What Satan Taught Eve in the Garden
Clearly whatever it was that Satan shared with Eve in the Garden of Eden, it was somehow connected with their ultimate expulsion. Was this the apple?
The Garden story as we have it in the scriptures and the temple ceremony is clearly figurative. However, the details do have meaning. For example, the Tree of Life represents eternal life, which is why Adam and Eve could not partake until after their lifelong trials and tests of worthiness.
The Lord also informs us through Lehi’s and Nephi’s dreams that the Tree of Life as well as its fruit represent the Love of God in the gift of His Son and the Atonement. By partaking of this fruit, that is by partaking of Christ’s atonement, we reciprocate that love. This is manifest in our respective love of God and willingness to keep His commandments.
The two trees in the Garden could be considered in opposition to each other. The one, the Tree of Life, being the Love of God, and the other, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, being its opposite. This latter tree, figurative or not, got them evicted from the Garden. They were instructed not to partake of this tree. It represented some form of disobedience.
Since the Tree of Life represents the Love of God, the other could be considered in opposition to it and be considered as the Love of Self. The Tree of Life represents the blessed state of doing the will of God; the other tree the propensity and consequences of doing one’s own will. This dichotomy pretty much wraps up the whole program of life. Typically we learn by a combination of rewards and punishments by the way we use the agency we were given in the Garden.
So what was the issue of conflict between the will of God and the will of Eve that got this mortality ball rolling?
We will here suggest for your consideration that it was the Divine Order. This point will prove to be a mystery of God and godliness. In this Order the man is the president and patriarch in the home and family. The woman is his first counselor, and the Holy Ghost is the second counselor. Notice that neither the Holy Ghost nor the woman is in charge. And the woman, rather than the Holy Ghost is first counselor. The Holy Ghost does not supersede the agency of either the man or the woman. Consequently, this only works well, as one might expect, when all three are united in one. 
Going back to the setting in the Garden of Eden, it is illustrative that Eve acted on her own without consulting Adam. One might ask the question how Eve felt when Heavenly Father laid out the rules and delegated the primary authority to Adam (and possibly without a lot of explanation)? Wasn’t she at least as intelligent as he? Affirmative! And that was/is part of the problem.
Desperate to get the show going on his terms, Satan taught Eve how to reverse what might be considered the marriage power equation, and to actually get the upper hand. Satan understood and was taking advantage of the fact that the Divine Order Heavenly Father instituted was one that challenged both sexes to their limits. In this Order the man was required to take the lead and the woman to follow and support. These roles assigned by the Lord are the only way both Adam and Eve or, in other words, both men and women, can be perfected. It would only be by following the Divine Order that both Adam and Eve could return to and partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life and receive eternal life as a couple. This fact is portentous. It is unfortunate that due to popular demand this doctrine has been removed from the temple Initiatory and Endowment Ceremonies. In so doing we have given Satan a green light to his counterfeit order.
Since no other program would work, Lucifer’s intention was to create a counterfeit order which would negate the true Order, effectively shutting the gate to exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom to Adam and Eve and their children. This counterfeit order requires for the woman to take the lead, a role for which she was/is, in fact, better qualified. It is easier for her to lead and easier for the man to defer.
Without the priesthood, the man would have a perpetual disadvantage in the almost inevitable power struggle—the war between the sexes. Because of this reversal in the divine order, even if the man has been ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood, it is no guarantee he will secure the fulness of the priesthood necessary for exaltation in the eternities. The priesthood ordinance is a temporary bestowal that only becomes permanent through magnification of it to the point of the sealing by the Holy Spirit of Promise. See Oath and Covenant.
Without the woman embracing this designated role of support, the man will never learn his leadership role and never obtain the fulness of the priesthood with all the ramifications of this failure. This support role was definitely the greater challenge for the woman because it required taking in some measure a backseat, having great patience and consummate trust in the Lord. It required suffering and high intelligence applied to many unnatural and challenging situations. It required faith that if she performed her difficult sojourn in life her man would one day be perfected even though it often looked like an impossible task.
