Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The word "violence" in the KJV is translated "robbery" in the Hebrew Bible. According to Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, the term robbery specifically refers to organized crime. The Book of Mormon uses the term robbery with a similar connection with secret combinations and works of darkness.
חָמָס = "chamas" = robbery = organized crime = conspiracy = secret combinations = works of darkness = Gadianton Robber = robber baron = Fabian Globalist = illuminati = international and private central bankers.
God tells us in the Bible that the sin of Robbery was precisely the sin that brought upon the world the judgement of God in the Great Flood. Amazingly, the Book of Mormon similarly warns us that the secret combinations like the Gadianton Robbers brought about the complete destruction of Jeredite and Nephite civilizations and will similarly bring about the complete destruction of the Gentiles if we do not repent.
And behold, in the end of this book ye shall see that this Gadianton (Robber) did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi. (Book of Mormon, Helaman 2:13)
גָּ֝זַ֗ל = "gazal" = violent thievery, seized, stolen, torn away.
Amos says that secret combinations were the cause of the destruction of the Northern Kingdom.
For they know not to do right, saith the Lord, who store up violence (חָמָס = robbery) and robbery (וָשֹׁד = destruction) in their palaces. (Old Testament, Amos, 3:10)
Nehum says that the sin of robbery would be the cause of the destruction of Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire.
Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not; (Old Testament, Nahum 3:1)
And Ezekiel says that secret combinations were the cause of the destruction of Jerusalem.
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. (Old Testament, Ezekiel, 22:29)
Isaiah also says that secret combinations oppress the poor, the fathless and the widow.
To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! (Old Testament, Isaiah 10:2)
But most evil governments come to power promising to end poverty and help the poor. So, how can you identify the righteous leaders with true intent? The righteous understand that the sins of sexual immorality and chemical abuse destroy families and productivity and contribute to the increased production of fatherless, widows and poor in a society. Only a return to virtue will end poverty, not global sustainability goals, not economic treaties, not an international space program, or international sporting competition, or policies regarding global climate change.
Another point. Despite the similarities between the Hebrew word "chamas" and the Palestinian "Hamas" (not a coincidence), the robbery spoken of here is much more than groups committing random acts of terror. The secret combinations spoken of here reach to the highest levels of global power and political authority. A terrorist group like ISIS, al-Queda, al-Nusra, Hezbollah or Hamas can tragically kill a couple hundred or even a couple thousand people in an attack. However, we forget that these extremist groups cannot operate without government sponsoring them with money, training and weapons. My point is, as terrible as these terrorist act are, the "robbery" spoken of here is a much bigger thing than these murderous factions alone.
Notice that when the Bible warns of robbery it says that these robbers have "palaces" and that their political policies deprive the poor of justice. According to the Book of Mormon, these robbers are both the king-men among the Nephites as well as the Amalekites who desented and left the Nephites to live among the Lamanites and who eventually secretly infiltrated both the Nephite and Lamanite governments.
For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up (secret combinations) seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, (Book of Mormon, Ether 8:25)
Thursday, October 08, 2015
"You (teenagers) may be tempted to lower your standards and to follow the crowd in order to be accepted by those you desire to have as friends. Please be strong, and be alert to that would rob you of the blessings of eternity. The choices you make here and now are forever important."
"May we realize that our greatest happiness in this life will come as we follow God’s commandments and obey His laws! I love the words found in (Isaiah 32:17) “The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Such peace, such assurance can come only through righteousness."
"if the commandments had been written by man, then to change them by inclination or legislation or by any other means would be the prerogative of man. The commandments, however, were God-given. Using our agency, we can set them aside. We cannot, however, them, just as we cannot change the consequences which come from disobeying and breaking them"
"As we prove to be examples in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity, we will qualify to be lights to the world."
"Those things which make us different from most of the world also provide us with that light and that spirit which will shine in an increasingly dark world"
Posted by David B at 3:36 PM