The Mystery of the Two Sons

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Among the many mysteries in scripture obfuscated by our traditions, none is more critical to understand than the true nature of God. In several earlier posts, we’ve outlined a framework describing the nature of God and His condescensions to labor among mankind. The Father’s work has been the preeminent theme throughout this blog, which describes His covenant to redeem the souls of no light from the imminent destruction that awaits them following the Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) unless they believe Him and repent. The scriptures fully reveal the Father’s covenant and all aspects of His labor among mankind and inform us that when the Father condescends to earth He comes as a Son:

1 And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son— 3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son— 4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth. (Mosiah 15)

Mormons have struggled to understand this simple concept that is taught numerous times in scripture. They are confused because of false traditions promoted by the church beginning with Joseph Smith. This theme of God condescending as a Son has been addressed over and over on this blog. Let us be very clear about this. When the Father comes down to earth, He comes as a Son. He is known as the Son of God when He lives on the earth; but make no mistake about it, He is the Father. Jesus is one example of the Son of God when he lived and performed His ministry. Jesus is the Father just as Abinadi taught above, yet Jesus came to earth as the Son of God. Jesus is one aspect or instance of the Father. He is a portion of the Father on earth while another portion of the Father remains in the Heavens as evidenced by Jesus praying to the Father. This is what the scriptures teach regarding the Father and it’s a consistent theology in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

We should never impose our human limitations upon the Most High God who is not restricted by the constraints of time or man or earthly confines and restraints whatsoever. In prior posts, we’ve provided the reader with numerous verses that teach this doctrine of the Father’s condescensions to earth. He is God and He is the Father and He comes down to earth as a Son laboring in the vineyard, having power over the elements of His creation. If you still have questions regarding this fundamental truth, we invite you to revisit the following Topics for additional information: The Nature of God, Jacob 5; The Father’s Condescensions, and The Father’s Work.

The scriptures tell us a magnificent story regarding the GMW that the world has ignored in favor of their religious traditions about the so-called second coming of Christ. Many modern Christians believe in the “Rapture,” which is unsupportable in scripture without taking a few select verses out of context. Mormons believe in an extraordinary and triumphant return of Jesus descending in clouds dressed in a white robe with a red sash thanks to artistic media used as church propaganda. This version of the second coming is equally unsupportable in scripture as the whole story, because it excludes a plethora of other data surrounding the events of the GMW. The issue with the interpretations of the churches is the fact they have a provincial view of things and disregard the comprehensive details found in profusion throughout the scriptures, choosing instead to focus on a few verses lifted out of context and completely missing the big picture altogether. Religious institutions will uphold their traditions at all cost.

We have often emphasized there is only one story told in scripture and that story is referred to as the Isaiah Story. It’s woven throughout the writings of all the prophetic and apostolic writers of scripture. Again, therefore, it’s so critically important to comprehend the scriptures for what they actually tell us rather than settling for what our religious traditions tell us to believe. In decades past, we attempted to harmonize all that was taught about the “second coming” in the writings and sermons of the Mormon hierarchy and synchronize it with scripture. There was no spreadsheet or other tool powerful enough to make sense of the unfounded and speculative claims put forth by those pretending to doctrinal authority. We discovered that most of their claims were unsubstantiated by scripture and were nothing more than the opinions of men handed down generation after generation based on the pronouncements of earlier church celebrities which appallingly disagreed with the Book of Mormon and Bible.

After a few years of searching the teachings of the brethren, attempting to come to a conclusion filled with understanding, we gave up realizing it was an impossible task. This was the foundation of knowing that something was very wrong with Mormon doctrine. It didn’t matter what doctrinal topic we decided to investigate, there was absolutely no way to harmonize the disparate nature of the pronouncements of the brethren with scripture! And no topic was more blatantly abused in this manner than the so-called second coming of Christ. Filtering through all the minutia of Mormonism’s precepts and traditions regarding the “second coming,” produced the unanticipated benefit of exposing the necessity to jettison their minutia in favor of The Word of God alone. We discovered that by searching the scriptures diligently while putting off the precepts of men, the scriptures had far more to teach regarding the work of the Son of God in the end time than we had anticipated.

