Here is an interesting clip from the LDS Church website regarding this amazing pronouncement from Joseph Smith;
"During the last few years the Saints lived in Kirtland, many members and even some leaders of the Church apostatized.
The Church seemed to be passing through a time of crisis.
“In this state of things,” the Prophet wrote,
“God revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of His Church.”
This “something new” was linked to a revelation to send missionaries to England to preach the gospel.
Heber C. Kimball, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, recalled:
Elder Kimball was overwhelmed by the thought of such an undertaking:
“I felt myself one of the very weakest of God’s servants. I asked Joseph what I should say when I got there; he told me to go to the Lord and He would guide me, and speak through me by the same spirit that [directed] him.”
The Prophet also extended calls to Orson Hyde, Willard Richards, and Joseph Fielding in Kirtland, and to Isaac Russell, John Snyder, and John Goodson in Toronto, Canada.
These brethren were to join Elder Kimball on his mission to England. Gathering in New York City, they sailed on the ship Garrick for Great Britain on July 1, 1837.
This first mission outside of North America brought some 2,000 converts into the Church during the missionaries’ first year in England. Elder Kimball wrote joyfully to the Prophet: “Glory to God, Joseph, the Lord is with us among the nations!”
A second apostolic mission to Britain, involving most members of the Twelve under the leadership of Brigham Young, was directed by the Prophet from Nauvoo.
Leaving in the fall of 1839, the Twelve arrived in England in 1840. There they began a labor that by 1841 would bring over 6,000 converts into the Church, fulfilling the Lord’s promise that He would do “something new” for the salvation of His Church.
From Nauvoo, Joseph Smith continued to send missionaries throughout the world.
Elder Orson Hyde landed in England in 1841 and later continued his assigned mission to Jerusalem.
On May 11, 1843, the Prophet called Elders Addison Pratt, Noah Rogers, Benjamin F. Grouard, and Knowlton F. Hanks to perform missions to the islands of the South Pacific. This was the first mission of the Church anywhere in that vast region. Elder Hanks died at sea, but Elder Pratt traveled to the Austral Islands, where he taught the gospel on the island of Tubuai. Elders Rogers and Grouard continued to Tahiti, where hundreds of people were baptized as a result of their labors.
Under the direction of Joseph Smith, the Saints were moving forward to fulfill the Lord’s command: “Go ye into all the world; and unto whatsoever place ye cannot go ye shall send, that the testimony may go from you into all the world unto every creature” (D&C 84:62)."
We have previously documented from scripture and LDS Church History that something was done.
Joseph Smith had said that the Lord had revealed to him that “SOMETHING new must be done for the Salvation of the Church” he then began sending the apostles to set up foreign missions. He had told some of the missionaries that they were being sent to gather the outcasts of Israel and the dispersed of Judah. Please understand that the remnants of the
Joseph Smith was being cryptic when he said something new must be done for the Salvation of the Church. The Church membership did not realize that he was declaring that the gospel was now going from the Gentiles to the remnants of
Isaiah also documents the account of the apostasy of the latter day Church as the apostate gentile church is being merged with the apostate remnants of
This provides a 2nd witness to the account given by Brother Zenos in the Allegory of the Olive Trees. You can read about it in Isaiah 5. The imagery that Isaiah decided to use is that of grape vines instead of olive trees, but the exact same scenario referring to the LDS foundation movement is clearly described.
“What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done one in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
Notice how Isaiah includes both the outcasts of
“For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of
It is very important to remember that Joseph Smith never claimed that God commanded him to start a Church. He was simply restoring the
Now think about it, which Church was he restoring?
Was he restoring the Jewish Church that had rejected the Gospel or was he restoring the Gentile Church that Peter, James John, Paul and the other apostles took the gospel to after the Jews rejected it?
First he restored the
Then, after the Kirtland apostasy, he set up foreign missions to begin grafting in the natural branches that had also become wild.
Geographically, many of the latter day remnants of the Gentiles had already been gathered to the latter day Promised Land of America through the grace and providence of God. The Lord needed to restore the gentile branch to their tribal knowledge of who they are and their relationship with the God of Israel. He also needed to restore priesthood and the fullness of the Gospel.
When the Church was restored and legally organized in 1830 it was called the “Church of Christ”
Shortly after the saints failed to establish Zion by the end of 1834, the leading elders of the church held a meeting and changed the name of church... taking the name of Christ out of the Church... calling it the "Church of the Latter day Saints".
Here is what David Whitmer had to say about it:
“In June, 1829, the Lord gave us the name by which we must call the church, being the same as He gave the Nephites. We obeyed His commandment, and called it The Church of Christ until 1834, when, through the influence of Sydney Rigdon, the name of the church was changed to The Church of the Latter Day Saints, dropping out the name of Christ entirely…” (An Address to All Believers In Christ Whitmer, p. 73). er Day Saints
Shortly after the failure of the
During this time a large portion of the Gentile leadership and membership, including two of the three gentile witnesses to the book of Mormon start rebelling against Joseph the Seer. At this time, the Lord makes it known that the Church has undergone a name change, again, he reveals that from this time forth, those who gather to the appointed places of refuge and live the higher law of consecration are to be called the Church in Zion while all other branches of the church that have not entered into the Law of Zion and are in a scattered condition are to be called the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints”.
