A quick summary of the Great Tribulation:
Friday, December 20, 2013
The Vision of 'Spencer'
The Vision of Spencer is an account of one mans's near-death experiences and subsequent visions of the days leading up the the millennium. The book was co-authored and written by John Pontius, a well known published LDS author. If you have not had a chance to read the book I highly recommend it.
Spencer's Vision closely parallels the end times calamities also seen by Sarah Menet
(see Vision oF Sarah Menet posted on this Blog).
A quick summary of the Great Tribulation:
-Devastating earthquakes along the west coast
-Earthquakes spawn worldwide tidal waves.
-Another earthquake widens the Mississippi River from the Gulf to the Great Lakes by several miles, effectively dividing the more wicked part of the nation from the relatively more righteous
-Multiple waves of biological attacks that wipe out much of the nation
-Water shooting out of the ground in SLC with great force (Spencer talks about the causes of this in some detail) and flooding the city (including the temple)
-Roving gangs killing people
-Plagues that spread throughout much of the US and then to the world
-Foreign troops on our soil. Spencer says they are U.N. "peacekeepers" from various foreign countries who initially come under the guise of relief workers, but usurp local and national govt. as time goes on and establish martial law. That was their plan from the beginning.
-Nuclear bombs go off in Utah. Spencer says they appear to have been placed here rather than from the tip of a missile.
This is only a short synopsis of the calamities that are mentioned in the book. It would be difficult to mention everything in detail and I highly recommend reading the complete book.
There is some contention around the book Visions of Glory: One Man's Astonishing Account of the Last Days. I imagine there will always be those that will contend with another persons spiritual experience. I personally felt the spirit very strongly as I read it. The two scriptures at the head of my blog summarize my personal feelings on the matter. ...In the last days God will pour out his Spirit upon all flesh... the sons... the daughters... the young men... and the old men... and they shall see visions ...and they shall dream dreams.
It is obvious from this scripture that visions and dreams, are not limited to the Prophets and Apostles. It is up to us to "...seek diligently and teach one another, words of wisdom...". I have sought learning and knowledge but I also rely heavily on the Spirit of Truth to guide me in my understanding.
Here is an example of a comment from someone who disagrees with Spencer's Vision.
-borrowed from a fellow blogger I greatly admire:
"The Wood Zone"
"I agree with the above comment. Far too much focus on America, Utah, and the west coast. The Church is BIG. I agree with being prepared, not a question for me. There must be 2-3 million LDS's on the west coast. I don't think the Lord is going to waste all those mostly good people. While this blog has a lot of good information, and much that is factually based, I find it disturbing that so much weight is placed on "Spencer", as if he is the Prophet. He is not. Much of the stuff "Spencer" says is wrong, but people continually defend what he says as the truth. These folks do not understand priesthood authority and how doctrine is established apparently. Over all, I find a rather unhealthy reliance on "Spencer" in this blog, rather than what the LIVING PROPHET's have to say on matters concerning the last days. Remember, the Living Prophet trumps ancient prophets. Yet, bad things will happen, I just think they will be much different than what "Spencer" says. I still say the best thing to do is to follow your local leaders direction (stake president) and the direction of the Brethren, and basically look at "Spencer" as a fictional character with an interesting story to tell. Keep things in proper perspective...The Living Prophets are First."
Here is an example of a comment from someone in defense of Spencer's Vision.
-also borrowed from:
"The Wood Zone"
"Dear Wood Zone,
I feel compelled to address some of the issues regarding "Visions of Glory" (VoG) brought up in your blog by a few of its readers. Normally, I wouldn't say anything. However, some of the statements made are either unjustifiably judgmental or dangerously deceptive, and hence deserve some comment.
First, there's a lot of judging going on regarding Spencer. I seriously doubt those who have judged him have spent any time with him; I have. A lot. Thus, their judgment is based on opinion and flies in the face of the Master's admonition to "Judge not, let ye be judged."
One of the requirements to righteously judge is to have all the facts, which (naturally) God has, and we do not. To think otherwise is presumptuous at best and more than likely spiritually dangerous. And with respect to VoG and Spencer, three facts are inescapable and indisputable:
1. Seagull Book sells VoG (http://www.seagullbook.com/lds-products-766173.html). Seagull Book is owned and operated by Deseret Management Corporation, a company owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (http://www.seagullbook.com/page-FAQ.html). If the VoG is so bad, then why is the Church selling it? Either the church has made a grievous mistake, or not -- it's as simple as that.