His job is equally difficult for him. Besides all the challenges of providing for a wife and family and acquiring the necessary leadership skills devoid of unrighteous dominion, he must also provide the sacred space in which his wife may flourish and find inspiration to develop her talents and nurture and reciprocate his love. Unless he has the inspired support of his wife, he will likely never sufficiently magnify his callings and mission in life.
Essentially the keys are more in the woman’s hands than the hand of the man. She has great power but unless channeled through the Divine Order neither she nor her husband are likely to be sanctified and perfected. For this arrangement to work each must put the Lord at the highest priority in their lives, each other next, and then the children (an order that is generally confused to some degree).
Unless each partner seeks the Lord and acquires the necessary changes in character through regular repentance, they will grow apart. Even if remaining married, they will lack the desire as well as the merits to be with each other in eternity. A similar problem will exist with the children. If the parents do not put the Lord first and each other next, the children will not receive and embrace the Divine Order in their own relationships, nor will they have acquired the benefits that the Divine Order would have caused to flow more purely in their respective developmental stages of life.
Due to Satan’s success, most marriage or joint relationships in this world are created without this knowledge or even with the priesthood as a mitigating factor. There are not many models or examples to learn from or emulate. However, this is very possibly the key issue in life, certainly with respect to exaltation and eternal life. Heavenly Father has laid out the Plan and it is the only one that works. The marriage covenant and the Divine Order of the priesthood in the home and family is the key to the realization and success of the New and Everlasting Covenant and its intended object of exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom.
There are three common departures from the Divine Order in LDS homes as follows:
1) The husband exercises unrighteous dominion, and the Spirit of the Lord (Holy Ghost) is grieved. Divine blessings do not flow in the home.
2) The wife takes the lead, the husband acquiesces. The Spirit is grieved, and the promised blessings do not flow.
3) The wife does not lead, but neither does she support the husband’s leadership. The Spirit is grieved, and the blessings do not flow.
It was necessary that the Garden scene ended the way it did. Because of the nature of the man and the woman it is the same in every creation. However, one can see that, with respect to exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom—becoming gods and having eternal procreation, “strait is the gate and narrow is the way, and few there be that find it.” (See White Papers WP2: Some Broader Implications of Frequency Testing)
1) This essential relationship of each partner in marriage with the Lord also relates to what is taught by L Lamar Adams as The Divine Triangle. With the Lord at the top of the triangle, as each marriage partner moves up their side of the triangle coming closer to the Lord, and if each are so engaged, the distance between them, first acquired in the Garden, diminishes, and they become spiritually closer to each other—until united at the top of the triangle with the Lord.
Milk vs Meat
The concept of the milk of the gospel of Jesus Christ versus the meat is brought to our attention by the writings of the apostle Paul. In chapter five of his epistle to the Hebrew saints, Paul was attempting to explain the meaning, significance and operation of the Melchizedek priesthood in its divine eternal order being after the order of the Savior—He being the Great High Priest of whom the priesthood and its power is derived (see also: Oath & Covenant).
In his letter Paul expresses a degree of criticism of the Hebrew members as to their readiness and ability to understand the more serious concepts of the gospel of Christ.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Heb 5:12-14).
We may note that, though the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are certainly part of the milk of the gospel, they are also part of the meat. So that if the first principles are followed religiously they will ultimately arrive at and embrace the meat.
It is evident, however, that the meat of the gospel requires some experience and maturity. We could spend a lot of time on this subject, but instead lets make it simple. The words of the Savior at the Samaritan well give us the perfect point. After teaching the Samaritan woman and other members of her village, the arriving disciples, who had gone to get food, are concerned that he has not eaten and are puzzled by his response to their admonition to take food.
In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work (John 4:31-34, italics added).
This provides the simplest distinction between the milk and meat of the gospel. As long as we as members of Christ’s church are doing our own will we are partaking of the milk of the gospel. It is when our experience and maturity in the gospel has led us to put our God given agency on the altar of sacrifice that we are consuming and digesting the meat of the gospel.
