Nephi Prophecy pt. 1 “In the Day of Wickedness and Abominations”
As much as I would like to begin from the earlier prophecy-related chapters of Nephi and work my way forwards, I feel as though 2nd Nephi: 27 will set this series at a good pace to begin off of.
**But before I continue, I want it clear to anyone that might read this, that the information I’m going to delve into will likely be disruptive to the testimonies of regular LDS church-attending members.
I, myself, like to think all my findings are faith-affirming and faith-building, but I understand that many Latter-Day Saints are not ready to consider what I’m about to cover. Between raising a family, having a career, and magnifying their church callings, there’s not much room to ponder the complexities and controversies of Mormonism. Many are just trying to keep it together.
Unless someone is struggling, or they have a deep desire to understand more about LDS church history, it is my recommendation that they not continue reading any of my posts. The last thing I want is to be the cause of anyone’s loss of faith.
The Book of Mormon is true, and Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. My contention is that the LDS church is currently not what it aspires to be– that it is quite simply in a state of apostasy and in need of repentance and redemption. As blunt as I can be, this is the honest truth of where I am coming from.
From many different angles that I will end up covering, I will come to soften that remark, but I want it said from the very start that I am not misleading readers from where I stand.**
Turn to 2nd Nephi: 27
1 But, behold, in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles–yea, behold all the nations of the Gentiles and also the Jews, both those who shall come upon this land and those who shall be upon other lands, yea, even upon all the lands of the earth, behold, they will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abominations–
Let’s take this scripture at face value, stick with it, and see where it takes us. As I’ve learned through others and by personal experience, it’s very easy to defensively bend the way one might originally see something as they begin to realize it’s against the grain of their current paradigm. This is what I was talking about in my last post about the Saints being shielded from understanding the full meanings of prophecies embedded throughout the standard works. They’ve been conditioned to not take things at face value if it’s contrary to what’s been previously accepted.
This chapter, as verse 1 declares, is about the last days. And since we know that we are all living in the last days, we can agree that this chapter is talking about our current present-day situation. There are handfuls of scriptures in the D&C that use the expression of “last days.” Section 20, to use an example, says that the church rose up in “these last days”– so if 1830 was considered the last days, we are definitely in the last days.
It’s great to start off with this scripture, because it allows me to get to the nitty gritty right off the bat. Let’s talk about the state of the world. Simply put, this scripture makes it clear that everyone– EVERYONE– is in a state of wickedness. Period. No exceptions are mentioned so none can be permitted.
The Gentiles, as also demonstrated in 3rd Nephi 16:10 and JST Mathew 21:55-56 and countless other passages, are wicked as all get-out in the times leading up to Christ’s second coming. If you stick with me on all of this, I plan on making the case that as the Gentiles become more and more wicked in the last days the Jews in turn will become more and more righteous. This has been happening since 1835. As you can read in the JST scripture I listed, it explains that the Gentiles as a whole will become as wicked as the Jews were in the meridian of time. This is why the gospel had to go back to the Jews, beginning in 1836 through Elijah’s coming to the House in Kirtland. The Gentiles had already gone south by then, either from rejecting the fulness of the gospel, or by simply apostatizing.
Even the entire nation of the USA could be lumped into the collective rejection of the fulness of the gospel. The entire country stands as an abomination in God’s eyes. The laundry-list of sins that 3rd Nephi 16:10 lists off have infiltrated the lives of nearly all Americans in one way or another.
But with that said, just as there were certain Jews that did accept Christ at his coming, there will also be a portion of repentant Gentiles at Christ’s second coming. They will be given one last and final chance to repent and gather with the House of Israel/LDS church to the New Jerusalem before the desolation of abomination occurs. (More on that later.)
Getting back to the verse, it goes as far to say that even the Jews (the covenant people of the last days, the House of Israel) who have come upon this land– being gathered to either Kirtland, Nauvoo, or Utah– are drunken with iniquity. But they are not drunken with wine; verse 5 explains this is the “spirit of deep sleep” that the Lord has poured out on them. Just as the Lord poured out a deep sleep on the Jews during the first watch (Romans 11:7-8), the same thing was done following the end of the second watch.
