Nephi Explains Isaiah – 2 Nephi 25:1-30

1 Now I, Nephi, do speak somewhat concerning the words which I have written, which have been spoken by the mouth of Isaiah. For behold, Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my people to understand [Not just us, they too had difficulty.]; for they know not concerning the manner of prophesying among the Jews. [A manner of using symbol to express meaning. Not just the Jews, but other eastern countries.]

2 For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews; [Nephi did not elaborate upon the corruptions to his people that brought the downfall of Israel.] for their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations.

3 Wherefore, I write unto my people, unto all those that shall receive hereafter these things which I write, [speaking to us] that they may know the judgments of God, that they come upon all nations, according to the word which he hath spoken.

4 Wherefore, hearken, O my people, which are of the house of Israel, and give ear unto my words; for because the words of Isaiah are not plain unto you, nevertheless they are plain unto all those that are filled with the spirit of prophecy. [Herein lies the key to understanding Isaiah, or any other cryptic scripture: you must be shown via the Spirit the Lord its meaning for you. Prophecy is closely aligned to the spirit of revelation. See A Witness of the Gifts of the Spirit, pg. 118-125] But I give unto you a prophecy, according to the spirit which is in me; wherefore I shall prophesy according to the plainness which hath been with me from the time that I came out from Jerusalem with my father; for behold, my soul delighteth in plainness unto my people, that they may learn. [Nephi delights in revealing the truth behind the words of God. Often scripture can be taken out of context or interpreted falsely by uninspired men.]

5 Yea, and my soul delighteth in the words of Isaiah, for I came out from Jerusalem, and mine eyes hath beheld the things of the Jews, and I know that the Jews do understand the things of the prophets, and there is none other people that understand the things which were spoken unto the Jews like unto them, save it be that they are taught after the manner of the things of the Jews. [Nephi offers his credibility for understanding Isaiah and the manner of the Jews.]

6 But behold, I, Nephi, have not taught my children after the manner of the Jews; but behold, I, of myself, have dwelt at Jerusalem, wherefore I know concerning the regions round about; and I have made mention unto my children concerning the judgments of God, which hath come to pass among the Jews, unto my children, according to all that which Isaiah hath spoken, and I do not write them. [Nephi has explained Isaiah in reference to the geography using his knowledge of the land surrounding Jerusalem.]

7 But behold, I proceed with mine own prophecy, according to my plainness; in the which I know that no man can err; nevertheless, in the days that the prophecies of Isaiah shall be fulfilled men shall know of a surety, at the times when they shall come to pass. [Some of Isaiah’s prophecies have occurred, others are yet to come. We have much to look forward to.]

8 Wherefore, they are of worth unto the children of men, and he that supposeth that they are not, unto them will I speak particularly, and confine the words unto mine own people; for I know that they shall be of great worth unto them in the last days; for in that day shall they understand them; wherefore, for their good have I written them. [When the Remnant of Jacob, the Native Americans of our time, are finally associated with the BofM record, it will be of great worth to them. This will remarkably not come from any of the Mormon denominations, but directly from the remnant of the Church of the Gentiles, carried by the House of Ephraim to them. It will truly be a marvelous work and a wonder! In this lies a mystery.]

9 And as one generation hath been destroyed among the Jews because of iniquity, even so have they been destroyed from generation to generation according to their iniquities; and never hath any of them been destroyed save it were foretold them by the prophets of the Lord. [Part of the purpose of Isaiah, Nephi, and even Joseph Smith.]

10 Wherefore, it hath been told them concerning the destruction which should come upon them, immediately after my father left Jerusalem [Prophets who remained in Jerusalem continued to preach their destruction.]; nevertheless, they hardened their hearts; and according to my prophecy they have been destroyed, save it be those which are carried away captive into Babylon.

11 And now this I speak because of the spirit which is in me. And notwithstanding they have been carried away they shall return again, and possess the land of Jerusalem; wherefore, they shall be restored again to the land of their inheritance. [This came about 530 BC as the Jews reestablished their kingdom in Jerusalem.]

12 But, behold, they shall have wars, and rumors of wars; and when the day cometh that the Only Begotten of the Father, yea, even the Father of heaven and of earth, shall manifest himself unto them in the flesh, behold, they will reject him, because of their iniquities, and the hardness of their hearts, and the stiffness of their necks. [Recap of Isaiah’s prophecies.]

13 Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name. [A very precise prophecy regarding Jesus resurrection not seen in other Old Testament writings.]