To the Nephites the Savior explained:
Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. And this is the word which he hath given unto the children of men. And for this cause he fulfilleth the words which he hath given, and he lieth not, but fulfilleth all his words. And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.
And the will of the Father, as the Savior goes on to explain, will include the following:
Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do
(3 Nephi 27: 17-21, emphasis ours).
In doing the works of our great Exemplar, under the direction of the Lord’s Spirit, we are also doing the will of the Father. Our purpose is the same as the will of Him whom we worship. But this power derived from gospel compliance as it is administered to the children of men is only made possible in us by serious and steady repentance—in conjunction with the direction or revelation that such repentance evokes. This continued obedience to the reception and direction of the Spirit of the Lord results also in a state of sanctification. And it is generally not until we have tested the Lord and He has tested us, that we have arrived at a point in our gospel maturity at which we understand that placing our agency on the altar is not a sacrifice but rather a portal to true freedom. This willingness to seek His will and apply it in our lives is the meat of the gospel.
When we struggle with my will versus Thy will, the resulting fruits are always compromised and seldom if ever achieve the seal of the Holy Spirit of Promise—being transitory and of little, if any, eternal effect. Whereas if we are operating under the direction of the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Ghost, our works are justified and have eternal effect. As our founding Prophet of this last dispensation said, “Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things, never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation” (Lectures on Faith, 6:7).
More than anything else we have to give, our will or our agency is the greatest gift we can give the Lord, and it is the one that He values the most. This is the one that opens the portals of Heaven.
Core Message of the Gospel
There are two basic spiritual laws operating in the universe. The first we will call the Law of the Father. This is Heavenly Father’s perfect law. It is the law lived by all who are gods. In it there is no place for imperfection. Gods have no need of repentance. There is no room for spiritual hiccups or personal down days in this realm.
The second law we will call the Law of Redemption. This is the law that is extended to us through the Atonement and suffering of Jesus Christ on our behalf. It is this law that makes the ultimate objective of living the first, or higher law, a possibility.
To my mind there are a few scriptures that embody the main or core message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and how to satisfy the demands of gospel law. The first is this declaration by the Father as follows:
For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (PofGP 1:39)
We understand that the term eternal life, as used here, refers to God’s life—living, experiencing and acquiring the feelings, attributes and powers of God our Heavenly Father. In the above reference Heavenly Father declares that this is the very objective of His existence. Also, in the Lectures on Faith Joseph Smith instructed us that what the Father set out to do in the creation of mankind was to make us like Himself (Section 7:16).
So, when you think about it, that is a very tall order…for us, that is. Consequently, to fail as a partner in this extremely generous process constitutes a nullification of the very purpose of God and places a constriction on the personal glorious effects of Christ’s Atonement.
In order to become holy beings, and for this necessarily vast transformation in our characters to occur, it is necessary that all our weaknesses must become strengths. Again, this is a tall order. However, the answer to this challenge is outlined as follows:
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. (Ether 12:27, italics added)
Our weaknesses actually play a very important role in our salvation. The transformative work of the Lord can only be accomplished with the humble. In order for our weaknesses to become strengths we must allow ourselves to see our weaknesses and use them to humble us and come unto Christ. And we come unto Christ only in the manner he has specified:
And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father, that ye shall believe in me, and that ye shall repent of your sins, and come unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Behold, ye have the commandments before you, and the law is fulfilled. (3 Ne 19, italics added)
Regardless of whatever else we do, the only way we can come unto Christ is to repent of our sins with a broken heart and contrite spirit. Otherwise the law referred to above, the Law of Redemption, is not fulfilled. Speaking of the Redemptive Law of Christ, Nephi tells us that:
Behold, he [Christ] offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered. (2 Ne 2:7, italics added)
This aspect of answering to the Redemptive Law of Christ, that is of the absolute necessity of regular broken hearts and a contrite spirit is actually little understood. And considering the distance to cover, once this is understood, this repentant activity, involving a broken heart and contrite spirit, requires a daily commitment. Otherwise the ends of the Law or its purpose of perfecting the saints will not nor cannot be achieved.
