Sunday, January 23, 2022

Is The Vaccine Passport The Mark Of The Beast?

 

Previously: You Can Buy Anything In This World With Money

So, with governments increasingly calling for proof of vaccination before citizens can function freely in society, the question naturally arises: "Does the vaccine passport represent the precursor to the mark of the beast as prophesied in the Revelation of John?"

Well, it sure looks like it to me. Of course, to be certain, it would help to have a clear definition of who or what the "beast" of Revelation is, and for that, we would want to see what Joseph Smith had to say. 

Unfortunately, the one time the prophet addressed the topic, the scribes seem to have muddied things up, which I will address in more detail below in case anyone's interested in that digression.  For now, though, let's look at the pertinent parts of what John says in Revelation 16-17:

"And he [the beast, who spoke as a dragon, i.e. Satan] causeth all...to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads, and that no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

Well, we know what the governments of the world are wanting to impose on the people, because they are no longer making a secret of it. What they want is to require all people to provide proof of Covid vaccinations before they can travel, shop, dine, work, or even go outside.   They have proposed, and in many cases implemented, a document showing the holder has been checked out and is officially approved by their overlords.  

And since we already have the technology to inject teeny-tiny injectable chips into people, it was only a matter of time before that facet of the prophecy came to pass.  After all, why lug around one more card in your wallet when you can have it inside you forever and ever?  

Last week Russell Brand reported on Sweden being the first to officially introduce this "convenience":

                                                                      "They're Putting Covid Microchips WHERE Now?!"

So, to answer the question I asked at the beginning of this piece: I think we might very well be headed down that slippery slope to seeing Revelation 16 and 17 fulfilled.

And Now The Good News
We often forget that prophecies of a dystopian future don't necessarily have to be fulfilled in our generation.  Recall the wicked city of Ninevah, which Jonah warned would be destroyed in forty days.  That was an iron-clad promise from the Lord: "Yet forty days and Ninevah will be destroyed!"

Yet what happened? The people of Ninevah suddenly came to their senses. They turned things around. They repented.   When a people finally tire of the deceptions foisted upon them by those in power, entire nations can repent, and God's hand will be stayed.  At the very least, the prophesied doom might be postponed, maybe indefinitely.

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 

That is also an iron-clad promise from the Lord. Below is a short video showing what's happening in Sweden right now following the announcement by the Swedish government attempting to foist the mark on the people.  Similar national awakenings are taking place throughout the world. 


The narrative seems to be crumbling as the masses are finally seeing through the propaganda. 

We'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, keep praying. 

And remember: Courage Is Contagious.

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Addendum: Joseph Smith On The Beasts Of Revelation

There is no end to the interpretations offered by the sectarian world of the meanings of the Book of Revelation, which is why in matters this crowded with confusion, I prefer to see what our founding prophet had to say.  Unfortunately, the two versions of his sermon taken down by scribes William Clayton and Willard Richards differ wildly from one another, to the point where Joseph even seems to be contradicting himself.  

I prefer, when possible, to read the words written in Joseph's journal in Joseph's own hand, which is why my first source in any controversy is to pull The Words of Joseph Smith off the shelf behind me.  Sadly, that book is becoming harder to find at a reasonable price.

You can find the prophet's teaching on the beasts of Revelation in most books that provide the prophet's teachings on various subjects (Scriptural Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith) is one I keep nearby), but unfortunately this is one of those occasions when you'll have to rely on what the scribes thought he said, and even their words have been cleaned up by later editors and Church leaders thinking they were being helpful, to the point they often don't very well match what the scribes wrote down in their initial transcriptions. 

So in the case of Joseph's teachings on the beasts of Revelation, if you can get your hands on a copy of The Words of Joseph Smith (it is now available on kindle),  you can at least see the versions as transcribed by Clayton and Richards, which, as I said above, remain a somewhat muddled mess.  

I think it's helpful at this point to describe exactly how it is we know (or don't know) what Joseph Smith actually taught on a given topic, and why what we think we know may not be accurate.  It's one thing to read a revelation received by Joseph Smith; it's another to read a sermon given by him but hurriedly written down by someone else.  It's estimated that he gave about two hundred and fifty sermons in his lifetime, but we have records of only fifty.  And those fifty were taken down in what may be described as a frantic style of shorthand, often an ineffective invention of the individual scribes themselves.

