All Is Not Well In Zion
LDS Prophets Warn Assembly of Latter Day Babylon Worship
“Those of us who think “ALL IS WELL IN ZION” in spite of Book of Mormon warning, might ponder the words of Heber C. Kimball when he said, “Yes, we think we are secure here in the chambers of these everlasting hills…but I want to say to you, my brethren, the time is coming when we will be mixed up in these now peaceful valleys to that extent that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy against the people of God. Then is the time to look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall. For I say unto you, there is a test, a test, a TEST coming.” Heber C. Kimball, 1856, quoted by J. Golden Kimball, Conference Report, October 1930, pp. 59-60.
Brigham Young once prophesied that the leaders of the church would lead the church to the gates of hell, until one mighty and strong would come and set the church back into order.
Brigham Young on several occasions, spoke about the Good Ship Zion, its course, captain and destination. Following are excerpts from two such occasions.
“Many onboard are there only for a pleasure trip; some strictly for business. Some few are there because they love God and His truth, and the Ship is taking them to the Port.
Some look at the Captain and say. “wherever you sail, that is where I’ll go”. Others don’t even say that much. They walk on the deck, BASK IN THE SUN and go in a certain direction simply because the planks under their feet pull them in that direction. Some few say “the compass gives me a reading, I see that the Captain is heading in the correct bearing, therefore he is taking me to my destination.”
Brigham Young continues, “But as sometimes happens, a storm blows up, and the Good Ship is mightily buffeted. Many are the course corrections, many are the listings to the port and then to starboard, but in it all the compass that the some few possess confirms the course of the captain. He is still heading for Port. Most below deck hardly are aware of the storm. To them business goes on as usual, sometimes increasing the sales of sea sick pills, or in money made by the ship’s porters because of food not eaten by the passengers during the troublous times, sometimes even a depression of sales in the souvenir shop occurs. But the dances go on and the drinking of the world’s liquids hardly falter.”
“Then comes a stress that is felt by all, the many and the few. All aboard are buffeted, all least temporarily to port, then back to starboard, then the buffetings appear to ease. Out on deck the storm has passed, the skies seem clear as before and the ship is still moving onward. On deck and below all officers and passengers continue on their appointed tasks with the precision begotten by years of disciplined practice. But as the few check their compass, they find that during the last storm, there indeed has been a pronounced change, the course is no longer directed to the Port. There has been a change, yet all else seems the same. Seems normal. The Captain is not at the helm, as before, yet the new Captain at the helm is one of the first mates of the old Captain always trusted and respected before and yet the new course persists! When others are consulted, the few are assured that the skies are clear, there is health and wealth and success on every hand, and that daily the number of passengers taken on by the Ship increases as they desire to go wherever the ship is heading. Also that the first mate, one in whom the previous Captain had confidence is at the helm and they are not in any position to question him. Yet the course persists! The Port has certainly not moved. The magnetic lines are yet oriented n the same direction and the compass accurately, as it always has, indicates the true direction. Yet the course persists!”
“The few are certainly not in an enviable position. If they say much they shall be cast overboard by the strong armed porters to be left adrift as the ship is powered on its way with no one on board able to assist or succor them lest they also find themselves expelled. If they say nothing and with the shared confidence of their fellow passengers continue aboard, each will find themselves further from the Port, and if persisted long enough the moment of action will long have passed. The Ship’s destination will be their destination. It is hard to forget that those aboard the Ship Old Testament Congregation trusted in its various Captains, and arrived at its destination. But its destination was and still is the Telestial Kingdom, a Noble Kingdom indeed and is certainly a worthy Port to put into, but still a severe disappointment for one on whose ticket was originally stamped “THE HOLY CITY OF ZION,” a beautiful Port situated hard by The Celestial City of God. If, when YOU make an anchor, you find that your ship making its regular call at Port is docked at the Port of Babylon, and you feel it wasn’t your fault, you wanted to go to Zion, and it is the Captain’s fault and therefore he ought to bear the blame. Know most assuredly that it IS his fault, he will bear the blame, but you will still be aground in Babylon! (Sept 24, 1890).” Brigham Young
When Brigham Young speaks of the Old Testament Congregation as a picture of the Telestial Kingdom, he is speaking of the law given at Sinai on Yom Kippur, the second time that was without the Higher Law. See Exodus 34 and Deut 10 of the Joseph Smith Translation. He is not speaking of the renewed covenant that Messiah made when He came, as He renewed the eternal Torah with the Higher Priesthood. After the death of the last emissary in the first century, the Gentiles Hellenized the true eternal Torah faith and weaved in sun worship that originated in Babylon and also excluded baptism for the dead.
