The evidence of the return of the government of the Kingdom of God is evident by the presence of a King and Priest. The opposing force of a King and Priest is “kingship and priestcraft.” The uniting of the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph is the return of the King and Priest. The invitation of Zion is being extended. This blog is separated into four parts, required to be understood by anyone who will ever enter into Zion:
- King and Priest
- Kingship and Priestcraft
- Stick of Judah and Joseph being one in God’s hand
- Invitation to Zion
King and Priest: God established his kingdom through Adam, the patriarch or father of all creation. There was no separation between a ruling government (King) and the minister of the gospel of Christ (Priest); they were one-in-the-same. The Kingdom of God is founded upon the Patriarchal-line, or Father-line, of whom the birthright necessarily went to one who was a Patriarch/ a Father/ or a King and Priest. Although Adam had many sons, Abel was the next heir to the throne (Kingdom), but he was killed by Cain. A replacement heir was given in Seth. Although Seth had many sons, Enos was his birthright heir. And this pattern continued to Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, and Shem (Melchizedek). This was the line of the Patriarchs, who were called the Fathers.
Kingship and Priestcraft: What was Cain up to when he killed Abel? He was trying to overthrow the Kingdom of God, thinking that killing Abel, in a secret combination, would position himself as the next heir to the throne and Kingdom. Since then, all secret combinations were established to take control of the governing power of the people, to place themselves in an “office,” setting themselves up as a light unto the world, to get gain, and NOT for the welfare of Zion! Kingship is not the same as King. Kingship is merely “the position” or “the office” being used to claim ownership of power and authority. Priestcraft goes hand in hand with Kingship because both set themselves up as a light unto the world, to get gain.
2 Nephi 26:29
“29. He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfareof Zion.”
Kings were never to be established by men, especially on this land. Anyone raised as a King on this land by men, would not be tolerated by God.
2 Nephi 10:14-16
“14. For he that raiseth up a king against me shall perish, for I, the Lord, the king of heaven, will be their king, and I will be a light unto them forever, that hear my words.
15. Wherefore, for this cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled which I have made unto the children of men, that I will do unto them while they are in the flesh, I must needs destroy the secret works of darkness, and of murders, and of abominations. [kingship & priestcraft]
16. Wherefore, he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile [even church authorities- none are excluded], both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish; for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; [Large and Spacious Building] for they who are not for me are against me, saith our God.”
Although at the restoration, Joseph Smith was trying to establish the foundation of the Kingdom of God, that foundation was incomplete and must be completed in our day, by US! The prophesy of the incomplete foundation at the time of Joseph Smith is found here:
“45. And set watchmen round about them, and build a tower, that one may overlook the land round about, to be a watchman upon the tower, that mine olive trees may not be broken down when the enemy shall come to spoil and take upon themselves the fruit of my vineyard.
46. Now, the servants of the nobleman went and did as their lord commanded them, and planted the olive trees, and built a hedge round about, and set watchmen, and began to build a tower. [J Smith established the vineyard, and began setting the foundation, but was unable to build the tower- the Nauvoo temple]
47. And while they were yet laying the foundation thereof, they began to say among themselves: And what need hath my lord of this tower?
48. And consulted for a long time, saying among themselves: What need hath my lord of this tower, seeing this is a time of peace?
49. Might not this money be given to the exchangers? For there is no need of these things. [this is the justification used by the church to build cultural centers/ universities/ shopping malls/ high risers/ etc]
50. And while they were at variance one with another they became very slothful, and they hearkened not unto the commandments of their lord.”
The apostasy of the church is set in the scriptures, so that when that prophesy is fulfilled we have no excuse. Our failure will be that we chose not to read the scriptures, or the promises made to the fathers; and we failed to turn our hearts to the fathers. In King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, a stone that was cut without hands rolled forth to destroy the statue, representing the nations of the world. The presence of nations in our day is proof that the stone does not exist. It will be established in one generation, and it will quickly destroy the nations of the world. That requires the return of the Patriarchal-line, the Father-line, and the King and Priest-line. This brings us to the stick of Judah and Joseph as a prophesy, currently not yet fulfilled.
