An ancient prophetic manuscript of tremendous importance to the Father’s Great and Marvelous Work was foretold by prophets in the preparatory volume that would be handed down to us through the Strong Delusion— The Book of Mormon not only contains numerous KEYS to enable our understanding of the Isaiah Story, but it holds within the folds and layers of its end time prophecies, specific details about the coming forth of a book of scripture that is so significant in the Isaiah Story that the book is actually named and the scriptures tell the story of its miraculous unveiling to the world.
Let us begin this paper by telling the story of the record that will change the world and cause a great division among the people who believe the book and the corporate churches who will fight against it saying “A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be anymore Bible.” (2Nep 29:3) This record will be translated by God’s Servant and He will set it before the world as another witness of the Gospel as taught by Jesus and His apostles in the Bible because it will be another book of scripture written by the apostle John.
The earliest known reference to this book is found in the writings of Nephi in his cosmic vision which is all about the Great and Marvelous Work. In a future post we will present Nephi’s vision as one of the central pillars of the Isaiah Story. The vision has nothing to do with the Bible, Christopher Columbus, England, the Pilgrims, the Revolutionary War, or any of the other interpretations that Mormons have assigned to it. Nephi’s vision is one of many fundamental records of the Isaiah Story told throughout holy writ BECAUSE the true and holy prophets were focused on the Father’s covenant and the Father’s work at the end of days.
For now, let’s focus on this new book of scripture that will come forth at the dawn of the Isaiah Story. Because of the false precepts and traditions taught in the church, that the advent of Mormonism was the “Marvelous work and a Wonder” spoken of in scripture, the church unavoidably and mistakenly assigned meanings to Nephi’s vision based on Mormon history and self-perception. These false precepts have blinded us to this facet of the Isaiah Story. Nephi tells us plainly in, 1Nep 14:24-27, that the writer of the book in question is the apostle John. Yet as is so often the case, we’ve wrested the scriptures in an attempt to force a square peg into a round hole. The Strong Delusion has reduced one of the most profound revelations in all of scripture into a quaint little story about the discovery and colonization of America and the greatness of the Mormon kingdom. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you try to understand Nephi’s revelation through your rose colored Mormon glasses, you will be hopelessly frustrated! Let the truth of Nephi’s remarkable revelation be seen with new eyes for the first time in your lives.
John’s forthcoming book of scripture is so profoundly important in the Father’s Great and Marvelous Work that God brings John’s book to the world first! While there will be other books of scripture to follow, this book is the record with which God opens the heavens again, and gives to all the world a precious and wonderful gift. As Nephi begins to tell this story, he makes no attempt to differentiate between Mormons and other Christians. He merely tells us there will be “Gentiles” who will believe the book, and that their churches will fight against the book. Later as Nephi prophesies about the specific details of the book’s translation, we’ll see that John brings this book to the world’s attention in such a dramatic fashion, that the Christian world will KNOW that John the Beloved is here on the earth among us! John’s exploits will force the Christian churches to acknowledge his book initially, although they will later repudiate some of what is written in John’s book because it exposes their false traditions and the corruption of the foundational doctrines of these churches.
Perhaps the simplest way for you to identify what Nephi was actually telling us, is to quote the applicable verses and view them from the perspective of The Great and Marvelous Work (GMW).
