Chapter Two – Ezra’s Eagle

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It seems that there has been a significant stir recently caused by members of the church publishing accounts of personal experiences, visions, and/or dreams that expound upon events of the last days beyond the scriptural record.  I have no desire to add to this growing trend.  Therefore, let me begin this chapter by unequivocally stating that I claim no authority or special education to teach or expound these principles.  I do not claim to have been privy to “secret knowledge” or information that is not readily accessible to anyone with the scriptures.  I have gone to great lengths to keep my research based upon the scriptures, with close to seven-hundred footnotes for cross-referencing.

That being said, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to discuss the scriptures without adding personal opinions and interpretations as to what they mean. Therefore, if there is ever any authorized church representative that provides an opinion or statement contrary to those I have made herein, without question, they are right and I am wrong. Furthermore, the writings that I will be analyzing in this chapter are taken from the Apocrypha – which is a book that is known to contain spurious material and errors. Therefore, the reader must understand there are reasons that these books are not included in the LDS cannon of scripture.

When Joseph Smith was translating the Bible, he queried the Lord regarding the Apocrypha, and the Lord told him the following:

Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly…Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom…[i]

Clearly there is information included within the Apocrypha that is not only true, but beneficial for us to know, if we will read it while listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Within the Doctrine and Covenants we are admonished four times to seek wisdom from good books. [ii] I believe that the Apocrypha contains some of these good books- particularly the book of Second Esdras. Bible scholars believe that Second Esdras was put to paper within the first century A.D. based upon oral or written traditions. The timing of the writings is based upon the fact that one of Ezra’s visions speaks of a country that is symbolized by an eagle. Many Bible scholars assume that this country had to be Rome, given the national symbol of Rome was the eagle.

When discussing the opinions of many well-known Bible scholars, it should be noted that because of their schooling, they have been trained to rely upon their own wisdom, or that produced from physical evidences.  As such, many of these same “scholars” would claim a book of gold plates presented by an angel to an uneducated farm boy to be translated in modern times to be preposterous. While at the same time, the Holy Ghost has born witness to the hearts and minds of millions of latter-day saints that it is true. Therefore, secular opinions regarding things of a spiritual nature, while perhaps insightful at times, should be taken with a grain of salt.

Only the spirit teaches of spiritual things. Thus the Lord’s statement to Joseph regarding the Apocrypha – “whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom”. It should be noted, that I did have a  religion professor at BYU, for whom I have great respect, read this chapter to give me his opinion on it. He was absolutely fascinated by the account, and said that he knew of no official church commentary regarding the portion of Second Esdras I will be analyzing. He also highlighted some of the concerns with the accuracy of the Apocrypha that I have previously mentioned, therefore reader beware – let the Holy Ghost be your guide.

For purposes of this analysis, I will take these writings at their face value – namely that they are visions that Ezra received while the Jews were held captive in Babylon. Whether they were recorded then, or at a latter time from oral tradition makes no difference to me. Such being the case, Ezra would have been a contemporary of Daniel. In fact, an angel told Ezra that the revelation we are about to analyze was, “seen in the vision of thy brother Daniel, but it was not expounded unto him, therefore now I declare it unto thee.” [iii]

It is important therefore to note that with few exceptions, the visions of Daniel concerned the events of the latter-days. [iv] Consequently, although he lived more than four hundred years before the birth of Christ, Ezra is receiving more information regarding Daniel’s vision of events that will happen in our day. Included within the book of 2nd Esdras is an amazing vision showing the latter-day rise of a powerful nation, the mightiest the world has ever known. An eagle is used to symbolize this kingdom. Given the implications of this vision, if it is true, it sets the stage for any analysis regarding the events of the latter-days – particularly those that pertain to the latter-day gathering and restoration of the House of Israel.

With this introduction, I will begin the analysis of Ezra’s vision.

Then saw I a dream, and, behold, there came up from the sea an eagle, which had twelve feathered wings, and three heads. And I saw, and, behold, she spread her wings over all the earth, and all the winds of the air blew on her, and were gathered together. And I beheld, and out of her feathers there grew other contrary feathers; and they became little feathers and small. But her heads were at rest: the head in the midst was greater than the other, yet rested it with the residue.[v]

Ezra saw an eagle whose reach and influence spanned the globe. In this vision, Ezra described this eagle. In doing so, it is important to note that he uses the terms wing and feather interchangeably. To avoid confusion, I will always use the term feather in my commentary. The eagle that he saw is described as having three sleeping heads, with the middle head being larger than the other two. The eagle is described as having twelve normal feathers and others that are described as being small and contrary.

As noted above, because of the symbolism of the eagle, most Bible scholars have assumed that Ezra was talking about ancient Rome.  However, the eagle is also the symbol of America. Both Rome and America exercised power and influence across the globe and up to this point neither could be ruled out. As we continue, I will compare and contrast these two countries to the requirements of Ezra’s vision.

Moreover I beheld, and, lo, the eagle flew with her feathers, and reigned upon earth, and over them that dwelt therein. And I saw that all things under heaven were subject unto her, and no man spake against her, no, not one creature upon earth. And I beheld, and, lo, the eagle rose upon her talons, and spake to her feathers, saying, Watch not all at once: sleep every one in his own place, and watch by course: But let the heads be preserved for the last.[vi]

Here we learn that the feathers of the eagle are to take watch by course. At the conclusion of his vision, Ezra was provided with the following explanation for what this symbolism meant.

Behold, the days will come, that there shall rise up a kingdom upon earth, and it shall be feared above all the kingdoms that were before it. In the same shall twelve kings reign, one after another: And this do the twelve wings signify, which thou sawest.[vii] And whereas thou sawest the eight small under feathers…this is the interpretation: that in [the country] there shall arise eight kings, whose times shall be but small, and their years swift.[viii]

By the angel’s explanation, we understand that this was not a kingdom that was in existence in the day of Ezra, as the angel said, “the days will come, that there shall rise up a kingdom…” Therefore, if Bible scholars believe this book was written sometime during the first two centuries, Rome would be disqualified, as it already existed at the time. However, if we consider that Rome had not yet been founded around four hundred and fifty years before the Savior was born, when Ezra actually had this vision, both countries are still eligible as neither existed at the time the vision was sent.

Furthermore, the angel stated that these wings and feathers, both big and small, represent national leaders, either Emperors or Presidents. We are told that the administrations of these leaders will be consecutive, one after another. Furthermore, we are now given the total count of the feathers – twenty, twelve normal, and eight small. Normal feathers represent leaders that will serve normal terms in office, small feathers represent leaders whose terms would be cut short for unnatural reasons,  by contrary events.

The description that no man spoke against the eagle, does not mean that everyone agreed conceptually with this nation. Such is never the case with human institutions. Rather, this means that no man could deny this nation’s preeminence in the world. Doing so would be like denying that water is wet; it is an indisputable fact that no one could reasonably speak against. They might rage and slander it for any number of reasons, but as the saying goes, “it is what it is”.

Ezra also noted that this country was feared by all others. In the scriptures, the term fear can often be interchanged with the term respect, such as “fearing the Lord”. Therefore, this reference need not mean that all nations literally cowered in fear, although many surely did. Lastly, we learn that the heads of this great eagle do not come in to play until the consecutive administrations of the feathers has ended. So far, both Rome and the US remain viable candidates. The vision continues:

And I beheld, and, lo, the voice went not out of her heads, but from the midst of her body.[ix]

In other words, Ezra notices that when the eagle spoke, the voice came from the midst of her body rather than her head. Here again, Ezra’s angelic guide provides the interpretation. This is a very important insight.

As for the voice which thou heardest speak, and that thou sawest not to go out from the heads but from the midst of the body thereof, this is the interpretation: that after the time of that kingdom there shall arise great strivings, and it shall stand in peril of failing: nevertheless it shall not then fall, but shall be restored again to his beginning.[x]

The angel is saying that the voice represents a great struggle that will take place in the country- one that will almost cause it to collapse – to dangle by a thread, so to speak. The kingdom does not, however, completely collapse at that time. After a tremendous struggle, it is restored to its original state. Rome began about 509 BC as a republic, however Julius Caesar introduced the Emperors and from that time forward the Emperors could act as dictators, and often did. It never reverted back to its pure form. This seems inconsistent with Ezra’s prophecy. However, according to Joseph Smith, this requirement does align with what will happen in America.

The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.[xi]

By the term “this people” Joseph was referring to the House of Israel, of which the church is a part. The nation that Joseph was talking about was, of course, the United States of America. The angel above is saying exactly the same thing. Already this vision seems to lean more towards an American interpretation rather than a Roman one.

This vision will discuss the momentous turmoil that lies ahead for this great country. We will keep this in mind as the explanation continues.

And I looked, and, behold, on the right side there arose one feather, and reigned over all the earth; And so it was, that when it reigned, the end of it came, and the place thereof appeared no more: so the next following stood up and reigned, and had a great time [meaning a long administration]; and it happened, that when it reigned, the end of it came also, like as the first, so that it appeared no more.

Then came there a voice unto it [the second leader], and said, Hear thou that hast borne rule over the earth so long: this I say unto thee, before thou beginnest to appear no more [before the end of your official term in office], There shall none after thee attain unto thy time, neither unto the half thereof.

This is an amazing requirement! Ezra foresaw that not only would one of the leaders of this country serve twice as long as all others, but that after him, no others would be permitted to do so, as if by official decree. This is where Rome goes completely off the rails. There is no Roman Emperor for whom the same could be said. The longest serving Roman Emperor was Theodosius II who served for forty-eight years in that capacity, but Valentinian III who served five years later occupied that post for thirty-one years, well over half of Theodosius II’s term. Caesar Augustus also served for forty years, and many others served for more than twenty-four years. Therefore, Rome’s history excludes it from being the country Ezra foresaw in vision.

What about America? The longest serving President was Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was elected to four terms, and before the next president completed his full term, congress passed the 22nd Constitutional amendment – limiting presidents to a maximum of two terms. This does not just sound close to what Ezra saw, it sounds identical! Besides FDR, no other American President served longer than two terms, and now by law, no President can. America continues to qualify under the requirements of this vision, but Rome clearly does not. The vision continues:

Then arose the third, and reigned as the other before, and appeared no more also. So went it with all the residue one after another, as that every one reigned, and then appeared no more. Then I beheld, and, lo, in process of time the feathers that followed stood up upon the right side, that they might rule also; and some of them ruled, but within a while they appeared no more: for some of them were set up, but ruled not.

