Saturday, August 31, 2019

Barges, Boats, and Arks- The Mystery of Constructing the Vessel

"And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters." 
(1 Nephi 17:8)

The Prophet Nephi was a recipient of the light and knowledge transmitted by the Fathers to the House of Israel.  In true Israelite fashion, he designed his record to transmit not only his history but the mysteries of the Fathers to a future generation. Within this body of knowledge there has been preserved and an ancient Israelite teaching called “the mystery of the divine throne.”   It is the key to the mystery by which prophets like Enoch, Moses, Isaiah, and Lehi experienced God, whether through vision, transfiguration, or translation, and ascended through the heavenly realms to God’s throne.  Through this vessel of ascension ancient prophets obtained knowledge of celestial worlds, the secrets of creation, and the company of Heavenly Hosts.

Much of the understanding and knowledge of the Fathers was transmitted and preserved by various sects and disciplines in Israel.  Over millennia of persecution and apostasy from outsiders and from those within the body of Israel, many of these schools went underground in an attempt to preserve the light passed down by the Fathers to come forth again in a future generation before the coming of Messiah to the world.  Threatened by the existence of this knowledge, political and religious authorities began to hunt down the students and teachers of this knowledge torturing them and killing them in some of the most brutal scenes of violence imaginable.  To the world and the secret combinations that seek to control this world, the knowledge of obtaining the mysteries of Heaven and the presence of the Divine Assembly stands as a clear and present danger to their quest for more power and dominion.

While many keys and teachings regarding this knowledge were preserved by various bodies of Israelites, much of the pure knowledge of these mysteries had become lost or obscured by time and persecution.  Israelite tradition holds that at one time there were great schools of the navi’im or prophets in and out of the land of Israel who preserved this vast body of teaching.  With the destruction of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel as a result of the Assyrian and Babylonian invasions, teachers were killed, records were lost, and those families and sects who did preserve the knowledge of the Fathers went underground or left the land of Israel all together.

The hunting and persecution of those who held this knowledge continued through the times of Christ and the Roman occupation of Israel.   By the year 135 of the Common Era, Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef, one of the last of the great preservers and teachers of this knowledge, was brutally killed by the Romans aided by some religious authorities of the Pharisaic persuasion who saw this knowledge as threat to their power.  In their quest to eradicate this light from the earth, they skinned him alive and stripped his bones with an iron scraper. Those of his disciples (including his son) who did survive hid in a cave for 13 years during which time it was said they were visited by Elijah the Prophet with instructions on how to preserve and teach this knowledge in the generations to come.

The “mystery of the Divine Throne” is also known by other names such as the mystery of the Merkavah, the Divine Chariot, the Mystery of the Ark, the Divine Vessel, The Vehicle of Light, or the Stellar ship, etc.  It is the vehicle or vessel whereby an individual or group of people make their journey from this world to the divine throne room of God. The reaching of the divine throne room of God was known as reaching the Land of Promise.  While many different teachers have used different phrases to describe and explain this ship or vehicle by which the prophets connected and ascended into the Heavenly Worlds.  The teachings regarding this mystery are attributed to Moses and Abraham who received their knowledge from the Fathers and from the Mouth of God himself.

The Book of Mormon- Instructions on Building the Ship

The Book of Mormon as an Israelite record contains the fullness of the Gospel and with this fullness comes the hidden mysteries of Israel. As we examine Nephi’s record, he records his journey in the wilderness and the command by God to build a ship.  His account of the ship while detailing the events surrounding his experience, troubles, and construction of his vessel also entails his knowledge and instruction to his posterity regarding the mystery constructing the vessel, ship, or ark to connect Heaven and Earth.

“And we did sojourn for the space of many years, yea, even eight years in the wilderness. And we did come to the land which we called Bountiful, because of its much fruit and also wild honey; and all these things were prepared of the Lord that we might not perish. And we beheld the sea, which we called Irreantum, which, being interpreted, is many waters. And it came to pass that we did pitch our tents by the seashore; and notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions and much difficulty, yea, even so much that we cannot write them all, we were exceedingly rejoiced when we came to the seashore; and we called the place Bountiful, because of its much fruit.  ” (1 Nephi 17:4-6)

Lehi and his family traveled in the wilderness of correction for eight years prior to coming to the land they called Bountiful.  In the wilderness our carnal/natural state is revealed. It is also the place where we can correct and come into greater connection with God here in our temporary tabernacle/tent of wandering.  The number eight represents the culmination or fulfillment of their correction.  It represents a time when the person is prepared to receive the light.  It represents a time when the person’s soul is large enough and pure enough to receive eternal life or the land of promise.  Eight years in the wilderness represents the end of correction (tikkun).

After their travel in the wilderness, Lehi and his family arrive at a land that they called Bountiful because of its much fruit and wild honey.  The symbol of fruit and honey is reminiscent of the Feast of Yom Teruah/ Rosh Hashanah.  This Feast of Israel occurs in the seventh month (Tishri) right after the sixth month (named the month of Elul post Babylonian Captivity).  This month is a time of repentance in preparation for the Fall Feasts (Appointed Times) of Israel that commence with Rosh Hashanah.  According to tradition, after the incident of the Golden Calf and Moses breaking of the first set of tablets, Moses ascended Mount Sinai on the first day of Elul for a period of forty days.  After he ascended the Mountain of the Lord, he then descended to the camp of Israel at the base of the mountain forty days later on Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah.  To this day, Jewish tradition celebrates Rosh Hashanah by dipping fruit (apples) in honey.  In ancient Israel the symbol of fruit dipped in honey was a symbol of correction and the putting off of the natural man.  It represented the sweetness of a restored relationship, and a place of serenity and plenty.  This place of serenity and plenty is represented by Nephi’s declaration of Bountiful.

