“..the covenant which God made with ancient Israel was at hand to be fulfilled..” Part 4
I ended part three of this series speaking about two emails I got from one of my subscribers.
I have since received another one from him which is as follows:
Per your last post. I just found this scripture just hidden in plain sight that the Gospel was being restored to the Gentiles first then going to go to the Jew second … After the Abrahamic covenant had been restored.
26 And again, I command thee that thou shalt not covet thine own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon, which contains the truth and the word of God—
27 Which is my word to the Gentile, that soon it may go to the Jew, of whom the Lamanites are a remnant, that they may believe the gospel, and look not for a Messiah to come who has already come.
That was a phenomenal find that clearly shows that early in the restoration movement, the Lord made it clear that first the Book of Mormon which contains the fulness of the Gospel was going to the Gentile and secondly, it would go to the Jew after it went to the Gentile.
It is interesting that the Lamanites are classed among the general category of “Jews”. I have previously noted that a remnant of “Jews” from the seed of Lehi would unite with the believing Gentiles during the end times to build up Zion while it appears as if the majority of the other latter day Jews would come forth in the second great harvest which pertains to those that will receive a terrestrial reward.
I would suggest that the mission to the Lamanites by Oliver Cowdery, Parley Pratt, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Ziba Peterson, in the context of what is being said in the passages above, may have been premature since the Gospel had not been rejected by the Gentiles at the time that the attempt was made.
I suspect that is why their efforts in taking the gospel to the Lamanites was not successful at that time. Perhaps they got ahead of themselves.
Nevertheless, the passages above clearly demonstrate that a general missionary effort to the Jews was to follow the general missionary effort to the Gentiles. Indeed the above passage regarding this is not the only one that has been hiding in plain site.
There are several passages in modern revelation that mentioned how the gospel was to go to the Gentile first and then to the Jew. These passages have been very cryptic to Latter day Saints because they have a false perception of who the Jews are.
It is now obvious to me that the second wave of missionary work across the great waters that began bringing converts to Nauvoo and later to Utah is clearly the missionary work to the Jews that was being spoken of.
I have generally avoided speaking of this topic to Latter day Saints because Mormons who descend from the converts coming from across the great waters to Nauvoo are generally not receptive to the cold hard fact that many of them are likely from Judah and his fellows rather than from Ephraimand his fellows.
Here are a few other passages to include with the passage provided above showing that a missionary effort to the believing Jews was to follow the missionary work to the Gentiles-
12 And the first preacher of this church unto the church, and before the world, yea, before the Gentiles; yea, and thus saith the Lord God, lo, lo! to the Jews also. Amen.
Doctrine and Covenants 107:33 33 The Twelve are a Traveling Presiding High Council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and secondly unto the Jews.
35 The Twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.
The taking of the Gospel to the Latter day Saint Jews was to take place in that generation, following the taking of the Gospel to the Gentiles. It was not an event that would begin taking place many generations later.
The above passages provide somewhat of a disconnect to most latter day saints. This may be why the corporate church tries to promote Orson Hydes failed attempt in taking the gospel message to the Ashkenai Jews in the Old World as something significant and prophetic when in fact it was an unremarkable non-event.
The Lord was not referring to the unbelieving Ashkenazi Jews that Orson Hyde visited in the Old World Jerusalem, he was referring to the converts that would begin coming into the church from the efforts of the Twelve beginning in about 1839.
Another amazing passage that speaks of the Gospel being taken to the Jew following the Gentile is found in D&C 98. It actually modifies that declaration made in Malachi and again reiterated by Elijah the prophet when he appeared to Joseph and Oliver in the Kirtland Temple in 1836;
16 Therefore, renounce war and proclaim peace, and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children;
17 And again, [or in other words] the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me.
I find the above passage to be Incredible.
