Houses of God pt. 4 “The Redemption of Zion”

Houses of God pt. 4 “The Redemption of Zion”

On July 23rd of 1833, the Saints were forced to sign an agreement to leave Jackson County in the state of Missouri. The Saints lost their homes and property, and had to leave behind the blessed land that God had consecrated unto them.

Jackson County was the designated spot for the building of the New Jerusalem, the city in which the Book of Mormon had foretold. With the Saints forced out, Zion could not be built at this time.

Here’s a breakdown of some very important chronology:

December 16th and 17th, 1833 – Joseph Smith receives Section 101, which includes the parable describing how Zion will be redeemed.

February 24th, 1834 – Joseph Smith tells the brethren and High Council in Kirtland that he is going to go himself to redeem Zion. That same day, Section 103 is received, which reveals that the servant in the vineyard, in the parable of Section 101, is Joseph Smith. JS and others gather up the men of the church and organize Zion’s Camp, which eventually begins its march towards Jackson County with the intent to fight for the land in which the church rightfully owns.

April 23rd, 1834 – Joseph Smith receives word from God that, “the covenants [are] broken through transgression… you are dissolved as a united order.” Section 104 is evidence that by this time, the new and everlasting covenant had been broken. The law of the celestial kingdom was no longer being lived by the Saints. Collectively, not individually, the church as a whole had transgressed. (D&C 105:2)

May 1834 – The Church of Christ (or Church of God in revelation) has its name changed to The Church of Latter-Day Saints. Because the covenants have been broken, the Saints no longer have the name of Christ put upon them.

June 22nd, 1834 – After a long march to Missouri, Joseph Smith receives Section 105. In it, Zion’s Camp is told that, “In consequence of the transgression of my people, it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion–”

And then, by the time that the 1835 version of the Doctrine and Covenants was published, we discover that the wording to the ordinance of baptism was changed from the original articles and covenants. The baptismal prayer in the church pre-1835 was the same one found in the Book of Mormon. But by 1835 it was changed from “having authority” to “having been commissioned.”

The church therefore had:

transgressed

broke the new and everlasting covenant

changed the ordinance

This is exactly what Isaiah had prophesied of in Chapter 24:

5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Essentially, if the church had NOT broken the new and everlasting covenant, Joseph Smith would have redeemed Zion in Jackson County. However, it has been prophesied for thousands of years that the Gentiles would fail in doing this– yet through modern revelation we have the unconditional promise that Joseph Smith WILL be the one to redeem Zion…

So… the parable in which we’ve been given, in Section 101, is referring to a future event. It was not talking about Zion’s Camp. Although Joseph Smith is in fact the servant in the vineyard, it was not Jackson County that he was meant to redeem.

It is Nauvoo.

Zion’s Camp was destined for failure. All the prophecies and revelations point to this. The church needed to fail, to then go and settle some place new. Gradually the church gathered together in Illinois, to build the city named Nauvoo.

Nauvoo– unlike Kirtland– is also considered as lands of Zion. In fact, Nauvoo is considered the cornerstone of Zion. (Section 124: 2, 23)

The parable of Section 101 describes EXACTLY what would soon occur when the church arrived there.

Let’s break down the parable and prophecy as given in Section 101:

44 A certain nobleman had a spot of land, very choice [Nauvoo]; and he said unto his servants: Go ye unto my vineyard, even upon this very choice piece of land, and plant twelve olive trees [kingdom of God];

45 And set watchmen round about them, and build a tower [Nauvoo Temple], that one may overlook the land round about, to be a watchman upon the tower, that mine olive trees may not be broken down when the enemy shall come to spoil and take upon themselves the fruit of my vineyard.

46 Now, the servants of the nobleman went and did as their lord commanded them, and planted the olive trees, and built a hedge round about, and set watchmen, and began to build a tower.

And just what is this tower? It is the Nauvoo Temple. Joseph Smith recognized this prophecy when he arrived in Nauvoo. This is why he went as far as to design the temple so that it literally looked like a tower!

He said, “From this hour bring everything you can and build a Temple unto the Lord a house unto the mighty God of Jacob. We will build upon the top of this Temple a great observatory a great and high watch tower and in the top thereof we will Suspend a tremendous bell.” (Nauvoo Discourses 19 July 1840)

47 And while they were yet laying the foundation thereof, they began to say among themselves: And what need hath my lord of this tower?

This is what happened with the Saints in Nauvoo. They started building the temple in 1840, but never made it a priority. It would never be completed. Because of this, the church was susceptible to the enemy.

51 And the enemy came by night, and broke down the hedge; and the servants of the nobleman arose and were affrighted, and fled; and the enemy destroyed their works, and broke down the olive trees.

The enemy– the tares combined with the wheat– were able to destroy the work of God. The church went into apostasy.

52 Now, behold, the nobleman, the lord of the vineyard, called upon his servants, and said unto them, Why! what is the cause of this great evil?

53 Ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you, and–after ye had planted the vineyard, and built the hedge round about, and set watchmen upon the walls thereof–built the tower also, and set a watchman upon the tower, and watched for my vineyard, and not have fallen asleep, lest the enemy should come upon you?

