. We have not been given the word of God as it came forth by Joseph Smith, because the leaders of the LDS church have not been authorized to publish or send forth The Book of Mormon or Doctrine and Covenants—which also means that The Pearl of Great Price is not official cannon in the time being.

After losing access to the keys of the kingdom, the twelve disciples—who never became The Twelve Apostles—continued forth with the lesser priesthood, the “authority” of the Aaronic, with the unconditional ordination to ordain priests (D&C 18:32) to the same authority.

I do not hesitate to suggest it is within our realm of possibility to exercise the “power” of this priesthood to receive confirmation by angels as elders and bishops.

However, we cannot open the the authority of the kingdom of God because the keys of the kingdom are not on the earth until the servants who hold those keys return to the earth. The Saints of the second watch were only capable of entering into the law of consecration once Sidney Rigdon united with the Saints.

We can only enter into the law of consecration and thereafter receive the Melchizedek priesthood when Joseph Smith comes as the one mighty and strong to set in order the house of God to arrange by lot the inheritance of the Saints to prepare the way for the Lord. Once we have done so, the Christ/Elias of the third watch, Sidney Rigdon, will come suddenly. Then begins the dispensation of the fulness of times.

Is it possible that other members of the 1835-1841 quorum of twelve will return to the earth—and not just Thomas B. Marsh? Although the Pratt brothers engaged in unholy practices, I suspect this was a result of the iniquity of the saints. Orson had the gift to prophesy (34:10); Parley was blessed to expound scripture and the mysteries of God (97:3). Even my personal favorite of the LDS restoration, Lyman Wight, lost it in Texas by marrying multiple women.

There’s no telling who else 2nd Nephi 27:5 pertained to…

“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.”

There may even be leaders of today’s LDS quorum—our “rulers”—who are seers that have not yet had opportunity to exercise their prophetic gifts which remain dormant.

I bring this up as a reminder that there will be surprises as to how the third watch will play out. If Joseph Smith comes immediately to us personally as a resurrected being this will not be a test.

Don’t think for a second we will be graced with a test any easier than those who have come before us. To receive the fulness of the priesthood and have it confirmed upon us by a baptism of fire will be not be a simple feat, that arrives knocking on our doorstep for us to make the obvious choice to accept.

The words of Lyman Wight:

But those who aspire after this priesthood, and seek to obtain it while rolling in luxuries, and seeking the applause of men, I would simply ask them these questions, Have you drunk of the cup whereof Christ drank, and have you been baptized with the baptism wherewith he was baptized? Have you followed the commandment that he gave to the young man and sold all that thou hadst, and give it to the poor? Have you sold the last coat you had, and traveled in your shirt sleeves sooner than you would see the poor left to the ravages of a ruthless mob? Have you traveled on foot hundreds and hundreds of miles and sought a place for the Saints to camp at, night after night, that they might seclude themselves from the hands of wicked and evil designing men, and then roll yourself in a blanket, and lay yourself in an open prairie, under the open canopy of heaven, in the cold night dews? If you have not done all these, you have not yet fulfilled the saying of the Saviour where he says, If you would be greatest you must first become the least and servant of all.

-G.azelem

Will The Real Elijah Please Stand Up (redux)

“Thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers— For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God— Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things.” (D&C 86:9)

These words were given to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. We learn not only that they are descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but that their identities have been hid from the world. So who were they? The Lord did not reveal their identity during the second watch, but left behind enough clues for the elect to put the pieces together and understand their true identities. It is only until the third watch that the world will know Joseph and Sidney for who they really were when the two of them return to the earth to fulfill their ministry.

The weak things of the world are prophesied to come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones. Although the weak things were called and ordained unto this calling, as recorded in the D&C, it is evident that they did not achieve their mandate during their mortal probation in the 1800’s. Heretics such as myself can only conclude that they must return to the earth.

If you do not accept the unconditional promises and prophecies contained in The Doctrine and Covenants, I recommend you stop reading this post and do as the Lord directs in D&C 1:37.

This post is going to be a long one, so I don’t want to dwell on the scriptural precedents which have led me and others to anticipate Zion’s successful establishment by the same players who laid its foundation over 180 years ago. For more information, refer to an older post of mine: https://themarvelouswork.com/2015/09/07/lds-leadership-pt-3-the-first-elders/

The interesting thing I should mention about that post is that although I had recognized the significance of the term “arm of the Lord” I had not yet directly attributed it to a specific person. Originally I thought it to be Joseph Smith, judging by Section 103:

“Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power; Therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel. For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm.” (verse 15-17)

It seemed clear that Joseph was the arm, but another verse seemed to fly in the face of this:

“I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thresh the nations by the power of my Spirit; and their arm shall be my arm.” (D&C 35:13-14)

This verse implies that the arm of the Lord is not a single individual, but manifests itself through a plurality of people. I wrongfully came to the conclusion that the first elders who will redeem Zion each represent the arm of the Lord.

I now understand that the plurality was referring to Sidney Rigdon, to which Section 35 was addressing! The arm of the Lord is both Joseph and Sidney.

My last post, “The Two Lords and the LORD,” had many inaccuracies because I failed to understand that prophecies pertain to Joseph and Sidney interchangeably. Trying to differentiate them isn’t always possible. They will have different roles and appear at different times—which I will elaborate on!—but labelling one as the Davidic king and one as the Davidic servant isn’t as simple as I thought.

What is clear is that these two are the weak things who jointly bring forth the fulness of the gospel.

Lyman Wight, to use an example, is not in the same category. Although he is one of the first elders and will return to the earth to preach the gospel—and likely participate in rending the kingdoms of the earth—he received the gospel, while it appears to me as though Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon did not actually need to receive the gospel during their probation in the second watch.

Think about it! For some odd reason, Joseph Smith was able to see God the Father in 1820 without being ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood. And for some odd reason, Sidney Rigdon had been sent forth by God to baptize people PRIOR to being united with the restored church.

Like John the Baptist, Joseph and Sidney are not part of the bride, but friends of the bridegroom/Christ. John the Baptist was deemed by Christ as more than a prophet. This is because John the Baptist was Elijah brought back into the flesh. He was not going through a mortal probation to choose good over evil; he had already proven himself to God as Elijah!

Sidney Rigdon clearly had priesthood authority if God sent him forth to baptize people before being ordained by either Joseph Smith or Olivery Cowdery. How could he have priesthood authority? He had to have received it during his first probation.

“David Patten I have taken unto myself; behold, his priesthood no man taketh from him.” (D&C 124:130)

“The keys of the kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come.” (D&C 90:3)

The two verses above are each evidence that priesthood holders retain their priesthood and/or keys even after performing their labours and completing their time of probation.

Returning back to Lyman Wight— It was Sidney Rigdon, as a Baptist minister, who originally baptized Lyman and introduced him to the doctrines which would define early Mormonism. Sidney prepared him to receive the fulness of the gospel when it went forth by the hand of Joseph Smith. Lyman was the first to receive the Melchizedek priesthood in early June of 1831, where thereafter he parted the heavens and was able to behold God the Father and the Savior.

Lyman received the fulness of the gospel and was thus ordained to the priesthood which made it possible to see God as a member of the church of God and the bride of Christ.

D&C 84 explains that without the priesthood no man can see the face of God. Moses saw the face of God as recorded in Moses 1 which is an extension of Exodus 19. It is in Exodus 18 that Moses was given the commission by Jethro to teach the ordinances and laws unto the people (verse 20). Clearly, Jethro, as a high priest, knew the doctrine of Christ—handed down by Melchizedek—and performed the saving ordinances on Moses which enabled him to see God in the following chapter.

Joseph Smith did not have the ordinances of the gospel and yet saw God! The experiences of Joseph and Sidney have contradicted the holy word of God unless this is a result of having under gone a previous mortal probation.

