Ephraim is keeping a tight lip about circumstance, practice and intention. An "in the closet" religion is not what Christ intended…
Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.
He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:
Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him [in] Bethel, and there he spake with us;
Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD [is] his memorial.
Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
[He is] a merchant, the balances of deceit [are] in his hand: he loveth to oppress.
And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: [in] all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that [were] sin.
And I [that am] the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.
I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
[Is there] iniquity [in] Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars [are] as heaps in the furrows of the fields.
And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept [sheep].
And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
Ephraim provoked [him] to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.
If you’ve read my AOL blog, you may remember this entry:
In it, I explain that the Book of Mormon was corrupted by Joseph Smith and Company.
I’ve just finished re-reading D&C 38. The entity speaking claims to be Christ, and uses a Testimony of Christ and corrupts It in mockery of the LORD, manipulating some very valid statements wickedly, just enough for the common layman to believe the words, and leaving perhaps only the Lord to discover its true intent. Genius, because no one would believe the Lord, or would be more enthusiastic about joining such a cunning deceiver rather than the Lord. "Behold," the following statements (I could do the entire chapter, but I just want to give the reader an idea, then let you take over and decide for yourself):
"But behold, the residue of the wicked have I kept in chains of darkness until the judgment of the great day, which shall come at the end of the earth;
And even so will I cause the wicked to be kept, that will not hear my voice but harden their hearts, and wo, wo, wo, is their doom."
I think that this is rather what the Devil has succeeded in doing with the Saints of God, so that he is boasting of what he is doing to Christ’s servants while claiming the Throne and Power of Christ. You see, he calls it a "residue" as in a small number or remnant, which the wicked are truly not. Few are those worthy of being called a true remnant of God.
David and Solomon witness aright, Joseph and Pharoah do not. Not that their righteousness is not legitimate, just that it is not of the LORD but of themselves.
Thus it may be that all Joseph and Pharoah or whomever are suceeding in doing is setting up Christ’s sheep for the Enemy to consume at his leisure and pleasure. When the day of slaughter arriveth, they’ll blame Jesus and God, because they were being obedient. But their obedience is mockery and disobedient and unwise. They do not believe in the Authority of Christ to save sinners.
The Enemy not only believes, but knows Christ better than all or any.
Why then has Authority been granted the LDS Church to baptize in the Latter-days? It’s because even and especially frustrated, erring "pricks" are better suited to the work and care more honestly than any outside of the Church. What they do miraculously well, is baptize and confirm unto Eternal Life…The rest is hard and they make a catholic error of it all, and a christian error. But we’re all learning and in the end, all will be better off for the mess of it…The Way will be Easy once more…and our burden, but Light.
Maybe, after all a Light in a closet burneth safely and true during a storm that need be endured before opening the door to let our Light shine before all men.
Pro 28:28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
"Which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained, and the angels are waiting the great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares that they may be burned; and, behold, the enemy is combined."
True and then false, and I shall explain why in a moment.
"For what man among you having twelve sons, and is no respecter of them, and they serve him obediently, and he saith unto the one: Be thou clothed in robes and sit thou here; and to the other: Be thou clothed in rags and sit thou there—and looketh upon his sons and saith I am just?
Behold, this I have given unto you as 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."
This of course, is no parable at all, but an open handed slap in the face of Jacob and an insult unto the House of the L-RD, though it end with a very true and important statement, and sounds right…Again it’s the LDS church mentality of making God think like a man, men who sin everday, all the time in action, thought and feeling, may consider themselves to be "obedient" unto their master and unto God, but their obedience is that of a dog and though they may love God they do not deserve what His Servant deserves nor what His Servant deems appropriate to share with His sons and servants.
Their devotion is unto one another, and unto the fallen brethren. Again, it’s Cain’s spirit of not understanding why he was not accepted and rewarded. Cain wanted to do his will and not even recognize the LORD, let alone be burdened with tasks, obedience or offerings. "Whacking" his brother first to get him out of the way. Cain wished to hand out the toolbelts and go to work. Able wished to be instructed first and know the LORD and be able to make wise judgments, making sure that he was doing as he ought to, not just to be doing.
And Jesus rested.
Stoically righteous, competitive, and faithful sorts often become the most tragic victims of this Truth. They really ought to be right, but they’re wrong.
