Saturday, July 2, 2022

Staying Alert to the Source of “Great Signs and Wonders”*?

In recent days, we have witnessed a reversal of the 1973 Federal co-option of alleged state power.1 Many seem to view the SCOTUS decision as a great sign that the United States is re-affirming its former values. Some consider it an almost unbelievable wonder that in this current climate of iniquity and escalating abuse of children and power, that SCOTUS would make such a “course-correction.” But are we being too naïve about agendas? — about the appearance of things? We already see how this has created another acrimonious division, inflaming those who believe they have been stripped of a long-standing, federally-guaranteed right. So, being the skeptic that I am, I cannot help but wonder if time will soon reveal that this seeming “light”2 in a dark landscape is really artificial. What is the real inspiration for this reversal? What is its real purpose? I do not know, except that the prevailing iniquity and secret combinations at the highest levels are so pervasive, it puts almost every action of the powers in doubt of legitimacy or good purpose.

Will this turn out to be in the nature of a Cain-like offering?
18 And Cain loved Satan more than God. And Satan commanded him, saying: Make an offering unto the Lord.
19 And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.3
Some have speculated that Cain's offering (fruit of the ground) was unacceptable as God required a sacrificial animal, but from Mosaic laws and temple endowment, both the first fruits of the field and the firstlings of the flock were commanded at varying times. Of course, Cain's fruit might not have been firstling or best, but the defining reason for the rejection of Cain's offering by God is probably answered in the words: “And Satan commanded [Cain], saying: Make an offering unto the Lord.”

Is this SCOTUS decision a genuine offering of repentance and return? Or should we also ask: In these last days of testing, trial, and rampant deception, what will the adversary of all Good not wrap in artificial light? How on guard must we be to discern what unfolds by the inspiration of God and what unfolds at the command of the enemy?

Time and Truth will eventually reveal motives and purposes, though, for the sake of those who sincerely seek the Good, God seems always able to bring Good out of bad if or when intentions by others are corrupted.

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(All bold emphasis added.)
* JST New Testament | Matthew 24: 23-25
   23 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.
   24 Behold, I speak these things unto you for the elect’s sake.
   25 And you also shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled; for all I have told you must come to pass. But the end is not yet.

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade
https://www.npr.org/2022/06/24/1102305878/supreme-court-abortion-roe-v-wade-decision-overturn
https://aclj.org/overturn-roe-v-wade-and-save-unborn-babies
2. New Testament | 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
   14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
   15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:9
   9 ... that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 128:20
   20 ... The voice of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he appeared as an angel of light!
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 129:8
    8 If it be the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect him.
3. Pearl of Great Price | Moses 5:18-19  (Bold emphasis added.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Do Works Matter?

For the sake of brevity, I acknowledge at the outset, that there is no resurrection and no forgiveness for sin or error without Christ's resurrection and atonement. No amount of human work or technocracy can or ever will overcome physical or spiritual death or satisfy the demands of Justice. Resurrection and forgiveness come purely through the grace of Christ. Only through Him is the unbridgeable gap of death and alienation from God unconditionally bridged for every soul who ever lived. “Unconditionally?! ” you might interject! Yes, because without any action, work, or confession on our part, we will all be resurrected and brought back to stand in the presence of God.1 And therein begins the rub, because to stand before God means to stand before Judgment and Justice.2 Grace gets us to the pleading bar of God (through resurrection and return), whereupon grace and mercy continue (now on condition of repentance3) to get us through to some degree of glory, with “reward” now dependent on a review of our works. Consider (all bold emphasis added):
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (New Testament | Matthew 16:27)

3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (New Testament | John 9:3-4)

20 ... that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. (New Testament | Acts 26:20)

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (New Testament | Galatians 6:7)

23 ... all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (New Testament | Revelation 2:23)

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. ...
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (New Testament | Revelation 22:12, 14)

7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works. (Old Testament | Amos 8:7)

10 Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil— (Book of Mormon | Mosiah 16:10)

34 Be faithful until I come, for I come quickly; and my reward is with me to recompense every man according as his work shall be. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 112:34)
However, to the confusion and deception of many, some pastors and believers have reduced physical and spiritual salvation to a single confession of faith before death. They have conflated a two-step event of 1) getting to the bar of God; and 2) being judged at that bar, into a single event of accepting Christ before death. Thus, only “those who have accepted Christ” before death (Could we call that a work?) are saved despite this promise of universal, unconditional resurrection:
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.4
Does this not erroneously imply that works (confession and acceptance of Christ while in this life) are necessary in order to trigger God's grace, despite the above scripture and many others.5 And is this not equivalent, in fact, to denying God's grace to all those who have not performed the “work” of “verbal acceptance”?

When we accept the gestalt of scripture, can we see that grace, and only grace, gets every soul of us to the pleading bar of God (resurrection and return), and thereafter, Judgment must look to the facts of repentance, forgiveness, mercy, and works in order to serve Justice? Can we, by understanding the role of both grace and works in the comprehensive Plan of Redemption, reconcile the teachings of the Apostles Paul (Romans) and James (James 2)?

