Monday, December 21, 2020

An Acceptable Level of Fraud

Election day had hardly ended before people noticed things looked off. The candidate who had ended the night with massive, nearly insurmountable leads in several states awoke to find the leads had disappeared in the dark of night. From there further information began to pour out as people sought the answer to the biggest question: What happened? 

Tales of massive vote dumps, illegal ballot harvesting, dead people voting, under-age voters, no signature verification, people voting multiple times, absentee ballots arriving for people who had not requested them, absentee ballots showing up that were never sent out, truckloads of ballots crossing state lines to be counted, poll watchers forced out of counting rooms, emptying a counting operation with news of a fake water main break, statistically impossible outcomes, stacks of identical, machine-marked ballots, tales of counting the same ballots multiple times, cases full of ballots hidden and pulled out after watchers left, votes flipped in software, votes coming in with every batch showing identical numbers, allegations of extra ballots printed in China and imported to be counted when needed for the win…well, the list goes on and on. 

It’s all too crazy to possibly be true. At least I hope it is. Because any of this being actually true would mean that our republic has crumbled and we are no longer citizens with the ability to control our leaders, but rather subjects, controlled by the whims of whomever is hungry enough for power to do what it takes to get it. 

Fortunately, we have a massive chorus of soothing voices to tell us all is well. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, WaPo, NY Times, all major newspapers, Youtube, Twitter, Google, Yahoo are all united in telling us: “There is NO evidence of any fraud in this election. Pay no attention to the raving lunatic Trumpers on the right, who are seeking to subvert our democracy. Biden is the President-Elect. The people have spoken.” All these outlets are so united in chanting this mantra, it’s rather difficult to even FIND information representing the other side. 

Social media outlets have even gone so far as to label any evidence of fraud as fake or questionable, including simply quoting the constitution. Debunked! they say. Or they simply delete it from their platforms. YouTube announced last week that they will delete any videos that allege or present evidence of election fraud. There is no word other than censorship to describe what is happening. 

This is alarming, because if you control information, you control thought. And if you control thought, you control behavior. Ultimately you control people. This is why every totalitarian regime in modern history has had very active propaganda and information control operations. This is also why a free press is so necessary to a free people. This principle is important enough to be enshrined in our constitution, and we now have a perfect illustration before us of why that is, and what happens when the populace succumbs to censorship. 

When indisputably fishy stuff leaks through with actual video footage, forensic analysis of voting machines, or over a thousand sworn affidavits, the tune changes. Now its, “Well there may have been ‘irregularities’ here and there, but there’s no evidence of anything that would actually change the election result. Biden is the most popular president in US history, and a few votes here and there won’t change that.” 

Did you catch that? What we’re being told now is that, though there *may* have been fraud, it is an “acceptable level” of fraud, and nothing to be concerned about. We’re actually being told and conditioned to believe that we should always expect a certain level of fraud in our elections and it’s nothing to be worried about or investigated. We’re being told it really doesn’t matter. Fraud or no fraud, the election is a free and fair representation of the will of the people, and Biden is the President-elect. There’s nothing else to consider, it is done. Go back to sleep. 

In further developments, people on the “winning” side have called for mass “re-education” of their political opponents, physical torture and death of the loser, destruction of the careers and lives of anyone who sided against the winners, and even calling it treason to question the election results. They are not doing this in jest. They mean what they say. 

Then came news of the largest computer hack in history, with the Solar Winds Orion breach infiltrating every branch of our government, military, educational institutions, businesses, defense contractors, financial markets—everything, likely including voting infrastructure. Foreign enemies picked our locks months ago, moved right in, made themselves at home, took whatever they wanted, and gained control of the rest. But not to worry. Everything’s fine. It’ll take a year to even figure out the extent to which we’ve been owned, but everything’s fine. Oh, and there was another active breach in the same system. Oops. Don’t worry, everything’s fine, and this was the most secure election in history. 