There is a quote from Joseph in Nauvoo I find quite reminiscent of the nobleman in this parable. To the Saints, he told them, “I prophecy that the day will come when you will say, ‘Oh that we had given heed…’ The people will not hearken nor hear, and bondage, death, and destruction are close at our heels. The kingdom will not be broken up, but we shall be scattered and driven, gathered again and then dispersed, reestablished and driven abroad–” (March 21st, 1841)

Judging by this quote, Joseph knew even by March of 1841 that the church would not build the Nauvoo House and the Nauvoo Temple. Zion would not be established in his lifetime. About two weeks after giving this quote, Joseph apparently took his first plural wife. As prophesied throughout the D&C, Joseph stopped abiding in the Lord.

Had the church pressed onward and completed the House and House/Temple, Joseph would have been able to repent. But by 1842, the church was rejected, and that year Joseph began to teach plural marriage to others. The apostate church was given false commandments to live by a prophet who’d lost the spirit and had his eyes covered due to the iniquity of the people.

By 1842 the church had been delivered over to Satan. With no tower, the vineyard was not protected.

But, of course, God knew this would happen. He knows everything. The redemption of the church is as follows:

55 And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants [Joseph Smith]: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry;

Joseph Smith will return back to the earth and gather the strength of the House of Israel unto the Kirtland Temple. Following an endowment, the redemption of Zion in Nauvoo will take place in power.

Those who are appointed to tarry are the First Elders who have the commission to give the final warning to the ends of the earth. After the solemn assembly in Kirtland, the First Elders will give the warning while the rest of us go and redeem the gathering place of Zion.

56 And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.

57 Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.

We will go to Nauvoo and throw down the tower that has been built in place of what God originally intended. As part of the redemption of Zion, the current day LDS Nauvoo Temple will be thrown down.

An interesting to think about, is that the LDS church rebuilt the Nauvoo Temple in 2002. That’s exactly 160 years after the church was rejected. That’s exactly four biblical generations.

God told the church in Navuoo that they were practicing abominations before him, and that, “the iniquity and transgression of my holy laws and commandments I will visit upon the heads of those who hindered my work, unto the third and fourth generation…” (D&C 124:50)

The LDS church has been heirs to the apostasy for 160 years, but that time is now up. The curse for hindering God’s work is no longer upon us. The corrupt Nauvoo Temple will be thrown down when the redemption of Zion comes by power.

JS-Mathew speaks of this:

27 And now I show unto you a parable. Behold, wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together; so likewise shall mine elect be gathered from the four quarters of the earth.

The body of Christ– which is his followers, the Saints– died in Nauvoo with the apostasy that took place in 1842. The carcass of the Saints lies in Nauvoo, and that is where the elect will be gathered together.

In the beginning, this will be a literal gathering. But not everyone will be able to make the trek there from the four quarters of the earth.

Eventually angels will gather the remainder from the four winds.

JST Luke 17:

37 And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is gathered; or, in other words, whithersoever the saints are gathered [Nauvoo], thither will the eagles be gathered together; or, thither will the remainder be gathered together.

38 This he spake, signifying the gathering of his saints; and of angels descending and gathering the remainder unto them; the one from the bed, the other from the grinding, and the other from the field, whithersoever he listeth.

As early as 1830 (D&C 29:8) the Saints knew that they would be gathered unto one place which would keep them safe from all the tribulations and desolations that would be sent forth. Through a full analysis of God’s word, it certainly appears as though Nauvoo is this place.

While in Nauvoo, Hyrum Smith gave this curious revelation to the Saints: “That the key of knowledge– that unfolds the dispensation of the fulness of times– may be turned… come forth from the ends of the earth, that I may hide you from mine indignation that shall scourge the wicked.” (HC 4:443)

Hyrum’s revelation echoes Isaiah 26:

20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

Hyrum, being the true prophet he was, understood and was trying to make it known to the Saints that Nauvoo is the place prophesied of by Isaiah! This would ultimately be the safe haven for God’s people when the desolating scourge goes forth.

D&C 45:

28 And when the times of the Gentiles [again] is come in [Marvelous Work and a Wonder], a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel [the law and the testimony, which is bound up and sealed by the First Elders];

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.

32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved;

Those who are true followers of Christ will be able to perceive the light when it breaks forth among us; and those who have chosen to not follow the precepts of men will be standing in holy places when the time comes to flee Babylon.

They will be hid up until the indignation is overpast.

And then…

58 … the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

59 For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.

With the evil wiped off the face of the earth via the desolating scourge, we will inherit the land located in Missouri, to which we will build up the waste places, and build the New Jerusalem.

-G.azelem

Houses of God pt. 3 “Nauvoo”

Houses of God pt. 3 “Nauvoo”

By 1835, the church was in shambles. The Gentiles had broken the new and everlasting covenant, which SHOULD have brought about the desolation of abomination. (Isa 24:5-6)

However, an intercessory atonement offering was made by Joseph Smith, a latter-day High Priest, as he entered the holy of holies and interceded for apostate Israel in the Kirtland Temple. The desolating scourge was delayed, and a new dispensation was opened up.

