The house of Israel is like an olive tree, whose branches are broken off and scattered over the earth. This mighty nation will scatter our descendants and make them desolate (displacement of Native Americans). I told them they will stand before God, who will judge their works, and if their works in the body were filthy in the days of their probation, then they are still filthy out of the body, and therefore cannot live with God. It was more beautiful than anything I had ever seen before, and whiter than the driven snow. Then we continued our journey, traveling south-southeast, staying in the most fertile areas along the borders of the Red Sea. What he writes will be just and true. As I prayed, the ropes loosened and fell off my hands and feet. ", I answered, "A virgin, more beautiful and fair than any other. The joining again of the natural branch to the olive tree is compared to our people who will receive the fullness of the gospel in the last days. And in this place, Ishmael died, after which he was buried in a place called Nahom. I, Nephi, am forbidden to write what I later saw and heard. 2 Ne. Mormon 2: Mormon leads the Nephite armies—Blood and carnage sweep the land—The Nephites lament and mourn with … Is it likely for those who have been the prey of the mighty warriors--those justly captured--to be delivered? Then the angel said, "See the Lamb of God, even the Son of the Eternal Father! If you're wicked in your mortal life, then you'll be found unclean before the judgment-seat of Christ. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 14). He journeys into the wilderness with his family. "The Lord doesn't tell us such things.". Before reading some of Isaiah's words I said, "Listen, you who are a branch of the house of Israel, which has been broken off and carried across the sea. After speaking with the Lord, I did my best to keep His commandments, and I encouraged my brothers to be faithful and diligent as well. But the Lord, who ordained me before I was born to be His servant to restore Jacob, said that even though Israel is not yet gathered, I will yet be glorious in His eyes, and my God will be my strength. I saw the power of the Lamb come down upon the saints of His church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), and also upon the Lord's covenant people (Lamanites, Jews and other tribes) who had been scattered all over the earth but were now gathering. If you were righteous -- willing to listen to the truth and obey God's commandments, you wouldn't feel I was speaking harshly to you.". The Lord's words, first spoken to Isaiah: By the end of that day, our ship was about to be swallowed up in the depths of the raging sea, and my brothers began to realize that God's judgments were upon them--that unless they repented, they would die, so they untied me. Episode one illustrates the first two chapters of the Book of Mormon, set around 600 BC in Jerusalem. Our journey to the promised land is the fulfilling of the Lord's word, spoken by Isaiah, that the house of Israel will be scattered. Now I (Isaiah) say, give up your worldliness and flee your conspiring enemies. While the angel was saying these things, I watched as my brothers' descendants overpowered mine, for my descendants had been tempted by the devil and had become proud and vain. It is the word of God and, like the Bible, gives us guidance and inspiration in our daily lives. By the same Spirit of the Lord which was in our forefathers, I tell you that the house of Israel was compared to an olive tree. I replied, "These words were given to Isaiah by the voice of the Spirit, for by the Spirit all things that will happen to God's children are made known to the prophets. Then we packed our tents and crossed the river that my father had named Laman. I pled with them to listen to this warning from God. I don't have room on these small plates to write everything my father did. As they were about to take hold of me I said, "In the name of the Almighty God, do not touch me, for I am filled with the power of God, even unto the consuming of my flesh. great ocean. Then there will be one fold and one Shepherd, and the Lord will feed and protect His children. This is all I will say about Isaiah's words for now. He prepares a way for all His works to be accomplished among His children. 2 And about the time that aAmmaron hid up the records unto the Lord, he came unto me, (I being about ten years of age, and I began to be blearned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my people) and Ammaron said unto me: I perceive that thou art a csober child, and art quick to observe; 3 Therefore, when ye are about twenty and four years old I would that ye should remember the things that ye have observed concerning this people; and when ye are of that age go to the aland Antum, unto a hill which shall be called bShim; and there have I deposited unto the Lord all the sacred engravings concerning this people. He has saved me from perishing in Jerusalem and has shown me its destruction, just as He showed the prophets of old. Knowing all this, why are you still so hard in your hearts? But remember, if you do, you'll soon die there!'". 14 And there were no agifts from the Lord, and the bHoly Ghost did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and cunbelief. I wrote much more of what he said--things important to me, upon my large plates. Upon arriving we went to Ishmael's house, and he listened as we told him the words of the Lord. I looked and saw the virgin holding a child in her arms. He will remember all the people who are of the house of Israel and gather them together from all over the earth. Moroni D&C Doctrine and Covenants Then the angel said, "Look and witness the condescension of God!". Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. The rocks of the earth will break up, and because of the groaning of the earth, the Spirit of God will come upon many kings on other continents, who will exclaim, 'The God of nature suffers. I said, "If God commanded me to do anything, I could do it. If they continue in righteousness throughout their lives, they will be lifted up at the last day and saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb. The resurrected Christ will appear to your descendants in this promised land. I looked and saw the Redeemer of the world, and the prophet who would prepare the way before Him. Lying on the ground tied I prayed, "Oh Lord, according to my faith in Thee, deliver me from the hands of my brothers. Oliver had written most of the book out by hand, word by word, and that dictation process had gone on from the beginning of April to the end of June—approximately three months. Even now there are many tribes not known to the people in Jerusalem, for most of them have been led away. made of fine brass, sitting on the ground. The panelists for this roundtable were Steve Densley, Matthew Bowen and Mark Johnson. ministering to them in power and great glory. ", Then they fell down before me, about to worship me, but I told them, "I'm your younger brother. (compare 1 Nephi, chapter 8). Therefore, I will cause your sons to quickly drive out your destroyers. ", Nephi writes Isaiah's words from the brass plates... We do not know where they are, but only that they have been led away. This is why The Book of Mormon, a book written to warn latter-day Israel, is patterned after Isaiah's writings. I looked and saw multitudes of people upon the promised land as numerous as the sand upon the seashore. Also on the pointers we discovered some new words, plainly written, which gave us understanding about the Lord's ways. Remember the twelve apostles of the Lamb? I write these things to all the house of Israel, that my record might come to them as well. ', The people of Jerusalem will be scourged by all nations for crucifying the God of Israel, and for rejecting His signs, wonders, power and glory. My father asked the Lord where I should go, for the family had humbled themselves after I had spoken many things to them in the energy of my soul. This roundtable was extracted from the October 25, 2020 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The things I write are not pleasing to those who are of the world, but they are pleasing to God and to those who are not of the world. The depths of the fountain represent the depths of hell. I did as the Lord said, and after He shook them they said, "Nephi, we know for sure the Lord is with you, and that His power has shaken us. asked the Spirit. The Lord esteems all people equally, yet He favors the righteous. I looked upstream to see from where it flowed, and I saw a fountain as its source. But the righteous will not perish (spiritually or temporally), for the time will come when those who fight against Zion will be destroyed. My wrists and ankles had become very sore and swollen, but I did not complain. They will receive strength and nourishment from the natural tree again -- the true vine, and come into God's true fold. "We knew that you couldn't build a ship. 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