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The amazing truth about Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon & the Seventh Messenger

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The amazing truth about Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon & the Seventh Messenger

What you are about to read is extremely important because it exposes a truth that the majority of LDS members do not know about nor have they ever been shown it. Now many for the first time can learn about this very important prophesy and make up their own minds regarding it. Only SOCT is still teaching this information and it is a portion of the Seventh Message. If you are a Mormon Christian we ask that you share this information with friends and family. Pray to Heavenly Father about this. Thank you.

There has been much debate over just how God was using Sidney Rigdon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sidney Rigdon was a Baptist minister with a sizable congregation and much influence. He was a powerful speaker and knew his Bible well. One day two Mormon missionaries, Pratt and Ziba Peterson, visited Sidney and told him to read the Book of Mormon. He read it and prayed about it. The Holy Ghost revealed the truthfulness of the revelation unto him. He began to share the revelation with his own church members and hundreds began to accept the message. ~

Through Sidney Rigdon more people came to the truth of the fullness of the Gospel than ever before in such a short period of time. ~

This all happened in the state of Ohio. In December of 1830 Sidney traveled to New York and met Joseph Smith. He eventually joined the Mormon Church. Joseph Smith and Sidney became close friends and brothers in Jesus Christ. Mormon Christians must understand what this friendship amounted to in regards to a Book of Mormon prophecy. ~

Before we go further into this very important information let me say that those who are used powerfully by God are also tested powerfully by God. Many of the tests they go through they do not do so well, in fact, they sometimes fail. God keeps His messengers humble. Both Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were constantly put through “the fire of purging and cleansing”. When Joseph Smith was younger he disobeyed God and gave a portion of the translated metal plates to a person and he was not supposed to do that. God took the plates from Joseph at that time because of his disobedience. So we will also understand that Sidney Rigdon, the called “spokesman” of God also failed sometimes but always repented. ~

Sidney Rigdon, the called “spokesman”

Most Mormon Christians are not aware of this very important prophecy which I am about to show from the Book of Mormon which speaks directly of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. In 2 Nephi 3:17, 18 which was recorded sometime between 588 and 570 BC the patriarch and prophet Lehi gave a most amazing prophecy regarding Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. This prophecy was understood and taught by the early church but after the death of Joseph Smith it was buried and Brigham Young, though he knew of the prophecy, never spoke of it again. ~

This is the scripture: “And the Lord saith: I will raise up a Moses (even today this “a” Moses is taught to be the future prophet Joseph Smith and even states this at the intro of the chapter); 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.” ~

So was this “spokesman” ever appointed unto the prophet Joseph Smith? Yes! by the hand of the prophet himself. It is public church record that in 1830-31 Joseph Smith appointed Sidney Rigdon as his official “spokesman”. This prophecy of Rigdon also states: “I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins.” It is also public church record that Sidney Rigdon served as a scribe and helped with the Joseph Smith in the “re-translation” of the Bible. These are the facts. ~

Smith and Rigdon receive visions together

In the Kirtland Ohio Temple both Smith and Rigdon received very important doctrinal visions such as the “three glories” and information on “the state of the dead”. Many of the doctrines Sidney Rigdon held to before his Mormon conversion were also accepted by the prophet Joseph Smith such as “living with all things in common.” ~

So we see that the prophesied “spokesman” was in fact Sidney Rigdon. This was understood and taught by the early elders of the church, it is not being taught today. ~

Sidney Rigdon humbled by the Prophet

There were times when prophet Joseph Smith was away that Sidney witnessed a good majority of the saints make bad decisions and do things that they were not supposed to when Joseph was not around. This angered Sidney Rigdon and his anger would consume him to the point where he would begin to say things that the Lord had not truly revealed to him. When word got back to prophet Joseph Smith there was correction and discipline that needed to occur. ~

