My Name is Mark Lichtenwalter, I used to host The Kingdom of God or Nothing Podcast/Radio Show. I am starting a new Podcast. I like to read and discuss all things Mormon.
I have decided to being a New Radio Show Podcast. My Name is Mark Lichtenwalter, I hosted a show before Called The Kingdom of God or Nothing. I had over 460 episodes between 2-4 hours long. I stopped doing them after my family and I moved. I hope to be able to find the time to produce at least a few episodes a week. When I have everything in Order, the Shows will be between 1 to 2 hours long. But for now, I will only be able to do 30 minute shows. Who Am I? I am The Mormon Fundamentlist. Nice to meet you.
PERSECUTION “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matt. 5:11-12) “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own….” (John 15:19; see also 15:20) *** There is still that same spirit of antagonism existing between truth and error that there was then. Let a man join this Church; *** probably a good man, and esteemed by his neighbours, and continued so; but when he became a servant of God, the powers of darkness were let loose upon him; men began to persecute him and speak evil of him, and his name was cast out as evil. This is the lot of every man that receives the truth–I don’t care where he comes from.” (John Taylor, J.D. 7:195)
“The world always mistook false prophets for true ones, and those that were sent of God, they considered to be false prophets, and hence they killed, stoned, punished and imprisoned the true prophets and these had to hide themselves `in deserts and dens, and caves of the earth,’ and though the most honorable men of the earth, they banished them from their society as vagabonds, whilst they cherished, honored and supported knaves, vagabonds, hypocrites, impostors, and the basest of men.” (T.P.J.S., p. 206) “There is nothing that would so weaken my hope and discourage me as to see this people in full fellowship with the world, and receive no more persecution from them because they are one with them.” (Brigham Young, J.D. 10:32) “When Mormonism finds favor with the wicked in this laid it will have gone into the shade; but until the power of the Priesthood is gone, Mormonism will never become popular with the wicked.” (Brigham Young, J.D. 4:38)
America‘s Future Look, Listen and Learn The End of the World, as Foretold by Jesus (Matthew 24:3-8, 21-22, 32-33) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. * * * For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. * * * Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Secret Combinations Shall Be Destroyed (Book of Mormon, Ether 8:18-26) Note: The Book of Mormon contains many prophecies pertinent to our time, one of the most significant being the one included here. It should be seriously considered by Mormons and non-Mormons alike because of the existing conditions in the world today and the terrible consequences that could result. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=30
Excerpts from a vision received by John Taylor and related by Excerpts from a vision received by John Taylor and related by Wilford Woodruff: I [John Taylor] then looked over the country; in every direction as far as I could see, a similar condition prevailed. I then passed eastward above the earth and looking down saw many people coming west, mostly women who were carrying small bundles on their backs, and I thought it strange that there were so few men among them. They were on their way to the mountains, and I wondered how they could get there as the railroads were abandoned and the rails were in bad condition. I continued on my way passing through Omaha, Council Bluffs, and Iowa, and saw many women moving about in an excited manner. Sickness and death prevailed on all sides. The inhabitants of Illinois and Missouri were in dreadful condition, the men and women killing each other in the most brutal manner. Next I visited the city of Washington, D.C., and found the place deserted and in ruins. From there I went to Baltimore and on the square, where stands the monument of 1812, dead bodies of the inhabitants  of the place were piled in heaps. While there I saw mothers cut the throats of their own children and drink the blood in order to quench their thirst. The waters of the Chesapeake Bay were so befouled from the effect of dead bodies that the water could not be used. Sickness and death prevailed throughout the city and the stench was something awful. I thought surely that this must be the end of suffering, but when I visited the city of Philadelphia, I found the place in ruins and the smell from dead bodies was beyond anything one could imagine. (See Visions of the Latter Days, Kraut, pp. 103-107.) http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=30
These excerpts are taken from a little publication foretelling the future of America, published in 1853 under the title of “The Coming Crisis.” Although no author’s name was given at the time, it is attributed to Parley P. Pratt. This message should be studied more now than ever before. A great and awful crisis is at hand—such a crisis was never known before since the foundation of the world. All nations are looking through the misty future, in order to decry, if possible, what is about to happen. Many sermons have been preached, many speeches have been made, and some pamphlets have been published, with the hope of lifting up the veil of the future. * * * I say again, that God the Highest of all will make bare His arm in the eyes of all nations. And the heavens even will be rent, and the lighting down of His power will be felt by all nations. * * * Whatever exalts and opposes itself to God, that is anti-Christ, whether it is a civil or religious power. But the most formidable power that will be arrayed against Christ and his Saints in the last days, will consist in the Revelations of Satan. These revelations of Satan will come through every medium and channel by which the cunning and power of Satan can be brought to bear against the Saints and their Lord. It is a great mistake to suppose that Satan is altogether a religious personage. No, far from this. He is a politician, a philosopher, an erudite scholar, a linguist, a metaphysician, a military commander, a prince, a god, a necromancer, an enchant-er, a diviner, a magician, a sorcerer, a prophet, and (if it were not railing) a clergyman and liar from the beginning. With these universal endowments, he has never hitherto made a full and grand exhibition of himself, as it remains for him to do.
The Bible and the Tax man Part 2. The last living Apostle of Christ was John the beloved, who beheld in vision a great beast who would arise having control over all the earth. Now this beast would represent something that would have total control over the people of the earth “small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” and everyone would receive a “number of the beast” and no one could “buy or sell” without that number! John didn’t give a name to that numbering system, nor did he speak favorably of it, but he certainly described the Social Security number and all that follows. In those days will the bulk of all the major prophecies of the Bible be fulfilled
A What would have happened to the Mormon people if the 1890 Manifesto had not been issued? Would the Church have been destroyed, members killed, and the Priesthood of God obliterated? It is difficult to postulate on the probabilities, but it is not difficult to recognize the reality of what has actually happened in the past century. The year 1890 was a turning point for Mormonism. It was even noted in prophecy. For example, Wilford Woodruff wrote in his journal: Thus ends the year 1889, and the word of the Prophet Joseph Smith is beginning to be fulfilled that the whole nation would turn against Zion and make war upon the Saints. * * * 1890 will be an important year with the Latter-day Saints and the American nation. (Wilford Woodruff Journal, Dec. 31, 1889)
The United Order When the LDS Church was less than a year old, the Lord directed the Saints to “let every man esteem his brother as himself” because “if ye are not one, ye are not mine.” (D & C 38:24, 27) In 1832 the Lord revealed additional information on the “permanent and everlasting” nature of the United Order: That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things. For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things. (D & C 78:5-6) This doctrine and practice of the United Order is eternal. Contrary to popular opinion, it has never been done away. It is the only law which abolishes the social evils that accompany inequality. Three years before Brigham Young died, the Lord was still commanding the Saints to organize themselves into the United Order: Thus saith the Lord unto my servant Brigham, Call ye, call ye, upon the inhabitants of Zion, to organize themselves in the Order of Enoch, in the New and Everlasting Covenant, according to the Order of Heaven, for the furtherance of my kingdom upon the earth, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the salvation of the living and the dead. You can accommodate yourselves by calling this a new revelation, if you choose; it is no new revelation, but it is the express word and will of God to this people. (JD 17:154, Aug. 1874)
“Feast or Famine” has been the lot of every person, in greater or lesser degrees, and even though it is a hard lesson learned, it is often and hastily forgotten. To “be prepared” is the motto from boy scouts to the defense of nations, but how little attention to this wise creed is adhered to by members of the Church and other individuals. Because we have such an abundant basket and store, a meal without butter is of greater consequence to us than all the famines of China and India. Just as sure as the Lord lives we are going to see times when our neighbors around us will be in want. But some may say, here have ten years, twenty years, thirty years gone, and the sayings of Joseph and the Apostles have not all come to pass. If they have not all been fulfilled, they all will be fulfilled. When we saw the flaming sword unsheathed in the terrible war between the north and the south, we could see in it the fulfillment in part of the prophecies of Joseph. But when peace comes for a short time, we forget all about it, like a person who comes into the Church because of seeing a miracle. If he has professed an obedience to the gospel and a belief in its principles because he saw a miracle performed, he would need another in a day or two to continue him in his belief; and he wants a repetition of miracles to keep him in the Church. Let peace continue for a few years, and the prediction of Joseph spoken of would be forgotten by all but a few. So it is with us, comparatively. Let crickets, or grasshoppers, or  frosts, or anything else come and destroy our crops, and we feel it then; but just as soon as prosperity comes we forget what has happened. (Brigham Young, J.D. 12:242)
REASONS FOR FAMINES The reasons for famines are strictly spiritual. It is the Lord that brings them to pass or prevents them. Some of the prophets have written: And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him. (Helaman 12:3) Speaking of the journeys of Lehi and his family for the eight-year trek in the wilderness, King Benjamin relates some of the famines that came upon them, but most important he explained the reason why they suffered these afflictions: Therefore, as they were unfaithful they did not prosper nor progress in their journey, but were driven back, and incurred the displeasure of God upon them; and therefore, they were smitten with famine and sore afflictions, to stir them up in remembrance of their duty. (Mosiah 1:17) Zeniff also related the same reason for famine: And yet, I being over-zealous to inherit the land of our fathers, collected as many as were desirous to go up to possess the land, and started again on our journey into the wilderness to go up to the land; but we were smitten with famine and sore afflictions; for we were slow to remember the Lord our God. (Mosiah 9:3) As to the effectiveness of this reason they witnessed their deliverance: And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord, he did send rain upon the face of  the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine. (Ether 9:35)
PROPHECY OF FAMINE Many people assume, with a sense of false security, that the days of famines are past. However, we must turn to prophecy—especially those concerning our own nation. Jesus foresaw our day and began the prophecy of a famine upon this time. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matt. 24:7-8) Then the Apostle John the Revelator added his prophetic testimony. Note that he speaks of pestilences upon every nation. He also preaches the doctrine of the Saints gathering out of Babylon: And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached into heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double  according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow given her; for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore, shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. (Rev. 18:1-8)
THE FUNDAMENTALIST MORMON presented at The Sunstone Symposium August 1989 by Ogden Kraut  THE FUNDAMENTALIST MORMON In order to briefly cover the broad spectrum of Mormon Fundamentalism, this paper is divided into three main areas: (1) The Early History, (2) The Doctrinal Differences, and (3) The Fundamentalist People. The Early History The Prophet Joseph Smith was the first Fundamentalist Mormon in this dispensation, simply because he was the first to teach, advocate and practice the fundamental principles of the Gospel. However, those who advocate these original doctrines today are called Fundamentalists and are considered as outsiders from the main body of the LDS Church.
FUNDAMENTALIST MORMON Part 2 on Fundamentally Mormon presented at The Sunstone Symposium August 1989 by Ogden Kraut Page 8 According to Church history, the Lord didn’t seem to be too concerned about the laws of the land against plural marriage either. The first revelation concerning this principle was revealed to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in 1829 while they were translating the Book of Mormon in a state that already had a law against plural wives. The next revelation on this principle came in 1831 in another state with a law against it. In fact, all five states in which the Prophet Joseph Smith lived had laws that severe opposed to that spiritual “law” that an angel with a drawn sword commanded him to live. In 1852, the revelation on plural marriage, recorded in 1843 and later appearing as Section 132 in the Doctrine and Covenants, was read and favorably voted upon by the Saints. Ten years later, the United States passed the Morrill law against it, but the Mormons continued to practice the law of God in preference to the law of man. Another revelation in 1880 continued to sustain that principle in spite of the law of Congress. Then in 1882, the Edmunds law was passed to further harass the Mormons. But three months later the Lord gave another revelation to counter it.
THE FUNDAMENTALIST MORMON Part 3 on Fundamentally Mormon Persecution and Friendship with the World These two conditions are certainly opposites. Persecution followed the early disciples of Jesus, and He told them, “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, . . . Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matt. 5:11-12) It was an inevitable heritage that they knew would be their lot, and James the apostle said, “Friendship of the world is enmity with God.” (James 4:4) Mormonism drew persecution and opposition from the time of Joseph Smith’s first vision. The Prophet said, “If a man stands and opposes the world of sin, he may expect to have all wicked and corrupt spirits arrayed against him,” (TPJS, p. 259) and “. . . for no other reason than that we have been endeavoring to teach the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” (TPJS, p. 124) Persecution followed the Saints in every state and into the territory until the turn of the century. Then Heber J. Grant said in 1938: My greatest happiness I find in the good will and friendship that has developed among all classes of people at home and abroad toward the Latter-day Saints Church, during my lifetime; in place of everyday persecutions and bitterness, we now enjoy the high regard and happy association with all denominations.” (Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 22, 1938)
THE FUNDAMENTALIST MORMON Part 4 on Fundamentally Mormon Kingdom of God The Old Testament Kingdom of God was a political power that governed the House of Israel. This concept was restored to Joseph Smith with the Gospel and established in 1843, separate from the organization of the Church in 1830. George Q. Cannon said: We are asked, Is the Church of God and the Kingdom of God the same organization? and we are informed that some of the brethren hold that they are separate. This is the correct view to take. The Kingdom of God is a separate organization from the Church of God. (DHC 7:382) And B. H. Roberts said: It is proper for the reader to know that Joseph Smith, when speaking strictly, recognized a distinction between “the Church of Jesus Christ” and the “Kingdom of Cod” and not only a distinction but a separation of one from the other. The Kingdom of God according to his teaching is to be a political institution that shall hold sway over all the earth to which all other governments will be subordinate and by which they will be dominated. (The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo, p. 180)
Thousands of books have been written about the life of Christ and the ultimate price He paid at Calvary; yet it may be truly said, “the half has never been told.” His was a life so monumental that the customs, laws, rituals, and sacrifices of many generations were influenced by it. It was the central theme of all the ancient prophets, and nearly 30 prophecies were fulfilled by His offering on the cross. His words and works were so abundant that the Apostle John said, “I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” (John 21:25) Yet we have only His brief biography, written by four men. These brief records, important as they are, contain many contradictions, variations, missing gaps, and unclear phrases. Not that these are the fault of those original writers, but rather the mistranslations, interpolations, and prejudices of many translators. One of these questionable phenomena was penned by Luke in his story of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. He described the intense pressure and apprehension of Christ before He partook of the “bitter cup”—His crucifixion. Luke was the only writer in the Bible to mention that Jesus “sweat” on that occasion, and said it “was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44) Everyone would agree that facing a death by crucifixion would cause almost any man to sweat. But did the act of praying for that bitter cup “to pass”, cause Him to actually sweat blood, or did He experience this intense suffering while on the cross at Calvary? The following pages may help to clarify the imposing and awesome events of Gethsemane and Calvary.
To the Cross at Calvary Whatever Christ suffered at Gethsemane, it was minimal compared to the crucifixion! Death can come in a thousand different and terrible ways, but nothing compares to the horrors that attend death by crucifixion! Evil men and evil demons combined their powers to destroy Christ from the time of His birth. The devil worked through both government officials and religious leaders trying to kill Him after He was born. It was Lucifer’s principle objective from the time of the revolt in heaven. The devil and Christ were opponents in a war of greater proportions than any other battle among men. The Savior had gone through His short life enduring “opposition in all things” from the hand of that wicked one. Now, at His death, the devil would use his trump card through the crucifixion. It was a torture so inhuman that it could break the will of any man. Only the devil and hell could cause such misery to come upon such innocence. The devil wanted to make Christ say or do something wrong, so it would give him victory over the Savior.
To the Cross at Calvary part 2. Here Brigham Young definitely identifies the time and place when Jesus experienced this sweating of blood. It was on the cross that the sins of mankind were heaped upon His soul. It was only upon His death that His blood would make an atonement. As the “Lamb slain from the foundations of the world”, it was on the cross—that became an immortal altar of sacrifice—that the sins of mankind were atoned for. The actual experiencing of pain of those sins was so intense that He sweat blood. John Taylor said: When He found the accumulated weight of the sins of the world rolling upon His head, his feelings were so intense that He sweat great drops of blood. (JD 24:34)
THE DAY OF PENTECOST It was fifty days after the resurrection of Christ that Pentecost was celebrated as the ‘Harvest Feast.” It was a one-day celebration of the law which was given from Sinai on the 50th day of deliverance from Egyptian bondage. Many Jews had gathered to Jerusalem from Mesopotamia, Asia, Egypt, Libya, Rome, Arabia, and other nations. The Twelve Apostles stood before the people and spoke by the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the various  languages of the people. Thus came the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the speaking of tongues. The people who heard them experienced the power of the Holy Ghost—the convincing power of God to thetruth of the Gospel. “The ultimate deisgn of tongues is to speak to foreigners.” T.P.J.S., p. 195
The Flag of Fundamentalism Fundamentalism seems to be a light that cannot be hidden under a basket. In spite of over 100 years of denunciations, felony laws, persecutions, prosecutions, excommunications and imprisonments, their flag still flies. Who are today’s Fundamentalist Mormons, and how did they originate? Apparently Elder Mark E. Petersen was the first to use this term, which infers support of the original and fundamental doctrines of the LDS Church. Such believers are found within the mainstream church, in many different groups, and also among those termed Independent Fundamentalist Mormons—those who are not active in the LDS Church or any of its organized offshoots.
A Houses Out of Order, part 2 of THE INDEPENDENT FUNDAMENTALIST MORMON by Ogden Kraut At first only a few were called to live and teach these principles of the fullness of the Gospel. There was no organized group—just occasional informal meetings in various homes to discuss the Gospel. However, because of the increase in numbers, meeting houses were soon built and then even special ordinance buildings. Regular and organized church meetings resulted. But many people have thought this was above and beyond their original calling, so they have refused to join any of the Fundamentalist groups, thus becoming known as the Independents. Thus, divisions and hard feelings developed among the Fundamentalists themselves.
THE MYSTERIES “-when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.” TPJS151
The Prophet Joseph, like all other great prophets, had difficulty teaching new truths to the world. On one occasion his feelings were unleashed in this great outburst: "This generation is as currupt as the generation of the Jews that crucified Christ; and if He were here today, and should preach the same doctrine He did then, they would put Him to death. TPJS 328
The main text of this pamphlet is a letter written in answer to one received by the author from a friend who has been having discussions with a pastor on the subject of plural marriage. The names have been withheld for obvious reasons; however, the correspondence is printed in pamphlet form as the information may be of interest to others. There are three letters included herein: (1) cover letter from “a friend”; (2) excerpts from the pastor’s letter to “the friend”; and (3) response by the author. The lack of information on plural marriage recorded in the New Testament has caused many readers to wonder why. Hopefully this short pamphlet will provide some possible answers. —Ogden Kraut
THE NEW TESTAMENT AND PLURAL MARRIAGE Part Two ByOgden Kraut In Paul’s sermons on fleshly sins—such as in Romans 7, Galatians 5, and many other epistles—he never mentioned that a man in plural marriage was living in sin. Why not? He defends monogamous marriage, and rightly so, but why did he avoid either a positive or negative comment on the subject of polygamy? The Jews practiced it; the Arabs practiced it; the Old Testament prophets and patriarchs practiced it; yet it is not even slightly referred to by Paul or any of the other disciples. In fact, in all of Christ’s teachings about both sins and virtues of the flesh, even He did not mention it. Isn’t it strange that nothing was said about it? Certainly some references must have been made. If plural marriage was as terrible as most people suppose, then the Lord would surely have given us more reputable evidence to rely on than these few isolated verses in 1st Corinthians. Why do we wrangle over the positive statements on monogamy, which are commendable, but fail to find one simple New Testament reference about plural marriage? If it is a sin, why didn’t they say so? If it is a virtue, why didn’t they admit it? The Old Testament is full of examples of prophets, patriarchs, kings and righteous men who lived plural marriage, and not one disciple of Jesus said a word against them for such a lifestyle.
THE ONE MIGHTY AND STRONG The Initial Scriptures In November of 1832 the Prophet Joseph Smith was in Kirtland, Ohio, writing a letter to W. W. Phelps and his “brethren” in Missouri. The letter pertained to all the Saints who should come to Zion for an inheritance. The Prophet said: I have many things which I wish to communicate. Some things which I will mention in this letter, which are lying with great weight on my mind. (D.H.C. 1:298) Extracts from the letter that followed later became Section 85 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Two of the most pertinent verses are: And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God; While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning. (D & C 85:7-8)
THE ONE MIGHTY AND STRONG part 2. The Professing Candidates In 1912 Joseph F. Smith was still troubled by those claiming to hold the position of “One Mighty and Strong”, so he warned: I know that the Lord will not raise up “Tom, Dick, or Harry”, here, there and everywhere, claiming to be Christ, or “One Mighty and Strong”, claiming to be inspired and called to do some wonderful thing. * * * Put that in your little notebooks now, and remember it …. (April Conf. Rept., 1912, p. 10)
The following quotation from Jacob 2:23-24 in the Book of Mormon has often been quoted by anti-Mormons, semiapostate Mormons, Reorganites, and other offshoots against plural marriage: But the word of God burthens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solormon his son. Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. (Jacob 2:23-24) Plural marriage was being lived by many of the Biblical prophets, priests, kings, and patriarchs during the same time period that this scripture was written. The Old Testament is a continuous record of men who lived polygamy during those 4000 years. Even Moses received laws pertaining to the way this marriage style should be lived. For many others it was not intended because they were not sufficiently qualified. Thus this passage in Jacob refers to them. Since the scripture in Jacob has been seldom properly explained, this pamphlet is intended to help clarify it and explain the apparent contradictions surrounding the polygamy of David and Solomon.  A Few Verses the Majority From priest to politician, we hear the cry of “sin,” “outlawed,” “immoral,” and other epithets depicting plural marriage. Many people believe that it is an “evil,” “adulterous;” and ‘wicked” practice. Most of these objections, however, originate from those who have not sufficiently read or studied the reasons men and women have practiced this unpopular marriage lifestyle.
The Polygamy of David and Solomon Part 2. Foreign marriages brought foreign religions, and the king compromised the convictions which he had expressed in his dedicatory prayer for the. temple (I Kings 8:23. 27) by engaging in syncretistic worship to placate his wives. This violent breach of Israel’s covenant could not go unpunished. (illustrated Bible Dictionary, vol. 3:1472) So Solomon apostatized from the God of his fathers by introducing the heathen gods of wicked nations and accepting their practices. It was for this reason that his polygamy was an abomination.
Prayer is often referred to as the “soul’s sincere desire” and the “simplest form of speech”. And as a young son asks his father for the things he needs, so we ask the Eternal Father for the things we need. As we receive these things, we should offer a prayer of thanksgiving, gratitude, and adoration.
BLESSINGS FROM PRAYER Scriptural history is filled with great acts of prophets and holy men of God. None of them could have been as great, nor performed these great deeds without faith in prayer. Healings, miracles, and great power were manifest through prayers. James says if a man desires wisdom, then “let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given.” Prayer, however, must be accompanied by faith. James continues with “but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering; for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that men think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.” (James 1:6-7) Prayer is likened to the spiritual thermometer of a man. It measures the faith in his soul. If he has no will to pray, he has no faith; but if he prays much, then he is filled with faith and spiritual strength. A good man is a source of strength and blessing to his family and friends, for “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
GOD’S WILL Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3) There is a certain objective to all prayers and that objective is the will of the Lord. The Lord knows what is good and proper for us—much better than we do ourselves. If God answered all our prayers, we would, in a short time, become a ruined people. Even Jesus wanted the “bitter cup” of crucifixion to pass from Him; but He concluded His prayer with “nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.” We think we know what would be best for us, but our desires would lead us into a life of ease, luxury and idleness. Such a life would be disastrous to our souls. We, too, must pass through a Garden of Gethsemane, maybe even required to “bear a cross.” If we seek an eternal life with the Lord, we must follow in His footsteps, learning obedience to His will. Solomon, in his wisdom, said to “commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him.” The scriptures tell us that God “knoweth what things ye have need of, even before ye ask Him;” therefore, He awaits to hear our prayers to see if we pray for these things and to see if we desire His will to be done. It is our love for Him, a desire to do His will, and the prayers we offer to His cause, which are the things God desires from us. Prayer is the way He gauges our desires and intentions. When we learn to pray for His will, and seek to do His will, then is the time God is willing to open the doors of eternity to us—to bestow upon us all the kingdoms, principalities and powers of which He is in possession. He is willing, then, to have us to be “one with Him” in all things.
