CHRISTIANITY:

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW

By, Samuel E. West, Elder
October, 2021
Samuel270@aol.com

There is only one certainty in life: we are doing to die. The first question we have to answer is whether there is really a God. His existence is proven both scientifically and historically. Every civilization has acknowledged His existence. The perfection of creation demonstrates the existence of a superior intelligence. Articulate language was given to man from Him; as man could not invent it himself. The God of Israel is unlike anything invented by the mind of man. “Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.” (Mark 12:32) He has communicated with man for thousands of years. The story of Moses is proof in and of itself of God. We owe it to ourselves to understand what instruction He has left for us and what is prepared for us after mortal death.

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) The Bible will be used as the standard for investigation because it is the only place where there is a history of God has associating with man on and off for 4,000 years. Ecclesiastical historians and church leaders will also be used to verify scripture.

The first and great truth is to know God and Jesus. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Jesus, John 17:3) There are many claiming to be Christian; but there is a great deal of difference in what they teach. Gods that are deaf and dumb and can neither help nor harm us. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20)

True Christianity is different from all others because. It is the only religion that has had direct association with God for thousands of years. From cover to cover in the Bible, anytime God had a people on the earth that He recognized as His own, He had a prophet at the head to maintain association and provide His will and Laws. Revelation is the foundation of true Christianity. The angel told the Apostle John: “I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)

The Apostle Paul advised us “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16) There is only one gospel. Many preach doctrines invented my man. Paul also told us “12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ… 8 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) Where revelation does not exist, true Christianity cannot exist.

It is important to understand the four estates of man. Spirits are different from physical bodies as they are not created but organized from intelligent matter. First, we were all organized as spirits in the beginning. Jesus was the first and only spirit organized by God, who then organized our spirits. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)

Second, our spirit is joined with a mortal body making us a living soul. “7 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)

Third, at death “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it [Jesus].” (Eccl. 12:7) Members of the kingdom of God (who obeyed the gospel) are taken in the spirit to the bosom of Abraham (kingdom in heaven). All others are taken to the spirits in prison (discussed later).

Fourth, members of the kingdom of God–that keep the laws of God–are resurrected when Jesus returns and inherit the earth in kingdoms of glory like the sun and moon. All others rise a thousand years later and inherit a distant [telestial] place—like the stars in glory until they obey the gospel. (1 Cor. 15:40) The earth will become the kingdom of God. There are no aliens in the kingdom. Salvation most often refers to the first resurrection and inheriting the earth—heaven.

There are hundreds of different churches with different doctrines–all claiming to be Christian. All of these can be wrong; but only one can be right even as there is only one true and living God. Our salvation depends on a correct identification. There is only one truth and it is undividable and eternal. It is like 2 + 2 = 4. This was correct before this existence and will be the same forever. One might say it is 5 and another six; but that does not make it so. God can only tell the truth. “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” (Tit. 1:2) What was required for Adam to be saved after death is the same for everyone in all ages. “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18) We must find out what is true Christianity, when did it begin, what happened to Christianity over the ages, and what does the future hold? Let us begin with a study of the Bible. Then we will study records by ecclesiastical historians and church leaders.

WHAT IS A BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN?

The term Christian is not an absolute term. It has many meanings. The term Christian is subjective and exists only three times in the Bible—all in the New Testament. It was used first in derision or ridicule. “26 And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11) Neither Jesus nor the Apostles called themselves Christian. They used the term kingdom of God; which is absolute, perfectly descriptive, and used many times. There are eternal, absolute requirements to become a member of the kingdom of God and then it is requisite to keep the laws of God. “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life.” (Rev. 22:14)

One may say “anyone who believes Jesus is the Messiah is a Christian.” We will test this belief and others using the Bible. The term Christian is like saying a you a member of a nation in the Americas rather than saying the United States of America. Jesus and the Apostles used the term kingdom of God dozens of times in the New Testament alone.

All true Christians are members of kingdom of God. Jesus told us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness [obey its laws]; and all these things [including salvation] shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) The Bible clearly identifies the kingdom of God, its laws, and what is required to be a member.

STORY OF CREATION

Before we can fully understand our situation today, we must understand the existence of man and the laws of God from the beginning. The story of creation in Genesis One to Chapter 2:5, is the story of the spiritual creation. “4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew.” (Gen. 2)

Our existence began with the organization of our spirit. We all lived as spirits together before Adam walked on the earth. Jesus was the first and the only spirit organized by God. “1 In the beginning [of this creation] was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was God [of this creation]. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1) “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness [Jesus], the beginning of the creation of God.” (Rev. 3:14) Our spirits were organized by Jesus as head of this creation.

“4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38) The term stars relate to man during the spiritual creation. Jesus was first–the bright and morning star—the first and only spirit organized by God. “16 I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Rev. 22) Jesus was the root of David as organizer of his spirit and the offspring of David in the flesh. As the first organized spirit and head of this creation, He was the bright and morning star. Sons of God are those that obeyed the laws of God in the beginning.

When our spirits are joined with a physical body, we become living souls. “7 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) At death our flesh returns to the earth and our spirit returns to Jesus for a preliminary judgement. “7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God [Jesus] who gave it.” (Eccl. 12:7) When Jesus returns, members of the kingdom will be resurrected. All others a thousand years later.

GOD AND JESUS

It is essential to have a correct understanding of God and Jesus. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17) In other words, there is no salvation without this understanding. Jesus is to 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, 9)

Who are God and Jesus?

The Bible–from the first chapter to the last–identifies them as separate identities. “6 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) “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” (John 5:26) No one can be saved without a correct knowledge of God and Jesus. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)

God alone exists in eternity. He is without beginning or end. There are worlds without end. God alone is supreme over all creations. “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.” (Isa. 46:9)

Jesus had a beginning. God organized His spirit in the beginning of this creation. “In the beginning [of this creation] was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was God [of this creation].” (John 1:1) It was through God and Jesus that our spirits were organized. “God said, Let us [God and Jesus] make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) Jesus was born in the flesh as the seed of Abraham through David. “3 Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.” (Rom. 1)

God.

What does God look like? We have only to look in the mirror. “God said, Let us [God and Jesus] make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) Some believe God is only a spirit. Our primary existence is a spirit united with flesh to become living souls. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) So are angels spirits (Heb. 1:14). Yet Abraham and Lot mistook them for men (Gen. 18:5).

God is without change. “6 I am the LORD, I change not.” (Mal 3) He existed before this creation and has a physical body. “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob…” (Ex. 6:3) Jesus did not have a physical body until 4,000 years after Adam. Abraham lived 2,000 years after Adam. Abraham mistook God for a man, invited Him into his tent, and dined with Him and two angels. “8 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.” (Gen. 18:8)

Abraham’s grandson Jacob knew God personally. After wrestling with Him, he told of seeing Him face to face. “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Gen. 32:30)

Moses, Aaron, and seventy elders saw God. “9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: 10 And they saw the God of Israel.” (Ex. 24) Moses saw God face to face and knew Him as a familiar friend. “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” (Ex. 33:11)

God alone is perfect and has immortality. “Who only hath immortality.” (1 Tim. 6:16) He is without beginning or end. He existed before this creation. He alone has omnipresence and can be anywhere at any time. He is present everywhere through His officers. God alone has omnipotence. He alone is all-powerful with supreme power over the whole Universe. There are worlds without end. Jesus received His power and authority from Him and His jurisdiction is this creation.

God alone has omniscience. He alone possesses all knowledge. Jesus was born and lived like all other men; except He also learned from God and angels. God alone is one. He has no fellow. “30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12)

There is a significant difference between knowing of God and knowing God. A child separated from its mother at birth can know of its mother; but can never know its mother without association. Every religion on earth knows of God; but without association none can know God. By studying the Bible, we can come to a correct understanding of the attributes, character, and perfections of God. When Jesus asked Peter who He was, of his answer he was told “17 Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 16) No one can have a personal relationship with God without revelation. Yet, modernists claim revelation was done away with the Apostles.

Jesus.

Jesus is not perfect. He changed several times. He had a beginning. He was first organized as a spirit by God. He lived as a mortal, learned from God and by the things He suffered, received His Priesthood from God (Heb. 5), died, was resurrected by God, and was given all power over this creation by God.

He was the first and only spirit organized by God (John 1). Jesus was born in the flesh. He began in His mother’s womb as an embryo, then as a fetus, and was born as a helpless infant. “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.” (Heb. 2:16) “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) He was subject to God as His superior. “I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28) He had to learn like all others in the flesh. “8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Heb. 5)

Jesus is called the Son of David sixteen times and the son of man over seventy times in the New Testament. All genealogy in the Bible is in the male line; because only the male carries the seed of man. He was born in the flesh like all men; except he had to be of the seed of Abraham, tribe of Judah, and house of David. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren.” (Heb. 2:17) “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David.” (John 7:42; Acts 2:30; Rom. 1:3, 2 Tim. 2:2)

The Apostle Matthew gave us Jesus’ true lineage in the first chapter of the New Testament. “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas [Judah]… And Jesse begat David the king… And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary.” (Matt. 1) This is “according to the flesh.” If Jesus was not born in all things like His brethren, He was not our Savior. Only a man could redeem man (Rom. 5:15).

Like us, Jesus was born alien to the kingdom. This is why He had to obey the gospel like all men. Jesus advised us: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) He went to John the Baptist for baptism of water because he was a priest of the Levitical Priesthood and held authority from God to baptize with water; but not of the Spirit. In John 3:11, he notes this limitation and that Jesus would baptize with the Spirit (“that he comes after me is mightier than I”). John hesitated, so Jesus told him “Suffer it be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” (Matt. 3:15) In other words, Jesus had to obey the law of God on the gospel to enter the kingdom.

