THE MORMON PROPHETESS (PART 7 of 9)


An artist's depiction of Joseph Smith's "Order Lodge" which he constructed on the second floor of his red-brick store in Nauvoo, Illinois, in the early 1840s. On the extreme write hand side of this drawing you'll see a door with a white veil. The veil is parted, and sitting inside, almost out of view, is a man wearing a crown and a robe.

In 1842, in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith created a secret society called "The Holy Order"; also called the "Quorum of the Anointed". Only about seventy Mormons were ever members of this Order. This Order was "separate" from the Church, but to become a member of the Holy Order, you also had to be a member of the Church. Sometimes the Order was called "the Anointed Quorum". Joseph Smith took rites he'd learned as a Freemason, and designed a special initiation ceremony for the Order, he called "Celestial Masonry". This included washing with water, anointing with oil, donning white clothing, and learning secret handshakes and passwords. There was also a white veil, and if you gave the correct "signs and tokens" the white veil was parted, and when you went into a small room, and sitting on a throne was a man wearing a crown and a red robe.

There is no evidence that Joseph Smith ever intended that the entire Church be "initiated" into Celestial Masonry. He intended that ceremony only for his "Quorum of the Anointed" that he planned to take with him to Palestine. After Joseph's death in 1844, Brigham Young took "celestial masonry" and changed the name to "Holy Endowment Ceremony" and made it a required rite for all Mormons getting married or going on Church missions. The "king in a red robe wearing a crown" was part of the Nauvoo Temple ceremony of 1846-7, but, from reasons unknown, Brigham Young removed the "king" with the red robe sitting in the celestial room, after the Mormons came to Utah.

On March 26, 1844, Joseph Smith said the following:

"The literal Kingdom of God, and the Church of God, are two distinct things." (Joseph Smith Papers, Administrative Records, p.xxiii)

Today, Mormons are taught from birth that the Church and the Kingdom are the same thing exactly, but early Mormon leaders, as we shall prove below, taught the opposite of that: that the Church was established to "prepare the way" for the Kingdom, just like John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. The lesser always prepares the way for the Greater.

According to George J. Adams, the Bishop of Nauvoo, and a member of the Holy Order, Joseph Smith planned to leave his brother Hyrum in charge of the Church, and he (Joseph) was going to take the Holy Order with him to Palestine, and there await the coming of "the Son of Man" in 1891. Joseph was told that "if thou livest until thou art eight-five years of age, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man" (D&C 130:15). Why the man with the crown wearing a red robe? Joseph Smith was told "And the Lord shall be red in his apparel like him who treadeth the wine vat." (D&C 133:48). Where in the Holy Land would this take place, in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives? No, Joseph Smith was told "as the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of the Lord descend upon them." (D&C 128:19)

Mount Carmel is on the northern coast of Israel, next to the city of Haifa. In 1868, a colony of German Christian arrived in Haifa, then a small Arab village. They were follows of a "Christian Prophet" named George David Hartegg, who claimed that the Lord told him that He was returning, and to prepare a people to meet him. They called themselves "The Society of the Temple". They arrived in Haifa in 1868, and they built a road from the sea to Mount Carmel, which they called "The Way of the Lord" (now called "Ben Gurion Street"). On either side of "The Way" they built their homes and shops, and over the doors and windows they wrote "Der Herr ist Nahe" (German: "The Lord is Near").

Mormons are taught today (2015) that there is "only one Prophet" on the Earth at any given time, the President of the Church. But, The Book of Mormon says in the time of Lehi there were "many prophets" (First Nephi chapter one), and 15 men in the LDS church are "sustained" twice a year as "prophets, seers, revelators" although they don't actually prophesy, see, or revelate.

In 1847, Brigham Young was preparing to move the Mormons out West, to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, in what was then called Alta California. He told this to George J. Adams, who refused; saying that he was going to take the Holy Order to Palestine, as Joseph Smith wanted. Young had George J. Adams excommunicated, along with most of the Holy Order, who decided to follow Adams to Palestine. instead of going with Brigham Young to what is now Utah.