The biggest surprise of all was to realize the true prophets in scripture spoke of “two Sons” working in tandem to complete the Father’s covenant. That realization, some time ago, led us to the composition of this post today. None of us had ever before heard this concept of “two Sons” taught by any church or any commentary on scripture. Yet there it was in plain sight everywhere in scripture once our eyes adjusted to the blinding light. Jesus taught His Apostles that He would return at the end of days, and all of Christendom awaits His return. Yet the writers of scripture made it abundantly clear there would be “two Sons” on the scene during the GMW. Moreover, we recognized long ago that “Jehovah” was named by Isaiah as a Son of God who will be in our midst performing much of the GMW. Therefore, we obviously had a prophetic scriptural mystery on our hands regarding the “two Sons” that demanded our attention to be solved and required further investigation.

In prior posts the name “Jehovah” was introduced as the name of the Servant presented by Isaiah. Practicing Mormons are immediately crippled by this disclosure because their temple ceremony claims that Jehovah is a pre-mortal name for Jesus Christ as set forth in a 1916 doctrinal exposition by the First Presidency. This remains the doctrine of the modern church. If that was true, then why didn’t the pre-mortal Jesus introduce himself to the brother of Jared as Jehovah rather than as Jesus? The church promoted the concept of “divine investiture” to overcome the flaws of their doctrine, yet there is not a single shred of direct evidence from scripture to support church claims that Jesus is in fact Jehovah. It’s all conjecture. Church leaders recognized in 1916 they had a serious problem on their hands because of the inconsistent and confusing manner in which the name Jehovah had been used in church doctrine up to that time. They were trying to sort out decades of bewilderment for church members and the embarrassment over Brigham Young’s distinctive doctrines on God known as the Adam-God theory which the church has subsequently repudiated…. So much for true and living prophets…. It’s more of the minutia that must be jettisoned if Mormons are to believe and comprehend the scriptures for what they say.

Now the time has come to expand on prior posts regarding the identity of this “Servant” and discuss the mystery of the “two Sons.” The same concept applies that we mentioned at the outset of this paper, namely, when God the Father comes down into the world to labor, He comes as a Son. In the case of the Isaiah Story, the prophets tell us the Father will come down in two unique instances as “two Sons” on earth concurrently. Jesus and Jehovah are the unique individuals named in scripture as the “two Sons” of God who will be in our midst performing their specific end-time labor. Both Sons are aspects of the Father! This concept has never before come to the attention of mankind so far as we can determine. Only by diligently searching the Holy Scriptures with Divine guidance have these things come to light. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, this will be one of those precious “ah-ha” moments in your life when the discovery of a sublime truth is akin to remembering the smell and taste of your grandmother’s homemade bread when it’s fresh from the oven and hot with real butter.

Here is the bread! It’s up to you to remember how it smells and taste the wonderful flavor!

19 These two sons are come unto thee, who shall be sorry for thee—thy desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword—and by whom shall I comfort thee? 20 Thy sons have fainted, save these two; they lie at the head of all the streets; as a wild bull in a net, they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. (2Nep 8)

11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. (Isa 45)

The verses from 2 Nephi Chapter 8 quoted above are from the version of Isaiah recorded on the Brass Plates which Jacob copied into his masterful discourse on the GMW. They give us more clarity on Isaiah’s prophecy recorded in Isaiah 51 and clearly tell us there are “two Sons” involved in this work. The verse quoted above from Isaiah 45 is in a series of chapters, which form at least two profound chiastic structures on the GMW. Both chiasms are available for your perusal here “A Great and Marvelous Chiasm,” and here “The Great Isaiah Chiasm.” We make this point so you’ll know we’re not lifting these verses out of context. Please go study the chapters in their fullness yourselves and you’ll recognize they are chapters describing the end-time GMW.

