Lehi obtained an explicit promise from the Lord (2 Nephi 1:9) concerning his people, and in its concise form it reads:
Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments
ye shall prosper in the land;
but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments
ye shall be cut off from my presence.
– 2 Nephi 1:20
This promise is in the form of parallelism where the keeping or not keeping of the commandments brings prosperity or a state of being cut off from the presence of God.
You’ll notice that I have colored some particular words and phrases in each verse where I see some similar themes. The reward for keeping the commandments is prospering in the land, and earlier in verse 9 Lehi breaks down what this prosperity will entail:Read Full Post
Nephi prophesied that in the last day groups would contend with one another and that they would be built up “not unto the Lord” (2 Nephi 28:3)
These groups have authorities that will “contend one with another, and they shall teach with their learning.” (vs.4) They will say, “Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept;” (vs.5) and “Behold, hearken ye unto my precept;” (vs.6)
They will teach that God “will justify in committing a little sin…and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.” (vs.8)
“Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines” (vs.9) They will be corrupted “Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their [groups] have become corrupted, and their [groups] are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up.” (vs.12)
From this point on, Nephi is speaking the words of the Lord who explains, “they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.” (vs.14) He warns, “O the wise, and the learned, …and all those who preach false doctrines, and all those who commit whoredoms, and pervert the right way of the Lord, wo, wo, wo be unto them, saith the Lord God Almighty, for they shall be thrust down to hell!” (vs.15)
Strong language.Read Full Post
The Isaiah Institute presents a ST. GEORGE, UTAH, SEMINAR by Hebrew Scholar and Literary Analyst Avraham Gileadi
“The Tyrant and the Servant in the Prophecies of Isaiah and Other Prophets.”
- Time: Saturday, 9 November, 2013, 9–12.00 am.; 2–5 pm.
- Place: Clarion Suites, 1239 S. Main St., St. George, Utah.
- Price: $50 per person; youth $30; couples $80. Some financial aid is available. Please register at JosephandJudah.com or IsaiahBelievers.com or contact Charlene Stott, Isaiah Institute secretary, 801-785-0943.
Bible prophecies predict that two major figures will appear suddenly on the world stage to usher in the time of Jehovah/Jesus’ coming to reign on the earth. Directly impacting the destinies of all nations and peoples are a tyrannical Antichrist who causes worldwide devastation and God’s servant who delivers an elect remnant of Israel’s tribes in a new exodus to Zion.
As an exemplar of righteousness, the servant prepares a people to meet their God. As an exemplar of wickedness, the tyrant gains the whole world only to lose his own soul. A polarization of peoples worldwide, characterized by extremes of wickedness and righteousness, accompany a three-year period of warning followed by three years of destruction and deliverance in God’s Day of Judgment.