Ezekiel 33:1 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 33:2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 33:3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 33:4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
The Lord has shown me and many others that there is a sword approaching. It is true that you have not set me as your watchman, but I believe the Lord has. I have blown the trumpet, I am sounding the alarm! If you heed not this warning, your blood will not be on my hands. You may feel that I am a little presumptuous with this statement, but I say it in love.
GEN 7:68-69 And the day shall come that the earth shall rest. But before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth. And great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve; and righteousness will I send down out of heaven, and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men.
It is the great tribulations that I want to speak to you about. We have known for a long time of the prophecy about Gog and Magog from the 38th chapter of Ezekiel, but there is another prophecy that we have perhaps overlooked. This prophecy is found in Revelation 11th chapter. What I am bringing to you is right out of the scriptures, except for some reference from George Washington’s vision. To my mind understanding the prophecies are like putting together a picture puzzle. If a piece fits and is the right color to match, then the piece goes there.
Rev 11:3-4 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. The first thing to establish here is the identity of the two witness.
Zechriah 4:11-14 “Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand before the Lord of the whole earth.”
You will remember that 12 tribes of Israel is described as an Olive tree in Romans 11th chapter. In 970 BC that tree was divided into two kingdoms. Israel and Judah = the 2 branches.
2 Nephi 12:59 Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another?
The two Nations=Kingdoms =Israel (US) Judah (Jerusalem). Their testimony= Bible and Book of Mormon.
“and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Restrained, in sorrow, prophecy not heard 570 Ad –1260=1830
Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
The nations of US and Judah. Kill those Governments. The beast= devil in control of a world government or power.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies (governments (jfs) shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Street called Sodom =Sin & Egypt=bondage
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
One day for a year= 3 years and a half
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
Jer 33:24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the Lord hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
Lam 2:16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee; they hiss and gnash the teeth; they say, We have swallowed her up; certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.
Back to Revelation 11th chapter
Rev 11:11 And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven, saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
These prophecies should warn us that the work of the Lord is about to commence, and we are interested in what that work is. The Lord speaking to scattered Israel after they had been driven out of their homeland, and had settled among the heathen nations, He promised to do a work in their days. The work He is about to do is of great importance to us today.
Habakkuk 1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously; for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
Isaiah 10 He said 12 “… it shall come to pass, that, when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon Mount Zion and upon Jerusalem, ….”
We see that in the days when the Children of Israel are scattered among the Heathen, (that would be our day) the Lord is going to perform a work in Zion and Jerusalem. It has been shown too me this will involve the armies of Gog and Magog.
Washington’s Vision (Infallible proofs)
“And again I heard the mysterious voice saying `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole county and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up.
As we begin to develop a picture of God’s work in our days one might say why is the Lord doing this? The answer would be that these two nations have come under condemnation, (the street Sodom=sin & Egypt =bondage) we were given to understand that Zion was to be established here in US but what has the Lord promised before He sets up Zion???
Psalm 101:6-8 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house; he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord. New Jerusalem
What He purposes is a cleansing of this land.
Isa 4:2-3And it shall come to pass, they that are left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone 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 judgment. (burning war, military action jfs)
“Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were will nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.
Where did these come from? Remember those who were caught after laying 3 and half days/yrs.
Ezek 37:9-14 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain,(killed (jfs)that may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost; we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves. And shall put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land; then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.
Before you this cast aside, remember
Rev 11:11 “And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.”
“Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, `Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!
Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice:`While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last.’And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word `Union,’he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said,`Amen.’
[Sec 98:4g] Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scattered, they that remain and are pure in heart shall return and come to their inheritances; they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy; to build up the waste places of Zion. And all these things, that the prophets might be fulfilled.
Isa 4:2-3And it shall come to pass, they that are left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone that is written among the living in Jerusalem;
What I have shown you here is the work of God’s hands doing what the sculpters done on Mt Rushmore. He has in a sense cut out a small number of people from this government, that is considered Holy by His judgment. This for His purpose.
Go to 2nd Chapter of Daniel
Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands” stone that smote the image became a great mountain.
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And when I go, I will prepare a place for you, and come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also.
Joel 3:17 So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain; then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her anymore.
Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
Gen 7:70 And righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine own elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare; an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion; a New Jerusalem.
“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands” stone that smote the image became a great mountain.
Mica 4:1-2 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
the mountain of the Lord = my holy mountain;
[Sec 1:3b] prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh; and the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth; and the arm of the Lord shall be revealed;
[Sec 1:3c] and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people; They that are left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy,
HOLY=belonging to or coming from God, consecrated, sacred, spiritually perfect or pure; untainted by evil or sin; sinless;
[Sec 38:6a] Behold, this I have given unto you a parable, and it is even as I am: I say unto you, Be one; and if ye are not one, ye are not mine.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
What is our identity today? We will have differences. That is for sure. For we all judge some things as we understand. That is why we must lean upon the Lord for direction.
Joseph Smith 3rd gave the following counsel to the General Conference of 1910 “There is no absolute tribunal this side of the great judgment day that is authorized to determine exactly who is right and who is wrong in a dispute or controversy, such as arises frequently in our midst.”
We can contend over any number of issues, we can continue in controversy and division, or we can set aside our differences, bring down the walls, and come to love one another and take up the work before us. That work is to bring about a Holy people, prepared to face the tribulation that lies ahead. It is time. It is time.
This was given by Joseph Luff at the Church on theTemple lot Feb 19, 1930
“ for behold from both here and there, and from every circle where God;s intervening hand shall smite and awaken to repentance, shall arise a cry to which He will give ear, and His answer will disolve the obstacles that hinder and the differences that provoke contention, and from thence forth, those who remain and give heed to His revelation, shall abound in the joy of their sanctified experience and God will have a united people”
Awaken to repentance, A humbling experience
Come my Brothers and Sisters, together, let us rise to the challenge, take up the work before us and bring before God a Holy and united people. LET US BE ONE!
Joseph F. Smith
Written 11.20.2016/ 04.06.2018 posted
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