2 Nephi 6

2 Nephi 6: Jewish History

                Jacob speaks to the people of Nephi, he explains that he is anxious and desirous of them, that they might have welfare unto their souls. He explains that Nephi has told them much of the history of the world, but that he would like to read to them the words of Isaiah to give them a better history of their own people, the Jews.  Jacob explains that they might be likened unto themselves, because they too are part of the house of Israel.

Jacob speaks the words of Isaiah;

“…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.  And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” (2 Nephi 6:6; see also: Isaiah 49:22)

Jacob reminds the people of Nephi that he reason for leaving the ‘Old World’ and coming to the ‘New World’ was because Jerusalem was to be destroyed (and at this point had already been destroyed) and for this purpose Lehi was led by God to safety with his family. Jacob explains that even though the people were destroyed that God will have them return, however they would also crucify their Savior.

Jacob continues to explain the Jewish people; “…shall be scattered, and smitten, and hated; nevertheless, the Lord will be merciful unto them, that when they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer, they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance.” (2 Nephi 6:11) Jacob explains that not only will the Jews be blessed, but also the Gentiles; “…if it so be that they shall repent and fight not against Zion, and do not unite themselves to that great and abominable church, they shall be saved; for the Lord God will fulfil his covenants which he has made unto his children; and for this cause the prophet has written these things.” (2 Nephi 6:12) Jacob explains that those who fight against Zion shall ‘lick up the dust of their feet’ as Isaiah had explained in old.

Jacob explains that those who fight against Zion and believe not on the Lord shall be destroyed; “…both by fire, and by tempest, and by earthquakes, and by bloodsheds, and by pestilence, and by famine. And they shall know that the Lord is God, the Holy One of Israel.” (2 Nephi 6:15)

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Ezekiel 47-48

Ezekiel 47-48

Chapter 47: Water in the Temple

The vision of the holy waters issuing out of the temple, starting as a shallow stream, then getting deeper and fuller until it is over a man’s head. The river travels east until it reaches a sea, which will swarm with fish. Only the marshy ground will still be salty. Fruitful banks will grow on the banks of the river. A description of the division of the land shared between Jews and proselytes are given.

Chapter 48: “The Lord is here”

A description of the several portions of the land belonging to each tribe, together with the portion allotted to the Temple, city, suburb, and the prince are given. The measurement of the gates of the new city – three facing north, three south, three east and three west, each named after a tribe. The city will be named ‘The Lord is there”.

Ezekiel 35-36

Ezekiel 35-36

Chapter 35: Judgment of Mt. Seir

The word of the Lord comes to Ezekiel and tells him to warn the people of Mount Seir of Idumea (Edom). Ezekiel warns them that their lands will be filled with the bodies of slain men, because of the blasphemies/and wrong doings that had been committed unto Israel. The people and lands of Mount Seir shall be desolate.

Chapter 36: New Heart, New Spirit

In the last days the house of Israel will be scattered back to their own lands… the mountains of Judah, occupied by the Idumeans, will be rid of their alien occupants and their idolatries. These same idolatries and other sins of the Jews are the cause of their dispersion and captivity. The Israelites will be restored after the Babylonian captivity.

“…the desolate land shall be tilled… And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced…” (Ezekiel 36: 34-35)

The Lord shall give the Jews a new heart and a new spirit and they shall have the Gospel Law in the Last days.

Ezekiel 27-28

Ezekiel 27-28

Chapter 27: Ezekiel is sad for Tyrus

Tyre’s beauty and commercial prosperity is described but Ezekiel laments the fall of Tyrus and all of the commercial prosperity.

Chapter 28: Tyrus and Zidon shall be destroyed

Tyre has said; “I am a God, I sit in the seat of God…”(Ezekiel 28:2). Strangers will be brought against it. The corrupting influence of its material wealth and beauty is described. Tyre will be devoured in fire and Sidon will be destroyed.  The Jews will be restored after the Babylonian captivity.

Ezekiel 23-24

Ezekiel 23-24

Chapter 23: Two Sister Whores

Samaria and Jerusalem are compared as two harlots, whom were beautiful virgins. These daughters were from one mother, however, they decided to destroy their beauty and remove their virginity by committing whoredoms in Egypt. Then they continued on to commit sexual sins with the Assyrians (Samaria and Jerusalem) and the Babylonians (Jerusalem). They are brought to a lowly state by those they doted on (doted:  those whose idolatrous practices they adopted). God, however, knows of their nakedness of their whoredoms shall be discovered, and both will be destroyed for their sins.

Chapter 24: Ezekiel = Sign

Jerusalem is compared to the scum in a pot of boiling water with bones and meat in it. Her scum shall be in the fire. The Lord causes Ezekiel’s wife to die, but as a sign to the Jews, Ezekiel is not allowed to mourn. This lack of mourning indicates that the Jerusalem will not be permitted to mourn for its forthcoming calamity.

Ezekiel 21-22

Ezekiel 21-22

Chapter 21: Both Righteous & Wicked shall be slain

The Lord’s sword is put against Jerusalem. Ezekiel is commanded by the Lord to cry unto the people and sigh as an animal would sigh. He divines to ascertain which to attack first, and Jerusalem is picked. Destruction is also predicted for the Ammonites.

Chapter 22: The sins of Jerusalem

Ezekiel catalogs the sins of the Jews in Jerusalem “…committed abomination with his neighbor’s wife…lewdly defiled his daughter in law… taken gifts to shed blood… taken usury and increase… dishonest gain…” (Ezekiel 22:11-13) The sin of the Jews includes sexual, worshiping idols, social taboos, murder and dishonest gain. The Lord then asks a question “Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the Lord have spoken it, and will do it.” (Ezekiel 22:14) Essentially the Lord is saying; “You think you are tough now… but will you be SO TOUGH, BEFORE ME and MY WRATH?”  Because of their iniquities they will be destroyed and scattered.

Ezekiel 15-16

Ezekiel 15-16

Chapter 15: Jerusalem will be burned

The Jews are compared to a barren, useless vine, fit for nothing but to be cast on the fire.

Chapter 16: Jerusalem is Sin, the Last Days

God is a very caring and loving God. This chapter helps us to understand how God does so much in our lives and then we repay him with ingratitude, polluting ourselves with idolatry, breaking commandments and committing sin. We learn about a whore, who with her nakedness will be discovered by those she has committed whoredoms with. Sodom is her sister.