Brace Yourself – Things Will Be Crazier After the Election

This article is for my fellow Christian believers, though truth is applicable to all people. I ask you, fellow believer in Christ, what in all the scriptures suggests that things in the world will get better before the Second Coming of the Savior? I ask this question on the eve of the important midterm election in the United States. So many people believe that life will improve after this election, or, at least, after the presidential election in 2024. Why do they believe that? Does scripture warrant such a hope? I submit it does not. 

Let me be clear, without fraud like in 2020, Republicans are going to win tomorrow. But does it matter much? Elections do matter and can change policies – simply observe the Biden regime’s growing nightmare of the past two years. However, in the grand scheme of things, will an election save the world? Will an election change the course of human history? Will an election keep wars, plagues, famine, natural disasters, and evil at bay? Will an election change the hearts of men and cause them to usher in the Millennial reign of the Messiah? 

Though elections can help change policies here and there and can materially impact how we live, they don’t change our hearts, heal our societal wounds, blot out our sins, vanquish wickedness, squelch animosity, prevent hatred, eliminate greed, or do anything to affect those things which are the true cause of society’s problems. As important as government is, government does not cause all our problems; we cause our problems through our wickedness, ignorance, and apathy. It is wicked, ignorant, and apathetic people who allow demagogues and despots to get into sensitive positions of power and do their damage. 

John Adams remarked: 

“The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies” (John Adams to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776). 

A close associate of John Adams, Caleb Strong, made this similar observation: 

“[W]e are generally apt to ascribe too much to the efficacy of laws and government, as if they alone could secure the happiness of the people; but no laws will be sufficient to counteract the influence of manners which are corrupted by vice and voluptuousness; and it is beyond the power of any government to render the circumstances of the citizens easy and prosperous, if they want the habits of industry and frugality. – Government is necessary, to preserve the public peace, the persons and property of individuals; but our social happiness must chiefly depend upon other causes; upon simplicity and purity of manners; upon the education that we give our children; upon a steady adherence to the customs and institutions of our ancestors; upon the general diffusion of knowledge, and the prevalence of piety and benevolent affections among the people.  

“Our forms of government, are, doubtless, like all other institutions, imperfect; but they will ensure the blessings of freedom to the citizens, and preserve their tranquillity, so long as they are virtuous; and no constitution, that has been, or can be formed, will secure those blessings to a depraved and vicious people” (Caleb Strong, January 17, 1806, in Patriotism and Piety, 138). 

John Witherspoon agreed with his fellow Founders, stating: 

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue. On the other hand, when the manners of a nation are pure, when true religion and internal principles maintain their vigor, the attempts of the most powerful enemies to oppress them are commonly baffled and disappointed” (John Witherspoon, “The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Man,” May 17, 1776). 

Finally, President George Washington admonished: 

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens” (George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796). 

These noble souls were right. We will only change one tyrant for another until we become virtuous and good. If we are rotten, it doesn’t matter how good our system of government is – we will fall. Our Constitution, as amazing and inspired it is, can’t hold together a nation whose people lack self-discipline and morality. It doesn’t matter how much we wave the flag, show our outward patriotism, and pretend to be pious, if, inwardly, our immoral lives “subvert these great pillars of human happiness.” 

At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter how good, brilliant, or resourceful the statesmen we elect are if we are corrupt, amoral, greedy, decadent, and prideful. We could elect George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Andrew Jackson and they could do but little to staunch our national wounds. We could have the apostles walking among us preaching pure principles of eternal truth and our situation wouldn’t be any better; if we reject their words in writing, it would be no different if they were here in person. 

At the end of the day, we have to sincerely make the choice to be better and do better. We have to choose to care enough to change. We have to do what is right, not what is expedient, popular, or easy. We have to repent and reform. We have to pay the price to educate ourselves and our loves ones. We have to sacrifice to regain the Liberty we have lost. We have to fight as our Founding Fathers fought to restore the Republic. 

None of this is easy and it requires a full-spectrum approach. One election won’t move the dial far enough; fixing things will require a radical reformation of our faith, our families, our communities, our election system, our education system, our entertainment choices, our public and private morality, our free speech laws, our health choices, our preaching, our discipline, our work ethic, and so forth. 

Prophecy is given so that we can heed it and change the prophesied unpleasant outcome. Jonah was sent to preach to Nineveh so they would repent. And they did! They repented in sackcloth and ashes and the Lord spared them at that time. We may similarly avert the outcomes decreed for our wicked world if we will repent in sackcloth and ashes. 

Retaining our same bad habits, guarding our ignorance, and cultivating our apathy on the other 364 days of the year, won’t be changed by an election. It requires so much more! I ask again, what in scripture suggests to our minds that quick political fixes can protect us from the prophesied consequences of sin, unbelief, and immorality? 

The Savior Jesus Christ gave us a master class on the conditions that would prevail on earth before His return in glory. Among other things, He foretold: 

“Take heed that no man deceive you. 

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. . . . 

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. . . . 

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those adays shall be shortened. 

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 

“For there shall arise falseChrists, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. . . . 

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Matthew 24:4-7, 11-13, 21-24, 29-30). 

Please note that the Lord said “all these things must come to pass.” Though they could be averted by repentance, they won’t be. The Lord is often called a Prophet; and He was performing the function of a prophet here when He foretold these things. He didn’t say that all would be peachy before His return. He didn’t say that we would have political or economic stability. He didn’t say that we would avoid wars and destructions. 

Quite to the contrary, the Lord said that wars would rage, the hearts of men would become cold and hard, false Christs would appear, deception would abound, even some of the elect followers of Christ would fall by the wayside, famine would take its toll, plagues would ravage nations, earthquakes would topple cities, suffering would be universal, and the whole earth would exterminate itself if He did not return to cut short the madness. Moreover, He said that these ghastly happenings would only end when He returns to stop them. Please tell me how this factors into the “everything will be different after the next election” mindset. 

The Lord is not a silent God. He did not speak in the past only to remain silent today. That is an anti-Biblical heresy. Rather, revelation continues to this day. In modern times, the Lord has added more ominous judgments to the list He anciently gave in His ministry. For instance, speaking of the time preceding the Resurrection and Judgement, He has forewarned us: 

“I say unto you that before this great day shall come the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall be turned into blood, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and there shall be greater signs in heaven above and in the earth beneath; 

“And there shall be weeping and wailing among the hosts of men; 

“And there shall be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth. 

“And it shall come to pass, because of the wickedness of the world, that I will take vengeance upon the wicked, for they will not repent; for the cup of mine indignation is full; for behold, my blood shall not cleanse them if they hear me not. 

“Wherefore, I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and shall cause maggots to come in upon them; 

“And their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against me; and their flesh shall fall from off their bones, and their eyes from their sockets; 

“And it shall come to pass that the beasts of the forest and the fowls of the air shall devour them up. 

“And the great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall be cast down by devouring fire, according as it is spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the prophet, who spoke of these things, which have not come to pass but surely must, as I live, for abominations shall not reign” (Doctrine and Covenants 29:14-21). 

Does that sound pleasant? No, it will be horrific! The fact that these horrors are conditional is confirmed in the line “if they hear me not.” However, the fact that many will not hear Him or follow Him is confirmed in the same verse in these words “I will take vengeance upon the wicked, for they will not repent.” 

Unless we repent, we will all suffer God’s wrath. We are a wicked world. We have, collectively, rejected Him. Even Christendom as a whole has rejected His Gospel light, opting to cling to man-made theories, traditions, and creeds instead of divine wisdom and revelation. 

This gross unbelief, wickedness, and rebellion are spurred on by “the great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth.” This entity, Satan’s counterfeit church and kingdom, was foreseen by numerous ancient seers. The Apostle John foresaw the destruction of Babylon, which is the same “great and abominable church” mentioned here, and said that its devotees – specifically those who profited from its beastly global system – would mourn its sudden and thorough collapse:  

“And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more. . . . 

“And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 

“The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 

“And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 

“For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 

“And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! . . . . 

“And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all” (Revelation 18:11, 14-18, 21). 

Will this total collapse of Babylon and its sprawling economic system happen peacefully? Evidently not. It will happen “with violence.” It will be a cataclysmic event that will rock the world. There will be a cascade of side effects, including famine, rioting, and near universal despair. Wealth will evaporate and all the “precious” worldly things will “come to nought.” Does it sound to you like our upcoming election will stave off this foreseen collapse of Babylon and everything associated with it? 

One final prophecy of the destructions promised for our day seems appropriate. The ancient Israelite prophet Nephi learned the following circa 600 B.C. from an angel: 

“And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look, and behold that great and abominable church, which is the mother of abominations, whose founder is the devil. 

“And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth. 

“And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people. 

“And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face of the earth were small, because of the wickedness of the great whore whom I saw. 

“And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God. 

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory. 

“And it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon that great and abominable church, insomuch that there were wars and rumors of wars among all the nations and kindreds of the earth. 

“And as there began to be wars and rumors of wars among all the nations which belonged to the mother of abominations, the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold, the wrath of God is upon the mother of harlots; and behold, thou seest all these things— 

“And when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of harlots, which is the great and abominable church of all the earth, whose founder is the devil, then, at that day, the work of the Father shall commence, in preparing the way for the fulfilling of his covenants, which he hath made to his people who are of the house of Israel” (1 Nephi 14:9-17). 

There is a lot to unpackage here, but we can boil it down to two major points: 1) There are only two options, the Devil’s team or the Lord’s; and 2) if you choose the Devil’s side, you are guaranteed to reap the wrath of God. 

It should be noted that the “house of Israel” referred to is not the nation-state of Israel. In fact, Israel is one of the nations fighting against the Lord’s work at the present time. Because of the Abrahamic covenant and the promises the Lord made to His ancient seers, however, after they are chastened and come to learn and love the Lord, they will be supernaturally protected and the Lord will appear to them and make them the holy nation they were always destined to be. However, through the Lord, all may become part of the House of Israel through entering into sacred covenants beginning with baptism. 

What awaits mankind from now until the Lord returns is “wars and rumors of wars among all the nations” and all the other judgments mentioned above. It is delusion to believe that the next election will solve everything or that reelecting Donald Trump will fix our problems or that joining international bodies like NATO or the UN will help or that giving billions of dollars to the state of Israel will curry favor with God. Mark my words, though there may be a momentary sigh of relief if the Republicans are allowed to win without having the election stolen, the international situation will go from bad to worse. 

We haven’t seen the end of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, droughts, and fires; what we’ve seen so far is just the beginning. We haven’t seen the end of wars; the last major world war is coming. We haven’t seen the global famines or hailstorms predicted; those are in the not-too-distant future. We haven’t seen the fall of Babylon and its economic system; economic collapse is still coming.  

Please, go vote. Please, vote for principle over party. Please, support our divinely inspired Constitution. Please, be actively engaged in defending truth and promoting Faith, Families, and Freedom. However, don’t be deluded. Don’t put your faith in politics. Don’t believe an election will change everything. Don’t put your faith in men – Donald Trump or otherwise – who ultimately can’t stop the judgments that have been decreed by Heaven. 

Prepare for natural disasters; have an earthquake plan. Prepare for economic collapse; have a food storage set aside. Prepare for nuclear war; it is very possible to survive. Prepare temporally and also get yourself right with God. Learn to pray and use discernment. Study the scriptures. Heed the words of the prophets. Repent. Honor the Lord’s Sabbath. Pay tithing. Be charitable. Respect your physical bodies as temples. Cultivate the Holy Spirit. And follow the Master with total trust that He will fulfill all His promises and deliver His Saints

No, we won’t have an easy go of it, fellow Christian. Things will get much worse, regardless of who wins tomorrow’s election; be ready for it and don’t lose faith. We’ve barely entered the danger zone and the worst is yet to come. However, John told us what to do when we see Babylon tremble and fall. Said he: 

“Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her” (Revelation 18:20). 

When things become hard and oppressive and depressing, as they will regardless of which corrupt political party rules in Washington, remember the Lord’s promise: 

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). 

I testify of Jesus Christ. He is the Messiah. He has overcome all things and stands with open arms to receive us and make us victorious with Him. He doesn’t want the world to suffer, but, rather, has provided a way for all who will believe in Him and act on His commands to avoid the brunt of the judgments He is preparing to send. He is the Lord, the Savior, the King of kings and He is returning to the earth soon. No matter the results of tomorrow’s election, brace yourself; earth will be in a crescendo of insanity, turmoil, and darkness until the glorious day when the King will return. 

Zack Strong, 
November 7, 2022 

The Madness Won’t End

“[W]ith God’s help and God’s blessing, the madness will end November 8, next Tuesday, at the ballot box.” – Glenn Beck, November 4, 2022 

Too many people place their faith and hope in voting. Many, if not most, good-hearted American patriots believe that things will change with the next election. Some are even preemptively saying, “Well, even if we don’t win everything we want in 2022, then surely in 2024 we will change things. . .” This is delusion. Things will not magically change after the November election or even after 2024 (if we even have an election that year). Today, I will tell you why. 

I am not one who says, “Voting is pointless” or “voting doesn’t matter.” To the contrary, I believe voting is a duty, that it is important, and that it has the power to change many things, especially on a local level. It has the power to overcome efforts to cheat and steal, for instance. 

In 2020, an international cabal coordinated their efforts to steal the presidential election from President Donald Trump. This was obvious at the time and it has been even more painfully obvious and verified by an onslaught of facts since. However, there were elections prior to 2020 that the same cabal attempted to steal, but was unable to because of the sheer number of voters who overwhelmed their manipulations. For example, in 2016, the fix was in and Hillary Clinton was supposed to win. Cheating, rigged voting machines, and manipulation was rife, but so many people came out in favor of President Trump that the cheating fell short. The same was true of Florida and Texas in 2020, to name two only examples. 

Voting, then, is an important tool in our anti-tyranny arsenal. However, to blindly think that voting alone will solve all our problems like a magic wand, is the folly of fools. I do not suggest that Glenn Beck, whose hopeful quote about the upcoming election I cited at the beginning of this piece, is a fool. I believe that he knows full well what’s coming, but that he’s trying to rally enough people to the cause in order to engage them in the brutal fight he knows is upon us.  

It is difficult to imagine a free and fair election happening next week. Puppet Biden has already come out and said that we won’t know the election results on election night, but that we must wait at least several days. Except in 2020 with all of its egregious anomalies and malicious malpractice, it has never been standard practice to wait to reveal the winners. We have always known, on election night, who won elections. The only logical reason why the power-that-be would plan to wait until days after the election to declare winners is to cheat. It’s certainly not because of the so-called “Pandemic” that the fake “president” has declared to be over! 

Unless the Establishment cheats again, there will be a massive victory for Republicans. In my life, I have never seen such vehement backlash against an American regime as against Biden and his cronies the past two years. The polls, which are classically wrong, also show a strong bent towards Republicans. Despite the popular voice, the corrupt ruling Establishment which has no morals and will do literally anything – including unleash a plague, start a war, or steal an election – to stay in power. 

The fact that the Satanic communist conspiracy which holds us in a vice grip will resort to any and all Devilish tactics to stay in power is why it is utterly delusional to think that the madness will end because of an election. If Americans flood the polling booths and overwhelm the cheating so much that America-first patriots are installed throughout the country, it will be a pyrrhic victory because the traitors won’t go quietly into the night. They will fight back. They could unleash another plague or go to war in the Middle East. They may pull a false-flag attack and eliminate the current weak regime, replacing it with a military dictatorship. I have discussed the coming assassination false flag here and here. The jackals may even invite Russia to start a world war, which Russia has been planning to wage for decades. There is literally nothing they wouldn’t do to retain power. 

Evil never goes away peacefully. There is not one example in history of a despotic regime simply giving up its power. The only seeming exception is the Soviet Union. But, as I have labored to teach for over two decades, the “fall” of the USSR was pure political theater. It was a ruse designed to fool the West. Have you ever noticed how nothing fazes Russia? Wars, sanctions, NATO allegedly creeping up on its borders – it all benefits Russia. When you ask, “cui bono?” about world events, there is only one answer – KGB-controlled Russia (and its communist Chinese sidekick).  

“Bolshevism without the Mask”

The United States is controlled by the same type of raving Bolshevist psychopaths that control Russia and China today. The fact that we haven’t been locked in a GULAG and gunned down in mass graves (yet) is only because we have a heritage of true Freedom. Christian American gun owners who know the Constitution and love their Liberty have stood in the gap and have slowed the socialist advance. 

However, since 2020, that advance has accelerated at breakneck speed. The mask is off. Everyone with one-fourth of a working brain knows that Beijing Biden is an illegitimate puppet fraudulently installed in a stolen election by an international cabal of criminal conspirators. Everyone with a functioning brain also knows that the Coronahoax scamdemic was an event deliberately orchestrated by the world Marxist Elite to destroy the global economy, provide a pretext to usher in a worldwide program of socialist restructuring, and start their long-awaited plan for global genocide via vaccination, starvation, and war. 

The conspirators aren’t scared of us. They hold the American People in contempt. Why would they be scared of us? What have we ever done to remove them from power or prosecute them for their crimes? We haven’t held them accountable for their criminality, corruption, foreign entanglements, illegal wars, illegal spending, unconstitutional dealings, treason with foreign regimes, stolen elections, and trampling of our nation’s history and laws. In all seriousness, why would they fear us? 

