The Generations of God

Hello friends,
Many of these pages were part of my book the 3rd Watch Marvelous Work but they seemed to me to be a tangent to the main purpose of that book. So I separated this material and organized them into a second book.
As I said in the forward of that book, I repeat I am not a prophet, I have an arm of flesh and if you believe anything I’ve written here you’re out of your mind. I present them for discussion sake only. I present them as a possible explanation to some of the apparent discrepancies that we read in the scriptures: God has a body of flesh and bones vs God is a spirit, who is the Holy Ghost, who are the angels etc.
Some of the things I suggest here are the following:
1. That the pathway to perfection is through multiple probation’s as one of the 144,000 High Priest Saints, as one of the 144,000 Angels, as an Adam, as a Christ and finally to perfection as a God the Father and one of the Elohim.
2. Each God the Father presides over a Galaxy and he is described as the “man of holiness” and he as perfection is the final destination of all Celestial beings.
3. That the Holy Spirit who is through all things and in all things is the very source of Gods power described as “the mind, wisdom, glory, power and fullness of God”. The Holy Spirit created perfection in the form of God the Father and the very process of how to become perfect.
4. The Angels in heaven are our spiritual fathers and are the ones who gave form to our spirit intelligences as they begat our spirits “unto God”. The Angels are the inhabitants of the City of Enoch including all the prophets and they are Gods “rulers”. They are the general assembly and church of the firstborn.
5. Satan also has his generations. a. Lucifer and the 144,000 Sons of Perdition who oppose the 144,000 High Priest saints, b. Satan and the 144,000 satanic angel generation c. the Old Serpent, from the Adam generation and d. the King of the bottomless pit, from the Christ generation. There is no such thing as a God the Father generation Satan.
These ideas give me a plausible explanation to who we are and our relationship to Angels and Gods. They give me a place in this world, this galaxy and the universe. I haven’t seen worlds like Enoch and Moses and experienced the glory of God so there are certainly errors in my understanding. But I’m hoping that these ideas are steps in the right direction in describing God and his works.
Steven D. Fisher
Jameson Missouri

 

The Table of Contents

 The Pathway to Godhood and Perfection
Multiple Probation’s
Grace to Grace
Alpha and Omega

 Melchizedek Priesthood Model
From Adam to Joseph of Egypt
From Moses to Malachi
The 1st Watch
The 2nd Watch
The 3rd Watch Marvelous Work
Scriptural Evidence of the Orders of the Priesthood
Order of Enoch compared with the Order of Melchizedek
The City of Enoch are ministering Angels
The Lecture on Elias, Elijah & Messiah and the Lecture on the Orders of the Priesthood

Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part II
The Order of Melchizedek: D&C 76
D&C 76:50 – 70

 Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part III
The Priesthood of God
The Lineage of the Seed of Christ
High Priests of the High Priesthood
The High Priesthood before Christ
The Voice of God out of Heaven
Christ Introduces a New Order
The 2nd Watch High Priesthood
The 3rd Watch High Priesthood

 Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part IV
The 24 Temples in the Center Stake of Zion
The Presidency of the High and Holy Priesthood
The Apostles and the Seventies
The Sacred Apostolic Repository, for the use of the Bishops
The Apostles in the New Testament
The Sacred Treasury of the Lord
The 2nd Treasury of the Lord
The Holy Evangelical House
The Elders in Zion
The Temples of the Order of Aaron
The Presidency of the High Priesthood of the Order of Aaron
The High Priests after the Order of Aaron
The teachers in Zion
The Deacons in Zion
Chart: Kirtland Temple vs The 24 Temples
The Stakes of Zion

 Melchizedek Priesthood Model Part V
The Order of Melchizedek: The Children Saints
Children of the Angel Fathers
Grand Children of Father Adam
Great Grand Children of Christ
Great Great Grand Children of God the Father
The 3 Watches of the Last Days
The 1st Watch Saints
The 2nd Watch Foundation Saints
The 3rd Watch Marvelous Work and a Wonder

 Melchizedek Priesthood Model Part VI
The Order of Enoch: Angel Fathers
Creation of the Heavens and the Earth
The Angel Fathers are the Order of Enoch
Angel Fathers and Translation
The Angel Fathers and the 3rd Watch

 Melchizedek Priesthood Model Part VII
The Church of the First Born
The Right of the First Born
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Ephraim

 The Order of the Ancient of Days
Michael
Father Adam
The Conduit of the Holy Spirit
Father Adam is the Administrator of the Comforter

 The Order of Christ

 The Order of Elohim

 The King Follett Discourse: True or False Part 1
God is a Perfect Man
God is a Personage of Glory and Power

 The King Follett Discourse: True or False Part 2
Joseph and Moses
God does not Teach False Doctrine
The Church was not delivered up unto Satan, Yet!
Joseph and John
Christ Presents the Kingdom to the Father

 The King Follett Discourse: True or False Part 3
A Galaxy Eternity
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega of One Eternal Round
The Alpha Beginning
The Omega End
All Things
God Dwells on a Great Urim and Thummin
Progression of the Planets
How Big is the Universe
How Big is the Galaxy

 The King Follett Discourse: True or False Part 4
Faith
The Holy Spirit
Lecture #5
God is the Perfect Conduit for the Holy Spirit
The Spirit of God
The Spirit of Christ’s
The Baptism of Fire
Sons of Perdition
Quantum Physics
The Myseries

 The Holy Spirit:
The Very Mind and Power of God

 The Milky Way Galaxy

 The Andromeda Galaxy

 Galaxies Without End
If You Could Hie to Kolob
Facsimile 2, describes a Galaxy

 Composite Beings

 Cherubim’s & Seraphim’s

 The Generations of Satan

 The New Generation of the Sons of Perdition

 Lucifer of the Angel Generation
Lucifer as a Newly Organized Spirit
Lucifer as the New Satan, during the Little Season
Lucifer as the New Serpent, in the Garden of Eden
Lucifer as the Satanic High Priest
Lucifer as Nimrod
Lucifer as Caesar Augusta
Lucifer as the 8th Beast King
Lucifer leads his Satanic Angels

 Satan of the Adam Generation
The Old Serpent
The Old Serpent Creates Secret Combinations with Blood Oaths
The Old Serpent is the Evil Spirit
The Old Serpent is Cain, the Father of All Lies
The Old Serpent is the Dragon Gathers His Armies for War in Heaven

 Satan of the Christ generation
Satan in the Pre-existence
Satan as the King of the Bottomless Pit

The Great and Abominable Church
Babylon the Great

 Appendix
The Transmigration of John the Baptist

The Pathway to Godhood and Perfection

The Commandment is to be perfect, which perfection is personified in God the Father. This is the final glorified state promised to every Celestial being.

(JS Matthew 5:50) 48 Ye are therefore commanded to be perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

(3 Nephi 12:48) 48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

This perfection takes place through several probation’s or lives on several different earths.

(JD 6:63 Heber C. Kimball) Joseph always told us that we would have to pass by sentinels that are placed between us and our Father and God. Then, of course, we are conducted along from this probation to other probations, or from one dispensation to another, by those who conducted those dispensations.

Multiple Probation’s

Perfection is attained through 4 different lives on 4 different earths through the 4 orders of the Priesthood.

1st Order: We come during the 5th & 6th thousand years after Christ in the last days, to gain a body for the 1st time as a member of the Quorum of 144,000 children saints after the Priesthood Order of Melchizedek.

(D&C 76:57) 57….after the order of Melchizedek,

2nd Order: We come again during the 1st four thousand years before the birth of Christ as a member of the Priesthood Order of Enoch; they are the Angel Fathers also numbering 144,000.

(D&C 76:57) 57….which was after the order of Enoch,

3rd Order: We come in the office of an Adam after the Order of the Son of God; they Adam are many and also number 144,000 and are placed in the Garden of Eden on 144,000 earths.

(D&C 76:57) 57…which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

(Moses 6:67) 67 And thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.

(Moses 1:34) 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.

4th Order: We come in the office of the Christ of the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father: It is the glory of the only begotten, who is Savior over 144,000 Earths.

(John 1:14) 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(D&C 93:11) 11 And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.

When Christ presents his kingdom to the Father he then becomes part of the Elohim.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 358) What did Jesus do? Why I do the things that I saw the Father do when worlds came into existence. I saw the Father work out a kingdom with fear and trembling & I can do the same & when I get my Kingdom worked out I will present to the Father & it will exalt his glory and Jesus steps into his tracks to inherit what God did before.

We come 1st as the 144,000 Children Saints
The Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek
To
2nd as the 144,000 Angel Fathers
The Priesthood after the Order of Enoch
To
3rd as Father Adam on 144,000 Earths
The Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God
To
4th as the a Christ of Order of the Son of God
To
To Perfection as God the Father who is of the Elohim

Each probationary state is spent on a Telestial earth in the flesh.

(2 Nephi 2:21) 21 And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men

(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.

Each time a being comes to a Telestial earth they must be cleansed to re-enter heaven through the baptism of water and of the spirit which is the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

(John 3:5) 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

The Savior was baptized to fulfill all righteousness, to fulfill the commandment he gave.

(2 Nephi 31:5) 5 And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!

As well as Father Adam:

(Moses 6:64 – 65) 64 And it came to pass, when the Lord had spoken with Adam, our father, that Adam cried unto the Lord, and he was caught away by the Spirit of the Lord, and was carried down into the water, and was laid under the water, and was brought forth out of the water. 65 And thus he was baptized, and the Spirit of God descended upon him, and thus he was born of the Spirit, and became quickened in the inner man.

Grace to Grace

Christ our Lord progressed from grace to grace until he received the fullness of the Father.

(D&C 93:12 – 14) 12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace
for grace; 13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness; 14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.

The phrase grace to grace is the same as probation to probation. We enter an earth life and leave it again through the grace of Christ our Lord.

(Acts 15:11) 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
(Lectures on Faith #5) which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments; and all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ;

(D&C 93:19 – 20) 19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. 20 For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.

(Helaman 12:23 – 24) 23 Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved. 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,

In another place Paul uses glory to glory to describe the process of different lives.

(2 Corinthians 3:18) 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

And life to life:

(2 Corinthians 2:15 – 16) 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?

And strength to strength.

(Psalms 84:7) 7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

Joseph Smith speaks of endless lives and the multiplication of lives.

(Joseph Smith Diary, 27 Aug 1843) What was the power of Melchizedek twas not Priesthood of Aaron etc a king & a priest to the most high God. A perfect law of Theocracy holding keys of power & blessings. Stood as God to give laws to the people. Administering endless lives to the sons and daughters of Adam kingly powers of anointing.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 232) The earthly is the image of the Heavenly shows that is by the multiplication of Lives that the eternal worlds are created and occupied that which is born of the flesh is flesh that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.

(Eliza R. Snow, Women of Mormondom pg. 179 – 180) Michael was a celestial, resurrected being, of another world.

(Teachings pg 322) The power of the Melchizedek Priesthood is to have the power of “endless lives”, for the everlasting covenant cannot be broken.

Alpha and Omega

Christ is the Alpha and begins his work in the pre-earth councils in heaven. Christ is the Omega and ends his work when he overcomes death and hell at the great last judgment when the Telestial stars are resurrected and the Sons of Perdition are cast down to outer darkness at the end of the earth. This is the course the Savior takes, this is his one eternal round.

(Revelation 21:6) 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

(D&C 35:1) 1 LISTEN to the voice of the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose course is one eternal round, the same today as yesterday, and forever.

(1 Nephi 10:18 – 19) 18 For he is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him. 19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.

We become the Sons of God through adoption and becoming heirs of the glory of God.

(Galatians 4:4 – 7) 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

(Romans 8:14 – 17) 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

(Romans 8:23) 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

We are made equal with Christ and receive of his fullness because we are his heirs.

(D&C 88:107) 107 And then shall the angels be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.

(Ephesians 3:19) 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

(D&C 76:54 – 60) 54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn. 55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory; 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son. 58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—59 Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. 60 And they shall overcome all things.

After the Rapture we will look exactly like the savior.

(D&C 76:94) 94 They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace;

(1 John 3:2 – 3) 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

(Alma 5:14) 14 …I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

(Romans 8:29 – 30) 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

(Lectures on Faith # 5) … all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all: being filled with the fulness of his glory, and being one in him, even as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.

All Celestial Beings are to progress through the different lives and become a Savior, a Christ Jesus and sit down with a God the Father on his throne.

(Revelation 3:21) 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

(D&C 93:19 – 20) 19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. 20 For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.

(Luke 22:29) 29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

(3 Nephi 28:10) 10 And for this cause ye shall have fulness of joy; and ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one;

(John 17:21 – 23) 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

(3 Nephi 27:27) 27 And know ye that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.

(Revelation 21:7) 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Joseph Smith defines salvation as becoming a Christ and overcoming Satan, death and hell.

(TPJS Pg 297 – 298) Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet. And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death.

(HC Vol 5 Pg 403) Salvation is for a man to be saved from all his enemies; for until a man can triumph over death, he is not saved. A knowledge of the priesthood alone will do this.

(1 Corinthians 15:24 – 26) 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,
even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign,
till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Christ is the root and offspring of David and the bright and morning star.

Revelation 22:16) 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am
the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Christ rules over the nations with a rod of iron.

(Revelation 19:15) 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:
and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

We are told we will become a Christ and rule with the rod of iron and become the morning star.

(Revelation 2:26 – 28) 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.

(Job 38:7) 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Joseph Smith taught that we will become Gods.

(TPJS pg 346 – 347) Here then is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves…the same as all Gods have done before you…To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a God.

(History of the Church, 6:303-305) I want to ask this congregation, every man, woman and child, to answer the question in their own heart, what kind of a being God is? . . . Does any man or woman know? Have any of you seen him, heard him, or communed with him? . . . God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his power, was to make Himself visible,—I say, if you were to see Him today, you would see Him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another. . . . It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man like us; yea that God himself, the father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible.

(History of the Church 6:476) If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also. Where was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a son? Whenever did a tree or anything spring into existence without a progenitor? And everything comes in this way. Paul says that which is earthly is in the likeness of that which is heavenly, Hence if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that He had a Father also? I despise the idea of being scared to death at such a doctrine, for the Bible is full of it. I want you to pay particular attention to what I am saying. Jesus said that the Father wrought precisely in the same way as His Father had done before Him. As the Father had done before? He laid down His life, and took it up the same as His Father had done before. He did as He was sent, to lay down His life and take it up again; and then was committed unto Him the keys.

(Gospel of Phillip – Nag Hamadi) It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like them… You saw the Spirit, you became spirit. You saw Christ, you became Christ. You saw the Father, you shall become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you do see yourself – and what you see you shall become.

 

Melchizedek Priesthood Model

(TPJS pg 181) All Priesthood is Melchizedek, But there are different portions or degrees

(D&C 107:5) 5 All other authorities or offices in the church are appendages to this priesthood.

All the Elect of God hold the fullness of the Priesthood of God.
The Priesthood of God has four names:

  • the Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God, the Melchizedek Priesthood, and fullness of priesthood, and The Book of Mormon uses High priesthood

(D&C 107:2 – 3) 2 Why the first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest. 3 Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.

(Alma 13:6) 6 And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God,

The elect seed of God hold the fullness of the Priesthood of God and are divided into two orders.

  • Before Christ the elect of God are High Priests after the Order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Son of God. They are the city of Enoch, the city of Salem, and many others.
  • After Christ the elect of God are High Priests after the Order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Son of God. They are the 144,000 Saints.

The elect holding the priesthood of God have the authority in the church in all ages of the world to:
1. establish Zion, the Kingdom of God
2. And administer the gospel of Christ in the Church of Christ which has many offices.

(D&C 107:8 The Melchizedek Priesthood holds the right of presidency, and has power and authority over all the offices in the church in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things.

The Church of Christ contains many priesthood offices which are portions or degrees of the Melchizedek priesthood: patriarchal, evangelical, apostle, prophet, seer, revelator, elder, bishop, seventy, gospel of Abraham, Aaronic priesthood, order of Aaron, Levitical priesthood, priest, teacher and deacon etc.

From Adam to Joseph of Egypt

  • Starting with father Adam, the elect held the fullness of the priesthood as High Priests, which is after the order of the Son of God.

(Moses 6:67) 67 And thou (Adam) art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.

(D&C 107:53) 53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests,

Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch and his City, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, Japheth, Melchizedek and his city, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Esaias, Gad and Jeremy.

  • In the church of Christ father Adam and the High Priests of the Holy Order, administer the gospel of Christ, through the patriarchal priesthood. The patriarchal priesthood is not an office like an apostle, bishop, elder etc.

(Abraham 1:26) 26… seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam, and also Noah

  • Enoch established Zion, the Kingdom of God and was taken to Heaven.

Adam and the elect personally held the fullness of Priesthood to administer the gospel of Christ in the Church of Christ, through the Patriarchal portion of the Melchizedek priesthood.

From Moses to Malachi

  • The elect from Moses to Malachi held the Melchizedek priesthood and officiated in the church of Christ in the office of prophet, seer and revelator.

Caleb, Elihu, Jethro, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, Nathan, Samuel, Gad, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, Mosiah, Alma, Samuel the laminate etc.

(TPJS Pg 181) All the prophets had the Melchizedek Priesthood and were ordained by God himself.

  • The Children of Israel rejected the Higher Law; Zion, the Kingdom of God.
  • The prophets holding the Melchizedek priesthood administered in the Church of Christ through the gospel of Abraham, using the Aaronic and Levitical Priesthood and the Order of Aaron.
  • The prophets of the Book of Mormon held the Melchizedek priesthood (2 Nephi 6:2) and administered the Law of Moses (2 Nephi 5:10), through the gospel of Abraham.

Moses held the Melchizedek priesthood. After the people rejected the higher law, Zion, the Kingdom of God, the Lord administered to the Church of Christ through the gospel of Abraham and the Law of Moses. Moses retained the Melchizedek priesthood as did all the Prophets after him.

The 1st Watch

  • Christ held the fullness of priesthood and was a high priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. Christ also administered to the church through the office of apostle.

(Hebrews 6:20) 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisadec.

(Hebrews 3:1) 1 WHEREFORE, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

  • Christ chose twelve of his disciples and ordained them apostles to administer to the church through the apostolic portion of the high priesthood.

(Luke 6:13) 13 ¶ And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

  • The twelve administered to the church through the apostolic priesthood but they also displayed the power of the fulness of priesthood.

(Acts 5:15 – 16) 15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

  • There were a number of offices in the New Testament church of Christ.

(Ephesians 4:11) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evengelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (1 Timothy 3:1) 1 THIS is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. (1 Timothy 3:12) 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

After the death of Zachariah and John the Baptist, who were the last High Priests after the Order of Aaron, the Kingdom of the Jews had no legal administrator. Therefore Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses and restored a new order for the salvation of Man. The apostles presided over the church until they were all taken and eventually all priesthood died and with them the church of Christ. This necessitated the foundation movement that took place through Joseph Smith.

The 2nd Watch

  • The Aaronic portion of the Melchizedek priesthood was restored through John the Baptist

(D&C 13:1) 1 UPON you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, …

  • Peter, James and John restored the keys of the apostolic portion of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

(D&C 27:12) 12 And also with peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of you ministry and of the same things which I have revealed unto them;

  • The High Priesthood of God was restored at the Morley Farm in 1831.

(Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt pg 53) Several were then selected by revelation, through President Smith, and ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of the Son of God ; which is after the order of Melchizedek. This was the first occasion in which this priesthood had been revealed and conferred upon the Elders in this dispensation

  • In 1834 the 2nd Watch Saints rejected the higher law by failing to live the Law of Consecration and the fullness of the Melchizedek priesthood was taken away and the patriarchal priesthood continued in the church until the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 245) Abraham’s patriarchal power which is the greatest yet experienced in this church.

(D&C 124:28) 28 For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.

The 2nd Watch church continued under the patriarchal priesthood until Nauvoo where it also was taken from them when they failed to build the Nauvoo temple and Nauvoo House. This left them with the Aaronic Priesthood and the gospel of Abraham in Utah. Joseph retained the Melchizedek priesthood in Far West and Nauvoo, but his eyes were covered.

The 3rd Watch marvelous Work

  • Joseph Smith and the 1st Elders will have the Melchizedek priesthood and they will succeed in building the Nauvoo temple to the capstone. Nauvoo is the cornerstone of the New Jerusalem.

(D&C 84:63) 63 And as I said unto mine apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine apostles, even God’s high priests, ye are they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends;

  • The Church and Kingdom of God under the 144,000 High Priests after the order of Melchizedek, will build the New Jerusalem in the center stake of Zion, where they will administer the gospel of Abraham to the Terrestrial nations.

(D&C 77:11) 11 … A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are High Priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel;

  • The Mormons will lose the authority to dispense the oracles to the world and to administer the
    gospel of Abraham and they will be destroyed like the Kingdom of the Jews in 63 AD.

The 144,000 High Priests after the order of Melchizedek will establish Zion and invite the Terrestrial House of Israel to come and partake of the gospel of Abraham and administer to them through offices or
portions of that priesthood: Elder, Bishop, Seventy, Patriarch and Apostle.

Scriptural Evidence of the Orders of the Priesthood

1. The Order of the Melchizedek priesthood = Power to know God and administer the gospel.
2. The Order of Enoch = the high priesthood after the holy order = the high priesthood after the order of his son = his holy order = the order of God after the order of his Son = Power over the elements
3. The first two orders are both after the order of the only begotten Son = the order of the Son of God = after the order of him who is without the beginning of days or end of years = Power to create worlds.

New Testament

(Hebrews 6:20) 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(Hebrews 7:11) 11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
(Matthwe 13:11) 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Book of Mormon

(2 Nephi 6:2) 2 Behold, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, having been called of God, and ordained after the manner of his holy order, and having been consecrated by my brother Nephi, unto whom ye look as a king or a protector, and on whom ye depend for safety, behold ye know that I have spoken unto you exceedingly many things.
(Alma 4:20) 20 And thus in the commencement of the ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, Alma delivered up the judgment–seat to Nephihah, and confined himself wholly to the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to the testimony of the word, according to the spirit of revelation and prophecy.
(Alma 13:6 – 7) 6 And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his rest—7 This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things—
(Alma 13:14) 14 Yea, humble yourselves even as the people in the days of Melchizedek, who was also a high priest after this same order which I have spoken, who also took upon him the high priesthood forever.
(Helaman 8:18) 18 Yea, and behold I say unto you, that Abraham not only knew of these things, but there were many before the days of Abraham who were called by the order of God; yea, even after the order of his Son; and this that it should be shown unto the people, a great many thousand years before his coming, that even redemption should come unto them.
(Ether 12:10) 10 Behold it was by faith that they of old were called after the holy order of God.

Doctrine and Covenants

(D&C 76:57) 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.
(D&C 77:11) 11 Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe? A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel;
(D&C 84:18) 18 And the Lord confirmed a priesthood also upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations, which priesthood also continueth and abideth forever with the priesthood which is after the holiest order of God.
(D&C 107:9 – 10) 9 The Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, have a right to officiate in all the offices in the church. 10 High priests after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, priest (of the Levitical order), teacher, deacon, and member.
(D&C 107:73) 73 This is the duty of a bishop who is not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.
(D&C 124:91 – 94) 91 And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant William be appointed, ordained, and anointed, as counselor unto my servant Joseph, in the room of my servant Hyrum, that my servant Hyrum may take the office of Priesthood and Patriarch, which was appointed unto him by his father, by blessing and also by right; 92 That from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people, 93 That whoever he blesses shall be blessed, and whoever he curses shall be cursed; that whatsoever he shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever he shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 94 And from this time forth I appoint unto him that he may be a prophet, and a seer, and a revelator unto my church, as well as my servant Joseph;
(D&C 124:123) 123 Verily I say unto you, I now give unto you the officers belonging to my Priesthood, that ye may hold the keys thereof, even the Priesthood which is after the order of Melchizedek, which is after the order of mine Only Begotten Son.
(D&C 124:124) 124 First, I give unto you Hyrum Smith to be a patriarch unto you, to hold the sealing blessings of my church, even the Holy Spirit of promise, whereby ye are sealed up unto the day of redemption, that ye may not fall notwithstanding the hour of temptation that may come upon you.

Old Testament

(JST Genesis 14:27 – 28) 27 And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch, 28 It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;
(Moses 6:67) 67 And thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.

The Names of the 24 New Jerusalem Temples

# 10 – 12 House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and most Holy Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek.
# 19 – 21 House of the Lord, Law of the kingdom of Heaven, Messenger to the People; for the Highest Priesthood after the Order of Aaron.
# 22 – 24 House of the Lord for the Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the order of Aaron.

(Autobiography of Parly P. Pratt pg 53) Several were then selected by revelation, through President Joseph Smith, and ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of the Son of God; which is after the order of Melchizedek. This was the first occasion in which this priesthood had been revealed and conferred upon the Elders in this dispensation, although the office of an Elder is the same in a certain degree, but not in the fulness.

Order of Enoch and the Order of Melchizedek

The Order of Enoch
They are the Zion from Above
City of Enoch and City of Salem

They are the Angels from above

They are High Priests after the Order of Enoch
power over Nature and power of Translation
They were Translated

(Jst Genesis 14:30 – 31) 30 For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by himself; that every one being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course; 31 To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; 32 And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven.

The Order of Melchizedek
They are the Zion from Below

They are the 144,000 Saints from below
Nephite Saints, Meridian Saints, Lost Tribe Saints, 2nd & 3rd Watch Saints

They are of the Order of Melchizedek with the power to know God, and commune with heaven
They were not Translated 

(D&C 107:18 – 19) 18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.

The City of Enoch are Ministering Angels

The City of Enoch are the angels in heaven. The just men made perfect are the Saints of God.

(D&C 129:1, 3) 1 THERE are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones – … 3 Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.

Angels belong to this earth. They lived upon it. They are the cities of Enoch and Melchizedek.

(D&C 130:5) 5 … But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who belong or have belonged to it.

Joseph smith tells us the cities of Enoch and Melchizedek are ministering angels living in a terrestrial sphere. To me that would be a terrestrial, paradisiacal, millennial, Garden of Eden type of planet. Heaven.

(TPJS pg 169 – 171) Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. “(Genesis 5:22 – 23.) Now this Enoch God reserved unto Himself, that he should not die at that time, and appointed unto him a ministry unto terrestrial bodies, of whom there has been but little revealed. He is reserved also unto the presidency of a dispensation, and more shall be said of him and terrestrial bodies in another treatise. He is a ministering angel, to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation (Just men made perfect), and appeared unto Jude as Abel did unto Paul; Now the doctrine of translation is a power which belongs to this Priesthood. There are many things which belong to the powers of the Priesthood and the keys thereof, that have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world; they are hid from the wise and prudent to be revealed in the last times.

 

 

The Lecture on Elias, Elijah & Messiah
The Lecture on the Orders of the Priesthood

The office of Elias

Joseph Smith was ordained a priest after the order of Aaron by John the Baptist.

(D&C 13:1) 1 UPON you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.

(HC 6:249, Elias, Elijah, Messiah) The spirit of Elias is to prepare the way for a greater revelation of God, which is the Priesthood of Elias, or the priesthood that Aaron was ordained to, And when God sends a man into the world to prepare for a greater work, holding the keys of the power of Elias, it was called the doctrine of Elias, even from the early ages of the world.

Lecture on Elias, Elijah, Messiah
History of the Church, 6:249-254

I went into the woods to inquire of the Lord, by prayer, His will concerning me, and I saw an angel, and he laid his hands upon my head, and ordained me to a Priest after the order of Aaron, and to hold the keys of this Priesthood, which office was to preach repentance and baptism for the remission of sins

Lecture on the orders of the Priesthood
Words of Joseph Smith Pg 245

1st Levitical, which was never able to administer a blessing, but only to bind heavy burdens which neither they nor their fathers were able to bear.

The 3rd is what is called the Levitical Priesthood, consisting of priests to administer in outward ordinance, made without an oath;

The office of Elijah

Joseph Smith is teaching us that 1. the office of Elijah, 2. Abraham’s patriarchal power and 3. the power the Apostles were endowed with were all equivalent, were all equal portions of the fullness of the Melchizedek priesthood. The same priesthood power is being described with different names, from different perspectives and different time but the same powers and authority.

  • The spirit of Elijah and Abraham’s Patriarchal power are both to build the temple to the capstone or finish the temple.
  • The spirit of Elijah incorporates the power that turns the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers, that is the perfect definition of the power of the Patriarchal priesthood.
  • The office of Apostle was greater than that of John as is the Spirit of Elijah, as is the Patriarchal priesthood.

Lecture on Elias, Elijah, Messiah – Continued

1    Now for Elijah. The spirit, power, and calling of Elijah is, that ye have power to hold the key of the revelation, ordinances, oracles, powers and endowments of the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood and of the kingdom of God on the earth; and to receive, obtain, and perform all the ordinances belonging to the kingdom of God, even unto the turning of the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the hearts of the children unto the fathers, even those who are in heaven. …
 2  … and the spirit and power of Elijah is to come after, holding the keys of power, building the Temple to the capstone, placing the seals of the Melchizedek Priesthood upon the house of Israel, and making all things ready; then Messiah comes to His Temple,
 3     We find the apostles endowed with greater power than John: their office was more under the spirit and power of Elijah than Elias.
 4     the power of Elijah is sufficient to make our calling and election sure, resurrection of the dead

Lecture on the orders of the Priesthood – Continued

2. Abraham’s patriarchal power which is the greatest yet experienced in this church.
 
The 2nd Priesthood is Patriarchal authority. Go to and finish the temple, and God will fill it with power, and you will then receive more knowledge concerning this priesthood.

The Office of Messiah

  • Melchizedek held the power of endless lives which was given to him by the Messiah who, obviously held that power and even greater. Melchizedek was of the priesthood order of Enoch which held the power of endless lives.
  • The priesthood power which Melchizedek held (the Messiah power of endless life) was greater than that of the prophet Elijah, greater than Abraham’s patriarchal priesthood and greater than the priesthood powers that the Apostles held.
  • In other words Prophets, Patriarchs and Apostles are all names or portions of the Melchizedek priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. The priesthood power that the prophets, patriarchs and apostles held was named after Melchizedek but Melchizedek himself was of the order of Enoch.

Lecture on Elias, Elijah, Messiah – Continued

Messiah is above the spirit and power of Elijah, for He made the world, and was that spiritual rock unto Moses in the wilderness. Elijah was to come and prepare the way and build up the kingdom before the coming of the great day of the Lord, although the spirit of Elias might begin it.
 There are some important things concerning the office of the Messiah in the organization of the world.
Lecture on the orders of the Priesthood – Continued
 
3d. That of Melchizedek who had still greater power, even power of an endless life, of which was our Lord Jesus Christ, which also Abraham obtained by the offering of his son Isaac which was not the power of a Prophet nor apostle nor Patriarch only but of King and Priest to God, to open the windows of heaven and pour out the peace and law of endless life to man and no man can attain to the joint heirship with Jesus Christ without being administered to by one having the same power and authority of Melchizedek.

 

 

Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part II
The Order of Melchizedek: D&C 76

  • 1. God’s priesthood (the holy priesthood after the order of the Son of God) was renamed the Melchizedek priesthood. So it doesn’t matter if you call God’s priesthood the holy order as it is in the Book of Mormon or the Melchizedek priesthood as in the Doctrine and Covenants.

(D&C 107:2 – 3) 2 Why the first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest. 3 Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.

  • 2. One of the quorums that holds the Melchizedek priesthood is called the “order of Melchizedek. Another quorum that holds the Melchizedek priesthood is called the “order of Enoch”. These quorums are both patterned or organized after the “order of the Only Begotten Son”.

(D&C 76:57) 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

  • 3. The order of the Only Begotten Son, or Son of God, is without beginning of days or end of years. It is the priesthood that Jesus Christ our Lord and master holds which is the very embodiment of God’s priesthood. The priesthood after the Son of God is not passed on from father to son, it is not a lineal priesthood.

(JST Genesis 14:28) 28 It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;

  • 4. The great patriarch Melchizedek belonged to the “order of Enoch” and not to the “order of Melchizedek” that was named after him. How very interesting.

(JST Genesis 14:26 – 27) 26 Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness; and when a child he feared God, and stopped the mouths of lions, and quenched the violence of fire. 27 And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch,

  • 5. To belong to these two quorums you must be ordained by one having authority and by the calling of God out of the heavens. All other priesthoods or portions of the Melchizedek priesthood can and will be given by the inspiration of God.

(JST Genesis 14:29) 29 And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will, unto us many as believed on his name.

(D&C 84:42) 42 And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.

D&C 76:50 – 70

In section 76 God gives us much instruction concerning those who belong to the “order of Melchizedek”.
a. They are the firstfruits
b. They are just men made perfected
c. They are the church of the firstborn
d. They were baptized by water and fire and receive their calling and election, which is the sealing of the Holy Spirit of promise.
e. They receive all the Father hath
f. They are priests and kings
g. They are gods
h. They take part in the 1st resurrection
i. They are caught up to meet Christ in the air and comes with him in the clouds
j. They are celestial bodies
k. They commune with an innumerable company of angels, the general assembly and church of Enoch, and the firstborn
l. They commune with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ

Members of the priesthood order of Melchizedek are those who receive the testimony of Christ and come forth in the resurrection of the just. The resurrection of the just is the 1st resurrection that takes place at the 1st trump at the beginning of the 7th thousand years. Just to complicate matters, the resurrection of Christ at the meridian of time is also known as the 1st resurrection. (Mosiah 15:20 – 25)

(D&C 76:50) 50 And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—

Members of the priesthood order of Melchizedek receive the testimony of Jesus and are cleansed by baptism of water. In this clean state they receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands.

(D&C 76:51 – 52) 51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. This is the same as being baptized by fire and having your calling and election made sure.

(D&C 76:53) 53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek are part of the church of the Firstborn. All celestial beings are part of the greater church of the Firstborn.

(D&C 76:54) 54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek will receive all the Father hath. That is such an extensive concept. If we receive all the Father hath, we become the Father.

