The Terrestrial Souls are Saved without Repentance during Probation
Paul reveals the great mystery that Gods people have had a blindness put upon them that has obscured their vision and prevented them from accepting the fullness of the gospel until a set time when the fullness of the Gentiles finally comes in and Gods deliverer triumphantly comes out of Zion to turn away ungodliness from Jacob!
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Rom 11
Have you ever wondered how ALL Israel can be saved from UN-RIGHTEOUSNESS into RIGHTEOUSNESS?
After all, the children of Israel rejected the higher law when Moses tried to get them to see the face of God were a very wicked and rebellious people.
After Moses plead with God to not wipe them off the face of the earth, God told them that he was only going to delay their punishment… he warned that in the last days they would feel his wrath.
Modern revelation tells us that the Jews [kingdom of Judah] only come forth to their salvation AFTER THEIR PAIN.
“And they also of the tribe of Judah after their pain shall be sanctified in holiness before the Lord, to dwell in his presence day and night for ever and ever.” (section 133:35)
It appears the holiness of the Lord will sanctify the terrestrials after they endure their pain.
Although they will not receive the fulness of the father, they will be able to dwell in the presence of Christ forever.
The Book of Mormon and other ancient documents testify that most of latter day Israel will be just as wicked as ancient Israel, their forefathers, and will make war against the Lamb of God prior to his second coming.
“behold the house of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (1 Nephi 11)
Also, did you catch the last verse in Rom 11?
This particular set of gifts and eternal calling that is given to terrestrial Israel comes without repentance.
This is a specific reference to the incredible truth taught in sections 76&88, that the terrestrial souls do not repent and accept the fulness of the gospel during probation, they conform with, and comply to the law after they are brought forth from the dead to be judged according to men in the flesh.
They are not valiant in gaining the TESTIMONY of Jesus during probation.
This is an amazing concept that God is going to save the portion of Israel who are clearly not the elect and who apparently don’t even repent during probation.
Paul was paraphrasing what Isaiah had prophesied about the deliverer that would come to Zion
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
20 ¶ And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.” Isa 59
As strange as it seems the whole house of Israel will be saved (from outer darkness), we are told that, time after time in the scriptures, not just from those two passages from Isaiah and Paul.
Here are a few more
17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. Isa. 45: 17
6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jer. 23: 6
13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. Zech. 8: 13
25 And Israel shall be saved in mine own due time; and by the keys which I have given shall they be led, and no more be confounded at all. D&C 35: 25
33 And from thence, whosoever I will shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do; for I have a great work laid up in store, for Israel shall be saved, and I will lead them whithersoever I will, and no power shall stay my hand. D&C 38: 33
12 And in that day all who are found upon the watch-tower, or in other words, all mine Israel, shall be saved.
D&C 101: 12
Notice from the Book of Mormon how Christ spoke about the fulfilling of the covenant of the Lord to the house of Israel
4 And I command you that ye shall write these sayings after I am gone, that if it so be that my people at Jerusalem, they who have seen me and been with me in my ministry, do not ask the Father in my name, that they may receive a knowledge of you by the Holy Ghost, and also of the other tribes whom they know not of, that these sayings which ye shall write shall be kept and shall be manifested unto the Gentiles, that through the fulness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed, who shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief, may be brought in, or may be brought to a knowledge of me, their Redeemer.
5 And then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth; and then will I fulfil the covenant which the Father hath made unto all the people of the house of Israel.
6 And blessed are the Gentiles, because of their belief in me, in and of the Holy Ghost, which witnesses unto them of me and of the Father.
7 Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father, and because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel, in the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fulness of these things shall be made known unto them. (3rd Nephi 16)
The First and Second Harvest
Why is it that sometimes the scriptures only talk about the REMNANT of Israel that will be saved and other times it assures us that ALL of Israel will be saved?
Because there are two separate covenants, two separate salvations… two separate harvests being talked about.
The elect of Israel are first gathered out from among the tares during the first harvest. ( Culminating in the resurrection of the Just)
These are they that were valiant in the testimony of Jesus.
The remainder of Israel will be gathered out by the elect, during the second or third harvest.
He then will turn all of Jacob from transgression even though they did not accept the fulness of the gospel during probation.
How can he do this?
God says “this is my covenant with them”
What covenant is God referring to?
Under what covenant is terrestrial Israel saved?
It is done under the covenant he had with Abraham their Father.