The American People have become, to a great extent, weak like other nations. When our presidential election was stolen and enough Senate seats (e.g. in Georgia) were stolen to flip the Senate, one or two million patriots waved flags in D.C. That was our big “resistance.” That was all we did. It was pathetic and shameful! 

On January 6, 2021, when I saw the headline flash across the news that patriots had stormed the Capitol Building, I felt a momentary leap of excitement. I thought, maybe, some people were finally fed up enough with being treated like slaves that they were fighting back. I was wrong. The headlines were blown out of proportion. A few hundred people, many of them federal provocateurs, entered the Capitol while, amazingly, the rest tried to stop them. What did President Trump do? He never even attempted the Capitol gathering, but, instead, called upon everyone to go home in peace. He similarly did nothing when BLM and Antifa were burning down the nation. The only thing he really did in 2020 was shut down the U.S. economy and kickstart the program of vaccination genocide. So, please, tell me, why should the Luciferian Elite be scared of us? 

Furthermore, the majority of the traitors in Washington are unelected. They won’t be out of a job because of an election. Even if they were to be fired by an incoming president, for instance, they all run in the same cliques and belong to the same secret societies; their future in politics is secure. Trump didn’t drain anything – the swamp is fuller than ever and is oozing out onto everything. 

The Federal Reserve leviathan likewise won’t die because of an election; they have bragged that they are unaccountable to Congress. Marxism won’t stop being taught in public schools because of an election. Congress won’t stop sending all our money abroad to Israel, Ukraine, and other nations, because of an election. The controlled media won’t stop its 24/7 spewing of lies because of an election. 

More importantly, Americans won’t suddenly become moral and virtuous because of an election. We won’t stop fornicating and committing adultery because of an election. Our People won’t turn back to God and repent of their sins because of an election. Deadbeat dads won’t suddenly take responsibility because of an election. Feminist mothers won’t suddenly fix their priorities and come back to the hearth because of an election. Hollywood won’t stop peddling filth and Marxism because of new leadership in Congress or Washington. GMO food, 5G waves, and psychotropic drugs won’t vanish into thin air because of how you vote. Ad infinitum. 

Elections, as important as they are, can’t do anything meaningful to halt the rising tide of criminality and corruption because these stem not from policies alone but from personal principles. The character of our People, not the characters in Washington, is what matters. The madness won’t stop because it can’t be stopped on an external level; it must be halted within. Until we reform ourselves as individuals and a society, no election results will have any lasting impact. We could literally elect George Washington as president and there would not be enough substantive changes he could make to fix America. No election will fix our broken Republic! 

John Adams demystified the dilemma for us when he said: 

“The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies” (John Adams to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776). 

So, America, you can change all your rulers next Tuesday and in two more years – you can vote the bums out – but it won’t dramatically help your situation. No election will save you. The ballot box is not your redeemer. There is no white knight – no, not Donald Trump and not Ron DeSantis – waiting to ride in to rescue you from the jaws of defeat. 

The only way America will be saved is through repentance and reformation. There must be a new Great Awakening. There must be a religious revival as well as a revival of political republicanism. We must abandon defunct principles and replace them with pure ones. We must relinquish bad habits and substitute virtuous habits in their place. We must become a praying People, a People that reads the holy scriptures and embraces the current word of God, and a People that stands as witnesses of Christ in all things, in all times, and in all places. 

America is too broken to be saved by political fixes; it requires the Savior’s balm of Gilead to revive us. Only the Master can heal us and make us whole again. Only the Lord can mend our hearts and minds. Only the Messiah can soothe and save our souls. 

Please, go to the polls next week. Vote for constitutionalist candidates and reject sell-out candidates of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Vote for principles. Vote for America. But don’t think your job is finished when you walk out of that voting booth. In truth, it has just begun.  

Now is the time for you to decide to serve the Lord, repent of your sins, and embrace the light. Now is the time to study the Constitution and the eternal principles of Liberty. Now is the time to bolster your Faith, Families, and Freedom in any way you can. Now is the time to fortify your life because what comes after this election, whether it is successful or not, is hell unleashed. 

Satan’s days are numbered and the Lord is returning sooner than many think. However, because Satan’s minions have ripped their masks off, they are more dangerous and will work harder to win at all costs. Tyranny is out in the open and the collectivists aren’t hiding their goal to erect a one-world Luciferian state. 

Because the enemy is now unmasked, he can only do one thing – attack. No longer will he creep in the shadows – he will stalk you and your loved ones in the streets. He is on the offensive and you must prepare to face him on the field of battle. This is a war! It doesn’t matter if you want to fight; he has declared war against you and everything you hold dear. Now is the time to become a Freedom fighter and a warrior for everything holy, truthful, and good. 

Please, vote next week; but don’t neglect the more important daily tasks of fighting Satanic oppression in your home, in your neighborhood, at work, at your kids’ school, at church, and wherever you go. You can’t escape the fight, so embrace it as our ancestors did before. They relied on God, fought in His name, and won. If we will trust Him and fight in His name as this war intensifies beyond what any of us have ever seen over the next few years, we will win, too. 

No, the madness won’t end because of the upcoming election – a wounded and cornered animal is more dangerous than ever – but you can sound the death knell of Satanic tyranny in your personal life today by calling upon the Savior Jesus Christ, defending your Faith, Families, and Freedom, supporting the Constitution, and spreading truth to educate a sleeping People which is in desperate need of fire-carrying leaders

Zack Strong, 
November 4, 2022 

Jesus Christ – the Symbol of “Mormonism”

“[I]f it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” – Acts 5:39

I recently saw an angry meme created by virulent, self-proclaimed anti-Mormons who have a very unChristian ministry devoted completely and wholly to supposedly “Leading Mormons to the REAL Jesus Christ.” The meme, like nearly all hostile propaganda past and present that I have seen, is based on lies. It quotes from four different latter-day prophet-presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints referring to this or that as symbols of our faith. The meme twisted the words to mean that we exclude Jesus Christ and, therefore, we are fake Christians and that these men are “false prophets.” I take it upon myself today to disabuse the unwitting of this false idea and to rebuke the creators of this ministry for fighting against God. 

Art by Michael Malm – http://www.mikemalm.com/religiousart

Firstly, it is disingenuous to refer to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as “Mormons” or to our Christian religion as “Mormonism.” Yes, it is absolutely true that we have used these terms to refer to ourselves at times, but they have never been the preferred or formally accepted terms. We have used them because they were the only terms that the world knew. To make it easier for them to find and identify them, we were sometimes lackluster in our use of the proper name of the Church.  

The formal name of our Church was given by revelation from the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith and is codified in modern scriptures which we happily join to the Holy Bible to form a powerful witness for Jesus Christ’s divinity, love, and redemption. The Lord stated: 

“Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. . . .  

“And also unto my faithful servants who are of the high council of my church in Zion, for thus it shall be called, and unto all the elders and people of my Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, scattered abroad in all the world; 

“For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

“Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations; 

“And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth” (Doctrine and Covenants 115:1, 3-6). 

The name “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” has always been the correct name of our Church. It is the name which sets us apart and makes us a “light [and] a standard for the nations.” While we have sometimes used “Mormon Church,” it is nevertheless true that this term is more particularly used in a derisive way by detractors and dissenters. I have found it fascinating in my life as I have seen friends become disaffected and apostatize that they begin to deemphasize the correct name of the Church, removing Jesus Christ from the equation and settling on the term “Mormon.” Faithful members, however, hold up the Lord and are willing to take His name upon us and be called Christians. 

In 2018, shortly after President Russell M. Nelson was chosen and ordained as the prophet-president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he gave an address titled “The Correct Name of the Church” wherein he emphasized the need to never compromise on the name revealed by Heaven. He stated: 

“Let me explain why we care so deeply about this issue. But first let me state what this effort is not

“It is not a name change. 

“It is not rebranding. 

“It is not cosmetic. 

“It is not a whim. 

“And it is not inconsequential. 

“Instead, it is a correction. It is the command of the Lord. Joseph Smith did not name the Church restored through him; neither did Mormon. It was the Savior Himself who said, “For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” 

“Even earlier, in AD 34, our resurrected Lord gave similar instruction to members of His Church when He visited them in the Americas. At that time He said: 

““Ye shall call the church in my name. . . . 

““And how be it my church save it be called in my name? For if a church be called in Moses’ name then it be Moses’ church; or if it be called in the name of a man then it be the church of a man; but if it be called in my name then it is my church.” 

“Thus, the name of the Church is not negotiable. When the Savior clearly states what the name of His Church should be and even precedes His declaration with, “Thus shall my church be called,” He is serious. And if we allow nicknames to be used or adopt or even sponsor those nicknames ourselves, He is offended. 

“What’s in a name or, in this case, a nickname? When it comes to nicknames of the Church, such as the “LDS Church,” the “Mormon Church,” or the “Church of the Latter-day Saints,” the most important thing in those names is the absence of the Savior’s name. To remove the Lord’s name from the Lord’s Church is a major victory for Satan. When we discard the Savior’s name, we are subtly disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us—even His Atonement. . . . 

“When we omit His name from His Church, we are inadvertently removing Him as the central focus of our lives. . . . 

“For much of the world, the Lord’s Church is presently disguised as the “Mormon Church.” But we as members of the Lord’s Church know who stands at its head: Jesus Christ Himself. Unfortunately, many who hear the term Mormon may think that we worship Mormon. Not so! We honor and respect that great ancient American prophet. But we are not Mormon’s disciples. We are the Lord’s disciples. 

“In the early days of the restored Church, terms such as Mormon Church and Mormons were often used as epithets—as cruel terms, abusive terms—designed to obliterate God’s hand in restoring the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. . . . 

“If someone should ask, “Are you a Mormon?” you could reply, “If you are asking if I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, yes, I am!” 

“If someone asks, “Are you a Latter-day Saint?” you might respond, “Yes, I am. I believe in Jesus Christ and am a member of His restored Church.” 

“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise you that if we will do our best to restore the correct name of the Lord’s Church, He whose Church this is will pour down His power and blessings upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints, the likes of which we have never seen. We will have the knowledge and power of God to help us take the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people and to prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord. 

“So, what’s in a name? When it comes to the name of the Lord’s Church, the answer is “Everything!” Jesus Christ directed us to call the Church by His name because it is His Church, filled with His power. 

“I know that God lives. Jesus is the Christ. He leads His Church today. I so testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.” 

Can it be any clearer? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and correct name of the Lord’s restored Church. I declare by the Holy Spirit, which has given me a personal and independent witness, that this Church is in fact the Lord’s. I testify that Joseph Smith was a righteous man chosen by the Lord as a prophet and instrument in His holy hands to restore His Church. I also know this because the Lord taught that “every good tree bringeth forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:17). 

I witness sincerely and plainly that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fulfills numerous ancient promises, including that the Lord would do a “marvellous work and a wonder” (Isaiah 29:14), that He would give the Gospel to mankind in the last days through an angel (Revelation 14:6), that He would gather “together in one all things in Christ” in the “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10), and that He would make the Bible and The Book of Mormon one in His hand to establish His Gospel truth (Ezekiel 37:19). 

It is a misrepresentation to call the Lord’s restored Church anything but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Often, the name “Mormon” is used maliciously like a scoffing epithet by those attempting to distance us from our Redeemer Jesus Christ and paint us as something we are not. They don’t mind calling people of a hundred different denominations – Baptists, Methodists, Seven-Day Adventists, Lutherans, Anglicans, Episcopalians, etc. – “Christians,” so why is it so hard to call members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints “Christians”?  

Calling ourselves “Christians,” or even “Saints,” links us to the Lord’s primitive Church and it is something we happily and gladly do. When people join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they do so through baptism, which is conducted in these words by the officiator: “Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen” These words come from a revelation given in 1830. I quote a few lines from it: 

“Wherefore, the Almighty God gave his Only Begotten Son, as it is written in those scriptures which have been given of him. 

“He suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them. 

“He was crucified, died, and rose again the third day; 

“And ascended into heaven, to sit down on the right hand of the Father, to reign with almighty power according to the will of the Father; 

“That as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved. . . . 

“And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God. 

“And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true; 

“And we know also, that sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true, to all those who love and serve God with all their mights, minds, and strength. . . . 

“And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:21-26, 29-31, 37). 

I won’t tell you how many references there were to Jesus Christ in these few verses, but I challenge you to go back and count them. Everything we do in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relates back to our Savior. The Prophet Joseph Smith once remarked that: “The fundamental principles of our religion is the testimony of the apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ, “that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended up into heaven;” and all other things are only appendages to these, which pertain to our religion” (Joseph Smith, Elders’ Journal, July, 1838, 44). 

Jesus Christ is the focus of our faith. He is our Lord and Master. He is our hope and our Mediator. He is matchless in His might and majesty. He is the One we are waiting for to return to earth in glory, cleanse the wicked, and build Zion. Everything we do, everything we hope, everything we are, is because of, through, and for, Jesus Christ. 

The resurrected Lord ministering to Nephite children, as recorded in 3 Nephi 17 of The Book of Mormon

One of our most beloved verses of scripture from The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which is a tree that produces the sweetest fruit, comes from the ancient Israelite prophet Nephi, writing around 580 B.C. He bore an endearing testimony that all Latter-day Saints joyfully echo: 

“Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name. 

“And behold it shall come to pass that after the Messiah hath risen from the dead, and hath manifested himself unto his people, unto as many as will believe on his name, behold, Jerusalem shall be destroyed again; for wo unto them that fight against God and the people of his church. 

“Wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and also Babylon shall be destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations. 

“And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind—and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things. 

“And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men. . . . 

“For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after [i.e. not withstanding] all we can do. . . . 

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. . . . 

“And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out” (2 Nephi 25:13-17, 23, 26, 29). 

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which is so hated and reviled by those who have never read it and who know precious little about it besides what detractors have written in anger, speaks of Christ on nearly every page. Of the 6,607 verses in the record, 3,925 speak of the Savior. It is a Christian book if ever there was one. 

A depiction of the Savior’s visit to ancient America, as recorded in 3 Nephi 11

The ancient Israelite prophets who wrote and compiled the record foretold Jesus’ virgin birth, His ministry and the healings He would perform, His crucifixion and Atonement for the sins of the world, His resurrection from the dead, and His eventual appearance in the New World. When He appeared in ancient America, He repeated the Sermon on the Mount and gave other teachings regarding the House of Israel and the last days that are precious. He explained, for instance, that this branch of Israel was among those He called “other sheep” when He said in His ministry: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16). 

The Book of Mormon does not preach some other or mysterious Christ, it preaches the same Christ who is Alpha and Omega, the Word, Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah, the King of kings, the Lord of Hosts, the Bread of Life, the Only Begotten Son of God, the Redeemer. I am personally grateful for this extra flood of knowledge that shines such a powerful beam of light on my Lord and His Gospel, confirming their meaning and helping me walk more faithfully and precisely the path of Christian discipleship. 

I bear my witness, for whatever it is worth to you, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ’s Church. It is, as He said it is, “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:30). It was restored by angels who conferred their Priesthood authorities and keys and powers on Joseph Smith and his associates, many of whom witnessed of these truths. At least twelve separate men signed their names to documents and published them throughout the world witnesses that they saw the metallic records upon which The Book of Mormon account was recorded. Three of these men, apart from Joseph Smith, stated that an angel showed them to them: 

“And we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true. And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates; and they have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And we declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record that these things are true. And it is marvelous in our eyes. Nevertheless, the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God, we bear testimony of these things.” 

We don’t need angels to minister to us to know in the depth of our soul that The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a true witness for Christ. I know it. The Holy Ghost has given me a firm testimony of its authenticity. And the Savior’s words confirm its goodness, for it points our souls to Him, teaches us to do good, speaks harshly against error and the Devil, and has a distinct ring of truth.  

I know that from the Prophet Joseph Smith’s day to our own, the Lord has called prophets to oversee His “marvellous work and a wonder.” The Lord’s current mouthpiece is President Russell M. Nelson. He is a watchman on the wall. He is a witness of Jesus Christ. 

To conclude, the chief symbol of this thing that scoffers and the unknowing call “Mormonism,” is none other than Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His organization restored to the earth. In it is His Priesthood authority. In it shines His Gospel light. In it are true Christians who humbly serve the Lord, love others, and attempt to follow the Lord’s instruction to “go . . . into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). 

Art by Michael Malm

To any who may have sincere questions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Restored Gospel of the Savior, I encourage you to either write to me, to search on the Church’s website, or to have an in-person or virtual meeting with missionaries. I also urge you to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ for inspiration. He will not fail you if you are sincere in your searching. Anyone can know the truth of these things if they will but pay the price for an answer from the Lord. God bless you. 

Zack Strong, 
October 18, 2022

Calling All Saints

What is a saint? I favor the definition given by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which explains: 

“The word saint is a translation of a Greek word also rendered “holy,” the fundamental idea being that of consecration or separation for a sacred purpose; but since what was set apart for God must be without blemish, the word came to mean “free from blemish,” whether physical or moral. In the New Testament the saints are all those who by baptism have entered into the Christian covenant (see Acts 9:13, 32, 41; Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; Philip. 1:1; 1 Pet. 1:14–15).” 

A saint is one who is striving to be holy and who has consecrated his life to God. In the primitive Church, saints were not considered to be extraordinary or unusual. Everyday members of the Church of Jesus Christ were referred to as Saints. The passages cited above shows the regular, almost casual, way that members of the Lord’s Church were called “Saints.” 