In August 1831, Smith announced that he had received a revelation admonishing Rigdon for exalting himself: "And now behold, verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, am not pleased with my servant Sidney Rigdon; he exalted himself in his heart, and received not counsel, but grieved the Spirit; Wherefore his writing is not acceptable unto the Lord, and he shall make another; and if the Lord receive it not, behold he standeth no longer in the office to which I have appointed him. ... Wherefore, let all men beware how they take my name in their lips—For behold, verily I say, that many there be who are under this condemnation, who use the name of the Lord, and use it in vain, having not authority. Wherefore, let the church repent of their sins, and I, the Lord, will own them otherwise they shall be cut off”. ~

Sidney Rigdon would go into prayer and ask Heavenly Father to forgive him. He would then truly apologize and move on in righteousness again. Joseph Smith relocated to Hiram, Ohio in September 1831. Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were tarred and feathered at the John Johnson Farm on March 24, 1832. After this Sidney Rigdon completely lost it and went mad for some days. He had also been dragged with his head in the ice and his entire face had been all cut up. During his recovery he said hateful things to others including his own wife. After some time and much prayer he again cried out for Heavenly Father to forgive him. ~

On July 5, 1832, Rigdon taught that "the keys of the kingdom” had been taken away from the majority of the church. Why? Because again he had witnessed members saying terrible things about Joseph Smith behind his back and sinning like Gentiles when others were not around. At the same time these people were entering the church to partake of the Holy Sacraments. This infuriated Sidney. Word of this got back to Joseph Smith and Joseph returned to Kirtland where he had to rebuke Sidney again for stepping out of bounds. Shortly after his episode Sidney had a severe spiritual battle. It was reported; "About three weeks after this, Sidney was lying on his bed alone. An unseen power lifted him from his bed, threw him across the room, and tossed him from one side of the room to the other. The noise being heard in the adjoining room, his family went in to see what was the matter, and found him going from one side of the room to the other, from the effects of which Sidney was laid up for five or six weeks.” He had wrestled with the spirits just as Jacob of old wrestled with the angel of God. ~

Again, Sidney Rigdon came forth more humble than ever before. ~

Joseph Smith chooses Sidney as counselor, First Presidency of the Church
When Joseph Smith organized the church’s First Presidency, he set apart Jesse Gause and Sidney Rigdon as his first two counselors. Smith and Rigdon became very close partners, and Sidney Rigdon supplanted Oliver Cowdery, the original “Second Elder" of the church. ~

It was through Sidney Rigdon that the construction of the Kirtland Temple was organized. When the church founded the Kirtland Safety Society, Sidney Rigdon became the bank's president and Joseph Smith served as its head cashier. The bank finally failed in 1837 and Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith were both blamed by Mormon dissenters. Some of these dissenters were those who had past anger towards Sidney because he had pointed out their sins when Joseph Smith was not present. ~

In the year 1838 both Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon gave very controversial sermons regarding many things including the “restoration of Zion”. As a result of these controversial messages the Mormons were expelled from the state and Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith were arrested and imprisoned in Liberty Jail. Sidney was released on a writ of habeas corpus and traveled to Illinois where he again joined up with the main body of Mormon refugees in 1839. ~

Sidney Rigdon called by Joseph Smith to be a Prophet & Seer

Joseph Smith was eventually released from jail and travelled to Illinois where he founded the city of Nauvoo. It was here that many Mormon Christians became grounded and were able to start over again within the bounds of their own city, property, stores and homes. It was also here that the prophet Joseph Smith ordained Sidney Rigdon on June 1st, 1841, as a Prophet, seer and Revelator of God. This was never taken away from Sidney Rigdon. Even all the way up until Joseph’s martyrdom it was never taken away. This title and position still belongs to Sidney Rigdon. ~

Though even after this Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon had quarrels and some other elders had personal issues with Sidney Rigdon even wanting to remove him from the church, it never happened. When Joseph Smith began his campaign for the president of the United States in 1844, Sidney Rigdon was selected as his vice-presidential running mate. After Joseph Smith was martyred Sidney Rigdon was the senior surviving member of the First Presidency. Arguments then arose as to whom was to take official leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ. ~

An Apostle or Prophet over the Church of Jesus Christ?