When Jesus “went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending upon him: and lo a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16, 17) He was born of the spirit by God; because the Melchisedec Priesthood was lost 400 years after Malachi. This is clearly an account of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as separate identities.

Jesus still did not hold authority from God to preach the gospel and administer its saving ordinances. After baptism, He went into the wilderness where He was tempted of Satan. “13 God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James 1) “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” (Matt. 4:11)

What did they minister? Jesus was ordained under the hands of God to the highest office in the priesthood: a Prophet like Moses (Acts 3:22); which also holds the lower office of High Priest. “4 And no man taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [by revelation from God]. 5 So 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. 6 As he saith also in another place, thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (John 1)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He [God] hath anointed [ordained] me to preach the gospel 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 [in prison].” (Luke 4:18) “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)

Through ordination by God, Jesus became the Son of God and Christ (ordained of God). Now, He held authority from God to preach the gospel. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand [among you].” (Matt. 417)

Jesus’ mission was not complete until His death. Adam’s sin brought mortality on all. Only a man could redeem mankind from the fall. “For if through the offence of one [Adam] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace [resurrection], which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” (Rom. 5:15)

Jesus died. His perfect life required God to raise Him from the dead. “Sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 john 3:4) “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1 Pet. 2:22) “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.” (Acts 4:10)

He received all power from God. “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matt. 28:18) He stands “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.” (Acts 2:33) “20 Which he [God] wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places… 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things.” (Eph.1)

When He returns “he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate [God], the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” (1 Tim. 6:15) Jesus will stand as “16 KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS [over this creation].” (Rev. 19) Those who know God, obey the gospel, and remain faithful and obedient to the laws of God will rise in the first resurrection and inherit the earth with God and Jesus. Here is a great warning. He will 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 KINGDOM OF GOD

The kingdom of God is significantly different from kingdoms of man. It is perfect, originated with God in eternity before this creation, and–although it has been lost at times–it will continue into eternity when Jesus returns. Man was first organized as spirits before Adam, then as mortals, and finally through a physical resurrection into eternity.

Jesus told us: “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things [including salvation] shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.” (Mark 1:14) Every kingdom must have (1) Laws to govern the kingdom, (2) a King, (3) Officers, (4) Membership, and (5) Jurisdiction.

Revelation.

Revelation is the foundation of the kingdom. True Christianity is known by keeping “the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:17) The angel told John: “I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)

Without law anarchy would reign. The laws of God are revealed to man through His prophets. Knowing God, holding the priesthood of God, and obeying the gospel all require revelation from God. Jesus asked Peter “15 Whom say ye that I am?” Jesus told him “17 Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [revelation] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16) “10 testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)

Revelation is required to receive the priesthood of God. Every minister of God must be both called of God by revelation and be ordained by one holding that priesthood. Not even Jesus could violate this law. He could not begin His ministry until obeying this law. “Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5:10) Paul reminded his son Timothy of this law. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy.” (1 Tim. 4:14) Only officers of God hold “the keys of the kingdom [priesthood]; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.” (Matt. 16:19)

Gospel faith also requires revelation through one holding the priesthood. “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11:6) “14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 17 faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10) Gospel faith is available only through ministers of God that have been called of God by revelation and been properly ordained (sent).

After the Jews rejected Jesus, the gospel went to gentiles for the first time. Gentiles are any that are not of the seed of Abraham and Jacob (Israel). They had been raised on paganism for over 2,000 years and began returning even during the days of the Apostles. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work.” (2 Thess. 2:7)

Revelation soon ceased after the Apostles. Gentiles turned to the doctrines of man. The result: Confusion reigned in the churches. “To this extent, ‘orthodoxy’ [true doctrines] in the sense of a unified group advocating an apostolic doctrine accepted by the majority of Christians everywhere, did not exist in the second and third centuries.” (The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Bart D. Ehrman, p. 7)

They did not even understand God and Jesus. “For them as a group, Christ was in some sense both human and divine. But neither the relationship of Christ’s two ‘natures’ nor his relationship with God were yet defined.” (pp. 13, 14) Could this be of God? “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Cor. 14:33)

Christianity was lost in the churches as they became the instruments of Satan. When Jesus appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos, He told the churches to “5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent… 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is.” (Rev. 2) They had fallen so far; they were required by Jesus to repent and be rebaptized. There is no evidence of their following this admonition as they continued to fall into idolatry and false doctrines. God never called another prophet to lead them.

Without revelation from God, Satan overcame the priesthood and there were no members left of the kingdom. “And it was given unto him [Satan] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Rev. 13:7)

Laws of God.

Organizational laws include laws on officers of the kingdom and how aliens become citizens. These are perfect, eternal laws that never change. “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Jesus, Matt. 5:18) Whatever was required to represent God and become citizens of the kingdom in the past, is the same today and forever. There is even baptism for the dead that accept the gospel in the spirit. “29 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)

There was a temporal added law given through Moses that only lasted until Jesus. He explained the difference between this and the original spiritual law. “17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill [end the added temporal law]. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the [original spiritual] law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5)

The priesthood was given in the beginning before Adam walked on the earth. “Thou shalt not take the name [authority] of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Ex. 20:7) During our spiritual estate, Satan rebelled against this law thinking to stand at the head of this creation in Jesus’ place. He was cast down with about a third of the host of heaven that followed him to spend eternity as ghosts. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground.” (Isa.14:12)

Usurpation is a most grievous sin. “The Lord will not hold him guiltless.” Those who think to represent God without a proper calling are in worse danger than they can imagine. What would happen to you if tried to represent a police officer? Is it not likely they would put in jail? God also has a jail called the spirits in prison. While Jesus body lay in the grave, He went in the spirit to these. “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Pet. 3:19)

The first organization law governs who can represent God on earth. The only way Adam could receive laws from God is if he was a Prophet and Lawgiver of God. Cain violated at least two laws when he killed his brother. Noah had to hold this same priesthood to be acceptable to God. Adam lived 930 years to know the father of Noah. Abraham lived with Noah for thirty-nine years. It was easy for the priesthood and true doctrines to pass from Adam to Abraham. He could only obey the gospel through one holding the priesthood of God. “Preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” (Gal. 3:8)

Jesus told us “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15 Beware of false prophets [ministers], which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Matt. 7) The strait gate is the gospel and the narrow way is the laws of God. Where revelation does not exist, ministers of God and members do not exist, and Christianity is lost.

Officers of the kingdom.

God is King over the universe. He alone is supreme over all. God alone has omnipotence. He alone is all-powerful with supreme power over the whole Universe. Jesus received His power and authority from God and rendered it to Him. “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matt. 28:18)

Jesus is king over this creation. He held this office in the beginning as God of this creation when we were all spirits. “In the beginning [of this creation] was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was God [of this creation].” (John 1:1)

All priesthood of God originates with God. Only God has a right to call those who represent Him on earth. This requires being called of God by revelation and being ordained by one holding that priesthood. Jesus is our example. He was called by God and ordained by Him. “4 no man taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [by a revelation given to Moses] … 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5)

The Apostles followed the same law. “Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts 1:22) The Apostle Paul reminded his son Timothy of this law. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery [those holding that priesthood].” (1 Tim. 4:14) “God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (1 Cor. 12:28)

There are two priesthoods of God: the higher and original priesthood is the Melchisedec Priesthood. It is an eternal priesthood that originated with God in eternity. It is the only priesthood that holds authority to administer all of the saving ordinances of the gospel. The lower Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood was established when Israel turned to wickedness under Moses. It is temporal and lasts only for life. The highest office (Priest) only holds authority to baptize with water. John the Baptist held this priesthood.

The Melchisedec Priesthood has two orders: Apostle and Priest. Of Apostle there are four degrees. The highest is Prophet and Lawgiver. Adam, Noah, Moses, Jesus and others held this priesthood. They hold authority over the kingdom on earth to provide laws and instruction as if from God’s own lips. The second is Prophet and Viceroy. They stand at the head when there is no Lawgiver. They administer the laws already given. Joshua held this office after Moses. The Twelve were third degree Apostles which is Ambassador. They are appointed to take the gospel to the nations. Fourth degree are Evangelists and are appointed to one nation. Seven make a quorum. “Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.” (Acts 21:8)

Of Priest there are two degrees: High Priest and Elder. High Priests have stood as inferior kings, patriarchs, heads of tribes, and over districts of the kingdom. The faithful have the gift of prophecy and in the Old Testament have been called prophets. “Every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God.” (Heb. 5:1) Their primary duty is to teach the law of God and stand over districts of the church. Elders have been essential to preaching the gospel. Among other duties they stand at the head of branches of the kingdom. “When they had ordained them elders in every church.” (Acts 14:23)

Jesus called and ordained all of the officers of this priesthood.

When He began His ministry, He first called and ordained the Twelve Apostles so they would hold authority from God. “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” (Mark 14:3) They could not be “sent” to preach the gospel until obeying the gospel and being properly ordained like Himself.

Jesus called all of the other officers of this priesthood because no one can enter the kingdom of God without one of these. All hold authority to administer the saving ordinances of the gospel. “11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [high priests and elders] and teachers; [Why?] 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: [for how long?] 13 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) Is there perfect unity of the faith today?

When at least one of these officers doesn’t exist, the kingdom doesn’t exist, true Christianity does not exist, and salvation is lost.

Who is Anti-Christ?

There is a popular notion that Anti-Christ is going to be some great, evil man. Not true. “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (1 John 2:18)

The term “Christ” is not a proper name like Joseph. Translated it means “anointed” or ordained (Young’s Analytical Concordance to The Bible). Every minister of God in the Bible was called of God and properly ordained, “most one be ordained to be a witness with us.” (Acts 1:22) Jesus was ordained under the hands of God because the Melchisedec Priesthood was lost 400 years earlier with Malachi. (Heb. 5:4-6) During our spiritual estate, Satan tried to usurp the authority of Jesus as head of this creation. He and his followers (about a third of the host of heaven) were cast down to be ghosts forever. Usurpers are anti-Christ who are called by man–not God.