It is critically important to realize that according to the word of God in section 115 , the term
The name change that appears to have taken place on or shortly after September 11th 1836 , really freaked some of the Gentile members of the Church out because it seemed pretty flakey for an all knowing God to reveal by revelation that the restored Church was to be called the Church of Christ and then four years later, for no apparent reason to change the name of the Church to the Church of the Latter day Saints... then, a few years after that, change it to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
Of course, at face value, the logic of those angry Gentile Saints was sound. The problem is that they didn’t realize that the saints had collectively rejected the fullness of the Gospel. According to latter day revelation, the saints cannot call themselve by the church of Christ as long as they reject his commandments. According to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Gods people in the latter days would not be aware that he is angry with them;
"The people will neither know nor understand that I am angry at them because of their rebellion.. because they abandoned Me and did what was evil in My eyes, because they chose what displeases me, overpowering others for the sake of riches and profiteering... They will rob their neighbors and oppress one another and defile my temple..." (Page 56 The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered )
They did not realize the full consequences of failing to consecrate, finance the publishing of the JST Bible, the defiling of the
Notice the observation of Joseph Smith regarding those Gentiles Saints in Kirtland that wanted to overthrow him and who were angry about the name change of the Church;
"During my absence Warren Parrish, John F. Boynton, Luke Johnson, Joseph Coe, and some others united together for the overthrow of the church. I returned to Kirtland on or about the 10th of December, soon after which this dissenting band openly and publicly renounced the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, and claimed themselves to be the old standard, calling themselves the Church of Christ, excluding that of SAINTS, and set me at naught, and the whole church, denouncing us as heretics, not considering that the SAINTS shall possess the kingdom according to the Prophet Daniel.”
Not only does Brother Daniel verify that the latter day church will be called Saints, he provides a witness that the horn will PREVAIL against the Saints until the Lords Servant of the Vineyard returns to prepare the way! Did I just say that the Ancient of Days, otherwise known as Michael or Adam is the Servant of the Lord of the Vineyard?
The Horn prevails over the Saints, then the Ancient of days returns with OTHERS to prepare the way for the Lord of the Vineyard to labor with them. (of course we know from the
Notice the verification in modern revelation that the Kingdoms of the world would PREVAIL against the Saints if they failed to keep the commandments of God;
Before we dive into the allegory by verse, I want to share my speculations about a few more terms in the allegory at this point.
In New Testament times and modern times we speak of the organized body of believers as the “Church”.
Sometimes when we speak of the “Church” we are speaking about the members, or the body of Christ. Other times we might say “The Church teaches a certain doctrine…” referring to the authorized or commonly taught doctrines of the organization. Sometimes we might say “the Church doesn’t allow that” referring more to the direction being given by the leadership of the church.
I believe the term branches incorporates all of these terms and this is important to understand because there is an important distinction between the “Branches” of the Olive tree and the “Fruits” of the Olive Tree..
The fruit refers to those individual members of the branch that bring forth good works and therefore become the good fruits that are reserved unto the Lord against the season. The good fruits that are harvested are Gods people that are saved in the
… they are preserved unto the Lord of the Vineyard. (for the proper definition of good works please see the following article: BECOME Ye Therefore Perfect? OR BE Ye Therefore Perfect? kingdom of God
Here are some of the verses that are typical of how the fruit is described in the allegory;
“I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself”
“I may lay up fruit thereof against the season”
“And now, behold, I shall lay up much fruit, which the tree thereof hath brought forth; and the fruit thereof I shall lay up against the season, unto mine own self.”
All the way through the allegory the tree and the branches represents the group sponsored institution from which fruit would be generated… sometimes good fruit, sometimes bad fruit, but the roots nourishes the branches and the branches are a facilitator for nourishing and producing the fruit… until the third watch takes place and the Saints successfully live consecration. At this point, the allegory reveals that the entire tree BECOMES good fruit!
Notice this interesting verse wherein the tree becomes the fruit as a result of successfully living consecration;
The purpose of the branch, or church, is to produce good fruit by nourishing is members and dispensing the saving ordinances of the gospel! Ultimately, after the bad portions of the branches are cast away, the entire branch becomes good fruit.
Notice how the Lord chastises the leading elders of the Church (roots) in section 84 for being unbelieving and taking lightly the revelations they have received. They have brought the whole church under condemnation. Now the entire church is commanded to not only say but to do the commandments that they have been given, including the law of consecration which will enable them to bring forth fruits meet for the kingdom!