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"The Endowment"

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Introduction

General Statement
Prayer of Inquiry

QUESTION NO 1: When shall the Spiritual Endowment be?

When shall these things be?
When shall these things be?

QUESTION NO 2: How may we prepare ourselves for the Endowment?

How shall you individually prepare?

QUESTION NO 3: How may the church advance in these ways?

QUESTION NO 4: Must the people and ministry pass thru a time of great trial?

QUESTION NO 5: What are the characteristics of the Endowment?

Preface to set of 10 Characteristics

Characteristic No. 1: Spiritually won knowledge

Some of the possible ways are these

Characteristic No. 2: Shared spiritual experiences

With whom among you shall He thus move?

In what ways will you be prepared for this sharing?

How shall you seek, ask, and knock?

How can the Lord say more than this?

Characteristic No. 3: Special light on difficult problems and projects

Characteristic No. 4: Finding the places where people may best work

How then may this endowment of inspired placement of human personality be worked out?

How may these things be?

How may these things be?

How may these things be?

Characteristic No. 5: An outpouring of spiritual gifts, help, and guidance

Characteristic No. 6: Ministry of angels

Characteristic No. 7: Ministry of those who have tarried

Now, why will the Lord bless the time of endowment with this visitation of those who have tarried?

Characteristic No. 8: Purification of mind, spirit, and purpose

Characteristic No. 9: Special appearances of Jesus Christ

What shall this day be like when He shall suddenly come to His temple?

Characteristic No. 10: Christ shall delegate and bestow spiritual power

QUESTION NO 6: What shall Thy servants be, do, and say?

QUESTION NO 7: Will there by many whom Thou canst endow?

QUESTION NO 8: Shall this endowment be for everyone?

QUESTION NO 9: Are there other ways we can be aroused to move toward the endowment?

Yes, there are other ways

QUESTION NO 10: How can humble people do our part to hasten the day?

Now, what can you do?


"The Endowment"
by Earl R. Curry

			

Characteristic No. 8: There shall be an endowment of purification of mind, spirit, and purpose. The working out, the achieving of the high purposes of life which are dear to the heart of Him who is the Eternal Father, in the finest and deepest meanings of that name, require extraordinary men and women in the body of the church. Ordinary men could not be trusted with the great powers which shall arise out of the endowment because of their narrow, self- centeredness that is so much a part of ordinary life. These great powers can only be delegated or placed upon His servants and His people as they are extraordinarily purified in body, mind, spirit, and purpose. Therefore, to Malachi, centuries ago, was shown these things, when he wrote, "Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like a fuller's soap; and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and He shall purify the sons of Levi (those who are ministers) and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Now, in this day, when the mighty Lord of Hosts is about to send this His great messenger for that which He has to do, in this His day of preparation, ere the great Father shall make bare His arm in extraordinary power-- whosoever will, let himself be purified. The dross of whatever is evil, or worldly, or narrow and shortsighted, or selfish, or hateful, or ignoble, or base-- all these must be burned out, and in their place be established goodness, high spirituality, mountain-top breadth of vision and understanding of what is possible for life, great love and finest motives of brotherhood, Christ-like nobility of character, and utter purification of mind and spirit and purpose. How shall the Lord of Hosts accomplish all this purification, seeing that man's hearts are so often as tho made of stone, and seeing also that so often they trust so greatly in themselves, and are content with things as they are? This purification must first come thru trial, even a great trial which shall engulf the nations of men. The people of the church and the covenant people shall inevitably be affected by that day of trial. By these trials shall the heart of the world be humbled, and by them also shall even the heart of the chosen people be humbled. Men and women of the world and of the church must be made aware, at long last, that the wisdom of this world will perish, but the wisdom of God will endure forever; they must be made to know that only as they trust in the great Father and His ways are golden days possible and is salvation possible, both here and hereafter. Isaiah saw this long ago when he cried with a loud voice that has been heard down thru the centuries since, "Behold the Lord will come with fire, and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh.... That they may sanctify themselves and purify themselves...in the greatest garden of the Lord, which is the earth." Also He said, in the days of Melchisedec, concerning the last days, that the sons of God should be tried as by fire. By many such means shall there be a beginning of special purification. This purification shall proceed as men shall come together in a most hallowed association. Even as like cleaves to like and goodness to goodness, just so will noble qualities, brought to the fore in the experiences of the school of the prophets and the endowment, cleave unto one another. By contagious example shall the dross be set to one side and goodness exalted. This purification shall come about because of the exalted spiritual experiences that shall be shared. The guidance men have received, the deep things of the Spirit they have been led to understand, the miraculous testimonies related, the widening of horizons they shall experience, the ministry of angelic hosts in marvelous ways, the visitation of those who have tarried-- how could anyone partake of, or share, or experience all these bountiful blessings of the great Father and not be purified from the sins of the world? Then highest of all, to be in the presence of the radiant Son of God. Surely by all these would the sons of Levi be purified and made worthy to offer a great offering in righteousness, or even of a much more complete achievement, Zion, and even the preaching of the real and complete and spirit-tested gospel in all the world ere the end comes! This purification will be from the lusts of the flesh, from the temptation of the devil, from evil ways and thoughts, from selfishness, from personal glorification, from narrow and unholy purposes, and the like. Out of the grand experiences of these days will come liberation from the sins of the flesh, which as men give way to them, bind them as with chains. Out of the glory of these days shall arise a brotherhood of extraordinary ministers and people whom God can and shall wondrously use to achieve His purposes, in the noblest of all possible associations-- even God working with man and man with God-- both doing so sacrificially and with glorious ends in view. By all these things, as you shall individually and collectively carry them out, shall the ministry of this day be made ready for the crowning experiences of the Endowment.

 

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