Joseph’s error is Pharaoh’s error, is your error, is my error- failing to, or rather, the inability to carry out the Will of God in ourselves and our day to day actions and decisions, within the context of free will. And it’s most often because we are willing to be doing rather than resting. It’s the American Failure. Both the devil and God stand ready to assist or take advantage of our decisions, willingness and obedience or the opposite to the Law in Christ. When we become sure of ourselves, it’s most often a sign that we have failed to understand God especially when we are sure we do.
Pharaoh, in patient, righteous hatred for the Lord’s Servant which springs from jealousy more than anything else which most of the world shares, plays by the rules, and awaits the collapse of the house of cards which surround the House of the Lord in compromised faithfulness and allegiance. And while Pharaoh, as a kindred spirit, does share righteousness at heart, he does not agree with the Lord’s Servant. He really wants no more than to reign in his stead. Pharaoh assumes he can do as he pleases as long as he claims he is Christ or that he is doing so in the Authority of Christ, but all he may do is that which the Lord has granted him the right and authority to do…Baptise. I gather, that the Church just got carried away, because this alone grants them much power in the Spiritual, they by sheer numbers and will overstepped their bounds…and fell by their pride, which is as awful and bestial as America’s. And that is their wicked, mendacious intent: To become the One Sect stronger and more dominate than the entire True Body of Christ, which is what those who hate God wish for: to cancel out the Christ somehow and persist in darkness and bestial strength. We’ve all experienced this at one time or another, to differing and varying extents-Cain’s will and lack of self restraint.
This Truth revealed, could drive the LDS Church to sabotage all its successes because all their works and mitzvos are in error or entirely, as I say, mendacious. While a bunch of Jews, who sit around drinking and eating, bowing and praying retain all blessings and authority, and Salvation cometh by them and none other, because they know one thing and live for that one thing, through thick and thin, the good and the bad. The L-RD’s Will and Prophecy is Self-Fulfilling. The same drives others to madness, hatred, murder and betrayal. Yet, even in the realm of madness their wills are stymied, or frustrated by His Will which is indeed, Omnipotent in all realms and realities.
So that, all this I say not to shame Ephraim into giving up on all that they have accomplished in faithfulness and holiness. I wish for them more success in the LORD in earnest, joining the Body of Israel as they ought. All the piety in the world cannot safeguard and deliver from honest error, but their leader’s error is not honest and not an error at all. The LORD chooses the foolish things to humble the proud and the great, the strong and the brave. He himself was dispised of even foolish men and women.
And maybe Pharaoh had to be very cruel hearted and unflenchingly deceptive to bring down the House of the Jacob, whose members were selfishly destroying themselves and everyone’s Hope. Jacob, and more importantly, Joseph, needed saving from the servants of Jacob’s House, and to protect his own house and an investment in the LORD. Whether he loved the LORD or not, and whatever he thought of Jacob, he did what he did for the right reasons.
The thing he did not consider worthy anymore, or was ignorant of, was that "Judgment begins at the House of the LORD." No matter what set of circumstances the House and It’s Head and members are in…He no longer considered the Head worthy of being heeded or even listened to.
In other places in the BOM, it states that a sign of impropriety in the Latter-days may be people garbed in fine clothing, and that others set at naught and dressed in rags are the victims of the pride of priests and laity rewarded by the LORD. One is clothed in rags because of his sinfulness unless all are become corrupt before God, in which case the scenario would be true. But most often a man dressed in fine clothing is worth what God has seen fit to reward him with.
It’s funny, because the LDS Church is guilty of playing this sort of absurd game with it’s own members. Giving them what "they" deem proper and withholding what "they" deem improper, not as the LORD judges but as man does. The Whore makes truer and more righteous judgment about such issues.
It is a sign of Autheticity to be garbed Royally, while not ostentatiously, when God will have you enjoy such. When God provides something for you, you will know it. It may not even seem like Royal Robes to the onlooker, but you and God know its meaning.
"Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
The Gospel Lord however, teaches the best lesson about the issue, and that is, "Who cares?" If you’ve got nice clothes and look good, yay for you, but if anyone comes to you and says, "Give me your clothes." In an instant, without thinking, give them all your clothes and go without, rather than give the Enemy the opportunity to say "Aha!" about you…
"Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof."
"Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land."
This perhaps being one of the most important statements in the testimony. It is so true and the very reason America is so blind and guilty in the witness of the nations.