The Bible has been perhaps the most influential, powerful, and consistently read book ever printed. It has been the source of inspiration and spiritual guidance for millions of people for thousands of years. The evidence of faith, courage and strength of those who have read it could never be fully told. Men have willingly faced untold agonies, torture and prison; they have crossed deserts and the Arctic, flown through space, gone beneath the sea, and struggled through every phase of life because of the inspiration they received from the Bible. The words of God, as they flowed from the pen of prophets, apostles and patriarchs, have done more for mankind than all the armies and navies that ever conquered nations. Yet our Bible is not complete with all of the words of God to man, nor is it infallibly correct in its present translations. Many mistakes have been made by translators and scribes. Many portions were never included, while some places were not clearly understood or interpreted correctly. But worst of all, because of these misinterpretations or assumptions, Catholics have tortured and burned their Protestant brothers, and in return Protestants have religiously and enthusiastically made war upon Catholics. Rivers of blood have flowed throughout history, as Christians battled with other Christians. Through the misinterpretation of the Bible, thousands of innocent women and children have been murdered during the centuries of the Dark Ages and the Inquisition. Because of the misunderstanding of one word, many innocent women have been burned or killed as “witches”. For nearly two thousand years, history has recorded some of the worst atrocities of man against man because they misunderstood the words of Jesus. http://ogdenkraut.com/test/?page_id=35
HISTORY OF BIBLICAL MANUSCRIPTS Did God write the Bible? Did prophets or apostles write every word of the Bible? Is every word in the Bible inspired of God? The answer to all of these questions is, of course, no. Some of it contains the words of God; some parts are the words of men; sometimes it quotes the devil; and in once place a jackass spoke. Hence, the Bible is a compilation of records from various sources, containing the words of God, men, and the devil. The expression “inspired of God” pertains to certain parts of the Bible–not to all of it. Much of it is merely history without any particular reference to God, similar to any other written history. http://ogdenkraut.com/test/?page_id=35
HISTORY OF BIBLICAL MANUSCRIPTS part 2 of Chapter 2 of As It is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. There are three sources from which we gather information pertaining to the Bible: (1) the manuscripts; (2) the versions of translations; and (3) quotations from early Christian church writers. Most of the early Christian Fathers were writers who lived near the end of the first century and later. The most important of those who quoted the New Testament were Justin Martyr, Tatian, Irenaeus, and Clement of Alexandria–all of whom lived in the second century. In the fourth century we have important writings of Eusebius of Caesarea as well as Jerome. From these men and the many who followed, we have obtained thousands of valuable Biblical manuscripts. However, they were all different because scribes and translators made modifications–either by accident or on purpose –with the intent to help clarify or correct.
C TRANSLATING AND REVISING SCRIPTURE. Chapter 3 of As It is Translated Correctly. Too often over-zealous and misinformed preachers of today profess to have a Bible without error. However, any honest Christian scholar will admit mistakes and inaccuracies in all Bible translations. Perhaps the erudite scholars of Bible history said it best when they declared: The need for NT textual criticism results from a combination of three factors: (1) The originals, probably written on papyrus scrolls, have all perished. (2) For over 1,400 years the NT was copied by hand, and the copyists (scribes) made every conceivable error, as well as at time intentionally altering (probably with the idea of “correcting”) the text. Such errors and alterations survived in various ways, with a basic tendency to accumulate (scribes seldom left anything out, lest they omit something inspired). (3) There are now extant, in whole or in part, 5,338 Greek MSS, as well as hundreds of copies of ancient translations (not counting over 8,000 copies of the Latin Vulgate), plus the evidence from the citations of the NT in the writings of the early church fathers. Moreover, no two MSS anywhere in existence are exactly alike. (Biblical Criticism, Harrison, Waltke, Guthrie and Fee, p. 128)
Chapter 3 TRANSLATING AND REVISING SCRIPTURE of As It is Translated Correctly. Part 2. Chapter Word Meaning. If all of the Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Syriac texts had been translated from one single text, there would still remain possible variations, due to the choice of words in translating. Every scribe has his own style of vocabulary and types of descriptions and expression. Each translator tries to express the original meaning which he thinks was intended by the person who wrote the text. Hence, many scribes differed in their interpretation of the original text language. Even though they were translating the very same words, each had a slightly different understanding of the original meaning of the words written by the author. Consider how confused a foreigner must be when he reads in a daily American newspaper: “The prospectors made a strike yesterday up in the mountains.” “The union went on strike this morning.” “Strike up with the Star Spangled Banner.” “The fisherman got a good strike in the middle of the lake.” Presumably each of these completely different uses of the same word go back to the same parent and have the same etymology.
TRANSLATING AND REVISING SCRIPTURE of As It is Translated Correctly. Part 3. Of chapter 3. Divisions and Sub-Divisions. The division of the Bible into chapters and verses also has a negative result in some instances. The various divisions and sub-divisions of the sacred Scripture into chapters, verses and members of sentences, are of human authority and to be regarded as such. Anciently all the books of the sacred Scriptures were written in one continuous manner–without a break, a chapter or a verse. The division into chapters, that now universally obtains in Europe, derived its origin from Cardinal Cairo, who lived in the twelfth century. The subdivision into verses is of no older date than the middle of the sixteenth century, and was the invention of Robert Stevens. Whatever advantages these divisions may have been in the way of facilitating references, they have so dislocated and broken to pieces the connection, as not only to have given the Scriptures the appearance of a book of proverbs, but have thrown great difficulties in the way of any of them. The punctuation, too, being necessarily dependent on these divisions, is far from accurate; and taken altogether it affords a demonstra-tion that there is no more divinity in the chapters, verses, commas, semi-colons, colons and periods of the inspired writings, than there is in the paper on which they are inscribed, or in the ink by which they are depicted to our view. (Christian Baptism, Alexander Campbell, p. 39)
TRANSLATING AND REVISING SCRIPTURE Part 4 chapter 3 of As It is Translated Correctly. Loss of Original Sources. The vast majority of the errors in the NT MSS occurred during the period that is also the most difficult to reconstruct–the first four Christian centuries. Much of the difficulty stems from the work of the earliest Christian copyists. In a time when the majority of people were illiterate and when Christianity periodically underwent severe persecution, there were probably few professionally trained scribes in the service of the church. Moreover, seldom were the scribes possessed by the spirit of the scribes of later times who worked according to the instructions of the Lord given in Deuteronomy 12:32: “Thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish therefrom.” In fact, the opposite seems to have been true of the scribes in the first two centuries. They introduced thousands of changes into the text. To be sure, the majority of their errors were unintentional and are easily discernible slips of the eye, ear, or mind. Hundreds of changes in the text were, however, made intentionally. Yet we should not think of these scribes as having acted from evil motives. If they often took many liberties in copying their texts, apparently they did so in  most cases in an attempt to “help out.” They were more interested in making the message of the sacred text clear than in transmitting errorless MSS. Thus, early scribes (and sometimes later ones) often “smoothed out” the Greek of the biblical writer by adding conjunctions, changing tenses of verbs, and changing word order
DIFFERENT BIBLES AND TRANSLATIONS Chapter 4 part 1 of As It Is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. Our Bible is a collection of books written over a period of 1600 years. It gradually grew until its compilation consisted of 66 books, with the last one being written at the close of the first century A.D. The arrangement of the books has differed through the years, but not necessarily in chronological order. The twentieth century has seen a surge of new translations of these ancient manuscripts. “All of them have their faults, of course, but some of them are especially good and can be of great help to the Bible reader.” (How We Got the Bible, Lightfoot, p. 116) Even the most popular and respected King James Bible is not complete and needed revision. No one translation is infallible. With the advance of time it was inevitable that revisions would have to be made of the classic King James Version: (1) its translation was based on manuscripts of late (instead of early) dates; (2) it contained obsolete expressions which were often misleading; and (3) it did not always represent an exact translation of the original tongues. (Ibid., p. 116)
DIFFERENT BIBLES AND TRANSLATIONS Chapter 4 part 2 of As It Is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. [Page 49] The English Revised version was the work of 52 English scholars. An American committee of 30 assisted shortly after it began in 1870. Since the Americans did not agree on the translation, they left to later publish their own American Standard Revision. On many points they did not agree with the English revisers, of which some idea may be formed from the fact that in the book of Job alone they made 1,781 changes, while the English revisers made 1,004 changes, and that they disagreed concerning the renderings in 1,438 instances. (See Mead figures in Doctor Schaff’s work, p. 481.) Other Bibles, worthy of note, include: (1) The Moffatt Bible (1913) came under criticism for numerous translation liberties. Moffatt re-arranged some of the verses and chapters, and stated that the “traditional or Massoretic text of the Old Testament . . . is often desperately corrupt.” Moffatt made corrections on “nearly every page”, yet his version received wide acclaim. (2) The Revised Standard version was prepared by 32 scholars. Upon its publication in 1946, it was said of this edition, “No version produced in our country has ever aroused so much antagonism, some justified and some unjustified.” (PTL Councillors Bible, p. 1224)
Chapter 5 LOST BOOKS OF THE BIBLE Although we have 66 books in our Bible, there are many others that are missing, some of which are mentioned in the existing scriptures; but no one seems to know what happened to them or why they were not included as part of the Bible. Many of these lost books are reported to be the words of God to some of His faithful prophets and patriarchs, so we must conclude that they are of great worth and would qualify to be considered scripture. It can also be concluded that there are many other missing books, also inspired, not mentioned in the Bible
There is a vast array of reasons for information and manuscripts to be lost. During 6000 years, various texts and writings have been destroyed by every “storm” that man and the elements could bring upon them. It is fortunate that we have even the small portion of copies that we have. However, in recent times the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith another reason why this generation does not have some of these prophetic records. The Lord said: Verily, verily, I say unto you, that there are records which contain much of my gospel, which have been kept back because of the wickedness of the people. (D. & C. 6:26) Today’s Christian believes that he has all the scripture that was ever given to man. He believes that the Bible is complete–that God has given all that He intends to give. The modern Christian couldn’t receive any more scripture because his creeds forbid it
The Khirbet Qumran, meaning the ruins of Qumran, has provided archaeologists with astounding discoveries that have excited public interest throughout the world.  Archaeologists have uncovered portions of the foundations of the Qumran Community and have reconstructed realistic maps and models: Map of the Qumran monastery foundation as it may have appeared about the time of Jesus.  Scholars of the Qumran texts are trying to find similarities to the Massoretic Text, which is the closest resemblance to the modern Bible translation. But even with the Dead Sea Scrolls, we find translation errors
Dead Sea Scrolls part 3 of As It Is Translated Correctly Chapter 7 by Ogden Kraut As for the priesthood, they shall be a seat for the holy of holies, inasmuch as all of them will have knowledge of the Covenant of justice and all of them be qualified to offer what will be indeed “a pleasant savor” to the Lord. (Dead Sea Scriptures, Gaster, p. 61) They are to extend forgiveness to all among the priesthood that have freely enlisted in the  cause of holiness, and to all among the laity that have done so in the cause of truth, and likewise to all that have associated themselves with them. (Dead Sea Scriptures, Gaster, p. 52) The Twelve Apostles There are twelve “men of holiness” who act as general guides of the community–a remarkable correspondence with the Twelve Apostles. These men have three superiors, answering to the designation of John, Peter and James as the three pillars of the Church. (Dead Sea Scriptures, Gaster, p. 39)
Chapter 8 APOCRYPHA AND THE CANON OF SCRIPTURE Question: Is not the canon of Scriptures full? Answer (by Joseph Smith): If it is, there is a great defect in the book, or else it would have said so. (D.H.C. 3:30) The collection of books, letters, and histories compiled within the Bible is called scripture. All those writings that have been selected and accepted as valid are called “The Canon of Scripture”. But different churches accept different books as scripture, resulting in varying canons of the scriptures.
Chapter 8 APOCRYPHA AND THE CANON OF SCRIPTURE part 2. If thou desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord shall give her unto thee. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction: and faith and meekness are his delight. Look at the generations of old, and see; did ever any trust in the Lord, and was confounded? Or did any abide in his fear, and was forsaken? Or whom did he ever despise that called upon him? The fear of the Lord is honour, and glory, and gladness, and a crown of rejoicing. The fear of the Lord maketh a merry heart, and giveth joy, and gladness, and a long life. Whoso feareth the Lord, it shall go well with him at the last, and he shall find favour in the day of his death. Many are in high places and of renown: but mysteries are revealed unto the meek. For the power of the Lord is great, and he is honoured of the lowly. Reject not the supplication of the afflicted; neither turn away thy face from a poor man. Be not at variance with a rich man, lest he overweigh thee: for gold hath destroyed many, and perverted the hearts of kings. Blessed is he whose conscience hath not condemned him, and who is not fallen from his hope in the Lord. My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation. Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble. Cleave unto Him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased  at thy last end. Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate. For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
Chapter 9 BIBLICAL ERRORS It is obvious to non-Mormons that there are very few members of the Latter-day Saint Church who can point out errors in the Bible, nor do they know these inconsistencies even exist. As one anti-Mormon publication stated: Ask the Mormons to show you exactly where the errors (in the Bible) exist. (Mormonism, by “Saints Alive”, p. 2) The purpose of this chapter, then, is to show that there definitely are Biblical errors and inconsistencies, how they occurred, and what some of them are. * * * Ancient prophets usually dwelled among wicked people, as the masses didn’t believe in revelation from God, in visions, or angels. Thus, the common fate of most prophets was excessive persecution and cruelty. Unbelievers sought to destroy the writings of the prophets and if possible tried to kill the prophets themselves. (Our generation has been no different.) Too often the manuscripts of the prophets were, of necessity, hastily handed down to other believers, few in number and usually uneducated. Many times they had to make copies under dire circumstances and in most unfavorable conditions. Thus, the information on the copies became sporatic and erroneous. Copies of copies had to be made because of the temporary life of the materials upon which original translations had been written. It is easy to  understand, therefore, why after a few hundred years, the copies became dissimilar in many ways to the original writings of the prophets
Biblical Errors, Chapter 9 of As It Is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. Part 2. In spite of new Bible versions attempting to correct errors and inconsistencies, they still seem to exist–some of which are even humorous: A number of editions of the Bible have been published which are known by peculiar names derived either from errors in printing or in unusual translations of words or phrases. The “Bug Bible” (1551) renders Psalms 91:5, “So that thou shalt not need be afraid of any bugges by night,” instead of “… any terrors by night.” The so-called “Printer’s Bible” has Psalms 119:161 read “Printers have persecuted me without a cause” instead of “Princes have persecuted me without a cause.” One printing of the Geneva Bible (1560), known as the “Breeches Bible,” renders Gen. 3:7 “… they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves breeches,” instead of “… and made themselves aprons.” The Bishops’ Bible, which was published in 1568, contains a translation of Jeremiah 8:22 which has caused it to be known also as the “Treacle Bible”; “Is there no treacle in Gilead?” instead of “Is there no balm in Gilead?”
Bible Errors part 3 of Chapter 9 of As It Is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. Furthermore, there are two different genealogies of Jesus given to us by Matthew and by Luke. (Compare Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38.) Among the many different types of errors that have crept into the Bible are those passages which seem to contradict each other. The transmission of words do not always express the same idea and they often seem to be saying just the opposite. The following examples are just some of the contradictory problems found throughout the Bible.
JOSEPH’S INSPIRED TRANSLATION part 1 of Chapter 10 of As It Is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. I resumed the translation of the Scriptures, and continued to labor in this branch of my calling…. (D.H.C. 1:238) For many centuries uninspired men have fractured Christianity into a thousand different, contending sects; and, from out of all these have come many different versions of the Bible. Because of this confusion, the Lord saw the necessity of bringing more enlightenment among men to clarify this atrocious mess. Since the problems had not been solved by the scholarship of men, it became necessary for the Lord to send a prophet. So He did–the Prophet Joseph Smith. One of Joseph’s first works was that of a more inspired translation of the Bible.
Joseph’s Inspired Translation Part 2 of Chapter 10. The spirit and power of “the revelations which God” had given him were greater than most people can comprehend. There is no doubt that the Prophet Joseph saw and understood much more in the Bible than he ever revealed. Use of the Urim and Thummim enabled him to absorb great amounts of information in a few moments. This he was able to do with the Bible. Lorenzo Brown gives this testimony of what Joseph told him: After I got through translating the Book of Mormon, I took up the Bible to read with the Urim and Thummim. I read the first chapter of Genesis and I saw the things as they were done. I turned over the next and the next, and the whole passed before me like a grand panorama; and so on chapter after chapter until I read the whole of it. I saw it all! . . . (This was spoken at the house of Benj. Brown, N.Y., 1832, Sidney Rigdon being along.)  The Prophet was able to enlarge his understanding of many mysteries of the heavens and earth by means of this instrument. On one occasion Joseph obtained a copy of John Fox’s Book of Martyrs. It was a huge exhaustive record of all the Christians who fell in death or were persecuted for their faith. Joseph did not have the time to read this huge volume so he recorded: I have, by the aid of the Urim and Thummim, seen those martyrs and they were honest, devoted followers of Christ according to the light they possessed; they will be saved. (Reminiscences of the Prophet Joseph, Stevenson, p. 5)
Joseph’s Inspired Translation Part 3 of Chapter 10 of As It is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. It is also interesting to note that in 1979 the Mormon Church published its own edition of the Bible, this being the first Bible the Church has ever published. It contains many cross references to the other standard works, a Topical Guide listing passages from the four standard works, a Bible Dictionary, and also many excerpts from the Inspired Translation. Critics from outside the Church complain that Joseph’s work, both in his revision and quotations in the Book of Mormon, were based upon the King James Translation. There were many reasons he chose that edition: Considering the vast work involved in writing the Bible, the King James translators had already done the most satisfactory job of translation.It was sufficiently good enough; the work and the spirit of it were satisfactory for people to gain the knowledge and understanding needed for their salvation.It was the most popular and common Bible publication at the time, being the most familiar to people. A completely different form of words of the same text would be more confusing and objectionable. This is easily noticed between the Protestant and the Catholic versions by their two variations of the same text.Joseph had little time to work on his revision, and for the sake of getting the task done, he made only the necessary changes in that version of the Bible. If he would have rewritten each word of the Bible, his work would never have been finished.The Bible was never intended to be a closed book. Each book was a scripture by itself and other information, visions, and revelations would or could be added.
Joseph’s Inspired Translation Part 4 of Chapter 10 of As It is Translated Correctly by Ogden Kraut. Robert Matthews gives an excellent clarification of texts from the Inspired Translation in regard to the status of little children: That little children are innocent before God is clearly established by the Inspired Translation. In explanation of the covenant of circumcision, the Lord said to Abraham that its purpose was “that thou mayest know forever that children are not accountable before me until they are eight years old. (Gen. 17:11) This interesting and valuable point is not made in the King James Version.
Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut 1980 PREFACE Judas Iscariot left one of the most significant, if not notorious, names ever known among men. His was not only a famous name, but a name that carried a meaning. To the generations that have followed, his name has been spoken of with contempt; it is used as an adjective to describe treason, treachery, or betrayal. From among the ranks of the humble and meek, he rose to the exalted position of apostle to the promised Messiah. Yet, from such an aspiring height, he fell to become the most despicable and despised man among the Christian people. Throughout the scriptures wherever the name “Judas” appears, the word “betrayer” almost always accompanies it. And to this day the name of “Judas” is applied more to describe a traitor or betrayer than it does to the man known as Judas Iscariot. The life of Judas is of historical significance, as well as a most interesting and important study. The example of his life and the attributes of his character are an important study for all who would understand the nature of the controversy between Christ and the devil. As the seeds of a righteous faith grow into positive works of righteous action–so, too, the seeds of evil spring forth into the weeds of wickedness. When men choose to reject the light of truth, they must stumble and fall into the pitfall of darkness. Such occurred in the life of the Apostle Judas Iscariot. The biography of his life stands as a firm warning to all who would undertake to live a Godly life, lest they, too, should stumble and become subjected to the spirit and powers that drove Judas to destruction.
The Betrayal, Chapter 2 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut Judas was filled with hate and murder when his sins had become exposed. He was moved with the spirit of vengeance. Judas went to expose the place where Jesus was and to also betray His identity. He would, of course, reveal the inner secrets, the counsels and the doctrines which would bring down the furor of the Jewish and Roman authorities. Jesus arose from the table when the supper was finished and bid them to follow Him out to the Garden of Gethsemane. When they arrived, He bid His disciples to keep watch while He prayed. “My soul is full of anguish, even unto death”. It was only a matter of hours before He would face the death for which He was born. But He, too, was human and wished to remain alive a little longer. Upon bended knees He pleaded: “Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me;” but being the perfect Son, He added, “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what Thou wilt.” How significant, how vital are these words in the relationship of the children of men to their Father in Heaven! This is a rare experience in the life of most self-willed men, but certainly a needed one.
Traitors to Men and God Chapter 3 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut I testify again, as the Lord lives, God NEVER WILL acknowledge any traitors or apostates. (T.P.J.S., p. 375) …if thou seek him he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. (I Chron. 28:9) There is no hurt, no grief, nor any suffering quite as painful as that which can be caused by someone you trust, love or call a friend. It takes someone from within your own ranks, a traitor, to cause the greatest damage and deepest sorrow: like the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire that fell because of the weakness of its own people, or, similarly the Great Wall of China that had been breached three times–not by the power of the enemy–but because the gatekeepers had been bribed. The great cause of freedom in America was nearly lost when General Benedict Arnold collaborated with the enemy. Armies, nations and even the gospel of Christ have had their deepest wounds from those within their own ranks that prove themselves to be traitors. The devil knows that he can gain his most devastating victories by working from within rather than by force from without.
Peters Denial, Part 1 of Chapter 4 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut Chapter 4 Peter’s Denial And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. (Luke 22:34) Too often the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter are linked together, as though they were similar crimes. But a close examination will clearly reveal that there is no similarity between Peter’s denial and the betrayal of Christ by Judas
The Devil’s Disciples, part 1 of Chapter 5 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut. Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (Matt. 18:7) Men come to earth to be proven. They must become acquainted with good and evil, truth and error; and pass through the fires of temptation. Without this experience, they can never qualify themselves for a crown of glory. They must understand sorrow, pain and suffering; then they can appreciate the goodness of heaven. But men, like many things in nature, have their opposites. Some men are good, and others are wicked. Yet, they often appear in many of the same places on earth. The devil has his representatives, and they usually live in conflict with God’s representatives. Brigham Young observed: As it has always been, and will be yet for some time, when the sons of God assemble together Satan will be on hand as an accuser of the brethren, to find fault with those who are trying to do good. (J.D. 11:141)
The Devil’s Disciples, part 2 of Chapter 5 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut.  The apostleship is one of the highest callings ever given to man. From such exalted callings can come the deepest falls. With such great privileges and blessings, come the greater responsibilities; and it is only predicated upon strict obedience that exaltation is assured. If those with such responsibilities refuse the principles, the commandments, and the will of God, they must inherit a lesser kingdom. Thus: When God offers a blessing or knowledge to a man, and he refuses to receive it, he will be damned. (T.P.J.S., p. 322) President Brigham Young also added a thoughtful warning by saying: …if a man shall do anything which he knows to be wrong, and repenteth not, he cannot enjoy the Holy Spirit, but will walk in darkness and ultimately deny the faith. (J.D. 11:134) There is an important lesson to be learned here, if not a solemn warning, that those who lust for the wealth or temporal things of the world, will lose the spirit of the gospel and subject themselves to a hostile spirit. It is no more possible for men who will connive, scheme or steal from their brothers and gain the celestial kingdom than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Small sums of money became an obsession to Judas, and temptation was then added to temptation. Instead of resisting the influence of mammon, Judas became its slave, and the love of money became the root of all his evil. As the revelations of Christ were rejected, the communication of Satan became predominant. Then, the power of Satan took precedence over the power of Christ. As one vice was added to another, Judas fell into transgression from which he was never to rise again.
Holy Ghost Before Pentecost Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto me. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (Matt. 12:31-32) Did Judas Iscariot sin against the Holy Ghost when he betrayed the Savior? Did the apostles have the Holy Ghost before the day of Pentecost? This is an important aspect in the betrayal by Judas, and a most important consideration in any religious betrayal. The seriousness of Judas’ betrayal is a very significant question. Did he bring about the death of Christ by sinning against the Holy Ghost? The question of sinning against the Holy Ghost is an unforgiveable and unpardonable sin–therefore, it is an important aspect of the crime of Judas’ betrayal
The Holy Ghost before Pentecost part 2 of Chapter 6 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut The Gift of the Holy Ghost There is a considerable difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Prophet Joseph explained this by saying: There is a difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Cornelius received the Holy Ghost before he was baptized, which was the convincing power of God unto him of the truth of the Gospel, but he could not receive the GIFT of the Holy Ghost until AFTER he was baptized. (TPJS, p. 199) Only members of Christ’s Church are entitled to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; but anyone can receive the power or the convincing power. Notice the oft-quoted passage from the Book of Mormon, which is written specifically for nonmembers of the Church: If ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. (Moroni 10:4-5) This is a challenge given to non-members of the Church, yet they can become affected by the convincing power of the Holy Ghost. If people who receive this convincing power, refuse to accept it, they will lose it, or it will be taken from them.  Had he [Cornelius] not taken this sign or ordinance upon him, the Holy Ghost which convinced him of the truth of God, would have left him. (TPJS, p. 199)
The Holy Ghost before Pentecost part 3 of Chapter 6 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut. The Holy Ghost Must Attend the Ministry. Did the apostles of Christ have the Holy Ghost to direct them in their ministry? The Prophet Joseph Smith declared: All are to preach the Gospel by the power and influence of the Holy Ghost; and no man can preach the Gospel without the Holy Ghost. (TPJS, p. 112) The Holy Ghost is God’s messenger to administer in all those priesthoods. (TPJS, p. 323) Therefore, if the apostles of Christ had the priesthood, it follows that they had the Holy  Ghost because the two are inseparable. The Lord revealed in our own dispensation: That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven…. (D. & C. 121:36)
Sin and Penalty of Murder part 1 of Chapter 7 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut.  Chapter 7 Sin and Penalty of Murder …and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (I John 3:15) Murder stands next to the crime of sinning against the Holy Ghost. Murder is an unforgiveable sin, but sinning against the Holy Ghost is unforgiveable and unpardonable. A murderer, at some future time, will receive a pardon for that sin, but it still remains unforgiveable. If the ministers of religion had a proper understanding of the doctrine of eternal judgment, they would not be found attending the man who forfeited his life to the injured laws of his country, by shedding innocent blood; for such characters cannot be forgiven until they have paid the last farthing. The prayers of all the ministers in the world can never close the gates of hell against a murderer. (TPJS, p. 189) O
The Unpardonable Sin, Chapter 8, part 1 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut. Pages 72-85 Cursed be the man whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heathen in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. (Jer. 17:5) Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. (Psalms 69:28) God understands the struggle between the light and darkness that war upon men’s souls, but He allows them to choose and act according to their own will so that their true character will be revealed. Man should not be forced to love either truth or error. The choice must be his own. In the character of Judas, we must assume that there were good qualities that could have been a great asset to the cause of the Gospel. It is inconceivable that Judas became a disciple determined with deliberate intent to betray the Christ. It was the gradual increase of sins that finally brought him to his conspiracy against Christ.