It appears then that works do matter in the gestalt of God's redemptive plan and that for the unrepentant — for those who reject God's mercy and grace — Judgment may entail a second death.6

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(All bold emphasis added.)
1. New Testament | 1 Corinthians 15:21-26
   21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
   22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
New Testament | Revelation 20:12
   12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 15:33
   33 Wherefore, if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also, as to the things which are spiritual, which are pertaining to righteousness; wherefore, they must be brought to stand before God, to be judged of their works; and if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the kingdom of God must be filthy also.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:10
   15 And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment–seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
Book of Mormon | Alma 5:15
   15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
Book of Mormon | Alma 11:40-44
   40 And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.
   41 Therefore the wicked remain as though there had been no redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold, the day cometh that all shall rise from the dead and stand before God, and be judged according to their works.
   42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.
   43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
   44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.
Book of Mormon | Alma 12:8, 12
   8 And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God. And he said unto Alma: What does this mean which Amulek hath spoken concerning the resurrection of the dead, that all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust, and are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works? ...
   12 And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works. ...
Book of Mormon | Alma 40:21
   21 ... there is a space between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in happiness or in misery until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and body, and be brought to stand before God, and be judged according to their works.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 14:15-17
   15 For behold, he [Christ] surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord.
   16 Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind from the first death—that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.
   17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 26:4-5
   And even unto the great and last day, when all people, and all kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall stand before God, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—
   If they be good, to the resurrection of everlasting life; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of damnation; being on a parallel, the one on the one hand and the other on the other hand, according to the mercy, and the justice, and the holiness which is in Christ, who was before the world began.
Question: Since every sin has been paid for through the atonement of Christ, does this permit all men to return — to stands once more in God's presence (to be judged) whether they have accepted that gift or not?
2. Old Testament | Psalms 89:14
   14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Old Testament | Proverbs 21:3
   3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Old Testament | Isaiah 9:7
   7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Old Testament | Jeremiah 23:5
   5 ¶ 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.
Book of Mormon | Alma 42:14-15
   14 And thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence.
   15 And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 82:4
   Ye call upon my name for revelations, and I give them unto you; and inasmuch as ye keep not my sayings, which I give unto you, ye become transgressors; and justice and judgment are the penalty which is affixed unto my law.
3. Book of Mormon | Alma 42:23-24
   23 But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice.
   24 For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved [from the demands of Justice].
Old Testament | Ezekiel 18:30-32
   30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
   31 ¶ Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
   32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
New Testament | Matthew 4:17
   17 ¶ From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
New Testament | Luke 13:2-3
   2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilæans were sinners above all the Galilæans, because they suffered such things?
   3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
New Testament | Acts 3:19
   19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
New Testament | Revelation 2:5
   5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
New Testament | Revelation 3:19
   19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
4. New Testament | 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
5. See also footnote 1 as well as
New Testament | Hebrews 2:9
   9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Book of Mormon | Alma 9:28
   28 Therefore, prepare ye the way of the Lord, for the time is at hand that all men shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been—if they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls, according to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ; and if they have been evil they shall reap the damnation of their souls, according to the power and captivation of the devil.
Book of Mormon | Alma 12:8, 12, 14, 30
   8 And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God. And he said unto Alma: What does this mean which Amulek hath spoken concerning the resurrection of the dead, that all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust, and are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works? ...
   12 And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works. ...
   14 For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence. ...
   30 And they began from that time forth to call on his name; therefore God conversed with men, and made known unto them the plan of redemption, which had been prepared from the foundation of the world; and this he made known unto them according to their faith and repentance and their holy works.
Book of Mormon | Alma 42:23-24
   23 But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice.
   24 For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved [from the demands of justice].
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:10-16; (recommended to read all of this chapter)
   10 O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit.
   11 And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave.
   12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.
   13 O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect.
   14 Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness.
   15 And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment–seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
   16 And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, for the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is his eternal word, which cannot pass away, that they who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels; and they shall go away into everlasting fire, prepared for them; and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever and has no end.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 12:24
   24 And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for grace, according to their works. ...
Old Testament | Daniel 9:4-5
   4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
   5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
New Testament | 1 Corinthians 3:8, 13-15
   8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. ...
   13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
   14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
   15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall may [JST] be saved; yet so as by fire.
New Testament | Matthew 5:16
   16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
New Testament | John 14:12
   12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 63:48
   48 He that sendeth up treasures unto the land of Zion shall receive an inheritance in this world, and his works shall follow him, and also a reward in the world to come.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 19:3
   3 Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done.
6. New Testament | Revelation 2:11
   11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
New Testament | Revelation 20:6
   6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
New Testament | Revelation 21:8
   8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Book of Mormon | Alma 12:16
   16 And now behold, I say unto you then cometh a death, even a second death, which is a spiritual death; then is a time that whosoever dieth in his sins, as to a temporal death, shall also die a spiritual death; yea, he shall die as to things pertaining unto righteousness.
Book of Mormon | Alma 12:32
   32 Therefore God gave unto them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil, the penalty thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justice could not be destroyed, according to the supreme goodness of God.
Book of Mormon | Alma 13:30
   30 And may the Lord grant unto you repentance, that ye may not bring down his wrath upon you, that ye may not be bound down by the chains of hell, that ye may not suffer the second death.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 14:17-19
   17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord.
   18 Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness.
   19 Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto this second death.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 63:17
   17 Wherefore, I, the Lord, have said that the fearful, and the unbelieving, and all liars, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Standing Before a Jealous God?

