Gentiles? The Time and Season of the Gentiles
By Roger Knecht
Just as with the Parables of our Lord and Savior the word “Gentile” takes on a greater meaning when studied with the Spirit of Prophecy. To understand the word we needed to first know its history and from whence it came.
“Gentile” originates in The First Book of Moses called Genesis with reference to the descendants of Japheth, the son of Noah, (Gen. 10:2–5) as a general term referring to nations (Genesis 10:5, 20, 31, 32; 14:1, 9, Judges 4:2; 13, 16; Isaiah 11:10; etc.) and “heathen” (Nehemiah 5:8; Psalms 2:1, 8, etc.). Because of the covenants and blessings bestowed upon Abraham and his children, those, who were not of his lineage, were then called “Gentiles.” When Jacob was named Israel and the House of Israel was established the term “Gentile” was used to designate the peoples of non-Israelite lineage. “Gentile” within the scriptures also came to designate the nations that were without the Gospel. Because the Bible comes from the House of Judah, the Jews began to call those who were not Jewish in practice or decent as “Gentiles.” (Gentiles could convert to Judaism but they were then referred to as proselytes.) “Dr. Edward E. Nourse, writing for the Standard Bible Dictionary, says: „In New Testament times, the Jew divided mankind into three classes, (1) Jews, (2) Greeks (Hellenes, made to include Romans, thus meaning the civilized peoples of the Roman Empire, often rendered „Gentiles‟ in Authorized Version), and (3) barbarians (the uncivilized, Acts 28:4; Romans 1:14; 1 Corinthians. 14:11).‟” (Jesus the Christ, Ch.21, Pg.345)
1 Nephi 13:1–3. The Gentiles
Elder Bruce R McConkie said: “Various meanings have been attached to the name Gentile in different ages, depending on the historical setting of the doctrinal teachings involved. Literally the meaning is, “of the same clan or race,” and biblical revisions frequently substitute the word nations in its place. “The descendents of Noah’s son Japheth were called Gentiles (Genesis 10:1–5), and in these sense the descendents of Shem… and Ham… would not be Gentiles. In the days of Abraham, the term was used to refer to those nations and peoples who had not descended from him, with the added assurance that all Gentiles who should receive the gospel would be adopted into the lineage of Abraham and be accounted his seed. (Teachings, pp 149-150)
In the days of ancient Israel, those not of the lineage of Jacob were considered to be Gentiles, although the Arabs and other races of Semitic origin who traced their lineage back to Abraham would not have been Gentiles in the strict Abrahamic use of the word.
“After the Kingdom of Israel was destroyed and the Ten tribes were led away into Assyrian captivity, those of the Kingdom of Judah called themselves Jews and designated all others as Gentiles. It is this concept that would have been taught to Lehi, Mulek and the other Jews who came to the Western Hemisphere to found the Nephite and Lamanite civilizations. It is not surprising, therefore, to find the Book of Mormon repeatedly speaking of Jew and Gentile as though this phrase marked a division between all men; to find the United States described as a Gentile Nation (1 Nephi 13; 3 Nephi 21); and to find the promise that the Book of Mormon would come forth „by way of the Gentile.‟ (Title page of the Book of Mormon; Doctrine and Covenants 20:9.)” (Mormon Doctrine, pp 310-11).
In the Book of Mormon the Nephities maintained this tradition of calling those not of their group “Gentiles.” However, through the history of the Nephities they also developed the term to mean much more. In the Book of Mormon there are common phrases used for a comparison of people, Jews and Gentiles, the House of Israel and the Gentiles, the remnant of Jacob and the Gentiles. That which is vastly misunderstood is that the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are seen by the writers of the Book of Mormon as “Gentiles.” The Title Page of The Book of Mormon reads:
Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites–Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile . . . Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile–The interpretation thereof by the gift of God.
. . . Which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever– And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations… (Emphasis added in bold)
1 Nephi 13:34–35
… I will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day, insomuch that I will bring forth unto them, in my own power, much of my gospel, which shall be plain and precious, saith the Lamb.
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, behold, these things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb. (See also 1 Nephi 13:38–42) (Emphasis added in bold and underline)
1 Nephi 15:13–14
And now, the thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural branches through the fullness of the Gentiles, is, that in the latter days, when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, yea, for the space of many years, and many generations after the Messiah shall be manifested in body unto the children of men, then shall the fullness of the gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles, and from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our seed—
And at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the house of Israel, and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; . . . (Emphasis added in bold and italics)
Wherefore, I know by this thing which thou hast said, that if the Gentiles have not charity, because of our weakness, that thou wilt prove them, and take away their talent, yea, even that which they have received, and give unto them who shall have more abundantly. (Emphasis added in bold and underline)
As the prophet Mormon prepared and wrote the history of this people he did so with an audience in mind. He knew for whom he was writing and how it would serve them. The last words of Mormon show the real intent of this work for the Lord. (Mormon chapter 7: Mormon invites the Lamanites of the latter days to repent, believe in Christ, be baptized, accept the gospel, and be saved.)
