Times of the Gentiles
They Will Deny Me and Reject the Fullness of My Gospel
Did Brigham Young (though confused about what to do after Joseph died) try to teach that there was enough light that broke forth during Joseph's day, that things are okay among us after our loss in Nauvoo, and we have carried on that same traditional thinking to this day? The "Brighamites" traveled west, after losing Joseph and then being removed out of their place again. Brigham continued what Joseph was teaching and even added some of his own teachings. He continued temple building and rituals. He tried giving temple rituals in the un-finished Nauvoo temple attic, and the next day it was struck with lightning! He attempted to build a few zion communities among the church in Utah that all failed. Has the Lord continued to be in touch with leaders of the church since Nauvoo, like He was with Joseph Smith and prophets in our many scriptures? Or have they gone on doing the best they could, teaching that Joseph Smith had revelations, visitations and amazing experiences, and that was good enough for them to continue the way they have? Brigham Young was honest enough to declare that he never had a visitation and that Joseph Smith was THE prophet. Presidents since have only discussed Joseph Smith's prophetic experiences (word of the Lord revelation, visions, visitations, greater knowledge and clarification, etc), but haven't shared their own similar experiences.
Moroni speaking to the holders of the Book of Mormon in the last days:
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies— because of the praise of the world?
Fulfilling a Mission For the Lord
It takes a close relationship with the Father and Son to obtain the higher power of priesthood from them, in order to redeem the prophesied Zion. When the gentiles actually obtain that higher power in the priesthood (from God), IT will be an ensign/standard. The righteous/believing gentiles would see it and seek to be a part of it. Then in that day/time that ensign would be used by the Lord to gather the remnants of Israel that will come, and together redeem Zion. The remnants of Israel (scattered among all gentile nations) have promises given to their Fathers that they would one day be gathered into Zion, one that would become the New Jerusalem. The Zion below that will meet the Zion coming from above(city of Enoch and other Fathers coming back). The Zion that would usher in the Second Coming, and the Millenium could commence. Remnants of Israel have the rights to the fullness of priesthood and to Zion by lineage. Gentiles (though many are mixed with different Israelite blood lines) would be used to help the Father in His work. They would be adopted into the house of Israel by helping them receive their covenant promises. Who is breaking the everlasting covenants of the Father by failing to succeed in these things? We don't really understand the seriousness of it all!
Kings and Queens of the Gentiles
A Final Chance and a Final Rejection?
20 And it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that the sword of my justice shall hang over them at that day; and except they repent it shall fall upon them, saith the Father, yea, even upon all the nations of the Gentiles.
21 And it shall come to pass that I will establish my people, O house of Israel.
22 And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you.
23 Behold, I am he of whom Moses spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.
“And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
“Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
“And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
“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, but to do according to that which I have written—
“That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.”
Upon My House Shall Penalties Begin?
24 Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.
25 And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;
26 First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.
9 And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.
10 And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.
11 Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people.
A Second Gentile Opportunity Has Begun
27 Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more!
28 And in fine, wo unto all those who tremble, and are angry because of the truth of God! For behold, he that is built upon the rock receiveth it with gladness; and he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shall fall.
29 Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough!
I believe the Lord has just begun to set His hand again among the gentiles to get us that which we lost in D&C 124! Now is the time to remember and repent and connect with the Lord to be a part of it all!
A People Who Come out of This People
"But the time will come when the Lord will choose a people out of this people upon whom he will bestow his choicest blessings" (Heber C. Kimball, Des. News. Nov. 9, 1865).
"...A people will come forth from among us, who will be zealous of good works, willing to do the bidding of the Lord, who will be taught in His ways, and who will walk in His paths" (Daniel H. Wells, Des. News, Nov. 10, 1875.
"Before the great day of the Lord shall come, and the day of righteousness and peace dawn upon this fair creation, two potent cleansing forces shall be in active operation. The first of these is the preparation of a choice people, purified by an application to their lives, as individuals, and a community, of the principles of the Gospel of peace. Such a body will evolve FROM THOSE CALLED LATTER-DAY SAINTS . . . and from the remnant of the whole house of Israel will emanate the nucleus or foundation from which will spring the righteous, millennial population of our globe." (George Q. Cannon; Millennial Star 42:585)
"I want to say to you, my brethren, the time is coming when we will be mixed up in these now peaceful valleys, to that extent that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy to the people of God. Then, brethren, lookout for the great sieve. For there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall; for I say unto you there is a test, a test, A TEST coming, and who will be able to stand?" (Heber C. Kimball; Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney, p. 445)
"And if we as a people do not hold ourselves on the altar ready to be used with our means and all that God has bestowed upon us, according to the master's bidding for the upbuilding of His Kingdom upon the earth, He will pass on and get somebody else; because He will get a people that will do it. I do not mean to say that He will pass on and leave this people; no, there will come up from the midst of this people that people which has been talked so much about." (Daniel H. Wells; Deseret News of 9 December 1882)
"I know there is a people in the hearts core of this people, that will arise in their majesty in a day that is near at hand, and push spiritual things to the front; a people who will stand up for God." (Orson F. Whitney; Deseret News 11 August 1889)
Elder Orson Pratt: There must be a reformation. There will be a reformation among this people but He will plead with the stronger ones of Zion, He will plead with this people, He will plead with those in high places, He will plead with the priesthood of this church, until Zion shall become clean before him. I do not know but what it would be an utter impossibility to commence and carry out some principles pertaining to Zion right in the midst of this people. They have strayed so far that to get a people who would conform to heavenly laws it may be needful to lead some from the midst of this people and commence anew in the regions round about in these mountains. (JD 15:360)