Before the prophet Joseph Smith died he ordained Sidney Rigdon to be a prophet and a seer. In 1841, Rigdon had been ordained by Smith as a "Prophet, Seer and Revelator". During times when Joseph Smith was still alive he received revelations from Heavenly Father about Sidney Rigdon. There were times that Sidney needed to be corrected and humbled by Heavenly Father. Sidney always faithfully humbled himself before God and his prophet, Joseph Smith - and Joseph Smith never took the title of prophet and seer away from Sidney Rigdon. ~

One day after Joseph Smith had been killed one of the twelve apostles named Brigham Young came forth before the people and stated that he believed God had called him to take over leadership of the church. Sidney Rigdon stepped forward and stated that it was in the heart of the prophet Joseph Smith that he, the ordained prophet and seer of God should lead the church. Great arguments arose and Brigham yelled out that he, the head apostle should lead. Not even all the apostles agreed with Brigham Young. ~

The rest of the saints went into prayer and began to ask of God what to do. Some came out on the side of Brigham Young, indeed many did. Others, a small remnant, came out of the side of Sidney Rigdon. An apostle or prophet over the Church of Jesus Christ? That was the question. The prophets of old tell us that God will always preserve His remnant people. The prophet Isaiah foretold: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.” (Isaiah 10:20) ~

So the majority of true saints [a remnant] left with Sidney Rigdon. Please understand that those who sided with Brigham Young still had amongst them the true saints of God and that God through Apostle Brigham Young lead many hundreds of true saints all the way to the land of Utah. The Church of Jesus Christ under Brigham Young’s leadership is still a remnant of the true Church of Christ. The LDS Church still has the authority of the priesthood, still gives the gift of priesthood to worthy men and still has the authority to practice all temple rites including endowments and temple marriages. We serve a merciful God. If it were not for the authority of the restored priesthood they would not be able to do these things. That being said, we must now focus on what Heavenly Father did under the leadership of the prophet Sidney Rigdon. After the visible apostles left with Brigham Young’s group God called Sidney Rigdon to ordain twelve more apostles to protect the Holy Order of the church. Melchizedek priesthood holders make up the Holy Order of God. These twelve apostles were to become known as “the secret apostles”. The majority of their work was to be kept secret for their protection and for the protection of God’s prophet, Sidney Rigdon. ~

The major portion of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was to flourish in Utah and the western states while the smaller remnant was to begin a special work in the eastern states. Under the leadership of Sidney Rigdon the church was taught that after his death and the death of Brigham Young the seat of a “church president” (church prophet) would “stand still” until the Seventh Church Era. Sidney Rigdon was given the true doctrine of the Seven Church Eras, Brigham Young was not. Sidney informed the saints that others would take the seat of presidency after Brigham Young died but that they would not be considered true prophets of the over-all church. They could receive individual prophecies for themselves but not necessarily for the whole church. This is what has been going on in the regular Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to this day. ~

After Prophet Sidney Rigdon died there was no prophet left to oversee the entire Church of Christ. The secret apostles became the protectors of this truth. Whenever one of the secret apostles passed away another one was ordained to take his place and this has been going on all the way up until our present time. Five of the secret apostles do work in a sacred temple and basically never leave from this spot while the other seven continue to travel incognito and do God’s work where needed. Nobody to this day knows who these apostles are. There have been rare cases when at least two of them have appeared to Melchizedek priesthood holders and have given special messages to the Church. The present ministry of the church under the original leadership of Prophet Sidney Rigdon is found in this ministry, the Science Of Christian Thought. ~

The Latter Day Saints who followed Rigdon separated themselves and settled in PittsburghPennsylvania. On April 6, 1845, Rigdon presided over a conference of the Church of Christ, which he claimed was the rightful continuation of the church founded by Smith. He then reorganized the First Presidency and called his own Quorum of Twelve Apostles. - Wikipedia

The Seventh Messenger

We will now post a portion of Sidney Rigdon’s writings which are found within the records of our Church [SOCT]. Then we will look closer at the prophecy found in 2 Nephi ch3 which goes on to speak of the final messenger which was to appear in the Seventh Church Era. ~