The necessary character transformation required to be perfected in Christ and gain eternal life in the Celestial Kingdom, becoming gods in the full expression that the Father has offered, requires each individual to partake of the divine nature of Christ. It is Christ’s divine nature that changes us. And it is only through the regular offering of the broken heart and contrite spirit that this exchange or replacement of sins or weaknesses for strengths takes place. It is only by this means that our sins and weaknesses are removed and replaced by the necessary character changes, gifts of Christ’s divine nature. We must also willingly perform the service for which we are commissioned by the Spirit of the Lord as we receive the remission of sins and the instructions that the successful broken heart prayer offering elicits.
It is by this means, as the Savior himself has instructed, that we come unto Him, that we may abide in His grace and become perfected in Him. In his very final mortal comments to us Moroni provides a powerful summary about the principle of personal perfection.
Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot. (Moroni 10: 32-33, italics added)
Please note, then, that if we have followed the Savior’s instructions, served and loved Him with all our might, and have allowed Him to make weak things strong, and to change our character to be devoid of all ungodliness, we may be perfected in Christ and be eligible for Celestial glory.
According to Moroni if we do this we will have avoided denying the power of God. But if we have failed to follow this course of perfection in Christ we will have denied the power of God and personally nullified the purpose of Heavenly Father’s existence. We can only acquire a Celestial character that can dwell or even survive in God’s presence by following the steps here outlined. Otherwise we are preparing by default to go somewhere else.
This is hard doctrine, but the perfection that both the Father and the Son are talking about is in the scriptures we have been given. And the broken heart and contrite spirit is the essential and necessary key. For without it, as Nephi explained above, the ends of the law, the Law of Redemption, cannot be satisfied. Otherwise the Father cannot perfect us through the Atonement of His Son, and the Son cannot present us personally to His Father, the Creator of worlds without end, as being holy and without spot.
The process herein described is simple, profound and, unfortunately, rarely understood.
The Latter-Day Babylonian Captivity
When the gospel was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith the instructions were to take the gospel to the world, first to the Gentiles, then the Jews. An essential part of the message was to leave worldly Babylon and come into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church was to be a refuge from the storm, from Babylon. On Nov 3,1831 the Lord said:
Yea, verily I say unto you again, the time has come when the voice of the Lord is unto you: Go ye out of Babylon; gather ye out from among the nations, from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Send forth the elders of my church unto the nations which are afar off; unto the islands of the sea; send forth unto foreign lands; call upon all nations, first upon the Gentiles, and then upon the Jews (D&C 133:7-8, emphasis ours).
The history of Israel is cyclical. The adversaries used by the Lord to humble Judah and Israel anciently were and are also symbolic of the latter-day challenges that the people of the Lord face now and in the future. For example, the members of the LDS Church have been carried carefully by the Adversary into modern day Babylonian captivity. Our dependence upon the current national and world structure and culture has provided the enemy of our souls and his minions a stealthy creeping and overpowering control of our lives, our thought processes and our options. Despite the fact that the Lord created for us a nation based on democratic principles and Judeo-Christian concepts our national constitutional blessings are slipping through our fingers. Even though, as of this writing, the encroaching burden has recently hit a crescendo, there is more to come.
In this context, who would have supposed that missionaries could have been called home for a time? Or chapels empty, temples closed and work for the dead hamstrung? That the three-fold mission of the Church could be crippled overnight? We were blindsided. And, on a perfectly related matter, how many members voted in the 2016 and 2020 elections for some of the most evil, vile political persons on the planet? People running for office representing a political party that supports and even advocates heinous crimes including late-term abortion (e.g. infanticide)? 
And we were told this is OK? Do we really suppose that the Lord will not hold us accountable even if we did it in ignorance? “My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.” (Isaiah 5:13) An examination of the context of this observation by the Lord through the Prophet Isaiah is that it is clearly a prophecy of the latter-days. Our present ignorance allowed us to be totally caught off guard by a colossal hoax. A very pernicious hoax perpetrated by a powerful secret combination. What hoax?