Luke wrote of “the saints which dwelt at Lydda.” The Apostle Paul addressed his epistle to the Philippians “to all the saints in Christ Jesus.” And so on. Peter gave us an interesting passage when he encouraged us all – the weakest among us – to be holy like Jesus Christ. Said he: 

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 

“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 

“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16). 

The word “holy” in this last line comes from the Greek αγιος, or agios (also hagios). It is the same Greek word, in the singular, for the plural Greek word translated “saints” in Acts, Philippians, and elsewhere. Therefore, Peter may have just as readily encouraged us to be “saints” or “saintly,” as Christ is the head Saint or is saintly. 

The injunction to be like our Savior was issued by Him during His ministry. The final command of the Sermon on the Mount states: 

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). 

Why, then, should we single out only some individuals as “saints” when it is clearly the will of our Master that we all become saints – holy and righteous – like Him? Roman Catholics are the most well-known group to venerate people as “Saints.” Catholics usually revere only certain people as “Saints,” yet they acknowledge that all Christians are intended by their Maker to be saints. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has said

“All Christians are called to be saints. Saints are persons in heaven (officially canonized or not), who lived heroically virtuous lives, offered their life for others, or were martyred for the faith, and who are worthy of imitation.” 

Despite this noble sentiment, the statement continues with an exclusive viewpoint about how one becomes a big-S canonized “Saint,” seemingly ignoring its own acknowledgement that all Christians are supposed to be Saints and are referred to as such in the New Testament: 

“In official Church procedures there are three steps to sainthood: a candidate becomes “Venerable,” then “Blessed” and then “Saint.” Venerable is the title given to a deceased person recognized formally by the pope as having lived a heroically virtuous life or offered their life. To be beatified and recognized as a Blessed, one miracle acquired through the candidate’s intercession is required in addition to recognition of heroic virtue or offering of life. Canonization requires a second miracle after beatification. The pope may waive these requirements. A miracle is not required prior to a martyr’s beatification, but one is required before canonization.” 

There is nothing about canonizing anyone as “Venerable” or “Blessed” or “Saint” in the Bible. These are man-made, artificial honors. In the scriptures, no miracles or recognition from the Church are required for anyone to be called a “Saint.” Being a “Saint” is the default definition of one who follows the Lord Jesus Christ and enters into His Church by the covenant path of baptism. 

We can, however, appreciate the idea of living a “heroically virtuous” life. We find this explanation of what being “heroically virtuous” is all about to Catholics: 

“This definition includes the four “cardinal” virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice; as well as the “theological” virtues: faith, hope and charity. A saint displays these qualities in a consistent and exceptional way.” 

While one may call this type of pious life “heroically virtuous,” the standards listed here are the bare minimum for every Christian disciple. Paul was not writing to an elite group among members of the Church in Corinth when he told them to have “faith, hope, [and] charity” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Paul was not writing to a small clique among the Galatians when he said that the “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23). 

All of these qualities are supposed to be exemplified by Christ’s followers; not merely by an elite group. Those who embody these characteristics truly are Saints, but they are not somehow distinct from the normal body of the Church of Jesus Christ. There is nothing miraculous, in and of itself, about a person becoming holy and saintly; it is expected! 

Yet, on the other hand, it is something of a miracle to be a true and humble follower of the Lord in our sin-sick world with the “beat of Babylon’s band” reverberating around us. Even few among self-professing Christians ever measure up to the Lord’s lofty standards. However, in Heaven’s hopeful manner, we are all designated as the Lord’s “Saints.” I believe this was done as a deliberate and continual reminder that each day we need to strive for holiness and to be holy as our Lord is holy. 

A synonym of the word “saint” is the archaic word “hallow.” J.K. Rowling’s masterwork Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows resurrected a term that, for a long time, had been used primarily at the end of October. I refer, of course, to the wonderful holiday Halloween (or Samhain, in the original Celtic tradition). In 609 A.D., Catholics designated November 1st as All Saints’ Day, or All Hallow’s Day. In 837 A.D., the feast became generally observed. The night, or eve, before All Saint’s Day, October 31st, is, naturally, All Saint’s Eve. Or, if you use the term hallow instead, it is All Hallows’ Eve. Today, we know it as Halloween. 

The word hallow is an interesting one. Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines it thus: 

“1. To make holy; to consecrate; to set apart for holy or religious use. Exodus 28:38. 1 Kings 8:64. 

“2. To devote to holy or religious exercises; to treat as sacred. 

“Hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein. Jeremiah 17:22. 

“3. To reverence; to honor as sacred. 

“Hallowed be thy name.” 

When we take upon ourselves the mantle of Christian discipleship, we set ourselves apart for the Lord. We repent, reform our behavior, and make ourselves holy through the Savior’s atoning grace. We devote ourselves and commit our hearts to the sacred, the beautiful, the lovely, the true. Becoming a saint is not about performing miracles or being canonized by any earthly organization, it’s about humbly following the Lord, getting to know Him, and becoming like Him. 

There are not many references to “hallow” in scripture. The most famous is, no doubt, the Lord’s Prayer, wherein Christ prayed: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9). We are told to “hallow the sabbath day” (Jeremiah 17:21-24). Ancient Israelite priests were to be hallowed before ministering in the tabernacle (Exodus 29:1). Perhaps the most interesting passage is this one in Leviticus which mirrors Peter’s words quoted earlier: “I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the Lord which hallow you” (Leviticus 22:32). 

We can see from this latter statement that the Lord expects us to revere Him and, as we do so and faithfully follow His commandments, He sanctifies us. We become saints not through performing extraordinary miracles, but by performing ordinary tasks like praying daily, reading the scriptures, exercising faith in the Savior, being charitable, loving one another, forgiving people their trespasses 70×7, remaining chaste and virtuous except in covenant marriage, paying tithes and offerings, ministering to others, preaching the Gospel, and so forth. 

Elder Quentin L. Cook, one of the Lord’s current apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once reminisced on what it means to be a Saint. He made these remarks

“The word saint in Greek denotes “set apart, separate, [and] holy.” If we are to be Saints in our day, we need to separate ourselves from evil conduct and destructive pursuits that are prevalent in the world. 

“We are bombarded with visual images of violence and immorality. Inappropriate music and pornography are increasingly tolerated. The use of drugs and alcohol is rampant. There is less emphasis on honesty and character. Individual rights are demanded, but duties, responsibilities, and obligations are neglected. There has been a coarsening of dialogue and increased exposure to that which is base and vulgar. The adversary has been relentless in his efforts to undermine the plan of happiness. If we separate ourselves from this worldly conduct, we will have the Spirit in our lives and experience the joy of being worthy Latter-day Saints. . . . 

“If we are to be worthy Saints, we should minister to others and adhere to the Savior’s admonition to love God and our fellowmen. 

“Separation from the evils of the world needs to be accompanied by holiness. A Saint loves the Savior and follows Him in holiness and devotion. Evidence of this kind of holiness and devotion is exemplified by consecration and sacrifice. President Hinckley has taught, “Without sacrifice there is no true worship of God.” Sacrifice is the crowning test of the gospel. It means consecrating time, talents, energy, and earthly possessions to further the work of God.” 

Being a Saint means being different than the world. Saints don’t live in Babylon. They don’t do what Babylon does. They don’t think like Babylon thinks. They keep themselves pure and righteous even though they may be surrounded with evil influences. Saints avoid what they ought not to do and they do what they ought to. They live up to their obligations as disciples of Jesus Christ – as Saints of the Most High God. 

An intriguing element of discipleship is sacrifice. True religion requires us to sacrifices things – bad habits, hard hearts, stubbornness, sin, corrupting allegiances, flawed principles, and so on. When we choose to follow the Savior and to become a Saint, we leave Babylon forever. There is no turning back. Those who turn back are not holy like their Lord – they are not true Saints. He taught: “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). 

Another modern apostle of the Lord, Elder Delbert Stapley, gave us a piercing checklist that all aspiring Saints should review and answer honestly. After recounting the marvelous promises the Lord has decreed for the righteous, Elder Stapley said

“In the light of these glorious promises, it is difficult to understand how any of our Heavenly Father’s children would voluntarily choose anything less than the best our God has to offer. Perhaps it would be well for each of us to reassess ourselves to determine where we presently stand in relation to the fundamental law of the celestial kingdom—the law of obedience. The results should reveal to us which kingdom we have chosen as our goal. For instance: 

“Do I study and ponder the scriptures in an effort to know the will of God and understand His commandments regarding His children? 

“Do I follow the counsel of God’s living prophet, or do I merely select those things with which I agree, disregarding the others? 

“Do I seek the advice and counsel of my bishop and stake president on matters of concern to me and my family? 

“Am I earnestly striving to discipline myself, placing my physical appetites under the subjection of my will? 

“Am I making every effort to repent of past or present wrongdoings and correct them by doing right? 

“Do I have an attitude of faith in God even though I experience trials, adversity, and affliction? And do I bear my burden without a complaining spirit? 

“Keeping the commandments of God is not a difficult burden when we do it out of love of Him who has so graciously blessed us. The Savior has implored us to “take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

““For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:29–30.) 

“Our willingness to comply with the commandments of God is a witness of our faith in Him and our love for Him. A rebellious disposition cannot inherit the celestial kingdom.” 

If you are honest and search your soul thoroughly, you may find that you have areas that must be mended, flaws that should be blotted out, and things that you can do better. Being a Saint on paper is as easy as getting baptized. But being a Saint in reality is the work of a lifetime and requires introspection, self-examination, and constant correction. 

Yet, the Lord’s burden, though tremendously exacting, is light. It is a burden that does not weigh us down, but lifts us up. It does not cause our head to droop in despair, but causes our eyes to lift Heavenward. If the desire of our heart is to be like the Savior and to show our love for Him and our Eternal Father, then it is not an oppressive thing to leave behind our sins and to do what is right. Yes, it may be difficult, but it is not heavy or burdensome. The Lord’s way is always ennobling, enriching, and empowering! 

I pray that no one within the sound of my voice will “voluntarily choose anything less than the best our God has to offer.” Why settle for less than exaltation with the Lord? Why settle for less than that perfection which the Lord invited and commanded us to reach? Why settle for less than sainthood? 

Being a Saint is not an impossible task; being a Saint is what the Lord expects of those who follow Him. Does the Lord give commandments that are too hard to follow? Does He require more than we can bear, do, or become? Of course not! 

The ancient followers of the Savior were called Saints because they were holy or striving so to be. They were also called holy by Peter because the One who called them, sanctified them, and redeemed them is called Holy. How can we ever become like Christ, which we will in due time through His power, unless we walk His path of holiness and adopt his saintly nature? 

Nothing can stop us from achieving victory over Satan, death, and hell if we take the Lord’s yoke upon us. A yoke is an interesting device. It is a wooden piece that fits over two animals, enabling them to pull together and lighten a workload. 

If you are one of the two in the Lord’s yoke, who is the other? It is the Lord Himself. If the Lord is pulling for you, with you, and beside you, can you fail? Never! You can voluntarily remove the yoke and go in a different direction by yourself, but you can never fail, though you may falter and progress slowly, if you are yoked to the Lord Jesus Christ who has overcome all things and who is Master of Heaven and earth. 

The Prophet Joseph Smith, through whom the Lord restored much of His Gospel light to earth in what was foreseen by the ancients as the “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10) and as the Gospel which an angel flying in Heaven would deliver to the earth (Revelation 14:6), said the following about the Lord’s work in these last days before the His glorious return: 

“Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Volume 4, 540). 

No unhallowed hand can prevail against the hallowed and holy ones of God – His Saints. Are you one of His Saints? Are you voluntarily and joyfully yoked to the Lord? Are your feet firmly planted on the covenant path of discipleship? If not, or if your feet have strayed, I invite you to come and see what miracles the Lord Jesus Christ can do in your life. 

Zack Strong, 
October 16, 2022 

Watchmen on the Wall

From the beginning of the earth, the Lord has called and ordained prophets to serve as leaders and watchmen over His people, and as legal administrators of His Gospel with its precious saving ordinances. The word apostle comes from the Greek apostolos, meaning “one who is sent.” Authentic apostles and prophets of the Lord bear His divine seal, act in His holy name and by His Priesthood authority, and are called, commissioned, and sent by the Savior. At no time has the Lord’s Church existed, neither can it exist, without authorized prophets to oversee it. 

Just as the Church of Jesus Christ cannot exist without prophets, a person cannot call himself to the ministry or ordain himself to be a prophet. God is a Being of perfect order. He does not sanction people raising up their own churches and calling themselves to any position of authority. Those who do so, though they may have the best of intentions, speak of themselves and not in the name of the Lord. Only one prophet at any given time holds the keys, authorities, and rights of leadership of the Lord’s Holy Priesthood. Only one man on earth is the authorized representative, spokesman, and mouthpiece for Jesus Christ. 

In the days of the early Church after Christ’s Ascencion, Peter was set apart as the president of the Church of Jesus Christ. The Priesthood authority was held by all of the apostles, with Peter, James, and John forming a quorum of leadership, and Peter presiding. Who was Peter’s successor? Who followed Peter in leadership? Upon whom did the prophetic mantle fall after Peter was murdered, James was killed, and John was exiled and disappeared from the historical record? 

The Catholic Church claims that the bishop of Rome took up that mantle and is the rightful successor to Peter. This is flagrantly false for multiple reasons. First, Irenaeus claimed that Peter “handed over the office of the episcopate to Linus,” though there is zero evidence to support this. In fact, other Catholic sources variously claim that Linus was appointed as bishop by Paul, not Peter, and that there was one Clement who was actually bishop before Linus. The line of succession is thus confused, contested, and based on sand with little historical veracity; hardly the pattern that God follows in such important matters. 

The bishop of Rome, Linus, and subsequently others, claimed to have Peter’s authority. How can that be? John, the highest-ranking apostle, was still alive. Peter, not having called himself to his position, had no right to call another to fill his place. Only the Lord calls apostles. Even if Peter had called Linus to some office, did that nullify John’s greater authority? Of course not. Thus, the bishop of Rome’s claim to the mantle is thus a usurpation and doesn’t follow the prescribed order, having circumvented John’s rightful leadership. Unless John fell from grace or somehow had his Priesthood revoked, then the bishop of Rome was a usurper and could not have rightfully taken the lead in the Lord’s Church. 

Second, a bishop is a lower position that does not hold the same Priesthood authority, keys, and powers as the higher offices of apostle and prophet. Did Peter, James, or John confer their authority on the bishop of Rome or on anyone else? No. If they had, the bishop of Rome would have ceased being the bishop of Rome and would have been elevated to the office of apostle and prophet. 

Such a monumental act would have also been recorded and we would be able to clearly see the line of prophetic succession from that time to the present, just as we can the succession throughout the Bible (e.g., Abraham to Isaac, then Isaac to Jacob, etc.). Yet, even as Irenaeus alleged above, Linus was merely elevated to an “episcopate,” the office of a bishop, and never attained the office of apostle, let alone president of the Church. 

What followed the death of Peter and James and the disappearance of John? In other words, what followed the death of the Church’s formal, recognized leadership? Apostasy. The total shipwreck of Christendom. A long night of spiritual darkness. This is not surprising, though. It was prophesied of by the apostles as well as by ancient seers. The Bible, and the historical record of the past two millennia, are the greatest witnesses in favor of apostasy. Below are only a few of many examples of these stark prophecies: 

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). 

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:28-30). 

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12). 

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). 

“The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant” (Isaiah 24:5). 

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7). 

“[T]here were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 

“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 

“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. . . . 

“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 

“And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 

“Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 

“Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness. . . . 

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 

“For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 

“But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:1-5, 12-15, 20-22). 

All of the above correctly foretold the apostasy that occurred after the martyrdom of the apostles and which is still dominant throughout the world and prevalent in Christendom. Though well-meaning, Christendom lacks the Priesthood authority once bestowed upon Peter, James, and John and, consequently, has no prophets or legal administrators of Gospel ordinances. The Lord said we must be baptized to enter Heaven (John 3:5). Who will baptize us if there is no Priesthood authority to officiate in God’s name? And so it goes with the other ordinances of salvation. 

Isaiah spoke of the “everlasting covenant” being broken generally throughout the world. The word “covenant” here is the same as “gospel.” The world has violated the Gospel of the Savior and rejected Him. They rejected His authorized servants, killing them and eviscerating the leadership of the Church and severing the prophetic line of succession. They have deprived themselves of legal administrators to officiate in the ordinances of salvation. 

How would the Lord rectify the situation? We see the answer when we cross-reference these more depressing verses from Isaiah, Peter, and Paul, to a prophecy of John, who affirmed: 

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every enation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6-7). 

The Lord won’t always permit the world to wander in darkness and to be blind leaders of the blind (Matthew 15:14). As He had done before in Biblical history, after long periods of apostasy, He restored the Gospel in its purity and set up prophets and the Priesthood. In some of these prior instances, the Lord appeared personally or through direct manifestation. He followed this pattern with ancient seers, including Moses, and in His own Ministry. More importantly to us is the fact that the Lord personally appeared to usher in our modern Dispensation, which is the “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10) and the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21).  

In 1820, the Father of us all and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to a young man named Joseph Smith, called Him to be a prophet, and abolished the dark night of apostasy. Joseph Smith testified of this glorious experience in his own words: 

“I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. 

