Monday, July 28, 2008

Who Shall Be Able to Stand?

John's Book of Revelations sends a clear message that those who will be able to stand the last days will be those who have taken the name of Christ upon themselves and have taken the Holy Spirit to be their guide through the LDS temple. The focus of Revelations is asking this question: who shall be able to stand in the Last Days? (Eph. 6: 11, 13)(D&C 45: 57)

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelations tells a story about an angel rising up and calling out the other 4 angels who are
waiting impatiently to unleash the tribulation upon the Earth. "Hurt not the Earth until we have
sealed the servants of our God in their forehead"

Rev. 7: 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Rev. 9: 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

So, we see that the tribulation is being delayed until all the elect has a chance to be endowed or sealed in their foreheads. In recent years in the LDS church we have witnessed a huge expansion in temple building which has made the blessing of the temple availible to nearly all the saints. And as Revelations promises, those who are sealed will not be hurt; only those "which have not the seal of God in their foreheads"

So, while Satan is going around marking his followers with the sign of the beast (whatever that means) God is sealing His elect. Are there ways we mark ourselves as worldly? What ways do people mark themselves (tatoos, effeminate voice, piercings, Goth, fashion, fads)? How does God want us to distinguish ourselves? (service, love, clean living)?

Again, who shall be able to stand in the Last Days? Those who will shall be able to stand will be those who overcome: [Read all the overcometh verses]

Rev. 2: 7, 11, 17, 26
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat
of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev. 3: 5, 12, 21
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev. 21: 7
7 He that overcometh shall inherit call things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

1 Jn. 5: 4-5
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

The parallels between the LDS temple and these verses should be apparent to those who have attended. And interesting aside is that when John sees those who are sealed as kings and priests unto God (not just the oldest son, or from the tribe of Levi, but every kindred, tongue and people) he asks the angel "who are all these people with the white robes." See, when Aaron was set apart as a priest, the priests did not wear white, they wore priests robes that where many-colored like the coat of Joseph; blue, red, purple. But the ten thousand times ten thousand plus a thousand thousand John sees (100,000,000+) are dressed in white robes symbolizing that they have been washed clean in the blood of Christ.

Rev 7: 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

Revelations is telling the story of the saints who are sealed as kings and priests unto God in preparation and protection from whatever trial or tribulation will come. And then Christ who will come to save His people who will come as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Rev. 1: 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev. 5: 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth

How are priests made? No one taketh this honor unto himself, but he is called as was Aaron (Heb. 5: 4) . How was Aaron called?Aaron was called by prophecy, and was washed, annointed, and clothed in the undergarments and robes of the priesthood. And this is exactly what the temple is all about. The temple is a kingly coorination, a priestly ordination and a solemn marriage ceremony all in one. In the sacrament we say we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ, but in the temple is where the saints actually take take His name upon us.


Anthony E. Larson said...

All you say about the temple is true. But, your interpretation of Revelation (the book) is decidedly sectarian. Concepts you espouse in your post,like "tribulation," fall in that category. That word, for example, never fell from the lips of Joseph Smith, even though he spoke often on these same subjects. The so called tribulation is a recent sectarian invention employed with another flawned notion, the rapture. Such terms are conspicuously absent from the discourse of modern prophets. I believe this is so because the sectarian view of the last days is badly flawed.
I apologize beforehand for being critical of your thoughtful post. Believe me, I know what it's like to have your fellow Saints contradict your thoughts and feelings. But, I also feel compelled to offer you a point of view that more closely conforms with the views of modern prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith. Though most saints are unaware of it, Joseph left us a few clues as to how we should interpret prophecy, and it is at varience with the received interpretations of today's Christians. I'd be happy to share some of those with you.

BRoz said...

I welcome feedback. That's what is great about the Internet.

I would disagree that the LDS church does not have any doctrine about tribulation preceding the Lord's Second Coming. I agree that the LDS concept of the tribulation and the rapture are different than the Evangelical view. For example, LDS do believe that we will be caught up in the air to meet Christ. The Zion from below will meet Zion from above. But this will only last for a moment while the Earth is burned with fire and then we will land again on the Earth to begin the Millennial Era on a Paradisaical Earth.

As far a the days of tribulation are concerned, please read:

Ezra Taft Benson, “Prepare for the Days of Tribulation,” Ensign, Nov 1980, 32

Keith B. McMullin, “Lay Up in Store,” Ensign, May 2007, 51–53

D&C 78:14. “Through my providence, notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, … the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world.”

D&C 38:30. “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”

D&C 88:89-91 "For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and [[shall not be able to stand.]] And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds. And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people.

JS-M 1: 18, 21, 33, 36
18 For then, in those days, shall be great tribulation on the Jews, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, such as was not before sent upon Israel, of God, since the beginning of their kingdom until this time; no, nor ever shall be sent again upon Israel.
• • •
21 Behold, these things I have spoken unto you concerning the Jews; and again, after the tribulation of those days which shall come upon Jerusalem, if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe him not;
• • •
33 And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
• • •
36 And, as I said before, after the tribulation of those days, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken, then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn; and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory;

Now this last one has multiple fulfillment, referring to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans and the sun, moon, and stars not giving light has reference to the temple being destroyed and the apostasy, (the temple being the source of all spiritual light).