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
-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
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 weeping, and
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
Within the limits, therefore, of your Heavenly Father's patience, and
before those great tidal waves of judgment shall build up to vast destructive
there is yet time for those who are caught up by the vision of grand spiritual
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
and to such of His ministry as
have made themselves ready and
are looking for Him, and
are anxious that He shall come
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.