“It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! 

“My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join. 

“I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof” (Joseph Smith – History 1:16-19). 

As incredible as it seems to some, this experience followed the prophetic pattern that begins dispensations. When the earth rejects the Lord and His servants and no one is left to administer Gospel ordinances, who but God Himself or angels from Heaven can restore it? Whether through a burning bush on Mount Horeb in Arabia or in a pillar of light in upper state New York, the Lord always reveals Himself to reestablish the Gospel in every new prophetic dispensation. The fact that Joseph Smith’s First Vision was even more magnificent than other appearances of the Lord underscores the importance of this final Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. 

Through Joseph Smith, the Lord has set up a Kingdom which “shall never be destroyed.” It is the same Kingdom Daniel saw in vision that “shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44-45). It does not appear as a Kingdom with castles and armies and thrones, but it the Lord’s authorized vessel. It is known in our day as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

On the figurative walls surrounding this mighty Kingdom stand watchmen protecting the flock. These watchmen are called as prophets, seers, and revelators. They are sustained as such by faithful members. I testify that these men are true prophets of God who see Gospel truth and receive revelation for our day and our circumstances. 

Joseph Smith was the first watchmen on the wall. The Lord poured out a flood of light and truth through him. He translated an ancient volume of scripture written by Hebrew prophets living in the New World from 600 B.C. to almost 400 A.D. Their record, compiled chiefly by one of their final prophets named Mormon, has been named The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

This book is not a work of fiction or fancy; it is the sacred word of the Lord. It testifies of Jesus Christ more forcefully, more clearly, and with more references than even the Holy Bible. In fact, The Book of Mormon talks about the Bible and confirms that it is a true record – the “stick of Judah” which Ezekiel saw. In Ezekiel’s prophecy, he foresaw that a “stick of Joseph” would eventually be joined to the stick of Judah and they would be one in the Lord’s hand to establish His truth (Ezekiel 37:16-19). 

The Book of Mormon, written by prophets primarily of the lineage of Manasseh, one of the sons of Joseph, is the stick of Joseph. It has been joined together with the Bible to form a powerful witness of the divinity and mission of Jesus Christ. Every day when I pick up my scriptures to read the word of God, I hold in my hand both the Bible and The Book of Mormon. It is a literal and tangible fulfillment of Bible prophecy and every Christian who loves the Lord should be thankful for it and glad to have another testimony that what the Bible says is true. 

That volume of scripture which I hold in my hands every day contains still other books of revealed truth that came through Joseph Smith. One of them is The Pearl of Great Price and is a partial record from Moses and Abraham. We learn more about Adam and Eve, Enoch, the covenant God made with Abraham, and so forth. There is also a book in this combination of scripture called The Doctrine and Covenants. The Doctrine and Covenants holds a special place in my heart. It contains 138 revelations or epistles received or written by latter-day prophets. All but a few of them were received by the Prophet Joseph Smith. They contain the words of the Lord given by His holy lips to men in our day. It is what He wants us to know today in our Dispensation. 

A unique doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that the scriptural canon is not closed. We believe in continuing revelation through a living prophet. What could be more important than having a prophet among us; a watchman standing at a high vantage point to warn us and guide us? In 2008, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a modern apostle of the Lord and one of the highest-ranking prophets, seers, and revelators currently living, gave a bold witness of continuing revelation. He stated: 

“God continues to speak His word and reveal His truth, revelations which mandate an open canon of scripture. 

“Some Christians, in large measure because of their genuine love for the Bible, have declared that there can be no more authorized scripture beyond the Bible. In thus pronouncing the canon of revelation closed, our friends in some other faiths shut the door on divine expression that we in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hold dear: the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and the ongoing guidance received by God’s anointed prophets and apostles. Imputing no ill will to those who take such a position, nevertheless we respectfully but resolutely reject such an unscriptural characterization of true Christianity. . . . 

“The fact of the matter is that virtually every prophet of the Old and New Testament has added scripture to that received by his predecessors. If the Old Testament words of Moses were sufficient, as some could have mistakenly thought them to be, then why, for example, the subsequent prophecies of Isaiah or of Jeremiah, who follows him? To say nothing of Ezekiel and Daniel, of Joel, Amos, and all the rest. If one revelation to one prophet in one moment of time is sufficient for all time, what justifies these many others? What justifies them was made clear by Jehovah Himself when He said to Moses, “My works are without end, and . . . my words . . . never cease.” 

The Nephite king-prophet Benjamin preaching to his people.

“One Protestant scholar has inquired tellingly into the erroneous doctrine of a closed canon. He writes: “On what biblical or historical grounds has the inspiration of God been limited to the written documents that the church now calls its Bible? . . . If the Spirit inspired only the written documents of the first century, does that mean that the same Spirit does not speak today in the church about matters that are of significant concern?” We humbly ask those same questions. 

“Continuing revelation does not demean or discredit existing revelation. The Old Testament does not lose its value in our eyes when we are introduced to the New Testament, and the New Testament is only enhanced when we read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. In considering the additional scripture accepted by Latter-day Saints, we might ask: Were those early Christians who for decades had access only to the primitive Gospel of Mark (generally considered the first of the New Testament Gospels to be written)—were they offended to receive the more detailed accounts set forth later by Matthew and Luke, to say nothing of the unprecedented passages and revelatory emphasis offered later yet by John? Surely they must have rejoiced that ever more convincing evidence of the divinity of Christ kept coming. And so do we rejoice. . . . 

“. . . We believe in a God who is engaged in our lives, who is not silent, not absent, nor, as Elijah said of the god of the priests of Baal, is He “[on] a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be [awakened].” In this Church, even our young Primary children recite, “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” . . . . 

“I testify that the heavens are open. I testify that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ . . . I testify that the presence of such authorized, prophetic voices and ongoing canonized revelations have been at the heart of the Christian message whenever the authorized ministry of Christ has been on the earth. I testify that such a ministry is on the earth again, and it is found in this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “My Words . . . Never Cease,” General Conference, 2008). 

I give my own personal witness that ongoing revelation is a verity, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church and that it was restored through Joseph Smith in accordance with ancient prophecies and by the power of God, that we are led by a living prophet whose name today is Russell M. Nelson, and that all of this points us to Jesus Christ who lives and guides His people. I know this, in fact, by revelation through the Holy Spirit after specific prayers and fasting and study to receive on. I stand by it, even as I watch others falter and abandon their Lord. How can I deny the truth that the Holy Ghost impressed upon my soul so powerfully? 

President Russell M. Nelson mentioned above is the chief apostle on earth today. He stands at the head of the watchmen on the wall. The Bible talks of such inspired watchmen and so do modern revelations. The Lord told Isaiah: 

“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence” (Isaiah 62:6). 

Latter-day watchmen have not kept silent. Since 1830 when the Lord restored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through Joseph Smith, the Lord’s prophets have raised their voices to call the world to repentance. They have preached and prophesied of Christ and of His fast-approaching Second Coming. They have begun the gathering of Israel and have united millions of true Israelites in the fold of the Good Shepherd. They have sent missionaries into nearly every nation on earth and operate one of the world’s best language programs aimed at helping people in all languages and nations learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have declared their witness that Jesus is the Son of God, our Master, our Redeemer, and the rightful King of the earth who will shortly establish Zion with capital cities in both Jerusalem and in America, fulfilling the prophecy that “out of Zion shall go forth the flaw, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3). 

These watchmen have warned of Satanic secret societies that would flourish and attempt to subjugate humanity. They have warned of threats to Freedom, such as communism and welfare-statism. They have held up just and holy principles of good government and have repeated the word of the Lord to Joseph Smith that the U.S. Constitution was established by Him for the Liberty of all flesh on earth (Doctrine and Covenants 98:4-10; Doctrine and Covenants 101:77-80). 

They have preached against abortion, the willful limiting of children, birth control, the LGBT movement, gay marriage, and anything that destroys the sanctity of the family. They have declared that gender is an eternal characteristic of the sons and daughters of God. They have taught that the family is the most sacred institution in the world and that the family unit can, by the authority of the Priesthood and individual faithfulness to covenants, be perpetuated into the eternities. 

These wise watchmen have further warned since 1833, against the machinations of those who would, for profit and other malicious ends, promote drugs, tobacco, and alcohol to destroy people. Since that time, generations before doctors and scientists caught up to them, they have expounded an inspired health code that involves eating harmful meat sparingly, consuming primarily vegetables and the plants and grain of the earth in their proper seasons, avoiding addictive caffeine, drugs, and alcohol, and which promises amazing blessings of wisdom, health, and spiritual protection. They have warned against idleness and sloth, overspending and debt, addiction and idol worship, tithing to avoid burning at the Lord’s coming, and so on. 

These latter-day watchmen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been commissioned by the Lord to do the same work that His ancient apostles were called to do. They stand on the wall, at a strategically high vantage point above everyone else, and see the dangers afar off. Because of the revelations of the Spirit, they see a bigger part of God’s Plan and give us pieces of it as we are prepared to receive it. We may also, individually, approach the Lord in prayer and He will give us hidden wisdom and reveal the mysteries of eternity to us (James 1:5; Doctrine and Covenants 42:61). However, private revelations are for private consumption. It is the watchmen’s task to publicly declare the general will of the Lord and the threats facing the Saints. 

To Ezekiel, the Lord anciently counseled His watchmen: 

“[I]f the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. 

“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 

“When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 

“Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul” (Ezekiel 33:6-9). 

By chance, as I was composing this article, I stumbled on a YouTube video by one “Watcher Palmer” titled “The Stony Silence Of Our Prophets.” He happened to be a fellow member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spoke of the perception by some people that our modern prophets are silent, meaning they must be false prophets or somehow fallen. He spoke of the figurative stoning of prophets by many people that has caused them to speak and preach in a different way. Jesus spoke in parables, instead of directly, in order to be able to speak truth to a general audience while also testing people to see who could tap into the Holy Spirit and find out the truth. Whenever Christ openly said who He was or declared His doctrine with force, the Jews attempted to murder Him, stone Him, throw Him off cliffs, and, eventually, succeeded in crucifying Him. His crucifixion had to happen at a specific time and, therefore, He held back, spoke in parables, and was careful with whom He shared His Gospel. 

It is even more difficult today to preach bluntly with the vast censorship of Big Tech and the radical hordes of activists who persecute, protest, and harass anyone who speaks plainly. Yours truly has received death threats, has had three videos deleted by YouTube, has had three groups or pages deleted by Facebook, has had a personal account permanently disabled, and has been banned seventeen times by Facebook. Were The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to speak as bluntly as some of us would like them to, they would be shut down and harassed to the gates of hell. It would greatly inhibit the work of the Lord which is progressing around the world. Perhaps, as in Jesus’ day, the time is not yet right for the floodgates of persecution to be opened. 

All of this said, however, the prophets are not silent. That is a myth. They continue to boldly preach repentance, baptism, faith, charity, good works, grace, mercy, justice, divine judgment, punishment for sin, the Second Coming, the gathering of Israel, the coming famines and natural disasters of prophecy, the wrongs of prejudice and hate, the incorrectness of LGBT philosophies, the importance of the family and marriage, and so on. The current president-prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ, Russell M. Nelson, has spoken multiple times in recent years about the “servants of Satan” embedded in society and has testified that The Book of Mormon teaches us of Satan’s secret combinations. All of this, though perhaps more subtle, runs contrary to modern society and is evidence that the prophets have not gone silent or become ignorant. 

Samuel the Lamanite preaching to hostile Nephite unbelievers.

Just two to three generations ago, the watchmen more openly spoke against communism, socialism, and other overt threats. But today is a different day and a more muddled and dangerous time. The watchmen, from their vantage point, can see the battle raging and have changed their tactics. To think they are ignorant does not make sense considering that the current leadership of the Church are faithful members and grew up listening to the more over sermons by earlier watchmen on the wall. It also goes against the notion of personal testimony. If you, as I, have received a true testimony from the Spirit that the Lord has called prophets in our day and that they are His servants and mouthpieces, how can we seriously think they have gone astray or have become too timid to open their mouths? 

When the Lord tells them to, these modern watchmen, who are even now bearing their witness of Christ and calling a wicked world to repentance and warning subtly about Satan’s schemes, will speak more openly against Satan’s kingdom. Are you ready for the persecution when that happens? Maybe, just maybe, the prophets, seers, and revelators who can see well from their vantage point, know the general membership are not quite ready for the full sifting. Maybe the Lord is allowing the wheat and tares to grow up a little more before He sends His angels to harvest the good and burn the bad. 

In modern times, 1833 specifically, the Lord gave a parable to His latter-day Church. In it, He adapted and expanded upon parables He gave during His ministry. Said the Lord: 

“And now, I will show unto you a parable, that you may know my will concerning the redemption of Zion. 

“A certain nobleman had a spot of land, very choice; and he said unto his servants: Go ye unto my vineyard, even upon this very choice piece of land, and plant twelve olive trees; 

“And set watchmen round about them, and build a tower, that one may overlook the land round about, to be a watchman upon the tower, that mine olive trees may not be broken down when the enemy shall come to spoil and take upon themselves the fruit of my vineyard. 

“Now, the servants of the nobleman went and did as their lord commanded them, and planted the olive trees, and built a hedge round about, and set watchmen, and began to build a tower. 

“And while they were yet laying the foundation thereof, they began to say among themselves: And what need hath my lord of this tower? 

“And consulted for a long time, saying among themselves: What need hath my lord of this tower, seeing this is a time of peace? 

“Might not this money be given to the exchangers? For there is no need of these things. 

“And while they were at variance one with another they became very slothful, and they hearkened not unto the commandments of their lord. 

“And the enemy came by night, and broke down the hedge; and the servants of the nobleman arose and were affrighted, and fled; and the enemy destroyed their works, and broke down the olive trees. 

“Now, behold, the nobleman, the lord of the vineyard, called upon his servants, and said unto them, Why! what is the cause of this great evil? 

“Ought ye not to have done even as I commanded you, and—after ye had planted the vineyard, and built the hedge round about, and set watchmen upon the walls thereof—built the tower also, and set a watchman upon the tower, and watched for my vineyard, and not have fallen asleep, lest the enemy should come upon you? 

“And behold, the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off; and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof, and saved my vineyard from the hands of the destroyer. 

“And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take ball the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry; 

“And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money. 

“Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen. 

“And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land. 

Gideon and the 300

“And the servant said unto his lord: When shall these things be? 

“And he said unto his servant: When I will; go ye straightway, and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you; 

“And this shall be my seal and blessing upon you—a faithful and wise steward in the midst of mine house, a ruler in my kingdom. 

“And his servant went straightway, and did all things whatsoever his lord commanded him; and after many days all things were fulfilled. 

“Again, verily I say unto you, I will show unto you wisdom in me concerning all the churches, inasmuch as they are willing to be guided in a right and proper way for their salvation— 

“That the work of the gathering together of my saints may continue, that I may build them up unto my name upon holy places; for the time of harvest is come, and my word must needs be fulfilled. 

“Therefore, I must gather together my people, according to the parable of the wheat and the tares, that the wheat may be secured in the garners to possess eternal life, and be crowned with celestial glory, when I shall come in the kingdom of my Father to reward every man according as his work shall be; 

“While the tares shall be bound in bundles, and their bands made strong, that they may be burned with unquenchable fire” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:43-66). 

The time of reaping is upon us. The watchmen really are upon the tower. They can see the enemy and they see his troop movements and strategies. They stand upon the walls watching and warning. Their warnings have been variously blunt and subtle, but they are steady and sure. Our problem is that we have not fixed our eyes upon them and we have missed their warnings. 

Yet, they are the Lord’s spokesmen. He called them. He commissioned them. He gave them His Priesthood. He directs them and reveals His will to them and they give it to us when it is the right time and when we are prepared for it. 

The man leading the earthly watchmen and who stands on the highest tower of the Lord’s Kingdom is President Russell M. Nelson. This wizened sage recently celebrated his 98th-birthday and is still sharp as a tack, healthy, and vibrant. He will be speaking this upcoming weekend to the world. I know he is a prophet. He is a true watchman. 

Dear reader, would you like to hear from the Lord’s watchmen? Could you or your loved ones benefit from their wisdom? Do you yearn to know the current will and word of the Lord to mankind and the things He wishes to emphasize at this exact moment of time? If the answer is yes, you are invited to join with me and millions of other individuals in dozens of nations as we watch General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this upcoming October 1 and 2. General Conference is a semi-annual gathering of the entire leadership and membership of the Church, and all who want “come and see” (John 1:39). 

Most of my readers are not members of my faith. I extend the hand of fellowship to you and invite you to investigate what we have to offer and how we can add to your faith and knowledge of the Lord. You don’t have to give up the Bible or anything good and true and worthy you have; we love the Bible and happily embrace all good things, gifts, and truths. We simply want to add upon it and to help you live a richer and more abundant life. 

President Russell M. Nelson

As you investigate us, you will definitely find apostate and bad members in our Church, as you do in all faiths. However, despite the tares whom the Lord in mercy is still allowing to grow up side by side with the wheat, we profess the name of the Lord, we teach of His Atonement, we traverse the world teaching Jesus Christ’s Gospel to all who will listen, we profess the virtues of chastity and modesty and morality, we promote the family and marriage between man and woman, we defend the sanctity of life, we uphold the U.S. Constitution with its timeless principles of personal and public Liberty, we stand against secret societies and Satanic schemes, we proclaim that the Heavens are open and that each man and woman may receive personal revelation and confirmations by the Spirit of the truth, and, significantly, we have prophets and apostles to lead us as in the true Church of Jesus Christ established personally by the hand of the Lord in His day. 

