31 May 2012

2 Nephi 27: The Book of Mormon prophesies itself

After taking a short break from quoting Isaiah, Nephi got tired of his own tiresome words, so he went back to quoting Isaiah again.

But this time, it's not just filler.

Isaiah 29 was selected because it refers to a special book, sealed by God, that the wise and learned  cannot understand. Only one very special person will be able to read it.

As Nephi explains:
It shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book ... And behold the book shall be sealed.  
But the book shall be delivered unto a man ... which are the words of those who have slumbered in the dust. 
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 ... and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein.  
And wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God! 2 Nephi 27:6-14
The book, of course, is the Book of Mormon, "a marvelous work and a wonder," and the very special person is Joseph Smith.

It's all there in Isaiah 29, as quoted by Nephi (with a few extra "and it came to passes" and "beholds" thrown in to make it sound even more biblical than the Bible).
But behold, it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the book: Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, 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. 2 Nephi 27:15
And the man shall say: I cannot bring the book, for it is sealed. Then shall the learned say: I cannot read it. 2 Nephi 27:17-18
(And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: Isaiah 29:11)  
Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him that is not learned; and the man that is not learned shall say: I am not learned. 2 Nephi 27:19
(And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Isaiah 29:12)
Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid. 2 Nephi 27:26
(Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Isaiah 29:14)
The book of Mormon prophesies itself -- 2400 years before it was dug up and translated by Joseph Smith.

When it comes to prophesy, you just can't beat the Book of Mormon!


Unknown said...

first off the books of nephi are Mormon which is a cult and not credible. Second read the book of Hebrews. There you will find that the reason for all of God's harshness in the old testament and how we are now not bound by that same law. God judged harshly in Old Testament because he was punishing those who committed sin of which the sentence is death. Not because God wants to kill them but because it was the sentence God told adam and eve in the garden. If God is to be fair and just he must abide by the law that was set. The law was set that way because God cannot be in the presence of sin because it goes against his nature which is perfection. Since people fall short of perfection he must punish them. (this death is a spiritual death in the new testament. sometimes God decided that sin was necessary to punish in a physical sense such as in the flood)

Stephen said...

Zach, don't you realize that the bible is just man-made fiction? We are not now, nor have we ever been, bound by any of that shit.
Start with the incontrovertible evidence that there was never a "first man" or "first woman", then think out the rest of it.
The book of mor(m)on is just more fiction that is of recent enough origin that we have less trouble seeing it for what it is.
Steve Weeks

Anonymous said...

I believe the only one I want to see is The Book Of Mormon! I am waiting for his discount tickets from Ticketpolice.com for that one!I have been going to Broadway since I was 13. LOVE IT!

austux said...

The incontrovertible evidence has been controverted many times.

When Mary Schweitzer discovered T.Rex remains in Hell Creek Formation which still had collagen etc intact after "65 million years," that one find, all by itself (there are scores of similar finds) completely derailed the standard dating mythology.

The work of fiction predicted the exact day on which a certain "mythical" gent rode a colt into a specific city, over 800 years before it happened.

It also predicted the gold melting & running down between the stones 70 years later, & what people would do to recover that gold.

It also predicted the year of (Bertheir) a general for Napoleon, executing Pius IV.

Joseph Smith's mother Lucy wrote to a friend (well before he started his organisation), describing him as a story-spinner, able to pad the most unlikely tale with his own invented details to make it seem believable... which is exactly what he did, assisted by his cousin Oliver Cowdery, Sydney Rigdon & a few other willing accomplices, on a big scale.