20 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that they did prosper in the land; and I beheld a book, and it was carried forth among them. 21 And the angel said unto me: Knowest thou the meaning of the book? 22 And I said unto him: I know not. 23 And he said: Behold it proceedeth out of the mouth of a Jew. (This is John’s book) And I, Nephi, beheld it; and he said unto me: The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets; (John’s record will contain quotes from many of the holy prophets) and it is a record like unto the engravings which are upon the plates of brass, save there are not so many; nevertheless, they contain the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles. (When we explain Nephi’s vision in detail as part of the Isaiah Story posts, we will demonstrate that the “Gentiles” are the “Christians” who will believe and accept John’s record.) 24 And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; (a Jew… One man. John) and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew (a Jew… One man. John) it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; (John’s book will contain the words of his fellow apostles which John has compiled much like Mormon and Moroni compiled the Book of Mormon from the writings of the Nephite and Lamanite prophets) and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God. 25 Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews (the twelve apostles) in purity unto the Gentiles, (The Christians) according to the truth which is in God. 26 And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews (John and his fellow apostles) unto the Gentiles, (the Christians) thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; (when we write specifically about the Isaiah story we will explain three layers of this great and abominable church, but for our purposes here, the churches will join forces and unite against this book because the members of the churches are believing John’s record due to the profound way by which it comes forth. At first, the churches say nothing against the book— but as they begin to discover it speaks out against all organized and corrupt religions, they will compel their members TO NOT BELIEVE certain parts of John’s miraculous record, thus in effect taking away many plain and precious parts) for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away. 27 And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men. 28 Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God. (Nephi exclaims this book will be titled “The Book of the Lamb of God.”) 29 And after these plain and precious things were taken away it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles; (All of the Christian churches) and after it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles, yea, even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity, (These are the Christian people who believed John’s book despite what their churches said and it brought them out of captivity into freedom from their false traditions and beliefs) thou seest—because of the many plain and precious things which have been taken out of the book, which were plain unto the understanding of the children of men, according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God—because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them. (John will strip away man-made traditions and precepts and unveil the simplicity of Jesus’ true gospel. The churches will not like this. This record of John’s will be the cause of tremendous strife and division. It will also lead to the Servant’s death by unbelievers who are threatened by the book He brings forth) 30 Nevertheless, thou beholdest that the Gentiles ( Christians) who have gone forth out of captivity, (Christians believing John’s book and leaving behind their churches with their false traditions) and have been lifted up by the power of God above all other nations, upon the face of the land which is choice above all other lands, which is the land that the Lord God hath covenanted with thy father that his seed should have for the land of their inheritance; wherefore, thou seest that the Lord God will not suffer that the Gentiles (Christians) will utterly destroy the mixture of thy seed, (This has to do with peoples which we will discuss in the Isaiah Story posts and not with Native Americans as the church teaches) which are among thy brethren. 31 Neither will he suffer that the Gentiles shall destroy the seed of thy brethren. 32 Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful state of blindness, which thou beholdest they are in, because of the plain and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church, whose formation thou hast seen. (Again, this is in reference to all of the churches who come out against John’s book) 33 Wherefore saith the Lamb of God: I will be merciful unto the Gentiles, unto the visiting of the remnant of the house of Israel in great judgment. 34 And it came to pass that the angel of the Lord spake unto me, saying: Behold, saith the Lamb of God, after I have visited the remnant of the house of Israel—and this remnant of whom I speak is the seed of thy father— (The remnant will be discussed later) wherefore, after I have visited them in judgment, and smitten them by the hand of the Gentiles, and after the Gentiles do stumble exceedingly, because of the most plain and precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church, which is the mother of harlots, saith the Lamb—I will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day, insomuch that I will bring forth unto them, in mine own power, (The Servant will bring forth more records when He stands up after His death) much of my gospel, which shall be plain and precious, saith the Lamb. 35 For, behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious; and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwindle in unbelief, and also the seed of thy brethren, (This will be discussed later) behold, these things shall be hid up to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb. 36 And in them (other records) shall be written my gospel, saith the Lamb, and my rock and my salvation. 37 And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, (Records) yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be. 38 And it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the book of the Lamb of God, which had proceeded forth from the mouth of the Jew, (John) that it came forth from the Gentiles unto the remnant of the seed of my brethren. (John’s book will be a key in the conversion of many peoples to the truth. We will discuss this remnant later) 39 And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, (These will be additional books of scripture that will come forth) 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. 