Like Israel who went through a period of correction, Nephi records that they too came to a place of bounty, sweetness, and serenity after their period of correction as represented by the afflictions and difficulties they experienced.   The spiritual state of correction and change leads to a condition of bounty, sweetness, and serenity where they could see the many waters that separated them from the land of promise; the waters representing the barrier that separates the earth from the Throne of God as demonstrated in Genesis:

And God said, Let there be a firmament (dome or barrier) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” (Genesis 1:6-8)

This place of Bountiful serves as a place of ascending the mountain of God. Here in Bountiful Nephi ascends the Mountain of the Lord to receive instructions.

“And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been in the land of Bountiful for the space of many days, the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Arise, and get thee into the mountain. And it came to pass that I arose and went up into the mountain, and cried unto the Lord. And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Thou shalt construct a ship, after the manner which I shall show thee, that I may carry thy people across these waters.” ( 1 Nephi 17:7-8)

(Later {in 3 Nephi 11:1} this ascension is paralleled by his descendants in third Nephi who ascended the Mountain of Lord at the Temple in the Land of Bountiful where the Lord manifested himself to all the people.  The physical temple in ancient Israel being a symbol for the Mountain of the Lord:

“And now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.” )

The Prophet Nephi had ascended the Mountain of the Lord in varying degrees of intimacy during his correction in the wilderness.  Each ascent being prophetically marked four times by the phrase, "My Father dwelt in a tent". In Bountiful he is once again commanded to ascend in preparation for their journey to the Land of Promise that represents the Throne of God. With each ascension into the mountain he is also is teaching his readers the manner of ascension through the four worlds- also known as ascending the tree of life or ascending the rungs of Jacob’s ladder:

The ship that Nephi is commanded to build is designed to carry his family across the waters.  The waters symbolize a purifying element that in ancient Israel is referred to as the light of mercy (chassadim).  Like the flood of Noah these waters are fierce with both the power to destroy and purify with shear force.  Nephi’s ship like Noah’s ark represents a construct or vessel that acts as a protective barrier around a person to protect them from the obstacles of the great deep that can both purify us and also prevent us from reaching the land of Promise.   The forces can be both the influences of the physical world as well as influence of the spiritual world.  The design of the ship given by God is not only meant to carry Nephi and his family across the ocean but serves as instructions to his future generations (his people) in how to enter the presence of the Lord; i.e, the construction of a ship to cross the waters of the deep to reach the Land of Promise.


The building of every ship requires the materials to construct the ship.  In the cases of Noah, The Jaredites, Nephi, and Hagoth there is one thing they all had in common-the building of a ship or vessel.  In each of these cases, they fashioned timber, wood, or trees to construct their vessels:

"Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch." (Genesis 6:14)

"And the Lord said: Go to work and build, after the manner of barges which ye have hitherto built. And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did go to work, and also his brethren, and built barges after the manner which they had built, according to the instructions of the Lord. And they were small, and they were light upon the water, even like unto the lightness of a fowl upon the water." (Ether 2:16)

"And it came to pass that they did worship the Lord, and did go forth with me; and we did work timbers of curious workmanship. And the Lord did show me from time to time after what manner I should work the timbers of the ship. Now I, Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but I did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men. And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things." (1 Nephi 18:1-2)

"And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward." (Alma 63:5)

Besides being literal timbers of curious workmanship used in constructing the physical ships, these stories are crafted in such a manner to communicate the construction and purpose of holy vessels.  In Israelite thought trees or timbers are compared to men (and women too):

The first instance of this comparison of men as trees is found in the Torah:

"“When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them; for you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down; for is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged of you? Only the trees of which you know that they are not trees for food, you shall destroy and cut them down; and you shall build bulwarks against the city that makes war with you, until it fall.” (Deuteronomy 20:19-20)

Another instance is seen in the prophets:

"“Blessed is the man who trusts in YHVH, and whose trust YHVH is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

As well as the writings:

"“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in YHVH's house. They will flourish in our G-d’s courts. They will still bring forth fruit in old age. They will be full of sap and green, to show that YHVH is upright. He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” (Psalms 92:12-15)

And Again, this same idea is also preserved in the New Testament:

"“He came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him, and begged him to touch him. He took hold of the blind man by the hand, and brought him out of the village. When he had spit on his eyes, and laid his hands on him, he asked him if he saw anything. He looked up, and said, “I see men, for I see them like trees walking.” Then again he laid his hands on his eyes. He looked intently, and was restored, and saw everyone clearly…” (Mark 8:22-26)

And again we see the Book of Mormon comparing the House of Israel to a tree:

"For behold, thus saith the Lord, I will liken thee, O house of Israel, like unto a tame olive tree, which a man took and nourished in his vineyard; and it grew, and waxed old, and began to decay." (Jacob 5:3)

While Nephi states that he fashioned his ship out of "timbers of curious workmanship" he is also teaching us that the vessel to connect Heaven and Earth is us (men and women) who need to be fashioned after the manner of the Lord's instructions.  In doing so "great things" are revealed.

Obtaining the Tools to Construct the Vessel

“And I said: Lord, whither shall I go that I may find ore to molten, that I may make tools to construct the ship after the manner which thou hast shown unto me? And it came to pass that the Lord told me whither I should go to find ore, that I might make tools. And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make a bellows wherewith to blow the fire, of the skins of beasts; and after I had made a bellows, that I might have wherewith to blow the fire, I did smite two stones together that I might make fire.
For the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire, as we journeyed in the wilderness; for he said: I will make thy food become sweet, that ye cook it not; And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.