14 And behold it shall come to pass that after the Messiah hath risen from the dead, and hath manifested himself unto his people, unto as many as will believe on his name, behold, Jerusalem shall be destroyed again; for wo unto them that fight against God and the people of his church. [Destruction of Jerusalem under Roman Titus in 70AD.]

15 Wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered among all nations; yea, and also Babylon shall be destroyed; wherefore, the Jews shall be scattered by other nations. [Making the point that it will not be Babylon that will scatter the Jews. Nephi sees the Great Jewish Diaspora that Isaiah prophesied.]

16 And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind—and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things. [The first Messianic Jews were amongst the original followers of Christ which were the catalyst for the early growth of Christianity amongst the Gentiles. Not until the late nineteenth century did there begin to be a Messianic Christian movement amongst the Jews. It was small, and yet has continued to grow until even now. Most Jews will not believe until the day the Lord sets His foot upon the Mount of Olives and says as He shows the marks in His hands, “This I received in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6]

17 And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men. [It began with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 and culminated in a Jewish State in 1947. It has now been over 70 years since the establishment of Israel. Nephi says that the Lord will “proceed to do something wonderful in this world. What is that? It is will be the final gathering of the House of Israel!]

18 Wherefore, he shall bring forth his words unto them [at that time], which words shall judge them at the last day, for they shall be given them for the purpose of convincing them of the true Messiah, who was rejected by them; and unto the convincing of them that they need not look forward any more for a Messiah to come, for there should not any come, save it should be a false Messiah which should deceive the people [There will be an actual, physical false Messiah that will reveal himself before the Lord’s coming. He will perform miracles and call for world peace and unity toward him. He will bring only the Kingdom of the Beast to power.]; for there is save one Messiah spoken of by the prophets, and that Messiah is he who should be rejected of the Jews.

19 For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God. [Nephi was not the only one to prophecy regarding the name of Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, translated for us as Jesus Christ.] 

20 And now, my brethren, I have spoken plainly that ye cannot err. And as the Lord God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations [group of people, the tribes] after they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them, and also gave him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come forth; yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved. [It is critical to understand the reality of the statement that only through Christ can a man be saved. It is a popular philosophy amongst many today that all religions and spirituality lead to the same result. This is false.]

21 Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things which I write shall be kept and preserved, and handed down unto my seed, from generation to generation, that the promise may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should never perish as long as the earth should stand. [The descendants of Joseph in America, the Native Americans, are of the House of Israel, of the line of Joseph who was sold into Egypt.]

22 Wherefore, these things shall go from generation to generation as long as the earth shall stand; and they shall go according to the will and pleasure of God; and the nations who shall possess them shall be judged of them according to the words which are written.

23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. [This is an important distinction of the doctrine of grace. Grace is a gift to us that God gives freely to those who will take it. This gift of has two parts: it will save us from physical death, and also spiritual death. The part that all men shall partake (assuming they don’t bind themselves to Satan) is salvation from physical death. Spiritual salvation comes by yielding our hearts unto Christ “after all we can do.” This is where a broken heart and contrite spirit have a part. We must fully submit to God to receive the fullness of His grace, even Eternal Life.]

24 And, notwithstanding [by following through] we believe in Christ, we keep the law of Moses [which points to Him], and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be fulfilled.

25 For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath [will] become dead unto us  [The law of Moses will have an end.], and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith [born again new in Christ, the third estate] ; yet we keep the law because of the commandments. [And therefore we keep the Law of Moses.]

26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. [All this that our children may understand.]

27 Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness of the law [that it has an end]; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away. [The Mosaic Law was for the purpose of preparing the Lord’s people to know Christ when He came to them. Once they “know” Him the law is dead, because they are then a new creature and have the gift of the Holy Ghost. However, they are expected to keep the commandments of God according to His word.]

28 And now behold, my people, ye are a stiffnecked people; wherefore, I have spoken plainly unto you, that ye cannot misunderstand. And the words which I have spoken shall stand as a testimony against you; for they are sufficient to teach any man the right way; for the right way is to believe in Christ and deny [reject] him not; for by denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law.

29 And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out. [Another description of a broken heart and contrite spirit.]

30 And, inasmuch as it shall be expedient, ye must keep the performances and ordinances of God until the law shall be fulfilled which was given unto Moses. [Until Christ comes, all the ceremonies of the temple according the Law of Moses, must continue.]

