Nephi’s Last Day Prophecies Part 2 The Book of Mormon Lecture 08 by Hyrum Andrus

Nephi’s Last Day Prophecies Part 2   The Book of Mormon Lecture 08 by Hyrum Andrus

Now in addition to Nephi and to Abinadi, the
Savior himself discusses this in III Nephi chapter 16 where in verse 18 you have this
statement where he is talking about Zion Thy watchmen shall lift up thy voice; with the
voice together shall they sing, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again
Zion. Then he goes on and in verse 20 says The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the
eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.
He says the same thing also in 3 Nephi 20:35. What does it mean to “make bare his arm in
the eyes of all nations”? Let me give you an example. He did this kind of thing once,
anciently. There was once a nation where the Lord made bare his arm and manifest his power
in great judgments and plagues and manifest his glory as a cloud by day and a pillar of
fire by night. What was that nation? The answer is, Egypt. And with power he brought forth
and delivered his people out of Egypt. Let me put it this way: There are going to
be little Egypts all over the earth in the last days. There will be people in Germany,
France, Italy, England, the countries of the world, and when this era of warfare takes
place and the mother of abominations gathers multitudes from among the Gentiles to fight
against Zion, then Nephi says, “I beheld the power of God in great glory descend upon the
saints of the Lamb, upon the covenant people of the Lord.” And where were these people?
They were in these various countries of the earth where the Church has been established–and
where, by the way, there are now temples, temples not only for the work for the dead
and for the facilitating of the basic ordinances of the gospel to the Saints, but temples where
they can retreat and where they can be given spiritual direction, and through the sacred
ordinances of which the powers of the Spirit will be developed in their midst. As those
powers are developed and the Lord steps in to preserve them, then the ensign of Zion
will be raised among all people. These people will be preserved by the glory and power of
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In the meantime in the whole scenario, Zion will be the first group here in America to
be cleansed. The end result of this cleansing is going to be the establishment of the Lord’s
kingdom, the establishment of Zion with glory and with power, the cleansing of America and
the establishment of the Lord’s program. And then as warfare is made against the outlying
areas of Zion, then the Lord will begin to gather his people. He will say, “Don’t go
in haste, no reason. I’m going to go before you, and I will be your rearward”–3 Nephi
20 and 21. “And you go out slowly and gather as many people as you can to go with you.”
Why? Because if they stay behind, what’s the other alternative? What was the alternative
that Nephi saw? If they reject this, they will be brought down into judgment both spiritually
and temporally. That is the general picture. Nephi sees that, and he explains here, going
back to verse 10 of 1 Nephi 22, “and I would, my brethren, that ye should know”–now, you’ve
got to know this; this is an important point–“that all kindreds of the earth cannot be blessed….”
The forces of iniquity and the powers of unrighteousness are such that all nations of the earth cannot
be blessed, “unless he shall make bare his arm in the eyes of the nations.” And how is
he going to do it? Through his people who are in their midst and where the glory and
power is made manifest to preserve them. Then he goes on, “Wherefore, the Lord God
will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, in bringing about his
covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel.” Remember we read
1 Nephi 14, verse 17, where he says that in this era of warfare he is going to perform
a preparatory work. That preparatory work in the era of warfare prepares for the gathering
of Israel and will be the cleansing of the Saints and the cleansing of America. Then
he will begin the great world gathering that’s foretold in the scriptures.
He says, “Wherefore, he will bring them again out of captivity, and they shall be gathered
together to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity
and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer,
the Mighty One of Israel.” (1 Ne 22:12) This is a time when his arm is made bare, and they
know it! “And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all
the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the Lecture 7 Nephi’s Prophecy of the Last Days
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sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with
their own blood. And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall
be turned one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare
the people of the Lord. “And all that fight against Zion shall be
destroyed, and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea,
that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall be the fall of
it. For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more
power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud
and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned.”
(1 Ne 22:15-15) Now, is that a glorious picture? It’s a rough one, isn’t it? Does that indicate
that Zion is going to simply sit on the side and watch it? No. Zion is going to be involved;
this is a warfare against Zion. This is the era of warfare against Zion.
All right, let’s read Nephi’s explanation further. He says, “For the time soon cometh
that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men;
for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous. Wherefore, he will
preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath
must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies
by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall
be saved, even if it so be as by fire. “Behold, my brethren, I say unto you, that
these things must shortly come; yea, even blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke must come;
and it must needs be upon the face of this earth, and it cometh unto men according to
the flesh if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel.
For behold, the righteous shall not perish; for the time surely must come that all they
who fight against Zion shall be cut off. And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his
people unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses,” where he talks about if they reject
Christ, then they will finally be cut off. (1 Ne 22:18-19)
Then he goes on and speaks of the ushering in of the Millennial kingdom. Let me ask you
to just read that for yourself. But let’s turn to another explanation on this whole
theme. This is 2 Nephi 6 where Jacob comes back to the same theme. He talks about it–I
want to get into it in relation to the Isaiah passages tomorrow evening, so I only want
to give you part of it now. Let’s turn to verse 13: Lecture 7 Nephi’s Prophecy of the Last Days
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“Wherefore, they that fight against Zion and the covenant people of the Lord shall lick
up the dust of their feet; and the people of the Lord shall not be ashamed. For the
people of the Lord are they who wait for him; for they still wait for the coming of the
Messiah. And behold, according to the words of the prophet, the Messiah will set himself
again the second time to recover them; wherefore, he will manifest himself unto them in power
and great glory.” This is a real power situation. He goes on to say, “Unto the destruction of
their enemies, when that day cometh when they shall believe in him; and none will he destroy
that believe in him. “And they that believe not in him shall be
destroyed, both by fire, and by tempest, and by earthquakes, and by bloodsheds, and by
pestilence, and by famine. And they shall know that the Lord is God, the Holy One of
Israel.” Now, pay particular attention to verse 16
and 17: “For shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?”
Now, that’s a question. Who is the prey? Zion. So he asks the question, “For shall the prey”–Zion–“be
taken from the mighty and the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the Lord: Even the
captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered;
for the Mighty God shall deliver his covenant people. For thus saith the Lord: I will contend
with them that contendeth with thee–And I will feed them that oppress thee, with their
own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine; and all
flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Now, can you see the general picture. This is the Book of Mormon, my brothers and sisters.
To many of us, there are two sealed books. One is the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon.
And the other is this thing from which I’ve been reading. That’s true! I don’t want to
be negative on that, but ask yourself if you understand the era of warfare against Zion.
