Monday, November 22, 2010

Listening to "Further Offices" hosted by Art Bulla on BlogTalkRadio

Original Air Date: November 21, 2010
Further Offices

2 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations from my hand. 3 And this ye shall know assuredly--that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, IF HE ABIDE IN ME.(D&C 43:2-3)Church did not. Since the council (of Fifty) was considered as the nucleus of God's future government on earth, it was also termed the "Council of the Kingdom." This name may have originated from an unpublished revelation to Joseph Smith on the subject of the political aspects of the Kingdom of God. By this name, it stated, ye shall be known: "The Kingdom of God and His laws, with the keys and powers thereof and judgment in the hands of his servants." When viewed in this light, the term Kingdom of God had a broader meaning than is usually applied to it when it is used to denote the Church of God. Brigham Young explained by first referring to the various organizations that make up the Church and then stating: This is what we are in the habit of calling the Kingdom of God. BUT THERE ARE FURTHER ORGANIZATIONS. The Prophet gave a full and complete organization of this kingdom the spring before he was killed. . . . The Kingdom of God will protect every person, every sect and all people upon the face of the whole earth in their legal rights; I shall not tell you the names of the members of this kingdom, neither shall I read to you its constitution, but the constitution was given by revelation. The day will come when it will be organized in strength and power. This council alluded to is the municipal department of the Kingdom of God set up on the earth, from which all law emanates, for the rule, government and control of all nations, kingdoms, and tongues and people under the whole heavens... (Hyrum L. Andrus, Joseph Smith and World Government, p.4-5)



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