In like manner with Isaiah quoted above, the Apostle John and Prophet Zechariah spoke prophetically regarding the “two Sons” in the verses below:

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Rev 11)

4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Rev 11)

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. (Rev 11)

11 ¶Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? (Zech 4) (The “two Sons” standing by the Father)

12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? (Zech 4)

13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. (Zech 4) (The “two Sons” standing by the Father)

The prophets were under strict instructions not to disclose certain things openly regarding the mysteries of the GMW. Nephi for example, tells us he was forbidden to write more about his vision of the end-time (1Nep 14:28 & 2Nep 32:7), therefore, he quoted Isaiah throughout his record to offer us additional prophetic insight and commentary regarding Isaiah’s prophecies. Similarly, Isaiah and the other prophetic writers who addressed this mystery of the “two Sons” had to do so carefully and obfuscate their witness and testimony for the world. If the reader pays close attention to the bolded selections in the following verses, you will observe how the prophets concealed the mystery of the “two Sons” within their prophecies. It’s very easy to see and quite remarkable how it explains the different responsibilities that Jesus and Jehovah will shoulder. This doctrine is found all over in scripture. We will provide you with sufficient evidence to grasp what the prophets were communicating to mankind through types and shadows and other prophetic tools. Then you can read the scriptures on your own to appreciate this wondrous doctrine with new eyes. Our study of the chapters which speak of the “two Sons” divides their work into two broad categories: Jesus will gather His sheep, Jehovah will contend against the churches and the Assyrian.

Two Titles or Names of God Expressed in a Single Verse

4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. (Isa 1)

24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: (Isa 1)

24 Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, their root shall be rottenness, and their blossoms shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (2 Ne 15)

14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (2 Ne 18)

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (2 Ne 19)

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (2 Ne 19)

 17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame, and shall burn and shall devour his thorns and his briers in one day; (2 Ne 20)

7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 17)

10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: (Isa 17)

10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you. (Isa 21)

 9 ¶And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. (Isa 25)

27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod. (Isa 28)

 19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 29)

9 And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem. (Isa 31)

18 ¶To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? (Isa 40)

25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. (Isa 40)

14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 41)

17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. (Isa 41)

18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. (Isa 41)

19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: (Isa 41)

20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. (Isa 41)

27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. (Isa 41)

13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. (Isa 42)

14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. (Isa 42)

3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. (Isa 43)

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (Isa 43)

11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isa 43)

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. (Isa 43)

14 ¶Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. (Isa 43)

15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. (Isa 43)

25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (Isa 43)

3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: (Isa 44)

6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Isa 44)

8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. (Isa 44)

1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; (Isa 45)

I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: (Isa 45)

3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. (Isa 45)

8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it. (Isa 45)

11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. (Isa 45)

14 Thus saith the Lord, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God. (Isa 45)

15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. (Isa 45)

5 ¶To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? (Isa 46)

9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, (Isa 46)

11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (Isa 46)

13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. (Isa 46)

4 As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 47)

2 Nevertheless, they call themselves of the holy city, but they do not stay themselves upon the God of Israel, who is the Lord of Hosts; yea, the Lord of Hosts is his name. (1 Ne 20)

11 For mine own sake, yea, for mine own sake will I do this, for I will not suffer my name to be polluted, and I will not give my glory unto another. (1 Ne 20)

12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called, for I am he; I am the first, and I am also the last. (1 Ne 20)

15 Also, saith the Lord; I the Lord, yea, I have spoken; yea, I have called him to declare, I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous. (1 Ne 20)

17 And thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I have sent him, the Lord thy God who teacheth thee to profit, who leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go, hath done it. (1 Ne 20)

6 And he said: It is a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel. I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth. (1 Ne 21)

8 Thus saith the Lord: In an acceptable time have I heard thee, O isles of the sea, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee my servant for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; (1 Ne 21)

9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners: Go forth; to them that sit in darkness: Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. (1 Ne 21)

10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. (1 Ne 21)

11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. (1 Ne 21)

14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not. (1 Ne 21)

22 Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. (1 Ne 21)