Brigham Young continues: “Of those who are cast overboard, many flounder and are eaten by the patriarchal sharks that infest the waters devouring whatever comes their way. Like BEES around a frightened victim, they seem to sense the order of those that hate the Good Ship and its present crew. There are those who are cast overboard who are fortunate enough not to attract the sharks and who, wary of one false guide, can no longer trust their fate to any man, even though he be God’s servant. Soon their legs and arms fail for carrying their own weight and those around them and as life departs from those severed from the true vine, they quietly settle down into a cold and lonely and independent grave.”
This is similar to the vision of the large and spacious building and those who leave it to hold onto the rod of iron, the rod of iron being the commandments. Those in the large and spacious building do mock those who leave Babylon and some who leave, get discouraged and lose faith. See [1 Nephi 8].
Brigham Young continues, “Some few of those cast out of the Ship, find their compass still functions for they have not even as yet violated the rules of the Ship nor let the world’s water jam its functions, and they can yet paddle the best they can on toward The Port, with God’s help avoiding the sharks and the lone swimmers who floundering try to grab others as they are going down. And, as they paddle on, a quiet voice from over their shoulder says “You seem to be holding the same bearing as I”, that familiar voice of the old Captain. His present Dingy boat is small and unattractive, it seems crowded and presents many hardships and challenges, and even the Captain bears the wounds of a previous struggle (especially on his hands and feet) but it is a haven where one can become dried from the world’s waters, where the Captain’s voice can be constantly heard, and where the course set on your compass (when you first set to sea at the age of eight) is the course he constantly pursues. You will soon arrive at The Port, even the Celestial City of God, the Holy City of Zion, to be received by those with outstretched hand.”
The truth is that only a few will make it to the New Jerusalem, as only a few will THINK FOR THEMSELVES:
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 183-184, Brigham Young, February 18, 1855.
“God will preserve a portion of the meek and humble of this people to bear off the Kingdom to the inhabitants of the earth, and will defend His Priesthood; for it is the last time, the last gathering time.”
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 145, Heber C. Kimball, October 6, 1865
“To be a Saint is an individual work, and it is out of the power of God, angels, or men to make a Saint of a man who is determined to be a sinner…But the day will come when the Lord will choose a people OUT OF THIS PEOPLE, upon whom he will bestow his choicest blessings.”
Heber C. Kimball Deseret News, Nov. 9, 1865 Millennial Star: Vol. 42:584, 1880
“Before the great day of the Lord shall come, and the day of righteousness and peace dawn upon this fair creation, two potent cleansing processes shall be in active operation. The first of these is the preparation of a choice people, purified by an application of their lives as individuals and a community, of the principles of the Gospel of peace. Such a body will EVOLVE FROM THOSE CALLED LATTER DAY SAINTS, …Out of this community…will emanate the nucleus or foundation from which will spring the righteous Millennial population of our globe.”
Daniel H. Wells, Deseret News, Nov. 10, 1876
Only a FEW will be courageous enough to say it is time to leave Babylon:
“A people will come forth FROM AMONG US, who will be zealous of good works, willing to do the bidding of the Lord, who will be taught in His ways and who will walk in His paths.”
Daniel H. Wells, Deseret News, Dec. 9, 1882
“If we as a people do not hold ourselves on the altar ready to be used, He will pass on and get somebody else; because He will get a people to do it. I do not mean to say that He will pass on and leave this people; no, there WILL COME UP FROM THE MIDST OF THIS PEOPLE that people which has been talked about so much.”
