Traveling on this journey, we’ve often seen that once the precepts of the Strong Delusion are set aside, an entirely new reading of scripture is assured. A case in point is the prophecy of ancient Joseph as recorded in 2Nephi 3. Mormons have claimed for generations that the prophecy was written about Joseph Smith because of the inferences in verse fifteen even though the writers don’t specify the exact name to be used in the future prophecy. It’s all conjecture and assumptions. Mormons forget to ask questions such as, “What was ancient Joseph’s Egyptian name?” “Did he have a nickname?” “Could verse fifteen have other meanings?” The church conveniently ignores the numerous prophecies contained in the chapter which have nothing whatsoever to do with Smith’s ill-fated life. That chapter is all about the coming Servant and His work at the end of days, and we wanted to clear the muddy waters before we quote from 2Nephi 3.
As we learn to understand the coming Great and Marvelous Work, we need to get ourselves oriented correctly in the holy scriptures and set aside the foolish traditions handed down to us. When we’re taught to believe a certain dogma based on false precepts or a misconstrued reading of scripture, then it’s impossible for us to see the truth and we become blinded by the precepts of men mingled with scripture— Wresting the scriptures is one of many ways that we allow darkness to enter into our souls. When a person is blind they walk in the darkness at noon and they cannot see the light. Darkness comes in many forms and hidden darkness is one of the most insidious forms of evil and deception that we must guard against.
In this paper, we will explore the writings of the holy prophets with regard to hidden darkness and see what their prophecies teach us. Within the incredibly important prophecy of ancient Joseph which Lehi extracted from the Brass Plates, we come to this important verse regarding the great work of the coming Servant who is the Son of God:
5 Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom. (2Nep 3:5. The reader is encouraged to carefully study the entire chapter.)
It’s clear from this verse that the latter day Servant will come with power to expose the hidden darkness which holds people captive. Other prophets have written of the work of the latter day Servant who will expose the hidden darkness which comes in many forms. To one degree or another all of us have hidden darkness within our bodies. It can affect our health leading to depression, disease, or mental illness. Without us even knowing, we can be affected by darkness as we believe in false precepts, worship idols, follow men rather than God, and engage in evil practices of all kinds including the scripturally forbidden practices of using signs, tokens, and penalties in worship. Another example of allowing hidden darkness to enter into our lives is by letting go of the iron rod or Word of God and wresting the scriptures to our utter destruction.
The hidden darkness in our society is found in every facet of life from religious practices to the economy; from Wall Street to Main Street; in governments and banking the world over; and in the darkest and most sinister elements of our world. DARKNESS IS EVERYWHERE! This makes perfect sense knowing that Satan is the ruler of the earth and his influence is in everything. It is a war between good and evil, light and darkness! One of the most critical works of the Servant of God is to expose the hidden darkness which fills the earth. Most active “religious” people would decry the possibility that their so-called righteous lives are filled with darkness! But IF we are to believe the scriptures, THEN we better look inward.
Let’s see what the Word of God prophesies about these things:
22 For behold, the Lord saw that his people began to work in darkness, yea, work secret murders and abominations; therefore the Lord said, if they did not repent they should be destroyed from off the face of the earth. 23 And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations. 24 And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled, which he spake, saying: 25 I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations; and except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the earth; and I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations, unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land. (Alma 37:22-25)
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. (Isa 60:1-2)
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood. 22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree. 23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost. (1Nep 8:21-23)
Next let’s turn to Isaiah 9 as recorded in 2Nephi 19 and read the words of Isaiah as he describes the Servant and His work. This chapter is not about the meridian Savior; it’s about the end time Savior.
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (2Nep 19:2. See Isa 9:2)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of government and peace there is no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this. (2Nep 19:6-7. See Isa 9:6-7)
In describing the Isaiah Story throughout this blog, we’ve presented the scriptures as the primary source of truth. Isaiah describes in the verses above that people really are living in darkness when this “great light” comes among them. This “great light” is the light of the Father who comes down to the earth as a Son (see Mosiah 15:1-5) to minister to those in darkness. He will order and establish his kingdom and abolish darkness with His light.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. (Isa 42:16)
Jesus was the great type and shadow for the coming Servant and He taught the people the same concepts:
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt 6:22-23)
35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. 37 ¶But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: (John 12:35-37) (As we already know John presented his gospel as a perfect type and shadow of the end-time Servant which assignment he received from God. Thus we have the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation as important records of the Great and Marvelous Work.)
