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What is the Awful Situation We Are Told To Awake To?

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Ether 8:24

24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

So what is the awful situation we are told to awake to?

To awake to our awful situation is not to awake only to the fact that a secret combination exists. It is also and more importantly to awake to our state of sin and iniquity both individually and as a nation. The secret combination is merely a symptom, not a cause. Many seem to focus on this symptom and think it is the root cause of all the evils in the world, but it is merely a symptom, a major symptom, but still just a symptom. The disease is personal and communal unrighteousness. I feel we need to look through spiritual eyes first over temporal eyes to truly understand what our awful situation is. When one reads scriptures and talks  about our awful situation through temporal eyes one will read the temporal meaning, but if we shed this limited view and look upon them spiritually we will see what our awful situation truly is and how we can best address it.

Boyd K. Packer, “Do Not Fear,” Liahona, May 2004, 77–80

We do not fear the future for ourselves or for our children. We live in dangerously troubled times. The values that steadied mankind in earlier times are being tossed away.

We must not ignore Moroni’s words when he saw our day and said, “Ye [must] awake to a sense of your awful situation” (Ether 8:24).

We cannot take lightly this warning from the Book of Mormon:

“The Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him … doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.

“And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him” (Hel. 12:1–3; emphasis added).

“Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you” (Ether 8:14.)

The promises and warnings of God are that if we worship Him on this land, which means serving and obeying Him, we will be protected from all attempts to wrest our freedom from us. If however we choose wickedness over Godliness then our promise and warning is that we will be swept off. The Book of Mormon is written for our time and shows the pattern that has occurred on this promised land. It shows the cycle of pride which is the downfall of man and civilizations. It is the cycle of pride that we must understand to then better understand the secret combinations. The promised sweeping off will in part be brought about by our allowing for the building of a secret combination that flourishes when man is wicked. Some incorrectly think of wickedness as only gross sins, but it is also the small sins. It is a sin when one knows a higher law and has been commanded to do it yet does not. Such things include, not doing missionary work, not striving in your calling, not doing home teaching and visiting teaching, not going to the temple, not doing family history work, and not building the kingdom of God.

Ezra Taft Benson, “Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints,” Ensign, Jul 1972, 59

The Book of Mormon further warns that “whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold they shall be destroyed. …” (Ether 8:22.)

This scripture should alert us to what is ahead unless we repent, because there is no question but that as people of the free world, we are increasingly upholding many of the evils of the adversary today.

Below are some scriptures that explain what our awful situation truly is  and puts the terms in context throughout the scriptures. This helps us  gain a deeper perspective of the meaning in Ether Chapter 8.

2 Ne. 1: 13
13 O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe.

2 Ne. 9: 46-47

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?

Mosiah 2: 38 & 40

38 Therefore if that man repenteth not, and remaineth and dieth an enemy to God, the demands of divine justice do awaken his immortal soul to a lively sense of his own guilt, which doth cause him to shrink from the presence of the Lord, and doth fill his breast with guilt, and pain, and anguish, which is like an unquenchable fire, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever.

40 O, all ye old men, and also ye young men, and you little children who can understand my words, for I have spoken plainly unto you that ye might understand, I pray that ye should awake to a remembrance of the awful situation of those that have fallen into transgression.

Ether 2: 9-12

9 And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.

10 For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.

11 And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.

12 Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.

Now have these scriptures in mind as you read Ether Chapter 8. Also keep in mind the quotes of the Prophets and Apostles that have been and will be quoted.

Ether 8: 18-26

18 And it came to pass that they formed a secret combination, even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God;

19 For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.

20 And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.

21 And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.

22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.

23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

The secret combination is just a result of our iniquity, not the cause of the destruction of our country. The cause of the destruction is our iniquity. The combination is only part of the process of destruction, but not the cause. The cause is iniquity, sin and turning away from God. The Secret Combination is only able to exist and grow because of the wickedness of man. Therefore the only way to fight the Secret Combination is at its root. The root is the awful state of this country turning away from God. If this country had stayed God-focused it would not have been taken over by the symptom of the Secret Combinations. This combination through all time has always sat in wait until people are ripe in iniquity and have turned from God. Then they can come into power. When we see these combinations among us, then like  outward sores are a symptom of our inward disease, so also these combinations are a sign to us or a symptom of the awful situation we are in which is gross collective wickedness.