Orson F. Whitney, Deseret Weekly, Aug. 11, 1889
“Many of this people are perhaps preparing themselves, by following after the world in its mad race . . . but I KNOW THAT THERE IS A PEOPLE, IN THE HEART’S CORE OF THIS PEOPLE, that will arise in their majesty in a day that is near at hand and push spiritual things to the front, a people who will stand up for God, fearing not man nor what man can do…”
Joseph and President Romney
Joseph Smith in TPJS at top of pg. 325 & Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 6, pp. 50-52.
For those who knew better, but did not leave the practice of idolatry, they are later filled with regret: “The disappointment of hopes and expectations at the resurrection would be INDESCRIBABLY DREADFUL.”
Elder Marion G. Romney, Improvement Era, #52, Dec. 1949, p. 754, on the preceding statement.
“We might take a lesson from an account given by the Prophet of a vision of the resurrection in which he records that one of the saddest things he had ever witnessed was the sorrow of the members of the Church who came forth to a resurrection below that had taken for granted they would receive.”
2 Nephi 28 and Mormon 8 describe the state of the church of HaShem in the latter days. In both of these chapters, the following statements clearly say that only a FEW are on the right path: “there are none SAVE A FEW ONLY who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts…” [Mormon 8:35] and “THEY HAVE ALL GONE ASTRAY SAVE IT BE A FEW, who are the humble followers of Messiah; nevertheless they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men. O the wise, and the learned, and the rich, that are puffed up in the pride of their hearts and all those who preach false doctrines, and pervert the right way of the Lord, wo, wo, wo be unto them, saith HaShem, for they shall be thrust down to hell!” [2 Nephi 28:15-16].
These admonitions of Brigham Young, other leaders of the church and the witness of the scriptures in the Book of Mormon alone, should cause every believer great concern, and prompt prayer about what one needs to do to be among the few elect, rather than the many who are on the broad path to destruction.
A Luciferian doctrine is to worship Elohim along with other gods and this is what the Chaldeans were doing in Avraham’s day and this is also what Ephraim is doing in the latter days and what Avraham is concerned about concerning his posterity. The whore assembly did remove the eternal salvation gospel wherein those in prison may be released by the proxy ordinance of baptism for the dead.
Avraham speaks to his posterity in the last days through the Book of Avraham, and warns them that the priesthood can not be held by the unrighteous, as he relates the story of his father Terah and grandfather Abram, who forefeited their priesthood and were later destroyed due to their idolatry of sun worship connected to the worship of the ancient Chaldeans whose capitol was Babylon.
The Book of Mormon warns us to come out of Babylon:
“And then shall a cry go forth: Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, Touch not that which is unclean; Go you out of the midst of her;… 3 Nephi 20:41
Who is Babylon? Babylon is the Whore [Rev. 17 & 18]
There are only two assemblies: The assembly of the Lamb and the Whore.
“…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 the great Church, which is the mother of abominations; And she is the whore of all the earth.” 1 Nephi 14:10
The assembly of the Lamb is the same assembly as the ancient first century disciples and the whore was later created by the Gentiles:
“proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; And when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew It contained the fullness of the gospel of the Lord…” 1 Nephi 13:24
“…these things go forth from the Jews in PURITY unto the gentiles…” 1 Nephi 13:25
“…AFTER they go forth…from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church…they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious…”
1 Nephi 13:26
The restored sacred oracles of the Jews can not be performed in a way to consecrate oneself to other gods. When believers are steeped in the idolatrous practices of the Chaldeans, the result is mixed worship because one can not serve two masters.
King Solomon strayed from the truth and his Temple became an idolatrous Temple, due to following the sin of his wives from foreign nations.
Avraham warns latter day believers to read the Book of Enoch, as he was knowledgeable about the calendar and knew the correct timing to keep the holy Sabbaths. He encourages those who read his testimony in the latter days to also read the Book of Enoch and know these things for themselves.
Joseph Smith wrote: “there are a great many wise men and women in our midst. Too wise to be taught and they must die in their ignorance and in the resurrection they will find their mistake.”