Membership in the kingdom.

Organizational laws of God specify how aliens are adopted as members of the kingdom. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16) It is evident these laws didn’t not change with the Apostles. Like all laws of God, they are eternal and never change.

Abraham obeyed the gospel. “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” (Gal. 3:8) It follows that Adam and Noah also obeyed the gospel; as did Moses. “And were all baptized unto Moses and in the sea.” (1 Cor. 10:2) Jesus had to obey the gospel before He could begin His mission on earth. No one can represent God without obeying the gospel and holding the priesthood of God. Jesus and the Apostles demonstrated that.

There are two parts to the gospel. “Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” (1 Thess. 1:5) The word of the gospel is the first principles of the gospel: faith, repentance, and baptism of water and the Spirit.

Gospel faith is active and originates with God. “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11:6) “Faith is the substance [assurance from God] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1) It provides assurance from God that the path being pursued is in accordance with His laws; and also provides many special blessings. Without it, we have to put our trust in the precepts of man.

Gospel Faith originates with God and is available only through His ministers. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:14-17) Jesus and the Apostles were all called of God, ordained, and sent to preach the gospel.

Gospel faith it is a personal revelation from God. No one can even know God or Jesus without such instruction from heaven. Jesus advised us: “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) We can know of God; but we cannot know God without such revelation. When Jesus asked Peter: “whom say ye that I am?” Jesus told him “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 16:15, 17) Revelation from God!

Jesus told us: “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3) The Apostles taught the same. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” (Acts 17:30)

This is not just an appreciation of our errors; but a complete turning away from everything contrary to the will God. It is circumcision of the heart. When John the Baptist was preaching repentance, he told the crowd: “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (Matt. 3:8) Gentiles were told to “repent and turn to God [obey His laws], and do works meet for repentance.” (Acts 26:20) Gospel repentance is a behavioral change. It is like a new birth.

Jesus said of true Christians: “these signs shall follow them that believe.” (Mark 16:17) “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 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.” (Mat. 7:20-21) The Apostle James wrote: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble… For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:17-19, 26)

Baptism of water and the spirit are essential principles of the gospel. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) This is the first thing Jesus did before He began His ministry. “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.” (Matt. 3:16) Jesus did not have to repent; but He had to obey the law. “Suffer it be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness [the law].” (Matt. 3:15) “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” (Mark 1:4) Our sins cannot be forgiven without baptism.

On the Day of Pentecost when the gospel went to gentiles, Peter and the Apostles were asked: “Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the holy ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to ALL that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:37-39)

Many have taught that faith alone is required for salvation. This man-made doctrine did not exist until 1,500 years after Jesus. It is contrary to the gospel of Christ taught in the Bible. “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) The Bible contradicts this delusion. It was an invention of men like Martin Luther and John Calvin. But, says one, the Bible says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8) Go back to the first verse (1:1) “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus.” This was written only to those that had already obeyed the gospel.

God’s blessings for members of the kingdom.

Baptism of the water forgives our sins, making man eligible to enter the kingdom. Baptism of the spirit adopts each as the seed of Abraham and as members of the kingdom. God covenanted with Abraham to be the father of all who believe. “And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe.” (Rom. 4:11) “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ… 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs to the promise [of eternal life].” (Gal. 3) Only officers of the Melchisedec Priesthood are authorized by God to administer both baptisms. This is why John the Baptist could not baptize Jesus with the spirit.

On the Day of Pentecost–when the gospel went to gentiles–Peter advised them: “38 Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2) Only those that are properly baptized by one holding authority from God receive these blessings.

Members can enjoy many wonderful blessings. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (Jesus, John 16:13) “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 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.” (1 Cor. 2:10-11)

“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” (Heb. 11:32-35 read all) “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick.” (James 5:14-15)

All are to receive a special spiritual gift of the Spirit. Paul wrote to the saints in his day: “1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another, faithhealing… working of miracles prophecy… discerning of spirits… divers kinds of tongues… interpretation of tongues… But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1Cor. 12) “1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye my prophesy.” (1 Cor. 14)

Two places after death.

At death our spirits are taken back to Jesus for a preliminary judgment. “7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Obad. 12) There are two places prepared of God after death. Spirits of true Christians [members of the kingdom] are taken to the bosom of Abraham (kingdom in heaven) to await the first resurrection and inherit the earth when Jesus returns.

All others are taken to the spirits in prison. During the three days Jesus’ body lay in the grave, He went in the spirit to these and opened a dispensation of the gospel there. “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Pet. 3:19) God made a provision for obeying the gospel in the spirit through baptism of the dead (1 Cor. 15:20); but this may require hundreds, a thousand years, or even more. Those that haven’t obeyed the gospel at the end of thousand years after Jesus returns, inherit a place distant from earth because the earth becomes the kingdom of God and there are no aliens.

The earth will become the inheritance and heaven for members of the kingdom of God. There is no hell. When the King James Bible was translated by the Church of England, a major error was made. Fire and brimstone would have no effect on spirits. The concept of hell was adopted from Greek mythology by the Church of England in the King James Version of the Bible. The term hell was removed from the Standard Revised Edition. The doctrine of a place of punishment was not found in the Bible before that. The original terms Sheol, Hades, and Gehenna were replaced with hell. “The English word, from a Teutonic root meaning “to hide” or “cover,” had originally the significance of the world of the dead generally. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Electronic Database Copyright © 1996, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Resurrection.

All will be resurrected (except the sons of perdition) and receive an immortal physical body; but all do not rise at the same time nor inherit the same place. “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.” (John 14:2)

“For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Tim. 4:10) There is evidently a difference between saints of God (believers) and all others. “12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” (Rev. 20)

There will be two resurrections. The first is when Jesus returns and the second is a thousand years later. Saints of God rise in the first resurrection–when Jesus returns–and inherit the earth. “6 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.” “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Rev. 20:5)

“7 He that overcometh [through obedience to the laws of God] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 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.” (Rev. 21) “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matt. 10:22)

There are three kingdoms/glories prepared for the second resurrection when the earth inherits its celestial glory. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” (Rev. 21:1) “40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars (telestial): for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption.” (1 Cor. 15) Consider the difference in glory between the sun and the stars.

Saints inherit the earth in either the celestial or terrestrial kingdoms. Jesus told us “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:40) God is perfect in His realm. We must be perfect in our realm by abiding in all the laws of God we are given. We can only inherit a kingdom whose laws we keep. The celestial kingdom requires keeping a perfect law. God has told us if we are not as one that we are none of His. Those that won’t live by all the laws they are given, can only inherit a terrestrial kingdom. Consider the difference between the sun and the moon. All others inherit a telestial kingdom distant from the earth in accordance with the laws they kept on earth. Saints who do not endure faithful to the laws of God endanger being counted among these sinners who were not properly baptized and never forgiven of their sins.

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Pet. 4:17) Jesus is to 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)

Most never know God or understand the gospel in the flesh. Why is that? Jesus is the Savior of all men (1 Tim. 4:10). Most did not keep their first estate as spirits but most likely just sat on the fence when Satan rebelled. Some were saints that drifted away from the laws of God. We are judged by all our works. All must be given an opportunity to obey the gospel either in the flesh or in the spirit. During the three days that Jesus’ mortal body lay in the grave, He went in the spirit to the spirits in prison and opened a dispensation of the gospel to them. “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Pet. 3:19)

Most will elect to obey the gospel in the spirit. Jesus told us that no one can enter the kingdom without being born of water; but a spirit cannot be baptized of water. God provided the means: baptism of the living for the 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) Baptism for the dead exists only with a prophet of God. Since Peter, James, and John were apostles and prophets, baptism for the dead was administered under them. The only ones lost in the end are those that prefer to be filthy still.

Behavioral laws.

Behavioral laws identify what is required to remain citizens. Many today are teaching the laws of God were nailed to the cross or simply do not teach them. “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Jesus, Matt. 15:9)

The Ten Commandments are the Constitution of the law of God. Nations all over the world understand many of these. There are many other laws dealing with the Eucharist, social order, marriage, and many others. Did you know that without partaking of the Eucharist there is no salvation? “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” (John 6:53) Only an officer of the Melchisedec Priesthood holds authority to bless the Eucharist.

“14 Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7) The straight gate is the gospel of Christ–the only gate into the kingdom. The narrow way is the laws of God. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Prov. 28:18) Jesus said “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matt. 19:17) He also said, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) Righteousness implies keeping the laws of the God; which are found from Genesis to Revelation. “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14) Laws given by God are eternal and changeless. Jesus said: “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. 5:18)

God’s laws on marriage have been lost to sectarian so-called Christians because they turned from God and live by the doctrines of men. There are two types of marriage in the Bible. There is marriage for life, the resurrection, and eternity and marriage for life only. Marriage for eternity is only available to members of the kingdom and must be administered by one holding the priesthood of God. What a wonderful blessing to have our loved ones with us in eternity.

Marriage among sectarian Christians who are not members of the kingdom is only “until death do you part.” Women married under the law of God in the Bible are often called wives. Wives for life are often called concubines. Abram had one wife, Sarah, and two concubines, Hagar and Keturah. The son of his wife Sarah—Isaac–inherited special birth rights to the priesthood which his brother Ishmael (the son of Hagar, father of Arabs) did not.

Jesus reminded us of the two greatest commandments. ’37 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. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22) Worshipping anything other than the true and living God of Abraham is idolatry and violates this greatest of commandments. “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” (1 Cor. 10:14) Most sectarian Ten Commandments are missing this second greatest commandment to love all. The original Ten Commandments as they were given to Moses is available at mormonbeliefs.com and click on the Book of the Law of the Lord.

