The God of Israel is a living and personal God. The Trinity and Virgin Birth are doctrines of man that were an integral part of mystery religions. They were invented by Nimrod (grandson of Noah); and made official doctrines of Christianity by the un-baptized, pagan Roman Emperor, Constantine.
Learn about the true and living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He spoke with man from Adam to Malachi (except for the Egyptian Captivity), to Jesus, the Apostles, in the last days, and will again face to face with Israel as He did in Egypt. He walked with Adam. Noah walked with God. Abraham mistook Him for a man and fixed a meal; which they ate together. Jacob wrestled with God and built a monument for seeing God face to face. Moses spoke with God face to face as a familiar friend; and saw His back parts in all its glory. Ezekiel told of seeing Him in the appearance of man.
The Trinitarian creed would have us belief that God is “incomprehensible.” Bishop Ambrose–near the time of Constantine–said, “when God is thought of, our thoughts should dwell on no material reality whatsoever.” There is no “Thus saith the Lord in Babylon.” It teaches this unknown God begat seed on a married woman and became God in the flesh. Yet Jesus prayed to God, subjected his will to God, was ordained into the Melchisedec Priesthood by God, died and spend three days in hell, was raised from the dead by God, received all power from God, and sits at the right hand of God.
As it is necessary to know God AND Jesus Christ to inherit eternal life, we must look for a God that is not worshipped by most of presumed Christianity who is “no material reality whatsoever.” Jesus will soon return, “8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thess. 1) We must know the God who was real, personal, living, and speaks to man. “15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” (Ex. 3)
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee
the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
By Samuel E. West
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
(Known as Strangites)
First Edition, December 2004
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Name of God
Appearance of God
Gentiles Returned to Paganism
Character of God
Character of Jesus
Why is God Silent
God Spoke Again
A Special Invitation
There can be no subject of greater importance than actually knowing the true and living GOD of Israel; and the real Jesus Christ. Without this knowledge we have NO HOPE of a better resurrection and eternal life.
In order to have a sure foundation for eternal life, we must constantly test our religious beliefs against the law of God and testimony of His holy prophets. There are thousands of different churches all claiming to provide the path to salvation. Two opposing principles can both be false; but, only one can be true. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15)There is no margin for error in this knowledge. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thess. 5:21) “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isa. 8:20) “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matt. 7:26, 27)
There is something seriously wrong with the doctrines taught in Christianity. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Tim. 4:3, 4) “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?” (Jer. 16:19, 20)
Jesus is not going to return to Rome, London, or New York. He will return to Jerusalem and gather His elect. The promises of being the people of God are for God’s elect people—the House of Israel. “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.” (Zech. 14: 4, 5) “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they [Israel] shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jer. 32:37, 38) “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zech. 8:23)
A Rapture seven years before the return of Jesus is a fable. There will be a very few remaining Gentile saints of God who will be caught up; but, not until He returns and then after the dead in Christ rise. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 1:16, 17)
There should be great concern among the people of the world that have taken Israel captive either literally, or socially. Ancient Egypt took Israel captive. Where is Ancient Egypt today? Assyria took Israel captive. What is left of that great nation today? Babylon took Israel captive. Not one stone was left upon another. Rome took Israel captive. In 70 AD, a Roman army murdered over ninety percent of the Jews; and took the rest as captives and slaves. What is left of that great empire? Gentiles around the world have held Israel captive. Their reward is at their doorstep.
There are two promises for the Gentiles. First, very few will survive the day of the Lord. “For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen [Gentile]: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.” (Obad. 1:15, 16) Most likely less than ten percent will survive the desolation promised by God upon the world.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matt. 24:21, 22) Jesus will soon return, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:8) The horror of these tribulations can be read in Revelation. There will be no warning. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:27)
Second, a very small remnant of Gentile latter day saints will survive. The latter day prophets were murdered with the help of the United States Government. The Gentiles tortured, persecuted, killed, and drove the saints from their own lands. James J. Strang warned this nation, “We further ask that you, by some public act, condemn in behalf of the nation the martyrdom of the saints and their exile from some of the States. Unless you do this, will posterity and God hold the nation guiltless of the blood of saints and prophets? What evidence has ever yet been given that the nation sanctions not the deed? How has she washed her hands of this blood?”
How many even know that the land of Zion is North and South America—the islands of the sea? “And the daughter of Zion [people of God in America] is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.” (Isa. 1:7, 9) I am a part of that very small remnant. Most important, I hold the Melchisedec Priesthood which is required for any to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5; Matt. 3:11).
If escape from the coming desolation, and your life in eternity, is important to you, this tract is worthy of your greatest attention—TODAY. A great desolation is about to fall upon the earth. Those that know not God will suffer the vengeance of our Lord. This is not the time to either feel content, or to procrastinate.
The Trinitarian Creed, which almost all Christian churches adhere, teaches that God and Jesus are incomprehensible. Compare this god with word of God. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) Follow the admonition of the Apostle Paul and “prove all things” “rightly dividing the word of truth.” “And if it seems evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
There are two reasons to investigate this question about the identity of God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. We owe no greater responsibility to ourselves and loved ones than to actually know the will of God and prepare for life in eternity. First, without a proper knowledge of God, it is impossible to have faith in God, love God, enter the kingdom of God, or inherit “life eternal.” “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matt. 22:36-38)
Second, according to a prophecy of Jesus, we now live in the latter part of the last generation of man before His return. “And they [the Jews] shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalemshall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled… Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24, 32)
This prophecy was fulfilled after the six day war in 1967. Biblical generations are generally forty years. Thirty years after the beginning of this last generation, in the spring of 1997, the birth star of Abraham reappeared and was seen by more people than any other comet—comet Hale-Bopp. Jesus is to return during the generation of 1967. Escape from the coming desolation is available only to those who know God and obey the gospel of Christ. When God gathers His people, the very small remnant of Gentile saints will be included.
It is impossible to have faith in God without a correct knowledge of His attributes, character, and perfections. There are many religions and many gods; but, there is only one true and living God. This was an elementary difference between the God of Abraham and those of pagan religions. There is no “Thus saith the Lord” in Babylon. “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master [Jesus], thou hast said the truth: for there is ONE GOD; andthere is none other but he.” (Mark 12:32 ) “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1 Cor. 8:6)
The most popular Christian doctrine on the identity of God is the same that was most popular in Babylon and Rome. In the early fourth century Constantine took Rome by the sword. He then felt that he should be the spiritual head of all Romans—God on earth. He was a loyal follower of the sun god. The pagan priests would not grant him absolution from his terrible atrocities (he even murdered his wife and first born son). A Christian Bishop told him he could be forgiven through baptism; although no murderer can receive forgiveness in this life.
Constantine resolved to make Christianity the state religion. He reorganized Christianity into Pagan Christianity. As a loyal follower of the sun god, he could not turn away from pagan tradition. At least ninety percent of Roman citizens worshipped the Trinitarian gods of Babylon. He saw the way to become God on earth. As an un-baptized, pagan Roman Emperor, he stood as the absolute head of his new Christian church; as God on earth. He adopted pagan doctrines, rites, and institutions into Christianity by giving them Christian names. Those who dissented were either killed or banished. Christian Bishops with their roots in paganism had already begun changing Christian doctrine to pagan doctrine by the second century. Constantine made them official Christian doctrine. In time these became Christian tradition. Few turn away from tradition. Most are content to follow tradition and the masses.
Consider the source. “In the unity of that one Only God of the Babylonians, there were three persons, and to symbolize that doctrine of the Trinity, they employed, as the discoveries of Layard prove, the equilateral triangle, just as it is well known the Romish Church does at this day. In both cases such a comparison is most degrading to the King Eternal, and is fitted utterly to pervert the minds of those who contemplate it, as if there was or could be any similitude between such a figure and Him who hath said, ‘To whom will ye liken God, and what likeness will ye compare unto Him?’” (The Two Babylons, Rev. Alexander Hislop, p. 16)
Constantine assembled the Council of Nicea in 325 AD; and established the creed which became the center of Christian belief in God—the Trinity and Virgin Birth. This Creed of St. Athanasius remains the foundation of Christian belief today. “He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.” In essence it states that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are all three the same god. They are all uncreated, incomprehensible, eternal, and almighty; and its believers are “compelled by the Christian verity, to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord.” Despite the claims of its founder, it is clearly the doctrine of three gods and not one.
