Friday, April 20, 2012
Wo unto the mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink
Wo unto the mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink
(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 15:22)
Today, my soul is grieved because of the things that I have both heard and seen in the course of my days and on the vision of the night dreams from last night. I saw things that the natural eye cannot perceive about the drunkards of Ephraim and the people of the fat valley who shall perish like a fading flower and as the hasty fruit before the summer.
And it grieves me greatly to be the imperfect and weak instrument on the hand of my maker to declare unto this people what will shortly come to pass according to the written word of GOD. And since I am a man of corrupt mind and diminished understanding, yet chosen of God and elected despite great disabilities, I must use the words of others who were more sober than I. And I must act like a psychopath would use the words of news papers to send messages, but I do it, in order to utter what the Spirit of God says to the churches. Of whom it is written for this day:
Wo unto the mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink
(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 15:22)
WOE to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
(Old Testament | Isaiah 28:1 - 8)
Nonetheless, as a priest and as a prophet, I have also erred in vision and stumbled in judgment. There are more able pens than me and it troubles me that the LORD has called me for this errand having once been a drunkard of ephraim myself. For the word of the LORD is indeed sweet in my mouth but it turns very bitter in my belly when digested, as if I had drank wine or a double mixture of strong drink. And the slumberness thereof makes me drunk as to quake but not of wine and to stagger or tremble but not because of strong drink.
I have eaten the words written on holy paper, and by the sprit which is in me, I am afraid I must prophesy again before many peoples and nations and tongues and kings of what will shortly come to pass unless this people repent and amend their ways.
And this is the Word of the LORD unto all people. Please listen to my word and give heed to my speech. The LORD will give unto this people to drink wormwood to make manifest in the ayes of all people their idolatrous or adulterous nature whether they chose to confess their sins or not. And it is because they do not repent of their wicked ways and falsely perceive that the Lord will save them in their sins and not from their sins. For there is a great woe upon this people because carry their iniquities as with cords of silk and vanity and call that which is good evil and that which is evil good. And woe to those that call light darkness and the darkness light and put the bitter for sweet and the sweet for bitter. For they honor God with their lips but their hearts are far away from him.
I am here in the
, without scholastic formation and as you may have seen I have no comeliness. Yet I speak great words as one sent from God to raise the standard of his everlasting gospel as recorded in the bible and in the book of Mormon like a banner unto the Nations to declare his mighty words unto the ends of the earth. Words which say: land of Zion
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: That say, Let him make speed, and 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! Woe 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! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom 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.
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 carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
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; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken: Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind: Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.
(Old Testament | Isaiah 5:18 - 30)
An it is so because a great many people that call themselves Christians nowadays believe in GOD and that he is and exists; and also that they will be saved just by believing thinking that God will save them in their sins and not from their sins. Have they not learned that faith without works is dead? What they do not know is that the Devil and his angels not only believe, but they surely know and tremble at the knowledge that God is and exists, yet if profits them nothing. For of them it is written:
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
(New Testament | James 2:17 - 26)
O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.
And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.
And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
(Book of Mormon | Helaman 5:9 - 12)
Therefore, woe unto him or unto her unto whom the Law is given and knows the commandments of God like unto us and breaks them for their state is awful and his or her soul in the gall of bitterness. And the word of the Lord says that they shall perish. For of this it is also written:
But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state! O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.
But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also.
And wo unto the deaf that will not hear; for they shall perish.
Wo unto the blind that will not see; for they shall perish also.
Wo unto the uncircumcised of heart, for a knowledge of their iniquities shall smite them at the last day.
Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell.
Wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth, for he shall die.
Wo unto them who commit whoredoms, for they shall be thrust down to hell.
Yea, wo unto those that worship idols, for the devil of all devils delighteth in them. And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his face, and remain in their sins. 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.
O, my beloved brethren, give ear to my words. Remember the greatness of the Holy One of
. 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. Israel
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.
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.
But the things of the wise and the prudent shall be hid from them forever—yea, that happiness which is prepared for the saints.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.
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. 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.
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? 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. Behold, my soul abhorreth sin, and my heart delighteth in righteousness; and I will praise the holy name of my God. Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness. Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice. And behold how great the covenants of the Lord, and how great his condescensions unto the children of men; and because of his greatness, and his grace and mercy, he has promised unto us that our seed shall not utterly be destroyed, according to the flesh, but that he would preserve them; and in future generations they shall become a righteous branch unto the house of Israel. And now, my brethren, I would speak unto you more; but on the morrow I will declare unto you the remainder of my words. Amen.