In took years, but in 1864, Adams and the Holy Order arrived in Palestine, in Jaffa (Tel Aviv); which was then part of the Turkish Ottomon Empire. But times were tough. There was very little water. Their crops failed. So, Adams and most of the Holy Order regretfully returned to America. However, twenty families stayed, and struggled for a few more years, believing that the Lord would guide them. But, they were hungry. In 1868, someone told them about a colony of Germans in Haifa, forty miles north of them. So, the twenty families packed up and moved to the German Colony at Haifa, and help them build "The Way of the Lord" and their homes and shops on either side of "The Way". A few of the Mormons spoke German. This "remnant" of the Holy Order was welcomed by the Society of the Temple, and they became a part of it. Had Joseph Smith lived, he would have been among them.

In 1891, a Man appeared on the shore of Haifa, wearing a Dervish (Muslim holy man) crown, and a blood red robe. Another Man was with Him, assisting Him. They walked along "The Way of the Lord" to Mount Carmel, and climbed the slope to the mid-point, where they stopped and the Man in the blood red robe recited a poem in Arabic, claiming that He was the Son of Man. His Voice echoed down to the German Colony below, about ten per cent were members of the Holy Order, or their children born in Palestine. The Germans and Mormons looked out of their windows, and a few came outside, out of curiosity. They no doubt asked themselves: "What are these two strange men doing?" And the two Men came down from the mountain, and walked down "The Way" back to the sea, past the German Society of the Temple members and the Mormon Holy Order members, who saw the Faces of these Men clearly as they walked. As the two Men walked, the Man wearing the Dervish crown and the blood red robe kept saying in Arabic (which many of the Germans by then could understand):

"Verily, this is the Day in which to see the Face, and hear the Voice, of the Son of Man!"
This was in February of 1891. Twenty members of the Nauvoo "Order Lodge" Quorum of the Anointed, had settled in the German colony decades before. Had Joseph Smith been there, and lived until then, he would have been 85 years old.


JOSEPH SMITH'S 1891 PROPHECIES

On the the 6th of April, 1843, Joseph Smith declared:

There are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death til Christ comes." (Joseph Smith, General Conference, 6 April 1843, quoted in The Words of Joseph Smith, p.179)
How many of the "rising generation" (children) living in 1843 are still alive today? Was Joseph Smith mistaken? Or, did Christ come before the children living in 1843 had all died? Baha'is believe that Christ returned before all those living in 1843 were dead.

A "Voice" told Joseph Smith on April 6th, 1843 that if he lived until he was 85 years of age he would "see the Face of the Son of Man (D&C 130:14-15).

Joseph Smith had already seen Jesus' face in a vision 1820 in Palmyra, New York, and again in a vision in the Kirkland Temple in Kirland, Ohio, in 1836! Obviously, the "face of the Son of Man" can't be Jesus' face; which Joseph Smith had already seen twice. The "face of the Son of Man" would be the Face of the Spirit of Truth~Holy Ghost incarnate.

The First 1891 Prophecy

On February 14th, 1835, Joseph Smith gave a speech in Kirland, Ohio, before "Zion's Camp"; a Mormon militia that was going to Missouri to defend Mormons living there from Missouri mobs who believed that the Mormons were trying to free their black slaves. The speech was recorded by Franklin D. Richards; then the personal secretary of Joseph Smith. In this speech, Joseph Smith claimed that the Holy Spirit showed him in vision that the coming of the Lord would be "56 years hence" from 1835 (1891). In the History of the Church for February 14, 1835 (reported by his secretary Franklin D. Richards) it says:

"President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called, because God commanded it; and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit***and it was the will of God that those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh--even fifty-six years should wind-up the scene." (D.H.C. 2:182)
In the Index (vol. 7) of the History of the Church , under "Second Coming", we find the following: "Joseph indicates would be in fifty-six years V2:182". The year 1835 + 56 years = 1891 That's right, the Index of History of the Church, published by the Church, declares that Joseph Smith prophesied that Christ would come in the year 1891!