So the true way to fight this great evil in the world is doing exactly what the Church has told us to do, which is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, call people to repentance and serve God with all your heart, mind and strength, build His kingdom. Awakening people to a secret combination is not the primary thing we have been told to awaken people to. We have been told to awaken them first to their state of sin, so they can repent. If enough people repent then they will be empowered from On High to overthrow wickedness including the Secret Combination. Also when enough people are righteous, God puts forth His power to defeat the enemies of freedom and this land is protected. When we turn away from God and become filled with iniquity, then God permits evil combinations to rise up in order that we might be punished.

Ezra Taft Benson, “A Witness and a Warning,” Ensign, Nov 1979, 31

No nation which has kept the commandments of God has ever perished, but I say to you that once freedom is lost, only blood—human blood—will win it back.

There are some things we can and must do at once if we are to stave off a holocaust of destruction.

First: We must return to worship the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ. He has promised that the righteous will be preserved by His power (see 1 Ne. 22:17). But we must keep the commandments of God. We must pay our tithes and offerings, keep the Sabbath day a holy day, stay morally clean, be honest in all our dealings, and have our family and personal prayers. We must live the gospel.

Second: We must awaken to “a sense of [our] awful situation, because of this secret combination which [is] among [us]” (Ether 8:24). We must not tolerate accommodation with or appeasement toward the false system of Communism. We must demand of our elected officials that we not only resist Communism, but that we will take every measure to prevent its intrusion into this hemisphere. It is vital that we invoke the Monroe Doctrine.

Then we must put our trust in Him who has promised us His protection—and pray that He will intervene to preserve our freedom just as He intervened in our obtaining it in the first place.

Third: We must do as the Lord commanded us by revelation in 1833: “Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil” (D&C 98:10).

Men who are wise, good, and honest, who will uphold the Constitution of the United States in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, must be sought for diligently. This is our hope to restore government to its rightful role.

Last: We must study the inspired Constitution and become involved in the political process ourselves. I quote the First Presidency statement that was read in sacrament meetings on Sunday, 1 July 1979: “We encourage all members, as citizens of the nation, to be actively involved in the political process, and to support those measures which will strengthen the community, state, and nation—morally, economically, and culturally” (Letter from the First Presidency, 29 June 1979).

I fully believe that we can turn things around in America if we have the determination, the morality, the patriotism, and the spirituality to do so.

This is the order of priorities. The point is not to awaken oneself and others to an awareness of sin INSTEAD of an awareness of the secret combinations, but rather that BOTH should be done, giving HIGHER PRIORITY to calling people to repentance and bringing them to as much truth as they will accept. It needs to be in that order, both chronologically and in terms of priority. In short getting people aware of general wickedness including their own and getting them to repent will enable them to comprehend the secret combination and use that information on the Lord’s side. There are too many people who want to fight the secret combination but because they know not the true God and/or are not in a state of righteous striving, they end up falsely believing that all organized religions including the LDS Church are part of the combination. Their awakening to the secret combination ends up playing right into the hands of the enemy and they become enemies of God in the process.

It is not just the secret combination, but more importantly it is God’s wrath that we should focus on. His wrath will include the allowing of the secret combination to grow because of our wickedness.

Marion G. Romney, “America’s Destiny,” Ensign, Nov 1975, 35

“O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you.” (Morm. 6:1, 4, 5, 7, 9–11, 15–19, 22.)

“[this] cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.

The question is: Shall we of this dispensation repent and obey the laws of the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, or shall we continue to defy them until we ripen in iniquity?

That we will repent and obey and thereby qualify to receive the blessings promised to the righteous in this land…

Therefore the country must do TWO things simultaneously. 1) Repent and turn back to the Judeo-Christian God and his commandments 2) Return to the original intent of the US Constitution. They both must be done or this effort will not succeed.

