I have posted three articles by other people on my other blog site..
I read all of these articles many many years ago. I suspect most of you have read some of them as well.
While I don't necessarily agree with all of the interpretations and conclusions contained in these articles, they were helpful to me in viewing things through a wider lens and in getting a broader context for the restoration movement... ultimately, they helped me to connect a few more dots.
I would classify some of the content as meat rather than milk for those not feeling like they are ready for such.
Two of these articles pertain to the mystical life and calling of Joseph Smith.
"Is there No Help for the Widows Son" by Dr. Reed C. Durham Jr.
"Joseph Smith, America's Hermetic Prophet" by Lance Owens
The third has to do with the mysterious death of Brigham Young.
Few people realize that he was probably poisoned to death. That article is titled,
"Who Done It?" by S W Taylor
I recently got an email from someone asking the following question,
"Speaking of the 3rd watch, do you interpret Matthew 28:19-20 to be a command to the twelve that will ultimately be fulfilled in the 3rd watch, or "unto the end of the world"? That is, will the original twelve apostles also be coming back with JS et al.?"
My response was, in essence, as follows,
"Yes I think the apostolic mandate to go forth in power to all nations, baptizing those who believe, that was given to all three quorums of the 12, (meridian, Nephite and last laborers), is 3rd watch."
I am currently doing a passage by passage commentary on the Book of Revelation which was motivated by a recent discussion pertaining to the fact that Christ "completes the salvation of man" BEFORE the paradisaical millennium.
As I was studying chapter 19 yesterday I noticed the following passages,
"Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all who fight against the Lamb both bond and free, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army."
When I came to the above passages in chapter 19 I was reminded of a few pertinent passages in the Book of Mormon pertaining to a great event when the wicked gather to make war with Christ and his righteous army,
"And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to afight the againstLamb of God.
14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were aarmed with brighteousness and with the cpower of God in great glory."(1 Nephi 14)
"....I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to afight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord.
35 And the multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I beheld that they were in a large and spacious abuilding, like unto the building which my father saw. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Behold the world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold the house of Israel hath gathered together to bfight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
36 And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the apride of the world; and it bfell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb." 1 Ne. 11: 34-35
Those amazing passages are prophesying about the great fall of Babylon that is about to take place.
Notice how the 12 apostles return to the earth during this time.
This provides another great testimony of the doctrine of three watches.
Following the passages in chapter 14 we are informed that AFTER the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of harlots, the WORK OF THE FATHER SHALL COMMENCE.
Chapter 11 informs us that the first laborers of the last kingdom will certainly not be the only ones returning. They will be joined by many of the great and noble servants from other dispensations... including the 12 apostles of the meridian of time.