It’s a sealed record to many of us. Now, let me turn finally to Christ’s explanations.
Nephi gives us the basic theme. It’s amplified by his brother, Jacob. And when the Savior
comes to the Nephites, he really blossoms the picture out and teaches it in some detail,
all the record of which we don’t have because Mormon was told not to write the full thing.
Nevertheless he explained it in detail. Why? Because this is the day when Israel is going
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Nephites to whom he was speaking, their posterity, were going to come in and build the New Jerusalem.
So he told them about it. And he told them in detail what would take place.
The Savior gives significant, highly significant explanations. Let’s turn to some of them.
The prophetic picture in 3 Nephi begins about 3 Nephi 16. There he is talking about the
Gentiles, and again he is saying some rather unsavory things about them if they don’t repent.
He always leaves the door open. If they will repent, then fine, he has his arms wide open,
ready to receive them. But if they don’t repent, then this is another ballgame.
In 3 Nephi 16:10: “And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that
day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride
of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall
be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischief s, and all manner
of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations;
and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold,
saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.” Now, are we
somewhere near that picture today? He goes on in verse 11 and 12 and says, “And
then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and
I will bring my gospel unto them. And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the
Gentiles shall not have power over you.” He’s going to break the power of the Gentiles,
and they will not have power over the Indian people.
He goes on to say, “And I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and
ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.” But then he clarifies, “But
if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be
numbered among my people, O house of Israel,” they shall be numbered among the people of
the Lord. And he says, “And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel,
to go through among them and tread them down, saith the Father. But if they will not turn
unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people,
O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and
they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but
to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.” He goes
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talk about the fulfillment of the Lord’s covenants at that time.
When I was back at Syracuse University on my Doctor’s degree, I wrote a Doctoral dissertation
on Joseph Smith. That was one of the most interesting, challenging experiences a human
being can have. You go to an eastern university and you have the audacity to write a Doctoral
dissertation on Joseph Smith and tell the people about the guy, and do it without qualifying
or without rationalizing and without writing him off for what he really is.
As I got a committee together to consider the topic, I had in the committee the head
of the history department and prominent men all over the University, and they were going
to listen to my proposal on what I should write and give their consent or their rejection
of the proposal. So it wasn’t a matter of bearing your testimony and walking out and
shaking the dust off your feet, you had to get their consent.
Well, as I sat there, the first question that was asked me by a cynical, sophisticated,
erudite history professor who was head of the department, was, “Now, Mr. Andrus, where
did Joe Smith get his ideas?” Now, I could have told him that! But that would have been
the close of the chapter, and I knew it. Yet I also knew that I wasn’t going to compromise,
and I sat there for about a full minute and never said a word. My mind was just racing.
What am I going to tell this guy? I could bear my testimony, but what am I going to
tell this guy to get him in my corner, and to get him to give consent?
Finally, he spoke again, “Well now, Mr. Andrus, you know that any time any great mind of any
significance brings forth any ideas, he gets them from some other people and then he puts
them together in a new combination. What, now, did Joseph Smith read before he gave
you the Book of Mormon?” Now, I knew that Joseph Smith couldn’t spell the word “February”
without using the Urim and Thummim. And Emma said he couldn’t dictate a coherent letter.
So finally I said, “Well, he really didn’t read anything.” And you know, that’s an affront
to a dignified group like that. Here I have the audacity to invite them to take their
time to come to a meeting to consider me writing a Doctoral dissertation on a guy who never
read anything! What do I think of them? So, wow! the thing just built. Finally I said,
“Well, sir, he claimed to receive it by revelation, and I would want to entertain that possibility,
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whether it’s original, whether there are other ideas that you could legitimately say he borrowed
from.” Well, then the hassle broke out, and for two hours we went round and round the
circle. Finally this old history professor pulled
his glasses down on his nose like that, and said, “Well, Mr. Andrus, if you’re going to
find out where Joe Smith got his ideas, you’d better find out who inspired the Holy Ghost
to inspire Joseph Smith. And right at that point I bowed my head and said the most brief
and effectual prayer of my life. I said simply, “Lord, I’ve gotta have some help! I simply
gotta have it!” And I had no more than quit praying, and it was just an utterance, than
one of the prominent members of that committee, a very prominent and distinguished woman,
enough so that when the Prime Minister of England came to America, she was in the reception
line greeting him, she stood up and said, “Hey, fellas, we’re not getting anywhere.”
And that was the statement of the day! She said, “It looks to me like,” and there
must have been some prior discussion on it before the meeting, “It looks to me like if
there is anything done, this might be something that would be assigned to me. So I propose
that I meet with Mr. Andrus privately and take a look at this situation and see if there
is anything worthy of a Doctoral dissertation. Then we’ll get together again.” So at that,
the meeting broke up, and I went home and literally went to bed–totally exhausted.
Just totally exhausted with emotional stress. Well, the next day or so I took my Master’s
thesis which was on Joseph Smith’s idea of world government, I took Joseph Smith’s plan
of the City of Zion, I took some of his stuff on the 1844 campaign, in to see her. She looked
it all over, says, “Yeah, yeah, there’s something here.” And she was that kind of gal back in
the days when women’s lib was just in its incipient stages, very beginning stages, she
was that kind of gal who would like to put things over her fellow faculty. And she took
it upon herself to champion my cause. But she says, “Hey, we can’t get this through
committee; it just can’t be done. You can’t do it. I’ll tell you what let’s do.” So she
proposed that we work out a system of hand-signals. If she put her hand on her ear like that,
that meant “voooooom,” we go this way in the discussion. We propose this. If she sat there
like that, that meant something else. And we wrote all those hand-signals down, and
I memorized them! And we went back into committee. This time, we pulled it off, and I was given
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university, as a returned Mormon missionary, to write a Doctoral dissertation on Joseph
Smith. And I never pulled any punches. In the course of that Doctoral dissertation,
I discussed part of the Prophet’s prophetic picture. I quoted 3 Nephi 16 about the remnants
of Jacob going through the Gentiles. That prophecy is made 3 times by the Savior, 3
Nephi 16, 3 Nephi 20 and 3 Nephi 21. I put that in there.
The situation by that point had gotten to such a state–this woman had some kind of
Federal grant to tour the earth and study the oriental people, and study in the Philippines.
She came to me and said, “Mr. Andrus, I wonder if you and your wife would live in my home
while I’m gone for this next year.” She is my Chairman. And she had 3 of these little
registered Dachshund poodles. They had such a pedigree to them that I had to really think
seriously, with great meaning, and assert myself, that I was a descendant of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob, through Ephraim, in order to live in the same house with those critters!