Joseph had been told by Moroni, that were it not for Elijah, “the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his [Christ’s] coming.” (JS-History 1:39) In the Kirtland Temple, Elijah appeared to Joseph and Oliver, as documented in Section 110, reiterating the prophecy about the hearts of the children (Jews) turning to their fathers (prophets).

Interesting enough, Elijah speaks about himself in third person, either referring to Elias who had brought the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, or to John the Baptist (another Elias), who had brought the Aaronic priesthood which was necessary for the church to continue functioning after having had rejected the fulness of the gospel.

All of these things lined up perfectly to allow the church to continue on, operating in a secret dispensation. This gave the church a second chance to repent and reform in Nauvoo.

Like I said, this was a secret dispensation.

After Joseph and Oliver had been visited by Christ and the other angelic messengers, they got Warren Cowdery to write their experience down; and none of them spoke of it for the rest of their lives. It was kept secret from everyone: the Saints, the world, even the other leaders of the church.

It was canonized into the D&C a generation later, once the Saints were doctrinally illiterate and stood no chance in understanding its significance. Now, as we understand the apostasy that took place in 1835, and again in 1842, Section 110 fits perfectly into the picture.

The fulness of the priesthood was lost to the church in 1835.

Only those who had sacrificed all things– already having had entered into the law of consecration– can then be ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood. Because the law of consecration was no longer fully in place by 1835, the fulness of the priesthood was no longer liable to be on the earth with the Saints.

Section 119 talks about the the house of God that had been commanded to be built in Section 115. It was to be built, “for the laying of the foundation of Zion and for the priesthood…” (verse 2) Section 119 also talks about how the Far West House will be built by the law of consecration.

Far West was to be a House of God, not a House/Temple.

A House needed to be built before a House/Temple.

The House/Temple was the commandment given in Section 97, when the fulness of the priesthood was still on the earth.

Section 94 also gave a commandment to build a House/Temple in Kirtland, but Section 97 is referring to the land of Zion and the House/Temple that needed to be built, “for the salvation of Zion.” (verse 12)

Far West House — foundation of Zion, for fulness of the priesthood

Jackson County House/Temple — salvation of Zion, for sanctification

Neither of these were built, yet unlike later on in Nauvoo, this was not entirely the Saints fault. They were facing much persecution and essentially got left off the hook. Joseph Smith and others were put into Liberty Jail in 1839. The Saints were driven from Missouri.

By January of 1841, in Nauvoo, the Saints were given Section 124, which was essentially the deal-breaker. They were given commandments that they HAD to fulfill; and if not, the church would be rejected. Again, a House was commanded to be built; as well as a House/Temple being insinuated. (The House/Temple in which was meant to initially be built in Jackson County [D&C 97], was re-commanded in verses 51 through 55 in Section 124.)

There are only a handful of people that realize the significance of the Nauvoo House– or the boarding house, as it was subtitled.

The reason for this is that in LDS culture we do not have House’s of God alongside a House/Temple. The Mormons have one building for all the ordinances, even though this is not what God intended.

Throughout the entire Restoration history, not a single House has been built. Both the Far West House and the Nauvoo House were never completed. Because of this, they’ve essentially been written out of history.

The church has blurred the House and House/Temples together.

The LDS church has in fact lost virtually all the true meaning behind anything and everything.

This is because the church as a whole was rejected by God in Nauvoo. From then on, the church has not been led by revelation. It’s been left to the devices of man.

Many Mormons are baffled by this prospect. They could never believe it. If God is our loving Heavenly Father, why would he reject the church?

Well… because he said so. I’m not putting up stakes on God’s own declarations. In Section 124:

31 But I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me; and I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me; and during this time your baptisms shall be acceptable unto me.

32 But behold, at the end of this appointment your baptisms for your dead shall not be acceptable unto me; and if you do not these things at the end of the appointment ye shall be rejected as a church, with your dead, saith the Lord your God.

All the leaders of the church have known that the Saints did not complete the House nor the House/Temple; and that accordingly, the church then must have been rejected with all its dead.

Either through ignorance or wickedness, church history has been rewritten to downplay what really occurred in Nauvoo.

But the truth of the matter, is that the church was rejected. Accepting this is integral to understanding everything else.

What exactly constitutes as God rejecting the church is up for debate.

My personal belief is that the LDS church still remains God’s church. The “rejection” consists of Joseph Smith falling from grace and becoming a fallen prophet; and allowing Brigham Young to take over when BY was a tare planted by Satan– someone whom God knowingly placed into a position of leadership the same way Judas had been.

Allowing JS to lose the spirit and letting BY take over was the judgements of God on the idolatrous House of Israel.

This was the promised result of not keeping God’s commandments as warned in Section 124:

48 For instead of blessings, ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practice before me, saith the Lord.

50 And the iniquity and transgression of my holy laws and commandments I will visit upon the heads of those who hindered my work, unto the third and fourth generation, so long as they repent not, and hate me, saith the Lord God.

For four generations, the LDS church has not repented of its abominations: the GA’s teach that all is well in Zion while the Saints have continually put their trust in the arm of flesh.