Now, time for a big disclaimer. This post is most decidedly NOT about Trump vs. Biden and who will make the better president, who has the better record, who is more corrupt, who is on God’s side, or any of that. I’m not interested in debating that here. I’m simply discussing the matter of fraud, and what it means if fraud actually took place. I’d like to address the matter from a scriptural perspective. 

We’ll start with this premise from the Book of Mormon:

Therefore, choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct and which were given them by the hand of the Lord. Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right, but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right. Therefore, this shall ye observe and make it your law: to do your business by the voice of the people.

And if the time cometh that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you. Yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction, even as he has hitherto visited this land. (Mosiah 13:6-7)

I’d like to look at this passage in a couple of ways. First, on its face it tells us we ought to do our business by the voice of the people because most people, most of the time, understand the difference between right and wrong, what helps society and what hurts. Good advice so far. Then King Mosiah goes on to explain that if that ever changes, and the people choose iniquity, destruction will follow. This is important.

So far, so good, right? So we hold elections to determine the voice of the people, and we’re in good shape, right? With that in mind, let’s consider two questions:

  1. What if the elections DON’T represent the voice of the people?
  2. What if the voice of the people as referenced by King Mosiah has nothing to do with elections at all, but rather with popular opinion and what the people will and won’t allow their leaders to get away with? 

To put a finer point on it, suppose you’re a power-hungry Marxist with a lust for money and control and a hatred of freedom. If you present those views to the world, you’re likely not going to get the vote you need to give you the power you crave. So you wrap your views in rags of righteousness like “love” and “justice” “equality” and “free stuff.” You’ll get some votes, but many may still see right through the facade. In other words, you’re not likely to slake your thirst for power by dressing up your ideas as something better than they are. 

But what if you don’t have to do any of that? What if you and your associates can get power another way—by altering the vote, then simply telling the people this is what they selected, and they must accept it. Well in that case, you wouldn’t even have to try. You could run the oldest guy in history, campaign from his basement, take most days off, refuse to answer tough questions, heck, you wouldn’t even have to have a candidate with full mental faculties, because you know it wouldn’t matter whether you get a lot of votes or not. Just go through the motions of a campaign, and fix it on election night. 

The only trouble is, a free press in the service of the people might get a little too nosy about the election results, so the only way any of the above will work is if you have the complicit press in your back pocket. Though the internet age now gives us ready access to more information than at any point in history, it also exerts greater control over our minds than at any point in history. It’s really an impressive plan. It feels like we’re getting smarter and smarter as we get dumber and dumber. It’s like the old joke about cable television: 200 channels and nothing to watch.

The last hope in such a situation would be that enough of the populace is alarmed enough about the appearance of fraud to demand investigations and transparency. The voice of the people would be the only hope of uncovering the fraud and getting to the truth. 

And THIS, I submit, is the REAL point behind the voice of the people passage from Mosiah, above. If you can convince enough of the populace that a certain level of election dishonesty is acceptable, and that it is unpatriotic, even treasonous to question the results of the election, then you’ve won. And destruction follows.

If, on the other hand, the people refuse to put up with what appears to be fishy, and demand actual forensic audits of the records, in public, with full transparent access to all information, then there’s simply no way to get away with rigging an election. 

Guess where we are.

At what point did rigging an election become an “acceptable” level of fraud, and when did questioning suspicious results become “treason?” 

Regardless of who won or lost, anyone with integrity wants absolute assurance, even proof, the results are valid. Why wouldn’t we want that? Why can’t we have transparency? Why are audits—real audits—being opposed at every level, even when ordered by a court with jurisdiction? Why are politicians and administrators at every level in the suspicious areas fighting tooth and nail to prevent anyone getting a peek behind the curtain? 