I mean, they were high-blooded things, and she left me a whole packet of money, $500-$600
or so, to feed them. She took off then to the Philippines and to
India and China, etc., and I started writing my dissertation in her study, which had books
all over, right in my whole field, and we lived in a beautiful home, oriental rugs and
all of that. Well, I knew that just as soon as I shipped
her a chapter on the “Spiritual Foundations of Zion” that it was a closed chapter for
me, that my opportunity to write on Joseph Smith would be terminated. So I sat down and
thought about it. The next chapter after “Spiritual Foundations” was the one on economics, Joseph
Smith’s idea of a new economics. So instead of shipping off the chapter on the “Spiritual
Foundations,” I waited until I got the chapter written on economics. Then I fired off the
chapter on the “Spiritual Foundations,” and about three days later–I’m sending them airmail
to the Philippines–I fired off the chapter on economics. Then I sat back and waited.
Well, a couple of weeks later, I got a letter, just sizzling! She says, “Dear Mr. Andrus:
This is curtains. I simply cannot support you. We can’t get this thing through, its’
foolhardy and there’s no possibility of getting a dissertation on this if this chapter is
in there. I have written the University and canceled out being your Chairman. I regret
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through Committee with you–I’d like to, but I can’t, and we might as well admit defeat
right now.” Well, about 3 days later I got another letter.
The chapter on economics rolled through, and she read that chapter and then I got the letter.
She said, “I have reconsidered. I got your latest chapter. There is something here, but
seriously, I can’t take the responsibility myself. I have written another letter to the
administration of the University, and I have told them that I will not take sole responsibility
as your Chairman. You’ve got to put this Chairman, the History professor on the Committee, as
a joint-Chairman of your Committee. So old Dr. Hotchkiss was put right on that Committee
with her. He was that cynical old beggar who wanted to know where Joseph Smith got his
ideas. He did me one of the greatest services that
a human being can do. He was a Von Rankeian historian, the philosophy of laying down the
chips and let them fly where they may; just point out the facts. He would read through
that thing with a fine-tooth comb. When I put these chapters in, they went first of
all to the first Professor, then back to me, then to Hotchkiss and then back to me. And
when I got this thing in 3 Nephi put in there, in big, bold letters right across the page,
he wrote: “B-O-S-H”–exclamation, exclamation, exclamation, underlined, underlined, underlined,
and that’s what he said about the Savior’s prophecy–“Bosh!!!”
Well, I got over that hurdle and finally got my dissertation written. Then the time came
to defend it. Keep in mind these two folks had read that thing two times with a fine-tooth
comb. We went to that Committee; some of the men who were on it were drawn from all areas
of the University, just picked up the dissertation and read enough in it to know its spiritual
flavor and just went straight in the air. Well, we went to the defense of it, and I
spent two hours with them, pummeled and bombarded, but I defended it. It’s customary when you
get through that two or three-hour bombardment, that they invite the candidate out for awhile
and then they talk five or ten minutes or so, then invite you back in to tell you their
decision. So they invited me to step out. Five minutes went by, ten minutes, fifteen,
twenty, half-hour, etc., etc. Finally, the door opened and they invited me in. The first
person to come out was this Chairman, this woman. She was just furious; she was literally
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had signed the dissertation, and I got my degree.
Under circumstances where finally after the battle got underway there, finally these two
people, the old history professor who was a Von Rankeian historian and who had been
through that thing twice, and then her–they finally stood up together and said, “Look
fellas, we have been through this thing two times with a fine-tooth comb. Some of you
haven’t even read it–you blankety-blank s.o.b.s!” And with that, the other people bowed down,
cowed down, and she signed the dissertation and I got a Doctor’s degree.
Just a little interlude here, but it relates the view of things. You take a look at this:
If the Indian people arose in rebellion in America, what would the American Gentiles
do? They’d call in the Marines! And that would take care of it, wouldn’t it? Now, what is
the Lord saying, though? The Lord is saying that a set of circumstances will so happen,
will take place, so that eventually if the Gentiles don’t repent, the remnant of Jacob
on this land will go through the Gentiles and they will be like a lion in the midst
of the beasts of the forests, and like a young lion in a flock of sheep, who, if he goes
through both treads down and tramples into pieces, and none can deliver. And he makes
that statement 3 times. I’ve read to you 3 Nephi 16, let me turn to
3 Nephi 20. This is verse 15 to 22, and note what he says: “And I say unto you, that if
the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which they shall receive, after they have
scattered my people–Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth
among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many.” Now, note that the
Gentiles are many in comparison. “And ye shall be among them as a lion among
the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth
through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thy hand shall
be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And I will
gather my people together as a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor.” Now, this is
another scenario of this great gathering of Israel. Israel is gathered from the Gentile
nations, and they go out not in haste, because the Lord goes before them and he is their
rearward. In the meantime, you’re going to gather his
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the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make thy horn iron” and horn is a symbol of power,
“and I will make thy hoofs brass,” and that’s the instrument of destruction. “And they shall
beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance
unto the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it. And it shall come to
pass, saith the Father, that the sword of my justice shall hang over them,” the Gentiles,
“at that day; and except they repent it shall fall upon them, saith the Father, yea, even
upon all the nations of the Gentiles. And it shall come to pass that I will establish
my people, O house of Israel. And behold, this people will I establish in this land,
unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall
be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea,
even I will be in the midst of you.” Now, can you begin to get that picture? When
this situation happens, it finally leads into the establishment of the New Jerusalem, it
leads to the sanctification of the Lord’s people, and the Lord himself will come and
dwell with his people prior to his great world coming. In connection with this, read Isaiah
59, verses 19 and 20. Note how Isaiah puts it: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood,
the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Can you see that as Nephi saw
it? “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression
in Jacob, saith the Lord.” Having explained this, then, the Savior gives
us the most detailed information on it. It’s here where things begin to unfold and you
begin to see the real meaning of the whole scenario. This is 3 Nephi 21. Here he begins
by explaining about the remnant, verse 12, “And my people who are a remnant of Jacob
shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the
forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth
down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Their hands shall be lifted up upon their
adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off. Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except
they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day,” and what is the antecedent to “that
day”? That’s the day that the Indian people play not cowboys and Indians, but Indians
and cowboys. That’s the day when the shoe is on the other foot in relation to things.
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out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots.” This is Old Testament terminology.
What does it mean to cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee and destroy thy chariots?
What’s he talking about? He’s talking about transportation, right?
