Philosophy, Science, and Revelation (1219 Words)

Since the apostasy, Philosophy and Science have battled for control, ignoring Revelation. Through the apostasy people were ruled over by Philosophers, until the people got fed up with being oppressed, and rebelled. The people debunked oppressive traditions with Science, but everyone has totally forgotten about Revelation.

The word “dogma” has nothing to do with the mother of a dog (dog-ma, …get-it), …that would be a bitch- a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter (not being crude, but that just goes to show you how what might seem obvious may not be so obvious. Besides I never thought that I’d ever use the word bitch). Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as “incontrovertibly true.” This sets the stage for the battle of the renaissance (1400 AD-1800AD).

Philosophy represented “religion,” and held the power over the perceptions of people’s minds for over a thousand years. Catholic Priests leaned toward the teachings of philosopher Aristotle, who defined God by stating what he knew that God wasn’t (or at least thought he knew). For example, we can’t say that God exists, all we can safely say is that God is not nonexistent, …or we should not say that God is wise, but we can say that God is not ignorant. They defined God by saying what He isn’t, rather than knowing what He is. The Priest was considered the mouth piece of God, and could expound the scriptures, making the translation “incontrovertibly true,” …and none could refute, despite that they were wrong. Priests settled the matter by stating their authority, and pounded in their stakes to make their claims.

The argument that has discredited religion, in favor of science, was based upon the reading of the scriptures. Priest’s claimed that their authority gave them power to expound the scriptures. They used their authority to expound scripture, claiming, the Bible says that the Earth is the center of the universe. This perspective was labeled Geocentric, or Earth-centeric. However, scientist Galileo, read the same scriptures a little differently than the Priests. He stated that the Bible could be read to express an Earth point of view, and nothing more. And then Galileo turned his telescope to the sun, moon, and stars, proving that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. Priest’s, rather than repenting and fixing where they were wrong, they cast out Galileo’s theory, and called it heresy.  Today, it is common knowledge that the Priest’s were wrong, and Galileo was right, proving that a priest’s authority doesn’t control the correct understanding of scriptures. Scientists have used this case to support that there is no God, …only the natural laws of science. The battle between Philosophy and Science continues, as no one pays much attention to revelation. God has become an argument between religionists and scientists, who have never been in God’s presence.

Revelation flies under the radar of the brightest minds, only appearing in simple men like Abraham, Moses, Joseph Smith, etc. The philosophy’s of men mingled with scripture has never produced the presence of God. And despite the sophistication of machines, computers, and programming, scientists have never blasted off into outer space, to place an American flag in the presence of God either. Yet, we occupy most of our lives trying to balance between Philosophy and Science, never knowing God, never ascending, remaining cast out of His presence, rather than returning. Revelation is available to all, if they would receive it.

To receive it, revelation requires a pure heart, and purity is always tested. The veil is over our senses, not over our feelings. The heart governs feelings or desires. As our desires are to God, our hearts become purer, and our feelings can lead our actions, until our senses catch up. Revelation grows from feelings, to hearing, to seeing, to touch, etc. The scriptures refer to the heart as being the source of healing the deaf (those who cannot hear the Lord’s voice), the blind (those who cannot see His face and know that He is), and the lame (those who cannot walk back into His presence). All of it refers to revelation.

There is only one revelation, and it is the unveiling of God, the source of all light. The heart’s purity must be tested at every step, before more revelation will be given. The purification-work to hear the Lord’s voice is the effort we give to study the scriptures. The test comes, when a servant speaks with the voice of the Lord, disguised as a stranger, a bum on the street, or a son/brother, …can you hear the voice of the Lord and act? Acting upon His voice produces another test, as the Lord requires your actions to go against the logic and understanding of the world. For instance: Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Joseph being sold into slavery, the brother of Jared crossing the ocean, Moses parting the Red Sea, Lehi/Nephi leaving Jerusalem, etc.  Each of their hearts were tested at a higher degree, and the revelation they received matched. Ultimately, all of them offered all things on the sacrificial altar. Rather than a symbolic offering, a son or daughter of God must offer all things on the sacrificial altar, in exchange for walking back, for ascending, for the final unveiling, the one revelation, the unveiling of the source of all light, walking back into the presence of God.

