Saturday, January 13, 2024

The In-Between is Closing

The In-Between is Closing 

 

To me, maybe to you as well, it freaks me out and is at the same time breathtaking that we are part of a wicked world on the eve of its destruction. In all the history of the world we’re fortunate to be citizens of an all-time elite, awe-inspiring civilization. A civilization unparalleled in its magnificence, opulence, and abundance and without any historical peer in its immensity and grandeur. And yet, we find ourselves in contention with Sodom and Gomorrah for the crown as the most base and degenerate people the world has ever known. A world so contradictory—we can see and have everything yet are blind and have nothing. Lead by idolatrous, materialistic, malevolent, and morally corrupt men, we inhabit a world about to meet its fate. Yes? Part of John’s biblical “Babylon the Great,” the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.1

 

For the moment, we live in a world in which the rain falls whilst the sun is shining. However, the once distant storm from which the rain comes is nearing and virtually all people, even if unable to articulate it eloquently, perceive its growing intensity and can sense the inevitable approach of conflict between the light and dark.  

 

In nature, when both rain and sun are present, there is often an accompanying rainbow, marking the covenant God made with Enoch that dealt with preserving the righteous rather than destroying them in the flood and a promise that truth would remain on the earth to preserve mankind thereafter; including a return in the last days.2 However, for a rainbow to exist it doesn’t take just the presence of sun and rain. There is a third part of the equation for a rainbow to be seen – You.  In order to see the brilliant colors of a rainbow, you have to stand between the sun and the rain.  Which, as it turns out, is an apt metaphor for the great storm now coming into season on the eve of judgment.  You, you stand somewhere between the sun and the storm; light and dark; the good and evil – both are present and able to be seen. And as you stand there, betwixt them both, and sense the “the troubling season now fast approaching,”3 both good and evil, light and dark, sun and storm are marshaling armies and lining up across from each other just before war breaks out. And, just as was the case in the time of Noah, there is a requirement for you to choose. At present, there is a bow in the sky marking a covenant that can be grasped. But, just as in nature when you can no longer stand between the sun and the rain the rainbow fades, so too is the time you can stand between light and dark, good and evil, sun and storm. The time to choose is fading quickly and whatever you choose, you will attain unto your choice. “He only asks us to repent and turn to Him. He does not compel obedience. He offers, on condition of obedience, grace for grace, that all might receive more. He offers us to become ‘one’ with Him and His Father. He continuously offers to help us be more.”4

 

The In-between is Closing, The Double D is Opening

 

Deliverance or Destruction

 

The choice is yours.

 


Signed 

 

John The-Not-So-Beloved

 

 

1.  In an end-time context, this Greater Babylon represents a wicked world on the eve of its destruction and resembles John’s “Babylon the Great” (Revelation 17-18).

2.  DS Comments Blogpost comments Alma 13:19-29 June 16, 2010

3.  T&C 158:12

4.  The Ascent Part 2 – Denver Snuffer Podcast

Sunday, November 12, 2023

The Flaxen Cord Effect

The Flaxen Cord Effect

 

Do we really believe that we can spin transgression or sin into a plea deal with the Lord when judgment and sentencing time comes? That there is a way we can somehow demonstrate to Him that we were Morally Immoral or Immorally Moral? Righteously Unrighteous or Unrighteously Righteous? Lawfully Unlawful or Unlawfully Lawful? Just look around, the answer is yes, we do! However awkwardly those ideas may work out, they describe perfectly the spirit of our times, our zeitgeist and the dominating characteristics of our local and world culture. We do seem to believe our personal brand of immorality is moral because we think it so in our uniquely situated existence. We do believe in our world time and setting that there is some way to be unrighteous in a way that the Lord looks upon it as righteous when weighted against other people and times. That His laws are fungible and pliable enough to be molded into our lives in a way that He will uphold our misdeeds and look the other way when considering just judgment. Do we not unitedly seem to imagine that God’s judgment will be a weighted against our own perception of truth? We cannot live and behave a “to each their own” existence and have as our governing norm a thought that there is no universal or absolute set of moral principles and expect that God’s grace will take up the slack and be the adjustment we need for salvation in the end. It will be the standards passed along by prophets through holy writ that will serve as the bar against which we are measured.  The standards through each generation of time are invariable, they do not change. 

 

Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians advises “for now we see through a mirror, darkly, but then face to face.”(RE 1 Corinthians 1:53) One implication being that our current assessment of ourselves is inaccurate but will someday be repaired by God so that we see clearly. Our continued alignment with a doomed world and our studied ignorance will not serve well when that day comes. “Ignorance and hell,” says Denver Snuffer, “go hand in hand. The loss or failure to retain truth is the chains of hell.”    

 

We seemingly live in a world that fits comfortably into Nephi’s conversation with an angel:

“…Yea, and there shall be many which shall say, Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die and it shall be well with us. And there shall also be many which shall say, Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God, he will justify in committing a little sin. Yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor, there is no harm in this. And do all these things, for tomorrow we die. And if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner false, and vain, and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord…” (RE 2 Nephi 12:1)

 

Ultimately the path we’re on has been marked by Luci, short for Lucifer.

            “For he is the foundation of all these things, yea, the foundation of murder and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord until he bindeth them with his strong cords for ever.”(RE 2 Nephi 11:15)  That’s the flaxen cord effect!

 

However, there’s another choice – as described by Eliza R. Snow in the hymn How Great the Wisdom and the Love – “He marked the path and led the way, And every point defines. To light and life and endless day Where God’s full presence shines.”

 

Take that path, it’s better.

 

Signed 

 

John The-Not-So-Beloved