The brother of Jared approached God for light, but God had in mind something much greater. Nephi went to God to understand his father’s dream, but God had in mind something much greater. Joseph Smith went to God to know which church to join, but God had in mind something much greater. So when Joseph Smith approached God about many wives, when translating the book of Jacob, what God had in mind was something much greater. And it points to the Patriarchal Order.
Ordinances are given to men because they offer something greater to the earnestly seeking individuals. However, when an entire generation will never seek higher blessings, the greater ordinances are always taken (D&C 84:21). They are taken away so that they don’t hurt themselves, they can remain innocent, and all that remains is a durable lesser priesthood. However, when there is finally a generation (hopefully US) who takes this stuff seriously, greater priesthood is restored in the form of the Patriarchal Order.
This order is not something between a Dads and sons of the earthly form. It refers to an order, occupied by those who are called as patriarchs (power), by an ordinance that is sealed by heaven.
“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’s priesthood is what identifies Abraham a father of the Patriarchal Order. Those who are considered Abraham’s seed includes two types: those who become members of the Patriarchal Order (House of God), and the literal seed of Abraham’s bloodline. This is the relationship of father and children, referred to in Malachi.
Since the restoration, the office of Patriarch, in the church, was appointed to a blood lineage belonging to Hyrum Smith (Not Joseph). All other offices were given by common consent, including the president of the church. But the Patriarch of the entire church was filled through patrilineal succession (blood lineage of the Patriarch Hyrum Smith). However, that position has been tossed out by the church, as it’s last occupant, Eldred G. Smith, was retired to emeritus status by President Kimball (October 6, 1979), and died on April 4, 2013. This is one of the signs of the times, as the church has rejected the Patriarchal Order established at the restoration, through Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
Prophecy is understood only after it is fulfilled. Now that Eldred Smith is dead, and the office of General Patriarch is retired, only those who are familiar with the Patriarchal Order can recognize the sign of rejection. All others will not even notice the difference. It is not for us to know beforehand the events, so God’s will cannot be anticipated/ prevented/ frustrated. If we knew what He was doing beforehand, we might try to prevent it. God can use ANY means He chooses to accomplish His promises. God does not disclose everything He is doing at the time it is underway. It is the responsibility of the Noble and Great Ones to be softened by the words of Christ, to recognize the hand of God being put forth, to preserve the restoration from Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and to complete the unfinished work of restoring the fulness of the gospel of Christ.
Conclusion: Scriptures identify the falling away of the organization (2 Nephi 28), but we have told the story with the church as the hero for so long, that we have fooled ourselves into thinking that it refers to some other religious sect. I bear pure testimony that all who study the scripture, to know the will of God, will find themselves labeled as anti-mormon. There leaves two choices: either you will study the scriptures and repent, or you will continue to ignore them and the fullness of the gospel of Christ will pass you up, going unnoticed.