If God is a jealous God, as He self-describes1; and if by jealous, He means:
1. very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping
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3. requiring exclusive loyalty
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5. solicitous or vigilant in maintaining or guarding something
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6. Bible: intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry2
then what is He being vigilant or careful in guarding or keeping? Could it be His character, perfections, and attributes that define Him as God3? BUT, even as much, might it be to carefully guard the co-eternal Spirit of Light and Truth4? Isn't that what we do when we love someone or something? We are both jealous and zealous to guard and defend them from disparagement, damage, defamation, or destruction?

So, does God expect us to be as jealous and zealous in guarding His gifts to us? in defending our rights and freedoms? our bodily integrity? our moral integrity? And if we are not jealous for those things, what is the consequence?

When we stand before the pleading bar of God will there be evidence that we trusted in Him? that we gave Him our exclusive loyalty? that we refused to trust in the arm of flesh? that we were solicitous and vigilant in maintaining and guarding our gifts, our freedoms, our body temple5? that we awoke to a sense of our awful situation before it was too late6? that we passed the three temptations?7 And if we failed in any measure, is there evidence that we have sincerely sought forgiveness?

In this age of lying wonders,8 let us be as jealous for Light and Truth as God is. And if we feel anger when we witness unchecked injustice, bullying, power abuse, corruption, and repetitious mendacity beyond imagination, it means we share in God's jealousy for Light and Truth.

If we do a compound word-search in scripture for God AND anger, or God AND wrath, we will understand the consequence for failing to stand on guard.

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1. Examples from scripture (all bold emphasis added.):
Old Testament | Exodus 20:1-5
   1 AND God spake all these words, saying,
   2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
   3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
   4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
   5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Old Testament | Exodus 34:12-14
   12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
   13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
   14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Old Testament | Joshua 24:19-21
   19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
   20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
   21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 4:24; see also Deut. 5:9
   24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Book of Mormon | Mosiah 11:21-23; see also Mosiah 13:13
   21 And except they repent and turn to the Lord their God, behold, I will deliver them into the hands of their enemies; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage; and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies.
   22 And it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God, and am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of my people.
   23 And it shall come to pass that except this people repent and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the Lord the Almighty God.
2. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/jealous
3. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 84:102
   102 Glory, and honor, and power, and might,
Be ascribed to our God; for he is full of mercy,
Justice, grace and truth, and peace,
Forever and ever, Amen.
Doctrine and Covenants 1835 | Lectures on Faith: Lecture Third
the same yesterday, today, and forever; long-suffering, slow to anger, forgiving, merciful, gracious, abundant in goodness, truthful, just, no respecter of persons, loving, and so forth
Book of Mormon | Alma 42:12-13; 22-25 (Bold emphasis added.)
   12 And now, there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state, which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobedience;
   13 Therefore, according to justice, the plan of redemption could not be brought about, only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state, yea, this preparatory state; for except it were for these conditions, mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice. Now the work of justice could not be destroyed; if so, God would cease to be God. ...
   22 But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God.
   23 But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice.
   24 For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.
   25 What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God.
Book of Mormon | Mormon 9:19
   19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
4. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 93:28-40
   28 He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.
   29 Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.
   30 All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.
   31 Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light.
   32 And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation.
   33 For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy;
   34 And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.
   35 The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple.
   36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
   37 Light and truth forsake that evil one.
   38 Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God.
   39 And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers.
   40 But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.
5. See footnote 4, verses 33-35
6. Book of Mormon | Ether 8:23-25
   23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
   24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
   25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
7. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-three-temptations-2021-conversion.html
8. New Testament | 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10
   8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
   9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
   10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Who is Elias?

Is Elias a title, office, calling, spirit, power, mission, ordinance, code name, specific person, or all of these depending on the image and intent in the mind of a speaker or writer1? Since there seems to be various theories of who Elias is, here are several references from the JST (JST amendments are bolded; red highlights the name Elias):
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 But the day will come, when the violent shall have no power; for all the prophets and the law prophesied that it should be thus until John.
14 Yea, as many as have prophesied have foretold of these days.
15 14 And if ye will receive it, verily, this is he was the Elias, which who was for to come and prepare all things.
16 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Lutes, Kenneth and Lyndell. Joseph Smith Translation (p. 2136). Lutes Publishing. Kindle Edition. (JST New Testament | Matthew 11:12-16)

9 10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
10 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things, as the prophets have written.
11 12 But And again I say unto you that Elias is has come already, concerning whom it is written, Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and they knew him not, but and have done unto him, whatsoever they listed.
12 Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of them.
13 But I say unto you, Who is Elias? Behold, this is Elias, whom I sent to prepare the way before me.
14 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist, and also of another who should come and restore all things, as it is written by the prophets.
Ibid.-Lutes, (p. 2153). (JST New Testament | Matthew 17:9-14)