Stick of Judah and Joseph: Growing up, we were taught the unbelief that the fulfillment of the stick of Judah and Joseph becoming one in my hand was fulfilled when we held the standard works: Bible/Book of Mormon/POGP/and D&C. The stick of Judah being the record of the Bible and the stick of Joseph being the record of the BOM/POGP/D&C. This was an unbelief, or an incorrect belief, and must be corrected by the expounding, or correct explaining, of scripture.
I now understand the prophesy of the two sticks in one to be the return of the Patriarch-line, the Father-line, the King and Priest-line, or the Kingdom of God on the earth. At the time of Moses, the children of Israel lost the higher priesthood, and they sought “kingship” and practiced “priestcraft,” by placing at their head their own king, and ignoring the true priests (prophets), and setting themselves one above the next (using offices and debt). They split the Kingdom of God (theocracy) that God was trying to establish among them, into two lines: a king-line and a birthright-line. Judah and Joseph were brothers of the twelve tribes of Israel, who went into Egypt. However, much later, at the time when Moses departed out from Egypt, the Kingdom of God fell into apostasy and was separated. Israel failed to rise up into the presence of Christ, and was cursed to wander in the wilderness. They were given the lesser priesthood when Moses was taken from them, with a promise of angelic ministrations if they repented. However, as a people they were unable to regain the return of King and Priest. The line of Judah was the royal line of the Kings, while the line of Joseph was the line of the birthright, or the Priests. And they remained separated by the masses, until it was restored with Christ.
Christ reunited the two lines (King and Priest) in his mortal ministry, but the saints were unable to maintain it for long, and they quickly fell into apostasy (kingship and priestcraft). Joseph Smith restored the promises made to the Fathers, to lay the foundation, but was killed before the Kingdom of God could return. And the church finds themselves today in apostasy. The church practices kingship, Lording and ruling over others in unrighteous dominion. They practice priestcraft by setting themselves up as a light unto the world, to get gain, as they use the tithes and offerings for business investments, justifying their sins by their positions of authority (kingship). They buy lands to build temples, and lands surrounding the temples, to flip houses at a much higher value, once the temples are built and the land has had a significant increase in value. They seek deep to hide their sins as they refuse to disclose the use of the tithes and offerings.
Invitation to Zion: When the Davidic servant returns, the invitation to Zion is being offered. Isaiah prophesies of this servant in terms of the stem and root in the last days coming from Jesse and Joseph, to finally build Zion (explained by Joseph Smith in D&C 113). Jesse is the King-line through Judah, and Joseph is the Priest-line through Joseph who was sold into Egypt. Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled when the rod (or the servant) of God returns, who is of both lines: Judah (King) and Joseph (Priest). He is referred to as the Davidic Servant. That servant will finish the establishment of the tower, the temple, the ensign, the Kingdom of God, or Zion, that was initiated by Joseph Smith, but left unfinished.
The invitation is being extended through the words of Christ. Those who are familiar with it are the only people who will be able to discern this Davidic servant. Familiarity with them is the detector of this servant because this servant’s “WORDS” is his authority, not his office. He will not take it by kingship, by some recognized organizational authority of men. He will not use it for his personal gain, priestcrafts. When he speaks, the “WORDS” of Christ will become alive, and will finally make sense. Isaiah prophesied that when that day happens, all of the prophesies will be fulfilled and understood by those faithful who have eyes that WILL see and ears that WILL hear. The invitation is offered, but YOU are in question!
Conclusion: Real Kings shall shut their mouths because what had not been told them shall they see, and what they had not heard shall they consider (3 Nephi 21:8). You guys are being addressed as Kings. This has not been told to you until now, so you must open your eyes to see it. You have never heard this until now, so you must open your ears to heart it. And when you see and hear these things, then it will be time to show forth faith by being baptized, bearing one another’s burdens, and having no poor, through the abundance of the tithes, among our family. We can be grateful for the church preserving this record and familiarizing us with these truths, but what they have offered is insufficient to our salvation.
We must establish Zion within our own family, among us. We must all be equals, and not Lordship over others, using positions of authority to rule over others. We must not use priestcraft to set ourselves up for gain, by putting ourselves one-above-the-next. We must begin by tithing among ourselves, and progress through the abundance available through the law of tithing (not yet experienced), into total consecration. The land, or the earth, is accepting us, and is beginning to fruit for our benefit, but it is insufficient for us to depend on to sustain our lives yet. Our project has the potential to produce Zion, but we must preserve our language by the serious study of the words of Christ.