I testify that the watchmen are on the wall. They are awake and aware. It is all-hands-on-deck. They have been divinely commissioned to perform a task, empowered by the Lord who directs them, and stand as beacons of light for the world. Their light is a mere reflection of the Light of the World, who is Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, and King. President Russell M. Nelson stands at the head of this great work. He will also stand to address the world in two short days. Please tune in to see what the Lord’s prophet would have you know and do and then act in faith on any impressions the Holy Ghost might give you. 

Zack Strong, 
September 29, 2022

The Cement of the Union

In his First Inaugural Address, President James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, said that the Constitution is the “the cement of the Union.” This seems like a fairly obvious observation. However, today, many people, and most politicians, act as if the Constitution is an antiquated document, an idea whose day has past, or an optional suggestion instead of the supreme law of the land that connects and welds together all fifty states. 

On this September 17, 2022 Constitution Day, we will explore what the Constitution did for America, why it truly is the glue that holds us together as a People, and why it must be upheld and restored to its original purity. 

The years between the Treaty of Paris in 1783, which ended the War for Independence, and the framing of the Constitution in 1787, were turbulent. Most teachers brush over them and most people don’t know that the fledgling United States nearly collapsed into total chaos. George Washington, who had retired in December 1783, marveled at the total state of confusion and anarchy that prevailed in the newly independent states under the Articles of Confederation. In late 1786, as Shays’ Rebellion frothed and agitated the nation, he wrote to James Madison: 

“Fain would I hope, that the great, & most important of all objects—the foederal governmt.—may be considered with that calm & deliberate attention which the magnitude of it so loudly calls for at this critical moment: Let prejudices, unreasonable jealousies, and local interest yield to reason and liberality. Let us look to our National character, and to things beyond the present period. No morn ever dawned more favourable than ours did—and no day was ever more clouded than the present! Wisdom, & good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm. . . . 

“How melancholy is the Reflection, that in so short a space, we should have made such large strides towards fulfilling the prediction of our transatlantic foe! “Leave them to themselves, and their government will soon dissolve.”1 Will not the wise & good strive hard to avert this evil? Or will their supineness suffer ignorance and the arts of self interested designing disaffected & desperate characters, to involve this rising empire in wretchedness & contempt? What stronger evidence can be given of the want of energy in our governments than these disorders? If there exists not a power to check them, what security has a man of life, liberty, or property? To you, I am sure I need not add aught on this subject, the consequences of a lax, or inefficient government, are too obvious to be dwelt on. Thirteen sovereignties pulling against each other, and all tugging at the foederal head will soon bring ruin on the whole; whereas a liberal, and energetic Constitution, well guarded, & closely watched, to prevent incroachments, might restore us to that degree of respectability & consequence, to which we had a fair claim, & the brightest prospect of attaining” (George Washington to James Madison, November 5, 1786). 

And, again, as Shays’ Rebellion came to a close in February 1787, Washington wrote to Henry Knox: 

“[I]f three years ago, any person had told me that at this day, I should see such a formidable rebellion against the laws & constitutions of our own making as now appears I should have thought him a bedlamite—a fit subject for a mad house” (George Washington to Henry Knox, February 3, 1787). 

From George Washington to James Wilson to Alexander Hamilton, our Founding Fathers collectively noticed, and voiced with trepidation in their writings, the anarchy, confusion, and near collapse of the Confederacy. What changed from 1787 when the nation was on the brink of collapse to 1790 when President George Washington delivered his second annual message to Congress, stating: 

“In meeting you again I feel much satisfaction in being able to repeat my congratulations on the favorable prospects which continue to distinguish our public affairs. The abundant fruits of another year have blessed our country with plenty and with the means of a flourishing commerce. 

“The progress of public credit is witnessed by a considerable rise of American stock abroad as well as at home, and the revenues allotted for this and other national purposes have been productive beyond the calculations by which they were regulated. This latter circumstance is the more pleasing, as it is not only a proof of the fertility of our resources, but as it assures us of a further increase of the national respectability and credit, and, let me add, as it bears an honorable testimony to the patriotism and integrity of the mercantile and marine part of our citizens. The punctuality of the former in discharging their engagements has been exemplary. . . . 

“The disturbed situation of Europe, and particularly the critical posture of the great maritime powers, whilst it ought to make us the more thankful for the general peace and security enjoyed by the United States, reminds us at the same time of the circumspection with which it becomes us to preserve these blessings” (George Washington, Second Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1790). 

How did the astonishing 180-degree turn happen? What changed? What made it all possible? Answer: The Constitution

In 1789, Benjamin Franklin remarked in one of his last ever letters: “Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable” (Benjamin Franklin to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, November 13, 1789). Dr. Franklin was prophetic. That Constitution, drafted under the inspiration of God’s Spirit in 1789, has remained in effect to this day, making it the longest-lasting constitution in world history. It has been more than durable; it has unlocked American greatness, ingenuity, creativity, and paved the way for the extension and guarantee of rights to every segment and class of society. It was nothing short of a miracle. 

That is precisely what James Madison and others called it. Mr. Madison gratefully observed: 

“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their [Constitution] a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. Woe to the ambition that would meditate the destruction of either!” (James Madison, September, 1829

How did this miracle come about? I testify from the depth of my soul, because I know it from the Holy Spirit, that the U.S. Constitution was inspired by Almighty God! It is a true document; rightly called “American scripture.” It is a new covenant for this special land; a Zion-like law that secures Liberty for God’s children. 

Our Founding Fathers acknowledged God’s hand in their Revolution and in the establishment of the nation numerous times. For instance, when newly-elected President George Washington delivered his First Inaugural Address he gave us the true key to the Constitution’s success. Said he: 

“[I]t would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow- citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence” (George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789). 

God is America’s benefactor. He is our support. He is the true Father of America. The Constitution is His document. It came by miraculous means to inspired individuals raised up by Him for the purpose of establishing a free nation as a beacon of liberation to the world. The secular record supports the idea that the Founding Fathers based the Constitution on the civil law of Moses revealed to ancient Israel. W. Cleon Skousen’s book The Majesty of God’s Law is the best text available on the subject and I urge you to read it, study it, and begin to apply it. 

America’s progress from a darkened, savage continent to a land of light and Liberty is remarkable by any standard. Who can honestly claim God’s hand was not in it? Who can doubt that He didn’t bring humble Christian settlers here to plant His standard in this blessed soil? Who can dispute that the American Revolution didn’t have God’s blessing or deny the many manifestations of divine favor, including mysterious fog and sudden hurricanes? And, finally, who but the most cynical can truly rebuff the idea that the Constitution was a “miracle” bearing the Lord’s divine stamp of approval? 

America is a great nation. We were once greater and we have slid backward nearly into the abyss, but we are still great. Our People are largely good-hearted, though gravely misled. We have wandered away from the Gospel law not because we are evil, but because we have not been trained up in the way we should go (Proverbs 22:6) by pastors, teachers, parents, and other authority figures. However, there is an awakening happening. A polarization is happening, too, as those who truly are evil are gathering together and those who still have some feeling of goodness in their hearts are grouping together. 

Despite our flaws, and regardless of the fact that a criminal conspiracy has seized control of our government (which is ultimately our fault as a People for allowing it to happen), our national potential is unsurpassed. Our destiny is prophetic. Our future is sure. 

God will preserve a righteous remnant to inhabit this special land. He has so decreed it in revelations past and present. One of the earmarks of one who may qualify to be part of this “righteous remnant” is one’s knowledge of and fidelity to the constitutional law of the land, which mirrors God’s Mosaic law. One cannot reject God’s law – even His civil law – and stand approved in God’s sight. Freedom and faith go hand-in-hand. 

God and Liberty were once intertwined in the minds of our early American forefathers. To the degree that they have become disconnected, we have fallen as a People. If we want to rise again, we must link the two, protect and secure both, and live according the laws of each. 

America is a covenant land foreseen by ancient seers such as Isaiah. It is a heated battlefield precisely because the Adversary understands America’s importance in God’s divine economy. He knows that we are a special People. He knows our awesome potential. He also knows that we are beginning to wake up and shake off the chains of our mind and that we will soon want to shake off our legalistic chains. He is ramping up his tyrannical operations and preparing to launch a dictatorship the likes of which we have never seen in America. However, God is in His end game, too. 

Be a part of the revolution for our Faith, Families, and Freedom. Take a stand for Liberty. Stand in the gap. Make your voice known. Plant your own personal standard deep in the soil. Rush to the standard of truth which has been erected and which will never fail. Get close to God and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the proper King and Lawgiver of this land. Until He personally returns, His civil law is the U.S. Constitution and His stamp of approval rests upon it. 

Begin your insurgency against tyranny today by rereading the Constitution. Learn it. Live it. Love it. Founding Father James Wilson made a remark that I hope sinks down deep into your soul and animates you to action: 

“Were I called upon for my reasons why I deem so highly of the American character, I would assign them in a very few words—That character has been eminently distinguished by the love of liberty, and the love of law. . . .  

“But law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge. The same course of study, properly directed, will lead us to the knowledge of both. Indeed, neither of them can be known, because neither of them can exist, without the other. Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness. In denominating, therefore, that science, by which the knowledge of both is acquired, it is unnecessary to preserve, in terms, the distinction between them. That science may be named, as it has been named, the science of law.  

“The science of law should, in some measure, and in some degree, be the study of every free citizen, and of every free man. Every free citizen and every free man has duties to perform and rights to claim. Unless, in some measure, and in some degree, he knows those duties and those rights, he can never act a just and an independent part.” 

It is logically impossible to say you love the Constitution if you don’t understand it. If you don’t know the Constitution, how can you truly appreciate it or defend it? You can’t. The study of law – the divine science of Liberty revealed by God and reestablished in America – is the burden and duty of every American. 

I repeat: Learn the Constitution, love the Constitution, live the Constitution. There could be no more fitting tribute on this special Constitution Day. 

Zack Strong, 
September 17, 2022 

Recommended resources for studying the Constitution: 

The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen 
The Majesty of God’s Law by W. Cleon Skousen 
The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen 
Elementary Catechism on the Constitution of the United States: For the Use of Schools by Arthur J. Stansbury 
Stand Fast By Our Constitution by J. Reuben Clark, Jr. 
A View of the Constitution of the United States of America by William Rawle  
The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It by Larry P. Arnn 
Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion by David Barton 
The Ten Commandments and Their Influence on American Law by William J. Federer 
The Original 13: A Documentary History of Religion in America’s First Thirteen States by William J. Federer 
Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730-1805, two volumes, ed. by Ellis Sandoz  
Celebrate Liberty! Famous Patriotic Speeches and Sermons edited by David Barton 

Prediction: Trump Will Never Be Allowed to Retake the Presidency

All honest people rooted in reality know that President Donald Trump won the election in 2020. It was only after massive “irregularities,” that is to say, massive coordinated cheating both on the ground and in cyberspace, that Bolshevik Biden was installed by his puppet masters. This is not conspiracy theory; it is fact. Demonstrable, irrefutable fact. 

President Trump is the duly elected president of the United States of America. However, I predict that he will never be allowed to enter the White House again and, what’s more, that the U.S. government will be deliberately dissolved and transformed by a cult of criminals into a Marxist dictatorship. There is very real chance there will be no 2024 election. 

Since President Trump, the Electoral College, and the relevant representatives of the People, dropped the ball in exposing the election theft and using the power of government to root out the traitors who overthrew the voice of the American People, Trump nullified his chances of ever getting reinstated as president. If I turn out to be wrong and he is swept back into office in 2024, I would welcome it. He is clearly the best president in my lifetime. 

And I say this as one who didn’t vote for Trump in either election, won’t vote for him in 2024, and who has been massively critical of his vaccine pushing, his compromises, his appointments of criminals to sensitive positions, his failure to “drain the swamp,” his stunning ignorance of conspiracy, his failure to secure the border as he promised, his failure to stop Black Lives Matter and Antifa from burning down cities at will, and many other points. 

Yet, despite the fact that he is the duly elected leader of America who has done a better job than any other person in at least a generation, Trump will never be allowed to retake the presidency. In 2016 and throughout his first term, many were warning Trump that he would be assassinated by the cabal, just as they tried to do to President Ronald Reagan a mere two months after he was inaugurated.  

I dissented. I said that they would use other dirty tricks to manipulate public opinion and/or eventually steal the next election, but not assassination. However, I said that if he were to be reelected in 2020, or if he were to run again after that, then the powers-that-be would up the ante and resort to harsher measures to sidetrack him and defy the will of the American People

Since he was ousted from power by a communist criminal cult – call them “globalists” if it makes you feel better – using a rigged and stolen election as pretext, Trump has remained the target. The ousters know that Trump won the election. They know that he knows it. They know that his tens of millions of supporters know it. They know that numerous up-and-coming candidates for office know it and have vowed to expose it. They know that Trump’s greatest achievement is that he has emboldened millions to get involved, speak out, and not fear the Establishment. 

They also know that the evidence of their election theft is ironclad and they are using their experienced mechanism of mind manipulation to hide it, ignore it, and distort it. They are confident they will win because they know that if the American People had any spirit, they would rebel and reinstate their rightful president. Since Americans lack the spirit of their forefathers in sufficient measure and, instead of manly action, want to settle things at the rigged ballot box, the criminals have pulled out all the stops to prevent Trump from running in 2024. They will, however, use force if we begin to man up and start rebelling in the American tradition. 

I said that the American People lack the spirit of their forefathers. I stand by that. However, I will add that the revolutionary spirit is definitively, quickly, and, thankfully, gaining strength by leaps and bounds. Large swaths of the population who never cared before two years ago are now waking up, studying, mobilizing, networking, and acting to remove infiltrators from schoolboards, vote pro-America candidates into local offices, establish election accountability, and so forth. Though it is, I believe, too late to save this country without bloodshed on both sides, it is beautiful to see the awakening that I have pleaded and prayed about for most of my life. 

A similar revolution in the minds and morals of the American People happened prior to 1775 when the brave militiamen stood toe-to-toe with the British tyrants at Lexington and Concord. John Adams famously wrote: 

“But what do We mean by the American Revolution? Do We mean the American War? The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the Minds and Hearts of the People. A Change in their Religious Sentiments of their Duties and Obligations. . . .  

“This radical Change in the Principles, Opinions Sentiments and Affection of the People, was the real American Revolution” (John Adams to Hezekiah Niles, February 13, 1818). 

Our Lexington is right around the corner. Lexington and Concord 2.0 is perhaps months, maybe a couple short years, away. And when it happens, the powers-that-be are going to act swiftly to stomp out, by tyrannical force, the patriotic spirit. What happens after that, God willing, is a repeat of 1776. My thought, however, is that, at least initially before the nation is cleansed and the righteous take their rightful place at the head it will look more like 1789 Jacobin-besieged France on steroids. Mobocracy is in our future. Prepare for it. 

The longer President Trump delays announcing his bid for 2024, the more opportunities the shadow government has of indicting him or concocting some other reason why he can’t run in 2024. They have raided his Mar-a-Lago home, tampered with evidence, called for his indictment and arrest, and are now falsely screeching that Trump is calling for insurrection before the midterm election. They are showing their hand. They are projecting.  

They were also projecting in 2020 when they said that Trump would cancel the election or use the military to stay in power. I believe this is what might happen in 2024; some are predicting it will happen before the upcoming midterms. I personally don’t think a military rollout will happen before November, but I also don’t believe that Beijing Biden will survive until the 2024 election. When Biden is removed, the final steps will be rapidly taken to cement a dictatorship in America. It will fail; but O, the blood it will cost to dismantle! 

In my June 2021 article “The Coming Assassination False Flag,” I articulated my view that the Luciferian cabal will act to remove Biden and Kamala jointly and establish some form of dictatorship or continuity of government situation prior to the 2024 election – an election they know they would lose if fairly conducted (just like they lost in 2020 to less awake and pissed off electorate). 

I posited in that article that they may pull an assassination of the puppet president and vice-president, blame it on Trump supporters or “right-wing extremists” or even on a foreign power like Iran, and, then, like Skull & Bonesman George W. Bush did post-9/11, suspend civil Liberties or even the U.S. Constitution. There are myriad executive orders and acts relative to a continuity of government on the books and the current regime is gearing up to implement them. They only need a sufficient pretext – real or provocateured – to use them.  

What will this coming event look like? I don’t know, but it will likely be a publicly-staged spectacle just like the 9/11 false-flag attacks. Public spectacles, especially when repeated and replayed by the controlled media constantly, create a frenzied emotional state – a mass formation or hypnotic group psychosis. In this state, knee-jerk reactionism will override rational thought and the puppet masters will make us jump when they say “jump!” That is what they hope will happen, however. 

Trump supporters near the U.S Capitol, on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. The protesters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and clashing with police. Trump supporters had gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Can they pull the same stunts time and time again before America wakes up? The Elites’ false flags and lies are starting to fall on deaf ears and even Democrats are abandoning their party. But that’s the brilliance of the idea I have outlined – it doesn’t require common consent, but only one faction to voice their consent. The Elite have always wanted a civil war, but they have always wanted it on their terms and framed in a very specific way to scapegoat true patriots for their own crimes. This is why they project so routinely. 

