Whereas our searching began by looking into scripture seeking the mysteries of godliness which turned out to be an integral part of the mysteries of The Great and Marvelous work (GMW), we never expected at the outset to discover we had been living a lie all of our lives which was a portion of Paul’s “strong delusion” prophecy.
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (2Thes 2:1-11)
Our discovery of who the “O Jerusalem” people were, together with all of the other components of the GMW we’ve discussed at this blog were shocking enough. However until coming face to face with Paul’s accusations above, we had never considered the possibility before that the entire system of belief we had grown up with could be the “lie” or “strong delusion” Paul prophesied to the Thessalonians. From our decades long in-depth study of Mormon history, we had already recognized that modern Mormonism had no resemblance whatsoever to the founding doctrines of the church. Therefore in years past we determined an “apostasy” had occurred within the church due to the complete abandonment of the founding doctrines. Yet we continued to hold certain men of the early church restoration as inviolate, immune, and untouchable, and certainly not responsible for the transition of Mormonism into its modern form.
But Paul’s words could not be so easily ignored or pushed aside. We had already recognized in Paul, the voice of one of the strongest prophets among all the writers of scripture. Paul knew the Isaiah Story and he teaches those ineffable mysteries of the Isaiah Story that will be addressed later on. Therefore the only option open to us by this point in our studies, was to push back the boundary created in our minds by the precepts of men, and turn over every stone no matter what it might reveal or expose to the light. Perhaps the historical problems we discovered decades ago were not an apostasy from original truth at all? Perhaps the real issue was the original beginning of Mormonism in the first place? Mormons are indoctrinated and trained to hold one particular man above all other men as completely untouchable, impervious to attack, invincible in character, unquestionable in doctrine, undisputable in his word, and unassailable regarding truth.
But the script of the Isaiah Story was pulling and tugging us towards an inevitable intersection with Paul and Mormon history which could no longer be avoided.
Paul’s prophecy quoted above tells us verse by verse that:
- The Lord Christ will come again and we will gather for that event. Don’t be shaken by the events associated with these things.
- There will come a falling away first. And our question was, a falling away from what? The answer seems to come in the next part of his prophecy that the falling away will lead to exposing a man. At that stage of our inquiry we were not mentally prepared to go that far and those discoveries would come later as we dissected Nephi’s vision and Isaiah chapters 40-48. We will write about those chapters in forthcoming posts. Isaiah names the name of this man of whom Paul prophesies.
- The man who will be revealed is the son of perdition. That’s not to be taken lightly.
- This man’s actions and words oppose God, and he exalts himself above God so that he is worshiped as a god. This man sits in the temple as though to link him with the temple. Again this is a grave accusation that Paul makes, so we must take it seriously.
- This man will be revealed at the proper time.
- There is a great iniquity underway which is a mystery. Eventually the man will be taken out of the way.
- Then the time comes to reveal the wicked man. The Lord will consume the man with the spirit of his mouth which is the imagery Isaiah uses to describe how the Lord’s Servant destroys the wicked man’s influence as in Isaiah 11:1-5.
- This wicked man “whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” has deceived with power, and signs, and lying words, which connote temple imagery.
- This man was deceitful and unrighteous and they didn’t love the truth. What truth?
- Finally for all of these things listed here, God would send them a “strong delusion” and they would believe the great lie. No, Paul could not be ignored in the context of the GMW. Turning these stones over was the hardest thing any of us ever did, and will be equally difficult for you the reader. But the weight of evidence was overwhelming.
Let’s pause from this conversation a moment and discuss the times in which we live. When we began our historical search into the origins of Mormonism, there was no internet, there were no blogs, and there were no communities or safe havens where you could deliberate your troubling findings regarding Mormon history. Researchers, historians, and writers who ventured too far afield from the approved and correlated version of history were subject to church discipline including excommunication if they made waves. We’re all familiar with the martyrs who were sacrificed for accurately revealing Mormon history.
Following the tenure of Leonard Arrington as church historian, a mountain of previously unseen and unknown data became available through the publishing efforts of many in the field of Mormon studies. Books of tremendous value began to fill the shelves of the more serious students of Mormonism, and through the 80’s, 90’s and the 2000’s the findings of those researchers and writers turned the world of Mormon studies upside down. The Church’s own founding documents didn’t support the whitewashed historical claims its adherents had learned all of their lives; trouble was brewing in Camelot. With the advent of the internet and a few years of incubation, some of the most damaging data began to find its way online making it available to the masses rather than just the historians who already knew these things.