If we do not repent there will be no country. We will be swept off and one way is through the secret combination. The secret combination is not our primary enemy. Our primary enemy is our own iniquity.

Sinning against the Gospel and rejecting the fullness of the Gospel is where our country is at this time. An unrighteous people will never embrace a righteous government. They cannot understand it because their minds are darkened. If as a whole we turned back to God there would be hope. The requirement of God has to be met or we will experience exactly what all civilizations have faced on this land that have not served God. We will be swept off.

That is why I say the most important thing is repentance, obedience and bringing souls to the Gospel in and out of the Church. When we are doing that diligently then our efforts to awaken people politically will also bear much good fruit.

President Kimball explained what it means to warn your neighbor:

The scriptures are abundantly clear in stating that all members of the Church are responsible to do missionary work: “It becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.” (D&C 88:81.)

The prophets of this dispensation also have clearly taught the concept that missionary service is the responsibility of all members. President David O. McKay taught the principle with the challenging words, “Every member a missionary!” (See Conference Report, April 1959, p. 122.)……

In one of the greatest of missionary scriptures, Section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants, we are told that if we serve the Lord in missionary service “with all [our] heart, might, mind and strength,” then we may “stand blameless before God at the last day.” (D&C 4:2.)

And further, the Lord says: “And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!

“And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” (D&C 18:15–16.)

Calling repentance and doing missionary work is a commandment for each member, not merely some members or some Prophets. It is what we are ALL told to do. We are to build His Kingdom.

Ether 8:23

It is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you…

We are not able to control the devil’s kingdom, but we can fight it except through righteousness. We can build the Lord’s Kingdom and have been called to do so. It is the only thing that would save this country now, if it is to be saved. A righteous people will choose righteous leaders for we have been told this. An unrighteous people will elect unrighteous leaders which will be those that support the secret combination.

Many people today are being “Awakened” to the idea of a conspiracy only to be lead down the path the adversary has placed. They awake to the idea of the evil power elite controlling the world and include ALL organized religions in that collective, therefore leading people away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and God Himself. Coming to a realization of the existence of a secret combination does not automatically include the belief in a God and need for repentance. Waking people up to the knowledge of a secret combination without first waking them up to repentance of their own sins and their need to turn back to God may fruit dire consequences. They must understand first the Gospel to be able to grasp that our country is ripe in iniquity and in its need for repentance as a whole . Then and only then can one understand what truly is the secret combination that has gotten above us in the right perspective. If done in the reverse order it is often fruitless and actually turns some people away from the truth. One can be looked at as a political conspiracy nutcase and rightfully so, for what is being preached is not exactly what the Lord has said. Without this understanding that to “awaken” is to realize the state of iniquity that has overtaken us and not to awaken ONLY to the existence of a secret combination, people will not recognize it as truth for it is not presented in a way such that the Spirit will testify of it. For one to truly comprehend the secret combination, one must first understand the spiritual realities that we are facing, not just the political. One must have the Spirit and the gift of discernment to be able to recognize and fully understand our awful situation and the state of iniquity our country is in, which is leading us to being controlled by a secret combination “that seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and countries: and and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies;” It must be done in this way and not in the reverse.

This is the meaning of “To Awake To Our Awful Situation” and how we should awake others to the knowledge of the truth of our state of iniquity and of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Secret Combination is a fruit of our iniquity and a sign which shows how far we have fallen as a nation and a people. It is playing an important role and must be understood also, but one must first fully comprehend the Gospel and the level of wickedness the country is in before we can understand or teach of the secret combination. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness”.

Copy Right 2010 Rosabella Knightley

Comments

4 Responses to “What is the Awful Situation We Are Told To Awake To?”
  1. Lundbæk says:

    I have to disagree with the sstatement that “Awakening people to a secret combination is not what we have been told to awaken people to.” Note that the “hidden things of darkness” referred to in D&C 123: 13, that we are to “waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light”, are equated to “secret combinations” in the foot note b to Verse 13, and also in the Topical Guide of the Bible.