When they say that “MAGA Republicans” are threats to the country, they are secretly revealed that they are the threats. When they say that we are “insurrectionists,” they betray the fact that they are insurrectionists waging a generational war against our institutions. When they say that we are preparing to overthrow the government or commit acts of violence, they are planning to do so. 

That’s what is coming – a public coup, an overthrow of the Republic, a top-down revolt against the People by a clique of gangsters who have seized key positions of power and now want to eviscerate Liberty completely. However, it will be done in the name of protecting America against internal enemies (i.e. dissidents who try to stop the hostile takeover) or avenging some horrible deed, such as an assassination or terror attack. The media will beat the war drums and the flag will be used to cover this naked attack on America. 

The event that will bring this about will be carried out at a high level, it will be meticulously pre-planned like 9/11, it will likely be devastating or symbolic, and continuity of government plans will be put into operation as a result. In other words, it will be a totalitarian nightmare, like the Judeo-Bolshevik coup d’état in Russia in October 1917. 

By “continuity of government” I refer to the complete abandonment of the Constitution and the erection of a militaristic, Bolshevist dictatorship. I would be rather surprised if the normal presidency or presidential line of succession continues as is. However, as constitutionally-illiterate as most Americans are, they would rebel at the abandonment of the Constitution in peacetime. There must be something that destabilizes us, shatters the peace, and makes totalitarianism “necessary” or plausible. 

The event must be so horrific that when patriots protest, they will be hated or called traitors. It must be something that allows the leader who steps forward to say: “You are either with us, or with the terrorists.” America first patriots will be the “terrorists.” We will be the scapegoats. Even if an event is blamed on a foreign nation or group, like Iran or Russia or ISIS, or even if a foreign group really is behind it, American conservatives will nevertheless be called enablers or we will be called traitors if we don’t go along with another war or the loss of our Liberty that will follow in the wake. Few Americans protested the dastardly Patriot Act in 2001 because to do so was tantamount to being called a terrorist. It would be even worse if the presidency was decapitated and the government was thrown into chaos. 

I have written hundreds of pages, and many hundreds of thousands of words, of material about the communist conspiracy. It is Satanic. It is Kabbalistic. It is totalitarian. Illuminati ideology, which was systematized later under the name of communism by Karl Marx, is their ideology. These demons want blood. They have sacrificed tens of millions of babies on the altar of Satan. They have carried out genocides. They are currently carrying out a vaccine genocide. They shut down the world economy. They have stomped on rights and sovereignty. There is simply nothing won’t do to hurt, degrade, and destroy us. It has been correctly stated: 

“There is no crime he would not commit, no debauchery he would not set up, no plague he would not send, no heart he would not break, no life he would not take, no soul he would not destroy” (First Presidency message, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, General Conference, October, 1942). 

Ezra Taft Benson warned that the conspirators who seek to destroy America would use several potential methods. Here is his warning, sixty years old, but still relevant: 

“There are three possible methods by which the Communists might take us over. One would be through a sufficient amount of infiltration and propaganda, to disguise Communism as just another political party. 

“The second method would be by fomenting internal civil war in this country, and aiding the communists’ side in that war with all necessary military might. 

“The third method would be by a slow insidious infiltration resulting in a takeover without the American people realizing it. 

“The Soviets would not attempt military conquest of so powerful and so extensive a country as the United States without availing themselves of a sufficiently strong fifth column in our midst, a fifth column which would provide the sabotage, the false leadership, and the sudden seizures of power and of means of communication, needed to convert the struggle, from the very beginning, into a civil war rather than clear-cut war with an external enemy. 

“We can foresee a possibility of the Kremlin taking this gamble in time. In fact, it is clear that the Communists long ago made plans to have this method available, in whole or in part, to whatever extent it might be useful. The trouble in our southern states [i.e. the communist-controlled Civil Rights movement] has been fomented almost entirely by the Communists for this purpose. It has been their plan, gradually carried out over a long period with meticulous cunning, to stir up such bitterness between the whites and blacks in the South that small flames of civil disorder would inevitably result. They could then fan and coalesce these little flames into one great conflagration of civil war, in time, if the need arose. 

“The whole slogan of “civil rights” as used to make trouble in the South today, is an exact parallel to the slogan of “Agrarian reform” which they used in China. The pending “civil rights” legislation is, I am convinced, about 10% civil rights and about 90% a further extension of socialistic Federal controls. It is part of the pattern for the Communist takeover of America. The whole “civil rights” program and slogan in America today is just as phony as were the “Agrarian reform” program and slogan of the Communists in China 20 years ago” (Ezra Taft Benson, “We Must Become Alerted and Informed,” speech, December 13, 1963, in Jerreld Newquist, ed., Prophets, Principles and National Survival, 271-272). 

Is this not precisely what has and is happening? History judges the veracity of a man’s words; and history has judged Ezra Taft Benson’s words to be true and eerily prophetic. We have witnessed how the power-that-be have use massive propaganda and brainwashing to indoctrinate school children and society at large into repeating communist slogans. 

We have been cajoled into using glowing terms to talk about dark deeds. Baby slaughter or infanticide is now called “abortion” or “pro-choice.” Homosexual promiscuity is called “gay pride.” Heterosexual promiscuity, or lust, is called “love.” Being in error is called being “open-minded” or “progressive.” Accepting perversion, permitting evil, and winking at the hostile takeover of America is called “tolerance.” Patriots are labeled “terrorists” and “right-wing extremists.” Whites are labeled “racists,” “white nationalists,” and “anti-Semites.” Anyone who speaks out against the creeping Marxist conquest is branded a “Nazi.” 

These labels are part of the divide-and-conquer strategy. They want everyone to hate whites, whites to seek revenge against minorities, women to despise men, gays to attack normal people, Republicans and Democrats to detest each other, and so on. Using the Hegelian dialectic, they create friction, cause crises, manipulate minds, and manage the contrived conflicts by herding emotion-driven groups into specific directions. 

In a divided condition, it will be easier for the cabal to effect any one of the three potential strategies mentioned. First, since no effective mass opposition arose to its Fabian-style gradualism, the Democratic Party has been completely hijacked and transformed into a blatant Marxist organization. The Republican Party is not far behind. We have been so focused on “left vs right” that we have failed to focus on what is “right vs wrong.” 

Second, the divide-and-conquer strategy is perfect for fomenting civil war. Civil war never happens in an atmosphere of unity of principle, brotherly love, and national purpose. It happens when groups diverge because of selfish interests, when their ideals become incompatible, and when they no longer live the same essential lifestyle; for example, when one segment of society acknowledges the preeminence of the Ten Commandments and another segment swaps them for the Ten Planks of The Communist Manifesto

Third, “a slow insidious infiltration” has been ongoing for decades, but the jig is finally up. The 2020 election theft and the absurdities of the Coronahoax blew the lid off of the conspiracy. In order to thwart Trump’s reinstatement by the American People, the conspiracy had to largely unmask itself. Now, the emperor has no clothes; everyone who is paying attention can see the plain reality. Thus, the takeover the silent takeover attempt is over. The conspiracy will now resort to one of the first two options. 

Will they choose option one or two? Let’s consider deeply. In 2020, President Trump was reelected by a landslide, but millions of votes were invented out of whole cloth, were changed from Trump to Biden, or magically disappeared. The evidence is too overwhelming; it’s ironclad. You are either a liar or are totally ignorant if you try to claim Biden won in a legitimate election. He did not and you will one day account for the position you took on this treason. 

The Elite know that the People overwhelmingly supported their most hated rival – Donald Trump. Therefore, they know that no legitimate future election will go in their favor, which nullifies Benson’s first stated strategy. The only way the Democrats will ever win a major election again is if they cheat or give amnesty to the tens of millions of illegal invaders who infest America and bribe them to vote. 

The Democrats have stolen numerous elections big and small, so they have no compunction doing so. However, they know that the American People are now aware of their fraud and won’t stand for it too many times. So, while they plan to steal more elections as a short-term policy, they know that simply controlling one, or even both, Establishment political parties is a dead end. 

That leaves them with the second option – “fomenting internal civil war.” Since this is something they have been planning for decades, they’re not overly worried; especially since the American People are divided and are at each other’s throats. They know that though we outnumber them by a vast majority, we will fall if we are divided. 

When the time for civil war comes, the controlled media will be used, as it has been for years, to pit this group against that, misdirect, scapegoat the innocent, hide the guilty, conceal the truth, and invert reality. Comrade Biden’s September 2 declaration of war on the American People was full of inversions designed to bolster the flimsy rationale that conservatives are violent “extremists” and a “threat to this country” – a rationale that will be used to round up or execute patriots Bolshevik style. Biden’s diatribe included the pernicious statement that his ideology represented “light” and that the ideology of “MAGA Republicans” is “darkness.” That is precisely what Satan would say were he to appear as a fake “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). 

In short, civil war is coming. I believe it is unavoidable; bloodshed is inevitable. It won’t be a clear-cut North vs South situation, however. There won’t be two clearly-defined sides. It won’t be red states vs Blue states or the coasts vs middle America. It will be everyone against everyone, brother against brother, mother against daughter, son against father, neighbor against neighbor, Baptist against Methodist, black vs white, Texan against Texan, and so on. It will be mass anarchy and mobocracy and law and order will cease to exist. The nation will break into tribes and gangs will rove around, raping, looting, and killing for resources. 

It’s a bleak prospect, but I believe it is exactly what the Marxist Elite want. They want to bleed America dry, break up down, take possession of what’s left, and rebuild a communist utopia (i.e. a high-tech feudal state) from the smoldering ashes. America cannot truly be conquered in peacetime; the Elite know that. They know that only in a cataclysmic crisis can the nation’s deep roots to rule of law, constitutional government, family values, individual rights, and God, be severed. That is why they are laying the groundwork for civil war at the present moment, while planning to steal upcoming elections in the meantime. 

Part of the preparatory process is silencing our voices. They have tried to “cancel” patriots and influencers, pastors and congressmen. They have gone after Alex Jones in court, tried to prevent Marjorie Taylor Green from running for reelection, and censored any number of other influential voices. Our Founding Fathers taught that if our voice is taken, the only appeal is to arms. Can we honestly say the voice of the American People counts for anything today? No. Thus, war is inevitable. 

In Vikings Rising, Col. Walter Richmond concluded his book with this warning: 

“Didn’t America’s Founding Fathers ditch England for trying to limit their freedoms while imposing an endless list of intolerable acts and such?  

“When politicians seek to criminalize freedom of thought and expression, no matter under what concocted guise, the next rebellion is near. . .” (Colonel Walter T. Richmond, Vikings Rising: How Intolerant Leftists, Violent Commies, Liars, Psychopaths, Fake Newsers, and other Darlings of the Main Stream Media Unleashed a Movement, 436). 

It is nearer than most suspect. And it will be far more chaotic and hellish than most expect, too. President Trump won’t be reelected, if he is even permitted to run again without being indicted or assassinated. There may not even be a 2024 election. The conspiracy may easily pull out a false-flag attack that removes their liability-in-chief, doddering Beijing Biden, and establishes a military dictatorship that will try to silence patriotic opposition to oppression, sparking the next civil war. 

Please know that one stolen election is just cause for revolt. Two or three stolen elections on top of institutionalized political persecution, “justice” system attacks on patriots, and corruption in high places, is an open-and-shut case for rebellion. Lexington and Concord 2.0 is coming soon; and let it come! The war has already begun and it is coming to your door next! 

You will recall Patrick Henry’s immortal words spoken less than one month before the shot heard ‘round the world was fired at Lexington and Concord: 

“There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of [Washington]! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. 

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” 

Rousing words! General George Washington’s general orders to his men before the Battle of Long Island in 1776 is no less stirring. He challenged his soldiers thus: 

“[T]he hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty—that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men: Remember how your Courage and Spirit have been dispised, and traduced by your cruel invaders; though they have found by dear experience at Boston, Charlestown and other places, what a few brave men contending in their own land, and in the best of causes can do, against base hirelings and mercenaries—Be cool, but determined; do not fire at a distance, but wait for orders from your officers—It is the General’s express orders that if any man attempt to skulk, lay down, or retreat without Orders he be instantly shot down as an example, he hopes no such Scoundrel will be found in this army; but on the contrary, every one for himself resolving to conquer, or die, and trusting to the smiles of heaven upon so just a cause, will behave with Bravery and Resolution: Those who are distinguished for their Gallantry, and good Conduct, may depend upon being honorably noticed, and suitably rewarded: And if this Army will but emulate, and imitate their brave Countrymen, in other parts of America, he has no doubt they will, by a glorious Victory, save their Country, and acquire to themselves immortal Honor.” 

The American tradition is rebellion against tyrants, Liberty or death, and Independence at all costs. We taunt tyrants with the phrase “molon labe.” We put “Sic Semper Tyrannis” on our flags. We commemorate the great George Washington who, before he crossed the Delaware on Christmas night to make a surprise attack on the Hessian invaders, set the password “Victory or Death.” We are descended from real men who fought and sacrificed for their Faith, Families, and Freedom and it is our destiny, under God, to perpetuate a system of Liberty for the world. 

God will never abandon a righteous remnant on this special covenant land of America. Jesus Christ is the God of the land and we must serve Him. Those who do will be blessed, upheld, and preserved through the coming days. This is called the “tribulation” for a reason. It won’t be easy. We will watch our Republic be stolen from us by traitors and tyrants. We will watch our champions be killed or prosecuted. We will watch foreign nations and international entities rip us apart as the traitors in government do nothing but foment discord and civil war. Peace will be taken from the earth and the only place we will be able to turn for safety is Heaven. 

Only fools put their trust in men. Donald Trump won’t and can’t save us. No white knight is coming to rescue us. No George Washington is going to step up and lead with his commanding presence and iron will. Only God, whose land America is, can save us. And He can only save us when we repent, turn to Him, trust in Him, enter into His covenants, and live as His warriors of light and truth. 

President Trump may run in 2024 – I would be shocked if he didn’t – but those who stole victory from him in 2020 are entrenched in power and they will do it again, even if they have to start a civil war, carry out false-flag terrorism, kill their own puppet-in-chief, install a dictatorship, and smash the entire sham government and society to do it. We may or may not even have an election in 2024, depending on whether the Elite can find a way to remove Trump from the running and/or replace Biden with a stronger tyrant. 

We are at the end of the line. The American Republic has run its course. The principles of Liberty are eternal and the U.S. Constitution is inspired; they will continue. A righteous and well-prepared remnant will be preserved. But a Bolshevik dictatorship is going to be installed and tyranny will reign, for however brief a time. It will be established in blood, it will gorge itself on blood, and it will die in blood. The fall of Babylon is a prophetic certainty, yet so is the carnage it will perpetrate as it dies. 

If the American People don’t rise in righteous fury against the criminal cabal that lords over us and defies the Constitution and our sovereign voice, that cabal will carry out a complete decapitation of our government and will seek to install a militarized dictatorship, terminating the lives and quenching the Freedom of countless patriots in the process. 

Put your house in order. Prepare to survive hard times. Get a one-year supply of food, water, warm clothing, and essentials. Acquire useful skills. Learn to garden, forage, hunt, butcher meat, make food from scratch, sew, render first aid, etc. Relocate away from cities, high-population areas, and military installations. Network with likeminded patriots of faith. Educate yourself, family, and friends on the principles of constitutionalism, free enterprise, and ordered Liberty. Acquire means for self-protection and know how to use them. And keep close to God and His law. 

The beast has risen. He is in control, but his grasp on power is tenuous and has its limits. Prepare to ride out the tidal wave of destruction that will be unleashed as the beast grasps for greater power and kills itself in the process. Brace yourself. Fill the gap. Hold the line. We’re on the winning side and by and by, after the Devil makes his move, God will intervene, cleanse the nation, preserve a remnant, and establish an American Zion. 

Zack Strong, 
September 13, 2022

Biden’s Declaration of War on America

On Friday, September 2, 2022, the illegitimate puppet president Joe Biden gave a televised speech “On the Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation.” The unprecedented diatribe was little more than a declaration of war against half the country and a tacit threat of persecution against anyone who opposes his regime’s totalitarian agenda. 

Near the beginning of the doddering diatribe that instantly made his infamy official, the usurper-in-chief said that “equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise.” While we should agree that our nation is under assault, the big lie is who Bolshevik Biden claimed is doing the assaulting. He alleged that Trump and “MAGA Republicans” are the culprits and that they hate the Constitution, are insurrectionists, and are a threat to the nation. 

As you read our puppet-in-chief’s scathing words, remember that this sick despot was illegitimately foisted on us in a fraudulent election rigged by an international clique of gangsters hell-bent on eviscerating our Freedom and preparing to install a dictatorship over the land. In his halting, angry tone accentuated by raised fists and a blood-red background, Biden managed to splutter the following threats, lies, and hypocrisy: 

“Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. 

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic. 

“Now, I want to be very clear up front: Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology. 

“I know because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream Republicans. 

“But there is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country. . . . 

“And here, in my view, is what is true: MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution.  They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.  

“They refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself. 

“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love. 

“They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country. 

“They look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th — brutally attacking law enforcement — not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy, but they look at them as patriots. 