Conclusion: Zion is a people who are of one heart and one mind, with no poor among them. I am certain that we have hearts of great potential. But our hearts are stuck on the things of this world, following after the traditions of men (philosophies of men mingled with scripture), depending upon science for our conveniences, that our efforts to balance our lives between philosophy and science have left our family outside of the presence of God!

The presence of God doesn’t remove the problems of the world, it offers a completely different paradigm that makes the problems of the world so insignificant, and produces power to overcome the world by faith. Moses’ problems with Egypt never disappeared, but God parted the Red Sea. Enoch’s problems never disappeared, but the city of Enoch was taken up. Noah’s problems never disappeared, but within the ark Noah was preserved. Moses, Enoch, and Noah had a paradigm shift by entering into the presence of the Lord. That has been available to all who would have a pure heart, hear the voice of the Lord, see His face, and walk back into His presence.

You have been invited to the wedding feast. You must have on a wedding garment, or else be bound hand and foot and thrown out. The sign in the heaven on Sept 23, 2017 is the sign of Jupiter and Virgo, crowned with a crown of 12 stars, standing on the moon, clothed in the sun. Symbolically, it refers to the family of God, built upon revelation (moon = wisdom or revelation), clothed in the robes of light (the sun), crowned with the glory of the heavens (12 star constellations represented by a 12 star crown).

We are required to see the things we learned in the temple as instructions. We must receive those instructions and find our way back. We must access the power of our family to do the work of knowing the words of Christ. Lets work!

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40 Day Literature (1187 Words)

You’ve probably never heard of 40 Day Literature, …so I’d love to be the first to give you an introduction. After His resurrection, the Bible tells us that Christ spent 40 Days with an inner-group of people, before leaving to tend to His other sheep, which were not of that fold. What was taught during the 40 Days were unknown for ages, …until a discovery in 1945 called the Nag Hammadi Scriptures. Since then, other archeological findings have been discovered, supporting the 40 Day Literature as “temple-texts” of the ancient Christians.

Scholars deny the fact that there were temple-texts from ancient Christianity, and the 40 Day Literature discovery and recent findings negates their claims. The argument by the scholars was founded on the absence of ancient documents. The Bible eludes to it’s existence in it’s deep symbolisms, barely surviving through the dark and middle ages, but symbolism escapes the minds of scholars steeped in the traditions of this world. In their ignorance, they put aside plain and precious truths, simply because they don’t understand it. I’ll give you a brief history, as context to understanding the break through that the 40 Day temple-texts have made.

After Christ’s departure to the other sheep, the apostles, connected and sealed to Christ, taught the people. Few received their truths, and the world hated them, killing them to cover their sins. The last to leave was John the Beloved, who walked away, according to record, at about 110 AD. Although John’s departure marked the completion of the apostasy, it was in full sway long before. But, we’ll take 110 AD as a marker of the apostasy. Scholars call the time between 110 AD and the council of Nicea in 325 AD “THE GAP.” They call it that because records from that time have gone missing. Those at Nicea did some history deleting, so that Christianity would not reflect on the truth that condemned them, keeping only the truths that applauded them. The Bible is a product surviving the Nicean Creed, it’s deep symbolism still somewhat in tact because of the ignorance of the council at Nicea, …but many plain and precious truths have been removed pushing the deep symbolism even deeper. The death blow of Christianity was delivered in Nicea at the end of “THE GAP.” Since then, Christianity went through the dark ages.

The renaissance period began a thousand years later, in 1400 AD. Renaissance is a french word, literally meaning: “reawakening” or “rebirth.” This was the age of the rebellion of the domination of the Orthodox Catholic Church (institution). The word “orthodox” literally means: conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved. The renaissance was a point of conflict between traditions (orthodox) and reawakening (renaissance). This was the time of Bach, Bethoven, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, etc. Only after the renaissance, America is established. Imagine that, a pattern of breaking free from traditions of orthodoxy, leading to a rebirth of truth, progressing into the establishment of the promised land of America, and falling into false traditions of apostasy through traditions of orthodoxy all over again (today). Can someone say, “Pride Cycle?” Can I get an “AMEN?”