CHRISTIANITY – AFTER THE APOSTLES

Knowledge of God and Jesus were lost.

The first requirement for salvation is a correct knowledge of God and Jesus. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) I repeat this because it is the single most important commandment. There was great confusion after the Apostles as to the identity of them because they turned from God, continued worshipping heathen gods, and failed to repent and be rebaptized as Jesus commanded (Rev. 2, 3).

In the second and third centuries the churches could not even agree on the identity of God and Jesus. In the fourth century, the unbaptized, pagan Roman Emperor Constantine using only the power of Rome, stood at the head of the church and resolved the issue by adopting the pagan doctrines of the Trinity and Virgin Birth as the god for so-called Christians to worship.

He went further. He invented a new doctrine: heresy. “Differences were natural in such a world, but now an emperor with a ‘celestial mandate’ for ‘the government of all earthly things’ was determined to change the world… In this way, the choice (‘heresy’) to be religiously different became defined as treason, a political crime [which was punishable by death].” (Constantine’s Sword, James Carroll, pp. 187, 189) Carroll went on to write this change was not started by the Lord, Apostles, their successors, or even theologians, or preachers, “but by an all-conquering emperor for whom one empire had come to equal one religion.” One certain way to have your doctrines accepted is to kill those that will not accept them.

Consolidating Rome required the establishment of a state religion. This was accomplished in 325 A.D.  He assembled the bishops, stood at the head, and organized his new Catholic Church. He was a loyal follower of the sun god. “As seen in Constantine’s originating piety, that supreme deity would have been associated with the sun, and pagans would have recognized, with reason, their own solar cult in such Christian practices as orienting churches to the east, worshipping on ‘sun day,’ and celebrating the birth of the deity at the winter solstice [Dec. 25].” (Ibid., p. 183) There is only one Sabbath and it was lost. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.” (Ex. 31:16) Where the Sabbath is not, Christianity is not.

His primary goal in the conversion of Christianity was changing the identity of God and Jesus. “In response to the emperor’s mandate, the bishops did, in fact, agree to a formulaic statement of belief, defining especially, and in explicit terms HOW JESUS IS GOD.” (Ibid. p. 189) This became the Trinitarian Creed of St. Athanasius that was later adopted by Protestant churches.

Chris­tians had been slipping back into idolatry since the days of the Apostles. “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” (1 Cor. 10:14) Constantine realized his goal by converting Christianity to paganism and declaring war against the Jews. He simply took these pagan doctrines and gave them Christian names. He stood as the absolute head of the Christian church; although he was not even a Christian. “Immediately upon coming to power as the sole ruler of the empire, but only then, Constantine asserted the right to exercise absolute authority over the entire church.” (Ibid., p. 188) Imagine, a pagan standing at the head of the church.

The one true and living God of Israel became the polytheistic, trinitarian god of paganism. “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) “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Eph. 4:5)

Ambrose, a Christian bishop contemporary with Constantine, wrote in The Confessions, “when God is thought of, our thoughts should dwell on no material reality whatsoever.”  I will grant Constantine the fact that the Trinity is a mystery.  Not so the Biblical God.  The whole Bible is a story of God’s direct association with man. God conversed with Adam as a familiar friend (Gen. 2:3).  He walked with Enoch (Gen. 5:24).  He spoke with Noah (Gen. 6:14-21).  He dined with Abraham who at first mistook him for a man; and invited Him into the tent to eat (Gen. 18). He wrestled with Jacob (Gen. 32:30).  He conversed with Moses face to face (Ex. 33:11; Deut. 5:4).

Which god is incomprehensible, the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost?  “2 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; 3 Who 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.” (Heb. 1) Or, is it the Trinity itself which is the mystery—Mystery, Babylon the Great?

Constantine’s god is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  “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) “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.” (Isa. 46:9) “29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 32 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)

The Trinity is found nowhere in the Bible. It originated in Babylon. “So utterly idolatrous was the Babylonian recognition of the Divine unity, that Jehovah, the Living God, severely condemned His own people for given any countenance to it: ‘They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens, after the rites of the ONLY ONE, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together.’ (Isaiah 66:17).  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)

“The Christian trinity is of Egyptian origin, and is as surely a pagan doctrine as the belief in gods and demigods, and other forms of faith which deface the greater part of modern religions.” (Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism, Thomas Inman, p. 13)

The true and living God is one and is without change.  He was not born a helpless infant, nor learned obedience from the things which he suffered (Heb. 5:8). He could not be tempted of Satan as was Jesus and could not die and go to hell. “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell.” (Acts 2:31)

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:6) “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) “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim. 2:5)

The Trinity made the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost all forms of the same god. By adopting the pagan Trinity, Satan was assured that Christians would violate the first and greatest commandment. “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Ex. 20:2)

It teaches that Jesus was actually God in the flesh. “And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.” Co-eternal? Jesus was the first spirit organized for this creation by God. “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness [Jesus], the beginning of the creation of God.” (Rev. 3:14) Co-equal? “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) How was Jesus was raised from the dead? “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) These three one? “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted [by God], and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33)

The doctrine of demigods–gods born of virgin women by other gods–was a popular pagan doctrine. It made Jesus the bastard son of a ghost—through an adulterous union of a married woman with a ghost (spirit). An espousal was a legal contract. The ceremony was conducted later. “Among the Hebrews, betrothal was not, as it is today, a simple promise of marriage in the future that could be rescinded with ease, but a complete legal contract, so binding that if the future husband died before the marriage the woman had a full status of a widow… In these cases, the betrothal could not easily be broken; the law required a “bill of divorce,” signed by two witnesses, exactly as if the woman were a wife.” (Life of Jesus, Craveri, p. 17)

There is only one place in the Bible where this false doctrine is found: the false verses of Matt. 1:18-25. “18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before the came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

Jesus had to born like all other men to be the Messiah. Jesus said: “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 Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3). “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) “Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” (John 7:42) “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” (2 Tim. 2:8) Jesus could only be “of the seed of David” through the male line.

The Apostle Matthew gave us Jesus’ true lineage in the first chapter of the New Testament. “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas [Judah]… And Jesse begat David the king… And Jacob begat Joseph [house of David] the husband of Mary.” (Matt. 1) This is “according to the flesh.”

“29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord… 32 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)

Verse 23 is an absolute fraud. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel.” (Matt. 1) His name was Jesus. This is taken from Isaiah 7. “14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and name Immanuel. 16 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.” It had nothing to do with Jesus. It was a sign given to Ahaz and fulfilled in the next chapter. “3 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. 4 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. 8) Matthew had already given Jesus’ true lineage. Would he then tell a lie? Or, was this added by someone else?

Unlike Israel, gentiles were raised on paganism for over 2,000 years before Jesus. Whether they were ever actually converted, is in question. They began returning to those false doctrines even in the days of the Apostles. “7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” (2 Thess. 2) Knowledge of God and Jesus was lost.

The Priesthood and Kingdom of God were lost.

All of the Apostles–except John–were martyred by 70 A.D. It is believed that John was isolated on the Isle of Patmos in 96 A.D. wrote the Book of Revelation in 97 A.D., returned to Ephesus in 98 A.D., and died in 99 A.D. Actually, Jesus allowed him to tarry; but his ministry was over (John 21:22, 23). In the book of Revelation, John wrote of Jesus appearing to him and advised him of the condition of the seven churches in Asia (Rev. 2, 3). Many–and in some cases all–were found to be following the doctrines of Satan and were commanded to do their first works: repent and be baptized again.

The office of High Priest (first below that of Apostle) only lasted a couple generations; as acknowledge by the noted ecclesiastic historian Eusebius (Page 123). Elders were ordained in every branch of the church under the Apostles. “23 ordained them elders in every church.” (Acts 14) There is no record of how long the office of elder remained; but it was likely about the same.

We do know that the priesthood of God–which requires revelation from God and one holding that priesthood–soon disappeared. “It may perhaps be deduced from the letters of Ignatius that at this period [middle of the second century] each of these was ruled by a bishop, chosen from the elders (the presbyters) and assisted by other presbyters and deacons, who were elected by the vote of the entire congregation. (Life of Jesus, Craveri, p. 234) The Melchisedec Priesthood was lost by then. The office of Bishop in the kingdom of God is a temporal office in the Levitical Priesthood, belongs to the sons of Levi, and holds no authority to administer all the saving ordinances of the gospel.

In 325 A.D., The unbaptized, pagan Roman Emperor Constantine became the head of the Christian Church; although he was not even a Christian. “Immediately upon coming to power as the sole ruler of the empire, but only then, Constantine asserted the right to exercise absolute authority over the entire Church.  He did this despite the fact that he was not baptized.”  (Constantine’s Sword, James Carroll, p. 188)

“The unity of the empire—under himself—was to him the absolute political virtue… So in turning to reli­gion, unity of belief and practice, not tolerance of diver­sity, had to seem paramount… Constantine really under­stands himself by now as ‘the vice-regent of god.” (Ibid., p. 187) Constantine became recognized as god on earth.

“It has often been charged… that Catholicism is overlaid with many pagan incrustations. Catholicism is ready to accept that accusation – and even to make it her boast… the great god Pan is not really dead, he is baptized.” (The Story of Catholicism, p. 37)

In 570, after the fall of Rome, the Bishop of Rome declared supremacy over the whole church. “The pretensions of the bishop of Rome to primacy over all Christian churches throughout the world, however, were to lead to a new interpretation of the word “church” itself.  Catholic ecclesiology has limited its meaning to the hierarchic structure that culminates in the bishop of Rome: an absolute monarchy that claims universal dominion (theocracy) and whose sovereign wears the golden triple crown of the pope-king.” (Ibid.)