But four generations are up.

The redemption is coming.

How this will occur I will explain in the next and final part of this series.

But before we go there, I want to explain further why I have such strong thoughts towards Brigham Young.

I don’t mean to slam on him just to slam on him.

The only way to understand the redemption prophecies is to first understand what occurred when Brigham Young took over.

Turn to Section 38:

11 For all flesh is corrupted before me; and the powers of darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts of heaven–

12 Which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained, and the angels are waiting the great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares that they may be burned; and, behold, the enemy is combined.

13 And now I show unto you a mystery, a thing which is had in secret chambers, to bring to pass even your destruction in process of time, and ye knew it not;

This revelation was given to the newly restored church. The Saints are here warned that the enemy (Satan) is combined with them. Followers of Satan were joining the LDS faith, pretending to be followers of Christ.

Section 38 reveals further that there are people in secret chambers, literally plotting the destruction of the church!

Just as there are people that are righteous and follow God, there are people that are truly evil and serve Satan… They literally do Satan’s bidding the exact same way that the humble followers of Christ fulfill the will of the Father.

Because Satan knew that the church in which Joseph Smith was restoring was legitimately the work of God, the followers of Satan conspired to destroy it.

Section 38 continues:

31 And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless–

32 Wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment that ye should go to the Ohio; and there I will give unto you my law; and there you shall be endowed with power from on high;

33 And from thence, whosoever I will shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do; for I have a great work laid up in store, [the work of the Father] for Israel shall be saved, and I will lead them whithersoever I will, and no power shall stay my hand.

The thing that would have protected the Saints from the enemy was the law of the gospel as revealed in Section 42.

This included the law of consecration and monogamy.

But the Saints did not live the law of consecration. Because of that, they could not successfully build the Nauvoo House. Due to this, the church was not able to receive the fulness of the priesthood– which is essential to receive sanctification and to build Zion.

Because the Saints did not receive and live the law of the gospel, they were not protected by the enemy.

The enemy took over the LDS church.

It is fact that Brigham Young was a Mason before his involvement in the LDS church, as well as others in the Twelve.

When Joseph embraced Masonry in Nauvoo, BY and others were delighted.

The seer, the much-beloved Joseph, had his eyes covered due to the iniquities of the people. (2nd Nephi 27:5) Because of this, Joseph completely changed. He was no longer a true prophet of God the way he’d been in Kirtland and Missouri.

He would run around Nauvoo, dressed in extravagance, teaching false doctrine after false doctrine– as well as, of course, secretly marrying dozens of women while publicly denying any such thing. All of this behind the back of his wife and true love, Emma.

He was doing everything a true prophet never would. Yet the Twelve loved this new and improved Joseph Smith. It’s exactly what they had in mind for the future of the apostate church.

God speaks of this Davidic servant while in his lost and fallen state, in Isaiah 57:

Thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a [false spiritual wife] covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed (verse 8)

and didst debase thyself even unto hell (verse 9)

the spirit should fail before me (verse 16)

I hid me, and was wroth; and he went frowardly in the way of his heart (verse 17)

I have seen his ways, and will heal him. (verse 18)

The Book of Mormon speaks of this Davidic servant in 3rd Nephi 21:

9 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, [work of the Father] which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them.

Understanding that the work of the Father is a future event, makes it easy to realize that Joseph Smith must return in the flesh in order to declare this marvelous work unto the world.

And understanding this, gives a whole new context to the next verse:

10 But behold, 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.

Although Joseph may have been marred by an angry mob in Carthage jail in 1844, we have this promise that the second time around he can not be hurt. This is because Joseph will be a resurrected being– no weapon can prosper against him.

This marring of the Lord’s servant… may also be referring to the spiritual marring that occurred when his eyes were covered, and he went forwardly in the way of his heart. But just as God declares in Isaiah– the Lord has seen his ways, and will heal him.

The Lord’s mercy does not depart from the Davidic servant.

I started this series off with the prophecy in 2nd Samuel 7. Let’s return there and take a closer look at the biblical profile of the servant who is in fact, Joseph Smith:

13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him…

This is why Joseph Smith was killed– why he did not redeem Zion as promised during his mortal life. God chastened him using the rod of men. Joseph was not murdered because he stood for the truth, but because he was committing whoredoms.

Joseph Smith truly did much evil in Nauvoo, and he paid the price. Accepting this isn’t easy, but it is nonetheless true.

Just as it will be hard for Christians to accept the Book of Mormon and the revelations brought forth, it will also be VERY difficult for Mormons to accept Joseph’s fallen status in Nauvoo– especially if they believe fervently in the King Follet sermon, or love the temple endowment, etc. etc.

Yet the elect, on both sides of the Mormon and Christian spectrum, are slowly coming to the realizations of these hard truths.

The secret history of Mormonism is coming to light…

D&C Section 1 prophesied of this day:

24 Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding.

25 And inasmuch as they erred it might be made known;

27 And inasmuch as they sinned, they might be chastened…

The truth of the matter, is that even though the Restoration is a true movement of God, the LDS church has fallen to pieces.