The Second 1891 Prophecy

On April 6th, 1843, Joseph Smith made the following prophecy:

"I was once praying earnestly upon the subject, and a voice said unto me, My son, if thou livest till thou art 85 years of age, thou shalt see the Face of the Son of Man--I was left to draw my own conclusions concerning this & took the liberty to conclude that if I did live till that time He would make His appearance or I shall go where He is--I prophesy in the name of the Lord God--& let it be written, that the Son of Man will not come in the heavens till I am 85 years old, 48 years hence or about 1890." (Diary of Joseph Smith, April 6, 1843, quoted in The Revelations of Joseph Smith, p.345)
48 years "hence" of 1843 is 1891 (1843+48=1891).

Mormon Apostles Look To 1891 for the Kingdom to Be Established

Today (2015) Mormons are taught by their leaders, that the Church is the Kingdom, and the Kingdom is the Church, or, that the Church will establish the Kingdom; which would be the "Political Kingdom of God" on Earth. But...this was not always so.

The early "Brethren" (Mormon leaders) believed that Christ would come and establish His Kingdom in the year 1891; based upon the 1835 and 1843 prophecies of Joseph Smith.

Early Mormon apostles believed the Millennial Kingdom would be established, somehwere on this planet, in the year 1891 by "the Son of Man" Who would appear "in red apparel". Mormon Apostles did not know "where" this would be. But the Holy Order believed THE KINGDOM would be established upon Mount Carmel, as the LORD told the Seer:

"As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them." (D&C 128:19)
In 1891, in General Conference in Salt Lake City, in the Tabernacle, Elder Charles W. Penrose (a Mormon apostle) said:

"Did not all the Prophets of old look forward to such a time, and did not our Savior send His disciples to proclaim that THE KINGDOM was at hand? He gave a great many parables concerning THE KINGDOM. He compared it, among other things, to a grain of mustard seed that grew and became the greatest tree on earth. That is, commencing with a small beginning, but, like all God's works, gradually growing and developing until fully complete. The prophet Daniel saw it as the 'little stone', cut out of the mountain without hands, which smote the great image and shattered its remnants to the four winds, and then became a great mountain and filled the whole earth, which is our birthplace according to the flesh and our future home and heaven. The earth fulfills the law of its creation and shall therefore be glorified and become a fit dwelling place for the sanctified, fit for the Presence of God and clothed with His glory. The Church and THE KINGDOM are not identical, although they are closely connected. In the Church is the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is a preparation for that Divine Government. IT will not be fully established until Christ comes, who is the King. As members of the Church we are commanded to be subject to the governments under which we live, as long as they exist, for 'the powers that be are ordained of God,' but we are approaching a time when all things on earth must give way to the HEAVENLY KINGDOM. The kingdom of this world are to become the KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS CHRIST. Let us prepare ourselves for the events that are coming, and when we pray: 'Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,' do our part in the work to prepare for its advent." (Collected Discourses 2:188-9, EMPHASIS added)
In the year 1890, in Conference, Elder B. H. Roberts (Church historian and Seventy) said:
"Before another General Conference shall be reached we shall have entered upon the year 1891. In the Book of Doctrines and Covenants, section 130, Joseph Smith was promised that if he lived until 1891, he would see the face of the Son of Man. On February 14th, 1835, at a meeting where certain Elders, they were told by Joseph that they were called to go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, before the coming of Christ, even 56 years should wind-up the scene. 1835 plus 56 years also brings us to the year 1891! These circumstances have called the Saints to believe that some great epoch will open at that time--the year following the present [1891]. My faith in the matter is whatever the Lord has in mind to accomplish in that year will be performed. It may be something, however, that would scarcely create a ripple. The organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was one of the greatest events in the history of the world. It was organized with six members, and but little was known concerning it even in the neighborhood where it occurred, at the time. It may be that the greatness of what shall occur in 1891 will not be comprehended until succeeding years." (Collected Discourses 2:105-6)
Mormon Seventy B.H. Roberts said that the Latter-day Saints would not understand what happened in 1891 for many years to come. In 1886, Mormon apostle Moses Thatcher declared before a gathering of Mormons in the Salt Lake Tabernacle:

