And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same (Abraham, vs 2)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Restoration Commences

The Lords hand has been set again a second time. His work is rolling together the final stages. It has been marvelous watching it unfold and it seems this time, it will succeed, Zion will bear fruit from the vine. I can only hope I will be worthy of it. I can only hope to cast off envy, strife, jealousies, selfishness, vanity, and pride. That we won't fall into the same trap all other people before have as the scriptures show.

I am completely unprepared for the things that are coming forth. My weaknesses are so great before the Lord and my sins continually beset me but with God all things are possible. Those who gather will not have accomplished anything great, nor will they think they are better than anyone else. But their hearts will be right, with an eye single to the Glory of God. Those who try to gather before they are prepared will fail. It is the Lord, by his angels, that will gather those who are prepared.

The vineyard has been spared long enough "And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard." (Jacob 5:51). The servant has been called to lay the foundation. The servants if they respond, will bring about His peculiar "strange act". For it is a strange act indeed. Very peculiar and unbecoming according to our understanding.

Completely independent of all institutions or organizations. If it were not so, there would never be a people that can learn to take the Holy Spirit as their guide and be independent above all other creatures. It requires a group of people that have all things in common, where no one is exalted above another. Where no man is greater, nor is one man's revelations greater than another. For they will all speak in the name of the Lord. Both the old and the young, the bond and free, they will all dream dreams, prophecy in his name, until they all grow together in the unity of the faith. They will be a people that will no longer ask "Know Ye the Lord?". For they will all know Him. Like in the Book of Mormon, before the Lords return, there existed a Family structure. They gathered in small communities (tribes) and it will be so again. 

They will not depend on another;s faith. They will not depend on any man. They will have received from their Lord the knowledge of their own standing before God. They will have obtained their own covenant from God, their own promises and an inheritance. They will be a people that can recognize His voice which voice is not the voice of the Holy Ghost. The voice of the Son, the voice of the Father, even the voice of our Heavenly Mother each are waiting to talk to those willing to listen. One day a group will care more for their fellow beings than they do for administrative needs. 

No laws, no rules, will run them, for as soon as you have one law regulating the affairs of Zion, Zion ceases to be. Zion is an idea, it is a state, it is a level of being. Those who hope to be part of Zion, lack the knowledge to survive His coming. There will be again a people who care more for the gifts of God than the ways of this world. His work is strange to those who behold it. For those completely unfamiliar with it, they will call it the work of the devil, they will say it is strange, weird, or different. Even satantic. As they did with Joseph "[the preachers] treated my communication not only lightly, but with great contempt, saying it was all of the devil, that there were no such things as visions or revelations in these days; that all such things had ceased with the apostles[ or belong exclusively with], and that there would never be any more of them." (Joseph Smith History 1:21, altered by me)

The "men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against [this work], and create a bitter persecution; and this was common among all the sects—all united to persecute me[it]."(Joseph Smith History 1:22, altered by me)

But when the work is underway as it currently is, when the work has gathered momentum they will say " 70 And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.". The light and truth, or glory that rests upon these people will be so great, that they will need no weapons, nothing but the truth, that it will be "terrible" to those who look upon it. The ignorant cannot be saved. They will be utterly unprepared to withstand the glory or light and truth (knowledge of God or glory). 

Like water, liquid, and gas they will be completely different "levels" or "frequencies". They will not be able to vibrate at higher levels (or kingdoms). Until they allow themselves to incrementally learn all that is required for them to grow and accept what God is offering, if not now, perhaps "beyond the grave". But the sacrifices required to lay hold upon Eternal Life is the same, you can offer those sacrifices now that the Lord calls you to offer, or you can suffer for your loss. The test (being proven in all things) is always the same. Everlastingly so.

This will be Zion:
12 And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord. (4th Nephi 12)
It will be those worthy of the greater doctrines that are only withheld due to unbelief and hardness of hearts.
6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do. (2 Nephi 32:6)
It will be terrible for the wicked but what is coming will also be marvelous. Those few who are able to rise up will present an opportunity in eternity through covenants, to help further Gods work "worlds without end". They will continue to help bring about Gods work of immortality and eventual eternal life after a "resting" period from their labors. They will have developed such charity, such love for their fellow brethren, they will be willing to sacrifice their own lives to help lift their brothers.