Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Correspondence: Where should I go?

A reader writes:
"I have already learned the non-murderous people will need to seek refuge in the Rocky Mountains. Is that a common general direction the Lord is leading some people?"

My response:
First, I want to discourage anyone thinking that they should ask me where they should go. As I said very clearly in my last email, you need to seek God yourself. Go ask him. Put in the work. If you aren't willing to develop a relationship with God, it really doesn't matter where you are when things fall apart.

That being said, the Lord is and will lead people to different places.

There will be PLENTY of "murderous people" in the Rocky Mountains. [By the way--it is worth saying that you really don't know a person until you see how they act in the face of extreme duress. Don't fool yourself into thinking normal people can't do atrocious things. History is full of examples.] There will be plenty of righteous people in other places. I know of a man who God told to stay in a populated place on the east coast. He was shown the protection God would offer to him specifically as everything around him is destroyed. He will be safer in an unsafe place than those who decide without God to move to some place that seems like it will be safe. But this isn't about being safe (see below).

There is no central gathering place. There can't be. If you want to know how that goes, go read what happened when Joseph Smith tried to gather people for some proto-zion. That will happen EVERY time ANYONE tries to do that. That is not the way it is done. It's extremely sad that there are many who think that they will be able to make it work when Joseph and company could not, in spite of their being demonstrably less faithful than they were. I wonder what they imagine their secret ingredient to be. You may be asking yourself, "then why did God command them to gather?" Everything God commands is designed to lead his children to greater happiness, but don't be simple enough to think that the path is always directly to the outcome. There are many experiences designed by God to show you what you lack and must change before you are ready to have what you desire. The early saints desired Zion, but were not willing to pay the appointed price. Their failure was designed by the all knowing Almighty in order to show them what the true price was, and show them that they weren't willing to pay it. In all likelihood, neither are you. And the desolation will show you that. Incidentally, the book of Revelation very clearly states that the city of Enoch will not return until after the tribulation. Doesn't that imply that whatever Zion is, and however it comes to be, will not be complete until then? Those events are necessary. They are the training ground.

There can't be a central gathering place for the same reason that there isn't a single mansion in heaven where everyone goes. Everyone is different. The places the Lord leads people to aren't just places where they will be kept safe. In fact, most everyone will NOT be kept safe, even when they are led somewhere. What is coming will be so awful and complete that it will touch everyone. The fire singes even the green tree. There isn't a place where people will avoid the fire. That isn't the point. Imagine what it would be like to be able to truthfully say that you are so advanced in your faith that you couldn't learn anything from suffering the things that are coming. That would be a great place to be, wouldn't it. Can you say that? If not, why pretend that God is going to lead you to a place where you will be spared from the trials of the desolation? This does not mean that any and all suffering will help. The vast majority of suffering is not helpful.

The Lord knows precisely what each of us has to learn and where each of us have to be tested. If we submit to him and seek him to show us where to go, he will lead us into those places that have the experiences we need. That experience might include being completely backstabbed by those you are with, or losing your life or the life of someone you love, or slowly starving to death, or whatever the case may be. Those who are not willing to lose their life in obedience to God are not prepared, able, or worthy to receive it eternally.

The point is to develop full trust in God, no matter what happens and to go to the place God has specifically designed for you to have those experiences.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

You will be trapped.

This morning the Lord told me to tell the people that they will be trapped. He said the flaxen cords binding you to where you live will turn into steel chains if you delay action.

Some of you think:
1. Things are not that bad and you'll know when they get worse.

2. If and when things get worse, you'll move.

You are grossly overestimating your future mobility.

Freedom is a function of awareness of and adherence to God's knowledge. You have far less of this than you think. As God continues to break the seals on the scroll described in John's book of Revelation, the world will be exposed to more and more of the consequences of how we are in absence of the grace of God that has thus far sustained us.


If things get as bad as I have been telling you they will get--which isn't even as bad as the scriptures say they will get--do you really think you will be able to use any of the conveniences currently at your disposal?

The way things will happen means that there will be a diversity of experiences for people in different place and situations. I can't give you one detailed picture that will describe everyone's future correctly.

Here are a few motifs to help you imagine it more accurately, in ascending difficulty:

You learn that your children, who are in public school, are being subjected to ideas that will negatively impact their ability to worship and obey God. You want to remove them from school and homeschool them, but there are laws in your area that prevent that. You would have to change jobs, sell your house, and move in order to do what the spirit is telling you to do. What do you do?

You city/state is raising income and/or property tax again. You plan on leaving, but you are very close to a promotion at work, and want to hold out for it before you start job hunting. Then you learn that they just passed a large tax on home sales to curb those fleeing the city/state. You just lost the equity in your house, and now you can't afford to move. What do you do?

There is a disease outbreak in your area. Your family is fine for now, but you don't want to stay because you know that you are a sitting duck. The hospitals are shutting down because they don't have the facilities for this type of disease and doctors and nurses are not showing up for work because of fear. You want to leave, but you can't because there are National Guard roadblocks along every road in and out of your city. The spirit tells you that if you stay, you will die. Leaving means walking away from everything you own with just whatever you can carry on your back while risking being shot if the National Guard catches you trying to get through their perimeter. What do you do?