The Unpardonable Sin, part 2 of Chapter 8 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut. The punishment of being cast into outer darkness will only be known by those who suffer that condemnation. It is the most severe punishment that God can inflict upon any of his children. Some have indicated that a part of that penalty is to be gradually decomposed into native element. Man is the most independent being upon God’s footstool, for he has his free volition to do right or wrong; he has the power to reject the evil and choose the good if he chooses, and if he wants to consign himself to oblivion and go back to native element let him follow in the path of the ungodly. . . . (Daniel H. Wells, J.D. 9:358)
Latter-day Judases, Part 1 of Chapter 9 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut. Page 85 Judas, when he lost the faith, received the power of the devil, and betrayed the Son of God into the hands of murderers. Joseph Smith in like manner was betrayed into the hands of wicked men, who took his life. He was betrayed by the apostates, by men whom he once loved when they were in our midst, and had the Spirit of the Lord. (Heber C. Kimball, JD 2:107) It has always been–and will be yet for some time–that wherever the gospel and Kingdom of God are established on earth, the devil will be on hand to integrate his servants into those ranks. The devil’s servants find fault, become accusers of the brethren, and finally prove to be traitors. These men fall from every honorable position and station. Do you doubt the existence of a devil and of evil spirits? Need I ask the Latter-day Saints this? Have you not seen his spirit manifested? You have seen men and women in this Church who were once faithful and devoted to the work of God; but they fell into sin, and another spirit took possession of them. Men as high as members of the First Presidency have done this. (Mill. Star 60:214)
Latter-day Judases, Part 2 of Chapter 9 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut. George Q. Cannon wrote an interesting historical item concerning the spirit of Cain, and Judas, which was manifest in the apostates who brought about the death of Joseph Smith.  During the days of which we write, it seemed as though the evil one and his hosts were making every effort to bring trouble upon Joseph. Apostates were combined together and appeared determined to destroy him. On one occasion in April, 1844, the City Marshal arrested one of this class for assaulting his brother in the latter’s own house. This brought out his companions, three of whom came down to Joseph’s office. Their names were Chauncey L. Higbee, Robert D. Foster and Charles Foster. The first two were bitter apostates. The latter was a brother of Robert D. Foster, and though he had never been in the Church, he drank into the spirit of murder and violence which they possessed and was one with them. Joseph was standing on the steps of his office, and Charles Foster drew a pistol and pointed it towards him, and threatened to shoot him. The police were directed to arrest him, and, while trying to do so, his brother and Higbee interfered, resisted the officers, and they were arrested also. They swore dreadful oaths, and Higbee and Charles Foster said they would shoot Joseph. They uttered many threats, and said they would consider themselves the favored of God for the privilege of shooting or ridding the world of such a tyrant as Joseph was.
Many Sons of Perdition, Chapter 10 of Judas Iscariot by Ogden Kraut. Page 102 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (Hebrews 6:4-6) How do men become sons of perdition? The ignorant people of the world who have not had the Holy Ghost cannot be sons of perdition. Neither can people become sons of perdition after they leave mortality. The Prophet explained: A man cannot commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, and there is a way possible for escape. Knowledge saves a man; and in the world of spirits, no man can be exalted but by knowledge. So long as a man will not give heed to the commandments, he must abide without salvation. If a man has knowledge, he can be saved; although, if he has been guilty of great sins, he will be punished for them. But when he consents to obey the Gospel, whether here or in the world of spirits, he is saved. A man is his own tormenter and his own condemner. Hence the saying, They shall go into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. The torment of disappointment in the mind of man is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire and brimstone. I say, so is the torment of man. I know the scriptures and understand them. I said, no man can commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, nor in this life, until he receives the Holy Ghost; but they must do it in this world. (TPJS, p. 357)
Judas as a Son of Perdition Some believe that the number of the Sons of Perdition are so few that they can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Some do not think that even Judas could have been a Son of Perdition–as Joseph F. Smith expressed: To my mind it strongly appears that not one of the disciples possessed sufficient light, knowledge nor wisdom, at the time of the crucifixion, for either exaltation or condemnation; for it was afterward that their minds were opened to understand the scriptures, and that they were endowed with power from on high; without which they were only children in knowledge, in comparison to what they afterwards became under the influence of the Spirit. (Gospel Doctrine, p. 433)
Conclusion Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc. 12:13) The principles of both life and death are presented to man so that by his choice he may form his own character and circumstances. Like water that always seeks its own level, so man will rise or fall by his own volition. Nevertheless, only a few men will pass the tests of life that bring them to the exalted mansions of Godhood. The Prophet Joseph Smith remorsefully acknowledged this by saying: But there has been a great difficulty in getting anything into the heads of this generation. It has been like splitting hemlock knots with a corn dodger for a wedge, and a pumpkin for a beetle. Even the Saints are slow to understand. I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them, after suffering all they have for the work of God, will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions: they cannot stand the fire at all. How many will be able to abide a celestial law, and go through and receive their exaltation, I am unable to say, as many are called, but few are chosen. (DHC 6:184-85, TPJS, p. 331)
Blood, in the scriptures, is ascribed with a sacredness which belongs to life itself. It is, therefore, the essence, or the life of the body. When blood is shed, it often represents the sacrifice of life. Blood has also become a mystical part of many religious ordinances among Hebrew, Christian, and some Pagan religions. Because sacrificial blood has been incorporated into both sacred and vile practices of men’s religion, it is necessary to understand the reasons why men have used blood atonement as a part of their articles of faith. By searching into the pages of ancient scriptures, and in the light of contemporary religion, the reason, purpose and scope of blood atonement become more clear and understandable. Christians must first come to a realization that man’s salvation was established before the creation of this earth. It was then that the fall of man and his eternal redemption, was predicated upon the principle of atonement, by the shedding of blood. The life, death and the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ was planned before He was born. It was `…the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot; who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world’ (I Peter 1:19-20) that caused Christ to be called the `Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’ (Rev. 13;8)
Blood is frequently spoken of in the scriptures as being synonymous with life. In the Old Testament it is referred to 203 times in connection with death, and 103 times in regard to sacrifices. Hence, the term blood is religiously regarded as the means of life or death–an atonement or punishment. From Old Testament usage the predominant association of blood is with death rather than life, and the “life of the flesh” (Lev. 17:11) can mean life yielded up in death just as readily as life set free for surrender to God. The sacrificial rituals consistently pointed to the seriousness of sin, and the shedding of blood in sacrifice was prescribed as an acceptable substitute for the life of the sinner and an act of atonement by which he could be restored to fellowship with God. (Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Vol. 1:627) In the New Testament there are 25 examples, apart from the atonement of Christ, which indicate humans sacrificing their blood–blood often having reference to the “earthly” or the sinful; whereas water is referred to as the means of “cleansing” or baptism. In specific cases where water could not cleanse through baptism, then blood was offered as an atonement, or in some cases shed as a punishment for sins. Blood was also considered as the element in the body that carried the corruptions of the body, which is one of the reasons for the law in ancient Israel that the body, or flesh, could be eaten, but not the blood.
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. (I Cor. 5:7) On the night previous to His crucifixion, Jesus gave bread and wine to His disciples during His last supper. It was on this occasion that He introduced a new ordinance. There in that upper room He passed bread and wine to introduce the sacrament of that last supper and explained the meaning of it. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt. 26:27-28)
TESTAMENTS AND TESTATORS, Chapter 4 of B L O O D A T O N E M E N by OGDEN KRAUT And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (Rev. 6:9-11)
TESTAMENTS AND TESTATORS, Part 2 of Chapter 4 of BLOOD ATONEMENT by OGDEN KRAUT If Adam would have been mortal as other humans, he could and should have atoned for his transgression as other men. If he sinned as other men, then his sin would have been his own, but it fell upon every one of his children. But Adam could not atone for that transgression with his own blood; therefore, Christ had to atone for it and became God, the Redeemer. It took the blood of a God to atone for the transgression of a God. The Gospel “covenant” was established by Adam, but it did not become fully in force until the blood of Christ was spilled. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. (Heb. 9:18-20) Christ sealed up both the New and the Old Testaments by the shedding of his blood. Paul wrote: And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead; otherwise, it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. (Heb. 9:15-18)
THE VENGEANCE OF INNOCENT BLOOD, Chapter 5 of BLOOD ATONEMENT byOGDEN KRAUT As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the Lord hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears. (Jer. 26:14-15) When innocent blood is shed, it is called murder. But, when the wicked have their blood shed, it is called an execution. A person guilty of a capital crime should receive capital punishment; then justice has been served. However, if an innocent person is murdered, then, according to the scriptures, his “blood cries from the ground for vengeance”. When innocent blood is spilled, retribution must be made; for justice has been robbed and demands satisfaction.  According to the scriptures, every innocent man who has been murdered, has blood that cries from the ground for “vengeance”. That blood remains in a constant appeal to God for justice–and the Promise is that it will be reconciled somewhere in the eternal scales of justice. In every instance of an innocent victim who dies by the hand of a murderer, a just compensation must be met by the murderer. This justice may come in the form of an execution, war, persecution, or pestilence; but until that justice is met, their blood cries to the Lord for “vengeance”.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN SCRIPTURE, Chapter 6 of B L O O D A T O N E M E N T by OGDEN KRAUT Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. (Ezek. 18:4) Men’s laws should conform with the laws of God, but they seldom do. There have been but few times in history that God has been able to convince man to obey His laws. It would do well for society to look into the scriptures to understand the reason, the evidence, and the purpose for many of God’s laws especially those relating to capital punishment. Perhaps it might be asked, “Who has the right to dictate or administer capital punishment But by the same reasoning we might ask, “Who is truly authorized to set free a murderer?” The answer is evident in the scriptures; hence, their value as a guide for the establishment or abolishment of capital punishment. OLD TESTAMENT LAW There is an abundance of references to the law and the practice of capital punishment in the Old Testament. That law was instituted from the very beginning and continued throughout to the New Testament. One of the first laws that God instituted among men was capital punishment. It read: Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God made he man. (Gen. 9:6) This law was reiterated by Moses, and it never was repealed by divine decree because it is an eternal law.
CAPITAL PUNISCAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN SCRIPTURE, Part 2 of Chapter 6 of Blood Atonement by OGDEN KRAUT. CONTINUATION OF THE LAW IN THE NEW TESTAMENT The law of capital punishment was believed and practiced by the Jewish people as long as they had their nation. The story is given in the Apocrypha (during the time between the Old and New Testaments) about Andronicus, a man of Jewish nobility who was not exempt from punishment for the crime of murder: And being kindled with anger, forthwith he took away Andronicus his purple, and rent off his clothes, and leading  him through the whole city unto that very place, where he had committed impiety against Onias, there slew he the cursed murderer. Thus the Lord rewarded him his punishment, as he had deserved. (II Maccabees 4:38) Some suppose that when Christ came, He did away with the Old Testament law of capital punishment. But He said that He did “not come to destroy the law.” If anything, the punishment for sin was more severe, because the laws were more exacting. Just because a man claimed to be a Christian did not give him the right to get away with murder. Forgiveness of sin is a personal matter, but transgression against the law is quite another. This will be mentioned further in the concluding chapter. True law is, in reality, the legal directive of God, and no one else has any right to change or interfere with the law that God has given. The Apostle James condensed this into a short sentence by saying: There is one law giver, who is able to save and to destroy.” (James 4:12)
CAPITAL PUNISCAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN SCRIPTURE, Part 3 of Chapter 6 of Blood Atonement by OGDEN KRAUT. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE BOOK OF MORMON. The law of capital punishment for murder was clearly identified with the early writings of the Nephites. It read, “Wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth, for he shall die.” (2 Nephi 9:35) And again, “If a man murdered, he should die.” (Alma 42:19) Sin was as grievous with the Nephites in the Book of Mormon, as it was with the Israelites in the Old Testament. It follows then that punishment for sin should be the same. All of the laws of God are instituted with blessings or punishments affixed no matter when they are given. The law of God is always the same. One of the Nephite leaders was a prophet-king who taught them the law and the subsequent punishments that were attached to disobedience of that law.
DEATH AND ATONEMENT, Chapter 7 of Blood Atonement by OGDEN KRAUT Page 67 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are; for blood it defileth the land; and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. (Num. 35:33) There are some crimes committed against the laws of man which are so serious that they are punishable by death, or capital punishment. Some sins against the laws of God are also serious enough to warrant the same punishment. Crime is against civil law, but sin is an ecclesiastical offense. In some instances a religious sin can be more serious than a civil crime. Murder is considered a crime in society, and also a sin against the law of God. However, sometimes a sin against God is not a crime against society, such as swearing or profanity, or not keeping the Sabbath Day holy. And, conversely, there are times when a crime against society is not a sin against God; for example, exceeding the speed limit on the highway, plural marriage, or fishing without a license. Yet there are also certain transgressions which break both the laws of God and the laws of man. Murder is one of these evils, along with robbery, rape, assault, etc.
THE RIGHT TO ADMINISTER ATONEMENT Although atonement by the shedding of blood might be a doctrine and principle of the Church, it is not to be administered by the Church. This is left to the government, whether it be man’s government or God’s. It is a religious doctrine but a political law.  If states or government do not choose to adopt this law into their penal codes, then they are not administering law as close to the laws of God as they should. The Lord gave this directive concerning the capital punishment of a murderer. And it shall come to pass, that if any persons among you shall kill, they shall be delivered up and dealt with according to the laws of the land; for remember that he hath no forgiveness; and it shall be proved according to the laws of the land. (D.C. 42:79)
DEATH AND ATONEMENT, part 3 of Chapter 7 of Blood Atonement by OGDEN KRAUT Although it is written that Judas “hanged himself” (Matt. 27:5), we also read that “his bowels gushed out.” (Acts 1:18) What sort of hanging was that? How could he be hanged about the neck and his “bowels” gush out? This is a conflicting story  which was clarified by Heber C. Kimball, when he said: Jesus said to His disciples, “Ye are the salt of the earth and if the salt loses its saving principle, it is then good for nothing but to be cast out.” Instead of reading it just as it is, almost all of you read it just as it is not. Jesus meant to say, “If you have lost the saving principles, you Twelve Apostles, and you that believe in my servants the Twelve, you shall be like unto the salt that has lost its saving principles: it is henceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under the foot of men. Judas lost that saving principle, and they took him and killed him. It is said in the Bible that his bowels gushed out; but they actually kicked him until his bowels came out. I will suffer my bowels to be taken out before I will forfeit the covenant I have made with Him and my brethren. Do you understand me? Judas was like salt that had lost its saving principles good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under the foot of men. It is just so with you men and women, if you do not honour your callings and cultivate the principles you have received. It is so with you, ye Elders of Israel, when you forfeit your covenants. (J.D. 6:125-126)
DEATH AND ATONEMENT, part 4 of Chapter 7 of Blood Atonement by OGDEN KRAUT  It is inconceivable that anyone could believe that these laws governing society were righteous under Moses, but considered evil or done away by Christ. Tolerance or intolerance of sin indicates the measure of a person’s righteousness or unrighteousness. (4) Thievery and Robbery If you want to know what to do with a thief that you may find stealing, I say kill him on the spot and never suffer him to commit another iniquity…. if I caught a man stealing on my premises I should be very apt to send him straight home, and that is what I wish every man to do, to put a stop to that abominable practice in the midst of this people. I know this appears hard, and throws a cold chill over our revered traditions received by early education. I had a great many such feelings to contend with myself, and was as much of a sectarian in my notions as any other man, and as mild, perhaps, in my natural disposition, but I have trained myself to measure things by the line of justice, to estimate them by the rule of equity and truth, and not by the false tradition of the fathers, or the sympathies of the natural mind. If you will cause all those whom you know to be thieves, to be placed in a line before the mouth of one of our largest cannon, well loaded with chain shot, I will prove by my works whether I can mete out justice to such persons, or not. I would consider it just as much my duty to do that, as to baptize a man for the remission of his sins. That is a short discourse on thieves, I acknowledge, but I tell you the truth as it is in my heart. (Brigham Young, J.D. 1:108-109)
MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE, Chapter 8 of Blood Atonement by OGDEN KRAUT Page 95. I fear, and I regret to say it, that with certain parties here there is a greater anxiety to connect Brigham Young and other church dignitaries with every criminal offense, than diligent endeavor to punish the actual perpetrators of crime. (Bancrofts History of Utah, p. 56; statement made by Jacob Forney, Supt. of Indian Affairs) One of the most pathetic incidents in the history of the Utah Territory occurred in the fall of 1857 near Cedar City, Utah. It was an atrocious act of violence known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Anti-Mormons and apostates have sent world-wide a billowing mass of pages on this incident in their effort to destroy Mormonism or cast aspersion upon its doctrines. In their determination they have sometimes written the most absurd and wild fantasies imaginable. B.H. Roberts in his History of the Church wrote: Anti-“Mormon” writers have been determined to fasten the crime upon the Church of the Latter Day Saints, or at least upon her leaders; and also, as a rule, holding that in some way “Mormon” doctrine and “Mormon” church policy was responsible for the crime. On the other hand, church people who in all good conscience, and justly, resent this imputation against their church and its leaders, have been naturally slow to admit all the facts that history may insist upon as inevitable. (C.H.C. 4:139)
ORRIN PORTER ROCKWELL, Chapter 9 of B L O O D A T O N E M E N T by OGDEN KRAUT Page 121 But having been the vortex of controversy while he lived, it seems, somehow, only fitting that the same would be true after his passing Rockwell’s past has been distorted to incredible extremes by writers on two continents who transformed his name into a synonym for terror. (Harold Schindler, Preface to Orrin Porter Rockwell) Orrin Porter Rockwell was a scout, pioneer, frontiersman, and a deputy marshal. His life and career became widely known by friend and foe throughout his colorful life. Only the wild west could contain such a man–a man desperately needed in that era of time. His was an adventurous life, and an antagonistic one, as every lawman well knows. Lawless gunmen feared him; citizens were comforted by his presence. If he had not been a Mormon, he would have been considered not only as one of their best friends, but as one of the most famous western heroes in America.
The ORRIN PORTER ROCKWELL, Part 2 of Chapter 9 of B L O O D A T O N E M E N T by OGDEN KRAUT Reports came back to the Mormons that the Army intended to make war. It could mean more devastation than any mob had ever caused. One report said: The United States are sending 2500 infantry, besides Col. Sumner’s dragoons, which are to rendezvous in Great Salt Lake City this winter, 100 teamsters, the worst description of men, picked up on the frontiers, which are more to be dreaded than the soldiers. They are making great calculations for “Booty and Beauty”. (Parowan Historical Record, Aug. 7, 1857) On the other hand, Brigham Young was taking a much milder approach to the situation. He wanted no war nor bloodshed. “Blockade the road, set fire to their trains, burn the whole country before them, keep them from sleeping, BUT TAKE NO LIFE,” Brigham ordered. What a different attitude than that of the president of the United States. Who was the warmaker? Who proposed to shed blood? Who acted in haste, without reason or responsibility and was taking a “savage” stand against innocent people?
DEPUTY MARSHAL ROCKWELL From 1848 until his death in 1878, Porter acted as a deputy marshal peace officer of the Utah Territory, to keep law and order within the broad range of land that it covered. For the next 30 years he came into contact with every kind of peculiar people that lived or passed through the territory. To perform his duties in that office, he brought many men into the courts for trial and prison; but he also had to kill many men, as other marshals and deputies often, of necessity, had to do. Notwithstanding the reports of his critics, there is no proof that he ever wantonly killed anyone. The Utah Territory had its share of outlaws and desperados just like the Montana, California, and Texas territories of the west. Crime was common and life was often cheap in these rough wilderness lands. It was the duty of such men as Porter to meet or challenge the lawbreakers in order to bring law and peace to those who wanted it. Porter is said to have “carried on his duties with no more or less callousness and hardness than was necessary in any other region,” and correctly so.
Danite meeting today–a great ingathering of the brethren. After considerable preaching, as usual, and a vast expenditure of breath in expounding to the dupes, the High Priesthood up in the middle of eleven men, and with their hands uplifted, administered the oath, and initiated them into the band of warriors, and sons of thunder. The whole band of warriors was organized into companies of tens, twenties, fifties, hundreds, etc. The whole were placed under the command of a Brigadier General, with his under officers, Colonels, Majors, etc., accompanied with a band of music. (William Swartzell, Mormonism Exposed, pp. 25-26) By 1838 Missouri became a hotbed of persecution for the Mormons. They were being burned, beaten and buried–and their troubles were only increasing. They sought for help from local residents, from county and state officials, but with little success. From out of this chaos and calamity came the “Danites.” The exact date of the organization of the Danite Band is not known probably because it was just a gradual and mutual effort of the Mormons to protect themselves from mobbers and outlaws. It was in existence by the summer of 1838 when so many depredations against the Mormons were occurring. Mutual ef-forts for defense and cooperative projects for protection had existed from the first early plunderings by mobs. However, there is nothing illegal or immoral in individuals or citizens forming a means of self-defense against any destructive force, whether natural or human. At this time things began to assume an alarming aspect both to the citizens of Daviess and Caldwell counties. Mobs were forming all around the country, declaring that they would drive the people out of the state.
THE CONTROVERSY, Chapter 11 of Blood Atonement by OGDEN KRAUT Page 164 . . . for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. (Jer. 25:31) The controversy between the world and the Mormon religion is well known. As soon as the doctrines of Mormonism were revealed, the other religions of the world began to contend against them. Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matt. 10:34) Mormonism, being the same gospel that Jesus taught, created the same opposition and the same sword. Because of their beliefs and practices, thousands of Mormons have had their blood shed by their enemies. The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate the controversy that has existed and still exists between those doctrines revealed to Joseph Smith (among which is blood atonement) and those of the non-Mormons. The following quotations and illustrations show that the original doctrines of Mormonism and the doctrines of the rest of the world are still unreconciled.
CONCLUSION, Chapter 12 of BLOOD ATONEMENT by OGDEN KRAUT But there is a law given and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God. (Alma 42:22) ATONEMENT Through the atonement of Christ, man’s sins are expiated or wiped away. The scope of atonement covers several segments of doctrine. Through Adam’s fall, all men become subject to death. The atonement provided the way for men to be made alive again.All mankind have broken the spiritual and moral laws of God and justly are condemned from the presence of God. Atonement provides the means to restore them from that bondage.Everyone is subject to sin. The law would condemn sinners to be destroyed or they would have to make an atonement with their own blood. But the atonement of Jesus Christ has provided the means of redeeming and giving them a chance for salvation.  Atonement has been described as “at-one-ment”, or an agreement made between man and God. Man, in his fallen nature, is unworthy to dwell in the presence of God, but by means of an atonement, man can be redeemed. However, all men have not sinned to the same degree neither will they be redeemed to the same degree. Paul said that as “one star differeth from another star in glory, so also is the resurrection of the dead”. (I Cor. 15:41-42)
95 Theses byOgden Kraut If any man writes to you, or preaches to you, doctrines contrary to the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, set him down as an imposter. –Joseph Smith Times & Seasons April 1, 1844 When we have God’s word pure and clear, then we think ourselves all right, we become negligent, and repose in a vain security; we no longer pay due heed, thinking it will always so remain, we do not watch and pray against the devil, who is ready to tear the Divine word out of our hearts. No greater mischief can happen to a Christian people, than to have God’s word taken from them, or falsified, so that they no longer have it pure and clear. God grant we and our descendants be not witnesses of such a calamity. –Martin Luther
Part 2 of Ninety Five Thesis by Ogden Kraut Page 19 REVELATION “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12) “For he will give unto the faithful line upon line, precept upon precept; and I will try you and prove you herewith.” (D. & C. 98:12) “Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God. But if any revelations are given of God, they are universally opposed by the priests and Christendom at large; for they reveal their wickedness and abominations.” (D.H.C. 4:588) “What constitutes the kingdom of God? Where there is a prophet, a priest, or a righteous man unto whom God gives His oracles, there is the kingdom of God; and where the oracles of God are not, there the kingdom of God is not…. but if we do not get revelations, we do not have the oracles of God….” (T.P.J.S., p. 272)
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume ALL these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Dan. 2:44) “And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of ALL nations;” (D. & C. 87:6) “…I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints in the state of Missouri and punish the crimes committed by her officers that in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left, for their wickedness in permitting the murder of men, women and children, and the wholesale plunder and extermination of thousands of her citizens to go unpunished.” (Joseph Smith, T.P.J.S., p. 302-303) “A terrible revolution will take place in the land of America, such as has never been seen before; for the land will be literally left without a supreme government, and every species of wickedness will run rampant. Father will be against son, and son against father, mother against daughter, and daughter against mother. The most terrible scenes of murder and bloodshed, and rapine that have ever been looked upon will take place. Many will come with bundles under their arms to escape the calamities, and there will be no escape except by fleeing to Zion.” (Joseph Smith, Visions of the Latter Days, p. 9-10)
HOLY GHOST BEFORE PENTECOST, topic 31, page 49 of Ninety Five Thesis by Ogden Kraut. “And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son….” (Moses 5:9) “And it came to pass that when Satan had departed from the presence of Moses, that Moses lifted up his eyes unto heaven, being filled with the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and the Son.” (Moses 1:24)“And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning the things which he spoke by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God–and the Son of God was the Messiah who should come–I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.“For he is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him. For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round. *** And the Holy Ghost giveth authority that I should speak these things, and deny them not.” (I Nephi 10:17-19, 22) “And Alma went forth, and also Amulek, among the people, to declare the words of God unto them; and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.” (Alma 8:30) “
WRITTEN SERMONS IN THE CHURCH, Topic 50. Page 71 of Ninety Five Thesis by Ogden Kraut. “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that some hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” (Matt. 10:19-20) “But notwithstanding those things which are written, it always has been given to the elders of my church from the beginning, and ever shall be, to conduct all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.” (D. & C. 46:2) “Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men; For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.” (D. & C. 100:5-6) “With the Latter-day Saints, the idea of writing sermons or preparing addresses beforehand is entirely discarded; it never was practiced amongst them.” (George A. Smith, J.D. 13:292)
SACRAMENT, Topic 60, page 83 of Ninety Five Thesis by Ogden Kraut. To administer means to pass, give, or to participate; only Priests were to handle the sacrament. The Lord said: “The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament…. But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;… (D. & C. 20:46,58) “Teachers may warn, expound, exhort, teach and invite all to come unto Christ, and take the lead of meetings when no elder or priest is present; but they have not the authority to baptize, administer the sacrament or lay on hands.” (C.H.C. 1:194) “Deacons are appointed to assist the teachers in the performance of their duties. They may also warn, expound, exhort, teach and invite all to come unto Christ, but, like the teachers, they have no authority to baptize, administer the sacrament or lay on hands.” (C.H.C. 1:194) Today …. The teachers and deacons pass the sacrament which is a part of administering it. Formerly they raised their hand to the square, while offering the sacramental prayer, but this was also done away.
