1 And now behold, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you; for I, Nephi, would not suffer [let you think] that ye should suppose that ye are more righteous than the Gentiles shall be. For behold, except ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall all likewise perish; and because of the words which have been spoken ye need not suppose that the Gentiles are utterly destroyed.
2 For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel. [A powerful blessing to the gentiles.]
What the Lord has shown me is that the majority of the House of Israel will receive the fullness of the covenant, but only a small percentage of the gentiles will. The same covenant is offered, But as the Lord has said, the Elect shall hear His voice. What makes them Elect? It is because of who they were before this world. The Elect are the new spirit children of God in their first estate. The children of men are also children of God, but more ancient, having been 2nd estate since before the creation of this world. These Elect used to be confined to only the Israelites; however, in our time they are spread across the world amongst different people to act as a leaven during the Times of the Gentiles. God’s ways are so merciful and just!
3 And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. For after the book of which I have spoken shall come forth, and be written unto the Gentiles, and sealed up again unto the Lord, there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written; and they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed. [The Book of Mormon]
4 And then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us, how that we came out from Jerusalem, and that they are descendants of the Jews.
5 And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them; wherefore, they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and also to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which was had among their fathers. [This has not yet occurred and will happen during great destructions upon this land. “First Zion” will have been established. 3 Nephi 20:15-22]
6 And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people. [A generation is approximately 40 years according to Biblical language. It has been about 5 generations since the Book of Mormon has been published. And they shall “blossom as a rose.” D&C 49:24-25]
7 And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people. [A small number growing.]
8 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people [House of Israel] upon the earth.
9 And with righteousness shall the Lord God judge the poor [in spirit], and reprove with equity [just in His giving of blessings] for the meek of the earth. And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [judgments of the last days]
10 For the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great division among the people, and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his people, yea, even if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire.
We live in a time of great wickedness, murder, and secret combinations. many of the righteous cry out to God and wonder why He stays His hand. The wicked are ripe in iniquity throughout the world, and God will pour out His judgments when the people are fully divided. The area of grey and moderation is coming to an end. All will either choose wickedness, or the Lord their God.
11 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins [prepare you for battle], and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. [Revelation shall guide their purposes.]
12 And then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling, together; and a little child shall lead them.
13 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
14 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den.
15 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
As stated in 2 Nephi 21,”These examples portray the animal kingdom, but more importantly, Isaiah describes the peace and felicity that will exist between enemies. There will not be differing religious views or political ideologies, for the knowledge of God shall cover the earth.
16 Wherefore, the things of all nations shall be made known; yea, all things shall be made known unto the children of men.
17 There is nothing which is secret save it shall be revealed; there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed upon the earth save it shall be loosed. [All knowledge shall be revealed during this time, the Millennium.]
18 Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall at that day be revealed; and Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children of men no more, for a long time. [Until those of a telestial glory transmigrate to another telestial world after the earth is glorified.] And now, my beloved brethren, I make an end of my sayings.
I know that I sometimes write things that seem strange, because they are unfamiliar. Imagine how the early members of the church felt when Joseph Smith threw out some humdingers. The fact is that the creations of God are filled with miracles and the marvelous. What we accept as mundane today would have been far-fetched and ridiculous to even our grandparents in their generation. Nephi saw much more than he wrote about for the same reason I restrain from writing certain things. If you see anything in my writing that makes you uncomfortable ask the Lord what you should do with that information.