If it has been accepted that Joseph and Sidney are the, “weak things of the world,” then it makes sense that Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that the weak things of the world had already been chosen by the time Paul was writing his letters! This is because Joseph and Sidney had been foreordained to return to the earth in the second and third watches. Sidney would bring with him more keys than Joseph—but more on that later.

Those familiar with the strange history of Mormonism will no doubt be aware that Jesse Gause had originally been called in Section 81 as a counsellor to Joseph Smith in the Presidency of the High Priesthood but the appointment was short-lived due to apostasy. Instead of providing another revelation, the Lord simply replaced Jesse’s name in Section 81 and replaced it with Frederick G. Williams. What was God trying to tell us by choosing someone he knew would apostatize? I think it’s a clear sign that the third spot within the Presidency of the High Priesthood was to be filled by someone who was experiencing their first probation. In hindsight we understand that Frederick G. Williams was not foreordained the way Joseph and Sidney were. But make no mistake: Frederick is not to be cast aside as a thing of naught! Section 90 informs us that Frederick G. Williams is accounted as equal with Joseph and Sidney in holding the keys of the last kingdom.

The three of them are told: “Through your administration they may receive the word, and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews. And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power, convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.” (verse 9-10)

During the first watch, the gospel went from the Jews to the Gentiles.

During the second watch, the gospel went from the Gentiles to the Jews through the administration of those who had received the word by the administration of Joseph, Sidney, and Frederick.

At the time of the third watch, the gospel will have the most impact on the Gentiles. Section 90 makes it clear that when the arm of the Lord is revealed in power it will be unto the convincing the house of Joseph of the gospel of their salvation. The descendants of Joseph are part of the Abrahamic covenant, but are Gentiles due to the fact that Joseph likely married a Gentile woman or the prophetic remark of Jacob that the descendants of Joseph’s son Ephraim would become a multitude of nations. (Genesis 48:19)

The arm of the Lord will be revealed; and Joseph and Sidney will no longer be hid from the world. If you return back to the scripture I opened this post with, you will notice that the two of them are hidden from the world with Christ.

Not only are the two arms hidden from the world, but so is Jesus Christ. But when holy arm is made bare in the eyes of all the nations, Jesus will be found in the midst of the New Jerusalem. (3rd Nephi 21:25) Section 103 affirms that during the redemption of Zion the servants of God will be graced with the presence of not only angels but of the Lord himself. (verse 20)

If you’ve read this far and haven’t been scared off by my suppositions that Joseph and Sidney were living a second mortal probation I am sincerely impressed. It only gets crazier. I am about to suggest some radical ideas which many will find blasphemous. All I ask is for the reader to consider what I am saying. It doesn’t matter how big of a heretic you might be; and it doesn’t matter how open-minded you consider yourself— This post will perhaps be the most controversial document you’ve ever read. Simply because… it might just be true?

After taking a year off from blogging—and rarely choosing to peruse the blogs of others—I’ve returned and caught up. I decided to read through my previous 63 postings on this site, to which I was mostly impressed, but also had moments of deep embarrassment. I am prone to error and should not be trusted. If any are to come to the same conclusions as me—which I doubt (at least not until the third watch)—it will not be due to any doing on my part. The elect will uncover the truth in due time of the Lord. The mysteries of God are unfolded by the power of the Holy Ghost, not by an anonymous blogger.

The amazing thing, however, that I’ve discovered about the online Mormon community is that oftentimes in which I read something particularly profound, it is usually regarding something I’d already discovered in my own studies. To see someone else putting my thoughts and impressions into words has given me a quiet assurance that I am not alone and that I am on the right track.

There is much to be gained by sharing our personal perspectives so long as no one is claiming to be a prophet.

Even people we consider completely deluded can be of value in understanding the scriptures more fully if we try and understand their point of view and figure out at which point they erred in doctrine. One wrong turn and there’s no telling what dangerous conclusions one can arrive at based on false assumptions.

I challenge anyone who reads this—and vehemently disagrees—to point out which false assumptions I may have. I will not be discouraged, but encouraged to explain my positions better or to even rethink them entirely. I in fact dubbed this paper as a redux to the post which easily caused me the most embarrassment as I revisited my previous postings.

I was very proud of myself for having put the Elijah controversy, in my mind, to rest. Rethinking my assumptions was a difficult band-aid to rip off, but doing so will always be necessary in the search for truth.

We are not to have a “testimony” of every little thing that pops into our minds. Being dogmatic is what allowed the LDS church to transfigure almost every single doctrine of the restoration. The unwillingness of LDS members to question their beliefs has placed or kept them in a state of, “hidden darkness.” (2nd Nephi 3:5) The darkness is hidden—unapparent to them—because they wrongfully believe themselves to be living in the light of the fulness of the gospel.

The point of this tangent is to prep you for what is now to follow.

When I began this blog I was careful to shy away from delving into the atonement statute of Leviticus 16, mostly because its implications are too bizarre to comprehend let alone explain. Here I am going to dive straight in and do my very best to make as much sense as possible, God permitting.

The train of thought that has led me to write this post began five years ago when I was reading through The Book of Mormon for the first time on my mission. Although I’d read the BoM many times before, on my mission I was then reading it through the lens of someone who believed it to be an authentic record that contained the immutable and perfect word of God. Everything in it had purpose. I hung off every word and took what it said seriously to the fullest extent I could.

I suspect that most readers of the BoM shrug off the things contained in it that don’t make immediate sense to them. What doesn’t fit in with their religious worldview is attributed to wrong-doing on their part. They think the problem is them and that they aren’t understanding the scriptures correctly.

3rd Nephi chapter’s 20 and 21 speak of the marred servant who is the suffering servant of Isaiah 53, who is understood to be Jesus Christ. However, Christ speaks of the suffering servant not as himself but as a man who will declare the fulness of the gospel!

This is the greatest piece of evidence that multiple atonement’s pertain to the plan of salvation. Someone other than Christ would have their, “soul [as] an offering for sin.” (Isaiah 53:11)

Before my mission I had come across the blog onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com and familiarized myself with the controversial belief that the atonement statute of Leviticus 16 was a type and shadow of what occurred with the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum and the subsequent excommunication of Sidney Rigdon. I found the premise interesting but rejected the idea as what I deemed to be a perfect example of “looking beyond the mark.”

Little did I know that one day I would embrace the theology wholeheartedly—and even, perhaps, take it a step further.

When I realized that Christ himself spoke of the suffering servant as a separate individual I had no choice but to consider the possibility that an atonement other than the great, infinite and eternal atonement of Jesus Christ was necessary in God’s plan to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

As Abinadi taught in Mosiah 14 and 15, Jesus Christ was indeed the suffering servant of Isaiah 53, but this relates to the first watch. When Christ came to the Nephites he declared that all things spoken by Isaiah, “have been, and shall be.” (3rd Nephi 23:3) In other words, Isaiah would be re-fulfilled.

The puzzle of Leviticus 16 is not evidence enough to prove an atonement offering was made in the latter-days, because Leviticus 16 came to fruition even in the meridian of time.

In the atonement statute, three animals are to be sacrificed while one animal remains a living sacrifice to bear the iniquity and be cast into the wilderness.

John the Baptist was the bullock, the first offering.

Judas was the goat to have its blood spilled, while John the Beloved/Revelator was clearly the scapegoat who did not die but lived in exile.

Christ, of course, was the ram/sheep/lamb who accompanies the statute as the burnt offering.

The Bible was immaculately designed to give the deceived a false impression that no further word of God is necessary. However we verily know The Book of Mormon to be an authentic work of scripture. And by believing this to be so we must come to the conclusion that a servant in the last days—who the kings of the world will shut their mouths to—will make his soul an offering for sin. Leviticus 16 therefore comes to fruition in both the first and second watch.

