A Generated Crisis
I have felt constrained to wait a little season to post the last part of my tribute to Brother Sidney for some reason.. I hope to do it before he returns.. or at least before he makes his return known.. it may be a little anticlimactic if I don't.
It may be ready in a few days or in a week.. or a month, I'm not sure.
Until then I think I will resume pontificating from time to time.
I have a friend who feels that the prophecy in section 124 pertaining to the president elect is four years away. He could be right, but I don't think so, it is amazing to me how many of the stars seem to be lining and pointing to the time frame that we are in.
Please let me remind you I don't claim to be a prophet, just a watcher.. I watch... watching is what I do.. I just.. watch
I have it on good authority that God is pleased with us when we are watching for the signs pertaining to the preparatory event to his return... even if we mess up on our speculations about prophecy.
He is much happier with someone anxiously engaged in watching and yearning for his return that misinterprets prophecy from time to time than he is with someone to busy doing the tango with Babylon to even try to understand prophecy.. or to even care about the signs of the times around us.
I reserve the right to be wrong on my prophetic and doctrinal interpretations as long as I am sincerely seeking to understand the truth and willing to repent when I find out I have been wrong about something... in fact my son brought something to my attention the other night that opened the eyes of my understanding about something I had been blinded to.... it caused me to acknowledge that I had been wrong about a doctrinal stance I had taken for over a decade... a little humble pie makes for a nice desert every once in a while.
I remember years ago being chastised by someone who pointed out that my beliefs and perspectives and interpretations had evolved a lot during the previous year. The implication was that I should be ashamed for changing my beliefs so radically and that doing such either proves that I was in great darkness to have been wrong or that I certainly must be deceived in the new beliefs.
They then proudly stated that they had had the exact same set of beliefs for decades without having any significant changes in them.
To him, it was a good thing that his beliefs never changed. It was a sign of stability and the fruits of being born into the "true" religion. From my perspective the reason his beliefs had remained the same was because he spent his time reading silly novels and entertaining himself instead of studying the gospel.
I said to him, if I believe exactly the same thing one year from now then it is because I will have been negligent in studying the scriptures. I told him that if I ever stopped evolving in my beliefs, if I ever got to the point where my learning stopped and my beliefs became stagnant I would be very concerned for myself.
I believe that if you have not been translated, there is probably something more you need to be learning and probably a lot of false traditions of your fathers that you need to be unlearning.
So anyway, time to real myself back in and get back on topic.... back to the President Elect prophecy and my interpretation of it.
The following excerpts about President Harrison, who was the President Elect of the United States when the prophecy was given on January 19th 1841 are courtesy of Wikipedia-
"William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military leader, politician, the ninth president of the United States, and the first president to die in office. The oldest president elected until Ronald Reagan in 1980, Harrison had served 31 days in office, still the shortest tenure in United States presidential history, before his death in April 1841. His death created a brief constitutional crisis, but ultimately resolved many questions about presidential succession left unanswered by the Constitution until passage of the 25th Amendment.
Before elected as president, Harrison served as the first governor of the Indiana Territory and later as a U.S. representative and senator from Ohio. Harrison originally gained national fame for leading U.S. forces against American Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, where he earned the nickname "Tippecanoe" (or "Old Tippecanoe"). As a general in the subsequent War of 1812, his most notable contribution was a victory at the Battle of the Thames in 1813, which brought the war in his region to a successful conclusion.
After the war Harrison moved to Ohio, where he was elected to United States Congress and in 1824 to the Senate, where he served a truncated term before being appointed as Minister Plenipotentiary to Colombia in May 1828. In Colombia he lectured Simon Bolivar on the finer points of democracy before returning to his farm in Ohio, where he lived in relative retirement until he was nominated for the presidency in 1836. Defeated, he retired again to his farm before accepting his second presidential nomination in 1840. This brings us to the prophecy contained in section 124 of the D&C, but first, a little more information about this colorful personality-
Before his run for the presidency, Harrison received a little notoriety as an Army General.
"An Indian resistance movement against U.S. expansion had been growing around the Shawnee brothers Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa (The Prophet), that became known as Tecumseh's War. Tenskwatawa convinced the native tribes that they would be protected by the Great Spirit and no harm could befall them if they would rise up against the whites. He encouraged resistance by telling the tribes to only pay white traders half of what they owed, and to give up all the white man's ways, including their clothing, whiskey, and guns. In 1810 Tecumseh, with about 400 armed warriors, traveled to Vincennes were he confronted Harrison and demanded that the Treaty of Fort Wayne be rescinded. Although Harrison refused, the war party left peacefully, but Tecumseh was angry and threatened retaliation. After the meeting Tecumseh journeyed to meet with many of the tribes in the region, hoping to create a confederation with which to battle the Americans.