The Saints failed miserably at following the commands of God.

Yet the Saints of today are in no better shape. We are also failing miserably. The Mormon world has been seduced by Satan. For 170 years, the members have been enticed into receiving an evil gift. Our foundation has not been on the gospel of Jesus Christ, but on bizarre temple rituals. A secret combination is amongst us.

But just as mercy was not withdrawn from Joseph, we too may be forgiven.

Because the Saints have all but rejected the law of the gospel– the only thing that would have protected us against Satan– the church has been infiltrated by the enemy. By 1842, it became corrupt.

Like everything else on this earth…

But, God knew this would happen. Moroni saw it too, and warned us in regards to our situation.

Ether 8:

24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, 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;

Have you awoken to a sense of your awful situation yet?

-G.azelem

Houses of God pt. 2 “Kirtland”

Houses of God pt. 2 “Kirtland”

Section 88 includes the commandment to build the House/Temple in Kirtland.

The reason this is both a House AND a Temple is because they do not need to receive the fulness of the priesthood. To build a House/Temple of God, the church first needs the fulness of the priesthood. Because they already had this, there was no reason to build a House before building a House/Temple.

The main purpose for a House/Temple is to receive sanctification/an endowment therein– yet even in this very same section, God is confirming that the member’s of the church have already had their names recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified. (D&C 88:3)

Now that the church had a large enough membership, and the necessary funds and resources… from this point on, sanctification would only occur between the walls of a House/Temple.

Yet the Kirtland House/Temple was also designated for two more things:

-A solemn assembly.

-The school of the prophets.

Section 90:

7 As also through your administration the keys of the school of the prophets, which I have commanded to be organized;

8 That thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as will believe;

9 That 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.

If things went according to plan, the elders of the church would have become perfected in their ministry– for both missionary work and the salvation of Zion– and the solemn assembly would have opened up the dispensation of the fulness of times. If you haven’t guessed, this did not happen.

With this in mind, there’s lots to pick up on as the Doctrine and Covenant presses forward.

Section 95:

3 For ye have sinned against me a very grievous sin, in that ye have not considered the great commandment in all things, that I have given unto you concerning the building of mine house;

4 For the preparation wherewith I design to prepare mine apostles to prune my vineyard for the last time, that I may bring to pass my strange act, that I may pour out my Spirit upon all flesh– [work of the Father in the dispensation of the fulness of times]

5 But behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many who have been ordained among you [to the patriarchal priesthood], whom I have called but few of them are chosen [to the Melchizedek priesthood]

6 They who are not chosen have sinned a very grievous sin, in that they are walking in darkness at noon-day.

7 And for this cause I gave unto you a commandment that you should call your solemn assembly, that your fastings and your mourning might come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, which is by interpretation, the creator of the first day, the beginning and the end.

8 Yea, verily I say unto you, I gave unto you a commandment that you should build a house, in the which house I design to endow those whom I have chosen [the First Elders] with power from on high;

9 For this is the promise of the Father unto you; therefore I command you to tarry, even as mine apostles at Jerusalem.

10 Nevertheless, my servants sinned a very grievous sin; and contentions arose in the school of the prophets; which was very grievous unto me, saith your Lord; therefore I sent them forth to be chastened.

So as indicated in this section very thoroughly, things are already falling apart. A few months later, by August of 1833, the Saints in the land of Zion (Jackson County) were forced out of their homes.

The Kirtland Saints were given the chance to go and redeem Zion. However, things continued in the downward direction that Section 95 has documented. Zion’s Camp was a failure. Meanwhile, the new and everlasting covenant was broken.

The school of the prophets did not perfect the Saints in their ministry the way it was meant to have.

However, Section 105 gives us a glimpse of hope:

17 … the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words.

18 But inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful.

19 I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith.

This section also explains to us that, “in consequence of the transgressions of my people, it is expedient that mine elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion–” (D&C 105:9)

This was how things were supposed to go:

1. Build the Kirtland House/Temple

2. Call a solemn assembly

3. Endowment

4. Dispensation of the fulness of times ushered in

5. Final warning to the ends of the earth

6. Redemption of Zion

Instead this is what happened:

1. Build the Kirtland House/Temple

2. A solemn assembly occurs, but the Saints as a whole are not sanctified

3. The First Elder’s, however, receive an endowment– their calling and election is made sure

4. Dispensation of the gospel of Abraham ushered in

5. Servants continue in the vineyard until the final warning goes forth

6. Saints are inevitably scattered across the earth– Zion not redeemed

In the dedicatory prayer, Joseph pleaded to God:

22 And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them;

23 And from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth, that they may know that this is thy work, and that thou hast put forth thy hand, to fulfil that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of the prophets, concerning the last days.

The Kirtland House/Temple is one important place!

According to revelation, it is from “this place” that the final warning will go forth, fulfilling the thing which ancient prophets have prophesied of.

Because this did not successfully occur, we know it is still a future event. Nothing of God’s word will be null and void. Everything that’s been declared in the Word will come to pass. We can be certain that there will be another solemn assembly held in the Kirtland House/Temple. This time around, the dispensation of the fulness of times will open up and Zion will be redeemed.

