America – The United States – certainly was and is the greatest nation on earth. The problem is, years and generations of corruption caused much frustration, dissipation, and inner turmoil, if not terrorism, in the form of thuggery enforced and relied upon from head to tail, as the kings of Ba’al and Babylonian-Hollywood players lulled to sleep a generation of children unawares and in dire need of rescue from psychological abuse and physical danger threatened with violence within many little kingdoms set up by Master Mahan, Gadianton robbers and those who are of the order of Nehor, sons of Cain or the Ba’alim, which basically represent the cults of the dead of both Egyptian and Assyrian lore and legend, combining and colluding in hopes of world dominion. All of which would be a valid endeavor and achievable goal and cause if it were of righteous intent and Israel were the third nut on the bolt that unscrews the world and its many nations One in HaShem of Hosts – Creator of Heaven and Earth and all things that in them are or are not, be they beneath or above – in wisdom returned to their right mind and destiny of Dream American; whose destiny is to destroy the pride of kingdoms, be they ancient or present-day realities vying for power, gain, and glory of the world, which Lawfully have no right to exist within the framework of the United States with our Constitutional Right of And Justice For All (Daniel 2:44-45).
Humility and Charity wedded in Holy Matrimony by repentance and good works (Titus 3:8) shall save all that Americans have ever loved, enjoyed and held dear or as sacred to We The People. By the insistence and maintenance of fair play and integrity honest and forthright, which We know the majority may no longer represent but which, in the minority, trusted and duly representing themselves and their compatriots as they ought, but forgot, made rule and right perform that magic which wisdom alone may cause to come to pass for the sake of all, whether good or bad, holy or unholy, righteous or evil, that all may find place and portion fitting and just within Her borders rightly allotted and managed; segregated where necessary, and not where otherwise-minded cares not to be so, yet deserves freedom nonetheless for those pastimes and labors they love best, whether counted loss or gain to them, it matters not to We The People so long as We may restore and rebuild a Commonwealth, Heritage, and Experience American – Red, White, and Blue, true to Her and one another through and through, whether thick or thin, abroad or walled-in.
Everything about America is great, make no mistake about it, but those souls who take themselves too seriously, are greedy for personal gain and glory and unmindful or unaware of other’s needs, rights, and privileges equal or, more precisely, awarded but always shared. Such as scoundrels and knaves who invest only to corrupt and disinherit, or take captive and make merchandise of any and all they may by misrepresentation and application of law and statute man or creature created, made to annoy and deploy or insist and enlist for unworthy and traitorous purposes, must no longer be tolerated, as the churl shall no more be called liberal, much less noble (Yeshayah 32:5). For the time has come that We The People may rightly reconcile Zion (the pure in heart) with Her children and by right, through intention and deed, restore and care for the same; our sacred rights and freedoms which enable us to grow and blossom as the most precious and worthy fruits the world may bring forth and enjoy in due seasons religiously minded and celebrated with honest regard for ancient wisdom’s ways, means, and wonders best enjoyed when Government and State are not permitted to own, mitigate, and mismanage by error of judgment made the more futile by vanity’s hopes dashed and vehicles crashed en route to riches stashed for get-away’s from the hurt and ridicule of the deluded longings of a society dangling over a precipice wherein each member is pushing one another aside in hopes of being the first to go over said cliff’s edge and fall to the amusement of every other member vying to be the next in line at Lemmington’s End. That is the real and true purpose of separation of Church and State, lest We The People forget.
Judaism, many a time, saved Jesus during his first ministry, that he might complete the work appointed him, though he ultimately had to lay down his life to defend it and the Faith of our father’s, that the same might save all peoples, nations, etc., in the own due time of the L-RD. They Whom G-d created in hopes that they might keep His ways and be made like unto Him, made after His own image and likeness, male and female, black and white, bond and free – Torah observant. All will know Him, from the greatest to the least, reborn unto a Living Faith, made free by Divine Liberty. Enjoying a remissions of sins, pardon of guilt, new opportunities and much more meaningful and lasting rewards for all citizens made secure by renewal of Covenant through sacred ceremonial vows and rites of passage and progression performed, remembered and rededicated to several times a year, spreading ritual purity as a cure for cancer throughout a population winning and reaffirming the intrinsic holiness of life lived to and for G-d and one another in brotherhood good from sea to sea shining, as stars in the firmament and out of obscurity unto the perfect day in May? No, Iyar! As I Am and We Are The World. (Proverbs 4:18; Malachi 4:2; Isaiah 29:18; 58:10; Daniel 12:3; Philippians 2:15).
