Restoration/Apostasy Cycle

Celebrate an aspect of the Restoration by reviewing and teaching the restoration/apostasy cycle wherein a head of a dispensation receives a glorious vision and teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some people accept the prophets’ words. Most don’t. At some point wickedness fills the Earth and the Church of Jesus Christ with its prophets and priesthood is lost from the Earth. After a period of apostasy, the gospel is restored. This has happened many times. Seven dispensations are listed below. Six ended in apostasy. This last dispensation is different from all the others. It will not end in apostasy. The gospel of Jesus Christ is here to stay and will usher in the Millennium.

Restoration: Adam and Eve had the gospel revealed to them. “Adam… was the son of God, with whom God, himself, conversed” (Moses 6:22). He and Eve were commanded “to teach these things freely unto [their] children” (Moses 6:58). “They were preachers of righteousness, and spake and prophesied, and called upon all men, everywhere, to repent; and faith was taught unto the children of men” (Moses 6:23).

Apostasy: Despite Adam and Eve’s example and efforts, their posterity became very wicked, and the gospel of Jesus Christ with its prophets and priesthood was no longer upon the earth. A restoration was necessary.

Restoration: Enoch said: “And I saw the Lord; and he stood before my face, and he talked with me, even as a man talketh one with another, face to face; and he said unto me: Look, and I will show unto thee the world for the space of many generations” (Moses 7:4).And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion” (Moses 7:69). Enoch preached 365 years. The people became so righteous that the City of Enoch was translated.

Apostasy: In time, the people who were not translated became very wicked. The gospel of Jesus Christ with its prophets and priesthood was no longer upon the earth. A restoration was necessary.

Restoration: “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord; for Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation; and he walked with God, as did also his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth” Moses 8:27). Noah preached: “Believe and repent of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, even as our fathers, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost” (Moses 8:24). Although Noah preached for 120 years, only seven people accepted the gospel and were saved from the flood—Noah’s wife, their three sons, and their wives.

Apostasy: In time, Noah’s posterity became very wicked. The gospel of Jesus Christ with its prophets and priesthood was no longer upon the earth. A restoration was necessary.

Restoration: “I, Abraham, talked with the Lord, face to face, as one man talketh with another” (Abraham 3:11). God said to Abraham: “I will make of thee a great nation, and… thou shalt… bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations” (Abraham 2:9).

Apostasy: Despite Abraham’s example and efforts, the people became very wicked, and the gospel of Jesus Christ with its prophets and priesthood was no longer upon the earth. A restoration was necessary.

Restoration: Moses “saw God face to face, and he talked with him, and the glory of God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence” (Moses 1:2). Moses led the Israelites to the Promised Land.

Apostasy: Despite many, many miracles, the people became very wicked once again. The gospel of Jesus Christ with its prophets and priesthood was no longer upon the earth. A restoration was necessary.

Restoration: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power”
(Acts 10:38). Our Eternal Father, said: “Repent… and be baptized… in the name of my Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth, which is Jesus Christ, the only name which shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men” (Moses 6:52). Jesus healed, taught, performed miracles, instituted the sacrament, atoned for sins—activating the plan of salvation—and was resurrected. 

Apostasy: After Jesus and His Aprostles were killed, the gospel of Jesus Christ with its prophets and priesthood was no longer upon the earth. A restoration was necessary.

Restoration: “I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him” (JS-History 1:17)! “I give unto you my servant Joseph to be a presiding elder over all my church, to be a translator, a revelator, a seer, and prophet” (D&C 124:125).

There will not be another general apostasy. The gospel and priesthood will not be taken from the earth. Prophets will continue to receive revelation to prepare a people for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. “Rebel not against my servant Joseph; for verily I say unto you, I am with him, and my hand shall be over him; and the keys which I have given unto him, and also to youward, shall not be taken from him till I come” (D&C 112:15). 

Individuals may leave their faith, but “The standard of truth has been erected; No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 4:540).

“Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

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