(D&C 76:55) 55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek are priests and kings.

(D&C 76:56) 56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;

Finally members of this group is identified by name as being priests after the order of Melchizedek. This quorum or order of 144,000 High Priests is pattered after the “order of Enoch” and after the “order of the Only Begotten Son”.

(D&C 76:57) 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek,

This is identifying the order of Enoch as a generation of 144,000 angel fathers and the “order of the Only Begotten Son” as a generation of 144,000 father Adams which is many. The “order of Melchizedek” is the Zion from below made up of the children saints. The “order of Enoch” is the Zion from above made up of the father angels. It is the grand patriarchal order of celestial beings from father to son so on from generation to generation forever and ever, worlds without number.

Members of the Priesthood order of Enoch are made up of the city of Enoch, Melchizedek’s city of
Salem, and the patriarchs and prophets that came after them who all sought after the city of Enoch.

(D&C 76:57) 57 … which was after the order of Enoch,

The order of the Only Begotten Son.

(D&C 76:57) 57 … which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

(Moses 6:67) 67 And thou are after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.

Members of the “order of Melchizedek” and the “order of Enoch” are both patterned after the “order of the Only Begotten Son” our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the source of the priesthood of God that disseminates throughout his posterity.

(Matthew 16:16) 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

(D&C 76:22 – 24) 22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! 23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek eventually becomes gods. This verse substantiates the King Follett discourse that teaches that our state of perfection is that of a God the Father.

(D&C 76:58 – 59) 58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—59 Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek shall overcome all things. In the own due time of God they will become a Christ, suffer for the sins of the world, overcome all things.

(D&C 76:60 – 61) 60 And they shall overcome all things. 61 Wherefore, let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God, who shall subdue all enemies under his feet.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek shall dwell in the presence of God.

(D&C 76:62) 62 These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek are the firstfruits, who come forth in the 1st resurrection. They are the children saints who are caught up to meet the city of Enoch, the angel fathers, in the clouds.

(D&C 76:63 – 64) 63 These are they whom he shall bring with him, when he shall come in the clouds of heaven to reign on the earth over his people. 64 These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection.

(D&C 88:96 – 98) 96 And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him. 97 And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven—98 They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek shall come forth in the resurrection of the just.

(D&C 76:65) 65 These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just.

(D&C 76:16 – 17) 16 Speaking of the resurrection of the dead, concerning those who shall hear the voice of the Son of Man: 17 And shall come forth; they who have done good in the resurrection of the just;
and they who have done evil, in the resurrection of the unjust.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek come unto God and Christ in the great city of the living God on mt Zion. They join their angel fathers who stand around the throne of God on the sea of glass. The father angels are the general assembly, the church of Enoch, and church of the firstborn. The Angel fathers are those of the city of Enoch who are of the priesthood order of Enoch.

(D&C 76:66 – 67) 66 These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all. 67 These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.

(Revelation 5:11) 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek have their names written in heaven and heavenly names written upon them, especially the name of God in their foreheads.

(D&C 76:68) 68 These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all.

(Revelation 3:12) 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

(Revelation 14:1) 1 AND I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

(Exodus 28:36 – 38) 36 ¶ And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37 And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. 38 And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek are just men made perfect.

(D&C 76:69) 69 These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.

(Hebrews 12:22 – 23) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

(D&C 129:1 – 3) 1 THERE are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones—2 For instance, Jesus said: Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 3 Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.

Members of this priesthood order of Melchizedek are celestial beings.

(D&C 76:70) 70 These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical.

 

 

Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part III
The Priesthood of God
The High Priesthood, the Holy Priesthood, the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood of God
is
Confirmed by the voice of God out of the heavens
is
without father or mother, beginning of days or end of years

and is held by High Priests of

the Order of Melchizedek, and the Holy Order of Enoch:
which are after the Order of the Only Begotten Son of God

In the scriptures the priesthood of God is described using four different terms, they are: 1. the High priesthood, 2. the Holy priesthood, 3. the Melchizedek priesthood and 4. the fullness of priesthood. These four names are synonymous and interchangeable, there is no difference in their use or meaning.

(D&C 107:2 – 3) 2 Why the first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest. 3 Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.

(D&C 78:1) 1 THE Lord spake unto Joseph Smith, Jun., saying: Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, who are ordained unto the high priesthood of my church, who have assembled yourselves together;

(D&C 124:28) 28 For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which
was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.

The Lineage of the Seed of Christ

Those who receive the holy priesthood are celestial, the elect, the lawful heirs and the seed of Christ. They are the only ones who have the right to receive and use the priesthood of God.

(D&C 86:8 – 10) 8 Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers—9 For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God—10 Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.

Mosiah teaches us that Christ has a literal seed. That the seed of Christ are all those who believe on him, The elect seed are heirs of the Kingdom and those whom Christ suffered for in Gethsemane.

(Mosiah 15:10 – 12) 10 And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed? 11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God. 12 For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?

The Doctrine and Covenants gives us the priesthood seed of Christ from father Adam to Moses.

(D&C 84:6 – 16) 6 And the sons of Moses, according to the Holy Priesthood which he received under the
hand of his father–in–law, Jethro; 7 Caleb; 8 Elihu; 9 Jeremy;10 Gad;11 Esaias;12 And Esaias received it under the hand of God…. 14 Which Abraham received the priesthood from Melchizedek, who received it through the lineage of his fathers, even till Noah;15 And from Noah till Enoch, through the lineage of their fathers; 16 Abel, … who received the priesthood by the commandments of God, by the hand of his father Adam, who was the first man—

Abraham received the promise that the seed of Christ will continue through him and his seed.

(Abraham 2:11) 11 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.

(Abraham 1:2 – 4) 2 And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers. 3 It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me. 4 I sought for mine appointment unto the Priesthood according to the appointment of God unto the fathers concerning the seed.

The seed of Christ are those whom God knew from the foundation of the world.

(Romans 8:29 – 30) 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

(Ephesians 1:10 – 11) 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

(1 Peter 1:2) 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

The seed of Christ are the heirs of all things.

(Romans 8:16 – 17) 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

The seed of Christ are sanctified from the beginning

(2 Thessalonians 2:13 – 14) 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of
the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the
Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Moses 6:59 – 60) 59 That by reason of transgression cometh the fall, which fall bringeth death, and inasmuch as ye were born into the world by water, and blood, and the spirit, which I have made, and so became of dust a living soul, even so ye must be born again into the kingdom of heaven, of water, and of the Spirit, and be cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; that ye might be sanctified from all sin, and enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, even immortal glory; 60 For by the water ye keep the commandment; by the Spirit ye are justified,
and by the blood ye are sanctified;

High Priests of the High Priesthood

We are taught in the scriptures that when the seed of Christ are ordained unto the high priesthood of God they are made high priests after different priesthood orders. There is the order of Melchizedek and the order of Enoch which are both after the order of the Son of God.

(D&C 76:57) 57 And are (high) priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

From Father Adam to Christ those who receive the high priesthood are high priests after the Order of Enochr. From Christ to the 3rd watch those who receive the high priesthood are high priests after the Order of Melchizedek. The high priest is not an office, it is not an appendage of the high priesthood, A high priest is the embodiment of the fullness of the high and holy Melchizedek priesthood of God.

The High Priesthood before Christ

Joseph Smith in his translation of Genesis 14 gives us an invaluable key in understanding the high priesthood. He clearly teaches us that Melchizedek was ordained a high priest after the order of Enoch and that the order of Enoch was patterned after the order of the Son of God.

(JST Genesis 14:27 – 28) 27 And thus, having been approved of God, he (Melchizedek) was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch, 28 It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;

Alma gives a 2nd witness that Melchizedek was ordained a high priest after the order of Enoch.

(Alma 13:14) 14 Yea, humble yourselves even as the people in the days of Melchizedek, who was also a high priest after this same order (of Enoch) which I have spoken, who (Melchizedek) also took upon him the high priesthood forever.

(Alma 13:18) 18 But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. …

JST Genesis tells us that Melchizedek was ordained after the order of Enoch and then Alma tells us that Melchizedek was ordained after the holy order. We can learn from this that Alma just used a different description of the order of Enoch. The terms order of Enoch and the holy order are synonymous.

(Alma 13:6) 6 And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his rest—

Throughout his famous chapter on the priesthood of God, Alma reiterates the essential facts concerning the priesthood of God. 1. men were ordained high priests after the order of Enoch. 2. This order is patterned after the order of the Son of God. 3. the order of the Son of God is from the foundation of the world. 4. the order of the Son of God is without beginning of days or end of years.

(Alma 13:9 – 10) 9 Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only
Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity,
and truth. And thus it is. Amen. 10 Now, as I said concerning the holy order, (of Enoch), or this high priesthood, there were many who were ordained and became high priests of God; and it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance, and their righteousness before God, they choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish;

(Alma 13:7) 7 This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being
prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things—

The Voice of God out of Heaven

When a man is ordained to the High priesthood of God by the laying on of hands by an authorized agent, that ordination needs to be confirmed by the voice of God out of the heavens.

(D&C 84:42) 42 And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.

Often an authorized agent isn’t available so then God himself ordains the man with his voice out of the heavens. We learn from the Joseph Smith translation of Genesis 14 that the priesthood of God can be given to man by the calling of his own voice.

(JST Genesis 14:29) 29 And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will, unto as many as believed on his name.

The prophets in the Old Testament didn’t receive the high priesthood through the laying on of hands from father to son like during the first thousand years from father Adam to Moses. They received the high priesthood from God himself.

(TPJS pg 181) all prophets held the Melchizedek priesthood and was ordained by God himself

The Lord tells us Jeremiah was ordained a prophet in the pre-existence before he was born.

(Jeremiah 1:5) 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Joseph Smith teaches us that all the prophets were ordained in the pre-existence.

(HC 6:364) Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world, was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council  of heaven before this world was. I suppose that I was ordained to this very office in that Grand Council.

The prophets were ordained by God using his voice out of the heavens and through dreams and visions.

(D&C 84:12) 12 And Esaias received it under the hand of God.
(Jeremiah 1:4) 4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(Daniel 2:19) 19 ¶ Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.
(Hosea 1:1) 1 THE word of the LORD (Joel 1:1) 1 THE word of the LORD
(Amos 1:3) 3 Thus saith the LORD (Obadiah 1:1) 1 THE vision of Obadiah.
(Jonah 1:1) 1 NOW the word of the LORD (Micah 1:1) 1 THE word of the LORD
(Nahum 1:1) 1 … The book of the vision
(Habakkuk 1:1) 1 THE burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
(Zephaniah 1:1) 1 THE word of the LORD (Zechariah 1:1) 1 … came the word of the LORD
(Malachi 1:1) 1 THE burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
(Isaiah 6:1) 1 IN the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and
lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (Isaiah 6:8) 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord,
(1 Nephi 1:5 – 6) 5 my father, Lehi, … there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him;
(Ezekiel 1:3) 3 The word of the LORD

Christ Introduces a New Order

When Christ came to the earth at the 1st watch, he fulfilled the law of Moses and in so doing he replaced the order of Aaron by offering to the world the higher law that the children of Israel rejected at Mt Sinai. The foundation of the higher law is the high and holy priesthood of God.

(Hebrews 7:11 – 12) 11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Also, Christ didn’t bring back the order of Enoch, instead he introduced a new order called the order of Melchizedek.

(D&C 76:57) 57 And are (high) priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

(Hebrews 7:13 – 17) 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

(Hebrews 5:5 – 6, 10) 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. … 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Even though the New Testament doesn’t give any indication that the apostles were ordained high priests after the order of Melchizedek, we learn in D&C 84 that the apostles actually were High priests.

(D&C 84:63) 63 And as I said unto mine apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine apostles, even God’s high priests; ye are they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends;

Christ ordained the twelve to be apostles and when he appeared to his apostles after his crucifixion he told them to tarry in Jerusalem until they were given power.

(Luke 24:49) 49 ¶ And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

At that point God ordained them, like the prophets of old, to the high priesthood by his voice out of heaven through the holy spirit and they became high priests after the order of Melchizedek.

(Acts 2:1 – 4) 1 AND when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Christ told the apostles that they would do greater works than he did.

(John 14:12) 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.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.

So when the apostles received the high priesthood of God, they displayed the power of that priesthood.

(Acts 5:15 – 16) 15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

The 2nd Watch High Priesthood

The priesthood of God was restored to the 2nd watch church piecemeal. 1st the priesthood after the order of Aaron was restored to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

(HC 6:249) and I saw an angel, and he laid his hands upon my  head, and ordained me to be a priest after the orderof Aaron, and to  hold the keys of this priesthood, which office was to preach repentance

2nd the office of apostle was restored by Peter, James and John.

(D&C 27:12) 12 And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys
of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto them;

And lastly the holy priesthood after the order of Melchizedek that Christ himself instituted was restored at the Morley farm, in June of 1831. There Joseph Smith ordained men to the holy priesthood.

(John Corrill, A Brief History of the Church pg 18) The Malchisedec priesthood was then for the first time introduced, and conferred on several of the elders. In this chiefly consisted the endowment—it being a new order—and bestowed authority.

(History of the Church 1:175 – 177) the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood was manifested and
conferred for the first time upon several of the Elders.

(Autobiography of Parley P Pratt pg 53) Several were then selected by revelation, through President Smith, and ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of the Son of God, which is after the order of Melchizedek. This was the first occasion in which this priesthood had been revealed and conferred upon the Elders in this dispensation, although the office of an Elder is the same in a certain degree, but not in the fullness. On this occasion I was ordained to this holy ordinance and calling by President Smith.

There were 23 men ordained to the high priesthood of God at the Morley farm conference and many more during the ensuing 3 ½ years and yet only a precious few had that ordination confirmed upon them by the voice of God out of the heavens.

Lyman Wight had his priesthood confirmed immediately after receiving the high priesthood by the voice of God from the heavens through the spirit and he saw visions just like the prophets of old.

(The Papers of Zebedee Coltrine) Lyman Wight was ordained a High Priest Joseph told him he should see the heavens opened and after he was ordained he stood on his feet and testified that he could see the heavens open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God

Twelve men had their confirmation confirmed in section 84.

(D&C 84:42) 42 And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.

Zebedee Coltrin was ordained to the high priesthood at the Morley farm conference and had his priesthood confirmed at the school of the prophets in 1833, he saw Jesus and God the Father.

(minutes, School of the Prophets, Salt Lake City 1883) At one of these meetings after the organization of
the school, when we were all together, Joseph having given instructions, and while engaged in silent prayer, kneeling, with our hands uplifted each one praying in silence, no one whispered above his breath, a personage walked through the room from east to west, and Joseph asked if we saw him. I saw him and suppose the others did and Joseph answered that is Jesus, the Son of God, our elder brother. Afterward Joseph told us to resume our former position in prayer, which we did. Another person came through; he was surrounded as with a flame of fire. He (Brother Coltrin) experienced a sensation that it might destroy the tabernacle as it was of consuming fire of great brightness. The Prophet Joseph said this was the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I saw Him.

So when the 2nd watch church failed to live the law of consecration and establish Zion, the high priesthood of God was taken from the church. The 2nd watch high priests did not know it, but they were being prepared to return to the earth in the 3rd watch four generations later to begin the great and marvelous work and usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times.

(D&C 124:28) 28 For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which
was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.

(D&C 113:8) 8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that
power which she had lost.

The 3rd Watch High Priesthood

A small number of high priests in the 2nd watch were identified as being part of the 144,000.

(HC 6:196) This suggests that among the 144,000 high priests at least some will be resurrected beings. I attended prayer-meeting with the quorum in the assembly room, and made some remarks respecting the hundred and forty-four thousand mentioned by John the Revelator, showing that the selection of persons to form that number had already commenced.

These 2nd watch high priests will return to mortality in the 3rd watch to gather the wise gentile saints. The 3rd watch wise gentile saints will be ordained to the high priesthood of God and made high priests and their ordination will be confirmed by God out of the heavens. We learn in Revelation that they are redeemed from among men, and they will learn and sing a new song, which only the 144,000 can learn.

(Revelation 5:8 – 10) 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

(Revelation 14:3) 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

These wise gentile saints will redeem the New Jerusalem at Nauvoo, the cornerstone of Zion and accomplish the sealing of the full quorum of 144,000 high priests together.

(Revelation 14:1) 1 AND I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

(D&C 77:11) 11 Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe? A. We are to understand that those who
are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel …

The 144,000 High Priests are the seed of Christ, they are the ones who receive his atonement. They are the Saints of the last days. The 1st watch saints (New Testament saints, Nephite saints and the Lost Tribe saints) are collectively described in the Book of Mormon as the covenant people of the Lord. In the 3rd watch the repentant gentile saints are known as the saints of the church of the Lamb. Together they make up the full quorum of the 144,000 high priests of the order of Melchizedek.

(1 Nephi 14:14) 14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it
descended upon the (3rd watch gentile) saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the (1st watch) covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.

The 144,000 high priests are the Zion from beneath. They are the seed of Christ who receive the atonement through the election of grace. God uses them to bless the world because they are Abraham’s seed. They are the heirs of God and will receive all the Father hath. They are the sanctified.. They are the Zion from beneath looking for their reunion with the Zion form above.

(D&C 84:99 – 100) 99 The Lord hath brought again Zion; The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel, According to the election of grace, Which was brought to pass by the faith And covenant of their fathers. 100 The Lord hath redeemed his people; And Satan is bound and time is no longer. The Lord hath gathered all things in one. The Lord hath brought down Zion from above. The Lord hath brought up Zion from beneath.

The Zion from above is also numbered 144,000 high priests holding the high priesthood of God after the Holy Order of Enoch. They are the 144,000 Angels described by Daniel and John the Revelator.

(Daniel 7:10) 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands (44,000) ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand (100,000) stood before him: the judgment
was set, and the books were opened.

(Revelation 5;11) 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand (100,000), and thousands of thousands (144,000);

At the sounding of the 1st trump the Zion from beneath the quorum of 144,000 are raptured into the cloud to meet Christ and the angels.

(D&C 88:97 – 98) 97 And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven—98 They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.

(Revelation 14:4) 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

At the sounding of the 7th trump the angels and the saints receive their great reward.

(D&C 88:107) 107 And then shall the angels be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.

 

 

Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part IV
The 24 Temples in the Center Stake of Zion

It is in Zion, where the quorum of 144,000 high priests of the high priesthood after the order of Melchizedek find fulfillment in their calling to the terrestrial nations. The 144,000 high priests will build 24 temples in the New Jerusalem Independence Center Stake of Zion and 12 of them are for the high priesthood and 12 are for the priesthood after the order of Aaron.

This Zion is the gospel feast of fat things, of wine on the lees well refined prepared for the terrestrial nations of the earth. This Zion is the great ensign to the terrestrial nations, the sound that must go forth. This Zion is where the terrestrial will come for safety if they do not want to take up arms against their neighbors. This Zion will become terrible as an army with banners, clothed with the sun and the moon. This Zion is the Mountain of the Lords House where all terrestrial nations will come to receive their blessings.

Presidency of the High and Holy Priesthood

Three of the temples in Zion are given to the Presidency of the high priesthood after the order of Melchizedek to preside over the church and kingdom of God.

(HC 1:359) 10 – 12 House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and most Holy Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek

The presidency of the high priesthood presides over the 144,000 high priests who make up the sum total of the high priesthood of the church.

(D&C 107:64 – 66) 64 Then comes the High Priesthood, which is the greatest of all. 65 Wherefore, it must needs be that one be appointed of the High Priesthood to preside over the priesthood, and he shall be called President of the High Priesthood of the Church; 66 Or, in other words, the Presiding High Priest over the High Priesthood of the Church.

(D&C 77:11) 11 Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe? A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel;

The president of the high priesthood is the one like unto Moses and is a prophet, seer and revelator over the whole church of Zion. This is none other than Joseph Smith himself.

(D&C 107:91 – 92) 91 And again, the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses—92 Behold, here is wisdom; yea, to be a seer, a revelator, a translator, and a prophet, having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church.

The president of the high priesthood is joined by two high priests and form the presidency of the church.

(D&C 107:22) 22 Of the Melchizedek Priesthood, three Presiding High Priests, chosen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and upheld by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the church, form a quorum of the Presidency of the Church.

I would think that Frederick G. Williams and William Law will be the councilors to Joseph Smith. I believe Sidney Rigdon is busy in another part of the Lord’s vineyard.

(D&C 81:1) 1 VERILY, verily, I say unto you my servant Frederick G. Williams: Listen to the voice of him who speaketh, to the word of the Lord your God, and hearken to the calling wherewith you are called, even to be a high priest in my church, and a counselor unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun.;

(D&C 124: 125 – 126) 125 I give unto you my servant Joseph to be a presiding elder over all my church, to be a translator, a revelator, a seer, and prophet.126 I give unto him for counselors my servant Sidney Rigdon and my servant William Law, that these may constitute a quorum and First Presidency, to receive the oracles for the whole church.

The presidency of the high priesthood will organize the quorum of 144,000 high priests and appoint them duties in the other 9 temples of the Melchizedek priesthood offices.

There will be those of the 144,000 high priests who will be assigned as bishops and will serve in the 3 temples named the ‘Sacred Apostolic Repository’. There will be those of the 144,000 high priests who will be assigned to labor in the three temples named the ‘Holy Evangelical House’. There will be those of the 144,000 high priests who will be assigned to labor in the 3 temples named ‘for the Ensign Elders of the Nations’. And finally there will be those of the 144,000 high priests who will be assigned to be seventies and work with the 1835 apostles to gather the terrestrial nations, first the gentiles and then the Jews.

Therefore, 1. the apostles and seventy teach and baptize the terrestrial nations. 2. the elders gather the terrestrial nations to the stakes of Zion. 3. the bishops gives them an inheritance in the stakes of Zion. 4. the patriarchs give them their spiritual blessings and priesthoods in the stakes of Zion.

(D&C 107:9 – 10) 9 The Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, have a right to officiate in all the offices in the church. 10 High priests after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, priest (of the Levitical order), teacher, deacon, and member.

(D&C 107:17) 17 But as a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices, he may officiate in the office of bishop …

The Apostles and the Seventies

The apostolic priesthood isn’t represented in the temples of Zion because their calling and power lies in the mission field among the terrestrial nations. In the 2nd watch the 1835 apostles took the apostate church into the wilderness and built their Kingdom of Judah in the Salt Lake valley. In the 3rd watch the 1835 twelve apostles will be healed, return and complete their mission to the terrestrial peoples of the earth.

(D&C 107:33 – 35) 33 The Twelve are a Traveling Presiding High Council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and secondly unto the Jews. … 35 The Twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.

(HC 2:220) President Joseph Smith, then stated that the twelve will have no right to go into Zion or any
of its stakes and there undertake to regulate the affairs thereof where there is a standing High Council; but it is their duty to go abroad and regulate all matters relative to the different branches of the church. … No standing high council be ever be established, only in Zion, or one of her stakes.

A portion of the high priests of the holy order will be assigned to be seventies to work with the twelve in laboring with the terrestrial nations and bringing them to Zion.

(D&C 107:34) 34 The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve or the traveling high council, in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews;

(D&C 107:38 – 39) 38 It is the duty of the traveling high council to call upon the Seventy, when they need assistance, to fill the several calls for preaching and administering the gospel, instead of any others. 39 It is the duty of the Twelve, in all large branches of the church, to ordain evangelical ministers, as they shall be designated unto them by revelation—

The Sacred Apostolic Repository, for the use of the Bishop

The name of these three temples is the Sacred Apostolic Repository. The name perhaps suggest that these temples include the apostles in Zion, but it is the bishops who control the use of these temples.

(HC 1:359) 7 – 9 Sacred Apostolic Repository, for the use of the Bishop

The Apostles in the New Testament

It appears that the name Sacred Apostolic Repository is in honor of the New Testament apostles. The New Testament saints lived the law of consecration and had all things common. The saints who possessed excess properties sold them and laid the proceeds at the feet of the apostles, whose responsibility it was to receive consecration from the people and who then directed the distribution of those monies to those in need, therefore there were no poor among them. So to name this set of temples the ‘Sacred Apostolic Repository’ seems very correct and appropriate.

(Acts 4:31 – 35) 31 ¶ And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of (excess) lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

(Acts 2:41 – 45) 41 ¶ Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

The Sacred Treasury of the Lord

The Doctrine and Covenants describes two treasuries that are part of these three temples, one for sacred things and the second for monies given for use in consecration. All the sacred records like the sealed portion of the gold plates are held in trust in the sacred treasury. Surely sacred articles like the sword of Laban, the liahona, the Urum and Thummin all reside in this sacred repository. Maybe even the ark of the covenant. How about the staff of Moses?

(D&C 104:60 – 66) 60 And ye shall prepare for yourselves a place for a treasury, and consecrate it unto my name. 61 And ye shall appoint one among you to keep the treasury, and he shall be ordained unto this blessing. 62 And there shall be a seal upon the treasury, and all the sacred things shall be delivered into the treasury; and no man among you shall call it his own, or any part of it, for it shall belong to you all with one accord. 63 And I give it unto you from this very hour; and now see to it, that ye go to and make use of the stewardship which I have appointed unto you, exclusive of the sacred things, for the purpose of printing these sacred things as I have said. 64 And the avails of the sacred things shall be had in the treasury, and a seal shall be upon it; and it shall not be used or taken out of the treasury by any one, neither shall the seal be loosed which shall be placed upon it, only by the voice of the order, or by commandment. 65 And thus shall ye preserve the avails of the sacred things in the treasury, for sacred and holy purposes. 66 And this shall be called the sacred treasury of the Lord; and a seal shall be kept upon it that it may be holy and consecrated unto the Lord.

The book of remembrance worthy of all acceptation will be housed in this sacred treasury.

(D&C 128:24) 24 Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming,
and who can stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.

(D&C 127:9) 9 And again, let all the records be had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my holy temple, to be held in remembrance from generation to generation, saith the Lord of Hosts.

Malachi prophecies that this book of remembrance will be kept in Zion.

(Malachi 3:16 – 18) 16 ¶ Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Father Adam and Moses kept a book of remembrance.

(Moses 6:5 – 6) 5 And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration; 6 And by them their children were taught to read and write, having a language which was pure and undefiled.

(Moses 6:46) 46 For a book of remembrance we have written among us, according to the pattern given by the finger of God; and it is given in our own language.

Baptisms for the dead will take place in one of these temples and in temples build in the stakes of Zion. The names of those who are dead will be retrieved from the books of remembrance.

(D&C 124:36) 36 For it is ordained that in Zion, and in her stakes, and in Jerusalem, those places which I have appointed for refuge, shall be the places for your baptisms for your dead.

The baptisms for the dead that will be performed in these temples will be all the terrestrial dead from the beginning of the earth in preparation for them to come forth at the 2nd trump.

(D&C 88:99) 99 And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ’s at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the flesh.

The 2nd Treasury of the Lord

The 2nd treasury will be used for the receiving and giving of monies for individual stewardship’s.

(D&C 104:67 – 68) 67 And again, there shall be another treasury prepared, and a treasurer appointed to keep the treasury, and a seal shall be placed upon it; 68 And all moneys that you receive in your stewardships, by improving upon the properties which I have appointed unto you, in houses, or in lands, or in cattle, or in all things save it be the holy and sacred writings, which I have reserved unto myself for holy and sacred purposes, shall be cast into the treasury as fast as you receive moneys, by hundreds, or by fifties, or by twenties, or by tens, or by fives.

The kings of the earth will bring their riches to Zion and will be stored in this repository.

(D&C 124:11) 11 Awake, O kings of the earth! Come ye, O, come ye, with your gold and your silver, to the help of my people, to the house of the daughters of Zion.

Besides these two treasuries, the bishops will maintain storehouses in Zion.

(D&C 51:13) 13 And again, let the bishop appoint a storehouse unto this church; and let all things both in money and in meat, which are more than is needful for the wants of this people, be kept in the hands of the bishop.

The great high priest Melchizedek maintained the storehouse of God in his Zion.

(JST Genesis 14:36 – 39) 36 And this Melchizedek, having thus established righteousness, was called the king of heaven by his people, or, in other words, the King of peace. 37 And he lifted up his voice, and he blessed Abram, being the high priest, and the keeper of the storehouse of God; 38 Him whom God had appointed to receive tithes for the poor.

Malachi prophesied that Zion would live the law of consecration and maintain the storehouse of God.

(Malachi 3:10) 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

It is the Bishops who will be giving out inheritances to the terrestrial nations in the stakes of Zion.

(D&C 42:31 – 36) 31 And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church and his counselors, two of the elders, or high priests, such as he shall appoint or has appointed and set apart for that purpose. 32 And it shall come to pass, that after they are laid before the bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies concerning the consecration of the properties of my church, that they cannot be taken from the church, agreeable to my commandments, every man shall be made accountable unto me, a steward over his own property, or that which he has received by consecration, as much as is sufficient for himself and family. 33 And again, if there shall be properties in the hands of the church, or any individuals of it, more than is necessary for their support after this first consecration, which is a residue to be consecrated unto the bishop, it shall be kept to administer to those who have not, from time to time, that every man who has need may be amply supplied and receive according to his wants. 34 Therefore, the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy, as shall be appointed by the high council of the church, and the bishop and his council; 35 And for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up of the New Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed—36 That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.

The Holy Evangelical House

The name of these three temples is the Holy Evangelical House. A portion of the 144,000 high priests of the high priesthood are assigned to minister to the terrestrial nations as evangelical patriarchs.

(HC 1:359) 4 – 6 Holy Evangelical House, for the High Priesthood of the High Priests Holy Order of God

The name of these temples refer to the evangelist, who is a patriarch.

(HC 3:381) An Evangelist is a Patriarch, even the oldest man of the blood of Joseph or of the seed of Abraham. Wherever the Church of Christ is established in the earth, there should be a Patriarch for the benefit of the posterity of the Saints.

Abraham’s patriarchal power is the means whereby all the terrestrial nations will be blessed. The Nephite Saints, the New Testament saints, the Lost Tribe saints and the 3rd watch Wise Gentile saints all received the same promise to bless the terrestrial kindreds of the earth. They are the 144,000 high priests.

(3 Nephi 20:25 – 26) 25 And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham: And
in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26 The Father having raised me up unto you
first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant—

(Acts 3:25) 25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

(D&C 110:12) 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.

Hyrum Smith will preside in these temples, he holds the office of Priesthood and Patriarch. In the patriarchal blessings given by Hyrum to the saints in Nauvoo, he identified their tribal lineage, gave them a blessing as well as priesthood. In these three temples in Zion the terrestrial nations will come and be given the Aaronic priesthood. They will be ordained as high priests after the order of Aaron, priests, teachers and deacons of the Levitical priesthood and will officiate in the 12 temples after the order of Aaron and in the stakes of Zion.

(D&C 124:91 – 93) 91 And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant William be appointed, ordained, and anointed, as counselor unto my servant Joseph, in the room of my servant Hyrum, that my servant Hyrum may take the office of Priesthood and Patriarch, which was appointed unto him by his father, by blessing and also by right; 92 That from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people, 93 That whoever he blesses shall be blessed, and whoever he curses shall be cursed; that whatsoever he shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever he shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The Elders in Zion

Three temples are dedicated to the elders. A goodly portion of the 144,000 high priests will be assigned to minister in the office of elder to the nations.

(HC 1:359) 1 – 3 House of the Lord, for the Elders of Zion, and Ensign Elders of the Nations

These elders are the ensign that will assemble the terrestrial House of Israel to Zion.

(D&C 64:41 – 42) 41 For, behold, I say unto you that Zion shall flourish, and the glory of the Lord shall be upon her; 42 And she shall be an ensign unto the people, and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven.

(Isaiah 11:11 – 12) 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The ensign elders are the sound that will go forth from Zion into all the world..

(D&C 58:64) 64 For, verily, the sound must go forth from this place into all the world, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth—the gospel must be preached unto every creature, with signs following them that believe.

Zion is the mountain of the Lord where all the terrestrial nations shall flow.

(Isaiah 2:2 – 3) 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

The elders in Zion will bring the terrestrial nations and set them up in the stakes of Zion.

(D&C 101:21) 21 Until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them; and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them, and they shall be called stakes, for the curtains or the strength of Zion.

(D&C 109:59) 59 We ask thee to appoint unto Zion other stakes besides this one which thou hast appointed, that the gathering of thy people may roll on in great power and majesty, that thy work may be cut short in righteousness.

(D&C 115:6) 6 And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.

In Revelation, John describes 24 elders sitting around the throne of God who belonged to the 7 churches. These 24 elders are part of the 144,000, perhaps they will serve as Elders in these three temples in Zion.

(Revelation 4:4) 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

(D&C 77:5) 5 Q. What are we to understand by the four and twenty elders, spoken of by John? A. We are to understand that these elders whom John saw, were elders who had been faithful in the work of the ministry and were dead; who belonged to the seven churches, and were then in the paradise of God.

The Temples after the Order of Aaron

There are 12 temples in the center place of Zion dedicated for the use of those who hold the priesthood after the order of Aaron. There are 3 temples for the presidency of the high priesthood of Aaron, 3 temples for the high priests of Aaron, 3 temples for the teachers of the Levitical priesthood and 3 temples for the deacons of the Levitical priesthood. These 12 temples fall under the direction of the presidency of the priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, who presides over the whole church and kingdom of God.

The Presidency of the High Priesthood of the Order of Aaron

These 3 temples are set apart for the use of the presidency of the high priesthood after the order of Aaron. This presidency will preside over all the bishops, priests, teachers, deacons in all the stakes of Zion.

(HC 1:359) 22 – 24 House of the Lord for the Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the Order of Aaron

The priesthood of Aaron is an eternal priesthood to the generations of Aaron and his posterity.

(Exodus 40:15) 15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

(Numbers 18:1 – 2) 1 AND the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood. 2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.

(D&C 107:13) 13 The second priesthood is called the Priesthood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations.

The bishopric is the presidency of the priesthood of Aaron.

(D&C 107:15 – 16) 15 The bishopric is the presidency of this priesthood, and holds the keys or authority of the same. 16 No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant of Aaron.