Anything is possible for We who believe and receive, hear and put into practice our Faith, Religion and Sacred Duty to G-d and neighbor (Mattityahu 22:34-46).
Unbelief is worse than disease, crime, and apathy. The most hopeless and helpless case may be miraculously cured, but first, it must be saved and come to believe which is the convincing work of the Holy Spirit, which even Gentiles, who hear not Christ, know and believe in the workings of (3 Nephi 15:23).
And yet, what do we know of this world and of His Kingdom, which is not of this world?
Mortals, even immortals so-called, cannot understand their own way and goings, nor discern their own thoughts, where they come from and to where they may be leading to. All we ever have is the present moment, which, without the Light of Scripture, we are hopeless to understand. This moment, which may be more of an intrusion upon another generation’s time and chance we really don’t deserve to enjoy a part in, if we have not been faithful stewards of the Gift of G-d imparted to us most often during a ‘mid-life crisis’ we rarely survive and come out the victor or overcomer of. It is a lot of labor, mostly in vain, just to grow old with any amount of integrity and dignity intact, that we may at least do no harm nor jeopardize our children’s odds of accomplishing a Work that will or may ultimately work out our own vindication and redemption, recovering from a grievous fall and presumptuous unforgivable sin in sight of men and angels, both seen and unseen, known and unknown to G-d our Father and Creator, the Great Spirit which imparts Life and Light to all things, whether light or darkness preferring – the popularity of the Internet and virtual reality proclaiming so as not to be denied just how many have chosen darkness rather than light, death rather than life, cursing rather than blessing, and lies rather than speaking the truth in love.
Small wonder, for the devil himself, presents himself as though he were an angel of light, that the majority of mankind should choose to do the same. The Grand Delusion has succeeded where all of humanity may only claim a fail. And most carry on because there is no other option or choice available and that in spite of hope, faith, and charity remaining the greatest gifts we’ve ever enjoyed and been entrusted with for the purpose of overcoming and getting the victory at the last with immediate consolation taken to heart for making the right choice, that of teshuva or repentance and good works.
Nevertheless, endurance tells a tale all its’ own for both sides of the coin tossed into the fountain of righteousness (Matthew 17:24-27). That whether in the Right or out of spite in the night, preferring darkness and magic to light and miracle, madness spherical instead of getting from point A to point B right expeditiously unto a Glorious Rest Assured (Yeshayah 11:10).
Whatever else Torah observance may tell us and make known to One and all open to Its’ Wonders infinite, it is that life is supposed to have meaning and holy intention leads to joy unspeakable (simchadik), and not just some so-called happiness in sin for a season enjoyed for the trespass of treason employed by the world and people doomed to destruction and assured no portion of life in this world assured and certainly nothing of eternal life in the world to come.
“The whole context in the above Scripture is not about outward conformity to rules and standards, however important that may be. Instead, the whole focus on this section deals with loving people, not just those whom anyone could love, but those whom, by the world’s standards, we would not generally love (again, this is about the standards of G-d’s Kingdom, not man’s).
“The important thing to remember here is that G-d does not ask of us anything that He cannot accomplish in us. If left to ourselves, if dominated by our own sinful and selfish hearts, who would love their enemies? That’s not how the world works but are we not now citizens of another kingdom? We have the promise that if we surrender ourselves to G-d then ‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’ (Phil. 1:6), and what greater work could G-d do in us than to get us, in our own sphere, to love as He loves us?