Many today feel content with a new gospel that was introduced in the sixteenth century. Martin Luther declared that men could be saved by faith alone. This lead to the doctrine that all anyone has to do to be saved is to accept Jesus as their Savior. Jesus declared it was requisite to know God AND Jesus Christ; and therefore identified God as an entity separate from Himself, “for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28) If Jesus taught the truth, those who worship the unseen god of Babylon will perish. Without a correct knowledge of GOD, none has hope of either eternal life, or escape from a fiery desolation. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:19, 20)
It requires a brave soul to investigate his beliefs with an open mind. Most people are content with following a mass of people—like a school of fish. So did those before the great flood. “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26, 27)
Few people have the desire to be independent thinkers; and control their own eternal destiny. This life is like a snap of the fingers compared to eternity. We must ask how important our life after death and in eternity is to us. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28) Be brave, open minded, pray, and earnestly seek the kingdom of God above all the delicacies of the world. Come with me and compare the doctrines of the Trinity and Virgin Birth with the God and doctrines found in the Bible. We cannot afford to be wrong.
Name of God
When you address a person, do you not address him by name? Every civilized people on the earth worship a Father, God, and creator of all things. The actual name of God has never been recorded; except on the tables of stone that were kept in the Ark of the Testimony. Abraham, the father of God’s people, was not allowed to know the actual name of God. “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.” (Ex. 6:3) Jehovah was not the actual name of God; as the name Jehovah was first used in the sixteenth century. Various Bibles use different terms. Jehovah is used in the King James Version; the Lord in the Catholic Bible; YHWH, YHVH, IHVH, and JHVH in various Hebrew Texts; and an unknown symbol in archaic Hebrew. Biblical scholars agree the actual name of God does not exist in the Bible.
Moses was the first man to know the actual name of God. Flavius Josephus is a renowned Jewish historian who was contemporary with Jesus. There were many books available at that time which has since been lost. He wrote, “Moses having now seen and heard these wonders that assured him of the truth of these promises of God, had no room left him to disbelieve them: he entreated him to grant him that power when he should be in Egypt; and besought him to vouchsafe him the knowledge of his own name; and, since he had heard and seen him, that he would also tell him his name, that when he offered sacrifice he might invoke him by such his name in his oblations. Whereupon God declared to him his holy name, which had never been discovered to men before; concerning which it is not lawful for me to say any more.” (Josephus,Antiquities, Book 2, Chapter 12, par. 4)
The name of God that was signed on the tables of stone was never spoken out of the Sanctuary. It was never spoken above the breath; and then only between three High Priests of the Melchisedec Priesthood.
Moses was given a name to use in place of the actual name of God. “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” (Ex. 3:15)
Appearance of God
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a living God; unlike the heathen gods who are deaf, dumb, and lifeless. They can neither reward the righteous, nor condemn the wicked. Adam knew God as a familiar friend. He walked with God in the Garden of Eden; and received the law from God’s own lips. “And they [Adam and Eve] heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” (Gen. 3:8)
As God created man in his own likeness and image (Gen. 1:26), so Adam begat a son in his own likeness and image (Gen. 5:3). What does God look like? Look at yourself in the mirror. Although the human body has lost its glory, we retain the likeness and image of God. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:27, 28) Even many animals recognize the remnant of divinity that remains in man.
God spoke and covenanted with Noah. “9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God… 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of.” (Gen. 6)
God appeared to Abraham on the plains of Mamre. Abraham mistook Him and the angels with Him for men. With genuine Patriarchal hospitality, he invited God and the angels into his tent to eat, and offered to wash their feet. “And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat… And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.” (Gen. 18:8, 22)
Jacob wrestled with God; and tells of seeing him face to face. “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said; Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Gen. 32:28-30)
Moses conversed with God face to face. “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” (Ex. 33:11) Moses wanted to see God not just as a man; but, in all of his glory. “18 And he said, I beseech thee,shew me thy glory… 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face [in all my glory]: for there shall no man see me, and live… 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Ex. 33)
God appeared to Ezekiel in part of that glory. “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a manabove upon it… As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.” (Ezek. 1:26, 28)
Jesus was the express image of God. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.” (Heb. 1:3)
Gentiles Returned to Paganism
The Gentiles would not live by the law of God; but, preferred their pagan traditions. The Apostles gave them several warnings. Jesus gave them a final warning in Revelation. Still they would not. God withdrew His spirit from among them. God no longer spoke with man. Satan was given power to destroy the Church of Christ (Rev. 12:5, 6), the holy priesthood (12:17), and finally every saint of God (Rev. 13:5-7) for a period of 1260 years. Knowledge of God was soon lost after the days of Constantine. There were a few groups, like the Ariens, who tried to retain their original doctrines. Those who opposed the doctrines of Constantinewere condemned to death for heresy. The renowned ecclesiastical historian Mosheim wrote of the time Constantine turned the Christian church into paganism. “The rites and institutions, by which the Greeks, Romans, and other nations, had formerly testified their religious veneration for fictitious deities, were now adopted, with some slight alterations by Christian bishops, and employed in the service of the true God.” (Ecclesiastical History, Century 4, Part 2, chap 4:1, 4)
The Reformation corrected some of the abuses of the Catholic Church; but, retained the pagan doctrines on the identity of God and Jesus. The Church of England admitted of this apostasy in the Homily Against Peril of Idolatry. “So that laity and clergy, learned and unlearned, all ages, sects, and degrees of men, women, and children of whole Christendom–an horrible and most dreadful thing to think–have been at once drowned in abominable idolatry; of all other vices most detested of God, and most damnable to man.” The beast and the image of the beast (rest of catholicity) will be taken together (Rev. 19:20).
God was to speak to man once again in the last days (Rev. 14:6). Joseph Smith and James J. Strang both claimed to have been called of God as latter day Prophets; and told of seeing and talking with God. Sadly, like the former day saints, they failed to live by the commandments given to them from God. The prophets were murdered with the help of the U. S. Government.
The times of the Gentiles was fulfilled in 1967, after the six day war (Luke 21:24). Soon God will turn His attention to His chosen people—the House of Israel. “And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezek. 20:34-36) “And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” (Jer. 30:22) What of all the Gentiles who have worshipped the god of Babylon? “…they shall be as though they had not been.” (Obad. 1:16)
Character of God
Faith and confidence in GOD is only possible through a correct understanding of His character and perfections. Faith cannot exist in a being whose identity we have no comprehension. The Creed of St. Athanasius, which is the foundation of Christian belief in God, states, “The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible… So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.” Saint Augustine wrote of the teachings of Saint Ambrose (339-397 AD), “when God is thought of, our thoughts should dwell on no material reality whatsoever.” (Constantine’s Sword, James Carroll, p. 200)
Tell this mystery of Babylon to Adam who walked with God in the Garden of Eden, to Abraham who dined with Him in his tent, to Jacob who wrestled with Him, to Moses who spoke with Him face to face, to Ezekiel and all the other Prophets of God who gave us His word. Jesus said, “this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)
“But without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11:6) Before a person can have faith in God, it is essential to know there is only one GOD; and He is without change. If God was not without change, we could not place our trust and confidence in Him for our salvation. Jesus placed His trust in God to raise Him from the dead. An understanding of His character and perfection brings unshaken confidence and faith. “Thou shalt love Him with all thy heart, and with all they mind, and with all thy strength.”
It is only through profound faith that man can progress, become partakers of His glory, and become heirs of eternal life. GOD always spoke to His people to assure they had a correct understanding of Him, of His will towards them, and their duties and responsibilities to Him and to their fellow man. The Jews rejected the authority of Jesus and had Him crucified by Roman law; and thereby severed them from having communication with God.