Returning to the words of Isaiah we read:
20 Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (2Nep 15:20. See Isa 5:20)
15 And many among them shall stumble and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. 16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 17 And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of Hosts, which dwelleth in Mount Zion. 19 And when they shall say unto you: Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and mutter—should not a people seek unto their God for the living to hear from the dead? 20 To the law and to the testimony; and if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 21 And they shall pass through it hardly bestead and hungry; and it shall come to pass that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. 22 And they shall look unto the earth and behold trouble, and darkness, dimness of anguish, and shall be driven to darkness. (2Nep 18:15-22. See Isa 8:15-22)
8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. 9 ¶Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. 10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. (Isa 59:8-10) (Isaiah 59 is a chapter which shows us you are in real trouble if you get into a religious system that promotes their own laws and precepts, practicing and teaching darkness.)
Samuel spoke these words to the same recalcitrant souls:
29 O ye wicked and ye perverse generation; ye hardened and ye stiffnecked people, how long will ye suppose that the Lord will suffer you? Yea, how long will ye suffer yourselves to be led by foolish and blind guides? Yea, how long will ye choose darkness rather than light? (Hel 13:29)
Within the pages of the Book of Mormon, we find a tremendous treatise written by the historian/prophet Mormon with regard to darkness. And just like Isaiah, he makes it clear that people will be so confused because of the hidden darkness and lies of Satan that they will judge evil to be good, and good to be evil. If this wasn’t the case, then neither of these prophets would have forewarned us about this condition we face today.
2 And now I, Mormon, speak unto you, my beloved brethren; and it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and his holy will, because of the gift of his calling unto me, that I am permitted to speak unto you at this time. 3 Wherefore, I would speak unto you that are of the church, that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord, from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven. 4 And now my brethren, I judge these things of you because of your peaceable walk with the children of men.
5 For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also. 6 For behold, God hath said a man being evil cannot do that which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing. 7 For behold, it is not counted unto him for righteousness. (One cannot be righteous and truly do good when he believes and practices evil doctrines and ordinances) 8 For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God. 9 And likewise also is it counted evil unto a man, if he shall pray and not with real intent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such. (If your heart is NOT given to God only, and you spend your time defending a graven image i.e. the church and its leaders, it is counted against you as being evil. See Moroni 10:30 where Moroni reminds us not to touch the evil gift. See our post http://greatandmarvelouswork.com/signs-tokens-and-penalties-in-the-strong-delusion/ )
10 Wherefore, a man being evil cannot do that which is good; neither will he give a good gift. (It doesn’t matter how much we pretend to serve and do good if we are evil based on Mormon’s definition.) 11 For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water; neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore, a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; (This is where you choose between God and graven images) and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil. 12 Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually. (i.e. Precepts of men. Idolizing men. Trusting in men. Participating in Masonic temple ordinances. Too busy to search diligently the Word of God, etc.)
13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God. (See Matthew 22:36-40 regarding the things which matter most. Your journey in this life is to take hold of the iron rod which is The Word of God and learn from His hand only.) 14 Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evilto be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil. (If the Book of Mormon writers weren’t concerned that the readers of the BOM would be guilty of judging that which is evil to be good, then they wouldn’t have placed this warning and prophecy here in our hands.) 15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.
16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God. (But we can’t confuse what the scriptures teach about the Servant with the precepts of men which are in fact evil because they deny the Christ of scripture) 17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; (The holy scriptures clearly teach that the Son of God will stand up among men as the Servant in the Isaiah Story and because people do not know this or believe this, they deny the Christ and do not believe his words and the words of his prophets) for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him. 18 And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged. (Moroni 7:2-18) (This prophecy in the Book of Mormon is a tremendous dissertation of light vs. darkness.)
The New Testament Apostles also understood and taught these things:
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1John 1:5-7) (The light chases the darkness out of our bodies. The Holy Ghost is a baptism of fire for a reason because it cleanses the darkness from us.)
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (1Thess 5:1-6) (Awake, awake out of your sleep!)
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (Rom 13:11-12)