The suffering servant of Isaiah 53 is described as:

marred

a root

an arm of the Lord

a lamb

One can make a good case that it is Sidney Rigdon. This is because he is a root of Jesse and an arm of the Lord. The marred servant will also “declare” the marvelous work, which seems in line with Sidney’s role as the spokesman (Section 100) to declare what Joseph the seer brings forth as scripture. However, if we look at the atonement statute of Leviticus 16, Sidney is not a lamb, but a goat. He is clearly the scapegoat that does not die but is instead cast off into the wilderness. Rigdon therefore cannot be the suffering servant of the second watch because he is not the lamb of Leviticus 16.

David W. Patten was the bullock, first to die. He was martyred not unlike John the Baptist, and like John the Baptist was called to minister to the Jews as a member of the Twelve whose commission came after the Gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel.

Hyrum was the goat. Like Judas, Hyrum chose his fate by deciding to turn himself in with Joseph to Carthage jail. And like Judas, it was Hyrum’s actions that lead to the death of the lamb.

The lamb is then Joseph; and as I’ve already established, the scapegoat is Sidney. The scapegoat is cast out of Israel into the wilderness by the hand of a “fit man” which most assuredly was Brigham Young who excommunicated Sidney and took dominion over the kingdom of the Jews.

Joseph even said that he was going to Carthage jail, “like a lamb.” (D&C 135:4)

Evidence that Joseph was offering his soul as an offering for sin is hinted at in the first verse of Section 124, where the Lord says unto Joseph, “I am well pleased with your offering […] for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.

The other weak thing of the earth is Sidney Rigdon—who, not surprisingly, is told in the very same revelation, “to offer an acceptable offering,” (verse 104) by remaining with the people he clearly knew to be apostate. He carried the burden of their sins when they banished him to consume their lusts and go after other gods than the God of Israel.

In the past I believed the atonement of Joseph and Sidney and others was for the terrestrial souls who refused to be sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ and instead put their trust in their own works. The latter-day atonement was to preserve the Jews in a preparatory gospel which would enable them to receive a terrestrial glory rather than that of a telestial.

My realization that that the arm of the Lord is both Joseph and Sidney has made me reconsider this. Joseph and Sidney are extensions of the Lord, and the implications of that are too great to ignore. In Section 35, God refers to the weak things—Joseph and Sidney—as his very own arms, and that they will fight in behalf of God. “Their enemies shall be under their feet.” (verse 14)
This is reminiscent of Section 76, where God is to “subdue all enemies under his feet”—but this only occurs in the “fulness of times” when God has “perfected his work.” (verse 106)

God has not perfected his work!

Lehi speaks to his son, Jacob: “I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer; for thou hast beheld that in the fulness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men.” (2nd Nephi 2:3)

Although we can be redeemed and receive the promises of salvation during any point of time within the earth’s temporal existence, this is due to the works of God wrought in the first, second, and third watch. It appears that it is only in the third watch—the fulness of times—that God completes his work of salvation.

Before dying on the cross, Christ’s last words were, “It is finished.” But notably, Christ expounds on this in Section 19: “I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.” (verse 19)

Amulek prophesies that the sacrifice which is infinite and eternal will not be a sacrifice of man, implying that what differentiates Christ’s atonement from the atonement of Joseph is that Christ was not a man, he was God. Christ did not have mortal blood! (JST John 1:13) The other important thing Amulek brings up in Alma 34 is that the blood of man cannot atone for the sins of another.

The atonement of Joseph Smith was not to atone for sins, but was because of sins.

Nevertheless, God was manifesting himself through this offering to show forth his wisdom to us in hidden darkness that we may understand how to receive salvation in the dispensation of the fulness of times when it is clear that we have not been sanctified during this time of apostasy.

Ether 12:27: “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

If we learn humility and have a saving faith in Christ, weak things will become strong unto us. And what are the weak things? Joseph and Sidney!! Our weaknesses were expertly reflected in the mortals of Joseph and Sidney.

We will not be sanctified until we exercise the same faith as the brother of Jared. (Ether 4:7) Joseph and Sidney exercised this faith but due to the iniquity of the early Saints—and all of us—the weak things were not made strong in the second watch.

When we have rended the veil of unbelief and repented of our iniquity, the weak things of the earth will fulfill their missions and bring salvation unto us, perfecting the work of God.

1 Nephi 11 explains that the condescension of God was his ministry as Jesus Christ in the meridian of time. 2nd Nephi 4 refers to this condescension as one of mercy. 2nd Nephi 9 then lets it slip that there are multiple condescension’s of God.

Section 88 teaches there are three laws: the law of mercy, the law of justice, and the law of judgment. If God’s first condescension was of mercy, does it not make sense to conclude that two more condescension’s would occur, one in the spirit of justice and another in judgment? Is Joseph Smith’s life an example of God’s justice, reflecting unto us the reality of having not accepted the law of mercy through a saving faith?

“We like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

We have not been born of God and continue to sin, and this is a result of not coming unto Christ and accepting the mercy and grace that comes through relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

“If the day cometh that the power and gifts of God shall be done away among you, it shall be because of unbelief. And wo be unto the children of men if this be the case; for there shall be none that doeth good among you, no not one.” (Moroni 10:24-25)

The day prophesied of Moroni has come. We live in a time where the power and gifts of God are not on the earth, where none doeth good. We are not living under the law of mercy. The daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit (D&C 59) has been taken away as prophesied by Daniel.

Joseph Smith did not die that we may be forgiven of our sins. That was accomplished by Christ. However, Joseph took the justice of God upon himself by acting out our sins and dying justly for them. Isaiah 53:11 implicitly states that the marred servant will justify many. It does not state that he will bring mercy and grace.

For committing iniquity the Davidic servant was chastened by God through the stripes of men (2nd Samuel 7:14) and now resides in hell. Through those stripes we have the opportunity to be healed (Isaiah 53:5) but only once the marred servant himself is healed and once again brings salvation to the world through faith in the atoning blood of Christ.

D&C 97:2: “I, the Lord, show mercy unto all the meek, and upon all whomsoever I will, that I may be justified when I shall bring them unto judgment.

Joseph Smith has justified us that we may be converted and healed by the Lord’s mercy at a further time after having rejected him. This is particularly relevant to those of us who are very likely the descendants of the Jews who collectively crucified Christ and suffer from the curse in which our ancestors put upon us.

“His blood be on us and our children.” (Matt 27:25)

We are only free from generational curses if we seek the Lord with all of our heart and soul and are obedient to his voice. (Deut 4:29-30) Being honest with myself, I’ve concluded that I have not done this. Just as the Jews rejected Christ and the Gentiles rejected him again in the second watch, I too have rejected him. Even during our time of apostasy where the holy order and ordinances thereof are not to be found on the earth, we are still accountable for not rending the veil of our unbelief when we have a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel. It appears in Ether 12:27 that the weak things becoming strong is contingent on us having a true faith Christ.

We are not relying on Joseph and Sidney to save us. They are relying on us! “If there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them.” (Ether 12:12)

Joseph Smith took the justice of God upon himself on behalf of those that have continually rejected Christ while Joseph himself did not. Having rejected Christ’s infinite and eternal atonement, we definitively deserve the justice of God, but we have been justified by Joseph and will either humble ourselves and become meek to receive mercy, or we will be brought unto judgment.

“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.” (3rd Nephi 21:10)

The marring and healing of God’s anointed servant is to show forth God’s wisdom! Which is exactly what God relates when he accepts Joseph’s offering in Section 124: “I am well pleased with your offering […] for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.”

The 1828 Webster dictionary defines marring as, “To injure; to hurt; to impair the strength or purity of.