This of course was done by God out of a wise purpose. Because the Jews were blinded after the first watch (Christ’s coming), the gospel could go to the Gentiles. At the close of the second watch (the restoration years of Joseph Smith), this similar type of blindness was again poured out, this time on the heads of the Saints. The reason for it this time around is much more vague and mysterious. It will take time to explain. The consequence that results because of it, however, is simple:
5 For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.
Following the attempted establishment of Zion in the second watch (see verse 3 and 4 for context), the Lord covered the eyes of the seers of the LDS restoration. They no longer would have the ability to prophesy or receive revelations of Thus sayeth the Lord caliber. This is why the current LDS president isn’t popping out revelations like Joseph Smith used to. In the last days– or specifically “the days of the Gentiles”– there are no seers on the earth; and if there is, they currently have their eyes covered for the duration of this time period.
But when the times of the Gentiles comes in again, this world-wide state of wickedness will come to an end. This is when the fulness of the gospel will return to the earth with the ability to sanctify people and make them holy without spot.
Though the Jews began to receive the gospel in 1836 and continue to do so even to the present day, the new and everlasting covenant (fulness of the gospel) is yet to be re-established. Jesus explained to the Nephites that after the Gentiles reject the fulness of the gospel (1835), he will remember the covenant made with his people and begin a preliminary gathering of them upon the American continent (1836-onwards). Through this, they have received a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel– the four standard works– yet none have received the fulness itself (and the fruits thereof.)
The modern-day LDS church is the covenant people that Christ is referring to. The Jews prophesied of in scripture are very sadly not the Jews currently stationed in the war-zone of Palestine. According to the word of God, it is only until after the Jews believe in Christ that God gathers them to the lands of their inheritance.
Palestine, contrary to popular belief, is not the land promised to Abraham’s seed, and the Jewish people in their state of Israel do not believe in Christ. They do not fit end-time prophecy and are frankly in a lot more danger than they need to be. If more people would read the D&C and Book of Mormon, they would understand how these things are supposed to play out. Heck, even Bruce R. McConkie caught it: “The present assembling of people of Jewish ancestry into the Palestinian nation of Israel is not the scriptural gathering of Israel or of Judah.” (NWAF p. 519)
The latter-day Jews do not yet know that they are Jews. By the virtue and grace of God, they’ve been spiritually gathered, slowly but surely, into a strange, cult-like sect of Christianity, which unbeknownst to them, holds the power/patriarchal keys to lead them to the Zion that God promised their forefathers. (D&C 35:25)
This is a topic that needs to be studied thoroughly by everyone. Understanding this, I would suggest, is the key to unlocking the mystery of Mormonism.
The church, I regret to add, happens to also be a hot spot for wicked Gentiles who use the church for gain. I don’t mean to dwell too long on this; every good-hearted Latter-Day Saint will know who I’m talking about. It is these wicked Gentiles in the church that are the cause of so much heart-ache and difficulty. They ruin everything. In fact, their way of thinking and religiosity has brain-washed so many decent Saints into believing false-doctrine after false-doctrine.
This brand of Gentile is the type you’ll recognize from ward-to-ward. They neglect their wives and children and obsess over their church callings and status in the eyes of man. They enjoy having dominion over others in the priesthood. Indeed, they are believers, but just the same way Cain was. They offer the fake appearance of sacrifice. They attend the temple and bear their testimonies. They believe in God, but that God is in their own image and after the vain imaginations of their hearts. The God they believe in is just as big as themselves. In fact, they imagine being a god themselves (with a capital-G). And as they live their lives “worthy”, keeping their “covenants”, they await the day of “exaltation”, where they happily anticipate receiving a “hundredfold of wives” arranged for them in the highest degree of their morbid (yet culturally accurate) idea of the celestial kingdom.
It is these fine people that God has warned us about. They are the tares that have combined themselves with the wheat in the last days. (D&C 38:12)
Thankfully, when the curse finally goes forth (as a result of the Gentiles breaking the new and everlasting covenant in 1835), the first of those devoured will be the ones in the church who fit the profile I’ve described. (D&C 112:24-26) But hey… shucks, they might even also be able to repent before the curse is unleashed and their eyes won’t have to fall out of their sockets. God’s mercy is incredible.