2. To ascertain whether or not it was a mistake, we need to examine what effect VoG has had on people, or in other words, it's "fruits". Fact: hundreds of people who've posted on the Unblog (unblogmysoul.wordpress.com) and read VoG have been more -- not less -- motivated to repent, change their lives for the better, attend the temple more frequently, pray harder, love deeper, search the scriptures more diligently -- in other words, love Christ and his gospel more. Can a bad tree produce such good fruit? It's either a good tree, or Satan's doing an awfully good job of shooting himself in the foot.
3. The commenter states that it's best to consider Spencer "a fictional character". Ummm, wrong. He's not. He's real! He's alive and well in Utah. I have known him for quite a while. I have his cell, home and work phone numbers and e-mail address. He works, has a family, goes to church, pays his tithing and goes to the temple twice a week. Again, the facts make contrary statements look foolish.
Second, a commenter recently said, "There must be 2-3 million LDS's on the west coast. I don't think the Lord is going to waste all those mostly good people." With all due respect, again, we are seeing judgment without a command of the facts. First, simply being LDS does not make a person "good". Second, Isaiah and several Book of Mormon prophets are deeply, deeply critical of the Lord's people in the last days. We LDS are still (collectively) under several condemnations, and in the ebb and flow of society, we are trending away -- and not towards -- the rescinding of those condemnations, especially so in the West Coast (and in America). Go read Isaiah to see what happens next.
Third, the same commenter stated, "the Living Prophet trumps ancient prophets" and "I still say the best thing to do is to follow your local leaders direction (stake president) and the direction of the Brethren...Keep things in proper perspective...The Living Prophets are First."
This is dangerous ground to be standing on. If I had a nickel for everytime the Lord said (or a passage of scripture taught) "Trust not in the arm of flesh", I'd be e-mailing you from my mansion. Now, don't get me wrong -- I sustain our Prophet and the other 14 apostles. Still, we are on sandy, not fertile, ground if we trust in the arm of flesh. Case in point: There have been several instances in church history where prophets contradicted each other in points of doctrine. In fact, disciplinary courts were held and members were censured for not believing in a doctrine which was passionately espoused by one prophet, only to be condemned as false doctrine by another prophet 100 years later. In this case, which prophet do you believe?
The bottom line is, “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.” Here's what the head of our dispensation would say in response to this commenter's thoughts:
“We have heard men who hold the priesthood remark that they would do anything they were told to do by those who preside over them [even] if they knew it was wrong; but such obedience as this is worse than folly to us; it is slavery in the extreme; and the man who would thus willingly degrade himself, should not claim a rank among intelligent beings, until he turns from his folly. A man of God would despise the idea. Others, in the extreme exercise of their almighty authority have taught that such obedience was necessary, and that no matter what the saints were told do by their presidents they should do it without any questions. When Elders of Israel will so far indulge in these extreme notions of obedience as to teach them to the people, it is generally because they have it in their hearts to do wrong themselves" [Joseph Smith, Millennial Star, vol. 14, #38, p 593-595]
Joseph's successor also said:
"What a pity it would be, if we were led by one man to utter destruction! Are you afraid of this? I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken the influence they could give to their leaders, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know, themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not. This has been my exhortation continually." [Brigham Young, JD 9:150]
Fourth and finally, the commenter states, "Much of the stuff 'Spencer' says is wrong, but people continually defend what he says as the truth. These folks do not understand priesthood authority and how doctrine is established apparently." Spencer never sought to establish doctrine. Not at all. In fact, he never asks for acclaim, attribution, followers or even to be believed. VoG is strictly Spencer's account of what he was shown. He makes nothing from this book, and he asks for nothing from readers other than to look up and follow Christ.
The bottom line is this: Before you start publicly judging someone and making statements that fly in the face of facts, do a little homework. Then take whatever judgmental statements you are considering posting, and delete them.
This world is already under terrible, terrible judgment.
We latter-day saints can and ought to do better.
And we can start by not adding to those judgments, lest we -- collectively and individually -- reap even more judgments.
-- A Concerned Reader"