But most of all, why aren’t the torches and pitchforks out? Shouldn’t both Democrats and Republicans DEMAND election results we can absolutely trust? Isn’t that the best possible outcome for BOTH sides? Please explain to me why we should accept a certain level of verified fraud and actively refuse to even allow investigation? 

It all comes down to the voice of the people. Will we demand accountability on all sides? Or will we stand by or even assist in crushing anyone who dares ask a question? Will we let our press and media outlets get away with blatantly, openly, proudly lying to us, or will we vote with our feet and wallets to oppose such iniquity? 

Will we continue to mock those who present evidence, allow whistle blowers to be threatened and intimidated, even threatened with murder? Will we oppose investigations, shout “debunked” because the official in charge says everything is fine, and believe that re-counting a stack of fraudulent ballots “proves” there was no fraud? 

Now, like I said, I hope this really was “the most secure election in history” as we’ve been assured. I hope there are good explanations for those counties where there were more votes than registered voters, and how one side vastly, miraculously over performed in a handful of specific counties needed to flip specific states, to get just enough electoral votes, while underperforming literally everywhere else in the country. I hope there are good explanations for how Republicans dominated everything, everywhere, except the presidential choice. I hope we can locate all those military voters who went nearly 100% Democratic in just the right county when the military traditionally votes overwhelmingly Republican. I pray there are good explanations for the statistically impossible (or very nearly impossible) results that happened over and over, in very strategic locations, to just barely push Biden over the line. 

Nevertheless, regardless of what we may hope for, it’s clear that investigations—real investigations—MUST take place. There’s just too much evidence to explain away with a wave of the hand.

Few explanations are forthcoming, and even less “proof” to “debunk” anything. This is a time for an overabundance of transparency, which would have the effect of eliminating objections and reassuring a suspicious populace. But, of course, transparency is the last thing being offered in these areas. Instead, the strategy is to attack anyone who dares point out the old guy isn’t wearing any clothes. 

So it comes down to the voice of the people. Will we choose and support iniquity? Or will we insist on accountability? This is the test Mosiah was talking about—not the initial vote. 

Above You

Now think about this: If there was indeed the breathtaking level of fraud that *appears* to have taken place, there are necessarily two conditions required to bring it about. The first, of course, is secrecy, enforced by ideology, fear, or promises of gain. The second is cooperation. It takes an impressive combination of technology, planning, and dirty tricks to target just the right counties with just the right techniques to flip the right states. But if you can pull it off, you gain power

And there it is. Secret. Combination. Power. Gain. 

And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints which shall be shed by them shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avengeth them not. Wherefore, O ye gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shewn unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you — which are built up to get power and gain — and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the eternal God shall fall upon you to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be. (Ether 3:18)

From the above we learn the following:

  1. Upholding secret combinations lusting for power and gain will result in destruction. I think that election fraud certainly qualifies as a secret combination.
  2. This information was “shown” to us specifically, explicitly because the Lord foresaw what would happen here. The Lord’s purpose was our repentance, so these murderous combinations would fail. Lacking that, they will “get above” us. 
  3. When this happens, the sword of justice hangs ready to fall on us. 
  4. Therefore it is OUR choice whether we “suffer” meaning “allow” these things to be. What do you say? Should we just let it be, or should we look into the matter to see if there was fraud? 

As Rock Waterman pointed out recently, the word “fraud” appears in the Book of Mormon exactly 4 times, and every time is in conjunction with those who used deceit and dirty tricks to gain power over the people. 

And finally, there’s the rest of Moroni’s thought:

Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you, that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or woe 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 build it up. (Ether 3:18)

It's not Moroni, but the Lord who COMMANDS us that WHEN (not if) we see these things among us, we must wake up and realize our awful situation. The Lord actually expects us to DO something about this, not merely wish things were different. The failure to act is, by definition, building up this secret combination. The blood of the coming destruction is on the hands of all who will not do something to prevent it. We have been warned. 