“And they see their MAGA failure to stop a peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 election as preparation for the 2022 and 2024 elections. 

“They tried everything last time to nullify the votes of 81 million people. This time, they’re determined to succeed in thwarting the will of the people. 

“That’s why respected conservatives, like Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Luttig, has called Trump and the extreme MAGA Republicans, quote, a “clear and present danger” to our democracy. 

“But while the threat to American democracy is real, I want to say as clearly as we can: We are not powerless in the face of these threats. We are not bystanders in this ongoing attack on democracy. 

“There are far more Americans — far more Americans from every — from every background and belief who reject the extreme MAGA ideology than those that accept it. 

“And, folks, it is within our power, it’s in our hands — yours and mine — to stop the assault on American democracy. 

“I believe America is at an inflection point — one of those moments that determine the shape of everything that’s to come after. 

“And now America must choose: to move forward or to move backwards? To build the future or obsess about the past? To be a nation of hope and unity and optimism, or a nation of fear, division, and of darkness? 

“MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies. 

“But together — together, we can choose a different path. We can choose a better path. Forward, to the future. A future of possibility. A future to build and dream and hope. . . . 

“We are still, at our core, a democracy. 

“’And yet history tells us that blind loyalty to a single leader and a willingness to engage in political violence is fatal to democracy. 

“For a long time, we’ve told ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed, but it’s not. 

“We have to defend it, protect it, stand up for it — each and every one of us. 

“That’s why tonight I’m asking our nation to come together, unite behind the single purpose of defending our democracy regardless of your ideology. 

“We’re all called, by duty and conscience, to confront extremists who will put their own pursuit of power above all else.  

“Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans: We must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving American democracy than MAGA Republicans are to — to destroying American democracy. . . . 

“So I want to say this plain and simple: There is no place for political violence in America. Period. None. Ever. . . . 

“I will not stand by and watch — I will not — the will of the American people be overturned by wild conspiracy theories and baseless, evidence-free claims of fraud. 

“I will not stand by and watch elections in this country stolen by people who simply refuse to accept that they lost. 

“I will not stand by and watch the most fundamental freedom in this country — the freedom to vote and have your vote counted — and — be taken from you and the American people.  

“Look, as your President, I will defend our democracy with every fiber of my being, and I’m asking every American to join me. . . . 

“MAGA Republicans look at America and see carnage and darkness and despair. They spread fear and lies –- lies told for profit and power. . . . 

“I made a bet on you, the American people, and that bet is paying off. Proving that from darkness — the darkness of Charlottesville, of COVID, of gun violence, of insurrection — we can see the light. Light is now visible. . . . 

“Even in this moment, with all the challenges we face, I give you my word as a Biden: I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s future.” 

The word of a Biden means exactly squat! The word of a Biden is like the word of Benedict Arnold, Bill Clinton, or CNN. He is a lying, manipulative cadaver propped up by even worse monsters to be the face of the destruction of America. 

Some of the above remarks are absolutely incredible, unconscionable, and dastardly. I know of no speech by a supposedly elected public representative that has ever been as outrageous and full of hate, distortions, and intimidation to dissenting American patriots. 

Biden outright labeled anyone who wants to “Make America Great Again” a “threat to this country” and said that we represent an “extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” He called the million plus patriots who peacefully protested in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, “insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy.” 

To be completely frank, when news broke across the controlled press that patriots had “stormed” the Capitol, a surprised excitement leapt inside me. I cheered. I hadn’t expected to see apathetic people take on the Washington cabal and I desperately wanted it to be true. For a brief moment, I thought that maybe, just maybe, America was waking up and was going to once and for all begin to fight back against tyranny. I was wrong and thoroughly disappointed. 

I find it despicable that “conservatives” everywhere have repeated ad nauseum “we don’t revolt.” Why would you be proud of yourself for admitting that? You divorce yourself from the American Founding Fathers and tradition if you disavow the right of revolution. Our forefathers rebelled against King George III for far lesser crimes than those perpetrated against us every single day. What do you think they would have done if a criminal cabal had forcibly stolen the election and installed a criminal on a foreign payroll as president? Is there even a miniscule change they wouldn’t have revolted? I think not. 

It is our Constitutionally-guaranteed, God-given right to speak our minds and to dissent from any government that fails to secure our rights and represent us properly. The Declaration of Independence applied not only to 1776, but to any year and any place. It began: “When in the course of human events. . .” This made it clear that the principles of the Declaration applied always and forever. The Declaration stated that: 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” 

The entire purpose of governments is to “secure” rights. Which rights? All of them, including, specifically, life, Liberty, and property, or, in other words, the ability to manage one’s life according to their own free will. What happens, however, when a government – any government, including our own – oversteps its bounds, fails to secure natural rights, or violates our rights? The Declaration of Independence answers: 

“[W]henever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness . . . when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” 

If Americans ever embraced the spirit of 1776, the illegitimate, unelected Biden regime would be thrown off and replaced by true patriots and oath keepers, the Federal Reserve would be rooted out, foreign assets imbedded in the intelligence agencies would be expelled, and turncoats would be tried, jailed, or strung up. The People would know that they are the masters, not the illegal puppet president and his gaggle of gangsters. They would assert their authority and replace the usurpers and oath-breakers who spend their days violating their precious rights, wasting their wealth, and insulting their intelligence. 

Biden’s speech was the ultimate affront to intelligence. He demonstrated how stupid he thinks the American People are and how slavish he wishes them to be. If the American People tolerate his bald-faced threats, perhaps they really are that daft and servile. However, I see Americans beginning to wake up and rally behind the patriotic standard. January 6th was a small taste of what would play out today if the same election theft happened again.  

The People’s shrinking purchasing power, the growing national chaos, and the extraordinary mental gymnastics of Establishment propagandists are simply too much to ignore. Even those who have never engaged in politics before are now organizing, educating themselves, networking with friends, going to schoolboard meetings, getting out to vote, talking about the issues, etc. Hard times create strong men; and we need strong men. 

Commentators on both sides of the political aisle have almost universally pointed to the Biden’s speech’s setting with its blood-red background, dark colors, troops standing behind the president, and nighttime environs, as being a symbol of tyranny. They call it “Hitlerian” or “fascist,” though I personally love the aesthetic and think it’s a strong symbol that has power and which can rally people to the standard when the person utilizing it speaks truth, stands for something positive, and opposes evil. However, when someone truly evil uses it as his platform to spread a lying message of oppression, it converts into an ominous sign and portends danger. There is a reason why every Hollywood film depicts evil with these colors and in this same scripted manner. 

“[T]he rulers of the darkness of this world” and “spiritual wickedness in high places” is what this is all about (Ephesians 6:12). Biden is a perfect example of Isaiah 5:20 in action. That timeless verse states: “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!” 

Doddering Biden literally called his regime’s pernicious agenda “light” while labeling authentic American patriotism “darkness.” He said of America-first patriots that “they live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies” – an inversion of reality. Everything he blathered was an inversion of the truth. He is one of the “rulers of darkness” who serves his master, the Evil One, Satan. 

He further inverted reality by calling a peaceful protest an “insurrection” while winking at true domestic terrorism committed by Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other Marxists over the past several years. He called our warnings about the “carnage” of the anti-American element in our country “lies told for profit and power.” It’s not a lie that these criminals have burned buildings, occupied police stations, shot people in the streets, looted stores, intimidated judges, stopped traffic, graffitied police cars, and other acts in the name of political agendas. 

Yet, these radicals get a free pass. Instead, anyone who opposes Biden or his regime’s tyranny is a “clear and present danger” to America. Yes, King George III also thought George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the Sons of Liberty, were a “clear and present danger” to his monarchy! 

In his diatribe, Biden swore to use the power of the state to crush all “MAGA Republicans.” That is, he swore to put down 75+ million of them. It was nothing short of a declaration of war on America. It was a divisive, malicious, unconscionable thing for a purported president to say. 

What will the American People do about this tyrant? So far, we have tolerated him. We have made a lot of memes, chanted “Let’s Go Brandon!” and other trifle acts. But what are we really going to do about this illegitimate usurper? It seems that we are simply waiting for the next election, convinced that it will be a sweeping victory for Liberty. What if it’s not? 

What if the election doesn’t turn out how we want? What if conservatives win, but only barely? Such a victory would mean very little. Only a landslide victory can effect a change. But will we have a landslide victory when those in charge of the upcoming elections are the same jackals who stole the past election with total impunity? 

The Democrats are so smug right now because they believe they will be able to cheat their way to a mid-term victory and to another victory in 2024. Perhaps they also have other tricks up their sleeves, including false flag attacks or wars that will destabilize the nation and either postpone, modify, or cancel the elections. This is what they screeched President Trump would do. Was it mere projection about what they would do? 

What is clear is that Joe Biden is a despot. He is an illegitimately-elected puppet beholden to foreign governments and international entities that hate this nation. He is presiding over a massive economic collapse and burgeoning world war. Things have gone from bad to worse under his reign. Vaccines are depopulating the nation and more people have died from “COVID-19,” so-called, under Biden than under Trump. Every metric shows that America is declining under Biden. 

At this low point in American history, to have the “president” stand up and shake his fists at half the country, threatening them with persecution, is a declaration of war. And if it is war: “Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” (Patrick Henry, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”). 

John Adams once asserted: 

“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant, in cases of necessity, can no more be doubted, than that to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for a worse, unless the people have sense, spirit, and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against tyranny; against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many. Let it be the study, therefore, of lawgivers and philosophers, to enlighten the people’s understandings and improve their morals, by good and general education; to enable them to comprehend the scheme of government, and to know upon what points their liberties depend; to dissipate those vulgar prejudices and popular superstitions that oppose themselves to good government; and to teach them that obedience to the laws is as indispensable in them as in lords and kings” (John Adams, “Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States,” 1787). 

Presidents and elected representatives (much less unelected ones) are not above the law. The People are above them. The Constitution is above them. The principles of Liberty and the Declaration of Independence are above them. “Sic Semper Tyrannis” was once the American cry. “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God” was our national motto.  

When traitors and tyrants declare war on us, we are at war whether we want to be or not. It helps no one to boast “we don’t engage in revolution.” Our Founding Fathers did not want to fight either, but they did because Liberty was more important than peace. They knew when King George III threatened them with execution for standing up for their rights that the die was cast. From that moment on, it was only a matter of when to declare Independence, not if. When is the time to rise? When is our time to stand up like freemen and assert our rights? When will we hurl despots from their thrones and humble them in the eyes of all? 

Rise, America! Embrace your heritage. Prepare for the struggle; the war has already begun. If you don’t want to fight, it doesn’t matter; war has been declared against you by an unelected, usurping tyrant. If you sit on your hands now, you deserve everything that’s coming to you. I trust you will stand and choose the right side. Stand and prepare for the time when the war will come to your front door. The next Lexington and Concord is coming soon. 

Zack Strong, 
September 11, 2022

Authority and Usurpation

“An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” – U.S. Supreme Court, Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425 (1886) 

Today, I was cited $150 in fines for ludicrous and contrived traffic violations in Panama where I temporarily live. I want to devote this article to explaining, yet again, what tyranny is, why most government operations – including police functions – are tyranny under a different name, and where true political authority comes from. 

Before I discourse on what tyranny is, let me say what crime is not. Crime is not violating the law. That’s not crime, because “the law” is often unjust, tyrannical, arbitrary, oppressive, unequal, disproportional, and, consequently, invalid and illegitimate. It is no crime to disobey and reject unjust, unequal, and rights-violating “laws.” 

This idea comes directly from our unique American heritage and is foreign in most nations. Rebellion to tyrants is the American tradition. Our Founding Fathers rebelled against their government, shot or tarred and feathered government agents, waged war against their government, and created a new legal system and society. Had their revolution failed, they would have been executed as “traitors” because they indeed committed “treason” according to the atrocious “laws” of Great Britain and its corrupt king. 

Five of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, in fact, were captured, tortured, and murdered. Other signers were killed by the British in the course of their revolt against tyranny. Yet, despite the laws and edicts prohibiting them from doing what they did, our forefathers “illegally” rebuffed Parliament’s unjust laws, “rebelliously” defied the king’s immoral edicts, and “treasonously” rose in armed rebellion against their oppressors. 

I repeat: It is no crime to merely disobey a law if that law is unjust or otherwise immoral. Don’t just take my word for it. Here is what the great Thomas Jefferson said: 

“[R]ightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual” (Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, April 4, 1819). 

The law is often – I would say usually – “the tyrant’s will.” And it is always tyranny when it steps on, violates, abrogates, infringes upon, or ignores your God-given, natural, individual rights in any way, shape, form, or fashion. Every law loses its force and validity the moment it steps one toe across the line of your Liberty. 

It was not only Thomas Jefferson who espoused this view. All of the Founding Fathers believed in a similar fashion and wrote in many different ways, under varied circumstances, about what constitutes illegitimate government. Theophilus Parsons expressed this sentiment at the Massachusetts ratifying convention: 

“No power was given to Congress to infringe on any one of the natural rights of the people by this Constitution; and should they attempt it without constitutional authority, the act would be a nullity, and could not be enforced” (Theophilus Parsons, in Neil L. York, ed., Toward a More Perfect Union: Six Essays on the Constitution, 163). 

Roger Sherman explained another situation where government acts are void: 

“The powers vested in the federal government are only such as respect the common interests of the Union, and are particularly defined, so that each State retains its sovereignty in what respects its own internal government, and a right to exercise every power of a sovereign State not delegated to the United States. And tho’ the general government in matters within its jurisdiction is paramount to the constitutions and laws of the particular States, yet all acts of the Congress not warranted by the constitution would be void. Nor could they be enforced contrary to the sense of a majority of the States. One excellency of the constitution is that when the government of the United States acts within its proper bounds it will be the interest of the legislatures of the particular States to support it, but when it overleaps those bounds and interferes with the rights of the State governments, they will be powerful enough to check it; but distinction between their jurisdictions will be so obvious, that there will be no great danger of interference” (Roger Sherman, December 8, 1787). 

The famed St. George Tucker observed: 

“All men being by nature equal, in respect to their rights, no man nor set of men, can have any natural, or inherent right, to rule over the rest. 

“This right cannot be acquired by conquest. . . . 

“The right of governing can, therefore, be acquired only by consent. . . . 

“Legitimate government can therefore be derived only from the voluntary grant of the people, and exercised for their benefit. 

“Since the union of the sovereignty with the government, constitutes a state of absolute power, or tyranny, over the people, every attempt to effect such a union is treason against the sovereignty, in the actors; and every extension of the administrative authority beyond its constitutional limits, is absolutely an act of usurpation in the government, of that sovereignty, which the people have reserved to themselves” (St. George Tucker, in Warren L. McFerran, The Principles of Constitutional Government: Political Sovereignty, 48-49). 

Founding Father Oliver Ellsworth, who was a lawyer, the third chief justice of the Supreme Court, a senator from Connecticut, and played a key role at the Constitutional Convention, stated

“This Constitution defines the extent of the powers of the general government. If the general legislature should at any time overleap their limits, the judicial department is a constitutional check. If the United States go beyond their powers, if they make a law which the Constitution does not authorize, it is void; and the judicial power, the national judges, who to secure their impartiality, are to be made independent, will declare it to be void. On the other hand, if the states go beyond their limits, if they make a law which is a usurpation upon the federal government the law is void; and upright, independent judges will declare it to be so.” 

Next, one of the first Supreme Court justices under President Washington, James Iredell, discussed this principle by giving us a hypothetical: 

“If any future Congress should pass an act concerning the religion of the country, it would be an act which they are not authorized to pass, by the Constitution, and which the people would not obey. Every one would ask, “Who authorized the government to pass such an act? It is not warranted by the Constitution, and is barefaced usurpation.”” 

Finally, James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 46

“[S]hould an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in a large State, very serious impediments; and where the sentiments of several adjoining States happened to be in unison, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter. But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm. Every government would espouse the common cause. A correspondence would be opened. Plans of resistance would be concerted. One spirit would animate and conduct the whole.” 

We could do this all day, but those few statements give you the flavor of our Founders’ thoughts. When government oversteps its bounds, it abdicates its authority, violates the social compact, and its acts become null and void. This is true of individual officers as well as government considered collectively. No one is bound by the illegitimate acts of government. No one must submit to illegitimate government. No one must demand compliance with unconstitutional, immoral, arbitrary, unjust, or oppressive “laws” no matter how many congresses, presidents, judges, and voters approve them because, as Samuel Adams put it in “The Rights of the Colonists” in 1772: 

“If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.” 

Political sovereignty transmits outward from the People. And the People is comprised of individuals. Each individual holds equal rights and authority as any other. No police officer or government agent has any authority greater than the lowest citizen. While many of the above statements concerned the relationship between the states and the federal government, I affirm that they apply in local and state situations. In fact, they apply always and forever because the matter of authority vs usurpation is always and forever present and preexisted government, the Constitution, or manmade conventions. 

Here, then, is the greatest litmus test to determine whether an action, policy, law, rule, or regulation is appropriate, just, and right: Do you have the authority and right to do it? If so, then you may delegate that authority to a police officer or to government, as the case may be. However, if you personally, as a private citizen, do not have a right to do a thing, you cannot delegate any such authority to another person no matter who he is. You can’t delegate what you don’t by right possess. 

