Transfiguration of Jesus, by Carl Bloch.
THE KEYS OF THE PRIESTHOOD
“What are the keys of the priesthood”? “This generation is not worthy to know”. John Taylor.
Neither is this generation. Ross W. LeBaron.
There is a very good reason why the orders of the priesthood were not taught in plainness. All one has to do is to look around themselves and see the many claimants to the keys, powers and authority of the Holy Priesthood and they will understand.
By not understanding the truth, they have all claimed the wrong keys, to the wrong office, of the wrong order, of the wrong priesthood, of the wrong dispensation.
“For your iniquity was your mother put away”. Isaiah ch. 50.
The finger of God is pointed directly at the offspring of the Mormon Church; for doing the same as the mother Church, in signing their manifesto and rejecting those holding the keys of the priesthood. Continue reading
Dispensationalism is a Christian concept that became an essential part of Joseph Smith’s theology, and of many, if not most branches of the Mormon tradition. According to that view, the interaction between the Deity and humankind has had different eras or periods throughout history, each having its own characteristics and being led by a mortal “head”, and usually preceded by an “apostasy”.
Ross W. LeBaron used and expanded the concept of gospel dispensations in a unique way within Mormonism, adding an eight dispensation, or “the Adamic Dispensation” as he later termed it, that ended “the Times of the Gentiles“.
An early associate of Ross LeBaron, Robert Eaby (1928-2017) used the apocryphal Book of Enoch (or I Enoch) to expose the idea of ten dispensations of the gospel. In the following two-page document probably written in 1958, Eaby quotes from The Ethiopic Version of the Book of Enoch, by biblical scholar and translator R. H. Charles, and relates each week in the the apocryphal prophecy to a dispensation.
Enoch. | Image: Figures de la Bible, Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, published by P. de Hondt in The Hague in 1728. Courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries.
TEN WEEKS OF ENOCH…..
And after that Enoch both gave and began to recount from the books. And Enoch said: “Concerning the children of righteousness and concerning the elect of the world, and concerning the plent of uprighteousness, I will speak these things, yes, I Enoch, will declare them unto you, my sons: According to that which appeared to me in the heavenly vision, and which I have learnt from the heavenly tablets.” And Enoch began to recount from the books and said: “I was born the seventh in the first week, while judgement and righteousness still endured.[“] Continue reading
Portrait of Joseph Smith Jr., unknown artist, circa 1842. | Photo courtesy of the Community of Christ.
REVELATION given to Ross W. LeBaron, at Kingman, Ariz., April 1940. At the time I was working for Uncle Conway LeBaron. He was painting the Masonic temple there.
He read to me a small tract or leaflet, on the attributes of the Holy Ghost published by the Church.
It stated that the Holy Ghost was a male spirit; the same as any other of God’s spirit sons before they took mortal bodies upon this earth; and that he would some day be born and go through trials similar to those of the Savior. Continue reading
In the following excerpt of Priesthood Expounded, published in 1985, Ross W. LeBaron writes about the restoration of priesthood keys he believed took place in the Nauvoo temple.
THE THIRD MAN
B. F. JOHNSON
The Prophet Elijah appeared, with others, in the Kirtland Temple April 3, 1836 conferring patriarchal authority upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, who already held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood, in connection with the Holy Priesthood of the Son of God.
Joseph Smith prophesied that Elijah would come again and restore the same priesthood on another man, before the last dispensation, or in the dispensation of the Fulness of Times. Continue reading
In the following excerpt of his Priesthood Expounded, published in 1985, Ross W. LeBaron writes about the Godhead and its relation to the different priesthood orders.
Resurrection, by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506). The Louvre
Ross W. LeBaron
Lesson No. 1:
All Priesthood is Melchizedek
To correctly think, one must have his mind properly programmed in the DOCTRINE OF THE PRIESTHOOD. From the time of Moses the thinking mind has repeatedly SAID; “HOLY PRIESTHOOD after the ORDER OF THE SON of GOD”. Moses held it, Christ held it, and Joseph Smith held it.
The time has come for people to RE-THINK. THE SETTING IN ORDER will take place by those who obey the LAWS of the PRIESTHOOD.
It is impossible to obey the laws, unless one understands the KEYS of the PRIESTHOOD. Continue reading
In order to understand priesthood, we must realize we have existed forever, space is endless, and there is an infinite number of gods in space. It’s all organized to some degree, but it’s also going through process and change.
The one big stumbling block in the world today is people do not understand resurrection. They do not realize that every form of resurrection of flesh is reincarnation by definition. Continue reading