Also, unfortunately relevant are the LDS member McMansions, pools, RV’s, boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, mountain cabins and all the necessary toys and paraphernalia—the trappings required to be esteemed in our Babylonian sub-culture. The poor or those who cannot afford to keep up appearances are marginalized. They will not be given leadership positions. Many have gone and will go into the next life thinking they have no chance of exaltation because they were non-entities in the church culture hierarchy—that only leaders have a shot at Celestial glory. They have not been taught and little do they know that the last shall be first and the first shall be last in the eyes of the Lord (see Luke 14:16-24). The poor, the lame, the halt and the leprous shall find grace before the wealthy and proud. The only leaders that will survive the Celestial Kingdom cut are those who truly availed themselves of being “the least in the Kingdom” (Luke 7:28) and “the servant of all,” like their Exemplar (See Mark 9:35,10:43-45).
The next serious challenge to both the world and the Lord’s people will come from a modern day alliance symbolized by ancient Assyria. This treacherous Assyrian alliance and its geopolitical arrival on the scene will liberate us from Babylon with all its requirements and trappings. When Babylon falls the Lord says, “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her” (Rev 18:20). God will avenge Babylon on us because of the great havoc and spiritual destruction spiritual Babylon, the Whore, wrought not only on the world at large, but particularly upon LDS members. The spiritual cost has been extremely high. So the Lord has arranged a deliverance for the saints and others. But it will not be pretty.
The catch associated with this deliverance is that it is provided by Israel’s other enemy, in the form of global conquest, including a national invasion. The bondage of extensive and nonessential merchandise and dishonest business dealings with which we yoked ourselves is replaced by an iron sinew of subjugation. And many people will perish in uninspired vain and foolish efforts to deal with this necessary purging prelude to building Zion and the New Jerusalem.
To the righteous and the elect the Lord warns and instructs, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain" (Isaiah 26:20-21). Many of the slain will be members that did not stand in holy places. Though this certainly includes temples and church facilities, it means also being where the Lord wants us to be and doing what He wants us to do—regardless of how it looks to those not receiving personal revelation.
We as a people, and our recent leaders, did not see the Babylonian captivity coming. We just went into it eagerly and have been there now a long time. And few of us saw the current globalist end-time warmup coming. Where were our watchmen? Well, unfortunately what we really wanted to hear was “smooth things” (Isaiah 30:10).
Ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you, and—after ye had planted the vineyard, and built the hedge round about, and set watchmen upon the walls thereof—built the tower also, and set a watchman upon the tower, and watched for my vineyard, and not have fallen asleep, lest the enemy should come upon you? And behold, the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off; and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof, and saved my vineyard from the hands of the destroyer (D&C 101: 53-54, emphasis ours).
This initially referred to the failure of the early saints to build and redeem Zion, but applies even more particularly to us today. We should not delude ourselves that we are collectively any better than the early saints, many of whom were called upon to make great sacrifices and yet were still chastened severely by the Lord.
The hedge in this parable represents the protection of the Lord. The enemy succeeds in braking down the hedge when the members of the Church no longer warrant or deserve the protection of the Lord. While the watchman who does not see the enemy coming from afar off is lacking spiritual vision and failing in his assigned job, it is so that the people generally get the watchmen they deserve.
Since we were clearly warned by Moroni (see Ether 8:21-26) about the latter day secret combination that would seek to overthrow the freedoms of all lands, and were instructed not to let this evil organization get “above us,” alas, we have done exactly that, and we will suffer for it. We were in fact warned many years ago, while the enemy was still afar off. Elder Ezra Taft Benson, and later as President Benson, a former member of US President Dwight Eisenhower’s Cabinet, persecuted by liberal members for his distinct insights, couldn’t have been clearer about the approaching enemy. Unfortunately the following divine observation now applies to those checkbox, cruise-control and so-called mainstream members:
Why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world? (Mormon 8:38, emphasis ours)
Joseph McConkie, in his BYU religion classes, often observed that the Church culture was consistently about two years behind the world (e.g. Babylon). Sad, but true! See also: Is There a Scourge Remaining for the People of the Lord?