The Catholic Church has claimed that Peter was the first pope. Wrong. Peter was an Apostle of the Melchisedec Priesthood not a Bishop of the lower priesthood. “Our Lord God the Pope… The power of the pope is greater than all created power, extending itself to things celestial, terrestrial and infernal, and that the pope doeth whatsoever he listeth even things unlawful, and is more than God.” (Dissertation on the Prophecies, Rev. G S. Faber, Vol. 1, pp. 203, 204)

The period of 904-963 saw prostitutes and bastards sit on the papal throne. One pope was killed in the act of adultery. The period of 963-1048 saw the depths of papal degradation. The papal throne was bought with money. A boy of only 11 became pope by this Simony. At times there were two and even three claiming to be pope at the same time. The period of 870-1030 is known as the Midnight of the Dark Ages. Bribery, corruption, immorality, and bloodshed led the church.” (Halley’s Bible Handbook, pp. 774-775)

Papal Rome has been a master of evil most likely more than anyone else on the earth. Millions were killed during the Crusades and other barbarous acts. “During the six centuries of papal Inquisition that began in the 13th century, up to 50 million people were killed.” (Bloody History of Papal Rome).

John in Chapter 12 of Revelation, told of the apostacy and loss of the Christian church, loss of the Christian priesthood, and even the end of members. He wrote of the loss of the Church of Christ. “6 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 [ l,260 years].”

He wrote of the loss of the priesthood of God. “17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [priesthood]which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” The remnant of her seed was the priesthood of God.

Remember, all officers in the Melchisedec Priesthood must be called by the spirit of revelation and be ordained by one holding that priesthood. The angel told John “I am thy fellow servant [minister], and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10) Paul reminded his son of this law, “Neglect not the gift [priesthood] that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim. 4:14) The head of the new gentile, sectarian branches were called by a vote of the people. The voice of the people is not the voice of God. The Bishop of Rome then became head of the church by the power of Rome.

In Chapter 13, John told again of the apostacy of the church. “1 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.” “7 And the woman 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 [1,260 years]. “Here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” (Rev. 17:9)

Rome has been synonymously known as the city of seven hills. This is the only church that has fought against the Church of Christ, authority from God, and even destroyed the saints of God. “24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings.” (Dan. 7) From 406 to 570 the Roman Empire was divided into ten kingdoms.

John notes again this beast would be given total power over true Christianity which would last 1,260 years. “5. Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (40 x 30 + 60 =1260). 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. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13) True Christianity came to an end. Not one Christian was left.

Who is this beast? In chapter 17, John tells us more about the beast and image of the beast, calling her “5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” This name is capitalized in the King James Bible because the Church of England—who published it–believed this is the Catholic Church. This is the only church that is guilty of destroying a correct knowledge of God, eliminating the priesthood of God, doing away with the gospel, and killing millions who opposed her.

“10 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 begun by Constantine]; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space [325 A.D. to 476 A.D.]. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth [Papal Rome], and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city [Rome], which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Rev. 17) Is anyone willing to contend this is not the Catholic Church?

What a prophecy! If the Catholic Church is the beast, Protestants must be the harlots (plural). But they face a Catch 22 problem. If the Catholic Church held authority from God—as it claimed—they were cut off from the church. On the other hand, if the Catholic Church held no authority, there was nothing for them. This dilemma was resolved by creating a new gospel: salvation by faith alone. “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)

Who could be the “image of the beast” and “harlots” that worship the same god of Babylon and changed the gospel? Only Protestantism fits the bill worshipping the same god, without the priesthood, and with a new gospel.

We have learned that God established specific officers for His kingdom. Like Jesus, these are officers of the Melchisedec Priesthood. “11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists [high priests]; and some, pastors[elders] and teachers.” (Eph. 4) They must be called of God by revelation and ordained by those holding as high a priesthood. “4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [by revelation].” (Heb. 5:4) Neither Jesus nor the Apostles changed this law. “22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts 1:22) Officers of the priesthood were gone.

Gospel of Christ was lost.

“Without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11:6) Gospel Faith requires revelation from God through one holding the priesthood of God. “Faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 without faith it is impossible to please him.” (Heb. 11:1) “Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance [revelation].” (1 Thess. 1:5) Assurance is revelation from God.

“14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 17 faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10) “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:16)

When the gospel went to gentiles on the day of Pentecost, there was a great excitement and they asked “37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2) Does this sound like the law of baptism ended after Jesus? “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

The case of Cornelius is an example of a righteous man that worshipped God and honored Jesus as his Sav­ior but still had to be baptized. An angel appeared to him and told him to send for Peter who held authority (Acts 10:32). “48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” (Acts 10:48) Baptism, as Jesus commanded, is required to enter the kingdom of God.

Baptism is a law of God that was given forever. The Bible tells us that it was obeyed by Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Peter, and all others. The Apostles did not change the law because the laws of God like God are changeless and eternal. Baptism even extents to the spirits in prison (1 Cor. 15:29). The only way out of prison it to obey the gospel. This is why Jesus opened a dispensation of the gospel to them (1 Pet. 3:19).

Constantine removed Christian baptism. Baptism of water was changed to sprinkling or pouring a little water on the candidate (or baby). Translated from the Greek, it means immersion. It was the only method used in the Bible. Jesus was our example. The Apostles taught the same. “Now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts. 22:16) The sins of sinners can only be forgiven by baptism.

Little children are not baptized because they have not yet reached the age of accountability. Jesus blessed them instead. “14 Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10) Neither Jesus nor the Apostles baptized little children.

Baptism of the spirit ceased to exist. All that are properly born of the Spirit are promised a gift of the Holy Ghost. These gifts disappeared even before the time of Constantine. Paul told us “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel… 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)

The Christian Sabbath became the “venerable day of the sun.” “13 Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations. 17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever.” (Ex. 31) Jesus didn’t change the Sabbath and the Apostles didn’t change the Sabbath. “For centuries, Christians… observance of the Sabbath continued to take place on Saturday.” (Constantine’s Sword, James Carroll, p. 145)

New Gospel – Protestantism.

For over 1,200 years the Catholic Church reigned supreme. Then, in the sixteenth century, Martin Luther, in his attempt to “reform” the Catho­lic Church was excommunicated. Without any claim to divine au­thority, the gospel of Christ was changed, inventing a new gospel: salvation by faith alone.

If a person is saved by faith alone, it follows that none have to obey the laws of God. Requiring faith is a law of God. John Calvin went so far as to teach a person’s works are not important.  “Calvin left no place for works in his definition of justification by faith.” (Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, p. 74) Jesus said: “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20)

This new gospel is in opposition to everything taught in Bible. Some have used the quotation: “8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2) They fail to tell you that Paul was writing only the saints that had already obeyed the gospel. “1 Paul, and apostle of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus.”

The Apostle Paul did not consider himself saved. “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:12) He warned them to live by the laws of God or be rejected even as was the Jews. “17 And if some of the branches be broken off [Jews], and thou [gentiles], being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear. 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God; on them which fell, severity; but toward thee goodness, if thou continue in his goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shall be cut off.” (Rom. 11)

“19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?’ (James 2) “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) Where the gospel does not exist, true Christianity is gone.

Laws of God done away.

The doctrine of salvation by faith alone does away with the laws of God. This contradicts everything in the Bible. Maybe Jesus didn’t understand the law. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20) “One jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:18) “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

In the first book of the Bible, man tried the experiment of violating the laws of God. What was the result? “5 GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth… 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth.” (Gen. 6) And He did; except for Noah and his family of eight souls. Man was baptized with water without repentance and will soon be baptized with fire without repentance. Jesus will return “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel.” (2 Thess. 1:8)

When men turn from God and ripen in inequity, they are destroyed. What happened to every civilization that did not follow God? Read the second chapter of Daniel. He prophesied of the destruction of Babylon, Persia, Greece, Egypt, Rome, and of the ten kingdoms of Europe. “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Dan. 2:44) “For I am with thee [Israel], saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee.” (Jer. 30:11)

The God of Abraham is a living and just God. He must administer His own laws. Remember the Butterfly Effect? Every act in life is recorded and all must be judged according to their works. “12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Rev. 20:12)

Curse devours the earth.

“5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isa. 24)

Transgressed the laws. “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) Jesus said this is the first and greatest commandment. Idolatry violates this law. Constantine turned Christianity into idolatry by worshipping pagan gods–only giving them Christian names. The Trinity—beyond any doubt—began in Babylon by Nimrod a grandson of Noah. The worship of Jesus as a pagan demigod is also idolatry.

Most in Catholicism worship images and pictures and many even in Protestantism offer their adoration to the cross by putting crosses on the top of their churches–which identifies them as idolaters. Jesus was not crucified on a cross. It is well known it was in the shape of a “T.” The pagan cross is the symbol of the Trinity—three male elements. “In the Orient the stake alone was used, the victim’s arms being nailed above his head or tied behind his back, the Romans added a horizontal travers on which the arms were extended and then nailed. Thus the cross was shaped like a T… The [Latin cross] originated by Tertullian [second century] or Justin; perhaps it was suggested by the symbol for the sun.” (Life of Jesus, p. 413)

God advised: “7 Thou shalt not take the name [authority] of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Ex. 20) Satan tried this during our spiritual estate and all were cast down never to have physical bodies. Those that usurp the authority of God are anti-Christ.

Jesus told us: “19 Thou knowest the commandments… Do not bear false witness,” (Mark 10) Lying is one of the most grievous of sins. “8 all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21) Claiming that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one and same God and claiming that man can be saved simply by acknowledging Jesus as the Savior are the two biggest lies ever perpetrated on mankind.

