We live in that exciting time when the Lord is bringing to full fruition His “new covenant” with those who will repent and come unto Him – with the promise that “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-24) And will be the recipients of Eternal Life – the greatest of all the gifts of God.
The Great Gathering
As part of the great gathering from the four corners of the earth, the Lord is preparing the hearts of all who will to be part of the Bride to meet the Bridegroom – the “Pure in heart” ZION society. As Hugh Nibley so aptly said, we cannot have one toe in Babylon and still be part of ZION. A beautiful example of how the “pure in the heart” are being gathered is in the conversion of Afshin Javid. He reports that about a thousand Iranians per week are coming to know the Lord in one way or another. Are there similar stories in other countries in the quiet workings of the Lord?
In the total fairness of the Lord, He has promised that His gospel will go to everyone (Matt. 24:14; D&C 90:11) before the end [of wickedness, the end of worldliness] comes, and we move into His glorious millennial reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Our Mission Experience
When we served our mission in West Africa (Cote d’Ivoire) in 1997-99, there was one mission and one stake. Now there are 14 stakes and three missions and a temple planned. There is much to be done for the gospel to go to all people, but the Lord has big plans – including sending out 144,000 and no missionary training centers will be needed as they will have the gift of tongues.
A Message of Gladness
As the librettist, Charles Jennens gave the scriptural texts to George Frederick Handel for the composition of his world-famous “Messiah,” I gave scriptures to our oldest son, Sterling, who is a composer, and asked him if he would prepare a special number for our missionary farewell. It came together in an inspiring way similar as it did for Handel. Family and friends came together from five states to help us build our home in Fountain Green and to send us off on our mission. It is a millennial text and inspired music, and I felt to share it in conjunction with this blog article:
A Message of Gladness
Righteousness will I send down from heaven|
Truth will I send forth out of the Earth;
To bear testimony of mine Only Begotten.
Looking forth for the time of my coming.
In my name shall they do many wonderful works;
In my name they shall cast out devils;
In my name shall they heal the sick;
Open the eyes of the blind; Unstop the ears of the deaf;
And the tongue of the dumb shall speak, and sing Hallelujah!
My law I will write in their hearts;
I’ll be their God, and they my people.
They shall all know me –
From the least of them, unto the greatest of them.
I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Praise the Lord, All-mighty! Declare His doings among the people.
Call upon His name; make mention his name is exalted.
Sing unto the Lord; for He has done excellent things.
Cry and shout thou inhabitants of Zion;
For great is the Holy One of Israel, in the midst of thee, Alelujah!
The Lord hath brought Zion down from above;
The Lord hath brought Zion up from beneath;
A Message of gladness; rejoice all ye Earth!
I will trust and not be afraid;
I will trust in the Lord!
D&C 84:99-100; 128:19; Ps 85:11
Endowed from on high; Truth from the Earth;
Hope in our hearts; Faith in the Father;
Redeemed by His Son.
Endowed from on high; Truth from the Earth;
Hope in our hearts; Light of our lives;
Perfected in Him; Perfected in Jesus Christ, the Lord, Amen.|
Our farewell was recorded, and our talks, including Wayne Winters, inspired musical selection, and the choir, I have placed on Google drive. Our conducting friend, Al Stumpy, led the choir and Sterling was the piano accompanist. We had a 35 voice choir – certainly not professional – but you can feel the spirit of the message. Our grand-daughters, Jessika, Rachel, and Mary Owen, sang the Isaiah 12 section. We listened to “The Message of Gladness” many times while we were on our mission, and it always lifted our hearts as we were doing the Lord’s work in bringing souls to Him; we had great success there.
Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant
The Apostle Paul explains the “new covenant” (Heb. 8:8, 13; 12:24), and it is good to read Hebrews chapters 8-13 to appreciate what Christ has offered in this new covenant. As Jeremiah explains, the old covenant that He “Made with their fathers in the day that [He] took them… out of… Egypt, which covenant they brake…” (Jer. 31:32)
Christ as the great mediator brought about the infinite atonement, as an unparalleled manifestation of His love and Father’s love (John 3:16) for all of His children – extending mercy to all to partake of the new covenant.
