What I See Coming

This article is my attempt to put into words what I foresee playing out in the United States of America in the future. The future is far from bright, ladies and gentlemen. We are on the precipice of a hellish reality the likes of which we’ve never experienced in this country. We are traveling down a path that leads to a new Dark Ages.

Spiritual, mental, and moral darkness engulf the earth. Our country – once a beacon of light to the world – has been targeted for destruction by our enemies. The consequence is a population that now rejects God, hates itself, allows its Freedom to be chipped away, is ashamed of its noble history, and is willing to be led by the nose by anyone promising free stuff, government welfare, a life without responsibility, or a reprieve from the consequences of sin, criminality, and bad decisions.

As we plunge further into this darkness, we will face vicious civil war, brutal bloodletting, mindless mobocracy, ghastly rapine, large-scale plundering, economic collapse, societal breakdown, rampant immorality, religious persecution, and monstrous tyranny. We are coming apart at the seams. Fires of violent hatred are being stoked by the lords of chaos who seek to divide us in order to conquer us. Even though their Marxist strategies are painfully obvious to anyone with eyes to see, they are effective. We are not finished yet, but our foot is agonizingly ensnared between the piercing teeth of a powerful steel trap.

Some say they would rather a civil war happen now than continue our gradual descent into the abyss. Let those who love Freedom gather and fight the enemy and get it over with, they say. Lock ‘n’ load! I’ll admit that I sometimes feel the exact same way. However, we should not be ignorant of the fact that a new American civil war will not be like Lincoln’s war against the South. It will not be a civil war with opposing camps divided nicely between North and South, between East and West, between the coasts and Middle America, between Republicans and Democrats, or between gun owners and gun-grabbers.

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Rather, a new civil war will look more like mobocracy and anarchy. It will ravish each community as brothers fight brothers, families rip each other apart, co-workers turn on one another, church congregations split asunder, police attack police, military units target each other, and everyone distrusts everyone. Law and order will break down and the federal government will essentially lose its power. The judicial system won’t operate properly. The protections of the Constitution will be voided. Mob rule will prevail.

In the midst of our intestine difficulties, it is extremely likely – if not already inevitable – that the communist world will take the opportunity to topple their “Main Enemy” once and for all by launching World War III. Whether a new American civil war will come before a Russian-Chinese assault is anyone’s guess. For many decades, the communists have had contingency plans for numerous scenarios. They are prepared to exploit any given situation to their benefit. This is doubly true when we consider that the communists are the ones primarily behind most of the chaos we see.

As I’ve documented in my books A Century of Red and Red Gadiantons, the communists are behind the cultural division we see everywhere. They either created or hijacked the Civil Rights movement, feminism, LGBT, radical environmentalism, humanism in academia, and so forth. Communism, more than any other ideology, is the greatest threat to our nation and world. It is a Satanic threat that is, despite the propaganda about the “collapse” of the USSR and the “death” of communism, more powerful and prevalent than ever before.

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I highlight only two of the communists’ most successful battlefields in America: Racial politics and feminism. The racial division we see so prominently on the news is a communist invention from start to finish. Black liberation politics are actually Red. The specter of “racism” has been kept alive by communists in order to stir up minorities against whites. Everywhere that you see radical black groups like Black Live Matter and the New Black Panthers demonstrating, rioting, or griping about some phony injustice, you find communist provocateurs whispering in their ears.

“White guilt” is the brainchild of America-hating Marxists. Whites have nothing to be ashamed about. Nothing. In fact, Caucasians are responsible for the greatest political, economic, societal, technological, and military achievements in mankind’s history. Our ancestors ended slavery as an institution. Our forefathers raised the standard of Freedom to an oppressed earth. Yet, we are portrayed as the great villains of the world who need to apologize for our skin color, ancestors, institutions, achievements, and history while bowing down before the throne of Marxist minorities and self-loathing white traitors.

Before the communists infiltrated the black community, blacks actually had a lower crime rate, fewer divorces, and were more religious than whites. They were neat and clean and respectable. However, communists infiltrated their communities and played the victim card and radicalized blacks so profoundly that now they are the most violent, crime-ridden, anti-family, drug-saturated, ghetto-oriented segment of society. They are being duped and used as pawns in the communist game.

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While we are told that whites attack and oppress and hate blacks and other minorities, the reverse is statistically documentable. In his tremendous book Red Badge, retired police officer Doug Traubel goes to great lengths to debunk the media myths about white-on-black “racism” and supposed white-on-black crime and discrimination. The truth is that “over 90 percent of black murder victims nationally are killed by black assailants” (Traubel, Red Badge, 203). In actual fact, police rarely shoot blacks – especially when compared against the staggering number of blacks who attack police. Blacks assault, murder, rob, and rape whites exponentially more than whites attack blacks or any other minority group.

After citing many official crime statistics as well as reports by experts in the field, Traubel concluded that “if there is a War on Black America, it is black murderers who mass-murder other blacks” (Traubel, Red Badge, 205). Yet, the media and officialdom promote their false anti-white narrative in order to stir up hatred, prompt more violence, fuel chaos, and put a hedge of distrust between minorities and whites and between everyone and law enforcement. Police in particular, though they in fact do have a host of legitimate and systemic problems that must be dealt with, are being unjustly depicted as “nothing more than the Klan in blue” (Traubel, Red Badge, 194). It is all a part of the communist scheme to frame and disenfranchise Caucasian America.

Despite being unfairly maligned and smeared by the communists, J. Edgar Hoover was one of the greatest anti-communist crusaders in our history. He understood the Marxist threat and breathlessly warned all who would listen of their strategies for disrupting the peace, stability, and moral essence of our culture and nation. Regarding the communist infiltration of the black community, Hoover noted:

“The Party’s claim that it is working for Negro rights is a deception and a fraud. The Party’s sole interest, as most American Negroes know, is to hoodwink the Negro, to exploit him and use him as a tool to build a communist America” (Hoover, Masters of Deceit, 229).

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Unfortunately, most blacks don’t realize they are being used. Well over 90% of blacks vote Democrat – a party now openly aligned with the Communist Party USA – and thereby support abortion, welfare-statism, indolence, racial identity politics, higher taxes, fewer rights, gun restrictions, government limitations on business, etc. The communist agitators in the black community – people like Van Jones, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Nikki Giovanni – are leading their fellow blacks into race-fueled conflict after conflict, hoping to force radical communist change on a weary nation.

The feminist abomination is also a communist creation. I have written and said so much on this aspect of the conspiracy that I won’t repeat it all here. Suffice it to say that feminism was invented to fulfill Karl Marx’s dream of abolishing the family. Only by abolishing the family – the bulwark of the Faith and Freedom of any society – can a nation be fully conquered. Communism is inherently anti-family and promotes feminism in order to break down the institution of marriage and home. They fight against traditional values, the Biblical patriarchal order, and families.

The Soviet Union was the first modern nation to legalize abortion-on-demand as well as no-fault divorce. It is telling that the United States eventually adopted these communist social reforms. The feminists have been the greatest promoters of the Soviet vision of “free love,” infanticide, lax morals, rampant divorce, and broken homes. Ultimately, Bolshevik radical Inessa Armand spoke the truth when she said:

“If women’s liberation is unthinkable without communism, then communism is unthinkable without women’s liberation” (Quoted in Sharon Smith, “Women’s Liberation: The Marxist Tradition,” International Socialist Review, Issue #93, summer, 2014).

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Because we have allowed the communist cancer to sap our strength and erode our institutions, we are on the verge of total collapse. We have largely sold our birthright as Americans. We have betrayed the legacy of our forefathers and the very spirit of Americanism. We have adopted a hostile foreign philosophy in everything from economics to government to education to sex to politics. Yet, as Ronald Reagan truthfully stated:

“[T]herein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us. You and I know, and do not believe, that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery” (Ronald Reagan, “A Time for Choosing,” October 24, 1964).

