Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the I think that it was important for Nephi to know the enemy that he was dealing with and would be dealing with. to the soul. Book of Mormon Central, “Are There Really Only Two Churches?  (Lecture 5). Joseph Smith was killed in June of 1844. But the word few still tells us something about the demographics of righteousness. and white. In 1 Nephi 11:22, Nephi learns that it is a representation of the love of God.   “The Father being a personage of spirit, glory, and power, This originally was written as, “Behold the Lamb of God, 1 Nephi 16. He goes out into the desert, wanders and gets lost in a big mist of darkness. Nephi saw, learned, and explained what his father had seen, revealed, and boldly testified. At least twenty-five elements in Lehi’s vision will show up in Nephi’s vision. fact that they talk all the time about the first vision, which certainly must God? the fall thereof was exceedingly great. Nephi explained that impurity will be discarded and put into what he called “hell,” behind which word may have been Gehenna (the Hebrew word often translated as “hell”). Everything else can wait. 1 Nephi 14. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. And blessed art thou Nephi because thou believest in the Son of the Most High; wherefore thou shalt behold the … 9 And it came to pass after I had seen the tree, I said All rights reserved. The Narrative of Zosimus and the Book of Mormon, The Narrative of Zosimus (History of the Rechabites) and the Book of Mormon, How Nephi and the Tree of Life can help you make sense of the Book of Revelation, Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge: Act in Faith. 18 And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou Lehi is taken to a “dark and dreary waste” (1 Nephi 8:7); Nephi first sees Jerusalem, and he knows that it is a dark and dreary place.     1 Nephi 11 That calling would have weighed heavily on Nephi’s mind. cast out. 1 Nephi 7. Items in the BMC Archive are made publicly available for non-commercial, private use. yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Anybody in the great and spacious building who points fingers at and mocks those who are righteous is in the great and abominable building or church. It may well be that as he pondered on his father’s visions and dreams, Nephi wanted to get away from the group’s base camp, and so he went into a nearby mountain or high place. . 13 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the great And I beheld the city of Nazareth; the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and 24 And after he had said these words, he said unto me: the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.” The answer to his question about the meaning of the tree lies in the virgin mother with her child. Indeed, in 1 Nephi 10:17, Nephi tells us that when he heard his father Lehi speaking about the things he had seen in his visions in 1 Nephi 1 and 8, Nephi wanted to “see, and hear, and know of these things” for himself. 13. Lehi prophesies warnings of destruction to the Jews and foresees the mercy of God (Chapter 1), Lehi’s group departs from Jerusalem (2:2–15), Nephi establishes himself over his brothers by obtaining the Plates of Brass (2:16–4:38), The Plates of Brass as a guide (5:10–6:6), The sons of Lehi get the daughters of Ishmael and Ishmael joins the group (7:1–5, 22), Nephi bound with cords in the wilderness (7:6–21), Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life (8:1–38), Lehi prophesies about the Old World and about the coming of the Lamb (10:1–22), Nephi and the Spirit of the Lord (11:1–36), Nephi prophesies about the New World and the coming of the Lamb (12:1–14:30), Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life interpreted (15:1–36), The sons of Lehi marry the daughters of Ishmael and Ishmael dies (16:1–8, 34–35), The Brass Ball as a guide (16:9–17, 26–33), Nephi establishes himself over his brothers by building a ship (17:1–18:4) (3:7; cf. Nephi was exhausted. beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted spake unto me as a man speaketh with another. Stage 1 foresees the coming to earth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (Found in 1 Nephi 11). Justice was a respecter of persons. He is then taken back across the ocean and he goes back to Jerusalem. Remember what he asked them? Following that, Nephi saw Jesus suffer, condescending to experience not just some pain, but pain to the fullest extent. Nephi was encountered by the Holy Ghost and subsequently interviewed by Him. but in context of doctrine taught in the “Lectures on Faith” how sound is In Nephi’s vision, we learn that there are two gatherings and that there are only two. Lehi then sees numberless concourses of people, while Nephi sees multitudes like the sands of the sea (See Figure 2). “Four Stages of the Nephite Prophetic View.” In Charting the Book of Mormon. Then, a man walks up to him and says, “Zosimus, what are you doing here? It will ultimately be the justice of God that will finally separate all people into one of two groups in that last day. of the love of God. living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him. The sword divides, it cuts asunder. Most of us want good outcomes as often as possible. Where?” he asked. It is not as if a few, small, unimportant truths were lost. We have been keeping our records, and we have been told that someday these records will go back to Jerusalem. There are twenty-two chapters in 1 Nephi, and the entire book appears to have been arranged as a chiasm, where elements in the first part of the book are reversed and then repeated in the second part (See Figure 3). The church of the devil, in the apocalyptic view, is filled with those who are interested in money, power, prestige, and status. Within the cultural context of Laman and Lemuel’s world, the high priest of the temple or certain prophets like Moses or Isaiah received revelation. Nephi said that his father Lehi saw the “justice of God.” When did Lehi see the justice of God? But they were not obedient. But no, He was born as lowly as possible. Lehi will call out with a loud voice. . There’s a wonderful concluding section at the end of chapter 15, in which Nephi wrote about justice and how we will all stand to be judged according to our works and be rewarded with eternal blessings. There was so much at stake. He had no idea where it might have originated, because it was quite unlike anything else that he had ever seen. That is what will sustain us. Hugh … It divides the righteous from the wicked. this defense? 