One last thing before I close up this post and move onto the Nauvoo segment of this series, I want to cover what we know of the future temple in the western boundaries of Missouri, and Section 84 and how that fits in.

People think Section 84 is referring explicitly to the temple in Missouri, which would make sense considering that there has been no commandment to build the temple in Kirtland yet, but with a close look it’s easy to see that Section 84 is talking about something much larger than the context in which it was revealed.

This particular section in the D&C, like many others, could be read over a hundred times and there would still be something profound to discover. I do not doubt that I still have much to learn from the text. It’s very cryptic, and admittedly… quite confusing. I myself, am still on a learning curve, and I am constantly having to re-adjust my paradigm as I uncover new things.

I’m going to try and break down a few of the mysteries I’ve figured out, but there’s always a chance that there is more to what I’m suggesting. Hopefully my ideas may spark something. Like I said, there’s still lots to uncover.

Section 84:

2 Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.

3 Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased.

4 Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation.

5 For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house.

From the sound of it, it does appear as though verse 4 is referring to the temple in the western boundaries of Missouri, but in both that verse and verse 5 it says that the generation in which Joseph Smith lives will not pass away until the temple is built and the glory of the Lord fills it.

Anti-mormons claim this is a failed prophecy. Apologist say that it’s not a failed prophecy, that it was the agency of man that prevented its fulfillment.

I’m going to suggest that it’s actually referring to the future Kirtland temple!

Remember Joseph Smith’s dedicatory prayer? He prayed that, “from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth.”

D&C 84:4 — “the city of New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the Saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple.”

The gathering of the Saints to build the New Jerusalem begins in Kirtland, the place of the temple where the solemn assembly will be held. Kirtland is the modern-day Jerusalem. Joseph Smith refers to Kirtland as Jerusalem in D&C 109:62 and the Lord does the same in 124:36.

Jerusalem/Kirtland needs to be redeemed first. (3rd Nephi 20:34)

THEN… Zion will be redeemed (in Nauvoo, actually) and THEN the New Jerusalem will be built in Missouri.

Back to Section 84:

31 Therefore, as I said concerning the sons of Moses–for the sons of Moses and also the sons of Aaron shall offer an acceptable offering and sacrifice in the house of the Lord, which house shall be built unto the Lord in this generation, upon the consecrated spot as I have appointed–

32 And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, upon Mount Zion in the Lord’s house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my church.

Again, it appears that verse 31– in connection to verse 32– is talking about the temple in Missouri. Especially the fact that the acceptable offering and sacrifice occurs in the house that is upon the consecrated spot that the Lord has appointed.

BUT! Earlier that year, we read this in Section 82:

13 For I have consecrated the land of Kirtland in mine own due time for the benefit of the saints of the Most High, and for a stake to Zion.

The consecrated spot that 84:31 is referring to is the consecrated land of Kirtland!

Then in verse 32 it refers to Mount Zion (city of the New Jerusalem) and the temple that will be there.

Section 84 was revealed to God’s, “servant Joseph Smith, and six elders.” (Verse 1)

It is these seven who have offered the acceptable offering unto the Lord in the Kirtland temple and will eventually– in the third watch– be filled with glory on Mount Zion.

As prophesied in Malachi 3, the messenger of the covenant, Joseph Smith, will come suddenly to his (Kirtland) temple– his, because it no longer belongs to the Lord– to redeem Jerusalem and call a solemn assembly to redeem Zion in Nauvoo; as well as sending the missionaries to give the final warning to flee Babylon and join the Saints.

Joseph will purify the Sons of Levi (LDS membership) that there will AGAIN be an acceptable offering unto the Lord in righteousness. (D&C 13)

The LDS church has been given the prepatory gospel to hold the keys of the ministering of angels. Joseph Smith and the First Elders will be the angels they need to assist in this final offering.

My next post will be about Nauvoo. What went wrong, and how it will be fixed; how Nauvoo is in fact the land of Zion that must be redeemed before the New Jerusalem can be built.

-G.azelem

Houses of God pt. 1 “The Fulness of the Gospel”

Houses of God pt. 1 “The Fulness of the Gospel”

Thousands of years ago, a prophet by the name of Nathan prophesied that a latter-day descendant of David would build a house of God and re-establish the Davidic dynasty.

This came to pass during the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

2nd Samuel: 7

12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

During Joseph’s life, there were many commandments to build both houses and temples of God, yet only one was ever completed. This was the Kirtland House/Temple. This was a fulfillment of God’s word unto David in 2nd Samuel. The temple in Kirtland paved way for the re-establishment of the kingdom of Israel– the same kingdom that David was once king over. The kingdom of both Israel and Judah, before they split from each other.

After David’s death, his son Solomon was then king over Israel, but due to the wickedness of both Solomon and the people, the kingdom broke into two separate kingdoms. God took ten tribes away from Solomon; and, out of spite, the tribes were then given to one of Solomon’s servants, Jeroboam, to reign over. Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, would only be a king to the last remaining tribe.