There is a large earthquake in your area. Everything is damaged, many died, and many more are hurt. Your home is destroyed, and you didn't have earthquake insurance. You have no savings, no car, and your company is now out of business. What do you?

The lights go out and don't come back on. Cars, internet, and cell phones don't work. Within one day, the store shelves are empty. Cash purchases initially clear out most inventory, then mobbing people who realize their credit and EBT cards don't work clear out the rest. You think everything will return back to normal but roaming thugs quickly expand into the suburbs, where the water has stopped running and the sewer starts backing up. Within a week you are out of water, don't know where to get more, have no food, and are in danger in your own house. What do you?

There are many other scenarios to consider, too many to name.

What to do about it?

Here is the point: Are you in the place you want to be when the things that have been prophesied happen? If not, why not? Whatever your reason for staying, is it more significant that the damage you will incur if you stay?

In the past, I have asked people "if you were alive in Noah's day, and you knew rain was coming, would you build an ark, or would you wait until it started raining?" Invariably, people reply "but God has not told me to build an ark." Perhaps, but he has told those fulfilling the role of Noah, and you are ignoring God's word to you through them. Recall that Noah preached for a long time as he was building the ark, and not one soul believed him and came onto the ark.

This is not about survival, it is about living in a way where you know that your situation is God's will, no matter what happens (up to and including death).

This is about faith in God. Preparing for what is to come for us today is just as much a requirement of faith as baptism--you are showing your belief in God by reacting to what he has told you. If you don't believe these things will happen, you don't believe God. If you believe these things and don't do anything about them, you don't believe God. If you don't believe God, then it doesn't really matter if you live or die, anyway, because you are destined for hell here and/or there.

This is not about fear. Those who trust God have no fear. They do all things according to their understanding of God's will. They rely on God and accept what he sends with gratitude, no matter how it looks in the moment. They do not horde supplies if God doesn't tell them to. They don't set up bug out locations if God doesn't tell them to. No amount of temporal supplies or bug out locations or anything else you can imagine will save you from anything if it isn't what God told you to do.

Many, many faithful people will suffer and die in what is coming. The point is not to avoid these things, but to develop sufficient trust in God that no matter what happens, you don't doubt his love and goodness, and you remain faithful to everything he has and will tell you. He has a purpose for many of you, and that purpose includes living into what is coming. But if you don't heed these warnings, you will either die long before that or wish you had.

Where to go?

So, where do you go? If you jump from one place that God didn't put you to another place God didn't put you, you have no promise, even if it seems much "safer" from your perspective. You can be in the worst possible place when these things happen and still be protected by God if you are where he tells you to be. You can be in the best possible place and still be killed if you are somewhere other than where God tells you to be.

If you want to invoke an answer from God on this topic, you need to pray. You need to avoid the temptation to invent answers in your mind. You need to actually do research and study it out. I've given many thoughts on the topic of potential things to think about on this blog. Pray before, during, and after. Once you've invested the time and effort to contemplate these things, God will tell you what to do. Be prepared, he will probably tell you to go to a place that wasn't part of your analysis. Just do whatever he tells you.


Again, don't do this out of fear. Don't do this because you want to avoid suffering. Do it because you trust God and want to be in the place where you will have the experiences custom designed by him for your greatest progress.

Don't delay, but don't go in haste either unless God tells you to. Sell your house, find a new job, pack your things, and move.

Friday, July 26, 2019

A quick note on the baptism of fire

I have received a surprising number of emails lately with this subject "I have tried everything I know, but I haven't yet received the baptism of fire."

I have taught extensively on this, and so I am surprised to have to say it again, but here goes.

Matt Crockett recently this:
Entering into the strait (not straight) and narrow “path” is done by following “the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism— yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost” (2 Nephi 31:13).
Acting with HYPOCRISY is having moral standards or BELIEFS that do not match your present behavior or actions. This is also known as being in a state of cognitive dissonance.
Repentance and baptism by water (gate) is a witness to the Father that you are willing to keep His commandments and to follow His Son. You have been figuratively made clean, water cleanses.
According to His word after you have done these things, then you receive the Holy Ghost. Then comes the baptism of fire of the Holy Ghost, first anointing, then you receive a remission of your sins.

He is right.

Here is what I say to all who "have tried everything [they] know but haven't yet been baptized by fire":

Your issue is that you are double minded. You have not actually decided to follow God. When you do, you will be on the path. Until then, you will struggle in cognitive dissonance and ever-increasing pain from the continual contradiction of what you know to be true vs. your actions, which do not align with that truth.

The good news is you can make that decision at any time. Your distance from God is not measured in time, but in desire toward and trust in him, and those are decisions made instantaneously. The bad news is that it will only ever get harder, as the more you fight against the light, the less you will perceive it.

Many erroneously calculate that God has to do something to them in order for their hearts to draw out towards him. The decision to desire him and trust him is completely, wholly, entirely yours to make. He will not and cannot do it for you.

You know what you need to do. You know what God has told you to stop doing that you keep doing, even if only "sometimes." You know what God has told you to do that you didn't do, even if only "sometimes." The little things are the big things. Repentance is not a matter of action, but a matter of the heart. ANY deviation from what you know God's will is for you shows that your heart is not reconciled to him. It is still yours, and in that state you will never, ever be baptized by fire.