9 11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?
10 12 And he answered and told them, saying, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth prepareth all things; and teacheth you of the prophets; and how it is written of the Son of Man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at naught.
11 13 But Again I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and but they have done unto him whatsoever they listed; and even as it is written of him; and he bore record of me, and they received him not. Verily this was Elias.
Ibid.-Lutes, (p. 2218). (JST New Testament | Mark 9:9-11)

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And Thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth;
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him the Lord in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Ibid.-Lutes, (pp. 2250-2251). (JST New Testament | Luke 1:13-17)

25 But I tell you of a the truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when and great famine was throughout all the land;
26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that who was a widow.
27 And many lepers were in Israel, in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was were cleansed, saving save Naaman the Syrian.
Ibid.-Lutes, (p. 2264). (JST New Testament | Luke 4:25-26)

18 And it came to pass, as he was went alone praying with his disciples were with him to pray, and he asked them, saying, Whom Who say the people that I am?
19 They answering said, Some say, John the Baptist; but some others say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. ...
54 And when his disciples, James and John, saw this that they would not receive him, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did?
Ibid.-Lutes, (p. 2282, 2284). (JST New Testament | Luke 9:18-19, 54)

20 19 And this is the record of John [the Baptist], when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
21 20 And he confessed, and denied not that he was Elias; but confessed, saying; I am not the Christ.
22 21 And they asked him, What then saying; How art thou then Elias? And he saith said, I am not that Elias who was to restore all things. And they asked him, saying, Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
23 22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
24 23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
25 24 And they which who were sent were of the Pharisees.
26 25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that the Christ, nor Elias who was to restore all things, neither that prophet?
27 26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
28 27 He it is of whom I bear record. He is the prophet, even Elias, who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose, or whose place I am not able to fill; for he shall baptize, not only with water, but with fire, and with the Holy Ghost.
Ibid,-Lutes, (p. 2337). (JST New Testament | John 1:20-28)

2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot Know ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession complaint to God against Israel, saying,
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Ibid.-Lutes, (p. 2499). (JST New Testament | Romans 11:2-4)

17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
(New Testament | James 5:17-18; no changes in JST; compare Luke 4:25; Old Testament | 1 Kings 17 & 18)

5 Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the Book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel, to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim;
6 And also with Elias, to whom I have committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days;
7 And also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias;
8 Which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto the first priesthood which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron;
9 And also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse; (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 27:5-9)

9 Q. What are we to understand by the angel ascending from the east, Revelation 7th chapter and 2nd verse?
A. We are to understand that the angel ascending from the east is he to whom is given the seal of the living God over the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, he crieth unto the four angels having the everlasting gospel, saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And, if you will receive it, this is Elias which was to come to gather together the tribes of Israel and restore all things. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 77:9)

14 Q. What are we to understand by the little book which was eaten by John, as mentioned in the 10th chapter of Revelation?
A. We are to understand that it was a mission, and an ordinance, for him to gather the tribes of Israel; behold, this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 77:14)

11 After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.
12 After this, Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed.
13 After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:
14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—
15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse— (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 110:11 - 15)

45 Elias, who was with Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration;
46 And Malachi, the prophet who testified of the coming of Elijah—of whom also Moroni spake to the Prophet Joseph Smith, declaring that he should come before the ushering in of the great and dreadful day of the Lord—were also there.
47 The Prophet Elijah was to plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers,
48 Foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fulness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse and utterly wasted at his coming. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 138:45 - 48)
As we can perhaps observe from these scriptures, Elias can be applied to John the Baptist, Elijah, John the Revelator, Gabriel, one who is to restore all things, and even Christ himself (see JST New Testament | John 1:20-28 above).

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1. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/02/here-and-there.html
https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2015/02/words-without-images.html

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Multiple Mortalities?

Lately, I have heard increasing references to the concept of multiple mortalities for some of God's servants and noble ones, which, in essence, amounts to a spirit incarnating more than once1 (allegedly through the normal birth process) in order: 1) to complete a mission that was unfulfilled during a prior incarnation, or 2) to fulfill an end-time prophecy. If you have not heard of multiple mortalities, undoubtedly, you soon will. As you make up your mind to believe or not, here are a crowd of witnesses to consider (all bold emphasis added):

From Scripture (more quotes at footnote 2):
45 Now, behold, I [Amulek] have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body. I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal, that they can no more see corruption.  (Book of Mormon | Alma 11:45)

18 Then, I say unto you, they shall be as though there had been no redemption made; for they cannot be redeemed according to God's justice; and they cannot die, seeing there is no more corruption.
19 Now it came to pass that when Alma had made an end of speaking these words, the people began to be more astonished;
20 But there was one Antionah, who was a chief ruler among them, came forth and said unto him: What is this that thou hast said, that man should rise from the dead and be changed from this mortal to an immortal state that the soul can never die? (Book of Mormon | Alma 12:18-20)

28 They who are of a celestial spirit shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened. (Doctrine and Covenants 88:28)

42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.
43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil. (Book of Mormon | Alma 11:42-44)

12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.
13 O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect.
14 Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe ;of righteousness.
15 And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God. (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:12-15)

28 They who are of a celestial spirit shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened.
29 Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
30 And they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
31 And also they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
32 And they who remain shall also be quickened; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:28-32)

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (New Testament | Romans 6:9-10)

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (New Testament | Revelation 21:4)

8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death. (Book of Mormon | Mosiah 16:8-9)

33 For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; (Doctrine and Covenants | 93:33)

29 And there shall be no sorrow because there is no death. (Doctrine and Covenants | 101:29) 
From Joseph Smith (more quotes at footnote 3): 
We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. (TPJS, 181; footnote reference omitted.)