I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest that as the curse goes forward, this is when the new and everlasting covenant can be safely re-established. Everyone receives a chance to accept or reject, and this results in the great polarization that will occur when the marvelous work and a wonder happens. Christ explains that the fulness of the gospel is not preached unto the post-1836 LDS church until a later time. (3 Ne 20:30) Check out Romans 11:25: “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles comes in.” This lays out the situation real simple: even from the New Testament times it is understood that there is blindness over the House of Israel until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Before I go any further, so no one gets confused, there are two times of the Gentiles that are prophesied of. The first occurred from 1830-1835, with the fulness of the gospel being offered to the American Gentiles in New York and Ohio. The second time is still a future event.
The days of the Gentiles is the time period in 2nd Nephi 27 that more specifically refers to the interim period between the two set times of the Gentiles, where God is currently remembering the covenant of Abraham’s seed. At a later date (sometime in the near future?), the times of the Gentiles will occur again with the fulness of the gospel being offered unto them once more, “and in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (D&C 45:30) So whether it’s the days or times of the Gentiles, the two terms do differ from each other.
Some will contest that verse 1 of this chapter is talking about the time before the unsealed portion of the Book of Mormon came forward. I don’t buy this, because there’s talk of an unsuccessful establishment of Zion. Verse 2 says, “they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder and with earthquake… with the flame of devouring fire.” So this can’t be directly after the first watch it it’s leading up to the second coming. Besides, it speaks about people coming to America. Moving on, verse 6 and 7 drop the bombshell:
6 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered.
7 And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.
Everyone that reads verse 6 in correlation with the seers being covered think that it is referring to the great apostasy leading up to Joseph Smith, but verse 7 makes it very clear that this is the SEALED PORTION THAT IS COMING FORWARD.
The Sealed Portion comes forward at a time of apostasy, with even the prophets and seers having their eyes covered.
To make another statement proving my point, it also helps to recognize that there wasn’t called-of-God prophet-rulers to be blinded at the time leading unto the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Verse 6 only makes sense in conjunction to the present day.
So there we have it– the blindness we have experienced for over 170 years will continue on until the world receives the Sealed Portion, which will be available to all the inhabitants of the earth, to all those who are repentant and desire light and knowledge. This is what sets everything straight. This is the catalyst of bringing again Zion.
11 And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.
And then… watch for the change in tense here:
12 Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world…
Verse 12 is extremely sneaky. Before it delves into the three witnesses and the Isaiah prophecy that has to do with the learned man, it changes the storyline. Verse 12 is not talking about the scenario in verse 11. It’s no longer talking about the Sealed Portion that is read upon the house tops by the power of Christ; it’s talking about, “that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man.” And when were the golden plates first delivered? In 1827. Verse 12 backs it up to this point. Everyone will bypass it and think it’s all talking about the same thing.
If you’re not convinced yet, that’s okay. Because the undeniable proof that 2nd Nephi 27 is in fact talking about two different times comes later in the chapter. After verse 22 has God commanding the plates be sealed up and hid– until God “shall see fit… to reveal all things unto the children of men”– we then read this:
24 And again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him.
Joseph Smith will again receive the golden plates and bring forth God’s word to the inhabitants of the world. And the real game-changer, is what God will say to Joseph Smith the second time around:
26 … I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.
The marvelous work and a wonder coincides with the unveiling of the Sealed Portion of the Book of Mormon, NOT the Book of Mormon that the LDS church currently possesses. All claims that the LDS church or the BoM is the marvelous work that Isaiah foretold completely fall short.
If you don’t already know this, taking a closer look at these scriptures should have by now completely turned your world upside down.
The marvelous work and a wonder has not yet happened!
The days of the Gentiles are coming to a close. The wickedness and abominations of these last days will be visited with fire.
And the House of Israel will be brought forth out of obscurity and out of darkness. (2nd Nephi 27:29)