Hans Verlan Andersen, in his must-read book Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen, explained: 

“The danger that we will abuse the police power any time that it is made subject to our direction is most likely for several reasons: 

“1. It is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. (D&C 121:39) 
“2. When we use force upon each other through government, we do so without fear of retaliation or condemnation, so conscience alone remains to restrain us. 
“3. We are easily deceived about government, because we are inclined to accept the following fallacies: 

“(a) Anything legal is also moral. 
“(b) We are not individually responsible for government action. 
“(c) A different moral law applies when men act in concert, than it does when they act alone” (Hans Verlan Andersen, Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen, 2-3). 

Let’s apply these principles to several situations and see what we surmise. Can you randomly pull up behind someone in your car and force them to pull over onto the side of the road? Can you randomly demand to see another person’s identification? Can you stop another person and compel them to pay a toll to pass a random point? Can you take away a person’s means of self-defense? Can you confiscate a person’s property or wealth or earnings? Can you take a child out of a family’s home, excepting, of course, if that child is in authentic danger? Can you even enter another person’s house or property without permission? Can you demand that a person pay you money for the privilege of traveling, or getting married, or driving a vehicle, or entering public land, or lighting a fire outside, or walking across a street at an “unauthorized” point, ad infinitum? 

No cop, no government representative, no judge, no IRS agent, no military general, no mayor, no president, no priest, no teacher, no school board stooge, no border patrol agent, no security guard, no banker, no neighbor, and no posse, has any ounce of moral authority to strip another peaceable individual of his personal property, which includes his earnings, money, and livelihood. Period. 

We do not have power over other people. We may not interfere in their lives. We only have the authority and right to direct our own personal stewardship. So, too, when acting together in government, we don’t have the authority to interfere in other people’s lives. Only when someone surrenders his rights by violating the rights of another person or of society may we then act to take from that person his life, Liberty, or property, according to the severity of the crime. 

Apply this understanding to your daily life and you will see that most of what government does is illegitimate and unauthorized by any reasonable sense of justice. Marriage licenses, driver’s licenses, building permits, death taxes, property restrictions, are all illicit and immoral. They all constitute gross usurpations and overreach. 

Now let me make this personal. I opened this article by stating that I was cited for $150 worth of bogus traffic violations by a traffic cop clearly behind in his quotas. While the corpulent cop who randomly flagged me down at a pseudo checkpoint where a gaggle of officers sat licking their chops to rob passersby of their hard-earned money indeed had a “legal” right to arbitrarily steal $150 from my pocket, this authority is illegitimate because, as a private citizen, he has no such right. 

Even when his fellow officer wanted to ignore the situation, he persisted and eagerly tallied up all the infractions he could think up while ignoring the petitions of my wife who was made late for work by this incident. I broke no law of any substance, even though I was indeed in violation of arbitrary regulations that would never be on the books in a sane society – such as having an outdated license plate (i.e. failing to give more of my money to the government for no good reason).  

Think about it more deeply. If a random person cannot randomly accost you and take your money (that is called theft in most places), neither can a cop who gets 100% of his authority from that random person. The law allowing this mini-tyrant to steal property from other people is tyrannical, oppressive, and unjust. The law be damned! The servile line-toers and enforcers of the law be damned as well! 

In situations like these, the people I am with always get mad at me and tell me to calm down instead of getting indignant at the unjust tyranny-enforcer (they must not be fond of me calling police “parasites” and describing, in so many words, why public execution of tyrants should be brought back. It made me even angrier to think that, at that very moment, I had a pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence in my pocket, but that it is not recognized in this banana republic). My blood can’t help but boil because I understand my rights, I know what tyranny is when I see it, and I am not one of those of whom Thomas Jefferson said “all timid men . . . prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty” (Thomas Jefferson to Philip Mazzei, April 24, 1796).  

I am not a timid man and I curse the timid who comply, submit, and slavishly follow those in so-called “authority.” If only they knew it, these bootlickers are the true sovereigns who hold every ounce of power and authority that those in uniform hold on loan from them. In a coming day, there will be confrontation between those with legitimate authority – that is, the People – and the usurpers of all stripes, whether they be local police, IRS agents, federal judges, presidents, senators, or Kathy on the schoolboard. Tyrants will be hurled down from their false thrones. They will be humbled. Their corrupt temple of lies and infamy will be demolished. The tree of Liberty will be nourished once more with the blood of traitors. 

Revolutionary patriot James Otis was a fiery figure who rebuffed the British government for its usurpations and oppression. In one article, he took off the gloves and stated the qualities of a true patriot and representative of the People and what we should do when our rights are trampled: 

“Integrity, with a sincere love for liberty & the British constitution, are also absolutely necessary; without integrity you cannot rely on his wisdom or abilities, and without a regard for liberty and the British constitution, he may value his own interest before that of his country; such a man will be always unfit to represent a free people, as he will be liable to yield to bribery of one kind or other, and sacrifice the public good to his private emolument, whenever he shall be tempted. Prudence and fortitude are likewise essential; if he has not prudence he may needlessly irritate your enemies; if he has not fortitude he may timidly give up your just Rights. There is however no character so dangerous to liberty as the man of prudence. You may possibly be right, but at this juncture it is not prudent to insist upon it, is the language of artful courtiers, and has done more hurt than can well be imagined. When our rights are invaded, it is high time to throw aside prudence, and believe me my countrymen, he is not worthy your suffrages who on such an occasion wou’d prudently resign them for the sake of peace. He that is afraid to speak his mind, and is for suffering injury, injustice or oppression, rather than disturb public tranquility or more properly dangerous security, is not to be confided in; for it is always safer to oppose any the least infraction of our happy constitution, than prudently to acquiesce for the preservation of peace. He that does not know ambition as well as avarice in rulers is never satisfied, and to yield in the material point only makes way for another, and so on till there is no more to give, must be a novice indeed; and he that knowing this, still persists to act on maxims of prudence, where our charter rights are concerned, is no better than a traitor to his country. A free government never degenerated into tyranny all at once, it is the work of years. There is nothing however will in the end more surely work the destruction of liberty, than a prevailing opinion that it is better tamely to submit than nobly assert and vindicate our priviledges. Prudence is necessary and only desirable to temper his conduct, and preserve him from ill timed and over heated zeal, in affairs of little or no moment, and which cannot affect the constitution: but he that is constantly preaching up this doctrine as suitable on all occasions is not to be trusted; as by that means he may ignorantly if not willfully betray your rights, and resign them into the hands of such men as are watching for your destruction” (James Otis, April 27, 1767). 

Dear reader, our rights are being invaded daily by oath-breakers, usurpers, and totalitarians. War is being waged against us. Governments in all lands have exceeded their mandate, violated the rights of their citizens, and lord over people as if they have a natural right to rule them. Shackles are being fastened on our wrists. Our pocketbooks are being systematically robbed in what Frederic Bastiat called “legal plunder.” In fact, he observed: “The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!” 

Yes, police play a crucial role in the march of tyranny. If police refused to enforce unjust laws, there would be no unjust laws. It would be as if they didn’t exist and the People would remain free. Yet, police have, by and large, sided with the enemy. They, like the sad example of a man who legally robbed me today, have chosen the path of power over others instead of the Liberty wherewith the Lord has made us free. All of this evil, including legalized plunder, enslavement of populations, and literal genocide, is being perpetrated against our world by a cult of criminals and their gaggle of local power-hungry enforcers. Are you ready yet to cast aside prudence? 

When will we rise? When will the slaves rise up against their masters? We virtue signal and say that slavery is wrong, but our actions show that we don’t really believe it. If we did, we would rebel at the creeping attempt by usurpers to shackle us economically, politically, and spiritually. Slavery is evil no matter whether it is Jews in Israel enslaving Eastern European women or Europeans enslaving blacks or Africans enslaving Africans or Arabs enslaving white women or Thai people enslaving each other or Mexican cartels enslaving children and trafficking them across the open U.S. border or governments enslaving their peoples from China to Australia to Chile to France. It’s all the same and it’s wrong. 

This corrupt temple will be cleansed. Will you help cleanse it or will you timidly go along with the lies that police and governments can do whatever they want, that they have authority over you, and that they submitting to them is a virtue? If parasitic police stealing your money based on asinine traffic violations that have no modicum of justice and legitimate authority to support them makes you angry, it should! Get angry! Our rights are being invaded, restricted, and deleted on a daily basis. It must end. But it will only end when those with legitimate authority – that is, you – care enough to stand up and fight. 

“Let the people, the whole American people, rise up and say they will have these abuses regulated, and no longer suffer political demagogues to gamble away their money, but turn them out of office to attend to their own business. Let the people make a whip, if not of good tough rawhide, of small cords at least, and walk into the temple of the nation, and cleanse it thoroughly out, and put in men who will legislate for their good, instead of gambling away their money and trifling with the sacred interests of the nation which have been entrusted to their keeping.” – Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, 13-14, July 4, 1854. 

Zack Strong, 
August 23, 2022

There is Still Time to Prepare

One day, the lights will go off, the news will stop broadcasting, gas pumps will cease to function, the highways will bog down and become impassable, trucks will stop delivering food, food will vanish from store shelves, police will stop arresting criminals, law and order will collapse, mobs and gangs will own the streets, bullets and bombs with explode with fury, mushroom clouds will be seen where once stood great cities and military bases, and panic will be palpable in the air. Many people roll their eyes at this type of warning. “It can never happen here,” they boast. Oh, but it can. And it will

Not only can it happen here, but many of the items on the list have already happened at various times. In our history, we have been invaded by foreign foes, rocked by civil war, endured uprisings, watched as cities were burned by Marxist thugs, lived through a great depression, participated in two world wars, suffered droughts, floods, severe blizzards, and myriad natural disasters, weathered terror attacks and false flags, lived through plagues both real and fictitious, witnessed presidential assassinations, rigged elections, and de facto coups, seen mass roundups of dissidents and other innocent people, and so forth. To say “It can’t happen here” is one of the most asinine and ignorant statements a person could ever utter.

Furthermore, America is considered the “main enemy” of the communist regimes in Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and beyond. They and their Western allies – traitors in our own government, on Wall Street, in Hollywood, and in every stratum of society – have devoted their lives to collapsing the United States and drawing us into a Bolshevist-style high-tech feudalism. Wicked individuals like George Soros have publicly pledged to destroy America and pour billions of dollars into the coffers of militant groups, judges, politicians, media personalities, think tanks, perverse movements that undermine healthy and moral culture, and so forth.

The amalgam of foreign communists, treasonous Americans of socialist and radical bents, and internationalist organizations from the Bank of International Settlements to the United Nations to the World Economic Forum to Apple to Amazon to BlackRock, is determined to erode, collapse, and conquer the United States. This clique of Luciferian, Kabbalistic gangsters will use any and all means to accomplish their goal, just as they have done in Russia, China, Venezuela, and beyond. 

This criminal cult has already unleashed a virus on humanity and used it as a pretext to inject billions of human beings with a dangerous bioweapon. Vaccines are unscientific, based on a false premise, inherently dangerous in principle, and have a suppressed history of carnage rivaled in scope and sadism only by the butchery of communism in Soviet Russia and Red China and the global genocide of the unborn we call abortion. However, the COVID-19 bioweapon is beyond the pale and has already resulted in millions of deaths worldwide – 12 million according to vaccine researcher Steve Kirsch. To think that the same jackals who did this to us won’t take it a step farther and deliberately implode the economy, create a civil conflagration, and start a world war, is utterly insane. 

It doesn’t matter if you call me a “conspiracy theorist” or think I’m deranged or alarmist. Such labels are used by the puerile and unthinking and mean nothing. How will you feel when you have to kill and eat your neighbor just to survive? Will you remember me as a “conspiracy theorist” when that dreadful day comes? When you lose everything and have to flee your home in terror, what will all your dismissals and contempt mean then?

Don’t be foolish. Don’t be prideful. Don’t be stubborn. Prepare now. You still have a little time if you begin today. The first thing you need to do is take stock of your current situation. Be realistic. Look in your pantry and see how much food you have. How long would it keep your family alive? One week? Two? A month? Is it enough? Likely it is not sufficient to keep you alive for any significant time or through any extended global crisis. The question, then, is what are you going to do about it? 

Food storage is an imperative. You must get a food storage. You need more than the two-week supply most people recommend. That’s peanuts. I recommend at least a one-year supply of food, water, and other essentials. 

Some people think this is extreme or not even possible. I assure you it is absolutely possible. I did it as a broke college student working part time and barely scraping by. Don’t tell me you can’t do it. That is an excuse. That is defeatism. You might as well curl up in a ball on the floor and cry if you are not willing to go the extra mile, shift around your priorities, and sacrifice in order to save your family.

As to the types of foods you should store, I leave it to your judgment. However, start with the staples. Begin not with the luxury items, goodies, or extras, but with rice and beans – those foods that sustain life. You may not routinely eat rice and beans, but you will be grateful for them in a crisis. Ideally, you would store the food you normally eat, but when you are first beginning, it’s more important to have something – anything – to fill your bellies.

Perhaps more importantly, you need water. It is not feasible for many people to have a one-year supply of water on hand. However, you can acquire water filtration devices, drops, and tablets fairly inexpensively. Get a Sawyer Mini or a LifeStraw. They are portable, lightweight, and can filter hundreds of gallons of water. If you say you can’t afford one, I reply that you can’t afford not to have one. If you have private property, dig a well, set up a system to catch rain, or simply buy rain barrels. You can’t live without water, so if you don’t like my suggestions, figure it out for yourself as soon as possible. Water and food should jointly be your top priority.

You also need warm clothing. Depending on where you live, this is an absolute necessity. A warm coat, boots, gloves, hat, scarf, and so forth. You need to have them. You also must have a source of warmth, whether fire, portable heaters, a power generator, extra layers, etc. You likely won’t survive a hard winter in a grid-down situation without having prepared in advance to keep yourself warm. You should likewise have a go-bag – or multiple – stashed at home and in your car that contain basic survival elements, including a way to keep warm.

You also need fuel to heat food, your shelter, and yourself. As with water, it might not be practicable for most to have a massive supply of kerosene, propane, or gasoline. However, you can have a solar power generator, wood, hydro-electric energy, and other means. It might seem expensive to get a nice generator, but what is the alternative? Sort out a source of fuel for your family.

Another extremely crucial aspect of preparedness is relocation. If you live in a huge city, good luck getting out in a crisis. If you manage to escape via the unpassable highways and the gangs and mobs, you will still have the challenge of getting to a safe location. It would be infinitely better for you to already be in your chosen safe haven when the crap hits the fan. Make the sacrifice to relocate now when we still have relative stability. Buy some property. Put in an infrastructure if possible. Start planting trees, berry bushes, and crops that can sustain you one day. It takes a lot of work to set up a viable retreat location, so start ASAP. Most importantly, get out of the major metro areas, away from high populations, and away from military bases and strategic military targets. The Intermountain West – Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and parts of surrounding states – is the prime location. Heartland America generally, from the Black Hills to the Ozarks, will be far safer than anywhere on the coasts or border areas. Stay rural. Live near and network with traditional, upright, patriotic folks with a survival mindset.

Next, begin to acquire survival skills. This includes things such as gardening, harvesting, sewing, hunting, butchering meat, canning food, preserving seeds, sprouting and making bread, starting fires, felling trees, small engine/machine repair, carpentry, first aid, shooting practice, HAM radio prowess, community networking, leadership, etc. There is a reason why Samuel Adams emphasized the need for experienced patriots who could step forward in a crisis and save our country. You can’t learn all of this overnight. Start today. 

Having a means of self-defense is also crucial. As with the specific types of food you should store, I leave it to you to decide. However, the AR platform is the standard. Have a small, concealable firearm, but also have something with more utility in a war. Whatever weapons you choose to place in your arsenal, you must train with them. It does no good to have a fancy new semi-automatic rifle if you have never fired rounds through it, practiced with it, and hefted it around in a training scenario. Firearms are Liberty’s teeth – let’s bear them proudly. 

Finally, and most importantly, you need God in your life. Just as guns are useless without training, all of the above is futile without a relationship with your Savior Jesus Christ. Atheists and irreligionists won’t save America. Yet, even non-Christians can still be a benefit to their fellow man by adhering to natural law principles, the precepts of universal morality, and the Golden Rule of conduct. However, the only true course of safety – particularly in this special land of covenant – is in following the Lord Jesus Christ. Develop discernment. Learn spiritual communication. And begin to heed the whisperings of the Spirit and conscience

In closing, let me bluntly say that an unprepared patriot is no patriot at all. How can you lecture anyone on the problems we face if you aren’t prepared to face them or, as a minimum, you aren’t actively working towards self-sufficiency and a state of preparedness? What kind of leader can you be if your family will starve within days of any major crisis or if you are stuck in a city with no escape plan? You must put your own house in order first before trying to cousel others.

Today is the day to prepare. You still have time. The nuclear bombs have not fallen yet. The dollar has not totally collapsed. Russian tanks have not yet rolled over the Polish border. The U.S. Constitution has not been formally thrown out. Americans have not yet been disarmed. But all of this is coming and we must prepare to thwart it, save our families, and put ourselves in a position to be leaders who can help reorganize, rebuild, and restore society after its engineered collapse. You may disregard these heartfelt warnings, but when it all comes true and your world crumbles around you, don’t pretend no one warned you.

Zack Strong,
August 18, 2022