[The spirit] existed before the body, can exist in the body; and will exist separate from the body, when the body will be mouldering in the dust; and will in the resurrection be again united with it. (TPJS, 207, footnote references omitted.)

How doth [Abel] yet speak? Why he magnified the Priesthood which was conferred upon him, and died a righteous man, and therefore has become an angel of God by receiving his body from the dead, holding still the keys of his dispensation; and was sent down from heaven unto Paul to minister consoling words, and to commit unto him a knowledge of the mysteries of godliness. (TPJS, 169; footnote references omitted.)

The mind or the intelligence which man possesses is co-equal, with God himself. I know that my testimony is true; hence, when I talk to these mourners, what have they lost? Their relatives and friends are only separated from their bodies for a short season: their spirits which existed with God have left the tabernacle of clay only for a little moment, as it were; and they now exist in a place where they converse together the same as we do on the earth. (TPJS, 353; footnote reference omitted.)
In addition to the above, consider all the angels, translated, and “spirits of just men made perfect”4 who have appeared in their spirit, quasi-mortal, or resurrected form to deliver messages, confer powers and priesthoods, or aid the confused or the needy without the need for re-incarnation. Remember Gabriel, Michael-Adam, John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, Moroni, Elijah, and so forth. (Just search the scriptures for their names to preview their works performed after their mortality or translation.) Why would any of them need to be born again (mortal) to fulfill or finish a mission?

So much of this concept of multiple mortalities reminds me of the teachings of the Ascended Masters that I wrote about in 2016.5 To me, it smacks of a “how to save everyone” concept (running and re-running the gauntlet as many times as it takes), perhaps reminiscent of:
1 AND I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor. (Pearl of Great Price | Moses 4:1)
Yet, this is what D&C says:
And they [inhabitants of the telestial world] shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end. (Doctrine and Covenants 76:112)
Yes, we are to prove all things,6 and is not the foremost proof to run all things through the prism of scripture and thereafter seek confirmation of the Spirit?

And yes, there may be mysteries of God that we do not fully comprehend, but pursuant to the quotes herein, I think we should be supremely cautious of the multiple mortalities concept. I do not see proof in the Word. Outside the Word, I see interpretation and interpolation. I just wonder if this concept sets us up to expect and accept a mortal or synthetic doppelganger7?

If the counterclaim is that these scriptures and quotes apply only to resurrected beings and that multiple mortalities are possible until resurrection, then the questions become: which body will the spirit claim? which body will be restored? Where is the Word? Also consider: in cases where missions extended through millennia, God seems to have used translation (John the Beloved, the Three Nephites).8