“How different would your life be, right now, if you were to love your enemies?” ~E.G. White
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~Edith Wharton
I, Alma, having been consecrated by my father, Alma, to be a high priest over the church of G-d, he having power and authority from G-d to do these things. I say unto you that he began to establish a church in the land which was in the borders of Nephi; yea, the land which was called the land of Mormon; yea, and he did baptize his brethren in the waters of Mormon.
And they were delivered out of the hands of the people of king Noah, by the mercy and power of G-d.
And after that, they were brought into bondage by the hands of the Lamanites in the wilderness; yea, I say unto you, they were in captivity, and again HaShem did deliver them out of bondage by the power of his word; and we were brought into this land, and here we began to establish the church of G-d throughout this land also.
And now I say unto you, my brethren, you that belong to this church, have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers? Yea, and have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy and long-suffering towards them? And moreover, have ye sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell?
Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto G-d. They were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell and an everlasting destruction did await them.
And now I ask of you, my brethren, were they destroyed? I say unto you, Nay, they were not.
And again I ask, were the bands of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed? I say unto you, Yea, they were loosed, and their souls did expand, and they did sing redeeming love. And I say unto you that they are saved.
And now I ask of you on what conditions are they saved? Yea, what grounds had they to hope for salvation? What is the cause of their being loosed from the bands of death, yea, and also the chains of hell?
I can tell you—did not my father Alma believe in the words which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi? And was he not a holy prophet? Did he not speak the words of G-d, and my father Alma believe them?
And according to his faith, there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. I say unto you that this is all true.
And he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living G-d. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore, they are saved.
And now, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of G-d? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before G-d to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of HaShem, saying unto you, in that day: ‘Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth’?
Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto HaShem in that day, and say—Ad’ni, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you?
Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of G-d with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of G-d?
I say unto you, can ye look up to G-d at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of G-d engraved upon your countenances?
Can ye think of being saved when you have yielded yourselves to become subjects to the devil?
I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot be saved; for there can no man be saved except his garments are washed white; yea, his garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their sins.
And now I ask of you, my brethren, how will any of you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of G-d, having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness? What will these things testify against you?
Will they not testify that ye are murderers, yea, and also that ye are guilty of all manner of wickedness?
My brethren, do ye suppose that such a one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of G-d, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?
I say unto you, Nay; except ye make our Creator a liar from the beginning, or suppose that he is a liar from the beginning, ye cannot suppose that such can have place in the kingdom of heaven; but they shall be cast out for they are the children of the kingdom of the devil.
And now I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before G-d? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Covenant?
Are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet G-d. Ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such a one hath not eternal life.
I say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envy? I say unto you that such a one is not prepared; and I would that he should prepare quickly, for the hour is close at hand, and he knoweth not when the time shall come; for such an one is not found guiltless.
And again I say unto you, is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions?
Wo unto such a one, for he is not prepared, and the time is at hand that he must repent or he cannot be saved!
Yea, even wo unto all ye workers of iniquity; repent, repent, for HaShem Ad’ni hath spoken it!
He sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: ‘Repent, and I will receive you.’
Yea, he saith: ‘Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea, ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely;
‘Yea, come unto me and bring forth works of righteousness, and ye shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire—
‘For, the time is at hand that whosoever bringeth forth not good fruit, or whosoever doeth not the works of righteousness, the same have cause to wail and mourn.
‘O ye workers of iniquity; ye that are puffed up in the vain things of the world, ye that have professed to have known the ways of righteousness nevertheless have gone astray, as sheep having no shepherd, notwithstanding a shepherd hath called after you and is still calling after you, but ye will not hearken unto his voice!’
I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which ye are called, behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.
And now if ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are ye? I say unto you, that the devil is your shepherd, and ye are of his fold; and now, who can deny this? I say unto you, whosoever denieth this is a liar and a child of the devil.
For I say unto you that whatsoever is good cometh from G-d, and whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil.
Therefore, if a man bringeth forth good works he hearkeneth unto the voice of the good shepherd, and he doth follow him; but whosoever bringeth forth evil works, the same becometh a child of the devil, for he hearkeneth unto his voice, and doth follow him.