The gospel and authority of God was then given to the Gentiles—with a great warning. “Thou wilt say then, The branches [Jews] were broken off, that I [Gentiles] might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.” ( Rom. 11:19-21)
The Gentiles returned to their pagan traditions. Jesus gave them a final warning in Revelation. John was the last Prophet called of God in that dispensation. God no longer spoke to the Gentiles. After formulating the Creed of St. Athanasius, Constantine canonized Scripture and the Bible was born. Sufficient information remains in his Bible to give us a correct understanding of the character and perfections of God.
We can only appreciate the things of God through prayer, study, an open mind, and an earnest desire to understand truth. If we place our faith solely in our own beliefs, our mind is closed and we cannot expect instruction from God. We must subject our will to that of God; and subject our beliefs to those which conform to the law of God and the testimony of His holy prophets. Our prayers must be directed to the true and living God of Israel. “If any of you [saints] lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” (James 1:5, 6) Prayers directed to the deaf and dumb Trinitarian god of Babylon avail nothing.
The Bible leaves no doubt the Almighty Father stands alone as GOD; and is above Jesus in immortality, authority, and perfection. GOD is one and not three. “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.” (Mark 12:32 ) “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.” (1 Cor. 8:6, 7) “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim. 2:5)
Jesus always spoke of God as an identity separate from Himself. “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Cor. 11:3) “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28) Clearly God and Jesus are not the same identity.
The Almighty Father is the King of Kings over the entire Universe. He alone is GOD. GOD is one, perfect, without beginning or end, and changes not. The Creed of St. Athanasius declares, “So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.” This is clearly a doctrine of three gods. The Bible teaches there are actually two distinct and individual personages that constitute the supreme and governing power over the Universe and this creation—the Father AND the Son. The Holy Spirit shares the same mind and purpose with God and Jesus; and coordinates the work of all. These three constitute what is termed the Godhead. Neither Jesus, nor the Holy Spirit can be GOD. There is nothing in the Bible that teaches the Trinity.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isa. 46:9, 10) “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:6)
God alone has immortality. He has neither a beginning, nor an end. “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1 Tim. 6:14-16) Eternities to us are as moments to Him. A thousand years is as a day. Jesus had a beginning; and was the beginning of this creation—the only begotten of the Father in this creation. Jesus lived as a spirit like us before His birth into the world, died, and was raised from the grave by the Father.
God alone has omniscience. Only God has perfect knowledge of all things and all times. He never sleeps. He is light and there cannot be any darkness before Him. “I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning.” (Isa. 46:9, 10) Only God knows the exact hour of Jesus’ return. “But of that day [return of Jesus] and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32 )
Through perfect knowledge, God is able to save every one of his creatures. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10:29-31) Without an understanding of God’s perfect knowledge man could not exercise perfect faith in Him.
God alone has omnipotence. God is the superior and governing force over the entire Universe. “Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” (1 Tim. 6:15) Jesus has dominion over only a speck amid all the worlds in the Universe.
Jesus received His power from the Father. Before He was born of water and the Spirit, He was alien to the kingdom of God; and held no divine power. He could not have been GOD. He had to be born of water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus was then ordained an Apostle, Prophet, and Lawgiver under the hands of the Father (Heb. 5:5). He gave others divine power to bind on earth and in heaven. He was raised from the dead by the power of the Father. After His resurrection, Jesus was given all power in this creation by the Father. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matt. 28:18) “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion.” (Eph. 1:20, 21)
God alone has omnipresence. His presence fills the immensity of the Universe. Like any being, His actual presence can only be in one place at a time. Through the Holy Spirit and other officers of His kingdom, His power and authority reach throughout the Universe at every instant. Only now are scientists realizing there may be other creations. He travels the Universe faster than the thought of angels. “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” (Ps. 139:7) As we never have to fear that God is limited in His presence, we can have perfect faith in Him. While Jesus walked the earth, His presence was limited.
GOD is truth. “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” (Ps. 89:14) “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” (Titus 1:2) “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James 1:13) Jesus was tempted of Satan. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Heb. 5:8)
As GOD cannot lie, we can have faith and confidence to follow His will as given by His holy Prophets; and have faith that all the teachings, instructions, promises, and blessings will be perfectly fulfilled. The idea of salvation becomes strongly rooted and we can have perfect faith in God. On the other side of the coin, all of the judgments pronounced on the heads of the ungodly will also be executed in the due time of the Lord.
All Prophets of God teach alike on the same subject. “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.” (2 Pet. 3:2) When the law was given through Adam, Noah, Moses, and other Prophets, man had only to obey with a sure confidence they were following the will of God. “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him [Jesus Christ] shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.” (Acts 3:22 , 23) “He thatbelieveth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16 ) “3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3, 5)
GOD is no respecter of persons. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” (Acts 10:34 , 35) We are all equal in the eyes of GOD. Spiritual opportunities in life, though, are the result of our works as spirits before being born into this world. “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” (John 3:13)
Not everyone hears the gospel in the flesh; because only a few qualified during our first estate as spirits. These are they who are called of God. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated [for-ordained] us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” (Eph. 1:4, 5)
All men are judged the same. Race and color are only elements in mortality. Those who know GOD and obey the gospel while in the flesh have the greatest opportunity in eternity. They share in the grace of God and Jesus; which leads to eternal life and the celestial glory (like the sun, 1 Cor. 15:40).
Those who do not hear the gospel in the flesh will hear the gospel after death in the spirit. “For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Pet. 4:6) The honorable men of the earth, who accept the gospel after death in the spirit, will share in the grace of saints; and inherit the terrestrial glory (like the moon) after the end of mortal man.
All others share in the grace of God and Jesus to the extent they receive an immortal, physical body. All men are given an understanding of good and evil. All know their duties and responsibilities to their family, neighbors, and fellow man. Those who never submit their will to the will of God will begin eternity in the telestial glory (like the stars).
God is also justice and judgment for those who are unfaithful and disobedient. Let no man think for a moment that because God is love that he will not punish the disobedient. “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” (Ps. 89:14) “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” (Deut. 32:4)
Without possessing the character of justice, men could have no faith and confidence in God to submit their lives directly under His guidance and direction. We need have no fear that His judgment will not be just. Through justice and judgment the saints will be delivered out from among the wicked; and inherit the earth with the Father and Son.
GOD has given all power and judgment of this creation to Jesus. Jesus has perfect knowledge of the works of every person in this creation; and an understanding of the infirmities of the flesh through His own mortal life. His judgment is perfect and just. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:7, 8) “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation.” (Zech. 9:9)
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) God founded His law on love because that is the supreme element in the character of man and God. “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” (1 Pet. 1:22) Knowing that the love of God is perfect, we have reason to love Him.
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:36-40)
God is merciful and gracious to those who repent and keep His covenants and commandments. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy…But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.” (Ps. 103:8, 17, 18)
GOD is slow to anger, is long suffering, and of a forgiving disposition. He forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin. Sinners (unbelievers) are forgiven through faith, repentance, and baptism of water. Saints are forgiven through confession, repentance, and recompense. Saints of God must set their daily course on the will of God to be like God. Jesus kept a perfect walk in life, “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1 Pet. 2:22) “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word [law] which ye have heard from the beginning.” (1 John 2:6, 7)
The guiding light in the life of every saint of God is to actually live their lives by the law of love. “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” (1 Cor. 13:2-7)
There will always be controversy among men (and women). The first thought must be to think no evil and to extend the hand of love. This love is the perfection of God manifested in His people. The spirit of love that flows from the Father and Jesus should embrace and guide the life of every saint. “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:22, 23)
It is only through perfect love that man can become perfect; and abide by a perfect (celestial) law. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:43-48)
The spirit of love cannot exist in a person who demonstrates negative personal attributes (like being easily provoked, thinking evil of other people, finding fault with others, envying, hating, discriminating, lying, killing, and failing to forgive). Love and forgiveness cover many sins and difficulties in life. Resolution of controversy requires each person to understand that only truth has a common ground. Most often both parties to a controversy are partly right and partly wrong; but many resist considering both sides. Many people will not admit of any error. When addressing spiritual controversy, it must be understood that truth cannot be compromised.