Since Moroni, Joel, Daniel, Isaiah (the “Prophet of the Restoration”) and other of the prophets warned us particularly pertaining to this critical period of time, it behooves us to make sure we are living at a level of personal sanctification that allows the Lord to protect and direct us individually and as families in the otherwise troubling times ahead.
The Lord has provided instructions to the saints about leaving Babylon. “For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward” (Isaiah 52:12). In order to leave Babylon planning and preparation are necessary.
Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon. But verily, thus saith the Lord, let not your flight be in haste, but let all things be prepared before you; and he that goeth, let him not look back lest sudden destruction shall come upon him (D&C 133:14–15).
It is not only important to leave our worldly values and pursuits under the Lord’s timing but equally important not to look back. The Lord’s value system and that of Babylon are irreconcilable.
For after today cometh the burning—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon (D&C 64:24, emphasis ours).
Unfortunately there will be many who remain in Babylon until it is too late.
However, if we maintain a level of sanctification (daily remission of sins) we will have peace when all around us do not. If we have taken the Holy Spirit for our guide we will not be deceived or led astray and we will look forward in confidence to the Coming of our Lord in power and glory (See D&C 45:56-59).
The LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel. Micah 6:2
Is There a Scourge Remaining for the People of the Lord?
The constant drumbeat of globalism incrementally intrudes into our daily activities and routines eroding our freedoms.
As elements of disquiet eat into our collective and individual consciousness and confidence, where do we stand with respect to the usual securities upon which we traditionally depend?
If we are paying attention we may see now that things can change overnight. And if we were paying attention we may see that the encroachments that are now visible or possibly looming were being prepared over previous decades. As the traditional hedge around our spiritual and ecclesiastical vineyard is being broached, we may wonder if our watchmen saw it coming? Didn’t we build the tower and put watchmen on it?
We did in fact. A conference talk on the dangers of communism was given years ago by Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve. I remember that he prefaced his talk by stating that this was the topic to which he had been assigned—that assignment was by President David O McKay around the year 1967. President McKay passed away January 1970. Elder Benson and President McKay both understood that Marxism is a guise to some purported higher good under the control of a global elite—a path to Satanic totalitarianism (e.g. Satan's program).
The apparent reason for this unusual introductory comment to Elder Benson's talk was the fact that he was coming under criticism by LDS members for being “carried away” by his focus on the topic of the threats of communism. Sometime later, Elder Benson came to BYU and spoke on the dangers of Marxism at a devotional. The following week Elder Hugh B. Brown came and basically contradicted what Elder Benson had to say just the previous week. A classmate (a McConkie) who knew Elder Brown asked him if his remarks were in contradiction to those of Elder Benson’s the previous week. His answer was, “Yes.” Elder Brown boasted that his assertions took precedence by the fact that he was a member of the First Presidency.
However, by eventually becoming President of the Church, President Benson had the last word, but for a while only. The otherwise prevalent denial or lack of concern over the growing Marxist gadianton threat filled the void he left. We ought to consider that President Benson had been a key and honored member of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s cabinet. He mixed with people of genuine power, and he also saw the dangers already on the horizon. He was a watchman on the tower (Isa 25:6,11-12, Ezek 3:17-21).
As a child I can remember his name often being mentioned by newscasters and interviewers on the radio. His leadership experience in government and his views on the threats to this constitutional democratic republic clearly should have been taken more to heart than has been the case.
So now we labor not only against oppressive forces seemingly beyond our control but also the ignorance of what it is that we are actually dealing with (See Latter-day Babylonian Captivity). The main conduits of public information have been hijacked and employed by hidden hands to manipulate and enslave according to an agenda whose objective it is to whittle the human population down into a totally controllable proletariat of worker bees—that do not threaten the power of the elites nor cause them concern about competitive consumption of their planetary resources.