He says, “And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds.”
He’s talking about our beloved America. This comes pretty close to home. He says, “And
I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land.” All this devil worship is going to go by the
way. “And thou shalt have no more soothsayers; Thy graven images I will also cut off, and
thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of
thy hands.” This whole era of materialism, crass materialism, is going to pass away.
He goes on to say, “And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I
destroy thy cities.” Now, groves in ancient Israel were places of worship. Their modern
equivalent is cathedrals, great churches, etc. “And it shall come to pass that all lyings,
and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be
done away,” in this land. “For it shall come to pass, saith the father,
that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I
cut off from among my people, O house of Israel; And I will execute vengeance and fury upon
them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.”
Now this chapter, this statement that I’ve read to you comes from where? It’s Old Testament
terminology. Where does it come from? It’s taken lock, stock and barrel out of the 5th
chapter of Micah. Now, that’s important. It’s important for us to go back and read the prophecy
as Micah gave it. As Jesus expressed it and gave it to us, he applied it to the American
Gentiles if we do not as a people repent. Then these circumstances will take place.
Let’s go back to Micah and pick it up as Micah gives it to us from his day as he looks down
to our time. He is speaking here in this prophecy about Christ, and it’s this prophecy that
tells us where Christ is going to be born. He says, verse 2 of chapter 5: “But thou,
Bethlehem Ephrata, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall
he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from
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to be born, where did they point? Micah, chapter 5. Jesus, this Ruler whose goings forth have
been from of old, from everlasting, is going to be born in Bethlehem. Now, that’s an important
point. But the whole chapter, beginning with the focus on Christ and his birth, is a prophecy
about a latter-day Assyrian. It’s going to come into a land and raise great havoc and
judgment–that’s what the prophecy is about. And about Christ being the Deliverer of his
people when the Assyrian comes. Let’s read on. “Therefore will he,” that is,
this Person who is born in Bethlehem who is really the God of Israel, who has been from
everlasting, “Therefore will he give them,” that is, Israel, “up.” He is going to forsake
them because of their wickedness, and scatter them throughout the whole world. “Therefore
will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth.”
(Micah 5:3) Now, who is it who is going to travail and bring forth and be the key for
the gathering of Israel? Well, he’s talking about Zion. He is going to give Israel up
until after Zion has travailed and been cleansed and brings forth. And then he’s going to do
his work of gathering Israel. “Therefore will he give them up, until the
time that she which travaileth hath brought forth,” that is, Zion; Then the remnant of
his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he,” this Person born in Bethlehem,
“shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord
his God; and they shall abide; for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.” Zion
is going to be established and He will be great unto the ends of the earth.
“And this man,” this one who was born in Bethlehem, “this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian
shall come into our land.” This is not ancient Assyria, this Assyrian is something after
Christ. He is talking now about Christ’s deliverance of his people. And Jesus applied what is said
thereafter to America and to the situation that will prevail in America. He says, “And
this man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land, and when he shall
tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him,” that is, the Assyrian, “seven
shepherds and eight principle men,” and this is talking about the deliverance process.
“And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in
the entrances thereof; thus shall he,” this person born in Bethlehem, “deliver us from
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“And the remnant of Jacob,” and here’s the part that Jesus quotes, “And the remnant of
Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon
the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of man. And the remnant
of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people, as a lion among the
beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep; who, if he go through,
both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be
lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall
come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses out of the
midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots.” (Micah 5:7- 10) Now, that’s 3 Nephi 21, isn’t
it? It’s the whole thing there. “And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine
hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers. Thy graven images also will I cut off and
thy standing images out of the midst of thee…And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst
of thee, so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury
upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” (Micah 5:12-15)
What does all that mean? That’s the context in which–and Jesus just excerpted part of
that and put it in and said it applies to America.
When the Indian people go through, the remnant of Jacob goes through, and that’ll include
more than the Indian people, by the way– it includes all Israel, as President Joseph
Fielding Smith once made clear–but when they go through among the Gentiles, it will be
after the coming of the Assyrian. And what will the Assyrian do? The Lord will send him
against a hypocritical nation. It’ll be the great Northern army. And as Joel said in the
last verse of the 2nd chapter of Joel, when the Assyrian army has been driven back, the
Saints are purified, then the Lord will begin pouring out his Spirit upon all people. And
he’ll start with Zion. “And your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
have dreams.” Then he goes on and says that there will be three places of deliverance–Mount
Zion, Jerusalem and the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
Now, this old professor who was pretty well on target in writing “Bosh” all over that
paper–he was. I mean, if we had that kind of uprising with the military might of America
back in 1955, when that took place, we’d just send out the Marines and that would be it.
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in relation to the whole warfare against Zion and view it under those circumstances, then
what is the picture? After the Assyrian has been through, what
happens to the Gentile, the American economy and polity? I hate to think of it. On the
other hand, I hate to think of the maniacal way in which we are handling our affairs,
both political and economic, particularly our economic.
…But the problem isn’t that, the problem essentially is the spiritual and moral decadence
of our country. That is essentially the problem, and we are not, as Brigham Young said, keeping
the broad road to destruction, we’re going, instead, cross lots to hell! And how long
we can continue that, I don’t know. But in the midst of this, you are going to have a
situation finally where the American Gentiles rise up and begin to make war against Zion.
And this will begin this era of warfare against Zion. It may be when someone tries to scrap
the Constitution and there are already those who would like to do that, and they have their
proposals in gear, and it only takes a couple more states to ratify the program, and they’ve
got another Constitutional Convention underway. If you had a critical economic situation,
that program could be pierced. And there are those big money powers particularly, of this
nation, etc., who are gearing to do that very thing.
Nephi, and I want to conclude on this and we’ll get to some questions, I want you to
see 3 Nephi 21 in connection with 3 Nephi 22 in order to get this picture rounded out.
What is 3 Nephi 21 about? (Gap in tape) …Gentiles, and it explains that if they repent they can
come in and help build the New Jerusalem and be a blessed people on this land forever.
And if they don’t repent and the time comes when they are ripe in iniquity, and that is
the stipulation the Book of Mormon places on it, when the American Gentiles are ripe
in iniquity, the great promise concerning this land, that it is the land of Zion and
that people who live here will either serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ,
and here again is the Book of Mormon emphasis on Christ, they’ll serve the God of the land
who is Jesus Christ, or they will be swept off when the fulness of his wrath comes. Now,
isn’t that the Book of Mormon decree for this land?