So, fast forward through the restoration of Joseph Smith, the revelations of the BOM, D&C, and POGP, along with the inspired translations of the Bible by JS. The restoration broke free of orthodox traditions, offering baptism as a symbol of rebirth. Considering the scales of time, the discovery of the Nag Hammadi scriptures arrives on the scene at about the same time as the greats of the renaissance. The 40 Day Literature appears to be a temple-text, hidden up through “THE GAP” and uncovered in 1947, from the dust of the Earth. Within them we learn that it’s main focus is, …wait for iiiiiiiittt, …ASCENSION! Whaaaaaaat?! Yup, it was a temple-text, pointing to conversing with the Lord through the veil, being guided by the Lord, until you have returned into His presence in the flesh.

The scholars ask, “Where are the buildings like the temple of Solomon.” Scholars cannot see outside of their own personal experiences, telling them that …temples must be this, …and must look like that, …and must be made of such and such. They are trying to fit a temple into a box of their own false traditions of unbelief. While King Solomon’s temple was a temple similar to the thinking of the minds of scholars, it wasn’t the typical temple. Moses’ temple was a portable tabernacle. Joseph of Egypt had an Egyptian looking temple. Abraham and Jacob’s temple were a pile of stones on a mountain, and Adam’s temple was an altar. But scholars have created in their minds the traditional orthodoxy image of a temple, and can’t seem to see anything else outside of their traditions.

What was taught during the 40 Days were unknown for ages, …until a discovery in 1945. Since then, other archeological findings have been discovered, supporting the 40 Day Literature as “temple-texts” of the ancient Christians. They tell of “Essene” temples, in caves no less. At the time of Isaiah, the temple had been corrupted as High Priests used their authority over temple worship, to gut the temple, change the ordinances, and govern entry by the amount of sacrificial offerings made by the people (sounding familiar?). During the corruption of authority, High Priests who desired to maintain the purity of the temple left into the deserts (like Lehi), practicing the ordinances and rituals as best as possible, as it was given in scripture, unchanged, undiluted, and unmolested. They practiced these ordinances and rituals in caves, to remain hidden from the larger controlling High Priests who were in control of King Solomon’s temple. They were called Rechabites (re-ka-bites), and later named Essenes (es-scenes). Their descendants were the Samaritans, the first people Christ went, to preach. The story of the woman at the well, was Christ at Jacob’s well (a temple-site), …and the woman was a Samaritan, a descendant of the Essene-cave-temple-people.

Other discoveries of Stonehenge tells us that the stones were aligned with the stars, solstices, and equinoxes, so that people who knew the heavens could do on earth as it is done in heaven. Other discoveries have identified similar traditions of the Egyptians, dating back to over 4,000 BC. Another site, called Gobekli Tepe, is being referred to by archeologists as the worlds’ first temple, dating back to 10,000 BC. What’s it made of? Stones aligned with the star constellations, positioned according to cardinal North, South, East, West directions, able to identify solstices and equinoxes, with carvings of ASCENSION within it.

Conclusion: Gang, there’s a pattern, a type and shadow, a groove, set up by God for those who have eyes to see and ears that hear. The pride cycle goes from false traditions, to rebirth, to restoration, to promised land. But those who inherit the promised land, if they don’t continue in light and truth, reaching the heavens, using the ordinances and rites of the temple to ASCEND, …they will forfeit their gift and fall back into apostasy. You must put off your false traditions of unbelief, awake, and arise. This is the break through that the 40 Day temple-texts have made.

PEACE!

 

 

 

Institutionalization (1317 Words)

A recent study from my absolute favorite PhD has been published that I think explains the confusion of the term “CHURCH.” Christ offers something far different than an Institutionalization concept, seeking a personal relationship instead. Traditions of Institutionalization have plagued us for so long, it’s almost impossible to consider surviving outside of an institution.