“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.” (Jer. 16:19)

Changed the ordinance. The gospel of Christ has two fundamental ordinances: baptism of water and the Spirit. Constantine removed both. Protestant doctrine went even further and declared baptism isn’t even necessary. Baptism is simply the outward manifestation of an inward experience. Faith (belief) is all that is necessary. This changed the gospel. “8 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)

Broke the everlasting covenant. The priesthood of God is an everlasting covenant. The kingdom of God cannot exist without officers called of God who are properly ordained. Shortly after the death of the Apostles, the various churches started voting men to be officers in their churches. In 325, Constantine stood at the head of the church by the power of Rome. In 570, the Bishop of Rome stood at the head as God on earth. Finally, Luther and others invented a new gospel that didn’t even require officers of the priesthood.

Christianity was done away.

Beware of false prophets [ministers], which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Jesus, Matt. 7:15) “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” (Acts 20:29) “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” (2 Thess. 2:7)

“3 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 [preach for hire?]; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Tim. 4)

The noted ecclesiastical historian Mosheim wrote of the fourth century, “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.” (Mosheim, Ecclesiastical History, Century 4, Part 2, chap 4:1, 4)

John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, wrote concerning the loss of the spiritual gifts of the Holy Ghost; and of Christians returning to heathenism. “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 man, 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. VII, 89:26-27)

The Church of England in its Homily Against Peril of Idolatry, wrote that Christianity was drowned in idolatry within eight hundred years, “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; and that by the space of eight hundred years and more.”

“11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8)

The Bible, ecclesiastical historians, and church leaders have all told us Christianity was gone.

CHRISTIANIY – TODAY

The Apostle John prophesied the Church of Christ, its officers, and all members would be lost for 1,260 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 [1,260 years]. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him [Satan] over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Rev. 13)

Gentiles had fully apostatized by 570 A.D. with the first true pope. It follows that after the 1,260 years there would be a restoration of the gospel and Christianity. “I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (Rev. 14:6)

“But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” (Jesus, Matt. 19:30) The gospel went the gentiles last in the Dispensation of the Meridian of Time begun by Jesus. They were to go first in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times after the 1,260 years. The Restoration was to be to gentiles. They were to reject it again and the gospel would return to Israel. “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jer. 32:38) “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” (Eph. 1:10)

Now take 570 when the kingdom of was officially lost and add the 1,260 years when there was not one member. The result is 1830. Now, we have to look for a man that claimed this restoration by angelic administration. “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (Rev. 14:6)

There was only one: Joseph Smith. In 1820, when he was 15 years old, he had a keen interest in religion. There was a great excitement over religion where he lived–each claiming to be right. He was determined to find out which was true. After reading the Epistle of James “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,” Joseph decided to take the matter to God in prayer. He went into the woods where he could be alone and poured out his heart to God. Two personages appeared to him and one of them said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” He was told: “they were all wrong and their creeds were an abomination in his sight… they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” They forbade him from joining any of them. “I had now, got my mind satisfied so far as the sectarian world was concerned.”

In 1823, after intense prayer, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him of a book that was deposited containing the record of ancient inhabitants of the land that were a branch of the House of Israel and was given a vision of where they were deposited. This Moroni (son of Mormon) visited him two more times and quoted him many things from scripture. He went to where the plates were deposited and opened them. The angel told him it would be four years before he could take them.

In 1827, the plates were entrusted to his care. In 1829, he commenced translating them. Only a part of them were translated. It became the Book of Mormon published in 1830. This was the first time that a correct knowledge of God and Jesus was restored to the earth.

In May, 1829, he went into the woods with his scribe, Oliver Cowdery, to pray over the priesthood they had learned about in the book. The angel appeared to them and instructed them how to be baptized. Next, they were instructed how to be ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood—the same priesthood held by John the Baptist.

In June, 1929, Joseph was ordained a Prophet and Lawgiver of the Melchisedec Priesthood under the hands of angels who held that priesthood in life. Since that priesthood had been lost for at least 1,260 years it could only be restored through angelic administration like Jesus. The priesthood of God and the gospel were once again restored to the earth.  The Church of Jesus Christ was organized on April 6, 1830. The gate into the kingdom of God was opened. Joseph received many revelations on the will and laws of God. They were first published in 1830 and the official edition was published as the Doctrine and Covenants in 1835.

On December 30, 1842, Joseph Smith commented, “If any person should ask me if I were a prophet, I should not deny it, as that would give me the lie; for, according to John, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [Rev. 19:10]; therefore, if I profess to be a witness or teacher, and have not the spirit of prophecy, which is the testimony of Jesus, I must be a false witness; but if I be a true teacher and witness, I must possess the spirit of prophecy, and that constitutes a prophet; and any man who says he is a teacher or a preacher of righteousness, and denies the spirit of prophecy, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

He taught of the same true and living God and in Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible.  “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.  We believe a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying of hands, by those who are in authority to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, viz., apostles prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelist, etc. We believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly.”

“Joseph Smith opposes vice and error, and supports his positions from revelation:  no odds whether there be two, three, or ‘Gods many.’ The Father, and the Son are persons of Tabernacle [have a physical body]; and the Holy Ghost a spirit, besides the sons of God: for the scriptures say: ‘Ye are Gods.’” (Times and Seasons, Vol. 3, p. 926) More details of his teachings on faith and God are found on the web site www.mormonbeliefs.com.

He taught the same gospel as Jesus and the Apostles. “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Joseph Smith taught of the same gifts given to the latter day saints (including visitation of angels, healings, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost) which the former day saints enjoyed.  “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.” The official History of the Church records these were present among the latter day saints.  Recent events demonstrate they are still present. I am receiving dozens of inquiries from those that understand the truth about God and Jesus. Over 130 Nations have entered the kingdom in the past two years.

Joseph Smith taught that it was necessary to not only believe in God and honor Jesus as our Savior; but that we must live by the will and law of God.  “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul–We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.  If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

The saints were driven out of Missouri where they had gathered for years because their life style conflicted with that of ruffians on the border of civilization. The governor of Missouri issued an extermination order demanding they either forsake their religion, move out of the state, or be killed. Some were killed and other beaten. They migrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, where they built one of the largest and certainly the most law-abiding city in the west.

The Bible foretold of two prophets and two works that would come forth in the latter days. “Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph [Book of Mormon], which is in the hand of Ephraim [Joseph Smith], and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah [the Book of the Law of the Lord translated by James J. Strang of the tribe of Judah], and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.” (Ezek. 37:19)

Joseph received four revelations from God that that he would die in office—the first only a year after the church was organized. In the event of his impending death, he was to appoint “another” in his place and that successor would have to be ordained under the hands of angels like himself.  “4 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift except it be through him; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead. 5 And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments; 6 And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me. 7 For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.” (Doctrine and Covenants, Section 43, Feb. 1841, Utah Edition)

The Missouri mob followed the saints from Illinois. On June 13. 1844, a mob of 300 gathered at Nauvoo. The Missouri mob had followed them—with 1500 Missourians joining the mob on June 17.

On June 18, 1844, nine days before his death, Joseph Smith wrote (in fulfillment of the law) a Letter of Appointment to James J. Strang in Burlington, Wisconsin. It was mailed the next day. He noted “I have long felt that my present work was almost done, and that I should soon be called to rule a mighty host, but something whispers me it will be in the land of spirits, where the wicked cease from troubling and the bands of the prisoner fall off… The wolves are upon the scent, and I am waiting to be offered up, if such be the will of God… The Almighty came from his throne of rest. He clothed himself with light as with a garment.  He appeared, and moon and stars went out.  The earth dissolved in space.  I trod on air, and was borne on wings of Cherubims. The sweetest strains of heavenly music thrilled in my ear, but the notes were low and sad as though they sounded the requiem of martyred Prophets… And now behold my servant James J. Strang hath come to thee from far for truth when he knew it not, and hath not rejected it, but had faith in thee, the Shepherd and Stone of Israel, and to him shall the gathering of the people be, for he shall plant a stake of Zion in Wisconsin… And now I command my servants, the Apostles and Priests and Elders of the church of the Saints, that they communicate and pro­claim this my word to all the Saints of God in all the world, that they may be gathered unto and round about my city of Voree… So spake the Almighty God of heaven.  Thy duty is made plain, and if thou lackest wisdom, ask of God, in whose hands I trust thee, and he shall give thee unsparingly; for if evil befall me, thou shalt lead the flock to pleasant pastures.  God sustain thee. Joseph Smith.”

On June 20th, Joseph Smith wrote all twelve Apostles to return at once to Nauvoo. Ten of the Twelve were away from Nauvoo. On June 24th, eighteen persons, including Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were taken by warrant of Governor Ford to Carthage Illinois. The next morning Governor Ford pledged the faith of the State that they should be protected.  Their hearing was continued until June 29th.  On the morning of June 27th, the Governor disbanded the troops (so Joseph could be killed) and left Joseph Smith and associates to be guarded by eight men at the jail (with a company of a mob of 60 men in town).

On June 27th, at about six o’clock in the afternoon the guard was surprised by an armed mob of from 150 to 250 men painted red, black, and yellow. They surrounded the jail and murdered both Joseph and Hyrum Smith; both being shot four times. This under the sworn protection of (Illinois) Governor Ford. Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered in cold blood

The same hour that Joseph was killed, James J. Strang claimed that at 5:30 in the afternoon an angel of the Lord came to him and ordained him to the prophetic office to succeed Joseph Smith. He lived more than four hundred miles from Nauvoo.  It was not possible (even if Strang had conspired with men in Nauvoo) to know of Joseph Smith’s murder. Much less to the hour. There was no such means of communication. He announced this ordination to several in Burlington that night.

James wrote about his ordination: “And at the same moment in which Joseph was slain I was visited by an Angel of God, accompanied by a numerous heavenly train, and anointed and ordained to the Prophetic Office, as Moses and Joseph had been before me. So I was called by the voice of God, and sent by the hands of Angels, as were the chief Prophets before me.”