He gives them those alternatives, here, to the Gentiles in 3 Nephi 21. Then he talks
about the building of the New Jerusalem and the fact that the Gentiles will assist the
Indian people. Some people have a hard one on that. President Joseph Fielding Smith made
it clear, but we’ve still got problems on it. We think that when we go back to Lecture 7 Nephi’s Prophecy of the Last Days
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Jackson County we’re going to turn the keys of the Kingdom over to some faithful Indian
person and we’re going to build the New Jerusalem under his direction. Now, that’s not true.
It simply isn’t true. And besides that, it’s false.
What is true is that Ephraim holds the birthright. And when the Lord talks about the redemption
of Zion and the building of his Kingdom, he says this: “Behold, this is the blessing of
the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel,” D&C 133, verse 34. “And the richer blessing
upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows.” Now, why the richer blessing upon Ephraim?
Because he has borne the heat of the day, because he holds the keys of presidency. He
finally learns to exercise them, and I’m talking about us, not the Prophet, to exercise the
priesthood in righteousness and holiness and to truly become a Zion people. And the greater
blessing is upon Ephraim as a result. So better stated, those who are pure Gentiles
will assist the Indian people, and we’re going to help them as the presiding element in this
whole program, to build the New Jerusalem, hold the keys of power and help to elevate
the Indian people and to bring about the Lord’s purposes.
He then speaks of his work among Israel and of his work among the tribes of Israel, and
talks about the coming of the ten tribes, verse 26 of 3 Nephi 21, “even the tribes that
have been lost.” Verse 27: “Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of
my people,” and to the gathering of them in. And then he opens up with 3 Nephi 22.
What is 3 Nephi 22? It’s another complete chapter of Isaiah, it’s Isaiah 54. And he
says this: “And then shall that which is written come to pass.” See, after you see this whole
prophetic picture, the cleansing of America or the repentance of America, whichever alternative
we take, the building of the New Jerusalem, the gathering in of the house of Israel, the
Ten Tribes, the Indian people are brought in, and then we see fulfilled Isaiah 54. And
what does Isaiah say? He starts out by saying, “Sing, O barren,
thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, thou that didst not
travail with child; for more shall be the children of the desolate than the children
of the married wife, saith the Lord.” (3 Ne 22:1) Now, isn’t that marvelous? By the way,
what did that say? You can’t understand that unless you have a few
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The Lord is a married man–I don’t know whether you people know that or not. In ancient times
he had a wife, and his wife was Israel. He says, “I’m married to you,” and he considers
himself as being in a marriage relationship with his people. For example, we say, “Prepare
the bride, for the bridegroom cometh.” Who is the bridegroom? Christ. Who is the bride?
His wife. And who is his wife? His people. As I said, he is a married man. In ancient
times, he had a wife in the sense that I’m talking about it. Let’s make it clear. And
that wife was Israel. What happened with her? She ran off with a traveling salesman. She
forsook the Lord and went off doing things that were really critically out of line. So
what did the Lord do? He didn’t have to divorce her, she just left. He says in another place
in Isaiah, “Where is the bill of thy divorcement? Who put you away? I didn’t.” She just ran
off. So the Lord then found it necessary to choose
another wife. This other wife he chose was the Gentiles. The Gentiles came into the covenant
and occupied the place of Israel and were the Lord’s favorite people, so that when,
for example Kipling writes the “Recessional,” he says, “When drunk with sight of power we
loose wild tongues that have not thee in awe; Such boasting as the Gentiles use, or the
lesser breeds without the law.” See, the English people weren’t Gentiles. Those are these lesser
breeds without the law. England was Israel! And the Lord chose the Gentiles and made them
his wife, and we have the times of the Gentiles. When Isaiah is talking about this, he’s talking
about the next development when the Gentiles forsake the Lord, and when the program swings
back and he begins to gather Israel. So speaking of this time when he’s going to gather Israel,
this woman who in repentance and sorrow comes back to hubby, and he’s going to say, “Sing,
O barren”–who is he talking about? Israel. “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear.”
She hasn’t brought forth any children through rebirth to Christ. The Jews haven’t done that.
Scattered Israel hasn’t done that. They haven’t brought forth people as Christ’s wife to give
to him as his children in the new covenant of regeneration and eternal life, they haven’t
done that. But when Israel is brought back in and the
Gentiles reject, then you’ll sing a joyful song. “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not
bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for
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desolate? Israel. There is going to be more children of the desolate, “than the children
of the married wife.” Who is the married wife? The Gentiles.
When you get down past the redemption of Zion and the New Jerusalem or the Center Place
has been built, and the Indian people are brought in, the ten tribes are brought in
and Israel begins to be gathered from the nations of the earth in this great gathering
of Israel, to this land, to make it the land of Zion, the Millennial land, the Millennial
Kingdom, preparatory to that, when you do that then you sit down and you number the
people of the Kingdom, and you’ll find that there will be more people who will come in
from the pure Gentile lineage than from those of us who come through Gentile culture. And
that’s what he is saying. He is talking about a great transitional situation.
Let me read Orson Pratt on that. This is a statement that Brother Pratt made in a discourse
here in Salt Lake City, clear back in 1875. He says, “Now, I’m going to prophesy a little.
The time is coming when we shall be obliged to have a government to preserve ourselves
in unity, because they, the American Gentiles through the corruption that comes, will not
have power to govern. For state will be divided against state, city against city, town against
town, and the whole country will be in terror and confusion, mobocracy will prevail, and
there will be no security through this great Republic for the lives and property of the
people. “Now, when that time shall come, we shall
necessarily want to carry out the great principles pertaining to law, order, government, etc.
We can magnify the Constitution and all be united without having Democrats or Republicans
or all kinds of religions. We can magnify the Constitution in the spirit and the letter
of it, though we are united in politics, religion, and everything else.”
Then he talks about going back to Jackson County. He says, “We expect to go back there,
and when we do, all this people have shall be put into the hands of the servants of the
Lord and everyone will receive his stewardship at their hands without any law interfering
from abroad. They will fulfill and execute every law pertaining to their stewardship
and pertaining to the income and the tithing thereof. All will be fulfilled according to
the letter of the law. This people will then be united, and then we will commence the fulfillment
of that prayer of our Savior repeated so frequently among all Christian nations, a portion of
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Now, how is it in Heaven? Go to Section 76. In Heaven there is a celestial kingdom; that’s
where the source of law his its origin. Then there’s a terrestrial kingdom, the honorable
people of the earth, etc. And they are governed by a law related or centering in the celestial.