The High Priest after the Order of Aaron

There will be three temples built for the use of the high priests of the order of Aaron.

(HC 1:359) 19 – 21 House of the Lord, Law of the Kingdom of Heaven, Messenger to the People; for the Highest Priesthood after the Order of Aaron

In Zion the high priests after the order of Aaron are described as traveling bishops.

(D&C 20:66) 66 But the presiding elders, traveling bishops, high councilors, high priests, and elders, may have the privilege of ordaining, where there is no branch of the church that a vote may be called.

The Teachers in Zion

There will be three temples built for the use of the teachers to be messengers to the church. The teachers, teach, watch over and strengthen the church in all the stakes of Zion.

(HC 1:359) 16 – 18 House of the Lord for the Teachers in Zion, Messenger to the Church

The Deacons in Zion

There will be three temples built for the use of the deacons. The name implies the deacons will serve in the local governments in the stakes of Zion.

(HC 1:359) 13 – 15 House of the Lord for the Deacon in Zion, Helps in Government

The Kirtland Temple vs the 24 Temples

Kirtland
West Tier – Melchizedek

M.P.C. Melchizedek Presiding Council
Stake Presidency
P.M.H. Presiding Melchizedek High Priesthood
High Council

M.H.P. Melchizedek High Priesthood
High Priests

P.E.M. Presiding Elders Melchizedek
Presidency of the Elders

East Tier – Aaronic

B.P.A. Bishop Presiding Aaronic Priesthoods
Bishopric

P.A.P. Presiding Aaronic Priest
Presidency of Priests
P.T.A. Presiding Teacher Aaronic Priesthood
Presidency of Teachers

P.D.A. Presiding Deacon Aaronic Priesthood
Presidency of Deacons

Independence
1 – 12 Melchizedek

10 – 12 House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and most Holy Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek

7 – 9 Sacred Apostolic Repository, for the use of the Bishop

4 – 6 Holy Evangelical House, for the High Priesthood of the High Priests Holy Order of God

1 – 3 House of the Lord, for the Elders of Zion, and Ensign Elders of the Nations

13 – 24 Aaronic

22 – 24 House of the Lord for the Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the Order of Aaron

19 – 21 House of the Lord, Law of the Kingdom of Heaven, Messenger to the People; for the Highest Priesthood after the Order of Aaron

16 – 18 House of the Lord for the Teachers in Zion, Messenger to the Church

13 – 15 House of the Lord for the Deacon in Zion, Helps in Government

The Stakes of Zion

The stakes of Zion are the inheritance of the terrestrial house of Israel in the promised land of America. The men of the terrestrial House of Israel hold the Levitical priesthood and serve in the offices of priest, teacher and deacon.

(D&C 107:1) 1 THERE are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood.

(D&C 107:6) 6 But there are two divisions or grand heads—one is the Melchizedek Priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood.

(D&C 107:10) 10… and also in the office of an elder, priest (of the Levitical order), teacher, deacon, and member.

The stake of Kirtland is the example for all the stakes of Zion. Each stake will have at its center a temple.

(D&C 94:1) 1 AND again, verily I say unto you, my friends, a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall commence a work of laying out and preparing a beginning and foundation of the city of the stake
of Zion, here in the land of Kirtland, beginning at my house.

The model of the stake of Zion is to be replicated over and over until the world is filled.

(Frederick G. William, explanation of the City of Zion Plan 25 June 1833) When this [city] is thus laid off and supplied lay off another in the same way and so fill up the world in these last days and let every man live in the city

The size is limited to one square mile, which follows a Continental Congress Land Ordinance of 1785 surveying land into square mile grids.
Regular, uniform grid pattern is laid out in a north-south orientation
All ten-acre blocks are square, with unusually wide streets.
Blocks are divided into 20 half-acre lots. There is one house per lot, set back 25 feet from the street, and with houses located on alternate sides of the blocks
Gardens are planted in the back, and shrubs and trees in the front
All houses are constructed of brick or stone
All farms, barns, and livestock are located just outside the residential sections
Two central blocks are reserved for temples and other public buildings – for worship, education, and other refinements facilitated by living in a compact group
Each city is to accommodate 15 – 20,000 people, then another nucleated settlement is begun

Such a large number of people will be divided into wards, which is what happened in Nauvoo.

(http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Ward) The first wards were organized early in the History of the Church in the 1840s in Nauvoo, illinois. By 1844 the city was divided into ten wards, with three more in the surrounding rural neighborhood. The name “ward” was borrowed from the term for political districts of the frontier municipality. Joseph Smith, who was simultaneously mayor of the city and President of the Church, assigned a bishop to preside over each ward. The bishop’s chief responsibility to begin with was temporal rather than spiritual leadership. To prevent hunger, he surveyed the physical needs of the members living within his ward boundaries.

The bishops in each stake will all be literal descendants of Aaron who have a legal right to the bishopric.

(D&C 68:16 – 18) 16 And if they be literal descendants of Aaron they have a legal right to the bishopric, if they are the firstborn among the sons of Aaron; 17 For the firstborn holds the right of the presidency over this priesthood, and the keys or authority of the same. 18 No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant and the firstborn of Aaron.

(D&C 107:76) 76 But a literal descendant of Aaron has a legal right to the presidency of this priesthood, to
the keys of this ministry, to act in the office of bishop independently, without counselors, except in a case where a President of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, is tried, to sit as a judge in Israel.

In each stake of Zion there will be 48 priests who will fulfill their calling under the direction of the bishop. The office of priest is tied closely to the bishop, that is the reason the priests do not have their own set of temples in the center stake of Zion. These will be adult men not 16 year old boys.

(D&C 107:87 – 88) 87 Also the duty of the president over the Priesthood of Aaron is to preside over forty–eight priests, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants—88 This president is to be a bishop; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood.

(D&C 20:46 – 52) 46 The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament, 47 And visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties. 48 And he may also ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons. 49 And he is to take the lead of meetings when there is no elder present; 50 But when there is an elder present, he is only to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, 51 And visit the house of each member, exhorting them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties. 52 In all these duties the priest is to assist the elder if occasion requires.

In each of the stakes of Zion there will be 24 teachers who will take care of the church under the direction of the bishops. These are adult men and not 14 year old boys.

(D&C 107:86) 86 And also the duty of the president over the office of the teachers is to preside over twenty–four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them, teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.

(D&C 20:53 – 56) 53 The teacher’s duty is to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them; 54 And see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking; 55 And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty. 56 And he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest—

In each of the stakes of Zion there will be a quorum of 12 Deacons.

(D&C 107:85) 85 And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the office of a deacon is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to teach them their duty, edifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants.

(D&C 20:57 – 60) 57 And is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires. 58 But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands; 59 They are, however, to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ. 60 Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him; and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in the one who ordains him.

The deacons in Zion will be adult married men and not 12 year old boys trying to learn responsibility.

(1 Timothy 3:10 – 13) 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being
found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part V
The Order of Melchizedek: The Children Saints

The 144,000 children saints of the last days hold the high and holy priesthood and are the order of Melchizedek. The angel fathers hold the high and holy priesthood of God after the order of Enoch and are the literal spiritual fathers of the children saints. Father Adam is the literal grandfather of the children saints, Christ is the literal great grandfather of the children saints, and God the Father is the literal great great grandfather of the children saints. This is the celestial family and seed of God.

God creates a celestial posterity for his work and his glory.

(Moses 1:39) 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

God creates worlds without number for his celestial seed to grow to maturity and inherit.

(D&C 88:17 – 20) 17 And the redemption of the soul is through him that quickeneth all things, in whose bosom it is decreed that the poor and the meek of the earth shall inherit it.18 Therefore, it must needs be sanctified from all unrighteousness, that it may be prepared for the celestial glory; 19 For after it hath filled the measure of its creation, it shall be crowned with glory, even with the presence of God the Father; 20 That bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified.

The celestial seed are predestined from the foundations of the world, by the foreknowledge of God.

(1 John 3:9 – 10) 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

(Romans 8:27 – 30) 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

The works of the seed of God were finished from the foundation of the world.

(Hebrews 4:2 – 3) 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

The seed of God are sanctified receiving Gods glory from the beginning.

(2 Thessalonians 2:13 – 14) 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of
the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The seed of God are the children of the promise.

(Romans 9:8) 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

(Galatians 3:29) 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(D&C 107:40) 40 The order of this priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from father to son, and rightly belongs to the literal descendants of the chosen seed, to whom the promises were made.

The seed of God are the only ones who receive the higher ordinances, wherein the power of godliness is experienced. They are of the order of Melchizedek who sees God and angels.

(D&C 84:19 – 22) 19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. 20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.

(D&C 107:19) 19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.

The seed of God are the only ones who receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and become saints through the baptism of water, fire and the holy ghost.

(D&C 39:6) 6 And this is my gospel—repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom.

(D&C 33:11 – 12) 11 Yea, repent and be baptized, every one of you, for a remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost. 12 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and remember that they shall have faith in me or they can in nowise be saved;

The seed of God are the only ones who are valiant in their testimony of Christ.

(D&C 76:50 – 51) 50 And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given

The seed of God are the only ones who are sealed with the holy spirit of promise .

(Ephesians 1:13) 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

(2 Peter 1:10) 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

The seed of God are the only ones who are called and chosen.

(Matthew 20:16) 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Children of the Angel Fathers

The seed of God is perpetuated by the angel fathers, who beget spirit children unto God.

(D&C 76:24) 24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

(HC 3:388 – 399) These men are in heaven, but their children are on the earth. Their bowels yearn over us. God sends down men for this reason. ‘And the Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that give offense and them that do iniquity.’

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed. The mustard seed is small, but brings forth a
large tree, and the fowls lodge in the branches. The fowls are the angels. Thus angels come down, combine together to gather their children, and gather them. We cannot be made perfect without them, nor they without us; when these things are done, the Son of Man will descend, the Ancient of Day sit; we may come to an innumerable company of angels, have communion with and receive instruction from them.

(Acts 13:32 – 33) 32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

The seed of God are the New Testament saints who are the children of the prophets, the angel fathers.

(Acts 3:25) 25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers,
saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

The seed of God are the Nephite saints who are the children of the prophets the angel fathers.

(3 Nephi 20:25 – 26) 25 And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26 The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant—

The seed of God are the 2nd and 3rd watch saints who are the children of the prophets, the angel fathers.

(D&C 84:32, 34) 32 And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, upon Mount Zion in the Lord’s house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my church. … 34 They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God.

Grand Children of Adam

The seed of God are the grand children of Adam.

(HC 3:385–88) The Priesthood was first given to Adam; he obtained the First Presidency, and held the keys of it from generation to generation. He obtained it in the Creation, before the world was formed, as in Gen. 1:26, 27, 28. He had dominion given him over every living creature. He is Michael the Archangel, spoken of in the Scriptures. 

(HC 5:554–55) In fact, that priesthood is a perfect law of theocracy, and stands as God to give laws to the people, administering endless lives to the sons and daughters of Adam.

Great Grand Children of Christ

The seed of God are the great grand children of Christ.

(Mosiah 15:10 – 12) 10 And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you,
that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed? 11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God. 12 For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?

(Moroni 7:19) 19 Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.

Great Great Grand Children of God the Father

The seed of God are the great great grand children of God.

(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.

(John 11:52) 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

(Romans 8:16) 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

(Galatians 3:26) 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The 3 Watches of the Last Days

God sends the celestial seed to earth in the last days at specific times. God instructs the prophets (angel fathers) to prophecy when they are to come and then they come in fulfillment of those prophecies.

(D&C 42:39) 39 For it shall come to pass, that which I spake by the mouths of my prophets shall be fulfilled;

The priesthood of God is an everlasting principle. It has always existed.

(HC 3:388 – 399) The Priesthood is an everlasting principle, and existed with God from eternity, and will to eternity, without beginning of days or end of years. The keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the Gospel is sent. When they are revealed from heaven, it is by Adam’s authority.

The Priesthood is everlasting. The Savior, Moses, and Elias [Elijah], gave the keys to Peter, James, and John, on the mount, when they were transfigured before him. The Priesthood is everlasting—without beginning of days or end of years; without father, mother, etc.

The intelligence, the seed of God also has existed from all eternity and is co-eternal with God.

(TPJS pg 353 – 354) Is it logical to say that the intelligence of spirits is immortal, and yet that it had a beginning?  The intelligence of spirits had not beginning, neither will it have an end … Intelligence is eternal and exists upon a self-existent principle.

Seed and priesthood become synonymous. The eternal seed takes on the eternal priesthood becoming one.

(Abraham 2:11) 11 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body) …

The seed of God who hold the priesthood of God are organized into priesthood orders and come to earth.

(D&C 76:57) 57 And are priests of the Most High, 1 after the order of Melchizedek, which was 2 after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

God sends his posterity to earth during what Luke describes as the three watches. The saints, the seed of God, are born in one of the three watches so that they can receive the fulness of priesthood on earth.

(JST Luke 12:41 – 45) 41 For, behold, he cometh in the first watch of the night, and he shall also come in the second watch, and again he shall come in the third watch. 42 And verily I say unto you, He hath already come, as it is written of him; and again when he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, blessed are those servants when he cometh, that he shall find so doing; 43 For the Lord of those servants shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 44 And now, verily I say these things unto you, that ye may know this, that the coming of the Lord is as a thief in the night.

The 1st Watch Saints

The seed of God are the 1st watch saints who came to earth during Christs personal ministry. They are divided into three subgroups; those who were in the New World and two places in the Old World:

a. The New Testament Saints
b. The Nephite Saints
c. The Lost Tribe Saints

We are all very well acquainted with the fact that Christ first ministered to the New Testament saints, and then he visited the Nephite saints in America after his death and resurrection. But we often forget the Lost Tribe saints whom Christ visited at the same time he visited the Nephites. They represent a third group that was not in America and not in the land of Jerusalem to whom Christ ministered.

(3 Nephi 16:1 – 3) 1 AND verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister. 2 For they of whom I speak are they who have not as yet heard my voice; neither have I at any time manifested myself unto them. 3 But I have received a commandment of the Father that I shall go unto them, and that they shall hear my voice, and shall be numbered among my sheep, that there may be one fold and one shepherd; therefore I go to show myself unto them.

After a very full day of teaching, Christ sent the Nephites home to ponder and rest. At night while the Nephites slept, Christ went to the Lost Tribes and proclaimed his gospel to them. We don’t have the records of his visit but surely he followed the same pattern with the Lost Tribes as he did with the Nephites. When Zion is built we will read about it from their own words.

(3 Nephi 17:3 – 4) 3 Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again. 4 But now I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel, for they are not lost unto the Father, for he knoweth whither he hath taken them.

The Nephites saints, the New Testament saints and the Lost tribe saints are all one fold.

(John 10:16) 16 And other sheep (the Nephites) I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

(3 Nephi 15:14 – 17) 14 And not at any time hath the Father given me commandment that I should tell it unto your brethren at Jerusalem. 15 Neither at any time hath the Father given me commandment that I should tell unto them concerning the other tribes of the house of Israel, whom the Father hath led away out of the land. 16 This much did the Father command me, that I should tell unto them: 17 That other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

After his death Christ spent 40 days with the New Testament saints, so much more than the Nephite and the Lost Tribe saints.

(Acts 1:3) 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

(1 Corinthians 15:4 – 6) 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

The twelve New Testament Apostles judge the rest of the House of Israel.

(1 Nephi 12:9) 9 And he said unto me: Thou rememberest the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb? Behold they are they who shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be judged of them; for ye are of the house of Israel.

The 2nd Watch Foundation Saints

The seed of God are the 2nd watch saints who came to earth during the ministry of Joseph Smith. Their mission is two fold: 1st to lay the foundation of church and then to come back in the 3rd watch to bring the church out of obscurity and darkness and build it up unto the most holy faith.

(D&C 1:30) 30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually—

(D&C 21:2) 2 Being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build it up unto the most holy faith.

(D&C 64:32 – 33) 32 But all things must come to pass in their time. 33 Wherefore, be not weary in well–doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.

The 2nd watch saints showed us the places of appointment for the 3rd watch fulfillment; Kirtland, Nauvoo, Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman and Independence are the places of appointment.

(D&C 109:39) 39 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive their testimony, let thy peace and thy salvation be upon that city; that they may gather out of that city the righteous, that they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting joy;

(D&C 101:18 – 20) 18 They that remain, and are pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances, they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build up the waste places of Zion—19 And all these things that the prophets might be fulfilled. 20 And, behold, there is none other place appointed than that which I have appointed; neither shall there be any other place appointed than that which I have appointed, for the work of the gathering of my saints—

The 2nd watch saints had the honor of testifying where Zion shall stand, Nauvoo being the cornerstone.

(D&C 58:7) 7 And also that you might be honored in laying the foundation, and in bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall stand;

(D&C 124:2) 2 Your prayers are acceptable before me; and in answer to them I say unto you, that you are now called immediately to make a solemn proclamation of my gospel, and of this stake which I have planted to be a cornerstone of Zion, which shall be polished with the refinement which is after the similitude of a palace.

The 2nd watch saints gave us the oracles of God: the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price and we will come under condemnation if we take them lightly!

(D&C 90:4 – 5) 4 Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church. 5 And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house.

The foundation work was painful because they were promised that they would build Zion not knowing they would have to wait for the 3rd watch to see the fulfillment of that promise. How painful for them, but how glorious their blessing when the work is complete.

(D&C 101:17 – 19) 17 Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scattered. 18 They that remain, and are pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances, they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build up the waste places of Zion—19 And all these things that the prophets might be fulfilled.

The 3rd Watch Marvelous Work and a Wonder

The seed of God, the 144,000 children saints of the order of Melchizedek, were together in the pre-earth life. The 3rd Watch is the dispensation of the fulness of times when the elect seed all come back to the earth together to fulfill the prophecies of their angel fathers, the prophets.

(Ephesians 1:10) 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Joseph Smith returns with the 2nd watch saints to finish their work. They gather the wise gentile saints who are the last group of the seed of God who come forth to meet the bridegroom in the 3rd watch.

(Matthew 25:1 – 2) 1 THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

The 3rd watch of the last days is the Marvelous work and a wonder.

(Isaiah 29:14) 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

(1 Nephi 14:7) 7 For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other …

The 3rd watch is the stone cut out of the mountain without hands and fills the whole world.

(D&C 65:2) 2 The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.

At the opening of the 6th seal the seed of God, the full quorum of the 144,000 children saints come together and are sealed together, a complete quorum. They lean the new song and are redeemed.

(Revelation 7:4) 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

(Revelation 14:3) 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

The seed of God, the 144,000 children saints build the New Jerusalem at the center stake of Zion.

(3 Nephi 21:22 – 23) 22 But if they (the 2nd & 3rd watch saints) will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance; 23 And they shall assist my people, the (Nephite) remnant of Jacob, and also (the New Testament and Lost Tribe saints) as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem.

The hearts of seed of God, the 144,000 children saints are turned to the angel fathers.

(Malachi 4:5 – 6) 5 ¶ Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

The seed of God, the 144,000 children saints are the bride and go into the Marriage.

(Matthew 25:10) 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in
with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

(Revelation 19:7) 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

The seed of God, the 144,000 children saints are raptured at the 1st trump to meet Christ and the Angels.

(D&C 88:96 – 98) 96 And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him. 97 And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven—98 They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.

When the seed of God, the 144,000 children saints meet the angel fathers it will be a family reunion.

(Moses 7:63) 63 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;

The family gathering continues at the great council of Adam-ondi-Ahman. This is the great priesthood gathering that is talked about. The priesthood order of Melchizedek, the children saints gather with the priesthood order of Enoch, the father angels, presided over by their grandfather Adam who then receive their great grandfather Christ, who who receives the keys of the priesthood and reign on the earth as King.

(Daniel 7:13 – 14) 13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

At the sounding of the 7th trump the seed of God, the children saints are filled with his glory.

(D&C 88:107) 107 And then shall the angels be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.

The seed of God, the 144,000 children saints reign with Christ during the Millennium.

(Revelation 20:4) 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: ….they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The seed of God, the 144,000 children saints receive a white stone.

(D&C 130:10 – 11) 10 Then the white stone mentioned in Revelation 2:17, will become a Urim and Thummim to each individual who receives one, whereby things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms will be made known; 11 And a white stone is given to each of those who come into the celestial kingdom, whereon is a new name written, which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it. The new name is the key word.

The seed of God, 144,000 children saints are transformed into the express image of the Holy Spirit.

(Lecture on Faith #5) which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments; and all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all; being filled with the fullness of his glory, and become one in him, even as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one.

(D&C 76:94) 94 They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace;

 

 

Melchizedek Priesthood Model: Part VI
The Order of Enoch: Angel Fathers

In each eternal round of creation there are 5 generations of God’s family who participate.

1st generation = the 144,000 children saints of the order of Melchizedek
2nd generation = the 144,000 angel fathers of the order of Enoch
3rd generation = father Adam the 1st man on 144,000 earths
4th generation = the office of Christ
5th generation = the Elohim, God the Father, perfection, the Man of Holiness

The angel fathers of the order of Enoch are the 2nd generation of the seed of God, meaning this is their 2nd probation. The angel fathers birth the new generation of children saints who become the order of Melchizedek. The angel fathers help create a new heaven and a new earth for this new generation of children saints to come and experience their 1st probation. The angel fathers also come to this earth, they helped create, to watch over their children saints. The angel fathers are the patriarchs, prophets and apostles throughout the ages, they are God’s rulers in his kingdom.

Creation of the Heavens and the earth

The angel fathers were ordained to their calling in the great council in the preexistence.

(D&C 121:32) 32 According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest.

(Ephesians 3:9 – 10) 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

In the preexistence the Angel Fathers are the souls that God said he would make his rulers.

(Abraham 3:23) 23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; …

The D&C reiterates the pre-earth relationship in heaven of the Angel fathers who have resurrected bodies and the children saints who are spirits.

(D&C 129):1 – 3) 1 THERE are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones—2 For instance, Jesus said: Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 3 Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.

In fact, during the pre-earth heaven the angel fathers help create this earth and then come and live on this earth for the purpose of ministering to their children saints.

(D&C 130:5) 5 I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it.

Under the command of God the Father, our savior Jesus Christ, father Adam and the angel fathers form the heavens and earth. These beings make up the heavenly host, Abraham calls the Gods.

(Abraham 4:1) 1 AND then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth.

Psalms and St John reiterate the fact that the angel fathers are called gods because they are the sons of God, the children of the most high.

(Psalms 82:1, 6) 1 GOD standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. … 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

(John 10:34 – 35) 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

The D&C teaches us that the sons of God, the Psalms and John are talking about, are the priests after the order of Melchizedek and Enoch.

(D&C 76:57 – 58) 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son. 58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—

The Gods create the worlds through the principle of faith, which faith exists in the bosom of God.

(Hebrews 11:3) 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

(Lecture on Faith 1:15 – 16) 15 By this we understand that the principle of power, which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power, existing in the Deity, that all created things exist—so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, exist by reason of faith, as it existed in HIM.

The angel fathers have faith which can be measured in the size of a mustard seed.

(Matthew 17:20) 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

In the creation of this earth the angel fathers exercised this faith to move a mountain here or change the course of a river there to beautify the earth.

(JST Genesis 14:30 – 31) 30 For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by himself; that every one being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course; 31 To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world.

The Angel Fathers are the Order of Enoch

The angel fathers are of the holy priesthood order of Enoch. (see the Melchizedek Priesthood Model, Part III where the high priesthood and the order of Enoch is discussed in detail)

(JST Genesis 14:26 – 28) 26 Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness; and when a child he feared God, and stopped the mouths of lions, and quenched the violence of fire. 27 And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch, 28 It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;

(Alma 13:18) 18 But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.

The majority of the angel fathers come to this earth during the first four thousand years as the patriarchs and those of the cites of Enoch and Melchizedek (Salem).

a. The Patriarchs of the 1st thousand years associated with Father Adam
b. The City of Enoch
c. Melchizedek and the City of Salem

There are many angel fathers that are identified in the Book of Mormon: Nephi and Lehi (1 Nephi). Alma at the waters of Mormon (Mosiah 18), King Lamoni (Alma 19) who was carried away in the spirit and saw and conversed with Jesus Christ and who had the change of heart, the Anti-Lehi-Nephites (Alma 24). they received the baptism of fire and Holy Ghost before they were baptized by water. Those of the holy order of God (Alma 13). King Benjamin (Mosiah 1 – 6). Nephi and Lehi the sons of Helaman where no prison could hold them (Helaman 5), the brother of Jared, who saw the Lord Jesus Christ (Ether 3),

d. The Nephites and Lamanites who belonged to the Holy Order and who experienced the power of God.

The angel fathers also come as individuals and are the holy prophets.

e. The Holy Prophets of God

During this earth life the angel fathers are treated differently because of their status of angel fathers they merit extra guidance. Here are a few examples of how the angel fathers are given special dispensation where others would be condemned.

Saul persecuted the church of God and actually had people killed, yet he merited a personal visit from Christ himself to set him on the correct path, this because he is an angel father.

(Acts 9:3 – 5) 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Same scenario with Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah who persecuted the church of God and yet God sent an angel to correct their path because they are of the angel fathers.

(Mosiah 27:11) 11 And as I said unto you, as they were going about rebelling against God, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto them; and he descended as it were in a cloud; and he spake as it were with a voice of thunder, which caused the earth to shake upon which they stood;

Nephi was told to cut off Laban’s head and he obeyed the spirit, because he is an angel father.

(1 Nephi 4:18) 18 Therefore I did obey the voice of the Spirit, and took Laban by the hair of the head, and I smote off his head with his own sword.

There are exactly 144,000 Angel Fathers.

(Revelation 5:11) 11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand (equaling 100,000), and thousands of thousands (equaling 44,000);

(Daniel 7:10) 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

(Matthew 26:53) 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

(Luke 2:13 – 14) 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Angel Fathers and Translation

Translation is part of the power that belongs to the angel fathers.

(JST Genesis 14:32) 32 And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven.

(TPJS pg 170) the doctrine of translation is a power which belongs to this Priesthood. There are many things which belong to the powers of the Priesthood and the keys thereof, that have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world; they are hid from the wise and prudent to be revealed in the last times

The angel fathers are translated without the need of death, because they have lived on an earth prior to this one. They heave already died and been resurrected, so they do not die again but are translated..

(Hebrews 9:27) 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

(JST Genesis 14:33 – 34) 33 And now, Melchizedek was a priest of this order; therefore he obtained peace in Salem, and was called the Prince of peace. 34 And his people wrought righteousness, and obtained heaven, and sought for the city of Enoch which God had before taken, separating it from the earth, having reserved it unto the latter days, or the end of the world;

(TPJS pg 191) Translated bodies are designed for future missions,

(Moses 7:27) 27 And Enoch beheld angels descending out of heaven, bearing testimony of the Father and Son; and the Holy Ghost fell on many, and they were caught up by the powers of heaven into Zion.

The 3 Nephites and John the Revelator are of the angel fathers because they are in a translated state.

(3 Nephi 28:4 – 7) 4 And when he had spoken unto them, he turned himself unto the three, and said unto them: What will ye that I should do unto you, when I am gone unto the Father? 5 And they sorrowed in their hearts, for they durst not speak unto him the thing which they desired. 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.

(D&C 7:1 – 3) 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.

The three Nephites are as the angels in heaven.

(3 Nephi 28:30) 30 And they are as the angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus they can show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good.

Elijah, Moses and Alma are of the angel fathers because they were also translated.

(2 Kings 2:11) 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

(Alma 45:19) 19 Behold, this we know, that he was a righteous man; and the saying went abroad in the church that he was taken up by the Spirit, or buried by the hand of the Lord, even as Moses. But behold, the scriptures saith the Lord took Moses unto himself; and we suppose that he has also received Alma in the spirit, unto himself; therefore, for this cause we know nothing concerning his death and burial.

Translated bodies will experience a change equivalent to death in a twinkling of an eye.

(TPJS pg 191) Translated bodies cannot enter into rest until they have undergone a change equivalent to death

(3 Nephi 28:8) 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.

The Angel Fathers are Zion from above and are the general Assembly of the Church of the Firstborn.

(JST | Genesis 9:21 – 23) 21 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant, which I made unto thy father Enoch; that, when men should keep all my commandments, Zion should again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself. 22 And this is mine everlasting covenant, that when thy posterity shall embrace the truth, and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy; 23 And the general assembly of the church of the firstborn shall come down out of heaven, and possess the earth, and shall have place until the end come. And this is mine everlasting covenant, which I made with thy father Enoch.

(D&C 76:67) 67 These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.

(Hebrews 12:22 – 23) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Joseph Smith describes the City of Enoch as ministering Angels existing in a Terrestrial Sphere.

(Words of Joseph Smith Pg 41 – 42) Now this Enoch God reserved unto himself that he should not die at that time and appointed unto him a ministry unto terrestrial bodies of whom there has been but little revealed, ….He is a ministering Angel to minister to those who shall be heirs of Salvation and appeared unto Jude as Abel did unto Paul….Now the doctrine of translation is a power which belongs to this priesthood, there are many things which belong to the powers of the priesthood and the keys thereof that have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world. ….Their place of habitation is that of the terrestrial order and a place prepared for such characters he held in reserve to be ministering angels unto many planets,

The Angel Fathers watch over their children saints and rejoice while they are on the earth

(D&C 62:3) 3 Nevertheless, ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejoice over you, and your sins are forgiven you.

(3 Nephi 27:30) 30 And now, behold, my joy is great, even unto fulness, because of you, and also this generation; yea, and even the Father rejoiceth, and also all the holy angels, because of you and this generation; for none of them are lost.

(D&C 85:42) 42 And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.

(D&C 84:88) 88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

(D&C 88:2) 2 Behold, this is pleasing unto your Lord, and the angels rejoice over you; the alms of your prayers have come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded in the book of the names of
the sanctified, even them of the celestial world.

The Angel Fathers in the 3rd Watch

Joseph Smith and the quorums of seven and twelve are the last of the angel fathers.

(Words of Joseph Smith) I was in the Grand Council and was chosen and ordained to this office to be the last and greatest prophet to lay the foundation of God’s work of the last or seventh dispensation.

(Revelation 5:6) 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

In the dispensation of the fulness of times Joseph Smith and the 1st elders display the powers of the order of Enoch by dispersing the Russian Assyrian armies when they invade America.

(JST Genesis 14:31) 31 To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God;

(Micah 5:5 – 6) 5 And this man (Joseph Smith) shall be the peace, when the (Russian) Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him (the quorum of) seven shepherds, and eight principal men. 6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

At the 1st trump the angel fathers come with Christ in the clouds of heaven to gather the children saints.

(Matthew 24:30 – 31) 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The angel fathers then have a family reunion with their children saints.

(JST Genesis 9:22) 22 And this is mine everlasting covenant, that when thy posterity shall embrace the truth, and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy;

(Moses 7:63) 63 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;

The priesthood of God which is the family of God assemble at the great council of Adam-ondi-Ahman. This council is presided over by our father Adam, the 1st man, the ancient of days, Michael the Archangel. In attendance will be all the holy angels, God’s rulers on this earth, the patriarchs, prophets and apostles, all who hold the high priesthood of God of the holy order of Enoch. Also in attendance are the 144,000 children saints who hold the high priesthood of God of the priesthood order of Melchizedek. These are those who have the keys of the holy priesthood of God that they received in the great pre-earth council of God where the keys and callings were 1st assigned. All the keys will be returned to father Adam. The whole assemblage will then receive the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ himself coming down out of heaven (Acts 1:9 – 11) in reverse order of when he left the apostles over 2000 years ago. Father Adam will return the keys to Jesus Christ, whose right it is to rule and who will reign on this earth, our Lord and King.

Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde teach the doctrine that Joseph Smith and the angels stand as sentinels. The angel fathers are always before us in our eternal progression and stand as sentinels in each of the steps. So apparently Satan and his angels try to butt into line where they are not allowed.

(Journal of Discourses 6:63 Heber C. Kimball) Joseph always told us that we would have to pass by
sentinels that are placed between us and our Father and God. Then, of course, we are conducted along
from this probation to other probations, or from one dispensation to another, by those who conducted those dispensations.

(Luke 12:8) 8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: (JST Luke 12:9) 9 But he who denieth me before men, shall be denied before the angels of God.

(Revelation 3:5) 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

(Journal of Discourses 6:154 – 155; Orson Hyde) I tell you, Joseph holds the keys, and none of us can get into the celestial kingdom without passing by him. We have not got rid of him, but he stands there as a sentinel, holding the keys of the kingdom of God; and there are many of them beside him.

At the 7th trump the Angel fathers and the children saints receive their eternal reward.

(D&C 88:107) 107 And then shall the angels (the order of Enoch) be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints (the order of Melchizedek) shall be filled with his glory, and (both priesthood orders) receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.

During the millennium the angel fathers will reign over the children saints with Christ.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 65) & that Jesus will be a Resident on the Earth a thousand [years] with the Saints is Not the Case but will Reign over the saints and come Down & instruct as he Did the 5 hundred Brethren (1st Corinthians 15:6) & those of the first Resurrection (those of the Order of Enoch) will also Reign with him over the saints (of the Order of Melchizedek)

The old Millennial Heaven where the city of Enoch resides will rise to a higher plane and become a sea of glass, a true celestial globe.

(D&C 130:4 – 7) 4 In answer to the question—Is not the reckoning of God’s time, angel’s time, prophet’s time, and man’s time, according to the planet on which they reside? 5 I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it. 6 The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth; 7 But they reside in the presence of God, on a globe like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord.

(D&C 77:1) 1 Q. What is the sea of glass spoken of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the Revelation? A. It is the earth, in its sanctified, immortal, and eternal state.

 

 

Priesthood Model Part VII
The Church of the Firstborn

The church of the 1st born are all the collective groups of the celestial seed of God. They progress from generation to generation, from probation, to probation. They have eternal lives. The goal is to become perfection, to receive all the father hath, to become an Elohim.