The purity of Joseph Smith was impaired by the atonement offering he made after the world rejected the sanctifying power he offered. Instead of being translated and leaving the corrupted vineyard behind, he made an intercession, telling the Lord of the vineyard to, “Spare it a little longer.” (Jacob 5:50)

Had Joseph and Sidney gone forth in power during the second watch to put all enemies under their feet, that would have included the entire world and nearly all of the Saints. Right now we are to, “Be subject to the powers that be, until he reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet.” (D&C 58:22)

Curiously, it is in that same revelation that Sidney Rigdon is assigned to consecrate and dedicate the land of Zion for the temple. Why was Sidney given this role and not Joseph? Because this is to be accomplished in the third watch, and it is in the third watch that Sidney will act as Christ/Elias as one who has been identified as an arm of the Lord.

D&C 49:6: “[Christ] will reign till he descends on the earth to put all enemies under his feet, which time is nigh at hand—”

This is clearly another condescension of God. Referring back to the 1828 Webster dictionary, the word condescension is defined as: “Voluntary descent from rank.”

Christ will reign in the heavens until he descends on the earth, and will not reign again until all enemies are subdued.

With that said, will Jesus Christ literally come down to the earth and subdue the enemies? Is not that the duty of the weak things of the earth? What if Christ condescends by virtue of the servants he has deemed as his two arms?

Section 36: “I will lay my hand upon you by the hand of my servant.” (verse 2)

This is a curious doctrine which informs us of Christ’s ability to infuse himself within a mortal to perform the functions of the priesthood. According to Section 84, Esais received the priesthood under the literal hand of God, but with Section 36 in mind it’s clear to see that the hand of God is through the indwelling of Christ in the mortal who performs the ordinance.

What is stopping Christ from indwelling inside tabernacles of flesh during other missions and ordinances?

I do not hesitate to suggest that Christ did in fact dwell in Joseph and shared in his experiences as he acted out the sins we are all responsible for. Due to God’s inability to commit sin, he would need a mortal vessel to understand what it is like to commit iniquity.

When Revelation 11 speaks of the latter-day stage for the two prophets in America, John identifies the location as, “where also our Lord was crucified.” (verse 8)

If you are of the belief that the two prophets will in fact emerge out of America and not the old world it becomes clear that John was hinting that the Lord was not only crucified in in ancient Jerusalem but again in the Jerusalem of the United States—the land surrounding that which has been designated as Zion.

Of course Joseph was not crucified, the favoured practice of the Jews, but killed by the weapons of choice which define the culture of gentile-America. To be gunned down is the contemporary equivalent of being crucified.

Due to the justice of God, Joseph was cast into hell as prophesied by God unto him in Section 122: “The very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee.” (verse 7) However, “He shall see of the travail of his soul.” (Isaiah 53:11)

After God chastens the Davidic servant by the rod of men we are told that God’s mercy does not depart from him. (2nd Samuel 7:15)

Joseph Smith will return to the earth to fulfill his mission. He is the angel of Revelation 7 who has been given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel. This angel is described as ascending. Why would Joseph ascend and not descend from heaven? Because he is not in heaven and will be ascending from the deep. (D&C 122:7)

Sidney, on the other hand, will not be ascending in light of the prophecy of Section 49: “He descends on the earth to put all enemies under his feet.” (verse 6)

In the third watch, God will condescend in the person of Sidney Rigdon. After having condescended in mercy as Jesus Christ, in justice through Joseph Smith, he will once again condescend through his second arm in bringing judgment.

Section 124 prophesies that the atonement offering of Sidney Rigdon would result in him lifting up his voice on the mountains.

Isaiah 18:3 speaks of an ensign being lifted on the mountains, which is a clear reference to Sidney. He is the one to raise the ensign, which is elaborated on even further in Section 113. The Root of Jesse is, “a descendant of Jesse, as well as of Joseph, unto whom rightly belongs the priesthood, and the keys of the kingdom, for an ensign, and for the gathering of my people in the last days.” (verse 6)

Because we know Sidney raises the ensign we know that the Root of Jesse is not Joseph.

The root of Jesse holds the priesthood and keys of the kingdom by right, which is why I infer the passage, “until he reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet,” (D&C 58:22) to the man Sidney Rigdon, due to the undeniable evidence that he is the one to raise the ensign.

So the next question becomes: Why does Sidney have a right to the keys of kingdom and not Joseph?

This is because of their true identities as individuals who have lived through a previous mortal probation. Joseph did not receive the keys of the kingdom individually until he received them in 1836. Before that point he held them jointly with Frederick G. Williams by virtue of Sidney Rigdon within the Presidency of the High Priesthood.

It is only once Sidney Rigdon joins the church that the Saints are informed they have the kingdom! (D&C 35:27) Before stating that, two verses earlier it’s said, “Israel shall be saved in mine own due time; and by the keys which I have given shall they be led.” (verse 25)

This puzzled me, because Joseph did not receive the keys to gather Israel until Section 110, but in Section 35 those keys have apparently already been given. But that is because Sidney already held those keys!

Would he have gotten them any other way than Joseph did? I don’t think so.

The final necessary keys of the kingdom are dispensed by Moses and John the Baptist/Elijah (Elias). Although Christ ordained his apostles unto the Melchizedek priesthood, they were visited by Moses and Elias on the mount of transfiguration for reasons not made clear in the New Testament accounts.

In Section 110, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery are visited by the same two angelic prophets, only this time we learn for what purpose. They are given the keys to gather Israel by Moses while John the Baptist commits the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.

In the past I have assumed that the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham was a downgrade from the fulness of the gospel, but have rethought this completely. The gospel of Abraham is integral to the fulness of the gospel as it pertains to the gathering of Israel under the full authority of the keys of the kingdom.

If my assumption is correct that Moses and John the Baptist were endowing Joseph and Oliver with the same gifts they gave to Peter, James, and John, there is no reason to think the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham represents a lesser dispensation.

The Book of Abraham can be viewed in light of Section 110 to provide the clues necessary in understanding the true meaning behind the elusive gospel of Abraham. The patriarch is told, “Thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations; And I will bless them through thy name; for as many as receive this Gospel shall be called after thy name, and shall be accounted thy seed, and shall rise up and bless thee, as their father.” (2:9-10)

John the Baptist is Elijah who is to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers, so of course it is John the Baptist who commits the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham! But the purpose of it is to bear that ministry and priesthood unto all nations which can only be done through the keys of gathering Israel.

Remember that Section 110 carefully explains that the keys of gathering Israel were given specifically to Joseph and Oliver and the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham is only stated to have relevance to to them respectively.

Returning back to Abraham 2: “This right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee […] shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.” (verse 11)

The Abrahamic gospel has the power to bless the nations with the blessings of salvation of life eternal! This is no preparatory gospel. The gospel of Abraham is synonymous with the fulness of the gospel. Those that received the everlasting covenant of the fulness previous to April 3rd 1836 (Section 110) did so because Sidney Rigdon already held those keys and had been given the Abrahamic commission to bear the ministry, “unto all nations.” (Abraham 2:10)

“As many as shall come before my servants Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith, Jun., embracing this calling and commandment, shall be ordained and set forth to preach the everlasting gospel among the nations.” (D&C 36:5)

Until Sidney entered the picture, the church did not have the commission to preach the gospel unto the nations.

Joseph and Oliver were told that their gifts to translate would, “bring to light this ministry.” (D&C 6:28)

What ministry was God referring to? The existing ministry of Sidney Rigdon which both Joseph and Oliver were not yet aware of!

Before Joseph and Oliver received the priesthood by the hand of Elijah—as promised by Moroni (D&C 2)—to organize the Church of Christ, Rigdon had already been sent forth, “even as John, to prepare the way before me, and before Elijah which should come, and thou knewest it not. Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they received not the Holy Ghost.” (D&C 35:4-5) It is assumed that the reason Rigdon did not bestow the Holy Ghost is because he did not have the priesthood authority but I will show this to be false. The following verse reads: “But now I give unto thee a commandment, that thou shalt baptize by water, and they shall receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands.” (verse 6)

The Lord does not tell Sidney to first be ordained by the authority held by Joseph and Oliver. He is called immediately to begin the laying on of hands for the Holy Ghost. Edward Partridge was thereafter ordained an elder by Sidney Rigdon, even though Sidney himself was never ordained an elder as far as I am aware.