So here we are at a bend in the track. Everything hinges upon this point. Will we awaken to a sense of our awful situation and recognize what has gotten above us? Will the voice of the people choose to demand real investigation? Or will we instead choose iniquity, close our eyes, plug our ears and continue to chant… “There is no election fraud…there is no election fraud…I heard it on the news…there is no election fraud…they would certainly never lie…I’m sure they’ve checked it thoroughly…I trust the people in charge… there is no election fraud…all is well…all is well.”

For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men and stir them up to anger against that which is good. And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say, All is well in Zion, yea, Zion prospereth, all is well. And thus the Devil cheateth their souls and leadeth them away carefully down to hell. 

—2 Nephi 12:4

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Center Point

And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, Now has come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night; for they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; for they loved not their own lives, but kept the testimony even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O Heavens, and you that dwell in them.

—Revelation 4:4 NC

You’ve no doubt heard by now about the upcoming conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, set to reach its maximum in less than 24 hours. And you’re probably also aware that this conjunction will happen to occur on this year’s Winter Solstice. As with other signs overhead, many will take notice, but comparatively few will view this sign as much more than a curiosity or interesting coincidence—which is unfortunate—because this particular alignment is one of the most significant mileposts yet in the Lord’s unfolding Marvelous Work. 

At this point we should note that interesting occurrences abound in the heavens and on the earth. Eclipses, alignments, unique celestial configurations, earthquakes, storms, floods and disasters all occur regularly, and in and of themselves may not have much meaning. But the signs themselves aren’t the point; rather, they are pointers to events happening in this creation. The meaning of any particular sign is based on the events with which it coincides, or to which it draws attention. 

Take this conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter as an example. These two planets pass near to each other every 20 years due to their differing orbits, so their approach by itself is unremarkable. But in the current conjunction, they’ll appear from Earth to be closer together than they’ve been since 1623, though the 1623 conjunction wasn’t visible from Earth because the planets were too close to the sun to be seen. Therefore, we have to go back 800 years, to the year 1226 to find another pairing that was both this close and visible in the sky. (Visibility in the sky by the unaided eye is important: if God is drawing attention to something, he does so in a way that all who have eyes to see can see.)

OK, so the first such conjunction in 800 years—that’s pretty remarkable. This is not merely a once-in-a-lifetime event, but a once-in-centuries event. And to add to the wonder, it’s happening on the Winter solstice, which is the day with the greatest amount of darkness and least amount of light this year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere.) NASA is saying it’s pure coincidence that this close alignment is happening on the Winter Solstice. But they’re only saying that because it’s never happened before. 

So with these remarkable alignments noted, let’s talk in greater detail about the signs overhead and the unfolding events on earth with which they align. To begin I’d like to go back to a prior major sign that garnered much attention three years ago. 

The Sign of the Woman

You may recall the “Revelation 12 sign” or “sign of the Woman” from September 23, 2017. I’ll quote the relevant text from the New Covenants edition of the scriptures:

And there appeared a great sign in heaven, in the likeness of things on the earth: a woman, clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And the woman, being with child, cried, travailing in birth and pained to be delivered. And she brought forth a male child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and his throne. (Revelation 4:1 NC)

In this sign, the woman was Virgo, the virgin, who appeared clothed with the sun and the moon at her feet on the day of the sign. The crown of twelve stars was formed by the 9 stars of Leo (just above her head) and the planets Mercury, Venus and Mars appearing in Leo’s star field to round out the roster. On September 23 that year, Jupiter, which had been in the womb of Virgo for 42 weeks (a full gestation) left the womb. 