If we know that we have offended another, it is our responsibility to offer our confession, repent, and make recompense. Saints of God are told to, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
If we feel that someone has offended us, it is our responsibility to tell him of such; and make every effort to resolve the issue through love. Conflict must never be allowed to continue. A problem in marriage should be resolved before the couple retires for the night. A single straw of disunity—unresolved—soon becomes a mass of resentment.
We live in a dangerous time. “1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away… 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith… 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3)
This generation fails to understand that God is judgment and the gavel is about to fall. Those before the great flood thought they were living in the best of times. Only eight souls survived. The people in Sodom, Gomorrah, and the cities of the plain thought they were privileges to have free and depraved sex. People today take upon them such evil; and must expect the same judgment.
“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” ( Rom. 1:27-32)
Even our youth are being drawn into a free love environment. Marriage is contaminated by all manner of disorders. Both parties are responsible for holding the family together. A popular song reads, “whose bed are your boots under tonight.” Adultery and divorce are no longer the exception; but, the norm. Homosexuality once hidden is now an accepted way of life for many. It is not uncommon for mothers to kill their babies both before and after birth. Look about you and observe a latter day Sodom prepared for destruction.
Our children have to fight off the temptations of smoking, drugs, sex, and a host of other iniquities; while their peers jaunt them on. The hearts of parents must be for their children; and the hearts of children must be toward their parents. Parents must be their children’s best friends, talk with them every day, and help them to resolve the problems which they face. If left to the world, they will become like the world. The Holy Spirit does not dwell in unholy tabernacles (bodies).
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30)
Praise God for our very existence and the creation we enjoy. Praise God for the creation of Jesus who is both our creator and Savior. Praise God for allowing Jesus to offer Himself through the most horrible death so we might have a resurrection with an immortal, physical body.
Praise God for His perfections. God is one, perfect, without beginning or end, and changes not. God alone has immortality, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and has no association with evil. God is love, truth, no respecter of persons, merciful, gracious; slow to anger, and of a forgiving disposition. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgments: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” (Deut. 32:4)
Praise God for the love which He gave to us. It is through this love that we can progress toward perfection. Praise God that we have the opportunity for hope of a better resurrection, of life on a restored earth for the Sabbath of Creation, and that we might inherit the earth in the celestial glory with Him, our Savior Jesus Christ, and all the saints of God. “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:21, 22) “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
Character of Jesus
Jesus had a beginning; and WAS the beginning of this creation. Jesus told John, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Rev. 21:6) All men, including Jesus, were first created as spirits. “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” (John 3:13)
Jesus was the only spirit brought forth by God. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9) He is not Almighty GOD; but, He is the God of this creation.
The rest of creation was the work of Jesus in liaison with the Father. “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [of this creation]. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3) It is obvious that GOD and Jesus are separate persons. “And God said, Let us [God and Jesus] make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” (Heb. 1:1, 2)
The first creation in Genesis was the spiritual creation—it was incorruptible, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.” (Gen. 2:5)
After the spiritual creation, came the physical creation. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7) The physical body of man becomes a living soul when his spirit, which was made in the sixth age of creation, is joined with the physical body through the breath of life. Here is the reason for the two accounts of the creation of man—one was spiritual and the other physical.
After death, the spirit is no longer bound to the physical body and the spirit of man [the real person] is taken back to God and judged. He spends the interim between death and the resurrection as a spirit in either the bosom of Abraham, or with the spirits in prison (hell). All men are then joined with an immortal, physical body in either the resurrection of the just, or the resurrection of the unjust. After the Millennium when mortal man ends, man enters his eternal state in the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial glories.
Although God cannot change, Jesus did change many times. He began as the only begotten spirit of the Father of this creation in the beginning. Through Him and God came all of the rest of creation. Like Adam, His spirit was united to a physical body with the breath of life; as a newborn baby. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Heb. 2:17, 18) Jesus was raised from a helpless infant. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Heb. 5:8)
Jesus was born in the flesh alien to the kingdom of God, the same as all other men. He had to be brought into the kingdom according to the law of God. “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into thekingdom of God.” (John 3:5) “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16, 17)
Some have been led to believe through the doctrines of Constantine that Jesus was God. GOD cannot be alien to His own kingdom. The Father was speaking from heaven, the Son was rising up out of the water, and the Holy Spirit was descending upon Jesus. It is not possible that these three different entities in three different places at the same time can be one and the same identical person—GOD. GOD is one and not three.
After His Baptism and fasting for forty days, Jesus was tempted of Satan. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James 1:13)
Jesus was ordained to the Melchisedec Priesthood BY THE FATHER. Jesus was given authority from God to act in the name (authority) of God. After being tempted of Satan and before Jesus began His ministry,“angels came and ministered unto him.” (Matt. 4:11) What did they minister? “And no MAN taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he [the Father] that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5:4-6) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he [the Father] hath anointed [ordained] me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18)
God holds all authority in the Universe. The Father “is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” (1 Tim. 6:15) It would certainly not be necessary for God to receive authority from anyone; much less Himself.
Jesus became the Son of God first through His spiritual creation; being the only begotten spirit of the Father. Jesus then became the Son of God in the flesh through ordination to the Melchisedec Priesthood. He was ordained an Apostle, Prophet, and Lawgiver like unto Moses; and was therefore a High Priest after the order of the Sons of God. “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, 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.” (Acts 3:22 ) Jesus became the Son of God in eternity through the resurrection; and holds this priesthood for eternity. “And declared to be theSon of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” ( Rom. 1:4)
Jesus is subject to the Father, who holds superior authority. “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him that God may be all in all.” (1 Cor. 15:28) “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30) “And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.” (Matt. 20:23)
Jesus always obeyed the will of the Father over His own. While Jesus was among the saints He told them, “Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second.” (Heb. 10:9)
During His ministry, Jesus constantly prayed to the Father. If He was truly GOD, such would have been hypocritical and deceiving for the people. “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:20-24)
Jesus told the saints to pray to the Father in His name. “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Matt. 6:9) “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” (John 16:23) If Jesus was God, why not pray to Him?
On the eve of His crucifixion, Jesus prayed to God. Now why would He do that, if He was God? “39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt… 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” (Matt. 26:39, 42) Jesus experienced the fear of death. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46)
Jesus died and went to hell. God cannot die, “Which in his times he [Jesus] shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality.” (1 Tim. 6:15, 16) Jesus was mortal; He suffered, was crucified, died, spent three days with the spirits in prison (hell); and was resurrected by the Father. “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matt. 12:40) “I came forth from the Father [as a spirit], and am come into the world [as a living soul]: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father [as the first fruits of the resurrection and holding the keys of the resurrection for all others].” (John 16:28) “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28)
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison [hell].” (1 Pet. 3:18, 19) He opened a dispensation of the gospel to the spirits in prison that they, too, might hear and obey the gospel. “For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Pet. 4:6) Those who accept the gospel must then be baptized according to the law of God. They cannot be baptized in the spirit; so a mortal must be baptized for them. Do Christians today baptize for their dead? “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Cor. 15:29)
Jesus was resurrected by GOD, given all power in this creation by God, and sits at the right hand of God. He changed again. Only GOD had power to raise Jesus from the dead. “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:14, 15)
For the first time, Jesus had an immortal, physical body. He became the first fruits of the resurrection. He received all power from the Father. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matt. 28:18) “I am he that LIVETH [from the beginning], and was DEAD [spend three days in hell]; and, behold, I am ALIVE for evermore [as a resurrected Savior], Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Rev. 1:18)
“3 Who [Jesus] being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high… 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13 But to which of the angels said he [the Father] at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1)
“Therefore [David] being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD [GOD] said unto my Lord [Jesus], Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:30-36)
Jesus is lacking in knowledge. “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32 ) “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matt. 16:27) “And to you [who have obeyed the gospel] who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:7, 8)
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev. 3:19-21)
The Virgin Birth is another mystery of Babylon that was adopted into the church organized by Constantine. This doctrine had been a part of paganism for hundreds of years; but when applied to Jesus it makes a creature of God the mother of God and bastard son of Himself. It gets the cart before the horse. The fact it was added to the Bible is obvious because only two of the gospels mention such a thing, they disagree about the facts surrounding the birth, it is contrary to both reason and the law of God, and was a basic doctrine in paganism for hundreds of years before Jesus.
