Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ZION- WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (Part 2)

Shalom - Covenant Peace


To establish Zion, even the New Jerusalem, is to establish a City and Society of Peace.  The ancient City of Jerusalem was established to be a City of Peace whose Chief Cornerstone was the Throne of God.  As Christ said, " Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head (i.e. Chief) of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?"(Matthew 21:42)

When we think of the cornerstone of a temple we often think of one of the corner foundations stones set at one of the cardinal points of a temple like so:



But as any trained stone mason from the ancient world will tell you, the chief cornerstone was the capstone of a temple as depicted thus:



Or as depicted on the Seal of the American Zion:


Literally the city of Jerusalem and more specifically the Temple of the Most High is considered Zion.  The temple with it's furnishings with what we call the "Ark of the Covenant" was literally the throne/crown of God on Earth.  From the Throne of God streams of living waters (or divine instructions of grace) were delivered to the children of God here on Earth. Jerusalem was the Governing Capital and Religious Center of All Israel. It was literally the habitation of God and one of the names or titles of God in Hebrew is Peace or Shalom.



To understand the definition of peace is to understand the Crown or Throne of God. As the Psalmist wrote:

"For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation." (Psalm 132:13)

"Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face." (Psalms 89:14)

Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. (Psalms 97:2)

"And thou hast taken Zion to thine own bosom, from all thy creations, from all eternity to all eternity; and naught but peace, justice, and truth is the habitation of thy throne; and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep?" (Moses 7:31)

The pictures above are a Hebrew Symbolic representation of the Tree of Life.  They are also a Key to Zion and hold the mystery of Jacobs Ladder- the Ascension of Mankind. For the kingdom of Zion- The New Jerusalem- to be established on Earth it must mirror the Habitation/Throne/Crown of God in Heaven.  In other words the Kingdom on Earth depicted at the base of the diagram must be the mirror image of the Crown or Habitation of God at the Top of the Diagram.  To accomplish this mystery, we must learn to establish our self and national government on the pillars of Justice and Mercy.  When the two columns find equilibrium between them it will signify the union of the Heaven and Earth or the union of the Zion above and the Zion below. This is symbolized by the union of the attributes of God or twin pillars upon which God establishes his thrown.  In it we find the presence of God and  the perfected man.






This sacred marriage will create a burning tree (bush) to radiate throughout the human body and the body of Zion, filling it will divine Light.




It reveals that the body of man is the Temple of the Most High in the flesh, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
(1 Corinthians 3:16-17)






By partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Life we are filled with joy.  It is not like the joy of the world but eternal joy.  As Lehi expressed, "And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.  And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit." (1 Nephi 8:10-12).


This ancient knowledge and balance has been hidden in symbol meant to both reveal and conceal:




And Was Preserved for Future Generations in the Ancient Symbol of the House of Israel:




Upon partaking of this fruit and obtaining this balance, we will find ourselves in the fulfillment of 3 Nephi 21:25, "And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst."












Sunday, July 31, 2016

ZION: WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (PART 1)

It is hard to discuss subjects like Zion and The New Jerusalem without bringing in our various religious traditions and ideas.  The subject of Zion or a New Jerusalem has been relegated to a spiritual or metaphysical realm by many groups of people. In doing so, our thoughts become trapped in a man made fantasy world where visions of angels and supernatural occurrences (along with great visual special effects) become our picture of the society and city of God. It is often easier to find ourselves dreaming of the awesome and beautiful images of the Heavenly Zion with its' streets of Gold and Temples of Glory, but yet it becomes difficult for us think of the "mundane" Zion here on earth.

There is a grand vision that is before us. There is a great work to be done, but while we spend our time dreaming of our Heavenly Zion our Zion here on earth has not only been neglected, but has been overrun by the enemy.  The grand vision is the establishment of Zion here on earth.  The great work is the establishment of The New Jerusalem, the City of Peace so that which was spoken by the Prophet Enoch would be fulfilled, "As Above-So Below."

 All things from the Days of Adam to the Restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith point to establishment of Zion. This real, bricks and mortar, Zion is even attested to in our articles of faith:


We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.  (Articles of Faith 1:10)

In fact, this vision of a real physical Zion-New Jerusalem- here on Earth was so real that there were many who left their homes in foreign lands to make this city and society of Zion a reality.  They sacrificed their homes, their fortunes, and often times their very lives in pursuit of Zion here on earth. In coming to America they fulfilled the words of the Psalmist, "The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the exiles of Israel." (Psalm 147:2)  Not only the outcasts of Israel came, but the God fearing of all Nations were gathered in fulfillment of of the words of Isaiah, "The Lord GOD, who gathers the exiles of Israel, says,“Yet I will gather to him others besides those who are gathered to him.” (Isaiah 56:8)

The call to gather to a land of Freedom and Liberty was sent forth to the Nations of the Earth. It was not a call to the wealthy and the elite, but as written by Emma Lazarus (A Daughter of Israel) in the gateway of the American Zion we still find engraved upon the symbol of the Daughter of Zion:




Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


History is not an accident. All things are foreknown to God and the influence of his spirit is behind the righteous actions of his people. Thousands of years before Europeans had settled in the Americas the Lord was guiding events that would lead to the establishment of this nation as a land of freedom:

"And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them; Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known unto them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you; For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel" (3 Nephi 21:2-4)

As the Zion of Enoch became a pattern for the Jerusalem of Israel, the Jerusalem of Israel was the pattern or type for the establishment of the American Zion forged by the hand of God.  Like his ancient covenant people, the American Zion has been built upon a New Covenant in similitude of the Covenant of Freedom and Liberty made with Enoch and passed down through the Fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

"Behold, Ether saw the days of Christ, and he spake concerning a New Jerusalem upon this land. And he spake also concerning the house of Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence Lehi should come—after it should be destroyed it should be built up again, a holy city unto the Lord; wherefore, it could not be a new Jerusalem for it had been in a time of old; but it should be built up again, and become a holy city of the Lord; and it should be built unto the house of Israel— And that a New Jerusalem should be built up upon this land, unto the remnant of the seed of Joseph, for which things there has been a type." (Ether 13:5)

As Isaiah said, "And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)

To understand Zion and New Jerusalem is to understand the purpose of The United States of America and the Constitution upon which it was founded.  As God described the Zion of Enoch:

"And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them." (Moses: 7:18)

We find these same sentiments echoed in our Pledge of Allegiance, "....One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL."

