19 That say: Let him make speed, hasten his work, that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it.
20 Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
24 Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, their root shall be rottenness, and their blossoms shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore, is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them; and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth; and behold, they shall come with speed swiftly; none shall be weary nor stumble among them.
27 None shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken;
28 Whose arrows shall be sharp, and all their bows bent, and their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind, their roaring like a lion.
29 They shall roar like young lions; yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry away safe, and none shall deliver.
The people today are still smitten and driven, because they still refuse to call upon the name of the Lord. Soon - very soon - the nation of Israel will be smitten completely because she refuses to bow the knee and confess that Jesus is the Lord. She will, as a nation, finally come to an understanding - but it will be at a cost. A dear cost. How much easier would it have been to come to the conclusion the easy way - than to discover it after years of pain and suffering, that will bring them to the same conclusion anyway?
George Michael of Wham 1980's fame died recently at 53. Apparently the cause of his demise was due to the partying and hedonistic lifestyle he had chosen. I wondered if it would not be due to a perforated colon or some other cause along those lines - like the demise of some of the BeeGees of the same genre. He was a raging homosexual - like most people who attain fame. Part of the "try it before you buy it crowd"..... who slide and then keep sliding down that slippery slope until they reach a new low of depravity - while declaring that they are the "enlightened" ones. George Michael's gay partner back in the 80's died of AIDS - and he never got the message about abstinence, followed by fidelity within marriage to someone of the opposite sex, so that the purposes of this creation would not be frustrated (thus the first commandment).
So, we have an entire generation who refuse to call on the name of the Son of God forevermore and declare Him their Savior - because they are "too wise" for such foolishness. And so, they will be delivered over to the buffetings of the adversary and his hellish minions until they finally reach out and confess that the ways of light and truth are good and holy - instead of the delusions of a brainwashed mind. When they reach out and call on the name of Jesus for salvation - then and only then, will they be pulled back from their tortuous path. Indeed, many would say it is a smackdown - but it is not. We agreed to this plan long before we came to this earth - we all knew we would need a Savior in order to live as beings of light - that our sin accumulated in the search for truth and wisdom and experience - would keep us from that place of light and pure truth. We accepted our Savior - and that plan. The endowment clearly teaches this - and that the alternative to it, is darkness and the absence of light and goodness. The only way out of that darkness is Jesus Christ - because He overcame all things. Any other path is foolishness - but these things are kept hidden from the "wise and prudent" who are "puffed up in their pride":
39 O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.
40 O, my beloved brethren, give ear to my words. Remember the greatness of the Holy One of Israel. Do not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do, ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken the words of your Maker. I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them not, for they love the truth and are not shaken.
41 O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name.
42 And whoso knocketh, to him will he open; and the wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their riches—yea, they are they whom he despiseth; and save they shall cast these things away, and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths of humility, he will not open unto them.
43 But the things of the wise and the prudent shall be hid from them forever—yea, that happiness which is prepared for the saints.
44 O, my beloved brethren, remember my words. Behold, I take off my garments, and I shake them before you; I pray the God of my salvation that he view me with his all-searching eye; wherefore, ye shall know at the last day, when all men shall be judged of their works, that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my soul, and that I stand with brightness before him, and am rid of your blood.
45 O, my beloved brethren, turn away from your sins; shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast; come unto that God who is the rock of your salvation.
46 Prepare your souls for that glorious day when justice shall be administered unto the righteous, even the day of judgment, that ye may not shrink with awful fear; that ye may not remember your awful guilt in perfectness, and be constrained to exclaim: Holy, holy are thy judgments, O Lord God Almighty—but I know my guilt; I transgressed thy law, and my transgressions are mine; and the devil hath obtained me, that I am a prey to his awful misery.
47 But behold, my brethren, is it expedient that I should awake you to an awful reality of these things? Would I harrow up your souls if your minds were pure? Would I be plain unto you according to the plainness of the truth if ye were freed from sin?
48 Behold, if ye were holy I would speak unto you of holiness; but as ye are not holy, and ye look upon me as a teacher, it must needs be expedient that I teach you the consequences of sin.