John 10 My Sheep Know My Voice

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In this chapter, John beautifully writes how the Servant of God loves the sheep and the true sheep know His voice. They will recognize Him and His message when He stands up. If you’ve been reading the posts in order, then by now, you understand the Great and Marvelous Work well enough that you can read these things in types and shadows as John intended them to be read. We will look at the first nineteen verses of this chapter. 1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (From the outset of … Read More

John 9 We Are All Blind Until We Awaken

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John portrays the journey we all must pursue to awaken from our condition of blindness caused by the precepts of men (see 2Nephi chapter 28), and he shows us how the Servant will awaken the blind who are willing to see. Let’s look in on John’s tremendous prophecy. 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. (This blind man represents every member of the church who is asleep and blind. The Servant begins his public ministry awakening as many blind people as he can; teaching them the truth.) 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was … Read More

John 8 The Forsaken Woman and Her True Husband

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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 … Read More

The Isaiah Story Unveiled in the Gospel of John

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The time has come to briefly recount how we discovered the Isaiah Story throughout the canon of scripture. At first, we were severely limited in our understanding because of the commentaries we had studied. The precepts of Mormonism were being imposed on us by the traditions Mormon writers bring to the publishing business. Everything that Mormon scholars write must be filtered through the sieve of their good standing in the church. This was problematic and had to be surmounted line upon line and round after round as we surveyed the scriptures carefully over and over, stripping away the precepts we had learned from the community of Mormon scholars. Learning to believe what the scriptures themselves … Read More

Jesus Against the Pharisees
Part 2

AndersFalse Prophets

Now we come to John’s records of these events. At the end of this post we will write of a further KEY to understand the Isaiah Story. The Scriptures Continued 13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s … Read More

I am Against the Prophets
Part 2

AndersFalse Prophets

We call upon the words of the prophet Micah as our next example. His book is a tremendous microcosm of the Isaiah Story and we share these words from his plentiful prophecies. 1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? 2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; 3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and … Read More

One Like Unto Moses; The Deliverer

AndersOne God

By the time you are reading this paper you should have already found in the prior posts the most remarkable things about God’s nature and His work in this world that you never saw before in scripture because of the precepts taught by men. These supernal truths should fill your souls with burning bright light to fill the corners of your mind and heart with unspeakable joy. One prophet wrote of the experience described in these words: …the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind, and the light which did light up his mind, which was the light of the glory of God, which was a marvelous light of his goodness—yea, … Read More

Jacob Chapter 5 in the Great And Marvelous Work Part 2

AndersGod's Condescensions

The prior post on Jacob 5 discussed God condescending into the world and we introduced the scriptures speaking of God setting his hand the second time to finish his work during the GMW. In this paper we want to look more closely at the verses in Jacob 5 which delineate both the first and second times that God will do his work during the tumultuous times described by the holy prophets to show us what is coming in the Isaiah Story. These themes will be expanded more and more in future posts as we explore what the prophets have taught regarding the specifics of this story. For our purposes here, we will limit this discussion … Read More

Jacob Chapter 5 in the Great And Marvelous Work Part 1

AndersGod's Condescensions

The prophet Zenos wrote such a singularly significant prophecy that Jacob felt compelled to include the entire work in his own book of prophecy contained in the Book of Mormon (BOM) in what became Jacob chapter 5. Being holy prophets they both knew the story of The Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) and all of its component parts. Jacob knew just as we’ve come to know, what a profound piece of literature on the work of God’s labor in His vineyard among men this prophecy represents. We want to share with you the most important things we’ve appreciated and recognized in Jacob 5 from the perspective of the GMW. We will show you the most … Read More

A Light in Dark Places

AndersThe Great and Marvelous Work

In that place between dreams and being fully awake, there is often time to pause in a state of consciousness that we don’t get to experience as much as we might otherwise wish in this dark mortal world. It’s a place where our souls are free to see into reality from a perspective not available to us when fully conscious. Some people seem more adept at recognizing reality for what it really is, while others are content with less truth. Far too many among us are like the grazing cattle being fattened for slaughter as they go about their lives being told what to believe and how to live without ever taking responsibility to gather … Read More