So how did Sidney have the keys of the kingdom? The only sensible explanation is to propose that Sidney Rigdon is John the Beloved, and that he received the keys from Jesus Christ, Moses, and John the Baptist.

Before I explain this I want to turn to JST John 1.

When the Jews ask John the Baptist who he is, he does not deny that he is Elijah, but confesses, “I am not the Christ,” which puzzles them. They ask, “How then art thou Elias [Elijah]?”

The Jews believed Elijah was to be the promised Messiah!

This is why John says, “He it is of whom I bear record. He is that prophet, even Elias.”

John the Baptist refers to Christ as Elias because this is how the Jews will understand. As a true prophet, he is speaking to the people according to their understanding. (2nd Nephi 31:3) This is key in solving the Elias controversy.

Christ says, “Who is Elias? Behold, this is Elias, whom I send to prepare the way before me.” (JST Matt 17:13)

Just as John the Baptist identified Christ as Elijah, Christ identifies all who prepare the way before him as Elijah. But neither are literally Elijah. Elias—the Greek translation of Elijah—is a title promulgated for feeble minds to one day comprehend that which they currently don’t.

Elias will always mean Elijah, but due to the Jews limited understanding—and our own—Elias has become slang for a preparatory servant and for the Christ of all three watches. Jesus was Elias of the first watch; Joseph Smith was Elias of the second; and Sidney Rigdon will be the Elias of the third watch. Section 77 describes the angel ascending from hell as Elias in verse 9 and then refers to John the Beloved as Elias as well in verse 14.

The Lord and his two arms are the restorer of all things. They have all been dubbed as Elias, even though none of them are Elijah as Elias implies.

Section 77: “Q. What are we to understand by the little book which was eaten by John, as mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelation? A. We are to understand that it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to gather the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.” (verse 14)

The little book eaten by John was an ordinance that tasted sweet as honey but was bitter in the belly. This is not referring to his role as the scapegoat in both the first and second watch, but as his role as Christ in the third watch. Christ drank from the bitter cup (3rd Nephi 11:11) and when God goes forth as a mighty man (Isaiah 42:13) the man in which Christ indwells will retain the memory of the bitterness Christ suffered.

Once John realizes the bitterness of the ordinance and mission given unto him, it is related to his calling to once again prophesy before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (Rev 10:11) Although many are prophesied to preach unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, Sidney Rigdon was given a direct commission unto the kings of the earth in Section 124:107 alongside the marred servant (and William Law who will be another great man of the last kingdom).

In Sidney’s patriarchal blessing he is told, “Thou shalt receive an ordination not many days hence which shall surpass all human understanding.” Clearly, Joseph Smith Sen. was filled with the spirit of prophecy! This ordination must have been the mysterious ordinance mentioned in Section 77:14. Christ had to have ordained Sidney—most likely through the instrumentality of Joseph—to be the Christ of the third watch.

If Sidney Rigdon is in fact John the Beloved who restores all things and holds the keys of the kingdom why is Joseph Smith necessary at all? The Rod of Jesse does not have nearly as many qualifications as the Root of Jesse. (D&C 113) The difference between the Rod and the Root is that the Rod is of Ephraim.

Joseph’s mixed lineage of Judah and Ephraim is what makes him entirely necessary.

The apostles asked Jesus after his resurrection, “Wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) Jesus responded that it was not for them to know the time in which he would do so.

What the apostles understood was that they were descendants of Judah, Levi, and Benjamin—the tribes of the southern kingdom of Judah—and that the keys of the kingdom, which they held, would need to be shared with someone of Ephraim—of the northern kingdom of Israel—according to the words of the prophets.

“For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the Mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. […] They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them. […] For I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first born.” (Jeremiah 31:6-9)

Jacob prophesied that all the tribes of Israel would bow down to the fruit of the loins of Joseph from generation to generation. (JST Genesis 48:10) The apostles knew that a second act needed to take place in which the keys of the kingdom were to be given unto Ephraim. Joseph Smith, a descendant of Ephraim, received these keys, and this is why he holds the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel, because they are to bow down unto him.

Jacob tells his son Joseph, “For thou shalt be a light unto my people, to deliver them in the days of their captivity, from bondage; and to bring salvation unto them, when they are altogether bowed down under sin.” (JST Genesis 48:11)

This is the role of Joseph Smith, who brings the righteous branch of Israel, “out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.” (2nd Nephi 3:5)

Joseph Smith is Joseph of Egypt. Understanding Joseph to be the servant of the vineyard in Jacob 5 indicates that his ministry began long before the first watch, when the wild olive trees (Gentiles) were first grafted into the olive tree of Israel. Joseph Smith did this as Joseph of Egypt by marrying a Gentile woman.

Joseph brings salvation unto men, and began this by first bringing to light an existing ministry, even that of Sidney Rigdon. Sidney is therefore synonymous with salvation. I will also show he represents the kingdom of God and is the embodiment of the new and everlasting covenant.

“I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.” (D&C 45:9)

I’ve incorrectly interpreted that passage to refer to Joseph (https://themarvelouswork.com/2017/01/10/the-prophet-pt-1-the-new-and-everlasting-covenant/) but Section 35 makes it clear that it was Sidney who was sent forth, “to prepare the way before me.” (verse 4)

Between Isaiah 11:1 and 41:6 we have all the keywords of Section 45 as it pertains to the Root of Jesse. He is a covenant, a light, a standard, and when he raises the ensign the Gentiles will seek after it.

Although Sidney was sent as John, an Elias-preparer, to prepare the way for Joseph, the Christ/Elias-restorer, in the third watch Joseph is the Elias-preparer to prepare the way for Sidney the Christ/Elias-restorer.

2nd Nephi 2:3: “In the fulness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men.”

With all of this in mind, in closing let’s turn to Revelation 12 via the Joseph Smith Translation.

This chapter has been endlessly contested and usually raises more questions than provides answers. But with everything I’ve come to realize and now presented in this post, I find the chapter to read smoother than ever before.

Through the lens of the KJV Bible it makes the most sense to interpret the woman travailing in birth as Israel and the child she brings forth as Jesus Christ. But the JST says the woman is the church of God. (verse 7) How could the church of God exist and bring forth Christ when it is Christ who should be bringing forth the church? Therefore, the man-child born of the church is not Jesus. In fact, the text never explicitly purports this. The man-child is said to one day, “rule all nations with a rod of iron,” but is, “caught up unto God and his throne.” (verse 3) The rod of iron, according to 1 Nephi 11:25, is the word of God, and the word of God is Jesus in the flesh. (JST John 1:16)

If you believe the child to be Jesus, verse 3 of JST Rev 12 would then read: And she brought forth Jesus Christ who was to rule all nations with Jesus Christ.

So who could the man-child be?

It has to be John the Beloved, a member of the church of God who was caught up to heaven and did not experience death until the second watch. Jesus remarked cryptically that John would not taste of death until he saw the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. (Mathew 16:28)

John did see the Son of Man [as Joseph Smith] coming in his [John’s/Sidney’s] kingdom before he tasted of death! Keep in mind that the man-child is also referred to as the kingdom of God. (verse 8)

JST Revelation 12:1-5 relates to the first watch. Thereafter, the war in heaven occurs.

Section 50 purports that false spirits have gone forth in the earth, (verse 2) but it is only until Section 52 that we learn that Satan himself is abroad in the land! (verse 14)

This is because Satan was cast down to the earth during the Morley Farm conference which ended the day before Section 52 was given. It was during this conference that Joseph reported, “The man of sin was revealed, and the authority of the melechisedec priesthood was manifested and I conferred, the high priesthood for the first time, upon several of the elders.”