Words of Mormon 1:8
And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people.
We may want to look at ourselves as literal members of the House of Israel or at least adopted into it. However, as many Latter-day-Saints may be blood descendants of the House of Israel, to whatever degree, but because they come from the Gentile nations, with their customs and traditions, they have lost their claim to the House of Israel until they, as the Prodigal Son, repent and come home. For now they are still referred to as Gentiles in the Book of Mormon in these last days.
WP, Pg. 140 – Joseph Fielding Smith
Let us also remember that we are of the Gentiles! By this I mean that the latter-day Saints have come to their blessings through the Gentile Nations. President Brigham Young . . . said that Joseph Smith was a pure Ephraimite. This is true; yet Joseph Smith came also of Gentile Lineage. So do most members of the church. We may boast of our lineage and rejoice in the fact that patriarchs have declared us to be of Ephraim, but at the same time let us not despise the Gentiles, for we are also of them. If it were not so the scriptures would not be fulfilled. (1 Nephi 15:13–14; Ether 12:22)
Book of Mormon Student Manual 121and 122 (1989)
3 Nephi 16:5–15. Blessings Reserved for the Gentiles
The covenant the Father made with the house of Israel included the blessings of the gospel, “which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal” (Abraham 2:11). When the house of Israel rejected the gospel in its fullness, its blessings were removed and given to the Gentiles, hence the Savior‟s words that the Gentiles too would receive the fullness of the gospel (see 3 Nephi 16:6–7)
When the Gentiles reject the gospel, the word of the Lord will be taken from them and given back to the house of Israel (see vv. 10-12). If the Gentiles then repent and return unto the Lord, “behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel” (see v.13). Should the Gentiles continue to reject the covenant, however, they will be trodden down and cast out from the promised blessings (see v. 15). (Emphasis added in bold)
When we accept the Gospel, are we not included into the House of Israel, becoming the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? The answer of course is yes, yet when we read the scriptures we must still remember who we truly are and not what we can become. In the Book of Mormon the writers teach us that we have a mission to fulfill and they continually refer to us as the “Gentiles.” At the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith said, “Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and Commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles” (Doctrine and Covenants 109:60). I believe that the Book of Mormon is also very plain with regards to this idea as well. References such as the following, and others, help too more fully clarify this principle:
1 Nephi 10:14
And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fullness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive-tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer.
1 Nephi 14:1–2
And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks–
And harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father; yea, they shall be numbered among the House of Israel; and they shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever; they shall be no more brought down into captivity; and the house of Israel shall no more be confounded.
Discourses of Brigham Young Pg.121 – Pg.122
By and by the Jews will be gathered to the land of their fathers, and the ten tribes, who wandered into the north, will be gathered home, and the blood of Ephraim, the second son of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt, which is to be found in every kingdom and nation under heaven, will be gathered from among the Gentiles, and the Gentiles who will receive and adhere to the principles of the Gospel will be adopted and initiated into the family of Father Abraham, and Jesus will reign over his own and Satan will reign over his own. 12:38. (Emphasis added in bold)
The scriptures use the term “Gentiles” as both good and evil. We cannot, as Latter-day Saints, place ourselves in the position as to think that we are always the good. The Prophets of God have said, that the pride of the people, this people, will get in the way of the work of the Lord and it will bring many of us to our own damnation.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18 Pg. 112 – Wilford Woodruff
… Everything that Jesus Christ spake concerning Judea and Jerusalem has had its fulfillment to the very letter. The temple at Jerusalem was overthrown until not one stone was left upon another, and the Jews have been scattered and trodden under the feet of the Gentiles now for eighteen hundred years, and so they will remain until the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled, and that is pretty near. And, as the Lord has told us in these revelations, we are called upon to warn the world.
