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.
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:
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.
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…
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.