THE MANIFESTO, Topic 70a, page 98 of 95 Thesis by Ogden Kraut. “And the Lord saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; but have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall drink. I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.” (Jer. 9:13-16) “Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men; *** For, behold, you should not have feared man more than God. Although men set at naught the counsels of God, and despise his words–Yet you should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.” (D. & C. 3:1,7,8) 13: “And now, beloved brethren, we say unto you, that inasmuch as God hath said that He would have a tried people, that He would purge them as gold, now we think that this time He has chosen His own crucible, wherein we have been tried; and we think if we get through with any degree of safety, and shall have kept the faith, that it will be a sign to this generation….” (T.P.J.S., p. 136)
LAWYERS, Topic 80, page 115 of 95 Thesis by Ogden Kraut. “And all ye lawyers who have no business, only as you hatch it up, would to God you would go to work or run away!” (Joseph Smith, T.P.J.S., p. 329) “I think that a community is civilized so far as it is free from contentions, law suits and litigation of every kind. *** When I hear men and women say that they will go to a Gentile court to have their difficulties adjusted, I think they will go to hell unless they refrain from such a spirit. *** Now, I ask every man and woman who wishes an honorable name in the Church and kingdom of God upon the earth, if they have entertained any idea of going to law, to banish it from their minds at once.” (Brigham Young, J.D. 11:257-259) “When God spoke from heaven to Joseph Smith, the people were bound down by priestcraft, doctorcraft, kingcraft and lawyercraft, the four grand crafts that uphold Satan’s kingdom.” (Brigham Young, Des. News, July 12, 1865)
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, Topic 90, page 130 of 95 Thesis by Ogden Kraut. “We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” (Article of Faith 11) “I did not like the old man being called up for erring in doctrine. It looks too much like the Methodist, and not like the Latter-day Saints. Methodists have creeds which a man must believe or be asked out of their church. I want the liberty of thinking and believing as I please. It feels so good not to be trammelled. It does not prove that a man is not a good man because he errs in doctrine.” (Joseph Smith, D.H.C. 5:340) “We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others;…” (D. & C. 134:4) “… they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves…. “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. Hence many are called, but few are chosen.” (D. & C. 121:37,39,40)
REDEMPTION OF ZION, Topic 93 on page 136 of 95 Thesis by Ogden Kraut “Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power; therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel. For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm. And as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be.” (D. & C. 103:15-18)
The Reformation gave birth to the spirit, thought, and desire for a revolution in America. The will to be free from tyranny over the mind or body resulted in a war that obtained national liberty. John Adams wrote, “the Revolution was affected before the war commenced, and was in the minds and hearts of the people.” And when Patrick Henry proclaimed “liberty or death,” it was a single voice expressing the thought of a nation. In this mental climate of political and religious freedom, independence developed into an American Constitution of liberty for all. Only under such a banner could the Restoration of the Gospel be possible. Although freedom may be protected by national security, the forces of evil can still arise to oppose the truth, oppress the righteous, and subvert the gospel. It is necessary to briefly review a few of the incidents in Church history depicting Satan’s powers of evil in his war against Christ. It is just as important to know Satan’s power and influence opposing the Gospel, as it is to know the gifts and powers that God bestows to establish and maintain it. At the beginning of Joseph Smith’s mission, and the start of the Restoration, the adversary was there. The Prophet sought in prayer to learn the truth concerning the churches of the day and he recorded: “I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcome me, and had such astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. *** at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction–not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world,…” (P. of G.P. Joseph Smith 2:15,16)
Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut December 1989 I will show thee the workmanship of mine hands; but not all, for my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease. (Moses 1:4) One of the greatest queries on the minds of the Saints is to understand the nature, the principle of the foundation of our existence. (Brigham Young, JD 6:275) Every world that has been created, has been created upon the same principle. They may vary in their varieties, yet the eternity is one; it is one eternal round. These are things that scarcely belong to the best of this congregation. There are items of doctrine, and principles, in the bosom of eternity that the best of the Latter-day Saints are unworthy to receive. If the visions of their minds were opened to look into the vast creations, and gaze upon the Power, and Glory, and Goodness, and Exaltation of the Gods, they would exclaim: “Wo is me, I am undone. I am of unclean lips.” (The Teachings of President Brigham Young, Vol 3, pp. 353-354)
Chapter 3 THE BIRTH OF THE EARTH Something Out of Nothing? How was our solar system created? Both scientists and religionists have expressed several different views; however, the scientists have probably made more accurate conclusions than most of the modern religionists. The Prophet Joseph Smith explained why: You ask the learned doctors; why they say the world was made out of nothing; and they will answer, “Doesn’t the Bible say He created the world?” And they infer, from the word create, that it must have been made out of nothing. Now, the word create came from the word baurau which does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to organize; the same as a man would organize materials and build a ship. Hence, we infer that God had materials to organize the world out of chaos–chaotic matter, which is element, and in which dwells all the glory. Element had an existence from the time he had. The pure principles of element are principles which can never be destroyed; they may be organized and re-organized, but not destroyed. They had no beginning, and can have no end. (TPJS, pp. 350-352; DHC 6:309)
 Chapter 8 JEHOVAH This chapter will show the evolution of the nebulous title and position of Jehovah in both Christian circles and within the LDS Church. It will be evident that many Biblical spokesmen had different perceptions of God, just as Mormon authorities have. It is just as difficult to harmonize these Biblical writers as it is Mormon authors. The word Jehovah has become a slippery and inconsistent term, too often used in generalities. In the first 50 years of Mormon history, it had a different meaning than it has had in the past 100 years. The interesting development of this part of the Gospel will be traced in the next few pages.
THE ONLY BEGOTTEN, page 90 chapter 9 of Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut. In a literal sense begotten refers to procreation and being the father or sire. However, the word has a much broader definition which should be kept in mind in reading the next two chapters: to bring into being; produce. (Webster’s New World Dictionary) Various forms of “beget” are frequent in the OT both in the literal sense and the metaphorical. * * * When understood prophetically of Christ, the word passes far beyond the adoptionist sense. In the NT, the literal sense is still common but the metaphorical use is greatly extended. For instance, in 1 Corinthians 4:15 an evangelist may be said to have “begotten” his converts to new spiritual life. Christ, by contrast, is the “son” of God, to John, but this verb is not used in the NT to describe God’s relationship to Him. “Only Begotten” is a mistranslation in older VSS of “only”, “unique”, probably corresponding to Hebrew of which “beloved” is another NT tr. (Zondervan Pic. Enc. of the Bible 1:510)
THE PLURALITY OF GODS, Page 117 Chapter 12 of Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut Another problem in the creation account will be discussed in this chapter–whether it was one or two or more individuals who played a part in the creation of this earth. Some scriptures declare there are three Gods, while a few indicate there is only one God. From the Book of Mormon come these confusing statements: . . . every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame . . . and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil. (Alma 11:44)
GODS AND SONS OF GOD, Chapter 14 page 132 of Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut. “Gods Many and Lords Many” Generally speaking, today’s Christian believes there is only one God in all the universe. Yet many passages of scripture infer that there are others. Surely this must be one of the mysteries of creation, because in the first chapter of the Bible it reads, “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” (Gen. 1:26) Then after the tree of good and evil was planted in the garden, one of the greatest promises in the Bible was given when the serpent said, “God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4-5) There was truth to that because after they ate of that tree, “the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil….” (Gen. 3:22)
THE FULLNESS OF GLORY, Chapter 15 page 145 of Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut The purpose of this chapter is to show that Jesus Christ did not “receive a fullness at first”, but will receive the fullness of His glory after His resurrection, at the time when all wickedness on this earth is overcome. Therefore, He cannot be as the Gods until after this time. It is interesting to note that everything on this earth seems to symbolize or represent things in heaven. The true principles of science, chemistry, mathematics and other fields of learning, are used by the Father. Even the family, marriage and children are a part of the work of the Father. Many things that happen on this world are typified by what happened in the pre-mortal life of man. The beginnings of both the spirit world and the physical world were very similar. For example, in the beginning of this mortal world, Adam had two sons–one very honorable and righteous and the other disobedient and wicked. So it was in the pre-mortal life: God began with two sons–one righteous and one unrighteous.
“CREATING” PLANTS AND ANIMALS, Chapter 16 page 154 of Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut. www.youtube.com/user/Godismycompass www.facebook.com/Lazurus1977 Once the world was built and ready for habitation, the problem arose of how to put plants and animal upon it. Some ministers preach that these things came about by some form of spontaneous combustion or magical creation from nothing. But God operates on very genuine and scientific principles–the same that man is learning to use. President Brigham Young declared: But it is hard to get the people to believe that God is a scientific character, that He lives by science or strict law, that by this He is, and by law He was made what He is; and will remain to all eternity because of His faithful adherence to law. * * * He is their Author. Our Spirits are His; He begot them. We are His children; He set the machine in motion to produce our tabernacles;… (JD 13:306) The laws of propagation are no exception. All living things must come forth by these reproductive laws and principles–each after its own kind. Every plant, insect, bird, animal and human follow these eternal laws of reproduction. The Prophet Joseph Smith declared: God has made certain decrees which are fixed and immovable; . . . for instance, the oak of the forest, the fruit of the tree, the herb of the field, all bear a sign that seed hath been planted there; for it is a decree of the Lord that every tree, plant, and herb bearing seed should bring forth of its kind, and cannot come forth after any other law or principle. (TPJS, p. 198)
ADAM–WHICH IS MANY, Chapter 18 of Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut Page 169 We are told very little in the scriptures about an archangel called Michael. However, what little is mentioned gives us an indication that he has a very important part to play in man’s salvation. Daniel was told that Michael was his “prince”, and he wrote about the end of the world saying: And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was . . . (Dan. 12:1) www.youtube.com/user/godismycompass
ETERNAL DESTINY OF EARTH AND MAN, Chapter 19 of Mysteries of Creation by Ogden Kraut Parallels of Earth and Man The earth, like man, was once in the presence of God, and is a living creation. Brigham Young said, “the earth is a living creature and breathes as much as you and I do.” (Tchgs. of B.Y. 3:241) Like man, the earth also had a spiritual creation or birth before it became temporal or physical. Then this sphere “fell” from the presence of God, and it, too, must follow the Gospel plan of redemption. Because of its “fallen” condition, an atonement was required to redeem the earth. According to Parley P. Pratt, this atonement for the earth was made by Jesus Christ: Christ offered himself a sacrifice for this earth, for men, for the animals, for fishes, and the creeping things. Christ died for the earth and for the elements; Christ died for all mankind upon its face. (JD 3:315-316) www.Youtube.com/user/godismycompass www.facebook.com/Lazurus197
The doctrine of pre-existence, or pre-mortal life, is generally not believed in by most of the modern Christian churches that have been spawned in our generation. Yet, most of the world’s population believe in some form of pre-existence. Not until the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith did a clear and important part of this doctrine become understood. It is clearly taught in the Bible, yet most of our modern ministers have overlooked it. It is so important to our understanding of the Gospel, that it would be like trying to fly a plane with only some of the parts. Contained in this compilation are many of the quotations of men who clarified various aspects of the doctrine of pre-existence. Not all the available quotations are included, neither is the entire sermon from which these quotes are taken. The information is arranged according to subject matter, and since they tell a fairly complete story themselves, the author has made only preliminary statements preceding each chapter, and added an introduction and conclusion to the entire publication. Much of the material used is taken from Orson Pratt, who spoke and wrote more on that subject than any other person in Church history–even much more than was said by President Brigham Young. watch the Video teaching at www.youtube.com/user/Godismycompass or at www.facebook.com/Lazurus197
CHRISTIAN IGNORANCE OF THE PRE-EXISTENCE, Chapter 3 of PRE-EXAISTENCE by Ogden Kraut. Page 32. Modern Christianity generally has little or no understanding of the pre-mortal life of mankind. Without this knowledge, however. it is almost impossible to have any valid concept of the purpose or reason for a mortal existence. To the Latter-day Saints this great concept was revealed, and with it came a vast scope of light and understanding that completely overshadows the limited and incorrect beliefs of modern preachers. www.YouTube.com/user/GodismyCompass www.Facebook.com/Lazurus1977 Wilford Woodruff: (JD 22:209)
THE PRE-EXISTENCE OF CHRIST Chapter 4 of Pre-Existence by Ogden Kraut. Page 47. The modern Christians believe that Christ came down to earth from heaven–that He had a pre-existence as is very evident in the scriptures. But they have difficulty understanding that Christ was not the only mortal to have that pre-mortal life. However, a close look at the scriptures will show that we were all with Him in the presence of the Father. John: (New Testament) What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? (6:62) I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. (16:28) www.youtube.com/user/GodismyCompass www.Facebook.com/Lazurus197
GENESIS AND THE TWO CREATIONS, Chapter 5 of Pre-Existence by Ogden Kraut. Page 57 In the first chapter of Genesis we read of a creation of man and all things; then in the second chapter it says there was not a man to till the earth. Most theologians explain this apparent inconsistency as a mistake in the writing or translating of the scriptures. But, it is no mistake. The quotations compiled in this chapter will show that one chapter was referring to a spiritual creation and the other, a mortal creation. www.YouTube.com/user/GodismyCompass www.facebook.com/Lazurus197 Orson Pratt: (JD 18:291)
BIRTH OF THE SPIRIT, Chapter 6 of Pre-Existence by Ogden Kraut Page 65 The questions arise in the minds of many: “Did my existence begin at birth?”‘ and “If it had a pre-existence, when did it begin?” The scriptures are very clear that we are to call God “our Father in Heaven”, and that He calls us His “children”. This would clearly indicate that we are the offspring of God and therefore made “in His image.” Bruce R. McConkie: (Mormon Doctrine p. 589) Pre-existence is the term commonly used to describe the pre-mortal existence of the spirit children of God the Father. Speaking of this prior existence in a spirit sphere, the First Presidency of the Church (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund) said: “All men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity”; as spirits they were the “offspring of celestial parentage.” (Man: His Origin and Destiny, pp. 351, 355) Doctrine and Covenants: Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. (93:29) www.YouTube.com/user/GodismyCompass
DIFFERENT GRADES OF INTELLIGENCE, chapter 7 of Pre-Existence by Ogden Kraut. Page 79. In the pre-mortal life, spiritual children of God were of many different grades of intelligence. There were more classifications and differences then than we are familiar with here and now. Some were very wicked; others were noble. But the whole spiritual family had different desires, likes and dislikes, just as they do when they arrive and live on earth. Joseph Fielding Smith: (Doctrines of Salvation 1:58-59) God gave his children their free agency even in the spirit world, by which the individual spirits had the privilege, just as men have here, of choosing the good and rejecting the evil, or partaking of the evil to suffer the consequences of their sins. Because of this, some even there were more faithful than others in keeping the commandments of the Lord. Some were of greater intelligence than others, as we find it here, and were honored accordingly. … The spirits of men had their free agency; some were greater than others, and from among them the Father called and foreordained his prophets and rulers. Jeremiah and Abraham were two of them. … The spirits of men were not equal. They may have had an equal start, and we know they were all innocent in the beginning; but the right of free agency which was given to them enabled some to outstrip others, and thus, through the eons of immortal existence, to become more intelligent, more faithful, for they were free to act for themselves, to think for themselves, to receive the truth or rebel against it. www.Youtube.com/user/GodismyCompass
LUCIFER AND THE EVIL SPIRITS, Chapter 8 of Pre-Existence by Ogden Kraut. Page 87 Among the great multitude of God’s spirit children in that pre-mortal life, some turned to apostasy and rebellion. The leader of the rebellion was Lucifer (the light bearer) who fell to become Satan (the prince of darkness). With him, a multitude of spirits also loved the darkness more than light. Their numbers were legion and their influence is still very evident on the earth. www.Youtube.com/user/Godismycompass
COVENANTS AND PROMISES IN THE PRE-EXISTENCE, Chapter 9 of Pre-Existence By Ogden Kraut Page 95. In the pre-mortal life, man was given his free agency to choose good or evil, to learn or to be idle. The plan of salvation was taught and knowledge of his station in mortality was revealed. Many spirits made certain covenants and promises, and some were selected (foreordained) to perform a certain mission on earth. Bruce R. McConkie: (Mormon Doctrine pp. 163-64) There were many meetings, conferences, councils, and schooling sessions held among the Gods and their spirit offspring in pre-existence. Among other things, at these various assemblages, plans were made for the creation and peopling of this earth and for the redemption and salvation of the offspring of Deity. The spirit children of the Father were then taught the terms and conditions of the plan of salvation and were given opportunity to accept or reject the Father’s proposals. www.youtube.com/user/Godismycompass www.fundamentallymormon.com
THE VEIL OVER OUR MEMORY, Chapter 11 of Pre-Existence by Ogden Kraut. Page 126. There are two important reasons for our forgetting the pre-mortal life: (1) so that we could have absolute free agency to choose good or evil; and (2) so that we would desire to remain on earth until our work and mission was fulfilled. Otherwise, if we remembered the beauty and glory of the Father’s presence, we would have no desire to remain on earth to fulfill our covenants. www.YouTube.com/user/GodismyCompass
Did Jesus ever marry?” This has been a disputable question sometimes arising against the popular opinions of today. Tradition has formulated an opinion, popular with modern Christians, that Jesus never married. Objectors to His marriage contend that He was not subject to the same laws, ordinances, or principles which are otherwise imposed upon the rest of mankind. Some oppose His marriage by purporting that marriage is sinful in its nature—that marriage involves a base, animalistic or sensuous practice, and that the union of the sexes is an evil regardless of the conditions. Thus the popular consensus prohibits Jesus from complying with the ancient law and practice of marriage. Christianity today teaches a celibate Christ. The reasons for believing in the marriage of Jesus, rather than in celibacy, are more logical, and to a great degree more valid, through the light of prophecy, history, and revelation. However, those who make reference to or boldly assert that Jesus was married will usually arouse a cry of “blaspheme” from the modern Christian. Despite the popular opinions and the pious modesty of our society, a careful investigation may prove interesting, if not advantageous, in the quest for an answer to this relevant question.
wTHE GOSPEL LAW, page 16, Chapter 4 of Jesus was Married by Ogden Kraut The definition of “fulfilling” the requirements of the law was used when Jesus came to John to be baptized. Baptism was a law of the gospel, practiced by the Jews before Jesus began His ministry. When John refused to baptize the Savior, Jesus demanded John to “suffer it to be so” because it was necessary that he “fulfill” the requirements of the laws of righteousness. Baptism is one of the eternal laws and commandments to which even the Savior of the world had to comply—or “fulfill”. It is not compatible with the laws of heaven that one be exalted without obedience to these eternal laws. Although Jesus was the “Lawgiver”, it does not permit Him the distinction of also being a lawbreaker. Obedience was a particular requirement upon the Savior for every law and ordinance of the gospel. This confession came from Jesus Himself when He said, “I came not to destroy the law; but to fulfill.” He was the example of perfect obedience to the Gospel laws; and marriage, like baptism, is one of the eternal laws. One of the Old Testament and Talmudic laws required every Rabbi to be married. It was not until the 20th Century that this law was changed (generally among the Reformed and Conservative Jews) however, there are no unmarried Rabbis today among the Orthodox Jews. Marriage was one of the first commandments; therefore, a Rabbi was called to be an example, and to gain that experience before he could properly counsel and teach others concerning this commandment
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and they continued there not many days. Observe, that Jewish marriages were arranged by the parents. From the account of this marriage at Cana, there is little doubt that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the person responsible for making the wedding arrangements. Many writers comment upon this unusual situation without indicating or assuming any more than” . . . the incident had a personal interest for the mother of Jesus.” (Abingdon Bible Commentary, p. 1069)
One of these gospel laws, among the many which had been deleted or diluted, was the practice and principle of plural marriage. It had been taught and practiced by the ancient prophets, patriarchs and the apostles. This law was commonly known and lived from the times of the ancient patriarchs and continued down throughout the Christian Dispensation. Although the practice of plural marriage was commonly known and believed by many people in the Jewish society, it was never condemned by Jesus. The Savior had surely witnessed plural marriage, heard it taught, and of course had read of the many examples of this law in the scriptures; yet there is no evidence that he opposed or refuted that practice. He spoke of strict moral issues which pertained to every physical or mental sin involving sex, but the word polygamy was never refuted, nor did he utter a word against those prophets and patriarchs who had obeyed this principle of marriage. Because Jesus took no issue against polygamy, it is therefore implied that Jesus must have sanctioned that law. This fact was generally understood and accepted by many scriptorians and reformers. Our chief reformers, Luther, Melanchthon, Bucer, Zuinglius, etc., after a solemn consultation at Wittenburg, on the question “whether for a man to have two wives at once, was contrary to the divine law?” answered unanimously “that it was not”—and on this authority, Philip the Landrave of Hesse actually married a second wife, his first being alive. The language of this council was “The Gospel hath neither recalled nor forbid what was permitted in the law of Moses with respect to marriage.” (Theylyphthora, Vol. 1:212, by Rev. Martin Madan) www.ogdenkraut.com www.Youtube.com/user/GodismyCompass www.Facebook.com/Lazurus1977
JESUS AND HIS POSTERITY, Pages 79-92 of Chapter 8 of Jesus was Married by Ogden Kraut The true Messiah spoken of by all the ancient prophets was the personification and representation of all that is true and noble. One of man’s most honorable estates is that of marriage and his family. The very thought of singleness and barrenness is generally repulsive and certainly not according to God’s law which commands mankind to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Gen. 1:28) One of the most popular misconceptions about Jesus was His manliness. The common Christian has been taught about a Jesus with a femininity which is embarrassing if not revolting to anyone who understands His true character. The real Messiah labored and toiled with a genuine manly dignity. He walked many miles; He climbed and preached upon the mountainsides; He ate the most common food—and that among the poorest publicans and the worst of sinners. He wielded a whip across the backs of temple thieves and overturned their tables. Then with a dignity, majesty, and inner self-control that demanded the utmost strength, He silently and patiently withstood the beatings, the spitting and the sordid insults of a depraved humanity. Finally, He carried a burdensome cross through sweat and blood on the road to Calvary and suffered a tortuous death between two thieves. The Christ we adore and revere was a real man—strong in character, body and mind. He was a man among men, a King of kings, and a Lord of lords. Yet He understood by experience every feeling, every weakness and strength, of each mortal man. He lived like a man, He understood and spoke as a man, but He possessed the dignity and wisdom of a God. This was the real Jesus—the true Messiah—the perfect example! www.Youtube.com/user/Godismycompass
the royal blood lineage of the prophets and the Savior was not confined to the few select individuals described by Isaiah. Other notable leaders, such as those chosen to assist in the restoration of the Gospel in these last days, were also instilled with the blood and the spirit of their Lord, and these valiant souls were commissioned to establish this “ensign” for the work of the “gathering of my people in the last days.” Among the notable and valiant leaders of this last dispensation was President Heber C. Kimball. Here was a  noble man, a prophet, and a true apostle of Jesus Christ who possessed all of the powers and gifts of the ancient apostles. The story of his life, his character, and his labors was patterned after the similitude of the Savior. The spiritual gifts and endowments which God had blessed him with became so abundantly manifest that thousands flocked to hear and see this latter-day prophet. On one occasion in England, crowds of people greeted him with flowers, songs, and offerings of kindness. The Apostle Orson F. Whitney commented on this occasion by making a parallel in the life of the Savior: A rare scene, indeed, and a suggestive one, for the parallel of which the mind must leap backward nigh two thousand years: “On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna; Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. “The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? Behold, the world is gone after him.”