    I believe that if Latter-day Saints had heeded the admonitions (commandments, if you like) given by past prophets and apostles to awaken to and oppose the secret combinations and “befriend” that law which is the constitutional law of the land we would have been empowered from On High to overthrow the “secret combination” and much wickedness of other kinds as well. I cannot prove that, but I believe it.

  2. Rosabella Knightley says:

    Hello Lundbaek, good to hear from you :)

    Let me clarify my meaning of this post. It may on the surface appear to be in competition with the idea of the importance of knowing and sharing information about secret combinations and the hidden things of darkness, but it is not. I am not saying the choice is either/or. On the contrary I made the point that both are necessary, but the higher and more important awakening is coming to an awareness of our individual and collective sinfulness. This is what I believe Ether 8 says. If you go through all the scriptural references you will see a pattern in which the Lord uses the term “awake” or “awaken” and its context. It is always in context with either the resurrection or repentance. This I feel is vital to understand Ether Chapter 8 correctly. One can far more clearly understand what the Lord is saying if it is all taken in context.

    My point is not to awaken oneself and others to an awareness of sin INSTEAD of an awareness of the secret combinations, but rather that BOTH should be done, giving HIGHER PRIORITY to calling people to repentance and bringing them to as much truth as they will accept. It needs to be in that order, both chronologically and in terms of priority. In short getting people aware of general wickedness including their own and getting them to repent will enable them to comprehend the secret combination and use that information on the Lord’s side. Per my examples, there are too many people who want to fight the secret combination but because they know not the true God and/or are not in a state of righteous striving, they end up falsely believing that all organized religions including the LDS Church are part of the combination. Their awakening to the secret combination ends up playing right into the hands of the enemy.

    Rosabella

  3. Lundbæk says:

    It further occurs to me that the Lord has given us many insights into the MO and goals of the secret combinations for a good reason, namely to help us identify and oppose them. Also, it seems that the secret combinations written of by Moroni and spoken of by President Benson are being built up to get “power and gain”, “to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and countries… over America and the entire world.” I believe the Lord has wanted Latter-day Saints to focus to some extent specifically on the conspiracy to destroy our freedoms. This is not something we should neglect.

  4. Rosabella Knightley says:

    Lundbaek

    Yes the Lord has given us abundant information on secret combinations. The Book of Mormon is written for our time and shows the pattern that has occurred on this promised land. It shows the cycle of pride which is the downfall of man and civilizations. It is the cycle of pride that we must understand to then better understand the secret combinations. When man turns away from God and falls into iniquity corruption in governments begins and as the people get more wicked the worse they are taken over by the secret combinations. If they had stayed righteous this would not have occurred.

    As you said “I believe the Lord has wanted Latter-day Saints to focus to some extent specifically on the conspiracy to destroy our freedoms. This is not something we should neglect.” I agree with you. We are suppose to do both, but first we are to build His kingdom.

    Hidden things of darkness must be brought to light, but first our focus must be to call repentance and bring the lost sheep of the house of Israel to a knowledge of the truth.

    As a researcher of the adversary appearing as an angel of light I have witnessed the great deception he is foisting at this very moment upon those that are “awake” to secret combinations. The issue is that one must know what a secret combinations really is. Today most all “truthers” do not know what it is. They think they do, but they do not have the Restored Gospel so they do not know the real goals of this secret combination. This is causing them to follow the adversary’s new spirituality in order to fight a straw-man conspiracy. They are joining with and becoming followers of the adversary’s spirituality. This also causes them to fight against all organized religion which includes our Church. They become our enemies if they are not awakened first to the true Gospel and second to the secret combinations. They are trying to destroy all organized religion including ours. When you see this occurring and read the Ether chapter 8 from a slightly different perspective you read what I have read into it. There is no salvation or protection in knowing about secret combinations unless you first understand them from the Gospel’s perspective, especially from the perspective of the restored Gospel. We must awake to our awful state of iniquity and turn to God. Then and only then will we be fighting the true combinations and not be tricked by the adversary to fight the Church of God. This is why I have written what I have.

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