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.
The Fullness of the Gospel
The Fullness of the Gospel includes all those laws, principles, and ordinances for the redemption, sanctification, and exaltation of Humanity. The prophet Isaiah sets out a functional framework of the spiritual categories of man that provides a context for understand the Fullness of the Gospel, which Dr. Gileadi sets out in his book Isaiah Decoded. Central to the Fullness of the Gospel and at its foundation is the New and Everlasting Covenant and the Fullness of the Law, which we saw in our post last week - go HERE to review. Now our summary looks like this –
** These covenants build on each other. So for instance, those who are God's Seraphim/Joint Heirs obtains all of the covenants below - Enochic, Davidic, Abrahamic, Threshold, Priesthood, Sinai and Messianic.
Warnings to the Gentiles
When we look at the beginning of Chapter 16 of 3 Nephi we see two factions of Gentiles – the believing and the unbelieving. It is to these unbelieving Gentiles in the Fullness of the Gospel that these warnings are directed to.
The Endtime Restoration of All Things
One thing that should be obvious here is that if the restoration of all things doesn’t occur until the end of the world through God’s Endtime Servant then the Gentiles have never been presented with the fullness of the Gospel. This is contrary to what I was told as an adherent of “restored” Christianity. I was led to believe that the Founder of “restored” Christianity had restored the fullness of the Gospel. Well, now I know that this is not accurate. Moreover, with these constant warnings to the Gentiles, won’t they have to reevaluate what they think they know when the fullness of the Gospel is presented to them at the end of the world!
Historical Types for an Endtime Restoration
Another constant that we see in the Book of Mormon is the numerous references to Isaiah. In fact, Yeshua admonishes readers to read the words of Isaiah – 3 Nephi 23:1. Primary to Isaiah’s narrative is that Isaiah predicts that what has been shall be – that history is a pattern that repeats – God predicts “the end from the beginning” – Isaiah 46:10. If that is so, then shouldn’t we be able to use the three instances of the restoration of the Law that we see in the Bible and in history - Israel’s first restoration, the mortal Messiah’s restoration, the American restoration - as types of what Israel’s second and Endtime restoration will be?
Israel’s First Restoration
When we look at Israel’s first restoration under Moses, we see Yehovah establishing His Law with the children of Israel, which is codified in the Torah.
Mortal Messiah’s Restoration
The second instance of restoration of the Law we see in the Bible is when Yeshua states that He has not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it – to make the Law full – Matt. 5:17.
The American Restoration
The third and final restoration of the Law that we see in history is the founding of America. The Book of Mormon states that America became a free nation through the “power of the Father” – 3 Nephi 21:4. Indeed, many of the principles of freedom woven into America’s founding come from the Law in the Torah.
So what we see is a consistent restoration of the Law in all three of these restorations, which forms a pattern pointing to an Endtime restoration.
The Traditions of Men
When we look at how successful Christianity including “restored” Christianity has been in bringing the Jews to Christ, by and large we must conclude that Christianity has failed. Dr. Gileadi recently stated,
“Though we have seen many “Gentiles” of the lineage of Ephraim accept the Book of Mormon in our day and believe that Jesus is the Christ, not many Jews have done so.”
If that is so, then why has the Book of Mormon failed to bring the Jews to Christ. The Book of Mormon gives us a clue. The Book of Mormon states that the “Great and Abominable Church” has removed many plain and precious parts –
“They have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.” - 1 Nephi 13:26
Another warning in the Book of Mormon that is associated with this Abominable Church is the adoption of the “traditions of men”, which we are to reject.
Isaiah also warns of us these traditions. Isaiah states,
“The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants: they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, set at nought the ancient covenant.” - Isaiah 24:5
We can see how the Gospel has been transgressed and changed by looking at these traditions of men. The following table demonstrates how the traditions of men have changed the Gospel.
Isn’t it any wonder that the Jews have rejected these traditions that have been adopted by Christianity when the Jews lived under a Hebrew Gospel for Millennia! It is really a “bridge too far”. Moreover, the Jews have rejected the Book of Mormon because it has been interpreted from a Christian paradigm.
The Jews and the Restoration of the Law
Really, what the Jews are looking for is a restoration of the Law that Moses prophesies in the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy –
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 3 That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. – Deu. 30:1-5
Essentially, the Jews won’t accept the Messiah (Christ) without the Law!
The Book of Mormon’s Prophesied Destiny
Yeshua predicts that the Book of Mormon will be instrumental in converting the House of Israel to Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah – the Savior of all Humanity, but this will only occur when the Book of Mormon is taught within the context of the fullness of the Law paradigm and not a Christian paradigm.
4 And I command you that ye shall write these sayings after I am gone, that if it so be that my people at Jerusalem, they who have seen me and been with me in my ministry, do not ask the Father in my name, that they may receive a knowledge of you by the Holy Ghost, and also of the other tribes whom they know not of, that these sayings which ye shall write shall be kept and shall be manifested unto the Gentiles, that through the fulness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed, who shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief, may be brought in, or may be brought to a knowledge of me, their Redeemer. – 3 Nephi 16:4
The Book of Mormon must be taught within a Torah paradigm if the Jews are to accept Yeshua (Jesus) as the Savior of Humanity!