October 2019 Newsletter - "Reaching Mormon Missionaries, Pt. 2" by The Harvesters

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If you ask Christians about how God is using prophets today, they will tell you they believe God doesn’t use prophets anymore. What is interesting to know when speaking with Mormons (Latter-Day Saints), they are one of the few religions that believe in prophets today. The origins of their faith rely on Joseph Smith, who wrote the book of Mormon in 1830. The topic about prophets and prophecy can be a touchy subject, because many Christians are not taught the importance of how God uses prophets. Also, talking about God using and speaking through someone is no light matter. When speaking to Mormons, they will tell you the LDS church has modern day prophets and apostles. [1] How can we know if someone like Joseph Smith, is truly a prophet? And how can we, as gospel angles (evangelists), understand the importance of prophets and the gift of prophecy when speaking to Mormon missionaries?

Let’s see how a prophet is defined. The Bible shows a pattern, that God speaks through prophets to give a message to his people. In the Old Testament, God does nothing until He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). In the New Testament, the mysteries of God are declared by His servants, the prophets (Revelation 10:7). In fact, those who have the testimony of Jesus have the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Prophet in Hebrew is the word, Navi, which means, “One who brings forth the inner fruit and a knowledge of something that is not known by the five senses.” [2] Therefore, a true prophet is one who produce God’s nature, through the 12 fruits of the Spirit, and have secret or spiritual knowledge of God.

The high priest holds the same function as a prophet. Priest in Hebrew is, kohen, which means, the “opening of a seed.” [3] That seed is planted to produce or birth the fruit of God in us. Jesus says that seed is the Word, and Paul says that seed is Christ (Luke 8:11, Galatians 3:16). Therefore, the high priests are those who open the seed/Christ to reveal the mystery and divine nature of Who He is to those who are without the revelation of God’s nature. The high priests are the Apostles in the New Testament that reveal the mysteries of Christ. Paul says, “When you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy Apostles and Prophets” (Ephesians 3:4-5). Therefore, the true Apostles and Prophets reveal the mysteries of Christ and the spiritual understanding of God.

These mysteries of God are revealed through His law. We know this, because Moses states, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). Those secrets of God, Moses says, are revealed in the cloud within the temple, while Israel only knows God through dark sayings/parables (Numbers 12:4-8). The Lord says, “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old” (Psalm 78:1-2). The law or Torah is written in a parabolic sense, that the prophet opens up to reveal the nature of God and His instruction for man. A true prophet removes the letter of the law, to reveal the true, spirit of the law (Romans 8:2, 2 Corinthians 3:6). Jesus came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17). This means He fully taught the law according to what He intended it to be, which is fulfilled from within the inner-man, not according to exterior, letter, or fleshly ordinances. Paul says, “The law is spiritual.” And he, “delights in the law of God, according to the inward man” (Romans 7:14, 22).

Now that a foundation for a prophet and apostle of God, has been established, let’s take a look at a few examples of prophecies by Joseph Smith and from the book of Mormon:

1.  The literal Aaronic/Levitical priesthood is valid. This is why Mormon, temples; LDS members serve in today. [4]
2.  Literal temple garments to be worn at all times. [5]
3.  Endowment rituals of washings and baptisms to receive blessings for them and family. [6]
4.  Endowment rituals grant eternal life into the third heaven. [7]
5.  New Jerusalem will be established in Missouri in his generation. [8]

What pattern do you see Joseph Smith setting for the LDS church? All of these revelations, by definition, are carnal commandments and ordinances. This is an example of the letter of law, the very thing the Jews fell into and missed the coming of Jesus, for being carnal, and not spiritually minded. Also, prophecies spoken that did not come to pass and manifest. This is defined as a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:1-3, 18:22). While a true prophet and apostle “opens the seed” to bring fruits of God’s nature, a false prophet gives natural words and is veiled with carnal ordinances. Joseph Smith may have “revelation,” but if it is not a manifestation of Christ’s character that brings healing and change to the LDS church, it is not a prophetic word from God. Not only is Joseph Smith a false prophet according to the Word, but his “revelation” of endowment ceremonies was instituted in the LDS church, shortly after joining Freemasonry. [9]

It’s good that Mormons are told to believe in apostles and prophets, but God wants us to understand the true importance of those functions and purposes within the body of Christ. We pray for a harvest to come forth out of the LDS church and into the true prophetic and revelatory Word of God. We declare healing and the manifestation of Christ for those in the Mormon religion! All glory to the Father.

Blessings,
The Harvesters

References:
1.  https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/prophets-and-apostles/unto-all-the-world/we-need-living-prophets?lang=eng
2.  AHLB# 1301
3.  AHLB# 1244
4.  Joseph Smith—History 1:68–72
5.  Alma 5:21- Book of Mormon
6.  https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/topic/endowment
7.  https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-47-exaltation?lang=eng
8.  Doctrines and Covenants 84:3-4
9.  Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol.4, Ch.32, p.550–1

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