In 1837 a better type of shorthand was invented by one Isaac Pittman in 1837, based on sounds rather than letters or words. But Pittman shorthand was not employed by any of the scribes in Nauvoo.  Those men scribbled their notes as best they could as they struggled to keep up with what Joseph was saying. 

Now, by 1945 a new convert by the name of George D. Watt began reporting speeches by Brigham Young using Pittman shorthand.  I should note, for those who are unaware, that the 26 volumes we refer to as The Journal of Discourses contain the conference talks of Brigham Young and his cohorts during the pioneer period.  Joseph Smith's sermons are not found in there.

Although Clayton and Richards neither knew nor used the Pittman method, understanding the way Pittman shorthand worked gives us a clue as to how unreliable most records could be when taken down in whatever methods earlier Church scribes transcribed Joseph's sermons.  Here is LaJean Purcell Carruth, historian with the Church History Library, who happens to be quite the expert on Pittman shorthand as it was used to transcribe Brigham Young's sermons:

"This relatively new shorthand method used straight and curved lines, circles, and other marks to represent the sounds of words spoken, and it allowed skilled reporters to quickly record a speaker’s words verbatim. [Watt's] skills soon found use: he began teaching classes on shorthand, and in April 1845 he began reporting speeches given in Church conferences, the proceedings of the Carthage trial, and other meetings."

Carruth continues: 

"When I began transcribing the original shorthand of sermons that were published in the Journal of Discourses, I compared the original shorthand records to the published versions; it was obvious that Watt and other shorthand reporters significantly changed the words of early Church leaders during the transcription process. (It is true that editors made some additional alterations; however, comparing the shorthand and extant longhand transcripts of Watt and others shows that most alterations between the shorthand and published text were made by the reporters themselves.) In other words, the sermons published in the Journal of Discourses and in the Deseret News often differ significantly from what speakers actually said according to the original shorthand record. Examples of these differences will be included in parts two and three.

"I am frequently asked why Watt, Long, Evans, and others altered their shorthand as they did. In short, we don’t fully know. Ideas of historical accuracy were very different in the 19th century than they are now, and people altered records far more casually than we would today, with shorthand writers often making changes as they transcribed. The shorthand reporters themselves left no explanation, so we must rely on their original longhand transcriptions to give us some information.   In most cases, we still do not know what the transcribers’ motives were for their changes, but we can at least see what changes were made.

For example, when we compare Watt’s shorthand to his longhand transcripts (and the resulting publication in the Journal of Discourses), it is clear that Watt made significant changes as he transcribed. He inserted words, phrases, and even extensive passages into his longhand that do not have any relation to the shorthand itself; these inserted passages’ style is often different from the style of the speaker he was transcribing. Also, comparing the shorthand transcripts and the Journal of Discourses shows that many cited scriptures were editorial additions, with no mention in the original shorthand itself. Changes to Brigham Young’s sermons thus changed the representation of his personality, not to mention his prophetic guidance." (LaJean Purcell Carruth, Preached vs Published: Shorthand Record Discrepancies, Part One)
So What Went South With Joseph's Transcripts? 
As Lajean Carruth mentions above, "Ideas of historical accuracy were very different in the 19th century than they are now," and this is something I wrote about at length in my post Why Mormon History Is Not What They Say.  It wasn't just Mormons who fudged their own history; up until the early part of the 20th century all historians had no problem simply making things up if they felt it was faith promoting or instilled good feelings. So we shouldn't be surprised to find early Mormon scribes punching things up a bit, especially when they've taken their notes home to try and decipher them and can't quite recall what had been said several hours before. 

And so here we are at April Conference of 1842.  The problem with trying to understand Joseph Smith's explication of the Book of Revelation is that in the first place, he wasn't really that keen on talking about it.  He only addressed the issue because there had been disputations among the elders as to the meaning of the beasts.  These guys had been mostly arguing that the beasts John wrote about in the Book of Revelation were similar to the beasts from Daniel's vision. The Elders would argue about whether the beasts John spoke of had anything to do with Nebuchadnezzar or Constantine or even Napoleon, so Joseph said they had nothing to do with anything in the past, or in the present -their present- for that matter.  These beasts were entirely different from Daniel's vision, the prophet said. They were "yet set in futurity" and the Elders at that time needn't concern themselves with them.