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1. (A version of reincarnation?)
2. ▪ Book of Mormon | Mosiah 16:9
   9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
Book of Mormon | Alma 42:9
   9 Therefore, as the soul could never die, and the fall had brought upon all mankind a spiritual death as well as a temporal, that is, they were cut off from the presence of the Lord, it was expedient that mankind should be reclaimed from this spiritual death.
Book of Mormon | Alma 34:34
   34 ... for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
Book of Mormon | Moroni 10:26
   26 And wo unto them who shall do these things away and die, for they die in their sins, and they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God; and I speak it according to the words of Christ; and I lie not.
Doctrine and Covenants | 63:49
   49 Yea, and blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth, when the Lord shall come, and old things shall pass away, and all things become new, they shall rise from the dead and shall not die after, and shall receive an inheritance before the Lord, in the holy city.
▪ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 138:17
   17 Their sleeping dust was to be restored unto its perfect frame, bone to his bone, and the sinews and the flesh upon them, the spirit and the body to be united never again to be divided, that they might receive a fulness of joy.
Book of Mormon | Alma 12:24
   24 And we see that death comes upon mankind, yea, the death which has been spoken of by Amulek, which is the temporal death; nevertheless there was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead.
Book of Mormon | Alma 41:2
   2 I say unto thee, my son, that the plan of restoration is requisite with the justice of God; for it is requisite that all things should be restored to their proper order. Behold, it is requisite and just, according to the power and resurrection of Christ, that the soul of man should be restored to its body, and that every part of the body should be restored to itself.
New Testament | Luke 20:36
   36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
▪  New Testament | Hebrews 9:27-28
   27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
   28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
3. From Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith:
▪ Now I understand by this quotation [Pearl of Great Price | Moses 7:62], that God clearly manifested to Enoch the redemption which He prepared, by offering the Messiah as a Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world; and by virtue of the same, the glorious resurrection of the Savior, and the resurrection of all the human family, even a resurrection of their corporeal bodies, is brought to pass; (TPJS, 84; footnote references omitted.)
▪ I would esteem it one of the greatest blessings, if I am to be afflicted in this world, to have my lot cast where I can find brothers and friends all around me. But this is not the thing I referred to: it is to have the privilege of having our dead buried on the land where God has appointed to gather His Saints together, and where there will be none but Saints, where they may have the privilege of laying their bodies where the Son of Man will make His appearance, and where they may hear the sound of the trump that shall call them forth to behold Him, that in the morn of the resurrection they may come forth in a body, and come up out of their graves and strike hands immediately in eternal glory and felicity, rather than be scattered thousands of miles apart. There is something good and sacred to me in this thing. The place where a man is buried is sacred to me. This subject is made mention of in the Book of Mormon and other scriptures. Even to the aborigines of this land, the burying places of their fathers are more sacred than anything else. (TPJS, 294; footnote references omitted.)
▪ I have said, Father, I desire to die here among the Saints. But if this is not Thy will, and I go hence and die, wilt Thou find some kind friend to bring my body back, and gather my friends who have fallen in foreign lands, and bring them up hither, that we may all lie together. I will tell you what I want. If tomorrow I shall be called to lie in yonder tomb, in the morning of the resurrection let me strike hands with my father, and cry, “My father,” and he will say, “My son, my son,” as soon as the rock rends and before we come out of our graves. (TPJS, 295; footnote references omitted.)
▪ All things whatsoever God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit and proper to reveal to us, while we are dwelling in mortality, in regard to our mortal bodies, are revealed to us in the abstract, and independent of affinity of this mortal tabernacle, but are revealed to our spirits precisely as though we had no bodies at all; and those revelations which will save our spirits will save our bodies. (TPJS, 355; footnote references omitted.)
4. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 129
5. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/06/6-flags.html (“How to Save Everyone”) - especially part 2) Endless Re-Cycling and footnote 3 therein.
See also: https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/05/5-flags.html
https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/05/4-flags.html
6. New Testament | 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
7. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2020/02/doppelganger-probabilities.html
8. ▪ New Testament | John 21:21-23
   21 Peter seeing him [Apostle John] saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
   22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
   23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 28:6-9
   6 And he said unto them: Behold, I know your thoughts, and ye have desired the thing which John, my beloved, who was with me in my ministry, before that I was lifted up by the Jews, desired of me.
   7 Therefore, more blessed are ye, for ye shall never taste of death; but ye shall live to behold all the doings of the Father unto the children of men, even until all things shall be fulfilled according to the will of the Father, when I shall come in my glory with the powers of heaven.
   8 And ye shall never endure the pains of death; but when I shall come in my glory ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality; and then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father.
   9 And again, ye shall not have pain while ye shall dwell in the flesh, neither sorrow save it be for the sins of the world; and all this will I do because of the thing which ye have desired of me, for ye have desired that ye might bring the souls of men unto me, while the world shall stand.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 7:1-6
   1 AND the Lord said unto me: John, my beloved, what desirest thou? For if you shall ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you.
   2 And I said unto him: Lord, give unto me power over death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee.
   3 And the Lord said unto me: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, because thou desirest this thou shalt tarry until I come in my glory, and shalt prophesy before nations, kindreds, tongues and people.
   4 And for this cause the Lord said unto Peter: If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? For he desired of me that he might bring souls unto me, but thou desiredst that thou mightest speedily come unto me in my kingdom.
   5 I say unto thee, Peter, this was a good desire; but my beloved has desired that he might do more, or a greater work yet among men than what he has before done.
   6 Yea, he has undertaken a greater work; therefore I will make him as flaming fire and a ministering angel; he shall minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Glass-Lookers?

Since most of us have now become a flock of habitual glass-lookers, I thought it an opportune time to remember Joseph Smith, Jun.. Over eight years ago, I posted two observations about glass looking — ours and his1 — and in the intervening years, not much has changed for us, except the ubiquity of use, the frequency of use, and the misuse of use.

Just like Hiram Page2 our “iStones” can be a source of deception – one of several amazing tools to port the “lying wonders”3 of the last days. But because our glass-looking devices can also port truth, we have recently been informed of the creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board” under the direction of the USA DHS.4

Should this concern us? Should we have been concerned years ago when the escalating censorship by monopolized big tech companies began? If Satan is the father of lies,5 the prince of this world,6 and the angry-one intent on destroying agency and the world God designed and created,7 where do we think this disinformation governance is leading? to defense of truth? or to a new Kristallnacht — a virtual night-of-broken-glass8 — when truth goes into an all-knowing, algorithmic blackout? when only images, opinions, and facts authenticated and legalized by BIG governance are permitted? when the web of lies is fully woven?

So many seem so blasé about what is rapidly unfolding. Why do our latter-day reality and prayer warriors seem so few and far between? What do we see when we look into the mirror? someone who is awakened to a sense of our awful situation as commanded9? or someone who believes in and trusts the power elites, the experts, the governance?

It shouldn't require a crystal ball to divine the intended future from this coercive present. Less than eighty-five years ago, Kristallnacht happened and we vowed the like would never happen again. Now, it's all tragically déjà vu — this breaking of more than glass; this breaking of values, rights, memory, integrity, and on and on — yet the majority seem to pretend it's all justified for safety, order, and (alleged) love of an (alleged) over-populated, human-polluted, plague-prone planet. Though, according to a diminishing number of others, tyranny can never, ever happen here. Leaders are too dedicated, caring, trustworthy; “manifest destiny” is too unstoppable. Yet, why did God command us to awaken to our awful situation if all we do is act like there is nothing to do but hunker down or continue to pursue the good life, as best we can, till the rapture?