The judgment upon Babylon is elaborated upon in the Book of Mormon at 2 Nephi 23:1-24:32 and they are the very words of Isaiah the prophet. It is no wonder that our Savior instructed us to study the words of Isaiah.
Isaiah is the prophet, pointed to our Redeemer coming in the flesh:
“Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people, Behold I am Messiah, 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.”
Isaiah, the great prophet of HaShem, teaches clearly that HaShem alone is the Savior:
“For I am HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior….it is I, HaShem: there is no savior but me…
Isaiah 43:3, 11/Hosea 13:4
We only have one redeemer:
“You shall know that I, The LORD am your Savior, your REDEEMER, the mighty one of Jacob.” Isaiah 44:24/60:16
“I am The Lord and there is no other; I am HaShem, there is none like me.” Isaiah 46:9
Avraham was the firstborn with the priesthood rights to pass on that authority and his posterity is the assembly of the firstborn, with the keys of that authority on earth. Avraham warns those who hold the latter day priesthood, to not worship as the heathens of Chaldea, as their priesthood would be revoked and they would be cut off.
Avraham knew of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, as the Book of Enoch 104:10-13 mentions that books would come forth in the latter days to the righteous that would be a cause of much joy and uprightness and wisdom. The sealed portion will come forth in a day of purity when the wicked are removed, as occurred in the days of Noah and Avraham.
The Book of Mormon comes forth in two phases. One on the Day of Trumpets/Yom Teruah, which was on September 22, 1827 and the other in the future on Yom Kippur. The sealed portion is believed to be the contents in the ark of the covenant, the very dust collected from the original broken tablets of Moses at Sinai and accompanying oracles.
Before we are able to receive the greater things, we must be obedient to the commandments of Elohim. The Torah given at Yom Kippur that was a tutor to lead Israel into faith of Messiah. The Higher Law was the renewed covenant that HaShem brought with all of the performances and ordinances of the Holy Order of Elohim, as those were made of eternal and infinite promises.
The Lamanites need to awaken to the idolatry of Chaldean Babylon worship, and cease their mother earth worship, as this is the same Mother Mary, as the Roman Catholics worship, a type of Istar/Astarte worship of the sun and is idolatry. The Book of Mormon clearly describes our Messiah, as our Eternal Father due to the Spirit and Son, due to His flesh. Coming unto Messiah, is realizing who our redeemer is.
The Gentiles need to become aware of the sun worship types within their current worship related to the sun god Nimrod and his associates, Ishtar.
Many Gentiles in the near future, will hear the truth of the Torah and leave the House of Idolatry and they will be scorned and mocked.
“Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind if shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith The Lord. First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house saith the Lord.” [D&C 112:24-26].
Isaiah speaks about how after the Gentiles bring forth the truth of Messiah to the Lamanites, the Gentiles convert and become numbered with the covenant people of the House of Israel. In the latter days, the truths of the Eternal renewed covenant come forth as a light from the Lamanites, to call the children of Israel out of Babylon and into pure worship and this is the time that the scales of darkness begin to fall from their eyes. 2 Nephi 30:6
Avraham dwelled among the Chaldeans, wherein Babylon was the capitol. Their main form of worship was the sun god. After the death of the last emissary in the first century, the gentiles took on forms of sun worship from the East that have gradually moved West and have remained in our day.
When we worship Elohim in the assembly and perform ordinances and performances, while being blinded to our own mixed worship, we are in effect serving two masters and in so doing, we are worshipping Lucifer and HaShem is a jealous Elohim. [see Moses 5:27-29]
Messiah taught us that a deceived assembly is good for nothing but the fire and that His children are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. The call today for latter day believers is to come out of mixed forms of worship, as were prevalent in the days of Avraham.
Our father Avraham desires for us to know that we have a heritage in truth and the right to the priesthood, must be operated in the truth of the renewed covenant of Torah, otherwise the error of hellenized worship, causes the wicked to forfeit their priesthood and be given to others.
Isaiah is the major prophet to warn Israel in the latter day, as he says not to give heed to men and encourages us to think for ourselves.