We have been laboring now for forty-five years in preaching the gospel of Christ throughout the Gentile Nations. We say Gentiles, because the Gospel goes to the
Gentiles first, that the first may be last and the last first. Anciently the Jews were first in having the Gospel sent unto them, but they rejected it, and they were broken off through unbelief, and hence the Gospel turned to the Gentiles; and, as Paul says – ‘Ye Gentiles, take heed and fear, lest ye fall through the same example of unbelief, for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed also lest He spare not ye.‘ The Gentiles are fallen through the same example of unbelief as did the Jews. They have put to death every Prophet, Apostle and inspired man since the days of Jesus Christ, and the church went into the wilderness, and the face of a prophet in the day and age in which we live. Therefore the Gospel brought forth in the last days has to go to the Gentiles first. Sometimes our neighbors and friends think hard of us because we call them gentiles; but, bless our souls, we are all Gentiles. The latter-day saints are all Gentiles in a national capacity. The Gospel came to us among the Gentiles. We are not Jews, and the gentiles nations have got to hear the Gospel first. The whole Christian world have got to hear the Gospel, and when they reject it, the law will be bound and the testimony sealed, and it will turn to the House of Israel. Up to the present day we have been called to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, and we have had to do it. For the last time we have been warning the world, and we have been engaged in that work for forty five years. (Emphasis added in underline)
The reason for so much of this confusion today is that we need to better understand the “Times of the Fullness of the Gentiles.” It is this that the Prophets of the Book of Mormon are trying to teach to us and very few of us today sees or speaks of it. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:41)
Brigham Young, Pg.437
It is obligatory upon us to see that the House of Israel have the Gospel preached to them; to do all that is in our power to gather them to the land of their fathers, and to gather up the fullness of the Gentiles before the Gospel can go with success to the Jews. 12:113.
1 Nephi 13:42
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. (Emphasis added in bold)
Doctrine and Covenants 14:10
Wherefore, I must bring forth the fullness of my Gospel from the Gentiles unto the House of Israel. (Emphasis added in bold)
Ether 13:12 (Read 13:6-11)
And when these things come, bringeth to pass the scripture which saith, there are they who were first, who shall be last; and there are they who were last, who shall be first.
Understand that God‟s love for his children is unquestionable; however, he is a God of order and purpose. His going to the world to preach His gospel in these later days is summed up as with the words of Avraham Gileadi.
The fact that Israel was absorbed into the nations of the earth lays a groundwork for the gospel to come to them. Because the gospel belongs to Israel by right of election, there was now a reason for the Lord to offer it to the world. After Israel‟s exile, two kinds of Israelites would exist: (1) those who, like the faithful son in Jesus‟ parable (see Luke 15:31), would retain their identity or ethnic; and (2) those who, like the prodigal son (Luke 15:32), would lose their identity by assimilating among the nations. The Gentiles thus play an essential role in fulfilling the Lord‟s covenant with Abraham that in his offspring all kindreds of the earth would be blessed with the Gospel (1 Nephi 15:13–18). (The Last Days, Types and Shadows from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, Pg.118)
(See also Doctrine and Covenants 14:10)
1 Nephi 22:8–9
And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed; wherefore, it is likened unto their being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders.
And it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto the Gentiles but unto all the House of Israel, unto the making known of the covenants of the Father of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
Because of the mixing of Ephraim‟s blood throughout the world, it opens the way for all God‟s children to receive the Gospel with the covenants of Israel. “If the Gentiles are to receive the covenant blessings they must be numbered in the House of Israel; with Israel they may inherit her promises. (The Last Days, Types and Shadows from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, Pg.119).” (See 2 Nephi 10:18; 3 Nephi 16:13; 21:6, 22; 30:2.) The Gentiles receive the blessing of the Gospel because the Lords covenant people apostatize. Israel‟s hope in the last days is in the Gentiles. Nephi did see this day when he said that the salvation of Israel is “by way the Gentile” (1 Nephi 15:17).
The Gentiles are blessed in these latter days as we receive the gospel and Israel‟s blessings after she apostatizes and is exiled. But Israel receives back her blessings because of her covenant with God and our rejection of the Gospel.
Just as when those of Ancient Israel wanted a king the LDS shall go through cycles of worldliness. Israel insisted upon having kings rather than judges and it is because of her betrayal of God‟s will that Ancient Israel will suffer the penalty for having gone against the Lord. After suffering such a rejection by His people the Lord still called them His own and continued to call them to repentance (1 Samuel 8).
During these modern days the Lord suffers through similar heartaches. In Doctrine and Covenants section 101 it reads of the Lords vineyard. “Even though the vineyard is out of order He still calls it His own.”