And right now, we of the Lord’s Restored Church are of little concern to them. Were we united and asserting our rights and privileges of worship and were we really a peculiar people as we were in the early days of the Restoration, we probably would come under more challenging scrutiny. However, that honor remains for a future period when the cleansing hand of elements of the latter-day Assyrian empire headed ultimately by either the Anti-Christ or an Anti-Christ, shall focus more squarely upon us.
Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord; First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord (D&C 112:24-26, emphasis ours).
There are any number of issues that, if we make our doctrinal positions clear, will bring upon us the wrath and persecution that an increasingly decadent world will heap upon us if we actually stick out (which we don’t just yet)—and with the full orchestration of the Adversary himself. It is really the Latter-day-Saints and the Jews that are Satan’s endgame targets. The Old Testament prophets are rife with the details.
As for those who profess to know the Lord but rather blaspheme against Him in the midst of His house likely include the rather common advocacy of false doctrines in priesthood and Sunday School classes that go essentially unchallenged as the rank and file, as well as the various levels of leadership, no longer understand doctrine.
Regarding the challenges ahead and our latter-day readiness, the Prophet Isaiah warned:
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure (Isa 33:14-16, emphasis ours).
Fortunately there is a path through the devouring fire. It is, according to the Prophet Isaiah for those qualified to dwell with everlasting burnings. The hypocrites in Zion will suffer greatly and many will be destroyed while the sanctified will be protected—their bread shall be provided and their waters shall be sure. They that fear the Lord, that fear to displease Him, shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil. In the coming tribulation no stash of weapons, ammunition, and/or survival equipment will assure safety for the unrepentant of the Lord. Only the pure and holy, the sanctified will the Lord protect.
The stark reality for the people of the Lord is that not only will much of the world be destroyed in the days ahead but so will many, perhaps most, of the Latter-day Saints. Why would this be? The Lord explains:
As for my people [present day LDS], children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the LORD GOD of hosts. Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well-set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground (Isa 3:12-26).
Let us make no mistake. This is talking about us, the members of His Church, because we are walking in darkness at noonday. Both Zion and the Jews must be cleansed before the Lord returns in glory. It is our turn first [Ephraimite members]. It is not until after the causes of our reproach are removed that the millennial blessings may come. And notice, the Lord is not speaking symbolically in this instance to the Church as the daughter of Zion, rather he is speaking specifically and pointedly to the daughters of Zion [e.g. the women of the Church].
In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning (Isa 4:2-4, emphasis ours).
Traditionally the women were in general more righteous than the men. Among the Lord’s people they were stalwarts, valiant, firm and steadfast in the support of their men holding the priesthood. The women were leaders in terms of righteousness. However, in this, the last dispensation, Satan has successfully gained the upper hand with the women of the Lord’s Church and turned their heads to worldly preoccupations, false doctrines and ideas. The women of Zion have become careless. See also What Satan Taught Eve in the Garden.
Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins (Isa 32:9-11).
It is because Zion’s women have become careless in observing their covenants and at ease in their participation and support of the divine order of the priesthood that their men will die. It is because the women ignore or reject the divine order (and because their men have acquiesced) that pertinent priesthood doctrines have been removed from the temple presentation. It is because the women do not support, demand or qualify for genuine priesthood leadership that their men do not walk the path of sanctification and acquire the fulness of the priesthood. The men of the Church lack power and direction that would save their lives when the crucible of affliction, which must surely come and is not far off, descends upon the saints. The careless women who survive the LDS scourging shall be troubled for many days and years because the end time return of the Savior is still distant. Whereas the sanctified and holy LDS men and women will be protected and at peace.
To the Lord’s sanctified He provides this assurance:
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD (Isa 54:14-17, emphasis ours).
However, there are numerous passages in Isaiah in which the Lord recounts the latter-day sins and iniquity of his people—particularly the preoccupation with worldly things, a false sense of security and leaders who do not serve the flock. The following passage symbolically describes the result of the Lord’s judgment and refining fire:
Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit. For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill (Isa 30:13-17).