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7 Responses to Nephi Explains Isaiah – 2 Nephi 25:1-30

  1. 1lhn says:

    What is the relationship of the Remnant of Jacob to the house of Ephraim? And when you use the word Gentile are you meaning not Jewish? [Gentiles are those who have not partaken of the Lord’s Covenant. The Remnant of Jacob are the Nephites and Lamanites, particularly the Native Americans. Ephraim are those who are mingled among the nations of the world to help gather the Tribes of Israel in the last days. They are considered Gentile by blood, but are not by spirit. In this is a mystery. PR]

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  2. Anthony says:

    8 Wherefore, they are of worth unto the children of men, and he that supposeth that they are not, unto them will I speak particularly, and confine the words unto mine own people; for I know that they shall be of great worth unto them in the last days; for in that day shall they understand them; wherefore, for their good have I written them. [When the Remnant of Jacob, the Native Americans of our time, are finally associated with the BofM record, it will be of great worth to them. This will remarkably not come from any of the Mormon denominations, but directly from the remnant of the Church of the Gentiles, carried by the House of Ephraim to them. It will truly be a marvelous work and a wonder! In this lies a mystery.]

    I feel like we are living in a day similar to that of Mary, Zacharias, and Elisabeth – waiting for the Lord’s hand to he revealed in a humble, small way at first, but with power nonetheless… What are we to be looking for among the Native American population that will mark the Lord’s recovery of them? Will this not occur until great tribulations sweep the Earth? Or will this begin earlier that we might be looking and watching? What events are there to help watching for? American attacks and market crash, like described in your book?

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  3. The Native Americans will rise during a time of great desolation. We will know it when it is occurring and the prophecies of Isaiah and Revelation will be easily understood by those who are assembled in Zion.

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  4. Patricia Christiansen says:

    Who are ‘the remnant of the Church of the Gentiles’? …Non-covenant Christians that survive ? … and covenant LDS Ephraim will have accepted the new record and will carry it to the Native Americans? [They are those who come unto Christ after departing from the Church of the Gentiles, or in spite of their association with this church. PR]

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  5. Patricia Christiansen says:

    Ephraim…are considered Gentile by blood, but are not by spirit…” Are you allowed to say more about this? We are to help ‘gather,’ but are mostly not “THE gatherers” ? [Many of the gatherers will come from Ephraim. Most of Ephraim is mixed with the blood of the gentiles at this point. The Lord in most cases today identifies Israel by spirit, meaning these are those who made the Everlasting Covenant before birth. PR]

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  6. Mike Ross says:

    Is the doctrine of Grace relative? “After all I can do”… is there a scale there? Surely others farther or closer to Christ can do so much more than those who are just beginning on the path but who are also earnestly striving to know Him.

    Is it correct to say I am saved after all I personally can do, which is NOT as much as others a lot farther along the path can do? [Grace is directly related to the degree in which we have ascended. It is not according to how much we exercise works, such as healing, prophecy, etc. Those are the byproducts of righteousness. This is why charity is the greatest of all, because it is an ascension from the 2nd to the 3rd estate, the virtue required to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The gifts of the Spirit are for all who exercise faith in Christ. The more we know Him, the more we are capable of exercising in His name. Matt 7:21-23 PR]

    Or does Grace reset every time one reaches a new level (where much is given much is required)…? As in, ok… you now can hear my voice giving you Yes/No answers, great job… but you are not saved now because now you need to be able to hear full sentances. That seems pernicious and off… but unfortunately how I have viewed Grace for years. It’s been exhausting to be honest.

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  7. Ekaterina Turman says:

    PR said “This is why charity is the greatest of all, because it is an ascension from the 2nd to the 3rd estate, the virtue required to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
    So is charity a quality we learn to develop or it is truly a gift from God that at a specific moment He bestows upon us? I’m trying to figure out my part vs Heavenly Father’s part. Am I supposed to be learning to love everyone including my enemies with a perfect love (while I am still struggling to even love myself) or do I just pray for that greatest gift and wait for it to be given to me? Are there things I need to be working on as I prepare to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost or do I just receive it when the time is right? Is there such a thing as earning the desired blessings? How important are our works? Or is there nothing we can do as it is all based upon the merits of Christ? Thanks for helping me understand. [Charity is a gift which is bestowed upon us. The fruits of charity are what many confuse to be charity itself, based upon most people’s definition. For additional information read “A Witness of the Gifts of the Spirit” pg. 78-90 You ask about earning a desired blessing. All gifts of the Spirit are bestowed upon us according to our faith, which means we trust in the Lord as we seek revelation and act upon it. PR]

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