CONCLUSION of Jesus was Married, Pages 100-103 Chapter 9. There is a divine law of marriage ordained and commanded by God, and Jesus came to fulfill that “law”. He could not teach men to be fruitful and multiply, and then become celibate Himself. Could He reach one thing and live another? He was the Good Shepherd advocating all men to follow him, for He said, “I came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill.” His life, including obedience to the marriage covenant, was the only “perfect” example set for all mankind to follow. If Protestant and Catholic ministers believe that Jesus was a celibate priest, then they, too, should follow that life style. If they think that celibacy is a law so honored by Christ, then they are hypocrites for being married; neither should they perform marriage ceremonies for others.
Gathering of Israel by Ogden K The gathering of Israel is a fundamental principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every true ancient and latter-day prophet has preached it, practiced it, and encouraged others to do so. It is so basic to Mormonism that even Primary children quote it in the Articles of Faith. The gathering of Israel has been established as a doctrine of the Church, a principle of the Gospel, a commandment of God, and a means of obtaining both temporal and spiritual salvation. Although early Church history is filled with stories of gathering saints from every nation and their reports of immigrations (nearly every sermon mentioned this subject), today it is neglected, discouraged, and certainly misunderstood. This book is intended to show that without the gathering of Israel, it is impossible to live the higher laws of the Gospel such as the United Order, etc. Furthermore, it will be shown that the Saints must gather to avoid God’s wrath upon Babylon; that the redemption of Zion, the second coming of Christ, and the Kingdom of God require Israel’s gathering. The revelations teach that God’s “elect” will gather and leave the wicked to be “burned.” The true Saints of God will gather, and the true servants of God will encourage it; and they will thus fulfill the prophecies of all the ancient prophets. Hence, the gathering should be encouraged–not discouraged. God has promised many blessings for those who are obedient to this sacred principle. Every true Saint has experienced that spiritual influence and desire to gather with God’s people and to be one with them. This volume is intended to show the reasons why. –The Author
MOSES AND THE KEYS OF GATHERING, Page 12, Chapter 2 of Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut. The heavens were again opened unto us, and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north. (D. & C. 110:11) www.Youtube.com/user/Godismycompass www.Facebook.com/Lazurus1977
THE PROPHETS AND THE GATHERING, Pages 19-30 of Chapter 3 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut All that the prophets that have written, from the days of righteous Abel, down to the last man that has left any testimony on record for our consideration, in speaking of the salvation of Israel in the last days, goes directly to show that it consists in the work of the gathering. (Joseph Smith, T.P.J.S., p. 83)
http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/05/come-out-of-babylon-page-31-chapter-4.html?m=1 COME OUT OF BABYLON, Page 31, Chapter 4 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut. There is not a spot where the Lord can tarry over night outside of these valleys of the mountains; the rest of the world is Babylon, in the strictest sense of the word. (Patriarch John Young, J.D. 5:371) The word Babylon is Greek for Babel or “confusion.” It is a word which accurately describes our world today, as well as the ancient Roman world, (Rev. 14:8, 17-18) from which our nation and others have acquired their governmental roots. It is because every nation is in a state of “confusion” that the Lord has called them Babylon. God has called His people to gather out of the wickedness and corruptions of Babylon, just as He would call a righteous soul from out of a den of thieves, a saloon, or a diseased area. God seeks to have His people gather to one place and form a community and society of their own. Former presidents and apostles have proclaimed this decree of the Lord.
A SCATTERED ISRAEL, Pages 41-57, Chapter 5 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut. He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad. (Luke 2:24) The scriptures and sermons of the prophets abound with a multitude of reasons for the Saints to gather; but nowhere have they mentioned advantages in remaining scattered. On the contrary, all of the prophets have listed numerous evils that result from living among the worldly and ungodly. The spirit and power of gathering filled the souls of all the prophets of God. Those prophets who were the most spiritual felt that power the most. In this dispensation that spiritual giant Heber C. Kimball said: Yes, I feel many times to weep and am sorrowful, and I can hardly sleep at night; and if I had Gabriel’s trump, I would speak to the Saints of all nations, and I would say, Gather! gather! and do not wait even for a handcart to be made. I feel this in my soul. Do the world believe it? Do the Latter-day Saints believe it? No. (J.D. 7:168)
Members of the Church who live scattered must use their income, efforts and talents in sustaining those societies and kingdom of the world. To live there usually requires adopting the unions, sales gimmicks, customs, and business practices of the worldly–thus lending support to those kingdoms. Therefore, little or no time can be devoted to building up the society of the Saints. We are not gathered together to build up the kingdom of this world. The voice of God has not called us together from the uttermost parts of the earth to build up and enrich those who are diametrically opposed to His kingdom and its interests. (Brigham Young, J.D. 12:153)
DESTRUCTIONS AND DESOLATION, Pages 58-68 of Chapter 6 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut But as it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be also at the coming of the Son of Man. (Matt. 24:44, Insp. Vers.) Down through the history of the world prophecies have warned the nations of the destructions which would occur in the last days. One of the foremost reasons for Saints to gather is to avoid the impending destructions upon these nations. God calls the righteous out of the nations of Babylon to protect them from the catastrophes which shall be poured out “without measure” upon those disobedient nations. This land is blessed above all other lands: it was foreordained to be the gathering-place of the Saints, where the Lord would hide up his people until his indignation should pass over the nations of the earth. (Heber C. Kimball, J.D. 9:52) The Prophet Joseph Smith added his testimony to that of all the other prophets: In addition to all temporal blessings, there is no other way for the Saints to be saved in these last days, (than by the gathering), as the concurrent testimony of all the holy prophets clearly proves, for it is written–“They shall come from the east, and be gathered from the west; the north shall give up, and the south shall keep not back.” “The sons of God shall be gathered from far, and his daughters from the ends of the earth.” www.Youtube.com/user/GodismyCompass www.FundamentallyMormon.co
THE PERPETUAL EMIGRATION FUND, Pages 69-74 of Chapter 7 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut Our President said he would be glad to have some six discourses, each six hours long, preached to the people upon the subject of doing their duty unto others in regard to this Fund. (Orson Pratt, J.D. 2:55) In 1849 President Brigham Young established a Perpetual Emigration Fund which was a financial company offering aid to those seeking to gather to Utah. Many of the Saints in foreign lands were very poor, if not in financial bondage, yet they had the desire to gather with the Saints in Zion. The Fund would loan them the money to emigrate to Utah, after which they were to repay that loan as soon as they could. This idea probably was conceived back in the days of Nauvoo. Apostle George A. Smith said: While the Saints were surrounded by their enemies on every hand in illinois, they entered into a solemn covenant within the walls of the Temple at Nauvoo that they would exert themselves to the extent of their influence and property to aid every Latter-day Saint that desired to gather to the mountains. This covenant they did not forget, and the very moment they began to gather a little surplus they commenced to use it to aid their brethren and sisters left behind. At first they purchased, in the East, cattle and wagons necessary to bring the emigrants here; but in a few years they raised cattle here, and sent their teams to the Missouri river year af-ter year, sometimes two hundred and sometimes three hundred, and they have sent as many as five hundred teams, for several successive seasons…. (J.D. 13:84) www.youtube.com/user/Godismycompass www.FundamentallyMormon.com
THE KINGDOM OF GOD, Pages 75-85, Ch 8 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/05/the-kingdom-of-god-pages-75-85-ch-8-of.html?m=1 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. (Matt. 6:33) A kingdom is a government, so the Kingdom of God is a theocratic government. When the Saints are organized with laws that are patterned to heavenly laws, they will form a government or kingdom similar to God’s own kingdom. As the Saints gather, they must organize and establish a system of governmental laws and rules to live by. Such a system must be as close to the laws of heaven as possible. God’s kingdom is brought about by just such efforts. Whenever a body of people are thrown together, the inevitable consequence is a political power. It cannot be otherwise. They must have organizations, representation, laws and administrators of law; there must be a body politic formed whenever a body of people are gathered together as we are; and the very fact of our organization, religiously, and politically, the very fact of that oneness that so universally prevails among this people produces a terror to evil-doers and to those who are opposed to us. (John Taylor, J.D. 10:125) WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/GODISMYCOMPASS WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LAZURUS1977
ZION’S REDEMPTION, pages 86-93 of Ch 9 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/05/zions-redemption-pages-86-93-of-ch-9-of.html?m=1 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the ten tribes and that Zion will be built upon this the American continent…. (Tenth Article of Faith) The whole American continent is the land of Zion; Jackson County, Missouri, is the Center Stake of Zion; and the pure in heart are the people of Zion. But at the present time the land of Zion is burdened with corruption and crime; the Center Stake of Zion has no temple and is surrounded with gentiles; and the people of Zion are few and far between. But God has been seeking to gather His saints that He may elevate them enough spiritually and temporally to bring about a Zion in the land and a Zion in His people. That Zion cannot come about except by obedience to the principle of gathering. I repeat, our mission is to preach the Gospel, and then to gather the people who embrace it. And why? That there might be a nucleus formed, a people gathered who would be under the inspiration of the Almighty, and who would be willing to listen to the voice of God, a people who would receive and obey His word when it was made known to them. And this people in their gathered condition are called Zion, or the pure in heart. (John Taylor, J.D. 23:262) www.youtube.com/user/Godismycompass
THE SECOND COMING OF THE SAVIOR, Pages 94-97, Ch 10 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/05/the-second-coming-of-savior-pages-94-97.html?m=1 When the righteous are thus gathered they will then be prepared for the coming of the Messiah. (Brigham Young, J.D. 12:163) It is clearly evident from the scriptures that only the Saints who are gathered will be prepared for the Second Coming of the Savior. If the Saints are not gathered, they will not be prepared and therefore must suffer the consequences. Many of the early apostles placed the gathering of the Saints in conjunction with the coming of the Savior. Consider the statements of these inspired apostles. Strangers may inquire, what has this great gathering to do with preparing the way before the coming of his Son? Could you not all remain scattered abroad among the nations and be prepared just as well? I answer, that if God had commanded us to remain among the nations in our scattered condition, that would have been right, and acceptable before him; but on the other hand, if God has spoken, as we declare that he has, and his voice has been heard, and messengers have been called and sent forth by divine command, and revelation has been given, not only for the people to obey the gospel but also to gather out and assemble themselves in one, then we could not be prepared for his coming without obeying the divine command. (Orson Pratt, J.D. 14:256-257) www.youtube.com/user/GodismyCompass www.facebook.com/Lazurus1977
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. (Jer. 23:1) Unity is one of the first principles of strength. To weaken men or things requires only to cause separation or scattering. Knowing this vulnerable weakness in an enemy, both military forces and devils plan and scheme to “divide, then conquer.” The devil has ever sought to separate, to split, and cause divisions among those he opposed. Any spirit or influence which teaches Saints to scatter, or remain scattered, is a spirit that will cause weakness among the people of God. The scattering principle has always been opposed by the prophets of God. We have warred against the principle of promoting and making wealthy those who wish us no good, and we have found it hard to convince our brethren and sisters that the saying of the Savior is really as true when applied to us as it was when applied to his followers in his day, “He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.” Thousands of this people this day will not believe that saying. We have this to war against, and the warfare should be engaged in by every Latter-day Saint. (Brigham Young, J.D. 10:200-201) Every true Saint should guard against any teaching or influence that is opposed to their gathering. Even under dire stress or in times of trouble, the  Saints must always keep the gathering of Israel as an objective in their lives.
THE TEN LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL, page 132, chapter 13 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut. And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceeding great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost. (I Nephi 8:23) Attempting to locate the ten lost tribes of Israel has become one of the most controversial ecclesiastical mysteries of the latter days. It is astounding that there are so many varied and seemingly authoritative stories pertaining to their whereabouts. It would be easier to avoid the issue and just neglect the subject altogether. However, the gathering of Israel includes the gathering of the ten tribes; therefore, it is necessary to briefly review these various theories concerning the location and the eventual gathering of these tribes. This chapter will include the following theories of the possible locations for the ten lost tribes of Israel: Interior of the earthOn a star near the North StarOn another planetOn the wings of the earthAt the North PoleScattered among the nations Before dealing with this area, however, it is necessary to first briefly review their history up to the time of their captivity. http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/07/the-ten-lost-tribes-of-israel-page-132.html?m=1
THE RICHER BLESSING UPON EPHRAIM, pages 190-205 of Ch 14 of The Gathering of Israel by Ogden Kraut Behold, this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows. (D. & C. 133:34) The elect of God, the blood of Ephraim, are to be gathered together in the last days to be spiritual leaders who will give the priesthood laws and ordinances to all the tribes of Israel. Ephraim must gather together in the mountains as a shelter and for a preparation to redeem the center stake of Zion in Missouri. As a preliminary step in the gathering, the saints are to be gathered to the tops of the mountains in fulfillment of the prophecies of Isaiah and Micah. This is merely a temporary shelter until the forces of Ephraim have been able to procure the other lands and multiplied in numbers sufficiently to provide hospitality to the rest of the tribes who shall come to Zion to receive their blessings at the hands of Ephraim, and consummate the work for their ancestors in the temples of the Lord raised up by Ephraim. (House of Israel, p. 502) * * * By and by the Jews will be gathered to the land of their fathers, and the ten tribes, who wandered into the north, will be gathered home, and the blood of Ephraim, the second son of Joseph, who was sold into  Egypt, which is to be found in every kingdom and nation under heaven, will be gathered from among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles who will receive and adhere to the principles of the gospel will be adopted and initiated into the family of Father Abraham, and Jesus will reign over His own and Satan will reign over his own. This will be the result. (Brigham Young, J.D. 12:38)
If there is one thing more than another that is before the minds of the Saints continually, it is the subject of the gathering. (Mill. Star 33:72; 1871) When the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth, the principle of gathering was one of its most prominent themes. All of the Saints believed in and were activated by this spirit, as if they were being drawn into one large family. The sentiments and importance of this doctrine were best expressed by the Prophet Joseph Smith. It was through his teachings that the indispensable nature of gathering was established. The Prophet said: One of the most important points in the faith of the Church of the Latter-day Saints, through the fullness of the everlasting Gospel, is the gathering of Israel. (T.P.J.S., p. 92) * * * All that the prophets that have written, from the days of righteous Abel, down to the last man that has left any testimony on record for our consideration, in speaking of the salvation of Israel in the last days, goes directly to show that it consists in the work of the gathering. (T.P.J.S., p. 83)
The Church and the Gospel, Chapter 1 Pages 1-11by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/07/the-church-and-gospel-chapter-1-pages-1.html?m=1 There are volumes and volumes on LDS Church history, but not much has been written on the actual history of its doctrines. Little doubt exists among the Mormon people as to the origin and beginning events of the Church, but there are many diverse opinions on its doctrines. Mormonism has more than its share of confusion, contradiction, and controversy among its members. For example, about 20 years after the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Reorganized LDS Church was born because of disagreements over correct doctrine and authority. Approximately 200 break-offs from the Mormon Church have been created mostly over differences in those two areas. From dispensation to dispensation, history records that the course of many civilizations and churches is “one eternal round”: (1) pure at its inception from God; (2) gradually changed (“polluted”) by mankind in their efforts to “improve” it; and (3) eventually restored back to its righteous state. The Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days is no exception, as this book will show by tracing the history and evolution of some of its ordinances and doctrines during the 160+ years since its organization in 1830. This publication can, of course, contain only a very small representation of quotations and references that could be included on the ten doctrines selected to be discussed:1. Gifts of the spirit 2.Without purse or scrip 3.The Seventies 4.The gathering of Israel 5.Re-baptism 6.United Order 7.The only true God 8.Plural marriage 9. Blacks and the Priesthood 10..The Kingdom of God
https://youtu.be/kb0QegJuP78 http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/the-keys-of-mysteries-chapter-2-of.html?m=1 Learning the Gospel is not a simple task because it is coupled with serious contemplation and study, followed with the responsibility to live what we learn. We may learn a great deal from books and some from hearing inspired teachers, but we should not overlook another important source: personal inspiration. The more we study and delve into the Gospel, the deeper we enter into what are termed the mysteries. But according to Joseph Smith, this is our calling: We are called to hold the keys of the mysteries of those things that have been kept hid from the foundations of the world until now. Some have tasted a little of these things, many of which are to be poured down from heaven upon the heads of babes; yea, upon the weak, obscure and despised ones of the earth. (TPJS, p. 137)
“Not of the World”Shortly after Jesus was born, wicked men began to seek His life. And among His first sermons Jesus told His followers that they, too, would be persecuted. In His first recorded sermon Jesus said:Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matt. 5:10-12)Within three years they had persecuted His disciples and crucified Christ Himself. All of the Apostles were soon killed and many of the disciples were put in prison or slain. These persecutions by the people of the world were expected and even prophesied. It appears that whenever the Lord is teaching His people, the devil is nearby to cause trouble. James wrote: know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
Before beginning this section, it is important to know the meaning of the two words church and gospel. According to Webster, they are defined as follows: Church: a building set apart for public worshipecclesiastical government of a religious groupa religious servicea congregation Gospel: good newsteachings of Jesus and His apostlesabsolute truthdoctrines, rules, commandments From these definitions, it is easy to see how the church can undergo changes in (1) location and facilities, (2) type of government instigated (3) policies and procedures accepted, and (4) numbers and types of members. Whereas the gospel is not so flexible. If the good news, teachings, truth, doctrines, rules and commandments are from God, they are eternal and  unchangeable. The church can vote to accept or reject any or all of the gospel, but that doesn’t change the fact that the eternal gospel itself cannot change. A church can be composed of men holding Priesthood authority, but they are ineffective unless they are in obedience to the gospel’s rules and standards. The following diagram shows that the Church is a body of offices and officers: 1 CORINTHIANS 12 The Gospel, on the other hand, is a set of laws, standards, doctrines, ethics, ordinances, and commandments that God had provided as guidelines to be studied and obeyed.
The Importance of Spiritual Gifts The Latter-day Saints profess to believe in spiritual gifts. Indeed we say that the true Church of Jesus Christ must have those gifts to be the true church.We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, etc. (7th Article of Faith)Many spiritual gifts were given to the ancient prophets, apostles and righteous saints. Miracles were performed which were called blessings, gifts, and signs. These gifts and blessings were evidences that God acknowledged them as His people. Even the great high priests of the Sanhedrin acknowledged that Jesus had power to do miracles. They admitted it by saying to Him, “We know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” (John 3:2) This was an indication that these miracles were from God, and it was a testimony to the divinity of his Priesthood. http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/gifts-of-spirit-chapter-5-of-church-and.html?m=1
Preparation for the Kingdom by Ogden Kraut To read the full text: http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/preparation-for-kingdom-by-ogden-kraut.html?m=1 Section I Introduction Christ verses Lucifer Many centuries ago two very powerful beings met on top of a high mountain. One showed the other all the kingdoms of the world, and said if you will serve me, “All this power will I give thee and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it.” (See Luke 4:5-7) But the Master of the two would later explain that “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matt.16:26) Farrar, in his Life of Christ, gives an example of such a person: There was one living who, scarcely in a figure, might be said to have the whole world. The Fabian Emperor Tiberius was at that moment infinitely the most powerful of living men, the absolute, undisputed, deified ruler of all that was fairest and richest in the kingdoms of the earth. There was no control to his power, no limit to his wealth, no restraint upon his pleasures. And to yield himself still more unreservedly to the boundless self-gratification of a voluptuous luxury, not long after this time he chose for himself a home on one of the loveliest spots on the earth’s surface, under the shadow of the slumbering volcano, upon an enchanting islet in one of the most softly delicious climates of the world. What came of it all? He was, as Pliny calls him, “confessedly the most gloomy of mankind.” (p. 105)
WITHOUT PURSE OR SCRIP, Chapter 6 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/without-purse-or-scrip-chapter-6-of.html?m=1 The Lord’s Missionary System The Lord had a special program for missionary work-it was for His servants to devote full time to the spiritual call of preaching the Gospel. The manner He prescribed was to go without purse or scrip, meaning they were not to take a wallet or money (or credit cards) with them. It was a very unusual system by worldly standards, but one that certainly promoted faith and humility.
DEMISE OF THE SEVENTIES, Chapter 7 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/the-demise-of-seventies-chapter-7-of.html?m=1 Scriptural and Early History The calling and mission of the Seventy is unique. They have been associated with the mission of nearly all the chosen servants of God. Scripturally they are first mentioned among the ancient Israelites at the time of Moses: And the Lord said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. (Num. 11:16-17) And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. (Num. 11:24-25)
GATHERING ISRAEL, Chapter 8 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/gathering-israel-chapter-8-of-church.html?m=1 Gathering Through the Centuries From the pre-existence, throughout mortality, and into the eternities to come, spirits and mortals have been attracted and gathered by truth or by error. Habitations and principles are being acquired by selection. In making a multitude of choices throughout the years, we become products of our own expressive desires and gather together.. The success or failure of the Gospel in any age has been dependent upon the unity of God’s people. It is for this reason they have always been commanded to gather. It has been a strict commandment that the children of God should gather to Zion-that they might be worthy of eventually gathering in the Zion of heaven. The person who becomes accustomed to a lifetime in saloons, gambling dens, and houses of ill repute, would feel disturbed and uneasy in a church. Likewise a faithful and devoted individual would feel the same uneasiness and distress in a saloon or gambling den. That gradual selection and attraction of people is inherent and eternal in its nature. Their eternal destiny is dependent upon who and what they are gathered to. [Examples of the gathering of God’s people are found in every dispensation of the Gospel. Wherever there is a record of the people of God, there is a record of their gathering together, and all of the prophets have foretold of a last great gathering of Israel. The doctrine of the gathering of the people of God, including Israel, is one so clearly predicted by the inspired writers, that it seems almost superfluous to refer to the numerous passages relating to it. (Orson Pratt’s Works, p. 9)
REBAPTISM, Chapter 9 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/rebaptism-chapter-9-of-church-and.html?m=1 There remains a practice throughout the pages of history, which has ascribed but little attention from most historians. This practice was the doctrine and ordinance of rebaptism. Those who have heard or read about this ordinance have assumed it was done to complete mission records or to re-admit some member back into the Church after excommunication. However, this practice was performed both anciently and in modern times for a wide variety of reasons. For nearly 60 years, in our own dispensation, almost every member of the Church had experienced rebaptism at least once. From the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith to the turn of the century, rebaptism became an integral part of the teachings and faith of the Latter-day Saints.
UNITED ORDER, Chapter 10 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/united-order-chapter-10-of-church-and.html?m=1 Come Out of Babylon One of the most noticeable differences between Mormonism and other religions is the close relationship between the spiritual and the temporal. Mormonism is not just another ethereal, mystic, or philosophical religious system-but rather a practical down-to-earth religion that can deal with dollars and cents, butter and beans, parcels of real estate or heavenly kingdoms-because a religion that cannot help people temporally has little power to help them spiritually. Mormonism embraces both practicality and spirituality. In a doctrinal dissertation by Dean D. McBrien, it was noted that in 112 revelations to Joseph Smith, 88 dealt in part or wholly with economic matters. This is not out of harmony with the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, for one verse in every six deals with the money question. Out of the 29 parables of Christ, 16 of them mention the Christian and his money. It is not riches alone, but the lust for riches that overcomes the human will. “The love of money is the root of all evil.” (I Tim. 6:10) So when men idolize riches, they often condescend to evil means to obtain them.
