The moment in space and time will be forever etched in our minds when the true nature of “The Souls of no Light” fell out of the Isaiah Story and into our hands. We were left breathless! A lifetime of living among these people and observing all their doings, such as how they follow the prophet (the arm of flesh) with such exactitude, while giving the Savior Jesus Christ and the scriptures lip service only, suddenly made perfect sense. Nephi’s entreating chapter for these people to put off the precepts of men (2Nep 28), and the system of stringent rules and handbooks of laws thicker than scripture, became an undeniable witness against us. We were the souls of no light! We ARE the souls of no light; the “O Jerusalem” people of the Isaiah Story!
10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. (Isa 50:10. Also see 2Nep 7:10)
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isa 8:19-20. Also see 2Nep 18:19-20)
Our history as a people who have wrested and denied God’s greatest gift to us, the Book of Mormon, is unassailable. In fact, it was actually while reading 2Nep 7:10 where Nephi quoted Isaiah that we made the tremendous discovery above. The overarching irony of who and what the Mormons really are came crashing down upon us— God had given us the Book of Mormon (BOM), because we ARE the “O Jerusalem” people the Holy Prophets wrote about. That marvelous book of scripture was intended to awaken us from the awful sleep of death we have brought upon ourselves from our eternal lives as recalcitrant, stubborn, and stiff-necked souls who trust in men rather than God. Our writing on this blog has amply demonstrated that Mormons have ignored the BOM and its warnings to our utter condemnation as part of the Great and Marvelous Work (GMW).
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. (Matt 23:37-38. See also 3Nephi 10)
The LDS Church claims prophets and priesthood, seers and seer stones, revelators and revelation, visions and visitations, and restoration. Yet based on a most careful study of the founding documentary evidence, the only gift God has really given us is the BOM. Everything else that’s been claimed and foisted upon us by revisionist history and pretend prophets are the precepts of men Nephi so passionately warned us about. (See the posts in the Topic “The Strong Delusion.”) IF these men claiming prophetic leadership among the “O Jerusalem” Mormons are true prophets, then where are their prophecies? IF they are seers, where are their visions? IF they are revelators, then where are their revelations? Revelation by committee does not compute. By their fruits ye shall know them!
The message in the Isaiah Story about the “O Jerusalem” Mormon people is not optimistic or particularly hopeful unless they believe God’s Servant when he stands up, and in turn repent of their iniquity. The “O Jerusalem” Mormons have been taught to trust in “the brethren” and in their temples with their Masonic endowment of signs, tokens and penalties. The prophet Jeremiah in his rendition of the story of the GMW had this to say about trusting in temples, “Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.” (Jer 7:4.) When the Servant of God stands up among the “O Jerusalem” Mormon people, he will come with the purpose of releasing the prisoners of no light from the darkness with which they are bound. He will knock down their false traditions, false doctrines, and bring their belief system down to the dust!
9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. (Isa 49:9)
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isa 61:1-3. Jesus only quoted verse one and part of verse two as recorded in Luke 4:17-20. He did not fully quote or fulfill verses two and three which will be fulfilled in the GMW by God’s Servant.)
The “O Jerusalem” Mormon people are given this FINAL OPPORTUNITY at the end of days, Judgment Day, to gather light unto themselves and turn to God, or remain with “the brethren” and face a certain bleak future. In these last days, there will be only two churches; the Church of the Lamb of God, and the Church of the Devil (1Nep 14:10). All people will be given a choice to see in the Servant of God, a man like Jesus in our midst and accept him and his words of life, or choose to follow darkness which leads to destruction and death. Sadly just as in the days of Jesus, it will be the same souls, the “O Jerusalem” souls of no light who “return again” and kill God’s Servant as prophesied by all the prophets and we will quote Jacob’s words in his carefully obfuscated discourse on the GMW:
8 And now I, Jacob, would speak somewhat concerning these words. For behold, the Lord has shown me that those who were at Jerusalem, from whence we came, have been slain and carried away captive. 9 Nevertheless, the Lord has shown unto me that they should return again. (Eternal Lives) And he also has shown unto me that the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto them in the flesh; and after he should manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to the words of the angel who spake it unto me. 10 And after they have hardened their hearts and stiffened their necks against the Holy One of Israel, behold, the judgments of the Holy One of Israel shall come upon them. And the day cometh that they shall be smitten and afflicted. (2Nep 6:8-10. Jacob uses the life of Jesus in type and shadow of the Servant’s mission. The prophets do this throughout scripture.)
3 Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ—for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name—should come among the Jews, (The “O Jerusalem” people) among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify him—for thus it behooveth our God, and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God. 4 For should the mighty miracles be wrought among other nations they would repent, and know that he be their God. 5 But because of priestcrafts and iniquities, they at Jerusalem (Salt Lake City) will stiffen their necks against him, that he be crucified. 6 Wherefore, because of their iniquities, destructions, famines, pestilences, and bloodshed shall come upon them; and they who shall not be destroyed shall be scattered among all nations. (2Nep 10:3-6)
God’s Servant goes first to the “O Jerusalem” Mormon people just as Jesus went to the Jews. Because of priestcraft and iniquity the Pharisees among the Mormons will kill the Servant which brings destruction upon them. When the Servant is healed (3Nep 21:10) and raised from the dead with greater word, power, and deed, He will turn to the world or “O Nations” people which we will address in a future post. In this post we’ve given you another KEY so you can understand what the scriptures teach about the “O Jerusalem” people who are “The Souls of No Light.” Now we present some examples of the words of the true prophets regarding the “O Jerusalem” people for your consideration.
30 And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing. 31 And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled. (Moro 10:30-31)
1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. (Isa 52:1-2)
17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury—thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling wrung out— 18 And none to guide her among all the sons she hath brought forth; neither that taketh her by the hand, of all the sons she hath brought up. 19 These two sons are come unto thee, who shall be sorry for thee—thy desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword—and by whom shall I comfort thee? 20 Thy sons have fainted, save these two; they lie at the head of all the streets; as a wild bull in a net, they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. 21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, and not with wine: 22 Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again. 23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; who have said to thy soul: Bow down, that we may go over—and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and as the street to them that went over. (2Nep 8:17-23. Also see Isa 51:17-23)
6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. 7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant. 8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the Lord is not turned back from us. 9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder. 10 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul. 13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled. 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? 17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord. 19 ¶My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. 20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment. 21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet? 22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. (Jer 4:6-10, 13-14, 17, 19-22)
9 Thus saith the Lord, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. 11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.
17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock is carried away captive.
25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the Lord; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. 27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be? (Jer 13:9-11, 17, 25-27)
14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. 15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. 16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. 17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. (Jer 23:14-17)
1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. (Ezek 4:1-2)
1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair. 2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. 5 ¶Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her. 6 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them. 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you; 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. 9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations. (Ezek 5:1-2, 5-9)
21 For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? 22 ¶Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. 23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God. (Ezek 14:21-23)
9 ¶Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. 10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O Lord? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore? (Isa 64:9-12)
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Matt 23:37-39)