The Secret Identity of the Latter day Saint Jews
In the previous parts of this series we have briefly addressed three historical accounts of Moroni’s visit to Joseph Smith. Two of them are contained in letters to newspaper editors. A third account is found in the Pearl of Great Price and according to some sources, it was created from the content in the Wentworth Letter.
The official version of this account as contained in the Pearl of Great Price was apparently edited and revised with differences in wording by Elder Franklin D. Richards.
As noted previously, the JS History version of the account omits the most important fact that the ancient covenant that God had made with our ancient patriarchal fathers, Abraham and Jacob, was being ushered in as a result of the pending rejection of the fulness of the Gospel by the Gentile Church.
I am not sure if Joseph Smith, Franklin D. Richards, or someone else is responsible for the omission. It appears to me as if it was intentional.
Was the omission inspired by God?
Was the omission an intentional one to keep the true identity of the latter day saints Jews hidden from them so that end times prophecies relative to the Jews could play out?
I will leave those questions up to the reader to determine for themselves.
Three Accounts of the Visit of Moroni
- “The Book of Mormon is a record of the forefathers of our western Tribes of Indians, having been found through the ministration of an holy Angel” (Saxton)
- “He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do..” (JS History Pearl of Great Price)
- “in a moment a personage stood before me surrounded with a glory yet greater than that with which I was already surrounded. This messenger proclaimed himself to be an angel of God..” (Wentworth)
I find it curious that in the two letters to editors, Moroni is not identified by name. He is only referred to as “and angel of God” or as a “holy angel“. There has been some confusion about whether it was Moroni, Nephi, or some other Book of Mormon figure that appeared to Joseph. The following is taken from Wikipedia
There have been two conflicting accounts as to the name of the angel. Initially, Smith merely referred to “an angel” without identifying its name. Thus, in an 1831 letter from Lucy Mack Smith to her brother, she discusses Moroni as the person who buried the plates, but does not identify him as the unnamed “holy angel” that gave Smith the means to translate the golden plates.
In Smith’s 1832 history, he said he was visited by “an angel of the Lord”, who mentioned the Book of Mormon prophet “Moroni” as the last engraver of the golden plates; however, Smith’s account did not say whether or not the angel was referring to himself as Moroni.
In 1835, Smith identified the angel as Moroni: in 1835, while preparing the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, he made additions to an earlier revelation regarding sacramental wine, and indicated a number of angels that would come to the earth after the Second Coming and drink wine with Smith and Oliver Cowdery.
Among those angels, the revelation listed “Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel; to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim”.
Around this time, Cowdery was writing a history of Smith in which he identified the angel as the prophet Moroni from the Book of Mormon.
In July 1838, Smith wrote an article for the church periodical Elders’ Journal, in the form of questions and answers, that stated the following:
- Question 4th. How, and where did you obtain the book of Mormon?
- Answer. Moroni, the person who deposited the plates, from whence the book of Mormon was translated, in a hill in Manchester, Ontario County, New York, as a resurrected being, appeared unto me, and told me where they were; and gave me directions how to obtain them.
However, on May 2, 1838, a few months before Smith’s statement in Elders’ Journal, Smith began dictating a church history that included a detailed account of his visits from the angel.
In this text, Smith identified the angel as “Nephi“, which is the name of the Book of Mormon’s first narrator. Smith’s 1838 identification as “Nephi” was left unchanged when the 1838 history was published in 1842 in Times and Seasons, which Smith edited himself, and in Millennial Star.
In the latter, an editorial referred to the 1823 vision and praised “the glorious ministry and message of the angel Nephi”.
After Smith’s death, the identification as “Nephi” was repeated when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) published its first edition of the Pearl of Great Price. It was also repeated in 1853 when Smith’s mother Lucy Mack Smith published a history of her son.
As a further complication, Mary Whitmer, mother to one of the Three Witnesses and four of the Eight Witnesses, said she had a vision of the golden plates, shown to her by an angel whom she always called “Brother Nephi”, who may or may not have been the same angel to which Smith referred.
Nevertheless, based on Smith’s other statements that the angel was “Moroni,” and based on both prior and later publications, most Latter Day Saints view Smith’s 1838 identification of the angel as Nephi as a mistake, perhaps on the part of the transcriber or a later editor.
In the version of Smith’s 1838 history published by the LDS Church, as well as the portion canonized by that denomination as the Pearl of Great Price, the name “Nephi” has been changed by editors to read “Moroni”.