(3 Nephi 12:48) 48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

the children saints, 1st probation, high priests after the order of Melchizedek
the angel fathers, 2nd probation, high priests after the order of Enoch
father Adam, 3rd probation, Michael the 1st man, of the order of the Son of God
Jesus Christ, 4th probation, the Savior of Mankind, our Lord and Savior, the Son of God

Christ is the firstborn of every creature. But this doesn’t mean that Christ is our elder brother. Christ is not our elder spiritual brother, he is our God! Christ is the firstborn and oldest through the four probation’s he has experienced.

(Colossians 1:15) 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church (of the firstborn): who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

(D&C 93:21 – 22) 21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn; 22 And all those who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the Firstborn.

Christ is the first of all the heavenly host before the world was.

(D&C 38:1) 1 THUS saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made;

Father Adam has the right of the firstborn of his generation and is therefore the first man on earth.

(Abraham 1:3) 3 It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me.

The angels belong to the church of the firstborn of their generation.

(Hebrews 12:22 – 23) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

The angels belong to this earth because they helped create the earth with Christ and father Adam.

(D&C 130:5) 5 I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it.

The children saints are the new generation of the seed of God and are brought to the church of the firstborn by the angel fathers.

(D&C 77:11) 11 … A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn.

The children saints have communion with the church of the firstborn.

(D&C 107:18 – 19) 18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.

The children saints become members of the church of the firstborn.

(D&C 76:54 – 57) 54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn. 55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory; 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

The firstborn children saints are caught up into heaven at the first resurrection

(D&C 78:21) 21 For ye are the church of the Firstborn, and he will take you up in a cloud, and appoint every man his portion.

(D&C 76:64) 64 These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection.

All the generations of the church of the firstborn dwell in the presence and receive all the Father hath.

(D&C 76:94) 94 They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace;

(D&C 88:4 – 5) 4 This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom; 5 Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son—

The right of the Firstborn

In the great pre-earth council God the Father chooses the firstborn Christ to be the Savior.

(Moses 4:1 – 2) 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. 2 But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me—Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.

Then Christ the Lord chooses the firstborn Adam to be the 1st man.

(Abraham 3:24, 27 – 28) 24 And there stood one (Jesus Christ) among them that was like unto God (the
Father), and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; … 27 And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one (Father Adam) answered (who is) like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And (Satan) another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. 28 And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Ephraim

On earth great efforts are expended so that the right of the firstborn goes to the heir. Today, we laugh at such excess, but in the eternal scheme the birthright is sacred.

Sarah gives Abraham, Hagar to wife and she bears Ishmael, but as soon as Isaac is born, who is the spiritual firstborn seed, Hagar and Ishmael are cast off.

(Genesis 21:9 – 10) 9 ¶ And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. 10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

Isaac give birth to Jacob and Esau. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage (Genesis 25:29 – 34), then Rachel concoct this plan (Genesis 27) so that Jacob also receives the blessing, which is his right from the pre-existence.

(Genesis 27:32 – 36) 32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau. 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed. 34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing. 36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

Then there’s Jacob and his 4 wives and 12 sons, what a mess! Reuben, Simeon and Levi all lost the birthright through transgression. The scepter was given to Judah, through whom Christ the King is to be born, and Joseph receives the blessing of the firstborn.

(Genesis 49:10, 26) 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be…. 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

There was no competition between the 1st born Manasseh and his brother Ephraim. But Joseph protested when Jacob placed his right hand on Ephraim and not Manasseh.

(Genesis 48:13 – 14, 17 – 20) 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. … 17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

 

 

The Order of the Ancient of Days

(Teachings Pg 237) …instructing them in the principles and order of the Priesthood, attending to washings, anointings, endowments and the communication of keys pertaining to the Aaronic Priesthood, and so on to the highest order of the Melchizedek Priesthood, setting forth the order pertaining to the Ancient of Days, and all those plans and principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those blessing which have been prepared for the Church of the Firstborn, and come up and abide in the presence of the Eloheim in the eternal worlds. In this council was instituted the ancient order of things for the first time in these last days.

Michael

Father Adam begins his 3rd probation in the pre-existence during the great council in heaven when Christ chooses the firstborn Adam over the 2nd born Satan to be the 1st man. (See the generations of Satan)

(Abraham 3:24, 27 – 28) 24 And there stood one (Jesus Christ) among them that was like unto God (the Father), and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; 27 And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one (Father Adam) answered (who was) like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another (Satan) answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. 28 And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.

The choosing of father Adam completes the presidency of three personages who presides over our existence and begins the creation of our earth. The galaxy level creation presidency are God the Father, Jesus Christ and Adam. This is not haphazard as the story seems to imply, this presidency is the elect seed line; God the Father always chooses his Son Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ always chooses Adam his son, ALWAYS. For further clarification: this creation presidency on the galactic level is not the Universe level Godhead of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. (see the chapters on the order of Christ, the order of Elohim and the Holy Spirit)

(TPJS pg 190) Joseph Smith taught that the Godhead (creation presidency) was united by an everlasting covenant was made between three personages before the organization of this earth

(TPJS pg 312) Any person that had seen the heavens opened knows that there are three personages in the heavens who hold the keys of power, and one presides over all

(Journal of discourses 1:51, 9 April 1852) It is true that that earth was organized by three distinct characters, namely, Eloheim, Yahovah, and Michalel …

Father Adam the 1st man is of the order of Adam which is patterned after the order of his father Jesus Christ who is the order of the Son of God.

(Moses 6:67) 67 And thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.

(D&C 76:57) 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

Father Adam

In each generation of the eternal round there are 144,000 Adams presiding on 144,000 earths like this one.

(Moses 1:33 – 35) 33 And (144,000) worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many. 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.

(Moses 4:26) 26 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living; for thus have I, the Lord God, called the first of all women, which are many .

It is through grandfather Adam that the angel fathers and children saints receive the high and holy priesthood and through whom the keys of salvation are given to man. Our grandfather Adam was given dominion over all things, He was chosen in the grand council.

(D&C 78:16) 16 Who hath appointed Michael your prince, and established his feet, and set him upon high, and given unto him the keys of salvation under the counsel and direction of the Holy One, who is without beginning of days or end of life.

(HC 3:385-87) The keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the Gospel is sent; they are revealed to man under the authority of Adam, for he was the first to be given them when he was given dominion over all things. They have come down through the dispensations of the gospel to prophets, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah; to Peter, James, and John; and to Joseph Smith and the designated prophets of the latter days

(Willard Richards Pocket Companion, Sermon General Conference, Nauvoo, Ill. October 5, 1840) – first given to Adam: he obtained the first Presidency & held the Keys of it, from generation to Generation; he obtained it in the creation before the world was formed as in Gen. 1, 26:28,– he had dominion given him over every living Creature. He is Michael, the Archangel, spoken of in the Scriptures,– … The keys have to be brought from heaven, whenever the Gospel is sent. When they are revealed from heaven, it is by Adam’s authority. Daniel vii. speaks of the Ancient of Days. He means the oldest man—our Father Adam (Michael). He will call his children together and hold a council with them to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. He (Adam) is the Father of the human family, and presides over the spirits of all men; and all that have had the keys must stand before him in this grand council. This may take place before some of us leave this stage of action. The Son of Man stands before him, and there is given him glory and dominion. Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ—that which was delivered to him as holding the keys of the universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family… It is the channel through which the Almighty commenced revealing his glory at the beginning of the creation of this earth and through which he has continued to reveal himself to the children of men to the present time and through which he will make known his purposes to the end of time– Commencing with Adam who was the first man who is spoken of in Daniel as being the “Antient of days” or in other words the first and oldest of all, the great grand progenitor of whom it is said in another place he is Michael because he was the first and father of all, not only by progeny, but he was the first to hold the spiritual blessings, the plan to whom was made known the plan of ordinances for the Salvation of his posterity unto the end, and to whom Christ was first revealed, and through whom Christ has been revealed from heaven and will continue to be revealed from henceforth. Adam holds the Keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times, i.e. the dispensation of all the times have been and will be revealed through him from the beginning to Christ and from Christ to the end of all world the dispensations that have [been and] are to be revealed … And again, God purposed in himself that there should not be an eternal fulness until every dispensation should be fulfilled and gathered together in one and that all things whatsoever that should be gathered together in one in those dispensations unto the same fulness and eternal glory should be in Christ Jesus, therefore he set the ordinances to be the same for Ever and ever and set Adam to watch over them to reveal them from heaven to man or to send Angels to reveal them Hebrews 1 Chap. 16 verse. Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of Salvation. These angels are under the direction of Michael or Adam who acts under the direction of Christ….

Father Adam as the son of Jesus Christ has the right of the firstborn and became the first man.

(Abraham 1:3) 3 It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the
beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the
fathers unto me.

Just as Christ the son of God the Father has the right of the firstborn and becomes the Savior.

(D&C 93:21) 21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn;

When Christ presents the kingdom to his Father, he then joins the Elohim and becomes a God the Father, at that point father Adam also progresses and becomes his Christ. The progression is always father to son.

(History of the Church, Vol. 4 pg. 210) This then is the nature of the priesthood, every man holding the presidency of his dispensation and one man holding the presidency of them all even Adam, and Adam
receiving his presidency and authority from Christ, but cannot receive a fulness, until Christ shall present. the kingdom to the Father which shall be at the end of the last dispensation.

(1 Corinthians 15:22 – 26) 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Conduit of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is described as the record of heaven, whose being quickens all things, who makes all things alive. The Holy Spirit is the source of life and power of the Universe. The Holy Spirit hath all power, wisdom, mercy, truth etc. The Holy Spirit is not a personage and does not have human form.

(Moses 6:61) 61 Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.

The Holy Spirit is the light which sustains all things, in and through and of all things. The Holy Spirit is the bosom of Eternity, even God the Father is inside this bosom.

(D&C 88:13) 13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

The Holy Spirit works through personages, created beings: Personages are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

(Ephesians 2:21 – 22) 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The angel fathers and children saints are also temples of the Holy Spirit through God and Jesus.

(D&C 93:35) 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.

(1 Corinthians 3:16 – 17) 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

The power of the Holy Spirit flows through God the Father to us and is called the spirit of God.

(Alma 9:21) 21 Having been visited by the Spirit of God; having conversed with angels, and having been spoken unto by the voice of the Lord; and having the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation,
and also many gifts, the gift of speaking with tongues, and the gift of preaching, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the gift of translation;

That is why we are also considered the temple of God.

(2 Corinthians 6:16) 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and
they shall be my people.

The power of the Holy Spirit flows through Christ to us and is called the spirit of Christ.

(Moroni 7:16) 16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a
perfect knowledge it is of God.

(1 Peter 1:11) 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

The Holy Spirit flows directly to us and we are baptized with fire and the Holy Ghost.

(D&C 39:6) 6 And this is my gospel—repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom.

We can then have the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will flow unto us and fill us with wisdom and power, like God the Father and Jesus Christ.

(D&C 121:46) 46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.

Father Adam is the Administrator of the Holy Spirit

The power of the Holy Spirit also flows to us through father Adam and when it does it is called the 1st comforter, the Spirit of truth and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Father Adam fulfills his responsibilities to his children through the administration of the comforter.

Father Adam has the direct responsibility to reveal Christ to his children the seed of God.

(Willard Richards Pocket Companion) but he (Father Adam) was the first to hold the spiritual blessings, the plan to whom was made known the plan of ordinances for the Salvation of his posterity unto the end, and to whom Christ was first revealed, and through whom Christ has been revealed from heaven and will continue to be revealed from henceforth.

The comforter also has the direct responsibility to reveal Christ, which teaches us a great mystery that father Adam is the comforter. The suffix ‘ter’ on comforter denotes a person, this is father Adam.

(D&C 21:9) 9 For, behold, I will bless all those who labor in my vineyard with a mighty blessing, and they shall believe on his words, which are given him through me by the Comforter, which manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful men for the sins of the world, yea, for the remission of sins unto the contrite heart.

The apostle John describes Jesus Christ, the 2nd comforter, as a he, a personage.

(John 14:16) 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide
with you for ever;

The apostle John reveals the 1st comforter, as a he, a personage.

(John 14:26) 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

(John 15:26) 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

(John 16:7 – 8) 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is
come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

The apostle John is describing father Adam, when he says the spirit of truth does not speak for himself but only what he hears. This is not be the Holy Spirit who is in all things and through all things and the source of all power, wisdom and might. This is father Adam who glorifies and testifies of God and Jesus Christ.

(John 16:13 – 14) 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Joseph Smith is speaking of father Adam when he describes the Holy Ghost as a personage.

(TPJS pg 370) I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods

(TPJS pg 276) The sign of the dove was instituted before the creation of the world, a witness for the Holy
Ghost, and the devil cannot come in the sign of a dove. The Holy Ghost is a personage [a man], and is in the form of a personage [a man].

Any person desiring to become perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect must go through the same series of probation’s: children Saint, angel father, father Adam, Christ, then God the Father. Joseph Smith is describing father Adam when he tells us that the Holy Ghost is going through the same protocol that Jesus Christ is going through and which God the Father has gone through already.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 305) the Holy Ghost is yet a spiritual body and waiting to take to Himself a body as the Savior did, or as God did, or the Gods before them took bodies.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 245) Joseph also said that the Holy Ghost is now in a state of Probation which if he should perform in righteous he may pass through the same or a similar course of things
that the Son has.

Father Adam reveals the revelations of Christ and functions as the administrator in the administration of the comforter unto the children of God.

(D&C 90:11) 11 For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ.

As the comforter father Adam reveals the mysteries of the kingdom.

(D&C 90:14) 14 And from time to time, as shall be manifested by the Comforter, receive revelations to
unfold the mysteries of the kingdom.

As the comforter father Adam reveals what should be written.

(D&C 68:3 – 4) 3 And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost. 4 And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.

As the comforter father Adam reveals what should be spoken and prophesied.

(D&C 42:16 – 17) 16 And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good; 17 For, behold, the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the Father and of the Son.

(Mark 13:11) 11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it
is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

(D&C 100:8) 8 And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say

Those who receive the true baptism receive father Adam when they are given the gift of the Holy Ghost. Is a transitory experience which is powerful but one which comes and goes as needed. Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost is a preparatory experience to the baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit which is the same as receiving your calling and election made sure which is a permanent condition.

(D&C 20:26) 26 Not only those who believed after he came in the meridian of time, in the flesh, but all those from the beginning, even as many as were before he came, who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life,

(D&C 121:26) 26 God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now;

(D&C 20:26) 26 Not only those who believed after he came in the meridian of time, in the flesh, but all those from the beginning, even as many as were before he came, who believed in the words of the holy prophets, who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life,

(D&C 130:22 – 23) 22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. 23 A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him.

The gift of the Holy Ghost is described as an endowment in the 1828 Websters dictionary, which is very appropriate.

(Webster 1828 Dictionary) GIFT, verb transitive To endow with any power or faculty.

The words spirit and ghost are the same in the Greek. So there is not distinction between the title Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost. But for this discussion I use Holy Spirit for the power of Universe and Holy Ghost for father Adam as his administrator. I have been consistent is using the Holy Ghost when referring to the role father Adam plays and the Holy Spirit meaning the power of the Universe.

(Strongs Concordance) 4151 pneúma – properly, spirit (Spirit), wind, or breath. The most frequent meaning (translation) of 4151 (pneúma) in the NT is “spirit” (“Spirit”). Only the context however determines which sense(s) is meant.[Any of the above renderings (spirit-Spirit, wind, breath) of 4151(pneúma) is always theoretically possible (spirit, Spirit, wind, breath). But when the attributive adjective (“holy”) is used, it always refers to the Holy Spirit. “Spirit” (“spirit”) is by far the most common translation (application)of 4151 (pneúma).The Hebrew counterpart (rûach) has the same range of meaning as 4151 (pneúma), i.e. it likewise can refer to spirit/Spirit, wind, or breath.]

 

The Order of Christ

The Son is a personage of tabernacle.

(Lectures on Faith #5) 2. …The Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, a personage of tabernacle, made, or fashioned like unto man, or being in the form and likeness of man, or, rather, man was formed after his likeness, and in his image;—he is also the express image and likeness of the personage of the Father: possessing all the fulness of the Father, or, the same fulness with the Father; being begotten of him. …

(Salt Lake City School of the Prophets, 11 October 1883) At one of these meetings after the organization of the school, when we were all together, Joseph having given instructions, and while engaged in silent prayer, kneeling, with our hands uplifted each one praying in silence, no one whispered above his breath, a personage walked through the room from east to west, and Joseph asked if we saw him, I saw him and suppose the others did and Joseph answered that is Jesus, the Son of God, our elder brother…. The Prophet Joseph said: Brethren, now you are prepared to be the apostles of Jesus Christ, for you have seen both the Father and the Son and know that they exist and that they are two separate personages.

(Minutes of High Priest Meeting, Spanish Fork, Utah 5 February 1870) (Brother [Zebedee] Coltrin then gave an account of the appearance of the Father and Son as given in the minutes of the meeting of the 3rd inst.) Jesus was clothed in modern clothing, apparently of gray cloth.

Even though described as a personage of tabernacle Christ is first and foremost a spiritual personage. The traditional interpretation of 1 Nephi and Ether that Christ is just a spirit waiting to take upon himself a body of flesh and bones, is not correct. Lets get serious, Christ is the Son of God, who helped create the worlds he’s not just some hyper-advanced spirit. He is our God. Our great grandfather God.

(1 Nephi 11:11) 11 And I said unto him: To know the interpretation thereof—for I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.

(Ether 3:6, 9, 16) 6 And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear…. 9 And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more than this?… 16 Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.

The apostles were startled when Christ suddenly appeared in the middle of them all. Christ is spiritual described as spirit but he had a purified physical body which had been purified and become spiritual.

(Luke 24:36 – 37) 36 ¶ And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

The Son is in the express image of the Father. The difference is that Christ’s physical / spiritual body has one more step of purification to go through to attain the level of glory the Father has.

(Hebrews 1:2 – 3) 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

(John 14:8 – 9) 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

God and Christ have a father / Son relationship.

(Hebrews 1:5 – 6) 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

(2 Corinthians 1:3) 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Christ is the Only Begotten of the Father

(John 1:14, 18) 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. … 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

(D&C 76:13) 13 Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning;

The Son does the same work as the Father did when He was a Savior on his own world.

(John 5:17 – 22) 17 ¶ But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:…

(Words of Joseph Smith Pg 344 – 345) God who sits in yonder heavens is a man like yourselves.. … I want you to understand God and how he comes to be God. We suppose that God was god from eternity. I will refute that idea, …. the Father was once on an earth like us. The scriptures inform us mark it that Jesus Christ said as the Father hath power in himself so hath the son power in himself to do what the father did even to lay down my body & take it up again do you believe it if not, don’t believe the bible…. And you have got to learn how to make yourselves God, king and priest, by going from a small capacity to a great capacity to the resurrection of the dead to dwelling in everlasting burnings….. What did Jesus Christ do, the same thing as I see the Father do, see the Father do what, work out a kingdom, when I do so too I will give to the father which will add to his glory, he will take a Higher exaltation & I will take his place and am also exalted.

(John 8:28 – 29, 38) 28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

John not only teaches us that Christ is following in the footsteps of God the Father, and doing what he has seen his father do, but he then tells the scribes and Pharisees that they are sons of perdition and that they are doing the same thing that they have seen their father the devil do, apparently on another earth.

(John 8:38 – 44) 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The Father had life within himself, received from his father, which power he passed on to his Son.

(John 5:26) 26 for as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

(Nauvoo Discourses 11 June 1843) As the father hath power in himself so the Son hath power in himself, then the father has some day laid down his body & taken it again so he has a body of his own–so has his son a body of his own so each one will be in their own body

The single most important step the Son takes is the Atonement. Christ witnessed and remembered the suffering God went through when he was a Christ; which caused Christ to to shrink from the task.

(D&C 19:16 – 19) 16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

At the end of the world Christ will present the kingdom whole to the Father.

(D&C 76:106 – 108) 106 These are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath of Almighty God, until the fulness of times, when Christ shall have subdued all enemies under his feet, and shall have perfected his work; 107 When he shall deliver up the kingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have overcome and have trodden the wine–press alone, even the wine–press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. 108 Then shall he be crowned with the crown of his glory, to sit on the throne of his power to reign forever and ever.

(Words of Joseph Smith Pg 358) What did Jesus do? Why I do the things that I saw the Father do when worlds came into existence. I saw the Father work out a kingdom with fear and trembling & I can do the same & when I get my Kingdom worked out I will present to the Father & it will exalt his glory and Jesus steps into his tracks to inherit what God did before.

At this point Christ becomes part of the Elohim and begins to create his own Galaxy. The scriptures teach us that at this point Christ is now the one who sits on the throne, the new God the Father.

(Revelation 21:5 – 6) 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

(D&C 88:115) 115 For Michael shall fight their battles, and shall overcome him who seeketh the throne of him who sitteth upon the throne, even the Lamb.

(History of the Church, Vol. 4 pg. 210) This then is the nature of the priesthood, every man holding the presidency of his dispensation and one man holding the presidency of them all even Adam, and Adam receiving his presidency and authority from Christ, but cannot receive a fulness, until Christ shall present. the kingdom to the Father which shall be at the end of the last dispensation.
Christ is the Father and the Son.

(Colossians 2:9) 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

(Mormon 9:12) 12 Behold, he created Adam, and by Adam came the fall of man. And because of the fall of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son; and because of Jesus Christ came the redemption of man.

(Mosiah 15:1 – 3) 1 AND now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. 2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God;
and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—

(Ether 3:14) 14 Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters.

The Father and the Son are one God.

(Mosiah 15:4) 4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth. (See 2 Nephi 31:21; Mosiah 15:1 – 5; Alma 11:38, 39; 3 Nephi 11:27, 36; Mormon 7:7)

(Isaiah 45:21) 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

(1 Corinthians 8:6) 6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (See John 10:30)

(TPJS pg 372) Joseph Smith taught: Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God. I say that is a strange God anyhow-three in one, and one in three! It is a curious organization anyhow. “Father, I pray not for the world, but I pray for those that thou hast given me…that they may be one as we are.”…I want to read the text to you myself-“I am agreed with the Father and the Father is agreed with me, and we are agreed as one.” The Greek shows that it should be agreed. “Father, I pray for them which thou hast given me out of the world,…that they all may be agreed,” and all come to dwell in unity.

The Father and Son are one because they share the same mind.

(Lecture on Faith #5) The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fulness: Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fulness of the mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the spirit, glory and power of the Father—possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom: sitting at the right hand of power, in the same image and likeness of the Father—a Mediator for man—being filled with the fulness of the mind of the Father, or in other words, the Spirit of the Father.

The Holy Spirit flows through Christ to us and is called the light of Christ.

(D&C 88:5 – 7) 5 Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son—6 He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth; 7 Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

(D&C 84:45 – 46) 45 For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 46 And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.

(D&C 50:27) 27 Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son.

Christ is the 2nd comforter.

(Joseph Smith HC 3:380 – 381) …After a person hath faith in Christ, repents of his sins & is Baptized for the remission of his sins & received the Holy Ghost (by the laying on of hands) which is the first Comforter then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering & thirsting after Righteousness. & living by every word of God & the Lord will soon say unto him Son thou shalt be exalted. &c When the Lord has thoroughly proved him & finds that the man is determined to serve him at all hazard. then the man will find his calling & Election made sure then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even He will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God; and this is the state and place the ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious visions–Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. Paul in the three heavens, and all the Saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn.

(John 14:16 – 21) 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

(D&C 88:3) 3 Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.

We are to seek the face of the Lord, who is the 2nd comforter.

(D&C 101:38) 38 And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life.

(D&C 88:68) 68 Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.

(D&C 93:1) 1 VERILY, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;

The Jews on this planet are the only ones wicked enough to crucify their God.

(2 Nephi 10:3) 3 Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ—for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name—should come among the Jews, among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify him—for thus it behooveth our God, and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God.

 

 

The Order of Elohim

God the Father is a personage of glory and power.

(JS-History 1:17) 17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air.

(Lecture #5) The Father being a personage of spirit, glory and power:

(School of the Prophets) The Prophet Joseph said: Brethren, now you are prepared to be the apostles of Jesus Christ, for you have seen both the Father and the son and know that they exist and that they are two separate personages.

Zebedee Coltrin and others saw God the Father walk by and felt that he might be consumed with the very presence of God.

(Minutes, Salt Lake City School of the Prophets, 11 October 1883) At one of these meetings after the organization of the school, (the school being organized on the 23rd of January, 1833), …Afterward Joseph told us to resume our former position in prayer, which we did. Another person came through, he was surrounded as with a flame of fire. He (Brother Coltrin) experienced a sensation that it might destroy the tabernacle as it was of consuming fire of great brightness. The Prophet Joseph said this was the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I saw Him….When asked about the kind of clothing the Father had on, Brother Coltrin said: I did not discover his clothing for he was surrounded as with a flame of fire, which was so brilliant that I could not discover anything else but his person. I saw his hands, his legs, his feet, his eyes, nose, mouth, head and body in the shape and form of a perfect man. He sat in a chair as a man would sit in a chair, but this appearance was so grand and overwhelming that it seemed I should melt down in his presence, and the sensation was so powerful that it thrilled through my whole system and I felt it in the marrow of my bones.

Even though he is described as a Spirit of power and glory he also has a body of tabernacle. Perfection is a purified physical body refined into a spirit.

(John 4:24) 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(D&C130:22) 22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; …

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 60) On that occasion William Clayton recorded the Prophet as saying: That which is without body or parts is nothing. There is no other God in heaven but that God who has flesh and bones.

(Words of Joseph Smith, pg 63) Six weeks later “Joseph said concerning the Godhead [that] it was not as many imagined—three heads and but one body; he said the three were separate bodies.

God the Father proclaims himself a perfect man. Man of Holiness is my name.

(Moses 7:35) 35 Behold, I am God; Man of Holiness is my name; Man of Counsel is my name; and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.

(Moses 6:57) 57 Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus Christ, a righteous Judge, who shall come in the meridian of time.

So God the Father really was once a man like us upon an earth. He experienced several probation’s on his way to perfection: 1st a saint, 2nd an angel father, 3rd an Adam, 4th a Christ and finally an Elohim.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg. 344 – 345) God who sits in yonder heavens is a man like yourselves.. … I
want you to understand God and how he comes to be God. We suppose that God was god from eternity. I will refute that idea, …. the Father was once on an earth like us. … What did Jesus
Christ do, the same thing as I see the Father do, see the Father do what, work out a kingdom

(Words of Joseph Smith pg. 84 note 9 Lorenzo snow Kirtland time period) As man now is, our God once was; As God now is, so man may be, and thus unfolds our destiny.

(John 5:17 – 22) 17 ¶ But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. … Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

God the Father is a personage but also described as invisible to mankind.

(Colossians 1:15) 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

(1 Timothy 1:17) 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.

(John 5:36 – 38) 36 ¶ But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

God the Father is described as invisible because no man can see him without being changed; being filled with the priesthood, with the Holy Spirit.

(D&C 84:21 – 22) 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.

(Genesis 32:30) 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

(Moses 1:2) 2 And he saw God face to face, and he talked with him, and the glory of God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence.

God the Father is Perfection.

(Matthew 5:48) 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

(3 Nephi 12:48) 48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

God the Father is part of the Elohim which perfection is the end game.

(HC 6:476) In the very beginning the Bible shows there is a plurality of Gods beyond the power or refutation … the word Eloheim ought to be in the plural all the way through—Gods,

(Teachings Pg 370 – 372) Eloheim is from the word Eloi, God, in the singular number; and by adding the word heim, it renders it Gods. It read first, “In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the
Gods,” or, as others have translated it, “The head of the Gods called the Gods together.

(George Laub Journal) Cain signifies Posesion. Able denots sorrow Eloheam denots Gods,

(HC 1:27) O Thou, who seest and knowest the hearts of all men – Thou eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Jehovah – God – Thou Elohim, that sittest, as saith the Psalmist, enthroned in heaven look down upon Thy servant Joseph at this time; and let faith on the name of Thy son Jesus Christ, to a greater degree than Thy servant ever yet has enjoyed, be conferred upon him.

(HC 5:94) Shall we shrink at the onset? No! Let every man’s brow be as the face of a lion; let his breast be as unshaken as the mighty oak, and his knee confirmed as the sapling of the forest: and by the voice and the loud roar of the cannon; and the loud peals and thundering of artillery; and by the voice of the thunderings of heaven as upon Mount Sinai; and by the voice of the heavenly hosts; and by the voice of the eternal God; and by the voice of innocent blood; and by the voice of innocence; and by the voice of all that is sacred and dear to man, let us plead the justice of our cause; trusting in the arm of Jehovah, the Eloheim, who sits enthroned in the heavens; that peradventure He may give us the victory…

(HC 5:2, 4 May 1842) all those plans & principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those blessings which has been prepared for the church of the first born, and come up into and abide in the presence of God the Eloheim in the eternal worlds…

(Teachings Pg 237) …instructing them in the principles and order of the Priesthood, attending to washings, anointings, endowments and the communication of keys pertaining to the Aaronic Priesthood, and so on to the highest order of the Melchizedek Priesthood, setting forth the order pertaining to the Ancient of Days, and all those plans and principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those blessing which have been prepared for the Church of the Firstborn, and come up and abide in the presence of the Eloheim in the eternal worlds. In this council was instituted the ancient order of things for the first time in these last days.

As one of the Elohim, God the Father presides over a Galaxy that he created. As there are numberless Galaxies there are therefore numberless God the Fathers. So in lecture 5 when it describes the two personages being the supreme power over all things it is referring to all things in a Galaxy.

(Lectures on Faith #5) 2 There are two personages who constitute the grand, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things (in a Galaxy)—by whom all things were created and made, that are created and made, whether visible or invisible; whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth, or throughout the immensity of space—They are the Father and the Son:

The place where God resides where his throne is where his residence is: it is a great Urim and Thummim, which is a great Sun a sea of glass. That’s why God the Father is able to have all things present before him at all times. This is where God the Father has his throne.

(D&C 130:8) 8 The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim.

God the Father begins his galaxy with a ruling planet called Kolob, the 1st creation.

(Abraham 2 Fac.:1) 1 Fig. 1. Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God.

(Abraham 3:2 – 3) 2 And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it; 3 And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon
which thou standest.

(Abraham 3:9) 9 And thus there shall be the reckoning of the time of one planet above another, until thou come nigh unto Kolob, which Kolob is after the reckoning of the Lord’s time; which Kolob is set nigh unto the throne of God, to govern all those planets which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.

The power and glory and very mind of God is the Holy Spirit.

(Lecture on Faith #5) And he being the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fullness of the glory of the Father – possessing the same mind with the Father; which Mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son;
It is the Holy Ghost that makes God the Father and Jesus Christ the Godhead.

(Lecture on Faith #5) and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing, and supreme power over all things; by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead and are one: the Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power, and fullness; filling all in all 

God exhibits perfect faith in the Holy Spirit. The fact that the Father exhibits faith in the Holy Spirit is another reason to believe that he is a created being, who has come up through the holy seed line: children saints, angel father, Adam, Christ and God the Father who is part of the Elohim. God the Father is the being that exercises perfect faith through which the power of the Holy Spirit can operate in perfection. Creating galaxies without end. To uphold endless creations.

(Lecture on Faith #2) We here observe that God is the only supreme governor, and independent being, in whom all fulness and perfection dwells; who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; without beginning of days or end of life; and that in him every good gift, and every good principle dwells, and that he is the Father of lights: In him the principle of faith dwells independently; and he is the object in whom the faith of all other rational and accountable beings centers, for life and salvation.

(Lecture on Faith 1:12 – 16) 12 And as faith is the moving cause of all action in temporal concerns, so it is in spiritual; for the Savior has said, and that truly, that he that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved. (Mark 16:16) 13 As we receive by faith, all temporal blessings that we do receive, so we, in like manner, receive by faith all spiritual blessings, that we do receive. But faith is not only the principle of action, but of power, also, in all intelligent beings, whether in heaven, or on earth. Thus says the author of the epistle to the Hebrews. (11:3): 14 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God: so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  15By this we understand that the principle of power, which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power, existing in the Deity, that all created things exist—so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, exist by reason of faith, as it existed in HIM. 16 Had it not been for the principle of faith the worlds would never have been framed, neither would man have been formed of the dust—it is the principle by which Jehovah works, and through which he exercises power over all temporal, as well as eternal things. Take this principle or attribute, (for it is an attribute) from the Deity and he would cease to exist.

God the Father exhibits the same attributes of the Holy Spirit because he is filled with the Holy Spirit.

(D&C 88:41) 41 He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.

God the Father is eternal. And is from everlasting to everlasting.

(D&C 20:17) 17 By these things we know that there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal,
from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God the framer of heaven and earth, and all
things which are in them;

It is argued that God the Father has never been a man because he did not have a beginning, that he does not change. So lets take a look at these thoughts. Is a God who was once a man like us also be a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever?

(D&C 35:1) 1 LISTEN to the voice of the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
end, whose course is one eternal round, the same today as yesterday, and forever.

(2 Nephi 27:23) 23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.

(Moroni 8:18) 18 For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.

(James 1:17) 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

(Mormon 9:9) 9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?

(D&C 20:12) 12 Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

Can you have faith in a God who was once a man as we are?

(Deuteronomy 4:35) 35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

(Isaiah 46:9) 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

(Mark 12:29 – 34) 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Can God who was once a man as we are be perfect?

(Lecture on faith #3) But it is equally as necessary that men should have the idea that he is a God who changes not, in order to have faith in him, as it is to have the idea that he is gracious and long suffering. For without the idea of unchangeableness in the character if the Deity, doubt would take the place of faith. But with the idea that he changes not, faith lays hold upon the excellencies in his character with unshaken confidence, believing he is the same yesterday, to-day and forever, and that his course is one eternal round.

 

 

The King Follett Sermon, True or False: Part 1

The doctrine concerning God taught in the King Follett discourse by Joseph Smith has been trashed recently on the internet. I personally believe that the King Follett discourse teaches true doctrine. Therefore, I feel a need to respond to the degrading of the discourse and I will present 4 or 5 blogs in support of the doctrine taught in the discourse.