25 But thus saith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. (1 Ne 21)

 2 Wherefore, when I came, there was no man; when I called, yea, there was none to answer. O house of Israel, is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem, or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make their rivers a wilderness and their fish to stink because the waters are dried up, and they die because of thirst. (2Nep 7)

3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering. (2 Ne 7)

5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arm shall judge the people. The isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. (2Nep 8)

6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. (2Nep 8)

8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool. But my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation. (2Nep 8)

Awake, awake! Put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake as in the ancient days. Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? (2Nep 8)

12 I am he; yea, I am he that comforteth you. Behold, who art thou, that thou shouldst be afraid of man, who shall die, and of the son of man, who shall be made like unto grass? (2Nep 8)

19 These two sons are come unto thee, who shall be sorry for thee—thy desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword—and by whom shall I comfort thee? 20 Thy sons have fainted, save these two; they lie at the head of all the streets; as a wild bull in a net, they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. (2Nep 8)

6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. (Isa 52)

7 ¶How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! (Isa 52)

8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. (Isa 52)

10 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (Isa 52)

12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward. (Isa 52)

42 For ye shall not go out with haste nor go by flight; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel shall be your rearward. (3 Ne 20)

29 And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste, nor go by flight, for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward. (3 Ne 21)

5 For thy maker, thy 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. (3 Ne 22)

Two Door Posts as the Sons with the Lintel overhead as the Father

4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (2 Ne 16)

49 The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits; and he brought me by the steps whereby they went up to it: and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side. (Ezek 40)

21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz. (1 Kgs 7)

7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. (Ex 12)

1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered. (Amos 9)

The Number Two as a Type and Shadow

10 And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness. (1 Ne 16)

11 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make a bellows wherewith to blow the fire, of the skins of beasts; and after I had made a bellows, that I might have wherewith to blow the fire, I did smite two stones together that I might make fire. (1 Ne 17)

23 And behold, these two stones will I give unto thee, and ye shall seal them up also with the things which ye shall write. 24 For behold, the language which ye shall write I have confounded; wherefore I will cause in my own due time that these stones shall magnify to the eyes of men these things which ye shall write. (Ether 3)

2 For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared the stones which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof; and behold, they did give light unto the vessels. 3 And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness. (Ether 6)

1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; (Isa 45)

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Rev 11)

4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Rev 11)

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. (Rev 11)

11 ¶Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? (Zech 4)

12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? (Zech 4)

13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. (Zech 4)

The First and the Last, The Beginning and the End

4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he. (Isa 41)

6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Isa 44)

12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called, for I am he; I am the first, and I am also the last. (1Nep 20)

18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. (3 Nephi 9)

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1)

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (Revelation 21)

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22)

Conclusion

11 ¶For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. 16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. (Ezekial 34)

“Come ye near unto me; I have not spoken in secret; from the beginning, from the time that it was declared have I spoken; and the Lord God and his Spirit, hath sent me.” (Isaiah 48:17 or 1Nephi 20:16)

Our record of scripture and the coming records testify of the coming day of Judgment. Inevitable destruction will occur across the whole earth; then the earth will be rolled up as a scroll. Mormon declares that Jesus taught, “And he did expound all things even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory—yea, even all things which should come upon the face of the earth, even until the elements should melt with fervent heat, and the earth should be wrapt together as a scroll and the heavens and the earth should pass away; And even unto the great and last day, when all people, and all kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall stand before God, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.” (3Nephi 26:3-4)

In scripture, God has always given us patterns to rely on. Before any great destruction occurs, prophets have always come to call forth repentance. Because of the nature of this final work, the culmination of ALL of God’s promises, would it not be logical that God Himself would condescend one last time to declare repentance and contend with the darkness and evil that blankets the earth AND to gather out His sheep? Thus, the scriptures bring forth the mystery of the two Sons — Jehovah and Jesus will finish the Father’s work until the prophecies and promises of the covenant to the House of Israel are fulfilled.

“For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled. Search the prophecies of Isaiah. Behold, I cannot write them…” (Mormon 8:22-23)

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