That is right, there are two gospel laws and two gospel covenants and two levels of salvation at play in the end times. It does not have to do with whether a person was living in Old Testament times or New Testament times, indeed there were people who lived according to the new and everlasting covenant during the Old Testament and there are people living the Gospel of Abraham right now, in these latter days.
The Fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ
The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the covenant that saves the elect and makes them HOLY by grace through faith. Indeed they “overcome by faith and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise which the Father sheds upon all those who are just and true” (76:53+) “the Just shall live by faith”
The Preparatory Gospel of Abraham
The preparatory gospel, even the Abrahamic Covenant is the covenant that saves the terrestrials and makes them RIGHTEOUS by grace through works.
These are they who “died without law” and “who received not the TESTIMONY of Jesus in the flesh but after wards received it”.
“These are they who are not valiant in the TESTIMONY of Jesus wherefore they receive not the crown over the kingdom” Why? “because they were deceived by the craftiness of men”.
They are “the spirits of men kept in prison” who are brought forth at the time of redemption to “receive the gospel” and “be judged according to men in the flesh“.
After receiving the gospel and conforming to gospel law and being baptized, they will be righteous and will “receive of the presence of the Son but not the fulness of the father.” (76:72-77 & 88)
The existence of two saving covenants is revealed in Ether 13 where the two levels of salvation and the two groups or cities of saved beings are identified as the “New Jerusalem” (Celestial) and the “Old Jerusalem” (Terrestrial).
The New Jerusalem is the holy city that descends with Christ at his coming. It is inhabited by those who became NEW creatures through the new and everlasting covenant established by Christ.
The Old Jerusalem is the righteous city that meets Christ at his coming, after their pain, when he descends with his Elect. They are those who come under the OLD covenant established through Abraham.
The New Jerusalem
Notice how the elect of God are described in verves 3 & 10 of chapter 13 of Ether and are referred to as the “New Jerusalem” and how they come down from heaven, descending with Christ at his coming in the holy sanctuary of the Lord. They are MADE WHITE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB because they received the testimony and accepted the fullness of the gospel during probation.
The Old Jerusalem
The Terrestrial portion of Israel is referred to in verse 11 of chapter 13 as the “Old Jerusalem“. They have BEEN WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB and have entered into their portion of salvation because they were “PARTAKERS OF THE FULFILLING OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD MADE WITH THEIR FATHER ABRAHAM“
If you did not already understand this concept pertaining to the two gospel covenants and gospel laws, and yet have still not experienced an epiphany, I suggest you read the above paragraphs again.
This is incredible.
It will explain a multitude of scriptures that have previously been confusing and it proves that both the gospel of works and the gospel of faith are both taught in the scriptures as separate and distinct doctrines and as separate and distinct levels of salvation.
Something New Must be Done for the Salvation of the Church
As explained in previous posts, the restored church had a 3 1/2 year period during which they attempted to comprehend the Celestial Light of the Celestial Law from mid June 1831 to late December 1834. Shortly after they cumulatively rejected the FULNESS of the Gospel, the Prophet Joseph Smith proclaimed that the Lord had revealed to him that “Something new must be done for the Salvation of the Church“.
All of this coincided with the restoration of the Gospel of Abraham that took place in the Kirtland Temple in 1836.
This enabled the Church to live a lesser gospel law.
Now, instead of striving to-
1- be baptized of water, fire and Holy Ghost,
2- gain the testimony of Jesus by being transfigured and to see and hear the Father testify of the Son, and
3- to establish Zion,
the new goal of the church was to-
2- be baptized and to
3- endure to the end.
Shortly after the restoration of the Gospel of Abraham, the apostles were sent to foreign missions to take the preparatory gospel of Abraham to the world. (if you read their mandate of the Lord to them in section 112 and compare it to the mandate he gave to the 12 apostles in other places you will be amazed at the difference)
Later in this series we shall see that there are two levels of salvation, three degrees of glory and four categories of souls spoken of in the NEW TESTAMENT.
Section 76 was actually not revealing a complex plan of salvation that was not already taught in the New Testament!
The New Testament actually lists all four categories of souls that inhabit this earth.
One level of salvation has to do with becoming RIGHTEOUS while the other level has to do with becoming HOLY.
We shall see that the TESTIMONY given by the Seer and the Spokesman in section 76 contained the plan of salvation that had already been taught in the New Testament. (more on this in part six)
To be continued