40 And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, (The other records which will come will prove that John’s book is true) and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; (John’s book will teach the world that there is ONE God and that He is both the Father and the Son. We’ve pointed out in numerous places how the above verse of scripture was changed by adding the words “the son of” to conform to the Strong Delusion) and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved. 41 And they must come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy seed, as well as in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; (John’s book) wherefore they both shall be established in one; for there is one God and one Shepherd over all the earth. 42 And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last. (1Nep 13:20-42)
18 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! 19 And I looked and beheld a man, and he was dressed in a white robe. 20 And the angel said unto me: Behold one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (John) 21 Behold, he (John) shall see and write the remainder of these things; yea, and also many things which have been. 22 And he (John) shall also write concerning the end of the world. 23 Wherefore, the things which he (John) shall write are just and true; and behold they are written in the book which thou beheld proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew; (John’s book) and at the time they proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the time the book proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, (John’s book) the things which were written were plain and pure, and most precious and easy to the understanding of all men. (John’s book will be clear and easy to understand and again will bring the simplicity of Jesus’ gospel back to mankind) 24 And behold, the things which this apostle of the Lamb (John) shall write are many things which thou hast seen; and behold, the remainder shalt thou see. 25 But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord God hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them. (In an earlier post about the Gospel of John, chapters 8-11, we demonstrated how John’s gospel is a microcosm of the Isaiah story and it certainly is a partial fulfilment of this prophecy as is The Book of Revelations. However, we see in this paper, John has another book, The Book of the Lamb of God, yet to come forth which completely fulfills this prophecy) 26 And also others who have been, to them hath he (God) shown all things, and they have written them; and they are sealed up to come forth in their purity, (forthcoming records) according to the truth which is in the Lamb, in the own due time of the Lord, unto the house of Israel. 27 And I, Nephi, heard and bear record, that the name of the apostle of the Lamb was John, according to the word of the angel. 28 And behold, I, Nephi, am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things which I saw and heard; wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me; and I have written but a small part of the things which I saw. 29 And I bear record that I saw the things which my father saw, and the angel of the Lord did make them known unto me. 30 And now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried away in the Spirit; and if all the things which I saw are not written, the things which I have written are true. And thus it is. Amen. (1Nep 14:18-30)
Now that we’ve read and understood this portion of Nephi’s tremendous cosmic vision, let’s turn our attention to how the book will come forward in our time. The Book of Revelation is a revelation of the last days and it contains John’s prophecy of the Servant of God being taken to God’s throne in heaven to witness his own cosmic vision; similar to the experiences of the brother of Jared or Nephi or John himself who saw all these things mentioned in Nephi’s vision above. Revelation, chapters 4-10, contain the story of the Servant’s throne Theophany and we’ll join that future event now and look in on this exchange between the Servant and God on His throne:
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. (This is a volume containing several books of scripture which are individually sealed. John’s book is one of the sealed books.) 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I (John) wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (This is the Servant of God from the Isaiah story who is given power by God to open the seals and translate the books) 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. (Rev 5:1-7)
The Servant is given the sealed books by the Father and He in turn gives the book to John to bring it forth to the world as we see in chapter 10 below:
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, (The Servant returning from his Theophany) clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: (John’s book) and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: (Remember the Servant of God is the Lion of the tribe of Judah) and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me (John) again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel (The Servant) which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I (John) went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. (John’s book) And he (The Servant) said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I (John) took the little book out of the angel’s (Servant’s) hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he (The Servant) said unto me (John), Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (Rev 10:1-11) (John will stand before the world and announce who he is and that he has a book containing the writings of the apostles of Jesus called, “The Book of the Lamb of God.”)
The scriptures are so plain to read and understand when we search them diligently and comprehend them as a single unified story. The next part of this magnificent story is told by Nephi as he expanded on Isaiah chapter 29 with the gift and spirit of prophecy. Nephi saw these things in vision so he could write about them with certainty. Mormons have contorted both Isaiah chapter 29 and 2Nephi chapter 27 to force fit their convoluted and elaborately whitewashed history. Any careful student of Mormon history, can clearly see these things do not correspond to the Martin Harris and Professor Anthon story in any way, despite church’s claim to the contrary.