Joseph Smith shed significant light on this sign in his inspired translation work when he added definitions for the woman and the child she brought forth: 

And the dragon prevailed not against Michael, neither the child, nor the woman — who was the church of God — who had been delivered of her pains and brought forth the kingdom of our God and his Christ (Revelation 4:3 NC)

The woman, therefore, represents the church of God, which should not be confused with any earthly church, organization or institution. Christ himself defined his church, and warned there can be no other definition:

Behold, this is my doctrine: whosoever repents and comes unto me, the same is my church. Whosoever declares more or less than this, the same is not of me, but is against me. Therefore, he is not of my church. (JSH 10:19, NC; D&C 10:67-68 LDS)

The birth of the kingdom of our God and his Christ is what this sign memorialized, as portrayed by Jupiter emerging from Virgo’s womb. But there was a catch. The dragon stood waiting to devour the woman’s child:

And there appeared another sign in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was delivered, ready to devour her child after it was born. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred sixty years. (Revelation 4:2 NC)

With Scorpius at the feet of the woman, crowned by the stars of Libra, it appears the dragon waiting to devour the child is well represented by the combination of Scorpius and Libra. And there, at the end of the dragon’s tail, between the dragon and the serpent (Serpens) we find Saturn.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, and second largest of the planets. It is named for the Roman god of agriculture, wealth and plenty. When the Romans conquered Greece, Saturn took on the mythology of the Greek titan Cronus, who stood waiting to devour at birth the child prophesied to overthrow him. Saturn, therefore, seems to embody the role of the dragon, Satan, accuser of the brethren. 

Jupiter, representing the kingdom of God, is much brighter than Saturn. It is the fifth planet from the sun, and largest in the Solar System. Jupiter is named for the chief deity of the Roman religion, the Father of the sky and king of the gods. His symbol was the eagle, and his primary weapon was the thunderbolt. He was therefore often portrayed as an eagle holding a thunderbolt in its claws. 

Now that we’ve got the players in mind from the sign of the Woman, let’s return to the coming conjunction.

Jupiter and Saturn, moving in opposite directions relative to one another, have been approaching their confrontation for months as Saturn dives toward Earth at about twice the rate of Jupiter. Relative to one another, Saturn, the lesser light, is descending rapidly, while Jupiter, the greater light, ascends. 

…neither was there place found in Heaven for the great dragon who was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and also called Satan, who deceives the whole world, he who was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 4:3 NC)

This conjunction marks a confrontation between the dragon and the kingdom of God, on the day of greatest darkness. The events before and after the confrontation are significant because, as I mentioned, the signs only take on meaning because of the events to which they draw attention. The good news is that this confrontation, prophesied for millennia, ultimately results in light increasing and the kingdom of God triumphing over the dragon. This conjunction at the solstice marks a very significant point in history. 

Events Unfolding

The kingdom was born nearly three-and-a-half years ago when the Lord, for the first time in nearly 200 years, offered his covenant to those who would receive it. A group of repentant believers accepted the covenant on September 3, 2017, 20 days before the sign was given, and 13 days after the first in the pair of solar eclipses slashing an X across the United States. 

The covenant was received in person at the Egyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho. Though they had entered the theater as gentiles, those who received the covenant exited the theater as the Lord’s covenant people and members of the House of Israel. As such, they received the right to this land of promise on condition of obedience—so they literally walked out of “Egypt” and entered the promised land on that date, which was the day after Rosh Hashanah, or feast of trumpets (and which really deserves its own blog post.) An earthquake swarm ensued in Idaho in conjunction with that event, and continued for months. 

The best way to illustrate how this all fits into the unfolding timeline is to, well, put it all on a timeline. I’ve made an illustration to pick out some of the more important signs and events that center around the fulcrum point of this conjunction. You’ll notice that all the events are in pairs, exactly equidistant from the center, down to the day. 

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What is even more impressive is that these two center days, December 21 and 22, are BOTH the days of minimum light in 2020. Although December 21 is technically the solstice, because the sun is a fraction of a degree lower that day than any other, both the 21st and 22nd have EXACTLY the same amount of daylight and night, down to the second, each having 8 hours, 56 minutes and 0 seconds from sunrise to sunset. They are a perfectly equal pair. The 20th ends a 1260-day period, and the 21st begins another 1260-day period. 

