PART 3 Secret Combinations today: Ancient & Modern Prophets warn the world


Ether 8:18-24

18 And it came to pass that they formed a secret acombination, even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God;
19 For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.
20 And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are had aamong all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.
21 And they have caused the adestruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.
22 And whatsoever anation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the bblood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for cvengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get apower and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of bdestruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this asecret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.


Several prophecies have been recorded as having been ut­tered by the Prophet Joseph which deal with a future war of world wide dimensions. This war, according to the evidence to be cited, will fall during the period of preparatory wars, before the fulfilling of the times of the Gentiles and before the period of warfare of total destruction.

Mosiah Hancock, son of a close friend and bodyguard of Joseph Smith, recorded an important prophecy as having been made by the Prophet. According to his diary, this prophecy was made the day after Joseph made his final speech to the Nauvoo Legion (Wednesday, June 19, 1844; eight days before his martyr­dom). After telling how the Prophet discussed a map of the West and foretold the route the Saints would follow in their western exodus, Hancock records Joseph Smith's statement to him that:
There will be two great political parties in this country. One will be called the Republican, and the other the Democrat party. These two parties will go to war and out of these two parties will spring another party which will be the Independent American Party. The United States will spend her strength and means warring in foreign lands until other nations will say, "Let's divide up the lands of the United States", then the people of the U. S. will unite and swear by the blood of their fore-fathers, that the land shall not be divided. Then the country will go to war, and they will fight until one half of the U. S. army will give up, and the rest will continue to struggle. They will keep on until they are very ragged and discouraged, and almost ready to give up-when the boys from the moun­tains will rush forth in time to save the American Army from defeat and ruin. And they will say, 'Brethren, we are glad you have come; give us men, henceforth, who can talk with God'. Then you will have friends, but you will save the country when it's [sic] liberty hangs by a hair, as it were. (Mosiah Lyman Hancock, Life Story of Mosiah Lyman Hancock, p. 29. A typewritten copy of the original manuscript is available in the Brigham Young University library.)
In the light of recent events, it appears that the powers which will attack the U. S. after this nation has expended its strength in foreign wars will be the Communist powers under the leadership of Russia. In a conference address delivered on October 7, 1961, Elder Ezra Taft Benson spoke on the dangers of Communism and warned of the great danger to the United States which that force poses. He spoke of a Communist attempt overthrow the United States Constitution and spoke of a prophecy similar to the above prophecy which was recorded by Mosiah Hancock:
Concerning the United States, the Lord revealed to his prophets that its greatest threat would be a vast, world-wide secret combination which would not only threaten the United States but seek to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and countries. In connection with the attack on the United States, the Lord told his prophet there would be an attempt to overthrow the country by destroying the Constitution. Joseph Smith predicted that the time would come when the Constitu­tion would hang, as it were, by a thread, and at that time this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruc­tion. It is my conviction that the Elders of Israel, widely spread over the nation, will at that crucial time successfully rally the righteous of our country and provide the necessary balance of strength to save the institutions of constitutional government.... The prophets in our day have continually warned us of these internal threats-that our greatest threat from Socialistic Communism lies within our country. . . . As the First Presidency pointed out in a statement signed in 1936, if we continue to uphold Communism by not making it treasonable, our land shall be destroyed, for the Lord has said that whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations to get power and gain until they shall spread over the nation–behold, they shall be destroyed. The Lord has declared that before the second coming of Christ, it will be necessary to destroy the secret works of darkness in order to preserve the land of Zion- the Americas. The world-wide secret conspiracy which has risen up in our day to fulfill these prophecies is easily identified." (Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference Address, October 7, 1961. For a discussion of the prophecy which he quotes from Joseph Smith dealing with the Constitution hanging by a thread, see chapter five and the appendix.)
As both the Prophet and Elder Benson indicated above, this war is to come to a sudden and seemingly miraculous end through the instrumentality of members of the Church. President McKay, while speaking at a devotional assembly at Brigham Young University in May, 1960, also alluded to a miraculous overthrow of Communism:
Russia enveloped with communism - a new religious freedom must come. God will overrule it, for that people must hear the truth, and truth in simplicity. Truly there is much for the Church to do in the coming century;" (CN, May 28, 1960.)
Ezra Taft Benson, in his recent conference address, quoted President McKay as saying:
Men will be free! I have hoped for twenty years that the Russian system would break up. There is no freedom under it, and sooner or later the people will rise against it. They cannot oppose those fundamentals of civilization and of God. They cannot crush their people always. Men will be free!" (Benson, op cit. The author has in his possession copies of two Patriarchal Blessings given by a Patriarch in St. Johns, Arizona, in which a war between Russia and the United States is prophesied. Because of their personal nature, and because the evidence in this work is limited to the scriptures and works of general authorities of the Church they are not quoted here. However, a brief summary of their message may not be improper and would serve to shed some light on the matter under consideration. They are in complete harmony with each other. Each term the war a Third World War. They speak of Russia and her allies and clearly state that they will be defeated by the United States and her allies. The United States is to be attacked by "a strong European power." The war will take place largely in the air and under the ocean, and both major powers will drop bombs on each other. Traitor after traitor will be detected and apprehended in this country. The God of Heaven will take over and bring the war to a speedy victory for America and her allies. Russia will never again be a great world power, and the United States will eventually arise to great heights among the nations of the world.)
Joseph Smith gave several prophetic warnings about the danger of attack from Communistic countries. In one prophecy, he warned of possible attack by the Chinese who are under communist rule. He stated that "there is a land beyond the Rocky Mountains that will be invaded by the heathen Chinese unless ­great care and protection are given." (Prophecy recorded by Edwin Rushton and Theodore Turley as having been made by Joseph Smith on May 6, 1843. For a detailed discussion of this prophecy see the appendix. Further references to this prophecy will be given as "Prophecy recorded by Edwin Rushton and Theodore Turley.")