As Thomas Jefferson said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” The battle for freedom and liberty is not over, and we are facing a time when every man, woman, and child who loves the principles of righteousness, freedom, and liberty will be hunted by those Secret Combinations of Men and their followers who seek to overthrow the freedom of all lands. Will we as a people put off our indifference and call upon the God of Righteousness? Will we take real action to preserve liberty in this Land of Promise?  Or will our voices resound the sorrowing of the damned because we can not find happiness in sin?

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
Thomas Jefferson--Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237

The United States of America was established to be a Zion whose laws, institutions, and form of Government were to unite the people under the covenant of the Constitution.  In establishing their independence from the idolatry of Kings and Tyranny, the Founding Fathers declared:

"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security...." (Declaration of Independence)

By the time of the calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Union was fracturing and crumbling from within because of the people had departed from the Constitutional law of the Land (i.e. they became lawless, iniquitous) and secret combinations who sought to destroy the freedom and liberties of this land of promise began to divide the people.  Thus Joseph Smith was called to establish a New Washington D.C. or shall I say A New Jerusalem.  A City of Peace where Justice and Judgment, Truth and Mercy were to be once again established under the rule of the God of this Land.   Because of the Weakness and Failures of the Leaders and the people, Zion was not redeemed. The city of Joseph or The New Jerusalem was never established.  The remnant of Jacob (The descendants of Lehi) were not gathered nor did they receive the record of their fathers.  As a result, the judgments of God were poured out upon the land. As Moroni warned Joseph Smith, "For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. And again, he quoted the fifth verse thus: Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." (JSH 1:37-38)

It may seem strange to us as our traditions often see the Day of the Lord as a future event, but as has been previously explained the Day of the Lord is an event that has occurred many times to many nations when they ripen in lawlessness.  For Joseph Smith, the immediate fulfillment of this prophecy came in the Day of the Lord that we call the Civil War.  The coming of the Lord did occur but instead of the presence of God being restored to a New Jerusalem in this Land of Zion the presence of God was felt through Judgment, destruction, and bloodshed.  As witnessed by our current conditions, the failure of the saints of that day in establishing Zion is all too apparent.

We are now in a period where the flaxen cords of sin have lulled us into a deep sleep of apathy and passivity.  In our sleep, we are currently being chained with the strong cords of the adversary.  The cry of Freedom and Rights has become the war cry of beguiling propaganda while true liberty is being extinguished.  A Day of the Lord for America is again fast approaching, but where is there to be found a people who will step forth and hold up the standards of a city, culture, and government of Life and Liberty under the God of Israel- Jesus Christ.  Where is the people who will maintain righteous laws and government in this mundane Zion.  Our Zion on earth is a real brick and mortar Zion.  It must be established with real government and righteous laws.  Instead we call meetings and social gatherings where we talk and give thanks and then, "they returned to their homes, never speaking of their God again until they had assembled themselves together again to the holy stand, to offer up thanks after their manner."(Alma 31:23) So many are being lulled to sleep with the soothing cry of "All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well"and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.








Saturday, June 25, 2016

ARE THE COMMANDMENTS FULFILLED? OR ARE YOU FULFILLING THEM?

"And there were no contentions, save it were a few that began to preach, endeavoring to prove by the scriptures that it was no more expedient to observe the law of Moses. Now in this thing they did err, having not understood the scriptures. But it came to pass that they soon became converted, and were convinced of the error which they were in, for it was made known unto them that the law was not yet fulfilled, and that it must be fulfilled in every whit; yea, the word came unto them that it must be fulfilled; yea, that one jot or tittle should not pass away till it should all be fulfilled; therefore in this same year were they brought to a knowledge of their error and did confess their faults." (3 Nephi 1:24-15)

Jesus said that He did not come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets but to fulfill them. In Israelite culture to fulfill the Torah is to observe God's commandments as given in the Torah and  to correctly interpret them. In addition, he also warned his disciples not to annul a commandment or to dissuade others from observing the commandments.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19)

"And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question." (Matthew 12:28-34)















Monday, May 23, 2016

THE DAY OF THE LORD! A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE


Mormonism has inherited many ideas and theological traditions from mainstream Christianity.  Among some of these ideas is the "Day of the Lord" or "The Second Coming of Christ".  These phrases are usually followed with visions and stories about the calling of 144,000 of each tribe, The Mark of the Beast, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and a 1000 year Millennium wherein the earth is transformed back into the Garden of Eden and Satan is bound in chains. Depending on our theological slant we could also add in some Doctrine and Covenants with a sprinkling of White Horse Prophecy and a few other Mormon Apocryphal visions to spice up the picture.

In Fact, the "Day of the LORD" is a subject that Mormonism has contemplated since the days of Joseph Smith:

"After telling me these things, he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament. He first quoted part of the third chapter of Malachi; and he quoted also the fourth or last chapter of the same prophecy, though with a little variation from the way it reads in our Bibles. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus:

For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And again, he quoted the fifth verse thus: Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

He also quoted the next verse differently: And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming." (Joseph Smith History 1:36-39)


WHAT IS THE DAY OF THE LORD?