We all know the importance of understanding the true nature of God,  life eternal is equated with knowing God.

(John 17:1 – 5) 1 THESE words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

I don’t believe that our ignorance and confusion concerning the doctrine of God will condemn us at this particular time when the fullness of priesthood is not on the earth, but will at some time when the servants return and the 3rd Watch Marvelous Work takes place. I hope that we will all be able to come to a unity of the faith when truth sweeps the earth. Until then we all struggle on trying to know God and the truth about Him.

(Moses 7:62) 62 And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.

In the series on the priesthood model I describe two probation’s: 1st. as children saints and 2nd. as angel fathers. I believe that God the Father passed through these two probation’s in his quest of perfection when he was a man on his first earth, plus he passed through two more 3rd. as an Adam and 4th. as a Christ, before arriving at perfection as one of many Elohim. This is the path that God trod and the path that he lays before us to follow if we want to dwell with him in the eternities.

Hence, to bring to pass his work and his glory, God the Father gives us a series of probation’s that bring to pass our immortality and eternal life, which is how we keep the commandment to be perfect like our father in heaven, in whose image we were created. It is the same path by which God the Father of us all attained to his perfection.

God is a Perfect Man

Yes, the King Follett discourse really does say that God the Father was once a man like us upon an earth. 

(Words of Joseph Smith pg. 344 – 345) God who sits in yonder heavens is a man like yourselves.. … I want you to understand God and how he comes to be God. We suppose that God was god from eternity. I will refute that idea, …. the Father was once on an earth like us. …
It appears that the famous couplet was penned during the Kirtland time period showing that the doctrine of the progression of God was a long standing doctrine.

(Words of Joseph Smith pg. 84 note 9 Lorenzo snow Kirtland time period) As man now is, our God once was; As God now is, so man may be, and thus unfolds our destiny.

So, it’s not surprising that God the Father himself declares that he is a perfect man, describing himself ‘Man of Holiness” and ‘Man of Counsel”. 

(Moses 7:35) 35 Behold, I am God; Man of Holiness is my name; Man of Counsel is my name; and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.

(Moses 6:57) 57 Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name, …

Not only is God the Man of Holiness, Jesus Christ is the Son of the Man of Holiness.

(Moses 6:57) 57 … and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus Christ, a righteous Judge, who shall come in the meridian of time.

Moses teaches us that there are an endless progression of earths, fulfilling Gods purpose of bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. The description of the elect seed and family of God Is as follows: Christ is the Son of the Man of Holiness,  Adam is the grandson of the Man of Holiness, the Angels are the great grandsons of the Man of Holiness, and the children saints are the great great grandsons of the Man of Holiness. Each generation comes to being through the constant roll over of one earth after another without end, forever, through one eternal round after another.

(Moses 1:37 – 39) 37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine. 38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come, and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

The creation of the children saints  in the image of the Man of Holiness is the beginning of becoming like him, a perfect man of holiness also. 

(Genesis 1:27) 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Becoming perfect is not just something we want to try to do, it is a solemn and eternal commandment. Becoming perfect in the image of the Man of Holiness is our destiny.

(Matthew 5:48) 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

(3 Nephi 12:48) 48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

Webster’s 1828 definition of Holiness:

HO’LINESS, noun [from holy.] The state of being holy; purity or integrity of moral character; freedom from sin; sanctity. Applied to the Supreme Being, holiness denotes perfect purity or integrity of moral character, one of his essential attributes.

God is a Personage of Glory and Power

The essence of God is a man, a person, a personage; who is perfect, a Man of Holiness, who is imbued with and surrounded by power and strength which is his glory. This glory and power is God’s perfection.

(Lecture on Faith #5) The Father being a personage of spirit, glory and power:

Zebedee Coltrin was allowed to see God’s personage, describing Him as having hands, legs, feet, eyes, nose, mouth, head and body. Zebedee also saw God’s glory which is his perfection, describing Him as a flame of fire, and he feared that he just might melt in God’s presence.

(Minutes, Salt Lake City, School of the Prophets, 1883) At one of these meetings after the organization of the school, (the school being organized on the 23rd of January, 1833), …Afterward Joseph told us to resume our former position in prayer, which we did. Another person came through, he was surrounded as with a flame of fire. He (Brother Coltrin) experienced a sensation that it might destroy the tabernacle as it was of consuming fire of great brightness. The Prophet Joseph said this was the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I saw Him….When asked about the kind of clothing the Father had on, Brother Coltrin said: I did not discover his clothing for he was surrounded as with a flame of fire, which was so brilliant that I could not discover anything else but his person. I saw his hands, his legs, his feet, his eyes, nose, mouth, head and body in the shape and form of a perfect man. He sat in a chair as a man would sit in a chair, but this appearance was so grand and overwhelming that it seemed I should melt down in his presence, and the sensation was so powerful that it thrilled through my whole system and I felt it in the marrow of my bones.

Joseph Smith saw and described the personage and the glory of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ at the first vision.

(JS History 1:17) 17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!

Daniel saw father Adam with his glory.

(Daniel 7:10) 9 ¶ I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

Ezekiel describes the glory of celestial beings.

(Ezekiel 1:26 – 28) 26 ¶ And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Joseph Smith also saw the personage and glory of the angel Moroni. The Angel Moroni is a personage, a man, a person who who is filled with glory, but not to the level of God the Father.

(JS History 1:30 – 32) 30 While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor. 31 He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant. His hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrist; so, also, were his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles. His head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom. 32 Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright as immediately around his person. When I first looked upon him, I was afraid; but the fear soon left me.

In the scriptures the personage of God is described both as a spirit and as having a body of flesh and bones. 

(John 4:24) 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(D&C130:22) 22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; …

(Words of Joseph Smith pg 60) On that occasion William Clayton recorded the Prophet as saying: That which is without body or parts is nothing. There is no other God in heaven but that God who has flesh and bones.

(Words of Joseph Smith, pg 63) Six weeks later “Joseph said concerning the Godhead [that] it was not as many imagined—three heads and but one body; he said the three were separate bodies.

The answer to this apparent discrepancy lies in a clearer understanding of the relationship of spirit and matter. We are told that spirit and element must be connected for fullness of Joy; they must be connected for perfection. Therefore, our intelligence is clothed with spirit in our pre-mortal 1st estate, then our spirits are clothed with physical matter of flesh and blood in our 2nd estate, finally through the quickening of the resurrection our bodies become perfected and added upon and changed even further into a spiritual state of flesh and bone. This is the process that all celestial beings experience. This is how God the Father began his ascent to Godhood. 

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

A more permanent quickening takes place at the resurrection when the saints are filled with God’s glory and made equal with him even joint-heirs with Christ.

(D&C 88:107) 107 And then shall the angels be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.

Jesus Christ is the example of a spiritual / physical being. Christ appeared to his apostles and startled them by materializing out of nowhere right in the middle of them all, and then he proceeded to eat fish with them. Christ is not a spirit, he has flesh and bones, yet he is spirit like and can move in and out and through whatever element he wants like a spirit. That is the ability of a celestial being in a telestial world.

(Luke 24:36 – 43) 36 ¶ And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

Joseph also teaches us that spirit is a more refined matter.

(D&C 131:7 – 8) 7 There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes; 8 We cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter.

God the Father is a personage who is also described as invisible.

(Colossians 1:15) 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

(1 Timothy 1:17) 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.

(John 5:36 – 38) 36 ¶ But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

God the Father is described as invisible because no man can see him without being changed; being filled with the priesthood and with the Holy Spirit. A man has to be quickened to a similar spiritual level that approaches to God’s level to see him and commune with him. 

(D&C 84:21 – 22) 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.

(Genesis 32:30) 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

(Moses 1:2) 2 And he saw God face to face, and he talked with him, and the glory of God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence.

(D&C 107:18 – 19)18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.

The Sons of God, his seed, his children will become like him, they will grow up through a series of probation’s and become perfect like he is. We shall see God as he is and we shall be like him.  It is way interesting that we start out as a spirit, we come to this earth to take a body of flesh and blood (matter) to turn around and become a spiritual being of flesh and bones. Then when we completely obey the commandment to become perfect we will become a glorious, all powerful man of holiness.

(1 John 3:1 – 2) 1 BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

God the Father is part of the Elohim which perfection is the end game for his children who are of the seed and family of God.

(Teachings Pg 237) …instructing them in the principles and order of the Priesthood, attending to washings, anointings, endowments and the communication of keys pertaining to the Aaronic Priesthood, and so on to the highest order of the Melchizedek Priesthood, setting forth the order pertaining to the Ancient of Days, and all those plans and principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those blessing which have been prepared for the Church of the Firstborn, and come up and abide in the presence of the Eloheim in the eternal worlds. In this council was instituted the ancient order of things for the first time in these last days.

(HC 6:476) In the very beginning the Bible shows there is a plurality of Gods beyond the power or refutation … the word Eloheim ought to be in the plural all the way through—Gods,

(King Follett Discourse, Newly Amalgamated Text) I suppose I am not allowed to go into an investigation of anything that is not contained in the Bible. If I would, you would cry treason, and I think there are so many learned and wise men here who would put me to death for treason. I will, then, go to the old Bible and turn commentator today. I will go to the very first Hebrew word—BERESHITH—in the Bible and make a comment on the first sentence of the history of creation: “In the beginning. …
I want to analyze the word BERESHITH. BE—in, by, through, and everything else,: next, ROSH—the head, ITH. Where did it come from? When the inspired man wrote it, he did not put the first part—the BE—there, but a man—an old Jew without any authority—put it there. He thought it too bad to begin to talk about the head of any man. It read in the first: “The Head One of the Gods brought forth the Gods.” This is the true meaning of the words. ROSHITH [BARA ELOHIM] signifies [the head] to bring forth the Elohim. If you do not believe it, you do not believe the learned man of God. No learned man can tell you any more than what I have told you. Thus, the Head God brought forth the Head Gods in the grand, head council. I want to simplify it in the English language.

(Abraham 4:1 – 3) 1 AND then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth, after it was formed, was empty and desolate, because they had not formed anything but the earth; and darkness reigned upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of the Gods was brooding upon the face of the waters. 3 And they (the Gods) said: Let there be light; and there was light.

(George Laub Journal) Cain signifies Posesion. Able denots sorrow Eloheam denots Gods,

(HC 1:27) O Thou, who seest and knowest the hearts of all men – Thou eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Jehovah – God – Thou Elohim, that sittest, as saith the Psalmist, enthroned in heaven look down upon Thy servant Joseph at this time; and let faith on the name of Thy son Jesus Christ, to a greater degree than Thy servant ever yet has enjoyed, be conferred upon him.

(HC 5:94) Shall we shrink at the onset? No! Let every man’s brow be as the face of a lion; let his breast be as unshaken as the mighty oak, and his knee confirmed as the sapling of the forest: and by the voice and the loud roar of the cannon; and the loud peals and thundering of artillery; and by the voice of the thunderings of heaven as upon Mount Sinai; and by the voice of the heavenly hosts; and by the voice of the eternal God; and by the voice of innocent blood; and by the voice of innocence; and by the voice of all that is sacred and dear to man, let us plead the justice of our cause; trusting in the arm of Jehovah, the Eloheim, who sits enthroned in the heavens; that peradventure He may give us the victory…

(HC 5:2, 4 May 1842) all those plans & principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those blessings which has been prepared for the church of the first born, and come up into and abide in the presence of God the Eloheim in the eternal worlds…
 

The King Follett Sermon, True or False: Part 2

 Joseph and Moses 

I do not believe that Joseph is a fallen prophet and he was definitely not a false prophet. Moses was not a fallen prophet when he gave the children of Israel the law of Moses. It is true that he was refused entry into the land of promise for transgression but he was fulfilling his role as the intercessor, so therefore he is covered by the grace of God. Proof of that is Moses appeared to Christ on the Mt of Transfiguration. The children of Israel were fallen not Moses.

Joseph definitely had his eyes covered, which doesn’t necessarily make him a fallen prophet, especially when you take into account why his eyes were covered.

(Isaiah 29:9 – 10) 9 ¶ Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

(2 Nephi 27:5) 5 For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.

In like manner the 2nd watch church are the ones who were fallen and not Joseph Smith. Joseph is the one like unto Moses, and God used him to give the fallen church polygamy and the masonic endowment which is their “law of Moses”. It is true that in the process of placing the church under their law of Moses Joseph committed sin but as the intercessor for the church he is covered in the grace of God. Proof of that is Joseph is coming back at the 3rd watch marvelous work to fulfill the promises made to him.

Joseph laments that there are those who believed that he is a fallen prophet and he takes this opportunity to declare that he is not a fallen prophet. 

(King Follett Discourse, A Newly Amalgamated Text pg 14) I would to God that I had forty days and nights to talk, and to tell you all, to let you know that I am not a fallen prophet.

The 2nd watch church definitely was a fallen church. Just like the children of Israel when they rejected the Lord at Mt Sinai and then made themselves unworthy at the feet of the golden calf. The 2nd watch saints rejected the Lord when they failed to live the law of consecration, but the Lord did not utterly cast them off. At the dedication of the Kirtland Temple the Lord secretly placed them under the gospel of Abraham to replace the gospel of Christ, and they did not know it then, and do not know it now.

(D&C 101:2 – 9) 2 I, the Lord, have suffered the affliction to come upon them, wherewith they have been afflicted, in consequence of their transgressions; 3 Yet I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels. 4 Therefore, they must needs be chastened and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son. 5 For all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified. 6 Behold, I say unto you, there were jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances. 7 They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble. 8 In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me. 9 Verily I say unto you, notwithstanding their sins, my bowels are filled with compassion towards them. I will not utterly cast them off; and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy.

Moses was used, by God, to give the children of Israel, the methods, practices and the form of worship that God required of them because of their fallen state, it was called the law of Moses. In like manner Joseph was used by God to give the 2nd watch church the method, practices and the form of worship that he will now require of the 2nd watch church in there fallen condition. The 2nd watch church was given polygamy and the masonic endowment as central to their worship in their new fallen society. Neither Joseph nor Moses taught false doctrine at anytime. Both were intercessors to their people. Both had received their calling and election and were covered in their sins by the grace of God.

The form of worship given the children of Israel under the law of Moses was designed to be a schoolmaster to point them to Christ. Was the law of Moses false? No, it was a fallen form of worship. The law of Moses was the schoolmaster, designed to bring them to Christ. The schoolmaster fulfilled it’s role in the generation that Christ came to the earth as the Savior of Mankind. Starting with John the Baptist preparing the way, followed by the Apostles and finally the thousands of saints who had been prepared by the schoolmaster and became justified by faith.

(Galatians 3:21 – 25) 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The latter-day church is also under a schoolmaster that began with the 2nd watch church. The LDS church today maintains and distributes the oracles throughout the world so that there will be a people prepared to receive Joseph and the Elders when they return and finish their work.

There are an increasing number of people being prepared to receive the servants of God. Their eyes are being opened, they are taking the scriptures, the oracles of God seriously. They are the ones who are ready to receive the fullness of the Gospel of Christ. 

(D&C 35:10 – 12) 10 And the time speedily cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children of men; 11 But without faith shall not anything be shown forth except desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 12 And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.

They are the humble followers of Christ, who have taken the scriptures for their guild, but since the fullness is not here yet, they do err because of the precepts of men.

(2 Nephi 28:14) 14 They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.

God does not teach False Doctrine

God does not teach false doctrine, ever!! Satan teaches false doctrine. God’s church which is in apostasy changes the truth they are given into false doctrine, but the doctrine that comes from God to his people thru his prophets always begins as true doctrine.

The doctrine of the nature of God doesn’t change whether the people are under the gospel of Christ or the gospel of Abraham. The fact is, in John 5 Christ was explaining the true nature of God to the scribes, Pharisee and Sadducee, whom he described as the sons of Satan, so why shouldn’t Joseph Smith explain the true nature of God to the church in Nauvoo?

Over time the church under the covenant of the gospel of Abraham will pervert their understanding, thus creating false doctrine. God teaches truth line upon line but his wayward people will take that truth and fall backward. God can only teach truth and the people will change it into false doctrine and thereby they fall backwards. 

(Isaiah 28:13) 13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

The Church was not delivered up unto Satan, yet!

In the Book of Commandment God threatens that he would deliver this generation up unto Satan, not his apostate church. ‘This generation’ is referring to the last generation at the time of the 3rd watch marvelous work. These verses are a prophecy of the future. The 2nd watch church was not delivered up unto Satan, nor is the LDS church today. But they will be if they reject Joseph Smith when he returns with the gospel of Christ.

(Book of Commandments 4:5 – 6) 5 And thus, if the people of this generation harden not their hearts, I will work a reformation among them, and I will put down all lyings, and deceivings, and priestcrafts, and envyings, and strifes, and idolatries, and sorceries, and all manner of iniquities, and I will establish my church, like unto the church which was taught by my disciples in the days of old. 6 And now if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan, for he reigneth and hath power at this time, for he hath got great hold upon the hearts of the people of this generation: and not far from the iniquities of Sodom and Gomorrah, do they come at this time: and behold the sword of justice hangeth over their heads, and if they persist in the hardness of their hearts, the time cometh that it must fall upon them. Behold I tell you these things even as I also told the people of the destruction of Jerusalem, and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified.

Joseph and John

In the King Follett discourse Joseph Smith quotes from John chapters 5 and 8 when describing the the doctrine of the progression of God. In these chapters John the apostle is not speaking of himself, he is quoting our Savior Jesus Christ, these are the words Jesus said. This doctrine comes from Jesus as he was speaking to the scribes, Pharisee and Sadducee.  And without the testimony of John the apostle who gave word for word quotes from Christ himself, perhaps someone might have cause to pause concerning the King Follett discourse.

In chapter 5 Jesus had just healed the man at the pool of Bethseda on the Sabbath day and the Jews had come to give him what for. Christ was speaking truth to those he describes as sons of perdition, having Satan for their father. In chapter 8 the scribes and Pharisee had just brought the woman taken in adultery, and Jesus continues to teach them about God and his relationship with his Father.

So, Joseph Smith is using the Savior Jesus Christ as his source for this doctrine on the progression of God taught in the King Follett discourse. Not too shabby.

The atonement is an extremely important step in progressing to an Elohim. It is not a simple step either. The atonement is daunting even for a God. I don’t pretend to understand, that is just what Christ has told us. Each time the eternal round is renewed the office of Christ has to be filled for the new spirit generation that was just organized and need to come to the earth.

Example: Before Christ partook of the bitter cup he shrunk because he knew full well the price that would be extracted from him because he saw what the Father went through in the previous eternal round. Christ is not being a coward, but even though he’s a God, the pain is so great the thought made him wince. 

(D&C 19:18 – 19) 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble
because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.

In his progression to the Elohim, God the Father fulfilled the office of Christ. Jesus revealed the great mystery when he tells us that the Father had previously done a great work. The idea that God had done a great work went right over their head.

(John 5:17 – 18) 17 ¶ But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

(King Follett Discourse, A Newly Amalgamated Text pg 8) The first principle of truth and of the Gospel is to know for a certainty the character of God, and that we may converse with Him the same as one man with another, and that He once was a man like one of us, and that God Himself, the Father of us all, once dwelled on an earth the same as Jesus Christ himself did in the flesh and like us.

Jesus continues to explain that the great work the Father accomplished is exactly what he (Jesus) is doing now. The Father showed Jesus what he needed to do, and what Jesus needed to say, for Jesus doeth nothing by himself, but what the Father teaches him to do by His example. John goes over this concept repeatedly, over and over again.

(John 5:19 – 20) 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

(King Follett Discourse, A Newly Amalgamated Text pg 8) What did Jesus Christ do? “Why I do the same things that I saw my Father do when worlds came rolling into existence.” Saw the Father do what? I saw the Father work out His kingdom with fear and trembling and I am doing the same, too.
Jesus does nothing but what the Father taught him by example.

(John 8:28 – 29) 28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Jesus speaks all that he saw the Father speak

(John 8:38 – 44) 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father:
Joseph and John both give the same witness that both God the Father and Jesus Christ his son both have life within themselves to lay it down and take it up.

(John 5:26) 26 for as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

(Nauvoo Discourses 11 June 1843) As the father hath power in himself so the Son hath power in himself, then the father has some day laid down his body & taken it again so he has a body of his own–so has his son a body of his own so each one will be in their own body

When the Father fulfilled the office of Christ he raised the dead, hence our Christ will also raise the dead.

(John 5:21 – 22) 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John not only teaches us that Christ is following in the footsteps of God the Father, and doing what he has seen his father do, but he then tells the scribes and Pharisees that they are sons of perdition and that they are doing the same thing that they have seen their father the devil do, apparently also on a previous earth.

(John 8:38 – 44) 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Christ Presents the Kingdom to the Father

The last step before becoming perfect is for Christ to present the kingdom to the Father. 

(1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28) 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

(King Follett Discourse, A Newly Amalgamated Text pg 9) When I get my kingdom, I will give it to the Father and it will add to and exalt His glory. He will take a higher exaltation and I will take His place and I am also exalted, so that He obtains kingdom rolling upon kingdom.” So that Jesus treads in His tracks as He had gone before and then inherits what God did before. God is glorified in the salvation and exaltation of His creatures.

When Christ presents the Kingdom to the Father, he (Christ) then becomes one of the Elohim and the one who sits upon the throne. 

(D&C 76:106 – 108) 106 These are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath of Almighty God, until the fulness of times, when Christ shall have subdued all enemies under his feet, and shall have perfected his work; 107 When he shall deliver up the kingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have overcome and have trodden the wine–press alone, even the wine–press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. 108 Then shall he be crowned with the crown of his glory, to sit on the throne of his power to reign forever and ever.

(Revelation 21:5 – 6) 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
 

The King Follett Sermon, True or False,

Part 3
A Galaxy Eternity

Websters 1828 Dictionary defines eternity as without beginning or end. I’ve been taught that my whole life, so I don’t really know who I think I am to disagree with bro Webster now, but I do. 

(Webster 1828 Dictionary) ETER’NITY, noun [Latin oeternitas.] Duration or continuance without beginning or end.

Why do I disagree with bro Webster? Because 1. the scriptures teach us that Christ is the beginning and ending of one eternal round. Because 2. the King Follett discourse teaches us that God the Father is a created being who was on an earth just like you and I. I do not believe that God the Father is the universe, God the Father is part of the universe. I believe that God the Father was created from the universe, the same way you and I are created from the universe. Therefore I see eternity as having three levels. 

1. The Universe Eternity: The eternity associated with the Universe follows Websters definition, having no beginning, and no end. The universe eternity is made up of endless space composed of endless light and intelligence. Part of the endless space and matter of the universe, are all the unborn and uncreated intelligences that will at some point become part of a creation.

2. The Galaxy Eternity: A galaxy is a creation of the Universe, and therefore it has a beginning, but no end. It’s at this point that the spiritual / physical creation of God and man have a beginning. The galaxy is the Kingdom of God and the throne of God is the central point in each galaxy. 

3. The Solar System Eternity: The solar system is a creation of the Galaxy. The solar system is the building block of the galaxy, which through Christ has both a beginning and an end, described as one eternal round.

Jesus is the Alpha and Omega of One Eternal Round

In the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord Jesus Christ declares his Godhood in no less than 12 sections, reiterating the essential facts, that he is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Then with each repetition he graces us with additional information to enlarge our understanding of his Godhood.

In section 35 Jesus Christ declares himself the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Of what? Certainly not the universe, the universe has no beginning and no end.

(D&C 35:1) 1 LISTEN to the voice of the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end…

The next phrase of verse 1 tells us that the course that Jesus takes is one eternal round. So, Christ is teaching us that he is the beginning, and end of something that repeats itself over and over again eternally. We are in one of those rounds right now, on this earth. Jesus Christ provides the eternal round for each successive spirit generation to come to an earth and to experience a temporal probation. This creation round will never end because there is no end to the universe. The universe is not the eternal round because the universe is constant and unchanging, without beginning and without end. 

(D&C 35:1) 1 … , whose course is one eternal round,

Then the last phrase of verse one supports the idea that the earth creation is an eternal round. Today and yesterday are terms dealing with time, terms that only apply on a telestial earth, in its temporal state which has a beginning and an end. Christ’s work of creating telestial worlds in this eternal loop, forever.

(D&C 35:1) 1 … the same today as yesterday, and forever.

The Book of Mormon describes the telestial part of the eternal round, as the temporal existence in the days of our probation.

(1 Nephi 15:32) 32 And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual; for the day should come that they must be judged of their works, yea, even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation.

(2 Nephi 2:19 – 21) 19 And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out of the garden of Eden, to till the earth. 20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth. 21 And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were lost, because of the transgression of their parents.

Christ begins and ends not just this earth and solar system, but many earths and solar systems within this galaxy. All these creations that takes place inside the galaxy are innumerable to man but they are numbered unto God, because they belong to him, he created them. God did not create the universe, it has always existed and there is no beginning or ending of it. There is no creation in the universe without God and Christ. So the only things that are countable are those worlds within a galaxy that God creates.

(Moses 1:32 – 35) 32 And by the word of my power, have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth. 33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many. 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.

In section 38 Jesus restates that he is the alpha and omega and then describes how at the beginning of the creative process, he looked down upon the seraphic hosts who will participate in the creative round. He also contemplates the space into which he create new worlds for all those seraphic hosts to dwell upon. Christ is not looking at the wide expanse of the universe which has no beginning or end, just the space necessary for a small little solar system which houses an inhabitable earth.

(D&C 38:1) 1 THUS saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made; 

Abraham also describes this creative process. The Lord sees empty space in the universe with materials that he can use to make an earth. The universe is used for the creation of man and the worlds the seraphic hosts are to inhabit.

(Abraham 3:24) 24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;

In section 45 Jesus Christ repeats that he begins and ends the creative process, then continues by telling us that he is the light and life of world. Christ is not the light and life of the universe, only of those worlds which he creates. Life and light is created when a world is created. Where does a world exist? Only within a galaxy silly! 

(D&C 45:7) 7 For verily I say unto you that I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and the life of the world—a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not.

(3 Nephi 9:17 – 18) 17 And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of
God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled. 18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

John tells us the same things. Christ created all things within the world wherein the light and life of men is found. Christ didn’t create all things in the universe because the universe is unending and uncreated, it’s in the galaxy where the eternal round of creation takes place.

(John 1:3 – 4) 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

In section 54 Jesus Christ declares again that he is the alpha beginning and then tells us he was crucified for the sins of the worlds which he creates during the eternal round. Christ was not crucified for the sins of the universe, the universe contains uncreated intelligences who do not yet need a savior, they have not received their spiritual / physical creation.

(D&C 54:1) 1 BEHOLD, thus saith the Lord, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, even he who was crucified for the sins of the world—

In section 1 Christ reiterates that he is the beginning and the end and then describes the eternal round using terms that describe his life and work on our telestial planet: The Lord is and was and is to come. 

(Revelation 1:8) 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

This is the same as Christ describing himself as the first and the last, he who was dead and yet is alive. Christ  is the first and creates the earth, he is the last and destroys the earth, he condescends to this earth and dies and is resurrected. Does this mean that our Lord and Savior is the only savior for the whole universe, which has no beginning and no end. That doesn’t make sense, I don’t believe that doctrine. I believe that there is a progression of the Gods and that we become a Christ and offer ourselves for the worlds that we create in the galaxy.

(Revelation 22:13) 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

(Revelation 2:8) 8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

(D&C 110:4) 4 I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.

Which leads us to Isaiah, where Christ forces us to deal with the question, when he tells us not only that he is the first and the last, but that besides him there is no God. I believe that being a Christ is an office that is filled at the beginning of each eternal round through the progression taught in the King Follett discourse.

(Isaiah 44:6) 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Moses explains that the savior Jesus Christ would come in the meridian of time. The term ‘meridian of time’ can only be understood on a telestial planet during the creative eternal round of a solar system. The universe having no beginning and no end, cannot possibly have a meridian. The universe is understood in eternities not time. The only time you can have a meridian is if you have a beginning and an end. Christ provides that beginning and end and then offers himself in the meridian of time on an earth within a solar system, which is part of a galaxy inside the never ending universe.

(Moses 5:57) 57 For they would not hearken unto his voice, nor believe on his Only Begotten Son, even him whom he declared should come in the meridian of time, who was prepared from before the foundation of the world.

 The Alpha Beginning

Christ is the Alpha beginning plus the scriptures teach us that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, is there any possibility that the two beginnings are similar if not the same?

(Genesis 1:1) 1 IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

(Abraham 4:1) 1 AND then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth.

In Moses Christ teaches us that the alpha beginning is the same as the creation beginning. Christ declares that ‘I am the Beginning and the End’ and ‘in the beginning I created the heaven and the earth upon which thou standest’. Massive eternal rounds are taking place throughout the universe in billions of galaxies. The really cool thing about it all is that there is no end to the universe for Gods to create from.

(Moses 2:1) 1 AND it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Behold, I reveal unto you concerning this heaven, and this earth; write the words which I speak. I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest. 

(Abraham 5:4) 4 And the Gods came down and formed these the generations of the heavens and of the earth, when they were formed in the day that the Gods formed the earth and the heavens,

The King Follett tells us that understanding the creation is the starting point in understanding God. 

(King Follett Discourse: A Newly Amalgamated Text) In the first place I wish to go back to the beginning of creation. There is the starting point in order to know and be fully acquainted with the mind, purposes, decrees, and ordinations of the great Elohim that sits in the heavens.

Joseph continues with the council that we must understand the character of God to understand who we are. Why? because God was once a man like us on an earth like us, and he progressed to the point of perfection where he presides over the creative process of the very heavens and earth that we now dwell on. 

(King Follett Discourse: A Newly Amalgamated Text) For us to take up beginning at the creation, it is necessary for us to understand something of God himself in the beginning. If we start right, it is very easy for us to go right all the time: but if we start wrong, we may go wrong, and it is a hard matter to get right. There are very few beings, in the world, who rightly understand rightly the character of God. If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend their own character. They cannot comprehend anything that is past, or that which is to come; They do not know–they do not understand, their own relationship with God. The world knows and comprehends but little more than the brute beast. If a man knows nothing more than to eat, drink, sleep, arise, and not any more, and does not comprehend what any of the designs of Jehovah are, what better is he than the beast, for it comprehends the same things – it eats, drinks, sleeps, comprehends the present, and knows nothing more about God or his existence.

The Omega End

In section 19 the Lord patiently informs us that he is the alpha beginning then he focus’ our attention on how he is also the omega end of the earth. The Lord tells us that his task is to subdue all things in the worlds he creates and in the omega end he destroys Satan and his works, including death itself. These tasks take place within the galaxy eternity where the creative process can take place, where the earths and their solar systems can have their beginnings and their endings.

(D&C 19:1 – 3) 1 I AM Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world. 2 I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—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.

After death itself is overcome, the Lord presents the kingdom complete and whole to the Father. The universe is not the kingdom of God, the galaxy is. God and Christ did not create the universe, they created the galaxy. The universe has no beginning and no end so therefore the universe can’t be completed and delivered up. God takes space from the universe from which to create his galaxy kingdom.

(1 Corinthians 15:24 – 27) 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

(D&C 76:107) 107 When he shall deliver up the kingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have overcome and have trodden the wine–press alone, even the wine–press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.

What is the purpose of the creative process? For the celestial seed of God to become Gods and to receive all the Father hath. The seed of God follow the same path that God himself walked.

(D&C 84:36 – 38) 36 For he that receiveth my servants receiveth me; 37 And he that receiveth me receiveth my Father; 38 And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him.

The creative process (within a galaxy kingdom) allows God to fulfill the purpose of his life and perfection, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of the seed of God.

(Moses 1:39 – 40) 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. 40 And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto thee concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak.

We are created for the express purpose to become Gods and receive all the father hath. To bring to pass the exaltation and eternal life of man is for us to become Gods.

(King Follett Discourse: A Newly Amalgamated Text) To inherit and enjoy the same glory, powers and exaltation until you ascend a throne of eternal power and arrive at the station of a God, the same as those who have gone before.

All things

Lecture on Faith #5 teaches us that the Father and the Son are the matchless, governing and supreme power over all things. It is all too easy to conclude that ‘all things’ here is referring to all things in the universe, but I do not believe that is correct doctrine. It makes a lot more sense that God and Christ govern only those things that they create. They did not create the universe, it has always existed, it has no beginning and no end. Comparatively speaking, God and Christ takes a very small portion of the universe and create and govern all things within the confines of a galaxy. Then the celestial children that God the Father created, become Gods themselves and go off and create galaxies of their own. This is the explanation of the existence of the billions galaxies that the astronomers can see in the telescopes and that they describe as the observable universe, when in reality man cannot even begin to see let alone understand the vastness of the universe which has no beginning and no end? How can you see something that has no end. How can you hope to understand something that has no beginning?

(Lectures on Faith #5) 2 There are two personages who constitute the grand, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things (in a galaxy)—by whom all things were created and made, that are created and made (in a galaxy), whether visible or invisible; whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth, or throughout the immensity of space (in a galaxy)—They are the Father and the Son:

And it just so happens that Paul understood this concept and explains what is meant by ‘all things’. All things means, all things that God creates in the heavens and the earth. All things means, all things in the many solar systems that God and Christ has created over and over in the many eternal rounds. They create all the dominions, principalities and powers withing the galaxy via the building block of the solar system.

(Colossians 1:16 – 19) 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

John gives another rendition of the creation. In the beginning of the creation process was the Word, who is Jesus Christ, the alpha. The creation process cannot be talking about the universe, because the universe is not created, because the universe has always existed. 

(John 1:1 – 4) 1 IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

In section 63 Jesus again teaches us that he is the alpha and omega over all and in all and through all the things that he created. Jesus did not create the universe, the universe is not created, the universe just is, the universe has always been and will always be, it has no beginning, no end, it is endless uncreated space, made up of light and intelligence. Jesus and God comes along and subjects a portion of the endless universe to their control.