After this I looked, and, behold, the twelve feathers appeared no more, nor the two little feathers: And there was no more upon the eagle’s body, but three heads that rested, and six little wings (six little feathers).[xii]

The description of these leaders as described in this vision is that they “ruled over all the earth”. Some might argue that the United States technically does not rule the world, but this is an empty argument. It was through America that China would be opened to the world, the USSR and the Iron curtain would fall, that Europe would be twice liberated from fascists, Africa fed, that South America would model its governance, and that world-wide freedom, human rights, and democracy would be promoted, enforced and protected. From this perspective there is no question that the United States of America is the world’s de-facto leader. This is why the Presidents of the United States have been given the title of “The Leader of the Free World”.

Furthermore, fourteen of these feathers are described as having been upon the right side of the eagle – twelve regular feathers, and two small ones. Therefore we might assume that the six remaining little feathers are associated with the left side of the eagle. It appears, then that there are two groups of feathers, a mix of fourteen feathers on the right, and six small feathers on the left. The angel also states that during the process of time, some of the feathers on the right stood up to rule, but did not complete their terms. In other words, while all fourteen of these leaders served consecutively, some of their administrations were cut short.

The angel gives further clarification regarding where the administrations of these two little feathers fall within the total group.

And two of [the little feathers] shall perish, the middle time approaching [midpoint of the timeline]…[xiii]

Ezra states that by the appearance of the second of the two little feathers (i.e. the second Presidency that was cut short), we will know that the midpoint of the timeline is near. Ezra has imposed very specific and stringent requirements upon the consecutive rule of these fourteen leaders. The second leader needs to have served twice as long as any other, with none after him being able to serve more than half as long as he did. Then, approaching the mid-point of this timeline, the administrations of two of these leaders will be cut short by unnatural means. Given the strict requirements of these leaders, no Roman sequence of leadership qualifies. What about American Presidents?

With the identification of FDR as the second President in this series, it is a simple matter to determine how this group of fourteen US Presidents compare to Ezra’s prophecy. The results are truly stunning! Below is a chart listing the fourteen presidents beginning with Herbert Hoover (which places FDR as the second in the series, as specified by Ezra.) Their administrations agree perfectly to the strict requirements of Ezra’s vision. I believe that this perfect correlation with Ezra’s vision cannot be coincidental.

Order Name Terms Contrary Date Timer
1 Herbert Hoover 1 1929 4
2 Franklin D. Roosevelt 4 1945 16
3 Harry S. Truman 1 1953 24
4 Dwight D. Eisenhower 2 1961 32
5 John F. Kennedy 1 X 1963 34
6 Lyndon B. Johnson 1 1969 40
7 Richard M. Nixon 2 X 1974 45
8 Gerald R. Ford 1 1976 43
9 Jimmy Carter 1 1981 38
10 Ronald Reagan 2 1989 30
11 George H. W. Bush 1 1993 26
12 Bill Clinton 2 2001 18
13 George W. Bush 2 2009 10
14 Barack Obama 2 2017 2


You will remember that the angel said that after the second little feather’s administration would be cut short, we would be nearing the midpoint of the time table. The two “little feathers” are readily identifiable as JFK, and Richard Nixon. They were the only two presidents to be removed from office due to unnatural causes. Therefore the end of Nixon’s term represents the midpoint.  Notice the far right column of this chart is titled “Timer”. From the beginning of President Hoover’s administration to the end of Nixon’s was forty-five years. As the angel instructed that the second small feather was “approaching” the midpoint, it is reasonable to conclude that there should be approximately forty-five years between the end of the Nixon administration and the conclusion of this series of fourteen leaders. The “Timer” column shows the calculation of time remaining based upon this assumption. It fits.

You can see the amazing similarities between this chart and the events predicted in Ezra’s vision. Despite having twenty-two Presidential elections during this time period, only fourteen men were elected. The second of these was elected to twice as many terms as any other, and term limits were implemented so that no subsequent leader could ever retain his office for so long. Only two Presidents in this series had their administrations cut short by unnatural causes, the last of which occurred half-way through the list. No other nation that I have come across aligns as perfectly, or even remotely close to this.

I want to highlight how significant this is. Consider this illustration. Since the founding of our country, Americans have voted for Presidents, fifty-seven different times. As a result of those fifty-seven elections, there have been forty-three Presidents. For illustration purposes, assume that I had two identical bags of fifty-seven jellybeans. Assume that I selected twenty-two jellybeans from my bag and laid them out in a row and covered them so that you could not see them, nor did I explain what the jelly beans represented. Then I told you that I wanted you to replicate the order that I had laid out my twenty-two beans. What would be the likelihood that you would select the exact same twenty-two jellybeans that I had selected and ordered them exactly the same? The answer is one in 3.9 undicillion. This number is so large you have probably never heard of it. It is thirty-nine with thirty-five zeros after it. Your odds of winning the California lottery are over a quadrillion times better than this!

Amazingly, Ezra’s vision placed the presidential jellybeans in their proper order 2,000 years before the founding of our country. Furthermore, he did so using an eagle – the basis for both the National Emblem and the Presidential Seal of the United States of America. The odds for such an event happening, and not being correlated, are incredible.

Apart from being fascinating, this list should cause the reader to ask an important question: why start with Herbert Hoover? The answer to this question is not provided to Ezra, at least not the Ezra from the Old Testament. To understand this, we must acknowledge the existence of a scriptural trend. That is to say that within the scriptures, the Lord tends to reveal His word regarding certain themes and subjects to the prophets who have, or will come to have first hand experiences with the matter. For example, most of what we know regarding the latter-day gathering of Israel was made known to us through the prophets who witnessed or were a part of the scattering. Ezra, for example, lived during the period of time when the Jews had first been scattered and were at the point of returning to Jerusalem. Isaiah, Nephi, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc. all taught extensively regarding the latter-day restoration of Israel, and all lived at the time when Israel was initially being scattered.

Accordingly, if this vision truly speaks of the United States of America, consistent with the patterns of the past, it would stand to reason that the Lord would use a prophet with first hand experience with the subject matter to expound upon it. Among all latter-day prophets, none has more extensive experience with the Presidential, or Executive Branch than Ezra Taft Benson, who curiously bears the same name as the prophet from whose writings I derive this analysis. For eight years, Ezra served as both an Apostle, and the Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower- the fourth feather in the series. The Secretary of Agriculture is an important enough role as to merit its inclusion in the prevailing line of Presidential succession. True to the scriptural pattern, I am aware of no other prophet that has spoken with such frequency, clarity and depth regarding America than he. He spoke fearlessly and freely about the subject.

One powerful example of such an instance happened when he addressed the church as the prophet in General Conference in October 1988 in a powerful sermon titled, “I Testify”.

I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.

In this address, he did not mince words, but clearly stated that a secret combination was plotting to control America. This is not a lone witness, but one of many attributed to his ministry on the subject. In an earlier talk given across the pulpit in April General Conference in 1972 titled, “Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints”. He stated the following:

…Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon —it is a conspiracy fact.

This is where the transcript leaves it, however in the actual video footage of the conference, available on the church’s website, about twelve and a half minuets into his talk, Ezra “highly” recommended to the body of the church the book, “None Dare Call It Conspiracy” by Gary Allen. In this book, Gary Allen outlines the creation of a secret combination within America designed to circumvent the power and authority of its constitution. This organization’s founding members included none other than Herbert Hoover, the very first feather in the series above. Can this be merely a coincidence? It is my opinion that this list begins with Herbert Hoover, because this secret organization began its stranglehold on the nation in part through him. Today, the tentacles of this organization have become so entrenched into Washington that it dominates the political agenda regardless of which political party happens to occupy the White House. It is truly staggering to learn of scope of this organization. Its members represent the backbone of the media, entertainment, finance, political, and educational structures as we know them.

There are too many correlations between this vision and latter-day America for me to dismiss them.  This vision appears to be counting down to a major event that will shortly take place. According to this vision, President Obama will be the last full-term president, as only six small feathers remain after his administration. Therefore, if my interpretation is correct, the events Ezra sees next have to do with the the 2016 Presidential Election. Remember, based on the “Timer” column in the previous chart, there are only two years left.

The vision continues:

Then saw I also that two little feathers divided themselves from the six, and remained under the [eagle] head that was upon the right side: for the four [little feathers] continued in their place.[xiv]

This interpretation seems to confirm that the six little feathers are on the left side of the eagle, but now two break away from that group and are placed below the eagle’s right head. This symbolism is obviously significant, else why mention it.  However without further information I would be at a loss as to its meaning. Thankfully the angel provided additional insight as to what this symbolism means.

…four [little feathers] shall be kept until their end begin to approach: but two shall be kept unto the end.[xv]

From this explanation we learn that just as two of the little feathers would administer towards the middle of the timeline, the next four would administer towards the end of it. The last two Presidents are then withheld until the very end. This explanation implies that something significant will happen between these last four feathers and the very last two – a major event. This fact will become clearer as we continue. Now back to the 2016 Presidential Election:

And I beheld, and, lo, the feathers that were under the wing thought to set up themselves and to have the rule. And I beheld, and, lo, there was one set up, but shortly it appeared no more. And the second was sooner away than the first. And I beheld, and, lo, the two that remained thought also in themselves to reign: And when they so thought, behold, there awaked one of the heads that were at rest, namely, [the middle head]; for that was greater than the two other heads.

And then I saw that the two other heads were joined with it. And, behold, the head was turned with them that were with it, and did eat up the two feathers under the wing that would have reigned.[xvi]

This account is fascinating for numerous reasons. First and foremost, this vision portends to an advanced chain of succession, of at least four deep. We know this because after the first President is taken out the Vice President assumes the role.  His presidency is terminated even faster than the President was.  The next two would-be Presidential hopefuls are then eliminated before the succession plan can be implemented. Outside of America, I do not know of any country that has such a detailed chain of succession as this vision requires.