In Hebraic thought the "Day of the Lord" is not a one time future event. The expression "Day of the Lord"  or the "Day of YHVH" is used to represents a cyclical process of judgment that has actually occurred many times.  The expression was used whenever God would overthrow and destroy a single nation at a specific time.  It is a day of darkness and judgment upon a nation when their cup of iniquity is full:

"Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD!…the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light…Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?" (Amos 5:18-20)

"Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come" (Joel 1:15)

"Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired…before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD…it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger" (Zephaniah 2:1-3)

"For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates." (Jeremiah 46:10)

Other expressions that were synonymous with the "Day of the Lord" are:

-THE DAY OF VISITATION - Isaiah 10:3, 1 Peter 2:12, Jeremiah 46: 21
-THE LAST DAYS - 2 Timothy 3:1
-THE DAY OF GOD - 
-THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST-  1 Corinthians 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:14
-THE LATTER DAYS- Daniel 2:28, 10:14

BUT,


THE DAY OF THE LORD HAS OCCURRED MANY TIMES TO MANY NATIONS:


EGYPT AND THE DAY OF THE LORD

Ezekiel 30:3-4, "For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day…And the sword shall come upon Egypt "

BABYLON AND THE DAY OF THE LORD

Isaiah 13:1,6-9 – “The burden of Babylon…the day of the LORD is at hand…the day of the LORD cometh.”

ESAU AND THE DAY OF THE LORD

"For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." Obadiah 1:15

CHRIST, REVELATION, AND THE DAY OF THE LORD

"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

 The context for Matthew 24 is the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.  In these chapters  leading up to Matthew 24 Jesus was speaking against the leaders of Israel at that time. He said the kingdom of God would be taken away from them and that not one stone would be left on another. He was not looking at modern day Jerusalem, but at Jerusalem that was destroyed in A.D.70.

In truth the "Day of the Lord" as expressed in the Bible refers to events that have already occurred and may serve as a type and shadow to other nations for their "Day of the Lord" or Day of Judgment.



Just as the events of the Book of Revelation, Matthew 24, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, etc. refer to appointed times of judgment on the Nation of Israel  and other nations in the ancient world - i.e. events long since transpired- the Book of Mormon demonstrates this same expression and cycle among the Nephites and their Day of the Lord.


THE FUTURE "LAST DAYS" OR DAY OF THE LORD- THE DAYS OF THE GENTILES

Just as the "Day of the Lord" occurred many times in the past, it will also occur again.  The "Last Days", The "Second Coming of Christ", and "The End of the Word" is a $$$ Billion Dollar $$$ industry in modern Christianity including Mormonism.  It is also the soap box upon which many false prophets, corporate prophets, and cult leaders SCARE THE HELL OUT OF THEIR FOLLOWERS to keep control of the SHEEPLE.  When understood in its proper context and definition, the gravy train actually stops and their control over the masses disappears.

It is an event that does not have to occur.  This is why God sends messengers and prophets to warn the people before their day of judgment or "THE COMING GREAT AND DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD!"   Instead walking in the Doctrine of Christ and the Commandments of Christ which can overturn the covenant judgments, the masses of Christians and Mormons have been neutralized into complete passivity.

Think about it, what a great way to neutralize the only groups of people who have the Doctrines of Christ at their fingertips- the only Doctrines that can overturn priestcraft, unrighteous dominion, and the strong holds of the modern Gadianton Robbers- than to convince them that they have no responsibility to establish the instructions of Christ in their Families and communities because they are going to either be magically raptured out of here before the judgments occur or they don't have to worry because if they need to know or do anything then the prophet will tell them what to do.

Unfortunately the "Day of the Lord" or "Last Days" will occur not because it is a predetermined event, but because wickedness overtook the people, they departed from the right way, and they knew not the God in whom they should trust.

"But, behold, in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles—yea, behold all the nations of the Gentiles and also the Jews, both those who shall come upon this land and those who shall be upon other lands, yea, even upon all the lands of the earth, behold, they will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abominations—And when that day shall come they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder and with earthquake, and with a great noise, and with storm, and with tempest, and with the flame of devouring fire." (2 Nephi 27:1-2)

For those in America the "last days"  are equated with the days of the Gentiles.  Specifically those Gentiles and Jews who reside in this land who are drunken with lawlessness and all manner of abominations. Our Day of the Lord in the United States will see an outpouring of judgment and destruction upon the United States of America as a Nation and upon our Modern New Jerusalem (Washington DC).  It often comes as a shock to many when I equate Washington DC with a "New Jersulaem", but that is what it was designed to be.  From an Israelite mindset Zion or a New Jerusalem is a land or city where the Law of God goes forth and where freedom, liberty, justice, and mercy are preserved. Just as there have been many Days of the Lord there have also been many "New Jerusalem(s)" throughout history.  We are not the first and we will not be the last. And Like ancient Jerusalem the New Jerusalem established by the Gentiles is full of lawlessness and abominations.

The record of the Nephites gives us an account of their Day of Visitation or Day of the Lord.  It is a voice of warning to that generation that would receive this record. Just as the Prophet Mormon warned:

"And now, I speak also concerning those who do not believe in Christ.  Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation—behold, when the Lord shall come, yea, even that great day when the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, yea, in that great day when ye shall be brought to stand before the Lamb of God—then will ye say that there is no God?" (Mormon 9:2)

WHAT ABOUT THE BOOK OF REVELATION?


Many people do not understand the nature of prophecy among the Jews.  The truth is that the events of the Book of Revelation have ALL ( and hear it) ALL BEEN FULFILLED.  In fact from the beginning of the Book of Revelation it says:

"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" (Revelation 1:1)

Shortly does not mean 2000 years later.  It has specific reference to those people - specifically the Jews and the Followers of Christ- of that time.  This fact is reiterated at the end of the record as well:

"And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." (Revelation 22:6-7)

Again "the things which SHORTLY be done" is not 2000 years later, but was a literal prophecy of events comprising the Jewish wars with Rome leading up to and after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD.  The LITERAL events have come and long since gone.  This is why so many prophecies of people using the Book of Revelation to try and put prophetic labels on people (i.e. 666 is Barack O'bama, The Beast is the European Union, The Blood Moons are coming to get you!!!) fall flat on their face.  They are in all reality selling you an empty product with no fulfillment. (Which is why every few years they put out all the same Last Days Prophecy Books and just change the names to match the new times-- all for just $19.95!)