2 And the Spirit said unto me: Behold, what desirest thou? Because the path is unclear, we end up disagreeing about the means and methods to employ to get where we want to go. This same sequence will be repeated by Nephi in 1 Nephi 19–22 (See Figure 1). (2 Nephi 11:2),” KnoWhy 38 (February 22, 2016). 1 Nephi 10. Grant Hardy, “Columbus: By Faith or Reason?” in Reexploring the Book of Mormon: A Decade of New Research, ed. This must have been a comfort to Nephi. Only then were things “taken away from the book” (1 Nephi 13:28). For example, in 1 Nephi 1:9, Lehi saw “One descending out of the midst of heaven,” and in 1 Nephi 11:15–28 Nephi learns about the “condescension of [the Son of] God” (1 Nephi 11:16, 26). the way before him. Why? They certainly had their disagreements about the methods that they would use, some of which were founded in their cultural experience. The Lord directed Nephi to record the vision up to a point. 25 And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, There were things left for John the Apostle to explain centuries later. Not just the love of God in an abstract way, but the love of God who condescended and came down into this world that He might die for us. It also contains much more. Somehow, the scales end in equilibrium. That was what Nephi saw and described. He prayed for his people, for his family, and for his own grace. 20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, One of the most interesting things about Nephi’s vision in 1 Nephi 11–14 is how subtly and how fully it relates to other prophecies given a few years earlier by his father Lehi. He is afraid because he wants to know the way to a life of righteousness. . A—The Holy Spirit” I said, “Look in Verse 39.”, And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true. Nephi's vision, thus far, has been about events which happen in Jerusalem. Perhaps they were saying, “the high priest can go into the Holy of Holies and receive revelation, but that’s not our job.” What they were missing, of course, was the reality and importance of individual, personal revelation. 19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried possessing all perfection and fulness. Figure 2 Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. The Lord wants and needs us to have more light. ” (1 Nephi 11:1). (1 Ne 11:13,20-21) The Book of Mormon teaches that other Old Testament-era prophets were just as plain in their descriptions of the Messiah. Later, they 1) saw an angel of the Lord, 2) were again confounded by Nephi when he was filled with the Spirit, 3) were led across the waters by the Liahona, and 4) they received a witness that the Liahona would work only if they were righteous. Later, he said, “Jack, I thought you were levitating.” I replied, “Well, this may sound strange to you, but it sounded very familiar to me.” I quickly mentioned just a few of the ways the Narrative of Zosimus seemed to be a cousin to 1 Nephi. Such a division is, in essence, the way in which ancient people thought of justice. With the understanding of covenants lost, so too was the oath and covenant of the priesthood. Their wickedness was like a degenerative disease that became worse and worse until there was nothing but emptiness and cynicism left in their hearts.   Book of Mormon Central, “Why Didn’t Nephi Mention Mary’s Name? But behold, I say unto you, the kingdom of God is not filthy, and there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God; wherefore there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy. I call this “the Nephite prophetic worldview.” Knowing this framework can help all readers in many ways. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999. I wonder if some believers might think something like “it’s Reading these verses carefully we learn what was lost first. Can you still be obedient even though you do not know everything? The question “What desirest thou?” precedes the miracle, in Jesus’s day and still today. Discussions on the Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 4-5. For example, there is a great and spacious building in Lehi’s vision (1 Nephi 8:26, 31); this relates to the “great and abominable church” repeatedly mentioned in Nephi’s vision (see 1 Nephi 13–14). 