Gratefully, this has never happened before, but due to protocols devised during the administrations of the previous 14 presidents, if both the President and Vice President were to be eliminated or otherwise incapable of service, the Speaker of the House would be next in line.  He would be followed by the President of the Senate. Given the quick succession in which these events transpire in Ezra’s vision, one “potential” interpretation is that all four of these leaders are eliminated in a single event. Obviously, great security measures are taken to prohibit such an event from ever occurring, such as ensuring that these leaders are not in the same place at the same time. However, there is one occasion each year where not only these four individuals gather together, but all three branches of the government gather together in the same room – The State of the Union address.

In recognition of this vulnerability, each year prior to the State of the Union address, the President’s Chief of Staff selects an individual as “the Designated Survivor”. This individual is not in attendance at the address, but rather is taken to a secure location.  Consequently,   if a catastrophic event or terrorist attack were to occur, this Designated Survivor could then assume the governance of the United States of America. Among other things, one result of such a devastatingly evil act would be to consolidate the power of all three branches of government into the hands of one individual, the Designated Survivor.  This may seem unbelievable to some, but consider the incredible timing of a new Prime-time show slated to come out in fall of 2016, the trailer of which can be seen Here. It seems that his new series is geared to shape public opinion in advance. The designated survivor in this series is a hero who will save America in her greatest hour of greatest need.  If this is indeed part of their plan, it is genius.

However, the “designated survivor scenario” is just one potential path to the fulfillment of this prophesy.  Unfortunately there are many other ways it could be fulfilled, such as creating a scenario of illegitimacy for the President where the whole succession line is “deemed” illegitimate.  Presidents could also be taken out one by one, wether an assassination happens physically or politically, the effect it the same. The President could even be taken out politically with the others being taken out physically. In my opinion though, the narrative lends itself best to a scenario where the Vice President and the next two succession candidates are taken out in a single event. I say this because great measures are taken to ensure that the country is never left without a President for long. The next inline are usually sworn in very quickly. This narrative leaves the door open for this to happen with the Vice President, but explicitly states that once the Vice President is removed, neither of the two succession candidates will have the opportunity or ability to be sworn in – despite their mutual willingness to do so given the chance. Within these parameters, your guess is as good as mine.

Now returning to the topic of this secret organization of which Herbert Hoover was a founding member, one quickly learns of its vast media influence, and its political power. Its present-day members have occupied every major elected and non-elected office in the country at one time or another, and many on a perpetual basis. As such, it takes little imagination to see how such an organization could use such an event to circumvent the constitution and usurp the power, with the public cheering them on as we rally together in the wake of the greatest catastrophe the nation has ever seen. Therefore, be vigilant. Whatever the means used for assuming power, these three conspiring “eagle heads” will be right in the thick of it – just like the Gadiantans of old.

Remember, the Book of Mormon teaches of a similar conspiring event which brought about the collapse of the Nephite government just prior to the Lord first coming to the Americas. Ezra Taft Benson taught that the Book of Mormon is a template for our day. As such, I do not find it that difficult to believe the plans for such an undertaking could be underway. Do you?

The vision continues:

But this head [possibly the Designated Survivor] put the whole earth in fear, and bare rule in it over all those that dwelt upon the earth with much oppression; and it had the governance of the world more than all the wings that had been.[xvii]

Again, to me it sounds as if this leader commands the power of the entire US Government, powers that the Founding Fathers went to great lengths to segregate into three distinct branches of government. As such, this leader can govern the world “more than all the wings that had been”. The world will therefore be in a state of shock and fear. Up until this point, the United States has always made an effort to wield its power benevolently. However, we have seen that in times of terrorism, the nation’s benevolence goes out the window. The gloves come off and the world is subjected to the terms America dictates. What might this person do under the false guise of his righteous indignation?

In order to fully comprehend the scope of what has just happened, we need to jump ahead to the end of Ezra’s revelation, to the vision’s hero – a fearsome lion. According to the vision, a roaring lion comes running out of the wilderness to counter this ruthless entity. We need to pay particular attention to the name this roaring lion uses to address this entity.

And I beheld, and lo, as it were a roaring lion chased out of the wood: and I saw that he sent out a man’s voice unto the eagle, and said, Hear thou, I will talk with thee, and the Highest shall say unto thee, Art not thou it that remainest of the four beasts, whom I made to reign in my world, that the [end of time] might come through them?

And the fourth came, and overcame all the beasts that were past, and had power over the world with great fearfulness, and over the whole compass of the earth with much wicked oppression…[xviii]

First, lets discuss what we know about this lion. When Christ came to the Americas he prophesied to the ancient inhabitants that if the Gentiles (people of America) did not repent, and serve the God of Israel, they would be confronted by a fearsome lion.

Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.

And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.[xix]

This is not the only reference to this fearsome lion, coming amongst the unrepentant American gentiles. There are too many to list here, but one other interesting reference to the latter-day lion amongst the gentiles is worth reviewing.  It comes from Mormon. The context of this reference is very telling. Immediately before describing the total slaughter of the Nephites in the epic battle of Cumorah, he wrote the following warning to the latter-day American gentiles in the last few verses of chapter 5.

O ye Gentiles, how can ye stand before the power of God, except ye shall repent and turn from your evil ways? Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll? Therefore, repent ye, and humble yourselves before him, lest he shall come out in justice against you—lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is none to deliver.

In this passage, the lion is referred to as a remnant of Jacob. However, this remnant is described as being terribly powerful, so much so that the strongest nation on earth can be trodden underfoot by it. Therefore this group must be a different group from the existing House of Israel as we know it. It is my opinion that this group represents the return of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel. The Bible dictionary states the following regarding these lost tribes:

…extensive promises and prophecies speak of the time when they of the “north countries” [the Lost Ten Tribes] shall return when they are ready to obey the gospel. The gathering of the lost tribes is to be a more spectacular event than the children of Israel coming out of Egypt in Moses’ day.[xx]

As the majority of this book deals with this remnant, we will leave this analysis here for now. The Lion refers to Ezra’s eagle as the Fourth Beast. I have come to believe that the fourth beast represent the apex of the Whore of Babylon’s power, aka the Great and Abominable Church which has existed upon this earth among the kingdoms of men in one form or another since antiquity, but not until the days of this vision has its power been so absolute. For further analysis upon this topic please read my blog post titled Awake.

Returning to Biblical writings, there are two other references to the fourth beast, one made by Daniel – Ezra’s contemporary, and another by John the Revelator. That Ezra’s vision is related to Daniel’s vision was made clear in the beginning of this chapter.[xxi] These accounts are all inter-related. Ezra’s vision sets the stage for the events depicted by both Daniel and John regarding the beasts they saw rise in the latter-days. Analyzing these accounts will be the topic of the next chapter of this book.

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[i] D&C 91:1,4-5

[ii] D&C 109:7,14; 88:118; 90:15

[iii] 2 Esdras 12: 11-12

[iv] 2 Esdras 12: 11-12

[v] 2 Esdras 11:1-4

[vi] 2 Esdras 11: 5-8

[vii] 2 Esdras 12:13,14&16

[viii] 2 Esdras 12:19&20

[ix] 2 Esdras 11:10

[x] 2 Esdras 12:17-18

[xi] Brigham Young Journal of Discourses 7:15

[xii] 2 Esdras 11:12-23

[xiii] 2 Esdras 12:21

[xiv] 2 Esdras 11:24

[xv] 2 Esdras 12:21

[xvi] 2 Esdras 11:25-31

[xvii] 2 Esdras 11:32

[xviii] 2 Esdras 11:37-40

[xix] 3 Nephi 21:11-12

[xx] Bible Dictionary – Israel, Kingdom of

[xxi] 2 Esdras 12: 11-12

[i] Daniel 7:2-6

[ii] Daniel 2:37-38

[iii] Daniel 8:20

[iv] Daniel 8:21-22

[v] Daniel 2:40-44

[vi] Daniel 7:7

[vii] 2 Esdras 11:32

[viii] Daniel 7:7-8

[ix] Daniel 7:24

[x] Daniel 7:20 & 21

[xi] 2 Esdras 11:32

[xii] 2 Esdras 11:32-35

[xiii] 2 Esdras 12:26-28

[xiv] Daniel 7:25

[xv] 1 John 4:3

[xvi] Revelations 13:13-14

[xvii] Doctrines of Salvation 3:10

[xviii] JSM 1:22

[xix] Revelations 13:16-18

[xx] Revelations 17:16-17

[xxi] 1 Nephi 14:17;14

[xxii] 2 Nephi 10:11-17

[xxiii] D&C 133:26-32

[xxiv] (Isaiah 31:8-9)

[xxv] Daniel 7:25

[xxvi] Revelations 12:1-2

[xxvii] Genesis 37:9&10

[xxviii] Revelations 12:13-14; 17

[xxix] 3 Nephi 15:15

[xxx] Daniel 7:25

[xxxi] Daniel 7:21-22

[xxxii] D&C 133:26-33

[xxxiii] 2 Nephi 23:5

[xxxiv] 3 Nephi 21:23

[xxxv] Revelations 13:1-3 (includes JST)

[xxxvi] Revelations 17:1-3

[xxxvii] Revelations 13:14

[xxxviii] Revelations 17:4-5

[xxxix] Daniel 7:7-8

[xl] Revelations 13:11-12

[xli] Daniel 8:9-14

[xlii] Revelations 13:2-5

[xliii] Revelations 11:1-12

[xliv] D&C 45:45-46

[xlv] Mosiah 27:31

[xlvi] 2 Esdras 13:29-38

[xlvii] Daniel 8:23-25

[xlviii] Daniel 7:27

[xlix] Revelations 19:11-21

[l] Zechariah 14:3-7

[li] Zechariah 14:13 & 12

[lii] D&C 45:68

[liii] Moses 7:62-63


[i] D&C 91:1,4-5

[ii] D&C 109:7,14; 88:118; 90:15

[iii] 2 Esdras 12: 11-12

[iv] Daniel 2:28; 8:26; 10:14

[v] 2 Esdras 11:1-4

[vi] 2 Esdras 11: 5-8

[vii] 2 Esdras 12:13,14&16

[viii] 2 Esdras 12:19&20

[ix] 2 Esdras 11:10

[x] 2 Esdras 12:17-18

[xi] Brigham Young Journal of Discourses 7:15

[xii] 2 Esdras 11:12-23

[xiii] 2 Esdras 12:21

[xiv] 2 Esdras 11:24

[xv] 2 Esdras 12:21

[xvi] 2 Esdras 11:25-31

[xvii] 2 Esdras 11:32

[xviii] 2 Esdras 11:37-40

[xix] 3 Nephi 21:11-12

[xx] Bible Dictionary – Israel, Kingdom of

[xxi] 2 Esdras 12: 11-12

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  1. Annie Smart

    I know I have a lot to learn and understand, but something keeps coming to my mind. Obama is the 14th President of this group. This suggests to me that the president elect in 2016 will not actually take office. Could the death of the 3 be at the gathering for the Inauguration?