This “new covenant” He is in the processing of renewing in a “marvelous work and a wonder” with the “house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:” (Jer. 31:31; Isa. 29:14 ; 3 Nephi 21:9). and it is happening in our day and time!
FIRST shall be LAST and the LAST shall be FIRST
In the scriptures, the Lord divides His children into two groups – Israel or Jews and Gentiles. The first were given covenants to live and share the gospel. As explained in the last blog article, Israel or the Jews were the FIRST, and the GENTILES were the last. We are in that day in the grand chiasmus where the FIRST is becoming the LAST in the great gathering and as this “new covenant” is renewed and brought to full fruition.
As Paul taught: 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
And as Nephi shares: 2 Nephi 33:8 I have charity for the Jew – I say, Jew, because I mean them from whence I came. 9 I also have charity for the Gentiles. But behold, for none of these can I hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ, and enter into the narrow gate, and walk in the strait path which leads to life, and continue in the path until the end of the day of probation.
The Savior gives a clear sign when these things shall be: “For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and marvelous work among them…” (3 Nephi 21:9; I suggest you read the whole chapter to learn of the many exciting things that are about to transpire; chapters 20, 22, and 23 of Third Nephi are replete as well.) Here the Savior does a glorious Hebrew Midrash explaining several scriptures from the Bible incredibly relevant inthe end-time scenario.
In this regard, Avraham Gileadi, who is the world’s best scholar on the Book of Isaiah, gives a dynamic perspective:
As biblical history shows, even when his people in general apostatize and Jehovah hides his face or presence from them, certain ‘disciples’ remain loyal, as did the disciples or ‘sons of the prophets’ anciently (2 Kings 2:3–7; 4:38; 6:1). At such times, Jehovah withdraws the testimony of his truth and the law of his covenant from among his people and preserves them among those individuals willing to live by them. The singular pronouns ‘I will wait’ and ‘I will expect’ highlight the idea that only loyal individuals endure through his people’s dark phase and thus experience his deliverance (Isaiah 8:16—18, 25:9; 30:18; 33:2). —From Apocalyptic Commentary of the Book of Isaiah by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D.
Enemies ‘ Undoing.
The enemies of God’s people won’t know what hit them when God overturns their ultimate goal to eliminate his people from the earth. When they reach the point that their hatred of the truth so obsesses them that they set out to destroy his people who espouse it, that is the point when God intervenes in their behalf and it is their enemies themselves who are eliminated. And as God acts solely within the parameters of the covenants he makes with his people, individuals, it is according to the protection clause of his covenants that he turns the tables on their enemies.
…Because all covenants God makes have both blessings and curses attached, on the other hand, when his people transgress his commandments the curses go into effect and they suffer their ill effects.
…Hence the importance of maintaining individual loyalty to God under the weight of increasing evils and opposition even from within our own ranks should that be the case. Knowing that the outcome of persevering with God will be the blessing of his protection and the demise of his enemies, we can decide beforehand to remain faithful to him and with his help to rise above the evil. In an endtime context, God lets evil runs its course so he can empower us over it as we center our lives in Christ. The terms of the Davidic Covenant provide his assurance to us of his divine protection.
As the Apostle, Paul proclaims let “Christ be formed in you” (Gal. 4:19) and be part of the Bride to meet the Bridegroom. As explained in the previous blog article, the Kingdom of the Devil has tons of enticements. We Know with certainty that the Lord is coming, and He will bring into full fruition the renewal of this exciting “new covenant” He has made with the faithful. Let us get totally out of Babylon, which will fall, and not be any part of it. The greatest opportunity of our existence is to ONE with Him who knows the end from the beginning and prepare ourselves for this glorious ZION and ideal society. IT IS COMING!
For additional information, Dr. Avraham Gileadi’s web site, Isaiah institute, has several books and many major insights.
On 10 February 2020, Rod Meldrum and I did a fireside in Fountain Green on God’s timing. My slides for my talk are available as a PDF at this link and goes into great detail on where we are in God’s TIME.
David W Allan