My absolute favorite PhD is my wife. While she wasn’t the top of her class in marks, her dissertation on “Brain Drain and Brain Gain” has been published, when those with top marks in her cohort haven’t. Since being published, her dissertation has been downloaded hundreds of times throughout the world, because of the insight she provided that I think applies to the confusion of the term “CHURCH.” In it she addresses Institutionalization among Native Americans. But I think her discovery is applicable in uncovering the damage caused by all Institutions, better reflecting Institutionalization as the large and spacious building in Lehi’s dream.

Institutionalization is well understood as a problem, when applied to incarcerated convicts, and their difficulty transitioning to civilian life, once released. A good movie depicting the Institutionalization of convicts is “The Shawshank Redemption” (highly recommended, but rated R in some countries- NOT Canada;). In the book titled “Tribe” (by Sebastian Junger) Institutionalization was the cause of PTSD, as soldiers returning from war preferred war over civilian life, …because at least in war there was order, value, and people were needed by the organization. But it’s difficult to identify occupational Institutionalization, as people retiring from a lifetime of service in their industry awake to the awful reality of being unneeded outside of their lifetime investment in their occupation. Life after retirement is short, and those of age to retire refuse to retire because of this fact. In my wife’s dissertation Native Americans who returned to live on the reservation after getting an education confessed that they returned because of “relationships.” But when asked what they recommended to promote more of a returning educated population back to the reservation, every one of them recommended government programs. Without knowing it, they too are Institutionalized. Relationships and Institutionalization are inversely related.

Christ offers something far different than an institutional concept, seeking a personal relationship instead. Christ doesn’t define His Church as officers, hierarchies, and strongmen, who lead by rules, lay down the law, and enforce compliance. His description of His church is this:

Mosiah 26:22-24

“22. For behold, this is my church; whosoever is baptized shall be baptized unto repentance. And whomsoever ye receive shall believe in my name; and him will I freely forgive.

23. For it is I that taketh upon me the sins of the world; for it is I that hath created them; and it is I that granteth unto him that believeth unto the end a place at my right hand.

24. For behold, in my name are they called; and if they know me they shall come forth, and shall have a place eternally at my right hand.”

Expounding on this scripture clarifies the inverse relationship between Institutionalization and relationships. Christ simply states in v.22 that baptism, repentance, and belief in His name, as the only qualifiers to be freely forgiven of Him. In the next verse, Christ identifies His forgiveness as the only forgiveness that matters, as He is the only one that atoned for sin, being the only one qualified to forgive sin. He is the gate keeper, and no other man or Institution has the power to make that decision, as no man or Institution has performed that atonement. And finally, in v.24 Christ identifies those who are called by His name as those that KNOW HIM. This echoes back to John 17:3 where John the Beloved teaches that eternal life is knowing God and Christ. “Knowing” is a personal relationship, as opposed to foolish traditions of Institutionalization.

Traditions of Institutionalization have plagued us for so long, it’s almost impossible to consider surviving outside of an institution. Satan uses deception, flaxen chord, to bind and capture the minds of men, such that they are in darkness at noon day. The taxes collected each year is more than 50% the gross domestic product (the total amount of earnings for all of America combined). That means America must work one half year for the government before they can earn a penny to support their families and themselves. In Mosiah 19:15 the people of Limhi paid one half (taxed at 50%) of all they possessed (gross domestic product). And scriptures call that being taken captive. The difference between them and us is: they knew they were in captivity, but we walk around at noon day, thinking we are free, when in reality we are just in denial that we are in captivity. We pledge allegiance to a flag, representing the government keeping us captive. Thus, Satan has lulled us to sleep in organizations of Institutionalization.

Conclusion: The price we pay to maintain our captive sleep of Institutionalization, is the loss of relationships. Despite the perfect report of 100% home/visit teaching, relationships run cold, as Institutionalization drowns Utah. Boundaries dictate relationships such that my stake president lives three houses away from me, but he and I don’t even have a “honk-and-wave” relationship, while his next door neighbor and I at least wave because we belong to the same ward boundaries. The signs of the fulfillment of Nephi’s prophesy in 2 Nephi 28 perfectly describes the Institutionalization that plagues the LDS church, as they become strangers to Christ, not only failing to develop a personal relationship with Him, but to cast people out who have dedicated their entire lives to a personal relationship with Him.