And then from the celestial down to the telestial, right? In order to have the will of God done
on earth as it is in Heaven, you’ve got to have an approximation of that. You’ve got
to have a group of Latter- day Saints who are sanctified and who are living the celestial
law, including that of consecration and stewardship, and who have the blessings of the Spirit,
the endowment of glory and the full Zion program as the prophets have foretold it. You’ve got
to have that. Then you’ve got to have with that a saving
of the Constitution. As President Benson said at B.Y.U. a couple of years ago, you don’t
save it back east. You save it by the Latter-day Saints and faithful people on this land combining
together. As John Taylor said, they will come to us and they will say, “We don’t know anything
about your religion and we don’t care to know anything about it. But you do have a secure
and stable government, and we want to support that and be part of it, though we don’t particularly
care anything about your religion.” I was at the dedication of a welfare storehouse
up in Rexburg when LeGrand Richards gave the dedicatory prayer 22 June 1952. Right in the
middle of that he quoted the whole statement from John Taylor and related it to the results
that will flow from the welfare program. This will be the nucleus. That will be the
beginning of the nucleus. He says, “But there will be an approximation
to it here in these mountains. We will learn a great many pure principles that will enable
us to carry out the law as far as we possibly can under the circumstances that we’re in
here. But then when you redeem Zion, there will be a full execution of that law.” [How
to Live Acceptably: A Discourse by Orson Pratt, pg 14] Now note what he says and how he quotes
Isaiah 54. He’s merely giving us a commentary on 3 Nephi 21 and 22. Note what he says:
“Now that order of things will continue and will spread forth from that nucleus in Jackson
County and the western counties of Missouri and the eastern counties of Kansas where this
people will be located, and it will spread abroad for hundreds and hundreds of miles
on the right hand and upon the left, east, west, north and south, from that great central
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all their stewardships. Then there will be a oneness and union which will continue and
will spread wider and wider and become greater and greater,” and note this, now, “until the
desolate cities of the Gentiles will be inhabited by the Saints. Then will be fulfilled the
prophecy of Isaiah,” and this is Isaiah 54, “in which he says,” and that’s the next verse
here that I haven’t quoted yet, ‘Thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles and make the desolate
cities inhabited.’ [The Deseret Evening News, Oct. 2, 1875]
Let’s go back and read Isaiah: “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into
singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for more are the children
of the desolate,” when this transition takes place, “than of the married wife. Enlarge
the place of thy tent.” Zion is like unto a tent, with a center place–not a center
stake, a center place, an administrative hub. Then with stakes supporting it round about.
“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations;
spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on
the right hand,” speaking of Zion building up after his judgments upon the Gentiles,
“and on the left, and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles and make the desolate cities
to be inhabited.” What desolate cities? The ones that he talked about when he said, “I
will cut off the cities of thy land and throw down thy strongholds.”
He goes on to say, “Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed,” speaking of Zion in this
time, “neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be put to shame; for thou shalt
forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy youth, and shalt
not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy maker, thy husband, the
Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel–the God of the whole
earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved
in spirit, a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
“For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.”
Then he goes on to say, verse 11, “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted!
Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And
I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy
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borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord.” See, this is
the time when the Lord himself will be there and the blessings of the Second Comforter
will be open to them, and there will be great prosperity. They will build up a city and
an order of things that he speaks of here. He goes on and says, “In righteousness shalt
thou be established; thou shalt be far from oppression for thou shalt not fear, and from
terror for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together against
thee,” and that’s the warfare against Zion, “not by me; whosoever shall gather together
against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the
coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work.” I’m in control
of things, in other words. “No weapon that is formed against thee shall
prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.” Now, can we begin to get this great
vision of the Book of Mormon? Can you see Nephi’s vision of the warfare against Zion?
Can you see how Jacob amplifies it in 2 Nephi 6, how Nephi gets into it in 1 Nephi 22 and
the Lord making bare his arm in the eyes of all nations? And then the Savior talking about
this thing in relation to the Americans and the American remnants of Israel, and takes
a chapter, a section right out of the prophecy about the Assyrian and puts it in the Book
of Mormon and says, “I’ll give you a key to what Micah 5 is all about.” It’s talking about
America, and the Assyrian is this great Northern power.
Now, we have some difficult times ahead; I hate to say that. But we’ve got some extremely
difficult times ahead. We are in a situation where dissipation is running rampant in this
land and where its economic implications lead to graft and greed and corruption and instability
into the mounting of personal and national and state debt, to a situation where if we
don’t turn around we’re simply headed over the cliff. And when we do and the Latter-day
Saints begin to try and support and sustain that which is right and true, we get to the
point where you even can’t have a normal family without someone criticizing you–you have
too many kids, and you can’t be against abortion, and you can’t be against drugs and against
living around with each other! See, I don’t want Spencer on television teaching my kids
about morals! And I don’t want the great private detective in Hawaii doing it, either! I don’t
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Even the best shows today, even the best shows have what kind of setting? And we’re in that
situation, and it’s reflected in all that we do. We cry out and wonder, How long? We
have a whole epidemic of AIDS running loose, and there is a cure for it! It’s called VIRTUE!
And it’s simple, it doesn’t cost any government funds. It’s simple! But we don’t want to cure
it that way. We’re in the midst of a Sodom/Gomorrah situation, where the day is long gone where
the Lord is going to forebear. And between now and the next few years he’s going to begin
to come out in judgment. And these great prophecies of Nephi will take place.
That’s going to put us in a difficult situation, a very difficult situation, because we’re
going to have to stand against the tide of the nation. And we’re going to have to stand
for correct principles, and it will bring against us the warfare against Zion. This
will begin this whole great scenario that will finally end up in the cleansing of Zion
and the establishment of the New Jerusalem, the gathering of Israel from the four quarters
of the earth, the rise of Babylon, the little horn, the rise of slaves against their masters
and all of that. It’s a real scenario, a real one. We are in the midst of it. And we need
valiance, we need above all not just to learn theory, but we need to consecrate our lives
and we need to get close to that Book of Mormon, and we need to get our home teaching done,
not just our visiting around. We need to begin getting alive to what the Book of Mormon is
saying! And understand it and apply it in our lives. And do what a 90 year old prophet
with all the energy of his soul is trying to get us to do. Everything that he’s got
in the way of energy he is committing to this objective.
When his first prophetic, and I want to conclude on this, message came out in the Ensign of
April 1986, we had been used to a great prophet from the great state of Arizona, a great prophet
who said, first of all, “Lengthen thy stride.” And then he followed up on that and said,
“Quicken thy pace,” and he really put some emphasis on it. And then here we have a new
prophet, and right up at the beginning of the page of “Cleansing the Inner Vessel,”
you have this statement, and I about fell off the chair when I read it:
“We will be lengthening our stride in the future.” Now, that’s a different emphasis.