Here’s the thing about Joseph, and this is true about most people as well, he’s a really, really good liar. His ability to do so comes from a love/hate struggle with God which he ultimately lost. Whereas Jacob wrasselled with the LORD and won the blessing. Joseph said ,"So what?’ and attempts to bless himself…Yet The LORD is faithful and grants Joseph his appropriate blessing, knowing Joseph better than Joseph knows himself. He uses Jacob to bestow the blessing, who too loved Joseph as God does, intensely and shrewdly because he saw himself in Joseph, and all that hope and possibility attached to the opportunity to nuture and care for that glory of circumstance born anew in an unmarred, undefiled vessel- one similar yet different from his own. Jacob’s last chance to aright his house and save his own from destroying themselves in sheer ignorance and violent, unmerciful disobedience. He wished to give to Joseph and protect Joseph somehow, though his own circumstances were extremely precarious and desperate. God in Jacob and his devotion to God, though diminished by the affects of sin and waning in the oncoming darkness of Jacob’s life would yet not permit him to betray God’s Will and do what the other members of the LORD’s House would if they got the chance, and they got it, and Pharoah was lying in wait, ready to take full advantage of the opportunity and vent his own frustration with the LORD of Creation.
Jacob was not being unfair or even underhanded in gifting Joseph, and withholding any blessings for the rest of the House. He was making right judgment. If it seemed unjust or sneaky, it’s because he knew what Joseph did not at that point yet couldn’t outright tell him without putting himself and Joseph in greater danger than they already were in, the House of the LORD was consuming Itself. No one could be trusted except for Jacob and Joseph. Joseph’s brothers, Jacob’s countrymen , friends, brothers, and enemies alike were hellbent on tearing Jacob down when Jacob only wished that God’s Will be known and done. Much later when Jacob switches the blessings of Joseph’s sons, we see that Joseph himself, never trusted nor agreed with Jacob’s decisions. Jacob truly was the Chosen Vessel of the LORD much like Jesus. The blessings of the LORD stand eternally, one cannot change the will of the LORD through deception or misrepresentation. Jacob did what he did to do the Will of the LORD in a reality that was hellbent against anything to do with the LORD.
Jacob was punishing the guilty and rewarding the only worthy member of the House in obedience to God and in hopes that Joseph would figure this out. Joseph’s brothers used the opportunity to confound Joseph and betray both Jacob and Joseph and a House they no longer had any part in nor right to. Jacob knew that it was his sons’ and brethrens’ behaviour that had left their house and indeed the entire world in dire straits and "want." When he had the opportunity to give, he knew he must set an example and give to Joseph to show whose right it was to govern the House in his stead, should anything happen to Jacob. And it did, he was right and faithful to the very end.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. PROVERBS 3:27
To whom it is due…
Pharaoh somehow managed to bankrupt the House of the L-RD when Jacob was the father in It, and he’s doing it to the entire Spiritual Body of Christ in the Latter-days, just as he did to the house of Jacob, those who are combined are combined against him and those he owns. Just as it was Jacob’s fault, and he desperately tried to do the right thing with Joseph as it all slipped out of his control, so are we all guilty of letting things get out of hand and bringing the yolk of slavery upon ourselves in this "free" nation. Now, with his idea to sell a piece of the L-RD to every nation at a price, the price of course being a willingness to combine and bankrupt the L-RD’s Servant so that none will know His True Will and everyone and anyone can hock their own version of god and their own notions of "spirituality" at a price of filthy lucre, all combined to serve Death instead of life. But the thing is, the members of the LDS Church, the great majority of them, do belong to the Living Body of Christ, and as such hold a great deal of spiritual power in obedience that is in error and thus forgiven and enabled to a point, but no further…And it’s because Pharaoh or whomever is attempting to buy his way into the kingdom, and his way will be made because we not only count men’s worth by how much money they have, but he is actually worth what money he has and has been faithful to the Church with it. He may not even be aware of being wrong. He certainly wasn’t back when he punished the house of Jacob. And truth be told, Jacob’s house deserved punishment, but not Jacob and the Will of God was not to be mocked because of the failure of His Servant. But that is what always happens, to the point of crucifixion of every last member of the Body.
It is indeed time for Joseph and the LDS Church to "get back to where [he] once belonged…"
More to come in my next entry…