Yea, and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God; and that I, the Lord, did deliver you from destruction; yea, that I did bring you out of the land of Jerusalem. Wherefore, I, Nephi, did strive to keep the commandments of the Lord, and I did exhort my brethren to faithfulness and diligence. And it came to pass that I did make tools of the ore which I did molten out of the rock.” (1 Nephi 17: 9-16)

The construction of a ship to cross an ocean is a mighty feat.  When Nephi receives this command from God he faces the problem of not knowing exactly how to perceive or create what seems to be an overwhelming and complex work.  To complete such a great feat as building a ship to cross the deep he needs the instructions and correct tools to build the ship to make it a reality.  Nephi creates the vessel with tools just as a blacksmith takes raw materials (ore) and works upon it to fashion various them into a functional form.  In Israelite thought the raw material or the ore represents our desires, our thoughts, and intentions. In this earthly world, our desires start out as rough, crude, and without form.  Our ability to design our vessel according to the patterns given by God help us to perceive the spiritual world, its boundaries, and the eternal gift of receiving from God to bestow upon others.

Nephi as a spiritual blacksmith creates bellows to blow the fire.  Bellows are instruments of air (as corresponding to the world of Beriyah) or wind that represents the instrument through which the spirit of God as the Holy Wind or Breath blows upon the spark of fire.  The instrument through which the air flows is particularly made of the skins of beasts.  The knowledge passed down by the Fathers communicates that when Adam and Eve were in the garden their bodies were different.  Some teachings suggest that unlike our bodies their bodies were bodies of light—pure and refined.  After partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they were cast out of the garden and God clothed them with coats of skins, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)  These coats of skins represent our mortal bodies.

In true Israelite form, Nephi layers his account with a teaching much deeper and important than a cursory reading of the “story” he relates.  The coat of skins represents our mortal bodies wherein resides and flows the Holy Wind of God (Holy Ghost or Ruach Ha Kodesh/Elohiym).  This wind then breathes or fans the spark of fire.  The fire is struck by the striking together of two stones. The two stones have a dual symbolic meaning.  The first is found in Deuteronomy 8: 15-16:

“And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth (heb. Chayil- strength), that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

The two stones being struck is an assumed allusion to the word flint- as even in the ancient world stones of flint could be struck to produce fire. The Hebrew word for flint or stone is challamiysh Using the keys passed down in Israel to unlock Nephi’s teaching we then go to the Torah to find the first place where this word is used; Deuteronomy 8:15-16.  Using this key we can examine the depth of Nephi’s account to discover further instructions on how correction and ascension takes place by connecting it to the Lord’s declaration to Moses, “Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness.” (Deuteronomy 8:15)

Just as the children of Israel were led through the wilderness and fed by the Lord even to bringing forth water out of the rock of flint, Nephi’s two stones (of flint) that struck fire leads the Israelite reader back to remembrance of the deliverance of their fathers in the wilderness.  In parallel to this Nephi explains, “For the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire, as we journeyed in the wilderness; for he said: I will make thy food become sweet, that ye cook it not; And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.”  Man cannot correct himself or ascend solely by virtue of himself; it is done by the direction, instruction, and further revelation given by God.

Correction and ascension are accomplished with the presence of the Lord- to one degree or another whether by his spirit or second comforter. The element of fire is symbolic of the world of the Celestial or Atziluth- the presence of God.  Joseph Smith followed this same line of thinking, "God Almighty Himself dwells in eternal fire; flesh and blood cannot go there, for all corruption is devoured by the fire. "Our God is a consuming fire." When our flesh is quickened by the Spirit, there will be no blood in this tabernacle. Some dwell in higher glory than others." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843-44, p.367)

Just as God was actively present through their journey in the wilderness (both Israel and Lehi’s Family) so too is he the light and sole provider through our journey of ascension through the wilderness or barrier that separates this world from the Heavenly World.  There is another important aspect and symbol that also comes into play- two stones.  The symbols of the two tables of stone direct us back to the words of God to Moses, “And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.” (Exodus 34:14)

Like the stone tablets whereon the commandments of God are engraved, our hearts are also tablets upon which God’s instructions are engraved.  In Israelite thought, the heart is the center of our thoughts and desires.  Even as Jeremiah declared:

“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: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people..” (Jeremiah 31:33)

The commandments of God written upon two stones comprised the heart of the covenant. As we fulfill the commandments of God, the stones are struck and the spark of celestial light above sparks within our hearts where it is then fanned by the Wind or Spirit of God (the Holy Ghost or Ruach Elohiym) to become the purifying fire.  The celestial fire created by the fulfilling of God’s commandments purifies our desires, thoughts, and intentions.

Nephi’s words create the following parallels:

Smiting of the two stones = light of the lord in the wilderness to the promised land = striving (working) to fulfill the commandments in faithfulness and diligence

In Israelite thought the physical world is a reflection or manifestation of the heavenly worlds.  That which is constructed above manifests itself in the world below.  As we commence the construction of our vessel below based upon the instructions given from above, we can construct a vessel or ship to carry us across the waters of the great deep to reach the Land of Promise or the Throne of Heaven. While the details of Nephi’s account appear mundane it contains the spiritual light transmitted to him by God and the Fathers.

(Article Copyright August 31, 2019-Robert Kay)

(To Be Continued)

Saturday, August 17, 2019


The account of the Liahona or "ball" is by far one of the most enigmatic accounts given in the Book of Mormon. At first glance, the existence, the function, and form of the Liahona appear to be unlike the description of anything preserved in the records of the House of Israel. Over the years, many scholars speculated regarding this mysterious device. Not knowing really what to make of it, the Liahona is relegated to being a "compass" and its' place in the Book of Mormon is often glossed over without any real discussion of substance.