On July 9, 1844, the first official news of Joseph’s death came when the Letter of Appointment was delivered by regular mail. It was recorded by the Post Offices in Chicago and Burlington. It has been proven beyond a doubt to have been signed by Joseph. Joseph’s foretelling of his death in office, his impending death, and James claiming ordination under the hands of angels the same hour as his death, are prophetic in their own right.

James taught the same as Joseph on all points of doctrine. He provided the best discourses on the existence of God, on the true God, on the priesthood, on the Ten Commandments, and other important gospel subjects. He translated (from the books recovered by Joseph) the most valuable book of scripture: the Book of the Law of the Lord prophesied by Ezekiel (37) that was originally given to Moses but lost to the Bible like many others. Here is the only place the original the Ten Commandments exists. It is available at mormonbeliefs.com.

He provided some of the best testimonies against the Trinity. In 1850, he wrote among other things: “24. And, as by their faith, these three gods are one and the same god, it follows that the Lord God Almighty, uncreate, 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.

“25. This is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  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.”
“26. 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. xxvii, 46. Mark xv, 34.)  Eternal ages are but pulsations in his lifetime, and his might is omnipotence.”

What of Brigham Young? He was never appointed by Joseph and was not ordained under the hands of angels. He finally acknowledged that James was right that the Church of Christ only exists with a Prophet of God at the head. He called a conference on Dec. 24, 1847 (over two years after the death of Joseph), and was elected as their man-made prophet.

James labored with him for almost two years and then called a trial by the High Council; which cut him and his followers off from the kingdom. Neither he nor his followers have a legitimate claim as officers of the kingdom. Hundreds today are realizing he was simply a false prophet and are turning to follow James J. Strang.

We are told to know a tree by its fruits. Brigham taught many false doctrines in opposition to the teachings of Joseph Smith and James J. Strang. He organized what could rightly be termed a latter-day Catholic church. He apostatized from the true church like Constantine, invented a new man-god to worship like Constantine, usurped the priesthood like Constantine, had his followers vote him their man-made prophet, and taught many false doctrines like Adam was Almighty God and you can become a God like Him for another creation. In the beginning, He taught the Twelve lower order Apostles were to stand at the head of church; which he finally acknowledged as false when he was voted their man-made prophet.

James was instructed by God to make Voree (near Burlington, Wisconsin) the gathering place for the saints. Interpreted it means Garden of Peace. The saints were never persecuted there by gentiles. He then received a revelation for the saints to gather to Beaver Island and the islands of Northern Lake Michigan. The gathering was moved there.

Like the mobsters on the frontier in Missouri, the people on the mainland made every attempt to kill and drive the saints from their homes. Indian [diluted] Whiskey was a major source of income for those in Mackinac. James was a firm believer that whiskey should not be sold to the Indians; and would not allow it on Beaver Island. They became the enemies of the saints and had to endure many persecutions.

James wrote in the last edition of the church journal, evidently addressing his coming demise: “We will neither purchase temporary peace and future calamities by dishonorable trafficking with political jugglers, nor will we yield our homes to enemies. If we live, here will we live. If we die, here will we die, and here shall our bones be buried, expecting in the resurrection of the just to possess the land forever, and dwell with the righteous during the lifetime of the Eternal.

God judge between us and all men.”

Like Joseph before him, James was destined to seal his testimony with his blood. On June 16, 1856, with the help of the captain of the U. S. Steamer Michigan, James was mortally shot. He was taken back to Voree where he died on July 9th.  The saints were driven from their homes and their property stolen. He did not appoint a successor. They understood the Twelve could not stand at the head. Only a Prophet has that authority. The saints were loaded on boats, taken to Milwaukee and Chicago, dumped on the docks, and scattered.

The Bible tells us of the demise of James, the fate of the saints, and their future gathering. “8 And thou, O tower of the flock [James J. Strang], the strong hold of the daughter of Zion [church in America], unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem [July 8, 1850, when he was ordained King in Zion]. 9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee [James is gone]? is thy counsellor perished [apostles and high priests] for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. 10 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)

Good News.

All was not lost. One office of the Melchisedec Priesthood continued to fulfill the prophecy: “there shalt thou be delivered.”  L D. Hickey—ordained by James–was the last of the Twelve Apostles. He ordained Samuel Martin a High Priest, who ordained Lloyd Flanders a High Priest (who became the last). He ordained Samuel E. West an Elder on July 8, 1956. The office of elder holds the Melchisedec Priesthood and authority to preach the gospel and administer its saving ordinances. Samuel ordained elders in America; but the gospel was accepted by very few. Here is where gentiles rejected the gospel and killed the prophets.

He travelled to Dubai–where he ordained a pastor of a sectarian church in Kenya–an elder. Stephen ordained other elders from Europe to Fiji, who ordained other elders, etc. In the past two years the gospel has spread around the world to over 130 nations from Iceland to Argentina and from Mexico to Guam. Here is a great warning of what is to come. Jesus told us: “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Jesus, Matt. 24:14) Opportunities are often given only once. Time is running out. Just look at what is happening in America. The same practices that brought destruction on Sodom are practiced here. Even the killing of unborn children is protected by the government.

You’re Invited.

“14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22) You are invited to know the true and living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to obey the gospel, be counted among the saints of God, enjoy the blessings of Holy Spirit, and have hope of a better resurrection and inheriting the earth.

“14 strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7) “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: (Jesus, Mark 16:16) “7 The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” (1 Cor. 12) “6 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)

“15 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.” (Josh. 24)

More Information is available from:

Samuel E. West
Elder in latter day Zion
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Known as Strangites)
samuel270@aol.com
mormonbeliefs.com

CHRISTIANITY- TOMORROW

The earth is soon to see the most marvelous and most horrible events near and after the return of Jesus. God covenanted with Abraham to be the father of the people of God: Israel. The Twelve Tribes of Israel will be gathered back to Jerusalem. The seed of Joseph—son of Jacob—will be gathered to Zion (America)—with converted, faithful gentiles. Israel–will once again become the people of God. “7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.” (Jer. 24) The righteous will inherit the earth and enjoy the thousand-year Sabbath of Creation—the Millennium.

Judgements of God.

“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.” (2 Tim. 3) Look about you.

“For the Son of man [Jesus] 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) “Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.” (Isa. 40:10)

Nations of the gentiles will be destroyed with most gentiles. “16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen [goi, also translated gentile] drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. 17 (Obadiah 1) “1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. 2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.” (Isa. 34)

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Jesus, Matt. 24:21) “5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isa. 24)

The Gathering.

God has always required His people to be gathered. We find in the Old Testament: “30 I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings.” (4 Ezra. 1) Jesus tried to gather them in His day. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matt. 23:37) God established only two places of gathering for the saints: Zion and Jerusalem.

Saints of God (wheat) are to be gathered and then gentiles [chaff] are to be burned up. “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat [members of His kingdom] into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff [gentiles] with unquenchable fire.” (Matt. 3:12) Israel has been and will soon become His people again. Converted gentiles are to be gathered to Zion [America] and Israel to Jerusalem (Canaan).

The Bible abounds with information on deliverance of the saints in the last days “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” (Joel 2:32) Kingdoms are often referred to as mountains in the Bible.

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain [kingdom] of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isa. 2:3)

“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)

Jesus is not returning to Rome, London, New York, or any other gentile nation; but to His people in Zion and Jerusalem.

Where is Zion?

The location of the land of Zion should be a subject of great importance to those seeking salvation in these latter days. It was one of great interest to the prophets. Go to Isaiah 18. He describes a far distant land west of Africa in the shape of wings “to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.” Now, take a globe and look westward to a distant land beyond Africa in the shape of wings. Only North and South America meet this description. “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain [kingdom] of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isa. 2:3)

Isaiah says: “Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.” (Isa. 64:10) Zion must be some place other than Jerusalem “on the sides of the north.” This is where Isaiah tells us that God will set up an ensign in the last days to gather Israel (“a people scattered and peeled”) from the four corners of the earth.

The land of Zion is North and South America; but especially America on the “sides of north.” “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount [kingdom of God in] Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King [Jesus].” (Ps. 48:2) This is where the New Jerusalem will be located. This is why this land special.

David wrote: “2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion [kingdom in Zion], on the sides of the north, the city of the great King [Jesus]… 8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever.” (Ps. 48) “4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, 5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. 6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood… 13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.” (Ps.132)

Is not the interior of North America interspersed with the fields of the woods; or, in other words, fields in the midst of a wilderness? Isaiah says: “Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.” (Isa. 64:10) Zion must be some place other than Jerusalem “on the sides of the north.” This is where Isaiah tells us that God will set up an ensign in the last days to gather Israel (“a people scattered and peeled”) from the four corners of the earth. The land of Zion is America where the gospel was restored under Joseph Smith and where the New Jerusalem is to be located.

Israel: the people of God.

Israel has been and will again become the only people of God when the final phase of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times is opened to Israel. “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” (Eph. 1:10) “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.” (Jer. 24:7) Gentiles who are properly baptized are adopted as the seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:27-29).

Israel will be gathered before Jesus returns. “1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.” (Deut. 30)

“11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isa. 11)

“I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.” (Jer. 24:7) “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jer. 32:38) “20 they shall be my people, and I will be their God… 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Ezek. 11)

“21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen [gentile], whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains [kingdoms] of Israel; and one king shall be king [Jesus] to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 24 And David my servant shall be king over them.” (Ezek.  37)

Desolation of the Last Days.

Jesus advised us: “21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be… 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” (Matt. 24)

John saw the opening of the seventh seal [beginning of the final 7,000 years after Adam] and saw “seven angels” (Rev. 8:2) that were to bring the Apocalyptic desolation upon the earth. In chapter fifteen he identified them as the “seven angels having the seven last plagues.” (15:1)

(1) The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
(2) And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.
(3) And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters.
(4) And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars.
(5) And the fifth angel sounded… And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power… their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
(6) And the sixth angel sounded… And their was fire, smoke, and brimstone; and a third part of men were killed.