As people started to discover the fabricated and revisionist history in the facade of the church’s story, things began to unravel at a pace that surprised those of us who had known these problems for decades. It was a long time in coming, but once the avalanche began, the slippery slope gave way, and the church’s hold upon the hearts of its formerly faithful members began to crumble. Today we see masses of people leaving the church because of the lies that were foisted upon them for generations. Now with this interlude complete, it’s time to return to subject of the “strong delusion” and a critically important point that must be made.
Despite all the lies that Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon and others perpetrated upon the members of the church, their revisionist history published in the D&C, unsubstantiated and controversial claims of priesthood, the Masonic temple ordinances, Joseph’s polygamy (extra marital affairs), the Book of Abraham, setting themselves up as prophets, seers, and revelators, and all the rest of it— We have to come back to the Book of Mormon, because it’s been unfairly lumped in with all the rest of the issues which are currently causing so much unrest at church headquarters, and an exodus reminiscent of the children of Israel departing from Egypt.
Of course we’re familiar with all of the arguments against the Book of Mormon (BOM), but there is one KEY critical component of the discussion that detractors of the BOM have overlooked, because they do not know the Isaiah Story. There is absolutely zero chance that the ignorant boy Joseph Smith knew anything whatsoever about the Isaiah Story. Yet the Isaiah Story is found in both small and large landscapes throughout the book. In fact it’s time to mention that the Isaiah Story is so precise in its details, that every telling of it in scripture contains these exact specific details to one degree or another. It’s a fingerprint that can’t be denied and it’s found all over in scripture. The BOM is filled with examples of the Isaiah Story from cover to cover which is in our opinion, the most important testament of the truthfulness of the BOM. And the astonishing irony is that the Isaiah Story contained within the BOM itself, condemns the very church that publishes the book and ignores its stern condemnation of the church and its leaders.
Therefore, when we explored Paul’s great prophecy taken together with everything else we’ve discovered about the “strong delusion,” it was clear that Paul was speaking about the same institution and the same man who was only given one gift by God to do one work among men which was to bring forth the BOM.
4:1 Behold, I say unto you, that my servant Martin has desired a witness from my hand, that my servant Joseph has got the things of which he has testified, and borne record that he has received of me.4:2 And now, behold this shall you say unto him:–I the Lord am God, and I have given these things unto my servant Joseph, and I have commanded him that he should stand as a witness of these things, nevertheless I have caused him that he should enter into a covenant with me, that he should not show them except I command him and he has no power over them except I grant it unto him; and he has a gift to translate the book, and I have commanded him that he shall pretend to no other gift, for I will grant him no other gift. (The Book of Commandments chapter 4. This revelation was received through the same stone with which Smith translated the BOM and was received during the time of translating. It’s been dramatically altered from its original wording.)
The limitations imposed on Joseph by this commandment of God would never do for someone with so much ambition. Consequently, following the translation of the BOM and the subsequent publication of the Book of Commandments, it was deemed necessary to revise the original revelations Smith had received through the seer stone in order to remove the restrictions of God, and give himself carte blanche authority and power. Later in these papers on the “strong delusion” we will provide excerpts from the revisionist changes to the Book of Commandments which became the revised history known as the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C). Readers are invited to explore the full documentation compiled on these matters at http://greatandmarvelouswork.com/the-strong-delusion/
It’s clear and undeniable now that the “strong delusion” began early in Smith’s career even though God only gave him one gift to translate the Book of Mormon. This book has such astounding internal proofs of it being a true and legitimate record that it’s incontrovertible in our estimation, because the Isaiah Story is found throughout the volume. Historical evidence continues to mount that Smith fabricated just about everything else he ever claimed. He was not very careful in covering up his tracks, and the church is slowly imploding as a result. Smith was never instructed to organize a church despite the claims of the church. You can search high and low through the “original” documents in their “original” form before all of the revisionist changes, especially the revelations Smith received through the seer stone, and you won’t find a command from God anywhere to organize a church. Go ahead and search the “original” versions of Sections 5, 10, 11, and 18 of the D&C where apologetic historians and churchmen claim authority to organize a church, but it’s not there. What you will find is The Lord speaking about His future church, and even admonishing them to “wait a little longer,” but you will not find a commandment to organize, because God had already told Joseph he had ONE gift, i.e. to translate the book and not to PRETEND to any other gifts. The true “church” would have to wait until the GMW when it will be established on earth by God himself.