Let's Take a Look at the Pairs

The 1260-day period begins with the prayer for covenant being received by revelation. The receipt of this revelatory prayer started the 7-year effort. The opposite end of this chiasmus may well therefore associate with another inspired prayer. Time will tell. 

Then, 5 days later, the Answer to the prayer came, defining and explaining the Lord’s offered covenant, 1255 days from the center. This is important because there were exactly 1255 days between the command to build the Nauvoo temple and the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, which ended the opportunity. I don’t think we can expect a longer window then they were given. As they did 1255 days ago, events 1255 days from now may involve a covenant opportunity as well.

Next, we see the first of a pair of full solar eclipses, with totality paths that will form an X across the USA. I take the first as a warning to the gentiles that the time is up on us to repent or be swept off. The Lord always sends ample warning to those ripening in wickedness, before he sweeps them off. We have warnings in the Book of Mormon, and in this sign. This opening eclipse may pair with events that involve destruction and removal from the promised land of those who will not serve the God of this land, who is Jesus Christ. (See Ether 1:7 NC)

The next pair consists of the covenant actually being received, which gave a legal right to inherit the land, paired with the final eclipse completing the X across the USA, marking the time for removal of those who do not have the right to inhabit the land. 

At this point it’s worth noting that the exact midpoint of the two solar eclipses was actually December 14, 2020—the day the electoral college met and cast their votes, choosing to strenuously ignore the breathtaking levels of fraud, deception and malfeasance manifested by overwhelming evidence that the election was a corrupt sham effort to install an unwanted and evil agenda. In light of this knowledge, they still cast their votes for wickedness. X marks the spot, indeed. Our best hope is that the Lord recognizes that their votes do NOT actually represent the voice of the people choosing wickedness. 

Let’s move on to September 23, 2017, when the sign of the woman marked the birth of the kingdom. And though the prophecy in Revelation informs us the woman must flee into the wilderness, we can take comfort knowing there is indeed a place there prepared of God. Remember also, her child, the kingdom, will ascend to God and his throne. The coupled event in the chiasm is the spring equinox of 2024, which is the day that light fully overcomes darkness that year and continues growing through the end of this timeline. The center point is now, and from this point forward, the kingdom of God ascends to ultimate triumph. 

As you can see, I took the liberty of adding some political events in red, that also happen to center around this hinge point. As you can see, one month from now, Saturn will touch the horizon, representing the dragon being cast down to Earth. On that day, we will inaugurate a President. 

Saturn Touching the Horizon

It all hangs in the balance, and our choices at this time have a great deal to do with how the second half of the chiasmus will play out. Oh, the prophecies will be fulfilled either way—of that we can be sure. But the choices we make as a nation right now will largely determine the levels and types of destruction required to bring about the Lord’s purposes. Oh that we would repent!

Train Wreck

Section 172 of the T&C relates a remarkable vision that involves a doomed train full of people obliviously rushing down a mountain to destruction, while a car drives up the mountain to safety. The train passengers end up in a holocaust of destruction, while the occupants of the car find safety hiding in the cavity of a rock.

I find this vision remarkable because it involves worldliness and wickedness plummeting downward to destruction at a high rate of speed, while those in the car climb upward to safety at a slower, more measured pace. The unforeseen bend in the tracks causes the wreck and entire destruction of the train, while the occupants of the car narrowly escape. 

Descending Saturn and ascending Jupiter bear witness of this vision. This hinge point in history is the bend in the tracks. 

And after these things, I heard another voice, saying, Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, yea, and they who dwell upon the islands of the sea, for the Devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time; for when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth the male child. Therefore, to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might flee into the wilderness, into her place where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 

—Revelation 4:5 NC

Note: The information included here came from several good friends who shared their thoughts, insights, and findings. I'm most grateful to them for pointing these things out to me and allowing me to share them here.