The Community of Christ publishes the original story, including the identification of “Nephi”, but indicates “Moroni” in a footnote.
Frankly, I don’t lose any sleep over which Book of Mormon personality appeared to Joseph Smith and others as an angel from God. I can understand why critical thinkers who are skeptics get indigestion from the controversy and consider it just one more evidence that Joseph was a false prophet.
To those of us that have deeply studied and believed the scriptures that Joseph brought forth, and have received the promised manifestation of the spirit, the controversy is insignificant.
Later in this post we will address another controversy which deals with a huge contradiction between the narrative in the Saxton Letter and the Wentworth Letter. However in this case, the answer to the dilemma will be provided showing how a historical conundrum that skeptics might consider to be a scandalous slip up, is really an amazing literal fulfillment of prophecy.
Parsing The Saxton Letter
The Saxton letter noted that the beginning of the fulfillment of this ancient covenant was to be accompanied by an event described as the fulness of the Gentiles.
The narrative is associating the “first time” that God had extended his hand to gather Israel, to the meridian of time when the gospel was extended to the Jews but they refused to enter into covenant.
Joseph Smith pointed out, in the Saxton Letter that there is a distinction between the Jews refusal to enter into the gospel covenant, and the Gentiles who did in fact enter into covenant and then broke it.
This covenant has never been established with the house of Israel nor with th[e] house of Judah for it requires two parties to make a covenant and those two parties must be agreed or no covenant can be made. Christ in the days of his flesh proposed to make a covenant with them but they rejected him and his proposals and in consequence thereof they were broken off and no covenant was made with them at that time but their unbelief has not rendered the promise of God of none effect..
Thus after this chosen family had rejected Christ and his proposals the heralds of salvation said to them. “lo I we turn <un>to the gentiles,” and the gentiles received the covenant and were grafted in from whence the chosen family were broken off
Following the rejection of Christ and the gospel covenant by the Jews, the gospel covenant was successfully established with the Gentiles during New Testament times.
Again, it is critical to understand that in order to make sure that his readers did not confuse the ancient covenant that was in the process of being fulfilled, with the COVENANT that had been established with the Gentiles, Joseph Smith gave the following scriptural references for his hearers in the Saxton letter; Romans 11:25-27 and also Jeremiah 31:31-33.
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. Jeremiah 31:31-33
25 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.
26 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:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Romans 11:25-27
According to Paul, blindness would happen to Israel “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in“.
That is exactly what was happening during the transitionary time between the Kirtland and Nauvoo eras of Joseph’s ministry. Like most prophecies, it has a shadow fulfillment and a literal fulfillment.
Following the time of blindness, there there was to be a deliverer that would come out of Zion who shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Again, a shadow fulfillment and literal fulfillment is at play here having to do with the transition between the first and second watch, and the second and third watch.
Take Away Sins vs. Repent of Them
According to this ancient covenant, God takes away the sins of Israel. It is proclaimed that “all Israel shall be saved“.
Differentiating the Ancient Covenant with the New Covenant
Notice that categorically ALL OF ISRAEL will be saved pertaining to the fulfillment of the ancient covenant between God and Israel. That is one of many things that differentiates the ancient covenant between God and Israel, and the fulness of the COVENANT established by Christ in the New Testament with the gentiles.
Conversely, Christ informed his followers that few would enter into the gate of the fulness of the Gospel COVENANT.
Another distinction between the ancient covenant with Israel and the covenant with the Gentiles is that those entering into the fulness of the Covenant need to repent and offer up the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Whereas those that would enter into the ancient covenant would simply be given a new heart and a new spirit by the Lord.
Although most protestants and Mormons reject the Old Testament and New Testament passages that speak of a category salvation for the Jews, modern revelation reiterates that Israel will categorically be saved-
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. Doctrine and Covenants 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. Doctrine and Covenants 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. Doctrine and Covenants 101:12
Although Paul’s prophecy in Romans makes it sound like Israel is immediately saved and delivered after the fulness of the Gentiles, the Book of Mormon provides addition clarity, implying that the transition period between the fulness of the Gentiles and the grafting in of Israel into the apostate church would bring them to a knowledge of the true Messiah.
14 And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer. 1 Nephi 10:14
In the Saxton Letter Joseph declared that the Gentile Dispensation that had begun during New Testament times was soon coming to an end and that the Gentiles had-
“transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” Isa 24:5
This represented the fulness of iniquity of the Gentiles that was the event marker for the emergence of the ancient covenant that would be initiated during Joseph’s ministry.