The seductive voices of the American counterculture condemn our Founding Fathers, belittle our tried-and-true principles, rip on our Constitution, target white America, attack our families, undermine our institutions, and foam at the mouth in their ranting against our long-held Christian values. Yet, those voices don’t speak for me. They don’t speak for my family, my parents, or my siblings. They likely don’t speak for you if you are reading this blog. And they don’t speak for millions of good, God-fearing, loyal American patriots who would rather die than live in chains.

Because the two worldviews in question – Christian constitutionalism and Satanic communism – are incompatible, they must fight. “Peaceful coexistence,” a communist slogan designed to disarm their opposition, is not an option. Only one of these opposing ideologies can survive the ongoing death struggle.

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Because of prophecy and the divine declarations of the Almighty, we know that Christ has already won the victory. He has vanquished the Devil and conquered the grave. However, though the outcome is already known, the war still rages. You and I may both fall as casualties if we are not careful. Satan plans to drag as many of us down with him as he can. None of us are exempt from his machinations. And certainly no nation is immune to Satan’s devices.

America, the great defender of Liberty in the earth, is the “Main Enemy” of Satan’s system of global tyranny. Because of this, he has concentrated his forces on attacking us. Unfortunately, he has been wildly successful. His minions are preparing to implode our Republic and bring us down into the depths of chaos and internal war, from which they hope to emerge victorious and powerful.

As my regular readers know, I am a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I recently bore my personal witness of Christ which you can read here. Because of my testimony of the truth, I see the future through the lens of prophecy. It has been said that “Prophecy is but history in reverse—a divine disclosure of future events” (Ezra Taft Benson, “Prepare Ye,” Ensign, January, 1974). And so it is. Scriptural prophecy is the most accurate source of information you can find regarding current events.

I also examine the past in order to see where our steps are taking us. In his hallmark “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” speech, Patrick Henry rightly stated: “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.” With prophecy and the record of history, we can see through the smokescreens thrown up to blind our eyes and conceal the reality.

Judging from prophecy and from historical experience, it is easy to see where humanity is heading. There is absolutely no mystery about it – the Lord and His prophets have told us precisely what to expect. The only problem is that people do not want to think about terrible things. They do not want to contemplate “the worst” that can happen. Yet, it is precisely this reluctance to face reality and our own failings that makes prophecy come true.

The mortal Messiah foretold that in the day before His triumphant return as King of kings and Lord of lords – a day that draws ever nearer– things shall be “as the days of Noe [Noah] were” (Matthew 24:37). The people at the time of Noah were so wicked and rebellious that, in His mercy toward an innocent generation of His children being raised without a chance for righteousness, the Lord cleansed humanity by means of a flood. Genesis 6:5 tells us that in Noah’s day: “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of his heart was only evil continually.” Today, it seems that sanity has fled and people run back and forth in mindless rebellion against everything just, holy, good, and true. In my estimation, we have collectively reached, if not surpassed, the same level of wickedness that prevailed in Noah’s day.

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Satan is running rampant in our society and throughout the world. He is gathering and coordinating his forces. Everywhere you look, they are combining against Christians and anyone who opposes the communist system he is seeking to set up globally. These things are only a prelude to the final push Satan has planned – the push that will topple Faith, Families, and Freedom once and for all and usher in an Anti-Christ system with himself at the head.

A modern revelation given through the Prophet Joseph Smith foretells of the horrors that await us unless we repent and turn our hearts back to the Savior. The warning speaks of the time just before the coming of the Lord – our time. It prophesies:

“But, behold, 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).

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Those familiar with Biblical prophecy notice the stark similarities between this revelation and the warnings found in the books of Matthew, Revelation Ezekiel, Joel, and elsewhere. The Lord has warned us repeatedly that we are approaching a day of cataclysm that can only be avoided by sincere repentance. In Noah’s day, the Lord gave the people a chance to repent after hearing Noah’s prophecy of impending doom before He sent the rain. Today, we have also been warned and there is time remaining to repent. Yet, like in Noah’s, we are rejecting the Lord’s warnings and pleadings. And like in Noah’s day, the results will be catastrophic unless we wake up and reform. The Lord has promised, however, that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30).

The Lord has given us so much prophecy about our day precisely because He doesn’t want to chastise and punish us. He loves us and wants us to choose to be righteous. Only through a course of righteousness can we avoid destruction. Our Founding Fathers understood the correlation between wickedness and destruction and contributed their warning voices. On the eve of the American Revolution, John Witherspoon cautioned:

“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).

Our enemies also understand this reality. They have worked hard to corrupt our morals, undermine our faith, and sever us from all that is good, holy, just, correct, and full of light. They understand that war and conflict have the ability to transform a society and corrupt a nation’s morals faster and more completely than any other thing. They have therefore devoted much of their strength to luring us into foreign wars and pushing us to the brink of civil war domestically.

In 1963, Ezra Taft Benson warned of some of the possible scenarios for the communist conquest of America. They are still valid today. Notice the emphasis on war and internal conflict:

“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 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).

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We have already covered the race war that Marxists are attempting to foment. Whether race, the depreciation of our currency, gender, an attempt to confiscate firearms, or some other factor is the impetus, I am confident that the communists will attempt to trigger a civil war in America. This war might coincide with a surprise strike by Russia and China or it might precede such a strike and serve as a softening up measure. But either way, we are looking at a future fraught with chaos and literal war in our streets.

The communists are so embedded in our society, and they have done such a fine job of indoctrinating so many millions of Americans, that I believe civil war is inevitable. This is so because we have lost much of our precious Liberty and Liberty is only regained through bloodshed. However, the extent and scope of that war is ours to decide. If we work hard now and rally enough people to the standard of Liberty, the war might be limited to a short duration or might not affect our location very noticeably. If we remain complacent and do not adequately prepare ourselves, however, we might consign ourselves to years of bloodshed, rapine, lunacy, rage, and anguish. And the longer a war of this type rages, the more likely is our defeat as the anger, hatred, and harsh feelings of loss harden our hearts and blind our minds.

In his book Civil War Two: The Coming Breakup of America, Thomas W. Chittum warned of much the same outcome if remain on the same path we are currently walking:

“America was born in blood. America suckled on blood. America gorged on blood and grew into a giant, and America will drown in blood. This is the spectre that is haunting America, the spectre of Civil War II, a second civil war that will shatter America into several new ethnically-based nations . . . Simply and directly put, America will explode in tribal warfare in our lifetime. . . . Bands of guerrillas will stalk about the countryside – raping, looting, murdering, clashing with each other.

“. . . Civil War II in America will set off a super depression that will plunge the entire globe into economic chaos, which will further deepen the economic collapse here in America.

“Food production will all but cease. The hungry will fight to the death over scraps of garbage. Millions will starve, and millions more will die from infectious diseases. Behold the vision of Civil War II.

“. . . Depending on the scope and duration of Civil War II, tens of millions could perish in a mass starvation unprecedented since the beginning of time. Millions more will die of disease due to immune systems weakened by lack of food. The very old and children will die off first. Soldiers, the most valuable and most heavily-armed portion of the population, will suffer the least.

“. . . Western Civilization will be transformed; tribalism will blossom into its ultimate expression. . . . And what excuse will we American have? . . . that no one cautioned us that a house divided against itself cannot stand?” (Thomas W. Chittum, in David N. Balmforth, America’s Coming Crisis: Prophetic Warnings, Divine Destiny, 73-74).

A frightful picture, to be sure; but an accurate one nonetheless. If we don’t want to suffer through the depravity and pain of a gruesome civil war, we must heed the warnings of history and the voices of those who are now mocked as “conspiracy theorists” and “right-wing wackos.” We must prepare by getting a substantial food storage (I recommend a one-year supply) and storing up necessary supplies, by learning necessary skills, by relocating to safer locations (the Intermountain West ought to be #1 on your list), and by getting right with God.