Part of the intervention that would prevent the curse from going out after the Gentiles rejected the Gospel, was the grafting in of other branches into the tree, as documented in the allegory in Jacob. This is why Joseph Smith had said that the Lord had revealed to him that “something new must be done for the salvation of the church”!
Another mind-blowing passage is in Section 90
1 Thus saith the Lord, verily, verily I say unto you my son, thy sins are forgiven thee, according to thy petition, for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have come up into my ears.
2 Therefore, thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto you; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.
3 Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;
4 Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church.
5 And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house.
6 And again, verily I say unto thy brethren, Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, their sins are forgiven them also, and they are accounted as equal with thee in holding the keys of this last kingdom;
7 As also through your administration the keys of theschool of the prophets, which I have commanded to be organized;
8 That thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as will believe;
9 That through your administration they may receive the word, and through their administration the word may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.
10 And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation.
Notice the Chronology above-
The Gospel is taken to the Gentiles and the associated nations of Israel
Then the Gospel is taken to the Jews (The Latter day Saint Jews)
Then comes the day of POWER (third watch) when the Gentiles repent and accept the fulness
Then the other remnants of Joseph mingled among the heathen nations receive the gospel of their salvation
The term “gospel of their salvation” is a dead giveaway to the fact that there are multiple covenants and levels of salvation within the Lord’s plan to the various branches of Israel.
“His Gathered Saints” VS. “His Restored People”
Now, with the context provided by the above passages, I want to address another passage of scripture that the above subscriber had previously made mention of from Section 84-
Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets,
for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem. D&C 84:2
Although not obvious to the casual reader, I would suggest that the above passage is speaking about two separate and distinct tribes of God’s people.
The restoration of “His People” is referring to the Latter day Saints “Jews” who are the ancient covenant people that started converting to the Gospel following the secret ushering in of the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham and the commission given to the Twelve Apostles in Section 118.
The gathering of “His Saints” to stand upon mount Zion includes the believing Gentiles of the Kirtland era who laid the foundation of the LDS restoration movement.
According to the Book of Mormon, these Saints stumbled during Joseph’s ministry, yet they will repent of their iniquity in the third watch, during the day of power (Ether 4:6 )
Remarkably, the above passage in Section 84 mirrors the following passage in the Book of Mormon.
14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb,
upon the covenantpeople of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory. 1 Nephi 14:14
The passage from modern revelation in Section 84 and the ancient passage out of 1 Nephi 14 in the Book of Mormon are both differentiating between the “Saints” who compose the Church of the Lamb, and are the elect of God, versus the “ancient covenant people“.
Of course 1 Nephi 14 is speaking about the third watch day of power, after the Jews have experienced their pain and unite with the true church to receive their blessings from Ephraim, although Ephraim gets the “greater blessing”.
As addressed in a previous part of this series, these two tribal kingdoms are often referred to as “Judah” (Jews) and “Ephraim” (Gentiles). They were created when the kingdom of Israel was split into two separate kingdoms during Old Testament times.
Both tribal kingdoms are covenant people of the Lord and God has made covenants with both tribal kingdoms. That is why the Book of Mormon speaks of “covenants” (plural) that God has made with Israel:
“The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel.. for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.” 1 Nephi 13:23-26
Judah and his fellows represent the ancient covenant that is mentioned in Jeremiah 31. The book of Ether informs us that this tribal group are “partakers of the fulfilling of the covenant which God made with their father, Abraham” (Ether 13:11). Other terms for the ancient gospel covenant with the Jews are the “gospel of Abraham” and the “preparatory gospel“
Conversely, Ephraim and his fellows are saved through the fulness of the Gospel that requires the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
“for thus my church shall be called..”
Section 115 also prophesies of the two tribal groups of people that will emerge in the prophetic end times scenario during the third watch day of power.
