History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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else how did they begin to offer sacrifices to God in an acceptable manner— And if they offered sacrifices they must be authorized by ordination. We read in Gen: 4th. ch 4 v That Abel brought of the firstlings of the flock and the fat thereof and the Lord had respect to Abel and to his offering. And again Hebrews xi. 4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts and by it he being dead yet speaketh. How doth he yet speak? Why he magnified the Priesthood which was conferred upon him and died a righteous man, and therefore has become an Angel of God by receiving his body from the dead, therefore holding still the Keys of his dispensation and was sent down from heaven unto Paul to minister consoling words and to commit unto him a knowledge of the mysteries of Godliness. And if this was not the case, I would ask how did Paul know so much about Abel, and why should he talk about his speaking after he was dead— Hence that he spoke after he was dead must be by being sent down out of heaven, to administer, this then is the nature of the Priesthood, every man holding the presidency of his dispensation, and one man holding the Presidency of them all even Adam, and Adam receiving his Presidency and authority from the Lord, but cannot receive a fulness until Christ shall present the Kingdom to the Father which shall be at the end of the last dispensation. The power glory and blessings of the Priesthood could not continue with those who received ordination only as their righteousness continued, for Cain also being authorized to offer Sacrifice, but not offering it in righteousness, — — was cursed. It signifies then, that the ordinances must be kept in the very way God has appointed, otherwise their Priesthood will prove a cursing instead of a blessing. If Cain had fulfilled the law of righteousness as did Eoch, he could have walked with God all the days of his life and never failed of a blessing. Genesis 5 ch. 22 v. “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah 300 years and begat Sons and Daughters, and all the days of Enoch were 365 years, and Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Now this Enoch God reserved <​un​>to himself that he should not die at that time and appointed unto him a ministry unto terrestrial bodies of whom there have been but little revealed. He is reserved also unto the Presidency of a dispensation, and more shall be said of him and terrestrial bodies in another treatise. He is a ministering Angel, to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, and appeared unto Jude as Abel did unto Paul, therefore Jude spoke of him 14 & 15 v. “And Enoch the Seventh <​from Adam​> revealed these sayings Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his Saints— Paul was also acquainted with this character and received instructions from him. Heb xi. 5. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God, but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a revealer to those who diligently seek him. Now the doctrine of translation is a power which belongs to this Priesthood, there are many things which belong to the powers of the Priesthood and the Keys thereof, that have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world; they are hid from the wise and prudent to be revealed in the last times. Many may have supposed that the doctrine of translation was a doctrine whereby men were taken immediately into the presence of God and into an Eternal fulness, but this is a mistaken idea. Their place of habitation is that of the terrestrial order and a place prepared for such characters, he held in reserve to be ministering Angels unto many Planets, and who as yet have not entered into so great a fulness as those who are resurrected from the dead— See Heb: xi ch part of the 35 verse “others were tortured not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection”— Now it was evident that there was a better resurrection, or else God would not have revealed it unto Paul, wherein then can it be said a better resurrection? This distinction is made between the doctrine of the actual resurrection and the doctrine of translation, the doctrine of translation obtains deliverance from the tortures and sufferings of the body, but their existence will prolong as to their labors and toils of the ministry before they can enter into so great a rest and glory, — — on the other hand those who were tortured not accepting deliverance received an immediate rest from their labors— see Revelations 14 ch. 13 v. And I heard a voice from heaven saying blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for from henceforth they do rest from their labors and their works do follow them. They rest from their labors for a long time and yet their work is held in reserve for them, that they are permitted to do the same works after they receive a resurrection for their bodies, but we shall leave this subject and the subject of [p. 17 [addenda]]
else how did they begin to offer sacrifices to God in an acceptable manner— And if they offered sacrifices they must be authorized by ordination. We read in Gen: 4th. ch 4 v That Abel brought of the firstlings of the flock and the fat thereof and the Lord had respect to Abel and to his offering. And again Hebrews xi. 4. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts and by it he being dead yet speaketh. How doth he yet speak? Why he magnified the Priesthood which was conferred upon him and died a righteous man, and therefore has become an Angel of God by receiving his body from the dead, therefore holding still the Keys of his dispensation and was sent down from heaven unto Paul to minister consoling words and to commit unto him a knowledge of the mysteries of Godliness. And if this was not the case, I would ask how did Paul know so much about Abel, and why should he talk about his speaking after he was dead— Hence that he spoke after he was dead must be by being sent down out of heaven, to administer, this then is the nature of the Priesthood, every man holding the presidency of his dispensation, and one man holding the Presidency of them all even Adam, and Adam receiving his Presidency and authority from the Lord, but cannot receive a fulness until Christ shall present the Kingdom to the Father which shall be at the end of the last dispensation. The power glory and blessings of the Priesthood could not continue with those who received ordination only as their righteousness continued, for Cain also being authorized to offer Sacrifice, but not offering it in righteousness, — — was cursed. It signifies then, that the ordinances must be kept in the very way God has appointed, otherwise their Priesthood will prove a cursing instead of a blessing. If Cain had fulfilled the law of righteousness as did Eoch, he could have walked with God all the days of his life and never failed of a blessing. Genesis 5 ch. 22 v. “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah 300 years and begat Sons and Daughters, and all the days of Enoch were 365 years, and Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Now this Enoch God reserved unto himself that he should not die at that time and appointed unto him a ministry unto terrestrial bodies of whom there have been but little revealed. He is reserved also unto the Presidency of a dispensation, and more shall be said of him and terrestrial bodies in another treatise. He is a ministering Angel, to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, and appeared unto Jude as Abel did unto Paul, therefore Jude spoke of him 14 & 15 v. “And Enoch the Seventh from Adam revealed these sayings Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his Saints— Paul was also acquainted with this character and received instructions from him. Heb xi. 5. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God, but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a revealer to those who diligently seek him. Now the doctrine of translation is a power which belongs to this Priesthood, there are many things which belong to the powers of the Priesthood and the Keys thereof, that have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world; they are hid from the wise and prudent to be revealed in the last times. Many may have supposed that the doctrine of translation was a doctrine whereby men were taken immediately into the presence of God and into an Eternal fulness, but this is a mistaken idea. Their place of habitation is that of the terrestrial order and a place prepared for such characters, he held in reserve to be ministering Angels unto many Planets, and who as yet have not entered into so great a fulness as those who are resurrected from the dead— See Heb: xi ch part of the 35 verse “others were tortured not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection”— Now it was evident that there was a better resurrection, or else God would not have revealed it unto Paul, wherein then can it be said a better resurrection? This distinction is made between the doctrine of the actual resurrection and translation, translation obtains deliverance from the tortures and sufferings of the body, but their existence will prolong as to the labors and toils of the ministry before they can enter into so great a rest and glory, — — on the other hand those who were tortured not accepting deliverance received an immediate rest from their labors— see Revelations 14 ch. 13 v. And I heard a voice from heaven saying blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for from henceforth they do rest from their labors and their works do follow them. They rest from their labors for a long time and yet their work is held in reserve for them, that they are permitted to do the same works after they receive a resurrection for their bodies, but we shall leave this subject and the subject of [p. 17 [addenda]]
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