Now does this mean that the Book of Revelation has no meaning or value for our day?--Not at all.  The day of the Lord is a cyclical event in the life of peoples and nations.  By learning the cycles and themes of the Book of Revelation such as reaching a fullness of iniquity, destruction, repentance, the saving of a remnant, etc. we see what it takes to walk through these time of judgment to the establishment of a new world.  This is why the Book of Mormon has such great value for while the Book of Revelation was written to the people of that time and land to whom it was delivered the Book of Mormon was written to the people and land to whom it was delivered!

Another way of expressing this idea is that while the names and places change, the basic story remains the same.  This is often confusing to people because immediately questions come such as what about the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse?  What about the 144,000 High Priests?  What about The Mark of the Beast?  etc etc.  Without understanding Israelite culture and temple worship, we give incorrect definitions to cultural and linguistic expressions that are completely foreign to the culture it was originally given in.  In other words they are expressions that Christian Jews of that time (and yes the original Christians were predominately Jews) would understand and know how to apply to events in that culture. It would be like going to China and saying, "It's raining cats and dogs!".  Is it literally raining cats and dogs?  No, it is an expression that it is really pouring down rain outside-- but would someone from China understand your expression?

It is just the same with the Book of Revelation.  It is a book of symbols meant to reveal and conceal a message of prophetic warning of the Coming of Christ to those people.  With this Hebraic perspective, it changes how we look at subjects such as "The Millenium" and other traditional doctrines that we have received but whose concept has been completely removed from it's cultural context.  Will a " Day of the Lord" occur?  Oh Yes!  Will there be a Millenium? Oh Yes! But we may have to change our cultural and traditional definitions of what those things really are.

We are definitely on track for judgment upon this nation that will affect the whole world, but for those who wake up the morning after the "Day of Lord" comes upon America how will we then live if we don't know and walk in THE WAY laid out before!  The Gospel of Christ and the Revelation of Christ contained in the scriptures are not basic instructions for doomsday and the end of the world where people head for the hills and hide in the caves.  They are instructions for establishing light and truth to walk in the grace and presence of Christ.





Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Heart of the Covenant Part 3: Connecting Heaven and Earth

Zion and Sacred Space


Zion is the people and the place where Heaven and Earth meet. Establishing this connection gives meaning to everything.  It is the key to oneness of heart and mind.  It is the foundation upon which we may erect our temples and dwell in righteousness. It is the where and when the poor shall see God. 

As mortal beings our bodies are created from and connected to this fallen world. We exist in a mixed or "unclean" state of good and evil. For thousands of years the flesh connected to this world has warred against the spirit within us that is connected to another or higher world.  The result is that our hearts long to return to Eden and the Presence of God while our bodies keep us firmly rooted to this fallen world with all its opposites and vices. The goal then that exists before us is to raise the fallen conditions to the conditions that exist in Heaven.  To do this we must create a point of contact--a place within and without where Heaven and Earth can connect. 


But can a people truly achieve Heaven on Earth?  Is there such a place? Or is it just a story we tell ourselves of legendary heroes of ages past like Enoch who established the first recorded Zion? 

In every Age God has sought to restore his people and establish a place where Heaven and Earth Connect.  In some ways the idea of such a place and condition seems so foreign and distant.  In contrast to the world around us, the idea of establishing such a place and condition seems almost insurmountable.



Two Witness of the Reality of Zion!  Oh!  And Don't Forget a Third?!


All things are established in the mouths of two or more witnesses.  That the condition and place of Zion can be established in this fallen world is born out in the Testimony of Three Separate Groups of People of which we have record.  The first two you will readily recognize, but the third may actually come as very pleasant surprise to you.

1. ENOCH'S ZION - WITNESS NUMBER 1



"And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.... And all the days of Zion, in the days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion; and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, Zion is Fled." (Moses 7:18, 68-69)

Our first witness of Zion is the City or People of Enoch.  This should really come as no surprise to anyone because it is to Enoch and his Zion that we look to as the source of all our Zion desires and theology.  

While Enoch and his Zion is the prime example all our aspirations of establishing a modern Zion, we usually tend to give his testimony the silent wink and nod as we say something to the effect, "Well of course he established Zion! If we lived for 365 years, I bet we could establish Zion too!  In fact I think Enoch had an unfair advantage because of his extreme longevity!"

There is only one problem with this course of thinking.  If we examine the Hebraic nature of the text we are presented in the Book of Moses it actually does not say that it took Enoch 365 year to establish Zion!  In fact if we read it carefully it states that All the Days of Zion (i.e. the length of time from when it was established to when it was taken) was 365 years.  During the time it/they existed on this sphere, God walked among his people and dwelt in their midst, and then it came to pass that God took it/them from this sphere. In truth we are not actually given the total length of time from when Enoch commenced his mission of declaring repentance to the establishment of the City of Zion, but we can say that the message that was declared was one of repentance and baptism, "And the Lord said unto me: Go to this people, and say unto them—Repent, lest I come out and smite them with a curse, and they die. And he gave unto me a commandment that I should baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, which is full of grace and truth, and of the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and the Son." (Moses 7:10-11)


Here are some points we need to clarify regarding Enoch's Zion:

A.  The establishment of Zion was precipitated by a message of Repentance and Baptism.

B.  There is no actual length of time given from when the people repented, Zion (people or place) was established, to when God dwelt among them, but HE ZION EXISTED ON THIS SPHERE FOR 365 YEARS AND DURING THAT TIME GOD DWELT AMONG THEM BEFORE CONDITIONS AROSE THAT CAUSED GOD TO TAKE THEM FROM THIS SPHERE!

C. The people DWELT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.


2. MELCHIZEDEK AND THE PEOPLE OF SALEM - WITNESS NUMBER 2

The second witness that I would like to present for your consideration is Melchizedek and the people of the city of Salem (the same place where King David later established Jerusalem- the Foundation of Peace).

"Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem; and his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abomination; yea, they had all gone astray; they were full of all manner of wickedness; but Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father." (Alma 13: 17-18)

"And now, Melchizedek was a priest of this order; therefore he obtained peace in Salem, and was called the Prince of peace. And his people wrought righteousness, and obtained heaven, and sought for the city of Enoch which God had before taken, separating it from the earth, having reserved it unto the latter days, or the end of the world..." (JST Genesis 14:3-34)

Here are some things that also need to be pointed out:

A. The establishment of Covenant Peace (Shalom) was precipitated by a message of Repentance (of which Baptism/ Ritual Immersion was an outward sign even in many Middle Eastern Cultures).

B. There is no actual length of time from when the people repented to when they obtained heaven ( a Hebraic expression that can mean God Dwelt Among them) to when they sought for the city of Enoch Which God had before separated it/them from this sphere.

C.  The people WROUGHT RIGHTEOUSNESS.


3.  THE PLEASANT SURPRISE

 - THE PEOPLE OF NEPHI - WITNESS NUMBER 3


A. PRECIPITATION BY A MESSAGE OF REPENTANCE AND BAPTISM:

I now would like to present to you a Third Witness to the reality and establishment of Zion.  Similar to the first two witnesses, God calls a prophet named Nephi, visits him, and authorizes him to declare a message of repentance and baptism to his people who had also turned from righteousness to wickedness and abominations:

 "And it came to pass that Nephi—having been visited by angels and also the voice of the Lord, therefore having seen angels, and being eye-witness, and having had power given unto him that he might know concerning the ministry of Christ, and also being eye-witness to their quick return from righteousness unto their wickedness and abominations; Therefore, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds—went forth among them in that same year, and began to testify, boldly, repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ." (3 Nephi 7:15-17)

"Thus passed away the thirty and second year also. And Nephi did cry unto the people in the commencement of the thirty and third year; and he did preach unto them repentance and remission of sins. Now I would have you to remember also, that there were none who were brought unto repentance who were not baptized with water." (3 Nephi 7:23-24)




During a time of political corruption and upheaval where Gadianton Robbers had gotten control of the government and even infiltrated the church, God called and sent a messenger after the Holy Order to declare repentance and baptism in the Lord Jesus Christ. While few hearkened to the message of salvation it was sent prior to a cataclysmic event or Day of the Lord (i.e. the day of visitation or judgment) upon the people of this continent exhibited in Chapter 8 of 3 Nephi.

B.  OBTAINING HEAVEN - CHRIST AT THE TEMPLE IN BOUNTIFUL.



The concept of "obtaining Heaven" and "Dwelling with God" from a Hebraic context really has nothing to do with having your local temple, family, and 2000 square foot MC Mansion beamed from this earth by the Starship Kolob to the new colony of Enoch on Planet X.  

The Book of 3 Nephi is more important than many Mormons know.  To understand it's importance and central role in our covenant relationship, we need to understand that from the context of establishing and maintaining a covenant relationship with God, the Book of 3 Nephi is quite possibly the most important Book in the Record that we call the Book of Mormon.  

In the covenant sequence of the Torah (First Five Books of Moses- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) the Book of Leviticus is the Heart of the Covenant because strangely enough it contained God's instructions to the Israelites on how to create and maintain the sacred space- the place where Heaven and Earth Connect.  It was considered THE BOOK OF LOVE and contained God's instructions for establishing and maintaining a Holy People. (Now stick with me here).

The Book of Mormon is the Covenant Treaty on this Land of Promise.  While it is inextricably connected with the The Covenant God Made with Israel, the Book itself serves much the same function. To make a long story short, in terms of establishing Zion - THE SACRED SPACE WE SEEK TO CREATE- THE RECORD OF 3 NEPHI IS YOUR BOOK OF LEVITICUS.  It is the Heart of the Book of Mormon and The Heart of our covenant relationship with God.  It is our manual of discipline, our book of love, and the instructions on how to create the sacred space of Zion.

So Let's Break this Down:

The Tabernacle of God Dwelling in the Midst of the People:


7 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.

 8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.

 9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:

 10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

 11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning...

Just as God had Moses originally establish the tabernacle in the wilderness in the midst (middle/center point) of all the tribes of Israel, Jesus Christ the tabernacle of God descended from Heaven stood in the midst of this Remnant of Jacob.  (3 Nephi: 11) 


Christ Reiterates His Doctrine of Repentance and Baptism - ONE HEART AND MIND


 32 And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.

 33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 34 And whoso believeth not in me, and is not baptized, shall be damned.

 35 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost.

 36 And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one.

 37 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things.

 38 And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.

 39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.

 40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.

 41 Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth. (3 Nephi 11)

THE SERMON AT THE TEMPLE/MOUNT = DWELLING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS


3 NEPHI 12 - 17  is our Manual in the Discipline of Love.  I would commend you to go read, study, and commit to walking this Discipline of Love in your heart and daily life because by these instructions is the sacred space of Zion established and maintained.  Walking in these instructions is what is meant by the expressions "Dwelt/dwelling in Righteousness", and is what is meant by "the people wrought righteousness".  The instructions in this Sermon at the Temple is THE manual for living, working, and dwelling in righteousness.

"Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement." -Jaques Ellul


(Next: 3 Nephi 18 -21: God's Enabling Power and Promises for the Realization of Zion)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Where Are We at America?

Sometimes the words of the scriptures scream so loud that we just cannot deny their truthfulness:

3 Nephi 6

11 For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers.

 12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches.

 13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God.

 14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.

 15 Now the cause of this iniquity of the people was this—Satan had great power, unto the stirring up of the people to do all manner of iniquity, and to the puffing them up with pride, tempting them to seek for power, and authority, and riches, and the vain things of the world.

 16 And thus Satan did lead away the hearts of the people to do all manner of iniquity; therefore they had enjoyed peace but a few years.

 17 And thus, in the commencement of the thirtieth year—the people having been delivered up for the space of a long time to be carried about by the temptations of the devil whithersoever he desired to carry them, and to do whatsoever iniquity he desired they should—and thus in the commencement of this, the thirtieth year, they were in a state of awful wickedness.

 18 Now they did not sin ignorantly, for they knew the will of God concerning them, for it had been taught unto them; therefore they did wilfully rebel against God.