The creation of the Mormon Church has been one of the greatest frauds ever known to be perpetrated upon mankind. With the sanction and mandate of a true ancient record of scripture, the church then extended their claims to assert that the church itself is true, and its leaders are true infallible prophets and apostles, yet without any of the gifts inherent in the apostleship! By their fruits ye shall know them! If there was any real priesthood in our midst, then you wouldn’t have so-called apostles visiting burn victims for photo opportunities. They would heal them instantly just as Peter and John and Paul and the Three Nephite apostles healed people. The church has taken billions of dollars out of the hands of its members to fill its coffers and promote its agenda which is anything but God’s work. God does not build shopping malls or high-rise condominiums for the rich, nor does He need multi-million dollar chapels on every street corner.
In future posts we will write much regarding the evils of temple work which Smith began in Nauvoo following his induction into the Masonic order as a 33rd degree Mason. His endowment was simply a plagiarized version of the Masonic ceremony with its signs, tokens, and penalties. Smith even hired the Masonic Lodge Grand Master to help him organize his endowment in the red brick store, and thereafter enacted the rites of the illuminati in his church, claiming those ordinances as keys to the heavens. Please read “Joseph’s Temples” by Michael Homer if you’re not already familiar with this history. http://www.amazon.com/Joseph%C2%92s-Temples-Relationship-Freemasonry-Mormonism/dp/1607813440/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459871295&sr=8-1&keywords=josephs+temples
Near the end of his career as an imposter, fraud, and charlatan, Joseph even had the nerve to boast that he had done things Jesus wasn’t able to do. You might be surprised to learn this arrogant statement is recorded in the 6th Volume of Church History. It reads as follows:
God is in the still small voice. In all these affidavits, indictments, it is all of the devil–all corruption. Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on the top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet. You know my daily walk and conversation. I am in the bosom of a virtuous and good people. How I do love to hear the wolves howl! When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go. (HC Vol 6: 408-409)
In the next post we will cover the early years of the “strong delusion” in the establishment and almost constant failures of Smith’s church, and we will investigate how the church ignored the BOM in the days of Joseph Smith.
Paul’s prophecy can now be seen in the clear light of the GMW, and when Isaiah’s “Servant” stands up, his first great mission will be the destruction of the Mormon Church which is described again and again in the Isaiah Story. This information won’t make asleep active Mormons happy to read the charges in this paper. But it’s exactly what the Isaiah Story teaches. The irony of this coming event is not lost on those who have awakened to the “strong delusion” and await the great day of the GMW. Let’s review Paul’s prophecy one last time and fill in the blanks as we now understand them.
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (Paul knew that when we understood the strong delusion the time would be drawing near for the GMW to begin which is when God comes among us and sets his hand the first time to do this work.)
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. (The GMW is at hand and don’t be worried.)
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (Yes a falling away from the church Smith founded, and he will be revealed for who he truly is—)
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (Smith is mentioned far more than Jesus Christ in his church and is worshiped as an idol whether members choose to admit that or not. Isaiah will have more to say about this. Smith foisted his temple endowment on the members of the church which has been likened to him sitting in the temple.)
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (Smith will be exposed.)
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (The iniquity is the church and the Servant will expose it until Smith’s influence is ended.)
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (The Lord will reveal the wicked man Smith and destroy his church.)
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (Smith only had one gift. Everything else he did was of the Devil. His power, signs, tokens, and lying words are indeed temple imagery.)
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (The Mormons were deceived into believing Smith whose life showed a pattern of deceiving others and of unrighteousness. The GMW will throw down Smith’s system of control and give the Mormon people an opportunity to be saved if they will believe.)
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (2Thes 2:1-11)
Members of the Church might not be aware that because of all of the issues coming to the surface about Joseph Smith, the official LDS website has posted some papers in an attempt to address issues they have ignored or denied in the past. We only wish they had been fully honest in reporting these things as they are half-truths at best in a number of cases. Nevertheless we present one paper here so you’ll appreciate the difficult situation the church is currently facing because of Joseph Smith and the lies disseminated in Mormon history. Do the homework for yourselves. This paper at lds.org is whitewashed like everything else.