The existence of the Liahona is first mentioned by the Prophet Nephi immediately after his second account of ascension. It is strategically placed after this account to teach the reader a very ancient doctrine connected to the Tree of Life and our return to the presence of God. Nephi records:

“And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night, and commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journey into the wilderness. And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.” (1 Nephi 16:9-10)

There are prophetic word markers in this verse that are designed to alert the Israelite reader to a teaching connected with the paths of righteousness and Moses' tabernacle or tent in the wilderness. The first marker in the above referenced Scripture are the words "tent door" and the words "curious workmanship". The usage of these words are meant to direct the reader to the Torah.  Here the Prophet Nephi strategically places these words after an ancient manner of teaching in Israel designed to draw the mind of the Israelite reader to those accounts in the Torah related to these references:

The first is the appearance of the LORD to Abraham:

"And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground," (Genesis 18:1-2)

It is also connected to the Mishkan or Tabernacle in the Wilderness in reference to the design of this wilderness temple:

"And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework. And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them." (Exodus 26:36-37)


"And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.

And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door." (Genesis 33:8-10)

The idea being communicated by Nephi is that the "tent door" is meant to indicate to the reader that his father's finding of the Liahona at his tent door is connected with a temple teaching and ascending to the presence of God.

In addition, Nephi's usage of the words "curious workmanship" is designed to indicate to the reader that the function of the Liahona is connected to another temple related item of fine or curious workmanship-the Ephod:

"It shall have the two shoulder pieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together. And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel:" (Exodus 28:7-9)

In connecting the Liahona with the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and the mysterious Ephod that was designed as a device to reveal the perfecting light of God (YHVH), Nephi is revealing and restoring to us an ancient temple teaching designed to restore us to the presence of God.


The Tree of Life serves as a grand archetype in the teachings of the House of Israel. The teachings and lore regarding this tree can be traced to the foundations of the earth and the Garden of Eden story. Traditionally, the tree of life is often depicted as a two dimensional figure illustrated below:

While depicted as a two dimensional figure, it was taught in ancient Israelite thought that the Tree of Life instead of being a two dimensional figure was actually a three dimensional figure depicted below:

The large spheres and the diagrams above are what are termed sephiroth or the emanations or attributes of God.  The lines connecting the the sephiroth of the Tree of Life are called the twenty-two Paths of Wisdom. These paths of wisdom correspond with the written twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. They represent the experiences we undergo as we travel or take our journey of ascension from this fallen world to the presence of God.  The combination of the letters in these paths represent the directions or revelations of God to assist us in our upward journey.

Nephi further connects the Liahona in both function and form as he describes how writings would appear upon the ball and were changed from time to time:

"And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness. "

"And we did follow the directions of the ball, which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them. And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to be read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things." (1 Nephi 16:9, 10, 28-29)

The journey from this world to the throne room of God is called the wilderness. Whether it be Moses and the Children of Israel leaving Egypt to descend into the wilderness to come unto the presence of God at Mount Sinai or Lehi and his family leaving Jerusalem and descending into the wilderness to reach the Land of Promise, we are meant to understand that our journey of ascension is our wilderness journey. The function of the Liahona was to lead them in the more fertile parts of the wilderness or those places where God nourishes his people in the wilderness to prepare them to come into his presence. Whether it be the gift of manna or quail along the path (in the case of Moses and the Children of Israel) or the provision of game in Nephi obtaining food for his family the spiritual message being presented is the same. Each step along the path offering a means of of drawing closer and closer into oneness with God or the option of straying from the path directed by God down the forbidden paths that lead to destruction.

The Prophet Alma gives us further insight into the function of the Liahona and its relationship to the Tree of Life in Alma 37.  Here Alma gives reveals and reaffirms the connection between the Liahona and the "stone" that would be prepared for a future seer that in function is similar to the stones described above in reference to the Ephod:

"And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations. And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled, which he spake, saying:

I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations; and except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the earth; and I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations, unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land." (Alma 37: 23-25)

He then immediately proceeds to teach his son regarding Wisdom or the path of Wisdom and how he is teaching his son to take his journey of ascension:

"O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God." (Alma 37:35)

The admonishment to learn wisdom being a prophetic marker that he is about to reveal a key "wisdom" teaching to his son.  He goes on:

"Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day." (Alma 37:36-37)

Here Alma directs his son to YHVH and tells him that his heart is the drawing board upon which the designs of our thoughts (heb. the heart being the center of thoughts; ie. thoughts of their hearts) should be placed and drafted to God.  He then commences in describing the daily actions of our journeys that lead us to our ascension experience of being "lifted up at the last day."

After this Alma then proceeds to deliver teaching regarding the Liahona:

"And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.

And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship. And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.

And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.

Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;

Therefore, they tarried in the wilderness, or did not travel a direct course, and were afflicted with hunger and thirst, because of their transgressions.

 And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.

For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land." (Alma 37:38-44)

While the Liahona as a physical device directed Lehi and his family in the wilderness, the device served as a type and shadow which Alma equates with the Words of Christ.  The straight and navigated course that leads to the presence of God or the promised land is connected with the ancient Israelite teaching of the Tree of Life and the Presence of God.

"And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.