They are the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints” (Judah and his fellows) AND the “Church in Zion” (Ephraim and his fellows) who are referred to in the Book of Mormon as the “Church of the Lamb of God“. Pay close attention to the wording below. The narrative begins with contemporary people and events but subtly evolves into a future prophecy:
1 Verily thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and also my servant Sidney Rigdon, and also my servant Hyrum Smith, and your counselors who are and shall be appointed hereafter;
2 And also unto you, my servant Edward Partridge, and his counselors;
3 And also unto my faithful servants who are of the high council of my church in Zion, for thus it shall be called, [future]
unto all the elders and people of my Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, scattered abroad in all the world;
4 For thus shall my church be called in the last days, [future] even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
5 Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations;
Again we see the Lord differentiating between the “faithful servants” in the “Church in Zion” who are gathered in Zion, and the Latter day Saint Jews who currently are and will be in a scattered condition when the Marvelous Work begins.
We know that the Lord was speaking prophetically about a future time in the above passage for two reasons. One is the word “shall”. The other has to do with the emergence of a quote from Isaiah 60 which contains narrative relating to the final events in the third watch because of the paraphrase in verse 5 of Isaiah 60.
Years ago when it occurred to me that the above passages were speaking of a future time, “for thus my church shall be called..” I felt angry that the Saints living during Joseph Smith’s ministry misinterpreted the above passage as a mandate and a justification to reinsert the name of Christ into the name of the Church after it had been taken out of the name of the church in 1834.
The truth is that the Saints had already begun calling themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints even before Section 115 was given.
I knew the church had not repented and reformed and had not become worthy to have the name of Christ reinserted into the name of the Church.
I felt that the condemned church had high-jacked the name of God’s true Saints that would be in a scattered condition prior to being gathered to Zion during the 3rd watch.
I am still convinced that the condemned church was not justified in calling themselves by the name of Christ, however, God, in his infinite foreknowledge is prophesying in Section 115 that in the third watch, after the Latter day Saint Jews of the condemned church repent, they will become a blessed people and Judah will unite with Ephraim.
I am of the belief that the misapplication of the passage by the condemned church during the Far West period of the Church was indeed according to the mystical providence of God and that the passage is indeed referring to the Latter day Saints of the modern corporate church.
Even though the saints were not justified in reinserting the name of Christ into the name of the condemned church, this event results in a seamless prophetic congruency because it will indeed be the repentant Latter day Saint Jews who will fulfill the above prophecy.
It is remarkable how the Mormon Church has used the concepts of “stakes” to scattered Gods covenant people in a very organized manner.
It appears as if the narrative provided in 1 Nephi 14 is referring to a time when the modern church repents, after their “pain” and becomes a gathered people who are united with the true Church of the Lamb. The uniting of the Jews with the true church in the day of power is substantiated in scripture:
2 That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from generation to generation, until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise. 2 Nephi 9:2
As I have studied 1 Nephi 14 and related passages my heart has been filled with love and compassion for those of the modern corporate church. I now appreciate to a much deeper degree, that the modern corporate church is filled with Gods ancient covenant people and that God loves them and has a covenant with them that he will fulfill. I personally feel the vexing and envying between Judah and Ephraim dissipating in my own views even though I am not even certain which group I will end up in.
All Israel will be saved according to the various covenants of salvation!
My paradigm has greatly changed and I no longer feel a sense of urgency to warn latter day saints about the pain that awaits them. I am no longer as offended by the attempts at apologetics that are done by well meaning Mormons.
I am at peace knowing that any warning that takes place will be done by the servants of God who have been ordained to raise the warning voice.
The following video represents the latest attempt by God’s ancient covenant people to justify their beliefs and the difficult historical issues that they are unable to reconcile to those that are having a crisis of faith.
The chronology provided in all of the above passages in this final part of the series is consistent with the Gentiles rejecting the fulness, followed by the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient covenant which represents the preparatory gospel.
The preliminary work that has continued from Joseph’s ministry to this very day has to do with taking the knowledge of the fulness to the Latter day Jews.