Jeroboam was king over the Kingdom of Israel, and Rehoboam was king over the Kingdom of Judah.

The Kingdom of Israel would soon be carried captive and dispersed throughout the lands north of Israel. They would mix and mingle amongst the Gentiles. The blood of Israel would run through the the rest of the world. Essentially, all Gentiles have some of Israel in them in one way or another.

The Kingdom of Judah, on the other hand, would mostly retain its tribal identity– but it too would also be cast out and dispersed amongst all nations.

In 3rd Nephi 16:10 and 3rd Nephi 20:28, it is made clear that after the Gentiles (remnants of the Kingdom of Israel) come to America, they receive the new and everlasting covenant: the fulness of the gospel. It is also made certain that the Gentiles will ultimately REJECT the fulness of the gospel after having received it.

In hindsight of the entire standard works, this fits perfect. The last and final new and everlasting covenant MUST include BOTH the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah.

Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.”

Ezekiel 37:22, 26 “…they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they divided into two kingdoms anymore at all… Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them.”

This is why Nathan prophesied that a descendant of David had to re-establish David’s kingdom. The new and everlasting covenant had to be made with both Gentile and Jew.

Up until 1836, the church was a church of Gentiles. It was they who broke the new and everlasting covenant in 1835. The evidence for this is abundant, yet regardless of evidence, the new and everlasting covenant HAD TO BE BROKEN eventually, to pave way for the final covenant with both the Gentiles and the Jews.

Because of the Kirtland Temple, the church began to gather the Jews onto the promised land, America, and into the LDS church which holds the lineal keys to save all of Israel. (D&C 35:25) The LDS church no longer has the power of priesthood to bring Zion, but has a right to Zion by lineage. (D&C 113:8) For further explanation on this topic, refer to “Nephi Prophecy pt. 4” if needed.

Joseph Smith had to re-establish the Kingdom of Israel and Judah in order for the final covenant to be made. The LDS church today is much better described as a tribal kingdom rather than the Church of God. (The Church of Brigham Young of Latter-Day Jews?)

In Nauvoo, the church– which then included both Gentile (Americans) and also Jew (converts coming over-seas after 1836)– was then given the chance to reform and receive the new and everlasting covenant. The only way this could have happened was for the Nauvoo House to have been completed.

The historical record goes to show that this did not happen– and so, quite simply, we’ve been left with the Kingdom of the Jews, instead of the Church of God, which would have had the full covenant made. But sadly, the Church of God was not restored back to the earth; neither the fulness of the priesthood/gospel. For now, the tribe of Judah will continue to gather in the net of the LDS church, until it is overthrown by John the Baptist (D&C 84:28) so that the fulness will be restored once and for all.

JST Mathew 21:

53 And the kingdom of God shall be taken from them, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof; (meaning the Gentiles.)

54 Wherefore, on whomsoever this stone shall fall, it shall grind him to powder.

55 And when the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, [third watch pre-Second Coming] he will destroy those miserable, wicked men, [the Gentile tares in the LDS church in positions of leadership] and will let again his vineyard unto other husbandmen, even in the last days, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons. [true followers of Christ regardless of Gentile/Jew]

56 And then understood they the parable which he spake unto them, that the Gentiles should be destroyed also, when the Lord should descend out of heaven to reign in his vineyard, which is the earth and the inhabitants thereof.

Although it is the Kingdom of the Jews, it is the wicked Gentiles whom have lorded over them the last 160 years. A majority of the GA’s and a large number of the modern-day Twelve Apostles can trace their ancestry to the the original quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Nauvoo, the same Twelve that took over the church after Joseph Smith died.

Although in Nauvoo the church was gathering the Jews, the Twelve Apostles that took over were NOT Jews– because they had been in the church BEFORE 1836.

So their descendants, who are still running the church, are frankly not Jews, but Gentiles. And according to JST Mathew, it is in the latter-days that the Gentiles hold the legal lease of the vineyard; and that the the majority of Gentiles– including the ones leading the LDS church– are in fact wicked, and ultimately destroyed during the third watch.

And also, I want to mention that that those of that same quorum in which the LDS church stems off of, were all ordained as Apostles AFTER the fulness of the priesthood had been lost from the church… in 1835, AFTER the fulness of the gospel had been rejected.

The Twelve Apostles that took the Saints to Utah were the brand of apostate Gentiles that the Lord has ultimately promised to take the vineyard away from. The Gentile leaders of the LDS church sit in “Moses’ seat” as did the Pharisees (Mathew 23:2) but it is only a matter of time until their rule to reign will come to a close.

God has allowed the wheat and the tares to grow together.

But when Joseph Smith returns back to the earth to finish what he started, those that do not hearken to the words of Jesus Christ will be, “cut off from among [the] people who are of the covenant.” (3rd Nephi 21: 11)

Those of the covenant are the righteous Jews in the LDS church. They will accept the new and everlasting covenant when the first laborers of the last kingdom return to fulfill the commission with which they have been commissioned. (D&C 88:80)

A portion of the wicked Gentiles (in and out of the church) will repent and accept the final covenant, as well. They will be be numbered among the House of Israel (LDS membership). With the fulness of the gospel once again on the earth, the humble followers of Christ will finally be restored from their lost and fallen state. In this, they will be able usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times, and redeem Zion.

