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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

QUESTION NO 1: When shall the day of marvelous Spiritual Endowment be?
As you, both now and in the future, ponder considering the Endowment, 
        first of all, let there ever be before you 
these special promises of deeply spiritual, prophetic-minded men, 
                whose eyes your Eternal Father has opened that they might see 
                the deep things of the Spirit, such as these:
        Obedience to His law shall cause Him to open the windows of Heaven and
                pour you out such a blessing as you cannot contain; or,
        Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard that which the Father hath prepared
                for those who love Him, except those to whom He hath shown it; or
        The Melchisedec priesthood have the privilege,
                         if they will seek in great faith,
                of receiving the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven
                        -to have the heavens opened unto them
                        -to commune with the spiritual giants of the past, 
                                the great assembly of the noble-hearted, 
                                who are special agents whom God sends to those of 
                                        mighty faith
                        -even to have communion 
                                with Him whose glory is intelligence and
                                 with Jesus Christ, the altogether lovely Son of God.
Ye men of God, 
        in light of these great promises, and
        of many others equally great written in the record of the Everlasting Father's                 
                association with men,
how can you do otherwise than reach out and up to that which God would do for you,
        for he would share marvelous things with you!

When shall these things be? 
They shall be 
        when, and as, those who minister for Him cease placing much too great faith
                in the wisdom of the world, and
        when they shall learn that the arm of flesh cannot bring to pass the high 
                purposes of the Lord. 
        When this ceasing and this learning comes,
then shall be fulfilled the word of the prophet
        that those who are weak and humble in the sight of this world
                shall thresh the nations by the power of God's Spirit.

It shall come
        when the servants of the Lord appreciate the possible glories of His friendship,
        when there shall come to them a vision of the very extraordinary works
                and miracles that shall grace the work and 
                        life of those whom God has endowed.

Are there not almost unnumbered testimonies in the scriptures that help to 
        build up and disclose this vision?
And who among you have,
        through fasting and prayer, or
        thru inspired meditation and study, or
        thru the many gifts of the Spirit, or
        thru the loving Father's response to your deep concern - 
who among you have 
        plumbed the depths of the Lord's great wells of living water and 
        have had God show you even part of what He would do thru you?

There are pleasing, comforting, and even inspiring rewards 
        that come to those who have noble people as their friends.
But what tongue can tell, 
or what intellect can even imagine, 
        the boundless rewards that are for those 
                whose great friend is God and 
                whose loving friend and elder brother is Jesus Christ?
        
The Everlasting Father invites you, and urges you, toward this their friendship.
        He is deeply concerned,
        He is exceedingly anxious that the time of endowment should soon come, for
        He knows that increasingly great waves of perplexity, of disturbance, 
                and of trouble shall break upon the shores of time.        

All that the prophets of old have seen concerning the last days are nearing fulfillment.
        There is commotion everywhere.
                People of the world are breaking away from even the poor standards
                                 they have hitherto had.
                Great clouds of deception are increasingly befogging the minds of men.
                Satan rages in his age-old struggle against the Son of God.
                        He would take away and completely submerge all that is good, 
                                and hundreds of millions of people are his collaborators.
                Wars of the most terrible sort are at your doors.
                Surely men's hearts are failing them for fear of what they plainly see is
                                 coming on the earth.

The heart of Him whose finest name is Love is deeply distressed 
        that His ministry and people all too generally do not see these things, and
        that they make so little effort to ascend the mountains of exaltation so
                that Jesus the Son of God might speak to them face to face, and
                that He might send forth a strong army, 
                                though few in number but mighty in spiritual power, 
                        to fight with the everlasting word of God all the wicked forces 
                                which seek to engulf the world.

If ever the great Father cried to His people to come out of that Babylon 
                 which shall perish, it is now.
Endowment could come to the church surely within ten years, and even less,
        if God's people will make themselves aware of the world's great need,
        if they will become aware of the church's desperate need for mighty spiritual 
                power, and 
        if they will go up to the mountain of the Lord's House!
                
Will you stop your ears and let the cry of despair arising from tens of thousands of 
        men and women lost in this wilderness of sin, commotion, and of fear -- 
will you let these cries be in vain?

When shall these things be?
Hear ye, all those to whom this prophetic insight shall come.
        God will not always strive with man. 
        Neither will He always strive with a stiff-necked, worldly, faltering people!
                Surely the word of the prophets is utterly plain --
                        if God's people will not come out of Babylon, and her confusion,
                                and her evils; they too must perish.

Is it not written that the bosom of God's wrath shall sweep through the nations of 
        the earth at the last day?
Is it not also written that this day 
        of burning, 
        of desolation, 
        of weeping, and
        of lamentation 
        that shall come upon the earth as a whirlwind, even as testified by Isaiah and 
                by Jeremiah of old, and by Joseph whom you call the martyr, and 
        that it shall begin at the house of the Lord, and from His house shall it go forth?

Oh ye who handle the vessels of the Lord,
        beware lest you come under strong condemnation in that so many of you
                neither prepare yourselves, 
                nor your people, for those things that are coming on the earth.
In the face of the marvelous possibilities of God's endowment,
        will you choose to blunder along as a church insufficiently in touch with God,
        and that you perish because He cannot use you as 
                His instruments of power,
                the bearers of His way of life, and as
                the demonstrators of the fact that 
                        only His ways can save the world from destruction and
                        raise all who will truly believe to glorious and even miraculous
                                accomplishments?

Within the limits, therefore, of your Heavenly Father's patience, and 
        before those great tidal waves of judgment shall build up to vast destructive 
                power,
        there is yet time for those who are caught up by the vision of grand spiritual
                endowment 
                to prepare themselves,
                to come out of Babylon and her evil ways, 
                to purify their lives and purposes,
                to become increasingly spiritual,
                to become increasingly full of love for their brethren and sisters, 
                        and for the coming generation of youth, 
                        and for the men and women of the world who walk in darkness,
                        and especially that increasingly there shall be a profound love 
                                for the Eternal Father
                        and all He stands for.

Only such as prepare themselves can abide the day of divine endowment,
                which your Heavenly Father cannot permit to be very far away,
        for the day nears when the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His 
                temple,
        and to such of His ministry as 
                have made themselves ready and 
                are looking for Him, and
                are anxious that He shall come 
                        to purify,
                        to instruct,
                        to organize,
                        to guide, and
                        to be a leader and commander,
                        to send His servants forth 
                                to bind up the law and
                                to seal up the testimony, and
                        to give understanding and power
                        to gloriously establish sacred communities of Zion.

 

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