(D&C 63:59 – 60) 59 Behold, I am from above, and my power lieth beneath. I am over all, and in all, and through all, and search all things, and the day cometh that all things shall be subject unto me. 60 Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ.

God Dwells on a Great Urim and Thummin

In the center of our galaxy, God dwells upon a planet and his planet is a great urim and thummin and is where he sits upon his throne and presides over his galaxy kingdom. This is the perfection that God experiences, this is the perfection that God envisions for each of the family and seed of the church of the first born. This explains why God, a created being, can have all time before him, past, present and future. 

(D&C 130:8 – 9) 8 The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim. 9 This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ’s. 

It is through his perfection that he is able to access the urim and thummim that he is able to know all things, to count all things, to see all things within the creative process of the galaxy kingdom. 

(2 Nephi 9:20) 20 O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it.

God the Father begins his galaxy kingdom with a ruling planet called Kolob, which is the first creation and which begins the galaxy.

(Abraham 2 Fac.:1) 1 Fig. 1. Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God.

(Abraham 3:2 – 3) 2 And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it; 3 And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.

Progression of the Planets

Within God’s galaxy there are many solar systems where the telestial planets, like the one we dwell on have existence. These solar systems are in different states of progression. During a vast eternal round some of the solar systems have passed away after which others come into existence. When all the earths that come under the jurisdiction of Christ have passed away, he will present that kingdom to the Father. At that point Christ will then become a God the Father and start his own galaxy. 

(Moses 1:35 – 39) 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them. 36 And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content. 37 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine. 38 And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof even so shall another come, and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

There are three different kinds of worlds.

(D&C 78:6 – 7) 6 For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things; 7 For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.

(D&C 76:71) 71 And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.

(D&C 76:109) 109 But behold, and lo, we saw the glory and the inhabitants of the telestial world, that they were as innumerable as the stars in the firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the seashore;
The three different kinds of worlds, telestial, terrestrial and celestial reckon time differently depending on who dwells on the world and the glory of that world.

(D&C 130:4 – 7) 4 In answer to the question—Is not the reckoning of God’s time, angel’s time, prophet’s time, and man’s time, according to the planet on which they reside? 5 I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it. 6 The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth; 7 But they reside in the presence of God, on a globe like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord. 

Kolob, which is the first creation of God the Father in his galaxy, governs all the planets in their rotations and time. God dwells on a great urim and thummin and doesn’t experience time, only in that he has all time before him, past, present and future.

(Abraham 3:9) 9 And thus there shall be the reckoning of the time of one planet above another, until thou come nigh unto Kolob, which Kolob is after the reckoning of the Lord’s time; which Kolob is set nigh unto the throne of God, to govern all those planets which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.
On the planet Kolob which is near the throne of God and governs all the planets which mankind live on there is a thousand to one ratio. 

(2 Peter 3:8) 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

When the earth is finished with its telestial round of creation, it will experience a great change, it will be resurrected and become new, it will become a terrestrial planet.

(Ether 13:8 – 9) 8 Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away. 9 And there shall be a new heaven and a new earth; and they shall be like unto the old save the old have passed away, and all things have become new.

When the earth is finished with its terrestrial round of creation. it will experience another great change, it will become perfected and reach its immortal and eternal state as a sea of glass, it will become a urim and thummin.

(D&C 77:1) 1 Q. What is the sea of glass spoken of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the Revelation? A. It is the earth, in its sanctified, immortal, and eternal state.

(Revelation 4:6) 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

All celestial beings, all those of the church of the firstborn receive a white stone from which they can learn and grow and in the process of eternal rounds they progress to the point of Godhood themselves which is the purpose of it all. Then in this state of perfection the elect seed of God will exist throughout all eternity.

(D&C 130:10 – 11) 10 Then the white stone mentioned in Revelation 2:17, will become a Urim and Thummim to each individual who receives one, whereby things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms will be made known; 11 And a white stone is given to each of those who come into the celestial kingdom, whereon is a new name written, which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it. The new name is the key word.

(Revelation 2:17) 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

How Big is the Universe

What is the size of the universe? How big is the universe at this moment? Science cannot know, they don’t have the ability to know. At this point, with the limited abilities they have, they claim the known observable universe is 93 billion light years across. But that is limiting something that has no limits. It is an impossibility to give a size to something that is limitless. There is no end to space. There is no end to the universe. The universe cannot be measured or understood by man. The universe has no end! Man and his science does the best they can, but they are limiting the unlimited universe.

(quora.com) The reason for the difference is that, first of all, 13.8 billion light years is essentially the radius of a sphere of the CMB radiation that is being observed by the WMAP and Planck satellites. Therefore the diameter of that sphere would be 27.6 billion light years. So that brings us a little closer to the diameter of the 93 billion light year of the “observable” universe that is often quoted.

Each of the yellow or red bumps seen on the CMB image below, will, by NOW, 13.8 billion years later, have become a supercluster of galaxies. In the meantime the continued expansion of the universe would
have resulted in those superclusters of galaxies being 46.5 billion light years from us at this time.
The cosmic microwave background (Credit: ESA Planck Collaboration/SPL)

How Big is the Galaxy

Now here’s a question that is easier to deal with. The galaxy kingdom of God has a beginning and is measurable to God. Astronomers have take pictures of many galaxies, so therefore they can have some idea of how big the galaxy is. But lets be realistic, the Galaxy is big enough to represent an eternity to us. God can count the number of worlds in his galaxy kingdom, science can only imagine and estimate.

(Moses 1:35) 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.

A google search  brings up the numbers of 100 to 400 billion stars similar to our sun. That is amazingly large and sufficient for an eternity to man.

(Google search) 100 billion stars: In one calculation, the Milky Way has a mass of about 100 billion solar masses, so it is easiest to translate that to 100 billion stars. This accounts for the stars that would be bigger or smaller than our sun, and averages them out. Other mass estimates bring the number up to 400 billion.

(Google search)100 billion planets: The Milky Way contains between 200 and 400 billion stars and at least 100 billion planets. The exact figure depends on the number of very-low-mass stars, which are hard to detect, especially at distances of more than 300 ly (90 pc) from the Sun.

(Google search) there are about 100 billion ( 100,000,000,000.) stars in the MIlky Way galaxy which is only one of about 3,000,000,000,000. galaxies in the known UNIVERSE !!!! It is presently believed that solar systems form around many stars.

(Google search) Given how many they have found in our own neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy, scientists estimate that there may be tens of billions of solar systems in our galaxy, perhaps even as many as 100 billion.

William W. Phelps, identifies the length of an eternal round 2,555,000,000 years.

William W. Phelps (Scribe During the Book of Abraham Translation)
(Letter to William Smith, Dec. 1844,Times and Seasons, 5:758) Well, now, Brother William, when the house of Israel begin to come into the glorious mysteries of the kingdom, and find that Jesus Christ, whose goings forth, as the prophets said, have been from of old, from eternity; and that eternity, agreeably to the records found in the catacombs of Egypt, has been going on in this system, (not this world) almost two thousand five hundred and fifty five millions of years: and to know at the same time, that deists, geologists and others are trying to prove that matter must have existed hundreds of thousands of years;—it almost tempts the flesh to fly to God, or muster faith like Enoch to be translated and see and know as we are seen and known!

So said William W. Phelps, the Prophet Joseph’s scribe, in a letter to the prophet’s brother, William Smith, in 1844. Shortly thereafter, the Church’s official periodical published Phelps’ statement, with one small addition: …eternity, agreeably to the records found in the catacombs of Egypt, has been going on in this system (not the world) almost two thousand five hundred and fifty millions of years… Times & Seasons 5 no. 24 (1 Jan. 1844),

(1) Each creative period is the equivalent of 1,000 years of God’s time (not humankind’s) and because the Creation required seven periods (including one of rest), therefore the Creation required 7,000 years of God’s time: or: 7,000 years (God)/creation (God) (C1)
(2) The reckoning for God’s time is similar to that of human’s time: or:365 days (God)/1 year (God) (C2)
(3) 1,000 years in human’s time is equivalent to one day in God’s time (Abr. 3:4, 2 Peter 3:8): or: 1,000 years (humans)/1 day (God) (C3) Finally, multiplying C1 by C2 by C3, or [7,000 years (God)/creation (God)] X [365 days (God)/1 year (God)] we get: 2,555,000,000 years (humans)/creation (God)

 

 

The King Follett Discourse: True of False Part IV
Universe Eternity

In part three on the Galaxy Eternity, I spent an inordinate amount of time talking about the universe having no beginning and no end. That the universe sits out there, never ending, uncreated light and intelligence, and matter. That God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ are able to take portions of the uncreated universe and create worlds for man to dwell on within the creation arena of the solar system and galaxy. Now in part four I want to try and define the universe in even clearer terms. 

Faith

To explain the universe eternity I need to return to the creative process of the galaxy eternity one more time and discuss how the power of faith relates to it all. I will use the Lectures on Faith as I still consider the lectures part of the oracles of God. When Joseph, I believe he will put the Lectures on Faith back into the Doctrine and Covenants where they belong, it was a mistake for them to have been taken out.

Even now I carry a copy of the Lectures on Faith with my standard works. It was under the presidency of Heber J. Grant that the changes were made with the proposition of removing the Lecutres on Faith from the Doctrine and Covenants coming from a committee composed of George F. Richards, Anthony W. Ivins, James E. Talmage, Melvin J. Ballard, and Joseph Fielding Smith. What were they thinking? My answer lies in the idea that when you reject Zion, overtime you loose other truths as well. 

(Matthew 13:9 – 13) 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

In the Lectures on Faith we are taught that faith is the principle of action in all intelligent beings. 

(Lectures on Faith, 1:7 – 10) 7 The author of the epistle to the Hebrews, in the eleventh chapter of that epistle, and first verse, gives the following definition of the word faith: 8 Now faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 9 From this we learn, that faith is the assurance which men have of the existence of things which they have not seen; and the principle of action in all intelligent beings. 10 If men were duly to consider themselves, and turn their thoughts and reflections to the operations of their own minds, they would readily discover that it is faith, and faith only, which is the moving cause of all action, in them; that without it, both mind and body would be in a state of inactivity, and all their exertions would cease, both physical and mental.

We are informed that faith works by mental exertion.

(Lectures on Faith, 7:3) 3 … We understand that when a man works by faith he works by mental exertion instead of physical force. It is by words, instead of exerting his physical powers, with which every being works when he works by faith.

Lecture #1 introduces the idea that God the Father exercises faith in his realm in the same way we exercise faith in our realm. God received the power to frame the worlds through the principle of faith This makes sense when we acknowledge the teachings of the King Follett discourse that God, the Father of us all, was once a man like us. As God progressed through multiple probation’s, his faith developed until he acquired perfect faith. Perfect faith which gives him perfect authority over the creative process and not only the creative process but also the power to sustain the worlds he creates. Faith to have all things present before him at all times. the faith to use the great urim and thummin that his throne sits on.

(Lectures on Faith, 1:13 – 17) 13 As we receive by faith, all temporal blessings that we do receive, so we, in like manner, receive by faith all spiritual blessings, that we do receive. But faith is not only the principle of action, but of power, also, in all intelligent beings, whether in heaven, or on earth. Thus says the author of the epistle to the Hebrews. (11:3): 14 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God: so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.15 By this we understand that the principle of power which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power existing in the Deity, that all created things exist; so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth exist by reason of faith as it existed in Him. 16 Had it not been for the principle of faith the worlds would never have been framed neither would man have been formed of the dust. It is the principle by which Jehovah works, and through which he exercises power over all temporal as well as eternal things. Take this principle or attribute—for it is an attribute—from the Deity, and he would cease to exist.17 Who cannot see, that if God framed the worlds by faith, that it is by faith that he exercises power over them, and that faith is the principle of power? And that if the principle of power, it must be so in man as well as in the Deity? This is the testimony of all the sacred writers, and the lesson which they have been endeavoring to teach to man.

God and Christ are perfection. They understand the principles and processes of faith to a perfect level and when they speak worlds are created.

(Lectures on Faith, 7:3) 3 …  God  said, Let there be light: and there was light.

(Lectures on Faith, 1:22) 22 … We here understand, that the sacred writers say, that all these things were done by faith—It was by faith that the worlds were framed—God spake, chaos heard, and worlds came into order, by reason of the faith there was in HIM.

As it is with God so it is with man. When faith is exercised, extraordinary things can take place. Those with faith have power over the elements. We call them miracles, but there are real scientific reasons that can explain every miracle that takes place.

(Lectures on Faith 1:22 – 24) 22 … So with man also—he spake by faith in the name of God, and the sun stood still, the moon obeyed, mountains removed, prisons fell, lions’ mouths were closed, the human heart lost its enmity, fire its violence, armies their power, the sword its terror, and death its dominion; and all this by reason of the faith which was in them. 23 Had it not been for the faith which was in man, they might have spoken to the sun, the moon, the mountains, prisons, lions, the human heart, fire, armies, the sword, or to death in vain! 24 Faith, then, is the first great governing principle which has power, dominion, and authority over all things: by it they exist, by it they are upheld, by it they are changed, or by it they remain, agreeably to the will of God. Without it, there is no power, and without power there could be no creation, nor existence!

Joshua and Elijah are representatives of the angel fathers, of the priesthood order of Enoch, This is their 2nd probation and they have developed faith the size of a mustard seed and can exercise power over the elements.

(Lectures on Faith, 7:3 – 4) 3 … Joshua spake and the great lights which God had created stood still. Elijah commanded, and the heavens were stayed for the space of three years and six months, so that it did not rain: he again commanded and the heavens gave forth rain. All this was done by faith. 4 … Angels move from place to place by virtue of this power—it is by reason of it that they are enabled to descend from heaven to earth; and were it not for the power of faith they never could be ministering spirits to them who should be heirs of salvation, neither could they act as heavenly messengers; for they would be destitute of the power necessary to enable them to do the will of God.

For the new generation children saints of the priesthood order of Melchizedek, this is their 1st probation and are just developing faith, Over time we also will have faith the size of a mustard seed and can do
pretty exciting things. 

(Lecture on Faith, 7:3) 3 … And the Saviour says: .If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, say to this mountain, “Remove.” and it will remove; or say to that sycamine tree, “Be ye plucked up, and planted in the midst of the sea” and it shall obey you.’ Faith, then, works by words: and with these its mightiest works have been, and will be performed.

(Matthew 17:20) 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Man exercises faith in God, and God who was once a man, embodies perfect Faith, in what? God who is independent from and does not depend on any other being exercises faith in the same manner man does, So does God likewise exercise faith in something? Yes, That is my belief! 

(Lectures on Faith, 2:1 – 2) 1 Having shown in our previous lecture “faith itself—what it is,” we shall proceed to show secondly the object on which it rests. 2 We here observe that God is the only supreme governor, and independent being, in whom all fulness and perfection dwells; who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; without beginning of days or end of life; and that in him every good gift, and every good principle dwells; and that he is the Father of lights: In him the principle of faith dwells independently; and he is the object in whom the faith of all other rational and accountable beings centers, for life and salvation.

The Holy Spirit

It is my belief that the Holy Spirit is the substance that runs through the very fiber of the never ending universe and is the reason the principle of faith is active. The Holy Spirit is the power that connects all the created galaxies that span the created as well as the uncreated universe. The Holy Spirit is in all things, and through all things both created and uncreated. The Holy spirit maintains the greatest stars as well as sustains life in a new born baby.

The Holy Spirit is the power through which God’s faith works. The Holy Spirit is the power God taps into to create the worlds and galaxies. The Holy Spirit is the glue that holds it all together. The Holy Spirit permeates every molecule and atom. The Holy Spirit is light and truth. The universe is full of light, intelligence, molecules, atoms and the Holy spirit permeates it all. So, when the principle of faith is applied, the light and intelligence of spirit, and the molecules and atoms of matter respond. Do you see the connection? When God speaks, matter responds because the Holy Spirit is an integral part of the matter. The intelligence of man is organized and the worlds created by God because of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is the Universe
The Holy Spirit is the Common Link of all the Galaxies
The Holy Spirit is the Power and Glory of all the Galaxies
The Holy Spirit is the Power, Glory and fullness of God
The Holy Spirit is what makes God: Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent

Lecture #5

Where do I get these outlandish ideas? I first heard about the idea of there of being one universal power above all the Gods from a good friend. Then I came across the idea in some of the Gnostic texts, especially in ‘The Apocrython of John’, it is extremely interesting, but very hard reading. So, when this concept was verified in Lecture #5 I was very excited. Lets take a look at it.

In Lecture #5 we are taught that there are two personages who govern all creation, They are God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. They are the two beings that exist in every galaxy that is in the universe. Lets be clear on this, there are billions upon billions of galaxy eternities all going on at the same time with two personages over each of them. 

(Lecture on Faith #5, 5:2) 2 There are two personages who constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things—by whom all things were created and made, that are created and made, whether visible or invisible: whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth, or throughout the immensity of space—They are the Father and the Son:

(D&C 88:40 – 41) 40 For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things. 41 He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.

What is really weird, is that Lecture #5 then tells us that there are three that created all things. Why do we need three when it sounds like two will do just fine? The Lecture tells us that when the third is added, you then have a Godhead. Therefore, without the third you do not have a Godhead. Two are the governing body over the individual galaxies, the third is through them all, making each of them into a Godhead. It is the Godhead that perfection lies. It is in the Godhead that God is God. 

(Lecture on Faith #5, 5:2) 2 …these three constitute the great, matchless, governing, and supreme power over all things; by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead and are one:

In Lecture #2 Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon quotes Paul in explaining this doctrine. Gods eternal power lies in his Godhead. It is the third member that make God a Godhead. It is in the Godhead that God has all power.

(Lectures on Faith, 2:4) 4 We do not mean those evidences which are manifested by the works of creation, which we daily behold with our natural eyes: we are sensible, that after a revelation of Jesus Christ, the works of creation, throughout their vast forms and varieties, clearly exhibit his eternal power and Godhead. Romans 1:20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: even his eternal power and Godhead. But we mean those evidences by which the first thoughts were suggested to the minds of men that there was a God who created all things.

God teaches us this same doctrine in section 88, referring to the power of the Godhead as the light of Christ, which light is the Holy Spirit. This light is in all things, gives life to all things, and the power by which all things are governed. The Holy Spirit is that light. The Holy Spirit is the light by which God organized and governs all his creations.

(D&C 88:7 – 13) 7 Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made. 8 As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made; 9 As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made; 10 And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand. 11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; 12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

We are taught the Holy Spirit testifies of God and the Son, which is appropriate, but lecture #5 informs us that the Holy Spirit is quite a bit more than that. The lecture continues by teaching us that the Holy Spirit is the very mind of God. That God the Father and his Son share that mind together. The Holy Spirit is the force that binds the mind of the two beings together and makes them a Godhead. The Holy Spirit is an outside source of power, who fills God, who was once a man like us, with power, glory, wisdom, love, perfection. The Holy Spirit in fact becomes the very mind of God. God in turn shares this fullness of mind and perfection and glory with the Son, and it is his desire to share his fullness with all his seed, with all his family.

(Lectures on Faith 5:2) 2 … And he being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fulness of the glory of the Father—possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one

The Holy Spirit is a totally different source of power from God. The Holy Spirit is a power source that originates outside of God, goes through God to Christ and then to man. The Holy Spirit is not dependent on God, God is dependent on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not created by God, God is created by the Holy Spirit. How can I say that? Because God was once a man like we are now! It is because of the King Follett discourse that we know this important doctrine.

The Holy spirit is the common mind of not only our God and our Christ in our Milky Way galaxy eternity but also the mind of God the Father and his Christ in our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy as well as the mind of all God the Fathers and Saviors in all the billions of galaxies that exist out there in the universe eternity. The Holy Spirit exists outside of God the Father and flows through him to us. The Holy Spirit is the common force of all Gods and makes them all into Godheads. 

Not only is the Holy Spirit the mind of God, the Holy Spirit is also the glory, power, wisdom and fullness of God the Father. God the Father, a created being, who was once a man like us, became perfect and a worthy vessel for the Holy Spirit to dwell in and express its fullness in. The Holy Spirit is the entity in which God the Father exercises faith when he creates the heavens and the earths. The Holy Spirit is the entity from which God the Father upholds all his creations in their orbits. Through whom all Gods maintains control and harmony within their galaxies. 

(Lectures on Faith, 5:2) 2 … The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fulness: Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fulness of the Mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the Spirit, glory and power of the Father—possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom.

Why does faith work? How does faith work. Why do the elements respond to the word of God. It is because the Holy Spirit is within everything. The elements respond to the faith exercised by God in the Holy Spirit which is infused in all things. God has perfect faith in the Holy Spirit which is inside everything. So there is a direct connection between God and the light, intelligence. There is a direct communication between God and the universe, which is sustained by the Holy Spirit.

God is the Perfect Conduit for the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is described as the record of heaven, who quickens all things, who makes all things alive. The Holy Spirit is the source of life and power of the Universe. The Holy Spirit hath all power, wisdom, mercy, truth etc. The Holy Spirit is not a personage and does not have human form.

(Moses 6:61) 61 Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.

The Holy Spirit works through personages, through created beings: Personages or created beings are the temples of the Holy Spirit. The seed of God are beings who are created to become the temple of the Holy Spirit. God was once a man like us and who has attained to that perfect temple. God is perfection. God is the perfect temple of the Holy Spirit which dwells in Him and in us.

(1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Ephesians emphasizes the doctrine that we are the temple of God because of the Holy Spirit. We are the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 2:21 – 22) 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The elements are the tabernacle or the temples of the Holy Spirit. That’s why the spirit and element perfectly connected is the perfect temple. That is why Joseph Smith described God as having flesh and bones, who as a perfect man is the perfect temple for the Holy Spirit, thus attaining perfect joy, perfect power, perfect intelligence, etc. etc. God is perfection! God is the perfect man to which the seed of God, the offspring of God will also attain.

(D&C 93:33 – 36) 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.

The Spirit of God

As the King Follett discourse teaches, God the Father was once a man like you and I, therefore he has a body of flesh and bones. Therefore it is not God who dwells within us, it is the Holy Spirit. All power of the Holy Spirit flows through God the Father to us and is called the spirit of God. Every blessing that we receive come through God the Father, that’s why we worship him and call him father. But the original source of God’s power comes from the Holy Spirit which indwells God the Father.

(Alma 9:21) 21 Having been visited by the Spirit of God; having conversed with angels, and having been spoken unto by the voice of the Lord; and having the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and also many gifts, the gift of speaking with tongues, and the gift of preaching, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the gift of translation;

It is through the Holy Spirit that we can be the temple of God. It is through the Holy Spirit that God can dwell within us. God is a personage and does not and cannot dwell within us, except through the instrumentality of the Holy Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 3:16 – 17) 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

(2 Corinthians 6:16 – 18) 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

(Alma 7:21 – 22) 21 And he doth not dwell in unholy temples; neither can filthiness or anything which is unclean be received into the kingdom of God; therefore I say unto you the time shall come, yea, and it shall be at the last day, that he who is filthy shall remain in his filthiness. 22 And now my beloved brethren, I have said these things unto you that I might awaken you to a sense of your duty to God, that ye may walk blameless before him, that ye may walk after the holy order of God, after which ye have been received.

(D&C 93:35 – 39) 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.

The Spirit of Christ

When the power of the Holy Spirit flows through God and then through Christ it is called the spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christ is the same as the light of Christ in section 88. Christ is a physical being and personage and like the Father cannot dwell in us and through us. He cannot be in all things and through all things except when the Holy Spirit indwells Christ our savior.

(Moroni 7:16) 16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

(1 Peter 1:11) 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

The Baptism of Fire

We experience the Holy Spirit when we receive the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

(D&C 39:6) 6 And this is my gospel—repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom.

We can then have the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will flow unto us and fill us with wisdom and power, like God the Father and Jesus Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is still through the conduit of the Father and the Son. We do not receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit until we actually become God. When we become a God the fullness of the Spirit comes to us undiluted, if you will. But we start out with the baptism of fire and then through process of the different probation’s from the children saints, to the angel fathers to the office of Adam and Christ we become a fitting and perfect tabernacle for the fullness of the Holy Spirit to dwell.

(D&C 121:46) 46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.

Sons of Perdition

Lets take another look at the process of how a person becomes a son of perdition. Isn’t it interesting that you can sin against our Savior Jesus Christ, you can take his name in vain and still receive a glory? You can belittle God the Father and worship other Gods and still receive a glory? But blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven. If you do you will not receive a kingdom of glory but you will be cast into a lake of fire and brimstone with Satan and his angels, for you will be a son of perdition. The reason must lie in the thought that when you sin against the Holy Spirit you are fighting against the very essence of life, the very core of being, the very root of the universe. It’s one thing not to have the capability to receive and understand truth, such a being will receive a terrestrial or telestial glory. But a son of perdition is trying to end life itself by destroying the very meaning and structure of the universe. 

(Matthew 12:31 – 32) 31 ¶ Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

(Alma 39:5 – 6) 5 Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost? 6 For behold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in you, and ye know that ye deny it, behold, this is a sin which is unpardonable; yea, and whosoever murdereth against the light and knowledge of God, it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness; yea, I say unto you, my son, that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness.

(Mark 3:28 – 29) 28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

A son of perdition has beheld all of God’s glory and rejected it. This process takes place in the pre-existence not on the earth, for  no man can behold all the glory of God and remain on the earth. 

(Moses 1:5) 5 Wherefore, no man can behold all my works, except he behold all my glory; and no man can behold all my glory, and afterwards remain in the flesh on the earth.

(King Follett Discourse) All sins shall be forgiven, except the sin against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all except the sons of perdition. What must a man do to commit the unpardonable sin? He must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against him. After a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost, there is no repentance for him. He has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it; he has got to deny Jesus Christ when the heavens have been opened unto him, and to deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it.

 Quantum Physics

I was blown away the other day when my friend sends me this youtube video about quantum physics. I’m listening along and the scientists are talking about the underlying essence of universe. They call it the wave. The wave is what is underlying all creation. The wave is a vibrancy and light that gives life to all things. To me that vibrancy and light is the Holy Spirit that gives light and life to all things.

The particles are the physical created solar systems and galaxies and the waves are the underlying sustaining motion of all creation. The waves are the motivation that exists in all things physical. The waves he is talking about surely is the Holy Spirit. The particles is God seeing the waves in creation. The Holy Spirit is in all things and through all things and God uses the Holy Spirit to create. 

Then there is the double slit experiment where if no one is looking the patterns are completely random but if someone is looking the pattern is set. We know that God the Father has all time before him, therefore God is creating, God is looking. Creation is not random. The created Galaxies do exist constantly, continuously because God is always looking at them. But the waves of the Holy Spirit continues to exist also. The Holy Spirit sustains all life and all creation.

I’m not giving you a very complete explanation, because I haven’t taken the time to become completely conversant in the field. That’s why I’m including the youtube addresses for you to watch and contemplate.

Quantum Physics – Full Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBrsWPCp_rs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_oRiXw-krQ,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxRfDtaot5U

John Hagelin Ph.D on Consciousness parts 1 and 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrcWntw9juM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSxluvq5HI0

Dr John Hagelin continued:
Discovery of the Unified Field, pt 1 https://www.youtube.com/watchv=cuuKBInwQRU&feature=related
What is Consciousness? pt 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ31qkK4NoE
Experience the Unified Field, pt 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxRJBEUNbTI
The Unified Field is Consciousness, pt 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE9AbrvOg7Y
Human Potential is Unlimited, pt 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjQ8xIEyQlI

 

 

The Holy Spirit:
The Very Mind, Glory and Power of God

The Holy Spirit is not a personage. The Holy Spirit does not have form and shape. The Holy Spirit is described as the record of heaven, whose being quickens all things, who makes all things alive. The Holy Spirit is the source of life and power of the Universe. The Holy Spirit hath all power, wisdom, mercy, truth etc. The Holy Spirit is not a personage and does not have human form.

(Moses 6:61) 61 Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.

The Holy Spirit is the light which sustains all things, in and through and of all things. The Holy Spirit is the bosom of Eternity, even God the Father is inside this bosom.

(D&C 88:13) 13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

Lecture #5 which I consider the primer on the Godhead tells us first that the Godhead is made up of two personages: God the Father and Jesus his Son.

(Lecture 5) We shall in this lecture speak of the Godhead; we mean the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There are two personages who constitute the great, matchless, governing, and supreme power over all things – by whom all things were created and made that are created and made, whether visible or invisible; whether in heaven, on earth, or in the earth, under the earth or throughout the immensity of space. They are the Father and the Son:

Then the Lecture tells us that there are three that make up the Godhead. This Holy Spirit is the very mind, wisdom, glory, power and fullness of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is the moving force in the Universe wherein each Galaxy is presided over two personages; God the Father and God the Son. There is no Godhead without the Holy Spirit

(Lectures #5) …And he being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fullness of the glory of the Father—possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things: by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made; and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one: The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fullness: Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fullness of the Mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the Spirit, glory and power of the Father…

The Holy Spirit is described in the 3rd or lessor position. Therefore we have been taught that the Holy Spirit is subservient to God the Father. But I have learned that the Holy Spirit is the basis of life and creation. God and the Holy Spirit have a symbiotic relationship. Yet, the Holy Spirit as the basis for all created things, existed before God. God being a created being exists from the Holy Spirit.

(Articles of Faith 1:1) 1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

(2 Nephi 31:21) 21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.
(D&C 20:28) 28 Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen.

Charles W. Penrose hits very close to the truth when he speaks of the universal spirit which is the light and life of all things, and is the power by which God made the world. Then brother Penrose differentiates the universal Holy Spirit from the comforter (Father Adam). This is what I believe. See the chapter on the Order of the Ancient of Days.

(Penrose 16, Charles W. Penrose) that the Holy Spirit conveys the mind of God; that is, I am speaking now of this universal spirit which is the life and the light of all things, which is in and through and round about all things, and God says he made the world by the power of that spirit. That is his agent; but the personage, the Comforter, which Jesus Christ said he would send when he went away, that was a personage of the Trinity.

The power of God the Father is in the Godhead.

(Romans 1:20) 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

(Colossians 2:2) 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God (the Holy Spirit), and of (God) the Father, and of Christ;

(D&C 88:11 – 13) 11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; 12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

So the Godhead is presided over by the Holy Spirit which embodies the whole universe, God the Father who embodies each Galaxy through Jesus Christ the Son. Each Galaxy is presided over by a different Godhead: God the Father, God Jesus Christ the son and Father Adam. Hence comes the confusion of what the Holy Ghost is and is not. The Holy Spirit which fills all time and space in the Universe compared with Father Adam who is the 3rd member in a Galaxy.

(Teachings Pg 190) Everlasting covenant was made between three personages before the organization of the earth, and relates to their dispensation of things to men on earth; these personages, according to Abraham’s record, are called God the first, the Creator, God the second, the Redeemer, and God the third, the witness or Testator.

(HC 6:474) I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and Spirit.

(JD 1:50 – 51 Brigham Young) It is true that the earth was organized by three distinct personages, namely Eloheim, Yahovah, and Michael, theses three forming a quorum, as in all heavenly bodies, and in organizing element, perfectly represented in the Deity as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

(HC 5:426) Any person that had seen the heavens opened knows that there are three personages in the heavens who hold the keys of power, and one (the Holy Spirit) presides over all.

The Holy Spirit in effect possesses your body as its own.

(1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

(D&C 8:2) 2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

Your body is also the temple of God the Father through the Holy Spirit that dwells in him.

(1 Corinthians 3:16 – 17) 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

(D&C 93:33 – 35) 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.

The Father and the Son cannot dwell in you.

(D&C 130:3) 3 John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.

(John 14:23) 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Christ is over all, in all and through all because he is also the tabernacle of the Holy Spirit.

(D&C 63:59 – 60) 59 Behold, I am from above, and my power lieth beneath. I am over all, and in all, and through all, and search all things, and the day cometh that all things shall be subject unto me. 60 Behold, I am Alpha and Omega, even Jesus Christ.

(Ephesians 4:6) 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

The Holy Spirit is described as the light of Christ when is flows through our Savior.

(D&C 88:5 – 13) 5 Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son—6 He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth; 7 Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made. 8 As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made; 9 As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made; 10 And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand. 11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; 12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

(Ephesians 3:16 – 17) 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

The Holy Spirit makes the Universe a singularity.

(math.tulane.edu/…/Chapter_1) The latest observations of the Cosmic Background radiation show that the universe began 13.7 billion years ago at the Singularity.  Stephan Hawking proved mathematically that the Singularity is not in time or in space, but outside both.  In other words, the Singularity is transcendent to space and time.  According to the theologian Thomas Aquinas, “God created the Universe” just means that all causal chains begin in God.  God is the Uncaused Cause.  In physics, all causal chains begin in the Singularity.  The singularity itself has no cause.  For a thousand years and more, Christian theologians have asserted that there is one and only one “achieved” (actually existing) infinity, and that infinity is God.  The Cosmological Singularity is an achieved infinity.

We can also use the physical laws to tell us what the cosmological singularity — God — is like.  The laws of physics tell us that our universe began an initial singularity, and will end in a final singularity.  The laws also tell us that ours is but one of an infinite number of universes, all of which begin and end in a singularity.  If we look carefully at the collection of all the universes — this collection is called the multiverse — we see that there is a third singularity at which the multiverse began.  But physics shows us that these three apparently distinct singularities are actually one singularity.  The Three are One.

Perhaps this very large galactic cores is the center of the Universe where the Holy Spirit emanates from.

center of the universe

Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretches 4 billion light-years from end to end. Calculations suggest that structures larger than about 1.2 billion light-years should not exist, researchers said..It’s 4 billion light years. Now that’s mind blowing Isn’t the universe it self supposedly only 27.5 billion light years wide. That’s a big percentage of the whole

Center of the universe 2

 

The MilkyWay Galaxy

The Most Accurate 3D Map of Our Galaxy

milky-way-galaxy

 

(io9.com) Our solar system is located in an offshoot of one of the Milky Way’s spiral arms, so we don’t have a clear sense of what our galaxy looks like edge on. Two groups of astronomers pooled their data to create the most detailed map yet of the galaxy’s core – and its shape came as a surprise. We’re about 27,000 light-years from the bulge, and our vantage point is heavily obscured by dense clouds of dust. The only way we can really observe it is by looking at the wavelengths of light, like infrared radiation, which can pierce through the clouds of dust.