O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever." (Alma 37:45-46)


"And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness." (1 Nephi 16;16)

In Israelite thought men and women represent trees or within each of us is a representation of the Tree of Life. Like the Liahona, the tree of life was depicted as having two legs or spindles:

All creative acts begin with the single point of Desire (heb. kavvanah or intention of the heart).  It is the power, fuel, or force behind all creative acts (whether the creation of life or the creation of destruction).  In true Israelite fashion we see this creative process in play with real people connecting Heaven with Earth:

"And they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the Holy Ghost (Ruach Elohym or Mind of God) should be given unto them...And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus prayed unto the Father, he came unto his disciples, and behold, they did still continue, without ceasing, to pray unto him; and they did not multiply many words, for it was given unto them what they should pray, and they were filled with desire." (3 Nephi 19: 9,24)

The Light of Life:

The Light of Life is representative of the Messiah or The Son or The Only Begotten as both function (process) and form.  Jesus (Yeshua) being the living embodiment of both. It is connected with the Judgment of God:

"Behold Eyeh*
Yeshoshua Messiah
of which the prophets testified
that should come into the world
And behold Ehyeh
the light and the life of the world
And I have drunk out of that bitter cup
which the Father has given me
And have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins
of the world in which I have suffered the will
of the Father in all things from the beginning"
(Voices From the Dust Volume 3, compare to 3 Nephi 11:10-11)

*See Exodus 3:14-"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.)  Moses and the burning bush/tree.

The Light of Mercy:

The Light of Mercy is representative of the Messiah or The Son or The Only Begotten as both function (process) and form.  It is connected with the true beauty that the Messiah reveals as he balances judgment and mercy:

"Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm (spindle) of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me." (3 Nephi 9: 14)

5 And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.

6 And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.

7 Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy. (3 Nephi 17:5-6)

The Messiah is the balancing force of the tree of Life.  Through him and his teachings the attributes of God are balanced and the trees (men and women) are fashioned after "curious workmanship".  As men and women take their journey in the wilderness to ascend the Holy Mountain, God has provided direction in the wilderness to lead us in the more fertile paths until we come to our land of Bountiful where we receive the further light and knowledge to fashion additional tools to build our vessel that will allow us to cross the great deep and arrive at The Land of Promise (The Presence of YHVH).

As with any journey we must obtain the record of Heaven, our Liahona in the Wilderness, and our land of Bountiful.


(To be continued)

Article Copyright 2019- Robert Kay

Saturday, August 10, 2019


"In the center of the movement, as the motor that swings it into motion, sits the leader. He is separated from the elite formation by an inner circle of the initiated a spread around him an aura of impenetrable mystery which corresponds to his "intangible preponderance." 
(Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism)

There are many false shepherds who come among the people declaring that they have been called of God to be the New Messiah, The New David, The New Holder of the Keys, The New Dispensation Head, etc. etc. They make many profound and sometimes wild claims regarding their particular brand of prophetic calling and when anyone questions them they are usually met with scorn, derision, accusations of faithlessness, and a number of self appointed mind guards ready to pounce.  At their disposal is usually their greatest weapons like "The Shunning" or "The Group's Gossip Machine" that goes about attempting to belittle those who question and to destroy their reputations.

Often when their leaders or followers are questioned, they usually cite something like, "Well the reason you don't recognize it is because it is the Lord's Strange Work" or "The Lord's Strange Act".  And I will admit they are correct on one major account--IT IS STRANGE.  In fact so strange, they they and their followers usually disregard God's word, his commandments, and his teachings all the while introducing twisted teachings and doctrines to gain more followers by stroking their egos and making them feel like they are among "The Lord's Chosen" or elite band of followers. I mean, "Hey, who doesn't like to to have their ego stroked?"  Most of us natural or carnal men and women do. 


The idea of the Lord's "strange act" comes from the words of Isaiah:

"For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act." (Isaiah 28:21)

This chapter in Isaiah commences with YHVH condemning the political leaders of Ephraim and the norther Kingdom of Israel whose capital was Samaria.  At the time the political and religious establishment of the Northern Kingdom had become so idolatrous and so corrupt, God presented his covenant lawsuit against her, and rendered his covenant judgment upon her. 

The word for "strange" here is the Hebrew word zoor which can mean strange or used in reference to someone who is a foreigner, that which is profane, and and to a person or nation who has committed adultery/idolatry.  In this case the Lord's "Strange Act" has to do with the cutting off of the Northern Political and religious leaders from their covenant status and covenant land grant. He then introduces Israelite allegorical and metaphorical symbolism regarding a farmer who plows, threshes, and then preserves what fruits he can.  His "strange act" being a prophetic allusion to the cutting off of an unfaithful nation.

This same phrase is used in similar context by Joseph Smith in D&C 101 in regard to the cutting off of the Wicked:

"Thus will I liken the children of Zion. Let them importune at the feet of the judge; And if he heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the governor; And if the governor heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the president; And if the president heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation; And in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time, will cut off those wicked, unfaithful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites, and unbelievers; Even in outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

 Pray ye, therefore, that their ears may be opened unto your cries, that I may be merciful unto them, that these things may not come upon them. What I have said unto you must needs be, that all men may be left without excuse; That wise men and rulers may hear and know that which they have never considered; That I may proceed to bring to pass my act, my strange act, and perform my work, my strange work, that men may discern between the righteous and the wicked, saith your God.  (D&C 101:85-95)

Both Isaiah and Joseph Smith draw upon the same imagery to communicate that the Strange Act has to do with the cutting off of the political and religious leaders who are in covenant rebellion to him and who seek to oppress those who uphold the terms of his covenant.  It has nothing to do with teaching "strange", foreign, or unrecognizable doctrines and ordinances invented by false prophets who seek to reshape the gospel and their followers into their unique version of the golden calf.