    • Michael

      It could mean that. I tend to think that this president will take office, and that this event will take place during one of the State of the Union addresses some time during his first term in office. Technically it could even be his second term, although I doubt it. However, my personal opinion is it will take place sometime within the first two years of his presidency. The good and bad news is, we will not need to wait very long before we know exactly how to interpret Ezra’s vision… No matter how you look at it, things are going to start heating up, and once they do, they will keep getting hotter and hotter until the main event. Exciting times!

  2. Stephen Conde

    Very compelling analysis. I have read several books about the 10 tribes and this gives me a different perspective on our latter days.

  3. Bob Gagnon

    Some very interesting points presented here which is in alignment to the seven king sequence in Rev 17:10-11 being explained to John by an angel concerning the deceptive act of substitution found in Rev. 13. This act in Rev 13 , verses 14-15 will bring about the ungodly kingdom as noted in Daniel 7:7 (dreadful & terrible beastly kingdom) and Rev 13 1-2 ( the beast rise up out of the sea).

  4. Dan

    You propose that a single even will eliminate the current system of succession to the presidency. As I read through the description of the destruction of the four feathers it seems to me like there is a succession of destruction rather than a single event.

    • Michael

      I believe that the most plausible strategy to carry out the events described herein would be a single “terrorist” act, rather four piece meal actions. Present circumstances are convincing me more and more that this is the case. Imagine my surprise when I learned of this new TV series that is based on this exact scenario, as if it was conditioning the public mind for just such and event.

      What do you think?

    • Tiffany

      I completely agree with you, Dan. The official presidents are on the right wing. The four feathers on the left wing set themselves up to reign, but never get to be president (otherwise they would be a small wing on the right side). The text states that one left-hand feather dies, THEN another not long after, THEN two more after that. This very much says that they don’t all die together. My interpretation is that these are presidential hopefuls that never make it to the swearing in. Perhaps the three heads are leaders who take power as the country is descending into chaos (no election).
      P.S. I hear Hilary Clinton isn’t doing so hot lately. Left side feather number one, maybe? Hmmmmm.

      • Michael

        I believe there is a pattern with Presidents being removed, or attempted to be removed from office. There have been two successful removals of Presidents (JFK and Nixon) and one failed attempt (Reagan) within this time frame. Each of these, had a VP that was part of the organization referenced above that either did assume the office, or would have had the attempt succeeded.

        Hillary Clinton has very close ties to this organization, but Trump does not. In fact, Trump openly opposes their policies and if elected would represent a tremendous threat to their power structure. However, unlike with prior “short-feather-presidents” Trump’s running mate is not affiliated with this organization. They meet with Trump, no doubt trying to influence his running mate selection, but Trump does what he wants. This suggests to me that if Trump were to win this election and started unravelling their control, they would act quickly. Of necessity, they would need to cut deeper to retain control than in the past (Trump, Pence, Ryan and Hatch are not affiliated with this organization). If I am correct, you can bet that this will be quick, and spectacular – think shock and awe – not a drawn out one-by-one process that would raise suspicion. Time will tell, but there is a pattern to the past that should be considered.

        • Tiffany

          It’s possible that you’re right. However, in chapter 3, you make a point of saying that having eyes “like” a man means that they are not man’s eyes, but only similar. If we apply the same strict logic in chapter 2, a feather that is removed while “set up” to be a ruler is never actually a ruler. Such as a person who is elected but never makes it to the swearing in. Of course, the translation of the apocrypha could be off, but then a poorly translated prophecy isn’t terribly useful, is it? I do certainly agree, though, that we will see everything play out before our eyes soon enough.

  5. Dan

    Also, do you have any alternative theories in mind if nothing happens during the next presidency? Or are you certain something is going to happen? It appears that your whole proposition rests on something happening to the next President. If that does not occur, is your proposition void?

    • Michael

      Thanks for the question Dan. The vast majority of this book deals with events that are totally unrelated to those described in Ezra’s Eagle. In fact, it was not until after I had written the entire book that I came to my present understanding. I am far more confident in the subsequent chapter, just because there are so many witnesses. That being said, the more I see how this election is playing out, the more I believe that the events in this chapter will happen as stated.

  6. Bob Canning

    This may have no bearing at all on the this great book you have written, but I find it interesting that some time between 1992 and 1993 president Ezra Taft Benson, who warned us so much about secret combinations, was failing in health and incapacitated for the most part. He was pretty much silenced. Since then, very little came from the church or its leaders with respect to secret combinations and corrupt government the way President Benson taught. Then, 21 years later, the church publishes the Teachings of President Benson and makes it the course material for 2014. On the Jewish calendar that is 1/2 hour of silence from the heavens on this matter. Just seems like more than coincidence.

    • Michael

      I love ET Benson. There is no doubt that he talked about this more than others because of his first hand experience with it. That period of time for him when he was incapacitated must have been so difficult for him, given what he knew regarding these last days. Regarding the 1/2 hour of silence, the scriptures teach us that this period of time is associated with the opening on the 7th seal, which is approximately the year 2000, meaning that once the seal was opened, the heavens were silent for “about” the space of half an hour. As you aptly calculated, a half hour in the Lord’s time is the equivalent of 21 years in our time – or 2021. It would be hard for me to confidently link this time period to ET Benson for this reason – at least not exclusively. However, this time frame works incredibly well with the information provided in Ezra’s eagle. John said “about” half an hour. Twenty five mins is about a half an hour, 25 mins = 2017 the year the ill-fated President in this vision takes office. 30 mins = 2021, the year that the ill-fated President’s term would officially end. Another interesting data point suggesting that something very significant is on the immediate horizon.

    • Melanie

      Wow. I did not think about that. There are many theories out there about the 1/2 hour silence but when I read your post it was a “aha” moment.

  7. I have started teaching the Preamble, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. While quoting these documents verbatim I also throw in the comments, and discussions of our Founding Fathers in trying to show just how they formulated these precious Documents and how they arrived at the final printing and implementation for the Freedom of our Nation. It leads me to believe that the Lord was right when he said that he brought up these men for his purpose. (The bringing forth these New Freedoms and New way of Life for all of America to enjoy.) The Lord also stated that these things (The Constitution) I give unto you and anything that man does that is more or less than what I give you is of evil. I also use the teachings of Isiah, Revelations, Daniel, and Zechariah to help tie in the Prophecies of the Scriptures. I’m doing this to try to awaken the people of the awful situation our country is in. As spoken in Isaiah (in the latter days the people will walk around in darkness at noonday.) I have never read this book that you are relating to here. But I will buy it and study it. Thank you for this valuable information.

  8. Alicia

    What about the prophecy from George Albert Smith which says the last President of the US would be of non-European decent? Just another wrench in the works.

    • Michael

      I have read that. I am skeptical of it for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that it is “secret knowledge”. In my experience, that not the way the Lord works. ET Benson said stated “To be silent in the face of calamity is sin”. If this were a legit prophecy, I can’t believe a prophet of the Lord would have only told a select family in the privacy of their home, to the exclusion of all others, and not other documentation. People use that “prophecy” to say Obama will be the last President. It seems to me that people are morphing this as they go. If I recall correctly, that account I read stated that the president will be of Greek ancestry, not non-european. I think that the whole Greek lineage things is based on a misinterpretation of a passage in Revelations where a man is referred to by the Greek name meaning “The Destroyer”. Since the term destroyer has a negative connotation, people assume this will be a bad man. However, their are numerous accounts in the scriptures where the destroyer is righteous – the Destroyer of the passover, and the destroyer who will reign upon the waters under the command of John the Beloved, protecting America from the ungodly are two examples. I talk about this in greater detail in the last section of the book. Thanks for reading, I hope you find it to be a good investment of your time.

  9. Mike Watson

    The subject of a secret combination seeking to over through all nations has recently been referred to again in a talk given by Elder Packer (The Key to Spiritual Protection – Oct 2013) when he quoted one thought from Ether 8:24 “…, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation,…” He went on to say; “The descriptions Paul and Moroni give of our day are so accurate that they cannot be dismissed.” And what was Moroni describing in verses 23-25? Thanks for the ETB quote.

    • Lauren

      I discount it for reasons that are probably very different from yours, but the versions I have read all said “greek.” It might be important to know that as late as the 1940’s “greek” was a polite euphemism for black. Just a historical note.

      The prophecy in question was copied from a tape made years after the fact, so even if it was a true prophecy time and two transcriptions make the subject matter suspect.

  10. Mitch

    I’ve been reviewing the presidential terms from Hoover to Obama and wonder why you listed Ford’s term from 1974 – 1976? His term ran until 1/20/1977. Was it because he didn’t take office until August of 1974? Not that it makes much of a difference, but it does shift your numbers up by a year.

    I’m trying to encourage as many people that I can to take a look at this book. Really great insights!

      • Mike

        Hi Michael, I am really enjoying this book. I bought a hard copy but mostly reading online so far. I’m on Ch 20 right now,but went back to re-read ch 2.

        I noticed a couple things in ch 2 that you might want to know although I don’t believe they impact your final conclusions: FDR only served a few months of his 4th term when he died. Harry Truman finished it, then was elected to one more term. Also, during one of FDRs terms, the inauguration date was moved up, from March 4 to January20, shortening one of his terms ~ 1.5 months.

        But, FDR was elected to 4 terms. He “attained” 4 terms, just didn’t complete it. 11:17 says “There shall none after thee ATTAIN unto thy time, neither unto the half thereof.” No one else has attained 4 terms.

        The “neither unto the half thereof” language is a little perplexing given one of FdRs terms was shortened by 1.5 months due to an inauguration date change, but the interpretation given in 12:15 simply says: “the second shall begin to reign, and shall have more time than any of the twelve.”