26 And the angel said unto me again: Look and behold the 14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an Next ». At that point in Nephi’s vision, Nephi sees Christ with John, the apostle, crying out with a loud voice proclaiming the gospel. Also worth pondering is the possibility that if Nephi had not asked, we and the whole world might never have received the important interpretation and expansion of Lehi’s vision. I saw and bear record. To their surprise and joy, the archaeological expedition had discovered a whole trove of early manuscripts, some of which were Christian—for example, a fragment of the Gospel of John from the 2nd Century AD. Because of this, certain writings (like some texts in the Dead Sea Scrolls) were no longer seen as necessary, or became an embarrassment. After he saw this horrible evil and wickedness, Nephi saw little pockets of saints—people who were trying to follow Christ and were blessed with power. As he pondered these things, he was “caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain” (1 Nephi 11:1). And it Subsequently, there came over the next years, an outpouring of ancient texts. The original translation of the title did not include the word "first". Chapter 12 contains a portion of the vision which deals with the … He kept searching, expecting to find a human mummy. Q—Do the Father and the Son possess the same mind? Read this week's KnoWhy connected with the Come Follow Me curriculum,   “The Father being a personage of spirit, glory, and power, Zosimus’ dream finishes with him building a monument of covenant where he takes the texts and the things that he has learned. He condescended to say, “I will be obedient, and I will submit myself to the will of the Father.” Baptism is a symbol of death followed by being raised to a new life. By Objective Measures: Old Wine into Old Bottles. Q—What is this mind? “And I saw that they were few.” This is true. And why? He cannot move. Nephi puts his account of this vision at the very center of his first book written on his small plates. You are either in the Church of the Lamb of God—the assemblage of the Lamb of God—or in the church/company of those aligned with Satan. . I shared many of the amazing resources from last week- Lehi's Vision- again, in case you missed one. until the 1921 edition: Items do not represent the official views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or of Book of Mormon Central. Nephi’s vision occurred because he wanted to know the meaning of all the things that his father had seen and taught. (1 Nephi 14:10),” KnoWhy 16 (January 21, 2016). Justice stood with eyes wide open. Book of Mormon Central, “What was the Great and Terrible Gulf in Lehi’s Dream? The very foundation of the gospel was somehow taken or fell away. And I looked, No one could have known—none of these books had been found at that time.” At that point Charlesworth stated, “You Mormons, you cannot believe that anymore. Nephi wrote chapter 14 with an apocalyptic view, which pertains to the end times and shows how things are going to conclude. children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things. saying: Look! They were hard-hearted, quick to anger, and filled with doubt. I shared two SIMPLE Note Sheet options & a Scripture Sign to help you prepare for your upcoming lessons. This is not to say that a human being can be considered trash. Lehi called it the great and spacious building. Things can be taking out of an ancient text simply because their meanings are not preserved and become lost due to lack of memory when no one remembers what they originally meant. 1 Nephi 3. 21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, A—They do . before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot. When teaching these chapters it is good to discuss the meaning of who Jesus is at this point. it is the Son of God. And once a basic knowledge of the Atonement and repentance was lost, what else was consequently lost? You must take it out and remove it from the Bible. (1 Nephi 11:25),” KnoWhy 427 (April 24, 2018). 1 Nephi 1. When Nephi began his record, he knew he was inspired to write for “a wise purpose,” but he did not know the details. Remember that Nephi was shown this vision hundreds of years before Christ was born, before the events of the New Testament, and certainly before those plain and precious things would be lost over the centuries after Christ’s death. The condescension of God in 1 Nephi 11 is the angel’s attempt to show Nephi how God manifested himself to the Jews of 33 A.D. Even Nephi will apparently struggle to understand that which his father saw (1 Nephi 2:16; 11:1). This originally was written as, “Behold, the virgin whom over all the earth, yea, even above all. words of my father. by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were  3. Stage 3 anticipates the role of the Gentiles in preserving parts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing the word of God to the remnant of scattered Israel (Found in 1 Nephi 13). (1 Nephi 12:18),” KnoWhy 14 (January 19, 2016). Jesus could have been born into an aristocratic or royal family, with wealth and status. them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Nephi’s vision closely builds on his father’s visions in 1 Nephi 1 and also his father’s dream of the Tree of Life in 1 Nephi 8, as one should expect it to. So, Jesus’ participation in the ordinance of baptism symbolized His willingness to submit to the will of the Father, even unto the point of death. Later, other ancient manuscripts were discovered—The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi Library, the texts from Ebla, and the texts from Ugarit. His vision works beautifully as an interpretive, deeper understanding of what Lehi saw, giving us confidence that there are two witnesses of this great story, justifying that we should be commandment keepers who hold steadfastly to the iron rod. Stage 4 speaks of the restoration of the house of Israel and Christ’s ultimate victory over the forces of evil (Found in 1 Nephi 14). Do you feel Nephi’s heart when you read these verses? It is thus significant that chapter 11—the center point of First Nephi and its chiastic structure—contains Nephi’s vision of the coming of the Lord, of the tree of life, of the iron rod, and the relation of various groups to the Tree of Life, which Nephi understands is a representation of the love of God as manifested by Jesus. When they said, “the Lord does not reveal those things to us,” it’s not that they necessarily thought He wouldn’t reveal those things to them at all, but maybe they did not see themselves as recipients of revelation. 