 19 And now it was in the days of Lachoneus, the son of Lachoneus, for Lachoneus did fill the seat of his father and did govern the people that year.

 20 And there began to be men inspired from heaven and sent forth, standing among the people in all the land, preaching and testifying boldly of the sins and iniquities of the people, and testifying unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord would make for his people, or in other words, the resurrection of Christ; and they did testify boldly of his death and sufferings.

 21 Now there were many of the people who were exceedingly angry because of those who testified of these things; and those who were angry were chiefly the chief judges, and they who had been high priests and lawyers; yea, all those who were lawyers were angry with those who testified of these things.

 22 Now there was no lawyer nor judge nor high priest that could have power to condemn any one to death save their condemnation was signed by the governor of the land.

 23 Now there were many of those who testified of the things pertaining to Christ who testified boldly, who were taken and put to death secretly by the judges, that the knowledge of their death came not unto the governor of the land until after their death.

 24 Now behold, this was contrary to the laws of the land, that any man should be put to death except they had power from the governor of the land—

 25 Therefore a complaint came up unto the land of Zarahemla, to the governor of the land, against these judges who had condemned the prophets of the Lord unto death, not according to the law.

 26 Now it came to pass that they were taken and brought up before the judge, to be judged of the crime which they had done, according to the law which had been given by the people.

 27 Now it came to pass that those judges had many friends and kindreds; and the remainder, yea, even almost all the lawyers and the high priests, did gather themselves together, and unite with the kindreds of those judges who were to be tried according to the law.

 28 And they did enter into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant which was given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered by the devil, to combine against all righteousness.

 29 Therefore they did combine against the people of the Lord, and enter into a covenant to destroy them, and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the grasp of justice, which was about to be administered according to the law.

 30 And they did set at defiance the law and the rights of their country; and they did covenant one with another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over the land, that the land should no more be at liberty but should be subject unto kings.

3 Nephi 7

1 Now behold, I will show unto you that they did not establish a king over the land; but in this same year, yea, the thirtieth year, they did destroy upon the judgment-seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of the land.

 2 And the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred and friends; and thus they did destroy the government of the land.

 3 And every tribe did appoint a chief or a leader over them; and thus they became tribes and leaders of tribes.

 4 Now behold, there was no man among them save he had much family and many kindreds and friends; therefore their tribes became exceedingly great.

 5 Now all this was done, and there were no wars as yet among them; and all this iniquity had come upon the people because they did yield themselves unto the power of Satan.

 6 And the regulations of the government were destroyed, because of the secret combination of the friends and kindreds of those who murdered the prophets.

 7 And they did cause a great contention in the land, insomuch that the more righteous part of the people had nearly all become wicked; yea, there were but few righteous men among them.


 8 And thus six years had not passed away since the more part of the people had turned from their righteousness, like the dog to his vomit, or like the sow to her wallowing in the mire.

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Then today I noticed the following today:


BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Scalia dies during hunting trip in Marfa



We are at a critical juncture in the United States of America which may soon become the Divided States of America.  Let us not willfully rebel against the God of this Land but let us return and in repentance tear our garments in remembrance.  The Heavens are open and Jesus Christ is the God of this land.  Let us engage in the sorrowing of repentance and return to Him rather than finding destruction in the sorrowing of the damned.






Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Mystery of the Remnant



The Shemitah and the Jubilee in the Book of Mormon


As America is a land of promise or covenant land, the same covenant laws and cycles apply to it just as it did to ancient Israel and the land of Israel.  For a covenant people in a covenant land, there is a covenant cycle that applies.  This cycle is very ancient and can even be found in the first book of Genesis as given to Adam - God's appointed times.  Part of this cycle of appointed times comes the Shemitah and the Jubilee.

Every seventh year was a Shemitah.  Every seventh Shemitah (7 cycles of  7 ) was called the Jubilee.  The Jubilee was the year of Restoration.  If you  lost your property, your land of inheritance,  or your family's possessions, in the Jubilee it was returned to the legal heirs.

If ever there was a people who lost their property, their ancestral home, their fathers possessions, and their land of inheritance it is the Remnant of Jacob or First Nations/Native Americans.  Like Rome (i.e. Gentiles) who had occupied and driven out the Jews from their land of promise over two thousand years ago, A Modern Gentile Rome has driven out the Remnant of Jacob from their land of promise here in United States of America and Canada.



Just as the appointed time of the Jubilee belongs to all the House of Israel so does the Jubilee belong to the Remnant of Jacob on this continent for this covenant land grant.  Understanding this eternal appointed time is the key to understanding the fulfillment of the Book of Mormon and the establishment of Zion on this land.  The Jubilee of Jubilees is upon us!

AMERICA - COVENANT LAND GRANT - LAND OF PROMISE



America is a Land of Promise.  In covenant terminology what this means is that America is a covenant land of inheritance or a covenant land grant.  So what does this mean and why is it important?  It means that possession of the land is tied to a covenant relationship between God (The grantor of the Covenant) and the person(s) to whom the covenant was given. In other words, possession of the land of America is dependent on the same type of covenant relationship that ancient Israel had with the God of Israel.

"And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.  For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off." (Ether 2:9)

Those who possess the land must serve the God of this land- Even Jesus Christ.  Iniquity in Hebraic thought is lawlessness; specifically the state of being in rebellion against God's Covenant Instructions.  In covenant theology, faith or faithfulness (emunah) is a state of oneness with God because we uphold his commandments.  Possession of this Land of Inheritance (America) is made by covenant decree.

 A covenant decree is not alterable by the grantor except by covenant disloyalty/rebellion of the grantee (i.e. Jaredites, Lehites, and Gentiles).   For example - Lehi was faithful and by covenant obtained the land of America as a covenant land grant or inheritance for himself and his posterity.  Jared and the Brother of Jared recieved the same covenant grant by God and were also given the same promise as Lehi.  A further example of this is seen in God making covenant with Abraham (who was faithful) and giving the land of Israel to him  and his posterity. Because of the faithfulness of one man salvation and inheritance came to many.  By returning to the covenant relationship God made with the Fathers the land of promise (i.e. inheritance) upon which they live is secured or regained should they fall from fidelity to the God of the Land.