Consider the source. Demigods were a tradition in Babylon and Rome. The story of the virgin mother and her child were an integral part of paganism before the birth of Jesus. “Now, when the mother of the Pagan Messiah came to be celebrated as having been thus ‘Assumed,’ then it was that, under the name of the ‘Dove,’ she was worshipped as the Incarnation of the Spirit of God, with whom she was identified. As such as she was regarded as the source of all holiness, and the grand ‘PURIFIER,’ and of course, was known herself as the ‘Virgin’ mother, ‘PURE AND UNDEFILED’… The purity of this ‘Holy Virgin’ did not consist merely in freedom from actual sin, but she was especially distinguished for her “immaculate conception.'” (The Two Babylons, p. 126)
“In Papal Italy, as travelers universally admit (except where the Gospel has recently entered), all appearance of worshipping the King Eternal and Invisible is almost extinct. Exactly so, in this latter respect, also was it in ancient Babylon. The Babylonians, in their popular religion, supremely worshipped a Goddess Mother and a Son, who was represented in pictures and in images as an infant or child in his mother’s arms. FromBabylon, this worship of the Mother and the Child spread to the ends of the earth.” (Ibid., p. 20)
“O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?” (Jer. 16:19, 20)
The law of God required that Jesus be of the seed of Abraham, the tribe of Judah, and the house of David; according to the flesh. There is only one way this law could be fulfilled. Joseph was noted as the father of Jesus (Luke 2:48; John 1:45). Jesus was called the son of David sixteen times, and the Son of Man eighty-eight times; but never as God.
Only two accounts–contrary to the rest of the Bible–claim that Jesus was the product of an adulterous association between the Holy Ghost and a virgin female—the same as demigods in paganism. The Old Testament is devoid of any Virgin Birth claim for Jesus. Matthew and Luke are alone in their stories about a Virgin Birth of Jesus. None of the other writers in the Bible wrote anything about either the Virgin Birth, or the Nativity of Jesus. This would have been such a miraculous event that none would have failed to make notice of it. Had Jesus made such a claim, He would have been legitimately rejected as the Messiah.
Matthew tells of an unnamed angel appearing to Joseph at home in a dream. Luke tells of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary. Matthew tells of Joseph and Mary living in Bethlehem with Jesus born in a house. Luke tells of their journey to Bethlehem with Jesus born in a manger. Matthew tells of three wise men coming from the east. Luke tells of shepherds who were in the field. Matthew tells of a star that came out of the east and stopped “over where the young child was.” Luke never mentions the star. Such a miraculous stellar event would have been noticed by all and recorded for all posterity. No such event was recorded. Matthew, alone, tells of Joseph and his family fleeing into Egypt; and of Herod killing all children “two years old and under.” It is obvious the stories by Matthew and Luke are later forgeries; as they do not have a common source. The nativity story never entered Christian writings until the second century.
Virgin births were a part of Roman religion and tradition. The mysteries of Babylon had gods impregnating young girls who then had miraculous sons. Perseus, Romulus and Remus, Plato, Alexander the Great, and Augustus Caesar were all reported to have been fathered by gods. Heroes could only be such if their birth reflected the magnificence of their later achievements. Alexander the Great became a model for Augustus; and Augustus a model for Jesus. Early Christians believed Jesus became the Son of God through the resurrection.
The Trinity teaches that Jesus is the bastard son of a ghost; and not of the Father. According to this creed, the Holy Ghost only proceeds. “The Holy Ghost is of the Father and the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.” The Holy Ghost could not exist until the Father had begotten the Son. This mysterious conception would make Jesus both God and His own son by an adulterous relationship with one of His own creatures. Joseph and Mary were married at the time of conception.
The best definition supporters of the creed have provided is that this proceeding can be compared to light from a fire. Not of substance; but only of essence. A physical being cannot be conceived through a spiritual being. If spirits can beget children upon women, women need to have great fear; as Satan’s followers are spirits cast out of heaven to the earth after the resurrection of Jesus (Rev. 12:9).
God is bound by His own law. If Joseph and Mary had not been married, Mary and the Holy Ghost would have to be married to legalize the union. In Judaic law, sexual unions are legal only in marriage. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Heb. 13:4) “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.” (1 Cor. 6:9) A union between the unmarried is fornication, a form of adultery, and a sin deserving of death. Jesus, under this doctrine, is the bastard son of Himself.
Joseph and Mary were married before the time Jesus was conceived. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph.” (Matt. 1:18) An espousal was a legal contract of marriage. A legal divorce was required to end an espousal, the same as marriage. Joseph and Mary had “come together” before the conception of Jesus. Luke wrote, “To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.” (Luke 1:27) Martin Luther’s Bible and modern editions use the proper term “young woman” in place of virgin.
Marriage was referred to as an espousal in the Old Testament. “Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.” (Sol. 3:11)
Marriage is referenced as an espousal in the New Testament. “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:2) If the virgin birth is correct, Jesus is the result of an adulterous union between one of His creatures and Himself.
Mary, what do have to say about the father of Jesus? “And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” (Luke 2:48) What says the Apostle John on this subject? “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, THE SON OF JOSEPH.” (John 1:45)
The law of God required Jesus to be of the seed of Abraham, the tribe of Judah, and the house of David. “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” ( Rom. 1:3, 4)
Jesus made it clear that he was born the same as all other men. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Heb. 2:17, 18)
Man and not woman were given dominion over this creation. “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Cor. 11:3)
Since the fall of man was by man—Adam—the redemption of man could only come through another man—Jesus. Sacrifice by a God would not fulfill the law. The fall of Adam—a man—was a similitude of the redemption of man through Jesus—a man—of the seed of Adam. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Cor. 15:21) “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and sodeath passed upon all men, for that all have sinned… But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” (Rom. 5:12 , 15)
If Jesus was God, He was not man. Trinitarians argue that God is of no material reality. Even spirits have material substance. Many angels have been seen of man. It is written that Gabriel appeared to Mary. They are “spirits sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation.” (Heb. 1:14) “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Heb. 13:2)
The seed of conception is carried only through the male. “And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father [not his mother], when Melchisedec met him.” (Heb. 7:9, 10) Jesus could only be of the correct lineage (seed) through his father Joseph (who was of the house of David). Mary was of the tribe of Levi. As a woman she did not carry the seed of life; and a ghost could not bestow it upon her. She was a cousin of Elizabeth who bore John the Baptist of the tribe of Levi. Matthew gives the genealogy of Jesus from Abraham to Judah, from Judah to David, and from David to Joseph. Luke traces the lineage of Jesus through Adam, Abraham, Judah, David, and Joseph. Why would both Matthew and Luke give us the lineage of Jesus through Joseph? There is not a single woman noted in the genealogy of Jesus in either Mathew, or Luke (other than as a wife). Biblical Genealogy is only counted in the male (seed).
The DOCTRINE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH IS TOTALLY IRRELEVANT; and therefore cannot be true. Conception only begins the development of a human fetus. Man becomes a living soul when his spirit is united with the mortal body through the breath of life at birth (Gen. 2:7); and not at conception.
