In the parable of the Olive tree in Jacob 5, when the Lord vists his vineyard and finds none of the natural fruit on any of the trees, that is not the great apostasy. You know that by the Lord’s solution. The Lord’s solution was to go and destroy the gentile branches out of the natural tree, beginning at the most bitter, grafting natural branches back into the original tree as he does so.
Was that the Lord’s solution to the great apostasy? Not at all. Quite the contrary, this is the time of the gentiles still. The gospel came forth among the gentiles. It came forth to a gentile nation. Its seat of authority is in a gentile nation. The gentiles are still, by and large, the principal, first heirs of all the blessings that the great patriarchs of Israel earned for their posterity.
Every use of the Urim and Thummim in this dispensation has been to translate something into english, or to receive a revelation in english. The Israelites must either learn a gentile tongue, or suffer through a translation of less perfection than was possible through the Urim and Thummim.
The promised land of the Nephites, which is a land of liberty, is now a gentile land. It is the United States. The land of this country is the land of the Book of Mormon for that is where we see the Book of Mormon promises realized that there a land which is a unique land of liberty. By contrast the governments in south and central America are hardly “the land of the free”.
The great apostasy was not solved by removing the gentiles out of the tree and grafting in the Israelites. The great apostasy is not what is being described in Jacob 5 when the Lord goes into his vineyard and finds that none of the trees have the natural fruit.
When the Lord visits his vineyard and finds that there is no longer natural fruit on the trees, the point is that the church members are no longer living the gospel as they ought. They aren’t living it well enough for “those signs that follow them that believe” to also be following the members of the church, by and large. They aren’t living it well enough for the Holy Ghost to fall upon them.
That is not the great apostasy. It is today, or the near future, that we read about when the Lord finds none of the natural fruit in the tree.
I have elsewhere written about that. Here I just want to write about one detail of that.
Here I want to answer two questions.
1) Why is it that when the Lord cannot find any of the natural fruit on the original tree, he also does not find any of it on the branches he has planted elsewhere, which by that visit have all grown up to be trees in their own right (e.g. verse 55).
2) Why is it that the solution to there being none of the natural fruit on any of the trees is to start removing branches that were grafted in, burning them, and grafting in natural branches from those places where he had hidden them? Especially since none of the branches are producing the natural fruit in the entire vineyard?
These are related. The point is that at some point the Lord will begin to exercise judgments against his members. This is no surprise. It happens all through the scriptures again and again.
The point is that the bitter branches which are burned first are those places where gentile ideas have so overwhelmed the practice of the gospel in the lives of actual members that the Lord destroys the people living in those areas.
To graft in a natural branch in the place of a branch that is taken out and burned is to bring Israelites in to replace those peoples who the Lord has destroyed. When they are grafted in then those Israelites enjoy the blessings of those lands that the former inhabitants receive.
And the point is that as gentile ideas overwhelm those parts of the church in this, the promised land where the seat of authority of the church is, the Israelites in other parts of the world are poisoned by the effects of that.
You can easily see the reality of this.
There are many things that go up on lds.org which are directly contrary to the teachings found in the scriptures and to the teachings of our prophets and apostles now or in other ages. Those things that go up on lds.org are taken as being gospel truth in other parts of the world.
LDS seminary is a world wide program. However, the current head of CES is a man who openly endorses what Ezra Taft Benson would have reviled as communism and socialism. This is not done in secret. One of his talks on the matter was posted prominently on the BYUI website for a time, when he was the president there.
The church website for Mormons and gays is pure evil. The title of that website specifies that it is an official website of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Brad Wilcox has served on the general Sunday School board. His writings subvert the atonement and are among the most destructive Mormon writings today, which I say partly because they are so popular. One of them, a speech given at BYU, has been read during two different sacrament meetings I have attended in two different parts of the United States.
The Teachings of the Presidents of the Church manuals are filtered out by those who compile them. For example, Ezra Taft Benson spoke so strongly and frequently against socialism and communism that at least one of the words “socialism”, “socialist”, “communism”, or “communist” enters into one in every four conference talks he gave since 1942. David O McKay spoke against these things so plainly that at least one of those words appears in one in every six conference talks he gave over the same period. Yet neither of those words, or even those topics, appear in the “Teachings of the Presidents of the Church” manuals for either of those men. In fact, I recall reading an Ezra Taft Benson quote I recognized about communism in the manual, except that the phrase that made it about communism instead of about other evils had been replaced with ellipsis, right in the middle of the sentence.
There is a Mormon.org video that tries to teach that God is all about diversity, even about differing beliefs, and starts with the false teaching that in the beginning God created both light and darkness. He didn’t. He said let there be light and there was light. Then he separated the light from the darkness. Creating light by his word, and then separating the light from the darkness is a completely different idea than saying God is the kind of being that created both light and darkness.
There is a Mormon.org video series called “Hope works” that is the antithesis of gospel teaching. The woman who spoke on the atonement in it has written a book teaching about her spiritual awakening to the atonement which included an experience screaming and yelling at God in prayer telling him how angry she was at him. Her doctrine is that we can be saved in our sins.
The “Meet the Mormons” video openly states that gender roles in the church may not be what you expect. Their point is that gender roles in the church do not match the plainly stated commandments of God the Father in Eden.
Additionally, that video uses a woman in the church who enjoys physically beating other women up for sport in a contest as part of its means to sell the church. Her husband does not provide for their home. Rather it is a joint venture as I recall. This is presented as the model of who we are. The fact that “the fighter” in their video is a woman is an intentional selection presenting women not only in a man’s role, but in an extreme macho role that is chosen because of its appeal to modern gender bending.
Our temple videos pay their due homage at points to feminist ideas. The text is not changed, but the filmmakers took advantage of their roles in providing the visuals that would accompany the text to accomplish just such a thing.
The twelve and the prophet are leading the church precisely the way the Lord wants it lead. But much of what is thrown in your face as being the lds church is actually manufactured by men who are wicked men selling you false and subversive ideas.
In other countries, these destructive ideas may seem more like they are the ideas of the church itself. After all, it is easier to get to the church website and to mormon.org then to get to talk to an apostle. You get handed a manual each year, which you have lessons from every week. But you only have general conference every six months.
Thus the stumbling of the gentile branches that have been grafted in actively helps drive the stumbling of Israel in the rest of the world.
When the natural fruit is not what is being found on the natural tree, then it is not surprising that the natural fruit is not found elsewhere either.
And the solution to that is that since gentile ideas are overwhelming the whole church, then the most bitter branches will be destroyed by the Lord, and he will bring Israel back in to the lands of their inheritance, and to the seat of power and authority. It will not happen all at once. As the most bitter gentile branches are destroyed, Israelites will be brought by the Lord to take the place they once held. Eventually, Israel will again take her place and the original tree will be fully restored. Israel will be restored to the lands of her inheritance, and consequently Israel will also obtain once again the blessings of those lands. For example, this land will be a land of freedom to Israel, and there will be no kings upon this land.
Eventually the law will come forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.