What if this partial quote of a familiar phrase is true? “If you don't stand for something, you will fall.”10

So what do we do about this world-wide-web of lies that flood our devices and TVs every day? Yes, of course, we seek out truths, but ignoring lies will not make them go away; too many accept the falsehoods. Somehow we must get to the root, as set out in this month-old, YT vlog that appeared on my tablet within hours after I wrote the above blog draft. Whatever one knows or thinks of Dana Coverstone and his graphic dreams, this vlog, “The Machines Dream” perhaps holds a key:
The Shutting Down The Machines Dream
with Cherie Goff and Dana Coverstone
(Dana Coverstone | circa April12(?), 2022 | Time: 41:57 min.)11
In a visual way, this dream manifests the words of John the Baptist and of Henry David Thoreau
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.12

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.13
How do we hack at the massive, entangled roots of deception — the web of lies? Perhaps, first and foremost is through private and public prayers: to plead for truths to be revealed with greater acceptance; for lies and secrets to be exposed; for courage to stand against evil; to do our part as directed by the Spirit; for strength to trust in God instead of the world; for the blind and deaf to see and hear. Should we be offering fervent prayers confessing and seeking forgiveness for ourselves, our families, and our nations? just as Moses did;14 as Solomon did;15 as Daniel;16 as the brother of Jared;17 as Enos;18 as Joseph Smith.19

Do we even recognize the need for repentance and forgiveness? Perhaps your area is different from mine, but it is rare to hear pleadings like unto Moses, Daniel, and others. Even my own prayers20 seem too often constrained into a box of expectation, tradition, and fear of offending mortal listeners.

Let us break away from our rote prayer traditions. Using our devices where needful, let us join with other people of faith, whether in public or private, near or far, and plead for God's help in overcoming the lies that are spinning and churning 24-7 as the father of those lies pursues the destruction of agency and the re-making of the world in his imagination, through his power paradigm of brute force.

Fervent, confessing, repentant prayer has more power to call God forth than many of us (in my experience) believe. And I wonder, too, if a 2022 update of Doctrine and Covenants Section 12321 by faithful believers in God everywhere has met a renewed imperative duty sufficiently to call God forth. So many exposés of evil have been documented and published that most of us will be without excuse. And though many of us are still living in relative stability, the world for many others has already descended into a new Kristallnacht. O, that we were hearing and offering prayers for saints and sinners, for family, friends, and enemies, like the prayer of Joseph during the Kirtland Temple dedication.22