Jesus was the first spiritual man of this creation—the only begotten of the Father. Jesus has been a separate identity from the Father since the beginning. “And God said, Let us [the Father and Jesus—two separate entities] make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Ge. 1:26) “I am the root [creator] and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star [beginning of the spiritual creation].” (Rev. 22:16) “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” (John 13:13)
Jesus could not become a living soul until after He was born and His spirit was united with the fetus with the breath of life. His conception had no bearing on His divinity; but, it did determine that Jesus was of the proper genealogy—as the seed of David; according to the flesh through Joseph. Mary was not of the proper lineage. The fable of a virgin birth is purely pagan. The heathen were ignorant of the process of life and identity of the soul.
The first chapter of Matthew is “1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas… 6 And Jesse begat David the king… 16 And Jacob begatJoseph the husband of Mary.” (Matt. 1) There is not a female in the whole genealogy; as the female does not carry the seed (X chromosome) of man.
The genealogy of Jesus was complete with Verse 17. Verses 18 through 25 were obviously added later to the original text. There are six frauds in this section. It is written that Joseph was the husband of Mary (espoused) when she conceived. First, this section would have us believe that that Mary conceived before she came together with Joseph. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” (Matt. 1:18) Before they came together was translated from the Greek sunelthein, which means that they had come together. An espousal was a legal contract of marriage. Joseph and Mary were married; and came together after the marriage—before the conception of Jesus. The wedding ceremony was often conducted at a later time.
Second, this section would have us believe that Mary was an undefiled virgin at the time of Jesus’ conception and birth. This was a deliberate error in translation. The Revised Standard King James Version changes “virgin” to “young woman.” Luke’s account gives the angel Gabriel visiting Mary, “To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.” “Luke 1:27) A more accurate translation would be “a young woman married to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.” Only through the lineage of Joseph could Jesus have claim to being the Messiah. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1:32)
Mary was a young married woman. If she conceived through the Holy Ghost outside of wedlock, she was not pure; but was defiled. The Holy Ghost would have to commit either adultery, or fornication to beget seed on Mary without being married to her.
Verse 19 notes, “Then Joseph her husband.” This verse tells us that Joseph and Mary were married. By tradition they came together after they were espoused, or married.
Third, this doctrine has Jesus conceived by the third party of the Trinity. Jesus became the son of a ghost—something from from only spiritual material. The Creed of St. Athanasius states that the Holy Ghost “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. This would make Jesus the son of the Holy Ghost and of Himself. Nowhere in Scripture is Jesus called GOD. He was the only begotten spirit of the Father and is the God of this creation.
Bishop Ambrose noted, “when God is thought of, our thoughts should dwell on no material reality whatsoever.” The best explanation given by Trinitarians for the existence of the Holy Ghost is like light from a fire. A fundamental rule in nature is that like begets like. A ghost cannot beget seed on a physical being. If that was possible, all women need to live in fear; as the spirits who followed Lucifer have been among men since Adam. From this “no material reality” we are to believe that a ghost which “proceeded” from the Father and the Son begat seed upon a married woman and became God. It would have us believe there was no God from the time Jesus was conceived until Jesus was born in the flesh. Then, we would have to believe that God was a helpless infant; and learned obedience by the things which he suffered. We would have to believe that God can be tempted with sin; when God cannot be tempted with sin. We would have to believe that God died, was resurrected, and received all power from Himself.
The birth of Jesus could only fulfill the law of God, if He was the actual seed of Abraham, Judah, David, and Joseph. Jesus had a physical body like every other man. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Heb. 2:17)
Jesus became a living soul when His spirit, which was the beginning of this creation, was united with His fetus. “In the beginning [of this creation] was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [of this creatioin]. 2 The same was in the beginning with God [the Father]. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.aa’ (John 1) “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Rom. 1:3, 4) We have only to look to mythology to find the demigod doctrine.
Fourth, it is written that “Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily ( 1:19 ).” Joseph could not be a just man without obeying the law of God. The law required her to be stoned to death (Deut. 22:21 ).
Fifth, the Immanuel insertion is an obvious fraud. It is written, “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matt. 1:22, 23).” The prophecy referred to is by Isaiah. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.” (Isa. 7:14-16)
Young’s Analytical Concordance To The Bible notes, “Immanuel, a symbolic name given to the child who was announced to Ahaz and the people of Judah as the sign that God would give them deliverance from their enemies.” Insertion of the name “Immanuel” (God with us) in the text was a deliberate fraud. The sign was to Ahaz; and had no reference to Jesus. It was fulfilled in the next chapter, over 700 years before Jesus. “And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz. For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samariashall be taken away before the king of Assyria.” (Isa. 8:3, 4)
Sixth, the final verse notes, “And [Joseph] knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS (1:25).” Joseph and Mary had come together when they were espoused or married—before the conception of Jesus. Some time after that, Mary was found to be with child. The stories do not tell when Jesus was conceived. It was already too late, when she was found to be with child, to claim that Joseph knew her not.
How was this fraudulent section inserted into the Biblical text? After Constantine established the Trinity and Virgin Birth as the central doctrine of his new church, he canonized the Bible. The Bible is what the un-baptized, pagan Roman Emperor, Constantine, wanted it to be. Biblical scholars recognize that changes, deletions, and insertions were common place in those days.
Many believe that the Bible is infallible. Every deliberate student of the Bible is aware there are many errors in the Bible. Let us consider one major error. “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:36-40)
Take out your copy of the Ten Commandments and you will find this second greatest commandment is missing. It is missing in the accounts of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 and Deut. 5. The various sectarian Christian churches have divided them at their pleasure to arrive at ten. It would take a volume to relate all the errors.
There is not a work in Scripture that was given through a Gentile. “Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation [the word of God is given through Apostles and Prophets]. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man [like Constantine’s Bible]: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (1 Pet. 2: 20, 21) Many books of Scripture were either destroyed, or hidden rather than let them fall into the hands of Gentiles. The Dead Sea Scrolls are an example. Would God condone one of the most evil men in history to establish a creed for His church, canonize Scripture, and then stand as God on earth? “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” (Heb. 5:4)
There were many books of Scripture which were not included in Constantine’s Bible. The Apocrypha is included in some Bibles and left out of others. Among the lost books of Scripture is one held the most sacred of all: the Book of the Law. It is noted twenty-two times by name and hundreds of times as the law of God.
Twenty-two other books of Scripture, noted in the Bible, were not included. Many prophecies from books in the New Testament do not match any book; because those books are not found in Constantine’s Bible. We are fortunate that as much truth as existed in Scripture is now found in the Bible. The Bible was not intended by Constantine to be a book for the people; but, only for the Priests. It was not until the sixteenth century, when King Henry broke with the Pope, that the Bible was printed and became a public book. This is the King James Version. Hundreds of other versions from various other texts came into use. Could it be said that one Protestant Bible is more accurate than another, or more accurate than the original Catholic? Is it possible that newer translations, using more recent texts, could be more accurate?
Faith in Jesus is possible only through knowing the real Jesus—the seed of David. Jesus is not GOD; although He is the God and Savior of this creation. Jesus was the beginning of this creation. It was through Jesus that all things in this creation came about. Praise our Lord. Praise Jesus for our existence; and for all the rest of this wondrous creation.
The gospel and laws of God are the plan by which man can inherit the most wonderful existence in eternity. The most perfect way man could progress from a spirit to an immortal, physical man was by giving him a mortal body with a free moral agency. Our future in eternity becomes the result of our own choices. Jesus taught that He was created in the flesh in all things like the rest of man; except He was of the seed ofAbraham, Judah, and David (through Joseph). He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. He was tempted of Satan; but, always turned to the will and law of God.
