First, what a mess of confusion this prophecy in Doctrine and Covenants section 85 has generated!
It is the duty of the Lord’s clerk, whom he has appointed, to keep a history, and a general church record of all things that transpire in Zion, and of all those who consecrate properties, and receive inheritances legally from the bishop; and also their manner of life, their faith, and works; and also of the apostates who apostatize after receiving their inheritances.
It is contrary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not their inheritance by consecration, agreeable to his law, which he has given, that he may tithe his people, to prepare them against the day of vengeance and burning, should have their names enrolled with the people of God.
Neither is their genealogy to be kept, or to be had where it may be found on any of the records or history of the church.
Their names shall not be found, neither the names of the fathers, nor the names of the children written in the book of the law of God,
saith the Lord of Hosts.
Yea, thus saith the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things, and often times it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:
And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God; while that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.
And all they who are not found written in the book of remembrance shall find none inheritance in that day, but they shall be cut asunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers, where are wailing and gnashing of teeth.
These things I say not of myself; therefore, as the Lord speaketh, he will also fulfil.
And they who are of the High Priesthood, whose names are not found written in the book of the law, or that are found to have apostatized, or to have been cut off from the church, as well as the lesser priesthood, or the members, in that day shall not find an inheritance among the saints of the Most High; therefore, it shall be done unto them as unto the children of the priest, as will be found recorded in the second chapter and sixty-first and second verses of Ezra.
And here is Ezra 2:61-62.
And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name: these sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.
So, not too long ago, I was pondering on the Josephite prophecy, yet again, and I remembered that it said this guy would be great like unto Moses. Now, my understanding is that the Josephite would be like all the prophets, and I was curious about Moses’ rod, and wondered whether he would have a rod like Moses did. So, I looked up the prophecy, which said this:
And the Lord hath said:
I will raise up a Moses; and I will give power unto him in a rod; and I will give judgment unto him in writing. Yet I will not loose his tongue, that he shall speak much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking. But I will write unto him my law, by the finger of mine own hand; and I will make a spokesman for him.
And the Lord said unto me also:
I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins; and I will make for him a spokesman. And I, behold, I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins, unto the fruit of thy loins; and the spokesman of thy loins shall declare it. (2 Nephi 3:17-18)
Again, my mind turned to that rod. The rod is mentioned in connection with Moses but not with the Josephite. But my mind would not let go of the thought that this guy was going to have a rod. So, I checked the other scripture that mentions this same prophecy:
And the Lord sware unto Joseph that he would preserve his seed forever, saying,
I will raise up Moses, and a rod shall be in his hand, and he shall gather together my people, and he shall lead them as a flock, and he shall smite the waters of the Red Sea with his rod.
And he shall have judgment, and shall write the word of the Lord. And he shall not speak many words, for I will write unto him my law by the finger of mine own hand. And I will make a spokesman for him, and his name shall be called Aaron.
And it shall be done unto thee in the last days also, even as I have sworn. (JST 50:34-36)
So, this scripture indicates a repeat scenario, even a double fulfillment. To my mind it indicated that the Josephite is, indeed, going to have a rod. Then I remembered that Oliver Cowdery had a divining rod. Then my mind brought up the “one mighty and strong” scripture, which I will quote again:
And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand,
That scepter certainly could be considered a rod. “Could this one mighty and strong be the very Josephite restorer I have been writing about on this blog,” I wondered?
And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering,
Now, I have written previously that this description of light for a covering reminded me of the angel Moroni, whose robe was a plasma discharging phenomenon, a robe literally made of light, meaning a discharging plasmoid. Could this Josephite, a mere man, be endowed with such power that he could appear as an angel of light? Was there scriptural precedence for men appearing as angels of light? Yep. Stephen, the Christian martyr of the Book of Acts, Moses in the mount, Abinadi the Nephite martyr, and the brothers Nephi and Lehi; the faces of all these men shone like the faces of angels, according to the scriptural accounts.