THE ONLY TRUE GOD, Chapter 11 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/the-only-true-god-chapter-11-of-church.html?m=1 This Is Life Eternal . . . The Prophet Joseph Smith once said: There are but a very few beings in the world who understand rightly the character of God (TPJS, p. 343) And again- The things of God are of deep import; and time and experience and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. (TPJS, p. 137) We never can comprehend the things of God and of heaven, but by revelation. We may spiritualize and express opinions to all eternity; but that is no authority. (TPJS, p. 292) I want to ask this congregation, every man, woman and child, to answer the question in their own hearts, what kind of a being God is? Ask yourselves; turn your thoughts into your hearts, and say if any of you have seen, heard, or communed with Him? This is a question that may occupy your attention for a long time. I again repeat the question-What kind of a being is God? Does any man or woman know? Have any of you seen Him, heard Him, or communed with Him? Here is the question that will, peradventure, from this time henceforth occupy your attention. The  scriptures inform us that “This is life eternal that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” (DHC 6:303)
The “Horn” made war with the Saints and overcame them, until the Ancient of Days came; judgment was given to the Saints of the Most High from the Ancient of Days; . . . (TPJS, p. 159) I saw Adam in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman. He called together his children and blessed them with a  patriarchal blessing. The Lord appeared in their midst, and he (Adam) blessed them all, and foretold what should befall them to the latest generation. (TPJS, p. 158) The Priesthood was first given to Adam; he obtained the First Presidency, and held the keys of it from generation to generation. He obtained it in the Creation, before the world was formed, as in Genesis 1:26, 27, 28. He had dominion given him over every living creature. He is Michael the Archangel, spoken of in the Scriptures. (TPJS, p. 157) The Priesthood is an everlasting principle, and existed with God from eternity, and will to eternity, without beginning of days or end of years. The keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the Gospel is sent. When they are revealed from heaven, it is by Adam’s authority. (TPJS, p. 157)
PLURAL MARRIAGE, Chapter 12 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/plural-marriage-chapter-12-of-church.html?m=1 An Ancient Doctrine Polygamy, polygyny, or plural marriage certainly did not start with the Mormons. All the people of the Orient, who are descendants of Japheth, the son of Noah, have accepted it as an integral part of their marriage practices. All of the Arabic nations, who are descendants of Abraham, have continued to allow plural marriage because it is a principle of their religion that was practiced and honored by father Abraham. All through the Bible the great and grand prophets, patriarchs and kings believed that God gave that principle as a divine revelation. Hence, it has been acceptable in most nations. This gave the Apostle Orson Pratt reason to say in 1852: Plurality of wives is a doctrine very popular among most of mankind at the present day. It is practiced by the most powerful nations of Asia and Africa, and by numerous nations, inhabiting the Islands of the sea, and by the Aboriginal nations of the great Western Hemisphere. The one wife system is confined principally to a few small nations, inhabiting Europe and to those who are of European origin, inhabiting America. It is estimated by the most able historians of our day that about four-fifths of the population of the globe, believe and practice, according  to their respective laws, the doctrine of a Plurality of Wives. If the popularity of a doctrine is in proportion to the numbers who believe in it, then it follows that the Plurality system is four times more popular among the inhabitants of the earth, than the one wife system.
http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/09/plural-marriage-chapter-12-of-church.html?m=1 An Eternal Doctrine Before and during the time of the passage of many anti-polygamy laws, the Saints received sermons and revelations encouraging them to continue living this eternal principle. The following examples tell a powerful story: Joseph Smith: (quoted in the Deseret News) The Prophet did not say that any law passed by Congress is the supreme law of the land. He knew better. He knew Congress would pass laws that would be invalid. What he said was this. . . @When a people or a church have received a Divine command and a law is enacted against it, do they not know whether the law is constitutional or not, seeing that Congress is prohibited by that sacred instrument from passing any law respecting an establishment of religion? And if the Supreme Court, yielding to popular clamor against an unorthodox body rules that the unconstitutional law is constitutional, does that alter the stubborn, patient, invincible fact that the law is in violation of the great guarantee of religious freedom? Any man who says that he really and firmly believes a certain law of God binding on him, and who will not obey it in preference to a conflicting law of man or a decision of a court, has either an unsound mind or a cowardly soul, or is a most contemptible hypocrite. A law has been specially framed against an establishment of their religion. The issue is obedience to God or submission to man; choice between a divine decree about which they have no doubt, and a human enactment that they firmly believe to be unconstitutional and void. It is a matter of conscience. . . . (Des. News, July 6, 1886)
The Pre-Existence An individual’s right to bear the Priesthood in this life was determined by experiences that occurred in the Pre-Existence. According to Joseph Smith: Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heaven before this world was. I suppose I was ordained to this very office in that Grand Council. (TPJS, p. 365) God told Abraham that he was among those that were appointed to be rulers and that he was “chosen before thou wast born.” (Abraham 3:23) Other spirits were given certain appointments, gifts and callings, but not necessarily pertaining to the Priesthood, as they did not qualify there, neither do they qualify here. And even among those who were given that responsibility, only a relatively few prove faithful and truly magnify that Priesthood. The expression is often heard that all people are “created equal”, but they are not born equal. There is no equality in our environment, intellect, attitudes, behaviors, looks, likes and dislikes, fingerprints, or voice; indeed, the very character of every person is unique. Belief in a pre-existent state is the only  justifiable explanation for mortals to be born under such unequal and unfair conditions.
THE BLACKS AND THE PRIESTHOOD, Part 2 of Chapter 13 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/10/the-blacks-and-priesthood-part-2-of.html?m=1 The 1978 Announcement However, less than a year after President Kimball made this statement at BYU, a news release by the First Presidency made the following announcement: All worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color. (Des. News, June 9, 1978, front page) On June 8th a letter had been issued to Church general and local Priesthood members with this same information. However, neither announcement contained a copy of a revelation from God instructing that such a change should take place. News of the change was welcomed and hailed around the world! It was apparent that enough pressure had been put on the Church hierarchy to get the desired results.
To read along: http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/10/the-kingdom-of-god-chapter-14-of-church.html?m=1 Definition and Distinction The subject of the Kingdom of God is the grand central theme interwoven throughout the pages of scripture. There are more references in the New Testament to the Kingdom of God than there are to the Church of Christ. It was the main subject in John’s book of Revelations; it was the principle topic of John the Baptist; and the Gospel itself is called the Gospel of the Kingdom. For establishing that Kingdom, Christ was brought to trial and crucified, and it is to rule over that Kingdom that Christ will come again, to reign over all other kingdoms and nations. If the Church were more important than the Kingdom, why didn’t Christ say, “Seek ye first the Church” rather than “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God”? The importance of this subject cannot be ignored nor overlooked. But if we are to seek first this kingdom, we need to know what it is. If we are ignorant of its meaning, it is impossible for us to seek it at all.
CONCLUSION, Chapter 15 of The Church and The Gospel by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/10/conclusion-chapter-15-of-church-and.html?m=1 “CONTEND FOR THE FAITH” Throughout the world there are well over a thousand different Christian churches-most of them claiming to have the true gospel. Yet, there was originally only one Church of Jesus Christ and only one book which was claimed as holy scripture. Such diversity and confusion are the results of private interpretations and personal weaknesses among church leaders and members. Brigham Young recognized this problem: The principles of the gospel are perfect, but are the Apostles who teach it perfect? No, they are not. Now, bringing the two together, what they taught is not for me to say, but it is enough to say this, that through the weaknesses in the lives of the Apostles many were caused to err. Our historians and ministers tell us that the church went into the wilderness, but they were in the wilderness all the time. They had the way marked out to get out of the wilderness and go straight forward into the Kingdom of God, but they took various paths, and the two substantial churches that remain-a remnant from the apostles, that divided, are now called the Holy Catholic Church and the Greek Church. (JD 12:66)
WHAT IS PRIESTHOOD, Chapter 1 of The Church and the Priesthood PREFACE Priesthood could be considered a theological enigma–a subject of many definitions and interpretations. Catholic and Protestant churches say it existed anciently but admit they do not have it now. Even the Latter-day Saints have tendered a variety of interpretations and explanations. Questions continue to arise on how it is given, who has it and how it functions. Can a man who is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hold the Priesthood? Is it possible for members of the Church to lose the Priesthood and still be a member of the Church? Can a man be excommunicated and still hold Priesthood? Can Priesthood exist outside the jurisdiction of the LDS Church? These questions continue to plague Church members and non-members alike. http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/11/what-is-priesthood-chapter-1-of-church.html?m=1
PRIESTHOOD IN THE PAST, Chapter 2 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. and I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. (Lev. 26:11-12) To better understand the nature and power of the Priesthood, let us go back to the beginning of time when great prophets possessed and demonstrated the attributes of this High and Holy Priesthood. It is the Melchizedek Priesthood that holds the keys of the mysteries of the revelations of God; that unlocks and unfolds the secret purposes of Jehovah, and through which the children of men are enabled to come into the presence of the Most High; and without it no man can see the face of God and live. (Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, 4:25) All the great prophets were blessed with that same Priesthood: Enoch, in possession of this Priesthood “walked with God” and was translated by faith: for “it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; . . .” (P of GP, Moses 7:69) Noah had the same Priesthood, and hence God spoke to him, and told him to build an ark, revealed unto him the pattern and dimensions, and made known unto him the destruction that was coming on the earth.
PRIESTHOOD OUTSIDE THE CHURCH, Chapter 3 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut Wherefore, I will that all men shall repent, for all are under sin, except those which I have reserved unto myself, holy men that ye know not of. (D & C 49:8) Today there are many dangers and threats against the Holy Priesthood involving both men and the Church. Both can make seemingly insignificant yet serious mistakes which, as a result, can lead them into darkness. The Lord has frequently found it necessary to take special means to protect His Priesthood. One of these has been to have the Priesthood function outside of and separate from the general body of the Church. Even though today some claim that this is not possible, this chapter will discuss seven examples where Priesthood authority was evident and operated outside the body of the Church: Moroni John, the Baptist/Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery Peter, James and John John, the Revelator The Three Nephites The “Other Sheep” More “Other Sheep”
DETECTING TRUE AND FALSE PROPHETS, Chapter 4 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut The world always mistook false prophets for true ones, and those that were sent of God, they considered to be false prophets, . . . (TPJS, p. 206) The Old Testament records that the Lord has frequently sent prophets to help guide the people back into His presence. But unfortunately, many prophets came that the Lord did not send, and utter confusion about true and false prophets has continued ever since. The Prophet Joseph clearly explained that, “The world always mistook false prophets for true ones, and those that were sent of God, they considered to be false prophets.” (TPJS, p. 206) So it is critical for us to learn to determine the difference. This chapter will discuss the distinguishing characteristics of both false and true prophets. Detecting False Prophets One of the keys in detecting false prophets lies in the nature of their appearance. They do not have an appearance of their own; rather, they try to copy-cat the true prophets. Jesus gave us this warning sign: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matt. 7:15) http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/12/detecting-true-and-false-prophets.html?m=1
1886 to 1889: A CRITICAL TIME FOR THE SAINTS, Chapter 5 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut Leading up to 1886 Since the time of Joseph Smith’s first vision in 1820, the powers of the adversary have intensified against the restored Gospel. Ministers have spewed out their religious poison against it; members of the media have written lies in order to sell more publications; and the government has passed laws and more laws to “exterminate the Mormons.” The most controversial doctrine and practice that has caused the greatest furor has been plural marriage. The LDS Church officially accepted plural marriage as a tenet of their faith in 1852. On that occasion Orson Pratt delivered the first public sermon on the subject, appropriately entitled “Celestial Marriage.” He began by saying: It is quite unexpected to me, brethren and sisters, to be called upon to address you this forenoon; and still more so, to address you upon the principle which has been named, namely, a plurality of wives. (JD 1:53) However, he was up to the job, and his powerful sermon covered over 12 written pages in the Journal of Discourses. It stands today as one of the finest speeches upon that subject. Two excerpts are included here:  In reply we will show you that it is incorporated as a part of our religion, and necessary for our exaltation to the fulness of the Lord’s glory in the eternal world. Would you like to know the reasons? Before we get through, we will endeavour to tell you why we consider it an essential doctrine to glory and exaltation, to our fulness of happiness in the world to come. (JD 1:54)
MAN-MADE MANIFESTOS, Chapter 6 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut http://www.fundamentallymormon.com/2019/12/man-made-manifestos-chapter-6-of-church.html?m=1 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee. (Ps. 83:3-5) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (Ps 2:2-3) In 1890 the LDS Church, its members and the Priesthood experienced perhaps their greatest trials and testing. But in this life good and evil are continually pitted against each other. The world appears to be a great theatrical stage where universal powers are reaching out for the souls of men. It is not just a battle of armies and navies, but a contest of simple principles. The battle reaches from the throne of kings down to the secret and sacred chambers of the heart. It is an eternal conflict drawing men towards celestial light or the depths of darkness. If God has apostles, missionaries and a priesthood, so does the devil. Once again they were to meet in a clash–not of arms but of principles. Once again these were “the times that tried men’s souls.” Some of the faithful were sent to prison, [
THE PRIESTHOOD LAW OF PLURAL MARRIAGE, Chapter 7 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut I am the Lord thy God, and will give unto thee the law of my Holy Priesthood, as was ordained by me and my Father before the world was. (D & C 132:28) [Then follows the law pertaining to plural marriage.] Today there are approximately 30,000 Fundamentalist Mormons who believe in plural marriage. They have faith that by righteously obeying that law, they will receive corresponding blessings in the hereafter. Thus, they defend and obey the law of plural marriage even though they know it is against the laws of the LDS Church, the state and the nation. Many of these people were formerly active and loyal members of the Church, holding positions in their wards and stakes; yet they are willing to suffer excommunication, condemnation and alienation from church, family and friends because of their firm religious convictions. They believe plural marriage is a Priesthood law that can be lived outside of and separate from the corporate LDS Church. Using the words of early general authorities and other prominent Saints, several (20) questions are briefly answered in this chapter showing that plural marriage is an eternal Priesthood law. It is just one of several doctrines and laws that the Church can vote to accept or reject, but that does not change their eternal nature.  When, why and for whom did God first introduce plural marriage? “Plurality is a law which God established for his elect before the world was formed, for a continuation of seeds forever.” (Heber C. Kimball, Mill. Star 28:190) Was plural marriage instituted solely for the purpose of taking care of widows or surplus women, as some have supposed? “
Why was it that the Lord did not restore the Gospel and Priesthood to one of the many churches already in existence? The answer is probably because He knew the ministers and their congregations would not accept them. This is evidenced by the fact that after Joseph Smith established the Priesthood with its doctrines and ordinances, other churches combined to oppose him and the restored Gospel. However, preserving and maintaining these Priesthood laws and ordinances have proved to be just as difficult as restoring them. When the U.S. Constitution was originally adopted, a lady asked Benjamin Franklin what they had given to the people. He responded, “A Republic–if you can keep it!” Undoubtedly the Prophet Joseph Smith felt the same–that he had given the Saints the fullness of the gospel and the authority of the Priesthood, but could they keep it? A church should be subordinate to Priesthood authority, but unfortunately churches have a tendency to expect the Priesthood to function only within their framework. The  important question is, “Can men within the Church make significant changes in Priesthood laws and ordinances and still possess the Priesthood?
Gifts and Powers of Priesthood When the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in this dispensation, it brought back all the gifts, powers and blessings that had been enjoyed by the former-day Saints at the time of Christ. In the seventh Article of Faith, Joseph Smith claimed, “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.” He also stated: It is not to be wondered at that men should be ignorant, in a great measure, of the principles of salvation, and more especially of the nature, office, power, influence, gifts, and blessings of the gift of the Holy Ghost. (TPJS, p. 242)
TWENTY PRIESTHOOD LAWS AND EVIDENCES, Chapter 8 Part 3 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut Conferring and ordaining to Priesthood Priesthood has been defined as the authority to act in God’s name, which entails officiating in the ordinances and operations of the Gospel. Joseph Smith said that Priesthood “is the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine, the plan of salvation and every important matter is revealed from heaven.” (TPJS, pp. 166-167) The Church, on the other hand, is the organization through which this authority, or Priesthood, can function in an orderly manner. However, obtaining the Priesthood and obtaining an office in the Church are two different procedures. For instance, we don’t ordain a man to an office in the Church and suppose he has obtained the Priesthood. There is a definite set of words to be used for baptism (See D & C 20:73) and for the Lord’s Supper (See D & C 20:77-79). The Prophet Joseph explained, “There are certain key words and signs belonging to the Priesthood which must be observed in order to obtain the blessing.” (TPJS, p. 199) When John the Baptist gave the Priesthood to Joseph and Oliver, he used certain key words. According to Joseph Smith, John the Baptist said: Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, . . . (DHC 1:39) Joseph added that, The messenger who visited us on this occasion and conferred this Priesthood upon us, said that his name was John, the same that is called John the Baptist. . . . (DHC 1:40)
TWENTY PRIESTHOOD LAWS AND EVIDENCES, Chapter 8 Part 4 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut Babylon vs. Zion The word Babylon has been given many definitions in both ancient and modern times. It has been referred to as– A great and ancient city An evil empire A wicked, apostate government Worldly and spiritual wickedness 5.An evil latter-day international world government  The Lord told the Latter-day Saints: Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon. (D & C 133:14) To understand Babylon you need to understand its opposite–Zion. All the opposite definitions of Zion describe Babylon, i.e., the impure in heart, rebellious, wicked, corrupt, lustful, apostate and hostile. Dr. Hugh Nibley explained: Babylon is just as pure in its way as is Zion; it is pure evil–for even good, when it becomes contaminated and perverted, becomes an evil. The main thing is that Babylon and Zion cannot mix in any degree; a Zion that makes concessions is no longer Zion. (“What is Zion?– A Distant View,” Nibley, p. 5) Conversely, if we could convert and change Babylon to righteousness, then it would become a Zion. However, it is impossible to convert the great and evil international Babylon which is to “become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, . . .” (Rev. 18:2) It is for this reason the Lord said, “I will not spare any that remain in Babylon” (D & C 64:24); “Go ye forth of Babylon” (1 Nephi 20:20); “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity” (Jer. 51:6). According to
TWENTY PRIESTHOOD LAWS AND EVIDENCES, Ch8 P5 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut Kings and Queens The Bible mentions the word kings over and over again. For example, God told Father Abraham that he would be the father of kings. (Gen. 17:6) The kings that God speaks of are not necessarily the kings of the world, but rather those like king David, Solomon and even the King of kings, Jesus Christ. Even Jesus ordained some of His disciples “Kings and priests unto God.” (Rev. 1:6) From this we learn that kings and priests are Priesthood titles and offices. Such kings, ordained by the Lord, were not overlooked by Joseph Smith; after all, the Kingdom of God and the keys of the Kingdom were also given to him. Men with these titles are given responsibilities to function in both the religious and political realms of God’s kingdom. The Prophet Joseph explained: Those holding the fulness of the Melchizedek Priesthood are kings and priests of the Most High God, holding the keys of power and blessings. (TPJS, p. 322)
In simple terms, communication includes a connecting, sympathetic relationship, while excommunication involves a disconnection or exclusion. In a Latter-day Saint context, some have thought that excommunication results in some terrible curse or judgment that befalls those cut off from the Church. However, when someone is excommunicated for a gross sin, that person has already incurred a severe judgment, for he has already lost his Priesthood because of his actions, and his excommunication has nothing to do with that loss. Most churches, notably Christian and Jewish, have a ceremonial program for the punishment of their members. The type of punishment depends on the seriousness of the sin. When greater offenses have been committed, individuals are removed from the general membership of the church. Thus, they are “excommunicated,” “cast out” or “cut off.” Just as a man might have an arm or leg cut off or separated from the body, so is a member separated from the body of the church. Cutting off. In the Old Testament a penalty or form of punishment used primarily, though not exclusively, for various offenses against the ceremonial laws. The agent of the “cutting off” was either God or the community. (Wycliffe Bible Dictionary, p. 412)
CHRIST’S CONTROVERSIAL DOCTRINES, Ch10 of The Church & The Priesthood by Ogden Kraut The early Christian Church had many of the same similarities as the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days: The PriesthoodA church organizationLaws, ordinances and principlesGood and bad membersBaptism into and excommunication out of the church The doctrines taught by Christ were often controversial, because they pertained to the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood–rather than the lesser or Levitical Priesthood. Jesus would not have upset the leaders at that time if He had taught the same things they were promoting. But, to them He was teaching dangerous new doctrines. Toward the end of His life Jesus defended His teachings before the high priest, Caiaphas: Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. (John 18:20-21)
Jesus predicted that His disciples would be separated from “their company” and their names would be “cast out . . . as evil.” (Luke 6:22) He warned them of what they should expect from the Pharisees–and that they would eventually be excommunicated: These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. (John 16:1-3) The fact that the Pharisees did not “know” Jesus and the Father seems to be a major reason for their persecuting Christ’s disciples. Jesus once prayed, “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee. . . .” (John 17:25) When He had previously talked about the day of judgment, he said, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt. 7:23) However, in the Inspired Translation it reads, “And then will I say, Ye never knew me: depart from me ye that work iniquity.” (I.T. Matt. 7:33) The Lord has revealed how men can come to “know God,” and it can be achieved only through the Melchizedek Priesthood:  The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church– To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant. (D & C 107:18-19)
THE EXCOMMUNICATION OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS BELIEVERS, Chapter 12 of The Church and The Priesthood by Ogden Kraut http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=101 When Jacob gathered his 12 sons together to give them their patriarchal blessings, he prophesied what would happen to their descendants down to the last days. In the blessing for Judah and his tribe, he declared, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh (the Savior) come; . . . (Gen. 49:10) To Moses was given the task of giving the Priesthood (sceptre) and its higher laws, but the people did not qualify. So Moses established a church with the Aaronic Priesthood and its lesser laws. The Jews (descendants of Judah) maintained both the Priesthood, its principles, ordinances and church down to the time that the Savior (Shiloh) came to earth. Jesus was born and raised in this church and soon became a full-fledged Rabbi with all their rights and privileges of teaching the Gospel. Jesus, however, was blessed with such wisdom and understanding that even at age 12 He confounded the wisest of the Pharisees on Priesthood issues. When He began to teach the laws of the higher Priesthood, he was rejected and “cast out” of the synagogues. This story of Christ’s rejection is told in the King James version of the Bible, but it is told better in some of the other versions.
LATTER-DAY EXCOMMUNICATIONS, Chapter 13 of The Church and The Priesthood by Ogden Kraut During the first three centuries following Christ’s death the Christians were nearly exterminated. Between the reign of Nero and Diocletian there were approximately ten major waves of persecution, the last ending shortly after 306 A.D. So successful had been the destruction of the Christians that Diocletian was praised on two monuments or pillars in Spain. One was inscribed, “For having extended the Roman Empire in the east and west, and for having extinguished the name of Christians, who brought the Republic to ruin.” And on the other, “For having everywhere abolished the superstition of Christ.” (Milners Church History 2:6) Finally between 326 – 330 A.D. the great Roman Emperor Constantine brought the Christians and Romans together. This was an improvement for the pagan Romans but a catastrophe for the Christians. The Christian church exploded in numbers, became popular and ultimately became rich. These three elements were the deadly seeds of apostasy and worldly approval that quickly took over the church. High positions in the church were coveted–bought, bribed and blackmailed. Some church leaders were even murdered to provide a better chance for someone else to be Pope. Other office holders were eliminated to make room for ambitious office seekers. The Popes soon gained political as well as religious powers. Excommunications became more and more popular, not because of sin, but because of threats and  opportunity seekers. Thousands upon thousands became victims of prison, torture and horrible death. It was centuries before Christianity finally crept out of the Dark Ages into the light of a reformation–and even later, a restoration
CONCLUSION, Chapter 14 of The Church and The Priesthood by Ogden Kraut And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62) We have seen how mortal, immortal and resurrected beings can function with Priesthood outside of the organization of the Church. We have reviewed how Jesus established a church in Jerusalem with the Priesthood. He then established another church existing simultaneously on the American continent also with Priesthood. Then He went to some “other sheep” whom He was going to bring “into the fold,” which undoubtedly had a church and priesthood. This was a demonstration that at least three churches were operating at the same time with priesthood authority without the supervision of any particular central church. Then after the Church of Jesus Christ was established, there was an apostasy. Why? Because the church changed Christ’s doctrines, laws and ordinances to conform with the laws of man. Even though the Christian church grew in great numbers and became very prosperous, without the high priesthood they could no longer obey or perform higher Priesthood ordinances. Many other churches were formed without true Priesthood because the original church had lost it. As a result, false prophets and false doctrines increased. We have discussed at least 20 Priesthood laws and ordinances that must be present in the Church or else it loses its power and authority of the high Priesthood. During the 1886 period, men were authorized to teach, live and perpetuate the higher principles of the Melchizedek Priesthood because Church members and leaders had rejected them.
It is very difficult to imagine why anyone would want to kill Jesus. Was He such a serious threat to those in ruling positions at the time? Did this Teacher from Galilee jeopardize their power and influence with the people? Why would anyone pay blood money for information leading to His death? And furthermore, why would one of Christ’s own apostles be willing to accept a few pieces of silver for assisting in His betrayal? Apparently even Joseph Smith was somewhat baffled by Judas’ actions, for he commented: What nearer friend on earth, or in heaven, had Judas than the Savior? And his first object was to destroy Him. * * * Who is as holy as He was? Are they to be found? He never transgressed or broke a commandment or law of heaven–no deceit was in His mouth, neither was guile found in His heart. And yet one that ate with Him, who had often drunk of the same cup, was the first to lift up his heel against Him. (TPJS, p. 67) Such questions as “who was really responsible for the crucifixion of Christ?” and “why was He crucified?” will be considered in this book, with perhaps some additional light shed on the subject. For centuries the Jews have been blamed for the deed, and even the Book of Mormon states that “there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God.” (2 Nephi 10:3) But is it possible that a whole nation is under condemnation for the actions of “a few?” Weren’t many of the early Christians Jews themselves? Certainly a subject as important as this deserves a serious effort on our part to delve into and discover the historical truth.