Praise the Lord for His faith and obedience. Jesus was the only man to live a perfect life—having neither sinned, nor ever letting an evil thought have a place in His mind. “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1 Pet. 2:22) God cannot sin. Jesus had to make the choice; as he was a man and not a God until after His resurrection when He was given all power from the Father. He gave His whole life, after entering the ministry, for His fellow man. For three years He made every effort to bring man into the kingdom of God; and teach them the path to the highest glory in eternity. He was persecuted, reviled, and scorned. “And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matt. 8:20) “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.” (Matt. 11:19)
Praise Jesus for the example that he left for all men to follow. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 4:6) He taught all of the laws that had been given to the people of God since the days of Adam. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 517, 18) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21) “…he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matt. 10:22) “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10)
Praise the Lord for his dedication to us. Jesus allowed Himself to be tortured and killed in the most horrible manner. He knew of this death; and sweat blood in its contemplation. He could have stopped it at any time. “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” (Matt. 26:53, 54) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:13, 14)
Praise the Lord as our Savior. When Jesus arose from the grave, He had only a spiritual body. “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17)
Jesus having lived a perfect life, Satan had no power over Him; including death. Jesus opened the dispensation of the gospel to the spirits in prison (hell). God raised Him to an immortal, physical life for eternity in the celestial glory. “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.” (Acts 4:10; 2:32 ; 3:15 ;10:40 ; 13:30 ; 13:37 )
Jesus appeared to the disciples in His resurrected body. “39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” (Luke 24:39) When the disciples returned from fishing, “Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.” (John 21:12)
Jesus received all power from the Father; and received the keys of our resurrection. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matt. 28:18) “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Rev. 1:18)
Jesus will return to be the King of Kings of this creation. “I am he [Jesus] that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Dan. 2:18) “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19:16)
Praise the Lord for our care after death. Those who know God, honor Jesus, obey the gospel, and live faithful and obedient have the promise after death of living in the bosom of Abraham while awaiting the resurrection. All others must spend this time with the spirits in prison (hell).
Praise the Lord for the faith and hope of our coming resurrection. Jesus will bring all men an immortal, physical body; regardless of the glory inherited in eternity. “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Tim. 4:10)
Those who are faithful and obedient in life have reason to hope of being included in the first resurrection. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Rom. 8:17 ) “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:26, 27) “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:6) Those who know not God and Jesus will spend the interim between death and resurrection with the spirits in prison (Rev. 19:20). “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Rev. 20:5)
Praise the Lord for our hope in eternity. After the seven thousand years of mortal man has come to an end, there will be a new heaven and a new earth. The earth will enter its celestial glory; and will become the abode of the Father, Jesus, and all the saints of God. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Rev. 21:7) “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” (21:21, 22) “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2, 3)
Praise our Lord AND the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matt. 22:37) “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, 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, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.” (Acts3:22 , 23) “15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” (Ex. 3:15)
Why is God Silent?
Some have thought God to be dead. The problem is not with God; but, with man. “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isa. 59:1, 2) Here is a great warning. Jesus commanded the seven gentile churches to either repent, or they would no longer be part of the kingdom of God . “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works [baptism]; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Rev. 2:5) Their light went out after John.
God spoke with man from Adam to Malachi (except for the 400 year captivity in Egypt). God spoke to man in the days of Jesus and the Apostles. The Jews rebelled against the authority of Jesus; and had Him crucified. The gospel was taken from them and given to the Gentiles. But sadly, the Gentiles had been reared for fifteen hundred years on pagan doctrines and traditions. They returned very quickly to their pagan ways. Jesus gave them a final warning (Rev. 2, 3); but, they would not. It was not God that turned from man; but, man that turned from God. When the Gentiles would not live by the law and will of God, the Church of Christ was taken from the earth, the Apostles were all martyred by 70 AD (except John), and God no longer spoke to man.
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman [Church of Christ] fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days [1260 years]… 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [holy priesthood], which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:5, 6) “…for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)
The early Christians had been drifting back into paganism since before the death of the Apostles. Jesus organized the church with, “some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists [high priests]; and some, pastors[Elders] and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, FOR the work of the ministry, FOR the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-13) These officers were required “for the work of the ministry;” and “for the perfecting of the saints.” They were to last, “till we all come in the unity of the faith.” Any church that does not have these officers has no claim to being the Church of Christ.
There are only two priesthoods noted in the Bible: the Melchisedec and the Levitical or Aaronic. The office of Bishop was that of a Priest in the Levitical Priesthood. The duties of his office were involved with the temporal affairs of the people. Very early the Christian Bishops usurped their authority and thought to stand above the people; as spiritual guides. They soon drifted back into paganism. As early as 105 AD we find Ignatius writing, “He who forms all men in the womb, was Himself really in the womb, and made for Himself a body of the seed of the Virgin, but without any intercourse of man.” How soon men forsook God and the Savior and returned to heathen mythology.
In the early fourth century a pagan Roman Emperor by the name of Constantine took Rome by the sword. The pagan priests advised him that his killing and iniquities could not be forgiven (he even killed his wife and first born son). A Christian Bishop advised him that he only needed to be baptized. How much they had fallen! No murderer can receive forgiveness in this life. Constantine was not baptized until his death bed—evidently when he could resist no longer. He was a loyal follower of the sun god.
Constantine saw in Christianity the opportunity to control both the civil and the spiritual life of every citizen of Rome. He made his new Catholic Church the state religion; and made a law that to dissent was heresy—a civil crime punishable by death. Many died and others were banished; including St. Athanasius who held the first Catholic council and formed the foundation doctrines of his new church under his supervision.
Constantine simply amalgamated pagan doctrines into Christianity by giving them Christian names. At the Council of Nicea, in 325 AD, pagan mysteries were officially adopted for the identity of God and Jesus. He adopted the Trinitarian and Virgin Birth doctrines, which were begun by Nimrod, King of Babylon. He cared only for his beloved sun god; and the mythologies of Rome. As an un-baptized, pagan Roman Emperor, he knew nothing of the true and living God of Israel. The Spirit of God cannot dwell in unholy temples (bodies). Without proper baptism, man remains filthy still. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Cor. 2:11-12)
The Creed of St. Athanasius, with its Trinity and Virgin Birth, has become the corner stone of almost all Christian doctrine. Adopted under Constantine at the Council of Nicea, it declares, “And the Catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity… Such as the Father is, such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost… The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal… The Fatherincomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible… So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty… And yet they are not three Gods, but one God… The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another… He therefore that will be saved, must think of the Trinity. Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation, that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ… This is the Catholic Faith; which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.”
Saint Augustine wrote of the teachings of Saint Ambrose (339-397) on this subject, “when God is thought of, our thoughts should dwell on no material reality whatsoever.” (Constantine’s Sword, James Carroll, p. 200)
Volumes have been written on how this doctrine was borrowed from pagan mythology. More volumes could be written on the errors of this doctrine when compared with the Bible. All that is really required is to compare this “incomprehensible” god to the true and LIVING God of the Bible. Paul wrote, “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” (Acts 17:23 )
The God of the Bible was not only comprehensible; He appeared to men from the time of Adam. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17: 3) Jesus was “the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.” (Heb. 1:3) Jesus will soon return, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:8)
It is easy to understand why men of this age still worship pagan gods. Constantine made it a civil crime to defy the doctrines of his new church. Some, like the Ariens, who believed in the real Jesus were driven away and eventually killed under the popes. Constantine enforced his doctrines with the sword. Thousands were killed and others were banished. Pagan Christian Rome fell in 476 AD; but, Papal Rome rose in 570 AD. Like Constantine, the popes thought to stand as God on the earth. It has been estimated that 50,000,000 were martyred for opposing Catholic doctrine. For many centuries people either worshipped according to the pope, or they died. This practice has been the tool of evil men since Cain. Today, pagan doctrines have become tradition; and knowledge of original doctrines has been almost lost. Ecclesiastical historians and church leaders understood what happened. Biblical scholars and church leaders have noted the mysteries of Babylon in catholicity. The King James Version even capitalized Rev. 17:5, “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
James J. Strang wrote, “This is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” “And, as by their faith, these three gods are one and the same god, it follows that the Lord God Almighty, un-create, incomprehensible, and eternal, became a Priest unto himself, and offered himself a sacrifice unto himself, to make propitiation unto himself for sins against himself, and became a mediator between himself and his rebellious creatures; and has risen from the dead, though he alone hath immortality, and ascended on high, where he has received all power from himself, and sat down at his own right hand; where, with his human body, flesh and bones, and all that pertains to the perfection of man’s nature, raised to immortality and everlasting life, he ‘is the express image of the invisible God,’ (Col. i, 15. 2d Cor. iv, 4,) ‘and the express image of his Father’s person,’ (Heb. 1, 3,) who has not any such body or any part of it, and is nevertheless the same identical person with himself… Ye shall not bow down to the God of Babylon, for the God who spoke in Sinai, said, ‘Thou shalt not bow down unto, nor adore anything that thy imagination conceiveth of; but the Lord thy God only.’ The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was not the offspring of adultery; nor was he born of woman; he was not carried about in a nurse’s arms, nor dependent on his mother’s milk for sustenance; he never died, nor did he cry to himself, and find no helper. (Matt. 27:46. Mark 15:34.) Eternal ages are but pulsations in his lifetime, and his might is omnipotence.”