"Our deliverance will be within 5 years; the time indicated by Joseph's [Feb. 14, 1832] prophecy will be February 14, 1891." (Salt Lake Tribune, 10 April 1886)

In 1887, the LDS Church printed and distributed a book by Elder Robert Smith (a 2nd cousin of Joseph Smith), to be "used by teachers in Sunday Schools" (it was an official Church publication). Elder Robert Smith wrote:

"Now, we will prove by the prophet Joseph Smith that the same year, 1891, is the commencement of the reign of righteousness. In Section 130, Doctrine and Covenants, Joseph was told that if he lived to be 85 years old he would live to see the scene wound up or the Redeemer on the earth. He was born December 23rd, 1805, and if we give him the 85 years, we could not count the year 1805, we should have to count 1806, as the year 1805 was mostly gone before he was born, therefore, we have 1806 and 85, making 1891; again in the year 1835 Joseph was told positively that 56 years would wind up the scene, which we believe was the reign of iniquity and transgression: 56 and 1835 are 1891. Thus we have abundant proof that that year will begin the reign of righteousness, and God's people be acknowledged, for the earth is to be given to them. He has said: 'Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.'" (A Series of Lectures on the Fulfillment of Prophecy, 1887, pp.39-40)
Mormon leaders told rank-and-file Mormons over and over gain to expect "THE KINGDOM" to be established somewhere on Earth in 1891! The Church did not know "where". But the Holy Order did know where! The LORD told the Seer: "As the dews of Carmel, so the knowledge of God shall descend upon them." (D&C 128:19). But what year?

On January 1st 1891, Wilford Woodruff (the 4th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) wrote in is diary:

"Jan 1, 1891. This is New Year's Day, and the year that has been looked upon by many as one of the more important years in the world." (Journal of Wilford Woodruff, Jan. 1, 1891)
Tens of thousand of Latter-day Saints, from Mormon apostles to rank-and-file Mormons, believed that the "Son of Man" was coming "in red apparel" in the year 1891 to establish "THE KINGDOM".

What happened? When I first discovered these prophecies, in the 1980s, I asked my bishop about this. He said, "I don't know, but ask Brother So-and-So, he's the Institute director!" Institutes of Religion are next to most universities and colleges in the Western United States. They were build by the LDS Church for Mormon students, to give them "religious" classes, and for social reasons, because the Church leaders discovered that college educated Mormons were more likely to leave the Church. Mormon bishops are part-timem volunteers, and have no training in Mormon history or doctrine other than Sunday School classes all Mormons attend. So, I went to the Institute Director, and asked: "Joseph Smith clearly prophesied that the Lord would return in 1891, when he was 85 years old. These aren't off-the-cuff remarks, but clear prophecies. What happened?"

The Institute of Religion instructor looked at me, and confidentially said:
"Well, of course these were true prophecies, but the Members of the Church just weren't ready for the Lord to return. So, the Lord had no choice but to delay His coming!"
Over the years, I found that most Mormons were totally unaware of the 1891 prophecies of Joseph Smith, because Church leaders really don't want the Members to know about them. Church leaders want Members "obedient" to Church leaders, and not asking questions they shouldn't be asking. I asked many more Institute of Religion instructors, and Mormon historians, the same question, and they told me the same thing: the "we" (the Mormons) simply weren't ready, so "the Lord had to delay His coming".

When Jesus failed to appear in the sky over Salt Lake City in 1891, riding upon a cloud, spitting fire-balls upon the wicked, with thousands of angels blowing trumpets (as all thieves in the night do), the Mormons said: "The Lord has delayed His coming!"

Truly did Jesus say, "that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth His coming." (Matt. 14:48)

Truly did the LORD say unto Joseph the Seer:

"...and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth." (D&C 45:26)
If you are a Mormon who grew up in the Church, did your Sunday School teachers, Seminary teachers, or Institute instructors, ever tell you anything about Joseph Smith's 1891 prophecies? Anything at all?

