¶ Ephesians 1st Chap 9 & 10 verses. “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ both which are in heaven and which are on earth in him” Now the purpose in himself in the winding up scene of the last dispensation is, that all things pertaining to that dispensation should be conducted precisely in accordance with the preceding dispensations. And again, God purposed in himself that there should not be an eternal fulness until every dispensation should be fulfilled and gathered together in one and that all things whatsoever that should be gathered together in one in those dispensations unto the same fulness and eternal glory should be in Christ Jesus, therefore he set the ordinances to be the same for Ever and ever and set Adam to watch over them to reveal them from heaven to man or to send Angels to reveal them Hebrews 1 Chap. 16 verse. Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of Salvation[?] These angels are under the direction of Michael or Adam who acts under the direction of Christ. 

¶ From the above quotation we learn that Paul perfectly understood the purpose of God in relation to his connexion with man, and that glorious and perfect order which he established in himself whereby he sent forth power revelations and glory. God will not acknowledge that which he has not called, ordained, and chosen.

 

The “gathering together in one”  in the last days will consist of people who have received dispensations, because they must be gathered together “in Christ Jesus”.  In other words, they must be  “called, ordained, and chosen” by God so he can “acknowledge them.  How is a person called by God?  How is a person ordained by God?  How does a person become chosen by God?  Once they have been chosen, how will they be acknowledged by God? This is described elsewhere as  being “chosen, called up, and anointed” a king and priest or queen and priestess, not merely by being “anointed to become such”.  The endowment ritual is a dramatization of this process. It happens repeatedly in the scriptures as well.  For instance, we witness someone being “chosen” and “acknowledged” on the second page of the Book of Mormon, as we watch Lehi enter the throne room of God and receive his own dispensation of priesthood authority (1 Nephi 1:20).

This has always been the plan and pattern of salvation.  Here it is referred to as “the glorious and perfect order which [God] established in himself, whereby he sent forth power revelations and glory”. The system is always the same, and it always requires the same ascent and communion with God.  It always requires God to send forth “power, revelations, and glory.” Only such an ascent to the heavenly counsel could qualify someone to be “after the order of the Son of God” (Alma 13:8-11).

The ministry of “the fathers”, acting under Adam’s direction, is to gather their posterity.  From the foundation of the world to the end, those who hope to be “heirs of salvation” must receive the ministry of angels.  The gathering in the last days is to be done by angels (DC 77:11, Matthew 13:47-50).  They will lead the righteous to Zion, and their presence will burn the wicked.  Zion on earth will be built up and Israel gathered.  Zion will come down from above.  The “powers of heaven” will be among them, and God will be among them (3 Nephi 20:22).  The reunion will be glorious (Moses 7:63).  As part of the process of reunion, or atonement, there will be the gathering of all dispensations and a return of authority to Christ.  An observation by Denver Snuffer is relevant here:

Keys, however, are not limited to the church giving an assignment. When the Lord gives an assignment, commission or commandment to a person by His own voice, then the Lord similarly gives to the person the keys to accomplish the assignment, commission or commandment. By acting consistent with the duty devolving upon him, the man receives not only the larger assignment, but also the inspiration to accomplish the smaller or more detailed activities related to the assignment given to him…

When someone receives an assignment, and fulfills it with honor, they hold the keys of that assignment to all eternity.  (D&C 128: 21.)  They are expected to come to the great meeting when keys are returned to Adam and then, in turn, to Christ, preliminary to His return as the One whose right it is to preside over all things.  (TPJS p. 157.)

I suppose the best way to be invited to that meeting would be to obtain a key from the Lord, perform in strict conformity to the assignment He gives you, and become thereby entitled to return that key in the great assembly.” (Denver Snuffer, June 1, 2010)

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