Joseph Smith wrote down a dream he had the night before he died. He wrote it the morning of the day that he died. I was surprised to find this writing because I had never heard it before. The implications of the dream are quite threatening to the modern day LDS Gentile saints.
“I was back in Kirtland, Ohio, and thought I would take a walk out by myself, and view my old farm, which I found grown up with weeds and brambles, and altogether bearing evidence of neglect and want of culture. I went into the barn, which I found without floor or doors, with the weather-boarding off, and was altogether in keeping with the farm.
While I viewed the desolation around me, and was contemplating how it might be recovered from the curse upon it, there came a rushing into the barn a company of furious men, who commenced to pick a quarrel with me.
The leader of the party ordered me to leave the barn and farm, stating it was none of mine, and that I must give up all hope of ever possessing it.
I told him the farm was given me by the Church, and although I had not had any use of it for some time back, still I had not sold it, and according to righteous principles it belonged to me or the Church.
He then grew furious and began to rail upon me, and threaten me, and said it never did belong to me nor to the Church.
I then told him that I did not think it worth contending about, that I had no desire to live upon it in its present state, and if he thought he had better right I would not quarrel with him about it but leave; but my assurance that I would not trouble him at present did not seem to satisfy him, as he seemed determined to quarrel with me, and threatened me with the destruction of my body.
While he was thus engaged, pouring out his bitter words upon me, a rabble rushed in and nearly filled the barn, drew out their knives and began to quarrel among themselves for the premises, and for a moment forgot me, at which time I took the opportunity to walk out of the barn about up to my ankles in mud.
When I was a little distance from the barn, I heard them screeching and screaming in a very distressed manner, as it appeared they had engaged in a general fight with their knives. While they were thus engaged, the dream or vision ended.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 393-394)
In the first “that day” that Isaiah and 3 Nephi writes about, they prophesy that the day of the gentile has ended. Joseph Smith in the dedication of the Kirtland temple identifies the LDS Church members as “the Gentiles.” The identification that the day of the Gentile has ended is that the Gentiles (us LDS saints) will reject the fullness of my gospel. The the fulness will be given to the remnant of the House of Israel (blood Israel). This has been prophesied by all prophets who tell us of our day.
If we are the Gentile Church, and the day of the Gentile must end by our rejecting of the fullness of the gospel of Christ, it makes you wonder who the characters are in Joseph Smith’s last recorded dream. Also, what is the symbol of the barn? And finally, why was Joseph so willing not to fight to preserve that barn, and content to walk away from it altogether, leaving the others in knife fight over it?
A few months ago, a member of the Stake Presidency attended my ward priesthood meeting. He addressed both Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood holders, and in conclusion felt it necessary to state, “The church is not going astray, nor is it going away.” It is my opinion that his defense of wether the church is going astray or away is irrelevant to me and my family. What is relevant is “am I going astray, or am I going away …from Christ.”
The Gentiles who will reject the fullness of the gospel of Christ will do so because they are not founded in the words of Christ. Thus, the arm of flesh can use the traditions of men to manipulate perceptions that justify sins, and literally keep them away from Christ (in a pride cycle).
Our defense is the words of Christ. Oh… and what do you know, our offense is also the words of Christ. It is through the words of Christ that we obtain knowledge of the heavens. It is this treasure of knowledge that destroys the sinner within all men, by casting Satan out, and crushing his head. It is not our discipline that makes us sanctified.
Satan wants us to believe that we are unworthy of ascending. He wants us to think that we must discipline our way to eventually becoming perfect, before we can even think about entering into the presence of Christ in the flesh. His tool is guilt. And if he doesn’t get you with guilt, then he pushes pride, making you think that you are able to discipline your way into heaven, and that at least you are better than others (relativism). These are all lies.
