The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie Volume 1

The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie

McConkie served in the Quorum of the 12 Apostles

The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R McConkie Volume 1

-when we have faith like the brother of Jared we will be able to understand the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon.

-keeping the Sabbath day holy means having a whole day focused purely on spiritual things; God knew that if men would do this they would  have the strength to avoid temptation the rest of the week.

-this book was written about 70 years after Talmage Jesus the Christ. It’s to build upon that

-ever LDS should study the book Jesus the Christ by Talmage.

-Christ grew up in a spiritually degenerate society like Sodom. He was planted in difficult dry ground.

-we don’t have every gospel principal but we do have the fullness of the everlasting gospel, that which is needed to have everlasting glory in the hereafter.

-the modern Red Sea we have to follow our current prophet over is doubt.

-as they dressed for passover in robes to travel, so must we dress in the robes of righteousness.

-the little amount of leaven raises the whole lump; this is to say that the gospel has the power to transform our entire lives.

-the pouring out of water was symbolic of pouring out of the Holy Ghost in the Last days. this is from the Jewish festivals.

-the palm leaves are symbolic of what we now use white hancerchifs in the hosannah shouts; shouts of hosannah were given in the ancient festivals of the Jews.

-the 8th day was also like a Sabbath, *this is to me like how we do family home evenings on Mondays!

-day of Atonement and other day the women dressed in white and went around the vineyards singing and dancing for the men to pick their spouse.

-they fasted sundown to after sundown the next day when the stars could be seen. *how do it now? Our Sabbath begins at a different time than theirs. What is to be done?

-synagogs are essential to salvation; God’s people must always build places to meet in together or his fullness of blessings can’t go to them (ordinances etc). It always has been this way.

-every time the truth has been on earth it has been lead by the Melchizedek Priesthood.

-about ,1200 members per synagog in ancient Jerusalem.

-almost everything will have Holiness to the Lord inscribed on it in the Millennium.

-Jesus of no doubt went to school as a lad in a synagog.

-on Sunday we let our flocks and herds fend for themselves, and we leave our careers alone. No golf. No fishing.

-Jesus taught in the synagogs for in them came the people who wanted to learn; he healed therein for there came the people who had faith to be healed .

-in ancient Isreal like modern, Jehovah called all people to worship Him in the temple and to work and serve in the temple.

-there came to be unneeded self denial on Sabbaths.

-the home of Joseph and Mary was poorer than most homes in the USA today.

-men married at 16, never later than 20. Women often younger than the men, namely at 14.

-at 2 years the Jewish children were weened

-at 3 years fathers were to teach the children scriptures and wise sayings and benedictions.

-the children memorize read and wrote the Levitical prayers.

-at 16 or 17 boys were sent to the academies where the rabbi’s taught.

-before every meal the families washed and prayed.

-private prayers were said morning and night.

-devout fathers wore phylacteries during prayer with 4 scriptures in them.

-all Jews of Jesus’ day were apostate except those who followed Jesus.

-the people of the day of the flood of Noah were destroyed because they were beyond the reach of saving grace.

-the apostasy of the Jews of Jesus’ day is one of people who memorized Messianic prophecies; who knew the Messiah was soon to come among them yet rejected him. A people who had the Aaronic Priesthood and the gospel of repentance.

-some find it easy to fight against the  truth because of their nature, but they can save themselves through righteousness at any time.

-God said I’ll send you all to earth and save those of you who obey me.

-to love satan more than God, like Cain and the Jews of Jesus’ day, is to obey not God’s path but what Satan incurs.

-modern Christendom of today can learn learn a lesson from Jews of Jesus’ day, people who should have been the Lord’s people, like Christians today which should have been the Lord’s people

-throws down mega rebukes against the Jews of Jesus’ day

-speaks some 20 minutes of the stupid practices of the Jews at EXTREMELY Ridiculous extremes!

-high priests among the Jews of Jesus’ day were that by way of investiture not like their holy forefathers

-Aaron had the Melchizedek Priesthood and was called to preside over the Aaronic  Priesthood; the presiding Bishop over the church if you will.