        I think it still works. Super interesting! I’ve been very drawn to topics like those in this book since the 2008 recession. This is probably the best material I’ve read in terms of weaving together a lot of awesome, but very confusing (to me) scriptures in varying locations throughout the standard works. Thanks for your hard work!

        Here’s my source for the president dates:

        • Mike

          Also, the 22nd amendment caps how many times a person can be elected, helping to cap how many terms a person can “attain”.

  11. Marc

    Really great analysis here Michael. However I would like to point out some errors in what you stated. You said America has acted benevolently towards other nations up until this last event where the president and all successors are killed. Remember that you stated stated that a secret combination had taken over our govt starting with Herbert Hoover. I’m not understanding how a country controlled by secret combinations acts benevolently towards other nations. From my studies America in the 20th century has fought wars as a means to foster global govt and as a means to change society in negative ways.

    Also, you stated that Herbert Hoover started the secret combination that is referred to in the book ” none dare call it conspiracy”. This assertion is false. The organization referred to in none dare call it conspiracy is “the council on foriegn relations” and it was founded by the ultra rich robber Barons of the pregressive era. Herbert Hoovef as president was likely a puppet who advance the agenda of this secretive group but was not in any way a founder of such an evil organization.

    • Michael

      Thanks for the comment. Despite the influence of this secret organization, which in hindsight is plainly manifest in our country’s history, and has been anything but benevolent, my perspective is grounded more in the benevolence of the American people themselves. I still hold firmly to the belief that of all the countries of the world, you will not find a more giving people than ours. The agenda of this group has not yet changed that fact, although the mindset of society is changing faster than I would have ever thought possible. Regarding Hoover’s role as a founding member of the CFR, you might want to check out the following link.

      • Melissa Lonnecker

        Also, 2 Esdras 11:2 it states the “when the eagle spread her wings over all the earth”… That to me shows that before WWI America didn’t have nearly the global dominion as we did after the war and after Herbert Hoover took office.
        After that war, the world was hungry for help and leadership.

  12. Christopher H. Hansen

    I could not agree with this research more. It confirms the Prophecy of Joseph Smith, as recorded by Mosiah Lyman Hancock (June 19, 1844), commonly known as the “Hancock Prophecy”:

  13. Dean Dahle

    I have very much enjoyed reading you book so far, and look forward to reading the rest. Have you given any thought to the meaning of the three headed eagle? I thought from the beginning that it is representative of the three branches of government, executive, legislative, and judicial. President Benson referred to congress as a rubber stamp congress. However, during president Obama’s term, it seems to me that both houses of the legislative branch have failed to stand up for the separation of powers and pretty much just let the executive branch do whatever it has wanted. I’ve felt for a while that this lack of stance against an overreach of power will become the norm for future administrations.
    Thank you for all the work and diligence you have put into your research and then to share it with all of your readers.

    • Michael

      My opinion is that they are not related to the branches of government, but actual people. Ezra’s angelic guide explained to him that the three eagle heads would each be killed and appear no more. The first would die in pain in his bed, the second would be killed by the third, and the third was killed also. As we know that the constitution will be restored, we must also assume the division of powers will likewise be restored.

      • Melissa Lonnecker

        I wondered if they were 3 secret combinations, groups. They are “resting” or laying low, in the background while the 14 presidents are reigning. Maybe the UN, the CFR and the Illuminati? Each with powerful leaders who indeed get killed and the organizations fail. And, if you put this prophecy together with Revelation 8-13, I’m pretty sure this middle head is the beast that will reign after the half hour of silence in the heavens, which I think is October 2020. That also coincides with when the 1st angel blows its trump and ushers in the 7 plagues leading up to the 2nd Coming of Christ. Here, in Revelation, it tells us that beast will reign for 42 months and will be killed by the 5th plague, the purple plague. That plague could easily wipe out a person or a whole organization, or at least mortally wound an organization. Just food for thought.
        This has been fantastic to go through this chapter as I have been studying this on my own with some friends over the past several weeks. Your thoughts confirm so many of ours. Thanks for putting this out there.

  14. Reed Haddock

    Great piece of work. I believe it. Your writing tap dances around the three headed eagle and the US, but never comes out and says the three headed eagle represents the three branches of government. The greater of the three would represent the President. What do you think? Anyway, it was a wonderful read. In the next chapter, I wondered if the stout horn persecuting the saints could have a broader meaning and may mean martial law over the US citizens. After killing 3 leaders, there would be justification for it. I think saints may include all of Gods children that are trying to do what is right. Just some thoughts, thanks again.

    • Michael

      Thanks for the comment Reed. A lot of this stems back to the message of the first chapter Mortal Men and Mysteries – much of prophecy is only truly understood in retrospect. However, to me the text seems to indicate that these three heads are leaders -men – not branches of government. They are repeatedly likened to the feathers that went before them, who were likewise men – not institutions. Consider the angel’s description of the demise of the most prominent of the three eagle heads.

      And whereas thou sawest that the great head appeared no more, it signifieth that one of them shall die upon his bed, and yet with pain.

      This was the angel’s clarifying explanation, so it I wouldn’t expect it to be another symbol. After all, men die in beds, not institutions. Therefore, it is my opinion that these three heads are actual men, who are presently associated with a network of secret and conspiring men that will arise and usurp power through covert means. They are three of the ten horns described in Chapter three- who themselves were also described as men (the three that are pluck up by the roots by the Stout Horn).

  15. Rich

    Based on Ezra’s Eagle I decided to look up the rules of succession between election and inauguration and here is what it says. “Section 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.” So does this change your thought process at all with regards to the Eagles heads being the three branches of government as we are the only nation that is governed by three heads all designed as equal? I could see the large head in the middle at the executive branch as no more due to the election. Also the other head could refer to the death of justice Scalia which could upon the next appointment could bring all three heads together. So if all four candidates die in a nuclear attack on a holiday between inauguration and election, congress could appoint who they want possibly even mr. O other succession rules are out. Just a different line of thinking. I really enjoy the thought process this has brought to me.

    • Michael

      What you are proposing is indeed very interesting. I freely admit that I do not know how this will all shake out, and I would warn anyone about getting too caught-up on timing. Based on your feedback, the timing of these events could happen anytime between election day and the conclusion of this future Presidents second term. My personal opinion is that it will be much closer to the front end than the back end.

  16. Heath

    Mr. Rush,

    I truly enjoyed your initial analysis of Ezra’s prophecy. It creates a very convincing argument about the meaning of the prophecy. However, you lost me when you commenced to state that the The Lost Ten Tribes are the remnant spoken of in the Book of Mormon. D&C 133, in my mind, does not harmonize with your analysis on this.

    The remnant from my reading of the scriptures is none other than the Native American tribes of the eastern part of the United States, namely the seed of Lehi. This is why Joseph Smith was immediately commanded by the Lord to take the Book of Mormon to them first, for the Nephite prophets were promised that the book would come forth to their descendants.

    The Tribe of Manasseh, from which many who have Native American blood descend, will eventually rise in priesthood power and might before the Lord and shall dash in pieces the Gentiles on this continent.

    • Michael

      Thanks Heath, many people are surprise by the conclusion that I draw at the end of Ezra’s eagle regarding the Lion the comes out of the wilderness. I admit that the way I have presented it is rather abrupt. Most people know very little regarding the Lord’s covenant to restore the Lost Tribes of Israel. They incorrectly assume that this restoration is to happen through missionary efforts alone. A portion will be gathered this way. But the vast majority will come in a major event of a spectacular nature. Consider the last paragraph from the LDS Bible Dictionary definition of the Kingdom of Israel.

      Since their captivity they have never yet returned to their homeland, but extensive promises and prophecies speak of the time when they of the “north countries” shall return when they are ready to obey the gospel. The gathering of the lost tribes is to be a more spectacular event than the children of Israel coming out of Egypt in Moses’ day.

      Also consider Mormon’s grave warning to the Gentiles living upon the American continent regarding the Remnant of Jacob in the last days.

      O ye Gentiles, how can ye stand before the power of God, except ye shall repent and turn from your evil ways? Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll? Therefore, repent ye, and humble yourselves before him, lest he shall come out in justice against you—lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is none to deliver.

      The balance of this book goes into great detail regarding the Remnant of Jacob. It is not an easy read, but it is well worth it. Keep an open mind and shoot me another comment or a private e-mail to let me know how your impressions have changed upon concluding your study. Thanks!

  17. Gavin

    With the League of Nations fitting the bill of the first beast mentioned in the book of Revelations lasting only 27 years and then finding an almost cloned version of itself in the creation of the United Nations (UN) second beast after the end of the Second World War… (Revelation 13:11-12)… I find it interesting that the top job at the United Nations also coninsides with the timing of the US presidential elections 2016… I’m wondering if UN leadersihp have some relationship to the eagle heads Ezra saw?

    • Michael

      This is an interesting observation. In Chapter 3 of this book I discuss the visions of Daniel, in the which he sees ten conspiring world leaders. In Revelations the further explanation is given that these leaders have not yet received kingdoms, but reign with the beast. I take this to mean that these men are conspiring against the nations of the earth to usurp the power of the governments. I find the following verses from Ether chapter 8 to be applicable.

      23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

      24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

      25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

      26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

  18. Marta

    Thank you for your analysis of Ezra’s prophecy. I have hardly been able to think of anything else for several days. As I have pondered your interpretation, I wondered what became of the two little feathers that divided themselves from the six (as quoted from your book): “Then I saw also that two little feathers divided themselves from the six, and remained under the [eagle] head that was upon the right side; for the four [little feathers’ continued in their place.” As I was thinking about this, I came across this statement in an article about the designated survivor: “And a little-known fact: For the past decade, there have been two designated survivors — one Cabinet member to rebuild the executive branch and one member of the congressional leadership to lead a new legislature.”

    It occurred to me that perhaps the four little feathers are the President, the Vice-president, the Speaker of the House and the President pro Tempore, who “continu[e] in their place. And perhaps the two little feathers that ” divided themselves from the six” are in fact the two designated survivors who are “taken to the same secure government facility a couple of hours from Washington.”

    Do you have any thoughts on this?