CONFUSION OVER THE CRUCIFIXION, Chapter 2 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? Howbeit we know this man whence he is; but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. (John 7:26-27) In 1963 the Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church took a vote on the question, “Who was responsible for the crucifixion of Christ.” After some consideration, they called for a vote and substantiated the fact that it was the Jews who were responsible for His death. Then a year later, in 1964, for some peculiar reason, the subject was again brought up for a vote. This time the Ecumenical Council voted for the position that “all mankind” were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. Why did the opinion of the Roman Church reverse itself in one year? This verifies the fact that church doctrine is often changed due to manhandling and public pressure–even on such important issues as who is responsible for the death of Christ. It has been stated that Christ’s crucifixion on the cross has become the most well-known event that ever took place. So claim the best Biblical scholars: Cross — No word has become more universally known than this, because the history of the world since the death of Christ has been decisively shaped by that epoch-making event. The principle content of the  Christian religion is symbolized in this one word. (Intern’l Standard Bible Enc. 1:825)
EASTER MESSAGES, Chapter 3 of WHO CRUCIFIED CHRIST BY OGDEN KRAUT Two two-fold goal (reconciliation between mother and daughter religions) may perhaps be achieved if we shift our focus from the Question, “Who crucified Jesus?” to the question “What crucified Jesus?” (What Crucified Jesus? Ellis Rivkin, p. 5)
RESPONSE TO THE EASTER MESSAGES, Chapter 4 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut It is tragic indeed that the birth pangs of Christianity were occasioned by an event in which Jews were directly implicated. (Ellis Rivkin, “What Crucified Christ?” p. 3) As previously mentioned, in 1964 the Roman Pope decreed that “all of us” are guilty of the death of Christ. This was one of the first times in the “nearly two millennia” that guilt was shifted from the Jews to someone or something else. Then even more recently, the Jewish scholar, Ellis Rivkin, tells us that the issue is not who but what killed Jesus, and he put the blame on the “imperial system.” But systems do not function independently all by themselves–people direct them. All governments, like machinery, are designed, built, and operated by human beings, including the Roman or Jewish system of government. Naturally, Rivkin, a Jew himself, would tend to steer around the issue that “for nearly two millennia, Jews have been blamed for the death of Jesus.” We cannot blame him because it is natural for one to defend his own religion, race and politics. And certainly it is not correct to say that all Jews were guilty of the deed. Among the first “Christians” were Jews, and they had held great responsibilities until the time of Christ, as indicated in the great patriarchal blessing pronounced upon them by their forefather, Jacob.
PILATE’S REPORT,Chapter 5 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him. (Luke 23:13-14) This chapter deals with a rare manuscript written by Pilate, the Roman Governor over Judea. In his Bible handbook, Henry Halley gives an excellent overview of the relationship between Pilate and Jesus: Pilate was Roman governor of Judea, 26-37 AD. He assumed office about the time that Jesus began his public ministry. His official residence was at Caesarea. He came to Jerusalem at time of Feasts to keep order. He was merciless, cruel, noted for his habitual brutality. Like the Roman emperors of his day, he rather enjoyed the spectacle of the torture and death of a man. At one time he had mingled the blood of Galileans with their sacrifices. (Lk 13:1)
CAIAPHAS’ REPORT TO THE SANHEDRIN Chapter 6 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut I am told that there was never seen such a concourse of people assembled at Jerusalem as at the cross. (Caiaphas, The Archko Volume, p. 105) Now, from the other side of the fence, comes the Jewish point of view of what occurred. This information is taken from an ancient record of recent discovery. It is a report by Caiaphas to the Sanhedrin concerning the execution of Jesus and was copied from manuscripts found in Constantinople, October 16, 1883. These were made by the exploratory work of Rev. W. D. Mahan and translated by two scholars, Dr. McIntosh and Dr. Twyman of the Antiquarian Lodge, Genoa, Italy. This manuscript was originally written at the Jerusalem Sanhedrin by Eliezer Hyran. Since the report is quite extensive, only a major part of it is reprinted here, but it is sufficient to help us visualize more about that fateful day www.facebook.com/Lazurus1977 www.youtube.com/fundamentally Mormon http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=30
THE TESTIMONY OF FOUR WITNESSES, Chapter 7 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. (John 3:11) Although, out of these four men, only John was an actual witness of Christ’s crucifixion, Matthew, Mark, and Luke were witnesses of the actions of those who accused Him and were responsible for His death–either before or after the event. The series of appearances and trials for Jesus were peculiarly confusing because of the twisting and turning of events between Jewish and Roman leaders. To help clarify the sequence, let’s first read a synopsis of events from Henry Halley’s Bible Handbook: The Trial of Jesus “Told in Matt. 26:57 – 27:31; Mark 14:53 – 15:20; Luke 22:54 – 23:25; John 18:12 – 19:16. There were two trials: before the Sanhedrin and before Pilate the Roman governor. Judea was subject to Rome. The Sanhedrin could not execute a death sentence without the Roman governor’s consent. There were three stages in each trial, six in all.
TWO ADDITIONAL WITNESSES, Chapter 8 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut. Stephen and Paul Witness: as the most direct mode of acquiring knowledge of an event is by seeing it, “witness” has acquired the sense of a person who is present at and observes a transaction. (Black’s Law Dictionary, p. 1231) Neither did Stephen and Paul actually witness Christ’s crucifixion, but they did personally witness the hatred and bitterness of some of those who were responsible for it. Their testimony should be recognized because of both their position and their integrity. Stephen Stephen was one of seven men selected to assist the Twelve Apostles. They were determined to be “of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom.” (Acts 6:3) And “Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.” (6:8) Stephen became involved in a dispute between members of the Greek “Hellenists” and the “Hebrews” of the Palestinian Jewish Christians. He proposed that the Jews should consider the teachings and ordinances of Christ more important than many of the existing temple rituals, and said that the Mosaic law was being fulfilled. But the higher principles and practices of Christ created more opposition than agreement.
Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together, the testimony of the two nations shall run together also. (2 Nephi 29:8) In addition to the New Testament, there are other available statements and records that contribute to the testimony of what happened leading up to the crucifixion of Christ. This chapter will deal with those from the Book of Mormon. The Prophet Zenos For thus spake the prophet [Zenos]: The Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel at that day, some with his voice, because of their righteousness, unto their great joy and salvation, and others with the thunderings and the lightnings of his power, by tempest, by fire, and by smoke, and vapor of darkness, and by the opening of the earth, and by mountains which shall be carried up. And all these things must surely come, saith the prophet Zenos. And the rocks of the earth must rend; and because of the groanings of the earth, many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be wrought upon by the Spirit of God, to exclaim: The God of nature suffers. And as for those who are at Jerusalem, saith the prophet, they shall be scourged by all people, because they crucify the God of Israel, and turn their hearts aside, rejecting signs and wonders, and the power and glory of the God of Israel. And because they turn their hearts aside, saith the prophet, and have despised the Holy One of Israel, they shall wander in the flesh, and perish, and become a hiss and a byword, and be hated among all nations. Nevertheless, when that day cometh, saith the prophet, that they no more turn aside their hearts against the Holy One of Israel, then will he remember the covenants which he made to their fathers. (1 Nephi 19:11-15)
In our effort to further understand this issue, let us examine the story more closely. After appearing before Annas and then Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin, Jesus was led to the judgment hall of Pontius Pilate. The governor sensed that Jesus was not a criminal when the Jews declared, “We found this fellow perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar. . . .” The charge of blasphemy was the only crime worthy of death under the Jewish law; now the crime had to be contorted to another charge for death under the Roman law. Their charge against Jesus was now sedition, a political offense. Pilate took Jesus inside the palace, and after questioning Him, Pilate returned to the Jews saying, “I find in him no fault at all.” Jesus was acquitted! The mob was furious and their mania had been foiled. With their thirst for blood unquenched and their plans frustrated, they now hurled their madness against Pilate saying, “If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: Whosoever maketh himself a king, speaketh against Caesar.” The Jews despised the Roman rule more than any other; now, however, they were befriending it in order to convict Jesus. Pilate became worried. There was friction between Herod and Pilate; so to flatter Herod, who happened to be in Jerusalem at the time, Pilate directed them to take Jesus to him. This would rid himself of the responsibility of judgment on such frail evidence, and at the same time help to amend their personal enmities. Herod’s father had been a murderer of men and women and the babies of Bethlehem. Now one of his sons (Herod) had the blood of John the Baptist upon his hands as a result of granting a request after a seductive dance.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! (Luke 13:34) The Jewish conspirators were not satisfied with just the death of Jesus; they persecuted His followers and even imprisoned and killed them. For years God’s patience had been constrained until He used the Romans in 70 AD to bring retaliation against the Jews. Jerusalem had become a den of thieves, full of corruption and murder. Wickedness and dishonesty increased among Jewish citizens and leaders alike until conditions reversed and Romans became the aggressor. Not only had the Spirit of the Lord left them, but also common sense, kindness and fairness. The Romans, who themselves were known for their crimes and viciousness, now had rivals among the Jews, and they could no longer tolerate such uprising troublemakers. It would now become one evil force against another. The claims of treason and sedition that the Jews had hurled at Christ were now the very crimes of which they were accused. The Romans knew that such a rebellious people must be controlled. Thus the Roman soldiers (under the leadership of [Titus) surrounded the city and everything was ready for their attack. Suddenly the general withdrew his forces for no known reason. However, this action was a sign–the fulfillment of a prophecy by Jesus: And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. (Luke 21:20-21)
ANCIENT CURSES, Chapter 12 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut Page 106 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God. (Deut. 11:26-28) It maybe asked why there are so few Jews who accept Christianity today? Among the reasons are that the children have a tendency to follow the traditions of their fathers, and also, harsh as it may seem, the sins of the fathers seem to fall upon their children through a curse for evil deeds they have committed. This has happened to (1) the children and descendants of Cain and Ham; (2) the Lamanites or Indians; and (3) the Jews. The Canaanites Regarding the curse that Noah put upon his son, Joseph Smith stated: Noah was a righteous man, and yet he drank wine and became intoxicated; the Lord did not forsake him in consequence thereof, for he retained all the power of his Priesthood, and when he was accused by Canaan, he cursed him by the Priesthood which he held, and the Lord had respect to his word, and the Priesthood which he held, notwithstanding he was drunk, and the curse remains upon the posterity of Canaan until the present day. (TPJS, pp. 193-94)
To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings, thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse: as it is this day. (Jer. 25:18) As mentioned God has always brought blessings to those who serve Him and cursings upon those who fight against Him. Thus we can conclude that God would bring about an especially severe curse upon those who were responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. He had already cursed others for less serious crimes The financial bargain Judas made with the Jewish leaders was indeed a very tragic one. However, the bargain the Jewish leaders made with the Romans was about as bad. They chose Caesar as their king instead of Jesus the Messiah. They rejected the King of Kings for a black-hearted gentile who hated them and their religion. The Romans had found Jesus innocent of any crime, but the Jews charged Him with the worst of all capital crimes. It was a case in which the highest form of punishment was given through the lowest form of judgment. They chose to save Barabbas, a convicted felon, over Jesus, who was innocent of all crimes. Picture the scene! Those who claimed the guardianship of the sacred records and the revelations of God turned their affections against the wisdom and truth of the real repre-sentative and likeness of God. The Romans, on the other hand, who had delighted in the destruction of their enemies, and were hardened in battle, looked upon Jesus and said they found “no fault in Him,” and refused to condemn Him to death. But the sanctimonious Jewish leaders wanted his blood. In their chants and demands for the blood of Christ, the Jews unknowingly purchased it with their own blood. But in one case, blood was shed as an atonement from sin, and in the other blood was shed as a punishment for sin
Jesus often called the scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites,” which means they were not doing the things they claimed they did. He told His disciples, “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” (Matt. 23:3) To believe and profess is not faith, but acting upon such belief is. The Apostle James declared that “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?” “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 2:14; 1:8; 1:22) These Jews claimed they were the children of “Abraham,” they sat in “Moses’ seat,” they were the leaders of the “chosen” people, they could do no wrong, and they claimed the right faith. However, they failed to exemplify the good works to accompany all their claims. Though they claimed to be righteous, Jesus said of them: Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. (Matt. 21:31-32)
CONTINUING CONSPIRACIES, Chapter 15 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut Page 133 And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Jer. 11:9) The Jewish commonwealth was divided into districts, i.e., Galilee, Judea, etc. Each of them had their own courts, legislatures, and judges, and was presided over by a high priest, which explains why there were so many high priests spoken of in the New Testament. Each district was subdivided into smaller divisions, presided over by an officiating priest. If the heads of government became corrupt, then the whole body politic could also follow–on down to the citizens. A conspiracy that worked its way into religious or political systems could soon corrupt the whole body and cause it to commit crimes in the name of justice and law. On the other hand, an honest government could improve the lives of the governed; but sadly, this situation was very rare. A conspiracy that worked its way into a government could result in the destruction of a nation; and it was so with many nations, including the Jewish nation. The crucifixion of Christ was not an accident, mistaken identity or a momentary outburst of a mob. The plot had been carefully planned, and the conspiracy was accomplished after a long series of gatherings behind closed doors.
DESTINY OF THE JEWS, Chapter 16 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut page 14 Even though some of the Jews are responsible for one of the greatest atrocities in the history of the world, most of them will eventually be converted to accepting Christ. The worst of them will pay the necessary price, but the others who are still looking for their Messiah will find their proper place in history. Brigham Young stated: By and by the Jews will be gathered to the land of their fathers, and the ten tribes, who wandered into the north, will be gathered home, and the blood of Ephraim, the second son of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt, which is to be found in every kingdom and nation under heaven, will be gathered from among the Gentiles, . . . . (JD 12:38) They will re-establish their temple, their city (Jerusalem), and their nation. Again quoting Brother Brigham: Let me here say a word to the Jews. We do not want you to believe our doctrine. If any professing to be Jews should do so, it would prove that they are not Jews. A Jew cannot now believe in Jesus Christ. * * * The decree has gone forth from the Almighty that they cannot have the benefit of the atonement until  they gather to Jerusalem, for they said, let his blood be upon us and upon our children, consequently, they cannot believe in him until his second coming. We have a great desire for their welfare, and are looking for the time soon to come when they will gather to Jerusalem, build up the city and the land of Palestine, and prepare for the coming of the Messiah. When he comes again, he will not come as he did when the Jews rejected him; neither will he appear first at Jerusalem when he makes his second appearance on the earth; but he will appear first on the land where he commenced his work in the beginning, and planted the garden of Eden, and that was done in the land of America.
FATE OF THE GENTILES, Chapter 17 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut Page 149 Therefore, wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts against the Lamb of God. (I Nephi 14:6) Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, committed a sin when he suggested selling his brother, Joseph, as a slave. However, the other ten sons wanted him dead. Because of this, the Lord showed more mercy toward Judah than he did to the other ten sons. As the favor was shown to Judah’s posterity, so the disfavor was shown to the descendants of the other “lost” tribes of Israel. We know where the house of Judah is, but where is the rest of the house of Israel? The Jews were taken captive for a while, but they soon gathered back to Jerusalem. The other tribes were taken captive and gradually dispersed among the nations, and they will yet have to gather. The historian, Josephus, said they were still scattered in the “north countries,” and the Apostle James stated they were still in a scattered condition. (See James 1:1.) The house of Judah will gather to the Old Jerusalem, and the house of Joseph will gather to the New Jerusalem. The other tribes will join in wherever they are welcome, but will receive their blessings from the hands of Ephraim.
CONCLUSION Chapter 18 of Who Crucified Christ by Ogden Kraut Page 153 Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light. And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation. (D & C 93:31) Most people have thought that all the Jews were guilty of the death of Christ, but we have pointed out that many Jews were not involved in His crucifixion, and some were even believers in Jesus as the Christ. In fact, most of the early Christians were Jews. Thus, there were “good” Jews and “bad” Jews. This is substantiated in the scriptures, i.e., Jeremiah. In a vision or dream the Lord showed Jeremiah two baskets and then asked him what he saw in those baskets. “I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.” (Jer. 24:3) The Lord then explained that those two baskets of figs represented the house of Judah. For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
How can the world know the things of God? They can read about them, but they cannot know them without the Spirit of God; . . . They know nothing about this kingdom; we do not expect them to know. . . . (Brigham Young, JD 11:250) For 2000 years the definition of the Kingdom of God has been discussed and debated by some of the brightest Christian minds. Not only has this caused confusion and misdirection, but it has even resulted in war, destruction, and death. Thus, it is important for us to understand God’s Kingdom if we ever expect to have a part in it. The scriptures often mention both the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. Some people claim they are the same, while others think there is a difference. In reality, the major distinction is in their location. The Kingdom of God can refer to an earthly or heavenly kingdom; whereas the Kingdom of Heaven refers just to the kingdom in heaven. It is similar to talking about the Church of Christ, or more specifically the Church of Christ in Jerusalem. John Taylor gave one of the most direct and most correct definitions that has ever been presented. It was the first sentence in his book entitled The Government of God: “The Kingdom of God, is the government of God, on the earth or in the heavens.” (p. 1)
MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, Chapter 2 of Kingdom of God Volume 1 Page 17 And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom. (D & C 76:7) The Kingdom of God has become one of the mysteries, but the wonderful thing about mysteries is that once we learn about them, they are no longer mysteries. Throughout the ages, a wide variety of descriptions and definitions of the Kingdom of God have been given, such as it is– within the heart of everyone the throne of God the universe the Spirit of Christ the Gospel the Spirit of Peace heaven the millennium the good within you the British Empire Catholicism the final state of the earth the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
IN THE BEGINNING, Chapter 3 of Kingdom of God Volume 1 By Ogden Kraut Pages 22-35 When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel–you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. (J. Smith, TPJS, p. 348) In studying the Kingdom of God, we need to begin long before 1830 or 1843–which is what most Mormon authors have done. We will go back to the very beginning, as Joseph Smith suggested: In the first place, I wish to go back to the beginning–to the morn of creation. There is the starting point for us to look to, in order to understand and be fully acquainted with the mind, purposes and decrees of the Great Elohim, who sits in yonder heavens as he did at the creation of this world. It is necessary for us to have an understanding of God himself in the beginning. If we start right, it is easy to go right all the time; but if we start wrong, we may go wrong, and it be a hard matter to get right. (TPJS, p. 343) If we must go back to the beginning to learn about “the Great Elohim,” then we must go back to the same point to learn about His Kingdom. The first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible states: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1) When God did this, He was merely extending the boundaries and dominions of His Kingdom.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, of Chapter 4 of Kingdom of God volume 1 pages 36 to 44. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance. (D & C 131:6) No matter when or where we are born, it is by gaining knowledge and understanding that we receive joy, advancement, and growth. Brigham Young explained: The first great principle that ought to occupy the attention of mankind, that should be understood by the child and the adult, and which is the mainspring of all action, whether people understand it or not, is the principle of improvement. The principle of increase, of exaltation, of adding to that we already possess, is the grand moving principle and cause of the actions of the children of men. No matter what their pursuits are, in what nation they were born, with what people they have been associated, what religion they profess, or what politics they hold, this is the mainspring of the actions of the people, embracing all the powers necessary in performing the duties of life. (JD 2:91) Without knowledge, intelligence, free agency and choices, we are idiots! Spirits born in the pre-existence were just like little children born in this world–completely helpless, totally dependent on others and without any agency. But as we grew older and began to learn, we could make our own choices and decisions. We selected our schooling, occupations, and friends. We also chose the kind of principles and standards we wanted to live by, and even the kind of kingdom we wanted to  live in. We voted for our government over there just as we vote for it here. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137
THE REBELLION, Chapter 5 part 1 of Kingdom Of God Volume 1 pages 45-53 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. (Rev. 12:7-8) Because of lack of information, there are many questions about the war in heaven in the Pre-Existence. Isaiah gave the following explanation: The Question: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! The Reason: For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. The Result: Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Isa. 14:12-17)
I thank everyone for their participation and welcome commentary. That was one of our best yet. We talked about a lot of subjects including the Corona Virus and prophecy and our Aquaponic experiment. Learning is the best way to prepare for Messiah's return and the Restoration of the Restoration that will include Levites. We are NOT a church, but if you know someone who is interested in a Restoration that includes ALL of the elements, pass on my contact to them.
Teacher Joshua Erickson will teach us the particulars of Purim in the story of Esther from the Bible since this is the last month (most likely) of the year. With Charlotte's talent, we will probably have Passover one day early on 7 April out at Adam-ondi-Ahman. The Lehi Zarahemla Foundation is having a Passover in Lehi if you can't make it to the Center Place. Join us tonight for what will be astonishingly interesting.
THE REBELLION, Chapter 5 part 2 of Kingdom Of God Volume 1 Pages 53-62 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 Why Did God Allow It? Satan caused real chaos in heaven. mHe caused desertion, wrecked the educational classes, taught false doctrine, and made war. Why did God tolerate it? Why didn’t He nip it in the bud? In the scriptures we read that Jesus had much less tolerance for a little tree: Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. and presently the fig tree withered away. (Matt. 21:18-19) At least the poor little tree had some green leaves, but it was cursed anyway. Why then did God spare Satan who didn’t even have so much as a green leaf in his favor? There were many good reasons why God did not interfere with Lucifer: First, God allowed him his free agency. Second, Lucifer could prove for himself what he wanted to be. And  third, it provided everyone with a choice so each could be what he wanted to be. The reason war was allowed in heaven is because it provided a choice of the two opposites–even many ramifications in between. It allowed some to be valiant and others to be cowards; to be indifferent or to be traitors, or to just follow along with the crowd. It has been said that no other force can change people, their attitude and even their nation like war–and so it was in that world. W
Did the Rebellious Go? Our pre-mortal existence in heaven apparently had a greater impact on each of us than does mortality–for three reasons: We lived there for a much longer time. In our dispensation, we live for a few days or up to about 100 years. But in that world we lived for many thousands and even millions of years. We developed our character there. When we are born into mortality, our character, disposition, and talents have already been determined. Prophets, military and political leaders, teachers and inventors, etc., were pre-selected for the time and place of their birth into mortality. Two great leaders established two great kingdoms in the Pre-Existence. Christ and Lucifer organized all the spirit children of God into those two kingdoms based on our choices there. During this character molding and polishing process, some qualified to be prophets, kings, and even heads of dispensations. On the other hand, many grew mean and miserable. They became rebellious, filled with hate, and sought to destroy all that belonged to God. Thus we see a great gulf being created among the spirits even before arriving in mortality. This gulf between the followers of Christ and Lucifer kept getting wider and wider until it led to open rebellion and war. The two leaders in this war did not lack knowledge; so if they both possessed such great knowledge, why did they grow  so far apart? It appears that just learning does not qualify a man to be good or bad–it is wisdom and understanding in applying their learning. Solomon wrote, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments. . . .” (Ps. 111:10)
FREE AGENCY, Chapter 6 of Kingdom of God Volume 1 Pages 70-75 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. (Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, pp. 22 & 182) What was the war in heaven all about? It wasn’t about smoking nor drinking; nor which day was the true Sabbath; nor the kind of job or salary we would like. The dispute was not over where we would live, nor who our friends would be. The battle was over freedom and free agency–the same thing over which nearly all wars are fought. Wars usually begin with someone wanting to rule over someone else. That means one person must give up certain rights, privileges, and freedoms to the other. This may be necessary during employment, as we usually don’t have a choice about hours, salary, location, conditions, etc. But we do have the freedom to change jobs, or be self-employed–or even unemployed.
TWO KINGS AND TWO KINGDOMS, Chapter 7 of Kingdom of God volume 1. pages 75-79 In relation to the kingdom of God, the devil always sets up his kingdom at the very same time in opposition to God. (TPJS, p. 365) During millions of years two different systems for salvation polarized–similar to the earth’s North and South Pole. The difference was as drastic as night and day, so eventually they were bound to clash. Nephi tells about those in the kingdom of the devil: . . . all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble, and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet. (1 Nephi 22:23) So in reality there are two kingdoms to study. * Both began in the pre-mortal life. * Both were advocated by master spirits. * Both were kingdoms that would continue throughout our mortal world. * Both would continually seek for converts. * Both would be constantly at war with each other. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137
REAL REPRESENTATIVES, Chapter 8 of Kingdom of God Volume 1 Pages 80-90 Christ and Belial cannot be made friends; the devil is at war with the Kingdom of God on the earth, and always has been, and will continue to be, until he is bound. (Brigham Young, JD 2:319) In these two kingdoms the two representatives are defending their kingdom as the only true one, and their church as the only true church–so how can you tell which is the genuine article? The devil puts on a facade; he represents himself as something he is not. He lies over who he is, what he does, and what his principles are. He is such a master of misrepresentation that he can surpass the greatest of all magicians. And he has “dominion over all the earth, among all nations.” With two kinds of leaders we have two kinds of leadership. One king uses his “authority” to require strict obedience to everything he says. Like a military leader, he dominates by supreme rule over all his subordinants. The other representative has reversed the order of command. He said: “whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant;” (Matt. 20:26-27) and also, “whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11) http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137
THE PRE-EXISTENT ROLE OF WOMEN, Chapter 10 of Kingdom of God Volume 1 pages 91- 96 To be a priestess queen upon thy Heavenly Father’s throne, and a glory to thy husband and offspring, to bear the souls of men, to people other worlds (as thou didst bear their tabernacles in mortality) while eternity goeth and eternity cometh; and if thou wilt receive it, lady, this is eternal life. (John Taylor, “Origin and Destiny of Women,” as quoted in Marriage Covenant, Kraut, p. 25) Continuing along the lines of the previous chapter on representation, women are often considered as representatives of many wonderful attributes: love, kindness, emotion, caring, mercy, creation, life, endurance, and jewels in a man’s crown. The scriptures speak of the Zion of the Lord and the New Jerusalem as being like the bride of Christ. (See Rev. 18:23, 21:2.) The role and duties of women in the pre-mortal world is much different from that of the men. It is quite similar to wars on earth when men to go battle and the women usually remain at home. Very few women get involved with war in mortality, and they didn’t over there either. Once again let’s refer to Mosiah Hancock’s vision for an explanation: . . . one third of the males and females would not accept of either star, but withdrew from the conflict, the females taking the males by the arm, said, “Come, let us not take part with either side. Let us retire.”  (When they were cast out after the manner of spiritual warfare,) they had no power to return. When they were all cleared from the platform and Satan and his followers were all cast down, their female companions wept, and we all wept.
