- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter One
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Two
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Three
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Four
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Five
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Six
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Seven
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Eight
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Nine
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Ten
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Eleven
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Twelve
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Thirteen
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Fourteen
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Fifteen
- The Literal Gathering of Israel, Chapter Sixteen
Gathering Reflections 2012
As I stated earlier I wrote this treatise back in 1979 when I had quite a different mindset than I do today. I have been hesitant to publish it because it is not very representative of my writings today. My later treatise, The Gathering of Lights comes much closer to reflecting my thinking of today.
Even so I decided to post it for several reasons:
(1) It represents my thinking during a turning point in my life.
(2) It is written in a language and with authoritative quotes that speaks to the LDS.
(3) It reveals a doctrine that is currently suppressed in the LDS church and may cause some to start thinking out of the box.
There are a number of ways that my thinking is different today than when I wrote this treatise:
(1) My manner of expression. My style of writing was very religious in tone. This was partly due to the fact that I was writing to the LDS who use this manner of expression. Another part of the reason is that from 1958-1978 I was very immersed in the church and had spent a lot of time studying the scriptures and writings of the early LDS leaders.
(2) I no longer connected in any way with the LDS church and neither do its doctrines define my philosophy. There are many enlightened teachings throughout the planet and I seek to incorporate the best of them all as well as learning through inner communion.
(3) In 1979 I was very concerned about an approaching destruction. There were two reasons for this. The first was the many warnings in the scriptures as well as the early leaders of the church. The second was that I received an internal warning that there was a danger of great destruction by the year 1985. Whether or not there was destruction would be determined by the choices humanity made. This gave me a strong sense of urgency in putting together the treatise, sounding the warning voice and attempting to set up a place of refuge. I did all in my power to sound the warning voice to the LDS for about two years with very little results.
Then, after Reagan was elected, shortly after the failed assassination attempt, I received another message telling me that circumstances had changed and the destruction was going to be avoided. I wasn’t told the details but had the impression it had something to do with Reagan. If Reagan hadn’t been elected or would have been killed by an assassin I believe our history would have taken a much different turn for the worse.
For 120 years every president elected in a year ending with zero was killed in office. It seemed to be a curse of some kind. The interesting thing is that Reagan, who was elected in 1980, came extremely close to getting killed. If the trajectory of the bullet was just a couple millimeters different Reagan would not have lived. As it is, few realize how close he did come.
I am wondering if the Hierarchy itself did not know for sure if Reagan would be killed. If this was the case and Reagan was going to do something to prevent the destruction then this would explain the conditional warning I received.
When there is great eminent destruction the Hierarchy will normally prepare a refuge for the pure in heart to escape. I think it is probable that because no such refuge was going to be available in 1985 that they preserved Reagan’s life and used him to buy us some time.
As it is, I have not felt an urgency concerning future destruction since 1982. Of course, over the years I have felt concern over economic swings, terrorist threats, war etc but nothing has occurred to trouble me in spirit the way I was for the two years after I received that message.
One thing that is the same between the me of 1979 and 2012 is an understanding of the gathering principle. This principle of gathering can move human kind forward into spiritual progression. When the most enlightened souls gather together they create a better society than the one left behind. For instance, the discovery of America caused the more intelligent and freedom loving people to gather here and once gathered they created a better government than had existed in recorded history.
The gathering of the early Mormons drew some very intelligent souls and had the makings of creating a better society. I believe the benefits were limited because of the early death of Joseph Smith. Brigham started a much more authoritarian rule to the extent that anyone who openly challenged him was in danger for their lives. This limitation on the freedom of the human spirit probably doomed the LDS gathering more than any other thing.
There will be other gatherings in the future that will push mankind toward a higher spiritual level so long as the leaders encourage freedom rather than suffocate it. These gatherings will be fairly self-sufficient and thus provide a place of refuge from future calamities. Blessed are those pure in heart who live to see the hand of God separate the wheat from the tares.
Copyright 1979 by J J Dewey
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