WHO IS THE CRIER?
He is a friend of the bridegroom
He will arrive at midnight
He will come on a holy day
He will alert the brides that the bridegroom is coming
He carries the word of the bridegroom
JOSEPH SMITH FULFILLS THIS
FRIEND OF THE BRIDEGROOM-He arranged the contract, acted for the bridegroom during the betrothal, and arranged for, and presided at, the festivities of the wedding-day itself. It was a position of honour, in proportion to the position of the bridegroom himself, and was given to his chief friend.” (Ellicott’s Commentary for English Reader)
And my father anointed my head, and sealed upon me the blessings of Moses, to lead Israel in the latter days, even as Moses led him in days of old; also the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. All of the Presidency laid their hands upon me, and pronounced upon my head many prophecies and blessings, many of which I shall not notice at this time. But as Paul said, so say I, let us come to visions and revelations.” (Joseph Smith)
DARKEST HOUR- Joseph came during the middle of the night, darkest time
Joseph Smith was born December 23, 1805. “The evening of 23 Dec 1805 began the Hebrew day 1 Tebeth, the precise day of the winter solstice on that calendar.” (John P. Pratt)
HOLY DAY- “On the Hebrew calendar, the first day of every month is considered a holy day, so Joseph Smith was not only born on a holy day, but apparently was the standard bearer for the day of the winter solstice throughout all time.” (John P. Pratt)
BRIDES ASLEEP -At present the Prophet Joseph’s boys lay apparently in a state of slumber, everything seems to be perfectly calm with them, but by and by God will wake them up, and they will roar like the thunders of Mount Sinai.
There is much work to be done . . .
God is not asleep,and He will wake up our children and they will bear off this kingdom to the nations of the earth, and will bear testimony to the truth of this work, and of the integrity and true character of Joseph, and Hyrum, and Brigham, of Heber, and Jedediah, and the Twelve, and of thousands of others.There are trying times ahead of you, do you not begin to feel and see them? If you do not, I say you are asleep. (Heber C Kimball)
AWAKENS THE BRIDES- I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Repent ye of your sins and prepare the way for the coming of the Son of Man; for the kingdom of God has come unto you, and henceforth the ax is laid unto the root of the tree; and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, God Almighty shall hew it down and cast it into the fire.’” (Joseph Smith, History
REVEALS HIS WORDS- D&C 21:4-5 Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
D&C 21:6For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory
D&C 28:2But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses.
D&C 5:10. . . this generation shall have my word through you;