Withholding of the Holy Ghost During Joseph’s Ministry
After declaring that the Gentile world had broken the covenant previous to the restoration of the Gospel that had just taken place at the end of the times of the Gentiles, Joseph Smith notes that even the restored church, during his ministry, was having the Holy Ghost withdrawn during their watch:
“The Lord has declared to his servants some Eighteen months since that he was then withdrawing his spirit from the earth, and we can see that such is the fact for not only the churches are dwindling away, but there are no convers[i]ons, or but very few, and this is not all, the governments of the earth are thrown into confusion & division, and distruction to the eye of the spiritual beholder seemes to be writen by the finger of an invisable hand in Large capitals upon almost evry thing we behold——”
The revelation Joseph had been given 18 months earlier is Section 63 of the Doctrine and Covenants given in August of 1831, which contains the following ominous declaration:
“I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth. I have sworn in my wrath, and decreed wars upon the face of the earth, and the wicked shall slay the wicked, and fear shall come upon every man; And the saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, and will come down in heaven from the presence of my Father and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire. And behold, this is not yet, but by and by.
Clearly, the saints of the restored church was also failing and would repeat the breaking of the covenant that had been previously broken during that gentile dispensation.
“Vail of Stupidity”
In the Saxton Letter, Joseph noted that the withdrawal of God’s spirit had caused a stupor of thought among the people, even a-
“vail of stupidity over the hearts of the people and that the judgments of God were currently falling upon the world.”
The ominous declaration in Section 63 had been followed a few months later by what is now known as Section 1. On November 1st 1831, it was prophesied that the everlasting covenant that Joseph had restored to the earth would be collectively broken by the latter day saints.
Although most Mormons read the following passages assuming that they are referring to the breaking of the covenant that had happened previous to the restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith, please notice the descriptives showing the final breaking of the covenant to be a future event done by the saints of the restored church.
11 Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear: 12 Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh; 13 And the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth. 14 And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people; 15 For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant; 16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall. 15
Clearly the above passages are referring to the restored Gentile Church that is breaking the covenant, not the saints of the New Testament Church or even those of the falling away that followed shortly after New Testament times.
The beginning of the withholding of God’s spirit Section in 63:32-35 and the above passages in Section 1, revealed that the ultimate and final fulfillment of the breaking of the covenant in Isaiah 24:5 was to be done by the latter day saints.
Fortunately, Section 1 also reveals that the broken covenant by the latter day saints would eventually be re-established in the 3rd watch at the time when the “weak things of the earth” would “rise up and break down the mighty and strong ones”:
Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments; And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets— The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh— But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world; That faith also might increase in the earth; That mine everlasting covenant might be established [again]; That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.
The “Ancient Covenant” vs. the “Fulness of the Gospel”
The ancient covenant mentioned in the Saxton Letter was separate and distinct from the fulness of the Gospel associated with the “doctrine of Christ“, as detailed in the New Testament and Book of Mormon.
When mentioned or alluded to in scripture, the term “fulness of the Gentles” seems to have a two part meaning. It refers to the time when the fulness of the Gospel is given to the believing Gentiles. It also seems to refer to the time that the Gentiles reach the fulness of their iniquity, and ultimately reject the fulness of the Gospel.
Many critics of the modern LDS church are holding it up to the standard of the restored Gospel as detailed in the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.
In that context, they are justified in their claims that the church is not living or teaching the fulness of the Gospel as they claim to be doing. However, the narrative given in both of these letters to newspaper editors as well as the events of LDS church history which are congruent with the narrative, are not claiming that the modern church is supposed to be representative of the fulness of the Gospel.
The modern apostate church is actually functioning under the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham despite their false claims. Under that ancient dispensation, they are only responsible for offering a preparatory gospel. Within their legitimate steweardship, they are taking the KNOWLEDGE OF THE FULNESS OF THE GOSPEL to the nations of the world by virtue of taking the Book of Mormon to the world.
In reality, the modern apostate church actually represents the beginning of the fulfilling of an ancient covenant with Israel.
As evidenced by these two letters, Moroni was foretelling that Joseph’s ministry would include the beginning of the fulfillment of the ancient covenant as soon as the fulness was rejected by the Gentiles.
This is why the priesthood keys that were restored by John the Baptist (Elijah) as documented in section 13, the keys of the gathering and the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham that would ultimately be delivered to Joseph and Oliver during seven years later through the visitation of Moses Abraham and Elijah were necessary.
It is the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that Joseph Smith was instrumental in ushering in, not the dispensation of the fulness of times.