Testimonies from Prophet Sidney Rigdon: ~

“Here [in the Primitive Christian Church] all was evident, certain, and satisfactory; founded upon a divine testimony, divinely attested; God himself, by signs and wonders, and divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness to the truth and certainty of every item of the faith and obedience inculcated. Here was nothing of human authority -- nothing of the opinions or inventions of men. No contested propositions to be first proved by human reasoning’s, and then to be believed or practiced by the disciples who acknowledged apostolic authority. But how is it now! Surely the very reverse. Alas! when will it be so again? Never, surely, until the professors of Christianity return to the original standard of Christianity.” – Prophet Sidney Rigdon

“Not only did the writings of the New Testament occupy my attention, but occasionally those of the ancient prophets, particularly those prophesies which had reference to the present and to the future, were brought up to review and treated in a manner entirely new, and deeply interesting. No longer did I follow the old beaten track, which had been travelled for ages by the religious world but I dared to enter upon new grounds; called in question the opinions of uninspired men; shewed the foolish ideas of many commentators on the sacred scriptures -- exposed their ignorance and contradictions -- threw new light on the sacred volume, particularly those prophecies which so deeply interest this generation and which had been entirely overlooked, or mystified by the religious world -- cleared up scriptures which had heretofore appeared inexplicable, and delighted my astonished audience with things "new and old" -- proved to a demonstration the literal fulfillment of prophesy, the gathering of Israel in the last days, to their ancient inheritances, with their ultimate splendor and glory; the situation of the world at the coming of the Son of Man -- the fact of the seventh church era yet to spring forth --the three Holy Ones mentioned in 2 Nephi chapter three -- indeed, what awesome revelation to behold.” – Prophet Sidney Rigdon

Earlier in this very important paper it was pointed out that in 2 Nephi chapter three there is mentioned “a Moses” along with “a spokesman”. We now know that the Moses figure is a prophecy of Joseph Smith and that the “spokesman” is a prophecy of Sidney Rigdon. Reading on in 2 Nephi chapter three we read of a third character that is to come: “And there shall rise up one mighty among them who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that thing which is great in the sight of God, unto the brining to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren.” – 2 Nephi 3:24 ~

This third figure is to bring forth even more restoration “unto the house of Israel”. He stands “among THEM”, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. It is through this third person that appeared at the beginning of the Seventh Church Era that even more proper doctrine has been restored to the Church of God. On October 7th 2011 the Seventh Church Era began and many new truths have been restored. Few are able to accept this “thing which is great in the sight of God”. ~

We now understand the message to “the Seven Churches” and we know just where we stand in prophetic history. ~

After Lehi gave this prophecy he said: “Remember the words of thy dying father. Amen.” ~

~Please continue to study with us here at SOCT, True Mormons. (December 28th 2016)

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  2. Updated and revised:

    Because of this fact we also believe that America has been given a record of its own ancient Scripture which we recognize to be what is called “The Book of Mormon”. This record of ancient Scripture was found by the prophet Joseph Smith back on September 22, 1823. Please understand that though we recognize this record of Scripture WE ARE NOT MORMONS in the regular sense of the title. After the death of Joseph Smith the church scattered as it always does after the death of a great leader. We do not believe in any other prophets after Joseph Smith accept for Sidney Rigdon and Eric King. We do recognize Brigham Young to be an authentic prophet but not in the same sense as Joseph Smith and it was he who led the group of people which latter on became known as “The Mormon Church” and what is today called “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”. So again, though we recognize the Book of Mormon to be an actual scriptural record of ancient America we do not call ourselves Mormons in the regular sense. ~

  3. An addendum to this prophecy adds an interesting additional promise. “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.” The traditional Mormon view is that the “spokesman” of the prophecy is Sidney Rigdon (see for example George Q. Cannon’s remarks in JD 25:126).

    From: Guest Post by Christopher C. Smith

  4. Sidney Rigdon to be spokesman for Joseph Smith: D&C 100:9 . ( D&C 124:104 . )

  5. According to Robert Millet, traditionally this passage (2 Nephi 3:18-19) has been interpreted in terms of Joseph Smith being given a spokesman, Sidney Rigdon (D&C 100:9-11; 124:104).