The only thing God or me or anyone else can do to help you get there is point out all the overwhelming evidences of his goodness, mercy, intelligence, wisdom, and love to persuade you that the absolute best thing you could ever do is trust him completely, holding nothing back.

Therefore, unless you've been hiding under a rock, it is very unlikely that what you lack is sufficient evidence to believe God. Instead, this is simply a matter of your pride. You just need to make the decision to follow him.

You know what you need to do. Do it.

Why I try not to endorse others

Several people have responded to yesterday's post by asking me what other people have been teaching God's word to them.

I intentionally avoid endorsing others because people seem to be practically utterly incapable of separating the message from the messenger. I have written extensively about this tendency as well as the proper way of evaluating truth: piece by piece, independent of the messenger.

I feel constrained in endorsing others because of this tendency because were I to recommend a person, you would likely treat that as an endorsement of everything they say.

Suppose I recommended someone. Now the credibility of what I have taught is incorrectly tied to the truthfulness of everything they have taught or will teach or done or will do.

I am not aware of any priest, prophet, teacher, or king whose teachings align completely with the light and truth that Lord has given to me.

I would hope that they would have more light in at least some areas than I do. I would hope that they might be able to say the same. I've made videos about that.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

"Weep and wail for what is and what is to come"

On April 22, 2019, the Lord said to me: "I've exposed you to intercession, I've exposed you to the darkness that is present on the earth, and I've exposed you to the desolation that is coming. What have you done about it? While you have passed these things on valiantly to others, you have not made gain on what has been given. You ought to exercise charity for your fellowmen and take up the cross that extends beyond the passing of information to others, and continues into interceding in faith for the benefit of those who walk in the darkness. There is no such thing as a normal day. With the gifts I have given you, every day of your life ought to be full of urgency. You will be held accountable for all the good you could have done. Weep and wail for what is and what is to come."

In fulfilling that charge this morning, I was "weep[ing] and wail[ing] for what is and what is to come" and interceding for the men, women, and children of this nation. As part of that, I asked the Lord what he could do to exercise his mercy. I suggested some crisis that might hurt some relatively small amount of people but could help wake up the majority to their true state of depravity. I went through the limited events he has done in the past: terrorist attack, plague, major earthquake, famine, economic collapse, and so on. Every time I suggested one, the Lord showed me how it would bring down the whole system. He persuaded me that we have perverted our dominion over this earth to such an extent that we have recreated it in our fallen image and made it as frail and fragile as we ourselves are.

I wept. I said, "Dear God, surely there is something you can do. Surely there is something YOU can do." He said, "what can I do?"

All my ideas were too much for our system to bear. The only thing I could think of was for him to send out more calls to repentance from his servants--men and women who no one pays attention to. They produce YouTube videos, public talks, books, and blog posts. And yet the people say, "God has always sent prophets before calamity, but where are the prophets today? These poor men and women wear out their lives like an old shoe, suffering with great sacrifice, and yet the people can't even be bothered to read at their convenience or listen in their car to what the Lord is teaching through them.

Once in recent history I asked the Lord, "when will the end of this nation come?" He said, "when I have done all things possible to prevent it. When men have cut themselves off from me, and are past feeling, the end will come." I fear that we are drawing closer and closer to this point, because it seems the only tool God has left to call us to repentance is to use no-name prophets that people ignore. What more can he do? His only tool is to bring down the entire system.

Do you realize what that is going to be like? You will have absolutely nothing. Just as through this life the Lord gives us a space to prepare to endure the fire that comes with the increased awareness we are exposed to after we die, we are all given the option to front-load the lessons we need to learn to endure the end time desolation. After all, that desolation is not an arbitrary outpouring of God's wrath, but the outpouring of his indiscriminate fire--showing who has risen to that level of trust in and obedience to him and who has not. I know what is coming because I have walked through that fire. I imagine others have as well, though I don't know of them. Of all the people I know, maybe two  currently have the tools needed to go through it. You aren't ready. You grossly underestimate how awful this will be for you and you grossly underestimate the likelihood that you will be overcome. 

How do you fool yourself into believing it will be easy for you to trust God when everything in your life is taken away? When you can't even trust him now with all the blessings he has stuffed into your present life? We moan and groan when the toughest thing we can imagine is having to depend on welfare for our sustenance, a situation that is still better than 2/3 of people on this earth experience, and that would still qualify us as kings in any historical period known to man.

Will you repent when people all around you are suddenly dying from a disease for which there is no treatment? When the hospitals close because doctors stop showing up for work? When looters rage and the police stop answering the phone? When the power goes out and doesn't come back on? When the store's shelves empty and don't resupply? When the gold and silver you hoarded is as worthless as the dollars you bought it with? When you see tanks and armored personnel carriers roll into your town and gather everyone into buildings "for their safety", but the sinking feeling in your gut accurately predicts the holocaust of executions and exported slavery to come? Will you repent as you watch your loved ones die from diarrhea, minor infected cuts, UTIs, or any other disease that would have been easily treatable in the plenteous circumstances we had and wasted? How are you going to feel when you go a month without food? When you have literally nothing except the worn, torn, and wreaking clothes on your back? When your only source of water in two days is from a muddy ditch you happen upon while walking 18 hours a day, without a destination, in flight from mobs and soldiers who hunt you down like an animal? Will you then repent?