When Satan is cast down to the earth in JST Rev 12:8, the following verse says, “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ.”

The blessings of salvation that accompany the kingdom of God return to the earth on the same day that Satan is cast down! Also keep in mind that the woman is the “church of God” and not the Church of Christ. The Church of God emerged on the earth with the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood and it is only this church which offers sanctification.

“When the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman [the Church of God] which [had] brought forth the man-child [in the first watch]. Therefore, to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might flee into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” (13-14)

The Church of God was nourished for a time, and times, and half a time—or in other words, three and a half years—from the face of the serpent. Forty-two months after salvation came through the Melchizedek priesthood, the Saints broke the new and everlasting covenant. The fulness of the priesthood, in which the Church of God operates, was lost from the earth and Satan overcame the Saints.

“They received not the love of truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (2 Thess 2:10-11)

“ And now if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan.” (Book of Commandments 4:6)

Before the Second Coming, “there shall come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God shewing himself that he is God.” (JST 2 Thess 2:3-4)

Section 38 informs the church that the enemy is combined with the Saints and that a plan against them, “is had in secret chambers,” to bring to pass their destruction. (verse 13) Brigham Young was intimately involved with Masonry before uniting himself with the restored church. Did a secret combination involve Brigham working his way up the ranks of Mormonism until he took complete control?

Brigham Young would administer the masonic endowment unto the church membership in the corrupted Nauvoo temple. During this ceremony, Brigham would position himself in the role of God. Those initiated into the ceremony are told by Satan, “If they do not walk up to every covenant they make at these altars in this temple this day, they will be in my power!”

Regardless as to how sinister or oblivious Brigham was, the fact remains: God had delivered his people over to Satan. Without the sanctifying power of Christ’s authority, no one will be able to keep the commandments; and thus all who have entered into the covenants made in secret chambers are under the power of Satan.

“When ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you.” (Ether 8:24)

Awakening to a sense of this awful situation is the first step in removing oneself from the false traditions of our fathers. The next step is to learn the true nature of God, and thus begin to exercise a true faith in Christ which will bring about the miracles and works of God that will usher in the fulness of times and the redemption of Zion.

-G.azelem

The Two Lords and the LORD

We learn amazing things about the Old Testament through our fortunate use of the Book of Mormon.

3rd Nephi 23:

3 And all the things that he [Isaiah] spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake.

The words of Isaiah HAVE BEEN and SHALL BE.

In other words: the Old Testament—and Isaiah in particular—contain dual prophecies.

By the time Christ was establishing Zion among the Nephites, Isaiah’s words had all been fulfilled. But they would need to be re-fulfilled.

Christ was the suffering servant of Isaiah 53; he was also the Davidic king. He fulfilled all the prophecies.

However, due to the Book of Mormon, we understand that these prophecies need to be re-fullfilled.

It might be controversial, but by taking God’s word seriously, you must admit that Christ did not fulfill the prophecies to a T.

This does not diminish his role as Redeemer, Creator, and God of the universe–

This only highlights the fact that the writings of the prophets weren’t loosey-goosey. They have a narrative that must come to pass exactly as written.

The Book of Mormon actually teaches that the suffering servant– who was bruised for our iniquities, and by his stripes we are healed…– is actually the marred servant who DECLARES the fulness of the gospel and GATHERS the elect. Therefore, Christ was only a shadow fulfillment of Isaiah 53’s suffering servant.

3rd Nephi 20

12 … I say unto you, that when they shall be fulfilled [the writings of Isaiah] then is the fulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people, O house of Israel.

This information is GOLDEN.

It gives us so much to go off of.

Although Christians believe that the Old Testament is valuable context for the New Testament, they do not take these writings seriously. They are not awaiting and looking for their literal fulfillment; and if they are, they usually believe that these prophecies have to do with the 1948 state of Israel, which is way off the mark.

Essentially, everyone believes the prophecies only have application to other people in other ages, never to themselves.

However, I have found one smart Christian that understands America is the Israel spoken of in Isaiah… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5p_DhcUS4PAvFE0mnBVdIw

I recommend you subscribe to his channel, learn from him and pray for him. The man has 9,900 subscribers, and judging by comments I’ve seen, a majority of them, like George Chuang [the preacher], seem to also be searching for a final prophet.

I believe he is preparing the hearts of many Christians to accept Joseph Smith…

He has studied the prophecies of the Old Testament, and understands that many of them have not been fulfilled–

Malachi in particular, and the passage on Elijah being sent before the dreadful day of the Lord…

Malachi should be studied carefully by all believers in Christ. Especially Mormons! The Book of Mormon contains Malachi 3 and 4, coming directly from the mouth of Christ in 3rd Nephi.

This is for a reason.

Jesus Christ wanted us to know that Malachi was not fulfilled during or before his ministry.

Yet John the Baptist was identified as the messenger of Malachi 3:1.

I do not hesitate to say that John the Baptist is literally Elijah and that…

Actually never mind, read this post for background: https://themarvelouswork.com/2017/03/19/will-the-real-elijah-please-stand-up/

There, I make the case that Malachi was completely fulfilled by 1836-1837.

One important thing to understand about Malachi is that it has been completely corrupted. You have to be able to understand it spiritually. Evidence for this is D&C 2 and JS-H.

The last few verses of corrected-Malachi speak of Elijah revealing priesthood… the King James does not.

But then… why does the Book of Mormon not have the corrected verses? It is a word-for-word rendition of the King James.

This is because it was God’s will that our version of Malachi was corrupted. God gives us just enough light to piece things together.

So if we have a purposefully corrupted version of Malachi, what else could be missing? I want to refer to a version of Malachi that comes directly from the Dead Sea Scrolls…

Therefore behold I send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me. And they will suddenly come to his temple, the Lord whom you seek and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire; behold he himself comes, says Yahweh of hosts, but who can endure them when they come?

Now this is where we go down the rabbit hole…

The CORRUPTED version of Malachi was fulfilled in 1836-1837, and THAT’S why we have the corrupted version in the Book of Mormon.

But what is to be made of the original Hebrew version?

I’ll break it down.

Therefore behold I send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me.

This is John the Baptist, who prepared the way before Christ. John the Baptist is obviously Elijah, who came to the earth [as John the Baptist] to reveal the Priesthood of Aaron to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, before the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

And they will suddenly come to his temple, the Lord whom you seek and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire;

Two people are referred to here. Notice that it says they.

The Lord is not referring to the LORD/Jehovah/Yahweh; it is referring to a kingly ruler. This is Sidney Rigdon, who is the Davidic King.

Alongside Sidney Rigdon is the messenger of the covenant, which is, of course, Joseph Smith, the Davidic Servant.

Remember how I said that Christ was the suffering servant AND the Davidic king?

That is still true.

But everything Isaiah wrote SHALL BE. That means the roles that Christ shadowed must come to fruition in totality.

behold he himself comes [to his temple], says Yahweh of hosts, but who can endure them when they come?

The Lord Jesus Christ will appear to his people at the Kirtland Temple in the third watch. But Malachi asks… who can endure the Davidic King and the High Priest when THEY come?

This is what Malachi originally wrote about.

He was writing about the two messiahs that the Jews were expecting. The servant and the king…

But the Lord made sure that these writings were contaminated.

The contaminated version was fulfilled.

But the original is yet to be…

I believe that when NEW records come forth, we will receive a corrected version of Malachi..and everything I’m trying to explain will be written in plainness and purity.

Send all questions and concerns to theworkofthefather37@gmail.com

-G.azelem

Atonement Offering

I believe that Joseph Smith offered himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the people.

I do not believe this is blasphemous.

Christians– and Mormons perhaps, too– look at the plan of salvation as a chronological piece:

  1. Men were fallen
  2. Jesus died on the cross
  3. Men are saved

This, of course, is correct chronology, but to understand the things of God you must see it from God’s perspective.