These false prophets seek to declare a gospel from their own imaginations and the false and delusive spirits they listen to.  They twist the commandments and do not teach their followers God's commandments.  You will however hear something similar to the following "permissive" commandments:

"I can't say or do anything regarding sexual misconduct, pedophilia, rape, theft, ritualistic sex abuse, etc etc,  the lord gives the people enough rope to hang themselves."

or something like

"I can't say or do anything regarding sexual misconduct, pedophilia, rape, theft, ritualistic sex abuse, etc etc, the people have to rise and fall on their own."

or something like

"Those old things/commandments are done away and don't apply to us, we live a higher law."

or something like

"You can't hold us up to this (i.e. as he holds up the scriptures), these are lesser, we live by the higher law of revelation."

or something like

"The Kingdom of God is a theocracy.  We the council,leader, prophet, holder of the keys, tells the people what to do.  And you don't want to make us enforce it."

which pretty much can be summed up in one simple doctrine:


This is why Isaiah warned the Kingdoms of Israel earlier regarding these false prophets:

 "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."  (Isaiah 8:20)


Why the Book of Mormon warns us:

"For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches which are built up, and not unto the Lord, when the one shall say unto the other: Behold, I, I am the Lord’s; and the others shall say: I, I am the Lord’s; and thus shall every one say that hath built up churches, and not unto the Lord"

People often ask, "Why would anyone do such a thing?"  Is it Money? Sex? Power?  What?  To which the answer would be yes to all, but often times their desires can be distilled down feeding their egos and to gaining control all the while deluding themselves into thinking they are doing the work of God.


The work of the Messiah commenced with a small nucleus of followers, but grew into a massive following of thousands of Jews.  Word of his works and his words not only spread throughout the land but extended even beyond the borders. Many believed him and believed in him.  At the same time, jealousy of him and the potential threat to the Jewish religious and political bodies that existed at the time made him worthy of notice.  In fact, so noteworthy that he was required to attend the Feasts of Israel in anonymity so as not to draw their attention.  While there were those who saw him as a troublemaker, there were many more who saw him as a Messiah, The Son of David, even the King of Israel.

While there are those who believe that he made little effort to be understood by the religious bodies of his day, this teaching would be erroneous.  To his Jewish listeners his words and his works struck to the very center of Jewish religious observance, piety, and political expediency.  His parables were drawn from similar parables and teachings of his day.  His words cut to the heart of the various sects of Judaism in his day.  His teachings were consistent with the Torah and the Prophets and make no mistake they were all distinctly Jewish in content, nature, and tone. 

His parable of the seeds which drew upon even more ancient teachings preserved by the House of Israel and their Mystery Schools is just one example.  It had nothing to do with him declaring his status as Messiah but much more to do with Ruach Elohym, the manner of the true disciple, and the ascent of his people. These doctrines of such a nature that they were communicated in a manner to both reveal and conceal, but never to alter the commandments of God or to give him an excuse to set them aside for expediency.

The true fruits of many false prophets lay in the synchronization of the holy with the profane.  They wink and nod at the commandments of God and quote scriptures when it suits their fancy or they need them to manipulate the people into doing what they want, but in the end the fruits of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are absent, their revelations fall to the ground unfulfilled, and their people are left wondering in a state of confusion usually asking something like, "What the hell is going on?"


To answer the questions of the people or to again stroke their ego, the people are flattered that those who remain faithful to the leader and his movement are among the trusted or faithful few who really "get it". They transform the Great and Marvelous Work of God in which it was declared:

"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land." (Jeremiah 23:5-8)

INTO the SMALL AND PATHETIC WORK OF MAN wherein the "trusted few" who do continue to follow their delusional prophet somewhere out into the middle of nowhere where they establish their Zion/New Jerusalem/ Temple etc etc which is comprised of unfinished homes, tents, and mobile homes, arranged in chaotic mess where they and their people continue to "Do Whatever They Wilt" all the while destroying the lives of their families, their friends, and their children's children's children even to the fourth and fifth generation.

Unto such I can only say that I personally testify to you as a first hand witness that the words of YHVH are true wherein he declares;

"My heart is broken because of the false prophets,
and my bones tremble.
I stagger like a drunkard,
like someone overcome by wine,
because of the holy words
the LORD has spoken against them.

For the land is full of adultery,
and it lies under a curse.
The land itself is in mourning—
its wilderness pastures are dried up.
For they all do evil
and abuse what power they have.

“Even the priests and prophets
are ungodly, wicked men.
I have seen their despicable acts
right here in my own Temple,”
says the LORD.

“Therefore, the paths they take
will become slippery.
They will be chased through the dark,
and there they will fall.
For I will bring disaster upon them
at the time fixed for their punishment.
I, the LORD, have spoken!." (Jeremiah 23:9-12)

Note:  For those who email me questioning whether I am referring to their particular prophet, David, group, movement, or church I can only say that when I wrote this I had no ONE particularly in mind as there are so many.  But what I can tell you is that if it looks like a duck, has feathers, and walks like a duck--it might be a duck. Oh and remember.....there is a test, a Test, a TEST coming!"

Friday, August 9, 2019


Many Mormons are not aware that the "Ten Commandments" are never actually called the “Ten Commandments,” but rather, eseret ha-devarim or the "Ten Words” (Exodus 34:28). They are ten unique divine utterances that function in a very special way in the scriptures.  In our Western tradition, we have been taught to view them as a series of prohibitions that carry with it strict penalties if disobeyed.  We have been taught to see them as mundane or "lesser" in comparison to other teachings from the New Testament or Book of Mormon by viewing them as a series of  do's and don'ts applicable to a fallen/temporal world.  Yet, there is a mystery contained in these utterances that comprise a spiral staircase of progression into the presence of God- a ladder of spiritual ascension into oneness with God.


First, the Ten Words were  given in the direct hearing of the people (Exodus 20:18-21).  Unlike the traditions that we have received that they somehow comprise a "lesser law" given because of the transgressions of Israel, the Ten Words were delivered by the voice of God to the entire assembly of Israel before they plead with Moses not to let God speak to them or the episode of the Golden Calf. The experience was so terrifying that it has been said in some literature that the rocks split in two, pregnant animals immediately gave birth, and the people were so overwhelmed that they never want to experience it again.

