D&C 93 Thoughts

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul [not just some] who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me [turn their full heart to God], and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice [follows the revelations they receive], and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;

This is a very direct promise regarding the “Second Comforter.” They key element of the above verse is to follow the revelations received. This is why learning to hear the voice of the Lord is so important. Asking questions, as led by the Spirit, and then acting upon the revelations received will lead a person in a direct course toward having a personal witness of the Lord. This is the perfect beginning to this profound section of the Doctrine and Covenants.

2 And that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world; [The Lord is the One that shows us the way.]

3 And that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one— [Meaning that they abide in the same Holy Spirit that guides all light and truth.]

4 The Father because he gave me of his fulness, and the Son because I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of men.

Here is the definition of Father: the being that makes it possible to receive of their higher glory. The Son: to condescend to the world and dwell among telestial beings so the Son can become their Father.

5 I was in the world and received of my Father, and the works of him were plainly manifest. [The works of the Father were made known in the works of the Son. All was because of the glory of the Father.]

6 And John [the Baptist] saw and bore record [witness] of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed. [This witness that John beheld will also be revealed to you.]

7 And he bore record, saying: I saw his glory, that he was in the beginning, before the world was;

8 Therefore, in the beginning the Word [The identity of the Only Begotten, in His name was Salvation and Creation.] was, for he was the Word, even the messenger of salvation—

9 The light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth, who came into the world, because the world was made by him, and in him was the life of men and the light of men.

10 The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.

11 And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace [resurrection, ascension] and truth [power of God], even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.

I have learned that the word grace in scripture often is in reference to the divine ladder of progression that all follow as they receive of Father and Mother what is needed to ascend to a higher resurrection.

12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;

13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness; [And so it is with us, as we develop through the Everlasting Covenant of our Father.]

14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.

15 And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son. [This was John’s initial witness of the divinity of Jesus, a vision and a voice.]

16 And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father;

17 And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him.

18 And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John. [This is the Lord’s promise to us that if we are faithful to the revelations we receive, acting upon the Word given to us, that we will have the same “witness” of John. This record will be the reception of a personal Second Comforter experience.]

19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship [approach God], and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. [In order to properly approach God, it requires that we know more clearly who He is, and how to do it. There is a proper way that often is curtailed by unbelief.]

20 For if you keep my commandments [follow the revelations you receive] you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace. [Can it be any more clear than this? The mystery is laid before you.]

21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn;

The Lord announces that He was in the beginning of this world and the Chosen Messiah.

22 And all those who are begotten [Become His Only Begotten] through me are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the Firstborn. [A clue to its purpose and end.]

23 Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth;

24 And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;

The Everlasting Covenant is this “knowledge” of the plan, fate, and progression of the Sons and Daughters of God.

25 And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning. [If you are outside of that description, you would belong to Lucifer and have no place in God’s Kingdom.]

26 The Spirit of truth [God’s power] is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;

27 And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.

28 He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.

We tend to think of commandments as basic guidelines given in scripture or from the pulpit. The Lord sees “commandments” as every word given to us by the power of His Spirit. This is personal revelation. It is critical that we learn to hear His voice.

29 Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth [what responds to God’s power], was not created or made, neither indeed can be.

30 All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.

Think of the word “truth” in the scriptural sense to represent “Law.” Every kingdom or realm of God’s creation abides by a law which directs who, what, and how it is to be administered. In that realm, each intelligence or spirit and matter is free to act for itself.]

31 Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light. [This is referring to that intelligence which would not respond to God’s command. It would not receive light, and thus remained in its unorganized condition.]

32 And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation.

33 For man is spirit. [an entity with the ability to act or be acted upon] The elements are eternal [without beginning or end, the means by which God creates], and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; [Without the ability to coinhabit with element it is without form and incapable of exercise faith to meet the full measure of its creation.]

34 And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy. [no purpose]

35 The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple. [All creation must abide by the laws of its creation, or it is destroyed.]

36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. [In other words: the means by which God’s power is manifest is the creation of tabernacle for intelligence, to give life and purpose to it.]

37 Light and truth forsake that evil one.

38 Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; [before the world] and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. [the effects of the Atonement]

39 And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. [This is unbelief, the misunderstanding of the true nature of God, and the blind following of paths that do not lead us to Him.]

40 But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.

41 But verily I say unto you, my servant Frederick G. Williams, you have continued under this condemnation;

42 You have not taught your children light and truth, according to the commandments; and that wicked one hath power, as yet, over you, and this is the cause of your affliction.

43 And now a commandment I give unto you—if you will be delivered you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house.

44 Verily, I say unto my servant Sidney Rigdon, that in some things he hath not kept the commandments concerning his children; therefore, first set in order thy house.

The Lord gives instruction to two disciples to focus on their children and own house, that this was hindering their ability to receive their own “witness” of Him. This is something to ponder in our own lives.

45 Verily, I say unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., or in other words, I will call you friends, for you are my friends, and ye shall have an inheritance with me—

The Lord takes a moment to define His relationship with us. “Friends” is a very familiar term to use. It implies a similar standing.

46 I called you servants for the world’s sake, and ye are their servants for my sake—[He sets the stage for their callings as His servants and the servants of the world for His’ sake. This reminds me of the ordinance of Washing of Feet in section 88.]

47 And now, verily I say unto Joseph Smith, Jun.—You have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord; [The Lord often rebukes his prophets.]

48 Your family must needs repent and forsake some things, and give more earnest heed unto your sayings, or be removed out of their place. [to lose the stewardship and mission in which they are called, and be given over to the buffetings of Satan]

49 What I say unto one I say unto all; pray always lest that wicked one have power in you, and remove you out of your place.

50 My servant Newel K. Whitney also, a bishop of my church, hath need to be chastened, and set in border his family, and see that they are more diligent and concerned at home, and pray always, or they shall be removed out of their place.

51 Now, I say unto you, my friends, let my servant Sidney Rigdon go on his journey, and make haste, and also proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the gospel of salvation, as I shall give him utterance; and by your prayer of faith with one consent I will uphold him.

52 And let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Frederick G. Williams make haste also, and it shall be given them even according to the prayer of faith [This is a kind of prayer in which one uses their creative imagination, allowing the Spirit to guide them.]; and inasmuch as you keep my sayings you shall not be confounded in this world, nor in the world to come.

53 And, verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you [Joseph] should hasten to translate my scriptures, and to obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of Zion. Amen. [Joseph is given the topics he is to study. Not that he will learn more than his peers by doing so, but that he will know what questions to ask the Lord.]

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D&C 88 Thoughts

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you who have assembled yourselves together to receive his will concerning you:

2 Behold, this is pleasing unto your Lord, and the angels rejoice over you; the alms [virtue] of your prayers have come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth [of the Heavenly Hosts], and are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified [The Book of Life, anointed Sons and Daughters of God, Church of the Firstborn], even them of the celestial world.

This is an announcement that they have received a Holy Spirit of Promise, an edict from the Father that they shall be sanctified in the blood of Jesus Christ.

3 Wherefore, [because of this] I now send upon you another Comforter [Divine Witness], even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise [a sealing of light]; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John. [John 14:16-26]

4 This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom; [This Comforter, which the Lord is referring to, is the gift of the Holy Ghost, which brings the promise of Eternal Life. 2 Nephi 31:17-20]

5 Which glory [when your spirit is changed to its 3rd estate] is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son—

The Church of the Firstborn is all those who have been born again spiritually through Jesus Christ. They belong to Him, never to be lost (except through denying the Holy Ghost). This association becomes very active and involves more covenants beyond this world, as we prepare to do the work of the Father. In this is a great mystery. D&C 76:53-60

6 He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things [condescension], in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;

There is a beautiful truth hiding in this verse above. Some have asked why Jesus had to suffer the atonement in order to save mankind. Why couldn’t He just save us in our sins? The truth of Heaven lies in the power of faith – to seek God’s understanding and to act upon it. Jesus, a perfect soul, descending below all things. He was capable of lifting us to a new resurrection of light and truth, because He knows us. It is the kind of mystery that requires a sublime spiritual revelation to fully understand. Alma 42:17-26

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. [Here is a short description of the Holy Spirit, the power of God that fills all creation.]

8 As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon [reflecting the light of the sun], 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; [All the light which fills the immensity of space, and the power by which our bodies function, our sight, and intelligence, come from this light or power of God. It is the same light that we see from the sun, moon and stars.]

12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space— [It comes from a place, an actual location where God dwells.]

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. [This power, energy and “light,” which we refer to as the Holy Spirit, is what holds all matter together in perfect harmony. It is in the “midst” of all things as it has no boundaries, limits, or walls that separate it from God and His ability to see with His all-seeing-eye, and touch with His limitless power.]

14 Now, verily I say unto you, that through the redemption which is made for you [the Atonement of Jesus Christ] is brought to pass the resurrection from the dead. [The raising of your light within you to a higher state of being.]

15 And the spirit and the body are the soul of man. [The necessary combination of our spirit and body to prepare us for this transition. Thus, the mortal experience.]

16 And the resurrection from the dead is the redemption of the soul. [The spirit is in essence dead (cannot progress) until it is raised up to its third estate.]

17 And the redemption of the soul is through him that quickeneth all things, in whose bosom it is decreed that the poor and the meek of the earth shall inherit it. [Through Christ, to those who have a broken heart and contrite spirit, fully submitting themselves to Him.]

18 Therefore, it [our soul] must needs be sanctified from all unrighteousness [receive the baptism of fire and gift of the Holy Ghost], that it may be prepared for the celestial glory; [Eternal Life]

19 For after it hath filled the measure of its creation [done all that the Father requires under the Everlasting Covenant],it shall be crowned with glory, even with the presence of God the Father;

20 That bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified. [Our perfected glory is the full intent of God’s purposes and creation for all His children.]

21 And they who are not sanctified through the law which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit another kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial kingdom. [These kingdoms or realms of glory have more limitations based upon what the soul is willing to receive.]

22 For he who is not able to abide the law [physical/spiritual requirements] of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.

23 And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory.

24 And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory. [“Glory” is defined as a measure of God’s light. The more glory we experience, the more power and resurrection is required to exist within that light.]

25 And again, verily I say unto you, the earth abideth the law of a celestial kingdom, for it filleth the measure of its creation, and transgresseth not the law—[This means to say that this earth is on a path toward the receiving of Celestial glory because it abides the laws and covenants given to it of the Father. The same Everlasting Covenant which we are given.]

26 Wherefore, it shall be sanctified [made clean at a future time by the baptism of fire and Holy Ghost]; yea, notwithstanding it shall die [as do we] , it shall be quickened again [resurrected], and shall abide the power by which it is quickened, and the righteous shall inherit it.

This answers the question regarding the earth’s Millennial existence. The earth shall melt with fervent heat and shall die, but shall live again. 2 Peter 3:10, 3 Nephi 26:3, D&C 101:25

27 For notwithstanding they [planetary bodies] die, they also shall rise again, a spiritual body.

28 They who are of a celestial spirit shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened.

It is difficult for some to consider the realities of the resurrection and how it relates to the “body.” The body is simply the tabernacle that identifies us as a singular entity. The glory is the degree of light that we carry within us. That which is spiritual is often considered a lesser matter, yet it is the flesh that is of the dust. The resurrected body is a far more dense and eternal than anything of the mortal tabernacle. A resurrected spirit is a body of flesh and bone with a more permanent density and glory than anything on this earth.

29 Ye who are quickened [judged in the Spirit] by a portion of the celestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.

30 And they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.

31 And also they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.

When a person is quickened in the Spirit, they are able to abide the presence of God. Such an experience can occur within the pillar of light, a literal baptism of fire similar to the kind Joseph Smith experienced in the Sacred Grove. No unclean thing can be in the presence of God. D&C 67:12 Once a person has been resurrected, their spirit quickened in glory, they are capable of entering the Throne of Heaven and walking with God in a Celestial Glory.

32 And they who remain [those who do not qualify for any of the above ] shall also be quickened [judged, separated and organized according to their glory]; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received. [There are many who have no desire to come unto Christ. Some even desire to go where Satan would take them to enjoy what he would promise them. These have no glory of God to receive, because they do not want it.]

33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift. [The Lord’s way of saying He does not force anyone to receive what He would give them.]

34 And again, verily I say unto you, that which is governed by law is also preserved by law and perfected and sanctified by the same. [Everything leads to more light. Damnation is a state of choosing to not receive the gift.]

35 That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still. [those who reject the Everlasting Covenant]

36 All kingdoms have a law given;

37 And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in the which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or a lesser kingdom.

The mysteries of Heaven will unfold the truth of that statement to you in the future.

38 And unto every kingdom is given a law [cause and effect, a gate and a gatekeeper]; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions. [limitations and guidelines]

39 All beings who abide not in those conditions are not justified. [given access]

40 For intelligence [every particle of glory] cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom [an understanding of power from within]; truth embraceth truth [that which cannot change seeks its own]; virtue loveth virtue [The path to righteousness leads one on a straight course to more glory]; light cleaveth unto light [it does not fail or lessen]; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own [The work of Father and Mother is to lift their children.]; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own [Access is given according to the Law]; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things. [All things are divided and organized according to the Laws of Heaven.]

41 He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever. [This is hard to comprehend to the natural mind, yet God is so perfectly attuned to the power of the Spirit that nothing is withheld or rationed. To understand this is to exponentially increase the power of our faith in Him and His blessings to us.]

42 And again [to emphasize], verily I say unto you, he hath given a law unto all things [every creation], by which they move in their times and their seasons;

43 And their courses are fixed [a pattern of birth and death, health or sickness, expansion or decline], even the courses of the heavens [all that is above the earth] and the earth [in the earth], which comprehend [encompass] the earth and all the planets.

44 And they give light [divine energy] to each other in their times and in their seasons, in their minutes, in their hours, in their days, in their weeks, in their months, in their years—all these are one year [one single period of time] with God, but not with man.

45 The earth rolls upon her wings [she moves according to her power of flight], and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God. [Notice that male and female designation is given to these planetary bodies. Because they are alive and are either feminine or masculine in nature and spirit.]

46 Unto what shall I liken these kingdoms, [realms of creation] that ye may understand?

47 Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power.

48 I say unto you, he [Jesus Christ] hath seen him [God the Father]; nevertheless, he [Jesus Christ] who came unto his own was not comprehended. [was rejected by the House of Israel]

49 The light [Christ] shineth in darkness [the world] , and the darkness comprehendeth it not; nevertheless, the day shall come when you shall comprehend even God, being quickened in him and by him. [A promise that you too shall understand after you are resurrected and see how this glorious light fills all creation.]

50 Then shall ye know that ye have seen me, that I am, and that I am the true light that is in you, and that you are in me; otherwise ye could not abound. [You will see that I was always with you, or you could not have beheld me.]

51 Behold, I will liken these kingdoms unto a man having a field, and he sent forth his servants into the field to dig in the field.

52 And he said unto the first: Go ye and labor in the field, and in the first hour I will come unto you, and ye shall behold the joy of my countenance.

53 And he said unto the second: Go ye also into the field, and in the second hour I will visit you with the joy of my countenance.

54 And also unto the third, saying: I will visit you;

55 And unto the fourth, and so on unto the twelfth.

56 And the lord of the field went unto the first in the first hour, and tarried with him all that hour, and he was made glad with the light of the countenance of his lord.

57 And then he withdrew from the first that he might visit the second also, and the third, and the fourth, and so on unto the twelfth.

58 And thus they all received the light of the countenance of their lord, every man in his hour, and in his time, and in his season—

59 Beginning at the first, and so on unto the last, and from the last unto the first, and from the first unto the last;

60 Every man in his own order, until his hour was finished, even according as his lord had commanded him, that his lord might be glorified in him, and he in his lord, that they all might be glorified.

61 Therefore, unto this parable I will liken all these kingdoms, and the inhabitants thereof—every kingdom in its hour, and in its time, and in its season, even according to the decree which God hath made.

This parable describes the Lord sending His Servants into the field to labor. Twelve is the number of an organized body and the Lord’s servants are specifically the 4th Estate, the 144k sent to gather the House of Israel. Why would the Lord take the time to explain that there are many seasons, at different times and hours? Each time, the Lord visits them to help dig in the field. These specific servants are chosen to help glorify them in God’s Everlasting Covenant, or in other words – to raise them up. What is the Lord trying to say to these servants in this parable?

62 And again, verily I say unto you, my friends [a term to mean those who are intimate and close], I leave these sayings with you to ponder in your hearts, with this commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall call upon me while I am near—

In verse 41 we get the sense that the Lord is always “near” and aware of all things, yet he says “comprehendeth … and round about all things.” However, this verse above is an announcement that now is the time for them to act. We need to be particularly aware when the Lord is near to us, meaning there is an hour and season in which we are to act, and the Lord will manifest that to us.

63 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

How to we draw near, seek, ask, and knock in the way the Lord desires us to do? Some believe this is a short cryptic list of the path of revelatory progression, as we begin to feel the Spirit and eventually have our Second Comforter experience. I agree. The Lord is inviting us to have faith, to reach out to Him with the purpose, especially if this is our hour and season to come to Him. We cannot force the Lord’s hand, yet if we act with sincere faith, knocking resolutely on the door of Heaven the Lord will not leave us comfortless.

64 Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you [100% given], that is expedient for you; [necessary according to God’s will]

65 And if ye ask anything that is not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation. [work against you]

66 Behold, that which you hear [the sound of God’s voice to you] is as the voice of one crying in the wilderness [far from you]—in the wilderness, because you cannot see him—my voice, because my voice is Spirit; my Spirit is truth; truth abideth and hath no end; and if it be in you it shall abound. [The Spirit of truth will fill your being. Now the Lord will specify how you can accomplish this:]

67 And if your eye [spiritual senses] be single [perfectly aligned] to my glory [Celestial glory], your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things. [the sealing power]

68 Therefore, sanctify yourselves [Receive the Holy Ghost] that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will. [This is the invitation to have your Second Comforter experience.]

69 Remember the great and last promise which I have made unto you [that He will send the Comforter] ; cast away your idle thoughts and your excess of laughter far from you. [wallowing in frivolity and the mundane]

70 Tarry ye, tarry ye in this place, and call a solemn assembly, even of those who are the first laborers in this last kingdom. [Do not leave in haste.]

71 And let those whom they have warned in their traveling call on the Lord, and ponder the warning in their hearts which they have received, for a little season.

72 Behold, and lo, I will take care of your flocks [families and stewardships], and will raise up elders and send unto them.

73 Behold, I will hasten my work in its time. [but not yet]

74 And I give unto you, who are the first laborers [first to labor, meaning they shall not be the last] in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean; [They need to be made ready for what lies ahead.]

75 That I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation; that I may fulfil this promise, this great and last promise, which I have made unto you, when I will. [This gives us a taste of the conversation between the Lord and our Father in Heaven when He pleads our case before God that we be made clean and quickened in the Spirit.]

76 Also, I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth. [Step one: pray and fast to establish a relationship with Him.]

77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. [Step two: teach each other the doctrine of Christ.]

78 Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand; [That’s a broad list. What kind of theory? Perhaps for how to more perfectly ask and knock to come to God? For how to exercise the gifts of the Spirit?]

79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—[We are to ask God for an understanding of all things, both above and below. Both civic, political, scriptural, geographical, historical, and scientific, but always by the Spirit.]

80 That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again [because you have been before] to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you.

81 Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor. [What are the servants (to whom He is speaking) to warn them of?]

82 Therefore, they are left without excuse, and their sins are upon their own heads.

83 He that seeketh me early [without procrastinating] shall find me, and shall not be forsaken.

84 Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry to go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lord shall name, to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come;

85 That their souls may escape the wrath [inescapable judgments] of God, the desolation of abomination which awaits the wicked, both in this world and in the world to come. Verily, I say unto you, let those who are not the first elders continue in the vineyard until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, for their time is not yet come; their garments are not clean from the blood of this generation. [but not yet]

86 Abide ye in the liberty wherewith ye are made free [free of sin]; entangle not yourselves in sin, but let your hands be clean, until the Lord comes.

87 For not many days hence and the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man; [The entire earth shall move out of its axis and shake.] and the sun shall hide his face, and shall refuse to give light; and the moon shall be bathed in blood;[not a cyclical blood moon, but a lasting event] and the stars [heavenly bodies] shall become exceedingly angry, and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falleth from off a fig tree. [drop like rocks to the earth]

88 And after your testimony [Your gathering of my Elect] cometh wrath and indignation upon the people.

89 For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.

90 And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.

91 And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people. [This is a world event, not just in certain regions.]

92 And angels shall fly through the midst of heaven, crying with a loud voice, sounding the trump of God, saying: Prepare ye, prepare ye, O inhabitants of the earth; for the judgment of our God is come. Behold, and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. [The prophecies written in the Book of Revelation.]

93 And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all people shall see it together. [After the judgments there shall be a great light approaching from the eastern sky and the righteous will know what it is.]

94 And another angel shall sound his trump, saying: That great church, the mother of abominations, that made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, that persecuteth the saints of God, that shed their blood—she who sitteth upon many waters, and upon the islands of the sea—behold, she is the tares of the earth; she is bound in bundles; her bands are made strong, no man can loose them; therefore, she is ready to be burned. And he shall sound his trump both long and loud, and all nations shall hear it. [The declaration of the end of Satan’s Kingdom, the Kingdom of the Beast shall be destroyed.]

95 And there shall be silence in heaven for the space of half an hour; and immediately after shall the curtain of heaven be unfolded, as a scroll is unfolded after it is rolled up, and the face of the Lord shall be unveiled; [Here we see the proper placement of the prophecy regarding the silence in the Heaven, as it comes just before the coming of Christ, after all the great tribulations.]

96 And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him. [Their temporal bodies shall be gone, as their spirits are quickened and they are caught up to God in their resurrected state.]

97 And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven—[Those who have abided in the spirit world, the First Heaven, shall be quickened and caught up into the vast pillar of fire in the Heaven.]

98 They are Christ’s, the first fruits [the Third Estate], they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.

These angels who sound the trump are the Dispensation heads, the great Dominion Angels that abide over the priesthood power of the Seven Dispensations of this earth. The same who made an accounting upon the altars at Adam-ondi-Ahman at the beginning of the opening of the Seventh Dispensation.

99 And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ’s at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the flesh. [These are those who are terrestrial, that are saved in Christ and brought forth in glory after receiving Him in the spirit world, their moment has come.]

100 And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump; and then come the spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation;

101 And these are the rest of the dead; and they live not again until the thousand years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth. [They are not allowed to have a physical body again until the end of the Millennium when a new world is made ready for them. Here, they will only be allowed to have bodies of a temporal nature.]

102 And another trump shall sound, which is the fourth trump, saying: There are found among those who are to remain until that great and last day, even the end, who shall remain filthy still. [Those who will be sent to Outer Darkness, that have chosen to follow Satan.]

103 And another trump shall sound, which is the fifth trump, which is the fifth angel who committeth the everlasting gospel—flying through the midst of heaven, unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people;

104 And this shall be the sound of his trump, saying to all people, both in heaven and in earth, and that are under the earth—for every ear shall hear it, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, while they hear the sound of the trump, saying: Fear God, and give glory to him who sitteth upon the throne, forever and ever; for the hour of his judgment is come. [The moment of separation, the organizing of all the glories of His creation in relation to this earth.]

105 And again, another angel shall sound his trump, which is the sixth angel, saying: She is fallen who made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; she is fallen, is fallen! [They have descended to their place, no more to mingle among the Sons and Daughters of God.]

106 And again, another angel shall sound his trump, which is the seventh angel, saying: It is finished; it is finished! The Lamb of God hath overcome and trodden the wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. [Glory and Praise to the God of the Sabbath, a time of rest.]

107 And then shall the angels [4, 5, 6 estate] be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints [third estate] shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him. [To abide in his presence and receive the fullness of the Everlasting Covenant.]

108 And then shall the first angel again sound his trump in the ears of all living [in Christ], and reveal the secret acts of men, and the mighty works of God in the first thousand years. [These shall be revealed to all those who have been glorified during the Millennium.]

109 And then shall the second angel sound his trump, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the thoughts and intents of their hearts, and the mighty works of God in the second thousand years—

110 And so on, until the seventh angel shall sound his trump; [All this before the renewal of the earth to its Millennial glory, a terrestrial state.]  and he shall stand forth upon the land and upon the sea, and swear in the name of him who sitteth upon the throne, that there shall be time no longer [The end of life on earth.]; and Satan shall be bound, that old serpent, who is called the devil, and shall not be loosed for the space of a thousand years.

111 And then he shall be loosed for a little season, that he may gather together his armies. [At the end of the Millennium he will be allowed to tempt the Sons and Daughters of God. This is the great war of Heaven that occurs before the Grand Council, which takes place before the foundation of each world.]

112 And Michael, the seventh angel, even the archangel, shall gather together his armies, even the hosts of heaven. [Michael is the name of the head arch angel, which is usually the angel officiating over the dispensation during their time.]

113 And the devil shall gather together his armies; even the hosts of hell, and shall come up to battle against Michael and his armies. [They will divide according to their desire and intent to either choose God or Lucifer.]

114 And then cometh the battle of the great God; and the devil and his armies shall be cast away into their own place, that they shall not have power over the saints any more at all. [This is the cycle of God’s Order, to allow mankind to choose for themselves.]

115 For Michael shall fight their battles, and shall overcome him who seeketh the throne of him who sitteth upon the throne, even the Lamb.

116 This is the glory of God, and the sanctified; and they shall not any more see death. [They are claimed by God, never to be taken away.]

117 Therefore, verily I say unto you, my friends, call your solemn assembly, as I have commanded you.

118 And as all have not faith [the knowledge to come unto God’s presence], seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.

The “best books’ are the ones that lead us to ask the best questions. In this we find wisdom and enlightenment of the Spirit, as we use faith in Christ to receive personal revelation.

119 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;

The word “house” is better understood as “school.” The Lord will require Zion to establish schools to learn the seven virtues, which will prepare each person to receive further light and knowledge.

120 That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High.

121 Therefore, cease from all your light speeches, from all laughter, from all your lustful desires, from all your pride and light-mindedness, and from all your wicked doings.

122 Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege. [The schools must be organized in a way that each person can contribute, with a teacher or discussion coordinator at the helm, appointed by the consent of the group.]

123 See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires. [There is no “strong man” complex in the school. Each person must feel free to share and when differences arise, praying for unity is necessary. Otherwise, the topic is set aside.]

124 Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.

125 And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace.

126 Pray always, that ye may not faint, until I come. Behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself. Amen. [Final thoughts to prepare oneself for the schools.]

127 And again, the order of the house [school] prepared for the presidency of the school of the prophets, established for their instruction in all things that are expedient for them, even for all the officers of the church, or in other words, those who are called to the ministry in the church, beginning at the high priests, even down to the deacons—[The schools were to help all the officers of the church at that time to prepare for their missions. The Schools in preparation for Zion will be separated according to male, female, couples, and families.]

128 And this shall be the order of the house of the presidency of the school: He that is appointed to be president, or teacher, [instructor to lead the discussion in each school] shall be found standing in his place, in the house which shall be prepared for him.

129 Therefore, he shall be first in the house of God [He shall know the Lord], in a place that the congregation in the house may hear his words carefully and distinctly, not with loud speech.

130 And when he cometh into the house of God, for he should be first in the house—behold, this is beautiful, that he may be an example—[The instructor is the first to enter and prepares himself for the class through prayer…]

131 Let him offer himself in prayer upon his knees before God, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant.

132 And when any shall come in after him, let the teacher arise, and, with uplifted hands to heaven, yea, even directly, salute his brother or brethren with these words:

133 Art thou a brother or brethren? I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant I receive you to fellowship, in a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever. Amen.

134 And he that is found unworthy of this salutation shall not have place among you; for ye shall not suffer that mine house shall be polluted by him.

135 And he that cometh in and is faithful before me, and is a brother, or if they be brethren, they shall salute the president or teacher with uplifted hands to heaven, with this same prayer and covenant, or by saying Amen, in token of the same.

This is how the School of the Prophets was designed, according to the Lord, to prepare the male servants to receive knowledge according to the gifts of the Spirit. Other schools will have variations of this salute given to them by revelation.

136 Behold, verily, I say unto you, this is an ensample [a pattern] unto you for a salutation to one another in the house of God, in the school of the prophets.

137 And ye are called to do this by prayer and thanksgiving, as the Spirit shall give utterance in all your doings in the house of the Lord, in the school of the prophets, that it may become a sanctuary, a tabernacle of the Holy Spirit to your edification.

138 And ye shall not receive any among you into this school save he is clean from the blood of this generation; [accepted of the Lord by revelation]

139 And he shall be received [introduced on the first day] by the ordinance of the washing of feet, for unto this end was the ordinance of the washing of feet instituted.

The Washing of Feet ordinance is a specific ordinance performed upon the Servants of the Lord for the purpose of teaching them the power and humility of their calling. All those who will be amongst the Gatherers of the last days shall receive this holy ordinance in a like manner.

140 And again, the ordinance of washing feet is to be administered by the president, or presiding elder of the church. [Whomever is presiding. See D&C 10:67]

141 It is to be commenced with prayer; and after partaking of bread and wine, he is to gird himself according to the pattern given in the thirteenth chapter of John’s testimony concerning me. Amen.

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D&C 84:1-58 Thoughts

1 A revelation of Jesus Christ unto his servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and six elders, as they united their hearts and lifted their voices on high.

2 Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.

3 Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased. [This is where the temple of the New Jersusalem will be built, in Jackson County, Missouri.]

4 Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation. [A “generation” is a time appointed. It can mean a generation of a life cycle, or a generation of a time. This is why sometimes we hear of the Times of the Gentiles, or such language.]

5 For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud [glory of God, hiding the view of His visage] shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house. [This has not yet occurred in any temple in these last days, but will in the future.]

6 And the sons of Moses, according to the Holy Priesthood which he received under the hand of his father-in-law, Jethro;

7 And Jethro received it under the hand of Caleb;

8 And Caleb received it under the hand of Elihu;

9 And Elihu under the hand of Jeremy;

10 And Jeremy under the hand of Gad;

11 And Gad under the hand of Esaias;

12 And Esaias received it under the hand of God. [Here we see a break in Fathers, having received his ordination directly from Heaven.]

13 Esaias also lived in the days of Abraham, and was blessed of him—

14 Which Abraham received the priesthood from Melchizedek, who received it through the lineage of his fathers, even till Noah;

15 And from Noah till Enoch, through the lineage of their fathers;

Why is there a lineage of priesthood listed here? Does it require a man to lay his hand upon another man to receive priesthood? It is not so much that a hand must be placed upon a person and words spoken to be given some unseen power. It is the passing of knowledge and understanding from one who has such a relationship with God to a younger generation. Who will carry the true relationship with the Lord and pass it on to the next? Each of the Patriarchs had to come to their own priesthood in their own time, seeking the Lord intimately with no man between them and God. Moses came to the burning bush and began a relationship, but he would not have known God if his father-in-law Jethro had not taught him.

In tradition, all things were passed from the Patriarch of a family to their oldest son whose responsibility it was to carry it to the next generation. The “knowledge of God,” and priesthood relationship also existed between a husband and wife of the righteous, but by tradition it is listed in this manner.

16 And from Enoch to Abel, who was slain by the conspiracy of his brother, who received the priesthood by the commandments of God, by the hand of his father Adam, who was the first man—

17 Which priesthood continueth in the church of God in all generations [periods of time], and is without beginning of days or end of years. [always existed and will continue in perpetuity]

This lineage of priesthood from Moses to Adam, and how it continues today by those who receive it. What is this priesthood, or relationship of the divine, that has persisted in the world even until today? This is what the Lord is about to explain.

18 And the Lord confirmed a priesthood also upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations, which priesthood [relationship to God] also continueth and abideth forever with the priesthood which is after the holiest order of God.

The Sons of Aaron were selected to be a choice lineage of priests, after the order of God. These, selected based upon pre-Adam covenants, would lead the rest of the House of Israel to find God. These were to represent the 4th Estate, although those acting in that capacity were 2nd estate. It was a role for teaching purposes to prepare the House of Israel. The Levites (Sons of Moses) represented the 3rd Estate who would set an example for the rest of the House of Israel as they would seek a relationship with God. The Nazarites were those of the 2nd estate that would self-select to become 3rd estate. In all this is a pattern of the Everlasting Covenant, the full purpose of the Mosiac Law and the ancient Hebrew ceremonies as given by the Lord to His chosen people.

19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. [The 4th estate, as symbolized by the Sons of Aaron (Priests), would administer the Gospel (Doctrine of Christ), which would prepare the Lord’s people to receive all the knowledge of the Kingdom of God (the mysteries).]

20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. [Ordinances are teaching vehicles to prepare the spirit for the true reality of what is promised. Usually, they represent an invitation to receive at a future time.]

21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood [messengers of God], the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; [Without these things experienced and taught, the Lord cannot prepare the individual to receive His glory while in the flesh.]

22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live. [No man or woman can stand in the presence of God unless they are made clean by the power of the Holy Ghost.  These ordinances, specifically the baptism of fire and becoming born again of the spirit (a baptism of the Holy Ghost) allow us to enter the presence of the Father. And who is our Father? It will be Him whom has saved us, even Jesus Christ. Each Father (and mother) lifts us to a new beginning. In this is a mystery.]

23 Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify [make clean] his people that they might behold the face of God; [to literally enter His presence and stand shoulder to shoulder with Moses]

24 But they hardened their hearts [chose to turn away and follow unbelief and false tradition] and could not endure his presence [could not be sanctified]; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest [receive the gift of the HG] while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory. [to become Zion]

When we read about the “wrath of God” or “anger” of God, it creates a picture in the mind of an unfamiliar, mean and spiteful God, which is far from the truth. These expressions of scripture should be read differently. God’s wrath and anger are more accurately interpreted as the removal of His Spirit, to fall into the hands of the Adversary because of a lack of protection from the divine. The Lord is grieved when His children forsake him, and when His spirit withdraws, the uncertainty of the temporal world can rain down upon us. Only in the case of protecting future generations from a cycle of sin does the Lord clean away a people by destruction. There is always mercy, but justice is how God organizes his creations according to the laws of Heaven.

25 Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also; [The opportunity to receive the higher blessings of the Everlasting Covenant, namely the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the means to commune face to face with God.]

26 And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel; [In other words, he prepared a system of ordinances that would prepare their minds to accept His servants, the angels, the 4th estate which are in heaven, and in the flesh on this earth. This preparatory Gospel was the Law of Moses.]

27 Which gospel [God’s Word] is the gospel of repentance [turning to God]and of baptism, and the remission of sins, [cleansing by water, spiritual renewal] and the law of carnal commandments [Ten Commandments], which the Lord in his wrath [despite their wickedness] caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until John, whom God raised up, being filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. [When John came into this world it was the beginning of a new dispensation, or renewal of priesthood. John was born with the relationship to God needed to fulfill His mission. He is not the first to have been born with the HG from his mother’s womb.]

28 For he was baptized while he was yet in his childhood [John received the Holy Ghost before baptism of water], and was ordained [given instructions to perform His mission] by the angel of God at the time he was eight days old unto this power, to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to make straight the way of the Lord before the face of his people, to prepare them for the coming of the Lord, in whose hand is given all power.

29 And again, the offices of elder and bishop are necessary appendages [offices to assist in the work] belonging unto the high priesthood. [namely, the ordinations that point to Higher Priesthood, such as the gift of the Holy Ghost, the Sacrament, and officiating over the Church.]

30 And again, the offices of teacher and deacon are necessary appendages belonging to the lesser priesthood, which priesthood was confirmed upon Aaron and his sons. [Namely, the preparatory needs of the church to learn of the Doctrine of Christ.]

31 Therefore, as I said concerning the sons of Moses [Levites}—for the sons of Moses and also the sons of Aaron shall offer an acceptable offering and sacrifice in the house of the Lord, which house shall be built unto the Lord in this generation, upon the consecrated spot as I have appointed—[Here is the call to the 4th estate to gather and build the Church of the Lamb to prepare for the coming of the Lord. The building of the temple in the New Jerusalem.]

32 And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, upon Mount Zion in the Lord’s house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my church. [The question: how many were as the sons of Aaron, symbolic in this capacity, and how many were literal 4th estate? In the Parable of the Watchtower in Section 101, the Lord rebukes the slothful servants on the tower for not protecting the vineyard.]

33 For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods [ascending in this divine relationship] of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling [honoring their sacred call], are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies. [This sanctification is the literal resurrection of the spirit body, the ascension to a higher glory and knowledge of God.]

There are attempts to divide various priesthoods into multiple kinds or levels, but it is very simple. In each realm of glory (i.e.: telestial, terrestrial, celestial) there is an introductory and then a fullness of priesthood. The telestial priesthood brings us into a relationship with the Holy Ghost. It begins as we repent and exercise gifts of the Spirit, followed by the receiving of the gift of the Holy Ghost after following the pattern of the Doctrine of Christ. This priesthood officiates in preparatory ordinances.

The terrestrial Priesthood brings us into a tangible relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ. This usually begins with a Second Comforter experience and then is made whole when receiving one’s calling and election made sure. This priesthood officiates in spiritual ordinances with eternal consequences.

The celestial or highest priesthood brings us into a relationship with the Elohim, which is the line of Fathers and Mothers of all creation, without end. Any of these can be experienced in mortality, but requires a transfiguration. Thus, a person must be sanctified and given access to God for this to occur. This priesthood officiates in ordinances of creation.

These three priesthoods are limited in this world according to the power we can bear. Most people will experience the power of the Holy Ghost who can bear it by faith. Some will experience the power of the Son, by means of a Second Comforter, or even more. All else comes after a calling and election made sure in accordance to their life mission.

34 They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God. [They join the family of the Elect, the Sons and Daughters of God, and the Church of the Firstborn]

35 And also all they who receive this priesthood [The Holy Ghost] receive me, [the gaitway to Him] saith the Lord;

36 For he that receiveth my servants receiveth me; [Again, those who follow His Gospel as taught will receive Him through repentance, baptism of water and fire, the Holy Ghost.]

37 And he that receiveth me receiveth my Father; [The gate way to the Elohim, which is Father, Mother, and beyond.]

38 And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father’s kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him. [This is Exaltation, the full purpose of the Everlasting Covenant, to rise the full ladder of our progression.]

39 And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood. [This is how we enter the Everlasting Covenant, which is administered before the foundation of the world. This priesthood is our true relationship with God.]

40 Therefore, all those who receive the priesthood, receive this oath and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break, neither can it be moved. [We are bound to it. Either as a 2nd estate or 4th estate being. The Third estate is accomplished only in this life. Fourth and Fifth only in the life to come.]

41 But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come. [Referencing one who has become a Son of Perdition.]

42 And wo [so sad] unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.

43 And I now give unto you a commandment to beware concerning yourselves, to give diligent heed to the words of eternal life. [A commandment of God]

44 For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God. [Every revelation received, by whatever means. Whether it be by the whisperings of the Spirit, the voice of a Servant, or words of scripture. Seek revelation to know which is the “mouth of God” to you.]

45 For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ

46 And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit. [All can receive this light, intelligence, truth, and “word of God” if we do not turn away from it.]

47 And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father.

48 And the Father teacheth him of the covenant which he has renewed and confirmed upon you, which is confirmed upon you for your sakes, and not for your sakes only, but for the sake of the whole world. [These verses are demonstrating how God reaches out to us. Those who have made the covenant before this world hear his voice. They hearken to the Spirit of Truth, and then their Covenant is renewed in baptism of water and then fire. Why? Because the servants of God must awake and save the whole world. This is done through bringing the Gospel to the House of Israel and all those who will hear His Voice.]

49 And the whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin. [This is a literal reference to the earth itself, a sentient being, whose spirit is aware of the degree of sin that is upon her.]

50 And by this you may know they [the children of men] are under the bondage of sin, because they come not unto me. [They have not made the Covenant and have no inclination to do so.]

51 For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin.

52 And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with my voice, and is not of me.

53 And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now. [The Lord now sets the record straight: who are righteous and who are not of Him by giving an example.]

54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief [To set stakes in the ground of how one will believe, and how much faith they are willing to exercise. Often those with unbelief carry false traditions that prevent them from receiving the blessings of God.], and because you [The Lord informs them that they are guilty of this.] have treated lightly the things you have received—

To “treat lightly” is to not see the reality of the promise. To dismiss the gravity of the situation. To focus upon the mundane of the world and pass up the great clarity and beauty of Heaven that is within reach. To see one’s own wisdom above that of God.

55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. [This is a powerful rebuke against the church. Not just part of the church, all of it!]

56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion [The followers of Mormonism], even all.

57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say [teach], but to do according to that which I have written—

What are they condemned for? For not repenting (turning their hearts to God) and remembering the new covenant (The Doctrine of Christ, to come unto Him and receive the Holy Ghost as written in the Book of Mormon). What are the former commandments? (3 Nephi, Chapter 11)

58 That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom [to receive the Holy Ghost and ascend to the Third Estate]; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion. [you who are seeking Zion]

59 For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay. [The Lord will not allow wickedness to thrive or cause a stumbling block to His work. He will separate them and allow them to stumble that they may repent and come unto Him again.]

Has this condemnation on the church ever been revoked? No, it has not. Why is the Lord so strong in his words regarding the church from only a couple years since it was organized? (1832) Because, the priesthood relationship He desired to share with them was not bearing fruit.

When the condemnation is lifted, the children of Zion will finally see the glory of God come down and the establishment of Zion with its temple in Jackson County will be built. All of the Saints, both men, women, and children, will have the priesthood of God and know Him, for we shall see Him as He is, and our oaths and covenants of priesthood shall be fulfilled.

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D&C 76 Thoughts

1 Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, and rejoice ye inhabitants thereof, for the Lord is God, and beside him there is no Savior.

2 Great is his wisdom, marvelous are his ways, and the extent of his doings none can find out.

3 His purposes fail not, neither are there any who can stay his hand.

4 From eternity to eternity he is the same, and his years never fail.

5 For thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.

To “fear the Lord” is to honor Him in righteousness.

6 Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.

7 And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.

This is not just a wishful saying, it is true in every way. I have been the recipient of this promise.

8 Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations. [both past, present, and future]

9 And their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish, and the understanding of the prudent shall come to naught.

10 For by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will—yea, even those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man.

It is by His Spirit that our eyes are opened and our understanding made clear, as the Lord reveals things that have not even entered into the heart of another. New information is forever available to receive!

11 We, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, being in the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two—

12 By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God— [This is to say, the vision opened and they saw the following.]

13 Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained [instructed] of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning; [before the foundation of the world]

14 Of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, [The fullness consists of the pattern of the Everlasting Covenant, where we came and where we will go.] who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision.

15 For while we were doing the work of translation, which the Lord had appointed unto us, we came to the twenty-ninth verse of the fifth chapter of John, which was given unto us as follows—

16 Speaking of the resurrection of the dead, concerning those who shall hear the voice of the Son of Man:

17 And shall come forth; they who have done good, in the resurrection of the just; and they who have done evil, in the resurrection of the unjust.

18 Now this caused us to marvel, for it was given unto us of the Spirit. [The Spirit often opens our mind to possibilities, and questions arise, by the power of the Spirit; because God wishes us to ask Him.]

19 And while we meditated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened, and the glory [light and clarity] of the Lord shone round about.

20 And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness; [It is less common that more than one person receives a vision at the same time. I have been in groups where half a dozen saw the same things, as our eyes were also opened. The Lord delights in sharing experiences together with others, as multiple witnesses attest to the truthfulness of the vision.]

21 And saw the holy angels, and them who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever. [Most of these are the angels of the third estate, yet some are from this world who have also ascended to worship at the Throne of God.]

22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God. [It is both a declaration of who Jesus Christ is, and also His role as the creator of this world. A perfect segway for what is about to be revealed.]

25 And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God [a 4th estate angel who had overcome the world and was prepared to move forward in his ascension] who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son, [To rebel is more than to stop conforming. In this case, Lucifer actively plotted to corrupt and fight against the plan of God to build his own dominion.]

26 And was called Perdition [the Fallen], for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning.

27 And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen! is fallen, even a son of the morning!

28 And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ— [This is the cycle of perdition, as Lucifer prepares Satan to take the reign of this world and establish his own dominion, as he had done.]

29 Wherefore, he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about. [The war is for the souls of men. There are three choices: they follow God, they follow Satan, or they stay where they are without salvation.]

30 And we saw a vision of the sufferings of those with whom he made war and overcame [won], for thus came the voice of the Lord unto us:

31 Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome [won over by him], and to deny the truth [light of glory] and defy my power—

32 They are they who are the sons of perdition [and some daughters too], of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born; [they do not fill the measure of their creation and become a new creature of darkness]

33 For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath [judgment] of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity; [There is no end to their days of wrath. Even if they choose to be disembodied, it is eternal torment.]

34 Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come— [Forgiveness, meaning the redemption of the Atonement bought by the blood of Jesus Christ.]

35 Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame. [To deny the Holy Spirit is to make a covenant of darkness with Satan after having ascended to the 4th estate. These are sons and daughters of perdition. Those who are 2nd estate can make a vow of darkness and receive the baptism of darkness and claim an inheritance in Satan’s kingdom, but have a window of repentance before the end of this world if they choose to repent and come back to the Lord.]

36 These are they who shall go away into the lake of fire and brimstone, with the devil and his angels— [This is a descriptive metaphor. In some places, it is accurate. It could also be described as a place of neon darkness, chaos, and noise. I have seen this in vision, and it is in this fashion.]

37 And the only ones on whom the second death [spiritual death] shall have any power;

38 Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath. [This is Outer Darkness]

39 For all the rest shall be brought forth by the resurrection of the dead, through the triumph and the glory of the Lamb, who was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father before the worlds were made. [All the rest of humanity shall be resurrected to a kind of light and glory.]

40 And this is the gospel [the Covenant], the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—

41 That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;

42 That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him; [He came to lift us to a higher resurrection.]

43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him. [Another caveat to understanding a son of perdition, in that they have had the Son revealed to them by the Father and then denied Him. To deny is more than to turn away, it is to actively rebel. Specifically, to shed innocent blood of a 4th estate after making a solemn oath to Satan.]

44 Wherefore, he saves all except them—they shall go away into everlasting punishment, which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment— [To reign implies a kingdom. Yes, they have a dominion, a place where they rule, but it is not a place of peace. Those who go here seek for personal gratification and dominion over others without end. Their worm dieth not, because it cannot be satisfied.]

45 And the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows;

46 Neither was it revealed, neither is, neither will be revealed unto man, except to them who are made partakers thereof; [The Lord hasn’t revealed their exact place he will send each of these souls. But, he does reveal what is it like. And the servants of God are given permission to see and understand who and what Satan and Lucifer are. It is important to know your enemy when in the midst of a war.]

47 Nevertheless, I, the Lord, show it by vision unto many, but straightway shut it up again;

48 Wherefore, the end, the width, the height, the depth, and the misery thereof, they understand not, neither any man except those who are ordained [commanded to partake] unto this condemnation.

49 And we heard the voice, saying: Write the vision, for lo, this is the end of the vision of the sufferings of the ungodly. [The Lord often instructs his servants to write what they see for the edification of others. Sometimes it is difficult to put into words what is seen.]

50 And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—

51 They are they who received the testimony [witness] of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—

52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit [Holy Ghost] by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power; [They partook of the Doctrine of Christ, to exercise faith unto repentance, to be baptized, and to receive the Holy Ghost.]

53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just [received the higher resurrection] and true. [To rise to the Fourth Estate]

54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn. [Many are called, but few are chosen.]

55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things— [These are His rulers and ambassadors in this world and the next.]

56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;

57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son. [This is a terrestrial priesthood. It is not randomly given to the righteous, for it was earned by faith (vs. 53) before the foundation of the world. Alma 13]

The Order of Enoch, Melchizedek, and the order of the Only Begotten Son are all synonymous with the priesthood of the Church of the Firstborn. These are the 144k high priests and priestesses called and anointed to condescend and save the souls of the House of Israel, the posterity of Adam and Eve from the beginning of days until the end of this world. And the first shall be last, and the last shall be first!

58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—

59 Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. [They are forever bound to the Lord, and Him to them, as the Father, and they are themselves the Sons and Daughters of God. In this is a mystery.]

60 And they shall overcome all things. [Who else do we know overcame all things?]

61 Wherefore, let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God, who shall subdue all enemies under his feet. [All this is to the glory of God, His purpose, and joy.]

62 These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.

63 These are they whom he shall bring with him, when he shall come in the clouds of heaven to reign on the earth over his people. [He will arrive surrounded by the 144 thousand.]

64 These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection. [They are a part of those who have ascended in glory from this world.]

65 These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just. [Received the gift of the Holy Ghost.]

66 These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all. [worshipped at the Throne of God, his angels]

67 These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church [association] of Enoch, and of the Firstborn. [one in the same, from different times]

68 These are they whose names are written [known] in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all.

69 These are they who are just men [and women] made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.

70 These are they whose bodies are celestial, whose glory is that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical. [It literally is like the white plasma power of the sun. Such element is divine and glorious.]

71 And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament. [This is a transitional glory. These have qualified for the first heaven, yet have not yet received the Lord in His fullness.]

72 Behold, these are they who died without law; [Their lives did not afford them a chance to choose between God and Satan.]

73 And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison [vagabond spirits who walk the earth], whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh; [Are taught by the angels of God and given opportunity to repent.]

74 Who received not the testimony of Jesus [witness of the Holy Ghost] in the flesh, but afterwards received it. [in the Spirit Realm]

75 These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.

76 These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness. [Yet.]

77 These are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father.

78 Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.

79 These are [also] they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God. [These include many of the good people of the world that because of unbelief and false traditions did not receive the fullness of the Doctrine of Christ.]

80 And now this is the end of the vision which we saw of the terrestrial, that the Lord commanded us to write while we were yet in the Spirit. [There is so much more that could have been said about this kingdom. Why was there not? Because questions were not asked at the time.]

81 And again, we saw the glory of the telestial, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the glory of the stars differs from that of the glory of the moon in the firmament.

82 These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus.

83 These are they who deny not the Holy Spirit. [Have not made oaths to Satan.]

84 These are they who are thrust down to hell. [Suffer in the physical world, and in the spirit prison.]

85 These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work. [Satan can continue to tempt and bind them until the Lord’s work is finished.]

86 These are they who receive not of his fulness in the eternal world, but of the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the terrestrial; [This is what the 4th estate do in the world we live in now.]

87 And the terrestrial through the administration of the celestial. [That is the next world.]

88 And also the telestial receive it of the administering of angels who are appointed to minister for them, or who are appointed to be administering spirits for them; for they shall be heirs of salvation. [Again, the 4th estate sent to administer to them.]

89 And thus we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial, which surpasses all understanding; [It is vast in its scope and purpose.]

90 And no man knows it except him to whom God has revealed it. [This is kind of like my adding an EDIT.]

91 And thus we saw the glory of the terrestrial which excels in all things the glory of the telestial, even in glory, and in power, and in might, and in dominion. [Because its dominion spans the galaxy and beyond.]

92 And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels in all things—where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever; [And this is the universe, which is more than our minds can fathom.]

93 Before whose throne all things bow in humble reverence, and give him glory forever and ever. [Each is one above another in glory and power, as we ascend the ladder of progression in the Everlasting Covenant.]

94 They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace; [They know who they are and what their missions are.]

95 And he makes them equal in power, and in might, and in dominion. [He “makes” them equal, meaning He brings them forth to overcome all things.]

96 And the glory of the celestial is one, even as the glory of the sun is one. [It is like unto the glory of the sun. Brilliant white, powerful, and unfathomable.]

97 And the glory of the terrestrial is one, even as the glory of the moon is one. [It is beyond our planet. Only seen as a transitional light as it reflects the greater light.]

98 And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world; [Stars are all of different sizes and glories. Each has planets that follow it. In this is a mystery.]

99 For these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.

100 These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;

101 But received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant. [There are many children of men in the world, with different religions, and cultures. They are as the stars in the sky.]

102 Last of all, [the last division of judgment] these all are they who will not be gathered with the saints, to be caught up unto the church of the Firstborn, and received into the cloud. [These will remain in captivity, in Spirit Prison, upon a dead earth until the end of the Millenium.]

103 These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.

104 These are they who suffer the wrath [judgment] of God on earth.

105 These are they who suffer the vengeance of eternal fire.

106 These are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath of Almighty God, until the fulness of times, when Christ shall have subdued all enemies under his feet, and shall have perfected his work; [These are the children of men who continue to live the carnal mortal existence in a telestial sphere without end. It is like Hell, for it is an endless cycle of suffering.]

107 When he shall deliver up the kingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have overcome and have trodden the wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.

108 Then shall he be crowned with the crown of his glory, to sit on the throne of his power to reign forever and ever. [This will take place at the end of the Millenium.]

109 But behold, and lo, we saw the glory and the inhabitants of the telestial world, that they were as innumerable as the stars in the firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the seashore;

110 And heard the voice of the Lord saying: These all shall bow the knee, and every tongue shall confess to him who sits upon the throne forever and ever;

111 For they shall be judged according to their works, and every man shall receive according to his own works, his own dominion [A place designated], in the mansions which are prepared; [What is a mansion? It is an abode, which is beyond a simple house or property. It is a world. At the end of the Millennium, all the souls of this world will transmigrate to another place to inherit their telestial dominion.]

112 And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end. [There is a gulf between the telestial worlds and where God dwells. No mortal being can cross that gulf without their body being completely consumed.]

113 This is the end of the vision which we saw, which we were commanded to write while we were yet in the Spirit.

114 But great and marvelous are the works of the Lord, and the mysteries of his kingdom which he showed unto us, which surpass all understanding in glory, and in might, and in dominion; [What is a mystery? It is knowledge that can only by given directly from the Lord.]

115 Which he commanded us we should not write while we were yet in the Spirit, and are not lawful for man to utter; [Often such information is forbidden to share because it is a distraction from what the Lord desires to teach us. The Lord makes it clear to his servants where that line is drawn.]

116 Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him; [There is the formula, to seek knowledge because we love Him and make ourselves clean as we come unto Him by the power of His Spirit.]

117 To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;

118 That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

Yes, in the flesh; meaning, that they may learn these things while alive upon the earth. How does someone receive such a vision as Joseph and Sidney? By giving their heart to God, becoming clean through sanctification of the Spirit, and asking questions out of love, desiring to understand who the Lord is and how we can be His servant for the saving of souls. Such is the purpose behind all such communications with God.

119 And to God and the Lamb be glory, and honor, and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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D&C 101:1-70 Thoughts

1 Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted, and cast out from the land of their inheritance— [In Jackson County, Missouri]

2 I, the Lord, have suffered [permitted] the affliction to come upon them, wherewith they have been afflicted, in consequence of their transgressions;

3 Yet I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels. [It is marvelous to see how the Lord can look past our failures, knowing our true potential for greatness. How will these saints who were unworthy be able to redeem themselves? In this is a mystery.]

4 Therefore, they must needs be chastened and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son. [Asked to give up what they cherish, as did Abraham, to see if they will trust Him.]

All servants of the Lord are required at some point to sacrifice something, a trial of their faith.

5 For all those who will not endure chastening [correction], but deny me, cannot be sanctified. [A key element of receiving sanctification, which is the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.]

6 Behold, I say unto you, there were jarrings, [conflicts] and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; [seeking to advance their own favor] therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances.

7 They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble. [Another way to understand this is that because they did not seek to hear the Lord’s council and revelation regarding their personal matters. When they found themselves in a dire situation, they had not yet learned to hear His voice and were left to their own devices.]

The Lord does not act out of a vengeful heart and choose to not answer prayers because we were not vigilant. He immediately forgives the repentant heart. However, it is difficult for someone to receive clear revelation when they have not cultivated that relationship. For such, they often do not understand what they are receiving in the hour of duress because they do not know Him.

8 In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me. [They ignored the still small voice, and then they tried to find it.]

9 Verily I say unto you, notwithstanding their sins, my bowels are filled with compassion towards them. I will not utterly cast them off; and in the day of wrath [judgment] I will remember mercy.

God understands the weakness of the carnal man. All of us make mistakes like these early saints. The Lord’s mercy provides a way for us to come back and find Him.

10 I have sworn, and the decree hath gone forth by a former commandment which I have given unto you, that I would let fall the sword of mine indignation in behalf of my people; and even as I have said, it shall come to pass.

11 Mine indignation is soon to be poured out without measure upon all nations; and this will I do when the cup of their iniquity is full. [Referring to the great tribulations which will occur before His coming.]

It has been more than 187 years since the Lord said His indignation would “soon” be upon all nations. That is soon in the scope of the world’s timeframe. We might now assume that it is very soon!

12 And in that day all who are found upon the watch-tower, or in other words, all mine Israel, shall be saved.

What is the “watchtower?” It is all those who have made covenant with the Lord to be His people – His Church. This is more than to identify as Christian, but to have actually received Him.

13 And they that have been scattered shall be gathered. [gathered to Zion]

14 And all they who have mourned shall be comforted. [receive the Holy Ghost]

15 And all they who have given their lives for my name shall be crowned. [receive their Calling and Election]

To be crowned is to fulfill a higher covenant, which implies a foreordained call to minister in the flesh, to give one’s life for the saving of the House of Israel.

16 Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God. [Joseph prayed long and hard regarding the confusing situation the saints faced in Jackson County. How were they to redeem Zion if they were to lose everything? Joseph didn’t know the answer, and the Lord told Joseph to trust in His Word.]

17 Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scattered. [The location doesn’t change because the people are gone.]

18 They that remain, [are the last] and are pure in heart [perfected in spirit], shall return, and come to their inheritances [foreordained callings], they and their children [those to whom they steward], with songs of everlasting joy [Eternal Covenant], to build up the waste places of Zion—

The Lord uses the phrase “waste places,” for before Zion is established it would surely be wasted, and without a footing. Meaning, that Zion will begin from scratch as it begins to build up before the Lord’s coming.

19 And all these things that the prophets might be fulfilled. [Referring to Isaiah, and others, including Joseph Smith.]

20 And, behold, there is none other place appointed than that which I have appointed; neither shall there be any other place appointed than that which I have appointed, for the work of the gathering of my saints— [Jackson County is among many places the Lord has appointed, yet it was not given to us to know all the details of how these things are to be.]

21 Until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them; [referring to the gathering of the Gatherers] and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them, and they shall be called stakes, for the curtains or the strength of Zion.

22 Behold, it is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together, and stand in holy places;

It is good to gather to pray and seek revelation from the Lord. In such circumstances, the Lord shows His great power unto the accomplishment of His purposes.

23 And prepare for the revelation [the Grand Reveal of God] which is to come, when the veil of the covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth the earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me together.

There is a great spiritual and physical barrier that is set between this physical earth and where God dwells. At His coming, this separation will be lifted, and as it is done, as a scroll is opened, all upon the earth shall see these things together, and the earth will then melt with fervent heat, and the righteous shall be lifted up and taken to a new earth and a new Heaven, as has been prophesied.

24 And every corruptible thing [every kind of flesh, and none will remain], both of man, or of the beasts of the field, or of the fowls of the heavens, or of the fish of the sea, that dwells upon all the face of the earth, shall be consumed; [the physical matter destroyed]

25 And also that of element [even the rocks and earth itself] shall melt with fervent heat; and all things shall become new, that my knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth. [All things are made new. Just like our own bodies are resurrected to new life, of a new element of light and glory, so shall be the resurrection of this earth.]

26 And in that day the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts, yea, the enmity of all flesh, shall cease from before my face. [The survival of the animal kingdom will not yield to the necessity of taking life to survive. It is no longer a carnal world, for it is of a higher glory.]

27 And in that day whatsoever any man shall ask, it shall be given unto him. [The ability to receive knowledge, and to live abundantly, to travel and understand the meaning of all things shall be given.]

28 And in that day Satan shall not have power to tempt any man. [because the new earth is not where Satan dwells]

29 And there shall be no sorrow because there is no death. [both spiritual and physical death]

30 In that day an infant shall not die until he is old; [like unto this world] and his life shall be as the age of a tree; [You count the age of the tree by the rings in its trunk, its seasons of life. Continually expanding and bearing fruit and the seed of its offspring.]

31 And when he dies [finishes his period of life] he shall not sleep, that is to say in the earth, [like in the temporal/telestial earth] but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and shall be caught up, and his rest shall be glorious. [This is an allusion to the process of ascension, as we go from one glory to the next in the Everlasting Covenant.]

32 Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things—

Another more detailed explanation of how we shall be taught after this life in the higher realm. Interestingly enough, we don’t need to wait until after the Second Coming to access the following blessing.

33 Things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof— [We hardly know a tenth of one percent of such knowledge, even that which is written in scripture.]

34 Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven. [In this is a mystery.]

35 And all they who suffer persecution for my name, and endure in faith, though they are called to lay down their lives for my sake yet shall they partake of all this glory.

Persecution and laying down one’s life can come in many forms. Simply yielding oneself to God in all ways qualifies them to receive a fullness.

36 Wherefore, fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full.

What does it mean to have a fullness of joy? It is where your heart is completely filled with love, light, glory, understanding, and gratitude. We can experience joy in this world, but never a fullness until we are in His presence.

37 Therefore, care not for the body, neither the life of the body; but care for the soul, and for the life of the soul. [Interestingly, the soul is the combined experience of both the body and spirit, which continues after our temporal body is gone, yet cannot fully mature without experiencing the flesh. Therefore, this verse doesn’t discount the importance of the body, but in the purpose for which it was created.]

38 And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life. [A powerful verse admonishing all to literally “seek the face of the Lord always.” How can anything be more plainly written? For in doing so, you shall accomplish your purpose in this life, and receive Eternal Life!]

39 When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men; [Here the Lord is directing His comments to the servants of God, the 4th estate.]

40 They are called to be the savor of men; therefore, if that salt of the earth lose its savor, behold, it is thenceforth good for nothing only to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. [If a servant of God falls away and is lost, he is no longer of value to the Lord in saving souls.]

41 Behold, here is wisdom [how to move forward] concerning the children of Zion [those who desired to dwell there], even many, but not all; they were found transgressors [did not do as instructed], therefore they must needs be chastened [a painful correction]—

42 He that exalteth himself shall be abased [humbled], and he that abaseth himself shall be exalted.

43 And now, I will show unto you a parable, that you may know my will concerning the redemption [return]of Zion.

44 A certain nobleman [the Lord] had a spot of land [the earth], very choice; and he said unto his servants [the 4th estate]: Go ye unto my vineyard, even upon this very choice piece of land, and plant twelve olive trees; [the 2nd estate, the House of Israel]

45 And set watchmen [prophets] round about them, and build a tower [church], 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 [servants of the adversary] shall come to spoil and take upon themselves the fruit [souls] of my vineyard.

46 Now, the servants [4th estate] 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. [This is something that occurs to different degrees in every dispensation as an attempt to regain the vineyard. Priesthood is restored and the Lord reestablishes his “tower.” See Jabob 5 and the Allegory of the Vineyard.]

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? [Why follow the instructions of the Lord in organizing the church? Why not do it our way?]

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? [because we are righteous]

49 Might not this money be given to the exchangers? For there is no need of these things. [A way of saying that there are other things more worthy of our attention and investment of time and money.]

50 And while they were at variance [contending] one with another they became very slothful, and they hearkened not unto the commandments of their lord. [They sought their own council and not revelation of God.]

51 And the enemy came by night, and broke down the hedge; and the servants of the nobleman arose and were affrighted, and fled [the slothful servants of God]; and the enemy destroyed their works, and broke down the olive trees. [the tender covenant souls]

52 Now, behold, the nobleman, the lord of the vineyard, called upon his servants, and said unto them, Why! what is the cause of this great evil?

53 Ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you, and—after ye had planted the vineyard, and built the hedge round about, and set watchmen upon the walls thereof—built the tower also, and set a watchman upon the tower, and watched for my vineyard, and not have fallen asleep, lest the enemy should come upon you?

54 And behold, the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off; and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof, and saved my vineyard from the hands of the destroyer.

How does the enemy break down the hedge, the barrier between them and the vineyard? Do we not see how this has occurred in our modern society today? How much sinful permissiveness do we allow to thrive in our daily lives? What was unheard of even a decade ago is now mainstream today.

55 And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants [one who will lead in the last days]: Go and gather together the residue of my servants [the last of the 4th estate, the 144k in the last days], and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry; [all those who shall gather in the last days]

56 And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard [the world], and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money. [This is a prophecy of a future event which will begin the process of redeeming Zion by power in the last days. It has yet to occur. At the time of Joseph Smith, it was regarded as a direct prophecy to reclaim Jackson County from the Missourians, but it was so much more.]

57 Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.

58 And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by [over time] I may come with the residue [a small portion] of mine house and possess the land.

59 And the servant said unto his lord: When shall these things be?

60 And he said unto his servant: When I will [That is for me to know.]; go ye straightway, and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you;

This part of the parable points to the later fulfillment of the prophecy of the redemption of Zion.

61 And this shall be my seal and blessing upon you—a faithful and wise steward in the midst of mine house, a ruler in my kingdom.

62 And his servant went straightway, and did all things whatsoever his lord commanded him; and after many days all things were fulfilled.

Who is this servant with whom the Lord is conversing? It is the same servant the Lord is raising up in our day to lead the Remnant of Jacob, the Lamanite army that will cleanse this land and establish Zion. 3 Nephi 20:16-22, Ether 13:6-10, 1 Nephi 13:34, 2 Nephi 3:22-24

63 Again, verily I say unto you, I will show unto you wisdom in me concerning all the churches [the different branches of the Mormon Church at that time], inasmuch as they are willing to be guided in a right and proper way for their salvation—

64 That the work of the gathering together of my saints may continue, that I may build them up unto my name upon holy places; for the time of harvest is come [The time of the end of the Times of the Gentiles and the beginning of the Gathering of Israel], and my word must needs be fulfilled.

65 Therefore, I must gather together my people [House of Israel], according to the parable of the wheat and the tares, that the wheat [those of the covenant] may be secured in the garners to possess eternal life, and be crowned with celestial glory, when I shall come in the kingdom of my Father to reward every man according as his work shall be;

66 While the tares shall be bound in bundles, and their bands made strong, that they may be burned with unquenchable fire. [consumed by his glory at his coming and in perfect judgment sent to their place]

67 Therefore, a commandment I give unto all the churches, that they shall continue to gather together unto the places which I have appointed.

68 Nevertheless, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, let not your gathering be in haste, nor by flight; but let all things be prepared before you. [Don’t let the emotions get ahead of you in your zeal to do good. Seek personal revelation and go only to that place God appoints you to go.]

69 And in order that all things be prepared before you, observe the commandment which I have given concerning these things—

70 Which saith, or teacheth, to purchase all the lands with money, which can be purchased for money, in the region round about the land which I have appointed to be the land of Zion, for the beginning of the gathering of my saints; [A specific revelation given to Joseph and Oliver regarding the acquisition of the Jackson County lands.]

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