    • Michael

      Ezra’s vision describes that America will be on the brink of collapse, but that it will be restored. Given this fact, I believe that the two separate feathers will be two future Presidents that will serve after the country is brought back from the brink. Ezra says that these two are also small feathers, indicating that they serve partial terms. Ezra also states that these two are reserved for the “END”. End of what?

      It is hard to imaging America and the constitution being restored without a President. My opinion is that the disruption in governance brought about by the conspiring of the three eagle heads is resolved before the end of this the next presidential term (probably 4 years but possible 8 years). As such, an interim President may serve until the next official election would replace him through official chanels (the first of these two feathers reserved for the end). Under this line of thinking, the next elected president (feather #2) will be a different person whose term (again 4 to 8 years) is cut short for another reason. I believe that the reason this term will be cut short is because the governance of the United States and the world at large will be transitioned to the Lord of lords and King of kings, whose country this is. This is what is meant by the “End”. The end of the world as we know it, and the ushering in of the millennial reign. This feels like the right interpretation to me.

      • Melissa Lonnecker

        To add to that, during the latter part of these times, namely after the Beast reigns for 42 months, there will no doubt be great chaos. At some point, before the 2nd Coming, the New Jerusalem will be established and Zion cities will begin to be built. All things will be restored, including that this, The Kingdom of God on the earth, will be run by Constitutional law. I wonder if these last 2 little feathers will be trying to restore the U.S. while New Jerusalem is being built and then the two little feathers finally give up because they see that Zion is working well. I wonder if Presidents will continue to reign here on this continent, where the law will come from, from New Jerusalem, while Jesus Christ reigns from Jerusalem, from where we get the word of the Gospel throughout the Millenium. This is just me thinking out loud. I have much more to study…

  19. Jackie

    I would like to start out by saying Bravo!!! Very interesting stuff.
    I am new to all of this and a lot of it is going way over my head. I hope this is not a stupid question. I am sure I am missing something somewhere blatantly obvious. For that I apologize ahead of time.
    Can you explain to me why you start out with her Herbert Hoover as the first president rather than George Washington?

  20. Julie

    Wow! I am deeply impressed with what I have read. Do you ever speak to groups of people on your research and book?

    Also, I have considered your comments about a designated survivor. Fascinating. Can you clarify further or again on what that would mean to this country? Would the Designated survivor become President? Would he/she by law be required to hold office for a full term (i.e.. 4 years) or would there be an election? Are there protocols or laws for this. I think I am a bit overwhelmed by all you have explained and may have missed this part.

    • Michael

      I have spoken to groups before and am certainly open to it again. I’d love to teach a class on the subject sometime, the restoration of the House of Israel is a fascinating topic that not many have considered.

      Regarding your question, obviously there are other ways that this could play out, but to me the designated survivor route seems to play out the best with the vision as described. The purpose of the Designated Survivor is to have a President of the United States in the case of disaster. The rules and chain of succession are readily found online. However, in a catastrophic event that were to devastate the other branches of government, he would exercise unparalleled power, more so than any other President before him, and this too seems to fit in with the vision as described.

  21. Jan

    I have always been under the understanding that the ‘lion’ that comes from the forest to save the constitution ( if it be saved at all) according to Joseph Smith, would be the Elders of Isreal from the Rocky Mountains, and more recently learning that the 10 Tribes would be added as a mighty force to be reckoned with. The government under our Savior’s reign in the Millennium will not be exactly like our wonderful Republic has been designed, but will be perfected. It may be similar, but people will have more righteousness and will govern themselves through goodness. Until that time we have some years of purification to go through. I think the 10 tribes will help Ephriam and Manassah greatly in that calling.

    • Michael

      I think that in the final analysis, when it comes to future events we will all find that there are many things that we have presumed would happen in certain ways that end up playing out differently than we had anticipated. We should expect it. The important thing is to align ourselves with the Lord and his chosen leaders. If this is the case, regardless of how these events play out, we will be okay for us in the end.

  22. Terrilyn

    I enjoyed reading this chapter and plan to read the rest of the book. How do you think all of this relates to the building of the city of Zion in Jackson County Missouri? I do feel it within my bones that the second coming is very close. Do you believe that the Illuminati are the modern Gadianton robbers?

    • Michael

      The scriptures teach us that America is a unique and special land, with an everlasting decree pronounced upon it.

      For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off. Ether 2:10

      America’s prior inhabitants are examples of this decree, the Jadeites became wicked and corrupt and were swept off. The Nephites became wicked and corrupt and were swept off. The Laminates were driven and swept off the land before the Gentiles. One reader of this book shared with me that in his patriarchal blessing it stated that he would live to see the wicked cut down and swept off the face of this land. Our modern prophets have said the same.

      We warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. (from The Family: A proclamation to the world

      It is undeniable that there is growing iniquity in America, and that this wickedness will cause this everlasting decree to be brought to pass.

      It is interesting to note that prior to the coming of the Lord in America anciently, the government was overthrown by wicked and conspiring men also. These men refer to their organizations by different names of which “Gadianton Robbers” was one. In the latter-days this group has become so powerful that there isn’t much that “We the people” can do about it. If you disagree just check out the following link showing how a bureaucratic tentacle of this organization so easily puts off a powerful congressional inquiry panel. Congress Link

      Regardless of the name this organization uses to refer to itself, the Lord and his servants refer to this group by a different name. Consider the following verse from 2 Nephi 10 where Jacob is expounding upon the secret combinations that will exist in the latter-days.

      Wherefore, for this cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled which I have made unto the children of men, that I will do unto them while they are in the flesh, I must needs destroy the secret works of darkness, and of murders, and of abominations. Wherefore, he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish; for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; for they who are not for me are against me, saith our God.

      The Lord refers to this group as the Whore of all the earth, AKA the Great and abominable church. Their purpose is the same as their ancient counterparts – power, wealth, and control over the populace. This understanding adds a unique perspective to the events foreseen in Nephi’s vision which speaks regarding this latter-day organization and what becomes of it.

      Regarding your question of Zion and Jackson County. When Christ came to America anciently, more than half of His message was dedicated to this topic, as such, I discuss the topic at length in that section of my book. Christ taught that it is the Remnant of Jacob that will spearhead the building of the New Jerusalem. Consider the following verse.

      And they [the righteous Gentiles that survive the purging of America] shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem. 3 Nephi 21:23

      I believe that you will find that the Restoration of Israel, and the Remnant of Jacob in particular, will play a much larger role in the events of the latter-days than most people presently comprehend. The Remnant of Jacob is Awesome!

  23. Have you considered the remnant to the south? The scripture indicates that they will be exceedingly angry. Based on the addresses of the leaders of South America, specifically Venezuela. The us is taking the blame for their great suffering and devastating situation. Should we be weakened somehow by say, an overflowing scourge or something, it is not a long trip to Florida or Texas, where there is an abundance of food and retribution available. Since the tribes- separate topic- will come from the lands of the north, what if they are known people, like the Rus or Slavs or the Roma? Maybe they have a miraculous conversion. More sensible tale than a hollow earth or Planet X scenario. Just sayin.

    • Michael

      If I understand your question I think that you are asking me if I believe Manasseh/Ephraim could be “The Remnant of Jacob” talked about in the scriptures. I would refer to the balance of my book but I have felt a strong impression that I need to reply to this question here. This goes back to the things I discussed in the first chapter. Christ’s disciples were amazed at His death and resurrection even though He told them plainly what was going to happen -why? Because they presumed answers rather than seeking them out. There have been many that have made thoughtless pronouncement upon this subject without diligently inquiring of the Lord. It was the primary reason for Nephi’s heart wrenching lament:

      And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.

      Therefore, if you really want to know the answer to this question, you must make it a serious topic of study and prayer, the balance of this book is an excellent way to do that. However, because I know that many will not do this let me provide some a highly summarized response. Consider how the Lord addressed the Nephites when he visited them in America.

      Ye are my disciples; and ye are a light unto this people, who are a remnant of the house of Joseph. 3 Nephi 15:12

      Christ calls the American inhabitants “a” remnant of the house of Joseph. The indefinite article is used because there were other remnants of the House of Joseph not included in the audience. The house of Joseph consists of both Ephraim and Manasseh – the Nephites and Laminates are Manasseh. The ancestors of the Anglo-Saxon pilgrims that would come to America at some future date are Ephraim, both of the House of Joseph.

      Christ provides a marvelous sermon to them regarding the latter-day restoration of the House of Israel. As part of this discourse He provided a unique sign that the gentiles might us to know that the events preceding the Second Coming were about to unfold (this sermon is studied in depth in a later section of this book – I encourage you to read it).The sign given to let the Gentiles know that these events are near is that they will know regarding both the origins of the Laminates and the Remnant of Jacob. Consider the following passages:

      And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time when these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion;

      And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, AND concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them (the Laminates were scattered by the Gentiles)

      The fact that the sign is that the Gentiles will know regarding both groups, attests to the fact that these two groups are separate and distinct people. The term Remnant of Jacob has implied meaning embedded within the name itself, just as the remnant of Joseph or Jerusalem does. It refers to the group of people that separated themselves from the Kingdom of Judah after the death of Solomon. They formed a new kingdom and named it after their first father Jacob – Jacob’s name was changed to Israel by the Lord, therefore the Kingdom of Israel could also be called the Kingdom of Jacob. However, because of their wickedness and unbelief, their Kingdom was destroyed and the inhabitants carried off into Assyria where they disappeared from history.

      Furthermore, the same Ezra that provided the vision of Ezra’s eagle that we discussed at length in this chapter also saw the Remnant of Jacob in vision and asked his angelic guide who they were. This is the response he received:

      Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land. But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt,
that they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.

      And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river. For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.
 For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth. Then dwelt they there until the latter time. 2 Esdras 13: 40-46

      This group left the land in a body, led by the Lord to a new land, just like the Nephites were led to a new land. The allegory of the Olive tree teaches us that they were hiding away in the utmost parts of the vineyard. There was a portion of them that was scattered among the nations, but there was a large group that remained in a body. We know this because Christ visited them after he visited the Nephites and they were still in a body then too. We also know they have prophets and scriptures of their own. We just don’t know where they are yet. Consider what the Bible dictionary says about the the events surrounding the Restoration of the Lost Tribes of Israel aka the Remnant of Jacob. This is under the heading “Israel – Kingdom of”

      Since their captivity they have never yet returned to their homeland, but extensive promises and prophecies speak of the time when they of the “north countries” shall return when they are ready to obey the gospel. The gathering of the lost tribes is to be a more spectacular event than the children of Israel coming out of Egypt in Moses’ day.