-Aaronic Priesthood offices today are comparable to those of the time of Moses and Jesus.

-Ezra was a prophet and a scribe.

-without prophets the world turns to scholars for their knowledge about God.

-as a general rule, more scripture such as the sealed portions of the Book of Mormon are withheld from the less spiritually apt.

-no book of sacred writ is forever lost.

-Melchizedek stopped the mouths of lions; these accounts were in the Jewish book of Exodus which is more correct than the book which modern Christendom possesses.

-Abraham had vision of Jesus Christ, such is recorded by Joseph Smith in the “Inspired Version” of the bible which Joseph Smith wrote.

-apocrypha much correct in it much not correct in it, inspired people will benefit from studying it; for others it’s best to stick to the more soild scriptures.

-psudopigraphic book of Enoch speaks of 1000 year Millennium then another 1000 years before the end of the worlds temporal existence, speaks of premortality, etc. Jude appears to quote from this book. Know that the Jews at Jesus’ day had a more perfect version of the bible than the world by large has today.

-uninspired men almost never agree on the meaning of select passages of scripture.

-The Jews of Jesus’ day were not inspired, and hence could not understand the scriptures, and that made it so they could not apply the scriptures into their lives.

– is not exhaultation a family matter? Is it not, as Elder McConkie has said in the Mortal Messiah, about being a father, and for women about being a mother? Yes, God’s constituents are HIS CHILDREN. Over whom he reigns with justice.

-like how Christ told the people of his days, salvation is of the Jews (as they had the prophets writings ect.); similarly were Christ among the people of the world today, he would tell all Christendom, salvation is of the Latter-day Saints.

-the Law of Moses is better than the Christian sects of the world today, and it’s better than any other world religion, including Islam and Buddhism.

-2nd century B.C. world leaders were very wicked declaring religion devoid of morals; sensuality considered alright for slaves to participate in, soldiers encouraged to take advantage of women while on duty, thought that death was a sweet release from life not a punishment and hence did no death penalty to criminals, lead by examples and teachings of promoting suicide, thought sexual relations with any person was fine, etc.

-God the Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost are three separate persons, each a male person.

-In the same sense that our birth parents are our parents, God The Father is the parent of Jesus Christ.

-Contrary to popular opinion, God the Father has a body of flesh and bones. He has a being. He is only in one place at one time, although his influence is felt through all immensity.

-Saying the Holy Ghost came upon Mary in the conception of Christ does not mean the Holy Ghost is Christ’s  Father. God the Father is Christ’s father.

-The Lord is a man of war

-When the Jesus went to cleanse the temple, it was him coming suddenly unto his house, but it is at the Second Coming that he will purify the sons of Levi in so doing again. (*This could refer to the judgements to come upon who attend the LDS temples unworthily).

-No one tries to stop Jesus when he destroys the property of the merchants as Jesus cleansed the temple; there is no bitterness as to financial loss; they merely asked what authority he had to cleanse the temple, since it was inicially their duty. They did not object because their conscious brought weakness. “Vice cannot stand one moment against virtue’s lifted arm.” Devoured as they were, the sellers in the temple could not deny the deed Jesus did in overthrowing the temple. Them asking Jesus by what authority he did this was a sign that they began to fear and actually consider that this might be the Son of God.

-All who saw Jesus’ miracles were constrained to say that this was truly the Son of God. The only ones who saw his miracles and denied that he was the Son of God were wicked people.

-Faith founded merely on miracles leaves much to be desired (it’s not enough).

-It’s somewhat derogatory to call Thomas “Doubting Thomas” because he said to the other Apostles, let us also go with him to die.

-Nicodemus should have known that they could not go on living under Herod, they had to come back to how the ancients lived, that is, according to the Spirit.

-Nicodemus and others probably knew about how Jesus was a teacher from God, as seen in him saying WE know that thou art a teacher come from God.

