LDS Leadership pt. 3 “The First Elders”

My favorite thing about the modern-day LDS compilation of Joseph Smith’s revelations is that Section 133 directly follows the abominable Section 132, which is the false revelation on eternal marriage that the church has adopted as official doctrine when it is blasphemous and satan-insipired.

Section 133, on the other hand, is incredible! It is indispensable, and contains so much amazing prophecy and plain and simple doctrine. Section 133 is a good reminder to readers of how a real revelation is supposed to sound and look like.

It was revealed in 1831, designated by the Lord as what should be the appendix to all the revelations. It is no longer considered as such, because the LDS church is not led by revelation and does not understand its importance.

The appendix ends with these very sobering words:

65 Wherefore, this shall be the answer of the Lord unto them [at the day of judgement]:

66 In that day when I came unto mine own [first watch], no man among you received me, and you were driven out.

67 When I called again [second watch] there was none of you to answer; yet my arm was not shortened at all that I could not redeem, neither my power to deliver.

71 Behold, and lo, there are none to deliver you; for ye obeyed not my voice when I called to you out of the heavens [through Joseph Smith in the second watch]; ye believed not my servants [who bore testimony of the work], and when they were sent unto you [in the third watch] ye received them not.

72 Wherefore, they sealed up the testimony and bound up the law [third watch], and ye were delivered over unto darkness.

At first glance, my suggestive additions may seem like a stretch.

But… if the important of sealing up the testimony and binding up the law is realized, it becomes clear that this hasn’t happened yet. That part of the revelation MUST be a future event, so for it to occur in the third watch makes perfect sense.

The very peculiar thing about all of this, is that the servants of the second watch are the very same servants in the third watch! These are the First Elders.

The first we hear of them in the Book of Mormon is in 1st Nephi: 13, as it relates through events of the Restoration. Let’s take a look at that chapter and see what we can pick out, and then we will go over exactly what the First Elders commission is in binding up the law and sealing up the testimony.

1 Nephi: 13

34 … because of the most plain and precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church, which is the mother of harlots, saith the Lamb–I will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day, insomuch that I will bring forth unto them, in mine own power, much of my gospel, which shall be plain and precious, saith the Lamb.

From an LDS perspective, it is very strange that this scripture does not declare that that God will bring forth the “fulness of the gospel”, but rather “much” of the gospel at the day the Book of Mormon comes forth.

Yet from a perspective taking the entire Restoration into account, it makes perfect sense. When you understand what the fulness of the gospel actually is, it is obvious that God did not bring forth the fulness during Joseph Smith’s first ministry.

The fulness of the gospel is what is covered in Section 42 of the Doctrine and Covenants– the law of the gospel. This includes the law of consecration (and monogamy, but don’t get me started on that yet) to which all elders must enter into. Once elders have entered into the law of consecration– because they have covenanted with an everlasting covenant to keep all of God’s commandments– they are eligible to be ordained by the voice of God to the fulness of the priesthood. With the fulness of the priesthood, they are able to part the heavens and receive their sanctification, a true endowment directly from God.

The fulness of the gospel was sadly only on the earth for three and half years– from 1831 to late 1834. God knew this would happen. That’s why we’re told in verse 34 that God brings forth “much” of the gospel. Though the fulness did not go forth, the LDS church has been left with more of the gospel than historical Christianity. This includes the ordinations of males to “elder” in the kingdom of God, which is the authority to baptize people and confirm them as members of the church, with the invitation for the newly baptized member to receive the Holy Ghost.

This prepatory gospel is a gospel that allows the Saints to co-exist with Babylon. This is not the fulness of the gospel that Zion will be built on.

37 And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.

This scripture is amazing.

Speaking of the First Elders– those who did “seek” to bring forth Zion, but were not successful– we learn that is THEY who will, “publish peace… upon the mountains.” This connects the First Elders to a string of prophecies in the last days.

Starting with Isaiah 52:

7 ¶How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good dtidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

Until Zion is established, the watchmen of God do not see eye to eye. That is because we are all deceived in one way or another without the fulness of the priesthood. We do not have the ability to discern false spirits without being ordained directly of God. (D&C 50:26-31)

9 ¶Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Another important prophetic event that makes it easy to navigate where we are in the end times timeline is understanding that God has not made bare his holy arm, and that we are still waiting for the arm of the Lord to be revealed.

