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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mysteries that haven't been revealed since the origin of the world

Alma 12 says:

9 ...It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
"The portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men" sounds like a fixed amount of truth. I used to think it meant the gospel contained in the scriptures, after all this is publicly available. I was wrong.

I asked God why he was asking me to write my upcoming book--which lays out the doctrines of repentance and walking with God in plainness--when I knew that the vast majority of people will ignore or reject it. I asked him if that violated Alma 12, and this was his response.

There is an appointed quantity of truth/commandments appointed for all men. However, here in the last days, the Lord is assigning more and more truth/commandments into that standard apportionment. Why? In days past, he could mercifully reserve the core truths of the gospel to the few who diligently searched and obeyed. After all, all those who truly seek him will find them. Giving too much to too many in too much plainness will damn them, because they will reject what was revealed plainly to them. In previous times, it was better to hide more of the truth/commandments in the hope that the reprobate will, at some later phase of their lives, finally turn to God. The waiting period and extra effort required increased their chances of success compared to laying this things out plainly.

In our day, he cannot afford to follow the same policy. There is a finite amount of time before his return. There is a finite amount of time between each of the rolling desolating disasters that are being poured out in waves of increasing amplitude. Those who do not acquire the previously hidden truths required to rise up to the level of truth/commandments necessary to endure his presence will not survive his coming. Those who do not repent to that level before one of the rolling disasters takes them are just as damned whether they are exposed to the previously reserved truths or not. This is not my opinion.

For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. (Mark 4:22.)

To be clear, what we are talking about is "the hidden wisdom" (1 Corinthians 2:7), "the mysteries of the kingdom" (Doctrine and Covenants 42:65), "the revelation of the mystery" (Romans 16:25).

This is not just one teaching, and it is not given to any one man to know. Those who know these things belong to "the fellowship of the mystery." (Ephesians 3:9). Anyone can know these things. The scriptures teach us plainly what the conditions are:

Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance. (Alma 26:22).
Joseph Smith was given the opportunity to know and teach "the mystery of those things which have been sealed, even things which were from the foundation of the world, and the things which shall come from this time until the time of my coming, if he abide in me, and if not, another will I plant in his stead." He did not accomplish this mission, having decided against God's commandment to return to Nauvoo to his martyrdom. Now, it seems, God is willing to reveal at least breadcrumbs through any old idiot who will be humble enough to recognize his weakness and actually do what God says. You have to repent, you have to exercise faith, bring forth good works, and pray continually. Simple, right? How many people do you know who do those things? 1? 2?