The Book of Mormon – a book of scripture similar to the Bible that also testifies of the divinity and mission of Jesus Christ – tells the history of two civilizations that inhabited ancient America. One of these, the Nephites, possessed a government that, like our American system, operated on the twin principles of rule of law and the voice of the people. About 2,000 years ago, the Nephite nation was rocked by internal strife as a group of elitist judges, lawyers, high priests, and people seeking power over their countrymen, assassinated the chief governor of the land and overthrew the government. This incident provides a case study for how a civil war might play out in modern America.

The enemy in this story was a vile group of conspirators who, the scripture tells us, were “the friends and kindreds of those who murdered the prophets” (3 Nephi 7:6). They “did combine against the people of the Lord, and enter into a covenant to destroy them” (3 Nephi 6:29). They also “did set at defiance the law and the rights of their country; and they did covenant one with another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over the land, that the land should no more be at liberty but should be subject unto kings” (3 Nephi 6:30). In accordance with their plan, “they did destroy upon the judgement-seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of the land” (3 Nephi 7:1).

This brazen assassination of the duly-elected leader set in motion a chain of tragic events. We are informed that because of this event:

“the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred and friends’ and thus they did destroy the government of the land.

“And every tribe did appoint a chief of a leader over them; and thus they became tribes and leaders of tribes. . . .

“. . . and all this iniquity had come upon the people because they did yield themselves unto the power of Satan.

“And the regulations of the government were destroyed, because of the secret combination of the friends and kindreds of those who murdered the prophets. . . .

“Now this secret combination, which has brought so great iniquity upon the people, did gather themselves together, and did place at their head a man whom they did call Jacob;

“And they did call him their king; therefore he became a king over this wicked band; and he was one of the chiefest who had given his voice against the prophets who testified of Jesus.

“And it came to pass that they were not so strong in number as the tribes of the people, who were united together save it were their leaders did establish their laws, every one according to his tribe; nevertheless they were enemies; notwithstanding they were not a righteous people, yet they were united in the hatred of those who had entered into a covenant to destroy the government.” (3 Nephi 7:2-3, 5-6, 9-11).

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America today is exhibiting a very similar tribalistic spirit. We see this tribalism every day. Republicans are combined against Democrats, Democrats are combined against Republicans – and neither side wants to cooperate with the other. Entire neighborhoods in the inner cities are black or Hispanic or Chinese or Jewish and don’t welcome whites or outsiders. Gangs control entire swaths of territory and police are even afraid to enter at times. Police have adopted an “us vs them” attitude toward civilians and many of us resent them for treating us like insurgents in some warzone. Antifa thugs are arming and gathering to fight against so-called “fascists” and “Nazis” (i.e. dyed-in-the-wool American patriots).

Militias are on the rise, with many creating outposts and retreats in the woods and actively preparing for conflict (I encourage this, but it is symptomatic of the tribal mentality I’m speaking of). Enclaves of like-minded folks – very similar to tribes – are forming in Montana, Idaho, Utah, and in states throughout the Union. Liberals flock to L.A., New York City, Chicago, Baltimore, and major metropolitan centers while conservatives and sane people flee the cities and gather in rural areas. Rich people are building or buying bunkers. Gated communities are proliferating. Everywhere you look, division and tribal attitudes dominate.

In a future American civil war, I do not see a clear-cut, two-sided “us vs them” conflict. Rather, I predict a “me vs everyone” outlook. It will be mobocracy in its rawest form. When law and order break down, people will naturally gather with like-minded people. Again, people might form a group, or tribe, based on political persuasion, religious beliefs, survivability (i.e. he has the guns, let’s join with him or they have food, we’ll stick with them), family ties, sexual orientation, gender, geographical considerations, etc. People who imagine a second American Revolution of the People against the tyrannical Elite are fooling themselves.

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An eventual war in this country will look similar to the Nephite conflict recounted above. When the government goes down – whether through an assassination, the start of a war, a coup attempt, or whatever the cause – people will immediately form tribes. If not for conscious reasons, people will gather in like-minded groups just to survive. Tribal gangs will roam the nation fighting each other.

I predict that many, if not most, of these tribal groups will be “united in the hatred of those who had entered into a covenant to destroy the government.” The truth is so obvious that you have to be willfully ignorant to not know that secret combinations or conspiracies exist within our society. Most people realize that there are sick people in our government. They might not recognize who they are or exactly how they operate, but they know that some invisible hand is pulling strings, lies, covering up scandals, perpetrating murder, stealing our wealth, trying to pervert our culture, and attempting to dictate how we run our daily lives. Many people resent this and would assume hang the perpetrators if they knew who they were or felt they had popular support.

In a recent article titled “Our Ruling Elites Have No Idea How Much We Want to See Them All in Prison Jumpsuits,” Charles Hugh Smith observed:

“The one issue that could unite the fragmented citizenry is moral revulsion: As the Epstein [sex trafficking/abuse] case promises to reveal, there is literally no limit on the excesses and exploitations of the privileged few in America, no limit on what our Ruling Elites can do with absolute impunity.

“The Nobility of the feudal era had some reciprocal obligation to its serfs; our New Nobility has no obligation to anyone but themselves. It is painfully obvious that there are two sets of laws in America: bankers can rip off billions and never serve time, and members of the Protected Class who sexually exploit children get a wrist-slap, if that. . . .

“Our Ruling Elites have no idea how many of us already want to see them all in prison jumpsuits, and they also have no idea how fast the moral revulsion with their corrupt “leadership” might spread. Scanning the distracted, consumerist rabble from the great heights of their wealth and power, they reckon the capacity for moral outrage is limited, leaving them safe from any domestic crusade.

“They also trust that the citizenry can be further fragmented, further distracted, and so they will continue to be invulnerable. Or worst case scenario, a few especially venal villains will need to be sacrificed, and then all will return to the bliss of Neofeudal exploitation.

“But they may have misread the American citizenry, just as they’ve misread history.”

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The scenario described by Smith is eerily similar to the history recounted in The Book of Mormon account cited. The people, distracted and wicked as they were, nonetheless hated the Elite who had corrupted the government and overthrown the stability of the land. Might it not be the same today? I believe that when the crap hits the fan, many millions of Americans will resist the tyranny of the ruling Elite and say “no more.” We will almost certainly split into tribes for a period of time in the wake of a major national cataclysm, but the tribes will likely share a “moral revulsion” of the corrupt statists in Washington and their state capitols.

The lessons of history and the warnings of prophecy ought to jolt us awake. We should be propelled into action by the urgency of our situation, if not by our inborn love of truth and Liberty. We are asleep and apathetic, distracted and divided, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, we have lost many of our Liberties that only blood can purchase anew, but there are still many otherwise good people who have not thrown their hats into the ring who can help us tip the balance. We must reach these individuals and win them to our side by the superiority of our ideas and message and by inspiring them with the stories and slogans of our noble ancestors who gave their all for Freedom. It does not take a majority to win, only an “irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men” (quote often attributed to Samuel Adams).

For millennia, the Lord has warned us of what would transpire in our day. His prophets down through the ages have described our time of turmoil and how to endure it. The advent of modern communism and its horrific and unparalleled history of plunder, militarism, rapine, slaughter, slavery, genocide, and hate ought to convince of us of the truthfulness of the Lord’s message. In 1942, a group of spiritual leaders I know to be inspired warned society that they were following Satan down the path of destruction. They admonished:

“Infidelity, atheism, unchastity, intemperance, civil corruption, greed, avarice, ambition – personal, political, national – are more powerful today than at any other time in the lives of us now living. They are pulling and thrusting us almost at will into new fields of action, new lines of thought. They are shaking the faith, undermining the morals, polluting the lives of the people. They have thrown many so far off balance in all of their activities, economic, social, political, and religious, that they stand in real danger of falling. Satan is making war against all the wisdom that has come to men through their ages of experience. He is seeking to overturn and destroy the very foundations upon which society, government, and religion rest. He aims to have men adopt theories and practices which he induced their forefathers, over the ages, to adopt and try, only to be discarded by them when found unsound, impractical, and ruinous. He plans to destroy liberty and freedom – economic, political, and religious, and to set up in place thereof the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed men. He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods. 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. He comes as a thief in the night; he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Without their knowing it, the people are being urged down paths that lead only to destruction. Satan never before had so firm a grip on this generation as he has now” (First Presidency message, Conference Report, October, 1942, 13).

