12/25/2020 by Life after Ministry
We originally posted this a few years ago, but have updated it with more info for the reader. …
Message from the angel Gabriel told Joseph of the Bible:
Matthew 1:21; “Call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins…”
Message from the angel of light Moroni told Joseph Smith:
Joseph Smith History 1:33; “…my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues…”
The one sure thing that hasn’t changed since Matthew put ink to papyri is the message he recorded that came from God’s angel, Gabriel. The story hasn’t changed. You won’t find a reputable source divulging any information outside what we read in God’s word. While it sounds simplistic, it had to be one of the most profound messages known to mankind.
’Call His name Jesus’…it’s the segue to discovering how God intervened on man’s behalf through the soon-to-be-born child, Jesus, the one and only Savior of the world.
Fast forward 33+ years…after Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected, we find the Apostle Peter telling us how Jesus ‘went about doing good’. Acts 10:38.
Just as scripture tells us no one would give Him a good report, neither is there a report of anyone stating His name was known for both good, and evil. People accused Him of using the powers of Beelzebub, however, Jesus shot their accusations down by pointing out nothing can stand when it’s divided.
Jesus’ reputation was solid, and never changed.
Now, let’s examine the message coming from the angel of light, Moroni. We have three items of consideration –
#1. Brought message that Smith’s name would be known for good and evil
Joe Smith was only too eager in sharing Moroni’s message that Smith’s name would be known for both good, and evil. It’s as if he proudly wore it as a badge of honor…yikes!
Joseph Smith History 1:33 “…my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues…”
#2. Moroni, the shape shifting angel of light
On p.24 of Mark Ashurst-McGee’s report, ‘Moroni: Angel, or Treasure Guardian’, you can read several different accounts of the attributes of this so called angel Moroni. Some described him to be a Spanish conquistador type of fellow, with a slit throat, and blood draining from the gaping wound. Still others, reported Smith told them Moroni was originally a toad who morphed itself into a salamander which eventually ended up as the angel of light Moroni. This report, while lengthy, is well worth the read.
#3. Moroni, an Angel of Light
Several years ago I wrote an article (see link below) about Smith’s experience with Moroni on the autumn Equinox. Warning bells should start ringing about now…Moroni, Who was he?
Here’s a synopsis of the rest of that article –
After Moroni’s 3rd visit with Joe Smith, he leaves, and immediately, a cock crowed. Think Luke 22:31-34, where Peter denied Jesus for the 3rd time.
Then we see in Mormon canon (2 Nephi 9:8-9), declaring Satan as an angel of light. The next thing we read is the 3rd paragraph of the introductory page to Doctrine and Covenants (1976 ed., and earlier) which used to say, Moroni, an angel of light, appeared to Joseph Smith.
Now that we’re armed with all the information, which angel do you believe was sent from God?
Surely, it can’t be both, because as Jesus said, a house divided cannot stand.
Lastly beloved, would a true angel of God turn attention away from Him?
If you’re LDS, whom do you believe?
The God of the Bible wouldn’t take people on a rabbit trail, as Moroni has done. The God of the Bible never masquerades as an angel of light – only Satan does this.
Please know that if you’re LDS, we’re praying diligently for you dear one. We mean this with all that we are. If you have questions, never hesitate to let us know!
With love in Christ;
1 Cor 1:18