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As I’ve done many times previous to this, I must recap exactly what the fulness of the gospel is.

This piece of terminology is embedded into LDS thought, but what it is– exactly– is unknown to most. The thought pattern usually goes something like this: “Joseph Smith restored the fulness of the gospel, and that’s what we got!”

I’ll break it down.

The fulness of the gospel includes:

1. Baptism

2. Priesthood authority to ordain males to the patriarchal priesthood

3. Law of consecration

4. Ordination to the Melchizedek priesthood by the voice of God

5. Sanctification (baptism by fire)

6. Establishment of Zion

These six things are absolutely necessary for the fulness of the gospel to be in place; and in this exact order must it occur. Because the current LDS church stops dead at #3, it does not have claim to the Melchizedek priesthood (the fulness of it), and because of this, no one is capable of receiving their sanctification.

The fulness of the gospel is not on the earth. God’s people are still in their lost and fallen state– and will be, until the Lord sets his hand again the second time. (2nd Nephi 25:17)

Although there was an attempt to restore the Gentiles from their lost and fallen state in 1830, the fulness of the gospel was eventually rejected. The Saints broke the covenant they made to follow all of God’s commandments: the law of consecration was no longer in function.

In Section 64, on September 11th, 1831, the Saints were told that God would provide a stronghold in Kirtland for five years. (verse 21)

By 9/11 in 1836, the Saints should have been able to receive their sanctification (endowment) to then go and establish Zion in Missouri.

Instead, the law of consecration was broken, and Zion could not be built. The church spent the next few years in a terrible condition.

Because the five-year stronghold of God’s promised protection was over, the church faced terrible persecution. Joseph Smith was cast into prison, and the majority of the Saints lost their homes.

In Nauvoo, they were given one last chance to repeat the six-step process of the fulness of the gospel. In this they failed yet again.

This is not the storyline that has EVER been taught in the church.

And why is this?

Is it because the church is false and the leaders are a bunch of liar liar’s, pants on fire?

I’m going to suggest not; instead, I’m going to suggest that God allowed the secret storyline of Mormonism to fade from history.

The church had to live on.

And to me, this is the vindication of Joseph Smith’s true prophetic calling. The true history of the restoration is so hidden, so easy to miss– yet with a desire to know the truth it all becomes so clear and obvious.

God has purposefully made things EXTREMELY COMPLICATED.

This is a sure indication that we are expected to seek for answers. If there’s anything we should have learned from the First Vision, it’s that we need to read the scriptures for answers and pray to God for understanding.

One of the things that make it complicated in understanding the fulness of the gospel module, is that in Nauvoo– and even mid-way through Kirtland– God changes the process in which the fulness is operating. This happened when the Saints received the commandments to build temples.

This confuses the picture.

In Nauvoo, we are told that the Nauvoo House is the place where the fulness of the priesthood must be restored. (D&C 124:28)

And then in Kirtland, we are told that the house in Kirltand is where the elder’s of the church will receive their sanctification. (D&C 105:33-36)

But in 1831, elder’s of the church had already been ordained to the fulness of the priesthood! And this occurred at a conference at a simple farmhouse. And then in 1832 we also know (because of the D&C) that members of the church were also receiving their sanctification as well. No temple in sight there and then either!

To understand this, I’ll point out a significant scripture in regards to baptisms for the dead, that I find very applicable to the apparent discrepancy. Section 124, verse 30: “This ordinance belongeth to my house, and cannot be acceptable to me, only in the days of your poverty, wherein ye are not able to build a house unto me.”

Up until the first commandment to build a house of God, the ordinances of the fulness of the gospel were liable to be received outside a holy-ordained place. Once the commandment to build a house or temple of God was in effect, this became mandatory in order to receive the ordinance.

Another very interesting thing I’ve noticed while reading the D&C is that there are small yet significant differences between all of the commandments to build different houses of God. I’ve classified the three distinctions as such:

House of God – Far West 1838, Nauvoo 1841

–is never referred to as a temple.

House/Temple of God – Kirtland 1833, Jackson County 1833, Nauvoo 1841

–seems to always be referred to as a house, but can also be considered a temple.

Temple of God – *commandment to build was not made, although the land for it– in Zion– was dedicated and consecrated* (D&C 57:3, 58:57, 84:3)
In closing, let’s return back to my simplified module of the fulness of the gospel; and I’ll now include the necessary house involved.

1. Baptism

2. Priesthood authority to ordain males to the patriarchal priesthood

3. Law of consecration

4. Ordination to the Melchizedek priesthood by the voice of God – House of God

5. Sanctification (baptism by fire) – House/Temple of God

6. Establishment of Zion – Temple of God

My next post in this series will be to highlight the verses in the D&C that explain the mystery of these houses, to discover what their purposes were originally for, and how they fit into the last-days timeline of events that will occur in the near future when the work of the Father commences– when the times of the Gentiles opens back up for one final generation…

D&C 45:

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.

32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved.

-G.azelem