HOW TO DESTROY A KINGDOM, Chapter 11 of Kingdom of God volume 1. Pages 107-121 And whoso is not willing to lay down his life for my sake is not my disciple. (Jesus, D & C 103:28) I will not have a coward in my army!!! (Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.) In a war you must know all the strengths and the weaknesses of your enemy. But this is not all; you must have the courage to do something about it. Victory parades were never given for the weak, the timid, or the cowards in any war. Unfortunately courage and sacrifice are not always found on the battlefield. Other methods, some not so honorable, are frequently used in dealing with the enemy, such as espionage, sabotage, spying, and other subversive activities. In building a strong and sturdy house, you must first understand the forces that could destroy it so that you can prevent them, if possible. You should insulate it properly against cold and heat and leaks; try to protect it from fire; safeguard it against insects and rodents; use quality materials and workmanship so it doesn’t collapse; and take precautions against thieves and robbers. So it is with building the Kingdom of God. Every weakness, every frailty and every force that can come against the kingdom should be identified, analyzed, and prepared for.  We need to learn not only how the devil built his kingdom, but also how he can destroy God’s Kingdom. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137
THE FALL, Chapter 12 of Kingdom of God volume 1. Pages 122-126 The dreadful work was done. And the pall of Sin and Gloom and Toil and Pain and Death fell upon a world which God had made beautiful. (Halley’s Handbook, p. 70) After this world was created, everything connected there-to seemed to take a “fall.” Satan and his hosts were cast down; Adam fell; all the children of God were sent down here. Everyone went through some kind of fall to get here. However, in reality, everything was not in a state of “falling” so much as it was in a state of progression. For mortality to begin here on the earth, someone had to have mortal children. The job fell on Adam and his wife, Eve. That obligation was not unique to just this earth, but on every earth throughout God’s kingdom. In his journal, Joseph Lee Robinson wrote: Attended conference. A very interesting conference; for at this meeting President Brigham Young said thus: That Adam and Eve were the names of the first man and woman of every earth that was ever organized. (p. 102) Not only were the names (or titles) the same on every earth, but so were the circumstances
THE APPLE OF HER EYE, Chapter 13 of Kingdom of God volume 1. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 Pages 127 to 133 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, . . . (Gen. 3:6) The Garden of Eden was a fruit orchard, as the area was filled with fruit trees rather than vegetables. Adam and Eve were surrounded by a wide variety of fruit for their eating pleasure, for it is written: And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen. 2:9) All the trees of the garden were beautiful to look at, delicious to taste, and sufficient to sustain life. This was the food of immortals. But there was “one tree” that they were told not to partake of–unless it was for a special purpose. It was written of that tree: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:17) This means that if they ate of it, they would no longer remain immortal but would become mortal and eventually die. The purpose of eating from that tree was not just to bring death. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Gen. 3:5)
THE FAITHFUL AND UNFAITHFUL, Chapter 14 of Kingdom of God volume 1 Pages 134 to 142 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 Behold, the kingdom is yours. And behold, and lo, I am with the faithful always. Even so. Amen. (D & C 62:9) What causes so many differences in people? Why are some faithful to the gospel and some not? Why do some children turn out to be renegades while all the rest are good and faithful members of the family? With an organization as grand and glorious as the Kingdom of God, how come so few are seeking for it and want to be a part of it?
CAIN AND ABEL:DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM, Chapter 15 of Kingdom of God V1 P1 Pages 143 to 150 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 And Abel hearkened unto the voice of the Lord. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And Cain loved Satan more than God. (Gen. 5:5-6, Insp. Trans.) The recorded story of Cain is a short one, but the story of Abel is even shorter. Cain was unique in the history of the world and certainly one of the most powerful and important personalities in the Old Testament. To understand how the Kingdom of God was first disrupted and divided in mortality, it is important to know the roles played by both Cain and Abel. Thus, personal portraits of their lives and characters will be presented in this chapter under the following subtitles: Their Early YearsCain’s ApostasyAbel’s MurderCain’s Sin Against the Holy GhostCain’s CurseCain’s Conspiracy
CAIN AND ABEL: DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM, Chapter 15 of Kingdom of God V1 P2 Pages 151 to 159 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 Abel’s Murder The prayers of all the ministers in the world can never close the gates of hell against a murderer. (TPJS, p. 189) As Cain began to apostatize, he lost the spirit of the Lord, “And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” (Gen. 4:5) The Spirit of the Lord was replaced by another spirit that filled Cain with jealousy, hate and greed–three things that usually precede a murder. Abel, on the other hand, was a righteous son, and Joseph Smith said he had been assured of this by God Himself: It is said by Paul in his letter to the Hebrew brethren, that Abel obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts. * * * We have very little on this important subject in the forepart of the Bible. But it is said that Abel himself obtained witness that he was righteous. Then certainly God spoke to him: indeed, it is said that God talked with him; and if He did, would He not, seeing that Abel was righteous deliver to him the whole plan of the Gospel? And is not the Gospel the news of the redemption? How could Abel offer a sacrifice and look forward with faith on the Son of God for a remission of his sins, and not understand the Gospel? The mere shedding of the blood of beasts or offering anything else in sacrifice, would not procure a remission of sins, except it were performed in faith of something to come; if it could, Cain’s offering must have been as good as Abel’s. And if Abel was taught of the coming of the Son of God, was he not taught also of His ordinances? We all admit that the Gospel has ordinances, and if so, had it not always ordinances, and were not its ordinances always the same? (TPJS, p. 59)
CAIN AND ABEL: DIVISION OF THE KINGDOM, Chapter 15 of Kingdom of God V1 P3 Pages 159 to 170 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 Cain’s Sin Against the Holy Ghost All other sins are not to be compared to sinning against the Holy Ghost, and proving a traitor to the brethren. (TPJS, p. 156) In the beginning Cain learned the rules of morality, religion and righteousness. But he turned away from those principles “and listened not any more to the voice of the Lord, neither to Abel, his brother, who walked in holiness before the Lord.” (Moses 5:26) As he continued to sin, he eventually committed murder and then sinned against the Holy Ghost.  These were unforgivable and unpardonable sins, putting him beyond redemption and the opportunity of being saved. It has been revealed that “They [those overcome by the devil] are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say it had been better for them never to have been born.” (D & C 76:32) It is almost unbelievable that men would willingly continue on the path to destruction, but it has been said they love darkness more than light. It sounds impossible that someone could love Satan more than God, but this was the case.
Pages 170 to 176 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=137 Cain’s Conspiracy Although Cain was once a good little boy and enjoyed many spiritual gifts in his early life, he became familiar with the Prince of Darkness, and established a friendship with him that would last forever. Together Cain and Satan plotted and planned their agenda like partners in a great business venture. They made contracts, covenants, and promises which delighted them both–and the world came to their bargaining table. They formed a great secret society, but God was not included. Since they didn’t like the government and order of God’s Kingdom, they replaced it with a new world order–a term that has a familiar ring today. They needed helpers so they recruited and trained many others, whom they enlisted through bribes, payoffs, and seduction. Deception has always been a pre-dominant tool in establishing and continuing this powerful dominion. And thus, to cover all their bases, they placed loyal servants in leadership positions in every area–economic, social, political and religious. But why do good people allow such wicked individuals to lead them, both politically and spiritually? And why, when a wise and worthy man comes along, does he get persecuted and rejected? Listen to Joseph Smith: The world always mistook false prophets for true ones, and those that were sent of God, they considered to be false prophets, and hence they killed, stoned, punished and imprisoned the true prophets, and these  had to hide themselves “in deserts and dens, and caves of the earth,” and though the most honorable men of the earth, they banished them from their society as vagabonds, whilst they cherished, honored and supported knaves, vagabonds, hypocrites, impostors, and the basest of men. (TPJS, p. 206)
SETH: THE KINGDOM RENEWED, Chapter 16 of Kingdom of God volume 1 pages 177-182 Very little is written in the Bible or other historical records about Seth. We do know he was a righteous son of Adam and Eve, born after Cain killed Abel. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth. (Gen. 5:3) And Adam knew his wife again, and she bare a son, and he called his name Seth. And Adam glorified the name of God; for he said: God hath appointed me another seed, instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And God revealed himself unto Seth, and he rebelled not, but offered an acceptable sacrifice, like unto his brother Abel. (Moses 6:2-3) And according to Josephus: Now this Seth, when he was brought up and came to those years in which he could discern what was good, became a virtuous man; and as he was himself of an excellent character, so did he leave children behind him who imitated his virtues. All these proved to be of good dispositions. They also inhabited the same country without dissensions, and in a happy condition, without any misfortunes falling upon them till they died. They also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies and their order. (Antiquities, Bk. 1, Ch. 2, Para. 3)
Reading the conclusion of Kingdom of God Volume 1 page 183 and continuing on with the preface and first chapter of Volume 2 of Kingdom of God. The King of Kings, Chapter 1 of Kingdom of God Volume 2 pages 7-11 . . . in his times he shall show who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. (1 Tim. 6:15) The title of “king” had its origin near the beginning of our mortal earth. Those holding such a title usually claimed it was a divine calling, with the right to govern in both civil and religious matters. Most pharaohs possessed a long title or throne name which included some mention of deity. Epithets of many sovereigns of Mesopotamia also carried names of deities. Even in Imperial Rome the grandest title of the Caesars was Pontifex Maximus. Victory over their enemies was always attributed to the divine favor of their god. All of these civilizations were acquainted with offerings and sacrifices to their deity. In ancient Israel we can also see how those holding this kingly office were recognized and appointed through divine approval. For example, the Prophet Samuel made the selection and anointed Saul as the first king in Israel. (See I Sam. 1:14 and 12:1.)
FREEDOM AND LIBERTY IN THE KINGDOM, Chapter 2 of Kingdom of God volume 2 Pages 11-13 Freedom was not easily won, and it is not easy to keep. There have been only two kinds of people on the earth—those who were free and those who were not. Of all the millions who have lived, only about 3 per cent have known freedom. (Our Heritage of Faith, 1:2) The great and mighty nations of the world have made slaves out of their captives and also of their own citizens. If you had been born an Assyrian 15 centuries before Christ, you would have lived under cruel, blood-thirsty kings who were continually seeking new conquests and the riches of other nations. You probably would have served in the army which required you to fight until a battle was over, and then to march on to another battle and fight until you were dead. You would never have known freedom—only marching, fighting and killing. If you had been an Egyptian, you would have believed that your pharaoh ruled by divine right and divine birth, that he was a god who could do no wrong. You would have lived in a little mud house, watching thousands of slaves work under the taskmaster’s lash. You would have probably worked in the quarries or the mines, plowed the lands or served in the army. All the land as well as its riches were the property of the pharaoh. Chances were that you would have lived, worked and died as a slave. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD, Chapter 3 of Kingdom of God volume 2 Pages 14-23 . . I contend that if one man cannot understand these things but by the spirit of God, ten thousand men cannot; it is alike out of the reach of the wisdom of the learned, the tongue of the eloquent, the power of the mighty. And we shall at last have to come to this conclusion, whatever we may think of revelation, that without it we can neither know nor understand anything of God, or the devil;… (Joseph Smith, TPJS, p. 205) http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
ABRAHAM—THE FATHER OF KINGS, Chapter 4 of Kingdom of God Volume 2 Pages 24-30 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. (Gen. 17:6) Many of today’s modern Christians believe that Abraham lived in a pagan society, was raised in a pagan household and embraced some personal pagan ideals. They assume that he did not know much about the gospel of Christ, its principles or priesthood. However, in 1879 John Taylor countered: We come again to another prominent character, that is Abraham, a very remarkable man in his day and age; although at the present time men look upon him as a kind of an old shepherd, a man that attended flocks and herds and sheep, a sort of herdsman and a shepherd; and there was very little of him anyhow except that he lived in his day almost as a barbarian. That is the opinion that many men have formed of him—that he was something like our backwoodsmen, some of our farmers who have not mixed up with the elite of society, or made themselves familiar with the intelligence that pervades the world. I look upon him as another character entirely, and from information that we can gather from revelations that have been referred to, we find that there was something very peculiar about him. We read his history and we find that he was a man that sought after righteousness, that he desired to obtain more righteousness, that he examined the records of his fathers, that he found in  examining the records, tracing them back through the flood, clear away back unto Adam’s day, he found many circumstances that were connected with man-kind, not only to Adam’s day, but before the world was. In doing this, among other things, he found he had a right to the priesthood. (JD 21:159)
HOW ABRAHAM BECAME A KING, Chapter 5 of Kingdom of God volume 2. Pages 31-41 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139 Abraham received all things, whatsoever he received, by revelation and commandment, by my word, saith the Lord. (D & C 132:29) Father Abraham was the right person in the right place at the right time. He stood as a father of nations, and also as a father to nations. Abraham is one of the most perfect examples of a man of God, and we have been instructed to “Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham.” (D & C 132:32) He stood for correct principles and faithfulness to the laws of God. He was so righteous that the Lord appeared to him from time to time and talked to him as one man talks to another. Abraham received all things, whatsoever he received, by revelation and commandment, by my word, saith the Lord, and hath entered into his exaltation and sitteth upon his throne. (D & C 132:29) In this 132nd section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord mentions the name of Abraham 20 times. It is no wonder that he is often cited as “Abraham, the Friend of God.”
THE SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM—AND ISAAC, Chapter 6 of Kingdom of God Pages 42-51 We talk a great deal about sacrifices, when strictly there is no such thing; it is a misnomer—it is a wrong view of the subject, for what we do in [and for] the Kingdom of God is the best investment we can possibly make. (Daniel H. Wells, JD 4:253) The story of Abraham and Isaac in chapter 22 of Genesis is one of the most difficult to understand. God tells Abraham to take his son Isaac up on a mountain and kill him! Could God also tell Abraham to worship the stone gods of his father? Could he tell him to commit adultery with his neighbor’s wife—or lie, cheat, steal or murder? God has told us that it is a sin to break His commandments, and yet in this case He is telling Abraham to break one of the most important ones. There is a blessing for obedience to the commandments; can there be a blessing for disobeying them also? We have been told that murder is an unforgivable sin. It is a crime so serious that a murderer cannot enter the celestial kingdom. Now God is telling Abraham to murder his son! What’s going on here? http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
MOSES—A PRINCE IS BORN, Chapter 7 of Kingdom of God volume 2 Pages 52-56 And he [a Hebrew slave] said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? (Ex. 2:14) Some men become kings by inheriting a throne; others have money to buy the office; still others manage to kill off all competitors. Then there are those who are born to become a king by divine right, chosen in the pre-mortal state to become prophets, priests and kings on earth. Such was the case with Moses. The royal lineage for the Priesthood and Kingdom of God came down through great prophets to Moses. The people at his time were unorganized, uninspired and serving as slaves. The land of Egypt was ruled by a wicked Pharaoh. He was probably not acquainted with the history of Joseph who once lived and ruled in Egypt. After 400 years, the history of Joseph had been forgotten—even by the children of Israel. Although the children of Israel were entitled to bear the rights of the Holy Priesthood (the right to rule on the earth), they did not even remotely resemble Godly priests and kings. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour; And they made their lives bitter with bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. (Ex. 1:13-14) http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
THE MIRACLES OF MOSES, Chapter 8 of Kingdom of God volume 2 pages 57-65 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles. (Mormon 9:19) The life of Moses is divided into three 40-year periods: the first was as a prince in Egypt and the second as a peasant—semi-retired, raising sheep and tending chickens and kids. The first two chapters of Exodus briefly describe these first two periods. During the third era, things took a dramatic change. While tending his sheep at the base of the mountain, he saw a bush burning but not being consumed. As he approached, he saw an angel and then heard the voice of God telling him to go back to Egypt and tell the Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go free. He was to tell him that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had sent him. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. (Ex. 3:20) When the children of Israel first came to Egypt, they were about 40 in number, but at the birth of Moses, they were nearly three million. Since these Israelite slaves were very valuable to the king of Egypt, it would be difficult to persuade  him to let them go. It would take a miracle—in fact, several miracles! http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
THE BATTLE OF THE SCEPTERS, Chapter 9 of Kingdom of God Volume 2 Page 66-68 A sceptre: a staff, a walking stick, a rod with which one is beaten; when applied to kings: with a rod of iron, indicates the severest, most rigorous rule; a royal sceptre. (Strong’s Greek Lexicon, p. 982) The term scepter is a “symbol of sovereignty” and/or “royal or imperial authority.” (Webster’s New World Dictionary) With this in mind, consider the following passages of scripture: The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; . . . (Gen. 49:10) . . . there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, . . . (Num. 24:17) Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. (Ps. 45:6) In the New Testament God is described as the only “lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.” (James 4:12) There are actually only two basic churches and two kingdoms, but within each are many divisions of smaller churches and kingdoms. Those under the influence of the devil exist mainly to oppose, infiltrate and try to overpower the church and kingdom of God. Hence, it takes much study, prayer and diligence to discern the difference between the two. Since the  church of God is religious and the Kingdom of God is political, it requires an effort on both fronts to learn about God’s works. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
MISSION TO THE MOUNTAIN, Chapter 10 of Kingdom of God volume 2 Pages 69-77 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. (Ex. 3:5) Thus, the children of Israel came to Mt. Sinai because God wanted to teach them a new way of life. God had made a promise to their forefathers, and now He was going to keep it. He said, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” (Ex. 20:2), because of the “covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” (Ex. 2:24) Orson Pratt tells the story of their arrival at the mountain: When the people of God were encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai, the Lord said unto them, “If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.” “And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do.” (Ex. 19:5, 6, 8) Three days after the people made this covenant, the Lord came down upon the mount in their sight, with thunderings, and lightnings, and with a great sound of a trumpet, and with a cloud, and fire, and thick smoke, while the whole mount trembled and shook to its very centre, under His Almighty power. With a loud voice He uttered in the ears of all Israel the “Ten Commandments.” “And when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we  die.” (Ex. 20:18, 19) (Masterful Discourses of Orson Pratt, p. 158) http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
TABERNACLES, TEMPLES AND COVENANTS, Chapter 11 of Kingdom of God volume 2 Pages 78-90 Here is the kingdom of God, and the Saints should understand that, if they abide in this kingdom, they will realize every promise made to them in its ordinances and covenants. (Brigham Young, JD 11:251) Tabernacles, temples and dedicated buildings have often been built by righteous men as special locations to worship God. In turn, they were intended to be places where God could commune with His people. Such edifices have been constructed under the command of God ever since the days of the children of Israel. In some instances the structure was a lowly, humble tent; on the other hand, King Solomon’s temple became one of the most beautiful, costly and divinely inspired buildings the world had ever seen. But what has all this to do with the Kingdom of God? Within these sacred designated structures, God can visit His elect children and they can be ordained kings and priests, queens and priestesses, to Him. It is not the price tag that is significant in such buildings; rather it is the fact that God directed their construction and instituted the ordinances and covenants that were to be performed therein to make men and women kings and queens in His Kingdom. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
MARRIAGE AND MORALS IN THE KINGDOM, Chapter 12 of Kingdom of God volume 2 Pages 91-96 When the Gospel of the Son of God is introduced among the children of men, it comes with light and intelligence, with pure and holy principles. It embraces all morality, all virtue, all light, all intelligence, all greatness, and all goodness. (Brigham Young, JD 11:235) Spiritual laws, like mathematical, scientific and chemical laws, do not change with time, conditions or the whims of men. There are subsequent blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience. The Apostle Paul said that “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ.” (Gal. 3:24) Jesus also made it very clear when He said man shall live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4) That schoolmaster still continues. Moral laws are just as eternal, everlasting and unchange-able as any other laws of God. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
COMMANDMENTS OF THE KINGDOM, Chapter 13 of Kingdom of God Page 97-102 If Enoch, Abraham, Moses, and the children of Israel, and all God’s people were saved by keeping the commandments of God, we, if saved at all, shall be saved upon the same principle. (Joseph Smith, TPJS, p. 253) God has made many attempts to prepare His children to enter into His presence, both in mortality and immortality. He could accomplish this only by giving them guidelines in the form of principles, ordinances and laws. The Prophet Joseph Smith commented: Here, then, we have this part of our subject immediately before us for consideration: God has in reserve a time, or period appointed in His own bosom, when He will bring all His subjects, who have obeyed His voice and kept His commandments, into His celestial rest. This rest is of such perfection and glory, that man has need of a preparation before he can, according to the laws of that kingdom, enter it and enjoy its blessings. This being the fact, God has given certain laws to the human family, which, if observed, are sufficient to prepare them to inherit this rest. This, then, we conclude, was the purpose of God in giving His laws to us: if not, why, or for what were they given? (TPJS, p. 54) As we previously remarked, all well established and properly organized governments have certain fixed and prominent laws for the regulation and management of the same. If man has grown to wisdom and is  capable of discerning the propriety of laws to govern nations, what less can be expected from the Ruler and Upholder of the universe? Can we suppose that He has a kingdom without laws? (TPJS, p. 55) http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
THE WAYWARD WORLDLY WANDERERS, Chapter 14 of Kingdom of God Volume 2 Pages 107-116 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16) For thousands of years the children of Israel have been the brunt of many condemnations: modern ministers relate their failings; scholars expose their weaknesses; Moses condemned them; and even God has scourged them. Perhaps we have been too hard on those people. After all, they were violently uprooted from a life in Egypt that seemed normal to them. They enjoyed their family and homes; they were protected from their enemies; they had enough to eat; they didn’t even have any conflict over religion because they worshipped the same god as the Egyptians. Then Moses came along and things seemed to get much worse. They were driven into the desert and wilderness; they suffered from the lack of food, water and meat; snakes, insects and plagues were prevalent; enemies and armies killed them by the thousands; and they wandered all over the country with no permanent home. On top of all this they were instructed to worship a God they had previously known nothing about! But God had made a covenant with their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that he would save their children. The children of father Jacob did not come into this world to be  slaves; they were meant to have the Gospel and be saved in God’s Kingdom. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
JOHN’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE KINGDOM, Chapter 15 of Kingdom of God volume 2 Pages 117-123 In those days came John the Baptist . . . saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matt. 3:1,2) From the time of King David, to the time of Christ, one thousand years had passed. The plight of Israel and the demise of the theocratic Kingdom of David had both been a disastrous tale of woe. The tribes of Israel had suffered divisions, captivity, bondage and dispersions. What a terrible scenario for God’s people. The theocratic Kingdom of David was the Kingdom of God, but with the personal failure of David and the weaknesses of the Israelite people, that Kingdom was doomed. It remained in its fallen condition for another millennium. Once the pride and glory of Israel, the house of Judah gradually returned to Jerusalem with only a hope for the restoration of the Theocratic Kingdom. The Jews were diligent in their tithes, temple sacrifices, keeping the Sabbath and obeying other rites and rituals of the Aaronic Priesthood. They lived in humiliation because their Kingdom had been replaced by the kingdom of the Romans. The great hope for the restoration of their Kingdom included the return of their Messiah, and their hope was not in vain. Once again the heavens were opened. Once again they  heard the voice of angels and the voice of their Lord. The first voice they heard was from an angel named Gabriel, whom Joseph Smith identified as Noah: “Then to Noah, who is Gabriel: he stands next in authority to Adam in the Priesthood.” (TPJS, p. 157) Gabriel appeared in the temple to a priest named Zacharias. http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139
THE GREATEST PROPHET OF THE KINGDOM, Chapter 16 of Kingdom of God Volume 2 Pages 124-128 http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist. (Luke 7:28) As we look at the life and character of John the Baptist, he seemed to be one of the minor or lesser prophets of the Bible. Yet we know that he was great in the eyes of the Lord. When the angel prophesied to Zacharias about the son he would bear, he said that “Many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord . . . and many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God . . . to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:14-17) We will now refer to John the Baptist. He came as a forerunner of Christ. He was a lineal descendant of the house of Levi. His father was a priest. John the Baptist was a child born by miracle, God having revealed to his father that Elizabeth who had been many years barren should bear a son. John feared not the world, but went forth preaching in the wilderness of Judea, declaiming against wickedness and corruption. (George A. Smith, JD 13:41)
JOHN’S IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH, Chapter 17 of Kingdom of God Volume 2 Pages 129-134 Know assuredly, dear brethren, that it is for the testimony of Jesus that we are in bonds and in prison. But we say unto you, that we consider that our condition is better (notwithstanding our sufferings) than that of those who have persecuted us, . . . (Joseph Smith, TPJS, p. 123) Herod Antipas and his father, Herod the Great, were both noted for corruption, immorality and bloodshed. Antipas was tetrarch, or king, of Galilee and Perea, and thus was considered a ruthless king of the Jews. He fell in love with Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, and John rebuked the king and said, “It is not lawful for thee to have her.” (Matt. 24:4) This was a double crime, according to the law of Moses: first of incest (Lev. 18:16), and secondly, he was living with another man’s wife. (Lev. 20:10) Herod was stunned and a little hesitant at this strange fellow who had so much influence with the people. Josephus the historian wrote: Now, when others came in crowds about him [John], for they were greatly moved by hearing his words, Herod, who feared lest the great influence John had over the people might put it into his power and inclination to raise rebellion, thought it best by putting him to death. (Antiquities of the Jews, Bk. 8, 5:2) http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=139