Jesus Christ’s atonement was ETERNAL. It’s been redeeming man since the beginning of time, worlds without end. The Book of Mormon teaches this truth. It records that multiple prophets were preaching the plain and precious gospel… the good news that man has been redeemed by the infinite and eternal atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ–

They were preaching this centuries before Christ. They were being sanctified BEFORE Christ died on the cross.

Chronology has nothing to do with salvation.

That’s why Joseph Smith could perform an atonement in the latter-days. He was doing exactly what the high priests did in Leviticus.

When the Mormons rejected the blood of Jesus Christ, choosing to live abominably before God, Joseph had to offer his own blood.

An atonement will always be necessary.

The Jews could have accepted the fulness of the gospel. Moses offered it to them, but they rejected it.

JST Exodus 34:

1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them.

Here we read that Moses was originally offering “the holy order” which is the order of the sanctified. Sanctification occurs through the, “ordinances thereof,” which is baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. These ordinances would have been had in Moses’ Israel had they received the true God instead of worshipping idols.

They could have been getting sanctified all those many years before Christ came to the earth. (Just like they were in the Book of Mormon!)

But keep in mind: sanctification is only possible through the blood of Jesus.

This proves that chronology doesn’t matter.

Moses performed an atonement for Israel. He acted out the sins of the people, taking those sins upon him.

He then had to DIE as part of this atonement.

His BLOOD was necessary.

Just as it is necessary to spill the blood of goats and rams, it is necessary that his servants spill THEIR blood when that servant is offering himself as an atonement for the sins of the people he was called to minister to.

Blood will always be necessary.

If the people do not accept the blood of God– Jesus Christ– their sins must be blotted out either through the blood of goats, or the blood of an intercessory prophet.

Yet the blood of animals or men can only redeem humans to a telestial or terrestrial glory.

The celestial souls are ONLY made holy through the blood of Jesus Christ.

The ancient Jews, for instance, were terrestrial souls (at best!), saved by the blood of goats. Mormons are terrestrial souls saved by the blood of Joseph Smith.

Or even perhaps their own blood when the great calamity hits.

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You may have noticed the lack of scriptural support in this post. I’m sorry. Honestly, I’m just lazy. I do not get enjoyment from carefully outlining my beliefs.

Here I was extremely blunt with my thoughts. Things are obviously more complex the more you dig into this. Anyone with questions please feel free to email me anytime. I love hearing from you. theworkofthefather37@gmail.com

Your friendly neighborhood heretic,

G.azelem

Exorcisms

Last night, perusing the scriptures, a story from Mark spoke volumes to my soul.

Christ and his disciples come across, “a man with an unclean spirit.” (Mark 2:4)

The text describes the man as always being in the mountains and tombs, “crying and cutting himself with stones.” (verse 5)

Self-harm has been a serious epidemic in modern-day Israel– in life and in media.

A hot show on Netflix actually glorified suicide. To me this is a sign of the times. The power of the wicked one is growing stronger.

Let’s return to Mark 2:

6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

I believe Legion has returned to the earth, and that anyone who is self-harming has been possessed by this unclean spirit.

Last night I actually recognized that I, myself, was carrying the spirit of Legion. Over the last year this has brought me back into depression. As a teenager, I self-harmed and was filled with hatred for myself.

I’m sure everyone knows at least one person who struggles with these same issues.

In Mark, the possessed man received deliverance by worshiping the son of the most high God.

Last night I did the same and received peace of mind, clarity, and abundance of charity.

This morning I came across a very frightening video:

Not only is this exploiting mental illness, it is ENCOURAGING participants to allow the demons to take control.

After watching this video, I felt inspired to share the story of Mark.

Worship Christ.

It is our only deliverance from this fallen world.

May you be filled with love of our Heavenly Father, and share it with the world.

-G.azelem

 

 

Celebrity Status

An acquaintance—yes, a facebook friend—shared a music video online that I took notice of. Normally I’m not one to listen to music like “Ke$ha” but the title of her latest song was, “Praying.” This intrigued me enough to give the song a listen.

I was blown away by it. Kesha is seeing the first lights of the gospel.

This poor woman has been to hell and back– that’s no short statement; she really has.

She sold her soul to ‘Dr. Luke’—Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald—in exchange for fame. She was forced to commit sexual acts. This is all very real and I encourage you to research it, if you have the stomach. [Editorial Note: At the same time, I’m sure the Lord would approve us NOT dwelling on the sins of her past.]

Kesha Sebert attempted to break free of the Satanic covenant she entered into. She tried to terminate her contract with music producer, “Dr. Luke,” telling the courts that he had sexually assaulted her.

The court judge—an obvious minion of Satan—did not believe Kesha, and forced her to continue her contract with the man who had assaulted her. When the contract ended, Kesha drifted into obscurity. Now, four years later, she releases this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Dur3uXXCQ

Lyrics worth mentioning:

Oh, sometimes, I pray for you at night

Someday, maybe you’ll see the light

Oh, some say, in life, you’re gonna get what you give

But some things only God can forgive

This is the girl who had for a decade endorsed—in her music—drinking and promiscuous sex. Worst of all, Ke$ha geared these songs towards teenagers. This occurred in the prime years of Youtube stardom; every young person who used internet at the time was sure to have seen her music videos. On my mission I even heard missionaries singing her songs. This place is about to blow-ow-ow, I’d hear them in the shower.

The lyrics to her hit singles, I’m afraid, are too X-rated for a blog such as this. However, let it be known: In 2017 Kesha is now praying, and telling other people to pray.

The reason I’m writing this post is because it’s worth mentioning that all of this seems to be in pattern. Something is happening.


Recently, superstar Katy Perry has admitted that she is ashamed of her music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMQRFT4bZuc

I believe that these celebrities are being prepared by God to receive the fulness of the gospel.

I believe the the elect of Israel are people of status and position. There is a reason God endowed them with gifts of talent, and subsequent success. They are famous for a reason.

Kesha will raise the voice of warning long before any of the LDS prophets do.

-G.azelem

The One and Only Antidote for Loss of Faith

During my journey down the rabbit hole to discover the truth (which I now understand to be Jesus Christ) I was influenced heavily—in a good way—by two individuals.

If you’re reading this, you probably have read the works of “The One Who Is Watching”, who was my first good influence; but another is an anonymous poster who floats around, leaving comments on nearly all of the alternative Mormon blogs.

Over the years she’s gone by the username’s of “Anon23” and “Lilli” and “BK” and “DeeLynn.” Although she uses different names, it’s easy to spot her comments. There is a distinct spirit that follows her.

I’ve watched her—over these years—lose faith in the word of God.

Here’s how she understood the truth in 2013:

As the Book of Mormon prophets who saw our day foretold, everyone in the Church has been deceived by false prophets who preach & practice false doctrines & whoredoms since Joseph died. We must awake to our awful situation in the Church and realize we are in the same situation Alma found himself in in his corrupt Church.

Soon Christ & Joseph will return to earth to restore the true Church to the earth. We must live according to the holy scriptures until then and not listen to the contrary doctrine of so-called prophets today.

For Joseph warned that those who are deceived by falsehoods & false prophets will lose their exaltation & standing in the Celestial Kingdom. And he said most people fall for these false prophets, thinking them to be true ones, because they don’t test them & their doctrines to see if they are preaching contrary to Christ & the scriptures that Joseph gave us, that would be the BoM & the original D&C (1835 edition)

This is phenomenal. Her viewpoints ALMOST align with that of Watcher or I. However, she would want no association with Watcher. Here’s a comment she left on his site…

Again this is from 2013:

Watcher,

I agree that the Church is in a deep apostasy since Joseph Smith and the leaders today have no authority anymore than any other church on earth does.