Doctrine and Covenants 45:28–30
And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fullness of my gospel; But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men. And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Emphasis added in bold)
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 14, p.62, March 26, 1871- Orson Pratt
When the Almighty, in the present century, sent forth an angel from heaven, as we hear this forenoon, and restored the Gospel and the authority and power to preach it and administer its ordinances, and organized this church on the earth, and sent forth his servants to all nations so far as they would open their doors to receive them, they were fulfilling the commands of the Most High given by an angel. We have been forty years, since the angel came, fulfilling that prediction; how many more years the Lord may bear with the nations and kingdoms of the Gentiles before they are cut off I do not know. How many more years will pass over our heads that we will have the privilege of declaring the fullness of the everlasting Gospel among the nations of the Gentiles is not revealed. All that we know on the subject is what the Lord told us some forty years ago, that the times of the Gentiles would be fulfilled in the generation in which he established his Church, that is, that before the generation living forty years ago have all passed away the times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled. (D&C 130:14–15 I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming of the Son of Man, when I heard a voice repeat the following: Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eight-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter.-1890-) And what then? The prediction of Isaiah, in another place, will be literally fulfilled – the „law will be bound up and the testimony sealed‟ so far as sending the Gospel to the Gentile nations is concerned.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9, p.150, Brigham Young
I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by Him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of self security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purpose of God in their salvation, and weaken that influence they could give to their leaders, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates or not.
1 Nephi 14:5–7
And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the House of Israel; and thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish. Therefore, Wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts against the Lamb of God. For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other — either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, OR, unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken. (Emphasis added in capitalization, bold and underline)
Journal of Discourses Vol. 18., p.225 – Orson Pratt
Gentiles, to whom the gospel was to be given, received it, and the gifts and graces of the Church, which were before enjoyed by Israel were now manifested among the Gentiles. But behold, they corrupted themselves, after having received the kingdom. (See D&C 45:25)
Doctrine and Covenants 45:28–30
And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fullness of my gospel (The reader should notice that the footnote to the word gospel reads – TG Restoration of the Gospel and that the Doctrine and Covenants commentary states that this is another sign by which the end of the time
of the Gentiles may be known. This is the “fullness of the gospel,” as revealed through the Prophet Joseph.)
But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men. (See 3N 16:10) And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Saint George Temple dedication, Celestial Marriage, p.2
Hear it, ye Elders of Israel, and mark it down in your log books, the fullness of the Gospel is the United Order and the order of Plural Marriage, and I fear that when I am gone, this people will give up these two principles which we prize so highly; and if they do, this Church cannot advance as God wishes for it to advance.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 5, p.203,
You might and well deny “Mormonism” and turn away from it, as to oppose the plurality of wives. Let the Presidency of this Church, and the Twelve Apostles, and all the authorities unite and say with one voice that they will oppose that doctrine, and the whole of them would be damned.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. ?, p.344-45.
… if these principles of the United Order were so important in former days, and the Lord by some thirteen revelations or more, has made them manifest to his Saints, and the results of disobedience were such as we see, why should we not consider them of some importance at the present time? And would the Lord find fault with the people, if the Latter-day Saints would strive with all their hearts to conform to them? And would we not feel ourselves better prepared to go back and build up Jackson County, the Center Stake of Zion? Would we expect to go back unless we complied with the law in all things, and in consequence of disobedience to which, the people were expelled from that country? It is argued by some that when the principle of tithing came in, it superseded the principle of the United Order. The Law of Moses was given to be a school-master, to bring the people to a knowledge of the Son of God, and induce them to obey the principles of the fullness of the Gospel. The higher law was given to the children of Israel when they were first delivered from Egyptian bondage, but in consequence of their disobedience, the Gospel was withdrawn, and the law of carnal commandments was added. Now, do you imagine that there would have been any wrong if the people wanted to find the principles of the higher law and obey them as near as circumstances would admit? Do you suppose it would have been wrong to search out the fullness of the Gospel, while living under the Mosiac law? But, in the Book of Mormon we find this point more fully illustrated. We find that the inhabitants of the continent had a knowledge of the fullness of the everlasting Gospel and were baptized for the remission of sins, many generations before Jesus came into the world. We find that Alma was baptized in the waters of Mormon, and some four hundred and fifty other individuals. Alma, by his energy and perseverance, had discovered the fullness of the Gospel and obtained revelations from the Lord, and the privilege of observing the Gospel in all its fullness and blessings. Do you think the Lord was angry with him? They were under the Mosiac law, and yet considered it a blessing to observe the higher law.
Now I will say regard to the matter of tithing, I think that law was given to the Latter-day Saints, one object being to prepare them for, and conduct them to, the United Order, that they might not fall into the same error as the people who were driven from the State of Missouri, but gradually be inducted into these higher principles.
… Remember, while the Gospel in its fullness was observed by Alma and his bretheren, and by many thousands in different ages of the world, they lived under the Mosaic Law, and cannot the Latter-day Saints under the law of tithing, observe the fullness of the gospel?
