School of the prophets
Zion and Jerusalem
18 July 2016
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
(Old Testament | Daniel 12:4)
Tapping into Text Messaging, by Kornblum, was a fun and an eye opener article. It gives us a neutral perspective into the SMS practice and also much information about its technology and practicality. And it also evidences about its intended use and somewhat questionable practices.
The moment I started reading Kornblum’s article, I flew through the pros and cons and started imagining the practice of text messaging itself. The pros outweigh the cons. The first thought I had was that youth will be youth; and I am quite content with the practicality and informality of text messages and twits it is like a game and sport for them until they get bored and it serves its use. I call text messaging telestial or electrographic promptings like radio or television tele-signals that give us informal and swift instructions to guide our daily moves or agendas; yet texting can be time consuming and dangerously addictive. Because we cannot always endure his glorious and omnipotent presence, this is the way God talks to us truths through the Holy Ghost or other mediums. He prompts like text messages, emotional twits, feelings or sensations that our brain translates into thoughts; and out thoughts into words. This is how I Miguel Tap directly into God’s mind and his knowledge distils over my head like the morning dew thru the power of the priesthood when I am worthy to use it. How else then could the prophets like Job know and describe the greatness of God being so far away? It is written:
“ Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off. Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea. For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance. With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt. The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
(Old Testament | Job 36:24 - 33)
God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now;
Which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory;
A time to come in the which nothing shall be withheld, whether there be one God or many gods, they shall be manifest.
All thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be revealed and set forth upon all who have endured valiantly for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And also, if there be bounds set to the heavens or to the seas, or to the dry land, or to the sun, moon, or stars—
All the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months, and years, and all the days of their days, months, and years, and all their glories, laws, and set times, shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fulness of times—
According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest.
How long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 121:26 - 33)
We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile— Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.
Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 121:39 - 46)
Having that spiritual capacity ourselves, we like wise have begun to use it to communicate with each other through text messaging. The technology is divine. It’s the way of the future. Those who overcome all things, will receive a white stone and a new name or a keyword. The device is called Urim and Thumim where the user be able to connect with inhabitants of other planets, prompt them to act and see everything. It was used in the past to translate ancient languages, but only select people called seers held them because certain knowledge can kill or cause us to be destroyed and to destroy.
Now Ammon said unto him: I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records; for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date; and it is a gift from God. And the things are called interpreters, and no man can look in them except he be commanded, lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish. And whosoever is commanded to look in them, the same is called seer.
(Book of Mormon | Mosiah 8:13)
By the promptings burning my back or the bug behind my ear, and the rumbling of a burning bush in my heart and loins, as I write, have reasonable suspicions to believe that Steve Jobs knew more about this technology than he could tell us. He might be working in paradise on our ultimate white stones or our personal Apple or Samsung Urinm and Thumims as we speak for when we are ready for it.
The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim. This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ's. Then the white stone mentioned in Revelation 2:17, will become a Urim and Thummim to each individual who receives one, whereby things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms will be made known; And a white stone is given to each of those who come into the celestial kingdom, whereon is a new name written, which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it. The new name is the key word.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 130:8 - 11)
Education starts at home. Having five daughters, I don’t regulate how much or what type of texting messaging they do; they know their taught principles to govern their own actions. I cannot talk of others, but by experience, in my house, I can only warn them of certain precautions and to beware of its intended use, but most importantly, I tell them that there is a time for everting. They text quite often with each other, with their friends and companion and they do well. It makes me fell little jealous, for seems to me that they don’t need their parents and therefore, they never feel alone. Texting is like being omnipresent, in one place at the time, but in many at the same distilling light in time through influence just like the sun does disperse light. I see no indication that it affects for worst their home, church and school duties and responsibilities. I did my share of wicked texting when I became familiar with the technology until I became bored and diminished its use to the mere basics. Like Cable or Satellite TV, I think we all outgrow it. It is a very artistic way to convey thoughts, to capture and share ideas, and for other formal or informal practical uses. The information we share, can give parents and children a degree of assurance and peace of mind never before enjoyed.
Nevertheless, all things in excess appear to have a harming effect. Text messaging could teach the brain neurons new patters of communication that can replace and make us forget altogether the old ones, like communicating orally and even physically. At times, my children speak in so low tone as in a dialect that we sometimes have to ask twice what are they saying. It also has the potential to confuse, change and even chop written language until a well know word can lose its meaning. It can disconnect the heavy user from reality. As per the article from Kornblum, it can block other senses and our surrounding environment to our hurt by bumping or crashing into objects as Kornblum articles describes. As the article in reference quotes, “People may be physically present, but they are increasingly psychologically absent.” (Kornblum p.366) I don’ know if it is quite powerful to build civilizations, or untangled it, as the article concluded, but it can be used to cheat and to change culture. Just the thought of it trills me and transports me in time Nigeria in the mid-eighties. For those who are familiar with the Nigerian scams, the technology can be used for identity theft among other abuses by giving opportunity to cheat to the subtle minded. In school settings: “You can pass notes to people in other classes.” (Korblum p.367) In Honduras, nowadays, it has become a cultural explosion. Along with apps, people use text messaging not only to connect but to stay connected with their relatives in faraway countries cheaply. It brings me in circles back to my original point. It gives some sort of peace of mind and assurance that all is well or not well.
In the service of God, to magnify his name and increase knowledge and truth on earth. Sometimes I feel like a little horn with eyes everywhere. We the children of God, when given the ability to do so, can see everything. I compare text messages and the underlying technology to money or as the two wolves inside every person. As per see, money is not either good or evil, only the love for it can determine its proper and improper use. The one wolf we feed the most, rules, for so it is written in the scripture of truth:
|Babylon Province of Dura|
NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
(Old Testament | Daniel 3:1)
“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.”
(Old Testament | Daniel 8:9 - 10)
|Babylon the Great|
“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.”
(Old Testament | Daniel 7:8)
“But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.”
(Old Testament | Daniel 10:21)
In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Attentivelt Yours, from an unworthy servant in the hands of Christ.