Repent NOW. Trust in God NOW. Reconcile everything in your life to him TODAY. Make the decision while it is easy to do. You absolutely need every day to prepare your heart for what is coming by learning to seek and obey God in all things under all circumstances.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The delicate balance of trusting in God and obtaining a masterpiece life

Almost everyone is too far to one side of ideal when it comes to trusting God and following the path to the desires of your heart.

On the one side are the people whose distrust of God is manifested in not doing enough. These people constrain what God can do for them by refusing all but the most normal packages it might come in. They expect a magnificent life but aren't willing to do what it takes to get it. God fills their lives with opportunities for growth by showing them the shortfalls of status quo life again and again, but they ignore these signals and continue in their blind march forward. They do what everyone else does, then are surprised when their life turns out like everyone else's--fragile and miserable and devoid of meaning and joy.

On the other side are the people whose distrust of God is manifested in their trying to do too much. These people believe God can do great things in their lives but rely too much on their own understanding of how that will come to be. They are impatient and believe they know better than God the how and when of their lives. They shoehorn the eventual promises of God into second-rate fulfillment, like a driver who insists on taking the next exit instead of completing the road trip, then pretends they have arrived at their destination until they can no longer fool themselves. They then get back onto the highway, having wasted precious time and gone through unnecessary suffering. These people rarely learn to trust God, in spite of his showing them the consequences of their foolish pride. As soon as he redeems them from one situation, they jump right into another one just as fast as they can.

Humans crave completion. They like the idea of retiring. They like the idea of finishing a game. No one ever finishes during life. Until you die, you are not done. If you seek God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength, you will find yourself in a never-ending cycle of giving everything you have in exchange for something better: debasement followed by ascension. That is the price for something better: all that you have.

While we are reasonably good at envisioning the end (mostly because the light inside of us whispers it to us), we are really awful at envisioning the means. That is probably a good thing. The means seem to always be orders of magnitude more difficult than we imagined. Almost everything of value seems to cost so much more than we originally thought. Those who get furthest in life are those who choose their paths based on alignment to God instead of the perceived cost and benefit, which are necessarily outside of our awareness at the beginning of the journey. In The Hobbit, Bilbo accepts the wizard's invitation to go on the journey not because of his understanding of how important it is or his confidence in his ability to overcome challenges far outside his awareness, but because of his faith in the wizard who clearly desires him to go. This is how it is with us and God. It is our faith in his character and this alone that is sufficient for us to courageously walk into the challenges for which we were born. Unfortunately, so few develop this level of faith. We fritter our lives away swimming in the gentle outskirts of the pond and never experience the treasures that lie in the deep.

The Lord's way exists not for some arbitrary reason, but because he has perfect knowledge and knows there is no other way. Every single situation and every moment of time is absolutely precision designed by God to get you to the destination of greatest joy possible for you. You need to submit completely to him. You need to completely recognize that you don't and won't know the way. Only the Lord can shepherd you to the pastures you seek. Trust in him. Lean into him.

While you are anxious, pressured, stressed, etc., you can know with a full assurance that you aren't ready to receive what he has to give, you do not trust him, and you don't yet have faith. While in this state, you can rest assured that the barrier to what you seek isn't your situation, but your heart.

Do you know what men of God mean when they say, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me"? They do NOT mean "if I wish hard enough, God will give me what I want in the way I want it." What they mean is that if they submit to God fully, God has the power to direct them in the path required to obtain the desired outcome. This requires both unrestricted effort and unrestricted submission. It means you are willing to pay any cost as well as accept any format of fulfillment. You willingly deliver your life into the hands of the master, trusting fully that he is able to bring about better outcomes than anything you can imagine, even if the path requires you to walk through things more awful than you can imagine.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"Master, when will the end be?"

In Matthew 24, the disciples asked Jesus when the end would be and what would be the sign of his coming.

The Lord has shown me that the United States will be utterly destroyed before that. On one occasion, I asked him when that will happen. He said "once I have done everything I can to prevent it." This sort of thing is described in Jacob 5.

I sought for elaboration on what he meant, and will try to explain it here.

The Lord has promised that he will make a clean sweep (total destruction) of America if its inhabitants become "ripe in iniquity" or reach a "fulness of iniquity":

8 And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them.

9 And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.

10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.

11 And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done. (Ether 2)

What do these phrases mean? To become "ripe in iniquity" or reach a "fulness of iniquity" means to hate the light so much that nothing can convince you to accept more. It is to cut ones self off from any teaching, any chastisement, and any improvement.

What does this look like in practice? Do you know any person like this? A person who has removed themselves from any form of persuasion due to their unbelief? A person who is so stuck in their ways that they absolutely hate all forms of correction? A person who rages at the thought of something they do not agree with? A person who is so prideful that their self-identity is completely coupled to their belief system, and therefore they can't modify any part of it without risking ego death?