Desolating Scourge.

Several plagues will cover the earth. Even Israel will not entirely escape the desolating scourge. “The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness [leave the righteous]. For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.” (Isa. 10:21, 23)

“18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. 19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report… 22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.” (Isa. 28)

Could Covid 19 be the beginning of this scourge?

Only a few are to remain.

“1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. 3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isa. 24)

“1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. 2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.” (Isa. 34)

“For I am with thee [Israel], saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” (Jer. 30:11)

Destructions will come without warning.

“37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24)

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thess. 4:2, 3)

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Pet. 3:10-12)

Destruction from the Almighty.

“Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” (Isa. 13:6-9)

Deliverance of the saints.

God provided only two places for the gathering of His people: Zion and Jerusalem. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord [not man] shall call.” (Joel 2:32) “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.” (Isa. 62:1)

The land of Canaan was promised to the seed of Abraham through Jacob (Israel). “37 Behold, I will gather them [Israel] 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: 38 And they shall be my people [not gentiles], and I will be their God… 42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.” (Jer. 32)

John saw the redemption of Zion and Jerusalem in Rev. 21. “1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem [in Zion], coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God… 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” “14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22)

“12 Him that overcometh [through obedience to the laws of God] will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem [in Zion], which cometh down out of heaven from my God.” (Rev. 3)

David wrote: “2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion [kingdom in Zion], on the sides of the north, the city of the great King [Jesus]… 8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever.” (Ps. 48) “4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, 5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. 6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood… 13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.” (Ps.132)

“2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end [Jesus, see Rev. 1:8, 11]. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh [through faith and obedience] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Rev. 21)

The twelve tribes of Israel will be gathered to Jerusalem. The ancient saints from Adam to Nahor (grandfather of Abraham), the seed of Joseph, and converted and faithful gentiles, will gather to Zion.

Return of Jesus.

Jesus is not returning to Rome, England, or to gentiles; but to His people—Israel. Only God knows the time of Jesus return. “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) “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.” (Matt. 25:31) “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power [God], and coming in the clouds of heaven.” (Matt. 26:64) “He hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19:16)

“14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh cometh with ten thousand of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 14) “25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” (Job 19)  “3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him… 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” (Psalm 50) “10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.” (Isa. 40:10)

First Judgment and Resurrection.

All men are judged at death. Members of the kingdom that have endured faithful and obedient to the end of life are taken to the bosom or Abraham (kingdom in heaven) to rise first. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection… they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:6) No one can be holy without obeying the gospel and laws of God. All others are taken to the spirits in prison to await the second resurrection a thousand years later. The saints that are alive when Jesus returns will also inherit the earth with Him.

The Millennium.

After Jesus returns, peace will reign on the earth for 1,000 years—the Millennium. “6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isa. 11)

“[Isa. 52:8] Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.  [Jer. 31:34] And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord.  [Micah 4:3] And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plow shares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more, [Isa. 11:6-9] The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain:  for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

“There is no period in human existence about which there has been as much said by the prophets and apostles, as the time of Christ’s reign, which reign was to last a thousand years; which gave rise to the idea of there every being such a period as the Millennium: which term signifies a thousand years. John the Revelator, gives us the following account of it in the 20th chapter of the Revelations, from the 1st to the 9th verse: “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season.  “And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were fulfilled.” (Evening and Morning Star, March, 1841, p. 146)

“Everything mentioned in the Bible concerning the Millennium was promised to the seed of Abraham; and that unless the scattered remnants of Jacob should be gathered from all countries whither they had been driven, that no such thing as Millennium could ever exist.” (Ibid.)

“Paul says that he will take vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel:  2 Thessalonians 1 chapter and 8 verse. John says, that all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Isaiah shows in the 24 chapter of his prophecy, that an innumerable train of judgments shall fall on those who have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broken the everlasting covenant, until the earth shall be utterly wasted; and all this when the Lord comes to reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously [Adam to Abraham]. And in the 35 chapter, as before mentioned, in speaking to Israel of the coming of their God, or Messiah, that he would come with vengeance:  “even God with a recompense he will come and save you.”  See verse 4.

“In the 24 chapter of Isaiah, and 23 verse, the prophet, after having described one of the greatest desolations ever pronounced on the head of any generation of men, says, “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” We have before seen that this reign was to last a thousand years; and his ancients, before whom he was to reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, gloriously, were all the redeemed from among men, of every tongue, language, kindred, and people. According to Daniel, he was to come to the ancient of days: here he is said to reign before his ancients, that is, all the saints from our father Adam, down; for who could the ancient of days be but our father Adam? surely none other:  he was the first who lived in those days, and must be the ancient of days.”

“Daniel says, that he will break in pieces and destroy all the kingdoms of the world, and his kingdom shall stand forever.  Compare the 7 chapter, 13 and 14 verses, with the second chapter and 44 verse, as before quoted.

“Jude also makes mention of his coming in his epistle, 14 and 15 verses, which is a quotation from the prophecy of Enoch, which is not extant at present; but Jude having preserved this item, shows to us thereby that the coming of the Lord was understood at a very early date in the history of the world, and that Enoch also the seventh from Adam was made acquainted with it.  “And Enoch also the seventh from Adam prophesied of these, saying.  Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints.” Zachariah in the 14 chapter of his prophecy and 5 verse as before mentioned says, that all the saints will be with him.  John in the Revelations says, all them that are redeemed from among men are to be with him.  Paul says, that his mighty angels will be with him.

“All these doubtless refer to the same time and to the same beings, namely, the saints who are at that time to reign with him on the earth, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

“The prophet Malachi gives us a corresponding testimony in the 3 chapter of his prophecy, 1, 2, and 3 verses:  “Behold, I will send my messenger [most likely James J. Strang] and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:  Behold, he shall come saith the Lord of hosts; but who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap.  [Paul says, in the first chapter of his second epistle to the Thessalonians, 7 and 8 verses, that he shall be revealed in fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel.]  And he shall set as a refiner, and purifier of sliver:  and he shall purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” (Evening and Morning Star, Millennium)

James J. Strang is the only one that God called as Prophet “above the Kings of the earth.” The Lord said: “13. In righteousness shalt thou rule: thou shalt redeem the poor and the needy from suffering and violence; and to thee God giveth judgment for them. Thou shalt deliver the prey from the spoiler; for God, thy God, hath put them in thy hand. 14. And in weakness will he make thee strong.  Thou shalt rule among his people. Thou shalt break in pieces the rod of the oppressor, and the yoke of the unjust ruler.  They shall flee away, but the way of peace shall they not find. 15. While the day of the wicked abideth, shalt thou prepare a refuge for the oppressed, and for the poor and needy. Unto thee shall they come, and their brethren who are scattered shall come with them; and the destruction of the ungodly shall quickly follow; for it already worketh.  Go thy way, and be strong.” (Book of the Law, p. 171) He will stand as King in Zion. David is to stand as King in Jerusalem. Jesus will be over all.

Final judgment.

True salvation does not come until the final judgement at the end of the Millennium. All must stand before the judgement throne of God to be judged according to works in the flesh. “12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” (Rev. 20) Only members of the kingdom can inherit the earth because it will become the kingdom of God and our Lord. There are no aliens in the kingdom.

“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) Faith alone? “7 He that overcometh [through obedience to the laws of God] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 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.” (Rev. 21)

“4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” (Psalm 50) “14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 1) “14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 2)

There are two places and three kingdoms/glories prepared for the final resurrection. “40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars (telestial): for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption.” (1 Cor. 15) Consider the difference in glory between the sun and the stars.

Members of the kingdom of God that endured faithful and obedient to the end of mortal life inherit the earth in the celestial kingdom like the sun in glory. Those who were slothful and did no more than they felt they had to in life, inherit the earth in the terrestrial kingdom like the moon in glory. No one can inherit a kingdom that he is not prepared to obey the laws of that kingdom.

All others inherit a telestial (distant) kingdom in glory like the stars. They cannot inherit the earth because the earth is solely the kingdom of God and there are no aliens. Sons of perdition are cast off as ghosts forever; never to inherit the earth. These followed Satan during our spiritual estate. They are also those that were blessed with the Holy Spirit in the flesh and then turned entirely therefrom. (Matt. 12:31)

There is a principle in eternity that sectarian churches fail to understand. There will be opportunity and progression in eternity. Those in the celestial kingdom will minister to those in the terrestrial kingdom and those in the terrestrial kingdom will minister to those in the telestial. James J. Strang wrote the only ones that will be lost in the end are those that prefer to remain filthy still.

New Heaven and Earth.

There will be a New Jerusalem in America and a holy Jerusalem—where it is now—when Jesus returns. “2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem [Zion], coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God… 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21) This is—of course—the people not the physical city.

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall their be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21:31)

Man was given seven thousand years of mortality. Abraham was born about 2,000 years after Adam. Jesus was born about 4,000 years, about 2,000 years will elapse from Jesus’ mortal mission until He returns, and then the earth and man is to rest for the last 1,000 years. Satan is then released for a short season, mortality ends, and eternity begins. Satan with his followers will be cast off forever as ghosts having no association with this creation. “10 the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.” (Rev. 20) This for usurping the authority of God. The concept of this lake was adopted from Greek mythology. The real hell will be mental. Fire would have no effect on a spirit.

Even the earth is judged. Since the earth kept its estate, it will enter the celestial glory. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” (Rev. 21:1) “1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21) New Jerusalem will be located near the center of Zion (America). Holy Jerusalem will be where Jerusalem is today.

“4 God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away… 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Rev. 21) “ (Rev. 21)

“15 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.” (Josh. 24)

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