Ezra Taft Benson echoed this warning in General Conference October 9, 1960, when he said that "there is little doubt that the leaders of Red China view war as inevitable and await only the propitious moment in which to strike." (IE, December, 1960, p. 944.)

Two other prophetic utterances attributed to Joseph Smith seem to shed further light on a possible war with Russia. The first deals with those who will be allied against that country:
The Lord took of the best blood of the nations and planted them on the small islands now called England and Great Brit­ain, and gave them great power in the nations for a thousand years and their power will continue with them, that they may keep the balance of power and keep Russia from usurping her power over all the world. England and France are now bitter enemies, but they will be allied together and be united to keep Russia from conquering the world. (Prophecy recorded by Edwin Rushton and Theodore Turley.)
The other prophecy was made by the Prophet to the father of President John Taylor. After foretelling the United States' war with Mexico and also the War Between The States, Joseph commented that "When the great bear lays her paw on the lion the winding up scene is not far distant." (JI, March 15, 1890, p. 162.).

Since the bear is a symbol for Russia, and since the lion is a symbol for England, this seems to be a prophetic allusion to attack or persecution by Russia against England. It would seem to apply in the present context.

Four items of logic seem to establish the fall of Communism during the period of preparatory wars, before the period of wars of complete destruction begins.
  • First, statements by various general authorities indicate that following Russia's collapse, the missionaries will penetrate into that area and preach the gospel there. President McKay's statement quoted above should be recalled in this context: "A new religious freedom must come. God will overrule it [Communism], for that people must hear the truth and truth in simplicity. Truly there is much for the Church to do in the coming century." (CN, May 28, 1960.)
  • Second, intense religious persecution against the Church in Russia is prophesied, yet in the era of wars of complete destruction the Church is to be ignored while its enemies fight among themselves. Said Orson Pratt:

Even in Russia, that place where they would almost put you to death if you brought a printed work of religious nature into the empire, - in that country, where they will not suffer you to propagate the Bible unmolested, whose religion is estab­lished by law, has the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be preached. Yes, the Church of the Saints is to be established there; and after it is established, there they are to gather together in multitudes, like other nations, to fight against it. (JD, 7.185-86.)
  • Third, Melvin J. Ballard, in a conference address in April, 1930, stated that the gospel would be carried to Russia soon, and associated that work with God's overthrow of a despotic government there, which is another characteristic of the period of preparatory war:
I am sure also that God is moving in Russia. Much as we are disturbed over the tyranny and the oppression that is waged against religion in that land today, it is not a new thing, for that has been the order for ages. But I can see God moving also in preparing the way for other events that are to come. The field that has gone to wild oats needs to be plowed up and harrowed and prepared for a new seed. So in Russia. It may seem appalling to us, but it is God breaking up and destroying an older order of things, and the process will be the accom­plishment of God's purposes within a very short period of time, which normally may have taken generations. But that people will come back, for I bear witness that there are thousands of the blood of Israel in that land, and God is preparing the way for them. (CR, April, 1930, p. 157.)
  • Fourth, it will be seen in a coming chapter that the fulfilling of the times of the Gentiles (the line of demarcation between the two eras of war) will commence at the outbreak of an internal war in the United States." (See chapter four.) In this internal war, mob rule will prevail and the U. S. state and federal government will completely collapse, along with all its defensive forces. Only the Saints who gather to the mountains will be free from this struggle. The fulfillment of the prophecies cited pertaining to war with Russia must precede the civil war in the United States, for after that internal war there will be no United States government to be opposed by Communism.


Greg said…
Thought you might be interested in the only known contemporary account of Joseph Smith's statement that one day the constitution would hang by a thread. Great article. Thanks.
King Kame O'ahu said…
Thank You For Your Comment, Greg!
Yes, Your Correct That The Prophet Did Make That Statement, And We Are Seeing The Almost Completed Version Of The Secret Combination, That Is Taking The World Without Their Knowledge.

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