I know several of these people, and it is shocking to behold. What is more shocking is to see the societal forces institutionalizing these attitudes. There are churches that are teaching reprobate culture. They believe themselves to be the only ones who are right and they ingrain their members with an aversion to critical and independent thought. "Just follow us and you'll be ok." There are political parties teaching reprobate culture. They believe morality and reality are whatever they say they are, and they teach that anyone who disagrees with them is deplorable. The universities teach this same attitude through a supermajority of faculty who feel this way. The public school system cranks out kids indoctrinated in this culture.

Our society is cutting itself off from correction. Our society is cutting itself off from critical thinking. Our society is disallowing words, phrases, and ideas that are crucial to communicating the lessons required to keep us out of jeopardy. It will soon disallow any institution that does the same.

God only has so many tools to reach people. His principle tools are persuasion, long-suffering, kindness, etc. When society as a whole has cut itself off from receiving these, he uses war, famine, plague, and natural disaster. However, even these can be ineffective.

Recently, California was rattled by two earthquakes that were bigger than anything seen there in 20 years. Did anyone repent? Did anyone turn to God? Did anyone second guess California culture? Nearly 20 years ago, 9/11 caused a significant national repentance, albeit for a limited time. If the same thing happened today, how long would we mourn and repent? A month? A week? A day?

We have become insensible, past feeling, and we are drawing towards being past feeling. Everything we have seen to this point is just the dregs of God trying every tool he has to call all who will listen to come to him. When he runs out of tools, we will see all hell break loose in the United States. In one day, Babylon will fall.

The Coming Persecution of Christians

Currently, a massive scandal involving sex trafficking of underage children among the elite has become news.

This is nothing new. It's just that a) people haven't been paying attention to it and b) it has (steadily) become completely pervasive.

Secret combinations exist in the IRS (where subjective judgments were recently used to target Christian groups), in the military (where, in my experience, high ranking officers knew full well that their vocation was, to put it lightly, a farce designed for the power and money it gave the political and financial elite), in law enforcement, in the university system, in corporate culture, in Hollywood, and pretty much anywhere else you see a power or wealth hierarchy.

While this does not mean that every person who is in the upper echelons of society is in some sort of secret society, it does mean that the higher up you go, the less likely you are to not know about these arrangements.

These societies are not one united society. They look and act uniformly due to the source of their tactics. The men and women in these groups are inspired and instructed by Satan and his minions to do what they do how they do it.

[The devil] transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness. (2 Nephi 9:9)

They use:

  • Coordinated lies
  • Intentional psychological tricks
  • Blackmail and extortion
  • Violence
  • Oaths
  • Promises of power, sex, and money in exchange for loyalty
You might be absolutely shocked to know what pillars of our society are wholly founded and controlled by these tactics. I won't get into it here, but suffice it to say that things are not what they seem, and our society is fully infiltrated.

And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever. (2 Nephi 26:22)

This would be horrific enough of its own accord, but I have to tell you it will get worse.

Until now, these groups have been like a garden weed growing alongside the rest of the crop. The time is at hand where it will bear and spread its seed. I am referring to the true, long term objective of these societies: the persecution of Christians.

The ultimate goal of these societies is to make people deny the faith, and to prevent them from accepting it in the first place. 

In a sense, the secret combinations that surround us are like caged tigers. They are about to be set loose. While they've inflicted a great deal of damage, to date the only damage targeted towards Christians has been a few isolated cases of, for instance, the IRS targeting faith groups. Get ready, because it will get a lot worse both in intensity and breadth. It will be systemic, and the persecution will rise even to include the death of Christians. This is already happening in other countries, but it will also come to the developed world.

For behold, they murdered all the prophets of the Lord who came among them to declare unto them concerning their iniquities; and the blood of those whom they murdered did cry unto the Lord their God for vengeance upon those who were their murderers; and thus the judgments of God did come upon these workers of darkness and secret combinations. (Alma 37:30)

And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness. (Mormon 8:27)

And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not. (Ether 8:22)

Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up. (Ether 8:24)

It is interesting that the prophecies all say that this is the end goal of secret combinations: to kill the prophets and those who believe in them. You may be scratching your head saying "there are prophets in America? In Europe?" Yes, there are. And many of them will be killed. And many who believe them will be killed. Go re-read the Book of Revelation. Note how sustained and widespread martyrdom is described before the Lord comes again.

So what can you do about this? Prepare yourself. Develop sufficient trust in God that you will stand as a witness to him at all times and in all places. While this may include something explicit, such as saying "Yes, I believe in Jesus, and I will not deny him," odds are that the less explicit "witness" opportunities will be more numerous. You witness or deny Jesus every time you act in accordance or against your sincere understanding of how he would act in your place. 

There are too many who erroneously believe that they would die for Jesus when they won't even live for him in the smallest of things. If you believe something is wrong, and for convenience you continue to do it, how can you believe you would die for the Lord, or that if you did, he would accept your sacrifice? 

The time is fast approaching when it will not be possible to both maintain your faith and live a "normal" life. However, the time is already at hand where it is no longer passively flow with society without violating our obedience to God.

Already these secret combinations are pushing for changes that cause you to compromise your principles. The little things are the big things.