Yes, we have been warned time and time and time again. If we continue to allow Satan and his earthly followers to twist our minds and pervert our souls, there is nothing vile and dreadful they won’t persuade us to do. There is no war, plague, controversy, scandal, or lie they would not inspire against us. If we don’t finally recognize that the Satanic communists are the greatest threat we face, we will continue to travel down the road of violence, hatred, and conflict until we finally tear each other apart in a fratricidal war unlike anything the world has seen.

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Ezra Taft Benson reminded of the high stakes of this titanic struggle:

“Let’s get one thing straight at the very beginning. International communism is the self-avowed enemy of every loyal American. It has declared war against us and fully intends to win. The war in which we are engaged is total. Although its main battlefields are psychological, political and economic, it also encompasses revolution, violence, terror and limited military skirmishes. If we should lose this war, the conquering enemy’s wrath against our people and our institutions will result in one of the greatest blood-baths of all history. Call it a “cold war” if it makes you feel better, but our freedom and our very lives are the stakes of this contest” (Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, 165).

This total war will likely one day include civil war and widespread mobocracy. If we are not prepared for this eventuality, we will be paralyzed by fear. If we have not gathered a food storage and supply basic necessities, relocated to a safer area, prepared contingency plans for disasters both natural and man-made, informed ourselves about the threats, learned crucial survival skills, and got cleared our consciences before God, we will be totally unprepared when war knocks on our door.

The things I have described above – the brooding tribalism, violence, plagues, and war – are only a taste of the horrific future I see because we have rejected our God and His commandments and have allowed Satan to win over our hearts and erect a system of tyranny above us. I raise my warning voice, though it might only reach a few receptive ears, against Satanic communism and in favor of Christian constitutionalism. I warn of impending world war and internal conflict in America, the greatest nation on earth. I warn that though we still have a handful of years to prepare before the full fury of the storm sweeps down upon us, and that we ought to dismiss those who claim collapse is “imminent,” the time is drawing short.

I warn that Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Mexico, and their allies, are preparing to take advantage of whatever chaotic situation might arise – or that they might be able to foment – here in America. I warn that Marxist agents are at work in every major city in our Republic fomenting discord, riling up minorities against whites, deceiving women with feminist slogans, scaring gullible people with baseless “climate change” fear-mongering, making false accusations of “sexism,” “racism,” “chauvinism,” “homophobia,” “toxic masculinity,” “white supremacy,” and “Nazism” against faithful American patriots and anti-communists, and doing everything they can to spark a blaze of hate that can be fanned into an inferno that they hope ends with them in power.

Contrary to what some may think of me, I really don’t want to spend my time focusing on these dark and troubling issues. I would prefer to spend my time creating, not criticizing; uplifting, not warning of the destruction of my homeland. Yet, I must waste and wear out my life in this cause because I know it is right, just, and true. I love my country, I love my family, and I love my God-given rights. I cannot stand by as an idle spectator as my enemies try to take each of them away from me and reduce me and my loved ones to slavery. Any man that would do that is not worthy the title of man.

The Prophet Joseph Smith once had a vision of America’s future wherein he “saw men hunting the lives of their own sons, and brother murdering brother, women killing their own daughters, and daughters seeking the lives of their mothers. I saw blood, desolation, fires. The Son of Man has said that the mother shall be against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother. These things are at our doors. They will follow the Saints of God from city to city. Satan will rage, and the spirit of the devil is now enraged. I know now how soon these things will take place; but with a view of them, shall I cry peace? No; I will lift up my voice and testify of them” (Joseph Smith, July 2, 1839).

Make no mistake – I know our side wins the war. I have no doubt about that. However, I want to avoid as much bloodshed and suffering as possible on our march to victory. We have lost much ground through years of apathy and inattentiveness, so it will be an uphill struggle and all true patriots and Christians will be tested to the max.

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Those of us who are awake have a responsibility to shake our countrymen out of their deep slumber. This one task will require all our efforts, talents, and perseverance. It is not easy to break through decades of programming and conditioning. As daunting as this sounds, many of us will likely be forced to fight for what we love just like the Sons of Liberty were forced to wield their muskets in defense of their country. It is my hope that we will remember what hangs in the balance – our Faith, Families, and Freedom – and exert ourselves like real men. If we seek the blessings of a free country enjoyed by Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and their fellows, we must be prepared to make the same sacrifices they made.

With a view of the hell gathering on the horizon, nothing should ever cause us to let up, back down, or surrender. Too much is at stake. If you do your job as a patriot correctly, you will be persecuted and face opposition. But if you do your job as a patriot correctly, you will also reap an eternal reward and your name will be venerated down through the generations of time; and you might just save your country.

Zack Strong,

August 8, 2019.

My Witness of Christ

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16).

My faith in, and personal witness of, the divinity of the Savior Jesus Christ is the central plank in my life’s creed. More than any other thing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has informed my principles, my politics, and the most decisive decisions of my life. I see and judge all things through the Gospel lens. It is no exaggeration to say that I am who I am primarily because of the pure and simple doctrines of the Son of God. I ask your indulgence as I share my personal feelings about my Savior and His Gospel and the profound influence they have been in my life.

At the outset, I want the reader to know that I do not bear testimony simply of things I have read in a book, that I heard a pastor preach, or that my parents taught me. My testimony does not come from intellectual reasoning alone. Rather, I can stand before the world and declare that my witness comes from the Holy Spirit. It is a personal and private witness that I have independent of every other person on earth. I gained this knowledge through the Spirit after sincere searching, study, fasting, and prayer.

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I have always believed in Jesus Christ from the time I was a child and heard my parents teach of Him. However, mere belief – as important as belief is – is not equal to knowledge. A person can read something in a book and believe it. He may hear a professor lecture on a topic and have faith that he has just heard the truth. However, only the knowledge imparted to one’s spirit by the Holy Ghost can rightly be called a witness or a testimony. Therefore, when I bear my testimony or witness of Jesus Christ and the points of His doctrine, please know that I am speaking not from my secular learning or out of mere hope, but from the spiritual confirmations that have been whispered to my soul on numerous occasions by the Holy Ghost.

Of the many things I can bear witness of, I first testify of the reality and existence of God the Father. He lives and governs in the Heavens. He is the literal Father of Jesus Christ. He is also the literal Father of our spirits. We are His literal sons and daughters. We lived with Him before it was our appointed time to come to earth to be tested for our faithfulness to His teachings.

In our glorious pre-earth home, we learned of our Father, walked with Him, talked with Him, felt of His love, experienced His embrace, and enjoyed His divine presence. There we learned of His Plan for our progression. Like any good father, our Eternal Father wants us to become like Him and to possess everything He possesses. The Apostle Paul affirmed this truth when he taught:

“The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17).

If we follow the steps outlined in the Gospel of the Son of God, we can become the “heirs of God” and receive the fulness of His blessings and glory and exaltation alongside our Savior Jesus Christ.

In the pre-mortal state of existence, we were taught the particulars of our Father’s Plan, called alternatively the Plan of Salvation or the Plan of Happiness, including the need for a Savior to redeem us from our inevitable failures. The scriptures attest that we “shouted for joy” at the prospect of coming to earth to prove ourselves and, through our faithfulness, qualify to enjoy eternal life with our Father (Job 38:7). I testify and affirm that I know we lived before and that we will live still after the death of our mortal bodies. So emphatically do I know the reality of our pre-earth existence that I wrote an entire book – The Lineage of the Gods – to witness of it and to teach the plain truth.