A Discrepancy Between the Saxton and Wentworth Narratives
The information contained in the last four parts of this series has largely been based on the declarations made in two separate and distinct letters that Joseph Smith sent to two newspaper editors.
Although both letters along with other supporting documentation from the scriptures and the history of the church are very consistent in declaring that the ancient covenant was being ushered in as the fulness of the Gospel was being rejected by the Gentile church, there is one apparent discrepancy between the narratives in the two letters.
Impending Judgments of God
The Saxton Letter written in 1833 had an apocalyptic sense of urgency to it, proclaiming that the Gentile dispensation was about to come to an end followed by judgments of Biblical proportions.
It was urging people to quickly repent, enter into the New Covenant, and gather to Zion to seek refuge from the impending storm of God’s judgment upon the world.
In that letter, Joseph observed that the Gentiles had not remained faithful in the covenant and therefore had broken, or were in the midst of breaking the covenant:
“..after this chosen family had rejected Christ and his proposals the heralds of salvation said to them. “lo I we turn <un>to the gentiles,” and the gentiles received the covenant and were grafted in from whence the chosen family were broken off-
but the Gentiles have not continued in the goodness of God but have departed from the faith that was once delivered to the saints and have broken the everlasting covenant in which their fathers were established see Isaiah 24th 5th...
Has not the pride highmindedness and unbelief of the Gentiles provoked the holy one of Israel to withdraw his holy spirit from them and send forth his Judgments to scourge them for their wickedness;
this is certianly the case.. in the language of Isaiah, [“]the earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof because they have transgressed the Laws; changed the ordinances and broken the everlasting covenant”
In previous posts we have shown how those passages in Isaiah are paraphrased in Section One of the Doctrine and Covenants to show that the fulness of pride, the final transgressing of the law, the final changing of the ordinances and the final breaking of the covenant by the Gentiles took place during Joseph Smith ministry.
It was the restored church of the Gentile saints during the Kirtland era that rejected the fulness, necessitating the grafting in of the natural branches into the tree and causing the knowledge of the gospel to be taken to the House of Israel.
Perhaps the most prophetic and sobering declaration made in the Saxton letter, with regard to the impending judgments of God, is as follows:
“And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the [history] of our nation [pestilence] hail famine and earthquake will sweep the wicked off this generation from off the face of this Land to open and prepare the way for the return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country—”
Needless to say, the above prophecy did not see its fulfillment during Joseph’s ministry.
A rather Serene and Philosophical Mood
Conversely the Wentworth Letter that was written nearly a decade later, did not build upon the ominous theme of impending doom and judgment that provided the backdrop of the Saxton Letter narrative.
Indeed, no mention of the Gentiles breaking the everlasting covenant was made, nor did it convey any sense of urgency to gather to Zion and seek refuge from the pending storm of God’s judgments. The contrast in tone between the two letters is striking.
After detailing major points having to do with the early history of the church, the Wentworth letter details the persecutions of the Saints and then goes on to document that the gospel had been taken to every state in the nation followed by the establishment of foreign missions and the subsequent conversion of thousands of foreigners.
Notice the tone of the letter implies that the taking of the gospel to the nations of the world will continue for the unforeseeable future while no further judgments-doom or sense of urgency is pontificated:
Again, the contrast in tone and narrative between the two letters in this regard is rather astounding.
The Saxton letter was forecasting that within that very generation a scene of bloodshed would take place in America that would be greater than anything known in history.
It was prophesying that the wicked would be swept off the earth by pestilence, famine and earthquake and that the lost tribes of Israel would come forth from the North Country.
Did that happen?
To those who have not searched the prophecies and the history of the church, Joseph Smith must surely appear to be a false prophet because the doom he foretold never took place.
Here we are four generations later. The judgments spoken of never took place.
However those who have searched the deeper things and are familiar with the secret history of Mormonism see the stark contrast in the two letters as a historical witness that the events that took place between those two letters represented the fulfillment of ancient prophecies.
The Saxton Letter written in 1833 documented that the gentile church was rejecting the fulness.
The Wentworth Letter written in 1842, when taking of the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel was in full swing, documented that the gospel was being taken to the nations of the earth, resulting in thousands of converts flowing to Nauvoo from across the great waters.
“Lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse”
According to ancient prophecy, the reason Joseph Smith went from proclaiming impending judgments upon the earth in 1833, to a rather serene, philosophical and contemplative acknowledgement that the gospel was being taken to the nations of the earth, is because an amazing intervention took place that delayed the impending judgments from going forth at that time.