And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever. (2 Nephi 26:22)

Are you aware of the flaxen cords and what are you doing to avoid them and break them? Are you passively allowing them to ensnare you and your family? Or are you reacting when it happens by changing peer groups, hobbies, jobs, towns, etc. to maintain your character? Are you challenging it in conversation and political action?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The parable of the two cities

There were two cities. One city formed in the way that most do, with the rich people congregating in one area, and the poor in another. The second city was designed to intentionally interleave the apartment complexes and mansions. The second city had a very different dynamic than the first. On a daily basis, the rich people saw the plight of the poor. They not only had opportunities to give of their substance to alleviate the suffering of others, they also had the opportunity to mentor others out of their poverty. On a daily basis, the poor saw the difference wealth made in living conditions. They had opportunities to learn what it took to accumulate wealth. Each group could learn more about the other by comparing and contrasting beliefs, desires, and activities. The rich suffered much more in this city than their counterparts in the first city. Some of the poor decided to avail themselves of their proximity by robbing the rich. This caused some of the rich to move to the first city, where they would no longer need to worry about being robbed. The rich transplants to the first city seemed to be much happier than those who had started there. They better appreciated what they had.

Our existence in this life is like the second city. We are surrounded by all types of people. We can learn things that we would not be able to learn if we were not in proximity to other types of people. We can react to this opportunity by squandering it or by benefiting from it.

Two ways God turns our weakness into strength

27 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.

28 Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.

37 And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father. (Ether 12)

How does God make weakness strong?

1. My eyesight degraded through high school, but I didn't realize it. I thought the chalkboards were dirty. I kept moving closer to the front of the class so that I could see. Only when the front row failed to suffice did I realize that maybe I needed glasses. After all, there was a vision test in my annual physical, and according to that I had normal vision. I received glasses, and was astonished at how clearly I could see chalkboards and faces.

2. In high school I joined the wrestling team. The first year I wrestled, I was always the last person when we went on runs, and I struggled to complete the fast pace calisthenics. After two weeks, I quit the team because I didn't seem to be doing any better and I was sick of seeing everyone else do better than me. Quitting really bothered me. In the following year, I rejoined the team with a resolution that I wouldn't allow the difficulty of the situation to convince me to quit. I made it through a few weeks of practice and noticed significant improvement. Later, I joined the Army. At basic training I ran the diagnostic test so slowly that I was assigned to the slowest running group which was mostly overweight women. I refused to give anything but my best, and found myself promoted through two more running groups, where I ended in the second fastest group (the first were elite track runner types). Later, I was selected to attend Airborne school, which essentially consisted of three weeks of running nonstop. I fell behind on one of the first days, and was warned that if I did it again I would fail the course. I prayed for strength, and managed to keep up on the next run. Unfortunately, I injured my knee significantly. Having a lot of running ahead of me and knowing from previous revelation that it was God's will for me to complete the course, I prayed, pushed through the intense pain, and was miraculously healed. After returning, I found myself the fastest runner in my unit. Years later, I returned from a deployment to Asia with a significant lung problem. My commander sent me to a pulmonologist who, instead of telling me something about my lung problem, revealed that I had textbook asthma and probably always had. All of the sudden I saw my previous cardio problems in a different light. I was unwillingly discharged from the Army because my lung capacity was below the requirement, but that had not stopped me from outperforming many people with healthy lungs for a decade. To this day I am able to push it out. Just last year I won a large neighborhood race that included several early-twenties men in good shape.

If you want God to make your weakness strong, you must:
1. Allow him to show you your weakness. We all automatically assume that our vision is fine, and it is the chalkboards that need improvement. We trust in the opinion of experts who tell us our vision is fine. We need to listen to life as it smacks us over the head with evidence that what we currently have is insufficient to handle reality. This never feels good. It can feel indescribably awful to see what you think are you strengths revealed to be weakness. As long as you refuse to allow God to show you your weakness, he can't show you how you can overcome your weakness in him. If you want something better, you have to be willing to let go of what you currently have and understand. You have to make room for something better by letting go of what you already have, even if you see what you already have as good.

2. Submit yourself to his process. The path to what we desire is almost always longer and harder than we imagine. Stop worrying about the journey, just focus on the destination. God knows the way, you do not. You are as naive as a sheep is compared to the shepherd who leads it to lush pastures. All you know is what is right in front of your face, which is precisely what you seek to leave behind. How silly is it to pretend to know the way when you are utterly clueless of it? Trust in him. Submit to him. You will be astonished at where he can lead you.

Sometimes God will make your weakness strong by giving you something that will make up for what you lack. I didn't make my glasses, they were given to me. At other times, the solution will be for you to just try harder than those who do not have your weakness. He didn't take my asthma away from me, he just gave me the opportunity to work harder than others without asthma to be able to outperform them.

God's commandments are meant to teach us about him

Every fixed commandment’s purpose is to facilitate a greater understanding of God’s character. Very few are used this way, but that is the intent.