The metaphor here is of a retaining wall on a hill built to hold back erosion and protect the landscape on the hill. The wall does its job for a time until the pressure building up against it becomes too much. While the wall has served its purpose for many years, one day the pressure against it finally exceeds its capacity and the wall crumbles and the landscape it was preserving bursts its bound and is crumbled and destroyed. The edifices built on this hill come sliding down to destruction. The wall symbolizes the protection the LDS Church affords its members,
The metaphor then changes to illustrate the erroneous thinking of those who were living on this hill—supposing that things would just go on and that they could escape the consequences of their worldly lifestyles with their equipment, vehicle, possessions and sophistries. Rather than returning to the Lord and seeking to enter into His rest they have relied upon the arm of their flesh and smooth doctrines. As a consequence they shall flee accountability at the rebuke of those who call them to repentance and then they shall flee the invading army when all their false edifices crumble in the face of a genuine mortal threat.
After all of this wasting away and destruction of the Lord’s people, notice what is left. It is the ensign on a hill. Not all of the hill is gone. Only the part with a shifting foundation. What is left after the sudden destruction of the tares and the unrepentant, are the sanctified. The scourging has accomplished its purpose. The Woman [the Church] has endured and travailed and brought forth the priesthood man [e.g. men holding the fulness of the priesthood] and the rest of the work of the gathering and preparation for the return of our Lord can now commence.
The glorious end time crucible in Jerusalem is predicated upon the precursory cleansing of Zion and its men and women—the travail that brings forth the priesthood man. See Oath & Covenant and also Observations on the Mainstream.
Revelation on the Tasks
Last night, not being able to sleep, I got up and engaged in some personal prayer and scripture study during which time I also asked the Lord about the tasks given to the spirits of the dead in the spirit world. I wanted to know more on the subjects. I was curious if there were people, that is, spirits or angels involved, in presenting the tasks to the spirits of the dead when they reach a personal frequency of log 132 or above. I was told, No. Rather than angels, I was told the spirits of the dead receive their tasks through inspiration from the Spirit of the Lord through seeking the Lord’s will. They are presented as “situations” which allow the subject to react in some way, whether by participation or thought or feeling.
The spirit of the dead will advance according to how well they deal with each situation and what they learn from it—that is how inspired is their response or how much like the Savior is their feeling, thinking and/or behavior. Initially the tasks will occur to them as situations remembered from their mortal life or as theoretical situations as the case may be. In each case what is presented has to do with the particular needs of that spirit’s personal progression. At some point in their progression the tasks will also involve other spirits. As our value systems are always erroneous, the object is to train the personal spirit to ultimately see things as God does.
The daily efforts by the spirits of the dead at the tasks assigned can be graded for success in levels 1-10. In order to progress the daily task must be either 9 or 10. An 8 is required to temporarily hold their position. Anything less than 8 causes regression.
The tasks are to be understood to parallel our own conditions in mortality. It is the same in the spirit world as here on earth. In our present mortal lives we are regularly presented with situations to see if we will deal with them under inspiration or by some other motive, agenda or uninspired desire or passion—honestly or deceptively. This is how we progress here, and how they progress there, “that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit” (1 Pet 4:6).
The ability of the spirit of the dead to deal successfully with these situational tasks will be directly related to how sensitive and honest they had previously been to the Spirit of the Lord in their mortal life. “For that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world” (Alma 34:34). The spirit that possesses our bodies when we pass through the veil into the eternal world is not a demon; it is our spirit. At that point our spirit embodies the lessons and habits it has acquired during our mortal life. It has become empowered or shackled, depending upon our ability to receive and apply personal revelation.
People who never get past the milk of the gospel by allowing their personal will to govern their behavior, will get stuck in the tasks and may spend the millennium trying to figure them out. The reason it is so difficult on the other side of the veil is because most spirits have not learned to seek, listen or recognize the voice of the Lord while in the flesh. This is the sum total of our purpose here on earth. The spirits, after death, may reach and enter the realm of Light at log 76 and may progress to the threshold of tasks at log 132. However, for those who always think they know what to say, or do or how things should look, they may spend a thousand years on this hamster wheel of hell.