If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, then we are not to shut down our critical thinking skills and follow man without searching the scriptures. The teaching that the man can not lead a man astray is contrary to both scripture and the teachings of Joseph Smith, as we are not to trust in the arm of the flesh:
“Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Spirit.” [2Nephi 28:31]
“Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of” [Isaiah 2:22]
“Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord of Hosts! For notwithstanding, I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord, IF they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith The Lord of hosts.” [2Nephi 28:32]
“The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of the flesh.” [D&C 1:19-20].
“And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins. For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.” [D&C 45:56].
“There is not any person belonging to the church who is exempt from this council of the church. And inasmuch as a President of the High Priesthood shall transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the common council of the church, who shall be assisted be twelve counselors of the High Priesthood; And their decision upon his head shall be an end of controversy concerning him; Thus, none shall be exempted from the justice and the laws of God, that all things may be done in order and in solemnity before him, according to truth and righteousness.” [D&C 107:81-84].
Joseph Smith, Millennial Star, Vol. 14, Number 38, pgs 593-595:
“We have heard men who hold the priesthood remark that they would do anything they were told to do by those who preside over them [even] if they knew it was wrong; but such obedience as this is worse than folly to us; it is slavery in the extreme, and the man who would thus willingly degrade himself, should not claim a rank among intelligent beings, until he turns from his folly. A man of God would despise the idea. Others, in the extreme exercise of their almighty authority have taught that such obedience was necessary, and that no matter what the saints were told to do by their presidents they should do it without any questions. When Elders of Israel will so far indulge in these extreme notions of obedience as to teach them to the people, it is generally because they have it in their hearts to do wrong themselves!”
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842- 43, p. 237-238:
“President Joseph Smith read the 14th chapter of Ezekiel – said the Lord had declared by the Prophet, that the people should each one stand for HIMSELF, and depend ON NO MAN OR MEN in that state of corruption of the Jewish church – that righteous persons could only deliver their OWN SOULS – APPLIED TO THE PRESENT STATE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS – SAID IF THE PEOPLE DEPARTED FROM THE LORD, THEY MUST FALL – THAT THEY WERE DEPENDING ON THE PROPHET, HENCE WERE DARKENED IN THEIR MINDS, in consequence of neglecting the duties of devolving upon themselves, envious towards the innocent, while they afflict the virtuous with their shafts of envy.”
Brigham Young at Provo, Utah Bowery Conference in 1867
“Brethren, this Church will be led onto the very brink of hell by the leaders of this people. Then God will raise the one mighty and strong spoken of in the 85th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, to save and redeem this church.”
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 331. “But there has been great difficulty in getting anything into the heads of this generation. It has been like splitting hemlock knots with a corn dodger for a wedge, and a pumpkin for a beetle. Even the Saints are slow to understand.”
The Prophet felt he had essentially failed in his efforts to raise the Saints up because of their collective unwillingness to hear and obey truth.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9, p. 322, Brigham Young, July 6, 1862
“The people generally would NOT have the revelations which the Lord delivered to Joseph Smith, unless he would give them a law of carnal commandments like that which he gave to the children of Israel, and how long was it before they were in conversation with the spirit world, BEING LED TO DESTRUCTION BY STRONG DELUSION WHICH GOD SENT THEM, BECAUSE THEY WOULD NOT RECEIVE THE TRUTH? “And when they say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter; should not a people seek unto their God? They would NOT receive revelations from God, but as they were told, God suffered them to have revelations that they would believe, that they might believe lies and be damned. Moses tried to give the children of Israel the law of the Gospel, but they would not receive it. The Gospel was revealed in those days, as much as in the days of Christ and His Apostles. They had the Melchizedek Priesthood, and were entitled to all the promises and blessings then as in the days of the Apostles.”
Brigham Young clearly told the Saints that if they will NOT hear truth, then the Lord WILL send them a strong delusion to lead them to destruction. This is a little known and understood truth, but VERY important and powerful eternal principle.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 15, p. 361-362, Orson Pratt, March 9, 1873.
“This is plain preaching, and perhaps some of you will not like it. I can not help it, these are the things that present themselves before my mind…I do not know but that it would be an utter impossibility to commence and carry out some principles pertaining to Zion right in the midst of this people. THEY HAVE STRAYED SO FAR that to get a people who would conform to heavenly laws it may be needful to lead some from the midst of this people and commence anew somewhere in the regions round about in these mountains.”