In 1811, while Tecumseh was still away, Harrison was authorized by Secretary of War William Eustis to march against the nascent confederation, as a show of force. Harrison moved north with an army of more than one thousand men in an attempt to intimidate the Shawnee into making peace. The ploy failed, and the tribes launched a surprise attack on Harrison's army early on the morning of November 6. The ensuing battle became known as the Battle of Tippecanoe. Harrison ultimately won his famous victory at Prophetstown, next to the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers. Harrison was publicly hailed as a national hero, despite the fact that his troops had greatly outnumbered the Indian forces, and had suffered many more casualties.
According to a legend, Tecumseh's brother, Tenskwatawa, had placed a curse on Harrison, that would supposedly cause every president to be elected in a year ending with the number zero (which happens every 20 years) to die in office. This Curse of Tecumseh is sometimes called the "zero-year curse". Although there is no documentary evidence to prove the curse was made, it in fact "came true" for Harrison, elected in 1840, as well as for the next six zero-year presidents - Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Harding, Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy. Ronald Reagan's survival of an assassination attempt seems to have "broken the curse", and, so far, George W. Bush has evaded it.
When Harrison came to Washington, he focused on showing that he was still the steadfast hero of Tippecanoe. He took the oath of office on March 4, 1841, an extremely cold and wet day. Nevertheless, he faced the weather without his overcoat and delivered the longest inaugural address in American history. At 8,444 words, it took nearly two hours to read (even after his friend and fellow Whig, Daniel Webster, had edited it for length). He then rode through the streets in the inaugural parade.
On March 26, Harrison became ill with a cold. The presumptive story, which has become common knowledge despite its falsity, is that the inauguration day exposure was the cause of his illness. In fact, it was more than three weeks after the inauguration before Harrison showed the first signs of ill health. The cold worsened, rapidly turning to pneumonia and pleurisy. According to the prevailing medical misconception of that time, microorganisms being then unknown, it was believed that his illness was directly caused by the bad weather, when, in fact, he was likely a victim of the common cold virus, exacerbated by the drastic pressures of his changed circumstances. He sought to rest in the White House, but could not find a quiet room because of the steady crowd of office seekers; in addition, his extremely busy social schedule made any rest time scarce.
Harrison's doctors tried cures, applying opium, castor oil, Virginia snakeweed, and even actual snakes. But the treatments only made Harrison worse, and he became delirious. He died nine days after becoming ill, at 12:30 a.m., on April 4, 1841, of right lower lobe pneumonia, jaundice, and overwhelming septicemia, becoming the first American president to die in office. His last words were to his doctor, but assumed to be to John Tyler, "Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more." Harrison served the shortest term of any American president: only 30 days, 12 hours and 32 minutes."
Now then... back to January 19th 1841. God has all time, past present and future continually before his face. He has all knowledge. He doesn't need to guess about or predict future events the way humans do based on historical data, actuarial tables and mathematical probabilities because he has already seen the future! He knows what is going to happen. We live in time, he lives in eternity.
The Lord obviously knew that William Henry Harrison was not going to last 31 days as the President of the United States yet he gives Joseph Smith a revelation telling him to write a proclamation to "all the Kings of the world, to the four corners thereof, to the honorable President Elect and the high-minded Governors of the nation in which you live, and to all the nations of the earth scattered abroad."
Why didn't the Lord identify William Henry Harrison by name in the revelation? Because he was not talking about William Henry Harrison in the revelation! (If you are wondering why I spent all that time telling you about Harrison when in fact the Lord wasn't referring to him... it is because I find him to be a fascinating, character... and I feel that it is appropriate to have a historical background of this political decoy in this revelation)
The Lord also told Smith to have Robert B. Thompson help with the proclamation because he was pleased with him and wanted him to be with Smith. But Thompson died seven months later on August 27, 1841 at the age of 30 without helping to write the proclamation. Certainly God knew that Thompson was going to die and would not possibly be able to help take the proclamation to the four corners of the earth. Joseph Smith appeared convinced that the proclamation did not need to be written immediately in the sense that we understand the term.
I believe Thompson and the others who were called to help Joseph write it either secretly wrote it and seal it up, or helped him write it on the other side of the veil or he will help Joseph write it when they get back on planet earth.
Although inauguration day is January 20th now days, it was to be held on March 4th back then so it appeared back then that the Lord was giving Joseph Smith and his associates about a month and a half to write the proclamation and send it forth.
That is not very much time to orchestrate a missionary effort that would take the proclamation to the four corners of the earth, yet there is no evidence that Joseph Smith ever felt a sense of urgency about this commandment during the next month and a half... How strange... or is it?