According to the words of Elijah the Prophet (John the Baptist), who was paraphrasing a prophecy from the Book of Malachi, the curse that the earth was scheduled to be smitten with, had been delayed.
This intervention was being accomplished by the beginning of the fulfillment of an ancient covenant between the Lord and remnants of his ancient people. This included taking of the knowledge of the gospel to the House of Israel.
This second wave of missionary work to the House of Israel would result in turning the hearts of the Fathers to the Children (Jews) and the hearts of the Children (Jews) to the Fathers.
14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—
15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—
16 Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.
This tremendous change in trajectory taking place during Joseph’s ministry had remarkably been foretold thousands of years previously.
Another prophetic narrative detailing this amazing change in trajectory is found in the allegory in the 5th chapter of Jacob when the Lord informs his servant that he is going to burn the vineyard:
And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard? Jacob 5:49
The narrative in those passages verify that in the latter days, God was about to wipe the wicked off the face of the earth just as he was about to wipe the wicked children of Israel from off the face of the earth anciently before Moses intervened in their behalf.
The allegory in Jacob informs us that the servant petitions the Lord in behalf of the Gentile church to spare it a little longer.
But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer. Jacob 5:50
Hence the Lord agrees to delay the burning of the vineyard. This is accomplished by grafting in the natural branches.
And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard.
Wherefore, let us take of the branches of these which I have planted in the nethermost parts of my vineyard, and let us graft them into the tree from whence they came; and let us pluck from the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter, and graft in the natural branches of the tree in the stead thereof. Jacob 5:51-52
It is remarkable that shortly after declaring that the judgments of God were about to be unleashed, Joseph Smith announced that the Lord had revealed to him that “something new” must be done for the SALVATION of the church. The establishment of foreign missions was the solution provided and the grafting in of the natural branches began.
Please note that it was during the 3 1/2 year period that the fulness was on the earth, that the Saxton letter was crafted. It was during the time that the Saints were miserably attempting and failing to live the fulness of the Gospel.
By the end of 1834 the fulness was taken from the Gentile Church and they were pronounced “condemned“.
It would be just a few years after the Saxton letter that our ancient Patriarchal Fathers, Moses, Abraham and Elijah would secretly return and provide the priesthood keys by which the fulfillment of the ancient covenant would begin to be realized.
Those who understand the secret secret history of the LDS restoration movement can see why the discrepancy between the two letters exists and that it is completely consistent with the fulfillment of prophecy.
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Only a knowledge of the intercession that was made by Joseph Smith and others, and the restoration of ancient Priesthood keys including the keys of the gathering of Israel and the secret ushering in of the Dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham can explain why Joseph went from a state of urgency and impending doom in 1833 to a rather serene and philosophical mood with a long term outlook, in 1842.
Additional scriptural documentation to the prophetic narrative that has been presented is provided in the four standard works. As few pertinent passages are provided below-
2 Nephi 30:1-2. These passages provide verification that the Gentiles who sinned and rejected the gospel will not “utterly be destroyed.” A remnant of the Gentiles will finally repent. Those who do are also considered to be the “covenant people” of the Lord.
3 Nephi 21:1-14. These passages explain that, after the Gentiles finally repent in the third watch after initially rejecting the fulness of the gospel and waiting for a little season before proceeding toward the establishment of Zion, the House of Israel will finally be physically gathered in from their long dispersion. Finally, the Gentiles will repent and come unto the true points of Christ’s doctrine that they had initially sinned against. This repentance of the Gentiles and the gathering in of Lehi’s seed that will have dwindled in unbelief is referred to as the Marvelous Work. It is directed by the return of God’s marred servant who is a type of Gideon, sent to deliver the Saints from out of the hands of their enemy.
Ether 4:4-7. These passages verify that the plates containing the things the Bother of Jared saw have been withheld from coming forth during the ministry of Joseph Smith because of the iniquity of the believing Gentiles, and that the Gentiles will eventually repent of their iniquity enabling the plates to come forth.
1 Nephi 13. These passages prophesy that the righteous portion of the believing Gentiles who lived at the time when the first portion of the Book of Mormon came forth would “seek” to bring forth Zion but would not be successful. It prophesied that if they endured to the end, they would return to the earth to “publish peace” and eventually be “lifted up” (raptured; caught up in the cloud) at the last day and saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb.
Praise God Almighty, for his ways are mysterious and his secrets are only shared with those that treasure up his word under the influence of the Holy Ghost.