Interestingly, the Latter day Saint Jews who are currently in a scattered condition in “stakes” throughout the world, only “begin” to believe in Christ because they will not live the fulness of his gospel.
We are informed in Section 76 that one of the trademarks of the Latter day Saint Jews is that they are those “Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.” (verses 74-76)
Following this preliminary period of preparation that has been taking place for four generations, as orchestrated by Judah and his fellows, the fulness of the gospel will be preached in POWER by Ephraim and his fellows. This is documented in Section 133 which has previously been addressed.
Another cryptic passage that speaks to this topic is found in Section 58. It briefly identifies the preliminary work with the preparatory gospel followed by the final day of power.
Notice how the ancient covenant people of the Lord, the latter day saint Jews that have largely remained in a scattered condition are generally described as the-
Does that not perfectly describe how we latter day saints perceive ourselves and project ourselves to others?
Our religious culture puts so much importance on the accumulation of wealth, class distinction, the importance of a formal education, the distortion of the pure and simple doctrine of Christ through intellectualism, scholarship and sophistry.
Conversely, those who accept the fulness of the gospel during the “day of power” who will be Ephraim and his fellows, are generally described as the-
9 Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.
10 First, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble;
11 And after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great day to come.
As you can see, Judah and his fellows have been gathering to the supper of the House of the Lord.
The invitation takes place in two parts after the rejection of the fulness takes place by the Gentiles.
The first group has begun to believe in Christ while remaining in a scattered condition in “stakes” all over the world.
They have been in their process of gathering converts while remaining in a scattered condition for four generations now.
The second group represents the Ephraimite Gentiles who stumbled during the first part of Joseph’s ministry. They eventually repent and establish Zion with the righteous seed of Lehi during the day of power which is about to be ushered in.
I have previously begun a series about Ephraim and Judah and do not want to beat a dead horse by reiterating how I see the interaction between these two groups within the modern corporate church. (See The Vexing of Ephraim Part One, Part Two, Part Three) but I do want to show a remarkable narrative similarity between selected passages in Jeremiah 31 and Section 133
Jeremiah 31 speaks prophetically of the New Covenant God will make with the three divisions of his people in the latter days. He classifies his people as-
Ephraim His firstborn,
The House of Israel, (Israel)
The House of Judah (Jacob).
D&C 133 summaries the same narrative regarding these three groups of people.
Similarly, Section 133 Identifies Ephraim as “my servants” who make up the 144,000 who have the Father’s name written in their foreheads.
The tribes of Israel will be gathered from the “north countries” and will Notice in the book of Jeremiah how God refers to Ephraim as his firstborn who goes up to Zion and petitions the Lord to save his people Israel.
Following that, the Lord says he will bring his people from the “north country” and gather them from the coasts of the earth. The Lord who scattered Israel will gather him. The Lord will redeem Jacob. The Lord will turn their mourning into joy and their sorrow into rejoicing.
6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.
7 For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.
9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 ¶Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.
31 ¶Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
17 For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh—
18 When the Lamb shall stand upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 25 And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh.
23 He shall command the great deep, and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land;
26 And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.
27 And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.
28 Their enemies shall become a prey unto them,
29 And in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land.
30 And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.
31 And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble at their presence.
32 And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.
33 And they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy.
34 Behold, this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows.
35 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, forever and ever.
Notice in the book of Jeremiah how God refers to Ephraim as his firstborn who goes up to Zion and petitions the Lord to save his people Israel.
Following that, the Lord says he will bring his people from the “north country” and gather them from the coasts of the earth.
The Lord who scattered Israel will gather him. The Lord will redeem Jacob. The Lord will turn their mourning into joy and their sorrow into rejoicing.
Similarly, Section 133 Identifies Ephraim as “my servants” who make up the 144,000 who have the Father’s name written in their foreheads. The tribes of Israel will be gathered from the “north countries”.
Praise God almighty for the covenants he has made with the various divisions of his covenant people.
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