You seem to understand, and have stated, that prophets can’t teach contrary revelation to what has already been given and that which is in the scriptures or contrary to Christ’s teachings, yet you don’t seem to believe that Joseph understood or lived by his own teachings of this.

Joseph taught that those who do preach or practice contrary to the scriptures are ‘imposters’, false teachers, even false prophets who should be shunned and not listened to. So if Joseph did such, taught false doctrine, then he was also a false or fallen prophet, especially if he preached or practiced such serious abominations as polygamy, which I don’t believe he did.

I believe in the pure testimony of Joseph Smith, despite all the rumors and hearsay against him, usually by evil or easily deceived people. Why do I believe him and not them? Because of his fruits and the way he lived and the Gospel he taught and the way he treated and loved Emma. If you know what true love looks like you can see if other’s have it or not. I believe he possessed true love for Emma and thus would not have ever done such vile and abusive things to her and his children or other women.

But you apparently believe he did and thus fell from his high station as Prophet. For if you think Joseph remained a true prophet after abusing Emma in some of the worse of ways and committing adultery on her repeatedly, then with such ‘true’ prophets you don’t need ‘false’ ones. For if Joseph lied and really did such things, no false prophet was worse than he was, Yet you seem to want to give him a pass and still maintain he was a true prophet, just with some faults and brush off how awful the things he supposedly did were.

If you believe true prophets can commit atrocious abuse and adultery and still remain true prophets and maintain their power and authority and expect anyone through all time to give them a second’s notice, then I don’t know what to say to that, it’s utterly appalling to me. Why would I ever listen to or put trust in a man who is so evil? How could I believe in such a God who would expect such a thing or have such men as Prophets or leaders?

You do not seem to understand how God expects men and especially true prophets to treat women, especially their wives, and the eternal consequences for them if they don’t live up to his standards.

If Joseph fell and did such vile things as you believe he did, then he was one of the worst false or fallen prophets that ever lived, just as Brigham Young was and all those leaders who followed after him were.

If you don’t believe polygamy was a true principle, then I don’t understand why you would have any trust or faith in anything Brigham Young put out after Joseph died, like D&C 110. That would be like accepting scripture from Warren Jeffs and him saying it was from Joseph. Do you not realize that BY could and would have easily doctored that journal and made up that story about the angels to further his own agenda, to look like he had keys?

D&C 110 may or may not be true, but from what I see it appears to come from such a shaky foundation that we would be foolish to put any stock in it, let alone build our beliefs around it. We can’t automatically trust anything that BY put out after Joseph died. Yes, BY did teach true things, but they were so mixed in with falsehoods that it is impossible to discern his truth from error unless one has the Holy Spirit as their guide and Charity.

I would sooner believe that Oliver C. was in error than Joseph. For I believe Joseph proved to have true love for Emma, (which is a vital requirement of a true prophet) despite what all the story books say and the mounds of hearsay against him, which should totally be expected if he was a true prophet, for all hell would break loose trying to discredit him and make him look bad.

You appear to believe Joseph was one of the worst of men, an extremely abusive adulterous liar who was completely past feeling. Such men do not repent in this life, except by a miracle.

Do you realize that one day you will have to stand before Joseph and explain to him why you refused to believe him and his humble testimony, and instead chose to believe the vilest of hearsay against him, usually from those who did the vilest of evils, which he gave his life fighting against?

If Joseph really fell for such whoredoms, I believe he is standing in Spirit Prison now and would consider anyone foolish to trust anything he ever published or taught.

God especially would not expect or want anyone to listen to anyone who would do such things. Prophets have to prove their are of such high standing and near perfect and have true Christlike Charity, especially for their wife or they can’t expect anyone to listen to them.

Yes, Joseph was not perfect, but he was close. Being deceived to put evil men into high callings or fall for false revelation for a short time is not near the level of the atrocity of committing whoredoms. Even true followers of Christ are deceived at times, but they soon catch themselves because they have the Spirit to warn them that something is not right and they need to look further into things or the Spirit teaches them how they were wrong. But true followers of Christ, true prophets don’t fall for whoredoms or abuse wives or women, and if they do they aren’t true prophets anymore. Many true prophets throughout history have fallen and become fallen prophets and lost their exaltation.

But I believe Joseph was too wise and to good to fall for polygamy, or even an angel who might come demanding it, he would have known instantly that it was a bad angel preaching whoredoms that were completely contrary to God’s laws. He would have not given a moment’s notice to such an angel.

Could he have fallen for polygamy anyway, because of the weakness of the flesh? Certainly, but I see no proof whatsoever that he weakened and fell, he proved himself over and over to be strong enough to give the greatest of sacrifices and wise enough to teach the greatest of doctrines, which a fallen man would not have been strong or wise enough to do.

One last thing, Christ clearly taught that it takes true unconditional love, especially for one’s spouse, to be or discern true prophets, let alone discern right from wrong, true scripture from false scripture and devils from saints.

Without such charity, we are nothing and have no power, promise or ability to discern, and we will always and easily be deceived by false prophets and false doctrines and false revelation, thinking them to be true and thinking ourselves to be right and righteous.

Before we ever seek to discern truth from error in church history or in the scriptures or in those around us, we must make sure we possess this charity, this Christlike true love, especially for our spouse. It has always been very rare to find anyone throughout the history of the world who possesses such love, even prophets usually don’t possess it as needed and that is why many of them have fallen and been so easily deceived by devils.

Are you fireproof? Do you have true love for your wife? Do you live to love and serve her every wish before you own, all day long? Perhaps you do. I certainly commend you if you do.

But if we don’t possess such everlasting unconditional love, (most LDS don’t even ‘believe’ in it anymore today), then we can’t trust ourselves to see or discern correctly yet or be able to judge true prophets from false ones. For it takes a true prophet to know a true prophet. Those who posses true charity, true love, are prophets, it’s that hard and rare to possess.

Excuse the length of that excerpt, but I truly believe the above comment is worth the read. If you read the whole thing, thank you. I want you to see the light and clarity she had.

However, she believed that Joseph Smith was innocent of polygamy.

That’s the only difference I had with her. Now… there are many differences.

Here’s a comment she wrote in 2016:

I agree that those who don’t keep Christ’s commandments are in apostasy, and thus that would include the leaders of the Church, past & present, including Joseph Smith, even if, as evidence suggests, that he was innocent of polygamy and only had 1 wife, Emma.

But we must remember that the so called ‘words of Christ’ were written down by very fallible men, many years after Christ had come and gone, and probably weren’t even written by his Apostles. And when we see that even some of Christ’s words contradict each other it even further suggests that the ‘words of Christ’ were tampered with, so as to put them all in doubt.

Lilli, the above poster, has lost all faith in the Restoration movement, and even doubts the words said by Christ in the gospels.

She used to be at an advanced understanding of Mormonism–

So what caused her loss of faith? It was because she believed Joseph Smith was innocent of polygamy. Even though she now believes the Book of Mormon to be false, she still–somewhat–clings to the belief that Joseph was innocent.

The Saints MUST find Joseph guilty. That’s the only way to understand the awful situation we’re in. Nothing will come together unless you understand the atonement offering of Joseph & others as outlined in Leviticus 16.

Watcher, Searcher, and I have gone to great lengths to explain the bizarre behavior of Joseph Smith. All three of us have had little impact as far as I am aware, yet our message is PARAMOUNT.

Without it, you will ultimately lose faith in the foundational claims of the Mormon movement.

You may be able to retain faith in Christ, but you will never understand the scriptures.

If you haven’t noticed, lately blogging hasn’t been a high priority for me. Things I discover in the scriptures I feel like keeping to myself, and I’m tired of debunking Denver. He posted something literally today that I could write an entire post on…but I won’t. I’m going to get out and enjoy the sun and experience my final years in Babylon.

If you need to reach me my email is theworkofthefather37 @ gmail.com

Always happy to talk,

G.azelem