Truly Orson Pratt saw the lazy lambs who would not think for themselves, who would need to be led by a remnant in the latter day who are worthy to hold the keys of authority.
Duty to Obtain Personal Revelation: Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 100, Brigham Young, November 29, 1857:
“The First Presidency have right to a great influence over this people; and IF WE SHOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LEAD THIS PEOPLE TO DESTRUCTION, WHAT A PITY IT WOULD BE! How can you know whether we lead you correctly or not? Can you know by any other power than that of the Holy Ghost? If we have uniformly exhorted the people to obtain this living witness each for themselves; then NO MAN on earth can lead them astray.”
The Apostle Paul did not want blind followers, but rather encouraged his audience to search the scriptures to see if what he taught was true.
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourse, Vol. 4, p. 59:
“How often it has been taught that if you depend entirely upon the voice, judgment and sagacity of those appointed to lead you, and neglect to enjoy the spirit for YOURSELVES, how easily you may be led into error…..”
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9, p. 151, Brigham Young, January 12, 1862:
“What a pity it would be if we were led by ONE MAN to utter destruction! Are you afraid of this! I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by Him. I AM FEARFUL THEY SETTLE DOWN IN A STATE OF BLIND SELF SECURITY, TRUSTING THEIR ETERNAL DESTINY IN THE HANDS OF THEIR LEADERS WITH A ‘RECKLESS CONFIDENCE’ THAT IN ITSELF WOULD THWART THE PURPOSES OF GOD IN THEIR SALVATION, AND WEAKEN THAT INFLUENCE THEY COULD GIVE TO THEIR LEADERS, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are in the right way. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates or not. This has been my exhortation continually.”
George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, Vol. 1, p. 319
“Do not brethren, put your trust in man though he be a Bishop, an Apostle or a President; if you do, they will fail you at some time or place; they will do wrong or seem to, and your support will be gone; but if we lean on God, He never will fail us. When men and women depend on God alone and trust in Him alone, their faith will not be shaken if the highest in the Church should step aside. They could still see that He is just and true, that truth is lovely in His sight and the pure in heart are dear to Him.”
J. Golden Kimball, Conference Report, April 1904, p. 29
“I feel a good deal, or at least I imagine I do, like a man does when held up by a burglar and he is looking into the muzzle of a six shooter. I would quietly and willingly hold my hands up, but during the time would think very profoundly of what I would do if given my liberty. We are in a similar position today, but all the men in the United States cannot prevent a man from thinking! There are not Apostles enough in the Church to prevent us from thinking, and they are not disposed to do so; but some people fancy because we have the Presidency and Apostles of the Church they will do the thinking for us! There are men and women so mentally LAZY that they hardly think for themselves. To think calls for effort, which makes some men tired and wearies their souls. Now, brethren and sisters, we are surrounded with such conditions that it requires not only thought, but the guidance of the Holy Spirit. LATTER- DAY SAINTS, YOU MUST THINK FOR YOURSELVES. NO MAN OR WOMAN CAN REMAIN IN THIS CHURCH ON BORROWED LIGHT. I am a strong believer in the following statement made by my father in the House of the Lord in 1856 “We think we are secure in the chambers of the everlasting hills, but the time will come when we will be SO MIXED UP THAT IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO TELL THE FACE OF A SAINT FROM THE FACE OF AN ENEMY TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD. Then, brethren, look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall; for I say unto you there is a test, a test, a TEST coming, and who will be able to stand?”
Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1963, p. 16
Seduction of the Members by “BABYLON” or the Pleasures of the World:
“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.” [D&C 86:3]
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, p. 38, Brigham Young, August 31, 1856:
“When Mormonism finds favor with the wicked in this land, it will have gone into the shade; but until the power of the Priesthood is gone, Mormonism will never become popular with the wicked. Mormonism is not one farthing better than it was in the days of Joseph.”