      Their gathering is to be a spectacular EVENT, not a process – its the reason the 10th article of faith makes the distinction that it does “we believe in the literal gathering of Israel AND the restoration of the Lost Ten Tribes”.

      With this in mind I return to Christ’s explanation regarding the events surrounding the fulfillment of the sign He provided.

      And when that day shall come (they day the gentiles learn of both groups), it shall come to pass that kings shall shut their mouths; for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

      In other words, the world will be shocked by this information. The LDS church has proclaimed the Native American people to be descendants from the tribes of Manasseh since 1830, yet the kings of the world have yet to shut their mouths in amazement. Why? Because of unbelief. That is because the other half of the sign has not yet been fulfilled, the Remnant of Jacob is still unknown to them. While the knowledge of the Laminates did not astound the world, the return of the Remnant of Jacob will. These are two separate groups of people. Keep an open mind, don’t stop studying this,don’t presume answers. The Lord is about to do a new thing. I promise you that the answer you are seeking will change your life – go after it!

      • Peg

        The Book of Mormon Student Manual Chapter 3 (for 1 Nephi chapters 6-11) States that Lehi was from Manasseh as you have stated, but it says that Ishmael was from Ephraim. So, this means that the Nephites and Lamanites are descendants from both tribes – Ephraim and Manasseh.

        Do you have a reason to disagree with what is taught in the manual, or where you just unaware of this assertion?

        Regardless, I am enjoying reading your book and pondering your ideas. Only time will tell if things play out this way, but it gives me something to watch for as I hope the Second Coming is near.

    • Gavin

      I find the following communication supports that the lost tribes are on a portion of planet earth which was broken off.

      A question from Elder Joseph Fielding to Parley P. Pratt, Preston England, January 1841. “Dear Brother Pratt, – Having a desire to know the truth of all things that are revealed from God to man, and knowing in part the importance of teaching them to mankind, I take the liberty to ask you certain questions, which if you think proper, you may answer in the Star, as I ask not for my own information alone, but for all who desire and seek after truth.”

      Question 7: (Fielding) “How can the stars fall from heaven to earth, when they (as far as we know) are much larger than the earth?”

      Answer: (Pratt) “We are nowhere given to understand that all the stars will fall or even many of them: but only “as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken with a mighty wind.” The stars which fall to the earth are fragments, which have been broken off from the earth from time to time, in the mighty convulsions of nature. Some in the days of Enoch, some perhaps in the days of Peleg, some with the ten tribes, and some at the crucifixion of the Messiah.

      “These all must be restored again at the “times of restitution of all things.” This will restore the ten tribes to Israel; and also bring again Zion, even Enoch’s city. It will bring back the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God; that you and I may partake of it (Rev 2:7).

      “When these fragments, (some of which are vastly larger than the present earth) are brought back and joined to this earth, it will cause a convulsion of all nature; the graves of the Saints will be opened, and they will rise from the dead; while the mountains will flow down, the vallies rise, the sea retire to its own place, the islands and continents will be removed, and earth will be rolled together as a scroll. The earth will be many times larger than it is now.” Source: Millennial Star Vol 1, No 10, p. 258, Feb 1841, Questions, 7,

      Elder Orson Pratt on one occasion said. “The Prophet Joseph once in my hearing advanced his opinion that the Ten Tribes were separated from the Earth or a portion of the Earth was, by a miracle, broken off and that the Ten Tribes were taken away with it, and that in the latter days it would be restored to the Earth or be let down in the polar regions.” – Source: Letter Box of Orson Pratt, and as quoted in The Lost Tribes, p. 50.) LDS Church Historian’s Office, letter to John C. Hall, December 13, 1875.

      • Emily Marble

        I find this so interesting what Gavin had posted! I would love to know where to find this, but haven’t been able to online. Michael if this is true, it actually fits with the dream so well! This has caused me a lot of reflection. Thanks for sharing this Gavin!

  24. Allie Lightflower

    Question — FDR served from March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945, dying part way into his 4th term, so he only served 12 years. This isn’t more than double any other president. Can you comment on this? Thanks for your fabulous chapter.

    • Michael

      I thought about this same question myself. I believe that it is similar to the prophecy regarding the resurrection of Christ. It was prophesied that Christ would be “in a sepulchre for the space of three days” (2 Nephi 25:13). What defines the term day in this prophecy? Typically we think of a day in terms of a set number of hours, three days would be 72 hours. The equivalent of a presidential term being 4 years. Nevertheless, Christ definitely was not in the tomb for 72 hours. In fact, He was probably only there around 36 hours, 1.5 days by this standard. Does this mean the prophecy was wrong? In retrospect, all it took to fulfill this prophecy was Saturday and small portions of Friday and Sunday. Likewise, to fulfill the requirements of Ezra’s vision, FDR need not literally serve all 16 years, just as Christ did not need to be entombed for 72 hours. To be fulfilled this prophecy requires the second President in a series of 14 to have been elected to office four times (twice as many times as any other)- with term limits being implemented prior to the conclusion of his 4th elected term. Furthermore, two other presidents in the series of 14 must have had their terms cut short for unnatural causes prior to the half way point of the series. These requirements have all been met with incredible accuracy. According to Ezra, the next event to happen will be the usurpation of the government during the next President’s term. How will this next portion will play out? Time will tell.

      • Jason

        Just a comment about your note, Jesus did say that the only sign he would give of his authenticity was the sign of Jonah, being 3 days and nights in the grave. Although it is commonly taught amongst the Gentile world that he was crucified on Friday and resureccted Sunday morning, that is entirely based on a misunderstanding of Hebrew practice. In the year of his crucifixion, Passover began on Wednesday evening. He died around 3 pm in the afternoon. Nicodemus promptly asked for his body so he could get the body in the ground before the High Sabbath began. Consequently he died as The Passover Lamb for all Israel at what would have been exactly the same time as the final lamb was crucified on the temple mount. Nicodemus barely had time before dark (the beginning of the Passover High Sabbath) to get him in the grave and purchase the linen to cover his body. The High Sabbath would have lasted until the following evening (Thursday night). Friday would have been a normal day in Israel, however, because of the weekly Sabbath was only a day away(starting Friday night) the women would have had a very hard time purchasing spices to dress his body as most shops if open would have only opened a half day if at all. They did not realize that Jesus had already been dressed with a hundred weight of aloes, etc by Nicodemus. Because of the weekly Sabbath they could not go there from Friday night to Saturday night (touching the dead and dressing them is unappropriate for the Sabbath and forbidden). So, Jesus was in the grave from Wednesday evening thru Thursday evening thru Friday evening, and he actually arose sometime Saturday evening (the same time the Temple priests would have been harvesting the barley on the Mount of Olives, threshing, baking, so that the High Priest could offer the wave offering on Sunday morning at first light as the practice of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. You will remember that Mary came early Sunday morning to the tomb (after the weekly Sabbath, probably before the sun was fully up, and there met him in the garden.) He told her not to touch him as he had to first go to his father in heaven and after that he would come back and meet them in the Galilee. The High Priest during this week also would have been sequested from Wednesday night thru Saturday night until the barley was harvested, the priests would have brought him the wave offering and he would take it up into the temple to complete the ordinance. Jesus fulfilled the temple ordinance by doing it exactly the way it was revealed to David and exactly the way the temple priests and all of Israel knew it to be done, but for real. He was the Passover Sacrifice, he did come out of the grave after three days and nights, and he did present the Wave Offering in the throne room of his Father (the graves were opened and the dead were raised at his resurection) He was not a metaphorical fulfilling of the prophecies of David, Isaiah, and Zechariah, but a literal fulfillment of all these things. The book of Hebrew documents Jesus being The High Priest for all the Earth after the order of Melchizidek forever. At some point in the future, All the earth will bow the knee and acknowledge that he is The Messiah, The Prophet promised to all Israel at Sainai who would come, that the Jews rejected at his first coming as they were blinded to his fulfillment of the ordinances they were given. The sun was darkened at his death, the veil was rent, and they marveled that the graves were opened (rather probably terrified). Although this is an aside to your response and your very interesting ideas, this full story of Jesus history is rarely taught and understood because we did not grow up as Jews with the practices he lived and taught under. He yet has a large role to fill in the upcoming prophecies to be fulfilled in the last days again very literally a complete fulfillment of the Fall Feasts of the Lord that were taught to the house of Israel in the temple ending with the marriage supper of the Lamb and the creating of new millenium. Many Blessings 😉

        • Michael

          Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective, you make some interesting points. The crux of this whole perspective hinges upon a literal interpretation of the sign of Jonah.

  25. Jason

    I don’t like reading comments, they are usally obnoxious!! Every comment I have read here is thought provoking, also love the replies you give. The last book I have read was the BOM 8yrs ago so I’m on the fence of getting your book. No offense but will I finish it? I’m asking myself that question. So my only real comment is that given the quote from the Ezra prophecy “dying in the bed” that sounds like someone who has health problems, since that person is a short feather and your timeline has 2 years left but then again the 4 short feathers never get the presidency. Like you said, time will tell!!! Again love your work and all the comments.

    • Michael

      Thanks for the note Jason. I’ll be the first to say that this book is not an easy read, but if you can buckle down and do it I think you will find that there are not many topics of study that can rival this one for interest and relevance to the latter-days. If you do make it through the whole thing shoot me a note and let me know what you thought.

  26. Sean Trewartha

    What is the name of the organization that Hoover created and can you point me in the right direction on how to research members of this group and their influence on todays political scene?

      • Reed Haddock

        I agree with Michael. The CFR and other influence groups are the Gadiatons of our time. It is the money people. A good book to read is Creature From Jekyl Island. It is about the creation of the federal reserve. The whore of all the earth, the great and abominable church is this money group. See Ether 8:19-24. None Dare Call it Conspiracy is a great book of about 140 pages and is free on line last I checked.

  27. Erin

    This is so fascinating, I went ahead and bought your book so I could study this more. Do you have a blog or Facebook page for people to follow? I’m interested in your commentary and point of view as events start to unfold. Things are really starting to rev up and I’d love to see how everything is connected with all you’ve talked about in your book.