And whosoever doeth this must receive his wages of him; therefore, for his wages he receiveth death, as to things pertaining unto righteousness, being dead unto all good works.
And now, my brethren, I would that ye should hear me, for I speak in the energy of my soul; for behold, I have spoken unto you plainly that ye cannot err, or have spoken according to the commandments of G-d.
For I am called to speak after this manner, according to the holy order of G-d, which is in HaShem Ad’ni; yea, I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people the things which have been spoken by our fathers concerning the things which are to come.
And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?
I say unto you, they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of G-d. I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for HaShem Ad’ni hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit, and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.
And moreover, I say unto you that it has thus been revealed unto me, that the words which have been spoken by our fathers are true, even so according to the spirit of prophecy which is in me, which is also by the manifestation of the Spirit of G-d.
I say unto you, that I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Y’shua HaMashiach shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name.
And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren, yea, and every one that dwelleth in the land; yea, to preach unto all, both old and young, both bond and free; yea, I say unto you the aged, and also the middle aged, and the rising generation; yea, to cry unto them that they must repent and be born again.
Yea, thus saith the Spirit: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand; yea, the Son of G-d cometh in his glory, in his might, majesty, power, and dominion. Yea, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, that the Spirit saith: Behold the glory of the King of all the earth, and also the King of heaven shall very soon shine forth among all the children of men.
And also the Spirit saith unto me, yea, crieth unto me with a mighty voice, saying: Go forth and say unto this people—Repent, for except ye repent ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, the Spirit saith: Behold, the ax is laid at the root of the tree; therefore, every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit shall be hewn down and cast into the fire, yea, a fire which cannot be consumed, even an unquenchable fire. And remember, the Holy One hath spoken it.
And now my beloved brethren, I say unto you, can ye withstand these sayings; yea, can ye lay aside these things, and trample the Holy One under your feet; yea, can ye be puffed up in the pride of your hearts; yea, will ye still persist in the wearing of costly apparel and setting your hearts upon the vain things of the world, upon your riches?
Yea, will ye persist in supposing that ye are better one than another; yea, will ye persist in the persecution of your brethren, who humble themselves and do walk after the holy order of G-d, wherewith they have been brought into this church, having been sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and they do bring forth works which are meet for repentance—
Yea, and will you persist in turning your backs upon the poor, and the needy, and in withholding your substance from them?
And finally, all ye that will persist in your wickedness, I say unto you that these are they who shall be hewn down and cast into the fire except they speedily repent.
And now I say unto you, all you that are desirous to follow the voice of the good shepherd, come ye out from the wicked, and be ye separate, and touch not their unclean things; and behold, their names shall be blotted out, that the names of the wicked shall not be numbered among the names of the righteous, that the word of G-d may be fulfilled, which saith: The names of the wicked shall not be mingled with the names of my people;
For the names of the righteous shall be written in the book of life, and unto them will I grant an inheritance at my right hand. And now, my brethren, what have ye to say against this? I say unto you, if ye speak against it, it matters not, for the word of G-d must be fulfilled.
For what shepherd is there among you having many sheep doth not watch over them, that the wolves enter not and devour his flock? And behold, if a wolf enters his flock doth he not drive him out? Yea, and at the last, if he can, he will destroy him.
And now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you, and if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep; and he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you, that ye may not be destroyed.
And now I, Alma, do command you in the language of him who hath commanded me, that ye observe to do the words which I have spoken unto you.
I speak by way of command unto you that belong to the church; and unto those who do not belong to the church, I speak by way of invitation, saying: Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.
Follow the Leader is a simple game intended to amuse children. Follow the Master is for those who are of full age and know from Whence he came and Where he is leading, and we too, if we will but follow with the same Faith as the children once delighted in the simple game that led nowhere. That, in the latter end, we might actually get somewhere and enjoy something worth the risk, time, participation, sacrifice, etc., the Haven of Rest and Blessings. Good Times!
Matthew 18:1-4 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.