I take comfort in my effort to establish a personal relationship with Christ, seeking His face, to be redeemed from the fall. My favorite PhD and I refuse to accept anything less than the face-to-face relationship with Christ and God, to know them, to have eternal life. I take added comfort in the beatitudes, especially when it says:

3 Nephi 12:10-12

“10. And blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11. And blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake;

12. For ye shall have great joy and be exceedingly glad, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.”

(No, that was not a personal claim to being a prophet.)

Most importantly, I take comfort in Mom’s expression that she too does NOT believe in an Institutional salvation. Salvation to her, and I hope to you, is based upon your understanding of God. Salvation, as Mom said, is upon “…those things that we think, say, and do according to the commandments and we are fully responsible for where we end up.”

I reiterate the Standard written in the Standard & Guide document:

“We believe that every individual seeking to know God, through His son Jesus Christ, can be personally instructed by the Holy Spirit, to obtain greater light and truth. We believe that the words of Christ (past, present, and future) is the standard by which all followers of Christ should govern themselves. We relinquish any desire to have an institution, hierarchy, or strong-man lead us (AKA: Institutionalization), being willing to be personally accountable to repent and turn to Christ (AKA: Relationship), or answer for our own sins.”

It is so simple “even a child can understand it” and obey and keep it, growing into perfection.

Agency requires us to judge. If we must judge, then judge righteously. Institutionalization subtly removes the necessity for relationships and judging righteously, in exchange for a strongman to execute unfounded penalties tied to unfounded understanding of a relationship with God. So, when you are faced with a choice between Institutionalization and relationships, choose relationships. That will preserve our family, and reconnect it with the family of God.

Malama Pono Ohana!

Love Christ! (896 Words)

I recognize that Christ is in all things, including the plants, the animals, and in each person. The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Christ is the creator of the world. He is in all things, and gives life to all things.

D&C 88:6-13

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.”

Christ is in the light of the sun, moon, stars. He is in the Earth and the very light that gives you life, enlightening you, and making your understanding “quickened,” or sanctified, or Holy. So that you are able to understand things, not only on Earth, but also into the world of glory, into the eternities. It is Christ’s light that is called the power of God.

The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The BOM message is to position yourself near Christ, such that every prophet’s account invites you to enter into Christ’s presence in the flesh, literally removing the distance between you and Him. The redemption of Christ was to return you to Christ’s presence.

Ether 3:13

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.

The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Helaman 8:22-24

“22. Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he testified of these things. Nephi also testified of these things, and also almost all of our fathers, even down to this time; yea, they have testified of the coming of Christ, and have looked forward, and have rejoiced in his day which is to come.

23. And behold, he is God, and he is with them, and he did manifest himself unto them, that they were redeemed by him; and they gave unto him glory, because of that which is to come.

24. And now, seeing ye know these things and cannot deny them except ye shall lie, therefore in this ye have sinned, for ye have rejected all these things, notwithstanding so many evidences which ye have received; yea, even ye have received all things, both things in heaven, and all things which are in the earth, as a witness that they are true.

To Love Christ is to know Christ!

Conclusion: The two great commandments come in a specified “ORDER.” Love God with all your heart, mind and soul is the first. Those who love God, know God. Just as to Love Christ is to know Christ!

When we know God and Christ, only then can we keep the second commandment to love our neighbor. Since Christ is in all things, and through all things, and is the light and life that animates all things, …the reason we love our neighbor only after we love God is because …we see God in them! Those who haven’t loved God first, will find it difficult to see God in their neighbor, because they never knew God.

Satan rejects God. The destruction of the wicked killing the wicked is because the wicked have rejected God too. Accusations fly rampant, contention thrives, and the hearts of men run cold, because they have wandered in the dark, rejecting the light of this world. Rejecting Christ.