According to the Kolob Theorem the very large brilliant white center will be where God the Father resides and where Kolob is. Each Galaxy is always in flux, always changing, enlarging, and increasing.

The galactic bulge … is a cloud at the center that consists of about 10,000 million stars. It encompasses an expanse thousands of light-years across. Scientists theorize that our Galaxy was originally a pure disc of stars that formed into a flat bar billions of years ago, but that the inner section then buckled to form the three-dimensional peanut shape.

local-arm-milky-way

Good news, everyone! We’re not intergalactic hicks after all! Turns out that our solar system is located in a large spiral branch called the Local Arm, a prominent feature of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Top image: The left side shows what we used to think the Milk Way looked like, the right side shows the recently updated version. Image credit: Robert Hurt, IPAC; Gill Saxton NRAO/AUI/NSF

Astronomers have speculated that our solar system is situated in a kind of short “spur” – a minor offshoot located between the galaxy’s two long spiral arms, the Perseus Arm and the Sagittarius Arm.

Instead its active star formation…suggest that it is more like the adjacent Perseus and Sagittarius arms; perhaps it is a brand of one of these arms. They not that it could also be a bifurcation of the Carina-Sagittarius arm, or an independent arm segment altogether.

Contrary to previous results, the astronomers now believe that the local arm is closer to the Perseus than to the Sagittarius arm, suggesting that a branching from the former may be more likely. As for the Local arm itself, our neighborhood is about 5 kpc in length (16,308 light-years) and about 1 kpc in width (3,261 light-years).

The Hubble Space Telescope site estimates there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. A recent German super-computer simulation estimates that the number may be as high as 500 billion, with many older than the Milky Way. Common obervational wisdom among astronomers is that there are 17 billion Earth-sized planets in our galaxy. They don’t yet know how many of these worlds are in habitable zones, but the implications of this discovery are astounding. Simply put: If there are 17 billion Earth-sized worlds in our galaxy alone, it’s clear that the Universe has the potential to be teeming with life.

A team of scientists lead by Francois Fressin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, used the latest data from NASA’s Kepler mission to find that one in six stars have “a planet 0.8 – 1.25 times the size of Earth in an orbit of 85 days or less.” Extrapolated out to the Universe as a whole, the potential number becomes mind-boggling.

 

 

The Andromeda Galaxy

In the picture of the Andromeda Galaxy there is the bright white center which is the proposed Celestial Kingdom of the Kolob Theorem. Next there is a red Terrestrial ring followed by a very large blue Telestial ring. This Galaxy represents one eternal round an eternity. You can buy the book the Kolob Theorem online or download it for free.

In Each Galaxy there is no space in which there is no kingdom.

(D&C 88:36 – 38) 36 All kingdoms have a law given; 37 And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in the which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or a lesser kingdom. 38 And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions.

The (Red) terrestrial and (Blue) Telestial kingdoms are located in successive concentric, doughnut-shaped rings, round about the (White) celestial kingdom or central hub of the Milky Way galaxy; that our sun and earth are now located in the outer or telestial ring of the galaxy.

andromeda galaxy

Galaxies Without End

I’ve showed you pictures of two Galaxies, our own Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy. Here’s a selection of others which could go on forever, but I can’t, so I don’t.

Sombrero Galaxy M104

sombrero

Spiral Galazy M81

spirial

Spiral Galazy M100

M100

A Rose made of Galaxies

rose

Galaxy M106

M106

Starburst Galaxy M82

starburst

Colliding Galaxy Pair Arp

colliding

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3370

ngc 3370

Whirlpool Galaxy

whirlpool

Nearby Galaxy Centaurus

nearby

Tadpole Galaxy

tadpole

Interacting Galaxy NGC 6670

interacting

Pin Wheel Galaxy

pin wheel

Galaxy Triplet Arp 274

triplet

Cartwheel Galaxy

cartwheel

Trio of Galaxies

trio

Dust Galaxy NGC 1316

dust

I Zwicky 18: Youngest Galaxy ever seen

I zwicky

Galaxy Collisions

collisions

Starburst Galaxy NGC 1569

starburst galaxy

Spiral Galaxy NGC 4622: Spins Backward

spins backward

Merging Galaxies

merging galaxies

Stephens Quintet of Galaxy’s

stephens

Ring Galaxy AM0644-741

rings

Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4150

elliptical

Seyfert’s Sextet: 4 Colliding & 2 Bystanders

seyferts

Tiny Youthful Spiral Galaxy ES0 418-008

tiny

Comet Galaxy being ripped apart by Star Cluster

comet galaxy

Tumultuous Collision between 4 Galaxies IRAS

tumultuous

Spider web Galaxy

spider

A Double Nucleus: Markarian 315

a double nucleus

Baby Galaxy

baby

A Tiny Galaxy is Born

a tiny galaxy

Barred Spiral Galaxy

barred spiral

Galaxy Cluster: RXJ1532.9+3029

cluster

Embryonic Galaxy Cluster: TN J1388

embryonic

Massive Galaxy Cluster: RDCS 1252

massive

Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the Universe, comprising hundreds to thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity. This developing cluster, or protocluster, seen as it looked 13 billion years ago, presumably has grown into one of today’s massive cities of galaxies, comparable to the nearby Virgo cluster of more than 2000 galaxies. Most galaxies in the Universe reside in groups and clusters, and astronomers have probed many of these in detail at a range of distances. But finding clusters in the early phases of construction has been challenging because they are rare and dim.

If You Could Hie to Kolob Describes the Universe

1. If you could hie to Kolob in the twinkling of an eye, And then continue onward with that same speed to fly,Do you think that you could ever, Through all eternity, Find out the generation Where Gods began to be?

2. Or see the grand beginning, Where space did not extend? Or view the last creation Where Gods and matter end? Me thinks the Spirit whispers, “No man has found ‘pure space,’ Nor seen the outside curtains, Where nothing has a place.

3. The works of God continue, And worlds and lives abound; Improvement and progression Have one eternal round. There is no end to matter; There is no end to space; There is no end to spirit; There is no end to race;

4. There is no end to virtue; There is no end to might; There is no end to wisdom; There is not end to light. There is no end to union; There is no end to youth; There is no end to priesthood; There is no end to truth.

5. There is no end to glory; There is no end to love; There is no end to being; There is no death above. There is no end to glory; There is no end to love; There is no end to being; There is no death above.

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792 – 1872

 

 

Facsimile 2 Describes a Galaxy

(Abraham 2 Facsimile.:1 – 13)
1 Fig. 1. Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time. The measurement according to celestial time, which celestial time signifies one day to a cubit. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians Jah-oh-eh.

2 Fig. 2. Stands next to Kolob, called by the Egyptians Oliblish, which is the next grand governing creation near to the celestial or the place where God resides; holding the key of power also, pertaining to other planets; as revealed from God to Abraham, as he offered sacrifice upon an altar, which he had built unto the Lord.

3 Fig. 3. Is made to represent God, sitting upon his throne, clothed with power and authority; with a crown of eternal light upon his head; representing also the grand Key-words of the Holy Priesthood, as revealed to Adam in the Garden of Eden, as also to Seth, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, and all to whom the Priesthood was revealed.

4 Fig. 4. Answers to the Hebrew word Raukeeyang, signifying expanse, or the firmament of the heavens; also a numerical figure, in Egyptian signifying one thousand; answering to the measuring of the time of Oliblish, which is equal with Kolob in its revolution and in its measuring of time.

5 Fig. 5. Is called in Egyptian Enish-go-on-dosh; this is one of the governing planets also, and is said by the Egyptians to be the Sun, and to borrow its light from Kolob through the medium of Kae-e-vanrash, which is the grand Key, or, in other words, the governing power, which governs fifteen other fixed planets or stars, as also Floeese or the Moon, the Earth and the Sun in their annual revolutions. This planet receives its power through the medium of Kli-flos-is-es, or Hah-ko-kau-beam, the stars represented by numbers 22 and 23, receiving light from the revolutions of Kolob.

6 Fig. 6. Represents this earth in its four quarters.

7 Fig. 7. Represents God sitting upon his throne, revealing through the heavens the grand Key-words of the Priesthood; as, also, the sign of the Holy Ghost unto Abraham, in the form of a dove.
8 Fig. 8. Contains writings that cannot be revealed unto the world; but is to be had in the Holy Temple of God.
9 Fig. 9. Ought not to be revealed at the present time.
10 Fig. 10. Also.
11 Fig. 11. Also. If the world can find out these numbers, so let it be. Amen.
12 Figures 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21, will be given in the own due time of the Lord.
13 The above translation is given as far as we have any right to give at the present time.

 

 

Composite Beings

The earth was created to house perfected celestial composite beings. Celestial beings are monogamous, man shall have one wife and the two of them shall be one flesh. This principle is so important that it answers the reason that the earth is created. Polygamy has its place but not in the celestial world, not on this earth which will be made into a sea of glass. Polygamy is a terrestrial principle and will exist in the paradisaical, millennial, Garden of Eden, terrestrial glory of the moon: but not in the celestial, sea of glass glory of the sun.

(D&C 49:15 – 16) 15 And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man. 16 Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation;

Adam was a Celestial being composed of male and female. Their name was Adam. Eve was literally taken out of Adam.

(Genesis 2:21 – 25) 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

(Matthew 19:4 – 6) 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

(Ephesians 2:14 – 16) 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

(Ephesians 5:28 – 33) 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

(Mark 10:6 – 9) 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

(Moses 6:8 – 9) 8 Now this prophecy Adam spake, as he was moved upon by the Holy Ghost, and a genealogy was kept of the children of God. And this was the book of the generations of Adam, saying: In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 9 In the image of his own body, male and female, created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created and became living souls in the land upon the footstool of God.

When a male and female become a composite being they become a new entity. They are no longer two beings but they become one being. They do not think as two beings with two different thought patterns, they are no longer two beings.

(Abraham 3:19) 19 And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another (a Composite being) more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.

When Adam was separated into his two halves death was allowed to enter the world.

(Gospel of Phillip) When Eve was still with Adam, death did not exist. When she was separated from him, death came into being. If he enters again and attains his former self, death will be no more.

(Genesis 2:17) 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

(1 Corinthians 15:22) 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Christ was divided on the Cross and so was able to experience death.

(The Gospel of Phillip Pg 141) My God, my God why have you forsaken me? It was on the cross that he said these words, for it was there that he was divided.

The Apocrypha has a lot to say about composite beings.

(The Gospel of Thomas) They said unto him, “If we then become children, would we thus enter the kingdom?” Jesus said unto them, “When ye make the two one, and when you make the inside like unto the outside and the outside like unto the inside, and that which is above like unto that which is below, and when ye make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male no longer be male nor the female female; and when ye fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will ye enter into the kingdom.”

(Gospel of Thomas) Simon Peter said to them, ‘Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.’ Jesus said, ‘I myself shall lead her in order to make her male. so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven’.

(Gospel of Thomas) When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your face and worship him, That one is your father.

(The Book of Mary) For a woman the spirit takes a male form. A woman in her spirit nature is a man. For a man the spirit takes a female form.  A man in his spirit nature is a woman.” At this there was discontent and muttering from the disciples. “But how” they asked her “can we say that a man is a woman in the spirit? Are we to be womanish like a woman?  We are men not women.” And she said to them, “In the kingdom of heaven there is no male and no female.  When god made man he made him complete as both male and female. But they were then separated, the female was split from the male.  Thus did death come into the world. But in the kingdom what is split will be reunited.  A woman must find again the heavenly male who is her husband, a man must find his wife.  When you are united with that one then you will be both male and female, hermaphrodite again as man was at the creation.

Composite beings are united in the bridal chamber when they are with God and separated when they are not with God. Composite beings are separated when they are introduced into the telestial existence.

(Gospel of Phillip) If the woman had not separated from the man, she should not die with the man. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this, Christ came to repair the separation, which was from the beginning, and again unite the two, and to give life to those who died as a result of the separation, and unite them. But the woman is united to her husband in the bridal chamber. Indeed, those who have united in the bridal chamber will no longer be separated. Thus Eve separated from Adam because it was not in the bridal chamber that she united with him.

The Saints at this point would have to be composite beings. When the seed of God enters into his glory they must do so as composite beings.

(D&C 88:107) 107 And then shall the angels be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.

Composite beings are all exactly alike for they see as they are seen.

(D&C 76:94 – 95) 94 They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace; 95 And he makes them equal in power, and in might, and in dominion.

(1 John 3:2) 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

(Zohar) The Holy One… does not choose to dwell where the male and female are not united.

composite

(Zohar 111, 81a.) The King (God) seeks only that which corresponds to Him. Therefore, the Holy One, blessed he be, dwells in him who (like Him) is one. When man, in perfect holiness, realizes the One, He is in that one. And when is that man called one? When man and woman are joined together sexually…

 

 

 

 

 

Celestial beings are not given in marriage after the resurrection.

(Luke 20:35 – 36) 35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 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.

composite being

(Words of Joseph Smith Pg 110) Said he was going to make of this society a kingdom of priests as in Enoch’s day—as in Paul’s day.

(Journal of Discourses 19:266 – 270 Erastus Snow) If I believe anything that God has ever said about himself, and anything pertaining to the creation and organization of man upon the earth, I must believe that Deity consists of man and woman…. In other words, there can be no God except he is composed of the man and woman united, and there is not in the eternities that exist, nor ever will be a god in any other way. ….There never was a God, and there never will be in all eternities, except they are made of thee two component parts; a man and a woman; the male and the female.

 

Symbol of the Zadok Priest

zadok priest

The X worn on the forehead of the Zadok priests of the Temple of Solomon was symbolic of the union of the chalice and the blade. The chalice, as receptacle, was a female symbol. The blade, as phallus, was a male symbol

 

 

 

Cherubims & Seraphims

Joseph tells us that the Cherubim are “possessing all the intelligence of a God” but have the stature of little children. Little children who die young do not become Gods but dwell in his glory forever.

(King Follett Sermon) A question may be asked–“Will mothers have their children in eternity?” Yes! yes! Mothers, you shall have your children; for they shall have eternal life; for their debt is paid. There is no damnation awaits them, for they are in the spirit. But as the child dies, so shall it rise from the dead, and be for ever living in the learning of God. It will never grow: it will still be the child, in the same precise form as it appeared before it died out of its mother’s arms, but possessing all the intelligence of a God. Children dwell in the mansions of glory and exercise power, but appear in the same form as when on earth. Eternity is full of thrones, upon which dwell thousands of children reigning on thrones of glory, with not one cubit added to their stature.

Cherubim guard the tree of life.

(Alma 42:2) 2 Now behold, my son, I will explain this thing unto thee. For behold, after the Lord God sent our first parents forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground, from whence they were taken—yea, he drew out the man, and he placed at the east end of the garden of Eden, cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the tree of life—

Cherubim are on the ends of the mercy seat of God. This represents God’s mercy seat in heaven.

(Exodus 25:17 – 21) 17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. 21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

The Lord rides upon a cherub.

(2 Samuel 22:11) 11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

(Ezekiel 9:3) 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. …

(Ezekiel 10:3 – 5) 3 Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. 4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s glory. 5 And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.

(Ezekiel 11:22) 22 ¶ Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

(1 Samuel 4:4) 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

Cherubs have the face of a man and a lion.

(Ezekiel 41:18 – 19) 18 And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; 19 So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.

The description in Ezekiel 4 places the face of a man and the face of a lion on the cherubim. This takes us directly to Revelation 4 where there are four beasts two of which matches that description.

(Revelation 4:6 – 8) 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Ezekiel comes back and matches the description in Revelation.

(Ezekiel 1:4 – 10, 18) 4 ¶ And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle….. 18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

The Doctrine and Covenants gives us further information about the cherubim.

(D&C 77:2 – 4) 2 Q. What are we to understand by the four beasts, spoken of in the same verse? A. They are figurative expressions, used by the Revelator, John, in describing heaven, the paradise of God, the happiness of man, and of beasts, and of creeping things, and of the fowls of the air; that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal; and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person, as also the spirit of the beast, and every other creature which God has created. 3 Q. Are the four beasts limited to individual beasts, or do they represent classes or orders? A. They are limited to four individual beasts, which were shown to John, to represent the glory of the classes of beings in their destined order or sphere of creation, in the enjoyment of their eternal felicity. 4 Q. What are we to understand by the eyes and wings, which the beasts had? A. Their eyes are a representation of light and knowledge, that is, they are full of knowledge; and their wings are a representation of power, to move, to act, etc.

Are the Seraphim’s different than Cherubim’s? Do these two names represent different generations?

(Isaiah 6:1 – 3) 1 IN the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Cherebim

(http://research.omicsgroup.org/index.php/Ophanim) The ophanim or ofanim, also Ophde (Hebrew “wheels” אוֹפַנִּים ’ōphannīm; singular אוֺפָן ’ōphān) refer to the wheels seen on Ezekiel’s vision of the chariot (Hebrew merkabah) in Ezekiel 1:15-21.

These are first construed as angels in one of the Dead Sea scrolls (4Q405), and as a class of celestial  beings in late sections of the Book of Enoch (61:10, 71:7) where with the Cherubim and Seraphim they never sleep, but guard the throne of God.

These “wheels” have been associated with Daniel 7:9 (mentioned as galgal, traditionally “the wheels of galgallin”, in “fiery flame” and “burning fire”) of the four, eye-covered wheels (each composed of two nested wheels), that move next to the winged Cherubim, beneath the throne of God. The four wheels move with the Cherubim because the spirit of the Cherubim is in them. These are also referred to as the “many-eyed ones” in the late Second Book of Enoch (20:1, 21:1).

The Ophanim are also equated as the “Thrones”, associated with the “Wheels”, in the vision of Daniel 7:9 (Old Testament). They are the carriers of the throne of God, hence the name. However, they may or may not be the same Thrones (Gr. thronos) mentioned byPaul of Tarsus in Colossians 1:16 (New Testament).
These Angelic Princes are often also called “Ofanim, Wheels of Galgallin.” It is said that they were the actual wheels of the Lord’s Heavenly Chariot (Merkabah). “The four wheels had rims and they had spokes, and their rims were full of eyes round about.” They are also frequently referred to as “many-eyed ones.”

Rosemary Gulley (1996: p. 37) states that: The ‘thrones’; also known as ‘ophanim’ (offanim) and ‘galgallin’, are creatures that function as the actual chariots of God driven by the cherubs. They are characterized by peace and submission; God rests upon them. Thrones are depicted as great wheels containing many eyes, and reside in the area of the cosmos where material form begins to take shape. They chant glorias to God and remain forever in his presence. They mete out divine justice and maintain the cosmic harmony of all universal laws.

Maimonides lists Ophanim as occupying the second of ten ranks of angels in his exposition of the Jewish angelic hierarchy.

Ophanim are mentioned in the kel adon prayer, often sung by the congregation, as part of the traditional Shabbat morning service.

In the Jewish angelic hierarchy thrones and wheels are different. This is also true in the Kabbalistic angelic hierarchy.

De Coelesti Hierarchia refers to the Thrones (from the Old Testament description) as the third Order of the first sphere, the other two superior orders being the Cherubim and Seraphim. It is mentioned that “The name of the most glorious and exalted Thrones denotes that which is exempt from and untainted by any base and earthly thing, and the super mundane ascent up the steep. For these have no part in that which is lowest, but dwell in fullest power, immovably and perfectly established in the Most High, and receive the Divine Immanence above all passion and matter, and manifest God, being attentively open to divine participations.”

The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception refers that the “Lords of the Flame”, the Hierarchy of Elohim astrologically assigned to Leo, are the Thrones (from the Old Testament description, “because of the brilliant luminosity of their bodies and their great spiritual powers.”); the other two superior hierarchies being also the Cherubim and Seraphim. According to this teaching, these three Hierarchies have already reached liberation, and thus are no longer active in the work of evolution.

 

 

The Generations of Satan

There must needs be opposition in all things on all levels in the progression of man.

(2 Nephi 2:11) 11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first–born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.

I shall endeavor in the next four chapters to show that there are indeed four generations of Satan described in great detail in the scriptures. There are four generations of the seed of God opposing four generations of Sons of Perdition.

1. The 144,000 new Sons of Perdition are in opposition to the 144,000 Saints, all experiencing their 1st probation.
2. Lucifer and the 144,000 fallen Angels are in opposition to the 144,000 Angel Fathers, all in their 2nd probation
3. The Old Satan, the great dragon is in opposition to the Adam Generation on 144,000 earths, in his 3rd probation
4. The Angel of the bottomless pit is in opposition to the Christ Generation, in his 4th probation

(D&C 76:36) 36 1. These are they (the new spirit generation) who shall go away into the lake of fire and brimstone, with 3. the devil (the Adam Generation) and 2. his angels—(the angel generation)

All the hosts of heaven come to the great pre-earth council. This is where the official opposition takes form: where Lucifer offers an opposing plan to father Adam and the where the Old Satan, the great dragon offers a plan in opposition to Christ. Then the 1/3 part of the hosts of heaven are cast out.

(D&C 29:36) 36 …and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency;

(Revelation 12:4) 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Satan, the Devil and all sons of perdition come to earth, they come to this temporal probation. Everyone who is at the great pre-earth council, which are the hosts of heaven come to earth. All the sons of perdition are born on an earth, live their evil existence, die and at the end of the earth are resurrected.

(Alma 11:44) 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,

(Revelation 20:12 – 15) 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.13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

(Alma 41:4) 4 And if their works are evil they shall be restored unto them for evil. Therefore, all things shall be restored to their proper order, every thing to its natural frame—mortality raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption—raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God, or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other—

 

#1 The New Generation of the Sons of Perdition

There are 144,000 new spirit sons of perdition in opposite of the new spirit 144,000 elect seed of God. Those of the new spirit generation that are overcome by Satan become sons of perdition. The name sons of perdition teach us that there are no daughters of perdition. There are no wives of perdition to give spiritual birth to little sons of perdition.

Sons of perdition are not born. they are made by denying God. It is during the Millennial reign of Christ, when Satan is imprisoned in the bottomless pit that all spirit children are born. That is when the spirits that will become sons of perdition are created. Then during the little season these spirit children, raised to maturity during the millennium, now find that they love Satan more than God and become sons of perdition.

(D&C 76:30 – 35) 30 And we saw a vision of the sufferings of those with whom he made war and overcame, for thus came the voice of the Lord unto us: 31 Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered (willingly allowed) themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power—32 They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born; 33 For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity; 34 Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come—35 Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame.

(King Follet Sermon) All sins shall be forgiven, except the sin against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all except the sons of perdition. What must a man do to commit the unpardonable sin? He must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God, and then sin against him. After a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost, there is no repentance for him. He has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it; he has got to deny Jesus Christ when the heavens have been opened unto him, and to deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it

Satan threatens, that he will take the sons of perdition that follow him and possess the bodies of Adam and Eve and their posterity. The curse of demon possession is a continual problem through out this earth experience. There are many experiences described at the time of Christ. There are many people struggling with possession today, that is cloaked as mental illness, schizophrenia, multiple personalities. Demonic possession is enhanced through the use of anti-depression drugs.

(From the LDS Temple Endowment) ELOHIM: Lucifer, because thou hast done this, thou shalt be cursed above all the beasts of the field. Upon thy belly thou shalt go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. LUCIFER: If thou cursest me for doing the same thing which has been done in other worlds, I will take the spirits that follow me, and they shall possess the bodies thou createst for Adam and Eve!

(1 Nephi 11:31) 31 … And I beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted with all manner of diseases, and with devils and unclean spirits; and the angel spake and showed all these things unto me. And they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out.

(Matthew 10:1) 1 AND when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

God places enmity between man and Satan.

Genesis 3:15) 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

EN’MITY, n.
1. The quality of being an enemy; the opposite of friendship; ill will; hatred; unfriendly dispositions; malevolence. It expresses more than aversion and less than malice,and differs from displeasure in denoting a fixed or rooted hatred, whereas displeasure is more transient.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman. Gen 3.Romans 8:7 The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God,
2. A state of opposition. James 4:4 The friendship of the world is enmity with God.

The LDS church teaches that there are spirit sons of perdition that do not come to earth and those that become sons of perdition after they come to the earth. This is not true doctrine. All sons of perdition come to earth, live die and are resurrected.

(Wikipedia.org) According to LDS Church theology, there are two classes of persons who will become sons of perdition:
1. The pre-mortal spirit followers of Satan. It is taught that, in the pre-mortal life, they chose to follow a plan proposed by Satan, rather than that presented by God the Father. Thus ensued the War in Heaven, which resulted in Satan and his followers being cast out of heaven and denied the opportunity of receiving a physical body.
2. Those in mortal life who “deny the Holy Ghost,” which is generally interpreted as rejecting and denying Christ after receiving a personal witness and a “perfect knowledge” of Jesus. 

Brigham Young taught this LDS doctrine in his day and it continues into the present.

(Discourses of Brigham Young 3:369) You cannot give any persons their exaltation unless they know what evil is, what sin, sorrow, and misery are, for no person could comprehend, appreciate and enjoy an exaltation upon any other principle. The Devil with one-third part of the spirits of our Father’s Kingdom got here before us, and we tarried there with our friends, until the time came for us to come to the earth and take tabernacles, but those spirits that revolted were forbidden ever to have tabernacles of their own. You can now comprehend how it is that they are always trying to get possession of the bodies of human beings; you read of a man’s being possessed of a legion, and Mary Magdalene had seven.

(The Promised Messiah pg 219, Bruce R McConkie) Because of their open rebellion against light and truth, because they defied God and his government, knowing perfectly what the will of the Father was, they were cast out of heaven onto this earth. Their punishment: eternal damnation. Progression ceased for them. No mortal bodies would ever house their spirit forms. For them there was to be no second estate, no probationary experiences, no resurrection, no eternal life-nothing but darkness and defiance;

Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducee that they are the Sons of Perdition?

(John 8:44) 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Satan is cast out of his grave, he was born, he died, put in a grave and then resurrected.

(Isaiah 14:19) 19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

The Book of Mormon teaches us that the sons of perdition are children of the devil.

(Alma 5:40 – 41) 40 For I say unto you that whatsoever is good cometh from God, and whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil. 41 Therefore, if a man bringeth forth good works he hearkeneth unto the voice of the good shepherd, and he doth follow him; but whosoever bringeth forth evil works, the same becometh a child of the devil, for he hearkeneth unto his voice, and doth follow him.

Satan and his children, even after they have suffered for their sins for a thousand years, are filthy still.

(2 Nephi 9:15 – 16) 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.

Joseph Fielding Smith reiterates the LDS doctrine.

(Doctrines of Salvation, 2:219-221) TWO CLASSES OF SONS OF PERDITION. The great punishment received by these rebellious spirits is that they are to remain without bodies eternally and are denied the redemption through the atonement of Jesus Christ. They are banished forever from the presence of God because they have lost the power of repentance, for they chose evil by choice after having had the light. While dwelling in the presence of God they knowingly entered into their rebellion. Their mission on earth is to attempt to destroy the souls of men and make them miserable as they themselves are miserable. These spirits are known as sons of perdition.
      There is another class of sons of perdition. This class is composed of all those who have known the power of God in this mortal life and then, having full knowledge of the power and purposes of God, rebel against him, putting Jesus Christ to open shame.
      The Lord has defined this class as follows: “Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power — They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born; For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity; Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come — Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame.
      “These are they who shall go away into the lake of fire and brimstone, with the devil and his angels — And the only ones on whom the second death shall have any power; Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath.”

Even Joseph Smith seems to teach that the sons of perdition do not receive bodies. But since the scriptures teach that all men including the sons of perdition come to the earth, I have to think that he was misquoted or worse, his statements were embellished to conform to the new LDS doctrine. Joseph Fielding Smith wrote the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and those in power have the ability to rewrite history they want it to read.

(TPJS pg 306) The Spirits in the eternal world are like the spirits in this world. When those have come into this world and receive tabernacles, then died and again have risen, and received glorified bodies, they will have ascendency over the spirits who have received no bodies, or kept not their first estate, like the devil. The punishment of the devil was that he should not have a habitation like men. The devil’s retaliation is, he comes into this world, binds up men’s bodies and occupies them himself. When the authorities come along, they eject him from a stolen habituation.

(TPJS pg 181) We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man, and when cast out by the Savior he asked to go into the herd of swine, showing that he would prefer a swine’s body to having none. All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not. The devil has no power over us only as we permit him.

 

#2 Lucifer of the Angel Generation

Lucifer is an amazing figure in the scriptures. His existence in the scriptures is confusing because he is described as being the anointed cherub, which takes place during his 1st probation and he is described during his 2nd probation as Nimrod the King of Babylon and indwelling the 8th Russian Assyrian Beast King who leads the war of Armageddon. In the last days during the 3rd watch marvelous work Lucifer is opposed by Joseph Smith as the Lords servant.

Lucifer as the Anointed Cherub

During his 1st probation Lucifer was one of the chosen spirits of God, described as the anointed Cherub. Lucifer was one of the greatest during his pre-existence millennial growth.

(Ezekiel 28:14) 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: 

During that pre-earth millennial experience Lucifer walked upon the holy mountain of God.

(Ezekiel 27:14) 14 … thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

In his 1st probation, Lucifer was a son of the morning. Isaiah proves the doctrine of the sons of perdition, that they must see the sun shinning and then deny it, they must receive the Holy Spirit and reject it. In the pre-earth life Lucifer received of the fullness of the Holy Spirit and then allowed himself to be overcome. Now he champions the cause of evil, he is perdition.

(Isaiah 14:4, 6, 12 – 14) 4 ¶ That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! ….6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth…..12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

(D&C 76:26 – 27) 26 And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning. 27 And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen! is fallen, even a son of the morning!

Lucifer means the light bearer. This describes him during his 1st probabion.

The Septuagint renders הֵילֵל in Greek as ἑωσφόρος (heōsphoros), a name, literally “bringer of dawn”, for the morning star. The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate, which translates הֵילֵל as lucifer, meaning “the morning star, the planet Venus”, or, as an adjective, “light-bringing”.

It was during the pre-earth little season that iniquity was found in Lucifer. When he was presented with a choice of good and evil, Lucifer desired evil and followed his new god, Satan the old serpent.

(Ezekiel 28:15 – 19) 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Lucifer as the New Satan

Lucifer comes back to earth continuing his rebellion during his 2nd Probation. Lucifer is the chief angel who was instrumental in deceiving the new spirit generation.

(D&C 76:25 – 26) 25 And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son, 26 And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning.

Ezekiel teaches us much about Lucifer’s mental state describing him as the prince or king of Tyrus.

(Ezekiel 28:2 – 10) 2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: 3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: 4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: 6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. 8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. 9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. 10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

For a brief moment Lucifer deludes himself by sitting in the temple of God, claiming to be God.

(2 Thessalonians 2:3 – 4) 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Lucifer as the New Serpent, in the Garden of Eden

Lucifer’s 1st job as the new Satan is to tempt Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Lucifer is the new serpent as opposed to the Dragon Satan who is the old serpent. There are generations of good and there are generations of evil, to oppose one another in all the spheres of existence.

(Ezekiel 28:12 – 13) 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 (Lucifer) Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, …

(Moses 4:5 – 7) 5 And now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which I, the Lord God, had made. 6 And Satan (the old serpent) put it into the heart of (Lucifer) the (new) serpent, (for he had drawn away many after him,)

Lucifer, as the new serpent, tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

(LDS Temple Endowment)
LUCIFER: Well, Adam, you have a new world here.
ADAM: A new world?
LUCIFER: Yes, a new world, patterned after the old one where we used to live.
ADAM: I know nothing about any other world.
LUCIFER: Oh, I see, your eyes are not yet opened. You have forgotten everything. You must eat some of the fruit of this tree—

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ELOHIM: Lucifer! What hast thou been doing here?
LUCIFER: I have been doing that which has been done on other worlds.
ELOHIM: What is that?
LUCIFER: I have been giving some of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil to them.

Lucifer as the Satanic High Priest

Lucifer is the satanic High Priest wearing the apron, robes and breast plate of his priesthood. Lucifer’s breast plate only has 9 stones in it. Lucifer has satanic priesthood.

(Ezekiel 28:12 – 13) 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

The High Priest of the Aaronic priesthood has a breastplate with 12 jewels.

(Exodus 28:15 – 21) 15 ¶ And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. 16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. 17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. 18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. 19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. 20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. 21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.

Compare the foundation of the Holy City Jerusalem, also made of 12 precious stones.

(Revelation 21:19 – 20) 19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

In the LDS temple endowment tells us that Lucifer has priesthood, showing that Satan and his Angels have power to oppose God. That is how important it is to have opposition in all things, and freedom of choise. Satan is given power and authority, a satanic priesthood.

(LDS Temple Endowment)
EVE: I know thee now. Thou are Lucifer, he who was cast out of Father’s presence for rebellion.
LUCIFER: Yes, you are beginning to see already.
ADAM: What is that apron you have on?
LUCIFER: It is an emblem of my power and Priesthoods.
ADAM: Priesthoods?
LUCIFER: Yes, Priesthoods.

Lucifer as Nimrod

Lucifer begins his 2nd probation as Nimrod, King of Babylon who built the Tower of Babel.

(Josephus) Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.

As King of Babylon, Nimrod orders the killing of all babies in an effort to destroy Abraham.

(Writings of Pseudo-Philo & in the Talmud) A portent in the stars tells Nimrod and his astrologers of the impending birth of Abraham, who would put an end to idolatry. Nimrod therefore orders the killing of all newborn babies. However, Abraham’s mother escapes into the fields and gives birth secretly. At a young age, Abraham recognizes God and starts worshiping Him. He confronts Nimrod and tells him face-to-face to cease his idolatry, whereupon Nimrod orders him burned at the stake. In some versions, Nimrod has his subjects gather wood for four whole years, so as to burn Abraham in the biggest bonfire the world had ever seen. Yet when the fire is lit, Abraham walks out unscathed.