In D&C 109:51: “make bare thine arm, O Lord, and redeem that which thou didst appoint a Zion unto thy people.”

Until Zion is redeemed– where the Lord has appointed!– we know that God has not yet made bare his holy arm.

So if the watchmen of the second watch– that could only “seek” to bring Zion– are those that publish peace upon the mountains when God makes bare his holy arm, we can ascertain that these particular watchmen must be coming back to fulfill what God has commissioned them to do.

Remember that the third watch could have already occurred in Nauvoo! Had the Saints built the Nauvoo House and had the fulness of the priesthood restored back into the church, consecration would have been in place to build the Nauvoo Temple. Zion would have thus been redeemed and the First Elders would preach the fulness of the gospel among the Saints.

This did not happen, so the First Elders need to return and do so. They are associated with God making bare his holy arm– to which everyone should be anticipating. This is why I write this blog. I look forward to the day that these things will finally occur. When the work of the Father commences and the First Elders return to the earth, the followers of Christ will finally find peace and protection from the adversary.

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So let’s cover what we know about binding up the law and sealing up the testimony. What do we know of “the law”? This is the LAW of the gospel in Section 42– the one that contains monogamy and consecration, which Mormons have forever abandoned in favor of polygamy and having big houses and nice cars.

The law of the gospel contained in Section 42 is God’s celestial law! We need priesthood messengers to bind this up among us. We need to enter into the law of consecration before we can receive the fulness of the priesthood to receive our sanctification and see the face of God.

That is the “testimony” that the Saints must receive. It’s the same testimony that Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon bore in Section 76: “This is the testimony, last of all, that we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God.” (verses 22-23)

Considering that no one has– nor could they ever!– receive this same testimony and spiritual endowment in the current LDS church, it’s perfectly certain that servants of God must come to the earth and make this again possible.

Isaiah prophesied that this would occur when there is apostasy amongst the House of Israel:

15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

17 And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

The Lord will hide his face from all of us until the servants of God return back to the earth to bind up and seal the law and testimony.

For the certain individual running around teaching seminars and writing books about how they have received the second comforter– I’m sorry, but you simply cannot have seen Christ in this day and age without having followed the Lord’s protocol revealed throughout the D&C.

The scriptures are clear that the Lord is currently hiding his face from the apostate and fallen world. And no, Denver Snuffer, you cannot be the one to bring the testimony back, either. God has declared who will do such.

They key to all of this is that the foundation has already been laid. We just need to wait for it to unravel.

Section 88:

73 Behold, I will hasten my work in its time.

74 And I give unto you, who are the first laborers [first elders] in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean
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80 That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you [in the third watch].
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84 Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry to go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lord shall name, to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come;

85 That their souls may escape the wrath of God, the desolation of abomination which awaits the wicked, both in this world and in the world to come. Verily, I say unto you, let those who are not the first elders continue in the vineyard [Twelve Apostles/Mormon missionaries] until the mouth of the Lord shall call them [the First Elders], for their time is not yet come; their garments are not clean from the blood of this generation.

86 Abide ye in the liberty wherewith ye are made free; entangle not yourselves in sin, but let your hands be clean, until the Lord comes.

87 For not many days hence and the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man; and the sun shall hide his face, and shall refuse to give light; and the moon shall be bathed in blood; and the stars shall become exceedingly angry, and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falleth from off a fig tree.

88 And after your testimony cometh wrath and indignation upon the people.

89 For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.

 

Section 109:

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

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

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

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

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

The First Elders have been given two missions:

1. To bind up the law and seal up the testimony among the disciples, to prepare the Saints (LDS membership) for the hour of judgement.

And,

2. To go forth from city to city and gather out the righteous. This is the final warning before destruction sweeps the entire planet.

In Section 88, they are told that they will go forth among the Gentiles for the LAST TIME. After their testimony will be the testimony of earthquakes.

After the final warning is given by these extraordinary servants of God, the end will come.