This shall all men know, ye are Christ’s disciples, if you have love, one to another. You can love others because you have first loved Christ. You can love Christ because He first loved you.

John 4:18-21

“18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

19. We love him, because he first loved us.

20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

The Advantage of Prophecy (1288 Words Long)

The Advantage of Prophecy is found only in knowing the words of Christ. When you understand prophecy, however, you are still required to act in faith, not knowing beforehand how things will play out. In our estimations of the inner workings of prophecy, it is human nature that we always forget that the heavens have a direct role in the fulfillment of the prophecy.

The Advantage of Prophecy is found in knowing the words of Christ. Familiarity with the words of Christ is the same as familiarity with His voice. When Christ told the Pharisees and Sadducees that they did not read the scriptures, and if they did, they didn’t understand them; Christ knew it because they didn’t recognize Him standing before them, …and they crucified Him. Knowing the words of Christ only produces an Advantage of Prophecy for those who are able to discern the voice of the Lord.

When you understand prophecy, however, you are still required to act in faith, not knowing beforehand how things will play out. Consider Nephi and his brothers circumstance, being instructed by an angel. Nephi wasn’t given the details, but was required to exercise faith, not knowing before hand, and Laban was delivered. So, the visiting angel provided no advantage to retrieving the plates. Nephi was still required to exercise faith. Likewise, Moses walked into the Red Sea, and waded in water until he was waste deep, before the sea parted. Had Nephi sat outside the city with his brothers, or had Moses waited on the shore for another means to cross the sea, they would not have been candidates chosen as the Lord’s servants. Their Advantage of Prophecy is the same advantaged offered to us all, requiring the skill of discerning the voice of the Lord, and acting in faith.

Discerning the voice of the Lord and acting in faith does not guarantee not making mistakes. Nephi and his brothers made two failed attempts to get the plates from Laban. Alma and Amulek were imprisoned, stripped naked, and beaten, before prophecy was fulfilled for them. At first, their efforts seemed to be a failed attempt, but wound up converting an entire city. In our ignorance of the inner workings of prophecy, it is human nature that we always forget the role the heavens play in the fulfillment of prophecy. Knowing the role heaven plays in fulfilling prophecy is probably the best Advantage of Prophecy. It was this expectation that produced anxiety in prophets. When will it happen? What is the Lord’s timing? How will God do His strange act among men?

Even when you have familiarized yourself with the scriptures, which produced familiarity with the voice of the Lord, and you acted in faith, trusting that the heavens would combine in your favor, …you still know nothing, and must endure it well! Joseph was told:

D&C 121:7-8

“7. My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;

8. And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”

The promise given to Joseph Smith in Liberty jail ought to give all who want to walk this straight and narrow path a clue, that confidence was only found in knowing the Lord, and trusting Him.

D&C 121:45-46

“45. Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

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.”

If you understand the Holy Ghost to be the mind and will of God, as Joseph explained in Lectures on Faith, then what resides in a person is a spirit made Holy, which becomes a constant companion with those whose confidence waxes strong in God’s presence. This person has a definite Advantage of Prophecy, not because they are able to tell the future, but because they are at-one-with God.

Conclusion: Consider the wise men who attended Christ. They saw the star, but didn’t know where Christ was. They made the mistake in asking King Herod, informing the King of the prophecy. The worlds King had no idea of the location of the King of Kings, and asked the wise men to inform him of Christ’s whereabouts, so he too could worship. After being led by the star to the birth place, the wise men gave their offerings, and returned towards the King with good news of Christ’s location. This would have been a big mistake, but the heavens got involved, instructing the wise men to take a detour, avoiding the King, and Christ was preserved. Because the wise men didn’t return, the King killed babies two years old and under.

The death of all babies was prophesied long before the wise men made their journey. The wise men were unaware that their efforts to find Christ would fulfill the prophecy of the death of those children. They were informed of the signs. They followed the voice of the Lord, acting in faith. They mistakenly asked the ruling King for directions, unaware of the threat this news would cause the King. They interacted with heaven, being warned not to return. They fulfilled prophecy, and they didn’t even know it, until it was done.

Isaiah 48:3-5

“3. I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

4. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

5. I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.”

You have been led by idols and graven images, in our church leaders, since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. They will not know of the prophecies being fulfilled in our day, just as King Herod knew nothing of Christ’s birth. But it has been set in the lights of the heavens, in the patterns of the sun, moon, and stars, from the beginning of the creation, so that no one can claim them, but God. Isaiah testified above that from the beginning God has declared it. What God declares, He fulfills, precisely as it was timed, from the beginning of the creation. Then, when they happen, in perfect timing, you will not be able to claim that your leaders knew it, and claim “Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.”

If you are not familiar with scripture, to know the voice of the Lord, and aren’t able to act in faith, knowing that the heavens will align because you are aligned with the heavens, you will not have The Advantage of Prophecy. However, if you know the voice of the Lord, can act in great faith, and are connected to the heavens, your confidence will wax strong, and you will have The Advantage of Prophecy. Prophecy is never completely understood until it is fulfilled. Thus all are required to know ye the Lord. Knowing anyone else can never substitute knowing the Lord. The Lord’s word is a two-edged sword that divides asunder both marrow and joint. Who’s on the Lord’s side who? Now is the time to show!

Receiving Revelation (Exactly 1000 Words Medium)

Before writing this blog, I want to congratulate Kix for giving birth to our new grandson.

This blog is how proper scripture study translates into hearing the dynamic voice of the Lord, so you can keep all the commandments which “He has given you!” I have always known that reading the scriptures was supposed to produce greater spirituality, but I have read them without the promised benefits, and no one has been able to identify the missing component. The missing component is revelation. Once I had unlocked revelation in scripture study, I was able to further those skills to hear the dynamic voice of the Lord.

In the sacrament prayer, you covenant to “…keep His commandments which He hath given them, that they may always have His spirit to be with them.” Within this covenant is the instruction to Receive Revelation. Revelation is the commandments which He (Christ) has given you, …personally. He is speaking to you now, but unless we have conditioned ourselves to hear Him, we have little expectation of Receiving Revelation. And we are left estranged, without His spirit to be with us. However, the Lord said, “…my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease.” (Moses 1:4) You see, …the problem isn’t that the Lord is silent, the problem is us learning to hear His voice.

I have always known that reading the scriptures was supposed to produce greater spirituality, but no one has explained how that works. As seminary students we had scripture mastery, but memorization didn’t produce understanding. As a family, we have spent hours reading the scriptures, but most of that time was spent in compulsion, having to wash our face, stand on one foot, threatened with chores, or worse threats. None of it produced the desired results of greater spirituality. We have been left to navigate life without understanding revelation. In my ignorance I have read them without the promised benefits, and no one has been able to identify the missing component.

The missing component is revelation, but how is it that you recognize revelation when studying the scriptures? It comes as pure knowledge to your mind. When you read a passage, and suddenly you know for certain what it means, whereas you didn’t before. An example for me was reading the beatitudes, and suddenly it entered my mind that the seven beatitudes were the seven rungs of Jacob’s ladder. And anyone wanting eternal progression must necessarily come through each of these steps, in its prescribed order. Suddenly, the Lord’s House of Order (D&C 88:119) popped into my mind. It too described the progress of a family, or home, into eternity. Since then, I have had several occasion when pure intelligence enters into my mind, and I understand what was intended. Each revelation has taught me more about the correct perfections, attributes and characteristics of Christ.

Once I had unlocked revelation in scripture study, I was able to further those skills to hear the dynamic voice of the Lord in my personal life. When a thought entered into my mind, and suddenly it was like pure knowledge flowing to me, I immediately recognized it as revelation because of my long experience Receiving Revelation the very same way in scripture study. But now the revelation was not tied to scriptures, and was personally tied to my role, directing me, in a customized manner that relates only to me. It’s a one-on-one relationship with Christ. Christ, having performed the atonement (descending below all, and ascending above all), is the only one who can provide a one-on-one solution for you to overcome the world. Just as Christ led Lehi’s family with the Liahona, this is how the scriptures are a compass, to familiarize you with the voice of the Lord, so that He can guide you to a far better land of promise beyond this veil. It is through many experiences of revelation that you come to KNOW Christ. Knowing Christ is defined by Him as “Life Eternal.”

