During his incarceration in a Missouri prison, Joseph Smith wrote an epistle to the church in March of 1839, warning the Saints of their duty to God in bringing to light the hidden things of darkness. The world, as described by Joseph, was groaning under the weight of its iniquity. Satan was abroad in the land, deceiving the nations, and the Saints were not left untouched by his influence.
Compared to the humble, hopeful beginning of Christ’s church in New York in 1830, things had obviously gone awry. God had declared on numerous occasions that the church was condemned and in danger of sliding into apostasy. Joseph had done all he could, and yet instead of enjoying the promised Zion at the New Jerusalem with the rest of the pure in heart, he found himself rotting away under detestable circumstances– sick, depressed, and starved.
From what can be read of Joseph’s diaries and letters while in Liberty jail, it seems apparent there was a glimpse in him of what was going to occur in the next few and final years of his life.
He told us that that, “We should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them… then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” (D&C 123:13-17)
Waiting for the arm of the Lord to be revealed, I begin my writings with an eye focused on the literal gathering of Israel in the last days. The Zion that Joseph dreamed of establishing will soon be a reality. Through a thorough and deep study of the four standard works, I believe that I have studied the end-time prophecies deep enough to shine light on things that most others have missed. It is my great hope that Mormons, ex-Mormons, and even Christians will take a closer
look at some of the things I plan on highlighting.
The restoration of God’s people, which began in 1830 through a then-true prophet of God, must be understood in its entirety. The Saints of today– with their itching ears and a hollow faith in the fables of their forefathers– need to repent and realize they can no longer afford to live in ignorance; and those that have already awakened to a sense of their awful situation can no longer allow themselves to be derided by their own anger or frustration, neither can they partake and wallow in the spirit of confusion that plagues the disaffected.
The plain fact is this: the times of the Gentiles is about to come in for the last time, re-establishing the new and everlasting covenant, and bringing the fulness of the gospel back to the earth. Those that accept it will be restored from their lost and fallen state. They will escape the desolation of abomination and build the city of the New Jerusalem before it is lifted up at the last day.
This marvelous work will usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times. It will be, “everlasting, either on the one hand or the other.” (Ne 14:7) Will the work of the Father convince you of peace and life eternal, or will it deliver you over to your own blindness?
Of course, there are many that mistakenly assume that we are already living in the dispensation of the fulness of times, that they are currently experiencing the fulness of the gospel; and it is my unfortunate job to explain that this is not the case. What is fortunate, however, is that this is all a part of God’s plan. This I will document in a series of posts, the proof of these claims solely backed up by the holy and infallible word of God.
Yet before any of these things will resonate– before they will mean anything to you, the “hidden things of darkness” must be revealed. Only a knowledge of these things will awaken us to the importance of the work of the Father. Unless you understand how terribly wrong things escalated from Kirtland to Nauvoo, there is no use in knowing why the Lord and his servant need to return back to the vineyard and clean up the mess we’ve found ourselves in.
Do you see the darkness? Because I do.
This blog is in the spirit of the revelatory servant of God outlined in Alma 37; and as I write this I pray things may soon pave way in the apostate world for the prophetic fulfillment of its words– and so it will: “darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness.” (Alma 37:23)