Let us pray as never before that the words of Isaiah may be again fulfilled:
1 THE Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
4 ¶ And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.23
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1. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/01/glass-lookers-one-and-all.html
https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2013/12/tempest-in-tophat.html
2. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 28:11-12
   11 And again, thou [Oliver Cowdery] shalt take thy brother, Hiram Page, between him and thee alone, and tell him that those things which he hath written from that stone are not of me and that Satan deceiveth him;
   12 For, behold, these things have not been appointed unto him, neither shall anything be appointed unto any of this church contrary to the church covenants.
3. New Testament | 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
   7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
   8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
   9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
   10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
   11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
   12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
4. https://www.state.gov/subjects/disinformation/
https://www.state.gov/disarming-disinformation/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinformation_Governance_Board
5. Pearl of Great Price | Moses 4:3-4, 6
   3 Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;
   4 And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice. ...
   6 And Satan put it into the heart of the serpent, (for he had drawn away many after him,) and he sought also to beguile Eve, for he knew not the mind of God, wherefore he sought to destroy the world.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:9
   9 And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.
6. (All bold emphasis added)
New Testament | John 12:31
   31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
New Testament | John 14:30
   30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
New Testament | John 16:8-11
   8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
   9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
   10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
   11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 127:11
   11 I now close my letter for the present, for the want of more time; for the enemy is on the alert, and as the Savior said, the prince of this world cometh, but he hath nothing in me.
7. See footnote 5
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht
https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-night-of-broken-glass
9. Book of Mormon | Ether 8:24
   24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
10. https://quoteinvestigator.com/tag/alexander-hamilton/ Complete phrase: “If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDDY0jwCUdA&t=939s  
12. New Testament | Matthew 3:10; Luke 3:9; Book of Mormon | Alma 5:52; Doctrine and Covenants | Section 97:7)
13. Walden (1854) | https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau | This quote is often excerpted from its original context, but nonetheless covers many circumstances.
14. Old Testament | Exodus 32:31-32
   31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
   32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
15. Old Testament | 1 Kings 8:30+; 3 Chronicles 6:21+
16. Old Testament | Daniel 9
17. Book of Mormon | Ether 2:15
18. Book of Mormon | Enos 1
19. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 109; especially
   34 O Jehovah, have mercy upon this people, and as all men sin forgive the transgressions of thy people, and let them be blotted out forever.
   35 Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.
(For larger sample of Section 109, see footnote 22.)
20
. Meaning my public prayers. Here is one of my daily private prayers:  https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/12/my-daily-prayer.html
21. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 123:1-17
   1 AND again, we would suggest for your consideration the propriety of all the saints gathering up a knowledge of all the facts, and sufferings and abuses put upon them by the people of this State;
   2 And also of all the property and amount of damages which they have sustained, both of character and personal injuries, as well as real property;
   3 And also the names of all persons that have had a hand in their oppressions, as far as they can get hold of them and find them out.
   4 And perhaps a committee can be appointed to find out these things, and to take statements and affidavits; and also to gather up the libelous publications that are afloat;
   5 And all that are in the magazines, and in the encyclopedias, and all the libelous histories that are published, and are writing, and by whom, and present the whole concatenation of diabolical rascality and nefarious and murderous impositions that have been practised upon this people—
   6 That we may not only publish to all the world, but present them to the heads of government in all their dark and hellish hue, as the last effort which is enjoined on us by our Heavenly Father, before we can fully and completely claim that promise which shall call him forth from his hiding place; and also that the whole nation may be left without excuse before he can send forth the power of his mighty arm.
   7 It is an imperative duty that we owe to God, to angels, with whom we shall be brought to stand, and also to ourselves, to our wives and children, who have been made to bow down with grief, sorrow, and care, under the most damning hand of murder, tyranny, and oppression, supported and urged on and upheld by the influence of that spirit which hath so strongly riveted the creeds of the fathers, who have inherited lies, upon the hearts of the children, and filled the world with confusion, and has been growing stronger and stronger, and is now the very mainspring of all corruption, and the whole earth groans under the weight of its iniquity.
   8 It is an iron yoke, it is a strong band; they are the very handcuffs, and chains, and shackles, and fetters of hell.
   9 Therefore it is an imperative duty that we owe, not only to our own wives and children, but to the widows and fatherless, whose husbands and fathers have been murdered under its iron hand;
   10 Which dark and blackening deeds are enough to make hell itself shudder, and to stand aghast and pale, and the hands of the very devil to tremble and palsy.
   11 And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—
   12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—
   13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
   14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
   15 Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.
   16 You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves.
   17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
22Doctrine and Covenants | Section 109 (a sampling out of 80 verses):
   29 We ask thee, Holy Father, to confound, and astonish, and to bring to shame and confusion, all those who have spread lying reports abroad, over the world, against thy servant or servants, if they will not repent, when the everlasting gospel shall be proclaimed in their ears;
   30 And that all their works may be brought to naught, and be swept away by the hail, and by the judgments which thou wilt send upon them in thine anger, that there may be an end to lyings and slanders against thy people. ...
   34 O Jehovah, have mercy upon this people, and as all men sin forgive the transgressions of thy people, and let them be blotted out forever. ...
   43 O Lord, we delight not in the destruction of our fellow men; their souls are precious before thee;
   44 But thy word must be fulfilled. Help thy servants to say, with thy grace assisting them: Thy will be done, O Lord, and not ours.
   45 We know that thou hast spoken by the mouth of thy prophets terrible things concerning the wicked, in the last days—that thou wilt pour out thy judgments, without measure;
   46 Therefore, O Lord, deliver thy people from the calamity of the wicked; enable thy servants to seal up the law, and bind up the testimony, that they may be prepared against the day of burning. ...
   48 Thou knowest, O Lord, that they have been greatly oppressed and afflicted by wicked men; and our hearts flow out with sorrow because of their grievous burdens. ...
   50 Have mercy, O Lord, upon the wicked mob, who have driven thy people, that they may cease to spoil, that they may repent of their sins if repentance is to be found;
   51 But if they will not, make bare thine arm, O Lord, and redeem that which thou didst appoint a Zion unto thy people.
   52 And if it cannot be otherwise, that the cause of thy people may not fail before thee may thine anger be kindled, and thine indignation fall upon them, that they may be wasted away, both root and branch, from under heaven;
   53 But inasmuch as they will repent, thou art gracious and merciful, and wilt turn away thy wrath when thou lookest upon the face of thine Anointed.
   54 Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever.
   55 Remember the kings, the princes, the nobles, and the great ones of the earth, and all people, and the churches, all the poor, the needy, and afflicted ones of the earth;
   56 That their hearts may be softened when thy servants shall go out from thy house, O Jehovah, to bear testimony of thy name; that their prejudices may give way before the truth, and thy people may obtain favor in the sight of all;
   57 That all the ends of the earth may know that we, thy servants, have heard thy voice, and that thou hast sent us; ...
   72 Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connections, with all their sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth; that the kingdom, which thou hast set up without hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth;
   73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners; ...
   77 O Lord God Almighty, hear us in these our petitions, and answer us from heaven, thy holy habitation, where thou sittest enthroned, with glory, honor, power, majesty, might, dominion, truth, justice, judgment, mercy, and an infinity of fulness, from everlasting to everlasting.
   78 O hear, O hear, O hear us, O Lord! And answer these petitions, and accept the dedication of this house unto thee, the work of our hands, which we have built unto thy name;
   79 And also this church, to put upon it thy name. And help us by the power of thy Spirit, that we may mingle our voices with those bright, shining seraphs around thy throne, with acclamations of praise, singing Hosanna to God and the Lamb!
23. Old Testament | Isaiah 61:1-4