(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:27 - 54)
Now my beloved brethren, belief requires action in our part and the LORD commands us to repent in dust and ashes by offering unto him an acceptable sacrifice, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit to the similitude of the only begotten of the father. And those who repent, forsake our sins by confess them; and also by making restitution whenever it is possible. And after we have done this we need to follow the example of the savior of the world, even Jesus Christ, when he being sinless fulfilled all righteousness. We need to descend like unto him in the manner of his burial and resurrection into the waters of baptism, so that we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost under that hand of those in authority before God and Angels and these witnesses. And then by feasting upon the words of Christ, we can be guided to the kingdom of heaven and moved to speak by the voice of angels.
Thus, only by perseverance to the end of our lives in good works, crying with those that cry, sharing the pains and tribulations of those who are sick and afflicted, visiting the sick, comforting the widow and the fatherless and giving assistance to the poor and desolate, we can increase in faith hope and charity. Only then we can hope a just and complete ransom from our sins by the precious atoning blood of Christ. For he, The LORD, came to atone for the sins of the repentant souls only; yea of those of a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and for no one else does the ends of law answers. And the scriptures make it plainly manifest if you would search them for in them it is written this:
And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free. And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. And the law is given unto men. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever. Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.
Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.
Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 2:4 - 8)
So if we just believe in him and do not repent, it profits us nothing to just believe or even know of God and his truth, justice mercy and grace. And as you have thus far sin, the scriptures confirm my faith and also my words; and not only my faith and my words but also many of many of my actions. I know of these things both by knowledge and experience given to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. I am in faith, word and deeds a witness of Christ in all things, in all places, at all times and even unto death, for of this it is the desire of my heart as it is written:
And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life— Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
(Book of Mormon | Mosiah 18:8 - 10)
And unless we act upon the things that are written, for the LORD not only seeks hearers of the word but doers of the word, we will be woefully condemned. And if there was no need whatsoever of this king preaching among this people this day, the Lord would not have sent me to declare their sins and iniquities and the bitter and poisonous consequences thereof.
We have holy prophets who teach us holy things every now and then in solemn assemblies and conferences. And if you were holy I would also speak about holy things but since you are not holy, y must declare the word of the LORD in season for the need of this wicked and perverse generation. My souls abhorrers sin and as you can see, my heart delights in the words of my God. And the reason is not that I am guessing, that this is a wicked and perverse generation, but the LORD himself says: I myself have seen it. I am not here to entertain you with these many words; I have a duty to God and a calling in the priesthood to magnify.
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?
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.
Behold, my soul abhorreth sin, and my heart delighteth in righteousness; and I will praise the holy name of my God.
(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:47 - 49)
My words are binding upon your souls for I peak with the authority of our fathers in heaven. And I say them in the name of his son, Jesus Christ for the eternal welfare of your souls or for your eternal condemnation. And I have many witnesses around whom I send these things that attest to these facts, for I am not a false preacher or an usurper of lawful authority. And my credentials are valid in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days saints to this day and hour. I have told it to you before but many of you would not listen. Now these are the word of my God and your God for he himself has seen the iniquities of this great and strong people. And not only the Lord but I myself have seen them and a great many of you also. Here is an excerpt:
Therefore, this is the rebuke and repressions of of the LORD to this great and strong people.
And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; and he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying:
Behold, thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me, saying, Go forth, and say unto this people, thus saith the Lord—Wo be unto this people, for I have seen their abominations, and their wickedness, and their whoredoms; and except they repent I will visit them in mine anger. And except they repent and turn to the Lord their God, behold, I will deliver them into the hands of their enemies; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage; and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies. And it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God, and am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of my people.
And it shall come to pass that except this people repent and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the Lord the Almighty God. Yea, and it shall come to pass that when they shall cry unto me I will be slow to hear their cries; yea, and I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies. And except they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and cry mightily to the Lord their God, I will not hear their prayers, neither will I deliver them out of their afflictions; and thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me.
(Book of Mormon | Mosiah 11:20 - 25)
As an Elias or forerunner of Christ second coming, in power majesty and glory, having been endowed and prepared with the spirit and power of Elijah, the prophet; these things I humbly and solemnly declare unto the ends of the earth as one having authority. Therefore give heed to the word of God which is sharper than a two edge sword, that pierces the soul and cuts asunder both bone and marrow. And I do this as with a voice of angels with a single aye for the honor and glory of God in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Miguel Angel Tinoco Rodriguez