Thursday, January 12, 2012

The White Horse Prophecy

Since we have a Mormon as a front runner for the US presidency on the Republican ticket, and a former ambassador to China who just happens to be a former governor of Utah as well, you might want to familiarize yourself with something called “The White Horse Prophecy,” which appears to be simultaneously both a part of, and not a part of, official Mormon belief.

I was raised in a Mormon household. My father was a very active in the church and was a high councilman in our area of Salt Lake City. He used to talk about Mormon history and writings extensively.

I can confirm that the doctrine Joseph Smith mentioned was taught in my Mormon experience. I remember many times in the 70′s when my father would about the prophecies of the “last days”. It would be social and economic against town and city against city...the constitution would "hang by a thread"...the Mormon male priesthood would step in and restore things...and yep, it amounted to a Mormon theocracy.

As to the comment of official LDS doctrine, what I can tell you is this. Just as in a secret society, there were different things said to different audiences. To non-members, we were groomed to give them PR friendly information (giving them the milk before the meat). The next level was things that were said in official church communications. And the next level was things that were said in less formal settings...fireside chats, family home evening meetings, etc. This third level of information was quite extensive and quite compelling...privileged semi-secret insider information. And quite convenient to the LDS corporation because it was strong enough to create loyal “insider” followers, but also allowed for plausible deniability in the outer world.

Needless to say, I have left the Mormonism reality tunnel behind...I can’t imagine too many True Believing Mormons who could handle such paradigm-busting ideas!

From Wikipedia:
The White Horse Prophecy is a statement purported to have been made in 1843 by Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, regarding the future of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the United States of America. The Latter Day Saints, according to the prophecy, would "go to the Rocky Mountains and ... be a great and mighty people", identified figuratively with the White Horse described in the Revelation of John. The prophecy further predicts that the United States Constitution will one day "hang like a thread" and will be saved "by the efforts of the White Horse".

Some have speculated, on the basis of the White Horse Prophecy, that Mormons expect the United States to eventually become a theocracy dominated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The authenticity of the prophecy as a whole, which was not made public until long after Smith's death, is debated, and the leadership of the LDS Church has stated that "the so-called 'White Horse Prophecy' ... is not embraced as Church doctrine." However, the belief that members of the LDS Church will one day need to take action to save the imperiled US Constitution has been attributed to Smith in several sources and has been discussed in an approving fashion by Brigham Young and other LDS leaders.

Several prominent Mormons have made statements related to the White Horse Prophecy. For instance, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he considers the White Horse Prophecy to be a matter of "speculation and discussion by [LDS] church members" and "not official [LDS] church doctrine." However, US senator Orrin Hatch and conservative commentator Glenn Beck, have stated that they believe the Constitution is "hanging by a thread"

The authenticity of the White Horse Prophecy is debated. It was never made public during Smith's lifetime, but was recorded many years after his death by one of his associates, Edwin Rushton. Although some elements of the statement were confirmed by contemporary LDS Church leaders as having been taught by Smith, the prophecy as a whole has never been officially acknowledged or accepted, and it has been repudiated by the LDS Church since 1918. The prophecy's authenticity, on the other hand, has been defended by LDS scholar Duane Crowther, Mormon fundamentalist Ogden Kraut, and anti-Mormon writer Sandra Tanner.

In his 1966 book Mormon Doctrine, LDS theologian (and, later, apostle) Bruce R. McConkie wrote that "From time to time, accounts of various supposed visions, revelations, and prophecies are spread forth by and among the Latter-day Saints, who should know better than to believe or spread such false information. One of these false and deceptive documents that has cropped up again and again for over a century is the so-called White Horse Prophecy."

In early 2010, the LDS Church issued a statement saying that "the so-called 'White Horse Prophecy' is based on accounts that have not been substantiated by historical research and is not embraced as Church doctrine." Also in 2010, LDS historian Don L. Penrod examined significant differences in two early handwritten accounts of the prophecy, noted some words and phrases which were not characteristic of Joseph Smith's speaking style or current in his time, and speculated that Rushton had "in his elderly years recorded some things that [Smith] actually said, mixing in words of his own creation"—commenting additionally that "memories of words and events, especially many years later, are often faulty."

Though there are doubts about the authenticity of the White Horse Prophecy as a whole, several sources attribute to Smith the idea that the United States Constitution would one day hang by the thread, and LDS Church leaders have issued similar warnings with regard to the Constitution.

In 1855, Brigham Young reportedly wrote that "when the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they will have to call for the 'Mormon' Elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it."

In 1858, Orson Hyde (another contemporary of Smith) wrote that Smith believed "the time would come when the Constitution and the country would be in danger of an overthrow; and ... if the Constitution be saved at all, it will be by the elders of [the LDS] Church".

In 1922, the LDS Church's fifth presiding bishop, Charles W. Nibley, stated that "the day would come when there would be so much of disorder, of secret combinations taking the law into their own hands, tramping [sic] upon Constitutional rights and the liberties of the people, that the Constitution would hang as by a thread. Yes, but it will still hang, and there will be enough of good people, many who may not belong to our Church at all, people who have respect for law and for order, and for Constitutional rights, who will rally around with us and save the Constitution."

In 1928, the LDS apostle Melvin J. Ballard remarked that "the prophet Joseph Smith said the time will come when, through secret organizations taking the law into their own hands ... the Constitution of the United States would be so torn and rent asunder, and life and property and peace and security would be held of so little value, that the Constitution would, as it were, hang by a thread. This Constitution will be preserved, but it will be preserved very largely in consequence of what the Lord has revealed and what [the Mormons], through listening to the Lord and being obedient, will help to bring about, to stabilize and give permanency and effect to the Constitution itself. That also is our mission."

A must read for anyone seeking the real truth...

ALERT! The Satanic Mormon Rising of Romney - The White Horse Prophecy Being Fulfilled?

One ex-Mormon wrote in Why I Left the Mormon Church: "But the ultimate goal of the church, as stated publicly by its early leaders Joseph Smith and Brigham Young (but not mentioned so publicly by more recent Mormon leaders), is to establish the Mormon Kingdom of God in America, and to govern the world as God's appointed representatives. The church is already influential in the making of secular policy, as was proven not so long ago when the Equal Rights Amendment was defeated with decisive help from the Mormon church. To me, the possibility that the Mormon church might control America is a frightening prospect.

Mitt Romney and The White Horse Prophecy:
Newell Bringhurst and Craig Fosters 2008 FAIR conference lecture

Pt 1, The White Horse Prophecy

Pt 2, The White Horse Prophecy

Pt 3, The White Horse Prophecy

When Mitt Romney Came To Town — Full, complete version:

Mitt Romney. Was he a job creator or a corporate raider?

The Occult and Joseph Smith:

3 things to consider about Joseph Smith and the occult practices he was involved with...on a side note this is important due to the fact that Joseph Smith is the one who made the first statement about The White Horse Prophecy...a little background on the real occult practices of this supposed prophet of God....!

Mitt Romney's satanic cult worship:

A brief documentary about racism witchcraft and devil worship practiced by Mitt Romney and the cult of mormonism. Features a cartoon about the origins of this evil cult.

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