When Christ was on earth, the greatest of sinners, who came to him seeking forgiveness was forgiven immediately! There was no one year period of probation. You were not restricted from partaking of the sacrament. You weren’t even withheld from entering the temple. The harlot was told to, “Go and sin no more.” Christ instantly forgave the sinner. Christ is trying to teach us that our greatest sin is not what we have done …in our ignorance. He is trying to tell us that the greatest sin …is our ignorance.
Once we can overcome our ignorance of God and the heavens, through the study of the words of Christ, then we can become changed at our core, by the atonement of Christ. It is the atonement and our personal redemption, given to us by Christ, that makes us pure, clean, and sanctified. Again, it is not our personal discipline.
“13. And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.”
This requires all seekers to wholly put their trust in Christ alone, through the study of His words. Those who do so are given that knowledge that provided the brother of Jared his redemption and his personal visitation of Christ. Having that knowledge then gives you a reason to forsake the sinner, whereas, right now, our ignorance tricks us (guilts us) into not even trying to ascend.
We foolishly think that the sinner must be gone before we receive Christ. Yet, every single scripture that shows a man being brought into the presence of Christ, the first thing Christ does is forgives them of their sins. Isaiah had a coal placed on his lips, Nephi thought he was a wretched man, Alma sinned because he wished he were an angel, Moses was forgiven of his sins as the first order of business, the brother of Jared was afraid, the examples are endless.
If we are to be perfect before meeting Christ, why then does Christ forgive all who enter into His presence of their sins as His first order of business? Are we putting on more and more unbelief by thinking that we can discipline ourselves into being “sin-free?” That mentality is what I call “holding your breath.” While you may be able to increase your lung capacity to go without air for 2-3 minutes (the world record under water is 22:22 minutes), you cannot hold your breath indefinitely. You will have to eventually take a breath sometime. Your discipline can hold off your sinner for only a very finite amount of time. However, the change Christ offers, completely removes the sinner, casts out Satan, and empowers you to crush his head. Thus, having received Christ, you have overcome the world. That is why the city of Enoch was taken up. They had overcome the world, and either the world needed to be burned, or the city of Enoch needed to ascend. Christ took the city of Enoch to give us time. When Enoch returns, this world must be burned at their coming. Christ is the only way for us to overcome this world. If we do not receive Christ, we cannot overcome the world, and we are chained to it, and our condemned to be burned as impurities when Enoch returns.
Although we make mistakes, those who trust in Christ and study His words, can be quickly forgiven of our sins of ignorance, and can continue to move forward in our quest to know the mind and will of God. The grand knowledge, once we have obtained it, can destroy the sinner in you and I. However, if we try to hide our sins, then we cannot continue to move forward in our accumulation of the knowledge of God. Not that we can never repent, but until you do, more knowledge would only be more condemnation and accountability that you must be held to. Therefore, you are left in your ignorance until you seek to trust in Christ through repentance.
Conclusion: Identifying who the Gentiles are that will reject the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ ought not to be our concern. Your concern ought to be, “Will I reject it?” That fullness is given through the knowledge of God and no other way. That knowledge comes through a correct faith. Faith comes through the study of the words of Christ. Reject the words of Christ and your faith is incomplete. Thus, you cannot obtain the knowledge of God, and you will be one of the Gentiles who will reject the fulness of the gospel of Christ.
Joseph Smith taught that no man can be saved in ignorance. Ignorance is the sin that ought to be our main concern. All other sins are merely “symptoms” of our ignorance. The atonement is the Lord trying to give you the knowledge of the mind and will of God. Christ continually prays that you and I may be one with Him, as He is one with His Father. The other sins, all other sins, in ignorance, and with repentance, can be easily cast off by Christ. If He can cast them off and consider the sins of others as naught, based on their ignorance, we too ought to recognize this ignorance, and easily forgive just the same. It is our ignorance that continues our sin. It is our ignorance that stops us from forgiving other’s sins. We can put off our ignorance, in exchange for the knowledge of God, through the stud of the words of Christ. The bi-product is our redemption and ascension. It is a gift for all to receive. God desires all of us to receive it. All who desire to receive it, rise-up and receive it.