The story goes that Nimrod build the tower of Babel and after the Lord scattered the people of the land by confusing their languages, Shem the son of Noah killed the great hunter Nimrod as a warning to the people not to follow in his evil practices.

Lucifer as Caesar Augusta

Lucifer comes a second time during this same earth life as Caesar Augusta. Revelation tells us Lucifer is Caesar Augusta who was the 1st Caesar to proclaim himself a god. It appears that God allows Lucifer to experience a transmigration of his soul and come more than once, this possibility is the same as Elijah coming again during the same probation as John the Baptist (see appendix). Lucifer was Nimrod, then comes back again as Caesar Augusta.

(Revelation 17:10) 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is (Caesar Augusta), and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

Lucifer as the 8th Beast King

Lucifer was Nimrod, at the time of the writing of Revelation he is Caesar August and he will be the 8th Beast King. He becomes the 8th Beast King by indwelling the Russian Assyrian leader that takes over all the world. This is just like Christ indwelling Joseph during the 3rd watch marvelous work.

(Revelation 17:11) 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

This Satan will indwell the eighth Beast King to fight against the Lord at Armageddon.

(Revelation 16:13 – 14) 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

The indwelling of the Russian leader brings him back to life from a deadly wound, making him the beast. The whole world worships both the Lucifer possessed Russian beast leader and the dragon.

(Revelation 13:1 – 4) 1 AND I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Lucifer, indwelling making the Russian leader the Beast, leads the armies at the real Armageddon.

(Revelation 19:19 – 20) 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

(From the LDS Temple Ceremony)
LUCIFER: Then with that enmity I will take the treasures of the earth, and with gold and silver I will buy up armies and navies, popes and priests, and reign with blood and horror on the earth!
ELOHIM: Depart!

Satanic Angels

Lucifer is the foremost leader of the 144,000 satanic angels. They were all in the great pre-earth council having resurrected bodies of flesh and bones. They all come to earth. No one who attends the great council is left behind.

(D&C 129:1) 1 THERE are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones—

The people of Canaan is the satanic equivalent to the city of Enoch. They were a city of sons of perdition for whom there is no forgiveness in this world or in the world to come, therefore there is no need to call them to repentance. They cannot repent.

(Moses 7:7 – 8, 12) 7 And the Lord said unto me: Prophesy; and I prophesied, saying: Behold the people of Canaan, which are numerous, shall go forth in battle array against the people of Shum, and shall slay them that they shall utterly be destroyed; and the people of Canaan shall divide themselves in the land, and the land shall be barren and unfruitful, and none other people shall dwell there but the people of Canaan; 8 For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people. … 12 And it came to pass that Enoch continued to call upon all the people, save it were the people of Canaan, to repent;

(1 Enoch 7:1 – 5) they took wives unto themselves, and everyone (respectively) chose one woman for himself, and they began to go unto them. And they taught them magical medicine, incantations, the cutting of roots, and taught them (about) plants. And the women became pregnant and gave birth to great giants whose heights were three hundred cubits. These (giants) consumed the produce of all the people until the people detested feeding them. So the giants turned against (the people) in order to eat them

Cain has his version of evil patriarchs. He had a son who he named Enoch. They even build a city which they named the City of Enoch. Satan is an imitator of God, wanting to be God.

(Genesis 4:17 – 18) 17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

One of woes in Revelation 9 is the appearance of Locusts which are the angels of the devil released from the bottomless pit to torment the Telestial and new sons of perdition, for the space of 5 months.

(Revelation 9:2 – 10) 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

The King of the bottomless pit is called Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in the Greek.

(Revelation 9:11) 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Satan and his Angels can and will mimic righteousness, becoming false prophets and apostles.

(2 Corinthians 11:13 – 15) 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 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.

(Matthew 24:23 – 24) 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 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.

(2 Corinthians 11:13 – 14) 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into
the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

(Psalms 78:49) 49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Brigham Young suggest some interesting ideas about devils.

(Journal of Discourses 4:363 – 364, 8:179) And to carry the thing further still further, we expect all who are faithful to take the place of Adams in the worlds to be created; then if there were no apostates. WHAT WOULD WE DO FOR DEVILS? As we have to get our devils from this earth, for the worlds that are to be created?

(Journal of Discourses 3:93) How much does it take to prepare a man, or woman, or any being, to become angels to the Devil? … Just as much as it does to prepare a man to go into the Celestial
Kingdom, into the presence of the Father and the Son, and to be made an Heir to His Kingdom …

 

 

#3 Satan of the Adam Generation

This Satan is described as the old serpent and in this generation is set up to diametrically opposed father Adam. This Satan opposes Father Adam is every sense: he is the Father of lies, he introduces secret combinations into every culture throughout the earths probation, and he leads the satanic hosts against Michael (Father Adam) in the wars in heaven.

This Satan is differentiated from other devils and satan’s through the descriptor ‘that old serpent’ and as such represents the 3rd generation of satanism. He sought to take the kingdom from God and Christ along with all the rest of the satanic hosts of the pre-earth heaven.

(D&C 76:28) 28 …for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ—

This Satan was released from prison and given authority in the great council in heaven. This Satan vied for the office of Adam, to come to the earth and be the first man on earth, the father of the human race. When rejected he rebelled with the rest of the satanic hosts and kept not his 1st estate. The office of Christ is also contested by the Christ level Satan and that is discussed in the next chapter; #4 Satan of the Christ Generation. Compare Abraham 3:23 – 28 with Moses 4:1-4. It appears that the office of Adam and Christ both are contested in the pre-earth council.

(Abraham 3:23 – 28) 23 And God (the Father) saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born. 24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God (Jesus Christ), and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; 25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them; 26 And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever. 27 And the Lord (Jesus Christ) said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man (Father Adam): Here am I, send me. And another (The old serpent Satan) answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. 28 And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.

The Old Serpent

This Satan is the old serpent, who in his previous probation, which was his 2nd probation was called Lucifer in the Garden of Eden, and tempted Adam and Eve.

(2 Nephi 2:17 – 18) 17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that an angel of God, according to that which is written, had fallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God. 18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

(2 Nephi 9:8 – 9) 8 O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more. 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.

The Old Serpent is the Accuser

After this Satan comes to earth, is born and dies, he then is allowed to take an active role in the councils in heaven. To accuse the righteous before God himself, day and night. To make war in heaven. God puts up with a lot of evil even in the millennial heaven.

(Revelation 12:10) 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This Satan is the one who is having a conversation with God about the righteous Job.

(Job 1:7, 12) 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. … 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

The Old Serpent Creates Secret Combinations

This old serpent, is the Satan who teaches those on the earth the evil oaths and covenants, and influences those who open their hearts and minds to do evil, like our father Adam teaches the righteous to do good.

(Helaman 6:26) 26 Now behold, those secret oaths and covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto Helaman; but behold, they were put into the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit—

(1 Enoch 6:1 – 7) In those days, when the children of man had multiplied, it happened that there were born unto them handsome and beautiful daughters. And the angels, the children of heaven , saw them and desired them; and they said to one another, ‘Come, let us choose wives for ourselves from among the daughters of man and beget us children.’ And Semyaz, being their leader, said unto them,’I fear that perhaps you will not consent that this deed should be done, and I alone will become (responsible) for this great sin.’ But they all responded to him, ‘Let us all swear an oath and bind everyone among us by a curse not to abandon this suggestion but to do the deed.’ Then they all swore together and bound one another by (the curse) And they were altogether two hundred;

The Old Serpent is Cain the Father of All Lies

There are those today that worship Satan as the rightful heir of God and in this amazingly dark website, the forbiddenreligion.com, they present the evil as being righteous. They teach that Cain was the offspring of Eve and the serpent. That Cain was not human but divine. Like I said they are dark.

(theforbiddenreligion.com/cain-the-inmortal.htm) First of all, Gnosis maintains that Cain was not the son of Adam and that Eve conceived her first son Cain with the Serpent, Lucifer. The Serpent Lucifer impregnated Eve with his breath. In other words, Cain was not completely human, born from flesh. His Spiritual nature was great because his father was Lucifer, coming from the unknowable world of the Spirit.

We can now see the first difference between the two brothers: Cain is superior to Abel. Cain is the son of Eve and Lucifer, the initiatory Serpent of Eden. Cain is the son of the Spirit and of flesh. Abel, on the contrary, is born only from flesh. Therefore we can see first of all that Cain is not someone evil but that in fact he is superior, important, and much more so than Abel.

Cain didn’t like to offer sacrifices to the creator because of his roots, because he was the son of Lucifer and had the divine spark of the Angel of Light within him. That is why he did not make suitable sacrifices to the creator and why it disgusted him to do so since he did not belong to this created world.

Gnostics say that a man who has transformed himself into pure Spirit, although he continues to inhabit his physical body, is immortal, untouchable. Absolutely no-one can harm or attack him now and he has no fear since he is beyond everything and will never die. He is in this world but outside of it as well. He is outside of matter and time and now does not form part of creation. He exiled himself from this world by his own will. The creator god can’t harm him anymore, because Cain is now superior to him.

This Satan comes to earth just like father Adam as Cain the 1st born son.

(Moses 5:16, 18, 24 – 25) 16 And Adam and Eve, his wife, ceased not to call upon God. And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain, and said: I have gotten a man from the Lord; wherefore he may not reject his words. But behold, Cain hearkened not, saying: Who is the Lord that I should know him? … 18 And Cain loved Satan more than God. And Satan commanded him, saying: Make an offering unto the Lord. …24 For from this time forth thou shalt be the father of his lies; thou shalt be called Perdition; for thou wast also before the world. 25 And it shall be said in time to come—That these abominations were had from Cain; for he rejected the greater counsel which was had from God; and this is a cursing which I will put upon thee, except thou repent.

It is through Cain and his seed that secret combinations, blood oaths and swearing by your throats originate. This is the process that Satan makes covenant with his people.

(Moses 5:29 – 31) 29 And Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die; and this that thy father may not know it; and this day I will deliver thy brother Abel into thine hands. 30 And Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands. And all these things were done in secret. 31 And Cain said: Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his wickedness.

(Moses 5:48 – 51) 48 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech shall be seventy and seven fold; 49 For Lamech having entered into a covenant with Satan, after the manner of Cain, wherein he became Master Mahan, master of that great secret which was administered unto Cain by Satan; and Irad, the son of Enoch, having known their secret, began to reveal it unto the sons of Adam; 50 Wherefore Lamech, being angry, slew him, not like unto Cain, his brother Abel, for the sake of getting gain, but he slew him for the oath’s sake. 51 For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark, and they knew every man his brother.

When this Satan was the first murderer on the earth.

(John 8:44) 44 (Cain) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

(Ether 8:15) 15 And it came to pass that thus they did agree with Akish. And Akish did administer unto them the oaths which were given by them of old who also sought power, which had been handed down even from Cain, who was a murderer from the beginning.

The Lucifer Satan is the serpent in the Garden of Eden. God tells Cain that he shall rule over the Lucifer Satan because he (Cain) is even a greater Satan (perdition) before the foundation of the world.

(Moses 5:23 – 24) 23 If thou (Cain) doest well, thou shalt be accepted. And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door, and (the Lucifer) Satan desireth to have thee; and except thou shalt hearken unto my commandments, I will deliver thee up, and it shall be unto thee according to his desire. And thou (Cain) shalt rule over him; 24 For from this time forth thou shalt be the father of his lies; thou shalt be called Perdition; for thou wast also before the world.

This makes so much more sense than the story that Cain will rule over Lucifer because he will have a body and Lucifer does not.

Joseph Fielding Smith teaches the church that Cain rules over Lucifer because he had a body and Lucifer did not. But there is a hierarchy of Devils and they have different probation’s. They all come to earth, are born, they die, they’re resurrected

(Doctrines of Salvation 2:279f) Can to rule over Satan. Sons of perdition will have an ascendancy over Satan himself, because he has no body. But who is Perdition? The Lord said to Cain: “If thou doest well, thou shalt be accepted. And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door, and Satan desireth to have thee; and except thou shalt hearken unto my commandments, I will deliver thee up, and it shall be unto thee according to his desire. And thou shalt rule over him; For from this time forth thou shalt be the father of his lies; thou shalt be called Perdition; for thou wast also before the world. Satan wanted him because Cain had a body, He wanted more power. A man with a body of course will have greater power than just a spirit without a body. Cain sinned with his eyes open, so he became Perdition, the father of lies.

The false doctrine taught by Joseph Fielding Smith is perpetuated in the Mormon church today along with a companion myth that sons of perdition do not come to this earth with a body. It is important that we know the kind of evil that we face during this mortal probation.

(Pearl of Great Price Study Guide, by Randal S Chase) The word “Perdition is a Latin term that means “destruction.” Both Satan and Cain could have been exalted but chose instead to rebel and therefore brought upon themselves eternal destruction. There is one important difference: Satan rebelled from the beginning, Cain was righteous enough in the premortal world to qualify to come to earth and receive a body, but afterwards chose to follow Satan. Thus, with his physical body, he will inherently have more power than Satan, and will actually “rule over him” in the eternities to come.

Cain is the first born son of Adam because Eve would have been pregnant with Cain from the Garden.

The Genesis account would make one think that Cain and Abel are Adam and Eve’s first two children.  The Moses account clarifies that they had many prior children who began to multiply and to replenish the earth.  When Eve names Cain, she is worried that he might reject the Lord’s word like his older brothers (see v. 16).  In Genesis, Cain and Abel are first mentioned to tell the story of Earth’s first murder.  Only Latter-day saints understand that Cain is not Adam’s firstborn son.

This Satan is from the beginning and given the title father of all lies.

(Moses 4: 3 – 4) 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.

(1 John 3:12) 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

(Jude 1:11) 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Helaman 6:26 – 30) 26 Now behold, those secret oaths and covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto Helaman; but behold, they were put into the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit—27 Yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world. And he did plot with Cain and his followers from that time forth.28 And also it is that same being who put it into the hearts of the people to build a tower sufficiently high that they might get to heaven. And it was that same being who led on the people who came from that tower into this land; who spread the works of darkness and abominations over all the face of the land, until he dragged the people down to an entire destruction, and to an everlasting hell. 29 Yea, it is that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry on the work of darkness, and of secret murder; and he has brought it forth from the beginning of man even down to this time. 30 And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin. And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder, and doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness, from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men.

This Satan has 144,000 Angels of the Order of Cain.

(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;

(D&C 29:36 – 37) 36 And it came to pass that Adam, being tempted of the devil—for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency; 37 And they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels;

(2 Nephi 9:16) 16….and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels; …

(D&C 76:33) 33 For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity;

(Helaman 13:37) 37 Behold, we are surrounded by demons, yea, we are encircled about by the angels of him who hath sought to destroy our souls. …

(2 Peter 2:4) 4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

(Jude 1:6) 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

The 144,000 Angels came to Earth, took wives and had children of renown.

(Jude 1:6) 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

According to the Book of Enoch, exactly 200 Watchers fell to Earth to take human wives. It names 20 of these, explaining that each one was a leader in a group of 10.

(Genesis 6:1 – 4) 1 AND it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants (Nephilim or fallen ones) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

This Satan appeared to Christ, Moses and Joseph Smith.

(Matthew 4:1, 5, 8) 1 THEN was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil….5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,… 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

(Moses 1:12 – 13, 19) 12 And it came to pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him, saying: Moses, son of man, worship me. 13 And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee? …19 And now, when Moses had said these words, Satan cried with a loud voice, and ranted upon the earth, and commanded, saying: I am the Only Begotten, worship me.

(JS-History 1:15 – 16) 15 After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction. 16 But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction—not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being—just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.

This Satan tries to stop the work of Angels on the earth.

(Daniel 10:12 – 13) 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
 
(Zechariah 3:1 – 2) 1 AND he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD,
and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

The Old Serpent is the Dragon who Gathers his Armies for War in Heaven

This Angel gathers the hosts of hell to fight against Michael and his armies.

(D&C 88:111 – 115) 111 And then he shall be loosed for a little season, that he (Satan) may gather together his armies. 112 And Michael, the seventh angel, even the archangel, shall gather together his armies, even the hosts of heaven. 113 And the devil shall gather together his armies; even the hosts of hell, and shall come up to battle against Michael and his armies. 114 And then cometh the battle of the great God; and the devil and his armies shall be cast away into their own place, that they shall not have power over the saints any more at all.115 For Michael shall fight their battles, and shall overcome him who seeketh the throne of him who sitteth upon the throne, even the Lamb.

The Dragon possesses the beast and the world worships them both.

(Revelation 13:1 – 4) 1 AND I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast (Lucifer) rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. …and the dragon (that old serpent) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

This Satan is the great red dragon who opposed Christ at the Meridian of time.

(Revelation 12:3) 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

(Luke 10:18) 18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

This Satan as the great red dragon will make war in heaven at the 3rd watch.

(Revelation 12:7 – 9) 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

This Satan is the Dragon who calls all Nations to Armageddon.

(Revelation 16:13 – 14) 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

There was a war fought in heaven between Michael and his angels and the devil and his angels. All having resurrected spiritual bodies of flesh and bones.

(Revelation 12:7 – 8) 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in
heaven.

This Satan waged a spiritual Armageddon during the little season called Gog and Magog.

(Revelation 20:8 – 10) 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, (in the Book of Revelation it is the same place) where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

(D&C 76:29) 29 Wherefore, he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about.

After his reign of blood and horror this Satan, the old serpent that was bound in hell for a thousand years. When he is released he comes back in the office of the Christ Generation Satan and vies for power in the next great council in heaven as the Christ. Don’t get me wrong, all the satanic hosts and all their leaders, are all cast into hell for the thousand years during the Millennial peace dwells on the earth.

(D&C 88:110) 110 … and Satan shall be bound, that old serpent, who is called the devil, and shall not be loosed for the space of a thousand years.

(Revelation 20:2) 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

 

 

#4 Satan of the Christ Generation

Satan in the Pre-existence

This Satan is diametrically opposed to Christ himself. Like Christ this Satan enters his 4th probation and opposes Christ like the old serpent opposes Father Adam, and like Lucifer opposes Joseph Smith. This Satan prepares the bottomless pit which opposes Christ who prepares mansions in heaven. This Satan is the spirit of Satan which parallels the spirit of Christ.

This Satan vies for the office of Christ. Compare Abraham 3:23 – 28 with Moses 4:1-4. It appears that the office of Adam and Christ both are contested in the pre-earth council.

(Moses 4:1 – 4) 1 AND I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan (King from the bottomless pit), 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. 2 But, behold, (Jesus Christ) my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me—Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever. 3 Wherefore, (God the Father said) 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.

This generation of Satan is before Adam. This Satan had already sought for the office of Adam and now wanted even more than that, he wanted it all, he wanted to destroy Christ and God.

(D&C 29:36) 36 And it came to pass that Adam, being tempted of the devil—for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency;

The King of the Bottomless Pit

This Satan is the King of the bottomless pit. His name is Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek, and he is also called Beelzebub. He is the devil of all devils and the chief of the devils.

(Revelation 9:11) 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

(2 Nephi 9:37) 37 Yea, wo unto those that worship idols, for the devil of all devils delighteth in them.

(Matthew 12:24) 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

(Luke 11:15) 15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

Nephi tells us that this devil is the preparator of hell. That is just fascinating that Abaddon the king of the devils prepares the bottomless pit for all sons of perdition to suffer in.

(1 Nephi 15:34 – 35) 34 … I say unto you, the kingdom of God is not filthy, and there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God; wherefore there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy. 35 And there is a place prepared, yea, even that awful hell of which I have spoken, and the devil is the preparator of it; ….

This Satan is the one to whom they are to be delivered unto to for punishment and suffering.

(1 Corinthians 5:5) 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

(Alma 37:15) 15 … I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, and ye shall be
delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift you as chaff before the wind.

This Satan is the evil alternative to the Spirit of Christ.

(2 Nephi 32:8) 8…. for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.

(Mosiah 2:32) 32 But, O my people, beware lest there shall arise contentions among you, and ye list to obey the evil spirit, which was spoken of by my father Mosiah.

This Satan is the prince of the power of the air and over the water.

(Ephesians 2:2) 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

(D&C 61:16 – 19) 16 And it shall be said in days to come that none is able to go up to the land of Zion upon the waters, but he that is upright in heart. 17 And, as I, the Lord, in the beginning cursed the land, even so in the last days have I blessed it, in its time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness thereof. 18 And now I give unto you a commandment that what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fail and they are caught in snares; 19 I, the Lord, have decreed, and the destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree.

This Satan ascendeth out of the bottomless pit to kill the two witnesses.

(Revelation 11:7) 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

The description of this Satan who was and is not and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit is similar to the description of Christ which is, was and is to come.

(Revelation 1:8) 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

(Revelation 17:7 – 8) 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

What happens to this generation Satan after he fulfills his purpose? Is he then dissolved into spirit matter to be recycled. Spiritual death is the separation of the body and the spirit, is this final spiritual death the dissolution of all sons of perdition after they serve in the Satanic office of King of the bottomless pit?

(D&C 33:1) 1 BEHOLD, I say unto you, my servants Ezra and Northrop, open ye your ears and hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, whose word is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow, soul and spirit; and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

(Hebrews 4:12) 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Brigham Young suggests that at this point Satan is dissolved into native element and looses his identity. Brigham Young also suggested that God ‘would never cease to learn’. On the surface I can’t agree because God is omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent. But I do believe that God’s creations never cease, so in that sense God’s realm is ever expanding.

(Wilford Woodruff Journal Feb 17, 1856) I attended prayer meeting in the evening circle. President Young asked Elder Orson Pratt what he thought of his preaching that intelligent beings would continue to learn to all eternity. O. Pratt said that he believed the Gods had a knowledge at the present time of everything that ever did exist to the endless ages of all eternity. He believed it as much as any truth that he had ever learned in or out of this Church. President Young remarked that he had never learned that principle in the Church for it was not taught in the Church, for it was not true. It was false doctrine, for the Gods and all intelligent beings would never cease to learn except it was the Sons of Perdition. They would continue to decrease until they became dissolved back into their native element and lost their identity.

(JD 1:118) The rebellious will be thrown back into their native element, there to remain myriads of years before their dust will again be revived, before they will be re-organized.

Section 76 seems to tell us that only the sons of perdition know what happens.

(D&C 76:44 – 49) 44 Wherefore, he saves all except them—they shall go away into everlasting punishment, which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment—45 And the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows; 46 Neither was it revealed, neither is, neither will be revealed unto man, except to them who are made partakers thereof; 47 Nevertheless, I, the Lord, show it by vision unto many, but straightway shut it up again; 48 Wherefore, the end, the width, the height, the depth, and the misery thereof, they understand not, neither any man except those who are ordained unto this condemnation. 49 And we heard the voice, saying: Write the vision, for lo, this is the end of the vision of the sufferings of the ungodly.

 

The Great and Abominable Church
Babylon the Great

The great and abominable church of the Devil even Babylon the great shall fall.

(1 Nephi 14:9 – 12) 9 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look, and behold that great and abominable church, which is the mother of abominations, whose founder is the devil.10 And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.11 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.12 And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face of the earth were small, because of the wickedness of the great whore whom I saw.

(1 Nephi 13:1 – 8) 1 AND it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld many nations and kingdoms. 2 And the angel said unto me: What beholdest thou? And I said: I behold many nations and kingdoms. 3 And he said unto me: These are the nations and kingdoms of the Gentiles. 4 And it came to pass that I saw among the nations of the Gentiles the formation of a great church. 5 And the angel said unto me: Behold the formation of a church which is most abominable above all other churches, which slayeth the saints of God, yea, and tortureth them and bindeth them down, and yoketh them with a yoke of iron, and bringeth them down into captivity. 6 And it came to pass that I beheld this great and abominable church; and I saw the devil that he was the founder of it. 7 And I also saw gold, and silver, and silks, and scarlets, and fine-twined linen, and all manner of precious clothing; and I saw many harlots. 8 And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks, and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots, are the desires of this great and abominable church.

This great church of the Devil is also described as Babylon the great which shall fall.

(Revelation 14:8) 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

(Revelation 18:1 – 4) 1 AND after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

(D&C 1:15 – 16) 15 For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant; 16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.

(D&C 35:11) 11 But without faith shall not anything be shown forth except desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

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(1 Nephi 22:13 – 16) 13 And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood. 14 And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord. And all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed, and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall be the fall of it. 15 For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned. 16 For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous.

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(2 Nephi 28:18 – 23) 18 But behold, that great and abominable church, the whore of all the earth, must tumble to the earth, and great must be the fall thereof. 19 For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with his everlasting chains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish; 20 For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. 21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell. 22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance. 23 Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.

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(Revelation 18:8 – 10) 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

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(Revelation 17:1 – 7) 1 AND there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

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(D&C 64:24) 24 For after today cometh the burning—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon.

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(Daniel 2:36 – 45) 36 ¶ This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

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(Jeremiah 51:7 – 13) 7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. 8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. 9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies. 10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God. 11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple. 12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon. 13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

(D&C 86:1 – 7) 1 VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tares: 2 Behold, verily I say, the field was the world, and the apostles were the sowers of the seed; 3 And after they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth to reign—behold he soweth the tares; wherefore, the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness. 4 But behold, in the last days, even now while the Lord is beginning to bring forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender—5 Behold, verily I say unto you, the angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to be sent forth to reap down the fields; 6 But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also. 7 Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned.

 

 

Appendix

Transmigration of Elijah into John the Baptist
The Literal Meaning of “In Other Words”

(Onewhoiswatching.wordpress..com) In the Inspired Version of Mark chapter 9 Joseph Smith did not change the name of Elijah to the name of John the Baptist to indicate that a mistake had taken place in the King James version of the Bible. No correction was being made. He was not saying that it was John the Baptist instead of Elijah that appeared with Moses on the mount of Transfiguration. Rather, he simply used the phrase, “in other words”, in the ordinary and commonly understood sense to provide clarification that John the Baptist and Elijah the Prophet from the Old Testament are one and the same person.
Because the author of PTHG refused to accept the text in the Inspired Version at face value and tried to change the interpretation to conform to his own preconceived notions, he completely misinterprets the incredible interpretive key that was being conveyed in JST Mark 9. Here is what he said about it:
“On the Mount of Transfiguration, Elijah did not appear. It was John the Baptist. At least if Joseph Smith understood the matter correctly, it was John the Baptist..”
That is simply not consistent with the scriptural record as set forth in the Inspired Version and other restoration scripture. The author of PTHG is putting words in Joseph’s mouth to try and make the inspired translation conform to his own (erroneous) preconceived doctrinal understanding. The author continues to opine about how he arrives at that deduction:
“In the Joseph Smith translation he inserts into verse 4 ―or in other words, John the Baptist and Moses.‖Therefore, Joseph rewrote the verse to clarify the identity of who was on the Mount at the time of transfiguration. It was not Elijah. It was John the Baptist. If Joseph Smith understood the matter [and I think he did], then it was John the Baptist and Moses who appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration..”
The above interpretation put forth in PTHG makes no sense whatsoever. Everything after the word “transfiguration” is a complete non sequitur! If Elijah from the Old Testament had not been one of the visitors on the mount of transfiguration, Joseph Smith would have simply replaced the name of Elijah with the name of John the Baptist in the Inspired Version. But he didn’t.
Joseph did not rewrite the verse, he simply added a notation of clarification. This was a much needed clarification, for the very reasons demonstrated so clearly in the tortured and unsupported interpretation of Snuffer (and others) treated above! Let him who has eyes to see, see!
The phrase “in other words” does not change the original meaning, it simply provides additional insight and elucidation. The phrase “in other words” has reference to saying the same thing in a different way, with greater clarity.
Joseph Smith was clarifying and illuminating what was being said, not changing what was being said. This conclusion is supported and reinforced by another change in the Inspired Version.
He Confessed and Denied Not
In John 1:22 of the traditional King James Bible, the Baptist said “I am not” when asked if he was Elijah. This is probably the main reason that gospel scholars reject John as representing the literal return of Elijah. The Inspired version changes his response to “And he confessed and denied NOT that he was Elijah”. This is incredible! We have two separate and distinct corrections in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible clarifying that John the Baptist represented the literal return of Elijah the Tishbite from the Old Testament in fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy.
If you have the faith to believe what the Inspired Version of the Bible says about Elijah the Prophet literally being John the Baptist, then you have been blessed with a major game changing paradigm shift and epiphany and you now realize Elijah came as prophesied by Malachi. Further, you realize just how profoundly true the declaration by Elijah in section 110 is. Based on what the inspired version of the Bible teaches about the true identity of John the Baptist, there should be no room for doubt about the authenticity and veracity of section 110.
The Inspired Version reveals that Elijah is John the Baptist and therefore, the prophecies declared by Elijah in section 110 pertaining to the 2nd watch, had indeed already fully come to pass. Elijah had come to restore and reveal the priesthood to Joseph and Oliver seven years before section 110 took place. During that interim period of time, the rest of the Malachi prophecy had been fulfilled. Thus, by the time section 110 was received, the time of the completion of the prophecy of Malachi had fully come!
Although Orson Pratt did not have the benefit of knowing that John the Baptist was literally Elijah the Tishbite, one must give him credit for acknowledging that the appearance of John the Baptist, as documented in D&C 13, was in fulfillment of Malachi 3:1-
“John the Baptist had come, in fulfillment of the 3rd chapter of Malachi and the 40th chapter of Isaiah; he came to restore the Priesthood of Levi, in order that those holding it might be purified as gold and silver, to offer an offering in righteousness when the Lord should suddenly come to His temple.”
Since Malachi 4:5-6 really just reiterates what Malachi 3:1 says, Orson Pratt was unwittingly declaring that John the Baptist was Elijah the Prophet and that the prophecies of Malachi had been fulfilled as declared by Elijah in section 110.
Not really a New Doctrine
Although Joseph Smith undoubtedly took many prophetic secrets about the events of the last days with him to the grave, it is doubtful that there are many greater than this one about the true identity of John the Baptist. There are no doubt other critical prophetic truths waiting to be discovered in the inspired version of the Bible which had been completed within just a few years after the legal organization of the church. One has to wonder how Joseph and a few close associates were able to keep these secrets in their breasts for more than a decade leading up to the martyrdom. Perhaps even they didn’t fully understand all the implications at that time, or perhaps Isaiah’s observation that God covered the eyes of his seers provides the explanation.
It is now apparent that God covered our eyes and wanted the Saints of the restoration who rejected the fulness, to remain in darkness about the true identity of Elijah, until just before the Marvelous Work should take place. The doctrine of Elijah returning as John the Baptist as clarified in the Inspired Version of the Bible was actually not a new doctrine. It was “hidden in plain sight” just like so many other profundities.
The standard King James version of the Bible, with the exception of one corrupted verse, actually teaches the magnificent truth about Elijah being John the Baptist. Gabriel, Zacharias, Mark and Christ all testified that John the Baptist was Elijah. Notice the four witnesses that had already been provided in the traditional King James version of the Bible before the Lord provided the additional clarification in the Inspired Version of the Bible:
The Angel Gabriel Testified that John is Elijah
In Luke 1:17, the angel that appears before Zacharias to announce that, regardless of the advanced age of he and his wife, a son would be granted to them by God, says irrefutably:
“…and he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah…”
With the context provided by the Inspired Version, we now know that Gabriel was speaking literally when he said that John would have the spirit and power of Elijah.
Zacharias Testifies that John the Baptist is Elijah
Let’s now review what Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist reveals in Luke 1:76.
“… and thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways.”
Zacharias is identifying his son as Elijah the prophet by paraphrasing Malachi 4:5-6 and observing that John would be a “type” fulfillment of the prophecy by going before the Lord as an “Elias” to prepare the way before the coming of the Lord.
Mark testifies that John the Baptist is Elijah the Prophet
In Mark 1:1-4, John quotes the prophecy in Malachi and then acknowledges that it is referring to John the Baptist:
“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”
Jesus Testifies that John the Baptist is Elijah the Prophet
“But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:12-13)
As you can see, the traditional King James Version of the Bible provides four separate and distinct testimonies from four different witnesses that John the Baptist from the New Testament was the same person as Elijah the Prophet from the Old Testament.
Two Elijah Fulfillments
The Inspired Version of Matthew 17 provides additional useful information. It informs us that there are actually two messengers that will fulfill the prophecy in Malachi. The first is Elijah the Tishbite who returned as John the Baptist. He is characterized as Elijah the “preparer”. The second is a latter day prophet that is characterized as Elijah the “restorer”:
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things, as the prophets have written.
And again I say unto you that Elias 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, and have done unto him, whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of them.
But I say unto you, Who is Elias? Behold, this is Elias, whom I send to prepare the way before me. 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.”
JST John 1:22 Provides a second witness that there was to be a second prophet acting in the role of Elias that would restore all things in the end times.
“And they asked him, saying; How then art thou Elias? And he 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.”
The amazing passages above from both the traditional King James Bible and the Inspired Version, reveal that Elijah the Tishbite from the Old Testament literally transmigrated back into mortality through a natural birthing process as John the Baptist. The above two passages reveal that Elijah the Prophet was to fulfill the prophecy of Malachi in the role of Elijah the preparer. He did this in part, in the New Testament by preparing the way before the Savior. He fully completed the prophecy of Malachi during the LDS restoration movement by preparing the way, before the Lord’s secret appearance in section 110, and turning the hearts of the father to the children and the children to the fathers before the start of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
It has been demonstrated in other posts that the above passages and additional supporting documentation indicates that Joseph Smith will return as Elijah the Restorer in the third watch when he fulfills the prophecy of Malachi. 22 Virtually all prophecies have a dual fulfillment or multiple fulfillments. This is another truth that has been lost on the author of PTHG. There is something poetic about the torch being passed from Elias [ Elijah] the preparer to Elias [Elijah] the restorer in section 110.
The Inspired Version reveals that the term Elias means one who prepares the way. It can be used as a descriptive for any calling that prepares the way for a greater work. It actually applies to many prophetic servants, including the second ministering angel mentioned in section 110 that committed the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham.

 

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