Again, God knew that Harrison would not last very long as President. He knew that Robert B. Thompson would be dead in eight months. It appears that He instructed the prophet to not begin writing the proclamation at that time. He knew that the Old Testament prophecies pertaining to the Kings of the Earth were not to unfold until many years later in the third watch.
Again, it appears that Joseph Smith understood that the the proclamation was not to go forth at that time. That is why he was not in any hurry to send it forth to the the four corners of the earth.. whether he and those specifically directed to help him write the proclamation did it in secret and sealed it up or whether they did it on the other side of the veil or whether they will do it in the 3rd watch after they return is not clear nor is it a pressing concern to me at this time.
So, here we are. According to the inspired calendar and acknowledging that the first day of 2009 is actually April 6th 2009, we are still in 2008. According to the my understanding of the 400 year prophecy, the 3rd watch and the voice of warning needs to begin sometime before or possibly on April 6th 2009.
[editorial note: I had no idea at the time that I wrote this that Obama was not a naturally born citizen of the US and that he would continue leading this nation in the executive office as the PRESIDENT ELECT, not as the legal President]
It appears that at about the general time that the acceptable day of the Lord is declared and the appointed time arrives, the Lords people could be in some type of bondage.. perhaps a similar type of bondage that the Children of Israel were in including although not necessarily limited to being oppressed by a foreign tax collector that really had no right to be taxing them. (does the term IRS ring a bell?)
We have been told that the one like Moses will rise up to lead the latter day children of Israel out of bondage.
Isaiah observes that God will give latter day Israel "over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them" he actually refers to the wicked latter day oppressor over Gods people as "Pharaoh". Yet despite being in bondage to an oppressive Pharaoh type, in the book of Ezekiel God assures us that again a servant like Moses will stretch out his arm in power to lead forth Gods people:
Is it a stretch to assume that the one like Moses is a literal descendant of Moses? Is it a stretch to assume that the latter day Pharaoh is a descendant of Pharaoh?
If I'd have written a paper twenty years ago stating that the scriptures present a possible profile of an end time scenario indicating that a descendant of the ancient Pharaoh that Moses petitioned (possibly from a country like Kenya) would be the President Elect of America at the end of the 400 year prophecy, at the time when judgment is about to fall on our nation, at the time when our nation would be overcome by the secret combination that seeks to destroy the freedom of all people, that has controlled the global money system and to a large extent the governments of the world, a secretive group that has orchestrated the global financial meltdown of all of the economies of the world with projected banking holidays, marshal law and civil strife, and the breaking up of this nation scheduled to follow, etc., few people would have believed me. (If you think that is a long sentence, read the Book of Mormon or better yet the D&C!)
Keep in mind the term "President-elect of the United States is the title used for an incoming American president in the period between the general election on Election Day in November and the swearing-in of the new president on Inauguration Day (January 20). The title is used for the apparent winner and is finalized when the Electoral College votes in December and when their ballots are counted by a joint session of Congress in January. A sitting President who has won re-election is not referred to as "President-elect" because he is already in office and is not waiting to become president." Therefore, if the proclamation is to go to the current President Elect, it must take place on or before January 19th.
I realize that the scenario I am presenting is pretty out there... I frankly find it difficult to believe myself.
But when I read in the scriptures about how America will be invaded by foreign armies and then I read articles like this:
"EL PASO -- Former U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey contends that millions of people may rush to cross the U.S. border if security conditions worsen and lead to a governmental collapse in Mexico."
"A failure by the Mexican political system to curtail lawlessness and violence could result (in) a surge of millions of refugees crossing the U.S. border to escape the domestic misery of violence, failed economic policy, po verty, hunger, joblessness, and the mindless cruelty and injustice of a criminal state," McCaffrey said in an after-action report based on the Dec. 5-7 International Forum of Intelligence & Security Specialists in Mexico, an advisory group to Mexican law enforcement leaders."
"He based the forecast on classified data supplied to him by FAPSI analysts, he says. He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.
California will form the nucleus of what he calls "The Californian Republic," and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of "The Texas Republic," a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an "Atlantic America" that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls "The Central North American Republic." Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.
"It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska; it was part of the Russian Empire for a long time." A framed satellite image of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia like a thread hangs from his office wall. "It's not there for no reason," he says with a sly grin."
Perhaps among the most intriguing things that I have heard lately is an orchestrated warning by people in high places stating that there is going to be a Generated Crisis that will test the President Elect and the American People. Hard decision and unpopular decisions are going to be made.
They are already talking about Crowd Control and Civil Unrest which is coming-
I don't doubt that the secret society behind all secret societies have a generated crisis planned for us, however the the Lord God has a generated crisis planned for them as well.
Praise the Lord God of Israel!