Consider the source. “In the unity of that one Only God of the Babylonians, there were three persons, and to symbolise that doctrine of the Trinity, they employed, as the discoveries of Layard prove, the equilateral triangle, just as it is well known the Romish Church does at this day. In both cases such a comparison is most degrading to the King Eternal, and is fitted utterly to pervert the minds of those who contemplate it, as if there was or could be any similitude between such a figure and Him who hath said, ‘To whom will ye liken God, and what likeness will ye compare unto Him?” (The Two Babylons, Rev. Alexander Hislop, pp. 16, 17)
John, the beloved Apostle of Jesus, prophesied of this new so-called Christian church as a beast. “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” (Rev. 13:1) “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman [ church of Satan ] sitteth.” (Rev. 17:9) Only Rome has synonymously been known as the city of seven hills.
Then John saw a beast that was wounded and survived. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Rev. 13:3) Pagan Christian Rome, founded by
Constantine , fell in 476 AD. Papal Rome rose in 570 AD. John gave us a great warning, “And there are seven kings: five are fallen [ Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and Greece], and one is [Pagan Rome], and the other is not yet come [Pagan Christian Rome under Constantine]; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space [325-476]. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth [Papal Rome], and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.” (Rev. 17:10, 11)
This beast and church of Satan was to have complete power over the souls of man for 1260 years. “5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months [1260 years]… 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Rev. 13)
There is another ominous side to this beast. “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast.” (Rev. 14:15) Who could be this image of the beast—the harlots of Rome? The Reformation removed many of the evil practices of the Catholic Church; but, these churches still worshipped the same Trinitarian god and Virgin Birth. They even retained sun day in place of the Sabbath. They offered a new gospel: man can be saved by faith alone. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:8) “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:19, 20)
John Wesley a founder of the Methodist Church wrote concerning the gifts of the Holy Ghost, “The cause of this was not, as has been supposed, because there was no more occasion for them, because all the world was become Christians. This is a miserable mistake; not a twentieth part of it was then nominally Christian. The real cause of it was that the love of many, almost all Christians, so-called, was waxed cold. The Christians had no more of the spirit of Christ than the other heathens. The Son of Man, when He came to examine His Church, could hardly find faith upon earth. This was the real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were no longer to be found in the Christian church–because the Christians were turned heathens again, and only had a dead form left.” (John Wesley’s Works, Vol. 7, 89; 26-27)
The Church of England in the Homily Against Peril of Idolatry, first published about the middle of the sixteenth century, admitted of the great Christian apostasy. “So that laity and clergy, learned and unlearned, all ages, sects, and degrees of men, women, and children of whole Christendom– a horrible and most dreadful thing to think– have been at once drowned in abominable idolatry; of all other vices most detested of God, and most damnable to man; and that by the space of eight hundred years and more.”
Why did God no longer speak to the Gentiles? They worshipped the Trinitarian god of Babylon ; and thought of Jesus as a demigod born of a virgin. Constantine even changed the holy Sabbath that was sanctified by God to “the venerable day of the sun.” Jesus did not change the Sabbath. The Apostles did not change the Sabbath. It was changed by a pagan worshipper of the sun god. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” (Ex. 31:16, 17)
God did not speak to man, because man no longer worshipped God. Constantine turned Christianity into Mystery, Babylon the Great. There is no “Thus saith the Lord in Babylon.” “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” (Rev. 18:8) “And the beast was taken [Papal Rome], and with him the false prophet [Mohammad] that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast [violate the Sabbath], and them that worshipped his image [Christians that adopted the doctrines of Rome ]. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” (Rev. 19:20)
God Spoke Again
God did speak again. Exactly 1260 years after the beast, Papal Rome was established in 570 AD, Joseph Smith claimed to have been ordained to the Prophetic Office under the hands of angels; and restored both the Melchisedec Priesthood and the original gospel of Christ. The Church of Christ was organized on April 6, 1830.
The Gentiles were once again afforded the blessings and opportunities of the holy priesthood and the gospel. They were given the same laws of God as saints before them. Sadly, they preferred the will of man. Joseph Smith was murdered near Nauvoo, Illinois by a mob from Missouri; while presumably under the protective custody of the Governor of Illinois.
The same hour of Joseph’s death, James J. Strang–some four hundred miles away–claimed an angel of God had ordained him as Apostle, Prophet, and Lawgiver to succeed Joseph. The Letter of Appointment from Joseph Smith, which he wrote about a week before his death, arrived later by regular mail. God had established His people and spoke to man once again. God told the people through James, “if ye will therefore possess these things, remember my law, to keep it… if ye will not live by it, the promise is not unto you. It is a vain thing for you to witness my, if ye will not regard it, to live by it.”
But again the Gentiles preferred the delights of the world over the blessings of the kingdom. They failed to obey the commandments given to them from God. James was shot and later died. The people were scattered and their land stolen. The prophecy of Micah had been fulfilled. “And thou, O tower of the flock [James J. Strang], the strong hold of the daughter of Zion [God’s people in America], unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem [ July 8, 1850 ]. Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counseller perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to [spiritual] Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.” (Micah 4:8-10)
The promise was for a very small remnant to remain until the return of our Lord. You have been given the wonderful knowledge of God and Jesus. Joshua once told the people of God, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods.” (Joshua 24) You now have the knowledge to choose between the gods of Babylon and the true and living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matt. 22:37)
A remnant of the Melchisedec Priesthood remains to administer the saving ordinances of the gospel. The keys to the kingdom of God are here; and the gate is still open. James J. Strang was ordained by angels from the throne of God. He ordained L. D. Hickey an Apostle, who ordained Samuel Martin a High Priest, who ordained Lloyd Flanders a High Priest, who ordained Samuel E. West an Elder. “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matt. 16:19) The keys to the kingdom, the Melchisedec Priesthood, are in my hand.
A Special Invitation
You’re invited to walk on the path of light and know the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Discover the truth about the real Jesus and His sacrifice. Obey the gospel of Christ; and become a member of thekingdom of God . If you are able to understand this special invitation, you have been given the greatest opportunity ever given to man in the flesh—an opportunity to inherit the earth with the Father and the Son; and enter eternal life in the celestial glory. “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27) “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:7, 8)
Here is a truly special invitation. The kingdom of heaven is at hand (within your reach). Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you will be born of the Spirit, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enjoy all the blessings prepared for saints of God.
Apostle W. W. Phelps wrote Joseph Smith in January, 1843:
Go with me, will you go to the saints that have died,-
To the next, better world, where the righteous reside;
Where the angels and spirits in harmony be
In the joys of a vast paradise? Go with me.
Go with me where the truth and the virtues prevail;
Where the union is one, and the years never fail;
Not a heart can conceive, nor a nat’ral eye see
What the Lord has prepar’d for the just. Go with me.
Go with me where there is no destruction or war;
Neither tyrants, or sland’rers, or nations ajar;
Where the system is perfect, and happiness free,
the life is eternal with God. Go with me.
Go with me, will you go to the mansions above,
Where the bliss, and the knowledge, the light, and the love,
And the glory of God do eternally be?-
Death, the wages of sin, is not there. Go with me.
You are invited to go with us.
Samuel E. West
Elder in latter day Zion