Lucifer was also in the beginning. The Bible confirms that he was there when the Father presented His Plan to His children. Lucifer thought he knew better and proposed an amended version of the Plan – a version which denied our right of individual agency and accountability but which, he claimed, would lead to the salvation of every soul. Through his plan, Lucifer intended to became the Savior and turn everyone’s hearts toward him. He secretly wanted to “exalt [his] throne above the stars of God” (Isaiah 14:13) and claim the position of Deity.

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Angels do not have wings, but it is a good image of Lucifer’s defeat nonetheless

Naturally, Lucifer’s self-serving and Freedom-destroying plan was rejected by our Father. Upon being rejected, Lucifer rallied his supporters and rebelled against the Father. John stated that this caused “war in heaven” (Revelation 12:7). One-third of Heavenly Father’s children sided with Lucifer while two-thirds rejected the Adversary’s plan and sided with Jesus Christ and their Eternal Father (Revelation 12:4).

You and I were among the two-thirds who originally chose the Lord and rejected Satan. Now we are here on earth, with our memories of those earlier times deliberately veiled, to prove whether we will again choose the Father’s Plan for our eternal happiness. The great quest of life is to again learn about the Father’s Plan, as well as Lucifer’s plan which is embodied in communism, and to choose the correct path. This quest is difficult because Satan hates us and is waging relentless war against us (Revelation 12:17). However difficult to follow, the only correct path is that which leads back to the Father through our Mediator Jesus Christ.

I testify that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Anointed and Chosen One. Before His mortal birth, He was Jehovah of the Old Testament. When He was born of Mary, He became known as Jesus. He is the literal Son of God in both body and spirit. While fully human as to His flesh, He was also fully God. Because of this, He was and is the only One empowered to fulfill the Father’s Plan.

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The Lord fulfilled the Plan of Salvation by sacrificing Himself to appease the demands of eternal justice and broken laws. Because He was the only sinless One, He stood outside the grasp of justice and the curse of broken laws. The sacrifice of His guiltless blood appeased justice and gives the Lord the power to extend mercy and grace to those who believe in His name, repent of their sins, become baptized and receive the Holy Ghost, and who follow His commandments with sincere heart to the end of their lives. The Savior’s sacrifice is called the Atonement which means that by His blood and mercy we are again made one with God.

Elder Richard G. Scott, a modern apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, eloquently explained the necessity of Jesus’ Atonement:

“Each of us makes mistakes in life. They result in broken eternal laws. Justice is that part of Father in Heaven’s plan of happiness that maintains order. It is like gravity to a rock climber, ever present. It is a friend if eternal laws are observed. It responds to your detriment if they are ignored. Justice guarantees that you will receive the blessings you earn for obeying the laws of God. Justice also requires that every broken law be satisfied. When you obey the laws of God, you are blessed, but there is no additional credit earned that can be saved to satisfy the laws that you break. If not resolved, broken laws can cause your life to be miserable and would keep you from returning to God. Only the life, teachings, and particularly the Atonement of Jesus Christ can release you from this otherwise impossible predicament.

“The demands of justice for broken law can be satisfied through mercy, earned by your continual repentance and obedience to the laws of God . . . The Redeemer can settle your individual account with justice and grant forgiveness through the merciful path of your repentance. Through the Atonement you can live in a world where justice assures that you will retain what you earn by obedience. Through His mercy you can resolve the consequences of broken laws” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness,” General Conference, October, 2006).

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The scriptures amply attest that Jesus Christ is the only One through whom we may receive forgiveness of sins and return back to our Father one day. The Atonement not only secures the salvation of those who repent and follow Christ, but it offers the Savior’s help, mercy, love, and blessing in times of need, distress, depression, sickness, and persecution. Paul gave one of my favorite statements when he insisted:

“For we have not an high priest [Jesus] which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrew 4:15-16).

The ancient prophet Alma likewise testified of “the throne of grace.” Said he:

“[B]ehold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all – for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people. . . .

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

“Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of the people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me” (Alma 7:7, 11-13).

While working out the Atonement in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Savior took upon Himself the terrible weight of guilt felt by those who sin. What’s more, He took upon Himself the physical and mental pains, anguish, and suffering we experience through sickness, abuse, accidents, etc. He felt our heartbreak, feelings of loss, depression, confusion, anger, and betrayal. He felt everything horrible you have ever experience or will ever experience. He not only felt and experienced that all that you have experienced, but all that everyone has experienced or caused others to suffer. There is nothing you have ever felt that He doesn’t fully understand from His own personal experience. The Spirit intellectually comprehends everything, but the Savior voluntarily took upon Him all our physical suffering so that He could actually comprehend it and therefore know how to alleviate our pain and mend our broken hearts, minds, and bodies. He truly is the Great Physician.

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It is this same Jesus who is the Lord of lords and King of kings. It is He whose name we must take upon ourselves. It is He in whose holy name we pray. It is He who calls us to Him and offers His mercy on terms of repentance and faithful obedience. It is Jesus Christ who will soon return to earth to cleanse the earth, heal the persecuted, and claim His right to rule. Though I do not and cannot comprehend the depths of suffering He endured in Gethsemane and on the cross in order to be able to offer me His forgiveness, mercy, and love, I thank Him for His gift! I know He is the Son of God, the Redeemer of Mankind, and the only One before Whom I will bow and worship.

I also testify of the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost. Each member of the Godhead – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is a separate and individual Being. These three souls are united in their efforts, desires, and goals. Their great work is to help us return to Them and to become like Them. This would be impossible without the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Ghost who confirms truth to our minds and hearts. Without His confirming whisperings, we could know nothing of God or the Savior. All revelation comes through the workings of the Spirit. When a person testifies that they know Jesus is the Redeemer, they can only do so after having the Holy Ghost testify this same verity to them.

The priceless and incomparable blessing of the companionship and guidance of the Holy Ghost comes to us only after we have been baptized into the Lord’s Church and have had authorized Priesthood holders place their hands upon our head and direct us to receive the Holy Ghost. This gift of the Holy Ghost is one of the chief blessings in mortality. It is this member of the Godhead who teaches us of Christ, gives us a testimony, guides us through life’s dark times, sanctifies us from sin, and prepares us to return to our Father in Heaven. I testify that, though I have at times ignored His soft voice, the Holy Spirit is a reality – a real Being whose sole mission is to testify of the Father and Son and bring us to Them.

I further give my witness of the divine origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This organization is the Lord’s true Church established again in our present day. The Savior established His Church when He was upon the earth and directed Peter, James, John, and His apostles to spread it to the world. This they faithfully did. However, both the historical and scriptural records are painfully clear that the Lord’s Church, after just a couple generations, went astray and ceased to bear the divine stamp of approval.

The New Testament is full of warnings about impending apostasy. Paul warned that there would be a “falling away” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). Peter, the Lord’s chief apostle, testified that there would be “false teachers” in the Church which would preach “damnable heresies” and lead the Saints into error (2 Peter 2:1-3). Even in Old Testament times prophets foresaw the future and noted that there would a mass apostasy from the truth. Amos, for instance, prophesied:

“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).

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The martyrdom of Peter

The apostasy happened as predicted. The wayward Christians “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator” (Romans 1:25). The Lord’s apostles were tragically martyred, ending the chain of Priesthood authority needed to perform vital saving ordinances like baptism. The lack of authorized prophets ended the flow of formal revelation between the resurrected Redeemer and His Church.

As unbelief and false ideologies ensnared the Saints and the prophets were killed one-by-one, the Lord’s Church ceased to exist. Because there were no prophets to speak in the name of the Lord and expound correct doctrine, the Lord’s simple teachings became confused, perverted, and mixed with pagan traditions. All of these things made necessary a full restoration of the Priesthood, prophets, and the organization of the true Church.