-The type of life that God lives, that quality of life, is reserved for the sons of men. The requirement is to believe on the Son of God, who came to the world not to condemn the world, but to save it. (*People condemn themselves by the way they act, Christ is come to help us out of those dead ways we live.)

-We the people reject the doctrines of faith repentance baptism and the reception of the Holy Ghost, Christ cannot possibly communicate to them the deeper doctrines of the gospel.

-to build God’s kingdom is to build up his church

-the sin offering had no fragrance, it was a dreadful necessity.

-the red heifer was to clean all people and was burnt throughly unlike the other offerings (*it is a very particularly a type of Christ’s Atonement)

-Jehovah forgave sins and used animal sacrifices to represent that (*They were symbolic of giving up something that you love, like how Jesus Christ would give up his life for his people)

-the gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached in such a way that those who reject it will loose their souls.

-the fear of the Lord is the type of fear that enlarges our souls.

-The old law was nailed with Christ to the cross and the new law rose with him from the tomb  as he was resurrected on the third day since his death.

-circumcision as found in the Law of Moses was a way of the parents showing symbolically that they offer their posterity to the Lord, showing that they will have the child obey the ways of the Lord, showing that the child will serve the Lord, showing that they would teach the child the covenants that the House of Israel had made with Jehovah, it showed that the parent would show the child the right way to go from the very start.

-Jesus was tempted more sorely than any human could endure, yet he never sinned. No more has been tempted in a more severe manor than he.

-Those who cannot do miracles do not have faith.

-Where there is faith all miracles are forthcoming.

-When Christ told his mother woman what have I to do with thee it was during his ministry, and he was then acting independently, choosing for himself when and where he would preach his gospel.

-Those who are not burn again spiritually cannot understand deep spiritual things, neither can those who live in darkness.

-of old full time ministers were to not let the people sleep because of the their words; Jesus did this also; he is the one who commanded such.

-In addition to the baptism of fire, Jesus baptized people in water by immersion as John the baptist did. The disciples of Jesus did this also.

-John the baptist was a legal administrator for God, so when he told Herod and Herodias that their marriage was adulterous, at that point if they did not repent they would be damned.

-Herod almost repented but the seeds of repentance soon died in the stoney soil of sin wherein they were planted.

-In John 4 Jesus tells the woman at the well if she knew the gift of God she would ask of him to drink; the gift is Jesus Christ; for God so loved the world he gave his Only Begotten Son.

-“I have meat ye know not of” here Jesus is referring to how the gospel was like meat to him. Those called to the work of God it is their meat to do that work. It fills them to an extent. They forget about temporal things.

-Like John the baptist, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith and others, all pilgrims of God have to suffer bondage for a season.

-As seen in the woman at the well speaking of her fathers worshiping in the mount Gerazin, we see that even carnal people have some form of belief about religion, something that appeases their spiritual part of them that does not conflict with their ways of life.

-Like he told the woman at the well, Jesus had no problem telling the would be believers that their forms of belief were wrong.

-To the woman at the well Jesus bore witness of the two top truths of eternity: of God the Father, then of his Messianic Divine Sonship.

-Jesus broke tradition in speaking to the woman at the well who was a Samaritan; it was ageist tradition for a man to speak to a woman in public. It was certainly seen as bad to be seen speaking with a “woman of easy virtue”, but Jesus had control of the situation and went through Samaria for the very purpose of teaching her and others of her people.

-Those who are doing the work of the Lord have consuming passion that takes their every thought and word, that taxes their every strength, that requires of them their every ability

-Eventually Jesus declared open war (in plainly condemning his opposers etc.)

-Jesus would deal with the House of Israel before the gentiles, for they were more prepared for the truths of eternity, they were more prepared from developing spiritual talent and ability in the pre-mortal existence. He therefore was carrying out the divine order.

He also helped some gentiles like the woman who begged of him, letting the fire of her faith burn through the limits so common among her people.

 

some books/authors referenced to read:

-Edersheim

-Cannon Ferrar

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