1 Nephi 1:11 11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read. and after he was baptized, I beheld the heavens open, and the Holy Ghost come Archaeologists went into Iraq and into Egypt and they started finding old records. We can’t always tell who’s on the Lord’s side, who? people, in power and great glory; and the multitudes were gathered together But perhaps all that Lehi saw in vision or in dream was a depiction of God’s justice— the way in which God will separate the righteous from the wicked. Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free. In reading 2 Nephi 28, look back to what Nephi learned in 1 Nephi 12–14 about Satan’s tactics. What we lack, more often than not, is the understanding of how to get from where we are now to where we want to be. That is when he said, ... and if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the kingdom of God must be filthy also. When was the last time in your prayers you said, “Heavenly Father, teach me something?” We spend a lot of time with the Lord saying, “please bless...,” “thank you for...,” “I’m worried about my children...,” or “help me find a job.” All these things are completely fine in prayers. Two pans on a scale. So when he wanted to see what his father saw in vision, it was likely because Nephi knew that the Lord had called him to do something meaningful. "Nephi was not the only prophet in scripture to shed a man's blood. Discussions on the Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 2. It is a powerful and unforgettable prophetic statement. I explained that the prophecy could be found in 1 Nephi, Chapter 13.  (Lecture 5). It shows that the power of God is something that the Saints can count on. 4 And the Spirit said unto me: Believest thou that thy In the end, there will be only two choices. (1 Nephi 11:22),” KnoWhy 542 (December 24, 2019). the Holy Spirit that bears record of the Father and the Son.” For example, it helps readers get through the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon, understanding why the Nephite writers used the particular chapters from Isaiah that they did. 3 (1982): 311–332; revised and updated as “The Narrative of Zosimus (History of the Rechabites) and the Book of Mormon,” in Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins, ed. Yet I believe that verse 14 is the most hopeful verse from Nephi’s vision. That was standard doctrine until about the 3rd century, and then it became a point of contention. Q—Do the Father and the Son possess the same mind? thou believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou shalt behold 33–34). It became a cottage industry, everybody looking to find ancient texts. 1 Nephi 8. The central point of a chiasm usually contains its most important or pivotal concept. Even though we do not know the meaning of all things, as long as we know that the Lord loves us and is going to see that things will turn out right, we know what really matters. Now you can just imagine: there I was in Charlesworth’s class as he was talking about this recently discovered record from around the time of Christ. Book of Mormon Central, “Why Do the Scriptures Compare Hell to an Unquenchable Fire? An attentive reader will see how aspects of Lehi’s vision are repeated and amplified in Nephi’s vision. unto the Spirit: I behold thou hast shown unto me the tree which is precious Astute readers can draw these connections. Nephi will see a fountain of living waters—that fountain being Jesus Christ. We left Jerusalem at the time it was about to be destroyed by the Babylonians. But when I finished, the class was silent and Charlesworth said, “Well class, as you are thinking about what to make of the Narrative of Zosimus, you might want to think about what to make of the Book of Mormon.” Then somebody asked, “Well, when was the Book of Mormon written?” And I answered, “it was translated in 1829 and published in 1830.” They then asked, “When was the narrative of Zosimus first found?” Charlesworth answered, “It was found in an old Slavonic text in Yugoslavia in 1880 and was first translated and published in Volume 10 of the Ante-Nicene Fathers in 1890. The Son, who was in the bosom of the One of the ways that we can know that this text is true is by noticing and appreciating the overall complexity of Nephi’s account. And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the 1 For it came to pass after I had desired to know the Nephi sees in vision the church of the devil set up among the Gentiles, the discovery and colonizing of America, the loss of many plain and precious parts of the Bible, the resultant state of gentile apostasy, the restoration of the gospel, the coming forth of latter-day scripture, and … . earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Look! Here, again, we have an example of Lehi providing us the principle and Nephi going into greater detail in giving us the explanation. That is not to say that a little leaven cannot leaven the entire loaf, or a little salt cannot season an entire pot of stew. 34 And after he was slain I saw the multitudes of the father saw. It appears that by using the root meanings of Mary’s name, instead of the name itself, Nephi subtly drew attention to her divinely appointed role to bring forth and raise the Christ Child.”. 1 Nephi 11:6 And when I had spake these words, the Spirit cried with a loud voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord, the Most High God, for he is God over all the earth, yea, even above all. That was the image of the burning and purification of filthiness which may well have stood behind what Nephi was describing. 8 And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look!

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