From the beginning of man, whenever the Lord has had dealings with us, He has operated through prophets. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Lord called a man to be a prophet when He saw the time was right to restore His Church. The young man whom He called was named Joseph Smith. This humble Christian was searching for the true Church when he took the advice found in James 1:5 and prayed to know the answer to his problem.

The Father of us all responded to Joseph Smith in a powerful, unprecedented manner. The Father, accompanied by the Son of God and the palpable power of the Holy Ghost, appeared to the fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith as he knelt in humble prayer in a now sacred grove of trees in New York state. Joseph Smith asked the Heavenly Beings which church He should join. The Savior answered that Joseph should join none of them because they had all perverted His Gospel. Joseph was informed that he was to be the instrument in the Lord’s hands to restore His ancient Church, complete with its powers and Priesthoods and doctrines.

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Throughout the years, a large number of skeptics have mocked Joseph Smith for his account of this monumental vision. They have mocked him for claiming to be a prophet called of the Almighty to establish a Church and bring forth scripture and declare doctrine and prophesy with the authoritative words “thus saith the Lord. . .” Yet, notwithstanding the skeptics and all their spurious, hate-filled books and films and pamphlets attempting to demonstrate that the Prophet Joseph Smith was a liar, the Spirit confirms the truth to honest truth-seekers. And the truth is, as confirmed to my soul, that Brother Joseph was a good man, a man chosen of the Lord, a prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ. I honor and revere his name and happily bear witness of his calling as prophet of God and restorer of Christ’s Church.

The Prophet Joseph Smith defended himself and his vision of God the Father and His Son in these words:

“I soon found . . . that my telling the story had excited a great deal of prejudice against me among professors of religion, and was the cause of great persecution, which continued to increase; and though I was an obscure boy, only between fourteen and fifteen years of age, and my circumstances in life such as to make a boy of no consequence in the world, yet men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against me, and create a bitter persecution; and this was common among all the sects—all united to persecute me. . . .

“However, it was nevertheless a fact that I had beheld a vision. I have thought since, that I felt much like Paul, when he made his defense before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he saw a light, and heard a voice; but still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was mad; and he was ridiculed and reviled. But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise; and though they should persecute him unto death, yet he knew, and would know to his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking unto him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise.

“So it was with me. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation” (Joseph Smith History 1:22, 24-25).

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Watch a film about Joseph Smith’s remarkable life and mission here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xVw6PsSinI&t=2476s

What integrity and sincerity! I find in Joseph Smith a pure heart and noble motives. The Savior told us to judge a man by his fruit. If we apply this to the Prophet Joseph Smith, we must judge that he was a true Christian who did good, served his fellow man, promoted goodness and righteousness, condemned evil and spoke against corruption, and spent his short life bearing witness of truth.

Joseph’s sincerity is not to be doubted for, in the final equation, he refused to recant his testimony and was murdered alongside his brother for it. No man would suffer so much and give so much for a lie. There are much easier ways to become rich, famous, and powerful, if that was truly his intention. Yet, I declare my witness that Joseph Smith was a thoroughly good man who did more to uplift and elevate humanity than any man since Jesus Christ. Much of his work is embodied in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which, through God’s Priesthood authority bestowed upon his head by the hands of angels and resurrected beings, he restored to the world.

Apart from a life of Christian service and love, the Prophet Joseph Smith left us tangible proof of his divine call to be a prophet and restore the Savior’s Church. He left us The Book of Mormon. Most people who reject and condemn The Book of Mormon do so without ever having seriously examined the book and without having sincerely prayed about its authenticity. The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture similar to the Bible. It does not replace or do away with the Bible and it certainly doesn’t contradict the Bible when the Bible is properly interpreted and understood. Together with the Bible, The Book of Mormon bears witness of Jesus Christ and confirms His true doctrines. The two witnesses have become “one” in the Lord’s hand, as Ezekiel foresaw (Ezekiel 37:16-19).

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See Ezekiel 37:16-19

Whereas the Bible is a collection of writings and revelations from Hebrew prophets living in the Old World, The Book of Mormon is a compilation of writings made by ancient Israelite prophets living in America. They lived on this very land, a land which the Lord has declared to be a Promised Land “choice above all others” (Ether 2:10). It was America that was the location of the Garden of Eden and many other historical events. It is a chosen and special land that has been inhabited for millennia by peoples specifically brought here by the hand of God. These ancient peoples had prophets and were led by the voice of Jehovah Himself. The culminating event among one of these peoples – the Nephite people – was a visitation by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ after His Ascension in the Holy Land.

A 1960 publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says this of The Book of Mormon:

“The Book of Mormon tells the same truths about God and His work that are told in the Bible, though in many cases in a more simple and plain way. . . .

“Jesus is the central figure of both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Everything was written to emphasize His mission as Redeemer and Savior of the world. While the Nephites were camped at the Red Sea, three days’ journey from Jerusalem, Nephi saw in vision many of the great events that would happen down to our own time. Most importantly, however, was his vision of Jesus. Nephi saw Him as a babe in Mary’s arms. He saw Him as a man baptized by John in the Jordan River. Nephi saw Jesus with the twelve apostles going among the people healing their sick and ministering comfort and consolation to all alike. Finally, Nephi saw Jesus crucified on the cross for the sins of all men. All this happened in Palestine just as Nephi saw it in vision six hundred years earlier.

“The Book of Mormon picks up the message and story of Jesus right where the Bible ends. It tells of His visits to America after his resurrection in Jerusalem. It tells how Jesus organized His Church among the Nephites with apostles at the head just as He had done in Palestine. To the Nephites He proclaimed the same principles of salvation, faith, repentance and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins as they are taught in the New Testament. He blessed little children and said they need no baptism because they are innocent and already free from sin. Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon foretells the coming of Christ in the last days to reign personally upon the earth.

“The great message of the Book of Mormon, then, is the same as that of the Bible; that Jesus lives and is the author of salvation to all who will believe and follow Him” (M. Lynn Bennion and J.A. Washburn, History of the Restored Church, 18-19).

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The Book of Mormon is, without any question, my favorite book. I have learned more from this one 500-page volume of scripture than all the other books I have ever read combined. There is a true power in The Book of Mormon. The Spirit resides in its sacred pages. It testifies of Christ at nearly every turn. It refers to the wondrous Atonement dozens of times and explains its doctrine in a pure and simple manner. It explains the nature of man’s Fall, the necessity of a Savior, the reality of the Savior Jesus Christ, the truthfulness of the Atonement, and testifies that salvation only comes through the Lamb of God.

A particularly powerful passage from The Book of Mormon expels any thought that the book is not a Christian book. The ancient prophet Nephi proclaimed:

“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.

“Wherefore, we speak concerning the law [of Moses] that our children may know the deadness of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away.

“. . . the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law.

“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 25:26-29).

Yes, Jesus is the Christ! The Book of Mormon brings people to Christ. It points its readers’ minds and hearts to the Redeemer. It encourages us to keep the commandments, to pray to the Father in Jesus’ name, to meet together to worship the Lord, to love God and our fellow man, to sustain the Bible as God’s word, to sustain the prophets which the Lord sends among us, to gain a personal witness of truth for ourselves rather than relying upon the words of men, and a thousand other useful and correct things. I love The Book of Mormon!

If The Book of Mormon is not true, then everything I have testified of is a lie. But The Book of Mormon is true. I know this because the Spirit has confirmed it to my mind, heart, and spirit on numerous occasions. I can stand before the world and declare the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon, the integrity of the Prophet Joseph Smith who translated it from an ancient record, and the importance of the book’s message.