Of course, that doesn't mean we in the 21st century should ignore the signs that we may be approaching the last days.  At any rate, at one point, Joseph went off on a tangent, as he was wont to do, declaring that beasts by the thousands resided in heaven, intelligent beasts who could think and communicate with the angels.  This resulted in either Clayton or Richards (or both; I've long since lost track of who said what) transcribing the sermon in a way that has Joseph Smith saying the beasts of Revelation resided in heaven and that's where those beasts came from.  That, of course, is not true, as John is very clear that the beasts were sent by Satan. It seems apparent that when Joseph digressed onto that little side discussion about beasts in heaven, he was talking about resurrected animals, but Clayton and Richards were having trouble keeping up with where Joseph was going with this whole thing.

To be fair, Willard Richards points out that the wind was quite fierce at the time this sermon was being given, and Joseph said his lungs were so affected that he could barely continue speaking.  So I have to kind of feel bad for these guys struggling to hear past the whistling of the wind to grasp what it was the prophet was saying on this very complicated topic while at the same time trying to keep their notes from blowing away. 

Anyhow, all this is by way of explaining that, in my view, pertinent to understanding what the mark of the beast is, or will be, it is probably a good idea to have a clue who or what those beasts represent.  Clayton or Richards pretty much have Joseph claiming that the beasts were sent from heaven. But a reading of John's Revelation tells us, among other things, that the beasts represent the corrupt and debased kingdoms of this world operating under the control of Satan, which I interpret to mean modern governments. That will have to satisfy me for now.  Most of us have heard the quote from Joseph Smith to the effect that "the Book of Revelation is one of the plainest books God caused to be created."  This is the very sermon wherein he made that claim, and I'm inclined to the view that Joseph was making a little joke for the benefit of his audience, and the humor simply didn't translate.    

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Notes & Asides
Of late, here at the end of my posts, I have made mention of the blogs of a couple of close friends whose writing has motivated me to really think about things that sometimes had not occurred to me.  Both have written further since the last plug I gave them, so I'm going to mention them again:

I just spoke on the phone with the proprietor of Latter Day Truths, and he has uncovered a doctrine I had not heard of before.  Apparently Apostle Mark E. Peterson announced several years ago that "Salvation Comes Only Through the Church." This completely unsupported falsehood was preached in conference, established as doctrine, and published in the Ensign Magazine.  Seems to me that would eliminate the need for a Savior, but I guess our leaders know better than me about such things.  Watch for this piece to be published this afternoon at   LDTruths.Blogspot.com

Mormon Perspectives continues to provide thought-provoking pieces, and he's incredibly prolific.  Click here for The Art Of Propaganda And The Rape Of The Mind.

I've just learned that Denver Snuffer has a short post as of just this morning and it is somewhat related to this one.  I haven't read it yet because I want to get this one up first, but the title is Awaiting Results...

And finally, if you haven't yet seen the documentary "Who Killed Joseph Smith?" It's free to watch and it's waiting for you so click on the link.  And if you want to see what Denver thought of the film, CLICK HERE.

It's not my intention to play favorites, so if you happen to blog on topics of interest to Mormons and you'd like a mention, or if you have come across something you feel might be of interest to my readers here, please let us all know in the comment section and I'll give it a mention next time and/or the next. I'll try and include two or three links each time I post here.

In the meantime, way down at the bottom of the right hand page here is a blogroll that I understand is automatically kept current by the algorithm.  I never get around to looking myself, and I'm aware that some of those blogs listed may be dormant or extinct, but it would be a good thing to check out now and then if you're interested in all things Mormondom. 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

"You Can Buy Anything In This World With Money"

Previously: Don't Look Here, Look Over There

 

About a year ago I received a message from a long-time reader who lamented the direction he felt this blog was taking. He told me he liked it better when I was writing about religion instead of politics.

I responded that I am writing about religion. Always have. The scriptures caution us to be ever alert as to how prophecies are being fulfilled, and if there was ever a time when scriptural prophecies are coming to pass, that time is right now.  They're flooding in. How, I wonder, should we expect to see God's predictions manifest if not in the spheres of culture and politics?  That is where we will see God's prophecies come to pass.  That's why I pay attention to what is going on in the culture at large, and that's why I write about what I see here, on a blog in which I discuss my religion.
Some years ago I read an article that made the astonishing claim that the Bible deals with religion only about 29 percent of the time. The other 71 percent is concerned with government. That statistic seemed unlikely to me at first, until, as I immersed myself in the bible, I came to realize that all the ancient prophets spent most of their time railing against rulers and warning the people they should learn to govern themselves and not rely on people who claim authority to rule over them.