It is not requisite by any standard that The Book of Mormon testify of itself or of its reality. Its purpose is as a prophecy of The Great and Marvelous Work. Nephi prophesies of the coming forth of John’s record in 2Nephi Chapter 27 and not the advent of the Book of Mormon.
Now let’s turn to 2Nephi chapter 27 as Nephi concludes his prophecy regarding John’s book:
6 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book (John’s book), and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered. (The apostles of Jesus) 7 And behold the book shall be sealed; (Think back to Revelations chapter 5) and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof. 8 Wherefore, because of the things which are sealed up, the things which are sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abominations of the people. Wherefore the book shall be kept from them. (Some of the books contained in the seven seals will be held back) 9 But the book (John’s book) shall be delivered unto a man, (The Servant in Rev 5) and he shall deliver the words of the book, (John’s book) which are the words of those who have slumbered in the dust, and he shall deliver these words unto another; (This is when the Servant gives the book to John in Rev 10) 10 But the words which are sealed he shall not deliver, neither shall he deliver the book. For the book shall be sealed by the power of God, and the revelation which was sealed shall be kept in the book until the own due time of the Lord, that they may come forth; (Only John’s book will be unsealed at this time in the Isaiah Story) for behold, they (the books which remain sealed) reveal all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof. 11 And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; (Via the internet perhaps) 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. 12 Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man (The Servant) of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three witnesses shall behold it, by the power of God, besides him (The Servant) to whom the book (John’s Book) shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein. 13 And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his word unto the children of men; for the Lord God hath said that the words of the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead. 14 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book (John’s book); and in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good will he establish his word; and wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God! 15 But behold, it shall come to pass that the Lord God (on his Throne in Rev 5) shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the book (The Servant): Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another (Give them to John), that he may show them unto the learned, saying: Read this, I pray thee. And the learned shall say: Bring hither the book, and I will read them. 16 And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain will they say this, and not for the glory of God. 17 And the man (John) shall say: I cannot bring the book, for it is sealed. 18 Then shall the learned say: I cannot read it. (John will take a portion of the unsealed book to the learned leaders of the Mormon Church and ask them to translate it. In 2015 the church disclosed to the world that they have the “seer stone” with which Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Even though the 15 senior leaders of the church claim to be prophets, seers, and revelators, they will be unable to translate the record. John will do this in a manner to gain the most attention possible and embarrass and expose the false prophets of the Mormon Church in the eyes of all the world. This record will come forward with signs and wonders because John has remained on the earth to perform this great act as a part of the GMW) 19 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book (John’s book) and the words thereof to him that is not learned; (the Servant) and the man that is not learned shall say: I am not learned. 20 Then shall the Lord God say unto him (The Servant): The learned shall not read them, for they have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; wherefore thou (The Servant) shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee. 21 Touch not the things which are sealed, for I will bring them forth in mine own due time; (Don’t yet translate the other books which are still sealed) for I will show unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own work. 22 Wherefore, when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee, and obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee, then shalt thou seal up the book (John’s book) again, and hide it up unto me, that I may preserve the words which thou hast not read, until I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men. (2Nep 27:6-22)
As the Nephite prophet Moroni records the history of the Jaradites, he also gives us a prophecy regarding John’s forthcoming book:
13 Come unto me, O ye Gentiles (Christians), and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief. 14 Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief. 15 Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel. 16 And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed. 17 Therefore, when ye shall receive this record (John’s book) ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land. (Ether 4:13-17)
The apostle John will come with great power to stand before the nations of the earth with a book in his hands containing the words of Jesus and His apostles. His book will be translated by the Servant of God and when these things happen we will KNOW that the Father’s final Great and Marvelous Work has commenced upon the earth.