One of the most important messages of The Book of Mormon is to warn us of Satanic threats to Freedom. My second book, Red Gadiantons, is partially devoted to explaining these prophetic warnings of secret conspiracies that anciently existed and which the past prophets saw would exist in our day and threaten the overthrow of the world. Elder Hans Verlan Andersen, a past General Authority of my Church, stated:

“It appears that one of the main purposes of the Lord in giving us the Book of Mormon was to warn us against destroying ourselves through the adoption of Satan’s form of government. Two mighty civilizations were destroyed on this land choice above all other lands and the cause of destruction was the same in each case – the corruption of the government by wickedness” (Hans Verlan Andersen, Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen, 64).

In modern times, prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have warned that the ancient record is true – a Satanic conspiracy bent on mankind’s destruction does exist. They have identified this Satanic conspiracy as communism. Much of my life’s work has been devoted to fighting communism for this very purpose. More to the point, when I was twelve years old I received a personal witness from the Holy Ghost that communism was not dead and the Soviet Union never collapsed, as the world assumed, and that communism remained the greatest threat to the world.

That knowledge fired my soul and I have worked endlessly to open people’s eyes to the truth I learned through the Spirit and have confirmed by thorough research and my experience living in Russia as a missionary. It is not merely a point of speculation, but a part of my actual knowledge that communism is the wickedest and most powerful enemy facing mankind and that it will consume us if we do not actively oppose it.

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Captain Moroni waving his Title of Liberty

The Book of Mormon not only discusses the workings and goals of Satan’s secret conspiracies, but provides a vibrant account of the antidote to its spiritual and political poison. My hero from The Book of Mormon is a great warrior called Captain Moroni. Moroni single-handedly saved his nation from defeat and subjugation in a series of bloody wars. It was this great man who rallied his people. He did so with a slogan he called the Title of Liberty. It read: “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children” (Alma 46:12).

This Title of Liberty was hoisted upon every tower and loudly proclaimed throughout the land. Captain Moroni and his army fought valiantly to secure the Freedom of their people. They fought to defend the free government God had given to them and the right of the people, under that government, to make their laws and select their own leaders. It is a free government supported and defended by a righteous, Christian populace that has the power to thwart the machinations of evil individuals like modern communists.

The account of Captain Moroni and his fellow Freedom Fighters is inspiring. I draw tremendous strength from it. One of Moroni’s most trusted generals was a man named Teancum. One day, I wish it will be said of me what it was said of him upon his gut-wrenching death: “[H]e had been a man who had fought valiantly for his country, yea, a true friend to liberty” (Alma 62:37). It has always been one of my highest aspirations to be like the Nephite Freedom Fighters Captain Moroni, Teancum, Lehi, and Lachoneus. I intend to do my utmost to see that the flame of Freedom is never extinguished and that my own countrymen look to God, their religion, their Freedom, their peace, their wives, and their children and do whatever it takes to preserve them.

I bear my witness of Freedom. It is an eternal principle. The Lord is more interested in extending the blessings of Freedom than any mortal who ever lived. His Atonement and sacrifice for us is the ultimate defense of Freedom. It represents Freedom from the grave, Freedom from sin when we repent, Freedom from despair as we turn our hearts, and so forth. As Paul told us, we have “been called unto liberty.” Because of this, we ought to “stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Galatians 5:1, 13). Freedom – the most precious word in the English language!

To ensure Freedom in these last days of turmoil when Satan rages upon the earth making war against the Saints, the Lord inspired a group of men to establish a free country and Constitution. I bear my witness that the Founding Fathers of the United States were humble men of faith and goodness, that they were inspired by the Almighty to break away from tyrannical Britain and establish a free Republic, and that the Holy Spirit rested upon them and inspired them in crafting the Constitution. I revere the Constitution and consider it equally valid as any declaration of holy scripture. It is part of my religion. The principles of Liberty are part and parcel of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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In modern revelation given through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord declared that He inspired the Constitution. He specifically commanded His followers to importune for a redress of their grievances through the appointed Constitutional method, or:

“According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;

“That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.

“Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.

“And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:77-80).

The Lord Himself established the Constitution. He did it to ensure the Freedom of “all flesh.” He wants us to be free and to be accountable for our own choices. The Constitution, when correctly administered and interpreted, provides exactly this. So correct and important are the provisions of the U.S. Constitution that the Lord also revealed that anything “more or less” than them “cometh of evil.” Specifically, He revealed:

“And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

“Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

“And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil” (Doctrine and Covenants 98:5-7).

If at times I seem fanatically devoted to the Constitution and the men who crafted it, it is because it is part of my religion. I can witness of the truthfulness of the Constitution’s principles and of the integrity of the Founding Fathers as strongly and confidently as I can witness that Jesus is the Christ. I will die before I recant that testimony. As I live, it is true. And I will spend my days promoting the principles of the Lord’s Constitution, come what may.

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President Russell M. Nelson

Though I brushed upon it earlier, I want to stress that I have an emphatic, burning testimony that there are literal, living prophets in our midst today – men like Moses, Abraham, Elijah, and Peter who receive revelation for mankind in the name of the Lord and who hold the same Priesthood authority to direct the affairs of the Savior’s Church in our day. The most powerful witness I have ever received from the Holy Spirit in fact is the witness that prophets again walk the earth. I witness and testify that this is true.

At the present time, the man called of Christ to be the earthly president of His Church, and the man who holds the office of prophet, seer, and revelator for the world, is Russell M. Nelson. The Spirit reconfirms the truth that we have a living prophet whenever I hear him speak. I am so incredibly grateful to know – and I again declare that I know it with all my soul – that there is a prophet on earth. He is a man I can look to for sure guidance, wisdom, and inspired counsel. He is the Lord’s mouthpiece on earth – our captain and president. The entire world would benefit immeasurably from knowing and heeding the words of the Lord’s modern prophets, including President Russell M. Nelson.

I close my witness by repeating my unshakeable testimony of Jesus Christ. In Him all my faith and hope center. He is the Son of God. He lives as a perfected, resurrected, exalted Being of flesh and bone. He offered His own blood for a sacrifice in order to appease justice and grant you and me a chance to repent. This Atonement is the greatest event ever to transpire on this or any other world created by the hand of our Master. Through repentance and obedience to the laws and ordinances of His Gospel, we can receive His mercy and forgiveness, our wounds can be healed, our hearts can be changed, our families can be strengthened, and our world can be transformed.

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By calling upon our Heavenly Father in Christ’s holy name, we can receive answers to our most pressing prayers and perplexing questions. Yes, we can even receive a firm personal witness through the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Messiah! With this witness etched in your soul, nothing can ever come between you and the Savior. I love Him and testify of Him and His present work to gather, save, and free mankind, in His sacred name. Amen.

Zack Strong,

August 4, 2019.

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Red Gadiantons Book Release

I am thrilled to announce the release of my second book, Red Gadiantons: What the Prophets Have Taught about the Communist Secret Combination that Threatens Mankind. Weighing in at over 152,000 words, or 542 pages in paperback, Red Gadiantons covers a lot of ground as it traces the history of Satanic conspiracy from the beginning of earth’s history to the present. I invite each of you to follow the links to purchase Red Gadiantons in either ebook or paperback.

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Artwork and digital rendering by Kylie Malchus and Jessica Malchus. A massive THANK YOU to these two ladies!

Red Gadiantons derives its unusual name from two sources. Red refers to communism. The term Gadiantons, however, is a little more obscure. The name is taken from The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a book of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It affirms the Bible’s authenticity and declares the divinity of Jesus Christ and the centrality of His teachings to our lives. It teaches of Christ’s Atonement and His redemption of mankind. It speaks of His resurrection and witnesses that He lives. It bears powerful testimony, in conjunction with the Bible, that all men must come to Christ to be saved.

Whereas the Bible is an account of God’s dealings with the Israelites in the old world, The Book of Mormon is an account of God’s dealings with the peoples who inhabited the ancient Americas. The primary group within the narrative is the Nephite People. The Nephites, like their Israelite brothers in the old world, went through cycles of righteousness, apostasy, wickedness, war, and internal strife. The Book of Mormon is unique among holy books in that it devotes much time and space to exposing Satanic conspiracy. The prophets who recorded the histories of their people warned of “secret combinations,” or, in more modern language, “conspiracies.”

