Most of the students of the prophesy of "The One Mighty and Strong" believe that he is also the marred servant talked about earlier, and many of those making the claim expect themselves to be badly injured by their enemies, yet the Book of Mormon [BofM] predicts:
"But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil." (3 Nephi 21:10)
Notice that the prediction is that he will be marred, but not hurt. This is because the major mar will be the distortion of his character rather than physical attack. He will be portrayed as being in league with the devil, but under the direction of the Christ he will be healed and eventually be "extolled, and be very high." (Isaiah 52:13)
A second mar is also prophesied as a physical mar "more than the sons of men." (Isaiah 52:14)
There is an obscure but interesting prophecy of the coming of the One Mighty and Strong related by Lorin C. Wolley, a bodyguard to John Taylor, the third president of the Mormon Church:
"On Sept 27, 1886 while he was guarding the President who was wanted by the law at that time, President Taylor was said to have had a visitation from Joseph Smith and the Christ. As John Taylor related some of the revelations he received, Mr Wolley recalled:
"'He (John Taylor) said that in the time of the seventh president of this Church, the Church would go into bondage both temporally and spiritually and in that day the one Mighty and Strong spoken of in the 85th section of the Doctrine and Covenants would come.'" ("A Leaf In Review," By B. Harvey Allred, Pg 235.)
The seventh President was Heber J. Grant. His presidency began in 1918 and lasted until his death on May 14, 1945.
During this 27 year time period many fundamentalist Mormons familiar with the prophecy were looking for the appearance of "The One Mighty and Strong," and several self proclaimed prophets stepped forward to claim the prize, but none fulfilled the prophecies.
Was this prophesy false then? Not necessarily.
The first two parts definitely came true. In the days of the seventh president, the United States was in the midst of a great depression followed by war, and the church did go into considerable debt. But worse than that they went into spiritual bondage. The seventh president turned the attention of the church away from the greatest teachings of their founders and steered the people toward mediocrity and satisfaction with watered down teachings, just as is found in all the other churches.
To accomplish this the members were told to not read certain books and either destroy them or turn them in to church headquarters. Because of this period of darkness it is difficult today to find many early Mormon books and several early Conference addresses are hidden away deeply in church vaults.
The third prediction then was that he would come in the days of the seventh [Mormon] President . The prediction made no reference as to when he would begin his work.
The prediction could still be valid if this one whom the Mighty and Strong Spirit of God will work through was born in the days of the seventh President.
If he is indeed to be the one like Moses then his more miraculous work will take place in older age as it did with Moses.
Other clues are given in the Mormon scripture:
First it tells us that he will hold "the scepter of power in his hand." [The Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) 85:7]
This makes sense if the One Mighty and Strong representative is to be like Moses, for Moses carried with him a Rod of Power.
Some believe that this Rod still exists and lies hid in one of the pyramids of Egypt to be retrieved at the right time by the one correctly prepared to wield the power thereof.
There are powerful Rods of Power held by the Great Lives who govern the Universe. Rods of Power and Initiation are held by the Solar Logos and using his Rod of Power he charges the Rod held by the Ancient of Days, the Planetary logos, or the Father God of this Earth. In turn our own Planetary Logos charges a lesser Rod held by the Christ. The Christ will then periodically use his Rod in assisting the Initiation of disciples and certain types of work on this planet. On rare occasions the Planetary Logos may use his rod to stimulate change. This may involve something extraordinary such as the rising or sinking of a continent or the stimulation of great change among the human race. Normally it is used for endowments of power given to advanced disciples as they move from one initiation to another.
These Rods of Power exist in etheric matter and not physical as we know it. The Rod held by Moses that was seen by the people was a symbol of the spiritual rod that was at play behind the scenes. The real Rod of Power is too valuable to risk a loss or destruction on the physical plane.
Even so the one like Moses may hold a physical Rod. If he does it will draw it's real power from an invisible rod held by the Christ assisting him. If he does not display a physical rod he will still hold in his hand a Rod of Power made of refined matter that will manifest a Mighty and Strong energy and presence to perform a great work.
Next we are told that he will be "clothed with light for a covering." (D&C 85:7)
This has a multitude of meanings and none of them have been fulfilled by the self-proclaimed Mighty and Strong Ones roaming the land.
When the presence of the Spirit descends on the selected disciple the Rod of Power will be placed in his hand. The rod itself is an electrical as well as spiritual instrument, and generates a powerful spiritual light: a reflection of the "flaming diamond" held by the Planetary Logos. This disciple will thus be clothed with light as a covering. There may be times when this light is visible to all with the naked eye, but normally it will only be visible to other disciples who have more sensitive perception than most.
We must keep in mind that many scriptures have multiple meanings and this one is no exception. Light is that which reveals. He who has light for a covering would be one who has his attention centered on the light of knowledge and truth. One whose focus is "centered on the light" with an "eye single to the glory of God" (BofM, Mormon 8:15) will then let his "light so shine." That light is then shared with others who are seeking higher knowledge and thus many are covered with light for a covering.