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 10, p. 273, Brigham Young, October 6, 1863:
“I am willing that we should be forgiving. I do not know that I have one single feeling against any man or woman upon earth; I do not love wickedness, and I mean to hate it in myself and in everybody else, and wherever I see it, from this time and henceforth and for ever. When we see the time that we can willingly strike hands and have full fellowship with those who despise the Kingdom of God, know ye then that the Priesthood of the Son of God is out of your possession. Let us be careful how we make friends with and fellowship with unrighteousness, lest the curse of God descends heavily upon us.”
Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 112
“There never has been a day for ages and ages, not since the true church was destroyed after the days of the Apostles, that required the faith and the energy of godly men and godly women, and the skill, wisdom and power of the Almighty to be with them, so much as this people require it at the present time. There never was that necessity; there never has been a time on the face of the earth, from the time that the church went to destruction, and the Priesthood was taken from the earth, that the powers of darkness and the powers of the earth and hell were so embittered, and enraged, ad incensed against God and Godliness on the earth, as they are at the present. And when the spirit of persecution, the spirit of hatred of wrath, and malice ceases in the world against this people, it will be the time that this people have apostatized and joined hands with the wicked, and never until then; which I pray may never come.”
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 262, October 8, 1876:
“If the Latter-day Saints do not desist from running after the things of this world, and begin to reform and do the work the Father has given them to do, they will be found wanting, & will be swept away and counted as unprofitable servants.”
Deseret News, 11th August 1889:
“Many of this people are perhaps preparing themselves, by following after the world in its mad race for wealth and pleasure, to go down with BABYLON when she crumbles and falls, but I know there is a people in the heart’s core of this people, that will arise in their majesty in a day that is near at hand, and push spiritual things to the front; a people who will stand up for God, fearing not man nor what man can do, but believing as the Prophet Joseph Smith says, that all things we suffer are for our best good, and that God will stand by us forever and ever.”
Heber C. Kimball Deseret News, Nov.9, 1865. But the time will come when the Lord will choose a people OUT OF THIS PEOPLE upon whom He will bestow His choicest blessings.
Millennial Star: Vol. 42:584, 1880. Before the great day of the Lord shall come, and the day of righteousness and peace dawn upon this fair creation, two potent cleansing processes shall be in active operation. The first of these is the preparation of a choice people, purified by an application of their lives as individuals and a community, of the principles of the Gospel of peace. Such a body will EVOLVE FROM THOSE CALLED LATTER-DAY SAINTS, …Out of this community…will emanate the nucleus or foundation from which will spring the righteous Millennial population of our globe.
Daniel H. Wells Deseret News, Nov. 10, 1876. A people will come forth FROM AMONG US, who will be zealous of good works, willing to do the bidding of the Lord, who will be taught in His ways and who will walk in His paths.
Daniel H. Wells Deseret News, Dec. 9, 1882. If we as a people do not hold ourselves on the alter ready to be used, He will pass on and get somebody else; because He will get a people that will do it. I do not mean to say that He will pass on and leave this people; no, there WILL COME UP FROM THE MIDST OF THIS PEOPLE that people which has been talked about so much.
1 Peter 4:17-18: “Now the time must come that judgment must begin at the House of Elohim; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of Elohim? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
D&C112:24-26: “Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord; First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.”
D&C 64:38-40: “For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion. And liars and hypocrites shall be proven by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known. And even the bishop, who is a judge, and his counselors, if they are not faithful in their stewardships shall be condemned.”
HaShem has given us a right of free agency. His deliverance principle is that we have a right to select our own delusions and warns us that His Spirit will not strive with man always. The consequences for refusal to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit, is that we open ourselves to experience our hearts hardening, a blindedness to occur, and then we go into captivity, so that HaShem can deliver us.
Paul has warned us that delusions originate due to men desiring to listen to what they want, and not what they need, so they have ‘itching ears’ and want to hear only those things that they agree with. [2 Tim. 4:3-4]:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.”
Paul refers to deluded people as being “bewitched…that ye should not obey the truth.” [Gal 3:1].
“Wherefore, the Lord commanded you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up. For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, year, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.” Ether 8:24-25
He also declared that some church members, “having swerved, have turned aside unto vain jangling…who give heed to fables.” [I Tim 1:4,6].