For example, consider this arcane-seeming commandment given through Moses:

11 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man's wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,
13 And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner;
14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
15 Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.
16 And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the Lord:
17 And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:
18 And the priest shall set the woman before the Lord, and uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:
19 And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:
20 But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband:
21 Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The Lord make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the Lord doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;
22 And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.
23 And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:
24 And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter.
25 Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman's hand, and shall wave the offering before the Lord, and offer it upon the altar:
26 And the priest shall take an handful of the offering, even the memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water.
27 And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.
28 And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.
29 This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;
30 Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the Lord, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law.
31 Then shall the man be guiltless from iniquity, and this woman shall bear her iniquity. (Numbers 5)

The commandment ceases to seem arcane when you realize that what God is demonstrating here through a ritual is his relationship to each of us. He is meant to be our husband, and we are meant to be his bride. We commit adultery against him through allowing our hearts to be drawn out to anything else but him or by limiting our desire toward, trust in, or belief in him. When we commit adultery, we are not breaking some arbitrary law that he has provided. Rather, we are exposing ourselves to the full weight of reality, removing the shield he provides and the convenient path he provides for us to overcome it. Under the law given through Moses, a woman guilty of adultery would suffer clear physical pain and anguish through being exposed to bitter water. The water represents the chaos of reality without the protection of God. If the woman is faithful, she will not be afflicted by the bitter water. As we are faithful to God, we acquire the trust in him and knowledge from him to overcome all things. To the degree that we have been faithful, we will not be overcome when we are exposed to previously unknown chaotic elements of reality.

Monday, July 8, 2019

"I'll take the house, but not the foundation": A vision

A week ago I had the following dream:

I was in my house looking out the back window, first thing in the morning. Overnight, someone had cut windy roads into the grass all over the yard and close to the house. There were workmen everywhere. Then people started crowding into my house by my sides. I said, "who are you? Get out of my house!" They said they were there to watch the work. The workers were converging on a house maybe 700 feet behind mine and up a hill (there is no house there in reality). The chief worker was right outside my window, so I opened and asked him what they were doing. He said they just discovered they could turn houses on their foundations, and that they were going to turn that house. I said "isn't that dangerous?" He said, "absolutely not. It's completely safe." Then they started rotating the house. Almost immediately, the foundation crumbled, and the house came sliding down the hill towards mine. The people watching started screaming in terror. As the cascading soil and structure subsumed my house, people were sucked into it. I pulled several children, including one of mine, out of it as I escaped.

I woke up and asked the Lord what this dream meant. I could perceive the dream was negative and was worried that perhaps there was amiss in my life of which I was unaware and that I needed to repent of.

He told me that the dream wasn't about me, but was about our society and culture. He explained to me that people today have incredibly little awareness of the benefits of the cultural foundations put in place by people better than them. He said we do not appreciate the benefit or the sacrifice it cost for them to do what they did. We live in a world where the worth of one's ideas cannot be considered absent a clean bill of health from the pseudo-moral outrage mill.

This applies to almost every aspect of modern life, including our country, our technology, our spirituality, our morals, and so on.

We really really don't get it. Modern society refuses to believe that some people are better than others. One consequence of this belief is that we must minimize the contributions of great people. We do this historically when we pretend that human history is an unbroken line of constant improvement. This is, of course, a lie.

Another historical lie is to dismiss an individual's positive contributions as a result of some real or imagined offense that they committed at some point in their lives. Interestingly, when we excommunicate someone from history, we don't seem to have any interest in exiling their contributions to our culture. Instead, we want to recreate reality in our modern image of what is good, attributing those contributions to who-knows-what instead of their actual founder.

This is precisely the problem Jesus faced among the crowds that at one point followed him. Having been given free food and free fish, the mob wanted to make him a king. He tried to explain to them that the point was not the effects of his teachings, but the cause. He wanted to help them become more like the Father, they merely wanted a slice of what would come if they actually did.

We live in a world where something becomes verboten merely because it existed in a time where someone did something offensive.

If we have come to the point where we refuse to take the good out of situations that include less-than-ideal circumstances, we are in big trouble. This means:
1. We are complete hypocrites, as we are implying that we have no faults today.
2. We are fools, because we assume we know better than generations past, in spite of being demonstrably poorer in character and arguably worse off in almost every other way.
3. We must remove nearly everything (if not everything) of worth from our lives, because what source do we have that is perfect?

MLK was a serial adulterer and Ghandi was a voracious racist. Does this invalidate their principles of nonviolent resistance, Indian independence, and black civil rights?

Henry Ford was anti-Semitic, does that mean no one should use the assembly line or drive a car?

Because Hitler was a Nazi, should we abandon the use of synthetic oil, which his regime created?

The Greeks had slaves. Should we abandon logic, which they developed? Geometry?

The atomic bomb killed people. Does this mean we shouldn't have nuclear power plants?

There is no end to the culling of culture when we insist that every source be perfectly pure from our current lens.

Please realize something: when a society is ready to burn someone at the stake in absence of any consideration of the good they have done, and when they become willfully blind to the actual cause of the benefits we enjoy:

1. They will come for you, too. Just like any citizen of an overly-legislated society has committed some crime, but has not yet been discovered, all citizens of an overly-offended society are guilty, they just haven't yet been discovered. Even the most angry social justice warrior has offended someone at some time. As a funny example of this, consider one actual situation where when I was accused of being sexist by a "woke" woman for sitting on a side of a conference table where no women were sitting. With fake outrage I cooly responded, "did you just assume my gender?" She ashamedly said "I guess I did..." and backed off. This is a fool's game where everyone has already lost, they just don't know it yet.