“To do so, we must first cleanse the inner vessel by awakening and arising, being morally
clean, using the Book of Mormon, and conquering pride.” When we get to be a sanctified
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people, then we will really lengthen our stride, as President Benson says, in the future. Can
you see the significance of all this? I mean, this is a whole shift of emphasis, not that
the other was bad. But we have here a man who is giving us the thing that we most need.
The thing we most need is the Book of Mormon. And if we don’t learn that in the days of
our peace, we simply will not survive. There simply will be no survival if we don’t learn
to be close to the Lord and really committed Latter-day Saints, building the Kingdom, getting
the work done and done in the way that we’re not just doing nuts and bolts, but that we
are actually ministering the gospel and the spirit of testimony and the gifts of the Spirit
in each other’s lives, and having that union that only the Spirit of the Lord can bring,
where you finally get to where you see eye to eye when the Lord brings again Zion.
I bear you my testimony that the Book of Mormon opens the picture in a very dreadful way.
We’ve got two three-hour sessions yet to go! It opens the picture in a very, very dreadful
way. On the other hand, it’s a joyous time. It’s a time when the Lord reserved some of
the choicest spirits from all of his creations to be born on this earth to meet the challenge
of this day and of this age. I bear you my testimony that we’re in the midst of this
and whether we like it or not, the burden is ours to meet and to handle. I just pray
God that for myself I can be what I ought to be, that I can be as humble as I ought
to be, and that whatever I may know, the first thing I know is obedience to my Bishop and
obedience to my Stake President and obedience to the Prophet of the Lord. That’s the first
thing. And if anything that I have conjured up or
even know to be true is contrary to that, then I’ll back off and say I simply want to
build the Kingdom, and you’re running the show. And any way I can help, I’ll help. And
when we get to doing that and have the Spirit of the Lord and the spirit of humility to
do that and then are patient with each other in our effort to learn the gospel and to apply
it and to understand what this Book of Mormon is saying–it’s a sealed book! We don’t need
to wait for the sealed portion, it’s a sealed book! We need to be patient, but we need to
learn it. I’ve rambled on long enough. I just want you
to know that I know that that Book of Mormon is the greatest miracle of modern times. I’ve
been through that thing, I’ve studied the Prophet Joseph Smith professionally, I’ve
done that ten, fifteen, twenty hours a day for 40-50 years! And the end result is that
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Bishop has been called of God, your Stake President has been called of God, the prophet
is trying to get us to the Book of Mormon, and for goodness sakes, let’s finally get
on the stick and do it. May the Lord bless us to do it, I pray in
Jesus’ name, amen. …………….. Question: What is the scriptural reference
to “this world will stand next to Kolob”? Answer: There is no scriptural reference to
that. It comes from a couple of references. One is from a close associate to the Prophet
Joseph Smith by the name of Addison Everett. He is talking about it and says, “I heard
Joseph Smith say it.” There is another collection of materials of people who heard Joseph Smith’s
teachings in the Historian’s Office in Salt Lake City, and you find it also there. And
then you have, if you want to get my book, “God, Man and the Universe” and read the story
of the creation, I quote a lot of those corroborating statements both from scripture and from other
works. For example, in the 5th chapter of the book of Abraham, verse 11, the Lord is
talking about Adam in the Garden of Eden: “And the Gods took the man and put him in
the Garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. And the Gods commanded the man, saying:
Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, But of the tree of knowledge of good
and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the time that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt
surely die.” Abraham interpolates this statement of explanation.
“Now I, Abraham, saw that it was after the Lord’s time, which was after the time of Kolob,
for as yet the Gods had not appointed unto Adam his reckoning.” Now, before the fall
when this earth was created, it was created and stood next to Kolob and was governed by
Kolb s time. Joseph Smith taught that. All the early brethren who were close to him taught
that. And then when this earth fell, it wasn’t just Adam and Eve eating whatever it was,
and it wasn’t an apple, I don’t think, but it wasn’t so much the apple and the tree as
it was the “pair” on the ground. Nevertheless, when they did that, then not
only did it change them in a physical sense–Adam didn’t have blood before, and the spiritual
features were withdrawn, but this whole earth was moved and placed in the solar system,
and the sun began to be our light. There is statement after statement on that. And then
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won’t take place at the beginning of the Millennium, it’ll wait until after the Millennial period,
with a new celestial earth, then as Joseph says, the earth will be rolled back into the
presence of God and crowned with celestial glory. And as Brigham Young and John Taylor
and others clarified, “rolled back” means taken back and stands next to Kolob. So there’s
no scripture–this statement closest is Abraham 5:11 and the subsequent verses’ statement
on the position of the earth, but scripturally it doesn’t say that in the sense that you
can quote a scripture and put a handle on it in that sense.
Question: Not discernible. Answer: Yes, ma’am. In other words, when you
add up the number of the ten tribes and their return and the Indian people who will come
in by nations and by large groups, and you add the other people of Israel that come,
and then you compare them with us Gentiles–and I’m talking about us Gentiles in a cultural
sense, blood wise we are of Ephraim, but culturally we’re Gentiles–but there will be more people
that come from these other sources than from the Gentile culture source. That’s what Isaiah
is saying in Isaiah 54, which the Savior quotes. Question: Do you have any comment on the assassination
of Brother B. and Elder W.? Answer: Except that I just abhor it. I don’t
know, it’s just one of the symptoms of the times. We’re going to see a situation as the
Prophet Joseph Smith put it–this is Teachings, pages 160 and 161, where he says, “The time
is coming when no man will have any peace but in Zion and in her Stakes.” He further
clarifies, “There will be here and there a Stake [of Zion] for the gathering of the Saints.