The most formidable and dangerous of the secret societies warned about by these ancient holy men was the Gadianton Robbers. The Gadiantons formed a murder cult. The Gadianton Robbers originated in about 52 B.C. in the aftermath of a tumultuous election in which their preferred candidate not only lost, but was arrested and executed for his attempt to stir up a rebellion. These seething conspirators sent a man to murder the newly elected chief judge over the Nephite nation. After the deed was done, they swore blasphemous oaths in the name of God to conceal this wickedness. This small, clandestine clique quickly morphed into an intimidating secret society hell bent on capturing the reins of government.

Over time, after numerous assassinations of elected leaders and after corrupting the morals of the Nephite People, the Gadianton secret society came to dominate the Nephite government. In the end, this sect of Gadiantons led to the complete destruction and extermination of the Nephite People. The Book of Mormon informs us that the Gadianton Robbers followed the same pattern of even older secret organizations. The record attests that the Devil is the author of these conspiracies; they are not man-made. The record also warned its future readers – me and you – that a similar “secret combination” would exist in the last days which would seek to destroy the Freedom of the world. Or, as the divine account states:

“For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies” (Ether 8:25).

Today, as The Book of Mormon foretold centuries ago, we do have a Satanic secret combination – a colossal conspiracy – attempting to overthrow the Liberty of the world and subjugate mankind under the iron yoke of bondage. Modern prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – as well as modern scholars of many backgrounds and faiths – have identified this plague of the nations as the communist conspiracy.

The stated goal of communism is world revolution. Communism has spread farther and faster than any ideology in world history. More people have been murdered, enslaved, plundered, and abused under communism than under any other system, or combination of systems, in all of recorded history. Over 100 million people have been directly murdered by the communists and tens of millions more have lost their lives in wars instigated by communist agents and their sympathizers. Truly, no greater threat exists than communism.

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Drawing by Kylie Malchus

Communism is not an atheistic dogma. Rather, as I devote much time discussing in Red Gadiantons,  it is a Luciferian or Satanic conspiracy. While communism is “officially” atheist, its chief leaders have been Satanists. They have been the high priests of Satan’s church. Adam Weishaupt, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and other arch-communists have been devotees of the Adversary. They serve and worship him; he is their god, their master, their enabler. Like the Gadianton Robbers of old, modern communists are bound together with blasphemous oaths invented and administered personally by Satan.

Contrary to the propaganda, communism is not dead. The Soviet Union faked its “collapse” and is, under the guise of “democracy,” advancing at an alarming pace worldwide. Whether we realize it or not, mankind is currently at war with this anti-Christ philosophy. Our Freedom, culture, Constitution, religion, and way of life are at stake.

In a war, deception is key. To win, the enemy employs every tactic to deceive and mislead us. They have gone so far as to play “dead” and feign weakness – a tactic the ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu recommended. To defeat the enemy, then, we must see through the red fog of lies and recognize the enemy for who and what he is. Unless we correctly identify the enemy, we have no hope of countering his attacks.

We must recognize that the world’s chief enemy is communism. We must recognize that communism rarely uses its own name, but operates through front movements. The Fabian Socialist movement was created by communists, as were the feminist movement, environmentalist movement, LGBT movement, so-called “Islamic” terrorism, and many others. We must recognize that communism is inherently evil and that it was founded by Satan. We must learn that communism is a Satanic conspiracy designed to subjugate humanity and consolidate the nations under a one-world communist government crowned with a one-world Luciferian religion.

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Drawing by Kylie Malchus

Unless we recognize that this battle is not merely political or economic, but, rather, spiritual and religious, we have no hope of survival. Our situation is awful. We are losing this war. However, truth always prevails in the end. Red Gadiantons is an injection of truth into the confused mass of lies swirling around us. Red Gadiantons identifies the Satanic communists as the “man behind the curtain.” It explains why and how communism is a Luciferian conspiracy serving the Devil’s purposes. And it calls upon people everywhere to take the sword of the Spirit and fight against this international plot aimed at the destruction of our faith, families, and Freedom.

I urge everyone – especially my fellow Latter-day Saints – to purchase a copy of Red Gadiantons: What the Prophets Have Taught about the Communist Secret Combination that Threatens Mankind so that he can arm himself with the knowledge necessary to safeguard his family and help save the Republic. Because it fuses LDS teachings with secular research – including the testimonies of a host of Soviet defectors who warned the West in clear terms – Red Gadiantons is a fairly unique book that has a powerful potential to open eyes, touch hearts, and inspire its readers with the light of truth.

I close with an excerpt from pages 113-116 of Red Gadiantons:

“If the evil “church” we are seeking to identify is not actually a church, but a political system, which one is it? Perhaps many systems could qualify. For instance, it was the arm of government inspired by demonic priests that crucified the Savior. It was the arm of government, again motivated by evil men of religion, which persecuted and killed the original apostles. It was the acquiescence of Governor Ford that led to the murder of the Prophet Joseph Smith in Carthage Jail at the hands of an organized mob. And so the story has gone for millennia with government being used by men beholden to Satan to crush the Lord’s work and enslave mankind.

“It is a poignant observation that government is the only organization which all men and women belong to regardless of their religious creed, race, gender, principles, etc. Government has dominion over all people irrespective of their point on the compass. This organ, then, is the chief organ through which Satan reaches all men. It is no wonder the scriptures attest that secret combinations always attempted to take command of the reins of government above all else. And today, Satan’s secret combination seeks to not only take over individual governments, but all governments on an international scale.

“If Elder Andersen is correct and “the great and abominable church of the devil” and the secret combination foreseen by Moroni are “one and the same in purpose and method,” then what does that mean for identifying this entity? The answer is obvious: If the Devil’s church and his secret combinations are the same, then his “church” is communism, because communism has been identified by the Church as a Gadianton-style secret combination which constitutes the “greatest satanical threat” to mankind.

“Quoting from Elder Andersen again, we read:

““[I]f Satan has a church on earth today it cannot be other than corrupted government or “domination by the state.” If there is a secret combination among us which is seeking “to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries” as Moroni prophesied, then it has to be the great Communist conspiracy and the movement to impose socialism world-wide. The “greatest Satanical threat on the face of the earth” and that “church which is most abominable above all other churches” must be one and the same organization.”

“The logic is simple, yet airtight. Communism must be the Devil’s church, or, at very least, its predominant branch. If the prophets can be trusted, and I testify their words are the words of our Master, then communism is the greatest evil in the world – the same distinction given in the scriptures for Satan’s abominable church.

“If the Devil’s church wields political as well as ecclesiastical authority, it is well to highlight the fact that communism is the absolute worst form of government ever invented. No other organization has been as destructive of God-given rights as has communism. More people have been butchered, enslaved, raped, and plundered by communism than by any other political ideology. The comparisons aren’t even close. For instance, the fairly minimal crimes of fascism do not even compare. They aren’t in the same ballpark. Communism is in a class all its own. Its atrocities are on an unparalleled scale, boggle the mind, and shock the senses. A minimum of 100 million humans have been massacred by the Bolsheviks, with billions more suffering enslavement.

“Unlike most other political ideologies that are confined to an individual country or region, communism is inherently international. Communism seeks to impose itself on the whole of mankind. This is to be expected if, as we have explained, communism is Lucifer’s priestcraft. Did not Nephi prophesy that the great and abominable church would have “dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people” (1 Nephi 14:11)? . . . .

“The communist virus is spread through violent revolution. Blood, carnage, and confusion are its fertilizers. Satan’s threat to use the armies of the earth to reign with blood and horror has come to pass. It is only fitting that his handcrafted ideology would be transmitted at the barrel of a gun. The spirit of communism is the spirit of the Destroyer.”

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Zack Strong

June 18, 2018.