2. They will cease to create anything of value. When you lose the capability of evaluating worth in ideas, you will lose the capability of generating them in any but the most random processes. Great ideas are not generated at random. They are the result of hard work, sacrifice, deliberation, and generally risky investment. People do not do these things at random. They are contrary to human nature, and certainly not the easy road.

Ironically, the social justice warriors fail to realize that their very existence is possible only because of surpluses generated by men and women living according to the very higher principles they find offensive. By eating the bread and fish Jesus provides while also sentencing him to death, they will shortly find themselves without both.

Everything they think they understand is the product of a very tiny slice in time loaded with illusions and perversions that would be impossible to entertain except for massive surpluses of cheap energy. As this continues to deplete, they will find themselves in an environment much like humans have known throughout history, one that does not provide an environment where humans can indulge in such vain perversions without immediately realize the harmful effects of doing so.

These fools will watch in horror as they realize just how much of their modern existence is inextricably tied to the very people and ideas they demonize. Don't be one of them. Learn how to think critically and have the courage to think for yourself. Separate yourself from their foolishness.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The vision of the cave, fire, and light

The Lord recently showed this to someone I know, I share it with their permission:

I saw a primitive society who lived in a large cave deep in the side of a mountain. To these people, it was not a cave, it was the only world in which they knew. They lived in complete darkness from the moment they were born until the time they died in their old age.

The people never left this cave, neither did they know they could leave. The means of their survival from generation to generation is not important. Suffice it to say, they lived this way (in darkness) for centuries. There was a man among these people who began to be curious about their circumstance. He would touch his eyes and ask, “why do we have no use of our eyes? Why do we live our lives in darkness? Why do we never explore further into the darkness of this world we live in? What if there is something more that we don’t know?” The people laughed at and mocked this man, and so he left on his own.

The man man ventured off into the depths of the cave, feeling with his hands along the walls. After many days, his hands felt something strange. He felt detailed carvings, etched into the cave wall. He was fascinated with these carvings and he studied them. He eventually realized they were a type of instruction. After some time, he was confident he could do what the instructions were telling him to do. He found two stones with a certain texture, smell, and weight. He gathered a pile of dried roots and set them on a stone slab. He took the two stones and struck them together. He watched as several sparks flew from the stones and into the pile he had made. A bright flame appeared. The man was astonished by what he saw. He had never seen light. He had never felt the warmth of a flame. Tears filled the mans eyes as he realized that he finally knew what his eyes were meant for. He could finally see for the first time.

The man picked up the stone slab which had the fire on it and kept searching (supposing that there must be more he could learn). This new light made searching the cave much easier. He no longer relied on his hands to feel his way through the darkness. As the man continued his search, he saw a small light far off in the distance. As he walked towards the light, it grew brighter and brighter within the cave, to the point where the light exceeded the light from his flame. He set the fire on the ground and continued walking. He finally reached what appeared to be a large opening from his world, into a new, light filled world. As he walked outside, the man was completely overwhelmed by what he saw. He squinted his eyes for he had never seen such bright light. He looked out and saw colors that he had never supposed existed. He saw blue lakes, green grass and trees. He saw birds flying through the sky. He saw the sun shining its light over all creation, and he felt its warmth on his skin. The man fell down on his face and cried out for hours. He never supposed such beauty His heart was filled with immense joy. At this moment he remembered his people. He felt great sadness for them, and a desire to share all that he had experienced with them. He felt in his heart though that he should not just bring them to this new world, but instead he would show them the fire, and with that fire, he hoped they would make the journey on their own. He did not want them to be too overwhelmed.

The man journeyed through the cave back to his people. He gathered all of them together, and built a fire for them. The people were astonished, as he was when he first saw it. They could finally see. Their lives were completely changed by this new light. All they ever knew was darkness, and now they had the use of their eyes. The people lifted the man on their shoulders and celebrated. They worshiped him and they worshiped this new light he had brought to them. This celebrating went on for days, and then months. This is not what the man was hoping for. He wanted the people to use this light as a means to find what he had found. Instead, these people were fixed on the new light they had received and assumed there could be nothing so brilliant as going from from total darkness, to receiving their sight. They did not realize however how much more potential their eyes had if exposed to greater light. The dim light is all they knew, and they loved it. Their love for it blinded them from searching for what was just outside their dark world. The man grew tired of these people and their unwillingness to use what he had given them. He had tried urging them to pick the fire up and use it to explore. Only a few listened to him, but the majority were content with what was given to them.

Finally, the man and the few who listened to him, left the people in the darkness and went out to find again, the beautiful light filled world the man had found months before. The people in the cave went on living in darkness, only living by the light of this small fire that they had been taught to make. They set up daily and weekly rituals, and yearly celebrations to honor the fire and the man that had given it to them. Their entire lives were centered around this new light they had. If only they knew the brightness and beauty of the world that existed just outside of their cave. If only they realized what the light they were given was truly intended for.