Thursday, October 8, 2009
2 Nephi 26 & 27 : A Marvelous Work and Wonder
Nephi and Isaiah were two great seers. In 2 Nephi 26 & 27 combine to unveil many things pertaining to the future starting with Chapter 26: 1-7: That there will be destruction in America at Christ's Death is prophecied. There would also be signs given to the people. As we have seen in the Bible, the promise of a sign is typical of divine instruction. Here are some examples that we see.
Judges 6: Message brought to Gideon by an angel of the Lord was affirmed by signs.
Isaiah 7-8: The Lord provided a sign for King Ahaz through Isaiah.
Luke 1: Gabriel striking Zacharias dumb as a sign of the verity of the birth of a child of promise to him and his aging wife.
Matthew 24: The twelve imploring the Master for a sign by which they know the time of nations destruction and the time of His return.
Our Day- Maroni promised Joseph Smith a sign by which he might know that all had been promised him would come to pass; Many would seek to overthrow his work, but it would increase more it was opposed. The spirit of the Lord will not always strive with Man. "The Holy Ghost doesn't strive or entice, His mission is to teach and testify."-Bruce R McConkie. If a person attends to the Light of Christ ( which is our internal moral monitering system)Than that person is further directed in righteous paths if he or she ignore/rejects this light within and lives in the manner of the world, than he will stifle that which is good and enabling. "And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit"-D & C 11:12 In Vs 14-19 the Nephite will 'whisper out of the dust' to the righteous in the latter days. Although the wicked descendants of Nephi shall be destroyed but the words of the words of the righteous shall be written and sealed up. (Psalms 85:11) "Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven." God doesn't work in darkness. In Vs 20 they are blinded by pride, their's is a darkness of the mind. " And he beheld Satan; and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness; and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced." (Moses 7:26) Those who give themselves over to worldliness have sealed themselves up to the god of this world (Satan). God's purpose is to save all those who can be saved.
Now for chapter 27 - Judgement comes on men because of their disobedience these judgements are to punish and also humble them so that they will turn to righteousness. The Book of Mormon was partly sealed and the sealed portion wasn't sealed, and it will become available in the Lords own time. The Lord will control the entire process. the Marvelous work and wonder included (but is more than) the Book of Mormon, Restoration of the church and the Priesthood, and Latter Day Prophets, a Restoration fo aLL things including the Zion's establishment. " Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began"- Acts 3:19-21 The Book of Mormon will heal all those who are spiritually deaf and blind.