This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll look at chapter 21 of 3 Nephi. This is probably the most important chapter in the Book of Mormon because it details an Endtime scenario spoken by Yeshua Himself. In Judaism, the Jews order their scriptures by the degree of inspiration or the order of importance – God’s Word to Man - Torah, God’s Word through Man – the Prophets and Man’s Word to God – the Writings. So everything set out in the scriptures must be in harmony with the with what God says directly to man – it takes precedence. Here in chapter 21 Yeshua set out a sequence of events that apply directly to the Times of the Gentiles – the Latter-Days and the Endtimes. This week we’ll look at this sequence of events, an overview of the Times of the Gentiles and finally what are the take-aways for our understanding of the Latter-Days. Next week in part 3, we’ll look at the Endtimes.
This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll look at Yeshua’s Endtime prophecy of the restoration of the fullness of the Gospel or the restoration of all things. One thing that we see consistently throughout the Book of Mormon is a warning to the Gentiles of rejecting the Lamb of God and here in this week’s review we see multiple warnings to the Gentiles of rejecting the fullness of the Gospel. The second aspect of this Endtime restoration is that the fullness of the Gospel is taken from the Gentiles and sent to the ethnic House of Israel. So this week we will review what the Fullness of the Gospel looks like, then we’ll look at the factors of why the Gentiles will reject the fullness of the Gospel, and the fullness of the Gospel being taken to the literal House of Israel.
In this week's review of the Book of Mormon, we’ll expand our analysis of Yeshua's statement that He would fulfill the Law. We have already learned that the Greek word for fulfilled meant “to make full” – that Yeshua made the Law full (Matt 5:17) - but here in chapter 15 of 3 Nephi Yeshua states that “old things pass away and all things become new”. He also states that the “law in me is fulfilled and hath come to an end”. This week we’ll evaluate these statements in the context of the Melchizedek Priesthood, which is integral to a New and Everlasting Covenant. When Yehovah freedom Israel from Egyptian bondage, He stated that He was going to make Israel a kingdom of priests an holy nation – Ex 19.6. We see this same kind of statement at 1 Peter 2:9. We also see Yeshua obtain the Melchizedek Priesthood by the making of oath at Hebrews 7 since He was not qualified to receive the Levitical Priesthood because he was not descendent of Levi. All these references can be connected to the Melchizedek Priesthood.
This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll wrap-up our theme of sanctification and the fall holy days. Five days after Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, Israel was commanded to gather, build temporary shelters, sacrifice and live in booths for eight days. This annual gathering is called Sukkot or the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles. However, in a messianic fulfillment this annual gathering symbolized the age when Yehovah/Yeshua would return and rule over the righteous for a thousand years – the Millennium.