I'd venture to guess the Book of Mormon devotes even more space to warning us about government overreach. And, of course, it was written for us, to come forth in our day. So we ought to be paying very close attention to the shenanigans people holding political power are constantly trying to con us with.  (And that goes double for those in the shadows who are pulling the strings of the politicians.) 

A Blast From The Past 

Please indulge me for a moment while I quote from one of my earlier blog posts. In this piece, written five years ago, I was discussing why politics cannot save us, and how, over one hundred years ago, Americans lost control of their own government because they were not paying attention to what their scriptures were warning them against: 

Money buys influence. Everybody knows that. But few truly understand the extent to which the government of the people has been completely compromised by filthy lucre. Once you can convince a people that their president is in charge of the country -that he is, in essence, their king- it's a simple matter for those with endless financial resources to completely control the one man at the top. Author Nomi Prins describes how the corruption goes all the way back to the mid 1800's:

"The domestic power game emanated from the railways, an industry cultivated by the country's richest barons." (All The President's Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power, pg 2)

Later manufacturing giants such as J.P. Morgan, who personally owned 70 percent of the steel industry, and John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil, colluded with other titans of industry such as International Harvester, General Electric, and others as they came to the collective realization that merely making money wasn't everything. The real power was not in manufacturing goods, but in manufacturing "influence capital;" that is, using money to control political outcomes. These wealthy barons soon shifted from making products to making money. They dropped the manufacturing game and focused on becoming bankers. Really, really powerful bankers. "By the end of the nineteenth century," writes Prins, "the titans of banking were replacing the titans of industry as the beacons of economic supremacy in the United States. 
"Eventually, politicians discovered that J.P. Morgan's bank held more money and gold than the entire U.S. Treasury. As the government's need for money became more critical, the men who controlled the money became more powerful. And in 1910, the richest men in America had themselves a brilliant idea: "why don't we just run the whole country ourselves?"

These men combined together in secret to hammer out a plan that in some respects resembled the ancient practice of "Tax Farming," except their modern version was far more nuanced and sophisticated. It was also nearly impossible to detect that private financiers were the ones now pulling the government's strings. The way tax farming worked in ancient times was like this: when a king found he needed vast amounts of money that he did not have, he would hire outsiders who would "farm" money off the king's subjects, shaking the subjects down in return for a cut of the collections. 
This year it is estimated that the IR$ will bring in 3.3 TRILLION dollars in collections, and all of it goes directly into the pockets of the families of the six banking titans who originally concocted the scheme. None of your tax money actually goes to the government. 
Don't believe me? Look at who endorsed the back of that check you sent to the IRS last year. It says "Pay to any branch of the Federal Reserve Bank in payment for obligations incurred by the U.S. government." 
In other words, your hard earned cash is used to pay off the debts owed on money your government has already spent, and it's paid to those wealthy private families. You have been listed as collateral for the government's debt. You are nothing but a crop awaiting the farmer's sickle. (See Mitch Modeleski, The Federal Zone, Chapter 8)  
Remember when the federal government "bailed out" the big banks following the crash of 2008? Most Americans whose homes plummeted in value thought that bailout would somehow benefit them, that they would get at least some relief from their rising mortgage payments. Then remember what a shock it was when the bankers took that 700 billion dollars of government money and awarded it all to themselves as performance bonuses?  
Giving away all that money to the already rich did not sit well with most Americans, who could not understand why their representatives would act against the people's clear wishes. Well, now you know why. Your representatives are owned. As we learned years ago from the Wizard of Id, "He who owns the gold makes the rules." Our representatives in congress had no choice but to do the bidding of their true masters.  
And here's the amazing part: The government did not have seven billion dollars to fork over to those banks. It first had to borrow the money from some of the same bankers they were handing it over to, which meant the bankers received that money twice. First they loaned 7 billion dollars to the U.S. Treasury, then the Treasury handed the money over to the bankers and their friends, and finally they got the money paid back to them that they loaned to the government so the government could give them all that money. These guys are brilliant. Devilishly brilliant.  
"At the dawn of the Twentieth Century, the powerful "Big Six" bankers used a major bank panic to help make the case for the establishment of the Federal Reserve...Over the decades, the faces at the helm of America's two poles of power changed, but the aspirations of the unelected financial leaders coalesced with the goals of the elected leaders -occasionally to the benefit of the U.S. population, often to its detriment." (Nomi Prins, All The President's Bankers:The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power, pg 393-394)