There are also the accounts of tongues of fire resting upon people and pillars of fire surrounding people. All these plasma manifestations could be considered coverings of light. It is not a stretch to think that this Josephite will be so endowed with power, so filled with the Holy Ghost, that such displays can and will attend his ministry, as if this man were an angel.
And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God
How does one set things in order? If there are several things, does not one say, “Okay, this goes first, and that goes second, while that one over there goes third?” Could not setting in order, then, be considered numbering? My understanding is that this Josephite will have the specific task of numbering the people of God, literally, setting them in order, as on a list.
…Their names shall not be found, neither the names of the fathers, nor the names of the children written in the book of the law of God,…
And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;
This Book of the Law of God, mentioned twice in the section, what did it refer to? Was this the Book of Life, the record of heaven, according to the footnote reference suggestions? Or was this some other book, a book yet to be written, or a book yet to be restored? “This man is going to be like Moses,” my mind said. Moses wrote 5 books and he also wrote a law, what we call the law of Moses. Could this repeat Mosaic scenario be a full repeat, in which the Josephite writes a new law of God, even new books, or a restoration of some old books of law, or even both? Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy: those are the five books of Moses. The Josephite will certainly be leading an Exodus of the people back to Zion. He will certainly Number the people. The more I pondered, the more it seemed that this scripture was, indeed, speaking of the Josephite and that he would be following some kind of Mosaic pattern, doing the same things and going through the same progression as at the first with Moses.
…while that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.
The man is going to have a Urim and Thummim. Moses had a Urim and Thummim. He’s going to have a rod, just like Moses did. Moses also had the Ark of the Covenant. I, and countless others, have always interpreted “ark of God” in this verse as being figurative, not literal. But if he’s going to have a rod, a literal rod, by which he works miracles, just as Moses did, then why can’t this scripture be talking of the literal Ark of the Covenant? After all, this guy is supposed to restore ALL THINGS.
Anyway, I found these thoughts interesting and thought that I would share them, as I had never made the connection between the Josephite and this mighty and strong person. But my understanding of just how miraculously powerful this guy is going to be has grown significantly over time, as the Holy Ghost has manifested more information to me about him. To give you an idea about what kind of “power levels” I’m talking about, consider Elijah and Elisha. Elijah was this unbelievably powerful miracle worker and Elisha wanted something from him before Elijah high-tailed it out of there on a plasma horse and chariot, going up in a translated state on a whirlwind straight to heaven. What did Elisha ask for? A DOUBLE PORTION of the Spirit of God that was in Elijah. Now, Elijah thought that was a hard thing to ask for, because he was so full of the Spirit, and to become twice as powerful as he was asking a lot, but he granted the wish if Elisha was able to see him taken up. And Elisha saw and got the DOUBLE PORTION.
Now, the indication that I’m getting from the Spirit is that the Josephite won’t have a DOUBLE PORTION of Elijah’s Spirit endowment, but will have a whole lot more than that. This is why his ministry is always associated with power and the baring of the arm of the Lord. He’ll be drinking miracle beer, eating miracle breakfast cereal, having a miracle salad for lunch and so forth. Miracles galore and almost exclusively.
One more thing before I publish this post. After the sixth seal was opened, John the Revelator saw this:
And the heavens opened as a scroll is opened when it is rolled together; and every mountain, and island, was moved out of its place. (JST Rev. 6:14)
Remember what I wrote in a previous post about an alteration of the geography being necessary to restore all things? Well, as I pondered this scripture recently, the thought popped into my head that the earth was going to expand in order to accommodate the dead returning in the resurrection to re-possess the lands of their inheritance, in order that there would be room for all, and that God’s promise to them could be fulfilled. I do not know whether this Josephite will be the one responsible for this task of preparing the earth for the Millennium after this fashion, but given the power levels he is going to be endowed with, it won’t surprise me, not one bit.