3 Nephi 16:7, 10–16
Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father, and because of the unbelief of you, O House of Israel, in the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fullness of these things shall be made known unto them.
And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts‟ above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manners of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fullness of my gospel from among them.
And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
And I will show unto thee, O House of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O House of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fullness of my gospel.
But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
And I will not suffer my people, who are of the House of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.
But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O House of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O House of Israel.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, thus hath the Father commanded me–that I should give unto this people this land for their inheritance. (Emphasis added in bold)
2 Nephi 28:32
Wo be unto the Gentles, saith the Lord God of Host! For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Host.
Those who reject the Gospel are those who have it. Many latter-day Saints will do exactly as the House of Israel did before the Meridian of Time and reject the Fullness of the Gospel.
O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies–because of the praise of the world?
The House of Israel will not be reestablished until the Ten Tribes have returned and the Time of the Gentiles is fulfilled. Some latter-day Saints are literal descendants of the Tribes of Israel but their true gathering by the Lord is yet to be.
During these latter-days, people here in America, also speak of this land as if it is ours forever, a land consecrated for our gain. “This land is our Land” is nothing more than a hopeful cry but once again what do the scriptures say? This land, the “Promised Land,” is not ours, “But behold, this land, said God, shall be a land of thine inheritance, and the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land” (2 Nephi 10:10). We are blessed here and we have prospered but we must remember that it is only for a season…
1 Nephi 13:15
And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like unto my people before they were slain. (Emphasis added in bold)
Nevertheless, thou beholdest that the Gentiles who have gone forth out of captivity, 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 will utterly destroy the mixture of thy seed, which are among thy brethren.
Neither will he suffer that the Gentiles shall destroy the seed of thy brethren. (Emphasis added in bold)
1 Nephi 10:19
Wherefore, I will consecrate this land unto thy seed, and them who shall be numbered among thy seed, forever, for the land of their inheritance; for it is a choice land, saith God unto me, above all other lands, wherefore I will have all men that dwell thereon that they shall worship me, saith God. (Emphasis added in bold)
TPJS Section One 1830-34 Pg.17 Zion and Jerusalem
The Book of Mormon is a record of the forefathers of our western tribes of Indians; having been found through the ministration of a holy angel, and translated into our own language by the gift and power of God, after having been hid up in the earth for the last fourteen hundred years, containing the word of God which was delivered unto them. By it we learn that our western tribes of Indians are descendants from that Joseph who was sold into Egypt, and that the land of America is a promised land unto them, and unto it all the tribes of Israel will come, with as many of the Gentiles as shall comply with the requisitions of the new covenant. (See also Doctrine and Covenants 45:24–25) (Emphasis added in bold)
3 Nephi 20: 15–16
And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people–
Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
The LDS Church will not even build the New Jerusalem as many of them would hope
(3 Nephi 21:22–24). In the book titled The Articles of Faith we can see this doctrine laid out in both black and white: the Gentiles, if repentant, are to be permitted to assist the house of Israel in building the city to be called the New Jerusalem–3 Nephi 21:14–24. (AOF, Ch.19, Pg.355)
The LDS are a Gentile church. We have been given the Gospel in these latter days and many of us will reject it. We are failing our test. We must repent.
3 Nephi 26:6–11
And now there cannot be written in this book even a hundredth part of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto the people;
But behold the plates of Nephi do contain the more part of the things which he taught the people.
And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.
And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.
And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.
Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people. (See Ether 4:4, 2 Nephi 27:7–22) (Emphasis added in bold and italics)
Ether 4: 6–7
For the Lord said unto me: they shall not go forth unto the gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the lord. And in that day they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, . . . then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, The Gospel will return to the true House of Israel and a few of us gentiles who are willing to accept and live the Fullness of the Gospel will be taken into that covenant with God. All of this is to help prepare us for when the Times of the Gentiles is fulfilled. We must understand who we are and what part we play in the plan of our God. We are the Gentiles, the people who are to take the Gospel to the House of Israel in these latter-days.
Gileadi, Avraham. The Last Days: types and shadows from the Book of Mormon. Deseret Book Company: Salt Lake City, Utah 1991.
Talmage, James E. The Articles of Faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Salt Lake City, Utah 1981.
Doxey, Roy W. The Latter-Day prophets and the Doctrine and Covenants. Deseret Book Company Salt Lake City, Utah 1965.
* * *
Jesus the Christ
Journal of Discourses, Volume 18
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
* * *
The Book of Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Salt Lake City, Utah 1983.
The Doctrine and Covenants. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Salt Lake City, Utah 1983.
The Pearl of Great Price. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Salt Lake City, Utah 1983.