Second, of all revelations received by Moses from God, only these Ten Words were written by the finger of God. In fact, these utterances were so important in the founding and the establishment of the House of Israel, they were recorded in every testament including the Book of Mormon. (Mosiah 12-13)

Third, the Ten Words are unique in that they in particular are often referred to as “the covenant” (Exodus 34:28). This is why they were placed among the items inside the “aron ha-berit,” the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat, or Throne of the Most High.

As recorded in the scriptures there was  more given at Mount Sinai than just the Ten Words, but the function of the Ten Words was to establish and bring to remembrance the entire covenant in the minds of the people. These Ten Words capture the essence of God's covenant with Israel, while the rest of instructions given to Israel elaborates on their function and application among the people similar to our modern case law. In the mind of an Israelite, the Ten Words represent the whole Sinai covenant in a manner similar to how we refer to the Constitution or Bill of Rights representing the governing body of law for the United States of America.

The Ten Words function as the foundation of God's covenant. In a literal sense they function as the legal framework that establishes Israel as a nation and the national boundaries they are not to exceed. The Ten Words like the rest of the Torah are filled with principles of morality, but they also establish the basis of God’s relationship with ancient Israel.   This relationship was based first on deliverance as in God delivering Israel out of bondage as expressed in the first utterance “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery...” (Exodus 20:2). Israel's covenant relationship was based on an act of deliverance through the taking of the first born of Egypt in the Passover. This is important because Israel’s salvation was established by God first before he gave them further directions to live by.

Honoring God by keeping his instructions under God's Covenant is similar in that it too is a response to God’s salvation. Many have adopted the Ten Words as just a moral code. Others have rejected most, if not all of God's commandments as being relevant today. But what we are being called to is a relationship of transformation.  Instead of God's commands being written on tablets of stone they are now to be engraved upon our hearts. (Jeremiah 31:31-34; 2 Corinthians 3:3). The spiritual ladder of the Ten Words is pathway of transformation and progression into the presence of God brought about by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Because of our traditions and our Greek/Western mindset we are often accustomed to reading the 10 utterances by God in a linear/descending fashion.  We start with Commandment  #1 and then read down the list of what we think are a list of do's and don'ts until we reach Commandment #10.  This type of carnal reading of the 10 Commandments/Utterances is correct, but in an of itself it does not reveal the multi-dimensional revelations that the utterances contain. Let us start at the bottom:

"When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel– you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 6:306-307


Everything in the Torah has a purpose.  The words contain not only the literal rendering of the text but also the hidden plain and precious truths for those who seek further light and knowledge. Rather than just cold letters engraved upon tablets of stone, the 10 Commandments represent the Tree of Life and the pathway we are to walk to ascend back into the presence of God. The path back into the presence of YHVH commences at the Base of the Tree of Life which represents this world in which we live and corresponds to the place where we commence our journey back into the presence of God- You Shall Not Covet.


The first lesson of Holiness and Discipleship to be embraced in our journey from the world here below back into the presence of God is the Lesson Regarding Covetousness. In the Israelite mind covetousness has to do with lusting, possessing, and controlling another person or thing.  It is the opposite of tzedekah (charity).  In fact if we were to paint an Israelite picture of covetousness it might read something like this:

"And covetousness embraces power and is unmerciful, and its face is lust, and is prideful, seeks  his own self interest, is  easily provoked, meditates on evil, and rejoices in lawlessness and in lies, is unwilling to bear the burden of anyone or anything, looks only to themselves, has no expectation of God's promises or judgments, and endures nothing to satisfy the self." (Moroni 7:45- The Adulterated Version).

True Covetousness is the Epitome of Unrighteous Dominion:

"That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man." (D&C: 121:36-37)

So In Israelite thought Covetousness has to do with control, possession of another person or thing, and lust.  It is the fruit of the ego or natural man and woman.  To Ascend the first rung of the ladder in our journey into the presence of God, the first lesson of the traveler is the abandonment of the need to possess or control another person or thing to satisfy ourselves, our natural desire for forced order and control, and our the quenching of our fear through the subjugation of another person or group of people.

Putting off the desire to control, subjugate, or possess another person or thing is the first step as we leave the world we have been born into and then commence our journey into the wilderness like Nephi and Lehi leaving Jerusalem to travel to the Land of Promise and the presence of God. In letting go, we open the doors to higher spiritual experiences as we journey in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.  These disciples understand that the path of Godliness and the power of God is only manifest "by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death." (D&C 121:41-44)

(To Be Continued)

Sunday, August 4, 2019

I have the power! Wait, no, No, NO! I HAVE THE POWER

Over the last 30 years I have had the opportunity to meet many self declared Masters Of The Universe-aka. Noble and Great Ones, Ones Mighty and Strong, Davidic Servants, Reincarnated Dead Prophets, Holders of the Keys, etc. etc. They come in many shapes and sizes and while they proclaim their "Chosen Status", "Prophetic Calling", and "Dispensational Kingship" they unfortunately fail to produce any of the works that God proclaims should follow those who are true disciples of Christ (Messiah).  They have words mind you-- OH DO THEY HAVE WORDS! (Some of whom declare their prophetic significance and roles by the number of Books they Produce or overall word count.) Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the sum total of their Great and Marvelous Work is a stack of dusty books and papers in a used bookstore--their dead words that fall to the ground unfulfilled.  Rather than a GREAT AND MARVELOUS WORK it turns out to be SMALL AND UNDERWHELMING. (AKA. GOD'S SMALL AND PATHETIC WORK).