Some may have cried peace, but the Saints and the world will have little peace from
henceforth. Let this not hinder us from going to the Stakes…There your children shall
be blessed,” in the stakes of Zion. “And you in the midst of friends where you may be blessed…We
ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall
have to flee to Zion.” Then read Section 45, beginning with verse 66 in the Doctrine and
Covenants, where the time will come when you will either take up your sword against your
neighbor, or you will have to flee unto Zion. It’s just symptomatic of that breakdown which
is rapidly proceeding and which will finally bring out that ultimate era of chaos and turmoil,
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where Zion is the only people that has any kind of real stability. There’ll be groups
of people, of Latter-day Saints and the remnant which the Lord shall call, and the Jewish
people, but that will be the general situation that we’re headed for. Give us just another
few years and we’re going to get there, rapidly. Question: Is this correct that part of the
cleansing that we will see, in the chronology, will we see the countries of the north coming
against America, Russia….? Answer: Can I express a personal view? I think
we’re going to keep on with business as usual until we finally go over the cliff. I seriously
believe we’re headed for a national collapse financially. I’ve looked at the prophecies
about the Elders saving the Constitution. There is nothing in them that says we’re going
to save it in Washington, D.C. I’ve been teaching that for years. I went through all of those
prophecies–in fact, I personally found some that no one else had found before, and they
do not indicate that we’re going to go back and re-establish and stabilize the Gentile
order. What they do indicate is that in the whole
trauma that takes place, we will finally lift the Constitution out of the dust after it
has been trampled upon, and we will make it a part of our program. As we do, then you
will offer Constitutional freedom and liberty to all people. But it will be done here, with
the Latter-day Saints as a key factor, combined with other freedom-loving peoples in this
land. There will be this deterioration, and it may
come over our effort to save the Constitution, but there will be a warfare against Zion.
The Book of Mormon indicates that it will begin with America, and that’s what Section
112 indicates–it will begin with America. America making war against the Saints. As
that takes place and gets underway and the American economy goes under, then we’re going
to have a situation–did you see the television serial called “Amerika”? Well, that’s what
we’re in for. It’s that kind of a situation. We’ll have the situation of the coming of
the Assyrian, the northern army, and it will raise havoc on this land, it will cleanse
this land like we’ve never been cleansed since the Nephites were destroyed.
Through the Lord’s intervention, and this is where the prophecy on war comes in–we’ll
talk about that tomorrow night, where the slaves rise against their masters. Those slaves
are those who are held in dominion by the Russian forces, the people of Hungary, Poland,
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When the Russian military might is trampling over here, what would you do if you were a
freedom fighter over there? There will be a mass upheaval and uprising, and an assertion
of liberty. And when that takes place, then those who are directing that force against
America are going to have to withdraw their forces here. And with the power that we can
muster, particularly with the powers of the holy Priesthood–as Isaiah says it, the Assyrian
will be turned back by reason of the anointing–then you’ll finally get that force cleared out
of this land. It will leave this land in shambles, and the
Indian people will go through among the Gentiles. In the meantime, the Latter-day Saints will
do their program of upholding and sustaining the Constitution, extending its blessings
about, and then with the cleansing and with that program put in gear, then you’ll begin
the great gathering. Now, that’s the scenario as I see it for about the next decade of time
or so. That’s the scenario, and I’m just giving you a personal view on it.
Question: You talk about the gathering of Israel to the New Jerusalem, here, so can
I assume it’s like South America, the Lamanites are all through this whole area, but there
will still be members of the tribe of Judah who will gather with the gathering of Israel
over there? Answer: Yes. Two gatherings–let me put it
this way: If you read the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants, you’ll find that the
Lord gave the land of Missouri to the Latter-day Saints. When the Indian people are gathered
in unto the New Jerusalem, they will receive the gospel, they will receive the program,
they will go back into their lands, build temples. But essentially the land in and around
the center place of Zion the Lord has given to Ephraim. But the whole of America will
finally become the Zion of God, and you’ll establish an order of government that will
finally bring sanity to Central and South America, to their politics and be the means
of building a great bulwark of strength and power on the western hemisphere.
This happens before the forces of opposing–they can’t cope with Zion so they finally shift
and say, “Well, we’re going to shut your water off at Jerusalem. You think there’s going
to be two great powers, we’re going to shut it off!” So the forces of the Gentiles and
of the northern army, or the Assyrian, or the little horn, go against Jerusalem. And
that will be the great final winding up scene, where the Lord himself will finally intervene
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Question: And we’ll have peace, almost a Millennium, over here with warfare raging in the rest
of the world? Answer: That’s right. Many of our young people
will live to see the Savior of the world and to have a personal association with him. That’s
what the prophetic picture implies. We don’t know the full schedule of years–I’m not trying
to say, but we are close enough to that, to where that can be said closely.
See, we get the idea that the second coming is the great world appearance–no. I want
to talk about that later in the week. He will come to Zion, he’ll come to his Temple, he’ll
come to Adam-ondi- Ahman. There are several major appearances that take place here, and
this preliminary to that great world appearance. We’ve got something to do, my brothers and
sisters. We have a Kingdom to establish in righteousness, and that takes the sanctification
of the people and the understanding of what the Lord has said! We’ve got to finally get
on the stick and do it and quit fiddling around, and get our home teaching done and our ministering
and building the Spirit of the Lord and help sanctify and forgive each other of the stresses
and the conflicts, and build that strength and that union and that understanding in our
midst that we need to be a Zion people. We’ve got a prophet of the Lord who is just
begging us to do that and to use the Book of Mormon to that end. Now, the Lord bless
you. I appreciate the opportunity. This is only the first day of it and we have 2 or
3 more. I want you to know I’m going to endure to the end–I’ll be here on Saturday night!
Question: Do you differentiate between the United States of America and the rest of the
Americas when you say the Russians are going to war against them? Or do you consider that
already happening down in Central and South America?
Answer: A lot of it has already happened, but I’m talking about–I’m on the High Council
there at the Alpine Stake. Here about a year ago, our Stake Presidency brought in a film
of a regional representative who is in on the know in the country and what he’s talking
about. And he’s talking about the plans of the Russians in regard to America. I don’t
know whether you’ve heard that or seen it around here, but it was a real eye-opener,
coming from a very authoritative source. But there’s that kind of thing.
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You take them and pray about them, and if we can’t find out the full details, let’s
at least get our lives in order. That means I want to go home and tell my Bishop that
I love him. And I want to tell my Stake President that I love him, too, and I have! And let’s
get united and let’s get under the leadership of our prophet and find out what he’s saying,
and do it. Well, thanks again. Have a good evening, it’s
been great to be with you.

5 Replies to “Nephi’s Last Day Prophecies Part 2 The Book of Mormon Lecture 08 by Hyrum Andrus”

  1. I have been studying the prophesies in depth for a couple of years now and watching them unfold in the news. I am so grateful we have the Savior who has the mighty power to govern everyone and everything. I look forward to having morality again…It was my pleasure to hear your discussion. Grateful for our church and our prophets and the leaders we have…My husband and I read our scriptures faithfully daily and love what it does to our hearts and our vision and our connection to the Holy Ghost and the Godhead. Thank you.

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