This is the marvelous work and a wonder which we know is to occur among the Gentiles. (2nd Nephi 22:8)

When the times of the Gentiles opens back up again, we know it will be the First Elders who will hold the authority and power of the fulness of the gospel.

Section 45:

28 And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.

After the times of the Gentiles is finally fulfilled, this is the generation in which the desolating scourge goes forth. This is also when the blindness that has been over Israel comes to an end.

Romans 11:

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

26 And so all Israel shall be saved…

Section 45 also explained that, “a remnant [of the House of Israel will] be scattered among all nations; but they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

The celestial souls in the LDS church will heed the words of the First Elders when they bind up the law and seal up the testimony among the Saints. They may very well join the First Elders in preaching the gospel and gathering the Gentiles out of Babylon.

After this epic testimony to the nations– and the elect have been safely escorted to Zion– the desolating scourge will go forth as the fulness of the Gentiles comes to pass.

The wicked Gentiles will be destroyed– in and out of the LDS church.

Then the blindness over Israel will come to an end. The remnant of the House of Israel that did not heed the First Elders will realize their folly and come to Zion. They will go through much tribulation, but as Romans 11:26 declares: “All Israel shall be saved.” These are the terrestrial souls, saved by the grace of God, even though they were not valiant in following Christ. They will not be caught up in the cloud to be with the Lord at his coming, but they will be “watching”; and for that they will not be “cut off” during the millennium. (D&C 45:43-44)

The telestial souls, on the other hand, will be killed as casualties of war as WW3 breaks out. Those whom were responsible for the wars and destruction are the souls that are filthy, the sons of perdition who are cast out into outer darkness at final judgement.

–Also remember that I am simplifying everything. I’m sure things will not end up being as clean-cut as I’m proposing. There are celestial souls that could very well be killed as martyrs and terrestrial souls that still choose not to go to Zion while still retaining a terrestrial salvation.–

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Ok!

Some very serious things are going to occur in the near future. How are we to prepare for them?

How will we know who the First Elders are?

When they return, I’m sure half of the Twelve Apostles and one or two of the First Presidency of the current LDS church will accept their divine calling and priesthood. Yet half of them won’t. People will have to use the spirit to know what side is true. They will no longer be allowed to blindly follow. Friends and families will be torn apart. This is going to be the greatest test of our mortal probation.

I have a feeling that in response to Israel’s obsession with following their prophet, God is going to purposefully make the President of the LDS reject the First Elders, or at least arrange for a wicked President to have the helm at the time of the test. Those that trust man instead of God will be given a man’s reward.

The final apostasy of the LDS church I believe is prophesied of in 2nd Thessalonians 2:

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [the Second Coming] shall not come, except there come a falling away first [of the LDS church], and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 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.

Who else has temples other than Mormons? And remember, this is referring to followers of Christ, not Jews. This prophecy has to do with the latter days, leading up to the Second Coming.

Those that do not accept the reorganization of the LDS church under the administration of the First Elders will be left to follow a false prophet who will arise in Mormondom– who will sit in one of the temples… eventually proclaiming themselves to be God in the flesh.

In “Nephi Prophecy pt. 4 “A Delightsome People” I explained why the Mormons of today are the Jews prophesied of in the scriptures. Realizing this is the key to understanding dozens of latter-day prophecies.

One of them is this:

Section 77:

15 Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?

A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration…

Even after the test– at the time of the restoration of Israel to the promised Zion– there will be two more prophets sent to the Mormons. The majority will reject them. But in Revelation 11:13 we are told that after these witnesses give their testimony, “the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

This is the remnant of the House of Israel that will be gathered, last of all.

Even if anyone has to leave behind family and close friends to make the trek to Zion, there’s always hope that loved ones will be those of the remnant.

For now, let’s hope that everyone we love will make it there with us. If you realize the weight of the situation, this should give you the motivation to make the most of what time we’ve been given. With faith and help from God, we can help prepare those around us to prepare spiritually. Bear testimony of things that are legitimately true. Expose the things of darkness. We can’t afford to accept and promulgate lies that will crumble to pieces in the winding-up scene.

