Friday, July 23, 2010

40u - The Book of Mormon, Is Truly Another Testament of Jesus Christ! Part 2.- The Testimony of Jesus is The Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation!

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Alma 45: 2 And it came to pass in the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, that Alma came unto his son Helaman and said unto him: Believest thou the words which I spake unto thee concerning those records which have been kept?
3 And Helaman said unto him: Yea, I believe.
4 And Alma said again: Believest thou in Jesus Christ, who shall come?
5 And he said: Yea, I believe all the words which thou hast spoken.
6 And Alma said unto him again: Will ye keep my commandments?
7 And he said: Yea, I will keep thy commandments with all my heart.
8 Then Alma said unto him: Blessed art thou; and the Lord shall prosper thee in this land.
9 But behold, I have somewhat to prophesy unto thee; but what I prophesy unto thee ye shall not make known; yea, what I prophesy unto thee shall not be made known, even until the prophecy is fulfilled; therefore write the words which I shall say.
10 And these are the words: Behold, I perceive that this very people, the Nephites, according to the spirit of revelation which is in me, in four hundred years from the time that Jesus Christ shall manifest himself unto them, shall dwindle in unbelief.
11 Yea, and then shall they see wars and pestilences, yea, famines and bloodshed, even until the people of Nephi shall become extinct—
12 Yea, and this because they shall dwindle in unbelief and fall into the works of darkness, and lasciviousness, and all manner of iniquities; yea, I say unto you, that because they shall sin against so great light and knowledge, yea, I say unto you, that from that day, even the fourth generation shall not all pass away before this great iniquity shall come.(emphasis added)
From my post 33r we see that Alma's prophecy given in 73 B.C. above matches perfectly our Savior's prophecy given to the Nephites in 34 A.D:
III Nephi 27: 32 But behold, it sorroweth me because of the fourth generation from this generation, for they are led away captive by him even as was the son of perdition; for they will sell me for silver and for gold, and for that which moth doth corrupt and which thieves can break through and steal. And in that day will I visit them, even in turning their works upon their own heads.
The spirit of prophecy and revelation which emanates from the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost, (who are all one in spirit but are separate entities,) always gives the truth. From the words of Alma above, you have seen that his prophecy and revelation exactly matched that of the Lord given to the Nephites just after His resurrection quoted above (III Nephi 27:32).

From a previous post (35a) I quoted from the book, "The World and the Prophets" written by Dr. Hugh W. Nibley" the following: ". . . In this great revolution of the second century, the whole orientation of the (Christian) church changed completely. What brought this about? It was the ceasing of prophetic voices. . . Paul had prophesied that "whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away (I Corinthians 13:8)"

Now I want to give you very clear evidence that the Book of Mormon is clearly "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Please note what it was that Alma the younger remembered his father, Alma, having taught him, as you read the scripture given after this painting. It will be highlighted.

Alma the Younger and the Four Sons of King Mosiah are Severely Reprimanded by an Angel -by Gary L. Kapp
You have seen from the writings of the Prophet Alma above that he was saved from exceeding anguish after he recalled and believed in the prophetic words of his own father, Alma, regarding the future coming to earth of Jesus Christ to atone for the sins of mankind. Why then is the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation not a part of the Christian churches of today's world? I must also ask, why don't those churches accept the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ? After all its prophets often testify in their writings of their using the gifts of Prophecy and Revelation.
Alma 36: 6 For I went about with the sons of Mosiah, seeking to destroy the church of God; but behold, God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way.
7 And behold, he spake unto us, as it were the voice of thunder, and the whole earth did tremble beneath our feet; and we all fell to the earth, for the fear of the Lord came upon us.
8 But behold, the voice said unto me: Arise. And I arose and stood up, and beheld the angel.
9 And he said unto me: If thou wilt of thyself be destroyed, seek no more to destroy the church of God.
10 And it came to pass that I fell to the earth; and it was for the space of three days and three nights that I could not open my mouth, neither had I the use of my limbs.
11 And the angel spake more things unto me, which were heard by my brethren, but I did not hear them; for when I heard the words—If thou wilt be destroyed of thyself, seek no more to destroy the church of God—I was struck with such great fear and amazement lest perhaps I should be destroyed, that I fell to the earth and I did hear no more.
12 But I was racked with eternal torment, for my soul was harrowed up to the greatest degree and racked with all my sins.
13 Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell; yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God, and that I had not kept his holy commandments.
14 Yea, and I had murdered many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction; yea, and in fine so great had been my iniquities, that the very thought of coming into the presence of my God did rack my soul with inexpressible horror.
15 Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body, that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds.
16 And now, for three days and for three nights was I racked, even with the pains of a damned soul.
17 And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment, while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.*
18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.
19 And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
20 And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!
21 Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.
22 Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God; yea, and my soul did long to be there.
23 But behold, my limbs did receive their strength again, and I stood upon my feet, and did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God.
24 Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
25 Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors; (emphasis added)
It should become obvious to each of us that the gift of Prophecy and Revelation is heart and soul of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
I will answer my own question (with your tacit permission): They do not accept that sacred book, because as the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians prophesied, (the gift of knowledge and other spiritual gifts) "will vanish away." (I Corinthians 13:8)"

I will end with the words of the Apostle John, one of the Twelve Apostles during the Savior's Mortal Mission.
Revelation: 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (emphasis added)
* Dear Blog Readers I'm inwardly compelled to say something in positive reaction to what was told by Alma the younger to his son, Helaman, as recorded above in this post which I marked with the same red asterisk which I've headed this paragraph with. ____________
Thank the Lord for the good and great King Benjamin for his having so devotedly and effectively persuaded his people he was addressing on the day that he turned his kingdom over to his son, Mosiah! You may have read in one or two of my posts that I'm convinced that Abinadi was there on that occasion and became the very committed and valiant prophet (knowing how to effectively use and value the gift of prophecy and revelation) who stood up to King Noah's wickedness even though he knew he would lose his own life over his confrontation of that wicked King!
In this post (40u) I was privileged to quote Alma the younger as he vividly remembered his father's testimony of Jesus Christ as having been the key factor is bringing him out of his three day horror! You may remember as I do that Alma the Younger's father was formerly one of wicked King Noah's wicked priests until Abinadi's prophetic spirit and words cause him to repent of his wickedness. Young Alma would have never experienced his father, Alma, bearing his testimony of the coming of Jesus Christ which remembering took him out of his three day state of extreme disconcert after having been so severly chastised by an angel of God, if Abinadi hadn't stood up boldly using the spirit of prophecy as he did so, against King Noah's evil course of life!

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