In this paper we will focus on John 8:1-12 and look at the events John describes through the lens of the Great and Marvelous Work (GMW). In order to see John’s clear message and intent, one must read this as both metaphor and prophecy because John knew and understood the Isaiah Story and his entire gospel is written as a blueprint for the GMW. The holy prophets knew the events of the end time so well that they composed their prophetic writing like a checklist of events. Once you know the story, you can easily visualize how John wove his gospel together with a tapestry of metaphor and prophecy.
For Mormons it is not natural or easy to read scripture in this manner because we have NEVER been taught to read the prophets as metaphor written in types and shadows which is their method of prophecy. We must open our minds and adjust our vision and the Holy Spirit will enable you to see that John is writing about the end time. This exercise will empower you to see the prophecy of the GMW throughout ALL of scripture.
John knows the order of events in the GMW and we join this scene of the Isaiah Story with the Servant arriving on stage to contend with the corrupt Mormon Church. The accusers arrive also who represent the church hierarchy or “the brethren” and they bring a woman accused of adultery before the Servant to draw him into a trap. The woman represents individual Mormons who are awakening and standing up for themselves and the church is holding a disciplinary court where the Pharisees call these awake people “adulterous” because they have left their former husband the church, and they are now following the Servant.
5 For thy Maker is thine 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. 6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. (Isa 54:5-6. The Lord calls this woman [or man] “forsaken and grieved in spirit.” They are a wife of youth to the church, meaning they are members of the church and the church has refused them. But the TRUE Husband is the Lord and He will redeem them.)
John paints this provocative image for us to contemplate, so let’s begin!
1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. (This is when the Servant first stands up in the vineyard to perform his work.)
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. (The Isaiah Story depicts much of the action as occurring around the temple in the capital city which we described in the post “Mapping the Great and Marvelous Work.” What better place for the Servant to teach and perform miracles to get the attention of the Pharisees or brethren—)
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, (These are the individual members who are awakening to the lies and corruption of the church and they will be persecuted by the leaders.)
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act (Many people have already been excommunicated by the church for speaking out against the fraud. Many more will “come out of her” (Rev 18:4) as the GMW unfolds.)
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? (Stoned…… John uses the imagery of stones in the hands of the Pharisees because he knows the arm of flesh “brethren” are on their way to the potter’s wheel which we have mentioned elsewhere. John takes his imagery of “stones” directly from Isaiah who writes of the stones these people will become after their souls are disorganized in the potter’s wheel to begin anew. Some will be stones and some will be dust as we’ll see in the next verses. See Isa 14:19; Isa 27:9; and Isa 57:6 as examples of this concept.)
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. (The act of Jesus stooping down is symbolic of God coming down to earth below all things. He even stoops below the Pharisees who are the darkest of all the souls of no light. Notice he is writing in the dirt and dust probably while listening to His Father. The ultimate fate of the Pharisees is the dust in which he is writing. They try to entrap the Servant but his wisdom is divine. He knows the plan of which they are totally ignorant. The holy prophets write much about the souls of no light returning to dust to begin again the long journey of gaining light. Search on the word “dust” and read what the prophets have written if you are so inclined.)
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (This is certainly in type of the kinds of things the Servant will do to attempt to prick their conscience.)
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. (Jesus is condemning the Pharisees again almost as a second witness against them by the very act of writing in the dust.)
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. (The metaphor here certainly appears to depict that the evidence and power of the Servant’s words will cause some of the “eldest” (the elders) or the leaders to leave the woman alone because their own guilt will be too much for them when this great work is underway. Now these awake people are alone standing with their true Husband the Lord who is in their midst. As a final bit of irony, John saw that in the church hierarchy “the brethren” enter and exit rooms with the eldest or most senior going first.)
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (Go and sin no more means to not partake of the sins of the church anymore. As Mormons, their lives were wrapped up in idolatry, priestcraft, the arm of flesh, signs, tokens, garments with Masonic symbols, precepts and traditions, and a host of other sins.)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (The Servant is the Light to bring these individuals awakening out of the darkness.)
Isaiah wrote of the same situation these awakening souls will face as they are persecuted by the church:
5 Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. (Isa 66:5)