A marvelous work is about to burst forth. The work of the Father is about to commence in the land.

These events are about to occur– the same events in which all the prophets looked forward to in great anticipation. The First Elders will bind up and seal the law and testimony to prepare the Saints for the final hour. The righteous will be gathered. The Lord will bring again Zion.

Before Christ returns to the earth in his glorious Second Coming, he is dwelling, “on the right hand of the Father, until the fullness of time, and the law and the testimony shall be sealed, and the keys of the kingdom shall be delivered up again unto the Father.” (JST Luke 3:7-8)

As the Christian and Mormon world continues to watch for the coming of the Lord, those whom have studied the light and truth that came from God through Joseph Smith, are now able to anticipate the things that must first unfold before the heavens and earth pass away. The Book of Mormon and revelations of Jesus Christ expound on the prophecies of the prophets in the Old Testament, making it easier to understand and navigate. We live in a very blessed time.

But just as the Jews looked forward to instant deliverance instead of their suffering Messiah, the world today will again misinterpret prophecy and look past all the many important prophecies that prelude the Second Coming.

Those that have put forth the effort to study God’s Word will have nothing to fear as the world disintegrates into chaos. Things will play their course the way God has so declared.

The First Elders could have already bound up the law and sealed up the testimony. The third watch could have occurred long ago; but instead, God gave us this small season of chastisement, to prepare ourselves to live the commandments necessary for the redemption of Zion. Have we learned from the mistakes of the past? Or will we make the same?

The test is coming…

-G.azelem

2 thoughts on “LDS Leadership pt. 3 “The First Elders”

  1. I agree with the vast majority of what you are saying; however, I’m not convinced of the return of Joseph and others involved in the restoration. I’m not saying it can’t or won’t happen, since the Lord told us it would be a strange act; however, I have a couple of issues that I can’t reconcile.

    1) are we saying that Isaiah 11, the rod and root (also see D&C 113:34 and 5-6) are the same person? I’ve always read this to be Joseph as the rod and another prophet in the last days to finish the Marvelous Work and a Wonder as the root. If it is the same person it kinda ruins the analogy.
    2) How do you reconcile Jeremiah 30:8-9, Ezekiel 34:23-24, 37:24-26, and Hosea 3:5 with your teachings? Even the Prophet Joseph said that the Kingdom of David would be taken away from him and given to on of his descendants in the last days, who would also be named David.
    3) Moses was originally going to take the people into the promised land (Exodus 33:1); however, it was ultimately left to Joshua to fulfill. Doesn’t this have some application to Joseph and the gathering of Israel? Joseph was originally to establish Zion, but just as the children of Israel and Moses, the people weren’t ready for it in his day so it will be left to another to fulfill the promise.

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    • It will be a strange act alright!

      All we can say for sure is that Joseph Smith and at least six others will be gathering the elect. According to Section 101 and 103 it is undeniable that Joseph Smith is going to be the one to redeem Zion. He is the Davidic servant and the one mighty and strong.

      Yet is Isaiah 11 speaking of two different servants? The rod is Joseph, the Davidic servant. The root is the Davidic king.

      Abram became Abraham, Simon became Peter, and there are a few other cases where God changes the names of his servants. Does Joseph become David and thus become the Davidic king spoken of in the scriptures you listed? That’s one theory to be made.

      Yet there are many reasons to think that Sidney Rigdon fits the profile. The priesthood rightly belonged to him — as he was already performing acceptable baptisms without being ordained by anyone from the LDS church. (Section 35:4-5) And according to Section 90, Sidney jointly holds the keys of the kingdom. He does fit the criteria.

      The root of Jesse also raises an ensign to the nations. Isaiah 18 says the ensign comes from the mountains. Section 124 says that when God “heals” Sidney Rigdon, he will raise his voice on the mountains! (Verse 104)

      The spokesman, which is Sidney, comes from the seed of Lehi (2nd Nephi 3) which makes him from Joseph. We also learn in the Book of Mormon that the blood of King Zedekiah is running through the seed of Lehi as well, after those of the kingdom of Judah migrated to Zarahemla. (Omni 1:15) This makes it possible for the spokesman to also be a descendant of Jesse.

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