THE REMNANT OF JACOB ARE THE LEGAL COVENANT HEIRS


The descendants of Lehi (First Nations of the Americas) are the legal covenant heirs to this covenant land grant or land of promise: As the Prophet Lehi explained:

"But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.

Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord. (2 Nephi 1:5-6)

This land was given to the seed of Lehi by God.  The decree of the covenant land grant was reiterated by the KING OF ALL ISRAEL - JESUS CHRIST:

"And behold, this is the land of your inheritance; and the Father hath given it unto you." (3 Nephi 15:13)

" But if they (the Gentiles)  will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance;" (3 Nephi 21:22)

"But behold, this land, said God, shall be a land of thine inheritance, and the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land.  And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles." ( 2 Nephi 10:9-10)


22 But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance (3 Nephi 21:22)


THE MYSTERY OF THE REMNANT



There is a lot of talk these days about "THE REMNANT".  In fact just about everywhere I go, I have heard people touting their "status" as being "THE REMNANT".  It really should come as no surprise though because everyone likes to think they are the special ones- you know- the "Good Guys". Whether we tout the common propaganda that "WE ARE A PART OF THE ONE TRUE CHURCH!" or "WE ARE THE TRUSTED FEW!" OR "WE ARE THE HEARTS CORE OF THE HEARTS CORE!" we are basically engaging in the same form of pride and elitism demonstrated by ancient Israel.

The number of "ONE TRUE CHURCHES" that I have encountered over the years would blow your minds and whether big or small each one points their finger at the other and screams, "APOSTATE!" or "Cult!"  The numerous "trusted few" are usually so enamored with their authority they act more like a person who discovers a mirror, beholds his own image, and then falls in love with himself. As for the Hearts Core of a Hearts Core- well let's just say that apple has either been micro-eviscerated so many times that their is nothing left or the core is so rotten even the worms won't live there anymore.  SUCH IS THE STATE OF MODERN MORMONISM!

Besides Pride and Arrogance one of the reasons these conditions exist is because there is a basic identity crisis going on.  Yes, there I said it!  MORMONISM HAS AN IDENTITY CRISIS!


WHO ARE THE MORMONS?


To make a long story short, THE MORMONS ARE THE GENTILES!  There I said it!  Modern Mormons despite their patriarchal blessings and much "chosen people propaganda" are identified with GENTILES. In fact at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the Prophet Joseph Smith stated emphatically:

" 60 Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles.

 61 But thou knowest that thou hast a great love for the children of Jacob, who have been scattered upon the mountains for a long time, in a cloudy and dark day." (D&C 109)

Notice that the Prophet of this Dispensation who translated the Book of Mormon makes a clear distinction between the GENTILES and THE CHILDREN OF JACOB.  Especially the children of Jacob who have been scattered upon the mountains for a long time in a cloudy and dark day. In fact if we read on we see the distinction of who is who very well laid out:


1.  The LAND OF ISRAEL PROPER- THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM OF DAVID - IE THE JEWS


62 We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;

 63 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;

 64 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

*We have seen a fulfillment of this with the establishment of the Nation of Israel and Jerusalem being returned to the control of the children of the southern kingdom. 

2. NEPHITES - LAMANITES - MULEKITES - AMERICAS


 65 And cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten because of their transgression, be converted from their wild and savage condition to the fulness of the everlasting gospel;

 66 That they may lay down their weapons of bloodshed, and cease their rebellions.

*Now this is an interesting one!


3. SCATTERED REMNANTS OF ISRAEL (10 TRIBES, ETC)


 67 And may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.

*We see scattered around the world pockets of Israelites such as the Pathans, Ethiopian Jews, and others are beginning to re-discover their covenant identity as Israel.

GENTILE MORMONS

So if Mormons are identified as the Gentiles where then do they fit in this covenant picture?  Does this make them a mongrel or 2/3 rds a person?  Are they a lower class of people or less deserving of God's love?  No!  BEING IDENTIFIED AS A GENTILE MEANS YOU HAVE A JOB TO DO!


THE WORK OF THE GENTILES


The body of the Gentiles who inherited the message of the Book of Mormon were designated as the messengers of the covenant to the Remnant of Jacob on this land to restore them to a knowledge of their Fathers and their status as covenant heirs to this land:

"1 And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time when these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion;

 2 And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them;

 3 Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known unto them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you" (3 Nephi 21)

The Gentiles who received the Book of Mormon were to take the covenant message of the Book of Mormon that they received through a Gentile to the Remnant of Jacob.  The Covenant Message contained in the Book of Mormon is far more than, "We have the True Church!" or "We have a living Prophet!"  It is the Message (Gospel) that was to go forth to turn the hearts of the children (In this case the decendants of Lehi, Mulek, etc) back to the covenant God made with their Fathers - Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, etc.  Just like the rest of the scattered remnants of Israel around the world who had lost their identity, the covenant inhabitants of this continent were not supposed to remain in a scattered condition, but were to be ONE PEOPLE - O HOUSE OF ISRAEL!  Those who were esteemed as less than the dust of the earth were to be restored and exalted.

As strange as it may sound to accomplish this it was necessary that The United States of America be set up as a Free Nation with a Free People.  By establishing the conditions of Freedom and Liberty the message could go forth and accomplish the great work it was meant to bring about.  While in the establishment of this land there were atrocities that occurred, out of the dust God will yet proceed to perform a Great and Marvelous Work:

 4 For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel.

I do not say these things to demean the sufferings of any of the First Nations/ Native American Peoples as the Jews have gone through many of the same types of suffering and atrocities.  Actions - even inhuman actions- have been perpetrated in the past, but out darkness there is a light, "He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it." (Isaiah 25:8)

3 NEPHI 21 - GOD'S SIGN TO THE REMNANT OF JACOB AND WARNING TO THE GENTILES!


There is a warning and a promise to the Gentiles that was delivered as part of the Covenant Treaty for this Land - The Book of Mormon:

The Promise of God's Great and Marvelous Work -

"For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, 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.... Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.( 3 Nephi 21:9,11)

Like Joshua and Israel in the Promised Land = The Remnant of Jacob = A Young lion

"And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off." ( 3 Nephi 21:12-13)

Warning to the Gentiles = You are being Disinherited from the Land of Promise!

"Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots; And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds; And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers; Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands; And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities. And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away." (3 Nephi 21:14-19)

THE REMNANT OF JACOB - THE HOPE OF AMERICA - THE BUILDERS OF THE COVENANT/CITY OF PEACE!

"For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel; And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance; And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem.  And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.  And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst." (3 Nephi 21:20-24)


The Gentiles/Mormons in America are following an ancient path.  They are not the legal heirs of the covenant and while they can be blessed in the land their covenant relationship is inextricably interwoven with the legal heirs-- in this case The Remnant of Jacob, First Nations, or Native Americans.  This is not the first time this has happened.  We see the same pattern with ancient Israel in the Exodus and the "Mixed Multitude" or Gentiles of their day:

" And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle." (Exodus 12: 37-38)

This "mixed multitude" would be considered mixed blood Israelites, non-blood Israelites, and children of various nations who resided in Egypt.  The mixed multitude were numbered among Ancient Israel until they came to Mount Sinai where a covenant was extended.  From that point, we really don't hear anymore more about them.  Why?  Because at Mount Sinai and the acceptance of the covenant relationship they ceased to be "mixed multitude" or Gentiles and became ONE PEOPLE - O HOUSE OF ISRAEL.  In other words, in that day there will no longer be divisions into Jews, Gentiles, Lamanites, etc.  There will be One Covenant House- such as existed in the days of Moses when all Israel Heard the Voice of God!

SO THEN WHAT IS THE REPENTANCE OF THE GENTILES:

The warning to the Gentiles is that if they repent they will be numbered among the Remnant of Jacob to assist them to build a New Jersulem here in America- a place where the presence of God is Restored. If they do not repent, their civilization (Gentile America) will be brought to an end just as the people who resided in the Land of Israel were removed by judgment from God as Joshua and the Children of Israel moved to take back the land of their inheritance.

In taking back the land of promise from those nations who occupied it, Israel went through, "as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off." (3 Nephi 21)  What has been shall be again.  It won't be pretty.

To escape such judgment one must repent.  The only problem is our definition of repentance may be incomplete.  From a modern Gentile Mormon perspective we would define repentance as coming to Christ, casting away our sins, and then being baptized.  There may be some various addendum depending on which sect of Mormonism you affiliate with, but I think we could probably boil it down at least to that definition.  This definition does hold some truth.

But there is a repentance that goes much deeper.  It is covenant repentance or the repentance of Israel. This type of repentance not only goes to returning in covenant loyalty to the King of Israel - Jesus Christ- and making the outward sign of covenant loyalty- i.e. baptism.  It also includes doing the work the gentiles were assigned to do - restoring the Remnant of Jacob as a covenant people through the Book of Mormon.

Have you ever wondered why the Book of Mormon goes to great lengths to document the missionary efforts of the Son's of Mosiah to the Lamanites?  Because it is a guidebook for the gentiles- who Nephi likened unto his people before they fell- to restore the Latter-Day Remnant of Jacob to their legal and rightful place as heir to God's covenant in this land.  In other words, those Gentiles who repent will follow the covenant decree of Christ in the Book of Mormon to bring this record to the covenant Remnant of Jacob on this Land and restore them as a covenant people/nation.  It has nothing to do with striping them of their identity to make them assimilate into a European Mormon Catholic Church.

Without the LEGAL HEIRS to the Covenant of the Book of Mormon the promises made to their Fathers will not be realized.  The House of Israel in America will not be established.  The New Jerusalem will not be built.  The presence of God will not be restored.  Those Gentiles who seek to be numbered among the House of Israel will be those who enter into covenant with the God of Israel. This covenant relationship can only be extended to the gentiles as they find themselves performing the duties of the gentiles to the house of Israel:

"Yea, the kings of the Gentiles shall be nursing fathers unto them, and their queens shall become nursing mothers; wherefore, the promises of the Lord are great unto the Gentiles, for he hath spoken it, and who can dispute?" (2 Nephi 10:9)

PUTTING OFF OUR MORMON PRIDE: ARE WE READY TO BECOME THE SERVANTS?

As Mormons we take some pride in being "the Chosen People". Don't feel bad, the Jews did too?  In parodying the words of the Great Prophet - Forrest Gump- "Chosen is as Chosen Does!"  Perhaps it is time that both peoples, put off their arrogance and envy and follow the example of true love and repentance in that the Greatest Among you should be the servant of all:

"And there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you, because ye are of the house of Israel. And now, these are the words: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me." (2 Nephi 6:5-7)

The repentance of the Gentiles consists of being nursing mothers and fathers to the Remnant of Jacob- not their conquerors.  Our repentance besides establishing our loyalty to God will be as servants to bring the covenant treaty of the Book of Mormon to the Legal Heirs of that Treaty- The Children of Lehi - The First Nations of America- The Remnant of Jacob.

In writing this there is a scripture though that haunts us, "Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts. (2 Nephi 28:32)

God is merciful if we should repent, but understand that his arm is poised to strike.  In so doing, Zion though she seems as if she is dead, yet shall she live.  Will the Gentiles repent and obtain mercy through their repentance of restoring the Remnant of Jacob? The parallels between the Gentile Mormons and the Jews of Christ's day are amazing-- but either way we have a choice of what path we will walk. Either way, the Jubilee of Jubilees is upon us.  It is a time of restoration.  The times of the Gentiles is complete and the days of restoration are here.  This covenant land of promise will now revert back to the legal heirs of the covenant-The Remnant of Jacob.  That which was taken will be given back.  Those who were scattered will be gathered.  When the time has come for the covenant decree to be fulfilled there is no corporate prophet or political president who will stand between the God of Israel and his Children.



Shalom!