Too often we seek revelation, and falsely think that receiving an answer is what revelation is all about. Truth is, the real value of revelation is only in knowing the Lord. The answer, the decision, the question, or the problem, is almost meaningless in comparison to what the Lord is doing in revealing Himself to you, so you can KNOW Him. At one point my wife and I had differing revelations that seemed to conflict. We followed our individual customized directions, trusting in the Lord, and in the end, we surprisingly wound up together. This is the personal relationship that is required for all who are His sheep. They must hear His voice. All the little revelations are meant to gradually paint a clearer picture of Christ, so that you KNOW Christ. Eventually, not only will His spirit always be with you, but He will step out from behind the veil, returning you into His presence. There is only one real revelation, and that is the uncovering of Christ and God the Father.

Conclusion: All these years I have been trying to convince you to read your scriptures. That message has been heard many times over. Some of you have begun to read your scriptures, hearing the voice of the Lord, without knowing it. I offer further light and knowledge through improving your conversations with the Lord, by recognizing how to recognize revelation.

It is a simple process that has been eroded by false traditions. You cannot justify your position, but must put your position into question, and let pure intelligence direct your revelation. Alma teaches to experiment upon his words. I encourage you to do the same concerning what I have written. I expect to be held fully accountable for my mistakes, and will answer to anyone for misinformation.

You will be held responsible for hearing the voice of the Lord or not. You know too much to claim ignorance. I’d love to talk more on this subject if you have any interest.

Repeating Patterns (481 Words Short)

There are Repeating Patterns. Yesterday, my family and I met with a group of people and were instructed about the history of the founding of America by the pilgrims. It has been ten generations, the pattern is repeating.

The House of God is a House of Order. That does not mean what we have heard in church, when taught that order is some corporation organization/institution. It refers to the patterns of the heavens. The celestial bodies that provide this earth with light were set in the heavens for signs and for wonders, as they follow precisely the patterns (or Order) of the heavens. Today, we are ignorance of the patterns (or Order) of the heavens, and the world has run amuck into paths of disorder in the absence of that knowledge. Death is the byproduct and outcome of disorder. The patterns in the heavens are Repeating Patterns, and it points those who are able to know the patterns of the heavens, expressed in the scriptures, to prophesy and prepare for what lies ahead.

Looking back often aids in looking ahead. History is often repeated by those who are ignorant of it. My family and I were taught about the patterns the pilgrims sought to escape in England. There were three groups of people:

  • Loyalists- those who were loyal to the King’s religious practices
  • Puritans- those who sought the scriptures for the pure religion
  • Separatists- The puritans who refused to conform to the pressures of the loyalists and the King, were punished. They found it necessary to protect their lives by separating and sailing to America (a promised land)

The church today are unknowingly Repeating Patterns. The religion of the state of Utah is no doubt Mormonism. They too exercise unrighteous dominion, punishing those who believe in the scriptures (Puritans), unless they conform. Some have chosen to leave the church, while others have been cast out, making them Separatists. Just as the pilgrims were left to the find the New World without the aid of government or religious assistance, and wholly dependent upon God, those of us who have been cast out are left to seek out the promised Zion, wholly dependent upon God too. These are Repeating Patterns.

It was ten generations between the apostasy at the time of Melchizedek and Abraham. If a generation is around 40 years, and the Mayflower arrived in 1620, it has been 396 years, which is just about ten generations. These are Repeating Patterns.

Conclusion: God’s house is a House of Order, and His patterns are the same today, yesterday, tomorrow, and forever. They are Repeating Patterns. If we choose to write the words of Christ upon our hearts, those patterns will be familiar to us, and we can position ourselves in alignment with the mind and will of God. Otherwise, we are bound to repeat the patterns of the many generations who have been utterly waisted.

Choices!