Overcoming the Strong Delusion

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Ezekiel wrote prophetically about the conditions we would face in the Strong Delusion when walls of “untempered mortar” would be built around us as the theology of theocracy which controls our lives. Being a true and holy prophet, Ezekiel also saw the end of the wall as it would be exposed by the truth and then be destroyed. Ezekiel wrote:

10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one (Smith) built up a wall, and, lo, others (the brethren) daubed it with untempered mortar: 11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. 12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. 14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it; (Ezk 13:10-15)

The prophecy of Ezekiel is easy to understand from within the context of the Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) and Ezekiel exclaims that the foundation and wall built by the one (Smith) will be exposed for what it is and then destroyed. All the prophets wrote about this, and Isaiah also writes on this theme and tells us that a precious cornerstone, the Servant, will replace the foundation that Smith created, and bring the true gospel upon the earth. Both prophets, Ezekiel and Isaiah, describe the coming annihilation of the wall by an overflowing destruction which will bring the end of those men who daubed the wall with “untempered mortar.”

16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. (Isa 28:16-18)

When the Servant of the Isaiah Story comes on the scene, he will be the only sure foundation upon which we can build. The prophet Jacob expanded upon Isaiah’s words above when he wrote a prophecy to the O Jerusalem People saying:

15 And now I, Jacob, am led on by the Spirit unto prophesying; for I perceive by the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that by the stumbling of the Jews (the O Jerusalem people) they will reject the stone upon which they might build and have safe foundation. 16 But behold, according to the scriptures, this stone shall become the great, and the last, and the only sure foundation, upon which the Jews (the O Jerusalem people) can build. 17 And now, my beloved, how is it possible that these (the O Jerusalem people), after having rejected the sure foundation, can ever build upon it, that it may become the head of their corner? (Jac 4:15-17. See the post on the O Jerusalem People to learn exactly who these people are.)

The situation is dire and grim for the O Jerusalem people who reject the “sure foundation” who will be in their midst. Those O Jerusalem people will cling to the Strong Delusion and to “the brethren” who daubed the wall with “untempered mortar.” This metaphor of the wall built by one man (Smith), and sustained by a group of men (the brethren), is perhaps the most perfect metaphor to describe the situation as we find it now. The Mormon Church has placed its members into bondage just as the children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt, and a Deliverer like Moses will come to free them IF THEY WILL BELIEVE HIM as told numerous times in the Isaiah Story and throughout all scripture. But we need not sit on our hands simply waiting. In the mean time we have been given the Holy Scriptures as our guide to see the wall and the “untempered mortar” with which it is daubed by men and women who do not know the scriptures or even recognize the Strong Delusion.

Many people have come to recognize the serious problems in apologetic Mormon historiography and some also see the glaring problems in Mormon doctrine. But what we don’t often see is a comprehensive approach or solution to these problems based on the Holy Scriptures. Few seem to recognize that the scriptures are the KEY to understanding all of the issues facing us, because these ancient writers were endowed with the spirit of prophecy and when they wrote scripture, they wrote all of it facing forward to our time and our troubles and the Father’s Great and Marvelous Work. God prepared the means for our rescue from the Strong Delusion and we only have to turn to God’s Word to be saved. We forget that Jesus commanded us to study Isaiah! (3Nep 20:11; 3Nep 23:1) The Savior and others like Nephi, Jacob, Mormon, and Moroni all bore witness of Isaiah’s Story and how we would understand it in the last days when it was being fulfilled. There is only ONE story. All of the prophets tell the same story, but you have to really understand for yourself what the story is, and then you can see the masterful discourses in scripture about what’s coming.

In this post our goal is to encourage everyone to read the scriptures with understanding to overcome the Strong Delusion. Isaiah’s record is the least understood yet most profound record we have, because ALL the holy prophets and the Savior point to him. Nephi says, “… for because the words of Isaiah are not plain unto you, nevertheless they are plain unto all those that are filled with the spirit of prophecy.” (2Nep 25:4). Knowing this challenge, the prophets have provided a KEY and the necessary commentary to aid us in our understanding. The commentaries on Isaiah that we can solely trust, are written by the holy prophets and NOT the ones purchased in the marketplace. This endeavor to understand Isaiah will be the single greatest undertaking of your sojourn; remembering always, that Isaiah’s commission is to write about the Last Days! God will teach any sincere seeker in truth and righteousness. We bare that testimony.

Since many of the BOM prophets painstakingly etched Isaiah’s words onto the golden plates, let’s pay close attention to these prophets and those who quoted Isaiah. Looking at Nephi first, let’s go to 1Nephi chapters 20 and 21 where he provided Isaiah chapter 48 and 49. With Nephi’s great understanding of Isaiah, he provides tremendous commentary in the chapters surrounding Isaiah’s words. The reader is encouraged to study 1Nephi 19, 20, 21, and 22 as a block, reading it several times. Nephi’s prophecy on Isaiah will then begin to make sense.

Likewise with Jacob. The reader is encouraged to search 2Nephi chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as a block several times over and over. These BOM prophets understood exactly what they were trying to present. 2Nephi Chapters 6 and 10 line up perfectly and portray precisely the same topics and same information within each chapter as if to form book ends around Isaiah’s words. Now you the reader continue with this formula and pattern given, and study the words of Isaiah in the BOM and use the commentary these holy prophets have provided to understand Isaiah. Here are some suggested blocks of chapters to read.

  • 1Nephi chapters 19 – 22
  • 2Nephi chapters 6 – 10
  • 2Nephi chapters 11- 25
  • 2Nephi chapters 25 – 30
  • Mosiah chapters 14 – 16
  • 3Nephi chapter 15 – 16
  • 3Nephi chapters 20 – 23
  • 3Nephi chapters 26 – 27

The walls of “untempered mortar” we have discussed above can be breached through the study of Isaiah and the other prophets, because the truth is in the scriptures to enable you to do so. Overcoming the lies and vanity of the walls daubed with untempered mortar is the purpose of The Word of God.

28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken. (Ezk 22:28)

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