It's Going To Get A Whole Lot Worse 

What I wrote about above was all put in motion over a hundred years ago, but you're still not supposed to notice how you're being skinned and enslaved.  The ruling class is doing all it can to convince you this is just some silly "conspiracy theory" so you won't look into it.  But this information is all factual and easily verifiable. And since the Book of Mormon warns us that in our day men would combine together in secret against the people, we would be remiss if we failed to notice when these scriptures are being fulfilled.  The easiest way to allow these secret combinations to "get above us" is to allow their minions to ridicule us as "conspiracy theorists" just because we happen to notice that the warnings in Ether Chapter 8 are being manifest before our very eyes.

Today, the super-wealthy descendants who inherited billions from those who first put this plan into effect in 1913 have perfected the formula, and their hope now is not only to rule America, but to completely dominate the planet by the year 2030.  Will they succeed?  Who knows?  But to me that's not the important question.  What concerns me right now is the damage they are doing in the process of working toward that goal.  No matter what happens from this day forward, you, and everyone you love, will be seriously hurt within the coming months. It's unavoidable at this point.  The massively increasing inflation alone (which so far we have had only the tiniest little taste of) will turn out to be more than most of us will be able to endure, especially combined with the whipsaw period of recession/depression that will follow.  Many people will die. Those who live through it will suffer serious harm.  Sadly, these are tribulations we will not be able to escape. 

Many books have been published that lay out the goals of these insidious insiders in their own words, so we are well beyond speculation here.  You can also find academic papers full of admissions and confessions by these very criminals that very few regular people have bothered to read. 

For the sake of brevity, and for those unaware of the evil that is being planned for you, I'm providing a video I've come across recently that lays it all out inside of an hour.  I don't know who this guy is who is presenting this, but he's done a very good job of keeping it concise and factual.  Here you'll find, in their own words, admissions and confessions by those who wish to rule over you, how they have accomplished their goals so far, and precisely how, in our lifetime, they intend to tighten the noose completely.  Whether they succeed on the timeline they have set, is probably up to us. 

For reasons that will soon be apparent, you will not find this video on YouTube.  I hope you'll share it with everyone you know:   

If you have trouble seeing the video, go to THIS LINK on Rumble.

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Notes & Asides
As discussed on this site last October, there's nothing new under the sun when it comes to men combining in secret attempting to enslave the masses to their will.  The four-part series you'll find at Book of Mormon Perspectives regarding Mystery Babylon demonstrates that, as the scriptures teach us, Lucifer is and always has been behind conspiracies that have existed among all nations going back to ancient times. The difference is that today, those conspiracists are operating openly, and openly announcing their plans at the same time they are ridiculing and dismissing anyone who dares to repeat what they themselves have said. 
These are strange times indeed.

And speaking of: just this morning you will find on the Book of Mormon Perspectives blog a new post proving that the so-called Corona "Virus" is, indeed, a myth.  Click Here.

Latter Day Truths Strikes Again
I can't imagine why any young person would want to go on a mission at this time.  LDTruths's blog from two days ago reports that out of 588 missionaries now in the MTC, 91 have come down sick with the so-called Coronavirus. All 588, of course, have been vaccinated, which gives the lie to Russell Nelson's claim that the vaccine has been proven "safe and effective."  "Safe"?  Well, I guess the jury is still out on those 91 unwitting ministers of the gospel, since we don't yet know how badly they've been damaged yet.  But "effective"?  Well, I should smile.  If it was effective, as Nelson assures us, why have these kids succumbed to the illness the vaccine is supposed to be effective in preventing?

By the way, in case you've forgotten, that regarding the punishements to come, the Lord announced that "upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth.  First among you, who have professed to know my name but have not known me but have blasphemed against me."

That sounds very much to me like it describes the First Presidency of the LDS Church as currently constituted, since they did not consult the Lord before officially encouraging the Saints to take the vaccine.  Too bad a bunch of innocent missionaries have to suffer for the sins of the leaders, but I guess that's what comes of trusting in the arm of flesh while ignoring the words of God Himself.  The post is entitled "The Opening Verses of 'Upon My House' Are Now Underway"  Check it out and see what you think.