You were told only those things The Brethren want you to know; things to inspired "faith" (i.e. in them).


JESUS WAS THE FATHER AND THE SON IN ONE BODY

"Jesus Christ" was a divine combination of Two Divine Beings in one body....

The Father ("Christ")

and the Son ("Jesus")

Mormons today are taught that the Father did not dwell "in" Jesus, because the Father is an exalted white man, with the body of a white man, and He has no power to "get out" of His resurrected body. But, Joseph Smith Jr. taught in his Lectures on Faith that "the Father is the personage of Spirit" (Lecture 5:5) and that "the Son of a personage of tabernacle" (5:7); meaning the Father is a Spirit, and the Son if flesh (i.e. has a physical body). The Lectures on Faith were the "Doctrine" of the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. They were considered scripture. However, Church doctrine "changed" over time. By 1904, the Church was teaching that the Father has one human body that He can't leave at Will, and is powerless to do so. This "new understanding" contradicted what was written in The Lectures on Faith. So, The Lectures on Faith were removed from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants in 1904.

However, the Father "can" incarnate (become flesh) just as the Son or "Word" can. Joseph Smith said in his "Lectures on Faith" in 1834 that "the Father is a personage of Spirit". However, in 1843, Joseph Smith said that the Father "has a body as tangible as man's" body. What happened? Remember, the Father can "become flesh" just like the Son can. The Father became flesh as Krishna, and Buddha, and, in the 19th century, as a Persian nobleman in Iran.

By "Jesus Christ" Mormons assume one Divine Being is meant: Jesus of Nazareth. But, this is not what The Book of Mormon teaches! The Book of Mormon teaches that "Jesus Christ" was TWO DIVINE BEINGS in one body! Mosiah (a Book of Mormon prophet) wrote that the Father was "Spirit" (the Spirit of Truth), and the Son was "flesh". They were "one God" in Jesus Christ:

2 And because he dwellth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son--
3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and the Son--
4 And they are One God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth. (Mosiah 15:2-4)
Mormon wrote:
9 And because of the fall of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son;....(Mormon 9:12)
In the Book of Ether (ee-thir), in The Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ says:
14 Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. (Ether 3:14)
The Spirit said to Joseph the Seer:
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. (D&C 93:17)
Mormons are taught that Heavenly Father can only be in one place at a time, and He is "bound" by His physical body. He can't leave it.

Xorol R. Oliver taught that the Father is "Spirit" but a "Spirit" can enter into the body of any being in the Cosmos. The Father has Power to materialize a trillion bodies at one time, on a trillion planets. The Father can "do" anything He wants to do! At the baptism of Jesus, the Father (Holy Spirit) entered into Jesus, and Jesus became "Jesus Christ" (i.e. Jesus anointed with the Holy Spirit). Or, in other words, Jesus "possessed" with the Holy Spirit.

Questions for the Reader

1) How many prophecies can a true Prophet make that fail to come to pass?

2) Did Joseph Smith initiate all Mormons into "Celestial Masonry" or only members of the Holy Order?

3) Why did George A. Smith go to Palestine with the Holy Order?

4) What was Joseph Smith promised "if" he lived until he was 85 years old?

5) Is it just "mere coincidence" that a Man appeared in 1891, wearing a red robe, in the Holy Land, claiming to be the Son of Man?

According to Xorol R. Oliver, "They" would not return in "one" body, but in two bodies: as a "Father" and His "Son".

And...They did! Only two sections to go....

Part 8 of 9



Part I: The Prophetess and the Curse of Cain:
Part II: The True Story of Adam and Eve
Part III: The Book of Mormon as Prophetic Parable
Part IV: Moroni~the Rosicrucian Monk
Part V: The Prophecy of Lyman Wight
Part VI: As A Man Like Ourselves
Part VII: The King in the Red Robe
Part VIII: The Fall of Joseph Smith
Part IX: The Coming of the Father and the Son


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