In I Tim. 1:6 He also declared that others have ‘erred concerning the truth’ having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.’ [2 Tim 3:5]
He also states that some profess that they know God but in their words, they deny him. [Titus 1:16].
Paul says that those who would not receive truth, received instead STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie, because they took pleasure in unrighteousness. [2 Thess. 2:8-12].
“Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” [Isaiah 6:5].
Nephi also had something to say about not wanting any more from HaShem:
“Woe be unto him that shall say: We have received the Word of Elohim, and WE NEED NO MORE of the Word of Elohim, for WE HAVE ENOUGH! For behold, thus saith HaShem: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear to my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto HIM THAT RECEIVETH, I WILL GIVE MORE; and from them that shall say, WE HAVE ENOUGH, FROM THEM SHALL BE TAKEN EVEN THAT WHICH THEY HAVE. [2 Nephi 28:29-30].
The condition of the people in Isaiah’s day in the year of King Uzziah’s death was gravely wicked. This is a message for our day. Isaiah is filled with repentance for the people and a live coal is placed upon his lips by a seraphim, telling him that his iniquity is taken away and that his sin is forgiven.
Isaiah heard the voice of HaShem saying, Whom will I send, and who will go for us? Then Isaiah said, Here am I; send me. This is what Avraham did as well!
Messiah then told Isaiah, ‘Go and tell this people, hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and convert, and be healed.’
Then Isaiah asked ‘how long?’ And HaShem answered, “UNTIL THE CITIES BE WASTED WITHOUT INHABITANT AND THE HOUSES WITHOUT MAN, AND THE LAND BE UTTERLY DESTROYED. AND THE LORD HAS REMOVED MEN FAR AWAY, AND THERE BE A GREAT FORSAKING IN THE MIDST OF THE LAND.” [Isaiah 6:8-12].
The children of Israel qualify themselves for delusion when they choose to walk in their own way, attempting to redeem heathen practices into their worship of The Lord. He delivers many things unto His people which they cannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it, the Lord hath done it, that they may stumble. [Jacob 4:14].
Avraham saw our day. He wrote to us and told us that he decided to be more righteous, as he desired greater things, so he left the idolatrous house of his fathers, to seek after those things and he found truth and protection in the commandments of the Lord.
Avraham left his comfortable surroundings and family members to follow the Lord. The terrible troublous times are ahead of us. We must individually heed the call to come out of idolatry, except we partake in her terrible curses.
As an assembly, we were coming out of the wildernes [Section 5] and according to Section 33, we had fully come out of the wilderness. This has to do with the law of consecration [the Enochian Order].
The leaders have broken the everlasting covenant. See Isaiah 24 and Sections 104:4, 52 and Section 105.
We will need to go INTO the wilderness in the last days inorder to live all things common, so that we are worthy for the New Jerusalem to come down from heaven. [Section 109].
President J. Reuben Clark
“…even the President of the Church himself, may not always be MOVED UPON THE HOLY GHOST,when he addressed the people. This has happened about matters of doctrine [usually of a highly speculative character]where subsequent presidents of the church and the peoples themselves have felt that in declaring the doctrine, the announcer was not MOVED UPON BY THE HOLY GHOST”.
Spencer W. Kimball in April 1982 saying ALL IS WELL! Woe!!!
The Lord has promised that He has given His eternal Kingdom to Joseph, but that comes with a contingency on obeying His commandments. Mosiah 1:12-13 says that the name given that was NOT to be blotted out, can be blotted out due to sin. Amaron was a righteous man and he talks about how the Nephites [type of Mormons] had fallen into sin and were judged hard, so that a residue of them would be preserved. Omni 1:5-7. This is about the day we live in, because the prophets are for our day as well. See 3 Nephi 16 about WHEN and not IF the Mormons will have their authority removed and given to a residue of Joseph in the last days because of sin. In other words, the mantle will not be removed from Joseph entirely, as it will be taken from the LDS church and given to a residue of Hebrew Joseph’s in the last days who WILL push holy things to the forefront.