The disciples and fan club of these "great and mighty men" will testify with great conviction regarding their particular prophets calling and importance, but so many live out their lives in quiet desperation waiting for something -anything in fact- that their particular brand of prophet pronounces to be fulfilled. They form groups, fellowships, and movements with their own brand of self proclaimed priestcraft (committees, councils, and quorums) all of which are designed to shore up the words of their leader and their self-important egos- each waiting for their chance in the lime light or their moment in the sun to be seen as THE important authority.

The names and places of these prophets and their groupies may change, but as human nature doesn't change, the story basically remains the same- unfulfilled promises, dashed hopes, victims of abuse, and destroyed lives. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!  And by the way, the reason everything went wrong and didn't happen is because IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT! YOU WEREN'T FAITHFUL ENOUGH! YOU WEREN'T GOOD ENOUGH!  THE PEOPLE (not the leader) ARE TO BLAME! And the cycles of spiritual abuse go on and on and on and on.


"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:15-20)

The idea here being communicated by the Messiah is one that goes back to an ancient teaching of "THE SEED" as preserved by the House of Israel:

"Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:11-12)

Every seed produces after its kind.  An apple seed brings forth an apple.  A fig seed produces a fig tree which produces figs.  A monkey produces a monkey.  A human produces and a human baby.  A False Prophet produces other false prophets. 


In relation to the principle of THE SEED and false prophets we must understand that False Prophets plant their seeds.  What is their seed?  In Israelite thought- THEIR TEACHINGS OR WORDS ARE THE SEEDS.  As we take in the words of God or the words of men these seeds being to take root in our hearts (thoughts) and as we nourish them they begin to grow. The Messiah in what is called the Parable of the Seed demonstrates this ancient principle:

"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God." (Luke 8:11)

The Prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon reiterates this ancient principle:

"Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." (Alma 32:28)

God's seed is considered "the good seed".  In Israelite thought, that which is "GOOD" leads us to fulfill God's commandments.  We must be careful though because even as the word of God is a seed the words of The Adversary or even those words that come from the Hearts of Men are also seeds.  From whatever source, having ingested the seed, we then proceed to produce the fruits or works that the seeds are meant to produce.  This is why the accounts of false prophets/anti-christs in the scriptures are given- as in the case of Korihor:

"And Korihor put forth his hand and wrote, saying: I know that I am dumb, for I cannot speak; and I know that nothing save it were the power of God could bring this upon me; yea, and I always knew that there was a God.

But behold, the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say. And I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true; and for this cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought this great curse upon me...

And it came to pass that as he went forth among the people, yea, among a people who had separated themselves from the Nephites and called themselves Zoramites, being led by a man whose name was Zoram—and as he went forth amongst them, behold, he was run upon and trodden down, even until he was dead. And thus we see the end of him who perverteth the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell." (Alma 30: 52-53, 59-60)


The Apostle Matthew relates the following warning, "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" (Mat. 24:24)

If it were possible even the very elect would be deceived.  In Israelite thought an elect person or set apart person was set apart because of the terms of God's covenant.  The Prophet Joseph Smith in his commentary on Matthew's writings made the following additions:

"And except those days should be shortened, there should none of their flesh be saved; but for the elect’s sake, according to the covenant, those days shall be shortened...

 For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant." (JST Matthew 1:20-22)

An elect or set apart person is in the condition of being elect or set apart because they do so according to the terms of God's Covenant.  We may then ask, "What Covenant?" 

The Messiah himself answers the question:

"And it came to pass
that when Yeshoshua had said these words he perceived
that there were some among them
who marveled and wondered
what he would do concerning the Torah of Moshe
For they understood not the saying that old things had passed away
and that all things had become new
And He said unto them

"Marvel not that I said unto you that old things had passed away
and that all things had become new
Behold I say unto you that the Torah is now properly interpreted and established
that was given unto Moshe
Behold I am he that gave the Torah
And I am he who covenanted with my people Isra’el
Therefore the Torah in me is now properly interpreted and established
For I have come to  properly interpret and established the Torah
Therefore it has a purpose
Behold I do not destroy the prophets
For as many as have not been properly interpreted and established by me
Truthfully I say unto you shall all be properly interpreted and established
And because I said unto you that old things had passed away
I do not destroy that which has been spoken
concerning things which are to come
For behold the covenant which I have made
with my people is not all properly interpreted and established
But the Torah that was given unto Moshe
has a purpose in me
Behold I am the Torah and the Light
Look unto me and walk to the end and you shall live
For unto him that walks to the end will I give eternal life
Behold I have given unto you the mitzvot
Therefore keep my mitzvot
And this is the Torah and the prophets
for they truly testify of me"

(Voices from the Dust/ 3 Nephi 15:5 Hebrew Roots Version)

The elect or set apart ones are able to detect the false seeds or words of the Adversary or False Prophets because they know the Terms of Gods Covenant with the House of Israel. It is the same covenant given to Adam and extended down through the Patriarchs even to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  It is the same covenant restored by Moses to the House of Israel.  It is the same covenant renewed by the Messiah and it is the same covenant that exists today.

"For I am YHVH, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the YHVH of hosts (Heaven's Armies). But ye said, Wherein shall we return?" (Mal: 3:6-7 or 3 Nephi 24:6-7)

A True Prophet, One Mighty and Strong, Davidic Servant, etc etc sent from God will follow in the footsteps of the Messiah and properly interpret and establish the Torah.  We can only detect the true messengers of God according to the terms of the Covenant.  A false messenger will lead his followers away from the Messiah and his Torah.

"Wherefore, all things which are good (that which leads you to fulfill God's commandments) cometh of God; and that which is evil (that which leads you away from fulfilling God's commandments) cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually." (Moroni 7:12)

Beware the wolves in sheep's clothing: