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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20 Responses to D&C 88 Thoughts

  1. Joseph Smith said the other comforter in John 14:16 is Jesus Christ. Alma said it was the Lord that gave him the promise of eternal life in Mosiah 26:20. Why do you think 88:3-4 is referring to the Holy Ghost?

    I understand why you and many others may view this differently. It is confusing because of the context of both what the Lord said in John, and what Joseph said.

    The scripture in John is referring to the other comforter to come, which for them was the gift of the Holy Ghost. Until then, the Apostles had exercised the power of the HG, and had been in the presence of Christ. Christ is considered a “Comforter,” or a divine presence. To say “another,” or a second, is to simply state what the next for one to receive will be. Most people will obviously not be in the Lord’s presence like the disciples of Galilee before having their gift of the HG, So, they will first receive the HG, and then look forward to the next divine presence, which is Jesus Christ. And it goes on from there.

    Joseph uses the language of the “other comforter” to imply that the next thing they will receive after the HG will be Christ himself. This is true. I think a more clear way for Joseph to have said it is as follows:

    “After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost (by the laying on of hands), which is the first Comforter [Our first experience with divinity], then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted. When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure, then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter, [2nd experience with divinity] which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded in the testimony of St. John, in the 14th chapter, from the 12th to the 27th verses”

    I believe that for the vast majority of people the order will be gift of the HG followed by a tangible witness of Christ. For the disciples who lived with Christ in the flesh it was reversed. There is an example in the BofM of a reversal in an ordinance where the Lamanites in Helaman 5 received the gift of the HG before having the baptism of water, yet they still had to be baptized afterward.

    There are many people confused about the Second Comforter. Many get discouraged because they think they need to earn such a privilege. The Lord’s Doctrine is clear on what is important: to repent, seek baptism of water, then the HG. After this as we continue in charity, we are led to do all that the Lord commands. He desires us to come unto Him and experience all that our faith will receive. But Eternal Life is not only for those who see Him in the flesh. And, seeing Him is no guarantee of our greatness in the Kingdom. Everything is about relationship. As we learn to love Him, he reveals himself. As we learn to have great faith, more of the gifts are given, until the veil is gone, and we commune with the Church of the Firstborn while in the flesh. Most righteous souls will not reach that level of faith in this life and will commune with the COTF in the next world. I hope that helps a little. It’s my view of these things, but we each have to find out for ourselves. PR

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  2. S Silver says:

    Vs 41: You mention that “God is so perfectly attuned to the power of the Spirit”

    Whose spirit is this that God is attuned to? [The Holy Spirit is like a funnel that moves from the top down. That top is eternal without end and funnels through the line of Heavenly Parents. PR]

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  3. FireWalk.7 says:

    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.]

    Does this mean every dispensation head has the title of Michael?… it says elsewhere in D&C that Michael is Adam. [No, Michael is the name of the head archangel officiating over the dispensation of this earth’s creation. Within that dispensation are Seven Dispensations. There should be a world to distinguish between dispensation of worlds, and dispensations of times. PR]

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  4. FireWalk.7 says:

    Will the Schools in Zion also relate to the three pillars of Godliness? [Somewhat, but those are taught in the temple, not the schools. PR]

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  5. truthseeker1820 says:

    So far for D&C Thoughts we have:

    – D&C 101: a revelation about Zion in Jackson County, Missouri (up to verse 70)
    – D&C 76: the vision given to Joseph and Sidney Rigdon of the Kingdoms of Glory and Resurrection
    – D&C 84: a revelation on Priesthood, and the condemnation of the Church (up to verse 59)
    – D&C 88: the Olive Leaf, concerning the Comforter and Second Comforter—the last days, the School of the Prophets, etc.

    I’m sure there’s a pattern here, but I’m not sure I see it yet… 😉 [If there is I’m not aware of it. I have only two more sections I plan to touch upon: 93 and 121. I already did section 132, but was told to not release it. You’ll need your own revelations for that one. PR]

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  6. truthseeker1820 says:

    Interestingly, right after I posted my comment, I felt like the Lord opened my understanding regarding your coverage of these sections. Each of these sections covers a critical thing for the Saints to understand in the last days (perhaps that also includes 93 and 121).

    – Zion is of obvious significance in regard to the last days.
    – The Kingdoms of Glory are an important revelation to understand with regards to the Resurrection, which will accompany the Second Coming.
    – The Priesthood is an important concept for the servants of God to understand (perhaps now more than ever before).
    – The significance of the condemnation of the Church is explained in your first book. I think Joseph called section 88 the Olive Leaf because it represents God’s Olive Branch or Olive Leaf in response to the condemnation of 84. We are given the cure to the condemnation, which is to come unto God and receive the Comforters He desires to bestow upon us. I never thought of it that way before, but it seems to make a lot of sense to me now.

    I actually really appreciate you not releasing the commentary for 132. I have received lots of revelation about that section, and subjects pertaining thereto, and I may still have yet more to receive. God has leveraged it to bring me and Him much, much closer together and I don’t think I ever could have gotten so much out of it if you had preempted my personal revelations by publishing your own thoughts. There is so much in there, and a few parts I still don’t completely understand, but He has led me to one truth after another and my mind has felt like it’s getting brighter and brighter.

    I’m amazed at how much understanding I have now versus what I used to have. I’m glad you have restrained from sharing more explicit thoughts on these subjects, and I urge anyone with similar questions to go and receive personal revelation about it, and to be patient. It took a long time for me to unravel these issues, and not a few sleepless nights, but God was very patient and generous. He guided me through all of my really tough and stressful questions and concerns. My key was to seek primary-source data and then pray about it. Each time I did this, for each question that I had, my understanding was opened a little more. Now I feel like the door is almost completely open. You won’t regret seeking personal revelation about it and the Holy Ghost will sure beat the words of ANY human being. Looking back, my main problem was that I doubted what I received from time to time, and often I sought to read more than pray, but I always felt better when I sought Him in prayer again and He reconfirmed and expanded upon my answers over and over again.

    He is so kind, patient, generous, loving and wise!!!

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  7. FireWalk.7 says:

    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.]

    Is it wise to ask the Lord about things concerning our health, diet, career, hobbies, life path, how to be happier, etc? [I always ask about such things, but always with the – “Lord, what would you have me to do?” Then, He often replies to me to just follow the Spirit and I will know. Occasionally, I get a very direct instruction. But, yes, we should be able to pray about anything. PR]

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  8. S Silver says:

    Vs. 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.”

    This seems to imply those laborers in Joseph’s Day whom the Lord is speaking to will return again. (This does not seem to be Joseph Smith but the Saints to whom this was written.) Is this what is meant by “because you have been before”? This is why they are sent “again”?

    If so, is it common for servants to have an over-arching mission like Nephi/Mormon did?
    Is it common for life missions to span a couple mortal lifetimes? Or is that more common among the 4th estate? [That’s a good question. This is one you should take to the Lord. PR]

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  9. humblebg says:

    Just wanted to thank you PR for this light filled translation of this wonderful section.
    Thanks be to the Lord for His allowing this to be revealed… Love you all.

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  10. Miriam says:

    [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.]

    I find it ironic that Satan, the god of this world, is also represented as the “All Seeing Eye” which is front and center in the Illuminati and in Freemasonry. Opposition in all things. Their claim is that their power, energy, limitless power and light over-arches all. Those who choose to have Satan as their god are said to be illuminated with light and understanding, and yet, in reality, it is darkness. Their dark oaths and covenants require sin, murder, and all forms of debauchery.

    Those who choose Christ as their God actually receive light, truth and glory, and he requires all things virtuous, without blemish or spot.

    I know in whom I put my trust. And yet it is so hard to stay focused, even knowing the amazing promises. Even after having a BOFHG experience. So many distractions. What helps you stay focused, PR? [Repentance is a lifetime pursuit. Making the Lord the center of our desires. PR]

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  11. Star Scream says:

    If the earth is spherical how is it possible that everyone will see Christ in the clouds at His Second Coming? [All those alive will see the sign of His coming as the sign in the Heavens approaches. It will appear as a strange heavenly anomaly, like an approaching comet. As it grows closer it will strike fear to the wicked. When the Lord’s coming is here the earth will burn up; all will behold his face, not with the physical eyes, but with the spiritual. PR]

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  12. tekoraa says:

