"The history book on the shelf, is always repeating itself."
ABBA, "Waterloo" 1974 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Yes, truth can come from a Swedish pop supergroup of the 1970s. One of the things that keeps happening over and over and over in history is people trying to get power. It is occurring right now all over the world with the overblown reaction to a virus. The virus is serious. The medical experts seeking 15 minutes of fame act like Covid-19 is infecting billions of people, when it is only millions. Their hysteria is off by a factor of 1,000. Politicians and the press want us to give up our rights as if the Coronavirus was killing every other person it infected, rather than 2 out of a 100. Their methods are truly madness.
Joseph Smith, aided by the Holy Spirit, made dozens of changes to the Book of Revelation. The most significant one I have found occurs in chapter 2.
In verse 18 and angel of GOD tells John "these things saith the Son of God." This deals with all the statements in the rest of chapter 2. JESUS is speaking the following words.
The KJV of Revelation 2:26-27 is as follows:
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end,
to him will I give power over the nations:
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron;
as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers:
even as I received of my father.
I can just imagine all the tyrants in the past reading these 2 verses and salivating in hopes of getting power over the world. Too bad that is not what CHRIST actually said. I can also see people asking what they heck shivers are, but that is beside the point.
The Joseph Smith Translation of the same 2 verses reads as follows:
And to him who overcometh,
and keepeth my commandments unto the end,
will I give power over many kingdoms;
And he shall rule them with the word of God;
and they shall be in his hands
as the vessels of clay in the hands of a potter;
and he shall govern them with faith,
with equity and justice,
even as I received of my Father,
CHRIST is promising the truly faithful power after this life. It is only for those who prove they can be trusted during this present time of testing. Equity and justice does not exist in the halls of power in this fallen world. It does exist in the next phase of everyone's existence when there is an initial judgement for everyone who dies. The justice of GOD will separate people in one of 3 places in the Spirit World: Paradise, Prison, and Hell.
Those who have power now and do not use it with justice and equity will end up in Hell. Good luck to all the fools trying to get some temporary power here, and then end up being a slave to Satan in the next life. They will get to pay for their owns sins, and when your corruption has effected the lives of large groups of people, that bill is going to take a long time to pay.