    • Michael

      I don’t maintain a blog, but I’m happy to answer any personal questions you might have directly via e-mail. My e-mail address is available under the contact section.

  28. Shawn

    With the things going on with President-Elect Trump and the backlash and the information being leaked through Wikileaks I can actually see these things happening.

  29. Kirby

    I can’t believe I haven’t found this before now. Very, very interesting. With the current events that have happened the last couple of week what is your take on the talk of Mitt Romney as Sec. of State?

    • Michael

      I think that it is very interesting, time will tell if he gets that position or any within the Trump cabinet, but frankly it would concern me if he did become Sec of State. If he were the line of succession would look like this:

      1) VP-Michael Pence
      2) Speaker of the House – Paul Ryan
      3) President Pro Temper of the Senate – Orin Hatch
      4) Sec. of State – Mitt Romney.

      As I believe Mitt to be a good and honest man, I can only imagine him to be an obstacle in the path of the three eagle heads, rather than a complicit member of that group. The Lord does work in mysterious ways however, and according to Ezra there will be two more Presidents that will rise after the three eagle heads are removed. If he is called to serve in Trump’s cabinet, I’d hope it would be a position that would enable him to serve in the wake of these horrible events to help restore the constitution. Sec of State may be too close in the line of succession for that to happen, but with the Lord at the Helm, regardless of how things play out, the right people will be held in reserve to restore the country.

      • Ben

        I loved reading your analysis of this and also some amazing insights from the rest of the book. Thank you for your work! If Mitt Romney does in fact become the Secretary of State, according to what I have read, and what you have confirmed above, that makes him 5th in line for the presidency. This strikes me as interesting because according to your analysis, the president and vice president are removed in succession and then the next 2 in line would be removed before taking office. I assume these 2 would be the Speaker of the house and the president of the senate. That would actually leave the Secretary of State living if I am reading this correctly. Question is, could Mitt possibly be part of a great deception? We know even the elect will be deceived, and who else could have such an influence as someone like Mitt could on the “elect”. Or like you mentioned above, hopefully he is part of the reestablishment process, as I believe him to be a good man. Only time will tell I guess, but just an observation I made. Thanks again!

        • Michael

          I can’t believe that someone as good and honorable as Mitt would knowingly be caught up in something like this. I am just as awed about these twists and turns as everyone else is. You said it best, time will tell!

  30. Melissa Lonnecker

    I am a Mitt supporter through and through. I have wondered if he didn’t run this year because of this prophecy! I felt “a shift in the universe”the day the voice of the people chose Obama who I believe is steeped in secret combinations over a worthy priesthood holder of God.

  31. Keith Patterson

    Thank You for this great work – it has inspired me to do some digging myself
    RE: the number of feathers on the right/left of Ezra’s Eagle, I made a chart to help with my own understanding:

    1. H. Hoover – Rep
    2. Roosevelt – Dem
    3. H. Truman – Dem
    4. Eisenhower – Rep
    5. J. Kennedy – Dem
    6. L. Johnson – Dem
    7. R.M Nixon – Rep
    8. G.R. Ford – Rep
    9. J. Carter – Dem
    10.R. Reagan – Rep
    11.G.H.W. Bush – Rep
    12.W. Clinton – Dem
    13.G. W. Bush – Rep
    14.B.H. Obama – Dem
    14 total
    7 Rep (“right”)
    7 Dem (“left”)
    15. D. Trump makes 8 right/7 left (traditonally speaking)

    Prophesy says 20 total: 14 right, 6 left

    so, if all the rest (16-20) are “right” the count would be 13Rt/7 Lft
    which is 1 off the Prophesy… however…
    (Kennedy = Conservative Dem = “right”??) perhaps?

    • Michael

      Interesting. Political party affiliation is a possibility for the side the feathers are located on, but I think that location is symbolic of timing. The first 14 feathers happen before the major event (the 3 eagle heads awaking). The prophecy explicitly states that after the first 14 feathers are gone all remaining feathers are on the left side, but then two of those move to the right side, representing another change in timing. We then learn that the four remaining little feathers on the left side are destroyed as the eagle head assume power. Note that all of these left-sided small feathers are republicans: Trump, Pence, Ryan, and Hatch. After the Reign of the three heads is cut short and America is restored, the last two feathers on the right will serve (post event). This seems to work pretty well, no square pegs in round holes so to speak. What do you think?

  32. Keith Patterson

    Ah yes, I went back and re-read where you clearly lay out
    4 leaders -> major event -> 2 more after it
    more study is needed 🙂 – in any case, we haven’t long to wait
    till these events unfold, I expect that in hindsight, we will
    read again and say “ahhh THATS what He meant!”

    last thought, I have heard Joel Skousen say that in his opinion
    the coming War, (WW3) will happen circa 2018-2020… and that the formation of a “world Government” will rise in its aftermath. this timeline seems to dovetail nicely with the rise to power of the 3 heads of the eagle…
    we are getting close to so many of these events!

  33. Steven Cornia

    It seems obvious to me the three heads of the Eagle are the three branches of the government The small feathers that plan to assume office are somehow prevented from doing so by these organizations. The three heads are controlled by the “gaddianton” conspiracy.

    • Michael

      I feel uncomfortable using the term obvious with regards to any interpretation regarding this vision. Doing so adds a false sense of finality to future events – the details of which are anything but certain. This being said, for those that have spent sometime studying this, it has become apparent that the various branches of government have indeed been infiltrated by Gaddianton-type groups with dubious motives. The fact that the Seth Rich investigation is so suspicious in nature and yet has been totally shutdown for unknown reasons is evidence of this fact in my mind. That being said, this vision discusses that fact that these three Eagle heads will all die, this first one will do so in his bed with great pain. It is hard to imaging the three branches of the US government dying when the vision itself states that the country will be restored to its former state.

      Daniel and John’s vision of these events add some more clues. They both saw 10 horns who represented 10 clandestine would-be leaders that usurped the leadership of the nations by joining forces with the beast. Three of these horns, or would be leaders, are then plucked up by the roots by the stout horn who usurps their authority and becomes the defacto leader of the group, and the world. As such, to me the best explanation of these three heads is still that they are three people that will obtain the governance, one after another. The governance slips from one greedy hand to the other by foul play and in quick succession with the Stout Horn being the one left standing, and has such marvelous power that he manages to hold onto his power until he confronts the Savior himself. These are my thoughts on the matter.

  34. Robert Madsen

    Hello Michael,
    I have been intrigued by your book and thank you for doing the research and writing it.
    I have a question about 3 Nephi 20:16.

    Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

    Do you think Christ is referring to the lost ten tribes in this verse and not those assembled in the land Bountiful? When I first read it I thought he was addressing those present but later thought maybe not because in chapter 15 he called those in Bountiful a remnant of Joseph.

    • Michael

      Hello Robert,

      Rather than really analyzing what Christ is teaching here, many people just jumped to the assumption that the Laminates are the Remnant of Jacob. However, as you pointed out, in Christ’s masterful sermon on this subject (which actually comprises the bulk of His American message), He identifies them separately, as the Remnant of Joseph, and the Remnant of Jacob. Not to be disrespectful to the Lamanites, but does it seem reasonable that they could tread down the United States – the most powerful country on the planet, like a lion amongst defenseless sheep? It does not compute.

      Elsewhere these two groups (Jacob and the Laminates) are identified as separate groups, consider this verse from D&C 49:24

      But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.

      Here the Lord states that Jacob, meaning the Remnant of Jacob, will flourish in the wilderness AND the Laminates will blossom as the rose. Two separate and distinct groups. Once you understand this, you will start to see it everywhere. I cover Christ’s sermon to the Nephites in detail in the section called Christ in America.

      In Jacob 5, the allegory of the olive tree, there is some interesting insight that most don’t see. In that allegory there is a branch that is taken to the best place in the vineyard, by studying that branch you will find that it correlates to the Remnant of Joseph in America (Laminates and Nephites) there is also a branch that is taken to the worst place in the vineyard, and then oddly another branch that is taken even somewhere worse than the worst spot in the vineyard. To be worse than the worst place in the vineyard, this branch has to have been taken and hidden somewhere beyond the confines of the vineyard, otherwise the wording makes no sense. This is the Remnant of Jacob in the Wilderness, and the Lord will return them from the wilderness in due time in a manner and fashion that will exceed the Exodus of Egypt in glory and might. In doing so it will fulfill his promise made to the House of Israel in the first five verses of Duet 30.

      If any of thine (Remnants of the House of Israel) be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

      Keep studying, there is a tremendous amount to learn about the last days. The Lord is beginning to remove the scales from our eyes. I feel like I am seeing the scriptures in a whole new light and it is totally fascinating!

      • Matt Steen

        Michael, it’s coincidental the last commenter mentioned 3 Nephi 20:16. It has been on my mind for months, at least in part. If you go to footnote b it directs you to D&C 87:5 which says the remnant will “marshal themselves,” which means to organize, and then become exceedingly angry with and vex the Gentiles.

        I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what that means. It definitely sounds like an organized uprising by a remnant of the land. Have you given any thought to what that may mean?

        • Michael

          Matt, I have given great thought to it. Many readers get caught up in the sensationalism of the first three chapters of the book and do not progress through to the end of the book but just like to talk over and over about Ezra’s Eagle. This is very unfortunate. The real value in this book is in its in-depth study to the incredible meaning and latter-day ramifications behind the restoration of the House of Israel. Each section of this book can be read independently from the others, but they are best understood in a consecutive fashion. That being said, if you read the section about Christ’s discourse regarding the message His Father commanded Him to share among the Nephites you will find your answer. That discourse, while given to the Nephites, was really given to the latter-day Gentiles – us. Unfortunately most just gloss over it without ever really trying to understand what the Lord is saying. Please study that section very carefully!

  35. Patrick Lee Carroll

    I enjoyed the WHOLE book. While I need to reread it again I am constantly coming back to the Eagle. I see Trump being removed a thousand ways and Pence becoming hated even more so because of his faith in God. I’ll be glued to the TV January 30th for the State of the Union. I find it almost laughable that the Democrats are fawning over Oprah running in 2020 after reading your book. Thanks for everything.

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