    If repentance is a lifetime pursuit, at what moment is repentence “complete” to merit salvation (the baptism of fire and Holy Ghost)? [If someone is repenting and they die, they will find God and receive a full measure at some point in the next life. The fullness of the doctrine of Christ is to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is to be born again in Him. That is the “salvation” that we seek. As we progress in the Everlasting Covenant we receive more until all things are given. This is Eternal Life. PR]

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  13. Precisely. Jesus himself said that if anyone says here is Christ or there is Christ, believe him not. Why? Because the return is spiritual. Where did the idea of a physical return come from? Paul, who was not in Galilee at the time of the event, and not experiencing it personally has perpetuated a lie pertaining to the return of Jesus. Proof that the return is spiritual is right there in Acts, in the plain text. Yes, every eye (singular) shall see him, referring to the spiritual eye, as you say. [There will be a physical appearance at the Mt. of Olives and to His Chosen in Zion, but the world will not see Him until He comes in great glory. PR]

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  14. S Silver says:

    Your reply to a comment above: “There will be a physical appearance at the Mt. of Olives and to His Chosen in Zion, but the world will not see Him until He comes in great glory.”

    It seems to me that First Zion is established, then New Jerusalem (a Zion) is established and people inhabit Zion for quite a time while there is still wickedness in the world.

    Is this why it seems true that the coming calamities and the establishment of First Zion feels close, the establishment of the New Jerusalem seems not too far distant, the anti-Christ – which heavenly signs have indicated is on the earth – seems shortly to rise but the actual second coming of Christ could truly be quite a number of years/decades/even generations away?

    Do the people in the New Jerusalem Zion live there for quite a time before the second coming? [Good question. I do not know how long. The only measure of time given is the 3 and 1/2 years of battle over Jerusalem before His coming. PR

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  15. Questions for PR in reference to what they added to my response: A physical appearance at the Mt. of Olives? Please clarify. [D&C 45:48-53 PR] Who are His chosen in Zion? What did they do to become chosen? [The chosen are those who have received Christ, born again in His image. These are the 3rd and 4th estate. PR]

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  16. FireWalk.7 says:

    Will Satan and his angels be trapped within the dead earth during the Millenium? [No, actually all the angels of Satan will be released from the bottomless pit just before the coming of Christ. However, they are imprisoned upon this earth until they are sent to the Outer Darkness after the end of the Millennium. PR]

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  17. Dr. Douglas Dean says:

    Do you know what person(s) or events will initiate the establishment of first Zion? Is God waiting for enough of us to wake up and progress to the point that it can happen? Or, is there some other event that will happen to get things rolling? Thank you. [It will begin after the economic collapse of America and a large earthquake in the Rocky Mountains. Most won’t notice its first inception, but it will be in full swing by the time the Great Earthquake comes. It will start with only a few and grow into a large community before the time comes to begin the Gathering. Around this time the Joseph Servant arrives to lead a group of Lamanite descendants back to build the New Jerusalem. PR]

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  18. Are you able to share more yet about how Adam-ondi-Ahman will occur since it precedes Zion? Will it also happen after the earthquake in the Rocky Mnts? [It is not my place to answer the time. However, I can say it coincides with Revelation 12:1. PR]

    Do all the 4th estate gatherers have to be awake by then? Since it’s a spiritual event It almost sounds as if one could be unaware they had attended? [That is correct. PR]
    Thanks!

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  19. Dr. Douglas Dean says:

    Can you tell us a little more about how First Zion will be established?

    1. Who will provide the resources to get the land and buildings or building materials to establish first Zion? The LDS church? Those called to first Zion? Contributions by someone else? [Someone else. PR]

    2. Will God call people directly (not through the LDS church) to go to first Zion. That is, is it correct to assume the LDS church won’t run the selection and transportation process. [Yes.PR]

    3. Will those called be heads of households who are 3rd and 4th estate beings not unconverted 2nd estate beings? Will those being called be able to bring along their spouses and children? [YES. PR]

    Thanks

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  20. gkawalker says:

    You said [Good question. I do not know how long. The only measure of time given is the 3 and 1/2 years of battle over Jerusalem before His coming. PR

    Does this mean that the common notion of a sign to watch for-a 7 year peace treaty that will be broken at the midpoint, may not be correct? [I’m not aware of any 7 year treaty. There will be an agreement that is broken. PR]

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