The scripture continues: "Whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words..."
This phrase goes along with the second interpretation of "light for a covering." One must first focus on the light of God in order to speak eternal words.
Question: What are eternal words? How are eternal words different from regular words?
Eternal words are the words of Christ or spoken through the Oneness Principle in the Consciousness of Christ.
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." (Matthew 24:35)
If the words of Christ do not ever pass away then they must be "eternal words."
It is also written:
"Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." (2 Nephi 32:3)
So how do we as disciples obtain eternal words, or the words of Christ?
We obtain them "by the power of the Spirit of God" (Romans 15:19); which power comes through soul contact.
Why are such words called "eternal words?"
Answer: Eternal words are words that will not pass away because they speak of true principles. For instance, Jesus spoke of an eternal principle when he told us to "love our neighbor as ourselves." (Matthew 22:39) This is a principle that will eternally apply to all conscious lives in the universe. It was true when Jesus spoke it, it is true today and it will be true and useful a million years from now.
Words that are not eternal words are most words spoken by average humanity. Such words relate facts that only have meaning today, but had no meaning in the past and will have no meaning in the future. For instance, if I say the Yankees won the first World Series game today (October 21, 2000), this fact seems to have meaning today, but will mean little or nothing in a thousand years. Therefore, such a statement is not representative of eternal words.
A teacher may tell a student that he is ready to shift into the fifth dimension, which thing may not be true today, let alone tomorrow. But even if a student does shift somewhere today, he will not always be making the shift and the idea is meaningless to most people.
While this individual may not be shifting into the fifth dimension a thousand years from now, the principle of loving your neighbor as yourself will still have meaning.
There are words that do not teach principles that are temporary and pass away, and then there are words that do teach principles that do not pass away because they are eternal words.
Eternal words are words that teach principles, for only principles will continue to have meaning as long as time exists. As one reads through the teachings of Christ one cannot help but notice that every teaching he gave out was representative of some principle that is timeless and has as much meaning today as it did 2000 years ago.
The next clue reads: "His bowels shall be a fountain of truth to set in order the house of God."
The first thing to note here is that the phrase used is "house of God," and not the church.
What then is the house of God? The house of God is symbolized by a "woman" in the Book of Revelation, and sometimes she is visible to the light of day; but there are long periods where she is invisible:
"And the woman fled into the wilderness where she hath a place prepared of God...." (Revelation 12:6)
It is also symbolized by a body with many members as described in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12.
Then again it is symbolized by the wise virgins in the parable of Jesus who had oil in their lamps as opposed to
the foolish ones who had no oil. (Matthew 25:1-13)
And what is the oil?
It is the Spirit of God made manifest through opening the doors of the soul within ourselves.
The house of God, then, is a living structure that belongs to God because all the inhabitants visible and invisible to the general public are in touch with the life of God within themselves.
So what is the prime mission of the Mighty and Strong representative?
Answer: It is to be "a fountain of truth to set in order the house of God."
How can the house of God be set in order if it is not first out of order?
Answer: It cannot.
How then is the house of God out of order?
Answer: The spiritual house of God is never out of order and the kingdom of God within is always available to all who are pure in heart. But an external house where general humanity can come for the peaceable things of the spirit, for greater light and knowledge and for greater avenues of service, is in disarray. Not only in the Mormon church, but in all churches save a few sincere groups.
It is the destiny of the governments of the world to become members of the house of God so they so can serve the whole of the life of God here on the earth and aid their citizens in pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness rather than taking charge of their citizen's free will and restricting them.
The governments of the earth will be set in order and thus eventually join the house of God. The perfection of this will be a long process, but we are approaching the day when disciples representing the Mighty and Strong Spirit of God will bring the concept of the brotherhood of all the human race to play in reorienting the purpose of the governments of the earth to peace on earth, good will to all humankind.
The greatest enemy to the governments of
the earth joining the house of God are the religions of the earth who see most government as the enemy of God.
Many of these believers do nothing to help change the world, waiting instead for a great savior to come and destroy
them all and set up a benevolent totalitarian rule.
The only benevolent rule is that which allows the maximum freedom of the individual and the various groups of which he is a member.
The religions of the earth must break out of this mold and assist in creating the Age of Peace rather than hindering it. If the good and freedom loving people of the earth stand by and wait for God to change things, then God will stand by and allow the selfish people of the planet to set up rule until the lazy religious ones see the error of their ways and begin to forge their own destiny with the help of the Spirit of God.
What then are the primary ingredients of the setting in order?
What it is not is a mere restructuring of the Mormon Church, or any other church. Many churches will be restructured with improvements, but there are bigger problems to set right which are:
The Spirit of God, which is Mighty and Strong to save, will work through many disciples to bring a setting in order
through these four principles.
Any person claiming to be "The One Mighty and Strong," or a representative thereof should have these four items as objectives.
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